Month: February 2016

NO PAIN NO SIGN

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NO PAIN NO SIGN

 

All our feelings of pain and pleasure depend upon the attitude of our mind.” – Sri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. XX.

For the love of the Buddha, a nobleman’s son became a bhikkhu. He renounced his wealth and comfort and accepted the hardships of a mendicant’s life. He slept on the bare earth: he ate what he got by way of alms. He was happy.

One day, he got an attack of rheumatic pain. At first, he treated it with indifference. Days passed by: the pain persisted. He could not walk with ease: at times, he could not meditate properly. He felt miserable. Gone was the joy of life. However hard he tried, he could not recapture his lost peace. His mind became sluggish: he felt nerve tired and weary.

One day, as he was out begging alms, he found a little girl playing with her friends. She was a cripple: she had but one leg and hobbled on crutches. She was happy. She shouted and laughed and made merry with other children.

Seeing her, the bhikkhu felt ashamed of himself. “This little girl who has only one leg is bright and happy,” he said to himself, “and I, a disciple of the Buddha, despair because of a little pain!” He returned as a new man. The pain no longer trouble him. He was free!

 

To Achieve Life’s Objective – Follow what you have studied

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To Achieve Life’s Objective – Follow what you have studied

“I, you, God, truth, in the same way Maruti, Vittoba of Pandarpur, Mahalsapati, Kashinath, Adkar, Sathe, Haripant, Kaka, Thatya, Ganesh Bere, Venu, Balachandra- all are God’s forms. That is why we should not hate anyone. God lives in all beings. Do not forget this. The feeling of universal love will spring in the heart on its own. Once that feeling prevails in the heart one can achieve everything. Till such time one should try to keep his mind steady under control”.

“As the fly revolves around the fire and goes away; so does the mind go everywhere but runs away on seeking Brahman. Unless we concentrate the mind on Brahman we cannot escape the cycle of births and deaths. Narayana, we must first escape from all this. We can have no better opportunity to do this than this birth in human form. This birth as a human presents us with an invaluable chance. The worship of God with form (murti puja) has been started to help us concentrate the mind.”

One should worship the statue or representation of God with the firm feeling that God is residing in it. By doing worship of the murti with devotion and faith one achieves concentration of the mind. Without concentration, the mind does not get stilled. So one should do worship, study spiritual texts, remember what one has studied and meditation. One should try to follow what one has studied or one has heard from the saints. Spiritual learning is the foremost of all learning. As the five-headed Shiva is the foremost in knowledge, as the Meru mountain, is the foremost among the mountains, in the same way liberation (mukti) comes by itself to one who has realized his self. The almighty God will become his servitor. The steps leading to the realization of self are most difficult. However, this is the easiest way to achieve Moksha. Let me explain this in even more detail. You, Maruti, Haripant, Bere, Kaka, Thatya and the others are all following this path. Surrender whole heartedly to God keeping in mind what I have told you and Nimonkar earlier. Visit and have the darshan of mahatmas frequently. One should follow the moral way of life punctiliously and do only those actions which brings merit. By such conduct your heart will be pure at the end of your time. Do not be deluded at your end by increasing your love or being infatuated by any person or object. Call upon God with a mind stilled in concentration.

Meditate upon your Ista. By such meditation, you will achieve samipya mukti at the end. Recently a lady called Bannu had left her body and achieved this state in Bodhegaon. In the same way Adkar and Venu will also achieve mukti”. Baba concluded his discourse and kept his right hand on Chandorkar’s head in benediction. Chandorkar was overcome with happiness. He prostrated and with his hands folded in reverence said, “Baba, Oh siddha of siddhas! Mountain of mercy! Thou art the father and mother and everything to me. Oh manifestation of the perfect eternal Brahman! Oh the receptacle of all auspiciousness in this world! Oh thou most munificent one! Oh thou who would enable us to cross this dangerous ocean of worldliness! Thou hast taught me the divine knowledge and hast taken me, an ignoramus, forward towards salvation! May your kind grace fall on us thus forever.” Baba said firmly, “I will never let my devotee fall from grace. You need have no doubt about this. This is my promise. May the all merciful Allah-i-llahi bless you”.

Dear listeners! The devotees prostrated at Baba’s feet in devotion remembering Baba’s infinite greatness in their minds. Their devotion is so great that we are not even equal to the dust of the dust of their feet. Baba is the mother and father of us orphans. He has incarnated in this world with the mission of leading us forward towards salvation. Baba and his devotees met today in that Maharaj’s royal court. Baba has cooked with his own hands the delicious dishes of devotion, knowledge and dispassion to serve to his devotees. Let us all partake freely of that meal. Eat to your heart’s content taking what you will. Enough, for now. Let us repair to that great saint – Sri Sai Baba. Let us wait like dogs at his door sill for the crumbs of knowledge from his table. We would achieve salvation if we can get even a single crumb from him. Our life would not have been spent in vain. Come, we may not get such a chance again. The merit of a thousand yajnas is obtainable here.

May all those who reverently read this chapter; or those who listen to it with concentration even once; achieve salvation. The history of that great saint Sri Sai Baba given in the three chapters of ‘Bhakta leelamrit’ is like the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Come, gain the merit of bathing in the holy confluence of the three rivers by immersing yourself in the holy teaching of Baba given in these three chapters. May all weal be to you.

This is the end of 33rd chapter of ‘Bhakta Leelamrit’ written by Das Ganu Maharaj.

(SRI SAIGURUCHARITRA – by devotee Ganpatrao Dattatreya Sahasra-buddhebetter known as Das Ganu Maharaj)

 

Experiences of the Tarkhad Family with Shirdi Sai Baba 09 of 21 – Resurrection of a dead body

 

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Experiences of the Tarkhad Family with Shirdi Sai Baba 09 of 21 – Resurrection of a dead body

Author: Virendra Jyotindra Tarkhad

 

Resurrection of a dead body

I am very certain that many of Sai Baba’s devotees must have come across such spiritual experiences and as a result Baba’s name & fame spread all over the continents. I came across one Ms. Bhakuni who was attached to Shri Sai Mandir at Chattarpur near New Delhi. She was doing her Ph D in literature and the subject she had selected was Sai Baba. She has done a lot of research work on Baba. Their trust is publishing a quarterly magazine in Hindi and it is quite educative. Of course during Baba’s lifetime his message was spread over Mumbai and Maharashtra by mainly none other than Dasganu Maharaj. Baba used to address him as “Ganya”. Dasganu Maharaj used to perform “Kirtans” through which he used to impress upon people the Leela’s of Baba and also used to spread his message to the masses.

Once during Dasganu’s stay in Shirdi he was called upon to give a performance in a village near Shirdi. Dasganu Maharaj used to keep Baba’s Photo on a stool and used to garland the same before he began his Kirtan. Of course when conducted near Shirdi he used to take Baba’s Blessings before proceeding. One afternoon he came to Dwarkamai and informed Baba that in the evening he would proceed to perform the Kirtan in a nearby village and hence he needed Baba’s blessings. Baba told him that he was free to go but requested him to take Bhau (my father) along with him.

Dasganu said that he had no objection in taking along my father but he would not like to deprive him of his ritual of lighting lamps in Dwakamai in the evening. Hearing this Baba said that he need not worry about Dwakamai Lamps as somebody else would attend to that task, but insisted that Dasganu should take Bhau along with him. Both Dasganu and my father (who was present there) understood that this was Baba’s order. Then as per the agreed time they left in the evening for that village, which was around 7 to 8 km away. In those days there was no transportation facility like today so they had to go by walking. By the time they reached the village the sun had already set they unfolded the mats on the ground, kept the stool with Baba’s photograph on it and garlanded the same. They lighted the Petromax lamps & hung at Four Comers. Villagers had gathered and Dasganu Maharaj began his Kirtan. After about an hour when night had already set in they encountered trouble.

Around 7 to 8 people who were very dark complexioned possible from Bhil tribe came over there. They were carrying a dead body over their shoulders and were on the way to cemetery to perform the last rights. Their leader straight came to Dasganu Maharaj and threatened him. He inquired about the photograph on the stool. Dasganu explained politely stating that the photograph is of Sai Baba: who was stationed at Shirdi and he worshiped him as his Guru as well as his Deity. He went on to state that Sai Baba gave medicines to poor people and relieves them from their agony. He was performing the Kirtan, which would bring happiness to the villagers. Then that Bhil leader told his people to keep the bier down and he addressed Dasganu stating that if his Deity is mighty, then it should be possible for the Deity to bring back life into that dead body. He challenged him to do so otherwise he would kill him and his troupe. Dasganu was very scared and he approached my father seeking for his advice.

My father had realized that this could be probably Baba’s creation and they should plead to him only and invoke his mercy to come to their rescue. He suggested to Dasganu to perform his famous Kirtan “SAI RAHAM NAZAR KARNA BACHHON KA PALAN KARANA” and leave it to Sai to decide the rest. Then Dasganu began his popular Kirtan and he got so much engrossed in it that my father had never seen him in that state ever before. He was literally dancing and all the villagers were positively responding to him. My father was rather keeping a watch on that dead body. About an hour must have passed and something unprecedented happened. The life had returned to the dead body. It broke open all the strings tied around him and sat on the bier and started clapping and joined the Kirtan along with the rest. My father was overjoyed to see that He got up from his place and went to Dasganu who was no more himself because he was in a trance. My father caught him with his both hands and told him to stop the Kirtan. Baba had saved them from fear of loosing their own lives. The Kirtan stopped. Those Bhils got up. They helped that dead body (which was no more dead then) to stand on his own feet. They told him to bow to Dasganu and then made all detailed inquiry about Baba and promised to visit Shirdi for his Darshan.

Next day when Dasganu and my father went to Dwarkamai Baba said, Hey Ganya, good that my Bhau was there with you yesterday, otherwise who would have saved you from the wrath of the Bhils?” and hearing this both of them told Baba that it was all his creation and they are totally dependant on him in situations like that and he should continue to shower his mercy and blessings upon them.

Dear readers here you may have all kinds of doubts. I can only plead you to please believe this. What is important is Baba knew in advance what is going to happen during the Kirtan or may be it was all his creation to imbibe confidence in Dasganu. Baba knows best how to pull people towards him and this will continue to happen. We must keep our strong faith in him.

 

How to realise God – Baba’s Advise to Nana Chandorkar

 

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How to realise God – Baba’s Advise to Nana Chandorkar

 

Narayana Chandorkar, the son of Govinda was a pious man. He had taken birth in the family of Chandorkars. He was blessed by the grace of Sri Sai Baba and like Hari pant was meticulous in performing his religious duties. He conducted himself morally, following his dharma. Bere, Lakshman, Maruti and other devotees were also present there. How can I describe that magnificent scene? All were seated in the Masjid looking at Baba to their hearts content, as a child lovingly gazes at his mother when they meet, after she had been gone for a long time. They were deeply immersed in happiness and lost all count of time. Nanasaheb Chandorkar then joined his hands in supplication and said, “Baba, you are not giving us a reply no matter how many times we ask you. Why are you annoyed with us? You are verily the almighty. If you are angry with us where else can we find shelter in this universe?”

Baba smiled, “I am never angry with anyone. You are all my children. On whom should I show my anger? I never feel anger against any one. I am as you are in front of the almighty Venkusa. Why indeed should anyone be annoyed and show anger towards anyone else?”

Baba continued, “Keep remembering what I have told you before and pay careful heed to what I am going to reveal to you now. Nana, if you have embedded what I have told you earlier carefully in your heart, you would have understood the greatness of the four-fold sadhana. The person who is diligent in the practice of the four-fold sadhana will realize the Brahman easily. Sadhana is the efforts one makes towards one’s salvation and towards achieving the ever pure knowledge of self. Sadhana is of four kinds.

The first is the wise discrimination of the permanent and the impermanent nature of things.

The second is dispassion.

The third is the six practices of Shama- mental restraint.

1. Dama- the control of the body and the senses.

2. Titiksha- forbearance, bearing all with equality.

3. Uparati- withdrawal or abstaining from the sense objects.

4. Shraddha- faith in one’s guru and Vedanta.

5. Samadhana – concentration of the mind on scriptural or other elevating truths.

The fourth is mumukshu, the quality of the active quest for knowledge. This is a complicated thing to learn, so listen to me carefully.”

“Let me tell you first about the discriminate wisdom of permanence and impermanence. The firming up of the belief that Brahman is the permanent truth and the world is an impermanent lie, until it is a rocklike like foundation of all thought is the discriminate wisdom of permanence and impermanence. Many try to talk about this discrimination and the knowledge of permanence and impermanence and make an exhibition of their foolish ignorance. Many go in groups to Pandharpur begging for alms on the way. Not one of these has come to know the Brahman.

Who is Brahman? What does he look like? Where does he stay? Who knows these things?”

“Those who go in groups to Pandharpur merely to boast to the others that they too had performed the pilgrimage are not the true devotees. Some read many books on spirituality. They give instruction to the others about morals and the right conduct, but they themselves are not pure. As long as one’s heart is impure, what is the use of books or of teaching? They are like the frogs in the lake of knowledge, who instead of drinking deeply of the nectar of knowledge flowing from the lotus which is Brahman; eat instead greedily the mud of barren arguments lying on the bed of the lake.”

Those who speak criticizing others will stay on in the mud. They will not gain wisdom. Those who indulge in barren arguments and those who always criticize others will not gain the knowledge of the Brahman. He who has no desires for either the worldly or the spiritual is the man of true dispassion. Nana! Know this to be the truth.”

“Nana! Shama, dama, titiksha, uparati, sraddha and samadhana are the six sadhanas. Shama is to possess mental restraint towards sensory objects. Dama is to forcibly restrain the body and the senses from seeking sensory enjoyment. Titiksha is forbearance. It is to bear with equanimity all that is happening one as a result of prarabhda karma. Uparati is the withdrawal of the senses so that one does not fall into the maya of considering woman, gold, children, relatives and friends as true. Sraddha is the faith and devotion to one’s guru. Now I will tell about the last Samadhana. Listen to me carefully.”

“To look at happiness or misery with an equal eye with the heart bearing steady is samadhana. The one who has the strong desire for moksha in his heart, and disregarding everything else; searches sincerely for the path to achieve the knowledge of the Brahman is a mumukshu. I have described the qualities of a mumukshu earlier. Moksha is not Kailash, the abode of Shiva or Vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu. Moksha is a very difficult thing to achieve. The path to moksha has many obstacles and pitfalls. Nana! Pay close attention. To conjoin with the pure consciousness which is the basis and the foundation of this universe is moksha. To reach that everlasting stage is the object of human endeavour (purushartha). All else is a waste.”

“Nana heard the able one with joy. He joined his hands in supplication and asked, “Baba, what is pure consciousness? What are its characteristics? Where does one find it?”

“Baba replied patiently, “What is the basis for this universe; what is existing in all living and non living creation and is still left over; what is the life force which is the foundation of the universe is the pure consciousness. In what the universe again merges at the end of it, all is pure consciousness. What is visible to our eye in the entire universe is that Brahman. The pure consciousness shines without interruption in all in the form of, “I am “, “I am”. This is a constant experience of all living beings. You asked me where the pure consciousness is. You tell me where it is not. You may search everywhere in this universe and out side it; you will never find a place where it is not. Everything is pure consciousness. It has no name and no form. As the air is beyond shape or form or colour or other attributes so is pure consciousness. That is pure consciousness or Brahman. Never forget this truth. The saints who have realized themselves are always in the direct experience of the Brahman. The various animal life, plant life and humanity are all its forms. The seer, the seen, the look, the knowledge, the energy – pure consciousness is the basis or the foundation for all this. It is omnipresent. It is pure bliss. It is the true knowledge. The form of that pure consciousness is Brahman.”

“Nana was still not clear in his mind. He joined his hands in supplication and said, “Baba, Oh complete and able Sadguru! You say that the Brahman is everywhere; you say it is pure bliss and it is one. If it is one, how is that visible to us in so many forms in this universe? You say that the pure consciousness is filling everything in the animate and inanimate world. And you say that its form is pure bliss. Why then is there so much misery in this world? I am not able to understand this. How can one born blind in both eyes appreciate beauty? In the same way, how can pure consciousness which is the truth abide in this world which is an illusion? If you say that the soul is the pure consciousness, how are there so many souls when the consciousness is one? Each soul has its own experience of pleasure and pain; happiness and misery. How can you say that a single pure consciousness abides in all and everywhere? The soul abiding in each body is different from the others. How can you say that the pure consciousness is the soul? I believe that they are different. Please clear my doubt.”

“Baba patiently replied, “Oh Nana, you are making a mistake here. Still your mind in concentration and peacefully listen do what I say. Take some pots of water and mix white, black, yellow, green, red, pink, green and magenta colours in the water. They all look different from each other. But the water is the same in all pots. The water seems red in the red pot and yellow in the yellow pot. If the mixed colours are removed somehow from the water, the same water remains. In the same way, the soul is one. The hearts are many. It is only when the soul and the heart are joined in one place that the happiness or sadness is experienced. Know this well, Nana.”

“The Atman has no difference or division. It is the same everywhere. This is the truth. Happiness or sadness is the dharma relating to the heart. The heart gets the consciousness only when it is conjoined with the soul. Let me explain this in more detail so that you can understand it easily. This consciousness shines in the beings in the form of paramardhaka, vyavaharika and pratibhasika depending on the progression and spiritual maturity of the beings. Oh Narayana, even though the body is one it has the various forms of youth, maturity and old age. It is the same case with the consciousness.”

“The paramardhaka consciousness may be seen only in the saints. Those who model their conduct as enjoined by the sastras and know what is to be retained and what discarded and progress towards salvation are the vyvaharikas. Those who believe the untruth to be the truth and whose intellect is steeped in ignorance are the pratibhasika. You should know that the pratibhasika are the ignorant, the vyvaharika are the wise and the paramardhaka are saints. Even so, the same Atman shines in all. The king, his officer, and his emissary are all part of the same kingdom. The basis and the foundation of their power is the constitution of that country. Even then, there are differences amongst them. One rides in state on the elephant and sits on the throne. He moves about as he fancies. All the people follow the constitution. It is the duty of every one to follow it without demur. The king, his officialdom, the servants, and the people are all different but they all follow the same constitution. The king may die but the constitution lives on. The successor to the king obtains his power from that. That constitution is not a thing to be purchased or sold commercially but all weal is available because of it. By which constitution the king sits on throne, by the same constitution the servants serve him and look after his every comfort. The king gets the greatest benefit from it; his officialdom gets lesser benefit, his servants even less benefit and the common people the least benefit. In the same manner he who has realized and experienced that his soul and the Brahman are one; gets the Brahman in its full form.” Nana heard what Baba said. He was still perplexed. He asked, “Baba how does the constitution which is one for all change to so many forms to benefit people in different ways? By such division does not its unity get disturbed?” Well asked Nana,” said Baba, “The constitution is a unified whole. It is indivisible.

But it looks as if it is divided and applied differently to different individuals. The same applies to pure consciousness too. Pure consciousness is not divisible but the individual obtains only what he grasps. Let us take the example of pots of various sizes filled with water. The same sky one sees in the mighty river is seen in the pots too. The pot may be big or small; the sky reflected in the water contained in the pots or the river is the same. In the river one sees the biggest reflection of the sky. The sky in each pot seems smaller or larger depending on the size of the pot. Has the sky been divided? In the same way is the case with pure consciousness. This world is an illusion (maya). Brahman and maya have joined together to create this world.”

Nana then asked, “How has this maya originated? Who originated it? When did it arrive and from where? You said that pure consciousness is the basis and foundation of this world. You also said that the entire universe is nothing but pure consciousness. Whence sprang this maya?”

Baba, that kindness incarnate patiently replied to Nana. “I will let you know whence this maya came. Listen to me with concentrated attention, Oh son of Govinda. The energy contained in pure consciousness is maya. Maya encloses pure consciousness. As how one cannot separate sugar and its sweetness, as one cannot separate the sun and its light; in the same way are the maya and the Brahman. The sun and the sunlight are two different words. But it is only by a conjoining of the both that the form of the sun visible to us. We distinguish and identify the sun by its form, the heat and the light it radiates. In the same way is maya and Brahman. But there is an end to maya and there is no end to pure consciousness. Pure consciousness has no beginning too. It just is. It is by maya or prakriti or nature that this whole world has formed. The detailed explanation of purusha (Brahman) and prakriti (maya) may be seen in the book ‘Amritanubhava’ written by Jnanadev in the Mohiniraj temple at Niwasa village. Let me tell you its secrets in brief.”

“Those who enter the cave of Self realisation do not revert to ignorance. They take the form of that cave and dance in the joy of infinite bliss. The reason for all this is eternal Brahman. Maya is his creation. Oh Narayana, the power of this maya is as the limitless ocean of unplumbed depths. The feeling, ‘I am such and such’ is formed by maya. This is an untruth. Once maya casts its net of deception on us, we cannot know and recognise either the truth or untruth. Maya has two principal qualities. Know you what they are! What is visible and true is hidden by maya. What is not visible and is untrue is shown by maya.

All people are mesmerised by maya and are victims of illusion. A servant gets a dream that he has become a king. By this dream maya has shut out his true state of servant hood. In addition even if he was not the king, he fell in to the illusion of believing himself to be the king by the power of maya in the dream. In this manner, maya hides the true Brahman and shows the world which is illusory. In truth, this world is not. It is only the universal consciousness which fills all. But due to maya we are able to see only this world. All things visible to us in this world are mere illusion but we are deluded in to thinking that they are true by the power of maya. If we succeed in removing the covering of maya by discriminate knowledge, we will be able to see and realise the Brahman. You will then realise that you are the world. When the pollutants are removed from the water one gets pure water. In the same, way when the maya is removed pure consciousness is visible. Oh Narayana, you think of, pray for and seek the truth. Atman is the truth. I tell this to all. To recognise, realise the atman and to be immersed in it is the sole objective of all spiritual endeavour.”

All those who heard these words of true wisdom from the holy lips of that repository of all knowledge, Sri Sai Baba; prostrated at his feet in gratitude. Vaidya, Sathe, Chandorkar, Nimonkar, Bere, Nana, Maruti, Lakshman, Nulkar and other devotees were present there. Baba looked at all of them with love shining from his eyes. He said, “Keep this instruction safe in your heart. Let it be ever alive to lead you on the right path.” They all assented eagerly and clasped his feet again and again in gratitude. When the sun of knowledge rises, can the darkness of ignorance remain? Oh my master, Sri Sai Baba, please put me in your lap. Please give a small place for this child of yours in the shade of the great tree of your grace.

This ‘Sant Kathamrit’ is the rain of true knowledge which has rained down on all of us from that great cloud – Sri Sai Baba. All this is dedicated to his service.

(SRI SAIGURUCHARITRA – by devotee Ganpatrao Dattatreya Sahasra-buddhebetter known as Das Ganu Maharaj)

 

Experiences of the Tarkhad Family with Shirdi Sai Baba 8 of 22 – Power of Namasmaran which Saved from the Jaws of Death

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Experiences of the Tarkhad Family with Shirdi Sai Baba 8 of 22 –

Power of Namasmaran which Saved from the Jaws of Death

Author: Virendra Jyotindra Tarkhad

Facing Death in a Cloudburst in Shirdi

Dear Sai Devotee readers, I presume that you must have paid a visit to Shirdi at least once. There is a vast difference between the present Shirdi and the Shirdi of yesteryears when my father used to visit. During that time when you enter Shirdi from Kopergaon end there was a rivulet, which you were required to cross to enter Shirdi village. Most of the times of the year the rivulet was dried up, only during monsoon season one would find it actively flowing. Currently one would find a small bridge over it on the main road. In those days villagers use to perform their morning duties on the banks of this rivulet. As such there were lot of shrubs and the place was appropriate before the sunrise, as there was hardly any traffic on the road. Those were the rainy days when my father was in Shirdi. He was in the habit of getting up early and after performing morning duties he would attend the Kakad Aarati. On that eventful day he got up early and proceeded to the bank of the rivulet to perform his morning duties. It was drizzling so he carried an umbrella and torch with him. During his course of morning duty he heard someone shouting from the other bank of the rivulet. Initially he ignored the shouts. He tried to locate the person but due to darkness he could not see anyone. Soon he realized that the person was shouting and asking to run away from the bank. He was shouting in Marathi and saying that” LONDHA ALARE ALA PALA.” My father did not understand the meaning of LONDHA. (A torrent) as such his education was in English medium and it was difficult for him to understand the colloquial Marathi. However he could sense that the person was warning everybody to run away from the place. He hurriedly finished his morning duty and stood up and lighted the torch to find out what was going around. Soon he realized that a huge column of black colored water 15 to 20 feet in height coming towards him. There was a cloudburst, which had taken place during the night at a far away place resulting into sudden floods in the rivulet. He realized that his end was near and he shouted saying “BABA MELO MALA WACHAVA”. (Baba I am dying and please save me.) He closed his eyes and just stood still in that place, all the time chanting Baba’s name. After some time he realized that he had not been swept away and he was still alive. He opened his eyes and what he saw was believable. The column of water was divided into two parts and pushing past him without touching him. He was standing still in that gushing water. He was scared to death and the entire time chanting Baba’s name (NAMASMARAN). After some time the water level receded and when it was down to knee level the water touched his body. Now he was in knee deep water. He could see around him branches of trees, shrubs; cattle etc were passing through the floodwaters. He thanked Baba then and there as he realized that only Baba could have saved him from that sure death situation. He then slowly walked back through those knee-deep waters. He came to their place of stay and took bath. Needless to mention that he had missed Kakad Aarati that morning. He informed his mother what he had undergone that morning. She advised him that as Baba had pulled him out of the jaws of death, he should immediately go and thank him for saving his life. He immediately paced up to Dwarkamai and as he was climbing the steps with Pooja material in his hand Baba talked to him in raised voice, “Hey Bhau today early morning why were you shouting for my help and are you afraid of death?” My father fell at his feet and told Baba that he knows everything and an ordinary man like him is bound to get scared with the sight of sure death in front of him. Baba then lifted him by holding him from his shoulders and said “Hey Bhau get up. I bring you to Shirdi not for dying. Please remember you will not die like this so easily, as you have to perform lot of constructive work in future.”

Dear Sai devotee readers, I know it is difficult for common people like us to comprehend such experience. Then came a thought-provoking event in my life, which I will describe it to you now.

It was the month of June 1962 if I remember correctly. There was a great movie running at New Talkies (today’s Globus Theatre) in Bandra. The name of the movie was “TEN COMMANDMENTS.” This film was produced by Cecile Be Demille, one of the most renowned producers of Hollywood. The movie had broken all previous records in Regal Theatre at Colaba and the New Talkies at Bandra was renovated with 70 MM screen and stereophonic sound system. I saw the film and realized that the miracles shown in the film matched with the miracles seen by my father during his association with  of Shirdi. After lot of persuasion I convinced my father to come with me to see the movie. May be after a long span of 30 to 35 years he was to enter a theatre to watch a film. He saw the scenes, the divine light. Moses comes across when he visits the mountain and when Moses takes all his Jewish people leaving the terrain of Egypt and comes to the shores of Red Sea and prays to the Lord and the sea water divides into two parts giving them way to escape from the wrath of King Pharaoh. My father was delighted to see that picturisation and tears of joy welled and were flowing through his eyes. When we came out of the theatre he confirmed to me that the Shirdi  possessed the same type of supernatural powers and he very much resembled the character of Moses as shown in the film Ten Commandments. He went on to add saying “Viren at least now you have some reason to believe what unprecedented experiences I have gone through in association with Sai Baba of Shirdi.”

 

SEE THINGS IN A NEW LIGHT

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SEE THINGS IN A NEW LIGHT

 

“This ordinary material world of beings, movable and immovable objects, should not be taken into account at all. You should have full faith in God, who is the Supreme One.” – Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita, Ch. 20, Ove 119.

A father took his four-year-old son to a fair. The child wore his best dress and was careful to see that it did not get spoilt.

Suddenly a cyclist dashed against the child who dropped down and hurt his elbow. The father picked up the sobbing child in his loving arms and, with a handkerchief, covered his bleeding arm.

The child cried all the more. And the father said to him, “you are a good child. And the elbow has not been very badly hurt. It will soon be healed.”

“Father, I am not crying over my elbow!” The son exclaimed. “I am crying over the shirt which has been torn. The elbow will be healed, but not the shirt.”

“But isn’t that wonderful?” said the father. “Suppose your elbow were like your shirt and would never heal?”

The son began to see things in a new light. “O, yes,” he said, “if the elbow were like the shirt, it would never heal. God has made us in a special way.” And the smile reappeared on his tear stained face.

We need to remind ourselves of this great truth that God has made us in a special way. Material things cannot be compared to the eternal.

Life is eternal: all things will pass away.

Are we putting more value on earthly things than on our divine life?

 

Baba’s Advice on ‘How to Live in This World’

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Baba’s Advice on ‘How to Live in This World’

“Alright, now I will tell you what the true happiness and sorrow are. Mukti (Emancipation, salvation) is true happiness. To take birth and die is true sorrow. Any other happiness or sorrow but for these, is a result of mere delusion. Now I will tell you how to live in this world. Listen to me with diligent care. We should happily experience whatever has been our lot as the result of the prarabdha karma.

We should not be envious of others who are in a better state (due to their prarabdha karma) and hanker after their riches etc. Oh Nana, as the tree heavily laden with fruit is bent as if in humility so should one, who is heavily laden with wealth, be humble. But humility does not work with the wicked. Because there is the danger that the wicked will misuse the humility of the rich. One should behave ruthlessly with the wicked. The rich should be humble and be respectful towards the sadhu’s and good people. The rich are like the cool shade trees in the burning mid-noon sun. The rich, intoxicated by their prosperity, should not cause any harm to anyone. They should give alms and give to charity in accordance with their station in life. They should not take loans and make unnecessary expenditures. Even though this world is delusion, prarabdha is true. Money is essential to journey through this life. As the gall bladder is essential to life so is wealth essential in this world. One should not totally involve himself in making money. One should not be miserly but give to charity generously. Too much generosity is also dangerous. If our hard earned money is spent and exhausted no one will come to our rescue. It is a portent of disaster if a man is generous and a spend thrift too. One should see the qualities and qualification of the person before giving in charity. One should give handsomely to the physically handicapped, those in ill health, to the orphans and where it is useful to the public. One may spend money to take care of the scholars and for the childbirth expenses of women who have none to look after their welfare. Annadanam (the feeding of people) is of three kinds-Visesha karanam (for special reason), Nitya karanam (daily) and Karya karanam (occasional causes). When circumstances go one’s way and one gets a windfall profit, he may do such Visesha Annadanam. One may feed even a thousand people.

One should not stop to see the high, low, good, or bad when one is doing annadanam. All are qualified to receive annadanam. One should do annadanam in the choultries too.

However, one should never take money on loan to do annadanam. I will now tell you who are qualified to receive nitya annadanam. The wayfarer, the person engaged in penance, the sanyasi and the hungry are all qualified to receive nitya annadanam. One should do nitya annadanam even to those who do not accept cooked rice or those who study; eating at different houses every day of the week. The karya annadan is done on occasions such as marriage, the thread ceremony and other such ceremonial occasions. On such occasion, one should liberally feed friends, well wishers, relatives, and those of ones gotra. I have now explained to you the various annadanams and who are qualified to revive it. The regulations regarding vastra dan (the gift of apparel) are the same. Do not forget these regulations. One should try to ameliorate the sorrow of others. One should not misuse one’s power or the wealth one has. One should not accept graft when one is in the seat of justice and do wrong. One should complete any given task in an excellent manner. One should not dress ostentatiously but only as much as demanded by modesty. One should not wear excess make up or go for excessive decoration of one’s person. Do not insult any one. Recognise the wicked, keep them in mind and be wary of them. The wife, children, the servants have all come to us by prarabdha. Be courteous and loving towards them. Never assume for a moment that they are your people. That will had to further entanglement, further prarabdha karma and more births and deaths. We should try to experience and finish the prarabdha in this life only. We should try not to have anything left over to take with us when we die. Whatever we get is a result of prarabdha. The friends, relatives, wife and children all are limited only to this particular life. Each person and his relationship to you are limited only to this life. Who knows who will be entangled with you in your forthcoming birth? It is our vasanas (proclivities) which keep us entangled forever without letting go of us.”

“It is the vasanas which are the seed bed of the next birth. That is why, if one does not increase his infatuation with the own karma; one would gain immeasurably in the hereafter.

One stays for a day or two in one choultry and then moves on towards his destination without forming my association or infatuation with it. In the same manner, one should look upon this world as a choultry and not form any attachments. Thus, one should continue to do one’s duty and recognize and revere the almighty that is the form of satchidananda (existence, knowledge and bliss). He is the one who causes one’s son and another’s son to be born. But the responsibility of looking after one’s son is one’s own. It is necessary to earn money and keep it for the sake of looking after one’s own. But one should never have the feeling, ‘I am saving money, I am keeping it for them, I am looking after them’. One should do one’s duty and present the result as well as the feeling of being the doer to the almighty and be untouched by it all. One should use ones knowledge to seek to know the good and bad about everything. One should be able to accept the good and leave the bad. Try to do good works and complete them ably with determination. One should live in such a manner that one’s fame lives on in this world even after one’s death. One should perform one’s duty without harboring the feeling ‘I am the doer. This is purushartha. How much more can I tell you of this? The ego felt by the feeling ‘I am the doer’ should be offered to God. When one gets just reward for one’s labours one should be humble. As long as one is alive, one should take care of the body. But it is a waste of time to think of or worry about death. This body is on loan to you from the panchabhutas (sky, wind, fire, water and earth). As life leaves it the body returns to panchabhutas. The air joins air. The energy joins the energy. The panchabhutas go where they came from.

The body is a part of the earth. It is futile to cry for it when it dies. In the same manner, it is futile to feel happy at birth. One should be content thinking that it is but the law of nature. The earth shelters the seed. The clouds rain water. The plants are born by sun’s light. Does the earth, clouds, or sun dance with joy at the sight of the plants sprouting? Let the plant become a great tree or let it die as a sapling, the earth or clouds or the sun neither express happiness nor sadness. In the same way, the wise are beyond these feeling of happiness or sadness. We should also be like that. Where then, is the scope for happiness or sorrow? Oh, scion of the Chandorkar family! It is mukti or liberation to have equally neutral feelings about happiness or sorrow. I will tell you the rest of the story later. Now you continue to do your duty.”

Nanasaheb Chandorkar heard the words of wisdom which fell pearl like from the lips of Baba. He prostrated at his feet and embraced them eagerly as the child does his mother. His eyes filled with tears, his body hair stood on end showing extreme passion of devotion. He said “Oh perfect one! You have saved me. By the rain of your teaching you have rid me of the dust of ignorance completely. How can I forget this good turn you have done me?”

Nanasaheb Nimonkar was also by and enjoyed being immersed in the bliss of Baba’s teaching. They both paid obeisance to Baba and returned home.

The devotees who daily read these sentences with devotion and faith will not suffer from the troubles of this world. The teachings contained in “Bhakta Leelamrit” are verily a rain of Sadguru’s teachings. It is Das Ganu’s desire that all of you are drenched fully in that rain and gain full benefit from it.

Here completes the 32nd chapter of ‘Bhakta leelamrit’ written by Das Ganu Maharaj.

(SRI SAIGURUCHARITRA – by devotee Ganpatrao Dattatreya Sahasra-buddhebetter known as Das Ganu Maharaj)

 

Experiences of the Tarkhad Family with Shirdi Sai Baba 7 of 22 – God always exists in any stone Murti

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Experiences of the Tarkhad Family with Shirdi Sai Baba 7 of 22 – God always exists in any stone Murti

Author: Virendra Jyotindra Tarkhad

Meeting with Lord Vithoba of Pandharpur

Dear Sai devotee readers I request you to please forgive me as I do not have the chronological sequence of events that were experienced by my father. I am narrating to you as they come to my mind. My father used to describe them to us whenever he used to come into that spiritual mood and hence chronological order is not possible for me to state.

As informed earlier, the Tarkhad family started worshiping Sai Baba on daily basis and on Thursday evening they used to perform the Aarati collectively at their residence. My grandmother was completely at peace of mind and she was very happy that her headache had disappeared forever. She was now getting attracted more towards spiritualism. She started reading spiritual books regularly. Once she expressed her desire to my father of going on a pilgrimage to Holy Pandharpur and to take Darshan of Lord Vithoba. She went on to inform him that, the holy books suggest that before one parts with this world, one should visit Pandharpur. My father advised her to check with Baba and seek his clearance.

Accordingly, during their next visit to Shirdi, she asked Baba to permit her to go to Pandharpur. Baba told her” Oh Mother for us Shirdi is our everything and there is no need” She was rather disappointed. She told Baba that Pilgrims visit Pandharpur, as they firmly believe that Lord Vithoba is stationed there and once you have his Darshan then your path to attain Moksha (salvation) is clear. She expressed to him that she has developed very strong urge to visit and perform his Pooja at least once in her lifetime. Baba knowing her desire to be genuine then declared “Oh Mother do not worry you will visit Pandharpur and fulfill your desire.” On returning home they informed Babasaheb Tarkhad about that and after proper planning my father and my Grandmother proceeded to Pandharpur. Readers will appreciate a point that as Mecca is to Muslims; Bethlehem to Catholics; so is Pandharpur to Maharashtrians.

On reaching there my father made all the necessary arrangements. After taking bath and breakfast when the morning rush hours were over they walked up to the Vithoba Mandir along with Pooja material. On entering the sanctum sanctorum they sought the permission to perform Pooja from the priest of the Mandir. My grandmother proceeded in her own way and almost completed the Pooja. Now was the time to adorn the Vithoba Murti with the garland and there was a dilemma. My grandma would want to garland with her own hands but the priest would not allow doing so, as no one is permitted to climb the platform where the Murti is situated. My grandma told my father that her Pooja would remain incomplete if she were unable to garland the Murti with her own hands. My father advised her to pray to Baba and seek his help as he had granted her permission to visit Pandharpur. She closed her eyes and raised both the hands holding the garland, and requested Lord Vithoba to accept her Pooja. Then a miracle happened. Lo and Behold! The Murti of Lord Vithoba slid down the platform. My father instantly shook my grandmother bodily. He told her to open her eyes and see for herself that the Lord had responded to her prayers and now she could adorn him with her garland. She instantly placed the garland on Vithoba’s neck and the Lord was back to its original place. Both mother and son prostrated in front of Lord Vithoba.

On seeing this, the priest was completely astonished and flabbergasted. He jumped down from the platform and held the feet of my grandmother and father and declared that they are the Vithoba and Rakhumai and he would not allow them to go away. He pleaded pardon for his arrogant behavior. My father consoled him and told him not to have any wrong ideas about their identity. He told him that they are devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba and on getting consent from him they were visiting Pandharpur. He further told him to have strong faith in Lord Vithoba who is Jagrut (wakeful) over there and is no more a stone God. He advised him to perform his Pooja from the bottom of his heart and seek his blessings in return. He then requested the priest to give them prasad so that they could leave the Mandir. They purchased Brass Idols of Vithoba Rakhumai and placed it in their Sandalwood Mandir to offer daily worship.

This experience was like receiving heavenly pleasure for both of them. Though they used to offer prayers to God very sincerely they never ever imagined that Lord Vithoba would greet them in that fashion. After this visit when they visited Shirdi next, Baba asked my Grandmother (mother) could you meet Vithoba?” My grandmother replied “Baba this is all your making. I am now ready to part with this world as I consider my life is complete now.” She profusely thanked him.

Dear Sai devotee readers my father used to say that God always exists in any stone Murti which you worship. I for one strongly feel that all those divine experience they encountered purely because of their solemn and good deeds of the past and undoubtedly they were under the umbrella of Grace of Sai”s blessings all along which made this possible.

 

TIRUMANTIRAM – TANTRA NINE – Verses 3026 to 3047 of 3047

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TIRUMANTIRAM

English translation of the Tamil Spiritual Classic by Saint Tirumular

TANTRA NINE – Verses 3026 to 3047 of 3047

22 THE ALL-PERVASIVE

3026: When Jiva Unites in Siva

Siva Bhoga there will be;

Unto it will be added a Light

That suffuses sentient knowledge;

The body by Mayaic experience harassed,

Will yours be, controlled full;

The Jiva’s pervasiveness

Will everywhere spread.

 

3027: Omniscience and Omnipresence in Siva-Jiva Union

There is no one place where I can seek

That Object I have known;

Taking to the astral way,

There as Perfection, will it appear;

Seeking within the body,

There a Living Light will it be;

You then becomes omniscient and omnipresent.

 

3028: Seek Inner Light and Be One in Lord

In the sea-girt world filled with sorrows,

Seek Inner Light in life here led,

The Lord resides within this body,

May you meet Him ever,

On the waves of Seas High.

 

3029: His Infinite Compassion For Jiva

He is the Light within the Lights Three-

Sun, Moon and Fire;

He is their Body too

He the Lord of Celestials;

Yet leaving luminosities,

He follows Jivas in expanses vast

In compassion great;

He the One as several proliferates.

 

3030: Jiva Becomes a Flaming Light

Entangled in crusted Karma;

That with their birth came;

They in the end realized Him,

And golden became;

He is the Spark within the spark of light,

The Being Divine,

If you reach Him,

A flaming Light you shall be.

 

3031: He is the Spark of Jnana in Ajna

He is the Divine Spark

Inside desires stands;

He is the Divine Spark,

Into the Three Lights-Sun, Moon and Fire-waxes,

He is the Divine Spark,

In the Fore-head Center as our Thought seated,

The Tapasvins great, too, unto Him stand.

 

3032: His is the Voice that Voices All

He is the Lord,

He is all in directions ten,

He is the seven expansive sea-girt worlds too,

Thus pervading,

He is the Speaker that speaks all.

(Thus the Jiva Siva Becomes.)

 

3033: He Has No Entry, Exit and Stay

He is unto the Garuda Bird, that in an instant sees all;

He protects the seven worlds entire,

He removes my Karmas,

He, the Pure One, the Birthless One,

He has Going, Coming and Mingling none.

 

3034: He Pervades All Worlds Alike

He is of the rich matted locks,

He is of hue golden,

Unattached He is,

Yet immanent in all He is,

He is omnipresent, birthless, the Holy God,

Unintermittent He stands,

In all worlds seven.

 

3035: He is Within the Flower’s Fragrance

Sentience He is, Life He is

Union He is, Senses He is

Continuity beyond Thought He is,

Within the Fragrance of the Flower He is.

 

3036: He Comprehends All

The Holy One,

Devoid of odor of Senses Five,

My Father;

The Bounteous One, all Jnana gives;

In the precious wisdom of Vedic sages

Diverse He stands,

Comprehending all.

 

3037: He is Light in the Eye of Jivas

He is Heavenly Being

He is beyond the worlds seven;

He is this earth too;

He is cool unto seven ocean waters

That this globe girdles;

He stands in Jivas united,

As Light in their eye.

 

3038: His Limitless Expansiveness

He stood as Brahma and Vishnu,

He stood as heaven and earth,

He stood stretching

To the farthest mountains and seas seven,

He stood as Ripe Rich Fruit too.

 

3039: He is Jiva and Master of Jiva

He is Lord of Worlds,

The Holy One, my Father,

He is Master Mahout,

Of Jivas all,

He is Jivas themselves too,

He is the Lord,

Whom all in endearment hold.

 

3040: He is the Spark of Life and Thought Within

He is Spark of Prana-breath within,

He is the Luminous Sun in firmament high,

He is the Breath of Wind that blows on land,

He is the Thought within all.

 

3041: He Effected Union With Jiva

In the orderly way of numerals and letters

The Lord created music and melody;

In His Glance, in His Thought, from within,

He effected rapturous union of Jiva and Siva,

Into one Family united.

 

3042: He is the Center of All

The cardinal directions eight,

The worlds above and worlds below,

In Him centering stood;

Thus, immanent in all, He pervaded all;

He of the flowing matted locks,

Bedecked with fragrant Konrai blooms.

 

3043: He is One and Many

The Lord is with creation all

None know His coming and going,

He is distant, He is near;

He is constant, He is Sankara,

He is the Primal Being;

Multiple He is, One He is,

He Our Primal Lord.

 

3044: He Knows All; But None Knows Him

He is Jiva’s knowledge,

He is the Ancient One,

Yet none know how He is;

In the universes eight all,

He knows all,

-He the Nandi, Our Lord Primal.

 

3045: He is Deathless

Water, earth, sky, fire and wind,

The spark of light within the body,

-All these He is;

He is Paraparam, He is Siva, Our Lord,

He is the walking Jiva here below,

Deathless He is.

 

3046: Tirumular’s Songs, Mantras and Instructions Have But One Import

The Three Times Thousand that Mula composed,

The Three Times Hundred Mantras that Mula chanted,

The Three Times Ten Instructions that Mula gave,

These Three that Mula said

Are all, all, of one import.

 

23 BENEDICTION

3047: Long May They Be

Long may they be, Long may they be, our Nandi’s Holy Feet!

Long may they be, Long may they be, the Feet of Him who severed Malas!

Long may they be, Long may they be, the Feet of Him of Divine Jnana;

Long may they be, Long may they be, the Feet of Him who has Mala none.

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TANTRA NINE ENDS

 

TIRUMANTIRAM – TANTRA NINE – Verses 3005 to 3025 of 3047

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TIRUMANTIRAM

English translation of the Tamil Spiritual Classic by Saint Tirumular

TANTRA NINE – Verses 3005 to 3025 of 3047

3005: Primal Lord is Everywhere-Above, Middle and Below

The Primal Lord is Our Lord,

He is the Light Resplendent of Spaces Vast,

He is the Lights Three-Sun, Moon and Fire;

The Primal Lord is beyond universes all,

He is below them and between them too.

 

3006: Lord Seeks Those Who Seek Him

Great is He, rising above macrocosm vast,

Subtle is He, within the fleshly body to births an heir,

As His devotees see the vision of His Holy Feet,

And walk toward Him,

He goes seeking them,

On their way.

 

3007: He Created All

All worlds by vast oceans girt

He, my Lord, filled pervasive;

In omniscience over-seeing all;

Of yore He created, all, entire,

And stood diffusing His golden hue,

In worlds everywhere.

 

3008: He Protects All

Through successive aeons several,

He stood as Paraparan Supreme;

All worlds He stood protecting

And this world too, as Paraparan Supreme;

This they know not;

He stood pervading the Jivas too,

Immanent in them and transcending them.

 

3009: He Pervades as Prana Breath

He is the Mighty God to adore,

None beside Him are;

He is the Sense, the Feel, the Sound, and Sound’s End;

He is the Body, too, of Jiva,

As Prana breath,

He the Lord is immanent in all.

 

3010: All Emanate From Him Alone

If directions cardinal are all of Siva,

Why speak of someone else, O! you men!

All smoke from Fire emanates,

All creation from our Primal Lord arises.

 

3011: The Pervasive Siva is Here as Well

The infinite spaces of the Seven worlds

He filled in oneness, expanding limitless;

Yet is He not easy of reach;

Siva Himself into myriad Jivas pervaded

In this world as well, He our Lord.

 

3012: He is Transcendental and Immanent

Beyond the Kalas Three He stands,

Seek Him;

He is the Lord;

He is the Master of Tattvas,

Priceless is He;

Peerless is He;

Beyond Celestials all is He;

Ageless is He;

Yet is He within you,

You but seek Him.

 

3013: He Redeems Jiva in Love

He severed Pasas

Of this world Brahma created;

He severed belittling desires

Vishnu to Jiva gives;

He severed Karmas interminable,

In His infinite divinity;

Thus me, the lowly, He redeemed,

And in endearment exceeding held me to Him.

 

3014: He Spreads Like Flower’s Fragrance

The Lord is the Light that moves directions eight;

He is the source of all Sound;

He is the eternal;

As on one land,

The nine universes He pervaded;

Unto the flower’s fragrance,

He spread everywhere.

 

3015: He is Interminal Light Beyond Words

He is and He is not; my Lord;

Break your stony heart and there He is;

Ancient is He, Pure is He, Constant is He, Pure Gem is He;

He is Light beyond speech

Interminable is he.

 

3016: He is Bounteous

Within heart is He,

Without, too, He says, “I am;”

The inscrutable Lord;

Nandi of fragrant matted locks;

Those who adore Him constant

Their sea of birth He severs;

He, of Bounteous Magnificence.

 

3017: He Transforms Celestial Beings

The Devas and Danavas* conflicting

Alike adore Him and daily seek Him;

They yearn for Him,

Within their heart and without;

He transforms them into Beings different,

He, the Lamp of Divine Light.

 

3018: He is Endless Bliss

He appears not in heavenly space,

Yet Form He has;

He is not visible to naked eye,

Yet is He visible to inner eye;

He is the fruit of music;

He is the goodly One;

He is the fruit of all good deeds;

Endless Bliss is He,

He our Lord.

 

3019: None Knows Him Full Well

The Noble One is He,

A Sea of Joy beloved by all,

He is the Radiance of Pearl pure,

He is Dark-blue Throated,

Him they contemplate over time immeasurable,

The Siddhas holy and Celestials exalted,

Yet full well they know Him not.

 

3020: Adore Lord

Many are the hues, so is the Lord,

Many are the goodly deeds, so is the pleasure;

Many are the vile deeds, so are the iniquities

They see all these,

Yet they adore not the Lord.

 

3021: Lord is Benevolent Like Rain

Here He is, there He is, everywhere He is,

In all worlds He is, the Holy Lord;

In darkness He is, Light He is;

In sun He is, in moon He is, everywhere He is;

Benevolent is Lord,

Unto the rain that falls.

 

3022: He is Cosmic Awareness

He is Sentience, He is Gracious

Wisdom subtle is to know Our Lord;

He is embrace, He is union

In divine awareness,

He stood as Body Cosmic.

 

3023: His Supreme Might

By His Might He supports worlds seven,

By His Might He is sublter than atom,

By His Might He surpasses

The eight mountain ranges in directions eight,

By His Might, the oceans roar.

 

3024: Lord Appears in Prayer and Penance

My Lord is of infinite greatness,

Yet is He within the littleness of this fleshly body;

Beyond the ken of Celestials is He;

Yet in prayer and penance

He Himself shall appear to you.

 

3025: Fruit of Jnana

The shoot of tiny banyan seed,

As a mighty tree within foul body grew,

And rich ripe fruit it bore;

They who ate, forever remained to be;

The fools who did not,

Remained in body,

Tossed about from birth to birth.