Month: April 2016

Extracts from Shri. H. S. Dixit’s Diary – 3 1 Attachment

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Extracts from Shri. H. S. Dixit’s Diary – 3

 

Krishnaji Narayan alias Chotu Bhayya Saheb Parulekar, an honorary Magistrate of Harda wrote to H. S. Dixit on 11-2-1924 thus.

“By Baba’s grace, I was cured of a disease in the following manner. I was suffering from amlapitta (bilious acidity). If I took my afternoon meal, immediately it was vomited out. The same occurred at my night meal. To cure this, many doctors and Vaidyas gave me medicines, which I took without getting any relief. Some days later my father’s friend Sadashiv Ramachandra Patwardhan sent an excellent Vaidya from Nagpur and recommended me to use his medicines. The Vaidya was a very old man. He came to Harda and prepared medicine. He prepared three packets and asked me to take one in the morning and one in the afternoon. So I took two packets. From 3 p.m., my bowels began to move. By 8 p.m. I had so many motions that I was not able to get up from my bed. Thereupon the Vaidya and the people of my house got terrified. Then the Vaidya got into our Puja room, prayed to God and then gave medicine for stopping the motions. At 11 p.m. the motions stopped. Later he told my father, “Hereafter do not give him any medicine for this Amlapitta. It will stop only by the grace of a Satpurusha”. I stopped all medicine.

Five or six years later I went to Shirdi to see Shri Baba. Neither I nor my companions told Baba about my disease. Next year, for Guru Poornima, I again went to Shirdi. After the celebration was over, the next day at 4 or 4.30 p.m. my brother Narayanrao and I with two or three companions went to the Masjidand sat at Baba’s feet. Meanwhile a lady called ‘Mausi Bai’ came there and Baba asked, ‘Mausi, why are you so late?” She told Baba that, ‘okala’ (Nausea or Retching, Tamil okkalam) was the reason for the delay. Thereupon Baba laughed and said, “You are eating too much and therefore you have this okala”. Then Mausi requested him to protect her from that nausea. Baba kept quiet for a few minutes. Then he pointed his finger to me (Chotu Bhayya) and said, “This brother for a very long time had the same (okari) trouble”. Then Narayan, brother of Chotu Bhayya prayed to Baba thus, “This man had okari and all treatment failed”. Baba then said, “Hereafter all medicines should be stopped. This nausea will not recur.” From that day, i.e., all these eight or nine years, the amlapitta has disappeared. For ten or twelve years, in spite of many medicines that disease was not cured; but by Baba’s utterance, it completely disappeared. How wonderful are these Samarth’s Lilas?

One day Baba asked Vaze, “What work are you doing? Then Vaze said,”Ifthere is any workin the Masjid to do, I shall do it”. Baba replied. “If there is any work in the wada to be done, do it”. Next day, Pandit, the man who was, doing much work in the wada, fell ill.

Thereupon in accordance with Baba’s order, Vaze undertook all the work that Pandit did and continued to serve at the wada till Pandit’s recovery.

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Extracts from Shri. H. S. Dixit’s Diary – 2 – Safe Delivery Assured

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Extracts from Shri. H. S. Dixit’s Diary – 2

Safe Delivery Assured

 

29-9-1916

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The daughter of one of my friends became insane during her pregnancy. She was blabbering throughout the day and night. She threw away things through a window.

When nine months were completed, all became anxious about her as the Doctor said that the labor would be difficult. The Doctor had appointed a skilled nurse or midwife. Baba had blessed her and his blessings came to her rescue.

One morning, the pains began. A man went out to fetch the doctor and another to fetch her elder sister. The latter came at once and sat near the pregnant girl. As soon as she sat the baby came and fell in the hands of the sister. There was no trouble.

Half an hour after the delivery, the doctor came; but news of the safe delivery was already dispatched to the doctor before he arrived.

 

YOUR PRAYERS TO SHIRDI SAI BABA

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YOUR PRAYERS TO SHIRDI SAI BABA

 

For Prayers Submission, please visit the below link:

http://shirdisaigurusthan.org/index.php/spiritual-group-healing-prayers/

 

Beloved Sai Brothers and Sisters,
Wecome to Shirdi Sai Gurusthan Mandir Family of Sai Baba Prayers. Your participation in this group prayer is a powerful pool of spiritual energy as it is combined with the Divine Grace of Shirdi Sai.
Baba said, “I am here to give him temporal and spiritual welfare” and asked us, “Let us work and finish his sufferings once for all” in Sri Sai Satcharitra Ch.34. According to His desire, our Mandir will work and submit prayers to finish the suffering of all people in this Universe.
Eventhough “Our Karma is the cause of our happiness and sorrow, therefore, put up with whatever comes to you. (SSS Ch.34)” Baba is ready to work for us to reduce the effect of our sufferings, “Why should he suffer for ten births? In ten days he can work out sufferings and consequences of his past karma. (SSS Ch.34)” With our group Sai prayers, we can help people ease their troubles and miseries.
First of all, the energy of group Sai prayer is not the physical energy, it is universal spiritual energy that enlivens all. When a thought or feeling is lovingly directed to a person, the healing, intelligent energy is also directed to same.
Since all are children of the Creator Sai Baba, our selfless prayers for others will definitely reach to Him. When pure minds united together and prayed, no matter where we live, no time, the healing is received instantaneously. Sincere intention is key to all of this process since it directs our thought and thus the Sai spiritual healing energy in a specific way.
No wonder, simply we use the readily available universal Sai spiritual energy. “Let us love and serve each other and be happy.” (SSS Ch.18 & 19)
METHOD:
Presently we request all members of Sai Spiritual Prayer group to conduct at a suitable location at their premises, (after completion of Mandir construction healing prayers will be held at Mandir on all days before Dhoop Aarti)Consolidate and print the prayer request list ready on  all Thursday morning at 09:00 hrs. Add your own focuses and individuals’ names. This contains all the coordinates for the healing power to find the correct recipients.
  • Choose a calm and clean place where positive vibrations present, invite few like minded Sai devotees for this group prayers.
  • Chant Sai Nama Japa for 5-10 minutes.
  • Sit in your place with the List. Settle and be calm. Clear all negation and distraction. Be purposeful.
  • Make a statement of your *intention*. This can take any form: prayer, affirmation, declaration, decree, invocation, etc.
  • Feel your heart and mind open and unite. Feel the Omnipresence of Sai Mercy and Compassion. Shirdi Sai Baba said. “I am the Inner Ruler of all and seated in your hearts” in chapter 3 of Sri Sai Satcharitra, hence strongly believe and feel the Sai Divine Power is within you. Ask Sai for spiritual aid.
  • Hold the Healing List between your hands and go to your inner sanctum. Meditate and allow your experience to unfold.
  • Spend a minimum of 20 minutes each time and no longer than an hour.
  • You may refer to the list to highlight names in your mind or focus on particular situations with which you have an affinity.
  • Further affirmations or words of healing intent can be directed to the contents of the List.
  • A visualization of Sai Spiritual Energy around the participants and you will experience upliftment and peace. A time will come when the energy tapers off. It is then time to close the session.
  • Give thanks for the opportunity to serve. Ask that the healing is perpetuated as needed.
  • Leave the List in a specific place that is sacred.
  • Throughout, feel the pool of energy in which we all swim.

View Thursday Prayer List

 

Extracts from Shri. H. S. Dixit’s Diary – 1

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Extracts from Shri. H. S. Dixit’s Diary

 

16-9-1918

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Once Madhavrao Deshpande (of Shirdi) had piles. He told Baba about it. Baba said, ”We shall give medicine in the afternoon” Baba prepared an infusion of Swarnamukhi (probably SENNA) and gave him part of it. With that the piles trouble stopped. Two years later, he again got piles. As Baba bad given him this infusion, he thought that he himself would prepare the infusion at his home; but that increased the piles instead of stopping it. Later on by Baba’s grace the piles were cured. Purport of all this is that the cure was the result of Baba’s Ashirvada and not of the medicine.

 

Amritanubhava of Janeswar is a well known work; but it is very hard to understand. Very few read it. Dasa Ganu wanted to write explaining it in detail (tika) so that the common man could understand it. Das Ganu said so to Dada Maharaj, the well known man of Satara. The latter put an obstacle in his way and said, “Before you write a tika or commentary, you must understand the original text. If you remain for some months with me and learn the book, then you can write the commentary” Dada Maharaj is reputed to be well versed in Amritanubhava. Das Ganu told him, “If Baba wants me to write the tika, then He will give me the buddhi to make me understand the book, I will not go to anyone to learn it”. Dada Maharaj did not appreciate Das Ganu’s idea; but he prayed to Baba on Das Ganu’s behalf. Then Das Ganu began his commentary. After comments were written on 2 chapters, Das Ganu went to Dada Maharaj and the latter enquired about the commentary. Das Ganu read out his chapters. Hearing that, Dada Maharaj gave his compliments and said, “Baba is truly a Samartha. Because of his favor on you, such a tika has been written. There is no need for any one else to help you.

 

Baba Takes Devotees Sufferings onto Him

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Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Baba Takes Devotees Sufferings onto Him

 

On Purandare’s first visit to Shirdi, he requested his mother to accompany him. The day before the scheduled departure, his young daughter was ill with high fever. Nonetheless, he could not think of canceling his trip. He left behind, his mother, and wife, and the daughter in their care. On the third day of his stay at Shirdi, Baba appeared in his wife’s dream and applied Udi to the child’s forehead. At that very moment, her illness took a turn for the better and she began to improve and was well when he returned home.

 

Leela- 44 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA

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Guruvaar Prarthna

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, though our life lasts a hundred years, we die like the short lived man; the years swiftly pass. Practically we waste our valuable life in materialistic wandering and not giving much importance on realistic divinity. Our time is totally focused non productive matters and even prayer time is not fully devoted to the purpose. We expect quick results for everything, not minding Your doctrine of shraddha and sabhuri. Baba, adopt carret and stick policy and straighten our life. Our days are numbered and we need a solution before the end. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine guidance in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

One should have full faith at the Guru’s feet.

How can a disciple do anything on his own? It is the Sadguru who places him in an advantageous position. The disciple does not understand the difficulties that are to befall him. The Guru wards them off without his knowledge.

In all the three worlds there is not another more generous giver than the Guru. Let us surrender by being the humblest of the humble and surrender to him and only to him.

If we compare him to the Chintamani2, the Chintamani gives only that which is wished for; but a Guru gives something which is not even imagined, to the astonishment of the devotee.

If we compare him to the Kalpataru3, the Kalpataru only fulfils the wishes that are asked for; but the Gururaya will grant the Nirvikalpa4 unexpectedly.

The Kamadhenu5 fulfils the wish that is expressed. But the Guru – dhenu is still greater. He is famous as ‘He, who gives that which is Inconceivable.’ Who else can deserve this title?

Now, I beseech the listeners, to listen to the story to which I had referred in the previous chapter about how a person desirous of knowledge of the Brahman received it.

Listen in what manner Baba satisfied a seeker of the knowledge of Brahman and preached to his devotees. Now listen to that significant discourse.

The Saints are always free of desires as they have fulfilled every desire. The devotees are extremely covetous and always dissatisfied.

Some ask for progeny; some for unassailable power and enormous wealth; some ask for faith and devotion; but rarely there was one who asked for salvation from this worldly life.

 

I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.

 

Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 16, Ovi 15 – 24)

 

The Dairy of Late Shri H. S. Dixit

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The Dairy of Late Shri H. S. Dixit

 

To those, who are conversant with the life of Shri Sai Baba, the name H. S. Dixit is not new. He was one of the several devotees, who had the good fortune to have the company of Shri Sai Baba in live form. The mention of his name is often made in the Sai Satcharita. In chapter 20 of Shri Sai Satcharita, Shri Sai Baba is said to have ordered Shri. Das Ganu to go to Kakasaheb (as he was commonly known) Dixit’s place at Vile Parle in order to get a reply to his question from the maid-servant of Shri. Dixit. In chapter 27, a mention is made about the Vithal-vision of Shri Dixit. Apart from being a devotee, Shri. Hari Sitaram alias Kakasaheb Dixit was very, intimate with Shri Sai Baba. The building now used as Bhojan Griha at Shirdi belonged to Shri. Dixit and is often referred to as “Dixitwada” in Sai Satcharita.

It appears that Shri. Dixit maintained a diary in Marathi and recorded therein the incidents that he heard about or saw when he was at Shirdi. The dairy it appears was published, after it was translated into English. Late Shri. N P. Awasthi of Pune, had a copy of this diary in his collection of books and another sincere Sai devotee Shri. S. M. Garje (80, Shiwaji Nagar, Lane-5) happened to get it from Shri. Nanasaheb Awasthi. At the time of the gathering of the contributors to Shri Sai Leela magazine, held at Shirdi in the last week of January 1977, Shri. Garje happened to mention about this book to me and expressed his wish that some of the incidents recorded therein may be published in Shri Sai Leela as they do not seem to have been referred to in Sai Satcharita. I agreed to his proposal but expressed a desire to have a look at the book. I happened to go to Pune in the last week of February, when Shri. Garje was good enough to give me the book obtained by him from Shri. Awasthi Kaka.

The diary has 140 pages. The first page and a few pages at the end of the book were missing, because the incident No.118 which starts on page 140 is not completely narrated on that page. Some other pages of the book have been partly eaten by white ants. As the first page was torn, it could not be said where and by whom the English translation was published; but it appears from the note at the end of the introduction (which is reproduced below) that the book must have been published at Madras.

As the book was printed, at least round about 500 copies of it must have been circulated after it was printed. On enquiries at Shirdi Office, it is understood that no copy of the book was available in the library at Shirdi. The author has thanked the Shirdi Sansthan for allowing him to translate and publish the diary. It is therefore rather strange that a copy of the book is not preserved in the library at Shirdi.

The introduction of the book which covers the first five pages of the book runs as follows:

In volume II of the Life of Sai Baba, (based largely on Dixit Anka of S. L. Masik) we get a fairly good idea of H. S. Dixit’s life and how it has enabled him to reach as high perfection as possible under Sai’s guidance. That is largely due to the fact that Dixit himself furnished particulars about his life. These particulars are found partly in the Marathi diary kept by him during the time he was under Baba (1909-19l8) and even after Baba left the body (1918-1926). They deal only with Baba and persons who approached Baba. The notes are mostly valuable; several of them are highly useful to devotees for various purposes including the promotion of their own health, and the advancement of their spiritual condition. In a few cases, no doubt we have to correct or amplify the notes given by Dixit in his diary with the help of better and fuller accounts by others who have had better chances of knowing the facts and expressing them in proper perspective and with fuller detail in the Sai Lila Masik, etc.

We find especially about Nana Chandorkar, the details given here are too few and too weak, perhaps due to Dixit’s inability to remember and reproduce what he heard from others, mostly second-hand. In those instances about Chandorkar, B. V. Dev has given a very much better account in the Sai Lila Masik, beginning with I Vol. 6th part which deals with the first meeting of Chandorkar with Baba. B. V. Dev’s account is impressive and highly useful. Again take the account of further important incidents in Chandorkar’s life where B. V. Dev sets them out in his articles. These are the result of B. V. Dev’s carefully contacting N. G. Chandorkar whom he considered to be his Guru, or Upa-guru, the stepping stone that took him to his Dattaguru Sai

Baba. Therefore, the accounts given by him are fuller, more accurate and more helpful to the reader. So in several of these cases, the readers of this diary would do well to check and compare the valuable accounts in it with other accounts found elsewhere. This however does not detract from the great value of the diary. This diary is the first great source of information that we have for Baba’s life at Shirdi. He is the first one who kept a diary which proves to be a good source of history.

Dixit’s diary covers a very long period so far as the incidents are concerned. Some of them refer to Baba’s contact and dealings with bhaktas long before Dixit arrived at Shirdi in 1909, e.g., N. G. Chandorkar. But in the case of G. S. Khaparde, it is a regular diary kept from day to day, maintained in strict business like fashion and therefore dealing only with a few months; at first for a few days when he was at Shirdi at the end of 1910 and then for 3 months from Dec. 1911 to March 1912 when he stayed at Shirdi. There is a marked difference between these two diaries. Khaparde writes like Pepy, from the purely worldly standpoint. Occasional touches there are of spirituality, for any one in dealing with Sai cannot escape spirituality. But most of these details noted by Khaparde are ordinary events – arrival and departure of persons, what happened to who in what place and why, etc. It is not these that attracted Dixit’s attention. He was after that which is really helpful to the soul noting incidents of Baba’s miraculous action and powers. These are very highly helpful, because a careful study of these would enable one to get a good picture of Sai Baba’s helpfulness to sadhakas to achieve the goal and that is what any reader of Dixit’s dairy should aim at. In the case of Khaparde it is more a source book of historical facts with occasional intermixture of spiritual events and statements. Dixit’s diary has one great merit, namely, that he is relating experiences of himself and of others mostly having direct contact with Baba in the flesh. As Dixit was an Ankita child of Baba, (that is, one for whom Baba had given an express undertaking that he would look after everything concerning him so that Dixit need not have any anxiety at all,) his record of incidents (showing how he fared after that undertaking was given) helps others similarly situated and has a special merit. His diary is a valuable study, especially for those who have recently been placed under Baba’s protection. Baba did not confine his complete provision, supervision and guardianship (Yogakshema) to Kaka Dixit. There were and are so many others who had not seen Baba during their life time whose care has been and is being undertaken by Baba and several of these were reporting to Dixit or to Sai journals etc., constantly that under the supervision and guidance of Baba everything was going on in their life well, both temporally and spiritually.

So, for all persons, Dixit’s diary affords very good help. It is a pity that others also who contacted Baba in the flesh and to whom also Baba extended similar protection like Das Ganu (See B. C. S. 31) did not maintain any diary showing how their complete life has been covered by Baba’s protection and how they progressed. Upasani Baba also was under the complete protection of Sai Baba for years. Unfortunately Upasani Baba did not maintain any regular diary and in fact forgot even the year in which he went to Baba and the period during which he stayed under Baba. For instance the writer of Upasani’s biography under directions of Baba, (Upasani Lilamrita) has written as though Upasani Baba spent four years at Shirdi as directed by Baba. It is only by researches made subsequently with the help of Khaparde’s dairy and letters in the possession of Balakrishna Upasani Sastri that the discovery was made that Upasani Maharaj did not stay at Shirdi all the four years prescribed for him by Baba, but only three years i.e., from June 1911 to June 1914. Even though he visited Shirdi on subsequent occasions, he could never complete four years with Baba.

These discoveries, which enable one to study the lives of Sai’s devotees, are only possible by reason of the existence of diaries like G.S. K’s and Dixit’s. This is only one instance to show how for purposes of ascertainment of historical facts these diaries are useful. They have obviously further uses than this bare ascertainment of historical facts. The reader might have noticed how some derived special advantage by making a special study of passages from these diaries in the matter of health, success, spiritual progress etc. In this preface it is enough to indicate that the main reason why these diaries of Dixit and Khaparde are now being translated and are printed is that they serve many purposes of the students of Sai’s life, especially those students who wish to improve themselves by a fuller knowledge of the facts of Baba’s life and the way in which He operated on those seeking His help and others who by rinanubanda had to be drawn to His feet.

P. S.: In translating the Marathi text, Sri A Ramachandra Rao, Mowbrays Road, Madras, has given much help for which thanks are due. Thanks are due to Sri Sai Sansthan of Shirdi for leave to translate and publish this work.

It will be seen from the above introduction that the diary relates to the period 1909 to 1918 and from 1918 to 1926; but the incidents that are printed in the book are not dated. When we know some incidents relating to Shri Sai Baba, we are interested to know when they happened; but the book is silent about the dates of the incidents, though an overall period covered by the book has been given. Shri. Garje is requested to select some incidents from the book and it is proposed to print them every month. I am also making efforts to obtain the original Marathi Diary of Shri H. S Dixit from his relatives at Vile Parle and if the diary is traced, we might be able to know the dates on which the particular incident took place.

S.D. Parchure

 

The Temple at Smt. Chandrabai’s House

 

 

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The Temple at Smt. Chandrabai’s House

[Original article written in Marathi by Shri Chandrakant D. Samant,  and published in Shri Sai Leela magazine (Marathi) for the month of Nov. 75]

The old suburb of Bombay city from Bandra to Vile Parle had the good fortune of housing a number of Sai devotees, who were lucky in having a close association with Shri Sai Baba during his life time. Shri Dabholkar alias Hemadpant, the author of Shri Sai Satcharita, was a resident of Bandra, while Solicitor Hari Sitaram alias Kakasaheb Dixit was a resident of Vile Parle. From Sai Satcharita, chapter 20, pages 106 to 110 (7th Edition, 1974) we find that Shri Sai Baba directed Shri Dasganu to go to Vile Parle, as the maid servant in the house of Shri Kakasaheb Dixit would give him the reply to his problem.

Rao Bahadur M. W. Pradhan, who wrote a book in English captioned “Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi” as early as 1933, was staying at Santacruz. Similarly Shri Raghunathrao Tendulkar and his wife Savitribai, Shri Ramchandra Atmaram alias Babasaheb Tarkhad, Shri Balaram Mankar, Shri Balaram Dhurandhar and Shri Shamrao Jayakar, who has painted the beautiful portrait of Shri Sai Baba in the Dwarkamai, were all staying in this area. Thus this area has become sacred because of the residence of so many Sai devotees.

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On the Tilak Mandir road at Vile Parle (East) there is a building known as “Shriram Sai Nivas”. No sooner you enter the compound of this building, you are attracted by the statue of Shri Sai Baba in a sitting posture, which is placed there. This statue is carved by the famous sculptor Shri Vasant Govekar. It was installed in the open space near the front wall of the building and is placed on a raised platform nearly four and a half feet tall. This temple has become a favourite resort for all the Sai devotees, staying in the Vile Parle (East) area. It is frequented by many people every day for taking darshan of Shri Sai Baba.

If we look at the history of so many Sai temples, we find that Shri Baba inspired many of His devotees to build those temple in order to spread devotion to Shri Sai Baba in the vicinity of those temples. In the case of this temple also we find some such story. Smt. Chandrabai Borkar was a staunch devotee of Shri Sai Baba. She used to visit Shirdi very often and used to spend much time in Baba’s company. Many other Sai devotees from Vile Parle used to accompany her to Shirdi and used to perform the Puja etc. there. Smt. Sharadabai, wife of another staunch Sai devotee, Shri Nanasaheb Chandorkar, was a great friend of Smt. Chandrabai and they used to worship Shri Baba jointly on many occasions. Shri Tatyaba, who was a favourite devotee of Shri Sai Baba, was considered as a brother by Smt. Chandrabai. Due to the blessings of Sri Sai Baba, Shri Tatyaba had a son and it was a strange coincidence that Smt. Chandrabai also had a son in the same year, at the age of fifty years. Her strong devotion towards Baba prompted her to go to Shirdi and she had the good fortune to be with Shri Baba during His last moments. It was Smt. Chandrabai, who placed the Tulsi leaf in Shri Baba’s mouth at the time of his Maha Samadhi.

Because of her long association with Shri Sai Baba, Smt. Chandrabai intended to commemorate the memory of Shri Sai Baba in Vile Parle; but somehow the plan for the same could not materialize till 1958. On the Ramanavami day in that year, the statue of Shri Sai Baba was installed by the holy hands of Pandit Padmanabhshastri Palaye in the compound of the bunglow of Smt. Chandrabai. Only on the previous night Smt Chandrabai and her daughter-in-law, Mrs Mangalabai had a dream about the installation of Shri Sai Baba’s statue. This incident brought over a complete change in the life and thoughts of Mrs. Mangalabai. She turned overnight from Prarthanasamagist to a staunch devotee of Shri Sai Baba. Smt. Chandrabai appeared to have fulfilled her last wish of installing the statue and closed her chapter of life only about eight months thereafter in the month of November 1958.

One Pujari is appointed to worship and perform the Aarti in the temple. The festivals, that are being celebrated at Shirdi from time to time, are all being celebrated in this mandir all the year round. Smt. Banutai Dukhande, a friend of Smt. Chandrabai, used to perform keertans at this temple for many years. Like Dasganu, this activity also helped a lot in spreading devotion to Shri Sai Baba in the masses. Sai devotees staying in the suburbs should take advantage of this Sai Mandir, which is so near to them.

LAILA and MAJNU

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LAILA and MAJNU

Remove ignorance through knowledge. Go beyond both knowledge and ignorance.” – Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita, Ch. 8, Ovi 69.

Majnu, a handsome, brave and straight forward youth, was devoted to the King of Persia’s beautiful daughter, Laila. And so deep was Laila’s love for Majnu that she prevailed upon her father, the King, to announce that whatever Majnu might want, in any shop in the city’s great bazaars, it was to be given to him. Full payment would be made from the King’s treasury, all the shopkeepers were told.

For himself, Majnu wanted no worldly objects to speak of, for his heart was on fire with spiritual longing. But when the idlers and vagabonds of the city heard the King’s order, they all adopted the name of Majnu and began to take away everything they wanted from the shops. As a result, it was not long before the bazaars were completely looted and the shelves of every shop were bare.

The merchants and towns people then went in a body to the palace of the King, and said: “O King, there may be one, two or even ten Majnus. Such a thing would be entirely possible. But certainly there cannot be so many hundreds of Majnus. They are looting the city right and left, and a stop must be put to it at once.”

To the complaint the King replied: “I will consult Laila, and will then make a plan to put an end to this great deception and dishonesty.”

Going to Laila, the King asked her: “Is Majnu one man, two men, or more? The city is filled with Majnus, and they have ransacked every shop in the bazaar.”

Laila at once understood what had happened and told her father, “Leave everything to me. I will very quickly rid the city of these impostors masquerading as Majnu. You will see the results of my plan by tomorrow at the latest.”

Laila then sent for the chief officer of her bodyguard and instructed him, “Send your soldiers through every part of the city at once, preceded by drummers beating on their drums. And have the soldiers announce to all people that I will go to the bazaar tomorrow with a dagger in my hand to collect Majnu’s flesh.”

When the soldiers made this announcement, every false Majnu disappeared as if by magic, and only the one true Majnu remained.”

“Few are the wise ones (like Majnu) who turn the heart away from worldly objects, and spend their time in gathering riches for the life beyond, before departure from this lowly earth.”

 

Sai Experiences of RAO SAHEB V. P. IYER

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Sai Experiences of RAO SAHEB V. P. IYER

 

In Shirdi, near the temple of Sri Sai Baba is the Lendi garden. There are a few Samadhis to the right side of the entrance of the garden and one of them is of Rao Saheb V. P. Iyer. He was my husband. He breathed his last at Lakshmiwadi which is four and a half miles from Shirdi – Kopargaon Road. I was at Lucknow at that time when I got a telegram informing me about his death. I wished to see the place where he had passed away and I went there. The children and I reached the place four days after his death. When the people of Shirdi knew that I had come to Lakshmiwadi, many came to console me and talked about my husband.

Mr. V. P. lyer was a Sugar Technologist. He worked at various sugar factories. I had settled in Lucknow for the sake of the education of my children. When the contract for his work was over, my husband would come and stay at Lucknow till he again got a contract for a job in another sugar factory.

For the 1943-44 sugar seasons, he did not have a job and so he was at Lucknow. He was not worried about it for he had absolute faith in Baba. He said that why should he worry, for Baba will do what is best for him. He was happy that he had more time now to pray to Sai Baba. Before having his meals he would offer the food to his beloved Baba. He would have all the various dishes served in the Thali, even raw onions and salad and offer the food to Baba. He would sit with eyes closed for a few minutes and then start eating. When someone told him not to offer raw onions, he replied that Baba would like it because it was a side dish for the poor.

He had sent applications for a job and he got one in November 1944. He got a contract to work in the Lakshmiwadi Sugar Mills, at Lakshmiwadi near Kopargaon. When he saw the letter he said “Baba’s grace is great and he has called me near him”.

He went to Lakshmiwadi and joined duty. He was happy for, now he could go to Shirdi whenever he got time. He often went in the evenings and returned late at night. As he stood in prayer at Baba’s Samadhi he forgot everything. Many a time people there reminded him that he should go home as it was getting late. With great reluctance he would leave the Mandir and return home. His only wish seemed to be near Baba all the time.

His desire to be with Baba was so great that he wrote in the letters to me that he wanted to stay at Shirdi and not leave the place. When his friends there heard this they advised him against it. They told him that he cannot think of such a thing. He must work and provide for the family till the children are grown up and able to look after themselves. His only reply was that he did not want to leave Baba and go, and that he wanted only to stay at Shirdi. In May 1945 the season was over and his work there was finished. Mr. Iyer wrote a report and submitted it to the factory management on the 26th of May, and thought of leaving Kopargaon on the 27th of May for Lucknow.

Two of my sons had gone to Lakshmiwadi to spend a part of the summer vacation with their father. So they were there during his last days.

On the evening of the 26th, he went to Shirdi to have the darshan of Baba. The Mandir was not as it is today. It was small. Only the Samadhi of Sai Baba was there and there was no statue. He stood near a pillar in front of the Samadhi with his eyes closed. Sometimes tears would come from his eyes and he was not conscious of his surroundings. Some persons tried to talk to him but he did not respond. At about 9 p. m. he came out of the trance. With great reluctance he left the Mandir to return home.

Since he was leaving Shirdi, he said good-bye to the many persons whom he knew. He felt no difference whether they were rich or poor. All were the same to him. When he said goodbye, tears were shed on either side. He reached home at about 11 p. m. and after dinner went to bed.

At about 2 a. m. he woke his sons and said that he was ill. The neighbor was informed and he called the doctor The doctor came and diagnosed it as cholera and gave medicine. By morning he had become very weak. By noon he was only half conscious. He was lying quietly with eyes closed. At times he would open his eyes and look at Baba’s photo which was on the opposite wall. He was oblivious of his surroundings except for Baba At about 4.30 p.m. he opened his eyes and beckoned to the person standing near him. When that person went to him and asked him what he wanted, he made a sign that he wanted the picture of Sai Baba. It was removed from the wall and brought to him. He opened his arms and with his eyes indicated that the picture should be put on his chest. He then embraced Baba and said “Baba, Sai Baba, Baba” and smiling, breathed his last.

When the people heard of the death of Mr. Iyer, they were shocked and grieved, for the night before he was well and now no more. Large number of people came from Shirdi walking, not minding the distance and the time for they all loved him. He was cremated late at night.

The people of Shirdi approached the Samsthan and requested that a Samadhi be built of Mr. Iyer and they agreed. His ashes were buried and the Samadhi was built and the name and date were engraved on it. Baba heard the prayer of his Bhakta and fulfilled the wish and kept the loving Bhakta near him forever. Baba has looked after me and my six children. They are all educated and well placed. All are married and have children and are devotees of Sai Baba. I submit to His will and have had no fear for I have complete faith in Sai Baba.

SHRI SAI LEELA (Official Organ of Shirdi Sansthan )

FEBRUARY 1976

Mrs. Hirabai lyer C/o Dr. S. N. lyer. 13, Palm Court, 152, M. Karve Marg, Bombay, 400020