Month: May 2016

This really means a lot to me and my family

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This really means a lot to me and my family

 

Who are His representatives and who appear here at proper times, help in their own way to fulfill that mission” – Shri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. 4.

 

Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus. Finally, there was only one family between us and the ticket counter.

This family made a big impression on me. There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. You could tell they didn’t have a lot of money. Their clothes were not expensive, but they were clean.

The children were well-behaved, all of them standing in line, two-by- two behind their parents, holding hands. They were excitedly jabbering about the clowns, elephants and other acts they would see that night. One could sense they had never been to the circus before. It promised to be a highlight of their young lives.

The father and mother were at the head of the pack standing proud as could be. The mother was holding her husband’s hand, looking up at him as if to say, “You’re my knight in shining armor.” He was smiling and basking in pride, looking at her as if to reply, “You got that right.”

The ticket lady asked the father how many tickets he wanted. He proudly responded, “Please let me buy eight children’s tickets and two adult tickets so I can take my family to the circus.”

The ticket lady quoted the price. The man’s wife let go of his hand, her head dropped, the man’s lip began to quiver. The father leaned a little closer and asked, “How much did you say?”

The ticket lady again quoted the price. The man didn’t have enough money.

How was he supposed to turn and tell his eight kids that he didn’t have enough money to take them to the circus?

Seeing what was going on, my dad put his hand into his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill and dropped it on the ground. (We were not wealthy in any sense of the word!) My father reached down, picked up the bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, sir, this fell out of your pocket.”

The man knew what was going on. He wasn’t begging for a handout but certainly appreciated the help in a desperate, heartbreaking, embarrassing situation. He looked straight into my dad’s eyes, took my dad’s hand in both of his, squeezed tightly onto the $20 bill, and with his lip quivering and a tear streaming down his cheek, he replied, “Thank you, thank you, sir. This really means a lot to me and my family.”

My father and I went back to our car and drove home. We didn’t go to the circus that night, but we didn’t go without.

 

A GREAT AND BLESSED SAI DEVOTEE – LATE TATYASAHEB NOOLKAR 2 of 6 (SHRI SAILEELA MAY JUNE 1991)

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A GREAT AND BLESSED SAI DEVOTEE – LATE TATYASAHEB NOOLKAR 2 of 6

(SHRI SAILEELA MAY JUNE 1991)

 

Severe pain of eyes cured

Once Tatyasaheb had some dangerous disease of his eyes. He could not see properly and pain was unbearable. When no improvement occurred in spite of treatment from well-known eye specialists, Tatayasaheb as a last resort went to Shirdi.

Two days he sat in Sathe Wada praying Sai Baba and continuously repeating Sai-Nama. On the third day Baba placing His hand on His own eyes, said to Madhavrao Deshpande, “Shama! Today My eyes are paining severely”. As soon as Baba said these words, Tatyasaheb’s pain started becoming less and less and soon the eyes were cured completely. (In Shri Sai Saicharita Ch. XXI, Sai Baba’s taunting a pleader from Pandharpur and teaching him not to indulge in any scandal or slander of others, was in reference to that pleader’s criticism and discussion in the Bar Room of Tatyasaheb Noolkar’s above stay at Shirdi for cure of his eyes only).

Babu’s favours to Tatyasaheb

In earlier days Sai Baba was not getting Himself worshipped. If somebody brought a garland, He did not accept it. But later on due to love of various devotees, He started permitting devotees to apply sandal-paste to His fore-head, offer Him flowers and perform Arati (waving of burning lamps). It was Tatyasaheb who had the privilege of first performing such Pooja on Guru Pournima Day. Tatyasaheb describes this incident in his letter to Nanasaheb Chandorkar thus:

“On Saturday just as I got up in bed, I remembered it was GURU POOJA DAY and made preparations. After Bhiksha (begging round of Sai Baba) we were permitted to perform Guru Pooja. Baba allowed us to do upachar (particulars and points of worship) quickly. He returned all Dakshina that was given at the time of Pooja. Then He sent word to Radhakrishnamai and Dadabhai (Dada Kalkar, father-in-law of Rao Bahadur Sathe) that Pooja and Arati was being done and they should come. So Radhakrishnamai sent her Pooja articles and Dada came with his Pooja articles.”

Thus, with Tatyasaheb Noolkar, the congregational worship of Baba with singing of Arati and playing of musical instruments started which was continued further first by Megha and then later by Bapusaheb Jog.

Sai Baba’s and Tatyasaheb’s mutual love was really incomparable. Sai Baba used to call Tatyasaheb Tatyaba or ‘mhatara (old man)’. At worship time, many dishes of different food items used to come and sometimes Sai Baba used to say, “Today I want Tatyaba’s ‘poli (wheat cake) and so saying He would accurately pick out poli received from Tatyaba’s house out of the heap of pollies received.

Tatyasaheb once had a desire in his mind that he should get some words from Baba’s sacred mouth for reciting. Baba having known this, once uttered some special words to satisfy Tatyasaheb who continued to recite the same till the end of his life. Tatyasaheb also wished to receive some article from Baba for placing it in his Poojaroom and worshipping. Then unexpectedly on Datta-Jayanti Day (Birthday of Sri Dattatreya in the month of Margasirsh), at about 9 p.m., Sai Baba sent a messenger for Tatyasaheb. The messenger had not even reached the Wada when Baba was in such a hurry that He sent two more messengers one after another. When Tatyasaheb arrived, Baba pulled out one ‘Kafani’ (a long robe such as used by Baba Himself) from the heap of kafanies and placed it on Tatyasaheb’s body saying, “Let it be with you. It will protect you from severe wind and cold”. Tatyasaheb felt that this was a sort of ‘sanyas diksha’ (initiation into the fourth stage of life, i.e. abandonment of all worldly possessions and earthly affections) as per his own liking and with tears of joy in his eyes he placed his head on the feet of Baba and resumed. Such were the many favors Tatyasaheb received from Sai Baba.

 

Ice Cream Is Good For The Soul

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Ice Cream Is Good For The Soul

 

What is wanted here, is not discussion but unlimited love and devotion.´- Shri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. 30.

Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!”

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark, “That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray. Asking God for ice-cream! Why, I never!”.

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?”

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.”

“Really?” my son asked. “Cross my heart.” Then in a theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, “Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes, and my soul is good already.”

 

A GREAT AND BLESSED SAI DEVOTEE – LATE TATYASAHEB NOOLKAR 1 of 6 (SHRI SAILEELA MAY JUNE 1991)

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A GREAT AND BLESSED SAI DEVOTEE – LATE TATYASAHEB NOOLKAR 1 of 6

(SHRI SAILEELA MAY JUNE 1991)

In Shri Sai Satcharita, late Shri. Tatyasaheb alias Laxman Krishnaji Noolkar has been only referred to at few places. (Ch. II, Ch. XXVII and Ch. XXXI). Shri. Nagesh Gunaji in his English Saicharita has added a few lines on his life and spiritual achievement in brief. Perhaps both of them had no access to more information about Tatyasaheb Noolkar.

Luckily recently, I came across Tatyasaheb’s grandson Shri. Raghunath Vishwanath Noolkar from whom I received lot of reliable information (personally observed by his father and written down for an article in Sant Kripa magazine) not known to us Sai devotees. He also produced some proofs viz a letter from Shri. Madhavrao Deshpande (Shama) in his own hand-writing and a letter written by Tatyasaheb Noolkar to Shri. Nanasaheb Chandorkar about his spiritual experiences.

Based on all this and also on information procured from other sources, I have collated this article in detail to describe the great spiritual progress of Shri. Tatyasaheb Noolkar and his final beatitude at the feet of Shri Sai Baba at Shirdi in March, 1911.

Early life and first meeting with Sai Baba

Tatyasaheb was born in the latter half of the 19th century and educated at Pune High School. In government service and other activities, he was known for his firmness, truthfulness, selflessness, benevolence and self-control. In spiritual mailers, his study was great and he used to read Upanishads and other religious books regularly. He had “darshan” and intimate association with quite a few saints.

In 1908, Tatyasaheb was Sub-Judge at Pandharpur (famous place of pilgrimage of Sri Vithoba in Maharashtra) and Nanasaheb Chandorkar was the Mamlatdar (Revenue Officer, in charge of a sub-division) at the same place. Nanasaheb as per his usual habit, used to urge Tatyasaheb to visit Shirdi at least once. At last Tatyasaheb agreed to go to Shirdi on two conditions, (1) he must get a Brahmin cook and (2) he must get good Nagpur Oranges for presentation to Shri Sai Baba. On this Nanasaheb said, “Yes, with Baba’s grace you will get them also”.

Surprisingly, the same night one Brahmin cook came to Nanasaheb for a job and he immediately sent him to Tatyasaheb. Next day morning, Tatyasaheb received a parcel of excellent Nagpur oranges, the name of the consigner not being mentioned. Thus Tatyasaheb was convinced of Baba’s divine powers and he went with Nanasaheb Chandorkar to Shirdi. Tatyasaheb was physically short and fat. As he bowed down at Baba’s feet, Baba placed his hand spreading all five fingers on Tatyasaheb’s head lightly but with a slight push. As a result, Tatyasaheb collapsed a little towards the nearby pillar, but at that time quite different feelings appeared in his head and having been convinced that this was the real and ultimate place of his Guru, he was in the state of unparalleled joy.

That night Tatyasaheb while asleep in Sathe Wada, suddenly woke up and started asking Nanasaheb for betel (a roll of Piper-betel leaves with areca nut, clover, lime etc. chewed after meals) which Nanasaheb was not in the habit of chewing. Just at that time Baba at the Masjid said to someone present, “Take these four betels and give them to the old man who has come with Chandorkar at Sathe Wada.” Seeing that man suddenly come with the betels, Tatyasaheb was convinced about Baba’s powers of knowing secrets of others’ mind (Anthargnan) and his faith in Baba was further established. Tatyasaheb came back to Pandharpur but whenever he got leave or had holidays, he started visiting Shirdi for Sai Baba’s darshan and company.

 

God will pull back the curtain and allow us to see beyond our limited view

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God will pull back the curtain and allow us to see beyond our limited view

 

His ways are inconceivable.“ Sri Sai Satcharitra Ch. 18/19

This story is directed at those who choose not to believe in God and for those who experience any doubt of His presence and/or existence. I recently came across a true story about a woman in Fort Myers, Florida whose mother was dying. It is my hope that this story may touch you in the same way it touched my heart. The story, some of which is in the exact words of this woman is as follows:

I was fortunate to be able to sit at my mother’s bedside and have lots of talks with her during her last weeks on earth. Most of her last month was spent in a hospital until we went to Hospice House. I knew Hospice helped people die but I didn’t know they had a 16 room home in Fort Myers where people could come and die in peace. We had many conversations as she drew closer and closer to death and spoke many times about death and heaven.

In one such conversation about heaven I said: “Mom, well… could we have a secret, something just between us? I know it’s going to sound crazy. But if you die and when you get to heaven, if it’s more than you ever dreamed it would be, if you are all right and see God, would you send me one red rose?”

This was a very special moment between me and my mother an eternal moment. She said, “Yes, I’ll do that.”

A week later I said, “Look mom about our secret, I’ll be on earth and you’ll be in heaven. How are you going to get a rose to me?” She said to me without reservation “Honey, God can do anything!”

Shortly after that on September 16, 1997 her mother died. As you can imagine this was not a wonderful time. So much to do with funeral arrangements that the woman forgot completely about the secret she and her mother had shared. Then at the funeral home, during the wake a strange thing happened. Let me share this in the woman’s words.

All of the sudden in the back of the funeral home I caught a glimpse of an elderly gentleman with a cane. I didn’t know him. I was sure that I had never seen or met him before. I turned and looked at him… as he knelt down at my mother’s coffin and placed in her hands just one beautiful red rose. I walked over to him and inquired what made him bring the rose. He said, “oh honey, for some reason all day today I had a red rose on my mind, all day I have been thinking about it. I just knew I had to get one red rose for your mother.””Now if you’re like me, you have tears streaming down your cheeks right now. Let me suggest to you that God is real and sometimes in His graciousness and love, He will, for just a moment pull back the curtain and allow us to see beyond our limited view of life and death. Right now if you believe this story and it has touched your heart, isn’t it about time you got right with God and accepted His Son into your heart. Don’t wait because if you do it may be too late. Accept Sai today as your Lord and Savior and become part of the eternal kingdom of God. After all heaven was more than this woman’s mother.

 

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HELP HELPS

 

Respect the strangers who come to your doorstep. Offer water to the thirsty, give bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked and some space to rest in your verandah to the needy. This will please the Lord.” – Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita, Ch. 19, Ovi 142.

 

A woman lost her husband whom she loved dearly. She was plunged into the depths of sorrow. For months together, she did not know what it was to smile. One day, she happened to look out of the window and found two children in the street below. They appeared to be very poor. Their feet were bare; their clothes were scanty. She came out of her palatial mansion and asked them, who are your parents?”

“We are orphans,” they answered.

“Who takes care of you?” she asked.

And they said, “The neighbours give us some little things from time to time, and that is how we have been able to survive.”

The woman forgot her sorrow. She took the children to a departmental store and said to them, “Take what you will – dresses, shoes, eatables, everything you like!”

The children could not believe it. As they kept on taking one thing after another, their joy knew no bounds, and something of their joy stole into the heart of the woman.

She forgot her grief and, for the first time in many months, her face was wreathed in smiles.

In the measure in which we make others happy, in that measure – and many times over – happiness travels to us.

 

Ring out – Ring in

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Ring in – Ring out

 

Ring out Ostentation and Obstinacy

Ring in Magnanimity and Morality

Ring out Selfishness and Sensuality

Ring in Righteousness and Refinement

Ring out Ignorance and Indolence

Ring in Sincerity and Sobriety

Ring out Arrogance and Affection

Ring in Integrity and Intelligence

Ring out Baseness and Bitterness

Ring in Abstinence and Artlessness

Ring out Belligerence and Boastfulness

Ring in Affection and Affability

May Sri Samartha Sadguru Sai Guru shower his choicest blessings on us all for peace, prosperity, health and happiness.

 

Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918 – Breach of Trust

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Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Breach of Trust

 

There roamed a bull in Shirdi that was dedicated to Lord Shiva. This bull caused havoc of the village gardens and fields. It grazed wherever it felt like. The villagers met together and decided to send it to Yeola Pinjrapoli (asylum for old beasts). Funds were raised and the job of taking the bull to Yeola was entrusted to Bikku Marwadi. Bikku set out with the bull, but he did not go to Pinjrapole, but sold the bull to a butcher for Rs.14/-. Upon retur­ning, he informed the villagers that the bull was left at the Panjrapoli. That night Baba appeared in the dream of Bayaji Bayaji Kote Kote and said, “You are enjoying sound sleep having left Me in the butcher’s hand?”

The next day Bayaji informed the villagers of his dream and it was decided that he go to Yeola and rescue the bull. He went straight to the Pinjrapoli but the bull was not found there. So he headed right away to the butchers lane and made a diligent search there. He found the bull with the butcher. He requested the butcher to return the bull and told him the whole story. The butcher however, was unwilling to return the bull as he had bought it for Rs. 14/- from Bikku. Bayaji then gave him the money and took the bull to safe haven. He returned to Shirdi and told the villagers of his actions. They were quite upset over Bikku’s breach of trust, so they prosecuted Bikku who had to spend two months in jail.

 

Leela- 45 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)

 

CASTE – PRIDE by a Doctor from South Africa

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CASTE – PRIDE by a Doctor from South Africa

 

Mamlatdar says to a Brahmin Doctor from South Africa.-Come, we shall go to see Sai Baba.

Doctor: I am a Rama Upasaka and will not bow to any others.

Mamlatdar: Never mind, come on. You need not bow.

The Doctor, at the mosque, while standing at a distance from the Arati proceedings suddenly darted inside and fell at Baba’s feet.

Mamlatdar: (later}: Why did you change your mind and bow?

Doctor: Sai Baba showed himself to me as the beautiful dark Rama and so I bowed. This Sai is a Yoga Sampoorna Avatar. (Baba showed himself as Rama to Madrasi Ramdasis.)

The Doctor resolved upon satyagraha, fasted three days and absented himself from the mosque resolving not to go there until Baba should send for him and give him Brahmananda, ‘ God Realisation. But on the fourth day, a long absent chum of his turned up and accompanying him came to the mosque. Then,

Baba: Did anyone invite you to come here?

Doctor was abashed and prayed mentally for experience of Paramananda. He had it that night at Shirdi and at his own town

 

(Baba’s Charters and Sayings # 222 )

 

Baba helped the eldest sister of Shri Parulkar Dave for Her safe delivery without operation.

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Baba helped the eldest sister of Shri Parulkar Dave for Her safe delivery without operation.

 

His eldest sister came to him to Bhopal for first delivery. She was admitted in the Wadia Hospital for delivery. After admission, no improvement was noticed instead her condition became weaker. At the time of delivery, she troubled much.

Lady doctor told there is no other go than operation. Her father came to her house and knowing her status, he prayed Baba on her behalf and administered her Baba’s UDI. On the same night she delivered a son safely. The doctor was very much astonished as to how it wa;s happened ? Is not the Leela of Baba

to avert devotee’s danger ?

Surrender Shri Sai Completely ! Stupendous Delectation and Deliverance be there !!

 

(Ambrosia in Shirdi – Stories after Baba’s Maha Samdhi on 15-10-1918 – Written by Ramaling Swamy, Ambrosia-26)