Month: June 2016

Beware ! Your Little Angel is Watching to Give It Back

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Beware ! Your Little Angel is Watching to Give It Back

 

If lame, crippled, blind and diseased paupers come, they should be fed first.” – Shri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. 38.

 

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. However, the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.

“We must do something about Grandfather,” said the son. ” I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.” Therefore, the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?” Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in, when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work. The parents were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening, the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days, he ate every meal with the family. Moreover, for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth became soiled.

Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes observe, ears listen, and minds process the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives.

The wise parent realizes that every day the building blocks are being laid for the child’s future. Therefore, let’s be wise builders and role models!

 

If the mind is thus concentrated, the Goal is achieved

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If the mind is thus concentrated, the Goal is achieved

 

Baba : Our art is unique. Remember this. To get Atmajnan, dhyana is needed i.e., the Atma-anushtana that pacifies and carries the mind into Samadhi. So give up all desires and dwell in your mind upon God in all. If the mind is thus concentrated, the Goal is achieved.

For Dhyana, meditate on me either as in form or as formless, mere Ananda. If such formless contemplation is hard, then think of my form, just as you see it here. Think of it night and day.

With such meditation, the mind dissolves into unity (i.e., attains Laya). The difference between subject, and object, (me and you) and the act of contemplation will be lost. This results in Chaitanya Ghanata, Brahma Samarasata. The Guru’s glance is bread and milk for the pupil.

(Baba’s Charters and Sayings # 138)

 

Baba saved the little son of Shri S. B. Nachane from fire accident.

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Baba saved the little son of Shri S. B. Nachane from fire accident.

 

Shri S. B. Nachane’s little son of about nine months named Harihar alias Sainath was playing with his brothers and sisters. Other grown up children have been firing crackers nearly igniting coloured matches. One of them threw burning match’s on the child’s clothes. Sainath’s clothes caught fire, but the little boy could not understand the risk this involved. The mother was busy doing something outside there, but her mind was away from her children. So Baba at once appeared before her in the form of a Fakir and pointing to the burning child said “Look there, see what is going on there”. Thereupon the mother at once ran up to the child removed the burning clothes in proper time. After Harihar was thus saved the mother looked for the Fakir but during the confusion that followed on the running of the mother to the child, He disappeared altogether no one knew where. The devout parents of Harihar rightly attributed this to Shri Sai Baba’s grace and prayed for such anxious care of them whenever so required. Dear readers please think over how Baba is safeguarding the devotee’s welfare.

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-51)

 

Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

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Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Yes I Did Come To You

 

Kaka Dixit was a perfect disciple of Baba. He not only obeyed Baba’s orders, but also tried to inculcate Baba’s nature and lifestyle, so that one day he could be just like his Sadguru. Indeed, he succeeded with hard work.

One evening, Kaka was returning home from his office. A strong able-bodied person came and asked for alms. Kaka however looked at His face keenly and was convinced that He was none other than his Sadguru. He at once gave Him some coins. The man on receiving the money just laughed and went away without asking for anything from any other person. Dixit watched Him till he disappeared. Dixit started for Shirdi on that very day. When he met Baba, he enquired about it. Baba simply said, “Yes! I did come to you in that form.”

Dixit was extremely pleased to hear this.

 

Leela- 50 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)

 

POWER OF GURU

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POWER OF GURU

(From the glorious life of Saint Damaji of Mangalveda as narrated by Mr. Venkatesan)

 

That the Lord is servant of the devotee and His wages are mere devotion and steadfast meditation on Him alone as the sole Refuge, is well exemplified in the story of the illustrious saint of Mangalveda, is in Maharashtra and Damaji even from his younger days had developed a spirit of surrender to the Lord. His intelligence and popularity attracted the notice of the ruler of the province who appointed him as the Revenue Collector of Mangalveda.

Once a great famine raged over the entire locality. Rains failed and there was a great dearth of food grains. Starvation and disease exacted a heavy toll among the population and people flocked to Damaji for help. Damaji wanted to relieve them of their distress and ordered the entire royal- granaries to be opened and the grains distributed among people.

But envious minds began to chafe at Damaji’s added glory. They sent petitions to the ruler that he had laid bare the entire granaries belonging to the state. Damaji was summoned to the Durbar for an answer. Nothing daunted Damaji and he followed the emissaries. Pandarapur was on the way and Damaji felt that he should have a bath in the sacred Chanrabagha and offer his worship to Lord Vittal. “Oh Lord, it was you who made Damaji distribute the grain among your starving children, and again it is You that is taking me for an explanation at the Durbar. Your ways are indeed mysterious. What need for fear have I, as I know it is You in everyone who is playing this Drama? I have little care for this body for it is Thy and at Thy service.”

In the meantime at the palace of the ruler, there appeared a Talayari and presented his credentials to the ruler as the servant of Damaji, and told him that his master had submitted the value of the grain that he was accused to having misused. The Talayari’s appearance overwhelmed the ruler and he was thrilled. The amount of four lakhs of rupees which was the value of the grain so utilized by Damaji was promptly paid and a regular receipt taken. Immediately orders were passed withdrawing all proceedings against Damaji and he was honorably acquitted.

Here at Pandarapur, Damaji after worship began to read ‘Bhagavadgita’ as usual. On opening the sacred book he found in it a receipt for four lakhs and an order withdrawing the proceedings and a direction that he would be received in the palace with all honor. Damaji could not believe his eyes. The Lord’s ways are certainly inexplicable.

The Ruler fell at Damaji’s feet and begged for forgiveness for the great hardship he had caused him. Damaji discovered that it was the Lord who had thus saved His devotee and decided to spend the reminder of his life devoted to the Lord at Pandarpur.

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, there are many unfinished tasks that we had started off enthusiastically. Please make sure we don’t fail and lapse in our effort for any task on hand. Baba, don’t allow boredom or any distraction to shun us off in a different direction altogether. Please guide us to prioritize and then invest our effort accordingly. Strengthen our resolve to finish what we got up for and enjoy the experience of satisfaction and goodness. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine guidance in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

 

One who can concentrate and whose mind is composed only can reach the supreme state of salvation and all others tire out on the way.

 

He will not be satisfied whose mind is restless. He has no entry in the realm of the supreme state of salvation and thus cannot avoid the cycle of birth and death.

 

Such is that supreme state but when can one find it? When all the doubts of the mind are cleared, it then appears before you on its own.

 

Here logic, deductions, popular talk or discussions are of no avail. Only by God’s grace you can attain it. All other sciences of learning are futile.

 

This is the marvel in this case – that innocent belief succeeds in knowing it, while logical skills are futile and the logical mind is confused.

 

Those who acquire the perfect wisdom are of a different type, whose thinking and intelligence are of a different kind. Please understand that such a person who has the real knowledge is very different and he is the best person to impart knowledge.

 

How the precious body is wasted! Wealth and pleasures are like the afternoon shadows, short-lived. Understand that this is a powerful illusion created by God and surrender at the feet of the Saints.

 

Saints are like the vessel on the oceans of the world. You be one of the passengers. Who else is capable of taking you across to the yonder shore?

 

Self-control and detachment, if combined together, will take him across the worldly ocean without difficulty, even though he may be a dullard like a millstone.

 

 

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 17, Ovi 34 – 42)

 

UNTO HIS FOLD – UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER

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UNTO HIS FOLD

UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER

By D.S. GOPALA RAO

If I knew you and you knew me, If both of us could clearly see, And with an inner sight divine The meaning of your heart and mine, I’m sure that we would differ less, And clasp our hands in friendliness; Our thoughts would pleasantly agree If I knew you and you knew me.

I was a student of a high school in the early forties. One evening as I was returning from the school and proceeding towards National High School side, someone told me that a film is being shown in the National High School quadrangle. Immediately I ran over there. I saw a number of people present for the film/lecture. It was a magic lantern lecture being conducted by an elderly gentleman. He was inserting slides on Sai Baba and explaining each one. He was none other than Shri Narasimha Swamiji who carried the message of Sai Baba to all nooks and corners of India. I was deeply impressed by his talk. This in fact sowed the seeds of Sai-devotion in me.

Later I had the privilege of coming in contact with H. H. Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji who came to Bangalore in 1953. Sometime in 1953 or 54, I had one more occasion to have ‘darshan’ of Sri Narasimha Swamiji. At that time he camped in Sri S. Narayana Rao’s (retired Inspector – General of Police in Mysore) house on Subbarama Chetty Road. Regular bhajans and ‘satsang’ used to be held by then under the guidance of Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji at the house of Sri M. Subbaramayya near Nagasandra Circle.

Some devotees represented to Sri Narasimha Swamiji that he should visit Tumkur. Swamiji agreed to this provided he should be dropped at Bangalore before dusk. Sri B.S. Krishna Murthy arranged for a car and I had the privilege of accompanying Sri Narasimha Swamiji and Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji on this visit to Tumkur. First we visited a devotee’s house near Railway Station and then proceeded to my brother-in-law, Sri R. Srinivasa Rao’s house. ‘Pada Pooja’ was done by many devotees. When the clock struck ‘FIVE’, Sri Narasimha Swamiji in a firm voice said “I should be back in Bangalore by six”. Accordingly we returned to Bangalore, though many devotees were disappointed. Sri Narasimha Swamiji was a stickler for time and kept up this discipline in his Sai-Prachar.

For me the very thought of this trip to Tumkur along with the perfect Masters purifies the soul and I get the power to draw Sai Baba more and more into my soul. Sai Baba and Swamijis are blessing us forever.

 

BABA CAME TO US

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BABA CAME TO US

By Prahfad B. Huiiyatkar

There are some experiences which are beyond explanation. They exist as sunlight. The manifestation of divinity is beyond all our limited perceptions. As for myself, I cannot explain the cause of incidents; but they exist as clear as sunlight. I humbly try to catch the spirit.

My parents and grandparents were indeed blessed to see Sai Baba when he was physically alive. One day Baba gave to my father a coconut, some sweets and two silver coins to my grandfather, who was then working as a Deputy Collector at Nasik. He asked my father to give him a ‘Dakshina’ of nine rupees and also gave him a chillim to smoke. Both my father and grandfather started worshiping Sai Baba even after we shifted to Jamkhandi in Karnataka. The elders in the family objected to this worship and in order not to hurt their feelings, my grandfather put the photo of Sai into a suitcase. They worshipped Sai Baba mentally till the last breath of their lives. As I was a pet grandchild, my grandfather used to narrate miracles of Sai Baba. He became Dewan of Bhor, later at Ramdurga and finally at Jamkhandi till it merged in the independent India. In his retired life he spent on spiritual quests and I remember Mr. B.D. Jatti (who later on became Vice-President of India) visiting him now and then.

During this time, Gurudev Ranade, who was then the Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University frequently called on my grandfather at Jamkhandi. My grandfather died in 1958.

Then the problems started for us. I graduated at Poona and had got into the Law College when my grandfather passed away. Since the financial position became critical after his death, I had to leave the Law college and work as a teacher at Malvan. Here due to a strange coincidence, I came in contact with a girl, I liked her and subsequently we married.

After marriage, I learnt that my wife was a very quiet devotee of Sai Maharaj and as any other young man, in order to please the newly married spouse; I also started worshipping Sai Baba. She had a photo of Sai Baba with a horse. Along with her, I started reading ‘Sai pothi’. I felt this was more pretence than devotion!

In 1965, we were blessed with a son. My son was healthy but gave indications of dumbness. We did not know what to do. We took him to Shirdi when he was two-year old. He virtually slept off on the’ Samadhi’. When we returned home two days later, he was saying ‘Baba- Baba’. He picked up vocabulary and he became normal in all respects. This miracle changed my attitude towards Baba and I accepted him as my God!

We shifted to Goa in 1960. On seeing our worship of Sai Baba a good number of neighbors also became His devotees. We hold ‘Satsang’ and the number is ever increasing. In 1977, a devotee by name Avinash went to Shirdi and brought a small bag of Udhi. My wife told him: “Avinash! You came from Shirdi. Why did you not bring Baba with you”? He answered: “Baba is coming – Baba is coming. He is on His way.” Avinash’s word turned out to be prophetic. On 9th June 1977 my wife had a dream: “Your brother-in-law is coming. Do not allow him straightaway. Take out ‘Dristi’ (evil eye) and then allow him to meet your husband”. My wife saw in her dream Sai Baba in orange robes climbing the footsteps and herself taking out ‘Dristi’ with a piece of bread and then Sai Baba entering the house. The dream ended. I did not attach any importance to her dream but she had implicit faith that Baba is coming to us:

On 22nd June 1977, in the afternoon, someone tapped the front door. I opened the door and noticed that two cars were parked close to my house and around 20-30 people were standing near the cars. A Sai devotee by name Sri Abajee Panshikar greeted me and said: “We have brought Sai Murthji to install in the temple tomorrow. In the temple, arrangementsare still to be made. So we would like to keep the idol in your house for tonight”.

We agreed. Baba’s idol was brought inside and kept on a table. In the night, we performed ‘Arathi’ and sang Sai-bhajans. My wife said: “Baba- you really belong to us. You should not leave us.” I laughed at her request and said “Baba will go away to the temple.”

Next day, around noon people started gathering near the temple. Sai-devotees Kulkarni, Kishore Sahoo, Jaya Rao came to my house. News came that there was some difficulty in installing the idol in the temple. Ultimately the crowd came to my place and in a chorus said: “Let the Murthi be here”. They performed Ganapathi pooja, Sathyanarayana pooja and then the idol was installed on a table in my house. Baba has stayed permanently with us since then! In our own humble way we worship Him. People from different parts of the world have attended ‘arati’ and ‘pooja’ in our house and everyone has got some experience or the other. Prayers have been answered. Sai Baba is blessing us and is close to us in every moment of life. Thus Sai Baba came to us in an incredible manner.

 

WHY DOES A MOTHER CRY?

 

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WHY DOES A MOTHER CRY?

 

The love of mother is peculiar, extraordinary and disinterested, and has no parallel.” – Shri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. 3

 

“Mom, why are you crying?” he asked his mom.

“Because I’m a woman” she told him.

“I don’t understand,” he said.

His mom just hugged him and said, “and you never will.” Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?”

“All women cry for no reason” was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to GOD. When GOD got on the phone the man said, “GOD, why do women cry so easily?”

GOD said:

“When I made women she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world; yet, gentle enough to give comfort.

I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.

I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly. This same sensitivity helps her to make a child’s boo-boo feel better and shares in her teenagers anxieties and fears.

I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.

I gave her a tear to shed, it’s hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed. It’s her only weakness; it’s a tear for mankind.”

 

RULES FOR DAILY LIFE

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RULES FOR DAILY LIFE

 

Begin the day with SAI Kneel down to Him in prayer; Lift up thy heart to His abode and seek His love to share. Open SAI SATHCHARITA and read a portion there; that it may hallow all thy thoughts. And sweeten all thy care. Go through the day with SAI What ever thy work may be, What ever thou art, at home, abroad; He still is near to thee. Converse in mind with SAI Thy spirit heavenward raise, Acknowledge every good bestowed, and offer grateful praise. Conclude thy day with SAI Thy sins to Him confess Trust in the Lord’s BLESSINGS and plead His righteousness. Lie down at night with God, Who gives His CHILDREN sleep; and when thou tread’s the vie of death He will thee guard and keep.

Constant Remembrance of God

It is by His grace the devotee gains strength, courage and hope in his march on the divine path. The word Guru has a world of meaning in it. Guru is at once the master, father, mother, and all in all for him. A saint to whom the devotee clings with all his heart, like a creeper on the tree, is such a Guru. Although at first the Guru is a person contacted from outside, he is realized, as the devotee approaches him in the recesses of his own heart, to be the supreme Deity dwelling within himself.

Just as staff is to one who walks up a steep hill, just as fence to a tender plant, just as milk to a hungry babe, so the divine name given by the Guru is to the devotee. It sustains, nourishes, strengthens and in every way envelops the devotee like armor. The power of the name is simply inexpressible. It is sweeter than the sweetest. To taste it is to taste immortality; it is the giver of endless joy and peace. Death has no terror for him who has the Name on his lips. Life becomes a round of bliss when it is permeated with the Name. God is a miracle and wonder, and His name is perhaps a greater miracle and wonder.

So contact of a saint and God’s name on the lips comprise all that is necessary for the devotee to get the vision of God and attain everlasting beatitude. Blessed indeed is he who has dedicated his life to the Beloved and attuned it with Him.

Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji