Category: Guruvaar Prarthna

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 30/03/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 30/03/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, You are keeping us busy always and sometimes this frustrating without any interest in life. We don’t know when this will change. We pray but still we didn’t get any improvement, You are keeping us on long waiting period, this make us angry on You. Being our Divine Father, we never expected such treatment from You, please always keep us peaceful and stable mind, without diverting our attention away from You. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

Here is another similar story. At about midnight, it happened in the Chavadi, before Baba. Please listen to that.

A certain Amir Shakkar, owning ancestral land at Korale, in Kopergaon Taluka had faith in Sai.

By caste he was a butcher and by occupation he was a broker. He was well-known in Bandra. He was greatly suffering from a disease, which had terribly affected his limbs.

Difficulties remind one of God. He left the toils and troubles of business; wound up everything and hastened to Shirdi.

Kunti, the mother of the five Pandavas, had to undergo all kinds of sufferings – to reside in a jungle for years incognito. But in spite of all her difficulties, she asked for ‘misery’ as a ‘boon’ from God!

She said: “O God Almighty! You may give happiness to those who ask for it; but give me continuous suffering always. Let me never forget your name.

O God, this is my only request. If you want to grant me anything, give me only this, so that I may never forget your name. It will be like an ornament around my throat ”.

Listeners and this speaker, let us ask the same from Sai, day and night. “Let us not forget your name. Keep us at your feet ”.

 

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 22, Ovi 106 – 113)

 

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 23/03/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 23/03/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, our life without You is incomplete, it is like a flying aircraft without pilot, riding in a moving car without a driver, it is like walking in a dense forest at night without flash light, it is like attempting to make a normal call on a cell phone without sim card, it is tasteless, it is blind, it is cruel, it is a hell on earth, it is a precursor of devastation which will lead to destruction of this world. Baba, please be with us protect us. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

Once, a famous astrologer whose name was Nana Dengle waswith Shrimant Butti. Listen to what he said to him.

“ To-day is a very inauspicious day. Some calamity is to befall you. Have courage but be very careful ”.

After Dengle had said this, Bapusaheb was restless. He kept worrying all the time and time dragged heavily.

Later on, the whole group went to the Masjid at the usual time. Bapusaheb, Nana and all others went along and sat with Baba.

Immediately Baba asked Butti: “Well what does this Nana say? Does he predict your death? You have nothing to fear.

Retort to him without any hesitation. ‘You can kill me if you dare to!’ After this, now watch what miracle happened.

In the evening, Bapusaheb went outside to the toilet to ease himself; and, in the toilet there came a snake, at that time.

Looking at that terrible creature, Bapusaheb came out, while Lahnoo, his servant, thought of killing it with a stone.

Lahnoo tried to pick up a stone. Bapusaheb objected. He said: “Go bring a stick. It is not right to do this kind of work hastily ”.

When the servant left to get the stick, the snake began to climb the wall, suddenly lost its balance and fell down. Then he crept away through a hole.

From there, it escaped and there remained no reason to kill it. The incidence reminded him of Baba’s words and, as it were, the ordeal was over for both – the serpent and him.

Be it so. For him, who has by good fortune witnessed the pleasure of Sai’s company, it is a source of joy forever and it is impossible to forget.

By making the devotees undergo such and similar experiences, he has attracted the hearts of his devotees; and to describe them in words, it would be always inadequate.

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 22, Ovi 93 -105)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 02/03/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 02/03/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, why do You allow growing number of orphanages, old age homes, shelters for helpless. You mean to say nothing is free in this world, even love from our own children to elders, why everyone looking on others with some expectations, if they don’t get what they want, why they are simply dumping down all – including their children and parents. Baba, You continuously hearing the hearts of Your devotees, their tears and cries, expressing their inability to cope up this unnatural family situations, they need Your moral support, they need Your consoling Mercy, they need Your vigilant eye of protection, above all they need You, Your Grace, Your Blessings, let some miracles happen in their lives, let them live in Peace and accept them to stay close to Your Heart. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

At that time Baba asked Mirikar a curious question: “Oh, this is our Dwarkamayi. Do you know it? ”

Balasaheb did not understand that question at all. Baba said: “Now look! This is our Dwarkamayi.

This is our Dwarkamayi! When sitting in the lap of the Masjid, she safeguards the children and there will never be any question of worrying.

This Masjidmai is very kind. She is the Mother of all the innocent and faithfull devotees. Anyone may face any difficulty, She will readily protect.

Once a person settles in her lap, all his difficulties are solved. He who lies in her shadow, he will be on the throne of happiness.

This is that Dwarka, Dwaravati! ” Then Baba gave him udi and kept his protective hand on his head, after which Mirikar got up to leave.

Baba again thought of putting a question to Mirikar: “ Do you know the long ‘bava’ (serpent)? and its mysterious powers? ”

Then he closed his fist and took his left arm near the elbow of his right arm, and holding it moved it around and said: “ He is terrible like this!

But what can he do to us? We are Dwarkamayi’s offsprings. Nobody can comprehend her activities. Just quietly watch her wonders.

When Dwarkamayi is there to protect, how can the long ‘bava’ dare to attack? The strength of the attacker is not comparable to that of the saviour? How can it be explained! ”

Why should Baba explain this, at this point of time? And how was Mirikar connected with it? Everybody was curious to know.

He did not have the courage to ask Baba. Therefore, he put down his head at his feet, and saying that he was getting late to go to Chithali, he climbed down the steps.

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 22, Ovi 46 – 57)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 23/02/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 23/02/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, please keep us away from the world of competition, everywhere unhealthy inhuman competition prevailing. We become the slaves of competition and end up becoming a fool, end up in a mental institution, influencing overspending and invite debts, breeding discontentment, and finally lead to disaster, divorce, depression, gambling, crime, unhappiness and for all miseries and evils. Baba, please remove this word from the life of mankind and help us to lead a life of peace, peace Supreme and Eternal peace. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

Now listen quietly to the story, further on, about how much Sai cared for the safety of his devotees and also about how he warded off their insurmountable difficulties;

and how he would forecast the difficulties to befall his devotees and give timely fortitude to them, rescue them and give refuge at his feet. Thus he was always ready to act for their welfare.

An episode which will illustrate what is said above follows, which will please you who are keen to hear it. It will give joy of being in the company of Sai and strengthen the faith of the devotees.

It matters not how fallen, deprived or ignorant a man is. If he develops love for listening to the stories of Sai and chants his name continuously, Sai will take him across the ocean of existence.

Kakasaheb Mirikar, who hailed from Ahmednagar, had been bestowed the title of ‘Sardar’ by the Government, as it was pleased with him.

His son was a conscientious worker and Mamlatdar of Kopergaon. While he was on an official tour of Chithali, he came to Shirdi to have darshan.

He went and sat in the Masjid, and bowed down at Baba’sfeet. They chatted, making formal inquiries about health and general welfare.

A large group was present there, including Madhav Rao. Savour now the nectar of the wonderful story with rapt attention.

How the future difficulties were forecast; how he took measures to avoid them; how he protected the devotees – all these deeds of Baba are indeed amazing!

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 22, Ovi 37 – 45)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 16/02/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 16/02/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, we do Sai Nama Japa as it is of the highest worth and virtue, we reach the Abode Divine, we abides in the Name Divine, it cuts all attachments, it fulfills all hopes and aspirations, it alleviate all miseries, and sorrows, it redeems one and all, it solves all difficulties and problems, it is the hall mark of a true servant of the Lord, it is for the benefit of one and all. Baba, now onwards ‘Om Sai Sri Sai Jaya Jaya Sai’ is our taraka mantra and our lifeline. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

 

Shirdi had become a holy place, the holiest of holies, because of Baba. Day and night there was a flow of devotees who were pious and desirous of acquiring merit.

In all the ten directions, people bore witness to the Kalpavraksha in the form of Sai, manifesting in Shirdi, through personal experience or that of others.

He regarded the rich and the poor alike and with inconceivable skill ensured the welfare of the devotees.

Oh, what a pure affectionate nature! His natural wisdom andhis extreme brotherhood (uniform treatment of all)! Blessed is the one who experienced it!

Sometimes he is silent and that itself is a long lecture on Brahman. Sometimes when he is surrounded by the devotees, he is the Supreme Energy, the cloud of happiness.

Sometimes his speech is full of deep and secret meaning. Sometimes he talks humourously; and some other times he gives up indirectness and is outspokenly angry.

Sometimes he reveals inner feelings; sometimes he is controlled; sometimes he speaks openly and bluntly – thus he preaches different things, in different ways, to different people.

Such is Sai Samartha’s pattern of behaviour – beyond the powers of the mind, intellect and speech. His deeds cannot be grasped – they are unexpected, incomprehensible and sudden.

Our longing to see his face, to talk with him and hear his ‘leelas’ was never satisfied. Still, we were overflowing with joy.

One could count the drops of rain; tie the wind in a leather bag3; but how can one measure his powers!

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 22, Ovi 27 – 36)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 09/02/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 09/02/2017

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, give us a broom to sweep clean, nobody can remove the debris of our past, but ourselves. We need to sweep away our bad habits, sweep away our mess, sweep away our negative attitude, sweep away our bad temper, sweep away our bitterness, sweep away our jealousy, sweep away our reckless behaviour, sweep away the harvest of our wrong choices, sweep away wrong friends, sweep away bad relationship, sweep away impulse to merge into absurd subjects in modern gadgets that inject impurity in our mind and Baba, please sweep away whatever wrongs with us. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

And how does your foot appear? Your toe appears like a moon, seen between two branches of a tree, as you hold it between your fingers. It fulfils the keeness of darshan.

At the end of the fortnight of the dark part of the lunar month, after the last night of ‘amavasya’ passes off, all people are naturally eager to have a look at the moon.

As soon as the bright half of the lunar month starts there is a hope to sight the moon and everyone eagerly looks at the sky in the westerly direction.

That keen desire of your devotees is fulfilled by you at that time when you sit with your right leg crossed onto your left thigh.

The index and the middle fingers of the left hand, (forming a V-shape) hold the right foot and the nail of the big toe is close to the thumb. This shines like the moon on the second day.

People have a great desire to look at the moon. But if the crescent of the moon is not seen in the sky, then those who have the knowledge tell you to look through your fingers.

And say: “Now look, look through this space. You will be able to see the moon in front of you. Altough the crescent of the moon is small, you can see it right at the spot. ”

Great is the glory of that big toe! Becoming Venimadhava1 yourself, you made the Ganga and the Yamuna appear, and satisfied Das Ganu2.

When he asked for permission to bathe at the Prayag, he was told: “Know that this, my toe, is the Prayag. Believe in this and have a dip here. ”

As soon as Baba said this, Das Ganu put hishead on his feet and the waters of Ganga and Yamuna both appeared at the spot from his two toes.

Das Ganu has composed a song on that incident, with the words “Boundless is your power and marvellous your deeds ” etc., which the listeners if they are keen to listen,

They can find it in the fourth chapter of the Sai Satcharita. Das Ganu has sung it himself. If the listeners read it again, they’ll enjoy it again.

Therefore, like spotting the crescent moon between two branches, by keeping the index and the middle fingers on the toe of his foot, Mother Sai shows a simple way of meditation to his devotees.

This is to tell us that to be most humble before everyone, concentrate on the toe. This is a very easy way of devotion.

 

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 22, Ovi 12 – 25)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 02/02/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 02/02/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, in You we trust, in You we surrender. This is the attitude we wish to follow. In this way, we are freed from fear of the future and are saved much needless suffering. It is Universal law that the future is not in our hands, more over we may not have a future at all. Or, when it actually comes, it may be so-different from what we imagine it to be. The future has been concealed from us by Loving Providence. Why probe into what God chooses to hide from us? To do so is to invite suffering. For, bitter is the fruit of man’s wisdom. Let us trust without seeing. Let us live without trying to unveil that which has been veiled to our sight. Let us build our life in the words revealed by You, ”Why are you anxious? I take all care of you.” On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

Hail Sadguru, the cloud of happiness! The Incarnation of Supreme Knowledge and Holiest of the Holies! Hail to thee the Remover of the Fears of this world and the Destroyer of the sins of Kaliyug by burning them.

You are the ocean of bliss on which waves of different emotions are formed. You, yourself, are in control of them. Bless your devotees.

The illusory snake of the semi-darkness becomes a rope in daylight. Both the semi-darkness and the daylight are your creation.

You are the one who gives birth to the notion of the existence of a serpent; and you are the one to change that form into a rope. You are the creator of the fear and you are the one who removes that fear in the end.

In the very beginning of time, when there is complete darkness, there is neither a serpent nor a rope and there is no scope of any notion of any kind, even that state of formlessness is only you.

Later on, when the formlessness develops into a form in the semi-light, it gives the false notion of a snake. That also is created by you only.

This concept of appearance and non-appearance is the manifestation of the sport of your changing moods. Your real nature is free of both – existence and non-existence. Thus, nobody can fathom you.

The Shrutis are silent about this. Even Sesh (the legendary serpent), with his thousand tongues, found them inadequate. Who am I then to understand it?

Baba! nothing else pleases me than your darshan. I feel that I should keep your form in front of my eyes all the time, and meditate on it.

You are the incarnation of pure knowledge. To achieve the goal of happiness, there is no other path to us than to be at your feet.

Oh, how pleasing is your familiar posture when you are on your seat! Many devotees come to take your darshan, bow down their heads at your feet, gathering in their own happiness, lovingly.

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 22, Ovi 01 to 11)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 26/01/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 26/01/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, there are sufferings we create for ourselves through violation of the laws of life, through impure thinking and wrong feelings, through wild imagination and unbalanced emotion, through harmful habits and unhealthy desires and through a wrong use of our energies and powers to unworthy ends. Baba, such suffering must be avoided by bringing our thought, will and imagination under control and directing our energies towards You and live a life proposed by You. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

Now another short story. Listen to it respectfully. You will come to know about Baba’s omniscience and his endeavour to guide towards the divine path.

Once a lawyer came and went to the Masjid, the moment he arrived. He took Sainath’s darshan and bowed down at his feet.

He then gave dakshina, without being asked, and went and sat near by. He felt like listening to Sai’s conversation, with respect.

Baba, then, turned his face and uttered words which were meant for the lawyer. The words pierced his heart and the lawyer was repentant.

“ What frauds people are! They touch my feet, offer dakshina also, and abuse me in the heart of hearts. How queer are their ways! ”

Having heard this, the lawyer kept quiet. But he fully understood the significance. He realised that the words were meant for him only. The essence of the words penetrated deep into his mind.

Later on when he went to the wada, he told Dixit that Baba’s cutting words had hurt him but they were true.

“ As soon as I arrived, he fired me. But that was a kind of warning to me that I should never indulge in mocking or backbiting anybody.

As our Munsif was not keeping good health and he was restless, he took leave from the office and stayed on peacefully here to improve his health.

While we were in the chamber of the lawyers, the discussion turned around the Munsif and though we were not directly concerned, conjectures were made.

‘Without medication, just by following Sai, can the physical ailments be cured? Does it befit him who has risen to the status of a Munsif (to behave in this superstitious way).’

While he was being thus reviled, Sai was also belittled. I was also party to a small extent to all this and that fault of mine was pointed out (by Baba).

It was not a scolding but a blessing in itself. One should not unnecessarily participate in useless discussion, malign or criticise others and pass bitter remarks behind the backs of people and should refrain from indulging in these bad habits. ”

Besides, this is proof that even if there is a distance of a hundred koss, Sai is omniscient and knows the heart of every person.

Moreover, one more matter became clear that intervening hills and mountains could not hide anything from Sai. Securely hidden secrets were all open to him.

Be it so. From that day onwards, the lawyer decided that in future he would never criticise or utter ill words. That was his vow.

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 21, Ovi 105 – 120)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 19/01/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 19/01/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, You said that it is our limitation of mind that we are unable to grasp and retain our essential identity as spirits. Even vedanta proclaims to us that we are not the bodies we wear, we are the Spirit Everlasting, the Spirit Universal, the Spirit Undecaying, the Spirit Supreme. We are the Atman, which is beyond birth and death. Yet, why do so many of us get caught in the chains of human bondage? Why do we allow ourselves to be entangled in the web of Maya? Why do we struggle in misery and suffering. Baba we don’t know how to get out of this tangle, and we are looking a Light Supreme to erase our mind set and show the way to our Destination. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

The horse is God’s Grace. This is how the puzzle of the nine-fold devotion could be explained. Without devotion one cannot have a union with God and knowledge will not be acquired.

1) Listening 2) Singing the Lord’s praises aloud 3) Remembering Lord Vishnu 4) Serving at His Feet 5) Offering prayers 6) Bowing down before Him 7) Being humble 8) Developing affection and 9) Surrendering the atma – these are the nine ways of devotion.

With full faith, even if one of these ways of devotion is practised, Sree Hari who longs for devotion will appear in the home of the devotee.

Chanting of the Lord’s Name, practise of austerities, keeping of vows, practising yoga, learning of Vedas and Upanishads, abundance of metaphysical knowledge and its various explanations – all this is a sham without faith.

There is no need to be well-versed in the Vedas nor any need to be famous as a scholar. It is neither necessary to sing the praises of God without feeling. Only the loving sentiment of devotion is essential.

Consider yourself to be the merchant and grasp the significance of that transaction. When the flag of devotion, in the form of the nine-fold Bhakti, flies high, then the Incarnation of Knowledge will be pleased.

When the horse passed the nine balls of stool, the merchant eagerly went forward to collect them. Similarly the ninefold devotion, when adopted, gives complete peace of mind.

Only that will give stability to the mind, develop affection for every being, for which seriousness of mind is necessary. Otherwise waywardness is inevitable. This is what Gururaya said, with love ”.

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 21, Ovi 94 – 101)

 

GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 12/01/2017

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GURUVAAR PRARTHNA – 12/01/2017

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Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, as you said, we must learn to walk alone, live in fellowship with all, but the heart within. Know that we are alone, we belong to no one, no one belongs to us. Alone and empty-handed must we wend our way to the Alone – that’s our way to reach You Alone Baba. Under Your Lotus Feet, we seek peace, peace and peace alone. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

A simple story depicting the meaning will bring out the importance of faith, which is most essential for attaining the goals of life. Listeners should listen to it for their benefit.

Once a resident of Pune, whose name was Anantrao Patankar, who had developed respect for Sai’s darshan, came to Shirdi soon.

He had heard all the Vedas and read the original Upanishads, along with the commentaries; but his mind remained always restless and peace of mind eluded him.

When he had taken Sai Samartha’s darshan, Patankar’s eyes were rewarded. After bowing down at his feet he worshipped him with ritualistic accuracy.

Afterwards, with folded hands, he sat in front of Baba, very close to him. Anantrao, who looked very lovingly, asked him with extreme humility:

“ I have read many books, including the Vedas, the Vedangas and the Upanishads. I have listened to the holy Shastras and Puranas. Yet, why is my mind so despondent?

I now feel that whatever I have read has been wasted. I think that even the illiterate devout devotee is better off than me.

All my study of books, learning of Shastras is a waste. All this bookish knowledge is futile as long as my mind remains unsteady.

Oh how empty is the effort I have made over the study of etymology; to what purpose is the japa and mantra which does not give peace of mind! How will I then ever acquire the knowledge of Brahman?

By word of mouth I have heard that by Sai’s darshan all worries are removed and that you show the right direction even in your humorous talk, very easily.

Therefore, Maharaj, treasure trove of austerities, I have reached your feet. Give me your blessings, by which I may have peace of mind. ”

 

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.

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Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 21, Ovi 74 – 84)