Category: Life’s Lessons

Offering to God

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Offering to God

 

What will you offer to the Lord begging at your door?

You have nothing of your own to give Him. All things in this universe belong to Him. You cannot deceive Him by offering Him worldly objects like flowers, water, fruit or even golden or more precious articles on earth. You have nothing of your own except your body, mind, intellect and ego. You can offer these things to Him. This is known as dedication and surrender. Sai means this offering only when He speaks of Faith and Perseverance. You have to be vacant leaving everything at His feet and follow His dictates by installing Him at the helm of the chariot of your existence.

 

This opportunity will never recur – If you fail, you will be an eternal loser

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This opportunity will never recur – If you fail, you will be an eternal loser

 

My dear children, God is standing before you in person in flesh and blood in the frame of Sai. This is a most fortunate and uplifting hour. The moment will never come again. God is standing in front of your door with a begging bowl in His hand. Awake, arise and try to know His divine identity and purpose. Sai is begging you to select the ultimate way of welfare and fill His bowl. This is a rare opportunity in your existence. If you fail to understand, you will be an eternal loser.

 

All Gods are One – The Story of a Religious Bigot

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All Gods are One – The Story of a Religious Bigot

 

There was a man who worshipped Siva, but hated all other deities. One day Siva appeared to him and said,” I shall never be pleased with you so long as you hate the other gods.” But the man was inexorable. After a few days Siva again appeared to him. This time he appeared as Hari Hara, that is, one side of His body was Siva, and the other Vishnu.

At this the man was half pleased and half displeased. He laid his offerings on the side representing Siva, but nothing on that of Vishnu. When he offered the burning incense to his beloved God (Siva), he was audacious enough to press the nostrils of Vishnu lest He should have the fragrance! Siva was displeased and at once vanished from his sight. But the man was undaunted as ever.

However, the children of the village began to tease him by uttering the name of Vishnu in his hearing. Vexed with this, the man hung two bells on his ears, which he used to ring as soon as the boys cried out the name of Vishnu, in order to prevent the sound entering his ears. And thus he was known by the name of Ghanta-karna. He is still so much hated for his bigotry that every year at a certain time children in Bengal breaks his effigy with a cudgel.

(As told by Sri Ramakrishna)

 

The distance between you and Him

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The distance between you and Him

 

A boy asked his Dad, “Dad, how big is God?” Looking up at the sky his father saw an aeroplane and asked his son, “How big is that aeroplane?” The boy responded, ” It’s small, Dad! You can hardly even see it!”

Then the father took his son to an airport hanger. Standing in front of one of the aeroplanes, the father asked, “And now, how big is the aeroplane?” The boy responded, ” Oh Daddy, this plane is enormous.”

At this point, the father said to him, *”That’s how it is with God. How big he is depends on the distance between you and Him. The closer you are to him, the bigger he is in your life”

 

Rumi’s Answer

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Rumi’s Answer

 

A seeker asked the Sufi Jalaluddin Rumi if the Koran was a good book to read.

He replied, “You should rather ask yourself if you are in a state to profit from it.”

A Christian mystic used to say of the Bible. ‘However useful a menu, it is not good for eating.”

To enjoy eternal bliss there is no other way than to attune your mind with God by constantly chanting His holy name with all love and devotion. God is love and He dwells in your heart. – Swamy Ramdas

 

Baba please tell me when I will celebrate my real birthday.

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Real Birthday

 

REAL BIRTHDAY is the day when the spiritual self emerges from beyond and overpowers the entire being from every side.

REAL BIRTHDAY is the day when divine virtues take birth with ourselves, and make us happy and peaceful

REAL BIRTHDAY is the day when old ‘Samskaras’ have died, giving birth to the religious zeal.

Baba please help me to celebrate my real birthday.

 

People will never forget how you made them feel

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People will never forget how you made them feel

 

“His will will be done and He will show us the way, and satisfy our heart’s desires” – Shri Sai Satcharitra, Ch 18, 19

 

On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged, well-off white South African Lady has found herself sitting next to a black man.

She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.

“What seems to be the problem Madam?” asked the attendant.

“Can’t you see?” she said ” You’ve sat me next to a kaffir. I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!”

“Please calm down Madam.” the stewardess replied. “The flight is very full today, but I’ll tell you what I’ll do-I’ll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class.”

The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later the stewardess returns with the good news, which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin:

“Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class.”

Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess continues…

“It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person.”

With which, she turned to the black man sitting next to the woman, and said: “So if you’d like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you…”

At which point, apparently, the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black man walks up to the front of the plane.

Remember:
People will forget what you said …
People will forget what you did …
But people will never forget how you made them feel …

 

Rely on Yourself and Do Your Duty

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Rely on Yourself and Do Your Duty

 

Baba said, “Let us do our prescribed duty” in Shri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. 32

A disciple came riding on his camel to the tent of his Sufi Master. He dismounted and walked right into the tent, bowed low and said, “So great is my faith in God that I have left my camel outside untied, convinced that God protects the interests of those who love him.”

“Go tie your camel, you fool!” said the Master. God cannot be bothered doing for you what you are perfectly capable of doing for yourself.

 

NOT PERFECT ANYMORE BUT MORE BEAUTIFUL

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NOT PERFECT ANYMORE BUT MORE BEAUTIFUL

 

Carve out on your heart.” – Shri Sai Satcharitra, ch. 45

 

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen.

The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart. Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said “Why, your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.”

The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly, but it was full of scars. It had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.

The people stared — how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought?

The young man looked at the old man’s heart and saw its state and laughed.

“You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine. Mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.”

“Yes,” said the old man, “yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love – I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared.”

“Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges — giving love, is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?”

The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.

The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man’s heart flowed into his.

 

Mother will save us

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Mother will save us

 

The mother of the simple devotees, whom she will save in calamities.” – Shri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. 22.

 

One afternoon, a couple was traveling on a road when all of a sudden, at a far distance, they saw a woman in the middle of the road asking them to stop. The wife told her husband to keep on driving because it might be too dangerous, but the husband decided to pass by slowly so he wouldn’t stay with the doubt on his mind of what might have happened and the chances of anyone being hurt. As they got closer, they noticed a woman with cuts and bruises on her face as well as on her arms. They then decided to stop and see if they could be of any help.

The cut and bruised woman was begging for help telling them that she had been in a car accident and that her husband and son (a newborn baby) were still inside the car which was in a deep ditch. She told them that the husband was already dead but that her baby seemed to still be alive.

The husband that was traveling decided to get down and try to rescue the baby and he asked the hurt woman to stay with his wife inside their car. When he got down he noticed two people in the front seats of the car, but he didn’t pay any importance to it and took out the baby quickly and got up to take the baby to it’s mother.

When he got up, he didn’t see the mother anywhere so he asked his wife where she had gone. She told him that the woman followed him back to the crashed car. When the man decided to go look for the woman, he noticed that clearly the two people in the front seats were dead; a woman and a man with both their seat belts on.

When he looked closer, he noticed that it was the exact same woman that was begging them for help in the beginning. Do you think that it was a miracle of God?

The baby now lives with family members and he will live to tell the story.