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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana – Chapter – 39 & 50 Assigned for September 22, 2017.

 

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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana

Chapter – 39 & 50 Assigned for September 22, 2017.

 

Baba’s Knowledge of Sanskrit, His Interpretation of a Verse from Gita – Construction of the Samadhi Mandir.

 

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Chapter XXXIX & L

Baba’s Knowledge of Sanskrit

His Interpretation of a Verse from Gita – Construction of the Samadhi Mandir.

This chapter (39) deals with Baba’s interpretation of a verse from the Bhagawad-Gita. As some people believed that Baba knew not Sanskrit, and the interpretation was Nanasaheb Chandorkar’s, Hemadpant wrote another chapter (50) refuting that objection. As the chapter No.50 deals with the same subject-matter, it is incorporated in this chapter.

Preliminary

Blessed is Shirdi and blessed is Dwarkamayi where Shri Sai lived and moved until He took Mahasamadhi. Blessed are the people of Shirdi whom He obliged and for whom He came such long distance. Shirdi was a small village first, but it attained great importance, on account of His contact and became a Tirtha, holy place of pilgrimage. Equally blessed are the womenfolk of Shirdi, blessed is their whole and undivided faith in Him. They sang the glories of Baba while bathing, grinding, pounding corn and doing other house-hold work. Blessed is their love, for they sang sweet songs which calm and pacify the minds of the singers and listeners.

Baba’s Interpretation

Nobody believed that Baba knew Sanskrit. One day He surprised all by giving a good interpretation of a verse from the Gita to Nanasaheb Chandorkar. A brief account about this matter was written by Mr.B.V.Deo, Retired Mamlatdar and published in Marathi in ‘Shri Sai Leela’ magazine, Vol IV. Sphuta Vishaya, page 563. Short accounts of the same are also published in ‘Sai Baba’s Charters and Sayings’ page 61 and in ‘The Wondrous Saint Sai Baba’, page 36 – both by Brother B.V.Narsimhaswami. Mr.B.V.Deo has also given an English version of this in his statement dated 27-9-1936 and published on page 66 of “Devotees’ Experiences, Part III” published by the said Swami. As Mr.Deo has got first hand information about this Subject from Nanasaheb himself we give below his version.

Nanasaheb Chandorkar was a good student of Vedanta. He had read Gita with commentaries and prided himself on his knowledge of all that. He fancied that Baba knew nothing of all this or of Sanskrit. So, Baba one day pricked the bubble. These were the days before crowds flocked to Baba, when Baba had solitary talks at the Mosque with such devotees. Nana was sitting near Baba and massaging His Legs and muttering something.

Baba – Nana, what are you mumbling yourself?

Nana – Iam reciting a shloka (verse) from Sanskrit.

Baba – What shloka?

Nana – From Bhagawad-Gita

Baba – Utter it loudly.

Nana then recited B.G.IV-34 which is as follows :-

‘Tadviddhi Pranipatena Pariprashnena Sevaya,

Upadekshyanti Te Jnanam Jnaninastattwadarshinah’

Baba – Nana, do you understand it?

Nana – Yes.

Baba – If you do, then tell me.

Nana – It means this – “Making Sashtanga Namaskar, i.e., prostration, questioning the guru, serving him, learn what this Jnana is. Then, those Jnanis that have attained the real knowledge of the Sad-Vastu (Brahma) will give you upadesha (instruction) of Jnana.”

Baba – Nana, I do not want this sort of collected purport of the whole stanza. Give me each word, its grammatical force and meaning.

Then Nana explained it word by word.

Baba – Nana, is it enough to make prostration merely ?

Nana – I do not know any other meaning for the word ‘pranipata’ than ‘making prostration’.

Baba – What is ‘pariprashna’?

Nana – Asking questions.

baba – What does ‘Prashna’ mean?

Nana – The same (questioning).

Baba – If ‘pariprashna’ means the same as prashna (question), why did Vyasa add the prefix ‘pari’? Was Vyasa off his head?

Nana – I do not know of any other meaning for the word ‘pariprashna’.

Baba – ‘Seva’, what sort of ‘seva’ is meant?

Nana – Just what we are doing always

Baba – Is it enough to render such service?

Nana – I do not know what more is signified by the word ‘seva’.

Baba – In the next line “upadekshyanti te jnanam”, can you so read it as to read any other word in lieu of Jnanam?

Nana – Yes.

Baba – What word?

Nana – Ajnanam.

Baba – Taking that word (instead of Jnana) is any meaning made out of the verse?

Nana – No, Shankara Bhashya gives no such construction.

Baba – Never mind if it does not. Is there any objection to using the word “Ajnana” if it gives a better sense?

Nana – I do not understand how to construe by placing “Ajnana” in it.

Baba – Why does Krishna refer Arjuna to Jnanis or Tattwadarshis to do his prostration, interrogation and service? Was not Krishna a Tattwadarshi, in fact Jnana himself.

Nana – Yes He was. But I do not make out why he referred Arjuna to Jnanis?

Baba – Have you not understood this?

Nana was humiliated. His pride was knocked on the head. Then Baba began to explain –

(1) It is not enough merely to prostrate before the Jnanis. We must make Sarvaswa Sharangati (complete surrender) to the Sad-guru.

(2) Mere questioning is not enough. The question must not be made with any improper motive or attitude or to trap the Guru and catch at mistakes in the answer, or out of idle curiosity. It must be serious and with a view to achieve moksha or spiritual progress.

(3) Seva is not rendering service, retaining still the feeling that one is free to offer or refuse service. One must feel that he is not the master of the body, that the body is Guru’s and exists merely to render service to him.

If this is done, the Sad-guru will show you what the Janna referred to in the previous stanza is.

Nana did not understand what is meant by saying that a guru teaches ajnana.

Baba – How is Jnana Upadesh, i.e., imparting of realization to be effected? Destroying ignorance is Jnana. (cf. Verse-Ovi-1396 of Jnaneshwari commenting on Gita 18-66 says – “removal of ignorance is like this, Oh Arjuna, If dream and sleep disappear, you are yourself. It is like that.” Also Ovi 83 on Gita V-16 says – “Is there anything different or independent in Jnana besides the destruction of ignornace?”)* Expelling darkness means light. Destroying duality (dwaita) means non-duality (adwaita). Whenever we speak of destroying Dwaita, we speak of Adwaita. Whenever we talk of destroying darkness, we talk of light. If we have to realise the Adwaita state, the feeling of Dwaita in ourselves has to be removed. That is the realization of the Adwaita state. Who can speak of Adwaita while remaining in Dwaita? If one did, unless one gets into that state, how can one know it and realise it?

Again, the Shishya (disciple) like the Sad-guru is really embodiment of Jnana. The difference between the two lies in the attitude, high realization, marvellous super-human Sattva (beingness) and unrivalled capacity and Aishwarya Yoga (divine powers). The Sad-guru is Nirguna, Sat-Chit-Ananda. He has indeed taken human form to elevate mankind and raise the world. But his real Nirguna nature is not destroyed thereby, even a bit. His beingness (or reality), divine power and widsom remain undiminished. The disciple also is in fact of the same swarupa. But, it is overlaid by the effect of the samaskaras of innumerable births in the shape of ignorance, which hides from his view that he is Shuddha Chaitanya (see B.G. Ch. V-15). As stated therein, he gets the impressions – “Iam Jiva, a creature, humble and poor.” The Guru has to root out these offshoots of ignorance and has to give upadesh or instruction. To the disciple, held spell-bound for endless generations by the ideas of his being a creature, humble and poor, the Guru imparts in hundreds of births the teaching – “You are God, you are mighty and opulent.” Then, he realizes a bit that he is God really. The perpetual delusion under which the disciple is labouring, that he is the body, that he is a creature (jiva) or ego, that God (Paramatma) and the world are different from him, is an error inherited from innumerable past births. From actions based on it, he has derived his joy, sorrows and mixtures of both. To remove this delusion, this error, this root ignorance, he must start the inquiry. How did the ignorance arise? Where is it? And to show him this is called the Guru’s upadesh. The following are the instances of Ajnana :-

1 – I am a Jiva (creature)

2 – Body is the soul (I am the body).

3 – God, world and Jiva are different.

4 – I am not God.

5 – Not knowing, that body is not the soul.

6 – Not knowing that God, world and Jiva are one.

Unless these errors are exposed to his view, the disciple cannot learn what is God, jiva, world, body; how they are inter-related and whether they are different from each other, or are one and the same. To teach him these and destroy his ignorance is this instruction in Jnana or Ajnana. Why should Jnana be imparted to the jiva, (who is) a Jnanamurti? Upadesh is merely to show him his error and destroy his ignorance.

Baba added :- (1) Pranipata implies surrender. (2) Surrender must be of body, mind and wealth; Re: (3) Why should Krishna refer Arjuna to other Jnanis? “Sadbhakta takes every thing to be Vasudev (B.G.VII-19 i.e., any Guru will be Krishna to the devotee) and Guru takes disciple to be Vasudev and Krishna treats both as his Prana and Atma (B.G.7-18, commentary of Jnanadev on this). As Shri Krishna knows that there are such Bhaktas and Gurus, He refers Arjuna to them so that their greatness may increase and be known.

Construction of the Samadhi-Mandir

Baba never talked, nor ever made any fuss about the things which He wanted to accomplish, but He so skillfully arranged the circumstances and surroundings that the people were surprised at the slow but sure results attained. The construction of the Samadhi-mandir is an instance in point. Shriman Bapusaheb Booty, the famous multi-millionaire of Nagpur lived in Shirdi whith his family. Once an idea arose in his mind that he should have a building of his own there. Sometimes after this, while he was sleeping in Dixit’s Wada, he got a vision. Bava appeared in his dream and ordered him to build a Wada of his own with temple. Shama who was sleeping there, got also a similar vision. When Bapusaheb was awakened, he saw Shama crying and asked him why. The latter replied that in his vision Baba came close to him and ordered distinctly – “Build the Wada with the temple. I shall fulfill the desires of all. Hearing the sweet and loving words of Baba, I was overpowered with emotion, my throat was choked, my eyes were overflowing with tears, and I began to cry.” Bapusaheb was surprised to see that both their visions tallied. Being a rich and capable man, he decided to build a Wada there and drew up a plan with Madhavarao (Shama). Kakasaheb Dixit also approved of it. And when it was placed before Baba, He also sanctioned it immediately. Then the construction-work was duly started and under the supervision of Shama, the ground floor, the cellar and the well were completed. Baba also on his way to and from Lendi suggested certain improvements. Further work was entrusted to Bapusaheb Jog and when it was going on, an idea struck Bapusaheb Booty’s mind that there should be an open room or platform and in the centre the image of Murlidhar (Lord Krishna with the flute) be installed. He asked Shama to refer this matter to Baba and get His consent. The latter asked Baba about this when He was just passing by the Wada. Hearing Shama, Baba gave His consent saying, “after the temple is complete I will come there to stay” and staring at the Wada He added – “after the Wada is complete, we shall use it ourselves, we shall live, move and play there, embrace each other, and be very happy.” Then Shama asked Baba whether this was the auspicious time to begin the foundation-work of the central room of the Shrine. The latter answered in the affirmative. Shama got a coconut broke it and started the work. In due time the work was completed and an order was also given for making a good image of Murlidhar. But before it was ready, a new thing turned up. Baba became seriously ill and was about to pass away. Bapusaheb became very sad and dejected, thinking that if Baba passed away, his Wada would not be consecrated by the holy touch of Baba’s Feet, and all his money (about a lakh of rupees) would be wasted away. But the words “Place or keep Me in the Wada” which came out of Baba’s mouth just before His passing away, consoled not only Bapusaheb, but one and all. In due time Baba’s holy body was placed and preserved in the central shrine meant or designed for Murlidhar and Baba Himself became Murlidhar and the Wada thus became the Samadhi-mandir of Sai Baba. His wonderful life is unfathomable.

Blessed and fortunate is Bapusaheb Booty in whose Wada lies the holy and the pure body of Baba.

Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all

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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana – Chapter – 36 Assigned for September 19, 2017

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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana

Chapter – 36 Assigned for   September 19, 2017.

 

(1) Two Goa Gentleman – (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar.

 

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Chapter XXXVI

Wonderful Stories of

(1) Two Goa Gentleman – (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar.

This Chapter relates the wonderful stories of two gentlemen from Goa and Mrs. Aurangabadkar of Sholapur.

Two Gentlemen

Once two gentlemen came from Goa for taking darshan of Sai Baba, and prostrated themselves before him. Though both came together, Baba asked only one them to give Him Rs.15/- as Dakshina which was paid willingly. The other man voluntarily offered Rs. 35/-. This sum was rejected by Baba to the astonishment of all. Shama, who was present, asked Baba, “What is this? Both came together, one’s Dakshina you accept, the other, though voluntarly paid, you refuse. Why this distinction? Baba replied, “Shama, you know nothing. I take nothing from anybody. The Masjidmayi (The presiding Deity of the Masjid) calls for the debt, the donor pays it and becomes free. Have I any home, property or family to look after? I require nothing. I am ever free. Debt, enmity and murder have to be atoned for, there is not escape”. Baba then continued in His characteristic way as follows:-

As first he was poor and took a vow to his God that he would pay his first month’s salary if he got an appointment. He got one on Rs.15/- p.m. Then he steadily got promotions, from Rs.15/- he got Rs. 30, 60, 100, 200 and ultimately Rs.700/- per month. But in his prosperity he forgot clean the vow he took. The force of his karma has driven him here and I asked that amount (Rs.15/-) from him as Dakshina.

Another story, While wandering by the sea-side I came to a huge mansion and sat on its verandah. The owner gave me a good reception and fed me sumptuously. He showed me a neat and clean place near a cupboard for sleeping. I slept there. While I was sound asleep, the man removed a literite slab and broke the wall entered in and scissored off all the money from my pocket. When I woke up, I found that Rs.30,000/- were stolen. I was greatly distressed and sat weeping and moaning. The money was in currency notes and I thought that the Brahmin had stolen it. I lost all interest in food and drink and sat for a fortnight on the verandah, bemoaning my loss. After the fortnight was over, a passing fakir saw me crying, and made enquiries regarding the cause of my sorrow. I told him everything. He said, “If you act according to my bidding, you will recover your money; go to a fakir, I shall give his whereabouts, surrender yourself to him, he will get back your money; in the meanwhile give up your favourite food till you recover your money.” I followed the fakir’s advice and got my money. Then I left the Wada and went to the sea-shore. There was a steamer, but I could not get into it as it was crowded. There a good-natured peon interceded for me and I got in luckily. That brought me to another shore, where I caught a train and came to the Masjidmayi.

The story finished and Baba asked Shama to take the guests and arrange for their feeding. Then Shama took them home and fed them. At dinner, Shama said to the guests that Baba’s story was rather mysterious, as He had never gone to the sea-side, never had any money (Rs.30,000/-), never travelled, never lost any money and never recovered it, and enquired whether they understood it and caught its significance. The guests were deeply moved and were shedding tears. In a choking voice they said that Baba was omniscient, infinite, the One (Para Brahma) without a second. The story He gave out is exactly our story, What He spoke has already taken place in our case. How He knew this, is a wonder of wonders! We shall give all the details after the meals.

Then after the meals while they were chewing betel-leaves,the guests began to tell their stories. One of them said:-

“A hill-station on the ghats is my native place. I went to Goa to earn my living by securing a job. I took a vow to God Datta that if I got any service, I would offer Him my first month’s salary. By His grace I got an appointment of Rs.15/- and then I got promotions as described by Baba. I did forget all about my vow. Baba has just reminded me of it in this way and recovered Rs. 15/- from me. It is not Dakshina as one may think it to be, but a repayment of an old debt and fulfillment of long forgotten vow”.

Moral

Baba never, in fact, actually begged any money, nor allowed His Bhaktas to beg. He regarded money as a danger or bar to spiritual progress and did not allow His Bhaktas to fall into its clutches. Bhagat Mhalsapati, is an instance on tis point. He was very poor and could hardly make both ends meet. Baba never allowed him to make any money, nor gave him anything from the Dakshina amount. Once a kind and liberal merchant named Hansaraj gave a large amount of money to Mhalsapati in Baba’s presence, but Baba did not allow him to accept it.

Then the second guest began his tale. “My Brahmin (cook) was serving me faithfully for 35 years. Unfortunately he fell into bad ways, his mind changed and he robbed me of my treasure. By removing a laterite slab from my wall where my cup-board is fixed, he came in while we were all asleep and carried away all my accumulated wealth, Rs. 30,000/- in currency notes. I know not how Baba mentioned the exact amount. I sat crying day and night. My enquiries came to nothing. I spent a fortnight in great anxiety. As I sat on the verandah, sad and dejected, a passing fakir noted my condition and enquired of its cause, and I told him all about it. He told me that an Avalia by name Sai lives in Shirdi, Kopergaon Taluka. Make vow to Him and give up any food that you like best and say to Him mentally that ‘I have given up eating that food till I take your darshan’. Then I took the vow and gave up eating rice and s0aid, “Baba, I will eat it after recovering my property and after taking your darshan”.

Fifteen days passed after this. The Brahmin, of his own accord, came to me, returned my money and apologized, saying, “I went mad and acted thus; I now place my head on your feet, please forgive me”. Thus everything ended well. The fakir that met me and helped me, was not seen again. An intensive desire to see Sai Baba, whom the fakir pointed out to me, arose in my mind. I thought that the fakir who came all the way to my house was no other than Sai Baba. Would He, who saw me and helped me to get my lost money ever covet to get Rs.35/-? On the contrary without expecting anything from us, He always tries His best to lead us on the path of spiritual progress.

I was overjoyed when I recovered my stolen property and being infatuated, I forgot all about my vow. Then when I was at Colaba, one night I saw Sai Baba in my dream. This reminded me of my promised visit to Shirdi. I went to Goa and from there wanted to start for Shirdi, by taking a steamer to Bombay, en route. But when I came to the harbour, I found that the steamer was crowded and there was no place. The captain did not allow me, but on the intercession of a peon, who was stranger to me, I was allowed to get into the steamer which brought me to Bombay. From there, I got in the train and came here. Surely I think that Baba is all-pervading and all-knowing. What are we and where is our home? How great our good fortune that Baba got back our money and drew us here to Himself? You Shirdi folk must be infinitely superior and more fortunate than we; for Baba has played, laughed, talked and lived with you for so many years. I think that your store of good merits must be infinite, for it attracted Baba into Shirdi. Sai is our Datta. He ordered the vow. He gave me a seat in the steamer and brought me here and thus gave proof of His omniscience and omnipotence”.

Mrs. Aurangabadkar

A lady from Sholapur, wife of Sakharam Aurangabadkar had no issue during the long period of 27 years. She had made a number of vows of Gods and Goddesses for an issue, but was not successful. She then became almost hopeless. To make a last attempt in this matter, she came to Shirdi with her step-son Vishwanath and stayed there for two months, serving Baba. Whenever she went to the Masjid, she found it full and Baba surrounded by devotees. She wanted to see Baba alone, fall at His feet and open her heart and pray for an issue, but she got no suitable opportunity. Ultimately she requested Shama to intercede with Baba for her when He was alone. Shama said to her that Baba’s Darbar was open, still he would try for her and that the Lord might bless her. He asked her to sit ready with a cocoa-nut and joss-sticks on the open courtyard at the time of Baba’s meals and that when he beckoned to her, she should come up. One day after dinner, Shama was rubbing Baba’s wet hands with a towel when the latter pinched Shama’s cheek. Shama feigning anger said, “Deva, is it proper for you to pinch me like this? We don’t want such a mischievous God who pinches us thus. Are we Your dependents, is this the fruit of our intimacy?” Baba replied, “Oh Shama, during the 72 generations that you were with me, I never pinched you till now and now you resent my touching you”. Shama, “We want a God that will give us ever kisses and sweets to eat; we do not want any respect from You, or heaven, balloon etc. Let our faith unto Your Feet be ever wide-awake”. Baba, “Yes, I have indeed come for that. I have been feeding and nursing you and have got love and affection for you“.

Then Baba went up and took his seat. Shama beckoned to the lady. She came up, bowed and presented the cocoa-nut and joss-sticks. Baba shook the cocoa-nut which was dry. The Kernal within rolled and made a noise. Baba said, “Shama, this is rolling, see what it says”. Shama, “The woman prays that a child might be similarly rolling and quickening in the womb. So give her the cocoa-nut with Your blessings”.

Baba, “Will the coconut give her any issue? How people are foolish and fancy such things!”

Shama, “I know the power of Your word and blessing. Your word will give her a string or series of children. You are wrangling and not giving real blessing”.

The parley went on for a while. Baba repeatedly ordering to break the coconut and Shama pleading for the gift of the unbroken fruit to the lady. Finally Baba yielded and said, “She will have an issue”. “When?” asked Shama. “In 12 months” was the reply. The cocoa-nut was therefore broken into two part, one was eaten by the two, the other was given to the lady.

The Shama turned up to the lady and said, “Dear madam, you are a witness to my words. If within 12 months you do not get any issue, I will break a cocoa-nut against this Deva’s head and drive him out of this Masjid. If I fail in this, I will not call myself Madhav. You will soon realize what I say”.

She delivered a son in one year’s time and the son was brought to Baba in his fifth month. Both husband and wife, prostrated themselves before Baba and the grateful father (Mr. Aurangabadkar) paid a sum of Rs.500/- which was spent in constructing a shed for Baba’s house “Shyamakarna”.

Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all

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)

 

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)

 

MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – SIX

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MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – SIX

 

If you add one to one then you get two. This is wholly true and there is no place for argument on the same. Although this theory is true in the physical world, in the spiritual sense it is incorrect. Set aside the belief that you and I are different. I am within you and you are within Me. I reckon your physical and other needs and fulfill them. You don’t forget the truth that a child in the womb of a mother gets nourished by her. In fact the mother does not take extra efforts to feed the growing child inside her womb. The mother takes food to satisfy her hunger which also reaches the child within her. Similarly always try to realize that I am within you. Do not forget My existence inside your very being. Also never forget that I am always with you. Can I ever eat without satisfying your hunger? All your external worship reaches Me within yourself. Then I get strengthened and protect you. If you are unable to do even this much then how can I Help you? Your soulful worship of Me alone is true worship. This is the truth.

Have Faith in My Sayings.

 

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)