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The Secret of True Joy

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A MOTHER’S ADVICE

Baba said, “Blessed and fortunate, indeed, is he who knows Me thus” in Sri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. XV.

There was a man of God who brought joy, hope and comfort into the lives of many. Whomsoever he met, he changed their lives for the better.

“How do you do it?” they asked him. “What is the secret of the serene joy that seems to radiate from your presence?”

In answer, he narrated this incident from his life. He was leaving home as a young man, to tread the spiritual path. His old mother walked along with him, until her weary legs could not carry her any further. It was time to let go off her son – time to say good-bye, perhaps forever! “Promise me one thing before you leave,” she pleaded with him.

“What is it, mother?” he asked her gently.

“Promise me first,” she insisted.

“Dear mother, you must tell me what it is that you want me to do, before I make my promise,” said the young man.

“Oh, it’s nothing difficult!” urged the mother. “Just promise me!”

“As you wish, dear mother,” said the young man, relenting. “I promise to do as you wish.”

The mother kissed her son. “My child,” she said to him earnestly. “It is a wicked world into which you go to seek your salvation. Promise me this – begin every day with God. This is all I ask of you.” And she kissed him once again.

“It was this kiss from my mother that changed my life,” concluded the holy man. “My mother taught me the secret of true joy – begin the day with God; and close the day with God!”

 

Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

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Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Baba’s another coconut Leela

“Do coconuts produce children ? How can you be so superstitious?” said Baba to Shama (Sai Satcharitra Ch. 36). Shama was pleading with Baba on behalf of Mrs. Aurangabadkar. He beseeched Baba to give her the coconut and His blessings. Thus the barren lady might get a child. “She will get a child in 12 months,” said Baba.

This is another coconut Leela.

A lady from Poona was desperate to go to Shirdi, and seek Baba’s blessings. But, however hard she tried, her attempts failed, for some reason or the other. She was sure, if she received a coconut from Baba, she would get a child. She was very sad and dejected and wondered about the future.

One night she had a dream vision. Baba came and gave her a coconut as prasad. When she woke up, and thought over the dream, it seemed so real, that she looked around. Lo! There was a coconut on her bed. She vowed that if she got a child by this prasad, she would take the child to Shirdi. Ayear later she delivered a male child; so she went with her child and grate­fully laid him at Baba’s feet.

Leela- 12 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)

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Guruvaar Prarthna


Guruvaar Prarthna

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, we move through life trusting every grain of sand, every ray of sun, every drop of rain, every rose and thorn, every stone, the river that flows, the breeze that blows, trusting everything and everyone and giving service of love to all. In trust we live, in trust we pray, because trust alone triumphs and trust alone take us towards our ultimate object of reaching Your Lotus Feet. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine guidance in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

Once it so happened that Nanasaheb Chandorkar left Nandurbarto go to Pandharpur.

Nana was very lucky. His whole-hearted devotionto Sai had borne fruit. He had the earthlyparadise,21 as he had got the Mamlatdari of thatplace.

When he received the orders at Nandurbar, hehad to leave immediately. Hurriedly he made allthe arrangements, desiring in his heart thedarshan.

Along with his wife, and family circle, hethought of going to Shirdi, as Shirdi was his Pandharpur; andhe wanted to pay his respects to Baba.

He did not send a letter to anybody nor did he send anymessage. He gathered together all his belongings and got intothe carriage hurriedly.

In this way, Nana started and nobody in Shirdi knew of it.But Sai knew everything, as Sai was all-pervading.

Nana started immediately. He must have been at the outskirtsof Nimgaon. Now listen carefully to the miracle that happenedat Shirdi, in truth, at that time.

Baba was in the Masjid with Mhalsapati. Appa Shinde andKashiram, the devotees, were seated chatting.

At that moment, Baba said casually, “Let four of us sing abhajan. The Doors of Pandharpur have opened. We can singjoyously ”.

Sai had knowledge of the past, present and future. He hadalready learnt the news. Nana was near the stream at theoutskirts, when Baba was singing the bhajan zealously.

Bhajan

“ I am going to Pandharpur – going, going!

There I will stay! There I will stay, stay!

That is the abode of my Master! ”

Baba himself sang the bhajan and the devotees who weresitting around followed him. They were engrossed in theirlove for Pandharpur. Just then Nana arrived.

He bowed down at his feet23, with his wife and said thatMaharaj should go with them to Pandharpur and settle thereundisturbed and without any worry.

This invitation was not necessary. Already Baba was injoyous mood; and people told him24, that he was ready to go toPandharpur as the bhajan’s words indicated.

Nana was extremely surprised and seeing the leela was amazed.He put his head at his feet and was deeply emotionally moved.

Taking his blessings, ‘udi’ and ‘prasad’, and bowing again,Chandorkar set out for Pandharpur, after getting hispermission to go.

 

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 7, Ovi 111 – 125)

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Baba as a dog and sickly Sudra

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Baba as a dog and sickly Sudra:

 

Kasinath Govind Upasani Mahara j who lived at Shirdi in 1911-14, prepared his food which a black dog was watching. Offering nothing to the dog, K.G. Upasani Maharaj . went to the masjid and offered it to Baba. Baba: Why did you bring it here. I was there.

 

K.G. Upasani Maharaj : Baba, there was none there, except a black dog.

 

Baba : I was that black dog.

 

Baba refused to accept food that day.

 

Next day K.G. Upasani Maharaj, prepared his meal at his quarters and found no dog there. But a sickly Sudra was standing leaning on a wall and looking at the food. The orthodox K.G. Upasani Maharaj drove him away from that place and brought the food to SaiBaba.

 

Sai Baba : Yester day you did not offer me food. Today also you drove me away. Why bring the food here?

 

K.G. Upasani Maharaj : Where were you there, Baba?

 

Sai Baba: I was leaning on the wall.

 

K.G. Upasani Maharaj : What ! could you be in such a person?

 

Sai Baba: Yes I am in all things and beyond.

 

(from Baba’s Charters and Sayings – 73-B)

 

 

Sai Baba’s Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma’s Letter

Sai Baba’s Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma’s Letter

The following excerpts are from a letter sent on 11-7-1921 by Vedshastri Krishnashastri Bhishma, the writer of most of the verses from Sri Sadguru Sainath Sagunopasana.

My experiences with Maharaj are well-known to those around me. So, there is nothing special in this letter. If devotees already know or have read these experiences, please do not publish them.

Sainath Maharaj had an extra sensory perception. Though I am writing this in the past tense, it is only with reference to the mortal body. For me, Sainath is immortal and will always be, since Maharaj is constantly giving me visions and is guiding me to do things He wishes, what I say cannot be false.

One evening we were sitting with Sainath and also did the last Aarati, the Shejarati. But, when we went to visit Him the next day, Sai said, ‘‘Yesterday evening I had gone for a walk.’’ We could not believe this as He was with us all evening till the Shejarati. But, a few minutes later a man from a village south of Shirdi came and mentioned, ‘‘Yesterday evening Sai Maharaj was in our village.’’ We then understood that Sai had extra sensory powers and so could be in both places at the same time.

Once, when all the people in Balwantrao Khaparde’s house were asleep, Sai came in his dream, dined with him, ate a paan sitting on the swing and then left. At that moment Balwantrao woke up. When he narrated this dream to me in the morning, I said, ‘‘without telling this dream to anyone go to Sainath Maharaj. If Sai has given you this vision, He will give you some indication. If it is an ordinary dream, Sai won’t say a word.’’ Balwantrao went to meet Sai and was amazed when Sai said, ‘‘you gave me dinner yesterday; but you did not give any Dakshina.’’ Balwantrao was stunned; but he immediately asked, how much he should give and back came the reply, ‘‘Rs. 25/-’’.

All these are the facets of extra sensory perception at play. Some may think, these stories are false; but in his book ‘Srimadbhagwatarth Darshan’ Mr. Yeshwant Vyankatesh Kolhatkar, B. A., L.L. B., proves that the Atma or soul is immortal and can perform many miracles. Then, how could it be impossible for Baba to give Darshan while awake or in a dream? ‘‘Jaagat Rama, Sovat Rama, Sapnon mein dekho Rama hi

Rama,’’ said Sant Eknath and accordingly Sainath gives Darshan whenever He wills. In Chapter VIII, Vol. III, Verse 4, from the Chhandogya Upanishad it is said that ‘‘Sometimes this blissful soul leaves the body and attains self-realization and oneness with the Supreme Light; but the soul does not need to leave the body unconscious.’’ Maharaj was in complete control of His senses and desires and remained perpetually calm.

While going from His sleeping area towards the Masjid with His staff in hand, Baba used to hurl abuses. At such a time nobody had the courage to face Him. But, whenever He uttered these expletives at the top of His voice, people could hear the softly uttered words ‘‘Allah tera bhala karega’’. Which man could give blessings while in a fit of rage? That is why, in my opinion Baba’s anger was just a show, but His conscience was kind and calm.

In verse 4274 of Tukaram’s Gatha it is said that God Himself bears the troubles of His devotees and is always close to them. One day, all of us were seated next to Maharaj, when it was time for the noon Aarati. According to the custom in those days Bapusaheb prepared the Aarati. But, suddenly, without any provocation, Maharaj donned the Narsimha Avatar. He threw away the Aarati and the Prasad, drove all the people out by hitting at them with His staff. He Himself left His seat and sat down in the Veranda. The Aarati could not take place. By 3 p.m. all the devotees were hungry.

Some suggested that the Aarati should be done to the throne. But, Dadasaheb Khaparde did not agree and said that the Aarati should be done to Baba only, but at the hands of Vaghya and not Bapusaheb. Accordingly the Aarati was given to Vaghya. But, suddenly Baba returned to His throne and the Aarati was done. But, nobody understood the reason for Baba’s anger.

The next day a lawyer from Kopargaon arrived. He said, ‘‘there was a criminal case against one of Baba’s devotee. The court had sentenced him when I reached there. I took the case and appealed. Surprisingly the court inquired me about the defendant’s conduct. When I vouched for his good behavior and his being innocent, the court acquitted him. To ask Baba, how this miracle took place, I came to Shirdi for Baba’s Darshan. That devotee told me about the eminent Sai and said he was acquitted due to Baba’s blessings.” As said in Sant Dnyaneshwar’s Aarati it is an open secret that the universe is Brahma. Sai behaved accordingly.

There was a well-worn piece of sack-cloth which Baba used as a seat and loved it immensely. Once, when Baba was away, a devotee threw the sack-cloth away and kept a silk cushion in its place. When Baba returned He started fuming and abusing as soon as He saw the new cushion. He threw it and scattered the Dhuni. He calmed down only when His old torn piece of sacking was restored.

One day people asked me to replace the old sacking with a new one; but I waited till everybody stood for Aarati and then asked Baba in sign language if I could change the sack-cloth. He signaled in agreement. I immediately told Dadasaheb and bought a new sack and replaced the old one, which was discarded. After the Aarati, Baba sat down quietly. Devotees served Him. Then He gave His ‘Chillum’ to me and asked for five Laddoos which I promised. I kept worrying as to how I would be able to make Laddoos without anybody’s help in this unfamiliar place. If I took somebody’s help Baba would immediately know. Why did He ask specifically for five Laddoos and not just Laddoos? I spent the day mulling over it and went to sleep with the same thought in mind. But, soon I woke up with an inspiration to write a verse which I immediately penned. In the morning, when I was writing the next stanza, Mr. Dixit, who was on his way to Baba, stopped by and saw my poem. Later I took my bath and went for Darshan. As soon as He saw me Baba asked for the Laddoos. I did not say anything; but Dixit said, ‘‘The Laddoos are getting ready”. Baba was pacified. The next day I finished writing five stanzas and offered them to Baba. (I had tried to write more than five; but try as I may, I could not write beyond the five already written and so left it at that.) When Baba saw them, He asked me to read them out and while I was reading, blessed me by putting His hand on my head. It is impossible to narrate my state of bliss at that time. After that I read to Him every poem I wrote and this collection ultimately became the book ‘Sainath Sagunopasana’ which I offered at His feet. The proceeds of the book were given for the protection of cows. The copies of this book must still be there.

‘‘Dhiro na shochati,’’ says the Kathopanishad. Self-realized brave people never grieve and even if they feel sad, they do not need other people’s advice to restore their good cheer; they themselves get rid of it.

Megha, a Gujarati was Maharaj’s loving devotee. He slogged to serve Baba. He was serving Baba at his master’s instance; but one day it crossed his mind ‘Why should I bathe a Muslim?’ And so one day he left Shirdi for his native place, where he fell ill. When he recovered, he went to visit the Shiva temple; but instead of a Shivalingam he saw Sai Maharaj. He promptly returned to Shirdi. To remove the evil thoughts from his body he was asked to chant the Gayatri Mantra a certain number of times. On completion Baba blessed him. When Megha passed away, Baba Himself came and touching his entire body with His hands, cried bitterly for five minutes. Then consoling Himself, ‘How much will you cry?’ He calmed down (as per the teaching of the Kathopanishad – ‘‘Dhiro na shochati’’) and gave permission for the final rites.

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HOW BABA SAVED THE SISTER OF SHRI BHIKAJI MOHEDJI.

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HOW BABA SAVED THE SISTER OF SHRI BHIKAJI MOHEDJI.

A servant drawing a monthly salary of Rs. 36/- Bhikaji Mohedji has a sister Chhaboo. She had been ill for about 4 months. On 5-12-51, her illness took a critical turn, so he was very anxious to get for her the benefit of a good doctor’s advice and medicine, but within the meager salary, it was not at all possible for him to get there.

Having sighs upon sighs, bemoaning his inability he carried on his office duties, chanting Sai Baba’s name when suddenly there came in a doctor for some enquiry. Though Bhikaji could not recognize him, through Sai’s grace the doctor himself reminded Bhikaji of his previous connection with him. So Bhikaji narrated to him the difficulty and requested him to examine her and prescribed the necessary medicines. The doctor readily complied with Bhikaji’s request.

Bhikaji thus got over his worries and felt assured that Baba was ever ready to shower His grace ever on a poor man like himself,

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

 

(AMBROSIA IN SHIRDI STORIES AFTER BABAS MAHASAMADHI ON 15-10-1918 WRITTEN BY RAMALINGASWAMY #10)

 

Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

I have eaten a lot and I am satiated and satisfied

Balaji Patil Newaskar quitely went about doing Baba’s seva. He swept and cleaned the streets that Baba walked on daily. When it was harvest time he brought the whole harvest to Dwarkamai and offered it to Baba. He and his family happily lived on whatever Baba gave them. In Satcharita the wonderful Leela of how his fam­ily fed thrice the number of guests, is given. It was Bala’s annual Shradha ceremony. His daughter-in-law diligently cooked food enough for the estimated num­ber of guests. While she was serving them, she real­ized that thrice the number of guests had arrived. With Baba’s grace and a little Udi, the last guest was fed to satiety with plenty of food remaining. (Sai Satcharitra Ch. 35).

This is a similar Leela whereby Baba’s grace not three­fold but a multitude of guests were fed with food re­maining.

When Purandare once visited Shirdi, he stayed with Bala Shimpi. Baba told him that He would come to dine with him, along with two other Fakirs. With great joy, Purandhare asked Baba what he should prepare. "Make rice, sheera, bhaji, two vegetable curries and masala khichidi,"said Baba. After the Noon Arati, upon his returning home he saw that everything was ready. Then four to five Fakirs came and had their meals. While leaving, they informed him that many more would soon arrive. Later, a batch of twenty Fa­kirs arrived. Satiated, they too left. Then another ten Fakirs came. They too were well fed and food still re­mained. Then Purandare went to Baba with betel leaves and dakshina and invited Him for meals. Baba smiled and said, "I have eaten a lot and I am satiated and satisfied." Then Baba asked Purandare to have his meals along with Bala Shimpi. All of them, Purandare’s family and Bala dinned together and still food was abun­dant.

Purandare partook the food as Baba’s Prasad. He also carried the food to Bombay and distributed it to his friends and relatives and told everyone this wonderful Leela.

Leela- 28 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)

H. S. Dixit’s Boy

H. S. Dixit’s Boy

H.S. Dixit got a letter in 1913 that his son was unwell at Bandra. And he wanted Baba’s permission, to go.

Baba: Do not go, bring the boy here.

H.S. Dixit wrote for the boy, but the answer was that the examination was nearing and that Shirdi, lacking both medical and educational aid, was not the best place for the boy.

Baba: Never mind, do send for the boy. The boy accordingly came and improved in his health, very rapidly. Then a letter came from Bandra that the date of the examination was 2-11-1913 and that boy should be sent up.

Baba: Do not send up the boy.

Again a letter came that the examination was postponed from 2-1I-19I3 to 6-11-1913 and that the boy should be sent up for 6-11-1913

Baba: Wait,Iet us see.

And the boy was not sent for 6-11-1913,

Again a letter came that the examination was postponed to 13-11-1913.

Baba: Send him up for 13-11-1913.

The boy sat and passed his examination.

(Baba’s Charters and Sayings, No. 375)

Guruvaar Prarthna

Guruvaar Prarthna

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, the whole universe is becoming highly technological, new innovations are discovered every day and our life is comfortable. But the relationships are deteriorating, people have no time to stay with family, neglecting elders, throwing aged out of homes, no time to spend with their lovely kids, minds narrowed, selfishness and self-centered, rampant corruption in public life, no ethics in trade and business. Baba, please work overtime and save this world, make all your children pure and perfect, let Your Mercy cleans their blood and heart. We want to see new day dawn with new world. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine words in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

In the year 1910, on Dhanteras day15, Baba was casually sitting near the ‘dhuni’ and burning firewood.

The ‘dhuni’ was very hot and brightly lit up. He inserted his own arm into the fire and peacefully sat there. The arm came out scorched.

His servitor Madhav16 saw it by chance and Madhavrao Deshpande was also nearby. He also ran towards him immediately.

He went and sat cross-legged behind Baba, put his arms tightly round his waist and pulled him back. He asked, “See what has happened!”

“ O deva, what have you done? ” 17 At these words, Baba became aware of the circumstances. “A child suddenly slipped into the furnace from the arms being astride the waist (of the mother).

Hearing her husband’s calls, and being afraid, the blacksmith’s wife took her child into her arms and started blowing the bellows of the furnace.

While blowing, she lost her concentration and forgot that the child was in her arms. The child was extremely restless and she slipped. Shama, no sooner had she dropped, that I picked her up.

While I tried to take out the girl, that this incident happened. Let my damned hand be scorched! The child’s life is saved ”.

For the pain and suffering due to the arm, what remedy and by whom should it be done? Madhavrao decided to write a letter to Chandorkar.

He wrote the letter in detail. Chandorkar arrived in Shirdi immediately, bringing along with him the famous Dr. Parmanand.

To ward off the burning sensation, Dr. Parmanand brought with him a number of medicines which would be useful and came to the feet of Sai to serve him, with Nana.

After having bowed down to Baba, he asked him about his wellbeing, told him the reason for his coming and requested him to show him his arm.

But since the time the arm was burnt, Bhagoji Shinde used to apply ghee, place a leaf upon it and tightly bandaged it, every day.

To remove the bandages, to show the arm to Dr. Parmanand, to start taking medicines to heal Baba,

With this good intention, Nana implored a great deal; and even Parmanand tried to remove the bandages and see the arm.

Not to-day, tomorrow – again, the same thing – thus he never allowed his arm to be seen saying that his doctor was ‘Allah’. He was not the least disturbed about it.

Whatever medicines Parmanand had brought were never even opened in Shirdi. But, it was his good fortune to have Sai’s ‘darshan’ and, therefore, perhaps this incident happened.

It was always Bhagoji who served him. It was only Bhagoji who would massage the hand. Then, after some time the hand healed and everyone was happy

In this way, although the hand was completely cured, one doesn’t know what was in Baba’s mind in allowing Bhagoji, every morning, early in the day, to carry out the ceremony of tying the bandages.

Although there was no pain, regularly and for no reason, with the help of ghee a massage was done and the hand was cared for till death.

 

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 7, Ovi 73 – 92)

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