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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana – Chapter – 21 Assigned for January 23, 2018

 

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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana,

Chapter – 21 Assigned for January 23, 2018

 

Stories of (1) V.H. Thakur (2) Anantrao Patankar and (3) Pandharpur Pleader.

 

DIRECT DOWN LOAD LINKS IN MAJOR INDIAN LANGUAGES:

Shri Sai Satcharita in English Ch 21

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Shri Sai Satcharita in Hindi Ch 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra in Marathi Ch 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra in Malayalam Ch 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra in KannadamCh 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra in Konkani Ch 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra in Bengali Ch 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra in Gujarati Ch 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra in Punjabi Ch 21

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Shri SaiSatcharitra Sindhi Ch 21

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SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES:

Shri SaiSatcharitra in Nepali

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Chapter XXI

 

Stories of (1) V.H. Thakur (2) Anantrao Patankar and (3) Pandharpur Pleader.

 

In this Chapter, Hemadpant relates the stories of Vinayak Harishchandra Thakur, B.A., Anantrao Patankar of Poona, and a pleader from Pandharpur. All these stories are very interesting which if very carefully read and grasped, will lead the readers on to the spiritual path.

Preliminary

It is a general rule, that it is our good luck in the form of accumulation of merits in past births, that enables us to seek the company of Saints and profit thereby. In illustration of this rule, Hemadpant gives his own instance. He was a resident Magistrate of Bandra, A suburb of Bombay, for many years. A famour Mahomedan Saint named Pir Moulana was living there and many Hindus, Parsis and many others who followed different religion used to go to him and take his darshan. His Mujavar (priest) by name Inus pressed Hemadpant many a time, night and day, for going to see him, but for some reason or other he was not able to see him. After many years his turn came and he was called to Shirdi where he was permanently enlisted in Sai Baba’s Darbar. Unfortunate fellows do not get this contact of the Saints. It is only the fortunate ones that get it.

Institution of Saints

There have been institutions of Saints in this world, from time immemorial. Various Saints appear (incarnate) themselves in various places to carry out the missions allotted to them, but though they work in different places, they are, as it were, one. They work in unison under the common authority of the Almighty Lord and know full well what each of them is doing in his place, and supplement his work where necessary. An instance illustrating this is given below.

Mr. Thakur

Mr. V.H.Thakur, B.A., was a clerk in the Revenue Department and he once came to a town named Vadgaum near Belgaum (S.M. Country) along with a Survey party. There he saw a Kanarese Saint (Appa) and bowed before him. The Saint was explaining a portion from the book “Vichar-Sagar” of Nischaldas (a standard work on Vedanta) to the audience. When Thakur was taking his leave to go, he said to him, “you should study this book, and if you do so, your desires will be fulfilled, and when you go to the North in the discharge of your duties in future, you will come across a great Saint by your good luck, and then he will show you the future path, and give rest to your mind and make you happy”.

Then, he was transferred to Junnar, where he had to go by crossing Nhane Ghat. This Ghat was very steep and impassible, and no other conveyance, than a buffalo was of use in crossing it. So he had to take a buffalo-ride through the Ghat, which inconvenienced and pained him much. Thereafter, he was transferred to Kalyan on higher post, and there he became acquainted with Nanasaheb Chandorkar. He heard much about Sai Baba from him and wished to see Him. Next day, Nanasaheb had to go to Shirdi, and he asked Thakur to accompany him. He could not do so as he had to attend the Thana Civil Court for a civil case. So Nanasaheb went alone. Thakur went to Thana, but there the case was postponed. Then, he repented for not accompanying Nanasaheb. Still he left for Shirdi and when he went there, he found that Nanasaheb had left the place the previous day. Some of his other friends, whom he met there, took him to Baba. He saw Baba, fell at His Feet and was overjoyed. His eyes were full of tears of joy and his hair stood on end. Then after a while the omniscient Baba said to him – “The path of this place is not so easy as the teaching of the Kanarese Saint Appa or even as the buffalo-ride in the Nhane Ghat. In this spiritual path, you have to put in your best exertion as it is very difficult”. When Thakur heard these significant signs and words, which none else than he knew, he was overwhelmed with joy. He came to know, that the word of the Kanarese Saint had turned true. Then joining both hands and placing his head on Baba’s Feet, he prayed that he should be a accepted and blessed. Then Baba said – “What Appa told you was all right, but these things have to be practised and lived. Mere reading won’t do. You have to think and carry out what you read, otherwise, it is of no use. Mere book-learning, without the grace of the Guru, and self-realization is of no avail”. The theoretical portion was read from the work `Vichar Sagar’ by Thakur, but the practical way was shown to him at Shirdi. Another story given below will bring out this truth more forcibly.

Anantrao Patankar

One gentleman from Poona, by name Anantrao Patankar wished to see Baba. He came to Shirdi, and took Baba’s darshan. His eyes were appeased, he was much pleased. He fell at Baba’s Feet; and after performing proper worship said to Baba – “I have read a lot, studied Vedas, Vedants and Upanishads and heard all the Purnas, but still I have not got any peace of mind; so I think that all my reading was useless. Simple ignorant devout persons are better than myself. Unless the mind becomes calm, all book-learning is of no avail. I have heard, from many people, that you easily give peace of mind to so many people by your mere glance, and playful word; so I have come here; please take pity on me and bless me”. Then Baba told him a parable, which was as follows:-

Parable of Nine Balls of Stool (Nava-vidha Bhakti)

“Once a Soudagar (merchant) came here. Before him a mare passed her stool (nine balls of stool). The merchant, intent on his quest, spread the end of his dhotar and gathered all the nine balls in it, and thus he got concentration (peace) of mind”.

Mr. Patankar could not make out the meaning of this story; so he asked Ganesh Damodar, alias Dada Kelkar, “What does Baba mean by this?” He replied – “I too do not know all that Baba says and means, but at His inspiration I say, what I come to know. The mare is God’s grace and the nine balls excreted are the nine forms or types of Bhakti, viz., (1) Shravana (Hearing); (2) Kirtana (Praying); (3) Smarana (Remembering); (4) Padasevana (resorting to the feet); (5) Archana (Worship); (6) Namaskara (Bowing); (7) Dasya (Service); (8) Sakhyatva (Friendship); (9) Atmanivedana (surrender of the self). These are the nine types of Bhakti. If any of these is faithfully followed, Lord Hari will be pleased, and manifest Himself in the home of the devotee. All the sadhanas, viz. Japa (vocal worship), Tapa (penance), Yoga practice and studying the scriptures and expounding them are quite useless unless they are accompanied by Bhakti, i.e., devotion. Knowledge of the Vedas, or fame as a great Jnani, and mere formal Bhajan (worship) are of no avail. What is wanted is Loving Devotion. Consider yourself as the merchant or seeker after the truth and be anxious and eager like him to collect or cultivate the nine types of devotion. Then you will attain stability and peace of mind”.

Next day, when Patankar went to Baba for saluation, he was asked whether he collected the ‘nine balls of stool’. Then he said that he, being a poor fellow, should first be graced by Baba, and then they will be easily collected. Then Baba blessed and comforted him, saying that he would attain peace and welfare. After hearing this, Patankar became overjoyed and happy.

The Pandharpur Pleader

We shall close this Chapter with short story showing Baba’s omniscience and His using it for correcting people and setting them on the right path. Once a pleader from Pandharpur came to Shirdi, went to the Masjid, saw Sai Baba, fell at His Feet and, without being asked, offered some Dakshina, and sat in a corner eager to hear the talk, that was going on. Then Baba turned His face towards him and said – “How cunning the people are! They fall at the feet, offer Dakshina, but inwardly give abuses behind the back. Is not this wonderful?” This cap (remark) fitted the pleader and he had to wear (take) it. None understood the remark. The pleader grasped it, but kept silent. When they returned to the Wada, the pleader said to Kakasaheb Dixit – “What Baba remarked was perfectly right. The dart (remark) was aimed at me, it was a hint to me, that I should not indulge in reviling or scandalizing others (calling by names). When the subjudge or munsiff of Pandharput (Mr.Noolkar) came and stayed here for the improvement of his health, a discussion about this matter was going on in the bar-room at Pandharpur (as it ever happens in many a bar-room). It was said or discussed there whether the ailments, from which the sub-judge suffered were, ever likely to be got rid of without medicines, by merely going after Sai Baba, and whether it was proper for an educated man, like the sub-judge, to have recourse to such methods. The sub-judge was taken to task, i.e. he was ciritisied, as also Sai Baba. I also took some part in this affair; and now Sai Baba showed the impropriety of my conduct. This is not a rebuke to me, but a favour, an advice that I should not indulge in any scandal or slander of others; and not interfere unnecessarity in others’ affairs”.

Shirdi is about 100 Koss (Koss=3 miles) distant from Pandharpur; still Baba by His omniscience knew what transpired there in the bar-room. The intervening places — rivers, jungles and mountains – were not a bar to His all-perceiving sight and He could see or read the hearts of all. There was nothing secret or veiled from Him. Everything, far or near, was plain and clear to Him as broad as daylight. Let a man be far or near, he cannot avoid the all-pervading gaze of Sai Baba. From this incident, the pleader took the lesson that he should never speak ill of others, nor unnecessarily criticize them. This his evil tendency was completely got rid of, and he was set on the right path.

Though the story refers to a pleader, still it is applicable to all. All should, therefore, take this lesson to heart and profit thereby.

Sai Baba’s greatness is unfathomable, so are His wonderful Leelas. His life is also such; for He is Para-Brahman (Lord God) incarnate.

Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all

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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana – Chapter – 46 Assigned for December 31, 2017

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Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana,

Chapter – 46 Assigned for December31

 

Baba’s Gaya Trip – Story of Goats.

 

DIRECT DOWN LOAD LINKS IN MAJOR INDIAN LANGUAGES:

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Shri Sai Satcharita in Hindi Ch 46

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Chapter XLVI

Baba’s Gaya Trip – Story of Goats.

This Chapter describes Shama’s strip to Kashi, Prayag and Gaya and how Baba (in the Form of His portrait) was there ahead of him; it also describes Baba’s reminiscences of the past birth of two goats.

Preliminary

Blessed, Oh Sai, are Your Feet, blessed is Your remembrance and blessed is Your darshana which frees us from the bond of Karma. Though Your Form is invisible to us now, still if the devotees believe in You, they get living experiences from You. By an invisible and subtle thread You draw Your devotees from far and near to Your Feet and embrace them like a kind and loving mother. The devotees do not know where You are, but You so skillfully pull the wires that they ultimately realize that You are at their back to help and support them. The intelligent, wise and learned folk fall into the pit of the samsar on account of their egoism, but You save, by Your power, the poor, simple and devout persons. Inwardly and invisibly you play all the game, but show that you are not concerned with it. You do things and pose yourself as a non-doer. Nobody ever knows Your life. The best course therefore for us is to surrender our body, speech and mind to Your Feet and always chant Your name for destroying our sins. You fulfill the wishes of the devotees and to those who are without any desire You give bliss supreme. Chanting Your sweet name is the easiest sadhan for devotees. By this sadhan (means), our sins, Rajas and Tamas qualities will vanish, the Sattwa qualities and righteousness will gain predominance and along with this, discrimination, dispassion and knowledge will follow. Then we shall abide in our Self and our Guru (who are one and the same). This is what is called complete surrender to the Guru. The only sure sign of this is that our mind gets calm and peaceful. The greatness of this surrender, devotion and knowledge is unique; for peace, non-attachment, fame and salvation etc., come in its train.

If Baba accepts a devotee, He follows him and stands by him, day and night, at his home or abroad. Let the devotee go anywhere he likes, Baba is there ahead of him in some form in an inconceivable manner. The following story illustrates this.

Sometime after Kakasaheb Dixit was introduced to Sai Baba, he decided to perform the thread (Upanayan) ceremony of his eldest son Babu at Nagpur. At about the same time Nanasaheb Chandorkar decided to perform the marriage ceremony of his eldest son at Gwalior. Both Dixit and Chandorkar came to shirdi and lovingly invited Baba for these functions. Baba asked them to take Shama as His representative. When He was pressed to come in person. Baba told them to take Shama with them and that “after doing Banares and Prayag He would be ahead of Shama.” Now mark these words for they show Baba’s all-pervasiveness.

Taking the permission of Baba, Shama decided to go to Nagpur and Gwalior for these functions and ceremonies and thence to Kashi, Prayag and Gaya. Appa Kote made up his mind to accompany him. They both went first to Nagpur for the thread ceremony. Kakasaheb Dixit gave Shama Rs.200/- for his expenses. Then they went to Gwalior for the marriage ceremony. There Nanasaheb Chandorkar gave Shama Rs.100/- and his Vyahi (relation) Mr.Jather gave him also Rs.100/-. Then Shama went to Kashi, and then to Ayodhya where he was well received in Jather’s beautiful temple of Laxmi-Narayan at Kashi (Varanasi or Banares) and in the Rama-Mandir at Ayodhya by Jathar’s manager. They (Shama and Kote) stayed for 21 days in Ayodhya and two months in Kashi (Banares). Then they left for Gaya. In the train they felt a little uneasy on hearing that plague was prevailing in Gaya. At night they alighted at Gaya station and stayed in the Dharmashala. In the morning the Gayawala (the Priest who arranges and provides for the lodging and boarding of the pilgrims) came there and aid – “The pilgrims have already started, you better make haste.” Shama casually asked him whether there was plague in Gaya. “No” said the Gayawala. “Please come without any fear or anxiety and see yourself.” Then they went with him and stayed in his house which was a big and commodious Wada. Shama was pleased with the accommodation provided for him, but what pleased him most, was the beautiful big portrait of Baba fixed in the central and front portion of the building. Seeing this portrait Shama was overwhelmed with emotion. He remembered Baba’s words, viz., “After doing Kashi and Prayag He would be ahead of Shama” and burst into tears. His hairs stood on end, his throat was choked and he began to sob. The Gayawala thought that he was afraid of plague prevailing there and therefore was crying. But Shama enquired of him whence he got Baba’s portrait there. He replied that he had 200 or 300 agents working at Manmad and Punatambe for looking to the convenience of the pilgrims to Gaya and from them he heard about Baba’s fame. Then about 12 years ago he went to Shirdi and took Baba’s darshana. There he wanted Baba’s portrait hung in Shama’s house and with Baba’s permission Shama gave it to him. This was the same protrait. Shama then remembered this former incident. The Gayawalas’s joy knew no bounds when he learnt that the same Shama who obliged him before, was his guest then. Then they both exchanged love and service and were most delighted and happy. The Gayawala gave him a right royal welcome. He was a very rich man. He sat in a palanquin and made Shama ride an elephant and attended to all his comforts and conveniences.

The moral of the story is this:- That Baba’s words came out true to the letter and unbounded was His love towards the devotees. But leave this aside. He also loved all creatures equally, for He felt that He was one with them. The following story will illustrate this.

Two Goats

Baba was once returning from Lendi, when He saw a flock of goats. Two of them attracted His attention. He went to them, caressed and fondled them and bought them for Rs.32/-. The devotees were surprised at this conduct of Baba. They thought that Baba was duped in this bargain, as the goats would fetch Rs.two each, at the most Rs.3/- or 4/- each, i.e., Rs.8/- for both. They began to take Baba to task for this, but Baba kept calm and cool. Shama and Tatya Kote asked Baba for an explanation. He said He should not store money as He had no home, and any family to look after. He asked them to purchase at His cost 4 seers of ‘dal’ (lentil) and feed the goats. After this was done, Baba returned the goats to the owner of the flock and gave out of the following reminiscences and story of the goats.

“Oh, Shama and Tatya, you think that I have been deceived in this bargain. No. Listen to their story. In their former birth they were human beings and had the good fortune to be My companions and sit by My side. They were uterine brothers, loving each other at first, but later on, they became enemies. The elder brother was an idle fellow while the younger one was an active chap and earned a lot of money. The former became greedy and jealous and wanted to kill his brother and take away his money. They forgot thier fraternal relations and began to quarrel with each other. The elder brother resorted to many devices to kill his younger brother, but all of his attempts failed. Thus they became deadly enemies and finally on one occasion the elder gave a deadly blow with a big stick on the latter’s head while the latter struck the former with an axe, with the result that both fell dead on the spot. As the result of their actions, they were both born as goats. As they passed by me, I at once recognized them. I remembered their past history. Taking pity on them I wanted to feed them and give them rest and comfort and for this reason I spent all the money for which you reprove me. As you did not like My bargain I sent them back to their shepherd.” Such was Sai’s love for the goats!

Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all

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)

 

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.

 

MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – FIVE

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MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – FIVE

 

How can you merge in Me totally? You may have a doubt as to how to reach that state. I will tell on this subject, please listen to Me carefully. Those who are in tune with Me will convert every opportunity to be in tune with Me wherever they are. Such individuals will speak about Me alone. They will utter only My sayings. They will always talk about My noble deeds and lofty ideals. This is because they will only think of Me incessantly. For such persons only My form will be visible. The connection between Me and such people is the bondage between a soul and God. They will be intrinsically saturated in Me like sweetness in sugar, water in clouds and the salt in sea water. Those who understand this principle and practice the same will always remain within Me. At the end of their lives they will reach Me.

Have Faith in My Sayings.

 

MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – FOUR

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MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – FOUR

 

You get excited by looking at the body. You appreciate and nurture your body. You seek a companion body and get entangled in worldliness. Such a relationship gets expanded like an ocean. When you are sitting ashore, you fall into this ocean of worldliness. You start searching for someone to save you from this ocean of worldliness. At that time I reach out like the twig of a tree or a rope or a log of wood to save you. Thinking ‘how could any such irrelevant things save me?’ you leave Me aside. You blame that God will not come to rescue when one is in trouble. How can I help you then? I come to save you from the ocean of worldliness. But you are drowned in Maya, thus unable to recognize me. Your wife, kith and kin will not come to your rescue. Yet you are only dependent on them. When I come on My own, you are unable to recognize My power. As you are immersed in the ocean of worldliness, I am also residing within you. Forgetting this truth, you are dependent on the external world, neglecting and forgetting Me. How could I then help you? Never forget that I am there forever. I do not forget you. I always exist in our mutual spiritual relationship. If you realize this truth, I will be there forever to save you.

Have Faith in My Sayings.

 

MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – TWO

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MY MESSAGE TO MY DEVOTEES – TWO

 

The age of Kali itself is an ocean of sorrow. Human beings are like fish in such an ocean. One can not but keep swimming always in that ocean. When one starts taking things easy then troubles are sure to come. Life is a constant struggle. In this struggle there is only meaningless wandering, without any peace of mind. You know quite well that only when there is food, you can eat else you have to be hungry. These are all your vain attempts. Yet you don’t leave your longings. You don’t leave your struggle as well. How can I help you if you keep struggling all alone? I am like a pot full of water. If you don’t come near the pot how your thirst could be quenched? Who will attempt to quench your thirst permanently? For all your needs you should use your own efforts. You have to help yourself to reach Me. Leave aside your useless longings and struggles and surrender yourselves to Me. I will always be with you. Before I reach you to quench your thirst, you get mentally disturbed and go far away. I am only waiting for you. Lay your burden on Me and you will get Shanti – peace of mind.

 

Have faith in My Sayings

 

My Message to My Devotees – 01

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MY MESSAGE TO YOU – ONE

 

“Where is Baba? What does Baba look like? You often imagine these things. In fact I am not far away in an unknown place. I am always with you and within you. Even then you don’t recognize me. The child is inside the womb of its mother. As soon as the child starts developing in the womb, the mother develops an attachment to the child. She makes preparations ahead of time in order to meet the needs of the child. Similarly I am also within you from the time of the very formation of your body. I cater to all your needs. I quench your thirst and satiate your hunger. I give you strength. I guide you through. The mother does these deeds from outside the body of the child. I am the inner self prompting these activities. By looking at the subjective world, if you live in the illusion that I am somewhere else, and then what can I do? If you realize that I am the doer of all happenings, then in an instant you can feel my existence. The moment you remove your ego I will be in front of you instantaneously. I am your own SELF.

Have faith in My Sayings

 

LEAVE MAMATA – HAVE SAMATA

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LEAVE MAMATA – HAVE SAMATA

 

Baba (to Ramadasi): You are reading pothi. Adhyatma Ramayana, unceasingly. Yet your heart is not pure. You repeat Sahasranama and yet your troubles are not gone. You call yourself a Ramadasi. If you are one, you must be indifferent to all objects. You ought not to have Mamata, attachment, but must have Samata, viewing everything with equal eye. You behave like a boy and fight for your book. Books can be had by the ton for money but not men, i.e. friendship.

(Baba’s Charters and Sayings # 207)

 

The Eleven Promises of Sai Baba in Poetic Form

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The Eleven Promises of Sai Baba in Poetic Form

 

He who puts his feet on Shirdi-soil, Will end his suffering and toil.

He who climbs the steps of “Dwarakamai”, Will have plenty, and never cry.

I will be active and vigorous even, after My body to this earth is given.

I shall preach and bless from My tomb, And for My devotees, make a happy-home.

I will be active and vigorous in My tomb. My mortal remains will speak from tomb.

I will help and guide one who comes to Me, He who surrenders: Takes refuge in Me.

If you always look at Me, I will certainly look after thee.

Cast your burden and all your care on My shoulders, I will surely bear.

My advice and help, if you will seek, to My promise, I will always stick.

My devotee’s, house will be free from want, A happy healthy peaceful jaunt.

 

– Dr. Kotwal