Master’s messages-2.5-Real and unreal world

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One can realise the real and unreal world only through experience.

Experience is needed for one to realise that this world is unreal. Just like a fire is taken to be only as a light till one touches and experiences the heat from it; one realises that it has both heat and light. Similarly through experience man can realise that the world is real as well as unreal.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/story-of-the-gold-ornaments/

 

Master’s messages-2.4- Devotion and Faith

The two oars to cross the worldly ocean- Devotion and Faith

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Bhakti (devotion) and Shraddha (faith) are 2 oars required to the cross this samsara. When there is faith; devotion comes on its own. Complete faith and trust in God with pure devotion can help one cross this world with all its ups and downs. It gives one strength and confidence to face challenging situations in life. Faith in our own self as well as in God. The lord melts at the devotion of the devotees and takes care of their needs; whatever is best for them will happen.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/the-old-man-and-his-god/

Courtesy- Sri Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1, Chapter 2

Krishna and Karna- Is life fair or unfair?

Words of Gratitude to the Divine Master on the 6th Sai Aradhana Day- 24th Apr 2017 from the Saibalsanskaar team

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Dearest Swami

Koti pranams at Your Divine Lotus Feet from Your children at the SaiBalsanskaar team. Words fail to describe the love, mercy and grace You have poured on this team. We would like to humbly offer gratitude to You with our limited knowledge of words but filled with love and devotion for You. It is 4 years since You had blessed us to start this human values blog to spread the value based stories and lessons throughout the globe irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender. With Your divine grace, we are moving step by step in this direction in 10 Indian languages other than English and currently active in 1 international language (Mandarin) and 2 other languages (Swedish and Spanish) which are initiated; and will take shape with Your grace at the right time. 

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The team members pour out their love and gratitude to You through their heartfelt words

Team Hindi- Sis Archana

http://saibalsanskaarhindi.wordpress.com

Swami says, “Service is the most difficult of the 9 steps to inner reality……it is basically action arising out of the yearning to win the grace of God….It is the most important step to erase ego…”

I am really thankful to my most loving Swami for putting me on the path to inner reality. It is His infinite compassion that I am able to contribute a tiny droplet in His Mission. It is indeed an action arising out of the yearning to win His grace. Ever since I have taken up this service, I certainly think of Him more and more and despite many challenges along the way, make every possible effort to do His work with utmost sincerity so that I can be a recipient of His grace.

This Seva has certainly helped me to identify my ego and start taking baby steps to go beyond it to achieve the Higher purpose of life.

My most sincere and heartfelt thanks and most loving and humble salutations at the Divine Lotus Feet of my Sadguru.

Team Gujarati- Sis Jyoti/ Sis Ila

http://saibalsanskaargujarati.wordpress.com

My humble Pranams at the lotus feet of Swami. Being a part of the saibalsanskaar translation team for the past few years has really been an inspirational and transformative experience.

It is one thing to read a story and quite another to translate it; as that requires a lot more thought and reflection. I thank Swami for this opportunity to allow me the chance to be a part of this team and enrich my life.

Team Kannada- Sis Vasanthi

http://saibalsanskaarkannada.wordpress.com

My humble Pranams  at the Divine Lotus Feet  of  Swami.   As days are progressing I can see the transformation happening in me gradually, because with each story I translate I get to learn a lesson from it and try to inculcate in my daily life. In addition I am also learning a lot technically in the manner in which translation has to be done, it is all because of the opportunity given by this team. Thank you Swami for making me a part of this Team.

Team Tamil- Sis Ranjani/Aunty Saraswati/Sis Jeya

http://saibalsanskaartamil.wordpress.com

Our deepest gratitude to dearest Swami for having blessed us with this wonderful opportunity for publishing value based stories in Tamil. We pray for His continued blessings and guidance!!!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. We pray to Swami to bless us with the right vision to work for the right cause and sincerely wish to do our best to become the best instruments of Swami.

Over the last 3 years that we’ve been doing this work, we have seen immense societal and personal benefits. The purpose of these stories is to spread the human values among children; so when we see these stories being valued and used by schools for educating children, it gives great satisfaction. Our command over the language has noticeably improved during this period, even as the stories remind us continuously of the need to live their messages.

We will do our best and follow the five principles of Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi, Prema and Ahimsa. We will live by Your principles and sincerely pray that we get many more opportunities to serve You. Thank you once again dearest Swami.

Team Bengali- Sis Sinchita

http://saibalsanskaarbangla.wordpress.com

” I offer my heartfelt gratitude to Swami for giving me the opportunity for being part of translation seva and Vidya Vahini . It is only through His grace that I have been made a part of such noble causes. The execution of such works have instilled more confidence in me, raised my self-esteem and made me strong in handling various problems as I traverse the path of life. Thank you.

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Team Malayalam- Aunty Shanta

http://saibalsanskaarammalayalam.wordpress.com

I wish to express my gratitude to beloved Baba for choosing me to do this translation work. It gives me great pleasure to translate moral stories into a different language that will benefit specific groups.I have been always looking for opportunities to serve society. By Baba ‘s blessings, this opportunity came my way and has helped me use my time in a beneficial way. I offer my humble prayers and gratitude at the lotus feet of Baba.

Team Sanskrit- Sis Sripriya

http://saibalsanskaarsanskrit.wordpress.com

My Humble Pranams at The Divine Lotus Feet Dearest Swami,

Thank you Swami for making me a part of saibaalsanskaar.  Having good satsangh and good people around is a blessing. You are giving me the opportunity to learn through Saibaalsanskaar and guiding me in and out.  Words fail to express.  Please make us all an instrument of Thee.

Team Odiya- Sis Sangeeta/ Sis Prashanthi

http://saibalsanskaarodiya.wordpress.com

Beautiful poem penned by Sis Sangeeta to her beloved Lord Sai

Sai,

The shower of your love

The rain of your compassion

awakens my soul

Keeps me alive

It is but your smile

And The Abhaya Hasta

Makes my life worthwhile

A light house like you

Lights my path through

You are  my destination

You show me direction

You are the sailor

You also the saviour

Why to worry

When you ferry

In this sojourn

I am not alone

In your company

Life is easy

The world goes topsy turvy

But my faith still steady

At your divine lotus feet

Team Telugu- Sis Visala/ Sis Lakshmi/Sis Prasanthi/Sis Surya Kala/Sis Anuradha/ Sis Rajyalaxmi

http://saibalsanskaartelugu.wordpress.com

Dear swami,

Thanks a lot for the opportunities you are giving me to change my outlook towards life. Slowly I am getting to know how precious human life is! We are very fortunate to have YOU in our lives. Please give us strength to serve you forever.

Koti Pranams to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba!

The translation seva is a blessing from Swami for me. There are some stories where, I find the words, difficult to translate, when I ask for help, I can hear some voice prompting me to write the word. When I check the story, I am really surprised that it was written by me.

I humbly and truly wish that many children should benefit with these stories and get Swami’s blessings. Prostrations

Swami,

Yet another critical year passed by! On the eve of Mahasamadhi day you have chosen to transcend from Form to formless to help us experience your Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence more and more in each of our day to day lives. Today it brings us immense joy to express gratitude at Thy Lotus feet for blessing us to experience this. You have graciously blessed us with new cheerful, active team members this year and blessed each of us to actively participate in something which has been more dear to you – NOURISHING TENDER HEARTS WITH HUMAN VALUES! Irrespective of hurdles in career and personal life, you have helped each of us to work as a team and ensured that there was NO pause at any point of time whatsoever. We pray you to help us continue to do the same with more and more vigor and passion.

All we could offer is OUR LOVE FOR YOU SWAMI!

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By Your grace, in the past 4 years, SB has come a long way with being involved in the Vidya Vahini program and also the stories reaching out to various Balvikas children and some schools in India. The Divine plan is unfolding slowly. SB now also has a section on ‘Bhaja Govindam’ stories and Your message based stories (Sathya Sai Speaks). Thanks for inspiring and guiding us in this journey.

Our only prayer to You, always bless us to be Your humble instruments and work through us to make a small difference in this noble cause and help us improve ourselves daily thus transforming us and be a fragrant flower that can be offered at Your Divine lotus feet.

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With deepest gratitude and love

Your children from SB team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master’s messages-2.3- Three types of devotion

One must move on from one stage to the other through devotion and love for God.

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There are 3 types of devotion/sadhana namely- Vihanga- It is like the bird swooping a ripe fruit; in which the devotee is impatient and loses the fruit obtained. Next is Markata- which is like a monkey; jumping from one fruit to another; not knowing what one actually wants and what is the actual goal; and the final is Pipeelika which is like an ant moving towards sweetness, a devotee moves towards the Lord and attains His grace.

 

Stories based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/quick-enlightenment/

Devotee’s steadfast faith

A Tapasvi’s Determination

Bhaja Govindam- Story 27- Verse 24

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Verse 24

Tvayi Mayi Canyatraiko Vishnuh

Vyartham Kupyasi Mayyasahisnuh

Bhava Samacittah Sarvatra tvam

Vanchasyaciradyadi Visnutvam

Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam

In you, in me and in other places too there is but one all pervading reality. Being impatient, you are unnecessarily getting angry with me. If you want to attain enlightenment (Vishnutvam), be equal minded in all circumstances. Seek Govinda

Story based on Verse 24

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/king-janaka-and-ashtavakra/

Essence

There are various facets in each one of us. For eg there is a superficial ‘me’ and there is an essential ‘me’. There is a social ‘me’ and a spiritual ‘me’.  There is a circumference and a centre. We are lost in the circumference, in the superficial world and hence miss the essential. The whole search of a spiritual person is for this essential ‘me’.

The center in oneself, the core of oneself is all pervading. If this oneness is seen all around, the differences will not create chaos. For eg the body has eyes, ears, nose, hands, legs and each function differently, each look differently but the total individual is one.

It is like the phenomenon of electricity which is one entity called as energy but it manifests in a bulb, in a fan, in a refrigerator differently but the source is one entity of electrical energy. The soul in all of us is one reality.

It appears as if there is duality in form and shape. If such duality is perceived in life with misunderstanding, one is bound to be in illusion. But if one sees non duality in all of them, one sees the reality of Vishnutwam.

Hence if one wants to attain enlightenment one must train ourselves to consciously look everything as one and face every situation without disturbing our state of mind. This requires a lot of sadhana and practice.

For students

Cultivate the habit of tolerance and forgiveness from young. Always put yourselves in others shoes. Think how would you have reacted in a situation; ie in a similar situation where other’s reaction or behaviour is affecting you. Even if you feel that you would have reacted rather responded to that situation in a better manner; give benefit of doubt to the other person; try to understand them before impatiently judging and criticising them.

At a younger age when you develop the habits of patience, love, forgiveness, compassion; at a later age it will become your nature and one day it will lead you to understand the actual purpose of life and also attain it.

Essence adapted from Bhaja Govindam by Swami Sukhbodananda

Master’s messages-2.2 Pain and pleasure

“Life is a journey of pain and pleasure.”

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A ‘Haridasa’ (a mendicant) has a pair of cymbals in his one hand which represents the 2 aspects of life; namely good/bad, joy/grief, pain/pleasure and he holds in his other hand the tambura (stringed instrument) which represents the samsara or the world. The cymbals provide the ‘taala’ (beat) and the tambura provide the ‘shruti’ (tune/pitch). As both of these are required to enhance the effect of glory of God sung from the mouth; the experiences of the world will one day surely lead us to understand the glory of the Lord.

Story based on message 2.2

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/pain-and-pleasure/

Source- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1, chapter 2

 

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