Master’s messages- Vol 1- Chapter 26-  The World, My Mansion

Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1 Chapter 26

The world is a temple, the temple of the Lord; His body where He resides

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Salient points-

  1.  “Who am I? Where did I come? Whither am I going? How long shall I be here?” 
  • The four Vedas give the answers to these four questions. For successful arrival at the correct answers, one must practice Spiritual Discipline.
  • Suppose a letter is put into the post box without a ‘From’ and ‘To’ address , it will not reach anywhere, will be lost and wasted. So too, it is a waste to have come into this world if it is not known where you came from and where you go; the individual soul will be caught in the cycle of birth and death and can never find itself.

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  1. Cultivate Tolerance and Peace
  • The world is a temple, the temple of the Lord; His body where He resides. Sathya, Dharma, Prema and Santhi are necessary to reduce the sweltering heat of ignorance, falsehood, injustice and indiscipline.
  • Despite group singing and religious discourses, atheism is rampant, and the number of people who deny God and decry Godward-bound aspirants is increasing. Mere listening, without practicing what one has read or heard , will not give one peace and joy.
  • In every act, have tolerance, patience, mutual help. In the family, cultivate patience and mutual respect; in the community, have dharma and justice; in the community of peoples, have the ideal of peace.

 

  1. You are here to fulfil God’s purpose – keep the effort, courage and faith 
  • In effort, follow a regulated routine learnt from some adept in the field.
  • For courage, you must feel your own importance for your uplift; never self-condemn.

When God is the moving spirit in the very Soul; how can you be evil? You are here to fulfill God’s purpose, according to his Will and His plan;  seek Him and reach Him.

  • Have faith in your destiny and work gladly and steadily to attain it.
  • Devotion (bhakthi) is simply the attachment (rakthi) toward Bhagavan (God), affection toward the Supreme. One need not fly away from hearth and home to cultivate it. It boils your instincts , impulses and sensory cravings that enslave you; brings you nearer to God, wherever you may be.

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  1. Good and bad emanate from the same mind  
  • The mind of man is churned by the forces of good and evil ( sensory pleasures like pride, greed, envy and lust) every day ; Just like the good (Kamadhenu-cow of plenty, Kalpataru -wish fulfilling tree, Goddess of wealth , the four-tusked elephant of Indra) and evil (the deadliest of poisons halahala), that came out with the churning of ocean of milk between celestial beings and demons.
  • Om(Pranava) mantra, when chanted on waking up , connects us to the entity beyond time and space, and drives away all wild thoughts and impulses; just like the tiny animals that run away on hearing the  lion that awakes from sleep and roars.
  • One must speak lovingly (Prema) and speak the Truth( Sathya); away from hatred, fear and suspicion. This will help one get the Grace of God, and no planet or maleficient influences can harm you.
  1. Charge the battery of your spiritual discipline continuously
  • The battery of a car will run down if it is kept idle; to avoid this , it has to be taken around and kept going.
  • Similarly , one must never yield to indolence or despair . After a pilgrimage , one must practice  spiritual effort with discipline , else all the charging will become a waste.

Gokhale Hall, Madras, 1960-06-25

 

Man did not come here to sleep and eat; he came to manifest, by disciplined processes, the Divine in him. That is why he is called vyakthi (individual), he who makes vyaktha (clear) the sakthi (power) that is in him — the divine energy that motivates him.

For this purpose he has come endowed with this body and the intelligence needed to control it and divert it to useful channels of activity. You must achieve this by steady pursuit of morality and good deeds. 

                                                                                                                                                                        – Sathya Sai Baba

 

The two Mice

 

Value: Contentment

Sub value: Peace, joy/freedom

A Town Mouse and a Country Mouse were friends. The Country Mouse one day invited his friend to come and see him at his home in the fields. The Town Mouse came and they sat down to a dinner of barley corns and roots the latter of which had a distinctly earthy flavour.

The flavour was not much to the taste of the Town Mouse and presently he broke out with “My poor dear friend, you live here no better than the ants. Now, you should just see how I fare! My larder is a regular horn of plenty. You must come and stay with me and I promise you shall live on the fat of the land.”

So when he returned to town he took the Country Mouse with him and showed him into a larder containing flour and oatmeal and figs and honey and dates.

The Country Mouse had never seen anything like it and sat down to enjoy the luxuries his friend provided. But before they had well begun, the door of the larder opened and someone came in.

The two Mice scampered off and hid themselves in a narrow and exceedingly uncomfortable hole.

Sometime later, when all was quiet, they ventured out again.

But someone else came in, and off they scuttled again. This kept happening repeatedly.

This was too much for the Country Mouse. “Good bye,” said he, “I’m off. You live in the lap of luxury, I can see, but you are surrounded by dangers whereas at home I can enjoy my simple dinner of roots and corn in peace.”

“Be content in life.”

Learning:

We must be contented with what we are blessed with, so that we can enjoy and experience the blessings with peace and happiness.

 

 

 

Master’s messages- Vol 1- Chapter 25-  Man and Mind 

Scholarship and learning are only means for the mastery of the mind. 

Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 25

Salient points-

  1. Man (Nara) is God (Narayana); God (Madhava) is Man (Manava)
  • Delusion has made the embodiment of God to imagine and behave like man
  • To remove this delusion, one goes through different layers of struggle to enable one to discard the identity of being just a ‘Nara’
  • Until one understands oneself, the delusion and the resultant grief cannot be ended.
  1. Bharathavarsha(India) is the birth place of spiritual science
  • The Lord has come down in human form to protect his bhaktas and for the re-establishment of dharma(righteousness).
  • This ancient heritage(spiritual science) should be handed down to every boy and girl in this land.
  • In this spiritual science, different methods  of mantra, yagna, yoga and tantra , have been emphasised, during the various periods of history; right from time of Buddha & Sankara to Kalidasa & Shivaji.
  1. Tantra is feminine aspect of energy -Sakthi
  • Tantra means only “that which saves well”; It plays a central part in the spiritual progress of humanity.
  • It is a systematic discipline, which employs symbolism and sublimation to purify the instincts and control the mind.
  • It is a means to achieve the aim of the merging of the individual soul with Brahman (the Supreme Soul).
  1. Develop power of discrimination 
  • Books like Gita,Bhagavatha and Ramayana are easily available at a reasonable price; the reading of these books should be assimilated within and reflected in one’s own conduct and character ; do not carry ego,pride,envy and hatred.
  • Sanctify the body, sanctify each activity by devoting it to a high purpose.
  1. Man can and should master his mind
  • The word  “man” in Manushya, , implies that man is the master of his mind (manas).
  • The world is subject to constant agitation; but to lead a quiet contented peaceful life , one must master the mind . Just like a driver of a car ,who with single-pointed attention watches the road in front of him and does not pay heed to the chatter from the back seat or to the chatter of the person on his left.

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  1. Turn from the Creation to the Creator
  • With faith, more than half the battle is won. That is why, in the Gita, Krishna asks Arjuna, “Have you listened to what I have said with one-pointed attention?” Arjuna, good student that he is, replies that even in the midst of the opposing armies ranged on the battlefield, he has listened to the words of the Lord with keen concentration.Learn that concentration and your learning will stand you in good stead.
  • For the benefit of the whole world, it is your responsibility to advance Sanskrit learning by your efforts and  enthusiasm. The Lord will shower His Grace on you.
  • Do not mistake the technique for the goal; do not lose your way in the tangle of scholarship. Scholarship and learning are only means for the mastery of the mind.

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Markandeya Sanskrit College, Aukiripalli, 1960-01-22

  

If only men knew the path to permanent joy and peace, they would not wander distracted among the bye-lanes of sensual pleasure. 

 

Just as the joy felt in dreams disappears when you wake, the joy felt in the waking stage disappears when you wake into the higher awareness, called jnana. Use the moment while it is available, for the best of uses: awareness of the Divine in all. 

 

When you die, you must die not like a tree or a beast or a worm but like a man who has realised that he is God. That is the consummation of all the years you spend in the human frame.

–  Sathya Sai Baba

Points from Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1

The frog that lived in the well

 

Value: Truth, opportunity

Sub value: Freedom

This story is a very popular folk tale and has many versions. This version is what Swami Vivekananda told the world as part of one of his speeches at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago on 15th September, 1893.

Once upon a time, there lived a frog in a nice, deep well. It had lived there for a long time. It was born there and brought up there. This frog, every day fed on the worms and bacilli that lived in the water of the well, and became a fat frog with a lot of energy.

Well, one day another frog that lived in the sea came and fell into the well. Our well frog asked the sea frog, “Where are you from?”

“I am from the sea,” answered the sea frog

“The sea!” exclaimed the well frog, “How big is that? Is it as big as my well?”, and he took a leap from one side of the well to the other.

“My friend”, said the sea frog, “how do you compare the sea with your little well?”

Then the well frog took another leap and asked, “Is your sea so big?”

The shocked sea frog exclaimed, “What nonsense you speak, to compare the sea with your well!”

“Well, Well,” said the well frog, “nothing can be bigger than my well; there can be nothing bigger than this; He then shouted, “This fellow is a liar, turn him out.”

Some of us think too small, like a frog at the bottom of the well. This frog thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If only he surfaced he would have an entirely different view.

Learning:

We must not limit ourselves to the knowledge we possess. In any situation if we make an attempt to introspect and understand the truth, we may have a better opportunity to experience freedom and peace

Our task must be to free ourselves…. By widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of Nature and its beauty – Albert Einstein

Sai Satcharitra – Chapter 50

 

Value: Truth

Sub value: Faith, Grace

Story 1

Kakasaheb Dixit (1864-1926)

Mr. Hari Sitaram alias Kakasaheb Dixit was born in 1864 A.D., in a Vadnagara Nagar – Brahmin-family, at Khandwa(C.P). His primary education was done at Khandwa, Hinganghat, and secondary education at Nagpur. He came to Bombay for higher eduaction and studied first in the Wilson College and then in the Elphinstone College. After graduation in 1883 A.D., he passed his LL.B. and solicitor’s examination; and then served in the firm of the Govt. Solicitors, Messrs Little and Co., and then, after sometime started a solicitors’ firm of his own.
Before 1909 A.D., Sai Baba’s name was not familiar to Kakasaheb, but after that he soon becomes His great devotees. While he was staying at Lonavla, he happened to see his old friend. Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar. Both spent some time, in talking about many things. Kakasaheb described to him, how when he was boarding a train in London, he met with an accident, in which his foot slipped and was injured. Hundreds of remedies gave him no relief. Nanasaheb then told him that if he wished to get rid of the pain and lameness of his leg, he should go to his Sadguru-Sai Baba. He also gave him all the particulars of Sai Baba and mentioned to him Sai Baba’s dictum “I draw to Me My man fram far off, or even across the seven seas, like a sparrow with a string fastened to its feet.” He also made it clear to him that if he be not Baba’s man, he would not be attracted to Him and given a darshan. Kakasaheb was pleased to hear all this, and said to Nanasaheb that he would go to Baba, see Him and pray to Him to cure not so much his lame leg, but bring round his lame, fickle mind and give him eternal Bliss.

Some time after, Kakasaheb went to Ahmednagar; and stayed with sirdar Kakasaheb Mirikar in connection with securing votes for a seat, in the Bombay Legislative Council. Mr. Balasaheb Mirikar, son of Kakasaheb Mirikar, who was a Mamalatdar of Kopergaon, also came at that time to Ahmendnagar in connection with a Horse-Exhibition there. After the election business was over, Kakasaheb Dixit wanted to go to Shirdi and both the Mirikars, father and son were also thinking in their house about a fit and proper person, as a guide, with whom he should be sent there. There Sai Baba was arranging things for his reception. Shama got a telegram from his father-in-law at Ahemdnagar, stating that his wife was seriously ill, and that he should come to see her with his wife. Shama with Baba’s permission went there, and saw his mother-in-law and found her improving and better. Nanasaheb Panshe and Appasaheb Gadre happened to see Shama, on their way to the Exhibition Dixit there and take him to Shirdi along with him. Kakasaheb Dixit and the Mirikars were also informed of Shama’s arrival. In the evening Shama came to Mirikars, who introduced him to Kakasaheb. They arranged that Shama should leave for Kopergaon with Kakasaheb by the 10 O’Clock night train. After this was settled, a curious thing happened. Balasaheb Mirikar threw aside the veil or covering on Baba’s big portrait and showed the same to Kakasaheb. He was surprised to see that He, Whom he was going to meet at Shirdi, was already there in the form of His portrait to greet him, at this juncture. He was much moved and made his prostration before the portarit. This portrait belonged to Megha. The glass over it was broken and it was sent to Mirikars for repairs. The necessary repairs had been already made; and it was decided to return the portarit with Kakasaheb and Shama.

Before ten O’Clock, they went to the station and booked their passage; but when the train arrived, they found that the second class was overcrowded; and then there was no room for them. Fortunately, the guard of the train turned out to be an acquaintance of Kakasaheb; and he put them up in the first class. Thus they travelled comfortably and alighted at Kopergaon. Their joy knew no bounds when they saw there Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who was also bound for Shirdi. Kakasaheb and Nanasaheb embraced each other, and then after bathing in the sacred Godavari river they started for Shirdi. After coming there and getting Baba’s darshan, Kakasaheb’s mind was melted, his eyes were full of tears and he was overflowing with joy. Baba said to him, that he also was waiting for him; and had sent Shama ahead to receive him.

Kakasaheb then passed many happy years in Baba’s company. He buit a Wada in Shirdi which he made as his, more or less, permanent home. The experiences he got from Baba are so manifold, that it is not possible to relate them all here. The readers are advised to read a special (Kakasaheb Dixit) No. of ‘Shri Sai Leela’ magazine, Vol 12, No. 6-9. we close this account with the mention of one fact only. Baba had comforted hi by saying that in the end “He will take him in air coach (Viman)”, (i.e., secure him a happy death). This came out true. On the 5th of July 1926 A.D., he was travelling in the train with Hemadpant and talking about Sai Baba. He seemed deeply engrossed in Sai Baba. All of a sudden he threw his neck on Hemadpant’s shoulder, and breathed his last with no trace of pain and uneasiness.

Story 2

Shri Tembye Swami
We come to the next story, which shows how Saints love each other with fraternal affection. Once Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati, known as Shri Tembye Swami encamped, at Rajamahendri (Andhra Country), on the banks of Godavari. He was a devout, orthodox, Jnani and Yogi Bhakta of the God Dattatreya. One, Mr. Pundalikrao, pleader of Nanded (Nizam State) went to see him, with some friends. While they were talking with him, the names of Shirdi and Sai Baba were casually mentioned. Hearing Baba’s name, the Swami bowed with his hands; and taking a coconut gave it to Pundalikrao, and said to him, “Offer this to my brother Sai, with my pranam and request Him not to forget me, but ever love me.” He also added that the Swamis do not generally bow to others, but in this case an exception had to be made. Mr. Pundalikrao consented to take the fruit and his message to Baba. The Swami was right in calling Baba a brother, for as he maintained an Agnihotra (Sacred fire) day and night, in his orthodox fashion; Baba too kept His Agnihotra, i.e., Dhuni ever burning in the Masjid.

After one month Pundalikrao and others left for Shirdi with the coconut, and reached Manmad, and as they felt thirsty they went to a rivulet for drinking water. As water should not be drunk on an empty stomach, they took out some refreshments, i.e., Chivda (flattened rice mixed with spice). The Chivda tasted pungent and in order to soften it, some one suggested and broke the coconut and mixed its scrapings with it. Thusthey made the Chivda mare tasty and palatable. Unfortunately the fruit broken, turned out to be the same, that was entrusted to Pundalikrao. As they neared Shirdi, Pundalikrao remembered the trust, i.e., the coconut and was very sorry to learn that it was broken and utilized. Fearing and trembling, he came to Shirdi and saw Baba. Baba had already received a wireless message, regarding the coconut, from the Tembye Swami, ad Himself asked Pundalikrao first to give the things sent by His brother. He held fast Baba’s Feet, confessed his guilt and negligence, repented and asked for Baba’s pardon. He offered to give another fruit as a substitute, but Baba refused to accept it saying that the worth of that coconut was by far, many times more, than an ordinary one and that it could not be replaced by another one. Baba also added- “Now you need not worry yourself any more about the matter. It was on account of my wish that the coconut was entrusted to you, and ultimately broken on the way; why should you take the responsibility of the actions on you? Do not entertain the sense of doership in doing good, as well as for bad deeds; be entirely prideless and egoless in all things and thus your spiritual progress will be rapid.” What a beautiful spiritual instruction Baba gave!

Story 3

Balaram Dhurandhar (1878-1925)
Mr. Balaram Dhurandhar belonged to the Pathare Prabhu community, of Santacruz, Bombay. He was an advocate of the Bombay High Court and sometime Principal of the Governament Law School, Bombay. The whole Dhurandhar family was pious and religious. Mr. Balaram served his community, and wrote and published an account of it. He then turned his attention to spiritual and religious matters. He studied carefully Gita, and its commentary Jnaneshwari; and other philosiphical and other metaphysical works. He was a devotee of Vithoba of Pandharpur. he came in contact with Sai Baba in 1912 A.D.. Six months previous, his brothers Babulji and Vamanrao came to Shirdi and took Baba’s darshan. They returned home, and mentioned their sweet experiences to Balaram and other members. Then they all decided to see Sai Baba. Before they came to Shirdi, Baba declared openly that – “To-day many of my Darbar people are coming.” The Dhurandhar brothers were astonished to hear this remark of Baba, from others; as they had not given any previous intimation of their trip. All the other people prostrated themselves before Baba, and sat talking to Him. Baba said to them- “These are my Darbar people to whom I referred before” and said to the Dhurandhar brothers- “We are acquainted with each other for the last sixty generations.” All the brothers were meek and modest, they stood with joined hands, staring at Baba’s Feet. All the Sattwic emotions such as tears, horripilation, choking, etc., moved them and they were all happy. Then they went to their lodging, took their meals and after taking a little rest again came to the Masjid. Balaram sat near Baba, messaging His Legs. Baba Who was smoking a chillam advanced it towards him and beckoned him to smoke it. Balaram was not accustomed to smoking, still he accepted the pipe, smoked it with great difficulty; and returned it reverentially with a bow. This was the most auspicious moment for Balaram. He was suffering from Asthma for six years. This smoke completely cured him of the disease, which never troubled him again. Some six years later, on a particular day, he again got an attack of Asthma. This was precisely the time when Baba took his Mahasamadhi.

The day of this visit was a Thursday; and the Dhurandhar brothers had the good fortune of witnessing the Chavadi, Balaram saw the lusture of pandurang on Baba’s face and next morning at the Kakad-Arti time, the same phenomenon – the same lusture of his Beloved Deity- Pandurang was visible again on Baba’s face.
Mr. Balaram Dhurandhar wrote, in Marathi, the life of the Maharashtra Saint Tukaram, but did not survive to see its publication. It was published, later on, by his brothers in 1928. In a short note on Balaram’s life given in the beginning of the book, the above account of Balaram’s visit has been fully corroborated therein (Vide page 6 of the book).

Essence

The clouds, pour their rain-water and thereby, cool and refresh all the people. The flowers, blossom in the spring and, enable us to worship God, therewith. So the stories of Sai Baba come forth, in order to give solace and comfort to the readers. Both, those, who tell; and those who hear the stories of Baba, are blessed and holy, as also the mouths of the former and the ears of the latter.

It is well-established fact, that though we try hundreds of means or sadhanas, we do not attain the spiritual goal of life, unless a Sadguru blesses us with his grace. Therefore let us read and hear the stories of the Sadguru to earn His grace and move towards attaining spiritual goal in life.

For Children:

Let us read and hear the stories of Sai baba, and to start with let us start to practice some of His teachings which will help us blossom into a better human being for our own good and the society at large.

A story below will help us to understand the above values better;

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Master’s messages- Vol 1- Chapter 24-Many-pointedness And One-pointedness

“Love must be instilled in students to bring about an inner transformation”

Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 24

Salient points-

Important role of Teacher; Teacher should himself follow the advice he gives

The teacher who takes the voluntary role, after specific training and selection, plays a significant role in moulding the future of the student and the country.

The teacher must not teach hypocrisy; must set a true example of what he says; always bless and never curse. Love and not Fear, must be instilled in the students, to bring inner transformation.

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The teacher must practice Namasmarana and meditation; be able to create an atmosphere of plain living and high thinking, which the pupils will unconsciously accept and imitate; thus,be able to hand over to the rising generation the riches that past generations have amassed, viz., the spiritual disciplines and discoveries

 

Serve with Humility; Love & Respect ,Be Grateful

One must be keen to do service to others, at all times, gladly, and without desire for publicity.

Love and do not Hate; Realise that God is the moving force in everyone; behind all good impulses; we are all separate beads strung together on that one thread.

Respect and try to understand another’s opinion even if it does not match with you.  Do not start a quarrel at the slightest difference of opinion. Ponder as the other person may be right and you may be wrong.

Be grateful to your parents for all the care and sacrifice they undergo for your sake. Be grateful to the village where you were born and think of ways and means of bettering its lot.

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Start the spiritual pilgrimage early in life ; This will help you get true success

Along with your curriculum of studies, study the principles of the Eternal Universal Religion (Sanathana Dharma). Which has stood the test of centuries and is capable of giving you joy and peace even today,

Begin the first lessons of silence, prayer ,and chanting the Name of the Lord; This will help you control the vagaries of the mind and direct your emotions and desires along honourable healthy channels.

When one has gained equanimity in emotions ,even if someone ridicules or praises ; then, one deserves to become a leader.

Men with ideals are remembered by posterity

Rama is honoured and worshipped, while Ravana is execrated. Why? Because of the character they evinced.

Have the progress of your country, your Sanathana Dharma, and your own Self always before your mind’s eye. Let the hunger for serving these three grow more and more.

This will help you acquire fear of sin, fear of the God within, fear of the mean and faith in your own self.

Most importantly, Always respect your parents. Do not condemn them as old-fashioned. “Old is Gold.” They speak out of a longer experience of the world and its tricks.

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Winners must be thankful to the losers

Bliss can be got only through single-mindedness and not multi-mindedness. Both, Failure and Victory should be taken with equanimity; coolly.

The winners must be thankful to the losers for their victory, for if the losers had put in a little more effort, they would have carried away the prizes instead; they gave you the grit to put in that extra pace, which brought the prize into your hands.

Exams test only one aspect of your intelligence! Destiny does not depend upon examination marks; it depends more on character, will-power, and the Grace of God.Hence, losers must not lose self-confidence; attempt to take your own life when you fail.

Madakasira, 1959-11-25

Love is God, God is Love. Where there is Love, there God is certainly evident.

Love more and more people, love them more and more intensely.

Transform the love into service, transform the service into worship;

That is the highest spiritual discipline

-Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 24

Sai Satcharitra – Chapter 49

 

Value: Surrender

Sub value: Detachment, patience

Story 1

Hari Kanoba
A gentleman of Bombay named Hari Kanoba heard from his friends and relations many Leelas of Baba. He did not believe in them as he was a doutbing Thomas. He wanted to test Baba himself. So he came to Shirdi with some Bombay friends. He wore a lace-bordered turban on his head and a new pair of sandals on his feet. Seeing Baba from a distance he thought of going to Him and prostrating himself before Him. He did not know what to do with his new sandals. Still going to some corner outside in the open courtyard, he placed them there and went in the Masjid and took Baba’s darshan. He made a reverential bow to Baba, took udi and prasad from Baba and returned. When he reached the corner he found that his sandals had disappeared. He searched for them in vain and returned to his lodging very much dejected.

He bathed, offered worship and naivedya and sat for meals, but all the while he was thinking about nothing but his sandals. After finishing his meals, he came out to wash his hands when he saw a Maratha boy coming towards him. He had in his hand a stick, on the top of which was suspended a pair of new sandals. He said to the men who had come out to wash their hands that Baba sent him with this stick in hand and asked him to go on the streets crying – “Hari Ka Beta. Jari Ka Pheta” and told him that “If anybody claims these sandals, first assure yourself that his name is Hari and that he is the son of Ka, i.e., Kanoba, and that he wears a lace-bordered turban and then give them to him.” Hearing this, Hari Kanoba was pleasantly surprised. He went ahead to the boy and claimed the sandals as his own. He said to the boy that his name was Hari and that he was the son of Ka (Kanoba) and showed him his lace-bordered turban. The boy was satisfied and returned the sandals to him. Hari Kanoba wondered in his mind saying that his lace-bordered turban was visible to all and Baba might have seen it, but how could he know his name Hari and that he was the son of Kanoba, as this was his first trip to Shirdi. He came there with the sole object of testing Baba and with no other motive. He came to know by this incident that Baba was a great Satpurush. He got what he wanted and returned home well-pleased.

Story 2

Somadeva Swami
Now hear the story of another man who came to try Baba. Bhaiji, brother of Kakasaheb Dixit was staying at Nagpur. When he had gone to the Himalayas in 1906 A.D., he made an acquaintance with one Somadeva Swami of Haradwar at Uttarkashi down the Gangotri valley. Both took down each other’s names in their diaries. Five years afterwards Somadeva Swami came to Nagpur and was Bhaiji’s guest. There he was pleased to hear the Leelas of Baba and a strong desire arose in his mind to go to Shirdi and see Him. He got a letter of introduction from Bhaiji and left for Shirdi. After passing Manmad and Kopergaon, he took a tanga and drove to Shirdi. As he came near Shirdi he saw two high flags floating over the Masjid in Shirdi. Generally we find different ways of behaviour, different modes of living and different outward paraphernalia with different saints. But these outward signs should never be our standards to judge the worth of the saints. But with Somadeva Swami it was different. As soon as he saw the flags flying, he thought – “Why should a saint take a liking for the flags, does this denote sainthood? It implies the saint’s hankering after fame.” Thinking thus he wished to cancel his Shirdi trip and said to his fellow travellers that he would go back. They said to him – “Then why did you come so long? If your mind gets restless by the sight of the flags, how much more agitated would you be on seeing in Shirdi the Ratha (car), the palanquin, the horse and all other paraphernalia?” The Swami got more confounded and said – “Not a few such Sadhus, with horses, palanquins and tom-toms have I seen and it is better for me to return than see such Sadhus.” Saying this he started to return. The fellow-travellers pressed him not to do so, but to proceed. They asked him to stop his crooked way of thinking and told him that the Sadhu, i.e., Baba did not care a bit for the flags and other paraphernalia, nor for fame. It was the people, His devotees that kept up all this paraphernalia out of love and devotion to Him. Finally he was persuaded to continue his journey, go to Shirdi and see Baba. When he went and saw Baba from the courtyard, he was melted inside, his eyes were full of tears, his throat was choked and all his evil and crooked thoughts vanished. He remembered his Guru’s saying that – ‘that is our abode and place of rest where the mind is most pleased and charmed.’ He wished to roll himself in the dust of Baba’s Feet and when he approached Baba, the latter got wild and cried aloud – “Let all our humbug (paraphernalia) be with us, you go back to your home, beware if you come back to this Masjid. Why take the darshan of one who flies a flag over his Masjid? Is this a sign of sainthood? Remain here not a moment.” The Swami was taken aback by surprise. He realized that Baba read his heart and spoke it out. How omniscient He was! He knew that he was least intelligent and that Baba was noble and pure. He saw Baba embracing somebody, touching someone with his hand, comforting others, staring kindly at some, laughing at others, giving udi prasad to some and thus pleasing and satisfying all. Why should he alone be dealt with so harshly? Thinking seriously he came to realize that Baba’s conduct responded exactly to his inner thought and that he should take a lesson from this and improve; and that Baba’s wrath was a blessing in disguise. It is needless to say that later on, his faith in Baba was confirmed and he became a staunch devotee of Baba.

Story 3

Nanasaheb Chandorkar
Hemadpant concludes this chapter with a story of Nanasaheb Chandorkar. When Nanasaheb was once sitting in the Masjid with Mhalasapati and others, a Mahomedan gentlemen from Bijapur came with his family to see Baba. Seeing gosha (veiled) ladies with him, Nanasaheb wanted to go away, but Baba prevented him from doing so. The ladies came and took the darshan of Baba. When one of the ladies removed her veil in saluting Baba’s feet and then resumed it again, Nanasaheb, who saw her face, was so much smitten with her rare beauty that he wished to see her face again. Knowing Nana’s restlessness of mind, Baba spoke to him after the lady had left the place as follows – “Nana, why are you getting agitated in vain? Let the senses do their allotted work, or duty, we should not meddle with their work. God has created this beautiful world and it is our duty to appreciate its beauty. The mind will get steady and calm slowly and gradually. When the front door was open, why go by the back one? When the heart is pure, there is no difficulty, whatsoever. Why should one be afraid of any one if there be no evil thought in us? The eyes may do their work, why should you feel shy and tottering?”

Shama was there and he could not follow the meaning of what Baba said. So he asked Nana about this on their way home. Nana told him about his restlessness at the sight of the beautiful lady, how Baba knew it and advised him about it. Nana explained Baba’s meaning as follows – “That our mind is fickle by nature, it should not be allowed to get wild. The senses may get restless, the body, however, should be held in check and not allowed to be impatient. Senses run after objects, but we should not follow them and crave for their objects. By slow and gradual practice retlessness can be conquered. We should not be swayed by the senses, but they cannot be completely controlled. We should curb them rightly and properly according to the need of the occasion. Beauty is the subject of sight; we should fearlessly look at the beauty of objects. There is no room for shyness or fear. Only we should never entertain evil thoughts. Making the mind desireless, observe God’s works of beauty. In this way the senses will be easily and naturally controlled and even in enjoying objects you will be reminded of God. If the outer senses are not held in check and if the mind be allowed to run after objects and be attached to them, our cycle of births and deaths will not come to an end. Objects of sense are things harmful. With Viveka (discrimination) as our charioteer, we will control the mind and will not allow the senses to go astray. With such a charioteer we reach the Vishnu-pada, the final abode, our real Home from which there is no return.”

Essence:

Our duty is to surrender completely to Him and meditate on Him. Practising penance is better than pilgrimage, vow, sacrifice, and charity. We have, therefore, to chant Sai’s name by mouth, think over His sayings in our mind, meditate on His form, feel real love for Him in our heart and do all our actions for His sake. There is no better means than this for snapping the bondage of samsar. If we can do our duty on our part as stated above, Sai is bound to help and liberate us.

For Children:

Let us practice to do prayer every day, meditate for few minutes and express our gratitude for all the blessings we have in our life. Practicing the above mentioned practices we can observe that we gradually develop patience, humility and wisdom. These qualities help us to blossom as a better individual for our own good and the society at large.

Another story to reinforce these values;

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/put-the-cup-down/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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