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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Essence

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

Message and essence based on Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 2

 

Bhaja Govindam- Verse 24 with story and essence

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Verse 24

Tvayi Mayi Canyatraiko Vishnuh

Vyartham Kupyasi Mayyasahisnuh

Bhava Samacittah Sarvatra tvam

Vanchasyaciradyadi Visnutvam

 

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 different 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

Story based on the above verse

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/the-quiet-man/

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-Vol 1-2.2 Pain and pleasure

“Life is a journey of pain and pleasure.”

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Essence

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

 

Master’s messages-Vol2- 2.1 Bhakti leading to surrender

 

“One attains self realisation only when one is ready and the time is right.”

Essence

Lord is a mountain of Love and can be attained by Bhakti (devotion). Total surrender is the highest form of Bhakti. When devotion is just emerging; as a sapling a fence is needed to protect the tender plant, the fence of sanathana dharma is needed to protect the devotion. Sanathana dharma is the eternal religion with its rules, regulations, commands etc. The spiritual practices of chanting the Lord’s name, doing selfless service, reading the scriptures, leading a noble life are all the initial things to start off in a spiritual journey. When one is mature in this and then begins the quest of self realisation; he attains the knowledge when the time is right. A fruit when it is green will not fall even if the gale is furious, but when it is fully ripe it drops to the ground even in the silence of the night.

Story based on message 2.1

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/receive-the-knowledge-of-the-supreme/

Source- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol1, Chapter 2

 

 

 

King Janaka and Ashtavakra

Value- Truth

Sub value- Strength within

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Once King Janaka the enlightened Rajarishi,  fell at Sage Ashtavakra’s feet. He said to Ashtavakra, “What am I going to do with my kingdom and my palace – these things are not important to me anymore. I just want to sit at your feet. Please let me stay with you in your ashram in the forest.”

But Ashtavakra replied, “Now that you have attained, your life is no more about your likes and dislikes. Your life is no more about your needs because you have none actually. Your people deserve an enlightened king. You must stay as their king.”

Reluctantly, Janaka stayed back in his palace and governed his kingdom with great wisdom.

Janaka was a true blessing to his people because he was a fully enlightened master, but he functioned as a king. In India, many sages and saints were once kings and emperors who willingly and voluntarily gave away everything they had and walked as beggars, with great dignity. There have been many like this – Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Bahubali – but an enlightened king was a rare being. Janaka remained a king but as often as possible, whenever his regal responsibilities gave him some time, he would visit Ashtavakra in his ashram.

At the ashram, Ashtavakra had gathered a few monks who were being taught by him. These monks slowly began to resent Janaka because whenever he came, Ashtavakra went out of his way and spent a lot of time with the king because they had such a good rapport with each other. The moment Janaka came, both of them lit up. With the monks whom Ashtavakra was teaching, he did not light up the same way. There was something between Janaka and Ashtavakra, which was resented by the monks.

The monks would whisper to each other, “Why has our Guru sold out to a man like that? It looks like our Guru is getting corrupted. This man is a king. He lives in a palace. He has got so many wives and so many children. He has so much wealth. Look at the way he walks. He walks like a king. And look at the way he is dressed. Look at the ornaments he wears. What is spiritual about him that our Guru should even pay attention to this man? We are here totally dedicated to our spiritual process. We have come here as monks but he is just ignoring us.”

Ashtavakra knew that this feeling was growing among his monks. So one day he arranged for something to happen. He was sitting and speaking to the monks in a hall and king Janaka was also present. As the discourse was going on, a soldier came barging into the room, bowed down to Janaka but not to Ashtavakra, and said, “Oh king, the palace is on fire! Everything is burning. The whole kingdom is in disarray.”

Janaka got up and just yelled at the soldier, “Get out of here! How dare you come and disturb the sathsang[1] and how dare you bow down to me and not to my Guru! Just get out of here!” The soldier fled from the room. Janaka sat back down and Ashtavakra continued to speak.

A few days later, Ashtavakra set up something else. All of them were once again seated in the hall and Ashtavakra was giving a discourse. Right in the middle of the discourse, a helper in the ashram came running into the hall and said, “The monkeys have taken the clothes off the clothes-line and are playing havoc with the monks’ garments.”

All the monks immediately got up and ran to save their clothes. They did not want the monkeys to tamper with them. But when they got to the clothes-drying area, there were no monkeys and their loin cloths were still hanging on the clothes-line. They realized what had happened. They hung their heads down and walked back.

Then as a part of the discourse Ashtavakra said, “Look at this. This man is a king. A few days ago his palace was burning. His whole kingdom was in turmoil. Wealth at its peak was burning, but his concern was that his soldier disturbed the sathsang. That was his concern. You are monks. You have nothing. You don’t have a palace, you don’t have a wife, you don’t have children, you have got nothing. But when the monkeys came and picked up your clothing, you ran. Most people would not use your clothing even as mop cloths. That is the kind of clothing you wear. But for that loin cloth, without even paying attention to what I was saying, you just ran out to save those worthless pieces of cloth. Where is your renunciation? He is the true renunciate. He is a king but he is a renunciate. You are monks. You are using things that other people discard, but there is no renunciation in you. This is where you are. That is where he is.”

Learning

One’s progress within oneself has nothing to do with what a person does on the outside, what is most important is, what a person is doing within him or herself. What we are doing with the outside world is just social; we conduct ourselves as it is suitable for the situation in which we exist. It has social relevance but no existential or spiritual relevance. How we are within ourselves is all that matters.

Courtesy-http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/podcast/the-story-of-ashtavakra-and-janaka/

Practice of Dharma

Value- Righteouness

Sub value- Duty

Prahlad was not only a devotee of Lord Narayana but also a very righteous king. He was the most bountiful of kings. He would never say ‘no’ to anyone who approached him for a favour, gift or help.

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Once Indra intending to test Prahlad, came to him in the guise of a Brahmin. Prahlad offered his respects to him and asked: “What do you seek of me. How can I make you happy? The Brahmin replied: “Oh king! I want you to gift me your Sheela (character). Prahlad said: “So be it. Your wish is fulfilled. I am gifting away my Sheela to you.” The Brahmin left the court. No sooner did the Brahmin leave, then a charming young man was seen walking away from the royal court. Prahlad questioned him: “Sir! Who are you. The young man replied: “I am fame. I cannot stay with you any longer since Sheela has left you.” Prahlad permitted him to leave.

A few seconds later, yet another handsome man was seen walking away from the court. Prahlad asked, “May I know who you are?” The man replied: I am valour. How can I be with you without Sheela and fame? I am therefore leaving.” Prahlad permitted him to leave.

Soon, a charming lady was leaving the court in hurried steps. Prahlad asked her: “Mother, may I know who you are?” “I am Rajyalakshmi, the presiding deity of this kingdom.” She replied and added: “I can’t live here without Sheela, fame and valour. Then a lady was seen moving away with tears in her eyes. Prahlad ran towards her and asked: “Mother, who are you?” She said: “Son! I am Dharma Devatha (righteousness). I don’t have a place where there is no Sheela, fame and valour. Even Rajyalakshmi has left you.”

Prahlad fell at her feet and said: “Mother, I can live without Sheela, fame, valour and Rajyalakshmi but I cannot live without you. How can I send you anywhere. It is the duty of the king to protect Dharma. Dharma alone is the basis of the entire world. Please stay with me. Do not forsake me.”

Dharma Devatha agreed to stay. When Dharma Devatha agreed to stay, all the others also returned to the court and said: “We cannot exist without Dharma Devatha. Let us please be with you.”

Lord Indra tested Prahlad only to illustrate to the world the greatness of Prahlad, which was founded only on his practice of Dharma.

Learning

Great sages, saints, kings like Prahalada are remembered for their adherence to righteousness, faith and devotion. When one does all their duties with sincerity, love and devotion in a righteous manner they not only progress in material life but in spiritual life as well.

Source-http://www.saibaba.ws/stories/storiesparables.htm#Practice of Dharma

 

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