Sai Satcharitra – Chapter 30 – Love and Grace

Value: Love, Devotion

Subvalue: Faith, Grace

Story 1

Khushalchand of Rahata

It is said that a dream, which we get in the small hours of the morning, generally comes out true in the walking state. This may be so, but regarding Baba’s dreams there is no restriction of time. To quote an instance :- Baba told Kakasaheb Dixit one afternoon to go to Rahata and fetch Khushalchand to Shirdi, as He had not seen him since long. Kakasaheb accordingly took a tanga and went to Rahata. He saw Khushalchand and gave him Baba’s message. Hearing it, Khushalchand was surprised and said that he was taking a noon nap after meals when Baba appeared in his dream and asked him to come to Shirdi immediately and that he was anxious to go. As he had no horse of his own nearby, he had sent his son to inform Baba; when his son was just out of the village-border, Dixit’s tanga turned up. Dixit then said that he was sent specially to bring him. Then they both went in the tanga back to Shirdi. Khushalchand saw Baba and all were pleased. Seeing this Leela of Baba, Khushalchand was much moved.

Story 2

Punjabi Ramlal of Bombay

Once a Punjabi Brahmin of Bombay named Ramalal got a dream in which Baba appeared and asked him to come to Shirdi. Baba appeared to him as a Mahant (Saint), but he did not know His whereabouts. He thought that he should go and see Him, but as he knew not His address, he did not know what to do. But He Who calls anybody for an interview makes the necessary arrangements for the same. The same happened in this case. The same afternoon when he was strolling in the streets, he saw a picture of Baba in a shop. The features of the Mahant, he saw in the dream, exactly tallied with those of the picture. Then making enquiries, he came to know that the picture was of Sai Baba of Shirdi. He then went soon after to Shirdi and stayed there till his death.
In this way Baba brought His devotees to Shirdi for darshan and satisfied their wants, material as well as spiritual.

Essence:

Sai is an ocean of mercy, if we have faith and devotion in Sai.  If we practice these qualities we can see and feel his grace being showered on us in activities we perform in everyday life. Sai knows fully the desire of his devotees and fulfills the same.

For Children:

Let us with faith work hard in whatever activity we take up. So this faith along with devotion will help us to move forward with positivity and thereby we can earn the Lord’s grace.

The story below which depicts these values

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/a-warkaris-faith/

 

 

 

Master’s messages-Vol 1- Chapter 7- Be courageous, develop virtues

 

Human values are the pillars for development of good human character”

Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 7

Essence

Swami stressed the importance of Education to students and advised them to study regularly and intelligently as and when they find rather than keeping every thing for the last minute. And the education must be based on Dharma.

Students should not dread examinations and must take some time to read the complete question paper and answer what they are confident with first before attempting difficult ones and losing confidence.

Be courageous. Courage is the fertiliser which will make the plan of scholarship grow. One must become bold and courageous and fight against the animal tendencies of fox, ass, dog and wolf inside. One must cultivate good human qualities of love and friendship. We must have the right kind of friends who can be with us for long time. One must develop good virtues which will give the ultimate ‘Ananda’ or bliss and that is the culmination of all learning and essence of all knowledge.

We must always help everyone. If we can’t help; we must atleast not harm anyone. Let us remove the evil tendencies of jealousy and greed by lighting the love in our hearts. One must be able to bow down to the glorious and the great. Love will teach us that humility. Egoism will not allow us to bend. Let us be human and not animal and work on developing love.

 

 

Just as positive and negative wire produce electricity; Paramathma (Supreme self) and Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) together in yoga bring illumination. Students must be in company of such holy people and learn from them which will give them courage and joy.

Always speak the truth. Falsehood prompts one to speak lie after lie which later becomes unmanageable. It is always best and easy to speak the truth.

 

“Do not be carried away by talks of equality of men/ women etc. Each have their own talent and strength which will flourish depending on how they use it. Develop your skills, health and character. Never cause harm to either you or others by your foolish or ignorant actions. Honor women and respect the girl students. Never look down upon them. Respect for women is sign of real culture.”

“Read good books, revere your teachers, respect your elders, develop the spirit of love and service and help anyone in need.”

“In your daily affairs do not create factions or revel in hatred. See the good in others and faults in yourselves. Revere others as having God installed in them; revere yourself also as God resides in you. Make your heart pure so that He resides in You.”

Stories based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/two-wolves/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/be-good-to-all-love-all-subvalue-kindness-value-love/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/mahatma-gandhi-and-putlibai/

 

 

 

Good Company, Bad Company

 

Value: Good conduct, Truth

Sub value: Good behaviour

Two parrots built a nest in a banyan tree. They lived with their two young ones, which they took good care of. The mother and the father parrot went out to gather food in the morning and came back home by evening. One day, when their parents were away, the young parrots were taken by a cruel hunter.

One of the birds managed to escape and flew away from the hunter. He ended up at a hermitage and grew up listening to kind words and compassion. The hunter put the other parrot in a cage, and soon it learned a few words and phrases. The hunter and his family were crude and didn’t care much about kind words.

One day, a passerby was resting outside the hunter’s hut. Sensing someone outside, the parrot said, “Fool, why are you here? Fool! Leave! I’ll cut your throat”. Scared, the traveller went away, and on his journey, he reached the hermitage where the other parrot was. The parrot at the hermitage spoke, “Welcome traveller. You are free to stay here as long as you want”.

Surprised, the traveller told the parrot that he encountered a similar parrot elsewhere and it was very cruel. How is that you are so kind?” The parrot replied, “That must be my brother. I live with the sages, and my brother lives with hunters. I learned the sage’s language, and my brother learned the hunter’s language. The company we keep decides who we will be”.

Learning:

We must always try to be in good company of friends. We spend most of our time in their company, so we will be continuously observing and absorbing the words actions that is happening around us and they gradually develop into habits. Therefore let us be in the company of good friends and inculcate good habits and blossom into a good human being.

Keep good company if you want to be a good person.

 

Adapted from: Moral stories for kids Mom Junction

 

Master’s messages-Chapter 6- Be virtuous

ValuePyramid

“The end of education is character”

Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 6

Essence-

Students should not forget the values taught to them. These young heroes should take up the difficult task of building up the nation. Everything should be done to attain peace or shanthi in the country.

Present system of education focusses on generating bread winners but does not teach the secret of a happy life. For that one must learn to discriminate between the right and the wrong; real and unreal.

The cultivation of viveka (discrimination) is the main aim of education; promotion of virtuous habits, strengthening of dharma should be attended to. They must realise their inner strength which will give unshakeable courage.

The relationship between the teacher and pupil should be of love and respect rather than fear.

Students should spend time in learning and understanding how to succeed in life and how to live life without causing pain to others or suffering pain themselves. Devotion and activity should go hand in hand.  Lord can be seen everywhere if we have love in us. He is the immanent power in everything.

Mere learning is not enough. Practising is more important. Sadhana or spiritual practise is a must for all. Just as the body is looked after by regular food and exercise; athma should be looked after by Japa and Dhyana, cultivation of virtues, sathsanga, sath pravarthana and sat chinthana. (Meditation, chanting , company of good, good attitude, sacred thoughts)

Students should honour physical labour. They must be ready to help and serve the elders and those in need. They must not just wander about meaninglessly and mix with undesirable people and cultivate bad habits. They must be grateful for the education they get and make best use of it.

Students should be responsible citizens of the future and have to raise the country to greater heights through love and harmony and preserve the culture and heritage of their country. Only through good virtues the country can prosper not otherwise.

Stories based on the above messages

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/love-for-motherland/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/only-experience-direct-knowledge-can-make-one-wise/

 

Sai Satcharitra – Chapter 29 – Love and Grace

 

Value: Devotion

Sub value: Grace

Story 1

Captain Hate

Captain Hate, who was staying in Bikaner, was a great devotee of Baba. Once Baba appeared to him in his dream and said “Did you forget Me?” Hate then immediately held Baba’s Feet and replied, “If a child forgets his mother, how could it be saved?” Then Hate went into the garden and took out fresh walpapadi vegetables, and arranging ‘shidha’ (ghee, wheat-flour and dal etc.) and Dakshina, was about to offer all this to Baba when he was awakened and came to know that the whole thing was a dream. Then he decided to send all these things to Baba at Shirdi. When he came to Gwalior some days afterwards, he sent Rs.12/- by money order to a friend, with instructions that Rs. 2 should be spent in buying shidha articles and walpapadi vegetables, and those should be offered to Baba with Rs. 10 as Dakshina. The friend went to Shirdi and purchased the things mentioned, but walpapadi was not available. In a short time a woman turned up with a basket on her head, which curiously enough contained the vegetables. It was purchased and then all the things were offered to Baba on behalf of Captain hate. Mr. Nimonkar prepared the ‘naivedya’ (rice and walpapadi vegetables) next day and offered the same to Baba. All the people were surprised to see that Baba while dining, took and ate walpapadi, and did not touch rice and other things. Hate’s joy knew no bounds when he heard of this from his friend.

Story 2

Waman narvekar

Now let the readers hear a different story. A gentleman, named Waman Narvekar loved Baba very much. He once brought a rupee. On one said (obverse) of it were engraved the figures of Rama, Laxman and Sita and on the other (reverse) side was engraved the figure of Maruti, with folded hands. He offered it to Baba with a hope that He should consecrate it with His touch and return it to him with Udi. But Baba immediately pocketed it. Then Shama spoke to Baba, regarding Waman’s  intention and requested Him to return it. Then Baba spoke in the presence of Wamanrao as follows “Why should it be returned to him? We should keep it ourselves. If he gives Rs.25/- for it, it will be returned.” Then, for the sake of that rupee, Wamanrao collected Rs.25/- and placed them before Baba. Then Baba said, “The value of that rupee far exceeds 25 Rupees. Shama, take this rupee, let us have it in our store, keep this in your shrine and worship it.” No one had the courage to ask Baba why He followed this particular action. He only knows what is best and most suitable to each and all.

Essence:

When we have firm faith and devotion, Guru out of his infinite compassion manifest in any form and shower his abundant grace and blessings on us which will help us to improve to evolve to a better human being.

For Children:

Let us make it a habit to seek God’s guidance before we start any work which gradually develops our love and devotion to God.

The story below reinforces the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/arunis-devotion/

 

 

Master’s message-5.6- Protecting the faith

Faith can move mountains. Protect the faith

When faith dawns, we must fence it with discipline and self-control so that the faith (which is like tender shoots) can be protected from the cynics and unbelievers (like the cattle). When faith grows into a big tree, those very cattle can lie down in the shade that it will spread.

Story based on the message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/a-warkaris-faith/

 

Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 5

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