Master’s messages- 4.2- Unity in multiplicity

See divinity in all

 

At a time when there is so much disunity, disharmony, violence in the world; it is more important to realise unity in multiplicity. For this we have to develop tolerance, patience and love for all. We all have that spark of divinity in us. We have to work on realising that inner strength of divinity in us. We have to churn the milk if we wish to separate the butter immanent in it. Similarly, certain processes of thought and action has to get to the hard core of faith and that belief. One can work on this by consciously practising the human values. Soon we realise that the world is a mixture of real and unreal. Then we start the process of self-enquiry. People in spiritual path must be an example for this.

 

Story of the week

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/learning-from-pigeons/

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Sai Satcharita- Chapter 6- Stories and essence- Treat everyone equally

sai satcharita

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Unity

  1. The two processions

One, Mr. Gopalrao Gund, was a Circle Inspector at Kopergaon. He was a great devotee of Baba. He had three wives, but had no children. With Sai Baba’s blessings, a son was born to him. In the joy that he felt regarding the event, an idea of celebrating a fair or ‘Urus’ occurred to him in the year 1897, and he placed it for consideration before other Shirdi devotees, viz. Tatya Patil, Dada Kote Patil and Madhavrao Deshpande (Shama). They all approved of the idea, and got Sai Baba’s permission and blessings. Then an application for getting the Collector’s sanction for celebrating the Urus was made, but as the village Kulkarni reported against holding the fair, the sanction was refused.  As Sai Baba had blessed it, they tried again, and ultimately succeeded in getting the Collector’s sanction. The day for the Urus was fixed on the Rama-Navami day, after having consultation with Sai Baba. It seems, He had some end in view, in this, viz., the Unification of the two fairs of festivals, the Urus and the Rama-Navami and the unification of the two communities – the Hindus and the Mahomedans. As future events showed, this end or object was achieved.

Though the permission was obtained, but other difficulties cropped up. Shirdi was a village, and there was scarcity of water. There were two wells in the village, the one in use, dried up soon, and the water from the second was brackish. This brackish water was turned into sweet one by Sai Baba, by throwing flowers into it. The water of this well was insufficient, so Tatya Patil had to arrange to get water, from a well by fixing Moats (leather sacks) thereon, at a considerable distance.

There was another procession which was started in this fair. This idea of ‘Sandal’ procession originated with one Mr. Amir Shakkar Dalal, a Mahomedan Bhakta from Korhla. This procession is held in honour of great Muslim Saints. Sandal i.e. Chandan paste and scrappings are put in the THALI (flat dishes), and these are carried with incense burning before them in procession to the accompaniment of band and music through the village and then after returning to the Masjid, the contents of the dishes are thrown on the ‘Nimbar’ (niche) and walls of the Masjid with hands. This work was managed by Mr. Amir Shakkar for the first three years, and then afterwards by his wife. So on one day, the two processions, the ‘Flags’ by the Hindus and that of ‘Sandal’ by the Muslims, went on side by side, and are still going on without any hitch.

This day was very dear and sacred to the devotees of Sai Baba. Most of them turned out on the occasion, and took a leading part in the management of the fair. Tatya Kote Patil looked to all outward affairs, while the internal management was entirely left to one Radha Krishna Mai, a female devotee of Baba. Her residence was full of guests on the occasion, and she had to look to their needs, and also to arrange for all the paraphernalia of the fair. Another work, which she willingly did, was to wash out and clean and white-wash the entire Masjid, its walls and floor, which were blackened and were full of soot on account of the ever-burning Dhuni (sacred fire) of Sai Baba.  Feeding the poor, which was so dear to Sai Baba, was also a great item in this fair. For this purpose, cooking, on a grand scale and preparing various sweet dishes, was done in Radha-Krishna Mai’s lodging, and, various rich and wealthy devotees took a leading part in this affair.

 

ramanavami shirdi

  1. Rama Navami Festival

 

One devotee, Mr. Krishnarao Jageshwar Bhishma came for the yearly fair and was staying on the previous day in the Dixit Wada. While he was lying on the verandah, he saw Kaka Mahajani going down with Puja materials to the Masjid, when a new thought arose in his mind and he accosted the latter thus – There is some providential arrangement in the fact that the Urus or fair is celebrated in Shirdi on the Rama-Navami day; this day is very dear to all the Hindus; then why not begin the Rama-Navami Festival – the celebration of the birth of Shri Rama here on this day?

Kaka Mahajani liked the idea, and it was arranged to get Baba’s permission in this matter. The main difficulty was how to secure a Haridas, who would perform ‘Kirtan’ and sing the glories of the Lord on the occasion. But Bhishma solved the difficulty, by saying that his ‘Rama Akhyan’ (composition on Rama’s birth) was ready, and he would do the ‘Kirtan’ himself, while Kaka Mahajani should play on the harmonium. It was also arranged to get the ‘Sunthavada’ (ginger-powder mixed with sugar) as Prasad prepared by Radha-Krishna Mai. So they immediately went to the Masjid to get Baba’s permission. Baba, who knew all things and what was passing there, asked Mahajani, as to what was going on in the Wada. Being rather perturbed, Mahajani could not catch the purport of the question and remained silent. Then Baba asked Bhishma, what he had to say. He explained the idea of celebrating Rama-Navami festival, and asked for Baba’s permission and Baba gladly gave it.

All rejoiced and made preparations for the Jayanti-festival. Next day, the Masjid was decorated with buntings etc., a cradle was supplied by Radha-Krishna Mai, and placed in front of Baba’s seat and the proceedings started.

Bhishma stood up for Kirtan and Mahajani played on the harmonium. Sai Baba sent a man to call Mahajani. He was hesitating to go, doubting whether Baba would allow the festival to go on; but when he went to Baba, the latter asked him as to what was going on and why the cradle was placed there. He answered that the Rama-Navami festival had commenced, and the cradle was put on for that purpose. Then Baba took a garland from the ‘Nimbar’ (niche), and placed it round his neck and sent another garland for Bhishma. Then commenced the Kirtan. When it came to a close,  sounds of “Victory to Rama” went up; and Gulal (red – powder) was thrown up all round, amidst band and music.

Everybody was overjoyed, when suddenly roaring was heard. The red-powder thrown promiscuously all round, went up, somehow entered Baba’s eyes. Baba got wild and began to scold and abuse loudly. People got frightened by this scene and took to their heels. Those intimate devotees, who knew Baba well, took these scoldings and outpourings of Baba, as blessings in disguise. They thought that when Rama was born, it was proper for Baba to get wild and enraged to kill Ravana; and his demons, in the form of egoism and wicked thoughts etc. Besides they knew, that whenever a new thing was undertaken at Shirdi, it was usual with Baba to get wild and angry, and so they kept quiet.

Radha-Krishna Mai was rather afraid; and thought that Baba might break her cradle, and she asked Mahajani to get the cradle back. When he went to loosen and unfasten the cradle, Baba went to him, and asked him not to remove it. Then after some time, Baba became calm, and that day’s programme, including Mahapuja and Arati was finished. Later on, Mr. Mahajani asked Baba, for permission to remove the cradle, Baba refused the same saying, that the festival was not yet finished.

Next day, another ‘Kirtan’ and Gopal-Kala ceremony (an earthern pot containing parched rice mixed with curds is hung, only to be broken after the ‘Kirtan’, and the contents distributed to all, as was done by Lord Krishna amongst His cow-herd (friends), were performed, and then Baba allowed the cradle to be removed. While the Rama-Navami festival was thus going on, the procession, of the two flags by day and that of the ‘Sandal’ by night, went off with the usual pomp and show. From this time onwards, the ‘Urus of Baba’ was transformed into the Rama-Navami festival.

Essence

The time period when Baba chose to manifest himself to the mankind was in early 19th century in India. At that time India was under the British rule and there were lots of rifts happening between the Hindu and Muslim communities. One of the main purposes of Sai’s incarnation was also to bring unity among all people. He always said “Sab Ka Maalik Ek” ie there is only one God; you can call Him by the name of your choice; Rama, Krishna, Allah, Jesus etc. All represent the same consciousness.

Baba strived to draw home this point to His devotees. He was love personified. Kind and compassionate to one and all. He set an example for people to emulate. He did not differentiate between anyone; why human? Even the animals and birds were treated by Him with so much love. He cared for all and sought opportunities to serve the needy. Hence it was but natural that He encouraged the sandal procession by the muslims and Rama Navami celebration by Hindus to be celebrated the same day.

For children

From childhood; children should be encouraged to be loving and caring to all irrespective of their cast, creed, colour, status, abilities or religion. We are all the children of one God; we are all part of one whole. If these values are developed in children from an early age; the future generation would not have strife’s and one can look forward to a happy and peaceful world.

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/learning-from-pigeons/

 

 

 

 

Master’s messages-4.1-Sat Chit Ananda

Sat Chit Ananda- oneness in all

satchitananda

Our life is saturated with Sat- (Supreme Reality), Chit- Consciousness, Ananda- Bliss- Brahman itself. For the Divine life to start one must be aware that we are sat chit ananda.  the Divine inspires and activates every being; this spark of life or consciousness leads and fulfills the life of each being; right from the simplest to the most complex. Lord or consciousness is in each one of us. When we start realising this, we will be ever alert and careful in our every thought, word and deed. Then we see the oneness of all which is the ultimate purpose of life.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/the-crocodile-and-the-priest-value-truth/

Message from Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 4

Sai Satcharita- Chapter 5- Stories and Essence- Be truthful, helpful and do your duty

sai and light

Value- Truth, Right conduct

Sub value- Honesty, Duty

In this chapter the 2 selected stories are based on 2 human values Truth and Right Conduct

  1. Turning Water into Oil

Sai Baba was very fond of lights. He used to borrow oil from shop-keepers, and keep lamps burning the whole night in the Masjid and temple. This went on for some time. The Banias (oil merchants), who supplied oil gratis, once met together and decided not to give Him oil. When, as usual, Baba went to ask for oil, they all gave Him a distinct No. Unperturbed, Baba returned to the Masjid and kept the dry wicks in the lamps. The banias were watching Him with curiosity. Baba took the Tumrel (tin pot) which contained very little (a few drops) of oil, put water into it and drank it and forced it fall in the container. After consecrating the tin-pot in this way, He again took water in the tin-pot and filled all the lamps with it and lighted them. To the surprise and dismay of the watching Banias, the lamps began to burn and kept burning the whole night. The Banias repented and apologized. Baba forgave them and asked them to be more truthful in future.

Essence

Baba was divinity incarnate, His power is immeasurable. If He so willed He could have lit the lamps without asking for oil from the oil merchants. It was His love to give them an opportunity to serve by offering some oil for lighting the lamps in the masjid. Not realising His divinity they refused to part with the oil and spoke untruth. Later when they realised that Baba was indeed Divine they asked His forgiveness. The intention of Baba in this case was to help them to transform by learning to help others and to always be truthful.

The inner significance for all of us would be; Baba; the divine Master came to earth to teach mankind how to make our lives meaningful by loving and helping people in need. To light the lamps of our heart with the oil of love. He rekindles that by using us as His instruments by asking us to do our part for the society and thus love everyone, purify ourselves and shine brightly. He does not need anything except our inner progress.

For Children

Always speak the truth and help people in need especially when you can. These values when you practice from young will keep you in good stead throughout your lives.

Story for children

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

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  1. The Pseudo-Guru Javhar Ali

Five years after the wrestling bout mentioned above, one Fakir from Ahmednager by name Javhar Ali, came to Rahata with his disciples and stayed in Bakhal (spacious room) near Virabhadra temple. The Fakir was learned, could repeat the whole Koran and had a sweet tongue.

Many religious and devout people of the village came to him and began to respect him. With the help of the people, he started to build an Idgah ( a wall before which Mahomedans pray on Idgah day), near the Virabhadra temple. There was some quarrel about this affair, on account of which, Javhar Ali had to leave Rahata.

Then he came to Shirdi and lived in the Masjid with Baba. People were captured by his sweet talk, and he began to call Baba his disciple. Baba did not object and consented to be his Chela. Then both Guru and Chela decided to return to Rahata and live there.

The Guru (Teacher) never knew his disciple’s worth, but the disciple knew the defects of the Guru, still he never disrespected him, observing carefully his duties. He even served the Master in various ways.

They used to come to Shirdi off and on, but their main stay was in Rahata. The loving devotees of Baba in Shirdi did not like, that Baba should stay away from them in Rahata. So they went in a deputation to bring Baba back to Shirdi. When they met Baba near the Idgah and told the purpose for which they came, Baba said to them that the Fakir was an ill-tempered fellow, he would not leave him and that they should better return to Shirdi without him, before the Fakir returned.

While they were thus talking, the Fakir turned up and was very angry with them for trying to take away his disciple. There was some discussion and altercation and it was finally decided that both the Guru and Chela should return to Shirdi. And so they returned and lived in shirdi. But after a few days the Guru was tested by Devidas and he was found wanting.

Twelve years before Baba arrived in Shirdi with the marriage-party, this Devidas aged about 10 or 11 came to Shirdi and lived in the Maruti temple.

Devidas had fine features and brilliant eyes, and he was dispassion incarnate and a Jnani. Many persons, namely Tatya Kote, Kashinath and others regarded, him as their Guru. They brought Javhar Ali in his presence, and in the discussion that followed, Javhar was worsted and fled from Shirdi.

He went and stayed in Bijapur and returned after many years to Shirdi, and prostrated himself before Sai Baba. The delusion that he was Guru and Sai Baba his Chela, was cleared away, and as he repented, Sai Baba treated him with respect.

Essence

In the above incident Sai Baba showed by actual conduct how one should get rid of egoism and do the duties of a disciple to attain the highest end, viz., self-realization. Baba was free from ego and was ready to be a disciple and served his guru with sincerity. Baba; Himself a divine incarnate went through the above only to teach mankind how to overcome ego and how to do one’s duty as a disciple. The Guru in the above incident however was full of ego till it brought his fall. It is a learning that we should do our duty sincerely whether anyone else does or not. Our sincerity and dedication to our duty will do us good both in the material world as well as in the spiritual world. Working on reducing our ego will help us to happy within and also maintain good relation with all around us.

For children

Always do your duty to the best of your abilities. As a student put in best efforts in your studies, respect your teacher and learn with sincerity and dedication.

Story for children

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

 

You are important

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Value- Truth
Sub value- Responsibility for self
A cobbler lived in a large village and he was the only cobbler in town, so he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else.
However, he didn’t have time to repair his own boots.
This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart.
While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet got blisters and he started to limp.
His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was ok.
However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired.
As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.
This simple principle is so often disregarded.
If you are in a responsible position and are one of the important links in the groups survival chain and if *You do not look after yourself, after a while you’ll be no good to anyone else either*.
Your best intentions will mean nothing and you’ll be unable to do what you’re meant to do.
This goes for leaders, social workers, teachers, even parents, breadwinners, homemakers and “daughter-in-laws”
Learning
If you don’t take the time to care for yourself, no-one else will. So start taking care of your health both physical and mental health so that you can be happy and help others also.
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Master’s messages- 3.9 Vol 1 The Guru

Manasa Bhajore Guru Charanam

 

Essence

Guru destroys illusion and sheds light. That is why Guru is worshipped on a full moon day. Moon is the presiding deity of the mind and on the full moon day; mind becomes fully beneficent. Guru will tell us that we have forgotten our real self and are unaware of the loss. He is the physician of the illness which brings about suffering of alternate birth and death. If one does not find such a guru, the Lord Himself will show the way.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/bhaja-govindam-story-2526-verse-23/

Essence- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1, Chapter 3

 

Buddha and disciple’s robe

Value- Right conduct
Sub value- Avoid wastage, Thrift
A disciple of Buddha, said, “Oh Master! I have a request to make.”
Buddha: “What is it; tell me?”
Disciple: “My robe is worn out. It is no longer decent enough to wear.Please, may I have a new one?”
Buddha looked at the disciple’s attire and found that the garment was absolutely in tatters and really needed replacement. So he asked the store-keeper to give a new robe to this disciple.
The disciple offered obeisance to the great master and left the room.
Buddha kept thinking about the incident and felt that he had perhaps missed an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson to the disciple. So he went to the disciple’s quarters to talk to him.
Buddha: Are you comfortable in your new robe? Do you need anything else?
Disciple: Thank you Master. I am very comfortable and do not need anything else.
Buddha: Now that you have a new one, what have you done with the old one?
Disciple: I have used it to replace my worn out bedspread.
Buddha: What did you do with the old bedspread?
Disciple: Master, I am using it as a curtain on my window.
Buddha: Did you discard your old window curtain?
Disciple: Master, I tore it into four pieces and am using them as napkins to handle the hot pots and pans in the kitchen.
Buddha: What about the old kitchen napkins?
Disciple: We are using them as mops to wash and wipe the floor.
Buddha: Where is the old mop?
Disciple: Lord, the old mop was so tattered that the best we could do was to take all the threads apart and make wicks for your oil lamp. One of them is presently lit in your room.”
Buddha was content. He was happy that His disciples realized that nothing is useless. We can find a use for everything, if only we want to! Nothing should be wasted; not even time!
Learning
If all of us were to practice the habit of thrift, we can preserve the non renewable resources for our children, our grandchildren and our great grand children as our forefathers so thoughtfully did for us.
The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in eternity.

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