Master’s Messages-5.3- Japa and Dhyana

Dhyana-Meditation and Japa- Chanting are the only ways to purify our minds.

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One need not read or listen to many scriptures if we can listen to the God residing in our hearts. If we call sincerely He will respond. We should just have the form of or favourite deity in our mind and constantly repeat His name. Dhyana-Meditation and Japa- Chanting are the only ways to purify our minds.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/a-dear-devotee/

Source- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 5

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Sai Satcharitra- Chapter 12- All are one; treat all alike

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Value- Truth

Sub value- Unity in divinity

Story 1

Moolay Shastri of Nasik

An orthodox Agnihotri Brahmin of Nasik, by name Moolay Shastri, who had studied the six Shastras and was well-versed in astrology and palmistry, once came to Shirdi to see Mr. Bapusaheb Booty, the famous millionaire of Nagpur. After seeing him, he and others went to see Baba in the Masjid. Baba bought various fruits and other things from vendors with His own money, and distributed them to the persons present in the Masjid. Baba used to press the mango on all sides so skilfully that when any person received it from Baba and sucked it, he got all the pulp at once in his mouth and could throw away the stone and the skin forthwith. Plantains were peeled off by Baba and the kernel was distributed to the devotees, while the skins were retained by Baba for Himself.

Moolay Shastri, as a palmist, wanted to examine Baba’s hand or plam and requested Him to extend the same. Baba ignored his request and gave four plantains to him. Then, they all returned to the Wada and Moolay Shastri bathed, wore sacred clothes, and started his routine duties, viz. Agnihotra etc. Then Baba as usual started for Lendi and said – “Take some Geru (i.e. a red miry substance, to dye clothes in saffron-colour), we shall today don saffron-coloured cloth. None understood what Baba meant.

Then after some time when Baba returned, and preparations for the noon-Arati were being made. Bapusaheb Jog asked Moolay Shastri, whether he would accompany him for the Arti. He replied that he would see Baba in the afternoon. Very soon Baba sat on his seat, was worshipped by the devotees and Arti commenced.

Then Baba said – “Get some Dakshina from the new (Nasik) Brahmin.” Booty himself went to get the Dakshina; and when he gave Baba’s message to Moolay Shastri, he was sorely perplexed. He thought in his mind thus: “I am a pure Agnihotri Brahmin, why should I pay Dakshina? Baba may be a great Saint. I am not His dependent.” But as a great Saint like Sai Baba was asking for Dakshina through a millionaire like Booty, he could not refuse. So leaving his routine unfinished, he forthwith started with Booty to the Masjid. Thinking himself holy and sacred, and the Masjid otherwise, he remained at a distance, and joining his hands threw flowers at Baba. Then lo! all of a sudden, he saw no Baba on the seat, but saw his late Guru Gholap Swami there. He was wonder-struck. Could this be a dream? No, it was not, as he was wide awake; but though awake, how could his late Guru Gholap be there? He was speechless for some time. He pinched himself and thought again, but could not reconcile the fact of his late Guru Gholap being in the Masjid.

Ultimately, leaving all doubt, he went up, fell at his Guru’s feet and then getting up stood there with folded hands. Other people sang Baba’s Arati, while Moolay Shastri chanted his Guru’s name. Then casting off all pride of caste and ideas about sacredness, he fell flat at his Guru’s feet and closed his eyes. When he got up and opened his eyes, he saw Baba asking for Dakshina. Seeing Baba’s blissful form, and His inconceivable power, Moolay Shastri forgot himself. He was extremely pleased, his eyes were full of tears of joy. He again saluted Baba and gave the Dakshina. He said that his doubt was removed and that he saw his own Guru. On seeing his wonderful Leela of Baba all the people, including Moolay Shastri, were much moved, and they realized the meaning of Baba’s words, “Bring Geru, we shall don saffron-coloured garment.” Such is the wonderful Leela of Baba.

Story 2

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A Doctor

Once a Mamlatdar came to Shirdi with a doctor friend of his. The Doctor said that his Deity was Rama and that he would not bow before a Mahomedan, and so, he was unwilling to go to Shirdi. The Mamlatdar replied, that nobody would press him to make a bow, nor would ask him to do so. So he should come and give the pleasure of his company. Accordingly, they came to Shirdi, and went to the Masjid for Baba’s darshan. All were wonder-struck to see the Doctor going ahead and saluting Baba. They asked him how he forgot his resolve and bowed before a Mussalman. Then the Doctor replied that he saw his beloved Deity, Rama, on the seat and he, therefore prostrated himself before Him. Then as he was saying this, he saw Sai Baba there again. Being dismayed, he said, “Is this a dream? How could He be a Mahomedan? He is a great Yogasampanna (full of Yoga) Avatar.”

Next day, he made a vow and began to fast. He absented himself from the Masjid, resolving not to go there, until Baba blessed him. Three days passed and on the fourth day, a close friend of his from Khandesh, turned up, and with him, he went to the Masjid for Baba’s darshan. After the salutation, Baba asked him, whether anybody had gone to call him, so that he had come. Hearing this vital question, the doctor was moved. The same night he was blessed by Baba, and he experienced the Bliss supreme, in his sleep. Then he left for his town, where the experienced the same state of a fortnight. Thus his devotion to Sai Baba increased manifold.

Essence

The moral of all the stories mentioned above, specially, that of Moolay Shastri, is this that we should have firm faith in our Guru and nowhere else. Baba showed in both cases that all are one. HE gave His blessings in the form of the person’s Guru or God thereby instilling more faith on their Guru to the disciple as well as showing that all are one and we should respect all but however be truthful and loyal to one’s own Guru.

For Children

From childhood we must learn to love all and be compassionate to all irrespective of one’s caste, creed, gender, religion, race, ability etc. We are all the children of God. Each may call Him by various names but we are all part of the same divinity.

A beautiful story which emphasises the above value

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/not-a-one-selfless-love/

 

 

Master’s Messages-5.2- Understanding the essence of the scriptures

Gita and other Upanishads are only guides and maps. One must be able to put this in practise.

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Absence of Athma Vichara (Self enquiry) is the root cause of Ashannti (restlessness). On enquiry one will realise that Brahman or Atman is our basic substance.

This knowledge can be found in the Upanishads. They help one to regulate and restrict the senses, mind and intellect and help one merge with the absolute. One must be able to put this in practise. Gita and other Upanishads are only guides and maps.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/real-devotion/

Source: Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 5

Sai Satcharita- Chapter 11- Faith and Devotion

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Value- Truth, Love

Sub value- Unity in divinity

Story 1

Dr. Pandit’s Worship

One Dr. Pandit, a friend of Tatyasaheb Noolkar, once came to Shirdi for Baba’s darshan. After saluting Baba, he stayed in the Masjid for some time. Baba asked him to go to Dadabhat Kelkar. He went to Dadabhat, by whom he was well received. Then Dababhat left his house for Puja and Dr. Pandit accompanied him. Dadabhat worshipped Baba. Nobody until then dared to apply sandal paste to Baba’s forehead. Only Mhalsapati used to apply it to His throat. But this simple-hearted devout, Dr. Pandit, took Dabadhat’s dish containing Puja-materials and taking sandal-paste out of it, drew a Tripundra, i.e. three horizontal lines on Baba’s forehead. To the surprise of all, Baba kept silent without uttering a single word. Then Dababhat that evening asked Baba, “How is it, that though You object to the sandal-paste being applied by others to Your forehead, but You allowed Dr. Pandit to do so now?” Baba replied that Dr. Pandit believed Him to be the same as his Guru, Raghunath Maharaja of Dhopeshwar, known as Kaka Puranik, and he applied the paste to His forehead, as he was doing to his Guru. Hence He could not object. On enquiry, Dr. Pandit told Dadabhat that he took Baba as his Guru Kaka Puranik, and hence he marked the Tripundra on Baba’s forehead, as he did on his Guru’s head.

Though Baba allowed the devotees to worship Him as they pleased, He would never neglect the devotees’ welfare: that He, the slave of His devotees, always stood by them, and responded to them, whenever they called upon Him, and that He always longed for their love.

Essence

This story shows the omniscience of Baba. Baba knew the love of Dr Pandit for his Guru and also knew that he saw Baba as Kaka Puranik. Baba wanted to show and teach all through the above incident that he accepted whatever was offered with love and also showed unity in divinity ie He was not different from Kaka Puranik and all true Masters were indeed the same.

For children

Love and devotion are more important for Lord than anything else.

Story 2

Baba’s control over the elements

Value- Truth

Sub value- Divinity

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Once at evening time, there was a terrible storm at Shirdi. The sky was overcast with thick black clouds. The winds began to blow forcibly; the clouds roared and the lighting began to flash, and the rains began to descend in torrents. In a short time, the whole place was flooded with water, All the creatures, birds, beasts and men got terribly frightened; and they all flocked to the Masjid for shelter. There are many local deities in Shirdi, but none of them came to their help. So they all prayed to Baba their God, Who was fond of their devotion, to intercede and quell the storm. Baba was much moved. He came out and standing at the edge of the Masjid, addressed the storm in a loud and thunderous voice – “Stop, stop your fury and the calm.” In a few minutes the rains subsided, the winds ceased to blow, and the storm came to a stop. Then the moon rose in the sky, and the people then went back home well-pleased,

(2) On another occasion at noon the fire in the Dhuni began to burn brightly, its flames were seen to be reaching the rafters above. The people who were sitting in the Masjid did not know what to do. They dared not to ask Baba to pour water or do anything to quench the flames. But Baba soon came to realize, what was happening. He took up His Satka (short stick) and dashed it against a pillar in front, saying – “Get down, Be calm.” At each stroke of the Satka, the flames began to lower and slow down; and in a few minutes the Dhuni became calm and normal.

Essence

Baba is an avatara; God who came as human form to teach humanity lessons on how to live a righteous life and ultimately strive to attain the real knowledge of ‘Who am I’. The above story shows a spark of His divinity ie having control over the elements. Though he came as human and walked amongst us, He was Divinity incarnate and these were just some signs of His divinity.

For Children

Baba incarnated amongst human to teach us the values of faith, love, patience and devotion. He was ever ready to help people who had complete faith in Him. He protected them from all calamities. Hence learning for children is to have love, compassion towards all and develop inner strength and faith in one’s own self ie the divinity within us as well as a higher divinity ie God, Guru, Master etc

Another story to reinforce the above messages

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/unni-the-innocent-child-devotee/

Sai Satcharitra- Chapter 10- Be united

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Value- Love

Sub value- Unity, See God in all

Story 1

Baba’s Mission and Advice

 

Sai Baba’s constant advice to all his devotees was “Rama (the God of the Hindus) and Rahim (the God of the Mahomedans) are one and the same; there is not the slightest difference between them; then why should their devotees and quarrel among themselves? You ignorant folk, children, join hands and bring both the communities together, act sanely and thus you will gain your object of national unity. It is not good to dispute and argue. So don’t argue, don’t emulate others. Always consider your interest and welfare. The Lord will protect you. Yoga, sacrifice, penance, and knowledge are the means to attain God. If you do not succeed in this by any means, vain is your birth. If any one does any evil unto you, to do not retaliate. If you can do anything, do some good unto other.” This in short was Sai Baba’s advice to all; and this will stand in good stead both in material and spiritual matters.

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Story 2

Sai Baba as Sadguru

There are different types of Gurus. There are some, who go about from house to house with cymbals and veena in their hands, and make a show of their spirituality. They blow mantras into the ears of their disciples and extract money from them. They profess to teach piety and religion to their disciples, but are themselves impious and irreligious.

Sai Baba never thought of making the least show of His worth (piety). Body-consciousness, He had none, but He had great love for the disciples. There are two kinds of Gurus (1) ‘Niyat’ (appointed or fixed) and (2) ‘Aniyat’ unappointed or general). The latter by their advice develop the good qualities in us, purify our hearts and set us on the path of salvation; but contact with the former, dispels our quality (sense of difference); and establishes us in Unity by making us realize “Thou art that”. There are various Gurus imparting to us various kinds of worldly knowledge, but he, who fixes us in our Nature (Self) and carries us beyond the ocean of worldly existence, is the Sadguru. Sai Baba was such a Sadguru. His greatness is indescribable.

Essence

From the above stories, we can see that Baba was ever loving and wanted unity among his followers. He always taught them that there is only one God; He can be called by any name. Unity is very important. One should develop patience and tolerance and help each other in times of need.

Another message in the story is, Sai baba is the Guru or Master who advised and gave right guidance to the devotees. He did not care to please them; rather His purpose was to make His devotees realise their true self. He strived to help His devotees realise that they are also divine and understand the true self rather than being stuck in the worldly mire again and again.

 

 

For children

From the above stories, children can learn the importance of unity and love and tolerance for all around them. When they start practising this from young; they will help in building a peaceful and harmonious community around them.

Another story to reinforce these values

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

 

Gratitude Offering- Sai Aradhana 2018

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Dearest Sai Ma,

It is 7 years since You chose to be formless and be permanently enshrined in our hearts. On this auspicious day of Sai Aradhana, we Your children from Sai Balsanskaar team offer our heartfelt gratitude to You.

Team Odia- Sis Sangeetha

A beautiful poem penned especially for You; dearest Sai

My Ego thinks,

I did this,

And I did that,

A soft voice within says, What !!!

The voice whispers in my ear,

Dear bangaroo,are you sure ?

I fumble and blabber,

And search hither and thither,

Ultimately my mind stops its chatter,

My heart throws open its door.

The search begins within,

Answers flash in,

Things get clear,

Understanding better and better.

I say aloud,

Oh my lord!

How can I forget you ?

You are in me and I am in you.

Holding your hand,

I ferry around,

Crossing each hurdle that life sets on,

With your name on my lips,I carry on,

My journey begins and ends with the lesson,

That You are with me in this sojourn.

 

Surrendered at the divine lotus feet of Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai

Team Gujarati- Sis Ila, Jyoti, Hema, Gira

We are very grateful to Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for giving us this divine opportunity to do this seva of spreading the teachings of the 5 Human Values to little children all over the world through these stories.

Team Sanskrit- Sis Sripriya

Dear Swami,

My humble pranams at thy divine lotus feet.  Thank you Swami for guiding me and showing the way.  I am really blessed to be a part of the Sanskrit team (My Sai and I).

Team Kannada- Sis Vasanthi

My Humble Pranams At Lotus Feet of Swami, On this special day would like to express my gratitude to Swami for giving me an opportunity for this translation seva. I feel myself evolving gradually learning from the stories i translate and also have learnt many aspects of the language as well. Thanking you Dear Swami.

Team Bengali- Sis Sinchita

” I am  truly  grateful to Swami for making me a part  of the translation seva and Vidya Vahini . I am blessed with the opportunity of translating value based stories in Bengali, which are meant to inculcate values and morals in children of various age groups. This noble deed gives immense satisfaction but nothing would have been possible without His grace . I offer my humble pranams to Swami and pray for His constant guidance and blessings. Thank you Swami for making me a part of this team.”

Team Hindi- Sis Archana

My most humble, loving and prayerful salutations at the divine lotus feet of my dearest Sai Ma.  Thank you so much, my beloved Sai Ma, for choosing me as Your instrument.
Time and again I am reminded of what Swami had once mentioned to one of His students, “I give you a chance to serve so that it gives Me a chance to shower My bountiful grace on you.” 
Swami’s inexhaustible love, continuous protection and guidance are felt every single day of my life. On the Sai Aaradhana day, my only prayer to Swami is that, “May my love for Him increase with every passing moment of my life and my faith gets as unwavering as a rock so that I totally surrender myself at Your feet.”

Team Tamil- Sis Saraswathy, Sis Ranjani, Sis Jeya, Sis Gayatri, Bro Kodanadaraman, Sis Supriya, Sis Valli

  • Human values and its significance are imparted through stories in Saibalsanskaar, which while being ostensibly for children, re-energize the writer and the translator. We as a translation team have derived immense benefits from this blessing, come to us by way of an opportunity to translate stories into Tamil. The Tamil translation team has members of different age groups (from students to senior citizens), with varied vintage (writers, past school teachers, homemakers, Balvikas gurus etc) and with various interests. Each member had unique experiences when engaged in this Seva opportunity. Provided below is how some of our translation team members derived benefits at an individual and collective level.
  • Listening to the preaching delivered by others is something we all do. However, when the mother delivers the same message, it sinks in deeper. This is because the mother’s approach is full of love and intimacy, which we all know is completely selfless and purely for our benefit. Similarly, when a message is conveyed to a person in his mother tongue, the listener would be able to grasp it effortlessly. SaiBalSanskaar-Tamil is doing precisely this. I am grateful to Swami for this blessed opportunity.
  • This Story Translation Seva took me through a long divine journey during the past 1 year. With the experience I gained in SaiBalSanskaar, I am able to contribute a lot to our Sathya Sai Balvikas website. Thanks to Swami and the SaiBalSanskaar team for providing this opportunity to be in Seva.
  • At a time when I was going through a low phase in my life; I heard about this translation seva. It came as a blessing for me. I am enjoying this seva and it is keeping me meaningfully engaged. Hoping that my work impacts someone positively bringing happiness and peace to their lives as it has brought for me. Grateful.
  • I am a housewife with two children, who heard of Swami a few years back only. Because of responsibilities on the home front, I could not do much Seva though I desired to. My prayers for being able to do Seva from home were answered after few months, when I came to know about this translation opportunity. I was so happy; that day is unforgettable. This story translation is not only for children. It is for me also to change my attitude.
  • In the midst of my college schedules, I try my best to contribute whenever possible. It has been a lovely experience and feels nice when the reach is far and wide.
  • Pranams at your lotus feet, our beloved Swami. We have no words to describe Your Grace on all the members of the team. From where we were when we started to where we are now, is all Your Grace. Continue showering your blessings always. Thanking You Dearest Sai Ma.

Team Telugu- Sis Visala, Rajyalakshmi Rajagopal, Prashanti

  • Dear Swami,
    Through this blog work you are teaching me the importance of focus and patience in human life.
    Practically following of these 2 are very tough for me. But I believe with your grace ,one day  I will be able to learn focus and patience . Please bless me to serve you as an instrument in the divine mission.
  • My humble salutations to the Lotus Feet of Bhagwan. It was at a time when I was going through a most challenging time. I was fervently praying to Bhagwan for a direction, clarity and purpose in life and for ways to make it a meaningful one.  As an answer to my prayers Swami gradually brought me closer and ‘Sameep’ to Himself, in other words, verily from ‘Darkness to Light!’ (Tamasoma Jyothirgamaya!). Swami blessed me with the divine opportunity to be a small part of His mission through this Translation activity and made me part of this beautiful Sai family.

While at an external level, this is an activity of translation, internally however, it helped and continues to help me in my own sadhana. The wisdom ingrained in the content which I was translating, helped me look deeper and deeper inward. I realised that Swami, out of His infinite mercy, bestowed upon me this Divine activity for my own inner purification. Grateful thanks to You; Swami for blessing me with such opportunity. No amount of words can ever be sufficient to express my gratitude to You Bhagawan.

  • Swami what started as a seed –an inspiration from you through couple of members, grew into a tree under your loving care and guidance. Thank you so much for lovingly introducing more and more volunteers who are relentlessly participating in this great effort to prepare Human values based content for kids.

We were able to offer the first set of stories last year, which are being used by kids in schools back in India. That filled us all with immense joy, motivation and gratitude for you. Though we all are geographically located in various countries if we were and are able to work as a team –it is ONLY because of your unseen hands behind this. We children want to thank you for this opportunity to work collectively for only ONE CAUSE-LOVE FOR YOU AND YOUR MESSAGE.

With the encouragement, you gave us by blessing the first set of stories we are offering the second set of stories enriched with human values this year. We are also feeling so humble for the opportunity to work on Balagovindam –A collection of stories illustrating the meaning of Bhajagovindam Slokas composed by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya .

Please help us to reach out to many more children globally. You are the doer and working through each of us to inculcate human values in kids through these stories.

Team English- Padmini, Vasanthi, Vani, Nandini

It has been 5 years now since You inspired us to blog on human value stories and this year with Your Divine grace, we have started the series on Sai Satcharitra stories and stories based on Sathya Sai Speaks.

Always guide and inspire us dearest Swami to be Your humble instruments and continue serving Your Divine Mission.

Our heartfelt gratitude at Your Divine Lotus Feet

Love You dearest Sai Ma.

SAIBALSANSKAAR TEAM

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Sai Satcharita- Chapter 9- Love and See God in All

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Value- Love, Devotion

Sub value- Faith, see God in all

Story 1

Devotion of Mrs Tarkhad

Mrs. Tarkhad loved Baba and always offered three things− Bharit (roasted eggplant mixed with yogurt and spice), Kacharya (circular pieces of eggplant fried in ghee) and a Peda (a sweet). How Baba accepted them is written below.

Once, Mr. Raghuvir Bhaskar Purandare of Bandra, a great devotee of Baba, left for Shirdi with his family. Before they left, Mrs. Tarkhad went to Mrs. Purandare and gave her two eggplants and requested her to prepare Bharit with one and Kacharya with the other. She asked Mrs. Purandare to serve Baba with both these dishes.

After reaching Shirdi, Mrs. Purandare went with her dish of Bharit to the Masjid. Baba was just about to start his meals and found the Bharit very tasty. So He distributed it to everyone and said that He wanted Kacharyas now. A word was sent to Radha Krishna-Mai that Baba wanted Kacharyas. She was in a fix, as that was no season for eggplant.

When an enquiry was made as to who had brought the Bharit, it was found that Mrs. Purandare was also entrusted with the duty of serving Kacharyas. Everybody then came to know the significance of Baba’s enquiry regarding Kacharyas, and were wonder-struck at Baba’s all-pervasive knowledge.

In December 1915, Govind Balaram Mankar, wanted to go to Shirdi to perform the obsequies of his father. Before he left, he came to see Mr. Tarkhad. Mrs. Tarkhad wanted to send something with him to Baba. She searched the whole house but found nothing, except a Peda(an oval shaped sweet) which had already been offered as naivedya. Govind was in mourning and yet out of great devotion to Baba, she sent the Peda with him, hoping that Baba would accept and eat it.

Govind went to Shirdi and saw Baba, but forgot to take the Pedawith him. Baba simply waited; When he again went to see Baba in the afternoon, he again forgot to take the Peda with him. Baba could wait no longer and asked him, “What did you bring for me?” “Nothing” was the reply. Baba asked him again and the same reply came forth again. Then Baba asked him the leading question, “Did the mother (Mrs. Tarkhad) not give you some sweet for Me?”

Govind then remembered the whole thing. He felt abashed, asked for Baba’s pardon, ran to his lodging, brought the Peda and gave it to Baba. As soon as Baba received it, He put it into His mouth and swallowed it. Thus, the devotion of Mrs. Tarkhad was recognized and accepted. “As men believe in Me, so do I accept them” (Gita, 4-11) was proved in this case.

Story 2

How Baba Was Fed Sumptuously

Once, Mrs. Tarkhad was staying in a certain house in Shirdi. At noon, meals were ready and dishes were being served, when a hungry dog turned up there and began to bark and whine. Mrs. Tarkhad got up at once and threw the dog a piece of bread, which the dog gulped with great relish.

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In the afternoon, when she went to the Masjid, Sai Baba said to her, “Mother, you have fed Me sumptuously up to my throat and My afflicted pranas (life-forces) have been satisfied. Always act like this and this will stand you in good stead. Sitting in this Masjid, I shall never ever speak anything but the truth. Take pity on Me like this; First give bread to the hungry and then eat; Note this well.”

She could not at first understand the meaning of what Baba said. So, she replied, “Baba, how could I feed You? I am myself dependent on others and take my food from them on payment.”

Then Baba replied, “Having eaten that lovely bread, I am very content and am still belching. The dog which you saw before your meal and to which you gave the piece of bread, is one with Me and so are all the other creatures on earth. I roam in their forms; He, who sees Me in all these creatures is My beloved. So abandon the sense of duality and distinction and serve Me, as you did today.”

Upon hearing these nectar-like words, she was moved, her eyes were filled with tears, her throat was choked and her joy knew no bounds.

Essence

Baba saw the devotion and love of His devotees and accepted their offerings. The attitude and feelings of the devotee was more important to Him than the items or quantity offered. In the Bhagavad Gita. It is said that Lord sees only the devotion of the devotees. He does not need any paraphernalia. Even a small leaf, flower or water offered with love makes the Lord happy.

In the second story, the moral is “See God in all beings”. The Upanishads, the Geeta and the Bhagwat, all exhort us to perceive God or Divinity in all creatures. God is present in everyone and everything. Hence, we should love all and be of help to all. Any amount of prayers or offerings at the temple or chanting and reading of scriptures will not benefit if one does not show love and compassion to other living beings.

For children

From the above stories, children can learn to develop the attitude of love and sincerity in whatever they do. They can develop love and faith towards God and realise that they can derive inner strength from their faith.

They should help and be kind to all living beings including animals. If these habits are developed from young, they will grow up to be a good human being and bring peace and harmony in the society.

Another story to reinforce these values

Love and faith for God

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/unni-the-innocent-child-devotee/

Love towards animals

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/good-to-forgive-best-to-forget/

 

 

 

 

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