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.


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

Love towards animals






Master’s Messages-5.1 Re-establishment of Righteousness

Avatars come to earth to re-establish Dharma


Avatars like Sai Baba has come to sow the seeds of faith of devotion in religion and in God. Many atheists doubt, question and once they experience they dedicate their lives to the teachings of the avatar.

Sai has come down to the earth in response to the prayers of saints, sages and spiritual aspirants for the restoration of Dharma. Mahatmas, Mahapurushas and jnanis will work with Sai in re-establishing righteousness and paving the path for peace.

Story based on above message

Saibaba (known as Swami by His devotees) through His discourses always emphasised devotees to develop love for God. He told various short stories to drive this point home. One such story is shared below.

Source- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 5

Sai Satcharita- Chapter 8- Love and humility


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Baba Begging Food

Blessed are the people of Shirdi, in front of whose houses, Baba stood as a beggar and called out, “Oh Lassie, give Me a piece of bread” and spread out His hand to receive the same.

In one hand He carried a Tumrel (tinpot) and in the other a zoli or choupadari, i.e., a rectangular piece of cloth. He daily visited certain houses and went from door to door. Liquid or semi-liquid things such as soup, vegetables, milk or butter-milk were received in the tinpot, while cooked rice, bread, and such solid things were taken in the zoli.

Baba’s tongue knew no taste, as He had acquired control over it. So how could He care for the taste of the different things collected together? whatever things He got in His zoli and in the tinpot were mixed together and partaken by Baba to His heart’s content.

Whether particular things were tasty or otherwise was never noticed by Baba as if His tongue was devoid of the sense of taste altogether. Baba begged till noon, but His begging was very irregular. Some days He went a few rounds, on other days up to twelve noon.

The food thus collected was thrown in a kundi, i.e. earthen pot. Dog, cats and crows freely ate from it and Baba never drove them away. The woman who swept the floor of the Masjid took some 10 or 12 pieces of bread to her house, and nobody prevented her from doing so. How could, He, who even in dreams never warded off cats and dogs by harsh words and signs, refuse food to poor helpless people?

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Blessed indeed is the life of such a noble person! People in Shirdi took Him in the beginning for a mad Fakir. He was known in the village by this name. How could one, who lived on alms by begging a few crumbs of bread, be revered and respected? But this Fakir was very liberal of heart and hand, disinterested and charitable. Tough He looked fickle and restless from outside. He was firm and steady inside. His way was inscrutable.


Baba was a personification of love and humility. By His begging, He showed His humility and as a Fakir; He had to live by begging food. One has to be totally egoless to spread His hands before another person. This does not mean that He encouraged begging. He was always particular that people work hard to earn for their living. He set an example by tirelessly working for the welfare of the people. He treated the sick with His medicines. He helped people to achieve both temporal and spiritual needs. He never expected anything in return. He could have earned a lot by charging people for His services. But He chose to resort to begging showing His humility. The food thus obtained was not for Himself alone, but shared with all the poor people and animals as well. He never cared for taste. He had complete control over His senses. In fact by begging, he showed His love to the people whom He gave a chance to do charity and get blessed. Baba, thus showed humanity how these values can be practised.

For children

From the above story, children can learn to share and care. Values of gratitude and love for all including animals can be learnt.

Another story to reinforce these values



Master’s messages-4.4- Be Egoless

Divine can work only through the egoless

Sorrow springs from egoism. When egoism goes sorrow disappears. We should work on reducing our ego and should pray Lord to use us as His flute. This will only happen when we are hollow ; free from ego. He will then create a captivating music for all the creation to enjoy. Then we can merge our will in the will of God. Divine can work through us only when are egoless.

Story based on above message

“I am here”- Krishna and the little boy

Value- Right action
Sub value- Dedication
In a small town of Udupi, close to Mangalore was a family devoted to Krishna.  The grand son of age 5 who was more into playing, was not intent on Krishna seva.  However, the grand mother loving insisted that he should have the darshan of Krishna at the temple and take His blessings before going to school everyday.  The grand son finally agreed to do so.  But every morning he would just go to the entrance of the temple and say “I’m here” and  go about his daily routines.  Never does he make time to go in to see the Lord. This goes on for about twenty years.
One unfortunate day, the boy meets with an accident and is rushed to the hospital for surgery.  No family members were allowed in during surgery.  As he is suffering alone with pain and  wondering if he will make it through surgery , he hears a voice  which says  “I’m here”.  The boy is not able to comprehend who it is, he asks “who is it?” and he hears back “You came to see me everyday at the temple for so many years and said I’m here, today you need me and I’m here.  Do not worry”.    He’s Krishna, who is compassionate without a reason.  This shows no good deed however small, goes unseen.
If He comes to someone’s aid for having just made the effort to stop at the temple for a minute,  what would He do for those who make time  to chant His name  with devotion.  He will give not only the things you want but also HIMSELF.
Lord is always there for us. He is ready to help us in need. We just need to be grateful and thankful to Him remembering Him. We can connect to Him by regularly either chanting His name or doing good and help others by seeing Him in all

Sai Satcharita- Chapter 7- Compassion and Mercy


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Value- Love

Sub value- Compassion, mercy

  1. Saving from Fire

In the year 1910, Baba was sitting near the Dhuni on Diwali day and warming Himself. He was pushing firewood into the Dhuni, which was burning brightly. A little later, instead of pushing logs of wood, Baba pushed His arm into the Dhuni. The arm was burnt immediately.

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This was noticed by the servant Madhava and also by Madhavrao Deshpande (Shama). They at once ran to Baba and Madhavarao clasped Baba by His waist from behind and dragged Him forcibly backwards and asked, “Deva, why did You do this?”

Then Baba came to His senses and replied, “The wife of a blacksmith, at some distant place, was working the bellows of a furnace. When her husband called her, she forgot that her child was on her lap; she ran hastily, and the child slipped into the furnace. I immediately thrust My hand into the furnace and saved the child. I do not mind My arm being burnt, but I am glad that the life of the child was saved.”

2. Sai saves devotee from bubonic plague

Khaparde, the wife of Mr. Dadasaheb Khaparde of Amraoti, was staying at Shirdi with her young son.

One day, the son got a high fever which further developed into Bubonic plague. The mother was frightened and felt very uneasy. She thought of leaving for Amraoti and went to ask Baba for permission to leave in the evening, when Baba was near the Wada (now Samadhi Mandir).

She informed Him in a trembling tone that her dear young son was down with plague. Baba spoke kindly and softly to her, saying that the sky is beset with clouds, but they will melt and pass and everything will be smooth and clear.

Saying this, He lifted His Kafni to the waist and showed everyone present, four fully developed lumps, as big as eggs, and added, “See, how I have to suffer for My devotees; their difficulties are Mine.”

Seeing this unique and extraordinary miracle, people were convinced as to how Saints suffer pains for their devotees. The heart of the saints is softer than wax. They love their devotees without any idea of gain and regard them as their true relatives.


God comes many a times to earth in form of a great Master or saint. He loves his devotees very much and takes upon himself their miseries. He is the only one who loves others unconditionally. He has no expectations from his devotees except that they develop the right qualities and transform themselves into good and worthy human beings. He shows by example what true unconditional love is. He attaches no importance to praise or criticism. He is the embodiment of pure love and compassion.

For children

The above stories teach children to help and care for others without expecting anything in return. Help others so that they are benefitted, and you feel good seeing them benefit. Such people who help others unconditionally are always blessed and are happy from within. Every act cannot be rewarded and real joy or happiness is experienced within when we help someone unconditionally. This will help children develop love and compassion towards all and in the process they grow up to be good citizens of the world by helping out and caring anyone in need.

The story below will reinforce the above message


Master’s messages- 4.3- Faith

Faith can move mountains

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Only when we wipe out the root causes of anxiety, fear and ignorance our true personality can shine. Anxiety is removed by faith. Faith tells us that whatever happens, happens for the best and Lord’s will be done. We have to do our best and for what is not in our hands quiet acceptance is the best armour.

Story based on the above message

Message based on Sri Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter4

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