Master’s messages-3.6-Faith and Conviction

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Have the faith undiminished

One must be firm and fixed in their faith. Once convinced we should not waver. When sun is directly over our head there will be no shadow similarly when faith is steady in our head it should not cast shadow of doubt. Lord comes in human form age after age to warn and guide us. When faith is undiminished one can move safely in the world. No harm can come to us. One must be vigilant on the goal with inner concentration.

Story of the week

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/when-the-wind-blows/

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Buddha’s story on Karma

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Positive thoughts

 

Buddha was sitting with his disciples. One of them asked him “What is Karma?”

Buddha said, “Let me tell you a story…”

A king was touring his kingdom on his elephant. Suddenly he stopped in front of a shop in the market and said to his minister, “I don’t know why, but I want to hang the owner of this shop.” The minister was shocked. But before he could ask the king why, the king had moved on.

The next day, the minister went to that shop dressed as one of the locals to see the shopkeeper. He casually asked him how his business was faring. The shopkeeper, a sandalwood merchant, reported sadly that he had hardly any customer. People would come to his shop, smell the sandalwood and then go away. They would even praise the quality of the sandalwood but rarely buy anything. His only hope was that the king would die soon. Then there would be a huge demand for sandalwood for performing his last rites. As he was the only sandalwood merchant around, he was sure the king’s death would mean a windfall.

The minister now understood why the king had stopped in front of this shop and expressed a desire to kill the shopkeeper. Perhaps, the shopkeeper’s negative thought vibration had subtly affected the king, who had, in turn, felt the same kind of negative thought arising within.

The minister; a nobleman, pondered over the matter for a while. Without revealing who he was or what had happened the day before, he expressed a desire to buy some sandalwood. The shopkeeper was pleased. He wrapped the sandalwood and handed it over to the minister.

When the minister returned to the palace, he went straight to the court where the king was seated and reported that the sandalwood merchant had a gift for him. The king was surprised. When he opened the package, he was pleasantly surprised by the fine golden color of the sandalwood and its agreeable fragrance. Pleased, he sent some gold coins to the sandalwood merchant. The king also felt sorry in his heart that he had harbored unbecoming thoughts of killing the shopkeeper.

When the shopkeeper received the gold coins from the king, he was astounded. He began to proclaim the virtues of the king who had, through the gold coins, saved him from the brink of poverty. After some time, he recalled the morbid thoughts he had felt towards the king and repented for having entertained such negative thoughts for his own personal goal.

If we have a good and kind thought for another person, that positive thought will come back to us in a favorable way. But if we harbor evil thoughts, those thoughts will come back to us as retribution.

“What is Karma?” asked Buddha

Many replied, “our words, our deeds, our feelings, our actions……”

Buddha shook his head and said

“Your thoughts are your Karma!”

Learning

We will receive what we give. Everything is about reaction and reflection. Good thought, deeds and actions will get back the same.

 

Mahatma Gandhi and Putlibai

Value- Truth

Sub value- Honesty

Putlibai, Mahatma Gandhi’s mother once  observed a vow wherein she would not take food until she heard a cuckoo sing. One day, she waited long and the song of a cuckoo was not heard. Worried that his mother is sticking to her vow and not taking food, young Gandhi went behind the house and mimicked a cuckoo singing. He came inside and told his mother to have her food as the cuckoo sang.

Mother Putlibai felt very sad as she knew her son was lying. She cried, “O God! What sin have I committed to give birth to a son who speaks untruth?”

Realising the immense grief he caused to his mother by uttering a lie, Gandhi took a vow that he would never indulge in falsehood thenceforth.

Learning

Mothers are the first teachers of children. It is their duty to train their children in moral values and not overlook children’s mistakes. They must help reform their children whenever they stray away from the right path and reward them for their good deeds.

Source- Chinna Katha by Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Satcharita- Chapter 2- Stories and essence- Need for a Guru

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Value- Truth

Sub value- Importance of a Guru

Hemadpant (author of Sai Satcharita) was very friendly with the Sai devotees; Kakasaheb Dixit and Nanasaheb Chandorkar. They insisted that he visit Shirdi and receive Baba’s darshan. He promised them to do so. But something happened meanwhile which prevented him from going to Shirdi. One of his friend’s son fell ill; and his friend tried all possible means, physical and spiritual, but the son’s fever did not abate. Then the friend got his Guru to sit by the side of his son’s bed, but this too was of no avail.

Hearing this, Hemadpant thought to himself, “What is the utility of the Guru, if he could not save my friend’s son? If the Guru can’t do anything for us, why should I go to Shirdi at all?” Thinking in this way, he postponed his Shirdi trip. But the inevitable must happen and it happened in his case.

His friend; Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar on his way to an official trip happened to meet Hemadpant and took him to task for putting off his Shirdi trip. Nana’s argument regarding the Shirdi trip was convincing and delightful, and so Hemadpant decided to start for Shirdi the same night.

He packed his luggage and started for Shirdi. He planned to go to Dadar (in Mumbai) ; from there to take the train for Manmad (a station closer to Shirdi), and so he booked himself a ticket to Dadar , sat in the train. As the train was about to start, a Muslim man came hastily to his compartment and seeing all his luggage etc asked him where he was bound to. When Hemadpant told him his plan; the man suggested that he should go straight to Boribunder (another station in Mumbai) and not get down at Dadar, for the Manmad Mail (the train) did not stop at Dadar at all. If this little miracle had not happened, Hemadpant would not have reached Shirdi the next day as desired and many doubts would have assailed him.

He reached Shirdi the next day before 10 A.M. Kaka Dixit was waiting for him there. This was in 1910 and there was only one place, Sathe’s Wada, for lodging pilgrim devotees. After alighting from the tanga(a small horse-drawn carriage) Hemadpant was anxious to receive Baba’s darshan when the great devotee, Tatyasaheb Noolkar, returned from the Masjid. He told him that Sai Baba was at the corner of the Wada and that he should first receive Baba’s preliminary darshan and then, after a bath, see Him at leisure. Hearing this, Hemadpant ran and prostrated before Baba and his joy knew no bounds. He found more than what Nana Chandorkar had told him about. All his senses were satisfied and he forgot thirst and hunger. The moment he touched Sai Baba’s feet, he began a new lease of life.

The peculiarity of receiving Sai Baba’s darshan , he discovered later , was  that ones thoughts were changed, the force of previous actions  abated and gradually non-attachment or dispassion towards worldly objects grew. It was by the merit of actions in many past births that such darshana was attained, and when one saw Sai Baba, the entire world became  or assumed the form of Sai Baba.

The day Hemadpant arrived in Shirdi, there was an argument between him and Balasaheb Bhate (another devotee), regarding the necessity of a Guru. Hemadpant contended, “Why should we lose our freedom and submit to others? When we have to do our duty, why is a Guru necessary? One must try his best and save himself; What can the Guru do for a man who does nothing but sleeps indolently?” And Mr. Bhate took up the other side, and said, “Whatever is bound to happen must happen; Even great men have failed; man proposes one way, but God disposes the other way. Brush aside your cleverness; Pride or egoism won’t help you.” This discussion, with all its pros and cons went on for an hour or so and as usual they did not arrive at a decision. They had to stop the discussion ultimately, as both were exhausted. The net result of this was that Hemadpant lost his peace of mind and discovered that when there is  strong body-consciousness and egoism, there will be  argument. In other words, it is egoism which breeds arguments.

When they later went to the Masjid, Baba asked Kakasaheb Dixit, “What was going on in the Wada? What was the discussion about?” and staring at Hemadpant, Baba added, “What did this Hemadpant say?”

Hearing these words, Hemadpant was rather surprised, since the Masjid was at a considerable distance from Sathe’s Wada, where the discussion had happened. How could Baba know about their discussion, unless He was omniscient and the Inner Ruler of  all?

The day after Hemadpant’s first meeting with Sai Baba, Kakasaheb went to Baba and asked whether he should leave Shirdi. Baba said, “Yes”. Then someone asked, “Baba, where should he go?” Baba replied, “High up.” Then the man asked, “How is the way that leads there?” Baba said, “There are many ways leading there; there is one way from here too (Shirdi). The way that begins here is difficult. There are tigers and wolves in the jungles on the way.” Kakasaheb then asked, “But Baba, what if we take a guide with us?” Baba answered, “Then there is no difficulty. The guide will take you straight to your destination, avoiding wolves, tigers and ditches on the way. If there is no guide, there is the danger of your being lost in the jungle or falling into ditches.”

Hemadpant was present on this occasion and he thought that this was the answer Baba gave to the question about whether a Guru was necessary. Thus, he took the hint that no discussion of the question− whether man is free or bound− is of any use in spiritual matters. On the contrary, real Paramartha (knowing the ultimate truth) is possible only as a result of the teachings of the Guru. This is illustrated by the examples of great Avatars like Rama and Krishna, who had to submit themselves to their Gurus− Vasishtha and Sandipani respectively− to attain self- realization. Therefore, the only virtues necessary for such progress are faith and patience.

Essence

The Guru Gita (verse 17) aptly describes the guru as “dispeller of darkness” (from gu, “darkness” and ru, “that which dispels”). A true, God-illumined guru is one who, in his attainment of self-mastery, has realized his identity with the omnipresent Spirit. Such a one is uniquely qualified to lead the seeker on his or her inward journey toward perfection. The guru-disciple relationship is the highest expression of friendship, for it is based on unconditional divine love and wisdom.

When we are moving blindly through the valley of life, stumbling in darkness, we need the help of someone who has eyes. We need a guru. To follow one who is enlightened is the only way out of the great muddle that has been created in the world.

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Through sympathy and deep vision, a true guru sees the Lord suffering in the physically, mentally, and spiritually poor, and that is why he feels it his joyous duty to assist them. He tries to feed the hungry God in the destitute, to stir the sleeping God in the ignorant, to love the unconscious God in the enemy, and to waken the half-asleep God in the yearning devotee. And by a gentle touch of love, he instantaneously arouses the almost fully awakened God in the advanced seeker. The guru is, among all men, the best of givers. Like the Lord Himself, his generosity knows no boundaries. Such a guru is a human vehicle whose body, speech, mind, and spirituality God uses as a channel to attract and guide lost souls back to His home of immortality.

Saibaba was one such Guru.

For Children

From  this story children will be grasp  that Sai Baba was omniscient (one who knows everything). He is the Inner Ruler dwelling in each one of us, as divinity. He knew about the discussion of the author and another devotee on ‘the need for Guru’ at the Wada which was far away from the Masjid; though He was not present there physically. The kids are led to see Baba’s love for the author,Hemadpant in this case; as to how Baba drew him closer to Himself , made the author come to Shirdi through the author’s friends;  as well as  through the Muslim gentleman in the train; despite the fact that the author had not met Baba ; also was  hesitant to accept a Guru, after he heard of his friend’s son’s story.

Children also learn about the Selfless love Baba  had for all. He did not expect anything from the people who visited Him. He was only interested in leading them to  the right path of life. It was an unconditional love.

We must also try to help the needy whenever we can without any expectations. This will give us immense happiness from within.

To teach the above lessons a teacher or a Guru is needed. Children should develop the right values from young age. It is said that a small plant can be moulded but a tree will break when trying to mould it; which means children at a younger age can absorb whatever is taught to them and this age can be used to teach them the human values of love, truth, peace etc rather than when they grow old when they already have their own mindset. A true guru will guide them in the right path and make them a good human being by guarding them and empowering them with the right values taught to them. A true Guru will lead by example.

The need for a guru can be learned more from this parable of Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa.

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/the-importance-of-guru/

Sai Satcharita is a treasure trove of divine experiences and messages for Sai devotees who were not able to see and interact with Baba physically.

Bow to Shri Sai and peace be to all

Courtesy- Sri Sai Satcharita

Essence- http://www.yogananda-srf.org

 

Parable of the Zither- Middle Path

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Moderation in everything one does

Sona was a young disciple of the Buddha. Born into an affluent family, he was diligent, astute, and cheerful.

Ever since renouncing his secular life, he was highly motivated and more assiduous in his meditation practice. As the days went by, he found himself mired in melancholy which gave way to frustration, befuddlement, and agony. Before long, he became so emaciated and haggard-looking.

Exasperated over his lack of spiritual progress, he went to the Buddha to seek guidance.

The Buddha said: “Tell me Sona, in earlier days, were you not skilled in playing the stringed music of the zither ( stringed instrument)?”

“Yes tuneful and easily playable?”

“Certainly not, O Lord.”

“And when the strings on the zither were too loose, was then your lute tuneful and easily playable?”

“Certainly not, O Lord.”

“But when, Sona, the strings of your lute were neither too taut nor too loose, and adjusted to an even pitch, did your zither have a wonderful sound, and then was it easily playable?”

“Certainly, O Lord.”

“Similarly, Sona, in the practice of the way, if energy is applied too strongly, it will lead to strain and restlessness; if energy is too lax, it will lead to lassitude. Therefore, Sona, keep your energy in balance and you will then be able to focus your attention on the spiritual cultivation.”

Learning

Practicing Middle way is the key to happiness. One must do everything in moderation exercise, diet, sleep, work and we then be able to have a balanced lifestyle brimming with joy.

 

Master’s messages- Vol 1- 3.4 – Let the will of Lord prevail

Do your duty with an attitude of surrender

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True surrender is to tell “Let the Will of Lord prevail”. One’s duty is to connect oneself with the current of His grace. A prisoner in jail doesn’t own even his clothes; similarly in this world we don’t own anything, everything is given by Him. One has to give up the doership. Do one’s duty sincerely but with an attitude of surrender.

Story of the week

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/surrendering-at-the-feet-of-our-mastergurugod-sub-value-faith-devotion-value-love/

Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 3

Raj’s lesson on Gratitude

 

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Gratitude

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Raj belonged to a middle class family and his family couldn’t afford to buy him expensive gadgets, latest clothes and shoes which his friends in the school had. He was often mocked by his classmates for that. One day, one of his friends brought a I pad to school and was showing it off to everyone. Raj felt upset seeing this.

When he went back home after school, his parents showed him a simple jigsaw puzzle they had brought for him. Raj became very angry seeing an ordinary educational game that he started shouting and misbehaving. He felt upset that his parents never bought anything expensive or trendy which all his friends had.

He started crying and asking God why he never got what he wanted. After some time, Raj fell asleep and saw a dream.

He saw himself in an untidy old house which had just one room and no furniture. His clothes were all shabby and the house had no facilities; it was almost empty. The room in which he was present was stinking. Raj then walked out of this house and saw another house.

This house was big and magnificent. There was a small lovely garden too that he could see from the main gate of the house. He was shocked to realise that this nice house was his own!

He tried to enter the house but was stopped by a security guard. Raj tried to convince him that he lived in this house but the guard refused to let him enter. The guard said the dirty house on the other side was his. Raj was scared and confused. Then the whole scene changed and he woke up to find himself in his room, lying on his bed.

He realised it was all a dream — a dream that made him think how lucky he was, and ungrateful too! Raj quickly got up and went to his parents, but he was just too ashamed to say anything and stood with his head bowed. His parents realised Raj was remorseful at his behaviour.

His mother hugged him and said, “Son, the reason we never brought those kind of expensive clothes, shoes and other devices for you is because we didn’t want to spoil you like those boys in your school.

“If you look around you will realise that there are so many people in the world who don’t even have enough to eat each day, let alone luxuries like toys. Moreover, having costly things does not make a person more worthy than those who don’t own expensive things.

“It is your character and behaviour that determine your worth as a human being. Anyone with enough money can buy an expensive gadget but no one can buy a good personality trait, or make others like you with money.”

Raj’s eyes were filled with tears. He was ashamed of his ungrateful behaviour. He apologised to his mother and to God as well and decided to remain happy with whatever God had blessed him with.

Learning

We always tend to compare ourselves with people who have more than us. We forget to count our blessings. Happiness or contentment is not measured by how much money one has. It has so much to do with what kind of a character we possess, how we value and respect our relationships, how we look out to make a difference in some one else’s life. Money is essential but is not the measure of happiness. Sensible use of money is important. Let us learn to be thankful and grateful for what we are blessed with.

 

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