Sai Satcharitra – Chapter 28 – Love and Compassion

Sai is not finite or limited. He dwells in all beings, from ants and insects to the God Brahma. He pervades all. Sai Baba often said that-let His man (Devotee) be at any distance, a thousand koss away from Him, he will be drawn to Shirdi like a sparrow, with a thread tied to its feet. This Chapter describes the stories of some of the devotees.

Story 1

Lala Lakhamichand 

This gentleman was first serving in the Railways and afterwards in Shri Venkateshwar Press in Bombay and thereafter in the firm of Messrs. Ralli Brothers as a munshi (clerk). He got the contact of Baba in 1910. One or two months before Christmas he saw in his dream at Santacruz (a suburb of Bombay) an old man with a beard, standing and surrounded by his Bhaktas. Some days later he went to the house of his friend. Mr Dattatreya Manjunath Bijur to hear the kirtan by Das Ganu. It was always the practice of Das Ganu to keep Baba’s picture in front of the audience while making the kirtan. Lakhamichand was surprised to see that the features of the old man he saw in his dream, tallied exactly with those in the picture and thus he came to the conclusion, that the old man, he saw in his dream was Sai Baba himself. The sight of this picture, Das Ganu’s kirtan and the life of the Saint Tukaram on which Das Ganu discoursed, all these things made a deep impression on his mind and he pined to go to Shirdi. It is always the experience of the Bhaktas that God always helps them in their search for Sad-guru and other spiritual endeavours. That very night at 8-00 p.m. a friend named Shankarrao knocked at his door and asked him whether he would accompany him to Shirdi. His joy knew no bounds and he at once decided to go to Shirdi. He borrowed Rs.15/- from his cousin and after making due preparations left for Shirdi.  In the train, he and his friend Shankar Rao did some Bhajan (sang religious songs) and enquired about Sai baba with some fellow passengers-four Mahomedans, who were returning to their place near Shirdi. They all told tham that They all told tham that Sai baba was a great Saint living in Shirdi for many years.

Then they drove on and came near Shirdi and seeing the flags on the Masjid they saluted them. With Puja materials in hand, they then went to the Masjid and worshipped Baba with due formality. Lakhmichand was much moved and was extremely happy to see Baba. He was enrapt with Baba’s Feet as a bee with a sweet smelling lotus. Then Baba spoke as follows :-

“Cunning fellow, he does bhajan on the way and enquires from others. Why ask others? Everything we should see with our own eyes; where is the necessity to question others? Just think for yourself whether your dream is true or not? Where was the necessity of the darshan by taking a loan from a Marwari? Is the heart’s desire now satisfied?”

Hearing these words Lakhamichand was wonderstruck at Baba’s omniscience. He was at a loss to know how Baba came to know about all the things that had happened enroute from his house to Shirdi. The chief thing to note in this respect is that Baba never liked people to run into debt for taking His darshan, or celebrating any holiday or making any pilgrimage.

Sanza 

At noon when Lakhamichand was sitting for meals he got some sanza (wheat-pudding) from a devotee as Prasad. He was pleased to have it. Next day also he expected it, but got nothing. So, he was anxious to get it again. Then on the third day at the noon Arati time, Bapusaheb Jog asked Baba, what naivedya he should bring. Baba told him to bring sanza. Then the Bhaktas brought two big potfuls of sanza. Lakshamichand was very hungry and there was some pain in his back. Then Baba said to him – “It is good that you are hungry, take sanza and some medicine for the pain in the back.” He was again wonderstruck to see that Baba again read his mind

Burhanpore Lady

Now let us turn to another sparrow (Baba’s word meaning devotee). One lady in Burhanpore saw in her dream Sai Baba coming to her door and begging khichadi (rice cooked with dal and salt) for His meals. On awakening she saw no body at her door. However, she was pleased with the vision and told it to all including her husband. He was employed in the Postal Department and when he was transferred to Akola, both husband and wife, who were devout, decided to go to Shirdi. Then on a suitable day they left for Shirdi and after visiting Gomati Tirth on the way, reached Shirdi and stayed there for two months. Every day they went to the Masjid, performed Baba’s worship and passed their time happily. The couple came to Shirdi to offer Khichadi as naivedya but for the first 14 days, somehow or other, it could not be offered. The lady did not like this delay. Then on the 15th day she came at noon to the Masjid with her khichadi. There she found that Baba and others were already sitting for meals, and that the curtain was down. Nobody dared enter in when the curtain was let down, but the lady could not wait. She threw up the curtain with her hand and entered. Strange to say that Baba seemed that day, hungry for khichadi and wanted that thing first and when the lady came in with the dish, Baba was delighted, and began to eat morsel after morsel of khichadi. On seeing the earnestness of Baba in this respect, everybody was wonderstruck and those, who heard the story of khichadi, were convinced about His extraordinary love for His devotees.

Essence:

When we have firm faith and devotion, the Guru out of his infinite compassion will pull us unto his fold with love.

For Children:

If we develop devotion and love towards our Guru, when we are situations where we have to take decisions, with Guru’s love and guidance will make us respond in a calm and wise manner. So let us reciprocate Guru’s grace by having firm faith, devotion and love towards the Guru.

A beautiful story below sums up the above message;

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/category/devotion-2/

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/

 

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.

Essence

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

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/love-in-action/

 

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

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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 (for free) , 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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2.The Pseudo-Guru Javhar Ali

Five years after the wrestling bout mentioned earlier, one Fakir from Ahmednagar 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 Mohomedans 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/

 

Sai Satcharita-Chapter 4- Stories and Essence- Love and Devotion to God

Value- Love

Sub value- Devotion

Two stories depicting love for God

 

  1. Vithal Himself Appeared

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Sai Satcharita- Chapter 3- Stories and Essence- Rohilla story

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Value- Peace

Sub value- Developing good thoughts

Rohilla’s Story

One tall and well-built Rohilla (a pathan man) came to Shirdi, wearing a long kafni (robe) and was enamoured of Sai who stayed there. Day and night he used to recite in a loud and harsh tone the Kalma (verses from Holy Koran) and shout “ALLAH HO AKBAR” (God is Great). Most people of Shirdi, were working in their fields by day and when they returned to their homes at night, they were welcomed with the Rohilla’s harsh cries and shouts. They could get no sleep and felt much trouble and inconvenience. They suffered in silence this nuisance for some days, and when they could stand it no longer, they approached Baba, and requested Him to check the Rohilla and stop the nuisance.

Baba did not attend to their complaint. On the contrary, Baba took the villagers to task, and asked them to mind their own business, and not the Rohilla. He told them that the Rohilla had  a very bad wife,  who would come and trouble the Rohilla and Himself; but hearing the Rohilla’s prayers, she  didn’t dare to enter the masjid  , and they were  left in  peace.

In fact, the Rohilla had no wife and by his wife Baba meant DURBUDDHI, i.e. bad thoughts. As Baba liked prayers and cries to God better than anything else, He took the side of the Rohilla, and asked the villagers to wait and suffer the nuisance, which would abate in due course.

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Learning or Essence

Through the above story Baba brought out the importance of one of the nine types of bhakti (Vishnu smarana or chanting the name of the Lord). The Divine Name saves and liberates! It is armour against the onslaughts of pride and self-pity. When Japam (repetition of Lord’s name) is started in a systematic manner; initially it will meet with many obstacles, disquieting thoughts and enticements. These should be ignored, by-passed, treated lightly. We must strengthen our habits, stick to our discipline and improve our inner administration. The unruly bull (mind) has to be roped and tamed, its nose bored and ringed, it has to be yoked and trained to drag heavy loads and become the docile servant of its master. Namasmarana (chanting of Lord’s name) loudly especially during the initial stages of sadhana (spiritual practises) will be helpful to drive out the evil thoughts and concentrate on the Divine.

For Children

Baba was a loving mother and father to all. He loved Rohilla as much as the others; though he disturbed the people of Shirdi with his loud prayers. Baba instead of reprimanding Rohilla, explained  people the importance of chanting the Lord’s name and how it ccould remove the bad thoughts resident in us.

Children should remember to pray or thank the Lord at least once a day. If they can chant a small prayer daily and make it a habit; it will remain with them throughout their life. Prayers will give us strength to face the situations and challenges of life.

Another story to emphasise on the power of namasmarana is in the link below.

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/1123/

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.saibaba.ws/teachings/babanamasmarana/babanamasmarana.htm

 

 

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