Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Give to Get Back

Give to Get Back

P.R. Avaste, a Judicial Officer of Indore and a devotee of Baba came during summer vacation with his wife and son to Shirdi. He was on his way to perform his son's marriage and kept with his son Rs.400/- and Rs.300/- with his wife. He was to get a good bridegroom (karini) for his son's marriage. When he came to Baba,

 

Baba to P.R. Avaste: Will you give me Dakshina?

 

P.R. Avaste: How much?

 

Baba: Rs. 30/-

 

Baba to P.R. Avaste's son: Will you give me Rs.40/-

 

Thus again and again Baba took away the whole fund with Mrs. PRA and her son – except Rs.30/-

 

Baba to P.R. Avaste: Will you give me Rs.30/-

 

P.R. Avaste: Shall I give it, Baba?

 

Baba: Yes.

 

Then with great pain at heart, Mr. Avaste took the last remaining Rs.30/- from his wife and paid to Baba.

 

Baba asked for nothing more.

 

As P.R. Avaste was dolefully returning from Baba, Bapu Saheb Jog exultingly patted him on the back.

 

Jog: I say I congratulate you. Baba has taken frequent Dakshina from you. You are lucky. Baba never takes except to give back tenfold.

 

P.R. Avaste: I do not know about that. I know that I have not got a pie remaining for going to the place of marriage.

 

Jog: How much do you want?

 

P.R. Avaste: Rs.100/-

 

Jog: Here it is. Baba has got a present of Rs. 6000/- from a Mumbai merchant who vowed he would pay 25% of his profits, if the news of loss of his goods proved false. Of that 6000, Baba has already spent 3000 in three days. If I tell him I gave you Rs.100/-, he will neither object nor call for The Rs.100/-, but as he has taken Rs.600 odd from you, I assure you that you will have a promotion by Rs.50/- per mensum now.

 

P.R. Avaste: I have no godfather to get me promotion.

 

But as stated by Jog, the promotion of Rs.50/- was given to Mr. P.R. Avaste as he learnt after the vacation ended.

(- from Baba's Charters and Sayings, No. 237)

Guruvaar Prarthna

Guruvaar Prarthna

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy day of Guruvaar. Baba, life is becoming more and more artificial, there is much deterioration in health and strength. In spite of innumerable doctors and latest medical discoveries, our health is still deteriorating. Persons of past generation were much stronger and healthier. Baba what went wrong in between, yes people ignoring divine life-style offered to us by our ancestor and violating the laws of nature. On this blessed day we pray to shower Your powerful blessing to all and make our brothers and sisters leading a life of security and serenity. We start our prayers after reading the following ovi verses from Your Satsarita.

 

Thus nothing ever happened which was not seen by Sai. Everything everywhere was known to him.

 

On the other side, his friend (Anna's) had troubled thoughts. He did not know what to do. There was even no reply from Anna.

 

Then that Sheth wrote and told him all that had happened. His friend was surprised on reading it and thought 'strange is fate'.

 

'What a wonderful transaction had come our way! Why did he not think for himself instead of dancing attendance on the fakir?! He has unnecessarily lost the gains.

 

God gives, but we lose by our own actions. The mind stops working when evil days are imminent. Why did this fakir have to come in the way of this clear business?

 

What can he say who has given up the normal way of life and goes from door to door, like a mad man, to beg for morsels of food to feed himself?

 

Let it be. He was not destined to have it, therefore, his mind acted thus. I should look for another partner. Whatever is not destined would never happen.'

 

May it be whatsoever! Anna remained contented. Someone else became his friend's partner whose karma dragged him into it. He got into trouble.

 

They had hoped to make money but suffered reversals. They had losses, as if the fakir's satka had beaten them. 82. How fortunate is my Damu Anna! Very wise! Sai is a true pearl to him, wise and sagacious. How compassionate was he to the devotee!

 

The friend said: " If he had followed my advice, then he would have lost heavily. He was saved because he followed the fakir. How wonderful was his faith!

 

I laughed at his madness and was proud of my own cleverness! It was truly futile. That's the experience I got.

 

I reviled that fakir unnecessarily. If I had followed his advice, he would have given me timely warning also and I would not have suffered this loss ".

 

 

I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 25, Ovi 73 - 85)

 

 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Guruvaar Prarthna

Guruvaar Prarthna

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy day of Guruvaar. Take, Sai Samartha, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will, all that I am, all that I have, You have given me and I will give it back again to You to be disposed of according to Your good pleasure. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with You I am rich enough. On this blessed day we pray for Your love and grace to lead a divinely holy life. We start our prayers after reading the following ovi verses from Your Satcharita.

 

"In the home of my devotees, food and clothing will never be lacking ". This is an assurance given by Sree Sai and the devotees were aware of this.

 

"Those who whole-heartedly worship me and lovingly always serve me, I look after their well-being. This I know to be my motto. "

 

This is also the affirmation of the Bhagvat Gita. Sai says to accept this as universal truth: "There will never be shortage of food and clothing. Therefore do not hanker after them. "

 

"One should seek honour at the door of God; and should beg only from God. Ask only for His Blessings. Worldly prestige should be left aside.

 

Why are you satisfied by the honour given to you by society? And why are you infatuated by that? Rather seek through intense devotion to move your chosen deity to compassion and to express your joy through copious streams of satvik bhava.

 

May you find joy in such striving. Let all the faculties be seized with such a devotional urge so that the passions of the senses may be transformed completely and sprout devotional worship. What desire will then remain?

 

May such devotion be your constant pre-occupation leaving no relish for anything else. May the mind be engaged in constant chanting of my name and let everything else be forgotten.

 

Then there will be no thought of body, home and wealth. The heart will be fixed on the infinite happiness. The mind will be balanced and serene; and it will find fulfilment in itself.

 

A contented mind is the surest sign of association with the holy. How can a wandering mind be considered as being surrendered to God? "

 

Therefore, with full concentration, oh listeners, listen to the explanation with faith. By listening to the Sai Satcharita let your mind be inclined towards devotion.

 

Along with the narration, you will feel contented. Your wayward mind will find peace. Agitation will disappear and you will achieve happiness.

 

I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 6, Ovi 33 - 43)

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You Will Be a Gainer

You Will Be a Gainer

 

Baba, to Balakrishna G. Upasani Sastri:

 

Baba: Will you give me dakshina?

BGU: I have no money.

Baba: What is that in your pocket? Give it.

BGU: This is a silver watch. Take it, Baba.

Baba: Do you think you are losing by giving this.

BGU: Nothing given to you is a loss.

 

Then Baba received the watch and at once gave it away to someone present. BGU went on to Poona and there a rich friend, learning that he had given away his watch to Baba, compelled him to accept a gold watch (without knowing the above words of Baba). So, BGU was a gainer and not a loser by giving away his silver watch.

 

(From Baba's Charters and Saying – 250)

 

 

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

​Realise God and Enjoy Eternal Happiness.

Realise God and Enjoy Eternal Happiness.

 

 

God is always just. God is truth. God is love. God is absolute good, know that everything is vanity except God. God can be attained by truthful behaviour, by leading a highly moral life and by the acquisition of knowledge. God's way is mercy. God's name is love.

 

In the eternity of God is real life. In truth God is eternal light. In the goodness of God is eternal bliss, peace and joy. God is near at hand to help you in your difficulties.

 

Difficult it is to get a human birth. Difficult it is to get a guru (spiritual preceptor). Difficult it is to attain God-realisation. But, through the grace of God, you can overcome all difficulties.

 

You have the urge of hunger and there is food to appease that hunger. You have the urge of thirst and there is water to quench that thirst. There is the urge to be always happy and there must be something to satisfy that urge. This 'something' is God.

 

Appeal. Knock. You will be heard. The door shall be opened unto you. Do not seek him far and wide - He is in your own heart - He has his dwelling there.

 

God is the great deliverer. Surely, He is near at hand to help you in your difficulties. God is the bread of life eternal. This bread is more than anything else. It is more abundant life.

 

God is the embodiment of happiness. Realise God and you will enjoy eternal happiness.

 

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Guruvaar Prarthna

Guruvaar Prarthna

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy day of Guruvaar. Baba, many people develop worries by falsely imagining that they are inferior to others. You taught us the idea of inferiority or superiority brings trouble and worries. Ideas of superiority and inferiority are due to ego of individuals. On this blessed day we pray for Your help to get rid of our egoistic mind-set and seek Your blessings to lead a trouble free and worry free life. We start our prayers after reading the following ovi verses from Your Satcharita.

 

 

Devotees have desires without realising their true welfare. Only the Guru knows what is in the devotee's interest, knowing the past, present and the future.

 

However much anyone kept his thought hidden, Sai Samartha dwells within the hearts of everyone as the Witness and he knows the innermost thoughts.

 

When anyone lovingly related his intentions and placed them at Sai's feet, and asked for permission with full faith, Sai showed the right path.

 

This was his vow and all his devotees knew it. He removed the obstacles of all who had completely surrendered.

 

The Guru is the real mother and father. Since numerous births, he is the Guardian and Protector. He is Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar, the Doer and the One who gets everything done.

 

A child wants sweets but the mother gives bitter medicine whether the child cries or writhes. This is her loving decision.

 

How can the child know the properties of that bitter medicine and how it will be beneficial at the proper time? Only the mother knows the indications.

 

Even if Anna kept a share, was Baba likely to forget himself? His love was not motivated by gain. He was ever ready to look after the welfare of his devotees.

 

Money and gold were like dust to him, so what was the value of the share for him? These Saints manifest in the world only to uplift suffering humanity.

 

He is a Saint who has control over his senses and is free from the vices of ignorance and envy and whose aim is to bestow favours on others.

 

I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 25, Ovi 56 - 65)

 

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