GURUVAAR PRARTHNA - 09/02/2017
Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, give us a broom to sweep clean, nobody can remove the debris of our past, but ourselves. We need to sweep away our bad habits, sweep away our mess, sweep away our negative attitude, sweep away our bad temper, sweep away our bitterness, sweep away our jealousy, sweep away our reckless behaviour, sweep away the harvest of our wrong choices, sweep away wrong friends, sweep away bad relationship, sweep away impulse to merge into absurd subjects in modern gadgets that inject impurity in our mind and Baba, please sweep away whatever wrongs with us. On this holy day, we start our prayers by reading Your divine guidance from Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.
And how does your foot appear? Your toe appears like a moon, seen between two branches of a tree, as you hold it between your fingers. It fulfils the keeness of darshan.
At the end of the fortnight of the dark part of the lunar month, after the last night of 'amavasya' passes off, all people are naturally eager to have a look at the moon.
As soon as the bright half of the lunar month starts there is a hope to sight the moon and everyone eagerly looks at the sky in the westerly direction.
That keen desire of your devotees is fulfilled by you at that time when you sit with your right leg crossed onto your left thigh.
The index and the middle fingers of the left hand, (forming a V-shape) hold the right foot and the nail of the big toe is close to the thumb. This shines like the moon on the second day.
People have a great desire to look at the moon. But if the crescent of the moon is not seen in the sky, then those who have the knowledge tell you to look through your fingers.
And say: "Now look, look through this space. You will be able to see the moon in front of you. Altough the crescent of the moon is small, you can see it right at the spot. "
Great is the glory of that big toe! Becoming Venimadhava1 yourself, you made the Ganga and the Yamuna appear, and satisfied Das Ganu2.
When he asked for permission to bathe at the Prayag, he was told: "Know that this, my toe, is the Prayag. Believe in this and have a dip here. "
As soon as Baba said this, Das Ganu put hishead on his feet and the waters of Ganga and Yamuna both appeared at the spot from his two toes.
Das Ganu has composed a song on that incident, with the words "Boundless is your power and marvellous your deeds " etc., which the listeners if they are keen to listen,
They can find it in the fourth chapter of the Sai Satcharita. Das Ganu has sung it himself. If the listeners read it again, they'll enjoy it again.
Therefore, like spotting the crescent moon between two branches, by keeping the index and the middle fingers on the toe of his foot, Mother Sai shows a simple way of meditation to his devotees.
This is to tell us that to be most humble before everyone, concentrate on the toe. This is a very easy way of devotion.
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.
Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh