Sai Baba of Shirdi – The Holy Journey of Love

Sai Baba of Shirdi – The Holy Journey of Love

|| AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM ||

Shirdi Sai Baba, also known as Sai Baba of Shirdi, was an Indian Spiritual Master who was regarded by His Hindu and Muslim devotees as a Saint, Fakir and Sadguru, according to their individual beliefs. Shri Sai Baba lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. Some of His Hindu devotees believe that He was an incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya, and also regarded as an incarnation of Kabir.

His philosophy ingrained ‘Shraddha‘ meaning Faith and ‘Saburi‘ meaning Patience. According to Him Shraddha and Saburi were the supreme attributes to reach the state of godliness.

It is believed that at a tender age of 16 yrs, Shri Sai Baba arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till His Mahasamadhi. He found shelter in Khandoba temple, where a villager Mahalsapathi in the temple addressed Him as Sai” or Saint.

Sai Baba is worshipped by people around the world. He had no love for perishable things and His sole concern was self-realization. He taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and Guru. He gave no distinction based on religion or caste. Sai Baba’s teaching combined elements of Hinduism and Islam: He gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque in which He lived, practised Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and took Samadhi in the blessed soil of Shirdi.

Sai Baba left no written works. All His teachings were oral and pithy sayings rather than elaborate discourses. His sayings were short, crisp and in layman language with which the common mass could easily associate.

Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi, was unique in the sense that He lived his message through the essence of His being. He lived among the common people adorning a torn Kafni (long robe), sleeping over a mat while using brick as His headrest and got His food by begging. Such was His smile that, radiated a mystical charisma and deep seated inward look that hypnotized the people who visited Him.

Sai Baba said that, He was a slave in the service of those who loved Him. He was ever living to help those who turn to Him and that He has to take care of His children day and night. His most concise message for one and all alike was –

“Why Fear, When I Am Here.

|| BOW TO SHRI SAI || MAY PEACE BE TO ALL ||

|| AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM || 

Krishna – Original Artwork Digitised

I have always been fascinated by the different colours of Krishna. The magic of digital touch helped me create many interesting versions which leaves me wanting for more. Here, I am presenting a compilation of 14 unique digital variations of my original artwork of Krishna on paper. To me, each image of Krishna
is a personification of beauty, knowledge, divine love and pure joy.  

Happy Father’s Day 2017!

|| AUM SAI RAM || AUM SAI PARA BRAHMANAA NAMAH ||

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FATHERS have a way of lifting YOU up
and giving YOU the courage to do things
that YOU never thought YOU could.

“For all the laughter and smiles, for the happiness and good times, for listening, caring, loving and sharing precious advice. For your strong shoulders and kind heart…I Love you Appa 🙂 ❤ 

You have given each of us daughters, the greatest gift we can ever have, my wonderful, caring Brother-in-law (another great Dad to my lovely Niece and smarty Nephew) and my world, love of my life, my dear Hubby – AMAR <3. I have no words to thank you, Appa. You didn’t teach us how to live, instead you are showing us the way, through the simple and inspiring life you are leading. Nothing can match yours and Mummy’s love, care and concern for your daughters and your (sons like) son-in-laws and today we are here because of YOU and YOUR unconditional love and prayers to see the best happen in our lives. May You and Mummy be happy, healthy and prosperous always.

Happy Father’s Day to YOU Appa   May Baba Sai, our Father, bless us all 🙂 ❤ “

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IMG-20150709-WA0019|| AUM SAI SHARNAM || MAY BABA’s BLESSING HANDS BE ON US ALWAYS 🙂 ❤ ||

 

A beautiful divine return gift from Sai Baba

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Dear Sai Baba devotees,

Today on Baba’s day (Thursday, 15th June 2017) I would like to share my recent and very precious experience with our dear Sai Baba. There are so many miracles and blessings Baba has showered in my life right from the time I first started hearing about Baba, till my present day.  It will really take me many pages to jot down all the experiences I cherish in my heart. But, this particular experience is very much related to my Baba’s blog AUM SAI SHARNAM which I started along with my husband an year ago, on 6th May 2016. It all first started as an intense urge to thank Sai Baba publicly as I was for long basking in His shelter and receiving His gracious blessings silently. So on 6th May 2016, I picked up an excerpt from the most read book I had with me then – “SAI BABA IS STILL ALIVE” written by Jaya Wahi Di and posted in the FB Group HEAL THE WORLD. Now, this was a tremendous turning point in my journey with Baba since the last 10 years and more. Little did I know then that,  1 year after I will end up compiling a blog with all the messages of Baba from our Holy Book “SAI BABA IS STILL ALIVE” and the wonderful life history and teachings of Baba from His Own Holy Book “SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA”.

My entire gratitude for making this happen goes to our dear Shirdi Sai Baba, Jaya Wahi Di, my Husband, my dear unseen friend through Heal The World group, Ms. Ramya Sivakumar and many more Sai devotees from Heal The World group who have been a constant motivation with their undeterred faith and immense support.

Baba’s Most Precious Gift

Since the time we shifted to Mumbai in 2013, it has been customary for us to visit the sacred land of Shirdi once in every two months. The immense peace we experience just by touching the soil of Shirdi used to pull us there again and again…and each time, each visit gave us new experiences which we never experienced earlier, be it a difficulty faced before or during the travel towards Shirdi, or one regarding the unavailability of room or getting to see a new Babaful place of worship within Shirdi…every thing seemed like it was scripted by Sai Baba and we always used to get out of any trouble by the grace of His timely and miraculous intervention and got the opportunity to visit unplanned important places related with Sai Baba. I always had a passion to collect curios or interesting articles for my Mandir at home or any thing Divine which I would feel cannot be bought from anywhere else other than Shirdi.

As I had been using Shri Sai Satcharitra for more than half a year while making my daily posts, the Holy Book which we actually bought from a popular Sai temple in Chennai 7 years ago, started showing signs of wear and tear. My husband (though he mended the Book and pasted the cover bind) said, “When you finish posting the entire book, I will get a new book for you from Shirdi.” That seemed so exciting to me and I happily agreed as I always wanted the Mandir copy of Sai Satcharitra with Sai Baba’s beautiful image on the cover page (my copy in hand didn’t have it!)

Well, soon the day came (19th May 2017) to visit Shirdi, and I was nearing the 50th Chapter of Shri Sai Satcharitra, I was happy and elated as always. First day (20th May 2017) after Baba’s first blessed Darshan, we happily went to the Shirdi Sansthan’s Book counter and Hubby asked, “Please give us the Shri Sai Satcharitra, English edition.” The shopkeeper said, “Nahi Sahib, English nahi hei, Hindi mein hei.” But we wanted only the English edition as in the back of my mind I wanted to post the rest of the last few chapters from my new Book from Shirdi and wanted to save that as my Main copy at home henceforth. So we felt, let’s go inside the temple and enquire, may be this shop is not having it at present. We went inside and asked and we got the same reply, with the added information that the English edition is out of stock since last 6 months and it may take some more time to be available!

Now, this is something which was totally unexpected by us. No English edition since 6 months, how can it be ? So many devotees are visiting Shirdi each day, how come they don’t have a copy. In my next darshan that evening, my only prayer to Baba was “Baba, if you really accept my work of posting all your valuable teachings so far, please give me one of Your Holy Book, before we leave Shirdi tomorrow night. If I am unable to receive it, I will take it as You are not happy with me.” Saying this tears filled my eyes, I was least expecting that the Holy Book which I have earlier bought so easily for my Parents and my Sister from Shirdi is now not available when we wanted to buy one so desperately and as stubborn as I am with things related to Baba, I was determined that I can’t leave Shirdi this time without His Holy Book as I came this time wishing for His blessings and His Book.

The whole evening we asked many vendors (known and unknown) in and around the Samadhi Mandir, all of them showed us a Duplicate copy which was very dull looking and was differently authored and not as attractive and well printed as the Mandir’s copy which had the beautiful picture of Shirdi Sai Baba on its cover. Even inside the Samadhi Mandir, the book store had many copies of The Sai Satcharitra in all the regional languages in India, except the English edition, which we wanted! I started getting worried and sad. We have come here many times before and never thought of buying a copy for ourselves from here even when we had bought many other divine gifts. This was the first time we came with this special wish and I didn’t want to go back without my new copy as it now seemed would be possible only with Baba’s infinite grace. Anyhow, we decided to retire to our room for the day after attending the blissful Shej Aarti, which we miraculously got to participate inside the Mandir near to Baba. Even there, I had only the same prayer repeatedly inside me. My husband very well knew my desires and he kept speaking in the affirmative that he will surely get me one, the next day and to keep faith in Baba. I was thankful that he is being considerate, but how is it even possible when the entire Shirdi hasn’t got a Mandir’s copy since last 6 months. But I wanted to believe him and in Baba, we had one more day to search!

Next day (21st May 2017) dawned, and I got up with the same desire, now that the Book (which I thought is just a matter of giving money and collecting from the Samadhi Mandir) was difficult to get, my desire to get it also started gaining more momentum. I started attaching my sentiments to it thinking that going back home without His Book would mean Baba is not happy with me or He is not accepting my prayers or my little seva.

After one more round of failed search, we were standing in the queue outside the Dwarakamayi for the Noon Aarti, and it was a pretty long queue moving in snail’s pace. I started becoming restless, and said to my husband, “Let me go and ask the nearby vendors too as someone may have atleast one copy without their knowledge.” Actually I was pushing myself, well aware that I am going against my usual patient self and now forcing things to happen as that night we had to leave Shirdi and there wasn’t a possibility of visiting Dwarakamayi a second time. I hurriedly wanted the Book before I entered for Noon Aarti inside the Dwarakamayi. After all the shops were searched, I came back to where my Husband was standing, looking quite peaceful and not as disturbed as me. I asked him whether we could buy the Duplicate copy as I wanted to keep the Book over Baba’s Padukas inside Dwarakamayi and get it consecrated. He said,  “If you really want to buy, you can, but we still can try some more shops before we leave.”  I said, “Yes we will continue the search till we board our bus, but let me still buy this duplicate copy.” But after Baba’s darshan and returning back to room by afternoon I checked the contents of the book I bought and to my little disappointment, found it had extra chapters and was even different in the way the stories were narrated. I realised that, I won’t be able to continue my blog with this book. Feeling sad, I asked Baba, “Why is Your Holy Book not available to me when I wanted it the most.” 

By evening as per plan, we were to go towards the Dwarakamayi for the evening Dhoop Aarti, but as we were walking from our place of stay, we felt we were taking a deviation to another road. My husband said, “Let’s simply take a stroll, have a cup of tea and then walk back to the Samadhi Mandir.” Now, this part of the road we had never explored earlier and it was like we never saw it earlier to even think of walking down the road. Then as we walked few metres ahead, we realised that it was more like a residential place with many small homes and it didn’t seem to have any restaurant in that area. My husband said we will now return from here, as it is getting late for the Dhoop Aarti. But I insisted saying, “We have come this far, let’s walk a bit more and if we don’t find any restaurants we will return.” So as we moved further, our eyes fell on a big signboard by the roadside. It read “Hotel Shraddha Inn”. We were intrigued, as we never knew all these years that, there was any hotel in that name in that part of Shirdi. My husband said, “Let’s go inside and find out”, and even before we realised we were walking towards the gate and got further drawn towards the hotel.

The ambience outside was so nice that we wanted to check the inside of the hotel too and find if we can have a cup of tea quickly and return. When we stepped inside, what we saw was no less than a temple like darshan. There were two huge beautiful statues of Sai Baba and LalBaugh Ganapati, with another majestic statue of an Elephant between them. The sight was so welcoming that we loved gazing at them for sometime and approached the reception for enquiries. So it happened that, the staff directed us and we sat comfortably inside a cosy and well-furnished restaurant. As by then the Dhoop Aarti had also begun, there were no other customers inside the hotel restaurant and we waited a while for our order to be served. Meanwhile I got up, wishing to take few clicks of the beauty around and started capturing Baba’s beautiful idol in the lounge, some wonderful sculptures and the interior decors. My eyes then fell on the Curios shop just opposite the reception, with many handicrafts and divine idols and like always I just went inside, out of excitement to see if I can collect any rare items. I was very much impressed with many beautiful articles in the store and I told the shopkeeper that I will be right back after sometime to get them.

After having a hot piping tea and satisfied by the wonderful walkthrough inside the hotel and hearing the history of its inception we were about to leave, when I guided my husband to the Curios shop to show and buy the item I had chosen. My husband walked in delightedly, looked around and the first thing he asked the shopkeeper was, “Do you have Sai Satcharitra, Mandir’s copy? We need the English edition.” I wondered why is my husband asking that inside a Curios Shop where there are only Baba’s idols, images, idols of all deities, bags and pooja related articles and I continued to look around the show-cased items. But the reply that came from the shop keeper blew me away and I turned to him. He said, “Yes Sir, I have many copies” !!!! I was like, did I really hear it right or is he going to show us the same Hindi or Marathi editions. I then saw him kneeling down and opening a cupboard and pulling out few books! AUM SAI RAM !!! All 3 were English editions of the Mandir copy of Shri Sai Satcharita and many more copies were inside!!

Pause….let me take a deep breath, as narrating this incident even after days gives me goosebumps!

I was overjoyed and was looking with my eyes beaming at the beautiful, reddish coloured Holy Books with Baba’s blessed photo on it, which were lying within my hands reach, but I was not even touching it out of ecstasy. I least expected to find them there! Everything before that moment flashed my mind….Baba was sitting and smiling right in front of us! Baba was really pulling us here!!! My husband enquired the shopkeeper curiously, “How come you have so many copies here, we have been searching whole of Shirdi for one copy since yesterday, and all of them said its not available now.” His reply amazed us further when he said, they always save some copies for the physically challenged devotees staying in the hotel who are unable to get the Holy Book from the Samadhi Mandir. He offered us all the 3 copies but I thought we would take one copy for myself, one for my husband (as his post Birthday gift from Baba, 18th May! 🙂 ) and leave the rest for someone who might come searching for it like us. We narrated our story to the shop keeper and said how our joy knew no bounds now and we happily thanked Baba and him and returned to the Samadhi Mandir. On the way we were happy to share the news with our friend and shop owner there, who was also trying to help us find a copy since the previous day. He immediately sent his staff boy to get both the Holy Books consecrated by Baba from inside the Samadhi Mandir, something we didn’t even ask for! We waited eagerly and soon he was back with the Books and we bowed and touched it with our foreheads. We couldn’t ask for more that day. All thanks to Baba, that blessed day 21st May 2017 will be etched in our minds forever. 🙂

Baba’s ways are very mysterious, miraculous and difficult to comprehend by our little minds, but as we always believe, Baba definitely has a solution for all our problems. Just that, He needs our unswerving faith and patience. He can turnaround any difficult situation and make it favourable for us. That night, when we boarded our bus with one copy each of His divine Holy Book…our hearts were thanking Him for His unfathomable grace and our lips were chanting His name…you can imagine the joy and bliss we would have felt….. 🙂

Aum Sai Sharnam!…with all prayers, may peace be to all, Ajitha Amarnath 🙂

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AUM SAI SHARNAM….THANK YOU BABA FOR EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE

WE LOVE YOU BABA 🙂 ❤

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Prasad Yachana – SHRI SAI SATCHARITA

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Prasad-Yachana

We close this with prayer to the Almighty for the following Prasad of favour:

May the readers and devotees have complete and whole-hearted surrender and devotion at Sai’s Feet. May His form be ever fixed in their eyes and may they see Sai (the Lord) in all beings. Amen!

SAI AARATI 

“Shree Sachidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai

Aarati Sai Baba Saukya datara jeeva charana rajataali
Dyava dasa visava bhakta visava (Aarati Sai Baba…)

Jaaluni aananga swaswa rooopi rahe danga moo mooksha jana dani
Nija dolaa sri ranga dolaa sri ranga (Aarati Sai Baba…)

Jaya mani jaisa bhava, taya taisa anubhava daavisi daya ghana
Aisi tuji he mava tuji hi mava (Aarti Sai Baba…)

Tumache nama dyata, hari samskruti vyada agaada tavakarani
Maarga davisi anaada davisi anaada (Aarti Sai Baba…)

Kaliyugi avataara saguna para brahma sachara avateerna jalase
Swami dattaa digambara dattaa digambara (Aarti Sai Baba…)

Ata divasa guru vaari bhakta kariti vaari prabhu pada pahavaya
Bhava baya nivaari bayaa nivaari (Aarti Sai Baba…)

Maja nija dravya teva tava charana raja seva
Maagave hechi aata tuma devaadi deva devadi deva (Aarti Sai Baba…)

Ichita dina chaataka nirmala toya nija sooka
Pajave madhavaya sambala apooli baaka apooli baaka (Aarti Sai Baba…)

Saukya dataara jeeva charana rajataali
Dyava dasa visava bhakta visava (Aarati Sai Baba…)

Aarati to Shri Sai Baba

“Oh Sai Baba, we wave lights before You, the bestower of happiness to the Jivas. Give us – Your servants and devotees rest under the dust of Your feet, burning (destroying) desires. You remain absorbed in Your Self, and show the Lord (God) to the aspirants. As one feels intently for You, You give him experiences or realizations accordingly. Oh kind-hearted, Your power is such! Meditation on Your name removes our fear of the Sansar. Your method of work is really unfathomable as You always help the poor and helpless. In this Kali age, You – the all-pervasive Datta, have Incarnated as Saguna Brahma. Ward off the fear of Sansar of the devotees, who come to You every Thursday, so as to enable them to see the Feet of the Lord. Oh! God of Gods, I pray that, let my treasure be the service of Your Feet. Feed Madhav (the composer of this aarati) with happiness as the cloud feeds the Chatak bird with pure water, and thus keep up Your Word. Amen !”

– SHRI SAI SATCHARITA 

|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 _/\_||

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Epilogue (Fala-Shruti) – Blessed Gyan 241

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Fala-Shruti (Reward of Study)

“Now, a few words about the reward you get, from this work. After bathing in the sacred Godavari and after taking the darshan of the Samadhi in the Samadhi Mandir at Shirdi, you should read or hear the Satcharita. If you do this all your threefold afflictions will vanish.

Casually thinking about the stories of Sai, you will get interested in spiritual life, and if you go through it with love and reverance, all your sins will be destroyed. If you wish to get rid of the cycle of births and deaths, read Sai stories and remember Him always; and get yourself devoted to His Feet. If you dive into the sea of Sai’s stories, and then give them out to others, you will get an ever-new flavour of them and save the hearers from future misery. If you go on meditating on Sai’s Form, it will, in course of time, lead you into self-realization.

It is very hard to know or realize the nature of Self or Brahma, but if you approach through the Sagun Brahma (Sai’s Form) your progress will be easy. If the devotee completely surrenders himself to Him, he will lose his individual ego and be merged in Him and be one with Him, as the river becomes one with the sea. If you thus become merged with Him in any of the three states, viz., waking, dream and sleep, you get rid of the bond of Sansar.

If anybody, after bathing, reads this with love and faith, and completes it within a week, his calamities will disappear; or if he hears or reads it daily and regularly, all his dangers will be warded off. He will get the reward according to his faith and devotion. Without these, there will be no experience of any kind. If you read this with reverence, Sai will be pleased, and by removing your ignorance and poverty, will give you knowledge, wealth and prosperity.

With concentrated mind, if you read a Chapter daily, it will give you unbounded happiness. One, who has his own welfare at heart, should study it carefully and then, he will ever remember Sai gratefully and joyfully in birth after birth. This work should be read at home specially on Guru Pournima (Ashadha full-moon day), Gokul Ashtami, Ram Navami and Dasara (Baba’s Punyatithi). If you study this one book carefully, all your desires will be satisfied, and if you always remember Sai’s Feet in your heart, you will easily cross the Bhava (worldly illusions) Sagar. By its study, the diseased and sick will get health, the poor wealth, the mean and afflicted prosperity, and the mind will get rid of all futile ideas and get steadiness.

Dear devoted readers and listeners,

we also bow to you all, and make you a special request. Never forget Him, whose stories you have read day by day or month by month. The more fervently you read or listen to these stories, the more encouragement Sai gives us to serve you and be of use to you. Both the author and the readers must co-operate in this work, help each other and be happy.”

– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Epilogue)

|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||

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Epilogue – Blessed Gyan 240

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Epilogue

“We have done with Chapter 51 and now, we come to the last Chapter (No. 52 in the original). In this Hemadpant gave his concluding remarks and promised to give an index, giving the contents of all the Chapters in verse as is given in Marathi sacred books, but unfortunately that index was not found in Hemadpant’s papers. It was therefore, composed and supplied by an able and worthy devotee of Sai Baba, Mr. B.V. Dev (Retired Mamlatdar) of Thana.

As we give in English books an index in the beginning and contents of each Chapter at its top, we need not consider the last Chapter as index here; and so, we consider this Chapter as the Epilogue. Unfortunately, Hemadpant did not survive to revise the manuscript of this Chapter and make it ready for the press. When it was sent to the press Mr. Dev found it to be incomplete and unintelligible in certain places, but it had to be published as it was found. The main topics dealt therein are briefly given below.

Greatness of Sadguru Sai

We prostrate ourselves before and take refuge in that Sai Samarth, Who besets all animate and inanimate things in the universe – Who pervades all creatures equally without any differentiation, to Whom all devotees are alike and Who knows not honour and dishonour, like or dislike. If we remember Him and surrender to Him, He fulfils all our wishes and makes us attain the goal of life.

This ocean of mundane existence is very hard to cross. Waves of attachments beat high against the bank of bad thoughts and break down trees of fortitude. The breeze of egoism blows force and makes the ocean rough and agitated. Crocodiles in the form of anger and hatred move there fearlessly. Eddies in the form of the idea “I and Mine” and other doubts whirl there incessantly, and innumerable fishes in the form of censure, hate and jealousy play there, Though, this ocean is so fierce and terrible, Sadguru Sai is its Agasti (Destroyer) and the devotees of Sai have the least fear of it. Our Sadguru is the boat, which will safely take us across this ocean.

Prayer

Now, we fall before Sai Baba and holding His Feet make the following prayer for the public; Let not our mind wander and desire anything except Thee. Let this work (Satcharita) be in every house and let it be studied daily. Let it ward off the calamities of those, who study it regularly with reverence.

– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Epilogue)

|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||

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Baba’s Darbar People – Blessed Gyan 239

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Balaram Dhurandhar (1878-1925)

“Mr. Balaram Dhurandhar, belonged to the Pathare Prabhu community, of Santacruz, Mumbai. He was an advocate of the Mumbai High Court and sometime Principal of the Government Law School, Mumbai. The whole Dhurandhar family was pious and religious. Mr. Balaram served his community and wrote and published an account of it. He then turned his attention to spiritual and religious matters. He studied Gita carefully, and its commentary Dnyaneshwari and other philosophical and metaphysical works. He was a devotee of Vithoba of Pandharpur. He came in contact with Sai Baba in 1912. Six months earlier, his brothers Babulji and Vamanrao came to Shirdi and took Baba’s darshan. They returned home, and mentioned their sweet experiences to Balaram and other members. Then, they all decided to see Sai Baba. Before they came to Shirdi, Baba declared openly that, “Today many of my Darbar-people are coming.” The Dhurandhar brothers were astonished to hear this remark of Baba, from others, as they had not given any previous intimation of their trip. All the other people prostrated themselves before Baba, and sat talking to Him. Baba said to them, “These are my Darbar-people, whom I referred to before” and said to the Dhurandhar brothers, “We have been with each other for the last sixty generations.” All the brothers were gentle and modest, they stood with joined hands, looking at Baba’s Feet.

All the Sattwic emotions, such as tears, choking, etc., moved them and they were all happy. Then, they went to their lodging, took their meals and after taking a little rest again came back to the Masjid. Balaram sat near Baba, massaging His Legs. Baba, Who was smoking a Chillim, advanced it towards him and beckoned him to smoke it. Balaram was not accustomed to smoking, still he accepted the pipe, smoked it with great difficulty, and returned it reverentially. This was the most auspicious moment for Balaram. He was suffering from Asthma for six years. This smoke completely cured him of the disease, which never troubled him again. Some six years later, on a particular day, he again got an attack of Asthma. This was precisely the time, when Baba took His Mahasamadhi.

The day of this visit was a Thursday, and the Dhurandhar brothers had the good fortune of witnessing the Chavadi procession that night. At the Arati-function in the Chavadi, Balaram saw the glow of Pandurang on Baba’s face and next morning at the Kakad-Arati time, the same phenomenon – the same lustre of the Beloved Deity – Pandurang was visible again on Baba’s face.

Mr. Balaram Dhurandhar wrote, in Marathi, the life of the Maharashtra Saint Tukaram, but did not survive to see its publication. It was published, later on by his brothers in 1928. In a short note on Balaram’s life given in the beginning of the book, the above account of Balaram’s visit has been fully corroborated (Vide page 6 of the book).”

– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter L)

|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||

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On doership, pride & ego – Blessed Gyan 238

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Shri Tembe Swami

“We come to the next story, which shows, how Saints love each other with fraternal affection. Once Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati, known as Shri Tembe Swami encamped, at Rajamahendri (Andhra Country), on the banks of the Godavari. He was a devout, orthodox, Dnyani and Yogi Bhakta of the Dattatreya. One, Mr. Pundalikrao, pleader of Nanded (Nizam State) went to see him, with some friends. While they were talking with him, the names of Shirdi and Sai Baba were casually mentioned. Hearing Baba’s name, the Swami joined hands with reverence and taking a coconut gave it to Pundalikrao, and said to him, “Offer this to my brother Sai, with my Pranam and request Him not to forget me, but ever love me.” He also added that, Swamis do not generally bow to others, but in this case an exception had to be made. Mr. Pundalikrao consented to take the coconut and his message to Baba. The Swami was right in calling Baba a brother, for as he maintained an Agnihotra (sacred fire) day and night, in his orthodox fashion, Baba too kept His Agnihotra, i.e., Dhuni ever burning in the Masjid.

After one month Pundalikrao and others left for Shirdi with the coconut, and reached Manmad, and as they felt thirsty they went to a rivulet for drinking water. As water should not be drunk on an empty stomach, they took out some refreshments, i.e., Chivda (flattened rice mixed with spice). The Chivda tasted most pungent and in order to soften it, as someone suggested, broke the coconut and mixed its scrapings with it. Thus, they made the Chivda mare tasty and palatable. Unfortunately the coconut, turned out to be the same, that was entrusted to Pundalikrao. As they neared Shirdi, Pundalikrao remembered the trust, i.e., the coconut and was very sorry to learn that it was broken and consumed.

He came to Shirdi and saw Baba. Baba had already received a wireless message, regarding the coconut, from Tembe Swami, and Himself asked Pundalikrao first to give the thing sent by His brother. He held fast Baba’s Feet, confessed his guilt and negligence, repented and asked for Baba’s pardon. He offered to give another fruit as a substitute, but Baba refused to accept it, saying that the worth of that coconut was far more than that of an ordinary one, and that it could not be replaced by another. Baba also added, “Now, you need not worry yourself any more about the matter. It was on account of my wish that the coconut was entrusted to you, and ultimately broken on the way; why should you take the responsibility of the actions on you? Do not entertain the sense of doership in doing good, as well as for bad deeds; be entirely prideless and egoless in all things and thus your spiritual progress will be rapid.” What a beautiful spiritual instruction Baba gave!”

– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter L)

|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||

|| Happy and Blessed Baba’s Day To All  🙂 _/\_ ||

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When you are Baba’s man – Blessed Gyan 237

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

“It is a well-established fact that, though we try hundreds of means or Sadhanas, we do not attain the spiritual goal of life, unless a Sadguru blesses us with his grace. Hear the following story in illustration of this statement:

Kakasaheb Dixit (1864-1926)

Mr. Hari Sitaram alias Kakasaheb Dixit was born in 1864, in a Vadnagara Nagar in a Brahmin-family, at Khandwa (Central Province). His primary education was done at Khandwa, Hinganghat, and secondary education at Nagpur. He came to Mumbai for higher education and studied first in the Wilson College and then in the Elphinstone College. After graduation in 1883, he passed his LL.B. and solicitor’s examinations; and then served in the firm of the Govt. Solicitors, Messrs Little and Co., and then after sometime started a solicitors’ firm of his own.

Before 1909, Sai Baba’s name was not familiar to Kakasaheb, but after that he soon became His great devotee. While he was staying at Lonavla, he happened to see his old friend. Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar. Both spent some time, in talking about many things. Kakasaheb described to him, how while he was boarding a train in London, he met with an accident, in which his foot slipped and was injured. Hundreds of remedies gave him no relief. Nanasaheb then told him that if he wished to get rid of the pain and lameness of his leg, he should go to his Sadguru – Sai Baba. He also gave him all the particulars of Sai Baba and mentioned to him Sai Baba’s dictum, “I draw to Me My man from far off, or even across the seven seas, like a sparrow with a string fastened to its feet.” He also made it clear to him that if he was not Baba’s man, he would not be attracted to Him and given a darshan. Kakasaheb was pleased to hear all this and said to Nanasaheb that he would go to Baba, see Him and pray to Him to cure not so much his lame leg, but bring round his lame, fickle mind and give him eternal Bliss.

Some time after, Kakasaheb went to Ahmednagar, and stayed with Sirdar Kakasaheb Mirikar in connection with securing votes for a seat in the Mumbai Legislative Council. Mr. Balasaheb Mirikar, son of Kakasaheb Mirikar, who was a Mamalatdar of Kopergaon, also came at that time to Ahmednagar in connection with a horse-exhibition there. After the election business was over, Kakasaheb Dixit wanted to go to Shirdi and both the Mirikars, father and son were also thinking about a fit and proper person, as a guide, with whom he should be sent there. There Sai Baba was arranging things for his reception. Shama got a telegram from his father-in-law at Ahmednagar stating that, his wife was seriously ill, and that, he should come to see her with his wife. Shama with Baba’s permission went there, and saw his mother-in-law and found her improving and better. Nanasaheb Panse and Appasaheb Gadre happened to see Shama, on their way to the exhibition and they told him to go to Mirikar’s house, see Kakasaheb Dixit there and take him to Shirdi along with him. Kakasaheb Dixit and the Mirikars were also informed of Shama’s arrival. In the evening, Shama came to Mirikars, who introduced him to Kakasaheb. They arranged that Shama should leave for Kopergaon with Kakasaheb by the 10 O’Clock night train.

After this was settled, a curious thing happened. Balasaheb Mirikar threw aside the veil or covering on Baba’s big portrait and showed the same to Kakasaheb. He was surprised to see that, He, Whom he was going to meet at Shirdi, was already there in the form of His portrait to greet him, at this juncture. He was much moved and made his prostration before the portrait. This portrait belonged to Megha. The glass over it was broken and it was sent to Mirikars for repairs. The necessary repairs had been already made; and it was decided to return the portrait with Kakasaheb and Shama.

Before ten O’Clock, they went to the station and booked their passage; but when the train arrived, they found that the second class was overcrowded; and then there was no room for them. Fortunately, the guard of the train turned out to be an acquaintance of Kakasaheb; and he put them up in the first class. Thus, they travelled comfortably and alighted at Kopergaon. Their joy knew no bounds, when they saw there Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who was also bound for Shirdi. Kakasaheb and Nanasaheb embraced each other, and then after bathing in the sacred Godavari river they started for Shirdi. After coming there and getting Baba’s darshan, Kakasaheb’s mind was melted, his eyes were full of tears and he was overflowing with joy. Baba said to him, that He also was waiting for him, and had sent Shama ahead to receive him.

Kakasaheb then passed many happy years in Baba’s company. He built a Wada in Shirdi which he made as his, more or less, the permanent home. The experiences, he got from Baba, are so manifold, that it is not possible to relate them all here. The readers are advised to read a Special (Kakasaheb Dixit) No. of ‘Shri Sai Leela’ magazine, Vol 12, No. 6-9.

We close this account with the mention of one fact only. Baba had comforted him by saying that in the end, “He will take him in air coach (Viman)”, (i.e., secure him a happy death). This came out true. On the 5th of July 1926, he was travelling in the train with Hemadpant and talking about Sai Baba. He seemed deeply engrossed in Sai Baba. All of a sudden he threw his neck on Hemadpant’s shoulder, and breathed his last with no trace of pain and uneasiness.”

– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter L)

|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||

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The stories of Sai Baba – Blessed Gyan 236

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

“Chapter 50 of the original Satcharita has been incorporated in Chapter 39, as it dealt with the same subject matter. Now, Chapter 51 of the Satcharita has been treated here as Chapter 50. This Chapter gives the stories of (1) Kakasaheb Dixit (2) Shri Tembe Swami (3) Balaram Dhurandhar.

Chapter L – Preliminary

Victory be unto Sai, Who is the main-stay of the Bhaktas, Who is our Sadguru, Who expounds the meaning of the Gita and Who gives us all powers. Oh Sai, look favourably on us and bless us all.

The sandal-wood trees, grow on the Malaya mountains and ward off heat. The clouds, pour their rain-water and thereby, cool and refresh all the people. The flowers, blossom in the spring and, enable us to worship God, therewith. So, the stories of Sai Baba come forth, in order to give solace and comfort to the readers. Both, those who tell and those, who hear the stories of Baba, are blessed and holy.

It is a well-established fact that, though we try hundreds of means or Sadhanas, we do not attain the spiritual goal of life, unless a Sadguru blesses us with his grace.”

– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter L)

|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||

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