|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
The Necessity of Mendicancy
“Now to return to the question of mendicancy. A question may arise in the minds of some that if Baba was such a great personage – God in fact, why should He have taken recourse to begging bowl, throughout His life? This question may be considered and replied from two standpoints.
(1) Who are the people, who have a right to live by the begging-bowl?
Our Shastras say that those persons, who, after getting rid of or becoming free from the three main desires, viz. (1) for progeny, (2) for wealth, (3) for fame, and accept Sanyaas, are the fit persons to live by begging alms. They cannot make cooking arrangements and dine at their home. The duty of feeding them is laid on the shoulders of house-holders. Sai Baba was neither a house-holder nor Vanaprastha. He was a celibate Sanyaasi, i.e., Sanyaasi from boy-hood. His firm conviction was that the universe was His home, He was the Lord Vasudeva – the Supporter of the universe and the Imperishable Brahma. So, He had the full right to have recourse to the begging.
(2) Now, from the standpoint of Panchasoona – five sins and their atonement.
We all know that in order to prepare food-stuffs and meals, the house-holders have to go through five actions or processes, viz. (1) Kandani – Pounding, (2) Peshani – Grinding, (3) Udakumbhi – Washing pots, (4) Marjani – Sweeping and Cleaning, (5) Chulli – Lighting hearths. These processes involve destruction of a lot of small insects and creatures; and thus, the house-holders incur sin. In order to atone for his sin, our Shastras prescribe five kinds of sacrifices, viz. (1) Brahma Yagnya, (2) Vedadhyayan – offerings to Brahman or the study of the Vedas, (3) Pitri Yagnya – offerings to the ancestors, 4) Dev Yagnya – offerings to the Gods, (5) Bhoota Yagnya – offerings to the beings, (6) Manushya Atithi Yagnya – offerings to men or uninvited guests. If these sacrifices, enjoined by the Shastras are duly performed, the purification of their minds is effected and this helps them to get knowledge and self-realization. Baba, in going from house to house, reminded the inmates of their sacred duty, and fortunate were the people, who got the lesson at their homes from Baba.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter IX)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||