|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Sai Baba as Sadguru
“There are many so-called Gurus, 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). He had no Body-consciousness, but He had great love for His 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 sense of dualities (sense of difference), and establishes us in Unity by making us realise “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. If anybody went to take His darshan, He, without being asked, would give every detail of his past, present and future. He saw Divinity in all beings. Friends and foes were alike to Him. Disinterested and balanced, He obliged the evil-doers as well as the pious. He was the same in prosperity and adversity. No doubt ever touched Him. Though, He acted through the body, He was, not in the least attached to His body or house. Though He looked embodied, He was really unembodied, i.e., free from gross existence.
Blessed are the people of Shirdi, who worshipped Sai as their God. While eating, drinking, working in their backyards and fields and doing various household works, they always remembered Sai and sang His glory. They knew no other God except Sai. What to speak of the sweetness of the love of the women of Shirdi! They were quite ignorant, but their pure love inspired them to compose poems or songs in their simple rustic language. Letters of learning they had none, still one can discern real poetry in their simple songs. It is not intelligence, but love, that inspires real poetry. As such, real poetry is the manifestation of true love; and this can be seen and appreciated by intelligent listeners. Collection of these folk-songs is desirable and by Baba’s wish, some fortunate devotee may undertake the task of compiling and publishing these folk-songs, either in the Sai Leela magazine or separately in a book.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter X)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||