Post-script Chapter 14 – Blessed Gyan 85

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


Mr. B. V. Dev of Thana, retired Mamlatdar, and a great devotee of Baba, has written an article on this subject (Dakshina) in ‘Shri Sai Leela’ magazine, Vol. II, P.6-26, in which he says as follows :

“Baba did not ask Dakshina of all. If some gave Dakshina unasked, He sometimes accepted it and at other times He refused it. He asked it from certain devotees only. He never demanded it, from those devotees, who thought in their minds that Baba should ask for it, and then they should pay it. If anybody offered it against His wish, He never touched it, and if he kept it there, He asked him to take it away. He asked for small or big amounts from devotees, according to their wish, devotion and convenience. He asked it, even of women and children. He never asked of all the rich for it, nor of all the poor.”

“Baba never got angry with those, from whom He asked Dakshina and who did not give it. If any Dakshina was sent, through some friend, who forgot to hand-over the same to Baba, He reminded him of it and made him pay it. On some occasions, Baba used to return some sum, from the amount tendered as Dakshina and ask the donor to guard it or keep it in his shrine for worship. This procedure benefitted the donor or devotee immensely. If anybody offered more than he originally intended to give, He returned the extra amount. Sometimes, He asked of some more Dakshina than, what they originally intended to give and if they had no money, asked them to beg or borrow from others. Of some, He demanded Dakshina three or four times a day.”

“Out of the amount collected as Dakshina, Baba spent very little for His own sake, viz., for buying Chillim (smoking pipe) and fuel for His Dhuni (sacred fire), and all the rest He distributed as charity in varying proportions to various persons. All the paraphernalia of the Shirdi Sansthan was brought by various rich devotees at the instance and suggestion of Radhakrishnamai. Baba always used to get wild and scolded those, who brought costly and rich articles. He said to Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, that all His property consisted of one Koupin (codpiece), one stray piece of cloth, one Kafni and a Tumrel (tinpot) and that, all the people troubled Him with bringing all these unnecessary and costly articles.”

Woman and wealth are the two main obstacles in the way of our Paramartha (spiritual life); and Baba had provided in Shirdi two institutions, viz., Dakshina and Radhakrishnamai for, whenever they came to Him, He demanded Dakshina from them and asked them to go to the ‘SCHOOL’ (Radhakrishnamai’s house). If they stood these two tests well, i.e. if they showed that, they were free from attachment for woman and wealth, their progress in spirituality was rapid and assured by Baba’s grace and blessings.

Mr. Dev has also quoted passages from the Gita and Upanishads and shown that charity, given in a holy place and to a holy personage, conduces to the donor’s welfare. What is more holy than Shirdi and its Presiding Deity – Sai Baba!”


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




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