|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Variety in Upadesh – Slanderer Condemned
“Sai Baba required no special place nor any special time for giving instructions. Whenever any occasion demanded, He gave them freely. Once it so happened that a Bhakta of Baba, reviled someone behind his back before other people. Leaving aside merits he dwelt on the faults of his brother, and spoke so sarcastically that, the hearers were disgusted. Generally we see that, people have a tendency to scandalize others, unnecessarily and this brings on ill-feelings. Saints see scandal in another light. They say that there are various ways of cleansing or removing dirt, viz. by means of water and soap etc., but a scandal-monger has got a way of his own. He removes the dirt (faults) of others by his tongue so in a way, he obliges the person, whom he reviles and for this he is to be thanked.
Sai Baba had his own method of correcting the scandal-monger. He knew by his omniscience what the slanderer had done and when He met him at noon near the Lendi, Baba pointed out to him a pig that was eating filth near the fence and said to him, “Behold, how, with what relish it is gulping filth. Your conduct is similar. You go on reviling your own brethren to your heart’s content. After performing many deeds of merit, you are born as a human and if you act like this, how can Shirdi help you in any way?” Needless to say that the Bhakta took the lesson to his heart, and went away.
In this way Baba went on giving instructions whenever necessary. If these are borne in our minds and acted upon, the spiritual goal (realization) is not far off. There is a proverb which says, “If there be my Hari (Lord), He will feed me on my cot.” This proverb is only true in respect of food and clothing, but if anyone trusting in this, sits quiet and does nothing in spiritual matters, he will be ruined. One has to exert himself to his utmost for attaining self-realization. The more he endeavours, the better for him.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapters XVIII & XIX)
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