|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“Hemadpant closes this Chapter with a prayer. “Oh Sai Sadguru, the wish-fulfilling tree of the Bhaktas, we pray, let us never forget and lose sight of Your Feet; we have been troubled with the ins and outs (births and deaths) in this Sansar; now free us from this cycle of births and deaths. Restrain us from the outgoing of our senses to their objects and introvert us, and bring us face to face with the Atma (Self). As long as this outgoing tendency of the senses and the mind is not checked, there is no prospect of self-realisation. Neither son, nor wife nor friend will be of any use in the end. It is only, You, Who will give us salvation and bliss. Destroy completely our tendency for discussions and other evil matters, let our tongue get a passion for chanting Your name. Drive out our thoughts, and make us forget our bodies and do away with our egoism. Make us ever remember Your name and forget all other things. Remove the restlessness of our mind, and make it steady and calm. If you just clasp us, the darkness of night, of our ignorance, will vanish and we shall live happily in Your light. That, You made us drink the nectar of Your Leelas and awakened us from our slumber, is due to Your grace and our store of merits in past births.”
Note: In this connection the following extract from Damu Anna’s statement, mentioned above, is worth perusal, (Page 76 – Devotee’s Experiences, Part-II).
“Once when I sat at His Feet along with many others, I had two questions in my mind and He gave answers to both.
(1) There are so many crowding to Sai Baba. Do they all get benefit from Him?
To this, He replied orally, “Look at the mango tree in blossom. If all the flowers brought fruit, what a splendid crop it would be. But do they? Most fall off (either as flowers or as unripe fruits) by wind etc. Very few remain.”
(2) The second question was about myself. If Baba were to pass away, how hopelessly adrift I would be and how am I to fare then?
To this, Baba answered that He would be with me, whenever and wherever I thought of Him. That promise He had kept up before 1918 and has been keeping up after 1918. He is still with me. He is still guiding me. This was about 1910-11, when brothers separated from me and my sister died, and there was a theft and police enquiry, all of these incidents made me very disturbed.
When my sister died, my mind was much upset. I did not care for life and enjoyments. When I went to Baba, He pacified me with His Upadesh and made me eat a feast of Pooran Poli at Appa Kulkarni’s house.
There was a theft in my house. A thirty-year-old friend of mine stole my wife’s jewel-box, including her auspicious Nathi (nose-ring). I wept before Baba’s photo. The next day, the man returned the jewel-box and asked for pardon.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXV)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||