|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“In Quest of Guru and God – Fasting Disapproved.
In this chapter Hemadpant describes two things:- (1) How Baba met His Guru in the woods, and through him God; and (2) How Baba made one Mrs. Ghokhale, who had made up her mind to fast for three days, eat Puran-Polis.
Chapter XXXII – Preliminary
In the beginning, Hemadpant describes the Sansara (visible world) by the allegory of Ashvattha (Banyan) tree, which has in the phraseology of the Gita, roots above and branches below. Its branches are spread downwards and upwards and are nourished by the Gunas (qualities), and its sprouts are the objects of the senses. Its roots, leading to actions, are extended downwards to this world of men. Its form cannot be known in this world, nor its end, its beginning nor its support. After cutting this Ashvattha tree of strong roots with the sharp weapon of non-attachment, one should seek the path beyond treading which, there is no return.
For traversing this path, the help of a good guide (Guru) is absolutely necessary. However learned a man may be, or however deep his study of Vedas and Vedant (sacred literature) may be, he cannot reach his destination safely. If the guide be there to help him and show him the right way, he would avoid the pitfalls and the wild beasts on the journey move aside.
Baba’s experience in this matter, through the story which He gave out Himself, is really wonderful, which, when attended to, will give you faith, devotion and salvation.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXXII)
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