|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“In the last chapter we described the greatness of the Guru; now in this we will describe the greatness of Udi. However both are interlinked. The greatness of Udi is due to the spiritual grandeur of Baba.
Chapter XXXIII – Preliminary
Let us bow now before the great saints. Their merciful glances will destroy mountains of sins and do away with all the blemishes of our character. Their talk gives us good teachings and confers on us invaluable happiness. Their minds do not know any difference such as “This is ours and that is yours.” Such differentiation never arises in their minds. Their debts (obligations) will never be repaid by us in this birth, as well as in many future births.
It is well-known that Baba took Dakshina from all, and out of the amount thus collected, He spent on charity and purchased fuel. This fuel He put in the Dhuni – the sacred fire, which He kept ever burning. The ash from this fire was called Udi, and it was freely distributed to the devotees, at the time of their departure from Shirdi.
What did Baba teach or hint by this Udi? Baba taught by this Udi that all the visible phenomena in the universe are as transient as the ash. Our bodies composed of matter of the five elements, will fall down, after all their enjoyments are over and be reduced to ashes. In order to remind the devotees of the fact that, their bodies will be reduced to ashes, Baba distributed Udi to them. Baba also taught by the Udi that the Brahma is the only Reality and the universe is ephemeral, and that no one in this world, be he a son, father or wife, is really ours. We come here (in this world) alone and we have to go from here alone.
It has been found that the Udi cured many physical and mental maladies, but Baba wanted to repeat into the devotee’s ears the principles of discrimination between the Unreal and the Real, He taught non-attachment for the unreal, by His Udi and Dakshina. The former (Udi) taught us discrimination and the latter (Dakshina) taught us non-attachment. Unless we have these two things, it is not possible for us to cross over the sea of the mundane existence. So Baba asked for Dakshina, and while the devotees took leave, He gave Udi as Prasad, smeared some of it on their foreheads and placed His boon-conferring hand on them. When Baba was in a cheerful mood, He used to sing merrily. One such song was about Udi. The meaning of this song was: “Oh, playful Ram, come, come and bring with you sacks of Udi.” Baba used to sing in very clear and tender tones.
So besides the spiritual implication of Udi, it had also its material significance. It conferred health, prosperity, freedom from anxiety, and many other worldly gains. So, the Udi has helped us to gain both our ends – material as well as spiritual.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXXIII)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||