|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“At the commencement of this chapter (Chapter XLVIII), someone asked Hemadpant, whether Sai Baba was a Guru or a Sadguru. In order to answer the question Hemadpant describes the signs or marks of a Sadguru as follows:
Signs of Sadguru
He, who teaches us Ved and Vedanta or the six Shastras (systems), he, who controls the breath or brands his body with Mudras (metallic marks of Vishnu’s weapons) or gives pleasing discourses regarding Brahma; he, who gives Mantras (sacred syllables) to the disciples and orders them to chant the same a certain number of times, but does not assure them any result in a definite time, he, who, by his lengthy gross knowledge, explains beautifully the Ultimate Principle; but has himself got no experience or self-realization, is not a Sadguru. But, he, who, by his discourse, creates in us a distaste for the enjoyments of this world and the next, and gives us a taste of self-realization, who is well-versed in both the theoretical and practical knowledge (self-realization) deserves to be called a Sadguru.
How can he, who is himself devoid of self-realization, give it to the disciples? A Sadguru does not, ever in his dream, expect any service or profit from his disciples. On the contrary he wishes to serve them. He does not think that, he is great and the disciple small. Not only, he loves him as his son but regards him as equal to himself or as Brahma. The main characteristic of a Sadguru is that, he is the abode of peace. He is never restless nor ruffled. He has no pride in his learning. The poor and the rich, the small and the great, are the same to him.
Hemadpant thinks that, on account of the store or accumulation of merits in his past births, he had the good fortune of meeting and being blessed by such a Sadguru as Sai Baba. Even in full youth, He hoarded nothing (expect Chillim perhaps). He had no family, no friend, no home, nor any support. Since He was eighteen, His control of mind was perfect and extra-ordinary. He lived fearlessly in secluded places and always abided in His Self.
On seeing the pure attachment of His devotees, He always acted in their interests, and hence, He was in a way dependent on them. What experience He gave to His devotees, while he was living in flesh, are felt even to-day, after His Mahasamadhi, by those who attach themselves to Him. What the devotees have to do is this – They have to trim their heart-lamp of faith and devotion, and burn in it wicks of love, and when this is done, the flame of knowledge (self-realization) will be lit up and shine bright. Mere knowledge without love is dry, nobody wants such knowledge. Without love there is no contentment; so we should have unbroken and unbounded love. How can we praise love? Everything is insignificant before it. Without love our reading, hearing and the study are of no avail. In the wake of love come devotion, dispassion, peace and liberation with all their treasures. We do not get love for anything, unless we feel earnestly about it. So, where there is real yearning God manifests Himself. It includes love and it is the means of liberation.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XLVIII)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||