|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Fala-Shruti (Reward of Study)
“Now, a few words about the reward you get, from this work. After bathing in the sacred Godavari and after taking the darshan of the Samadhi in the Samadhi Mandir at Shirdi, you should read or hear the Satcharita. If you do this all your threefold afflictions will vanish.
Casually thinking about the stories of Sai, you will get interested in spiritual life, and if you go through it with love and reverance, all your sins will be destroyed. If you wish to get rid of the cycle of births and deaths, read Sai stories and remember Him always; and get yourself devoted to His Feet. If you dive into the sea of Sai’s stories, and then give them out to others, you will get an ever-new flavour of them and save the hearers from future misery. If you go on meditating on Sai’s Form, it will, in course of time, lead you into self-realization.
It is very hard to know or realize the nature of Self or Brahma, but if you approach through the Sagun Brahma (Sai’s Form) your progress will be easy. If the devotee completely surrenders himself to Him, he will lose his individual ego and be merged in Him and be one with Him, as the river becomes one with the sea. If you thus become merged with Him in any of the three states, viz., waking, dream and sleep, you get rid of the bond of Sansar.
If anybody, after bathing, reads this with love and faith, and completes it within a week, his calamities will disappear; or if he hears or reads it daily and regularly, all his dangers will be warded off. He will get the reward according to his faith and devotion. Without these, there will be no experience of any kind. If you read this with reverence, Sai will be pleased, and by removing your ignorance and poverty, will give you knowledge, wealth and prosperity.
With concentrated mind, if you read a Chapter daily, it will give you unbounded happiness. One, who has his own welfare at heart, should study it carefully and then, he will ever remember Sai gratefully and joyfully in birth after birth. This work should be read at home specially on Guru Pournima (Ashadha full-moon day), Gokul Ashtami, Ram Navami and Dasara (Baba’s Punyatithi). If you study this one book carefully, all your desires will be satisfied, and if you always remember Sai’s Feet in your heart, you will easily cross the Bhava (worldly illusions) Sagar. By its study, the diseased and sick will get health, the poor wealth, the mean and afflicted prosperity, and the mind will get rid of all futile ideas and get steadiness.
Dear devoted readers and listeners,
we also bow to you all, and make you a special request. Never forget Him, whose stories you have read day by day or month by month. The more fervently you read or listen to these stories, the more encouragement Sai gives us to serve you and be of use to you. Both the author and the readers must co-operate in this work, help each other and be happy.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Epilogue)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||