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He, by Baba's grace, had the privilege to compose, in Marathi, Sree Sai Samartha Satcharita, a Gita for Sai devotees. (Download complete set) or (pdf format). SHRI SAI BABA. Adapted from the original Marathi book by Hemadpant by. Nagesh Vasudev Gunaji, B.A., L.L.B.. , Thalakwadi, Belgaum. changes to the . Sri Sai Satcharitra TAMIL PDF · Sri Sai Satcharitra BENGALI PDF · Sri Sai Satcharitra MARATHI PDF · Sri Sai Satcharitra SINDHI PDF · Sri Sai Satcharitra.
But his real Nirguna nature is not destroyed thereby, even a bit. His beingness or reality , divine power and widsom remain undiminished. The disciple also is in fact of the same swarupa. But, it is overlaid by the effect of the samaskaras of innumerable births in the shape of ignorance, which hides from his view that he is Shuddha Chaitanya see B.
The perpetual delusion under which the disciple is labouring, that he is the body, that he is a creature jiva or ego, that God Paramatma and the world are different from him, is an error inherited from innumerable past births. From actions based on it, he has derived his joy, sorrows and mixtures of both.
To remove this delusion, this error, this root ignorance, he must start the inquiry. How did the ignorance arise? Where is it? And to show him this is called the Guru's upadesh. The following are the instances of Ajnana :- 1 - I am a Jiva creature 2 - Body is the soul I am the body.
Unless these errors are exposed to his view, the disciple cannot learn what is God, jiva, world, body; how they are inter-related and whether they are different from each other, or are one and the same. To teach him these and destroy his ignorance is this instruction in Jnana or Ajnana. Why should Jnana be imparted to the jiva, who is a Jnanamurti? Upadesh is merely to show him his error and destroy his ignorance. Baba added :- 1 Pranipata implies surrender.
VII i. As Shri Krishna knows that there are such Bhaktas and Gurus, He refers Arjuna to them so that their greatness may increase and be known.
Construction of the Samadhi-Mandir Baba never talked, nor ever made any fuss about the things which He wanted to accomplish, but He so skillfully arranged the circumstances and surroundings that the people were surprised at the slow but sure results attained.
The construction of the Samadhi-mandir is an instance in point. Shriman Bapusaheb Booty, the famous multi-millionaire of Nagpur lived in Shirdi whith his family. Once an idea arose in his mind that he should have a building of his own there. Sometimes after this, while he was sleeping in Dixit's Wada, he got a vision. Bava appeared in his dream and ordered him to build a Wada of his own with temple. Shama who was sleeping there, got also a similar vision.
When Bapusaheb was awakened, he saw Shama crying and asked him why. I shall fulfill the desires of all. Hearing the sweet and loving words of Baba, I was overpowered with emotion, my throat was choked, my eyes were overflowing with tears, and I began to cry.
Being a rich and capable man, he decided to build a Wada there and drew up a plan with Madhavarao Shama. Kakasaheb Dixit also approved of it.
And when it was placed before Baba, He also sanctioned it immediately. Then the construction-work was duly started and under the supervision of Shama, the ground floor, the cellar and the well were completed. Baba also on his way to and from Lendi suggested certain improvements.
Further work was entrusted to Bapusaheb Jog and when it was going on, an idea struck Bapusaheb Booty's mind that there should be an open room or platform and in the centre the image of Murlidhar Lord Krishna with the flute be installed.
He asked Shama to refer this matter to Baba and get His consent. The latter asked Baba about this when He was just passing by the Wada. The latter answered in the affirmative.
Shama got a coconut broke it and started the work. Believe Me that if anybody sings My Leelas, I will give him infinite joy and everlasting contentment. It is My special characteristic to free any person, who surrenders completely to Me, and who does worship Me faithfully, and who remembers Me, and medi- tates on Me constantly.
How can they be conscious of worldly objects and sensations, who utter My name, who worship Me, who think of My stories and My life and who thus always remember Me?
I shall draw out My devotees from the jaws of Death. If My stories are listened to, all the diseases will be got rid of. So, hear My stories with respect; and think and meditate on them, assimilate them. This is the way of happiness and contentment. The pride and egoism of My devotees will vanish, the mind of the hearers will be set at rest; and if it has wholehearted and complete faith, it will be one with Supreme Consciousness.
Some are given the work of building temples and maths, or ghats flight of steps on rivers; some are made to sing the glories of God; some are sent on pilgrimages; but to me was allotted the work of writing the Sat Charita.
Being a jack of all trades but master of none, I was quite unqualified for this job. Then why should I undertake such a difficult job? Who can describe the true life of Sai Baba?
Sai Baba's grace alone can enable one to accomplish this difficult work. The credit of relating these stories, therefore, goes to Him and not to me. Though Brahmin by birth, I lacked the two eyes.
He alone knows the knack of getting things done as He likes. Neither the flute, nor the harmonium knows how the sounds are produced.
This is the concern of the Player. The oozing of Chandrakant jewel and the surging of the sea are not due to the jewel and the sea but to the rise of the moon. Baba's Stories as Beacon- Light Light houses are constructed at various places in the sea, to enable the boatmen to avoid rocks and dangers, and make them sail safely. Sai Baba's stories serve a similar purpose in the ocean of worldly existence.
They surpass nectar in sweetness, and make our worldly path smooth and easy to traverse. Blessed are the stories of the saints. When they enter our hearts through the ears, the body - consciousness or egoism and the sense of duality vanish; and when they are stored in the heart, doubts fly out to all sides, pride of the body will fall, and wisdom will be stored in abundance. The description of Baba's pure fame, and the hear- ing of the same, with love, will destroy the sins of the devotee and, therefore, this is the simple Sadhana for attaining salvation.
The Sadhana for Krita Age was Shamadama tranquillity of mind and body , for Treta Age, sacrifice, for Dwapara, worship, and for Kali present Age, it is singing of the name and glory of the Lord. This last Sadhana is open to all the people of the four varnas Brahmins, etc. The other Sadhanas, viz.
Yoga, Yagya sacrifice , Dhyana meditation and Dharana concen- tration are very difficult to practice, but singing and hearing the stories and the glory of the Lord Sai Baba is very easy. The listening and singing of the stories will remove the attachment to the senses and their objects, and will make the devotees dispassionate, and will ultimately lead them to self-realiza- tion.
The devotees may now easily read and hear these stories of Sai Baba and while doing so, meditate on Him, His form and thus attain devotion to Guru and God Sai Baba , get detachment and self-realization. In the preparation and writing of this work, Sat- Charitamrita, it is Sai Baba's grace which has accomplished everything, making use of me as a mere instrument. Motherly Love of Sai Baba Everybody knows how a cow loves her infant calf. Her udder is always full and when the calf wants milk and dashes at the udder, out comes the milk in an unceasing flow.
Similarly a human mother knows the wants of her child and feeds it, at her breast in time. In case of dress- ing and adorning the child, the mother takes particular care to see that this is well done.
The child knows or cares nothing about this, but the mother's joy knows no bounds, when she sees her child beautifully dressed and adorned. The love of mother is peculiar, extraordinary and disinterested, and has no parallel. Sadgurus feel this motherly love to- wards their disciples. Sai Baba had this same love towards me, and I give an instance of it below:- In A. I retired from Government Service. The pension that was settled in my case was not sufficient to maintain my family de- cently.
There, Mr. Give him some other appointment, remove his anxiety and make him happy. His dishes will be ever full and never empty. He should turn all his attention towards Me and avoid the company of atheists, irreli- gious and wicked people. He should be meek and humble towards all and worship Me heart and soul. One Rohilla, tall and well-built, strong as a bull, came to Shirdi, wear- ing a long Kafni robe and was enamoured of Sai who stayed there. Most people of Shirdi, were working in their fields by day and when they returned to their homes at night, they were welcomed with the Rohilla's harsh cries and shouts.
They could get no sleep and felt much trouble and inconvenience. They suffered in silence this nuisance for some days, and when they could stand it no longer, they approached Baba, and requested Him to check the Rohilla and stop the nuisance. Baba did not attend to their complaint. On the contrary, Baba took the villagers to task, and asked them to mind their own business, and not the Rohilla. He said to them that the Rohilla had got a very bad wife, a Zantippi, who tried to come in and trouble the Rohilla and Himself; but hearing the Rohilla's prayers, she dare not enter and they were at peace and happy.
As Baba liked prayers and cries to God better than anything else, He took the side of the Rohilla, and asked the villagers to wait and suffer the nuisance, which would abate in due course.
I am the Inner Ruler of all and seated in their hearts. I envelope all the creatures, the movable and im- movable world. I am the Controller - the wire-puller of the show of this Universe. I am the mother - origin of all beings - the Harmony of three Gunas, the propeller of all senses, the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer.
Nothing will harm him, who turns his attention towards Me, but Maya will lash or whip him who forgets Me. Hearing these beautiful and precious words, I at once decided in my mind to serve no man henceforward, but my Guru only; but the reply of Baba to Anna Chinchanikar's query which was really mine that I would get some job, began to revolve in my mind, and I began to think whether it would come to happen.
Then I became free and solely devoted my self to the service of my Guru-Sai Baba. Before concluding this Chapter, I request the readers to leave out the various hindrances viz. Let their love be natural, let them know the secret of devotion; let them not exhaust themselves by other Sadhanas, let them stick to this one simple remedy, i. This will destroy their ignorance and will secure for them salva- tion. A miser may stay at various places; but he always thinks of his buried treasure.
So let Sai Baba be enthroned in the hearts of all. In the next chapter, I shall speak of Sai Baba's advent in Shirdi. In the last chapter, I described the circumstances which led me to write Sai-Sat-Charita. Let me now describe the first advent of Sai Baba in Shirdi. This is the mission of Lord, and the Sages and Saints, Who are His representatives and Who appear here at proper times, help in their own way to fulfil that mission.
For instance, when the twice born, i. They serve us as beacon-lights, and show us the right path, and the right way for us to follow. In this way, many saints, viz. Shirdi also falls in the Kopargaon Taluka of the Ahmednagar District. After crossing the Godavari river at Kopargaon, one gets the way to Shirdi. When you go three Koss 9 miles , you come to Nimgaon, from whence, Shirdi is visible.
Shirdi is as fa- mous and well-known as other holy places like Gangapur, Narsinhwadi, Audumbar on the banks of Krishna river. Let us see what sort of a personage Sai Baba was. He conquered this Samsar worldly existence , which is very difficult and hard to cross. Peace or mental calm was His ornament, and He was the repository of wisdom. He was the home of Vaishnava devotees, most liberal like Karna amongst liberals, the quint-essence of all essences.
He had no love for perishable things, and was always engrossed in self-realization, which was His sole concern. He felt no pleasure in the things of this world or of the world beyond. His Antarang heart was as clear as a mirror, and His speech always rained nectar. The rich or poor people were the same to Him. He did not know or care for honour or dishonour. He was the Lord of all beings. He spoke freely and mixed with all people, saw the actings and dances of Nautchgirls and heard Gajjal songs.
Still, He swerved not an inch from Samadhi mental equilibrium. The name of Allah was always on His lips. While the world awoke, He slept; and while the world slept, He was vigilant. His abdomen Inside was as calm as the deep sea. His Ashram could not be determined, nor His actions could be definitely determined, and though He sat lived in one place, He knew all the transactions of the world.
His Darbar was impos- ing. He told daily hundreds of stories, still He swerved not an inch from His vow of silence. He always leaned against the wall in the Masjid or walked morning, noon and evening towards Lendi Nala and Chavadi; still He at all times abided in the Self.
Though a Siddha, He acted like a Sadhaka. He was meek, humble and egoless, and pleased all. Blessed are the grass- leaves and stones of Shirdi, for they could easily kiss the Holy Feet of Sai Baba, and take their dust on their head.
Contact of Sai Baba in Shirdi was like our Veda and Tantra; it quieted our Samsara world conscious- ness and rendered self-realization easy. The darshana of shri Sai was our Yoga-Sadhana, and talk with Him removed our sins. To us, His commands were Vedas, and accepting eating His Udi sacred ashes and Prasad was all purifying.
He was Himself beyond the Pair of dwandwas opposite , never dejected nor elated. Thus the fame of Sai Baba spread, far, and wide, and people from all parts came to take His darshana and be blessed. By mere darshan, minds of people, whether, pure or impure, would become at once quiet. They got here the same sort of unparalleled joy that devotees get at Pandharpur by seeing Vithal Rakhumai. This is not an exaggeration.
Consider what a devotee says in this respect. Dictum of Goulibuva An old devotee by name Goulibuva, aged about 95 years, was a Varkari of Pandhari. He had an ass with him for carrying his luggage, and a disciple, as his com- panion. He always uttered Allah Malik God is Lord ands in His presence made others sing God's name continuously, day and night, for 7 days. He replied that he would do it, provided he was assured that Vithal would appear at the end of the 7th day.
One need not go far out to see Dwarka. Will Vithal come here from some outside place?
He is here. Only when the devotee is bursting with love and devotion, Vithal will manifest Himself here Shirdi.
Kakasaheb Dixit was, as usual, sitting in meditation after the bath, and he saw Vithal in a vision. Did you see Him? He is a very truant fellow, catch Him firmly, other- wise, he will escape, if you be a little inattentive. One hawker from outside, came there for selling 25 or 30 pictures of Vithoba.
This picture exactly tallied with the figure, that appeared in Kakasaheb's vi- sion. On seeing this and remembering Baba's words, Kakasaheb Dixit was much surprised and delighted. He bought one picture of Vithoba, and placed it in his shrine for worship. The father of Bhagwantrao was a devotee of Vithoba, and used to make Varis annual trips to Pandharpur.
Deo, Retired Mamlatdar of Thana has proved by his researches that Shirdi comes in the limits of Pandharpur which was the southern-most centre of Dwaraka and, therefore, Shirdi was Dwaraka itself. Vide Sai Leela, Vol. I have come across another definition of Dwarka, quoted from Skanda-Puran by K. Part 1. Dharma, Artha, Karma and Moksha, is called Dwaraka by the wise philosophers. Baba's Masjid in Shirdi was not only open to the four classes; but to the depressed untouchables, lepers etc.
After his death, the son stopped everything - the Vari, the worship and shraddha ceremony etc. He never offered naivaidya offering of food and so he starved Vithal and Me. So I brought him here.
I shall remonstrate him now and set him to worship. Once, Das Ganu thought that he should go to Prayag for a bath, and came to Baba to get His permission for doing so. Our Prayag is here, believe me. Seeing this miracle, Das Ganu was overwhelmed with feelings of love and adoration and was full of tears.
Inwardly, he felt inspired, and his speech burst forth into a song in praise of Baba and His Leelas. Many inquiries were made, many questions were put to Baba and others re- garding these items, but no satisfactory answer or information has yet been obtained. Practically we know nothing about these matters. Namdev and Kabir were not born like ordinary mortals.
They were found as infants in mother-of-pearls, Namdev being found on the bank Bhimrathi river by Gonayee, and Kabir on the bank Bhagirathi river by Tamal. Similar was the case with Sai Baba. He first manifested Himself as a young lad of sixteen under a Neem tree in Shirdi, for the sake of Bhaktas.
Even then He seemed to be full with the knowledge of Brahman. He had no desire for worldly objects even in dream. He kicked out Maya; and Mukti deliverance was serving at His feet. One old woman of Shirdi, the mother of Nana Chopdar, described Him thus. This young lad, fair, smart and very handsome, was first seen under the Neem tree, seated in an Asan.
The people of the village were wonder-struck to see such a young lad practising hard penance, not 1. Allahabad in U. By day he associated with none, by night he was afraid of nobody. People were wondering and asking, whence this young chap had turned up. His form and features were so beautiful that a mere look endeared Him to all. He went to nobody's door, always sat near the Neem tree. Outwardly he looked very young; but by His action he was really a Great Soul. He was the embodiment of dispassion and was an enigma to all.
God Khandoba asked them to bring a pick-axe and dig in a particular place. When it was dug, bricks were found underneath a flat stone. When the stone was removed, a corridor led to a cellar where cow-mouth-shaped structures, wooden boards, necklaces were seen.
He put them off the scent by telling them that it was His Guru's place, His holy Watan and re- quested them to guard it well. The people then closed the corridor as before. As Ashwattha and Audumbar trees are held sacred, Baba regarded this Neem tree equally sacred and loved it most.
Mhalasapati and other Shirdi devotees regard this site as the resting place Samadhi-Sthana of Baba's Guru and prostrate before it. Three Wadas 1 The site with the Neem tree and surrounding space was bought by Mr.
Hari Vinayak Sathe, and on this site a big building styled Sathe's Wada was erected. This Wada was the sole resting place for pilgrims, who flocked there. A Par platform was built round the neem tree and lofts with steps were constructed. Under the steps, there is a niche fac- ing South and devotees sit on the Par platform facing north. It is be- lieved, that he who burns incense there, on Thursday and Friday eve- nings will, by God's grace, be happy.
This Wada was old and dilapidated and wanted repairs. The necessary repairs, additions and alterations have been made now by the Sansthan. Kakasaheb Dixit, Solicitor of Bombay, had gone to England. He had injured his leg by an accident there. The injury could not be got rid of by any means.
Nanasaheb Chandorkar advised him to try Sai Baba. So he saw Sai Baba in A. He was so much pleased with the darshana of Sai Baba, that he decided to reside in Shirdi. So he built a Wada for himself and other devotees. The foundation of this building was laid on Dadasaheb Khaparde was given permission to return home, and 2 the night Arti in Chavadi was commenced. The Wada was complete and was inhabited on the Rama-Navami day in A.
Booty, of Nagpur. Lots of money were spent on this building, but all the amount was well utilized, as Sai Baba's body is resting in this Wada, which is now called the Samadhi Mandir.
The site of this Mandir had formerly a garden, which was watered and looked after by Baba. Three Wadas thus sprang up, where there was none for- merly. Of these, Sathe's Wada was most useful to all, in the early days.
Dengale and other devotees; and other incidents will be described in the next Chapter. While he was making a trip to Aurangabad, he lost his mare.
For two long months, he made a diligent search but could get no trace of the lost mare. After being disappointed, he returned from Aurangabad with the saddle on his back. After travelling four Koss and a half, he came, on the way, to a mango tree under the foot of which sat a RATNA queer fel- low. On seeing Chand Patil pass by the way, He called out to him and asked him to have a smoke and to rest a little. The Fakir asked him about the saddle. Chand Patil replied that it was of his mare which was lost.
The queer fellow or Fakir asked him to make a search in the Nala close by. He went and the wonder of wonders!
He thought that this Fakir was not an ordinary man, but an Avalia a great saint. He returned to the Fakir with the mare. The Chilim was ready for being smoked, but two things were wanting; 1 fire to light the pipe, and 2 water to wet the chhapi piece of cloth through which smoke is drawn up. The Fakir took His prong and thrust it forcibly into the ground and out came a live burning coal, which He put on the pipe.
Then He dashed the Satka on the ground, from whence water be- gan to ooze. The chhapi was wetted with that water, was then wrung out and wrapped round the pipe. Thus everything being complete, the Fakir smoked the Chilim and then gave it also to Chand Patil.
On seeing all this, Chand Patil was wonderstruck. He requested the Fakir to come to his home and accept his hospitality. Next day He went to the Patil's house and stayed there for some time. The Patil was a village - officer of Dhoop. So Patil made preparations to start for Shirdi for the mar- riage.
The Fakir also accompanied the marriage-party. The marriage went off without any hitch, the party returned to Dhoop, except the Fakir alone stayed in Shirdi, and remained there forever.
The carts were loosened in the open court-yard of Khandoba's temple. The carts were loosened in the open court-yard of Khandoba's temple, and the members of the party descended one by one, and the Fakir also got down. Others also addressed Him as Sai and thence-forth he became known as Sai Baba.
One Saint named 1 Devidas was living in Shirdi many years before Baba came there. Baba liked his company.