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" A PERPLEXING PROBLEM "
« on: February 15, 2007, 08:40:08 AM »
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  • The article " A Perplexing Problem " by " A Thinking Soul " published in Sept. 73 issue of Sri Sai Leela (English) is interesting.

    The answer to this quiz lies in the question itself. The ques­tioner plainly accepts the basic Vedantic truth that the Parabrah-man came down to the level of limited Jiva forgetting its true nature of bliss. The Parabrahman created the world, the various attractions therein and the Jiva naturally gets deluded by it and hence the series of sins. The blame therefore lies with Parabrahman only for having created all this and then tempting us in in­dulging in sins. This is the burden of his logic. The logic is perfectly alright. It is true that the series of sins occurred due to the temptations caused by the world created by the God. But why get tempted at all ? Temptations arise out of ignorance that the body is the Self, the outside world is real and that the real pleasure is derived through the body from the outside objects of the world, when in fact our seers are proclaiming at the top of their voice, that the world and the outside objects are all illusory and the pleasure derived from these objects is also of illusory nature and that the Self itself is an ocean of bliss independent of the objects. The root cause of all the sins therefore is the basic igno­rance which makes us to feel the body as the Self and make us run after this bodily pleasure. When once this is clearly known, whither the sins,, how and when this false identification of body as the Self began-Vedanta has no fear to accept-has no answer. It describes this as ' beginningless  - meaning the beginning fo which is not known. But all great seers are unanimous in their opinion that this ignorance can be brought to an end by detaching oneself from the body and remaining as the Self all the while simply remaining as the Witness of the bodily events also remembering all the while that the scenery is illusory as dream and hence the fault lies with the individual soul - Jiva - in identifying itself with the body, taking this world to be real and hunting after worldly pleasures and then getting into misery through this transitory and illusory pleasures - and not with the Parabrahman as the author claims.

    The question arises as to why this world was created at all. The Vedanta declares that it is the very nature of the Parabrahman to express itself in the form of various universes and then recede as is the nature of the -ocean to express itself in the forms of waves and then subside. But the Jiva is at liberty whether to attach it­self to this world or to simply remain as Witness as the Almighty himself is, without getting deluded. Simultaneously with the ex­pression of this illusion, the All Merciful Almighty also made a provision through the divine scriptures to know this Truth and join in his sporting.

    Let us therefore not bother about how and why this world was created and why it is giving us all misery and compose our­selves to get rid of this beginningless ignorance and be one with him and join him in his sporting.

    —By : Shri. P. V. Bhosekar

    Kurla (East) Bombay-24 (AS)

    MAHASAMADHI OF SHRI SAI BABA

    —By :  Shri. P. S. V. Aiyer. Sri  Sai  Samaj, Calcutta-29.

    Mahasamadhi of Sri Sai Baba on the 15th October, 1918 spotlighted the fulfilment of a life of absolute dedication to the service of the present race of humanity, towards its temporal and spiritual upliftment. Even in his earthly life, Sai Baba showered evidence of his presence at the same time in Shirdi and in whatever place or situation his devotees needed him. Now that by his Mahasamadhi, Baba has merged in the Infinite, he makes his presence felt wherever he is invoked or worshipped.

    Baba warned his devotees not to take him for the human body of 3.5 cubits he held and clothed in a Kafani. Still for the sake of his less developed devotees he showed fancy for Purar-poli, love to smoke Chilm in a clay pipe, laughed and cried, showed tempo and shared in the joys and sorrows of the simple folk that came to him. These limitations served to mask his divinity in the ordinary human form, and therefore easy to approach. Mahasamadhi set him free of These limitations, and has made him universe and eternal. We now understand what Baba wanted us to lean, when he said that he was infinitely more than a man, 3.5 cubit in stature and clad in Kafani.

    Sai Baba is a Mahayogi of yogis, Samartha Sadguru, a Perfect. Master, and his miracles go on after his Mahasamadhi as beforr that event. His inspiration spreads far and wide; his hold on us. is growing stronger and we are richer by it. The Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi draws crowds of pilgrims of all communities. It is a sight for gods to see when they all stand together in Baba's Darber shoulder to shoulder, united in brotherhood in their devotion to their Master arid mingle their voices in singing his glories as the camphor is waved in Aarti, before his image.

    Mahasamadhi anniversary reminds us of how Sai Baba lived a life of service, of sacrifice, a life that showed in itself the crowning example of the teachings of the Gita.

    He taught us principally to integrate in our life the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual principles. He achieved in Shirdi communal harmony as the first step to universal brotherhood. He taught us to follow Swadharma- the religious duties of the family in which our karmas have caused us to reincarnate, to remain established in our faith in God, This he called NISHTHA. He taught us forbearance which he called ' Saburi'. By his Mahasamadhi, Baba has taught us that death opens the door to enter a higher life.

    Mahasamadhi anniversary should be spent in meditating on Baba, in trying to understand his teachings, and in re-dedicating ourselves to follow them and to carry his message to our sisters and brothers everywhere.

    SRI NARSIMHA SWAWI
    (a life-sketch)

    Sri Narasimha Swamiji is appropriately known as the Apostle of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi. It was he who discovered Sri Sai Baba and presented him to the world of seekers and aspirants.

    The year 1973-1974 marks his birth centenary. To celebrate the occasion Saipadananda Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji has brought out, as a votive offering, " Sri Narasimha Swamiji : The Apostle of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi ", to express his immense gratitude to his Guru.

    As Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji says in the Preface, to his great regret (and to the regret of all true seekers) Sri Narasimha Swamiji refused to write his autobiography and did not leave a full record of the course of his own spiritual quest.

    Thus the present biographer was left with no option but to collect information from various sources and the picture that has emerged is necessarily in the barest outline because of paucity of biographical material. Nevertheless, the personality of the Swamiji emerges with surprising clarity.

    Sri  Narasimha  Swamiji  was  born  on   August 21, 1874 in Bhavani in Coimbatore District in a family of orthodox Brahmins.

    His parents were Sri B. Venkatagiri lyer and Smt. Angachiammal. When Sri Narasimha Swamiji was still an infant, his father moved over to Salem and set up practice as second grade pleader.

    Young Narasimha lyer had a brilliant career at school and in college. He passed his B. A. Examination from the Madras Christian College and his B. L. examination from the Madras Law College.

    Sri Narasimha lyer started practice in the Salem Bar in 1895 and very soon reached the top of the profession where he remained till 1925, when he voluntarily gave up practice in response to an inner call for spiritual quest.

    Among his prominent contemporaries were Justice Sundaram Chettiar, Sri C. Rajagopalachari and Sri Muthukrishna lyer.

    Sri Narasimha lyer interested himself in all public activities and movements of the day. In politics he was considered an extremist, being an admirer and adherent of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. His popularity won him, for two consecutive terms, the membership of the Madras Legislative Council which he gave up in 1920 in response to the call to boycott the legislatures.

    When Mrs. Annie Besant started the Home Rule League, Sri Narasimha lyer became an active member. He was one of the three members of a delegation deputed to go to Great Britain in 1917 to present India's case for home rule. This dele­gation was, however, detained at Gibralter on the orders of the then British war cabinet and was forced to return to India.

    It was when he was still at the peak of his powers, prestige and popularity that Sri Narasimha lyer decided, in 1921, follow­ing a series of domestic calamities, to give up his lucrative legal practice, cease from political and social activities and seek spiri­tual solace.

    In his quest, Sri Narasimha lyer first went to Sri Ramana Ashram in Tiruvannamalai where he stayed for three years doing sadhana. Later, after intense search and seeking, he found his true master in Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi, though Baba had attained Nirvana many years before Sri Narasimha lyer discovered him.

    Thereafter, in an extraordinary surge of energy and incessant activity lasting over two decades, Sri Narasimha Swamiji carried on Sai prachar work throughout India, establishing the All-India Sai Samaj at Madras and Sai Mandirs almost everywhere, carry­ing Baba's message of peace and love and bhakti.

    If today in India there is hardly a town or city where Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is not known, it is entirely due to the remarkable zeal and selfless service of Sri Narasimha Swamiji. The book " Sri Narasimha Swamiji : The Apostle of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi " presents an account of this remarkable saint's life and work.

    Publisher ;   ALL INDIA SAI SAMAJ, Mylapore, Madras-4.

    —By : Shri. Saipadanand
    सबका मालिक एक - Sabka Malik Ek

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