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Re: Deo Mamledar
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2007, 07:14:21 AM »
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  • Balasabeb Deo, an enlightened Sai Bhakta was a magistrate at Dahanu. His mother had observed cer tain vows, at the conclusion of which a thousand Brahmins were to be fed in the month of Shravan. Balasaheb earnestly wished Baba to attend this function. So two months ahead, he sent a cordial invitation to Baba, who replied that he would attend along with two others.

    In Ashadh, the month before Shravan, a Sanyasi (recluse) came to Balasaheb and asked for his help to collect a fund for cow-protection. But as another fund had recently been collected in Dahanu, Balasabeb told the sanyasi to come to him in the Diwali season (four months later).

    The sanyasi went away, but appeared again exactly on the day of the concluding function. Seeing him, Balasaheb suspected that he had come for the fund too soon, and was about to rebuke him for his impatience. Anticipating what Balasabeb would say, the Sanyasi hastened to explain that he had not come for the fund, but for a square meal.

    "Oh, that's very fine," said Balasabeb almost apologetically, "We are feeding the Brahmins today. So it will be a pleasure to have you amongst us."

    But I have two others with me, waiting in the dharam-shala."

    "Bring them too ! It will add to our pleasure." The Sanyasi brought the two along with him and, after a hearty meal, they blessed Balasaheb and went away.

    The function was over, but Balasabeb thought that Baba had not come as promised. So he wrote to Baba expressing his displeasure and put in a mild hint that Baba had deceived him.

    Baba wrote back, "Your doubts have deceived you, not I. As promised, I came along with two others and we took meals at your place. But your mind was clouded with the doubt that it was the Sanyasi coming for funds. So your own doubt deceived you and in that state you did not recognise me." Balasaheb felt intense anguish and remorse that, though Baba had visited his place, yet he did not recognise the saint and had lost the opportunity of a life-time of surrendering at his feet.

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    Re: Baba and Vasudevanand
    « Reply #16 on: March 21, 2007, 07:15:38 AM »
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  • Vasudevanand, a contemporary of Baba, was a staunch fire-worshipper and a rigid observer of religious practices. He had also perfect command over several mantras. Baba too, was a fire-worshipper. Hence these two saints regarded each other as brothers.

    When Vasudevanand was at Rajmahendry, Pundalikrao, a lawyer from Nanded and friends came for his darshan. Pundalikrao was a Sai Bhakta. So in the course of conversation, Baba's name came up. Hearing it, Vasudevanand was overwheImed with a feeling of reverence and folding his hands, inquired, "when are you going to Shirdi?"

    "Right from here, I am going to Baba,"said Pundalikrao.

    Vasudevanand picked up a coconut, held it near his heart and, handing it over to Pundalikrao, said, "Then, please give this to my brother."

    Soon Pundalikrao and his friends started for Shirdi. They took with them flowers, fruits, coconuts etc. to offer to Baba, and a few eatables for themselves. On their journey, they ate some chivada, which tasted very hot. To appease the heat, one of them suggested that coconut be mixed with it. So a fruit was broken and, mixing it with chivada, they ate it with pleasure. Then it struck them that the coconut they broke was the same which Vasudevanand had given for Baba. They all felt very sorry. What could they tell Baba ? No hatched up account would do, for Baba would already be knowing everything. So Pundalikrao went and sat with his head hung down. Baba slyly asked, "Pundalikrao, where is the present from my brother?"

    Pundalikrao confessed everything and said he would go and bring another coconut.

    "No other coconut would do," Baba intervened. "That coconut cannot be replaced by a thousand others; for it was not a mere coconut; it was the very heart of my dear brother. Remember, how my brother had given it to you ?"

    Pundalikrao recollected that Vasudevanand had held the cocoanut near his heart and said, "Give this to my brother." He had put his very heart in the coconut before handing it to Pundalikrao.

    Highly developed souls like Vasudevanand and Sai Baba can communicate with each other by means of their psychic powers. That is how Vasudevanand had informed Sai Baba about the coconut he was sending. Baba too had immediately received that message. This is called telepathy (communicating mentally over long distance).

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    Re: Antar Gyani Baba
    « Reply #17 on: March 21, 2007, 07:16:39 AM »
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  • One who knows the inside (of a man or a beast or even an ant) is called Antar-gyani. I will tell you a story which will show you how Baba was such a one.

    Once Baba was walking along a road, by the side of which there flowed a rivulet. A serpent there was trying to swallow a frog which was piteously droning. A passer-by, hearing the cry, inquired, "What sound is this, Baba ?" "A serpent is swallowing a frog who is crying with fright of death. Now come with me and see how I save the frog."

    So saying, Baba took the passer-by down to the stream and, addressing the serpent, be said in a stern voice, "Oh you, Virabhadra, are you still continuing your enmity with this Basappa even in this birth ? Shameless that you are, leave him at once and go away, I bid you."

    Hearing these words, the serpent released the frog and humbly went away. The frog leapt in joy at Baba's feet and then took a dive into the water.

    Said the passer-by. "Oh Baba, who are these Virabhadra and Basappa ? And what does vour rebuke signify "Oh, it's a pretty long tale" said Baba. "Now light the chillum (a clay-pipe) and while smoking I will tell you everything."

    And taking a puff. Baba began- "In the village where I stayed formerly, there was an old Shiva temple. In order to renovate it, the villagers collected a fund and placed it in the hands of a rich sahukar. Their intention was that the sahukar will make up the shortfall and complete the renovation. But  the sahukar, true to his clan, was a miser. Whatever work could be done out of the villagers' fund, he did and kept quiet. The villagers told him to be generous and finish the work on his own. But he would not budge an inch.

    God Shiva then appeared in the dream of sahukar's wife. He told her to complete the work and promised that whatever she spent for the temple, He would give her a hundredfold in return.

    She told this dream to her husband who merely laughed at it in derision.

    She then decided to sell the ornaments which her father had given her and utilize the amount for the temple's renovation.

    Coming to know of this, the sahukar said to his wife, "Well, a piece of land is in mortgage with me for a thousand rupees. This is exactly the worth of your ornaments. So give me the ornaments and I will give you the land which you may dedicate to Shiva."

    In fact the land was barren. Dubki, a helpless woman, to whom it belonged, had mortgaged it to the sahukar for Rs. 200/- and had died. The rogue grabbed his wife's valuable ornaments and, in return, had given her that barren land to be offered to the God.

    Poor wife, she fell a victim to this chicanery. She sold her ornaments and gave the land to Lord Shiva.

    By custom, the ownership of the land vested in the pujari and the gurav (care taker) was supposed to look after it. Some time later, the sahukar and his wife both died by a stroke of lightening. The sahukar was reborn as a Brahmin in Mathura and was named Virbhadra. His wife was born as the daughter of Shiva's pujari and was named Gauri. Dubki was born as the son of the gurav and was named Basappa.

    When Gauri came Of age, her father, the pujari, was anxious about her marriage. He approached me and I told her,  "you need not worry; this girl is fortunate A suitable boy will come here and woo her."

    As it happened, Virbhadra, while on business tour, visited the pujari's house. He came to like Gauri and the match was arranged with my approval.

    After a few vears, the barren land was purchased by a housing colony for the fabulous sum of Rs. one Lakh and as, in the mean time, the pujari had died, the sum now belonged to his daughter Gauri, and so by implication, to her husband Virbbadra.

    Gauri was the Sahakar's wife in former birth. She had bought' the land for Rs. 1000/- in lieu of her ornaments and dedicated it to Lord Shiva. Now in return, according to Shiva's promise, she had obtained a hundred fold i.e. one lakh. Thus Shiva's words had come true.

    But now Basappa, the Gurav's son and heir, argued that the temple's gurav has a claim on half the 'produce' of the land. So he claimed half of the lakh of rupees which the land had yielded.

    This brought him at logger heads with Virbhadra who would not entertain the gurav's claim. At last Virbhadra threatened to kill Basappa who came to my shelter and I promised to save him.

    Tempers rose so high that both of them died in fits of delirium. Virbhadra is now born as a serpent and Basappa as a frog --- the very same you saw a little while back. And, according, to my promise, I have saved Basappa from the jaws of Virbhadra.

    This is the story of the three births of these two souls.

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    Re: Baba is ever living
    « Reply #18 on: March 21, 2007, 07:17:41 AM »
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  • The previous story, told by Baba, will convince you, my friends, that Baba lived in the past. Of course he lived at Shirdi in the present birth, and bhaktas are experiencing his existence even today. Baba entered Samadhi in 1918 on the Dassera day giving bhaktas this solemn assurance : -

    Though this mortal body I am leaving,
    Yet for Bhaktas, I will come running.
    Take my word, I am ever living,
    You'll know this by experiencing.

    And, indeed, bhaktas the world over have experienced the truth of Baba's words

    Shri C. R. Dabholkar, alias Hemadpant, was a thorough Sai Bhakta. Through Baba's benediction, he became a gifted poet and wrote in verse, Baba's life, entitled "Sai Sat-charita". It has been translated in English and in many Indian languages. You must read it. May Baba shower his choicest blessings on you.

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    Re: Philosophy of Sai Baba
    « Reply #19 on: March 21, 2007, 07:18:13 AM »
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  • Sai Baba was a great saint who lived in Shirdi (Distt. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India) from the year 1854 till 1918 when be entered Mahasamadhi.

    Sai Baba never preached, nor did lie deliver any sermons. Neither has Sai Baba any philosophical compositions to his credit. Hence he was not theoretically a philosopher as were Kapila and Sankara, or Kaul and Hegel or Whitehead and Russell. And yet his way of life has influenced far many people than have a thousand books of arm-chair philosophers.

    Baba had no needs and no desire for anything material. If he was living, it was not for himself, but wholly in order to do good to others. Only for this purpose he maintained his body, but for the physical sheath itself he didn't care a whit. This completely selfless fakir was even in unison with God, and that is whv his very presence had an elevating, influence on those who came for his darshan, and that darshan taken even once, was enough to transform even a casual visitor - an atheist into a believer, a pessimist into an optimist, a sinner into a God's man.

    Philosophers have written dissertations and treatises, but these by themselves have not changed the world. A great philosophy moulds a certain Man of Destiny who, by his deeds brings about great reforms and even revolutions. Philosophies of Ramdas and Marx moulded Shivaji and Lenin, whose actions brought about major changes in the people's way of life. Sai Baba was such a man of action -- a living embodiment of many former philosophies. Therefore by 'philosophy of Sai Baba', we mean his way of life which exemplified certain priciples.

    'Sarvam Vishnumayam Jagat' is the central principle of vedanta. This may be called Universalism. Sai Baba lived by this principle. He had indentified himself with all creatures -- not only human beings but even birds and beasts, reptiles aid insects. Not for him was the man-woman distinction. Naturally woman was not an object of enticement for Baba.

    Differences of caste, creed and religion are man-made and therefore artificial. Hence those differences had no place in the eyes of Sai Baba. That Sai Baba never revealed his own caste and religion has a deep significance. It is that he didn't want these labels, to be, attached to him. In spite of this, some research scholars   have made pedantic efforts to ascribe him a certain caste and religion. Such attempts only tend to destroy the very basis of the present social philosophy of Bharat.

    Another important principle -brought in practice by Sai Baba was that of equality once a person stepped into his Dwarkamai a dilapidated mosque where be lived. He was neither rich nor poor, neither a Raja nor Praja (subjects), neither a landlord nor a labourer. Actually people coming to him forget these differences of wealth and position. The common meals which Sai Baba cooked and served with his own bands in Dwarkamai was an object-lesson in equality. It was just for this reason that Baba never consented to be a Guru and never made anv disciples, for this institution of Gurus leads to ownership and property rights which Baba strictly opposed. He wanted Shirdi affairs to be run in a spirit of democratic socialism.

    All this will show that Baba was a prophet of Modern India and a hundred years back he put into practice the principles of democracy, socialism and secularism which form the bulwork of our constitution today. That is Sai Baba's philosophy, if it can be so called.

     


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