"Though I have become a Fakir, have no house or wife, and though leaving off all cares, I have stayed at one place, the inevitable Maya teases Me often. Though I forgot Myself I cannot forget Her. She always envelops Me. This Maya (illusive power) of the Lord (Shri Hari) teases God Brahma and others, then what to speak of a poor Fakir like Me? Those who take refuge in the Lord will be freed from Her clutches with his grace".
The maya here BABA speaks is interpreted as 6 inner enemies - Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha Madha and MathsaryaThese inner enemies do surface at some point when we are involved in serving the MASTER when take up his work of serving the humanity. When that happens mind is clouded with ignorance and we indulge in infidelity, arguments, scandalizing, sin and are self opinionated and pompous in our actions without considering the consequence of our actions. One should keep future aspects of actions in view rather than acting on the spur of the moment. One derives satisfaction to ego at that moment, but Lord is our witness, and we will reap the fruits of our actions either good or bad later - there is no escape.
BABA gave an antidote for such behavior. Chapter 20 of Satcharitha, in which Hemadpant writes about Ishaopanishad describing it as "The poetry of the Ishopanishad is a Commixture of moral, mystical and metaphysical (ibid, Page 41)"." Das Ganu learnt through the actions of the poor girl that "all our feelings of pain and pleasure depend upon the attitude of our mind". We have to surrender negative thoughts and feelings to Lotus feet of our Sadguru and ask Him to guide us and help us to take hold of the reins of these wild thoughts and actions so that we may do our service diligently and with purity. One falters in the way of executing works of BABA, but by using knowledge and focusing on goals one needs to render highest quality of Service.
(Contributed by Anitha Kandukuri, Saidarbar, Canberra, Australia)
Sai baba let your holy lotus feet be our sole refuge.OMSAIRAM