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  • Athithi Devo Bhava - Practically shown by Shirdi Sai Baba




    Nanasaheb Chandorkar was a strict devotee. He observed all rituals. It was his practice that he gave offering first to Agni Dev (i.e. God of fire), then he waited for some guest to come and served him food. After that only he took his meals. He used to read many sacred books. During one of his reading, he came across a story of Seth Sagaalsha. No guest came to the house of Seth Sagaalsha for many days, so he had to observe fast, as it was his practice to take his lunch after feeding some guests.

    After reading the above incident, a doubt aroused in Nanasaheb’s mind regarding such principles written in Shastras. He thought that if such things are difficult to follow do Shastras comply to follow them? Sai Baba knows all Shastras and so my doubts would be clarified by Him only. so I must leave the matter to Him.

    One day when Nanasaheb sat massaging Sai Baba’s legs in Dwarkamai, Sai Baba Himself started speaking. He said, ‘Nana! All the Shastras are correct. Shastras never speak useless things, and not even impure things. The definition of human may be different, the thoughts of human may be narrow, but it cannot be said that Shastras are useless. Guests would surely come!

    Nanasaheb was not reminded that Sai Baba is clearing his doubt regarding Seth Sagaalsha which aroused while reading.

    Sai Baba further explained, 'Can a man of three and half cubits can only be your guest? Can other living beings can’t be your guests? Just see here and there. You will find many hungry living beings ready to eat the food given by you. Crores of living beings like ants, housefly, crow, dog, goat, cow, rat, etc. roam near you to satisfy their hunger, so are they not your guests? So if you give them a dish full of eatables, they would consume it with love. After satisfying their hunger, those dumb animals will give you blessings and in turn God will be happy with you.'

    So dear readers, whosoever comes to us for satisfying its hunger, we must be ever ready to do so. Sai Baba had said that satisfying one's hunger is equal to doing a Yagna. Simplifying further Sai Baba compared hunger with Yagna and thus it means if we satisfy one's hunger, we would get blessings and Punya of doing a Yagna. What a simple method our beloved Sai has given us!


    Source : Translated from Gujarati Book "Sai Sarovar"
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  • Sai Baba imparted Practical Teachings to His Devotees



    Nanasaheb Chandorkar went to Baba. After doing Pranipat (salutation), he placed Badam (almond) and Khadi Sakar (sugar candy) as Prasad. Baba immediately distributed it amongst the people who were present. Nanasaheb was curious to know the reason for Baba's calling him and asked, "Baba, why did You call me?" Baba replied, "Are, there are many Nanas in the world. When I called you specifically, there must be a reason for it. Isn't it?"

    Nansaheb was forthright in speaking. He said, "Then, tell me the reason !" Baba replied, "Are, we have relations spanning over four births. You do not know this; but I am aware of it. Therefore, I have been repeatedly calling you! Whenever you have time, do make it a post to come."

    Ok. I will come." Nanasaheb bowed before Baba and departed. Even after seeing the miracle of Annapoorna Siddhi, Nansaheb had not developed faith in Baba.

    A few days after the above incident, there was an onset of epidemic of plague of Nagar district. The government had introduced a vaccine to counter the illness. But, in those days, people thought that taking the injection was akin to inviting the disease. No one was willing to come forward. Therefore, the collector asked Nanasaheb to set an example before the masses and take the injection himself. But, Nansaheb's thinking was no different than the others. He was reluctant to take the vaccine.

    Ultimately, he decided to seek Baba’s advice. He requested the collector to grant him a week’s leave to take decision about the injection and set himself on the path to Shirdi. He posed his dilemma before Baba. Baba replied very casually, "There is nothing to it. Don’t be scared. Take the injection. It will not harm you."

    After the incident concerning inoculation, Nanasaheb realized that Baba had a different kind of aura around Him. Therefore, Nanasaheb’s faith in Baba became more steadfast. He started feeling that he should go more frequently to take Baba’s Darshan. He intensely desired that he should incessantly have thoughts about Baba. But, his office and family matters allowed him little time for anything else. And he was sad.

    Once, he was sitting near Baba and Baba gave him an excellent way of overcoming the problem. Baba said, “You want that you should have my thoughts through out the day - Isn’t it ? Then try to see me in the smallest of the things.” Nanasaheb failed to get the point.

    Then Baba clarified, "Nana, when you see a vegetable, think that it is my creation. This way see me in each and everything that comes before you." How simple was the remedy suggested by Baba !

    Once, Baba posed a question to Nana, “Which is one of the Shadripu (six vices of human nature) is easier to conquer ?” Nanasaheb replied, "Very difficult to answer that question.” Baba said, “It is jealousy ! It means not being able to digest the progress of others. It is very easy to win over jealousy. Because, by being jealous, we neither gain nor lose. A person earns wealth and well-being because of his good deeds. Therefore, if someone prospers, it is due to his good deeds and what do we lose ? And so, one must win over the bad quality of being jealous."

    Nanasaheb prostrated before Baba and agreed, "From today, I will try not to be jealous."
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    Re: Nanasaheb Chandorkar's experiences with Sai baba
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  • Feelings of Nanasaheb Chandorkar - Shirdi Sai Baba Poem

     

    Following are feelings of an ardent devotee of Sai Baba Shri Nanasaheb Chandorkar.

    Ek Baar Punah Apne Paas Bitha Lo
    Mujhe Apne Hriday Se Laga Lo,
    Rinanubandho Mein Uljha Tha
    Lekin Maine Tumko Paya Tha
    Tumne Bhi Mujhe Gale Lagaya Tha
    Is Sansaar Ka Niyam Samjhaya Tha,
    Janam-Mrityu Ka Khel Bataya Tha,
    Tumne 'Pranipaat' Ka Arth Samjhaya
    Gyan-Agyan Ka Bhed Bataya,
    Wo Hi To Ant Samay Tak
    Mere Kaam Aaya...
    Maine Bhi Tumhare Vichaaron
    Ka Khoob Aanand Uthaya
    Ghar-Ghar Jakar
    Logon Ko
    Tumhari Leelaon Ka Raswadan Karaya
    Jisne SaiNath, Aaj Tak
    Meri Rooh Ko Aaram Pahuchaya
    Jab Koi Tumhara Naam Leta Hai
    Pata Nahin
    Mujhe Bhi Kuch-Kuch Hota Hai,
    Shayad Yeh Tumhara Pyar Hai
    Jo Mujhe Abhi Bhi Shirdi Bulata Hai
    Tumhari Dwarkamai Dekh
    Mujhe Hasata Hai, Rulata Hai
    Mujhe Purane Dino
    Ki Yaad Dilata Hai
    Baba...! Ek Baar Punah
    Apne Paas Bitha Lo
    Mujhe Apne Hriday Se Laga Lo...


    एक बार पुनः अपने पास बिठा लो
    मुझे अपने ह्रदय से लगा लो,
    रिनानुबंधो में उलझा था
    लेकिन मैंने तुमको पाया था
    तुमने भी मुझे गले लगाया था
    इस संसार का नियम समझाया था,
    जन्म-मृत्यु का खेल बताया था,
    तुमने 'प्राणीपात' का अर्थ समझाया
    ज्ञान-अज्ञान का भेद बताया,
    वो ही तो अंत समय तक
    मेरे काम आया...
    मैंने भी तुम्हारे विचारों
    का खूब आनंद उठाया
    घर-घर जाकर
    लोगों को
    तुम्हारी लीलाओं का रस्वादन कराया
    जिसने साईंनाथ, आज तक
    मेरी रूह को आराम पहुचाया
    जब कोई तुम्हारा नाम लेता है
    पता नहीं
    मुझे भी कुछ-कुछ होता है,
    शायद यह तुम्हारा प्यार है
    जो मुझे अभी भी शिर्डी बुलाता है
    तुम्हारी द्वारकामाई देख
    मुझे हसाता है रुलाता है
    मुझे पुराने दिनों की
    याद दिलाता है
    बाबा...! एक बार पुनः
    अपने पास बिठा लो
    मुझे अपने ह्रदय से लगा लो...



    Dear Baba, please make me sit beside You once again and hug me. I was caught up in tangles of relations of past births. But i got You and You hugged me. You explained me rules of the world and sports of life and death. You explained the meaning of 'Pranipat' and gave me meaning of ignorance of the differences. That only helped me till my end. I also enjoyed a lot of Your ideas. I went from home to home singing Your glory. This gave so much of happiness to my soul. Whenever someone took Your name, my heart has strange feeling. Perhaps it is Your love which still calls me Shirdi. I laugh and cry by seeing Your Dwarkamai. Dear Baba, please make me sit beside You once again and hug me.

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    Re: Nanasaheb Chandorkar's experiences with Sai baba
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  • Chapter 39 Baba's Knowledge of Sanskrit

    His Interpretation of a Verse from Gita - Construction of the Samadhi Mandir.
    This chapter (39) deals with Baba's interpretation of a verse from the Bhagawad-Gita. As some people believed that Baba knew not Sanskrit, and the interpretation was Nanasaheb Chandorkar's.

    Baba's Interpretation

    Nobody believed that Baba knew Sanskrit. One day He surprised all by giving a good interpretation of a verse from the Gita to Nanasaheb Chandorkar.

    Nanasaheb Chandorkar was a good student of Vedanta. He had read Gita with commentaries and prided himself on his knowledge of all that. He fancied that Baba knew nothing of all this or of Sanskrit. So, Baba one day pricked the bubble. These were the days before crowds flocked to Baba, when Baba had solitary talks at the Mosque with such devotees. Nana was sitting near Baba and massaging His Legs and muttering something.

    Baba - Nana, what are you mumbling yourself?

    Nana - Iam reciting a shloka (verse) from Sanskrit.

    Baba - What shloka?

    Nana - From Bhagawad-Gita
    Baba - Utter it loudly.

    Nana then recited B.G.IV-34 which is as follows :-

    'Tadviddhi Pranipatena Pariprashnena Sevaya,

    Upadekshyanti Te Jnanam Jnaninastattwadarshinah'

    Baba - Nana, do you understand it?
    Nana - Yes.
    Baba - If you do, then tell me.

    Nana - It means this - "Making Sashtanga Namaskar, i.e., prostration, questioning the guru, serving him, learn what this Jnana is. Then, those Jnanis that have attained the real knowledge of the Sad-Vastu (Brahma) will give you upadesha (instruction) of Jnana."

    Baba - Nana, I do not want this sort of collected purport of the whole stanza. Give me each word, its grammatical force and meaning.

    Then Nana explained it word by word.
    Baba - Nana, is it enough to make prostration merely ?
    Nana - I do not know any other meaning for the word 'pranipata' than 'making prostration'.
    Baba - What is 'pariprashna'?
    Nana - Asking questions.
    baba - What does 'Prashna' mean?
    Nana - The same (questioning).
    Baba - If 'pariprashna' means the same as prashna (question), why did Vyasa add the prefix 'pari'? Was Vyasa off his head?
    Nana - I do not know of any other meaning for the word 'pariprashna'.
    Baba - 'Seva', what sort of 'seva' is meant?
    Nana - Just what we are doing always
    Baba - Is it enough to render such service?
    Nana - I do not know what more is signified by the word 'seva'.
    Baba - In the next line "upadekshyanti te jnanam", can you so read it as to read any other word in lieu of Jnanam?
    Nana - Yes.
    Baba - What word?
    Nana - Ajnanam.
    Baba - Taking that word (instead of Jnana) is any meaning made out of the verse?
    Nana - No, Shankara Bhashya gives no such construction.
    Baba - Never mind if it does not. Is there any objection to using the word "Ajnana" if it gives a better sense?
    Nana - I do not understand how to construe by placing "Ajnana" in it.
    Baba - Why does Krishna refer Arjuna to Jnanis or Tattwadarshis to do his prostration, interrogation and service? Was not Krishna a Tattwadarshi, in fact Jnana himself.

    Nana - Yes He was. But I do not make out why he referred Arjuna to Jnanis?

    Baba - Have you not understood this?

    Nana was humiliated. His pride was knocked on the head. Then Baba began to explain -

    (1) It is not enough merely to prostrate before the Jnanis. We must make Sarvaswa Sharangati (complete surrender) to the Sad-guru.

    (2) Mere questioning is not enough. The question must not be made with any improper motive or attitude or to trap the Guru and catch at mistakes in the answer, or out of idle curiosity. It must be serious and with a view to achieve moksha or spiritual progress.
    (3) Seva is not rendering service, retaining still the feeling that one is free to offer or refuse service. One must feel that he is not the master of the body, that the body is Guru's and exists merely to render service to him.
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    Re: Nanasaheb Chandorkar's experiences with Sai baba
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  • Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who was a great devotee of Baba, was Mamlatdar at Nandurbar in Khandesh. He got an order of transfer to Pandharpur. His devotion to Sai Baba bore fruit, as he got an order to go and stay at Pandharpur which is regarded as the ‘BHUVAIKUNTHA’ - Heaven on earth. Nanasaheb had to take immediate charge, so he left, immediately, for the place, without even writing or informing anybody at Shirdi. He wanted to give a surprise visit to Shirdi - his Pandharpur, see and salute his Vithoba (Baba), and then proceed. Nobody dreamt of Nanasaheb’s departure for Shirdi, but Sai Baba knew all about this, as His eyes were everywhere (omniscient). As soon as Nanasaheb approached Neemgaon, a few miles from Shirdi, there was stir in the Masjid at Shirdi. Baba was sitting and talking with Mhalsapati, Appa Shinde and Kashiram, when He at once said, "Let us all four do some Bhajan, the doors of Pandhari are open, let us merrily sing." Then they began to sing in chorus, the burden of the song being "I have to go to Pandharpur and I have to stay on there, for it is the house of my Lord."

    Baba sang and the devotees followed Him. In a short time Nanasaheb came there with his family, prostrated before Baba and requested Him to accompany them to Pandharpur and stay with them there. This solicitation was not necessary, as the devotees told Nanasaheb that Baba was already in the mood of going to Pandharpur and staying there. Hearing this Nanasaheb was moved and fell at Baba’s Feet. Then getting Baba’s permission, Udi (sacred ashes) and Blessings, Nanasaheb left for Pandharpur.


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  • I Am An Astrologer - Shirdi Sai Baba


    Nanasaheb Chandorkar, one of the pet devotees of Sai Baba was imparted abstruse teachings of life in various simple and practical dealings in his life by his very own Guru - Sai Baba. But sometimes, even if Sadguru is with us to guide in each and every step, we, being too much possessed and surrounded by our own intellect, forget to traverse the ways shown by Him. Two such incidents are narrated in this post.

    Importance of charity has been depicted in almost all religions and Baba, Who did not belong to any particular sect or cult, reminded His devotees of this virtue as the foremost one. Nevertheless His devotees were constantly advised to give away charity without expectation of any reciprocation and it must be free from any feeling of showing gratefulness to the acceptor. But this is not put into practice by us as required. Baba, giving advice to Nanasaheb in this respect once said, "Nana, if anybody comes to you and asks anything, let alone alms, satisfy that person's demand as per your capacity. Do not say 'No'. If you are not inclined to give, answer him humbly describing your incapacity, but do not be angry with the person or laugh at him. If you have anything with you and do not wish to give, do not give but don't lie that the thing is not with you. Deny him with due respects and bear this in mind forever". Then time came when this advice was to be put into practice and Nanasaheb did not act as advised.

    Let's see how.

    Nanasaheb had once promised to donate Rs. 300 to Datta Temple in Kopergaon. But he could not do so because of some reasons and thus decided to go straight to Shirdi instead of halting at the temple and having darshan there. He chose a weird and thorny way on his friend's advice. As a result thorns pricked them all over their bodies and they had much difficulty to reach their destination. On reaching Baba welcomed with a distinct behaviour by not talking to Nanasaheb. This troubled Nanasaheb and he broke his silence and the following conversation took place:

    Nana : Baba, why are You not talking with me?
    Baba : Nana, when a person promises Me to follow My advices and instructions and thenafter forgets it, what's the meaning of talking with such a person?
    Nana : Baba, I remember all Your teachings.
    Baba : Gentleman, why did you resort to another way to escape from "Sarkar" (Lord Datta)? Because Sadhu (priest) will ask you for Rs.300 as promised by you? Is this the way to remember and acting on My teachings?

    If you did not have money or could not arrange for it, you could have disclosed it to him. Sadhu was not inclined to eat you up for not giving money. But it not correct way to drop the idea of darshan of God in order to escape from your promise to a saint. Have not thorns pricked you and your intelligent friend? So how can I talk with such personalities?

    Baba told Nanasaheb to shed away ego and anger while giving away charity.
    Baba : Nana, when anybody comes for alms to you, give only that much which your pocket allows. If that person is not satisfied and asks for more, deny him humbly and but never get angry.

    Happy and sad days alternatively come in our lives. We are very much attached to our family members and are always worried about their welfare and well-being. Thus it is painful when any of our family member dies. Nanasaheb also had to face such a situation. Baba has always said to His devotees, "Everyone comes and take away what they desire and wish, but no one even asks for the treasure which I wish to give".

    Baba saved life of Mainatai (Nanasaheb's daughter) by sending Udi at her delivery time, but the baby died after few months. Even before birth of the baby, Mainatai's husband died. So she became widow at a very tender age and that too childless. This was a reason of worry of Nanasaheb and his family. When he went to Shirdi, Nanasaheb sat quietly in Dwarkamai. At other times, Nanasaheb and Baba used to talk with no pause and persons present in Dwarkamai drink that nectar to their heart's content, but that day it was otherwise with them.

    When Baba could no longer tolerate the silence, He directly started talking with Nanasaheb not minding his silence. He added and said, if you have come for baby and son-in-law to Me, then your coming here is useless. Birth and death, all these depend on previous births deeds. Even Almighty God's powers are limited in this case and they cannot bring about any change in this phenomenon. Is is possible to ask sun or moon to arise two yards away from their original position? This is not possible and if done, all balance of nature will get disturbed.

    Nana : Baba, If it is so, then why do You promise someone saying "A son will be born to you" and exactly a baby boy takes birth and to some you say, "You will get job" and person gets job as said by You. Is it not Your miracle?
    Baba : "Nana, no i do not do any miracles. Astrologers, with their calculations, predict about happenings of next two-three days and some predictions turn out to be true. I am capable of peeping in future more than them. This is the reason that whatever I say, happens. My art is similar to that of an astrologer. But you people do not understand this. You take them as miracles, because you do not know the future. So ultimately credit of all happenings goes to Me, you all bow to Me and consider them as miracles done by Me. I offer your pranams to Father God and see to it that you are benefited.
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  • A Cup Of Tea Arranged For Nanasaheb By Shirdi Sai Baba


    Originally named as Narayan Govind Chandorkar, Nanasaheb Chandorkar, an ardent and staunch devotee of Sai Baba, needs no special introduction since in Shri Sai Satcharitra there are many instances wherein his name has been referred. Devotees who were fortunate to be living in Baba's times were indeed incarnations of Almighty, otherwise how could they take birth when Baba was in bodily form on this earth. Stories of such incarnations are really wonderful which contains messages for us from Sai Baba.

    We are aware of an incident wherein Nanasaheb Chandorkar's thirst was satisfied by Baba Who appeared to him as a woodcutter. Now another more interesting incident of the same kind is being shared in this post. It is very well known that Nanasaheb was of spiritual intellect and thus any place of worship attracted his attention and earnest desire to go for darshan of any deity was always present in him. He had immense faith in Baba and Baba too reciprocated his faith. As a part of his complete surrender, Nanasaheb never doubted Baba's words. In fact, his immediate actions were to abide by Baba's words bearing full confidence that whatever Baba will do, will be best for him.

     
    Lord Ganesha temple was situated in deep forest of Padmalay and to reach there one had to cross the forest. The temple was about 10 miles from the nearest railway station. Nanasaheb, serving as a Deputy Collector, a very respectable position in those days, had made all arrangements for reaching there. But when he reached the point of starting, he did not get any conveyance to reach the temple because train was late by few hours. On reaching the station in evening with his friends, due to unavailability of any other means of conveyance, he decided to cover the distance of 10 miles by walking. By the time they all reached mid-way, it was already nine at night. As per practice, authorities of the temple leave for their homes at about nine or ten at night. So a wave of worry passed in Nanasaheb's mind whether they will be allowed to enter the temple or not, let alone having darshan. After walking for more one-two miles, i.e. covering total of 6-7 miles of their journey, Nanasaheb was felt hungry. He said to Baba mentally, "Baba, i will not ask more from You, but please take care to provide atleast a cup of tea on completion of this journey, so that my hunger is appeased". Saying these words to Baba, Nanasaheb started walking towards his destination with double speed.

    At about eleven, they reached near the temple and saw doors of the temple open from a distance and the priest when seeing few men nearing the temple, shouted right from his place, "Is Nana coming"? It was considered to be an insult as a person of such high profile position was being called by his short name. But Nanasaheb was not angry at this, instead he was very happy and replied, "Oh, how did you come to know that Nana is coming?"

    Priest answered, "I received an aerial message from Sai Baba saying - My Nana who is thirsty, hungry and tired is coming to you. Please serve him with a cup of tea. Come on, tea is ready for you all". Thus Baba takes care of His dear devotees at any time and at any place.
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    Sai Baba imparted Practical Teachings to His Devotees

    After the incident concerning inoculation, Nanasaheb realized that Baba had a different kind of aura around Him. Therefore, Nanasaheb’s faith in Baba became more steadfast. He started feeling that he should go more frequently to take Baba’s Darshan. He intensely desired that he should incessantly have thoughts about Baba. But, his office and family matters allowed him little time for anything else. And he was sad.

    Once, he was sitting near Baba and Baba gave him an excellent way of overcoming the problem. Baba said, “You want that you should have my thoughts through out the day - Isn’t it ? Then try to see me in the smallest of the things.” Nanasaheb failed to get the point.

    Then Baba clarified, "Nana, when you see a vegetable, think that it is my creation. This way see me in each and everything that comes before you." How simple was the remedy suggested by Baba !

    Best way to keep anusandhan of the Lord.

    Once, Baba posed a question to Nana, “Which is one of the Shadripu (six vices of human nature) is easier to conquer ?” Nanasaheb replied, "Very difficult to answer that question.” Baba said, “It is jealousy ! It means not being able to digest the progress of others. It is very easy to win over jealousy. Because, by being jealous, we neither gain nor lose. A person earns wealth and well-being because of his good deeds. Therefore, if someone prospers, it is due to his good deeds and what do we lose ? And so, one must win over the bad quality of being jealous."

    Nanasaheb prostrated before Baba and agreed, "From today, I will try not to be jealous."[/color]

    One can easily conquer jealousy, if we remember that the person's good has happened only on account of his Good deeds committed earlier.

    Om Sai Ram

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    Baba saved life of Mainatai (Nanasaheb's daughter) by sending Udi at her delivery time, but the baby died after few months. Even before birth of the baby, Mainatai's husband died. So she became widow at a very tender age and that too childless. This was a reason of worry of Nanasaheb and his family. When he went to Shirdi, Nanasaheb sat quietly in Dwarkamai. At other times, Nanasaheb and Baba used to talk with no pause and persons present in Dwarkamai drink that nectar to their heart's content, but that day it was otherwise with them.

    When Baba could no longer tolerate the silence, He directly started talking with Nanasaheb not minding his silence. He added and said, if you have come for baby and son-in-law to Me, then your coming here is useless. Birth and death, all these depend on previous births deeds. Even Almighty God's powers are limited in this case and they cannot bring about any change in this phenomenon. Is is possible to ask sun or moon to arise two yards away from their original position? This is not possible and if done, all balance of nature will get disturbed.

    Nana : Baba, If it is so, then why do You promise someone saying "A son will be born to you" and exactly a baby boy takes birth and to some you say, "You will get job" and person gets job as said by You. Is it not Your miracle?
    Baba : "Nana, no i do not do any miracles. Astrologers, with their calculations, predict about happenings of next two-three days and some predictions turn out to be true. I am capable of peeping in future more than them. This is the reason that whatever I say, happens. My art is similar to that of an astrologer. But you people do not understand this. You take them as miracles, because you do not know the future. So ultimately credit of all happenings goes to Me, you all bow to Me and consider them as miracles done by Me. I offer your pranams to Father God and see to it that you are benefited. [/color]

    This is true, that the effects of Karma no one can escape. Before a person comes to the level of devotion, he has done some karma- both good & bad. This karma haunts him & one has to finish this store of karma before becoming free.

    But it is certainly possible for Sai baba to manipluate the timing & intensity of the karma effects.

    However later on getting devotion, all his future karma becomes posistive karma & his suffering is mimimum. Finally at the level of Sanyas/Virakti, he is free from karma effects, since he is not responsible for his karma, it being dedicated to Lord.

    Om Sai Ram

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    Re: Nanasaheb Chandorkar's experiences with Sai baba
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  • Baba’s first Darshan

    In 1892, Nanasaheb was the Secretary to the Collector at Nagar and Appa Kulkarni was the Revenue Clerk in Shirdi. Appa wanted to go to Nagar in connection with his office work and went to first avail Darshan of Baba. Baba said, “Appa, go to Nagar and enquire who is the Secretary to the Collector and tell that Nana that I have called him.”

    Appa conveyed the message; but Nana – thinking “What concern do I have with a Fakir” – refused to oblige. Then Baba once again sent the same message and Nana once again refused to oblige. After this happened 2-3 times, reluctantly Nana agreed to visit Baba.

    A doubt lingered in his mind – Am I going to meet an ordinary Fakir or a true saint ? While this confusion harassed him, he asked his wife to give him his old coat. Wearing it, he set on the way to Shirdi. On nearing the place, he realized that he was empty handed. He was worried about what he should buy and where he can buy it – as Shirdi was a nondescript town. Thinking about this, he casually put his hand in the coat pocket. He was surprised to find a few Badams (almonds) and a few pieces of Khadi-sakhar (sugar crystals).

    He started thinking, “How could this happen ? What a miracle it is ? Is Baba a Sadhu ?"

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    Re: Nanasaheb Chandorkar's experiences with Sai baba
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    Baba saved life of Mainatai (Nanasaheb's daughter) by sending Udi at her delivery time, but the baby died after few months. Even before birth of the baby, Mainatai's husband died. So she became widow at a very tender age and that too childless. This was a reason of worry of Nanasaheb and his family. When he went to Shirdi, Nanasaheb sat quietly in Dwarkamai. At other times, Nanasaheb and Baba used to talk with no pause and persons present in Dwarkamai drink that nectar to their heart's content, but that day it was otherwise with them.

    When Baba could no longer tolerate the silence, He directly started talking with Nanasaheb not minding his silence. He added and said, if you have come for baby and son-in-law to Me, then your coming here is useless. Birth and death, all these depend on previous births deeds. Even Almighty God's powers are limited in this case and they cannot bring about any change in this phenomenon. Is is possible to ask sun or moon to arise two yards away from their original position? This is not possible and if done, all balance of nature will get disturbed.

    Nana : Baba, If it is so, then why do You promise someone saying "A son will be born to you" and exactly a baby boy takes birth and to some you say, "You will get job" and person gets job as said by You. Is it not Your miracle?
    Baba : "Nana, no i do not do any miracles. Astrologers, with their calculations, predict about happenings of next two-three days and some predictions turn out to be true. I am capable of peeping in future more than them. This is the reason that whatever I say, happens. My art is similar to that of an astrologer. But you people do not understand this. You take them as miracles, because you do not know the future. So ultimately credit of all happenings goes to Me, you all bow to Me and consider them as miracles done by Me. I offer your pranams to Father God and see to it that you are benefited. [/color]

    This is true, that the effects of Karma no one can escape. Before a person comes to the level of devotion, he has done some karma- both good & bad. This karma haunts him & one has to finish this store of karma before becoming free.

    But it is certainly possible for Sai baba to manipluate the timing & intensity of the karma effects.

    However later on getting devotion, all his future karma becomes posistive karma & his suffering is mimimum. Finally at the level of Sanyas/Virakti, he is free from karma effects, since he is not responsible for his karma, it being dedicated to Lord.

    Om Sai Ram
    These are great solutions given by Sai baba...

    Sai Baba imparted Practical Teachings to His Devotees

    After the incident concerning inoculation, Nanasaheb realized that Baba had a different kind of aura around Him. Therefore, Nanasaheb’s faith in Baba became more steadfast. He started feeling that he should go more frequently to take Baba’s Darshan. He intensely desired that he should incessantly have thoughts about Baba. But, his office and family matters allowed him little time for anything else. And he was sad.

    Once, he was sitting near Baba and Baba gave him an excellent way of overcoming the problem. Baba said, “You want that you should have my thoughts through out the day - Isn’t it ? Then try to see me in the smallest of the things.” Nanasaheb failed to get the point.

    Then Baba clarified, "Nana, when you see a vegetable, think that it is my creation. This way see me in each and everything that comes before you." How simple was the remedy suggested by Baba !

    Best way to keep anusandhan of the Lord.

    Once, Baba posed a question to Nana, “Which is one of the Shadripu (six vices of human nature) is easier to conquer ?” Nanasaheb replied, "Very difficult to answer that question.” Baba said, “It is jealousy ! It means not being able to digest the progress of others. It is very easy to win over jealousy. Because, by being jealous, we neither gain nor lose. A person earns wealth and well-being because of his good deeds. Therefore, if someone prospers, it is due to his good deeds and what do we lose ? And so, one must win over the bad quality of being jealous."

    Nanasaheb prostrated before Baba and agreed, "From today, I will try not to be jealous."[/color]

    One can easily conquer jealousy, if we remember that the person's good has happened only on account of his Good deeds committed earlier.

    Om Sai Ram
    These are great solutions given by Sai baba...

    Sai Baba imparted Practical Teachings to His Devotees

    After the incident concerning inoculation, Nanasaheb realized that Baba had a different kind of aura around Him. Therefore, Nanasaheb’s faith in Baba became more steadfast. He started feeling that he should go more frequently to take Baba’s Darshan. He intensely desired that he should incessantly have thoughts about Baba. But, his office and family matters allowed him little time for anything else. And he was sad.

    Once, he was sitting near Baba and Baba gave him an excellent way of overcoming the problem. Baba said, “You want that you should have my thoughts through out the day - Isn’t it ? Then try to see me in the smallest of the things.” Nanasaheb failed to get the point.

    Then Baba clarified, "Nana, when you see a vegetable, think that it is my creation. This way see me in each and everything that comes before you." How simple was the remedy suggested by Baba !

    Best way to keep anusandhan of the Lord.

    Once, Baba posed a question to Nana, “Which is one of the Shadripu (six vices of human nature) is easier to conquer ?” Nanasaheb replied, "Very difficult to answer that question.” Baba said, “It is jealousy ! It means not being able to digest the progress of others. It is very easy to win over jealousy. Because, by being jealous, we neither gain nor lose. A person earns wealth and well-being because of his good deeds. Therefore, if someone prospers, it is due to his good deeds and what do we lose ? And so, one must win over the bad quality of being jealous."

    Nanasaheb prostrated before Baba and agreed, "From today, I will try not to be jealous."[/color]

    One can easily conquer jealousy, if we remember that the person's good has happened only on account of his Good deeds committed earlier.

    Om Sai Ram
    thats very true . jealous become obstacles in upgrading  our life . we looks upon others and feel jealous
    thanks baba ji for showing us the right path.
    jai sairam
    sabke dil me baste hi ushe sai sai kehte hai
    jai sainath

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    Baba used to discuss several things freely with Nana. Nanasaheb also used to place his queries and problems before Baba without inhibitions.

    Once, Nana enquired, “In the holy books, it is said that every day one should perform Dev-pooja, then offer Kak-bali (food for the crows) and then do Anna-dan to an Atithi (guest) with honor. I try to adhere to this routine every day; but on occasions, I keep waiting for an Atithi ; but he rarely arrives. Are the holy books wrong in prescribing the above manner ?”

    Baba clarified saying - “Are Nana, it is not necessary that an Atithi must be a Brahmin and human being. He could be a Brahmin or may belong to any other caste. Moreover, he may be a human being or an animal. Anyone who is in need of food is Atithi. Hundreds of thousands of Atithis may have come to you, but you may have ignored them in your quest for Brahmin Atithi. Erase this narrow meaning of the word. Every day, along with Kak-bali, place a heap of rice outside your home. Anyone who is hungry will eat it. If you feed a tired and hungry soul, you are following the path of Paramartha.”

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  • Shirdi Sai Baba appears as a beggar



    We are human beings. Our mind is surprised by the various deeds of the saints. But the saints consider all their deeds as normal. The things which are beyond our understanding and reach, we called them as miracles. Saints do these miracles in their ordinary course of deals. So it is not a miracle for them. Moreover we are simple, ignorant and greedy humans. That's why it is not possible for us to understand the Leelas of Sai Baba in one stroke. The Updesh which were given by Him are not difficult to remember, but difficult to follow. Here is such an incident Nanasaheb Chandorkar which shows how he forgot the teachings of Sai Baba and how Sai Baba taught him a lesson.


    Nanasaheb Chandorkar used to spend his holidays in his house at Kalyan. Whenever Nanasaheb and his family went there to spend holidays, the ladies in the house would prepare various types of snacks in the free time at afternoon.

    Once during his holidays, Nanasaheb was taking rest after having lunch on one afternoon. His daughter-in-law was making Bhajniya (a snack prepared from either wheat flour or rice flour, spices and are made in circular form commonly called “Chakri” in Marathi and “Chakli” in Gujarati). Just then a beggar wearing torn dirty clothes with came and stood at the door.


    There was threshold in front of the house. The house was inside the threshold. The beggar crossed the threshold and stood in front of the door and asked for food. Nanasaheb’s kind daughter-in-law took a handful of the Bhajniya and gave to the beggar. But the beggar was not satisfied and so she demanded more. Nanasaheb’s daughter-in-law took some more Bhajniya and gave to the beggar.
    This time too the beggar was not satisfied.

    Nanasaheb’s daughter-in-law said, “I have given you half of Bhajniya prepared for us to you. Then also you are not satisfied?”

    The beggar again seemed to be unsatisfied and said, “I will go only after you give all them”.

    Nanasaheb’s daughter-in-law said angrily, “You have to eat by getting the food from others and you are troubling us in this way. If want the food take whatever quantity is given to you and just go away. Now I will not give more than what I have offered.”

    The beggar did not listen to daughter-in-law. Neither she took the Bhajniya nor did she return. The daughter-in-law being fed up now called up Nanasaheb. Nanasaheb ordered his watchman, “If the beggar accepts the quantity which we are giving, then its ok, otherwise push her outside of the house”.

    The beggar said, “Sir, if you don’t intend to give don’t give but don’t push me out of the house. I will go on my own”. Thus the beggar went away without taking a single Bhajniya.

    Nanasaheb’s holidays were over. He had to join his office again. In the way he went to Shirdi to take darshan of Sai Baba. Sai Baba was very angry with Nanasaheb. The moment Sai Baba saw him; He turned His face on the other side. He did not speak a word too. Nanasaheb went near to Sai Baba and fell at His feet.

    Nanasaheb said, “O God, please tell if I have made any mistake”.

    Sai Baba said, “What should I say to the one who does not follow the path directed by Me? You had thrown that beggar out of your house through that watchman. Did she do any harm to you, that you were ready to push her? If she wanted whatever you gave her, she would have taken, and if not she would have sat on the threshold of your house for sometime and would have went away. What harm was that to you, was she looting away your wealth or position? Instead of listening to her sweet words, you called your watchman to throw her out of your house. Is this that I have taught you?

    Nanasaheb was then reminded of his mistake now. He repented for it and promised that he would never commit such mistake ever. Though Sai Baba is sitting in Shirdi, but He went to His devotees in any form to save them.


    Source : Translated from Gujarati Book "Sai Sarovar"

    Sai baba tested Nana's character to the limit.

    The way a person would respond to such a situation would depend on his progress in spiritual evolution.

    1. An IRRELEGIOUS/Unevolved person : would not even allow the beggar to stand near his house, let alone giving anything to the beggar, since he has no sympathy/empathy with him. The distinction between YOU & ME is very wide in this case.

    2. A Commoner person, busy with his worldly life, would not drive the beggar away, but instead shut his door, on seeing the beggar. This is to avoid any further trouble.

    3. A person who has some faith in god would atleast bother to enquire what the beggar needs. He may give or not give depending on the circumstances.

    4. A person who has good enough progress in Spiritual evolution, will never send the beggar empty handed.  He feels strong empathy with the beggar's plight & imagines himself in place of the beggar.

    5. For a highest evolved person, the beggar is non-different from he himself. He will make any sacrifice for the sake of the beggar, even putting himself in unlimited trouble. This is a Mahatma !!!

    Sai baba must have wanted Nana to be a Mahatma.

    Om Sai Ram

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    BhAUSAHEB DHUMAL

    ShrI Sakharam Balwant Dhumal, an ardent devotee of Baba, was a well-known lawyer from Nasik. His word carried considerable weight in government offices. He was a staunch social reformer. From 1917 to 1925, he worked as the first non-government chairman of district local board. Due to his pre-occupation with this chairmanship, he could devote limited time to his private practice. However, the government considered his this sacrifice and honored him as ‘Rao Bahaddur’. After 1925, Dhumal once again concentrated on his private practice. Due to Baba’s blessings, his practice flourished in spite of being away from the field for 8 long years.

    He was extremely pious. Before he became a devotee of Baba, he was a follower of Shri Gajanan Maharaj. He first went to avail Darshan of Shri Sai Baba in the year 1907. And he was at once got attracted with the radiant personality. In the first visit itself, Baba asked him for a Dakshina of Rs. 2. On receiving it Baba promptly returned the amount to Dhumal and said, “Preserve these ! Don’t spend or give them away !!”

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  • Once, Baba said to Dhumal, “Are Bhau, I take care of you at every moment. If I don’t do so, I don’t know what will happen.” On one more occasion, Baba said to him, ‘‘Bhau, whole night I was unable to sleep.” Bhausaheb enquired “What was the reason Baba ?” Baba replied, ‘‘The etire night I thought about you and only about you.” Hearing these words of Baba, Bhausaheb was moved with mixed emotions – surprise, love and gratitude. He was sad that Baba was doing so much for a mere mortal like him. But, he was convinced that Baba was the only saviour Who will protect him from evil happening in future.

     


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