शिर्डी के साँई बाबा जी की समाधी और बूटी वाड़ा मंदिर में दर्शनों एंव आरतियों का समय....

"ॐ श्री साँई राम जी
समाधी मंदिर के रोज़ाना के कार्यक्रम

मंदिर के कपाट खुलने का समय प्रात: 4:00 बजे

कांकड़ आरती प्रात: 4:30 बजे

मंगल स्नान प्रात: 5:00 बजे
छोटी आरती प्रात: 5:40 बजे

दर्शन प्रारम्भ प्रात: 6:00 बजे
अभिषेक प्रात: 9:00 बजे
मध्यान आरती दोपहर: 12:00 बजे
धूप आरती साँयकाल: 5:45 बजे
शेज आरती रात्री काल: 10:30 बजे


निर्देशित आरतियों के समय से आधा घंटा पह्ले से ले कर आधा घंटा बाद तक दर्शनों की कतारे रोक ली जाती है। यदि आप दर्शनों के लिये जा रहे है तो इन समयों को ध्यान में रखें।


Saturday, 15 October 2011

इसी तरह साईं प्रभु की माया बड़ी अपार

ॐ सांई राम

जग अनंत, बदले नहीं

सत्य सिद्ध यह सार
इसी तरह साईं प्रभु की
माया बड़ी अपार

... कौन रहे मात-पिता
ज्ञात ना जनम दिनांक
जन्म, उम्र साईं प्रभु की
अनुमान से आंक.

बाबा को जानने के लिए इन संदेशो को निरंतर पढ़े.

Etymology and origins

Karva is another word for diya (a small earthen oil-lamp) and chauth means 'fourth' in Hindi (a reference to the fact that the festival falls on the fourth day of the dark-fortnight, or krishna paksh, of the month of Kartik).

It is uncertain how the festival originated and how it came to be celebrated only in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent. One hypothesis is that military campaigns and long-distance travel usually resumed around the time of the festival, as the area dried and numerous rivers of the region (see: Sapta Sindhu) subsided from the effects of the monsoon. Women observed the fast to pray for the safety of their husbands at this time as they ventured away from home. The festival also coincides with the wheat-sowing time (i.e. the beginning of the Rabi crop cycle). Big earthen pots in which wheat is stored are also sometimes called karvas, so the fast may also have begun as a prayer for a good harvest in this predominantly wheat-eating region.

The RitualsWomen begin preparing for Karva Chauth a few days in advance, by buying cosmetics (shringar), traditional adornments or jewelry, and puja items, such as the karwa lamps, matthi, henna and the decorated puja thali (plate). Local bazaars take on a festive look as shopkeepers put their Karva Chauth related products on display. On the day of the fast, women from Punjab awake to eat and drink just before sunrise. In Uttar Pradesh, women eat soot feni with milk in sugar on the eve of the festival. It is said that this helps them go without water the next day. In Punjab, sargi (ਸਰਗੀ) is an important part of this pre-dawn meal, and always includes fenia. It is traditional for the sargi to be sent or given to the woman by her mother-in-law. If the mother-in-law lives with the woman, the pre-dawn meal is prepared by the mother-in-law. The fast begins with dawn. Fasting women do not eat during the day, and some additionally do not drink any water either. In traditional observances of the fast, the fasting woman does no housework. Women apply henna and other cosmetics to themselves and each other. The day passes in meeting friends and relatives. In some regions, it is customary to gift and exchange painted clay pots filled with put bangles, ribbons, home-made candy, cosmetics and small cloth items (e.g. handkerchiefs). Since Karva Chauth follows soon after the Kharif crop harvest in the rural areas, it is a good time for community festivities and gift exchanges. Parents often send gifts to their married daughters and their children.

In the evening, a community women-only ceremony is held. Women dress in fine clothing and wear jewellery and henna, and (in some regions) dress in the complete finery of their wedding dresses. The dresses (saris or shalwars) are frequently red, gold or orange in color, which are considered auspicious colors. In Uttar Pradesh, women wear Saris or lehangas. Women sit in a circle with their puja thalis. Depending on region and community, a version of the story of Karva Chauth is narrated, with regular pauses. The storyteller is usually an older woman or a priest, if one is present. In the pauses, the Karva Chauth puja song is sung collectively by the women as they perform the feris (passing their thalis around in the circle). In Punjabi communities, the Karva Chauth song is sung seven times, the first six of which describe some of the activities that are taboo during the fast and the seventh describes the lifting of those restrictions with the conclusion of the fast. The forbidden activities include weaving cloth (kumbh chrakhra feri naa), pleading with or attempting to please anyone (ruthda maniyen naa), and awakening anyone who is asleep (suthra jagayeen naa).

For the first six feris they sing -
“ ...Veero kudiye karvara, Sarv suhagan karvara, Aye katti naya teri naa, Kumbh chrakhra feri naa, Aar pair payeen naa, Ruthda maniyen naa, Suthra jagayeen naa, Ve veero kuriye karvara, Ve sarv suhagan karvara.”

For the seventh feri, they sing -
“ ...Veero kudiye karvara, Sarv suhagan karvara, Aye katti naya teri nee, Kumbh chrakhra feri bhee, Aar pair payeen bhee, Ruthda maniyen bhee, Suthra jagayeen bhee, Ve veero kuriye karvara, Ve sarv suhagan karvara... ”

In Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the women exchange karvas seven times between themselves. In Rajasthan, before offering water seven times the fasting woman is asked "Dhai?", to which she responds, "Suhaag na Dhai". In Rajasthan, stories are told by older women in the family, including narratives of Karva Chauth, Shiv, Parvati and Ganesh. In earlier times, an idol of Gaur Mata was made using earth and cow dung, which has now been replaced with an idol of Parvati. Each fasting woman lights an earthen lamp in her thali while listening to the Karva story. Sindoor, incense sticks and rice are also kept in the thali.

In Uttar Pradesh, a priest or an elderly woman of the family narrates the story of beejabeti or Veervati. Women make Gauri, Ganesh and Shankar idols with mud and decorate them with colourful and bright clothes and jewellery. While exhanging Karvas seven times, they sing -
“ ..Sadaa suhagan karve lo, Pati ki pyari karve lo, Saat bhaiyon ke behen karve lo, Vart karni karve lo, Saas ki pyaari karve lo,... ”

Thereafter, the women offer baayna(a melange of goodies like halwa, puri, namkeen mathri, meethi mathri, etc.) to the idols (mansana) and hand over to their mother-in-law or sister-in-law.

The fera ceremony concluded, the women await the rising of the moon. Once the moon is visible, depending on the region and community, it is customary for a fasting woman, with her husband nearby, to view its reflection in a vessel filled with water, through a sieve, or through the cloth of a dupatta. Water is offered (arka) to the moon (som or chandra, the lunar deity) to secure its blessings. She then turns to her husband and views his face indirectly in the same manner. In some regions, the woman says a brief prayer asking for her husband's life. It is believed that at this stage, spiritually strengthened by her fast, the fasting woman can successfully confront and defeat death (personified by Yama). In Rajasthan the women say "Like the gold necklace and the pearl bracelet, just like the moon may my suhaag always shine brightly".

The husband now takes the water from the thali and gives his wife her first sip and feeds her with the first morsel of the day (usually something sweet). The fast is now broken, and the woman has a complete meal. It is customary for the husband to make a gift to his wife, such as jewelry or a new dress.

Popular cultural aspects and critiquesIn modern North Indian society, Karva Chauth is considered to be a romantic festival, symbolizing the love between a husband and wife. It has been celebrated in Bollywood movies such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, where an unmarried woman signals her love for a man by keeping the fast for him and he reciprocates by secretly fasting as a gesture of empathy, as well as demonstrating his concern for her during the day and breaking her fast by feeding her at moonrise, and Baghban, in which a man persuades his elderly fasting wife to break her fast over the telephone because they have been separated by their uncaring children. News coverage of celebrities sometimes highlights the keeping of the fast by an unmarried female public figure because it indicates a strong and likely-permanent romantic attachment. Similar to Valentine's Day, the lack of a romantic partner can acutely be felt by unattached women. The festival is used extensively in advertising campaigns in the region, for instance in a Chevrolet TV spot in which a man demonstrates his caring for his wife by buying a car with a sunroof so he can drive her around on Karva Chauth night until she spots the moon through it.

Since Karva Chauth is celebrated primarily by women (men are entirely excluded from the festival's observances until moonrise, though they are expected to demonstrate attention and concern for their fasting wives) and because beauty rituals and dressing-up are a significant part of the day, the festival is seen as an event that bonds women together. In the present day, groups of unmarried women sometimes also keep the fast together out of a sense of friendship, though this practice is far from universal. This is especially true in the urban areas of North India and is interpreted as a prayer for a loving husband in the future. Another trend in the northern urban areas is the spreading of the festival's observance to women originating in communities and regions (such as Bihar, Bengal and Maharashtra) that have not traditionally celebrated Karva Chauth or even been aware of the festival's existence.

The festival has been criticized as being inherently sexist because there is no reciprocal fasting by males. There have been calls to modify or eliminate the festival by commentators who hold it to be "anti-women" and to "perpetuate the notion of women's dependence on men." Karva chauth has been cited as a symbol of cultural repression of women by some Indian feminists, such as Madhu Kishwar who has put it in the same class as "Khomeinivad" (i.e. pushing women into position of subservience to their husbands, similar to the family structure allegedly favored by Ayatollah Khomeini). Other feminists, however, have called the festival empowering for women because Karva Chauth enables them to quit housework completely for the day and expect gifts from their husbands. Some writers have asserted that such "rituals work insidiously" to create a "an instrument of social control" that oppresses women, and that the even greater popularity of Karva Chauth among urban, educated women raises the question of "which is the greater barrier to women's liberation: religion or the market."

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Friday, 14 October 2011

God can be secured with Love Alone

ॐ सांई राम

God can be secured with Love Alone

This is a small story in the Mahabharata. With a view to get Lord Krishna exclusively for herself, Satyabhama, one of His consorts, went to Sage Narada and requested him to tell her some way, a short-cut, by which she can achieve her objective.
Narada is the one who imparts Wisdom. Wanting to teach Satyabhama a lesson, he decided to stage a small drama. He told her that there is a ritual in which she gives away her husband as a gift (daan) to someone and then buys him back by paying money, equivalent in weight to the weight of the Lord. Narada said that Krishna will belong solely to Satyabhama under all circumstances if she went through this ritual. Satyabhama was lured into the plan.
He asked for a big balance to be brought, and then invited Krishna to sit on one of the pans. Krishna of course knew very well what Narada was up to, and smilingly obliged the sage. Narada then asked Satyabhama to place gold on the other pan. But lo and behold! No matter how much gold was placed on the other pan, the scale refused to become even.
Sathyabhama felt utterly frustrated. Narada saw an excellent opportunity in the situation and told Satyabhama that since she is not able to give gold needed to equal her husband?s weight, he was taking away Krishna; from that day, Krishna would not belong to her; He would belong to him.
In that situation, Satyabhama thought of Rukmini and went in search of her. She found her performing Tulsi pooja. After hearing what Satyabhama had to say, Rukmini remarked, ?God belongs to all and resides in every being as the Eternal Indweller. No one can have a monopoly of God, nor is it good to even entertain such a desire.?
The gold was then removed and Narada now asked Rukmini to try and somehow match Krishna?s weight. Rukmini replied, ?O sage, I believe Krishna?s Form can be balanced just by uttering His Name, and that is what I am going to do.?
Narada was not prepared to accept such a scheme and said, ?The Form is visible and tangible whereas the Name is not. I want you to match Krishna?s Form with something that has a form.?
Rukmini agreed. She took a tulsi leaf in her hand and prayed:
O God, Who is worshipped with leaf, flowers, fruits, and water,
If it be true that You submit Yourself
When You are offered Pure Love instead of all these,
I pray that You be balanced by Your Name,
And then tilt the scale with this tulsi leaf.
So praying, Rukmini placed the tulsi leaf on the empty pan & said, ?Krishna!? Immediately the scale became even, and the pan carrying Krishna went up instantly; the Lord had been more than matched!
This story teaches that the Lord submits Himself only to pure devotion; He cannot be obtained in any other way; least of all, He cannot ever be bought! There is nothing greater than pure bhakti, which is why it is given such an exalted status in Indian culture.
Our ancients held that devotion is more precious and valuable than all the material wealth one can dream of. It is this wealth that man should really seek instead of gold. In fact, it is the bounden duty of man to acquire this wealth; and he does not have to go far to seek it, for this treasure is already locked up within him.


By giving charity, performing austerities, bathing in sacred rivers, chanting sacred mantras, or worshiping the Brahmanas and the Supreme Personality of Godhead at the Godavari, Mount Simla, Mayapuri, Kumbhaga, Pushkara, Pushya-nakshatra, Kurukshetra, Ravi-graha, Candra-graha, Kashi, Phalguna, Naimisharanya, Ekadashi, Shukara, Kartiki, Ganamuktida, Janmashtami, Madhupuri, Khandava, Dvadasi, Kartiki, Purnima, Vateshvara-maha-vata, Makararka, Prayaga, Barhishmati, Vaidhati, Ayodhya-sarayu-tira, Sri Rama-navami-dina, Shiva-caturdasi, Baijanatha- subha-vana, Darsa, Soma-vara, Ganga-sagara-sangama, Dasami, Setubandha, Sri Rangam, or Saptami-dina, one attains great pious result. O best of Brahmanas, by visiting Govardhan Hill once, one attains a pious result ten million times greater than all those pious deeds together.
Giriraj's appearance in Vraja
Following an inquiry by Nanda Maharaj to his brother Upananda about the appearance of Giriraj Govardhan in Vrindavan, Upananda related the story as told by Pitamaha Bhishma (citing the Garga Samhita) to Maharaj Pandu, the father of the Pandavas, who had also asked the same question.
Once in Goloka Vrindavan, Lord Sri Krishna informed Srimati Radharani that She should prepare for Their descent to this our material universe to appear on the Earth planet (Jambu dwip) to enact Their transcendental pastimes. Srimati Radharani replied that unless Vraja Dhama, the Yamuna and Govardhan Hill were present there, She would like not come. Krishna assured His Beloved that Vraja Dhama, the Yamuna and Giriraj Govardhan had already made Their appearance on the Earth planet, and were awaiting Srimati's and Krishna's coming.
In ancient times, thousands of years before this conversation between Radha and Krishna, the Vedas say that mountains were living entities who would move, grow and fly and land anywhere they liked.
Once in the land of Salmali Dvipa, Dronachal's (the personified mountain) wife gave birth to a son named Govardhan. At the time of Govardhan's birth all the demigods appeared in the sky and showered flowers upon him. The great mountains, led by the Himalayas and Sumeru came, offering their respects and prayers, praising Govardhan for having descended from Goloka Vrindavana. They accepted Govardhan as their King, described Him as the "crown jewel of Vraja," and performed parikrama of Govardhan.
At the beginning of Satya Yuga, the great sage Pulastya Muni came to Salmali dvipa. Seeing the beautiful Govardhan covered with many lovely creepers, flowers, rivers, caves and chirping birds, Pulastya Muni felt that Govardhan was capable of granting liberation. He then went to meet Dronachal, who immediately offered his respects and inquired from the sage what service he could render.
Pulastya Muni informed Dronachal that he was on pilgrimage to all the holy places, and that he resided in Kashi. He explained that although Kashi was so auspicious due to the presence of the Ganga flowing through the city, there were no hills possessed of such beauty as Govardhan. He asked Dronachal if he would give his son Govardhan to him so that he could bring Govardhan to Kashi, so that he could perform his tapasya in the pristine environment of the hill.
Dronachal did not want to give up Govardhan and began crying in thoughts of possible separation from his son. Govardhan, not wanting to see Pulastya Muni become angry and curse his father, asked the rishi how he would be able to carry him all the way to Kashi. Pulastya Muni said he would carry him in his right hand. Govardhan agreed to go with the sage giving one condition; if the sage put him down anywhere during the course of the journey, he would not be able to lift him again. Pulastya Muni agreed, and left, carrying Govardhan in his right hand.
On the way to Kasi Pulastya Muni passed through Vraja. Govardhan saw the beauty of the place and wished to remain there. Govardhan then arranged for Pulastya Muni to feel the need to relieve himself, so Pulastya Muni attended to the call of nature, putting Govardhan down. When Pulastya Muni returned, he was unable to again lift Govardhan to any degree, despite the tremendous strength he was using to do so.
In great anger Pulastya Muni then cursed Govardhan that He would daily sink into the ground, to the extent of one mustard seed a day. When Govardhan first came to Vraja in the beginning of Satya Yuga, he was 64 miles long, 40 miles wide, and 16 miles high. It is explained that after 10,000 years of the Kali Yuga, Govardhan (and Yamuna Devi) will completely disappear.
After narrating the wonderful story of Govardhan's appearance, (another brother of Nanda Maharaj), Sunanda informed Nanda Maharaja that as long as Govardhan Hill and the river Yamuna remained manifest, Kali Yuga would not take its full effect. Sunanda Prabhu also explained that anyone who is fortunate enough to hear the description of the appearance of Giriraj Govardhan would be freed from all sins.
There is also another legend which relates that during Treta Yug when Lord Rama appeared, Mount Govardhan prayed to Hanuman Maharaj to utilize his stones and boulders in building the bridge to Lanka as he wanted to serve the Lord. When Sri Rama heard his prayer, just at that time, the bridge was completed. Sri Rama then promised Govardhan that in the age of Dwapara when He would appear as Krishna in Vraja, He would daily play and perform pastimes in and around Govardhan and also lift him on His hands for 7 days and 7 nights.
During Krishna’s praktya lila, He alongwith his cowherd friends, would spent their entire day around Giriraj Govardhan. While the cows would happily graze on the fresh tender grass, Krishna and his friends would frolic in the shaded groves and caves of the hill and dive into the cool sarovars and kunds which surround Govardhan.
As the best of servitors, Govardhan Hill provides Krishna and Balarama and the inhabitants of Vrindavan with all the necessities of life. Cool pure drinking water from its many waterfalls, pure honey, succulent fruits, wonderful varieties of herbs, roots, fruits, creepers and fresh flowers. Govardhan also provides various minerals and precious gems that the cowherd boys use to decorate Krishna and Balarama and themselves as well.
Govardhan is also fortunate to provide well-hidden caves and natural stone sitting places for the divine couple where they perform their sweet, loving pastimes. In this way, Giriraj Maharaj is the most confidential servitor of Sri Radha Krishna, being a witness of their intimate pastimes.
The Vedas declare that Govardhan Maharaj is non-different from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna Himself. When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vraja in the year 1515, He refused to step on Govardhan Hill because He regarded Govardhan as the body of Lord Krishna. At the time of the Annakuta ceremony, Krishna declared that He and Govardhan Hill are one and the same. Because Govardhan Hill is non-different from Krishna Himself, the rocks from Govardhan are worshipable just like a Deity of Krishna.
In fact, the stones known as Govardhan-sila do not need to be installed as they are already considered to be worshipful Deities. Many great devotees have worshiped the silas from Govardhan such as Sanatana Gosvami Raghunatha dasa Gosvami and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself.
Govardhan Hill is envisioned to be in the shape of a peacock resting with its head tucked into its side. Its face is considered to be Kusuma-sarovara, its neck Manasi-ganga, its mouth Mukharavinda, its two eyes Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda, the beginning of its tail Balarama Sthali and the end Punchari-kunda.
In the holy month of Kartik, thousands of devotees perform the parikrama of Giriraj Maharaj revelling in the joyful, transcendental atmosphere of Govardhan. They walk barefoot the 23 km path around Govardhan, or perform dandavat parikrama, which may take weeks, chanting the Lord’s name and glorifying Giriraj Maharaj praying for pure loving devotion unto the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Giridhari.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

साईं-वार की हार्दिक शुभ कामनाएं.

ॐ सांई राम

 जो जन करे रक्त-दान
पावे सुख, शांति और मान
साईं सवारे उसका जीवन
जिसके रक्त से बच जावे जान.
साईं-वार की हार्दिक शुभ कामनाएं.
(By Mr. Amit Gupta)
Shri Krishna Govind Harey Murare, hey Nath Narayan Vasudevaya. Shri Krishna Govind Harey Murare, hey Nath Narayan Vasudevaya.
When the Pandavas were sentenced to 13 year exile in the forest with their wife Draupadi by the Kauravas, Yudhisthir was despondent at his inability to feed the sages and others who accompanied him. Looking at his plight, his priest counselled  him to pray to Lord Surya, the Sun God for help. Pleased with the justifiable prayers of Yudhisthir, Lord Surya blessed him and gave him ‘Akshaya Patra.’
Akshaya means limitless and patra means a vessel, a container. Akshaya Patra means an inexhaustible vessel. It is an object from Hindu mythology given to Yudhisthir by Lord Surya. It had a never failing supply of food for the Pandavas every day. The vessel would supply endless quantities of food for each meal for them and the supply would run out only when Draupadi finished eating her meal, usually last.
Once unexpectedly, rishi Durvasa and several of his disciples arrived at the hermitage of Pandavas. There was no food to serve them since Draupadi had already finished eating which made the Pandavas nervous. The Pandavas knew rishi Durvasa could get enraged easily and when angered could even curse them. Durvasa rishi expressed his desire to first take a bath in the river Yamuna situated close by and then partake the food.
As they left, Draupadi prayed intensely to Lord Krishna for help to escape the wrath of the sage. Krishna heard her intent prayers. Providentially, He arrived at their doorstep and Draupadi apprised him of her problem.
Draupadi was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and would always seek His advice on matters, spiritual and worldly both. She had great veneration and adoration for Krishna and Krishna lovingly called her sakhi or friend. Draupadi was not only Krishna’s friend but also his faithful follower. Seeing no solution to the problem at hand, she pleaded for help and asked Krishna to rescue her and her husbands. How could she arrange for food for so many people in the forest?
As it happened several times earlier, the Pandavas were once again saved by Lord Krishna. He asked Draupadi to get him some food to eat, to which Draupadi replied that all the food for that meal had been consumed. Krishna insisted on eating something atleast. He asked her to bring whatever food was left over for him.
Draupadi was embarrassed and reluctantly got a vessel from the kitchen which had only two grains of rice in it. Krishna  happily ate those two grains and smiled mysteriously. He chuckled and told her that he felt full now and then He went his way.  Krishna’s eating two grains of rice miraculously satiated the hunger of Durvasa rishi and all his disciples at the river bank.  They decided not to go to the Pandavas at all as they were not hungry anymore!
In this way, the pride and glory of the Pandavas was saved and a devotee’s sincere call heard by the Master of the Universe.
The satisfaction of Lord Krishna meant the satisfaction of the whole universe.
When we worship God, we get everything in return in unlimited supply. God protects us, saves us from worries and rescues us from unexpected problems.
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Sai-Vaar ki hardik shubh kaamnayein

ॐ सांई राम

Jo jan kare rakt-daan
Paave sukh, shanti aur maan
Sai swaare uska jeevan
Jiske rakt se bach jaave jaan.
Om Sai Ram to all..
Sai-Vaar ki hardik shubh kaamnayein.

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श्री साई सच्चरित्र - अध्याय 27 & also English Chapter No. 27

ॐ सांई राम
आप सभी को शिर्डी के साईं बाबा ग्रुप की और से साईं-वार की हार्दिक शुभ कामनाएं
हम प्रत्येक साईं-वार के दिन आप के समक्ष बाबा जी की जीवनी पर आधारित श्री साईं सच्चित्र का एक अध्याय प्रस्तुत करने के लिए श्री साईं जी से अनुमति चाहते है
हमें आशा है की हमारा यह कदम घर घर तक श्री साईं सच्चित्र का सन्देश पंहुचा कर हमें सुख और शान्ति का अनुभव करवाएगा
किसी भी प्रकार की त्रुटी के लिए हम सर्वप्रथम श्री साईं चरणों में क्षमा याचना करते है

श्री साई सच्चरित्र - अध्याय 27 -
भागवत और विष्नुसहस्त्रनाम प्रदान कर अनुगृहीत करना, गीता रहस्य, खापर्डे ।
इस अध्याय में बतलाया गया है कि श्री साईबाबा ने किस प्रकार धार्मिक ग्रन्थों को करस्पर्श से पवित्र कर अपने भक्तों को पारायण के लिये देकर अनुगगृहीत किया तथा और भी अन्य कई घटनाओं का उल्लेख किया गया है ।
जन-साधारण का ऐसा विश्वास है कि समुद्र में स्नान कर लेने से ही समस्त तीर्थों तथा पवित्र नदियों में स्नान करने का पुण्य प्राप्त हो जाता है । ठीक इसी प्रकार सदगुरु के चरणों का आश्रय लेने मात्र से तीनों शक्तियों (ब्रहृ, विष्णु, और महेश) और परब्रहृ को नमन करने का श्रेय सहज ही प्राप्त हो जाता है । श्री सच्चिदानंद साई महाराज की जय हो । वे तो भक्तों के लिये कामकल्पतरु, दया के सागर और आत्मानुभूति देने वाले है । हे साई । तुम अपनी कथाओं के श्रवण में मेरी श्रद्घा जागृत कर दो । घनघोर वर्षा ऋतु में जिस प्रकार चातक पक्षी स्वाति नक्षत्र की केवल एक बूँद का पान कर प्रसन्न हो जाता है, उसी प्रकार अपनी कथाओं के सारसिन्धु से प्रगटित एक जल कण का सहस्त्रांश दे दो, जिससे पाठकों और श्रोताओं के हृदय तृप्त होकर प्रसन्नता से भरपूर हो जाये । शरीर से स्वेद प्रवाहित होने लगे, आँसुओं से नेत्र परिपूर्ण हो जाये, प्राण स्थिरता पाकर चित्त एकाग्र हो जाये और पल-पल पर रोमांच हो उठे, ऐसा सात्विक भाव सभी में जागृत कर दो । पारस्परिक बैमनस्य तता वर्ग-अपवर्ग का भेद-भाव नष्ट कर दो, जिससे वे तुम्हारी भक्ति में सिसके, बिलखें और कम्पित हो उठें । यदि ये सब भाव उत्पन्न होने लगे तो इसे गुरु-कृपा के लक्षण जानो । इन भावों को अन्तःकरण में उदित देखकर गुरु अत्यन्त प्रसन्न होकर तुम्हें आत्मानुभूति की ओर अग्रसर करेंगे । माया से मुक्त होने का एकमात्र सहज उपाय अनन्य भाव से केवल श्री साईबाबा की शरण जाना ही है । वेद –वेदान्त भी मायारुपी सागर से पार नहीं उतार सकते । यह कार्य तो केवल सदगुरु द्घारा ही संभव है । समस्त पप्राणियों और भूतों में ईश्वर-दर्णन करने के योग्य बनाने की क्षमता केवल उन्हीं में है ।
पवित्र ग्रन्थों का प्रदान
गत अध्याय में बाबा की उपदेश-शैली की नवीनता ज्ञात हो चुकी है । इस अध्याय में उसके केवल एक उदाहरण का ही वर्णन करेंगे । भक्तों को जिस ग्रन्थविशेष का पारायण करना होता थे, उसे वे बाबा के कर कमलों में भेंट कर देते थे और यदि बाबा उसे अपने करकमलों से स्पर्श कर लौटा देते तो वे उसे स्वीकार कर लेते थे । उनकी ऐसी भावना हो जाती थी कि ऐसे ग्रन्थ का यदि नित्य पठन किया जायेगा तो बाबा सदैव उनके साथ ही होंगे । एक बार काका महाजनी श्री एकनाथी भागवत लेकर शिरडी आये । शामा ने यह ग्रन्थ अध्ययन के लिये उनसे ले लिया और उसे लिये हुए वे मसजिद में पहुँचे । तब बाबा ने ग्रन्थ शामा से ले लिया और उन्होंने उसे स्पर्श कर कुछ विशेष पृष्ठों को देखकर उसे सँभालकर रखने की आज्ञा देकर वापस लौटा दिया । शामा ने उन्हें बताया कि यह ग्रन्थ तो काकासाहेब का है और उन्हें इसे वापस लौटाना है । तब बाबा कहने लगे कि नही, नही, यह ग्रन्थ तो मैं तुम्हें दे रहा हूँ । तुम इसे सावधानी से अपने पास रखो । यह तुम्हें अत्यन्त उपयोगी सिदृ होगा । कुछ दिनों के पश्चात काका महाजनी पुनः श्रीएकनाथी भागवत की दूसरी प्रति लेकर आये और बाबा के करकमलों में भेंट कर दी, जिसे बाबा ने प्रसाद-स्वरुप लौटाकर उन्हें भी उसे सावधानी से सँभाल कर रखने की आज्ञा दी । साथ ही बाबा ने उन्हें आश्वासन दिया कि यह तुम्हें उत्तम स्थिति में पहुँचाने में सहायक सिदृ होगा । काका ने उन्हें प्रणाम कर उसे स्वीकार कर लिया ।
शामा और विष्नुसहस्त्रनाम
शामा बाबा के अंतरंग भक्त थे । अस कारण बाबा उन्हें एक विचित्र ढंग से बिष्णुसहस्त्रनाम प्रसादरुप देने की कृपा करना चाहते थे । तभी एक रामदासी आकर कुछ दिन शिरडी में ठहरा । वह नित्य नियमानुसार प्रातःकाल उठता और हाथ मुँह धोने के पश्चात् स्नान कर भगवा वस्त्र धारण करता तथा शरीर पर भस्म लगाकर विष्णुसहस्त्रनाम का जाप किया करता था । वह अध्यात्मरामायम का भी श्रद्घापूर्वक नित्य पाठ किया करता था और बहुधा इन्हीं ग्रन्थों को ही पढ़ा करता था । कुछ दिनों के पश्चात् बाबा ने शामा को भी विष्णुसहस्त्रनाम से परिचित कराने का विचार कर रामदासी को अपने समीप बुलाकर उससे कहा कि मेरे उदर में अत्यन्त पीड़ा हो ररही है और जब तक मैं सोलामुखी का सेवन न करुँगा, तब तक मेरा कष्ट दूर न होगा । तब रामदासी ने अपना पाठ स्थगित कर दिया और वह औषधि लाने बाजार चला गया । उसी प्रकार बाबा अपने आसन से उठे और जहाँ वह पाठ किया करते थे, वहाँ जाकर उन्होंने विष्णुसहस्त्रनाम की वह पुस्तिका उठाई और पुनः अपने आसन पर विराजमान होकर शामा से कहने लगे कि यह पुस्तक अमूल्य और मनोवांछित फल देने वाली है । इसलिये मैं तुम्हें इसे प्रदान कर रहा हूँ, ताकि तुम इसका नित्य पठन करो । एक बार जब मैं अधिक रुग्ण था तो मेरा हृदय धड़कने लगा । मेरे प्राणपखेरु उड़ना ही चाहते थे कि उसी समय मैंनें इस सदग्रन्थ को अपने हृदय पर रख लिया । कैसा सुख पहुँचाया इसने । उस समय मुझे ऐसा ही भान हुआ, मानों अल्लाह ने स्वयं ही पृथ्वी पर आकर मेरी रक्षा की । इस कारण यह ग्रन्थ मैं तुम्हें दे रहा हूँ । इसे थोड़ा धीरे-धीरे, कम से कम एक श्लोक प्रतिदिन अवश्य पढ़ना, जिससे तुम्हारा बहुत भला होगा । तब शामा कहने लगे कि मुझे इस ग्रन्थ की आवश्यकता नहीं क्योंकि इस का स्वामी रामदासी एक पागल, हठी और अतिक्रोधी व्यक्ति है, जो व्यर्थ ही अभी आकर लड़ने को तैयार हो जायेगा । अल्पशिक्षित होने के नाते, मैं संस्कृत भाषा में लिखित इस ग्रन्थ को पढ़ने में भी असमर्थ हूँ शामा की धारणा थी कि बाबा मेरे और रामदासी के बीच मनमुटाव करवाना चाहते थे । इसलिये यह नाटक रचा है । बाबा का विचार उनके प्रति क्या था, यह उनकी समझ में न आया । बाबा येन केन प्रकारेण विष्णुसहस्त्रनाम उसके कंठ में उतार देना चाहते थे । वे तो अपने एक अल्पशिक्षित अंतरंग भक्त को सांसारिक दुःखों से मुक्त कर देना चाहते थे । ईश्वर-नाम के जप का महत्व तो सभी को विदित हीहै, जो हमें पापों से बचाकर कुवृत्तियों से हमारी रक्षा कर, जन्म तथा मृत्यु के बन्धन से छुड़ा देता है । यह आत्मशुद्घि के लिये एक उत्तम साधन है, जिसमें न किसी सामग्री की आवश्यकता हौ और न किसी नियम के बन्धन की । इससे सुगम और प्रभावकारी साधन अन्य कोई नहीं । बाबा की इच्छ तो शामा से यह साधना कराने की थी, परन्तु शामा ऐसा न चाहते थे, इसीलिये बाबा ने उनपर दबाव डाला । ऐसा बहुधा सुनने में आया है कि बहुत पहले श्री एकनाथ महाराज ने भी अपने एक पड़ोसी ब्राहमण से विष्णुसहस्त्रनाम का जप करने के लिये आग्रह कर उसकी रक्षा की थी । विष्णुसहस्त्रनाम का जप चित्तशुद्घि के लिये एक श्रेष्ठ तथा स्पष्ट मार्ग है । इसलिये बाबा ने शामा को अनुरोधपूर्वक इसके जप में प्रवृत्त किया । रामदासी बाजार से तुरन्त सोनामुखी लेकर लौट आया । अण्णा चिंचणीकर, जो वहीं उपस्थित थे, प्रयः पूरे नारद मुनि ही थे और उन्होंने उक्त घटना का सम्पूर्ण वृत्तांत रामदासी को बता दिया । मदासी क्रोधावेश में आकर शामा की ओर लपका और कहने लगे कि यह तुम्हारा ही कार्य है, जो तुमने बाबा के द्घारा मुझे उदर पीड़ा के बहाने औषधि लेने को भेजा । यदि तुमने पुस्तक न लौटाई तो मैं तुम्हारा सिर तोड़ दूँगा । शामा ने उसे शान्तुपूर्वक समझाया, परन्तु उनक कहना व्यर्थे ही हुआ । तब बाबा प्रेमपूर्वक बोले कि अरे रामदासी, यह क्या बात हैं । क्यों उपद्रव कर रहे हो । क्या शामा अपना बालक नहीं है । तुम उसे व्यर्थ ही क्यों गाली दे रहे हो । मुझे तो ऐसा प्रतीत होता है कि तुम्हारी प्रकृति ही उपद्रवी है । क्या तुम नम्र और मृदुल वाणी नहीं बोल सकते । तुम नित्य प्रति इन पवित्र ग्रन्थों का पाठ किया करते हो और फिर भी तुम्हारा चित्त अशुदृ ही है । जब तुम्हारी इच्छायें ही तुम्हारे वश में नहीं है तो तुम रामदासी कैसे । तुम्हें तो समस्त वस्तुओं से अनासक्त (वैराग्य) होना चाहिये । कैसी विचित्र बात है कि तुम्हें इस पुस्तक पर इतना अधिक मोह है । सच्चे रामदासी को तो ममता त्याग कर समदर्शी होना चाहिये । तुम तो अभी बालक शामा से केवल एक छोटी सी पुस्तक के लिये झगड़ा कर रहे थे । जाओ, अपने आसन पर बैठो । पैसों से पुस्तकें तो अनेक प्राप्त हो सकती है, परन्तु मनुष्य नहीं । उत्तम विचारक बनकर विवेकशील होओ । पुस्तक का मूल्य ही क्या है और उससे शामा को क्या प्रयोजन । मैंने स्वयं उठकर वह पुस्तक उसे दी थी, यह सोचकर कि तुम्हें तो यह पुस्तक पूणर्तः कंठस्थ है । शामा को इसके पठन से कुछ लाभ पहुँचे, इसलिये मैंने उसे दे दी । बाबा के ये शब्द कितने मृदु और मार्मिक तथा अमृततुल्य है । इनका प्रभाव रामदासी पर पड़ा । वह चुप हो गया और फिर शामा से बोला कि मैं इसके बदले में पंचरत्नी गीता की एक प्रति स्वीकार कर लूँगा । तब शामा भी प्रसन्न होकर कहने लगे कि एक ही क्यो, मैं तो तुम्हें उसके बदले में 10 प्रतियाँ देने को तैयार हूँ । इस प्रकार यह विवाद तो शान्त हो गया, परन्तु अब प्रश्न यह आया कि रामदासी नें पंचरत्नी गीता के लिये-एक ऐसी पुस्तक जिसका उसे कभी ध्यान भी न आया था, इतना आग्रह क्यों किया और जो मसजिद में हर दिन धार्मिक ग्रन्थों का पाठ करता हो, वह बाबा के समक्ष ही इतना उत्पात करने पर क्यों उतारु हो गया । हम नहीं जानते कि इस दोष का निराकरण कैसे करें और किसे दोषी ठहरावें । हम तो केवल इतना ही जान सके कि यदि इस प्रणाली काअनुसरण न किया गया होता तो विषय का महत्व और ईश्वर नाम की महिमा तथा शामा को विष्णुसहस्त्रनाम के पठन का शुभ अवसर ही प्राप्त न होता । इससे यही प्रतीत होता है कि बाबा के उपदेश की शैली और उसकी प्रकि्या अद्घितीय है । शामा ने धीरे-धीरे इस ग्रन्थ का इतना अध्ययन कर लिया और उन्हें इस विषय का इतना ज्ञान हो गया कि वह श्री मान् बूटीसाहेब के दामाद प्रोफेसर जी.जी. नारके, एम.ए. (इंजीनियरिंग कालेज, पूना) को भी उसका यथार्थ अर्थ समझाने में पूर्ण सफल हुए ।
गीता रहस्य
ब्रहृविघा (अध्यात्म) का जो भक्त अध्ययन करते, उन्हें बाबा सदैव प्रोत्साहित करते थे । इसका एक उदाहरण है कि एक समय बापूसाहेब जोग का एक पारसल आया, जिसमें श्री. लोकमान्य तिलक कृत गीता-भाष्य की एक प्रति थी, जिसे काँख में दबाये हुये वे मसजिद में आये । जब वे चरण-वन्दना के लिये झुके तो वह पारसल बाबा के श्री-चरणों पर गिर पड़ा । तब बाबा उनसे पूछने लगे कि इसमें क्या है । श्री. जोग ने तत्काल ही पारसल से वह पुस्तक निकालकर बाबा के कर—कमलों में रख दी । बाबा ने थोड़ी देर उसके कुछ पृष्ठ देखकर जेब से एक रुपया निकाला और उसे पुस्तक पर रखकर जोग को लौटा दिया और कहने लगे कि इसका ध्यानपूर्वक अध्ययन करते रहो, इससे तुम्हारा कल्याण होगा ।
श्रीमान् और श्रीमती खापर्डे
एक बार श्री. दादासाहेब खापर्डे सहकुटुम्ब शिरडी आये और कुछ मास वहीं ठहरे उनके ठहरने के नित्य कार्यक्रम का वर्णन श्रीसाईलीला पत्रिका के प्रथम भाग में प्रकाशित हुआ है । दादा कोई सामान्य व्यक्ति न थे । वे एक धनाढ्य और अमरावती (बरार) के सुप्रसिदृ वकील तथा केन्द्रीय धारा सभा (दिल्ली) के सदस्य थे । वे विद्घान और प्रवीण वक्ता भी थे । इतने गुणवान् होते हुए भी उन्हें बाबा के समक्ष मुँह खोलने का साहस न होता था । अधिकाँश भक्तगण तो बाबा से हर समय अपनी शंका का समाधान कर लिया करते थे । केवल तीन व्यक्ति खापर्डे, नूलकर और बूटी ही ऐसे थे, जो सदैव मौन धारण किये रहते तथा अति विनम्र और उत्तम प्रकृति के व्यक्ति थे । दादासाहेब, विघारण्य स्वामी द्घारा रचित पंचदशी नामक प्रसिदृ संस्कृत ग्रन्थ, जिसमें अद्घैतवेदान्त का दर्शन है, उसका विवरण दूसरों को तो समझाया करते थे, परन्तु जब वे बाबा के समीप मसजिद में आये तो वे एक शब्द का भी उच्चारण न कर सके । यथार्थे में कोई व्यक्ति, चाहे वह जितना वेदवेदान्तों में पारन्गत क्यों न हो, परन्तु ब्रहृपद को पहुँचे हुए व्यक्ति के समक्ष उसका शुष्क ज्ञान प्रकाश नहीं दे सकता । दादा चार मास तथा उनकी पत्नी सात मास वहाँ ठहरी । वे दोनों अपने शिरडी-प्रवास से अत्यन्त प्रसन्न थे । श्री मती खापर्डे श्रद्घालु तथा पूर्ण भक्त थी, इसलिये उनका साई चरणों में अत्यन्त प्रेम था । प्रतिदिन दोपहर को वे स्वयं नैवेघ लेकर मसजिद को जाती और जब बाबा उसे ग्रहम कर लेते, तभी वे लौटकर आपना भोजन किया करती थी । बाबा उनकी अटल श्रद्घा की झाँकी का दूसरों को भी दर्शन कराना चाहते थे । एक दिन दोपहर को वे साँजा, पूरी, भात, सार, खीर और अन्य भोज्य पदार्थ लेकर मसजिद में आई । और दिनों तो भोजन प्रायः घंटों तक बाबा की प्रतीक्षा में पड़ा रहता था, परन्तु उस दिन वे तुरंत ही उठे और भोजन के स्थान पर आकर आसन ग्रहण कर लिया और थाली पर से कपड़ा हटाकर उन्होंने रुचिपूर्वक भोजन करना आरम्भ कर दिया । तब शामा कहने लगे कि यह पक्षपात क्यों । दूसरो की थालियों पर तो आप दृष्टि तक नहीं डालते, उल्टे उन्हें फेंक देते है, परन्तु आतज इस भोजन को आप बड़ी उत्सुकता और रुचि से खा रहे है । आज इस बाई का भोजन आपको इतना स्वादिष्ट क्यों लगा । यह विषय तो हम लोगों के लिये एक समस्या बन गया है । तब बाबा ने इस प्रकार समझाया । सचमुच ही इस भोजन में एक विचित्रता है । पूर्व जन्म में यह बाई एक व्यापारी की मोटी गाय थी, जो बहुत अधिक दूध देती थी । पशुयोलि त्यागकर इसने एक माली के कुटुम्ब में जन्म लिया । उस जन्म के उपरान्त फिर यह एक क्षत्रिय वंश में उत्पन्न हई और इसका ब्याह एक व्यापारी से हो गया । दीर्घए काल के पश्चात् इनसे भेंट हुई है । इसलिये इनकी थाली में से प्रेमपूर्वक चार ग्रास तो खा लेने दो । ऐसा बतला कर बाबा ने भर पेट भोजन किया और फिर हात मुँह धोकर और तृप्ति की चार-पाँच डकारें लेकर वे अपने आसन पर पुनः आ बिराजे । फिर श्रीमती खापर्डे ने बाबा को नमन किया और उनके पाद-सेवन करने ली । बाबा उनसे वार्तालाप करने लगे और साथ-साथ उनके हाथ भी दबाने लगे । इस प्रकार परस्पर सेवा करते देख शामा मुस्कुराने लगा और बोला कि देखो तो, यह एक अदभुत दृश्य है कि भगवान और भक्त एक दूसरे की सेवा कर रहे है । उनकी सच्ची लगन देखकर बाबा अत्यन्त कोमल तथा मृदु शब्दों मे अपने श्रीमुख से कहने लगे कि अब सदैव राजाराम, राजाराम का जप किया करो और यदि तुमने इसका अभ्यास क्रमबदृ किया तो तुम्हे अपने जीवन के ध्येय की प्राप्ति अवश्य हो जायेगी । तुम्हें पूर्ण शान्ति प्राप्त होकर अत्यधिक लाभ होगा । आध्यात्मिक विषयों से अपरिचित व्यक्तियों के लिये यह घटना साधारण-सी प्रतीत होगी, परन्तु शास्त्रीय भाषा में यह शक्तिपात के नाम से विदित है, अर्थात् गुरु द्घारा शिष्य में शक्तिसंचार करना । कितने शक्तिशाली और प्रभावकारी बाबा के वे शब्द थे, जो एक क्षण में ही हृदय-कमल में प्रवेश कर गये और वहाँ अंकुरित हो उठे । यह घटना गुरु-शिष्य सम्बन्ध के आदर्श की घोतक है । गुरु-शिष्य दोनों एक दूसरे को अभिन्न् जानकर प्रेम और सेवा करनी चाहिये, क्योंकि उन दोनों में कोई भेद नहीं है । वे दोनों अभिन्न और एक ही है, जो कभी पृथक् नहीं हो सकते । शिष्य गुरुदेव के चरणों पर मस्तक रख रहा है, यह तो केवल बाहृ दृश्यमान है । आन्तरिक दृष्टि से दोनों अभिन्न और एक ही है तथा जो उनमें भेद समझता है, वह अभी अपरिपक्क और अपूर्ण ही है ।

।। श्री सद्रगुरु साईनाथार्पणमस्तु । शुभं भवतु ।।


Shree Sai Sachritra Chapter - 27

Favour Shown by Giving Bhagwat and Vishnu-Sahasra Nam - Dixit's Vitthal Vision - Gita Rahasya - Khapardes.
This Chapter describes, how Sai Baba favoured His devotees by granting them religious books after he had touched and consecrated them, for parayana (reading regularly) and certain other matters.
When a man takes a plunge into the sea, he gets the merit of bathing in all the Tirthas and sacred rivers. Similarly when a man takes refuge at the feet of the Sad-guru, he gets the merit of bowing to the Trinity, i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and also Para-Brahma. Victory be unto Shri Sai the wish-fulfilling tree and the ocean of knolwedge, who gives us self-realisation. Oh Sai, create in us regard for Your stories. Let the readers and audience devour them with the same relish with which the chatak bird drinks the water from the clouds and becomes happy. While listening to Your stories, let them and their families get all the sattwik emotions, viz. let their bodies perspire, let their eyes be full of tears, let their prana be steady, let their minds be composed, let their hair stand on end, let them cry, sob and shake, let their hostilities and their distinctions, great and small vanish. If these things happen, that is a sign of the grace of the Guru dawning upon them. When these emotions develop in you, the Guru is most pleased and will certainly lead you on to the goal of self-realisation. The best way, therefore, to get free from the shackles of Maya is our complete and whole-hearted surrender to Baba. The Vedas cannot take you across the ocean of Maya. It is only the Sad-guru, who can do so and make you, see the Lord in all creatures.
Granting Consecrated Book
The variety of imparting instructions followed by Baba has already been noticed in the previous Chapters. In this, we shall deal with one aspect of it. It was the habit of some devotees to take some religious books, of which they wanted to make a special study, to Baba and to receive the same back from Him, after they were touched and consecrated by Him. While reading daily such books, they felt that Baba was with them. Once, Kaka Mahajani came to Shirdi with a copy of Ekanathi Bhagwat. Shama took that book to read and taking it with him went to the Masjid. There Baba took it from him, touched it and turning some pages here and there gave it back to Shama and asked him to keep it with him. When Shama said that it belonged to Kaka and had to be returned to him. "No, no", said Baba. "As I have given it to you, better keep it with you for safe custody; it will be of use to you." In this way many books were entrusted to Shama. Kaka Mahajani after a some days came again with another copy of the same Bhagwat and gave it in Baba's hand. Then Baba gave it back as Prasad and asked him to preserve it well and assured him that it would stand him in good stead. Kaka accepted it with a bow.
Shama and Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam
Shama was a very intimate devotee of Baba and Baba wanted to favour him in a particular way by giving him a copy of Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam as Prasad. This was done in the following way. Once a Ramadasi (follower of Saint Ramadas) came to Shirdi and stayed for some time. The routine he followed daily was as follows : He got up early in the morning, washed his face, bathed and then after wearing saffron-coloured clothes and besmearing himself with sacred ashes, read Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam (a book giving a thousand names in praise of Vishnu, and held second in importance to Bhagwad Geeta) and Adhyatma-Ramayana (Esoteric version of Rama's story) with faith. He read these books often and often and then after some days Baba thought of favouring and initiating Shama with Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam. He, therefore, called the Ramadasi to Him and said to him that, He was suffering from intense stomach-pain, and unless He took Senna-pods (Sona-mukhi, a mild purgative drug) the pain would not stop; so he should please go to the bazar and bring the drug. The Ramadasi closed his reading and went to the bazar. Then Baba descended from His seat, came to the Ramadasi's place of reading, took out the copy of Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam, and coming to His seat said to Shama- "Oh Shama, this book is very valuable and efficacious, so I present it to you, you read it. Once I suffered intensely and My heart began to palpitate and My life was in danger. At that critical time, I hugged this book to My heart and then, Shama, what a relief it gave me! I thought that Allah Himself came down and saved Me. So I give this to you, read it slowly, little by little, read daily one name at least and it will do you good." Shama replied that he did not want it, and that the owner of it, the Ramadasi who was a mad, obstinate and irritable fellow would certainly pick up a quarrel with him, besides, being a rustic himself, he could not read distinctly the Sanskrit (Devanagari) letters of the book.
Shama thought that Baba wanted to set him up against the Ramadasi by this act of His, but he had no idea of what Baba felt for him. Baba must have thought to tie this necklace of Vishu-Sahasra-Nam round the neck of Shama, as he was an intimate devotee, though a rustic, and thus save him from the miseries of the worldly existence. The efficacy of God's Name is well-known. It saves us from all sins and bad tendencies, frees us from the cycle of births and deaths. There is no easier sadhana than this. It is the best purifier of our mind. It requires no paraphernalia and no restrictions. It is so easy and so effective. This sadhana, Baba wanted Shama to practise, though he did not crave for it. So Baba forced this on him. It is also reported that long ago, Eknath Maharaj, similarly, forced this Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam on a poor Brahmin neighbour, and thus saved him. The reading and study of this Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam is a broad open way of purifying the mind, and hence Baba thrust this on His Shama.
The Ramadasi returned soon with the Seena-pods. Anna Chinchanikar, who was then present and who wanted to play the part of Narada (the Celestial Rishi who was well-known for setting up quarrels between Gods and demons and vice versa), informed him of what had happened. The Ramadasi at once flared up. He came down at once on Shama with all fury. He said that it was Shama who set Baba to send him away under the pretext of stomach-ache for bringing the medicine and thus got the book. He began to scold and abuse Shama and remarked that if the book be not returned, he would dash his head before him. Shama calmly remonstrated with him, but in vain. Then Baba spoke kindly to him as follows - "Oh Ramadasi, what is the matter with you? Why are you so turbulent? Is not Shama our boy? Why do you scold him unnecessarily. How is it that you are so quarrelsome? Can you not speak soft and sweet words? You read daily these sacred books and still your mind is impure and your passions uncontrolled. What sort of a Ramadasi you are! You ought to be indifferent to all things. Is it not strange that you should covet this book so strongly? A true Ramadasi should have no 'mamata' (attachment) but have 'samata' (equality) towards all. You are now quarrelling with the boy Shama for a mere book. Go, take your seat, books can be had in plenty for money, but not men; think well and be considerate. What worth is your book? Shama had no concern with it. I took it up Myself and gave it to him. You know it by heart. I thought Shama might read it and profit thereby, and so I gave to it him."
How sweet were these words of Baba, soft, tender and nectar-like! Their effect was wonderful. The Ramadasi calmed down and said to Shama that he would take 'Panch-ratni' Geeta in return. Shama was much pleased and said - "Why one, I shall give ten copies in return".
So the matter was ultimately compromised. The question for consideration is "Why should the Ramadasi press for Pancha-ratni Geeta, the God in which he never cared to know, and why should he, who daily read religious books in the Masjid in front of Baba, quarrel with Shama before Him?" We do not know how to apportion the blame and whom to blame. We only say that, had this procedure been not gone through, the importance of the subject, the efficacy of God's name and the study of Vishnu-Sahasra-Nam would not have been brought home to Shama. So we see that Baba's method, of teaching and initiating was unique. In this cases Shama did gradually study the book and mastered its contents to such an extent, that he was able to explain it to Professor G.G. Narke, M.A. of the College of Engineering, Poona, the son-in-law of Shriman Booty and a devotee of Baba.
One day, while Kakasaheb Dixit was in mediation after his morning bath in his Wada at Shirdi he saw a vision of Vitthal. When he went to see Baba afterwards, Baba asked him - "Did vitthal Patil come? did you not see Him? He is very elusive, hold Him fast, otherwise He will give you the slip and run away". Then at a certain hawker came there, with 20 or 25 pictures of Vitthal of Pandharpur for sale. Mr. Dixit was surprised to see that the form of Vithal he saw in his mediation exactly tallied with that in the picture and he was also reminded of Baba's words. He therefore, bought one picture most willingly and kept it in his shrine for worship.
Baba always loved those who studied Brahma-vidya (metaphysics) and encouraged them. To give an instance - Once Bapusaheb Jog received a post-parcel. It contained a copy of Geeta-Rahasya by Lokamanya Tilak. Taking it under his armpit he came to the Masjid and prostrated himself before Baba, when the parcel fell at Baba's Feet. Baba enquired what it was. It was opened then and there and the book was placed in Baba's hand. He turned some pages here and there for a few minutes and took out a rupee from His pocket placed it on the book and handed the same with the rupee to Jog and said to him - "Read this completely and you will be benefited".
Mr. and Mrs. Khaparde
Let us close this Chapter with a description of the Khapardes. Once Dadasaheb Khaparde came with his family and lived in Shirdi for some months. (The diary of his stay has been published in English in the Shri Sai Leela Magazine first Volume.) Dadasaheb was not an ordinary man. He was the richest and the most famous advocate of Amraoti (Berar) and was a member of the Council of State, Delhi. He was very intelligent and a very good speaker. Still he dared not open his mouth before Baba. Most devotees spoke and argued with Baba off and on, but only three, viz. Khaparde, Noolkar and Booty kept always silent. They were meek, modest, humble and goodnatured. Dadasaheb, who was able to expound Panchadashi (A well-known Sanskrit treatise on the Adwaita Philosophy by the famous Vidyaranya) to others, said nothing or uttered no word when he came to the Masjid before Baba. Really a man, however learned he may be even in Vedas, fades away before one, who was realised Brahman and become one with it. Learning cannot shine before Self-reaisation. Dadasaheb stayed for four months, but Mrs. Khaparde stayed for seven. Both were highly pleased with their Shirdi stay. Mrs. Khaparde was faithful and devout, and loved Baba deeply. Every she brought naivedya herself to the Masjid, and after it was accepted by Baba, she used to return and take her meals. Seeing her steady and firm devotion, Baba wanted to exhibit it to others. One she brought a dish containing Sanza (wheat-pudding), purees, rice, soup, and kheer (sweet rice) and other sundry articles to the Masjid. Baba, who usually waited for hours, got up at once, went up to His dining seat and removing the outer covering from the dish began to partake of the things zealously. Shama then asked Him - "Why this partiality? You throw away dishes of others and do not care to look at them, but this You draw to You earnestly and do justice to it. Why is the dish of this woman so sweet? This is a problem to us." Baba then explained - "This food is really extra-ordinary. In former birth this lady was a merchant's fat cow yielding much milk. Then she disappeared and took birth in a gardener's family, then in a Kshatriya family, and married a merchant. Then she was born in a Brahmin family. I saw her after a very long time, let Me take some sweet morsels of love from her dish." Saying this, Baba did full justice to her dish, washed his mouth and hands, gave out some belches as a mark of satisfaction, and resumed His seat. Then she make a bow and began to shampoo Baba's legs and Baba began to talk with her and knead her arms which were shampooing His Legs. On seeing this reciprocal service Shama began to joke and said - "It is going on well, it is a wonderful sight to see God and His Bhakta serving each other. "After being pleased with her sincere service, Baba asked her in low and fascinating tone to chant 'Rajarama, Rajarama' then and always, and said - "If you do this, your life's object will be gained, your mind will attain peace and you will be immensely benefited." To persons unfamiliar with spiritual matters, this might appear as affair, but really it was not so. It was a case of, what in technically called, 'Shakti-pat', i.e. transference of power from the Guru to the disciple. How forcible and effective were Baba's words! In an instant, they pierced her heart and found lodgement there.
This case illustrates the nature of the relations that should subsist between the Guru and the disciple. Both should love and serve each other as One. There is no distinction nor any difference between them. Both are One, and one cannot live without the other. The disciple placing his head on the Guru's feet is a gross or outward vision; really and internally they are both one and the same. Those who see any difference between them are yet unripe and not perfect.
Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Happy Kartik Maas

ॐ सांई राम

Kartik is the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. It usually overlaps with the months October & November in the English calendar. Kartik Maas, also known as Damodar Maas, is described in the scriptures as the best among months for performing austerities.

Lord Shri Krishna says, “Of all plants, the sacred Tulasi is most dear to Me; of all months, Kartik is most dear, of all places of pilgrimage, My beloved Dwarka is most dear, and of all days, Ekadashi is most dear.” (Padma Purana, Uttara Khand 112.3)

Kartik or the festival of offering lamps to Lord Krishna, glorifies Lord Krishna’s pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda. Observing vrata in the month of Kartik is glorified in the Puranas.

“As Sat-yuga is the best of yugas (ages), as the Vedas are the best among scriptures, as Ganga is best of rivers, so Kartik is the best of months, the most dear to Lord Krishna.” (Skanda Purana)

One may observe the following foremost activities throughout the entire month of Kartik:

* Japa – chanting the holy names of the Lord.
* Worship the Lord by offering ghee lamps (diyas), flowers, incense, food, etc.
* Practice brahmacharya – celibacy.
* Worship of Tulasi Devi.
* Give charity.
* Perform austerities.

The month of Kartika is the best of all months, and it is in this month that many special festivals like Dhan-Teras, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, Bhai Duj, Tulsi Vivaah and various others take place.
Following are excerpts from some scriptures (Puranas) describing the glory of the pious Kartik month:
“If somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode.”
“If somebody burns a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time (in the month of Kartik), then whatever sins, he has acquired for millions of kalpas (one kalpa equals 1000 yugas) are all destroyed.”
“A person, who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous, powerful and heroic.”
“O Narada! I have personally seen that a person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.”
“Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal.”

“The pious result obtained by bathing in all holy places and giving all charities is not equal to one ten-millionth part of the result obtained by following the vow of Kartik. ”

“By sleeping on the ground during Kartik, one is entitled to the same religious merits as are obtainable by donating a piece of land to Brahmins during solar and lunar eclipses.”

“One who takes a bath before sunrise in the pious month of Kartik is absolved of all sins.”

Kartik Month 2011 | Significance of Kartik MonthIn 2011, the period of Kartik month is from 11th October to 10th November. Devotees adopt purity and worship the god with pure and true hearts in this month. Holy bath, meditation, charity, marriage of goddess Tulsi are some of the religious ceremonies performed during the Kartik month and the one who performs them, gets relief from all the sins. It is considered one of the most auspicious month of the year, in which the devotees gets an opportunity to discard all evil deeds and adopt a pure way of life. The person observing the fasts in this month should follow certain rules and regulation to get good results, since it is believed that without following these rules the fast is not considered complete.
Rules of Observing Fast in Kartik Month
The person observing the fast should sacrifice consuming vindictive food items.
The observer should not eat someone else’s food.
He/ she should not enter into any kind of quarrels or fights and should avoid going to any foreign lands.
The food in the afternoon should be served on a leaf plate.
The observer should adopt celibacy.
He/ she should sleep on the floor.
The observer should avoid eating gourd (lauki), carrot, wood apple, and stale food.
He/ she should also avoid eating sesame seeds, urad dal, moong dal, peas etc.
The observer should keep himself calm and content and should sacrifice aggression. Thus, behave like a saint.
The observer should talk less and avoid entering into any quarrel or bitching about anyone.>
The observer should sacrifice eating non-vegetarian food.
Significance of Holy Bath in Kartik Month
Kartik month is one of the most auspicious month in the lunar calender. A person gets good results by fasting and worshipping the God in this month, which is considered equivalent to visiting all the pilgrimages. Ancient scriptures like Skand Purana, Narad Purana, Pagh Purana etc have mentioned the significance of this month. Taking bath in the holy water during the Kartik month is considered to be as auspicious as taking bath in the Ganga 1000 times, 100 times magh bath, crore times in Narmada river during Vaishakh month. The result that one gets by taking bath in the Prayag in Kumbh is equal to taking bath in one holy river during the Kartik month.Entire month people should take bath in the river or lake or pond outside the house and should chant Gayatri month whole day. One should eat meal only one time and non-veg should strictly be avoided. The person who eats non-vegetarian food in this month gets the life of a demon. Those who follow all the rules and regulations as mentioned in the scriptures gets relief from all sins. Lightning a lamp in temples before the idols of Lord Shiva, goddess Chandi, Sun god and other gods and goddess is considered very auspicious in this month. Lord Keshav is worshipped with flowers, and by doing this a person gets results equivalent to performing Ashwamedh yajna. Katik month’s purnima is the last date of autumn season and is considered very sacred and holy. Fairs and festivals are organised in every corner of India. Every person should take bath on this date and donate to needy people according to his own pooency. Pushkar, Kurukshetra and Varanasi are the  best places to perform religious ceremonies, holy baths and charity. Kartik fast is observed on the sixth day of the Kartik month dedicated to Lord Kartik.

Story of Lord Shree Krishna about Kartik Maas

Once upon a time, seeing that her maidservant was engaged in different household duties, mother Yasoda personally took charge of churning butter. And while she churned butter, she sang the childhood pastimes of Krsna and enjoyed thinking of her son.
The end of her sari was tightly wrapped while she churned, and on account of her intense love for her son, milk automatically dripped from her breasts which moved as she labored very hard, churning with two hands. The bangles and bracelets on her hands tinkled as they touched each other, and her earrings and breasts shook. There were drops of perspiration on her face, and the flower garland which was on her head scattered here and there. Before this picturesque sight, Lord Krsna appeared as a child. He felt hungry, and out of love for His mother, He wanted her to stop churning. He indicated that her first business was to let Him suck her breast and then churn butter later.
Mother Yasoda took her son on her lap and pushed the nipples of her breasts into His mouth. And while Krsna was sucking the milk, she was smiling, enjoying the beauty of her child's face. Suddenly, the milk which was on the oven began to boil over. Just to stop the milk from spilling, mother Yasoda at once put Krsna aside and went to the oven. Left in that state by His mother, Krsna became very angry, and His lips and eyes became red in rage. He pressed His teeth and lips, and taking up a piece of stone, He immediately broke the butter pot. He took butter out of it, and with false tears in His eyes, He began to eat the butter in a secluded place.
In the meantime, mother Yasoda returned to the churning place after setting the overflowing milk pan in order. She saw the broken pot in which the churning yogurt was kept. Since she could not find her boy, she concluded that the broken pot was His work. She began to smile as she thought, " The child is very clever. After breaking the pot He has left this place, fearing punishment. " After she sought all over, she found a big wooden grinding mortar which was kept upside down, and she found her son sitting on it. He was taking butter which was hanging from the ceiling on a swing, and He was feeding it to the monkeys. She saw Krsna looking this way and that way in fear of her because He was conscious of His naughty behavior. After seeing her son so engaged, she very silently approached Him from behind. Krsna, however, quikly saw her coming at Him with a stick in her hand, and immediately He got down from the grinding mortar and began to flee in fear.
Mother Yasoda chased Him to all corners, trying to capture the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is never approached even by the meditations of great yogis. In other words, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, who is never caught by the yogis and speculators, was playing just like a little child for a great devotee like mother Yasoda. Mother Yasoda, however, could not easily catch the fast-running child because of her thin waist and heavy body. Still she tried to follow Him as fast as possible. Her hair loosened, and the flower in her hair fell to the ground. Although she was tired, she somehow reached her naughty child and captured Him. When He was caught, Krsna was almost on the point of crying. He smeared His hands over His eyes, which were anointed with black eye cosmetics. The child saw His mother's face while she stood over Him, and His eyes became restless from fear. Mother Yasoda could understand that Krsna was unnecessarily afraid, and for His benefit she wanted to allay His fears.
Being the topmost well-wisher of her child, mother Yasoda began to think, "If the child is too fearful of me, I don't know what will happen to Him." Mother Yasoda then threw away her stick. In order to punish Him, she thought to bind His hands with some ropes. She did not know it, but it was actually impossible for her to bind the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Mother Yasoda was thinking that Krsna was her tiny child; she did not know that the child had no limitation. There is no inside or outside of Him, nor beginning or end. He is unlimited and all-pervading. Indeed, He is Himself the whole cosmic manifestation. Still, mother Yasoda was thinking of Krsna as her child. Although He is beyond the reach of all senses, she endeavored to bind Him up to a wooden grinding mortar. But when she tried to bind Him, she found that the rope she was using was too short--by two inches. She gathered more ropes from the house and added to it, but at the end she found the same shortage. In this way, she connected all the ropes available at home, but when the final knot was added, she saw that it was still two inches too short. Mother Yasoda was smiling, but she was astonished. How was it happening? In attempting to bind her son, she became tired. She was perspiring, and the garland on her head fell down. Then Lord Krsna appreciated the hard labor of His mother, and being compassionate upon her, He agreed to be bound up by the ropes. Krsna, playing as a human child in the house of mother Yasoda, was performing His own selected pastimes. Of course, no one can control the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The pure devotee surrenders himself unto the lotus feet of the Lord, who may either protect or vanquish the devotee. But for his part, the devotee never forgets his own position of surrender. Similarly, the Lord also feels transcendental pleasure by submitting Himself to the protection of the devotee. This was exemplified by Krsna's surrender unto His mother, Yasoda. Krsna is the supreme bestower of all kinds of liberation to His devotees, but the benediction which was bestowed upon mother Yasoda was never experienced even by Lord Brahma or Lord Siva or the goddess of fortune.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is known as the son of Yasoda and Nanda Maharaja, is never so completely known to the yogis and speculators. But He is easily available to His devotees. Nor is He appreciated as the supreme reservoir of all pleasure by the yogis and speculators.
After binding her son, mother Yasoda engaged herself in household affairs. At that time, bound up to the wooden mortar, Krsna could see a pair of trees before Him which were known as arjuna trees. The great reservoir of pleasure, Lord Sri Krsna, thus thought to Himself, "Mother Yasoda first of all left without feeding Me sufficient milk, and therefore I broke the pot of yogurt and distributed the stock butter in charity to the monkeys. Now she has bound Me up to a wooden mortar. So I shall do something more mischievous than before." And thus He thought of pulling down the two very tall arjuna trees.
There is a history behind the pair of arjuna trees. In their previous lives, the trees were born as the human sons of Kuvera, and their names were Nalakuvara and Manigriva. Fortunately, they came within the vision of the Lord. In their previous lives they were cursed by the great sage Narada in order to receive the highest benediction of seeing Lord Krsna. This benediction-curse was bestowed upon them because of their forgetfulness due to intoxication. This story will be narrated in the next chapter. Thus ends the Bhaktivedanta purport of the Ninth Chapter of Krsna, "Mother Yasoda Binding Lord Krsna."
-- At the present moment our minds are polluted with the dirt accumulated over millions and millions of lifetimes of sense gratification. Even though our original pure nature is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss, due to our mental contamination we are presently suffering in the realm of temporality, ignorance, and misery. By the purificatory process of chanting the holy names of God we can revive our original, pure nature and thus relish the sweetest happiness at every minute.
Chant:Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare HareHare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

Sourced by Mr. Amit Gupta ji, Dwarka New Delhi

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