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।


Friday 30 November 2018

Personality of Sai Baba

ॐ सांई राम

Personality of Sai Baba

It is on account of Sai Baba that Shirdi grew into importance. He conquered this Sansar (worldly existence), which is very difficult and hard to cross. Peace or mental calm was His ornament, and He was the repository of wisdom. He was the home of Vaishnav devotees, most liberal (like Kama) amongst liberals, the quint-essence of all essences. He had no love for perishable things, and was always engrossed in self-realization, which was His sole concern. He felt no pleasure in the things of this world or of the world beyond. His Antarang (heart) was as clear as a mirror, and His speech always railed nectar. The rich or poor people were the same to Him. He neither knew nor cared for honour or dishonour. He was the Lord of all beings. He spoke freely and mixed with all people, saw the actings and dances of nautch-girls and heard Gazal songs. Still, He swerved not an inch from Samadhi (mental equilibrium). The name of Allah was always on His lips. While the world awoke. He slept; and while the world slept. He was vigilant. His abdomen (inside) was as calm as the deep sea. His Ashram could not be determined, nor His actions could be definitely determined, and though He sat (lived) in one place, He knew all the transactions of the world.

His Darbar was imposing. He told daily hundreds of stories, still He swerved not an inch from His vow of silence. He always leaned against the wall in the Masjid or walked morning, noon and evening towards Lendi (Nala) and Chavadi; still He at all times abided in the Self. Though a Siddha, He acted like a Sadhaka. He was meek, humble and egoless, and pleased all. Such was Sai Baba, and as the soil of Shirdi was trodden by Sai Baba's Feet, it attained extraordinary importance. As Dnyaneshwar elevated Alandi, Eknath did to Paithan, so Sai Baba raised Shirdi. Blessed are the grass-leaves and stones of Shirdi, for they could easily kiss the Holy Feet of Sai Baba, and take their dust on their head. Shirdi became to us, devotees, another Pandharpur, Jagannath, Dwarka, Banaras (Kashi) and Rameshwar. Badrikedar, Nasik, Tryambakeshwar, Ujjain, and Maha Kaleshwar or Mahabaleshwar Gokarn.

Contact of Sai Baba in Shirdi was like our study of Veda and Tantra; it quieted our Sansar (world consciousness) and rendered self-realization easy. The darshan of Shri Sai was our Yoga-sadhana, and talk with Him removed our sins. Shampooing His Legs was our bath in Triveni Prayag, and drinking the holy water of His Feet destroyed our desires. To us, His commands were Vedas, and accepting (eating) His Udi (sacred ashes) and Prasad was all purifying. He was our Shri Krishna and Shri Ram, Who gave us solace, and He was our Para Brahma (Absolute Reality). He was Himself beyond the pair of Dwandwas (opposite), never dejected nor elated. He was always engrossed in His Self as 'Existence, Knowledge and Bliss.' Shirdi was His centre; but His field of action extended far wide, to Punjab, Calcutta, North India, Gujarat, Dhakka (now in Bangladesh) and Konkan. Thus the fame of Sai Baba spread, far, and wide, and people from all parts came to take His darshan and be blessed. By mere darshan, minds of people, whether, pure or impure, would become at once quiet. They got here the same sort of unparalleled joy that, devotees get at Pandharpur by seeing Vitthal Rakhurnai. This is not an exaggeration. Consider, what a devotee says in this respect.

Dictum of Goulibuva
An old devotee, by name Goulibuva, aged about 95 years, was a Varkari of Pandhari. He stayed 8 months at Pandharpur and four months - Ashadha to Kartik (July - November) on the banks of the Ganges. He had an ass with him for carrying his luggage, and a disciple, as his companion. Every year he made his Van or trip to Pandharpur and came to Shirdi to see Sai Baba, Whom he loved most. He used to stare at Baba and say, "This is Pandharinath Vitthal incarnate, the merciful Lord of the poor and helpless." This Goulibuva was an old devotee of Vitthoba, and had made many a trip to Pandhari; and he testified that, Sai Baba was real Pandharinath.

Vitthal Himself Appeared

Sai Baba was very fond of remembering and singing God's name. He always uttered "Allah Malik" (God is Lord) and in His presence made others sing God's name continuously, day and night, for all 7 days of the week. This is called 'Namasaptah'. Once He asked Das Ganu Maharaj to do the Namasaptah. He replied that, he would do it, provided he was assured that, Vitthal would appear at the end of the 7th day. Then, Baba, placing His hand on his breast, assured him that, certainly Vitthal would appear; but for that the devotee must be 'earnest and devout'. The Dankapuri (Takore) ofDakurnath, the Pandhari of Vitthal, the Dwarka of Ranchhod (Krishna) is here (Shirdi). One need not go far out to see Dwarka. Will Vitthal come here from some outside place? He is here. Only when the devotee is bursting with love and devotion, Vitthal wiBnMuifest Himself here (Shirdi).
After the Saptah was over, Vitthal did manifest Himself in the following manner. Kakasaheb Dixit was, as usual, sitting in meditation after the bath, and he saw Vathal in a vision. When he went, at noon, for Baba's darshan, Baba asked him point-blank, "Did Vitthal Patil come? Did you see Him? He is a very truant fellow, catch Him firmly, otherwise. He will escape, if you are a little inattentive". This happened in the morning and at noon there was another Vitthal darshan. One hawker, from outside, came there for selling 25 or 30 pictures of Vithoba. This picture exactly tallied with the figure, that appeared in Kakasaheb's vision. On seeing this and remembering Baba's words, Kakasaheb Dixit was much surprised and delighted. He bought one picture of Vithoba, and placed it in his shrine for worship.

Immaculate Conception of Sai Baba and His First Advent in Shirdi
Nobody knew the parents, birth or birth-place of Sai Baba. Many enquiries were made, many questions were put to Baba and others, regarding these items; but no satisfactory answer or information has yet been obtained. Practically, we know nothing about these matters.
Namdev and Kabir were not born like ordinary mortals. They were found as infants in mother-of-pearls; Namdev being found on the bank Bhimrathi river by Gonayee, and Kabir on the bank Bhagirathi river by Tamal. Similar was the case with Sai Baba. He first manifested Himself as a young lad of sixteen years under a Neem tree in Shirdi, for the sake of Bhaktas. Even then, He seemed to be full with the knowledge of Brahma. He had no desire for worldly objects even in dream. He kicked out Maya; and Mukti (deliverance) was serving at His feet. One old woman of Shirdi, the mother of Nana Chopdar, described Him thus. This yotfnglad, fair, smart and very handsome, was first seen under the Neem tree, seated in an Asan. The people of the village were wonderstruck to see such a young lad practising hard penance, not minding heat and cold.
By day he associated with none, by night he was afraid of nobody. People were wondering and asking, whence this young chap had turned up. His form and features were so beautiful that a mere look endeared Him to all. He went to nobody's door, always sat near the Neem tree. Outwardly, he looked very young; but by His action He was really a Great Soul. He was the embodiment of dispassion and was an enigma to all. One day, it so happened that, God Khandoba possessed the body of some devotee and people began to ask Him, "Deva (God), You please enquire, what blessed father's son is this lad and whence did He come." God Khandoba asked them to bring a pick-axe and dig in a particular place. When it was dug, bricks were found underneath a flat stone. When the stone was removed, a corridor was seen, in which four Samayis (lights) were burning. The corridor led to a cellar, where cow-mouth-shaped structures, wooden boards, necklaces were seen. Khandoba said, "This lad practised penance here for 12 years." Then, the people began to question the lad about 'this. He put them off the scent by telling them that, this was His Guru's place. His holy Watan, and requested them to guard this well. The people then closed the corridor as before. As Ashwattha and Audumbar trees are held sacred, Baba regarded this Neem tree equally sacred and loved it most. Mhalsapati and other Shirdi devotees regard this site as the resting place (Samadhi-sthan) of Baba's Guru and prostrate before it.

Three Wadas
(1) The site with the Neem tree and surrounding space was bought by Mr. Hari Vinayak Sathe, and on this site a big building styled Sathe's Wada was erected. This Wada was the sole resting place for pilgrims, who flocked there. A Par (platform) was built round the Neem tree and lofts with steps were constructed. Under the steps, there is a niche facing south and devotees sit on the Par (platform) facing north. It is believed that, he, who bums incense there, on Thursday and Friday evenings will, by God's grace, be happy. This Wada was old and dilapidated and needed repairs. The necessary repairs, additions and alterations have been made now by the Sansthan.
(2) Then, after some years, another Wada, Dixit's Wada was constructed. Kakasaheb Dixit, Solicitor ofMumbai, had gone to England. He had injured his leg by an accident there. The injury could not be got rid of by any means. Nanasaheb Chandorkar advised him to try Sai Baba. So, he saw Sai Baba in 1909.A.D., and requested Him to cure rather the lameness of his mind than that of his leg. He was so much pleased with the darshan of Sai Baba, that, he decided to reside in Shirdi. So, he built a Wada for himself and other devotees. The. foundation of this building was laid on 10-12-1910. On this day, two other important events took place. (1) Mr. Dadasaheb Khaparde was given permission to return home, and (2) the night, when Arati in Chavadi was commenced. The Wada was complete and was inhabited on the Ram Navami day in 1911 A.D" with due rites and formalities
(3) Then, another Wada or palatial mansion was put up by the famous millionaire, Mr. Buti, of Nagpur. Lots of money were spent on this building; but all the amount was well utilized, as Sai Baba's body is resting in this Wada, which is now called the 'Samadhi Mandir'. The site of this Mandir had formerly a garden, which was watered and looked after by Baba. Three Wadas thus sprang up, where there was none formerly. Of these, Sathe's Wada was most useful to all, in the early days.
Return with Chand Patil's marriage-party :

There lived in the Aurangabad district (Nizam state), in a village, called 'Dhoop', a well-to-do Mohammedin gentleman, by name Chand Patil. While He was making a trip to Aurangabad, he lost his mare. For two long months, he made a diligent search; but could get no trace of the lost mare. After being disappointed, he returned from Aurangabad with the saddle on his back. After traveling four Koss and a half, he came, on the way, to a mango tree under the foot of which sat a RATNA (queer fellow). He had a cap on His head, wore Kafni (long robe) and had a Satka (short stick) under His arm-pit and He was preparing to smoke a Chilim (pipe). On seeing Chand Patil pass by the way. He called out to him and asked him to have a smoke and to rest a little. The queer fellow or Fakir asked him about the saddle. Chand Patil replied that, it was of his mare, which was lost.
The Fakir asked him to make a search in the Nala, close by. He went and the wonder of wonders! he found the mare there. He thought that; this Fakir was not an ordinary man, but an Avalia (a great saint). He returned to the Fakir with the mare. The Chilim was ready for being smoked, but two things were wanting : (1) fire to light the pipe, and (2) water to wet the Chhapi (piece of cloth, through which smoke is drawn up). The Fakir took His prong and thrust it forcibly into the ground and out came a live burning coal, which He put on the pipe. Then, He dashed the Satka on the ground, from whence water began to ooze. The Chhapi was wetted with that water, was then wrung out and wrapped round the pipe. Thus, everything being complete, the Fakir smoked the Chilim and then, gave it also to Chand Patil. On seeing all this, Chand Patil was wonder-struck. He requested the Fakir to come to his home and accept his hospitality. Next day, He went to the Patil's house and stayed there for some time. The Patil was a village-officer of Dhoop. His wife's brother's son was to be married and the bride was from Shirdi. So, Patil made preparations to start for Shirdi for the marriage. The Fakir also accompanied the marriage-party. The marriage went offwithout any hitch, the party returned to Dhoop, except the Fakir alone stayed in Shirdi, and remained there forever.
How the Fakir Got the Name 'Sai'?

When the marriage-party came to Shirdi, it alighted at the foot of a Banyan tree in Bhagat Mhalsapati's field, near Khandoba's temple. The carts were loosened in the open court-yard of the temple, and the members of the party descended one by one, and the Fakir also got down. Bhagat Mhalsapati saw the young fakir getting down and accosted Him "YA SAI" (Welcome Sai)! Others also addressed Him as "Sai" and henceforth, he became known as 'Sai Baba'.

Contact with Other Saints

Sai Baba began to stay in a deserted Mosque. One saint, named Devidas was living in Shirdi, for many years before Baba came there. Baba liked his company. He stayed with him in the Maruti temple, in the Chavadi, and some time lived alone. Then, came another saint, by name Jankidas. Baba spent most of His time in talking with him, or Jankidas went to Baba's residence. So also, one Vaishya householder saint, from Puntambe, by name Gangagir, always frequented Shirdi. When he first saw Sai Baba, carrying pitchers of water in both hands, for watering the garden, he was amazed and said openly, "Blessed is Shirdi, that, it got this Precious Jewel. This man is carrying water to-day; but He is not an ordinary fellow. As this land (Shirdi) was lucky and meritorious, it secured this Jewel." So also, one famous saint, by name Anandnath of Yewala Mathz, a disciple of Akkalkot Maharaj, came to Shirdi with some Shirdi people. When he saw Sai Baba, he said openly, "This is a Precious Diamond in reality. Though He looks like an ordinary man. He is not a 'Gar' (ordinary stone), but a Diamond. You will realize this in the near future." Saying this he returned to Yewala. This was said, while Sai Baba was a youngster.

Baba's Dress and Daily Routine

In His young days, Sai Baba grew hair on His head; never had His head shaved. He dressed like an athlete. When He went to Rahata (3 miles from Shirdi), He brought with Him small plants of Merry Gold, Jai and Jui, and after cleaning, He planted and watered them. A devotee, by name Vaman Tatya, supplied Him daily with two unbaked earthen pitchers. With these Baba Himself used to water the plants. He drew water from the well and carried the pitchers on His shoulders. In the evening, the pitchers were kept at the foot of the Neem tree. As soon as they were placed there, they were broken, as they were made of raw earth and not baked. Next day, Tatya supplied two fresh pitchers. This course went on for 3 years; and with Sai Baba's toil and labour, there grew a flower-garden. On this site, at present, stands the big mansion - Samadhi Mandir of Baba, which is now frequently used by so many devotees.

The Story of Padukas (foot-prints) under the Neem Tree

A devotee of Akkalkot Maharaj, by name Bhai Krishnaji Alibagkar, worshipped the photo of Akkaikot Maharaj. He once thought of going to Akkaikot (Solapur district: take the darshan of the Padukas (foot-prints) of the Maharaj and offer his sincere worship there; but before he got there, he got a vision in his dream. Akkaikot Maharaj appeared in the vision and said to him, "Now, Shirdi is my resting place, go there and offer yoar worship!" So, Bhai changed his plan and came to Shirdi, worshipped Baba, stayed there for six months and was happy. As a reminiscence of this vision etc., he prepared the Padukas and installed them on an auspicious day of Shravan, Shak 1834 (1912 A.D.) under the Neem tree with due ceremonies and formalities, conducted by Dada Kelkar and Upasani. One Dixit Brahmin was appointed for worship, and the management was entrusted to devotee Sagun.

Complete Version :

In 1834 Shak (1912 A.D.) one Doctor Ramrao Kothare of Mumbai came to Shirdi for Baba's darshan. His compounder and his friend, Bhai Krishnaji Alibagkar, accompanied him. The compounder and Bhai became intimate with Sagun Mem Naik and G. K. Dixit. While discussing things, these persons thought that, there must be some memorial of the fact of Sai Baba's first coming to Shirdi and sitting under the holy Neem tree. They thought of installing Baba's Padukas there; and were going to make them of some rough stone. Then, Bhai's friend, the compounder, suggested that, if this matte" be made known to his master. Dr. Ramrao Kothare, who would prepare s. Padukas for this purpose. All liked this proposal and Dr. Kothare was iflft-1•d. of it. He came to Shirdi and drew a plan of the Padukas. He went toUpasani Maharaj in Khandoba's temple, and showed him UwylM* The latter made manyimproyeinents, drew lotoses, flowers, conch, disc, man etc. and suggested that, the following Shioka (verse), regarding Neem tree's greatness and Baba's Yogic powers be inscribed. The verse was as follows:

"सदा  निम्बवृक्षस्य  मूलाधिवासात ,
सुधास्राविनाम  तिक्तामाप्याप्रियम  तम ,
तरुम  कल्पव्निक्षधिकम  सधयानतम
नमामीश्वरं  सद्गुरुम  साईं  नाथम "

Translation : I bow to the Lord Sai Nath, Who by His constant stay at the foot of the Neem tree, made, it - which though bitter and unpleasant was yet oozing nectar (the oozing of this tree is called 'Amrit', i.e., nectar, on account of its healing properties) - better than the Kalpavruksha (wish - fulfilling tree).

Upasani's suggestions were accepted and carried out. The Padukas were made in Mumbai and sent to Shirdi with the compounder. Baba said that they should be installed on the Pournima (15th) of Shravan. On that day at 11 A.M" G. K. Dixit brought them on his head from Khandoba's temple to the Dwarkarnai (Masjid) in a procession. Baba touched the Padukas, saying that these are the Feet of the Lord and asked the people to install them, under foot of the Neem tree.

A day before, one Parsi devotee of Mumbai, named Pastha Shet, sent Rs. 25/- by money order. Baba gave this sum for the installation of the Padukas. The total expense of installation came up to Rs. 100/-, out of which Rs. 75/- were collected by subscriptions. For the first 5 years, G. K. Dixit worshipped the Padukas daily and then, this was done by Laxman Kacheshwar Jakhadi. In the first five years, Dr. Kothare sent Rs. 2 per month for lighting and he also sent the railing round the Padukas. The expense of bringing the railing from the station to Shirdi (Rs. 7-8-0)' (presently Rs. 7.50 p.) and roofing was paid by Sagun Meru Naik. Now, Jakhadi (Nana Pujari) does the worship and Sagun.Maeu Naik offers the Naivaidya and lights the evening lamps.
Bhai Krishnaji was originally a devotee of Akkalkot Maharaj. He had come to Shirdi at the installation of the Padukas, in Shak 1834 on his way to Akkalkot. He wanted to go to Akkalkot, after taking the darshan of Baba. He asked Baba's permission for this. Baba said, "Oh, what is.~.iir Akkalkot? Why do you go there? The incumbent Maharaj of that place is here. Myself." Hearing this, Bhai did not go to Akkalkot. He came to Shirdi off and on, after the installation of the Padukas.

Wrestling Bout with Mohiddin Tamboli and Change in Life

There was a wrestler in Shirdi, by name Mohiddin Tamboli. Baba and he did not agree on some items, and both had a fight. In this Baba was defeated. Thenceforth, Baba changed His dress and mode of living. He donned Kafni, wore a Langot (waist band) and covered His head with a piece of cloth. He took a piece of sack-cloth for His seat, sack-cloth for His bed, and was content with wearing torn and worn out rags. He always said that "Poverty is better than kingship, far better than Lordship. The Lord is always brother (be friender) of the poor." Gangagir was also very fond of wrestling. While he was once wrestling, a similar feeling of dispassion came over him, and at the proper time, he heard the voice of an adept, saying that he should wear out his body, playing with God. So, he too gave up - Sansara and turned towards God realization. He established a Math on the banks of the river, near Puntambe, and lived there with his disciples.
Sai Baba did not mix and speak with the people. He only gave answers, when he was questioned. By day he always sat under the Neem tree, some times under the shade of a branch of a Babul tree, near the stream at the outskirts of the village. In the afternoon, He used to walk at random and go at times to Nimgaon.llere, He frequented the house of BalasahebDengale. Baba loved Mr. Balas~ His younger brother, named Nanasaheb, had no son, though he married a second wife. Balasaheb sent Nanasaheb for taking darshan of Sai Baba, and after some time with His grace, Nanasaheb got a son. From that time onwards, people began to come in numbers to see Sai Baba, and His fame began to spread and reached Ahmednagar; from thence, Nanasaheb Chandorkar and Keshav Chidamber, and many others began to come to Shirdi. Baba was surrounded by His devotees during day; and slept at night in anold and dilapidated Masjid. Baba's paraphernalia, at this time, consisted of a Chilim, tobacco, a 'Turnrel' (tin pot), long flowing Kafni, a piece of cloth round His head, and a Satka (short stick), which He always kept with Him. The piece of white cloth on the head was twisted like matted hair, and flowed down from the left ear on the back. This was not washed for weeks. He wore no shoes, no sandals. A piece of sack-cloth was His seat for most of the day. He wore a coupin (waist-cloth-band) and for warding off cold, he always sat in front of a Dhuni (sacred fire), facing south, with His left hand resting on the wooden railing. In that Dhuni, He offered an oblation: egoism, desires and all thoughts and always uttered "Allah Malik" (God is the sole owner). The Masjid, in which He sat, was only of two room dimensions, where all devotees came and saw Him. After 1912 A.D., there was a change. The old Masjid was repaired and a pavement was constructed. Before Baba came to live in this Masjid, He lived for a long time in a place, Takia, where with Ghungur (small bells) on His legs, Baba danced beautifully and sang with tender love.

Turning Water into Oil

Sai Baba was very fond of lights. He used to borrow oil from shopkeepers, and keep lamps burning the whole night in the Masjid and temple. This went on for some time. The shopkeepers, who supplied oil gratis, once met together and decided not to give Him oil. When, as usual, Baba went to ask for oil, they all gave Him a distinct "No". Unperturbed, Baba returned to the Masjid and kept the dry wicks in the lamps. The Banias were watching Him with curiosity. Baba took the Tumrel (tin pot), which contained very little (a few drops) of oil, put water into it and drank it and then, forced if fall in the container. After consecrating the tin-pot in this way. He again took the water from the tin-pot and filled all the lamps with it and lighted them. To the surprise and dismay of the watching shopkeepers, the lamps began to burn and kept burning the whole night. The shopkeepers repented and apologized and Baba forgave them and asked them to be more truthful in future.

The Pseudo Guru Javhar Ali

Five years after the wrestling bout, the above-mentioned, one Fakir from Ahmednager, by name Javhar Ali, came to Rahata with his disciples and stayed in Bakhal (spacious room), near Virabhadra temple. The Fakir was learned, could repeat the whole Quran and had a sweet tongue. Many religious and devout people of the village came to him and began to respect him. With the help of the people, he started to build an ldgah (a walled enclosure, in which Mohammedians pray on Id day), near the Virabhadra temple. There was some quarrel about this affair, on account of which, Javhar Ali had to leave Rahata. Then, he came to Shirdi and lived in the Masjid with Baba.
People were captured by his sweet talk, and he began to call Baba his disciple. Baba did not object and consented to be his Chela. Then, both Guru and Chela decided to return to Rahata and live there. The Guru (teacher) never knew his Disciple's worth; but the Disciple knew the defects of the Guru, still He never disrespected him, observing carefully his duties. He even served the master in various ways. They used to come to Shirdi off and on; but their main stay was in Rahata. The loving devotees of Baba in Shirdi did not like that, Baba should stay away from them in Rahata. So, they went in a deputation to bring Baba back to Shirdi. When they met Baba near the ldgah and told the purpose, for which they came, Baba said to them that the Fakir was an angry, ill-tempered fellow, he would not leave Him and that, they should better return to Shirdi without Him, before the Fakir returned. While they were thus talking, the Fakir turned up and was very angry with them for trying to take away his Disciple. There was some discussion and altercation, and it was finally decided that both the Guru and Chela should return to Shirdi. And so, they returned and lived in shirdi. But, after a few days, the Guru was tested by Devidas and he was found wanting. Twelve years before Baba arrived in Silirdi with the marriage-party, this Devidas, aged about 10 or II years, came to Shirdi and lived in the Maruti temple. Devidas had fine features and brilliant eyes, and he was dispassion incarnate and a Learned One. Many persons, namely Tatya Kote, Kashinath and others regarded him as their Guru. brought Javhar Ali, in his presence, and in the discussion, that followed, Javhar was worsted and-fled from Shirdi. He went and stayed in Bijapur and returned after many years to Shirdi, and prostrated before Sai Baba. The delusion, that, he was Guru and Sai Baba, his Chela, was cleared away, and as he repented, Sai Baba treated him with respect. In this case Sai Baba showed, by actual conduct, how one should get rid of egoism and do the duties of a disciple to attain the highest end, viz., self-realization.

Baba's Wonderful Bed-stead

Let us first see, where and how Baba slept, Mr. Nanasaheb Dengale brought, for Sai Baba, a wooden plank, abount 4 arms in length and only a span in breath, for sleeping upon. Instead of keeping the plank on the floor and then, sleeping on it, Baba tied it like a swing to the rafters of the Masjid with old shreds or rags and commenced to sleep upon it. The rags were so thin and worn out that it was a problem, how they could bear or support even weight of the plank itself, let alone the weight of Baba. But, somehow or other, it was Baba's sheer Leela that the worn out rags did sustain the plank, with the weight of Baba on it.
On the four corners of this plank, Baba lighted Panatis (earthen lamps), one at each corner, and kept them burning the whole night. It was a sight for the Gods to see Baba sitting or sleeping on this plank! It was a wonder to all, how Baba up and down the plank. Out of curiosity, many careful observers kept watching the process of mounting and dismounting; but none succeeded. As crowds began to swell so as to detect this wonderful feat, Baba one day broke the plank into pieces and threw it away. Baba had all the eight Siddhis (powers) at His command. He never practised nor craved for them. They came to Him naturally, as a result of His perfection.

Sagun Manifestation of Brahman

Though, Sai Baba looked like a man, three cubits and a half in length, still He dwelt in the hearts of all. Inwardly, He was unattached and indifferent; but outwardly. He longed for public welfare. Inwardly, most disinterested. He looked outwardly full of desires, for the sake of His devotees. Though, inwardly, an abode of peace, He looked outwardly restless. Inwardly, He had the state of Brahman, outwardly He acted like a devil. Inwardly, He loved Adwaita (union ortnoila'Hn), outwardly.
He got entangled with the world. Some times He looked on all with affection, and at times He threw stones at them; some times He scolded them, while at times He embraced them and was calm, composed, tolerant and well-balanced. He always abided and was engrossed in the Self and was well-disposed towards His Bhaktas. He always sat on one Asan and never travelled. His 'dand' was a small stick, which He always carried in His hand. He was calm, being thoughtfree. He never cared for wealth and fame; and lived on begging. Such a life, He led. He always uttered "Allah Malik" (God the real owner). Entire and unbroken was His love for the Bhaktas. He was the mine or store-house for self-knowledge and full of Divine Bliss. Such was the Divine Form of Sai Baba; that boundless, endless and undifferentiated. One principle, which envelopes the whole universe (from a stone pillar to Brahma), incarnated in Sai Baba. The really meritorious and fortunate people got this treasure-grove in their hands, while those people, who not knowing the real worth of Sai Baba, took or take Him to be a man, a mere human being, were and are indeed miserable.

His Stay in Shirdi and Probable Birth-date

None knew or knows the parents and the exact birth-date of Sai Baba; but it can be approximately determined by His stay in Shirdi. Baba first came to Shirdi, when he was a young lad of sixteen and stayed there for three years. Then, all of a sudden, He disappeared for some time. After some time, He reappeared in the Nizam state, near Aurangabad, and again came to Shirdi, with the marriage-party of Chand Patil, when He was about twenty years old. Thence, He stayed in Shirdi for an unbroken period of sixty years, after which Baba took His Maha-samadhi in the year 1918. From this, we can say that the year of Baba's birth is approximately 1838 A.D.
Baba's Mission and Advice
Saint Ramdas (1608-1681) flourished in the 17th century, and fulfilled to a great extent his mission of protecting cows and Brahmins against the Yavanas (Mohammedians); but within two centuries after him, the split between the two communities - Hindus and Mohammedians widened again; and Sai Baba came to bridge that gulf. His constant advice to all was to this effect. "Ram (the God of the Hindus) and Rahim (the God of the Mohammedians) were one and the same; there was not the slightest difference between them; then, why should their devotees fall out and quarrel among themselves? You ignorant folk, children, join hands and bring both the communities together; act sanely and thus, you will gain your object of national unity. It is not good to dispute and argue. So, don't argue, don't emulate others. Always consider your interest and welfare. The Lord will protect you. Yoga, sacrifice, penance, and knowledge are the means to attain God. If you do not succeed in this by any means, in vain is your birth. If anyone does any evil unto you, do not retaliate. If you can do anything, do some good unto others." This in short was Sai Baba's advice to all; and this will stand in good stead both in material and spiritual matters.

Sai Baba as Sadguru

There are Gurus and Gurus. There are many so-called Gurus, who go about from house to house with cymbals and Vina in their hands, and make a show of their spirituality. They blow Mantras into the ears of their disciples and extract money from them. They profess to teach piety and religion to their disciples; but are themselves impious and irreligious. Sai Baba never thought of making the least show of His worth (piety). Body-consciousness, He had none; but He had great love for His disciples.
There are two kinds of Gurus (1) 'Niyat' (appointed or fixed) and (2) 'Aniyat (unappointed or general). The latter by their advice develop the good qualities in us, purify our hearts and set us on the path of salvation; but contact with the former, dispels our quality (sense of difference); and establishes us in Unity by making us realize "Thou art that". There are various Gurus imparting to us various kinds of worldly knowledge; but he, who fixes us in our Nature (Self) and carries us beyond the ocean of worldly .existence, is the Sadguru. Sai Baba was such a Sadguru. His greatness is indescribable. If anybody went to take His darshan, He, without being asked, would give every detail of his past, present and future life. He saw Divinity in all beings. Friends and foes were alike to Him. Disinterested and equal-balanced. He obliged the evil-doers. He was the same in prosperity and adversity. No doubt, ever touched Him. Though, He acted in the body; He was not in the least attached to His body or house. Though, He looked embodied. He was really disembodied, i.e., free in this very life.

Blessed are the people of Shirdi, who worshipped Sai as their God. While eating, drinking, working in their backyards and fields and doing various household works, they always remembered Sai and sang His glory. They knew no other God except Sai. What to speak of the love, the sweetness of the love, of the women of Shirdi! They were quite ignorant; but their pure love inspired them to compose poems or songs in their simple rural language. Letters or learning they had none, still one can discern real poetry in their simple songs. It is not intelligence; but love, that inspires real poetry as such. Real poetry is the manifestation of true love; and this can be seen and appreciated by intelligent listeners. Collection of these folksongs is desirable and Baba willing, some fortunate devotee may undertake the task of collecting and publishing these folk-songs, either in the Sai Leela magazine or separately in a book-form.

Baba's Humility

Lord or Bhagwan is said to have six qualities, viz., (1) Fame, (2) Wealth, (3) Non-attachment, (4) Knowledge, (5) Grandeur, and (6) Liberality. Baba had all these in Him. He incarnated in flesh, for the sake of Bhaktas. Wonderful was His grace and kindness, for He drew the devotees to Him, or how else one could have known Him! For the sake of His Bhaktas Baba spoke such words, as the Goddess of Speech dare not utter. Here is a specimen. Baba spoke very humbly as follows : "Slave of slaves I am your debtor. I am satisfied at your darshan. It is a great favour that I saw your feet. I am an insect in your excreta. I consider Myself blessed thereby." What humility is this? If anybody would think that by publishing this, any disrespect is shown to Sai, we beg His pardon and to atone for this we sing and repeat Baba's name.

Though, Baba seemed outwardly to enjoy sense-objects. He had not the least flavour in them, nor even the consciousness of enjoy ing them. Though, He ate. He had no taste and though, He saw. He never felt any interest in what He saw. Regarding passion. He was as perfect a celibate as Hanuman. He was not attached to anything. He was pure consciousness, the resting place of desire, anger, and other feelings. In short, ,He was disinterested, free and perfect. A striking instance may be cited in illustration of this statement.


There was in Shirdi, a very quaint and queer fellow, by name Nanavalli. He looked to Baba's work and affairs. He once' approached Baba, Who was seated on His Gadi (seat) and asked Him to get up, as he wanted to occupy the same. Baba at once got up and left the seat, which he occupied. After sitting there a while Nanavalli got up, and asked Baba to take back His seat. Then, Baba sat on the seat and Nanavalli fell at His feet, and then, went away. Baba did not show the slightest displeasure in being dictated to and ousted.
This Nanavalli loved Baba so much that, he breathed his last, on the thirteenth day of Baba's taking Maha-samadhi.

The Easiest Path

Hearing the stories of the saints and being in their company :

Though, Sai Baba acted outwardly like an ordinary man. His action showed extraordinary intelligence and skill. Whatever He did, was done for the good of His devotees. He never prescribed any Asan, regulation of breathing or any rites to His Bhaktas, nor did He blow any Mantra into their ears. He told them to leave off all cleverness and always remember "Sai" "Sai".
If you did that. He said, all your shackles would be removed and you would be free. Sitting between five fires, sacrifices, chantings, eight-fold Yoga are possible for the Brahmins only; they are of no use to the other classes. The function of the mind is to think, it cannot remain for a minute without thinking. If you give it a sense-object, it will think about it. If you give it Guru, it will think about Guru. You have heard most attentively the greatness, grandeur of Sai. This is the natural remembrance, worship and Kirtan of Sai. Hearing the stories of the saints is not so difficult, as the other Sadhanas, mentioned above. They (stories) remove all fear of this Sansar (worldly existence), and take you on to the spiritual path. So, listen to these stories, meditate on them, and assimilate them.
If this is done, not only the Brahmins, but women and lower classes will get pure and holy. You may do or attend to your worldly duties, but give your mind to Sai and His stories; and then, He is sure to bless you. This is the easiest path; but why do not all take to it? The reason is that without God's grace, we do not get the desire to listen to the stories of saints. With God's grace everything is smooth and easy. Hearing the stories of the saints is, in a way , keeping their company. The importance of the company of the saints is very great It removes our body-consciousness and egoism, destroys completely the chain of our birth and death, cuts asunder all the knots of the heart, and takes us to God, Who is pure consciousness.

It certainly increases our non-attachment to sense-objects, and makes us quite indifferent to pleasures and pains, and leads us onward on the spiritual path. If you have no other Sadhana, such as uttering GOd's name, worship or devotion etc.; but if you take refuge in them (saints) whole-heartly they will carry you off safely across., the ocean of worldly existence. It is for this reason that the saints manifest themselves in this world. Even sacred rivers such as the Ganges, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri etc., which wash away the sins of the world, desire that, the saints should come to them, for a bath and purify them. Such is the grandeur of the Saint. It is on account of the store of merit in past births that we have attained the feet of Sai Baba.

Thursday 29 November 2018

श्री साई सच्चरित्र - अध्याय 24

ॐ सांई राम

आप सभी को शिर्डी के साँई बाबा ग्रुप की ओर 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 जी के कमल चरणों में क्षमा याचना अर्पण करते है।

श्री साई सच्चरित्र - अध्याय 24

श्री साई बाबा का हास्य विनोद, चने की लीला (हेमाडपंत), सुदामा की कथा, अण्णा चिंचणीकर और मौसीबाई की कथा ।


अगले अध्याय में अमुक-अमुक विषयों का वर्णन होगा, ऐसा कहना एक प्रकार का अहंकार ही है । जब तक अहंकार गुरुचरणों में अर्पित न कर दिया जाये, तब तक सत्यस्वरुप की प्राप्ति संभव नहीं । यदि हम निरभिमान हो जाये तो सफलता प्रापात होना निश्चित ही है ।

श्री साईबाबा की भक्ति करने से ऐहिक तथा आध्यात्मिक दोनों पदार्थों की प्राप्ति होती है और हम अपनी मूल प्रकृति में स्थिरता प्राप्त कर शांति और सुख के अधिकारी बन जाते है । अतः मुमुक्षुओं को चाहिये कि वे आदरसहित श्री साईबाबा की लीलाओं का श्रवण कर उनका मनन करें । यदि वे इसी प्रकारा प्रयत्न करते रहेंगे तो उन्हें अपने जीवन-ध्येय तथा परमानंद की सहज ही प्राप्ति हो जायेगी । प्रायः सभी लोगों को हास्य प्रिय होता है, परन्तु हास्य का पात्र स्वयं कोई नहीं बनना चाहता । इस विषय में बाबा की पद्घति भी विचित्र थी । जब वह भावनापूर्ण होती तो अति मनोरंजक तथा शिक्षाप्रद होती थी । इसीलिये भक्तों को यदि स्वयं हास्य का पात्र बनना भी पड़ता था तो उन्हें उसमें कोई आपत्ति न होती थी । श्री हेमाडपंत भी ऐसा एक अपना ही उदाहरण प्रस्तुत करते है ।
चना लीला

शिरडी में बाजार प्रति रविवार को लगता है । निकटवर्ती ग्रामों से लोग आकर वहाँ रास्तों पर दुकानें लगाते और सौदा बेचते है । मध्याहृ के समय मसजिद लोगों से ठसाठस भर जाया करती थी, परन्तु इतवार के दिन तो लोगों की इतनी अधिक भीड़ होती कि प्रायः दम ही घुटने लगता था । ऐसे ही एक रविवार के दिन श्री. हेमाडपंत बाबा की चरण-सेवा कर रहे थे । शामा बाबा के बाई ओर व वामनराव बाबा के दाहिनी ओर थे । इस अवसर पर श्रीमान् बूटीसाहेब और काकसाहेब दीक्षित भी वहाँ उपस्थित थे । तब शामा ने हँसकर अण्णासाहेब से कहा कि देखो, तुम्हारे कोट की बाँह पर कुछ चने लगे हुए-से प्रतीत होते है । ऐसा कहकर शामा ने उनकी बाँह स्पर्श की, जहाँ कुछ चने के दाने मिले । जब हेमाडपंत ने अपनी बाईं कुहनी सीधी की तो चने के कुछ दाने लुढ़क कर नीचे भी गिर पड़े, जो उपस्थित लोगों ने बीनकर उठाये । भक्तों को तो हास्य का विषय मिल गया और सभी आश्चर्यचकित होकर भाँति-भाँति के अनुमान लगाने लगे, परन्तु कोई भी यह न जान सका कि ये चने के दाने वहाँ आये कहाँ से और इतने समय तक उसमें कैसे रहे । इसका संतोषप्रद उत्तर किसी के पास न था, परन्तु इस रहस्य का भेद जानने को प्रत्येक उत्सुक था । तब बाबा कहने लगे कि इन महाशय-अण्णासाहेब को एकांत में खाने की बुरी आदत है । आज बाजार का दिन है और ये चने चबाते हुए ही यहाँ आये है । मैं तो इनकी आदतों से भली भाँति परिचित हूँ और ये चने मेरे कथन की सत्यता के प्रमाणँ है । इसमें आश्चर्य की बात ही क्या है । हेमाडपंत बोले कि बाबा, मुझे कभी भी एकांत में खाने की आदत नहीं है, फिर इस प्रकार मुझ पर दोशारोपण क्यों करते है । अभी तक मैंने शिरडी के बाजार के दर्शन भी नहीं किये तथा आज के दिन तो मैं भूल कर भी बाजार नहीं गया । फिर आप ही बताइये कि मैं ये चने भला कैसे खरीदता और जब मैंने खरीदे ही नही, तब उनके खाने की बात तो दूर की ही है । भोजन के समय भी जो मेरे निकट होते है, उन्हें उनका उचित भाग दिये बिना मैं कभी ग्रहण नहीं करता । बाबा-तुम्हारा कथन सत्य है । परन्तु जब तुम्हारे समीप ही कोई न हो तो तुम या हम कर ही क्या सकते है । अच्छा, बताओ, क्या भोजन करने से पूर्व तुम्हें कभी मेरी स्मृति भी आती है । क्या मैं सदैव तुम्हारे साथ नहीं हूँ । फिर क्या तुम पहले मुझे ही अर्पण कर भोजन किया करते हो ।


इस घटना द्घारा बाबा क्या शिक्षा प्रदान कर रहे है, थोड़ा इस ओर ध्यान देने की आवश्यकता है । इसका सारांश यह है कि इन्द्रियाँ, मन और बुद्घि द्घारा पदार्थों का रसास्वादन करने के पूर्व बाबा का स्मरण करना चाहिए । उनका स्मरण ही अर्पण की एक विधि है । इन्द्रियाँ विषय पदार्थों की चिन्ता किये बिना कभी नहीं रह सकती । इन पदार्थों को उपभोग से पूर्व ईश्वरार्पण कर देने से उनका आसक्ति स्वभावतः नष्ट हो जाती है । इसी प्रकार समस्त इच्छाये, क्रोध और तृष्णा आदि कुप्रवृत्तियों को प्रथम ईश्वरार्पण कर गुरु की ओर मोड़ देना चाहिये । यदि इसका नित्याभ्यास किया जाय तो परमेश्वर तुम्हे कुवृत्तियों के दमन में सहायक होंगे । विषय के रसास्वादन के पूर्व वहाँ बाबा की उपस्थिति का ध्यान अवश्य रखना चाहिये । तब विषय उपभोग के उपयुक्त है या नही, यह प्रश्न उपस्थित हो जायेगा और ततब अनुचित विषय का त्याग करना ही पड़ेगा । इस प्रकार कुप्रवृत्तियाँ दूर हो जायेंगी और आचरण में सुधार होगा । इसके फलस्वरुप गुरुप्रेम में वृद्घि होकर सुदृ ज्ञान की प्राप्ति होगी । जब इस प्रकारा ज्ञान की वृद्घि होती है तो दैहिक बुद्घि नष्ट हो चैतन्यघन में लीन हो जाती है । वस्तुतः गुरु और ईश्वर में कोई पृथकत्व नहीं है और जो भिन्न समझता है, वह तो निरा अज्ञानी है तथा उसे ईश्वर-दर्शन होना भी दुर्लभ है । इसलिये समस्त भेदभाव को भूल कर, गुरु और ईश्वर को अभिन्न समझना चाहिये । इस प्रकार गुरु सेवा करने से ईश्वर-कृपा प्राप्त होना निश्चित ही है और तभी वे हमारा चित्त शुदृ कर हमें आत्मानुभूति प्रदान करेंगे । सारांश यह है कि ईश्वर और गुरु को पहले अर्पण किये बिना हमें किसी भी इन्द्रयग्राहृ विषय की रसास्वादन न करना चाहिए । इस प्रकार अभ्यास करने से भक्ति में उत्तरोततर वृद्घि होगी । फिर भी श्री साईबाबा की मनोहर सगुण मूर्ति सदैव आँखों के सम्मुखे रहेगी, जिससे भक्ति, वैराग्य और मोक्ष की प्राप्ति शीघ्र हो जायेगी । ध्यान प्रगाढ़ होने से क्षुधा और संसार के अस्तित्व की विस्मृति हो जायेगी और सांसारिक विषयों का आकर्षण स्वतः नष्ट होकर चित्त को सुख और शांति प्राप्त होगी ।

सुदामा की कथा

उपयुक्त घटना का वर्णन करते-करते हेमाडपंत को इसी प्रकार की सुदामा की कथा याद आई, जो ऊपर वर्णित नियमों की पुष्टि करती है ।
श्री कृष्ण अपने ज्येष्ठ भ्राता बलराम तथा अपने एक सहपाठी सुदामा के साथ सांदीपनी ऋषि के आश्रम में रहकर विघाध्ययन किया करते थे । एक बार कृष्ण और बलराम लकड़ियाँ लाने के लिये बन गये । सांदीपनि ऋषि की पत्नी ने सुदामा को भी उसी कार्य के निमित्त वन भेजा तथा तीनों विघार्थियों को खाने को कुछ चने भी उन्होंने सुदामा के द्घारा भेजे । जब कृष्ण और सुदामा की भेंट हुई तो कृष्ण ने कहा, दादा, मुझे थोड़ा जल दीजिये, प्यास अधिक लग रही है । सुदामा ने कहा, भूखे पेट जल पीना हानिकारक होता है, इसलिये पहले कुछ देर विश्राम कर लो । सुदामा ने चने के संबंध में न कोई चर्चा की और न कृष्ण को उनका भाग ही दिया । कृष्ण थके हुए तो थे ही, इसलिए सुदामा की गोद में अपना सिर रखते ही वे प्रगाढ़ निद्रा में निमग्न हो गये । तभी सुदामा ने अवसर पाकर चने चबाना प्रारम्भ कर दिया । इसी बीच में अचानक कृष्ण पूछ बैठे कि दादा, तुम क्या खा रहे हो और यह कड़कड़ की ध्वनि कैसी हो रही है । सुदामा ने उत्तर दिया कि यहाँ खाने को है ही क्या । मैं तो शीत से काँप रहा हूँ और इसलिये मेरे दाँत कड़कड़ बज रहे है । देखो तो, मैं अच्छी तरह से विष्णु सहस्त्रनाम भी उच्चारण नहीं कर पा रहा हूँ । यह सुनकर अन्तर्यामी कृष्ण ने कहा कि दादा, मैंने अभी स्वपन में देखा कि एक व्यक्ति दूसरे की वस्तुएँ खा रहा है । जब उससे इस विषय में प्रश्न किया गया तो उसने उत्तर दिया कि मैं खाक (धूल) खा रहा हूँ । तब प्रश्नकर्ता ने कहा, ऐसा ही हो (एवमस्तु) दादा, यह तो केवल स्वपन था, मुझे तो ज्ञात है कि तुम मेरे बिना अन्न का दाना भी ग्रहण नहीं करते, परन्तु श्रम के वशीभूत होकर मैंने तुम से ऐसा प्रश्न किया था । यदि सुदामा किंचित मात्र भी कृष्ण की सर्वज्ञता से परिचित होते तो वे इस भाँति आचरण कभी न करते । अतः उन्हें इसका फल भोगना ही पड़ा । श्रीकृष्ण के लँगोटिया मित्र होत हए भी सुदामा को अपना शेएष जीवन दरिद्रता में व्यतीत करना पड़ा, परन्तु केवल एक ही मुट्ठी रुखे चावल (पोहा), जो उनकी स्त्री सुशीला ने अत्यन्त परिश्रम से उपार्जित किए थे, भेंट करने पर श्रीकृष्ण जी बहुत प्रसन्न हो गये और उन्हें उसके बदले में सुवर्णनगरी प्रदान कर दी । जो दूसरों को दिये बिना एकांत में खाते है, उन्हें इस कथा को सदैव स्मरण रखना चाहिए । श्रुति भी इस मत का प्रतिपादन करती है कि प्रथम ईश्वर को ही अर्पण करें तथा उच्छिष्ट हो जाने के उपरांत ही उसे ग्रहण करें । यही शिक्षा बाबा ने हास्य के रुप में दी है ।

अण्णा चिंचणीकर और मौसीबाई

अब श्री. हेमाडपंत एक दूसरी हास्यपूर्ण कथा का वर्णन करते है, जिसमें बाबा ने शान्ति-स्थापन का कार्य किया है । दामोदर घनश्याम बाबारे, उपनाम अण्णा चिंचणीकर बाबा के भक्त थे । वे सरल, सुदृढ़ और निर्भीक प्रकृति के व्यक्ति थे । वे निडरतापूर्वक स्पष्ट भाषण करते और व्यवहार में सदैव नगद नारायण-से थे । यघपि व्यावहारिक दृष्टि से वे रुखे और असहिष्णु प्रतीत होते थे, परन्तु अन्तःकरण से कपटहीन और व्यवहार-कुशल थे । इसी कारण उन्हें बाबा विशेष प्रेम करते थे । सभी भक्त अपनी-अपनी इच्छानुसार बाबा के अंग-अंग को दबा रहे थे । बाबा का हाथे कठड़े पर रखा हुआ था । दूसरी ओर एक वृदृ विधवा उनकी सेवा कर रही थी, जिनका नाम वेणुबाई कौजलगी था । बाबा उन्हें माँ शब्द से सम्बोधित करते तथा अन्य लोग उन्हे मौसीबाई कहते थे । वे एक शुदृ हृदय की वृदृ महिला थी । वे उस समय दोनों हाथों की अँगुलियाँ मिलाकर बाबा के शरीर को मसल रही थी । जब वे बलपूर्वक उनका पेट दबाती तो पेट और पीठ का प्रायः एकीकरण हो जाता था । बाबा भी इस दबाव के कारण यहाँ-वहाँ सरक रहे थे । अण्णा दूसरी ओर सेवा में व्यस्त थे । मौसीबाई का सिर हाथों की परिचालन क्रिया के साथ नीचे-ऊपर हो रहा था । जब इस प्रकार दोनों सेवा में जुटे थे तो अनायास ही मौसीबाई विनोदी प्रकृति की होने के कारण ताना देकर बोली कि यह अण्णा बहुत बुरा व्यक्ति है और यह मेरा चुंबन करना चाहता है । इसके केश तो पक गये है, परन्तु मेरा चुंबन करने में इसे तनिक भी लज्जा नहीं आती है । यतह सुनकर अण्णा क्रोधित होकर बोले, तुम कहती हो कि मैं एक वृदृ और बुरा व्यक्ति हूँ । क्या मैं मूर्ख हूँ । तुम खुद ही छेड़खानी करके मुझसे झगड़ा कर रही हो । वहाँ उपस्थित सब लोग इस विवाद का आनन्द ले रहे थे । बाबा का स्नेह तो दोनों पर था, इसलिये उन्होंने कुशलतापूर्वक विवाद का निपटारा कर दिया । वे प्रेमपूर्वक बोले, अरे अण्णा, व्यर्थ ही क्यों झगड़ रहे हो । मेरी समझ में नहीं आता कि माँ का चुंबन करने में दोष या हानि ही क्या हैं । बाबा के शब्दों को सुनकर दोनों शान्त हो गये और सब उपस्थित लोग जी भरकर ठहाका मारकर बाबा के विनोद का आनन्द लेने लगे ।

बाबा की भक्त-परायणता
बाबा भक्तों को उनकी इच्छानुसार ही सेवा करने दिया करते थे और इस विषय में किसी प्रकार का हस्तक्षेप उन्हें सहन न था । एक अन्य अवसर पर मौसीबाई बाबा का पेट बलपूर्वक मसल रही थी, जिसे देख कर दर्शकगण व्यग्र होकर मौसीबाई से कहने लगे कि माँ । कृपा कर धीरे-धीरे ही पेट दबाओ । इस प्रकार मसलने से तो बाबा की अंतड़ियाँ और ना़ड़ियाँ ही टूट जायेंगी । वे इतना कह भी न पाये थे कि बाबा अपने आसन से तुरन्त उठ बैठे और अंगारे के समान लाल आँखें कर क्रोधित हो गये । साहस किसे था, जो उन्हें रोके । उन्होंने दोनों हाथों से सटके का एक छोर पकड़ नाभि में लगाया और दूसरा छोर जमीन पर रख उसे पेट से धक्का देने लगे । सटका (सोटा) लगभग 2 या 3 फुट लम्बा था । अब ऐसा प्रतीत होने लगा कि वह पेट में छिद्र कर प्रवेश कर जायेगा । लोग शोकित एवं भयभीत हो उठे कि अब पेट फटने ही वाला है । बाबा अपने स्थान पर दृढ़ हो, उसके अत्यन्त समीप होते जा रहे थे और प्रतिक्षण पेट फटने की आशंका हो रही थी । सभी किंकर्तव्यविमूढ़ हो रहे थे । वे आश्चर्यचकित और भयभीत हो ऐसे खड़े थे, मानो गूँगोंका समुदाय हो । यथार्थ में भक्तगण का संकेत मौसीबाई को केवल इतना ही था कि वे सहज रीति से सेवा-शुश्रूषा करें । किसी की इच्छा बाबा को कष्ट पहुँचाने की न थी । भक्तों ने तो यह कार्य केवल सद्भभावना से प्रेरित होकर ही किया था । परन्तु बाबा तो अपने कार्य में किसी का हस्तक्षेप कणमात्र भी न होने देना चाहते थे । भक्तों को तो आश्चर्य हो रहा था कि शुभ भावना से प्रेरित कार्य दुर्गति से परिणत हो गया और वे केवल दर्शक बने रहने के अतिररिक्त कर ही क्या सकते थे । भाग्यवश बाबा का क्रोध शान्त हो गया और सटका छोड़कर वे पुनः आसन पर विराजमान हो गये । इस घटना से भक्तों ने शिक्षा ग्रहण की कि अब दूसरों के कार्य में कभी भी हस्तक्षेप न करेंगे और सबको उनकी इच्छानुसार ही बाबा की सेवा करने देंगे । केवल बाबा ही सेवा का मूल्य आँकने में समर्थ थे ।

।। श्री सद्रगुरु साईनाथार्पणमस्तु । शुभं भवतु ।।

Wednesday 28 November 2018

नाम जाप की महिमा

करता हूं मैं काम वही
जो साँईं जी करवायें
नहीं रहता भय कोई भी
सही मार्ग साँईं दिखलायें

कई पत्थर पग में आयेंगे
साँईं कृपा से फूल बन जायेंगे
मार्ग सुगम बनेगा सिर्फ वहीं
जो साँईं जी दिखलायेंगे

बस साँईं साँईं जपता रहूँ
जपु साँईं नाम दिन रात
चरण कमल रज धूलि मिले
जीवन की सर्वोत्तम सौगात

Tuesday 27 November 2018

साईं हमारे आओ

ॐ सांई राम

आओ  आओ  साईंनाथ
आओ  आओ  हे  जगन्नाथ
आओ  आओ  साईंनाथ
दर्शन  के  लिए  तरस  रहे  है
नयन  हमारे  ओ  साईं
दर्ष  दिखाओ  दया  के  सागर
आओ  शंकर  हे  परमेश्वर

Please come, Sai, Lord of the Universe, our eyes are eager to see Your divine form. O Lord Shankara, the ocean of compassion, grant us Your vision.

आओ  आओ  साईंनाथ

आओ  आओ  साईं  प्यारे
कीर्तन  करू   मैं साईं  तुम्हारे
आओ  आओ  साईं  प्यारे
तुम  हो  मेरे  नयनो  के  तारे
दर्शन  दो  जीवन  के  सहारे 

Please come, beloved Sai, let me sing your glory.
O Supreme Lord, You are the support of my life and the
shining star of my eyes.


आओ  गोपाला  गिरिधारी
आओ  आओ  अंतर्यामी
आओ  आओ  आनंदा  साईं
आओ  गोपाला  गिरिधारी
आओ  आओ  आत्मानिवासी
आओ  आओ  शांति  निवासी

Come, O Gopala! You held up the mountain Govardhana
to save Your devotees. We welcome You the indweller of our
hearts. Lord Sai, You reside in the abode of peace and grant bliss.
आओ  प्यारे  नयन  हमारे  
साईं  हमारे  आओ
तुम  बिन  कोई  नहीं  रखवाले
तुम  बिन  कौन  सहारे  (बाबा)
आओ  साईं  प्यारे
साईं  हमारे  आओ  

Please come our beloved Lord Sai! You are as precious
as our eyes. Without You, there is no one to
protect us. Who but You can support us, O Beloved Sai?

आओ  साईं  नारायण  दर्शन  दीजो
तुम  हो  जगत  विधाता
तुम्ही  हो  ब्रह्मा  तुम्ही  हो  विष्णु
तुम्ही  हो  शंकर  रूप
तुम्ही  हो  राम  तुम्ही  हो  कृष्ण
तुम्ही  हो  विश्व  विधाता

Welcome Sai Narayana, Creator of the Universe.
Grant us your Darshan. You are none other than Lord Rama,
Krishna, Vishnu, Brahma and Shankara.

Monday 26 November 2018

शिर्डी वाले साईं बाबा

ॐ सांई राम

ज़माने ने कहा टूटी हुई तस्वीर बनती है
तेरे दरबार मैं 
बिगड़ी हुई तकदीर बनती है
तारीफ़ तेरी निकली है दिल से
आयी है लब पे बन के क़व्वाली 

शिर्डी वाले साईं बाबा 
आया है तेरे दर पे सवाली

लब पे दुआएं आखों में आंसूं
में उमीदें पर झोली खाली

शिर्डी वाले साईं बाबा 
आया है तेरे दर पे सवाली

शिर्डी वाले साईं बाबा 
आया है तेरे दर पे सवाली

ओ मेरे साईं देवा तेरे सब नाम लेवा
जुदा इंसान सारे सभी, तुझको हैं प्यारे
सुने फ़रियाद सबकी, तुझे है याद सबकी
बड़ा या कोई छोटा, नहीं मायूस लौटा
अमीरों का सहारा, गरीबों का गुज़ारा
तेरी रहमत का किस्सा बयां हम सब करे क्या
दो दिन की दुनिया, दुनिया है गुलशन
सब फूल कांटे, तू सब का माली

शिर्डी वाले साईं बाबा 
आया है तेरे दर पे सवाली

खुदा की शान तुझमे
दिखे भगवान् तुझमे

तुझे सब मानते हैं
तेरा घर जानते हैं
चले आते हैं दौड़े
जो खुश किस्मत हैं थोड़े
यह हर राही की मंजिल
यह हर कश्ती का साहिल
जिसे सब ने निकला
उसे तूने संभाला

तू बिछड़ों को मिलाये
बुझे दीपक जलाये

यह गम की रातें, रातें यह काली
इनको बनादे ईद और दिवाली

शिर्डी वाले साईं बाबा 
आया है तेरे दर पे सवाली

लब पे दुआएं आखों में आंसूं
दिल में उमीदें पर झोली खाली
शिर्डी वाले साईं बाबा 
आया है तेरे दर पे सवाली

Sunday 25 November 2018

!! सबका मालिक एक !!

ॐ श्री साँई राम जी

!! सबका मालिक एक !!
ना दुनिया ना दौलत ना घर चाहिए
मुझको साई तेरी शरण चाहिए,
तेरा दर चाहिए
चन्दन की ठंडक, शीतल छाया तू,
विपदा जब आई दौडा आया तू,
साई प्रेम पावन अमन चाहिए,
तेरी छत्रछाया में बसर चाहिए ..
तेरा दर चाहिए
फूल सा कोमल तू सागर से गहरा है,
छुपा नहीं तुझसे भक्तो का हाल है
श्रद्धा सबुरी की डगर चाहिए,
तुझसा ही हमको राह दर चाहिए ..
तेरा दर चाहिए..!!

Saturday 24 November 2018

मुझे तुमने मालिक बहुत कुछ दिया है,

ॐ सांई राम

मुझे तुमने मालिक बहुत कुछ दिया है,
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,
जो मिलती ना गर दी हुयी दात तेरी
तो क्या थी जमाने में औकात मेरी
तुम्ही ने तो जीने के काबिल किया है
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,

Oh Master(Lord), You have given me lots and lots
Thanks to thee - Thanks to thee
If your gracious blessing would not have been there,
What would have been my condition in this world (Did I ever have a standing in this world)?
Thanks to thee - Thanks to thee

मुझे है सहारा तेरी बंदगी का
यही है गुज़ारा मेरी जिंदगी का
यह बन्दा तेरे ही सहारे जिया है
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,
मिला मुझको सब कुछ बदौलत तुम्हारी
मेरा कुछ नहीं सब है दौलत तुम्हारी
उसे क्या कमी जो तेरा हो लिया है
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,

Your worship is my support/ help
This is how I lead my life
This servant is living purely by your support/help
Thanks to thee - Thanks to thee
I got everything - By your grace
Nothing is mine - Everything is your wealth
What can be lacking for one who has become yours
Thanks to thee - Thanks to thee

मेरा ही नहीं तू सबी का है दाता
सभी को सभी कुछ देता दिलाता
तेरा ही दिया सबने खाया पीया है
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,
किया कुछ ना मैंने शर्मसार हूँ मैं
तेरी राहतों का करजदार हूँ मैं
दिया कुछ नहीं बस लिया ही लिया है
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,

You are not just my Giver - You are the Giver for everyone
For everyone, your are the one who gives everything and who brings about or bestows everything
It is just all yours, which we are eating and drinking (relishing and enjoying)
Thanks to thee - Thanks to thee
I did not do anything - I am ashamed of myself
I owe you for all your grace and mercy
I have never given anything - Just taken everything
Thanks to thee - Thanks to thee

करें आस उम्मीद फिर पूरी भी होगी
जो अब तक है रहमत वह आगे भी होगी
बुझे ना प्यार का जो दिया है
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,
तेरा शुक्रिया है, तेरा शुक्रिया है,

All desires and their fullfilment with fruitless aspirations, come through his
grace and for such a desireless person those gracious blessing of Sai will continuously happen
Thanks to thee - Thanks to thee

Friday 23 November 2018

Take me as your child.

 ॐ सांई राम

Once when Swami Vivekananda went to USA, a lady asked him to marry her.

When Swami asked the lady about what made her ask him such question.
The lady replied that she was fascinated by his intellect. She wanted a child of such an intellect. So she asked Swami, whether he could marry her and give a child like him.

He said to that lady, that since she was attracted only by his intellect, there is no problem. "My dear lady, i understand Your desire. Marrying and bringing a child in to this world and understanding whether it is intelligent or not takes very long time. More over it is not guaranteed.

Instead, to fulfill Your desire immediately, i can suggest a guaranteed way. Take me as your child. You are my mother. Now on Your desire of having a child of my intellect is fulfilled."

The lady was speechless.

Thursday 22 November 2018

श्री साई सच्चरित्र - अध्याय 23

ॐ सांई राम

आप सभी को शिर्डी के साँई 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 23
योग और प्याज, शामा का सर्पविष उतारना, विषूचिका (हैजी) निवारणार्थ नियमों का उल्लंघन, गुरु भक्ति की कठिन परीक्षा ।

वस्तुतः मनुष्य त्रिगुणातीत (तीन गुण अर्थात् सत्व-रज-तम) है तथा माया के प्रभाव से ही उसे अपने सत्-चित-आनंद स्वरुप की विस्मृति हो, ऐसा भासित होने लगता है कि मैं शरीर हूँ । दैहिक बुद्घि के आवरण के कारण ही वह ऐसी धारणा बना लेता है कि मैं ही कर्ता और उपभोग करने वाला हूँ और इस प्रकार वह अपने को अनेक कष्टों में स्वयं फँसा लेता है । फिर उसे उससे छुटकारे का कोई मार्ग नहीं सूझता । मुक्ति का एकमात्र उपाय है – गुरु के श्री चरणों में अचल प्रेम और भक्ति । सबसे महान् अभिनयकर्ता भगवान् साई ने भक्तों को पूर्ण आनन्द पहुँचाकर उन्हें निज-स्वरुप में परिवर्तित कर लिया है । उपयुक्त कारणों से हम साईबाबा को ईश्वर का ही अवतार मानते है । परन्तु वे सदा यही कहा करते थे कि मैं तो ईश्वर का दास हूँ । अवतार होते हुए भी मनुष्य को किस प्रकारा आचरण करना चाहिये तथा अपने वर्ण के कर्तव्यों को किस प्रकार निबाहना चाहिए, इसका उदाहरण उन्होंने लोगो के समक्ष प्रस्तुत किया । उन्होंने किसी प्रकार भी दूसरे से स्पर्द्घा नहीं की और न ही किसी को कोई हानि ही पहुँचाई । जो सब जड़ और चेतन पदार्थों में ईश्वर के दर्शन करता हो, उसको विनयशीलता ही उपयुक्त थी । उन्होंने किसी की उपेक्षा या अनादर नहीं किया । वे सब प्राणियों में भगवद्दर्शन करते थे । उन्होंने यह कभी नहीं कहा कि मैं अनल हक्क (सोडह्मम) हूँ । वे सदा यही कहते थे कि मैं तो यादे हक्क (दासोडहम्) हूँ । अल्ला मालिक सदा उनके होठोंपर था । हम अन्य संतों से परिचित नहीं है और नन हमें यही ज्ञात है कि वे किस प्रकार आचरण किया करते है अथवा उनकी दिनचर्या इत्यादि क्या है । ईश-कृपा से केवल हमें इतना ही ज्ञात है कि वे अज्ञान और बदृ जीवों के निमित्त स्वयं अवतीर्ण होते है । शुभ कर्मों के परिणामस्वरुप ही हममें सन्तों की कथायें और लीलाये श्रवण करने की इच्छा उत्पन्न होती है, अन्यथा नहीं । अब हम मुख्य कथा पर आते है ।

योग और प्याज
एक समय कोई एक योगाभ्यासी नानासाहेब चाँदोरकर के साथ शिरडी आया । उसने पातंजलि योगसूत्र तथा योगशास्त्र के अन्य ग्रन्थों का विशेष अध्ययन किया था, परन्तु वह व्यावहारिक अनुभव से वंचित था । मन एकाग्र न हो सकने के कारण वह थोड़े समय के लिये भी समाधि न लगा सकता था । यदि साईबाबा की कृपा प्राप्त हो जाय तो उनसे अधिक समय तक समाधि अवस्था प्राप्त करने की विधि ज्ञात हो जायेगी, इस विचार से वह शिरडी आया और जब मसजिद में पहुँचा तो साईबाबा को प्याजसहित रोटी खाते देख उसे ऐसा विचार आया कि यह कच्च प्याजसहित सूखी रोटी खाने वाला व्यक्ति मेरी कठिनाइयों को किस प्रकार हल कर सकेगा । साईबाबा अन्तर्ज्ञान से उसका विचार जानकर तुरन्त नानासाहेब से बोले कि ओ नाना । जिसमें प्याज हजम करने की श्क्ति है, उसको ही उसे खाना चाहिए, अन्य को नहीं । इन शब्दों से अत्यन्त विस्मित होकर योगी ने साईचरणों में पूर्ण आत्मसमर्पण कर दिया । शुदृ और निष्कपट भाव से अपनी कठिनाइयँ बाबा के समक्ष प्रस्तुत करके उनसे उनका हल प्राप्त किया और इस प्रकार संतुष्ट और सुखी होकर बाबा के दर्शन और उदी लेकर वह शिरडी से चला गया ।

शामा की सर्पदंश से मुक्ति
कथा प्रारंभ करने से पूर्व हेमाडपंत लिखते है कि जीव की तुलना पालतू तोते से की जा सकती है, क्योंकि दोनों ही बदृ है । एक शरीर में तो दूसरा पिंजड़े में । दोनों ही अपनी बद्घावस्था को श्रेयस्कर समझते है । परन्तु यदि हरिकृपा से उन्हें कोई उत्तम गुरु मिल जाय और वह उनके ज्ञानचक्षु खोलकर उन्हें बंधन मुक्त कर दे तो उनके जीवन का स्तर उच्च हो जाता है, जिसकी तुलना में पूर्व संकीर्ण स्थिति सर्वथा तुच्छ ही थी ।
गत अध्यया में किस प्रकार श्री. मिरीकर पर आने वाले संकट की पूर्वसूचना देकर उन्हें उससे बचाया गया, इसका वर्णन किया जा चुका है । पाठकवृन्द अब उसी प्रकार की और एक कथा श्रवण करें ।
एक बार शामा को विषधर सर्प ने उसके हाथ की उँगली में डस लिया । समस्त शरीर में विष का प्रसार हो जाने के कारण वे अत्यन्त कष्ट का अनुभव करके क्रंदन करने लगे कि अब मेरा अन्तकाल समीप आ गया है । उनके इष्ट मित्र उन्हें भगवान विठोबा के पास ले जाना चाहते थे, जहाँ इस प्रकार की समस्त पीड़ाओं की योग्य चिकित्सा होती है, परन्तु शामा मसजिद की ओर ही दौड़-अपने विठोबा श्री साईबाबा के पास । जब बाबा ने उन्हें दूर से आते देखा तो वे झिड़कने और गाली देने लगे । वे क्रोधित होकर बोले – अरे ओ नादान कृतघ्न बम्मन । ऊपर मत चढ़ । सावधान, यदि ऐसा किया तो । और फिर गर्जना करते हुए बोले, हटो, दूर हट, नीचे उतर । श्री साईबाबा को इस प्रकार अत्यंत क्रोधित देख शामा उलझन में पड़ गयाऔर निराश होकर सोचने लगा कि केवल मसजिद ही तो मेरा घर है और साईबाबा मात्र किसकी शरण में जाऊँ । उसने अपने जीवन की आशा ही छोड़ दी और वहीं शान्तीपूर्वक बैठ गया । थोड़े समय के पश्चात जब बाबा पूर्वव्त शांत हुए तो शामा ऊपर आकर उनके समीप बैठ गया । तब बाबा बोले, डरो नहीं । तिल मात्र भी चिन्ता मत करो । दयालु फकीर तुम्हारी अवश्य रक्षा करेगा । घर जाकर शान्ति से बैठो और बाहर न निकलो । मुझपर विश्वास कर निर्भय होकर चिन्ता त्याग दो । उन्हें घर भिजवाने के पश्चात ही पुछे से बाबा ने तात्या पाटील और काकासाहेब दीक्षित के द्घारा यह कहला भेजा कि वह इच्छानुसार भोजन करे, घर में टहलते रहे, लेटें नही और न शयन करें । कहने की आवश्यकता नहीं कि आदेशों का अक्षरशः पालन किया गया और थोड़े समय में ही वे पूर्ण स्वस्थ हो गये । इस विषय में केवल यही बात स्मरण योग्य है कि बाबा के शब्द (पंच अक्षरीय मंत्र-हटो, दूर हट, नीचे उतर) शामा को लक्ष्य करके नहीं कहे गये थे, जैसा कि ऊपर से स्पष्ट प्रतीत होता है, वरन् उस साँप और उसके विष के लिये ही यह आज्ञा थी (अर्थात् शामा के शरीर में विष न फैलाने की आज्ञा थी) अन्य मंत्र शास्त्रों के विशेषज्ञों की तरह बाबा ने किसी मंत्र या मंत्रोक्त चावल या जल आदि का प्रयोग नहीं किया ।
इस कथा और इसी प्रकार की अन्य अथाओं को सुनकर साईबाबा के चरणों में यह दृढ़ विश्वास हो जायगा कि यदि मायायुक्त संसार को पार करना हो तो केवल श्री साईचरणों का हृदय में ध्यान करो ।

हैजा महामारी
एक बार शिरडी विषूचिका के प्रकोप से दहल उठी और ग्रामवासी भयभीत हो गये । उनका पारस्परिक सम्पर्क अन्य गाँव के लोगों से प्रायः समाप्त सा हो गया । तब गाँव के पंचों ने एकत्रित होकर दो आदेश प्रसारित किये । प्रथम-लकड़ी की एक भी गाड़ी गाँव में न आने दी जाय । द्घितीय – कोई बकरे की बलि न दे । इन आदेशों का उल्लंघन करने वाले को मुखिया और पंचों द्घारा दंड दिया जायगा । बाबा तो जानते ही थे कि यह सब केवल अंधविश्वास ही है और इसी कारण उन्होंने इन हैजी के आदेशों की कोई चिंता न की । जब ये आदेशलागू थे, तभी एक लकड़ी की गाड़ी गाँव में आयी । सबको ज्ञात था कि गाँव में लगड़ी का अधिक अभाव है, फिर भीलोग उस गाड़वाले को भगाने लगे । यह समाचार कहीं बाबा के पास तक पहुँच गया । तब वे स्वयं वहाँ आये और गाड़ी वाले से गाड़ी मसजिद में ले चलने को कहा । बाबा के विरुदृ कोई चूँ—चपाट तक भीन कर सका । यथार्थ में उन्हें धूनी के लिए लकड़ियों की अत्यन्त आवश्यकता थी और इसीलिए उन्होंने वह गाड़ी मोल ले ली । एक महान अग्निहोत्री की तरह उन्होंने जीवन भर धूनी को चैतन्य रखा । बाबा की धूनी दिनरात प्रज्वलित रहती थी और इसलिए वे लकड़ियाँ एकत्रित कर रखते थे । बाबा का घर अर्थात् मसजिद सबके लिए सदैव खुली थी । उसमें किसी ताले चाभी की आवश्यकता न थी । गाँव के गरीब आदमी अपने उपयोग के लिए उसमें से लकडियाँ निकाल भी ले जाया करते थे, परन्तु बाबा ने इस पर कभी कोई आपत्ति न की । बाबा तो सम्पूर्ण विश्व को ईश्वर से ओतप्रोत देखते थे, इसलिये उनमें किसी के प्रति घृणा या शत्रुता की भावना न थी । पूर्ण विरक्त होते हुए भी उन्होंने एक साधारण गृहस्थ का-सा उदाहरण लोगों के समक्ष प्रस्तुत किया ।

गुरुभक्ति की कठिन परीक्षा
अब देखिये, दूसरे आदेश की भी बाबा ने क्या दुर्दशा की । वह आदेश लागू रहते समय कोई मसजिद में एक बकरा बलि देने को लाया । वह अत्यन्त दुर्बल, बूढ़ा और मरने ही वाला था । उस समय मालेगाँव के फकीर पीरमोहम्मद उर्फ बड़े बाबा भी उनके समीप ही खड़े थे । बाबा ने उन्हें बकरा काटकर बलि चढ़ाने को कहा । श्री साईतबाबा बड़े बाबा का अधिक आदर किया करते थे । इस कारण वे सदैव उनके दाहिनीओर ही बैठा करते थे । सबसे पहने वे ही चिलम पीते और फिर बाबा को देते, बाद में अन्य भक्तों को । जब दोपहर को भोजन परोस दिया जाता, तब बाबा बड़े बाबा को आदरपूर्वक बुलाकर अपने दाहिनी ओर बिठाते और तब सब भोजन करते । बाबा के पास जो दक्षिणा एकत्रित होती, उसमेंसे वे 50 रु. प्रतिदिन बड़े बाबा को दे दिया करते थे । जब वे लौटते तो बाबा भी उनके साथ सौ कदम जाया करते थे । उनका इतना आदर होते हुए भी जब बाबा ने उनसे बकरा काटने को कहा तो उन्होंने अस्वीकार कर स्पष्ट शब्दों में कह दिया कि बलि चढ़ाना व्यर्थ ही है । तब बाबा ने शामा से बकरे की बलि के लिये कहा । वे राधाकृष्ण माई के घर जाकर एक चाकू ले आये और उसे बाबा के सामने रख दिया । राधाकृष्माई को जब कारण का पता चला तो उन्होंने चाकू वापस मँगवालिया । अब शामा दूसरा चाकू लाने के लिये गये, किन्तु बड़ी देर तक मसजिद में न लौटे । तब काकासाहेब दीक्षित की बारी आई । वह सोना सच्चा तो था, परन्तु उसको कसौटी पर कसना भी अत्यन्त आवश्यक था । बाबा ने उनसे चाकू लाकर बकरा काटने को कहा । वे साठेवाड़े से एक चाकू ले आये और बाबा की आज्ञा मिलते ही काटने को तैयार हो गये । उन्होंने पवित्र ब्राहमण-वंश में जन्म लिया था और अपने जीवन में वे बलिकृत्य जानते ही न थे । यघपि हिंसा करना निंदनीय है, फिर भी वे बकरा काटने के लिये उघत हो गये । सब लोगों को आश्चर्य था कि बड़े बाबा एक यवन होते हुए भी बकरा काटने को सहमत नहीं हैं और यह एक सनातन ब्राहमण बकरे की बलि देने की तैयारी कर रहा है । उन्होंने अपनी धोती ऊपर चढ़ा फेंटा कस लिया और चाकू लेकर हाथ ऊपर उठाकर बाबा की अन्तिम आज्ञा की प्रतीक्षा करने लगे । बाबा बोले, अब विचार क्या कर रहे हो । ठीक है, मारो । जब उनका हाथ नीचे आने ही वाला था, तब बाबा बोले ठहरो, तुम कितने दुष्ट हो । ब्राहमण होकर तुम बके की बलि दे रहे हो । काकासाहेब चाकू नीचे रख कर बाबा से बोले आपकी आज्ञा ही हमारे लिये सब कुछ है, हमें अन्य आदेशों से क्या । हम तो केवल आपका ही सदैव स्मरण तथा ध्यान करते है और दिन रात आपकी आज्ञा का ही पालन किया करते है । हमें यह विचार करने की आवश्यकता नहीं कि बकरे को मारना उचित है या अनुचित । और न हम इसका कारण ही जानना चाहते है । हमारा कर्तव्य और धर्म तो निःसंकोच होकर गुरु की आज्ञा का पूर्णतः पालन करने में है । तब बाबा ने काकासाहेब से कहा कि मैं स्वयं ही बलि चढ़ाने का कार्य करुँगा । तब ऐसा निश्चित हुआ कि तकिये के पास जहाँ बहुत से फकीर बैठते है, वहाँ चलकर इसकी बलि देनी चाहिए । जब बकरा वहाँ ले जाया जा रहा था, तभी रास्ते में गिर कर वह मर गया ।
भक्तों के प्रकार का वर्णन कर श्री. हेमाडपंत यह अध्याय समाप्त करते है । भक्त तीन प्रकार के है

1. उत्तम

2. मध्यम और

3. साधारण

प्रथम श्रेणी के भक्त वे है, जो अपने गुरु की इच्छा पहले से ही जानकर अपना कर्तव्य मान कर सेवा करते है । द्घितीय श्रेणी के भक्त वे है, जो गुरु की आज्ञा मिलते ही उसका तुरन्त पालन करते है । तृतीय श्रेणी के भक्त वे है, जो गुरु की आज्ञा सदैव टालते हुए पग-पग पर त्रुटि किया करते है । भक्तगण यदि अपनी जागृत बुद्घि और धैर्य धारण कर दृढ़ विश्वास स्थिर करें तो निःसन्देह उनका आध्यात्मिक ध्येय उनसे अधिक दूर नहीं है । श्वासोच्ध्वास का नियंत्रण, हठ योग या अन्य कठिन साधनाओं की कोई आवश्यकता नहीं है । जब शिष्य में उपयुक्त गुणों का विकास हो जाता है और जब अग्रिम उपदेशों के लिये भूमिका तैयार हो जाती है, तभी गुरु स्वयं प्रगट होकर उसे पूर्णता की ओर ले जाते है । अगले अध्याय में बाबा के मनोरंजक हास्य-विनोद के सम्बन्ध में चर्चा करेंगे

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बाबा के 11 वचन

ॐ साईं राम

1. जो शिरडी में आएगा, आपद दूर भगाएगा
2. चढ़े समाधी की सीढी पर, पैर तले दुःख की पीढ़ी कर
3. त्याग शरीर चला जाऊंगा, भक्त हेतु दौडा आऊंगा
4. मन में रखना द्रढ विश्वास, करे समाधी पूरी आस
5. मुझे सदा ही जीवत जानो, अनुभव करो सत्य पहचानो
6. मेरी शरण आ खाली जाए, हो कोई तो मुझे बताए
7. जैसा भाव रहे जिस जन का, वैसा रूप हुआ मेरे मनका
8. भार तुम्हारा मुझ पर होगा, वचन न मेरा झूठा होगा
9. आ सहायता लो भरपूर, जो माँगा वो नही है दूर
10. मुझ में लीन वचन मन काया, उसका ऋण न कभी चुकाया
11. धन्य-धन्य व भक्त अनन्य, मेरी शरण तज जिसे न अन्य

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गायत्री मंत्र

ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः॒
भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥

Word Meaning of the Gayatri Mantra

ॐ Aum = Brahma ;
भूर् bhoor = the earth;
भुवः bhuwah = bhuvarloka, the air (vaayu-maNdal)
स्वः swaha = svarga, heaven;
तत् tat = that ;
सवितुर् savitur = Sun, God;
वरेण्यम् varenyam = adopt(able), follow;
भर्गो bhargo = energy (sin destroying power);
देवस्य devasya = of the deity;
धीमहि dheemahi = meditate or imbibe

these first nine words describe the glory of Goddheemahi = may imbibe ; pertains to meditation

धियो dhiyo = mind, the intellect;
यो yo = Who (God);
नः nah = our ;
प्रचोदयात prachodayat = inspire, awaken!"

dhiyo yo naha prachodayat" is a prayer to God

भू:, भुव: और स्व: के उस वरण करने योग्य (सूर्य) देवता,,, की (बुराईयों का नाश करने वाली) शक्तियों (देवता की) का ध्यान करें (करते हैं),,, वह (जो) हमारी बुद्धि को प्रेरित/जाग्रत करे (करेगा/करता है)।

Simply :

तीनों लोकों के उस वरण करने योग्य देवता की शक्तियों का ध्यान करते हैं, वह हमारी बुद्धि को प्रेरित करे।

The God (Sun) of the Earth, Atmosphere and Space, who is to be followed, we meditate on his power, (may) He inspire(s) our intellect.