First Edition: 1939 Present Edition: 1999

Published by All India Sal SamaJ

AJamelumangapuram, Mylapore Chennai - 600 004

FOREWORD

By Mr. Justice M. B. Rege, B.A., LB

High Court Judge, Indore.

An attempt to write a foreword to Baba's Charters and Sayings may well be described as an effort to discover the Sun with a lighted taper. None is more conscious of this than myself but my revered brother B.V. Narasimha Swami whose privilege it has been to compile the "Charters and Sayings" would not brook my denial of the honour of writing this foreword. With Baba's divine grace, the lighted taper may perhaps dimly light the way out of the depth of theSamsaric Cavern to the Radiant Sun outside; and if it does so, it will be an addition to the Charters.

Self-realisation is the aim of Mysticism; but the means to the end must be suited to the needs of the individual. Baba in the flesh was, to his devotees, the embodiment of the Supreme Spirit lighting the Sadhakas'path by his every word and action. The mortal body has passed away but the "Baba" once in it now lives in the Spirit Eternal helping in the silent way he often did in the flesh the myriads of his devotees who seek solace in him. A Sadhaka however must need have something manifest and perceptible to the senses on which to pin his faith; and the 'Charters and Sayings' compiled by Swamiji will serve as a manifestation of that Supreme Spirit in words. As Lord Sree Krishna manifests Himself in the Bhagavad Gita, so does Baba in the 'Charters and Sayings'.

The compilation will doubtless be a beacon on the Sadhakas' path; but it would likewise transport persons like my humble self, who had the privilege of being at Baba's feet when He was in the body, back into the old times, and revive fond memories of the blissful moments spent with the Master.

The 'Charters and Sayings' are useful as precepts both in the world spiritual and the world material. Pervading them is the love of an ardent devotee who pictures Baba as the Body, the Jeeva and the Shiva. At one stage says Baba "I am your servant's servant"; next "I am a servant of Allah"; and yet again "I am He." Intellect fails here; but the spirit beyond the intellect and mind is manifest, In the body Baba was the insignificant human being; between it and the supreme Shiva, he was as "Jeeva" a wheel in the great machine; but transcending these He stood as Shiva Himself.

The onward march of Science may some day co-ordinate these phases in the frame of the Intelect. The miracles referred to in the book may cause a sceptic to stare. To the devotees in tune with the Infinite Baba they are only events in thfe process of evolution-mysterious to the mere man-but explicable in the light of Faith and Love.

One cannot be too greatful to Swamiji for the labour of love which has crystallised this phase of Baba's divine personality in the 'Charters and Sayings'. All I would say is All glory to the Master and to his "Vyasa" the Swamiji; and may the book serve to create and foster Faith and Devotion in all corners of the country!

M. B. rege

Foreword by Justice M.B.Rege

Sal Baba's Charters

Paras

A.         Baba's promises as Dwaraka Mayi(Masudi Ayi) 1 -8 B.   

B.         Magna Carta:

Baba's promises in his own name                                                              9-52

Baba's mission                                                                                             53-57

Baba's nature                                                                                                58-65-a

Baba's ubiquity                                                                                              66-73

Baba and other saints                                                                                  74-89

Baba's function                                                                                              90-100

Baba a surrendered instrument of God                                                      101 -104

Baba's Nature (Nirakara and Sakara)                                                        105-107

Atma Vichara                                                                                                108-109

Difference unreal                                                                                           110-112

Moksha Marga

Samsara                                                                                                        113

True Happiness                                                                                             114

True or joy happiness                                                                                   115

Conduct amidst samsara                                                                             116

Bhakti                                                                                                             117

Jnana and Bhakti                                                                                          118

Atma Vichara (i.e. Jnana)

(a)   Who are you? Whence? (b) Who am I?

Who are we?                                                                                                 119-20

(c)   Think who you are?                                                                               121

(d)   Who is God? etc. How are we to see God?

How to get Moksha?                                                                                     121 -23

Reaching God: The method.                                                                        124

1.    Nitya-Anityavastuviveka. 2. Vairagya-(a) Baba's vairagya.

(b) Advice to Madras! Swami. 3. Sama, Dama, etc.

4.Mumuk shuta

Moksha what it is and how to get it

Suddha chaitanya and Maya                                                                       125

Maya(cfSB Xl(II)                                                                                            126

God Realisation-Sakshatkara (Das Ganu)                                                127-29

What Is God

Sakshatkara ordinarily very transient: H.S.D.                                            130

Atmajnana-Adh ikari:

1.    Receptivity                                                                                              131

2.    Deserve before you desire                                                                   132

3.    Surrender five-if you want Brahman                                                     133

Do all visitors benifit                                                                               134

Baba wants complete surrender                                                           135

Anna Saheb Dabolkar                                                                            136

Radha Bai Deshmukin 137

Have Nisnta and Saburi and trust yourGuru                                         137-138

Do Dhyana (along with Sravana,

Manana, Nidhi Dhyasa and Smarana)                                                       139

 

Sadhanas

1. Faith

Baba's Test and development of faith-instances                          141 –43

Baba's regard for Hindu Gods-Maruti, Mohiniraj,

Rama and Krishna and Vittal                                                                       144-45,46

Baba and Hindu Gods: Avatars etc.                                                           147-48

God realisation and not talk                                                                         149-50,51

Decay of faith etc, in these days                                                                 152-53,54

II. Worship of Objects

(a) Images: (b) Paduka; (c)Coins: (d) Tomb worship:

(e) Picture Worship                                                                                       155

Baba strengthens faith in God etc.                                                  167-71

III. Guru

Image worship                                                                                               172-73

Conservatism: do not change images                                                        174

Sai's former Guru's  Mahima                                                                       175

Guru needed                                                                                      176-77

Baba on 'Venkusa" -the Guru of this birth                                      178-80

Former Guru-Kabir-Upasana                                                                      181

Guru God is by adoption by the Devotee                                       182

Nature of Jnana and how to get it through Guru                             183

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All Jnanis are Krishna (i.e.God)                                                                  183

iv.(A) Books Pothi, Parayaju

Do not read but meditate                                                                             183.a-l 91

K. (B) Nama Japa

(1 )Rama and (2) Sai                                                                                    192-98

v. Worship Baba as God in All

(toN.G.C.)                                                                                                       199

vi. Sights of Nature

Baba approves of mystic experience of individual

self blending with Universal self                                                                   200

vi. Music

Baba aproves the use of Music for (Laya) absorption                  201 -02

Moral Teachings and Correction

Shadripus. Advice to jog                                                                              203

(1)   Lust to Devadas:N.G.C.Lust;H.V Sathe                                             204

(2)   Anger

Ramadasi; Jog;R,B. Purandhare;Mrs. Pradhan

Baba's control of Anger                                                                                212-18-A

(3)   Pride

Haji; H.V.Sathe; Das Ganu;

Caste Pride: S.A. Doctor; Mule Sastri;                                                      219-23

Bayyaji-Pride of strength

(N.G.C.Pride of Learning)                                                                            224

4   Jealousy (MatsaraJ-toN.G.C.                                                                 225

5.    Lobha (greed)                                                                                        226-230

N.G.C.; jaya Gudi; Attai; Jog

Bade Baba-Sadu chose the better part                                                     231

N.R-Sahasrabuddhe                                                                                     232

R(redpiantains)

(5) A. Kancluna. (a) Dakshina

1.    R.B. Purandhare                                                                                    233-35

2.    S.R.V. Jayakar                                                                                       236

3.    P.R.Avasti                                                                                               237

4.    Taking first fruits: S.B. Dhumal                                                             238

5.    S.D.Nimonkar                                                                                        239

6.    R.S.Dev. Dakshina as prophecy                                                          240

7.    SankarRao                  -do-                                                                    241

8.    Lele as first fruits                                                                                    242

9.    S.B.Dhumai.-Dakskhinatoenforceduty                                                243

10. M.W.Pradhan, -to give effect to intention                                             244

11. B.V.Dev.-Dakshina for teaching a moral                                             245

12. G.G.Narke                                                                                               246

13.  R.B. Purandhare                                                                                    247

14. Mrs.T,                                                                                                       248

15. Judge                                                                                                       249

16. Dakshina as basis for blessings etc.                           135,136,186,255

Baba's Indifference to    Wealth

1- B.G.Upasani: Giving is no loss                                                               250

2. H.S. Dixit to promote vairagya                                                                251

3. Palanquin                                                                                                   252

4.    Share in Profits                                                                          253

5.    Potful of Coins                                                                                        254

6.    Two Deccani Brahmins -Rs. 15 and Rs.35                                        255

(A) Property,

1.    Marwadi's Stack                                                                                    256

2.    Cow                                                                                                         257-59

Baba's inventory

3.    Ill-feted Property-Jayakar                                                                      260

B.    Poverty                                                                                                   261

C.    Providence                                                                                            262

VI. Moral Teachings

Baba as devotee of God                                                                              263-66

Contentment and surrender                                                                         267

Love all creatures                                                                                          268

Idleness                                                                                                          269

Non-hatred                                                                                                     270

Obedience to parents                                                                                   271

Courage in dealing with spirits                                                                    272-73

Meekness                                                                                                      274

Patience                                                                                                         275

Persevering faith in case of doubt                                                  276

Over-asceticism                                                                                            277

1.    H.S.Dixit'sfast                                                                                         278

2.    Mrs. Gokhale'sfast                                                                                 279

3.    S.B.Nachne's                                                                                         280

4.    Yoga and onion-Yoga student                                                  281

5.    Das Ganu and Onion                                                                             282

6.    Kusha Bhav' and Onion                                                                         283

7.     Dada Kelkar and Onion                                                                       284

 Hospitality

(a) D.V.Sambhare; (b) Anna Dabolkar; (c)N.G.C                                     285-288

Harmony                                                                                                         289

Industry and Patience                                                                                   290-92

Avoid drunkenness                                                                                       292-a

Baba's Tapas-plank vigil                                                                              293

Baba and Tapas-Advice to Sadhakas                                                       294

Advice toAbdul                                                                                              294-94-a

Scandal                                                                                                          295-96

Ahimsa

(a) Mahlsapathy and Bitch                                                                           297

(b) H.S.Dixit and Serpent; (c) Mad Dog                                                     298-99

Non-Resistance to Evil

(a) Attai:(b) Sathe; (c) Jawar Ali                                                                  300

Baba's Humility: Guru Baba is not and is God

(a) to Master T; (b) to other devotees in general

(c) Burtts Visit; (d) Jawar Ali; (e) Nana wall                                                301-05

Alms-giving

(a) With Suavity and Straightforwardness- N.G.C.                                    306

(b) Without Arrogance and Anger-N.G.C                                       307-08

(c) Without discrimination-Athiti N.G.C.                                                      309

Laws of Karma and Poorva Karma                                                            310-11,12

Satsanga; Yama, Niyamaetc.Prema Faith                                                313

Moral Teachings (A) Death

Death; Birth; selfishness of sorrow                                                             313.(A)-16 Death of a son, daughter, etc., (a) M. G.Pradhan;

(b) Bayyaji Patil                                                                                             317-18

Jnani's passing away                                                                                   319

Death-when Baba will not avert it

(a)   Bendre-fore warning of son's death                                                    320

(b)   Cobra bitten boy, when death is an advantage                                 321

(c)   Girl with slit lip-S.B.Mohile's girl                                                           322

(d) Appa Kulkarni                                                                                          323

Ineffectual attempt to prevent Death-Nigoj                                                 324

Consolation-Rampurkar and H.S.D.                                                           325-26

Baba averts death-Modern Markandeya                                                   327

(B) Baba's passing away

1. Attempt in 1886                                                                                        328

2. Attempt in 1916                                                                                        329

3. Passing in 1918                                                                                        330

4. Baba's Samadhi and Temple                                                                 331

(C) Sadgati

1. Blind man                                                                                                   332

2. L.K.Noolkar                                                                                               333

3. Vijayanandaswami                                                                                   334

4. Mrs.S.B. Dhumal                                                                                       335

5. Mrs. Upasani Maharaj                                                                              336

6. Sadgati to animals-She-buffalo                                                  337

BABA'S POWERS

Baba on Siddhi or Yoga Marga                                                                  337-A-38 A. Restores Sight.

1.    V.Y. Despande                                                                                       339

2. Woman of Bassein-(temporarily)                                                            339

B. - Anticipates storm ; Controls storm                                                       340-41

C. - Controls fire: Kondaji's stack: (b) Fire in the dhuni;

C     Heat                                                                                                        341A-44

D. - Controls departed spirits and guides them                                        345

E. - Materialisation

1.    Gadgil-Udhi -                                                                                          346

2.    Kusha Bhav produces Udhi                                                                  347

3.    Das Ganu-Ganga from Baba's feet                                                     348

4.    N.G.C. -{power to give power]                                                  349

5.    N.G.C.- water on H.Hill                                                              350

6.    Produces seedless grapes out of seed grapes

Jethabai(l) Rationableof Dakshina                                                             351

(2) Sour and not Sour                                                                       351A

F-Appearance (Manifestation)

1.    To Mahlsapathy at Jejuri                                                                       352

2.    As Dholap Maharaj to Mule Sastri                                                       352

3. Baba assumes objector's father's voice                                                353

G-Baba appears as others or identifies himself with them:

1.    ToS.B.Nachne                                                                                        354

2.     Balakrishna G. Upasani                                                                       355

3.     Baba identifies with Anasuya and Datta                                            356

4.    To B.V.Dev as sanyasi                                                                         357

5.    To Adam Dalali as Marwadi                                                                 358

6.     Baba as Dog                                                                                         359

FUTURE

  H    Baba's Prophecy and Control

(a)   Baba-foretells coming glory of Shlrdi                                      360

(b)   L.V.Nadkar-trainlate                                                                              361

(c)   D.V. Sambhare; (d) N.G.C.                                                                  362

(d)   Mahlsapathy-feast-insult                                                                       363

(e)   Mahlsapamy-Pothi-Quarrel                                                                  364

(f)    Singvekar-passing examination                                                          365

(g)   N.A.Samant-Rs.5/-stolen                                                                      366

(h)   Sapatnekar's friend's law examination                                               367

(i)    Parsi's missing son                                                                               368

(j)    Parsi insane boy's health                                                                      369

(k)   Vakil's brother's insanity ,                                                                     370

(!)    Difference between Miracle and Prophecy                                        371

(m) Narayan Rao Jani                                                                                  372

(n)   Nachne-Bombay transfer and do not trust

mad man                                                                                                        373

(o)   Sankar Rao-Rs.64/-                                                                              374

(p)   Dixit'sboy                                                                                                375

(q)   Godavari water for Jog                                                                         376

(r)    Brahmana for Jog's Pitru Sraddha                                                      377

(s)   Debtors to repay Jog his loans                                                            378

(t)    Narke's appointment, issue and trusteeship                         379-80

(u)   Mrs.M.W.Pradhan's baby's fits                                                            381

(v)   Kalyan Karnik-a sowcar                                                                        382

(w) Shama's   sister-in-law's plague                                                           383

(x)   Balwant G. Khaparde's plague                                                            384

I.     Adam Daiali's criminal case                                                                 385

2.    H.M.Pense'sciminal appeal                                                                  386

3.     Death sentence on a Brahmin                                                             387

J.-Baba's help to Students                                                                           388

K.-Baba repeats Sanskrit Sloka and teaches Sanskrit                            389

L.-Baba's Recipes                                                                                        391-96

1.    Dr.C. Pillai-guineaworm                                                                        397

2.    Overcoming Karma for Saranagata                                                    398

3.    Granting son when Karma was against(Scindhe)                              399

M.-Baba's cure without Medicine                                                                400

1.         Mahisapatny's wife;

2.         2.H.S.D's brother                                                                              401

N.-Baba's forcing thought upon others or control of minds

1.    G.S.lCs prosecutioniB.V.Dev                                                   402-03

2.    Criminal appeal of Baba's servant                                                      404

3.    Dev Mamlatdar's obstacle to study removed                                     405

O.-Baba's Antarjnan or Ritambhara Prajna

1. Baba's avowal                                                                                           406

2. Baba's giving proof to H.S.D                                                                   407

3. Baba on Gajanan's passing away                                                          408

4. Das Ganu's sub-inspectorship                                                                409

5. ThembeSwami'scocoanut                                                                       410

6. Kaka Dopeswar Maharaj's passing away                                             411

7. Gadgil's first visit-from Bhimasanker                                                      412

8. Gadgil's presents                                                                                      413

9. Gadgil's worship of Baba as Ganapathy                                               414

10. R.S.Dev's ideas and Upadesh                                                             415

11. Dr.Mulky's mistakes                                                                               416

12. G.G. Narke-'BabaMad"                                                                         417

13. G.G. Narke-Baba's begging-bowl                                                        418

14. G.G. Narke-Baba's Kupni gift                                                               419     

15. S.B. Nachne-leave                                                                                 420       

16. S. B. Nachne and two annas                                                                 421

17. Date's oranges                                                                                       422

18. Rajaballi Mohamed's Bark                                                                    423

19. Megha's caste pride                                                                              424

20. N.Londa's caste pride                                                                            425

21. HariKanoba's sandals                                                                           426

22. Somadeva Swami &. Baba Standards                                               426-a

23. Gurjar and one rupee                                                                             427

24. Mankernotdelivering-Mrs. T'speda

25. Lizard's tick                                                                                             428

26. Cholkar's tea with sugar                                                                        429

27. Pandhari Vakil-scandalising                                                                 430

28. TakurB.A.'s Buffalo ride                                                                         431

29. Modak's friend-resiling from intended gift                                           432

30. N.R,S.'relationship                                                                                  433

31. Jaikar's doubts                                                                                       434

32. Dixit'sdakshinaof Rs.25                                                                         435

33. Dixit's Betel                                                                                             436

34. Khaparde'sdakshina                                                                              437

35. Uddavesa's loss of money and thirst                                                    438

36. Mulherkar-puccadevotee                                                                       439

37. Special Peda and Mrs.Mulherkark's life                                              440

38. D.D.Rasane-Money still left in his pocket                                            441

39. Babu Rao Boravke and the forgotten rupee                                        442

40. Device exposed of Printer N.V.                                                            443

41. Mr. T.'s mistake                                                                                      444

42. Lala Latchrnichand                                                                                 445

43. Lala Latchmichand' s Sanza-consideration

for hunger                                                                                                       446

44.  Rich Man's adopted boy                                                                       447

45. Police Officer's Rs.50/- and need for it                                                448

P. Baba and Black Magic

1.    To Theosophical lady                                                                            449

2.    To Kusa Bhav                                                                                         450

3.    To a Victim of Black Magic                                                                  451

4.    Evil spirits, (a) Hansraj. (b) Mrs.Tipins                                                452

Q.    Benefits from Knowledge of the Future-

Courage and Endurance                                                                              453,54

1.         to R.B.P.

2.    toH.S.D.

Baba's future : promises to be reborn

R     Baba on the Past

   Baba tracing Past Lives of others                                                      455-63

G. S.Kaparde                                                                                          464-66

Hangman Rebirth for revenge-fe-incarnation and reaping of results  467 N.G.Chandorkar                                                                                       468

Kishya or Pishya                                                                               469

Babu Pradhan                                                                                   470

Goats                                                                                                              471

Mrs. T.-Guru follows devotee birth after births                                           472

Baba's autobiographic Reminiscences of Past births

Snake and frog-rebirth for revenge-Development of Vasanas-

Justice of God                                                                                   473

Compulsory Labour;Sahasranama                                                 474-95

Baba's Sadhana in a former life                                                                  496

Self-sacrifice service always                                                                       497

Rinanubanda

(a) N.G.C. (b) Kshirsagar                                                                             500-02

(c) Do not drive away                                                                                    503

(d) Rinanubanda for animal                                                                         504

Baba's Reference to his Brahminism now                                                 505-06

Baba's Love of Devotees,

1.    Apperciation of Prema

(a)       Mrs.V.S.Giridhar; R.B.Purandhare:                                              507,508,09,

Nandaram Marwadi; Sai'sSabari;                                                        10,11,12,13,

Sai's Kuchela; Vakharkar's Plantains;                                      14, 15,16,17

Sankaranti halwa; Mrs. T's Brinjal; Mrs.T's Peda;

Mrs.G.S.K-'s Naivedya; Leper's peda

Garde's mangoes-gifts with pure mind-Pandits sesha (urlai)ladus         518

Bhikubai's flowers, melon and Peda-gifts

with impure mind                                                                                           519

Mrs.Kanitkar'grapes-dubious gifts                                                              520

2.    Baba's Sacrifice of Self for Devotees

(a)   BalwantG.Khaparde's plague,

drawn by Baba to himself                                                                             521

(b)   Baba's offer of his own throat                                                  522

(c)   Baba's sacrifice of his own health                                                       523

3.    Baba's consideration for feelings of Devotees

(a)   For a mother's prayer                                                                           524

(b)   Kusal Bhav's pious wishes                                                                   525

(c)   Mavushe's feelings;                                                                               526

(d)   Nachne's mother-in-law                                                                        526

(e)   Vadhavkar's hunger                                                                              527

(f)    Vaidya's health and safety                                                                    528

(g) Baby's cries {Mrs. M.W.P's)                                                                   529

(h) Purandhare's obstinacy;                                                                         530

(i) Varde's obstinacy                                                                                     531

4.    Baba's Watch and Care

1.    Bahalkar's boy's illness                                                                         532

2.    Mahlasapathy and snakes                                                                    533

3.    Mrs.Manager and Snakes                                                                    534

4.    Mirikar and Snakes-Abhayam                                                             535

5.     Buti and snakes-Abhayam                                                                  536

6.    Consideration for health of Bala Shimpi                                             537

5.     Baba towards Lepers                                                                          538

6.     Baba's Helps {or Blessings) for issue

i. D.S.Rasane;ii.Rao Bahadur H.V.Sathe; iii. Sapatnekar;

iv. Mrs Aurangabadkar; v. Chintamani Rao; vi. Mahlsapathy;

vii. Ratanji Salt                                                                                               539-45

viii N.G.Sindhe-Baba gave son against prarabdha                                  545-a

7.    Baba's Help in Domestic Affairs

(a) Mr. and Mrs. Nana Nimonkar                                                                 546

(b) Mr. and Mrs. H.V.Sathe                                                              547

8.     Baba's Help in Business

  1. D.S. Rasane and grain trade                                                           548

b. Bayyaji Patel and sugarcane                                                             549

c Rao Bahadur S.B.Dhumal and Public

Prosecutorship                                                                                              550

9.    Baba submits to worship out of love of Devotees

a. Baba and Rangari; b.Baba and Guru Purnima                                     551,52

10. Baba's Watch over Devotees                                                               553

a.      N.G.Chandorkar; b.Joshi of Kalyan                                                554

b. KakaMahajani 555

c. Rao Bahadur M.WPradhan's mother                                                556

d. Mr. Manager's servant                                                                        557

11. Baba's Watch and Fore-knowledge

  1. G.G. Narke and plague-house Halwa                                             558
  2. b. S.B. Dhumal's shiftings during plague                                        559

12.  Baba as Boss of Devotees

a. Kaka Mahajani; b. R.B,Purandhare;

c. a Devotee                                                                                                  560,61,62

13.  Baba's kindness even to criminals                                                      563

14. Baba's help in travel                                                                               564-74(a)

15   Baba's help in marriage

a. Adam Dalali; b. L.G.Munge

c. Damodar Rasane: d. S.B.Dhumal                                                          575,76,77

16.  Baba's Love to Mr.MBR.                                                                      578

17.  Baba's Saving Life

a. S.B.Nachne; b. Nimonkar's baby                                                            579,80

Baba's Independence

A   a. Dhulia Court Commission                                                                  581

b. Curtis Visit                                                                                           582

B   Baba's Fearlessness-Worship with Sandal Paste-

Moslems with Clubs                                                                                583,84

Baba's Justice and Equality                                                                        585

a. Cutting branch of Margosa Tree                                                             586

b. S. B. N's Mother-in-law's revenge                                                           587

c. Bala Patil Harijan; d. Chakra Narayan                                                    588,89

e. Peston Jamas(Parsi)                                                                               590

f. Tukeram Barku(Harijan)                                                                            591

Baba and Creatures                                                                                     592

Baba's Religious Tolerance and Catholicity –                                           593-94

Baba and Conversions                                                                                595

Baba's Prayers                                                                                             596-99

Baba's Practical Wisdom and Detachment                                               600-05

Baba's Conservatism                                                                                   606-607

Baba's Mystical Rites and Wisdom                                                            608

-grain powder to stop epidemics

-coin rubbing to ward off evil and promote welfare

Miscellania

1.    Baba's advice reg. His biography                                                       609

2.    His peculiar methods of talk-Parables,

Stories                                                                                                            610

3.    His peculiar humour, double entendre,

jokes                                                                                                               619-20

4.     Baba's peculiar method of teaching                                       621-25

5.     Baba and photography, uselessness of

Photography to understand him                                                                  626-34

6.     Baba's parables                                                                                   635-43

ADDENDA

 

51        A. Baba appearing on 23-8-1954 to C C Mankiwala at Ahmadabad, said, "write to B.V.N. Swami and tell him Baba is always present before His bhaktas. He is the guiding and all pervading power that shapes the ends of devotees and even of the Universe".

Lord Sal

Ah Blessed Lord, Oh High Deliverer!

Forgive this feeble script, which doth Thee wrong.

Measuring with little wit Thy lofty love.

I take my refuge in Thy name and Thee.

Edwin Arnold

Thou seemest human and divine,

The highest, holiest manhood, Thou.

Tennyson

Death

 

(Apantaratma) These men do never die; They become the Praised Ones, They shed mercy on the world with myriad hands. They help the helpless. They aid the depressed.

They leave not those that follow them when the time of

danger comes. They are men, only in name. In reality, they are God Himself, These solitary ones are marvellous.

Bedil, the Sufi of Sina

Faith

Faith is the sun of life

And her countenance shines (like the Hebrew's)

For she has looked upon God,

 


Sri Sai Babas Charters and Sayings

(Babas Promises)

(As Dwaraka Mayi)

1.         This is Dwaraka Mayi of ours on which you are setting. This wards off all dangers and anxieties from her children. Highly merciful is this Masudi Ayi. She is the mother of those who place their entire faith in her. If they are in danger, she will save them. Once a person climbs into her lap, all this troubles are over. He who sleeps in her shade attains bliss.

2.         What can the snake do to Dwarakamayi’s children ? They look on amused, when the snake appears.

            When Dwaraka Mayi protects, can the snake bite.

3.         We have no need to fear. Strike, le me see how you can strike and kill (ef,36,473)

4.         This is not a mosque. It is Dwaraka. Those who seek refuge in her will never be harmed.

5.         As soon as one climbs the steps of the mosque suffering due to Karma are at end and joy, begins. That Fakir (God) is very kind and will relive your troubles.

6.         When any one enters this Dwaraka Mayi, his goal (object) is achieved.

7.         This place (Dwaraka Mayi) is for Tarana i.e., saving people, and not marana ie., killing them.

(Meaning of Dwaraka Mayi)

Masudi Ayi i.e, Dwaraka Mayi is Sai.

8.         I do nothing. I receive nothing. Datta calls for his own. He has called for Rs.15/- his due and given it to Masudi Ayi. So the money has been received (by me)

MAGNA CARTA
(Baba’s promises in His own name)

9.         My eye (of vigilant supervision) is ever on those who love me.

Whatever you do, wherever you may be, ever bear this in mind, that I am always aware of everything you do.

10.       If one ever meditates on me, repeats my name, signs my deeds, and is thus transformed into me, one’s Karma is destroyed. I stay by his side always.

11.       You should have truth always with you. then I shall be always with you, wherever you are, and at all times.

12.       I will be with you, whenever and wherever you think of me. Do not fear.

13.       If one perpetually thinks of me, and makes me his sole refuge, I am his debtor and will give my head to save him.

14.       If, one ever dwells on me in his mind and will not even taste food before offering it to me, I am his slave. so also if he hungers and thirsts after me, and treats all else as unimportant.

15.       I am (Bhaktaparadeena) the bond slave of my devotees, I love devotion.

16.       He who withdraws his heart from wife, child and parents and loves me is My real lover and he merges in Me like a river in the sea.

17.       Saibaba: The key of my treasury is now placed in your hands. Ask for anything you want, Rs. 5 to 100 a month or what you will and I will give it to you.

Devotee (M B Rage) declines to ask.

SB:      Ask something, I am anxious to give you.

D:        Is it agreed that you will grant anything I ask for?

SB:      Yes

D:        Then, Baba, I want this. In this and in any future birth that may befall me, you should never part from me. You should always be with me.

SB: Yes, I shall be with you, inside and outside you, whatever you may be or do.

18.       My devotee feels Me in you, in himself and in all creatures and sees all as his Guru. He will become myself.

19.       If you make me the sole object of your thoughts and aims, you will gain Paramartha. (supreme Goal)

Look to me; I will look to you.

Trust the Guru fully. That is the only sadhana. Guru is all the Gods.

20.       If one devotes his entire mind to me and rests in me, he need fear nothing for body and soul. If one sees me and me alone and listens to talk about me and is devoted to me alone, he will reach God (Chaitanya). He who worships me as Nitya, Suddha and Buddha comes to me.

21.       Those who perpetually repeat repeat my name reach their goal.

22.       Simply say “Sai” “Sai” with heart overflowing. I care not for show of respect and forms, I rest in such devotees.

23.       Repeat my name. seek refuge in me. But to know ‘who I am” have Sravana and Manana.

24.       I am formless and everywhere.

25.       If anyone casts his burden on me and thinks of me, I look after all his concerns.

26.       Yes; you can place your burdens on me.

27.       In the abode of my devotees, there will be no dearth fo food and clothing.

28.       You devotees are my children. I am your father. You have to get everything from me. So you should not talk like that (and say Sai is not God).

29.       Why are you anxious? I take all care of you.

30.       Sit quiet, Uge Muge. I will do the needful. I will take you to the end.

31.       Go Everyhting will be provided, Babugir.

            I will provide for you, Ganu

            I will provide for Manker’s son.

32.       Why do you fear ? Am I  not here (where you go to ease yourself?)

33.       Stay here, treat it as yoru house

            Governor came with a lance to pierce Dada (G.S.K). I had a tussle with him and drove him out. Finally I conciliated him.

            Why should any fear, When I am here?

34.       When this baby sleeps we have to stand by, keep awake and watch or take trouble.

35.       I will not allow my devotees to come to harm. I have to take thought for my devotees. And if a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out my hands, and thus with four, four (i.e. a number of ), outstretched hands at time to support him, I will not let him fall.

36.       I am its (frog’s) Father, and am here. Will I let the snake eat it ? See how I effect its release…….. Hallo Veerabadrappa be ashamed of your hatred. Give up hatred. (The snake dropped the frog) I have kept my word and saved Basappa (the frog from Viradadrappa the snake). God has saved him by sending me.

37.       See I have to suffer for your sake, to remove your sufferings.

            I wil lnot let you die. I will die first ere I let you die (Nadram) (Nadram lived long after 1918)

Nana is about to die. But will I let him die ? (535-A)

Fakir (God) wishes to kill Dada Saheb (i.e., G.S.Khaparde) but I will not permit him.

O Anna ! if I had delayed a minute, this man (S.B.Nachen) would have indeed perished. The madman had seized him with his hands, even his troat. But I extricated him. What is to be done ? If I do not save my own son, who else will.

38.       He is mine, and mine alone.

I alone have to shoulder the responsibility for carrying him across. Whom has he got except me?

39.       You are now safe, Go.

40.       Night and day, I think and think of my people, I con their names over and over again.

            To S.B.Dhumal Bhau, the whole of last night, I had no sleep. I lay thinking and thinking of you.

At every step, I have to take care of you, Else, what will happen to you, god knows.

41.       I shall never forget him, I shall remember him even if he is 2000 miles away. I will eat nothing without him..

42.       I get angry with none. Will a mother get angry with her kiddies? Will the ocean send back the waters to the several rivers? I love devotion, I am the slave of my devotees, Bhakta Paradhina.

43.       How can I allow my children to fast or starve?

44.       Come, Sirs, carry away bags of udhi, Come, cart away the treasures of your mother.

Look here, People come and say Baba, give. I tell them to take. No one takes.

45.       My master told me to give bountlessly to all that ask. No one listens to me or wisdom. My treasury is open. Non brings carts to take from it. I say dig; none will take any pains. I said dig out the treasure and cart it away. be the real and true sons of the mother and fully stock your magazine. what is to become of us i.e. this body life? Earth will return to the earth; and the air (breath) will return to the air. this opportunity will not return.

46.       Place your entire faith in my words. Your object will be accomplished.

“Even from the tomb the voice of Sai Cries”

Baba’s survival as Apantaratma

47.       To Lakshman on 15-10-1918

            Jog thinks I am dead. I am living. Come and perform morning Arati

48.       (Give me) my 1¼  Rupee (Majya Savva Rupya)

           

49.       My tomb will speak and move with those who make me their refuge.

50.       I shall be active and vigerous from my tomb also.

51.       I will be with you, the moment you think of me, at any place.

52.       As soon as a devotee calls unto me with love, I will appear. I require no train to travel.

BABA’S MISSION

53.       Saints exist to give devotees temporal and spiritual benefits.

54.       I have come to give such good things to the devotees.

55.       My business is to give blessings.

56.       A devotee objected to people going to Baba for temporal benefit e.g., employment, money, children, cure of disease.

SB:      Do  not do that, My men first come to me on account of that only. they get their heart’s desire fulfilled; and comfortably placed in life, they then follow me and progress further. I bring my men to me from long distances under many pleas. I seek them and bring them to me. they do not come (of their own accord). I bring them to me.

However distance – even thousands of miles away- my people might be, I draw them to myself, just as we pull bird to us with a string tied to their foot.

57.       This is a Brahmin, a white Brahmin, a pure Brahmin. This Brahmin will lead lakhs of people to the Subra Marga and take them to the Goal-right up to the end. This is a Brahmin’s masjid.

BABA’S NATURE

58.       I am god (Allah)

I am Mahalaxmi; I speak the truth-sitting as I do at the Mosque.

(I am Vittoba of Pandari)- Go, I am at Pandhari (NGC)

(I am Ganapathi; Mother), all offerings you made to Ganapati have reached Me.

(I am Dattatreya); Are you puffed up? Where was male progeny in your destiny? (in answer to the prayer you offered before Datta at Gangapur) I tore up this body and gave you a son.

(I am Laxmi Narain); Why go for Ganga elsewhere. Hold your palm at my feet. Here flows Ganga.

What matters it whether in your meditation you see this (Sai) figure or the figure of Laxmi Narayana?

(I am Maruti); My father dedicated me to Maruti.

I make gestures before his temple telling him I am his brother.

59.       (I am Krishna); Saibaba (seated in Dwaraka Mayi) to Uddhavesa Bua: “Give me Rs.11 dakshina”.

U.B:     I have given my ten Indriyas and mind.

S.B:     No. Who are you to give them? They are mine already. Read Pothi i.e., do Parayana.

U.B:     Of what Purana?

S.B:     Of that in which I have spoken to you, and in which I still speak to you?

UB:      Is it Gita? Jnaneswari?

SB: Go and fetch what Bapu Saheb Jog is reading Uddhavesa brought XI skanda of Srimad Bhagavatha from Jog.

SB:      (slipped his finger into the book suddenly and said) Read this. [It  opened at Krishna Uddhava samvada] Daily read this, and sit at my feet and meditate on it.

[N.B: That meditation is the gift of 11 Rs. eleventh (Skanda) to Baba, Sai Krishna, seated in the heart.]

60.       All that (viz, other Gods) is Allah (to Rohilla)

61.       Q;Baba, who are you? whence?

SB: (in the absolute mood): I am the attributeless, Absolute, Nirguna. I have na name, no residence.

(Again in the mood of Duality)I got embroiled by Karma, and came to a body. (So) I got a name and abode. Dehi, i.e., the embodied, is my name; and the world is my abode, brahman is my father and Maya, my mother. As they interlocked, I got this body. The world is evanescent, mutable.

62.       I am Parvardigar (God). I live at Shirdi and everywhere.

My age is lakhs of years.

My business is to give blessings.

All things are mine.

I give everything to everyone.

63.       I am in Gangapur, Pandharpur and in all places. I am in every bit of the globe.

64.       All the universe is in me.

65.       Stick to the one whom you worship or rever. God will protect you soon.

65-A.   (To Shankar Rao Gowhanker) ; Baba: ‘”They had many giving them trouble. As they were with me, they did not suffer by that trouble. God punished the troublers. See, god rewards the doers of good and punishes evil-doers.

UBIQUITY

66.       I am formless and everywhere.

I am in everything.

I am in everything and beyond.

I fill all space. All that you see taken together is Myself. I do not shake or move.

67.       All that is seen is my form; ant, fly, prince, pauper.

68.       I am in the water, in dry places, in woods, amidst crowds, and in the solitary wilderness. I am in the fire and in ether. I am not limited to any place.

69.       Feeding the hungry bitch is feeding me.

I have the feeling of my hunger being satisfied, when hers is satisfied.

Baba to Laxmi Bai Scindhe: I am hungry.

LBS; Shall I go and bring food?

Baba; Do.

LBS; Then brought food; Baba took nothing from it and placed the entire plate before a hungry bitch.

LBS: Baba why do you do so?

Baba: Is not the bitch also a Jiva? We talk, bitches do not. She is hungry; she and I are one and the same. It is the same if I eat or she eats.

70.       I am still belching with the heavy feeding you gave the dog this morning. I am also in the mire besmirched pig

(that you did not feed, though it came to you).

To serve me, give up differentiation, (to Bombay Lady)

71.       ometimes I come as dog, sometimes as pig.

The devotee who recognises me in each form and treats me adequately is blessed.

72.       ou have been with me eighteen years Nana. Does "Sai" mean to you only this 3'/2 cubits height of body?

I am in the ant and fly.

Whenever you see this sign, remember that I am there and that I can eat food through ants, flies etc.

72-A.   Baba   :   This   body  is  but  my  house.   My guru Mourshad has long ago taken me away from this.

73.       I went as a cat to drink this man's Hansraj's curds to save him, despite his cussedness. But he beat me to day.

I was the black dog.

I was the sickly sudra. I am in everything, and beyond.

I was the fakir who begged of you at Bombay.

I was the spirit you saw at midnight under the tree.

[I am Akkalkote Maharaj.] I gave you Rs. 2, Pitale.

73-A.   Baba as a cat is beaten.

B. to Hansraj, an Asthma patient: Do not take curds or taste sour things. But Hansraj was daily preparing curds overnight to drink it at the noon meal. Daily a cat drank it off and one day he beat the cat.

Baba : to others, in the presence of Hansraj. "There is an Urphatia. a cussed, crossgrained man. I told him not to take curds. But he daily prepared it. Daily I went as a cat and drank it off, to save his life. Today 1 went again. Do you know what he did? He beat me over the shoulder. See here. (Hansraj looked and found a fresh weal on Baba's shoulder, though it was a cat he beat with a stick on the shoulder) cf. 359.

73-B.   Baba as a dog and sickly Sudra: Kasinath Govind Upasani Maharaj who lived at Shirdi in 1911-4, prepared his food which a black dog was watching. Offering nothing to the dog, K.G.U. went to the masjid and offered it to Baba. Baba: Why did you bring it here. I was there.

K.G.U. : Baba, there was none there, except a black dog. Baba :

I was that black dog.

Baba refused to accept food that day. Next day K.G.U. prepared his meal at his quarters and found no dog there. But a sickly Sudra was standing leaning on a wall and looking at the food. The orthodox K.G.U. drove him away from that place and brought the food to S.Baba.

S. Baba : Yesterday you did not offer me food. Today also you drove me away. Why bring the food here?

K.G.U.: Where were you there, Baba?

S.B.: I was leaning on the wall.

K.G.U.: What ! could you be in such a person?

S.B.: Yes I am in all things and beyond.

Purusha Sukta

i.e. He pervades the earth and transcends it.

Baba and Others Saints

74.       Keshav Naik of Tardev, when Akkalkote Maharaj was passing away (about 1878) thus addressed him: Maharaj, if you go away, what support have we?

Akkalkote M. (giving his shoes to be worshipped) My Avatar (spirit) will be at Shirdi in Ahmadnagar District. Go there always. Be devoted there. If you do so, you will not remember me. And you will be happy

When Akkalkote Maharaj passed away, Keshav Naik and his son Ramachandra Naik, accompanied by two orthodox Brahmins went to Sai Baba at Shirdi. On the way the Brahmins referred to Baba as a mad moslem fakir to whom no Brahmins could bow. When all four reached Baba.

Baba (to Keshav Naik): You and your son may come and visit me, if you like.

(Pointing to the other two); These are Karmata Brahmins.

Baba to Ramachandra Naik-Fetch Margosa leaves. R brought some leaves. Baba distributed the leaves to the four.

Baba: Eat the leaves. How do they taste? Brahmis (with a wry face); Very bitter.

The two Naiks: The leaves are sweet. We ate plenty of the leaves.

Thus Baba parted his sheep from the goats, and confirmed the statement of Akkalkote Maharaj.

I am at Mirzgaon ('Fakir Bua') Why come here? (Kusa Bhav)

I am Bandra Moulana.

[I am Nanded Moulana] You have already given me Rs.3-14-0

75        I am with you wherever you may be.

I do not require conveyance to take me.

76.       S.B." (May 1914) addressing Mrs. T., a Bandra lady and her son Master T. : Mother, I have to go thrice a day to your house.

Mrs. T.: Yes, Baba

A local lady was astonished at this statement as she saw Baba daily at Shirdi, and said "Baba What is this strange thing you say?"

S.B.: I do not speak falsehood. I am Mahalaxmi. Mother I come to your house. You give me things to eat, is that not true?

B.L.: Yes, Baba

Shirdi Lady: Truly, does Baba go to you and do you feed him?

B.L.: Yes.

Baba, to Master T.: Do I not come to your house? Master T.: Yes, Baba.

S.B. to Shirdi Lady: Yes, mother, I go easily to Bhav's house (i.e., Bhav's house at Bandra). In the middle, there is a wall. Jumping over it, next comes the railway line, and then Bhav's house. (Here Baba described the crow's flight from Shirdi to the lady's house at Bandra).

I have to fly across walls and excavations.

77.       Mrs. Tendulkar of Bandra daily heaped up garlands of bakul over Baba's picture in her house at Bandra for two months and then went to Shirdi.

Baba : Hallo, Kaka (H.S. Dixit) these two or three months I have not been at Shirdi at all. This mother has smothered me with bakul flower and I was quite dizzy, and unconscious of myself. Now I am slowly coming around.

79.       Do you think of me, at meal ? Am I not present near you ? Do you give me a morsel ?

80.       I am not at Shirdi, but in all.

81.       He who thinks that (Sai) Baba is in Shirdi (alone) has totally failed to see (i.e., know) Baba.

82.       Why do you (weep and) behave so madly. Am I not there (at Bombay) by your side?

83.       He (Sai) who is at Shirdi now is also at Machandragad here. It is to teach you this I sent you here. (Manker)

84.       I have just been to Kasi and had a bath.

I was at Jejuri, Bagat.

I was at Dhulia, did you not see me ? (to Upasani’s son)

When you heard my voice, why doubt? Boldted doors do not bar access to me. (Megha)

85.       I will go with you (invisible). Do not worry. Mother, I take thought for your family. Well go. I am by your side.

86.       I am myself sitting there (invisibly) guarding you (Purandhare) and your wife.

87.       Whereever you may be, think of me, and I am by your side.

88.       Wherever you may be, whatever any of my devotee think, say or do, that very instant I am aware of it.

89.       I look equally on all. Not a leaf moves, except by my grace. I look on all with equal eye.

BABA’S FUNCTION

 90.      am the slave of God.

God is the Lord and Master.

91.       od has agents everywhere; they have vast powers. I have very great powers.

92.       od has helped his devotee (Basappa) through me, (a surrendered soul) I am his instrument.

92.A.   Appa Kulkarni, after seeing Mohiniraj (=Siva) by Bab’s order (cf 145) before going to the Dy.Collector at Nivas to answer charges brought against him and after a acquittal, said “Baba, you have saved me.”

Baba : God has helped you. Appa. He achieves the impossible for his devotees.

92-B:   God G.D. Pensare prayed to Baba and got a pass in his examination and then employment. When he came to Baba :

Baba : What is your profession ?

Baba: I can revive the dead boy and bring back his spirit from the new body it has entered, killing it and reviving this corpse. But that is marring the useful work the new body will do.

94.       She the deceased (Spirit) has come to me.

95.       I draw my devotee to me, at the time of his death, even though he may die a thousand miles away (from Shirdi)

96.       I will not allow my devotee to be lost.

I will account to God for all those that have been given to me.

97.       When (in 1918) Mrs. T. and her son Master T. visited S.B.

S.B.: Mother, now a days I have been much pestered. Some want wealth, some women, some sons, Hallo! what I have, none wants. I wait and wait; and one day I will suddenly disappear. I am quite disgusted.

Mrs. T'. Baba, why do you say so? Then, what is to become of us?

Baba: Why are you anxious? Is not God taking thought for your welfare? I am very much pleased when my children come to me, and then I take my two morsels of food with gusto and put on more flesh.

Master T. : We come to you to ask just what you have got. You know that?

Baba: Yes. You will get it.

M.T.: Yes, we are quite sure of it. But when?

S.B. : Very soon.

M.T.: Baba, I must have an assurance from you how many more births I will have to take before getting it. cf 113. S.B.:

Three more lives will be sufficient.

M.T.: But Baba, will you not be always with us?

Baba : Hallo! During how many births have I already been with you! We shall meet again and again. I have to take care of my children night and day, and give an account of every pie to God.

98.       I put the Rohilla, Pishya and Rao Sahib Galwankar each into his mother’s womb.

99.       (To Akkalkote Sapatnekar). The soul of your deceased son. I shall bring back to your wife’s womb.

(Next year A.S.got a son)

100. I will take my Kaka (H.S.Dixit) in Vimana

(HSD had a happy blessed ending).

BABA A SURRENDERED INSTRUMENT OF GOD.

101.    Without God’s permission, nothing can be done by me.

102.    G.G.Narke. Do not blame me for not giving you a Kupni. “That Fakir” (God) has not permitted me.

103.    Hallo. Do I demand dakshina of every one ? I demand only from those whom “The Fakir” points out to me.

            I do nothing. I receive nothing. Datta calls for his own. He had called for Rs.15 his due and given it to Masudi Ayi. So, the money has been received (by me).

104.    If Gods, like Datta, are easily accessible on the way and if one does not take darshan of them how can I help him ?

104-A. Baba is but a Phaladata; you must do good.

Baba: If you do good and surrendered it to God, good will come to you. God the Lord of them that do good. Both wicked and virtuous want good things from me? How (or whence) can I give? (i.e. If they have not put forward the good karma warranting the gift)

105.    I am the Progenitor of God. Mediate on me as pure Ananada Nirakara : but if you cannot do so, meditate on this this Sai Body eaxtly as it is.

106.    I am not the body or the senses. I am the sakshi, witness of all these.

I do nothing. I receive nothing.

107.    Devotee. Baba burn on your hand to be treated. It must pain you so much.

Baba : what fun will it be (for me) to stand by and see the whole of this (Sai Baba) body burning on a funeral pyre of cow dung cake fuel ?

Atmavichara

108.    To know me, constantly think ‘Who am I? by Sravana and Manana.

Who are we?  What are we? Where am I? Where are you? Where is all the world?

Think, think on all your husband said (viz., that, in reality, you are not different from God).

109.    We must see our Self.

DIFFERENCE UNREAL

110.    Do not say of anyone that he is inimical. Who is whose enemy? Do not entertain ill feeling towards anyone. All are one and the same.

111. People differentiate between themselves and others, their properties, and others’ properties. This is wrong. I am in you and you in me. (Purandhare)

This is the Teli’s wall that parts you from me; pull down this wall; and then we see each other clearly face to face.

(N.B. ; A teli i.e., oil monger lived next to the Mosque.)

Saints do not recognise this differentiation. To serve me, remove this differentiation. Continue to think in this way and then you will realize it.

Search the scriptures. See if Atma is one or many.

112.    “What am I”? asks Upasani Maharaj

SB replies: I am you, You are I. There is no diffeerence between you and me. That which constitutes me constitutes you.

            Narain Asram of Wai, Satara (then Mr.Toser) was, about 1914, made by Baba to feel that differences do not exist; and NA had the blissful feeling of non-difference while at Shirdi. Sai encouraged (Krishna) Bhmisma, in the bliss of experiencing the cosmic self at the view of his own shadow at sunrise.)

MOKSHA MARGA

Samsara

113.    N G Chandorkar bowed to Sai and said: Enough of this Samsara for me. As the Sastras describe it, samsara is really nissara i.e., worthless. Break its fetters off from me, Baba. What first seems to be joy here is seen to be sorrow at the end. Fate leads us a nice dance here and there. I cannot discover even a bit of happiness in this Samsara. I am  quite disgusted, I do not wish to touch it, Baba, any further.

Baba: What crazy and delusive talk is yours! There is some truth in it – mixed up with error. As long as the body remains, samsara remains. None escapes it. How can you? Even I am caught up in it. Samsara is various sorts. It is like the surface of the body. Kama (desire) Krodha (anger) etc., and any mixture of these is samsara. All mental and bodily processes are samsara. The contact of any two things is samsara. By going away to a forest you cannot  escape samsara. Your present condition, has been brought about by yourself. What is the use of irritation at it? This Deha Prarabdha is result of the karma done by you in former births. This body was, therefore, born. The jiva takes birth in body to work out former Karma. Without suffering the results of Prarabdha Karma, you cannot get rid of it. All persons, all creatures differ in form etc., Why? Because of previous karma of each. Difference between species, like difference between individuals is due to the same cause. see the difference between the rich man’s dog lolling on sofa and the poor man’s running about in search of crumbs. That is  due to Deha Prarabdha.

True Happiness

114.    Question by N G Chandorkar: Joys and sorrows of samsara disturb one so much. Should we not renounce samsara therefore?

Answer by Baba: Joy and sorrow are mere delusion. Mere appearance of worldly joy is not true happiness. The worldly man is forcibly drawn to it, as he believes it to be true happiness. According to the Prarabdha of each, one gets delicacies (Panchamrita), one, stale crumbs, and one, mere bran-gruel. the latter fancy themselves unhappy at that, and the former fancies he lacks nothing. But the result of eating any of these is merely the satisfaction of hunger. some cover themselves with laced shawls, others with barks. Both serve only one purpose, covering the body. This joy and this sorrow is due to opinion, which is mere illusion and is ruinous. Whenever any idea of joy or sorrow arises in your mind, resist it. Do not give room to it. It is pure delusion.

The ‘Shadripus’ i.e., Lust, Anger, Covetousness, Delusion, Pride and Jealousy) are all delusive. they make the unreal appear as real. if a rich man wears a gold ornament, the poor man gets jealous, and thinks he must have one. This is Lobha.

All are like this. so one must conquer the six enemies. if they are conquered, waves of passion will not arise. Else they will enslave you. If they are sub-ordinated and reason made the commandant, then the delusive pressures and pains will no longer hold sway over you.

TRUE JOY OF HAPPINESS

115.    Mukti (Release) is true joy or happiness. Coursing through births and deaths is unhappiness. All the joys and sorrows of samsara are unreal.

CONDUCT AMIDST SAMSARA

116.    I will tell you how to conduct yourself in samsara. The wise should be cheerful and contented with their lot in life, as it is the result of Deha Prarabdha. Do not kick against the pricks.

If wealthy, be humble. Plants bend, when they have fruits. But humility is not towards all. Severity is needed in dealing with the wicked. But towards saints, be humble. Respect them.

Spend money in Dana (charity) and Dharma (piety) – but be not extravagant. The world perishes no doubt. But not obsessed by the importance of wealth. Do not be entangled in it, ot be misery. Be liberal and munificent – but not lavish or extravagant.

Get on cheerfully with your worldly round of activities but do not forget God. Remember God. “This samsara is not mine but God’s”. Think thus all the time you are awake. Have consideration for the poor and wretched. Do not persecute and tease them. Inquire always, “Who am I”?

BHAKTI

Navavidha Bhakti

117.    Anant Row Patankar. Baba, I have read a good lot of Sastras, etc., but I have no peace of mind.    Prary, grant me your blessing.

Baba: Once a merchant came here. In his presence, a quadruped passed its stomata, i.e., nine balls of stool. The merchant anxious to attain his quest spread his cloth beneath its tail, gathered all the nine balls and took them away. He got concentration and peace of mind.

Anant Row, unable to make out this parable, questioned Data Kelkar, "What does Baba mean?"

Data Kelkar. God's grace is the quadruped. The nine balls excreted are the nine forms of Bhakti. You are to be in the position of the merchant. If you follow Nava Vidha Bhakti, you will attain peace.

Again Ananta Row went to Baba.

Baba: Have you gathered the nine balls?

Anant Row. For that I must have your grace.

Baba: God will bless

Jnana and Bhakti

118.    Baba: Gnana marga is like Ramphal. Bhakti marga is like Seethapal (custard apple), easy to deal with and very sweet. The pulp of the Ramphal is inside and difficult to get at. Rampal should ripen on the tree and be plucked ripe. If it falls down, it is spoiled. So if a Gnani falls, he is ruined, even for a Gnani there is the danger of a fall, e.g., by a little negligence or carelessness.

ATMA VICHARA (i.e. JNANA)

119.    (Q): Baba, who are you? Whence?

A.: (S.B. in the mood of Absolute). I have no residence. I am the attributeless Absolute-Nirguna, (again, in the mood of Duality). By the action of Karma I got embroiled and came to a body. My name is "The embodied-Dehi". The world is my abode. Brahman is my father, and Maya my mother. By their interlocking I got this body. The world is mutable, evanescent.

(To Appa K) Allah or The Nirguna (Parabrahma) became saguna Parabrahma (known as) Mohiniraja at Nivas. Go and bow before him. God manifests all his powers for the benefit of his devotees, (cf.145)

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Who am I? Who are We?

120.    Baba often said, "Who are we? Night and day think on this."

About 1915 R.A Tarkhad, Managing Director of a mill, got into a compartment at Manmad in the dark and was fighting for a seat with a police constable, who was there. When R.A.T. arrived at Shirdi.

Baba: With whom were you persisting in contest this morning? Bhav (brother), we should not engage in contest with such people! "Who are We?" This we must enquire into.

R.A.T saw first, Baba's reference to the social inequality of the disputing parties, and later on, the Vedantic meaning of the words, i.e., the unity of those parties in Brahman.

C

Baba (to Bala Bhav i.e., Sitaram Dev) : We have only to see (i.e., know) our self.

D

121.    In October 1917 ? Baba spoke to a Bombay Lady.

Baba : Mother, what do you want? Ask for it.

Lady: Let me be free from the whirl of births and deaths.

Baba (laughing): Is this all you want? What! have you come to die?

Lady (shocked): Baba, I do not at all understand you

Baba: Think who you are.

Lady: I do not understand.

Baba (pointing to her husband): He will tell you.

Then the lady went with her husband to her lodgings and asked him what Baba meant.

Husband: Baba's words are mysterious. I cannot be sure I have made out his meaning. Probably he means something like this. The Jiva goes on reincarnating any number of times till it gets Sakshatkar i.e., sees or realises God. Baba is God. But people seing him do not get full faith and do not see him i.e., feel him to be God; and hence they do not get Mukti.

One must learn from the sastras, that essentially Jiva and Siva are one. You think yourself to be a Jiva is it not?

Lady: Yes.

Husband: Baba and the Sastras want you to regard youself as Siva or God.

Lady: No. No. I am a petty sinner-a Jiva and not the great God Siva.

Husband: No doubt that is your feeling. But Baba means that by constantly regarding youself as God, your deeply ingrained belief that you are only a finite Jiva will be removed. This process continued, may be through numerous births and strengthened and helped by contact with saints will give you the firm belief that you are Brahman. That must be Baba’s meaning.

(The pair agian returned to Dwaraka Mai)

Baba: Mother, I have listened (from here) to all that your husband told you. Keep that in mind.

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WHO IS GOD

122.    N G Chandorkar to Baba    

(1)   Who is God?

(2)   What is He like?

(3)   Where is He?

(4)   How are we see Him?

Baba: I will tell you later on.

Baba: (later)

Baddhas, (the very worldly) do not know or observe the difference between right and wrong or what God is. They have no moral tendencies.

Ever immersed in the world, (and impure in heart), having no faith in Scriptures or saints, they do not get to God-but go to Hell.

The Mumukshus, disgusted with the baddha state, begin vichara and viveka and thirst for the sight of God. They are devoted to God and observe the Moral Law.

They become sadhakas, by adopting sadhanas e.g., repetition of God’s name (Japa) and (Dhyana) meditation on god, in solitude, withdrawing their minds from objects of senses. they love to move with Saints.

These, when perfect are called Siddhas. At that stage, God becomes the same as man; praise, the same as blame etc., They have no desires. They are past the notion that the body is their home or their self. They feel their self to be identical with God. “I am Brahman” is their feeling.

To know God, see how God is viewed by each of these, at each stage. Then ultimately, God is seen as manifested in all forms – moveable and immovable.

God is everywhere. there is no place from which he is absent. But behold the power of Maya that does not allow Eswara to be seen and recognised (in all). I, you and all the world are Amsa i.e., parts of the Lord.

Therefore let none hate others, Forget not that God is in every place.

Thereby Love (Non-hatred) is there, of itself. when that springs up, everything is achieved.

HOW ARE WE TO SEE GOD?

123.    The mind is turbulent. efforts must be made to make it steady. Just as a fly flies and sits on all objects but turns back when it approaches fire, so the mind longs after sense objects, rejoice in them and merges in them. When it sees i.e., approaches are twice to see Brahman, it turns its face away. When thus the unruly mind does not merge in God (Brahman), samsara, i.e., rebirth is inevitable. till the mind is conquered, one is reborn. But among births, human birth is most precious.

There fore do Moortipooja – i.e., worship God in form, in his images, to make the mind steady and concentrated. Even the image is got (Paramaswara). Do not reject images. When an image is worshipped with deep devotion, the mind attains concentration, without which there is no steadiness of mind.

Next practice Manana and Dhyana i.e., recollection and meditation; and study spiritual works, practice what is mentioned in them. Atma Vidya, the science of the self, is the highest wisdom. If that is mastered, salvation (Mukti) is achieved; and Hari (Personal God) is one’s slave. The easy steps to get to that wisdom and to moksha (i.e., to real seeing or knowledge of God Brahman) are:-

HOW TO GET MOKSHA:

Have sadhana chatushtaya i.e., nitya Anitya viveka, i.e., Inquiry into what is real and what is unreal. Vairagya i.e., dispassion, sama i.e., quiet of mind and other five qualities and mumukshutwa i.e., desire for mukti. Have Navavidha Bhakti i.e., ninefold devotion etc., Practice these. Surrender yourself to God (Atma Nivedan) Prapatti.

Nine steps of devotion are (1) Listening to sacred works or accounts of God, Avatars and saints; (2) reciting the name of God,
(3) remembrance and meditation; (4) prostration to god’s feet; (5) worship of objects representing him; (6) paying respect to saints; (7) service; (8) fellowship and (9) self surrender.

Daily take darsan of Sidhas, i.e., perfect saints. Live a moral life. Then you will be pure even at death. At the time of death, have no desire at all. Concentrate on God, i.e., your Ishta Devata (GOD), Mukti (salvation) is attained.

REACHING GOD: THE METHOD:

124.    NG Chandorkar: Baba, again I am asking you for the third time, who God is, what he is like and where he is?

Baba: I have already told you. If you act upon what I have said, you would be equipped with Sadhana Chatushtya i.e., the four helps.

NGC: What are they.

Baba:

1.      Viveka

2.      Vairagya

3.      scama

4.      Mumukshuta

I. First is (Viveka)

Nitya-Anitya Vastuviveka i.e., discriminating between the real and unreal. Some people make others believe that they are such vivekis and become varkaries i.e., pilgrim to Pandharpur, without however, knowing who hari really is, what he is and where he is. But this pilgrimage is not real devotion, but a mere device to get respect from others.

Persons who merely read and memorise many works without making their hearts pure, pour out precepts at debates, cavil at others and are full of self adulation. These are not vivekis and they do not attain Brahma Jnana.

II. Vairagya is second.

The real vairagi cares not for the good things of this world or of the next.

Baba’s Vairagya.

(1)   When Damia Rasane offered Baba a share in the profits of his proposed business Baba said ‘I am not to be entangled in anything.

(2)   Baba’s advice to a Madrasi Swami. : If you are so fond of your mother, why did you assume the garb of a sanyasi. Kashaya and mamata (attachment) cannot go together. Go and stay at your quarters. Tehre, you have many thieves who will carry away everything. Bolt your doors and be on your guard. The inevitable must happen. Wealth, kith and kin are all transient, attended with fear. Utter renunciation alone leads to bliss. Do Bhagavatha Sapthaha thrice with intended meditation. that will quench all vasanas. all illusions will end. (The Swadi did so. On 22nd day, he passed away like Parikshit)

Scama, the third.

Scama is preventing the mind from going into the objects of the senses. Dama is the withdrawal of the mind, when it does go in, by control of external activity.

Titiksha is putting up with pain that results from prarabdha karma, without murmur.

Uparati is looking upon wealth, women, children, friends etc., as unreal and thus escaping the meshes of Maya.

Sraddha is faith (Viswasa of the mind)

Samadhana is equanimity i.e., looking on pain and pleasure equally unexited and with firmness of mind.

Mumukshuta is the fourth help

Moksha, what it is and how to get it

Mumukshuta is strong desire for Moksha (with dislike of joys and sorrows of phenomenal existence), accompanied by the idea that Aparoksha jnana i.e., realisation of Brahman alone is the solution. Moksha is not Heaven, Kailasa or vaikunta. It is subtle and not gross. It is the invisible origin of the universe-pure consciousness, pure being-Suddha chaitanya. Being or becoming that is moksha. That is immortality and that is the goal of human life. All other alms are worthless.

125.    N G Chandorkar: Pray, tell us about Suddha Chaitanya, what it is.

Baba: That is the origin, the essence, the foundation and the permeator of the entire universe, sentient and insentient, as also the end of it. The source is Suddha Chaitanya. You cannot exactly describe ‘Chaitanya’, but every moment it exists in your existence. There is no place without it but it has no form or name. In that it resembles air, which has no colour or form to be seen, and whose existence however is unquestionable, Suddha Chaitanya is called Brahman. The wise do upsana of it under the name ‘Brahman’ and then, are called Brahmavit. Vegetable, animal, human and all other lives are contained within it. It is the original cause of all appearance, perceptions and knowledge. It is the one root of the many. It pervades everything. It may be characterised as Sat-reality, Chit-consciousness, Ananda-bliss and Ekatva-unity. All of us are that. We are not distinct from it.

N G Chandorkar: Baba, you say Brahman is bliss, i.e., without pain and that, it is unity, i.e., without multiplicity. Yet you say the same Brahman is all and everything in the world, wherein there is not merely multiplicity but also suffering. How can bliss appear as pain and suffering? How can the one appear as many, How can the real appear as the unreal, Again, it each of us consider ourselves as Chaitanya as Brahman there must be many Brahmans (and not one) because we are so many. Further, if all of us are the one and same Brahman, each man must feel the pain and pleasure felt by others; but he does not. Just as our bodies are different, our souls must be different and not one. Please explain.

Baba: You are wrong. Just listen red, black, white, blue, yellow, etc., are different colours. Add them to water. Is not water still one and the same water, despite the different colours. That, you will see by separating the colour from the water. The result will be that you get water in each case. Just like that, the Atman or Brahman is one. But the hearts it occupies, are different. It is one and the same Atman that runs through all the hearts. As far pain and pleasure, these are not the functions of Brahman or Atman, but only of the hearts. To make the heart, a heart, is the function of the Atman or Brahman.

I will further explain the matter. Chaitanya appear through three gunas and is classified further as Paramarthika-Satya, Vyavaharika-Satya and Pratibhasika-Satya just as one body has three stage, childhood, manhood and old-age, so Satya has these three stage. A person in Paramartik stage (called a sage) sees truth as truth and acts according to sastras, i.e., without differentiation. One in the Vyavaharik stage (called the Good) tries to follow the sastras but goes on differenciating at every step selecting the good and rejecting the evil. One in the Pratibasik stage (called the ignorant) does not see the truth either entirely as it is or with the addition of differentiation merely, but sees it quite inverted i.e., in the way quite opposite to the Vyavaharik person’s view. He sees good as evil and evil as good.

But Atman or Brahman is common to all these three stages.

I will give one more illustration. There is (1) the King, (2) the King’s deputy and (3) the King’s messenger. You see the common point running through all the three i.e., Kingliness; yet the three are different. It is just like that, Brahman runs through all the three classes, which appear different.

N G C: How can you divide Regality? It is indivisible.

Baba: Right. Regality is one and indivisible; but in point of fact we note the division of Regality in the above three and their difference between them. Similarly Chaitanya (Brahman) is unlimited but each limited ego partakes of it, i.e., to the extent of its capacity and exhibits it, i.e., this chaitanya or kingship. Take another example, viz., space or Akasha. Aksaha though illimitable is in a small pot (then call Ghatakasha), in a big pot then called kumbhakasha and so on. All have Akasha in degrees. Just like that Brahman appears in different forms in this world which is the play of Maya. It is the union of Brahman with Maya that causes Bramanda, the univese.

126.    N G C: Who is this Maya? Who created her? What is she likes? You Just now said that the root of the whole world is Chaitanya. Then where does Maya come in.

Baba: I will describe to you where and how she comes. Maya is the name given to the Shakti or Power of Chaitanya which makes chaitanya appear in different forms. Can you separate Chaitanya from its Shakti? You cannot – just as you cannot separate jaggery from its sweetness and the sun from its brilliance. The separation comes only at the end of maya. Maya ends when Chaitanya is released. Chaitanya is endless. Both chaitanya and Maya are beginningless. Maya and chaitanya are also named Prakriti and purusha, which are fully described in the Jnaneswari from which you must get your Atma Jnana.

Chaitanya is a cave and he who enters into that cave never returns but becomes the cave.

Maya is Karya and has wonderful quality. I am such and such a person, you are such and such etc., - all this is the result of maya. All these of unreal differences. You see, it you are under maya, (undifferenced) reality does not appear. Maya has two aspects. (1) The Avarna covering up the consciousness of the soul of atman and (2) Vikshepa, producing illusory appearances over that covering. Here is an illustration.

A cooly dreamt that he became a king. Thereby he forgot his coolyship. That coolyship was covered up (avarna) by Maya, and kingship was produced by Maya over that cover. Similarly maya covers up Brahman and produces worldly appearances. In reality, the world does not exists. Only one Real (Sat) exists but these appearances are taken to be real. That causes the mischief (akalyan). So kick out Maya and regain Brahman how? regard yourself as pure Chaitanya. Water when relieved of impurity is pure water. Similarly remove impurity of Maya from this world of appearances. Then that appearance becomes reality. This is the upasana of the Real sadvastu. Think of this always. This is my advice to all. This constant thought of the sadvastu or Atman is the Adhyatma. You should release this atman as yourself and become Mukta in this life.

GOD-REALISATION SAKSHATKARA

What is God?

[Sakshatkar. Ideas of God and consequently ideas of sakshatkar of God vary widely. To those who believe in God as a person with form and never without form a, darshan or vision of that form is called sakshatkar and is the highest rung of the spiritual ladder. Those who disbelieve in forms which are said to be divine, use the term sakshatkar to denote a mystic merger of their own personality in the impersonal absolute.

Das ganu Maharaj belonged not to the latter class but rather to the former. He is a varkhari of Pandharpur and the idea of Pandarinath, standing on bricks with arms akmbo is the idea of God, which is uppermost in his mind.)-Editor

127.    Das Ganu to Baba: I want sakshatkar, Baba you ask me to read saptha of Bhagavata: but will you grant me sakshatkar as a result of it?

Baba: Vittal will appear, but there must be intense devotion
(Bhava ).

Das Ganu read his saptha of Bhagavata; but failed to get sakshatkar.

D. G. to Baba you promised me sakshatkar ; but I have not got it.

Baba:   Wait, you will have it.

[Baba was evidently waiting for development of the requisite faith and earnestness in D.G.]

128.    In 1916, Bhadrapad, D G was keen on going to Pandharpur; but N.G.C took him to Shirdi and made him perform keertans and was for detaining him there even for Asvin, evidently with Baba’s assent. D.G.then taught within himself without saying “How is He a Guru who blocks my way to my God at Pandharpur” (D.G had a Brahmin Guru. He did not deem Baba as his guru)

Baba to Nana : Nana do not stop him from going to Pandharpur.

Baba to Ganu : Go to Pandarpur.

So D.G.gladly went to Pandharpur for asvin, as vittal of Pandari alone was God to him and not Baba. Later he returned to Shirdi.

129.    D.G.   : Baba, you have been long putting off request.  When will you give me sakshatkar?

Baba: You see me, That is Sakshatkar. I am God.

D.G.: I expected you would say so.   But I am not satisfied with that.

D.G. considered that it was not in his destiny (Prarabdha) to have sakshatkar of God vittal, as that was what he evidently wanted.

* cf. God in human body ; St John XIV 8 to 14.

8 Lord, show us the father and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saveth unto him, have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that have seen me hath seen the father and how sayest thou, show us the father?

10 The father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the father and He is in me. or else believe me for the very work's sake.

M If ye shall  ask  anything in my name,   1  will  do  it.

20 I am in my Father and you in me and I in you.

 


Ordinarily # Sakshatkaras are very transient

130. H.S.D., one day had a vision of vittal. But he was not sure what the God or figure was that appeared to him. He went to Baba.

Baba: Did not Vittal Patil come? Have you not seen Him? That Vittal is very elusive. Tie Him fast. If by inadvertence you lose sight of him, he will vanish in a second.

ATMAJNANA ADHIKARI

(1) Receptivity

131. Baba was washing pots and placing them mouth downward.

Kopergaon station master who had no faith in Baba asked: What is all this ?

B.: Every pot coming to me comes with mouth down wards, i.e., in an unreceptive fashion.

(#) cf. Sakshatkara

What's that which ere I  spake was gone!

so joyful  and intense  a spark

That,  whilst   o'erhead the  wonder  shone.

The  day,  before  but  dull,  grew dark?

I do not know; but this I know.

That, had the  splendour  lived  a  year.

That truth that  I  some heavenly  show

Did see,  could not  be  now more clear.

This know I too  :  might mortal breath

Express  the  passion  then   inspired,

Evil would die  a natural  death,

And  nothing  transient  be   disired;

And error from the  soul  would pass.

And leave the  senses  pure  and  strong

As sunbeams,  but the  best,  alas,

Has  neither memory  nor  tongue!

Coventry Patmore: Life of Life


(2) Deserve before you desire

132.    A visitor: Baba, What is God like?

Baba: (Not addressing the visitor but addressing a devotee X ) Go to Bagchand Marwadi and tell him Baba wants Rs.100/- and bring the money.

X (returning in a minute): The Marwadi says he has no money and sends his namaskars.

Baba: Go to the next money lender and ask him for a loan of Rs.100/- for me.

X (returning in a minute): He says he has not got the money.

Baba: Fetch Nana Saheb Chandorkar (and when Nana came)

Baba: Nana, I want Rs.100/-

Then Nana wrote a chit to Bagchand Marwadi for a loan of Rs.100.

The money was at once sent by the Marwadi.

Baba: All is like this in the world.

Visitor later on to Das Ganu Maharaj: Why did not Baba answer my question?

D.G: He has.

Visitor: How?

D G: When others asked for money, it was not forthcoming. Nana Saheb asked for it and got it at once. Similarly the man who merely wants to know Brahman does not get it. It is he who is qualified to know it that gets it. Baba’s answer is, “Deserve, before you desire ( Brahman)”.

Surrender five – if you want Brahman

133.    A rich man came to Baba with plenty of money in his pocket and very anxious to avoid the extra expenditure resulting from the cabman's demand for prolonged stay at Shirdi. He said to Baba, "Baba" show me God (Brahman). It is for this I come all this long way. People say that Shirdi Baba reveals Brahman quickly.

B.: O, do  not  fear Immediately  and  clearly  I  will show you.     This is not a matter that can be put off.     It is  hard  to  get   questioners   seeking  illumination  like   vou. Most people seek wealth, cure of disease or trouble, honour, position   or  perpetual   pleasure   and   other  earthly   objects. None   wants   God.      Oh,   I   long   to   see   those,   who   long to see God.   Now, Brahman is the root cause of the Universe: That   which   accounts   for   Solar   and   Planetary   motions, variations of seasons, division of functions between God etc. One must know i.e. realise Brahman before death.   Else there will be an ever recurring cycle of births and deaths.   Realisation gives 'Kevala Advaita Sukham'.    A Guru gives it and only a Guru can.

Baba then turned to some others and then sent a boy out with these words:     "Go,  tell  Nandalal  Marwadi,  Baba urgently   wants   a   hand-loan   of  Rs.5/-   and   bring   the money."     The  boy  went  and  found  the  Marwadi,   absent. Baba sent  more  messages  to  absent  men. The rich man was  getting impatient at Baba's omission to give  him Atmajnan or  sight  of God, more  especially because  delays would  mean   extra   payment  to   the   tongawalla  whom   he had  engaged   for   the   return journey   also. He saw, of course, that  Baba wanted Rs.5/- and he could   stop  the repeated requests of Baba for Rs.5/- by paying it out of the Rs.250A he had in his pocket; but he was oppressed with the fear that if he advanced the loan, it might prove irrecoverable.

R.M.: Will you help me to grasp Brahman? Baba: You see what I  have been doing all this while, is to enable you to see God-Even as you are now seated. Have you understood nothing? I want five. One must  surrender  the five  to  get  at  Brahman.  One   must surrunder i.e.  even the five senses (indriya) the five Pranas and manas, Buddhi,   Ahankar   (Mind, Intellect  and  Ego)-(all of which involve Vairagya i.e., detachment). The road to  Brahma  Jnana  is  hard  to  tread. All  cannot  tread  it. When   it dawns, there will be light. One who feels unattached to things   terrestrial and celestial is alone; competent to have Brahmajnan.

The man found that Baba had read his strong Attachment to Rs.5/- which he considered more important than getting Brahmajnana Upadesa.

Do all who go to Baba, get benefit?

134.    Damodar S.Rasane, thought of this question in his mind and sat before Baba.

Baba: Look at the mango tree in blossom. If all flowers turned fruit, what a splendid crop it will be? But do they? Most fall of (either as flowers or, as unripe fruits, by wind etc.) Very few remain.

VII. Baba wants complete Surrender

135.   Baba   (to   Buty):   Curly   locks,   Give   me   16   1/2 Rs.Dakshina.

Buty: I have not got the money here now.

B: Go to Kaka and ask him for 16 1/2 Rs. and be listening to the Pothi, he is reading.

Buty accordingly came to H.S.D. and asked for Rs. 16 1/2.

H.S.D.: I have got only Rs. I/- and cannot pay Rs. 161/2.

Buty: Baba asked me however to listen to your Pothi.

Then H.S.D. read on his Bhagavatam and the first Stanza that came there was “Kayan vacha” etc., which refers to complete surrender of all acts to God. So Baba wanted complete surrender to him as he was God. But where is 16 1/2  in that stanza? For one thing, there are 17 phrases in it. For another thing, the objects for surrender are 16, but "Chitta has been omitted, in the text, "says the commentary. That will make it 17, but Chitta is only ½ . So 161/2 objects mentioned there had to be surrendered to Baba, as amounting to complete Surrender.

Anna Saheb Dabolkar

136.    Anna Saheb Dabolkar anxious to have Sakshatkara sat before Baba and thought "Will not Baba give me Upadesha some day?"

B.: Get up, go to Shama Bring from him Rs.15/- Sit with him for a while, have a chat and then bring me Rs.15/-dakshina, he will give you.

Dabolkar went and told Shama the facts.

Shama: Instead of Rs.15/- convey to Baba my fifteen namaskaras and tell him that is the dakshina.

D: But Baba has asked me to sit and chat with you and then bring the dakshina you will give. This was because   I   sat   before  Baba   thinking   he   should  give me Upadesha. ;

S.: Baba never give Upadesh as is ordinarily understood i.e., he never utters mantra in the ear of any devotee. Here is an instance of his refusal.

137.    Radha Bai Deshmukin   came to Baba   for Upadesh, got none and  resolved   upon  satyagraha.  She started fasting,   which   should   only  end   with   either  death or   with   Upadesha   from  Baba   whichever   occurred   first After   three   days   of her  fruitless   fast   I  interceded  with Baba   on   her   behalf and   requested   Him   to   utter  some i divine   name   in   her  presence.      Baba   sent for her and addressed her thus.

Mother, why do you think of dying and torture youself? Take pity on me, your chilld. I am a beggar. Look here, my guru was a great saint and highly merciful.   I fatigued myself in trying to serve him and yet he did not utter any mantra in my ear.   Instead, he first shaved me clean and then begged of me, two pice.    What he wanted was not metallic coin-he did not care even for gold, but only Nishta and Saburi i.e., faith and courageous patience. I gave these to him at once and he was pleased.

Mother, Saburi is courage, do not discard it, It ferries you across to the distant goal. It gives manliness to men, eradicates sin and dejection and overcomes all fear.

For   12  years  I  waited  on  my  Guru,   who is peerless and loving.     How can I describe his love to me?     When he was Dhyanasta (in love trance) I sat and gazed at him;    I and  we  were  both  filled  with  Bliss.   I  cared  not  to  turn   my eye upon anything else.    Night and day I poured upon his face with an ardour of love that banished hunger and thirst.      The   Guru's   absence,   even  for  a   second,   made me  restless.      I   meditated   upon   nothing   but   the   Guru and had no goal or object other than the Guru.    Unceasingly fixed   upon   him,   was   my   mind.      Wonderful   indeed that art of my Guru!    I wanted nothing but the Guru and he  wanted   nothing  but   my  love.      Apparently  actionless, he never  neglected   me;   but   always  protected  me  by  his glance.

That Guru-I tell thee true, sitting as I do in this Masjid-never blew any mantra into my ear; nor do I blow any into yours. Go thou and do likewise.

If you make me the sole object of your thoughts and aims, you will attain Paramartha, the supreme goal. Look at me with undivided attention; so will I look at you. This is the only truth, my Guru taught me. The four sadhanas and the six sastras are not necessary. With entire confidence, trust your Guru. That is enough.

Shama: The lady bowed, accepted the advice and gave up her satyagraha.

Then Dabolkar returned to Baba and narrated his talk and what happened.

137-A. Mantropadesa: Baba and his gurus never gave Upadesa of mantra in the ear of the initiated (623-4). But he recommended Rama mantra often for Japa e.g. to Sri M.W.Pradhan: see 192 to 198.

138.    Baba : Our art is unique. Remember this. To get Atmajnan, dhyana is needed i.e., the Atma-anushtana that pacifies and carries the mind into Samadhi. So give up all desires and dwell in your mind upon God in all. If the mind is thus concentrated, the Goal is achieved.

For Dhyana, meditate on me either as in form or as formless, mere Ananda. If such formless contemplation is hard, then think of my form, just as you see it here. Think of it night and day. With such meditation, the mind dissolves into unity (i.e., attains Laya). The difference between subject, and object, (me and you) and the act of contemplation will be lost. This results in Chaitanya Ghanata, Brahma Samarasata. The Guru's glance is bread and milk for the pupil.

139.    Then Baba gave sugar-candy prasad to Dabolkar and said: "If you keep this instruction in .mind, it will be as sweet as this sugar-candy." Baba then recommended the study or Sravana of the Katha followed by Manana Nidhi Dhyasa, Smarana and Dhyana, all of which will lead to realisation of Ananda Ghana. That which is seen is the manifestation of Brahman through Maya and will dissolve again into Brahman. Look into the six sastras to see if the Atman is one or as many as there are jivas. The crown of Jnana is the realisation of the one Atman, from which everything has issued.

1490.  By Rinanubandha, you have come to me. Have regard to Rinanubandha. Whoever or whatever creature comes to you, do not drive away but receive with due consideration. Give food to the hungry, water to the thirsty and clothes to the naked. Then God will be pleased, Do not bark at people. Be not pugnacious. Bear with others' reproach. Speak only gentle words. This is the way to happines. Let others and the world turn topsy-turvy but do not mind that. Keep on to your own course straight. The world maintains a wall-the wall of differentiation between oneself and others between you and me. Destroy this wall. God is the supreme Lord. Allah Malik. Wondrous, precious and long-enduring are his works. Your object will be fulfilled in the due course. We shall both attain bliss by mutual love.


SADHANAS
Sadhana I - Faith

(I) Faith

141.    (Baba calls for faith, as his Guru did from him.) My Guru, after  depriving me for everything asked me for two pice. I gave them to  him. He did not want metallic gifts.    What he asked for was (1) Faith (Nishta) and (2) Patient, cheerful endurance, (Saburi).

142.    Purandhara, Give me two rupees dakshina. It is not this rupees I call for.   I ask for Faith and Patient contentment.

143.    Baba's Test and development of Faith, e.g.

(1)       Nana (GC), take your meal and go to the train. There is time.

(2)       Nana, do not go to Kopergaon to-day (to meet the Collector. (Collector was absent & had wired).

(3)       Dada (Kelkar), do not allow Saheb (HVS) to go to Manmad, to meet his superior officers. (Officers had cancelled the engagement).

(4)       Kaka (Dixit); do not start for Bombay, to depose in the will case. (Case, not take taken up).

(5)       Kaka, do not send your boy for the examination now. (Examination postponed due to ratfall).

(6)       Moulana,  do not go to-day to the Magistrate's Court, for the case against you. (Case adjourned).

(7)       Tatya, do not go to the bazaar to-day.

(8)       Tatya, do not go to the Court to-day.   (Case adjourned).

(9)       Rangari Thanakar, do not start back.    (He did Jutka broke).

(10)     Manager, Sadashir Tarked, return to your Poona at once.

*(11)    Hansraj,  do  not take any medicines for your Asthma.

(12)     Babugir (Gosavi), go (to Jalgaon).    Everything will be provided.   (For journey to Jamere N.G.C.'s Minathayi).

(13)     Bhav (Purandare, though late for the usual train) go to Kopergaon. (Train late).

[1](14)    Bere, drive to Kopergaon at once, do not halt on the way, or delay.    Bere thus escaped robbery).

Baba's Regard for Hindu Gods

144.    Once when rain was beating inside a chavadi wherein Baba sat, he was asked to move up into a higher place where an image of Maruti was kept.

144-A. 175. Baba's order of secrecy. Taibai Jog had eye trouble. The eyes were sinking deeper and deeper. Baba gaver her a simple and easy prescription, adding "keep this secret. Do not apply the medicine in the presence of other." She followed the advice and was cured.

Baba: How can we be seated on the same level as God?

145. Baba (to Appa Kulkarni): Mohiniraj at Nivas is Saguna Brahma. Go and take darsan of him before going to the Deputy Collector. (A.K. did so and was acquitted)

Syama and others to Baba: Are the Puranas true?

Baba: Yes.

Syama: What about Rama and Krishna?

Baba: They were great souls. Gods they were; Avatars.

Baba's Regard for Vittal

146. When Balwant Rao Kshirsagar came to Shirdi;

Baba: This son never worships or gives Naivedya to Vittal as his father did. He starves Vittal and me. His father was my friend. So I have drawn him here. I now remind him to renew the father's pooja.

Baba and Hindu Gods, avatars etc.

147. Baba spoke in Abdul Bhai's presence thus:

(Cosmogony?)

First was Omka

From

Omkar

Was

Bhavakar

From

Bhavakar

Was

Adh

From

Adh

Was

Alek

From

Alek

Was

Niranjan

From

Niranjan

Was

Nirakara

From

Nirakara

Was

Nil

From

Nil

Was

Anil

From

Anil

Was

Sumne

From

Sumne

Was

 

From

Keshava

Was

 

From

Amru

Was

 

From

Uttara

Was

 

From

Purva

Was

 

From

Raksha

Was

 

From

Matsyavatar

Was

 

From

Manayat

Was

 

From

Asmitra

Was

 

From

Jamrid

Was

 

From

Bhagarid

Was

(Bhagirat)

From

Uchchayat

Was

(Dekhayat)

From

Bhalintar

Was

(Bali)

From

Tirmakra

Was

(Trivikramar)

From

Kacchavatar

Was

 

From

Uchayat

Was

Dekhayat

From

Prajapat

Was

 

From

Ugrasen

Was

 

From

Kadin

Was

 

From

Dalbharakshar

Was

 

From

Varahavatar

Was

 

From

Khalepat

Was

 

From

Gotram

Was

 

From

Vishnu

Was

 

From

Haritak

Was

 

From

Narasimhaavatar

Was

 

From

Sejbar

Was

 

From

Rebak

Was

 

From

Bandopast

Was

 

From

Bailchad

Was

 

From

Kasip

Was

(Kasyapa?)

From

Vamanavatar

Was

 

From

Saam

Was

 

From

Jann

Was

 

From

Myan

Was

 

Was

Myan

From

 

Was

Noor

From

 

Was

Tej

From

 

Was

Kamal

From

 

Was

Kadram

From

 

Was

Adbud

From

 

Was

Gustatva

From

(kavil)

Was

Hariparva

From

 

Was

Anardh

From

 

Was

Jayav

From

 

Was

Avi

From

 

Was

Athastha

From

Dharma

Was

Mandhata

From

 

Was

Vishran

From

 

Was

Jamadagni

From

 

Was

Parasumram

From

Avatar

Was

Rajaji

From

Jati

Was

Kavadik

From

 

Was

Raja

From

Dasartha

Was

Ramachandraji

From

Avatar

Was

Ankus

From

 

Was

Bhadmapurush

From

 

Was

Hirpal

From

 

Was

Bajal

From

 

Was

Pirthu

From

(Prithu)

Was

Iduratha

From

(yadu)

Was

Surasen

From

 

Was

Vasudev

From

 

Was

Sri Krishnaji

From

 

 

Then Pratimadan (Pradyumna?) Anurudhas (Anirudha?) Isithar Baddha (-Buddha?) Jah Avatar (=Kalika Avatar).

Brahman was: Rajput (Kshatriya) was: Gowli (Vaisya) was; next Mussulman was.

Four Avatars arose in Chaturyug (Krita Yuga), 3 in Tirta (Treta Yuga), 2 in Dwapara, 1 in Atharvan (Kali Yuga?)

Next follows Dasavatar naming Matsya, Kaccha, Varaha, Narasimha, Vaman, Parasuram, Krishnaji, Boddha, Me, Kalaki.

Ibrahim prepared 4 Vedas. To establish this, Kalam Sharij were produced. God knows the divine plan.

In each Veda, 1000s of Avatars came out. But for (i-e.life or age) the manifestation is different and new 8 Yube Emperors will rule in Hindustan.   This is the 18th Puran (or Kuran)

Baba's regard for Hindu Gods and Hindu form of worship

148.    (Baba to Sagun Meru Naick): Put ghee in your boiled rice (Annahuti), offer it to Dhuni-fire, and then offer it to me*'

148A   (Rohilla) All that (Vittal etc.) is Allah

148B   (to DG&upasani); Khandoba & Vittoba are the same.

God Realisation and not talk

149. Baba said to one, who was talking of God: Why do you say, "God" "God." God is in my pocket.

150. "He that slays, saves.   He that saves, slays."

151. Baba (to T.A.Karnik): Is God so distant?

I (Brahmananda's Songs)

(He is not above the Heavens nor below Hell. He is always near you. To search for him, where are you going?) See the Divine within the human personality.

Decay of Faith etc. in these days

152. Baba: The times are degenerating. People mostly think ill and talk ill of others. But I do not retaliate, I do not care to listen to such talk.

People become more and more sceptical; they are disposed to look more at the evil side of things.

Fakirs also are seldom dispassionate.

It is hard to find a good fakir.

153.I have been considering long and thinking day and nights. All are thieves, but we have to deal with them. I pray to God night and day for their improvement or removal. but God delays and does not approve of the (i.e., my) attitude and grant the prayer. I will wait for a month or two and then see. But living or dead I will have what I have been praying for. I will not go to Teli or Vani nor beg of them. people are not good and devoted. They are unsettled in mind. A few friends will gather and talk divine wisdom, and sit and comtemplate.

154. (1918) People have got bad and give trouble . They are pestering me for money. More over they become shameless. Now I am disgusted.

Sadana II - Worship of objects

(a) Images

155. If Gods like Datta are on the way, easily accessible, and if one does not take darshan of them, how can I help him?

At Nivas, there is Mohiniraj. That is Allah, who had become saguna. Go and bow to Him first, Appa Kulkarni, and then go to the D.P. for the case against you. (Appa did so & was acquitted) cf 119 & 145.

156. God exercises all power for the benefit of devotees.

157. Megha, take this linga for worship.

158. Megha, why did you come here for my worship omitting to worship at one temple (Khandoba's)? Go and worship at Khandoba's now; it is open.

(b) Paduka

159. Nachne, keep this (Paduka) and do puja.

160. Atmaram H. Chaubal took silver padukas to Baba Baba placed his feet on them and returned them saying, "They are nice. Keep them in puja." Once they were lost and very miraculously restored.

161. Baba when allowing Mrs. W. Pradhari to place two silver padukas on his feet and worship them said (in handling them over to her): Nana, see, mother has cut off and carried away my feet. (i.e. Baba is in Paduka)


(c) Coins

162. It 1908 Balakrishna Ramachandra Khairikar going into the mosque trod upon a coin, a quarter anna piece, picked it up and gave it to Baba.

B.R.K.: Baba, this is your coin.   Keep it safe.

B. (returning it): that is all right. Take this coin home. Keep it in your puja along with the images you, worship.

Khairikar worshipped it for three years and had prosperity. He then lost the coin and also prosperity.

163. Baba giving S.B.D. coin: Preserve this carefully. Do not part with it to anyone-nor spend it.

(d) Tomb Worship

164. Baba. Whoever burns incense at this, my Guru's tomb, under Gode Neem after cleaning it with cow-dung at sunset on Thursdays and Friday's, will obtain the bliss of God.

(e) Baba encourages worship of his picture also

165. S.B. Dhumal was taking Baba's large size framed picture, past the mosque. Baba called out to him.

B.: Bhav, come here.   What is this?

S.B.D.: You are here.

B.: Give it lo me.

Then Baba took it from SBD., gazed at it on all sides and returned it.

Baba: Keep it.

SBD kept this picture and worshipped it all his life.

(f) Picture Worship

Baba is in the picture that is worshipped

166. Bala Bua Sutar, Bhajanakar of Bombay came for the first time to Shirdi in 1917 and bowed to Baba.

Baba, addressing someone: I have known this man since four years.

Bala Bua wondered, as he had never met Baba before; but he recollected that four years previously he had prostrated himself before Baba's portrait at Bombay, (c.f. Shama seeing B's portrait at Gaya).

Faith Baba Strengthens faith in Gods etc. c-g.

167. Baba:       (1) Megha, draw Trisul

(2)   "   worship this linga

(3)    "   worship all the village Gods before you come to worship me.

168. Nachne, go to Deopur, and worship the stones your forefathers worshipped.

169.  Shama, go to Sapta Sringi and present your silver nipples to the Vani Devi.

170. Khusa Bhav, go and see a person with three faces. (i.e. Datta)

171. Rao Bahadur M.W. Pradhan-You can bring in Ganapati for worship.

IMAGE WORSHIP

172. Bandra lady came and sat before baba with chronic (7 years) headache.

Baba (touching and gently stroking her head): Your head is aching. Is it not?

BL: It was. Now it has ceased.

(The chronic headache left her at once and for-ever)

Baba: You have been feeding me so well these years.

BL: I am seeing you only now.

Baba: But I have been seeing you ever since your infancy.

BL was greatly puzzled.

Baba: What worship had you in your house?

BL: Ganapathy’s

Baba: In your mother’s house?

BL: Ganapathy. I have given all flowers fruits and eatables to ganapathy.

Baba: All that has come to me. So since your girlhood I have been seeing you.

173. BL: Baba, people say that my Ganapathy is right handed and besides, one hand is broken and so they say it must be thrown away. Is that right?

Baba: If your child breaks its arm, will you cast it into water? Worship it daily.

[Baba: Mother, I have to visit your house thrice a day, Then follows the conversation in No.76 ante)

76        (BL: Yes, Baba

A local lady was astonished at this statement as she saw Baba daily at Shirdi, and said “Baba what is this strange thing you say?

Saibaba: I do not speak falsehood. I am Mahalaxmi. Mother I came to your house. You give me things to eat, is that not true?

BL: Yes, Baba

Shirdi Lady: Truly, does Baba go to you and do you feed him?

BL: Yes.

Baba to Master T: Do I not come to your house?

Master T: Yes, baba.

Saibaba to Shirdi Lady: Yes, mother, I go easily to Bhav’s house (I,e., Bhav’s house at Bandra). In the middle, there is a wall, Jumping over it, next comes the railway line, and then Bhav’s house. (Here Baba described the crow’s flight from Shirdi to the lady’s house at bandra).  I have to fly across walls and excavations.)

174: CONSERVATISM, DO NOT CHANGE IMAGES

Once Kavle Patil with his Mamladdar, B.V. Dev went to Baba and through Shama wanted to know from Baba whether in a temple newly built by Kavle he should reinstal the old image or bring in a new image from Vani, has directed by his own Guru.

Shama: Baba. Kavle Patil wants to know what he is to instal in his newly built temple.

Baba: Let him place only the ancient stones that his family has been worshipping from old time and no new image.

Shama: What objection is there to a new image from Vani?

Baba: Act as you please, Shama. Instal it or don’t.

Shama: Please say definetely whether the Vani image can be or should not be installed.

Baba: If he wants that image, let him break off its arms and legs and then instal and worship it. Do not question me again and again. I once went with a companion from village to village. He wanted to buy a cow. I said, “Don’t”. But he did buy it and brought it to a village. There an epidemic broke out and many died.

Shama, later in the day: Baba, what harm will arise if the image is brought?

Baba: Let him worship the old stones and introduce nothing new.

Shama: What is the harm in introducing the new?

Baba: (Angrily): I am speaking with my mouth and not through anything else.

Kavle Patil had no faith in Baba, but great faith in his own guru and so brought the Vani image to the guru’s village. There plague broke out and many died. The guru (who had already received Rs.300 or Rs.400) more over sent a message to the Patil that unless he gave a registered gift of his land to the guru, the latter would curse him to immediate death. The Patil woke up, discovered the unselfishness and wisdom of Baba and wickedness of his own guru and installed only his own hereditary images.

SADHANA III- GURU

(Sai's Former Guru's Mahima)

175. Baba himself described how he met his guru: Once myself and three others were studying our Pothi, Puran and other works and discussed how we were to get realisation.

One said we should depend on ourselves (and not on a guru) for Gita says raise your self.

A second said the main thing is to make the mind selfcontrolled, free from thoughts and doubts. It is we who are in everything, everywhere.

A Third.: The form (i.e. in phenomena) is ever changing. The formless is unchanging. So we must always be making Vichara i.e., distinguishing between Nitya and Anitya.

The fourth (S.B.) disliked bookish knowledge, "Let is do our prescribed duty," he said, "and surrender our body, speech and life to a guru, who is all pervading.   Faith in him is the thing needful.

As we rambled through the forest, we met a Vanajari (a caste that carried salt, grain etc.) who asked us "where are you going in this heat into the forest?" We gave no direct reply. He kindly warned us from getting into the trackless woods—and that needlessly. He bade us share his food.

We disdained his advice and marched on.

But   in   that  vast   and  dense   wood,   we  lost  our  way

That man met us again and said that by relying on our own cleverness, we had got into a wrong way and that a guiding finger is needed to show the way. "Do not despise offers of food. Such offers ate auspicious signs of success in one's endeavour," he said and he again invited us to take food with him. Again we declined it and went away. I soon felt hungry and I went and accepted a bit of bread and ate it and drank some water.

The   Guru   came   then   and   said, "What   was   your dispute?" and I told him all our talk.    The others left him and did not care  for  him. But I reverently bowed   to him.    Then he took me to a well tied up my legs with a rope, and   suspended   me, head   downwards, from a   tree by a side of the well. My head was about three feet off the  water,   which  I  could  not   reach.     And  my guru  left me  there  and went away-God  knows where. He returned after 4 or 5 hours and asked me how I fared.     "In great bliss   was   my   time   passed"-!   answered.      The   Guru, mightily pleased with me, drew  me  near  him,  passed  his palm   over   my   head   and   body   and   spoke   to   me   tender words dripping with love, and he put me into his school -where I entirely forgot my father and mother and all attachments and desires.

I loved to gaze at him. If he were not there to see. I would not like to have eyes at all. I did not wish to go back. I forgot all other things but the Guru. My life was concentrated in my sight and my sight in him. That was the object of my meditation. In silence, I bowed.

Meaning i.e., Realisation flashed upon me, of itself without effort or study-purely by his grace.

Guru's grace is our only sadhana. JNANA comes as experience (or in its wake).

Guru needed

176. A devotee: Baba, where is one to go?

B.: Above this.

D.: What is the way?

B.: There are plenty of ways proceeding from each place. For you, here is this way, leading hence. But the way is rugged. There are tigers and bears on the route.

H.S.Dixit: But Baba, if one has a guide with him, then?

B.: If one has a guide with him, then there is no difficulty. Then, the tigers and bears move aside. If there is no guide, there is a deep yawning pit on the way,and there is the danger of falling into it.

(Here "Guide" - "Guru," and 'Pit1- "Hell")

177- B.: Stick to your own Guru with unabated faith, whatever the merits of other Gurus and however little the merits of your own.

Pant, we must not give up attachment to our own Guru but be ever firmly resting in him and in him alone.


BABA ON "VENKUSA" The Guru of this birth

178. "For 12 years I waited on my Guru who is peerless and loving. How can I describe his love to Me? When he was dyanastha, (i.e., in love-trance) I sat and gazed at him. We were both filled with Bliss. I cared not to turn my eye upon anything else. Night and day I pored upon his face with an ardour of love that banished hunger and thirst. The Guru's absence for a second made me restless. I meditated on nothing but the Guru, and had no goal, or object, other than the Guru. Unceasingly fixed upon him was my mind. Wonderful indeed, the art of my Guru! I wanted nothing but the Guru and he wanted nothing but this intense love from me. Apparently inactive, he never neglected me, but always protected me by his glance. That Guru never blew any mantra into my ear. By his grace, I attained to my present state. Making the Guru the sole object of one's thoughts and aims one attains Paramartha, the Supreme Goal. This is the only truth the Guru taught me. The four Sadhanas and Six Sastras are not necessary. Trusting in the Guru fully is enough.

That is the only Sadhana

My fakir's wife left me with 'Venkusa' at Selu, stayed with him 12 years, and left Selu.

178.A

This Brick (which Baba always lovingly used to support his arm or head) is my Guru’s gift, my life companion. It is not the brick that is broken now-but my Karma (prarabdha) is that has snapped. I cannot survive the breaking of the brick.

(Baba said this early in October 1918 when Madhav Fasle lifted the brick and carelessly allowed it to fall, whereby it broke into two. Baba seeing the broken pieces expressed his grief and spoke as above.)

179. Baba: Nana, I am not angry with you. You my children can be angry with me. If Venkusa were alive I could be angry with him.

180. One should not stay in any place, where saints are (or one’s Guru is) ill-spoken of.


FORMER GURU KABIR

UPASANA

            Margosa Foot tomb is Kabirs i.e., Body of Kabir became flowers

181.    Kabir was my guru (cf.477)

I put up at that tree foot (Gode Neem), for that reason.

God will bless those who burn incense here on Thursdays and Fridays (sc 164)

182. GURU IS GOT BY ADOPTION BY THE DEVOTEE

A rich lady carried a plateful of rupees and stood before Baba for 4 days. But Baba did not ask her for any Dakshina.

Lady (on the fourth day): Baba, I have come here for a Guru. Take my dakshina now. Make yoursef my guru and give me upadesa.

Baba: It is not the guru that makes himself your guru. It is you who must regard him as Guru, i.e., place faith in him. Take a postherd and regard it as your Guru and see if your goal or aim is reached or not.

(cf Ekalavya)

Nature of Jnana or Brahman and how to get it through Gurus

183. N.C.G., a graduate well versed in Sanskrit and a good student of Sankara Bhashya on Gita, was once massaging Baba's feet at the Mosque.

B.: Nana, what are your mutering?

N.G.C.: A Sanskrit verse.

B.: What is the verse?

N.G.C.: A verse from the Gita.

B.: Recite it audibly.

Then N.G.C. recited Gita, Chapter 4, verse 34.

B.: Nana, do you understand this?

N.G.C.: I do.

B.: Then give the meaning.

Then N.G.C. gave the meaning.

B.: I do not want the general purport.   Give the meaning word for word, with strict reference to case, mood, tense and ' other parts of grammar.

Nana gave such an explanation, wondering whether Baba could know anything of Sanskrit grammar. But Baba began cross examining him severely with reference to grammar.

B.: In Thatvidhi what does That refer to?

N.G.C: Jnana.

B.: Which Jnana or Jnana of what?

N.G.C.: The Jnana referred to in the previous stanzas.

B.\ What does Pranipatha mean?

N.G.C.: Prostration.

B.: What does (Patha) mean?

N.G.C.: The same.

B.: If Pranipatha and Patha meant the same, would Vyasa have added two needless syllables'?

N.G.C.: I do not know the difference between the two.

B.: What does prasna mean'.'

N.G.C.: It means putting questions.

B.: What does pariprasna mean?

N.G.C.: The same.

B.: If both the phrases meant the same, was Vyasa off his head to use the longer phrase?

N.G.C.: I do not see however any difference.

B.: What does Seva mean?

N.G.C.: Service, such as massaging.

B. : Nothing more?

N.G.C.: I cannot see what more it will mean.

B.: Let that go. In the last two parts. Krishna asks Arjuna to get Jnana from Tatwadarsi Jnanis. Was not Krishna a jnani?

N.G.C.: Yes.

B.: Then why does he not give jnana himself but refer Arjuna to others?

N.G.C.: I cannot say.

B.. Is not Arjuna a jiva, a piece of Chaitanya?

N.G.C.: Yes.

B. : How can jnana be given to the jiva, which is already a piece of Chaitanya or Jnana?

N.G.C.: I cannot say.

B. : Let that alone.    In the second half of the stanza can you read an extra syllable into it?

N.G.C.: Yes.

B.. How?

N.G.C.; By adding an Avagraha, i.e., elision mark before Jnana.

B.How will it read then ?

N.G.C.  Updateikshanthi Tejanam

But Baba, this reading is not found in Sankara's commentary.

B. : What if? If it makes a better sense, what is the harm?

N.G.C.: I cannot see how it can make a better sense.

B.: You will.

Then Nana wanted Baba to answer the questions which he Himself had raised and explain the stanza in his own way.

B.: The Stanza refers to how a sishya should approach his guru to obtain realisation of the Real. The disciple must approach the Guru, completely surrendering body, mind, soul, and possessions to the Guru. The  prostration must be one accompanied by that attitude. As for Pariprasna it must be repeated and must not be mere idle questions or merely out of curiosity or with any improper motive, or attitude, e.g., to trap the Guru into a mistake and catch him. The object must be pure desire to attain progress and liberation and the questions must be humbly repeated till full light is gained. As for Seva mere service, e.g., massage etc., is not enough. To be effective, there must be no lingering idea that one is free to yield the service or refuse it. One must feel that one is not the master of the body-which has become the Guru's and exists merely to render him service.

As for the Guru giving Ajnana to the sishya, we will see,

B.. Is not Brahman, Jnana or pure Sadvastu?

N.G.C.: Yes.

B.: Have not the sastras declared that Brahman is not reached by speech or mind? (Ayathovacho)

N.G.C.: Yes.

B.. Then that speech (of the Guru) is not Brahman or Jnana?

.V.G.C.: No. It is not.

B.: Then what the Guru speaks is not Jnana but Ajnana? Is it not so?

NG.C.: It seems so.

B: The Guru's instruction is a piece of ignorance Ajnana, removing the disciple's Ajnana, just as a thorn removes a thorn.

Is that not so?

N..C; Yes.

B.: The pupil is a jiva, whose essential nature is jnana. Is it not so?

N.G.C.: Yes.

B.: Then there is no necessity to give him jnana, but only to remove the curtain of ignorance that hides that jnana. Is it not so?

N.G.C: Yes.

B. That, of course, is not done at one stroke, as the disciple's jiva is immersed deep in age-long ignorance and requires to be instructed repeatedly, birth after birth it may be.

B.: What is the nature of this instruction through speech, about that, which is beyond speech? It is just like removing a cover. Ajnana is covering jnana, just like moss covering the water. Then remove the moss and you have the clear water. You have not got to create the water. Water is there. During an eclipse the Sun or Moon is there, but Rahu or Kethu hides the view from us and when Rahu or Kethu passes away; the light of the Sun or Moon which is continuing right through is seen bv us.

Take another example. We are seeing things with the eyes. Then a cataract forms over them and the eyes cannot see. Pull off the cataract, then the eyes see. Ajnana is the. cataract.

The Universe is the efflorescence of the indescribable Maya, which is ignorance. Yet it is the Ajnana that illuminates the Ajnana.

B.: Jnana is to be realised and is not a matter of direct Upadesa.

Salutation, Questioning and Service are Sadhanas for obtaining the Guru's grace.

The impression that Phenomena are real is a delusion. This is the screen of darkness that hides Jnana. Tear off that screen. Then Prajnana Brahma will shine forth.

Ajnana is the seed of Samsara. If the Guru kripa paint is put on the eye. Maya screen lifts and Jnana survives. Jnana is not an effect. It is ever self-existent. On the other hand, Ajnana has a cause and an end. "God is one. The Devotee is another". This is the root of ignorance. Remove it. Jnana remains. Ignorance finds a snake in the rope. Remove the ignorance, then the rope is known as it is.

As to why Krishna refers Arjuna to other gurus without imparting Jnana himself, consider this. Did Krishna view Jnanis as different from Himself? Did he not say that Jnanis are identical with Himself? Thus their teaching is His teaching. Is it not so?

N. G. C.: Yes, Baba.   Pray teach me the whole of the Gita.

B.: Daily read one chapter and come and sit before me.

N.G.C.: Yes.

Thereafter Nana went each day having read up one chapter and when he sat at the feet of Baba, he got the gist of it.

SADHANA IV

(A) Books, Pothi, Parayana

(a) H.S.Dixit.

183.(a) B.: Kaka, these two are quite enough.

They were (1) "Adhyatma Ramayana: and (2) Ekanath Bhagavata."

B.: Kaka, read this.

Soon after H.S.D. lost his daughter. Baba made him read in Adhyatma Ramayana, Sree Rama's consolation to Mandodari.

(b) Lakshman.

184. B.: (to Lakshman): This (i.e., Tilak's Gita Rahasya) is good.

Baba gave him Rs.l/- with the book.

(c) Kusa Bhav.

185. B.: (to Kusa Bhav): Come here to this mosque and be reading "Guru Charitra."

(d) G.G. Narke.

185.A. Baba to Kusa Bhav: Read Dasa Bodha.

186. Baba (to G.G. Narke): You are reading an excellent book (Yoga Vasishta). Get me Rs.15/- dakshina from that.

That is, Baba wanted him to read certain passages from Y.V. relating to 15 items and meditate on them and apply them to his heart, thus making a present of them to Baba in his heart.


(e) Upasani Maharaj.

187.(to Upasani Maharaj} This (Panchadasi) is our treasury (i.e.. it contains all that we want).

(/) M. Lele Sastri.

188. Baba (to Mukunda Lele Sastri): Go on for ten days repeating in this Dwaraka Mayi, Narayan Upanishad Taittariya Bhaga. (And that was done).

(g) B.V.Dev.

189. Baba (to B.V.Dev): Read Jnaneswari (a well-known Mahratti commentary on Bhagavad Gita). cf 126

(h) Ramavijaya.

190. Baba (in his last days): Go on reading Rama Vijaya here so that Mrityunjaya may be pleased thereby. (And that was done.)

(i) M.B. Rege. Do not read any book, but keep me in your heart.

191. Baba on each Guru Poornima day was seated at the Dwaraka Mayee. Devotees came to him, each with a book in hand, gave it to him for receiving it back with His blessings for the fruition of his study. Baba generally returned the books to the giver. Sometimes he gave the book of one to some other, substituting some other's book for his. On one such occasion a Bhaktha M.B.R. had brought no book at all.

Baba (to M.B.R, looking at him): You are right DO NOT READ ANY BOOK. These people think they will find Brahman (God) in these books, but they find Brama (confusion) in them.   It is enough if you KEEP ME IN YOUR HEART, and make your heart harmonise with the head.

(B) Nama Japa

(I) Ram Nama.

192. Baba (to N.R.S.): "Ram Rami Ghya." i.e., (repeat the name of Rama)

193. Baba (to Mrs. G.S.K.)

Always say Raja Ram, Raja Ram.   If you do so your life will be fruitful.   You will attain peace and infinite good.

194. Baba (to Rao Bahadur M.W.Pradhan):

What  should we  say? Sri Ram,  Jaya Ram,  Jaya Jaya Ram.

195. Baba (to H.S.D.): cf 293 Namasmaran.

I was always saying, "Hari Hari". Hari then appeared to me. I then stopped giving medicine and gave Udhi.

196. Babu (to some one):

(Say, 'Ram, Ram'. God will bless.)

197.  Baba (to a Bandra youth):  Read Pothi i.e., Have Parayana).   Make some Nama Japa.

Boy: Baba, I will not. If sometimes I fail in these, I will incur sin,

Baba: Mother, I have now to take ENTIRE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIM.

198. Baba.I had heart disease. Ikept Vishnu Sahasranama close to My chest Hari descended from it. I was cured

(2) Sai.

Baba approves of "Sai"   nama Japa (by the judge)

SADHANA V

Whorship Baba as God in all:

199. Baba: Nana, I would like Pooran Poli. Prepare it for Naivedya and bring it.

NGC: It is late.There is no cook.

Baba: Never mind.

Then NGC got eight Pooran Polies and side dishes and placed them before Baba.

NGC: Baba. Taste.

Baba waited a while. Then ants and flies settled on the poli.

Baba: Good. Take away the plates.

NGC: How is it you ask me to take the plates, without touching them? If you were not to eat anything, why ask me to prepare this? Unless you take something, I will not take away the plates nor eat food.

Baba: I have eaten the poli, take the plates away and have your meal.

Nana: You took the poli! When? What was brought on the plates remains just as it was. Unless you eat, I will not remove these.

NGC left the Dwaraka Mayi and lay down at the chavadi with hunger.

(Baba unable to endure the sympathetic suffering he underwent, sent for Nana.)

(Baba: Nana, at some time, I took your poli. Do not be obstinate. Take the plates away and eat,

NGC again went back in a huff to the chavadi. Baba again sent for him.

Baba: What, Nana, you have been with me 18 years. Is this all that you have learnt? Is this your appraisal of me? Does Baba mean to you, only this visible body of 3 ½ cubits height? Is that all?

Hallo! I eat in the form of the ant. I eat in the fly that eats. I take what form I choose and eat in the form. I have taken your poli long ago. Do not continue inexcusably obstinate.

Nana: Though you said, I understand (realise) nothing. What am I to do? If you make me understand it, I will then take the plates away and eat my food.

Then Baba made a gesture revealing his knowledge of some secrets hid by nana deep in his heart and unknown to anyone else. Nana was thereby convinced that Baba was his innermost soul (Antaryami) and therefore Sarvantaryami of all, inclusing ants and flies, etc.,

NGC: I will take away the plates.

Baba: Nana, as you see this sign that I make, you will see that I can take food (in those forms).

SADHANA VI – SIGHTS OF NATURE[2]

200. Baba's approbation of Mystic Experience

(a) Baba occasionally gazed at the setting sun. He once admired the beauty and large size of a group of parrots.

(b) K.G. Bhishma and Mr. Balwant Khaparde went out in the morning at Shirdi, when dew was falling and the Sun was just rising. Bhishma turned back, i.e., towards the west and found his shadow a very long one starting from his feet and proceeding endlessly on to the west. At the western horizon the shadow was crowned with or surrounded by a glorious circular rainbow. The sight filled him with joy. It was evidently his reflection becoming endless and glorious. The finite was proceeding into the infinite. The Jiva was lost in the Paramatma. And for a moment he was lost in ineffable joy. Balwant also saw the same thing about himself and had the same experience. When the two returned home, G.S. Khaparde said that Baba had granted them a glimple of the Atman. Then they went to Baba and Baba gave them a smile of approval.

cf. Effect of viewing the conjunction of Indus with the ocean at Narayana saras. (Sri Bh. VI(5)3-5)

SADHANA VII

Music

I.          Laya is knowledge of God.

II. (a) "I know not if, save in this, such gifts be allowed to man,

That out of three sounds he framed, not a fourth sound, but a star".

(b) " God has a few of us whom He whispers in the ear:

The rest may reason and welcome; it is we musicians know

Browning's Abt Vogier

Baba and Music

201. Baba sending for a devotee. M.B.R., who was a musical amateur;

"Go on: sing."

The devotee sang. Baba corrected errors and gave hints for the singing of some tunes.

Baba. himself sang frequently at nights at the Takia in his earliest days at Shirdi, and rarely after 1890.

202.   Baba, to Abdul Rahim, Rangari:

if you had come yesterday, it would have been better. Abdul. why?

Baba: There was music. I wept all night. They abused me.

Abdul: Why did they- abuse you?

Baba: When I say "abused’ people do not understand; but you will understand,

Abdul: One who loves God, would weep, laugh, or dance as the songs in praise of God go on.

Baba: Just so. You are right. Have you your own Guru?

Abdul: Yes. Babee Baleeshah Chishti Nizami.

Baba: That is why you understand.

N.B.-This Chishti Guru was accompanied by music whenever he travelled. The Chishti sect use music as an aid for attaining trance

MORAL TEACHINGS AND CORRECTIONS

Shadripus Lust, Anger, Lobha, Moha, Mada, Mastar

203. Bapu Sahib Jag: Baba, I have served you so long with concentration (Ananya Bhava). How can I discover when its fruition comes?

Baba: The fruition of your service that will gladden both our hearts will be when you wear a kupni and beg your food, as I do (i.e., identify yourself with me and be free from all attachments)

LUST

(a)   Devadas

204.    Sai Baba to Devasad (an ascetic) 1. Adhere to Vairagya

Women are the greatest danger to ascetic

Avoid the Upadhis-Moha (Delusion) and pomp

Think of God and Kill out that ego

A person that has not overcome lust cannot see God, i.e., get God-realisation.

205. LUST conquest – (b) NGC

Two Moslem ladies wearing veils came to take darshan of Baba at the mosque and NGC was sitting by him. NGC tried to get up and go away.

Baba: You had better remain. If they wish to take darshan, let them come.

The ladies came. The older removed her veil and took darshan. Next, as the younger removed her veil, took darshan and resumed her veil, Nana, smitten with her beauty, thought to himself “Shall I have one more opportunity to see that angelic face?”, but he said nothing. baba struck him on the thigh. Then the ladies left.

Baba: Nana, do you know why I struck you?

Nana: How can I hide anything from the onmiscience of my guru? But I do not understand how such low thoughts should sway my mind, when I am in your immediate presence.

Baba: You are a man after all. Are you not? The body is full of desires, which spring up as soon as a sense object appraches, but are temples with lovely and well coloured exterior scarce in the world? When we go there, is it to admire the exterior or see the God within? When you are seeing the God in the shrine, do you care for the outside beauty of the building or for that of the image or Paramatama within? Does God remain only in temples? Is he not found in every object in the world as in temples? We are not to bother ourselves about the beauty or ugliness of the exterior, but to concentrate soley on the form taken by and revealing God.

Of course there is nothing in looking at the exterior, but as one looks at it, he must think how clever and powerful is the God that produced such a beautiful abode, how he resides therein and how nicely ornamented he is. Nana, if you had directed your thoughts to this way, you would not have had the desire to get one more look at the Moslem beauty’s face. Keep this always in mind.

206 H V Sathe

H V Sathe, a Settlement Officer and devotee of baba was staying at his place, Sathe wada. Out of curiosity, he wished to visit a lady devotee of Baba, whose reputation was not good. Earlier in the day, he called upon Baba.

Baba: Saheb, have you been to “School”?

HVS: What Baba! Have you made me a Deputy collector without taking me to School?

Baba found HVS ignorant of local names and dropped the matter. Later on, HVS visited the lady who lived in a place locally known as the School. There, in the course of talking with her, sexual thoughts were assailing him and he was in danger of a fall. Suddenly the outer door was thrown open. Baba standing at the door made gestures which evidently meant –“What ! You have come so far to your guru! And are you now descending to Hell! What excellent course!”

Then Baba disappeared. HVS was saved in time by this proctor Baba. he left the School at once and never again visited that lady.

207. Baba (to Ramadasi): You are reading pothi. Adhyatma Ramayana, unceasingly. Yet your heart is not pure. You repeat Sahasranama and yet your troubles are not gone. You call yourself a Ramadasi. If you are one, you must be indifferent to all objects. You ought not to have Mamata, attachment, but must have Samata, viewing everything with equal eye. You behave like a boy and fight for your book. Books can be had by the ton for money but not men, i.e. friendship.

208. Baba: If any one is angry with another, he wounds me to the quick. If any one abuses another, I feel the pain. If anyone bravely endures the abuse, I feel highly pleased. cf. 289.

(b) Jog

209. Baba to Jog: Give me dakshina. Jog (flaring up): You know I have not got a single pie. How can I give, Baba'?

Baba: Do not give, but why do you lose your temper?

(C) R.B.Purandhare

210: Baba to R B Purandhare: If anybody comes and abuses you or punishes you, do not quarrel with him. If you cannot endure it, speak a simple word or two, or else leave the place. But, do not battle with him and give tit for tat. I feel sick and disgusted when you quarrel with others.

(d) Mrs. Pradhan

211 Baba to Mrs. MW Pradhan: If anyone talks ten words at us, let us answer with one word, if we reply at all. Do not battle with anyone.

(e) Baba's Control of Anger

212. When Baba was in a towering rage, Uddhavesa Bua came, prostrated and asked for leave; Baba, cooling down, spoke tenderly to him.-Are you going? When will you come? You need not come again and again every fifteen days. I am with you. Well, go.

213. When Baba was in towering passion, Samant, Police Sub-Inspector stood at a distance and thought that unless Baba gave him leave immediately, he would, be too late for his train and have to meet official trouble.

Baba, ut once; Tell all those who want to go, to come at once and take their Udhi.

214. When pleader Joshi of Thana and another sent by Kata Dopeshwar arrived at the Shirdi mosque, Baba was in towering rage. Baba saw them.

B.; Bring those people here.

And when they came, he was perfectly cool and asked, "You have killed that old man and come here" (meaning that Kaka Dopeshwar died after telling them to go to Baba}. s.c. 411.

Baba's Anger

215. B, I get angry with none. Will a mother harm her little ones? Will the ocean send back the water of the streams? I love devotion. I am the bondslave of my devotee, s.c.15.

216. B.: Nana, I am not angry with you. You, my children, have a right to be angry with me. If Venkusa were here, I could be angry with him. s.c.179.

217. Baba, to Mrs. Pradhan (who feared that Baba would get angry:) See, I did not get angry with anyone to-day.

218.    Baba, when in a towering rage : Let blessings be to all

218.A(226)  Baba to Das Ganu (who complained that he had not been invited ito a feast where Sira (Semolina pudding) was distributed, on account of the host being his enemy): “Who gives what to whom? What is this Sira? Who eats it? Do not say anyone that he is your enemy. Who is whose enemy? Do not entertain any ill-feelings towards any one. All are one and the same.

PRIDE

(a) Pride of Pilgrimage

Baba puts down the Pride of a Haji

219. A Haji (one who had made a pilgrimage to Mecca) came to Shirdi mosque. Baba: "Do not get into the mosque." The Haji went back and was for some months prevented from getting into the mosque. Then when he asked Syama to intercede for him, Baba thus put him to the test and put down his pride.

Baba, to Syama: Go to the Chavadi and ask the man, if he will walk straight in the middle of the narrow foot-path amidst babul bushes near Barve well.

Syama went and returned with an affirmative answer.

Again Baba to Syama: Go and ask him if he will pay me Rs.40,000/- in four instalments. Syama went and returned with the answer that he was prepared to pay Rs.40 lakhs.

Again for the third time Baba: Syama, ask him whether he would like to have mutton or haunch with bone or the testicles of the goat? Syama returned with answer that the Haji would be quite happy to receive a small crumb of bread from Baba's mudpot (Kolamba). Then Baba straightway advanced to the Chavadi himself and pouring a shower of vile abuse on Haji's head added "What do you think is here (showing his body)? You vainly brag and fancy youself great. Does the Koran teach you to do so? You are conceited about your pilgrimage to Mecca etc. .Bul you do not know me."

The Haji was flabbergasted. Baba went back to the mosque, purchased a basket of fruits and sent them to the Haji and later gave him Rs.50/- and allowed him to come thereafter into the mosque whenever he liked.

(b) H.V. Sathe

220. Baba, to H.V. Sathe: Why do you go there (to lay the foundation stone)? What have we to do with all this? The masons and other workmen will do it.

(c) Das Ganu

221. Bab a to Das Ganu: Why do you go dressed like a bridegroom to perform Kirtan? Doff all that above the waist (including lace Pagadi etc.) Narada inaugurated the Keertan Paddati. Hence Narada's dress should be adopted, viz.. bare above the waist, diess below the waist, chipla and Tambur in hand.

CASTE-PRIDE

(d) S.A. Doctor

222. Mamlatdar says to a Brahmin Doctor from South Africa.-Come, we shall go to see Sai Baba.

D.: I am a Rama Upasaka and will not bow to any others.

M: Never mind, come on.   You need not bow.

The Doctor, at the mosque, while standing at a distance from the Arati proceedings suddenly darted inside and fell at Baba's feet.

M.: (later}.: Why did you change your mind and bow?

D.: Sai Baba showed himself to me as the beautiful dark Rama and so I bowed. This Sai is a Yoga Sampoorna Avatar. (Baba showed himself as Rama to Madrasi Ramdasis.)

The Doctor resolved upon satyagraha, fasted three days and absented himself from the mosque resolving not to go there until Baba should send for him and give him Brahmananda, ' God Realisation. But on the fourth day, a long absent chum of his turned up and accompanying him came to the mosque. Then,

B.: Did anyone invite you to come here?

Doctor was abashed and prayed mentally for experience of Paramananda. He had it that night at Shirdi and at his own town, cf 112, cf.G.S.Khaparde on Baba's yogic glance, and Mrs. Manager.

(e) Mule Sastri

223. When the caste-proud Mule Sastri of Nasik came to Shirdi.

B.: (to someone) Get me some Gerua  ochre to colour my cloth.

Baba did not wear ochre-coloured cloth that day or any other day.

Later Baba (to Buty).: Go and get Dakshina for me from the newly arrived Nasik Brahmin.

The Nasik Brahmin Mule came and stood at a distance lest he be polluted by entry into a mosque.

Mule Sastri suddently saw his guru in the place of Baba and running into the mosque, cried "Jay Guru, Jay Dholap Guru Maharaj" and fell at Baba's feet.

B,: Give me dakshina. Mule Sastri found that the Gerua robed Brahmin Guru of his, viz., Dholap Guru had suddenly disappeared and Baba was seated in his stead. He gave Baba dakshina.

(f) Bayyaji

Baba putting down pride of physical strength

224. Bayyaji Appaji Patel boasted of having Bhima's strength and occasionally lifted Baba up in his arms after massage to place him before the fire. One day he tried to lift Baba but could not. Baba looked at him and laughed. That laughter was a homily against pride,cf, Kena Upanishad.

Vayu trying to lift up a straw in vain.

(g) N.G.C. Pride of Learning

Baba put down N.G.C.'s pride of learning in Sanskrit especially about Gita Bashya - See No. 182.

225 Baba to NGC: Among the six Viharas; Jealousy is the easiest to conquer. In this Vihara, there is no question of (actual) gain or loss,  to ourselves, Jealousy (Matsara) is the inability to endure another’s profit and prosperity. if another gets fortune or power, we cannot put up with it, we scandalise him. ? When he meets with loss, we rejoice. But is it good? When that man attains prosperity , what loss have we really suffered? But people do not consider this point of view. If he attains good let us rejoice (with him) (or let us consider ourselves also as lucky or benefited); or let us attain or strive to attain equal good. That should be our desire and determination. What has he taken away of ours? Nothing. He received the prosperity that is the result of his Karma. How then should we feel aggreieved at it? So, Nana, conquer jealousy first.

Lobha or Greed

226. B-: Never accept gratis the labour (or, of course property) of others. This should be the rule of your life.

Baba said this, as he paid Rs.2/- to a man who brought him a ladder to get down from the top of a house.

227. Baba (to N.G.C.).: This man has left a box with us and wants it back. It is not proper to refuse. We must give him back what is his. -*

228. Baha (to Jayagvdi Bala Nev. jaskar): Return the lands to the children (i.e., the lessors),,. Why trouble them?

Tliis was said to Bala Newaskar who was a lessee of Kshirasagar's lands, the proceeds of which were given to Bala. but Bala refused to retirn the lands.

229. Baba (to Attai): It is Anna (your father) that eats your property. Let him eat. Do not sue him. God will give you plenty.

230. Baba (to Jog): Do not go to the debtor's village to ask for your money. The debtor himself will come here.

Jog: Will he himself come? How will he? The time for recovery of the debt is nearly over.

Baba: Wait.

Jog waited beyond limitation time and the debtor himself came and paid the defcb, viz., Rs.I,400/- the principal without interest cf 255.

Sadu chose the Better Part and not Bade Baba

231. Sadu Bhayya (Sadashiv Dundiraj) who was at Harda on 15-2-1915 was walking with some friends at 4 pm. Suddenly Baba appeared to be coming from the opposite direction and he passed his hand into Sadu Bhayya’s and leaving a toothpick in the latter’s hand and disappeared.

A sceptic Friend: What is that has happened now?

S.Bhayya: One thing is certain. When we were coming on, I had no toothpick in hand. Now I have got a toothpick here. Baba has given me this.

Sceptic Friend: Why not write to Shirdi and verify? Sadhu Bhayya wrote ro Shama and on Shama’s invitation went to Shirdi and narrated all facts in Baba’s presence.

Baba: Sadu, go and tell this to bade Baba. Sadhu Bhayya went and narrated it before Bade Baba, Dr. Pillai and others. Bade Baba very much excited began to think and came weeping to Baba.

Bade Baba: What Baba, you have been giving me large sums of money but money only; but to Sadhu Bhayya you have given Sakshatkar.

So saying he wept.

Baba: What is to be done? Each gets what he chooses.

Bade baba who had plenty of money and paid income tax on them subsequently lost all fortune and died.

232. N R Sahasrabuddhe found Baba was distributing prasad to devotees. the quantity in baba’s hand being but little, NRS feared that nothing would remain for him.

Baba (giving him a bit) said, with a smile, “There is nothing for you” and thus rebuked him for his anxiety and attachment to earthly goods.

WEALTH KANCHANA

(a) Dakshina

233. R.B.P. A devotee: Why are you asking for so much money?

B.: I am not asking of every one. I ask only from the man whom the fakir (God) points out. But in exchange, I have to give that man ten times the amount, which I have taken. I do not take the money for my own use. I have no family.

Every morning Baba would be a poor fakir owning zero and during the day dakshinas would accumulate and by evening or night the whole accumulation will be disbursed. When Baba passed away after receiving a Governor's income from dakshina for about ten years, he had only Rs,16 in his possession.

234. A man living with a mistress and suffering from venereal complaints came to Baba and said: Baba, take this Rs.500. Baba (angrily): I want none of your money. You are keeping someone in your house; is it not? Give it to her.

The man was mortified at this exposure and went away.

235. Some persons were on their way to “Shirdi mosque of Baba.

Baba (angrily): Rascals, (pouring plenty of abuse) committing such and such vile crimes and sins (naming their sins, vices etc.,)! What help can they get! (as he finished this tirade, the parties entered with rich gifts.)

Baba: “This is just what I have been saying” (and he refused to accept gifts or give help)


Dakshina, a means of denuding a devotee of even thing

Which means I take away everything, when I wish to show my favour.

236. S.R.V. Jayakar who has painted Baba's portrait kept in Dwarka Mayee at Shirdi was staying before Baba with Rs.2-8-0 in his pocket.   One Varde of Bombay came to Baba.

V. I have no money to perform Satyanarayana Pooja.

B.: How much do you want?

V Rs.2-8-0.

B.: This man (pointing to Jayakar) has got it    Borrow from him.

So varde applied and Jayakar had to part with the entire Rs.2-8-0 he had in his pocket.

237. P.R. Avaste, a Judicial Officer of Indore and a devotee of Baba came during summer vacation with his wife and son to Shirdi. He was on his way to perform his son’s marriage and kept with his son Rs.400/- and Rs.300/- with his wife. He was to get a good bridegroom (karini) for his son’s marriage. When he came to Baba,

Baba to P.R. Avaste: Will you give me Dakshina?

P.R. Avaste: How much?

Baba: Rs. 30/-

Baba to P.R. Avaste’s son: Will you give me Rs.40/-

Thus again and again Baba took away the whole fund with Mrs. PRA and her son – except Rs.30/-

Baba to P.R. Avaste: Will you give me Rs.30/-

P.R. Avaste: Shall I give it, Baba?

Baba: Yes.

Then with great pain at heart, Mr. Avaste took the last remaining Rs.30/- from his wife and paid to Baba.

Baba asked for nothing more.

As P.R. Avaste was dolefully returning from Baba, Bapu Saheb Jog exultingly patted him on the back.

Jog: I say I congratulate you. Baba has taken frequent Dakshina from you. You are lucky. Baba never takes except to give back tenfold.

P.R. Avaste: I do not know about that. I know that I have not got a pie remaining for going to the place of marriage.

Jog: How much do you want?

P.R. Avaste: Rs.100/-

Jog: Here it is. Baba has got a present of Rs. 6000/- from a Mumbai merchant who vowed he would pay 25% of his profits, if the news of loss of his goods proved false. Of that 6000, Baba has already spent 3000 in three days. If I tell him I gave you Rs.100/-, he will neither object nor call for The Rs.100/-, but as he has taken Rs.600 odd from you, I assure you that you will have a promotion by Rs.50/- per mensum now.

P.R. Avaste: I have no godfather to get me promotion.

But as stated by Jog, the promotion of Rs.50/- was given to Mr. P.R. Avaste as he learnt after the vacation ended.

Dakshina asked for taking away first fruits on indicating the coming of the amout asked

238. Baba to S.B.Dhumal: Bhav give me Rs.50/-.

S.B.D. I have not got the money.

B.: Then ask Saheb (H.V.S.)

S.B.D. went and asked H.V.S. for Rs.50/- H.V.S. gladly gave it. This was an indication to H.V.S. that his claim, then pending before Govt for an extra sum of Rs.50/- as part of his pension was to be allowed. Later the order allowing it came. And the date of the order was the date of Baba's demand of Rs.50/-.

239. Somanaih S.D.Nimonkar, a Police Sub-Inspector, was before Baba in 1912.

B.: Give me Rs.10/-. S. paid the amount of Rs. 10/-.

Six months later S got an order raising his pay by Rs.10/- from the date of his payment.

Dakshina as Prophecy or control

240. R.S.Dev was before Baba intending to get Baba's sanction for building five suites of rooms.

Baba (drawing 25 lines on the floor). One rupee for each line, i.e., each suite of rooms. Give Rs.25/-.

R.S.Dev paid the sum. Though he intended to build only five, he went on adding till the number happened to be 25 suites of rooms and there are only 25 even now.

241. Baba to S.B.Nachne and Sankar Rao: Give me Rs.64/-.

S.B.: We have no money,

Subsequently when Baba was ill, they collected funds for poor feeding and sent it up. That collection was exactly Rs.64/-.

Dakshina as claim of first fruits

242. Daji Hait Lele, Deputy Inspector of Land Records at Nasik was going to Shirdi and on the way at Kopergaon saw the Gazette and found that he had been promoted from Rs.125/- to Rs.150/-.

Then he came and bowed to Baba at Shirdi.

&.: Bring me Rs.15/-.

L.: I have no money.

B.: It is only yesterday I gave you Rs.25. Go and bring the money.

Lele borrowed the money and paid it.    (See H.V. Sathe's Experiences).

Dakshina to deprive a man of money which he should not have taken or kept

243. S.B. Dhumal was directed to file a criminal appeal on behalf of Baba's chamatkar, judgement of acquittal was immediately pronounced, as soon as he presented the appeal. He was given Rs.300 by the appellants and when he came with the money to Shirdi.

B.: Bhau, will you give me dakshina?

S.B.D.: Yes, Baba.

In this way he repeatedly collected just the Rs.300 and did not ask for anything more.

Dakshina asked for giving effect to intention

244. M. W.Pradhan, when starting to see Baba for the first time intended to give him Rs.20, in silver, and for that purpose got a Rs.50 note changed.

When he actually came to Baba and dakshina was asked, he changed his mind and wanted to give gold. So he gave a sovereign.

B.: What is this?

Noolkar: This is a guinea.

B.. What is it worth?

N.: Rs.15.

B... I do not want this.    Give me Rs.15, and keep this.

And Pradhan carefully treasured up the coin touched by Baba and gave him 15 silver rupees.

Baba, (counting it over and over): Here is only Rs. 10. Give me Rs.5. more:

M.W.P.: Here are Rs.5 more.

Thus, under colour of wrong calculation and putting to test also M.W.P.'s combativeness in dealing with his own guru, Baba gave effect to his intention to pay Rs.20.

After receiving the Rs.20, he did not ask for anything more.

Secondary meaning of Dakshina

245. Baba to B.V.Dev.: Bhau. give me dakshina.

B.V.pev gave one guinea.

B.: Give me more.

Baba after getting four said.- Though four were given by you, Baba has got only one.

Dev.: Baba, I have given four.

B.'. Yes, but I have only one.    You will know.

The obvious interpretation is, though the devotee surrenders his fourfold Antahkarana (of Manas, Buddhi Ahankara, Chitta) Baba receives only the Jiva; and all multiplicity, when it reaches God-Baba becomes one. So the mind must surrender multiplicity unto the God Guru to attain unity'.

Dakshina

246. B. (to G.G.Narke): Give me Rs.I5 dakshina.

G.G.N'.: Baba, you know I have not got a pie. Why do vou often ask me for Rs.15/-?

B.: I know you have no money. But you are reading Yoga Vasishta. Get me Rs. 15 dakshina from that.

(Getting dakshina here means deriving lessons from Y.Vasishta and lodging them in. the heart whre Baba resides.) S.C.I 86.

247. Baba to R.B.Purandhare: Give me Rs.2 dakshina. R.B.P.:  Baba, why do you constantly ask me for Rs.2 when you know that I am a poor clerk.

B.: It is not these coins that I want. I want (1) Nishta (faith) and (2) Saburi (patient endurance and waiting courageously). Give me these.

R.B.P.: I have given you these. Please get these done by me.

248. Baba to Mrs. T.: Give me Rs.6 dakshina.

Mrs. T. (to her husband). We have no money. It is so painful to be asked when we have nothing.

Mr. T.: Baba wants only your six inner enemies (Lust, anger etc.) to be surrendered to him.

Baba, again to Mrs.T:. Will you give me Rs.6? Mrs. T: Baba, I have given them. B.: See that you do not wander off.

Dakshina asked for teaching lessons

249. Judge (MB Rege) in 1912, went to see Baba with Rs.100/- in his pocket.

Baba: Give me dakshana Rs. 40/-

That was given.

Again Baba: Give me dakshana Rs.40/-

That was given.

Again Baba: Give me Rs. 20/-

That also was given by the judge, who noted that Baba was reducing him to zero condition.

Later, Baba to Judge: Give me Rs.40/- dakshina.

Judge: I have nothing to give.

Baba: Then go and get the money and give.

Judge: To whom am I to go.

Baba: Shyama.

Then Judge went to Shyama and told him.

Shyama: You have not understood Baba. He cares a rap for you rupees. What he wants is your mind and heart, your time and soul to be devoted to him. That is his meaning.

The Judge went back and reported to Baba.

Baba, smiling: Go to Dixit and ask him.

The Judge went and told Dixit.

Dixit: Baba’s directions to you must be understood in the circumstances as a lesson to you and that you should not feel absence of money or the begging for money or for anything else to be a humiliation and that you should not consider yourself to be above begging.

Judge went and reported to Baba.

Baba, smiling: Go to Nana (N.G. Chandorkar)

Judge went and reported to Nana.

NGC: I know how delicate it is, when baba asks for Dakshina and there is nothing to be given. You must learn my plans and ways. Whenever I go to Shirdi, I start with a certain sum and leave half of it at Kopergaon, e.g., on this occation I came with Rs.200/= and left half of it at Kopergaon and came to Shirdi with Rs.100/- only. I go on giving dakshana out of the stock in hand to Baba and when it is exhausted, I send for the reserve at Kopergaon. You must adopt this plan.

Judge went and reported this to Baba.

Baba then sent for Nana and Nana came.

Baba: Nana, give me Rs.40/-

And Nana paid it and went away.

Again he was sent for.

Baba: Nana, give me Rs.40/- more.

Again Baba sent for Nana and collected Rs.20/-. Then Nana sent someone to Kopergaon for the reserve fund, but before it came, Baba wanted more from Nana and Nana felt humiliated.

The lesson taught by these demands for dakshana was that it was a presumption on the part of anyone to think that he himself was the great Providence supplying Baba or that anyone could supply all that Baba might ask for.

DAKSHINA:

            See elsewhere for the meaning of Baba’s demanding Rs.5,11,16, cf 135, 136, 186, 255

(Chakra Narayan noted that Baba never showed anger or displeasure if any did not pay dakshina, and never gave (or sold) special favour for donors of dakshina. His unbought grace was given free to all. the moneys received by Baba did not stick to his palm, but were quickly passed out. Baba did not lead a luxurious life, but lived on simple begged food, except for the addition of Naivedya presented.)

Baba’s indifference to wealth:

Baba, to Balakrishna G. Upasani sastri: Will you give me dakshina?

BGU: I have no money.

Baba: What is that in your pocket? Give it.

BGU: This is a silver watch. take it, Baba.

Baba: Do you think you are losing by giving this.

BGU: Nothing given to you is a loss.

Then Baba received the watch and at once gave it away to some one present. BGU went on to Poona and there a rich friend, learning that he had given away his watch to Baba, compelled him to accept a gold watch (without knowing the above words of Baba). So, BGU was a gainer and not a loser by giving away his silver watch.

251. H S Dixit once came with a trunkful of silver rupees, which he had earned by working for a Native State, and placed it before Baba.

HDS: All this is yours.

Baba: Is that so?

Then Baba opened the lid and with both hands drew out all the contents and poured the same to all and sundry. In a few minutes, the trunk was empty. Mr. Garde, Sub-Judge of nagpur and a friend of HSD., watched the latter’s face. HSD had not the slightest regret or sorrow or concern at the disappearance of his hard earned fees. it was evidently to test and strengthen his vairagya that Baba scattered his money thus.

252.    When a silver palanquin was borught and presented to Baba

Boba: Take it away, I do not want it.

But the devotees insisted that it was needed for processions, when Baba's portrait would be placed in it. The Palki was left in the open and on the first night some silver appurtenances were stolen,

Devotee: Baba, the silver trappings are stolen!

Baba: Why was not the whole palki stolen?

253. Damodar Rasane wanted to start a business and wrote for Baba’s approval. Baba disapproved of it. Then Damia came and proposed to give Baba a share in the profits.

Baba: Hallo, Damia, I am not to be entangled in anything i.e., in pecuniary concerns.

(Baba declined to form a mutt or Ashram or to be the head or proprietor of any institution, estate or property, or even recognise any one as his disciple, chela-to succeed to his position. He left no estate to succeed to.)

254. B.: Once I was at Puntamba. There was a struggle there between two parties. I wondered why they fought. I found near them a polful of coins. That was the bone of contention between them. Then I quietly moved up and carried it away. They found their wealth was gone and began to mourn and lament- I was saying to myself: "Who am 1? What is this wealth? Whose is it? What confusion and struggle for this? The pot is mine and I am the pot's."

255. Two (Deccani) Brahmins came to Baba,

B.: Syama, ask Rs.15/- of that man (pointing to one) That man gave the Rs.15/- readily and Baba received it and kept it. The other unasked paid Rs.35/- Baba counted it and returned it to the donor.

Syama: Deva, what is this discrimination? I have never seen anything like this. You ask for a smaller sum and receive it. The larger sum is voluntarily paid and you return it.

(What follows is already mentioned in 103)

B: Syama, you a child and you understand nothing. I do nothing. I receive nothing. Datta called for his own. He has called for Rs.15, his due and given it to Masudi Ayi? So the money has been received (by me). But this Rs.35 is not ours and so it has been returned.

At first he was poor and he made a vow that he would pay his first month's salary which proved to be Rs.15/-. But he forgot that vow, as time went on. His salary went on increasing from Rs.15/- to Rs.30/-, Rs.60/-, Rs.100/-, Rs.200A, Rs.400/- and ultimately Rs.700. Then his Karma drove him here and so I asked him to give me my Rs.15/- under the name Dakshina.

Then there is another incident. I wandered by the sea-shore and came to a huge and beautiful house owned by a rich Brahmin of good family. I was welcomed there heartily. The Brahmin fed me sumptuously and showed me a clean and nice place near a cup-board to sleep. When I was sound asleep there, the man pulled off a stone slab from the wall and scissored off an entire packet of currency notes from my pocket. They were 30 notes of Rs. 1,000 each. When I woke, I found they were gone. 1 was quite upset and was weeping and moaning. I thought the Brahmin had stolen it. I lost all interest in food and drink and stayed there 15 days on his verandah. On the 15th day a passing fakir saw me crying and made kind enquiries. I told him everything. He said, "you will get relief, if you act as I bid you. I will tell you of a fakir and give his address. Seek refuge at his feet. He will restore the property to you. You had better also take a vow. Give up eating what you like best.until you recover your money. That vow will help you to attain success".

Following the fakir's advice, I abstained from eating my best beloved dish and sought refuge at the fakir's feet. Then I got my money. I left that house there after. Again I went by the sea-shore. There was a steamer by which I should go, but I could not get in. Then a peon interceded and got me into it, luckily, That brought me to the train. Thus I came to Masudi Mayi. While Baba was narrating this, the visitors were greatly moved but Syama could make nothing out of Baba's words.

B: Syama. take these visitors, and give them dinner.

At dinner, Syama asked them if they understood what Baba said. Baba is always staying here and has not seen sea or sea-shore and had never Rs.30,000/- of wealth for anyone to steal.

One of the guests begn to narrate with great feeling the following:

My birth place is a ghat hillside facing the sea. I went out to Goa to earn my living. I vowed to Datta -that if I earn anything, my first month's salary should be His! By Datta's grace I first got employed on Rs.15/-and it increased steadily just as Baba described it. I forgot all about paying Rs.15/- to Datta till Baba spoke of it here. Baba's kindly taking Rs.15/- has enabled me to fulfil the vow at last.

The second guest began his tale. For 35 years my Brahmin (cook) was faithfully serving me. By a stroke of misfortune, his mind turned and robbed me of my accumulated wealth. There is a slab in my house in the wall of the cupboard. The cook removed the slab, came through the hole and carried away my entire store. There was a roll of notes amounting to Rs.30,000/- which were my savings after a life of long effort and toil. I donot know how Baba knew the exact amount. Day and night I bewailed my loss. "How to recover the property", that question staggered my mind. I gave a complaint to the Police, but it was no good. I spent 15 days in great anxiety. As I sat on the verandah with a long face, a passing fakir noted my affliction and inquired for the cause and I told him the whole story.

Said he: "An Avalia there is named 'Sai' at Shirdi in Kopergaon Taluq. Make a vow to him (i.e. to go to him in case you get back your wealth). Give up what you like best to eat, with the vow that you will not eat it, till you see Sai".

I made such vows and I gave up eating boiled rice in any shape, saying, "I will take it only when I get back my money and I come to you".

Fifteen days more passed after that. I do not know what occurred to the Brahmin. But he then came of his own accord, returned my money, and apologised saying, "My brain was spoiled and I acted thus. Now I fall at your feet. Pray excuse me".

I gave him Rs.2000/- out of the Rs.30,000/. One night I was at Colaba and saw Sai in my dream. That was evidently to remind me of my promised visit to Shirdi. I went to Goa and from there wanted to start for Shirdi by taking steamer to Bombay; but when I came to the harbour, the ship was full and there was no space. So said the Captain. But, on board, there was a peon, who though a total stranger to me, said to the Captain that I was his man, i.e., belonged to his group. Then I was allowed to get into the steamer, which brought me to Bombay, whence by train. I came here. Surely Sai is all-pervasive. What are we? Where is our home? How great is our good fortune that Baba has drawn us to himself? How wonderful was the recovery of the stolen money (cf 230)

PROPERTY

Marwadis stack

256. Baba: This Marwadi Bagchand whose stack caught fire begged for help to avoid loss. Gain and loss, birth and death are in the hands of God. But how blindly do these people forget God! If profit comes, they rejoice. If loss comes, they weep. Why? Why say? “This is mine”? what does it mean?

The stack is not the Marwadi. It is only hay and not his body. It grew from seeds on the earth, and was fed by rains from the clouds and by sun light. Earth, Clouds and the Sun are its owners. This fellow’s claim is ungrounded. Fire is in all these three and it consumed the stack. We are not the owners. God gives with one hand and takes away with the other. Sait, go home. You will make up for this loss in some other transaction.

257. B.; This cow of (H.S.Dikshit) Kaka, belonged to the Jalna man, and earlier to the Aurangabad man and before that to Mahlsapathy. God knows whose it is.

None who has firm faith in God is left in want for anything.

258. B.. What God gives is never exhausted. What man gives never lasts.

259. Baba (to NGC): Nana, the only things that can be called mine are a rag, a langoti (rag), a kupni (toga), a potsherd and a (tin) tumbler. See, how inexcusably people trouble me, pester me and coerce me. What should be said of this?

ILL - fated Property

260. S.R.V Jayakar lent Rs.4,000/- to a Moslem purdah lady without issue. The money was not returned. S.R.V. Jayakar to

Baba: Shall I go for the money, Baba? Baba:   Let  us  have  nothing  to  do  with  such  ill-fated wealth.

She lost all her wealth in 2 or 3 years and Jayakar recovered nothing.

Poverty

261. Baba: Poverty is highest riches and is a thousand times superior to a lord’s position. God is the brother of the poor. Fakir is the real emperor. Fakirship does not perish, but empire is soon lost.

Providence

262. B.: People must put full faith in the Lord's Providence. They should not worry about food and clothing. Do not waste your life on these.

In the abode of my devotees, there will be no dearth of food and clothing.

Gospel, St. Mathews, ch.VI25. "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body', what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"

MORAL TEACHINGS

Baba's Moods, as Devotee of God

263. B.: I am myself a devotee of God (Rangari), though the Hindus worship me. "I remember God"

264. B.: I am requesting Allah. He will comply with my request (i.e., a son will be be born to H.V.S.)

265. B.: I say things here.   There they happen.

266. B.: O God, Enough. Stop the rain! My children have to go back home. Let them go back without difficulty (and rain stopped M.W. Pradhau went safe}

Contentment and Surrender

267. God is great. He is the Supreme Master.

Allah Malik: How great is God! No one can compare with him.

He creates, supports and destroys. His sport (Lila) is inscrutable.

Let us be content to remain as He makes us, to submit our wills to His. Allah Rakega Vahisa Rahena. Take what comes. Be contented and cheerful. Never worry. Not a leaf moves, but by His consent and will.

We should be honest, upright and virtuous.

We must distinguish right from wrong.

We must each attend to his own duty.

But we must not be obsessed by egotism and fancy that we are the independent causes of action. God is that Actor. We must recognise His independence and our dependence on Him and see all acts as His. if we do so, we shall be unattached and free from Karmic bondage.

Love All Creatures

268. Love all creatures; Do not fight with any; nor retaliate, nor scandalise any. When anyone talks of you (i.e., against you) pass on, unperturbed. his words cannot pierce into your body. Other’s act will affect them alone – and not you. It is only your own acts that will affect you.

IDLENESS

269.    B. Do not be idle. Work, utter Gods name, read scriptures.

Other Moral Teachings.

270. Baba to chandra bai Borker: We should not harbour hatred, envy, rivalry or combative disposition towards others. If others hate us, let us simply take to Nama Japa and avoid them.

271. Baba to Bapu Rao N. Chandorker; Hearken to the words of your parents. Help your mother in her task. Speak the truth alone. No one cares to take from me what I give abundantly. But they want from me what I am unable to give, Mother is God.

271 A. Baba to N.G. Chandorkar. "Look at this Haridas who leaves you and goes away. Have friends that will stick to you till the end, through thick and thin. Baba to H.S.D. (who proposed that Baba and he should start for Bombay and take a devotee with them to leave him in the middle at a wayside station): I will never leave (i.e. desert) any one in the middle.

Spirits

272. A devotee: Baba, do spirits really exist?

Baba: Yes. We have nothing to do with them.

 

273. R.A.T. one night went out. He saw a spectre under a tree, got frightened and then thinking of Baba, got courage and went back to his lodging at Shirdi. Next morning Baba himself when meeting him referred to the topic.

Baba: What did you see last night?

RAT: I saw a spirit.

Baba: That was I.

RAT: No, Baba. It was a spirit.

Baba again: That was I. Go and ask your Ayi.

RAT: went and asked his mother, who said that all spirits were under Baba’s control.

Baba: And Am I not inside all of them> Hello! Bhutas etc., will do nothing (no harm) to us. Have I not told you this last year.

MEEKNESS

274: Baba to Mrs. M W Pradhan: If anyone talks ten words at us, if we reply at all, let us reply with one word.

Do not quarrel, retaliate or bandy words with anyone, giving tit for tat.

PATIENCE

275. Uddhavesa Bua (at the first interview); Where is my Moksha Guru? How is he to be got'?

B.: Wait for five years and you will know. How can you gulp an entire bread? Wait for five years and see.

Persevering faith in case of Doubt

276. A Prarthana Samajist went to Baba. However before seeing baba, he had a discussion with somebody else as to whether Baba had the characteristics of a Stitha Prajna as defined in Gita. This unsettled his mind and he wavered in his faith and went to Baba.

Baba: Syama, take him and tell him something.

Then, Syama took his wada and gave his advice. 1) “Despise irresponsible and uninformed people’s talk, 2) Place your mind at Baba’s feet, 3) All will be safe”.

Then they returned to Baba.

Baba: Follow Syama’s advice.

277. Baba: Do not get over-ascetic, e.g., by giving away all food, play and exercise. Rather regulate your meals, rest, etc. cf "Yuktahara Vihara".

277-A. To Kusa bhav, Baba: When you come next, come two of you (i.e., get MARRIED and come).

278. H.S.D. wanted to fast at night and to make it a rule. B.: Kaka, Prepare food for the night and eat it. H.S.D. gave up his idea of fasting.

BABA AGAINST UNNECESSARY FAST

279.  One Mrs.  Gokhale wished to visit Shirdi for the Scingha holiday and to fast there while staying at Shirdi as the guests of Data Kelkar.

B. (to Dada Kelkar): Will my children fast during Scingha festival?   I cannot permit that.

Next day the lady turned up at Shirdi and sat before Baba.

B. (himself mooting the subject): Why should we fast? Go to Dada Kelkars, prepare Pooran Poli, eat it and give it to all in the family.

Mrs. Gokhale went back to Dada's found Mrs. Dada was in her period and therefore she, though a guest, had to do the cooking. She prepared Pooran Poli and ate it as directed by Baba.

280 Baba (to S.B. Nachne): Have you taken your meal?

Nachne: This is an Ekadasi Day (which Nachne wanted to observe on that occasion, though not observing at home, because two of friends who had accompanied him were very orthodox and were observing it)

Baba: These two people are mad. You had better go and eat.

Nachne went to Bala Bhav’s hotel; but Bala Bhav being orthodox, the meal was refused, as it was especially before Arati. So nachne returned with Bala Bhav to Mosque at Arati time.

Baba: (to nachne) hve you taken food?

Nachne: Baba, it is Arati time and meal can come after Arati time.

Baba: No. You go and take meal. Arati will wait for you.

So, Bala Bhav was forced to give Nachne his meal. After meal, Nachne and Bala Bhav returned to Dwaraka Mayee. Just then Mavusi brought and presented to baba a number of bidas (i.e., rolled betal and nut).

Baba to nachne: Chew this.

Nachne took a bida; but hesitated, as it is not customary to chew bida on Ekadasi Day.

Baba: Never mind, Go on, Chew it.

And Nachne chewed it.

Yoga and Onion-Eating

281. N.G.C. took with him a student of yoga who wished to consult Baba on matter of Yoga; but when they went to the Mosque, Baba was eating onion. And the Yoga student thought that Baba. as one who ate Tamasic food as onion, could not help in Yoga.

B.: Nana, what harm is there in eating onion, if one could digest it (overcome its tamasic effects)?

The Yoga student noticed that Baba knew his thoughts and hence must be a master of Yoga.

HOW BABA MADE DAS GANU EAT ONION

282. The orthodox Das Ganu Maharaj dislike onions.

Baba (to Das ganu): Prepare Pitla, sauce of onions. Give me a part and eat the rest of it.

Das Ganu: Yes.

Next day prepared the onion dish and touched the onion with the tip of a finger and drew the finger near the nether lip as a token of tasting and then washed his fingers and face. then he went to baba.

Baba: Have you eaten onions?

DG: Yes.

Baba: He pretends he eats, but only touches it with his finer and brings the finger near lip.

Baba actually showed what DG did.

Baba: Ganu, you must really eat onion and not pretend.

DG: Yes.

DG was eating onion at Shirdi (as long as Baba was alive) on ordinary days, i.e., except on Ekadasi Day.

KUSA BHAV – ONION

 

283. On an Ekadasi day Kusa Bhav (i.e., Krishnaji Kasinath Joshi of Mirzgaon) sat by Baba’s side.

Baba: What do you eat to-day?

Kusa: Nothing. Today is Ekadasi.

Baba: What does “Ekadasi” mean?

Kusa: A day for “Upavasa”

Baba: What does Upavasa mean?

Kusa: It is just like “Rojas”

Baba: What is Rojas?

Kusa: We fast, i.e., do not eat anything except Kanda Moola. (Meaning sweet potatoes etc.,)

Baba: Ob, Kaanda (i.e., onion) you eat. Well, here you have onion. Eat it.

Kusa: (finding baba forcing on him unorthodox food) Baba if you eat it, I will eat.

Baba ate some; and Kusa Bhav ate some, and then visitors arrived. Baba wished to have some fun.

Baba: Look at this Bamniya (corrupt and contemptuous form of the word Brahmin). He eats onion on Ekadasi.

Kusa: Baba ate it and I ate it.

Baba: No. I ate Kanda, i.e., sweet potatoes. See.

Baba then vomited out sweet potatoes.

Kusa Bhav seeing the miracle, voraciously swallowed the potato as prasad. Baba beat him and said:

“Rogue. why do you eat the vomit?

But Kusa Bhav did not mind the blows. Baba’s heart melted.

Baba: (placing a palm on Kusa’s head) I bless you. Think of me and hold forth your Palms. You will have my prasad.

KUSA BHAV now holds up his empty palms and WARM UDHI (BABA’S PRASAD) falls from it, and this is given as BABA’S PRASADA UDHI by Kusa Bhav.

DADA KELKAR AND ONION

284. Dada Kelkar, an over zealous Brahmin, abhorred onion and in his over-zeal objected to visitors and Sathe Wada using onion. He fell foul on S.B. Nachne’s mother-in-law for using it. Then his grand-child had sore eyes.

DK: Baba, the child has sore eyes. What should I do?

Baba: Use onion for fomenting the eyes.

DK: Where can I go for onion?

Baba: Take it from this mother (pointing to S.B. Nachne’s mother-in-law)

S.B. Nachne’s Mother-in-law: Baba DK abused me for using onion. So I do not like to give him anything. If you order it, I will give.

Baba: Give.

Then the lady gave the onion and Baba, through her, humiliated DK for his intolerant over-asceticism.

Hospitality

Baba shares food and smoke.

285. (a) B.(to D.V.Sambhare): Boy. Come near. Why keep afar? Have a smoke.

286. (b) B.: Feed the hungry first.    Then feed yourself.

287. (c) B.: (By way of joke about A.D.): Oh, it is his habit. He eats sweet things by himself, i.e., without sharing them with others, cf.Eka Swadu Na Banjitha.

288. (d) Baba added: Am I not near you at meals? Do you give me a morsel?

(e) cf., Baba's interpretation of Athiti and advice to N.G.C.(vide ante)

HARMONY

289 Baba: If you avoid rivalries and bickerings, God will protect you.

Return not evil for evil. Return good for evil.

Other’s words cannot harm you.

290 Baba: Life is lived in vain if no yoga, Yoga, Tapas and Jnana be achieved.

291. B. (in a message to a Devotee): Will you sit idle (merely) eating your food. Have Saburi (patience and courage).

292. Baba: (to some one to his face) Our (your) end will get so better or wretched. Once or twice, I will warn. The end will be hard indeed if one does not heed the advice given. Even the child in the womb, we will cut to pieces and throw away if it falls athwart.

292-A. BABA REMOVES HANKERING FOR DRINK

(1)   Baba to D V Sambare (who was getting addicted): ‘Boy, why do you behave like this? See, I give you this warning first, that you should give up drink. If you do not heed this, I will not warn you again but leave you to your fate.’ DVS forswore liquor. He was free of the hankering. One day his superior invited him to a dinner, a big party and came up to see that the glassful kept before him was not drunk by DVS. The latter offered excuses which were laughed at. In this perplexity od DVS, all the hall lights were extinguished suddenly. The host went to look at the cause. Meanwhile an obliging neighbour drank up DVS’s glass. The host returned, saw the glass empty and thanking his pleading was successfully went away. Baba performed a chamtkar to save DVS, - for none could discover how the lights were extinguished and again lit up by themselves.

(2)   Baba to (a) Santaram and (b) a goldsmith boy who were addicted to drink: “Stay six days here.” From that time love of drink left them and they continued free from that vice even after they left Shirdi.

BABA’S TAPAS OF PLANK VIGIL AT THE MOSQUE

293. Once Baba talked of the plank he used to lie upon. It was only 5 feet long and about 15 inches broad and lamps were loosely placed on it. It was suspended from the rafters of the ceiling of the mosque by weak shreds of cloth. the wonder was how it could support him, and another wonder was how Baba could swing himself up into it (it was hung up 6 or 7 feet high) and jumped down from it, without upsetting the lamps and snapping the shreds. Das Ganu and others went to see the wonder and Baba, in anger or disgust, broke the plank into pieces.

H.S. Dixit offered to give Baba a cot then to lie upon.

Baba: No. Am I to lie on a cot, leaving Mahlsapathy on the floor? Far better would it be that I should be on the floor and that he should sleep higher.

Dixit: I will give two planks, one for you and one for Mahlsa.

Baba: He will not sleep on a plank. he will sleep only on the ground. Sleeping on the plank is no joke, who will sleep keeping eyes open, all awake like me? Only such a person can lie on the plamnk.

            When I lie down on the ground, I ask Mahlsapathy to sit by me and keep his palm on my chest. So you see that a plank will be of no use to him. ‘I lie down making mental Namasmarana.’ So, I say to Mahlsapathy, “Feel it by placing your hand on my heart. If you catch me napping, wake me up.’ Such was and is my order to him.

(THe ordinary sleep is a hindrance to the Yoga trance, it resembles it in some respects, but the heart-beat at the Namasmarana stage of trance differs from the heart-beat of natural sleep)

Advice to Sadhakas

294. Baba to Abdul: Eat very little. Do not go for a variety of eatables. A single sort, i.e., dish will suffice. Do not sleep much. Have Dhyan on what is read. Think of Allah.

294-A. Benefit of Humility etc.,” Baba’s advice to Abdul (whome he named Halakoor (i.e., scavenger) and miriambi because he rendered low services) (1) Your clay is (being) transformed into gold; (2) you will cross the seven oceans; (3) high mansion is erected (for you).

SCANDAL

295. When a devotee of Baba was revilling another behind the back, Baba went out and met him near Lendi.

Baba: Do you see that?

Dev ; It is a pig.

Baba. What is it doing ?

Dev : Eating filth.

Baba: You see with what gusto the pig is gorging itself on night soil. Behold how it revels on human ordure. But we feel it disgusting. That is your conduct People fret and fume against their own brethren and kinsmen to their hearts' content. After performing many deeds of merit, one is born a man. Is he to go to Shirdi and yet commit moral suicide ?

296. B, (to Mathradas, who had been indulging in scandal at Sagun's tea shop): What was Sagun saying ? Mathradas felt ashamed.

B.: The good and the wicked alike come here.   Why draw their frailties and foibles to public notice, by depicting them.

AHlMSA

(a) Mahlsapathy and Bitch

297. One day Mahlsapathy hit a bitch full of sores with a stick and he went later to Baba.

B.: Bhagat, there is in the village a bitch sickly like myself and everyone is hitting it.

Mahlsapathy felt that Baba was rebuking him and so repented for his mistake.

(b) H.S. Dixit and Serpent

298. H-S-D.: The serpent kills people; so when one sees a serpent, should he not kill it ?

B.: No. we should never kill it. Because it will never kiil us unless it is ordered by God to kill us. If God has so ordered, we cannot avoid it.

MERCY TO MAD DOG

299. In Vaisak 1917 a small dog bitten by a rabid dog began to chase big dogs. the villagers, club in hand, then chased the small dog. it ran through the streets and finally got into Dwaraka Mayee, stood behind Baba and made him its sanctuary.

Villagers: Baba, that dog is mad. Drive it out and we will kill it.

Baba: You mad fellows, you get out. You want to persecute and kill a poor creature.

            Thus baba saved the life of that dog and it proved to be not rabid.

Non-Resistance to Evil

300. (a) Baba to Attar. Aunt, let him eat.   It is only Anna (your own father) that eats (what he has gifted to you.) Do not sue him.    God will give you plenty.

(b) B. (to H.V. Sathe, who was pushing down Nana Wali the aggressor)   Saheb, do not do so.

(c) JAVAR ALI EPISODE - See No.304.

BABA’S HUMILITY: GURU BABA IS NOT AND IS GOD.

301. Baba (in 1917) had with him Mrs. T and her son Master T.

Baba: Boy, give me eight Rupees Dakshina.

Boy (M.T): Baba, I have not got Rupees eight.

Baba: Go and get it from Bapu Sahib Jog.

(Master T went to Jog and found him reading Dhruva Charitra and commenting on it. Jog said “Saints, though not God, have some powers derived from Him etc.,” the boy angrily started back and came to Baba)

M.T.: Baba, why did you send me there?

Baba: What is the matter?

M.T.: They are vilifying you there, saying that you are merely a man and not God.

Baba: Then what is the untruth in that? Hellow! What am I? A petty fakir! I am not God. How great is God! No one can compare with him.

M.T.: You deceive us by speaking thus. We fully believe you are God. If anyone belittles you, how can we endure it? Is it not true that we should not stay even a second where saints are derided.

Baba: Yes.

M.T.: God is not angry, if He is spoken ill of. But He will not endure it, if His devotees are spoken ill of. Is that not so.

Baba: Yes.

M.T.: Then what is the good of listening to a discussion whether such and such a saint is great, and such other is not so?

Baba: You should not stop even one second at a place where anybody talks ill of a saint.

Baba: (stroking the boy’s head affectionately)” Read Pothi. have Nama Japa.

M.T.,” If I break off in the middle, I incur sin. So, I will not.

Baba (to the lady): Mother, I have to take the entire responsibility for your son.

Lady: For all of us, it is you that take care. (Both bowed to Baba. Then some other came.)

Baba (to those): I have to take thought for my devotees. and if a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out my hands, and by four, four hands lift him and support him thus. I will not let him fall.

M.T.,: Baba, just now you said you are not God but a petty Fakir. How then can you have four hands?

(Baba did not reply, but smiled and looked at M.T., with love and approval.)

301-A. Baba's humility; Devotees: Baba, this G.G. Narke says you are a man. Baba: What he says is true. But you devotees should not say that. You have to get all your benefits from me (cf. 31, 331, 371, 383),

BABA'S HUMILITY

302. Baba (to his own devotees).

Your servants servant I am.    I am your debtor.

I am purified by your darshan. It is great grace on your part to have given me the sight of your feet. I am a worm in your excreta.

Burtis' Visit

303 When a Revenue Commissioner and a host of other officials were on the way to see him.

Baba: Rogue! What is there to see in me! I am only a fakir, with normal limbs and organs.

Javar Ali

304. Let the man (Javar Ali) claiming to be a Guru claim. Let us be humble as sishyas. We must depend upon somebody, or have somebody depend upon us. Other courses will not lead us to the supreme goal.

Nana Wali

305. Nana wali, coming near Baba who was seated on his gadi or mattress said: Baba, get up. I am going to sit on your gadi.

Baba got up and then Nana Wali sal on the gadi.

After sitting a while, Nana got up.

Nana : Baba, Take your seat on the gadi

Then Baba sat and Nana wali feel at his feet. Baba did not show the faintest displeasure at being dictated to .

[Javar Ali, a learned Maulvi came to shirdi between 1880-1S90 probably and asked Sai Baba to become his disciple and accompany him to Rahata. Baba who had even then a body of Hindus either revering him or worshipping him, nevertheless accompanied Javar Ali to Rahata and stayed there for 2 or 3 months serving Javar Ali, His shirdi devotees then took him and Javar Ali to Shirdi. By Devadas cleverness, javar ali saw that he was not respected by his Hindu hosts and had to leave shirdi. After that Baba spoke the above words any how Baba's mission was helped by his having had a Mastanguru also.


ALMS GIVING

(a)   ALMS GIVING WITH SUAVITY AND STRAIGHT FORWARDNESS.

306. Baba: Nana, I will give you one more lesson.

N.G. Chandorkar: Very good.

Baba: Nana, if any one begs of you anything, if that be in your hand or power, and if you can grant the request or get it granted, do so. Do not say “No”. If you have nothing to give, then, give a suave negative. Do not mock or ridicule the applicant nor get angry with him. If you do not like to part with what you have, do not say falsely that you have nothing . Decline to give it in polite terms and say circumstances or your desire stand in the way. Will you remember this lesson or forget it?

NGC: What is difficulty in this? I shall remember.

Baba: This lesson is not quite so easy as it may seem.

NGC: I will keep it in mind.

Sometime later, nana, who had promised to pay Rs.300/- for charity to be done at the Kopergaon Datta temple did not bring the money and therefore avoided a visit to the temple, which was on his way to Shirdi. He, with the approval of his friend, took a detour through a very thorny path, as a result of which he and his friend ran thorns in their bodies. When they reached Shirdi, baba would not talk to them.

NGC: Why don’t you talk with me?

Baba: Nana, when a man says he will remember the lessons I taught him but really does not, how can I talk to him?

NGC: Baba, I remember all your lessons.

Baba: You gentleman, you evade seeing ‘sircar’ (God Datta) and take a detour. Why? Because the saint will ask for Rs.300/- is this the way to remember my lesson? If you have not the money, if it was not easy to arrange to get it, you have only to tell him that fact. Will the saint eat you? But what device is this, to avoid the temple of God for fear of the saint demanding money? Well then, have not thorns pierced your feet and body and the posterior part of your sapient friend? How can I talk to such a person?

(b)  ALMS GIVING WITHOUT ARROGANCE AND ANGER.

Baba: Nana, to-day I will give you one more lesson.

NGC: Good.

Baba: Nana, If anyone comes and begs for anything give him as much as you can, and if that person be not satisfied and asks for more, answer him suavely in the negative. Do not pour your wrath or display all your official authority against that person.

NGC: Good.

(But one day at Kalyan Mrs. NGC was greatly provoked by the importunity of a beggar woman who refused to budge unless she was given as charity the whole stock of ‘Bhajani’ (fried and spiced grains); and Mrs. NGC. appealed to her husband, NGC came down and called out to the peon to neck out the beggar unless she quietly accepted the quantity given and left the house. Sometime late NGC visited Shirdi, but baba was glum and would not talk to him.

NGC: Baba, why do you not talk to me?

Baba: How can I talk to one who does not care for my advice or lesson?

NGC: What lesson have I forgotten? I remembered all your lessons.

Baba: That day, when the beggar woman was importuning you for ‘Bhajani’, how did you happen to call your peon to expel her and to show  all your official authority. What mattered, if she remained sitting your door, asking for more, while refused it? What could she do? After a while she would have gone away. Instead of gently replying her, why get angry with her and call the peon to expel her?

 

308. Baba: if anyone is angry with another, he wounds me to the quick.

If any one abuses another, I feel the pain. If one bravely endures the abuse, I feel highly pleased.

(c) Alms giving without discrimination

INTERPRETATION OF ATHITI.

309. (N G Chandorkar found that though he waited for athities, i.e., guests, for a few minutes, after the daily vaiswadeva, none ever turned up and he intended to ask baba, if the direction in the Vedas to wait for guests was a wothless direction.

But when he went to Baba, the latter anticipated the query and thus spoke)

Baba: Yes. Yes. Guests will come! The devil, they will.

NGC: True, Baba. I daily offer the Kakabali and go out and wait for guests. they never come.

Baba: Nana, the sastras are not in fault. Nor are the Mantras wrong. But their true importance you have not caught.. You get into your head a worthless interpretation and then stand and wait for guests. they will not turn up. hallow! Does the term ‘Athiti” denote a man 3 ½ cubits high and of the Brahmin caste? Athithi is what ever creature is hungry and comes on to you, at that time, whether it is human or a bird, beast or insect. all these seek food. The real Athiti that you get, you do not regard as such. These have come to you in lakhs. nana, give up your rotten interpretation. At kakabali, take plenty of boiled rice outside the house and leave it there. Do not shout or call for any nor drive away. Whatever the creature that comes to eat, let not that disturb your mind. You get thus the merit of feeding lakhs of guests.

THE LAW OF KARMA

“As you sow, so you reap’

310. Baba to RS Dev: What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get.

311.    Baba to a sub-judge, convicted of corruption, who went to him for blessings for the success of the appeal against his conviction-sow margosa and afterwards reap margosa. Cut off that tree.

312. B: What you can account for, as the result of your present effort is the result of present Karma. What you cannot thus trace, is due to your past karma. Results accrue differently to two persons doing the same act, that difference may be put down to the difference in their poorva karma.

Inexplicability of unforeseen and unforseeable results may disappear in view of poorva karma. (So do not go on exulting or dejected, nor should you blame others). Recognise the existence of the Moral law as governing results. Therefore unswervingly follow the Moral law. If you do not get the fruits or results of ylour action now, they will come in later births. As for the Vasanas, the Moral Law is inexorable and evident. So, by following and observing the Moral Law, you reach your goal-God, the perfection of the Moral Law.

Satsanga, Yama, Niyama etc.

313: Baba: Satsanga, i.e., moving with the good  is good. Dussanga, i.e., moving with evil-minded people is evil and must be avoided.

Yama, Niyama. Restrain yourself from forbidden food and drinks. Avoid needless disputation. Avoid falsehood. Have restraint of speech.

Fulfil promises.

Restrain Lust-Wholly in respect of others’ wives, and partly in respect of your own wife.

Enjoyment of marital pleasure is permissible. But be not enslaved by it. MUKTI is impossible to persons addicted to lust. Lust ruins mental balance, and strength or firmness. It affects the learned also.

Unruly buffaloes are controlled by tying a log to their neck as a clog to their movements. Viveka (i.e., prudence and discrimination) must be tied to one’s mind when sex attracts.

Desires must be controlled. You must master them and not be their slave.

Yet you can (and must) use them, the inner enemies within limits. e.g.,

(Besides Kama for the wife)

have krodha (anger) against unrighteousness.

have Lobha (greed) for Hari Nama, uttering God’s name.

have Moha (fondness) for Mukti (salvation)

have Matser (hatred) for evil action; and have no mada (pride)

DEATH

(a) Moral Teachings

3I3-A.     Prema conferred by Baba:  He appeared before Rao saheb Galwankar and said: "What do you want"?

G.   Nothing but Prema.

Baba.   Yes  (and  Baba disappeared.     But  G.  has often gushed of Prema ever since then.)

313-b Imam (i.e., faith) is conferred by Baba.

Rajaballi Mahomed came to Baba.

Baba to R.M.: What do you want.

R.M.:Only Imam, faith.

Baba: Allah accha karega. (God will bless.)

314: Baba: Why do you grieve: men are born to die. one day each one of us will die.

Baba: to Appa Kulkarni’s wife.

Death and life are manifestations of God’s activity. you cannot separate the two. God permeates all. However, (in fact) none is born.

None dies. See with your inner eve. then you realise that you are God, and not different from Him. Like worn-out garment, the body is cast away by God. Appa wants to change his dress (kupni) before I do. Let Appa go. Do not stop him. Do not ask for Udhi.

Gain and loss, birth and death, are in the hands of God. But how blindly do these people forget God! Look after life just so long as it lasts. When death arrives, do not be grieved.

The wise ones do not grieve for death; the fools do.

Behold! The five pranas were lent for use till now. Now the lender claims back his won; and they are returned. Air goes back to air, fire to fire. Every one of the five elements thus goes back to its place.

The body (is made up) of earth. See, really they are the same.

Therefore its return to the earth is not a thing to bemoan.

Birth

315. Baba: Birth also is similar to be dealt with. Do not be jubiliating over a birth. This is the process of creation (and goes on from the beginning). Be not moved by it.

The earth bears seeds. Clouds drop their rain on them. The sun sends his rays, and makes them sprout.

When these sprout, earth, clouds and Sun keep on their sport and happy course in all directions.

But they neither exult at the growth not deplore the sestruction of the sprout.

You should be (unaffected) like these. If you are, whence can sorrow come to you? Mukti is this absence of sorrow.

Selfishness of Sorrow

 (At the cries of an aged woman crying at the death of her husband who after intense suffering from protracted disease died thinking of Baba).

316. Baba: Listen to the cries of that woman! "What will become of me? Who will give me cloth or food?" she says. She wholly forgets the miseries and happiness of her husband!

Death of a son, daughter etc. W.G. Pradhan

317. Baba: Why does the fool go on lamenting for the loss of a son? It is merely going to the earth. The body must go to the earth. Why go on lamenting for that? Scatter your fruits-Rarnphal-far and wide.

-To a Magistrate. Sai Baba to N.G. Chandorkar(who had lost a grandchild):

318. Baba:(to Bayyaji Patil): Why should you be sorry? (for the death of your father). In five months, he will come back,

[In five months, a son was born to Bayyaji]

Re: Jnani's passing away

319. B.: They do not talk of saints as dying. They take samadhi. cf Kabir.

320. Baba’s warning to G P Bendre who was to lose his eldest son suddenly in four days.

Baba: Go and ask Buty for Rs. 10 Dakshina.

Bendre goes to Buty and sees that Buty is calmly proceeding to bury his clerk just dead.

Baba to G P Bendre: A very grievous thing has happened. Be not afraid. be courageous. Do not throw up your limbs.

(Thus prepared, Bendre did not feel the shock so much at the loss of his son two days later).

(b)When death is an advantage. Baba does not avert it.

(Cobra bitten boy)

(Sometime after Baba revived a kid that aseemed to fall down dead in mid-day heat, a woman came and cried for Udhi to save her son who was bitten by a cobra. that was not given; and the bay died. She came again and cried)

321     H S Dixit: Baba, the woman’s cries are heart rending . For my sake, revive her dead son.

Baba: Bhav, do not get entangled in this. Bhav, what has happened is for good. He has entered into a new body. In that body, he will do specially good work which can not be accomplished in this body, which is seen here. If I draw him back into this body then the new body he has taken will die and this this body will live. I will do this for your sake. but have you considered the consequences? Have you any idea of the responsibility and are you prepared to take it up?

H.S. Dixit desisted from pressing his requests.

(c) The girl with slit lips

322. In 1913, S B Mohile took his daughter to baba for curing her split lip, which doctors could not cure.

Baba: I know what for you are come. I can cure her; but it will be of no use. the girl is of divine sort (Daivi) and consequently her span of life will be very short. Next Magha Shudda Chathurthi, i.e., March 1914, she will expire. If on that day you are not at home and go away to your office, you will not be able to see her (alive on your return).

The girl died on that very date when the father was in his office.

(d) Appa Kulkarni

323. Baba: (Appa Kulkarni): Pucca (bilander) thieves have come to the village. You are the first object of their attack. their aim is to get at the principal things. Taking these, they run away.

This referred to the Cholera epidemic which was to come upon the village and in which appa was the first victim. Appa, however, mistook it as referring to the public funds he kept in the chavadi and he placed a special guard over it. Appa was attacked by cholera; and he succumbed.

323-A; Appa Kulkarni’s wife (crying) Baba, save my husband.

Baba: Mother, Let Appa go. Do not stop him. he is removing his kupni before I take off mine. It is better for him that he goes.

Trying to prevent Death-Ineffectual attempt

324. When the Nigoj patil’s wife was seriously ill of plague, that night Baba was at the Chavadi with Mahalsapathi (Bhagat).

Baba: Bhagat, do not sleep to-night. Stand and keep watching I have to remember God today. because the rude Rohilla (death or plague) wants to kill that woman, so I am praying to Allah.

Mahalsapathy kept watch to prevent any disturbance of or interruption to baba’s prayers; but in the course of the night, the Nivas mamlatdar came with his peons who made a hubbub and shouted that mamlatdar wanted darshan. Their take with Mahalsapathi and mamlatdar’s taking Udhi disturbed Baba, who got angry and threw away mamladtar’s cloth.

Baba: (After much abuse): You Bhagat! Are you a father of a family? you do not note what is going on in the village, Nigoj (i.e, the plague attack on the Patil’s wife). In such circumstances why did you admit people? Be it so. What has happened is good.

That night the Patil’s wife died.

Consolation

325. B.: To Damodar B.Rampoorkar (who had lost two children and had a son ailing at the time). Why are you fearing? Those who are gone.are gone. Be contented with those who survive. Fear not. Am I not near you? what then?

326. B. to H.S. Dixit (just after his daughter died): Read this Adhyatma Ramayana where Rama condoles Mandodari.

BABA AVERTS DEATH

327. In May, June 1917, a Mumbai lady and her younger son sat before Baba at noon Arati.

Baba: Your must come here exactly at 2 p.m.

Boy: Yes.

Accordingly the boy was there at 2 p.m. at the Dwarakamayee.

Baba: Boy, come here. Sit at my feet on this mat. Be massaging my feet and do not let go my feet till I tell you.

Accordingly the boy went on massaging. At 3 p.m. a terrible female figure with wild dishevelled hair, begrimed face and head and a protruding long tongue shot out and moving like a dog’s jumped over the compound wall and coming near the boy, said:

“I want this person”.

Baba: I will not give him.

She: This exactly is the person I want.

(She then approached the boy and pulled him. Baba got up enraged and holding the boy with one hand, kicked her on the breast. She roared and ran away)

Baba: Boy, are you not attending? Do you know the woman that came; Hallo! that woman wanting you to be given up. But how can I give? I refused.

Boy: When this was going on, I sat benumbed like a picture. I saw everything, but my body was inert or stonelike.

(Baba declared that the female form was the goddess cholera. And the very next morning, Baba permitted the boy and his mother to go back to Mumbai. Cholera then began to rage at Shirdi)

 BABA’S PASSING AWAY

Baba’s first attempt to leave the world (1886)

328. In 1886 Baba said to Mahalsapathy: I am going to Allah. Take care of this body for three days. If I return, I will look after it myself thereafter. If I do not, inter this body thereafter in that open land (pointing to an open land) and place two stndards there to mark the place, where my body is placed.

Then Baba’s breathing, pulse, circulation, all stopped and the body became a corpse. The village officers and police held an inquest and ordered Mahalsapathy to bury the body; but he prevented it, thus averting catastrophe which befell Sankaracharya’s body – a catastrophe that was in Sankaracharya’s case remedied by a Goddess. On the third day consciousness returned to Baba. Breathing began and the abdomen was seen moving. then Baba’s opened and his life was restored.

II.1916

329, In 1916 Vijayadasami Day (October) Baba was in a rage. He tored off all his clothes and threw them into the fire (Djuni) before him and stood there stark naked. Baba with red eyes shouted: “Fellows, decide for yourselves now If I am Moslem or Hindu.” After two hours of this rage, Bagoji Scindhe, his leper companion tied a langoti to him and said: “Why all this? To day is the festival of Simolanagan”. Baba striking the ground with his baton: This is my Simolangan (my going beyond the boundary of life.)

People could not understand his meaning then, but it was on the Vijayadasami day of 1918 that Baba crossed the boundary of life.

!n 1916 before vijayadasami, Baba had been seriously unwell and the rumour got

abroad that he was about to die. And the devotees conducted a sapta at Shirdi with mass feeding for the recovery of his health. thereafter he recovered; but when Nana Saheb Nimonkar came there, on his way to Poona”

Baba: Nana, you stay here, bury me and then go.

Baba would not allow Nana either to go back to Nimon or proceed on to Poona.

 

Shama intervened on behalf of Nimonkar and asked Baba for leave for his going away.

Baba: Shama, do you want to kill my people. Is Kaka (Nana Nimaonkar) eating your father’s property?

Shama: But his daughter-in-law is pregnant and requires help.

Baba: (Addressing Nimonkar): Hallo Kaka, why are you anxious? God will help. Bury me and then go.

His daughter-in-law had no help. Suddenly at 10 p.m. one night, she felt that pains were coming and was at once taken in a tonga to the Poona Municipal Maternity hospital and left on a bed. The nurse went away to some other room at 11 p.m. and in the nurse’s absence, she was delivered  of a male child without any help. Baba said to Nana Nimonkar at that time at Shirdi: “There was a woman. She was taken to a place. There she was delivered safe of a male child.”

330. Baba had told Uddhavesa Bua some months back no to be “paying fortnightly visits” and bade him final farewell. In Dasara time, Baba was unwell, for a number of days, as also Tatya Patil. In the earlier part he went and begged food in the accustomed places supporting his body on some others. During the last two or three days, he was not able to go out.

On the 15 October 1918, i.e., Dasara day, after Arati was over:

Baba: You Kaka (H S Dixit), Buty, etc., go for your meal.

And then they left. After they left, Baba sat upon his bed, reclined on Bayyaji’s lap and said, “I am going. Carry me to the Wada. All the Brahmins will be living near me.” and then breathed his last. Nana Nimonkar poured water into his mouth; but the water came out. It was about 3 p.m. The day was no doubt Vijaya Dasami, but Ekadasi had begun at that time.

In anticipation of his passing away, he gave gifts (dana) in the morning of that dasami. He sat up and paid from his pocket first Rs.5/- and then Rs. 4/- to Lakshmi Bai Scindhe who was daily preparing and giving him food and daily receiving Rs. 4/- from him. A few days before Baba passed away, he sent Rs. 200 for feeding fakirs and the chanting of prayers with drum beating, at a holy place. He sent word to another Moslem saint in these terms, “The light of Allah lit, he is taking away.” That saint received the intimation with tears.

Rama Viyaya had been read during the 14 days of Baba’s illness, i.e., on the 9th, 10th, 11th day of Dasara within Baba’s hearing, as he had said that “Mrityunjaya would be pleased thereby.”

On the night of Dasara, Baba appeared in the dream of Lakshman mama and said, “Get up quick and do my Kakada Arati. Jog thinks that I am dead and he will not come.”

And Lakshman did the morning Arati in spite of the protest of the Maulvis. Jog resumed the noon arati on the 16th October 1918.

330.A  Baba’s reference to the approach of his Mahasamadhi: Baba to Chotakhan: Put this garland on the fakir Banne Mea and tell him “Allah is taking away the lamp he placed here.” That was mentioned to the Moulana shortly before 15-10-1918. That fakir then shed tears.

IV. Baba's Samadhi and Temple

331. One night both Shama and Bapu Saheb Buty dreamt that Baba wanted the latter to build a wada and a temple. H.S.D. went to Baba to verify this with Shama.

S : Deva what mysterious wonders you are working?

Baba, (shutting his ears): I am in my own place and say nothing to anyone.

Then Baba was asked for permission to build and he gave it.

Later Buty wanted to instal Murlidhar's image in the central hall without having a special garbagriha Baba's consent was asked.

B., After the temple is built, we will reside there.

When Baba was unwell and fast approaching his end, he said to Bayyaji and others. "I am going. Place me in the (Buty) Wada. Brahmins will reside near me".

Buty did not wish to reside there or introduce Murlidhar after Baba passed away and he agreed to Baba's remains being placed in the Wada. Then Hindus and Moslems had a hot contest as to where Baba's mortal remains should be interred and the local Mamlatdar ordered a plebiscite to be taken through mahajars. The Hindus, by a large majority voted that Baba's remains should be placed in Buty wada and that was done. Baba's samadhi is now there.


332. SADGATI TO A BLIND MAN

A blind man went to baba for restoration of sight. Baba did not give him any encouragement and so he went out of the Mosque. He was then admonished, that restoration of physical sight to a man in his position, with only a short of life before him perhaps, is undesirable, as restored sight may merely develop desires and that his appeal to Sri Sai Baba should be for the grant of spiritual vision. The man returned and said, “I do not want my physical sight. Please take me under your protection and give me the inner vision.”

Baba: Stay on.

The man stayed for a month, improved spiritually and died.

Baba: This man is not dead. It is only his wife, (ignorance) that is dead. He has attained Sadgati.

(2)       L K NOOLKAR

333. Lakshman K. Noolkar, who was sub-judge at Pandharpur in 1909, while N G Chandorkar was Deputy Collector there, was being induced to go to Shirdi by the latter.

LKN: I cannot go until I get a Brahmin cook, and good Nagpur oranges for presentation. I can find neither of these.

NGC: Baba’s grace will provide.

That night a Brahmin cook came to NGC and wanted service and was referred to Noolkar who engaged him. In the morning Noolkar found a parcel of excellent Nagpur oranges and no trace copuld be found as to who the sender was. Any how, Noolkar, convinced of Baba’s miraculous powers of providing the needful, started with NGC, and went to Baba.

Baba: Nana, who is this notorous crazy person whom you have brought with you?

Next day when Noolkar visited Masjid. Baba was in a furious mood and seizing his head, knocked it against pillar saying, “Your existence or truth will be lost or your unreality will be lost”.

Noolkar was much afraid; but NGC, gave an optimistic interpretation of these occurances.

That night Noolkar suddenly got up and asked Nana for betel, which Noolkar was not ordinarily using. Just at that time, Baba was at Mosque far away.

Baba to someone present: Take these four bidas i.e., rolled up betel, and go and give them to an old man, at Chandorkar’s who needs the betel.

The sudden appearance of that man and the delivery of the bidas convinced Noolkar that Baba was his Antarsakshi and thenceforward Noolkar’s faith was greatly strengthened and he stayed on at Shirdi. Noolkar’s death suddenly came on rapidly, sacred literature was read withing his hearing, as he appraoched the end. Baba’s Pada Theertham also was brought and given to him and died with his attention centered on Baba.

Baba referring to Noolkar’s death: Tatya, (Noolkar) has gone in advance (of us). He stayed here as I directed. His life’s goal has been reached. He will be born no more.

(3) VIJAYANANDASWAMI

334. Sri Vijayananda Swami, a Madrasi. started from Madras on pilgrimage to Manasarovar. He visited Baba at Shirdi en route. Here one Somadevaji, a swami of Haridwar frightened the Madrasi and made him waver about his trip by describing the difficulties of the pilarimage. then when Vijayananda went to Baba. Baba cried out, “Turn this useless Sanyasi out”.

The man left the Masjid; but watched Sai Baba from the mandap and was very well impressed with Sai Baba. He was then graciously received by Baba. Then a letter came to him from Madras that his mother was very ill and so asked Baba for permission. But Sai saw the future better than the Madrasi and said: “If you are so fond of your mother, why did you assume the garb of sanyasi? The ochre colour and ‘Mamata’ i.e., attachement cannot go together. Go and sit at your quarters. wait for a few days courageously. We shall see then about the future. In your wada (i.e., building) there are many thieves. Bolt your doors and be on your guard. they will carry away everything. Wealth, kith and kin etc., are all transient – attended with fear. Utter renunciation alone leads to bliss. Begin “Sapthaha” of Bhagavata from tomorrow. Do three of these “Sapthaha” – devoting body, speech and mind to it; meditate on it, That will quench all vasanas; all-illusion will end”. Vijayanandaswami started his Bhagavata Parayana Sapthaha from the next day, right seriously. after two Sapthahas, i.e., 14 days, he was too much exhausted and weak and so spent 2 days at his quarters. the third day he breathed his last on Bade Baba’s lap.

In the above incident, Baba’s each word is impregnated with universal spiritual advice to all humanity.

“Turn this useless Sanyasi out” – For those who have family responsibility and dependant to take care of, sanyasm is unacceptable and unwarranted. 

This is how Sai Baba ensured his Sadgati, foreseeing his end.

(4) Mrs. S.B. Dhumal

335. Baba to S.B. Dhumal: the next masik you perform for your wife, perform at shirdi and I will give her sadgaft (And the masik was performed.)

(5) Mrs. Upasani Maharaj

336. When Upasani Maharaj's wife died about the end of January 1912, upasani M came much perturbed to Baba and said "Here is Rs.10/-," please do something to give sadgati to my wife.

B.: Keep the money. She (her spirit) has already come to me. What has to be taken from you has already been taken.

SADGATI TO ANIMALS: A SHE BAFFALO

337. Baba to Mrs. Jog: You will get a buffalo coming to you. Give it plenty of pooran poli with plenty of ghee.

Mrs. Jog: How am I make out that buffalo?

Baba: It will itself come to your door.

Mrs. Jog: So many baffaloes pass by my door.

Baba: When you finish making the required number of pooran polis, that baffalo which comes to your door is the one.

Mrs. Jog: I have two doors. Northern and southern door.

Baba: It will be at the southern door.

Mrs. Jog finished making pooran poli ready painted with ghee at noon that day. Just then a buffalo was at the southern door. Mrs. Jog placed all the pooran polis before it. The animal ate the whole and fell down dead. Mrs. Jog was in terror afraid of being charged in the next world with sin and in the world of being troubled by the owner or by government. She went to Baba and mentioned the facts and her fear. Baba allayed those fears.

Baba: That she baffallo had exhausted all her vasanas except the desire to eat plenty of pooran polis with ghee and when that desire was satisfied, her vasanas were exhausted and she passed away from the buffalo body. Go home. There is no reason why you should feel worried. You have only released it from this body.

337. SATGATI TO A CHILD

M B Rege’s wife (who was enciente) and M B Rege visited Baba about 1914. Baba then told them “you have one of my gift with you”. 

After the child was born, they took it to Baba.

Baba to M B Rege: Is he mine or yours.

M B Rege: Yours Baba.

Baba: Keep him with you as a charge from me.

18 months later, the child was dying. Rege prayed to baba to take the child and give its soul rest at his feet and that its remaining karma would be undertaken by himself. The child then died like a yogi, with a smile on its face when life left it, by the crown of the head being drawn in with a hiss (i.e., Brahmarandara gati). When he next visited Shirdi,

Baba: “The child was mine and this man agreed to keep it. One day he said, you keep him with you and I shall take the karma. I took him and kept him here (pointing to baba’s heart) and he shall be here eternally.

338. Baba. to one who by pranayama etc.. had developed clairvoyance and had seen fire in his Dhyanaroom when his distant mill was burning wished to point out the danger of being attracted by the desire of Siddhis, and said: why are you gazing at the strumpet's performances? I can never exhibit tricks. It does not behave us to daily with a strumpet.

BABA RESTORES SIGHT

339. In 1916, Vittalrao Y. Deshpande took his grand father who was stone blind of both eyes to Shirdi and led him by both hands to Baba. the grandfather bowed and said, ”Baba, I cannot see.”

Baba: Yes, you will.

Baba: Give me four Rupees Dakshina.

VYD went out to change a note. Then Baba placed his hand on the old man’s head and his sight was fully restored.

Old man (with tears): Baba, your kindness is wonderful. I can see everything now.

Baba: Take udhi and then go.

The old man went back into Shirdi and from Shirdi to Bombay with clear vision requiring no assistance.

BABA RESTORES SIGHT (TEMPORARY)

A woman of Bassein came to Baba. She was blind. At the Mosque she said, “Baba, my wish is to see you with these eyes.” She was at once able to see Baba. She then went out and blindness returned.

340. ANTICIPATING A STORM.

In Vaisak 1914, Bhima went from Bombay to Baba desirous of seeing some chamatkars of Baba. When afternoon Arati was over;

Baba: All of you clear off. You must remain inside your lodgings and not wander about in the open and you must come again when sent for.

When Baba said this, it was clear weather. But very soon a furious gale blew ripping off the zinc sheets on the top of building and threatening to blow down houses. It stopped in 15 minutes of cloudy weather. Thereafter the sun shone with fierce heat. then Baba sending for all said:

“Are you terrified?” then Bhima fell at his feet and cried for joy.

Baba: Do not fear. This is the play of God. Many more of such plays you may see.

Baba's control over storm

341. On another stonm occasion, Baba (addressing the storm in a loud and thunderous voice): Stop, stop all this!

In a few minutes, the storm ceased and there were no more rains and wind. The sky became clear.

Baba's control over fire (a) Kondaji's stack

341,A One day, at noon.

Baba to Kondaji: Go to the stacking floor. your stack is on fire.

Kondaji goes to the far off stack, sees no fire and returns.

Kondaji: Baba, there is no fire, you wanted the fun of sending me out in the hot sun, is it?

Baba: Now turn and see behind you. Just then smoke was seen rising  above the stack floor. all the villagers ran up. Kondaji’s stack was burning. Villagers then begged Baba to stop the fire and save the numerous stacks kept near Kondaji’s on the stacking floor.

342     Baba (circling Kondaji’s stack with a thin line of water). Only this stack will be burnt, and no others.

Only that stack was burnt, though other stacks were near and a wind was blowing.

(b) Fire in the Dhuni

Baba: (to the fire in Dhuni, the flames of which were seen reaching to the rafters above, while Baba was beating a pillar nearby with his stick): Get back, forebear, forebear.

The fire immediately slowed down and became normal.

(c) Baba controls fire and heat

When on a hot summer noon, people finding the atmosphere too hot, left the Mosque and only five remained.

Baba: (Addressing the five): You go, and sit near the fire.

They did. In a few minutes the atmosphere inside became cool and a cool wind was fanning them.

 

Baba's control over Departed Spirits and Guidance of them

345. Baba: There was a girl playmate of mine. She was an artist. She died and was buried As I was passing by her tomb, I stopped and passed a night near it. Then she accompanied me. I kept her in a babul tree first, and then brought her to Sirdi.

Materialisation

346. Chidambar Keshav Gadgil, when transferred and ordered to join his new station, sat in the Railway carriage and regretted he could not go to Baba before joining. Suddenly a packet of Udhi fell into his lap. On his return to Shirdi:

Baba (to C,K. Gadgil): You could not come. So I sent Udhi. Did you get it?

347. Baba (to Kusha Bhav, think of me and at once I am near you. (Whenever Kusha Bhav, thinks of Baba, Baba's Udhi pours out from Kusha's folded palms. See under "over-asceticism" :Onion).

348. Das Ganu wanting to go to Godavari (called Ganges by the people) said to Baba: "Baba, this is Mahasivarathri. I want to have Gangasnan at Singaba, three miles from shirdi

B.: Why should you go there?

D G. was at once dejected.

B . :Ganga is here at my feet.    Do not go.

D.G.was again cheerless because though he had written Baba was God Vishnu his faith in that statement was very very weak.

B.: Come here, hold your palm near my feet.

D.G. did so. Lo and behold! A thin stream of water poured out from Baba's feet on to the palm and D.G. had a palmful of water. Here was Ganga and D.G. sprinkled it over his head.

Power to give Power

349. Baba (to N.G.C., who was giving medicines to all sorts of people for all diseases for one year): give the same medicine for everything.

Thereafter N. G. C. gave sublimate of alum for scorpion sting, snake-hite and all sorts of troubles and cured them.

350. N G Chandorkar was climbing Harischandra hill on a summer day, and was seized with thirst. No water was available anywhere in the place.

N. G. Chandorkar: If Baba was here he would give me water.

At that time Baba was at Shirdi, 40 miles away. At Shirdi Mosque:

Baba: Nana is thirsty. The heat of summer is great. Should we not give him at least a palmful of water?

The devotees present there could not make out why Baba talked like that. But on the hill Nana saw a Bhil coming down.

NGC: Bhil, I am thirsty. Can’t I get water to drink?

Bhil: Under the very rock you are sitting on, there is water.

So saying the Bhil left.

The rock was shifted and below it, was a palmful of drinking water. N. G. Chandorkar drank it.

Baba: Nana, you were thirsty. I gave you water. Did you drink it?

T.D. Jethadhai-seeded Grapes become Seedless Grapes

351. Takkar Dharmsey Jethabhai, the salt under whom Kaka Mahajani was serving, came, out of curiosity, with Kaka to see Baba. They brought with them grapes with seeds and presented them to Baba. Sait wanted to see some of Baba's miracles; but did not want to pay dakshina.

Baba:   Here  sail,   take  some   of these   grapes  and  eat them.

The sait was much confused. He put the grapes into his mouth; but did not know what to do with the seeds. He could not spit them out into the Majid. So he put them into his pocketm which also he did not like. He wondered, how if Sai were a saint, he could be ignorant of his dislikes. At once:

Baba: Here are more grapes, take them. So saying, Baba gave them more of the grapes which they themselves had brought.     Sait holding the  grapes in hand wondered what to do. Baba: Eat it.

Sait  put   the   grapes  into  his   mouth   and   found  they were   seedless.      He   wanted   Chamatkars   and   here  they seeded grapes into seedless grapes.

Then shama introduced the sail to Baba as Kaka's master.

B.:How is he Kaka's master? Kaka has a different master, who gives him bliss

After Arati, sait wanted to go away with Kaka, who was usually detained for days by Baba. Shama asked for permission. Baba then spoke in his characteristic fashion.

B: There was a fickle-minded gentleman, very rich and healthy. He took on his head needless burdens and carried them hither and thither and had no peace of mind. He drops his burdens and resumes them. His mind is not steady. I took pity on him and say, "Now if you like, place your firm faith in one place your present rambling and confusion are useless,

Dharmsey found that this was an exact description of himself.

Then Baba asked Kaka for Rs.15/- dakshina and received it.

B.: If I take one rupee of dakshina from anyone. I have to return it to him tenfold. I never take anything gratis. I do not ask everyone indiscriminately for dakshina. I take only from him, who is pointed out by the Fakir. If any one is indebted to that Fakir, money is got from him. The giver gives, but really sows his seed, the gift to reap a rich harvest later on. Wealth is merely means to work out dharma. If one uses it merely for personal enjoyment, it is vainly spent.

Unless you have given wealth, you do not get it now. Dakshina is asked because  wealth  has  been  given. The  giving  of dakshina advances vairagya and thereby Bhakthi and Jnana.   What am I doing?   Receiving one and returning it tenfold!


35/A Sour and not Sour

Judge MB. Rege one day prepared at shirdi some lime juice syrup to offer it to Baba and first tasted it. He found it not sour at all. He then took it and gave it to Baba. Baba (after tasting it), to H,S.D.:Kaka, see how sour it is. H.S.D. and judge then tasted it and it was sour. Judge was mortified.

Baba:   No. I was only joking.   Now taste it. Again H.S.D. and judge tasted it.   This time, it was not sour at all.

MANIFESTATION Appearance

(1) to Mahlsapathy at Jejuri

352. Mahlsapathy went on a pilgrimage to Jejuri with his Palki. Plague was raging there. Mahlsapathy and his companions set down the Palki and in great dejection Mahlsapathy sat leaning against his Palki. He thought there was someone behind. He turned and saw Baba M who at once disappeared. He told his companions that Baba was with them. they all get bold and stayed on for four days, none of them being affected with plague and they went back safe. On their return,

Baba: Bhagat, you had a fine pilgrimage. You sat leaning against the Palki. At that time, I had come there.

Thus Baba assured him that Baba actually was present at Jejuri with his wonderful powers and that Mahlsapathy was not under any hallucination or delusion, when he had the vision of Baba.

(2) To Mule Sastri as Dholap Maharaj

Baba  appeared as  Dholap Maharaj.   the guru of Mule Sastri, to overcome Sastri's prejudice against Baba at the mosque.

(3) Baba assumes objector's father's voice

353.      Kaka Mahajani's friend who was a believer in nirakara   worship   alone   and   objected   to all   worship  of forms,   agreed   out   of curiosity   to  go   with   Kaka   to  see Baba.  He   stipulated,   however,   that   he   would   neither bow  to  sai   nor pay  any  Dakshina.  As  that friend  was getting  up  the  steps  of the  mosque  at  Shirdi,  Baba  said “Kayaveji”   i.e., Welcome Sir;

But the voice thai fell upon the friend's ears was that of his father and thrilled him with joy. He at once fell down and placed his head upon Baba's feet.

Baba asked Kaka therafter, twice for Dakshina, but did not ask this man, who thereupon whispered to Kaka that he wanted to give Dakshina.

B.:    What is your friend saying? Kaka repeated his words.

B: He has not been asked because he was unwilling to give it.   But if he wants to give it now, he may. Then the friend paid Baba Rs,17,

B.(to that man): It is Teli's wall that separates you from us. Pull it down and we can see each other clearly face to face.

Then Kaka and his friend were starting and the, weather was cloudy and threatening.

B.: Shama, let them go without fear or anxiety.   There is no trouble from rain on their return journey.

There was no rain till they reached the train, despite the clouds and thunder.

Baba appears as or identifies with himself other saints

354. S. B. Nachne’s brother and family were anxious about a very serious operation, which was just being performed at Mumbai on his brother. Then a Sadhu appeared at Dahanu and was given food by Nachne’s sister-in-law. They kept aside Bendi Baji (lady’s fingers’ dish) as not fit for presentation; but the Sadhu himself called for it and it was then served. The Sadhu then went away blessing them and telling them that the operation at Mumbai was safe and successful. Three years later, Nachne went to Baba. then,

Baba: I had been to this man’s house (pointing to S.B. Nachne) for a meal. He did not give me Bendi Baji.

That saint was obviously Hindu and markedly different in features from Baba.

355. Balakrishna G. Upasani Sastri, Professor of Sanskrit, went to Hardwar and Tapovan (Swargashram) and saw a saint who told him that a saligram held as an heirloom by the upasanis for many generations had been given by him. When asked about his identity, that saint said in Hindustani, “lo! There was a tree (or log). One came down. The other went up. You will come to know”. And then he went out of sight.

Many years later, at the end of 1911, he was going about to trace the whereabouts of his younger brother, Kasinath now known as upasani Baba. He alighted at Kopergaon at the request of the local mamlatdar who sent him to Shirdi. When he went to Baba,

Baba: Go to Khandoba’s

BGU: When I have seen you, Baba, I have seen all the Gods.

Again Baba: Go to Khandoba’s.

When BGU came out of the Mosque and mentioned Baba’s order, people told him that Kasinath upasani sastri was at Khandoba’s. thus Baba without being told, found out BGU’s relationship and quest. When BGU returned to Baba, Baba spoke in Hindustani the same words that were spoken by the Sadhu at Tapovan.

“There was a tree (or log). Two persons were up over that. One came down and the other went up.”

Sai Baba thus showed that he was the Tapovan saint.

355-A. When Chandrabai R. Borkar was at Kopergaon during sravana or chaturmasya of 1908, an unknown fakir appeared before her and wanted Garlic chatni and bread. She said that she did not take garlic in chaturmasya and the fakir disappeared. Having heard of Sai Baba and his taking onion everyday, she thought that fakir might be Sai Baba. So she went to Shirdi for the first time and bowed before Sai Baba. Baba told her, “You have not given garlic chatni and bread! Any why have you come here?” This confirmed her idea that the fakir who come to her was Baba and she answered “Yes, I have come to give garlic chatni and bread”. Baba then said that she was his sister for seven generations and had always sought him out

Baba identifying Himself with Anasuya and Datts

356. In 1911. on Datta Jayanti day Balawant Kohojkar went to Baba at Shirdi. At 5 p.m.,

B.: I am having pangs of labour and cannot bear the pain. So saying, he drove everyone out of the mosque.

He was evidently identifying himself with Anasuya. A little later, Baba called all people in. Kohojkar went first and on Baba's gadi saw not Baba, but a small charming threeheaded baby (i.e.,) Datta. In a moment, Datta disappeared and Baba was seen instead.

Baba's appearance in other forms

357. B.V.Dev wished to perform an udhyapana ceremony.which included mass feeding and he wrote to Jog requesting Baba's attendance at the dinner. Then,

Jog : Baba, Dev wants you to attend the dinner at Dahanu on the prescribed date.

B.: Write and tell him that I shall attend the dinner with two others, that I require no train to travel by and that as soon as a Bhakta calls out to me with love. I will appear immediately.

On the dinner day. Baba was not to be seen at the dinner party. A Sanyasi, previously known to Dev turned up with two others and saying, 'I came only for dinner and not for money' dined with him. Then Dev wrote to Jog complaining of Baba's breach of promise. Jog was bringing the letter to Baba and even before it was opened, Baba spoke:

B.: Ah! He says that I made him believe that I would take his Udhyapana meal and that I deceived him. Inform him that I did attend the dinner with two others; but that he failed to recognise me. Tell him that I expressly said that I did not go there for money, but only for the dinner.

The reply was written and sent and Dev was convinced that Baba ate in the form of the Sanyasi,

358. A Marwadi came to Adam Dalali and wanted food. And A.D. gave him some money and sent him to a Marwadi Hotel at Bandra. Later, A.D. went to Shirdi.

Baba (pointing to A.D): I went to this man. He sent me to a Marwadi for food.

Baba as Dog

359. Mrs.G.S.Khaparde when presenting Naivedya at the mosque was daily inviting Baba to go to her lodgings for a meal. Baba promised; but did not come. One day when she was preparing dishes, a dog came near her and as she viewed it as an unclean and polluting animal, flung burning fuel at the dog and it ran away. That day at Naivedya time at the Mosque,

Mrs. G.S.K. :Baba. come to my lodgings for a meal.

Baba :  Yes.  when  I came,  you threw burning fuel at me.

BABA’S PROPHECY OR CONTROL

Baba foretells coming glory of Shirdi

Long before 1908 (after which alone Baba’s popularity developed,) when Shirdi was a very quiet and humble village. Baba said: “ Mansions will arise in this village. Bigwigs will come. Guns will be fired. Chariots, horses, elephants all will come. Grand processions will be held.

People laughed, as these were unlikely in such a worthless hamlet, but with increasing popularity of Baba, all these came about.

L.V. NADKAR.

361. Lakshman V. Nadkar of Mahim Bazaar went in 1915 to baba. When he went to take leave of Baba, it appeared to be very much after the time for catching his train at Kopergaon.

Baba: Go, you will catch the train at Kopergaon.

Nadkar went; but when he reached the Godavari, it was dark and after dark the ferry was not allowed to ply across the Godavari in floods. so he appeared to be stranded. Suddenly the mamlatdar arrived there and a boat was got ready for him. Nadkar also got in. So he reached the station without molestation from thieves etc.

D.V. SAMHARE

362. When D V Sambhare started for Bombay by a train which should reach Bombay at 8 a.m.

Baba: Go. You will reach at noon.

The train was four hours late at Bombay. So D.V.S reached at noon.

N.G.C’s Train Late

See 143 (I) Supra) The train was late. Nana caught it

MAHLSAPATHY

363. Mahlsapathy was invited to a feast at his daughter’s father-in-law’s house at Dorhali. He came to Baba for leave.

Baba: You will get insult there.

Anyhow Mahlsapathy could not avoid going and he went.

When he reached Dorhali, the feast party had finished their dinner without carring to wait for him.

364. Mahlsapathy wanted to visit Arthangaon and asked Baba for leave.

Baba: Do not go there. There will be quarrel and fight there.

But Mahlsapathy had to go and went up to read Pothi. i.e., Malhari Mahatmyam. But as he read on, lads quarrelled with each other and beat each other with sticks. The Pothi was abruptly stopped and Mahlsapathy went back to Shirdi.

Singvekar

365. Anant Mahadev Kulkarni Singvekar asked:

Baba: Shall I pass my examination? Will my number appear in the list?

Baba: Your number is 114. It will appear in the pass list.

His number was 114 and it appeared in the pass list.

N.A.Samant

366.    Baba (to N.A.Samant) you take back this Rs.5/- Keep it carefully. It will be stolen.

            Mr.N.A Samant went for a meal leaving his coat outside the dinner hall and the note was stolen

Tendulkar and Sapatnekar’s Friend

367. Baba: Tell him (Tendulkar) to throw aside all horoscope predictions and consultation with astrologers. Let him go and sit up for his examination quite at his ease. he will pass. (And he passed)

Baba (to Sapatnekar’s friend): However much you study, you will not pass (your law examination) this year. However little you study in the next year, you will succeed. (The next year he passed)

A Parsee Merchant's missing son

368.   Baba :   Kaka, the boy is gone south. He is all right and cheerful and he will come back of himself. Soon after the boy did return from Madras.

Insane Parsi boy's health

369.   Baba (to an insane Parsi boy's father) : your boy will become all right.

The boy improved and was later able to do business.

Vakil's brother's insanity

370. Baba : (to a Bombay High court vakil):Your brother will recover from his insanity. (And he did.)

370-A. Mr. A.'a derangement. M.B.Rege took A. with him to Shirdi for the first time. Baba (on seeing A. said) why have you come, pissat (crazy)? In a day or two A. actually got mental derangement and got back to his normal condition as soon as he left Shirdi

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIRACLE AND PROPHECY

371. Baba (to NGC): None cares to take from me what I am prepared to give abundantly. But they want from me what I am unable to give.

 

Baba once told to NGC about Chamatkars, something very interesting. It was about 1901-04. NGC’s daughter Minatai, at delivery had been helped by Baba with Udhi sent through Gosavi. That child however died very young. She was also widowed at that very early age and had no other issue. This cast a gloom over all the family. NGC and family went to Shirdi and sat before Baba glum in sullen silence. Usually whenever he went, Baba would question and he would talk and all would be cheerful. Now on this occasion there was a sad sullen beginning. this continued for some minute. Then Baba broke the ice.

Baba: Why are you so silent?

NGC: Baba, you know everything. while we are under your care, these calamities have befallen us; bereaved of child and son-in-law etc.,

Baba: If you care for child (or son-in-law) and come to me for that, you are mistaken. You need not come to me for these. These are not in my power. Thes (i.e., birth of child and death of relatives) are dependent on poorva karma. Even Parameswar, the great God who has created the worldcannot alter these. Do you think he can tell the sun or the moon, “Rise some two yards farther from you usual or appointed place.” No, he cannot and will not do that. That would produce disorder, chaos.

NGC: If that is so, how is it that you tell some one, “You will have a son” and he gets a son and you tell another “You will get appointment” and he gets an appointment. Are these not Chamatkars of yours?

Baba: No, Nana. I do not do any chamatkars. you have astrologers. They work 2 or 3 days ahead and give out their predictions, some of which come true. I look further ahead. what I say happens. My art also is a sort of Astrology. But you people do not understand this. To you, my words look like chamatkars, because you do not know the future. So you regard events as proof of my miracle working power and you turn your reverence on to me. I, in my turn, turn your reverence on to God and see that you are really benefitted.

372. B.:(to Narayan Rao Motiram Jani of Nasik in October 1918);Henceforth, you are not to be a servant.

Do your own business.

Then N. started the Anandashram Hotel at Nasik and that was a great financial success.

373.   B.: (to Nachne):         (l)come to Bombay for service

(2)do not trust mad men.

[(1) N. was transferred to a suburb. (2) A mad man whom he considered harmless at pooja time, grasped his throat and attempted to murder him.]

374. Baba (to Sankar Rao and Nachne): Give me Rs.15/- Dakshina.

Shankar Rao: No money, Baba.

Baba: Give me Rs. 30/- Dakshina.

Sankar Rao: I have no money, Baba.

Baba: Give Rs.64/-

Then Nachne: We are poor people. We can’t afford to pay such large sums.

Baba: Then collect and give.

Sometime later (1916) Baba fell ill. A big sapta was performed for his restoration to health and subscriptions were raised for mass feeding. then Sankar Rao and nachne collected subscriptions and sent up the collection. It proved to be exactly Rs.64/-

H.S.Dixit'sBoy

375.   H.S.D. got a letter in 1913 that his son was unwell at Bandra. and he wanted Baba's permission, to go. B,: Do not go, bring the boy here. H.S.D.wrote for the boy,  but  the answer was that the examination was nearing and that Shirdi, lacking both medical and educational aid, was not the best place for the boy.

B.: Never mind, do send for the boy. The boy accordingly came and improved in his health, very rapidly.   Then a letter came from Bandra that tha date of the examination was 2-11-1913 and that boy should be sent up.

B.:    Do not send up the boy.

Again a letter came that the exanu'nation was postponed from 2-1I-19I3 to 6-11-1913 and that the boy should be sent up for 6-11-1913

B.:   Wait,Iet us see.

And the boy was not sent for 6-11-1913,

Again a letter came that the examination was postponed to 13-11-1913.

B.:    Send him up for 13-11-1913.

The boy sat and passed his examination.

GODAVARI WATER FOR JOG

376. In November 1910 Babu Saheb Jog: Baba, give me leave to go for Godavari bath for tomorrow. It is a holy day.

Baba: Do not go.

Jog was dissatisfied, but stayed at Shirdi alone.

Next morning villagers rushed to Baba.

Villagers: Baba, the Godavari water is coming into Shirdi in the newly cut channel (though the government had not ordered the supply to be begun till 1912).

Baba: See, how gracious is God! Jog!

377. Bapu Saheb Jog’s Pithru Shraddha was appraoching.

Jog to Baba: Give me leave to go and find out Brahmins of my sect from my sect from Kopergaon for the approaching Shraddha.

Baba: You need not go.

Jog: Am I give up Shraddha, Baba?

Baba: There are yet four days more. We will see.

Two days later, Jog went to Baba.

Jog: I want Brahmins of my sect. Let me go.

Baba: They will come.

Jog: How will they know of the Shraddha and come? Will they be of my sect?

Baba: Yes.On the day of the Shraddha, two Brahmins from Puntamba came to Baba and asked him “can we get Brahmin food here?”

Baba: Go to Jog.

They went to Jog and Jog found that they were Brahmins of his-sect, well-versed in Sastras, able and ready to perform his Pithru Shraddha.

Jog’s Loans (=230)

378. Jog had lent Rs.1,400/- to an Aurangabad man. When the limitation term was appraoching,

Jog to Baba: Baba, give me leave to go to Aurangabad.

Baba: The debtor himseld will come here. Then ask him.

Jog, flaring up: Am I to lose Rs. 2 to 3 thousand? I will not do your Pooja and Arati from tomorrow. Without money, how can I get on here?

Baba: Where will your money go? sit at home it will come.

Jog: I cannot listen to you. Will he come of his own accord? Even when I went to him, he did not pay. Unless a suit is filed, he will not pay.

Baba: Let it rest.

Jog gave up hopes of recovery of the amount. At last the debtor came, long after limitation time, and offered only Rs.1,400/- the principal. Jog would not agree.

Baba: Jog take it and give him release.

Then Jog took it and placed it before Baba.

Baba took a part and gave the rest to Jog.

379. G G Narke’s mother to Baba (in 1913): My son is being tossed to all sorts of places and he is without a permanent job. Settle him at Poona.

Three years later, an offer of service in Benares School or College came.

GGN: Baba, shall I apply for this?

Baba: What have we to do with Benares? We have to go to Poona and Satara.

In 1917 a vacancy in the Engineering College, Poona, was advertised.

GGN: Shall I apply for this, Baba?

Baba: Yes.

Later, Baba: Where is Narke gone?

Devotees: He has gone to Poona to try for the appointment.

Baba: Allah will bless. Has he any children?

Devotees: Three or four were born, but they all died after a short life.

Baba: Allah will bless.

GGN got the appoint ment in 1918 and the children he had after 1913 are all lived longer.

380. Baba: (In 1913 to GG Narke): Your father-in-law, Buti will built a temple and you will be in charge of it.

Sai temple was built (1913-1918) and G G Narke was in charge of it as trustee of the Sai Sanstham after 1918.

381.    B.(To Mrs. M.W.Pradhan) Your baby will have fits (it had fits two hours later)

Karnik of Kalyan

382. Baba addressed Mr.Karnik of Kalyan. at his first arrival at Shirdi:. Welcome, sowcar (Banker or money lender).

K. at that time was wretchedly poor. But many years later, he became a sowcar.

Shama's Sister-in-law's plague

383. Shama's brother's wife had bubonic plague fever and bubo in the groin. Shama's brother ran to Shama and asked for udhi and Shama's presence at the patient's bedside.

Shama: Baba, please give me udhi and leave to go.

B. :Send the Udhi now, God is our master. The fever and bubo will subside of themselves. You may go there in the morning at sunrise and return. Do not go now.

The udhi was applied. The patient improved and in the morning she was preparing coffee when Shama visited the place. Shama returning said, "Baba what wonders you are working."

B.: To God be the praise. I am but the slave of God.

Balawant G. Khaparde's Plague (=521)

384. When Shirdi had an epidemic of Plague in 1911. Balwant G.K. had fever and bubos. Baba showed the mother the bubos that he (Baba) drew from B.G.K. to save his life.

Baba (to G.S.K.): I have saved your son. Balawant My orders are supreme.

Adam Dalali-Criminal Case

385. Adam Dalali.: Baba a serious criminal case has been brought against me unjustly.

B.: Do not fear.   Everything will come right.

Adam Dalali was  discharged  and taken as  prosecution witness.

H.M. Penses's Criminal Appeal

386. Nachne (to Baba): Haribhav M. Pense wants your help Baba, in the criminal appeal he has filed, as he is innocent.

B.: Tell him not to have any anxiety. He will be acquitted in the appeal. (And he was acquitted)

Death Sentence on a Brahmin

387.   B. :In 4 days he will be acquitted. (And he was)

Baba's Help to Students (Examinations)

(1) Tendulkar See No. 367

(2)   Saptnekar's

(3) H.S. Dixit's son- See No. 375.

(And he passed it)

(4)   Medical Student.

388. In 1917 a medical student was getting ready for his examination. Appearing in his dream, Baba spoke thus.

B.: My stomach (or intestines) is paining. You are a doctor. Get me medicine.

Students: I am yet a student and not a doctor.

B.: Go and get me medicine.

The student went in and Baba disappeared. And at .the examination there was a question about Colic

389.   Baba quoted a Sanskrit sloka before Mukunda Lele Sastri (-thus).

390. Baba to Nana Nimonkar. Kaka, why don't you read Pothi?

N.N.:I do not know Sanskrit.

B.: Never mind. Masudi ayi will teach you Sanskrit and gradually you will learn. Begin.

N.N. began and advanced so rapidly that he was going on explaining Jnaneswari to H.S. Dixit and Jog, though they were Sanskrit scholars.

Baba to N.N.: Why should we explain things to others? That will make us puffed up with self-conceit.

Baba's Recipes

391. B.: "Give curd rice to a black dog that will come to you at the temple". This was the recipe for Ague. That was done and the Ague was cured.

392. B. :"Kaka Mahajani, eat groundhnut and drink water. Your anal sphincter is now tightly closed. "(Recipe for Diarrhoea which stopped.)

393. B.: To Buty:"Do not pass motions any more nor vomit". (Buty's motions etc., stopped without any medicine").

394. B. :"Let him (Buty) drink infusion of almond, walnut and pistachio in milk for his cholera" (That drink cured Cholera)

395. B.: Apply heated aloe  over the affected part and the pain will subside". (This cured a servant's lumbago.)

396. Baba prescribed Sira (sweetened semolina pudding) for R.R.Samant's children suffering from Diarrhoea and they were cured by sira.

Baba and Karma

Dr. C pillai-Guinea worm

397. Doctor C. Pillai (Suffering badly from severe guinea-worm) to H.S.D.:Kaka saheb, this pain is excruciating. Death is preferable. It (the pain) is no doubt for repaying poorva karma; but go to Baba and ask him to stop the pain now and transfer the working of poorvakarma to ten later births of mine.

H.S.D. went to Baba and conveyed this prayer.

B.: Tell him not to fear. Why want ten more births? In ten days he can finish all that suffering. Saints exist to give devotees spiritual and temporalwelfare; and Pillai wants death instead! Bring him here. Let him not get confused.

The Doctor was brought and Baba gave him his own pillow to lie upon and said: Lean on this, do not indulge in vain thoughts. Stretch you leg and be at eased without actual suffering, Karma cannot be got over. That is true. Karma is the cause of joy and sorrow. Therefore put up with whatever comes to you. Allah Malik. God is the all controller and protector. Think of him always. He will look after all. Surrender completely to him. Think always on him and you will see what He does.

Then N.G.C. put a bandage over the wound.

B.: Take it off, Nana is mad. That will kill you. Now a crow will come and peck at the wound. That will make you alright.

Another day, Abdul, in trying to get down, unkonwingly put his foot over the wound of Dr.Pillai. The swelling was thus pressed, and the worms were squeezed out, Dr, Pillai first roared with pain. Later,

Pillai. Will the crow come and peck me hereafter?

B.: No, the crow: (Abdul) has come. The worms have been thrown out. Go and rest in the Wada.

By applying udhi and taking in udhi, without other treatment or medicine, the guinea-worm was cured in ten days.

D.   OVERCOMING OF KARMA FOR SARANAGATA

BhimajiPatel

398. At Junner in Pune district was one Bjhimaji Patel. he had contracted Tuberculosis with continuous fever, ejecting bloody sputum and had gastric trouble also. All remedies he tried were in vain. All pujas were in vain. N.G. Chandorkar sent him to Sainath. Bhimaji came; and to alight from his tonga, four men had to support him. Shama conducted him to Baba.

Baba: Shama, in bringing this thief to me, what a load of responsibility you are placing on my shoulders!

Then Bhimaji (placing his head upon Baba’s feet): Helper of the helpless. I am helpless. Pray, show thy pity and grace unto me.

Baba changed his tone and spoke to him with a smiling face.

Baba: Stay, cast off anxiety. the wise avoid anxiety. Your sufferings for your past karma have come to an end, as soon as you put your feet on Shirdi. Persons in great trouble, sunk in their misery, rise to joy and happiness as soon as they climb the steps of this mosque. That Fakir (God) is very kind and will eradicate your disease. He will show his love. He is kind to all. Go and stay at Bhima Bai’s house.

Accordingly Bhimaji stayed in Bhima Bai’s house, using Baba’s udhi only. On the first day Baba himself applied the udhi to his forehead and placed his palm on his head.

Baba: Bhimaji, walk to your quarters.

Patel was at once able to walk up to his carriage, without being supported by any. Baba did not give him any medicine, but gave him something better and more effectual. Bhimaji had two dreams. In the first he had become a boy. His teacher in teaching a lesson, birched him vigerously and the man roared with pain in his sleep. In the next dream, Bhimaji found that some one had got upon his breast and rolled over it a heavy stone roller and he felt the pangs of death. Then he awoke with these dreams, his disease had fled. he slowly walked up to the Masjid and bowed to Baba. After a month’s more stay with Baba, he went home hale and healthy.

Baba granting issue when prarabdha was against

399. One Scindhe of Harda had seven daughters, but no sons. In 1903, he went to Gangapur and prayed to Datta for a son and said that if he got a son in 12 months, he would bring the child to Gangapur for Darshan. He got a son in 13 months; but did not take the child to Gangapur. In November 1911, he came to Baba at shirdi.

B. :   What!   Have   you   got puffed   up?   Where   was

there   any   male   progeny    in your   destiny? 

I tore this body (pointing to Sai's body) and gave you one.

In  the  case  of Damodar  Rasane  also.  Baba  overcame astrological obstacles for issue.

Compare Baba's methods with mantric methods,

cf.  Srimad Bhagavat VI(I9) 25 & 26. where kashyapa taught the Pumsavana Vratham.

Baba's Cure without Medicines

400. B.(to Mahlsapathy, whose wife was unwell in a distant village). Your wife has a tumor in the neck, causing intense suffering. I shall cure it. No other will cure it.

Mahlsapathy was not aware of the tumour or illness; but subsequently got a letter that his wife had a tumour. And it was cured.

H.S.D.'s Brother

401. RS.D.'s Brother was unwell at Nagpur and a letter intimating that fact came to H.S.D.'s at Shirdi, when he was before Baba.

H.S.D.: I am of no service at all, Baba (to my brother), (meaning that he could not help his brother any way.)

B.:I am of much service.

The force of Baba's words was understood by H.S.D. much later. At the time of his talk with Baba, someone had come to his brother at Nagpur and used the very same words, "1 am of much service", and cured H.S.D.'s brother!

Baba's forcing thought upon or control of Minds (I) G.S. K's prosecution

402. "The Governor came with a lance to attack Dada Saheb (i.ed.,G.S.K.): but I finally conciliated him".

(Just then G.S.Khaparde was in danger of prosecution at the hands of Govt. as a prominent "extremist"-Lokamanya having been sent to jail just then. G.S.K.. assured by Baba's words "Why should any fear when I am here?" stayed 6 months with Baba. There was no prosectuion launched against G.S.K.)

402A.     When M.B.R.  was to start for Shirdi  for   1944 Christmas   holidays,   he   wished   to   take   P.R.A   with   him. But  PR.A.  received  an  order  not to  quit  his  post  till   all judgements   were   delivered   by   him   in   part-heard   cases ordinarily he could not write and deliver these within the 2 or 3 days available. But he sat up and tried, and he succeeded. Then when R. and A. were going from Indore the; passed Mhow a Contonmnet Station. There the train was commandeered and all passengers including R. and A. had to get down. Suddenly the commanding officer came up to R. and A. and allowed them to board their compartment as that alone was not commandeered. When they arrived at Shirdi, Baba said-"Look! He would not be content to come alone and insists on others being brought". Again Baba said-'They wanted to take down my children from the train. I asked the commander to let them come to me".

R. in his train journey was keeping awake all night and doing Baba's bhajan. When he arrived at Shirdi, B. said: He gave me no sleep last night. All the night there was the cry "Baba Baba" round my bedside.

403. B. to B.V. Dev: "This is a contest about Rs.25. I said often 'Give the Rs.25. But he does not listen. He will give it in 2 or 4 months".

[S.V.Dev's promotion to a higher grade and increase in pay of Rs.25 was being withheld by his superiors at that time. He got both after 2 or 4 months]

(II) Criminal Appeal of B.'s servant

404. Baba's servant Raghu and five others were convicted of outraging the modesty of a Marvvadi woman and sentenced to six months' imprisonment. Raghu cried in jail. Baba in dream assured him he would be released the next day. Before that, the case papers were seen by leading lawyers who thought that success in appeal was hopeless.

Tatya Patel : Baba, these are papers for the appeal,

B.'. Take them to Bhav (i.e., Rao Bahadur S.6. Dhumal, Pleader of Nasik).

The papers were so taken. S.B.D. took the judgement and an appeal memo to the District Magistrate's bungalow, at Ahmednagar.

Dt. Magistrate : What have you come for?

S.B.D.: For filing a criminal appeal on behalf of Raghu, a servent of Sai Baba and five others.

Dt. Magistrate : What are the facts?

S.B.D. stated the facts briefly.

Dt. Magistrate : It looks like a strong case. What! Six eye-witnessess! What do you think?

S.B.D.: Why six! In a faction-ridden village like Shirdi you can get 60 eye-witness!

Dt. Magistrate: Do you think so?

S.B.D.: Think! Why, I am more than sure of it.

Dt. Magistrate: Alright. I acquit all your clients. Give me the appeal memo

The Dt Magistrate without reading the judgement or other papers, without sending for the records or other papers or issuing notice, wrote out the facts and positions, relied upon by the appellants and acquitted them.

Dt. Magistrate : Is your Sai Baba a Hindu or a Moslem?

S.B.D. : Neither.    He is above both.

Dt. Magistrate: What does he teach?

S.B.D.: To learn that, you must go to him yourself.

While the appellants were going from Ahmednagar to Shirdi that same day:

B.: (to some villagers): Come here. You will see a Chamatkar i.e., a wonder.

Shortly thereafter, S.B.D. and the appellants finally acquitted in the above remarkable way, came to Shirdi. That was the Chamatkar.

Baba's words and the Dt. Magistrate's words showed that Baba had gripped the Magistrate's mind to mete out summary justice without heeding the usual forms of procedure, getting records & hearing the other side.

Baba controls others' minds and removes obstacles

(III) Dev, Mamlatdar

405. B,V.Dev, B.A., mamlatdar, wanted to read 'Jnaneswari1 as Pothi. But whenever he tried to start it, obstacles invariably turned up. So he resolved not to read it again till Sai Baba himself should order him to read it. So he went to Shirdi and gave Baba 'Jnaneswari1 with one rupee so that the book may be returned to him for study.

B.: Why one rupee? Bring Rs.20

Dev brought and gave Rs.20; but still Baba said nothing about Pothi. That night Dev was trying to talk to Balakram Manker, who was deriving much spiritual benefit from Baba and asked him to narrate his experiences with Baba, showing how he got into His grace. Balakram put off the narration till the next evening. Next day, Baba: "Give me Rs.20" Dev paid it and went back and was talking to Balakram. Balakram was just beginning his narration. Jusl then Baba sent for Dev, and Dev went.

B.: What were you talking?   With whom? and Where?

B.V.  Dev:   At Dixitwada, I was talking with Balakram about your greatness and fame.

B.: Fetch Rs.25

Dev fetched and paid Rs,25 to Baba.

B.: Sit here at the mosque.

Baba then suddenly grew angry and said: Why are you stealing my rag? Is it your way to steal and that, despite your grey hairs? I will kill you with a hatchet.

Dev was bewildered and did not know what the rag was and what the anger would lead to. After ten minutes of such fiery anger, Dev was sent back. Half an hour later, Baba sent for Dev and all others to come to the Masjid. Then Baba adressing Dev: "Tambye Bhav, have I wounded you by talking of the rag? If there is a theft, it has to be mentioned. There is no other go. Be it so. God will look to everything". Then he asked Dev for Rs.12 dakshina which Dev procured and paid.

B.: (to Dev): What are you doing?

Dev: Nothing.

B.: Go on reading Pothi daily in the morning at the Wada. When I wished to give you a nice lace shawl in its entirety, why do you go and steal a tatter?

Dev then began reading Jnaneswari as Pothi and thereafter there were no more obstacles. This was a grand personal experience of Baba's controlling powers and there was no necessity for him thereafter to enquire about the experiences formed a full lace-shawl given by Baba and picking up second-hand information from other of their experiences amounted to stealing rags.

Though Dev succeeded in reading Jnaneswari without obstacle he had made no progress in understanding its meaning. Baba then appeared in his dream and asked, "Do you understand what you read?"

Dev (with tears); No. How can I understand unless you grant it by your grace?

B.: You are reading hastily.    Sit by my side and read.

Dev'.: What shall I read?

B.: Adhyatma.

Then Dev went and brought Adhyatma Ramayana. Then the dream ended and Dev woke up.

Baba similarly removed Duradrishra of Gadgi Bua. He could not complete his chatrams, and so went to Sai Baba! Baba observed on him vile abuse, Bua laughed. His Duradrishta was removed. Funds came chatramas were completed.

405. PARAMANANDA Baba, without words, directly illumines hearts of devotees, e.g. (1) N.G. Chandokar (2) Narayanan Asrama (3) Mrs.Manager i.e. Mrs.Sadasiva Tarkhad (4) G.S.Khaparde, by yogic glance (5) S.African doctor i.e.

ANTARJNAN (RITAMBHARA PRAJNA)

(l)Baba's avowal

406. Baba at the close of the noon Arati one day declared (a fact well-known to staunch devotees in their everyday experience): (para 9).

Be wherever you may, Do whatever you may. Remember this alway, I ever know whate'r you do or say,

(2) Baba gave constant proof of his all knowing nature to H.S.D.

407. In 1947 after Dusserah, Kaka Mahajani's master's (i.e. Takersay Sait's) son told K.M, at Bombay, that Sait wanted him (K.M) to go to Sai Baba and learn Baba's orders about Sait's health. K.M. suggested that H.S.Dixit being at that time at Shirdi might be written to. But the Sait's son insisted that K.M. should go personally and at once get Baba's order, as that alone would satisfy the Sait. Thereupon. K.M. started for Shirdi "What discussions and deliberations go on there!" When K.M. arrived the next day and talked about the matter to Baba, Baba told H.S.Dixit "It is this matter I told you of yersterday.

Then K.M. and H.S. Dixit compared notes and found how Baba saw everything and knew everything at the same time at places hundreds of miles apart.

(3) Baba on Gajanan's Passing away

408. When Gajanan Maharaj passed away at Shegaon, Baba said at shirdi: My Gajanan is gone.

Some Shirdi people at once wrote to Shegaon to inquire about Gajanan Maharaj and the reply came that he passed away on the day when Baba spoke of his death.

Ubiquity: Antarjnan (Omniscience)

Atharva Veda:

If two persons sit together and scheme, king varuna is there as a third and knows it.

He that would flee beyond Heaven

Far away could not flee from King Varuna.

King Varuna sees through all that is between Heaven and earth and all that is beyond.    He has bounded the winks of men's eyes.

Atharva Veda IV.   16-2,4.  5

Varuns is immanent in a drop '

oceans are his loins

DAS GANU’S SUB-INSPECTORSHIP

409. Baba to Das Ganu (then a constable): Ganu, you had better resign your police service?

Das Ganu: I will do so after becoming a sub-inspector (Fouzdar) and retaining the place for one year.

Baba: But you are not going to get it.

Ganu went without permission of his superiors to Nizam’s states and when he was about to cross the river Godavari, to get back to his station, he found a number of envious constables on the opposition shore watching to note his return and reported against him. Then he took up a palmful of Godavari water in hand and swore that if he escaped punishment at this time, he would give up his service. he turned back to the native state and found a robber gang dividing their booty. Arresting them and seizing the property he returned to his station and pleading the seizure as the excuse for leaving the station, not only escaped punishment but also got good grounds for promotion. So he did not resign. As he rode past Shirdi, hoping to avoid Baba, Baba was on the road.

Baba: Ganu, who is it that took the vow with a palmful of Godavari water in hand?

Das Ganu: What harm is there? I am really going to resign after all.

Baba: Wai. You will not listen to me while things are thus (smooth-running).

Sometime later he got into trouble. A fine which was collected while he was in charge of the station and paid at the station was not sent up to Government, and his conviction and imprisonment seemed to be imminent. He vowed again he would leave the service if he escaped. He promised to resign at the inquiry. He escaped and left service.

 

(5) Thembe Swami's Cocoanut

410. When D.G. was touring, one Thembe Swaini gave him a cocoanut to be presented to Sri Sai Baba, but on the way his companions ate up the cocoanut. D.G. arrived at Shirdi, and went to Baba without the cocoanut. Baba accosted him with the words, "Here is a thief. Where is the cocoanut given for me by my brother?"

(6) Kaka Maharaj's passing away(=214)

411. Kaka Maharaj of Dopeshwar gave leave to H.G.Joshi, a pleader of Thana and another to go to Sai Baba for paying their respects. But they waited a while and kaka maharaj passed away. When they arrived at the shirdi mosque. Baba was in a towering passion apparently ungovernable. But Baba saw them and said: "Bring those two persons, here into the mosque".

When they came in. Baba was calm and cool.

B.:You have killed that old man and come here? This was a reference to Kaka Maharaj's death.

(7) Gadgil's first visit-coming from Bhimasankar

412. Chidambar Keshav Gadgil was told by a sadhu living at Bhima Sankar temple at Poona to go to the saint at Shirdi'.

Gadgil came to Shirdi for the first time. Gadgil to Schoolmaster Shama: Is there a saint here?

Shama : There is none. You see that mad Muslim fakir seated in the mosque. That is the only man we have here.

Anyhow Gadgil and his friends walked the few steps to the mosque.

B. (showering a lot of foul abuse):Don't get up the mosque, I am a muslim. Go and fall at the foot of the sadhu at Bhirna Sankar Temple.

Gadgil discovered at once the Antarjnan of Baba and became his staunch devotee.

(8) Gadgil's Presents

413. L.G.Munge accompanied Chidambar Keshav Gadgil, Mamlatdar of Sinnere and his friend Vaman Rao on their trip to Baba, On the way, on the night before going to Shirdi. Gadgil set apart some dates, one rupee and a packet of Udh Battis (scented sticks) to be given to Baba, As soon as they reached the Mosque.

B.: (to Gadgil): Give me my dates, my Udhubhati packet and my one rupee, cf Boravkes R.

(9) Gadgil's worship of Baba as Ganapathi

414. C.K. Gadgil was worshipping Sai Baba regarding him in his mind as Ganapathi.