Messages from Shirdi for the month of January 2003
"To remember Him only is to solve the riddle of life and death. This is the best and easiest of Sadhanas as it involves no expenditure".
"If we believe in Sadguru's holy feet, He can change our fortune for the better. If we serve Him nicely, we get rid of our samsar".
"If we make Him our helmsman, we can easily cross over the sea of all our pains and sorrows".
"I am ever living to help and guide all who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me"
A devotee should always, every moment, remember his soul relationship with Baba and feel affinity. The more we will remember, the closer we will feel with Him. This remembrance is like the life force of all other aspects of devotion, so it is of first importance.
Remembrance of any of the names, leelas, virtues, abodes, and the associates of Shirdi Sai can be done singly or collectively. So, while doing the chanting or while listening to a chant or while remembering a chant in our mind we should feel the synonymity of Blissful sweetness of Baba with the name, and, at the same time, think of any leela, or feel and imagine the presence of Baba near us.
Bhakti is the selfless remembrance of Baba. It is accompanied by the feeling of affinity and a desire to increase longing. Such a devotion purifies the heart of the devotee and qualifies it to receive the Grace of Baba. The practical and best way of Baba devotion to increase the longing for the vision of Shirdi Sai is to remember the Divine relationship and to meditate on the form and the leelas of Shirdi Sai Baba affectionately.
Baba devotees who have read Shri Sai Satcharitra experience this all the time when they chant His name and meditate on Him. It brings up nostalgic moments as if we are in Dwarkamai and He, the graceful and handsome Sai, standing on the edge of the Masjid and distributing Udi to each and every Bhakta, with a view to his welfare.
He, Who thinks of the world as an illusion and Who is ever engrossed in Supreme Bliss before Him, we humbly prostrate ourselves.
Key to Happiness:
Is there a way to quantify faith? What constitutes a successful dose of patience? Some endure severest of hardships for several years, yet call themselves very fortunate. Some seem to have a short stint with time and profess to have waited patiently! Wisdom, whether through Bhakthi or Jnana should impart the ability to truly discriminate between things of transient nature and permanent. Spirituality may not be about quantifiable material gains and losses that one accomplishes, even with the help of Sadguru. It may also not be about the benefits that are only perishable. On the other hand, it may be about a total personal transformation that should take place every minute, while at sleep or awake. The effort has to come from within oneself and the external factors may be the means to accomplish them.
Baba said out of love for His devotees - "What (whether good or bad) is ours is with us, and what is another's is with him."- - Ch. XLV, Shri Sai Satcharita. Even the simplest expressions of Baba have the message of greatest importance. A moment of contemplation on such comments might have the most profound effects on what we perceive as pain or pleasure. By the above statement, Sadguru Sainath has endorsed the thought that our actions precede our fruits, the consequences. He also several times advised that one have to endure the consequences of his past Karma. Devotees also have seen how Sainath, the destroyer of karma, comes to their rescue if the faith is earnest and the patience is complete. The patience is complete if the faith is earnest. He is the helmsman and His boundless coffers are open.
It is easier to disbelieve than to believe because disbelief is an act of descent, whereas belief is an act of ascent. It is easier to disbelieve than to believe because disbelief is an act of breaking, and belief is an act of building. Building is more difficult than breaking.
It is easier to disbelieve than to believe because disbelief is an act of our self-centered mind, whereas belief is an act of our self-giving heart.
We disbelieve because we are afraid of oneness, afraid of the vast. We feel that when we enter into the vast, we lose our identity, we lose our individuality, we lose our very existence. But we forget the undeniable truth that when we enter into the vastness, it is nothing short of the enlargement of our divinized consciousness.
When we disbelieve Baba, when we disbelieve the reality, Baba remains the same. But what happens is that ignorance gets the opportunity to envelop us more powerfully and more completely. When we believe in Baba, Baba's compassion gets the utmost opportunity to work in and through us most powerfully.
The deeper we enter into the spiritual life, the more we become aware of the capacity of disbelief and belief. Disbelief is nothing short of destruction. Belief is nothing short of a new creation. Each time we believe in something, we see the face of a new creator within and without us. And when we go one step ahead, when our inner faith looms large, then we see in us a perfected man and a liberated soul.
Divinity in humanity
All bodies are like bulbs and love is the main switch. Only when the main switch is pressed, will the bodies radiate light and happiness to one and all. You are switching off the main switch and trying to enjoy happiness. It is impossible. Hrid + Daya (compassion) == Hridaya (heart). Your heart should be filled with compassion. All your activities should be suffused with love. There is no strength superior to love. The love that originates in the heart is true religion. The entire humanity is one family. All are brothers and sisters. The whole world is but one mansion. It is impossible to describe in words the happiness you would experience when you develop such broadmindedness. Hence, make every effort to visualise divinity in humanity.Power of Purity
Purity is the Light of our soul expressing its divinity through the body, the vital and the mind. When we are pure, we gain everything. If we can retain our purity, we will never lose anything worth keeping. Today we may have great thoughts or great inner power, but tomorrow we are bound to lose them if we are not pure. Purity is the breath of the Supreme. When purity leaves us, the breath of the Supreme also leaves, and we are left with only our human breath.
Purity is like a divine magnet. It pulls all divine qualities into us. If we have purity, then we have everything. There are two ways to have purity. One is by seeing Baba inside everyone, consciously and constantly. The other is by imagining Baba and consciously repeating His name as many times as possible. If we have purity, we do not have to go to Baba. Baba Himself will make us see His infinite Divinity. What Baba is will be reflected in us.
Purity expedites Baba's hour. Purity embodies Baba's power. Purity is the harbinger of selfless oneness, eternity's perfect, selfless oneness with God.
Questions and Answers:Question: Some times I get tears when I think of Baba. I dont know the reason for that.
Answer: Baba sends love waves to His children all the time. This happens with thousands of people. These are tears of strength not weakness. Keep loving Baba. He will grow in you.Question : I am very much drawn to Sai Baba, and I consider myself His devotee, but I have trouble keeping Him in mind throughout the day. I would like Him to be constantly present in my mind and heart. Does this come by His grace only?
Answer: Your thought process is noble and correct. Dont worry at all if you cant keep Him in mind constantly because you have to do other things also where mind has to be applied. Baba is aware of your problem. Do as much as you can. Gradually things will improve.Question: Many devotees give lot of importance to the miracles exhibited by saints. What is your opinion regarding this?
Answer: What do the devotees have to do with miracles? If merely the mention of that word creates confusion, then one can guess the results it can create in society if the mental equanimity is not there. Some devotees have certainly made progress on the path of devotion by being influenced by such miracles.
QUOTATION OF THE MONTH:
"Baba taught by His Udi that all the visible phenomena in the universe are as transient as the ash. Our bodies composed of wood or matter of the five elements, will fall down, after all their enjoyments are over, and be reduced to ashes. In order to remind the devotees of the fact that their bodies will be reduced to ashes, Baba distributed Udi to them. Baba also taught by the Udi that the Brahman is the only Reality and the universe is ephemeral and that no one in this world, be he a son, father or wife, is really ours".-Shri Sai Satcharita.Spontaneous human nature is to have an amicable inter relationship with individuals, groups or situations, which are considered more powerful. Before the evolution of the cerebral potentialities, the earliest human beings considered the forces of nature like fire, cloud and even some other species to be more powerful than themselves and thus started the earliest systems of worship. This concept of God at the level of consciousness of the earliest human beings was interpreted as more powerful forces of nature around and was based sheerly on fear. Gradually, with the expansion of the thinking capacities, the human race started understanding about the all pervading and subtle forces of nature which they called God. Gradually they realised that behind the manifested forms of sun and fire, there exists a subtle consciousness. They further knew that this subtle consciousness is the primordial causative force creating the visible and non-visible aspects of the universe. The developed intellect and expanded consciousness of the spiritual minds of India delved deep into these subtle causative forces of the universe and realised that the existence of an eternal entity can be defined as God and the Ultimate Truth. This primordial entity known in Vedas as 'Param Purusha' is not bound by time, space or mutability although it creates time, space and mutability. - Sri Sathya Sai Baba