In all the lands may all the sufferings of living beings come to an end!
May the beaten be freed from blows!
May those who are threatened with death be restored to life!
May those who are in tribulations become free from all pain!
May those who suffer hunger and thirst receive food and drink in abundance!
May the blind see and deaf hear and women with children give birth painlessly!
May sounds of pain be nowhere heard in the Universe!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baba Testing the Strength of Vairagya

Baba Testing the Strength of Vairagya 

H S Dixit once came with a trunk full of silver rupees, which he had earned by working for a Native State, and placed it before Baba. 

H S Dixit: 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 H S Dixit, watched the latter's face. H S Dixit 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.


(- from Baba's Charters and Sayings, No. 251)

Guruvaar Prarthna

Guruvaar Prarthna


Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy day of Guruvaar. Baba, please make us perfect, for that please give us faith, without faith there is no knowledge, without knowledge there is no virtuous conduct, without virtues there is no deliverance, and without deliverance there is no perfection. When we are perfect, our prayers are meaningful and beneficial to all. Baba bless us to achieve that perfection. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading Your words given in Satcharita.



Then Baba said at that time: "Now wrap up your fake Brahman. Till your greed is not destroyed, you will never realize Brahman.


He, whose mind is attached to his family and possessions (sons, farm, animals etc.) how can he achieve Brahman till constant awareness of his wealth is not abandoned.


The greed for money is very difficult. It is a deep whirlpool of pain, full of crocodiles in the form of conceit and jealousy. Only a desireless person can swim across these difficult waters.


There is unending enmity between avarice and Brahman. How can he attain salvation and practice self–denial who has no time for meditation? A covetous man is a fallen man.


Where there is greed, there is no peace, no contentment, nor restfulness. All means (of achieving Brahman) turn to dust when avarice takes hold of the mind.


He who indulges in low, forbidden acts and stoops down to lowest behaviour, unacceptable to the Shrutis and the Smritis, and who is permanently leading that kind of life, can never have equanimity of mind.


Such a man is called whimsical. He is always engaged in wicked deeds, permanently wallowing in worldly pleasures and he never understands what is good or bad.


May be he has understood the nature of Brahman but if he is not detached from the fruits of his action, then his knowledge of the Brahman is futile and he is not self-realised.


If anybody approaches a Saint and asks for anything, a Saint first judges whether he is worthy of it and then grants him his desire accordingly.


One whose mind is engaged day and night in boasting about material achievements and seeking pleasures, for such a person the preachings of a Guru are of no use. For both, it is a sheer waste of time!


He who tries to penetrate the realm of divine life without the purification of his mind, his efforts appear like an exhibition of scholarship. It is all a futile effort.


Therefore, one should speak only what one understands; and should eat what one can digest otherwise unnecessarily there will be indigestion. Everybody knows this.



I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.


-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter  17, Ovi 66 - 77)

Thursday, April 9, 2015




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.' 

D V Sambare 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 D V Sambare. The latter offered excuses which were laughed at. In this perplexity of D V Sambare, all the hall lights were extinguished suddenly. The host went to look at the cause. Meanwhile an obliging neighbour drank up D V Sambare's glass. The host returned, saw the glass empty and thanking his pleading was successfully went away. 

Baba performed a chamtkar to save D V Sambare, - for none could discover how the lights were extinguished and again lit up by themselves.


(- from Baba's Charters and Sayings, No. 292)

Guruvaar Prarthna

Guruvaar Prarthna


Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy day of Guruvaar. Baba, You said give, give and You will give! We keep on giving our talents, love, understanding, money, possessions and keep on flowing freely. Bless us all goodness unfold for us and all our needs fulfilled at exactly the right time and place. Baba, with you, our life is glorious, indeed.  On this holy day we start our prayers by reading Your words given in Satcharita.


O Sadgururaya, boundless is your power and marvellous your deeds, You are the kind one who is the ship which takes the animate and inanimate beings across the worldly ocean. (Refrain).


You transformed yourself into Veni-Madhav (Vishnu) and made your feet into prayag here. You showed the currents of Ganga and Yamuna flowing from your toes. (1)


You are Brahma (born of the lotus), Vishnu (Lord of Kamala) and Shiva, the embodiment of the Trinity. And, on this earth, you manifest as Sai, the Samartha. (2)


In the early morning, like Brahma you utter words of wisdom; And, sometimes, you exhibit your violent nature and frightening appearance of Rudra, resorting to the quality of Tamo guna. (3)


Sometimes like Sree Krishna, you indulge in child-like pranks; And become the swan in the lake of the devotee's heart. (4)


If we call you a Muslim, then you have love for "Gandha " (sandalwood paste); If we call you a Hindu you always happily reside in the Masjid. (5)


If we call you rich, you are seen going about begging alms; If we call you a fakir, then with your favours (your generosity) you have put Kuber to shame. (6)


If we call your house a Masjid then fire is seen burning there; The dhuni (pit kindled with woodfire) always burns to distribute " Udi " to the people. (7)


From morning the devotees in their simplicity come and worship you; And when the sun is at its zenith at noon, your 'arati' is performed. (8)


Devotees stand all around you like attendants of Gods and holding whisks and swishes in their hand fan you. (9)


Horns, Clocks, Shenai, Gongs, Bells resound; And attendants in Uniforms (mace bearers) wearing belts proclaim your glory at the gates. (10)


At the time of the Arati you look like Vishnu; And at dusk, as you sit before the Dhuni, you appear as Shiva (the destroyer of Cupid). (11)


Such Leelas of the Trinity, manifested in you, are experienced by us daily, O Baba Sai! (12)


Even when such is the case, my mind wanders idly. Now this is my request to you, Baba, make it steady. (13)


The vilest of the viles, and a great sinner, I take refuge at your feet. Please ward off the three-fold afflictions of Das Ganu. (14)


I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.


-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 4, Ovi 104)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dakshana to Baba

Dakshana to Baba


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.


(- from Baba's Charters and Sayings, No. 249)