THE LEGEND OF SHRI SHIRDI SAI BABA AND HIS TEACHINGS

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF SRI SAIBABA MANDIR Market Street, Koneru, Secunderabad-3. A.P. (INDIA)

Founder President: Sai Bhaktha Late Sri G.V.R. Naidu Established 'Sri Saibaba Seva Samajam1 1960 (who started Saibaba Pooja Mandiram in 1938)

In a nutshell I would like to introduce our Founder President Late Sri G.V.R. Naidu, a veteran staunch devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba. It is immense and matchless effort of Saibhaktha Late Sri G.V.R. Naidu since 1938, who discovered for us Sri Saibaba as world saviour. But we need to remind ourselves of the immense debt of gratitude we owe to Saibhakta Late Sri G.V.R. Naidu garu for showing us Sai, the saviour, and leading us to him.The awareness and spreading the Sai Movement is entirely due to the initiative and devotion with broad minded endeavour- is none other than our Saibhaktha Late G.V.R. Naidu who has spread the movement in twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad and through Andhra Pradesh. As in vogue Lord chooses His own sheep, our Sai chosen him and tucked to Him due to 'RUNANUBHANDA' (Affinity due to pre-natalties), as he draws his own men like a sparrow strung to a rope, and drawn, accordingly our Naidu Garu drawn into the orbit of love of Sai. Though he was not so happy domestically due to the principle of operation of 'Karma Theory” which is relentless and irrevocable, but being under the Umbrella of Sai, he withstood the torrents of vexing problems uneffected like a Lotus in a muddy pond. During the first visit of Narsimha Swamiji, the apostle of Sai Baba foretold that Naidu's surname is GANDAM (Sugandam - Sweet Fragrance of sandalwood) wafts its fragrance though alive or dead- He will spread Sai faith everlastingly, so His name has become eternal in the history of this Sai Temple. With the profound blessings of Baba the place has been consecrated by the galaxy of great saints like : H.H. Narsimha Swamiji apostle of Sai Baba, Her holiness Godavarimatha of Sakori, Mathru Krishna Priya, His Holiness Kavi Yogi Suddhananda Bharati, Swamy Keshavaiah Ji of Chennai, Dr. Babaji etc.,

With the result under the sole inspiration of Baba and silent Blessings of the above, He initiated worship of Sai Baba in his tiny room in 1938 and registered Sri Saibaba Seva Samajam in 1960 by the time proper recognition has come for Baba. It is to add here that our Naidu himself used to recite SRI SA! SAHASRANAMA ARCHANA on every Thursday which was major attraction for Devotees besides regular appointed Aratis as is in practice at Shirdi.

It is also a great unforgettable event, privilege and pleasure to mention that our Naidu Garu is the first person and took great interest and pains in getting translation in Telugu and publication of SRI SAI SATCHARITRA BOOK, the first edition issued in December, 1963 now it has innumerable editions since then. Our Naidu garu has given his last preface for the 7th Edition on 16-12-1986. It was a happy occurance and Baba's blessings that Samajam's old members, Dr. R.T. Kakade, Sri Anna Rao, Sri K.S. Rajender, Sri K.S. Prakash Rao, Sri M.S. Ramakrishna, Sri M. Rajeshwar Rao, Sri Arza Rama Rao, Sri N.D. Kamalanathan, Sri K.Bhasker Rao, Sri S. Dayakar, Late Sri Bobji Naidu, Sri S. Krishna Rao, Sri LKamalaiah, and Sri T.P. Subrahmanayam who had extended their full co-operation, co-ordination, have also strived their every nerve to carry on the behests of Naidu patiently as a mark of devotion to Baba, did their best in this novel cause.

Sincere honest efforts will always bear fruits as the saying goes, the outcome of which Baba's Grace descended and a magnificent Sai Temple rose up in succeeding years and a full fledged complex adorning by the installation of Marble idol of 6'-9" installed after getting it consecrated at SHIRIDI SAMADHI MANDIR and installed by hallowed hands (Holyhands) of H.H. Dr. VIDYANARAYANA THEERTH SWAMINAHA OF DWARAKAPETAM, BANGALORE on 25th April, 1994, with great enthusiasm and applause of Sai Devotees and general public.

Our Naidu Sahab was such a dynamic and spiritual figure in the Sai Movement resulting in coming up of lot of Sai Mandirs in Twin-cities as well as some in A.P. Solely inspired by him. Naidu Garu started monthly magazine 'SAI BLISS' appointing Editorial Board consisting of prominent devotees keeping in lead Sri M. Rajeshwar Rao, for propagation of 'Sai Tathwa' through this media. This magazine has been circulated to Sai institutions in India and abroad too. The name of our Naidu is evergreen in the annals of this Sai Temple who has dedicated his entire life with THAN MAN DHAN till his last breath and merged at the Lotus Feet of Baba in 1990 at his ripe age of '90.

After the demise of Late Sri G.V.R. Naidu, all the old devotees well conversant with the Samajam affairs namely Sri K.S. Prakash Rao, Sri M. Rajeshwar Rao who were all along with Late Sri G.V.R.Naidu with a view to continue the development and peaceful management of the Samajam with the opinion and concurrence of other existing members and old devotees formed a Committee under the Chairmanship of Sri K.S. Prakash Rao with Sri Sripathi Panduranga Rao as President. Who took up the total administration and the magnificent temple has sprung up.

Eversince Sri Sripathi Pandu Ranga Rao, the sole architect of the Mandir who along with his dedicated friends Sri Nanduri Dwaraknath, Sri Sunil Siddamsetty and other members, is efficiently managing the entire activities of the Mandir as well as in the further developments and constructions of various wings of the Mandir. as specified below which are in progress.

1.         Dhyana Mandiram where devotees can do meditation/Parayanam of SRI SAI BABA SATCHARITRA in a peaceful atmosphere.

2.         Extension of Prayer Hal! to accommodate more number of devotees who are now unable to accommodate themselves, especially during Arathi time on Thursdays and during Festivals.

3.         Installation of Dhuni which would provide Udhi Prasadam to the Devotees. Dhuni installed on 8th August 1997 by Sri Sri Sri H.H. Prabhuji Swamiji of Saidhamam of Kesari.

4.         Kitchen for Preparation of daily Naivedyam for LORD SRI SAIBABA and for frequent annadanams.

5.         Accomodation to provide daily free medical facilities and service activities for the poor and the needy etc.

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Saibhaktha Late G.V.R.Naidu
The important festivals as is in the calendar of Shirdi namely SRI RAMANAVAMI, GURUPOORNIMA, ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE MANDIR and MAHASAMADHI, DATTA JAYANTHi CELEBRATIONS are being carried on in a very grand scale inviting prominent devotees for spiritual discourses, arranging Bhajans Parayana of Satcharitra, Sai Vratams and over and above Poor Feeding is done regularly, The Committee is providing free medical aid and also conducted several free Eye-Camps by distributing free glasses to the deserving patients and this is being continued to carry on in future also. All this principles are followed mainly as a humanitarian service in the name of Baba, who is universally loved. Our Main Aim and theme as already drawn up a massive programme of service to the poor and the needy in tune with the Life Mission and Teaching of Sri Sai Baba. We have the great pleasure in bringing out this Booklet as a tribute to our Founder-President with an intense desire and ambition to interact with our Devotees and Members of various Sai Institutions all over the world and share the Bliss with the Life-Divine of Sri Sai.

I must thank Sri Nanduri Dwarkanath Secretary, Sri Sunil Siddamsetty Joint Secretary and Sri B.V. Krishna Kumar Organising Secretary for the excellent work turned out by them in printing of this booklet. I am deeply indebted to them for this and pray to the Lord Sri Sai for his choicest blessings shower on them.

Sri M.Rajeshwar Rao

 
In devotion to SAI,

M. Rajeshwar Rao,

Vice-President Sri Saibaba Seva Samajam,

Market Street, Secunderabad - 500 003.

Andhra Pradesh. (INDIA)

Bow to Sri Sai, Peace be to all

 

Sai Mantrajapam Daily chant atleast once

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sat.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.

Om Sai Sri Sai Jayajaya Sai.


Shirdi Sai Baba,

the Omnipotent Omnipresent

and Omniscient

Sri Sai Baba was the dominating saint of Shridi, a small village in Ahemednagar District of Maharashtra State. His influence is felt by millions to day all over India and the world.

Sri Sai Baba never revealed any information regarding His parents, place of birth caste or religion. People hailed Him as Saint and Aualia. He did not even reveal His name, if any, consecrated by his parents. When He came to Shirdi with a marriage party. Sri Mahalsapathi, a priest in a local Khandoba temple welcomed Him saying 'Ayeeye Sai’. The word Sai meant Swamy. Ever since, He was known as Sai Baba.

He used to stay in an old Maszid which He named as "Dwarakamai" and He planted a Tulsi plant in the Maszind. This plant is referred by Hindus as a sacred plant. He burnt a holy fire before Him in the Maszid and distributed 'Udi' (ashes) to alias prasad this prasad gives miraculous benefits to the devotees even to this day.

For Him Mandir and Maszid were equally sacred places for worship. Ram and Rahim were on a Him. He encouraged reading of Ramayana. Bhagavadgitha, Bhagavatham, Guru Charitra and Vishnusahasranama by His devotees. Hindus and Muslims were equal souls in His View. He often uttered "Hari - HARI" for "ALLAH MALLIK" He was such a saint who saw no difference between one caste and another and one being and another. He always lived in the Maszid. But he had the Dhuni and Tulsiplant in that premises and blowing of conch ringing of bells, giving arghya, oblation of the fire, bhajan etc. were allowed. The osthodox Brahmins and Agnihotris fell prostrate at His feet. He suggested Arabic prayers from 'holy Koran' to Muslim devotees. Other Muslims saints of those day sent some devotees to celebrate Muharram festival etc. In all these festivals Hindus and Muslims particpated with utmost harmony.

Some Hindu devotees worshipping  Hindu deities actually had the darshan of those deities like Sri Rama, Panduranga Vittal Dattatreya, Sri Narasimha in Sri Sai Baba. Some, who had staunch faith in their Gurus had the darshan of those Gurus viz Swamy and others in Sri Sai Baba. They were advised to stick to their Gurus with unabated faith.

Sri Sai Baba took meat and fish with Fakris. He did not grumble when dogs crows etc. touched the dishes with their mouths.

He always preached highest Vedantha. He was a treasure of knowledge. He knew the innermost secrets of all and when He gave expression all were surprise. His deeds were Godly. Wicked people were changed into good ones. He was never angry to His devotees but angrily curbed the bad thoughts in them. Even leprosy was cured in some cases. Some blind men got sight. Some lame people got their legs. Many got their desires fulfilled.

He was most detached. Foes and friends, Kings and paupers were the same to HIM.

His clothes consisted of a kafni and a piece worn on his head. He changed them only when new ones were presented by His devotees. He begged his food in 'Joli' and a tin and he placed all the quantity in an earthern pot. The dogs, crows and servants took whatever food they wanted from the pot. He used to eat some little food after all these beings had taken their requirements.

Though He was presented a chariot, a horse and a palanquin, He never rode on them or allowed to be taken in procession on them.

He took Dakshina from some of the devotees visiting Him. He reminded them of their vows to some deities and at the same time He suggested or expressed satisfaction over the vows rendered elsewhere to other deiries. He distributed all the amount He got to poor people. The rich gave and the poor got. Though He looked like living in Shiridi He was present every where. This all pervasiveness of His was daily experienced by may of His devotees. He never moved out of Shirdi but was telling about several incidents taking place several kilo-metres away from Shirdi.

Sri Sai Baba advised all his devotees to bear Nishta {faith} and Saboori (patience) and always remember His name. He said that those who visit His Samadhi at Shirdi would be able to end their vows.

He preached love, tolerance and respect to other religions and their followers. His sayings are in agreement with all the scriptures of all religions, especially Hindu and Muslim. Regular reading of the sayings of Sri Sai Baba and His sacharitra will free one and all from mental tensions and worldly worries and provide peace and desirelessness or jeevanmuktha state.

BABA'S ASSURANCES :

1.         Why do you fear when I am here?

2.         Cast all your burdens on Me and I shall bear them.

3.         If you spread your palms with devotion before Me I am in readily with you day and night.

4.         Offer Me any thing before you eat.

5.         There will never by any dearth or scarcity regarding food and cloths in My devotee's home. It is my special characteristic that I look always to, and provide for the welfare of those devotees.

6.         My treasury is full and ! can give any one what he wants. But I have to see whether he is qualified to receive what I give.

7.         I require no conveyance, carriage, tonga nor train nor aeoroplane. I run and manifest Myself to him who lovingly calls Me.

8.         Worship Me always who is seated in your heart.

9.         I always think of him who remembers Me.

10.       In vision or direct My words are always pregnant with meaning and never hollow.

11.       Donot be anxious that I would be absent from you. You will hear My bones speaking and discussing your welfare. But always remember Me. Believe in Me heart and soul and then you will be most benefited.

12.             In due time your bad actions will be destroyed, your merits and dements will be reduced to ashes and I shall consider you blessed where you will renounce all attachments, conquer lust and palate and getting rid of all impediments, serve God whole-heartedly and resort to the begging "bowl (Sanyasa)

13.       My Sircar's treasury (spiritual wealth) is full. It is overflowing I say "Dig out and take away this wealth in cart loads, the blessed son of a true mother should fill himself with this wealth."

14.       If a man utters My name with love I shall fulfill all his wishes, increase his devotion and if he sings earnestly My deeds, him I shall beset in front and back and on all sides. These devotees who are attached to Me heart and soul, will naturally feel happiness, when they hear these stories. Believe Me that if anybody sings My leelas' I will give him infinite joy and ever-lasting contentment. It is My special characteristic to free any person, who surrenders completely to Me and worships Me faithfully and who remembers Me and meditates on Me constantly.

15.       Who is this Me? You need not go far or anywhere in search of Me. Barring your name and form, there exists in you as well as in all beings, a sense of being or consciousness of existence. That is Myself. Knowing this, you see Me inside yourself as well as in all beings: If you practise this, you will realise all pervasiveness and thus attain one-ness with Me.

16.       I require no door to enter. I have no form nor any extension, I always live every-where. I carry on as a wire puller, all the actions of the man who trusts Me and merges in Me.

17.       Believe Me, though I pass away My bones in my tomb will give you hope and confidence. Not only Myself but My tomb would be speaking, moving and communicating with those who would surrender themselves whole-heartedly to Me.

18.       Be wherever you like, do whatever you choose, remember this well that what all you do is known to Me. l-am the inner ruler of all and seated in their hearts. I envelop all the creatures, the movable and immovable world. I am the controller the wirepuller of the show of this universe. I am the mother-origin of all beings the harmony of the three Gunas, the propeller of all senses. the creator, preserver and Destroyer. Nothing will harm him who turns his attention towards Me, but Maya will lash or whip him Who forgets Me. All the insects' ants, the visible, movable and immovable world is My body or form.

19.       Simple remembrance of My name as 'SAl, SAI' 'will do away all the sins of speech and hearing.

20.       See how I have to suffer for My devotees; their difficulties are Mine.

21.       Leave off all cleverness and remember 'SAI SAI'. If you did that all you shackles would be removed and you world be free.

22.       I rest there where there is full devotion,

23.       However oppressed and troubled one may be, as soon as he steps in the Maszid, he is on the pathway to happiness/ The Fakir here is very kind and He will cure the disease and protect all with love and kindness.

24.       Sweet is Ram in the heart sweet with love. Mite Manme Mitai Ram.

25.       Though I am bodily here, still I know what you do beyond the seven seas. Go wherever you will, over the wide world, I am with you. My abode is in your heart and I am within you. Worship Me always, who is seated in your heart : as well as in the hearts of all beings Blessed and fortunate indeed is he, who knows Me thus.

26.       Do not try to get Mantra or Upadesh from anybody. Make Me the sole object of your thought and actions and you will, no doubt, attain Paramartha,  Look at Me whole heartedly and I, in turn look at your similarly.

27.       Dwarakamai wards off all dangers and anxieties of the children who sit on her lap. This Maszidmai is very merciful. She is the mother of simple devotees, whom she will save in calamities. Once a man sits on her lap. all his troubles are over. He who rests in her shade gets bliss.

YOUR BEHAVIOUR

1.         Always speak the Truth.

2.         Always labour, shun idleness.

3.         "Be content with what God has given you.

4.         In the body (wada) there are many robbers. Bolt your doors. Be very vigilant, the thieves will carry every thing; wealth and prosperity are transient and the body is subject to decay and death.

5.         Let the senses do their allotted works. We should not meddle with their work. God has created this beautiful world and it is our duty to appreciate its beauty. The mind will get steady and calm slowly and gradually. When the front door is open why go by the back door. When the heart is pure, there is no difficulty what so ever. Why should any one be afraid of any one if there be no evil thought in us?

6.         You go on reviling your own brethren to your heart's content. After performing many deeds of merit you are born a man and if you act like this, will Shirdi help you in any way?

TOWARDS FELLOW BEINGS

1.         Help the poor and needy.

2.         You should never speak ill of others on unnecessarily criticise.

3.         Never insult the poor.

4.         Never envy others' richer.

5.         First give bread to the hungry and then eat yourself.

6.         If any one does any evil unto you, do not retaliate.

7.         Nobody should take the labour of others in vain.

8.         A true Ramadasi should have no Mamata but have Samata towards all.

9.         Unless there  is some  relation-shjp or connection, nobody goes anywhere.

10.       If any men or creatures come to you do not discourteously drive them away, but receive them well and treat them with due respect. Shri Hari (God) will be certainly pleased if you give water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked and your verandah to strangers for sitting and resting.

11.       If any body wants any money from you and you are not inclined to give, do not give, but do not bark at him like a dog. Let any body speak hundreds of things against you, do not resent by giving any bitter reply.

12.       He who casps and cavils at others pierces Me in the heart and injures Me, but he that suffers and endures pleases Me most.

TOWARDS ANIMALS ETC AROUND US

1.         He, who feeds the hungry really serves Me with food. The appeasement of dog's hunger is the same as mine. The dog has got a soul. The creatures may be different but the hunger of all is the same though some speak and others are dumb.

2.         God lives in all beings and creatures whether they be serpents, scorpions etc. He is the Great wire-puller of the world and al! beings obey His command. Unless HE will sit no body can do any harm to others. The world is all dependent on HIM and no one is independent. So we should take pity and love all creatures, leave off adventurous fights and killings and be patient. The Lord (God) is the protector of all.

TOWARDS GOD

1.         Always think of God and utter His name.

2.         Chant Rajaram always. If you do this your life's object will be gained, your mind will attain peace and you will be immensely benefited.

3.         Practise meditation thrice a day on the God.

4.         What a man might give does not last long and it is always imperfect. But that My Sircar (God) gives lasts to the end of time.

4.         The giving of Daksh;na advances Vairgya and thereby Bhakti and Jnana. Give Me and receive ten-fold.

5.         What a bout Me? BoHy will mix with earth, breath with air. This time will not come again.

6.         I go some where, sit somewhere, the hard Maya troubles Me much, still I always feel anxiety for men.

6.A.     He who does anything (spiritual endeavour) will reap its fruit and he who remembers these words of Mine will get invaluable happiness.

7.         Be calm and silent. UGE MUGE CHUP KARO. Every thing will come to you by HIS will. God is the master. Allah Mallik.

8.         HARI ; HARI ; ALLAH MALLIK.

9.         Allah Acha Karega.

10.       Hari will protect him who has got faith and patience.

11.       The Lord is the sole doer and inspirer HE is also more merciful Neither I am God not Lord. I am his obedient servant and remember HIM often. He who casts aside his egoism, thanks HIM and he who trusts HIM entirely will have his shackles removed and will obtain liberation.

12.       Our karma is the cause of our happiness and sorrow. Therefore, put up with what ever comes to you. Allah (God), is the sole dispenser and protector, always think of HIM. He will take care of you. Surrender to HIS feet with body, mind, wealth and speech, and then see what HE does.

RESULT OF YOUR PAST ACTIONS:

1.         You must enjoy the fruit good of bad of your past actions; If the enjoyment be incomplete, suicide will not help you. You have to take another birth and suffer again. So instead of killing yourself, why not suffer for some time and finish up your store of the fruit of your past deeds and be (done) with it once and for all?

2.         Debt, enmity and murder have to be atoned for there is not escape.

OUR HAPPINESS :

1.         Poverty is better than Kingship, far better than Lordship. The Lord is always brother of the poor.

2.         Fakiri (mendicancy) is the real Lordship as it is ever-lasting and the so called Lordship (riches) is evanescent.

MAYA

1.         As I have become a Fakir, I have no house of wife, and though leaving of all cares, I have stayed at one place, the inevitable Maya teases me often Though I forgot myself, I cannot forget her. She always envelops Me. This Maya (illusive power) of the Lord (Sri Hari) teases God, Brahma and others, then what to speak of a poor Fakir like me? Those who take refuge in the Lord will be freed form Her clutches with HIS grace.

SELF REALISATION:

1.         That is our above and place of rest where the mind is most pleased and charmed.

2.         As  one  feels  intently,  so  he   realises accordingly.

3.         To get the knowledge (realisation) of the self 'DHYANA' (meditation) is necessary. If you practise continuously the British (thoughts) will be pacified. Being quite desireless, you should meditate on the Lord who is in all the creatures, and when the mind is concentrated, the goal will be achieved. Meditate always on My formless nature which is knowledge incarnate, consciousness and bliss. If you cannot do this, meditate on My form top to toe as you see here night and day. As you go on doing this, your vritties will concentrate at one point and the distinction between the Dyatha (meditator) Dhyana (act of meditation) Dhyeya (thing meditated upon) will be lost and the mediator will be one with the consciousness and be merged in the Brahman.

4.         The path of Brahma Jnana of self-realisation is as hard as to tread on the edge of a razor.

5.         In this spiritual path you have to put in your best exertion as it is very difficult. Mere reading will not do. You have to think and carry out what you read, otherwise, it is of no use. These things have to be practised and lived.

6.         Do not entertain the sense of doership in doing good as well as bad deeds, be entirely prideless and egoless in all things and thus your spiritual progress will be rapid.

7.         He who loves Me most, always sees Me. The whole world is desolate to him without Me, he tells no stories but Mine. He ceaselessly meditates upon Me and always chants My name. I feel indebted to him who surrenders himself completely to Me and ever remembers Me. He. I shall repay his debt by giving him salvation {self realisation) I am dependent on him who thinks and hungers after Me and who does not eat any thing with out first offering it to Me'. He who thus comes to Me becomes one with Me, just as a river gets to the sea.

OMINIPOTENT SAI BABA

Oh Baba, you were called a mad Fakir by the shop-keepers at Shirdi and at one time they refused to give you oil. At that stage you showed your supernatural power by lighting the lamps in Dwarkamai with mere water. From that time the people came to know that you are Omnipotent.

You have achieved many more things, which an ordinary person would not have been able to accomplish. You suffered for your devotees. You took on yourselves the Bubonic plague, from which the son of Shri Deadsaheb Khaparde, was suffering. Due to your favour Shri Rattanji Shapurji Wadia, Mrs. Aurangabadkar, Mrs. Saptnekar and Shri Damuanna Rasane got sones. Similarly you cured so many persons of their ailments, you cured your devotees Shama of snake bite, Shriman Bapusaheb Booty, a Swami from Alandi, Kaka Mahajani, Dattopant of Harda, Madhavrao Deshpande, Gangadharpatn, Shri Nanasaheb Chandorkar and many others of their small and severe disorders. When you wanted to give holy bath of Ganga and Jamuna to your devotees, streames of those rivers started flowing from your toes. By thrusting your prong in the ground, you brought out live burning coal. You achieved these and many other things, which manifested your supernatural power. You are even now running to the rescue of your sincere devotees, when they are in trouble and when they request you to come for their help. Will you therefore not run for my help, whenever I may need it? I am sure that I will get from you whatever help, that I need in the nick of time. I, however, pray to you for giving it to me whenever needed.

OMNIPRESENT SAI BABA

God pervades every nook and corner of the world. He is present everywhere. He is a witness to all the things that are happening all over the world. Oh! Sai Baba, though you appeared to be staying all along at Shirdi for over sixty years and though you appeared to be staying all along at Shirdi for over sixty years and though it was said that you occasionally went out of Shirdi upto Rahata on one side and upto Nimgaon on the other, still the incidents recorded in your biography go to prove that, you were moving out of Shirdi (may be by assuming an invisible form due to your yogic power) on several occasions according to the wishes of your devotees. You could know the discussion that took place at Sathe's Wada, without remaining physically present there. You visited Shri Tarkhad's house at Bandra and the Udyapan ceremony at Dahanu. You could know the discussion that took place in the Bar-Room at Pundharpur, though you were apparently present at Shirdi. You could know about the cocoanut sent to you by Shri Tembye Swami through Shri Pundalikrao. How could you have known that the child of a blacksmith was falling in the furnace, which was far away from Shirdi unless you were Omnipresent? You saved the child from the fire by inserting your hands in the Dhuni in front of you.

Thus you burnt your hand and suffered for your devotee.

Mrs. Tarkhad offered food to a dog, but being Omnipresent you could see that offer made by Mrs. Tarkhad and you told her that you got the food, which she offered to the dog. You could see the buffalo-ride of Shri Thakur in Lane Ghat, which is at considerable distance from Shirdi and you told Shri Thakur about that ride. Was it possible for you to make a mention of this ride without being Omnipresent? You had promised Shri Hemadpant to come to his house for the Holi Festival. You fulfilled it by appearing in his house in the form of your portrait. Many more examples could be quoted to prove your Omnipresence. We Sai devotees must therefore bear in mind that being Omnipresent, you are always very near us. Only we should remember you and not do any wrongful deed as due to your Omnipresence nothing will escape from your ken.

OMNISCIENT SAI BABA

Oh Baba, You foretold the meeting of the two lizards on the wall of the Masjid. How could you do it without being Omniscient? God Himself and afl his incarnations had the power to pervade a!! the universe and to know all the things that are happening all over the world. Throughout your stay at Shirdi, several incidents, that took place there, proved that your were Omniscient. You knew the worship of Vithoba in the family of Shri Bhagwantrao Kshirasagar and you told him to start it. Chand Patil had only to ask You about his waylaid mare and You immediately located her. You foretold the visit of Shri Nanasaheb Chandorkar to Shirdi. You reminded Shri Goving Mankar about the pedha, given by Mrs. Tarkhad, for offering it to you. You knew in advance that the Munim of the firm of Kaka Mahajani would become sick and therefore your ordered Shri Kaka Mahajani to return to Bombay on the very next day. You knew that the court case of Shri Bhausaheb Dhumal in the court at Nipani would be postponed and therefore your did not permit Shri dhumal to leave Shirdi for a week in spite of his request to that effect. Though Shri Cholkar took a vow to drink sugarless tea, in order to save money and though he kept it as a secret, still due to Your Omniscience You could know it and you directed Shri Bapusaheb Jog to give Shri Cholkar cups of tea saturated with sugar. The danger to Shri Babasaheb Mirikar form a snake was foretoled by you and You could warn him in advnace. Though a great astrologer like Shri Nanasaheb Dengle had predicted the danger to the life of Shri Bapusaheb Booty from a snake, You told him that it would be averted and it was actually averted accordingly. Oh Baba, You save Shri Damuanna on two occasions from suffering losses in cotton and grain speculations, because of Your power to probe into the future. You gave three rupees to Shri Harischandra Pitale and reminded him of the two rupees given to his father by Shri Akkalkotkar Maharaj. What eise, Oh Baba, was this except your Omniscience? You could tell Shri Laxmichand from Santacruz all the things that had happened en route from his house to Shirdi. You also knew Laxmichand's desire to eat sanza. You knew that acrow would peck at Dr. Pillay's ailing leg and that he would be cured and You therefore told Him this thing in advance. You knew the story of the previous lives of Veerbhadrappa and Chenbasappa. You recognised Hari Kanoba and returned to him his sandals though You had never seen him before that time. Though Shri Nanasaheb Dixit had not informed your about his intention to come to Shirdi, still you could know about it due to your power to pervade the universe. You knew that Shri kaka Mahajani's friend did not want to give you Dakshina and therefore you did not ask for Dakshina from him as you used to ask from other devotees.

Oh Baba, all these things were possible for your because you had the supernatural power to pervade the universe and know all things, though you were stationed at Shirdi. Under such circumstances is it necessary for me to tell you my difficulties and short comings? You are fully aware of them and according to your pledge, You will automatically help me to get out of them. I will t therefore not venture to place before You may difficulties and bother You unnecessarily as that would be expressing doubt about your greatness.

UDI

Oh Baba, your Udi is a panacea for all human bodily ailments. During your lifetime only you started the Dhuni at Shrdi and kept it burning all your life. Your tradition has been maintained and the Dhuni has been kept buring even after your Samadhi, in 1918. You never considered the Udi as mere ashes, neither your devotees did. you v/ere originally giving some medicines, but when Your felt that Your Udi will achieve the same results, which the medicines would do, You discontinued giving medicines, but instead you started giving Udi and wonder of wonders it was that it cured Your devotees of snake-bite, plague and many diseases. You once said that even when you will not exist in flesh and body, Your bones will speak through Your tomb and show the way to Your devotees. Your words are manifesting themselves, as it will be seen from the experiences of your devotees spread far and vide. We apply Your Udi, with full faith, to our foreheads and we bow down before You for currying Your favour, which we are sure You are always ready to shower on us.

As in other Stotras, the fruit of reading this Sai Mahimnastotra every day need not be elaborated. Shri Sai Baba has promised that there will be no dearth of anything in the house of His devotees.

Hence if any devotee wants to reap the fruit of chanting the 108 names and reading this Stotra daily, he should try to become a sincere devotee of Shri Sai Baba and then all wordly pleasures and Moksha will follow automatically.

Shri Baba knows my limited knowledge. However with the idea of helping my co-devotees to pray to Shri Baba, in the limited time at their disposal, I have attempted to compose this Sai Mahimanastotra to the best of my ability. It is hoped that Shri Baba's grace will shower on all his devotees by reading this Stotra and I pray at the feet of Shri Baba for the same.

ANANTKOTI BRAHMANDA NAYAKA, RAJADHIRAJA,

SADGURU SHREE SAINATH MAHARAJKI JAI ASHTOTTARSHAT NAMAVALIHI

1.         Om Shree Sainathaya Namaha

2.         Om Lakshmi Narayana Namaha

3.         Om Krishna-Rama-Shiv-Marutyadi Roopaya Namaha

4.         Om Sheshashayane namaha

5.         Om  Godavari  Tata  Sheeladheewasine Namaha

6.         Om Bhaktahridalayaya Namaha

7.         Om Sarvahrinnilayaya Namaha

8.         Om Bhootawasaya Namaha

9.         Om Bhoota-Bhawishyat Bhawawarjitaya Namaha

10.       Om Kalateetaya Namaha

11.       Om Kalaya Namaha

12.       Om Kalakalaya Namaha

13.       Om Kaladarpadamanaya Namaha

14.       Om Mrutunjayaya Namaha

15.       Om Amartyaya Namaha

16.       Om Martyamayapradaya Namaha

17.       Om Jeewadharaya Namaha

18.       Om Sarwadharaya Namaha

19.       Om Bhaktawanasamarthaya Namaha

20.       Om Bhaktawanapratidnyaya Namaha

21.       Om Annavastradaya Namaha

22.       Om Aarogyakshemadaya Namaha

23.       Om Dhanamangalyapradayj Namaha

24.       Om Rhiddhisiddhidaya Namaha

25.       Om Putra-Mitra-Kalatra-Bandhudaya Namaha

26.       Om Yogakshemawahaya Namaha

27.       Om Aapadbandhawaya Namaha

28.       Om Margabandhawaya Namaha

29.       Om Bhuktimuktiswaragapawargadaya Namaha

30.       Om Priyaya Namaha

31.       Om Preetiwardhanaya Namaha

32.       Om Antarayamine Namaha

33.       Om Satchidatmane Namaha

34.       Om Nityanandaya Namaha

35.       Om Paramsukhadaya Namaha

36.       Om Parameshwaraya Namaha

37.       Om Parabrahmane Namaha

38.       Om Paramatmane Namaha

39.       Om Dyanaswaroopine Namaha

40.       Om Jagatah-pitre Namaha

41.       Om Bhaktanam-matri-dhatri-pitamahaya Namaha

42.       Om Bhaktaabhayapradaya Namaha

43.       Om Bhaktaparadheenaya Namaha

44.       Om Bhaktaanugrahakataraya Namaha

45.       Om Sharanagatawatsalaya Namaha

46.       Om Bhaktishaktipradaya Namaha

47.       Om dnyanawairagyadaya Namaha

48.       Om Prempradaya Namaha

49.       Om Sanshaya-Hridayadaurbalya Papakarma  Wasana Kshyakraya Namaha

50.       Om Hridaya Granthi Bhedakaya Namaha

51.       Om Karmadhwansine Namaha

52.       Om Shuddhasatwasthitaya Namaha

53.       Om Gunateetagunatmane Namah

54.       Om Anantakalyangunaya Namaha

55.       Om Amitaparakramaya Namaha

56.       Om Jayine Namaha

57.       Om Durdharshaakshobhyaya Namaha

58.       Om Aparajitaya Namaha

59.       Om Trilokeshu-Awighatgataya Namaha

60.       Om Ashakyarahitaya Namaha

61.       Om Sarwashaktimoortaye Namaha

62.       Om Suroop Sundaraya Namaha

63.       Om sulochanaya Namaha

64.       Om Bahuroopawishwamoortaye Namaha

65.       Om Aroopaawyaktaya Namaha

66.       Om Achintyaya Namaha

67.       Om Sookshmaya Namaha

68.       Om Sarwantaryaamine Namaha

69.       Om Manowagateeiaya Namaha

70.       Om Pre-moortaye Namaha

71.       Om sufabhadurfabhaya Namaha

72.       Om Asahaayasahaayaya Namaha

73.       Om Anathanathadeenbandhawe Namaha

74.       Om sarwabharbhrite Namaha

75.       Om Akarmaanekakarmasukarmine Namaha

76.       Om Punnyashrawankeertanaya Namaha

77.       Om Teerthaya Namaha

78.       Om Wasudewaya Namaha

79.       Om Satam-Gataye Namaha

80.       Om Satparayanaya Namaha

81.       Om Lokanathaya Namaha

82.       Om Pawanaanaghaya Namaha

83.       Om Amritanshawe Namaha

84.       Om Bhaskarprabhaya Namaha

85.       Om Brahmacharya-Tapashcharyaadisuwrataya Namaha

86.       Om Satyadharmaparaayanaaya Namaha

87.       Om Siddheshwaraya Namaha

88.       Om Srddhasankalpaya Namaha

89.       Om Yogeshwaraya Namaha

90.       Om Bhagawate Namaha

91.       Om Bhaktawatsalaya Namaha

92.       Om Satpurushaya Namaha

93.       Om Purushottamaya Namaha

94.       Om Satyatatwabodhakaya Namaha

95.       Om Kamaadishadwairidhwansine Namaha

96.       Om Abhedaanandaanubhawapradaya Namaha

97.       Om Samasarwamatasammataya Namaha

98.       Om Shree Daksninamoortaye Namaha

99.       Om Shreewenkateshramanaya Namaha

100.    Om Adbhutaanandacharyaya Namaha

101.    Om Prapannaartiharaya Namaha

102.    Om    Sansarasarwadukhakshayakaraya Namaha

103.    Om Sarwawitsaktomukhaaya Namaha

104.    Om Sarwantarbahisthitaaya Namaha

105.    Om Sarwamangalakaraaya Namaha

106.    Om Sarwaabheeshtapradaaya Namaha

107.    Om   Samarasasanmargastha   Panaaya Namaha

108.    0m Shree Samarthasadguru Sainathaaya Namaha

ANANTKOTI BRAHMANDA NAYAKA RAJADHJRAJA, SADGURU SHREE SAINATH MAHARAJKI JAI

GEMS FROM THE GOSPEL OF SRI SAIBABA

1.         Realising how precious human life is and knowing that Death is certain and may snatch us at any time, we should be ever alert to achieve the object of our life i.e., Self-realisation.

2.         Without God's grace, we do not get the desire to listen to the stories of saints. Hearing the stories of saints is in a way keeping their company. It removes our body consciousness and egoism, destroys completely the chain of our birth and death and takes us to God who is pure Consciousness.

3.         Man does not generally think of God but when difficulties and calamities overtake him, he turns to Him and prays for relief.

4.         A man has to enjoy whatever God has bestowed on him in the firm conviction that what He bestows must be for his good.

5.         He who ever meditates on me, repeats my name, sings my deeds, will get his Karma destroyed. I take away every thing when I wish to show my favour.

6.         What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get Results accrue differently to two persons doing the same acts; that difference may be put down to be difference in their poorva karma.

7.         Desires must be controlled. You must master them and not be their slave.

8.         Life is lived in vain, if no yoga, tapas and jnana be achieved.

9.         Allah Malik (i.e. God) is the sole properitor; no body else is our protector. His will be done and He will show us the way and satisfy our Heart's   desires.   It   is   on   account   of Runanubandha (former relationship) that we have come together. Let us love and serve each other and be happy.

10.       Strive not much for food and clothes. If you want any thing, beg of the Lord, leave wordly honour, try to get Lord's grace and blessings. Let all the senses and mind be ever devoted to the worship of the Lord. Fix the mind in remembering Him always so that it will not wander elsewhere towards body, wealth and home. Then ti will be clam, peaceful and free.

11.       If any one begs of your anything, if that be in your hand or power, do so. Don't say 'NO', If you have nothing to give, then give him a suave negative. Do not mock or ridicule the applicant nor get angry with him,

12.       To get the knowledge (realisation) of the Self, (Dyana) meditation is necessary. If you practise it continuously, the Vritties (Thoughts) will be pacified. When the mind is concentrated, the goal will be achieved.

13.       Return not evil for evil. Do not say "Better with a blow in the teeth of a wrong". Return good for evil.

14.       The dog which you saw before meals and to which you gave the piece of bread is one with me; so also other creatures (cats, pigs, flies, cows etc) are one with me. I am roaming in their forms He who sees Me in all these creatures is my beloved

15.       Slave of slaves I am your debtor. I am satisfied at your darshana. It is a great favour that I saw your feet. I am an insect in your excreta. I consider myself blessed thereby.

16.       Joy and sorrow are mere delusion. Mere appearance of worldly joy is not true happiness. Whenever any idea of joy or sorrow arises in your mind, resist it. Do not give room to it.

17.       Get on Cheerfully with your worldly round of activities: but do not forget God. Remember. This samsara is not mine but God". Think thus all the time you are awake. Inquire always "Who am I"?

18.       As long as body remains samsara remains None escapes it. The contact of any two things is samsara All mental and bodily process are samsara. By going away to forest you can not escape samsara.

19.       This Deha Prarabdha is the result of the Karma done by you in former births This body was therefore born Without suffering the results of Prarbhdha Karma you cannot get rid of it. All persons and all creatures differ in form; etc Why? because of previous Karma of each.

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

21.       I get angry with none. Will a mothe rget angry with her little ones? Will the ocean send back the water to the several rivers? I love devotion, lam and bond slave of my devotee.

22.       If a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out my hands and by four hands life him and support him. I will not let him. fall.

23.       If any one casts his burden on me and thinks of me, I look after ail his concerns.

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

25.       Why should any fear when I am here? My tomb will speak and move with those who make ME their refuge.

26.       Even after my Mahasamadhi, I shall be with you the moment you think of me at any place.

27.       I get my men to me from long distances under many pleas. They do not come of their accord I bring them to me.

28.       All that is seen is my form - ant, fly, prince, pauper. I am formless and everywhere.

29.       God rewards the doers of good and punishes evil doers.

30.       Simply say 'Sai', 'Sai' with heart over flowing. I care not for show of respect and forms. I rest in such devotees,

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

32.       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.

33.       I am (Bhaktaparadheena) the bond slave of my devotee I love devotion,

34.       Look at me and I look to you,

35.       Those who perpetually repeat my name reach their Goal.

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

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

38.       ! look equally on all. Not a leaf moves except by my grace.

39.       To know me constantly think 'Who am I'?.

40.       I am you and you are I Th'ere is no difference between you and me. That which constitutes me constitutes you.

41.       Jnanamarga is like Ramaphal. Bhaktimarga is like Seethaphal easy to dela with and very sweet. The pulp of the Ramphal is inside and difficult to get it.

42.       Just as a fly flies and sits on all objects but turns back when it approaches fire, so the mind longs after sense objects, rejoices in them, and merges in them. When it sees ie., approaches or tries to see Brahman, it turns its face away.

43.       Worship God in form, in his image to make the mind stationary. When an image is worshipped with deep devotion, the mind attains concentration without which there is no steadiness of mind. Next practise Manana and Dhyana (i.e.) recollection and meditation.

44.       Effort must be made to make the turbulent mind steady. Till the mind is conquered one is reborn. But among births human birth is most precious.

45.       Does the terms Athiti denote a man of 34/2 cubits high and of the Brahman caste? Athiti 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,

46.       The wise ones donot grieve for death, the fools do. Behold The five Pranas were lent for use till now. Now the lender claims back his own and they are returned. Air goes back to air, fire to fire. Every one of the five elements thus goes back ot its place.

47.       Daily take darsan of Siddhas i.e. perfect saints. Live a moral life Then you will be pure at death. At the time of death have no desire at all. Concentrate on God i.e., your Ishta Devata. If death comes when your mind merges in the Ishta Devata (God) Mukti (salvation) is attained.

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

49.       You cannot descrive "Chaitanya" but every moment it exists in your existance. 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. Sudha Chaitanya is called Brahman.

50.       For Dhyana meditate on me either as in form or as formless Ananda. Think of it night and day. With such meditation the mind dissolves into unity i.e., (attains Laya).

51.       That which is seen is the manifestation of Brahman through Maya and will dissolve again into Brahman. The crown of Jnana is the realisation of the one Atman from which every thing has issued;

52.       By Runanubandha, you have come to me. Have regard to Runanubandha Whenever 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. Bear with others' reproach. Speak only gentle words. This is the way to happiness.

53.       The times are degenerating. People mostly think ill and talk ill of others. But I do not retaliate. Do not care to listen to such talk, Fakirs also are seldom dispassionate. It is hard to find a good fakir.

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

55.       I loved to my Guru, If he were not there to see, I would not like to have eyes at all. I forget all other things but the Guru. My life was concentrated in my sight and my sight in Him.

56.       Guru's grace is our only Sadhana. Jnana comes as experience (or in its wake); 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.

57.       One should not stay in any place where saints are (orone's Guru is) ill spoken of.

58.       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.

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

60.       Salutation, questioning and service are Sadhanas for obtaining the Guru's grace.

61.       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.

62.       "God is one. The devotee is another." This is the root of ignorance. Remove it. Jnana remains. Ignorance finds a snake in a rope. Remove the ignorance, then the rope is known as it is.

63.       Don't read any book People think they will find Brahman (God) in these books but they had Brama (confusion) in them. It is enough if you keep me in your Heart and make your heart harmonise with the head.

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

65.       I eat in the form of an ant. I eat in the fly that eat. I take what form I choose and eat in that form.

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

67.       Avoid the Upadhis-Moha (Delusion) and Pomp. Think of God and kill out the Ego.

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

69.       The body is full of desires which spring up as soon as a sense object approaches.

70.       Does God remain only in temples? Is the not found in every object in the world as in temples?

71.       You should not have Mamata (attachment) but must have Samata, i.e., viewing every thing with equal eye.

72.       If any one is angry with another, he wounds me to the quick. If any one abuses another, I feel the pain. If any one bravely endures the abuse, I feel highly pleased.

73.       If any body 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.

74.       Jealousy (Matsara) is the inability to endure another's profit and prosperity. When another gets fortune of power we cannot put up with it, we scandalize him. When he meets with loss, we rejoice. But it this Good? When that man attains prosperity what loss have we really suffered? If he attains good let us rejoice (with him). So conquer jealousy first.

75.       Never accept gratis the labour (or of course property) of other. This should be the rule of your life.

76.       If any one talks ten words at us, let us answer with one word if we reply at all Do not battle with any one.

77.       God lives in all beings and creatures whether they be serpants or scorpions. He is the great wire puller of the world and all beings obey His command. Unless He wills it, nobody can do any harm to others So we should take pity and love all creatures. The Lord is the protector of all.

78.       If any devotee meditates on Baba, day and night with complete surrender, he experiences complete union with Him like sweetness and sugar, waves and sea, eye and its lustre.

79.       Satsanga (ie) moving, with the good is good. Dussanga (ie) moving with evil minded people is evil and must be avoided.

80.       He who wants to get rid of the cycle of births and deaths should lead a righteous life with his mind calm and composed,

81.       If any man or creature comes to, you do not discourterously drive them away but receive them well and treat them with due respect.

82.       Let any body speak hundreds of things against you, do anot resent by giving any bitter reply. If you always tolerate such things you will certainly be happy.

83.       I am not asking Dakshina of every one I ask only from the man whom the fakir (God) points out. But in exchange, 1 have to give that man ten times the amount which I have taken I do not take the money for my own use.

84.       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 say "This is mine". What does it mean?

85.       None who has firm faith in God is left in want for any thing

86.       What God gives is never exhausted. What man gives never lasts.

87.       Poverty is Highest riches and is a thousand times superior to Loads position. God is the brother of the poor Fakir is the real emperor. Fakirship does not perish but empire is soon lost.

88.       People must put all 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 devotees there will be no dearth of food and clothing.

89.       Let us be content to remain as He makes us, to submit our will to His. Take what comes. Be contented and cheerful. Never worry. No a leaf moves but by His consent and will.

90.       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.

91.       When any one talks of you (i.e., against you) pass on unperturbed. His words cannot go into your body. Others acts will affect them only and not you. It is only your own act that will affect you.

92.       Do not be idle Work, utter God's name, read Scriptures.

93.       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.

94.       "Feed the hungry first. Then feed yourself. Note this well."

95.       Atman or Brahman is one. ut the hearts it occupies are different. It is one and the same Atman that runs through all the hearts. To make the heart a heart is the function of the Atman or Brahman.

96.       Just as one body has three stages, childhood, manhood and old age, so satya has three stages. A person in Parartik stage (called sage) sees truth as truth. One in Vyavaharik stage (called good) goes on differentiating at a every step selecting the good and rejecting the evil One in the pratibasik stage (called the ignorant) does not see the truth but sees it quite inverted. He sees good as evil and evilas good But Atman or Brahman is common to ali these three stages.

97.       Brahman appears in different forms in this world which is the play of Maya it is the union of Brahman with Maya that causes Brahmananda, the universe.

98.       Maya is the name given to the Shakti of power of Chaitanya which makes chaitanya appear in different forms Just as you cannot separate Jaggery from its sweetness and the sun from its brilliance, you cannot separate chaitanya from Sakti Maya ends when chaitanya is realised Chaitanya is endless. Maya and Chaitanya are also named Prakriti and Purusha.

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

100.    Maya covers Brahman and produces wordly appearances. In reality the world does not exist. Only one real (Sat) exists these appearances are taken to be real. That causes the mischief; so kick our Maya and regain Brahman. How? Regard yourself as pure chaitanya. Remove impurity of Maya from this world of appearances. Then that appearance becomes reality.

101.    The men who merely wants to know Brahman does not get it. It is he who is qualified to know it that gets it. Deserve before you desire (Brahman)

102.    Most people seek wealth, cure of disease or trouble, honour, position or perpetual pleasure and other earthly objects None wants God I long to see those who long to see God. One must know ie., realise God before death. Else there will be ever recurring cycle of births and deaths A Guru gives it and only a guru can.

103.    One must surrender the five to get at Brahman One must surrender even the five senses (Indiya) the five pranas and manas, Buddhi, Ahankar (mind intellect and ego). One who feels unattached to things terrestrial and celecstiai is alone competent to have Brahmajnana.

104.    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 to you.

105.    Baba and his gurus never gave upadesa of Mantra in the ear of the initiated. But he recommended Ramamantra often for japa.

106.    To get Atmajnana Dhyana is needed So give up all desires and dwell in your mind upon God in all. If the mind us thus concentrated the goal is achieved.

107.    Like worn out garment, the body is cast away by God The wise ones do not grieve for death; the fools do Birth also is similarly to be dealt with. Do not be jubiliating over and birth.

Om Sri Sainathaya Namaha Subka  Malik ek hi

SRI SAIBABA SEVA SAMAJAM

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