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Offerings at the Lotus Feet of Shri Sai Nath
12. An Ode to Sai
br>You are Love and Compassion Incarnate. While still in flesh and blood, You assured your devotees,
“Even though I give up this physical frame
My bones will always worry for you
And my Samadhi shall answer all your questions”
Millions of devotees all over the world
Experience the truth of your assurance
And feel drawn to you.
What a torture it must be for you
To run to the help of innumerable seekers
Whenever and wherever prayed for.
Even the thought baffles me
Little realising Sai is not the 31/2 cubic feet physical frame,
But a ‘Tatva’, we your children, fail to perceive
Dormant in everything existent and non- existent,
Conscious and unconscious.
Baba you are the Messiah of ‘Kaliyug’,
Your treasury is full of priceless possessions
Yet we ignorant humans
Seek your help and blessings
For providing mundane things of life,
Glory, wealth, children, position, success in business
And carnal comforts of life.
Never wanting what you wish to give to us
A place in the kingdom of God
Where nothing but peace eternal reigns.
Big and spacious temples
Laden with marble and granite
Come up in your name everyday
Giving joy and name to the rich
Many a time, I wonder
What for the creator of the universe
Needs a marvelous place
To install Himself into
Baba! Should we not your devotees
Take a cue from your own life?
The giver of solace to millions
Spent His life in a dilapidated mosque
Wearing a torn kafni.
Begging His food
And sharing it with men and animals alike
Sleeping with a brick under his head
And making no discrimination between the rich and poor,
High and low.
Would someone answer the question, Often agitating my mind
Which God realised sage or saint
To name a few
Kabir, Nanak, Gyaneshwar, Ramana Maharishi,Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Tukaram, Namdev,
Built an ashram for himself
And enjoyed the comforts of life
Unlike the so-called gurus of today.
Permit me to recite a tale of saintly splendour
Swami Ramdas of Kanhangad, Kerela,
Who took samadhi not long ago.
While on a ‘Deshatan’ with his disciple Ramcharan,
Walking in a jungle, Had nothing to eat for days
Nobody offered them ‘Bhiksha’.
Ramcharan’s patience broke down
With capacity to walk no more
He sat down under a tree.
“Ramcharan, Is your hunger overpowering you?
Wait! Ram shall surely send you something to eat”,
Thus said Swami Ramdas.
And lo! minutes later :
A woman appears from nowhere
With a plate full of delicious eatables in her hands
To offer food to both to their heart’s content.
Unnoticed by his Guru,
Ramcharan packs up the left over
And slips into his bag to eat for the morrow.
Soon both again started on their arduous journey.
Swami Ramdas soon realized
His legs would move no further
“Ramcharan I find it difficult to walk further
What could be the possible cause.
Wonder! if you have done something
Against the will of Ram”.
“Dev! I am carrying the left over food with me”.
“Have you no faith in Ram
If he could provide food today
Shall he not provide food tomorrow?
Throw it away and nave faith in him”.
Ramcharan threw away the packet
And both walked ahead happily.
Such is the power of faith and surrender.
An example of a worthy Guru
Taking his disciple onto the path of godhood.
Unlike most Gurus of today
Basking in the sunshine of comfort and luxury
Proclaiming their gurudom on every available occasion.
Let we Baba, devotees,
In word and deed,
Follow our master’s illustrious example
And learn to be unostentatious Humble, modest, sacrificing
And render service to the needy and the poor
So dear to Baba
And make ourselves worthy of His Grace.
13. An Offering of Love
(Composed on the occasion of 66th Birthday on llth Dec. 1999 of Shri Moti Lal Gupta, Founder Chairman, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Society, Sai Dham, Tigaon Road, Faridabad
On the threshold of sixtysixth year of your life,
As you stand and look back
You feel thrilled with the joy of living a meaningful life.
You recollect that fateful day in 1986,
When as you passed from infront of the Lodi Road Temple,
A deep penetrating voice calling you
‘Moti! I had been waiting for long
Wouldn’t you come to me ?’
Fascinated by the sweetness of that melodious voice,
Oblivious of what you were doing,
You moved towards the Lodi Road Temple,
And found yourself standing face to face with Baba.
Not knowing who He was.
A chill ran through your veins
You felt you had been with Him in lives past
And instantaneously surrendered to Him heart and soul,
And made Him the object of your life thereafter.
Your flourishing business, the glitter of gold, the comfort of life.
Had lost all meaning to you.
What was it that made your life take a sudden turn,
Was it the compassionate gaze in Baba’s eyes?
Or was it His sitting on a rugged stone wearing a torn kafni?
Or was it His concern for the suffering humanity ?
Whatever it is.
Moti you are the blessed child of Sai,
How otherwise could you be instrumental in raising this beautiful edifice in His name
Where from the Ganges of Sai bhakti will flow,
And drown many a seekers in the Ocean of Bliss.
Keep up your devotion to Baba,
Keep up your monumental efforts to serve Him,
Keep up your service to humanity.
But be vigilant of the pitfalls on the path of bhakti
Which have taken the toll of many a budding devotee all through the ages
Beware of the I in you,
And the anger born out of it
Beware of the lust for name and fame.
Beware of the charm for donning the robe of Guru
And be content to be a servant of Him,
In word, deed and thought.
And be sure, He shall take you further and further on to the path.
Into the realm of Sai bliss
Where everything merges in Him.
And from ‘Moti’you shall turn into ‘Heera’.
Today as we gather to felicitate you,
In this beautiful mansion, the abode of the Lord of Shirdi,
We all pray to Him in unison,
To turn you into His Ankita Bhakta,
So that the fragrance emanating from your body,
Could attract thousands to bask in the sunshine of Baba’s Grace
Continued…Chapter 6 Part 1
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