Part 4 – Chapter – 5 – Sai Bhakti – Fragrance of Sai Bhakti

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Chapter No.Part No.Content of the Chapter
NANAIntroduction (Preface, Foreword, A Devotee Speaks and A Thought)
Chapter 1Part 1In Moments of Ecstasy
Chapter 1Part 2In Moments of Ecstasy
Chapter 1Part 3In Moments of Ecstasy
Chapter 1Part 4In Moments of Ecstasy
Chapter 2Part 1The Heart Overflows
Chapter 2Part 2The Heart Overflows
Chapter 2Part 3The Heart Overflows
Chapter 2Part 4The Heart Overflows
Chapter 2Part 5The Heart Overflows
Chapter 2Part 6The Heart Overflows
Chapter 3Part 1Listen O’ Fellow Travellers
Chapter 3Part 2Listen O’ Fellow Travellers
Chapter 3Part 3Listen O’ Fellow Travellers
Chapter 3Part 4Listen O’ Fellow Travellers
Chapter 3Part 5Listen O’ Fellow Travellers
Chapter 4Part 1On The Wings Of Thought
Chapter 4Part 2On The Wings Of Thought
Chapter 4Part 3On The Wings Of Thought
Chapter 4Part 4On The Wings Of Thought
Chapter 5Part 1Sai Bhakti
Chapter 5Part 2Sai Bhakti
Chapter 5Part 3Sai Bhakti
Part 4 – Chapter – 5 – Sai Bhakti – Fragrance of Sai Bhakti
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(i) Naam – Jaap

“Oh, Shama, I tell you, whoever takes my name with love, I will fulfil his wishes and increase his devotion. Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 3, Ovi 11)

Abandoning all the million clever and cunning ways, recall always ‘Sai, Sai’. You will be able to cross the worldly ocean. Have no doubts.

These are not my words. They are the profound words of Sai. Do not think that they are worthless. Do not try to evaluate them.Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 10, Ovi 135-136)

“God’s Name can break down mountains of sin. The Lord’s Name breaks the shackles of the body. God’s Name pulls out crores of ill desires from their roots.

“God’s Name humbles the pride of death and ends the cycle of birth and death.

“The Lord’s Name chanted with full intent is very effective but even an unintentional pronouncement can be beneficial. Its power is manifested even when it is uttered unawares.

“For the purification of the Inner Self there is not another simpler means than chanting the Lord’s Name. The Lord’s Name is the adornment of the tongue. The Lord’s Name sustains spirituality.

“It is not necessary to have a bath to say the Lord’s Name. Taking the Lord’s Name is not regulated by the rules of the Shastras. The Lord’s Name destroys all sins. The Lord’s Name is always pure.

“The continuous chanting of My Name itself will ferry you across the ocean of existence. No other means are necessary to achieve salvation.

“Whoever frequently repeats My Name his sins will be burnt. I consider him more virtuous than the virtuous, who constantly hums My name”.– Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 27, Ovi 85-91)

“They meditate on me ceaselessly; they have my name on their tongue and chant it repeatedly; and they sing of my deeds wherever they come or go.– Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 44, Ovi 149)

If you recite ‘Sai, Sai,” always, I will take you beyond the seven seas. If you believe in these words, you will be certainly benefited. – Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 13, Ovi 12)

“Repetition of the name ‘Sai’ will burn away all the sins of Kali-Yuga. Once having prostrated, past sins born of speech and hearing will be destroyed” – Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 3, Ovi 20)

Baba loved the ‘Nama-Smarna’. He himself constantly repeated the words ‘Allah-Malik’. He would arrange for a seven day ceaseless chanting of the ‘Nama’ in his presence, day and night. – Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 4, Ovi 82)

(j) Satsang

Such is the greatness of ‘Satsang’ that it completely destroys bodily pride or ego. Therefore, there is no other means than Satsang.

Always do Satsang. All other means have some faults. Only Satsang is flawless. It is pure in every way.

Satsang destroys the bodily attachments. Such is the power of its strength. Once there is firm faith in it, there is truly liberation from the mundane world. – Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 10, Ovi 141-143)

Because of Satsang bodily attachment is destroyed. It is Satsang that breaks the cycle of birth and death. It is Satsang that gains the treasure of supreme energy and separates one from the worldly ties immediately.

To attain the highest state, the company of a Saint is purifying. If one surrenders completely, our permanent peace is assured. – Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 10, Ovi 148-149)

If one is able to get the company of a Saint, even for a moment, the wayward mind becomes steady and immediately settles at the feet of God from where it is difficult to turn back. – Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 18, Ovi 34)

(k) Rituals

You do not need ceremonies to complete the rituals, you do not need fasting to torture the body; you do not need to visit the tirthas. It is sufficient to listen to the story. – Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 3, Ovi 182)

Baba did not tell anyone to perform ‘aasans’, or to practice ‘pran’, ‘apan’ (yogic practises), or to control the sense organs, nor gave them ‘Mantras’, or asked them to perform rituals or gave them amulets or asked them to chant or sing bhajans. Such false or fake advice he did not give. – Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 10, Ovi 113)

By listening with concentrated attention (turning all senses into ears) whatever you have heard about the greatness of the Guru, that is effortless ‘smaran’ (remembrance), and ‘kirtan’ (stories in praise of the Lord) of Sai.

‘Panchagni-sadhan’ (rituals), performing sacrifices and burning sacrificial fires, recitations of ‘mantras’, ‘tantras’ (chants and spells), practising ‘ashtang yoga’, are only possible for the Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishnavas. What is the use of these for others?! – Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Hemadpant (Chap. 10, Ovi 122-123)

Though immutable, he accepted the worship and honours (rituals), according to the faith of the devotees. He accepted (the devotion) in all the different ways. – (Chap. 11, Ovi 45)

I do not need elaborate worship either sixteen fold or eight fold. Where there is infinite faith, I reside there”. – Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 13, Ovi 13)

(l) Dwarkamai

“This is our Dwarkamai! When sitting in the lap of the Masjid, she safeguards the children and there will never be any question of worrying.

“This Masjidmai is very kind. She is the Mother of all the innocent and faithful devotees. Anyone may face any difficulty, She will readily protect.

“Once a person settles in her lap, all his difficulties are solved. He who lies in her shadow, he will be on the throne of happiness.

“This is that Dwarka, Dwaravati!” – Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 22, Ovi 48-51)

“Those who come and resort to this Masjid shall never suffer anything in this life”.– Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 34, Ovi 22)

“If you heed all that I have said, you will be benefitted. Sitting as I do in this holy Masjid, I never utter an untruth”. – Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 17, Ovi 79)

“I do not take anything from anybody. It is the Masjid Mai (presiding deity of the Masjid) who asks for what is owing to her. The giver is then free from debts. – Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 36, Ovi 23)

“However deeply immersed in the ocean of trouble or buried deep in the valley of miseries, know that when he climbs the steps of the Masjidmai he will ride on a wave of happiness.

“The fakir here is very kind. He will destroy your troubles from the very roots and will look after you lovingly. He has tender feelings towards all”. – Shri Sai Baba (Chap. 13, Ovi 73-74)

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