The Sai Satcharitra: Simplified!
According to the ancient customs, we all know that be it any religion or belief, any new work is started with Salutations to the Supreme Power so that all goes well…So did Hemadpant before starting his work and I follow it…
Sai Baba is my Guru, and as per ancient scriptures, it is believed that Guru is the only medium to reach the Supreme, the God, the Almighty, or what ever name you give it…We bow our heads surrendering upon his feet..
Hemadpant gives obeisance to Lord Ganesha for removing obstacles, Goddess Saraswati to provide him strenth to write & think, The Trinity (Bhrahma, Vishnu, Mahesh; the creator, the preserver & the destroyer respectively).
He further respectfully remembers and thank great saints, his fore fathers, parents and all living beings on earth. To all the readers, he requests undivided attention to his work.
He lastly, surrenders to the feet of his guru, Shri Sainath who is an incarnate of Shri Dattatraya.
“Brahman is reality and world is an illusion”,
literally its meaning is so deep down under that it’s a matter of one’s own exploration and finding. But to relate it to life of a common man, we can say that this statement indicates us to stay away from the fancies of the world or at least to stay content in what ever we have acquired. Because the more we chase such fancies, such as buying a sports car, or the latest gadget..the more we will find ourselves in debt of carrying a false image by being up to date or in sync with the world.
Many a times we don’t even realize but we keep on willing to acquire things to show it off to others, or in other words, to maintain the so called status, that we created ourselves or created by the group of people around us.
Peace of mind can only be achieved when we understand that these things are just an illusion, i.e, materialistic, thus ‘nashwar’, and the real gems that we need to collect in life are love, lessons, faith, goodwill and all these treasures are abundant in this universe, we just need to be thankful, I repeat, ‘thankful’ to the merciful lord. All this could be achieved by practicing Gratitude.
When we are thankful to the lovely lord, the Guru or even to the materialistic things that we possess, then automatically we are tuned to get more of it. Such is power of Gratitude. A simple thank you has more power than a bag full of money. Yes, we just need to realize the true potential of thanking god, thanking every person who does a favor to you, thanking each and every thing that we use daily..like I really wish to thank my laptop for enabling me to write up this work.
Now here someone can counter my words , that the laptop doesn’t need to be thanked as it is supposed to be easing my work, and that is the reason it was bought using Money. But dear friend, the money is a very volatile substance, you have it and with blink of an eye you don’t..Thus, if we thank the things we have or thank the money, then god will be pleased and will tend to give more of it.
When you thank a person or you praise them for some random job, what happens??? Think.. Think…
They tend to do much better than what they were already doing. This is the basic law. God also works on similar principles.
Not only God, if you willfully start thanking each & every thing , person or circumstance, then you will tend to get more of it. Still don’t believe??? Give it a try…Yes, certainly, its true!
Story of Grinding Of Wheat
Now let us bring our focus towards the sweet teachings by Shri Sai Samarth and his acts of kindness in unique forms which sometimes will feel unbelievable to you…But mind it, Any thing is Possible..Its a world of limitless miracles.
It’s was around 1910 A.D, when one day Hemadpant went to masjid to take baba’s blessings. Upon reaching there, he saw that Baba was preparing to grind wheat in a mill and finally started the job. He got startled by seeing this act as thoughts came to his mind that baba has got no home, no one to look after, he stores nothing for himself then what makes him grind this huge amount of wheat.
Baba spent a long term of his life span by surviving on alms (bhiksha) that he got from various houses in shirdi. Thus, he needed no wheat of his own.
The news of baba’s act spread in the village and most people came there to see him doing it, but none dared to ask or intervene. Then , four ladies from the crowd came up to him and forcefully took the mill from him which initially enraged baba but then he saw their love for him which made him calm again. These ladies started to sing baba’s leelas (wondrous poems) and completed the task soon. Later they divided the flour into 4 portions and intended to take it along with them. Then baba intervened (getting angry), that I didn’t borrow any wheat from you so, how can you take this with yourself?? How can you loot away this flour???
Out of everyone’s surprise, he ordered those ladies to take that flour and spread it along the boundary of the village.
It is interesting to know, that those days Cholera epidemic was prevailing everywhere, and this was baba’s remedy for the same. Here we can interpret that Cholera was itself ground to pieces not the wheat. Strange were his ways, but really effective.
Philosophical Significance of Grinding
Hemadpant interprets, that there lies a philosophical significance to this story too..
Sai baba stayed in Shirdi (in human form) for about sixty years where he did this task of grinding each day..not the wheat, but the sins, miseries, illnesses, bad deeds of his innumerable devotees.
The two stones of his mill are Bhakti (upper) & Karma (lower). The handle was Gyan.
We, can hold the handle of knowledge firmly, and surrender (crush) our ego, impulses, desires, sins in between the stones of Bhakti (complete devotion) and Karma (Good Deeds).
This is sure way to attain Peace or Self Realization!
Extract from the original text is being mentioned here, to showcase Hemadpant‘s feelings about this episode…
“I began to ask myself- What earthly connection was there between wheat flour and cholera? What was the causal relation between the two? And how to reconcile them? The incident seems to be inexplicable. I should write something on this and sing to my heart’ content Baba’s sweet leelas. Thinking in this way about this leela, my heart was filled with joy and I was thus inspired to write Baba’s Life- The Satcharitra!”
So am I inspired to write something about this Saint, one of a kind…So similar to common man, but still so magical..So generous, loving, kind and merciful, yet so detached from worldly objects..Typically a Sad Guru… (Difference between a guru and a sad guru and also its definition will be dealt with in later chapters).
A Guru is always longing for love and faith of devotees!
And all the experiences that you get from a supreme source of power (read energy), lies in the amount of faith you put into it!
Faith is the catalyst and love is the element to attain desired results from the experiments with life!
Also according to the ancient teachings, the supreme power of Gratitude is also energized with love. If you fake the feeling of gratitude, it wont leave you happy and content. But if you feel it, experience love and affection for anything, be it a circumstance, a person or even an object and then express gratitude, its magical effect multiplies ten fold.
Similar teachings are taught by Sai Baba too, read on to unfold more and more magical teachings by this interesting saint who is our Sad Guru, the one with god, the mighty incarnation of lord himself!
Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all!