Sitting again in front of Sai Baba’s picture. The body is empty, the mind is empty, only the energy created within is allowed to work. Still the mind tries to wander away. Such is the quality of our mind. Only Sai Baba’s grace or a Perfect Master or Sadaguru, can erase this wandering of mind. The mind cannot bring about an end to itself. In today’s world I happen to notice this, strange behavior of mind. It is always in search of peace, in search of comfort and always running in wrong directions. Wrong direction in the sense, it is longing for harmony, peace, love, and one little disturbance and it is attracted to it. For example in all relationship friends, husband and wife, parents and children, there are so many good moments. Rather than staying in those moments, if after so many such good and harmonious moments, if there is one disturbance of mind, due to self centered activity, the mind clings to it, get attracted to it and suffers. The longing of peace and harmony it can get from other moments are lost, are forced away, by that few moments of disturbance.
So it is very essential that our attention is on the grace and love of lord, of Sai Baba, of Sadaguru, of God. Whatever name one gives it is not enough. The formless, the infinite, cannot be captured in words or in the limited mind. How can the limitless be captured by the limited? So it is always better for limited to surrender to the limitless and be one with it. It is always better to cast of our intelligence, our cleverness and our shrewdness and let the infinite, the nameless, the limitless work. No effort from our side is required, because our limited effort can only bring about limited changes. This thing is so difficult to put in words, as no effort is very easy to be misunderstood.
From Sai SatCharitra Chapters 18-19
Then Baba spoke as follows:- "My method is quite unique. Remember well, this one story, and it will be very useful. To get the knowledge (realization) of the Self, Dhyana (meditation) is necessary. If you practice it continuously, the Vrittis (thoughts) will be pacified. Being quite desire less, 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 from top to toe as you see here night and day. As you go on doing this, your Vrittis will concentrate on one point and the distinction between the Dhyata (meditator), Dhyana (act of meditation), Dhyeya (this meditated upon) will be lost and the meditator will be one with the Consciousness and be merged in the Brahman. The (mother) tortoise is on one bank of the river, and her young ones are on the other side. She gives neither milk, nor warmth to them. Her mere glance gives them nutrition. The young ones do nothing, but remember (meditate upon) their mother. The tortoise glance is, to the young ones, a down-pour of nectar, the only source of sustenance and happiness. Similar is the relation, between the Guru and disciples."
This is one of the most powerful characteristics of Sai Baba. Even watching Sai Baba’s picture, I watch the original black and white picture of Sai Baba with Umbrella. To meditate the thoughts must be pacified, the mind must reach calmness and the problem is that all the desires never let the mind be at peace, be calm. It is very difficult to get mind concentrated. I have always felt the concentration getting without effort only by watching Sai Baba’s picture. Sai Baba says you should meditate on the Lord, who is in all the creatures, and I have seen people coming out of Temple and scolding the ones lower in the hierarchy of social power. How does this come to an end? Just simply try this experiment. Sit in front of Sai Baba’s photo, don’t try to bring about a solution of the problem. Just pray to Sai Baba, that Baba I have limited knowledge and I am limited. Just give me your grace and love and let it work on my mind. Baba make me feel your grace and let it work, I am not the doer. And certainly you will feel the grace working. We don’t have to do anything else just keep our mind on Sai Baba’s from and his Nazar, his glance on us will do the rest. And lets not forget the give him the two pice Shradha(Faith) and Saburi (Patience). Lets get restless without his Grace and Love and nothing else. And surely our mind will attain calmness, the difference between the one who meditates and the meditated upon is lost. The one who is meditating the limited is lost and merged into the meditated the limitless.
" Gazing into Sai Baba's face, hunger, thirst--every thing is forgotten. What worldly pleasure can stand comparison to it ? The trials and tribulations of worldly life are forgotten altogather".......... Sai SatCharitra