Saturday, April 7, 2007

Shirdi Sai Baba on Fault Finding

Was Reading The Gospel of Holy Mother ( Sri Sarada Devi, wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansha ) In the book was mention of how the mother prayed to the Master ( Sri Ramakrishna) to take away the ability to find faults in others, and she attained it. I opened up a document of Golden words of holy Mother and the following quote came up."I tell you one thing. If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own."

This reminded the story of Sai Baba in Shirdi found in Sai SatCharitra. Once it so happened that a Bhakta of Sai Baba, reviled another behind his back, before other people. On leaving aside merits, he dwelt on the faults of his brother, and spoke so sarcastically, that the hearers were disgusted. This happened in the sacred land of Shirdi. Sai Baba was not physically present at that time, but many a times he showed that he knew what had happened near or far by physical distance. Similarly when Sai Baba met him near Lendi Baugh Sai Baba pointed out to him a pig that was eating filth near the fence and said to him - "Behold how, with what relish it is gorging dung. Your conduct is similar. 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?"

Sai Baba pointed out that even the sacred land of Shirdi will not be of any help, if the conduct of finding the faults with others will not change. We should be ever aware of our actions in our daily life, and be watchful of our conduct, if it is compiling with our Sai Baba’s teachings.

It also reminds me of my favorite How to Love God by Meher Baba, quote from it goes

“If, instead of seeing faults in others, we look within ourselves, we are loving God. “


Anonymous said...

I think if everybody learn from this & start thinking like this, this world wil become most beautiful & peaceful place for every human being.......... Infact people should apply teachings of Sai baba in their daily life & they will be able to see the results, how happy there life will become :)

Alpesh Patel said...

Yes Richa,

Indeed world will become most beautiful, if everybody on the earth put this in practice in daily life, just watch out for the faults in own self and not in others. And this one thing can bring about great revolution in our and our surroundings if we are aware of this single thing, and we get much closer to our beloved Sai Baba.

Anonymous said...

Thanx Alpesh for getting us back to our roots. It's so true, we all crave for peace in our day to day lives and at times unintentionally we end up finding faults in others. If we all start looking within ourselves first rather than pointing others, then our lives will become more meaningful.Om sai Ram

రామ ShastriX said...

Thanks, Alpesh, for this excellent message. While reading the post, one could sharply recall the words of both the Holy Mother and Shirdi Baba.

John 5:22 goes: The Father makes no judgment, but hath committed all judgment unto the son.

By nipping the thought (of finding fault with others) in the bud, one can aspire to be more like the Father, so full of Love.

Anonymous said...

One should try to love each nd every person on this earth coz all the human beings have a heart and a soul. and in all the souls , lies within is our divine BABA .and our BABA is to be loved always nd by all OM SAI RAM.
excellent one, i really needed this , can only say that whenever ur facing something, or ur caught in a similar kind of a situation , or waiting for the right words from him, he sends some way or the other his proposition or his words ,through some of his networking channels. he has again done that for me through his loved one. thanks to baba and all his loving devotees . Jai sainathay Namah . OM Sai Ram .

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