Om Sai Ram,
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Was thinking of writing a post of Sai Baba's love and grace, how to feel Sai Baba and arrived the following mail in my inbox.
How are you.I am going through your site about Baba.Really it's a very nice
one. I am staying in Texas and a firm believer of Sai .Really you are a
blessed son of Babaji.I have learned so many things from your site.But i am
so unlucky that i even didn't see Shiridi.I am planning to go to Baba next
year. I have an request for you.Please can you write me how to do
meditation...because now a days i am going through some health problem.So i
need your help and want to get closer to Sai.
Thanks sai ram
Thanks Mousmee, for your comments, i feel blessed.
We often look and ask others for the way of meditation. Actually the best thing is Ask Sai Baba and our own selves. There is a story of stealing of rags (asking others, when Sai Baba himself is there to help you out) in Sai SatCharitra chapter 41.
Each one of us has a different appetite hence the food we take also should be different. Sai Baba the Sadguru knows best. what we should do is with deep love and faith from the very depth of our heart ask Sai Baba. He will surely show. There are many ways Sai Baba showed and still shows to his devotees. He asks two things deep love for him and Shraddha (Faith) and Saburi (patience). Few i will write down here. What ever the way, when we feel Sai Baba's love and grace in our heart and mind is best for us.
i use to and still meditate sometimes on Sai Baba's picture or idol. Just looking at the picture with total love and something happens. The body and mind and heart gets filled with his love and grace. One article how Sai Baba works on us will also be of much help, going through the links provided on the article will be worthwhile.
Watching Sai Baba's picture or idol or even the videos of Aarti are great way, by doing this with great love Grace of Sai Baba takes over. What we do is nothing compared to what the love and grace of Sai Baba does in return. But this much is needed.
Recently i was reading the book Unravelling the Enigma: Shirdi Sai Baba in the Light of Sufism, the book contains the translation of the script Abdul Baba used to write, while with Sai Baba. One pleasing surprise for me was Sai Baba used to quote the Sufi Mystic Poet Rumi, a lot of times to Abdul Baba.
The following poem i read immediately brings Sai Baba to mind
" If you want a customer who will pay in gold,
could there be a better customer than God, O my heart?
He buys our dirty bag of goods,
and in return gives us an inner light that borrows from His splendor.
He receives the dissolving ice of this mortal body
and gives us a kingdom beyond imagining.
He takes a few tear drops,
and gives a spiritual spring so delicious
sugar is jealous of its sweetness.
If any doubt waylays you,
rely upon the spiritual traders, the prophets.
The Divine Ruler increased their fortune so greatly,
no mountain could bear what they've been given."
" He buys our dirty bag of goods, and in return gives us an inner light that borrows from His splendor "
Yes i have felt this a lot of time. when the mind or heart is in turmoil, pain, i pray to Sai Baba, Baba, this is what i have, the pain the disturbance, am sorry but, i am giving it to you. Indeed he takes the dirty bag of goods, and returns the grace from his splendor. One can subscribe for the beautiful poems of Rumi at Sunlight yahoo Group.
By Baba's grace, i meet many of his devotees. Some are attracted to Aratis, some Sai SatCharitra, to some particular Bhajans or songs of Sai Baba brings tears in their eyes, some find great satisfaction in serving in temples of Sai Baba. Almost all love to talk about Sai Baba his miracles, their experiences.
It starts with one particular aspect and most often each of the above gives pleasure once the knot of love gets stronger with Sai Baba.
i would like to state the recent experience of mine. When the television serial Sai Baba started on Star plus channel of star tv ( you can watch recent episodes on video blog). i watched a couple of episodes and since i had read a lot, almost any book i could get and number of websites on Sai Baba of Shirdi. The tv serial looked far from the facts. So missed the episodes for about a year. Also was running the restaurant business which kept me busy on Sunday nights (time of the serial). About two months ago i sat in front of tv and was watching the serial. While watching tears started rolling from my eyes, got chocked with emotions. Now i never miss one, and all the times this thing happens.
So do what ever attracts you about Sai Baba, with deep love for him.
Searching for the poem of Rumi about buying dirty bags of ours which fits so well for Sai Baba, i stumbled upon another good one. So will end the post with it. It goes as
" This Will Not Win Him -->
Reason says, I will win him with my eloquence. Love says, I will win him with my silence. Soul says, How can I ever win him When all I have is already his? He does not want, he does not worry, He does not seek a sublime state of euphoria - How then can I win him With sweet wine or gold? . . . He is not bound by the senses - How then can I win him With all the riches of China? He is an angel, Though he appears in the form of a man. Even angels cannot fly in his presence - How then can I win him By assuming a heavenly form? He flies on the wings of God, His food is pure light - How then can I win him With a loaf of baked bread? He is neither a merchant, nor a tradesman - How then can I win him With a plan of great profit? He is not blind, nor easily fooled - How then can I win him By lying in bed as if gravely ill? I will go mad, pull out my hair, Grind my face in the dirt - How will this win him? He sees everything - how can I ever fool him? He is not a seeker of fame, A prince addicted to the praise of poets - How then can I win him With flowing rhymes and poetic verses? The glory of his unseen form Fills the whole universe How then can I win him With a mere promise of paradise? I may cover the earth with roses, I may fill the ocean with tears, I may shake the heavens with praises - none of this will win him. There is only one way to win him, this Beloved of mine - Become his. -- Jalaluddin Rumi " Become his, totally become Sai Baba's, surely he will carry you. picture on this post courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos