Saturday, June 19, 2010

Busy schedule? - Read the Essence of Shirdi Sai Baba’s teachings daily

Om Sai Ram,

Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi himself narrated the essence of his teachings to a contemporary devotee Bala Dev.

Bala Dev once put forward his problem to Sai Baba, that it was very difficult for him to read and contemplate on the books with divine teachings. In reply to this the Compassionate Guru asked him not to worry and He Himself gave the essence of His teachings which can be read and contemplated even in a very busy schedule.


Below is Sai TatvaRatnavali; the very special gift from Baba to us.

'O Baba'

1. The ambrosia that you nurtured, until now we contemplated, Pothi (sacred text bhaktleelamrut) was filled by Das Ganu, but how can we contemplate on that regularly?

2. O Gururai, we are sansari, the journey of Sansar is wicked,
   For the sake of hunger men-women, have to toil all day long.


3. Guru (Sai Baba)  compassionately replied, Why do you worry?
   Contemplate on the essence of ambrosia that I narrate, surely you will be free.

4. Speaking this the Guru continued, those words of wisdom then I imbibed,
   the pearls that I weaved in this necklace, O devotees wear them with love.

5. 'God is there, believe this to be truth'  'God is not, know this to be false'
   And know this for sure, Nobody is bigger than God.

6. God creates, and also God preserves,
   God raises, and also God takes where the death dwells.

7. Not a leaf move, without the will of God
   Be patient, and be satisfied with the will of God.

8. Unfathomable is the play of God, the pace of logic falls here
   Incomprehensible incidents of God, only the unique devotee alone knows.

9. Fear the God alone and never leave the righteousness
   Keep the center of power of Conscience of virtue and vice, constantly awake.


10. Perform your duties always, never hold the vanity of doer,
    Believe always that God is the doer, and offer the results to God always.
    Then the deed will not bound you and danger of births will not hinder you.

11. Rinanubandh (bond of indebtedness contracted in previous births (and forming the cause of suffering and enjoyment
    in this life)) will then decay. Detached you will remain always.

12. God is filled with entire dwellings, God is the one who is hiding
    Surely God is filled in all animals, so be compassionate to everyone.

13. Be harmonious with everyone, do not engage in debate
    Do not slander anybody, nor compare.

14. Always listen with peace, what everybody speaks
    do not be afraid of it, those words cannot pierce the body.

15 . Do your duty with attention, do not give attention to others deeds
     why should we spend the sleepless nights for the duty of others?

16. Who sows surely reaps it's fruits, why should other suffer with anxiety?
    In field of action the body disintegrates, so never waste time in leisure.


17. Remember the name of God always, always read the sacred texts.
    Do not give up food or pleasure trips, but always be fixed in Him (God).

18.   Who regularly reads this and brings it in behavior
      God will surely take his/her care, bow to Guru.



The teachings of Sai Baba in practical life.
Baba_Smiling_Original_BWThere are 3 wonderful chapters written in Bhaktleelamrit. These chapters were written while Sai Baba sported in physical body. Enormous teachings regarding most topics touching our life and life welfare are given in those chapters by Sai Baba himself. Those chapters covers the teachings given by Sadguru Sai Baba to His close devotee Nanasaheb Chandorkar. Nanasaheb asked various questions regarding the normal life and spiritual life. Sai Baba explained to him in detail, the conducts on various issues in day-today life and spiritual life.


These 3 chapters were read, even in Dwarkamai in front of Sai Baba. There is beautiful story of Bhimaji Patil in Sai SatCharitra. Bhimaji Patil was severely suffering from a disease and was counting is last days. On bidding by Nanasaheb Chandorkar, he sought refuge in Sai Baba. By Sai Baba’s  grace he was completely cured overnight. It is mentioned in Shri Sai SatCharitra that Bhimaji Patil then conducted Sai satya Vrat puja in place of Satya Narayan vrat puja.  These were the chapters that were read in Sai satya vrat puja.

It covers
  • The issues like karma and destiny.

  • How one should conduct oneself in world. (covers teachings on subjects like wealth, charity, relationships like son, daughter, relatives, friends, duties of this world (mundane world as called by many spiritual seekers, in chapter 32). Nanasaheb prostrates at Sai Baba’s feet saying, “O Sai Maharaj, I am sick and tired of this mundane life” he continues with some reasoning for the above state of mind. To this Sai Baba replies in detail.

  • Chapter 33 Sai Baba says, “Now I will tell you how to act, to reach state of salvation (Mukta Sthiti) which follows the end of pleasure and pain.” Topics like destiny, karma, desires, karma (sex), husband-wife relationship, spiritual seeker, Sadhak, Siddha (One with God).

  • Chapter 57 relates with much more inscrutable queries like Brahma, God, Chaitanya, Maya (illusion),  to which Sai Baba explains symbolically as these questions does not have answers. One must live the answer.
These 3 chapters of Bhaktleelamrut (32, 33 & 57) has words spoken by Guru Sai Baba, which gives us great insight of living the life in practical way. Balasaheb Dev, found these 3 chapters too long  to read daily in the world which requires much time dedicated to other works also.

Shirdi_Sai_Baba Sai Baba the compassionate one, gave him the essence of the teachings, which could be read and imbibed everyday, even in the busy schedules. These are the essential teachings from Guru to be read every day and see that they become part of are blood, flesh and none marrow.

Balasaheb called it Sai TatvaRatnavali, necklace of precious stones.

from 5th verse the teachings of Sai Baba starts until 18. This should be printed and hanged on the walls of the rooms we visit often. Read often and assimilated in heart. If we do this we will soon begin to find the key to calm mind and heart. Much of the turbulence of minds vanishes.

If one is awake at the center, one will soon find out, hey the mind was occupied in comparisons, hence all the trouble for nothing. If we are awake we will notice that while slandering others, something within is not rising, it does not give or spread good feelings. Did not Sai Baba told that slander will never help. And we will remember read the sacred text and would give our attention to sacred text.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

om sai ram baba

Anonymous said...

om sai ram

ShastriX said...

Enjoyed this; thank you, Alpesh.

Anonymous said...

om sai ram,,thanks for sharing these thoughts..

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