Sai Sandesh Volume
2; Feb 2008
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Hold on to Baba's
feet--He will surely save you!
The devotion of a little child
The power of
Devotees' Experiences: Baba
makes the room
Miracles of Baba:
Ocean worships Baba
Three in one
Hold to Baba's feet--He
will surely save you!
By The Sai Sandesh Team
A devotee of Baba, Das Ganu, wanted to
visit Prayag, a sacred place where holy rivers meet. When Ganu visited
Baba to seek His permission and blessings, Baba explained that all holy
spots were at His feet and that there was no need to go elsewhere. No
sooner had Sai said this, streams of holy water started emanating
miraculously from Baba's lotus feet. Ganu was astounded to see this
miracle, but was convinced that resorting to Sai's feet was equivalent
to bathing in the holiest of rivers.
Resorting to His feet removes countless sins
In an earlier age, to rescue earth from the rule of demonic forces, God
assumed the form of a saintly lad, Vamana, and accosted the king of
demons, Bali. On seeing a tender lad at his doorstep, Bali asked the boy
to seek a boon. Vamana asked for land that could be measured by His
three steps. Seeing the small physical frame of the lad, Bali humored
the child for asking such a trivial boon from a great king, but promised
to fulfill his desire nevertheless. Almost immediately, Vamana started
growing in size. He grew to such gigantic proportions that with one foot
he covered the entire earth and with the other, the heavens and nether
When God's foot reached heavenly regions, Lord Brahma, the creator,
rushed to worship the divine foot with holy water. It was this water
that later descended to earth in the form of the river Ganges. The
reason the holy river is able to purify millions of sinners is because
it had come in contact with God's foot.
Contact with God's feet is transformational
When Lord Rama was in the forests, He happened to visit a hermitage
where Ahalya had been cursed to assume the form of a stone for 10,000
years. While at the ashram, Rama placed His foot on the stone and, lo,
it was miraculously transformed into the divine mother Ahalya.
She was not only rescued from her inert condition, she was granted
liberation from the cycle of birth and death--all for a moment's contact
with God's feet. If a stone can be transformed into a woman by
contacting God's feet, imagine what could happen to humans. Is it any
surprise that the Goddess of Wealth, Mother Lakshmi, is always serving
His feet can
fulfill desires and remove miseries
When Saptanekar, a devotee who was dejected due to the death of his son,
held Baba's feet very firmly, Sai compassionately uttered the following
words: "These feet are old and holy, you are carefree now. Place faith
in me and you will soon get your object." On saying this Baba placed the
departed soul back into the very womb (of Saptanekar's wife) from which
it had died. Saptanekar was overjoyed to have his son back.
The Satcharita describes a wonderful dream that Anandrao had:
"I was standing in waist-deep water. There I saw Sai baba all of a
sudden. He was sitting on a beautiful throne studded with diamonds. His
feet were in water. I was most pleased and satisfied with the form of
Baba. The vision was so realistic that I never thought it was a dream.
Curiously enough Madhavrao was also standing there. He said to me
feelingly, "Anandrao, fall at His feet." I rejoined, "I also wish to do
so, but His feet are in water, how can I place my head on them? I am
helpless." Hearing this he said to Baba "Oh Deva, take out your feet
which are under water." Then Baba immediately took out His feet. I
caught them without delay and bowed to them. On seeing this Baba blessed
me saying, "Go now you will attain your welfare, there is no cause for
fear or anxiety."
Why worship the feet
The act of reverently worshipping God's feet is an ancient practice. It
is said that the feet hold the entire weight of man's body and help him
progress from one place to another. Further, circulation of blood
reaches from the feet to the heart and the feet are thus said to be
connected to the heart in a very special way.
Bowing to someone's feet is also considered an act of humility,
reverence, and surrender. In the case of God, He carries the burden of
the entire universe on his divine body and since God's cosmic body rests
on His feet, they are the holiest. Surrendering to His feet is the
surest and easiest way to reach His heart and secure divine blessings.
Abhishekam - 11 Times Daily
For the welfare of humanity,
Sri Rudra Abhishekam is being performed eleven times a day. The prayers start at 8.00 A.M. and continue until 11.30
A.M. All are welcome to participate.
Beacon Lights: The
devotion of a little child
By The Sai
When Baba was constructing a super
specialty hospital, huge project plans were being drawn out. The elite
of elite were eagerly awaiting a chance to contribute to this project.
All along a little student in Swami's university was wondering how he
could do his bit.
During the construction of the hospital Swami would often spend hours
behind closeted doors conferencing with engineers and doctors. One
afternoon, the doors opened suddenly and the Lord appeared holding a
letter in His hand. There was a twinkle in His eye and an aura of
When the letter was read aloud, all were dumbfounded to hear the plea of
a small child. When all other students were giving their clothes for
professional laundering, this little boy was washing them with his own
hands. This went on for months until the boy finally managed to save one
hundred rupees. This currency of love was enclosed with the letter where
he had poured his heart out to Swami.
The letter read as follows:
You have given so much to me and to every one here. You have provided
free education for me and all my brothers and now I hear that you are
constructing a BIG Hospital what will provide the most modern health
care facilities to every section of the society totally free of cost.
Bhagavan! I also want to be a part of your glorious mission but I am
just a small boy and I don't know how I can contribute. Bhagavan, my
parents are extremely poor but in spite of that they send me a little
extra pocket money every month. I know it's due to their love and
concern for me.
Bhagavan! For the last three months I have not given my clothes to the
dhoby (washerman). While all the other boys were sleeping in the night I
washed my clothes and thus I managed to save a little money. Bhagavan! I
have also resisted the temptations of toffees, chocolates and all the
other things and thus managed to save a little money. Bhagavan! I offer
this hundred rupee note to you. I feel ashamed and small to give you so
little but even if this money can be used to buy a small brick for the
new hospital, I will be the happiest child in the world.
--Your Loving Son
Baba held this note close to His heart and declared with utmost joy that
this single note was more than millions.
How many times do we stop from undertaking devotional or service
activities with the fear that our little acts won't matter to God. Had
the little boy paid heed to such thoughts could he have won God's grace?
Accessed on January 21, 2007.
Matham (religion) is a matter of
Mathi (mind). Based on the teachings of the different faiths,
having regard to the requirements of the time and circumstances
of different countries, and keeping in view the specific needs
of the people concerned, certain rules and regulations were laid
down. On this account, one faith should not be considered
superior to another. Man's primary duty is to bear in mind the
sacred truths enshrined in every religion and practise them in
Source: Thought for the day, Prashanti Nilayam, January 29, 2008
The power of Baba's words
By The Sai
Nature is nothing but the
manifestation of a minute fraction of God's infinite glory, and
billions of ever-expanding universes are mere atoms when
compared to the all-powerful Lord. When such a powerful Lord
commands His creation on a course of action, it cannot but
fulfill that order with all humility and reverence.
The might and majesty of an avatar cannot be comprehended by
human intelligence; it can only be experienced. During their
physical incarnations, avatars perform countless deeds that are
considered miracles in the mortal realm, but in reality they are
visible manifestations of divine sankalpa (will). This will is
not an ordinary one, though. It is so powerful it can alter even
the writ of providence and, when necessary, overrule otherwise
unalterable cosmic laws. The warmth of sincere devotion can melt
God's butter-soft heart in an instant, and in response to a
devotee's plea the Lord becomes like a servitor, willing to
extend any service possible. When the call is sincere, He will
alter even destiny and rescue devotees from sorrow. This has
been the experience of innumerable devotees.
Once, a mother-in-law was fortunate enough to experience this
grace. She was a pious lady who had a big family with many sons
and daughter-in-laws. Despite experiencing all forms of
happiness, she was not at peace, for none of her children were
able to become parents. She visited Puttaparthi with utmost
reverence and placed her sorrow at the feet of the Lord of
Parthi. He heard her request with compassion but explained that
none of her family members were destined to become parents--that
was their fate. She was disheartened but she firmly held Sai's
feet and with tear-filled eyes begged Him to intercede. Swami
was moved and asked if she believed in Him. She calmly said that
His will was supreme and that He could alter destiny itself, if
He so willed. Swami was touched by her faith and blessed her.
The following year, she came with beautiful grand children.
During the Shirdi Sai Avatar, a devotee brought several seeds to
Shirdi. It was his intense desire to plant trees near Dwarakamai.
Baba was reluctant, however, and refused to accede to the
request. As time passed, the seeds dried and became incapable of
germinating. The devotee was unable to bear his beloved Sai's
refusal and could not rest in peace. Day and night, he was
suffering in anguish. Sainath was unable to see His devotee
suffer in this manner and called him to His presence. Baba asked
him to quit worrying and also ordered him to plant the dried
seeds with faith. He declared that even though the seeds had
dried, they would germinate into beautiful plants--and they did.
Such is the power of Sai's words.
During another instance, Baba's devotee, Shama, was bitten by a
snake. Frightened by the imminent danger, Shama immediately
rushed to His beloved Sai who uttered the following words: "Oh
vile bhaturdya (priest), do not climb up. Beware if you do so.
Go get away, come down." Shama was disheartened to think that
the words were uttered at him, but in reality they were Sai's
antidote to the poison. It was a direct command ordering the
poison to stop rising. Shama recovered completely.
On another occasion, Shirdi witnessed a terrifying storm that
threatened to devour the entire village. All its inhabitants
rushed to their beloved Lord Sai, who in His utmost mercy came
to their rescue. His simple words, "Oh, stop; calm your fury,"
were sufficient to quell the furious storm in moments.
God is so merciful, He cannot but run for His devotees. He is
like the hard-working mother who is always busy performing
routine household--in His case, cosmic--duties. Despite her
burdens, the mother always provides for the children's needs and
keeps a watchful eye on them. The children may not know or
realize this. When they are safe or at play, she continues
performing her chores, but if a child starts crying
inconsolably, she will leave everything and run to console and
caress her darling. In the same manner, God, who bears the love
of a thousand mothers, rushes to respond to His children's
calls. His simple words will allay all fears and fulfill
devotees' sincere wishes.
Leelas: Baba makes the room warm
By A Sai Devotee, New York
In 1999, me and a friend were
serving in the temple one night. The weather authorities had
declared that night to be the coldest for the year and it was
freezing beyond description. We were patrolling the temple's
premises as part of our allotted duty but couldn't withstand the
biting cold. To make matters worse, the internal heating system
was not working that night.
To keep ourselves warm, we shared a blanket. It wasn't the best
solution but we didn't have another option. Suddenly, a thought
crossed my mind that Baba might be feeling cold as well, so we
took off the blanket we were sharing and wrapped it around Baba.
Lo, the whole room became warm beyond description--instantly! We
didn't need the blanket anymore. In fact, we had to take off our
Mind Boggling Miracles
of Baba: Ocean worships Baba
During Swami's visit to
Kanyakumari a miracle of the most astounding nature took place.
One evening, Baba proceeded to the seashore and with His
Bhakthas around Him, played with the waves of the seas that
mingle there. Each succeeding wave seemed to be more eager than
the previous one to touch His lotus Feet, and to offer Him its
own special homage. Suddenly, as if aware of the yearning of the
seas, Baba stood facing the waters and said to those beside Him,
'See! The Ocean is welcoming Me, with a Garland.'
At the very moment one could discern a stately wave a few yards
away, advancing majestically towards the shore and, soon it
swept Baba's Feet and receded. Imagine the wonder and amazement
of every one when they found, round Baba's Feet a bewitching
pearl garland, swaying and swinging with every surge of the
waters around Them! One hundred and eight translucent pearls
each a priceless gem, strung on a thread of gold! O, how
charming Baba looked! The Avathar receiving the homage of Varuna
N. Kasturi, Sathyam Sivam Sundaram, The Life Story of Sathya Sai
Source: Oka Chinna Katha
One day goddess Parvathi asked
Shiva: "Lord! I have heard that there is a sacred shrine for
your worship by name Kasi and that those who visit Kasi and
offer worship to you after a holy bath in the Ganges will earn
the merit of coming to Kailas and stay there for ever. Is it
Lord Shiva replied: "All the people cannot earn that merit. Mere
visiting Kasi and offering worship to my image are not enough.
Presently, I shall make the point clear to you. Let us go to
Kasi as an aged couple. I shall make you enact a drama!"
Lord Shiva and Parvathi appeared before the entrance of the
temple of Shiva, Parvathi as an old hag of eighty years and Lord
Shiva a rickety old man of ninety. Shiva laid his head on the
lap of Parvathi and started groaning in severe pain.
The old woman was crying helplessly. She begged every pilgrim
saying: "Oh ye devotees! look here, this is my husband. He is
terribly thirsty and may die any moment. Will you please fetch
some water for him to drink? I cannot leave him alone and go to
fetch water". The pilgrims were coming from the ghats after
their ceremonial bath in the Ganges. Their clothes were wet and
they were carrying water in small bright vessels. They saw and
heard the woman's lament. Some said: "Wait, we shall attend to
your husband after offering the sacred Ganges water to Lord
Some said: "Oh what a nuisance! Why can't these beggars allow us
at least to offer worship in peace." Some others said: "These
beggars should not be allowed to sit here".
There was a big crowd near the temple entrance. A professional
pickpocket walked along with some of these pilgrims.
He also heard the old woman's lament. He could not bear the
sight of the suffering old man and the bewailing old woman. He
walked upto them and said: "Mother, what do you want? Who are
you? Why are you here?". The old woman replied, "Son, we came
here to have the darsan of Lord Visveswara. My husband suddenly
took ill and fainted out of exhaustion. He might survive if
someone were to pour some water into his parching mouth.
His condition is too critical for me to leave him and go to
bring water. I requested many people to help me, but nobody
would spare any water though they have been carrying pitchers
full of it." The thief was moved to compassion. He had brought
some water in the dried gourd-pot. The
woman stopped him and said: "Son, my husband may die any moment,
he will not accept water unless the person who gives water
speaks truth." The pickpocket could not catch the meaning. He
said: "Mother, please tell me what I should do"?
With a cynical laughter, he said: "Mother, I have not done any
good deed so far. I am a professional pickpocket. The only good
deed is that which I am going to do now, to offer water to this
dying old man. This is true." He poured gently some water into
the mouth of the old man. No sooner had the pickpocket done this
deed than the old couple disappeared and in their place stood
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, in all their splendor.
Shiva said: "Son, you are indeed blessed. There is no greater
morality than speaking the truth, and no true worship more
faithful than service to fellow human beings. You have been
atoned for all the sins you have committed so far because of
this one good deed."
Three in one
Source: Oka Chinna Katha
There was a small kingdom in which
strangely enough all people where quite happy and very healthy.
In course of time both the ruler and ruled grew proud of this
rare good fortune and claimed it to be a reward of their
personal righteousness. Since all of them were healthy, there
was no physician in the kingdom. One day, a physician came to
its capital city and was happy to find that there was no other
physician to compete with him in his profession in the whole
But whenever he entered into conversation with the people and
enquired after their health, they would say: "Oh! We are
brahmajnanis, no illness can touch us. We are the fortunate few
chosen by God and blessed by Him with health and happiness. Why
do you tarry here, better go elsewhere to earn your living". The
physician however did not want to leave the city and was also
hopeful that this snobbery of the people will not last long.
Once the king suddenly fell ill. The physician was summoned to
the royal presence. He was pleased that God had given him an
opportunity to display his talent. He treated the king with
reverence and great attention. The king was slowly but steadily
improving. However, he said: "Sir, I really thank you for your
treatment but can you not cure me quickly? I am not used to
lying down like this for days together".
The physician wanted to teach the king and the people a lesson.
He said: "Oh king, there is a quick cure, but I am afraid, I may
not be able to get what I want for preparing the medicine". The
king said: "you need not doubt the capacity either of my
ministers or my people. They will be ready to procure anything
you may require. They are all brahma jnanis. They will not
bother about any type of strain or sacrifice on their part to
get their beloved king cured. Come, tell me what you want".
The physician said: "My Lord! I am glad that you are so
confident". I require 1/4 pound of flesh from the body of a
brahma jnani - that is all". "Oh! How simple!", exclaimed the
king. The king immediately sent word to his minister and
commanded him to get at once 1/4 pound of flesh of any brahma
jnani in the city".
The minister returned very late in the evening, very sad and
dejected. The king asked eagerly "Why so late? Come on, where is
the flesh?". The minister pleaded, "Oh! King, I am sorry, I
could not get what you wanted. When I made the people know of
what you need, everyone said: 'Oh, I am not a brahma jnani. Do
you think that brahma jnanis will be found in cities such as
this?' How can we say confidently that we are all brahma jnanis?".
The king was surprised to hear this and looked at the physician
pitiably. The physician said: "Oh king!, do not feel sad. This
is the way of the world. One may claim to be anything but to
actually live up to that high ideal is extremely difficult.
You are now recovered. Nothing is wrong with you. I need no
human flesh. I planned this little drama, only to let you know
the truth. Pardon me".
Each person is "three in one", i.e. what he thinks of himself,
what others think he is and finally, what he really is.
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