Those who chant my name repetedly, I will protect them always According to the ancient and revered custom, Hemadpant begins the work, Sai Satcharitra, with various salutations. First, he makes obeisance to the God Ganesha to remove all obstacles and make the work a success and says that Shri Sai is the God Ganesha. Then, to the Goddess Saraswati to inspire him to write out the work and says that Shri Sai is one with this Goddess and that He is Himself singing His own life. Then, to his tutelary Deity Narayan Adinath who manifested himself in Konkan — the land reclaimed by Parashurama, Rama in the Hindi version from the sea; and to the Adi Original Purusha of the family.
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Those who chant my name repetedly, I will protect them always According to the ancient and revered custom, Hemadpant begins the work, Sai Satcharitra, with various salutations. First, he makes obeisance to the God Ganesha to remove all obstacles and make the work a success and says that Shri Sai is the God Ganesha.
Then, to the Goddess Saraswati to inspire him to write out the work and says that Shri Sai is one with this Goddess and that He is Himself singing His own life. Then, to his tutelary Deity Narayan Adinath who manifested himself in Konkan — the land reclaimed by Parashurama, Rama in the Hindi version from the sea; and to the Adi Original Purusha of the family. Then, to his grandfather Sadashiv, father Raghunath, his mother, who left him in his infancy, to his paternal aunt, who brought him up, and to his loving elder brother.
Then, to the readers and prays them to give their whole and undivided attention to his work. After describing in brief the various modes of devotion according to Parashara, Vyasa and Shandilya etc. I was wonder-struck to see the following phenomenon. After washing His mouth and face, Sai Baba began to make preparations for grinding wheat.
He spread a sack on the floor; and thereon set a hand-mill. He took some quantity of wheat in a winnowing fan, and then drawing up the sleeves of His Kafni robe ; and taking hold of the peg of the hand-mill, started grinding the wheat by putting a few handfuls of wheat in the upper opening of the mill and rotated it.
While they were grinding, they began to think that Baba had no house, no property, no children, none to look after, and He lived on alms, He did not require any wheat-flour for making bread or roti, what will He do with this big quantity of flour? Perhaps as Baba is very kind, He will distribute the flour amongst us. Thinking in this way while singing, they finished the grinding and after putting the hand-mill aside, they divided the flour into four portions and began to remove them one per head.
Have I borrowed any wheat from you, so that you can safely take the flour? Now please do this. Take the flour and throw it on the village border limits. From this time onward, the Cholera Epidemic subsided and the people of the village were happy. I was much pleased to know all this; but at the same time my curiosity was also aroused.
I began to ask myself — What earthly connection was there between wheat flour and Cholera? What was the casual relation between the two? And how to reconcile them? The incident seems to be inexplicable. Philosophical Significance of Grinding Apart from the meaning that the people of Shirdi put on this incident of grinding wheat, there is, we think, a philosophical significance too.
Sai Baba lived in Shirdi for about sixty years and during this long period; He did the business of grinding almost every day — not, however, the wheat alone; but the sins, the mental and physical afflictions and the miseries of His innumerable devotees.
The two stones of His mill consisted of Karma and Bhakti, the former being the lower and the latter the upper one. The handle with which Baba worked the mill consisted of Jnana. It was the firm conviction of Baba that Knowledge or Self-realization is not possible, unless there is the prior act of grinding of all our impulses, desires, sins; and of the three gunas, viz.
Sattva, Raja and Tama; and the Ahamkara, which is so subtle and therefore so difficult to be got rid of.
Sai Satcharitra Chapter 22
This statement will be amplified and illustrated, with a few striking instances; and by other matters dealt with in this Chapter. Baba gave certain suggestions or hints, when Bhaktas went to bid good-bye and take leave. These suggestions had to be followed. We give below a few instances. He came in haste to the Masjid, saluted Baba, and said that he would go to Kopargtaon bazar. On seeing has anxiety to go, Baba asked him to take Shama Madhavrao Deshpande at least with him.
Sri Sai Satcharitra - English
No one has been able to fathom the nature or the form of the Almighty. Even the Vedas and the thousand-tongued Shesha are not able to describe it fully. But the devotees cannot but know and look at the form of the Lord, for they know that His Feet are the only means of their happiness. They know no other method of attaining the supreme goal of life, except meditating on the Holy Feet of the Lord. He is sitting with His legs folded, the right leg across the left knee; The fingers of His left hand are spread on the right foot. On the right toe are spread His two fingers-the index and middle ones. By this posture, Baba means to say that if anyone wants to see His Light, be ego-less, very humble and meditate on His toe through the opening between the two branches.