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.
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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. This is the easiest means of attaining devotion. People from all quarters flocked there and both the rich and the poor began to be benefited in more ways than one. Blessed is he who could experience one or all of these.
Sometimes Baba observed long silences which were, in a way, His dissertation on the Brahman. And at other times, He was Consciousness-Bliss Incarnate. Sometimes He spoke in parables and at other times indulged in wit and humor. At times, He was quite unambiguous clear and at times He seemed enraged. Sometimes He gave His teachings in a nutshell, while at other times He argued at length.
Many a times He was very direct. In this way, He gave varied instructions to people according to their requirements. His life was therefore, inscrutable; beyond the ken of our mind and beyond our intellect and speech. Our longing to see His face, to speak with Him and hear His Leelas was never satisfied and yet we are overflowing with joy. We can count the showers of rain and encircle the wind in a leather bag; but who can gauge or measure His Leelas?
Now we deal here with one aspect of them: how He anticipated or forestalled the calamities of His devotees and warded them off in time. She wards off all the dangers and anxieties of Her children who sit on her lap. This Masjidmayi its presiding Deity is very merciful. She is the mother of simple devotees, whom she will save in calamities. Once a person sits on her lap, all his troubles are over. Then Balasaheb bowed before Baba and left the Masjid with Shama. Baba called Shama back and asked him to accompany Balasaheb and enjoy the Chitali trip.
Balasaheb replied that he need not come, as it would be inconvenient. Shama returned to Baba and told Him what Balasaheb had said. In the meanwhile, Balasaheb thought over it again and asked Shama to accompany him. Then Shama went to Baba again and took His leave, and left with Balasaheb in the tanga. They reached Chitali at 9 AM and encamped in the Maruti temple. The office workers had not arrived, so they sat quietly in the temple chatting.
Balasaheb was sitting on a mat reading a newspaper. His Uparani upper dhotar was spread across his waist and on a part of it, a snake was sitting unobserved. It began to move with a rustling sound, which was heard by the peon. He brought a lantern, saw the snake and raised an alarm. Balasaheb was frightened and began to shiver with fear. Shama was also stunned; Then Shama and the others moved stealthily and picked up sticks and clubs. He foretells death for you.
His servant saw it too and lifted a stone to strike at it. Bapusaheb asked him to get a big stick, but before the servant returned with the stick, the snake was seen slithering away and soon disappeared. Amir Shakkar Amir Shakkar was a native of the village of Korale. He worked as a commission agent in Bandra and was well-known there. He once suffered from Rheumatism, which gave him a lot of pain.
He was then reminded of God, so he left his business and went to Shirdi and prayed to Baba to relieve him from his malady. Baba then stationed him in the Chavadi, which was then a damp, unhealthy place, unfit for such a patient. Baba passed by the Chavadi every morning and evening and stayed there overnight, every alternate day.
Amir stayed there for a full nine months and then somehow or the other, he had a disgust for the place; So one night, he stealthily left the place and came to Kopergaon and stayed in a Dharmashala. There, he saw an old dying fakir who asked him for water. Amir brought some water and gave it to the fakir.
As soon as the fakir drank it, he passed away. Then Amir was in a fix; He thought that if he went and informed the authorities, he would be held responsible for the death, as he was the first and sole informant. Baba asked him to look carefully and began to strike the ground with His satka. He asked Abdul to bring the light and when he brought it, he saw the coil of a serpent moving its head up and down.
The serpent was immediately beaten to death. Thus, Baba gave timely warning and saved Amir. Hemadpant was one of them. At first it was not noticed, but as the Lord protects those who are intent on hearing His stories, Hemadpant casually cast a glance over his right shoulder and noticed it. It was dead silent and did not move at all. It seemed as if it too enjoyed the reading. Then he went out and threw it out into the garden. A light was brought and the snake was first dazzled by the light.
However, it sat still and only moved its head up and down. Then many people rushed there with sticks and cudgels, but as it sat in an awkward place, no blow could be dealt. But upon hearing the commotion, the serpent went out hastily through the same hole. Then everyone there felt relieved.
Unless He wills it, nobody can do any harm unto others. The world is all dependent on Him and no one is independent. So we should take pity on and love all creatures, not engage in adventurous fights and killings and be patient.
The Lord God protects everyone.
Submit Your Experience
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.
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.
Love all by keeping mind pure. All things will happen automatically......Sai Baba