Day 194 | 24 July 2015 | Day of Rest at Shirdi | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Sri M, inside Baba's close friend Abdullah Baba's residence - Shirdi
  • Sri M with Baba's begging bowl - Shirdi
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  • With the clerics at baba Abdullah's residence
  • Inside the temple premises with the satsangis and Padayatris - Shirdi
  • At Baba Abdullah's residence which houses an impressive collection of Sai bab's photographs - Shirdi
  • Baba's premier disciple Mahalasapathi's residence - Shirdi
  • Souvenir shop within the temple precincts - Shirdi
  • The Shirdi temple gopuram - a beacon for the faithful - Shirdi
  • Sri M's satsang at the Sai Dharmasala Hall
Today was a day of rest in Shirdi for Walk of Hope. The padayatris gathered in the temple at 9.00 am and visited all the important places – residences of Sai Baba's close companion, Abdullah Baba, Sai Baba's close devotee, Malasapathi and Laxmi Patil and of course, the main temple - the Samadhi shrine.

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In the evening, they gathered again in Sai Dharamshala for the Satsang. The hour-long Satsang went thus, “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram Tatpadam darśitam yena tasmai śrī gurave namah (Which) pervades the entire unbroken form of the circle (of creation), moving and unmoving. To that beautiful and benevolent Guru through whom that state was revealed (to me), salutations. Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwara Gurur Sakshat ParabrahmaTasmai Shree Guruvey Namaha The Guru is Brahma(The creator), Lord Vishnu(The preserver, and Lord Shiva (the destroyer) To that very Guru I bow, for He is the Supreme Being, right before my eyes. Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu - May the entire universe be happy” “I know some people don’t know Hindi here but most people know it, so I will speak in Hindi. Those who cannot understand Hindi, for them, I will speak later in English. As I said when we started, Satsang is something that has to be done again and again. If Sadhu Sants are not there, automatically it becomes a dursangha. That is why I have to repeat the same thing again and again. As is said in the Bhagwat, our minds and brains are very limited; things do not go in that easily. That’s why, if I say the same old things, do not wonder why. I am saying things again and again so that you do not fall.” “Think of this, under a tree sits a fakir. The fakir has nothing, he has a begging bowl, and he has no roof over his head. Why do so many people go to that fakir? He has nothing. People go to him in Audis, in BMWs, in little Fiats, why do they go there? What is it he has that they do not have? They seem to have everything yet they go to someone who sits under a tree with torn clothes. What does he have? He considers his poverty his pride. Why do people go to him? People go to him, prostrate before him and say give me this or give me that. Think of this. This is not some philosophy.” “They go to him - the fakir maybe anyone - because he has something that money cannot buy, that cannot be bought, that is not for sale in Walmart, that cannot be found anywhere in the marketplace, he has Ram Ratan. Jhoot na choda, Krodh na choda, Ram Ratan kyun chod diya. They go to him for this. Whosoever has the Ram Ratan, a fragrance emanates from him that people wonder what this is, what is happening? Do not ask what is happening because it cannot be explained. This Ram Ras, this Ram Ratan - think of this.” “People used to come to Sai Baba and say - give me this or give me that. He used to listen to them; he never said ‘I am giving this to you’. All he used to say was ‘Ram Ram’ or ‘Allah Malik Hai’. Once, his very close devotee said to him, ‘I am a Vedantin, I do not want all of this but people come and ask you all these things, why do you give?’ Sai Baba said,‘I give them what they ask for with the understanding that a day will come when they will ask for something that I want to give, if they come and ask me to give this or that and I say I do not have that, they will run away; maybe they will go to a duplicate fakir who will take the key of the BMW as soon as possible.” “He said that a day would come when they will ask for something that I want to give to them. And what this is, this is Ram Ratan. It is a flower that blossoms in the heart of a sadhu, of a fakir—the fragrance of which flows in the air and, if you are like that, you will become That, and nothing has to be asked of others.” “Every person, without exception, in all places is looking for one thing. That is happiness; sometimes, it would seem that they are looking for suffering. In reality, everyone is searching for happiness. What happens is - you can see this for yourself - where is this happiness to be really found? Searching thus, doing this or that throughout one’s life in this quest for happiness, one’s life ends and then one goes into the ground. Nobody knows if there is happiness in death or not. This happiness that one seeks is not found till the end.” “If a little bit is found, it is so valuable to them that they hold onto it for dear life, they do not leave it. If we hold onto something which gives us happiness, it goes because one is afraid of losing it; one does not even know when misery strikes. Yes - there is momentary happiness in the things of this world - we crave for it, we crave for something; one after the other and suffer. This happiness is fleeting and transient.” “That unending happiness that one looks for is not to be found. You can try to find it in whatever way you wish, go ahead. People search this way throughout their lives and do not find it. This is how life is.” “Kabir has said something about this. You all know Kabir. He has written many poems. Jatina pooch Sadhu ki, phooch lijiye Gnan, molkaro talwar ki, padharahan do myaan. He has said on happiness - there is a deer in the Himalayas, the musk deer. In a particular season, a beautiful fragrance emanates from a pouch under the deer’s belly. The deer smells this fragrance and is intoxicated by it; he wonders where this fragrance is coming from. In the search for it, the deer does everything. He even looks for it in thorny bushes and bleeds as a result. Yet he does not stop looking. He never finds out, he is never able to know that this fragrance emanates from a pouch under his belly, from his own self.” “Kabir says that this is the situation of human beings. Happiness is to be found within. The antaryami, the inner Self of every being is the unending source of happiness. If one fixes one’s attention in it, one can have this happiness. This is why a fakir leaves behind everything; they leave these small things and instead get the greatest thing. And, one wonders why he left everything, if he is mad. He is not mad that he leaves everything else. What he has, the common man does not have. To look for this happiness is our work.” “As is said in the Kathopanishad - Yama says there are two things in this world - shreyas and preyas. ‘Preyas’ is that which gives some happiness but, in reality ,is not a good thing, it may seem to be a good thing but in reality it is not. The second one gives one pain and suffering but is a very good thing for someone, this is ‘atma anveshan’ - enquiry into oneself. When one starts to investigate the Self, when the journey really starts, then one faces a lot of pain. When there is pain, one understands that when one reaches the end of this enquiry, one will become free.” “Secondly, when one experiences this joy, one cannot even stand the pain of another being! When he or she feels pain, he will feel another’s pain as his own and will want to find a way to get rid of it as soon as possible. But, this comes later. First, one goes inwards. This spark of the Supreme Being that sits inside the heart of every being, call it Atman, or Self, or what you will - this cannot be caught with the mind. That is because the capacity of our thinking is very limited. What It is, is beyond ordinary thought. The one who is intelligent understands this early on.” “One may study all books, may look for It in laboratories but It cannot be found there. Why? Because what It is, is beyond the mind and beyond thought. The data we have comes from our five senses. All happiness, we derive from these senses. These senses gather data - input. And these senses, most of the time, give the wrong impression. I’ll give you an example. When one wakes up in the morning, the sun ‘rises’ and in the evening the sun ‘sets’. This is what one sees through the eyes, sight is the most powerful sense. But, ask a high school child, he will tell you that it is not so. The sun neither sets nor rises; it is the earth that goes around. Now, are we to believe the senses?” “This data that one gets from the senses is very limited and often misleads. This is not to say that they are not required. They are very much required. One needs them to function in a very practical manner - one needs senses to know if one is eating an idli or a dosa. In spiritual things, if one considers them important then one will not be able to reach That. The Rishis of yore have said that there are other powers of perception in the human body and mind. These are known as ‘jnana-indriya’. If they are opened up, one will know and experience much more.” “The greatest is bhakti, through it one can attain That. It is not bhakti if you say that I will repeat your name a thousand times, and in return I want this. This is not bhakti - there is space for that; that is a different kind of bhakti. I am speaking for the kind of bhakti that asks for a darshan of the Lord. One is given everything and one rejects it. One says that let me have darshan only.” “There is the story of Nachiketas. When Nachiketas met Yamraj, he asked, how does one defeat death, how does one get that supreme bliss? Yamraj says that you are a young child, I will make you the Maharaja of all the three lokas - you will be the Maharaja of Bhuloka, Bhuvaloka and Swargaloka. There is no Mercedes there - so Yama says I will give you horses, elephants, and chariots. He says that I will give you music and dance, full orchestra, good alcohol to drink, imported alcohol - some people are such that they have to have some alcohol every evening - but this that you have asked, this Truth, do not ask for this. Nachiketas says that if this is so, I will only want theTruth.” “People are such these days that they come to a guru and say that they want the Truth but in reality they have only come because there was a fight with the wife back home. They say I need to have Moksha right now. Why? They want to be free from wife, or husband. They go to a guru and say give me moksha. When they are told, do this, you will get a BMW, they take the BMW and go away, it is said that one bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. But there are also those sadhaks who say that reaching the Ultimate goal is more important, if one is like that then one can reach there. It is not a big thing if one understands the ephemeral nature of happiness of this world.” “The bliss that comes from within is permanent. When one thinks this way, then one goes towards sadhana. A rasa is obtained in bhajan, kirtan and satsang. When one tastes this rasa once, one will not go back. Even before darshan one is in bliss with this rasa that comes from nama japa. A Sufi saint said Akal ke madrase se uth, Ishq ke maikhade mein aa, Jaame Fana ho bekhudia ab to piya, jo ho so ho.” “This is bhakti, this is sadhana. In this, there is one problem. It is the greatest and the smallest. Without this, one cannot move forward. I am not saying one should leave one’s possessions and become an avadhoota. Neither am I saying that become a sanyasi. Sanyas is not easy; it is not for everyone. It is not sanyas if one runs away when one fails in exams; you will come back soon.” “I am saying, open your eyes and see from where happiness is to be had. With open eyes ask, where is happiness to be really found? Saints, Yogis, Rishis, all great people say that it is to be found within because God is within your heart. How is it to be found? One has to do sadhana. What is the best sadhana? It is bhakti - devotion, nama japa, bhav - emotion. One may sit and do 200 pranayamas but will find nothing - one will, of course, get a lot of oxygen but one will not reach anywhere.” “Kabir has said Ja Dhar Prem Na Sanchare - Without love, it is difficult to get anywhere. This is very important. Pranayam is okay, it is important. First and foremost, it is to be understood, to be seen, that happiness is not to be found outside. Second - it is inside. Third - one has to go towards it. In this Kali-Yuga, the easiest way is through bhakti - devotion. Yes, there are sadhanas but all cannot do it, there are very few who can do sadhanas.” “When one goes down this path, there are many difficulties and they must be faced. The greatest obstacle that comes in the path is our own ego. This ‘I’, when it goes away That remains. When ‘I’ is there, That is not there. Before I end this, I will narrate a story. All padayatris know this story; I tell this story everyday. I have to drill it in them, everyday I say this story and everyday it goes in from one ear and goes out the other.” “This story was told to me by a Swamiji. We had gone to a Lingayath Math and there we got this story. He was a very nice Swamiji; he came and sat in our satsang. Afterwards when we asked him, would you like to say anything, he said, I have one story that I would like to narrate to you.” “Once there was a great sculptor. The sculptor was called to do a task in a temple. The temple priest was a great astrologer and he told the sculptor that your death is approaching, so you will die within a week. The sculptor said, you say I will die, will you not tell me how to avoid death?” “The priest told him that in a week a yamadoota would come to take you. The sculptor said, what should I do, should I do some mantra japa or something? The priest said that all that is not needed, what you do is create sculptures that look like you, make replicas of yourself; start working now and make so many sculptures that the yamadoota will not know which is real, the yamadoota who comes on the buffalo is a little weak in the upper department, he will not know which one is real.” “So, the sculptor did that and after a week the yamadoota came but did not know who was the real sculptor. Now, there is a muhurat for death - a time to die. When this time passed, the yamadoota could no longer take the sculptor with him. He went back and Yamaraj asked what happened. The yamadoota explained and said that I went there and I did not know which one is real. Yamaraj said to him, I know that you are a little weak in the head but it is okay, his death will approach him again in three months, go there once more and get him this time. The yamadoota asked, how am I to get him. Yamaraj said he would do the same thing again. You should just say - what great sculpture this is, what beautiful sculpture that is - just say this five or six times and see what happens.” “So, in three months, the yamadoota went and did that. He started saying in a loud voice - how life like these eyes are, how real this nose is, how beautiful this sculpture is. The sculpture could not stand it very long, in a few moments he said - I made it. The yamadoota caught him; he said, come, let us go.” “This I is the greatest thing - I made it, I did this, I did that. Everything happens; what has to happen, happens. We do nothing. When this I goes, then the mind is purified. When mind is purified, the light from the inner Self spreads throughout the body. When one has one experience - even the smallest experience - then sadness cannot come within ten meters of someone.One has found lasting happiness and peace. It is the kind of happiness that onecan keep tasting. With other things, as in honey, if you taste some everyday, it finishes. With this happiness, one does not have to go shopping.” “Do this - the useless talk we indulge in - let that go. And for once, just once, only this one time - take Hari’s name. ‘Ek bar hari bol’. “They say that if I take the name of Hari, will my Kundalini awaken? They say that if I take the name of Hari, which plane do I go in? They say that if I take the name of Hari, will I get Moksha? If I say yes, then they ask, how is that possible? Why - this I has come.” “If you can move forward and remove this I, things will happen. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to say that if you take one step towards God, then he takes ten towards you. We do not take even one step. We cry for everything else, we cry buckets full for small things but nobody cries for darshan. If one cries like that, one surely gets darshan. But do not say that I went home and cried for ten minutes and nothing came in front of me.” “I do not want to say much about the padayatra. We are walking because it is better to go from place to place rather than to stay at one place. That is why we are walking. We go from place to place, we talk to people, we understand their problems and we do what we can. We are walking so that people understand that this is for Manav Ekta, this is Manav Ekta Mission. Like I said, in every human being - be it a Hindu, Muslim, a Man or a Woman - in the heart, sits the Supreme Being. Therefore, every being is a walking temple of God. This is why we are walking.” “With service, the mind is purified and gradually one reaches That. Walking gradually, we have reached Shirdi from Kanyakumari. We planned to go to Pandharpur from Solapur. One day, I sat and thought that if I do not go to Akalkot then I will get beaten - the hands of Swami Samarth are very long so I had to go there. From there, we went to Pandharpur, and after the darshan of Vitthal Rukmini, we moved onwards to Alandi to Jnaneshwar Samadhi. We have now come to Shirdi and, with Sai Baba’s blessings, we are now moving onwards.” “When I wrote my autobiography, I kept it on the Samadhi, made him read it and only then went back. I did not send it to the distributor before this. I feel that if saints are with us, then it will happen. We still have to do 5000 Kilometers more, we will reach there in April 2016.” “So, take the name of Hari just once. Let us all sing together once.” Everyone sings the Bhajan ‘Mann Ek Baar Hari Bol’ for the next few minutes. “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”. “Hari Om Tat sat”

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Gurudeva.. Jai Kriya Babaji… Jai Maheshwaranath… Jai Madukaranath … Jai Sainath…

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