"LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
is always good to pray, because it brings one in contact with God. The prayer,
however, that is found most common in society is occasional prayer for a definite
material object, and there it stops. It is always advisable to avoid the commercial
spirit when dealing with God. We should not bargain with God. Nor should we say,
‘I will pray to you only for such and such an object being gained’. The thought
of God purifies the soul, and the purified soul gets power to draw God more and
more into it. The commercialized soul, if too much oppressed with the contemplation
of the worldy benefit is handicapping itself and preventing its purification,
that is, saturation with God idea (purity means having God-idea and impurity is
lack of God or God-idea). The very idea of material objects may so obsess
a mind as practically to obliterate the thought of God. God then becomes only
a secondary consideration, a sort of side element, a weak coloration when the
main object before the mind’s eye is worldly gain. Such approaches are deplorable,
however attractive the object to be gained by prayer may be. One ought to have
prayer without concentrating too much on worldly gains. Concentration on God alone
is purity. Purity means power, and when a soul is thoroughly pure, and then the
objects entertained in the mind of the prayerful soul some time previously, that
is even before the prayer began, remain in the subconscious, i.e. at the back
of the praying party’s mind and may come to fruition by the power of the purified
and strengthened soul. This is an incidental benefit which ought not to turn the
scales when one considers how he should pray. Prayer is primarily and essentially
only an affair of the soul with God. All intervention of outside objects is an
interference with the soul’s concentration on God. Prayer must be purified by
very keen practice- i.e. it must be shorn of all undesirable gross elements just
as we keep off the floating moss repeatedly when we bathe in a tank. In cases
where however one is in dire extremity and prayer comes out from him for a much
needed object, in spite of oneself, then the prayer cannot be condemned at all.
Prayer is a natural vent for the heart. We leap out at what we want on the wings
of prayer. It is God Himself that has implanted this tendency to seek God’s help
to attain objects of great importance to one’s material or spiritual life and
each time we so seek, we should stress in our mind that God is our first and final
object and that other objects form a temporary and partial diversion or screen."
10 years ago I face the greatest disaster of my life. I lost everything and became
virtually a beggar. Although I was a very religious person, since childhood I
deserted all Gods. I made alcohol my only God – my ultimate resort. I was drinking
so much that I never knew whether it was day or night. Nor did I take any interest
in my wife and two young children. Their welfare was immaterial. One day on Janamasthami
I met my friend who was holding Baba's bhajans every month and he requested me
to attend that very Sunday. This I took as a biggest insult as I never believed
in Baba and I knew why he wanted me to attend a bhajan. That was because I was
immersed in alcohol and I took it as my God.
For some reason I did agree. My wife requested
me not to drink until the bhajan was over to which I strongly objected. I replied
by saying that anything which comes before my drink was not acceptable. My drinking
was so bad that on many occasions I ended up in police cell or hospital. With
a good drink I went to the bhajan. When I returned back home as usual I poured
my drink in the glass but to my surprise I could not drink. Some magic restrained
me to take even a sip.
onwards I started getting the vibrations of Baba and my faith in Him started to
build. I read His Sai Satcharitra. As time passed my drinking gradually receded
and my faith arose. I went to Shirdi and my life started improving slowly but
I found all the time
something miraculous happening to me and I fully became dependent on Baba. I followed
each and every suggestion as mentioned in the Satcharitra. I followed word by
word of what was written in the book. I never eat or drink or use anything
without first offering to Baba. On my second visit to Shirdi I bought a Murti
of Baba and on my return to UK, I did not have my ticket confirmed. Yet I managed
to travel in first class with Baba having separate seat and by passing all security
checks, as all the staff at the Bombay airport were devotees of Baba.
the last 4/5 years I have lit a lamp in front of Baba's Murti. I was warned by
friends and family about the risk of fire in the house while we are not at home
but I do not listen to anyone. Today nearly after 6/7 years of my faith in Baba
I have with his blessing achieved five business areas, three residential properties.
AII in my family relations, community members (I was an active community worker)
do not understand as to how I have achieved all this whereas I was bankrupt and
penniless and also had my business and house auctioned. All I wish to say to all
Baba's devotees is that one has to become a part of Baba, follow his wishes and
not despair. He will give you all that you need without your asking Him. Faith
I did not achieve
all easily. We have to work hard as well but keep Baba in mind and heart. The
task will be painless.
is a fantastic webpage of www.heritageofshirdisai.org
in first instance and stupendous initiation by the Organisation for the good of
the mores. Ifeel everyone should at leaat click this page once in a day and it
would have been fabulous if some selected exerpts was made available from "Sri
Sai Satcharita" as the "theme of the day". But without this even the website's
design and presentation are simply splendid. Jai Sai Ram.
OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada holds Satsang on Thursdays and Third Sunday of every
month at Gur Mandir, 207 Queen’s plate Toronto (Etobicoke). Introducing "Character
and Moral Values"- a unique 4 Week Summer Program for Children of all ages.
The Guiding Principle of the program is "Shraddha" & "Saburi"
with its curriculum based on the Teachings of our Sadguru Shri Shirdi Sai Nath.
For details of registration or other activities and the Resource Centre please
Shirdi Sai parivar in Vancouver holds Satsang on Thursday and first Sunday of
every month at 8571, 118A St, Delta, V4C 6L2. Continuing the tradition of "Feeding
the Hungry and Homeless," the parivar organizes Charitable food donations
2nd Saturday of every month. For details and other activities please visit www.shirdisainath.org