Om Parabrahmanae namaha
I stay by the side of whoever repeats my name. ---SAIBABA
OM SAI SRI SAI JAYA JAYA SAI
SHRI SAI SATHCHARITHA
"Sada Nimbarvrikshasya mooladhiwasat,
Sudhasravinam tiktamapi-apriyam tam,
Tarum Kalpavrikshadhikam sadhayantam
Namameeshwaram Sadgurum Sai Natham"
We have seen before, that the purpose or object of
Divine Incarnation is to protect the good and destory the wicked. But the
mission of the Saints is quite different. To them the good and the wicked are
the same. First they feel for the evil-doers and set them on the right path.
They are like the Agasti to destroy the Bhava-sagar (the ocean of wordly
existence) or like the Sun to the darkness of ignorance. The Lord (God) dwells
in the Saints. In fact they are not different from Him. Our Sai is One of these,
Who incarnated for the welfare of the devotees, Supreme in knowledge and
surrounded with divine lustre, He loved all beings equally. He was unattached.
Foes and friends, kings and paupers, were the same to Him. Hear His powers. For
the sake of devotees, He spent His stock of merits and was ever alert to help
them. But the devotees could never approach HIm, unless He meant to receive
them. If their turn did not come, Baba did not remember them, and His Leelas
could not reach their ears. Then, how could they think of seeing Him? some men
desired to see Sai Baba's but they did not get any opportunity of taking His
darshan, till His Mahasamadhi. There are many such persons, whose desire for
Baba's darshan was not thus satisfied. If these persons, believing in Him,
listen to His Leelas, their quest for milk (darshan) will be, to a great extent,
satisfied by the butter-milk (Leelas). If some persons went there by sheer luck
and took Baba's darshan, were they able to stay there longer? No. Nobody could
go there of his own accord, and nobody culd stay there long even if he so
wished. They could stay there, so long as Baba permitted them to stay, and had
to leave the place when asked to do so by Baba; so everything depended of Baba's
Bow to Shri Sai -- Peace be to all
Sri Seshachalam Pillay was a retired Tahsildar who lived at Tummalagunta village
near Tirupati (A.P.). On 1-11-1977 his wife Smt. Susilamma came to my house and
recounted her experience of Sai Baba's grace.
In 1952 the family was
staying at Narsingpur near Chandragiri Railway station. Even several years after
marriage they had no children and all their relations were pressing Sri Pillay
to marry a second time. One day her elder brother gave Smt.Susilamma a small
picture of Baba and told her to worship it and said that Baba might bless her
with an offspring. She started doing accordingly and in 1954 she was blessed
with a son whom they named after Sai Baba.
When the child was eleven
months old, it had fever and the mother suffered from severe diarrhoea. All
medical aid proved futile and even after living on a diet of arrow-root
powderfor21 days she could not go out of her room to answer nature's calls. On
the 21st day at 4.30 a.m., she had an urge to pass stool, She got down from the
cost, sat down just by for the purpose and, reclining her head against the cot,
she prayed to Baba to help her. She at once saw Sai Baba entering the room
pushing open the main door! He came and sat on the cot just by her head. She
complained to him of her miserable plight. Baba said, "Why feel so bad about it?
I have kept a talisman in that shelf. You wear it and you will be alright. Throw
it off on the third day", and he at once walked out of the room. "Baba, in which
shelf do you mean?" she was crying.
Her relations woke up at her cries
and asked her what the matter was. When she told them of Baba's words, they
brushed it aside as a mere delusion. When she insisted, they searched in the
shelf and they did find a talisman with a yellow thread attached to it. They put
it around her neck and at once her diarrhoea subsided. On the third day she
threw the talisman away in the backyard in a corner. Sri Pillay blamed her for
throwing away a thing given by Sai Baba and searched for it in vain. Both Smt.
And Sri Pillay sat dejected at not finding it and they even went without lunch.
By 6 p.m. her elder brother came and said that she was right in following Baba's
instruction to throw away the talisman and that even if she had not done so,
Baba could nave taken it away as mysteriously as he had given it.
miracle strengthened their faith and they worshipped Baba with great favour. But
the younger brother and nephew of Smt. Susilamma used to criticise her for
worshipping a 'moslem' like Baba. One day when they sat in the hall, something
metallic fell from nowhere, with a noise and they found it to be a picture of
Baba printed on a metal strip. Smt. Susilamma picked it up, thought that it was
a gift from Baba to here child and, after offering incense to it, put it round
his neck. The same night her youngest brother and nephew suffered from sudden
and unbearable pain in stomach and diarrhoea. Smt. Susilamma told Sri Pillay
that both of them spoke light of Baba as a Moslem and the illness might be a
consequence of that. Sri Pillay reprimanded them for their impertinence and told
them to prostrate to Baba's picture in repentance and to promise that they were
relieved of their suffering and that they would name their first born after
Baba. As soon as they did so the pain at once vanished. Thus both of them became
devotees of Sai and later named their first born after Baba.
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