Repairs to the Masjid. The word Sadguru brings to mind Sai Baba. He appears to me, as if standing before me, and applying Udi scared ashes to my fore-head and placing his hand of blessing on my head. Then joy fills my heart and love overflows through my eyes. Even the speech of those, whose heads feel annoyed when they hear religious and Godly talks, attains calmness.
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Repairs to the Masjid. The word Sadguru brings to mind Sai Baba. He appears to me, as if standing before me, and applying Udi scared ashes to my fore-head and placing his hand of blessing on my head. Then joy fills my heart and love overflows through my eyes.
Even the speech of those, whose heads feel annoyed when they hear religious and Godly talks, attains calmness. When I begin to read scriptures, at every step I am reminded of my Sadguru, and Sai Baba, assumes the form of Rama or Krishna and makes me listen to his Life.
When I myself start to write anything, I cannot compose a few words or sentences, but when He of his own accord makes me write, I go on writing and writing and there is no end to it. If any one prostrates before Sai and surrenders heart and soul to Him, then unsolicited, all the chief objects of life viz.
Dharma righteousness , Artha wealth , Kama Desire and Moksha Deliverance , are easily and unsolicitedly attained. Four paths, viz. Of these, the path of Bhakti is thorny and full of pits and ditches, and thus difficult to traverse, but if you, relying on your Sadguru, avoid the pits and thorns and walk straight, it will take you to the destination God.
So says definitely, Sai Baba. It is my special characteristic, that I always look to, and provide, for the welfare of those devotees, who worship Me whole-heartedly with their minds ever fixed on Me. Lord Krishna has also said the same in the Gita.
Therefore, strive not much for food and clothes. Do not be deluded by worldly honor. The form of the Deity should be firmly fixed in the mind. Let all the senses and mind be ever devoted to the worship of the Lord, let there be no attraction for any other thing; fix the mind in remembering Me always, so that it will not wander elsewhere, towards body, wealth and home. Then it will be calm, peaceful and care-free. This is the sign of the mind, being well engaged in good company.
If the mind is vagrant, it cannot be called well-merged. As Rama-Navami is the greatest festival celebrated at Shirdi, another fuller account, as published in Sai Leela Magazine of , page , is also referred to and a summary of the festival, as related in both these accounts is attempted here. Origin O ne, Mr. Gopalrao Gund, was a Circle Inspector at Kopergaon. He was a great devotee of Baba.
He had three wives, but had no issue. It seems, He had some end in view, in this, viz. As future events showed, this end or object was achieved. Though the permission was obtained, but other difficulties cropped up. Shirdi was a village, and there was scarcity of water. There were two wells in the village, the one in use, dried up soon, and the water from the second was brackish. This brackish water was turned into sweet one by Sai Baba, by throwing flowers into it.
The water of this well was insufficient, so Tatya Patil had to arrange to get water, from a well by fixing Moats leather sacks thereon, at a considerable distance. Then temporary shops had to be constructed, and wrestling bouts arranged.
He also was similarly unhappy in the matter of progeny, though he married two wives. He too was blessed by Sai Baba with sons, and Mr. Gund prevailed upon his friend to prepare and supply one simple flag for the procession of the fair; he also succeeded in inducing Mr. Nanasaheb Nimonkar to supply another embroidered flag.
Both these flags were taken in procession through the village, and finally fixed at the two ends or corners of the Masjid, which is called by Sai Baba as Dwarkamai. This is being done even now. This procession is held in honour of great Muslim Saints. Sandal i. This work was managed by Mr. Amir Shakkar for the first three years, and then afterwards by his wife.
Arrangement T his day was very dear and sacred to the devotees of Sai Baba. Most of them turned out on the occasion, and took a leading part in the management of the fair. Tatya Kote Patil looked to all outward affairs, while the internal management was entirely left to one Radha Krishna Mai, a female devotee of Baba. Her residence was full of guests on the occasion, and she had to look to their needs, and also to arrange for all the paraphernalia of the fair.
Another work, which she willingly did, was to wash out and clean and white-wash the entire Masjid, its walls and floor, which were blackened and were full of soot on account of the ever-burning Dhuni sacred fire of Sai Baba.
This work, she did during the night, when Sai Baba went to sleep every alternate day in the Chavadi. She had to take out all the things, including even the Dhuni, and after thorough cleaning and whitewashing replace them, as they were before. Feeding the poor, which was so dear to Sai Baba, was also a great item in this fair. Transformation of Urus into Rama-Navami Festival T hings were going on in this way and the fair was gradually increasing in importance till A.
While he was lying on the verandah, and while Mr. Laxmanrao alias Kaka Mahajani, was going down with Puja materials to the Masjid, a new thought arose in his mind and he accosted the latter thus - There is some providential arrangement in the fact that the Urus or fair is celebrated in Shirdi on the Rama-Navami day; this day is very dear to all the Hindus; then why not begin the Rama-Navami Festival - the celebration of the birth of Shri Rama here on this day?
Baba, who knew all things and what was passing there, asked Mahajani, as to what was going on in the Wada. Being rather perturbed, Mahajani could not catch the purport of the question and remained silent. Then Baba asked Bhishma, what he had to say. All rejoiced and made preparations for the Jayanti-festival. Next day, the Masjid was decorated with buntings etc. Bhishma stood up for Kirtan and Mahajani played on the harmonium. Sai Baba sent a man to call Mahajani.
He was hesitating to go, doubting whether Baba would allow the festival to go on; but when he went to Baba, the latter asked him as to what was going on and why the cradle was placed there.
He answered that the Rama-Navami festival had commenced, and the cradle was put on for that purpose. Then commenced the Kirtan. When it came to a close, pound sounds of "Victory to Rama" went up; and Gulal red - powder was thrown up all round, amidst band and music. Everybody was overjoyed, when suddenly roaring was heard. Baba got wild and began to scold and abuse loudly. People got frightened by this scene and took to their heels.
Those intimate devotees, who knew Baba well, took these scoldings and outpourings of Baba, as blessings in disguise. They thought that when Rama was born, it was proper for Baba to get wild and enraged to kill Ravana; and his demons, in the form of egoism and wicked thoughts etc. Besides they knew, that whenever a new thing was undertaken at Shirdi, it was usual with Baba to get wild and angry, and so they kept quiet.
Radha-Krishna Mai was rather afraid; and thought that Baba might break her cradle, and she asked Mahajani to get the cradle back.
When he went to loosen and unfasten the cradle, Baba went to him, and asked him not to remove it. Later on, Mr. Mahajani asked Baba, for permission to remove the cradle, Baba refused the same saying, that the festival was not yet finished.
From next year , the items in the programme of Rama-Navami began to increase. As Rama-Navami Festival is celebrated in many places all over the country, the difficulty of getting a Haridas was felt again. The difficulty of getting a new Haridas every year was finally solved from by Sai Baba, as He entrusted this function to Das Ganu Maharaj permanently, and since that time, he has been successfully and creditably conducting that function uptill now.
Since , this festival began to grow gradually year by year. From the 8th to 12th of Chaitra, Shirdi looked like a bee-hive of men. Shops began to increase. Celebrated wrestlers took part in wrestling bouts. Feeding of the poor was done on a grander scale. Paraphernalia increased. A beautiful horse, a palanquin, chariot and many silver things, pots, buckets, pictures, mirrors etc.
Elephants were also sent for the procession. Though all this paraphernalia increased enormously, Sai Baba ignored all these things, and maintained His simplicity as before. It is to be noted that both the Hindus and Mahomedans have been working in unison in both the processions, and during the entire festival, there has been no hitch or quarrel between them at all so far.
First about people used to collect, but that figure went up to in some years; still there was no outbreak of any epidemic or any riots w orth the name during so many past years. Repairs to the Masjid A nother important idea occured to Gopal Gund. Just as he started the Urus or fair, he thought that he should put the Masjid in order.
So in order to carry out the repairs, he collected stones and got them dressed. But this work was not assigned to him. This was reserved for Nanasaheb Chandorkar, and the pavement -work for Kakasaheb Dixit. First, Baba was unwilling to allow them to have these works done, but with the intervention of Mhalsapati, a local devotee of Baba, His permission was secured.
When the pavement was completed in one night in the Masjid, Baba took a small Gadi for His seat, discarding the usual piece of sack - cloth used till then. In , the Sabha - Mandap court - yard was also put in order with great labour and effort. The open space in front of the Masjid was very small and inconvenient.
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He dwells in all beings, from ants and insects to the God Brahma. He pervades all. Sai was well-versed in the knowledge of the Vedas, as well as in the science of Self-realisation. As He was proficient in both these, He was well-fitted to be the Sad-guru. Any one, though learned, but not able to awaken the disciples and establish them in Self-realisation, does not deserve to be called a Sadguru. Generally the father gives birth to the body, and death invariably follows life; but Sadguru does away with both life and death, and so he is more kind and merciful, than any body.