Sai: Gurus’ Guru
Shradha Saburi, a philosophical handbook with all narratives about Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the avatar of the age, is liked by millions across the country and abroad. The book authored by Dwarika Mohan Mishra expounds on the Baba’s life, his preaching and samadhi at Shirdi. The focus of the book remains on spiritual illumination and universal truth that move the entire cosmos.
Certain clips from the book really enthuse one with a new energy, the energy though invisible but is felt within you, by a pure soul which is only through penance and sadhna (patience, perseverance, true love and unshakable faith in God), as the author writes:
“It is the grace of my Guru who that made me know the unknown,
I have learnt from him how to walk without feet,
To see without eyes, to hear without ears,
To drink without mouth, to fly without wings,
Without eating, I have tasted the sweetness of the nectar,
And without water, I have quenched my thirst.”
The book turns its leaves telling about human beings; brutally selfish and under the influence of their Karmic balance; but his move and his action is well guided and controlled by that invisible force which we call God. A mystique art and architecture is His who time and time again, sends his messenger to check sins and sinister designs being drawn by men. A system of checks and balances lies in His hand. The book is an eye opener to many who are cozily blindfolded and buried in the glitter and glamour of the world, who only pray to gods but more to maya. Today, the scenario is altogether different from that of an earlier era. Materialistic dazzle touches every human soul. And everyone’s mathematics is to multiply money and pile up wealth at the fastest pace before his evening finally closes in upon him. In this rat race, he ignores both humans and humanity. He prefers worshipping money and power to show off to God. The author talks in his book about Sai Baba, a universal guru who knows everyone. He also knows the past, present and future of every individual and even controls the actions of all souls and even guides them their sails through tough tides.
The book tells us that whenever a devotee has complete and whole-hearted devotion to Sai Baba, all his pain and sufferings are minimised and Baba takes him under his wing. Baba often used to say: “My treasure is full, I can give anyone what he wants, but I have to see whether he is qualified to receive my gifts.”
Walking down through this philosophical alley, readers find facts about Baba, the embodiment of wisdom who feels the oneness and kinship with all the creatures had overflowing love for all. Though He acted as a mendicant (fakir) He was always engrossed in the self, loved all beings in whom Sai saw only God or divinity, and was never elated in pleasure nor ever depressed in pain. A king and a pauper were the same to Him. His glance would turn a beggar into a king. He used to beg His food from door to door to shower grace on the donor. His mere presence was sanctifying, His silence was a sermon. His glance was a blessing; His touch can bring a spiritual change and transformation. Who can adequately describe His glorious characteristics as all speech is powerless and human faculties fail in such an attempt.
He was conferring on people what they desire. He used to teach according to the disciple’s state of mind, capacity and purity. His method was actually remarkable, unforgettable and sometimes even humorous, unheard of and unorthodox. The book also highlights some vices an ignorant man is infested with, like ego and arrogance these two elements are satanic and take one to the disaster.
By Syed Wazid Ali