Saibaba’s Stories as Beacon- Light
Light houses are constructed at various places in the sea, to enable
the boatmen to avoid rocks and dangers, and make them sail safely.
Sai Baba’s stories serve a similar purpose in the ocean of
worldly existence. They surpass nectar in sweetness, and make our
worldly path smooth and easy to traverse. Blessed are the stories
of the saints. When they enter our hearts through the ears, the
body - consciousness or egoism and the sense of duality vanish;
and when they are stored in the heart, doubts fly out to all sides,
pride of the body will fall, and wisdom will be stored in abundance.
The description of Baba’s pure fame, and the hearing of the
same, with love, will destroy the sins of the devotee and, therefore,
this is the simple Sadhana for attaining salvation. The Sadhana
for Krita Age was Shamadama (tranquillity of mind and body), for
Treta Age, sacrifice, for Dwapara, worship, and for Kali (present)
Age, it is singing of the name and glory of the Lord. This last
Sadhana is open to all the people of the four varnas (Brahmins,
etc.). The other Sadhanas, viz. Yoga, Yagya (sacrifice), Dhyana
(meditation) and Dharana (concentration) are very difficult to practice,
but singing and hearing the stories and the glory of the Lord (Sai
Baba) is very easy. We have only to turn our attention towards them.
The listening and singing of the stories will remove the attachment
to the senses and their objects, and will make the devotees dispassionate,
and will ultimately lead them to self-realization. With this end
in view, Sai Baba made me or helped me to write His stories, Sat-Charitamrita.
The devotees may now easily read and hear these stories of Sai Baba
and while doing so, meditate on Him, His form and thus attain devotion
to Guru and God (Sai Baba), get detachment and self-realization.
In the preparation and writing of this work, Sat-Charitamrita, it
is Sai Baba’s grace which has accomplished everything, making
use of me as a mere instrument.
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