Satcharitra Parayan work? My thoughts...
contributed by Nandini
Sairam Sai devotees. I have penned down my thoughts on a certain
act of worship that most of us follow in our daily lives here. I
would be happy to read about other devotees' thoughts and additions
Many times I have wondered how reading the Satcharitra or any Holy
book for that matter would ease our burden and misery and grant
us 'salvation'. The merit of Satsang cannot be described, I have
heard. But how does this company of the saints ('sat') destroy our
problems that we face in our daily life?
I've learnt that a problem is a problem only when we think about
it. When it is out of our mind (for example, in deep sleep) it is
no longer a problem. Immersing ourselves in these sacred stories
takes our mind away from our worries and fear (at least for those
few hours) and relieves us of our stress. Secondly, the characters
and circumstances in these stories, that we often read, are no different
from what we face in our daily lives even today. We can easily relate
to those characters and whatever advice or solution that the Saint
or God gave them holds good in our case also. That is why, I guess,
when we open the Satcharitra for our problems we feel Sai is talking
to us through that book and thus we learn our lessons.
The most common advice offered to all those people (who went to
Him with problems) is 'Cast your burden on Me. I will take care
of everything.' How easy it sounds and yet how difficult to practice
in daily life! This single advice, when followed, will teach us
the meaning of Trust and Surrender. Where there is Trust, there
Surrender will come naturally and where there is Surrender, Peace
will come to stay. When we entrust something to our friend or parents
or spouse, who we know will do it to perfection, we will no longer
worry about it anymore and what more, we will only be glad we have
them in this life.
How do we develop habits? When we are accustomed to doing something
again and again. The same thing, I feel, applies here also. When
we read these stories again and again, even unconsciously we imbibe
the essence of His teachings. So next time we face a tough time,
we know how Sai would advice us to act. We would have the silent
but a constant urge to make Him feel proud of us (i.e, strive to
practice His teachings).
We learn to 'accept' rather than question Him 'why me?'
This, I think, is the secret to salvation, and the greatest miracle
that these readings can perform is this change in attitude or outlook
that it brings about in us. The greatest devotees that our scriptures
talk about were not rich or happy in all respects. They were those
who saw God in everything - in their happiness and in their misery.
This 'sameness of vision' alone made them great and this is what
the company of a saint would offer.
Some people might tend to call things like this 'blind faith'.
When we are in distress we cry to Him, 'I do not know how, but if
at all someone can pull me out of this hell, it is only You. You
are my only refuge!' Do we then care to see any logic as to how
He is going to perform the impossible? What is it that we have then?
That, I call Faith - Faith in His Name, Faith in His Mantra, Faith
in His words and 'blind' only to the ways in which His Grace would
work (which is impossible for the human mind to fathom anyway).
I firmly believe that anything done with Faith will bring its own
Faith must trample under foot all sense, reason and understanding.
May He bless all His children with Faith and Patience.
contributed by Nandini in saibaba.org
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'If these teachings of Sai Baba, which are as interesting and instructive
as the Vedic lore, are listened to and meditated upon, the devotees
will get, what they long for, viz., union with Brahman, mastery
in eight-fold Yoga, Bliss of meditation etc.'
'If you dive into the sea of Sai's stories, and then give them
out to others, you will get an ever-new flavor of them and save
the hearers from future misery.'
'Casually thinking about the stories of Sai, you will get unconsciously
interested in spiritual life.'
'Hearing the stories of the Saints is not so difficult, as the
other Sadhanas. They (stories) remove all fear of this Samsar (worldly
existence), and take you on to the spiritual path.'
Shirdi Saibaba will surely bless you to read
sai satcharita peacefully with complete surrender in the holy feets
of the saint who lives in your own heart. Always chant sai sai sai
in your mind.
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