Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam
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The first message that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba gave mankind was "Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam Dusthara Bhava Saagara Tharanam" meaning,
"Meditate in thy mind on the Feet of the Guru. This can take you across the difficult sea of existence in birth after birth."
He sang this as a boy of 14 and thus declared His mission
of leading Humanity back to its connection with the cosmic
creator. He had returned home from school and He threw away
His books saying,
Coming to the subject of this article, there is a story from the life of Shirdi Baba. I was reading Swami's discourse during Guru Poornima on the 24th of July, 1964! There was this anecdote of the Shirdi Avatar that He narrated. Along with that anecdote came a great assurance. I felt like dramatizing that anecdote into a play. All facts are as narrated by Swami though the style is mine. Hope you enjoy this little play....
(Shyama is serving Baba – massaging His feet and seems to be worried…)
Baba What bothers you so much Shyama?
Baba Ah! The classic case of a conflict between what one is actually feeling and what one wants everyone to think he is feeling! (gentle laughter)
Shyama Baba, forgive me. You know everything and yet you ask? Don’t you know the innermost recesses of my heart?
Baba Shyama! If I were to ask only out of ignorance, there would be no possibility of any dialogue between God and devotee. So, tell me. . . what is bothering you?
Shyama Baba you are aware of Radhabai. She serves you in all love and diligence.
Baba What about her Shyama?
Shyama She has been seeking a mantra from you for so long. Her need is spiritual and yet you have been keeping her at a distance. Help her Baba.
Baba So a day has come when your love for her is greater than mine!
Shyama Baba please do not speak so. She is so bent upon getting the mantra that she has refused to take food till she gets one. And it has been three days now. She has grown so weak and if this continues…… she may….
Baba …die? Hahaha Shyama! Having determined to get something, one should either achieve it, or collapse from that effort.
Shyama Baba! Please do not take it to the extreme. If she dies then….er….what will people speak about you? I am worried about your name Baba. People have vicious tongues.
Baba Sai cares neither for the praise nor the blame heaped upon him. Sai cares only for the welfare of his devotees. And sometimes, welfare comes along with a struggle or pain.
Shyama I plead to you Baba. Please do something.
Baba You are a madcap Shyama but still you please me. When I am here to give temporal and spiritual relief, why do you worry so much? Summon Radhabai and I shall give her what she truly needs.
( Shyama arrives to Baba's presence with Radhabai)
Radha - Baba….Baba…..
Baba - Radhabai! There is a fine line between stubbornness and determination and you do not understand it.
Radha - Baba I am just seeking a mantra for Spiritual redemption….
Baba -Why do you ask me? Go and seek your mantra from your Guru…
Radha - Baba you are my Guru! I know no other…
Baba -Hmmm. Easy words Radhabai. . . Do you know what a Guru is?
Radha - Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Guru Devo Maheswaraha. Guru Sakshath Parabrahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namaha.
Baba Tell me Radhabai……when the Guru is
everything – Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara (the trinity of
gods) – the ultimate too – then why not take His name as
mantra? Why demand another name from the Guru? If the Guru
is God, obeying His orders, walking in the path He has
shown, these are as effective as the repetition of the name.
How often we commit this mistake of telling our master what is good for us? We call out to Him as the Omnipresent, Omniscient one but then, we feel that we know better than Him what is good for us. Our prayers reflect this ignorance,
"Dear Lord! Please let XYZ happen. Let me get ABC."
It is almost like telling the Master, "You know what is good for the Universe but are no good at knowing what is good for me!"
And that is why surrendering to one's Guru is the easiest path to salvation. No wonder that the first bhajan Swami taught us was, "Manasa Bhajore Guru Charanam" meaning, "Oh mind! Contemplate incessantly on the feet of your Guru and be redeemed across this ocean of worldly existence. "
But then, do we understand what this 'Surrender' means? Those with time should click on the highlighted link on surrendering to one's Guru. :)
Bow down to Shri Sai; Peace be to all
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