साई वो नही जो तुझे गम में छोड़ देंगे,
साई वो नही जो तुझसे नाता तोड़ देंगे,
साई तो तेरे वो भगवन हैं, तेरे वे मालिक हैं,
अगर तेरी सांसे बाँध हो,
तो अपनी सांसे जोड़ देंगे
Sai Baba’s Guru asked for two coins from his disciples and that is ‘Shraddha’ and ‘Saburi’. Both are not different. They are the sides of two coins, if one is there; other has to be present. The rate at which Shraddha is strong, so is Saburi’s identity and vice versa. Saburi is a mine of virtues and Shraddha is Saburi’s life. It is not possible to think that we would get fruits immediately, today or tomorrow while walking on the path of devotion to Sai Baba. It may happen that we don’t get the fruits immediately so we should not get disappointed. We must take care that our love and trust should not decrease by not getting the desired results. Our devotion should be strong enough to wait for the right time to get the results. When questions like “My devotion is not up to the mark or Sai Baba doesn’t listen me” or “I don’t get answers to my question” crop up in our mind, we get depressed and this weakens the back bone of devotion. So it is inevitable and necessary that the reactions of devotion should not be like this. We should learn to see difficulty from a positive point of view. So we should keep patience and give it a place in our lives also.
दुनिया में अच्छे दोस्त बहुत कम मिलेंगे,
जीवन में सुख कम, दुःख ज्यादा मिलेंगे,
जिस मोड़ पे दुनिया आपका साथ छोड़ देगी,
उसी मोड़ पर आपको साईनाथ मिलेंगे
Can anyone imagine that a seed sown in the ground become a tree and bear fruits immediately? The seed does its natural work in the ground. This effect is not seen outside. To see the effect some patience is essential. The water in the sea becomes vapour due the rays of the sun. This vapour then gets converted into clouds which give us rain. But this process cannot occur in few minutes, it requires a long time. Most of the phenomenon are invisible, but have their own importance. The earth quake which occurs is also not a phenomenon of few minutes or a day, but the process take places from long time in the earth’s crust. The mother has to bear so much pain to give birth to a child. For this she has to keep much patience and courage.
If we don’t get desired answers while walking on the path of devotion, generally we become depressed or we are left without faith। To overcome this situation it is very necessary to have patience। Devotees should leave the thought of getting something from their devotion; instead they should try to go ahead in the matter of spirituality. This again requires patience. Sai Baba said, “If a man does any deed, he would get it’s result one day”. Saburi is a tough test to be passed on the path of devotion. This test can be taken by Guru only. A common man goes to a market to purchase an earthen pot which is of very nominal value i.e. Rs. 20-25. He pays for the pot only after checking the pot by turning it around again and again. Likewise in the path of devotion, the devotion should not be outwardly or just to show off. It must come from within. It should encourage us.
किसी को खिल के हंसाना ,
इससे बड़ी इर्बदत नही,
किसी को शिरडी खली हाथ लौटना,
श्री साई की आदत नही
Shraddha is as much important as Saburi. Shraddha is the foundation of the path of devotion and Saburi is the time taken to walk on that path. The path of devotion is a personal experience of one’s deeds. One has to do all the tasks himself while walking on the path of devotion. No one can do anything without surrendering himself to his Guru. If we have to repair our gold ornaments, we have to give i.e. surrender our gold ornaments to the goldsmith. So unless we surrender our mind to our Guru (Sai Baba), we won’t get any result. After surrendering to our Guru now requirement of Saburi is necessary. The fruit of complete devotion is Guru’s blessings and God’s blessings. But God or Guru are eager to pour their blessings only on the one who has complete faith and devotion on them. Now to fill up the blessings, God/Guru requires a container/vessel. Likewise each food/eatable requires a specific vessel to be stored in, in the same way God/Guru requires the vessel. For example we store wheat in a big vessels and milk in a small vessel. If we have to interchange the food/eatable to another vessel/container, then first we have to empty the vessel, clean it up and then only it can be used.
तू ही ब्रह्म, तू ही विष्णु,
तू ही तू है विधाता,
सब की बिगडी बननेवाला
तू ही तू है जीवनदाता
Now to store God/Guru’s blessings or to get the benefits of the blessings, each one has small or big vessel. But no one has any vessel empty. This means that the vessels are full of one or other things. Due to our good deeds, we somehow get the blessings of God/Guru, but due to non availability of space in the vessel, we feel as if we have got nothing even after getting it. For example, if someone comes at our door to give us pure ghee free of cost, but if we don’t find any vessel empty or else if we are ready to empty any one vessel, then we have to return the pure ghee. So even if we receive Guru’s blessings, our vessel has not enough space because it contains many dirty things and we are not ready to empty it. So we have the said feeling of not getting the blessings or benefit. Let’s see which empty vessels we have. We have our ‘mind’ and ‘intelligence’. These two are the largest vessel to keep Guru’s blessings. So immediately clean them up so that they are suitable to store Guru’s blessings. But due to past birth deeds and lust they are fully filled up. It will take much time to clean and empty them. In order to clean a drum of coal tar it has to be heated many times and it takes much time. The meaning of this process is Saburi. So to get the blessings and grace of Guru make Shraddha and Saburi the foundation of your life.
क्यों रखे बाबा से दूरी भक्ति से होती इच्छा पूरी
मन चाहा फल देते है श्रद्धा और सबूरी
Source : Sai Leela Magazine
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