शिरडी साईं बाबा और गुस्सा
हमने अक्सर देखा है कि साईं बाबा अपने भक्तों पर गुस्सा करते थे। कभी-कभी खतरे से बचने के लिए कभी-कभी अपने भक्त को सबक सिखाने के लिए। जो भी हो, साईं बाबा ने अपने भक्तों की रक्षा के लिए विभिन्न तरीकों का सहारा लिया। हम साईं बाबा की इस विशेषता की तुलना भगवान शिव से कर सकते हैं। इस महाशिवरात्रि पर, देखते हैं कि हम जैसे सरल जीव इस भावना को कैसे जीत सकते हैं।
On the occasion of Mahashivratri, we pray Lord Shiva to
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya
om shanti shanti shanti.
Lead me from the asat to the sat.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality
Om Peace Peace Peace.
When the subject matter of the write-up for Shivratri was being thought of, the only thing that we could think of were the common characteristics of Adi-Yogi (Mahadev) and Yogi (Sai Baba). Many devotees of Sai Baba have experienced characteristics of other Gods in Him. For example anger of Shiva, playfulness of Krishna, stability of Sri Ram, power of Hanuman, motherhood of Goddesses, etc. On the occasion of Mahashivratri, we were inspired to write about Sai Baba and Anger because when we refer to Mahadev, His anger and opening of the third eye (apparently) comes to our minds (though there are many other technical facts which would be shared on this blog soon).
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References Of Sai Baba Getting Angry
- In 1912, on Ramnavami festival, when the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama was going on, Sai Baba suddenly roared in anger because the Gulal went into His eyes amidst the rejoice by the Bhaktas. (Ref: Chapter 6 of Sai Satcharitra)
- Sai Baba got angry with Haji Siddiqui Falke when he tried to interced Sai Baba to allow him to enter Dwarkamai through Madhavrao Deshpande alias Shama. (Ref: Chapter 11 of Sai Satcharitra)
- When the repairs of the Masjid was going on, Sai Baba returning from Chavadi, uprooted the pillars that the bhaktas installed the previous night. He took by force Tatya’s Pheta, struck a match, set it on fire and threw it in a pit. (Ref: Chapter 6 of Sai Satcharitra)
- Sai Baba got angry with B.V.Dev when he consulted Balakram about what Baba had told him (updesh) and how he was taught to meditate.
- Sai Baba often got angry with Raghunath Purandare, scolded him for acts done out of love by him but His love was unparalleled for him as a Father.
- On Dusshera during Seemalonghan, Baba sudenly got angry and threw away His Kafni and Langot in Dhuni.
Devotee readers can go through the book “ShirdiChe Sai Baba” to read about more such instances.
Why Anger Arises?
Anger takes birth because of ego. Ego builds up an attitude that the world should transact as per one’s wish or as one perceives. However, when it doesn’t happen then ego gives birth to anger. It is but natural for anger to arise because it can’t be avoided. What can be avoided is the reaction. Anger feels itself to be powerful and can conquer everything. The characteristics of anger make it feel superior to other emotions. The ego goes to its heights due to the presence of anger. It works like oxygen to burn the fire. Mind is not able to think in such a situation because it’s the only one thing that anger can conquer which in turn burns up a lot of things.
Anger will be a negative emotion when it is not handled smartly. When the emotions are boiling in anger, the mind loses its stability and speech loses its modesty. The boiling emotions give birth to negative emotions which aspirants on the spiritual path are prohibited from. When you can’t think of good words to deliver then how can a good message be delivered? The spiritual aspirants are expected to spread goodness around them as the fragrance of a flower but the negativity prevailing in them restricts the spread. They are themselves not at peace then how can they deliver it to others. Their speech is not in their control then how can they control wider aspects of their existence to achieve self-realization. Boiling emotions will make a person deaf to his own heart, how can they hear the hearts of others! No one can withstand the consequences of this play of anger and ego.
Let alone spiritual aspirants, such an angry situation should be prohibited for normal Jivas as well. Anger is a powerful weapon that will destroy self harmony. One should use it wisely to handle dreadful consequences. While anger burns like live embers, it will be gobbling up others’ peace too. It causes severe destruction on an emotional level. With no clarity of thought process, when you go on uttering words, will they make any sense? Surely they will be in self-destruction mode. It will hamper self harmony within you, around you, and outside you.
Sai Baba’s Anger
Anger loves itself, it loves to exist for as long as possible, but will that help to attain the divinity that Sai Baba has always asked us to be in? At the beginning of this post, we have read that Baba used to get angry with His devotees. Is this a justifying fact that we can also be angry then and there? To manage anger either we should be a perfect yogi like Baba or a smart human. Well both the options are in our reach, pick whichever you like and make worthy of yourself to be called a devotee of Sai Baba. Otherwise, anger will destroy self-harmony and may leave permanent damage even if it is short-lived.
Sometimes Baba used this method to teach His devotees a lesson that has already been learned by enduring someone else’s anger. This way it uproots such a tendency and the devotee gets free from the effects of karma. At times there were negativities that Baba wanted to curb by His anger, whatever the case maybe we as devotees of Sai Baba cannot justify our anger compared to His. In fact, this is a common trait being followed among saints and mystics. They will be softer than wax at times and when circumstances demand they will be like live embers. We only need to love and be devoted to them leaving behind negativities in us. As said above, we can choose both the options to be a Yogi or a smart human.
How To Manage The Anger?
The ways to control and manage anger will depend from person to person and situations. However broadly we can summarise the matter as
- Even if we are angry we should try to be silent on words, which prevents further damage.
- If a situation demands speech, we should first think of the consequences of the thoughts to be converted into words and choose the words wisely.
- If the situation is more intense and demands a deeper thought process, better leave the spot, go on for a walk and calmly try to think what can be done next.
- This is the most important point, try to forgive the reason for anger, it will not give any room for anger to flow further. The intention of the anger to prove another person inferior will be deflated in this way.
- Taking a deep breath with a smile and the name of Sai which means the matter is being handed over to Him and He has to take care.
In conclusion, we would only like to say that anger cannot make things right at the moment for its benefit in the long run. Anger should not be given any room. To manage anger we can be smart humans by chanting Sai Baba’s name and taking control of it.
As our Baba always encourages people to read Bhagavad Gita, we would like to end this post by quoting a verse from Bhagavad Gita.
Krodhad Bhavati Sammohah Sammohat Smṛiti-Vibhramaḥ
Smriti-Bhranshad Buddhi-Nasho Buddhi-Nashat Pranashyati
Meaning as it is:
krodhat—from anger; bhavati—comes; sammohaḥ—clouding of judgement; sammohat—from clouding of judgement; smriti—memory; vibhramah—bewilderment; smriti-bhranshat—from bewilderment of memory; buddhi-nashah—destruction of intellect; buddhi-nashat—from destruction of intellect; pranashyati—one is ruined
Anger leads to clouding of judgement, this will lead to bafflement of memory. When memory is baffled , the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is destroyed.
Quick links of other posts in Divine Talk Category
- Shirdi Sai Baba And Yoga
- Celebrating Ramnavami – Sadguru Sai Baba’s Way
- Dhuni in Dwarkamai – Spiritual Significance
- Sai Baba’s Leela – Lighting Lamps With Water – Significance
- How To Celebrate Dusshera – MahaSamadhi Day of Sai Baba
- Friendships With Sai Baba – Celebrating Friendship Day in Unique Way
- Annadhanam Mahadhanam – Break Vicious Circle Of Hunger & Poverty
- Sai Baba Guides To Ram Raksha Stotra