IF YOU LOOK TO ME I LOOK TO YOU
In India and world all over, people do believe the existence of super power, which we name as God, Who has been worshipped in His numerous forms antd shapes throughout the world. There have been existing many many Saints, Yogis, Peers, Mahatmas, Avatars, Avliyas, Swamis, Fakirs in all religions of the world, who manifested different theories about God. All these theories if carefully thought over would lead to one point that is to attain God, Brahmananda, and ultimately freedcm from the bondage of soul, which is the prime aim of getting the birth in human race.
People belonging to all religions and faiths perform numerous types of rites to worship God. These rites at times become difficult not impossible, of course, to perform in this mechanical and material world. Many rites are found to be so tedious which cost not only time but money as well. And both these factors bear vital importance in life of common man today, as we stand This may be a crude fact difficult to swallow lor many of us,
I sincerely submit 'that I do not intend to offend the religious feeling of anybody belonging to any faith; but long to have considerate, practical and simplest approach to realise God.
There happens to be one saint, satpurush, gurudev, who existed in His physical body in India and discouraged traditional rituals. Forgive me, if I may call this saint as secular saint ever born, for nobody knows His whereabouts or religion. His magnanimity attracted people of all religions, castes, creeds, sects, faiths and were equally received by Him,
This saint is none other than our great Sai Baba, who in Shirdi village silting in Dwarkaamai masjid always used to utter '•Allah Malik" and say, "If You Look To Me I Look To You". Looking does not mean in its simple dictionary form; but it means devotional, blissful, truthful feelings towards Baba.
Sai Baba said that by performing conventional or traditional puja or doing nothing, to be formal or informal, He is not concerned. He is concerned only to those, who leave everything completely to God or Guru, that is to surrender oneself at the feet of the Guru and keep patience. By this only one can stand, to control all senses and ultimately succeed to get liberation..
If we sincerely think, we' will find that'" in the physical world of today, complete surrender to' our Guru or Ishta Deva seems difficult and to have patience is a still more difficult task. To me, only by continuously uttering and remembering Sai in all circumstances, one can fix the wandering mind to have blissful peace.
Pray, permit me to put forth an example of one of my close friends, Mr. Ishwar Dayal Shukla, who in fact is one of true bhaktas of Baba; but not at all ritual loving though belonging to a brahmin family. He is merry-go-found type of a fellow otherwise. I shall cite one or two difficult situations, which he came across and then Sai alone came to bit rescue.
His wife gave birth to a baby bay in his village. According to the rustic custom in that region, a father is not allowed to see the face of his newborn child for ten days. On the fifth unfortunate day, his son suffered from acute vomiting and diarrhoea, which could not be controlled by local herbal treatment. A doctor was called from a distance, who gave medicines to the infant; but they were of no avail. Two days passed with no sign of improvement at all. The doctor, along with the family members, left all hopes of the child's survival. Unfortunately this being his second son, first one having died two years ago all were greatly disappointed.
My friend, though having full faith in Sai Baba, yet being a human being got disturbed and in distress went to Baba's photo, murmured something in psychic tone and suddenly reversed the photo of Baba in disgust. He then retired to his room to have a futile nap. leaving 'everything on Sai. At dawn after passing sleepless night he heard heavier activities going on in the house. Presuming the certain death of his child, he lay there motionless in self consolation. After some time when he came out, to his great surprise, he found joy on the sullen faces of all the family members. Some joyful face came to him and informed that the child was quite alright and it appeared as if it suffered from no disease at all. He became dumbnumb hearing this and could not feel anything as if all his feelings had been evaporated. Calmly my friend went to Baba's reversed photo and reverently turned it to look to Baba; but he could not bear the penetrating looks of Baba and left the place filled with gratitude.
This same child, when it was hardly four months' old, suffered from the stroke of the same disease. Best available doctors were consulted but all proved in vain and in one night silently he repeated the same scene, what he acted at the time of the child's birth. To their great joy the next morning they found the child sleeping peacefully and it recovered soon from the disease.
So this type of worshipping is also gladly accepted and looked highly by the guru, which is full of shraddha and patience alone and not by any ritual and traditional puja. True, after all patience and shraddha are the fundamental things taught by ail schools of religion and faith and so by our Sai Baba also.
Experts of all fields will then interpret such happenings in their own terminology. Let it go; but to a true devotee it is Sai only, who shows such miracles. Sai rightly prescribes a real strong dose of painful situation first and then only He comes to cure. This is only because Baba as a sole teacher wants to teach his bhaktas the lesson of shraddha and saburi.
Let all learn it so as to get liberation from the bondage of soul, that is Moksha.
K. L. Chandiramanl,
(Shri Sai Leela September 1980)
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