Friday, July 31, 2015

Guru Purnima: Sai Baba of Shirdi, Shraddha and Saburi.

Dhyanamoolam Guru Murti
Pujamoolam Guru Padam
Mantra Moolam Guru Vakyam
Moksha Moolam Guru Kripa

~ Guru Gita, Guru Strotam

The Guru's form should be meditated upon
The feet of the Guru should be worshiped
His words are to be treated as a sacred mantra
His grace ensures final liberation.

Today marks a very auspicious occasion in the Hindu Calendar, it's the full moon night of 'Guru Purnima', a festival dedicated to the great Indian sage, Vyasa, the author of the Mahabharata and the Brahma Sutras. It's a day that celebrates the 'Guru-Shishya Parampara' or the 'Teacher-Disciple relationship' by reinstating the ideals of honesty, commitment and dedication in this time-honored relationship... a relationship that calls for inner growth and learning but is never marred by tangible material influences. The blessed land of India has been incredibly rich in this regard producing several spiritual Masters over the course of history, who have selflessly imparted their wealth of wisdom to sincere students helping and guiding them through their personal journey to enlightenment.

One very notable among them is Sai Baba of Shirdi, the Spiritual Guru, very much alive in the heart of His countless devotees, not in form or flesh but in words... eternal treasures that continue to enrich the poverty-ridden feeble minds even today. Baba considered Himself the servant of the Father and stressed on the moral principle values of 'Shraddha and Saburi': Complete surrender to your Teacher (Shraddha) by truly practicing what is preached coupled with patient perseverance (Saburi) for your efforts was His ultimate lesson to all His students in humanity.

Even as we speak about Guru Purnima, commemorating the occasion is a huge gala celebration in the pilgrim town of Shirdi today, with a swarm of devotees gathered to express their heartfelt gratitude and seek blessings from Sai Baba in their own individual ways. Though I could not attend the festival in person, but could never miss this festive opportunity to express my sincere gratitude nevertheless -a little poem... a gift from my heart, in His feet...

My humble reverence to Thee.

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When life spirals out of control,
And, I find no answers for questions deep inside your soul. 

When yesterday is gloomy, today pressed,
And, tomorrow seems messed.

When there appears no promising way,
And, plans go frighteningly astray.

When there’s no one to hold,
And, life acts nothing but confusing and cold.

When I have done my best,
And, I got no option but to leave the rest.

That is a golden time…
A time I remember the two timeless words,
Those that Shirdi Sai Baba said,

- Shraddha and Saburi -

A poster of Sai Baba from the markets of Shirdi
"Look to me and I will look to you." ~ Sai Baba.

In the therapeutic resonance of faith,
I find my sanity, 
In the tranquil echo of patience,
Peaceful trails I tread.

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Happy Guru Purnima!
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