By M N Kundu
Jul 15, 2014
Whatever their faith or belief, millions of suffering devotees seek compassionate refuge in the incredible Sai Baba of Shirdi with deepest devotion. For mitigation of worldly suffering and smooth movement from the mundane to the Divine, Sainath prescribed a sevenfold doctrine of love, kindness, devotion, faith, equality of outlook, compassion and peace. Reverence and patience are the two foundation stones Baba wanted us to develop on which everything else can be built. Emphasising unity in diversity of religions he said, Sabka Malik Ek. God is the single supreme sovereign of entire creation to be realised by intense devotion to God and sincere surrender to Sadguru.
As a realised master Shirdi Sai Baba was one with God and performed innumerable miracles with the power of his practice and constant anchorage in oneness with Spirit and Nature. That is why suffering people worship him as a divine incarnation; he attracts people in this way and turns them to the Divine with progressive realisation of the apparent and the ultimate. Root cause remedy of universal suffering should not be intolerable than the disease and spiritual transformation must be a smooth process.
The nucleus of our earthly existence is desire or craving and every human activity is directly or indirectly intended to satisfy the same. If we can be free from all desires we will not need to worship God or even exist in delusive reality. The path of Sainath is direct, frank and free from religious hypocrisy.
The Gita teaches us that whatever may be the purpose or way of worship it invariably reaches the Lord of the universe. It also reveals that people worship God for protection from danger, acquisition of desirables, realisation of truth and identification with innermost Self. Our devotion is proportionate to immediate motivation and we cannot sustain devotion for mere abstraction for long.
Baba made it categorically clear; I give people what they want with the hope that they will want what I want from them. He felt the pulse of the people and diagnosed that to a man with empty stomach food is God. Higher spirituality calls for higher eligibility which is rare and his devotees must go through a systematic process.
Once devotees develop sincere spirit of reverence, devotion and surrender even for the sake of fulfilment of desires, further spiritual growth will be a natural process. There will be gradual eradication of ego and thereby realisation of the utter futility of earthly cravings and their fruition. This is a unique process of Sainath suited to the suffering multitude for their redemption.
Sainath emphasised more on inner awakening of devotees through service and surrender rather than on external rituals. Those who are obsessed with external rituals and boundaries of religions can find fault with him. But they are oblivious of the fact that externals of religions are intended as aids to inner awakening and those secondary aspects are not compulsory.
Guru kindles the divine flame which reveals the supreme Self according to the capacity of the lamp or receptivity of the devotee. The altitude of Self-realisation can be reached through the stepping stones of suffering and sincere surrender. Either as a Sadguru, one with God or as a divine refuge, the ever- present Sai Baba attracts the multitude interested in practical spirituality with his immortal assurance like Christ,Ask and it will be given, seek and ye shall receive, knock and the door shall be open unto you.?