Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, our minds are like a garden, these need continuous removal of weeds of wrong, useless and impure thoughts. Baba, you are our Master Gardener of our Soul and Director of our own destiny, please remove those weeds from our minds, grow flowers of inner beauty, culture and character to spread pleasant fragrance of long-lasting peace and perpetual prosperity in our lives. Baba, on this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine words in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.
Now, for what reasons do the saints take birth on earth, and the sinfulness of the human beings, which leads to their appearance on earth.
Oh! you honoured listeners! I am a particle of dust at your feet. Pay attention – is the favour I ask of you, which I am not ashamed to do.
As it is, the biography of a saint is pleasing. Moreover, Sai's story is like nectar, When the numerous devotees of Sai partake it, they are full of happiness.
Brahmins are neglecting the duties of caste and birth. The low castes are trying to pass themselves off as Brahmins. The religious teachers are disrespected and the people try to bully others.
Nobody cares for the dictates of religion. In every house all are self-styled scholars. One tries to overpower the other and nobody listens to anybody.
Drinks and eatables which are forbidden are savoured. Right behaviour and right thinking – all these are completely disregarded. And Brahmins actually eat meat and drink liquour openly.
Under the garb of religion, they indulge in atrocities; and spread hatred amongst the sects because of which people are harassed.
When the Brahmins are reluctant towards daily bath and offering of prayers; when the orthodox are reluctant to practise the religious rites; and the yogis are reluctant to do recitation and prayers with deep concentration – then the time is ripe for the saints to take birth.
When people believe that happiness consists only in society, wealth, status, progeny and family and turn away from spiritual values, then the saints manifest themselves.
They lose the highest good because of the decline of dharma. In order to bring about a revival of dharma the saints appear.
When people, to the detriment of their health, longevity and prosperity, go astray in pursuing their sexual needs, and completely miss the chance of their upliftment, at such times saints take birth.
To protect the religion of Vedic Hinduism, to annihilate the sinfulness and to protect the down-trodden, poor and weak, the saints incarnate on this earth.
The saints themselves are liberated souls and are always ready for the betterment of the weak. They take birth only for the sake of others and have no self-interest.
They build the foundation in the form of renunciation around the sanctum sanctorum of active worldly life; build the temple of ultimate good and easily elevate the devotees.
By working for religion and for the awakening of religion, they achieve their mission in life; and having fulfilled their goal they give up their mortal coil.
The individual soul is itself the Supreme Spirit which gives joy to the whole world. And the Supreme Spirit is the Guru Himself – Shankara, the giver of bliss.
He is the transcendent abode of love. He is eternal, constant and unchangeable. He is beyond space, time and matter. He is beyond definition – indefinable!
I bow down to Sree Ganesh
I bow down to Sree Saraswati
I bow down to the Guru
I bow down to the Family Deity
I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra
I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.
Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh
-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 4, Ovi 2 - 18)