Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, we strongly believe in You, whatever blows that come to our life, we consider those as Your blessings, every handicap on our way, we take them as Your help. In pleasures and pains, we remain calm and pray for Your grace. Even for the earth, darkness is an unavoidable eventuality, then what to say on human beings on the earth, all must have to workout their past karma and get their soul purified. Keeping this truth in our mind, we pass our life remembering your Name by chanting Sai Nama Japa always. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine guidance in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.
Greed is man's major vice. Even then, to save man from the deep, dark, pit of greed, Sainath, the ocean of kindness, stretches his arm and pulls them out.
In the Taitariya Upanishad (Adapted) and the Ekadashi Shruti many kinds of charities are mentioned. Listen to each one of them.
Give with reverence and faith. Giving without faith is futile. One should respect the commands of a king and the dictums of the scriptures and should give something out of a sense of decency.
At weddings and other social occasions, you must give gifts to keep up goodwill because it is a custom of society. Such are the preachings.
Baba also, as per this letter 'da' asked the same thing, from his devotees for their own good. "Be kind , be charitable,be restrained. You will get great happiness ".
There are three vices of which to be without restraint is one. To remove the effect of these the only simple remedy is the one letter advice, which the teachers have been teaching to the students.
Passion, anger and greed are most inauspicious for progressing on the path of spirituality. It is very difficult to conquer them for which this is a very simple remedy.
Just as the Shrutis, so also are the Smritis. Such is their confirmation. I am giving here the quotation for the benefit of the listeners, so that they have better and firm understanding.
"Passion, anger and greed are the three doors to hell; and are the cause for the destruction of the self. Therefore, they should be definitely discarded" .
The very kind and great Sai asked for dakshina from his devotees for their own well-being and thus taught them to sacrifice.
What is the value of dakshina? What is spirituality if one is not ready to lay down one's life to carry out a command of his Guru?
Really, what reason did Baba have for asking for dakshina other than for the good of his devotees? His own life did not depend on dakshina.
He begged alms for food . There was no selfish motive behind his asking for dakshina. His only objective was that his devotees' minds should be purified.
According to the above mentioned quotation from the Vedas, Dakshina was essential; and until that is given a puja is never complete.
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 14, Ovi 142 - 155)