Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dream with in a Dream

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 9:59 AM

It was in 2005 morning when I had a dream where I saw Shirdi Sai Baba looking at me ,I did pranam to Baba and immediately he asked me do you know the meaning of Aarti you sing ? I said "no".Baba looked at me straight and said it is not ordinary aarti,I have written these Aarti ,they are not plain Aarti ,know its meaning and write about it" dream ended,this was when I was in Kolkotta .

When I woke up I was deeply thinking on what Baba said.I was so much touched by the sentence "I have written the Aarti " it made me think deeper,that I searched in the Aarti book for any reference ,since it was in Marathi I could not understand.No doubt that I had learnt all the Aarti but not with word to word understanding ,I just sang with emotion and love for Baba.

I started to think what Baba wanted to convey)))I was managing Shirdi Sai baba group that time and I thought may be Baba has indicated that I should spread about Shirdi Sai baba Aarti to all the devotees those who know and to those who do not know about Aarti ,its significance its meaning -all the detail that I can spread in the group ....

One fine day I started to type taking help of the book bought from Shirdi (it had translation in Hindi and English word by word).

However hard I tried I could not write more than a paragraph ,time elapsed and due to some or the other reasons in the day to day life, time rushed from 2005 to 2008 still I could not write !!!

I started blog on Shirdi Sai Baba .I wrote many post than I wanted to write Sai Chalisa as it was not available on net in Hindi for direct download so I decided to type word by word so that everyone can save and read it .With Babas blessing it was completed and at the same time the long back( direction by Baba in dream )to write Aarti also flashed in.

Due to travelling I could not write there and than (I have mentioned in my Sai Chalisa post that Aarti will be coming soon ) .After returning from my vacation however I tried to write Aarti I felt something obstructing to sit and do anything on net related to Aarti...I waited for Babas permission.

It was last Thursday 24th July we were doing Aarti in the evening when my son asked me meaning of few words from the Aarti ,after telling him I sat to read my Sai Satchritra and that is where I was again engrossed thinking about Aarti which I had forgotten and why the write up in the Aarti is not moving ?? I was reading my Sai Satcharitra chapter but thinking about Aarti ???

I looked at Babas photo and said Baba you only directed me than why is it not moving further ,why is the delay??? Meditated for few minutes and after applying vibhuti seeked HIS blessing.

After thinking for a while ,finally the thought came and the decision was made there and than that I would write Aarti now and nothing else till I complete,and started typing for it ,here the reader can know the reason ..why there are no post past 4-5 days .

There are lot of websites and resources where Sai Baba Aarti are given still I wish to write obeying my Sathguru ,all the details related to Shirdi Sai Baba Aarti that I can post in one place.It will be unfair not to mention the story of composition of Aarti with reference to Sai leela magazine 1985 .

I start here with the story first without any modification or my views in the story.

It was Shri Krishna Jogiswar Bhishma who composed “Shri Sadguru Sainath Sagunopasana” photo of K.J Bhishma is given here though its not very clear .

He was from village called Bori in district Nagpur.He lived on income from his farms,after his second wife died he became restless ,his relatives advised him to remarry but he declined.

It was in 1908 in the month of shravan on the purnima night he had a dream ,he saw a dark complexion person with tripundra mark on his forehead,sandal wood paste mixed with saffron applied to his body and puja offered at his feet.

He gave Bhishma a newspaper..Bhishma enquired of him as to who he was. He did not reply but pointed to the newspaper on which “Sat-Chit-Anand” was printed in bold letters. He directed Bhishma to read. Bhishma looked at the newspaper wherein he saw the words“Mantra va shikava” which mean “mantra and learn”. Bhishma was intrigued and wanted to question the dark person, but both the person and the newspaper had vanished.

Bhishma was mystified, but in the meantime he heard a knock at the door and he emerged out of his dream. He lost no time in recording this dream. Thereafter he thought long about his dream but was unable to unravel the mystery.

After a few days a sadhu, a devotee of Ganesh, visited Bori.

Bhishma narrated his dream to the sadhu who told him that “Sat-chit-anand Swami” was his guru, and gave him the mantra “va shikava” combining the words “and learn”. After sometime Bhishma happened to visit Amraoti where Dadasaheb Khaparde asked him whether he would like to accompany him to Shirdi. He agreed and in the company of Khaparde arrived in Shirdi.

As soon as Bhishma went to the Masjid for Sai Baba’s darshan, Sai Baba with folded hands exclaimed “Jaya Sat-chit-anand” . Bhishma was perplexed. He wondered whether the sadhu of his dream was Sai Baba. However, the sadhu of his dream was a Vaishnav while Sai Baba appeared to be a Muslim! Yet, why Sai Baba utter Sat-chit-anand? All Brahmin devotees of Sai Baba took tirtha of his feet but Bhishma did not.

Sai Baba used to smoke the chillim and often invoted others to have a puff but excluded Bhishma in the beginning. Once while Sai Baba was narrating a story, a devotee got the chillim ready and handed it to Sai Baba. Sai Baba held it out to Bhishma and directed him to smoke after merely touching the chillim to his mouth. Bhishma had a puff and returned it to Sai Baba.

Sai Baba accepted it and remarked, “I rove everywhere, my friend – Bombay, Pune, Satara, Nagpur; all those towns are filled with the presence of Rama”. Then he suddenly said to Bhishma, “You eat laddus alone by yourslef without offering anything to me. At least now give me five laddus”. It is well known that Sai Baba asked for dakshina from every devotee and spent the amount collected for charitable purposes.

Sai Baba’s remark had a strange effect on Bhishma. The distinction between the Vaishnav sadhu of his dream and Sai Baba disappeared. He knowingly asked the sevak for Sai Baba’s tirtha and placed his head on Sai Baba’s feet. Sai Baba put his palm on Bhishma’s head for two full mintues. Bhishma went into ecstacy. How could he describe the state of his mind except by saying like

Devnath in his famous composition “Gurukrupayka uhnjuna paya mera main janu” ..

गुरु कृपे का अंजन पाया मेरा मैं जानूं ~

आपरूप नयनों में छाया मेरा मैं जानूं ~धृ ~

उलट मार्ग की रह बताई मेरा मैं जानूं ~

बुरे करम की रेख मिटाई मेरा मैं जानूं ~१ ~

चाँद सूरज बिन परा उजाला मेरा मैं जानूं ~

पिलाया अजरामर का प्याला मेरा मैं जानूं ~२~

जहां तहां में आप अकेला मेरा मैं जानूं ~

आप ही गुरु और आप ही चेला मेरा मैं जानूं ~३~

गोविन्दनाथ ने यही बतलाया मेरा में जानूं ~

देवनाथ अपने में मिलाया मेरा मैं जानूं -४

Bhishma returned to his lodging, brooding on how he could prepare five laddus in a place where he himself was a guest. Even otherwise he would have had to take the assistance of another person for the purpose and Sai Baba would have surely known about it. Moreover, why did Sai Baba ask him for only five laddus and not laddus generally? He spent a day thinking about the deeper meaning thereof and fell asleep with this thought uppermost in his mind. Suddenly he woke up and was inspired to compose a stanza.

In the morning while he busied himself with the second stanza, Hari Sitaram Dixit, on his way to the Masjid, saw the stanza. After his bath, Bhishma went to the masjid. Sai Baba reminded him about the laddus. Bhishma kept quiet but Dixit replied that laddus were being prepared. On hearing this Sai Baba fell into a silence.

Next day, Bhishma completed five stanzas, and however hard he tried, he could not compose any more. So he placed the composition of five stanzas into Sai Baba’s hands. Sai Baba asked him to recite them. While he was reciting, Sai Baba again blessed him by putting his palm on his head and Bhishma felt exalted. Thereafter Bhishma would compose a verse and show it to Sai Baba who would order him to render it.

Thus the booklet “Shri Sainath Sagunopasna” wrote itself and was offered at Sai Baba’s feet,picture of theb ook is given here. Dadasaheb Khaparde has the booklet published at his expense till 1922.

Later on in 1923, after Shri Sai Baba Sansthan was founded, a revised edition was planned and published by the Sansthan with incorporation of more compositions there in. By V.B.Kher.

(Source Shri Sai Leela September 1985. )

to be continued....

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