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Thursday, July 24, 2008

UDI-Seva.

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 9:40 AM

Dear Readers
It is purely Shirdi Sai Baba's grace that Shirdi Sai devotees living in Tanzania (Dar-es-salaam), can now request to receive Baba's sacred Udi brought from Shirdi .Please e-mail for UDI at shirdisaibabakripa@yahoo.com..The photo above is of Shirdi Sai Baba temple here in Tanzania .

For this Seva I seek for HIS blessing.From the word seva few lines from SaiSatcharitra I recollect where Sadguru HIMSELF has said about seva (service )..

"Seva is not rendering service, retaining still the feeling that one is free to offer or refuse service. One must feel that he is not the master of the body, that the body is Guru's and exists merely to render service to him."

This is said when Baba interprets a verse from the Bhagawad to Nanasaheb Chandorker who prides on his knowledege of Sanskrit and thinks Baba knows nothing of Sanskrit.
I pray to my Sathguru to guide me in this seva .Om Sai Ram .


Udi:




We have read in Sai Satcharita that Baba took Dakshina from all, and out of the amount collected, He spent a lot on charity and purchased fuel with the balance left with Him. This fuel He threw in the Dhuni mayi- the sacred fire, which he kept ever burning and is still burning blessing- lakhs of Babas children. The ash from this fire was called Udi and it was freely distributed to the devotees at the time of their departure from Shirdi by Baba Himself.Whenever any devotee suffered Baba made arrangements to send Udi for His/Her relief.(one such incident is Jamner Miracle which is mentioned in detail in Sai Satcharitra, though there are many more such stories ...).

Whenever I read Sai Satcharitra one sentence always takes my attention where it will be written "Baba sent him with Udi and blessings".


Thought about it and realized its importance and power.From childhood till now it is habit to apply UDI on forehead and take a pinch of IT in the mouth ,whenever there is anything which cannot be immediately taken care of in case of health or any kind of issue the whole burden of getting it treated or taken care is on UDI and Shirdi Sainath with full Faith ,and have received the blessing of being taken care .Without UDI our life is incomplete.It has to be in our home,in our pockets,in our purse and a little bit extra for those whom Baba sends.


What did Baba teach or hint by this Udi? Baba taught by His Udi that all the visible phenomena in the universe are as transient as the ash. Our bodies composed of wood or matter of the five elements, will fall down, after all their enjoyments are over, and be reduced to ashes. In order to remind the devotees of the fact that their bodies will be reduced to ashes, Baba distributed Udi to them. Baba also taught by the Udi that the Brahma is the only Reality and the universe is ephemeral and that no one in this world, be he a son, father or wife, is really ours. We come here (in this world) alone and we have to go out alone.

It was found than and is even now found , that the Udi cure's many physical and mental maladies, but Baba wanted to din into the devotee's ears the principles of discrimination between the Unreal and the Real, non-attachment for the Unreal, by His Udi and Dakshina. The former (Udi) taught us discrimination and the latter (Dakshina) taught us non-attachment. Unless we have these two things, it is not possible for us to cross over the sea of the mundane existence.

So Baba asked for and took Dakshina, and while the devotees took leave, He gave Udi as Prasad, besmeared some of it on the Bhaktas' foreheads and placed His boon-conferring hand on their heads. When Baba was in a cheerful mood, He used to sing merrily. One such song was about Udi. The burden of the Udi song was this,"Oh, playful Rama, come, come, and bring with you sacks of Udi." Baba used to sing in very clear and sweet tones.

Not only spiritual significance UDI also has material significance. It confers health, prosperity, freedom from anxiety, and many other worldly gains.

One can read more about Udi in the chapter number 33 and chapter 34 of Shri Sai SatCharitra, it is mentioned all through Sai SatCharitra where devotees flocking from various part of world would be blessed and sent with Udi by Shri Sai Baba and are taking even today ..
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