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Friday, July 15, 2011

Introduction and Preface-Anusthan-A Discourse By Shri Upasani Maharaj Of Sakori.

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 7:35 AM

Dear all,

Wishing you all a very blessed and happy Gurupurnima.

I feel blessings of our Guru Sai deva on this Gurupurnima are special and planned well in advance. Why I say so, readers will come to know as they read through the details I mention here.

It is a golden opportunity and blessing of Baba to bless us in this special way .I mention US, as the blessing of Baba is not only for those who is serving through the website but those also who are silently contributing and carrying the seva in various ways ahead in multi folds. One  such person is none other than my dear sister Asha Latha, the devoted daughter of Sai deva.

Few days back, after her return from Shirdi , I had received mails from Asha sister.
In one of her mail, she mentioned about her visit to Shirdi and Sakori (Upasani Maharaj's Ashram).She also mentioned about the book which she liked very much and asked me if we can share it on our website.

I was very happy to hear about this but was not able to decide whether it will fit in the resource of Shirdi Sai Baba's website where it will be shared by all .I was in dilemma and then I put this question to Baba and asked Him for solution and guidance.

For two days I did not get any response and I forgot about my question. The next day was Thursday and somehow it was very busy day for me and I could not do anything on website. Fortunately, I managed to look into my emails and I saw mail from brother Rohit Behal. He had shared the news of "Centennial celebration of Upasani Maharaj with Sai Baba in Shirdi by Kanyakumari".

What a way of Baba to solve my doubt and guided me with an answer .I immediately replied to Asha sister forwarding her the mail. And we both heard His silent answer and we got His guidance.

Within next 3-4 days, Asha sister sent me few chapters of the book to be shared and again another blessing followed.

The way things took shape we realised the book without any prior planning will automatically with Baba's plan and wish will be published on Gurupurnima. What else one can want? This is pure shower of His grace. And in the mid of the night I am drafting this leela to be shared with one and all tomorrow on blessed day of our Baba ,the Lord whom Upasani Maharaj met exactly 100 years back .

Before I proceed I would like to thank Leeladhar ji who was with us in our visit to Upasani Maharaj's Ashram many years back and took us there .We were blessed to visit the Asharam and had plenty of quality time spent in seeing and knowing the history of Upasani Maharaj and about the Ashram .

I would like to thank Asha sister ,my Sai sister who is always looking forward with full energy and enthusiasm to serve Baba in all possible ways. Without her efforts these gems would have not come to internet world and spread far and wide blessing thousands of devotees.

Dear readers,on 7th July 2009 on the auspicious occasion of Gurupurnima we had for the first time shared Biography of Pujya Shri B.V Narasimha Swami ji with the Title "As the flower sheds its fragrance".Today again on holy Gurupurnima day we are sharing another blessed book ANUSTHAN-A Discourse  by Shri Upasani Maharaj.This book is adopted and translated from original Marathi text by Shri S. Subbaro.

While sharing Biography of Pujya B.V Narsimha Swami ji I had also shared two post on Upasani Maharaj and Shirdi Sai Baba.Devotees who wish to read in detail about Upasani Maharaj can follow the two links provided below.

Without any further word, I would like to introduce Asha sisters mail and her message followed by the first part of the book today :
  • Prefatory
  • What is Anusthan?
Jai Sai Ram
At the Feet of my Sathguru Sai
Manisha

Mail from Asha Latha Sister :

Dear Sister Manisha,

May I pray to our Sadguru Sairam to bless us all and be with us always.

As you know we were blessed by our Sairam to have his divine darshan in Shirdi on 25th May 2011, on my elder son's birthday and Baba blessed us immensely. I would really wish to share all those leelas with you as per the will and wish of Sai.

It was purely Sai's grace that my longing to visit Upasani Maharaj's Ashram at Sakori was fulfilled during this pilgrimage and Baba had also blessed to get a wonderful book by named ANUSHTHAN - a discourse by Shri Upasani Maharaj .

I enjoyed reading the greatest golden verses uttered by Maharaj and by it was Sai's wish that the same has to be shared to many devotees around the world through our website.

The most miraculous thing that happened was I had shared my wish to you 2 weeks back but somehow could not get a response from you in this regard when I reminded you again ,you gave a wonderful reply by neither saying Yes or No but just forwarding the news that the Kanyakkumari's from Upasaniji's Ashram at Sakori had gone to Shirdi and and did special pujas to our Sai's padukas as a mark of rememberance of the centennial celebration of Upasaniji meeting our Sadguru Sainath, which clearly shows the blessing hand of our Saimaharaj on our website and on our small seva. With this strong and undivided love of Sai on us let us start to share the wonderful discourse and my hearty prayers to Sai to bless you to do more such seva.
sairam
Ashalatha.R




ANUSHTHAN

A DISCOURSE BY SHRI UPASANI BABA MAHARAJ OF SAKORI

(Translated and adapted from the Original Marathi Text) By: S. SUBBARAO, M.A.

PUBLISHED BY

Manager,
UPASANI KANYAKUMARI STHAN,
SAKURI, P.O. RAHATA.
DISTRICT AHAMADNAGAR


PREFATORY

After four years (1910-14) of severe penance under Shree Sai Baba of Shirdi and one year of crowded glory at Kharagpur, Shree Upasani Baba Maharaj finally settled down (1917-1918) at Sakuri, a small village in the Kopargaon Taluka of Ahmednagar District.

 A small Zopadi (hut) was erected for him by some of the village farmers in the cremation ground on the outskirts of the village. Sometime later Baba voluntarily confined himself for about 15 months in a Pinjra (cage) made of bamboos.

 Thousands of devotees used to gather here on all important Hindu festivals and to those congregations he delivered a series of discourses on a variety of subjects, social, political, ethical, religious and spiritual. One of those discourse forms the subject of this booklet.

In those early days, there resided at Sakuri a Sanyasi, Mangalamurthy by name. He was a votary of God Ganesh, and was in the practice of reading out a portion of Mudgala Puran every day in Baba’s presence.

 One day it happened that as he was reading the scripture seated outside the Zopadi, it began to rain. The ground soon became wet and muddy. Baba who was then seated in the Pinjra within the zopadi enquired of Mangalamurthy how it went with them outside. “Very well”, replied the Swamy.

 Baba thereupon started his discourse. “One man’s meat is another man’s poison. What is well to you may be ill to another. You have a comfortable seat to sit upon and a proper stand for your scripture. Hence you have no eye for the inconvenience of others. Look at that Narasinga Maharaj! How he is balancing himself on the tips of his toes in order to escape being soiled. Generally every one looks to his own comfort, unmindful of the difficulties of others.” Then addressing himself to the other devotees, Baba said: “If you find it dirty and inconvenient to sit there you can come in “, and continued.

What is Anushthan?

Those who read a scripture as well as they who listen to it shall have to strictly conform to certain regulations. The act or mode of behaviour which is well regulated and systematic becomes an Anushthan.

There are many kinds of Anushthan and the perusal of any sacred book is one such. What does the word Anushthan mean? This word is composed of two syllables, Anu and Sthan. In compounding them the syllable Sthan becomes Shthan as per laws and regulations of grammar (Anu Sthan. Anushthan Anu means after and Sthan mean place or state). That state which we create for ourselves as an equivalent to a particular state which we desire to achieve or which we feel cannot be attained is Anushthan. All those activities resorted to by philosophers, spiritual aspirants and those sick of this worldly life, who, in order to experience the characteristics (attributes) of the Supreme Source whence all creation (animate and inanimate) has sprung, create a new state of their own in accordance with the description of the original state as found in the scriptures or in the sayings of the seers of the Truth, constitute Anushthan. Unless one obtains a desired object or hopes to obtain it in the natural course of events without any effort, one will have a mad hankering after the experience of the coveted state, the attributes of which he will forcible try to infuse into himself. Let us see how far this definition of the word Anushthan is appropriate.

The anecdote of Lord Krishna, Radha and Gopies aptly illustrates this point. The Gopies were ever mad after Krishna. All of a sudden Krishna once vanished from their midst and the Gopies were at a loss to know what to do. As has been already pointed out, if we cannot get a desired object, we try to bring home its experience by forcibly instilling into ourselves all the characteristic features of the aspired thing. Thus Radha and the Gopies, who deeply felt the absence of Krishna and also the lack of his virtues in them, tried to transform themselves into Krishna by adopting his guise and imitating his qualities. Therefore if we are to become one with Krishna, we have to resort to service of God, charity, imitation of his Divine virtues and such other activities as will ensure for us all the manifested divine qualities. Forgetting their sex, the Gopies strove hard to experience in themselves Krishna’s miraculous powers and magnificent glory, or become one with him; and it is no wonder that by their thought force they attained their objective.

In like manner, by imitating the characteristics of the Primeval State in the course of Anushthan, it amounts to being well established in that state.

Coming Next:
  • Experience of opposite states as the time of God-Realisation.
  • Attainment of God through wifely devotion.
  • A personal experience.




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Sairam said...

It is wonderful to observe, amidst the devotees who consider stepping in shirdi itself a great task, there are certain other chosen devotees through whom SAI IS PLAYING HIS LEELAS beyond limits. Sri Madhav Adkar was chosen to write the Aarthi. Now Ashaji was chosen to e-release the book on Sakori's Saint. Blessed is the soul behind this websAite, shirdisaibabakripa.org

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