Saturday, July 12, 2014

Guru Purnima - A day to contemplate on the essence of Lord Dattatreya!

Jai Sai Master!

Guru Purnima - a day, on which people throng to the temples of Shirdi Sai Baba for paying obeisance and pray for the boons. The only puja, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba directly mentioned to HIS devotees in Shirdi. 

However, the way HE mentioned, if you read Sri Sai Leelamrutam, is very interesting. HE never said, "do puja to me". Instead, HE asked one of the devotees to do puja to the pillar inside the masjid. HE mentioned in a cryptic fashion, to do puja to ones GURU. 


As Sri Sai Master mentions in the above, one should serve the GURU after surrendering completely to HIM. Then, because of GURU's blessings, the disciple reaches the goal of "knowing the ultimate". Understanding this point of serving GURU and surrendering to HIM unconditionally, is the most difficult task and for that one should have patience, perseverance and commitment. Today, as we are celebrating Gurupurnima, how many of us are trying to walk up to HIM to pray to HIM to give us strength to do this and walk on that path? Instead, we visit the temple as a ritual, like the way we visit Lord Shiva's temple on Sivaratri day or Devi temple on dussehra day, without even understanding the purpose behind the great incarnation of Lord Dattatreya in the form Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. 

We must continuously aim at understanding the meaning of GURU and what role HE can play in our lives to uplift us from the day-to-day miseries, and protect us from falling prey to the maya in the form of desires, and utilise this day to re-emphasise our commitment to walk on the path shown by Mahatmas or re-charge ourselves to aim at dispelling the fear of not-knowing and work towards finding a SADGURU. Let us read the holy books or life stories of Mahatmas to aid us in this endeavour. 

May Lord Dattatreya bless us on this auspicious day!

Jai Sai Master!!

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