Sai Satcharitra Stories :- *_Cholkar's Sugarless Tea_*

#SaiSatcharitraStories :-
*_Cholkar's Sugarless Tea_*

*Initially, Baba was known in Poona and Ahmednagar Districts, but Nanasaheb Chandorkar, by his personal talks and by Dasganu, by his splendid Kirtans, spread the fame of Baba in the Konkan (Bombay Presidency). In fact, it was Dasganu - May God bless him-who, by his beautiful and inimitable Kirtans, made Baba available to so many people there. The audience, who come to hear the Kirtans have different tastes. Some like the erudition of the Haridas; some his gestures, some his singing, some his wit and humour, some his preliminary dissertation on Vedanta, and some others, his main stories and so on; but among them, there are very few, who by hearing the Kirtan get faith and devotion or love for God or saints. The effect of hearing Dasganu's kirtan on the minds of audience was however electric, as it were. We give an instance here*

*Dasganu was once performing his Kirtan and singing the glory of Sai Baba, in the Koupineshwar temple in Thana. One Mr. Cholkar, a poor man serving as a candidate in the Civil Courts in Thana, was amongst the audience. He heard Dasganu's Kirtan most attentively and was much moved. He there and then mentally bowed and vowed to Baba saying - "Baba, I am a poor man, unable to support my family. If by your grace, I pass the departmental examination, and get a permanent post, I shall go to Shirdi, fall at Your Feet and distribute sugar-candy in Your name." As good luck would have it, Mr.Cholkar did pass te examination and did get the permanent post and now it remained for him to fulfil his vow, the sooner the better. Mr. Cholkar was a poor man with a large family to support; and he could not afford to pay for the expenses of a Shirdi trip. As is well said, one can easily cross over Nahne ghat in Thana District or even the Sahyadri Range; but it is very difficult for a poor man to cross Umbareghat, i.e., the threshold of his house. 

As Mr. Cholkar was anxious to fulfill his vow as early as possible, he resolved to economize, cut down his expenses, and save money. He determined not to use sugar in his diet; and began to take his tea without it. After he was able to save some money in this way, he came to Shirdi, took Baba's darshan, fell at His Feet, offered a coconut, distributed it with a clean conscience along with sugar-candy as per his vow and said to Baba that he was much pleased with His darshan and that his desires were fulfilled that day. Mr. Cholkar was in the Masjid with his host Bapusaheb Jog. When the host and the guest both got up and were about to leave the Masjid, Baba spoke to Jog as follows:- "Give him (your guest) cups of tea, fully saturated with Sugar." Hearing these significant words, Mr. Cholkar was much moved, he was wonderstruck, his eyes were bedewed with tears, and he fell at Baba's Feet again. Mr. Jog was also curious about this direction, regarding the tea-cups to be given to his guest. Baba wanted by His words to create faith and devotion in Cholkar's mind. He hinted as it were, that He got the sugar-candy as per his vow and that He knew full well his secret determination not to use sugar in his diet. Baba meant to say, "If you spread your palms with devotion before Me, I am immediately with you, day and night. Though, I am here bodily, still I know what you do; beyond the saven seas. Go wherever you will, over the wide world, I am with you. My abode is in your heart and I am within you. Always worship Me, Who is seated in your heart, as well as, in the hearts of all beings, Blessed and fortunate, indeed, is he who knows Me thus."*

*What a beautiful and important lesson was thus imparted by Baba to Mr. Chokar !*




*The first incident happened before Ashtavakra was born...* 

*Nothing is known of what came afterwards but this is an incident while he was still in the womb...*

*His father, who was a great scholar, would recite the Vedas every day while Ashtavakra listened from the womb....*

*One day a voice came from the womb saying,*

*“Stop it! This is all nonsense.* 

*There is no wisdom whatsoever in this.*

*Mere words — just a collection of words.  Is wisdom found in scriptures?*

*Wisdom is within oneself. Is truth found in words? Truth is within oneself.”*

*Naturally his father was enraged....*

*First of all he was a father and on top of that a scholar....*

*And his son hidden in the womb was saying such things!*

*Not even born yet!*

*He exploded in anger, became engulfed in fire:*

*The father’s ego had been hit...*

*And a scholar’s ego…*

*He was a great pundit, a great debater, knowledgeable in scriptures….*

*In anger he uttered a curse:*

*When born, the boy would be deformed; his limbs would be bent in eight parts.* 

*Hence his name:*

*Ashtavakra means one whose body has eight bends. He was born crippled in eight places; eight places hunchbacked like a camel. In a rage his father deformed his son’s body....*

*Ashtavakra is a messenger, a messenger of consciousness, of witnessing.....*

*Pure witnessing, just watching....*

*If there is unhappiness, observe it...* 

*If there is happiness, observe it....*

*In unhappiness don’t become identified with unhappiness....*

*In happiness don’t become identified with happiness....* 

*Let both come, let both go....*

*Night has come, observe it....*

*Day has come, observe it....* 

*At night, don’t think you have become night.....*
*In the day, don’t think you have become the day......*🙏🏻

Nobody is the victim...!!

*The Fakir....*
*Thoughts and Prayers....*

*Nobody is the victim....*

*There are no preys and no hunters....*

*Fill yourself up with God and selfless love and you shall be the shadow of the God....*

*Fill yourself up more with the Creator and after a while you will merge with God....*

*Fill yourself further with the Maker and a time shall come when you too shall become God, as there shall be no difference between you and your Maker.....*

*The One who makes the thunder roar, also hears a butterfly sigh.....*

*We all are entwined in karma and in God....* 

*Don't hurt or hate or abuse anybody as you don't know, you may be hurting your dearest and most beloved, but you cant recognize it as the soul is wearing a different body in this particular lifetime....*

*Satguru Naatha Maharaaj ki Jai* 😃🙏🏻

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