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Baba Story: Guru Always Helps; People Can't See

Date: 12 Aug 2011 18:47:55 -0000
From: "Divyacaksu  Deva"
Subject: Baba Story: Guru Always Helps; People Can't See


"Tandra na've ankhite manda'loke jadio..."  (1728)


Baba, drowsiness falls on my eyes at the time of darkness and I lose the path - surrounded only by dogma. And when I cannot see my Goal properly, when I forget You, then please wake me and bring me on the proper path. O' Baba, o' my lord, please wake me with the call of Your divine flute; please remove my slumber. You are my God of gods. I do not have any other entity except you upon whom I have any hope. You are my only hope. Please remove all the Cimmerian darkness which surrounds me. Baba by Your grace my bondage of attraction with these worldly things is shattered. Now You are making me listen to the song of liberation. Baba, when I feel drowsy and remain lethargic on the forward path, then please grace me and pull me back on right track-- and bring me close to You...



Here is one special Baba story that depicts how Guru helps us always - in all kinds of ways, through various shapes and forms. Yet, side by side, it is also true that as His disciples we do not always recognise this.


One dada, posted in Deoghar (Bihar), left the local jagrti to go to a margii's house.

Dada was walking briskly down the street when a big gust of wind blew an important piece of paper from his hand. Dada was carrying a few important documents and now suddenly one was gone.

Dada looked around but did not see the paper. It was evening time and darkness was descending. He was looking up and down along the roadside but he did not see a hint of that paper anywhere.


Suddenly he heard a dark barking from one spot. Dada looked toward the dog and shined his torch (flashlight). To his amazement the paper was on the ground right by the dog. Dadaji walked over to that spot and grabbed the paper. The dog began walking away and dada grabbed one stone and hurled it at the dog. The rock hit the dog and immediately the dog started crying and running away.

Dada continued on his way to the margii's house that evening.

Time passed.


Fifteen days later dada went for reporting in front of Baba. There were approximately 20 Wts present. Baba was addressing various matters and giving instructions.

Then Baba looked towards all of the workers and posed one query, "If someone helped you what would you do?"

One Wt told: "I would give my appreciation and say thanks."

Baba cast His vision toward someone else and inquired, "And what would you do?"

That worker responded: "I would say thank you and remain ever grateful".

Baba inquired to yet another person, "And what would you do?"

That worker said, "I would offer my gratitude and give him something sweet to eat as well".

The wts gave an array of replies. Each time Baba nodded in approval.

Then Baba said, "You know there is one worker, and if somebody helps him then he throws a stone at them."

Baba motioned towards the dada in the room; the dada stood up. Baba said, "Is that not true? Isn't it that if someone helps you then you throw a stone at them."

Silence. Dada did not understand; he did not know what he had done wrong.

Baba said, "Do you remember that 15 days ago that you lost your paper?"

"Yes Baba, I remember."

Internally the dada was shocked that Baba knew about this.

Baba said, "You lost an important paper?"

"Yes, Baba."

"You were searching all around and not finding it?"

"Yes, Baba."

"One dog started barking?"

"Yes, Baba."

"Then you saw the paper next to the dog and the dog walked away. You threw a stone that hit the dog and the dog started crying and running away?"

"Yes, Baba."

"Why did you throw the stone at the dog - unnecessarily. It was the dog that helped you find your important paper. You could not find it. So the dog barked; it was helping you. The dog was just doing its duty to help you find the paper. It was not going to bite you. Yet after you got your paper you threw a stone at the dog and hurt the dog."

At this point the dada understood that he had done wrong by hurting the dog. And more than that dada understood that Baba watches everything and always helps. He looked down toward the ground, with repentance in his heart. Dada was sorry he had thrown the rock at the dog, and astonished that he could not recognise that Baba had sent that dog as a messenger to help him. He vowed that from that day forward he would always remember that Baba is watching and helping 100% of the time.


By the above story, Baba is reminding and teaching us that He watches everything always. There is nothing that He does not see. In all situations and in all conditions He is there to help us.

Wherever you are, Baba sees what is happening and is always giving His support. His help might come in any number of ways or forms. In the above story, the form of a dog was sent as a messenger to help dada. In reality, Baba can help in countless ways - in whatever manner He wishes.

The day you were lost in the forest only to find your way home, Baba was there watching and helping. The day you forgot your passport yet worked it out with the authorities, Baba was there watching and helping. The day your car broke down and someone offered you a ride, Baba was there watching and helping. In all kinds of ways - in all circumstances - Baba was there watching and helping.

So no one should ever think that they are alone or helpless. Always Baba is there with His loving hand. This is true for both sadhakas and non-sadhakas. Everyone is His child - everyone is under His care and shelter.

The irony is that despite "knowing" this, people forget and can't see how Baba is helping. That happened to dada in the above story; and it happens to most people most of the time.


As sadhakas we should always aim to keep it in the forefront of the mind that regardless of where we are or the time of day, Baba is there helping. If we think back, we can recognise many such cases, and indeed it is always true - from today up to eternity. It is not that before 1990 Baba was there helping and now He is not. Baba is not bound in this way. He is there watching and helping us across time and space - up to eternity.

Baba says, "He is watching everything. He witnesses everything through His mental eyes. His inner eyes. He can do so because all dwell in His mind. He does not have any need for laokik eyes." (Ananda Vacanamrtam, Part 6, The Thousand-Headed Puruśa)


                 Sentiment is Blind Force

Baba says, "For the very existence of speed, a sentimental support, a sentimental propulsion is an indispensable necessity.  Now, this sentimental support must be based on rationality.  Sentimentality based on rationality is the strongest force in the universe.  And sentimentality without rationality takes the form of, or rather the distortion of, dogma." (Subhasita Samgraha-12, p.15)

In above teaching Baba says that sentiment is a very delicate thing. If it is guided by rationality then that is very useful & meaningful. And if it is guided by dogma or any other thing then it is very negative. That is why sentiment is very delicate.    

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