THE DIVINE STORY OF
SHIRDI SAI PARTHI SAI - Part 7
(continued from the previous issue)
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House of Patel. A few ladies are gathered around Mrs. Patel who
is very despondent about the complaints people are bringing to
her about her son.
LADY: [To Mrs Patel] How long are you going to
remain depressed like this? Whatever happens is God’s will,
is it not?
PATEL: Leelavathi, I am unable to bear the pang
of separation caused by my husband’s death. Day by day,
this boy is becoming more and more difficult to manage. He is
constantly getting into trouble. I am just not able to bring him
We understand your problem.
PATEL: This boy is being cursed by one and all,
and I can’t bear to see it. His look is Divine, and His
speech as well as actions are noble. But He lacks a Guru who will
show Him the correct path. I have therefore come to a decision.
What is that?
If I admit Him in Venkusa’s Ashram, then,
under guidance of the venerable Guru there, this boy would be
able to make something of His life. Whatever we may try to do,
things always happen only according to His will! ……
God Himself gifted me this boy; the same God will also show Him
the way in the future. A mother’s love is no doubt boundless,
but there cannot be a greater satisfaction than sacrifice! Thus,
the desire for a better future for Him, commands me to ignore
the pain of separation.
There is some truth in what you say. Your wish
is really God’s wish. Just follow it.
Tomorrow , I shall take the boy to Venkusa’s Ashram.
Patel arrives with Young Sai at the Venkusa Ashram. As they arrive
at the beautiful and serene setting they find that Guru Venkusa
is engaged in teaching the Vedas to the young disciples. Both
the mother and son are enthralled by what they see and hear.
GURU: My dear disciples!
You are all aware that this Ashram is a spiritual school meant
for teaching to the students the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the
various scriptural stories. By purifying your mind and teaching
you your duties as well as responsibilities, you are trained to
direct your life towards God. ……. From time to time,
I shall teach you various scriptural lessons. Today, I shall instruct
you in Surya Namaskaram or the Worship of the Sun. All of you
should repeat after me the Mantras [hymns] with one-pointed concentration.
SAI: [to Mrs Patel] Mother, is this the Venkusa
Ashram that you told me about?
PATEL: Yes, my dear. Do you see how nice it is?!
SAI: That one over there …….. is he
the revered Venkusa?
Yes, that’s him.
Om Mitrayah Namaha.
Om Mitrayah Namaha.