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Sandeep Mahajan
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Megha a sincere devotee and his journey on the path of Bhakti-devotion

Hari Om Dada and Shree Ram for all the posts which have given us lot of different insights on this topic.

Have read about Megha during Panchasheel exams but post discussion and reading all the different posts have made me think deeper on this ardent devotee of Baba. And as Harshadaveera Kolte has mentioned somewhere, do feel envious of this bhakta on whose death Baba, Himself went to the funeral and wept. Just visualising the scene where the mortal remains of Megha are lying and Baba is putting flowers on the body with tears in His eyes; brings in a mixed feeling of extreme sadness as well as all permeating bliss. Sadness for the fact that Baba Himself is sad inspite of the fact that He has given Megha the sayujjadham…. and yet Baba is showing a very tender human characterstic. Bliss for the fact that what a pinnacle Megha achieved in his devotion that Baba Himself supervised his funeral ang gave him liberation. The mere possibility that my Parmeshwar in His human form can come to my funeral and cry makes me so euphoric even though I know that it will take several life cycles for me to reach even a fraction of the stature wihich Megha had achieved in his life time.

In the Pancham Practicals, there is a chapter in Jeevan Vikas about Ugam, Prapaat, Ogh and Mukh….. basically terms from a river’s life cycle from the time its born till it merges with the Ocean. In Megha’s wonderful character picturisation in the Sai Charita, this lifecycle is very beautifully displayed.

The Ugam or the Source as we would call in English is where the river originates…mostly at the top of a mountain. Narsikar in the CD elaborates on why the river originates only from the top of the mountain? It means that there must be some currents sub-strata and these smaller currents come together and surface at the Ugam. On an individual level, these smaller currents are actually small prarabdhas, from one’s previous births. The stored water or the sanchit karmas from our previous births thus get up and pour out as the Ugam. In Megha’s case, where was the Ugam? Out of his previous good karma, he came in contact with Raobahadur Sathe.

असो मेघाचे संचित मोठे। लाधले रावबहादुर साठे।
तेंव्हाच तो लागला परमार्थवाटे। नेटेंपाटें तयांच्या ।। 28 /126।।

But is this prarabdha sufficient to take this river forward ….. as the river needs other rivulets and streams to add on and build up the flow from Ugam so does a bhakta needs inputs in his life. Sadguru makes this easier. In Megha’s life this happened when Sathe saw his devotion towards Shiva and taught him Gayatri and sandhya. Later on Sathe advices and compels him to go to Shirdi and take Baba’s darshan. Though there are impediments on the way in form of Megha’s doubts on Baba’s religion and caste yet Baba in His own way removes all obstacles and sees that Megha’s devotion grows stronger. River then has to descend from the mountaineous terrain to the plain land and build up depth and volume. This is Prapaat.

Prapaat means action And this happens when the flow comes up to the cliff and falls yonder. For a devotee when his wishes overflow and descend from the edge of his intellect. Jeevan Vikas futher tells what is descend? Buddhi is nishchayatmak. If a sudden action is desired, the wish will fall off the cliff of the intellect like a waterfall. In Megha’s case this happens when after the initial stay he goes back to his village. He is still skeptic about Baba but when he falls ill and does naamsmaran of Baba and comes back to Shirdi after getting well. This time there are no doubts and he becomes a dedicated devotee.

But just after the waterfall lands on the plains, it loses its kinetic energy similarly after the Prapaat, or the zealous action we lose the enthusiasm and the activities fail. The river to maintain its flow after the water fall needs Ogh or force of flow. We need to do our study and will power to maintain the action on continual plane.Otherwise our process will stop and our river will not meet the Ocean. As per the Parmeshwari rule, a river once formed must meet the Ocean. Megha’s transformation does not rest at that. Once he sees Shiva in Baba, he constantly endeavors to keep the Shiva happy by his seva. He goes miles over to collect Bilva patra for his Shiva. He comes at noon everyday to Baba, does his pooja, aarti and drinks the washed water from His feet. Thus the Ogha- or the force to his bhakti gets stronger. We see some more examples when Baba makes his khunta of devotion stronger through the experience of makar sankrant snaan and later on appearing in his dream.

Megha thus reaches the Mukh. This is the point at which the river gets transformed into the Ocean…. it merges with the sea. Whatever good the bhakta has done , grows bigger and bigger. A river with its finite volume reaches the Ocean and becomes infinite so is the case when the bhakta achieves the ultimate Sayujjadham. Megha achieved this in his life time and Baba made it known to him when He asked him to draw Trishul and later on handed him the Pinda. Baba Himself tells-

टाकूनियां मजवरी भार। मीनला जो मज साचार।
तयाचे सर्व शरीरव्यापार। मी सूत्रधार चालवी।। 28- 200।।

So aptly this ovi epitomises the Mukh…. Once we lose ourselves in Him we have nothing to worry about. This the final achievement. We too have through our prarbdhas have been fortunate enough to be pulled by Bapu. During the Adhiveshan of 2010, Parampujya Bapu had said that those who are with Him were in Shirdi earlier with Him too. Earlier I used to wonder when I used to meet devotees at different gatherings from so different background- economic, intellectual, geographical, religous, lingual etc etc. But now I understand what is common between the sisters from Germany and the smiling school children coming at Pendakhale camp….. Bapu or is He Baba….. and there we go again in the Megha’s story…. Shiva or Baba!

When I hear the experiences on you tube or when being told in person, all these aspects become clear. These are the ways by which Bapu makes our khunta stronger. Bapu says in the clip posted by you, Dada…. why are Panchasheel exams or study of Saicharita important and then He Himself answers… “To make our devotion stronger”. And thats what this flow of river is all about- very beautifully shown by a simpleton illiterate brahmin, Megha.

Would love to quote a nice old bhajan song from Kala Bazar which also has reference to the flow of river:
न मैं धन चाहूँ, न रतन चाहूँ
तेरे चरणों की धूल मिल जाये
तो मैं तर जाऊँ, हाँ मैं तर जाऊँ
हे राम तर जाऊँ…

मोह मन मोहे, लोभ ललचाये
कैसे कैसे ये नाग लहराये
इससे पहले कि मन उधर जाये
मैं तो मर जाऊँ, हाँ मैं मर जाऊँ
हे राम मर जाऊँ

थम गया पानी, जम गयी कायी
बहती नदिया ही साफ़ कहलायी
मेरे दिल ने ही जाल फैलाये
अब किधर जाऊँ, मैं किधर जाऊँ – २
अब किधर जाऊँ, मैं किधर जाऊँ…

लाये क्या थे जो लेके जाना है
नेक दिल ही तेरा खज़ाना है
शाम होते ही पंछी आ जाये
अब तो घर जाऊँ अपने घर जाऊँ
अब तो घर जाऊँ अपने घर जाऊँ…

Regards
Sandeepsinh Mahajan
Muscat

Post Script- When I read the Pancham paper, was totally flummoxed by the first qs which referred to the nine qualities of disciple as given in the Shrimad Bhagvat and referred in Lakshmibai’s story in Saicharita. But reading all the posts and literature on Megha has made things clearer now. Its Bapu’s way to help. Shree Ram Bapu! Shree Ram Dada!
Hari Om Dada and Shree Ram for all the posts which have given us lot of different insights on this topic.
Have read about Megha during Panchasheel exams but post discussion and reading all the different posts have made me think deeper on this ardent devotee of Baba. And as Harshadaveera Kolte has mentioned somewhere, do feel envious of this bhakta on whose death Baba, Himself went to the funeral and wept. Just visualising the scene where the mortal remains of Megha are lying and Baba is putting flowers on the body with tears in His eyes; brings in a mixed feeling of extreme sadness as well as all permeating bliss. Sadness for the fact that Baba Himself is sad inspite of the fact that He has given Megha the sayujjadham …. and yet Baba is showing a very tender human characterstic. Bliss for the fact that what a pinnacle Megha achieved in his devotion that Baba Himself supervised his funeral ang gave him liberation. The mere possibility that my Parmeshwar in His human form can come to my funeral and cry makes me so euphoric even though I know that it will take several life cycles for me to reach even a fraction of the stature wihich Megha had achieved in his life time .
In the Pancham Practicals, there is a chapter in Jeevan Vikas about Ugam, Prapaat, Ogh and Mukh ….. basically terms from a river’s life cycle from the time its born till it merges with the Ocean. In Megha’s wonderful character picturisation in the Sai Charita, this lifecycle is very beautifully displayed.
The Ugam or the Source as we would call in English is where the river originates … mostly at the top of a mountain. Narsikar in the CD elaborates on why the river originates only from the top of the mountain? It means that there must be some currents sub-strata and these smaller currents come together and surface at the Ugam. On an individual level, these smaller currents are actually small prarabdhas, from one’s previous births. The stored water or the sanchit karmas from our previous births thus get up and pour out as the Ugam. In Megha’s case, where was the Ugam? Out of his previous good karma, he came in contact with Raobahadur Sathe.
Aso Megache accumulated large. Ladle Ravbhadur Sathe.
So Lagla Prmarthawate Tenwhac. Netenpaten Tyancya .. 28/126 ..
But is this prarabdha sufficient to take this river forward ….. as the river needs other rivulets and streams to add on and build up the flow from Ugam so does a bhakta needs inputs in his life. Sadguru makes this easier. In Megha’s life this happened when Sathe saw his devotion towards Shiva and taught him Gayatri and sandhya. Later on Sathe advices and compels him to go to Shirdi and take Baba’s darshan. Though there are impediments on the way in form of Megha’s doubts on Baba’s religion and caste yet Baba in His own way removes all obstacles and sees that Megha’s devotion grows stronger. River then has to descend from the mountaineous terrain to the plain land and build up depth and volume. This is Prapaat.
Prapaat means action And this happens when the flow comes up to the cliff and falls yonder. For a devotee when his wishes overflow and descend from the edge of his intellect. Jeevan Vikas futher tells what is descend? Buddhi is nishchayatmak. If a sudden action is desired, the wish will fall off the cliff of the intellect like a waterfall. In Megha’s case this happens when after the initial stay he goes back to his village. He is still skeptic about Baba but when he falls ill and does naamsmaran of Baba and comes back to Shirdi after getting well. This time there are no doubts and he becomes a dedicated devotee.
But just after the waterfall lands on the plains, it loses its kinetic energy similarly after the Prapaat, or the zealous action we lose the enthusiasm and the activities fail. The river to maintain its flow after the water fall needs Ogh or force of flow. We need to do our study and will power to maintain the action on continual plane.Otherwise our process will stop and our river will not meet the Ocean. As per the Parmeshwari rule, a river once formed must meet the Ocean. Megha’s transformation does not rest at that. Once he sees Shiva in Baba, he constantly endeavors to keep the Shiva happy by his seva. He goes miles over to collect Bilva patra for his Shiva. He comes at noon everyday to Baba, does his pooja, aarti and drinks the washed water from His feet. Thus the Ogha – or the force to his bhakti gets stronger. We see some more examples when Baba makes his khunta of devotion stronger through the experience of makar sankrant snaan and later on appearing in his dream.
Megha thus reaches the Mukh. This is the point at which the river gets transformed into the Ocean …. it merges with the sea. Whatever good the bhakta has done, grows bigger and bigger. A river with its finite volume reaches the Ocean and becomes infinite so is the case when the bhakta achieves the ultimate Sayujjadham. Megha achieved this in his life time and Baba made it known to him when He asked him to draw Trishul and later on handed him the Pinda. Baba Himself tells-
Takunian Mjvri load. The Sachar Minla enjoy.
All Srirwyapar Tyache. Facilitator Calvi m .. 28-200 ..
So aptly this ovi epitomises the Mukh …. Once we lose ourselves in Him we have nothing to worry about. This the final achievement. We too have through our prarbdhas have been fortunate enough to be pulled by Bapu. During the Adhiveshan of 2010, Parampujya Bapu had said that those who are with Him were in Shirdi earlier with Him too. Earlier I used to wonder when I used to meet devotees at different gatherings from so different background-economic, intellectual, geographical, religous, lingual etc etc. But now I understand what is common between the sisters from Germany and the smiling school children coming at Pendakhale camp ….. Bapu or is He Baba ….. and there we go again in the Megha’s story …. Shiva or Baba!
When I hear the experiences on you tube or when being told in person, all these aspects become clear. These are the ways by which Bapu makes our khunta stronger. Bapu says in the clip posted by you, Dada …. why are Panchasheel exams or study of Saicharita important and then He Himself answers … “To make our devotion stronger”. And thats what this flow of river is all about-very beautifully shown by a simpleton illiterate brahmin, Megha.
Would love to quote a nice old bhajan song from Kala Bazar which also has reference to the flow of river:
I do not want money, do not want Rattan
To allow the dust of thy feet
Then I’ll saturate, yes I’ll saturate
Hey Ram saturate go …
Mohe mind infatuation, greed Llchaye
Nag waved how these
Before mind, there should be
I die, I die Yes
Hey Ram die
Water subsided, settling Kayi
Nadia flows as clean Khlayi
My heart spread the net
Now, where to go, I go where – 2
Now, where to go, I go where …
Lecce who were brought to the
Thy noble heart is a treasure
When evening comes Birds
Now, go home, go home
Now, go home, go home …
Regards
Sandeepsinh Mahajan
Muscat
Post Script-When I read the Pancham paper, was totally flummoxed by the first qs which referred to the nine qualities of disciple as given in the Shrimad Bhagvat and referred in Lakshmibai’s story in Saicharita. But reading all the posts and literature on Megha has made things clearer now. Its Bapu’s way to help. Shree Ram Bapu! Shree Ram Dada!