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Megha a sincere devotee and his journey on the path of Bhakti-devotion
Hariom Dada . Shree Ram for providing us a wonderful platform to share our views on Saisatcharit and to get to know about other shraddhavaans views too.
In Saisatcharit,we see many stories related to God Shiva ,but in chapter 28 Megha’s story is of an ultimate devotee.We have to learn so much from Megha’s love and devotion for Baba.By Megha’s first impression ,we find that he was a simple brahmin,a cook ,an illiterate villager ,who did’t even know the rituals to worship his God Shiva.The only thing he had was pure love and ardent devotion for his God ,and that was enough .As in Shreemadbagvat Gita God Shree Krishna says ” Whosoever offers to Me ,with love or devotion ,a leaf ,a flower ,a fruit or water ,that offering of love of the pure and self-controlled man is willingly and readily accepted by Me.” Even in Saisatcharit Saibaba says ”Mi majhiya bhaktancha ankila ,ahe pasich ubha thakla,premacha mi sada bhukela,hank hankela det se.” ”Ekda jo preme dekhila ,tayacha aajanma ankit jhala, keval ananya premacha bhukela tyachya hankela o dei ”. ”Pahoniya bhakta bhav kaise Sai mahanubhav ,davit bhakans ekek anubhav ,vadhavit vaibhav bhaktinche ,” Vatel taisa vesh gheti,manel tethe pragata hoti ,bhakta kalyanartha kuthehi firti ,Shishya bhavarthi pahije .” Here we see Megha’s bhumika was ready to get Baba’s grace . ” Dev sada bhavacha bhukela” ” Asati shishyachi bhumika taiyar,sadguru siddhisi nahi ushir ,te to sadaiva anugraha tatpar,ekachi payavar ubhe.”
Megha ‘s love and devotion was known to Baba as Baba was only megha’s Shiva only the form was not known to Megha.Here we see how Baba only does the leela and makes Mr sathe and Mr Kelkar a source or ”nimitta” to send Megha to God Shiva =Sainath. As Baba also says ”Majha manus deshavar ,aso ka hajaro kos door ,anin jaise chidiche por,badhun dor payans.” and this is how Megha is pulled by Baba his God Shiva. Our beloved Bapu has also pulled us in the same way towards Him.
Seeing Megha’s love for God Shiva, Baba’s devotee who knew that Baba is Shiva only sends Megha to Baba and says ” Sarthak hoil tav dehache ,param kalyan, ja ja kaya -mane-vache ,lage sadguruche payas.” Megha’s bhakti was so deep and pure ,even Hemadpant has written ” Jayasi bhaktipremachi avad ,kaise ShreeHari purvi kod, manachi hod te parisa”. His coming to Baba clears all the doubts from Megha’s mind and fills his heart with pure love and devotion . ” Aise bhaktanche lad apan , purvit sampurna Shreesai ”. By telling Megha to draw Trishul ,Baba removes doubt from Megha’s mind by saying ”Majhiya prvesha nalage dar ,nahi maj aakar na vistar ,vase nirantar sarvatra.” ” Takuniya majvari bhar minala jo maj sachar ,tayache sarva sharir vyapar ,mi sutradhar chalvi.”
Here Baba’s these words of assurance are similar to our Bapu ,Bapu also says that He can enter any door ,can disguise like anyone when a bhakta loves Him wholeheartedly .Like Baba ,Bapu also carries His bhaktas’ loads of problems and keeps His bhaktas carefree .In the journey of Devyan panth Baba takes Megha to the highest level of bhakti and in the end his bhaktiganga dissolves in ocean of mukti ! Saibaba keeps Megha’s ”Khunta ghatta ”on the path of bhakti by assuring him that He was none other than his God Shiva only .Trishul,pindi were Baba’s leela to make Megha’s faith stronger towards his God Shiva=Sai. In the end we see that Megha becomes very firm to Baba’s feet . ” To jo Aala toch ramala ,Saipayi bhav jadala ,Saincha ananaya bhakta jahala ,Saich tyajala ek dev.” Megha adhich Shankar bhakta hota saipadi anurakta ,Sankarchi bhavi Sainath ,toch Umanath tyacha .”
Megha’s ‘ bhakti and devotion was so strong that even Baba could not stp crying at his funeral, Baba arranged Megha’s last rituals and even went for the funeral procession ! Great bhakta Megha! who got Sai’s love ! Even Hemadpanta says ” Dhnya Megha bhaktapravar ”… ”Anik Babanche Bhaktasakhatva… ” ”Babahi gele samsanaprat ….Babahi jhale sashrulochan ..”Baba had also said ”Megha was a true devotee of Mine”. We learn from the story of Megha that God is ”Bhakta paradhin” like God Vitthal comes running to meet Pundalik ,His bhakta and waits on the brick to meet him .Same way we see God Vitthal comes to saint Eknath’s house and servers him as servant for 12 years
Our love ,bhakti has to be pure and firm for our God like Megha like Pundlik ,like Eknath ! Our Bapu has also pulled many Megha-like bhaktas towards Him.Our Bapu has given darshan in different God forms to His bhaktas i.e Rama ,Krishna,Saibaba,Vitthal etc .Our Bapu is ”Ekmev Adwitiya”,He is the only ONE ,Showing His differnt forms as bhaktas wants to see in Him . Bapu is our Shiva (who has brought river ganga on earth ,who made possible to do 12 Jyotirlinga puja at one place and brought water from many holy rivers from all over the world for His bhaktasat Avadhoot Chintan Puja),Tripurari ,Kiratarudra,Trivikram, who is keeping all His bhaktas in His Trivikram Chhaya .Bapu is Maha Durgeshwar ,Our sainath Our Vitthal ,our Krishna !
”Om Tripurari Aniruddhyay Namaha ”!
Shree Ram Bapu !