SANDALWOOD PASTE ON FOREHEAD-A BONDAGE OF LOVE

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SANDALWOOD PASTE ON FOREHEAD-A BONDAGE OF LOVE

SANDALWOOD PASTE ON FOREHEAD-A BONDAGE OF LOVE

Sai Baba had a doctor devotee. He was well-known as a Doctor-Pundit. He had very deep devotion for Sai Baba. Sai Baba accommodated him with another devotee, named Dada Bhat Kelkar.

At the time of prayer, Kelkar took Doctor-Pundit to Dwarakamai Mosque. There, all the devotees worshipped Sai Baba in a formal/traditional way. When Doctor-Pundit's turn came, he smeared the sandalwood paste on Sai Baba's forehead in the three- dimensional form and chanted holy hymns in the glory of his name. All the devotees were amazed to see this sight. None had ever dared to put a mark on Sai Baba's head. Only Mhalsapathi used to smear sandalwood paste on Sai Baba's throat. So, everybody apprehended that the Sai Baba would get angry.

But to the great surprise of everybody, Sai Baba kept quiet. He called the Doctor- Pundit and asked him to sit beside him. He also gave him the oblation of sugar candy. The Doctor-Pundit touched the oblation on his forehead and ate it.

After the worshipping programme was over, Dada Bhatt said to Sai Baba, "Sai, you have never allowed anyone to smear sandalwood paste on your forehead. But why did you not prevent Doctor-Pundit from doing so ?"

Sai Baba said, "Dada, Doctor-Pundit has a very great Guru, named Shri Raghunath Maharaj Dhopeshwarkar. At that time, his heart was totally engrossed with the noblest sentiments of truth, love, deep devotion and total trust. He smeared the sectarian mark on my forehead, thinking as if he were doing so on the forehead of his Guru. This sandalwood paste is the symbol of our spiritual bond. When even God has not broken this spiritual bond, how can I do so ?"

 

 

All the people, present there, understood the secret of Sai Baba's talks. They began to believe that the true worship or meditation of Sai Baba was the most significant thing. If they wanted to make their life worth-while, they would have to establish their spiritual bond with the divine Sai Baba. 

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