The Golden Collar Pin
The next day they had to go back to Uravakonda. Municipal Chairman wanted to give Me something. But I wouldn’t take even a naya paisa from anyone. I wouldn’t accept any clothes also. In those days, they would put on a gold color pin on the collar which signified that the bearer was a big man. The Chairman called Swami alone and said, “With great love I have got this for You. Please take it.” His wife came and fell at Swami’s feet. Then I said “Ok”, and accepted the collar pin.
The next day we came to Uravakonda. I was going to school and the collar pin fell down somewhere and could not be found anywhere. Then I said, “The collar pin has fallen down and is not found, after the return from Hampi, Maya has gone, I have no relationship with you any longer.” And I left the house. There was one person called Anjaneyulu. He was working as an Excise Commissioner. He had lot of devotion towards Swami. His grandson Ramayya lives in Bangalore. He grows about 100 acres of fruits in his orchards. He sends lorry loads of fruits like watermelon, papaya and berries to Swami at Puttaparthi. Recently he gave a papaya and a watermelon to each student in the hostel. When he comes now, Ramayya sits in the verandah at the Mandir. So, on that day, Anjaneyulu requested Me to come to his house. I sat there. I sat on a rock in a mango grove. The newspaper fellows were there. These people want matter for their newspaper and they don’t discriminate whether it is good or bad. They came and asked, “How do we know that you are Sai Baba.” I said, “You can’t understand. There are people who understand. Just because you don’t have faith doesn’t mean that others also don’t have. It is your illusion.” Anjaneyulu came and took away these newspaper people. He told them, “If you have faith come and sit here. Otherwise go away.”
One of them got a photographer and when I was sitting, he took My picture. When the photo was developed in front of Me there was Shirdi Sai Baba (idol). Keeping that same photo, a big Mandir has been built in Uravakonda today. Then that journalist understood. They did not know who Sai Baba was. In front of Swami there was an idol of Shirdi Sai Baba. Then I sang the Bhajan “Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam, Dusthara Bhavasagara Taranam.” With a pure heart if you chant the name of God you will get everything.
|The original photo of Swami at Uravakonda|
with the Shirdi Sai idol before Him
Whatever Bhajan we sing, we should do so with a pure heart. You say you have devotion to God but your mind is roaming everywhere else. All the time the mind is worried about the footwear left outside. With that feeling if you do Bhajans, where is the purity and sanctity? Giving up everything. With one pointed focus we must sing Bhajans. In Bhagavad Gita it is said,
‘Ananyas Chintayanto Maam Ye Janaah Paryupasate,
Teshaam Nityabhi Yukatanaam Yogakshemam Vahaamyaham’
‘Whoever thinks of Me with one pointed focus and attention, I will look after his welfare.’
|The Little Sathya|
Source: Then At Shirdi, Now At Parthi, Discourse 13, My Dear Students Volume 3, March 16, 1998; Discourse to the students and staff at Trayee Brindavan