Before we start the post, let’s check in detail the miracle of Sai Baba of turning water into oil for lighting lamps.
Sai Baba, a Siddha Purush, ascended on this earth to help roaming souls to attain their destination. His mission was to spread the light of knowledge in humans with simple and unique acts. Though He resorted to humane actions, they were considered as miracles by normal humans. However I can see that there is a deep hidden meaning in the above incident which I am going to put forth in this post. Hope you all will agree with me after going through what I deciphered.
Sai Baba, The Sadguru, lived in an old dilapidated mosque and begged alms from a few houses in Shirdi. To burn lamps for lighting lamps in Dwarkamai, He took oil on gratis from shopkeepers of Shirdi. He always gave a message to the people of Kaliyug to keep bare minimum luxuries and be vigilant to reach the destination instead of churning their efforts into acquiring and accumulating worldly pleasures. His simple way of living life conveys this message very well but very devotees were able to understand this and move forward.
It was a Diwali day, Baba wanted to light up Dwarkamai. So as usual He went to the shopkeepers to get oil. He is trying to convey to us that whatever we plan to do, it happens only if we put efforts into it. For Baba, it was not necessary to go to acquire oil, but by doing so He tried to convey to us to put efforts to achieve anything – material or spiritual. Without our own efforts we can’t reach the destination. We should be ready mentally to take the steps required for any action without any doubts in our minds. Did Baba as A Parabrahma not know that He won’t be getting oil that day, still He went on a round to get it. The spiritual endeavours also start by taking baby steps which means putting efforts. Baba came on this earth, in Shirdi, to guide and direct us, but it’s us who have to take the first step and put in efforts.
The idea of any action occurring in the mind, leads it to it’s execution. Thus the very idea becomes a person’s (soul’s) karma. It’s not the action which will be called as Karma, it’s the idea itself. So we have to careful even in thoughts for our karma to be clean. For e.g. a sincere devotee of Baba will be a kind hearted fellow. He will have a sweet tongue and good behaviour. But at times he can’t stop himself from thinking bad about others, even though he won’t do any wrong to anyone. So in this case too, he is creating bad karmas for himself just by thinking wrong about others. If the thoughts are so strong, to lead us to Karma, we should put in our efforts to the thoughts before conceiving them in our minds. Our efforts can make a lot of difference. Putting in conscious efforts in worldly dealings as well as spiritual, will help us reach the destination which Baba has shown.
Baba then by turning water into oil, burnt lamps in Dwarkamai which kept burning the whole night, thus making the Diwali day, a night full of light. If He didn’t want to set an example to His devotees He would have done this act before going to the shopkeepers even previously and started burning lamps with water. an act that is a simple one for him and a miracle to us was not necessary to be done. To show up a miracle Baba can light lamps even without water and without even moving an inch. He showed us how by putting in effort can change a simple thought into karma.
The lamps were also an instrument for Him to convey the significance of being light to others. When we are born with intellect why should we waste it for survival goals and restrict our efforts to ourselves. He should be active in putting in our efforts in the manner where we can light another lamp and it absolutely doesn’t matter if we are burning with water or oil. The idea of being a lamp in someone’s life is the karma in itself. When such an idea crops up in us, the lamp starts burning in us and we start putting in efforts. Our duty is to keep the lamp in us burning continuously to lamp many others by putting in constant efforts and inspiring others to be one such lamp. We should not worry about resources (oil or water) that will be provided for by Baba. That’s the real miracle which He does. Our thoughts should lead us on the path of good karma and then Baba is there to take care.
Let us on this Diwali, try to be lamp by putting in the slightest effort (water) and keep burning the idea of progress to the Ultimate.
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