Saturday, September 23, 2017

My Apron

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..
And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but LOVE!

- Author Unknown -

Own Self

VEDA 316

Some know what is good, but they do not follow because of limitless desires. As worldly desires increase, naturally the desire for the Divine grace diminishes. Head can be filled with noble feelings only when it is empty. It is not possible to do the same if it is already stuffed with worldly desires. So, first and foremost, rid your head of all desires.

(From : Sai Veda, The Word of God,  sayings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sai Darshan II, Part 1 - Message 59

Sai Darshan II, Part 1 - Message 59

From the beginning
Of creation
God held the hand
Of His child
And said,
"Whenever you feel
You are lost
Just tighten your hold
For My hand
Is always holding yours"
The child asked
"Dear Father and Mother
Of this universe
What if I
Am tempted
By the colors of the world
That you have created
And I lost that hold
Of Your hand in mine
And take without You
Dear Lord a step ahead"
The Lord smiled and said
"My sweet one
Even if you are tempted
By the colors of the world
That I created
As shadows only...
And even if you
Have rushed one step ahead
To touch them
And make them yours
Even then realize O child
That the shadows
I created
Were but My own form
And as you play with them
You shall know
That within them
Is but My reflection...
And are you going to be
Satisfied with My reflection?
Certainly not...
The one step ahead
You took...
You yourself shall take back
And look for My hand to hold
But then again
You shall realize
That the step ahead
You had never taken.
That was a dream...
A mortal's life...
You were always
Hand in hand with Me...
Only for a moment
You drifted in sleep
And thought you took
The step ahead!
The world...
Its colors...
The temptation...
The step ahead...
The realization...
The return
Were merely an illusion
While you still
Held My hand!

(Extract from : Sai Darshan II written by Seema M Dewan)

GEM 318

Prayers must issue not from the lips but from the Heart.

(From : Garland of 1008 Gems, Bhagawan Shri Sathya Sai Baba's Sayings)

Sai Darshan, Part 3 - 104

The process of change may be slow,
But your determination to want to change
Must be firm.
For you to change, you must be open
To criticism and fault-finding.
Be honest with yourselves
As to where your weaknesses lie.
All will not change in one day.
Tremendous self-discipline
And spiritual practices are required.
There may be several falls,
But the courage to pick up and walk again
Must prevail.
Temptations may open paths that seem shorter
But do not let false glitter blind you.
Become a statue to the world's reaction.
To reach God, you must become Him,
And that must be your only goal,
Your only reason to be in this body.
The first step to change is to want to change.
Let God be that reason to change.
Let Swami lead you to this change.
Change from what you have become today,
To who you really were.
Ask yourselves, how long will you live,
Before you will know that what you look for, is you?

From : 'Sai Darshan' - Part III
(Divine Messages received and recorded by Mrs Seema M Dewan)



Do you know that you are loved? Never forget that My love is far beyond any love that you have ever experienced.

Within you is the key that unlocks the door to the riches of My kingdom - your divine heritage of joy and peace, unity and harmony. And the key that unlocks these treasures is forged from your discovery of the spiritual power I have given you.

With faith in Me, you can experience your own spiritual awakening. Trust in Me. Have faith in My wisdom and power. Love Me and all that I have created. And remember - I, too, have faith in you.

"Blessed be the name of God... He reveals deep and hidden things."
- Daniel 2:20, 22

(From : 'Daily Word' magazine by Silent Unity, a world wide prayer ministry)  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Divine Descent

Eternal Sai - 232

Have faith in His Grace, and lead a virtuous life, a life devoted to service of the weak, a life spent in thoughts about the might and glory of God. The nation relies on you to supply it with very essential commodities; you are in duty bound to answer that call. Pray that you may carry out that duty well. God will certainly answer your prayer, for, you are so simple and innocent. Let Me tell you that you are really more fortunate than most of the so-called rich, for, the rich do not sleep as soundly as you. Their burden of worry is much heavier; they desire more and so are disappointed more. They are tempted into worse and worse styles of living and so, they alienate themselves more and more from Grace.

(SSS Vol XII – Chap 31)

VEDA 315

Before attaining success in any endeavor one has to face hardships. Pleasure and pain come together just as the bitter rind and sweet juice coexist in an orange. You cannot enjoy the sweet juice of surgarcane unless it is crushed. Likewise, gold has to be put in fire, hammered and cut before it is made into be beautiful jewel. Similarly, humanness will shine only when one undergoes trials and tribulations.

(From : Sai Veda, The Word of God,  sayings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)


O Lord, take my love, and let it flow in fullness of devotion to Thee;
O Lord, take my hands, and let them work incessantly for Thee;
O Lord, take my soul, and let it be merged in One with Thee;
O Lord, take my mind and thoughts, and let them be in tune with Thee;
O Lord, take my everything, and let me be an instrument to work for Thee.

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