Stories and Teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba that will change your Life Forever
Grinding Wheat Story and it`s Philosophical Significance
Grinding of Wheat by Shri Sai Baba
I have the pleasure of writing my first blog on Sai Baba. Who had done so many miracles during His Saint Avatar as Sai in Shirdi? The remote village in the state of Maharashtra of India. This grinding story of wheat by Sai Baba being the beginning of this journey in finding Faith (Shraddha) and having Patience (Saburi).
Lord Krishna in Bhagwad Gita, IX-26, says “ Whosoever offers to Me something, 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”
Once Kabir in a weeping state asked his Guru (Nipatniranjan). “ I am weeping Guruji as because I feel like the agony of being crushed under the wheel of worldly existence”. This feeling was deeply expressed by Saint Kabir on watching a woman grinding corn by a hand-mill.
To this what his Guru Nipatniranjan replied :
“This grinding of Corn will give you the most desired lesson for your future life”. “ Do not be afraid, hold fast to the handle of knowledge of this mill, as I do. And do not wander far away from the same, but turn inward to the center, and you are sure to be saved”.
Now, this can be more explained in such a manner, the handle being mentioned here is Dhyan-the consistency in devotion to Lord-The God. Being steady in leading a life fully devoted to almighty. Both stones of the mill are termed as Karma being lower & Bhakti being upper or Shraddha & Saburi. Lastly the corn or wheat is here are our worries, sins, sufferings, pleasure & pain. Grinding here means the life; birth and death.
Self-realization of our life is not possible unless we are not grinding our impulses, desires, sins with the help of our Karma & Bhakti by holding firmly our knowledge that is Dhyan.
The Philosophical Significance behind this grinding of wheat scene is as follows:-
We all have three qualities called Sattva, Rajas & Tamas; so let these being crushed by our Karma & Bhakti. Than whatever outcome or the result will emerge from such grinding will be most useful to our society and life.
The same thing being remembered by Hemadpant when he saw Shri Sai Baba grinding wheat in Masjid with the help of a hand-mill. Sai Baba has no family, neither He is leading any family life. He possesses nothing and also stored nothing for self or for others, rather He lived on alms. But all the universe is His family. All the creatures of this universe depend upon Him. He took the pain in grinding the sins, sufferings of devotees by concentrating His Dhyan on Supreme Lord. He made an end to the miseries of His devotees by grinding their sins & sufferings by this hand-mill.
This way in order to get self-realization of oneself, grinding of all of our impulses, desires, sins, and of above mentioned three qualities (Gunas) & also our grid is most.