Sadgurus or Perfect Masters are in reality the seers who have
realized the Absolute or have reached the highest realm of spiritual
attainment, are present for ever in the whole universe whether in
an embodied or in an un-embodied state. They can operate in gross,
subtle or mental world. By virtue of their divine powers they touch
upon both the animate and the inanimate world. They have been actually
chosen to execute the divine mission and for that, free from individual
ego work together for the execution of the divine mission.
This is one of the profiles of their spirit of
compassion. They are, indeed, the ambassadors of the divine compassion.
Due to this compassion for humanity they get embodied in the world
to uplift the souls of the fallen and the suffering. They are revered
as Sadgurus or Perfect Masters by the scriptures.
A Perfect Master is at first a Perfect man,
a Perfect Satpurush. A ‘Satpurush’ means one who does
not suffer any imperfections or limitations that all other creatures
of God are subjected to.Only God is perfect and everything else
is imperfect. The Sadgurus, evolving life after life, from
the state of a normal human soul (Jivatama) reach the state
of Divinity (Shivatma). When this state of realization comes
to them they are neither the body, nor the mind but are Pure Consciousness.
Pain and pleasure, life and death, heat and cold and such other
varied attributes of nature perceptible in the phenomenal world
do not affect them, for they are in a state of Only God--pure divine
consciousness. Their attributes are the same as those of the God.
They are infinite existence, infinite knowledge,
infinite power and infinite bliss. This state is known as the seventh
stage in the spiritual journey of the souls. At this stage the gross,
subtle and mental bodies are totally annihilated.
However, the word Sadguru depicts a personality
so vast and universal, that it is beyond comprehension of an ordinary
mortal. Only the spiritual seekers get a glimpse as they advance
in the path. A Sadguru is one who leads the created to the
Creator. Being himself beyond the multiplicism and dualism of nature,
they have the power to pull out human beings from the limitations
of nature imposed on them.
Some people think that a living Sadguru is necessary
for uplifting the soul of an individual to spiritual heights. However,
history reveals that even after leaving his body the Sadgurus
continue their activity of elevating the lots of his people.
How so ever intellectually one may try to understand
or imagine about this state, it is not possible to do so without
actually reaching that state.
It is these Souls that come down on earth in human
body to evolve the souls of the human beings (Jivatma) to
the state of God (Shivatma). When embodied in human form,
they remain simultaneously in the state of God and also of man.
They do not move around like mendicants and are not bound by any
scriptural injunctions. Their actions are universal in nature cutting
across religions, nations and all divisions of society. Even animals
and birds are not treated differently by them.
The Sadgurus or Perfect Masters are born
at different times in different places and different cultural backgrounds.
Strangely enough their external situations may be widely variant
but their actions in their embodied stages display a common theme
and common approach to solve the human problems.
Five Sadgurus are said to operate in the
whole world in a particular milieu and one of them is indeed, a
Param Sadguru. 51 spiritually realized ‘Siddhas’ both
corporeal and non corporeal assist them. Besides this, in this hierarchy
there are about 5000 evolved souls stationed in different ladders
of spiritual enlightenment. This galaxy of seers is said to be functional
or operative for a period of seven hundred years.
These are five Sadgurus guiding the affairs
of the universe at any point, even today and at all points of time
to come. For example, if an ant were to move on the body of one
Sadguru, the other Sadgurus will feel the sensation.
Their personalities may seem to be different but their egos are
one-the Ego of the Over soul or God. Being in God State whatever
they say becomes the command of God for that time, as also for all
times to come.
When the Sadguru leaves His body, the same
Divine "love aspect" operates through another body, ready for the
purpose. Some one may ask as to where does the soul of Sadguru
go after he leaves his body. The soul of Sadguru is eternal,
all pervading and always remains in the state of Parambramha
or the Almighty. All Sadgurus are the same spirit and are
within each other as much as they are within God or are in a state
The celebrities (Perfect Masters)
found on the banks of the sacred rivers, the Godavari and Narmada
in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, are Shri Akkalkot
Maharaj (Maharashtra), Hazrat Tajuddin Baba (Nagpur), Shri Gajanan
Avadhoot (Shegaon, Maharashtra), Hazrat Babajan and Shri Shankar
Maharaj (Pune), Shri Upasani Maharaj (Sakuri, Maharashtra) , Shri
Narayan Maharaj (Ked Gaon, Maharashtra) and above all Shri Shirdi
Sai Baba (Shirdi, Maharashtra).
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, flourished in the later
half of the 19th century, would remain as a manifested Param
Sadguru, the Supreme Master for the seven centuries. The Sadgurus,
transcending all the confines of caste, sect and colour, remain
engaged in the spiritual uplift of the humanity and operate in both
physical and metaphysical plane. Even animals, birds and other living
creatures are treated compassionately by them. The life-style of
Sai Baba, his routine functioning etc. reflected that his compassion
lay in abundance for the redemption of the people.
Perfect Masters like Sai Baba, play a role, both
at micro and a macro levels. At the micro-level, species, who are
drawn to Him by His mighty Will like chained birds, as Baba used
to say. . At a macro-level, Baba once commented that during 1854
and 1858, he was busy with Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, thereby, indicating
his role in the transitional phase of Indian history .
Whereas, limited human intelligence can perceive
the activities at micro-level of the Perfect Masters, it can never
perceive their role at the macro-level. History, therefore, is a
limited projection of human activities at micro-level. No historian
so far has been able to bring about the hidden game of the Perfect
Masters behind all the temporal powers on this earth. Baba's activities,
visible and non-visible, were extremely intense during the
World War-I period between 1914 and 1918. He left his body on 15thOctober,
1918 when the war had almost ended, completing His mission.
Shri Sainath, the Param Sadguru (Guru of
Gurus) of our times, as also Swami Akkalkot Maharaj, Hazrat Tajuddin
and other Sadgurus used to go into tantrums throwing objects
at their disciples, who again used to strangely benefit spiritually
and materially after the committance or such happenings. This goes
to prove that whatever they do only benefits and does not harm the
disciples. Some of their actions are extremely mysterious, beyond
the comprehension of ordinary human logic. For example, they enter
into a state of extreme rage without any seeming cause and then
suddenly calming down and showering all their blessings as if nothing
had happened. Many a times they seem extremely disturbed but would
maintain a strange sort of inner calm even in the face of danger
to their lives.
The Sadguru in the midst of a swarm of devotees,
when expected to become more vocal may suddenly resort to silence
or may even leave the place. It has been established that such activity
has something to do with the activity of a larger dimension, which
needs the immediate attention of the Sadgurus.
Sadgurus are hardly bothered about social
appreciation, for they act because they know the ultimate reaction
of all the actions. Which, what to speak of the society, the whole
world may not be knowing. But the fact remains that whatever they
do is ultimately for the benefit of mankind because they are in
a state of complete selflessness. Their divine consciousness is
so universal that it encompasses all the elements of living and
non-living. Many people think the Sadgurus, always being
aware about their infinite power, pretend not to know about
it. The truth is that they in a state of pure consciousness not
affected by the three mental state of gunas-Tama, Raja
and even Satwa (attributes of ignorance).
They are like pure mirrors. When a devotee approaches
the Sadguru, a connection is established between the Sadguru
and the soul of the devotee. As the mirror reflects exactly
what the person is but does not add anything, we call it only mirror.
The Sadguru is thus in the state of Only consciousness. This
means 'only existence'. Therefore, whatever we project to the Sadguru,
good or bad, will be accepted by him. He being in a state of only
consciousness would absorb negative or positive traits of minds
and return pure consciousness, as he is nothing but pure consciousness.
That is why we must always think of the Sadguru, keep him
in mind in every small or big act you do in your life. Each step
you take as you walk along life, make him a companion, for he is
the only companion who will walk with you in this life and the life
beyond. A Perfect Master or Sadguru is as much a living entity
without body as with a body in the time continuum.