Darshan On Bhajan Save Me
June 07, 1977 pm
The title of this bhajan is “Save Me.” When an individual is buried under such a great difficulty that he cannot find any answer to it, then he goes in search of the one who can help me, save him.
There come the moments, the minutes, the hours, the days, the weeks, the months, and the years when the individual finds darkness all around.
And there are two types of such difficulties.
There are two kinds of problems.
One is the problem of a sadhak, or a devotee.
Another side are the problems of the worldly man.
From the difficulties of the sadhak, there has come the path of liberation.
Ordinarily, individual experiences many problems and bondages during the life.
And when he begins to follow the spiritual path, then also, he sees some further bondages and they are real bondages.
Or the problems.
At that time, he receives that inner guidance, and he knows that no individual can resolve these problems.
Only God can take care of them.
There are reasons why some people believe in God, and there are reasons why some people do not believe in God.
The reason for this is, the conditions through which the person is passing creates these two kinds of beliefs.
The individual who is born in happiness, and with his own hard work, what is called pursharta [sp], when he becomes successful and continues to grow, he is the one who would normally believe, who would become a non-believer of God.
Because he believes and the has experienced, that everything that I have accomplished, I have accomplished of my own accord.
And so he believes that self-effort is the only way, and he doesn’t have any need to believe in God.
In one way, we can say that his god is self-effort.
There is another individual who finds failure everywhere, in every form.
Wherever he goes, he sees that, and he sees the futility of self-effort.
And then he begins to know that there is some other higher force that is stopping his progress, and so he begins to believe in fate, and God.
So, to believe in God, or not to believe in God, could not be decided by such experiences.
If I am successful in my self-effort, and if I say there is no God, that is not proper.
We can accept that God is, through logic and through understanding.
Just as the seed becomes the tree, so also God is the seed, and we, the whole universe, are the tree, expansion.
God is the cause, and the universe is the effect.
We won’t go in detailed explanation of that.
We’ll just go further.
Here, in this bhajan, one unhappy devotee is praying to the Lord that, “Save me from this ocean of samsara, this worldly life.” It is compared with ocean because it has all the hazards of the big storms, and the big waves.
Here, the Lord is not right there, but it is believed that God is there, and he is praying.
He prays to the Lord, “That my boat is very small.
Not only that, but it is very old.
Because it is so small, there is no possibility for me to cross this ocean.
And because it is very old, it is likely to break.
So without your support, I cannot do anything.
I cannot grow.” He further says to the Lord, “I am blind from the birth, and I have never seen you.
This is why I am accepting you on faith,” or “I am imagining your presence.
I am deaf from the birth.
I am deaf because I have never heard anything about you.” The same thing as Christ says.
With ears, we do not hear.
With eyes, we do not see.
He also says that, he is requesting that, “The path to come to you is very long, and I do not have the legs, and so, without your support, I cannot travel this path.” “He is standing on the one shore of this big ocean of samsara, the world.
And he sees “that night is very dark, and there are clouds of desires, attachments and lust.
And the lust, the wind of the lust is blowing so heavy that I cannot collect myself.
The ocean of samsara is full of pride, and he is just roaring, and throwing the big waves at me.
I dare not go across.”
“When I see all this, my lord, I am very much afraid.
Under such circumstances, without you, who could be my resort, who could help me? You have showered hundreds and millions of graces upon me.
Instead of thanking you for all these blessing that you have showered upon me, I have always found faults with you.
And blamed you for it.
Because of all these reasons, it proves that I am very low in consciousness.
I am unfaithful.” Bapuji says, the meaning of nimakara means, nimak means salt.
And every time you take a meal, there is always salt in it, so wherever you receive your meal from, you cannot be unfaithful to them.
So when you become unfaithful to that, from who you receive any kind of help, that is called nimakarami.
It is in the wider sense, you see, that anything you receive, whether it is physical food, or spiritual food.
In Herbistan [sp] the scripture of Koranisharif, the scripture, the old book, was born or prepared.
The speciality of those people is that they always were honest.
There is an occasion when an Arab, from Arhistan, that is, Middle East, came to India.
Then he started his job somewhere in India.
One day he was passing through the woods.
Those woods were filled with robbers, and it was also very dangerous to travel through.
So the travelers were very much afraid to travel through those woods.
When this Arab, when he was travelling on his horse, he also saw a very rich man travelling.
This rich man had lots of wealth with him.
He was afraid that, “I would be robbed in these woods.” Under that circumstances, he saw this Arab.
So he felt comfort.
They both started traveling together.
On the way, they desired to have some refreshment.
They both sat, the rich man took out his food, and offered it to this Arab.
When this food was placed in front of Arab, all of a sudden, he became very serious.
This rich man forced him, asked him, forced him to eat.
So finally, he accepted.
After finishing his meals, he asked this rich man, “Is there anything to be afraid of for you? Do you have some money?”
After travelling further, they come to a very dangerous spot.
There they were robbers came from all direction.
This Arab, he took a vow that “As long as I am alive, no one can touch this rich man, because he has given me the food.
I have taken his food.
So as long as I am alive, I will protect him.
I will not allow anyone to rob him.”
Robbers did not listen to him, and they started fighting.
This Arab was very brave and very powerful, so within short time, he took care of five or six of them.
So, the rest of them got frightened, and they all ran away.
Then he took this rich man to his town.
While he was departing, the rich man intended to give him lots of money.
So when he started offering the money, this Arab said, “No, I cannot take the money, because when I ate with you, I ate with you as a friend.
Now as a friend, I cannot take the money.” There are two words, in Nimakaram [sp] means, one who eats the other’s food, and yet becomes dishonest to them.
While this man was Nimakalal, one who properly digested other man’s food, and remained honest to him.
So this devotee is saying to the Lord, “I am Nimakaram.” Means, “You have showered so many blessings on me, and yet, I haven’t been faithful to you.
In spite of all these faults, my Lord, I have come at your feet.
Because where else can I go, leaving you? You are the supporter of the supportless, and there is no other individual where I can go to find this support.
Merciful Lord, you become the captain of my ship, or my boat, and save me from this ocean of samsara, this worldly life.”
I had taken support, or I was at the mercy of time, so it finished on time.
It is seven o’clock.
How many of you have to leave now? Small dhun Bapuji will chant.
So those of you who have to leave.
Your grandfather is speaking Gujarati, you father is speaking Gujarati, then you naturally should know Gujarati.
[Bapuji and disciples chant “Ratore Mana Rama.”]