SIGNIFICANCE OF GURUSTHAN
Devotion to the Guru is superior to devotion to gods and goddesses. The Guru is the Supreme Being
Sadguru Sai Baba shared His own experience on His Guru Venkusa. From that we can understand the significance and importance of Guru Seva and Guru Bhakti.
Let us first go through the historical note on Gurusthan. To this world, Baba first manifested Himself as a young lad of sixteen years under the neem tree performing hard penance in day and night. People of Shirdi were curious about the whereabouts of this young boy and asked Lord Khandoba. As directed by the Lord, they dug under the neem tree and found there was an underground cavern in which four tall brass lamps were burning. Lord Khandoba said, ‘this is where the boy did penance for twelve years’.
The cavern may have been His own abode. But Baba said, “This is the place of My Guru. This holy place is My inheritance. I request you to maintain it as it is”
As per Baba’s orders, the cavern was closed up by replacing the bricks, as he had said that it was his Guru’s abode.
Baba loved neem tree very much and held it in high esteem. The old residents of Shirdi used to bow down at that place, believing it to be the Samadhi-sthan of Baba’s Guru.
Salient features of Gurusthan Mandir Construction by Shirdi Sai Gurusthan Trust is given below:
The trustees have decided, the proposed Gurusthan Mandir resembles like Baba’s Gurusthan at Shirdi, consisting a mandap under the neem tree, Baba’s portrait for worship along with marble charan on a pedestal.
Gurusthan is a powerful place to sit quietly. Some people regard the tree as a symbol of the Guru’s grace under which humanity may take shelter and protection. Indeed, Sai Baba once commented that his devotees are simply resting in the shade of the neem tree while he bears the brunt of their deeds.
This statement is validated by the details available in Sri Sai Satcharitra, Chapter – 4, “A Par (platform) was built round the neem tree and lofts with steps were constructed. Under the steps, there is a niche facing south and devotees sit on the Par (platform) facing north. It is believed, that he who burns incense there, on Thursday and Friday evenings will, by God’s grace, be happy.”
“Sada Nimbarvrikshasya mooladhiwasat,
Sudhasravinam tiktamapi-apriyam tam,
Tarum Kalpavrikshadhikam sadhayantam
Namameeshwaram Sadgurum Sai Natham”
“ I bow to Lord Sainath, who by his constant stay at the foot of the neem tree – which although bitter and unpleasant, was yet oozing nectar – made it better than the wish-fulfilling tree. I bow to Lord Sainath, who always takes delight in resting under the neem tree and bestowing material and spiritual prosperity upon his devotees who lovingly attend on him.”
“In human life, the Guru’s place is prominent. By keeping utmost faith in the Guru alone, everything is obtained. A devotee’s entire strength is due to his Guru.”