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 oneness 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 for Thy work.
The little prayer written above was the first one I learnt from the Sai Baba books. I remember reciting it often at darshans way back when we could be close to Sai. It was as if I felt the love in my heart would spill over, such was the longing. Yet, the love we feel for the spiritual guide is never ours. It is something that is created by him to help us speed up the process of longing for the divine.
We stay with the the spiritual guide because our hearts want to. The heart and the higher self knows better what is good for us. The spiritual guide will tell us that love is created. The devotee cannot love like this by himself. For it is not a question of human love. It is something entirely different. And the relationship with the spiritual guide is a very difficult one. So love is created and it goes on…. Sai Baba used the term “I manufacture Love! – that is my job.” During my time with him, this certainly held true.