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I am the bond slave of My Devotee-Shirdi Saibaba
The Lord and the devotee.
If there was one Avatar, who remained obscure and humble, it was Shirdi Saibaba. Though He was an incarnation of Shiva, he used to speak very meekly about him. During one such conversation, he uttered the words, "I am the bond slave of My Devotee'. There are more meanings than we perceive in the above statement. In Hindu philosophy, the place of devotees are kept in esteem. Once God has told a man, "you may abuse me and escape from punishment". But none can save you if my devotee is abused by you! God treats devotees as His own eye and life. He treats their devotion in esteem. Hence Shirdi Baba has uttered the above statement.
Saibaba has once told a beautiful episode. A devotee had so much faith in the Lord and fully believed that the Lord accompanies him everywhere. When he walked on the sands, he perceived one more pair of foot prints along with his prints. Once the devotee was in deep trouble and he could not even think about the Lord. While he was walking on the sands, he found that only a pair of foot prints on the sand. He was lamenting, "Oh Lord, you too have forsaken me!. To this God has replied subtly, "The pair of foot prints you see on the sand is mine since I was carrying you all along! The devotee was crestfallen to hear God's words. He felt, he has no qualification or wisdom to judge the actions of God.
In Hindu epics, there are several such episodes. When the devotee suffered punishment at the hand of King, the Lord took the punishment on his own body and rescued the devotee. When the child Prahlada, son of great king Hiranyakasibu drank the poison as per the King's command, the Lord himself absorbed the poison in his own Divine Form and rescued the child. History is replete with many such examples. The best example is Christ who suffered the sins of people on his own body by getting crucified for no fault of him. Hence in the Bible, it is said, Jesus has sacrificed His blood and Life for all the people.The Lord loves devotion. For him, the devotee is supreme. Hence God won't let the devotee perish.