SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
……“We worship our Sadguru
Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi because, even after leaving His human
form this great divine soul continues to give us some kind
of divine experience and bliss. He came only to give and not
to take. If we closely study the life history of Shri Shirdi
Sai Baba during his stay at Shirdi for nearly sixty years
it will become evident that he continues to give the benefits
to His devotees just as he used to do when in Shirdi in a
physical form. Devotees of Baba when constructing temples
or doing any work in his cause or name should not be proud
of their doer¬ship as the faith and strength to carry
on such activities are given by Baba only. The relation of
the Sadguru with His devotees is not limited to one life but
spreads over a number of lives. When a human being gets attracted
towards the Sadguru, one thing is sure that he must have accumulated
lots of merits in his previous lives. The most important role
of the Sadguru lies in his great vision to change the whole
world into a family on this earth. Experience has shown that
those people who render maximum possible help to others and
who have created Sai organizations, are the best recipients
of Baba's blessings, if they have done so without seeking
Shri Das Guru Maharaj
spread the name of Shri Sai all over India, Kaka Saheb Dixit
contributed his best in forming the Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan
as it is known today and brought harmony among people through
the Sai Leela magazine, which he started. Shyama used to take
part in functions arranged by many organizations/individuals
on behalf of Baba, Mhalsapati and Tatya Kote Patel rendered
immense service to Baba being with Him always, and Shri Anna
Saheb Dabholkar, spread the name of Baba throughout the globe
through his magnificent creation called “Shri Sai Satcharitra”.
The Sai devotees take the names of these people today, notwithstanding
the fact that some of them did not have any formal education
or degree. But those unfortunate souls who even when working
in Baba's temple and getting the blessings of Baba are not
able to clear the mental cobwebs of negative thinking surely
create differences among the devotees and disturb the pious
vibrations in the temples. Some of them are more demonstrative
in their Bhakti to impress others while nourishing ill feelings
towards them. They will get inner happiness only if they correctly
follow the path of Baba as reflected in “Shri Sai Satcharitra”.
I may advise that people
should focus their thoughts on Baba and His sayings as depicted
in “Shri Sai Satcharitra” instead of running around here and
there in search of God or for the evolution of their soul.
Under all conditions of happiness and unhappiness they should
always remember and depend on Baba as advised by Him. If they
continue to do so with faith and concentration, slowly the
deeper inner knowledge about Baba will be revealed and they
will receive the divine experiences. Only then their contribution
to the human welfare will be distinctive and others will learn
from them. A candle will light many other candles.”…….
"LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
asti yaavati scaktih paapa nirharane hareh
Taavat kartum nascaknoti paatakam paataki janah
This means, "No sinner can commit so many or so heinous
sins as to make it impossible for God’s name to redeem him."
It is folly and ignorance of a highly self-destructive sort
on the part of a sinner to limit the power of God to redeem
him. Hence neither Sai nor Chaitanya despaired of redeeming
desperate characters. Just as Chaitanya drew Madho and Jagai
from the depths of an almost bottomless pit to the heights
of saintliness, so Baba has done in the case of Das Ganu.
The words used in the
first stanza above quoted show the power of God’s name. It
is just as well to point out that practically God's name and
God are not different. The name has a power because it is
God’s name. If it is the name of the devil or any other person,
it would not have such power. But the name is so closely intertwined
with the object that even philosophers confound the two. There
is a school of nominalist philosophers who say that everything
is only name and that there is nothing beyond. Commonsense
rebels against this view and most people join the conceptualist
or realist school saying that objects exist apart from names
and we have a conception of an object to which name is applied
as a handle. No doubt the cleverness of songsters and poets
makes them attach undue importance to the bare fact of the
name as in the following stanza:
Nee naama bala ondu iddare sako
This means, ‘O, Ranga
(or God), what is the use of your prowess or anything else
except your name? The power of your name is sufficient’. The
songster begins to instance the cases of Draupadi, Gajendra,
Ajamila, etc., to prove that the name was sufficient in all
these cases to save them and that God himself was not wanted
for the purpose of saving. This is obviously absurd in the
case of Draupadi and Gajendra where God himself took action
or appeared and saved the devotees. Only in the case of Ajamila,
there is some degree of justification for the poetic flair,
and perhaps some basis for it in the Bhagavata stanza which
runs as follows:
Etavata alam agha
sankritanam bhagavato gunakarma namnam
Aakruscya putram aghavan yat Ajamilo api
Naarayana iti Mriyamanaiyaya muktim.
This means. ‘To wipe off sins of men, it is enough if they
go on with sankirtanam, that is, good singing or recital of
God's gunas, (qualities), karma (deeds), and nama (names).
(For example) Ajamila, though a great sinner, by barely calling
out the name of his child Narayana at the moment of death
obtained mukti. This seems a basis for saying that the bare
utterance of God’s name, even though the utterance was only
of the name of the child bearing God’s name, at the moment
of death, would have the effect of saving a man.”……
THE MAGIC OF SURRENDER
During the course of life each
one of us passes through phases of joy and sorrow, pleasure
and pain, victory and defeat, and ups and downs of various
kinds. While most of us get agitated by the so-called negative
phases, an enlightened man lives in wisdom. He is not agitated
by grief nor does he hanker after pleasure. Such a man lives
free from lust, fear and anger.
Most of us manage to get what we
want, but we are always greedy for more. As Mahatma Gandhi
once said - this planet has enough for every one's need but
not enough for a single person's greed. In our desire for
money, name, fame, power, possession and riches, we become
manipulative and vicious as we try to keep others away from
what we have obtained.
When we keep thinking about sense
objects, attachment comes. This attachment breeds desire and
the lust for possessions, which when thwarted, burns and becomes
anger. Anger clouds the judgement and we make mistakes. We
can no longer learn from past mistakes. As a result of this
we lose the power to choose between wise and unwise and under
such circumstances we make no progress on the spiritual path.
Life becomes an utter waste.
The mind is without doubt unsteady
and difficult to curb. But it can be controlled through practice.
When we surrender completely at our Sadguru’s feet we are
in a state of yoga. Yoga is difficult unless the mind is under
control and is ceaselessly striving. This can be attained
If we cannot meditate we cannot
be at peace. When we know no peace how can we have joy? When
we let our mind heed the call of senses they will carry away
our judgement as a storm drives a boat away from its safe
chartered course to certain doom. We must use all our powers
to set the senses free from attachment and aversion alike
and live in the full wisdom of self.
A drop of water on a hot plate
takes a little time to disappear. It makes some noise and
evaporates. Gratitude in our life seems to disappear even
faster. We seem to forget how much we have grown, how much
we have received. The mind seeks more and more. And in every
wanting of more and more, it forgets the past very easily.
So today we cannot say that no one is grateful. Everyone is
grateful but for the moment and then it is over. But GRACE
is that gratitude which remains all the time. It is like the
snow in the Himalayas that always stays.
Lord Shri Krishna in Shrimad Bhagwat
Gita describes to Arjuna the behaviour of an enlightened man.
Such a man is not fettered by selfish attachments, he is not
elated by good fortune or depressed by bad. Such a man is
a seer. He is like a tortoise who draws in his limbs at will.
An illumined man too draws his senses within at will. He can
go and live anywhere even in the midst of any agitation. When
the situation is serious he just says "withdraw"
and the gates of the senses are closed. That man is unshaken
and firmly established in Sadguru's feet. Gradually on the
path of bhakti, the Sadguru helps the aspirant to quiet the
senses and the mind.
When we take up yoga and wish to
concentrate on the divine, the ordinary motives of the vital
being are replaced by the spiritual motive, which then enables
the sadhak to work with the same force as before, no longer
for himself but for the divine. Initially there may be difficulties
but then the divine power starts working through him and uses
his capacity and vital force for its ends.
So we must learn to be the instrument
and accept Him as the master. Accept yourself as a divine
instrument and obey absolutely. There is no greater pride
and glory than to be a perfect instrument of the master. Meditate
on Sadguru’s feet for He will take us across the cycle of
birth and death. This will deepen our meditation, which will
release more and more energy with which we can help others.
It will automatically impart us the supreme knowledge, which
is nothing but the knowledge of the Self. It will direct us
to perform selfless actions.
So there are many paths
to reach the supreme and Lord Sri Krishna has described many
such paths; but he also says that dearest to me are those
who seek me in faith and love as life's eternal goal. They
meditate on thy feet and go beyond death to immortality.
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The soul, which is Dharma,
The knowledge of the omniscient,
Is sufficient to dispel your ignorance,
And entice your mind towards wisdom and devotion,
Devotion, which flows like Ganges,
When there is overwhelming emotion.
The Ganges purifies your thoughts and soul
And you enter the world of devotion.
A world, which is a test of your temptation and determination,
A world where Maya (illusion) lures you,
To forsake your path of righteousness,
It’s a world where only your faith and belief in your Sadguru,
Helps you to steer away from the course of embracing Maya.
The fruit relished in this world is self-realization,
Which may ultimately lead to HIS realization.
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
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"Though I have become a Fakir,
have no house or wife, and though leaving off all cares, I
have stayed at one place, the inevitable Maya teases Me often.
Though I forgot Myself I cannot forget Her. She always envelops
Me. This Maya (illusive power) of the Lord (Shri Hari) teases
God Brahma and others; then what to speak of a poor Fakir
like Me? Those who take refuge in the Lord will be freed from
Her clutches with his grace". Baba – Chapter 13, Sai
“Maya”, materialism and family
is considered to be a hindrance in the path of spiritualism,
or is it really? Let us consider the evil called Maya in light
of Baba’s teachings to us through Satcharita. From Satcharita
we gather that people initially started going to Baba for
fulfillment of their personal needs, such as begetting a child,
to solve their financial problems, increase social status,
and performing marriage of children, win court cases and relief
from health problems. Baba never shunned any of such devotees,
in fact He encouraged them to come to Him and He gladly helped
them achieve their materialistic needs. Sounds dubious? Well
consider why Baba said He never wanted His devotees to fast.
A hungry person cannot think of God. Only when the hunger
is appeased then a person can concentrate on other aspects
in life. In the same way, man is born with a purpose in life;
he is endowed with responsibilities towards his family and
community. If a person cannot meet his basic needs in life
and keep his family clothed and fed and live comfortably,
such a man will always be burdened with life’s problems and
will not focus on anything other than ways and means to get
money to fulfill his family’s daily requirements. In order
to fulfill the responsibilities man has to work and earn money
and keep his family happy. How can a person who keeps away
from money and materialism keep his family happy?
Money materialism and family is
not bad, but is essential to fulfill our Dharma, but the strong
attachment to these things makes a person get overtaken by
the 6 vicious qualities - greed, anger, lust, desire, envy,
and egotism. When a man is centered only on money and cannot
think of anything else in life other than himself, his status
in the society, and endless satisfaction of his desires, then
he is said to be enticed with the seductress called Maya.
Such a person is blinded by the materialism and money and
may not respect or love his parents, god or elders. No amount
of money or status can make such people happy. Their world
revolves only around money and such people are easy targets
to be overtaken by Maya.
Money should be used for executing
responsibilities or dharma. Take Baba for example, He collected
lots of money, but at the end of the day He was same poor
fakir as He distributed money to the people of Shirdi who
had responsibilities to fulfill. The Samadhi Mandir, Sathe’s
Wada, Dixit Wade are constructed by devotees who were financially
well off and staunch devotees of Baba. If it were not for
them we would not have had the privilege to visit Shirdi and
relive the beautiful days as described in Satcharita. These
devotees, Buty, Dixit and Sathe were rich and influential
people, but at the same time they were humble and kind. They
used their money for betterment of the community after fulfilling
their family obligations.
Another thing to consider is that
if Baba wanted people to leave off their money, home and family
why would He ask Sathe to remarry? Why did He ask impatient
Jog, who wanted to renounce everything and be with Him, to
wait, as a time would come when Jog would be free and then
he can devote his time to Baba? Baba knew Jog’s wife would
predecease him and after Jog’s responsibilities were fulfilled
then Baba advised him to turn towards spirituality. Shri Satpathyji
in his book ‘May I Answer’ also mentions that spiritual progress
is faster for a man who despite being entangled in the mundane
world and fulfilling his responsibilities towards family,
work and society focuses his thoughts towards God.
From the above discussion what
I gathered is that Money, Materialism and family itself is
not bad, but it is our attachment towards them that creates
shackles. We can keep Maya at bay when we are not always focused
on materialistic wants but consider it as essential for well
being and fulfilling our family and community related duties.
And know that God will fulfill our wants and He gives us as
much as we can handle and need in our life. One should not
be selfish and only look after the needs of his own family,
but if there is scope then help others, share things to ease
our neighbour’s pain and help him to be happy. Let us focus
our thoughts on god who will help us denounce the strong attachment
for our surroundings and will keep our coffers filled such
that we can lead a comfortable life and fulfill our responsibilities,
while progressing spiritually as well.
your views on Topic of Discussion- Sai's Message to the
Life is an imagination and body is an image, millions are
awake for actions, but one in a million for effective intellectual
exertion only one in hundreds of millions to a divine life.
Shirdi Sai can be counted as one in billions who is a great
dispeller of darkness.
slave to the body. We worship the body. Finally the body wears
away. At that time we realise the power of mind. The journey
was to discover the self, but we have been cheating ourselves
and cheating others, glorifying the self called ego. The death
of ego is the birth of divinity. It has no beginning, no end.
It is eternal. In our finite body the eternity hid, and mind
limited itself to mind body nexus of limited consciousness.
We searched the mountains, sea, everywhere, in search of the
divine. But where was divine? In the cave shaped heart. The
heart is the reality, mind is transience phase, cosmic consciousness
is the quest. Shirdi Sai the blessed had realised and made
devotees know that he was one in many and many in one, the
Please forgive me for
not trusting you. I always felt that you never answered my
prayers and never helped me or guided me in my life. I was
so wrong, I did not realise that you were always with me,
watching my every single move and choosing what is best for
me in life. The apology letter written to you by Anitha Kandukuri,
relates to me as well. I used to think the same way she did,
and after reading that letter I was ashamed of myself. How
could I not trust you Baba? Thank you for accepting me as
your devotee. Please continue to take care of my parents as
you know they need you the most now, and do not have anyone
to share their problems with. Please keep them happy and be
with them always. You are the only hope I have Baba.
Once again, thank you
for making me the person I am today.
I feel in today's life
where everyone is struggling for power and money Sai Satcharitra
tells that we should be satisfied with whatever we get. And
that is God's wish. No matter how much wealth we acquire we
can't be satisfied unless we have internal peace. It all depends
on our internal mental condition. A rich person can be dissatisfied
and a servant can be joyful and happy. We should be thankful
to God every time every minute. Real happiness is internal
and that comes from Sai's Ashirwad...
your feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
Thanking you for sending me wonderful and peaceful messages
at the time I and my family are going through hard times.
We wish by the Grace of God Sai Baba to remove all the obstacles
we are at the moment experiencing. We are great devotees of
God Sai Baba and Sai Baba shall manifest in one form or the
other to help us.
and Meenakshi Kaiser
I am really grateful to
all those who made the magazine Heritage of Shirdi Sai and
the website www.heritageofshirdisai.org possible. I have no
words to express my feelings that arise when I read the experiences
of other devotees. Please do continue to share such experiences
with us as it guides us to lead a happy life and reminds us
to just think of our Great Baba at all times. SAI RAM
Shekhar, Texas, USA
OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
SHIRDI SAI BABA
Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan,
Canada holds Satsang on Thursdays and third Sunday of every
month at Gur Mandir, 207 Queen’s Plate, Toronto (Etobicoke).
For other Details call 416-294-4804 or visit http://www.shirdisainath.org/
THE RESOURCE CENTRE
Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan,
Canada is pleased to announce the establishment of it's first
Resource Centre in Woodbridge, Toronto. All visits are by
appointment only. Shri Sai Satcharita is available in all
languages. The Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday between
10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Location: Maple Crest Private School -
28 Roytech Rd. Woodbridge, On L4L 8E4 Ph: 905 - 652-6666.
For other Details call 416-294-4804 or visit http://www.shirdisainath.org/
SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA
The Shirdi Sai Mandir located at 2721 Markham Road, Toronto,
Ontario, M1X 1L5 (Intersection of Markham and Nashdene) is
open through out the day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays
and in the morning and evenings on all weekdays. Baba's Kakad
Aarti, Abhishek Puja, Madhyan Aarti, Dhoop Aarti, Satcharita
Reading and Shej Aarti are performed every day. Bhajans and
Sai Naam Sankirtan in the evening on Thursday and Saturday.
For information regarding the daily schedule, temple activities
and events please visit Mandir's website: http://www.theshirdisaimandir.com/
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 647-444-4724.
SHIRDI SAI PARIVAR
Shirdi Sai parivar in
Vancouver holds Satsang on Thursday (6.30-7.30pm)and Sai abhishek
and aarti first Sunday of every month at 8571, 118A St, Delta,
V4C 6L2. For further details contact (604) 592 4182 or email,
SHRI SHIRDI SAI
SANSTHAN LOS ANGELES
By the grace of our Shirdi
Sai we are happy to announce the inauguration of Shri Shirdi
Sai Temple in LA region in the city of Montebello. We need
the support of all Sai Devotees. For more information please
SHIRDI SAI CENTER,
BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
Location: 897-B E. Kifer
Rd, Sunnyvale, CA - 94086
Daily timings and activities:
6:15 am – 7:40 am: Abhishekam and Kakad Arathi at 6:30 am
11.45 am – 12:30 pm: Madhyan Arathi at 12:00 pm
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Dhoop Arathi at 6:30 pm and Shej Arathi
at 8:30 pm
6:15 am – 7:40 am: Kakad Arathi at 6:30 am
11:00 am – 9:30 pm: Madhyan Arathi at 12:00 pm, Dhoop Arathi
at 6:30 pm and Shej Arathi at 8:30 pm
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Shirdi Sai Bhajans
For more information please
call 408-705-7904 / 408-564-6704 or send email to email@example.com
or visit our website at http://www.Shirdisaiparivaar.org
SHRI SHIRDI SAI
No.744-1, Tingkat 1,
Jln. Sentul Selatan, Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This is a new Shirdi Baba center in malaysia. We conduct weekly
prayers/arathi at the following times:
Friday - 7pm - 10.30pm
Sunday - Noon - 2.30pm
Our official centre website
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSATUAN SHIRDI SAI BABA SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
This is to inform all of you that we have a Shirdi Sai Baba
Temple in Malaysia. Here we have daily prayers and special
prayers on thursday mornings 9.00am and bhajans and satsang
from 8 pm onwards. Also breakfast, lunch and dinner, cooked
by our seva-group is provided to all devotees. other than
that first thursday of the month we have talk on spirituality,
second thursday on health, third thursday satsang on Sai Satcharitra,
fourth thursday talk on general topics, by experts in the
respective fields. Lot of charitable activities are conducted
by our Centre,like sponsoring immediate services to childrens\'
homes, old-folks homes, sick and needy, etc. etc.
any devotee, from Malaysia or Singapore likes to join our
Centre, please contact Mr.SP Kannan at Mobile -012-2739486;
usha - 006122392911; Res: 03-33717540. Our Centre address
is : Persatuan Shirdi Sai Baba Selangor, No.2574, Jalan Seruling
59, Taman Klang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.Thank you and Sai
SHIRDI SAI TEMPLE
The dream of having a
full fledged exclusive Shirdi Sai Temple in Singapore, will
soon come true. Thanks to the efforts of a Sai devotee in
making this happen. The Shirdi Sai Baba Centre in Singapore
is now live with the 3rd floor function hall, Sri Vadapathira
Kaliamman temple, being secured and converted to a full fledged
exclusive Shirdi Sai worship centre. The Centre will be devoted
to celebrating the life & teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba
only. For more information visit our website http://www.saisansthan.com
SHIRDI SAI BABA
SANSTHAN, AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND
Bhajans Every Thursday
Venue Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Road, Mt Roskill,
7.00 pm - 7.50 pm Sai
7.50 pm - 8.10 pm Pravachan and Sai Ashtotharam
8.10 pm - 8.30 pm Shej Aarthi
8.30 pm - 9.00 pm Prasad distribution.
For more details Contact us Amar Alluri(President) Mobile:
(+64) 27 230 5360 Email: President@shirdisaibaba.org.nz
or Sai Krishna Tridandapani (Secretary) Mobile: (+64) 21 239
7907 Email: Secretary@shirdisaibaba.org.nz
Address: Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan of NZ, P.O. Box: 16142,
Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz
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