SAMADHI MESSAGE OF SHRI SATPATHYJI
the last two decades, Global SAI Movement as they call
it and which pertains to Shirdi SAI Baba has spread all
over the globe. I had the unique opportunity of joining
this global SAI movement from the year 2000 A.D. It all
started with Indians settling abroad during the last fifty
years or so. The shift of Indian IT workers and experts
from various technical groups, doctors and academicians
to different countries for medium or long periods of time,
has slowly introduced Baba to the western world. Starting
from the early nineties of the last century, a few lakh
Indian citizens went or migrated to the USA, Canada, Europe,
Australia and the Middle East. It is in some of these
countries that a maximum number of temples and organizations
of Shirdi SAI have come up.
very large number of such Indians visiting USA on various
types of Visa like Business, Visitors, students or temporary
work permit, had been devotees of Shri Shirdi SAI Baba
when they were in India. Some of them had been devotees
of Baba for generations and have been worshipping Baba
as their family deity. They used to read SAI SATCHARITA
and visit Shirdi along with their families. When these
devotees started staying in USA for long periods of time
say three years or more, their need to worship Baba in
a temple could not be satisfied. Even their parents and
relatives, who used to visit them for months, started
searching for Baba’s temple.
the early nineties of the last century there were few
Shirdi Sai temples in USA, although it is reported that
the first Shirdi Sai Baba temple in the USA started in
Monroeville, Pennsylvania in the 1980’s. However
the number of temples, organizations and related activities
pertaining to Baba had an exponential growth during the
last fifteen years or so. Today a large number of Shirdi
SAI Baba temples have come up in different states of USA.
Further Baba’s statues have been installed in some
of the already existing temples. As informed, scores of
such temples are in the making. Some states have a large
number of temples in different places in the same city.
Such activities are going on in states like Georgia, Florida,
New York, New Jersey, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Texas,
Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, Washington and Massachusetts
to name a few.
Sai devotees regularly visit these temples particularly
on Thursdays and weekends in large numbers. They celebrate
Shri Ramanavami, Dusshera and other festivals and functions
following the tradition of the Shirdi temple. Most of
them undertake social and philanthropic activities to
help the society in which they live. Similarly, such activities
are in progress in countries like Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and South East Asian countries like Singapore,
Malaysia and Fiji etc. In certain places in Africa like
Nairobi, South Africa- Johannesburg and elsewhere, SAI
groups are quite active. A new temple is going to be inaugurated
shortly at Auckland, New Zealand. There is a temple in
Fiji Islands where a large number of Indians are settled.
Temples are coming up in Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Nepal
as well. Some devotees are conglomerating privately and
carrying on with SAI worship even in the Middle Eastern
countries like Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. Similar activities
are going in European countries like UK, France and Holland.
the year 1990 “SAI UTSAV” was celebrated at
Chicago temple which was attended by about 2500 devotees.
From that time, I got associated with this global moment
of Shri SAI and activities such as installations and Pran
Pratishtha of statues of Baba and addressing the devotees
at places like Sydney Australia, Kent UK, and Houston
Texas USA and many other cities.
we have taken up the task of linking the activities, going
on in temples in India with SAI temples abroad and vice
versa mainly through the technology of the World Wide
Web and Internet. Events happening in any temple at any
place in the world are communicated to temples at other
places directly through the process of Internet live video
streaming services or Web casting and also other social
media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Besides, we have
evolved a system of communicating through Email groups,
magazines both electronic and printed. The web sites of
the temples like saibaba.org are rendering yeomen service
by covering events pertaining to SAI related activities.
This goes a long way not only in spreading the message
of Baba in the remotest corners of earth but also creates
a multi-dimensional, global inter-activeness between all
the devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba where ever they might
be. We should welcome, join and participate in this Global
movement of Shirdi Sai Baba.
SHRI SAI BLESS US ALL
C B Satpathy, New Delhi