FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
SAHEB DIXIT - The devotee par-excellence of Baba
metal of faith, therefore, can only be tested under adverse
circumstances. Faith brings out the qualities of love,
sacrifice and also agony in their fullest form. Only the
person, who has the capacity and grit to go through these
experiences, should enter the path of Sadguru. The Sadgurus
by giving both temporal and spiritual support try to improve
upon the quality and magnitude of faith in the devotee.
the faith of the devotee increases and he starts taking
bigger and bigger risks, the support of the Master increases
and is received in critical moments. Slowly the devotee
feels that neither his friends, family members nor the
society around can permanently sustain him in this world
and beyond. He believes that even if in this world some
material or emotional dependence may be necessary from
the family members, in the nether world after death only
the Sadguru can help him.
like Kaka, he moves away slowly from the established norms
of social or family relationship and enters into a more
perfect, complete and eternal relationship with the Sadguru.
The satisfaction of his needs gradually become minimal
and he slowly starts depending on the Sadguru only. The
society in which he was born, the immediate family members
and the relatives, generally do not understand and appreciate
such internal changes in the devotee due to their ignorance.
way the Sadguru works on such a devotee is inspirational.
Sometimes the devotee may even be seen acting like a possessed
man while doing certain jobs pertaining to the Sadguru,
which the closest of the relatives would not be able to
understand at all. Even if they understand their own insecurity
prompts them to resist such changes. These relatives initially
start opposing such changes in the true devotee.
reject his thoughts as impractical or as merely imaginative
and try to block his path through various methods. While
doing so the immediate family members who love him do
generally think that they are trying to help the devotee
to return to the reality of life but they do not know
that when the Sadguru is working on some one internally,
no power on earth can stop his evolution.
the devotee undergoes a lot of agony internally because
of such misunderstandings but is not able to explain it
in clear logical terms as to why he is behaving like this
- crying sometimes, singing at times, talking to himself
at times or simply sitting for hours and only thinking.
he realises that the ‘Saathis’ (friends) of
life in different relationships like parents, spouse,
children, friends have a limited role for a limited period
of time. But the ‘Saathi Aakhirkar’ the friend
at the end, the friend forever is the Sadguru. When such
a faith is firmly established between the Sadguru and
his devotee then the worldly existence seems illusory
to him. Kaka Saheb’s own experience is depicted
in one of his writings of 1922 which reads:
Saheb Chandorkar came to Mumbai and he introduced Maharaj
to people of Mumbai through the bhajans and commentary
of Das Ganu. Because of these kirtans people from Mumbai
and surrounding areas became very much attracted towards
Maharaj and went for his blessings.
other person mentioned above is the writer himself. Since
he was also very close to Maharaj during that time and
came out of social activities of Mumbai. Because of this,
it seems, all the newspapers reported that this writer
had turned bairagee. Many people even went to Shirdi to
seek the blessings of Maharaj because of whom this writer
had reportedly become a bairageee. ”
of all the rumours and news paper reporting’s spreading
different stories about him Kaka Saheb Dixit, the child
of Baba relied on Him alone even when the society around
was offering him many others options. During that time
he must have undergone tremendous agony, trying to explain
to every one his faith in Baba and others not being able
is the quality of faith that is needed before anyone can
brag about his own faith. In any case a man having such
faith in the Sadguru will be so ego-less that he would
not even talk about it. That is why I hold Kaka Saheb
Dixit as the devotee par-excellence of Baba and offer
my respectful salutations.".........
Q & A
people say that Heaven lies at the feet of Guru. When
and how can one experience this?
and serving the feet of a Sadguru is one out of the nine
methods of devotion prescribed in Hinduism. After the
Guru takes ‘Samadhi’ i.e. leaves His physical
body, one should meditate on His feet. Not only the feet
but one should also meditate, according to Baba, from
feet to head and from head to feet.
To keep the feet of
Guru in one’s heart reflects the attitude of egolessness,
serving Him and surrender. Here we do not bear the attitude
of companionship (Sakha) with the Master but rather the
attitude of being at His servant (Dasa).
The worship of His
feet means surrender at His feet and obeying His every
command without questioning. A Sadguru is a reservoir
of spiritual energy which flows through His feet. We are
bound to receive that spiritual energy when we touch His
MAY I ANSWER book by Shri C. B. Satpathy released on Ram
Navami For details see www.heritageofshirdisai.org
FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
or Self-realisation is not a thing given, but the pupil
is given the necessary preparation and facilities to attain
that state. Then, the saying of Tukaram becomes true.
‘Apana Sarika Karitat Tatkal’. This means,
‘The Samartha Guru turns the sishya immediately
into his own likeness’.
some latitude for hyperbole for purposes of effect, there
is substantial truth in this saying. Hence one may recognise
that the highest use which any sane man can make of a
Guru is to get the very highest benefit possible, namely,
Self-realisation and God-realisation.
This is the highest but, in the vast circle of sadhakas
and of our readers, there are many who would not think
of the highest at all, but would have their own hankerings
or longings, which are by no means to be treated with
contempt. For instance, the achievement of the position
of an ‘Ankita’ child may be referred to as
one of the smaller or preliminary gains of the sishya
when approaching a Samartha Sadguru. What ‘Ankita’
means will be seen by the following stanza, which is part
of Narayana’s daily Arati song sung in places fike
Sakori and Shirdi.
saducha ankita jiva jhala
Tyacha ase bhara niranjanala
means, ‘Where a sadhu (a Samartha Sadguru) has earmarked
a pupil as one for whom he undertakes complete responsibility
for both spiritual and temporal welfare and for the entire
period of his life (or lives), there every responsibility
concerning that pupil’s welfare rests upon the shoulders
of that Niranjan, that is, one who is almost God in respect
of his power and nature’.
appears to be a truism or platitude - but is really a
revelation of the existence of Niranjanas and their Ankitas
in present day life. Niranjan strictly means having no
‘Maya’ or having crossed the borders of Maya.
Compare the Gita verse ¬VII, 14.
hi eshaa gunamayee mama maayaa duratyaya
Maameva ye prapadyante maayaam etam tarantite
is, ‘This three-fold Guna (Satva, Rajas, Tamas)
constituting My Maya is hard indeed for anyone to cross.
But he who takes refuge and surrenders Tan, Man, Dan (Body,
mind and possessions) to ME, Iswara, crosses this Maya’.
So Niranjan is one who has crossed the three-fold Maya,
who has identified himself with Iswara and is possessed
of Ashtaiswarya (Animaadisiddhi), divine powers that can
bear every responsibility of another soul without regard
to place, time, or extent of time, that is, whether it
is generation or centuries.
may be aghast at the idea that any responsibility can
be undertaken indefinitely or for centuries. But Baba
(being a Niranjan) expressly undertook such responsibility.
When Mahlsapathy was afraid that the Muslims would come
and beat him for worshipping Baba with sandal paste after
he left the Mosque premises, Baba assured him that neither
those nor any other persons could molest him either in
this life or in any future lives of his.
told the Bandra youth, who prayed to him that he should
be always with him in future lives, that he had already
been in previous lives along with him and looking after
him, and that for three more lives that were necessary
for him to be born to work out his remaining karma, Baba
would be reborn and be with him. Similar assurances were
given for indefinite periods to M.B. Rege, etc.
reading the Gospel of Sai Baba, that is, B.C.S. 400-450,
would notice that Baba referred to ten thousand years
back, saying ‘I was here ten thousand years ago’.
He told Shama that for 72 janmas or births he had been
with him and that he had never touched him at all till
is, he recalls events of 72 janmas and knows he has been
protecting his devotee all these janmas, that is, over
2,000 years. Especially in this janma when Shama, an almost
illiterate and helpless villager, was obliged to depend
entirely upon Baba. Baba looked after all his interests
and provided him and his children also with means of subsistence,
with comforts, with safety, and position - as he provided
to many others.
G.G. Narke was introduced to Baba, Baba declared that
he had known him for 30 janmas. If a janma is roughly
taken to be even 30 years, this takes us nearly a thousand
years back. Hence, to give an undertaking, which appears
to be definite in point of time, is nothing for a Niranjana.
The undertaking is also indefinite in respect of the sort
of attacks that may befall a sishya. Sri Rama said -
prapannaya tava asmi iti cha yaachate
Abhayam sarva bhutebhyo dadaami etat vratam mama
means, “If a person once surrenders and takes refuge
with me saying. ‘I am yours’; I undertake
to protect him from all creatures. This is my vow”.
Sri Rama does not limit either the time or the nature
of the attack upon his dependants seeking protection.
Baba, who is nothing but Sai Rama, gave undertakings indefinite
in point of time, persons, or things attacking devotees
or the place. As far as we are able to see, both Ayodhya
Rama and Shirdi Sai Rama kept up the promises that they
made. See how Baba protected Gowri and the coward Basappa,
birth after birth.”……
– PATH TO LIBERATION
whole Universe, with its varied natural forms and creations
is a manifestation of the ‘Will’ of God. The
universal life force behind this reality of Brahman is
the positive energy – pure universal consciousness,
‘Self’ being its integral part. At the individual
consciousness level therefore "He is the real Me
and real You". One, however, cannot perceive Him
with gross eyes.
veils of Maya form layers of illusions blocking the vision
to Almighty Brahman. To attain this wisdom, one has to
approach a worthy Saint: a Sadguru, who has himself, attained
God vision. What cannot be achieved through reading of
Vedas and other religious scriptures or hearing religious
lectures, can be achieved under the blessings and guidance
of such Souls.
objects of life such as Dharma, Artha and Kama are achievable
by our efforts but the fourth object ‘Moksha’
can be attained only with the blessings and guidance of
a Sadguru. Shri Shirdi Sai was such a Sadguru who while
living in physical form, by His 'life's actions' always
imparted spiritual wisdom and showed people, irrespective
of caste, colour & creed, the path to spirituality
and liberation. He continues to guide and bless one and
all even today from His 'Samadhi' in SHIRDI.
always said “We get human body as a result of merits
in the past births and it is worthwhile, that with its
aid, we should obtain devotion and liberation in this
life." The purpose of life indeed is not to live
a physical existence in this materialistic world, full
of evils of passion, anger, pride, envy by man against
man, generating 'negative sanskars' but to realize 'Self
'Self of ours is surrounded by three basic walls of Gross,
Subtle and the Casual Bodies. There are several paths
to pierce these three walls before experiencing glimpses
of divinity in the 'Brahmrandhra' the Seventh ‘Sahasrashar’
Chakra. The Four known paths are : 'Bhaktiyoga', 'Karamayoga',
'Jnanayoga' and 'Rajyoga'.
path one may follow, it is always a lifelong process of
'surrender' and deep concentration, with all purity of
mind and intense desire to realize 'Self and 'Creator'
of this Universe. When the powers of mind are concentrated
and turned back upon it, the mind penetrates its innermost
secrets and enlightens us by revealing the real meaning
of man's existence in this world.
journey to spirituality realized through any chosen medium,
helps remove negative energy within a man, and transforms
his Sanskars gradually with positive energy. This positive
energy then radiates his ‘inner Self’ and
the 'aura' around him. The inner dynamism, joy, peace
and compassion emerge from this chosen path of Divinity.
this spiritual awareness expands, a Sadhak is able to
see through 'Maya' and finally, the divine light which
communicates to him - 'Aham Brahmasmi'. The Sadhak begins
to live within the spiritual fragrance of Satya, Chita
and Anand – an experience of absolute Existence,
Knowledge and Bliss.
truth and intrinsic strength in all the four paths to
Self realization and realization of God, however, lay
in the whole hearted "devotion and surrender”
– an unconditional and unflinching faith in the
existence and supremacy of Almighty.
spirituality is in fact embodied in the "Total Surrender."
Bhagavad Gita expresses the same secret 'Sarva Dharman
Parityajya Namakan Saranam Vraja’. It means be thou
fully surrendered to His Will. All your sins will be pardoned.
Holy Bible reiterates the same message. Prophet Muhammad
always strolled about with His head lowered and His message
was "Be surrendered".
Baba is not finite or limited. He dwells in all beings
from ants and insects to God Brahman. He pervades all.
How beautiful one day at noon after the Arti, He gave
the following advice to Anna Chinchanikar : “Remember
that all what you do is known to me. I am the inner ruler
of all and seated in their hearts… I am the controller
the wire-puller of the show of this universe.
am the Mother-origin of all beings the harmony of the
three gunas, the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. Nothing
will harm him, who turns his attention towards Me, but
Maya will lash or whip him who forgets Me. All the insects,
ants, the visible, movable and immovable world is My Body
or Form.” By this Baba conveyed that He is infinite,
omnipresent and controller of this universe. Baba also
said “I feel indebted to him who surrenders himself
completely to Me, and ever remembers Me, I shall repay
his debt by giving him salvation.”
a rich gentleman came to Baba in Shirdi and asked for
a ‘Quick Brahman Jnana’. To teach the lesson
of Brahman, Baba made him sit in the Masjid and despite
his insistence of ‘Brahman Jnana’ engaged
him in some other talks. Then He called a boy and asked
him to go to Nandu Marwari and get from him a hand loan
of Rs. 5/-. The boy went, but returned saying that Nandu
was absent and his house locked.
Baba asked him to go to Bala grocer and get from him the
said loan. Again the boy was unsuccessful. This went on
twice, thrice and with the same result. The rich man had
a bundle of currency notes and if he knew that Baba would
return the loan, could have given that money to Baba.
He, however, wanted from Baba the greatest thing in the
world ‘Brahman Jnana’.
rich man, getting impatient again asked Baba about ‘Brahman
Jnana’ and Baba told him that He was in fact showing
him ‘Brahman Jnana’ only but unfortunately,
he could not see. It is, thus, the veils of ‘Maya’
which blocks the vision to the reality of Brahman.
above preaching Baba conveyed that for being able to realize
and see Brahman one has to Surrender desires of Five Senses,
Mind, Intellect and Ego. It is only by this process of
renunciation/vairagya that one is able to move towards
the path of self realization. As one achieves richness
and strength in his inner purifications, he is able to
attain ‘Brahman Jnana’.
path of ‘Self Realization’ is ‘ as hard
as to tread on the edge of a razor.’ All saints
have advocated that to get the knowledge (realization)
of the Self, ‘Dhyana’ is necessary. If one
practices it continuously, the vrittis (thoughts) will
be pacified…. To realize Brahman, one could meditate
either on the form or formless nature of Sai.
formless nature is knowledge incarnate, consciousness
and bliss (Satta, Chitta, Anand). If one cannot do this,
he/she should meditate on His form from top to toe."
Hemadpant in Shri Sai Sacharitra says "Look at Baba's
posture, He is sitting with his legs folded, the right
leg held across the left knee….
this posture Baba means to say, as it were if you want
to see My light, be egoless and most humble and meditate
on my toe through the opening between the two branches,
index and middle fingers and then you will be able to
see My light. This is the easiest means of attaining devotion,
the ‘Moksha’ the real aim of human existence.
human existence will be rendered meaningless if we are
unable to understand the purpose of this life and know
the basic truth of human birth. Human birth is result
of untold sufferings and struggles in eighty four lakh
species. Human form is the most nearer form of God with
inherent God like powers lying dormant in the gross body.
is awakening of these inherent super natural divine powers
that a man in physical existence realizes his Godly form
and merges his individual consciousness with Universal
consciousness. He is one with Brahman the 'Allah Malik'
as Baba used to say. The path to this sole aim of human
birth is inherent in "Surrender" a ‘Total
Surrender' to God Generator of Divinity. Sai is thus Generator
of Divinity Look to Him and seek His blessings for ‘Moksha’.
S. K. Kain, Delhi
would like to share a very recent incident in my life
with all the Baba devotees.
was well placed and working with a leading MNC in a senior
position in Gurgaon and was looking for a change in job
for better prospects. In the month of June I gave three
interviews and with Baba's grace I got an offer letter
from two companies. I did not go for the final interview
in the third company thinking it was very small. I chose
the biggest brand and company out of the two and planned
to join in the mid of July, 2007.
company is a super brand in India and things started out
fine. My boss was an expatriate lady. She liked my work
very much. I had to attend one conference in Mumbai with
her and next day was my birthday followed by the weekend.
For long I had this urge to celebrate my birthday with
Baba in Shirdi. So I asked my boss if I could take leave
for one day and celebrate my birthday in Mumbai. I did
not tell her that I planned to go to Shirdi because I
thought she would not understand. Grudgingly, she obliged.
a problem arose. My boss had to make a presentation on
Monday afternoon, and I had to prepare that for her. So
she asked me if I would be able to deliver and whether
I needed to cancel my plan to extend my stay in Mumbai.
I told her I will do it over the weekend and send it to
her on Sunday.
I took a night bus from Mumbai and went to Shirdi. When
I reached Shirdi I had great difficulty in getting a hotel
because they do not give a room to single people. I failed
to understand why. Finally when I prayed to Baba, literally
in tears, one hotel gave me a room.
my bath I went for Baba’s darshan and it was the
most beautiful experience for me. Now I plan to celebrate
all my birthdays in Shirdi if Baba permits.
took the night bus back to Mumbai and reached in time
for flight to Delhi in the morning. I reached Delhi safely
and made the presentation for my boss over the weekend.
The only problem was that I finished it late Sunday night
and even though I tried very hard, I could not send it
to her due to a bad internet connection.
Monday morning my boss was very nasty with me due to the
delay from my side, for which I genuinely apologized to
her many times. She made the presentation and it was appreciated.
But in the evening she called me and told me that she
does not trust me as I had delayed giving her the presentation
and chose to take a day off and celebrate my birthday
instead of working on the presentation.
next day I was called her office along with the HR person
and was told that she does not want me to work in her
team and so I should resign or else the company would
terminate my position.
was the worst moment in my life. I did not know what to
say or do because inspite of my apology she was adamant.
My only strength was my belief that nothing wrong can
happen to me just because I had spent my birthday with
Baba at Shirdi.
I did not have any choice I called the other two companies
that were much smaller in brand and size to check if they
had hired anyone. The bigger brand out of the two companies
had already hired somebody for my position and when I
called the smallest company out of the three, I was told
that I can come for the final interview with the MD in
three days time since he was out of town.
I asked the HR person to give me three days before I resigned,
and treat them as leave, so that at least I could say
that I was still working. Those three days were the longest
in my life. I did not tell my parents because I did not
want to give them any stress. Somehow, I had the very
strong belief that Baba will take care of me and do the
best for me. This kept me going for those three days.
I went for the interview. The MD met me as if he had already
made up his mind to hire me. He just told me what objectives
I have to meet. I got a better designation and salary
package then earlier.
Baba's grace I joined this company, which is located at
a distance of 10 minutes from my home. Earlier I used
to travel to Gurgaon from Delhi and I used to drive for
two hours in the morning to reach office.
Baba's grace I was not out of job for even a single day.
I got a better designation and package and additionally
my office is so near to my home. I don’t have to
drive for four hours each day from Delhi to Gurgaon and
of the story is don’t shake your faith and belief
in Baba when you face any adversity. We are his children.
He will take care of us. He has no option but to come
and wipe our tears when we cry.
experience, articles poems etc.
are You My Lord? Where are You?
have searched for You
In temples and ashrams
In masjids and minars
But, I failed to feel You.
have searched for You
In churches and chapels
In gurudwaras and gopurams
But, I failed to absorb You.
have searched for You
In discourses and bhajans
In meditations and murthis
But, I failed to invoke You.
have searched for You
In mountains and valleys
In forests and caves
But, I failed to see You.
have searched for You
In rivers and rivulets
In brooks and lakes
But, I failed to trace You.
have searched for You
In flowers and fragrances
In the universe and ether
But, I failed to know You.
have searched for You
In swamis and sadhus
In gurus and samadhis
But, I failed to get You.
have searched for You
In japa and tapa
In fasting and reciting
But, I failed to hold on to You.
I have searched for You
In retreats and resolutions
In resorts and rationalisation
But, I failed to meet You.
have searched for You
Everywhere every day and night
It is now beyond my imagination
Reveal Yourself Oh my Lord!
You are here my Lord, within Me!
Just waiting for me to open up to You
Yes, You will not reveal to half-hearted efforts
Unless I submit myself by thought, word and action
Lord! You are within me
But, fool am I that
I searched for you outside
Without giving up what I am holding on to
And living upto your expectations.
to my ignorance and arrogance
I failed to enjoy Your love for me so far
You are just waiting for my correct moves
To take me into Your lap.
You My Lord!
For the transformation
Now, I can see You clearly
In every beam of the Sun-rays
In every moon-lit night
In every flower
In every smile
In everything animate and inanimate
In fact, YOU ARE and nothing else.
You My Lord for Your Blessings and Love
Gopi Krishna, Delhi
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
BABA AND NATIONAL INTERGRATION
revolution has made no difference to bring about happiness
in this world. Man is unhappier now than he was ever before.
He is surrounded by chaos, discord and disharmony in the
society. Man may appear to be materially wealthy, however
being spiritually poor he is unable to recognise that
unhappiness stems from within himself.
qualities such as selfishness, thoughtlessness, greed,
envy, hatred and anger contribute to unhappiness. When
one does not think of others but himself and his needs
take precedence over everything and everybody. This results
in asking for unreasonable favours of others which he,
himself would not be ready to bestow on them. When it
is time to return the favours he outright refuses to help.
when not fulfilled result in bitterness and disharmony.
There will be harmony only when one consciously “treats
others as they would like to be treated” at all
times which reflects that person is endowed with spiritual
qualities of compassion, empathy and understanding.
is to unlock the internalised treasures of empathy, compassion,
kindness and bring about harmony, many saints have walked
on earth. The basis of spiritualism is to impart an understanding
of the universality of God to people. Secularism in India
provides a perfect platform for learning about spirituality.
It may be this feature, that has drawn out various incarnations
to this land to face the challenges in bringing about
harmony in a diverse society.
Sai Baba is one such incarnation, who has contributed
to national integration without starting any new religion.
Baba's key principles were faith and patience, which,
if practiced would ferry one towards salvation. These
virtues form the crux for spiritual progression as they
are followed by qualities such as tolerance, empathy,
compassion and humanness.
reason why many people from all walks of life are continually
being attracted towards Baba and His teachings is because
they are able to identify themselves with the common human
principles without linking to any rigorous and formal
religious practices. Baba had no rule of thumb to assert
the importance of unity. He took every opportunity to
din these principles into His devotees.
lived the life He wanted others to follow. Baba's mode
of living conveyed the message that it did not matter
what religion one practiced; it is the inner expression
to harmonious behaviour and thought that mattered. Baba
lived in a Masjid and looked like a Mahomedan and advocated
practice of circumcision depicting that He was a musalman.
the same time He had His ears pierced, hung bells, blew
conch, lit scared fire (dhuni), used hand mill for grinding
wheat, sang bhajans and allowed people to worship His
feet by offering Arghya according to Hindu traditions.
Baba cooked vegetarian and non-vegetarian food alike and
distributed to those devotees who are accustomed to eating
such food. He also collected food from 5 houses with all
solids in Zoli and all liquids in a tin pot and consumed
the same. This act conveys the message that no matter
how or who prepares food, it is meant to nourish body
and one must eat to live to carry on the work God destined
did not interfere with anybody's religion nor did He say
one is better than the other. He allowed people to express
their devotion through the rituals to which they are accustomed.
The simultaneous procession of flags by Hindus and Sandal
procession by Muslims on the Ram Navami day is a proof
of this fact, which is being carried on to this day in
encouraged Gopal-Kala ceremony on Gokul Ashtami whilst
on Id, He allowed Mahomedans to say their prayers (Namaj)
in the Masjid. Baba allowed people to worship Him as they
would normally worship Guru/God in their homes. He seemed
to convey that no matter what expression one adapts to
show their love towards their “Isht Devtha”,
it is all received by God as long as it is sincere.
gave instructions to people from all walks of life alike.
Baba knew the content of all the scared scriptures such
as Bible, Quran, Geeta, Upanishads etc. and corrected
people accordingly. To give few examples: Nanasaheb Chandorkar's
ignorance was removed by giving correct interpretation
of the stanzas from Bhagavad Geeta.
off pride of Javahar Ali and showing the world how one
should conduct themselves in the presence of Guru. Baba
accepted Haji Siddik Falke and showed Him the essence
of Quran whilst with Megha, He destroyed the caste barrier
Megha had, by working on Megha internally and drilled
into him the fact of universality of Atman.
grace encompassed people from all religions and nationalities
as well. Nanasaheb was able to relieve the Irani gentleman’s
ailing daughter by mere application of dust by invoking
Baba’s blessings and applied to his wife’s
forehead. The Parsi Mill contractor, Rutonji, ran to Baba
seeking blessings for a child and his wish was granted.
Hate's sincerity and devotion were recognised by Baba
in accepting the vegetable and returning the consecrated
coin to Hate to keep it for his well being. Baba made
no distinction between people based on socio-economic
situations or religion. The fact that Baba had both Bhagoji
Shinde, the poor leper devotee as well as rich millionaire
Buti both serving Baba based on their capacity is a proof
of Baba’s non-discriminating quality. Baba saw divinity
in all beings and conveyed the same through His actions
to people, by feeding dogs, nurturing plants, and playing
of the main reasons for chaos in a society is fights and
arguments. Baba discouraged arguments, as they stem from
Ego. In order to divert the minds of devotees Baba promoted
feeling of oneness by involving them in bhajans and spiritual
discussions. Baba's constant advice to all was to this
effect “Rama and Rahim were one and the same; there
was not the slightest difference between them.”
It is only when people live in harmony forgetting their
differences that they would then attain God’s grace
and their progress in both spiritual and material world
would be faster.
followers of Baba it is our duty to inspect our behaviour
and check our ego and monitor our inner self to see that
we are walking in the path He showed us. This is the best
tribute we can ever pay to our Master to live by His words.
May Baba bless us all and guide us always.
Anitha Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia
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CONTROL OF MIND -
SUGGESTED BY BABA
YOU, O LORD, LET GO THE HOLD?
Will You, my Lord, let go the
You will not, You will not,
You will not let go,
However bad I be.
Will You, my Lord, let me waste
You will not, You will not,
You will not let me waste,
However dull I be.
Will You, my Lord, let me run
You will not, You will not,
You will not let me run,
However wayward I be.
Will You, my Lord, let me escape
You will not, You will not,
You will not let me escape,
However wanton I be.
You cannot but rush to rescue
You cannot delay for weighing pro and con;
You cannot stay unconcerned when we weep;
You cannot but respond to the prayers of the deprived
who are in need.
Kuwait, 14 years
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daily life should start with prayers. The moment we get
up from bed let us chant Om Sai Sri Sayee Jaya Jaya Sai
Guru Sai and thank Him for allowing us to have a good
sleep and to allow a good prayerful day also. Then comes
nature worship. Every one goes out to office or place
many look up at the sky and say thanks to Suryanarayana.
This completes your sandhya /pratha karma in a very effective
way. While eating food again say thanks to Sai. This way
you are inviting Sai to be with you throughout your life.
This type of prayer does not require any elaborate ritual.
holidays please visit poor people/orphanages etc. This
keeps our eyes and ears open to the difficulties of others
and render manava seva and this is Madhava seva. I am
following this and I find that I am able to meet the right
type of people in my life all along.
R.A. Chandiramouliswara, Chennai
The daily life is full of turmoil. The ambitions, aspirations
and expectations are a constant source of misery to one
and all. Remembrance and meditation on the holy name of
Guru deep within our heart gives us little solace and
energy for meeting the needs of daily life. I feel only
a spiritual person can offload all his or her worries
at the lotus feet of Guru and find peace.
Anand Kumar Tewari, Noida
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
am receiving all the editions of the Sai Heritage E-Zine
newsletter and I also get the Heritage magazine. It is
actually wonderful and very good. I am waiting for every
issue. I am reading the contents with interest. Everything
is very, very good. The last issue of the magazine tells
us how will we get Shradha, Bhakti, Patience, Faith etc.
This will help every devotee to learn from Sai Babaji.
Thanks once again for this.
I really look forward to get Sai Heritage E-Zine newsletter
on Thursday. I always feel a wave of joy overpowers me
after reading the newsletter, as if Sai Baba gives me
instructions through the newsletter. I always try to correct
myself through the message I get by your mail.
Your mails have become
a medium or a platform through which My Lord Shri Sai
Baba communicates with me.
Vishnu,Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Gurur Sakshat Param Brahma,Tasmaye Shri Guruve Namah
OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
SHIRDI SAI BABA RADIO
With the blessings and grace of Shri Shirdi Sai , the
first ever online Shirdi Sai baba radio will be broadcasting,-
leela's of Baba thru His bhajans in Hindi, Telugu, Marathi
and Gujrati, Sai Mahima , Sai amritwani, Sai mantra ,Sai
Satcharitra prayaan ,discourses ,Geeta Gyan , Vishnu Sahasaram
and much much more. I will be hosting it from this thursday.
I will also be sharing my experiences and experiences
of other Sai devotees thru this media.
This is the first
ever online radio dedicated to the lotus feet of Shri
Shirdi Sai baba. Just by listening to this radio, Sai
devotees will feel the bliss of Baba and His leela's around
them. You can go to http://debu7366.blogspot.com/
to listen to this radio [ password- omsrisai ]or for knowing
the weekly program guide and to post your request, suggestions
,feedback and comments- plz visit http://sairadio.blogspot.com/
. You will also find a lot of important information at
this site in the coming weeks.
BABA SANSTHAN, CANADA (TORONTO)
Located at SAI KA
MADHUBAN in Unionville - Three Annual Events celebrated:
Ram Navami Guru Purrnima, and Vijay Dashami, Monthly Weekly
and daily Activities: Abhishek - Akhand Parayan - Bhajan
Sandhaya - Aarti - Annadaan..."Prepare a Meal"
- Chitra Yatra - Paduka Puja - Palki Pothi & Portrait
Procession - Volunteer Sevices - Character and Moral Values.
A Youth Program based on Baba's Teachings and Shri Sai
Ceremonial Yatra. For event updates visit www.shirdisainath.org
OF BLESSINGS ON AUSPICIOUS THURSDAYS
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba
Sansthan, Canada, (Toronto) cordially invite Devotees
to attend - volunteer - Receive Baba's Grace and be Immersed
in Divine Bliss on the AUSPICIOUS day of THURSDAY 6:30PM
at the GUR MANDIR 207 Queen's Plate Drive., Etobicoke
(South of Steeles on the East side of Highway 27 on Queen's
Ceremony of Baba's Divine Blessings will be conducted
with Sacred Ashtotra Namavali to the accompaniment of
Bhajans, Satcharita Paraayan, Naivedaya Offerings Dhoop
Aarti and Mahaprasaad (Preeti Bhoj) Devotees are welcome
to bring a dish for Naivedaya Offerings as inspired by
Baba. Details at www.shirdisainath.org
SAI BABA RESOURCE CENTRE IN TORONTO
Maple Crest Private
School 28 Roytech Road. Woodbridge, ON L4L 8E4 PHONE -
416-294-4804 (by appointment only). Complementary copy
of "Sai Satcharita" (one per family) in all
languages is now available, excluding Pothi in Marathi,
Indira kher ji's English Version and Hindi Pothi by Kakaria
ji,. Reserve your copy today. For pictures - posters -
CD's - VCD's- Baba Murtis and other books on Baba visit
the Resource Centre. On Line Shopping coming soon at www.shirdisainath.org
. HERITAGE OF SHIRDI SAI MAGAZINE is now AVAILABLE IN
CANADA: Send your request for subscription. Limited copies
only. Email: email@example.com
SHIRDI SAI MANDIR,
THE SHIRDI SAI MANDIR,
2721 Markham Road, Unit# 8, Toronto, Ontario, M1X 1L5
(North East corner of Markham Road and Nashdene), Tel:647-444-4724,
Daily Operating Hours:
7:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Extended hours on THURSDAY and SATURDAY: 7:00 am to 10:00
pm. Baba's Kakad Aarti, Abhishek Puja, Madhyan Aarti,
Dhoop Aarti, Satcharita Reading and Shej Aarti are performed
Bhajans and Sai Naam
Sankirtan are offered to Baba on Thursday and Saturday
such as Satcharitas, Photos, CDs are available.
Please visit our website for information on Mandir activities.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAI BABA MANDIR EDMONTON
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba
Mandir Edmonton, Located at 3036 - 106 Street. Edmonton,
Operating Hours: 6:00
pm to 7:00 pm. (Monday to Saturday except Thursdays)
Thursday and Sundays: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
For Program details visit the website or call: Tel: 1-780-757-3333,
or visit website: www.shirdisaibabaedmonton.com
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 email email@example.com
SRI SAI BABA
MANDIR OHIO USA
Road, Dublin, OH-43016
Daily timings and activities:
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM 9:00 AM Kakad Arati, 12:00 Noon:
Madhyan Arati 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm: 6:00 PM: Dhoop
Arathi, 8:30 PM: Shej Arathi
Temple is open from
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Sai Bhajans followed by Mangal
Arati and Shej Arati at 9:30 PM.
For more information
please call at 614-799-8411 or visit http://www.saibaba.cc/.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit our website at http://www.shirdisaiparivaar.org/
SHIRDI SAI TEMPLE OF ATLANTA
Location: 700 James
Burgess Road,Suwanee GA 30024, USA
The North America Shirdi Sai Temple is located at 700
James Burgess Road,Suwanee GA 30024.Temple is open all
seven days of the week. Baba's Kakad Aarti, Abhishek Puja,
Madhyan Aarti, Dhoop Aarti and Shej Aarti are performed
every day. Bhajans are sung on all thursday and sunday
evenings. For information regarding the daily schedule,
temple activities and events please visit Mandir's website:
or call 678-455-7200
SAI BABA TEMPLE, MICHIGAN, USA
Location: Sri Shirdi
SaiBaba Temple in greater Detroit 28875 W SEVEN MILE RD,
LIVONIA, MI 48125, USA
Daily timings and
Kakad Aarti 09:00
AM; Abhishekam 10:00 AM; Archana 10:30 AM; Mid-day Aarti
12:00 PM; Temple Closed 12:30 - 5:30 PM; Dhup Aarti 6:00
PM; Archana & Bhajans 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; Sai Chalisa
8:00 PM; Shej Aarti 8:30 PM
Hanuman Chalisa 6:30
PM (Tuesday); Lalitha Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Friday); Vishnu
Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Saturday);
TEMPLE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
We are a community
of Shirdi Sai Baba devotees serving the Boston area and
beyond in the New England region on the east coast of
USA. With His infinite blessings we have started Shirdi
Sai temple in a leased hall at the Sadhu Vaswani Center.
We are grateful to all the devotees for their kind support
which has made this possible.
Location: SADHU VASWANI
CENTER - 1827 BRIDGE STREET, DRACUT, MA 01826, USA, Pin-zip:
Name of Trust/organization::
New England Shirdi Sai Parivar
Daily timings and
Thu & Fri (Evening
only) 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM •7:00 PM - Vishnu Sahastranaam
•7:35 PM - Sai Mahima
•8:00 PM - Dhoop Aarti
Sat & Sun (Evening only) 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM •5:00
PM - Vishnu Sahastranaam
•5:35 PM - Sai Mahima
•6:00 PM - Dhoop Aarti
Sai Baba's Abhishek - Every fourth Sunday of the month
from 4:00 - 7:00 PM
For more information
please call (978) 528 1985 or send email to email@example.com
or visit our website at http://nessp.org/
SAI SAMAJ MALAYSIA
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 is http://saisamaj.blogspot.com/
For more information, please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
If 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 Ram.
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
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 Hari Gangisetty (President)
Mobile: (+64) 21 629 993 Email: President@shirdisaibaba.org.nz
or Bhaskar Reddy Duvvuru (Secretary) Mobile: (+64) 21
292 3807 Email: Secretary@shirdisaibaba.org.nz
Address: Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan of NZ, P.O. Box:
Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website
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