FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
Shri Sai Sat Charitra, the experiences of a large number
of devotees with relation to Baba have been incorporated.
However, the experience of a much larger number of devotees
have been recorded in ‘Shri Sai Leela Patrika’,
different magazines, books (many of which are in Marathi)
and correspondence between the devotees. There are a large
number of small books in different languages, but mostly
in Marathi, in which the direct experiences by devotees,
whose names don’t find a mention in ‘Shri
Sai Sat Charitra’ have been recorded. Baba used
to meet thousands of people and families every year. The
details of all such visits to Shirdi are not recorded.
or less every devotee sometime or the other has got experience(s)
relating to Baba. Most of the devotees feel that they
were drawn to Baba under strange or unexpected situations.
Some of these events can be interpreted as chance occurrences
but some of them are too direct to be interpreted as chances.
Baba, Himself had said that He draws his disciples. Also,
that even after his physical departure, he would continue
to take care of his devotees, old or new.
thousands of people are reporting about their experiences
with Shri Sainath Maharaj. These are being regularly published
in Books, Magazines, web-sites, E-mails, etc. No doubt
those devotees who had such experience with Baba when
he was in his physical embodiment were extremely lucky.
Today, most of the devotees wish that they had been with
Baba or had seen him. Given the Hindu Theory of re-¬incarnation,
it is quite possible that some of them might have seen
or have been with Baba in their former lives.
the memory of the past built into their consciousness
is pulling them towards Baba, even if they are unaware
of it. Similarly at Baba’s time also, Baba used
to relate His connectivity with some devotees from earlier
lives. It is well-nigh impossible for an ordinary man
to find out about this spiritual connectivity with Baba.
This is better left to the spiritual personalities of
the highest order. Yet, present day devotees emotionally
speak of their possible relations with Baba in their earlier
have an eagerness to know more and more about the experience
of others. I shall therefore, strive to bring to fore
the experiences of some devotees. Some of the experiences
of Shri B.V.N. Swami, Madras published in Shaka 161, Chaitra--Vaishakha-Jeyeshta
edition No. 1-2-3 of the ‘Shri Sai Leela’
magazine are excerpted below.
experiences given here are just a few that are picked
up from ‘the surface, so to speak, with the least
effort of memory. The number of actual experiences of
Baba had by me for so many years (at least since 1936)
is so great that selection is difficult. Some are of very
private character. Some affect other persons and have
consequently to be kept secret.
experiences, though convincing in the midst of numerous
other similar experiences, are not sufficiently strong
when set forth separately. Several have been forgotten.
Anyhow, the object of this article is not to give an exhaustive
or fairly exhaustive account of all my experiences. I
just refer to a few, to point out how Baba has favoured
me with his help. Many readers will be content with that
and regard them as a sufficient ground for their trying
to get into contact with Sai Baba and obtaining similar
or greater benefit.
the first place, I must point out that I moved with many
Saints and Sadhus, for years; and any statement of mine
about any of them should not be construed as a reflection
(implied or indirect) on any others. Comparisons are odious.
To launch upon a comparison and pronounce on the comparative
merits of saints, one must be above them all.
such claim is put forward here and I do not profess to
sit in judgment over any. Hence this article, (as also
other expressions of mine elsewhere) must be generously
construed and not taken as hits. Hits against anyone are
improper and uncalled for - and are very far indeed from
Q & A
it true that our Sadguru Shri Sai Baba used to take the
sufferings of others?
The Sadgurus are without
the bindings of any past Karma. In them, the seeds of
all past Karmas both good and evil are burnt. They are
in a state of Karmik ‘vacuum’. As per the
law of nature nothing can remain in a state of vacuum
with any pressure from outside to fill that vacuum. Therefore,
the effects of Karmas of all living beings coming into
their contact enter into that vacuum.
This is the truth
whether one knows it or not. This work is carried out
by the Sadgurus, for all the souls coming into contact
with them in any manner whatsoever. Whether the recipient
of the Sadguru’s kindness wants it or not, is also
not material, because the ‘law of compassion’
of nature working through the Sadguru works spontaneously.
For example, when a horse was beaten at Shirdi, Baba's
back bore the whip marks.
This was a spontaneous
reaction. Even the diseases and pains of the devotees
are automatically transferred to the Guru. Whenever any
devotee of Baba was in pain, Baba naturally used to experience
it in His subtle body and some times in His physical body.
The moment a devotee had a thought or bhava in his heart
for Baba or called Him mentally, a vibration or a ray
of subtle thought form instantly reaches the Sadguru.
These secrets of nature
are known by the Saints, yogis and evolved spiritual personalities.
As Baba says, “Be wherever you are and do whatever
you like, I will know it even if I am thousands of miles
away from you”.
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FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
Baba wanted to make him feel (firstly) divinity more and
more in Baba and (secondly) the fact that Baba’s
divinity is not confined to the Baba body but extends
to all creatures as Baba is their Antaryami or soul or
self. These two are closely connected. Baba said, ‘I
am not at Shirdi alone. I am in all creatures, in the
ant, etc’. Intellectually this was understood, but
at heart, Nana did not realise it. Baba wanted him to
realise it more vividly, as that was very important for
higher spiritual progress.
on one occasion, when Nana came up, Baba told him to prepare
8 pooran polis (cakes) for naivedya and then take his
food. When Nana placed before Baba eight pooran polis,
Baba did not touch them, but flies sat on them. Then Baba
asked Nana to take away the prasad (i.e. remnant of food
which Guru had first tasted). Nana insisted that Baba
should eat some. Baba said that he had eaten. ‘When?’
asked Nana. Nana said, ‘All the eight polis are
there’. Baba said he had eaten it at some time.
Nana got vexed and went away to the chavadi. When Baba
sent for him, the same conversation was repeated. Finally
Baba told Nana, ‘I say you have been living with
me for 18 years now. Is this all your appraisal of me?
Does Baba mean to you only the 3 1/2 cubits height of
this body? Am I not in the fly and the ant that settled
upon the polis?’
said that he knew that, but could not realise it. If Baba
could make him realise it, Nana said, he would take and
eat the polis as prasad. Then Baba lifted his hand and
made a gesture. He thereby revealed a secret which Nana
was hiding very deep in his heart; and Nana discovered
that Baba knew the secret. How? The only explanation was
that Baba was the antaryami or the inmost soul in his
heart. If Baba was his antaryami, he must be the antaryami
of the fly and the ant also.
he agreed to take the pooran poli as prasad, and was satisfied.
Then Baba told him, ‘As you see the gesture I make,
you must remember that I am in all creatures’. Thus
Baba gave him a very valuable lesson and took him up one
very important rung of the ladder, that is, realising
God in one form after another and not confining Him to
the object worshipped at home or in a temple.
had to teach several other valuable lessons, most of which
are embodied in the Gita. When Nana was cross-examined
about the Gita sloka, he finally prayed that Baba should
teach him the gist of the Gita. Baba told him to come
up everyday, after going through part of the Gita, and
to sit at his feet. Then when Nana did so, all that he
had read in the Gita flashed as realisation in his heart.
This is what is mentioned by the Svetasvataropanishad,
last stanza, namely,
deve para bhaktih, yata deve tatha gurow
tasyaite kathita hyarthaah prakaascante mahaatmanah
means, ‘To him who has intense faith in God and
equally intense faith in his Guru, (to that Great Soul),
these truths of the Upanishads (about realisation of Brahman)
will shine forth’. Nana had full faith in Baba,
and, as he sat before Baba, the full gist of the Gita,
chapter by chapter, flashed before his heart and helped
him to realisation .”……
dominates the world we inhabit today. Both in the external
world and within ourselves there is an uninterrupted sense
of change and, like divers contemplating a plunge into
cold water, we tend to greet it with a mixture of eagerness
and panic. The old traditions, the landmarks of our childhood,
the certainties of our culture have been pushed aside
in the modern insatiable hunger for something new.
longer can we take anything for granted, no longer can
we expect any sense of enduring continuity and the process
is accelerating. Our parents spoke of the difference between
their own time and that of their grandparents. We speak
of the difference between our own time and that of five
years ago, and the gap is shrinking.
the need is felt for that of stability, and the search
for it goes on. One way this manifests itself is in the
worldwide hunt for gurus and that tantalising concept,
enlightenment. What we seek is a reassurance that we rarely
by good fortune we encounter Bhagavan's teachings we discover
a rock of certainty, offering us a true refuge. These
teachings can be adapted to any circumstance of our lives
since they are not dependent on a special time or place.
They touch that still point within us all which remains
unruffled by circumstance.
only qualification is sincerity. The teachings are simple
though much has been done to make them complicated! In
fact, so much has been written about Bhagavan's teachings,
that one might assume everything has been written and
thus developed it's own jargon, losing the simplicity
of its original essence in the process.
himself repeated again and again his fundamental, constant
question, 'Who am I?'
is called atma vichara. He explained that this reiteration
was like the 'sruti' or underlying note of music played
in concert by the tambura, the one droning sound uniting
the disparate portions of the musical work into a coherent
whole. It is the one certainty from which the lead performer
launches out and creates from his imagination the elaborate
line of the raga.
moment of our lives contains infinite possibilities if
we are but aware. Until we rest in our still centre there
is a ceaseless search for answers to resolve the restive
twitching and uncertainties of the mind. It is a conundrum
and yet we want to exchange our uncertainty, our restlessness
through the transformation of our inner or outer turmoil
by the catalyst we call change! We think we will be the
better for it. In some ways we are, albeit temporarily.
Then we start all over again.
we alter ourselves into something better as if we are
a commodity subject to modification? Bhagavan's response
would be invariable: Who is it who wishes to change? He
did not advise anyone to renounce the world, as they would
simply be exchanging one attitude for another.
The person who made the request still comprised of the
same tired set of habits.
startling power of the question 'Who am I?' goes to the
heart of our dilemma. The first time we truly hear this
question is memorable.
It is actually a blessing, because in our search for the
asnwer we can never totally return to the delusion in
which we were drowning. A lifeline is thrown to us and
if we are alert we cling to it.
mind in its ceaseless struggle can never fully observe
Something else discerns such alterations. It is for this
reason we call our immutable core the Self, because it
is the impartial witness of all our actions, and it seems,
the source of all our activity. For would actions occur
if we were not there to be aware of them?
aim of our practice is to remain focused in the moment.
When we understand that there is deep within us something
very real but, unlike everything else, is not subject
to change, we recognise the true nature of ourselves what
we call Self. The equivalent philosophical term, purusa
means that which sees. Our aim in the practice is to bring
about a change in the quality of the mind.
do this by either atma vichara or other techniques, which
clear the mind of its restlessness and introduce a sattvic
state. An analogy would be the mirror that is cleaned
so its reflection is pure. The essential purpose is to
reduce the ignorance (avidya), so that the understanding
that was always there can come to the surface. We know
this has occurred when there is peace and contentment
deep within us.
our modern world we are confronted by many challenges:
the challenge to be educated, the challenge to find a
job and, what is more, keep it; the challenge of fulfilling
family relationships, of health, of remaining balanced
despite the contrary tensions in our lives. We may have
progressed beyond the insecurities of famine and plague,
but nonetheless the challenges are there and more subtle.
read today about cloning and the global quest to map the
human genetic code. It may sound like science fiction
but even-tually it will be possible for designer babies
to be created. Then, who are they in the flux of existence?
We are told in Vedanta we are not our bodies nor our minds
but who are they who are born with a deliberate intent
by scientists to create specific characteristics in an
individual? We may be revolted by these scientific explorations
but it begs the question. Who are we?
whole fabric of human identity has and will continue to
This phenomenon is visible all over the world. We know
this not only by intimations from scientific research,
but also in society itself where there are dramatic shifts.
We can see this in the current mania to value everything
according to money: there is a race to gather as much
as possible in the hope that its accumulation will give
both happiness and security, even though the most cursory
look at those who have achieved riches proves the fallacy
of that idea.
tradition, the crucial concept of Vedanta is the idea
The word comes from Brih, to grow, expand; and man, to
There is no end to Brahman. There is no end to its conception
or thought. It cannot be defined or encapsulated and no
matter how far or fast man manages to travel, that is
not even a fraction of the speed or scope of thought,
which is limitless. From this, we derive the notion that
Brahman is changeless since it appears static relative
to the endless fluctuations of our superficial minds.
This is a misunderstanding because Brahman is actually
very much alive. It is pure consciousness not limited
by any concept, and that includes the misguided idea that
it is frozen in time.
has two aspects: saguna, with form and nirguna, without
By the very idea of its supreme quality of expansion,
it's saguna aspect, it encompasses all activity; and we
think of its nirguna aspect of being as that which is
unaltered by all circumstances because it has no form
and therefore, no limitation.
is both these so-called qualities and yet, as in all these
Vedantic concepts, it is neither.
a personal level, when we ask 'Who am I?' it is a direct
appeal to that untroubled, clear centre within us. The
fullness in the Heart. We know it is there. How we know
it exists, we cannot rationally say because it defies
our normal faculties.
we cannot place Brahman in the grip of a narrow vision.
We can either expand our minds to the infinite or, as
we more often do, bring Brahman down to a petty level
by mis-identification with some thought. This anthropomorphism
is called ajnana. It is ignorance. It confuses the absolute
with the relative.
people nowadays seek to change their circumstances to
the point where they feel that they are avid for anything
new, they confuse apparent change in exterior stimulation
with true inner change. The desire for change, for translation
into what we insti-nctively feel is our true nature, is
fundamental to us all. However, the fear of fundamental
change allows us to seek out, and be content with the
superficial excitement of cosmetic stimulation. It is
to do with the apprehension we feel at the supposed loss
of individual identity.
Bhagavan is there as a constant reminder that what we
achieve is gain rather than loss, but it is hard to think
of letting go of the only distinctiveness we know.
first rough draft published by the Human Genome Project
concluded that the human has about 30,000 distinct genes,
and that 99.9 per cent of these are identical in all humans.
We are all much the same and yet the apparent differences
are tremendous and accounted for by less than .01% of
our total genetic material.
we are aware that each moment is unique, we resist this
knowledge because we try in our ignorant way to repeat
the regular, familiar, motions, namely the samskaras.
When everything is unaltered, including our search for
change, we feel secure. Actually, all we do is freeze
our perception into a tight band of limited consciousness.
We become insulated to change and dwell in the delusion
that our static existence replicates Brahman. It does
not. It reveals an opposition to life by reinforcing our
conditioning. We neither grow nor expand. Our knowledge
this respect, we should be grateful for true change because
when it does come we are taken out of ourselves. Our illusions
are shattered and our eyes opened to a new world. Moreover,
change can be expected once we enter the circle of Bhagavan's
extreme example of radical change is depicted in Viktor
Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning. The book relates his
harrowing experiences in a Nazi concentration camp. A
professional doctor, he was assigned to the crude infirmary
where he had little more than a few weak pain killer tablets
for the numerous patients.
writes: "Some details of a particular man's inner
greatness may come to one's mind, like the story of the
young woman whose death I witnessed in a concentration
camp. It is a simple story. There is little to tell and
it may sound as if I had invented it; but to me it seems
like a poem.
This young woman knew she would die within the next few
days. But when I talked to her she was cheerful in spite
of this knowledge. 'I am grateful that fate has hit me
so hard', she told me. 'In my former life I was spoiled
and did not take spiritual accomplishments seriously.'
Pointing through the window of the hut, she said, 'This
tree here is the only friend I have in my loneliness.'
Through the window she could see just one branch of a
chestnut tree, and on the branch were two blossoms. 'I
often talk to this tree,' she said to me.
I was startled and didn't quite know how to take her words.
Was she delirious? Did she have occasional hallucinations?
Anxiously I asked her if the tree replied. 'Yes.' What
did it say to her? She answered, 'It said to me, "I
am here-I am here-I am life, eternal life."'
the beginning, we would fear change but now with Bhagavan
illuminating the still centre in our hearts we are courageous
and are ready to face the unknown, the infinite possibilities,
and the inevitability of change. The grace is always available.
All we need do is ask. As Swami Vivekananda paraphrased
the Katha Upanishad (1.iii.14), "Arise, awake! (And)
stop not until the goal is reached!"
all, what have we to lose?
beloved mother was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus
in 1994. In November, 1998 her condition worsened. The
local doctors at Visakhapatnam (A.P.) who were treating
my mother asked us to take her to Vellore for further
treatment because her condition was worsening day by day.
father and uncle took her to Vellore where the doctors
told us that her chances of survival were low because
the cancer was at an advanced stage and she was unable
to eat or drink anything. She was not having bowel movement.
The last option left for the doctors was surgery. Doctors
told my father that ever after surgery, her chances of
survival were very low. Since we had no option left except
to get the surgery done, my father signed all the documents
needed for surgery. At that time, I was living in Chicago,
USA. My father asked me to come home immediately as her
condition was worsening day by day.
That day I called
my fiancée (now she is my wife, a staunch devotee
of Baba), and told her about my mother's condition. My
fiancée was in India at that time. She assured
me that nothing will happen; she will pray to Baba for
my mother’s life and asked me also to pray Baba.
For the first time,
I prayed Baba with tears in my eyes to save my mother.
Baba immediately answered my prayer. A miracle happened
and my mother who was in Operation Theater for surgery
had her bowel movement. The doctors were surprised; they
came out and told my father that no surgery was needed
because she had bowel movement and asked him to take her
back to Visakhapatam and continue the treatment there.
Baba gave my mother
enough strength to perform our wedding within a month
of this incident. With Baba's blessing and her blessing
we got married as per the scheduled date. With Baba's
blessing, she survived for another 15 months and breathed
her last in January 23rd 2000.
The local doctor at
Visakhapatnam who used to treat my mother is also a devotee
of Baba who knows my mother's condition. He gave her Baba's
Satcharitra to read while she was in hospital. She always
kept it under her pillow in the hospital till her last
moment. Baba loves His devotees and takes care at every
step of their life. His love for His devotees is infinite.
I don't want to say
Baba Thank You, for saving my mother and giving her 15
months more of life and taking care at every step of our
life because Thank You is a very small word. I just put
my head at His feet and ask Him bless me and my family
and stay with us always.
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I think of You, every
night and day.
Your thoughts make me feel happy and fortunate.¬
Your visions make me feel Your presence.
Oh God! You are my life's essence.
All my happiness depends
All this life, I owe to You.
I love You with all my heart.
There is nothing I know beyond that.
I feel You are within
me, in my heart
And can feel Your presence close to that.
Your sweet glimpses that I get
Are always mine, never to forget.
Once I want Your feet,
I want to show, I love You so much.
Will that day ever come?
When I will merge in You and be one.
My heart is crying
for You dear.
I want you to be beside me and near.
All this life I kept my fears,
Now it is difficult to control my tears.
Nothing can sweep
You off my heart,
Neither can anything wipe off Your thoughts.
I will love You always forever
And will wait for You and forget You never.
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
of mind-Suggested by Baba
We have to achieve four goals
in life. These are:
Earning our livelihood
Fulfilling our desires
In order to achieve
these goals we need to train our mind to cultivate positive
and wholesome thoughts. A positive state of mind leads
to a selfless life. We see life from a higher perspective.
The purity of the thought process makes us selfless. We
try to follow the righteous path and think of benefit
of society before our own. In order to be happy we should
share whatever we have. This thought process leads to
We simply work for
the sake of good action. We do not care for result and
its benefits. We surrender all actions to God. Obviously,
we cannot offer anything short of perfect to God. Therefore,
we try to achieve perfection. When we offer our best to
God, the result has to be excellent obviously. Therefore,
the excellent result is because of the perfect action,
which has its inception in the perfect thought.
The four goals of
life can be achieved with positive thinking. We become
what we think and we become what we meditate on. Therefore,
if we think best and dwell our minds on Paramatma, we
will undoutedtedly achieve the best - of this, there is
no doubt. Those who practice it know it and those who
doubt it must practice it.
helps us to realise the ultimate goal of life. It is often
said that we are known by the company we keep. It is very
natural for a pure and pious person to drift towards saints.
That is why Lord Krishna emphasises on training the mind.
He gave the message of equanimity to the humankind. We
should lead our lives with samta.
We should be the same
in pleasure or pain, victory or defeat, profit or loss
and with friend and foe. It is very difficult for a common
person to achieve this state of mind. It is rather difficult
to control our senses but with constant practice, we can
train them. Obviously cultivating positive thought process
is very important.
It is most important to accept
every situation we face in life. It is even more important
to hold ourselves responsible for our situation whether
good or bad. If the situation is good then there is no
problem. However, if the situation is not good, we should
resolve to alter it. This is a positive state of mind.
Once we make such resolution, all our efforts will be
to modify it until the desirable result is achieved. So
with our positive attitude we can change a bad situation
into a good situation.
Theory of karma also states
that our destiny is the result of our sanchit karmas of
previous lives. It says that we cannot escape the result
of our actions. Baba always said that we have to reap
the result of all our karmas.
Baba always encouraged every
one to read spiritual texts like Bhagavadgita. The Bhagavadgita
is a guide, which helps us to realise the four aims of
life. While it is easy to achieve the first three goals
with dedicated effort, the fourth goal can be achieved
only through the grace of God. It is repeatedly emphasised
by Lord Krishna that in order to achieve the fourth goal
we have to evolve spiritually. To attain liberation, we
have to surrender unconditionally at the feet of Sadguru.
Only when we surrender at the feet of such wise seers
of knowledge, we can hope to evolve spiritually.
Therefore, it is most essential
to surrender. As we surrender, we leave ego, which is
our biggest enemy. In the egoistic state, we are alone;
separate from the rest of creation. Obviously, in this
fragmented, lonely, and isolated state we are selfish
and self-centred. We only think of ourselves and not of
the others. So we do not think of the absolute, all pervading
Almighty. Therefore, when the thought is selfish and fragmented,
the others will either not support it or work in a different
direction with a different approach. The result cannot
Only a wholesome thought leads
to a wholesome speech, which impresses all and leads to
collective action, which in turn leads to the best result.
Therefore, when we surrender to the Almighty, our little
strength unites with the all pervading; omnipresent and
omniscient strength and the result is excellent. However,
it is to be remembered that only the selfless thoughts
which promote the well being of a family, organization,
society, country or universe get strengthened and not
the selfish and evil thoughts. God, through His forces
of nature automatically keeps punishing the evil forces
until such people realise their mistakes. Therefore, evil
thoughts are bound to doom in due course of time.
It is most essential to watch
our thoughts every day. We must fix up a time in our daily
routine when we sit in isolation, in a peaceful place
for meditation. We should sit in the lotus pose, keep
our backbone erect, close our eyes, make a ring with our
index finger, and thumb while keeping the other fingers
straight. This pose helps us to concentrate on our third
eye chakra. We should try to meditate for half an hour
every day. In this state, we can reflect on our thought
process. In agitated state, we cannot concentrate on third
eye chakra and keep drifting to negative state of mind.
However, with constant practice we can cultivate good
and wholesome thoughts. As we improve our thought process,
we alter our state of mind from negative to positive.
The result is a calm state of mind. The concentration
improves in this state as we relax.
Additionally, if we surrender
unconditionally to God and request him to eliminate such
evil thoughts, then He purifies us gradually. The recitation
of mantra during meditation cleanses us and leads us towards
purity and thus clarity. In such a state, positive thoughts
take birth in the mind and lead to target oriented approach.
It makes us one-pointed and focused. This focused approach
leads to perfection and excellence.
Therefore, whenever a selfless
thought will take birth, there will be perfection in action
followed by the sweet nectar of victory, happiness, and
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of God or Worship of Man, which should be given priority
Prayer is a a way of expressing
Prayer is heard when said with full devotion
We say prayers in times of
In hope that there will be a better day tomorrow
Prayers are answered by God
Only when saying a prayer you do not commit a fraud
Life is full of surprises
Prayers remove all despises
When time comes for you to
Answered prayers make you believe
We pray in times of need
We pray during exams to succeed
We pray to fulfill a wish
Grace from Baba is lavish
I know Baba is always there
To bring happiness, joy and care
So why do we fear
When Baba is here.
Kumar Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia, Age 11
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power in naam of Sai Baba or the efficacy of Sai Baba’s
name is well-known. It saves us from all sins and bad
tendencies, frees us from the cycle of births and deaths.
There is no easier Sadhna than this. It is the best purifier
of our mind. It requires no paraphernalia and no restrictions.
It is so easy and so effective. Om Sai Nathaya Namah....
Guru means Brahma,
Guru means Bhagavan. Bhagavan is formless, and he is also
with form, standing right in front of us as our Sai. He
removes the darkness of our ignorance. And so, in our
Guru pranam, it goes on to say:
Sri Guru Pranang, Mot Deha Shri Guru Mondira,
Purna Mosta Bohir Jeno, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah.
Mantra Mulong Guru Bakkyo, Puja Mulong Guru Padho,
Dhyana Mulong Guru Murti, Mukhya Mulong Guru Kripa.
If the guru gives
his grace, of course we will attain God! Here the need
arises for complete and total faith. In this way we must
have faith in which there are no faults or failings whatsoever.
No error at all. There is a saying, ‘Faith will
get you the truth but debate takes for ever.’ What
is the meaning of guru? He in whom there is no ignorance.
Chokkumilitong Jeno, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah.
Then King Janak had
the knowledge of Brahma in the wink of an eye. What was
it? Guru God! Guru Bhagavan! You cannot get that knowledge
of Brahma without the Guru’s Blessing and the Guru’s
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
Arun, Hamilton Ontario Canada
For those of us who live abroad the magazine" Heritage
of Shirdi Sai" is a most valuable resource. It connects
many of the Sai devotees all around the world. So many
of us find answers to many of our problems of life through
the wonderful articles and poems written in the magazine.
The beautiful pictures of Our Sai Deva fill us with joy
and happiness. I wait very eagerly to read the articles
written by our Satpathyji and am eternally grateful to
him for all the love and compassion that he showers on
each one of us. Thanks again and again.
Amitabh Pattanaik, Baripada, Orissa
The quality of the magazine and rare photographs of Pranpratistha
of Baba by our beloved Satpathyji are excellent."Guru
Bhakti" and "Purpose of life" written by
Aswathi Ramkrishna (Std VIII) from Salmiya, Kuwait is
very much inspirational. This is an innovative idea to
promote school students to write for this international
describes the four kinds of Guru Bhakti - Aaptam, Angam,
Daanam, Sadbhaavam and again "watch your thoughts,
they became words , "watch your words,they became
actions, watch your actions, they became habits, watch
your habits, they became character, watch your character,
it becomes your destiny."--Really heart-touching.
I would like to thank "The Heritage of Shirdi Sai"
team. You can achieve whatever you believe you can and
you are the result of your beliefs.
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 SAI
KUTIR ,9529, 119 A st, Delta ,BC, V4C 6P4. For further
details contact (604) 584 9770 and cell is (604) 782 4878
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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