N E W S L E T T E R
VOL102, MARCH 2010
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

The Sai Experience

In 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.

More 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.

Today, 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.

Maybe 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 lives.

They 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.

“The 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.

Some 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.

In 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.

No 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 my intention.".........


Q & A

Is 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”.

 

BABA 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

……“So, 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.

So 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.

Then 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?’

Nana 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.

So 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.

Baba 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,

yasya deve para bhaktih, yata deve tatha gurow
tasyaite kathita hyarthaah prakaascante mahaatmanah

This 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 .”……

 


 

ARTICLE

CHANGE

CHANGE 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.

No 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.

Nevertheless 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 find.

If 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.

The 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.

Bhagavan himself repeated again and again his fundamental, constant question, 'Who am I?'

This 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.

Each 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.

Can 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.

The 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.

Our mind in its ceaseless struggle can never fully observe itself.
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?

The 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.

We 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.

In 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.

We 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?

The whole fabric of human identity has and will continue to change.
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.

In tradition, the crucial concept of Vedanta is the idea of Brahman.
The word comes from Brih, to grow, expand; and man, to think, thought.
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.

Brahman has two aspects: saguna, with form and nirguna, without form.
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.

Brahman is both these so-called qualities and yet, as in all these Vedantic concepts, it is neither.

On 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.

Similarly, 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.

Though 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.

The 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.

Although 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 is limited.

In 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 grace.

An 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.

He 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."'

In 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!"

After all, what have we to lose?


Jagannathan
, USA



 

DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

My 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.

My 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.

Venkat, New Jersey, USA

 

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POEM

Thinking of You

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 on You.
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, to touch
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.

Pooja, Delhi

 

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Control of mind-Suggested by Baba

We have to achieve four goals in life. These are:
Earning our livelihood
Fulfilling our desires
Establishing righteousness
Liberation

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 selfless action.

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.

Spiritual evolution 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 good.

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 bliss.

Anuradha Mal, Gurgaon

 

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CHILDREN'S SECTION

Prayers

Prayer is a a way of expressing an emotion
Prayer is heard when said with full devotion

We say prayers in times of sorrow
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 recieve
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.

Shanmuk Sai Kumar Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia, Age 11

 

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Sonal Gandecha

The 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....

Vijay Mehrotra, Noida

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:

Mot pranam 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.

Agyana Timirandhasha, gyananjano sholokoya
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 Grace.

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READER'S REFLECTION

Renuka 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 magazine.

Aswathi 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.

 

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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.

SHIRDI SAI 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

INVOCATION 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 Plate). Invocation 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

SHRI SHIRDI 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: saileela99@yahoo.com

SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA

THE SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA
2721 Markham Road, Unit# 8, Toronto, Ontario, M1X 1L5 (North East corner of Markham Road and Nashdene), Tel:647-444-4724, Email: info@theshirdisaimandir.ca Website:www.theshirdisaimandir.ca

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 every day.

Bhajans and Sai Naam Sankirtan are offered to Baba on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Various resources such as Satcharitas, Photos, CDs are available.
Please visit our website for information on Mandir activities.

 

SHIRDI SAI PARIVAR VANCOUVER

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, say.sai.sai@gmail.com.

SHRI SHIRDI SAI BABA MANDIR EDMONTON

Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir Edmonton, Located at 3036 - 106 Street. Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

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, Email: shirdisaibabaedmonton@yahoo.ca or visit website: www.shirdisaibabaedmonton.com

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 email krishna@shirdisaila.org

 

SRI SAI BABA MANDIR OHIO USA

Location:7674 Sawmill Road, Dublin, OH-43016

Daily timings and activities:

Weekdays:
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

Weekends:

Temple is open from
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Every Thursday:
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:

Weekdays:
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

Weekends:
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

Every Thursday:
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Shirdi Sai Bhajans

For more information please call 408-705-7904 / 408-564-6704 or send email to saibandhu@yahoo.com or visit our website at http://www.shirdisaiparivaar.org/

NORTH AMERICA 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: www.templeofpeace.org or call 678-455-7200

 

SRI SHIRDI 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 activities:

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

Special:

Hanuman Chalisa 6:30 PM (Tuesday); Lalitha Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Friday); Vishnu Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Saturday);

SHIRDI SAI 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: 01826

Name of Trust/organization:: New England Shirdi Sai Parivar

Daily timings and activities:

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 maildrop@nessp.org or visit our website at http://nessp.org/

SHRI SHIRDI 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:hyperkinetix@gmail.com

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.

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 SINGAPORE

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, Auckland

7.00 pm - 7.50 pm Sai Bhajans,
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: 16142,
Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website http://www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz/


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