FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
is one difficulty in doing justice to Sai Baba’s
influence on the devotee. Baba has identified himself
with various saints and helpers. The help one has received
long before one met the physical body of the Shirdi Baba
has frequently been stated by Baba to have been rendered
by him. As Baba is God, this conclusion follows as a matter
if he were acting on the level of a Satuthama or Sat Purusha,
this would follow and can be easily understood. But in
practice,….such identification causes some confusion.
Hence no mention is made to helps received by me from
unseen sources before 1930 – 1931. It is about 1931,
that I have first heard, mention of Sai Baba, saw his
picture and resolved to visit Shirdi and Sakori.
that time, a slight change was coming over my programme,
I began to attach less importance to the study (as usually
understood and conducted) of Vedanta and more to the sadhana
or the practical steps that would destroy vasanas, especially
egoism, develop the “emotional side,” chiefly
love and would thus render Vedantic perfection possible
was in quest of some institution where facilities could
be found suitable to my condition and stage of development,
to take me along the said course. I visited places noted
either for the sanctity of their temples, or rivers and
for their being resorts of saints e.g. Pandharpur, Gangapur,
Nasik, Brindavan, Kasi, Gaya, Prayag, Sakori, Hubli. In
no place however did I get full satisfaction i.e. the
conditions exactly fitting my requirements.
saint pointed out to me that my failure was due to subjective
causes, viz, the absence of total surrender to God or
a Guru, viewed as God and felt to be God i.e. surrender
of Tan, Man, Dhan i.e. of the body, the self and sense
of possession or ownership.
to overcome this defect, some personality and suitable
circumstances should bless me and arise, to disarm me
of all vasanas, to subjugate the penchant for criticism
and to develop docile submission to superior power, superior
purity, goodness and wisdom.
was my misfortune that I had not still come across such
a dominating personality nor come under such overpowering
circumstances. With this mental dis-satisfaction, I went
to see a celebrated Datta Upasaka, Narayan Maharaj of
Khedgaonbet (40 miles from Poona) who seems to have been
favoured with the grace of Sri Dattatreya even from infancy
- a grace evidenced by miracles wrought even at the age
of 7 or 8.
I sat before the Datta temple there, (the power of the
idol or Padukas there has been widely published) I entertained
the idea of putting to the test both the Datta and Datta
Upasaka of that place. As I sat in the hall along with
many others I saw sparrows chirping and flying about the
place, and I said in my mind that if really the Datta
installed there and the Datta Upasaka, Narayan Maharaj
were possessed of the spiritual and superhuman power attributed
to them one of the sparrows should sit upon my head.
at once closed my eyes in meditation or prayer. Lo! Behold!
within five minutes of my prayer my head was struck by
something and as I opened my eyes, I saw a sparrow flying
away from me before this. This sudden compliance with
my request for proof filled me with the conviction that
Datta installed at that place and Narayan Maharaj who
installed it are really possessed of superhuman and spiritual
the only thing I wanted was a divine personality, a perfect
saint should be contacted by me and control me in circumstances
favouring a perfect surrender, I went to Narayan Maharaj
and asked him for that as a favour. As I had to make my
request in the presence of many people, I clothed my request
in symbology and figurative speech. Said I “I am
a merchant dealing in gems and a very unfortunate dealer.
have come across many gems but none hitherto has satisfied
me. Each gem I get is very tiny, has dots, cracks or other
blemishes. Will you please bless me so that I may get
one pure big flawless diamond.” Narayan Maharaj
after a moment’s pause said “Yes, You will
have your desire,” or words to that effect. This
was in the beginning of 1933. It took however sometime
for me to get the promised Kohinoor. I got possessed at
last of that invaluable diamond, Sri Sai Baba giving up
everything else to buy it or get at it.".........
Q & A
Baba gives His grace equally to all, why cannot all devotees
progress in the spiritual path equally?
cannot leave His devotees under any circumstances whether
the devotee realizes it or not. That is why Baba used
to say that one should pray always to Him with Shraddha
and Saburi. Whenever the grace of Sai descends upon anybody
usually it is seen that his negative qualities reduce
and good qualities grow.
those initial experiences only, some of the devotees think
that they have reached somewhere in the spiritual plane
or they have achieved spiritual knowledge. Taking this
initial state of things to be the final state of achievement
such people start behaving like a Guru and collect disciples.
people cannot progress because of this and try to live
an artificial life. Those who conduct themselves in a
normal way after receiving Baba’s grace never exhibit
the prowess of the devotion; they gradually achieve closeness
spiritual and religious ambitions is a limitation in the
path of spiritual evolution. Some people, even after getting
the grace of Baba to solve their problem, again commit
deliberate mistakes because of greed, anger or jealousy.
Their growth gets delayed.
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FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
must always remember that there are laws of one’s
own being and God’s plan for all creatures. Anyone
who wishes sincerely to achieve his own soul’s welfare
would pause to study what his duties are and seek the
help of great ones and Gurus to guide him in his path,
then by surrendering himself to great ones, allow his
evil vasanas to be crushed out and good vasanas to be
developed, and ultimately to get both sets of vasanas
which are part of one’s personality to be drowned
in the contemplation of the Guru-God.
is the teaching about Karma by Sadhakas to Baba. The law
of Karma is decried by people who do not understand it.
Some say that Karma can never be got rid off. There is
an element of truth in that statement. But the way in
which it is put as above is misleading and wrong. The
law of Karma is merely the law of cause and effect.
say that an effect cannot be rectified or modified is
absurd. If cause A produces the effect B, it is absurd
to say that B must always continue to be B and nothing
can change it. Just as cause A produces effect B, cause
C impinging upon B may make changes in the effect. The
fact is that most acts done with a purpose are producing
certain tendencies and certain other results.
should not confuse the actual result or reward earned
by an act with the tendency. The tendency can and should
always be met if it is an evil tendency. To say that karma
is inexorable, and nothing can change it, is positively
absurd. Generally people think of tendencies when putting
forward that proposition and one can be positive that
all tendencies may change by stimuli pro¬ducing opposite
tendencies. Sinfulness is a tendency and it can always
and should always be met by virtuous actions, virtuous
contacts, holy readings and Satsang. As for the rewards,
it is often said,
Kritam karma scubha Ascubham.
is, what one has earned as a reward or punishment for
one’s act, good or evil must of necessity be endured.
This is generally speaking true. But it is not true in
the way in which it is baldly put. A person who commits
murder is liable to be hanged. But he may also have other
forms of punishment either immediately or later on.
sentences may be altered, reduced, and even completely
condoned on such occasions as the King's Birthday pardons.
Therefore, it is not correct to say that the reward or
punishment earned by conduct is unalterable. Everything
on earth is liable to change or mitigate and if we remember
this, we shall be able to meet the objections sometimes
raised to Sai Baba’s statement about karma.
the very opening Charters of Baba’s Charters and
Sayings, we find Baba’s statement. ‘If one
puts his foot on Shirdi soil his karma is abolished’.
Many a man wonders whether that is possible especially
in view of the dictum quoted above, Avascyam Anubhoktavyam.
Baba also told Chandorkar that certain broad decisions
arrived at as to the birth and death of people are treated
as facts resulting from previous acts of individuals.
birth of a child, death of a son¬-in-law, about which
Chandorkar was anxious to make Baba work on his behalf,
Baba declared that they were the result of previous karma
and could not be altered. In a sense that is true. Certain
births and certain deaths are all fixed by series of antecedent
events, but yet Baba is able to mould these and shape
these, at certain stages and modify these for the benefit
of the concerned devotees. When talking to Dr. Chidambaram
Pillai, Baba explained the correct doctrine.
Pillai had been suffering intensely from guinea worm.
He told a friend to go and report to Baba that his sufferings
were intolerable and to request Baba to transfer these
sufferings to some ten later births of his and leave him
free from the sufferings in this janma. When this was
reported to Baba, the latter sent for Pillai and told
him, ‘What, you want ten janmas? What has to be
endured in ten janmas can be crushed into ten days by
the power of Satpurushas’.
Baba ordered him to remain with his legs outstretched
at Dwarakamayee and he told him that a crow would come
and peck at his wound and cure him. In a few days, Abdul,
Baba’s permanent attendant, carelessly put his foot
down upon Pillai’s wound and crushed all the guinea
worms out of it, merely by accident as, he Pillai, would
have thought. But nothing done at the Mosque to Pillai
could be considered as an accident, and Baba said that
Abdul was the crow, and that no further crow was wanted
to peck at Pillai’s wound. Pillai was then asked
to go home, and in ten days, the entire suffering from
guinea worm was cured.
another case, that of Bhimaji, who had serious chest diseases
such as asthma and tuberculosis, Baba first told Shama,
‘In bringing this thief to me what a load of responsibility
you are placing on me. Baba meant that the tuberculosis
and asthma from which Bhimaji suffered were the result
of Bhimaji’s karma in a previous janma consisting
of theft. Bhimaji felt Baba’s declaration a blow.
once he surrendered himself to Baba and said, Helper of
the helpless! I am helpless. Pray show pity and grace
to me. Then Baba’s tone changed, Baba told him,
The Fakir is merciful, and your disease will be cured.
He was suffering from the results of karma, but that could
be mitigated, and so the man was sent to live and sleep
in a wet verandah. Bhimaji did so.
he had two very dreadful dreams: In one dream, he was
mercilessly birched by a school master. For, in the dream
he fancied he was a boy and the master was birching him.
So, he felt the pain in the dream and roared out. In the
second dream, it was even worse. He felt that some one
was placing a stone roller and rolling it over his breast.
He suffered all the horror of instant death approaching
the pain of a hanging sentence and whipping sentence were
endured by this man in the course of one night. Baba thus
changed the punishment which he had earned by his previous
karma, and told him that he was thus free from karmic
effects. He then recovered his health. The above instances
go to show that most of our conceptions about karma are
nebulous and ungrounded, and that the safest course for
us to follow would be to be guided by the dicta of Satpurushas
like Sai Baba. ”……
birth seems to be the beginning of life and death the
end, yet it is difficult to distinguish one from the other
like the evening time which seems to be the end of the
day but is the beginning of the day at some other place
in the world. Man does not know what he was before this
life; whether he had any existence; if so in what form;
from where he has come and for what purpose; where he
will go when the end of life comes. He is in ignorance
in life as well as in death.
is in existence not in this body alone. When we die the
components of this body mingle with the five tattvas and
the soul is released. This soul takes another body depending
upon the past actions of life. In fact nothing gets destroyed
in nature; it only changes its form.
we die the gross body perishes (if burnt becomes ash,
if cremated it turns into dust). The subtle body is composed
of thoughts, feelings, desires and all the karmas of past
life. This subtle body, also called the causal body, goes
out with the soul. The desires and the collected karmas
of a person take him to the continuous process of life
a person does not wish to come again and again in this
world, he has to make his mind desireless and act well,
without expectations. So reincarnation is the law of causation
or one can call it the law of karmas. When the soul is
separated from the body at the time of death, it becomes
a separate entity. The actual nature of soul is pure and
seems miserable and impure because of illusions of this
materialistic world. When by meditation, Self realization,
the real nature of soul is understood, i.e., we have learnt
all the lessons that we came to learn in this world and
have evolved fully, eternal rest or Moksha is achieved.
The journey of life continues till the purpose of existence
is not attained.
all the desires are not destroyed, the soul has to come
again and again in new forms in this world to fulfill
the left over desires and results of karmas. Therefore
death is only an illusion and we never die. We are present
in some form or the other till we get liberated. We live
in a particular physical form only till it is destined.
are never separated from the one’s whom we love.
We meet them again and again in different incarnations
in physical form and also when we are waiting for reincarnation
in another dimension. It is the law of karma that our
soul gets attracted after death to those to whom we are
also come close to those whom we hate, to settle the past
accounts, which get stored life after life. That is the
reason that in Geeta, Lord Krishna has stressed upon unattached
actions. When we are born, we bring with us our abilities
as well as our debts of past lives.
the time of death, the body gets destroyed, all the physical
pain ends. The soul goes to different spheres depending
on the past actions of the person. It is only in the physical
body that we can act and do good or bad karmas, and also
get an opportunity to achieve the highest goal of Self
of us have different experience after death just as we
have different experience in life. But most common is
the feeling of passing through a dark tunnel (the tunnel
is our body). Then we feel that we have a body which has
no weight. We see a very loving beautiful light which
seems to guide us to the onwards journey. Then we see
our life just like a film in front of our eyes.
past life karmas are played back in front of us like a
film and we know where we went wrong and what is right
action. Importance is given to the incidents of love and
kindness for others, helpful and generous acts. At the
end of this review, we understand the good and bad acts
performed by us in life. We may remember the relations
we had in our different births and our love for them.
feeling of love for all human beings is felt. We may see
spiritually advanced souls (one can call them gods) interacting
with us and guiding us for spiritual advancement. We may
have to rest in that dimension for certain duration, before
we are born again. Those, who can go deep in meditation
sometimes, get the experience of separation of their soul
from the body. The same experience is felt at the time
learn lessons like: unconditional love, charity, faith,
devotion, forgiveness, keeping calm, helping others and
other good acts that are important in life. There are
different planes where one can go after death, depending
on the evolution of the person. Those who have progressed
spiritually, go to higher planes. Till we are fully evolved,
we keep coming back again and again in this world in physical
form and we decide when we wish to come back to this earth.
can even choose not to come back and remain in spirit
form for a longer period. Those who end their life (commit
suicide) due to the suffering in this life, have to remain
in a restless state after death and suffer there. When
they take next body, they suffer again as they are born
in such circumstances. This is because of the past karmas
of the person, so ceasing the life span because of suffering
in this life does not help.
are people who do not believe in reincarnation but there
have been many cases wherein people have remembered their
past births and in their childhood given full account
of their past life. They have remembered the place where
they lived and have been able to recognize their relatives.
Of course such cases are very few.
have seen that different children of the same family are
totally different in their behavior, in their likes/dislikes
and they have different abilities in acquiring knowledge.
It is our past actions of different lives which make us
take the birth in present circumstances, in the particular
body and as children of our parents.
point is that if there is no past life, the miseries and
difficulties or happiness in a person’s life without
any apparent cause cannot be explained. Also a feeling
of attraction and love for some individuals and dislike
for another is reason of past life experiences.
one who is born has to die, so we should not forget death.
Although nature tries to remind us at every step of life
that we are aging and time will not spare us, but we still
do not remember death. There is a beautiful story about
a person who told Yama (the God of death), to give him
warning before he comes to take him.
day when Yama came to take him, the man asked Him, why
he was not warned and his request taken care of in spite
of Yama’s acceptance to do so. Yama said, “I
warned you by graying your hair, weakening your eye sight,
wrinkling your skin, falling of your teeth, weakening
your body, was all this warning not enough for you?”
In our life we should be more considerate towards others.
should do good to others as far as possible, love rather
than hate, be kind and remember God all the time. We should
remember we have to die one day and therefore should not
waste our entire energy in collecting material things
in life which are going to remain here.
keep coming till we are fully evolved and have attained
Self realization. In brief, we come to pay back those
to whom we are indebted. We also come because of our attachments
and love for some individuals and wish to be close to
them in physical form. All of us have to evolve in each
life, learn our lessons of love, compassion, charity,
understanding, right karmas, forgiveness and non-attachment.
have to keep coming till there is nothing to pay back
and learn in physical form. If we hate or hurt someone
in this life, we may come close to him in next life to
learn to love him. We have to learn that actions like
anger, hate, greed, selfishness, violence, ego and unending
desires are not right. So, we should try to learn these
lessons as fast as we can; to avoid coming again and again
in physical form.
7th January 2007, my wife, daughter and I reached Shirdi
to have darshan of the Sadguru Sainath. Our tickets for
returning from Shirdi to Delhi were booked on Jhelum Express
on 8th January 2007 and we were to depart from Koperagon
Railway Station at 22:35 hrs. After spending the entire
day at Shirdi we attended the evening Aarti at Dwarkamai
(Masjid) and sought permission from Baba for our Journey
started our journey to Kopergaon in an autorickshaw from
Shirdi at 21:00 hrs from where we had to board the train
for traveling to Delhi. The distance between Shirdi to
Kopergaon is around 20 Kms and most of the journey is
traversed on the state highway, which is connected to
other major towns located in and around Shirdi. It was
dark and the only light was from oncoming vehicles traveling
at very high speed.
January evening chill made the journey tough for our daughter
and we wrapped her in a shawl in order to provide her
some comfort and warmth. The windows of the Rickshaw were
open and there was no covering / sheet to thwart the cool
breeze coming through the windows.
we left the hotel and proceeded to Kopergaon, I gave the
train tickets and some cash to my wife to keep in her
purse. The bag also contained my wife's identity card,
some documents, a diary and other miscellaneous items.
After traveling around 12 kms from Shirdi, suddenly my
wife tried to reach her purse to get cough syrup for our
daughter who was feeling the cold at that time. To her
surprise she could not found the purse in the autorickshaw.
told her she might have left it at the hotel counter but
she was sure that she had carried it along while moving
into the auto. We requested the autorickshaw driver to
halt so that we could search for the purse. He stopped
the auto and our frantic search started but we could not
locate the purse. There was total darkness and silence
and I used the searchlight of my mobile phone to look
for the purse in the corners of the auto but met with
no success. We requested the autorickshaw driver to return
to Shirdi with the hope of finding it somewhere on the
way though I knew this was ‘wishful thinking.' I
realized that we would not be able to retrieve a small
purse on the stretch of 12 kms that we had already covered
from Shirdi towards Koperagon.
train arrival time was approaching and we were in a fix
regarding what to do as the tickets were in the bag. We
kept on requesting the driver to move as fast as he could
towards Shirdi with the remote hope of retrieving the
purse but he saw no merit in driving aimlessly. My wife
kept pestering him to drive a few more kilometers as we
had already covered 4-5 kms towards Shirdi.
realizing that it is next to impossible to get the bag
on the highway where vehicles are plying without interruption,
I remembered my Sadguru and prayed Him. I prayed to Baba
that we cannot not leave Shirdi with such unpleasant memories
in our mind. Within minutes of remembering Sai, I could
see a small object lying bang in the middle of the road
and from the distance I presumed that it could be the
requested the driver, who by now was not willing to travel
any further, to drive slowly as we approached the object.
Meanwhile a heavy truck was approaching from the opposite
side and with the help of its headlights I was stunned
to find that the black object lying on the road was indeed
my wife's purse. I alighted from the Rickshaw and pulled
the purse inside and heaved a sigh of relief and thanked
Baba for HIS merciful deed. There was no damage done to
any items kept inside the purse except a minor cut to
it's exterior surface.
started the journey to Koperagaon with only 15-20 minutes
left before the scheduled departure of the train. It appeared
that we might not be able to make it in time though the
rickshaw driver was trying his best to reach the station.
On reaching the station we heard the announcement that
the train was running late by half an hour. What a miracle?
we boarded the train with sweet memories and our hearts
filled with love and gratitude for Sadguru Saibaba.
TO SHRI SAI, PEACE BE TO ALL
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the love you have shown me, I do not want to squander
As taught by you, I am trying to be gentler and kinder
Not to hurt anyone, and to all, a warm service render
I see people pray and then with tongue and hand they plunder
Of what use is such a prayer, I always wonder
And all that you have taught, can I practice? I ponder
In spite of myself, I notice my mind continues to weakly
And makes me think, that for your Divine Love, I am just
eternal Maya, makes one do things, which one does not
realize, is slander
To reach you, how long and far do I have to anxiously
And to test my love, how much will you make me run? I
I think, many a time I do not have the strength to truly
I always seem to be battle weary and walking on a thread
So, please call me Baba, hold me in your arms and take
Because, I do not want, anymore, for your Divine Love
to be a pretender
D. Kumar, Patna
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
of mind-Suggested by Baba
the great men from every religion, since ancient times,
have emphasised the need for controlling the mind. This
was looked upon, as one of the disciplines of religion.
The materialists were concerned about the study of the
existence of mind, but were indifferent about control
of it for the development of the human being.
is a machine, which keeps on producing thoughts every
moment. As thoughts are the cause of our happiness and
miseries, successes and failures etc., it is necessary
to learn the use of these thoughts for the betterment
of our life, whether on spiritual or worldly plain. This
needs control and the skill to channelize these thoughts
in a disciplined way.
saints, philosophers and thinkers have been suggesting
ways to achieve this objective. The motive for controlling
the mind may be two fold. First, for obtaining the highest
spiritual gains i.e., self realisation and second, to
uplift our personality and character to make our life
an ideal one. The ways of controlling the mind have been
suggested by everyone differently according to his own
experience and knowledge.
Baba has given a new angle to approach the goal of controlling
the mind, whether it is for spiritual purpose or for an
ideal life. He has suggested simple and unique methods,
which even a layman can practice. Sai Baba believes that
the purity of mind is necessary for its control. As the
mind gets more and more purified, it becomes less and
less interested in sense enjoyment, which will increase
over time through the joy of the worship. Those who enjoy
the joy of worship, find no attraction in cheap and temporary
Baba explains this to Nana Chandorkar, when on an occasion,
two beautiful muslim ladies came for the darshan of Baba
and removed their veil in Nana’s presence. This
aroused a sense of lust within Nana. Later, he felt guilty
for this, The omniscient Sai Baba could visualize this.
He advised Nana not to feel guilty at the sight of the
beauty of a woman. Beauty is the creation of God, and
to see it, is the function of the eyes. Let the sense
organs do their functions for which they are meant, but
they should not make us passionate or make us lust.
Baba said that passions cannot be eradicated, but they
can be certainly educated. We cannot check the performance
of the sense organs, but their effects can be disciplined.
We have to give proper directions to our thoughts. Just
the mind can control the mind. But this can only be done
by a pure mind, and a pure mind can check its own restlessness.
Restlessness is the biggest hindrance in controlling the
passions of ego, lust, greed, envy, pride, anger, hatred,
jealousy, temptation, fear etc., makes a mind impure.
These impurities can be removed by controlling on our
desires. Desires are the root of every evil and noble
thought and can be our friend or foe, according to the
direction we give to them.
identity of a rose offered to a beautiful lady with lust
is different from that offered to God in a temple. The
rose may be the same, but the motive has changed its identity.
A pure heart would not allow the mind to go wild. It would
not allow the mind to entertain evil thoughts. You have
just to keep a watch on your thoughts. By practice you
can gain control over your mind. The more you practice,
the more you would know your “self’’.
Baba has suggested a very simple way of practicing it.
He suggests that “In the daily routine of your life,
make it a practice to remember your Guru or your God,
as and when you use your sense organs. The object of the
sense organs should first be offered to Him. For instance,
before taking your meals, offer the food to your Sai.
Naturally, you cannot offer bad things to Him.
would prevent you in doing wrong things, which would increase
your power of discrimination (vivek). Once the vivek is
developed that would always check your thoughts from going
in a wrong direction. Always feel that Baba is with you,
He is watching you all the time, as a friend.
would change your ‘ vritis ‘ (your view point
or the method of thinking), and vrittis would establish
your habits, your habits would build your character, and
your character would reap the produce of your destiny.
Franklin D. Roosevelt had said ……
and women are not prisoners of fate,
But only prisoners of their own mind.”
Sai Baba says that “Never be a slave to your mind,
be a Master of it.
I am always with you.”
K. Dixit, Dubai (UAE)
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your views on Topic of Discussion-
of God or Worship of Man, which should be given priority
is life people often ask
It is your inner self with a mask
Life is colourful, surprising and definitely not bad
Yes, life is that.
every step there is
Something new to learn
The more you know
The more you earn
life, everything comes one step at a time
It is sometimes sweet as jaggery or sour as a lime
In life, there are highs and lows
Only he will win who is steady and slow
is a journey towards the one
Who drives away the darkness from our lives
Just like the sun
see, we grow, we live and learn
and finally, we die
We know we are born
But we wonder why?
Of the ultimate formation
Life is to seek the truth
To abolish all lies
After that there will be no more why’s
the journey of life
We must stay calm
Only then shall we realize
That enlightenment is within the reach of our palms
is life? People often ask
It is your inner soul with a mask
Life is colourful and definitely not bad
Oh yes! My friend’s life is that.
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N Reddy, London
You can adore God according to your own fancy and pleasure.
He remains unchanged even when the names and forms by
which you adore Him keep changing. The effectiveness does
not lie in which name or form you worship, but depends
on the extent of yearning and depth of feeling with which
you adore Him in your heart. God will assume that very
form which you pray to and fulfill your yearning; that
is the indication of His grace and the boundless love
He has for you.
God's grace is the greatest wealth. To consider the amassing
of money, gold or other material objects, as the ultimate
goal is not right. The goal of life, instead, should be
the acquisition of the divine wealth of God's grace. Try
to win His grace by reforming your habits, reducing your
desires and refining your nature. One step makes the next
one easier; that is the unique quality of the spiritual
path. With each step, your strength and confidence increases
and you feel the Lord's grace all the more.
N V R K Sarma, Hyderabad
letters or emails are received from various persons with
some message relating to Sri Shirdi Sai Babaji and the
message requires that the receiver circulate the message
to some more people for immediate benefits. In some instances,
it is warned that failure to do so will render great losses
in daily life.
is a chain action that is performed out of desire for
benefits or fear of losses if the mail is not forwarded
but the action is not based on real Bhakti towards Baba.
is advised that message relating to the Baba can surely
be sent but not with any kind of illusive grants or curses.
Let the real followers of Baba worship Him as they would
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
It is so nice of you to publish my experience in Heritage
of Shirdi Sai magazine, the experience that any habit
can be given up by devotion; maybe all smokers after reading
the experience, give up this habit to make their lives
happy and breathe fresh air and clean up lungs. If one
asks who created the universe? God. Who is this God? Is
he Allah? Well yes then why claim superority?
Allah authorise humans to act as killer machines so that
after this life, they will be blessed? It is strange logic
that innocents all over the world are subjected to this
fear of invisible tyranny that is threat by terrorism.
People of all religions should read about Shirdi Sai,
who spread love and compassion and taught us that all
humans, plants, trees, animals are the manifestations
of consciousness. Wake up and get sanity to make a world
P.K. Subnani, New Delhi
I have been reading
Sai Devotees’ experiences in Readers’ Reflection
column of ‘Heritage of Shirdi Sai’ magazine
and also the bi-monthly newsletter Sai Heritage E-Zine
and find that Shri Sai Baba is one unique force who is
approached at the time of difficulties. One cardinal point
of His functioning is His promptness of response.
To those who have
built their links with Him, His response comes like a
flash. I have experienced not once, but a number of times
in my life, during my difficult times and also during
my happy times. You have only to go through your own experiences
with Shri Sai to convince yourself.
The only thing required
between Him and us is strong and complete faith in His
unseen powers, total surrender at His Lotus Feet. Nothing
can convince you better than your personal experiences
with Shri Sai Baba, which I had the fortune of having
not once but a dozen of times.
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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