N E W S L E T T E R
VOL103, APRIL 2010
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

The Sai Experience

....."There 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 of course.

Even 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.

At 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 and real.

I 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.

One 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.

But 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.

It 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.

As 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.

I 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 power.

As 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.

I 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

When Baba gives His grace equally to all, why cannot all devotees progress in the spiritual path equally?

Sadguru 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.

From 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.

Many 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 with Baba.

Nourishing 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.

 

BABA MAY I ANSWER book by Shri C. B. Satpathy released on Ram Navami For details see www.heritageofshirdisai.org

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FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“One 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.

This 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.

To 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.

One 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,

Avascyam Anubhoktavyam
Kritam karma scubha Ascubham.

that 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.

The 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.

In 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.

Regarding 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.

Dr. 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’.

So, 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.

In 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.

At 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.

There, 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 him.

All 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. ”……

 


 

ARTICLE

Life and Death

The 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.

Life 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.

When 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 and death.

If 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 blissful.

It 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.

Till 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.

We 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 attached.

We 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.

At 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 realization.

All 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.

Our 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.

A 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 of death.

We 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.

We 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.

There 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.

We 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.

Another 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.

Each 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.

One 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.

We 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.

We 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.

We 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.

S. Modi, Delhi

 


 

DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

On 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 to Delhi.

We 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.

The 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.

Before 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.

I 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.

The 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.

After 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 purse.

I 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.

We 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?

Finally we boarded the train with sweet memories and our hearts filled with love and gratitude for Sadguru Saibaba.

BOW TO SHRI SAI, PEACE BE TO ALL

Anil Tickoo


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POEM

The Pretender

Baba, 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 meander
And makes me think, that for your Divine Love, I am just a pretender

The 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 wander?
And to test my love, how much will you make me run? I wonder
I think, many a time I do not have the strength to truly surrender
I always seem to be battle weary and walking on a thread so slender
So, please call me Baba, hold me in your arms and take me yonder
Because, I do not want, anymore, for your Divine Love to be a pretender

M. D. Kumar, Patna

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Control of mind-Suggested by Baba

All 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.

Mind 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.

Many 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.

Sai 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 worldly pleasures.

Sai 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.

Sai 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 mind.

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.

The 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’’.

Sai 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.

This 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.

This 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.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt had said ……

“Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
But only prisoners of their own mind.”

And Sai Baba says that “Never be a slave to your mind, be a Master of it.
I am always with you.”

K. K. Dixit, Dubai (UAE)

 

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CHILDREN'S SECTION

Life is that

What 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.

At every step there is
Something new to learn
The more you know
The more you earn

In 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

Life is a journey towards the one
Who drives away the darkness from our lives
Just like the sun

We see, we grow, we live and learn
and finally, we die
We know we are born
But we wonder why?

Life is realisation
Of the ultimate formation
Life is to seek the truth
To abolish all lies
After that there will be no more why’s

In the journey of life
We must stay calm
Only then shall we realize
That enlightenment is within the reach of our palms

What 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.

Rishan Dhamija, Delhi

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Arun 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

Chain 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.

This 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.

It 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 like.

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READER'S REFLECTION

Jagannathan Padmanabhan, USA

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?

Did 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 of heaven.


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.

 

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NEWS OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES

ONLINE 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.

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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