FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
attempt to get into close contact with Sai Baba through
His devotees, that I made in 1934 was a failure. I was
at Madras about April, 1936 still with the sense of an
unfulfilled blessing when I received an invitation from
a very uninfluential devotee there. Accepting it, I went
to Poona and was just introduced to the Rasanes. As I
was taking notes of their experience Mr. P. R. Avasti’s
son came in and he drew me to his father a retired Judge
of Indore and a great devotee of Sai Baba.
moment Mr. P. R. Avasti learnt of my mission, his sincere
soul was overpowered with joy and treating me as he would
treat an old and dear friend; he placed himself and his
influence entirely at my disposal. He introduced me to
about 60 devotees of Baba who had personal experience
of Baba’s greatness, powers and goodness. Most of
them were ignorant of English and could only speak in
Maharathi, which was unfamiliar to me at that time. Mr.
Avasti’s knowledge of the vernacular and English
was of as great service to me as his influence and zeal
to serve the cause of devotion to Baba by collecting,
editing and publishing news about Baba.
the very beginning I was determined to collect, test and
sift such materials, to arrange them and on their strength
to prepare a biography of Baba that would benefit earnest
souls all over India if not even beyond. For many months
I was engaged in this work with the invaluable help of
Mr. P. R. Avasti who sat up and interpreted to me Dabholkar’s
Sai Satcharita, Sai Lila Masik and other vernacular publications
on Baba. He helped in this way for one year so vigorously
that at the end of that period I could dispense with his
help, as I could then read and translate Maharathi books
myself with occasional reference to a dictionary.
itself was proof of Sri Sai Baba’s favour to me.
But fresh evidence of it was forthcoming off and on in
the course of that work. Experiences, especially experiences
with one’s Guru or God are very secret and are seldom
communicated, especially to strangers. But except in a
very few cases, every one that we approached was very
soon inducted to unlock the portals of his heart and let
us into his secret experiences.
Public Prosecutor who was in intimate friend of the Judge
began within a few minutes of his introduction to me,
to un-burthen himself of his innermost experiences to
me, disclosing facts which he had not till then revealed
to his best friend Mr. P. R. Avasti. I typed these statements
that I took and had left them all in one bundle with my
friend Mr. G. B. Datar, Vakil at Thana.
I was at Poona, Mr. Datar intimated to me that the entire
bundle was lost and that in spite of his search for them,
they could not be found. As I had no other copies, the
loss would prove a very serious handicap to the progress
of my work. Full of faith in Baba and praying to him for
their recovery, I went to Thana. And at once I went to
the table whereon he had placed his legal bundles. In
one or two minutes I placed my hand on a bundle and picked
it out. Lo! That was the typed set of statements relating
than one devotee warned me against being too credulous
and against accepting bogus devotees and faked experiences
and asked me how I - a stranger to the men, manners and
languages of Maharashtra was hoping to ensure the purity
and reliability of the information I received. I, however,
knew one and only device. Sai Baba was my filter.
would not pass humbug into my sacred collection; I said.
At least in two cases, I received strange and unexpected
warnings and revelations showing what I should reject.
Some statements were thus wholly rejected and some in
part. It was quite obvious to me as also to my Bombay
friends, that Baba was favouring the publication by me
of his biography and removing the hindrances thereto step
collecting about 150 statements, I began publishing part
of them in English in the columns of the “SUNDAY
TIMES” for some 30 to 40 issues in 1936-37. As that
journal has or had a circulation exceeding 20,000 the
initial work of interesting the devout public all over
India, in Sai Baba was well started. It had a further
highly respected friend remarked to me that these experiences
standing by themselves produce a very unfavourable impression.
Baba there resembles a juggler with rare powers rather
than a great soul, he said. “What of the miracles
of Sri Krishna?” was the reply given by me, “Oh
they are part of the Sri Krishna’s nature,”
my friend retorted. “Exactly so are the miracles
of Sai part of Sai’s nature” I submitted.
“That is just what is left out of your articles”
my friend pointed out.".......
Q & A
am a new and simple devotee of Baba, but sometimes I am
unable to pray to Baba with concentration. How do I get
more devotion towards Baba?
Baba had asked His
devotees to remember Him not only in the biggest but also
in the smallest activities and objects around us. Remember
Him before entering sleep, after waking from sleep, before
taking food, before using any new item, before starting
any new profession etc.
There is no limitation
or restriction of time, place or situation for remembering
Baba and associating our consciousness with Him in every
mundane activity that we do besides the religious ones.
This is one of the easiest ways of devotion. By doing
so continuously one will develop concentration and establish
an inner relationship with Him.
Pray to Him in any
form suited to your emotions – a master, a father,
a mother, a friend, etc. Loving God is the best prayer
for God. Prayers generate love and if love is there, formal
prayers are not necessary. Read Shri Sai Satcharitra,
depicting the life history of Baba for further directions.
Visit Shirdi early
if you have not. There is a lot of material on Baba on
the internet. You can go through them. If you do so, your
evolution is surely going to take place though gradually.
Hence be patient and steadfast which Baba termed as ‘Saburi’
when proceeding in the path of Shraddha (devotion).
MAY I ANSWER book by Shri C. B. Satpathy released on Ram
Navami For details see www.heritageofshirdisai.org
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Satpathyji, please mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
for worldly matters, naturally in the position of a judge,
he had not much trouble, though on account of his increasing
family burdens, he had demands and burdens. But Rege never
troubled Baba with prayers for worldly gain or support,
for instance, in matters of promotion, etc. He had his
income from property and insurance. He was quite content
with the provision for the present and the future. If
need arose, somehow money was coming in, and Rege had
nothing to complain of.
kindness and provision for Rege's welfare had no limit.
Rege says that it is not possible to give out all his
experiences, but about Baba's method of communication,
he gives a classification. There are three forms. The
first is in the active waking state. When the sishya is
in difficulties or Baba wants his sishya to take a particular
course, the sishya gets an inspiration as to what course
should be adopted and the feeling that that is Baba's
is quite enough, and is verified by the events in his
own case. When he was at the Ayi's house, he would feel
that Baba called him, and would go up to the Mosque and
find that Baba was actually waiting for him there. So,
the inspiration really came from Baba.
would give him some songs to sing or some tunes, because
both Baba and Rege knew music. The second relates to the
sleeping or trance state. Baba would appear in dreams
or trances. This would be called Sakshatkara and is considered
most impressive and unmistakable.
course Rege had Baba's Sakshatkaras. In the third method,
Baba directed his sishya to go to some other person, who
did not even know why the sishya was sent, but who nevertheless
benefited the sishya in accordance with Baba's internal
and unperceived guidance. Sometimes the person to whom
Baba sends a devotee is totally unfit to give any reply,
for instance, the rustic girl to whom Das Ganu was sent
for interpreting Isavasya Upanishad'.
Rege tells how he was sent to several persons in the year
1912. He had taken Rs. 100 with him in his pocket to Shirdi.
Baba asked for dakshina of Rs. 40 first, again Rs 40,
and again the balance of Rs. 20. Then again, he asked
for dakshina, and when Rege said he had no more left,
Baba said, 'Go and get it'. 'From whom?' asked Rege.
answer was "From Shama", a woefully poor man.
When Rege went to Shama and told him that Baba wanted
dakshina to be taken from him, Shama replied, 'You do
not understand Baba at all. Baba does not care even a
rap for your rupees. What he wants is your mind, your
heart, your time, and your soul, to be devoted to him.
That is the meaning' Rege went back and reported this
smiled and said, 'Go and ask Kaka (Dixit).' So he went
to H. S. Dixit. This was in 1912, when Dixit's practice
was extinct. Dixit said that he had no cash and that Baba's
direction must be understood as a lesson that Rege should
not feel being poor or begging for money or asking for
anything else to be a humiliation. "Don't feel it
to be infra dig to do anything for the Master", he
said. Dixit said that Rege should never esteem himself
to be above begging. So Rege went back and reported to
Baba. Again Baba smiled and said, 'Go to Nana (Chandorkar)'.
went to N. G. Chandorkar at Khandoba's temple where he
was reading religious books with the learned Upasani Sastri.
Chandorkar then sketched out plans and schemes and showed
how he himself arranged to bring a lump sum, left one
half of it at Kopergaon, went on giving dakshina after
dakshina, and at the opportune moment sent for his reserve
in Kopergaon. Chandorkar in his worldly wisdom said, 'You
must act like that'. Rege reported this to Baba. Baba
sent for Nana Chandorkar and asked first for Rs. 40, again
for Rs. 40, and again for the balance of Rs. 20.
he asked for another Rs. 20 before the Kopergaon reserve
would come. Thus Nana was taught a lesson that it was
presumption on his part to suppose that he was the great
Providence supplying the needs of Baba, which was the
impression he had. So, Baba showed how differently demands
for dakshina were intepreted by different devotees. Rege
concludes that the object of the whole proceeding was
to teach lessons to him and to Chandorkar. Baba really
cared nothing. at all for money or for presents and wanted
only love-deep, intense, passionate, and wholehearted
Pilgrimage Called Life
one of us has come here on earth to lead a life of our
own. We exist only because of this Life. And in each of
our lives, there is a particular goal, a mission to be
fulfilled, a duty to be performed. And this duty is to
reach the place of our origin.
am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going?”
- these questions must resound in every man. It is the
very nature of man to know and learn. He cannot remain
wooden, burying his innate curiosity and desire to know.
Yet, caught in the powerful whirlpool of the daily activities,
he often forgets these vital questions. But for how long?
These are eternal questions and they shall surface again
and again, until they have been answered.
questions are not unanswerable. It is to find answers
to them that man has embarked upon this journey of life.
And when he does find the solutions, then his journey
finds consummation. However, till he learns, he must come
again and again, death after death. Note that I have not
used the oft-repeated expression, ‘life after life’.
There is only one life, and that is eternal. Only, it
is punctuated by the comma called death. Hence must man
return to this earth, death after death till he finally
completes his journey.
peculiarity about these questions is that no other man
can give the answers. The answers will have to be found
by each individual for himself. Yet, the answers are the
same for each and every man. The journey is the same.
The pilgrimage is the same. Thousands have travelled along
this path, and reached the goal. Yet, not one of them
can, by mere explanation, show the truth to another, who
has yet to complete the journey.
unless you undertake the journey, you will not complete
it. A person may describe the beauty and the glory of
Shirdi in the most wonderful terms. But, by merely listening
to my account, can you claim to have visited Shirdi? You
must yourself travel to Shirdi. There, you will no doubt
find what has been described, but only when you reach
there, have you completed the journey.
it is not that you must go there all alone. You can approach
a guide, who has already been to the place and to that
guide, you must surrender. He will then arrange for your
journey, he will travel with you himself, and finally,
he will show you the destination. However, use your discrimination
to isolate the true guide from the swindlers. If your
examination reveals that he is competent, then doubt no
longer. After all, you have tested him and he has withstood
your test, place your entire faith in him. Then, when
you have found your guide, give him the steering wheel
of your vehicle. He will drive you to your destination.
he may allow you to sit at the wheel, and merely give
directions. You will have to do the actual driving yourself.
There is a need for implicit trust and obedience. If he
says turn left, then left alone must you turn, not right.
At times, the road may appear smooth and straight. At
times, it may be full of ups and downs and your vehicle
may suffer bumps and jumps. There may be times when there
seems to be no road even. But go on, as your guide directs
you. He knows where to go, he has been there before.
argue with him. You may question him; you must question
him. How else will you know about the place and the journey?
You may be sure that he will not tell you about the various
points along the journey. If you are not interested enough
to ask him, he will not trouble himself to tell you. But
ask him, and you will be overwhelmed by the amount of
information he will provide you with.
make not the mistake of arguing with him. You know nothing
at all about the journey. Let this fact be firmly registered
in your mind, and therefore let humility be firmly enshrined
in your heart. Trust and obey, for there is no other way.
remember, you are here to complete the pilgrimage to your
self, to God. It is from here that you have come and this
where you must return. This indeed is spirituality. It
is a full circle. The journey from your self to your Self
are already moving in that direction. It is the inevitable
destiny of every man, nay, every being to ultimately reach
the final state of perfection. But how fast or how easily
this is done depends on you. Whether you are aware of
it or not, you have started on the journey. But because
you know not the way, you are making very slow progress.
You are facing a number of obstacles. The vicissitudes
of life lash at you; the thorns along the path prick you;
the ditches along the way loom large before you.
is therefore very important to take a guide along with
you. He will avoid the thorny paths. He knows there the
ditches are and will take you along safely. Left to yourself,
you will have to fall and stumble along your journey.
Hence, trust the guide and go along with him.
along with him. The guide will lead you, no doubt. But
you will have to follow him. You cannot just remain seated
where you are. He will not carry you. His job is to show
the way. It is yours to travel.
all, love your guide. Love your guide as much as you love
yourself. Remember, he is your greatest well-wisher. You
mean little to him by birth or other such criteria. But
you mean everything to him, for you have surrendered to
him and have placed your love and faith in him. Hence,
he is bound to help you.
guide who can take you along the pilgrimage of life, your
Guru, is not bound by money. He is bound only by love.
You can have him for your own only when you love him.
He does not need your respect. But, it is for your own
sake that you must show the greatest deference towards
him, for only then, will your humility be preserved. Only
then will you remain lower than him, so that the stream
of wisdom that flows from him may reach you unimpeded.
him not for granted. Then you will be able to cull out
the precious gems that he utters. He is free and not bound
by your conceptions of him. You cannot confine him to
a type. He can be most unpredictable. One moment, he may
be as playful as a child. He may, the next moment, attain
the solemnity of a sage. Yet, even when he plays like
a child, he may speak words of wisdom. Be ever watchful,
ever vigilant and diligent in your approach.
you love him, when you trust him, when you obey him, when
you respect him, when you are vigilant, when you are in
tune with him, then, rest assured, you will reach your
goal with ease and comfort. Your Guru will not forsake
you even over births. Ever shall he hold you in his eyes
and protect and guide you.
therefore that Guru who is your all. He indeed is your
God. Guru is God alone. The inner Satchitananda is the
true Guru. Repose your complete faith in him coupled with
loving obedience to him. You may then cease worrying,
and complete the Pilgrimage called Life.
of Shirdi Sai Sansthan, Melbourne
often relate their experiences about Baba’s miracles
in times of tribulations and trials. Transformation in
my life via Baba was occasioned by my job in Goa –
the land where God relaxes and laughs!
day as per Baba`s grace I landed up in a holiday resort
in Goa, where my task was to provide feedback to my Swedish
boss about what was needed to improve hospitability—a
mammoth requirement indeed for a place , where you could
have snakes as your uninvited friendly visitors, a front
office desk manager who could bark you down at your scheduled
arrival, a swimming pool facility which would charge you
the moon to provide a swimming costume or washing soap,
room boys/bell boys who were busy earning money doubling
up as tourist guides on their bikes and could make guests
carry their own luggage for around a km to their suites
from the reception desk, dead intercom phones which led
to situations where the resort guests had to go without
food as walking 1 km back to the reception desk for ordering
lunch/ dinner was a tough call on an empty stomach for
about everything was berserk except for the jovial nature
and swaying coconut trees. I was delighted by the gentle
manner of the local populace where each individual would
wish the other “good morning” despite their
being utter strangers. By the time one reached the market
place from home, a generous portion of goodness and well-being
entered the mindscape… a great feeling to lead the
way/ life .
anxiety about the job requirements always plagued my mind
…but Baba had other plans for me. My immediate boss
was always supportive of me despite remarkable stagnation
in customer satisfaction response. When I look back today,
I feel that what Baba wanted me to learn from this jovial
I brought certain sweets from Mapusa (market place near
Panjim) for one of my friends at the resort. I kept this
in my hand bag to gift it to him as a “shagun”
for his marriage. During the lunch hour I found the sweets
missing from the box. In the evening my colleagues asked:
“say, the sweets which were meant for us, have been
consumed; bring more of them for us tomorrow.” That
was God at its best ---- just plain acceptance of everything
on a simple note of “ours”.
the end of my work stint in Goa , I had everything that
a person could look forward to – years of laughter,
a jovial attitude and ability to laugh things off and
of course memories of a great boss, who always thought
that consumers would somehow be happy and visit the resort
again despite snakes, leaking roofs , and other such minor
are not felt in moments of weakness or trials alone but
abound in everything that life has to offer ---a cloudy
day which compels you to share a cup of tea with friends
and dear ones and recall events; or a blazing day which
keeps you indoors to read a book/ browse on the net that
could change thoughts pattern to make a shift in one’s
life. Can I thank Baba enough for all that has been done
for me? No.
Kakkar, New Delhi
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the First Step!
Day has arrived.
First step has to be taken.
Towards the direction for today..
What is to be done??!!
What is to be achieved today!!!
To walk hundreds of steps
In utmost gratitude to Earth..
To ensure the best of health..
The Quality Excellence..
To dive into the self..
To read countless words..
To flow like the breeze.
To sing when nothing is there to do..
To exercise when bored with studies..
To say happy birthday to those who are born today..
To wish the welfare of the self and all..
To have as many a glimpse
Of the Infinite..
To shake hands with the Sunrays
And peep into the eyes of the Sun..
To walk on thousands of leaves of the trees.
To sit at mine own window
To celebrate Today
The Day on Earth.
Have a nice day
To All Those
who Read this
And to all those
Who do not know this.
M. Sharma, Gwalior
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
of mind-Suggested by Baba
of Shirdi Sai Baba vouch for the fact that Baba is one
of the most compassionate masters. His benevolence is
felt by those who have the good fortune to take refuge
at His holy feet. Some people consider Baba as saint,
some as God, and others as a mad fakir and a few others
as avatar, whatever people consider Him to be, it is a
known fact that He has huge following.
one reads and assimilates Satcharita, which has recordings
of His teachings to devotees present during His time,
one would be astounded to see how Baba’s teachings
are valid for every generation, past, present and future.
Baba being omnipresent and omnipotent knew the weaknesses
and vicissitudes of the human mind and has shown a way
to change their behaviour through parables and stories.
He shows that the primordial instincts of a man such as
ego, anger, lust, greed, desire and avarice remain the
same through passage of time and human evolution.
find that there are subtle messages and inferences to
good and bad aspects of human behaviour and how genuine
spiritual aspirants can use it is as a guide in conducting
themselves in this world while helping to overcome their
shortcomings. These miracles and stories cross the limitations
posed by boundaries of nation, race, language and culture.
Probably it is this quality of universal application of
Baba’s teachings that is continuously drawing people
from all walks of life to follow the path of Sai-ism.
The overcrowded temples of Shirdi Sai Baba in any nation
across the globe stand as witness to this fact.
of Sai Satcharita makes it clear that the primary focus
of Baba’s teachings is on control of mind. For mind
is the seat of the devil. We are what we fill our mind
with. Our happiness, sorrow and other emotions are a reflection
of our mental status. It is essential that the mind be
cleansed of all evil thoughts, ideas and tendencies to
be able to follow the spiritual path.
Baba’s words, the function of the mind is to think
and that is what it does, it will keep thinking about
it, hence one should be conscious of the thoughts one
keeps in one’s mind. Mind can be moulded by feeding
it with name of God. Simple remembrance of His name as
'Sai, Sai' will do away with sins of speech and hearing.
Baba never said that controlling of mind would be easy;
one needs to be constantly thinking of God, involving
in satsangs, parayans, being in company of learned men,
and most importantly offering everything to God before
consuming or enjoying the sense object.
of these simple ways in our routine helps us to progress
in the spiritual path and evolve as better humans. Mind
is fickle and it is within its nature to wander and not
stick to one place. The only way to control the mind is
to draw it back to the object of worship, and hence constant
practice is essential.
is a social being and it is essential that his interaction
in the society fits with the social norms. This world
provides too many temptations in the course of life. Irrespective
of whether one chooses to follow the spiritual path or
not, one should be able to rein his mind and make right
choices to be happy and be accepted in the society.
talk of temptations puts to mind Baba’s advice to
Nana, who was swayed by the beauty of the lady who came
to pay respects to Baba. Baba said that one has to acknowledge
the greatness of God for creating a beautiful world while
admiring it and thank God for the beautiful creation,
while keeping check on the senses and not let the mind
and body run astray with the thoughts.
should heed to these beautiful words of Baba when in doubt
so that they are set in the right path when lured by the
vicious tentacles of temptations “That our mind
is fickle by nature; it should not be allowed to get wild.
The senses may get restless, the body, however, should
be held in check and not allowed to be impatient. Senses
run after objects, but we should not follow them and crave
for their objects; by slow and gradual practice restlessness
can be conquered”.
said that it is only in the purified mind that discrimination
and non-attachment crop up and lead to self-realization.
For mind to be purified one needs to annihilate ego and
curb avarice, for these two vices bring man to the lowest
level. Man needs to discharge satisfactorily and disinterestedly
his duty in his lifetime.
away from duties and hiding under the cloak of spirituality
does no good for a man, and God does not accept such type
of devotion. When a mind is filled with impure thoughts,
will there be any room for spirituality? Be wary of one
who is involved in wrong deeds, and impure thoughts, and
still professes to be a spiritual aspirant and give lengthy
talks on spirituality, for all their talk is nothing but
humbug and their devotion is nothing but show and pomp.
way shown by Baba to overcome the weakness of mind is
to make Baba/God as the sole object of our thoughts and
actions; one does not require any formal and ritualistic
worship for doing this, accepting His as our Guru is sufficient.
Simple faith in Guru and patience and confidence that
Guru will help one cross over the worldly ocean is enough
to enable a man to attain the spiritual goal.
can a man do when he has no Guru? Where would he go for
guidance? Many such thoughts enter our mind. Antonio Porchia
once said “I have been my own disciple and my own
master. And I have been a good disciple but a bad master”.
How true, we always follow sincerely everything that our
mind prompts us to do, but never for a moment we stop
to inspect if what our mind says is correct or wrong.
more often our mind is fogged with bias, impure thoughts
and filled with malice. Such impure mind needs purification
to emanate the divinity of Baba who resides in our consciousness.
Baba said that within every name and form there exist
a consciousness, and that consciousness is God, one must
awaken the divinity by constantly engaging in activity
that pleases God.
would be futile to blame one’s weakness on the company
one keeps, it is up to the individual to decide if they
want to remain in the bad company, or move away from them,
God endowed man with intelligence, and power to discriminate.
Man has a choice and he needs to exercise this right to
help himself. Lord Buddha said “It is a man's own
mind, not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways”.
us not find ways and means to assign the blame on to people
for our shortcomings. One who acknowledges his flaws is
a man, and one who makes every attempt to overcome such
flaws following the words of the Guru is a man of God
who is spiritually advanced and is honoured in the court
of the Lord.
Guru can lead the man to the path of self realisation.
When it is time, Guru Himself comes to the disciple. Those
who are fortunate realise their destiny and follow the
words of the Master who delivers them from this world.
One should have implicit faith in Guru and know that He
is there to guide those who have taken refuge in Him.
Baba has likened the relationship between Guru and disciple
with the analogy of a tortoise whose glance to the young
ones is their only source of sustenance and happiness.
us have that faith in Baba, knowing that He is with us
at every turn in our life, and watches our every move.
When we lift our hands in prayers let it be for asking
Him to fill us with wisdom, love for His words, and when
we act, let it be to serve Him by serving others.
us be aware that we cannot buy God’s grace by bribing
Him with money or riches, but it is only pure love, filled
with faith and patience that will draw us towards Him
and through which we can earn His abundant grace. This
can be achieved only when we become selfless, and control
our mind and steer it away from demanding to fulfil a
never ending wish list.
every time a thought arises in our mind, let us think
of Baba and mentally place it at His feet. He will take
care of it for us and one day we will be able to control
our mind and fill it with thoughts of Baba.
Baba bless us and guide us in purifying our mind.
Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia
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your views on Topic of Discussion-
of God or Worship of Man, which should be given priority
is service of the Guru or love for the Guru. It is of
four kinds: Aaptam, Angam, Daanam, Sadbhaavam.
means strong faith in the words of Guru and loving obedience
of his commands.
Angam means pleasing, personal services, for e.g. protection
of the body of the Guru, washing his clothes, bathing
the Guru, etc.
Daanam means surrender (dedication) of all possessions,
such as, house and other property, wealth, etc., and taking
shelter in him.
Sadbhaava means taking the Guru as God and never as man.
If one serves the Guru with the Bhava that Guru is God,
then that disciple is blessed with Drishtam and Adrishtam.
Drishtam means the Jnana, Bliss which a disciple gets
by the Upadesha of the Mahavakya by Guru’s Grace.
Adrishtam means the Bliss enjoyed after death in other
Thus it is clear that by service of Guru with proper Bhava,
one gets two fruits (Drishtam and Adrishtam); whereas
by service of God one gets Adrishtam alone.
Therefore, the best thing is to serve the Guru with correct
Bhava (that Guru is God).
Ramakrishnan, VII The Indian Community School, Salmiya,
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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
Purna Mosta Bohir Jeno, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah.
Mantra Mulong Guru Bakkyo, Puja Mulong Guru Padho,
Dhyana Mulong Guru Murti, Mukhya Mulong Guru Kripa.
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.
Timirandhasha, gyananjano sholokoya
Chokkumilitong Jeno, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah.
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.
Baba vibhuti Mantra in Sanskrit & and its English
Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim
Paramam Vichitram Leela Vibhuthim
Paramartha Ishtartha Moksha Pradhanam
Baba Vibhuthim Idam Asrayami
Sacred Holy and Supreme is Baba's Vibhuthi Pouring Forth
in brilliant stream, this play of Vibhuthi. So auspicious
is its might, it grants liberation. Baba's Vibhuthi, its
power protects me.
we recite this mantra, we say “I take refuge in
the supremely sacred vibhuti of the Lord, the wonderful
vibhuti which bestows liberation, the sacred state which
I desire to attain.”
this mantra is so powerful, we should recite it with respect
and with sincerity in order that we gain the full benefit
is a reminder that ash is the end product of all matter.
Vibhuti has also an aspect of immortality, which makes
it a fit offering for worshipping God. Only the Vibhuti
remains unchanged, since it is the final result of the
annihilation of the five elements of creation. It is symbolic
of the ultimate reality that remains when our ego is burnt
away by the fire of illumination.
Vibhuti that you smear on your forehead is intended to
convey the basic spiritual lesson that everything will
be reduced to ashes, including the brow that wears it".
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
really look forward to receiving the Heritage newsletter,
as it brings me Satpathyji's message as well as our Sadguru's
blessings. It so happened that today being an auspicious
day, Thursday, I just opened my computer and was pleasantly
surprised to see your mail, being first on the list!!!!!!
indeed, I feel, that our Sai has sent His blessings through
Indeed a commendable work in the direction of Sai movement
by bringing all Sai bhakts under one roof. Hope to be
an active participant with Sai Baba's blessings.
Nanda Pandya, Mumbai
felt a kind of joy that the term Bhakti has been very
clearly explained by Shri Satpathyji, as in fact, these
must be the words spoken by the Almighty Lord, Shri Shirdi
Sai Baba. It is an inspiring Message to one and all Devotees
of Lord Shri Shirdi Sai Baba.
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba’s infinite grace and consciousness
shine upon this effort of Shri Satpathyji to pay homage
to Baba’s resplendent life and teachings.
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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