N E W S L E T T E R
VOL104, APRIL 2010
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

The Sai Experience

....."An 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.

The 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.

From 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.

This 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.

A 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.

When 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 to Baba.

More 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.

He 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 by step.

After 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 good result.

A 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

I 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).

 

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

……“As 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.

Baba's 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 inspiration.

That 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.

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.

Of 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'.

Mr. 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.

The 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 to Baba.

Baba 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)'.

Rege 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.

Immediately 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 love.
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ARTICLE

The Pilgrimage Called Life

Each 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.

“Who 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.

These 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.

The 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.

So 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.

However, 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.

Or, 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.

Don’t 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.

But 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.

Therefore, 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 is spirituality.

You 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.

It 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.

Go 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.

Above 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.

This 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.

Take 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.

When 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.

Trust 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.

Devotees of Shirdi Sai Sansthan, Melbourne

 


 

DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

Baba in Goa

People 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!

One 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 ordinary mortals.

Just 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 .

My 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 nature.

Once 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”.

By 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 variants.

Miracles 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.

Jyotsna Kakkar, New Delhi


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POEM

Taking the First Step!

The 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..
Meditation.
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
And
The Day on Earth.
Have a nice day
To All Those
who Read this
And to all those
Who do not know this.

B. M. Sharma, Gwalior


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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Control of mind-Suggested by Baba

Followers 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.

If 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.

Followers 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.

Parayan 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.

In 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.

Incorporation 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.

Man 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.

The 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.

One 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”.

Baba 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.

Running 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.

One 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.

What 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.

For 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.

It 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”.

Let 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.

Only 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.

Let 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.

Let 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.

So 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.

May Baba bless us and guide us in purifying our mind.

Anitha Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia

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CHILDREN'S SECTION

Guru Bhakti

Guru-Bhakti is service of the Guru or love for the Guru. It is of four kinds: Aaptam, Angam, Daanam, Sadbhaavam.

Aaptam 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 world.

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).

Ashwathi Ramakrishnan, VII The Indian Community School, Salmiya, Kuwait

 

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Vijay Mehrotra, Noida

Guru means Brahma, Guru means Bhagavan. Bhagavan is formless, and he is also with form, standing right in front of us as our Sai. He removes the darkness of our ignorance. And so, in our Guru pranam, it goes on to say:

Mot pranam Sri Guru Pranang, Mot Deha Shri Guru Mondira,
Purna Mosta Bohir Jeno, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah.
Mantra Mulong Guru Bakkyo, Puja Mulong Guru Padho,
Dhyana Mulong Guru Murti, Mukhya Mulong Guru Kripa.

If the guru gives his grace, of course we will attain God! Here the need arises for complete and total faith. In this way we must have faith in which there are no faults or failings whatsoever. No error at all. There is a saying, ‘Faith will get you the truth but debate takes for ever.’ What is the meaning of guru? He in whom there is no ignorance.

Agyana Timirandhasha, gyananjano sholokoya
Chokkumilitong Jeno, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah.

Then King Janak had the knowledge of Brahma in the wink of an eye. What was it? Guru God! Guru Bhagavan! You cannot get that knowledge of Brahma without the Guru’s Blessing and the Guru’s Grace.

Geetika Sethi, Dubai

Sai Baba vibhuti Mantra in Sanskrit & and its English meaning

Sanskrit version
Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim
Paramam Vichitram Leela Vibhuthim
Paramartha Ishtartha Moksha Pradhanam
Baba Vibhuthim Idam Asrayami

English Version
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.

When 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.”

Since this mantra is so powerful, we should recite it with respect and with sincerity in order that we gain the full benefit from it.

Vibhuti 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.

"The 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".

 

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READER'S REFLECTION

I 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 this mail.

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

I 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.

May 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.

L.V.Subba Rao, Hyderabad

 

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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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