FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
friend was right. He is a pure and holy person, not afflicted
with jealousy or hatred of other saints than one’s
own Guru. He represents a group that, in its desire to
stress metaphysical and ultimate truths is apt to underrate
the importance of miracles to those who are just beginning
their spiritual life.
I felt that the entire defect was that I was producing
the separate bricks lent to me by each devotee in the
shape of his experience. Hardly any of these devotees
had a conception of what the building was into which his
brick had to be fitted; i.e. Baba’s real nature.
So, I appealed to Sai Baba himself - much as Sri Ramakrishna
complained to Kali Mata that she should be represented
as a Tamasic deity by a learned pundit.
I felt an inner warning
that I should abandon thinking in English and in terms
of newspaper articles and that I should try to write out
a reliable but orthodox biography of the saint in my own
mother-tongue. As I began that task, even in the earliest
chapters, Baba’s nature, his powers, their nature,
his Guru and what the Guru did for him came up for consideration.
And I discovered passages
in what Baba had spoken which with passages from Scripture
showed how Baba’s Guru was saturated with Divinity,
i.e. was God, and how that Guru God’s self was poured
upon Baba resulting in the latter’s merger in the
Divine and consequent manifestation of wonderful powers.
What Baba was taught and what Baba taught or conveyed
by radiation or unseen influence came in to fill up the
For the first time,
so far as I knew, a clearly intelligible picture of Baba's
nature, powers and course, materialised and was presented
by me in the Introduction to Sai Baba. The first edition
of that as published in November 1938 and now within 11
months, a third edition is having a rapid circulation.
The statements of
Devotee’s experiences have also been published as
Part I and Part II in support of much that is contained
in the introduction. This introduction has been done into
all the Madras vernaculars, Tamil, Malayam, Kanarese and
Telugu. The total number of books on Sai Baba published
on this side is about 16,000. These facts are clear evidence
that Sai Baba has favoured the spread of his Bhakti-especially
in this Presidency.
One striking fact
supporting the above conclusion is that thousands have
become devotees of Sai Baba here within the space of the
last 15 months. Over 100 meetings have been held. Aratis
of Baba have been conducted and a few words about Baba
have been uttered to the audiences: Baba’s support
of the movement is further evidenced by the fact that
over 30 devotees in this Presidency have had several experiences
of their own which they have communicated to me and which
are now being published as ‘Madras Devotees’
It is needless for
me to quote my own numerous experiences. But I shall single
out two of them a very striking character before closing
this account, as they reveal the greatest of the blessings
Baba has conferred on me. He has granted the prayer of
my life for an increased and still increasing measures
of self surrender, by promoting in me. Ananya Chinta i.e.
intense and all time concentration on himself, based on
the realization that he is looking after all that may
still remain (after my passing into the Vanaprastha Asram)
as my needs and responsibilities, ¬thus assuring deep
In November 1937 I
was at Tiruvanumalai and was intending to start for Madras,
by train. Then a friend, Sri Tulasidats P. Sahani offered
to take me to Madras in his car, wherein he pointed out
that he, Miss Uma and I could be singing Bhajana songs
or Namavalis all along the 140 miles of the journey.
The weather was rainy
and I consulted Baba, by prayerfully casting chits before
him and picking a chit at random. Baba’s direction
was that I should go by train. I went to apologise for
my not being of the Bhajan party but was induced to change
my mind. I returned to my quarters and pleaded with Baba.
The rule with Baba
was and is that once a decision is given, a second consultation
on the same matter should not be sought. I however pleaded
with Baba that he should permit me to transgress his orders
for that once, as the object of the transgression was
pious and I prayed that the penalty that was bound to
follow a transgression may be lenient for the same reason.
Then I started with the two pious friends in Sri Tulsidas’s
There was rain off
and on all the day and all the way. But we with singing
cheered the way and the journey started very pleasantly.
After the fifth mile, the car was proceeding slowly; and
suddenly the sound of some thing snapping was heard. The
owner alighted, examined the car and found that the back
axle had broken in two. The journey thus came to an abrupt
It was still raining.
And at the place where the car stopped, there was no shelter.
Help for repairing the car was out of the question. Then
for the first time, I revealed to my two companions that
I had joined them in their motor trip against the express
direction of Sai Baba. I at once submitted myself to Sri
Sai Baba, thanked him for the lightness of the penalty
and prayed for direction whether I should at that stage
try to go by train or by car alone. Baba directed me to
"go by car alone".
That was all very
good. But where was the car that could take to Madras?
Mr. Tulsidas’ s car would take a whole day at least
to repair and meanwhile what were we to do in the wet
weather on the road? While I was waiting thus for 45 minutes
not knowing what was to happen to us, a car from Tiruvannamalai
drew up. It was the car of P. Krishnamachari sales man
of Volkhart Bros., Madras and he was the only occupant
He enquired about
our condition. By his kindness, Miss Uma and myself got
into his car, leaving Mr. Tulsidas to attend to his own
car. As soon as we got in, Mr. P. Krishnamachari remarked
that he was wondering at what happened. That very morning
he had written home to Madras that he intended to stay
four more days at Tiruvannamalai and that they need not
expect him for that period. But at 11 A. M. he suddenly
changed his mind and wished to start back to Madras in
his car, without any clear reason for such a wish.
He went to Ramana
Maharshi at whose Ashram he stayed and asked for leave.
The leave was granted at once. And at once he got into
his car and was driving towards Madras when he came and
saw our plight. He said that his sudden change of mind
and the hurry he was in to get back to Madras was puzzling
him till he saw our helpless position.
It is because we were
in a forlorn condition that God must have sent him so
suddenly to our rescue, he said. I at once confirmed his
statement and informed him that God Sai had done so. Sai
had asked me go to Madras by car alone at 11 AM. He alone
could find a car to take us to Madras and he did. He could
and did change Mr. P. K’s mind to suit his high
and benign purposes.".......
Q & A
is the role of a Sadguru like Baba in our life?
Sadguru gives the ability of God realization to the deserving
human beings. His first function is to evolve them, stage
by stage and give the experience of attaining the state
of ‘Paramhamsa’ to the very, very few deserving
human beings. Without the grace of a Sadguru it is impossible
to achieve this state. One in billions can achieve this
‘Paramhamsa’ or ‘Sadguru’ state.
‘Paramukti’ and ‘turiyavastha’
can be attained with great difficulty.
Sadguru removes all the impediments in the path of spiritual
evolution of any human being who comes in His contact
with Him in any way. Sadguru breaks the wrong and illusory
concepts (maya) of a devotee collected through a few lives
of his existence. All human concepts are relative and
illusory in nature.
ignorance is dispelled by the Guru the disciple’s
inner knowledge gets illuminated itself. The true knowledge
is veiled by various concepts taught to us from childhood
and experience acquired by us. Therefore, it is necessary
to shed them before the mind is free to accept new and
a man who thinks that he is the most intelligent person,
the Sadguru wipes out his ego of intellect till he realises
that his intellect was full of follies. The Sadguru works
upon the human society intensely in a way so as to ensure
that human beings transcend their human limitations and
attain a limitless state of God, which is their original
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FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
gave advice to Chandorkar as to how to behave in society.
Baba himself behaved excellently in respect of every relation
in society. What are the ties of Baba and what were the
ties also of Baba in previous janmas, and what would be
his ties in future? Baba recognised in his accounts of
previous births and of the present one that he had parents,
and that he had to help and support his mother or his
father, and his brothers and sisters. He recognised that
sisters of his former janmas gave him support, and took
birth in this janma again to continue the support.
Patil’s mother, Bayaji Bai, was a sister of his
previous birth and by that strong tie she took immense
pains to see him fed, especially in his young nomadic
days at Shirdi, when he used to wander into the jungles
not caring for food. She would run into those jungles
and feed him wherever he might be. From the beginning
of his life, this sister made it certain that he would
have his food and not starve. For such a provision one
must be indeed highly grateful, and Baba was grateful.
could never forget even the slightest offices done to
him. On one occasion when he climbed up a house and wanted
to descend, and a ladder was brought to him, he paid Rs.2/-
to the man who brought the ladder, saying that services
should not be accepted gratis.
when a Muslim applicant for dynamite, who had been twice
improperly refused licence by the Collector, came to Baba
for his intercession, Baba told Chandorkar that he (Chandorkar)
must help that applicant with a license for dynamite for
deepening his well. Baba said, ‘This time let him
present the application to the Collector, and the Collector
will grant the license’. Baba added, ‘This
man has left a box with us, and it is not proper for us
to say ‘no’, when he asks for its return’.
Chandorkar explained that statement to mean that applicant
had done in a former birth some good service to Baba or
to him (Chandorkar) or to both, and out of gratitude;
he must be helped on this occasion.
Baba was so full of gratitude even for such slight services,
he would be the last person to forget a lifelong support
for feed, etc, such as Bayyaji Bai gave him. He never
forgot it. In addition to that, her son Tatya Patil was
attending upon him at the mosque and spent his nights
for many long years with Baba, serving Baba and sleeping
with Baba. Baba, remembering all that, was very affectionate
would call Baba 'Mama', that is maternal uncle, and Baba
would refer to Tatya as 'Puthna' or nephew. Baba would
not get up from his bed till Tatya came up and lifted
him and lit up his pipe for him to smoke. He was watching
over all devotees no doubt, but especially over Tatya,
and he gave him frequent advice based upon his own superior
knowledge. When there was the danger of his valuable horse
getting damaged by a journey, Baba warned him. Tatya did
not mind the warning and went on the journey, and nearly
lost his horse.
on other occasions Baba gave him the use of his Antarjnana
or supersensual knowledge. But what people mostly judge
by is the extent to which one gives them worldly goods.
Baba gave plenty of the world's goods to Tatya. During
the last ten years when Baba was getting a Provincial
Governor's income, Tatya was daily paid a fixed sum on
which income tax was levied. With his funds, Tatya was
able to build three storeyed houses for himself and purchase
grew rich and respectable, and was looked up to as a person
who was the pet of Baba. It is even said that in 1918
when Baba said that Tatya would die, Tatya was saved.
Some people believe that Baba gave up his own life in
order to save Tatya's life. A dictum in Srimad Bhagavata
svajano na sasyat,
Na mochayet yah samupeta mrityum
means, ‘If one does not save the life of a person
in peril of death, he is unfit to be called a Guru, kinsman,
etc'. Baba has said that he would sacrifice his own life
for his bhaktas who concentrate their affection on him.
This certainly applied to Tatya. Baba's concern for Tatya
Patil's family did not stop with mere provision of funds.
Unfortunately, amongst the Patils' families, all of whom
were devoted to Baba, there were divisions and factions.
Baba was watching over them. On one occasion in the Mosque,
he suddenly said, “Don't beat, don't beat”.
G.S. Khaparde's son asked Baba why he said so, Baba explained
that in the quarrels between the Patils there was imminent
danger of clash, and to prevent it he said, “Don't
beat, don't beat”. That is how Baba has been safeguarding
and helping Tatya and his people. He helped Tatya (by
a chamatkar) in his criminal appeal against the conviction
and sentence of Raghu and others. In so many other ways
also, Baba has helped Tatya. So it is clear that Baba
recognised the bonds of kinship with Tatya as binding
on him, and exercised all his powers for his benefit.
has rendered similar help to a number of others. These
ties of kinship are called ‘Rinanubandha’.
Baba has stated that Rinanubandha has to be respected.
That ‘rina’ may be due to kinship in past
births or in the present. Baba stated his kinship to Kondaji,
G.S. Khaparde, and others. He recognises Guru bandhutva,
that is, being under the same master, as a powerful bond
or tie or rina. Once, he said that Dada Kelkar, G.S. Khaparde,
Bapu Saheb Jog, H.S. Dixit, Shama and he (Baba) were all
under one common Guru in a previous birth, as Guru bandhus,
and, therefore, he had brought them together in this life
so that they might renew their contact. He helped each
of the above in a very remarkable degree, as set out fully
in other chapters of this book.
Upasani also he revealed the fact that the ancestors of
Baba and Upasani were for centuries closely connected,
and in consequence Baba was under a very heavy obligation
to help Upasani, to lever him up, so to speak, Baba said
to Balakrishna Sastri (Upasani Baba's brother) 'There
was a tree or a log of wood. There were two on it, evidently
one at each and, and by pressing oneself down, the other
would be levered up'. Baba said, 'One of these went down
and the other went up'. Sri Upasani Baba explained this
to mean that it was something like see-saw and that Baba
had levered up Sri Upasani in this way. That is, by his
powers he had raised the spiritual level and the happiness
of Upasani Baba vesting him also with considerable psychic
power or siddhi.
recognised even playmates and said he found at a particular
tomb that a girl who had been a playmate of his was dead
and buried in a tomb, and he found her haunting that tomb.
So, he went there and remained there a little while, and
afterwards took her with him and brought her to a Babul
tree (at Shirdi) and kept her there, evidently for further
spiritual elevation of her soul.
recognised his rinanubandha even to animals in the present
or past. Mrs. G.S. Khaparde was once a cow that gave him
plenty of milk, and on account of that rinanubandha, she,
after becoming human and the daughter of a gardener, was
levered up into a Kshatriya family, a rich Vaisya family,
and finally a Brahmin family. In all her janmas she renewed
her conatact with Baba and gave him food. Baba in his
turn helped her, and in this janma Baba gave her ‘Rama
Mantra’. He not only massaged her, but asked her
to repeat ‘Rajaram, Rajaram’, as that would
ensure her Sadgati. ”……........
LOVE OF SHRI SAI
to Shri Sai the entire universe is an organic and integral
whole composed of five elements of nature: sky, earth,
water, fire and air. The minerals, rocks, vegetation,
animal and insect life are forms as they appear to our
senses, to which we give different names. But the difference
between one form and the other is only a matter of appearance
and not reality.
only reality in the Universe is God, that we call Brahma,
that underlies all forms. There is actually no difference
between one human being and another, irrespective of caste,
class, language, race, colour, religion or nationality.
The difference between one form of life and another appear
to us due to our ignorance (Agyan), produced by illusion
differentiate between one and the other on the basis of
our sense perceptions. But the knowledge derived through
our senses cannot be conclusive, because the very instruments
that are employed to understand reality cannot be considered
adequate. The senses that are themselves subject to adjudication
cannot be made to sit in judgement of what the reality
true knowledge is a unity that can only be experienced,
and presently there is no language in the world through
which it can be expressed. It can only be termed as an
experience of supreme consciousness, a pure state of equanimity,
bliss and joy.
to Shri Sai, this knowledge cannot be acquired by any
amount of study of sacred texts or chanting of mantras.
It can only be experienced through love. The love should
be total such that no distinction would remain between
the subject and the object (me and you). Shri Sai gained
this divine experience through His indomitable, unassailable
faith in His Guru and unwavering patience sustained by
intense passionate, uncompromising love.
He fell deeply and passionately in love with His Guru
and single-mindedly surrendered Himself at His Guru’s
feet, He became completely identical with His Guru. All
the uncalled-for doubt and fidgetiveness of His mind disappeared.
According to Shri Sai, each glance of the face of His
loving and compassionate Guru filled His heart with feeling
of pure ecstasy and bliss.
as the different rivers overflowing the banks meet the
ocean, forgetting their identity as rivers and become
the one great ocean itself, so He experienced a total
annihilation of His ego identity based on may and acquired
an altogether new personality based on universal brotherhood
and love for all creatures of the Earth.
acquired a knowledge wherein all illusions of forms were
annihilated and He experienced a state of Divine Unity
and Transcendence and felt such a purity in His heart,
as if He had bathed and cleaned in the holy Ganges without
being touched by its waters.
to Shrj Sai, only when a devotee kindles in his heart,
a flame of simple-hearted pure love and affection for
his Guru, can he get His assistance whenever and wherever
required. He will always respond to a devotee's call,
who has only uncontaminated and pure love for Him. The
qualities of simplicity, affection, compassion, kindness,
flexibility, affability, generosity, magnanimity, modesty,
humility, easily attract His attention.
the antithetical qualities like rigidity, arrogance, obscurantism,
wrath, envy, lust, hatred etc. always repulse Him and
as an inner ‘monitor’ and witness seated in
their hearts, He has to wait indefinitely before He can
make any positive and meaningful changes in their lives.
Shri Sai’s advice to Kaka Mahajani’s friend
demolish the wall of teli (oil man) meant exactty this.
Sai used to say to His devoiees that sweetness may depart
from jaggery, the sea from its waves and the eye from
its sparkle, but never will His simple faithful devotees
ever be without Him. According to the author of Shri Sai
Satcharita, G.R. Dabholkar – “just as the
fire is always present in the wood, but lies latent and
is kindled by the process of friction, so is also Sai
for His devotees.
you look to Him with love and affection, He is in your
power, all your life when you call Him, neither time nor
place can restrain Him; He stands behind you firmly, all
the time and forever. Donning any dress that pleases Him,
He appears wherever He wishes and wanders anywhere just
for the welfare of devotees. Shri Sai is not confined
to three and a half cubits of this human frame, He ¬stands
pervading this ‘Universe in an unmanifest state
and incarnates for the benefit of His devotees’.
devotees had often heard Shri Sai say that just as a mother
cannot push away her child with a kick, and an ocean cannot
send a river back, He cannot repulse His devotees. He
is hungering after their love and is absolutely in their
power and will forever stand by their side ever ready
to answer their call in distress. His devotees are His
children and He is their father.
can He allow any of them to come to any harm? He has to
think about them all the time. Just like when children
sleep, a mother has to keep awake, so has He to be on
guard against any danger or possible trouble to His babies.
He is not only present everywhere, in water, on land,
but even in a dry twig; among men and in wilderness; in
foreign lands and in His own country. He pervades the
radiant sky. He is not confined to anyone country.
has neither shape, nor size, He is always everywhere.
Neither is a door required for His entry, nor horses,
carriages, aeroplane, or train are needed to carry Him
wherever He is required to reach. Whenever His devotees
call him fondly, He will instantly appear before them
without a moment's delay. He will not speak a word that
is untrue. In order to fulfill His pledged word, He will
even give up His life.
Sai spent His entire life at Shirdi serving His devotees
with a singular spirit of love and sacrifice, submitting
Himself as an abject slave of His devotees. He was often
heard saying that, He is not even a groin of dust at the
holy feet of His devotees. Shri Sai treated all devotees
with equal dignity.
from all walks of life and all sections of society thronged
in large numbers to Shirdi. He shared His food on a common
plate with a dog and a leper with equanimity. He often
said that He is indebted to all those people who came
to Him and granted Him an opportunity to love and serve
carries their debt on His shoulders which He has to discharge
when He is alive and even when He is no more. As He is
recorded to have said: 'Even when I am no more, trust
My word as the Truth. My bones, will give you assurance
from My grave. Not Me alone but even My tomb will speak
to you. He who surrenders to it whole - heartedly, with
Him will it sway. Do not worry that I will be lost to
you. You will hear My bones speaking to you of matters
of your interest. Only remember Me, always with a heart
that is trusting. Worship Me selflessly and you will achieve
your highest goal’.
P. Singh, Gurgaon
incident happened when I was in Brazil as visiting professor
at Fundacao Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande
do Sul. In the year 2002, there was some important function
at our home in India and my presence was necessary. The
date for the function was informed to me just 4 days in
went to a travel agent to book my ticket. After much effort
she could find multiple airlines to perform the journey
via Johannesburg (South Africa). The entire journey consisted
of three sectors; Porto Alegre – Sao Paulo, Sao
Paulo – Johannesburg and Johannesburg – Mumbai.
I was waitlisted at 90 in the Johannesburg – Mumbai
sector. Since there appeared no chance, they refused to
issue me the ticket from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg.
those days, all countries had imposed restrictions on
transit due to terrorist attack on World Trade Center,
New York the previous year, and I did not have a transit
visa for South Africa. There was no time to apply for
one. I was disheartened but requested the travel agent
to keep trying for a possible chance.
evening I came back home from work, took my bath and stood
in front of my Guru Lord Saibaba and narrated the entire
tale to Him. Well, I am aware that He knows everything
even without our saying a word. I earnestly sought his
help. I did not offer Him anything in return for this
favor, because Baba doesn’t need anything from us
except pure devotion and remembering Him with love.
day when I enquired about the status, the travel agent
told me that there was no change in the position, so they
could not issue the ticket for one international sector
(Sao Paulo – Johannesburg) when the other sector
(Johannesburg – Mumbai) was not confirmed. My anxiety
grew because international long distance travel is a grueling
experience and there was no way I could reach home to
attend the function.
day, once again very intensely I prayed to Lord Saibaba
and begged him to come running to help me. Only two days
were left and my travel was uncertain. My wife and children
(were in India already) were also very anxious. I called
my brother (his name is Sainath) and asked him to pray
to Lord Saibaba. On the penultimate day afternoon, the
agent called me and said that my ticket was confirmed;
she also wondered how that happened. I know it is our
Lord Saibaba’s mercy that worked this wonder.
quickly went to travel agent’s office and collected
my tickets and performed the journey safely and went back
to Brazil. Lord Saibaba is God. He loves all his devotees
very much, as he promised that He would cross seven seas
to help His devotees, He came to my rescue. He indeed
crossed many seas, well for Him the entire universe is
a small object in his palm.
important issue to note here is that Saibaba is present
everywhere, listens to the prayers of his devotees from
anywhere and helps them in time to see that they lead
a happy material life. With such miracles He wants us
to build faith and move towards most desirable goal: salvation.
Dr. Y.V.B. Sarma, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
experience, articles poems etc.
the Darkest of Nights
In the darkest of nights, when fear just holds me tight,
And yesterday has only betrayed, then tomorrow I know
will only dread.
I feel so much burden in my heart, and sadness has gripped
Loneliness is all I have right now...
Then as silence just dawns,
I hear an echo in my heart, Om Sai Ram, Om Sai Ram, Om
My heart beat by beat, says, everything will be ok, just
It only You that I look to,
oh Sai! whatever I am going through,
Its ok, because I know you are with me all the way through,
Om Sai Ram, you show me the truth.
Suddenly I feel like the dark
cloud has moved,
And warm sunshine is sprinkling its rays,
Oh Sai! Just the power of Your name Dissolve sorrows and
converts them to smiles.
Life without you, oh Sai, is
full of sadness, pain, hate, ego and envy,
But You teach love, hope and strength, oh Sai! With two
words Faith and Patience,
Though this heartfelt prayer I say, Free us from these
chains that kill us day by day.
Oh Sai, teach me Shraddha,
To meditate on your leela's, to rejoice on your life,
The strength to give seva, to my mata pita, guru,
Oh Sadguru, without you, my life is worth no life at all.
Gohil, Nairobi, Kenya
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
OF MIND - SUGGESTED BY BABA
There are so many books written on positivity, that it
requires repeating, but the reverse seems to be happening
when you see two trends:
2. Forcing your will.
leads to frustration as only His will works and will work.
Don’t try to cross that as you will not succeed,
and with frustration setting in, suicides sometimes follows.
Let us study the effects of some thoughts.
you study your anatomy in relation to your thoughts you
will learn that fear of the future will generally result
in pain of the right leg and fear of the past will result
in pain in your left leg. Surprised? Try it. Change your
thought patterns and the pain should disappear.
is the rule of the thumb but you get the general idea.
In another example, as you mentally lift weight your lower
back will pain. Look at it this way – if you lift
some heavy object physically the load will be on your
lower back. The equation is clear. Try it sometime and
you will surprise yourself. Also these thoughts can change
by looking at life positively.
if you apply this equation - since negative thoughts have
these effects on our body then positive thoughts can eliminate
many of these unwanted aches and pains. The problem lies
in the fact that most do not want such easy and simple
solutions. They are happy when they go to doctors, spend
money and so on, popping pills which have their side effects
which will require more pills – it is a never ending
cycle. Simply by thinking positively, illness will decrease.
our ‘Doctor’ Shri Sai has advocated a simple
remedy – “trust me” he says. “leave
it to me and I will do the rest” but this medicine
is too strong for some people simply because of doubt
– How? They ask.
faith with implicit trust moves mountains, but this requires
strong streams of thought of the mind – the negativity
has to be removed for the positive effect to take firm
remember that there is a time and place for everything
and if what you want is not happening, try to figure it
out before you try to take your life. In short, ride it
out while praying for His help, which will come but at
a time of His choosing.
is required is faith coupled with patience. If we have
faith and patience, there will be no suicides. But to
have faith with patience requires strong will power to
control thoughts or control of mind. Easier said than
done I dare say. Skeptics will doubt the miracles performed
by His energy in Udi - but then we devotees know about
it – Right?
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your views on Topic of Discussion-
of God or Worship of Man, which should be given priority
A long time ago, there was
an Emperor who told his horseman that he could ride on
his horse and cover as much area of land as he likes,
then the Emperor would give him the area of land he had
Sure enough, the horseman
quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible
to cover as much land area as he could. He kept on riding
and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible.
When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop because he
wanted to cover as much area as possible.
Things came to a point
when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted
and was dying. Then he asked himself, "Why did I
push myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I
am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself."
The above story is similar
with the journey of our Life. We push very hard everyday
to make more money, to gain power and recognition. We
neglect our health and do not spend time with our family.
We are unable to appreciate the surrounding beauty and
the hobbies we love. One day when we look back, we will
realize that we don't really need that much, but then
we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.
Life is not about making money,
acquiring power or recognition. Life is definitely not
about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so
as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life. Life is
a balance of Work and Play, Family and Personal time.
You have to decide how you want to balance your Life.
Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise
but always let some of your decisions be based on your
Happiness is the meaning
and the purpose of Life, the whole aim of human existence.
So, take it easy, do what you want to do and appreciate
nature. Life is fragile, Life is short. Do not take Life
for granted. Live a balanced lifestyle and enjoy Life!
thoughts ; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Ramakrishnan, VIII The Indian Community School, Salmiya,
please share your paintings, experience, articles poems
K Srinivasan, Palo Alto, California, USA
Devotions take many forms...
Read Sai Satcharita daily;
• Simply say “Sai, Sai" or “Om
Sai” or “Om Sai Ram” and so on as often
as you can;
• Sit quietly facing Sai's picture and gaze at His
Form in the picture;
• Listen to Sai's chants or songs or bhajans with
• Join in His Bhajan;
• Write “Om Sai, Om Sai" in a piece of
• Collect some flowers; throw flower petals at His
• Tell stories from Sat Charita to friends, children
• Prepare sweets and food items, show them to Sai,
then feed others, including animals;
• Visit any nearby Sai temple or Shirdi whenever
• Buy Sai books and distribute free;
• Get Sai pictures, big and small, even post card
size pictures and give it free to all;
• Do ‘arati’ of His picture;
• Guide people or take people to His temple or Shirdi
• Offer His Udi to others;
• Feed people on certain days [your birthday, for
instance] after offering to Sai;
• Share books/magazines on Sai with others;
• Pray to Sai for the welfare of ALL---human and
• Chant Vishnu Sahasranama---thousand names of Lord
• Begin all work with a prayer to Sai.
Reddy Anant, Hyderabad
am a university teacher. I had read an advertisement about
'treating and curing maladies and problems in 24 hrs'
and when I went to the so called Sai Bhakta, he charged
an initial fee of 500, and then stated he would solve
my problems if I paid him Rs. 25,000. I wanted relief
from my problems so I paid Rs. 10,000 and requested him
to help me. I said once my problems are overcome I shall
be in a position to pay the balance. But to date he had
not helped me.
is two years since I paid him. Meanwhile I approached
a very simple looking priest in one of the Sai temples
and narrated the story. He very gently cautioned me and
suggested that I trust in Sai and pray to him and not
pay anyone anything for help. I complied. I just started
visiting Sai temple whenever I needed help, solace and
guidance. I come out of the temple a stronger person with
a strengthened resolve to walk on the right path.
have experienced all possible problems - a forced marriage,
an abusive relationship devoid of the shelter expected,
exploitation, physical assault, mental torture etc. This
is being done to prevent me from walking out - and my
children are my strength and weakness - for their sake
I am tolerating it all. Court cases, police stations,
are places that I have visited and where I have lost trust
in the judiciary and police department. Still I help people
- even my abusive in-laws and still they exploit me. Sometimes
I feel it has to be karmic.
professional life is satisfactory so far as my work is
concerned but the envy and jealousy of colleagues has
been instigating them against me and they have been doing
everything possible to create impediments in my progress.
I work from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. All this has affected my
health adversely with diabetes, osteoporosis and initial
stages of rheumatism.
Baba is helping me - giving me strength, increasing my
patience and tolerance and restoring my faith.
thank Shirdi Sai Baba for channelising your communication
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
It is so nice of you to publish my experience in Heritage
of Shirdi Sai magazine, the experience that any habit
can be given up by devotion; maybe all smokers after reading
the experience, give up this habit to make their lives
happy and breathe fresh air and clean up lungs. If one
asks who created the universe? God. Who is this God? Is
he Allah? Well yes then why claim superority? 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.
being made by the organisation for enhancement, enrichment
and devotional approach towards Shri Sai Baba are no doubt
beyond comparison. It gives a feeling of being together
on the path of spiritual devotion to Shri Sai Baba. Please
make available all the details of Shri Sadguru to the
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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