N E W S L E T T E R
VOL106, MAY 2010
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

The Sai Experience

....."Another piece of help from Baba is more remarkable still. He had told H. S. Dixit that he was taking all care and responsibility for Dixit’s welfare upon himself and that Dixit need not worry himself. The latter put him to a severe test when a debt of 30,000 rupees had to be paid to a Marwadi within four days. H. S. Dixit put the entire burden on Baba and sat quiet trusting to Baba for the clearance of the debt.

The third day the son of a recently departed friend of Dixit walked into his office, to consult him about the investment of a fund of Rs.30,000 and lent him that money to clear the debt. Somewhat similar to the above there was a young man of good position, whom I was bound to help, two or three years ago who badly needed starting in life and who applied to me to get him decent employment. When I asked him to appeal to God or Sai Baba, he wrote back that he had no sufficient faith in either.

Then I prayed hard to Sai Baba and His Devotee that the young man should be given faith and some decent appointment on Rs. 300. Within a few months of the prayer, an appointment was conferred on the youth without settling the pay. Nine months later, the employers of their own accord and without being asked to give the above rate fixed the above rate as his salary from the time of his joining their office. This was convincing proof to all concerned of Sai Baba's kind intervention; and that youth became a staunch devotee of Baba.

Another series of memorable helps derived from Baba is to be found in the case of Rao Sahib B. Papaiya Chetty of Madras. For years he was almost bed ridden and the symptoms of his troubles were so complicated that doctors could neither be positive as to diagnosis or render any appreciable help. As no hope appeared to come from doctors, his mind turned to saints.

And the most remarkable of the saints he had read of was Sri Sai Baba, whose kind achievements for His devotees filled the columns of the Sunday Times just then (1937). Learning that I was the writer of those articles, he invited me to go to see him. In three days I explained to him all about Sai Baba. He got great faith in Sai Baba and started praying to Baba for guidance. He had a box full of Homeopathic medicines.

Selecting at a time a few that were described as good for each ailment, be sought Baba’s guidance by prayerfully casting chits before His picture and choosing one chit. He found that each time Baba chose a medicine that was effective in dealing with the particular symptom. Thus he went on with a dozen or more of medicines. In the course of two or three months, there was remarkable improvement in his condition.

He was strong and healthy enough then to leave his bed and he climbed upstairs and went downstairs to the ground floor. He then tried a motor drive to Royapettah from town. By reason of those efforts his health did not suffer. Though he did not succeed in effecting a complete cure the partial cure effected was itself wonderful and totally unexpected.

He then began to take more interest in life and tried to write books. Though he was not even a graduate and had no literary distinction, he started rendering Bhagavad Gita into Telugu verse. He was surprised at the free flow of language and wondered how he could ever have produced such a work. Then he translated the Upanishad into Telugu prose.

He further rendered the gist of all the statements I had taken in Bombay, into Telugu, and published the first big work on Shri Sai Baba in Madras viz, his “SAI LEELA”. These translations which he attributes to the power derived from Baba were so greatly appreciated that the Arya Vysia Conference held at Masulipatam this year awarded him the title “Anuvadha Kalanidhi".

His business also, which he could attend to better with his improved health, was and is prospering. But above all these benefits, there is one for which he feels very greatly indebted to Sai Baba. Formerly he had no powerful sheet anchor in life, no personality in whose shelter he could feel that he was safely resting. Now, come gain, come loss, come joy, come sorrow, he has the feeling that Sri Sai Baba is at his back and will safely see him through all turns and vicissitudes.

These ups and downs of life do not agitate or affect him now as they once did. This, the assured peace of mind that he has secured, he counts as the greatest gain in going to Baba. The first few of the series of over hundred meetings regarding Baba that I have addressed till now were held at his house in George Town and then “THE SAI MANDALI”, Madras was started, of which he is the active Secretary.".......


Q & A

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

Sadguru cannot leave His devotees under any circumstances whether the devotee realizes it or not. That is why Baba used to say that one should pray always to Him with Shraddha and Saburi. Whenever the grace of Sai descends upon anybody usually it is seen that his negative qualities reduce and good qualities grow.

From those initial experiences only, some of the devotees think that they have reached somewhere in the spiritual plane or they have achieved spiritual knowledge. Taking this initial state of things to be the final state of achievement such people start behaving like Guru and collect disciples.

Many people cannot progress because of this and try to live an artificial life. Those who conduct themselves in a normal way after receiving Baba’s grace never exhibit the prowess of the devotion; they gradually achieve closeness with Baba. Nourishing spiritual and religious ambitions is a limitation in the path of spiritual evolution.

Some people even after getting the grace of Baba to solve their problem again commit deliberate mistakes because of greed, anger or jealousy. Their growth gets delayed.

 

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

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FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“In actual life persons have various tendencies and have also the principle of variation. When a person goes on in a downward current from sin to worse sin, from crime to worse crime, some former touch with holy persons or places comes suddenly as an element of variation to interrupt the chain of worsening consequences - the chain of evil to greater evil - and thus stops him. Ajamila is one instance.

For another instance, Veerabhadappa and Basappa case may be cited. They were two persons who bowed to Baba in one janma and had bitter differences. Veerabhadrappa by reason of his greed for money with considerable power and personality was wrath with Basappa for claiming the property which came to Gowri, the wife of Veerabhadrappa. Basappa, greedy enough to get at that property, had that loathsome quality called cowardice, and lack of strength, and Veerabhadrappa vowed to drink the blood of Basappa.

Basappa sought refuge with Baba, and Baba agreed to protect him. Before the revenge was carried out both died, and Veerabhadrappa to carry out his hatred and to kill his opponent was born as a cobra; Basappa was born as a frog. The cobra was in the next janma proceeding to catch that frog, when Baba in that janma intervened and told Veerabhadrappa, ‘Cease from your hatred.

Give up your attempt to harass your enemy Basappa’. Then Veerabhadrappa the snake gave up the frog. Baba said, ‘One’s evil karma will continue till one’s contact with Satpurushas saves one from further consequences’. From hatred to murder was Veerabhadrappa’s natural downfall. But Baba came in and gave him a warning.

So the working of the previous evil vasanas was suddenly stopped and a new element got into Veerabhadrappa’s life, namely, self-control, giving up of hatred and these would lead to good results. So the law of karma for good persons promotes good, and for evil persons promotes evil. So, in itself the law of karma is not a matter for regret. One must always remember that there are laws of one’s own being and God’s plan for all creatures.

Any one who wishes sincerely to achieve his own soul’s welfare would pause to study what his duties are and seek the help of great ones and Gurus to guide him in his path, then by surrendering himself to great ones, allow his evil vasanas to be crushed out and good vasanas to be developed, and ultimately to get both sets of vasanas which are part of one’s personality to be drowned in the contemplation of the Guru-God. This is the teaching about karma to sadhakas of Baba.

The law of karma is decried by people who do not understand it. Some say that Karma can never be got rid of. There is an element of truth in that statement. But the way in which it is put as above is misleading and wrong. The law of Karma is merely the law of cause and effect. To say that an effect cannot be rectified or modified is absurd. If cause A produces the effect B, it is absurd to say that B must always continue to be B and nothing can change it. Just as cause A produces effect B, cause C impinging upon B may make changes in the effect.

The fact is that most acts done with a purpose are producing certain tendencies and certain other results. One should not confuse the actual result or reward earned by an act with the tendency. The tendency can and should always be met if it is an evil tendency. To say that karma is inexorable, and nothing can change it, is positively absurd.

Generally people think of tendencies when putting forward that proposition and it is about tendencies that one can be positive that all tendencies may change by stimuli producing opposite tendencies. Sinfulness is a tendency and it can always and should always be met by virtuous actions, virtuous contacts, holy readings, Satsang, etc. As for the rewards it is often said–

Avascyam anubhoktavyam kritam karma scubha ascubham

That is, what one has earned as a reward or punishment for one’s act, good or evil, must of necessity by endured. This is, generally speaking, true. But it is not true in the way in which it is baldly put. A person who commits murder is liable to be hanged. But he may also have other forms of punishment either immediately or later on. The sentences may be altered, reduced and even completely condoned on such occasions as King’s Birthday pardons, etc. Therefore, it is not correct to say that the reward or punishment earned by conduct is unalterable.

Everything on earth is liable to change or mitigation and if we remember this, we shall be very often able to meet the objections sometimes raised to Sai Baba’s statement about karma. In the very opening Charters of Baba's Charters & Sayings, we find the statement of Baba. ‘If one puts his foot on Shirdi soil, his karma is abolished’.

Many a man wonders whether that is possible, especially in view of the dictum quoted above, "Avascyam Anubhoktavyam'. Baba also told Chandorkar that certain broad decisions arrived at as to the birth and death of people are treated as facts resulting from previous acts of individuals. ”……........

 


 

ARTICLE

Life is a Note Book

Life is like a blank Note Book that we bring along at the time of our birth on earth. In this Note Book we write down our earthly experiences and life stories. We write down a record of our actions, reactions, influences and lessons etc that we learnt in each life time. Our actions and reactions on earth affect many individuals around us and they become part of our soul group because we will have to come back to settle our interpersonal karmic scores with them if they are not finished in our present life time. Our actions may also affect our environment and society, which will have to be settled in future births.

We take our Life Note Book back when our life time ends. We go back to Paradise - our real Home - and review our life story and decide which lessons are left to be learnt and what karmic debts remain unsettled. With the help of heavenly counselors, we make a blueprint of our next lifetime on earth in such a way that it will not only help us learn many more lessons but will also settle our past karmic debts of either giving or receiving from members of our soul group.

Sometimes soul(s), other than from our group, volunteer to help us in next life time to help us complete our unfinished lessons. Sometimes, some high level souls, volunteer to suffer a lot of pain – physical, mental, material – so as to learn many lessons in one lifetime. This is because pain is supposed to be the biggest teacher in any lifetime. Suffering a pain/trauma in one lifetime renders learning of many lessons unnecessary.

Stop and think before you label someone as a sinner just because you see that person suffering. The person could be a courageous soul who has volunteered to take challenges and learn many lessons in one single lifetime itself. Similarly, do not judge yourself and stop torturing yourself by thinking that all your sufferings are result of some bad karma. Some souls volunteer to take sufferings on themselves to teach their loved ones some lessons necessary for their growth, e.g., kindness, helping, understanding, giving, serving etc.

Sometimes seeing the suffering of one person, society learns to take big steps to prevent the same from happening to others. This soul could have agreed to suffer for uplifting the consciousness of the general public. If you label such a person as sinner, you could be making a wrong judgement and thus adding to your own karmic debts. Therefore, avoid 'postmortem' of victims of pain, trauma, accidents, deadly diseases. Let God/Universe or their own higher self, judge them.

It depends on the soul whether it wants to learn many lessons in one life time or a few lessons each time spread over many life times. Wise men know this secret and therefore do not try to judge the conduct of other souls around them. Wise men have advised us to follow our own life path with a calm state of mind and observe Silence i.e., refrain from commenting on life patterns of others because we do not know what lessons they are learning. Telling others about what is wrong in their life pattern means not agreeing to the Laws of Universe thus creating further karmic debts and adding more chapters to the Life Note Book.

We take re-birth in that particular environment and family where learning all the chosen lessons for this lifetime will be possible. Needless to say that we choose our own parents and social Circle before taking on human body depending upon our soul needs. We bring back our Life Note Book and start writing a new chapter of the new life.

Our soul knows that we are starting at the point where we had finished in a previous lifetime. When we are reading a book and happen to keep it aside for some time and again come back to read it, we start from where he had left it unfinished. We do not start reading it afresh. The same is the case with our Life Note Book.

To make life easy for us, God erases the memory of past lifetimes from our physical mind. This is the Gift of God that we bring with us in new lifetime. Further, God promises that if we continue to stay in touch with Him, our lessons will be learnt within a stipulated time and once we have finished learning for that particular lifetime, we will be called back Home.

This explains why some die old while some die young, why some survive big crashes while others die due to a minor illness. Death is a means to stop writing the chapter of that lifetime and exit. Death takes place when lessons assigned for that lifetime have been learnt. We may learn them soon and go early. That is why we say Life and Death are not in control of human beings.

Further, we keep adding to all the lessons that we learnt in previous life times and we bring them back with us as already inbuilt samskars (soul impressions) and therefore they need not be learnt again. Sometimes, we come back with those samskars only which are sufficient to learn lessons of this particular lifetime only. We can compare it to our education at school.

We cannot recall everything that we studied till 10th grade but still that is sufficient for admission to the next grade once we have passed the final examination. It is automatically presumed that we already know and understand the academic knowledge taught till 10th grade.

This explains how one child is sharp in a particular discipline in early childhood itself. It is not a miracle. These talents have already been learnt before, imprinted on the soul and carried forward from the previous lifetimes. This also explains the reasons for inequality in society. All souls are at different levels of learning as recorded in their Life Note Book.

This process goes on life after life and new chapters are added to our LIFE Note Book. Each individual has a separate Life Note Book containing all past life records. Each soul is the actor and director of its own Life Story. An actor plays different roles, lives different characters in many films without losing his own original self.

With each film his performance improves and talent sharpens. Similarly, a soul takes on many bodies, lives many lifetimes, and improves its learning, adds to its knowledge. The soul suffers because unlike the actor, it forgets its original state of Existence-Knowledge-Bliss in the process. More the delay in regaining the lost memory, longer the Life Note Book becomes.

The God – Universe helps in writing a better script provided the soul volunteers and remembers to take His help. A soul is given free-will to exercise this option of staying close to God during earth life time. This divine intervention helps to keep the script short and crisp. When the soul has experienced all the human dimensions and realized its own True Nature, the last chapter of Life Note Book is completed and the Life Note Book is finished.

Wise men always prefer to be in touch with God – the inner consciousness, and write their Life Note Book in as few chapters as possible. Unwise men go astray. The Life Note Book runs in pages, chapters and volumes and they remain entangled in the vicious cycle of life & death and the Life Note Book remains unfinished. As a soul, we have the option to choose and decide how voluminous or brief, the script of our Life Note Book should be.

Vandana Ritik, Delhi

 


 

DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

We are a four member nuclear family, my father being a staunch devotee of Sai ever since I can remember...and my mother and younger brother too are devotees. Just like my father I too strongly believe in Sai and He has proved for me that He is always with me. There was a crucial time in my life.

After I finished my 12th standard examination in 2002, I appeared for the MBBS entrance examinations and we were awaiting the results. I didn't have much hope that time and as I expected the results were unfavourable. I was always interested in joining the medical profession (MBBS) since my childhood and my parents too had inspired me and they too wished the same and getting through the entrance exams was not an easy task.

Disappointed, and not knowing what to do, I decided to spend a year to study and appear for the same examination next year. My parents finally allowed me to join a reputed institution that trained students for the examination. It was located nearly 2 hours travel from home and I had to be in the hostel for the first time in my life. I was ready to bear the difficulties because this meant everything to me! I always carry Sai Satcharitha with me and read it regularly. By Baba's grace, I could stay alone for the first time and I successfully completed my studies.

In 2003, we were all expecting success but this time too the same thing happened. Still my parents never blamed me, though I had an ill- feeling from inside. I really prayed to Swami grieving from inside not knowing why did all this happen....because I was sure now only He could help me for I had done my part by studying.

I attended the counseling and was allocated Ayurveda, which I did not want. I was told that if any of the candidate left and a vacancy was created I would be called. Still getting MBBS was out of reach. A few months passed and many of my friends got their seats for engineering and some other courses and a few for medicine too..

I was still in a dilemma and was not interested in engineering. I have heard lots of cases where Baba himself paved the way for many. My parents asked me to join a degree course temporarily, until something worked out, for they feared I would lose another year of my life. Despite being disinterested, I agreed and attended classes for a month. Daily I would get up and pray to Baba, looking at His photo and thinking at least today he would make my day.

Life during those times was really hell for me, completely worthless...and I has a feeling I was fit for nothing. I experienced mental trauma and prayed from the bottom of my heart to Swami, crying in my pooja room, and requested “if not MBBS, you could at least get me BDS...." Within two days things began to look up. We learnt that there was a private seat available for BDS in one college. Though it cost more, my parents decided they would let me join.

It is only Baba Who has fulfilled my long lasting ambition somehow. I have completed my third year BDS examinations now and am praying Him to help me to pass. Without His grace I have no existence and I am thankful to Him for giving me such wonderful parents for without their support I would not have had the courage to face all this!!! Koti Pranams to Sai! Be with us and Bless us Always!

Veena N.Swami, Cochin


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POEM

Pain

Living in this world is pain,
birth and death are pain,
painful is gaining experiences
and learning lessons of life.

Most valuable are the hours of pain,
as they make us halt as we travel through life
and think and concentrate
on important points.

Pain makes us strong
capable of facing all hurdles,
pain makes us feel,
the value of pleasure.

When in pain, we try and
look for happiness inside.
Spiritual quest starts
from hours of pain.

Many have risen to heights,
In times of trial in life.
All saints on this earth
Are tested by God in hours of pain.

S. Modi, Delhi

 

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

SAI BABA AND NATIONAL INTERGRATION

“Sabka Malik Ek” the words uttered by the Holy Master Shirdi Sai Baba not only sums up the whole truth of the concept of national integration but also that of universal integration. There is One God, the Eternal, the only Being, none exists save He. The God is the god of every creed, the god of all. Names make no difference to Him. Allah, God, Gott, Diew, Khuda, Brahma, Bhagawan…..and yet God is beyond the limitations of name. He is in the sun, wind, water, fire and in all forms. God in all and all in God.

Sai Baba’s teachings and philosophy show that all sacred scriptures speak the same truth. The paths may be various but the goal is the same. All paths integrate in the same knowledge and truth of the only Almighty God. The message brought by the many prophets, saints sages, seers and divinities are all the same.

India is a land of various races, various religions and various languages. These diversities, which should be celebrated, have actually caused further divisions not only economically but also spiritually. We live in a highly materialistic world and the urgent problem facing humanity is to devise ways and means of eliminating competition, conflict and rivalry in all subtle and gross forms which they assume in various spheres of life.

Dividing and distinguishing is the chief activity of the mind and it is the most powerful tool we have. It is indeed the major barrier to our understanding things as they actually are. All of humanity are quarreling over issues of “my god and yours.” Today religion to a large extent has become a divisive rather than a unifying force.

Instead of bringing about an end to violence and hatred through realization of the fundamental oneness of all life, it has brought more violence, conflict, turmoil and hatred. National integration in India is a crying need of the day. Today, there is more division between people, as well as between different religions and even within the same religion.

This scenario brings to mind the following parables told by Maulana Jelaluddin Rumi in his “Mathnawi”. Four people were given money. The first man was a Persian. He said “I will buy some Angur”. The second man, an Arab said “No, I want Inab”. The third man who was a Turk wanted to buy some “Uzum” The Fourth, a Greek wanted to buy "Stafil”.

They started to fight because they did not know what lay beyond the words. They all had information, but had no knowledge. One man of wisdom could have reconciled them all, as such that each man could know that each in his own language wanted the same thing - “Grapes”

Baba’s durbar in the dilapidated Masjid which He called “Dwarkamai” was a reflection of not just his preaching but the actual practice of religious, economic, social and national integration. The original photograph of 1916 along with Sri Booty and Sri Bhagoji Shinde is a reminder that He truly practiced what He preached.

All who stepped into His Durbar were treated equally irrespective of exterior differences of caste, creed and socio –economic status. The Sai Satcharita mention” Princes and Paupers were treated alike by Him”. Sai Baba like Buddha practiced the truth of “One Brotherhood”, the human brotherhood which unites the children of earth indiscriminately in the Fatherhood of God. His mission was to free oneself from national, racial and religious boundaries and unite ourselves in the “human brotherhood which is devoid of the differences of caste, class, creed race and religion.

Baba's life is a portrayal of his tolerance and understanding and He allowed everyone to have his own path and did not compare the principles of others with His own but allowed freedom of thought to everyone. All places were considered sacred enough for His worship and to Him all religions conveyed the religion of the soul. “I saw Thee in the sacred Kabba and in the Temple of the idol also Thee I saw.”

To Him all were like the beads of the rosary. He never claimed to belong to any particular religion. His devotees belonged to different religions. Hindus, Muslims, Parsis, and Christians came for His darshan. Baba Himself did not profess any particular religion but confirmed each in his own. His mode of teaching and instruction were borne of love and compassion as per the mental make up and capacity of His devotees.

There are moral principles taught to mankind by various teachers, by many traditions, each one differing from others, like separate drops coming out of the fountain, but when we look, we find there is but one stream although it turns into several drops on falling. The moral principles may be many but the source of all is Love. It is love that gives birth to hope, patience, endurance, forgiveness tolerance, understanding and faith. In the present atmosphere of disturbing communal propaganda, it needs to be remembered that Sai’s teachings of love, peace and tolerance are what the present humanity needs.

The Sufi bhakti movement of medieval India navigated by Hindu and Muslims mystics articulated a powerful vision of amity and co-existence challenging caste and community division. Poets like Tulsidas, Surdas, Dawood and Kabir wrote in the language of the masses. Baba too spoke in the language of the masses which left many people wondering if He was a Hindu or a Muslim.

Guru Nanak was asked “What is superior? Islam or Hinduism? The Guru replied “Devoid of good deeds none will find place in God’s court. He alone, O Nanak knoweth the way, who earns with the sweat of his brow and shares with others.”

Sai Baba respected other religions and expected His followers also to do the same. Once Baba came to know that one of His favorite devotees had recently talked ill of Christ and Christianity at his lodging. When the devotee came to massage Baba's feet, Baba shouted “Get away! Do not massage me”. The devotee understood and repented.

Baba then allowed him to massage His feet as usual. Similarly, Baba did not like anybody changing his religion. Baba’s mission was to convince all that all religions are nothing but different paths leading to the same goal, i.e., realization of God. He wanted His children to live in peace and harmony. India needs the same harmony and brotherhood today to preserve unity and integrity of the nation.

This is the path of Shri Sai Baba where religion is redefined from inside out after replacing the outside authority by one’s conviction of his own potential that can be realized in this life span through interacting with other human beings in a humanistic way. After all we are here to celebrate the same party in different outfits.

One should be free to enjoy his stay on this planet and be allowed to grow on his own amidst the company of other growing souls. We, Sai devotees therefore must make sincere efforts to put His teachings into practice and pray to Baba for his love and guidance.

Renuka Arun, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

 

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CHILDREN'S SECTION

O’ My Guru

Entangled we were in this mundane life
Thoroughly involved in its lust, greed and cries
One meeting was all it took
He makes us see the world with different eyes

This He, I speak of
Cannot be described
For the addiction He causes,
The treatment cannot be prescribed.

His smile is a reason to live for
His touch on our head is a sensation to crave for.
His voice is like a Symphonic Lyre,
But a look of anger sets our world on Fire.

When You laugh and when You smile
Flowers bloom in our hearts for miles and miles
Each second with You is blissful and cherishable
Every moment of separation we are sad, we are perishable.

Our life and everything is Yours
You are our King,
For when we first met You
Life was at its beginning.

You have been leading us
Through and through
You are the captain
Make us your crew.

Your blessings fall on us like
Welcome rain
The Honour of being Your humble servant
Is all we wish to gain.

One with nature
One with the creator
All life forms thrive in You
You are a Perfect Master.

It is only You to whom we daily pray
O Greatest Teacher on earth
Happy Guru Poornima Day.

Rishan Dhamija, XII Class, Delhi

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Deepa H, Seattle USA

Baba's Lotus Feet - A Confluence Of Holy Rivers

The river water contains several medicinal properties. Taking a dip in the currents of holy rivers would purify both the external body and internal soul. Thus, Dasganu sought Baba's permission to take a bath in the holy Godavari river. But Baba wished to grant a holy bath of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi rivers to his beloved devotee.

"Why do you go such far? Our prayaga is here now, Believe Me" Baba said so. And Lo! From Baba's Lotus Feet gushed the waters of the three holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswathi. Immediately Dasganu bowed to Baba's Feet with reverence. Spell-bound and elated, Dasganu sang psalms in praise of Baba's Glory. Thus, for His devotees Baba would prove His boundless power as the Highest of the High and would teach the way to be at peace with oneself.

Although God moved among us in human form, His incredible miracles and deeds of mercy reflected His Divine Power. Baba is the Merciful God who would rush to save the devotees who fervently pray to Him. Baba's miracles attracted many to Shirdi, the Source of Abundant Life and Joy.

Dasganu, an intimate devotee of Baba and a ballad singer, composed Baba's Glory into story and songs and used to sing them. Several others like Cholkar heard them, prayed and received Baba's blessings. Let us implore Baba, to always be with us and protect us.

B. M. Sharma, Gwalior

AatmaSanyamYoga!!! SelfControlSystem Mechanism!!!!!

The one who does his duties and does not cherish the desire for it’s fruit, is a Yogi. The moment the self renounces the commitments, promises and deliverables associated with duties and actions; still he does his duties and actions without any attachments, he gets revealed in himself the essence of Yoga.

If a person is not concerned with present actions; and does actions of present in the best possible manner, how can the accumulated past remain contained in him to disturb his inner and external equilibrium? He does not have any complaints or fights with happiness and sadness. And he does not pay any attention when the subjects and their objects come in front of him.

Renouncing pride is a must. One who has understood the self, shall never do any false propaganda and shall never promise and still deliver without any expectations. The one who knows that all ornaments are made of gold is more associated with the gold and not with the ornaments.

The one who knows that this entire manifestation is made of Him finds that other things hardly have any significance. Control of the self is possible through meditation only. A point comes when the pursuer understands that everything is a woven fabric and it is made of warp and weft. And in the same manner, realizes that the whole and self is made of the same elements. This journey is a must for the self. And it can commence right now.

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READER'S REFLECTION

K.K.Dixit, UAE

Thank you for sending me the beautiful greeting card for New Year. May Sai shower all the happiness and prosperity on the team of 'Heritage of Shirdi Sai' in 2010 and years to come............

Usha Vishwanath, Delhi

Heritage of Shirdi Sai is a good magazine and the website is also very good. It gives me a lot of peace whenever I read the various articles and it still amazes me that there are so many devotees from all over the world communicating their feelings of devotion to Baba on this common platform.

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NEWS OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Wembley, England

Location: Union Hall, Union Road, WEMBLEY, MIDDLESEX, HA0 4AU

Name of Trust/organization:: SHITAL

Daily timings and activities: Every day timings 8 am to 9 pm
Thursday, 8 am to 10 PM, Preet Bhoj is followed after Shej Aarti at 8.30 pm.

For more information please call +44(0) 208 9022 311 or visit http://www.shirdisai.org.uk/


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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