N E W S L E T T E R
VOL107, JUNE 2010
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

....."Birth and death are the two terminal points of human life. To be born is to die. In the cosmic period of time, human existence is like a bubble of moments. All embodied souls, be it human beings or any other species, will have to go through this short journey of a lifetime. Such embodied souls are known as ‘Jivas’ or life forms.

There are millions of such life forms, both visible and invisible on this earth. Many of these forms are known to human civilization due to research and others are yet to be known. Their body forms, capabilities, intelligence level and periodicity of existence between birth and death are different and too numerous to be codified. However, the main principle of these manifested life forms is that once they are born, they must die after carrying out certain activities in accordance with their inborn capacities.

Once they die, that is, when the life force holding the body elements together departs from the body or stops functioning in the form of a pulsating heart beat, the body elements separate from each other. The earth goes to earth, water goes to water and air goes to air. Hindu philosophy holds that ‘Panch Bhutas’ (Five elements) of nature merge with their primordial elements, once the life force departs from a living organism.

Then comes the next question as to what happens to the ‘Jiva’ without the body? What happens to the life force that holds the body together? Do the ‘Jiva’ and the life force (Prana) have any existence and significance after separating from the body? Some spiritual thinkers define the life force (Prana) as the manifested dynamics of the soul (Atman).

According to some religions and philosophies the ‘Jiva’ after death is re-born again and again. According to others, there is no re-birth or re-incarnation of human souls. This series of re-births continues till the ‘Jiva’ reaches the stage of ‘Moksha’ as Hinduism believes or ‘Nirvana’ as Buddhism states. Therefore every Hindu, from his very childhood, is taught to commit good deeds and avoid evil deeds.

Like Newton’s law of motion of matter, which states that every action will have an equal and opposite reaction, Hindus believe that every good or evil act committed by a human being shall have an equal and opposite reaction. The only difference is that, in the case of human beings committing such acts – good or evil, the reaction may not manifest in a single lifetime. It can stretch over to the next life or lives.

Therefore, it advises each human being, to be prepared to enjoy or suffer the results of his good or evil deeds respectively in future lives to come. This is known as the famous ‘Karma’ theory, as propounded so meticulously in ‘Geeta’ and other Hindu scriptures.

One often hears of Hindu teachers and pupils speaking in terms of ‘Moksha’ as a panacea to the unending series of painful births and deaths. Such people give donations to temples, feed the poor, perform numerous ‘Poojas’, visit places of religious significance (called ‘Tirtha’s) with the wish of achieving ‘Moksha’ or less than that to go to heaven (Swarg), a place of unhindered and absolute enjoyment and receive benefits for their so-called good deeds during life time.

Many such activities are programmed like a modern corporate system – investment and profit, in this world and in the nether world doing noble jobs like feeding the poor and rendering services to the needy people is considered good. The problem is that, such an approach contradicts the other root principle of Hinduism which holds that such acts should not be performed with a desire, as desire creates a series of births necessary to fulfill these desires. Shri Geeta advises desireless (Nishkama) activities against desired (Sakama) activities.

‘Shri Sai Satcharitra’ and other literature on Shri Shirdi Sai Baba indicate that Shri Sai believed in re-birth of human beings. He in fact revealed to some of His devotees about their past lives and about His relationship with them during such past lives. He always advised His devotees to follow the righteous path of sacrifice, tolerance and faith in God, with patience. He has never spoken anything about ‘Heaven’. His devotees were asked to cleanse their minds of evil or negative thoughts and fill it with pure and divine qualities and serve others without the wish to get returns.

In the backdrop of what has been stated hereinbefore, it is for each devotee to examine whether his approach towards such religious activities is in accordance with the dictates of the Master. If confused, they should sincerely submit to Baba and pray for an answer.

I believe that answers are there if the questions are genuine. May Shri Sai bless us all. ".......


Q & A

Is being rich and having comforts of life, so called materialistic possessions, a wrong goal to attain? Does it take us away from God? Can we be closer to God even while concentrating on our materialistic progress?

God reflects through both material and spiritual aspects of human life. Who else than God has created the material world? The material aspect of life is necessary for the spiritual evolution upto a certain point. The examples of some of the Spiritual Masters show that they lived in the complex material world and yet evolved to the highest level of spirituality.

Material world can be used as a medium towards spiritual progress. Being rich is not a sin unless richness is derived through sinful means and money is spent in sinful pursuits. Rise materialistically but use the material earnings for the cause of others to the extent possible by you. A rich man is the trustee of God to help the poor. If he distributes his wealth after keeping his share, he is doing the right job.

There is a tendency of some people to look down upon the rich people as if they were all sinners of God. I have seen hundreds of cases of rich people being very pure and kind whereas I have seen lots of poor people being quite dishonest. Hence one should not draw any conclusions.

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

……“Prayer saves. But what are prayers but thoughts? Many a person fancies that he must put forward a definite demand in prayer to the ‘highest’ powers and get it granted by force of prayer. There is some truth in this mixed up with much error and confusion.

What comes often after prayer and is supposed to be the result of prayer is very often something fixed up by a higher power which, as part of its plan, produces the thought of prayer first. Prayer often proves to be the immediate predecessor, but not the efficient and direct cause of the result. ‘Post hoc, ergo propter hoc’ (i.e. ‘after that; therefore due to that’) is what we frequently say and believe. Many a man says ‘I prayed; I got it.

So it is prayer that got it’. But this is neither logically nor theologically sound. The fact is that prayer is a means of placing one in contact with higher beneficent powers and there it serves its primary purpose. Incidentally when a devout soul is deeply concentrating on God, what happens is that the soul gets so thoroughly saturated with the divine that divine power infiltrates into the Jiva and the combined power or the higher power (both are the same, despite difference in names) produces certain results.

It is the man of prayer that draws down divinity, i.e. turns divine at the moment of intense prayer and is responsible for certain results (Etad hyeva aksharam jnaatwa yo yad ichchati tasya tat¬ Khat, i.e. Having realised the Imperishable, if one has desire, that is fulfilled, even when the results have not been previously fixed up, as the result of previous karma. Anyhow, Chandorkar’s thought and longing constituted a good prayer on account of its earnest faith and contact with Supreme Power and Mercy.

It is always good to pray, because it brings one in contact with God. The prayer, however, that is found most common in society is occasional prayer for a definite material object, and there it stops. It is always advisable to avoid the commercial spirit when dealing with God. We should not bargain with God. Nor should we say, ‘I will pray to you only for such and such an object being gained’.

The thought of God purifies the soul, and the purified soul gets power to draw God more and more into it. The commercialised soul, if too much oppressed with the contemplation of the worldly benefit is handicapping itself and preventing its purification, that is, saturation with God idea (purity means having God-idea and impurity is lack of God or God-idea).

The very idea of material objects may so obsess a mind as practically to obliterate the thought of God. God then becomes only a secondary consideration, a sort of side element, a weak coloration when the main object before the mind’s eye is worldly gain. Such approaches are deplorable, however attractive the object to be gained by prayer may be.

One ought to have prayer without concentrating too much on worldly gains. Concentration on God alone is purity. Purity means power, and when a soul is thoroughly pure, and then the objects entertained in the mind of the prayerful soul some time previously, that is even before the prayer began, remain in the subconscious, i.e. at the back of the praying party’s mind and may come to fruition by the power of the purified and strengthened soul.

This is an incidental benefit, which ought not to turn the scales when one considers how he should pray. Prayer is primarily and essentially only an affair of the soul with God. All intervention of outside objects is an interference with the soul’s concentration on God. Prayer must be purified by very keen practice, i.e., it must be shorn of all undesirable gross elements just as we keep off the floating moss repeatedly when we bathe in a tank.

In cases where however one is in dire extremity and prayer comes out from him for a much needed object, in spite of oneself, as was the case with Chandorkar on the Harischandra hill, then prayer cannot be condemned at all. Prayer is the natural vent for the heart.

We leap out at what we want on the wings of prayer. It is God Himself that has implanted this tendency to seek God’s help to attain objects of great importance to one’s material or spiritual life and each time we so seek, we should stress in our mind that God is our first and final object and that other objects form a temporary and partial diversion or screen.”……........

 


 

ARTICLE

The Philosophy of Bhagavadgita and its Relevance In Daily Life

The term Bagavadgita means ‘the eternal song’. It was written some five thousand years ago. It is an unusual text amongst all religious works. The message of Gita was delivered by Lord Krishna during the battle of Mahabharata at Kurukshetra. This battle was fought between Kaurvas and Pandvas who were cousins.

They had common friends, relatives, and teachers. When Arjuna, the greatest archer saw his own people in the enemy camp, he faced a moral crisis and was unable to take the decision to fight. At that hour of crisis, he surrendered at the feet of Lord Krishna who gave him the wisdom to take the righteous action.

Likewise, a common person faces many challenges in life everyday. Taking the right decision is not always easy. However, devotion and unfailing faith establish one in wisdom, which enables one to undertake righteous action like Arjuna. Therefore, there are three ways to reach the Almighty

• Devotion
• Action
• Wisdom

In order to attain wisdom we have to understand our basic nature and learn what is temporary and what is permanent in life.

Let us understand verse 8 of chapter 15

sariram yad avapnoti
yad ca py utcramati’svarah
grahi tvai’tani samyati
vayur gandham iva’sayat

Every embodied being takes birth due to the sum total of their karmic balance of previous births

If we watch carefully, we can observe three qualities that dominate an individual. In the drama of life, there are three actors:

• Self or Atman
• Personality or Jiva
• Illusion or Maya

The self is the changeless atman. It is a miniscule part of the eternal form of God. Every embodied being takes birth due to the sum total of their karmic balance of previous births. It enters into the world at birth assuming a body and takes along with it the samskaras when the body dies. These samskaras are carried as the wind carries the fragrance of flowers from place to place during various births. This atman is our shining self and is eternal.

It neither takes birth nor dies. Since it is eternal, at the time of death it discards one body to attain another. When we change clothes, our external appearance may change according to the style we adapt. However, we remain the same. Similarly, the self also changes the body when the body is worn out. The self is changeless. It witnesses every action done due to thought, speech and action by the body.

It also experiences the result of all the action. So we feel good when we do righteous action. This feel good factor vanishes when we are on the wrong path. That is why the wise advise us to gauge our thoughts, speech and actions.

Personality is the second actor. This is called the jiva in Sanskrit. It is our separate individual ego and is represented by desires.

The third is Maya. It is a state of delusion. It is the compulsive sense of separateness. It confuses and allures us in our evolution towards self -realization. Part of Maya comes from the fierce clamor of senses. Its power is specially seen in case of personal relationships. Anyone who has been through a relationship based on physical attraction has to face heartbreak. It can never be a very happy relationship for a long time.

Only one of these three actors is permanent. This is the self. Yet strangely, we identify with the second mostly, which is our ever-changing personality. The third actor, maya, binds us, due to the fierce and compulsive play of our senses.

When we grow spiritually, we become more aware of the gulf that yawns between the two worlds of physical existence and the other of pure spiritual being. Yet eventually a bridge is built between the two and this is the marvel of Samadhi. In Samadhi one shines like a splendid sun whose brilliance is seen in every thought, speech & action.

Therefore, in each living being a divine fragment is present. Even the lowest creature has this divine spark within. This tiny self travels through time in the process of reincarnation through millions of birth. The purpose of life is to realize the self, which is a process of evolution through various births. Our evolution is in our own hands.

The Buddha says that we are the result of manamaya i.e. the illusion created by our mind. The personality is ‘made up of the mind’ that we have used for many lives. The continuous improvement we are able to make in the quality of our thinking is what decides our lives. It decides the kind of body we have. We have worked on our body through various lives.

There is a correspondence between the body and mind. Our thoughts shape our lives. They determine what we eat and how we work, sleep and exercise, the risks we take, the occupation we enter, the places we live in, the people we like and live with, etc. It shapes the way we respond to stress.

All of this has an obvious bearing on our physical well-being. Now let us extend the same influence over many lives: just as we develop health and physical conditioning in this life, we enter the next life with the right kind of body, to pick up from where we had left.

The divine fragment or the self is the same in all people, all races, and all creatures. As the jiva travels through time, it picks up a samskara in every stage of evolution. When the spring breeze blows through a garden, it picks up the fragrance from the flowers. In much the same way, the jiva-wind picks up samskaras from every life. This is how the karmic legacy of each one of us is carried on: not in the body, not physically or chemically, but by the wind of prana (the life force).

From life to life, the samskaras become heavier and more complicated – good and bad, kind and unkind, selfish and selfless – they mingle into a complex perfume called personality. No one is all greed or anger. Each one of us has redeeming qualities too: a bit of love, little forgiveness, a touch of sympathy to offset our jealousy. This makes the human personality a very complicated affair.

Our samskaras specially affect our well-being and tendency to fall prey to diseases. If we cultivate positive thinking and keep ourselves free from jealousy, anger, greed and hatred, we are less prone to fall sick.

The immunity of a happy, self less and contented person is normally quite high. They can combat disease more strongly even if they fall prey to it. This is why doctors encourage us to stay in a positive state of mind. Many people have defeated cancer with the right mix of treatment and attitude. So, our health is in our hands.

If we want highest resistance to illness of any kind, then a deep desire to live for others is a tremendous immunological force. Living for the self, indulging the senses, having no over-riding goal, makes a tremendous demand on our prana. But if we have an overwhelming desire to live for the welfare of others, if our heart is full of love for all, it magnifies all our faculties – memory, creativity, energy, resources, capacity to draw people and win their love, respect and help them to change their lives.

All this happens when prana is conserved. The desire to live for others can extend up to the roots of our being. Psychologists talk about the will to live, but that generally means will to live for one. However, when our life represents selfless service, energy and will to live comes automatically. The immune system gets a boost when our heart is full of love for the entire creation. It expresses itself in countless choices one makes throughout the day. All of this has a direct bearing on our health.

The body feels drained if we have not slept properly for several nights and it debilitates us. The body responds to physical principles. While desperation inhibits the immune system by draining prana, meditation floods it with prana, strengthening it immeasurably.

An external agent with the cooperation of an internal agent – the mind, causes sickness. The link is the immune system through which the disease is lowered or enhanced. It is often noticed that an angry person tends to develop peptic ulcers, pulmonary disorder or disordered breathing. These situations may lead to surgery. Since our health is in our hands, we can decide to put up cheerfully with an angry person, return goodwill and not withdraw support. This is a positive contribution to the situation. If we do not resent and are more tolerant, we will be happier eventually.

Bhagavadgita has a message to people from all occupations. It delights the philosophers, fulfils the devotees, surprises the hardcore psychologists, and relieves the anxieties and stress of the CEOs and top executives involved in the process of change management. In fact, it combines the best aspects of eastern and western thought processes. It is eternal, revered by millions not only as a sacred text, but also as a guide for leading a better and fulfilling life. Probably, that is why Baba encouraged more and more people to read, understand and practice it in their lives.

Anuradha Mal, Gurgaon

 


 

DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

On Thursday, 31st December 2009, I had my first Bhajan-satsang at our humble home. I prayed to Baba-ji to invite devotees that He wished to be at our place, as the unit my son and I live in is small.

When I went to celebrate Baba's 6th Anniversary in Canberra, I met a devotee whom I asked if she was going to sing for Baba. She answered that if I sang, she would sing along with me. So polite of her, I could not forget!

I never saw her again at Baba's mandir in Sydney! Indian names are so difficult for me to remember and I did not remember her name even. As the weeks came nearer to our Bajan-satsang, I was wondering how to contact this lady for I could not even remember her name!

Then about a week before the date, I was shopping for drinks and party-ware when I heard a familiar voice behind me. A lady was talking to her husband and behold, the lady was the lady that I was thinking about! We hugged each other in surprise! I invited her and she agreed to come. She gave me her e-mail address and I told her to invite another lady who was also at Canberra to come with her.

She had to leave after Aarti taking prasadam with her only. Then, when the lucky door prize of Baba's Murthi was drawn, her name was called out! When I told the gathering of eager devotees how Baba arranged for me to meet this lady to invite her to come for satsang, they all agreed that she deserved the door-prize of a good-sized murthi of Baba-ji!

I told the rest of guests that Baba does not disappoint anybody and everyone got a little gift from Baba-Santa himself!

What a great night we all had! I joked that that maybe we can all go to this lady's home next to sing for Baba, since she has won the New Year "lottery" of Baba-ji!

It is really amazing how collectively when devotees get together the good energies amplifies!

May Baba Inspire us in our Daily lives!

In Peace and with Baba's love,

Ms.Nancy Tan, Sydney, Australia

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POEM

Life is beautiful so let us make it meaningful

Life is beautiful so let us make it meaningful
It’s a melody so pleasant and soulful
Let’s croon, to our heart’s content, this divine song
All day and all night long.

Life is a gift that’s why it’s lived in the present
So let’s live in the here and now
The only way is up so let’s ascend
With our head bent down in a bow.

Our life is like the Maker’s clay
Let’s shape it with faith and patience
Be polite in whatever we say
Let’s live with determination and perseverance.

Let’s dedicate this life to God
Spend it at the lotus feet of our Lord
Let’s spread it’s fragrance all around the world
For we are born free so let’s fly like a bird.

Sabka Malik Ek

Aman Kumar, Delhi

 

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

TRUTH ULTIMATELY PREVAILS

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods”. - Albert Einstein

Truth - is relative as well as subjective and differs based on perception of the facts. Take for example a glass half filled with water. It could be described as half empty or half full based on individual perceptions and both are correct and there is an element of truth in it. In the spiritual context defining truth is like trying to wrap the sky in a cloth.

To a man - seeing is believing, if we were to behold God in front of our eyes, we would still doubt Gods existence. For materialistically driven humans how is it possible to seek divine truth? Shirdi Sai Baba, the benevolent master, knew the vagaries of human mind and the losing battle that a spiritual seeker fights in vain trying to rein the thoughts to focus on God.

Baba strived in His life time to liberate man from the walls of self built ignorance and limitations. The main purpose of human life is to be happy and every act man indulges in is to bring about happiness to the self. So how can man who is entangled in worldly obligations and materialism find happiness?

Baba's teachings were imbibed with meaning and purpose to elevate man from his spiritually downtrodden state to that of a higher human plane of eternal supreme bliss of “Sat Chit Ananda”. This He did through parables and stories and experiences He gave to His devotees.

The main purpose of Baba teachings was to make man realise the “ultimate truth” that this world is illusory and ephemeral and people should not tie their happiness with the things of this world which would end one day. Baba taught that we come here alone and go out alone and existence of supreme power is the only reality. Nobody in this world is really ours.

The relationships that we have been born into and have made in our life time are temporary and nobody comes with us when we leave this world. The way man can liberate himself from the clutches of emotional entanglement to the things of this world both material as well as human, is by repeating God’s name and through acts of giving or charity. This Baba taught us about through a series of experiences that devotees had during Baba's life time and captured by Shri Hemadpant in Sai Satcharita for the benefit of future generations.

Baba's message to mankind about removing their miseries and helping them overcoming life's challenges is through distribution of udi and asking charity/dakshina from devotees who flocked to Baba seeking guidance both in spiritual as well as materialistic world. Through these acts Baba conveyed the message to people that body will mix with the elements of this universe when it perishes and it will be reduced to ashes.

Further, Baba taught that for spiritual progress it is a must that people use their intellect and discriminate between the Unreal and the Real, and develop non-attachment for the Unreal. Baba bestowed blessings on the devotees who took His darshan and gave them udhi to remind man of his ultimate state and place in this world. Baba also asked for money repeatedly till devotees emptied their pockets in front of Him.

This was done to create detachment to materialism. Money, though essential, should be used for good causes rather than for hoarding it. Baba asked money indiscriminately from both, young and old as well as women and children. Those who gave generously benefited in multiples at a later time.

Baba also taught about the universality of the energy. Though man and animals are different by their habitat and belong to different species, yet the common element of supreme energy runs through all the living beings. The passing away of the lion and sanyasi, Sri Vijayanand Swamy from Chennai, in the presence of Baba is the best example of this universality.

Both had life, but one was human and the other an animal and yet both had the same equitable place in the eyes of Supreme. Yet the life ended for both species. This teaches that everything that has beginning will ultimately have an end be it a man or an animal. No one can dispute this truth.

Baba encouraged spiritually advanced devotees to worship the nirakaar and nirgun form - God without form and state. Worship of formless God advances their understanding of the universality of the Supreme power and demonstrates the principle of non-duality. Such devotees will be able to see Baba in everything and treat everybody as one.

Baba asked Mankar to practice meditation on Manchandrigad when Mankar's spiritual progression was limited to seeing Baba's physical form and was not able to behold Baba beyond His physical form. Baba wanted to remove the web of ignorance from the eyes of man so he could see the truth.

This Baba did by showing His omnipresence and omnipotent character through incidents such as the flowing of Ganga Yamuna from His toes, churning of boiling food with His bare arms, saving the life of a child at few kilometers away by merely thrusting His arm into the burning fire, control over the elements, turning brackish water into sweet drinking water, taking on the injuries inflicted on His devotees and Shyama Karna on His body to mention few examples of Baba's supremacy as a divine Spirit who appeared on the earth for welfare of the mankind.

Such a Master taught us through His life that every individual beholds divinity within themselves. It is only when one seeks to be free from the bondage of attachments and endeavors to achieve freedom through discipline and good acts as advocated by Baba, will one be able to behold God within and be happy whilst sharing that happiness with others.

Material things that man possesses such as property, wealth, position can be snatched away. The only thing that always remains associated with man even when he departs from the face of earth is his knowledge, his kindness, and honour earned in the court of the Lord through his benevolent acts.

Nothing and nobody can snatch this wealth from man. In fact when this wealth is shared with others, it multiplies manifold. A spiritually advanced devotee who knows that God alone is truth, the rest is illusory; and has implicit faith in the words of Baba and knows that Baba alone is the puppeteer and we are mere puppets in His hands, will find absolute happiness.

Such a man is said to have realised the Truth which ultimately prevails in this world filled with maya. This realisation would help such a man to break away from shackles of illusion and be steady fast in his devotion towards God.

Anitha Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia

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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

God is to man as magnet is to iron. Why then does He not attract man? As iron deeply imbedded in mud is not moved by the attraction of the magnet so the soul deeply imbedded in Maya (ignorance) feels not the attraction of the Lord. But as when the mud is washed away with water, the iron is free to move, so the soul when by constant tears of prayer and repentance washes away the mud of Maya that makes it cling to the earth, it is soon attracted by the Lord.

Chandra Prakash Kumar, Rourkee

In 1996 in New York , I went to visit a museum and had the following experience. Being a Sai devotee, I wore a Baba pendent around my neck and had a small sticker of His picture on the inside of my bag. As I opened my bag to pull out money for the ticket, the lady behind the counter, who was about 25 years old, held my hand and asked me to step aside.

She ushered me into one corner and asked me whose picture was stuck on the flap of my bag. I was a little surprised and told her that He was our Satguru Shri Sainathji. She urged me to tell her about Him and I was happy to do so. After sometime I asked her why was she making these queries?

She said that as a child she suffered from cancer and she started getting dreams in which this Old Man would appear and he slowly cured her of the disease. And after so many years she had seen a picture of the same face! I gave her some photos of Baba and organised a Sai Satcharitra for her. Such is the Glory of Sainath.

Sonia Chowdhry, Gurgaon

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READER'S REFLECTION

Today i.e., 10th February, 2009, as I clicked on the "Heritage of Shirdi Sai", I found a miracle. The stories mentioned are reflecting the thoughts running in my brain. They are the problems I am currently facing. Whether I like it or not, Baba is saying to me that I have to undergo the operation, true Baba you are correct.

I had a query in my mind that as I worship and pray Baba daily why I need to undergo any surgery? Actually I am suffering from a very rare problem in my left eye (macular hole surgery) so the surgery is scheduled for me this coming Friday.

The answer is as per my karma in this birth or previous birth I have to clear it, But during this process, Sadguru Sai Nath will help me so that I undergo the surgery smoothly without any pain. He will take care that the surgery is successful.

The other experience of the devotee who had promised that he would donate Rs.15,000/- and postponed doing so for a quite long time, is also true of my case. Baba, I will definitely donate the amount that I promised you as early as possible.

Smiley Sai, Singapore

I know my Sai Guru has once again created a flame in my heart to write. I haven't written any poem for long, but your kind gesture has made me realize that effort never goes waste.

Thank you once again, and May the Blessing of Sai always be showered upon us in the next year. Thank you very much.

Dharmishtha Gohil, Nairobi Kenya

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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.

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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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