N E W S L E T T E R
VOL116, JANUARY 2011
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

....."Human beings carry within their selves the two opposing aspects of nature: good and bad. Usually, that which gives pleasure is considered good and which gives pain is considered bad. In this context, pleasure includes both pleasure of body and mind. Our bodies and minds need satisfaction at every moment from the smallest things say such as, adding a little sugar to our morning cup of tea to setting up a Sugar factory. At the mental level, a person may be inspired by the photograph of a film hero in a magazine or the wish to become a hero.

All the time human beings are seeking instant gratification of the multi-dimensional aspects of their lives at the desired level and in the desired style. If we make a daily assessment of the number of physical and mental activities that gives us pleasure, then we may find that at least some of these desires never got fulfilled. That area of dissatisfaction becomes something like an area of deficit, sort of an emotional hole.

At the end of the day, some people often forget these fulfillments and remember the areas of deficit only. Let us, for instance, place all the activities of life under twelve categories, namely parents, brothers, sister, wife, children, health, job, money, property, fame, religion, God etc. With certain rare exceptions, most people want the greatest possible satisfaction in all such desires that they nurture simultaneously.

Satisfaction of the temporal status of human beings is not material in this situation because all the aforementioned aspects are human aspects and are common to all human beings all over the world. History tells us that no person on this earth, howsoever powerful or great had ever been fully satisfied in all aspects of his life. For the sake of argument, however, let us assume that someone got complete satisfaction in ten or eleven aspects of life and incomplete satisfaction in one or two aspects.

Even in such a scenario, we find that this person will spend more time and energy in brooding over only these two aspects of life which he lacked. At times such deficits or unfulfilled aspects are taken too seriously. Sometimes, the waste of time and energy on the smaller areas of life are able to cripple or even destroy the other happier and vital aspects of life. Let us take the example of a person who has everything else but has a crippled body due to an accident.

History is studded with examples of such people who achieved many things despite their physical disabilities. However, some of these people due to their pessimistic outlook have a propensity not only to disturb their own lives and also that of everyone around. Because of their peculiar mental state (sometimes magnified due to their imagination or selfishness) they become a liability for others. Such a state of mind often creates complex psychological condition or even adverse health condition.

Many of these people even become self-destructive leading to suicide such as in cases of failure in love and exams etc. Some people consider such extreme reactions in them with a sense of idealism and believe that to remain dissatisfied is a great virtue. They are often shocked to find some other people happy even despite great adversities in their lives. Sometimes they look at such balanced people as insensitive beings or as persons who are escapists or careless.

Thus in the ultimate analysis it will be seen that the enjoyment of life depends on the level of one’s satisfaction. Life gives certain things and denies certain things to all living beings. Therefore one should not be over happy when life offers certain desired pleasures and should not break down when certain things are denied by life or go wrong in life.

Shri Shirdi Sai Baba often used to tell his devotees to be happy and satisfied with whatever God has given them and to patiently watch the changing patterns of life dispassionately. This, then, is the key to a happy and meaningful life.".......


Q & A

How can we get rid of bad thoughts such as fear, apprehension, disbelief etc. that grip our mind and do not allow us to go near Sai Baba in this very life?

'It is not correct to say that bad thoughts, fears or apprehensions in our mind do not allow us to come near Sai Baba. Instead, try to view Baba amid these bad thoughts fears, apprehensions or disbeliefs. Why don’t we think that Baba controls everything? Even this fear, apprehension or disbelief is given to us in the form of a necessary experience so that tomorrow we walk on the path of progress.

If the fear would not have been there then people would have committed so many sins that the world would not have survived. In the absence of apprehensions, we would not have disciplined ourselves. If there would not have been disbelief at first, then belief or faith would not have been so strong.

So understand that whatever we regard as our bad traits, will in future, help us to attain virtues. We should think that Baba has given us everything. You cannot throw out bad thoughts. As I said, keeping the Sadguru with you, thinking all this is Baba’s leela, bear and tolerate it, and see what happens next.

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

If you want to ask any spiritual questions from Shri C. B. Satpathyji, please mail at mayianswer@gmail.com


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

SHIRDI SAI BABA - FAITH IN GURU

In Sufism, particularly in the Chistiyya order, training of the disciple (murid / salik) often included a forty-day retreat known as ‘chillah’. It was considered to be an important technique in the mystical training given by a Master (Pir) to his pupil. The aspirant would have to undertake a forty-day period of seclusion spent in fasting, meditation, recollection and devotional exercises to purify his soul. Each Pir would have his own method of initiating this spiritual experience, often held in a secluded or dark place.

A variation of the ‘chillah’ is the ‘chillah - i - mausa’ in which the aspirant is suspended in an inverted position while performing secluded prayers and meditation. The idea of ‘inverted chillah’ is very old, having existed among Sufis in Iran long before Sufism came to India. The technique consisted of being hung upside down in a lonely place like a well, for a number of hours each day – over a period of days or even throughout the forty day ‘chillah’ period. When the Pir thought that the salik was spiritually prepared, he would confer an experience of bliss through his own spiritual power known as ‘baraka’.

The ‘chillah - i -mausa’ was considered to be one of the most challenging feats in Sufi asceticism. The Sufi master Khwaja Qutubuddin ordered his murid, Baba Farid, to undertake a ‘chillah - i - mausa’ – it marked the peak of Baba Farid’s self-discipline after which he reportedly attained great spiritual powers.

Shirdi Sai Baba may have undergone an experience similar to that of Baba Farid. In Chapter 32 of the Shri Sai Satcharitra it is recorded that Baba once told of his own experience of an inverted exercise conducted by his Pir / Guru. He narrates how as a young man, wandering in the forest, he and three friends were discussing how to attain God-realisation. After testing their spiritual preparedness through the ‘vanjari’ the Guru appeared and told Sai Baba that he would himself give him an experience of what he was seeking, namely an experience of God. Baba relates….

‘…..then he took me to a well, tied my feet with a rope and hung me – head downwards and feet up – from a tree near the well. I was suspended three feet above the water, which I could not reach with my hands nor which could go into my mouth. Suspending me in this manner he went away, no one knew where. After 10-12 ghatakas (4 to 5 hours) he returned and taking me out quickly asked me how I fared. “In bliss supreme I was. How can a fool like me describe the joy I experienced?” I replied. Hearing my answer my Guru was much pleased with me….’

From the details of the physical experience described by Sai Baba, it is obvious that he was narrating a personal experience, which was virtually identical with the traditional Sufi technique of ‘chillah -i – mausa’, although in Baba’s case the time period was much shorter. Surely Sai Baba underwent some form of transformation, for he continues…. “there I forgot my parents, all my attachments were snapped, and I was liberated easily.” Sai Baba is describing a conversion experience which is well-defined as ‘tawbat’ in the Sufi path. His life changed thereafter, for he then relates how he at once joined the Guru’s school and was trained under the loving and watchful eyes of the Guru.

Official biographers of Baba however treat this crucial event as yet another parable from Baba, filled with allegory and metaphor. They elaborately justify the symbolism by saying that the forest is the jungle of the mind in which the quest for Truth takes place and the four friends are the four modes of approach. The vanjari is the Guru and the food he offers is his grace. ‘The Guru appeared’ means that after the youth has accepted the food he discovers that the giver is really the Guru.

Therefore he bows reverentially, i.e. accepts his grace. Tying him head downwards inside a well is overturning the ego, binding it and holding it within the cool waters of Peace. It is because of this that the ordeal is blissful; it is suffering beatified by the end for which it is endured.

This absorption in the Guru is the sadhana or Path followed and the final ‘in silence I bowed down’ is the extinction of the ego in Realisation. (In a footnote in Shri Sai Satcharitra, chapter 32, the author, Gunaji, also states that ‘this story should not be taken too literally; for no one can be at ease and feel bliss if he is suspended with a rope – head down and feet up – in a well for hours together.’) One wonders whether the biographers missed out a crucial point, perhaps due to lack of awareness of the Sufi ‘tariqat’ or due to their attempts at hinduising the phenomenon called Shirdi Sai Baba.

Inspite of the dichotomy, the unifying point remains that unswerving faith in the Guru is the only way to achieve God-realisation – this was the crux of Sai Baba’s teachings. ‘Nimishena Nimishardhena’, i.e., in a moment, or half a moment, the Guru and the disciple are together in that realized state as a result of the Guru’s action and the disciple’s faith.

Panchami Ukil, Kolkata

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DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

I have been reading the devotees experience section for quite a few years now and always thought blessed are these people who experience Baba's presence even now in this world. Little did I realise Baba has been there for me too. When I first got pregnant with our first daughter nobody from our family could come to help out.

My Mother-in-law could come only after a month. I had a difficult but normal delivery and my daughter weighed 9 pounds. Since she was a big baby I felt confident in taking care of her. I was thankful to God for having a normal delivery but kept blaming the doctor for not doing an ultrasound in the last month to check the size of the baby. What I did not realise then was that if my doctor had checked the size of the baby then I would have gone for a C-section knowing this is too big for a normal delivery. Even today everyone says it’s a miracle that I had a normal delivery.

We changed our doctor. My second daughter was born this February. Since my first baby was quite big, my doctor did an ultrasound every week of the last month to check on the size of the baby and found I had quite a bit of extra water (amniotic fluid). There was a chance of gestational diabetes if I became overdue. So my doctor decided to induce me on the due date. It was a Thursday.

They induced me at 8 am. There wasn't much progress till evening 7 pm. So they stopped the medication and told me to rest in the hospital that night. My mother kept calling me to remind me to take a pinch of Baba's udi with water and apply it on my forehead. Next day, Friday, I was back on induction, with very slow progress. At noon my doctor gave me the epidural saying I would deliver that day. At 2 pm the nurse checked and said there was not much progress. I was tired. I was also worried about my three year old daughter who was staying at a friend’s place. So we decided we would ask the doctor to do a C-section.

I told the sweet and talkative nurse to inform our doctor. When she came back at 4 pm to check on me I asked her what time was my C-section. And surprisingly she had forgotten to inform my doctor about it. She apologized and ran out to call my doctor. And came back saying the doctor would come to check in about an hour.

When at 5.30 pm my doctor came to check, she told me I would have to wait. She could not break my water even though I was dilating well. Due to the extra fluid there was a chance of cord-prolapse and emergency C-section. She told me to wait and that the on-call doctor would take care. She was sure I would have a C-section. Just as she said that, my water broke. We were all so surprised.

I was so glad that the nurse had forgotten to tell my doctor about the C-section and that my doctor who was ready to do a C-section on Thursday told me to wait till Friday. My little angel was delivered normally at 10 pm. My doctor waited for my delivery even though it was Friday night. She kept telling it’s a miracle that my water broke just when she thought she was done for the day and was ready to go back home. It took nearly 40 hours after induction for the baby to be born but we were both safe. Our family back in India and all my friends were worried till I gave them the good news.

My mother was holding Shri Sai Satchritra the whole time. She and my sister kept praying to Baba for me to have a normal delivery. My mother would tell me Baba will not leave your hand. And He did not. Baba has given me Shraddha and Saburi in the form of two very beautiful daughters. Thank you, Baba, for both these wonderful miracles of my life. I pray You always shower your grace on us.

Sangeeta, USA


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POEM

The Inward Sun

Deep, and deeper within
I’m drowning more until I’m lost
at the bottom of the dimension divine

Blasting light from within my body
the sun looking like a baby in front of it
divine vision entangled within my eyes
makes me know life is divine

Deep, so drowned within
endless love infinite knowing
subtle dimensions ever-creating
suns, moons, stars, colourful lights
dimensions of mind beings of bliss
and darkness
makes me feel I want to play

The inward sun, deep and deeper within
infinite gifts nothing impossible
material worlds like clay I’m molding from my soul
drowned in the bliss of all that is me
going beyond divine friendship
hiding behind some starlight
drowned in the bliss of all that is her
moving about events warping time and space

Carefree so blissful so loving perfection
ultimate liberation, ultimate insight
no god-being fooling me
my light blasts towards yet unexplored corners
of a new galaxy
not mere words but experience
experience beyond experience
dwelling in the heart only aware of formless and form

Blasting out my heart pervading every mind body
creating at mere wish destroying at mere touch
beyond faith and human life my sun radiates
all of life on every plane
walking in the world, a gentle smile a little talk
all is fine
closing my eyes
blasting in the heart
blasting around the skies
flying in the clouds, drifting between stars
tell me who could possible offer me anything
when ive all

And so I’m alone and so I’m alone
ever blissfull ever joyfull ever free
my gigantic sun blasting light
pervading all creation
my sun within, deeper and deeper
drowned in eternal bliss
immortal self

Light of lights love of love
salt of earth all thoughts mine
all bodies an expression of grace
ever creating ever watching ever blissful
drowned in your love
deeper within
drowned in the dimension divine
died to live forever
nowhere to go at all
everywhere my home!
I am all and all is me and I am becoming too

New births new stars
new laughs new smiles
spinning stars going from dream-world to dream-world
spinning mind-beings warping time warping space
all a mere shiver across my being
the soul of souls nothing escapes my fire

Blasting immense light my inward sun
and I’m a beggar walking on your earth
and I’m a beggar walking on your earth
and I’m a beggar walking on your earth
and I’m a beggar walking on your earth

Peter De Ceuster, Belgium

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Pain and Pleasure are like Twins, Always Entwined

Life is a concoction of pain and pleasure, as philosophically to understand one of them, it is important to experience the other. There are three ways to understand their relationship to life; First, we may simplistically accept that life is made out of pleasure and pain so accept both as they come. Second, we say that human beings create pain and pleasure for their lives by behaving in a particular manner. Third, one may believe that it is sinful to enjoy pleasures all the time as pain is the reality when there is so much of suffering on this earth.

The first situation is governed by a very gross human instinct when people do not give much thought to the origin of pain and pleasure. Life moves on for human beings as an assertion for wealth, progress and power. There are a larger number of human beings who do not give much thought to the morality and ethics of activities and strategies as long as they fulfill the desired objectives of their lives. Such people are happy and relaxed as they carry no stigma towards what they eat, wear or earn. It is difficult to evaluate their actions as most others would look at them and lose their belief and inclination towards the prescribed ethics of living.

The second situation suggests that we create our own pleasures and pains. This is explainable by the fact that life is beyond human control hence anything can happen anytime and when it happens, the wealth and social security insurance plans may not suffice to mitigate the suffering. In such a situation, if ever it arrives one may increase one’s suffering by blaming others thought to be responsible for that or reduce suffering by accepting it within the philosophical framework of learning from one’s Guru.

This can have some simple training in understanding that birth, death and suffering is destined to come as long as life exists. This is one reality cast in stone when one is born on earth. Yet it is difficult to adjust to it if one is not trained to do it. Hence the need for a Guru to train the disciples to face these situations.

A Sai disciple narrates that in the midst of an un-retrievable situation when she was surrounded by enemies, hounded by hate campaigners and harassed by the very police which was supposed to help her, she thought of herself as a woman who is sexually harassed, a citizen who is completely unprotected despite the mighty administrative structure in the city and a professional being defamed for standing up to justice. She cursed herself for being a woman, for being in that city and for being in a media controlled era. She could change nothing.

Life appeared to have closed all options for happiness and peace. She moved through the busy market thinking about the worst strategies to annihilate those standing against what she thought was just, when her Guru appeared suddenly before her and levelled her thoughts in a short conversation. She realized her limitations and decided to work within her human capacities leaving the rest to God. She says that it was a turning point in her life as she is happier since then. Something has to be left to the creator!

The third category of people are never going to be happy as they bury their happiness in the belief that pain is a reality and happiness is not only transitory but also an illusion. Such people are showered by many happy moments but they are constantly using and quoting the religious scriptures to prove their ‘equanimity’. Such people do not allow the rapturous expressions of joy and celebrations during happy and auspicious occasions hence become excluded and distanced from most people.

They develop a communication gap in conversing with other people as they become boring and insipid in their behaviour. Such people are knowledgeable and carry the experience of life but are not able to transfer anything to others who may need it because they lose their skill to bond and communicate. Hence, interacting with others and being in eternal communication with others is always required to be happy.

Such people build fences in society such as that of being a vegetarian or non-vegetarian, beef eaters and goat eaters, Hindi speaking or English speaking, Sai devotees or Krisna devotees, wealth entertainers or charity donators, Hindus and Muslims or Muslims and Christians. The list is endless and free communication amongst human beings is obstructed at several points. Thus the world never progresses in a sustainable manner and human misery continues unabated.

This reminds me of a poem heard in childhood,

“Some pain I had inherited from the past life (Kuch peera thi purva janam ki)

Some pain I got due to this birth, (Kuch mil gaye janam ki khatir)

Some pain I incurred through my own doings, and (Kuch lee maine jan boojh kar)

Some I generated due to my own doubts and mistrusts.” (Kuch mil gaye bhram ke karan)

The end analysis is that pain is imminent and pleasure is our constant search. We can mitigate our pains and sufferings by believing and implementing the teachings of our Guru.

Amita Singh, Delhi

 

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CHILDREN'S SECTION

The Road I Tread

You shed light in the darkness
You showed me the road to tread,
To put my gratitude in words
It simply can’t be said

As the gravel on my road
Was removed by Your holy grace,
You changed my quivering walk
To a brisk and steady pace.

The road shown long ahead of me
It would be no evening stroll,
But You held my finger my Father
& Led me on, on to my goal.

Though sometimes I was shaken
But You made me hold on to my faith,
& So what was there that could scare me?
No ghost, no ghoul, no wraith.

With me You were till the very step
From where I could lead my way,
& Then on I ran to the finish
Where awaiting, my destiny lay.

Now that this journey is over
I achieved what I wished to fulfill,
I never could have done it without You,
Your blessings & Your will.

Yet another road lies ahead of me
To be tread upon by my feet,
& At the end I hope my Father,
It is You I shall meet.

Rishan Dhamija, Age 17 years, Class XII

 

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

B. M. Sharma, Gwalior

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.

K. K. Dixit, Dubai

Inspired by the New Year Message 2010 of Shri C.B. Satpathy ji, I have to write as under on the Transmigration Of the Soul. The Energy, the Power, the vital Force which changes everything or which is the cause of change for everything in this universe, is itself unchangeable and free from all the bondages of Time and Space. The same force in the body is called Soul, the Imperishable, as pointed out by Swami Vivekanand.

It is believed by the Hindu philosophy that the soul according to its 'Karma' (Sanskar or culture) after leaving the dead body adopts another body with all its vitality. This has got the support of one of the world's greatest scientists of modern times. Thomas Alva Edison who has conducted more than 1000 inventions, has also conducted the research on 'soul'. He said that there exist electrical particles in more than 500 millions cells in the body of man. After death, these particles, leave the body, float in the atmosphere, and shift, and adopt a body for another life, when they get the opportunity.

Every inquisitive mind has got the anxiety of knowing the mysteries of life and death. The scientists of the modern times are doing research to go deeper and deeper into this question of transmigration and immortality of Soul, which comes into the scope of para-physiology.

The scientists have started believing that there is certainly a world beyond our normal consciousness, from which neither Space nor Time divides us, but only the barrier of our sense -perceptions. They believe in the intimacy of the union between the Soul and God. As Plotinus said '' ......in its true meaning the supernatural knowledge is incommunicable in words, it is the voice of the Spirit to Spirit, or the flight of the Alone to Alone, because the Soul must be very still to hear God speak''.

We have to attain the object of our earthly existence that is the realization of higher and wider consciousness, to discover our true personality, which is immortal. The attainment of this consciousness is the attainment of not the future life but the higher life, the consciousness of the presence of God within.

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READER'S REFLECTION

Lanka Venkata Subba Rao, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

I have been going through the contents of every item of the Heritage of Shirdi Sai Magazine and News letter every-time. The contents really create a wonderful Spiritual feeling. I believe that Lord Shri Shirdi Sai Baba has blessed and so the outcome is that its activities are marvelous and amazing.

The authors contributing the various material to the magazine, I feel, are those who are blessed by Lord Shri Shirdi Sai Baba (Goddess Saraswathi). The endeavour shown in establishing the diverse activities are really worth and it is the Grace of Lord Shri Shirdi Sai Baba.

I pray Lord Shri Shirdi Sai Baba to extend full and everlasting support for its activities for use of the community.

Poonam Arora, USA

Sai Baba’s devotees are indeed very fortunate to get many different view points from other Sai devotees through this wonderful magazine. I have been drawn to Baba in the last four years and I have never been happier. I have come across a lot of great Sai devotees who have not only encouraged me but have been my guides and mentors in this journey of Shraddha and Saburi. May Baba bless each and every one of them.

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NEWS OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES

SHREE SHIRDI SAI PEETH, Baripada Website

On the 1st Jan 2011, the NEW ODIA & HINDI Websites off SHREE SHIRDI SAI PEETH, Baripada were launched after getting the approval from Revered Shri Satpathyji during His Odisha Visit from 25thDec-2nd Jan. The websites are designed and developed by A. Niraj Kumar and the contents were prepared by Saumyaranjan Mishra from Baripada. It is the 1st Website of Baba in Odia language. The original ENGLISH website was launched on the Dussehra of 2009. The three websites can be viewed at the following URLs:

http://www.shirdisaipeeth.org

http://www.shirdisaipeeth.org/hindi

http://www.shirdisaipeeth.org/odia

The websites features User Registration, E-mail Alerts, Photo and Video gallery, books and cds of Shri Satpathyji, downloads of various apps, blogs, all the Odia interviews with revered Shri Satpathyji in English and Hindi subtitles etc.

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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