N E W S L E T T E R
VOL117, FEBRUARY 2011
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

Whom to blame?

I realize that everybody’s life comes to a full cycle between birth and death. Life is a dynamic process consisting of multiple activities, physical, mental and spiritual. The spirit of life, which for our understanding at this stage may be defined as the Soul (Atma), is said to be the root cause of human birth. This soul force in each living being brings along with it impressions of past lives.

When this soul force creates a living entity like a human being, it becomes a ‘Jiva’. This jiva or human being is endowed with certain mental and physical instruments in the form of mental and physical ‘indriyas’ in order to carry-on its worldly activities (both physical and mental) in accordance with his desires, either created in this life or brought forward from the past lives. Using the various faculties of mind and body, he calculates and strives to achieve his desired objects. While doing so, at times, he succeeds and at time he fails to achieve.

When he achieves, whatever he desires, he feels happy and when he fails to achieve his objectives, he feels unhappy. His life goes through a series of achievements and non-achievements till his death. Besides the inherent capabilities of the mind and the body, it is the circumstance in which he tries to achieve his goals which contributes immensely in bringing success or failure.

Human beings do try to use the circumstantial advantages to their benefit and control the un-favourable circumstances to the extent it is possible for them to do so. However, no person, the mightiest and the lowliest alike, has ever been able to control the circumstances to the fullest extent in accordance with his desires. History indicates that some mighty rulers had miserable death.

The greatest limitation of the living beings is that they cannot control their circumstances beyond a certain point. When circumstances become favourable, sometimes, one achieves more than what he anticipates and when circumstances become unfavourable, he achieves less than his expectations.

A saint or a wise man accepts such limitations, and therefore, lives happily, whereas others who fail to accept such a reality, suffer agony. Take for example a child who has genetic disorders as a result of which his physical organs are defective or his mental faculties are limited. In such a situation, who is to be blamed, if we try to blame someone else, including the parents, nature or God for this miserable state of things?

Again for example, when many people perish due to landslide in a hill, then who is to be blamed? Can one get a solution by blaming the hills or the forces of nature? Even if one makes such factors responsible for his misery, does it bring a solution to his satisfaction? Blame the deities one worships or the non-manifested sovereign energy force called God? Many people do so but I do not know if this brings about a solution to their problems.

The Hindu vedic seers have explained such happenings through the theory of Karma. The theory of Karma, elucidated exhaustively in the Gita Mahapurana, simply states that “as you sow, so you reap”. This reaping of the seed of Karma can be of this life or the earlier lives. According to the Karma Theory, visible reactions are not always commensurate with visible actions.

The blue-print of the invisible action-reaction syndrome is carried forward by the human beings (Jivas) from their past lives. This seems to be a good spiritual solution, but, except for the highly evolved souls, an ordinary man is not capable of mentally accepting such a concept in its totality and holding on to a stoic attitude to life. In such an eventually who is to be blamed?

Some human beings have a tendency to blame others, which includes other human beings, society, circumstances and even God for all their miseries simply because they cannot accept the realities of life. They forget that God or nature has created human beings of widely different varieties and has given a right to each one to complete his lifecycle as ordained by destiny.

Some of them often hold-on to their so-called moral standards and blame others for not coming up to their level. This is another type of self-created problem by the so-called good people. “If I am so good, they say, “Why should I suffer?” or that “Why should the bad people enjoy life?”

Therefore, it would be wise to avoid such an attitude of blaming others as no human being is even near perfection (spiritually speaking) on this earth. One needs to learn to accept certain realities, how-so-ever painful and make the best use of whatever is good and favourable to achieve reasonable standards of happiness and success in his life cycle.

May Shri Sai bless us all. ".......


Q & A

What is the subtle role played by the Gurus in the spiritual evolution of the disciple?

The subtle power of Guru works in so many ways that it is difficult to understand it. In short this has different levels and stages for His work process. First of all the Guru attracts the disciple towards Him. This power of attraction touches him in the form of a thought wave and he becomes overjoyed with it. This is called ‘Salokya’.

As a result of this, purity starts settling in his heart. Because of this settlement of purity in his heart he gradually starts coming near to the Guru. This is called ‘Saamipya’. Then as the internal power of Guru slowly enters the form of the disciple he starts resembling the Guru in his form, gestures, and appearance etc. This is called ‘Saarupya’ (a form like that of Guru).

Then the stage of ‘Saushtriya’ comes which means the subtle power of Guru starts working through the medium of the disciple. In the end when the disciple is totally absorbed in the Guru, then he doesn’t have his free existence and the Guru and disciple become one. This is called ‘Saayujya’.

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FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“Occasionally some turned up wanting Brahma Jnana from Baba to be handed over to them like a packet of sweets across the counter. One such person was a rich man who went to Baba, and expressly put the question to Baba, ‘What is God like?’ Baba did not address the visitor, but asked some devotee near him to go to Bagchand Marwadi and tell him that Baba wanted Rs.100, and then bring the money.

That man returned in a minute and said, ‘The Marwadi (Money lender) says that he has no money, and sends his namaskar’. Baba again sent this man to another money lender to ask him for the loan of Rs. 100. This time also the devotee returned saying that the money lender said that he had no money. Baba next said, ‘Fetch Nana Saheb Chandorkar’. Nana came.

Then Baba told Nana that he wanted Rs.100. Nana at once wrote a chit to the same Bagchand Marwadi for a loan of Rs.I00, and in a minute the money came from that Marwadi, and Nana placed that sum in Baba’s hands. Baba then said, ‘It is all like this in this world.’ The impatient visitor could make out nothing at all and could not understand why, when he asked about God, Baba did not answer the question but went on sending people for loans, and asked Das Ganu why Baba did so. Das Ganu said that Baba had answered his question.

The visitor wanted to know how. Das Ganu said, ‘When others asked for money, it was not forthcoming, but when Nana Saheb asked for it, the money was at once forthcoming. So, the man who merely asks, “What is God like” does not get to know it. But the man who is qualified to know that and only the man who deserves to know that, gets that knowledge. Baba’s answer therefore is “Deserve before you desire Brahman”.

On another occasion, a very rich man came to Baba with a large amount of money in his pocket, and with great anxiety to avoid extra expenditure, as far as possible, he had engaged a cab for the journey from Kopergaon to Shirdi and back, promising to return in half an hour.

So, the man came in a hurry to Baba and said, ‘Baba, show me God, Brahman. It is for this I have come all this long way. People say that Shirdi Baba reveals Brahman very quickly.’ Baba said, ‘Do not fear. Immediately and clearly I will show you. This is not a matter that could be put off. It is hard to get questioners seeking illumination like you. (Here Baba’s irony was hardly understood by the man).

Most people seek wealth, cure of disease or trouble, honour, position, or perpetual pleasure and other earthly objects. None wants God. Oh, I long to see those who long to see God. Now, Brahman is the root cause of the Universe that which accounts for Solar and Planetary motions, variations of seasons and division of all functions. One must know, i.e., realise Brahman before death. Else there will be an ever recurring cycle of births and deaths. ReaIisation gives 'Kevala Advaita Sukham '. A Guru gives it and only a Guru can'.

Baba then turned to some others and sent a boy out with these words: “Go, tell Nandalal Marwadi, Baba urgently wants a hand loan of Rs.5/- and bring the money”. The boy went and found the marwadi absent. Baba sent more messages to absent men. The rich man was getting impatient at Baba’s failure to give him atmajnan or sight of God, more especially because delay would mean extra payment to the tonga walla whom he had engaged for the return journey also.

He saw, of course, that Baba wanted Rs.5 and he could stop the repeated requests of Baba for Rs.5 by paying it out of the Rs.250/¬- he had in his pocket. But he was oppressed with the fear that if he advanced the loan, it might prove irrecoverable. He asked Baba, ‘Will you help me to grasp Brahman?’

Baba replied, ‘You see what I have been doing all this while is to enable you to see God even as you are now seated. Have you understood nothing? I want five. One must surrender the five to get at Brahman. One must surrender the five senses (Indriyas), the five pranas and manas, Buddhi, Ahankar (Mind, Intellect and Ego) (all of which involve Vairagya i.e., detachment). The road to Brahma Jnana is hard to tread. All cannot tread it. When it dawns, there will be light. One who feels unattached to things terrestrial and celestial is alone competent to have Brahmajnan'.

The man found that Baba had read his strong attachment to the Rs.5/- which he considered more important than getting Brahmajnana Upadesa.

Baba taught the absolute importance of complete surrender of Tan Man Dan, that is, body, mind and possessions, as an essential preliminary to fitness to understand and be absorbed in God. This surrender is set out in Srimad Bhagavata and other works. ”......

 


 

ARTICLE

In Search of Sai

Why lost thou go to the forest in search of Him. He dwelt in everything, yet He is ever distinct. He abided in thee as well as in the fragrance that is in a flower, or reflection in a mirror. So, doesn’t God dwell inside everything. Seek Him therefore in thy heart

Guru Tej Bahadur

This is true because God is all pervading and omnipresent. He is the one who is Himself a creator and is Himself the created. God can be obtained through ‘Bhakti’ which involves constant absorption in His name, in the lord of love. Mere mechanical repetition of ‘Nam’ or ‘Simran’ may not bring good results.

The ‘Simran’ may be vocal or silent, but it must involve one’s mind internally like background music in a theatre, so that there is a sense of oneness with God. Without pleasing God all actions are worthless, while pleasing God means crossing an ocean. But one has to live as a householder and live pure amidst the impurities of the world. One has to kill one’s sexual attraction, anger, greed, attachment and arrogance for achieving undesirable wishes to introduce purity into one’s life.

The purpose of life is to liberate man from his threefold suffering, comprising physical disease, mental disharmony, and spiritual ignorance and ultimately achieve spiritual evolution keeping in mind that God is one; out of ‘Him’ everything emanates. God is formless but we are seeking God in different forms because we feel that everything we see around us is an impression of God.

God dwells in every human body, in everyone’s heart but still we feel His presence more in temples and various pilgrimages and other places of religious importance. We feel the piousness and sanctity of vibration more at these places as compared to the informal atmosphere of homes where diversions and distractions are at every step due to various activities, domestic responsibilities and obligations.

The atmosphere of the temple is more pious where one can concentrate better before one’s deity as most people come with ‘Bhakti Bhav’. We have Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Durga, Hanuman and Sai as idols for worship. These are not mere idols but ‘Ideals’ as every idol represents an ideal.

Why should we criticize idol worship without understanding its significance? What are we doing, when we salute the National Flag? Though we see only a piece of cloth, we are really saluting or revering the ideal which the flag represents, our national aspirations, values and culture. The use of symbols for worship is meant to make us single minded and gain the very same qualities of the idol we revere.

The Christians worship the symbol ‘Cross’ which represents Jesus. For Hindus, the symbol ‘Om’ represents Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Muslims worship ‘Majars’ and ‘Tombs’ of their great souls and illuminate the tombs with lights or diyas (oil lamps). Is it not idol worship?

Each one of us believes in idol worship, only the form gets changed and the fact is that we move from form to formless gradually. These are the stages which one has to cross while moving on the path of spiritualism. Every one gets different experiences at different places in different temples, knowing fully well that ‘God is one’ and ‘Omnipresent’ still we cannot come out of that thinking and thus develop faith for particular place and temple.

The devotees of ‘Shirdi Sai Baba’ also get unique kinds of experiences in Chattarpur ‘Sai’ temple on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road (New Delhi). This temple is altogether a different world where you feel the presence of living ‘Sai Baba’. The very entry into the temple brings immense pleasure and ecstasy to the heart. You forget all ill feelings and bury evil thoughts.

The power of right direction comes instantly as the divine light enters straight into one’s heart and mind and like ‘Hanuman’ one gets the feeling of ‘Sai Murti’ being installed in one’s heart in the same way that ‘Ram Sita’ are etched in Hanuman’s bosom. You experience the fragrance of God’s presence.

You feel as if someone is watching your pace while you are ascending towards Sai. Your thoughts and actions are being noticed by some divine power and thus the darkness of ignorance and the negative feelings or thoughts of resentment, hatred, jealousy and revenge vanish and the supreme light of ‘knowledge’ and ‘bhakti’ brings about a sweet relationship with God. Blessed are those who listen, obey, follow and implement Baba’s teachings through ‘Sai Satcharitra’.

I really wonder how can anyone live without thinking of God? God has innumerable names yet He is ‘One’. He is an incarnation of Love, Compassion, Mercy and Peace. Why should we wait for sorrows to grip us and then go to God? Why can't we devote ourselves to long, deep meditation and discipline our mind to develop the strength to discriminate between good and bad?

We must carry God’s blessings and His energy as long as we can by observing silence and surely we’ll experience some signs of God’s sweet response. This is the way one grows in divine consciousness. Give ‘Him’ your heart sincerely; trust ‘Him’ wholeheartedly and unconditionally. Give everything to God, even the responsibilities for your actions.

Communicate with God and develop one to one relationship. God doesn’t punish for human mistakes. He is very kind and loving and gives us a number of chances to evolve and become part of ‘Him’. Try to cleanse the body to make it obey you, discipline the mind, explore your power and potential and channelize your energy towards ‘Bhakti’. Just try and gradually you will develop restlessness to achieve more and more, your thrust for God’s nearness will increase day by day and this will be the beginning of ‘Bhakti’ in you.

‘Sai Baba’s temple will surely bring relief to you. Do spare some of your precious time on Thursdays to visit any of Baba’s temples where the day begins with Baba’s Abhishek. The overflowing notes of Baba’s four Aartis in the temple in an enchanting melodious marathi language resound inside and outside the temple.

The first Aarti at 9 A.M. for waking up Baba is known as ‘Kakad Aarti’. Then at 12 Noon is the ‘Madhyan Aarti’, ‘Dhoop Aarti’ starts at 6 P.M. in the evening and lastly the ‘Shej Aarti’ at 9 P.M. that makes our darling Baba go to sleep, takes us into those olden days of Shirdi when these original Aartis were sung in Baba’s presence.

The lyrics composed by K.J. Bhishma, resident of Bori Village (Dist. Nagpur) and of Dasganu, flow deep into the heart and fill the entire surroundings with their echoing effect. The various instruments used during Aarti add to the richness. All men, women, young and old and all other devotees irrespective of their age, caste and creed experience the sense of unique happiness, togetherness, breaking all kinds of man made barriers of personal communal and religious levels. The basic concept is its root which is the pure feeling of equality. One gets the ‘Bhav’ and ‘Bliss’ of being with Baba. This helps in spiritual progress.

This temple of Sai Baba known as ‘Shirdi Dham’ gives the feeling of one family where you can render your services in whatever capacity you want. So why not use your potential and your talents for the one who has given you this wealth in different ways.

You can sing bhajans, play instruments, render social work, Baba’s seva, read ‘Sai Satcharitra’ (the book written in Baba’s presence) which is available in ‘Dwarka Mai’ and can be purchased from the stall at the entrance. There is also a mini library which can be utilized by the devotees to expand their knowledge on Baba and also to satisfy their spiritual urge to know more and more for spiritual evolution.

It is believed that ‘Anna Daan’ is ‘Maha Daan’. This temple observes this ‘Daan’ by providing food on all seven days of the week which is a unique feature of this temple. On every ‘Poornima’ there is a ‘Satyanarayan Katha’ which can be attended by everyone irrespective of caste, creed, religion and status. This ‘Katha’ is performed in the same style as at Shirdi. The devotees perform the rituals and pooja under the guidance and instructions of the pandit. Is it not interesting to do ‘Satyanarayan Katha’ on your own?

There is also a small dispensary to provide medical facilities. The dispensary is open twice a week in the morning and provides free treatment to all ailing and sick people by experienced doctors.

Sai

Give me the guidance to know
when to hold on and when to let go
and the grace to make
the right decision with dignity.
OM SAI

Veena Singh, Delhi

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DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

Last year in October I left my job because of politics at work and due to personal reasons. I could not handle the stress and could not cope with my personal and work problems. My biggest mistake was overconfidence. I had thought that since I have 7 years of work experience with a Fortune 500 company, it would not be difficult for me to get a job.

With this attitude, without consulting Baba, I resigned. My personal problems remained as they were but now difficulties of job hunting made my situation worse. Though with Baba’s grace and blessings, I cleared my exam in which I had appeared shortly after my resignation but I could no get any suitable job. My personal problems seemed to be never ending and getting a job was becoming a necessity.

A very close and dear friend of mine suggested that I take a break from and get out of this place for some time. All this time, the only thing that I continued doing was lighting my diya, dhoop and agarbatti every day and I prayed every single day.

I still had very strong faith in Baba and never lost this faith for even one day. In the past on one of the occasions when I had asked something from Baba, I had promised Him that no matter what happens in my life I will light your jyoti (diya), dhoop and agarbatti. Even after my wish comes true, I will keep praying every day.

My wish had come true and since then I always light my diya, agarbatti and dhoop. I knew that if I asked Baba to get me a job, he would have given me one right away. But I was scared of asking anything because I thought what if that is not good for me. Leaving everything to Baba, I booked my tickets to go on a holiday to my sister’s place in California. The very next day I got a call for an interview. To my great surprise, this was another Fortune 500 company.

I went for the interview and was offered a job but was told to join them right away. I didn’t know what to say. I explained that my tickets were non refundable but I would cut my vacation to half and come back early. I left that place wondering why I didn’t tell them that I will cancel my vacation as a job was more important. I prayed to Baba to please help me. As soon as I reached home, I got a call from this potential employer asking me to meet the Senior Vice President the following day and that they would wait for me to return from the vacation. I cannot express my joy in words.

I went for the final interview. It had to go well because I had Baba’s blessing with me. The Senior Vice President was very impressed and I came home with positive signals. However I get a call from the recruitment agency to tell me that the employers would give me their decision by the end of the next week after they interviewed other candidates. I was little nervous and upset as I had to leave for California. I prayed to help me to enjoy my vacation as without a job, how could I enjoy the time off. Once again I left everything on Baba.

To my great surprise as soon as I reached California, my sister told me I got that job and that I had to join them from August 5th (two weeks after). My joy knew no bounds. I felt like crying and the first thing I said to my sister that Baba has heard my prayers and I will now be able to enjoy my vacation.

My Baba is with me all the time. My faith in him is now even stronger than ever. I urge each one of you, who is Baba’s true devotee, never let your faith waver for even a second. Have full faith in Him. If you look at Him with full love and devotion, trust me you will find Him right next to you. Baba will fulfill all your wishes just like He did mine.

Tripti Shah, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


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POEM

CONFESSIONS

When I was offered to go,
I chose to be;
When I was offered to die,
I chose to live;
When I was offered faith,
I chose to be practical;
So echoes in the stoic silence,
confessions of a lesser mortal.

When I was offered to rest,
I chose to be awake;
When I was offered a dip,
I chose to keep afloat;
When I was offered patience,
I chose to be radical;
So echoes in the stoic silence,
confessions of a lesser mortal.

When I was offered my ‘Self’
I chose to chase myself;
When I was offered the ‘Path’
I chose to go astray;
When I was offered the ‘Able Hands’,
I chose to be logical;
So echoes in the stoic silence,
confessions of a lesser mortal.

Sairam

Debabrata Satpathy, Delhi

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Pain and Pleasure are like Twins, Always Entwined

This world is full of dualities. Everything that appears in this physical world comes in pairs. If a man is there, woman is also there, truth is as real as lies in the world, and if good exists evil can also be experienced, if there is guru there has to be a disciple. Existence of god is as much a reality as existence of devotee, if there is ignorance there is knowledge, if there is darkness there is light, if there is happiness there is unhappiness as well.

Hence in this limited world everything that is apparent as well as elusive comes in perfect pairs or we can say in duality. The universe has been created with a perfect balance of opposites. If we say that we are rich there are poor, if we say that somebody is very famous there are others who are leading a very insignificant and infamous life.

We will find that humans are probably the only beings who are endowed with this awareness of dualities in the nature and maybe as far as the other species are concerned they are blissfully ignorant about this aspect, neither it is of any interest to them. Whereas we humans who are supposed to be called as superior beings are endowed with this special faculty of knowledge or intellect as we call it, to understand the concept of dualism, but whether it can be considered as a blessing or curse is again another dualistic debatable issue which can be discussed and debated endlessly.

We can say that people who understand this existence of duality in its proper perspective can consider themselves as blessed and maybe to unveil this very significant truth Baba had staged the act with Nana Sahib Chandorkar wherein he is asked to give spiritual interpretation of a Sanskrit slokha from Shankarbhasya, surely Baba’s intention wouldn’t have been to demonstrate his knowledge of Sanskrit neither was it his intention to quash the ego of Nanasaheb who according to the story used to consider himself as most learned.

Though these two objectives might have been achieved as a natural corollary of the incident but it was quiet evident that Baba wanted to teach the significance of the aspect of dualism by clearly showing Gyanam exists within Agyanam. He has clearly hinted that both are complementary to each other and that they can be used in the same slokha without disturbing the meaning or essence of the slokha.

He had further made it clear that no one can speak about Dwaita while remaining in an Adwaita state. Through this slokha Baba had tried to hint that it is not possible to talk or experience non-dualism for the individuals while remaining in a dualistic state. This simple example is proof enough for all of us that all that exists in the dualistic physical world is actually faces of the same coin and are complementary to each other, we turn it this way it would be heads that way it would be tails but the value of the coin will always remain unchanged.

Hence one can easily draw a similarity of this concept while discussing pains and pleasures because depending on the perception of the individual anything which could be considered as a matter of intense pain for someone can also be considered as a matter of pleasure for another individual or vice versa . For ex. in Mahabharata towards the end when the Pandavas became victorious and Shri Krishna was about to take leave from Kunti , she started crying profusely so Krishna asked her her why she was unhappy now that her sons have become victorious and regained their kingdom for which she replies that “though I have everything now but since you are leaving us I am unhappy whereas all these days when we were in trouble you were constantly beside us I was leading a happier life.”

This clearly shows that happiness and unhappiness, pleasures and pain is an individual perception depending upon how you look at it and both are sides of the same coin always complementing each other in the dualistic world and that if you aspire for pleasures, you should be prepared to welcome pain as well which is going to knock at your door unasked and if you are in pain then pleasure and happiness is not far away from your doorstep,.

Though this might sound a little absurd and hopeless theoretically but practically if we sit and ponder we will realize that this is an absolute truth. However the situation is not as hopeless as it appears to be. For the seekers who know and acknowledge this truth it becomes easier for them to measure both pain and pleasure with the same yardstick just as it is very easy for a child who has got hurt to forget the pain the moment they are consoled by parents similarly for each one of us our satguru acts as parents and are there to guide and guard us in all our actions.

If we are in turmoil they console us and make us forget our woes however big or small and if we are in pleasure they will keep a strict watch on us so that we do not go overboard and role over to the other side of the coin that is invite troubles for ourselves.

All these actions are performed by the Sadgurus in such a subtle manner that in spite of being invisible they make their presence felt at each turning point of our lives and they slowly guide us over the dualistic aspect of the universe to a non-dualistic stage wherein we realize that all that appears to be dualistic is actually an illusion and that the doer and the doncee, the pleasure and pains, the guru and the disciple are but one compound element which and are intrinsically entwined with each other in such a manner that they cannot be perceived individually nor can be separated from each other.

Uma Besen, Delhi

 

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CHILDREN'S SECTION

MAA AUR MAIN

Main Priasha
apni maa ki priya asha
aur maa meri hai
pyaar aur sneh ki paribhaasha

Jab shishu thi bezubaan thi
man ki baat na kehe paati thi
par maa mehsoos kar leti thi
phir mujhse lipatkar mujhe seti thi

Jab jeevan mein toofanon ne bhaybheet kiya
tab maa ne mujhe aanchal mein lapet liya
maa ki sparsh ne har dar ko bhagaaya
maa ki khushboo ne meethi neend sulaaya

Antim kshan jab aayega
aur deh se praan chhoot jaayega
tab aatma se Sai poochhenge
tu kis roop mein waapas jaayega?

Lipat jaaoongi Sai charnon se
mila do mujhe phir usi maa se
bhar deti thi jo jeevan mamta ke rang se
apoorn hoon main jiske na hone se

Prabhu! bani rahoon main apni maa ki priya asha
janam janam tak
anant aur antaheen
yahi meri hai abhilasha
yahi meri hai abhilasha...

Priasha Sai Ukil, Kolkata

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Sunny Gill, Gurgaon

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having human experience. Hence, why do we people stay in prisons when the door is wide open!!! It is a divine fact all that spirit desires, spirit attains. Focus all your energies on one desire, multiplying your efforts manifold and the impossible is achieved"

Matthew Oakes, Santa Maria, CA, USA

Saw this great prayer and wanted to share it: I pray for understanding and acceptance of my circumstances. I pray for spiritual healing as I am weary. I pray for a stronger body so I can do more for others. I pray for a healing of my consciousness so I may be a better steward of the world we share. Please heal me so that I can better understand my mind/body connection.

Neeraja Nimmagadda, Austin, TX, USA

Be happy with what you have got instead of wanting more all the time! I think that is the primary cause of unhappiness for many. We have to stop wanting and start enjoying what we already have. We need to learn to find happiness within. A simple way to do that is to be thankful.

Call upon Sai in your sorrow, He is Comfort;
Call upon Sai in your weakness, He is Strength;
Call upon Sai when you are fearful, He is Hope;
Call upon Sai when you are lonely, He is Love!

"I" is ego "Want" is desire
Remove ego and desire and you may have....peace.
Peace, it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart!

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READER'S REFLECTION

Ms. Nancy Tan, Sydney Australia

Words cannot describe how Blessed I feel to learn that my experience had been chosen for Heritage of Shirdi Sai magazine and I feel so very honoured for it to be posted to me and kept waiting to collect it from the local Post Office. I have many more experiences of different deities, but they are all the same from the one and only source, we call God. Babaji is my visual guide as I see him all the time in my bhajans, meditation and dreams. I feel very blessed!

Amita Singh, Delhi

It is really very enlightening and also very contemporary. I find that it is passing Sai directed information in a very subtle and modern manner which does not make many of us (fence sitters) alienated in a very hard core religious crowd. It is colorful, knowledgeable and also fantastically edited!

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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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