FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
research tells us that during the last many thousands of years many species have
been extinguished on this earth. Some of these species like the Dinosaurs were
much more powerful physically than most of the other species of that time. It
is because they could not adjust with the onslaughts of the changing environmental
conditions of the time that they became extinct.
theories have been propounded for cause of such environmental changes. This is
so because these physically gigantic and powerful species did not have the required
level of intelligence to fight against such natural catastrophes as their cerebral
capacity had not been developed.
the other hand the human race survived such dire situations due to its superior
intelligence. From the stages of the Cave Man, the Iron Man to the stage of the
modern man the human race, at every stage of evolution, proved the Darwinian principle
of the 'survival of the fittest'.
At the early stages of evolution the human race did not have the concept of God
as we understand today. It was afraid of natural forces like fire, thunder, rains
and even dangerous animals like the snakes, tigers and others. In order to escape
from onslaught of these forces of nature the early man started a process of their
process of appeasement was based on fear and not love. Later, the human mind imagined
and created concepts like the Gods of war, of good crop, of health cure etc with
the hope to make life more comfortable with their help. As the intelligence and
consciousness of human beings started evolving their concepts about God also started
evolving. They started having the idea of a mighty divine power and gave it different
names as God, nature, spirit etc.
Through the experience of ages human beings experienced the existence of their
own consciousness. Through the search of their own consciousness they conceived
the idea of an all pervading Super Conscious entity which they termed as God.
Gradually they linked their own origin from this Super Conscious Being.
they realised that every thing on this earth and the universe emanated from this
Super Conscious Being. Having realised this they started worshipping this all
pervading and creative consciousness of nature. The initial systems of worship
were thus based on the human ideas to get maximum help and least trouble from
the various forces of nature and the highest Supreme Conscious Being called God.
Some human beings
carried out experiments on their own consciousness through the process of concentration
and meditation. Some of them experienced the intrinsic link between their consciousness
and the Super Consciousness. They realised that their consciousness is a part
of this Supreme Consciousness and that after living in the human body their consciousness
would merge with it.
It is because of such superior intelligence that the human race became superior
to all other species on this earth. Some of the most advanced researchers besides
realising the existence of God in them also learnt the process of drawing extra
powers and capabilities from the Master-source of all living and non-living powers.
Through the use
of such powers they started helping other human beings and species. They are called
as Saints or the Masters whom the human apotheosises and worships. Let us pray
Shri Sai bless us all. ".......
Q & A
is the actual meaning of the word ‘Samarpan’?
‘Samarpan’ means to offer in equal form. Whatever we will offer to
God, He gives us in accordance with the same. This means, to offer our self to
the God and Guru in the same way, and this offering is at the level of thoughts.
Samarpan’ means – when the Guru offers pure thoughts even when trying
to remove our sufferings, do we offer pure thoughts to Him while doing the work
assigned by the Guru. God gives pure thoughts ‘Shudha Bhava’ and wants
pure thoughts. If this is not there then it is only a prayer – for fulfilment
of certain needs.
In Baba’s aarti there is a line : ‘Jaya mana jaisa bhav taya taisa
anubhav’ - the way a person thinks he feels the same way. With whatever
feeling we offer we should receive with the same purity. Some people think that
offering coconut and clothes etc. is also a ‘Bhavarpan’.
it is not like this, because the Guru doesn’t accept these physical offerings
but He accepts the ‘Bhava’ or intention with which it is offered.
While trying to offer, if the intention goes wrong then it becomes unacceptable.
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FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
first impression of Baba was fairly good. He had his own ways of viewing spiritual
matters and he was a good student of sacred literature especially in Marathi.
He was studying Eknath’s and Jnaneswar’s books, making fairly good
progress in spirituality, as ordinarily understood. But there was something very
peculiar in his case. Jnaneswari is used as pothi, a daily parayana book by most
people and they succeeded in effecting one complete parayanam within a specified
period, the reading going on from day to day.
In Sri B.V.Dev’s case, however, on the first occasion, on the second and
also on the third, whenever he began the parayana of Jnaneswari, obstacles of
various sortss sprang up, and he could not finish the reading in a continuous
fashion. He was very puzzled and also disgusted.
must be some unseen reason behind the obstacle. What it could be, he could not
guess. This was one of the things which brought him nearer to Baba. When he went
to Shirdi with Jnaneswari, he was anxious to get Baba’s aid for overcoming
the unseen obstacle. He gave Baba the Jnaneswari with one rupee so that the book
might be returned to him for study.
Baba: Why one rupee? Bring Rs.20
Dev brought and gave Rs. 20, but still Baba said nothing about Pothi. That night
Dev was trying to talk to Balakram Manker, who had derived much spiritual benefit
from Baba and asked him to narrate his experiences with Baba, showing how he got
into His grace. Balakram Manker put off the narration till the next evening. Next
day Baba asked Dev, ‘Give me Rs.20’, Dev paid it and went back and
was talking to Balakram. Balakram was just beginning his narration. Just then
Baba sent for Dev. and Dev went.
Baba: What were you talking? With whom and where?
B.V.Dev: At Dixit wada I was talking with Balakram about your greatness and fame.
Baba: Fetch Rs. 25
Dev fetched and paid Rs. 25 to Baba.
Baba: Sit here in the mosque.
Baba then suddenly grew angry and said, ‘Why are you stealing my rag? Is
it your way to steal and that despite your grey hairs? I will kill you with a
hatchet’. Baba’s asking for dakshinas and his sudden anger might ordinarily
be supposed to act as shocks to his mind, but in whatever way they were intended
to operate, Baba did not make it clear at once.
Dev was benefited and did not know what the rag was and what the anger would lead
to. After ten minutes of such fiery anger, Dev was sent back. Half an hour later,
Baba sent for Dev and all the others to come to the Masjid. Then Baba addressing
Dev, said, 'Tambye Bhav, have I wounded you by talking of the rag? If there is
theft, it has to be mentioned. There is no other go. Be it so. God will look to
everything'. Then he asked Dev for Rs. 12 dakshina which Dev procured and paid.
Baba to Dev: What are you doing'?
Baba: Go on reading Pothi daily in the morning at the wada. When I wished to give
you a nice lace shawl in its entirety, why do you go and steal a tatter?
then began reading lnaneswari as Pothi and thereafter there were no more obstacles.
This was a sure proof to him of Baba's controlling powers and there was no necessity
for him thereafter to enquire about the experience of others. Dev realised that
such personal experiences formed a full lace shawl given by Baba and picking up
secondhand information from others of their experiences of Baba amounted to stealing
rags of Baba.
Though Dev succeeded in reading Jnaneswari without obstacle, he had made no progress
in understanding its meaning. Baba then appeared in his dream and asked, ‘Do
you understand the meaning of what you read?’
Dev with tears: ‘No. How can I understand unless you grant it by your grace?’
Baba: ‘You are reading too hastily. Sit by my side and read.’
Dev: ‘What shall I read?’
Dev went in and brought Adhyatma Ramayana. Then the dream ended and Dev woke up.
When Dev found that his completion of Jnaneswari was evidently a chamatkar of
Baba, by which he overcame the unseen obstacles to the completion of his parayanam
of Jnaneswari, he understood that this chamatkar of Baba was a full lace shawl
while the stories about Baba’s lilas which he would glean from Manker would
be second-hand stories of other people’s experiences.
Baba occasionally gave him hints for his spiritual progress. But it was not always
that Dev could understand them correctly. Baba asked Dev once, ‘Bhav, give
me dakshina’. B. V. Dev gave one guinea.
Baba: ‘Give more’
Baba, after getting four guiness said, ‘Though four were given by you, Baba
has got only one’.
Dev: ‘Baba I have given four’.
'Yes, but I have only one. You will know’.
The obvious interpretation is, though the devotee surrenders his fourfold Antahkarana
Manas, Buddhi, Ahamkara and Chitta, Baba receives only the Jiva and all multiplicity
when it reached God-Baba, becomes one. So the mind must surrender multiplicity
unto the Guru God to attain unity.”......
disciple was the Master – the Sadguru of Bengal and Guru a wandering monk
Most of us have heard of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa – Guru of Swami Vivekananda,
the famous spiritual leader who delivered an unforgettable eloquent lecture on
Hinduism and Indian Vedanta philosophy in the celebrated Parliament of Religions
of 1893 in Chicago. He subsequently established - ‘Ramakrishna Mission’
which is now engaged in the service of humanity and is spread widely in almost
every part of the world. However, very few amongst us are aware about the spiritual
master of Sadguru Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
Totapuriji was one the spiritual teachers whom Shri Ramkrishna Himself proclaimed
as His Guru. Apart from Totapuriji, Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa had two other spiritual
teachers, one taught Him the ultimate divinity through tantra-sadhana whereas
the other gave Him an initiation to realize Allah (God) through Islam. Thus Shri
Ramkrishna realized the ultimate truth through different ways showing mankind
that various religions are nothing but different ways to reach unto God. He said
– “As many faiths, so many paths”. This article will focus on
was born in Ludhiana of Punjab state in 1780 and left his mortal coil in 1866.
He was very strongly built and very rarely fell ill in life. Totapuriji was head
of a monastery at Ladhana located in the Ludhiana district of Punjab. The monastery
was once very affluent, but at the time when Totapuriji was its head, it had almost
700 Sanyasins. Totapuriji followed the path of Advaita Vedanta and was a wandering
monk of Dasnami order of Adi Shankara. He used to see the world as an illusion
and used to denounce the worshipping of gods and goddesses as a mere play of mind.
Prayers, religious ceremonies rites and rituals had no meaning for him.
Totapuriji had an indomitable will power and unflinching desire to seek the truth.
He practiced austere discipline on the bank of the sacred Narmada for around forty
years and after that he finally realized the absolute truth. Totapuriji was of
the view that realizing truth takes a long time; however he was utterly astonished
when Shri Ramakrishna realized the truth in a single day with his able and competent
had arrived at the Dakshineswar temple garden toward the end of 1864. He used
to roam from one place to another and never stayed in one place for more than
3 days strictly following the discipline of a sanyasin of Dasnami order. The only
exception to this rule was his stay for eleven months at Dakshineshwar with Shri
Totapuriji saw Shri Ramkrishna for the first time at Dakshineshwar while taking
a bath in the Ganges, he recognized His true potential as a disciple to be initiated
into Advait Vedanta. He immediately asked if He would wish to be initiated into
Ramkrishna replied that He would be able to consent to his proposal only if His
mother permitted Him to do so. Totapuriji thought that his disciple has to take
consent of his mother (biological) however Shri Ramkrishna had referred to Adyakatyani
Ma Bhawtarini – Kali, the only deity He worshipped and was in constant communion
with. Shri Ramkrishna finally got a go ahead from divine mother for initiation
into monastic order.
Prior to entering into the realm of Vendanta, Ma Kali was the only God for Shri
Ramkrishna to worship and meditate upon. He used to see and talk to Ma Kali, as
though He talked to a human being standing next to Him.
On the appointed day, in the early hours of the morning, a fire was lighted in
the Panchavati. Totapuri and Sri Ramakrishna sat before it. Facing Shri Ramkrishna
was Totapuriji, a very tall and robust sturdy man with masculine strength and
gnarled mien. His voice was very virile. His constitution and mind were of iron.
He was the strong leader of men. Shri Ramkrishna used to address him affectionately
as ‘Nagta’ – the naked one, who as a renunciate he did not wear
In the burning flame before him Shri Ramakrishna performed the rituals of destroying
His attachment to relatives, friends, body, mind, sense-organs, ego, and the world.
The leaping flame swallowed it all, making the initiate free and pure. The sacred
thread and the tuft of hairs were also consigned to the fire, completing his severance
from caste, sex, and society.
Last of all he burnt in that fire, with all that is holy as his witness, his desire
for enjoyment. He uttered the sacred mantras giving assurance of safety and fearlessness
to all beings, who were only manifestations of his own Self. The rites completed,
the disciple received from the Guru the loin-cloth and ochre robe, the emblems
of his new life. Totapuriji taught the sole reality of the impersonal absolute
which could be realized in the state of consciousness devoid of all conceptual
forms. Totapuri imparted to Sri Ramakrishna the great truths of Vedanta.
"Brahman", he said, "is the only Reality, ever pure, ever illumined,
ever free, beyond the limits of time, space, and causation. Though apparently
divided by names and forms through the inscrutable power of maya, that enchantress
who makes the impossible possible, Brahman is really One and undivided. When a
seeker merges in the beatitude of samadhi, he does not perceive time and space
or name and form, the offspring of maya.
is within the domain of maya is unreal. Give it up. Destroy the prison-house of
name and form and rush out of it with the strength of a lion. Dive deep in search
of the Self and realize it through samadhi. You will find the world of name and
form vanishing into void, and the ego dissolving in Brahman-Consciousness.
will realize your identity with Brahman, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute."
Quoting the Upanishad, Totapuri said: "That knowledge is shallow by which
one sees or hears or knows another. What is shallow is worthless and can never
give real felicity. But the Knowledge by which one does not see another or hear
another or know another, which is beyond duality, is great, and through such Knowledge
one attains the Infinite Bliss. How can the mind and senses grasp That which shines
in the heart of all as the Eternal?
While meditating on the absolute self, Shri Ramkrishna came across the image of
divine mother as a hurdle in reaching out to merge into Nirvikalp Samadhi. Totapuriji
immediately took a piece of glass lying there and pressed hard on His Bhikuti
(the point of confluence of all three nadis – Ida, Pingla and Sushumna)
and instructed Him to cut off the image of divine mother with imaginary sword
of discrimination. He very soon delved deep into meditation losing out His external
consciousness and merged totally into Nirvikalp Samadhi to the utter wonderment
of Totapuriji and remained in that blissful state for three days continuously.
"After the initiation", Shri Ramakrishna once said, describing the event,
"Nagta began to teach me the various conclusions of the Advaita Vedanta and
asked me to withdraw the mind completely from all objects and dive deep into the
Atman. But in spite of all my attempts I could not altogether cross the realm
of name and form and bring my mind to the unconditioned state.
had no difficulty in taking the mind from all the objects of the world. But the
radiant figure of the Blissful Mother, the Embodiment of Pure Consciousness, appeared
before me as a living reality. Her bewitching smile prevented me from passing
into the Great Beyond. Again and again I tried, but She stood in my way every
time. In despair I said to Nagta: 'It is hopeless. I cannot raise my mind to the
unconditioned state and come face to face with Atman.'
grew excited and sharply said: 'What? You can't do it? But you have to.' He cast
his eyes around. Finding a piece of glass he took it up and stuck it between my
eyebrows. 'Concentrate the mind on this point!' he thundered. Then with stern
determination I again sat to meditate. As soon as the gracious form of the Divine
Mother appeared before me, I used my discrimination as a sword and with it clove
Her in two. The last barrier fell. My spirit at once soared beyond the relative
plane and I lost myself in samadhi."
"Is it really true?" Totapuri cried out in astonishment. "Is it
possible that He has attained in a single day what it took me forty years of strenuous
practice to achieve? Great God! It is nothing short of a miracle!" With the
help of Totapuri, Sri Ramakrishna's finally came down to the normal plane of consciousness.
Totapuri had no idea of the struggles of ordinary men in the toils of passion
and desire. Having maintained all through life the guilelessness of a child, he
laughed at the idea of a man's being led astray by the senses. He was convinced
that the world was maya and had only to be denounced to vanish forever. A born
non-dualist, he had no faith in a Personal God. He did not believe in the terrible
aspect of Kali. Music and the chanting of God's holy name were to him only so
much nonsense. He ridiculed the spending of emotion on the worship of a Personal
Ramakrishna Totapuriji had to learn the significance of Kali, the Great Fact of
the relative world, and of maya, Her indescribable Power.
One day, when guru and disciple were engaged in an animated discussion about Vedanta,
a servant of the temple garden came there and took a coal from the sacred fire
that had been lighted by the great ascetic. He wanted it to light his tobacco.
Totapuri flew into a rage and was about to beat the man. Sri Ramakrishna rocked
with laughter. "What a shame!" he cried. "You are explaining to
me the reality of Brahman and the illusoriness of the world; yet now you have
so far forgotten yourself and you are about to beat a man in a fit of passion.
The power of maya is indeed inscrutable!" Totapuriji was embarrassed.
this time Totapuri was suddenly laid up with a severe attack of dysentery. Due
to this miserable illness he found it impossible to meditate. One night the pain
became excruciating. He could no longer concentrate on Brahman. The body stood
in the way. A free soul, he did not at all care for the body. So he determined
to drown it in the Ganges and he walked into the river. But, lo and behold!
walks to the other bank." Is there not enough water in the Ganges? Standing
dumbfounded on the other bank he looks back across the water. The trees, the temples,
the houses, are silhouetted against the sky. Suddenly, in one dazzling moment,
he sees on all sides the presence of the Divine Mother.
is in everything; She is everything. She is in the water; She is on land. She
is the body; She is the mind. She is pain; She is comfort. She
is knowledge; She is ignorance. She is life; She is death. She is everything that
one sees, hears, or imagines. Without Her grace no embodied being can go beyond
Her realm. Man has no free will. He is not even free to die. Yet, again, beyond
the body and mind She resides in Her Transcendental, Absolute aspect. She is the
Brahman that Totapuri had been worshipping all his life.
Totapuri returned to Dakshineswar and spent the remaining hours of the night meditating
on the Divine Mother. In the morning he went to the Kali temple with Shri Ramakrishna
and prostrated before the statue of the divine Mother. He now realized why he
had spent eleven months at Dakshineswar. Bidding farewell to the disciple, he
continued on his way, enlightened.
It definitely was a divine leela of a Sadguru that all His teachers came to Him
as He never ever went out in search of God or Guru. Sadgurus are perfect and need
no teachings. They display divine plays (leelas) by accepting one teacher or the
other within the limitations of human embodiment.
Sanjay Kumar Singh, Noida
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In 2006-07 an elder Malayalee Christian family
were my neighbours and they had a dog called Smokie. He was cute and obedient
from the time he was a small puppy to the time he was fully grown. He seemed fierce
like an Alsatian but this was not so in reality.
some time the family moved to new rented house just another 4 houses away. Now
Smokie made it habit to be in both the new house as well as the old. A year or
so later the family left for Kerala, leaving Smokie in Bangalore. Now Smokie survived
through getting leftover food offered by families in the neighborhood and used
to sleep in same house as the new resident (owner) also welcomed him for security.
Most of the food he needed was provided by them. Smokie was a big eater.
I also used to offer food to Smokie primarily at night. I was newly married and
there was always something left for the dog at night. One day at noon Smokie came
home with great difficulty. He was wounded and seemed sick, with saliva dripping
from his mouth.
sat in the portico on doormat in front of door. He was struggling to breathe but
his eyes were fixed on rather big photo of Sai Baba hanging on the wall right
opposite the door. Since he smelled bad and seemed near death, I was afraid and
tried to shoo him away in vain. Smokie seemed to be looking at Baba and I continued
my weekend cleaning of house. Later I saw Smokie had left and after this was never
seen in our neighborhood. Perhaps he died. Later I came to know that Smokie had
been bitten by a rabid dog some weeks back.
While reading about Baba granting salvation to a Tiger in the Sai Satcharita,
I thought of Smokie and how Baba takes care of the welfare of animals and grants
them salvation and remembered how food happened to be left every night in my home
even if we had cooked only a half a small cooker container.
should have been sufficient only for one person but after both of us finished
dinner, there used to be enough food to feed Smokie. Sometimes we would eat out
and then also we used bring excess food packed or there would be the day’s
left over food at home that would get offered to Smokie.
every night food would be supplied to Smokie by us and we used feel full even
with a small quantity. Perhaps that day Smokie was actually praying Baba and then
left the world. Baba also gave him enough strength to move from my home and die
This shows how Baba takes care of even animals just as He used to do at Shirdi.
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starts its sublime but arduous journey,
Like a melodious rhapsody,
the mother's lap,
Marching through the ifs.
Life is a flicker of hope.
Baba show me the light,
To inflame the aspiration within me,
To live with a purpose.
ends with eternity,
Life is eternal bliss....
And with You Baba,
journey of Life goes on and on,
Unfolding the celestial beauty of Your creation.
Sankar Behera, Bhubaneswar
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
and Pleasure are like Twins, Always Entwined
and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.” Laurence Sterne
entire universe is pervaded with positive and negative paired attributes which
go hand in hand, such as happiness and sadness, pleasure and pain, male and female,
white and black, inside and outside, body and soul, life and death to name a few.
This design of nature is natural to create a balance in the universe. So it is
imperative to say that when there is pleasure then pain is sure to follow and
one would be correct to say that pain and pleasure are like twins always entwined.
It is also equally
true to say that man can find eternal happiness and never face pain in this world.
How is that possible? Happiness is a state of mind; pleasure on the other hand
is gratification of senses usually associated with material things. From this
we can deduce is that man is actually seeking pleasure rather than happiness as
he is in constant look out for gratification of his sensual needs.
When an ordinary man talks of happiness it is relative and is usually associated
with material things. One perceives that bigger the bank balance or house and
riches happier the man is, offcourse we know that this in not true. No matter
what a man possesses he still seems to be looking for something more and associates
that with happiness. Man in his quest for happiness forgets to understand the
fact that linking happiness with material things is always filled with pain and
one goes through the roller coaster of emotions.
One of the big questions is – can a man experience constant happiness and
never feel pain in his life? The answer is yes, one can live in eternal happiness
or “sat chit anand” or “divine bliss” for ever. To attain
this state our scriptures and god men have said that man does not require a prop.
within himself, but being ignorant, man does not realise this ultimate truth.
The kind of materialistic happiness man seeks is transitory and does not last
forever and pain invariably follows. The next question would be - how can one
attain this eternal happiness? In order to obtain “sat chit anand”
state one has to be disciplined. Only a true spiritual aspirant with intense desire
to be liberated of the pain will be able to reach this goal.
as Baba mentions, the path of spirituality is like the “edge of a razor”
and is not easy to tread on, one has to persevere and seek the help of a guru
who has Himself attained the supreme blissful state who can show the disciple
how to attain it.
A true spiritual aspirant has to surrender the vital forces, senses, mind, intellect,
and ego. Baba says that only he who has intense desire to be free of bondage,
who develops a feeling of disgust of things of this world, involves in introspection
of the self, abstains from committing sin, consciously engages in right conduct
preferring good to pleasant, control of mind and senses, discharges his duties
without any interest in the result of the actions, follows instructions of the
guru, when the above qualifications are obtained then the Lord’s grace will
ultimately shine forth on the aspirant and take him to the path of spiritual realisation
where in he find the happiness in himself.
Such aspirants will know that the soul embodied within the body is one with God
and happiness is the state of being within the body and not associate it with
the body. In Bhagavadgeeta, lord Shri Krishna states that “One who has control
over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honor
and dishonor; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self.”
Emotions such as pain and pleasure are constants in this universe. One cannot
stop the flow of positive and negative forces in this universe, the only thing
one has control over is our reaction towards these forces. The degree of pain
that one faces varies based on the previous actions or prarabdh. A man brings
with him into the present world the footprints of his previous actions. One can
reduce the effect of this previous action by seeking shelter at the feet of a
mind which has evolved under the grace of a guru knows no pain or pleasure. The
purpose of epics such as Ramayana is for the common man to learn from it and evolve
in life. Ramayana is a story filled with sadness, separation, poverty and destruction
conduct and steadfastness in the face of peril shows how a man should conduct
himself in daily life. One learns of responsibility and duty towards family, conducting
the day to day affairs in the light of righteousness and truthfulness, always
remaining in control of emotions and witnessing all the events in life by remaining
unaffected while playing one’s part with indifference, a principle which
is the crux of Isha upanishad. The values taught in Ramayana are applicable at
any time and age in this universe.
The great saints such as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharishi understood
the purpose of life, controlled their mind and remained unaffected by the events
around them. They progressed spiritually using their discrimination in separating
the reality from illusion and discovering the true happiness within themselves.
As a result even
though they were ailing from severe illnesses it never bothered them, for they
knew that body was temporary and transitory and once the work of the body is over
it perishes only to take on a new body to carry on the responsibilities that have
been bestowed on the soul. This does not mean that they did not suffer pain. Rather,
their spiritual progress was such that they were oblivious to the pain experienced
by the body, and they always lived in the constant state of bliss or “sat
great saints take on all the problems of the world on themselves and relieve people
of their burdens, in spite of their own personal issues be it with themselves
or inflicted on their family members, because such god men perceive the whole
universe to be their own family and experience the pain of others as their own.
Those followers who were fortunate enough to come in contact with such masters
experience the vibrant bliss that radiates from the saints while in their company.
Shirdi Sai Baba
said that mind was flexible and fickle and its duty is to think. It keeps on thinking
of the object that has been fed to it. So it is up to the spiritual aspirant to
make a conscious effort to feed it with positive thoughts. Eventually the liking
and desire for mundane pleasures vanishes, one gains insight into the secrets
of the universe and ultimately rises above the emotions of this world.
it were simple to control the mind then the world would be filled with spiritual
leaders. Controlling the mind is not so easy. It is only with the grace of a guru
or a spiritual leader who can lead a man to control his mind in a systematic way
to attain supreme bliss. When asked, Shri Satpathyji once said that all humans
face some kind of problem or other in their life. Nobody is free of pain or problems.
The only panacea is constant reading of Shri Sai Satcharita. This will help people
during times of trouble. By focusing on the stories of Baba they will get the
strength to face the situations. One should invoke grace of Shri Shirdi Sai to
do parayana of Shri Sai Satcharita, which would not be possible unless Guru wills
one who seeks to be oblivious to pain and always remain in the blissful state
experiencing God’s benevolence must heed to the words of Shirdi Sai Baba
who said that “Wealth and prosperity are transient and the body is subject
to decay and death. Knowing this, do your duty, leaving all attachment to the
things of this world and next. He who does this and surrenders himself to the
Feet of Hari (Lord) will get free from all troubles and attain bliss. The Lord
runs and helps him who remembers and meditates on Him with love and affection.”
Anitha Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia.
experience, articles poems etc.
your views on Topic of Discussion-
"On the Understanding of Sai Philosophy"
MAA AUR MAIN
apni maa ki priya asha
aur maa meri hai
pyaar aur sneh
Jab shishu thi
man ki baat na kehe paati thi
par maa mehsoos kar leti thi
phir mujhse lipatkar mujhe seti thi
jeevan mein toofanon ne bhaybheet kiya
tab maa ne mujhe aanchal mein lapet
maa ki sparsh ne har dar ko bhagaaya
maa ki khushboo ne meethi neend
Antim kshan jab aayega
aur deh se praan chhoot jaayega
tab aatma se Sai poochhenge
tu kis roop
mein waapas jaayega?
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
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
please share your paintings, experience, articles poems etc.
My Life's Purpose
The purpose of my life is being focused on my own self, identify my own shortcomings,
accept it, dissolve my negative emotions, gradually begin the change and let the
In the early days, I was not willing to look at my inner self. I used to think
there is nothing wrong with me but there is something wrong with the other person
with whom I was interacting, forgetting that when one points a finger at someone
else, three fingers are also pointing back at me.
I began my own emotional roller coaster ride in life a few years ago, I had to
face my own truths and believe me friends it was the defining moment of my life,
when I faced my own truths, my own reality. It was the loneliest moment of my
life. I had reached rock bottom. Thereafter the options were either to leave this
planet or accept who I was and let the change begin within.
chose the second option and the journey began. It has been a great journey, a
valuable learning experience. There are times on this journey when I made mistakes,
was hurt, got up, accepted the mistakes, healed myself and moved on. It is a great
Have I become perfect? Not at all, I am a human being and all humans are prone
to make mistakes. However there is learning from the mistakes. Over the years,
at some point in my life, there had been a small spark lit within my heart to
have the inner strength and courage to begin my own transformation. Today this
spark is a burning desire within to complete this process and “Be the Change”
process is on in my life which I have been sharing transparently with friends
so that others may learn and not repeat the same mistakes I have made. This is
my way of giving back to society. This is my life's purpose. We are all spiritual
beings traveling along the same path, evolving, growing. Eventually we are all
going to get to the same place. The last soul to complete it's journey is no less
worthy than the first.
I went to India, and to Shirdi also, in 2007 and visited His Samadhi. I am not
Indian, but I think I must have been Indian in some of my past lives. During the
Darshan, in Shirdi, after a long queue, I cannot say I felt something particular.
But afterwards, I could not stop thinking about Him, the image; the statue of
Baba was constantly on my mind.
in this period I am going through a hard situation. Look at Him and He will certainly
look at you. I wear a ring on my left hand, with Baba's image, to help remind
me that I belong to Him. I am waiting for Baba to manifest His holy presence again
in my life. I remain open...that's all I think I can do...
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
Pradip Prasad, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Magazine has already occupied a very special space amongst Sai sebak like
me. It is sure to reach culmination of the quality as it is under the guidance
Usha Vishwanath, Delhi
I look forward to receive the Heritage of Shirdi Sai magazine. It gives me immense
pleasure and faith to read each copy. It is wonderful to read Satpathyji’s
Message to us which gives us an insight into Sai Baba’s philosophy of life
and splendid teachings in leading everyday life and spiritual life and how to
coordinate both. It also gives us immense strength to read devotees experiences
and how Baba has helped them. Very often we get solutions in our problems by reading
of us who read this magazine are very lucky to experience the divine grace of
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba in some form or other.
OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
SHIRDI SAI PEETH, Baripada Website
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
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,
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
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.
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
. You will also find a lot of important information at this site in the coming
SHIRDI SAI BABA
SANSTHAN, CANADA (TORONTO)
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
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
SHIRDI SAI BABA RESOURCE CENTRE IN TORONTO
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA
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:
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
SAI PARIVAR VANCOUVER
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, email@example.com.
SHRI SHIRDI SAI
BABA MANDIR EDMONTON
Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir Edmonton, Located at 3036 - 106 Street. Edmonton, Alberta,
Operating Hours: 6:00 pm
to 7:00 pm. (Monday to Saturday except Thursdays)
Thursday and Sundays: 6:00pm
For Program details visit the website or call: Tel: 1-780-757-3333,
or visit website: www.shirdisaibabaedmonton.com
SHRI SHIRDI SAI
SANSTHAN LOS ANGELES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAI BABA MANDIR OHIO USA
Sawmill Road, Dublin, OH-43016
Daily timings and activities:
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM 9:00 AM Kakad Arati, 12:00 Noon: Madhyan Arati 6:00
pm – 9:00 pm: 6:00 PM: Dhoop Arathi, 8:30 PM: Shej Arathi
Temple is open from
AM to 9:00 PM
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Sai Bhajans followed
by Mangal Arati and Shej Arati at 9:30 PM.
more information please call at 614-799-8411 or visit http://www.saibaba.cc/.
SHIRDI SAI CENTER,
BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
897-B E. Kifer Rd, Sunnyvale, CA - 94086
timings and activities:
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
6:15 am – 7:40 am: Kakad Arathi at 6:30 am
11:00 am – 9:30 pm:
Madhyan Arathi at 12:00 pm, Dhoop Arathi at 6:30 pm and Shej Arathi at 8:30 pm
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Shirdi Sai Bhajans
more information please call 408-705-7904 / 408-564-6704 or send email to email@example.com or
visit our website at http://www.shirdisaiparivaar.org/
NORTH AMERICA SHIRDI
SAI TEMPLE OF ATLANTA
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
SHIRDI SAI BABA TEMPLE, MICHIGAN, USA
Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Temple in greater Detroit 28875 W SEVEN MILE RD, LIVONIA, MI
Daily timings and
Kakad Aarti 09:00
AM; Abhishekam 10:00 AM; Archana 10:30 AM; Mid-day Aarti 12:00 PM; Temple Closed
12:30 - 5:30 PM; Dhup Aarti 6:00 PM; Archana & Bhajans 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM;
Sai Chalisa 8:00 PM; Shej Aarti 8:30 PM
Hanuman Chalisa 6:30 PM (Tuesday); Lalitha Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Friday); Vishnu
Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Saturday);
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our website at http://nessp.org/
SHRI SHIRDI SAI SAMAJ MALAYSIA
Tingkat 1, Jln. Sentul Selatan, Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
is a new Shirdi Baba center in malaysia. We conduct weekly prayers/arathi at the
Friday - 7pm - 10.30pm
Sunday - Noon - 2.30pm
official centre website is http://saisamaj.blogspot.com/
For more information, please email mailto:email@example.com
SHIRDI SAI BABA SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
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.
SAI TEMPLE SINGAPORE
dream of having a full fledged exclusive Shirdi Sai Temple in Singapore, will
soon come true. Thanks to the efforts of a Sai devotee in making this happen.
The Shirdi Sai Baba Centre in Singapore is now live with the 3rd floor function
hall, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman temple, being secured and converted to a full
fledged exclusive Shirdi Sai worship centre. The Centre will be devoted to celebrating
the life & teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba only. For more information visit our
SHIRDI SAI BABA SANSTHAN,
AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND
Venue Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Road, Mt Roskill,
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
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,
Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website http://www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz/
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