N E W S L E T T E R
VOL119, MARCH 2011
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

LIFE INFINITE

All of us are aware of the fact that the life span of every living entity of this earth is extremely limited when compared with the flow of infinite time. Since the human existence is bound to meet its nemesis at a point of time, we are therefore known as mortal beings. In the past, some mighty rulers as in the case of ancient Egyptian civilization tried to get immortality. The pyramids of Egypt are nothing but odes on immortality sung by history.

The rulers of the ancient times perceived of returning to their human bodies of the past life at a later point of time through a process of alchemy and magic. In Hinduism we often read about ‘Puranic’ personalities who achieved immortality like Lord Dattatreya and others. Even if we believe in the existence of time-less saints, they have to be exceptions within the nature’s general framework of birth and death of the living beings.

However, for lesser mortals like us life is limited and we live that limited life with lots of limitations. There are three, somewhat meaningful things that remain when a man winds-up his mortal coil and departs from his physical existence. The first is children, if he has any. The second is his name – good, bad or neutral. And the third thing is his material and intellectual property.

With the process of time, say about five-six generations after his death, his name is forgotten. The material property that he builds around him goes to other hands, from generation to generation, if he is lucky. Even those persons who build Temples and charitable organization go to oblivion. If we re-visit the history of great men we find that in the process of time there has been no value addition to the great products they claimed to have created on this earth.

We only remember these people through codified literature, generally known as history. As yet we don’t have a list of the brilliant Hindu intellects who created the ‘Vedas’. However, we are thankful to them for the knowledge they have left behind for the posterity. This has not only been the situation in the Hindu civilization but is true for all civilizations on this Globe. These great men lived a finite life but left behind the essence of their existence for a far greater period of time.

The knowledge they gave sustained itself through centuries. What I mean to say here is that only knowledge has the capability of sustaining itself. The material forces cannot sustain themselves without the knowledge that creates them and sustains them for some period of time. Such material forces may be defined as kingdoms, power in any form, property etc.

Thus, the perceptible life forms on this Earth will always be finite in their existence even if they try to achieve immortality. Spiritual Science, at times, speaks about the immortality of the Soul. Even if one agrees that the Soul is immortal because it is a part of the over Soul or God yet it cannot be called life infinite on the Earth with a human embodiment. In the backdrop of such an assumption I am inclined to believe that we should make our finite living existence happy and meaningful to the extent it is possible.

May Shri Sai Bless us all.".......


Q & A

What is the role of a Sadguru like Baba in our life?

The Sadguru gives the ability of God realization to the deserving human beings. His first function is to evolve them, stage by stage and give the experience of attaining the state of ‘Paramhamsa’ to the very, very few deserving human beings.

Without the grace of a Sadguru it is impossible to achieve this state. One in billions can achieve this ‘Paramhamsa’ or ‘Sadguru’ state. ‘Paramukti’ and ‘turiyavastha’ can be attained with great difficulty.

The Sadguru removes all the impediments in the path of spiritual evolution of any human being who comes in His contact with Him in any way. Sadguru breaks the wrong and illusory concepts (maya) of a devotee collected through a few lives of his existence. All human concepts are relative and illusory in nature. When ignorance is dispelled by the Guru the disciple’s inner knowledge gets illuminated itself.

The true knowledge is veiled by various concepts taught to us from childhood and experience acquired by us. Therefore, it is necessary to shed them before the mind is free to accept new and truthful concepts. For a man who thinks that he is the most intelligent person, the Sadguru wipes out his ego of intellect till he realises that his intellect was full of follies.

The Sadguru works upon the human society intensely in a way so as to ensure that human beings transcend their human limitations and attain a limitless state of God, which is their original state.

 

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

……“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

My Money, My Wealth BUT Where am I?

Most of us are familiar with Kabirdas’s famous book ‘Bijak’ (The Seedling) which has carried many messages for us to live peacefully without worries. One oft quoted message to mock the lazy is ‘Ajgar kare na chakri, panchi kare na kaam, Das Maluka kahe gaye, Sabke data Rama’. Yet the words are so true to explain those strange ways in which the unseen divine forces provide for us irrespective of our work or wealth.

Our universe contained beautiful things such as the youthful rivers, sensuous forests, melodic birds, indefatigable ants, colorful bees and gliding butterflies, playful animals and innocent but clueless human beings. Slowly but speedily the world became place where people were grabbing for money which distanced them from this pristine purity of existence.

Everyone seems to be running after money, accumulating as much as one can, arranging for its protection and multiplication, also policing against its loss. So pervasive was the impact of wealth upon the human psyche that families as much as the nations came to be divided based on the amount of wealth they were able to generate, invest and flaunt.

What in fact is the source of this wealth? Most people find it easy to answer this by saying that it comes from my job, my shop, my business, my prudence and my investments but few know that there is only one distribution centre for all of us irrespective of our race, religion, caste, gender, creed and beliefs.

The famous urdu poet Allama Iqbal reminded that Allah is showering rizk even to the tiny insect hiding beneath stones but human beings out of ignorance keep attributing all wealth and achievement to themselves. Well, even I do not know if this is true and thus do not possess any right to be sermonizing without proof but many experiences shared by others confirm that it is absolutely true.

Wealth is earned and accumulated to serve a particular ambition in life like marriage of a daughter, building a house, starting a business, career of children etc. What if a prince charming arrives at your door on a white horse to ask for your daughter’s hand without money or demands!

What if your children get fellowships as they land in a university and need your wealth no more, what if a failing distraught and debt ridden hospital owner sells his whole hospital with expensive machines to one of his doctor employees for ten dollars to declare himself bankrupt, what if the recovery agent from a credit card company knocks at your door to say that the company condones the balance payment, what if your irresponsible child gets a shock to see a very high percentage of marks on the mark sheet and what if you want a feast and a friend drops in to take you out! These are real life instances shared by a number of people where wishes are fulfilled without the use of accumulated wealth.

However, everyone is not lucky enough to get this respite from the maddening rush for wealth gratification. Since life’s processes are not too difficult to understand and learn from hence it can be seen that life is like a mirror; one gets only what one is able to give. Kabir in ‘Bijak’ repeatedly takes us back to this thought in his many couplets, ‘You have the mirror in your heart but the face you cannot find, You can see the visage there if you dispel the doubts of mind.’

At another place he says, ‘If you want to see the face you must keep the mirror clean…’ Hence, in this simple life which we complicate by not being able to see loud and clear messages from the Lord that our universe is but one ecosystem and a cycle of deeds. Suffering is optional but one makes it mandatory out of ignorance. People prefer to live their lives without any smile on their faces or happiness in their hearts as they are constantly in competition for wealth and power. Would Almighty like to see a face without the ornament of smile?

There is a divine accounting system which is flawless in keeping track of every individual’s revenue collections and expenditures. The Chief Accountant has a value attached to every philanthropic activity borne out of compassion to the voiceless creatures of God. The sacrifice in terms of time, money, bodily pleasures and self-gratifying activities keeps adding to one’s revenue even though the wealth in the banks may be reducing.

This is why Sai Baba has, in various ways, suggested that one should feed the stray animals, plant trees for the nesting of birds and squirrels, prevent violence and killing of the helpless, voiceless and muted creatures both humans and animals. He has even said that most of them around you or those coming to you are related to you from your past lives so be kind to them.

Most parents who after being converted into money machines themselves, then try to impress their ideology on the clean minds of their children also. Their catch phrases are, ‘save and learn to save’, ‘what worth are you without wealth and career’? These parents have a very limited understanding of excellence and are never able to link it to what is actually the sustainable wealth generation.

Many acts which bring excellence are abhorred such as, the child has the natural instinct to help the injured dog on the road, the parent pulls him inside the car to say, ‘what a waste of time stupid’. The child understands the language of the starving stray dog standing at the door but is directed by the elder, ‘stay away, he is dangerous, carrier of rabies’; a cow meekly pleads to be fed with her shivering calf but the ignorant passerby hits her with a stone. While there is so much wealth in the world, there is so much less left for the human beings to use.

There is another angle to wealth accumulation through wrong means and without deeds of compassion towards fellow creatures. A plumber deceitfully charged rupees four thousand more than the legitimate cost but soon after fell sick and spent the whole amount at the doctor’s clinic. A man brutally kicked the stray dog but the same week his toe nail was scraped off and he was put to the same amount of pain.

A maid servant working in the house of a very old and disabled woman staying alone, stole her gold ornaments for her marriage and ran away. One year later the news came back that she was sold by her husband to a brothel in Midnapore in West Bengal but the ornaments were recovered when the husband was caught in suspicion for smuggling cows across the Barashaat border in West Bengal. All these are true stories shared by victims themselves. It is good to understand that the accumulation through wrong means is a temporary illusion of gain but only what is justiciably earned has the potential to stay and multiply.

Thus, wealth has to be generated and multiplied by supporting the needy and not by cost-benefit calculations of transactions in money and property. The Principal giver being ‘Sai’ and His support transcending the accumulated wealth in the banks will hold our hands whenever one needs wealth for a purpose.

All of what one aspired to achieve through wealth accumulated over the years of worries, strategic planning and manipulation is finally concluded without money simply because of one’s philanthropic records with Sai Ram. Out of ignorance we continue to be corrupt in the generation and management of our wealth in terms of property and bank balance and hence stand isolated as a pauper on the day of deliverance despite some of us being called the richest man from the Forbes list of billionaires!

Amita Singh, New Delhi

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DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

Congratulations to Sai Parivar on launch of the album “Living with Sai”. I also pay my tribute to Satpathyji for spreading the message of our Sadguru world over. Though each bhajan is like reservoir of water for a traveller in the desert, I can particularly relate to:

Zara to itna bata do Sai, lagi ye kaisi laga rahe ho
Mujhi me reh kar mujhi se apni, yeh khoj kaisi kara rahe ho.

On 16th August 2009 I dreamt that my parents (who are no more) were worried about my youngest sister. She looked very upset. Soon baba appeared on the scene and told me to wake up and start reading Sai Satcharitra. Here I would like to mention that I try to read a couple of lines of Sai Satcharitra every day but because of heavy work schedule I was unable to do this for a few months.

When this happened, I was in Norway on an assignment and could not talk to my sister who is in Chandigarh. However, in the morning I started the Sai Parayan for a week. When I finished it, an Indian friend visited me and informed that it was a Ganesh Chaturthi day. Since I was away from home I had lost track of the Indian Calendar. I forgot my Sadguru but He woke me up to impart the wisdom of His Grace. I dutifully surrendered to the Master and read the Bhagavadgita or Sai Satcharita.

When I called my sister and related my dream, she was surprised and admitted that she felt very humiliated in her profession because of workplace politics. After that, I myself went through a number of conflict situations and had Baba not established me in His grace & wisdom through His constant messages from these two Holy books; I might have succumbed to the pressures of life and lost my balance.

But my Sadguru is within my heart. His message of Shraddha and Saburi simply carried me across all conflicts with equanimity. I remained patient and did not react to adversity. I completely surrendered to Him. Gradually people around me started asking me about the smile which was still there on my face in spite of all the odds.

I told them about Shirdi and Baba. Baba teaches His disciples through real life situations and lifts them spiritually. Though I can always feel Him in my heart, yet He tells me to search Him more. My Sadguru is a universal light and an eternal sound. He is there in the depth of my being.

Sai is a cosmic phenomenon, which is all, that is and that which is not. He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, residing deep down within our conscience and just a thought, a look or a visit to Sai binds us to Him. Once this happens, Sadguru does not leave us. We may or may not see Him, but He is constantly with us. Let us seek refuge in Him.

Anuradha Mal, Gurgaon


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POEM

The Rainbow

My beloved Sadguru,
In my heart shines a light,
The rainbow of His love,
A gift of my beloved Shirdi Sai.

The colours of this rainbow are as bright as the stars in the sky,
An expression of His loving kindness towards all humanity.
The rainbow of His love gives me strength on my path in service.
The rainbow of His love gives me perseverance
To reach the goal of surrender to the ultimate - God in action.
The rainbow of His love guides and protects me on my journey.
The rainbow of His love uplifts me.
The rainbow of His love is to me,
The Alpha and the Omega,
The Beginning and the End of All things
And for that I am eternally grateful.

Elisabeth Constantine, Vienna, Austria

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

God’s Will and Man’s Free Will in Creating

I don’t know what is God’s Will. It is all mystery to me. I do not have enough developed faculties to understand His ways. Only He knows all. Sometimes I feel God wants me to be happy no matter what the situation is. Like a wise parent, God wants me to learn and He gives me His free hand but I have to function within my limits. Now what are my limits? The moment we try to find answers to such queries, we are said to be acting from our ‘ego’. Wise have advised us to let go of ego. When ‘Ego’ goes ‘He’ comes.

Sadguru Saibaba has clearly advised his devotees not to take ‘doership’ in their hands. God almighty is the ‘Doer’. Man suffers because he takes doership on himself and thus creates pain and suffering for himself. To overcome this defect, all the Masters have time and again advised us to surrender to the Will of God. Sai Baba called it ‘sarvasva sharanagati’ – constant remembrance of Lord’s name.

We have to carry on with our worldly duties but inwardly we must always be aware of who we really are ( Soul ) and offer all our thoughts and deeds to our chosen Guru/God with firm belief that I am a mere instrument, He is the Doer. Detach yourself from your physical body and watch the show of this world without creating any feeling or emotion. Our inner state must be at peace even when the world is going topsy and turvy.

This way no karma is created. Man suffers because he lives in body consciousness and is thus always thinking of himself as body and identifies himself with the name of his body whereas body, name and the ruler of the body are all separate. In such a state of ignorance, when a man takes doership in his hands and takes credit or discredit for any of his actions, he creates karma.

This happens because he thinks himself as body forgetting his true nature (that he is a pure and eternal soul). Such a man has to come back again on earth to reap the seeds of the karma he sowed in his previous lifetime in the state of body consciousness.

I have come to understand that man lives in bondage when he is in human body. He is not completely free. He has certain limitations. He can transcend his limits when living in this body if he uses his free will to remember constantly 24x7 that he is not this body but much more and is always aware that he is Soul in reality. This makes his ‘bhav’ (intentions) pure and no further karmic seed is sown.

I believe I am accountable for my inner intentions (bhav) for carrying out any action. I believe that God is always taking into account ‘why’ I am doing something rather than ‘what’ I am doing. And if I am constantly thinking of my true nature, my intentions would always be pure.

It is my free will to choose from which level I want to operate – Soul or Body. If former is chosen than I am working as per God’s free will and the results would be God’s responsibility and thus result would be in my own highest and best interest. However, if I choose to operate from latter state, then I create karma and become accountable for my deeds – good or bad – and have to pay for it myself. How can God intervene in the latter case because I never thought of him before the start of that action.

It is a fact that when we choose to operate from the state of soul consciousness than we have to strictly exercise the principle of Shraddha (Firm faith) and Saburi (patience) advised by Sai Baba. Simply because God’s timing cannot always be same as Man’s expected timing so man has to accept the result as Will of God and this is ultimately for his own good.

Sai Baba has advised his devotees to carry on with their worldly duties wisely but always remember Him and think of Him. By this he was not referring to his human body and physical form. Baba said that barring your body and name what is left is Me.

Meditate (think) on that state of being alive (Self) which is present in each and every creation of this Universe. Man was given his free will to do just this. Once a man does this, God (knowledge) is revealed to him and he becomes Master himself who then goes out to help others still living in the state of ignorance for innumerable lifetimes.

Vandana Ritik, New Delhi

 

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CHILDREN'S SECTION

Baba’s Teachings and Related Values

1. God lives in all beings. He who sees Me in all beings and creatures is my beloved. – Kindness.

2. Ram and Rahim were one and the same. There was not the slightest difference between them. Then why should their devotees fall out and quarrel among themselves. Join hands and bring both the communities together.- National Unity.

3. Yoga, Sacrifice, penance and knowledge are the means to attain God. If you do not succeed in this by any means, in vain is your birth.- Devotion

4. If anyone does any evil unto you, do not retaliate. If you can do anything do some good unto others.- Forgiveness.

5. Baba advised that before the senses, mind and intellect enjoy their objects first He should be remembered and if this be done, it is in a way by making an offering to Him. If this practice be followed the Lord will help us in eradicating thoughts like anger, desire, lust and greed and we would not want to offer such thoughts to our Guru. - Purity Of Mind.

6. Baba said he who wants to get rid of the cycle of births and deaths should lead a righteous life with his mind calm and composed. – Righteousness

7. Baba advised that nobody should take the labour of others in vain. The worker should be paid his dues promptly and liberally.- Good Remuneration

8. Baba distributed udi (ashes) to teach us that all the visible phenomena in the universe are as transient as the ash. Our bodies composed of matter of the five elements, will be reduced to ashes.- Discrimination Between Real And Unreal

9. Baba asked for dakshina from His devotees to teach them that non-attachment towards wealth will help them to have rapid progress in spirituality.-Detachment.

Principles Of Sai Path

1. Shradha

2. Saburi

1. Shradha - Faith with love and reverence.

Baba’s teaching, both direct and indirect explicate the significance of ‘SHRADHA’. Baba reiterates the spiritual guidance of Shri Krishna to Arjuna-“Who-so-ever offer to me with love or devotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, that offering of pure love is readily accepted by me”.

2. Saburi- Patience and Perseverance.

As a hunter waits patiently and motionlessly for his target a devotee too has to wait patiently for attaining his goal. There are many trying situations in life. A test may come in the form of frustration, distress, agony, illness, mishaps, prolonged wait or a loss. In such moments we should seek support from our Guru and hold onto him.

Gautham R. , Age 8 years

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Geetika Sethi, Dubai

Sai Baba vibhuti Mantra in Sanskrit & and its English meaning

Sanskrit version
Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim
Paramam Vichitram Leela Vibhuthim
Paramartha Ishtartha Moksha Pradhanam
Baba Vibhuthim Idam Asrayami

English Version
Sacred Holy and Supreme is Baba's Vibhuthi Pouring Forth in brilliant stream, this play of Vibhuthi. So auspicious is its might, it grants liberation. Baba's Vibhuthi, its power protects me.

When we recite this mantra, we say “I take refuge in the supremely sacred vibhuti of the Lord, the wonderful vibhuti which bestows liberation, the sacred state which I desire to attain.”
Since this mantra is so powerful, we should recite it with respect and with sincerity in order that we gain the full benefit from it.

Vibhuti is a reminder that ash is the end product of all matter. Vibhuti has also an aspect of immortality, which makes it a fit offering for worshipping God. Only the Vibhuti remains unchanged, since it is the final result of the annihilation of the five elements of creation. It is symbolic of the ultimate reality that remains when our ego is burnt away by the fire of illumination.

"The Vibhuti that you smear on your forehead is intended to convey the basic spiritual lesson that everything will be reduced to ashes, including the brow that wears it".

Saurabh Patelectro , Melbourne

The present moment has always been available to spiritual seekers, but as long as you are seeking you are not available to the present moment. "Seeking" implies that you are looking to the future for some answer, or for some achievement, spiritual or otherwise. Everybody is in the seeking mode, seeking to add something.

The other day I read somewhere that we need devotion and faith to get grace and grace is what gives us devotion and faith. How paradoxically nice this is.
Also, a little karma can be worked out through our own efforts; all of it can be worked out only through grace.

Moksha can only be through 'Guru Kripa'.

 

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READER'S REFLECTION

Renuka Arun, Hamilton Ontario Canada

For those of us who live abroad the magazine" Heritage of Shirdi Sai" is a most valuable resource. It connects many of the Sai devotees all around the world. So many of us find answers to many of our problems of life through the wonderful articles and poems written in the magazine. The beautiful pictures of Our Sai Deva fill us with joy and happiness. I wait very eagerly to read the articles written by our Satpathyji and am eternally grateful to him for all the love and compassion that he showers on each one of us. Thanks again and again.

Amitabh Pattanaik, Baripada, Orissa

The quality of the magazine and rare photographs of Pranpratistha of Baba by our beloved Satpathyji are excellent."Guru Bhakti" and "Purpose of life" written by Aswathi Ramkrishna (Std VIII) from Salmiya, Kuwait is very much inspirational. This is an innovative idea to promote school students to write for this international magazine.

Aswathi describes the four kinds of Guru Bhakti - Aaptam, Angam, Daanam, Sadbhaavam and again "watch your thoughts, they became words , "watch your words,they became actions, watch your actions, they became habits, watch your habits, they became character, watch your character, it becomes your destiny."--Really heart-touching. I would like to thank "The Heritage of Shirdi Sai" team. You can achieve whatever you believe you can and you are the result of your beliefs.

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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

Morning Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 7:00 am to 7:45 am (for Kakkad Aarti)

Every Thursday - 6:30 am to 7:45 am including Abhishek & Kakkad Aarti

Afternoon Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday - 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm (for Madhayan Aarti)

Evening Hours:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (for Dhoop Aarti & Shej Aarti)Thursday & Sunday - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (for Dhoop Aarti, Special Rituals & Shej Aarti)

Every Purnima - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (for Chanting of Shri Vishnu Sehastranaam & Shri Satyanarayan Katha)

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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