N E W S L E T T E R
VOL37, AUGUST 2007
 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

……“In a way one can say that a society will be what its teachers are. History lends evidence that the best societies of the world had the best teachers and the worst societies had the worst teachers or Gurus. However, except the spiritual Guru, the job of the other Gurus ends with the imparting of knowledge in certain fields. The role of the spiritual Gurus or Sadgurus is much more expansive and is much above the ordinary Gurus. A Sadguru or Guru is a unique phenomenon of nature. The Kulgurus, Siksha Gurus, the Mantragurus, etc. impart knowledge within their limits. The Sadguru, on the other hand, can use his spiritual powers to evolve the human souls by leading them through a path of piety, discipline and conduct.

Not only this but by awakening the inner spiritual potentialities of the pupils or devotees through a method called ‘Shaktipaat’ they prepare the devotees to become the instruments of God to serve others. Whereas in the formal system of education, the teachers are paid for the duties they perform, in the spiritual field these highly evolved beings do not want any material returns. The only thing they seek is evolution of the souls of the devotees so that they became the agents to carry out God's will. When they take care of any devotee, they give them training through a series of direct experiences. Therefore, formal education, when compared with the knowledge imparted by the Gurus is very limited. It is basically meant for giving knowledge, skill and an attitude (an exercise in the personality building of the students). Such teachings are basically meant to carry out a livelihood or to enhance their intellectual creativity in a certain field.

The Sadgurus however, give direct knowledge through a chain of experiences leading to the purification of the souls. These Masters are themselves evolved souls having gone through a process of evolution through a series of births and deaths and therefore, are competent enough to lead the devotees in the path of God realisation. Some people have a wrong concept that these Gurus, who sometimes do not adorn the garb of a modern man, are unintelligent and emotional propagators of an imaginary concept of God. What they fail to understand is that an evolved species of the human race will not be governed by the rules of a society, which they had left far behind in time. Further, their consciousness is highly evolved to comprehend any issue on which their consciousness is focused. Their powers of concentration and performance are the highest and their brain capacity is immense. Every human being not only wants to learn the biggest things of life but also the smallest ones. To get the best results from such teachings some factors are essentially required. They are: the time spent both by the teacher and the pupil together, the eagerness of both the student and the teacher to learn and teach respectively, the emotional relationship between the teacher and the pupil and most important of all, the capacity of the pupil to receive the teachings.

When one wants to specialize in only one out of the thousands streams of knowledge, one spends a considerable number of years in different academic institutions. From this one can imagine how much of time it would take to learn and practice spiritualism and what quality of relationship is required between the Guru and the disciple. It is because of this reason that, in the early Hindu society, the pupils (Sishyas) and the Gurus used to live together for a number of years tied in an emotional bond. The outer forms of societies may go on changing but the inner spiritual essence of the human beings always remains the same. The real Spiritual Masters of today are playing the same role but in different forms, adapting to the existing societal ethos. All the creations of God are changeable but the essence of divinity never changes. Therefore, the vital and divine role of these Sadgurus, the agents of knowledge and compassion will never change. Human society will always need them.”…….


FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“In another case, that of Bhimaji, who had serious chest disease, asthma, tuberculosis, etc., Baba first told Shama, ‘Shama, in bringing this thief to me what a load of responsibility you are placing on me!’ Baba meant that the tuberculosis, asthma, etc., from which Bhimaji suffered were the result of Bhiinaji’s karma in a previous janma consisting of theft. Bhimaji felt Baba’s declaration a blow. At once he surrendered himself to Baba and said, ‘Helper of the helpless! I am helpless. Pray show thy pity and grace to me’. Then Baba’s tone changed. Baba told him, ‘The Fakir (God) is merciful, and your disease will be cured’. He was suffering from the results of karma, but that could be mitigated, and so the man was sent to live and sleep in a wet verandah. Bhimaji did so. There, he had two very dreadful dreams. In one dream, he was mercilessly birched by a school master. For, in the dream he fancied he was a boy and the master was birching him. So, he felt the pain in the dream and he roared out. In the second dream, it was even worse. He felt that some one was placing a stone roller and rolling it over his breast. He suffered all the horror of instant death approaching him. All the pain of a hanging sentence and whipping sentence were endured by this man in the course of one night. Baba thus changed the punishments, which he had earned by his previous karma, and told him that he was thus free from karmic effects. He then recovered his health. The above instances go to show that most of our conceptions about karma are nebulous and ungrounded, and that the safest course for us to follow would be to be guided by the dicta of Satpurushas like Sai Baba.”……


DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

Today I read an inspirational story at beliefnet and wanted to share with you all. It touched my heart.


An Angel in Disguise

I have been a writer and a publisher of children's magazines for a decade. At one time, during the initial years, things were not so rosy. The bills were piling up, sales had stopped due to some political problem of which we knew nothing, and I was hard put to think of how to maintain my staff.

When I was absolutely on my last leg, I gave my personal God, who had got me through so many crises in my life, an ultimatum. "God," I said, "if you want to help me, this is just the time."
Later that day, I received a call from a construction agency. My building had just sprung some leaks and I had been looking for an expert to help me fix the problem. The caller said that he would like to meet me that day. Pre-occupied as I was, I felt a strange urge to ask him to come.

As soon as the elderly gentleman arrived, he walked purposefully to the terrace, looked at the problem, and promised to send in a price quote for the repairs within a couple of hours. As we walked down the staircase, he casually asked me about the company. I mentioned the magazine and the fact that it was an educational effort, meant to promote values among children. As we reached the ground floor where my office was located, he asked, "May I have a look at the magazine?"

I invited him in, picked out a couple of back issues and handed them to him. He did not seem to be the kind who would have young children, so I thought he was just being polite to impress a prospective client. Imagine my surprise when he said, "I am on the board of directors of three schools. We are looking for books like these to promote general knowledge among children. Could I have a few?"

Suddenly getting interested, I asked, "A few? You mean, a few dozen?" "No," he said, "a few thousand."

My mouth fell open and my eyes must have popped out. I must have looked like a goldfish gasping for breath. I told him to give me the exact number he wanted.

Miracle of miracles! It was exactly the number we still had in stock. Then he said, "You can make the delivery within a week. Here is the cheque amount. You can cash it right away."

I had tears in my eyes as I accepted it from him. The amount covered the costs of every bill I needed to pay, with even a little left over to stash away. I made the delivery of the magazines within a day.

But, you know something? The man never ever sent the price quote for the repairs to my roof. I wonder sometimes whether that was on his agenda at all. Sometimes, I am convinced the Lord does come to us in strange ways, in strange shapes. If only we knew how to look.

Shipra Shukla, New Delhi

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POEM

Patience

Patience is a virtue
which I have little of,
but when I feel it slipping
I just call on God.
I’m trying hard to master it,
I really need it now.

The devil’s got me cornered.
My life is full of thunder clouds.
He’s throwing every thing at me
trying to pull me down.
He’s not sure my faith is strong
enough for God to bring me out.
I’ve got news for him,
I never will give up.
My faith is stronger than he thinks
and God is with me now.

God knows I’m not perfect
but He also knows my heart.
He knows I’m really trying
and we will never part.
He’s promised to be with me
and He’ll never let me down.
I haven’t earned His help,
it’s only through His grace.
He has a plan for me
which the devil can not change.
He’ll see me through to victory,
and take me home some day.
He’ll do the same for you,
just believe and trust Him too.

 

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Denouncing Maya Necessary or not

Denouncing Maya is not at all necessary. Maya itself is the creation of God where everybody is tested till the person gets purified in all senses. Purified to understand God and HIS creation.

I would like to share a story, which my Grandfather used to narrate whenever we had spiritual discussions. Since the creation of this world, God sent many of his children to Earth where according to amuse and entertain everybody like at a picnic. He appointed Maya or the Kaala as the monitor of all the beings on Earth. Initially every being was happy but couldn't forget the ever-pervading and blissful Father (God). They followed His teachings and regularly returned back to their Father (God).

This caused Maya to think about its future as this beautiful creation would end if all the beings returned back. So, Maya requested some boons to impose some restrictions and rules to have some control over the beings visiting Earth. God in His kindness granted all the impositions but He made it clear that whoever has infinite devotion, everlasting faith in Him can return back and Maya would not have the right to stop them. God also informed Maya that many messengers of His shall visit from time to time to teach and preach about Him and about the bliss every being feels on returning back to the Fathers' abode. One such messenger is our beloved "SHIRDI SAI BABA".

Maya agreed to this and thus we the children of Father are here. Whenever we try to concentrate and pray to our Father, Maya interrupts by sanctioning and fulfilling our desires so that we forget our beloved Father. So, in order to get rid of the Maya one should choose and follow the Right Guru who can show us the right path and save us from getting affected by the effects of Maya.

The Right Guru helps in reaching our goal (Father’s Abode). I have total faith in Sadguru Sainath that he can help us to reach our goal.

Kavuri Radha Krishna Phani, Sharjah, UAE

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Sai Devotions take many forms...
• Read Sai Satcharita daily;
• Simply say “Sai, Sai" or “Om Sai” or “Om Sai Ram” and so on as often as you can;
• Sit quietly facing Sai's picture and gaze at His Form in the picture;
• Listen to Sai's chants or songs or bhajans with closed eyes;
• Join in His Bhajan;
• Write “Om Sai, Om Sai" in a piece of paper;
• Collect some flowers; throw flower petals at His feet;
• Tell stories from Sat Charita to friends, children and others;
• Prepare sweets and food items, show them to Sai, then feed others, including animals;
• Visit any nearby Sai temple or Shirdi whenever possible;
• Buy Sai books and distribute free;
• Get Sai pictures, big and small, even post card size pictures and give it free to all;
• Do ‘arati’ of His picture;
• Guide people or take people to His temple or Shirdi with you;
• Offer His Udi to others;
• Feed people on certain days [your birthday, for instance] after offering to Sai;
• Share books/magazines on Sai with others;
• Pray to Sai for the welfare of ALL---human and animals;
• Chant Vishnu Sahasranama---thousand names of Lord Vishnu;
• Begin all work with a prayer to Sai.

N K Srinivasan, Palo Alto, California, USA

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

Shubhra, Delhi

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READER'S REFLECTION

This is the best magazine in the world. I love it very much. Thanks for bringing our Beloved Baba's Messages through this work. I live in Canada and wait eagerly to read the Sai Heritage magazine as it gives me so many valuable insights and messages from our Beloved Master Sai Baba. Thanks again to all that make this possible.

Renuka Arun, Ontario, Canada

I am very thankful for receiving "Heritage of Shirdi Sai" magazine and Sai Heritage E-Zine sent to me by some one who is so kind and loving. By getting Heritage of Shirdi Sai I feel like I am being blessed by Shri Sai Baba for showering his kind divine mercy and love on me. I also would like to thank each and everyone who is working so hard for this excellent web site. Please keep up the good work and may Sai Baba’s blessing be on you all in this world. I love Sai. He is everything to me. Once again I want to thank Baba for helping me in my father's operation. I am going give my experience in the next article.

Kavitha, Bangalore

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NEWS OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES

SHIRDI SAI BABA SANSTHAN, CANADA

Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada holds Satsang on Thursdays and third Sunday of every month at Gur Mandir, 207 Queen’s Plate, Toronto (Etobicoke). For other Details call 416-294-4804 or visit http://www.shirdisainath.org/

THE RESOURCE CENTRE

Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada is pleased to announce the establishment of it's first Resource Centre in Woodbridge, Toronto. All visits are by appointment only. Shri Sai Satcharita is available in all languages. The Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday between 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Location: Maple Crest Private School - 28 Roytech Rd. Woodbridge, On L4L 8E4 Ph: 905 - 652-6666. For other Details call 416-294-4804 or visit http://www.shirdisainath.org/

 

SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA

The Shirdi Sai Mandir located at 2721 Markham Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1X 1L5 (Intersection of Markham and Nashdene) is open through out the day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays and in the morning and evenings on all weekdays. Baba's Kakad Aarti, Abhishek Puja, Madhyan Aarti, Dhoop Aarti, Satcharita Reading and Shej Aarti are performed every day. Bhajans and Sai Naam Sankirtan in the evening on Thursday and Saturday. For information regarding the daily schedule, temple activities and events please visit Mandir's website: http://www.theshirdisaimandir.com/ or send an email to info@theshirdisaimandir.com or call 647-444-4724.

 

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 8571, 118A St, Delta, V4C 6L2. For further details contact (604) 592 4182 or email, say.sai.sai@gmail.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

 

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/

 

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 Amar Alluri(President) Mobile: (+64) 27 230 5360 Email: President@shirdisaibaba.org.nz or Sai Krishna Tridandapani (Secretary) Mobile: (+64) 21 239 7907 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://heritageofshirdisai.org/newsletter/Desktop/www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz


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