N E W S L E T T E R
VOL38, SEPTEMBER 2007
 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

……“When a man after a long period of distress suffers desperation and then suddenly help comes from the most unexpected quarters, he thanks God, calling it an act of divine mercy. Baba’s devotees, in thousands, staying in different parts of the country used to get such help at the most crucial moments of their life. Such divine interventions, in other words, can be called the ‘Grace of the Master’ or ‘Compassion’ or ‘Kripa’. For example Shyama, an ardent devotee of Baba at Shirdi was bitten by a snake. Baba without use of any medicines saved him only by a command. Mainatai, the daughter of Nana Saheb Chandorkar at Jamner had serious delivery complications but a man sent by Baba reached the house of Chandorkar with the help of mysterious Tangewalla with Baba’s Udi at the most critical moment. Chandorkar, a Magistrate, with all his pride and intellect was just shocked. Hundreds of examples regarding Baba’s help received by his devotees unexpectedly, far away from Shirdi, not only when Shri Sai was in his physical embodiment, but also as on today have been recorded. A very large number of them belong to the intellectual and educated group who would never have believed what they experienced, if such miracles were told by some one else.

Herein comes the main question about the faith in the Master. Should miracles be the only factor / plinth of sch faith even if a Master is capable of creating such miracles?

The first problem that arises when faith is dependent only on miracles created by a Saint or Master is that. the devotee becomes miracle dependent. I have seen some devotees not doing what they are ordinarily supposed to do and then praying for help in a crisis. For example, if a child is not studying well, instead of taking care of his education through the available means, and time, they run to the temples more frequently to get blessing for the child’s success as if a miracle would solve their mundane problems. Nature, which is the manifested spirit of God tells human beings, “I have given you a body, a mind and a soul. I have created the facilities on this earth. Put them to the best possible use for your good and that of others”. The house in which we stay, the food we eat, the electricity we use, the doctor we consult, as much as the temple we visit all are created by God. Not doing what God has empowered us to do but merely wishing for miracles to happen is treading an illusory path. Secondly, those devotees who only depend on the powers. of miracles of a Master will lose faith if the miracle prayed for does not take place. After all miracles are also dependent .on the laws of Karma i.e. they are a result of his noble deeds of the past and take place only if he deserves to get such miraculous help. The worst is that if some problem are solved through miracles but later the desired help does not take place, faith gets easily shaken. It is again in the nature of mind that human beings are prone to think more of a single negative quality of a. man even if he has many other positive qualities. They lament on a single failure forgetting that they had many successes in the past. Undoubtedly, if the faith is based on these powers of miracles of the Master, then such a devotee is actually loving the Master’s miracles more than the Master himself. This is conditional devotion whereas true devotion or love for the Master, in the real sense of the term cannot be conditional.

On the other hand, the true devotees, even when they are experiencing the acts of compassion of the Master or miraculous help, neither pray for it nor depend on it. Tolerating the pleasures and pains of life, they continue to do their best for the cause of the Masters. To them the biggest miracle happens slowly but steadily. They conquer their weakness of mind to depend on miracle and stand out on their own in the world as great personalities of faith. ".....



FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“As for Dixit’s own financial position, there was, for a long time, a period of depression, but there was no positive distress. Contentment was ingrained in Dixit, and he was always saying to himself.

Tevile Anante, Tase Rahave,

which is the same as

Alia Rakhega Vysa Rahena Maula Rakhega Vysa Rahena

This means, ‘We must be content with the lot assigned to us by God’. So, he was generally contented and retained his mental peace in the midst of lack of funds and income. However, special occasions arose and his faith in Baba was tested and confirmed. Some time after Baba passed away, Kaka had to meet a heavy obligation of Rs. 30,000 to be paid to a Marwadi. The day for payment was drawing near, and Kaka could not see how to get funds for meeting this large demand. One night, as he was sleeping, he had a dream, and in his dream, his creditor was pressing him for payment. In the dream, he assured the creditor, ‘Oh, don’t you fear. I have my friend Sir Chunnilal, Sir Chimanlal etc. all of them knights, and they will provide the money. Suddenly, he woke up and remembering the dream, he bitterly repented his stupid folly in relying upon ‘Sir’ this and ‘Sir’ that who are just the persons who will fail to help at the crucial moment. He felt that the only person on whom he could rely for getting help was Baba, and cursed his folly in relying upon such useless human help. He resolved not to think of these ‘Sirs’ at all, and to rely confidently and boldly upon Sai Baba alone to furnish him with the funds and that too in time. His views are thus expressed in stanza 343 in Sai Natha Mananam:

Nathe nah purushottame trijagataam ekadhipe chetasaam
Sevye swasya paadasya datari vihhow sayeesware tishtate
Yam kamchit purushaadhamam laghubalam sarakhyam alpartadam Sahyaartham mrigayamahe naram aho mudha varakaa vayam.

which means- “While there is our supporter Purushottama, i.e., the supreme person, that Lord of the three worlds, worthy of the soul’s worship, the omnipotent Sayeeswara, we (i.e. I) turn to some weak and low person with the title “Sir” who gives little, for help! Alas what folly is this!”

He sat up in his office room on a chair and was waiting and waiting till the actual date of payment came. Till the last date and last moment, no money was forthcoming. But at the last moment, a young man, the son of a rich friend of his, came asking for his advice. He said that after his father’s death, he was managing his property, and had to find an investment for his money. He said, just then he had brought with him Rs.30,000/- and wanted to know from Dixit what would be the best investment. Kaka, after explaining the pros and cons of other investments, finally told him that he himself was in urgent need of Rs. 30,000/- and he would be glad to have it on any reasonable terms, but that it was his duty to explain to the lender that his practice had gone down, that his income was very low, though his properties in the shape of bungalows were there, and that it was his duty to point out the danger and disadvantage of lending to such a person. The young man, however, made up his mind to lend the money to him on account of his need and on account of his being his father’s friend, and thus the creditor of Dixit was paid in time. But who could know that the sum of Rs. 30,000 was with a person with a mind to be influenced to lend it to Dixit? Baba alone could know. Baba alone could influence the possessor of the funds. It is just like this that at the crucial moment Baba acts often! For instance Baba operated on the minds of Brahmins to come to do Pitru Sraddha for Jog just at the nick of time (B C. S. 377-8). He influenced the appellate Magistrate’s mind to deal summary justice to his convicted servant Raghu. He influenced the minds of Government members to refrain from granting sanction against Khaparde for prosecution (BCS 402-5). He influenced the minds of all and sundry to turn Upasani Maharaj back to Shirdi in June 1911 (BCS 635). It is this Baba who knows all facts and grips all minds who brought Kaka’s friend’s son in time with Rs. 30,000 to clear off Kaka’s debt, and Kaka had many instances like this confirming him in his attitude of utter childlike reliance on his Guru even in financial matters.

But financial matters are not the most important. It is the ripening of the soul, the getting rid of past vasanas, the building up of strength and the perfecting of peace on the basis of perfect nishta and saburi that do matter; these are higher, far higher than mere finance.”……


DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

Shirdi Baba came in my dream and told me to spread his miracles, so I have listed a few miracles that I have personally experienced.

1) I was recently on holiday in Spain for about two weeks. I was feeling really miserable. I had a strong desire to pray to Baba in a mandir, but being in a foreign country in new surroundings I felt really distant from Baba. The next day, I was out shopping and went into shop and started talking to the owner of the shop. I suddenly noticed that he was wearing a Shirdi Baba ring and so started to talk to him about Baba. He told me about Sai Baba mandir close by and I felt really excited. I made a trip to that place the next day and could not find it, so decided to go into the hotel to ask for directions. I expected to find a reception desk with people, whom I could ask about the mandir, but instead to my surprise, I was in a beautiful hall with a huge murti of Shirdi Baba, it was so peaceful and so beautiful. There was no one else there, and I felt that I had a one to one darshaan with Shirdi Baba in a wonderful mandir, and that Baba, being omnipresent had fulfilled my desire of wanting to come and pray to Him in such a wonderful way.

2) I had been given a copy of Sai Satcharita and was told that if you read it in week with a desire in mind, it gets fulfilled. The first time I read Sai Satcharita in a saptah, i.e. one week, I had something in my mind that I wanted and I hoped that Baba would somehow bless me. I started it on Friday and completed it on Thursday. That night the most beautiful thing happened, Baba actually came in my dream and blessed me. It was amazing.

3) I had an exam for which I had done no preparation and I knew that it would not go well and was my worst subject. I tried to prepare for it the night before but ended up falling asleep. That night I got a dream where Maata Bhagwaan came and told me to read a certain page of my book. I woke up the next morning really pleased with my vision and quickly crammed that page. To my surprise, in the exam, the question was from that exact same page. It was a miracle!

Shruti Gopal, UK

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POEM

The Power of Prayer

It is in prayer that we thank you
For the blessings that you give
And with praise that we worship you
For you give us hope to live

It is in prayer that we call upon you
For all your help we ask
To strengthen and to guide us
For troubled times to pass

And in those times of our most need
When we forget how to pray
That's when we know your love for us
Forevermore will stay

Because in prayer you give us wings
And teach us how to fly
Should we happen to forget
How to reach you in the sky

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Sai's Message To The Children

Baba once said that, although he will not be present in physical form, his bones will guide and help His people in times to come. In my opinion Baba is living up to his promise and we see that Sai’s philosophy is reaching all corners of the earth. I remember an incident from 2001 when a friend of mine who of Polish ancestry introduced me to his mother who was visiting him in USA from Venezuela and I was stunned for a moment when she greeted me with folded hands and said “Sairam”. She mentioned that she visits the Sai Center in her hometown of Caracas and has read about Baba and his teachings. It emphasized the relevance of Sai’s teachings in today’s world in inspiring people from different countries and nationalities. In today’s difficult times when there are all sorts of distractions pulling a person away from leading a path of righteous and spiritual life, it becomes essential for all devotees to read and follow Baba’s words and teachings to the best of their ability and understanding.

Baba advised people to see God in all beings and creatures, which if practiced in day to day life can make this world a better place for all beings. He said that there are many ways to reach God and one way goes through Shirdi. He meant that in today’s society, there is no reason for people to quarrel in Gods name since all ways and prayers reach the same place, hence his famous quote “Sabka Malik Aik (There is one God)”.

Baba always advised that one should use rationale and logical thinking and not blindly follow any rituals or practices just because it has been done that way for years or if it is written in some revered book. Something which was relevant and made sense in say 1800’s may or may not be applicable in the 21st century. Baba discouraged superstitions or mundane rituals. His advise was that in the age of Kali, Namah Smaran (remembering Gods name) is the best form of worship which requires no special paraphernalia or knowledge of Shastras etc and which can be done by everyone. Once a person starts chanting Baba’s name or the name of his favorite deity, it can bring inner peace, happiness and wisdom and lead a person on the path of spiritual enlightenment.

Shri Sai Satcharitra has numerous teachings and words of Baba, which are quite significant in today’s society and can help a person in performing his daily duties and can quench his thirst for knowledge, wisdom and spirituality. The best way would be to read and assimilate Baba’s teachings and try to follow them.

Nitesh Shrivastava, USA

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Om Sai Ram
I am one among millions, an ardent devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba, born into a Parsi family. I eagerly look forward to and love reading the articles on dear Sai but am disappointed that the Zoroastrian faith, one of the oldest religions as historians mention (approximately 5000 BC) and yet whenever articles are written, comparisons of different faiths are made, no mention is made either of Zoroastrians or our Prophet Zarathushtra.
One would think that one as learned and informed as the person (s) who research and put together all this information surely must be aware that there exists a race (Parsis as we are commonly known as) and their religion (Zoroastrianism) brought forth by their Prophet Zoroaster.
In fact Sadguru Sai Baba did meet Meher Baba (Meherwan Irani from Pune) also a Perfect Master, who is a Parsi. Meher Baba was asked to go and meet Sadguru Sai Baba by Gulrukh (another Perfect Master known as Baba Jaan from Pune) to get the "secret key" in short revelations. Mention has been made that when Sri Shirdi Sai Baba saw Meher, He (Sai Baba) uttered the word "Parvardegaar" (God Almighty).
I truly would appreciate and humbly request that in future, your articles will try to also make a mention of Zoroastrianism as one of the faiths when any such comparisons are made.
Thank you
Sincerely
OM SAI RAM!!

Navaz N Kayani


I feel in today's life where everyone is struggling for power and money Sai Satcharitra tells that we should be satisfied with whatever we get. And that is God's wish. No matter how much wealth we acquire we can't be satisfied unless we have internal peace. It all depends on our internal mental condition. A rich person can be dissatisfied and a servant can be joyful and happy. We should be thankful to God every time every minute. Real happiness is internal and that comes from Sai's Ashirwad...

Aarushi Thakur, Toronto

 

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READER'S REFLECTION

A Sai Baba moorti have been placed in the Ratneshawar Mahadev Temple, Karachi. On every Monday thousands devotees visit the temple and pay their respects to the Sai Baba moorti.

It is my first chance to open this site and the information has deepened my devotion to Sai's name. I pray Sai Baba daily in the morning, and my children too pray the same way, observe fast on every Friday and recite songs in praise of Sai daily in the evening prayer. For the last 30 years, in October, we hold Satsang. Sai Baba is in our hearts and we have received Sai's help in so many ways.

Hari Motwani, Karachi Pakistan

Saibaba is the Chief Executive of this world sent by the combine Lord Shiva, Lord Bramha and Lord Vishnu. As soon as Saibaba looks at you and your worries vanish and a smile appears on your face and you feel relaxed. This is Sai Baba's promise to everyone who worship Him and even if devotes just remember Him.

This organisation is blessed.

Ravinder Tikoo, 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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