FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
……“The ten days
are the development of the Primordial energy form of Shakti.
On each day its potentiality and functional attributes
increase. On the last day it becomes Durga - the highest
form of power or the Shakti of Parameswar. Thereafter,
creation proceeds at a faster pace after evil forces restricting
the evolution are destroyed.
Some body should explain this to devotees on these days
so that they understand the significance of the deity
and their roles. This can be done on the 8th day that
is Ashtami. The Pooja of Gayatri Mata should be done separately
in accordance with this principle, as Gayatri is the mother
of Bramha, Vishnu, and Maheshwar - all in one.
If Devi mantra is not known then Gayatri Mantra will
do and should be recited on the 8th day.
Gayatri Yagnam should be conducted in the temple.
Devotees should avoid negative thoughts and negative
actions during the period.
They should speak as little as possible and desist from
They should do as much charity as possible in terms
of feeding the poor, helping the needy and serving the
In the temple, Naam Japa, Bhandara etc are good actions.”…….
FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
Kondaji’s (a Marwadi) stack of hay took fire. Baba
tried to prevent it by sending him to go and look at it.
But he returned without seeing it properly, and then said
there was no fire. Then Baba pointed out to the smoke
issuing from the stack. He then ran up and found that
the whole thing had been reduced to ashes. People in the
neighbourhood, with neighbouring stacks, were all afraid
that the brisk breeze that was blowing would set their
stacks also on fire. Baba then came up, and going round
Kondaji’s stack, drew a line of water round it,
and said; ‘Only this stack will be burnt’.
Kondaji, however, was very sorry that he had lost his
property. Then Baba said, ‘How stupid is this? The
marwadi talks of himself as his body, that is, the form
made up of flesh, bones etc. Hay is something totally
different. What has he to do with the stack or the stack
to do with him? Hallo, Marwadi, you better make up for
this loss in some other transaction’. Thus, Baba
gave him some practical advice to get over his grief,
and at the same time pointed out that philosophically
speaking, there was no basis for the notion of either
‘I’ or ‘Mine’. It is ruinous for
any soul that desires its true welfare to go on dwelling
over and over again upon ‘I’ and ‘Mine’.
When he thinks of the ‘I’ it does not get
to the real inwardness of the ‘I’. On the
other hand, it centres its emphasis on everything unimportant.
For instance, if you ask a boy whom you meet, ‘Who
are you?’ you may get ten different answers, such
as, ‘I am a boy, I am named Rama, I am the son of
Krishna, I am a Hindu, I am aged 16, I am a boy attending
St. Peter’s School’, etc. That is, every one
of these things is not he, but it is an accident attached
to him which he mentions as he. What is the central core
round which all these accidents gather? That he does not
know. Philosophers might say, ‘There is a piece
of Chaitanya or Pure Consciousness which, however, changes
its purity and gets attached to some external body, and
then a particularity comes into it, namely, a red haired
youth. So, the ‘I’ becomes a red haired youth.
Thus we develop various notions of I, which stricty speaking
are not true, and which do not help us in the ultimate
goal that we have to reach, however useful some of them
may be for our progress in our material circumstances.
Therefore, Baba tried to rebuke this egotism especially
when it showed itself in offensive forms. Abhimana means
overfondness of dwelling on this particularity you call
‘I’ connected. with the body, and it also
comes in relation to property, Therefore, the most important
thing to be attained in the case of a sadhaka is to lessen
and remove this abhimana to dissociate himself from the
body idea. ‘I’ and ‘mine’ represent
the body idea.”……
protection: Right from pregnancy thru safe delivery and
spread your palms with devotion before Me, I am immediately
with you, day and night. Though I am here bodily, still
I know what you do; beyond seven seas. Go wherever you
will, over the wide world. I am with you. My abode is
in your heart and I am within you. Always worship Me,
who is seated in your heart, as well as, in the hearts
all beings. Blessed and fortunate, indeed, is he who knows
-Satcharitra chapter 15. Baba
imparted beautiful and important lesson to Mr. Cholkar
in chapter 15.
I bow to Shri Sainath
and pray for his blessings to share this leela.
It was August, 2001. My wife
conceived and was due for her first check-up after 8 weeks.
We went to the clinic as scheduled and scanning was done.
The Technician broke the news that he couldn’t find
the embryo in his scan and neither the heart beat. We
were shocked and earth under my feet started shaking and
the room seemed to be revolving (as shown in the movies)
and I kind of collapsed onto a nearby chair/table. After
couple of minutes I recovered and asked the technician
“Is there any possibility or hope?” As I was
present in the scanning room during the scanning, I saw
the multiple efforts made by the technician to find the
embryo before breaking the news to us. He felt the situation
was hopeless. Later, a nurse tried to comfort us. I asked
the same question again and again: “Is there any
chance?” She told us that there was no chance and
told my wife that in the next few days she would have
an abortion and gave her empty (small) cups to retain
some of it for further test/research. I asked her again
“Is there any hope?” She replied, you can
always have “hope” but again said that abortion
can be any time in next couple of days and told us to
retain some of it. I asked her what if abortion does not
happen in next one week? She said come back to us for
more tests, but stressed again that abortion will happen
in two or three days.
We returned home, were very
saddened and kept on praying to Baba. The father of a
friend (who is also my neighbour) aged 68/70 years and
a very devout person, (who also did la ot of research
on Ramayan, Mahabharata) was in town. And upon learning
about our test results, he gave us a slokam from Mahabaratha
– which was sung by Draupadi during the Vastra-apaharana
episode, begging Krishna to rush to her rescue. We received
the “slokam” as Baba’s prasadam and
prayed to Baba and SaiKrishna. I stood in front of Sai
Baba (who is my Krishna) and chanted the slokam. Baba’s
namam audio cassette was played from morning 6 am to 10
pm continuously everyday and night. Days passed but the
abortion did not occur. The good sign was my wife continued
the pregnancy symptoms. These gave us hope, and went on
praying day and night to Baba, literally day and night.
My home was like Baba’s temple and Baba’s
songs were played all the time for next seven days.
After one week, we went to
the clinic for re-tests. This time during the scanning,
we heard the baby’s heart beat loud and clear. Our
joy knew no bounds. The technician was shocked. It took
a few minutes for him to apologize to us. He said he had
never seen this kind of incident in his life. After the
examination the nurse came running to us and apologized
and hugged my wife. She was very happy to know the news,
but at the same time she was very apologetic. It seemed
she was very worried that we may file a case or sue her.
She hugged my wife five times during the check-up and
walked us to the exit doors when we were leaving. She
said in her 15-20 years of service, she never had seen
this kind of incident. We knew in our hearts that this
was Baba’s Miracle. Nothing is impossible in Baba’s
giving and protection. As we read in Satcharitra, Baba
said many times “My Mission is to give Blessings”.
Months passed and we were praying
sincerely with joy filled hearts, and remembering Baba’s
miracle every day for those nine months. None of our parents
or in-laws could come to help us with the delivery. My
wife’s first delivery was a C-section back in India.
She was worried that if this too was going to be a c-section
it would be tough for us to take care the baby if she
had to take bed-rest due to the surgery. At the same time
she was also worried about going through the intense pains
of a normal delivery. As we all know, nothing is in our
hands. All we can do is pray to Baba and leave everything
to him. Baba’s songs/namam were played every day
and night at home for all those nine months. We felt our
home was a Sai Mandir for those nine months, as Sai music
played all the time, day and night.
Nine months passed, on delivery
day early morning at 3 am, Padmaja was getting delivery
pains. We went to the hospital to check-in. Surprisingly,
after being admitted, the time-gap between the strokes
went from 5 minutes to 10 minutes and also her body status
was not meeting the requirements for admission. So we
were told to go back, and the nurse’s attitude was
not at all friendly. We were really depressed with her
attitude, and were sent back home. The distance from our
home to hospital was a 30 minute drive. But see Baba’s
miracle. After we reached home, she got back the delivery-pains.
But we hesitated to go to the hospital as we were concerned
that she may be sent back again. We were continuously
in touch with doctor over phone (being Sunday), and at
11am or so the time-gap between pains went down to 3mins/2mins
from 5mins. Finally, we started for the hospital at 4:30
pm. Padmaja had to control herself a lot in the car. She
was having heavy pains but she was scared that I may not
be able to drive properly if I heard her screaming. We
prayed to Baba on the way that she should be admitted.
As soon as we reached the hospital, a nurse saw her as
she was walking to the reception and rushed her straight
to the delivery room without any formal admission formalities
and tests. The nurse checked her in the delivery room
and told us it’s 9.5 cm open. Doctor was paged,
and in next 30 minutes Padmaja delivered the baby while
listening to the audio of Baba’s Namam. See Baba’s
miracle here. If my wife had admitted to the hospital
in morning, she would never have been able to bear the
pains. Baba knows what’s best. He kept her at home,
and at home we didn’t know the progress, so even
though she had severe pains at home, she bore them thinking
this is just the beginning. Baba gave her the strength
to go through the pains. Baba redirected her attention
from delivery-tension to admission-tension. Even if one
observes the timing, we went to the hospital right at
the nick of the time and not an hour early, not an hour
later. We reached the hospital at 5:30 pm and were ready
for the delivery and were sent straight into the delivery
room. Later I came to know that while we were driving
to the hospital, our Baba (in the form of the Doctor)
called the hospital to be ready to receive us. So when
we reached the hospital, they had the patient’s
records and doctor’s details ready. Baba made sure
that it was a safe and natural delivery.
On the 3rd day of the delivery
we were discharged. At the time of discharging us, the
visiting Doctor checked the baby and said everything was
fine and we could leave. Fortunately, by Baba’s
grace my son urinated while the tests were being done
and there was a need to change his clothes. While the
nurse was changing Sai’s (my son) clothes, Doctor
observed some thing different in his skin and ordered
them to do the tests for Jaundice and told us take the
child for a check-up the following day. We were discharged.
Next day, we took him to the
clinic and learnt that the Jaundice test results were
20 (or more). We rushed to the Children’s hospital
for emergency as per the advice, and admitted the baby
for the treatment. It was 4th day of delivery and we are
back to stay at the hospital. The mother had to feed the
baby every 30 minutes, as that would help the child get
rid of Jaundice. It was very hectic for the two of us,
and we were in panic. By midnight the tests showed that
the Jaundice had gone down by one point or two. This was
a very good sign as the trend was expected to continue.
We stayed in the hospital for two nights and then went
back home, with equipment (brief-case and blanket) for
further treatment at home. The nurse came home every day
for a couple of days to check on progress. And with Baba’s
grace Sai recovered soon. It was Baba’s grace that
my son urinated in the main hospital, which caused doctor
to check on Jaundice other-wise we would found out about
it at a very late stage, as we did not have much experience
of jaundice etc. It would be very tough find out about
the disease as we live in an apartment where you don’t
have much light, and there were no older persons at home
to check on such things. Baba helped us to get through
our troubles and protected us at every stage.
Baba! Oh our dear
lord! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Whenever I see
my son, I remember it’s Baba’s blessings.
Bow to Sri Sai, Peace
be to all.
Satya Bajjuri, USA
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Pearls Of Divinity
A child craves for its mother,
A mother craves for her child.
Between them both is a bond of love
That thee Lord has bestowed upon them!
Like a child I too crave.
Seeking a glimpse of thee,
Each second ticks away,
Minutes have passed by,
Hours have turned into days.
Weeks to months,
Months to years,
And I have waited patiently.
Slowly but surely I was melting away
Burning inside the flame of grief,
Flickering with curiosity
Not so long I hear a voice calling upon me, I look up
Sparkles of sunlight pouring down
Thou smile is what I see.
With a shower of white pearls of divinity!
That now, I do realize
Thou are most luminous, pure and adorable!
Guiding my intellect in the right direction, That Thou
art within me
Swamy Mahadevan, Jubail
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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
To The Children
Peter USTINOV the
famous, actor, writer and dramatist once said "Children
are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of."
It is through children that we keep our culture, values,
ancestary alive, provided they have been taught the right
values, importance of culture and right conduct as children.
The responsibility of shaping the future lies in the hands
of adults. Sadly the modern age and automated culture
has pushed man away from his rich cultural heritage, tradition
and values and replaced them by antagonism, greed and
selfishness. As adults we set a bad example of a role
model for children who in turn emulate us, which makes
the future seem bleak. As some said “One hundered
years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove
what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in
my bank account, or what my clothes looked like. But one
hundred years from now, the world may be a little better
because I was important in the life of a child”.
We have to make an effort to right the wrong done by our
actions and to give a better life to our children. The
way to the right path is through spiritualism.
Spiritualism is the path through which man can change
his behaviour and restore the lost culture. Sai Satcharita
is one such scripture, which captures life and teachings
of Shirdi Sai Baba, and this has great significance for
all Shirdi Sai followers. Baba's teachings are for His
children, when they feel lost, and without hope, it is
Baba's own words for young and old alike. Let us reflect
on what Baba taught us through His life.
Baba was an epitome of love.
He loved people regardless of whether they were millionaires
or poor beggars or animals. He saw divinity in all. His
life showed us that - It is love alone that matters. He
shared food with the cleaning lady, dogs and birds alike.
His durbar was always open for His children.
Baba discouraged laziness.
His daily routine is an example of being active. He went
around Shirdi. He watered the garden in Lendi. He always
had time for His children in despair. Always had a word
of love and encouragement on His lips for those who went
to see Him. He urged people to work hard and look after
their welfare and be righteous.
He advocated unity and harmony
among various religions and urged them to live like brothers.
He said all religions lead to one goal and they are mere
paths to reach that goal. He never asked people to change
their religion or their practices. He discouraged superstition
and orthodoxy. He said we should not discriminate against
others based on their caste and class. Baba said people
came to us because of our previous relationship with them.
Baba’s humility is remarkable.
Baba taught us how to serve Guru by His own example where
He served the Psuedo guru Javahar Ali who claimed he was
learned and called Baba his student. Baba served him with
humility and did all the duties for Javahar Ali even though
Baba was a gyani and Parabramah Himself. He showed us
that falsehood has a very short life. Patience and humility
will win ultimately.
Baba taught us that nothing
matters but the words of Guru. He said one ought to trust
and believe in Guru as He is the guide in our life and
takes us to our destination. He likened Guru to mother
tortoise who showers her love on the children even though
they are far away from her, her loving glance nurtures
Baba taught us to share. He
asked residents of Shirdi to host visitors in their house.
He also showed the importance of charity. Baba used to
give money to the needy. He showed us that by giving charity
we develop dispassion towards things. This is the best
way to get rid of greed.
Baba encouraged repetition
of God’s name. He asked people to trust in God and
sing His glories always and said God will take care of
all our needs and come to our aid in times of need.
Baba discouraged arguments
and challenges. He tackled all the problems in a pleasing
manner and taught people to increase their level of tolerance.
He said faith and patience were two pillars and when one
has cultivated these two virtues then success was definite.
Through Baba's life one learns
that – whoever be it, man or Saint, once taken birth
on this earth they are sure to leave this material body
and world after their work is fulfilled on this earth.
Hence one should not give too much of attachment to the
material world. All material things should be used to
gain spiritual objective in life and not to develop attachment
Baba was always against formalities
in worship and did not like people to fall in debt for
making pilgrimages. He said, loving remembrance and gratitude
towards god is enough and there is no necessity for formal
show of devotion towards Guru or God. He said, serving
His “children” is equal to serving Him.
Baba always kept His promises.
Through this we learn that we have to make commitments
to people only when we know we can keep them and not to
disappoint others. Baba, Master, and God for us has the
ability to keep up His promises when He was in flesh and
also after His demise. But we humans have limited capacity
hence it becomes important for us to think before we make
From the above few facts outlined
in Satcharita it is evident that Baba was a Satpurusha
– a perfect man, who not just preached but lived
the life of righteousness. Initially people thought Him
to be a mad fakir, but eventually those who raised the
stone took shelter at His feet, seeing the divinity that
radiated from Him. Such a master lived and walked on this
earth and still guides us. When we feel lost and despair
at the events happening in this world, let us reflect
our contribution to this chaos - have we added to it or
reduced it? The best contribution we can make to this
world is to follow what Baba taught us through Satcharita
and teach our children the important values of love, empathy,
kindness, charity and sharing. These will stand us in
good stead at any given point in time. Let us leave this
world with an indelible mark of immortality by teaching
the good values to our children who make the future, as
through them we live forever through generations together.
Take Satcharita as the voice of the invisible Master who
still lives through that holy book, teaching generations
together. Gift a Satcharita to a child of Baba, and live
by His words. That is will be your biggest contribution
to this society.
your views on Topic of Discussion- DAKSHINA AND SAI
All devotees should completely devote our motivation
and energies towards the service of our fellow humans
who need our help and smile. God Sai Baba is in all creatures
and He will be pleased.
G Jagiani, Tanzania
First of all I want
to thank you for creating and managing "Heritage
Of Shiridi Sai". Its a great place where you can
know more about Baba everyday, how he touches everyone's
My family members
are devotees of Baba since ages. I remember that part
of my childhood was visiting Shirdi and spending time
in Baba's front yard. I sometimes become nostalgic and
long to go to Shirdi.
Baba is everywhere
with us. I have had many experiences where Baba guided
me, watched out for me. I would like to share my recent
experience. I was 5 weeks pregnant and one night I saw
Baba in my dream. He was very sick and was unable to walk.
So I took him in my arms as if holding a baby. He told
me that I was going to have a tough time. I told him that
I could wade through anything if He blessed me. He smiled
and applied Vibhuti to my forehead. After this dream within
a week I had miscarriage. I was very depressed for few
months and thought why did Baba let this happen to me.
There might be many reasons for this, could be my bad
karma. The important thing is I survived and by Baba's
grace I have a six months old baby now. I am very blessed
it could have been much worse but Baba saved us.
Right now my family
is going through very rough time. I know Baba is with
us. All we have to do is trust him and hang in there.
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
Thanks for the inspirational News letters that you have
been sending every Thursday. It gives me immense satisfaction
and strength. With the grace of Sai Baba we have formed
a committee called "Sai Parivar" and have been
organising Sai Utsav at different places in and around
Thank you so much
for sending me this Sai Heritage Newsletter. It just came
to me on the day of my birthday, and entered my mail box
at midnight, just when the clock was clicking 12 that
is my birthday. I am a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba, and
visit Shirdi each year without fail. I am in Japan right
now and I read the Sai Satcharitra regularly and also
Sahasranama. I do not know how to thank you for this wonderful
newsletter. Please keep sending it regularly. I am far
away from my India, praying Shirdi Sai Baba and He is
the one who is protecting me.
Byrappa, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
NEWS OF SHIRDI
SHIRDI SAI BABA SANSTHAN,
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,
The Shirdi Sai Mandir located
at 2721 Markham Road, Unit# 8, 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:
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 647-444-4724
SHIRDI SAI PARIVAR
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,
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
SHIRDI SAI CENTER,
BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
Location: 897-B E. Kifer
Rd, Sunnyvale, CA - 94086
Daily 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
For 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/
SHRI SHIRDI SAI
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
For more information, please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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,
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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