N E W S L E T T E R
VOL41, OCTOBER 2007
 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

……“Non-vegetarians believe in eating the flesh of some species, their milk, eggs of birds, etc. Whereas some people claim to be purely vegetarian in food habits, non-vegetarians can never call themselves purely non-vegetarian, since they also take fruits, vegetables and milk etc. Neither any non-vegetarian nor for that purpose any vegetarian person can be said to be pure in the true sense of the term. Food items like cakes, biscuits and many other products available in the market, certain medicines, tonics etc. contain ¬different enzymes and materials from non-human species, as do many of the items that we use on a day to day basis, like creams and soaps which contain animal fats etc. The vegetarian group belonging to the so-called intellectual class of society is fully aware of the inclusion of non-vegetarian elements in the so-called harmless vegetarian items. Yet they take these items beholding some traditional or acquired value of vegetarianism. This has always been the case with the intellectual group. It is expediency, which justifies everything. Taking out milk from the mouth of a calf and yet worshipping the cow as a mother is justified on the grounds of expediency. It is expediency which forces the human society to create hybrid varieties of ¬different species of animals and birds ultimately to eat them like chicken or put them into different uses. Most of the demonstrative compassion shown towards animals, birds and other species comes out of this utilitarian mindset of the homosapiens. In the recorded history of mankind the highest compassion to other species was shown by Mahavira Jain, but very few people understand it and follow it in the right spirit.

Whatever be the justification in killing the members of other species, the mute question is “Does anyone wish to be killed?” Does any human being wish to be killed and eaten by any other species except in cases of rare psychological predispositions like suicide etc? Will any hen or goat when asked say that it wants to be killed? Have we not observed the pain and terror in the eyes and tremor in the bodies of the animals and birds when they are being slaughtered? When the very man who does not want to be killed at any cost or even to be injured kills an animal, is he not being totally insensitive to the pain of others? This logically justifies the theory that the strong rule or have a moral right to rule and exploit the weak. This is true in the animal world where instinctively the tiger kills the deer, as intelligence has not developed in it as in human beings. Once its hunger is quenched, it kills no more till hunger propels it, instinctively again, to kill a prey. The human species, on the other hand, even keep a stock of flesh of dead animals in packed or frozen condition for eating whenever it likes.

The word ‘Humanism’ (Manav-vada) used by the so-called civilised society explains an attitude/act of kindness and understanding towards other human beings to whatever breed they belong. The word ‘Manav-vada’ does not necessarily include ‘Prani-vada’. And this is where the human society falters. The urge to kill animals when further extended as a psychological condition can lead a person to kill other human beings and strengthens the mental trait of violence. Have not we observed that even today human beings are, at times, cruelly killed by other human beings in the manner in which an animal is killed by another animal. Have we not read that in the places where the sages and saints lived, even animals lost their cruel instincts? Why? Because of the non-existence of killer mindset and an attitude of peaceful co¬existence of different species. Can’t the human species create an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence with the animals? Has not God provided us with enough of agricultural products, fruits, roots, etc. on which human society can subsist!

The question is left open to the reader to decide for himself rationally, even if not from the religious or spiritual points of view. A non-vegetarian person may not personally kill or be a part of the process of killing, but he certainly contributes to such killings as a consumer. To appreciate the issue properly, it would perhaps be better for a non-vegetarian person to visit a place where animals/birds are being killed, observe the painful reactions of these harmless species when death is being inflicted on them and then decide whether he should continue to be a non-vegetarian.

The direct experience of things (and not information alone) brings knowledge and creates a conviction whether to do or not do a thing. A progressive man should have direct experience and then decide on the course of action he likes to take. This is truthful living and without truthful living one cannot enter into the path of spiritualism.”…….


FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“God-realisation or Self-realisation is not a thing given, but the pupil is given the necessary preparation and facilities to attain that state. Then, the saying of Tukaram becomes true. ‘Apana Sarika Karitat Tatkal’. This means, ‘The Samartha Guru turns the sishya immediately into his own likeness’. Allowing some latitude for hyperbole for purposes of effect, there is substantial truth in this saying. Hence one may recognise that the highest use which any sane man can make of a Guru is to get the very highest benefit possible, namely, Self-realisation and God-realisation.
This is the highest but, in the vast circle of sadhakas and of our readers, there are many who would not think of the highest at all, but would have their own hankerings or longings, which are by no means to be treated with contempt. For instance, the achievement of the position of an ‘Ankita’ child may be referred to as one of the smaller or preliminary gains of the sishya when approaching a Samartha Sadguru. What ‘Ankita’ means will be seen by the following stanza, which is part of Narayana’s daily Arati song sung in places fike Sakori and Shirdi.

Jo saducha ankita jiva jhala
Tyacha ase bhara niranjanala

This means, ‘Where a sadhu (a Samartha Sadguru) has earmarked a pupil as one for whom he undertakes complete responsibility for both spiritual and temporal welfare and for the entire period of his life (or lives), there every responsibility concerning that pupil’s welfare rests upon the shoulders of that Niranjan, that is, one who is almost God in respect of his power and nature’. This appears to be a truism or platitude - but is really a revelation of the existence of Niranjanas and their Ankitas in present day life. Niranjan strictly means having no ‘Maya’ or having crossed the borders of Maya. Compare the Gita verse ¬VII, 14.

Daivee hi eshaa gunamayee mama maayaa duratyaya
Maameva ye prapadyante maayaam etam tarantite

That is, ‘This three-fold Guna (Satva, Rajas, Tamas) constituting My Maya is hard indeed for anyone to cross. But he who takes refuge and surrenders Tan, Man, Dan (Body, mind and possessions) to ME, Iswara, crosses this Maya’. So Niranjan is one who has crossed the three-fold Maya, who has identified himself with Iswara and is possessed of Ashtaiswarya (Animaadisiddhi), divine powers that can bear every responsibility of another soul without regard to place, time, or extent of time, that is, whether it is generation or centuries. One may be aghast at the idea that any responsibility can be undertaken indefinitely or for centuries. But Baba (being a Niranjan) expressly undertook such responsibility. When Mahlsapathy was afraid that the Muslims would come and beat him for worshipping Baba with sandal paste after he left the Mosque premises, Baba assured him that neither those nor any other persons could molest him either in this life or in any future lives of his.

Baba told the Bandra youth, who prayed to him that he should be always with him in future lives, that he had already been in previous lives along with him and looking after him, and that for three more lives that were necessary for him to be born to work out his remaining karma, Baba would be reborn and be with him. Similar assurances were given for indefinite periods to M.B. Rege, etc. One reading the Gospel of Sai Baba, that is, B.C.S. 400-450, would notice that Baba referred to ten thousand years back, saying ‘I was here ten thousand years ago’. He told Shama that for 72 janmas or births he had been with him and that he had never touched him at all till then. That is, he recalls events of 72 janmas and knows he has been protecting his devotee all these janmas, that is, over 2,000 years. Especially in this janma when Shama, an almost illiterate and helpless villager, was obliged to depend entirely upon Baba. Baba looked after all his interests and provided him and his children also with means of subsistence, with comforts, with safety, and position - as he provided to many others.

When G.G. Narke was introduced to Baba, Baba declared that he had known him for 30 janmas. If a janma is roughly taken to be even 30 years, this takes us nearly a thousand years back. Hence, to give an undertaking, which appears to be definite in point of time, is nothing for a Niranjana. The undertaking is also indefinite in respect of the sort of attacks that may befall a sishya. Sri Rama said -

Sakrudeva prapannaya tava asmi iti cha yaachate
Abhayam sarva bhutebhyo dadaami etat vratam mama

This means, “If a person once surrenders and takes refuge with me saying. ‘I am yours’; I undertake to protect him from all creatures. This is my vow”. Sri Rama does not limit either the time or the nature of the attack upon his dependants seeking protection. Similarly Baba, who is nothing but Sai Rama, gave undertakings indefinite in point of time, persons, or things attacking devotees or the place. As far as we are able to see, both Ayodhya Rama and Shirdi Sai Rama kept up the promises that they made. See how Baba protected Gowri and the coward Basappa, birth after birth.”……


DEVOTEE'S EXPERIENCE

It is a true incident that happened in 1993. I was working as scientist at National Institute of Oceanography in Goa. My parents are great devotees of Lord Saibaba. We too, all our brothers and sisters used to perform ‘bhajan’ at home on every Thursday. My father died in 1991 while I was in USA. He used to wear several golden rings on his fingers. One of the rings had the image of Lord Saibaba. After my father’s death, his rings were given to all my brothers. My younger brother got the ring with Lord Saibaba’s impression. After his marriage in 1993, my younger brother along with his wife and our mother came to Goa in November, 1993. Another brother and his family also joined us for a family get-together. One day evening we all went to ‘Mirmar’ beach close to our house. All of us were playing with water and having fun, splashing water at one another. It was nearly 7 PM and already very dark as there was no light near the waterline. Suddenly my younger brother screamed and said that the ring bearing Lord Saibaba’s image had fallen off his finger. He did not know when and where it happened, but was sure that he was wearing it when we came to the beach. My mother, particularly, was extremely saddened and was in tears. Understandably so, as that ring has sentimental value for two reasons: firstly, it belonged to my father and secondly it had the image of Lord Saibaba, our Guru. All of us were equally upset by its loss. We decided to search as far as we could. All of us were praying to our Lord Saibaba and began searching in the darkness and bewildering expanse of sand. No one had any idea about how to find it. My elder brother started searching in the water on the foreshore where waves rush up and down. My younger brother was searching a little upward in the wet sand area. I was searching further landward in the dry sand area. As we began searching, a few vendors and tourists in that region came and asked what we were searching for. We did not tell them anything, I was afraid that in case the ring fell on the surface of the dry sand, it might either go deeper due to walking of so many people or someone might quietly pick it up and go. First I requested every one to leave saying that we were playing. After all the outsiders had gone, I was frisking the sand, layer by layer with my feet while looking down anxiously. All of us were deeply and sincerely praying to Lord Saibaba for help. Since it was dark, there was no way one could see it. Our mother was quietly sitting at one place and reciting Lord Saibaba’s name (nama japam) with complete devotion. Our anxiety was growing as the search continued for over an hour and none was able to find the ring. I was talking to myself: “Baba we trust you and earnestly seek your help. Please come and help us. We by ourselves are not capable”.

Behold! Miracle of miracles, suddenly I felt something hard hitting my toe. Since it was beach and dry sand, many small shells were also there. But this time I bent forward and picked up the object. It was the same ring. My happiness knew no bounds. I screamed very loud to announce the finding. I was extremely overwhelmed with joy and could not even speak properly. My brothers, sisters-in-law, my wife and children all came running to me. Our happiness was absolutely indescribable. The tears were rolling down our cheeks, all of us were praising our Guru Lord Saibaba and his mercy. Undoubtedly it is our Guru Lord Saibaba who gave the ring back to us. Can anyone imagine finding a ring in such a vast expanse of sand in total darkness, particularly when we had no idea where it fell off the finger?

That is why I call it miracle, nothing less. It shows that Lord Saibaba is listening to our prayers and ever ready to help us. This incident proves that He (Lord Saibaba) cares about us. This incident further proves the word our Guru said “Go whereever you want I know what you are doing as I live in your heart. If you seek my help, it shall be given. All I want is your gratitude and devotion”. We bow to our Guru, Lord Saibaba with all humility and gratitude.

Dr. Y.V.B. Sarma, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat

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POEM

Sai is always near, so why fear

When things are down
And you are out of your mind
Remember just remember
Sai is so Kind.

When your life is in darkness
And nothing is right
Remember just remember
Through the darkness, Sai is The Light.

When nothing makes sense
And everything seems dense
Remember just remember
Sai is The Wise.

When times are troubled
And no one seems to care
Remember just remember
Sai is so Fair.

When your heart is breaking
And your pain makes you fall
Remember just remember
Sai Sees it all.

When you are weak
And the road seems long
Remember just remember
Seek strength from The Strong.

When life is a burden
And everything is unstable
Remember just remember
Sai is The Able.

When the way is cloudy
And there is no one by your side
Remember just remember
Sai is The Only Guide.

When no one wants to listen
Or is willing to lend an ear
Remember just remember
Sai is always ready to hear

When you are poor and penniless
And you are stuck in a niche
Remember just remember
Sai is The Rich.

When you are down in your misery
And there is nowhere to run
Remember just remember
You can always run to The One

And when your scars are hurting
And your heart is in fear
Remember just remember
Sai is always near so why fear.

Deepa H, Seattle, USA

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

Dakshina and Sai

Aum Sairam

Taking Dakshina [money] from His followers used to be an important part of Sri Sai Baba’s style of guiding His followers.

Whatever He used to collect during the day, He used to distribute in the evenings. He used to give out specific but different amounts to some people around Him every day; He used to pull out money from His pocket without counting. The miracle was that each person used to get exactly the same amount every day. No matter how much He used to collect everyday, by the next morning He used to be back being the poor fakir.

Once the British government wanted to tax the money received by Sri Sai Baba and appointed a secret agent to count the money Sri Sai Baba received everyday. The agent used to get perplexed and frustrated because, according to his observation, Sri Sai Baba used to receive about 25 rupees everyday but He used to distribute in hundreds of rupees. How this was possible was the dilemma? As Sri Sai Baba's devotees know, when Baba (God) walked on earth, anything was possible.

Sometimes Sri Sai Baba’s asking for money used to be to remind the devotees to pay off previously forgotten commitments or to highlight their weaknesses and bring change in them.

Sri Sai Baba used to say: "I never take money unnecessarily nor do I take from everyone. I ask only those that Allah points me to. Actually, the person that gives me money is planting seeds for a better future. Money is there to do good to others and to progress in the path of dharma. If money is spent only for personal comforts, such use of money is a waste.

What you have is given by God and now is being asked by God. By giving money the person attains Jnana and increases his devotion. What do I do with money? I give back ten times more."

Allah Malik

Naresh Kundanani, Mumbai

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Where ever we go, what ever we do, His Blessings will be always there with us He will correct us and He will support us in each and every part of our life. He is the Master of Masters, Guru of Gurus. Feel proud to be a child of Baba..........
Please be with us and shower your blessings on us.

P.Viswanatham, Nellore

I am an ardent devotee of Sai Baba since my school days and start my day with the name of my Baba. He is my everything - best friend, father or mother or brother or sister...many times he saved my life. Sometimes He shows me the way through dreams. I feel that He is watching over me and taking care of me and so I don't feel alone. I wish all the people believe in him as He is not too far away from us.

Niku, New Delhi

 

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READER'S REFLECTION

I am really grateful to all those who made the magazine Heritage of Shirdi Sai and the website www.heritageofshirdisai.org possible. I have no words to express the feelings that arise when I read the experiences of other devotees. Please do continue to share such experiences with us as it guides us regarding how to lead a happy life and reminds us to just think of our Great Baba at all times. Sai Ram

Param Shivam, Bhopal

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.

Prof. K. Byrappa, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

 

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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, 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: http://www.theshirdisaimandir.ca or send an email to info@theshirdisaimandir.ca 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

 

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 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/

 

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 www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz

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