FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
……“An in-depth analysis
of the Path shown by Baba leads to certain obvious pointers
essentially required for spiritual evolution of human
beings. Baba, during His interaction with a very large
number of devotees of different religions and paths had
repeatedly brought out certain common emotional, psychological
and physical parameters to be followed by the devotees.
Although specific instructions were given directly or
indirectly to most of the devotees to solve their immediate
or mundane problems, yet the general parameters for ethical
living and spiritual evolution were more profound and
long term. After Baba left His human form, those who followed
the parameters and advice for the rest of their lives
benefited immensely. Others, who deviated, in the absence
of interaction with a Sadguru with a human body, did not
evolve much. This is the conclusion one is bound to draw
when lives of the prominent devotees of Baba are examined
as a whole.
These general parameters for a contented and evolved
life have been brought to the fore extensively in Shri
Sai Satcharitra when it narrates real-life happenings
at Shirdi, anecdotes and interpretations. Most of the
other books written on Baba have also tried to bring out
these parameters in different ways. Thus for a good disciple
the examples from the life of Baba and his percepts, as
codified in Shri Sai Satcharitra and other published materials
should work as the best reference points of guidance for
their ethical conduct and spiritual progress. This is
why I always prescribe reading of Shri Sai Satcharitra
in particular and other related materials to the devotees
and others following any path or religion. Whenever in
doubt about his thoughts and actions a devotee should
try to relate with the information on similar situations
provided in Shri Sai Satcharitra. He should always judge
to find out as to how far he is able to progress with
reference to these parameters as the permanent principles
of an ethical existence.
Baba has spoken about these greatest principles in the
simplest way, when exemplifying these principles through
his own conduct as well. For example let us take the case
of a man who spoke ill of another devotee to Baba. Baba
told him that pigs will only eat dirt even when given
the best of food. The meaning of this sentence is too
obvious to be explained. Or when, while giving two rupees
to a person who had helped Baba with a step ladder in
going up and coming down the home of Radhakrishnamayi,
announced that one must pay for the labour of another.
In fact the entire gamut of all his advice reiterates
the principles of ethical conduct reflected in Shrimad
The problem with some of the devotees is that they read
Shri Sai Satcharitra more intensely for its miracle stories
rather than for understanding the applied principles of
an ethical living. Further while carrying on their mundane
deeds or misdeeds they often forget Baba’s advice
at that moment. Therefore, they are prone to ask the same
questions on various issues again and again over the years
when ever in trouble. What Baba wanted the followers to
do is more to practice these principles than to read.
As Baba’s intentions reveal, the question is not
as to how many times one has failed while trying but as
to whether he is determined and remembers these principles
while doing any act, good or bad. Each devotee needs to
ask this question to himself and find the answer. Shri
Sai Satcharitra can only guide them.”…….
FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
developed steadily along with his love of the Guru. His
Guru both by example and precept showed him the absurdity
of the worldly man’s desire for much wealth and
how little was necessary even to an ordinary sadhaka.
Especially after Baba had assumed all his responsibilities,
he noted how needless it was for him to spend attention
and time or energy as before to acquire or preserve wealth.
Two instances may be
cited as typical of this teaching of Baba. In the early
years of Kaka Saheb’s contact with Baba, he earned
large fees. On one occasion when he came to Shirdi, he
came along with a trunkfuI of rupees (may be Rs. 1000),
which he earned in a Native State. He came to Baba, placed
the trunk before him, showed him the rupees, and said,
‘Baba, all this is yours’. Baba at once said,
‘Is that so?’ and plunged both his hands in
the box full of rupees and gave away heaps of rupees to
the people that crowded round him like bees for honey.
In a few moments, the
trunk became empty. This incident is narrated by Garde,
a Sub Judge friend of H. S. Dixit, who was watching all
the time the face of Dixit to study the reaction on his
face to the rapid scattering of his hard earned money
by Baba. Though any other person in his position would
have felt the loss of money very bitter, Kaka Saheb was
unmoved. That showed how he had hardened in his vairagya
at the feet of Baba. He learnt again that the silver so
highly valued by the world was but mud to the Sadguru,
who was a “Sama loshta asma Kaanchanah” i.e.
one to whom a clod, a stone and gold were equally indifferent.
B.G. (6) 8, (14) 24
On another occasion,
when Dixit got a cow, Baba said, ‘this cow was formerly
a Jalna man’s, before that an Aurangabad man’s,
before that, Mahlsapathy’s; God knows whose property
it is’. Baba’s statement was an exposition
of the Isavasya Upanishad, which says,
Ida(g)m sarvam Yatkincha Jagatyaam jagat
Tena tyaktena bhunjithah MaGridah, Kasya Svid dhanam,
which means, ‘Whatever thing is in the world is
covered by God. Renounce that and be happy, covet not.
Whose is property? Or covet not anyone's wealth, yours
or others property is always changing hands and changing
shapes. It is not perpetual. So it must be kept away (from
the soul) to attain happiness.’ Thus we have to
regard all property as coming and going “Agamaapayinah”
B G(2) 14 and should avoid getting attached to it. Baba’s
undertaking responsibilities for Dixit and family was
so wide that Dixit felt himself always under Baba’s
care and had no need to fear. Baba’s words to Khaparde,
Dixit, and others were, ‘Why fear when I am here?’
Baba gave ample proof to Dixit of his thorough knowledge
of all events, past, present and future, taking place
here, there, and everywhere, and his power to see to the
exact fulfillment of his promise or prediction.
By constantly staying
with Baba, Dixit noticed that Baba had this “Antarjnan”
or Chittasamvit or Ritambhara Prajna, and that he had
also vast control over men, creatures, and inanimate things
of nature. For instance in 1917, Kaka Mahajani, who was
at Bombay, was requested by the son of his master Thakersey
Sait to go to Shirdi and take Baba’s advice as to
what would be the best course for his master’s health.
Mahajani said that as Dixit was at Shirdi, it would be
sufficient to write to him. But the master’s son
said that Mahajani should actually go to Shirdi as nothing
else would satisfy his father.
When this conversation
was going on at Bombay, Baba told Dixit at Shirdi, “What
deliberations and consultations are going on there!”
The next day when Mahajani turned up at Shirdi and mentioned
about his master’s health, Baba told Dixit. ‘This
is the matter we were talking about yesterday. Is it not?’
Dixit compared notes with Mahajani and found that while
Mahajani and his master’s son were talking at Bombay,
Sai at Shirdi was fully aware of that fact.
On one occasion, immediately
after Arati, Sai Baba told his devotees, (B.C.S. 406,)
‘Be wherever you may, say whatever you may, and
do whatever you may, be sure, I am aware of what you say
or do’. This is Ritambharaprajna, which only perfectly
realised souls like Sai have. Some others may through
yogic practices, mantras, or by the use of spirits, acquire
mind-reading, clairvoyance, and, within limits, may even
be able to say what some persons at some places do or
say. But ordinarily such yogis cannot always and without
effort, be all-knowing at all places like Baba. Thus Dixit
was convinced that Baba had these divine qualities (far
superior to magical feats) and also the divine power to
know or control the future and protect him.”……
I would like to share a very
recent incident in my life with all the Baba devotees.
I was well placed and working
with a leading MNC in a senior position in Gurgaon and
was looking for a change in job for better prospects.
In the month of June I gave three interviews and with
Baba's grace I got an offer letter from two companies.
I did not go for the final interview in the third company
thinking it was very small. I chose the biggest brand
and company out of the two and planned to join in the
mid of July, 2007.
The company is a super brand
in India and things started out fine. My boss was an expatriate
lady. She liked my work very much. I had to attend one
conference in Mumbai with her and next day was my birthday
followed by the weekend. For long I had this urge to celebrate
my birthday with Baba in Shirdi. So I asked my boss if
I could take leave for one day and celebrate my birthday
in Mumbai. I did not tell her that I planned to go to
Shirdi because I thought she would not understand. Grudgingly,
But a problem arose. My boss
had to make a presentation on Monday afternoon, and I
had to prepare that for her. So she asked me if I would
be able to deliver and whether I needed to cancel my plan
to extend my stay in Mumbai. I told her I will do it over
the weekend and send it to her on Sunday.
So I took a night bus from
Mumbai and went to Shirdi. When I reached Shirdi I had
great difficulty in getting a hotel because they do not
give a room to single people. I failed to understand why.
Finally when I prayed to Baba, literally in tears, one
hotel gave me a room.
After my bath I went for Baba’s
darshan and it was the most beautiful experience for me.
Now I plan to celebrate all my birthdays in Shirdi if
I took the night bus back to
Mumbai and reached in time for flight to Delhi in the
morning. I reached Delhi safely and made the presentation
for my boss over the weekend. The only problem was that
I finished it late Sunday night and even though I tried
very hard, I could not send it to her due to a bad internet
On Monday morning my boss was
very nasty with me due to the delay from my side, for
which I genuinely apologized to her many times. She made
the presentation and it was appreciated. But in the evening
she called me and told me that she does not trust me as
I had delayed giving her the presentation and chose to
take a day off and celebrate my birthday instead of working
on the presentation.
Well next day I was called
her office along with the HR person and was told that
she does not want me to work in her team and so I should
resign or else the company would terminate my position.
It was the worst moment in
my life. I did not know what to say or do because inspite
of my apology she was adamant. My only strength was my
belief that nothing wrong can happen to me just because
I had spent my birthday with Baba at Shirdi.
Since I did not have any choice
I called the other two companies that were much smaller
in brand and size to check if they had hired anyone. The
bigger brand out of the two companies had already hired
somebody for my position and when I called the smallest
company out of the three, I was told that I can come for
the final interview with the MD in three days time since
he was out of town.
So I asked the HR person to
give me three days before I resigned, and treat them as
leave, so that at least I could say that I was still working.
Those three days were the longest in my life. I did not
tell my parents because I did not want to give them any
stress. Somehow, I had the very strong belief that Baba
will take care of me and do the best for me. This kept
me going for those three days.
Finally I went for the interview.
The MD met me as if he had already made up his mind to
hire me. He just told me what objectives I have to meet.
I got a better designation and salary package then earlier.
With Baba's grace I joined
this company, which is located at a distance of 10 minutes
from my home. Earlier I used to travel to Gurgaon from
Delhi and I used to drive for two hours in the morning
to reach office.
With Baba's grace I was not
out of job for even a single day. I got a better designation
and package and additionally my office is so near to my
home. I don’t have to drive for four hours each
day from Delhi to Gurgaon and back.
Moral of the story is don’t
shake your faith and belief in Baba when you face any
adversity. We are his children. He will take care of us.
He has no option but to come and wipe our tears when we
Om Sai Ram
experience, articles poems etc.
Offering to God
you Oh God !
What can I offer You?
Whatever I possess
all belongs to You.
How can I offer You
what is already Yours?
I offer You water
representing my tears,
shed in longing
and desire of Yours.
I tender these flowers
as my pure heart,
devoid of anger,
lust and pride.
I present these fruits
as my mind,
full of love
and free from thoughts.
I offer You
five kinds of sweets,
as five elements
which constitute me.
Accept these offerings
Oh God !
As my love, worship and devotion.
S. Modi, Delhi
experience, articles poems etc.
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
In Sai Satcharitra, we come
across many instances when Baba insisted that a devotee
pay Dakshina that he had either committed in their mind
or as desired by Him. He never took a morsel less or more
from them. He did not save any of this for His own personal
use; it was immediately distributed.
Now, we do the same thing through
Sansthan – the times have changed and the value
of money has changed relative to what it was in Baba’s
times. Affordability is a question of individual capacity.
Baba will still get His Dakshina, come what may.
Some may say that we should
not bargain with God; He knows what is good for us and
what is not; then why should anyone pray that he would
pay this much if something good, as desired, befalls him?
Here comes the equation between
a Living God, like our Baba and us. Whom shall we approach
if we need help? Someone in whom we have faith and confidence
who will never send us back empty handed. He is our Baba.
If that be so, are not we bound to repay something as
“thanksgiving” to a close friend of ours.
That Thanks Giving is our Dakshina. What is He going to
do with this? He is going to distribute it to the needy,
now through the sansthan, and thus help others from the
Dakshina He got from us.
This is not a business deal
with our Baba. No one can do business with Him. It is
our gratitude and our innermost desire to alleviate the
suffering of the have-nots. We do it through Dakshina.
We not only get what we want in this process but also
abundant love and blessings from our Lord Sai from His
At lord's feet
Lt Col (Retd)
RVS Mani, Muscat
your views on Topic of Discussion- DAKSHINA AND SAI
The Elephant and the Fly: The Secret of Controlling
the Restless Mind
and his teacher were walking through the forest. The disciple
was disturbed by the fact that his mind was in constant
unrest. He asked his teacher: "Why most people's
minds are restless, and only a few possess a calm mind?
What can one do to still the mind?"
The teacher looked
at the disciple, smiled and said: "I will tell you
a story. An elephant was standing and picking leaves from
a tree. A small fly came, flying and buzzing near his
ear. The elephant waved it away with his long ears. Then
the fly came again, and the elephant waved it away once
more". This was repeated several times. Then the
elephant asked the fly: "Why are you so restless
and noisy? Why can't you stay for a while in one place?"
The fly answered: "I am attracted to whatever I see,
hear or smell. My five senses pull me constantly in all
directions and I cannot resist them. What is your secret?
How can you stay so calm and still?"
The elephant stopped
eating and said: "My five senses do not rule my attention.
Whatever I do, I get immersed in it. Now that I am eating,
I am completely immersed in eating. In this way I can
enjoy my food and chew it better. I rule and control my
attention, and not the other way around."
Upon hearing these
words, the disciple's eyes opened wide and a smile appeared
on his face. He looked at his teacher and said: "I
understand! If my five senses are in control of my mind
and attention, then my mind is in constant unrest. If
I am in charge of my five senses and attention, then my
mind becomes calm". "Yes, that's right",
answered the teacher, " The mind is restless and
goes wherever the attention is. Control your attention,
and you control your mind".
Deepa H, Seattle
Jai Sai Ram! I am just so so
shocked after reading a devotee's experience in your Magazine.
That devotee's name is "Vandana Ritik" from
New Delhi. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your
experience with us. I am still so so moved.
I would like to tell
you one thing mother. I am a devotee of Baba since 4 years
now and he has become the center of my life. I am just
23 and left most of my bad habits because he is strict.
When I started to read spiritual books, Paramahansa Yoganandaji's
books came into my life at pretty much the same time as
Shri Sai Satcharita. Although I have this strange strong
attachment towards Baba the most, I feel some link with
Yoganandaji as well. I took permission of Baba through
chits and got his hints in various forms to join Yoganandaji's
organization named "Self-Realisation Fellowship"
I have also started
reading his translated "Bhagavad Gita" and I
have received the 3rd lesson after signing up for it.
I had just finished reading that lesson. After reading
in your experience that a lady who didn't know you but
wanted to tell you something about your son came to you
and explained how your son was doing fine with Baba and
how she quoted Lord Krishna words from Yogananda's "Bhagavad
Gita" I was really shocked and inspired.
I have recently come
across several Yoganandaji's devotees who told me that
a devotee of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya who is Paramahansa Yoganandaji's
Guru's Guru (i.e. Parama Guru) has written a book in which
he had clearly mentioned that Sai Baba of Shirdi was also
initiated into Kriya Yoga by Shri Lahiri Mahasaya. After
that I myself experienced their unity in more than one
incident and then I was convinced that they definitely
are working in unison with my Baba.....It seems like they
are all working on the background, together, for our welfare...
Your son, yourself, your whole
family and we all are so so blessed and lucky to have
Sai Baba as our Gurudeva, our God.
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
I would like to thank the Heritage of Shirdi Sai organisation
for bringing out this wonderful newsletter. Reading it
deepens our faith in Sai, the one and only who takes care
of His devotees at all times. Sai has helped me many times
in my need and this newsletter gives me immense joy and
peace, and I feel closer to Sai. Thank you very much.
I have forwarded it to some of my friends who are Sai
devotees. Thanks once again.
I was deeply
touched by Vandana Ritik's, "How Shirdi Saibaba Helped
in the Smooth Passing Over of My Dear Son" devotee
experience. Not only did her words reverberate in my heart,
but her courage, her immense faith, strengthened my faith.
Its 11 pm here in US and for the first time my kids are
not with me for the night. Just the fact that I read her
article today is a miracle itself. How one article, thousands
of miles away, can provide strength and comfort to a complete
stranger. Not only did Baba let me know that I am not
alone, but also that he is with my kiddos. Thank you to
a very brave Mom for sharing her heart-wrenching story.
May Baba shower her with abundant blessings.
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
SRI SAI BABA
MANDIR OHIO USA
Road, Dublin, OH-43016
Daily timings and activities:
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
Temple is open from
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
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.templeofpeace.org.
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/
SHIRDI SAI TEMPLE OF ATLANTA
Location: 700 James
Burgess Road,Suwanee GA 30024, USA
The North America Shirdi Sai Temple is located at 700
James Burgess Road,Suwanee GA 30024.Temple is open all
seven days of the week. Baba's Kakad Aarti, Abhishek Puja,
Madhyan Aarti, Dhoop Aarti and Shej Aarti are performed
every day. Bhajans are sung on all thursday and sunday
evenings. For information regarding the daily schedule,
temple activities and events please visit Mandir's website:
or call 678-455-7200
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
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:
Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website
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