FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
……“Often during my visit
to the temples of Shirdi Sai Baba and also in the functions
relating to Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi, I at times observe
certain types of conduct of devotees of Baba as also the
general visitors to the temples, which to my mind does
not seem appropriate for the place or the occasion. Far
to speak of higher spiritual senses and sensibilities,
even the common sense of an ordinary man dictates that
certain dress and behavioral codes are required to be
adopted in a certain situation.
Let us think of a few
such situations i.e., a marriage party, an official conference,
a funeral procession and a golf tournament. Can any one
think of attending a marriage party in attire meant for
playing golf or an official function in attire befitting
a funeral procession? The dress codes prescribed for each
of these occasions are different. Such dress specifications
have evolved gradually over a long period of time in our
civilization, because they are appropriate to the occasion.
The idea is to keep
the environment comfortable and non-intimidating for everyone
and take into consideration the sensitivities of other
human beings around. Since to be civilized means to make
compromises to accommodate the human sensitivities and
sentiments of others, it is essential that while in a
place meant for group activities one must be dressed appropriately.
Now let us examine
the way the devotees of some religions dress or conduct
themselves while in a religious congregation. While in
the church the Christians are fully and appropriately
dressed. So also is the case of Sikhs, Muslims, and Buddhists
etc. When inside the temple premises, devotees are supposed
to concentrate all their faculties for a definite purpose
and in a certain manner i.e., eyes (through which they
concentrate and meditate on the image of the deity), mouth
(through which they recite mantras or aartis and bhajans
in praise of the deity), ears (through which they listen
to mantras, aartis, discourses etc.), nose (through which
they smell the sweet smell of flowers and incense offered
to the deity) and skin (through which they touch the feet
of the deity).
One can imagine the
serene atmosphere of a temple, which gives a feeling of
expansion of the thought horizons and a sense of ecstatic
upliftment of the soul. The most desirable situation in
the temple is where one can listen to the prolonged euphoric
notes of somber mantras, there is no hustle bustle, no
high pitched and abusive ruckus mingled with diatribes
with choicest invectives.
It should also not
give a picture of a depressed and melancholic place with
tearful devotees with sulking faces. Such devotees sulking
in the temple due to non-fulfillment of their purely material
desires spoil the pleasant and peaceful atmosphere of
the temple. It needs to be a place of unison of minds
and souls of devotees, while focusing on a deity, in chanting
mantras and also singing the aarti together. When the
purpose, the thoughts, the sentiments and the activities
of the devotees are merged in a prayer in invoking the
deity or the master, the love of the master or deity flows
down to the devotees. This then is the method and the
purpose of going to a temple or a religious congregation.
On the other hand,
imagine for a moment, when such a pristine atmosphere
is about to raise the souls of the devotees to a state
of sublime ecstasy, impropriety in dressing and conduct
such as talking or laughing loudly by a devotee may knowingly
or unknowingly disturb the other devotees and vitiate
the atmosphere. The focus is shifted from the deity, in
our case, the holy image of Shri Sai Nath Maharaj of Shirdi
towards such individuals. Then the whole purpose of visiting
a temple is defeated.
Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi
was never in favour of his devotees and workers wearing
such clothes. Once poet Dasganu the famous ballad singer
on Baba and other saints came to Baba on his way to a
religious function, where he was supposed to give a rendition
of songs on Baba. He was donned in dazzling and colourful
attire, which Kirtankars and Kathavachaks usually wear
in Maharashtra and elsewhere. Baba asked him not to decorate
himself in such lavish style and attend the function in
the simplest possible dress.
In the light of what
has been explained above, it is desirable for the Shirdi
Sai devotees to worship Baba in the temple or to participate
in a congregation of Sai devotees in modest and simple
attire. Baba’s teachings show that lavish display
of material aspects of life including dazzling dresses
never impressed Baba. Shri Sai Baba the Fakir with the
torn clothes perhaps finds it more comfortable to be with
simply dressed but truthful people.
In this context I
have also observed many devotees trying to wear clothes
in the style and manner of the Master, wearing Kafnis
(long flowing cloth covering the entire body) and patka
(headgear). Some of them carry a satka additionally in
their hand. The famous Gurugita asks the devotees not
to copy the look or the behaviour of the Master.
And this is the accepted
rule of law, in the master-disciple relationship in the
spiritual world. Even the famous Shri Vivekananda never
imitated the attire of his Guru, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
Although some Sai devotees tend to dress like Baba out
of ignorance and simply as a feel good factor, there are
other fraudulent ones who try to impress the gullible
devotees in order to extract money and other advantages.
It is therefore correct on the part of the temple trust
to surely but politely impress upon the visitors to the
temple to be properly attired and behave while in the
On the day of Mahasamadhi
of Baba, I invoke Shri Sai Baba’s blessing for the
devotees and readers in helping them to evolve in the
FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
……“Two very important
things about Khaparde are not found detailed in the diary,
namely the facts of Mrs. G. S. Khaparde’s previous
births and previous service to Baba, and Baba’s
withdrawing the plague from his son Balwant’s body
to himself. The last is to be found in Shama’s statement.
From December 1911 for 3 months, plague raged at Shirdi
and Balwant, son of Khaparde, had an attack.
There was the bubo and
fever, and the mother of the patient went to Baba with
tears, asking whether it was to sacrifice her child that
she had come to Shirdi. Baba spoke in parables assuring
her that all would be well. She could not understand him
and later Baba showed on his own person the bubos and
told her that he had saved Balwant and that his orders
were supreme Ajna Apraithata. Accordingly Balwant recovered
and so also Baba.
This reminds one of
a similar sacrifice of Baba on behalf of another devotee.
Mrs. Tarabai Sadashiv Tarkhad of Poona who came to Shirdi
with a longstanding eye trouble which her doctor could
not diagnose or cure. She came to Shirdi and sat before
Baba. Baba cast his glance at her eyes and her eyes ceased
to pain or water and Baba’s eyes were watering.
That was the end to her eye trouble, and she wondered
how instantaneously Baba worked the cure of a disease
which baffled doctors. Similarly, Noverkar with a high
fever sent his son with Rs. 500 to Baba. Baba received
the sum and at once his limbs began to shiver. Baba explained
that he had to bear the burdens of his devotees. Noverkar
was of course cured.
In the case of Khaparde,
Baba mentioned no doubt the rinanubandha noted already
in this chapter. The most interesting statement of rinanubandha
was in respect of Mrs. Khaparde. One day when a number
of naivedyas were placed one after another before Baba,
he did not touch anyone of them.
When Mrs. Khaparde’s
naivedya was brought, he at once put it into his mouth.
Then Shama, who occasionally took liberties with Baba,
asked why he was so partial to Mrs. Khaparde's naivedya
and Baba gave an account of the Khaparde's love and service
to him birth after birth. Baba said, ‘She was formely
a cow of a banya and gave me plenty of milk.
Then she was born
of a mali gardener and later went to a Kshatriya. The
she married the banya. Then she was born a Brahmin. After
a long spell of time, I am seeing her again, and the food
she gives me is sweet with her love.’ Mrs. Khaparde's
prema more than Mr. Khaparde's self-interested visit to
Shirdi was what operated powerfully on Baba and made him
take so much trouble for each member of that family. Baba
did not give mantra Upadesha except in exceptional cases.
Baba gave it to Mrs. G.S. Khaparde thus; ‘G0 on
saying Rajah Ram, Rajah Ram’.”……
I was not a bhakt
of Sai Baba but my friend told me to start praying to
Him with complete faith and devotion. I was having problems
with my wife for about four months. She stopped talking
to me because of some misunderstanding. I tried to clear
things out and get things back to normal but she just
would not listen to me.
I was totally devastated,
as I never expected this. Then my friend asked me to start
praying to Sai Baba with complete faith and devotion which
I started and also started reading the ‘Sai Sat
Charitra’ and started learning so much from Sai
Baba and his leelas that I changed many things in my life
and started following my Sai Baba’s words. I had
heard that the Baba fulfills the wishes of a devotee who
reads Sai Sat Charitra (all 50 Chapters) in one week’s
time. Along with this I also started Sai Baba’s
9 Thursdays Sai Vrat with due formalities according to
the vrat book.
When I started reading
the ‘Sai Sat Charitra’ I really started feeling
so happy inside. I had stopped going out with friends
but as I kept reading Sai Baba’s Leelas, I learned
so much from Him and my thoughts changed. I started going
out and started to enjoy again even though my marital
problems had not been solved. But I had complete faith
and trust in my Sai Baba and left everything to him.
I did everything possible
to get my wish fulfilled and solve my problems with my
wife and get back things back to normal. After I completed
my vrat with due formalities, Sai Baba answered my prayers
and my wife called me and we discussed everything and
things are now fine between us.
While reading Sai
Sat Charitra, there are chapters telling about His Udi
and its efficaciousness. In my mind I was asking Sai Baba
if I could also get His Udi somehow (as I live in Canada,
there is no Sai Baba mandir here). I happened to go to
a friend’s place and she had just got back from
Mumbai. I started telling her about Sai Baba and she told
me that she had been to Shirdi and had got Udi and she
offered me some, which I very happily took from her. After
coming back home, I prayed to Sai Baba and thanked him
so much for getting me the Udi.
I love Sai Baba from
bottom of my heart and will always love him. I have also
told my friends about my experiences with Sai Baba and
I am so happy that they have also started to believe my
Sai Baba..!! Trust Sai Baba totally and He will answer
your prayers for sure. But like we all know we need complete
faith and patience and devotion towards him.
experience, articles poems etc.
and joy are
two sides of a coin.
Grief brings discomfort
but makes joy more valuable.
The period of grief
is difficult to endure.
Joy after grief is,
like the shade of a tree
to a tired traveler.
A glass of water
to a dry and thirsty throat.
Good health, after long
suffering and sickness.
Grief brings creations
by the human mind.
Taj mahal built by Shahjahan in the memory of Mumtaz
is the result of his ailing heart.
a person strong,
courageous and better
able to face adversities.
Contemplation in grief
brings purity of heart.
Grief is like the
that removes impurities of gold.
It is like a bitter medicine
which cures the disease.
Most of us remember God
only in grief.
We know God loves
us the most
only when others betray.
Grief teaches us to remain calm,
in all circumstances.
It is grief alone which
teaches us to surrender to His will.
experience, articles poems etc.
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Prarabdh or destiny
is the result of the karma (done by oneself in the past)
that one is destined to reap in the present life. It includes
both the sukarma (good) and dushkarma (bad). But usually
only when unwanted things happen, we use the word prarabdh.
We can understand
this through use of a simple example. Suppose I want a
mango plant and for this I sow the seeds in the soil.
After due care, to my surprise a neem plant grows from
the seeds I planted (instead of mango plant). This creates
confusion and dissatisfaction in my mind. When I ponder
over the cause of this, I realized that my lack of knowledge
about the seeds made me plant neem seeds instead of mango
seeds. In this example, planting the seeds is the sanchita
karma (action done in the past), Reaping a neem tree is
Prarabhda (result of action in the present).
In the same way, even
though all of us want to enjoy happiness, our own selfish
and ignorant actions in the past create a dissatisfactory
present. From this it must be clear that there is no one
to blame for our present situation. This is what prarabdha
karma means. We are responsible for our own Prarabhda.
Sri Sai explains this to us on several occasions.
So, what to do next?
This becomes the future karma (Agami). Let us again take
the above example. Now, I have to go to a person or Guru
who has knowledge about seeds and who can advise me properly.
With the help of the Guru, if I can plant a mango seed
this time in the appropriate way, I will get a mango tree
The prerequisite is
to have Sraddha or Faith with the understanding that whatever
my Guru advises is for my own best. The second one is
Saburi. It means to have the courage and patience to trust
in the words of the teacher, even though things are not
falling in place in the time frame that I have set.
As stated earlier,
Prarabdha also means results of Sukarma (good actions).
The very thought of seeking the advice of a Guru is the
result of Good Prarabhda. If one continues to follow the
teachings of the Guru in daily living, this will surely
turn things around in due course of time. (Even if one
falls repeatedly, one should be able to muster the courage
and try to get up. This is the Purushartha or Free will.)
So, in the Prarabdha, if one is due for an injury from
a knife, a pin will prick in its place if we properly
follow the Dharmic way of life.
your views on Topic of Discussion- DHARMA AND KARMA,
WHICH ONE SHOULD HAVE PRIORITY
How often do we test god? Almost every day I gather.
We ask for things and we wait for signs, I always do,
wait for signs from Him of HIS presence. Some of us even
wait for some miracle to happen; we wait for it, infact
we wait anxiously so that we can increase our devotion.
But honestly, where such conditional faith exists do you
really think it can be called devotion?
We as humans are conditioned no doubt, but we should
put aside our intellect and worship and trust god as a
little 2 year old toddler trusts its parents. It knows
that it is safe in the arms of parents come what may.
We try to measure our depth of spirituality by seeing
the extent of God’s presence in life. Some of us
wait for Udhi to fall out of photographs of BABA, or honey
to come out spurting.
Come to think of it, did Satcharita ever mention BABA
exhibit qualities either while He was alive or even after
HIS passing away? Isn't Satcharita HIS direct word and
Gospel for all Shirdi Sai Followers? Then why do we restrict
our belief in god's presence wait to see the physical
acts of unimaginable things. Does it not denote our limited
capacity to BELIEVE in god? Is our faith so feeble? When
there is no physical evidence does it denote God is not
with us? Is this why we pray, to see materialisation of
things so that we can be satisfied to know that God is
real? Being such conditional believers can we call ourselves
Devotion is a spontaneous emotion which is unconditional
and is a means of expressing love, gratitude towards the
supreme energy which controls the life forces of the universe.
DEvotion is love without any conditions and blind faith
of existance of the super power called God. Our presence
on earth is a proof of Gods existence. The existence of
this world is proof enough about Gods presence. What else
do we need? EVery time we are in doubt the only way to
remove our web of confusion is Satcharita, it is not just
a book of parables or interesting stories but it is the
life lead and taught by BABA Himself. What is not listed
in Satcharita Never happens.
Let us knock down the walls of doubt and see God through
Anitha Kandukuri, Canberra Australia
Life is a campaign against one's inner foes; it is a
battle with obstacles, temptations, hardships and hesitations.
These foes are within man and so the battle has to be
incessant and perpetual. Like the virus that thrives in
the bloodstream, the vices of lust, greed, hate, malice,
pride and envy sap the energy and faith of man and ruin
N Reddy, London
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
I always like the section written by Shri C. B. Satpathy
and I feel I am getting Baba's blessings when I am read
this section. Baba has blessed you by giving you this
opportunity to spread His message around.
Yashika, Birmingham, UK
Wish you all a very
happy and prosperous new year - 2008. I wish and pray
whole heartedly that Baba should be with all of us every
moment and guide us to the right path and bless us. I
thank one and all for this wonderful website. On 31st
night at 12 .30 when I logged on to my email I was so
happy to get the New Year message. I felt that my family
was blessed by Baba. No other New Year message would have
made me so happy and blessed. Thanks a lot for the wonderful
job. Please continue the same with the blessings of Baba.
Satpathji I thank you a lot for your message and wish
you a very happy new year once again.
NEWS OF SHIRDI
SAI BABA SANSTHAN, CANADA (TORONTO)
Located at SAI KA
MADHUBAN in Unionville - Three Annual Events celebrated:
Ram Navami Guru Purrnima, and Vijay Dashami, Monthly Weekly
and daily Activities: Abhishek - Akhand Parayan - Bhajan
Sandhaya - Aarti - Annadaan..."Prepare a Meal"
- Chitra Yatra - Paduka Puja - Palki Pothi & Portrait
Procession - Volunteer Sevices - Character and Moral Values...
A Youth Program based on Baba's Teachings and Shri Sai
Ceremonial Yatra. For event updates visit www.shirdisainath.org
OF BLESSINGS ON AUSPICIOUS THURSDAYS
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba
Sansthan, Canada, (Toronto) cordially invite Devotees
to attend - volunteer - Receive Baba's Grace and be Immersed
in Divine Bliss on the AUSPICIOUS day of THURSDAY 6:30PM
at the GUR MANDIR 207 Queen's Plate Drive., Etobicoke
(South of Steeles on the East side of Highway 27 on Queen's
of Baba's Divine Blessings will be conducted with Sacred
Ashtotra Namavali to the accompaniment of Bhajans, Satcharita
Paraayan, Naivedaya Offerings Dhoop Aarti and Mahaprasaad
(Preeti Bhoj) Devotees are welcome to bring a dish for
Naivedaya Offerings as inspired by Baba. Details at www.shirdisainath.org
SAI BABA RESOURCE CENTRE IN TORONTO
Maple Crest Private
School 28 Roytech Road. Woodbridge, ON L4L 8E4 PHONE -
416-294-4804 (by appointment only). Complementary copy
of "Sai Satcharita" (one per family) in all
languages is now available, excluding Pothi in Marathi,
Indira kher ji's English Version and Hindi Pothi by Kakaria
ji,. Reserve your copy today. For pictures - posters -
CD's - VCD's- Baba Murtis and other books on Baba visit
the Resource Centre. On Line Shopping coming soon at www.shirdisainath.org
. HERITAGE OF SHIRDI SAI MAGAZINE is now AVAILABLE IN
CANADA: Send your request for subscription. Limited copies
only. Email: email@example.com
SHIRDI SAI MANDIR,
THE SHIRDI SAI MANDIR,
2721 Markham Road, Unit# 8, Toronto, Ontario, M1X 1L5
(North East corner of Markham Road and Nashdene), Tel:647-444-4724,
Daily Operating Hours:
7:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Extended hours on THURSDAY and SATURDAY: 7:00 am to 10:00
pm. Baba's Kakad
Aarti, Abhishek Puja, Madhyan Aarti, Dhoop Aarti, Satcharita
Reading and Shej Aarti are performed every day.
Bhajans and Sai Naam
Sankirtan are offered to Baba on Thursday and Saturday
such as Satcharitas, Photos, CDs are available.
Please visit our website for information on Mandir activities.
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 http://www.saibaba.cc/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:email@example.com
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 Ravi Chittajallu (Secretary) Mobile: (+64) 21 332 922
Address: Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan of NZ, P.O. Box:
Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website
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