FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
one occasion, Shri Shirdi Sai Baba advised one of His
devotees working as a Magistrate, to maintain 'probity'
in personal and professional life. The word 'probity'
means a high standard of moral behaviour or adherence
to the highest principles and ideals or in short, uprightness.
People from all walks of life, such as government servants
like magistrates, revenue officials, tehsildars, mamlatdars,
police officials to lawyers, artists, pilgrims, used to
flock around Baba at Shirdi, seeking His divine blessings,
help and guidance, both mundane and spiritual. Baba helped
everyone as and when required, without any considerations
of religion, caste, creed, temporal status or varied social
all the advice that Shri Sainath Maharaj rendered, the
most important and common advice was to maintain uprightness
and honesty in all aspects of life religious, social,
professional or personal. By asking the Magistrate to
exhibit moral conduct in his profession, Baba gave the
message that demonstrating the quality of righteousness
in only one sphere of life, is not conducive to spiritual
growth of an individual. It has to be practiced or adhered
to in every sphere of life.
our ordinary life, we come across many people, who demonstrate
their quality of piety by donating lots of money to the
temples, but shirk away in providing any such help to
their poor domestic servant, even if he or she may be
in dire stress due to any number of reasons such as the
sickness of his or her child. There are others who spend
lots of money and time on the rearing of their pet dogs,
but do not think twice before hurling abuses and even
beat up urchins begging on the street. Such examples are
too numerous to be described within the limited space
of this article. Such people show contradiction between
their thought, intent and action, where they display virtuosity
selectively, sometimes simply for their personal gains.
Thus, the quality of uprightness, probity and honesty
are applied as utilitarian principles. One need not be
surprised at such examples, because to be successful in
the worldly life, most people take recourse to such a
formula. However, such an approach is not conducive for
those desirous of their inner evolution. The formula that
Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi prescribed, was upholding the
qualities of tolerance, compassion, uprightness, sacrifice
and non-attachment to be practiced resolutely in every
station of life be it professional, personal, religious
who followed Baba's teaching in letter and spirit gained
spiritual progress much faster than those who did not
follow. Shri Sai Satcharitra cites stories of many such
evolved souls during Baba's lifetime, such as, Megha,
who maintained his simplicity till his demise, Bala Saheb
Bhate and Kaka Saheb Dixit who renounced worldly life
entirely on the bidding of Baba, while Mahalsapati maintained
his non-attachment to materialism. These exalted and noble
souls, and many others, who never faltered in sustaining
their qualities under the guidance of the Master of Shirdi,
have been praised in Shri Sat Charitra and elsewhere.
it behoves the true Sai devotees to consciously try to
evolve the best qualities in them, in all the activities
they undertake. No doubt, this is not at all easy to achieve,
but steadfast love, devotion and unwavering faith towards
Baba will gradually bring out the best qualities in them.
May Shri Sai bless us all, to be able to follow the path
of righteousness and uprightness.”…….
FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
Baba states that himself and three others were studying
puran and other works and discussing among themselves
obviously on an intellectual basis how to get realization,
and they had their own differences. One stressed the neecessity
of depending upon oneself as the Gita says, Uddharet Atmana.
Another, equally self-sufficient, said that the main thing
was to make the mind self-centred, free from thoughts
and doubts, because it is we who are in everything and
everywhere. A third companion said that Vichara was the
thing to be stressed, and Vichara consisted in Viveka,
regarding the difference between Nitya and Anitya, the
Changeable and the Unchangeable, the Changeable form and
the formless Unchangeable Reality.
with all these controversies they were not anywhere near
God-realisation. Baba disliked all this metaphysical and
intellectual discussion and stressed the practical steps
that had to be taken, to approach a Guru, and surrender
one's Tan, Man Dhan to the Guru and leave it to the Guru
to accomplish the rest. The field of this intellectual
discussion was a veritable forest, vast and dense, through
which no way could be found out of it. So, as they rambled
on without finding a way out, they came across one who
knew the forest thoroughly, a Vanajari, a forest dweller.
That Vanajari asked them, ‘Where are you going into
these trackless woods unnecessarily?’ He kindly
invited them to go with him and have some food, which
should enable them to continue their journey through the
majority being self-sufficient and independent, the Vanajari's
words were not heeded. But the party went into this intellectual
wood and lost their way. Again the Vanajari appeared before
them and showed them how by relying on their own intelligence
they had lost their way and gone the wrong path, and told
them that a guiding finger was necessary to show them
the proper way. The Vanajari said that the offer of food
was not to be despised, for the offer of food was an auspicious
sign betokening the coming success in the enterprise.
he repeated the offer of his hospitality. For a second
time the majority decided to reject the offer. So they
continued their rambling in the track-less forest. Hunger
seized them all but the unbending three were too proud
to change. Baba alone left that company, went to the Vanajari
and accepted his food and water. That Vanajari was the
Guru and enquired of all that they had talked about, and
the conclusions they had come to. Baba revealed to him
the entire facts.
The others did not care to depend on a Guru or a Guide.
But for himself he felt that the Guru and Guru alone,
was the thing needed. So saying Baba bowed in reverence
to the Guru with faith. The Guru at once put his faith
to the test. Baba's description of the test resembled
an allegory and was obviously symbolical.
says, ‘Then he took me to a well, tied up my legs
with a rope and suspended me, head downwards, from a tree
by a side of the well. My head was about three feet off
the water, which I could not reach. And my guru left me
there and went away God knows where. He returned after
4 or 5 hours and asked me how I fared. In great bliss
was my time passed, I answered. The Guru, mighty pleased
with me, drew me near him, passed his palm -over my head
and body and spoke to me tender words dripping with love,
and he put me into his school where I entirely forgot
my father and mother and all attachments and desires.
‘I loved to gaze at him. If he were not there
to see, I would not like to have eyes at all. I did not
wish to go back. I forgot all other things but the Guru.
My life was concentrated in my sight and my sight in him.
That was the object of my meditation. In silence I bowed’.
‘Meanwhile, Realisation flashed upon me of itself
without effort or study, purely by his grace’.
‘Guru’s grace is our only sadhana. Jnana
comes as experience or in its wake'.”……
1997 I was working for a well known company in Chennai
and was executing a major project. I was from North India
and had been specially hired for this project. Several
senior executives of this company had been superseded
for this position and were not comfortable with my quick
results and so indulged in office politics. I had to travel
to Mumbai for marketing. I quite liked Mumbai as a place
for professionals. Moreover, my wife was from Mumbai.
I decided to seek a place for myself in Mumbai.
wife and in-laws are staunch devotees of Sai Baba and
I too got initiated to Baba after my marriage. During
the 1980s I was in Nasik and Deolali but never had visited
Shirdi despite its proximity. I used to silently pray
to Baba to get me to Mumbai as I was quite upset with
the situation in the Chennai company. Having putting in
my best and brought the project to commercial production,
I used to feel choked.
was invited by a Mumbai based company to join them on
a senior position and had to visit them for a preliminary
meeting. We used to travel by air for office work. Since
this was personal work I decided to travel by train to
save money. I drove the car to Chennai railway station
and parked the car in its huge parking lot as I planned
to return in two days. The meeting in Mumbai went well
and it was decided that I would join the new position
in two months.
I returned to Chennai and went to my parked car, I saw
a small booklet inserted below the car wiper and glass
on the driver's side. Initially I thought someone would
have put some publicity booklet and was about to throw
it. But then I realized it was in Hindi. Within no time
I realised it was a Sai Baba Aarti booklet. Who and why
someone would leave that book for my attention. What intrigues
me till today is how did that person know that this car
belonged to a Hindi speaking devotee, that too in Chennai.
There are sometimes as many as 200 cars parked in that
moved to Mumbai two months later and worked there till
1999. During my stint with this company we stayed in Pune
in the company's house in Viman Nagar as I had to look
after production and had to frequently travel for three
to four days in a week to Mumbai.
night we went for a movie. As we did not have a landline
I had given a mobile to my wife to remain connected. On
this fateful day when we were taking out the car my wife
made my three year old son sit on a kiosk and left her
mobile on the plank. Later she realized she had left the
mobile on that kiosk. We came halfway but the kiosk had
closed. My wife was very upset; she cried and prayed to
Sai Baba. Despite my best assurances that I would get
her a new mobile she did not sleep the whole night but
next day I had to leave for Mumbai. During the day she
went with the driver to the same kiosk to enquire if they
found a mobile the previous night. As she approached the
shop, before she could ask, an old man asked her if she
had forgotten her mobile phone last night. She said yes
and he handed her the Ericson phone. She thanked him and
called me at my Mumbai office to tell me she had found
the mobile. When I returned to Pune her joy knew no bounds.
I asked did you give something as a token gesture to the
old man. She said she was so overwhelmed that she did
We then drove to meet the old man. We went to the kiosk
on MG Road and asked for the old man who handed over the
lost mobile to us. To our astonishment we were informed
that they did not have any old man working for them and
did not even know about the lost mobile episode.
who was the old who gave back the lost mobile to us? Was
it Sai Baba in person? This is still a mystery to us till
I decided to leave the job and start my own company. For
the last nine years I am on my own in the field of print
media and have a successful business and am well settled
in Mumbai. It was Baba's unseen hand that helped me come
to Mumbai. There have been a few such incidents in our
lives that that make us feel that Sai Baba has always
been with us. Now we are regular visitors to Shirdi. Baba
is omnipotent and always with his devotees. But then we
need to do good to others and walk on the path shown by
experience, articles poems etc.
life is hard,
not easy to sustain.
no one cares,
with miseries infinite.
to do good to others
and actions of love
bring hatred in return.
burden of life
seems so heavy,
feet get tired
and path too lengthy.
mind gets puzzled
all this load,
how long to endure?
Why such things
happen to me?
Why this suffering
for me alone?
for this game?
Whom should I ask?
Whom should I blame?
I go deep
I understand and feel,
it is me and only me
to be questioned and blamed.
who gave the blueprint
to carve my path.
who chose my circumstances,
my relations, friends
and this life.
do I cry?
Why does my heart become heavy?
Why do tears
roll down my cheeks?
am sole1y responsible
for choosing this route.
This unending path
of attachments and desires.
path of miseries,
love and hate,
happiness and sorrow,
lust and greed.
God! Lead me now,
lead me to the righteous path,
devoid of unending desires
and ultimate bliss.
me not forget
the difference between
and the ephemeral.
S. Modi, Delhi
experience, articles poems etc.
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
AND KARMA, WHICH ONE SHOULD HAVE PRIORITY
Dharma - In other words, the path of righteousness or
following the ethics laid by our gurus in ancient Hindu
scriptures with total blind faith.
I have never been able to understand the true meaning
of Dharma. The era in which the Hindu scriptures were
written was satyug and we are now living in kalyug. According
to me dharma is different in every situation. Something
that is right for one person may not be so for another.
For example, it is wrong to kill another human being but
a warrior in the battlefield does not do anything wrong
by killing his enemy - he is simply doing what he believes
to be dharma.
example is that it is against the dharma to lie but if
someone lies to save the life of someone, then that that
lie can be condoned. So dharma cannot be fully justified
as the path of righteousness. Sati was one of the dharmas
of a Hindu wife. But what kind of dharma is this which
wants a woman to throw herself in the burning fire when
her husband dies while the rule for the husband is totally
different when his wife passes away and he is allowed
to get married once again and lead a happily married life?
Committing suicide is against dharma but being a Sati
also means committing suicide. Strange that dharma is
different for different people and it keeps clashing with
its own boundaries of what is right and what is defined
Karma on the other hand merely means the actions that
we choose to perform at our physical and as well as mental
level. As long as we keep our hearts clear of bad intentions,
according to me that karma is the real dharma. I truly
believe that I will leave all the riches, all my relationships,
my thoughts, my dharma, my religion behind when I die,
but what I will surely take with myself will be my karma
or my actions in this life and this will decide my happiness
and sorrows in all my lives to come.
I will sow is what I will reap and I will eat the fruits
of my own karma. Besides that, along with the faith and
devotion for the one who has created me, the only thing
that I can offer Him at His lotus feet are my karmas.
If only everyone keeps in mind that whatever they do,
they are offering their karmas to God, then I am sure
none of us need dharma in our lives. We will make sure
that along with the nectar of pure devotion we also offer
and perform karmas with no negative thoughts or evil intentions
so that we can place them at the feet of the Lord. My
karmas alone have the power to bring me close to my creator
or push me away in hell. I pray to my Sai, My creator
to help me clean my soul with my good karmas. And so in
other words my karma is my dharma. And I hold my karma
far more important than any dharma.
Deepa Harkishnani, Seattle,Washington, USA
your views on Topic of Discussion- LOVE OF HUMANITY
IS LOVE OF GOD
a man had a dream where he was walking along with his
Lord (Sai) on the beach and he saw his life flashing across
the sky. He also noticed two sets of footprints in the
sand one his and the other his Lord's. However he also
noticed that during the saddest and the hardest time in
his life there was only one set of footprints.
he asked his Lord I thought you said that you will always
be with me, then why when I did you leave me when I needed
you the most. The man thought he saw only his footprint
in the sand during sad times. The Lord said my child I
love you and will never leave you. You see only one set
of footprints in those times when you needed me the most
as it is then that I carried you. Please remember this
always that our Sai will never leave us even when we think
he may have.
Nainesh Patel, New Jersey, USA
When we are born on this earth, we bring with us certain
thought forms, experiences and characteristics from our
previous births. Sai Baba says that we have to go through
these prarabdhs that we bring with us in this birth also
as a continuum. But through devotion to the Guru and God
and through their grace, we can achieve the realisation
of our aim in this life. Then , and only then, can we
evolve into a better state of being in this birth itself
and the ones that may follow. It is also said by Sai Baba
that such a realisation is the hall mark of being born
as a human being and that we must make the greatest use
of this privilege.
we enjoy or suffer has some connection to our prarabdh.
These words of Our Sai gives us hope and courage to live
through even the worst times of our lives; as whatever
we go through have to be taken as lessons He provides
us. We must be ever vigilant to learn through our experiences.
Instead of cursing our bad fortune we should seek to find
out what He is trying to teach us. In good times we should
think that this has also been given by Him to tell us
something that He wants us to learn. Both the good and
bad of life can thus be accepted with equanimity.
Kunti Devi in the Mahabharatha thanks Lord Krishna for
the bad events in her life and prays to Him to give her
more tragedies to enable her to think of Him always. Let
us pray to Sai to help us evolve as better human beings.
Nirmala Pandit, Chennai, India
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
First of all let me thank you and the entire team of "Heritage
of Shirdi Sai" for such a beautiful work which lets
all of us devotees of Shri Shirdi Sainath across the world
progress in the direction of spiritual evolvement.
have been a devotee of Sai since Childhood and could write
an entire Encyclopedia of wonderful experiences I have
had. My only message to all of you devotees out there
is to keep firm faith in Shri Shirdi Sainath even when
you experience severe difficulties in your life and the
life of your dear ones.
is only testing our faith. Instead of remembering him
during your difficult times, try and remember him and
offer him your true love everyday. He only wants our sincere
love, surrender to him whole hearted and you will experience
the Joy and Happiness in your life.
Shri Satchidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jai!!!!!!!!!!!
Kantu Motwani, Ceuta, Spain
Thanks I got copy of the Heritage of Shirdi Sai Magazine
New Year Issue. It is just beautiful and full of information
I did not have much knowledge about prarabdh and was actually
confused what it was all about after loss of my son. But
when I started to type, it appears that Baba made me go
on typing not only about prarabdh but also about other
karmas. This article was finished in half a day on Thursday
(yesterday) that too during office hours when luckily
I had no work on hand. I consider it grace of SaiBaba.
Vandana Ritik, Delhi
NEWS OF SHIRDI
SAI BABA SANSTHAN, CANADA (TORONTO)
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
OF BLESSINGS ON AUSPICIOUS THURSDAYS
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 Plate)
Ceremony 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
SHIRDI SAI BABA RESOURCE CENTRE IN TORONTO
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA
SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA
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
Bhajans and Sai Naam Sankirtan are offered to Baba on
Thursday and Saturday evenings.
Various resources such as Satcharitas, Photos, CDs are
Please visit our website for information on Mandir activities.
SAI PARIVAR VANCOUVER
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, email@example.com.
SHIRDI SAI SANSTHAN LOS ANGELES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAI BABA MANDIR OHIO USA
Sawmill 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
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.
more information please call at 614-799-8411 or visit
SAI CENTER, BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
897-B E. Kifer Rd, Sunnyvale, CA - 94086
timings and activities:
6:15 am – 7:40 am: Abhishekam and Kakad Arathi at 6:30
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
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/
AMERICA SHIRDI SAI TEMPLE OF ATLANTA
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
SHIRDI SAI SAMAJ MALAYSIA
Tingkat 1, Jln. Sentul Selatan, Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur,
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
official centre website is http://saisamaj.blogspot.com/
For more information, please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
SHIRDI SAI BABA SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
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.
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.
SAI TEMPLE SINGAPORE
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/
SAI BABA SANSTHAN, AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND
Venue Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Road, Mt Roskill,
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 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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