N E W S L E T T E R
VOL65, SEPTEMBER 2008
 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

……“Most of the devotees of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba are reported to have spiritual experiences, many of which are in the form of miracles, which not only enhances their faith in Baba but also spiritually uplifts them. If one goes through such experiences of devotees as depicted in Shri Sai Satcharitra and other literature on Sai Baba and compares them with the experiences of the present day devotees one would find a close similarity pertaining to many of them. Shri Khaparde, a prominent advocate of Amravati near Nagpur, who used to visit Shirdi frequently, and Kakasaheb Dixit who devoted the later part of his life in the services of Baba at Shirdi have recorded details of such experiences in their diaries.

When one hears about some of the common experiences reported by devotees, one’s mind is transported to Baba’s time at Shirdi. Imaginations become vivid, all worries cease to exist and time seems to stand still. Most devotees have reported that they used to get spiritually charged at the very sight of Baba; disturbing and uncontrollable thoughts of their mind used to vanish, a feeling of purity and love would engulf them.

Baba had a unique way of communicating with his devotees through language, look and touch besides the extremely strong and vibrant spiritual thought waves. He used to relate his thought waves even from afar. These powerful thought waves used to appear in the form of vivid dreams and ideas in the minds of his devotees to convey certain impulses, directions, forewarnings, future happenings and Baba’s love. Those who followed these directions with an open mind benefited amply. While such directions were related by Baba in dreams, the results were seen taking shape suddenly or in due course of time in the actual realities of their worldly life. For example, one devotee saw Baba giving him yellow rice in his dream. When he got up he found yellow rice sprinkled all over his bed. Similarly another devotee found a coconut in his bed when awakened from sleep. Another direct experience as depicted in the Shri Sai Satcharitra was in 1917, when Hemadpant had a dream wherein he saw Baba in the form of a Sanyasi promising to come to Hemadpant’s house for meals that day. At lunchtime, just as the family was about to begin eating, two men, Ali Mahomed and Moulana Ismu Mujavar, appeared at the door and handed over a picture of Sai Baba to Hemadpant. Hemadpant was much moved at the thought that Baba had indeed blessed him by gracing his house for lunch.

There are numerous experiences about Baba appearing physically in different and distant places, while he was in his human embodiment at Shirdi. Devotees have reported that Baba, while sitting in front of the Dhuni in the morning at the mosque, would often refer to distant places and other worlds he had visited overnight despite being physically present at Shirdi. A famous incident is narrated in Shri Sai Satcharitra in 1910, when Baba, sitting near the Dhuni, pushing firewood into it, suddenly pushed his arm into the Dhuni thereby burning his hand. On enquiry by the devotees, he replied that at some distant place, the wife of a blacksmith was working at the furnace with her child tied to her waist. When her husband called her, she suddenly got up and the child slipped into the furnace. Baba thrust his hand into the Dhuni to save the child from the furnace. Another devotee, B.V Deo had sent a letter to Bapu Saheb Jog in Shirdi requesting Baba’s presence in a group lunch he had arranged. Baba promised to attend the lunch with two other persons and did so by appearing in the form of a Sanyasi with two followers.”…….


FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“ Lastly comes the example of the rivers. All the above mentioned examples are all objects which retain their identity as separate from the objects to which they are drawn. In the last, namely, the rivers, the perfection of the current of devotion is attained by losing one’s own entity or existence in that of the Divine or the end of the course. The river is inevitably drawn down. Does water go back or upward? It is drawn downward and downward, and finally it meets the ocean. The waters of the rivers were originally part of the ocean, and after being held up in the form of water vapour, cloud and rain, they take the shape of a river. So, it is the oceanic waters that flow through the rivers and get back to their original source. The devotion of the river which was issued out of that immense, endless, infinite expanse called the ocean makes it get back to that ocean and be lost in it. Once the rivers Ganges, Indus, get into the ocean, they cannot be pieced out again as Ganges or Indus water. Purnalaya is the end of the devotion and that is obtained by the jivas surrendering themselves, that is, making Atma nivedana, which is the ninth mode mentioned in the Navavidha bhakti. That is both devotion and also absorption. After that there is nothing further to reach. ”……


DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

When I received Heritage of Shirdi Sai a miracle happened to me. On Saturday, 26th Jan 2008 when I switch on my mobile the word Canada appeared on my mobile screen in green. When I turned it to dial the number I found a message, which said Contact Shirdi Sai Canada. The number on the screen was 4162944804which is similar to Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada. The address is also on the back cover of Heritage of Shirdi Sai. I saved this message on my mobile. I would like to say it is the grace of my Baba. I always pray him for mankind of universe. Baba is with us every where every moments, everybody should believe it.

On Thursday, 10th January 2008 when I reached Sai Temple Rourkela, Dr. M.R.Das (President of Shirdi Sansthan, Rourkela) gave me a copy of Heritage of Shirdi Sai magazine and told me to read it.. After the Arati, when I returned from Sai Temple, Rourkela to our house at Koelnagar with a garland of my Baba I showed this magazines to my parents, mother and brothers. After some time I saw a locket of Baba on my mother’s sari. It is the blessing of my Baba and my mother put this locket on her neck. She is also a Sai devotee. I pray to Baba always for His blessings.

Shiba Prasad Rout, Rourkela, Orissa

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POEM

SAI, THE INCARNATON OF LOVE

During every circumstance,
He examines your faith (shraddha) and patience (saburi),
Grants your every hope,
Sai, the incarnation of love.

When remembered truly
Sai showers the rain of happiness freely.
He fulfills the need before it is desired,
Displays His presence before He is remembered.
Sai, the incarnation of love.

In times of calamity,
When you shower some drops of tears,
He lifts you out of every difficulty.
Elevates you at every step;
Your footsteps disappear, but His blissful feet leave sacred trace.
Sai, the incarnation of love.

Frenny Ruparelia, Canada

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TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

DHARMA AND KARMA, WHICH ONE SHOULD HAVE PRIORITY

Dharma is the universal law of living, which should be followed by all human beings. It is the path of righteousness, which is shown or taught to us by our religion and culture. All religions have a code of conduct called Dharma which is to be found in the Holy Books and is taught to us by our Guru. In the Sai Satcharita there are various instances of Baba teaching His followers how to follow the path of Dharma both by action and by word.

Baba went from house to house to collect food, which he then distributed to all. This was the Dharma of the fakir. Asking certain persons for dakshina combined the act of Dharma and Karma. He sometimes asked people for dakshina to help them to get over a past Karma; He asked them for a specific amount that they owed from a previous life or from the past periods of their lives.

Dharma and Karma are both of significance. If we perform our Karma or duties or actions in a Dharmic way, that is, taking into account the law of righteousness, we are doubly blessed and fulfilled. We do not have to carry burdens of guilt, wrong doings etc, which would add to the miseries of our lives as well as to the karmic cycle in which we are all caught.

Every time we do something if we offer it as a prayer to our Guru and God, we cannot go wrong. Every breath we take, every step we take and all our thoughts should be handed over as a prayer; then Dharma and Karma will go hand in hand. We would then have lived as Baba wants us to.
Om Sairam!

Nirmala Pandit, Chennai

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

My faith is Baba is not due to any good things that happened to me due to His holi grace. It is just a faith in him and I am sure even if I don't chant His name or Sai Satcharita, He is with me. And whenever I'll call Him He'll be there for me.

Jagdeep, Mackay

It is by the grace of Sadguru Sai Nath that all of us are alive, so thank Him for all He has bestowed upon us .Always remember ...no matter what you are, where you are Shri Sai is always there to look after you and erase your problems.

Samiksha Wadhwa, Delhi

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READER'S REFLECTION

I have been reading this magazine for several years. I find that it gives a lot of information about Shri Shirdi Sai Baba. It also gives us a platform for expressing our views and writing our experiences and sharing them with other Sai devotees. Reading about experiences is very encouraging.

Each and every day I remember dear Sai Baba and my day goes off well. So many miracles have happened in my life which I will share with everyone. I have been reading this magazine for several years and I find that it gives us value education on how we should conduct ourselves and how we can help people live as peacefully as possible in these turbulent times. In this latest issue of this magazine Shri Satpathyji’s message regarding suitable dress for various occasions has impressed me. I sincerely believe that devotees who go to Sai temples and other temples and places of prayer will follow his advice. His wishes are Shri Shirdi Sai Baba's wishes and I think he has expressed in a very appropriate manner.

Usha Vishwanath, New Delhi


The Bi-Monthly News Letter published by the organization is really great, wonderful and superb. When I visited USA in October ' 07, had been to a Shirdi Sai Temple located at Chicago. It was an wonderful experience of praying Shirdi Sai abroad. If possible your organization could liaise with such organizations and bring the happenings over there. This may boost the image of your institution / organization.

Jayanthi. L , UAE

 

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NEWS OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES

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

INVOCATION 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 Plate)

Invocation 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

SHRI SHIRDI 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: saileela99@yahoo.com

 

SHIRDI SAI MANDIR, TORONTO, CANADA

THE 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, Email: info@theshirdisaimandir.ca Website:www.theshirdisaimandir.ca

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 evenings.

Various resources such as Satcharitas, Photos, CDs are available.
Please visit our website for information on Mandir activities.

 

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 http://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/

NORTH AMERICA 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: www.templeofpeace.org or call 678-455-7200

 

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 Ravi Chittajallu (Secretary) Mobile: (+64) 21 332 922 Email: Secretary@shirdisaibaba.org.nz
Address: Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan of NZ, P.O. Box: 16142,
Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website http://www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz/


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