N E W S L E T T E R
VOL77, MARCH 2009
 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

……“Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi left His mortal body on the 15th of October 1918, about eighty three years back. Towards the last days of His mortal existence, a few thousand devotees along with their families used to visit Shirdi, some regularly and others occasionally. These devotees belonged mostly to Maharashtra and the neighbouring states. At that time there was no official or unofficial organization to look into the affairs of Shirdi.

Devotees drawn by the majestic and compassionate personality of Baba used to rush to Shirdi and get immense benefit, both temporal and spiritual from him. He was their God, their mentor, their father and their only anchor. Some of them affectionately called Him by different relationships and names. People of all ages, religions, castes and from different places came under the universal banner of Shri Sai. Devotees from various states of life like Yogis, Magistrates, Judges, Police and Revenue Officials, Political activists, Traders, Businessmen, Farmers, Fakirs and the simple rural-folk used to take shelter under Him. They were all treated alike, each given material and spiritual help as per his requirement by the Master, who knew the ins and outs of their hearts and minds.

During the physical existence of Baba, beautiful and broad-based value norms of human behavior and ethical conduct were set through His exemplary conduct and precepts for the later generations to follow.

At that time, no one had ever imagined or could have imagined, about the shape of things to come at Shirdi as it is today. The spread of Baba’s name and institutions dedicated in the name of Baba, not only in India but throughout the world, was not predicted by anyone. However it was predicted by a contemporary saint of Puntambe “Shirdi is extremely fortunate to inhabit such a diamond (meaning a spiritual Master)”. Similarly Saint Anandswamy during his Shirdi visit saw Baba as a young boy and told the people of Shirdi that “even if He looks like an ordinary person from outside but in reality He is an extraordinary person. All of you will realize it in future”. He had clearly seen the greatness of Baba and forecasted the assembled villagers in this manner.

One day, sitting in Dwarkamayee Masjid in one of His spiritually ecstatic moods (Zallali), Baba indicated that in future, Shirdi will become a famous holy place with huge buildings and visited by large number of devotees almost like a beeline.

What Baba had predicted about a century back has become true, given the fact that an average of about 40 to 45 thousand people per day from India and abroad are visiting Shirdi and this number is ever on the increase. Devotees from the highest levels and also poorest strata of the society visit His Samadhi. This is the place of pilgrimage in India visited by the largest number of devotees per day. Today, the sprouting-up of more than eighty hotels, restaurants and other required facilities has made the innocuous Shirdi of yesterday an important holy place on the map of India.

Thousands of temples where Baba’s statue is worshipped have been constructed throughout the country by self-motivated devotees. Hundreds of books, magazines, journals in various languages have been published by different trusts and individuals. The miraculous way in which ‘Saism’ is spreading all over the globe is an indication of the strength of the values and heritage on which it has been built. When we go through ‘Shri Sai Satcharitra’ an official publication of the Shirdi Sai Baba Trust at Shirdi on the life history and deeds of Shri Sai Baba, as well as other books and journals, it becomes clear that Baba as the highest spiritual power of the time, had brought into action the loftiest principles of humanism and spiritualism as has been enunciated in the Gita and other scriptures.

His entire life at Shirdi was spent in inspiring and teaching these principles to the thousands that came to Him, on which He wanted the future generations to build itself. The devotees looked upon Sai Baba of Shirdi as the ‘God Here And Now’ and not the imaginary God residing with all His resplendence, somewhere in Heaven. Sai lived with them, ate and slept with them and played with them no pretensions of a God, but they had no doubt that He was the God in the human form – “Saguna Brahma”. He was Compassion Incarnate – every action, every thought, every minute for His devotees and nothing for Himself.

Just before His departure, Baba gave away the nine rupees He had with Him to a devotee, for He had come to Shirdi as a penniless fakir and also went away penniless. He did not set up any institutions or temples in His name nor did He encourage people apotheosizing Him. For all the acts of miracle attributed to Him by the devotees, He had only one thing to say, that is “Allah Malik” i.e. God is the Master.

Shri Sai left no property for His devotees, but He left a powerful and rich legacy of universalism as against individualism, humanism as against barbarism, religious tolerance in place of bigotry, mutual cooperation against antagonism, and spread of love as a cementing force of society in place of hatred, which had divided human beings into small groups. He even gave the highest consideration for species other than human beings. Thus when ‘Shyam Karan’ His horse at Shirdi was whipped, He received the pain on His body which had lasso marks. He was the incarnation of the Supreme Reality and whatever the devotees suffered or enjoyed, he also suffered or enjoyed.”…….


FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI

……“Baba's sense of humour was of a very peculiar kind being at first hardly intelligible to people around him. The humour consisted in there being two applications for the words he uttered, one being patent and the other often being discovered after some time and enquiry. We shall give some examples.

In the case of one G.D. Pelaspi who approached Baba, the latter according to his custom of revealing his antarjnana about the visitor so as to infuse faith in him, mentioned the fact that the trouble of Pelaspi was that a debtor of his, named Bapu Saheb was delaying and evading payment of Rs. 4000 due to Pelaspi. So Baba said when Pelaspi came, 'What is Bapu Saheb doing?' Thinking that Baba referred to Bapu Saheb Jog, someone present said, 'He is sleeping'. Baba said, 'When he comes here, beat him.

He owes me Rs.4000 and is delaying payment'. People fancied that Baba was angry with Bapu Saheb Jog for the alleged non-payment of debt to him. But Baba was referring only to the pandit of Pelaspi. Pelaspi understood Baba's words well enough and took Baba's words as good augury that pressure would be brought upon his debtor to make the payment quickly. But the others who misunderstood Baba thought that he referred to his poojari namely, Bapu Saheb Jog.

They informed him of Baba's words and he was very upset by Baba's statement, for he did not owe Rs. 4000 to Baba and he said, 'The claim is unjust'. But Baba was enjoying the fun. Similarly Baba used the words, Tatya, Bapu, Vani, referring to particular persons or particular sorts of persons. People who heard him could not make out the real reference. Baba enjoyed the fun.

On one occasion, when Shama was bitten by a serpent, he was advised to go to the Bairoba temple to which people usually resorted to when bitten by cobras. But he said that his temple was Baba’s place, and he ran up to Baba. Baba had wonderful powers of curing cobra bite and other poisons. But when Shama came and climbed up the steps of the Dwarakamayee, Baba said, ‘Do not get up, Brahmin Get back. Descend.’ Hatmage, Hatmage.

Shama was shocked. Here was his hope in Baba, and Baba was. asking him not to get up but to get down. Baba enjoyed his confusion for a moment and then asked him to get up. Baba said, 'Come up. The fakir is kind. You will be cured'. He then told people to take Shama home and see that he did not go to sleep, but was kept awake for 24 hours till the poison should be completely absorbed in or expelled from the system.

The humour in Baba's words was in the fact of the words, Do not get up Brahmin, which appeared to be addressed to the Brahmin Shama, when Brahmin was used in the vocative case. But that word was used by Baba in the accusative case. The words addressed were not to the Brahmin but to the cobra poison, and the cobra poison was directed by the command of Baba not to go up the Brahmin, that is, go up Shama's body. Get down, Get down, were addressed similarly to the poison and not to the Brahmin. So, the poison had to get down his body and get away.”……


DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

I live in Cincinnati with my husband Mahesh Rakheja and my kids Naman and Namisha. We are originally from New Delhi, India and we moved here in Jan. 2001. My husband got H1 Visa and got a job here in Cincinnati as a Computer System Analyst. Both my husband and I are Sai Baba devotees.

I am Sai Baba devotee since 19 or 20 years of age. I used to go to Sai Baba Temple in Lodhi Road, New Delhi but that time I was not very serious about Sai Bakti. But when we came to USA in 2001 there were some family and financial disturbance between me and my husband and I really wanted some help to overcome this problem and it was only Sai Baba who helped me. I seriously started worshiping Sai Baba.

I promised Baba I would read Sai Sacharitra in 7 days.  That was the first time I seriously read the book. Before this whenever I try to read the book I could not read it. Sometimes my eyes were reading the book but my mind was somewhere else.  It was Thursday when I started reading Sai Sacharitra with all my devotion to Baba. For the first few days I could read only a few chapters. I realized that I had 51 chapters to finish in seven days. That meant that I needed to read 7 chapters in a day to finish the book in time. But for the first few days I was not able to do so and was worried about completing the reading of the book in the given time.

On Sunday morning around 6 am I was sleeping and I feel some body was around me and holding my hand to wake me up and telling me to finish the book as I had 4 days left. Suddenly I opened my eyes and there was nobody.  But that feeling was still there. I took a shower and sat in front of Baba’s statue and started reading my book.  I forgot everything and just read the book.

With the grace of Baba I finished my book in seven days.  That was my first experience and since then, in my house, every morning and evening we do Baba’s puja and Aarti. On Thursday I light Baba’s joat and from 6.30 am till the next day as long as the ghee is there. Baba stays in my house, even if I am not home and go for work. The light burns till evening and when we come home I put more ghee in it.  Only Baba can keep the joat alive the whole day.

After that one day on Thursday I got an envelope through the mail. When I opened it, it was Baba’s picture with Udi in it. I do not know who sent it to me. Baba came to my house in the form of His picture that day. With the grace of Baba we bought a new house in Mason and moved from an apartment to a house in November 2004. In 2005 my husband’s office started processing his green card.

He got his labor clearance and when they filed for the next step suddenly the US immigration office stopped taking applications for Indians and our work got stuck in the middle. I was doing puja and talking to Baba and asking Him to please help us. I made a sankalp (promise) to Baba sometime in mid of September 2005 that if you help us to get the green card I will stop eating rice (because I love rice and  it was very difficult decision not to eat rice) and when ever I  get my green card I will come to Shirdi and will offer you and feed you rice first and then only I will eat rice.

In June 2006 my husband sent all his Visa extension papers to US visa office because our visa was expiring on 23 November 2006. Six months before the visa expires we have to send the visa extension paper and normally the papers comes with the extension in 3-4 months ,  and it was December and we thought may be because of the holiday season every body in USA is on vacation so the officers are fewer and our visa extension work is getting delayed (but our visa expired in 23 Nov. 2006).

In January 2007 my husband contacted the Lawyer and asked him to contact the visa office and find out what was happening to the visa. The lawyer did not send the letter to find out the status till February 2007. The visa people replied that our case was stuck for some security reason and they did not know how much time it would take. We were worried because we had bought a new house and if we did not get the visa we would have to sell the house.

My son was in 11th grade and if for some reason we had to go back to India then how would he do his 12th grade? We were very worried, because as it is when you are settled in India and came to USA you start building your home again from scratch. After settling down here if you suddenly learn that you have to go back to India and start all over again, it seems very difficult.

The lawyer told us that after the visa expired you can work only for 240 days and after that you can wait for your visa but cannot work. It was a difficult situation and I was crying in front of Baba all the time and praying to Baba to do something.  Problems were coming one after the other. My husband is very particular about paying his bills and tax on time, but one day we got a letter from tax office that they need some information. My husband was very worried because we were stuck with our visa problem and then now there was another problem but since we were clear in our minds we sent the details to tax office.

It was Thursday and I put a little udi on the envelope and told Baba to help us in this matter and mailed it to the tax people. It was over a month and we were so worried. Days were passing and my husband had only a few months left for his job. How would we pay the mortgage and other bills, school fees, etc? We were trapped in so many problems. Finally we put our house on sale, but the market was so slow and it seemed difficult to sell the house. The day we put the sign outside the house my daughter started crying and my son was sad too.

I went in front of Baba and told him that if you are here in my house , if your aasan is sidh here then save this house. I had a very strong feeling that Baba is here and will not let his children be in trouble for a long time. On Thursday 10th May I lit the joat in front of Baba in the morning and prayed Him to help us in this problem. That was the first day when Baba’s joat was in my house for 15 days till 25th May. My faith in Baba was too high and whatever problem we were facing, deep inside I had a feeling that Baba is taking care of us.  

On Thursday, 31st May, I lit Baba’s joat again and it was Puranmasi also. My husband and I always keep vrat on every Puranmasi. We got our tax refund. In June another miracle happened.  The US immigration office declared that the people who have to file the paper for their green card final stage can apply. We were not expecting this before October and suddenly my husband’s lawyer called and told us to send all the papers immediately so that he could file for last stage.

We started working on that quickly and sent all the paper to the lawyer well in time. The day he submitted the papers to the US immigration office was a Thursday.  We hoped that  before the job was over we could get the EAD but the stress was still there. On July 6th 2007 it was a Friday, we were tense because my husband’s job was till 23rd July. We were watching TV, the children were home and my husband said that since we would eat dinner late I should offer food to God. I took the food in a plate where my temple is. When I offered the food to Baba, I saw Baba’s mukut was not there on his head and was placed by his feet.

I was scared because we always keep Baba’s mukut on His head. So immediately I came out and asked my husband children if they had done this. They said no. We were so surprised to see that it was placed near Baba perfectly, as if He wanted to say that before sleeping we should put His mukut down every day. Since then we started doing this. I had a strong feeling that we would be safe. One week before my husband’s job was over, his boss told him that I think we should apply for the visa through another sister company so that he would get time to work.

They started working on that. My husband and I went to Visa office and asked them what was the status of our green card and whether they have got the LIN no. or EAD approval. The person did not help much but just said that he can only give us LIN no. that means our green card is not in danger and is in process. My husband and all of us were so worried because there was only one week left. And the house was still not sold.

On 23rd July my husband’s boss said he was sorry that this was his last day and he could no longer work until he heard from the US immigration office.  I went for some grocery shopping. When I came back I saw mail in the mail box and I took it out. It was an envelope from the US immigration office. It was the EAD (work authorization) card. I cannot explain how I was feeling I was crying and thanking Baba. He saved my husband’s job just in time.

I called my husband in the afternoon to tell him that we have got the EAD and it is in my hand. There was no end to our happiness. I immediately scanned that EAD and mailed it to my husband’s office so that his HR people could see it and allow him to continue working. And now my husband is still working and we took the sale sign down from our house because there is a saying:

“Jako rakhe Saieya mar sake na koi. bal na banka kar sake jo jag berry hoye. Jiske sir upper to Sai so dukh kaise pave.”

Baba ka aasan aaj bhi vaise hi sidh hai jaise pahle tha. Baba ki joat aaj bhi hamare ghar main vaise hi jagti hai Thursday ko jaise pahle jagti thi.

Baba is here in my house, He always told to his bhagat that,  agar koi mujhe dil se yaad karta hai to main saat samundar par bhi uski sahayata ke liye jata ho. 

We are still waiting for our green card to come by mail and I have still to complete my sankalp , and I know Baba will give me His blessing to go to Shirdi and do His sewa. Main Shirdi jakar hi Baba ki sewa karke unko rice ka bhog laga kar hi rice khaoogi aur mera vishwas Baba par atal hai.

Sunita Rakheja, Mason, Ohio, USA

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POEM

Your Love

I was so engrossed in the world
That I never thought of Your love for me,
Nor did I think of the good things
And the blessings You showered on me.

Time passed, sometimes slow, sometimes fast,
but I never remembered You.
The vain desires of life kept flickering and mounting.
The mirages of happiness felt in different objects, kept alluring, fascinating.
 
I watched the play of birth and death
Indifferent, unconcerned. Day after day
You kept fulfilling my desires.
You extended Your hand whenever I was in trouble.

Yet I never thought of Your love for me.
You waited for me for so many years
But I never looked behind and glanced at You.
Now when I think of You, You have gone.

I crave for You and wait for You day after day,
But do not find You.
I know the value of Your love. I plead You to come
But You have gone.

My heart is full of grief and eyes shed tears
But You are not there to see.
I surrender everything at Your feet
But it is not enough compared to what You gave me.

You will come, I know You will come
The day You are convinced,
I love You and desire You
More than anything else.

S. Modi, Delhi

 

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ARTICLE

Does Prayer Really Work? 

Yes, Prayer works - but not always in the manner we intend. We may not receive a particular benefit that we seek, but prayer draws us closer to God. It establishes a line of communication with the Lord and builds His presence in our minds. And yes, many times our specific prayers are granted - although not always as we expect.

Prayer is a key, which opens many doors. Whether we are giving thanks or seeking help for others, or ourselves we are working to understand our relationship with the Lord. Some prayers are affirmations of His glory, but in all prayers we seek to draw closer to God. "Prayer is the very breath of religion, for it brings man and God together and with every sigh, nearer and nearer” Baba

Prayer has been described in its sublimity as "an intimate friendship, a frequent conversation held alone with the Beloved". The most important part of any prayer, whether it be a prayer of petition, of thanksgiving, of praise of Lord, or of confession, is the introspection it provides, the moment that we spend looking inside ourselves, seeing our role in the universe and our relationship to God and emphasizes the One to whom prayer is directed. For an observant Sai devotee, prayer is not simply something that happens in temple once a week (or even four times a day). Prayer is an integral part of everyday life. Observant devotees are constantly reminded of Sai's presence and of our relationship with God, because we are continually praying to Him.

Our first thought in the morning, even before we get out of bed, is a prayer thanking Sai for returning our souls to us. Prayers are to be recited before enjoying any material pleasure, such as eating or wearing new clothes; before performing any acts; upon seeing anything unusual; at the site of a great tragedy; whenever some good or bad thing happens; and prayers to recite before going to bed at night. All of these prayers are in addition to formal prayer services, which are performed every weekday and at additional times on festivals and holy days.

Many people today do not see the need for regular, formal prayer. "I pray when I feel inspired to, when it is meaningful to me," they say. This attitude overlooks two important things: the purpose of prayer, and the need for practice.

One purpose of prayer is to increase awareness of God in one's life and the role that God plays in one's life. If one will only pray when one feels inspired (that is, when one is already aware of God), then one will not increase their awareness of God.

In addition, if one wants to do something well, one has to practice it continually, even when one doesn't feel like doing it. This is as true of prayer as it is of playing a sport, playing a musical instrument, or writing. The most important part of prayer is the introspection it provides. Accordingly, the proper frame of mind is vital to prayer.
The mindset for prayer is referred to as "bhavah", which is generally translated as "approach", "intent" or "devotion".

The minimum level of bhavah is an awareness that one is speaking to God and an intention to fulfill the obligation to pray with devotion. If one does not have this minimal level of bhavah, then one is not praying; they are merely reading. In addition, it is preferred that one have a mind free from other thoughts, that one know and understand what one is praying about and that one think about the meaning of the prayer. Sai Satcharita details the prerequisites of prayer as explained by Baba generally referred to as nine forms of devotion.

Does  Prayer  Really Work? - How Do we Start? 

When we begin our new spiritual life, our desires are like a runaway train. It is impossible to stop them immediately. We can only redirect them along channels which reduce the risk to ourselves and others. If we switch the train to an uphill track, it will gradually lose its momentum and we can regain control. Prayer is the uphill track for our runaway desires. Until we direct our aspirations along proper lines, it is best to steer them to God. The Lord knows what is best for us; He will help us to direct our efforts along with right lines.

From the very outset it is necessary for us to practice the habit of regular prayer. A regular time and place for prayer helps us to quickly concentrate and reach a state of calm. Regular prayer makes us aware of God's omnipresence and attracts His grace..

God knows what we seek, but it is up to us to ask. In asking we make a conscious choice of what path we wish to follow. We ask for specific results and thereby accept the consequences of those results.

We must ask for what we want, but our actions should not contradict our words. If we pray for greater love, we cannot continue to harbor hate. If we long for humility, we cannot continue to strut about in pride. When we pray we must also do our part to fulfill the request. We cannot receive grace before we have made our own best effort to secure our objective. Our thoughts, words, and deeds must all support our prayer.

No one can instruct another when or how that person should pray. All of us have different needs and attitudes. What is appropriate at one time may not be at another time. The values and languages of different cultures also vary. It is not possible for us to evaluate the worth of another person's prayer, for all speak to God in their own ways. It is not the words we use or the form of God we address that gives prayer its power; it is the devotion in our hearts.

"The stamp of bhakti (devotion) is what makes the prayer reach the destination, God; not the festoons, the fanfare, the heap of flowers, or the festive nature of the feast offerings. The simple, sincere heart is the stamp that makes the prayer travel fast"  Baba

Prayers are not always answered immediately. Many of us wish for one thing today and for another thing tomorrow. We must show that our prayer is a heartfelt need.  It must be sincere and pure to reach the Lord.

Does Prayer Really work? - What should We Pray for?  
In prayer we need not request anything at all. Prayer may be best used simply to draw us closer to God - to bring God into our lives and attract his grace. Prayer can then enable us to experience the joy and bliss which God confers.

Its is best to pray for results which reduce desires and promote peace, love, and understanding. These are the proper objects of prayer, they are the special gifts of God which are not available in any shop. Perhaps the wisest object of prayer is for the removal of the obstacles which block our spiritual progress. Persistence may be required for us to obtain our goal, but tenacious effort builds spiritual strength. The difficulty of our journey sometimes grants us added fortitude, as the strongest steel is forged in fire. If we listen to our living hearts, not to the rationalizations of our minds, we will concentrate on proper goals. The heart is a wiser guide and is the source of true prayer and communion with God.

It is important to pray for benefits which further spiritual progress. When we experience difficulty in fulfilling our wishes, it may be that we need to examine and possibly change our attitude rather than present circumstances. Many times the things for which we pray are obstacles to our spiritual progress. In fact, it may be best for us that most of our prayers are not granted. It is not always possible for us to determine the consequences of our desires.

The following story illustrates this point.

A young man once had a simple wish - he prayed for a job so that he could leave his parents' home. Next, he prayed for a wife to cook for him and provide a home for him. With wife came children, so he prayed for a big house to put them in and a car to carry his family around town. Then he needed a better job to support all his obligations. Finally the poor fellow was so burdened by his many responsibilities that he only wished to retire into the forest alone to meditate. Unfortunately his spiritual prayer could not be granted, because all of his previous prayers for material benefits had been granted.

It is best to let the Lord decide what we should receive. He sees the past, the present and the future of us all. The material objects that we pray for often increase our desires and make our lives more difficult. However, some material wishes may be granted so that we will appreciate God's benevolence.

Baba said: "I give you what you want, so that you will learn to want what I have to give"

Still, the wise course is to trust in the Lord to provide what is necessary for us.

The Answer Will Come When The Time Right

It is beyond us to know how or why prayers are granted. So many factors are involved that we cannot hope to understand the process. Timing, karma, grace, the degree of personal effort-all have a bearing on the situation.

There may be other reasons why our prayers are not answered. We may have karma to work out or lessons to learn. When we pray for a miraculous cure, we may not see the factors which caused the illness. Some people receive cures, while others do not. If the lessons of that illness have not learned, it would be cruel to relieve the illness, for it would only have to be repeated. But if the lessons have been learned and the debt paid, then a cure could endow the aspirant with new faith and determination.

It is always wisest for us to put our trust in the Lord. He takes care of our needs without being asked when we try to live a good life and dedicate our actions to him. God is our eternal parent; He takes care of His children and tries to direct them in beneficial directions.

Let us pray Shri Sai to give us the intellect and wisdom to make tomorrow's world a happier place to stay always with unity by following his principle of "Shraddha" and "Saburi" Let us pray to Sri Sai to grant us steady faith and love on him.

Swamy Mahadevan, Cochin

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Vishal Khanna, Canada

This is my true story. What you plant is what you reap. I planted unfaithfulness towards my wife, I did breach of trust, I broke confidence, I ruined lives & now I am paying for it. It is only my Baba who is there with me at this time. There is no one else to support me & get my family & life back on track.
Please be careful of your action.

  •  if you want to do bad  for someone try to push it back or ignore it, it will save you in future
  • if you want to do good for someone do it right away you never will have time to do it later or not.

Please be careful. He is watching us always.

Radhalakshmi Sridharan

Sai is with us always. Sai helps us whenever we are in difficulty. We have to wait patiently having full faith in him.  He will definitely solve all our problems satisfy all our desires.  My husband got a job abroad with the blessings of Sai. After one year there was a problem the head office wanted us to come back.  My son was studying here so if we were to leave his education would be at stake. We really had a tough time. We patiently prayed Sai to help us.  We were trying for many jobs here.  I read Hanuman Chalisa also.  One day our servant brought a coconut and told me that keep this and do pooja.  She has not brought anything like this before.  I thought it is Sai prasad. My inner mind was telling that Sai has only sent this and our problems are going to be solved.  To my surprise my husband got a good job.  Thanks to Sai.

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READER'S REFLECTION

V.Vivekanand, Chennai 

I am so happy to hear that my experience has been published in the New Year issue. I thank you so much for this good news. I feel my beloved Sai Ma has already blessed me for the New Year and ever after. Thanks again and I wish you and your family a very happy & prosperous New Year.

I have received the writer's copy of the Maha Samadhi issue of Heritage of Shirdi Sai magazine. I am extremely grateful to you for this kind gesture of yours. I wish to make a donation to your esteemed organization. Kindly inform me to which name I should send the cheque & the address to which it should be sent.

Pratik Jasani, United Kingdom

This is a very good site/magazine. It may be an idea if it is possible for the readers and those who are new to this site, to view certain episodes of Baba's life in the form of a video from this website, from movies and TV series, etc.  Also if there are any functions taking place, if these can be recorded on to a video for the readers to watch and not to download. This would make it more interesting for the readers.

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NEWS OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES

ONLINE SHIRDI SAI BABA RADIO

With the blessings and grace of Shri Shirdi Sai , the first ever online Shirdi Sai baba radio will be broadcasting,- leela's of Baba thru His bhajans in Hindi, Telugu, Marathi and Gujrati, Sai Mahima , Sai amritwani, Sai mantra ,Sai Satcharitra prayaan ,discourses ,Geeta Gyan , Vishnu Sahasaram and much much more. I will be hosting it from this thursday. I will also be sharing my experiences and experiences of other Sai devotees thru this media.

This is the first ever online radio dedicated to the lotus feet of Shri Shirdi Sai baba. Just by listening to this radio, Sai devotees will feel the bliss of Baba and His leela's around them. You can go to http://debu7366.blogspot.com/ to listen to this radio [ password- omsrisai ]or for knowing the weekly program guide and to post your request, suggestions ,feedback and comments- plz visit http://sairadio.blogspot.com/ . You will also find a lot of important information at this site in the coming weeks.

 

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

 

SRI SHIRDI SAI BABA TEMPLE, MICHIGAN, USA

Location: Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Temple in greater Detroit 28875 W SEVEN MILE RD, LIVONIA, MI 48125, USA

Daily timings and activities:

Kakad Aarti 09:00 AM; Abhishekam 10:00 AM; Archana 10:30 AM; Mid-day Aarti 12:00 PM; Temple Closed 12:30 - 5:30 PM; Dhup Aarti 6:00 PM; Archana & Bhajans 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; Sai Chalisa 8:00 PM; Shej Aarti 8:30 PM

Special:

Hanuman Chalisa 6:30 PM (Tuesday); Lalitha Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Friday); Vishnu Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Saturday);

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 Hari Gangisetty (President) Mobile: (+64) 21 629 993 Email: President@shirdisaibaba.org.nz or Bhaskar Reddy Duvvuru (Secretary) Mobile: (+64) 21 292 3807 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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