FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
to be an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya Avdhoot, the name
of this Spiritual Master, popularly called ‘Swami
Samarth’ is a household word in Maharashtra and
the region around. As this Sadguru chose to reside at
a place called Akkalkot for 22 years where he took Mahasamadhi
in 1878, he is also known as the ‘Maharaj of Akkalkot’.
Akkalkot is situated in district Solapur of Maharashtra.
For the devotees of
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, it would be inspiring to learn about
the life and deeds of ‘Swami Samarth’. A comparative
picturisation of the lives of these two great Saints,
i.e. ‘Swami Samarth’ and Shri Sai Baba of
Shirdi would establish a surprising amount of commonness
in their lives and deeds, which include their methods
of teaching, the universality of their approach and the
miracles they performed. In fact, to say that they had
many things in common would be an understatement.
Even a critical approach
by a non-conformist would ultimately lead to the assertion
that the over-all role of these two Spiritual Masters
during the second half of nineteenth century was similar,
if not the same. One who is capable of making finer spiritual
analysis, would be faced with a bewildering reality. The
reality is that ‘Swami Samarth’ and Shri Shirdi
Sai Baba were the manifestations of the same Divine spirit
in two gross bodies. Many published writings on both these
Saints by different writers authenticate the interaction
between these two Sadgurus both in the gross, and the
subtle planes. Just before Mahasamadhi, ‘Swami Samarth’
advised one of his disciples to worship Shri Sai at Shirdi
saying that he (the ‘Swami Samarth’) would
stay at Shirdi in future.
The early life of
‘Swami Samarth’ like that of Shri Shirdi Sai
Baba, is shrouded with mystery. Mystical possibilities
about his advent in the physical form have been conjectured
by some writers. However, concrete proof, based on material
evidence is lacking to authenticate such a theory.
For that matter, even
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba’s advent and early life has
not been established. Yet this does not really matter
to those who have faith in Him and continue to experience
his benevolence in different ways. How does it matter
if Christ was born of a virgin mother! He took the pain
of the suffering humanity and led them in the path of
spirituality. This is what the world needs.
Shri Narasimha Saraswati, about three centuries before
the advent of ‘Swami Samarth’ is believed
to be the earlier incarnation of Shri Dattatreya. The
‘Guru Charita’ one of the most famous books
gives lots of information about Him. As per the most popular
belief, Shri Narsimha Swami, after helping and spiritually
uplifting a large number of people over a few decades,
went away to the Himalayas for penance and went into Samadhi.
He remained in that state for
about three hundred years. With the passage of time a
huge ant-hill grew over him and he was lost to the outside
world. One day a wood-cutters’ axe accidentally
fell on the bushes that had grown around the ant-hill.
He was shocked to find blood stains on the axe of the
blade. He cleared the ant-hill and, Lo and behold, he
found a Yogi in meditation. The Yogi slowly opened his
eyes and consoled the dumbfounded wood-cutter saying that
it was the Divine Will for him to re-appear in the world
to resume his mission. This Yogi, in his new role came
to be known as ‘Swami Samarth’.".........
Q & A
Why did Sai
refer to the Masjid, sometimes as Masjid Mayee and sometimes
as Dwarka Mayee? What does Dwarkamayee signify?
Dwaraka was the capital of
Lord Krishna. It was also called ‘Dwarawati’.
Lord Krishna created Dwaraka (presently in Gujarat) for
the final habitation of the Yadava family (His clan) and
security from attackers like Jarasandha and others. Like
a mother protecting a child, Dwaraka, protected the Yadavas.
Baba has given the same concept to the dilapidated mosque
where He stayed for over 60 years. He gave love, protection
and solution to the problems of His devotees. Baba has
been quoted saying in “Shri Sai Satcharitra”
that Dwarakamayee protects its children i.e. His devotees.
The word ‘Mayee’ in Hindi means mother.
BABA MAY I
ANSWER book by Shri C. B. Satpathy released on Ram Navami
For details see www.heritageofshirdisai.org
FROM "LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
is a distinct human quality. And of all Baba’s human
qualities, His sense of humour was the most outstanding.
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.4,000
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.4,000 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.4,000 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 upto 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
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.”……
a doctor working in Kuwait. Unfortunately I got into financial
troubles by my own foolishness, trusting wrong people
and signing many documents. If not for Sri Sai our life
would be on the streets. Sri Sainath helped us in numerous
ways. Of late due to increasing pressure, probably my
belief must have gone down. I had a dream three days ago
in the afternoon.
I am in Bangalore,
my city, probably to buy a house. I have a good amount
of Kuwaiti Dinars in my pocket. I go to a cycle rickshaw
(not present in Bangalore though) in order to reach a
particular place. I do not find the cycle rickshaw driver.
Instead I find under the canopy Sri Sainath in white kafni
sitting on the passenger seat.
His forehead is marked
by a dark circle as for devout muslims doing five times
prayers. It appeared He had no legs below the knee. Then
I ask Him with due respect as to where could be the cycle
rickshaw puller. He asks me if I had any aversion to sitting
next to Him in the journey. I say never. Then He asks
did I have any doubt regarding His pulling the rickshaw
just because He is lame. I did not know what to answer.
I keep waiting.
Then the call for
maghreb prayer is heard at a distance. Then Baba tells
me to wait, as the driver has gone to perform the prayer.
Then I feel like giving him 10 KD note to buy food (around
Rs 1450). I keep pulling notes from my pant pocket. But
each time I get only 1 KD (equal to Rs 145). Then I give
it to him saying he can get around Rs 150 in any bank
and buy food for it. Baba says how can I expect Him to
go to a bank. So he asks me to buy food and give it. I
find a hotel near the place where the rickshaw is parked.
I go there to buy some food for Him. By then some one
woke me up.
It was a lesson to
1). not to have doubt in Him.
2). He is not pleased with rich offerings but with humble
3).He is the only person who can take me across the distance.
4). Offering food to poor is the best way of offering
our respects to Sri Sai.
Similar dreams have come earlier too, but this dream really
woke me up from my slumber.
experience, articles poems etc.
is beautiful so let us make it meaningful
Life is beautiful
so let us make it meaningful
It’s a melody so pleasant and soulful
Let’s croon, to our heart’s content, this
All day and all night long.
Life is a gift that’s
why it’s lived in the present
So let’s live in the here and now
The only way is up so let’s ascend
With our head bent down in a bow.
Our life is like the
Let’s shape it with faith and patience
Be polite in whatever we say
Let’s live with determination and perseverance.
this life to God
Spend it at the lotus feet of our Lord
Let’s spread it’s fragrance all around the
For we are born free so let’s fly like a bird.
Sabka Malik Ek
experience, articles poems etc.
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Views of Shirdi
Sai Baba on YOGA
The word yoga in Sanskrit means
union. In spirituality, it means union with God. Normally
people believe that yoga is a set of postures to exercise
the body. It helps to keep the body fit. However yoga
is a way of life. Yogic way of life means controlling
the body, mind, and intellect.
We think we are the body. However,
it is very well established that we are actually a product
of body, mind, and intellect. The latter two are a part
of our subtle body. The subtle body and the gross body
together shape our personality. In other words, we are
the product of our thoughts. If we repeatedly think about
something, we get attached to it. Our thinking in turn
governs our actions. It governs the choices we make, the
food we eat, the people we associate with, the places
we live in and the professions we choose.
Exercise normally works on
the gross body. Yoga on the other hand is more holistic.
It works on body, mind, and spirit. One who practices
yoga is termed a yogi. A yogi connects with God. Yoga
brings discipline from within. It streamlines the gross
and the subtle body.
In the Bhagavadgita
Lord Krishna explains eighteen yogas to Arjuna. This knowledge
is required for spiritual evolution in the journey of
life. The first six yogas deal with devotion, next six
with selfless service, and the last six with wisdom.
When we face a moral
crisis and have no ray of hope, we surrender to Lord for
guidance. This is what Arjuna did when he was in a state
of despondency and not able to fight. Lord Krishna admonished
him and delivered a sermon to make him fight. Such righteous
action is required to maintain the world order. In that
hour of crisis, a profound spiritual message was delivered
by Lord to bring solace for humanity.
In its eighteen chapters, Srimad
Bhagavadgita teaches us the path of righteous action through
devotion and wisdom. Automatically falsehood starts disappearing
from life as we are propelled towards truth. It eradicates
all that which is unnecessary and superficial from life.
It makes us simple and pure. It makes us more focussed.
Our memory sharpens and the intellect becomes one pointed.
This one pointed approach helps us to achieve our target.
Therefore, yoga is a way of
life. Its tenets of yogasanas, pranayam, and meditation
lead to health, wealth and prosperity. It leads to a life
full of joy, peace, and fulfilment.
your views on Topic of Discussion-
TRUTH ULTIMATELY PREVAILS
you Shirdi Sai,
You are the protector of my soul
In Thee I take refuge
In Thee I take solace
You are the light of my heart
and for all of Your love I am eternally grateful!
from Your daughter in the Light
One should have true love for
Baba. Nothing else is required. He will Himself give you
Shradha and Saburi. It has to come from Him. Unconditional
Love for Him is a must. He is there for you Always. He
is the Only Light in Darkness.
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
a lot for such a great work on explaining very clearly
the Need for Puja or Prayer in vol 73. Thank you Heritage
of Shirdi Sai for doing such marvelous work. Keep it up.
Bow to Sri Sai. Peace be to all. Sai Ram.
I really look forward
to receiving the Heritage newsletter, as it brings me
Satpathyji's message as well as our Sadguru's blessings.
It so happened that today being an auspicious day, Thursday,
I just opened my computer and was pleasantly surprised
to see your mail, being first on the list!!!!!! indeed,
I feel, that our Sai has sent His blessings through this
Indeed a commendable work in the direction of Sai movement
by bringing all Sai bhakts under one roof. Hope to be
an active participant with Sai Baba's blessings.
NEWS OF SHIRDI
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
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.
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 www.shirdisainath.org
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
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: email@example.com
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,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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 http://www.saibaba.cc/.
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 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
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: www.templeofpeace.org or call 678-455-7200
SHIRDI SAI BABA TEMPLE, MICHIGAN, USA
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
Hanuman Chalisa 6:30 PM (Tuesday); Lalitha Sahasranamam 6:30
PM (Friday); Vishnu Sahasranamam 6:30 PM (Saturday);
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
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 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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