N E W S L E T T E R
VOL84, JUNE 2009
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

……“God is generally perceived by people as the most benevolent, powerful, permanent and an all pervading consciousness who controls everything and everyone in the universe Past, Present or Future. All philosophies and religions have theorised that God is the greatest, kindest and perennial giver of all sorts of happiness to His creation. He is ‘Ananda Murti’ or the repository of all and eternal happiness.

It is because of such attributes that God is called the Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent Almighty and is highly apotheosized in all religions with oriental or occidental hyperboles. Leaving aside the spiritually evolved persons or the genuine seekers, most of the devotees when praying God nurture a secret expectation in their conscious or subconscious minds that their prayers will somehow draw kindness, help and happiness from God.

Happiness herein means a solution to those material or psychological aspects of life that create problems. One who in his prayers seeks a solution to his personal problems alone cannot be called a true seeker in the spiritual path. A genuine seeker in the path towards God cannot expect pleasurable or desirable events only. He has to experience and bear both pleasurable (so called good) and painful (so called evil) experiences with equanimity visualising God’s divine role in both. It is not in the scheme of things of God the Almighty, or the law of nature through which God operates, only to give pleasurable experiences to all life forms including human beings.

If God is only ‘good’ then where does the so called ‘evil’ emanate from? If good is opposed to evil, then there has to be some other powerful entity who must be equal and opposite to the benevolent God in its evil capabilities. But if God alone is the giver of both the good and evil experiences, then there cannot be a separate entity called ‘Satan’ or ‘Shaitan’ beyond His overall scheme in the management of the universe. In Hinduism there is a concept of Devatas (Positive forces of nature) and Rakhasas (negative forces of nature).

But Hindu mythology again explains that these powerful negative forces called Rakhasas or Asuras used to draw their power only from God. There are numerous instances of Lord Brahma, Vishnoo or Shiva empowering these Rakhasas through their blessings. Therefore, these Rakhasas or negative forces of nature have a specific and important role in the overall scheme of God. Hence good and evil forces and experiences are necessary concomitants to each other just like light and darkness. Neither can exist alone. Every good event or good action contains an aspect of evil in it and every evil contains an aspect of good howsoever small it may be.

Thus there cannot be something called pure good or pure evil. These qualities of good and evil as symbolised as Devatas and Rakhasas respectively, are inbuilt into the very fabric of human nature. These two attributes of a human being, when in interaction with the same or similar attributes of other human beings and of the overall nature around, create a conflict between the opposing forces. To the ordinary mind, such conflicts are perceived as human problems.

Given the Dialectic Theory of nature, without such an interaction of two opposing forces nothing can be created. If water and fire elements were not predominantly existent on earth, no life form would have been possible. An understanding and acceptance of the play of two such equally opposite forces in one’s material, mental or spiritual life is a ‘sine-qua-non’ to spiritual evolution. Both are necessary correlates in the divine matrix. Without such an understanding it is difficult, nay, impossible to progress in the path of spiritual evolution.

Through religious and spiritual practices one can reinforce and enhance the positive qualities in oneself. Such practices, however, do not destroy the evil qualities but keep them in a dormant state. Hence, one cannot reject the evil qualities in oneself or in others but accept them as an aspect of nature or God.

A worldly man cannot either run away from the world or from the evil but can try to contain or minimize the negative compulsions it creates in mind. Through religious or spiritual practices, so long as the divine qualities are kept at a higher level, the evil qualities remain subdued and silent. But when a person strays away from his religious path, some of the evil qualities do raise their head, even if he has some good qualities.

Therefore, to expect that through prayers or other religious practices one would get only material or mental pleasures by divine intervention is a fallacy. Since the very plinth of acceptance of God only as a pleasure giving entity is defective, most people suffer more due to such conceptual inadequacies than due to the evil qualities of others.

The nature, intensity and possibilities of the negative or positive thoughts can only be understood by conscious observation and analysis of one’s own thoughts. However, most of the people do not find it necessary or possible due to their total involvement in the day to day worldly affairs.

Those devotees, who achieved God realization, were the ones who had gone beyond the conflict of good - evil and pleasure - pain through strenuous and long drawn mental practices as prescribed by their Spiritual Master. They were the real spiritual seekers.".........


Q & A

What qualities a person needs to develop to evolve as a disciple and how?

The divine quality of a Guru or a disciple exists inherently in every human being. During childhood, parents impart children with elementary education necessary for their early growth. As they grow up they go to the schools and colleges and take formal education. In the normal course of life also one learns many things from different people and situations, knowingly or unknowingly. As far as it relates to the discipleship of a spiritual or religious Guru certain rules have to be followed.

The first necessary quality to be a disciple is to have complete faith in the Guru that whatever the Guru is doing in relation to the disciple is in his best interest. The second is to try to follow the advice and instructions of the Guru to the best of one’s abilities. For example, if the Guru says, “be kind and feed the poor”, then one should do so as much as he is capable of doing. If problems arise during carrying-out of such instructions of the Master, then it should be tolerated and conveyed to Him.

The true Guru will always give a solution to the problems faced by a disciple under every circumstance. The Guru will show the path that is suitable and easy for a devotee to follow in the complex and difficult world. Where the Guru is not in a physical form, there it would be proper to go through His preachings and find out the answer. That is why frequent reading of Shri Sai Satcharitra is always prescribed by me to all the devotees of Baba.

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

……His biography is the practical illustration of what Guru and Sishya mean and of the principles that govern their conduct and mutual relation, Hence a preliminary discourse on these subjects is needed, though it cannot exhaust either the general subject or its application to Sai Baba, his Gurus and sishyas. The marga that Baba followed has puzzled many.

Many asked and ask whether he was a Yogi or a Jnani or a Bhakta or followed any marga peculiarly his own. Several thought and think that Baba cannot be classed under any of the divisions applying to saints and sadhus. As a result of study, aided by His own grace, one sees at last that he was an adept of all the margas, though his chief marga, was Bhakti marga, the special form of it that it described as Guru Marga in the Guru Gita, and that Jnana and siddhis including yoga siddhis came in the wake of his Guru bhakti.

These will be made clearer as we advance in the study of Sri Sai’s Life and of his relation to devotees. At present in this chapter we shall state just a few preliminary matters relating to Guru and Guru worship.

Definition: Guru may be defined as one who imparts information or gives training to another. Any school teacher or moral teacher or the one who teaches the way to salvation or mukti or even teaches mantras for various religious or secular purposes, high or low, can be called a Guru.

Derivation: The word Guru is a Sanskrit word and a number of derivations are found especially in Guru Gita, which is a part of the Skanda Purana. 'Gu' generally means ‘Guna’ and therefore means ‘darkness'. ‘Ru’ denotes the action of destruction just as fire destroys or removal. So Guru means the dispeller of darkness or ignorance.

Gu karascha Andhakarastu
Ru karah tannirodhakrit
Andhakara Vinasitwat
Guru riti Abhidhiyate.

Another derivation says that Guru is one who takes you from the Gunas to That beyond the Gunas that is, Brahman.

Arabic and Persian: It is always better especially when dealing with Sai Baba whose teachings are unique and cosmopolitan to give the word Guru its equivalents in Arabic and Persian, as used by Sufis, Murshad is the Sufi equivalent which Baba himself used. For example Baba said, ‘My Murshad has taken me away from this body which is but my house’.

This means his Guru had destroyed his identification of self with the body Dehatma buddhi and made him realise that He the Atma is not the body just as the fire which bums the fuel is different from the fuel, and the seer is not seen. The Sufi equivalent for Sishya is Talib and shakir.

Everywhere in the world we find, the usual practise is to have Gurus.

Purpose for a Guru: A Guru being a teacher, the question as to what he teaches or what help he gives or is expected to give, is the essential question.……


DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

I was working in a company for 13 years and was doing well. The person to whom I was reporting was the head of the department. There was management change and the person to whom I reported, person changed. Since I was very old employee in the company, all the employees and company head and V.P.'s called me for work. I would do the work without looking at the clock. If I received a call while I was at home then I would work even though it was after office hours.

This created an ego problem for my head of department. He wanted to take away my responsibilities from me. He brought his own people into department and gave various responsibilities to them. He did not give much responsibility to me. Although he was torturing me and I was very disappointed with his behaviour, I kept quiet even despite his rude and harsh behaviour towards me. As days were going by his behaviour worsened and one day I made up my mind to find another alternate way.

So I prayed to Sai Baba. Whatever I face, good or bad, I tell Baba. So I told Baba to give me peace, and I wanted to get a new job with better position. One Thursday night I received a call from a company asking me to come for the interview the next day. I was selected for the next round and they were happy and they asked to come on Monday for a video conference with the head of department who is at Bombay.

However this got postponed to Thursday. I was selected and was very happy that my prayers were answered by Sai Baba. After I joined the new company, the person who called me for the interview told that he searching for the candidate for that particular position for a long time and on that day when he was about to call me, he was praying to Sai Baba and he was going through my profile and then he called me for interview. Now I am happy with my job. I got better position and salary. And I am grateful to Sai Baba for blessing me with a new job in a good company. Thank you Sai Baba.

S. Sumanth Kumar, Chennai

 

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POEM

The Long Silence......

Oh my Master, please break the silence.
Before it breaks my heart.

I waited for days.
Yet you never came,
I waited for loving grace
Yet you never sent a word.

I kept waiting for the shower of your love
And yet it eluded me.
What is life without your grace
How do I live without your smile?

Oh I beg my Master, please break the silence.
Before it breaks my heart.

Oh heavens, have I displeased Him?
Oh wind have I disobeyed Him?
Oh rain have I shown disrespect to Him.?
Oh, earth have I ignored His word?

Oh time, you are the witness to my life,
My life is His grace,
My work is His order
My actions are His commands

Oh please My master, break the silence.
Before it breaks my heart.

Yet why do I feel restless,
Knowing you are with me,
Knowing you are my life
Knowing you are my work.

This silence is deafening,
I can’t bear this rejection.
Where do I go, where do I look
When He turns away from me.

Oh my Guru, please break the silence.
Before it breaks my heart.

Oh my mind is not my own,
The thoughts are devestating.
Alas how do I control this
Vagarant wandering mind?

Yea cruel mind,
Stay fixed at the holy feet.
For they are the sole respite
For the mind to be free from gruesome thoughts.

Oh I plead with thee, my Master break the silence.
Before it breaks my heart.

Oh my Master I beg thee
Take hold of my mind
Keep it at your holy feet
It is only you who can harness it

You are my mother,
You are my father
You are my life
You are the wish of my many births

Oh yes, the Master has spoken
Breaking the walls of silence

The winds delivered the sweet message
That He loves me.
The loving thoughts of the folk
The sweet gestures and kind words are His words alone.

Yea ignorant mind,
Yea could not hear the hum of heart?
My Master has spoken and He sent a word,
My mind failed to recognise but my heart heard His song.

He loved me then
He loves me now,
He loves me ever
He never lets me go.

The silence is the communion
Between the Master and slave.

 

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ARTICLE

Duties And Privileges Of Discipleship

Yasya Deve Para Bhaktir-Yatha Deve Tatha Gurau;
Tasyaite Kathita Hyarthah Prakashante Mahatmanah
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He whose devotion to the Lord is great, and who has as much devotion to the Guru as to the Lord, unto him, that high-souled one, meanings of the sacred texts stand revealed (Svetasvatara Upanishad).

A disciple is he who follows the instructions of the Guru to the letter and spirit, who propagates the teachings of the Guru to less evolved souls in the path till the end of his life.

A true disciple is concerned only with the Divine Nature of the Guru. The Guru’s actions as man is not the disciple’s concern. He is totally oblivious of it. To him, the Guru is Guru even if he acts unconventionally. Always remember that the nature of a saint is unfathomable. Judge him not. Measure not his divine nature with the inadequate yardstick of your ignorance. Criticise not your Guru’s action which is done on universal vision.

True discipleship opens the vision. It kindles the spiritual fire. It awakens the dormant faculties. It is most necessary in one’s journey along the spiritual path. Guru and disciple become one. Guru blesses, guides and inspires the disciple. He transmits, transforms and spiritualises him.

Who Is Qualified To Approach The Guru?

To approach a Guru, you must be a proper Adhikari. Correct understanding, non-attachment to worldly objects, serenity of mind, restraint of the senses, absence of base passions, faith in the Guru and devotion to God are necessary equipment with which the aspirant has to approach the Guru.

The Guru will impart spiritual instructions only to that aspirant who thirsts for liberation, who duly obeys the injunctions of the Sastras, who has subdued his passions and senses, who has a calm mind, and who possesses virtuous qualities like mercy, cosmic love, patience, humility, endurance, forbearance, etc. Initiation into the mysteries of Brahman will fructify only when the disciple’s mind becomes desireless, and will produce Jnana in it.

Guru-Seva

Aspirants should direct their whole attention in the beginning towards removal of selfishness by protracted service of Guru. Serve your Guru with divine Bhava. The cancer of individuality will be dissolved.

The captain of a ship is ever alert. A fisherman is ever alert. A surgeon in the operation theatre is ever alert. Even so, a thirsting hungry disciple should be ever alert in the service of his Guru.

Live to serve the Guru. You must watch for opportunities. Do not wait for invitation. Volunteer yourself for the Guru’s service.

Serve your Guru humbly, willingly, unquestioningly, unassumingly, ungrudgingly, untiringly and lovingly. The more you spend your energy in serving your Guru, the more divine energy will flow into you.

He who serves the Guru serves the whole world. Serve the Guru without selfish ends. Scrutinise your inner motives while doing service to Guru. Service must be done to Guru without expectation of name, fame, power, wealth, etc.

Obedience To Guru

Obedience to Guru is better than reverence. Obedience is a precious virtue, because if you try to develop the virtue of obedience, the ego, the arch-enemy on the path of Self-realisation, slowly gets rooted out.

Only the disciple who obeys his Guru can have command over his lower self. Obedience should be very practical, wholehearted and actively persevering. True obedience to Guru neither procrastinates nor questions. A hypocritical disciple obeys his Guru from fear. The true disciple obeys his Guru with pure love for love’s sake.

Learn how to obey. Then alone you can command. Learn how to be a disciple. Then alone you can become a Guru.

Give up the delusive notion that to submit to the preceptor, to obey him, and to carry out his instructions is slavish mentality. The ignorant man thinks that it is beneath his dignity and against his freedom to submit to another man’s command. This is a grave blunder. If you reflect carefully, you will see that your individual freedom is, in reality, an absolutely abject slavery to your own ego and vanity. It is the vagaries of the sensual mind. He who attains victory over the mind and the ego is the truly free man. He is the hero. It is to attain victory that man submits to the higher spiritualised personality of the Guru. By this submission, he vanquishes his lower ego and realises the bliss of Infinite Consciousness.

Happy-Go-Lucky Disciples

The spiritual path is not like writing a thesis for the Master of Arts Degree. It is quite a different line altogether. The help of a teacher is necessary at every moment. Young aspirants become self-sufficient, arrogant and self-assertive in these days. They do not care to carry out the orders of a Guru. They do not wish to have a Guru. They want independence from the very beginning.

They think they are in the Turiya Avastha when they do not know even the ABC of spirituality or truth. They mistake licentiousness or “having their own ways and sweet will” as freedom. This is a serious, lamentable mistake. That is the reason why they do not grow. They lose the faith in the efficacy of Sadhana and in the existence of God. They wander about in a happy-go-lucky manner, without any aim, from Kashmir to Gangotri, and from Gangotri to Ramesvaram, talking some nonsense on the way, something from Vichara-Sagara, something from Panchadasi, and posing as Jivanmuktas.

Surrender And Grace

If you want to drink water at the tap, you will have to bend yourself. Even so, if you want to drink the spiritual nectar of immortality which flows from the holy lips of the Guru, you will have to be an embodiment of humility and meekness.

The lower nature of mind must be thoroughly regenerated. The aspirant says to his preceptor: “I want to practise Yoga. I want to enter into Nirvikalpa Samadhi. I want to sit at your feet. I have surrendered myself to you.” But, he does not want to change his lower nature and habits, old character, behaviour and conduct.

One’s individual ego, preconceived notions, pet ideas and prejudices, and selfish interests should be given up. All these stand in the way of carrying out the teachings and instructions of one’s Guru.

Lay bare to your Guru the secrets of your heart. The more you do so, the greater the sympathy, which means an accession of strength to you in the struggle against sin and temptation.

The aspirant, before he desires the grace of the Master, should deserve it. The supply of divine grace comes only when there is a real thirst in the aspirant, and when he is fit to receive it.

Guru’s grace descends upon those who feel utterly humble and faithful to him. Faith is confidence and trust in Guru. Faith is firm conviction of the truth of what is declared by the preceptor by way either of testimony or authority, without any other evidence or proof. The disciple who has faith in the Guru argues not, thinks not, reasons not and cogitates not. He simply obeys.

The disciple’s self-surrender to Guru and Guru’s grace are interrelated. Surrender draws down Guru’s grace, and grace of Guru makes the surrender complete. Guru’s grace works in the form of Sadhana in the aspirant. If an aspirant sticks to the path tenaciously, this is the grace of the Guru. If he resists when temptation assails him, this is the grace of the Guru.

If people receive him with love and reverence, this is the grace of the Guru. If he gets all bodily wants, this is the grace of the Guru. If he gets encouragement and strength when he is in despair and despondency, this is the grace of the Guru. If he gets over the body-consciousness and rests in his own Ananda Svarupa, this is the grace of the Guru. Feel his grace at every step, and be sincere and truthful to him.

How The Guru Teaches

The Guru teaches through personal example. The day-to-day conduct of the Guru is a living ideal to the disciple who is observant. The life of the Guru is a living sermon to the sincere disciple. By constant contact, the disciple imbibes the virtues of his Guru. He is moulded gradually. Study Chhandogya Upanishad. You will find that Indra stayed with Prajapati for a period of a hundred and one years and served him wholeheartedly.

The Guru only knows the spiritual needs of his disciples. He will give Upadesa according to the disciple’s temperament and evolution. This Upadesa should be kept a secret. Discussion among disciples will lead to criticism of Guru and slackness in Sadhana. There will be no spiritual progress. Follow the Guru’s Upadesa to the very letter. Remember it is meant for you only. The other disciples have received Guru-Upadesa, too. Let them follow it. Do not impose the Upadesa you have received on others.

The student can imbibe or draw from his teacher in proportion to his degree of faith. When the Guru comes to the aspirant to give spiritual instructions, if the aspirant does not pay any attention, if he is self-sufficient and heedless, if he bolts the door of his heart, he is not benefited.

Guru’s Tests

The Satguru communicates the secret knowledge of the Upanishads to his trusted disciples only after repeated entreaty and severe testing. Sometimes, the Guru may even tempt his disciple, but the latter should overcome by firm faith in the Guru.

In days of yore, the tests were very severe. Once Gorakhnath asked some of his students to climb up a tall tree and throw themselves, head downwards, on a very sharp trident or Trisula. Many faithless students kept quiet. But one faithful student at once climbed up the tree with lightning speed and hurled himself downwards. He was protected by the invisible hand of Gorakhnath. He had immediate Self-realisation.

Once Guru Govind Singh tested his students. He said: “My dear disciples! If you have real devotion towards me, let six of you come forward and give me your heads. Then we can have success in our attempt.” Two faithful disciples offered their heads.

Guru Govind Singh took them inside the camp and cut off the heads of two goats instead.

The Guru tests the students in various ways. Some students misunderstand him and lose their faith in him. Hence they are not benefited.

Four Classes Of Disciples

The best disciple is like petrol or aviation spirit. Even from a great distance, he will instantly react to the spark of the Guru’s Upadesa.

The second class disciple is like camphor. A touch awakens his inner spirit and kindles the fire of spirituality in him.

The third class of disciple is like coal. The Guru has to take great pains in order to awaken the spirit in him.

The fourth class of disciple is like a plantain stem. No efforts will have any effect on him. Whatever the Guru may do, he remains cold and inert.

Two things are necessary for a beautifully finished idol or image. One is a perfect, faultless, good piece of marble; the second is the expert sculptor. The piece of marble should but unconditionally remain in the hands of the sculptor in order to be carved and chiselled into the fine image.

So too, the disciple has but to cleanse himself, purify himself, and make himself a perfectly faultless piece of marble, and placing himself under the expert guidance of his Master, allow to be carved and chiselled into the Image of God.

SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA

 

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DEVOTEES' FORUM

Jai Jai Sai ,It is indeed pleasure going thru the readers experiences ,my suggestion would be dedicate your self to Baba and he will 200% take care of you whatever he does he does for our good which we don't realize at the spur of moment but if you think and look back you must have been benefited by baba, You should have full faith in Baba as child has in his parents. Baba,s devotees should have no ego, jealousy, and malice.

Mayank Sharma, Dehradun

This is what Baba preached and lived for. If we do something good for somebody Baba feels very happy. If we offer food for the poor it directly reaches him and it gives immense satisfaction and pleasure to Baba.

Anyone can do lot of things to his near and dear but greatness and meaning to life is in making others happy and helping them to come out of misery.

P.S.N.Murty, Abu Dhabi

 

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READER'S REFLECTION

The New Year Message depicting the life of Sai Baba and His teachings reinforcing the belief that Sai Baba's love for all is transforming millions. I had been to Shirdi sometime in 1992 and stayed there for two days in the ashram. Though I was alone, I never felt it and I went along with my neighbour in the next bed to many places. I made 3 or 4 friends and enjoyed the stay thoroughly. Now also whenever I move out I enjoyed the serene surrounding of Sai Baba Mandir like the one at Kapilas Dhenkanal Orissa. I sincerely commend your effort to help people like me to help themselves through this media.

With the blessing of Sai Ram .

P. Mishra, Orissa

Thanks a lot for publishing my Sai experience in your beautiful, leading Sai Magazine. I really feel elated. I feel like I have been accepted in Baba’s Durbar. Baba has blessed me through your magazine. Thanks again to you and the team of Sai Heritage magazine for the intense Sai Seva you have been doing. This is really a miracle and blessing of Sainath Maharaj. If there is any kind of help I can offer or seva I can perform please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be at your service.

One question: How did my experience get selected in the midst of so many Sai experiences?

Dhanesh Ahuja, Mexico

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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 BABA MANDIR EDMONTON

Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir Edmonton, Located at 3036 - 106 Street. Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

Operating Hours: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. (Monday to Saturday except Thursdays)
Thursday and Sundays: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
For Program details visit the website or call: Tel: 1-780-757-3333, Email: shirdisaibabaedmonton@yahoo.ca or visit website: www.shirdisaibabaedmonton.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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