FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
Indian sub-continent was the abode of the great saints
and seers during the nineteenth and the first half of
the present century. The last century witnessed the emergence
of the divine personalities like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,
Sri Nigamananda, Sri Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Lokanath Bramachari,
Sri Bamakshepa, Sri Vivekananda and Sri Bisudhananda Saraswati
etc. in the north-eastern belt of India.
specifically they were confined to the areas adjacent
to rivers like the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Bramhaputra.
Indians are well aware of the divine qualities of these
enlightened souls. During that period there also took
place the divine manifestations of the seers of the western
and central India who used to stay in the basin of the
great rivers like the Narmada and the Godavari. But in
reality, the seers who have realised the absolute or have
reached the highest realm of spiritual attainment are
present forever in the whole universe whether in an embodied
or in an un-embodied state.
can operate in the gross, subtle or mental world. By virtue
of their divine powers they touch upon both the animate
and the inanimate world. They have been defined by different
names like Brahmishta Paramahansa or Jeevan-mukta etc.
and are free from the chains of life and death. They are
in a sublime state of Turiya or have gone beyond it.
They have been actually chosen to execute the divine mission
and for that, all categories of these seers, free from
individual ego, work together for the execution of the
divine-mission. Some of the seers stay away from the crowd
and engage their spiritual powers from a secluded corner
for the deliverance of the people. This is one of the
profiles of their spirit of compassion. They are, indeed,
the ambassadors of the divine compassion. A few of them,
due to this compassion for humanity, get embodied in the
world to uplift the souls of the fallen and the suffering.
They are revered as Sadgurus or Perfect Masters by the
Five Sadgurus are said to operate in the whole world in
a particular milieu and one of them is indeed, a Param
Sadguru. They are assisted by 51 spiritually realised
Sidhas both corporeal and non-corporeal. Besides this,
in this hierarchy there are about 5000 evolved souls stationed
in different rungs in the ladders of spiritual enlightenment.
This galaxy of seers is said to be functional or operative
for a period of seven hundred years.".........
Q & A
I have known
Baba’s love and blessings for many years but since
my mother’s death due to cancer I have lost the
ability to pray and feel as if nothing is going right
for me. Could you please guide?
Love is the inner prayer whether
outwardly done or not. Love for Baba is the greatest prayer
because prayers are meant for evoking the love of Baba
or God. Don’t bother about formal prayers if the
mind is in an unhappy state. Read and think about Him
as much as you can. Your mother has gone because her time
was over as ordained by the law of nature. Even Shri Ramkrishna
Paramahansa the Sadguru of Bengal died of throat cancer.
Pray Baba for the Sadgati of your mother and to bring
stability to your mind.
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
must always remember that there are laws of one’s
own being and God’s plan for all creatures. Anyone
who wishes sincerely to achieve his own soul’s welfare
would pause to study what his duties are and seek the
help of great ones and Gurus to guide him in his path,
then by surrendering himself to great ones, allow his
evil vasanas to be crushed out and good vasanas to be
developed, and ultimately to get both sets of vasanas
which are part of one’s personality to be drowned
in the contemplation of the Guru-God.
is the teaching about Karma by Sadhakas to Baba. The law
of Karma is decried by people who do not understand it.
Some say that Karma can never be got rid off. There is
an element of truth in that statement. But the way in
which it is put as above is misleading and wrong. The
law of Karma is merely the law of cause and effect. To
say that an effect cannot be rectified or modified is
absurd. If cause A produces the effect B, it is absurd
to say that B must always continue to be B and nothing
can change it. Just as cause A produces effect B, cause
C impinging upon B may make changes in the effect.
fact is that most acts done with a purpose are producing
certain tendencies and certain other results. One should
not confuse the actual result or reward earned by an act
with the tendency. The tendency can and should always
be met if it is an evil tendency.
To say that karma is inexorable, and nothing can change
it, is positively absurd. Generally people think of tendencies
when putting forward that proposition and one can be positive
that all tendencies may change by stimuli pro¬ducing
opposite tendencies. Sinfulness is a tendency and it can
always and should always be met by virtuous actions, virtuous
contacts, holy readings and Satsang. As for the rewards,
it is often said,
Kritam karma scubha Ascubham.
that is, what one has earned as a reward or punishment
for one’s act, good or evil must of necessity be
endured. This is generally speaking true. But it is not
true in the way in which it is baldly put. A person who
commits murder is liable to be hanged. But he may also
have other forms of punishment either immediately or later
sentences may be altered, reduced, and even completely
condoned on such occasions as the King's Birthday pardons.
Therefore, it is not correct to say that the reward or
punishment earned by conduct is unalterable. Everything
on earth is liable to change or mitigate and if we remember
this, we shall be able to meet the objections sometimes
raised to Sai Baba’s statement about karma. In the
very opening Charters of Baba’s Charters and Sayings,
we find Baba’s statement.
‘If one puts his foot on Shirdi soil his karma is
abolished’. Many a man wonders whether that is possible
especially in view of the dictum quoted above, Avascyam
Anubhoktavyam. Baba also told Chandorkar that certain
broad decisions arrived at as to the birth and death of
people are treated as facts resulting from previous acts
of individuals. Regarding birth of a child, death of a
son¬-in-law, about which Chandorkar was anxious to
make Baba work on his behalf, Baba declared that they
were the result of previous karma and could not be altered.
In a sense that is true.
births and certain deaths are all fixed by series of antecedent
events, but yet Baba is able to mould these and shape
these, at certain stages and modify these for the benefit
of the concerned devotees. When talking to Dr. Chidambaram
Pillai, Baba explained the correct doctrine. Dr. Pillai
had been suffering intensely from guinea worm. He told
a friend to go and report to Baba that his sufferings
were intolerable and to request Baba to transfer these
sufferings to some ten later births of his and leave him
free from the sufferings in this janma. When this was
reported to Baba, the latter sent for Pillai and told
him, ‘What, you want ten janmas?
What has to be endured in ten janmas can be crushed into
ten days by the power of Satpurushas’. So, Baba
ordered him to remain with his legs outstretched at Dwarakamayee
and he told him that a crow would come and peck at his
wound and cure him. In a few days, Abdul, Baba’s
permanent attendant, carelessly put his foot down upon
Pillai’s wound and crushed all the guinea worms
out of it, merely by accident as, he Pillai, would have
thought. But nothing done at the Mosque to Pillai could
be considered as an accident, and Baba said that Abdul
was the crow, and that no further crow was wanted to peck
at Pillai’s wound. Pillai was then asked to go home,
and in ten days, the entire suffering from guinea worm
In another case, that of Bhimaji, who had serious chest
diseases such as asthma and tuberculosis, Baba first told
Shama, ‘In bringing this thief to me what a load
of responsibility you are placing on me. Baba meant that
the tuberculosis and asthma from which Bhimaji suffered
were the result of Bhimaji’s karma in a previous
janma consisting of theft. Bhimaji felt Baba’s declaration
a blow. At once he surrendered himself to Baba and said,
Helper of the helpless! I am helpless. Pray show pity
and grace to me.
Baba’s tone changed, Baba told him, The Fakir is
merciful, and your disease will be cured. He was suffering
from the results of karma, but that could be mitigated,
and so the man was sent to live and sleep in a wet verandah.
Bhimaji did so. There, he had two very dreadful dreams:
In one dream, he was mercilessly birched by a school master.
For, in the dream he fancied he was a boy and the master
was birching him.
he felt the pain in the dream and roared out. In the second
dream, it was even worse. He felt that some one was placing
a stone roller and rolling it over his breast. He suffered
all the horror of instant death approaching him. All the
pain of a hanging sentence and whipping sentence were
endured by this man in the course of one night. Baba thus
changed the punishment which he had earned by his previous
karma, and told him that he was thus free from karmic
effects. He then recovered his health. The above instances
go to show that most of our conceptions about karma are
nebulous and ungrounded, and that the safest course for
us to follow would be to be guided by the dicta of Satpurushas
like Sai Baba. ”……
I was a devotee of
Baba since I was 12 yrs old. We have Baba’s temple
next to our house in India. All his Aartis can be heard
from our terrace. I some how got attracted to his Aartis.
Firstly I use to think that the tune and rhythm sounds
really good and that is the reason why I liked his Aartis.
Then slowly I started understanding some lyrics even though
I don’t know Marathi and started liking them more.
Since then I started loving Baba, his teachings, his Sai
Satcharitra and bhajans.
Baba gave me everything.
I don’t know what to list. He gave me good parents,
a good husband and son, good in-laws and all the good
things that I wanted. Whenever I have a problem, I sit
and look into His eyes in the photo that I have in my
house and I somehow feel that he conveys me a message
that “This is a testing period for you and definitely
you would be out of this in few days” and every
time all my problems vanish so fast.
I would like to share
one of my many experiences that really touched me a lot.
My son started speaking very late. He did not talk anything
until he was 3 years old. All our relatives and everyone
in school commented that he may have some speech problem.
I never bothered about what everyone said. Instead I used
to tell them that I strongly believe in Baba and Baba
won’t let my son have any problem and was under
the impression that my son would talk when Baba really
wanted him to.
After a few days
everyone started commenting that apart from speech impairment
my son could be having some other problem. One day I was
performing my daily Pooja and suddenly started crying
and said “Baba, I have no courage to take this anymore.”
I started performing my daily Pooja with some unhappiness
thinking about my son. After few months on a Thursday
morning I saw Baba’s murthi in my dreams telling
me that “Hmm…. ok… here after he will
be fine.” After this incident, my son really picked
up very quickly and within very few days started talking
really well. I am highly indebted and thankful to Baba
for what He has given me.
“Baba is the
Lord of the universe, and the whole universe runs at his
will” ---“Baba Bless all of us”
experience, articles poems etc.
The time warp in which I am
Makes me remember that day divine,
The first sight of those love-filled eyes
Makes me forget myself even this day.
The question that came then
And which is with me even now,
Do we deserve to be with "Him"?
But then "His" ways are really great.
How "He" pervaded
in my being
and read the thoughts as they came,
but was it mere reading of thoughts?
or was "He" the thoughts "Himself".
Every desire "He"
knew and fulfilled
Oh! the wonderful Kalpvriksha !
"He" will surely take us to "Sai"
That first day is joyfully dancing with me.
experience, articles poems etc.
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Truth or ‘Satya’
means ‘being’ i.e, anything that exists in
its actual form is truth. Only God exists and will continue
to exist. Rest is all perishable and illusion. God has
been, is present and will continue to be present till
eternity. Existence of God is beyond comprehension of
Human mind. Ultimately God will remain. That is why we
say Truth represents God or Truth is God.
Mostly people think of truth
as ‘merely speaking truth’ whereas it is a
wider term. We have to be truthful in thought, action
and belief. There has to be no cover up of I-ness or My-ness.
Pursuit of truth is pursuit of God.
Whatever we do for God is true
and will bear the fruit. Whatever we do for ourselves
and our family will be fruitless. Because ‘We’
are nothing. It is only God. ‘We’ become the
truth only when we merge with God. This state is called
'I AM' or 'I AM THAT'.
The crux of The Bhagvad Gita appears to be that a human
should offer all his actions, thoughts, feelings and speech
to God i.e., even if we are doing some work for our family,
we should think we are doing it for God – for the
Sai Baba would often say that
cause of suffering is feeling of Doership. When we think
of ourselves as ‘karta’ (Doer) we are going
away from truth and are thus in misery. To experience
the joy, surrender all that you are at the feet of Lord.
Nothing belongs to you. By not keeping any possession(s)
during his lifetime, Saibaba himself has demonstrated
SaiBaba considered the whole
universe as one form of that ultimate truth. He did not
differentiate between His devotees and non-devotees. He
always said ‘Sabka Malik Ek’ because ultimately
there is only one truth. Sai Baba has advocated single
minded devotion towards one’s deity with faith and
patience because Devotion is a method of pursuing truth,
finding and reaching the truth – the State of Peace
Where there is truth, there
Where there is God, there is knowledge
Where there is knowledge, there is Bliss.
This ultimate truth
is called Sat-Chit-Anand. We have taken this human body
to experience and embrace this truth because ultimately,
this human body made of five elements will perish, only
Truth will prevail.
Vandana Ritik, New Delhi
your views on Topic of Discussion-
SAI SATCHARITRA ON DUTY TOWARDS ONES FAMILY AS TOLD BY
is to man as magnet is to iron. Why then does He not attract
man? As iron deeply imbedded in mud is not moved by the
attraction of the magnet so the soul deeply imbedded in
Maya (ignorance) feels not the attraction of the Lord.
But as when the mud is washed away with water, the iron
is free to move, so the soul when by constant tears of
prayer and repentance washes away the mud of Maya that
makes it cling to the earth, it is soon attracted by the
In 1996 in New York
, I went to visit a museum and had the following experience.
Being a Sai devotee, I wore a Baba pendent around my neck
and had a small sticker of His picture on the inside of
my bag. As I opened my bag to pull out money for the ticket,
the lady behind the counter, who was about 25 years old,
held my hand and asked me to step aside. She ushered me
into one corner and asked me whose picture was stuck on
the flap of my bag.
I was a little surprised
and told her that He was our Satguru Shri Sainathji. She
urged me to tell her about Him and I was happy to do so.
After sometime I asked her why was she making these queries?
She said that as a child she suffered from cancer and
she started getting dreams in which this Old Man would
appear and he slowly cured her of the disease. And after
so many years she had seen a picture of the same face!
I gave her some photos of Baba and organised a Sai Satcharitra
for her. Such is the Glory of Sainath.
feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
Heritage of Shirdi Sai
is a lovely magazine. I wish that articles on the Perfect
Masters, are published one by one, then we may be more
It could also be published once a month in the Sai E-zine.
Nanda Pandya, Mumbai
Easy comprehensibility of spirituality
is what admirably characterizes your magazine. Keep it
S K Malhotra, Delhi
OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
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.
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
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
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
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: email@example.com
SHIRDI SAI MANDIR,
THE SHIRDI SAI MANDIR,
2721 Markham Road, Unit# 8, Toronto, Ontario, M1X 1L5
(North East corner of Markham Road and Nashdene), Tel:647-444-4724,
Daily Operating Hours:
7:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Extended hours on THURSDAY and SATURDAY: 7:00 am to 10:00
pm. Baba's Kakad Aarti, Abhishek Puja, Madhyan Aarti,
Dhoop Aarti, Satcharita Reading and Shej Aarti are performed
Bhajans and Sai Naam
Sankirtan are offered to Baba on Thursday and Saturday
such as Satcharitas, Photos, CDs are available.
Please visit our website for information on Mandir activities.
SHIRDI SAI PARIVAR
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAI BABA MANDIR EDMONTON
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba
Mandir Edmonton, Located at 3036 - 106 Street. Edmonton,
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,
or visit website: www.shirdisaibabaedmonton.com
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 email@example.com
SRI SAI BABA
MANDIR OHIO USA
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
Temple 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.
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:
6:15 am – 7:40 am: Abhishekam and Kakad Arathi at
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
For more information
please call 408-705-7904 / 408-564-6704 or send email
to firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit our website at http://www.shirdisaiparivaar.org/
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:
or call 678-455-7200
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
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);
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:email@example.com
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,
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
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
SHIRDI SAI BABA
SANSTHAN, AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND
Bhajans Every Thursday
Venue Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Road, Mt Roskill,
7.00 pm - 7.50 pm Sai
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:
Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. Visit our website
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