FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
……“When tomorrow will
be a fact, yesterday will become a fiction. Such is the game
of illusion that facts become fiction, and fiction becomes
fact. With physical death, the fact of life ends for most
of us, where as, the fiction continues for some generations.
The entire endeavour of the spiritual seekers is to be in
a continuous state of fact (truth and dharma) and get redeemed
from the fictions (illusion or maya). But, we think before
we begin the New Year whether we are putting in adequate effort
for getting rid of fictions, illusions.
Experiences show that
intellectual endeavours, howsoever potent and mighty they
may seem, have not catapulted or thrown or raised any human
being to spiritual heights. History shows that the highest
spiritual masters are those who were uneducated in formal
sense. For example Ramakrishna Parmahans, Sri Shirdi Sai,
Namdeva, Tukaram, Paltu Maharaj etc. It obviously means that
there is something self-limited in the intellectualism, in
the path of spiritual progress. All that the spiritual masters
learnt in their life and spread among others is ‘bhakti’ or
devotion. ‘Bhakti’ means love of God. Since God is not sitting
on a throne like an individual, therefore, how to love Him.
The answer is that God is in everyone, and if one has the
capacity to love others, he is doing real bhakti. Even doing
all the worship, yoga, pranayaam or breath control etc. for
one's own improvement is not ‘bhakti’. It is an activity for
fulfilling spiritual/occult ambition like any other ambition.”…….
"LIFE OF SAI BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
saves. But what are prayers but thoughts? Many a person fancies
that he must put forward a definite demand in prayer to the
‘highest’ powers and get it granted by force of prayer. There
is some truth in this mixed up with much error and confusion.
What comes often after prayer and is supposed to be the result
of prayer is very often something fixed up by a higher power
which, as part of its plan, produces the thought of prayer
first. Prayer often proves to be the immediate predecessor,
but not the efficient and direct cause of the result. ‘Post
hoc, ergo propter hoc’ (i.e. ‘after that; therefore due to
that’) is what we frequently say and believe. Many a man says
‘I prayed; I got it. So it is prayer that got it’. But this
is neither logically nor theologically sound. The fact is
that prayer is a means of placing one in contact with higher
beneficent powers and there it serves its primary purpose.
Incidentally when a devout soul is deeply concentrating on
God, what happens is that the soul gets so thoroughly saturated
with the divine that divine power infiltrates into the Jiva
and the combined power or the higher power (both are the same,
despite difference in names) produces certain results. It
is the man of prayer that draws down divinity, i.e. turns
divine at the moment of intense prayer and is responsible
for certain results (Etad hyeva aksharam jnaatwa yo yad ichchati
tasya tat¬ Khat, i.e. Having realised the Imperishable,
if one has desire, that is fulfilled, even when the results
have not been previously fixed up, as the result of previous
karma. Anyhow, Chandorkar’s thought and longing constituted
a good prayer on account of its earnest faith and contact
with Supreme Power and Mercy.
It is always
good to pray, because it brings one in contact with God. The
prayer, however, that is found most common in society is occasional
prayer for a definite material object, and there it stops.
It is always advisable to avoid the commercial spirit when
dealing with God. We should not bargain with God. Nor should
we say, ‘I will pray to you only for such and such an object
being gained’. The thought of God purifies the soul, and the
purified soul gets power to draw God more and more into it.
The commercialised soul, if too much oppressed with the contemplation
of the worldly benefit is handicapping itself and preventing
its purification, that is, saturation with God idea (purity
means having God-idea and impurity is lack of God or God ¬idea).
The very idea of material objects may so obsess a mind as
practically to obliterate the thought of God. God then becomes
only a secondary consideration, a sort of side element, a
weak coloration when the main object before the mind’s eye
is worldly gain. Such approaches are deplorable, however attractive
the object to be gained by prayer may be. One ought to have
prayer without concentrating too much on worldly gains. Concentration
on God alone is purity. Purity means power, and when a soul
is thoroughly pure, and then the objects entertained in the
mind of the prayerful soul some time previously, that is even
before the prayer began, remain in the subconscious, i.e.
at the back of the praying party’s mind and may come to fruition
by the power of the purified and strengthened soul. This is
an incidental benefit, which ought not to turn the scales
when one considers how he should pray. Prayer is primarily
and essentially only an affair of the soul with God. All intervention
of outside objects is an interference with the soul’s concentration
on God. Prayer must be purified by very keen practice, i.e.,
it must be shorn of all undesirable gross elements just as
we keep off the floating moss repeatedly when we bathe in
a tank. In cases where however one is in dire extremity and
prayer comes out from him for a much needed object, in spite
of oneself, as was the case with Chandorkar on the Harischandra
hill, then prayer cannot be condemned at all. Prayer is the
natural vent for the heart. We leap out at what we want on
the wings of prayer. It is God Himself that has implanted
this tendency to seek God’s help to attain objects of great
importance to one’s material or spiritual life and each time
we so seek, we should stress in our mind that God is our first
and final object and that other objects form a temporary and
partial diversion or screen. ”……
BABA CAME INTO MY LIFE
Although I don't consider my story
to be particularly valuable, I have been invited to share
it with other Sai devotees so here goes.
I just turned 57. Sai Baba came
into my life around the time I turned 20 years old. At that
time I lived just south of San Francisco. Since the year was
1967 and I was in college I was probably what you would call
your typical hippie. I had been introduced to "eastern"
thought and meditation through Maharishi and was meditating
with his "transcendental meditation” technique. I had
I worked in downtown San Francisco
part time while I went to college. A record store on the same
block as my employment started carrying pictures from India.
I bought four of them for $1.00. One was of Laxmi, two I don't
remember and one was of this fellow sitting on a rock, his
name was in Hindi and I couldn't read it. I mounted the four
pictures on four pieces of cardboard and put them on my dresser
with candles and incense burning and that is where I did my
meditation. The fellow on the rock I referred to as the "guru".
After a couple of weeks of doing this I found a book called
“The Incredible Sai Baba” by Arthur Osbourne. Now I had a
name for my "guru". I also found out about his life
and that he had died almost 50 years earlier (this was 1967).
I devoured the book more than once. I still have it. In the
front it makes reference to the books by Swami B.V. Narasimhaswami
published by the All India Sai Samaj at Madras. I was hungry
for more information on Sai Baba so I wrote to the only address
that I had: All India Sai Samaj, Madras, India. It is a bit
amazing that with this brief and rather incomplete address
it arrived at its destination. I got a letter back and a list
of books that were available. I believe that I spent $7 and
got Life of Sai Baba, Charters and Sayings, Devotees Experiences
and many other books. They must have taken a month to arrive,
but I got them.
I am not Indian and had never been
to India, let alone Shirdi. At this point my only connection
with India, Shirdi, and Sai Baba was through the All India
Sai Samaj. I was so excited when I heard that Sai Baba was
alive - having returned. I heard of a record producer in Los
Angeles that knew of it so I wrote to him and found out about
Satya Sai Baba. Something told me that I had to beware so
I wrote to the All India Sai Samaj and got back a very long
single spaced typewritten letter. It explained that God might
incarnate as Rama, he might then incarnate as Krsna and he
might incarnate as others like Sai Baba. God incarnates, he
doesn't reincarnate i.e .Krsna didn't come back. This was
enough for me.
Unfortunately for me, not being
in India, I don't have a Sai Baba temple here to go to. I
heard of a house in the same town that I live in that had
bhajans on Thursday nights. The first time I went of course
they wanted to know why I was there. Once I explained this,
I was accepted as part of the group. Unfortunately, for me,
their devotion of Sai Baba included both and I am sorry but
Shirdi Sai is the one for me and no others.
I have a shrine on a dresser in
my bedroom with a number of statues of Sai Baba and pictures.
There may not be a large group of people here but I see him
and think of him often during the day.
I do not believe that anything
happens by accident. Especially important things like this.
I firmly believe that Sai Baba called to me more than 35 years
ago. I am sure he calls many people. Those who have ears to
hear his call and to listen to his words are the lucky ones.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I heard his call
His picture is posted
in my car and occasionally friends will ask about that "guy
in the turban". I patiently explain that he is my guru
who died many years ago. Whether they believe me or not, I
don't know, nor do I care. I know the truth. Om Sai
your experience, articles poems etc.
MAKE ME FREE
Baba, with kafni, a cap, and a
sparkling face looked so fine,
He came to Shirdi with a purpose which was so very divine.
Jealous I am of the land, the soil and the grass of Shirdi,
Which were blessed by kissing the Feet of a Sadguru so divine.
The power of the Fakir to many,
was not really known;
Till with water He lit the daily lamps, which brightly shone.
A flower garden He did water daily with tender loving care,
Symbolic of the brotherly love He wanted to share.
A chillim passed around was blessed
by the touch of His lip,
But the people of Shirdi were more fortunate to be in His
Oh, so envious am I hearing about those wonderful days,
But I am sure those days will return if everyone prays.
I now do look with anticipation
under every neem tree,
Hoping to find Baba with a cap, a kafni and
a sparkling face to make me free.
your experience, articles poems etc.
SAI BABA ALWAYS
ANSWERS MY PRAYERS
I want to share some of
my experiences since I started praying to Sai Baba. Sai Baba
is my father. Ever since I started praying to Baba I have
received whatever I have asked for and Baba has always blessed
me and is with me whenever I am in need of help. It is only
through Baba’s help that I was able to convince my parents
to allow me to marry the person I loved and now through Baba’s
blessing I have got a job in a very good company. Recently
I prayed to Baba and asked for something. We had put flower
on Sai Baba’s photo. I prayed to Baba that before we remove
the flower he should give that to me as prasad and Baba did
that. I am very thankful to Baba for helping me every time.
Baba helps me whenever I say SAI.
your feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum
“I wait for Sai Heritage every Quarter. I look forward to
Guruji’s message. This time I devoured every word of Sai Prabha
and I do not think I have patience to wait for the next one.
I like the quality of the paper, print, style and contents
of the magazine. My favourite is the write up and photographs
of events in different temples and works. It takes me to those
places when I see that section.
I think the Magazine is just right though I like to see more
articles about Baba, but that again is subject to your financial
feasibility. I personally think the magazine should be as
you are doing now and different from what you have on the
Website. This whets people’s curiosity to read the magazine.
Keep up the good work. I look forward to it always. Congratulations
to you and Sai Heritage team for the wonderful service to
the whole community.
I like this edition’s
cover page. It is fantastic with the colour combinations and
OF SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
Ek Shaam Shri Sai kay Naam
Ek Shaam Shri Sai kay naam (An evening with Shirdi Sai Baba)
is a collection of programs coordinated by Shirdi Sai Baba
Sanstha, Chicago and performed by Pt. Ajitkumar Kadkade a
renowned classical and devotional singer.
Ajitkumar Kadkade will be performing in various parts of North
America during a tour spanning over 2 months.
For events details please
Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada
Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada holds Satsang on Thursdays
and third Sunday of every month at Gur Mandir, 207 Queen’s
Plate, Toronto (Etobicoke). Introducing "Character and
Moral Values"- a unique 4 Week Summer Program for children
of all ages. The guiding principle of the program is "Shraddha"
& "Saburi" with its curriculum based on the
Teachings of our Sadguru Shri Shirdi Sai Nath. For details
of registration or other activities and the Resource Centre
please visit www.shirdisainath.org
Sai parivar in Vancouver holds Satsang on Thursday and first
Sunday of every month at 8571, 118A St, Delta, V4C 6L2. Continuing
the tradition of “Feeding the Hungry and Homeless, the parivar
organizes Charitable food donations on the 2nd Saturday of
every month. For details and other activities please visit
Shirdi Sai Baba
Murthi Pratishta Mahotsav
Shirdi Sai Mandir,
Friday Sep 29, 2006 - Monday Oct 2, 2006
Devotees are invited to attend and participate in Shirdi Sai
Baba Murthi Pratishta Mahotsav during the auspicious days
of Navratri from Friday, Sep 29 until Monday, Oct 2 - Vijaya
Dashami, Baba's Maha Samadhi day. Pranapratistha ceremonies
will be conducted on Shirdi Sai Baba's life-like Murthi across
four days to the accompaniment of sacred Vedic rites, Bhajans,
Naam Sankirtan and Satcharita Prayan. Garba, Dandia and other
cultural activities are also planned during all days of Mahotsav.
Please mark your calendars and do not miss this rare opportunity
to receive Baba's Grace and be immersed in Divine Bliss. For
details please visit www.theshirdisaimandir.com/
or send an email to
or call 647-444-4724.
Persatuan Shirdi Sai Baba Selangor, Malaysia
I belong to the Shirdi Sai Group (registered as Persatuan
Shirdi Sai Baba, Selangor), Malaysia. Sai Ram everybody. This
to inform the Baba devotees in Malaysia and Singapore that
every Thursday we conduct prayers in the morning at 9.00 am
and bhajans and satsang in the evenings 7.30 pm onwards. Anyone
who is interested in joining us may please contact SP Kannan
at 012-2739486; or Usha at 012-2392911; or Res: 03-33717540.
Also if you come across any Malaysian devotees, please direct
them to us. Thank you and Sai Ram.
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