N E W S L E T T E R
VOL92, OCTOBER 2009
 

 

 

FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE

THE SAI HERITAGE

Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi left His mortal body on the 15th of October 1918, about eighty three years back. Towards the last days of His mortal existence, a few thousand devotees along with their families used to visit Shirdi, some regularly and others occasionally. These devotees belonged mostly to Maharashtra and the neighbouring states. At that time there was no official or unofficial organization to look into the affairs of Shirdi. Devotees drawn by the majestic and compassionate personality of Baba used to rush to Shirdi and get immense benefit, both temporal and spiritual from him. He was their God, their mentor, their father and their only anchor.

Some of them affectionately called Him by different relationships and names. People of all ages, religions, castes and from different places came under the universal banner of Shri Sai. Devotees from various states of life like Yogis, Magistrates, Judges, Police and Revenue Officials, Political activists, Traders, Businessmen, Farmers, Fakirs and the simple rural-folk used to take shelter under Him. They were all treated alike, each given material and spiritual help as per his requirement by the Master, who knew the ins and outs of their hearts and minds.

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

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

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

What Baba had predicted about a century back has become true, given the fact that an average of about 40 to 45 thousand people per day from India and abroad are visiting Shirdi and this number is ever on the increase. Devotees from the highest levels and also poorest strata of the society visit His Samadhi. This is the place of pilgrimage in India visited by the largest number of devotees per day.

Today, the sprouting-up of more than eighty hotels, restaurants and other required facilities has made the innocuous Shirdi of yesterday an important holy place on the map of India. Thousands of temples where Baba’s statue is worshipped have been constructed throughout the country by self-motivated devotees. Hundreds of books, magazines, journals in various languages have been published by different trusts and individuals. The miraculous way in which ‘Saism’ is spreading all over the globe is an indication of the strength of the values and heritage on which it has been built.

When we go through ‘Shri Sai Satcharitra’ an official publication of the Shirdi Sai Baba Trust at Shirdi on the life history and deeds of Shri Sai Baba, as well as other books and journals, it becomes clear that Baba as the highest spiritual power of the time, had brought into action the loftiest principles of humanism and spiritualism as has been enunciated in the Gita and other scriptures. His entire life at Shirdi was spent in inspiring and teaching these principles to the thousands that came to Him, on which He wanted the future generations to build itself.

The devotees looked upon Sai Baba of Shirdi as the ‘God Here And Now’ and not the imaginary God residing with all His resplendence, somewhere in Heaven. Sai lived with them, ate and slept with them and played with them no pretensions of a God, but they had no doubt that He was the God in the human form – “Saguna Brahma”. He was Compassion Incarnate – every action, every thought, every minute for His devotees and nothing for Himself.

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

Shri Sai left no property for His devotees, but He left a powerful and rich legacy of universalism as against individualism, humanism as against barbarism, religious tolerance in place of bigotry, mutual cooperation against antagonism, and spread of love as a cementing force of society in place of hatred, which had divided human beings into small groups.

He even gave the highest consideration for species other than human beings. Thus when ‘Shyam Karan’ His horse at Shirdi was whipped, He received the pain on His body which had lasso marks. He was the incarnation of the Supreme Reality and whatever the devotees suffered or enjoyed, he also suffered or enjoyed.

To follow what Shri Sai prescribed as the Path could not have been an easy task for any devotee unless Shri Sai had by His personal conduct, spreading over sixty years in Shirdi, proven that even in the present day world, Divinity can be experienced directly. The method He prescribed and practiced were: constantly attempt to efface ego, follow the Master steadfastly, remember God always while carrying on the duties of the mundane life, to be frugal in living but lofty in thinking.

Those of His devotees who could follow Him in letter and in spirit, later turned into noble souls whom posterity holds with the highest adoration. Thus Dasganu, the police Head Constable became Dasganu Maharaj, Kaka Saheb Dixit the famous Solicitor of Bombay relinquished his worldly ambitions and worked for Baba at Shirdi and was given spiritual evolution, Kashinath Pandit became Upasani maharaj and a less educated man like Nanasaheb Dabholkar wrote Babas’ life history called “Shri Sai Satcharitra” in Marathi verse and became a name which every Sai devotee knows.

When we see the Sai movement, all over the world today, there emerges a clear picture of a new pattern of ethical life in the Sai devotees, individually and also in groups. Having visited hundreds of temples of Baba in different parts of India and in other countries like USA, Canada, UK, Austraklia etc. and having met few lakhs of His devotees, I find that Sai’s theme of brotherhood among the Sai devotees is a unique feature. Shri Sai used to address many devotees as “Bhau”, which in Marathi means brother. Thus He had given a clear indication about the emergence of a Sai Brotherhood. In the Dwarkamayee Masjid, He encouraged group singing of Aarti (devotional songs), group worship, group dinning and sharing of chillam (clay pipe) among different members of the group.

Today the world is passing through a period of transition. On the one hand scientific and technological achievements of the human race are going ahead at a rapid pace, but on the other hand, such a progress is not bringing about happiness and evolution of human values. As a result, racial, religious and national conflicts are raising their ugly heads. Wars and battle have never solved human problems.

What brings peace and continued prosperity is mutual tolerance, sacrifice and love. The universal brotherhood of man can only be achieved by understanding the spirit of god playing through the human beings. Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi was the embodiment of the Divine Spirit, which yet continues in the subtle form. The only panacea to all the maladies we face lies in ardently following the principles of the rich heritage He has left. Let us pray to Him.

RESOLVE

We pray Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi, Our Master to be with us and help us carry on the rich legacy He had left for the generations to come. Love, tolerance, mutual cooperation and complete faith in the Master are the cardinal principles on which this Heritage is built.".........


Q & A

How does one take out time for spiritual evolution while staying within the limitations of an ordinary family life?

For human beings living an ordinary and routine life taking out time for conscious spiritual evolution has never been easy. Leading an ordinary life means following the accepted social, economic and religious norms prescribed and practiced from generation to generation and also to accept such changes that occur within its fold from time to time. Following the path of a yogi or mendicant is easy only for those who are prepared to shun the family life and social responsibilities and take to the ascetic path. However, it is a much greater problem to follow this path while carrying on a normal worldly life with family and social commitments.

Most of the worldly devotees are, therefore, searching for ‘Guru Path’ as an easier solution to this problem. Once one accepts a Guru (a real Spiritual Master) it becomes easier to follow the path of spiritualism along with the worldly duties. The willpower of the devotee and the divine inspiration from the Master are the essential requirements for evolution under such circumstances. Herein the will of the devotee should be exerted to maintain a state of continued faith in the Master under all circumstances. In the first stage it is difficult to completely follow the path. It requires a number of years for preparation.

If a man sets on the quest of a Guru, reading and thinking on the subject, particularly the life histories of Gurus, maintains purity in his conduct along with patience, gradually the divine thoughts of the Sadguru will grow within him. If he continues to do so, at a certain point of time he is bound to find a Guru who has the divine capacity to see-through the merits and demerits of everyone and read the thoughts of all His devotees. Therefore, it is said that the disciples do not find a Guru, but the Guru surely finds out His disciples.

As Baba once said, “I draw My devotees from thousands of miles like a sparrow with a thread tied to its feet". In our life full of mundane difficulties and responsibilities, it requires great endeavor to develop the qualities of compassion, forgiveness and self-less service. Compassion and self-less service are the prime attributes of a Sadguru.

Therefore at the initial stages one should begin with following the preachings of the Guru when rendering small services towards the Master and other human beings. Gradually one should move ahead towards rendering more difficult ones at the cost of one’s own time and energy without expecting any returns. While undergoing life’s struggle, whatever qualities one develops by his endeavor remain permanently within him and becomes a part of his jiva. These qualities are carried to the next life. In the next life also he gets the help of a Guru to evolve further along the spiritual path.

 

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

……"What has been stated about Sri Krishna applies also to Sri Sai. He was once asked by a Prarthana Samajist, 'Shall I ask you a question?, 'Yes', said Baba. The Prarthana Samajist asked, 'Do you look upon all people equally?' Then Baba said, 'Yes, I look upon all equally'. It requires some sense to ask a question. The point is that Baba had several persons to whom he showed great consideration, for example Nana Chandorkar, Tatya Patil, M.B. Rege and others just as Sri Krishna showed special affection for Arjuna.

Baba distinctly stated that he was anxious to help Chandorkar, Patil and Rege, and did actually help them. Yet, Baba has said that he is impartial and does not prefer one to another. What is the explanation? The same as in Sri Krishna's case. If anyone has previously been loving Baba and getting attached to him with repeated efforts, the natural law of psychology and of ethics makes Baba respond to him more vigorously and constantly than to others.

Thus he seems to favour those persons who have been constantly drawn to him in the past. Nana Chandorkar had been his sishya for four janmas, and the affection of four janmas cannot go for nothing. That is why he sends for Chandorkar when he has not sent for any one else in the world. Similarly he takes the naivedya of Mrs. Khaparde first without touching any of the previously offered ones, because for several janmas, one after another, she has been anxiously and lovingly taking up naivedyas and giving milk and food to him. Baba said, ‘The food she gives me is sweet, with her love’.

Similarly towards Tatya Patil, Baba showed considerable concern, and helped him to get a large income on which income-tax was levied. He was well known to be the pet of Baba. The reason was what Baba himself gave out and what everybody knew. Tatya Patil's parents were greatly attached to Baba from the very beginning of Baba's visit to Shirdi when he had made no name and exhibited no powers.

Tatya Patil's mother would run into the jungles taking food in her hand to feed Baba, a self-forgetful fakir, who did not care for, his food. She was looking after Baba with so much love even in this janma. Baba's nature like Bhisma's nature had gratitude as its bedrock, and he could never forget such ardent and loving service. He also explained that Tatya' s mother was his sister in several previous janmas, and she was always feeding him. Therefore, Tatya, being a son of his sister of so many janmas, was expressly called by Baba his Nephew, and Tatya always called Baba his Mama, that is, maternal uncle.

The effects of so many janmas cannot be forgotten or brushed aside, and that is why Baba paid so much attention to Tatya. Tatya's own conduct towards Baba was also one of great surrender and attachment. Tatya used to sleep in the Mosque along with Baba and Mahlsapathy for many years, that is as long as he was a bachelor, and Baba used to attend to his body and soul. Baba would massage his legs, make passes over his head and see that he did not come to grief.

Tatya was a person of no education, and would ordinarily get easily ruined in the countryside. But Baba's company kept him up to a pretty high mark of culture and morality, and thus saved him from spiritual and moral shipwreck. There were also factions in the village, and bickering of various sorts were common. Baba occasionally helped Tatya even in those bickering where he had sufficient reason. He would help him even with chamatkars that is super normal powers.

Some men of Tatya's faction like Raghu were charged before the Kopergaon Magistrate for outraging the modesty of a Marwadi woman. On the evidence of six eye witnesses, Raghu and his set were all sentenced to imprisonment. This was the result of faction. The case was not true. When Raghu was crying in the Ahmednagar Jail, Baba appeared to him in a dream and told him that he would be released quickly.

Tatya took up the appeal papers first to some lawyers in Ahmednagar who thought that the case was too strong to have any success in appeal. But when the papers were taken to Baba, Baba ordered the papers to be taken to Bhav, S.B. Dhumal, Pleader of Nasik, to be presented by him with an appeal memo before the Ahmednagar District Magistrate.

Baba by a wonderful chamatkar gripped the mind of the District Magistrate and made him acquit Tatya's whole set of men, Raghu and others without sending for the papers or reading the judgment or the appeal memo, or issuing notice to the respondent. This might be considered to be a very strong piece of evidence showing Baba's love of Tatya leading to the disregard of Law. That is true.

But still, if Baba secured justice without caring for and observing the formalities in a special case, there seems to be nothing wrong in it, for in the annals of civilian trials, there may be several extraordinary instances showing disregard of laws of evidence and procedure.

Coming back to the question of Baba's love for his devotees, his love for Rege was the return of a powerful love by the young Rege to him. In Rege's vision, Sri Narayana appeared and pointed out the figure of Baba to him as his Guru. In a vision Baba had told Rege that he was bound to him and that he Rege, need now bow to Him. On the first day of Rege's visit at Shirdi, Baba appeared to give Rege a rebuff, but told him in the afternoon that Rege was his child, and embraced him. He loved Rege and encouraged Rege, because Rege's bhava was Putra, that is, the child of Baba.

Baba offered to give any promotion that Rege wanted or anything else that he wanted. But Rege wanted only that janma after janma, Baba should be with him. He cared for nothing else. That is the proof of his strong affection. Allam bhakta Paradenah that is, I am subjugated by the love of my devotee is a statement not merely of Narayana but also of Sai. Baba also said,

If one ever dwells on me in his mind and will not even taste food before offering it to me, I am his slave. So also if he hungers and thirsts after me, and treats all else as unimportant.

I am bhaktaparadheena the bond slave of my devotee. I love devotion.

He who withdraws his heart from wife, child, and parents and loves me is My real lover and he merges in Me like a river in the sea.

Sai Baba was merged in God and, therefore, his reactions to bhakti are exactly the reactions of God as shown in Srimad Bhagavata and Bhagavad Gita.”……

 


DEVOTEE EXPERIENCE

We had arranged for mass feeding of poor, mostly beggars and lepers by the side of Lodhi Road Sai Baba temple some years ago. Deep down inside I wanted even Baba to be part of the feeding.

Before starting the distribution of food packets, we had been to temple wherein I mentally prayed to Sai Baba for his blessings during this humble effort. I was also thinking in my mind ‘Baba can you come today? It would be so nice. But please do not come in the form of a beggar or leper. You are the Giver to all so how can you come in this form? Even though you have taught us to see God in all and treat all equally but I will not like your coming in this manner. I will not be able to recognize you and could miss you.’ I came out of temple and forgot all about it.

Later we started distributing the food packets outside and all were coming in a queue taking their food packets as per their requirement and walking away. At the end, we were satisfied that all could be provided with whatever they wanted and we still had some spare food packets.

There was no queue now but from that side only I saw a tall, thin, healthy looking man dressed in dhoti & yellow kurta walking towards us. He seemed to belong to a good family. He came to us and said that he wanted to have lunch. When he saw us picking up the food packet, he refused to take it saying ‘I am not a beggar. I am a Pandit (Priest). I want food to be served to me in a proper manner otherwise I do not want it.’

To satisfy him, we offered him a proper ‘takht’(wooden bed) to sit on under the tree and we arranged for a proper plate to serve the food with some additional dishes of his choice. He ate comfortably and even asked for water (we had not served water with the food packets) and later on some dakshina (cash offering). We gave him water but were bit reluctant to offer money as we thought we had not offered it to others. He did not say a word and walked off. Meanwhile I had a change of mind and I rushed after the man to give the dakshina but he was nowhere to be found.

Till that time I did not realize who that person could be. It was only after the distribution was completely over and I was going back to office in the auto. I was in a state of awe or daze but when we reached India Gate, suddenly I woke up and the whole episode became so very clear. How my God!!!!! How ignorant and foolish of me. I did not realize that Baba had come in form of Brahmin.

It did not strike me even when he categorically clarified and said that he was not a beggar. I thought that my prayer to Baba in the temple was not so intense. It was only a passing thought in my mind so I did not really think it could come true.

When I reached office my dear friend Shama said that when God comes, we lose our sense of logical thinking. If I had understood there and then that He were Sai Baba, things would have been different. How can we remember and understand anything in front of the omnipresent knowledge incarnate. Maybe my Sai Baba does not consider me prepared enough to have his ‘sakshatkar’. I’ll keep trying Sai Baba. Please do continue to bless me with your Grace.

Vandana Ritik, New Delhi

Share your experience, articles poems etc.


 

POEM

Do not lose hope

If the clouds have hidden the sun,
And life is full of gloom,
And the good done to others
has brought only criticism,
Still do not lose hope.

If the burden of responsibilities
has increased manifold,
the net of desires woven since childhood,
now feels suffocating,
Still do not lose hope.

If no one understands you,
difficulties increase beyond tolerance,
fate seems to bring misfortune,
loneliness overpowers you,
Still do not lose hope.

If all the worship, devotion,
tapasya, austerities,
and love for God,
bring no response
Still do not lose hope.

All the good done in this life
or the life before,
all the struggle and effort
to move towards God,
never goes in vain. So do not lose hope.

S. Modi, Delhi

 

Share your experience, articles poems etc.


TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

SAI SATCHARITRA ON DUTY TOWARDS ONES FAMILY AS TOLD BY BABA

Shirdi Sai Baba is omnipresent and omniscient. He knew that with evolution of time, man’s needs and priorities would change and he would be more materialistically oriented. Baba knew that man would be lost in the hollow world of misplaced values, culture and conduct.

When in such a chaotic world, man grapples for relief and turns towards God, Baba, the compassionate, has given guidelines which are captured in Sai Satcharita. Sai Satcharita is a treasure chest filled with values, morals, parables helping and guiding people in conducting their behaviour and duty towards, family, friends and society. The teachings of Baba captured in Sai Satcharita are applicable to every generation in the past, present and many more generations to come in future.

Baba’s teachings are about duties and responsibilities and how one must go about fulfilling them through demonstration and advice to His followers. Baba saved a child from falling into the fire from the lap of the blacksmiths wife. Baba heard Mrs Khaparde’s anguish for welfare of her son who was suffering from bubonic plague and took the bubos on Himself.

Baba removed anxiety of Mrs Nimonkar for her sick son, by assuring her that she should spend time with her son and relatives thus overruled her husband’s decision that she should return after a day. Baba’s loving relationship with Tatya teaches us that duty towards children takes precedence over other responsibilities. The incident of worship by the Tarkhad father and son incident and Harishchandra Pitale’s anxiety in saving his son from epilepsy, demonstrate the important role parents play in instilling good values by being a role model themselves.

Baba never encouraged people to run away from their family responsibilities in pursuit of spiritualism. Mankar and Jog’s lives are the best examples, where Baba allowed them to take to Sanyas only after their wives predeceased them. The duty of a son towards the parents and family is demonstrated with the incidents of Tatya who moved to sleep in his house leaving Baba’s company in the night after his father passed away; Govind Balram Mankar fulfilling his responsibility as a son by performing obsequies of his father and Deo’s anxiety in fulfilling his mothers udyapan ceremony successfully demonstrate the duty owed by son towards his parents.

On the other hand when Vijayanand, the hermit goes to Baba to seek permission to meet his ailing mother, Baba prevents him from going. Baba wanted to demonstrate that when man accepts Sanyas one should stick to the path that has been chosen.

Love towards siblings is demonstrated by the incidents of Shama’s anguish to be with his brother and sister-in-law at the time of her sickness and the relationship of the Durender brothers. The chapter about Hemandpant’s shimga dinner shows the kind of bond and love that must exist between near and extended family. These incidents stress the fact that a man’s duty starts from the home. He should fulfil his responsibilities that he is born into and accept them as his first step towards spiritualism.

Baba’s story of the snake and the frog is to show us that enmity and ill feeling will bring destruction to all, and one cannot escape from destiny and will ultimately have to pay for all the bad deeds. Baba’s advice to us to be egoless is through Pundalik Rao to whom Baba advised to surrender good and bad actions to Him. This principle of surrendering of actions is applicable only when the actions are not deliberately induced to cause harm to others.

Though the number of followers of Shirdi Sai Baba is increasing manifold, the number of people following His teachings is very few. Though people visit Baba’s temple regularly and do service in His name they seem to be oblivious to the needs of their children entrapped in the world of competition and peer pressure. Parents are neglecting children; their focus is more on education and not imparting knowledge and imbibing them with values, culture and respect for older generation which is crucial to build a rich and stable future.

People seem to have forgotten that the service to God starts from home. What use is devotion and service when we show disrespect to our elders considering them as parasites, hurting them with our actions and words and put them in old age homes at the time of their life when they need our love and care in their last moments?

Man hides behind religion and makes Baba an excuse to mask irresponsible and obnoxious behaviour in inflicting pain to parents, wife and children and justify that behaviour as acceptable by Baba. When one gets strayed by temptations and hides one’s actions behind the name of Baba, one should remember Baba’s advice to Nanasaheb when he was restless at the sight of the beautiful lady. Baba said “that mind is fickle by nature and it should not be allowed to get wild.

The senses may get restless, the body, however, should be held in check and not allowed to be impatient. We should curb our senses rightly and properly according to the need of the occasion and never entertain evil thoughts. Making the mind desireless, observe God's works of beauty. In this way the senses will be easily and naturally controlled and even in enjoying objects one will be reminded of God. With Viveka (discrimination) as our charioteer, we will control the mind and will not allow the senses to go astray”.

Every effort man makes in life is to be happy. George Bernard Shaw said “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” The word “devotee” seemed to be used in vain by people in present world. A humble request. Before we call ourselves as devotees of Baba, let us reflect if our actions are worthy enough to be compared to the devotion of Mahalsapathy, Tatya, Kakasaheb Dixit, Shyama, Lakshmi Bai, Radha Krishna ayi, Mrs Tharkad to name a few who are the actual devotees of Baba and lived by His word in all aspects of life and were ever happy with what little they had. Let us pray and seek Baba’s blessings to follow His teachings.

Anitha Kandukuri, Canberra, Australia.

Share your experience, articles poems etc.

Share your views on Topic of Discussion- SAI SATCHARITRA ON DUTY TOWARDS ONES FAMILY AS TOLD BY BABA

 


DEVOTEES' FORUM

I don't really find appropriate words to explain how my life right from my studies to marriage and till today has been gifted by Sri Sai Baba. I had some problems in getting my parents to agree to my marrying the person whom I (or may be Baba's gift) chose as my life partner. I prayed Baba that once if I am through with this I'll post this experience on one of Baba's website. And by Baba's grace this miracle took place and now I am gifted with my life partner and a boon - my son.

Each and every moment of my life is gifted by Baba. But Baba, I am extremely sorry for not using the precious life given by You, in the way you would want. Baba please have mercy on all of us and show us how to use our time wisely and not waste it in unnecessary things and matters.

Baba Naa Meeda Daya Vunchi Nee Paada Seva Bhagyam Anugrahinchu. Aa Avakasham Vachinappudu Adi Nee Adeshamani Gurthu Yerigi Daanini Manaspurthiga Anusarinchetatlu Anugrahinchu Tandri.

Vanisree, New Jersey USA

We all experience hopes and dreams that sometimes do not always fit into other people's idea or conception of what is right or wrong, or necessarily good for us. Even though it is often in good judgment to listen to the wisdom of others, there are times when we just have to go with who we are and what we believe, no matter what.

In doing so we take the risk of failing, but we also take the chance of succeeding, and if we should decide to go down this path, there is something to always remember: " . . . and I will keep you safe and strong. And sheltered from the storm. No matter where it's barren. A dream is being born."

Geetha Ramesh, Kuwait

 

Share your feelings about Shirdi Sai in Devotees’ Forum


READER'S REFLECTION

I just read the article about a house burning and then a ship coming for his rescue on seeing the smoke in Heritage of Shirdi Sai Newsletter, Sai Heritage E-Zine Vol. 82. Yes, you worded that right that if the things are going down the hill, one should always have Faith and Patience. You have been doing this for a very good cause.
Baba Bless you and His Blessings will Always be with you.

Om Sai, Sri Sai, Jai Sri Sai

Munish Batra, Virginia, USA

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending me Shirdi Sai Newsletter regularly which helps me emotionally, physically and spiritually. Thanks once again and I pray that may Shree Sai Baba showers His very choicest divine loving blessings on you always for your good health, happiness and well being and that may he fulfill all your wishes.

Pritam, Canada

 

Share Reader's Reflection


 

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/


Share News from your part of the world

   
Subscribe to Heritage of Shirdi Sai magazine
Heritage of Shirdi Sai is a quarterly publication that brings to its readers, all over the world, Shirdi Sai Philosophy, which transcends time and place. There are four issues in a year.
Gift a Subscription
You may have given many different gifts to your friends and loved ones, but giving a subscription of "Heritage of Shirdi Sai" magazine would be a unique gift as it connects the people you love with SADGURU SHIRDI SAI and brings His blessings with the gift.
Post an Article
We invite you to send articles, experiences, poems and news on events from your part of the world to us.
Topic of Discussion

Topic of Discussion feature is intended to initiate useful discussions on topics related to Shirdi Sai Philosophy and His teachings, Guru Tradition, Teachings of the Sadguru, the nature and functions of the Perfect Masters, true devotion, qualification of a disciple, etc.

TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: SHIRDI SAI BABA AND NATIONAL INTEGRATION

Reader’s Reflection
We look forward to your valued  suggestions, feedbacks, and  contributions, anything that will help us enhance the quality of the magazine.
Children Submit Your
Creative Work
Send your poem, article or drawing on SHIRDI SAI BABA and the best ones will be showcased in Heritage of Shirdi Sai Magazine and in the Children section on our website. Anybody upto 18 years of age can send in the material. 
News

Send News on events related to Shirdi Sai from your part of the world to us so that we can share it with all the Sai Devotees.

Advertisement

In order to ensure that Heritage Of Shirdi Sai sustains itself and is available to devotees at affordable rates, we do solicit advertisements. However, in keeping with the magazine’s philosophy and approach, the advertisements would be displayed as banners and not creative commercial product.

Join Heritage of Shirdi Sai Community on Orkut, click here
Join Heritage of Shirdi Sai Community on Facebook, click here

To Subscribe or Unsubscribe to these mails, please click here

 


Copyright Heritage of Shirdi Sai 2009. All rights reserved.

To Subscribe or Unsubscribe to these mails, please click here


To read previous issues of the newsletter, please click here