FROM SHRI C.B. SATPATHY'S MESSAGE
……“We must muse over our
imperfections of yesterday and try to evolve towards a little
more perfection. Knowing that no ordinary mortal is totally
perfect, we try to find a model of perfection which is epitomized
in a Sadguru or Perfect Master, and it is a truism in all
times that the Perfect Master is at first a perfect man. Sri
Sainath of Shirdi, the Perfect Master of the Age, standing
as our model practiced and preached three things.
He taught us that by expansion of our love to other fellow
beings and even the other species one can consolidate society.
He also taught that rigorous and technical methods need not
be used for spiritual upliftment. All that is needed is to
bring about a qualitative change in one's way of thinking
and way of working in daily life.
He brought about a cohesive theme amidst the opposing themes
of inter-cultural, inter-religious and inter-sectorial groups.
This He achieved by allowing each group to have its own mode
ofliving, religious practices and cultural. He succeeded in
bringing out a way of life at Shirdi, which reflected a confluence
of varied cultures and religions.”…..
FROM "LIFE OF SAI
BABA" BY NARASIMHA SWAMI
………..“Worship is not usually the
result of logical discussion and analysis, but is at the initial
stage usually the result of an intuitive impulse arising out
of a fear, a need, or other impulse. Some terrible power confronts
us. Then we bow down in fear. Some terrible calamity overwhelms
us. Then we yearn and look out for some help from some powerful
personage that can overcome the calamity. Some terrible and
oppressive need arises, such as ravenous hunger or serious
illness or discomfort. Then again we look to a higher power
for relief. It is an intuitive impulse in all these cases
that leads man to worship, which is an emotional act. Later,
comes the reflective stage and religious conduct is based
on reason. Then, the question arises ‘Why does man worship
a higher power?’ The obvious answer is, it is the feeling
that a higher Power can give and will be induced to give man
what he needs and save him from trouble. This is true whether
the Power is an invisible God or a visible man or image. There
must be in the first place power and willingness to use the
power in the object worshipped, and as a counterpart, there
must be a need, a fear, or other stimulus operating upon the
worshipper to make him believe in the power and willingness
of that power to render help.”……..
SAI GAVE ME A NEW LIFE
It was in the year 1990,
on June 4th, I was traveling on official duty from Hyderabad
to Bombay. I was holding an RAC ticket in the second AC compartment
on a holiday special train going from Hyderabad to Bombay.
Since it was an RAC ticket I went to station around 8-30PM,
well before the scheduled departure of the train. My ticket
was confirmed; I just boarded the train, entered the coupe
and got on to one berth. After sometime another gentleman
also entered the same coupe. Incidentally I was sleeping on
his berth. However he didn't mind it and he took the opposite
berth, which was actually mine.
I had with me one suitcase
containing my clothes, some office papers, money etc., I was
also carrying one shoulder bag which contained a water bottle,
a. napkin and Sai Satcharitra Book. During those days I was
reading the book every now and then, more so starting on a
Thursday and completing by next Thursday.
After getting on to the
berth, I removed my foot wear, then removed my shirt and put
it in the shoulder bag. I then hung the shoulder bag in the
hanger hook provided in the compartment. The train started
around 9.15 PM from Secunderabad. My brother saw me off at
the station. Immediately af¬ter my ticket had been checked,
I almost went off to sleep.
Soon I was awakened by
a thunderous sound. I could see darkness all around and heard
all sorts of cries. There was utter confusion. I tried to
get up, but my legs wouldn't move, they were entangled in
some windows cross bar. I realised that there was an accident.
I some how freed myself and just jumped out of an opening
that I saw before me. I fell on the ground and landed at the
feet of some unknown person. He told me that there was a big
accident and the first few compartments were totally crushed
in a head-on collision, with a goods train coming in the opposite
direction. The person at whose feet I fell was traveling in
the 9th compartment had come to the front to see what happened.
I was in a very bad shape with my clothes torn, several wounds
including head injury and a lot of bleeding all over. The
co-passenger at whose feet I was, took my brother's phone
number at Hyderabad and asked me to relax. Suddenly I be¬came
After about may be 3 or
4 hours, I just got up and the person was still by my side.
I was shivering and he borrowed some blanket from another
co-passenger and wrapped me in it. Since I was still lying
near the track, I wanted to be moved somewhere so that I could
stretch myself a little. With the help of the co-passenger
I got up, when I found something heavy on my right shoulder.
I lifted my head and I found the shoulder bag, which I hung
on the hanger hook perfectly placed on my shoulder. Further
the most surprising part was that the Sai Satcharitra Book
was in the bag in perfect condition. I had lost my shirt,
water bottle placed in the bag and my other luggage also.
It is a real miracle of
Sai Baba that the bag which was on the hanger hook clinged
onto my shoulder when I jumped out of the compartment and
what more, only the Sai Satcharitra was there in it. At this
juncture I was overwhelmed with tears and all of a sudden
some extraordinary courage came into me and then I slept on
the road itself.
After about couple of
hours I woke up and the co-passenger at whose feet I fell
was still by my side. By then, the Railway and Medical authorities
had arrived and the co-passenger said that they would take
me to the hospital. He was with me all along, informed my
brother and only after my brother reached the hospital, the
co-passenger left. Later on I got to know that I was the only
survivor in the second AC compartment that I was traveling.
God's grace has it that I was sleeping on somebody else's
berth and not the original berth allotted to me. >From this
it is clear that Sai Baba has given me a new life.
From that day onwards
my faith and belief in Sai Baba increased manifold and from
then onwards everyday after my bath I read one paragraph or
at least a few sentences from Sai Satcharitra before I leave
home for work, no matter how urgently I need to go. After
this, there have been numerous incidents and ways in which
Sai Baba has been helping and guiding our entire family in
one way or the other. Every day our faith and devotion in
Sai Baba is increasing and we have cast our burden on him
and he is bearing it.
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SHIRDI SAI ACTIVITIES
AN APPEAL – ‘KHANDOBA TEMPLE’ BUILDING FUND
In April 2006, I visited
Shri Sai Mandir in Shirdi, Maharashtra (India) and offered
my sincere prayers during the grand occasion of Ramanavmi
(birthday of Lord Rama). During my stay in Shirdi, I visited
many other temples in and around Shirdi. The one that captured
my special attention was the temple of Shri Khandoba (an incarnation
of Lord Shankara), which is located at a very short distance
from the main Sai mandir complex. The people of Tamilnadu,
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra States in India
regard the God Khandoba as their family God or Kuldevta. For
those who are unfamiliar with the association of the God Khandoba’s
temple and Shri Sai Baba’s life – it is the temple where the
‘young fakir’ stepped first when he came to Shirdi. The then
priest of the temple, Shri Mhalsapati ji welcomed the ‘young
fakir’ by addressing him as ‘Aao Sai’. Since then bearing
the name ‘Sai Baba’, he lived in Shirdi till he attained samadhi.
As the God Khandoba’s
temple does not come under the Shri Saibaba Sansthan, Shirdi,
it is solely maintained by donations and offerings by devotees
to this small temple. Shri Martand Mhalsapati Maharaj Trust
of Shirdi manages the day-to-day work of the temple. The Trust
is planning for the renovation of the existing temple and
construction of a prayer hall and ancillary facilities for
devotees by the end of this year. Hence, I (Shri Nikhil Joshi)
on behalf of Shri Manohar Martand Nagare (Grandson of Late
Shri Mhalsapati ji), President of Shri Martand Mhalsapati
Maharaj Trust would like to make an appeal to you all to please
donate generously for this noble cause so that our heritage
is safeguarded for the coming generations to understand and
value the true meaning of India’s rich and religious cultural
Please send donations
Shri Martand Mhalsapati
Maharaj Trust (Reg. No. 234) Shirdi, Pin Code – 255 112 Taluka
– Rahata, District – Ahmednagar Maharashtra, India.
Or you could also send
donations through direct bank transfer to:
Shri Martand Mhalsapati
Maharaj Trust (Reg. No. 234) Syndicate Bank, Branch – Shirdi
Swift Code: 51002010000716
If you require any further
information regarding this project, please do not hesitate
Shri Nikhil Joshi
41 Liverpool Grove
London SE17 2HW
Tel: 0044 207 701 1851 (Home)
0044 207 553 681 (Work)
Mob: 0044 7906 746 622
Shri Manohar Martand Nagare
Shri Martand Mhalsapati Maharaj Trust,
Mob: 0091 9423 945 644
Tel: 0091 2423 258 455 (Temple)