The Glory of Shirdi Sai - Issue 18-2005
- THE GLORY OF SHIRDI SAI
Third Year of Publication
Published as Bi-Weekly
Issue 18 / 2005
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THIS ISSUE CONTAINS
1. FOUNDATION STONES FOR THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
2. SAI'S NEWS FROM TIME MACHINE
3. FOOT STEPS OF HOLY FEET
4. SAIBANISA OFFERS PRANAMS TO ..
5. SAI IN DREAMS
6. QUINTESSENCE OF SRI SAIBABA'S PHILOSOPHY
7. SANATANA DHARMA&SRI SHIRDI SAIBABA
8. DEVOTEES EXPERIENCES
9. SPIRITUAL GEMS FROM SAI SATCHARITRA
10. SAI WITH CHILDREN
11. ARTICLES FROM SAI DEVOTEES
12. LETTERS FROM SAI DEVOTEES
13. TELUGU SECTION
14. FROM SAI ORGANISATIONS
15. SAI'S BOOK WORLD
1. FOUNDATION STONES FOR THE SPIRITUAL LIFE:
Rajeswari Kasturi, Saidarbar Hyderabad.
From the Satsanghs of Saibanisaji
69. We should follow the traditions / standards given
by the eminent personalities which will be beneficial
70. Any spiritual book reveals that helping the
humanity is dearer to the God and harming the humanity
is the sin.
71. You should live in a spiritual World where truth
is your mother, wisdom is your father and
righteousness' is your brother, kindness your friend,
peace as your wife and forgiveness' is your son.
72. Try to talk the truth in a sweet manner, even
though the truth looks bitter.
73. Do not waste your energies in the arguments and
quarrel and try directing your energies for acquiring
the good will of the society.
74. Earn the money and be happy by following path of
75. Think that the things which will bring sorrow to
you will create sorrow to others also.
76. We will all know that the God is truth. So do such
things where you can please God.
77. You are inviting your downfall by damaging the
justice and encouraging injustice.
78. We all know that the idle man's brain is devil's
workshop. In a similar way keeping the physical body
in lazy condition is inviting ill health.
79. While offering the charities, select the
-Going to their house and extending is the best way
if you can.
-Inviting them to your house and giving them is the
- Remember that giving charities to your servants is
not a charity. It is only a duty.
To be Continued
2. SAI'S NEWS FROM THE TIME MACHINE:
September 9, 1918: Dasa Ganu wrote " Sri Sai Sthvana
Manjari" at Maheswaram on the banks of the river
September 28,1918: Nathpanth Saint Rama Maruthi of
Kalyan passed away.
September 29,1952: " Kalash" of gold was fixed on the
spire of Samadhi Mandhir.
3. FOOT STEPS OF THE HOLY FEET 11
EXPERIENCES OF SAI.BA.NI.SA WITH SHIRDI SAI
All of us are aware that there are many examples
quoted in Sai Satcharitra which unfailingly
established that Sai appeared in dreams of individuals
and uttered distinct words and cautions. The incidents
as predicted have taken place and in most of the cases
were like early warnings and indicators for the coming
events. I hereby take the privilege to place before
you all, two such experiences.
It was on the wee hours of Sri Ram Navami festival
during the year 1991,Sai appeared in the form of a
saint and addressed me that he would grace my house in
the form of Ram and Lakshman and have the prasadham
from my house. As usual I informed my wife about the
dream and his words. My wife by then was not in the
fold of Sai and gave a casual laughter and ignored the
whole episode. I have gone through the rituals of all
the four Aaratis and my wife distributed prasadham to
all our visitors and guests. Just before bed time, my
wife put me to embarrassment with a question as to
whether any of the visitors who all turned up during
the day were Ram and Lakshman. I was in a state of
confusion as to what should be my answer. My memory
scanned through all the visitors of the day and paused
at my friend Raghu Raman Satulury who happened to come
to my house along with his two daughters for the
evening Aarati and had Baba's prasadham. I have gone
to bed with out answering my wife's question as I
myself was not sure. Sri Sai again appeared in my
dream in the form of the same saint and addressed to
me that he has fulfilled his promise. Next day I met
my friend and he cleared my wife's doubt. His two
daughters were twins and it is normal practice amongst
south Indians to identify twins with Ram and Lakshman
the inseparable divine brothers of the epic Ramayana.
Sai has graced the occasion in the form of twin
daughters of my friend. I bowed to Sai with folded
hands and with full devotion.
Let me quickly take you through the second experience.
It was on the eve of my daughter's marriage, I had
been to her would be in - law's residing in the
township of Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. I planned to
leave on 8th of March 1992 and return back by 9th
March 1992. On the night of 7th March 1992 ( early
hours of 8th March 1992 ) Sai appeared in the form of
a middle aged person wearing cooling glasses and a cap
dressed in a pant and shirt and demanded a Dakshina of
Rs.5/-. As a devotee of Sai, I knew that it would
happen as indicated and was mentally prepared to face.
I have completed the planned task and was on my way
back to home.
On reaching Railway station I understood that the
train was behind schedule by two hours. At six ' o
clock in the morning I was waiting for the train to
come sitting on a bench on the platform NO 1. After a
while a middle aged person with similar attire and
cooling glasses sat on the bench adjacent to me. My
joy knew no bounds and I was in an enlightened state.
How am I to offer the Dakshina of Rs.5/-? If I
directly offer him he may not accept and on the other
hand may shout at me for the mistaken identity. I took
courage, stood up, walked towards his bench, dropped
the five Rupee currency note and told him that his
money has fallen down, all performed in quick
succession. He picked up the note with a typical smile
cast at me and walked away fast. I could see Sai in
him and the promise in action.
BOW TO SAI - PEACE TO ALL
To be Continued
4. SAIBANISA OFFERS PRANAMS TO "RAVIDAS" (1398
Also known as Raidas, Ravidas lived in Varanasi
(Benares) and is generally thought to have been a
younger contemporary of Kabir. In his poetry, he
describes himself as a leather worker.
He is revered by both Sikhs and Hindus. The two oldest
attested sources of his work are the Sikh scripture,
the Adigranth, and in the collections of songs
compiled by the Dadu Panth. According to some sources,
Ravidas was initiated by the famous guru Ramananda.
Ravidas is said to have, in turn, been a guru of the
great saintly poetess Mirabai. Because of his
professional background, he has become an important
figure to reckon with in India today and his
followers addressing themselves as Ravidasis.
5. SAI IN DREAMS:
These are the dream sequences and messages as received
From our beloved GURU LORD SAINATH OF SHIRIDI. In
Anticipation that this feature will help in one's
spiritual growth are hereby compiled from
his personal Diary and presented to SAIBANDHUS.
Translated and presented by RAGHU RAMAN SATULURY.
Yesterday was Thursday and I wanted to know why it is
important to Sai. The visual ran like this. Those were
the days of First World War. Indian soldiers were
fighting in the foreign countries. They were all
moving in a group and the leader was a Sai devotee.
The enemy camps that were large in numbers spotted
them all. They opened fire on the leader. He ordered
his fellow men not to retaliate. He advances and takes
the name of Sai and fights all alone. In the process
he lays down his life. The Atma later merges with Sai
and that happened to be a Thursday. That is perhaps
the reason as to why Sai likes Thursday.
Call the name of Sai and rest assured you are taken
By the end of the day I was fully engrossed in the
thought that I have done a lot towards the well being
of my wife and children, and that they are not
grateful to the extent required. These thoughts made
me restless and I went to sleep. He has shown me all
that was happening in my family and gave me a piece
advice-Fall back on wife for advice only when it is
really required. Gratitude is more to be shown in
action rather than expression in words.
Fulfill your commitments with out anticipating any
How to help others and what should be anticipated in
return was the question in my mind. As usual I prayed
Sai and retired to bed. I was astonished for the crisp
answer I got. It was a green belt of healthy land with
abundant crop. No farmer was seen ploughing the field
but still the crop was looking very healthy. I was
thinking about the possible reasons and stepped in to
the field. I have spotted huge number of earthworms
stationed there and were extending help to the farmer.
I deciphered the message that one should emulate the
earth worms and be of help to the society for a
Be useful to the society.
To be continued ..
6. QUINTESSENCE OF SRI SAIBABA'S PHILOSOPHY:
(By Late Sri Bharam UmamaheswaraRao)
10. Uniqueness of Sri Sai Baba and his Teachings
To describe Sri Sai Baba's Gospels and His actions is
a futile attempt to be trying with a salt ball to
measure the depths of the sea. Though His sayings and
actions are outwardly very simple, they reveal the
depth of Upanishathic sayings. Though He was capable
of satisfying the hunger of all living beings, He was
begging from door to door for His food. Though He was
competent to quote the Gospels and passages from great
scriptures, His utterances were simple and solacing.
His Universal love is extraordinary and His actions
moderate. Though at times, He was angry, He was always
serene and sober. Thus, when we visualize Him from a
distance, we get perturbed by His activities. The more
we go near Him with devotion, the more we can
understand Him as PURUSHOTTHAMA and see His Divinity
in every action. He never asked for anything for
Himself and lived on simple food offered by His
devotees clothed in simple.
As per the clear saying of Sri Hemadpant, Sri Sai Baba
is `ATMA RAM' i.e, personification of impersonal God.
The omnipresent God has manifested as Sri Sai Baba to
uplift the Universe.
The Gospels of Sri Sai Baba are mainly regarding the
Universal God and in the methods of His Teachings,
there is none to excel or even equal Him. Sri Sai Baba
was accepting all the rituals performed by devotees
and was accepting the offerings by them, as these were
necessary for purifying the minds of the devotees.
Only when the mind is pure, one can understand the
teachings of great saints and can concentrate on
sadhana. Baba's only aim was to improve all persons
and guide them to the state of Atma Sakshatkara.
This ultimate goal can be attained by the purified
mind only and purification of the mind can be attained
by pure, selfless actions and perfect worship. Man is
bound to worldly ties because of his ignorance and his
feelings that he is the body. To know that one is not
the body, but pure self (Atma) one has to get rid of
his ignorance by serving saintly people like Sri Sai
Baba and by worshiping them. The blessings of such
great Saints can help the Sadhakas to a great extent.
Sri Sai Baba's teachings were of varied types. He was
allowing all types of worship to Him like decorating
Him with flowers and offering fruits etc., but He was
teaching that God is present everywhere and is not
limited to His body alone. For attaining the goal of
perfection Sri Sai Baba was teaching the devotees to
do Nama Japa thinking of His form with one pointed
devotion. By doing this with great concentration, one
can supercede the idea that he is the body and further
he will realize that he is the real-self present
Sri Hemadpant described Sri Sai Baba's teachings in
this way: The world we see is not real. This is
created by Maya which is under the control of God.
This is like seeing a mirage in a desert. There is no
water and thirsty person walking in the desert thinks,
there is water and runs after it but in vain. The same
is the case with worldly pleasures. They are very
transitory and actually unreal. He who realizes that
the world is like a mirage in the desert does not
crave for worldly pleasures. Our prayer to Sri Sai
Baba is to remove this evil ignorance and to provide
knowledge of the Universal self. In reality, we are
all the Universal Self, but we forgot this truth and
so we pray to Sri Sai Baba to make us recall this
truth and remember our selves.
To be continued ..
7. SANATANA DHARMA & SRI SHIRDI SAIBABA
Saibanisa-Gopalarao RavadaSaidarbar Hyderabad India
SRI MAHA BHAGAVATHAMSRI SHIRDI SAI SATCHARITA
5) King Dhruva returns from the battle field after
fighting the Yakshas.Lord Kubera, the God of riches
blesses Dhruva with the words - "The fruits of
reciting Harinama (Vishnu sahasranama) removes the
Agnana (the state of ignorance)from your mind and,
unknowingly and Lord Vishnu will always be with you".
Baba presented the holy book of Vishnu Sahasranama
with the following words to Shyama , "Remember to read
the book carefully. Once I was in deep crisis and my
heart beat was abnormal. My life was in danger. I have
opted for holding the book tight to my heart .That
made all the difference and I am saved".
6)King Dhruva ruled his kingdom for thousands of
years, later he retired to the forests of Badhari for
undertaking Thapasya(penance). While in
thapasya,messengers from Lord Vishnu appeared before
him and took him to the heavenly abode in an
aeroplane. True to his words,Lord Sainath presented
Kakasaheb Dikshit on(05-07-1926) and Mahilsapathi
on (11-09-1922),both of his ardent devotees with
similar moksha to their lives. The promise which Baba
made while in flesh and blood that- "I shall take you
in an aeroplane to the destiny" was fulfilled.
7) Lord Sri Hari was over whelmed with the Thapasya of
Prachethasa and brothers and thus addressed them -" I
shall dwell (live) in the hearts of those who
constantly think and pray to me with full devotion".
Lord Sainath appreciated the devotion of Cholkar and
said-" I am in you and my place is in the hearts of
all beings". "I reside in you and in everybody, who so
ever takes recourse in me?.
SRI KRISHNA JANAMASHTAMI CELEBRATED ALL OVER THE WORLD
- ON 27th August, 2005
Krishna has influenced the Indian thought, life and
culture in myriad ways. He has influenced not only its
religion and philosophy, but also into its mysticism
and literature, painting and sculpture, dance and
music, and all aspects of Indian folklore. The
birthday of such a favourite deity is bound to be a
special occasion for the masses, who consider Krishna
their leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher
and friend all rolled into one.
Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami or the
8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in
month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious
day is called Janmashthami. Indian as well as Western
scholars have now accepted the period between 3200 and
3100 BC as the period in which Lord Krishna lived on
The birth of Krishna is in itself a transcendental
phenomenon that overwhelms one and all with its supra
mundane happenings. Mother Earth, unable to bear the
burden of sins committed by evil kings and rulers,
appealed to Brahma, the Creator for help. Brahma
prayed to the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who assured him
that he would soon be born on earth to annihilate
One such evil force was Kamsa, the ruler of Mathura
(in northern India) and his people were utterly
terrified of him. On the day Kamsa's sister Devaki was
married off to Vasudeva, an akashvani or voice from
the sky was heard prophesying that Devaki's 8th son
would be the destroyer of Kamsa. The frightened Kamsa
immediately unsheathed his sword to kill his sister
but Vasudeva intervened and implored Kamsa to spare
his bride, and promised to hand over every new born
child to him. Kamsa relented but imprisoned both
Devaki and her husband Vasudeva. When Devaki gave
birth to her first child, Kamsa came to the prison
cell and slaughtered the newborn. In this way, he
killed the first six sons of Devaki. Even before her
8th child was born, Devaki and Vasudeva started
lamenting its fate and theirs. Then suddenly Lord
Vishnu appeared before them and said he himself was
coming to rescue them and the people of Mathura. He
asked Vasudeva to carry him to the house of his
friend, the cowherd chief Nanda in Gokula right after
his birth, where Nanda's wife Yashoda had given birth
to a daughter. He was to exchange his boy and bring
Yashoda's baby daughter back to the prison. Vishnu
assured them that "nothing shall bar your path".
At midnight on ashtami, the divine baby was born in
Kamsa's prison. Remembering the divine instructions,
Vasudeva clasped the child to his bosom and started
for Gokula, but found that his legs were in chains. He
jerked his legs and was unfettered! The massive
iron-barred doors unlocked and opened up. While
crossing river Yamuna, Vasudeva held his baby high
over his head. The rain fell in torrents and the river
was in spate. But the water made way for Vasudeva and
miraculously a five-mouthed snake followed him from
behind and provided shelter over the baby.
When Vasudeva reached Gokula, he found the door of
Nanda's house open. He exchanged the babies and
hurried back to the prison of Kamsa with the baby
girl. Early in the morning, all the people at Gokula
rejoiced the birth of Nanda's beautiful male child.
Vasudeva came back to Mathura and as he entered, the
doors of the prison closed themselves. When Kamsa came
to know about the birth, he rushed inside the prison
and tried to kill the baby. But this time it skipped
from his hand and reaching the sky. She was
transformed into the goddess Yogamaya, who told Kansa:
"O foolish! What will you get by killing me? Your
nemesis is already born somewhere else." In his youth
Krishna killed Kansa along with all his cruel
associates, liberated his parents from prison, and
reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura.
" Wish you all A Happy Ganesh Chathurdhi"
Lord Ganesa, as everyone has observed, has a human
body and an elephant head. According to the folk tale,
he was born of the Goddess Parvathi. One day when he
was a boy she told him not to allow anyone into her
house. Lord Shiva, coming to see Parvathi, his
consort, was stopped by the boy. Angered, Lord Shiva
beheaded him with his trident. When she saw what had
happened, Parvathi was filled with anguish. Seeing her
distress, Lord Shiva restored the boy to life by
affixing to his body the head of the first animal that
came along, which happened to be an elephant.
In addition, Lord Shiva ordained that henceforth the
boy would be called Lord Ganesa, meaning Ish (Lord) of
Gana (the followers of Lord Shiva who live with him).
Obeisance and worship would be done to Him before any
activity, without which insurmountable hurdles and
difficulties would result. Thus, it is imperative to
worship Lord Ganesa before undertaking any action. If
devotees worship Him with due devotion, He will
fulfill all their wishes.
Even gods must pay obeisance to Lord Ganesa. For
example, Lord Shiva, when he embarked to destroy the
'tripura' demons (three Demons taking the form of
Gold, Silver and Steel) found the axle of His chariot
broken. Realizing His mistake, He prayed to Ganesa,
whereupon the axel was restored, and Shiva was able to
destroy the three demons. Similarly, when Ganesa's
younger brother, Lord Subramania (Kartikeya), did not
seek his elder brother's blessings, he could not win
the hand of Goddess Valli whom He loved. Only when He
prayed for forgiveness, did Lord Ganesa help Him with
Lord Ganesa also relishes Modakam, a dish prepared out
of rice flour and jaggery (a sweet paste made from
sugar cane). This sweet dish symbolizes the
fulfillment or joy hidden within everything. Coconuts
and plantains are also offered to Ganesa during puja.
Lord Ganesa broke one of his tusks to become a scribe
to sage Veda Vyasa in order to transcribe the verses
of the Mahabaratha which Veda Vyasa dictated. Thus,
Ganesa demonstrated the noble principle of
self-sacrifice. By taking down the dictated verses, he
became the first stenographer. While all the Gods and
Goddesses have their own Vahanas, or mounts, Lord
Ganesa's mount is a tiny Mouse. Though very small, it
is always active and moves under the cover of
darkness, carrying Ganesa's grace to every nook and
corner. In effect, Mushika (mouse) is the unseen grace
which influences our lives.
ANCIENT GANESHA IN INDONESIA
CLICK FOR DARSHAN OF ANCIENT VEDIC CHAMPA DIETIES OF
Gal 1 http://www.vedicempire.com/vedichampa.htm
Gal 2 http://www.vedicempire.com/vedichampa1.htm
Gal 3 http://www.vedicempire.com/vedichampa2.htm
Compiled by SaiSevak SrinivasaRao Kasturi
SANATANA DHARMA NEWS FROM ABROAD:
World Hindu Federation Meeting Set for Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, August 22, 2005: The World
Hindu Federation (WHF) will be holding its 17th
Executive Committee Meeting at Hotel Grand Seasons,
Kuala Lumpur, on August 27 and 28, 2005. About 200
participants representing about 15 nations are
expected to attend this meeting which is being held
for the first time in Malaysia. This Federation was
established 25 years ago in Nepal. Malaysia Hindu
Sangam is hosting this meeting. A very interesting
feature is that while the WHF is celebrating the
silver jubilee, the Malaysia Hindu Sangam is
celebrating its 40th anniversary. This meeting will
give the opportunity to about 50 local leading Hindu
organizations and temples to attend as observer
delegates and participate in the special forums being
held discussing the globalization of Hinduism in the
Y. B. Dato Seri S. Samy Vellu, the Minister of Works
Malaysia, will officiate the opening ceremony and host
the lunch for about 400 delegates, guests and
journalists after the ceremony. The meeting will be
presided over by the WHF President Hony ADC Gen.
Bharat Kesher Sinha of Nepal.
SUVA, FIJI, August 15, 2005: The festival of lights,
Deepavali, has not lost its beauty, joy and
auspiciousness for people of Fiji, says the Opposition
Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. "This is because Diwali has
become an integral part of our culture and traditions
and its religious significance far transcends the
events that may have led to its creation in the first
place," Mr. Chaudhry said. The significance of
Deepavali for the Hindu community is embedded deep in
Mr. Chaudhry said for some people it was a joyous
occasion to mark the return to Ayodhya of Lord Rama
after 14 years in exile. To many others, however, it
is a celebration to mark the end of harvest and
prayers for continued prosperity in future. "For the
Hindu community in Fiji which is cut off from its
ancestral roots, Deepavali each year renews the
teachings and values enshrined in the Ramayana and the
life of Lord Rama." "For us here in Fiji, teachings of
Ramayana are even more relevant on a day-to-day basis
as the Holy Scriptures help us to take a strong stand
against iniquities and injustices in whatever form
they may appear," he said.
Montreal Murugan Temple Dedication Set for August 28
Montreal Murugan Temple Dedication Postponed
MONTREAL, CANADA, August 24, 2005: The
Mahakumbabhishekam (dedication) of the Montral Murugan
Temple has been postponed indefinitely pending the
arrival of the Deities from India. It was scheduled to
begin August 28. To keep updated, visit the temple
UK hosts biggest Hindu gathering outside India
Friday, 26 August , 2005, 18:41
Watford, England: The largest gathering of Hindus
outside India was
taking place Friday in Britain, organisers said.
Up to 75,000 people were expected to flock to
Hare Krishna temple near Watford, northwest of London,
to mark the festival of Janmashtami, the birthday of
Lord Krishna, born around 5,000 years ago.
Compiled by SaiSevak SrinivasaRao Kasturi
8. DEVOTEES EXPERIENCES:
Date: 8/11/2005 01:04:18 -0600
Jai Sai ram
First I want to do sakshat pranam to Baba, well I am
not a very true devotee of Baba, but still I feel like
writing I am reading experiences of devotees on this
website from quite some time, since then I come to
know the importance of Sai Satcharitra, I have already
read this earlier but I came to know that you have to
complete it in a week start from Thursday.
So I started all over again today is Thursday I have
completed satcharitra yesterday and I cant believe
Baba called me Shirdi for his divine darshan so early
I have completed satcharitra yesterday and today I m
going to shirdi, I am going for the first time I never
thought of going to shirdi but by his grace I m going,
I am so excited for this visit and thankfull to Baba
for blessing me.
I just want to say that Sai is the ultimate god ,he
loves his children like anything n gives you whatever
you wish, Baba is great Baba words are always true,
believe Him, love Him, and He will be always their
with you, I want to say that everybody should read
satcharitra, and experience miracles, I think its a
quite long mail, so at last I just want to say try to
improve yourself everyday, by devoting your self in
the feet of lord Sai, He doesn't ask for any thing
just give him your total shardha and saburi and He
will be with you always, may Baba bless everybody,
thanks Baba, love you always.
8/17/2005 12:20:36 -0600
Om Sri Sainathaya Namaha.
Saibaba, thanks for fulfilling my wish. I had prayed
that if all goes well for my husband, I will post it
online on your website. As promised, I am doing it
now. I humbly bow before Thee and seek Your Blessings
in all that we do. Koti pranams to you, Baba.
9. SPIRITUAL GEMS FROM SAI SATCHARITRA
Venkateswaraswamy Swarna" swamysv@... &
Tue, 30 Aug 2005 00:11:52 -0700 (PDT)
Sai Ram. Let us continue with the Chapter on Brahma
"(4) Catharsis from (Purging away of) sins. Unless a
man has turned away from wickedness, and stopped from
doing wrong, and has entirely composed himself and
unless his mind is at rest, he cannot gain
self-realization, even by means of knowledge."
Sai Ram. This point is important since doing sins is
like getting muddied after taking a bath. So,
continuing to do the sins makes a waste of all good
sadhanas of the Sadhaka. However, keeping away from
sins (and that includes sinful thoughts let alone
actions), is easier said than done. The mind doesn't
settle down easily. The old Vasanas (desires) don't go
easily. The path is slippery and the sadhaka slips and
falls many a times. In the beginning of the sadhana
and later too, (especially when the ego again props up
and one starts thinking of one self as holy and beyond
desires), the most unwanted desires crop up and the
sadhaka is very much troubed by these long-left-behind
enemies. However, Sraddha (Faith in God and one's
Guru) and Saburi (Patience) will see one through. The
last sentence "he cannot gain self-realization, even
by means of knowledge." is really important.
Intellectual knowledge is important but is not enough.
The intellect and the emotions (desires, aversions
etc., which impel us to do actions, good or bad)
should be united in their actions and goals. It is
like two bulls, which if not properly yoked and
trained, try to go in different directions, leading to
poorly ploughed field. Most of us are having the
intellectual knowledge but lack the experience
(realisation) of the Self. Any amount of reading the
description of the sweetness of sugar or honey is of
no use without the experience of tasting that sugar or
honey. Any amount of the Oneness of all souls is of no
use, when Maya (Illusion) makes us steal, fight or
covet some one else's wife, property etc. So, turning
away from the path of sin is really important.
(5) Right Conduct. Unless, a man leads a life of
truth, penance and insight, a life of celibacy, he
cannot get God-realization.
Sai Ram. This is a continuation of the previous point.
An idle mind is a devil's workshop, goes the adage.
Till the mind is totally controlled (when it is
emptied of all thoughts, good and bad), it is
important for the sadhaka to consciously engage the
mind in doing good works. "Satsangatve Nissangatvam,
Nissangatve Nirmohatvam, Nirmohatve Nischala tatvam,
Nischala Tatve, Jeevan Muktih, Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja
Govindam..." sang the great Adi Shankara. Good company
nullifies the previous bad acts, just like soap and
water clean the dirt of the body and the cloth. Only
then can the mind settle down. And only in a calm
mind, can the Brahma Jnan remain, just as the flame of
an oil lamp remains steady in a room which is free
God is truth. So, one must first get on to the path of
truth to deserve the Brahma Jnan. Penance means tapas.
Tapas produces heat which burns down the dirty fabric
of materialism and sensory pleasures. Insight is
antarmukhata, introspection, and as already covered in
the previous issue, is important since the sadhaka
sees himself in a true light. (The whole world may be
praising him but he knows his defects). Thus truth and
insight go together. Celibacy means Brahmacharya,
literally meaning walking in the path of Brahma. And
that means, indulging in sex only at the right time,
at the right place, with the right person, for the
right purpose, viz., to continue the lineage. And it
involves looking at all women as incarnations of the
Divine Mother. Celibacy is not forced control of the
physical senses, though that too is important.
Celibacy is cleanliness of the mind. Remembering the
transitory nature of the sensory pleasures is useful
when confronted with such situations (one of them we
will explore in a later chapter of Satcharita).
Sai Ram. We will continue with this chapter in the
next few issues too.
Author, Editor, Proof-Reader and Book Reviewer
To be Continued .
10. SAI WITH CHILDREN:
Smt. Madhu Gopal Ravada, Saidarbar, Hyderabad.
Hello Children! I am Madhu aunty. Do you know Baba use
to play with children and used to tell stories to
them? I felt children visiting Saidarbar should be
entertained with good stories. Baba told before He
took His Maha Samadhi that He is Muralidhar and would
like to play in Booty Wada (Samadhi Mandir) with His
devotees. So far you have enjoyed Ramayan and this is
the last part of this version of Valmik Ramayan and
wait for the new feature which will be started
RETURN TO AYODHYA:
Vibhishana brought Sita with full honour and respect.
Sita and Rama came face to face. Rama knew that Sita
was virtuous and faithful to him throughout her
confinement in Lanka. But Rama wanted to dispel doubts
people might have entertained in their mind, so he
asked Sita to prove her virtue and chastity by
entering fire. Rama ordered Lakshmana to prepare a
pile of burning wood and Lakshmana obeyed his brother.
Sita entered the blazing fire and came out unscathed.
The fire could not harm the chaste, faithful and
virtuous Sita. The whole army, Vibhishana and
Lakshmana bowed before Sita in praise and respect.
The period of exile was approaching end. Rama,
Lakshmana, Sita, Vibhishana, Hanuman, Sugreeva, Angad
and many others returned to Ayodhya by Pushpaka Viman,
the flying chariot used by Ravana to abduct Sita.
People of Ayodhya were waiting for this great day.
They had kept decorated the whole city for this
occasion. Bharata came out and welcomed Rama and
others at the gate of Ayodhya. Rama and his retinue
were taken to the palace with great festivities
accompanied by singing, dancing and music. All round
wave of festivities and merry making started with the
coming back of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita to Ayodhya.
Coronation of Rama took place on an auspicious day.
The people of Ayodhya found in Rama a just, wise and
11. ARTICLES FROM SAI DEVOTEES:
"Sankaraiah Dubagunta" sainama@...
ART OF SPEAKING
To speak means express thoughts aloud or to say
things. In the following lines an attempt has been
made as to how we should speak. It is very important
for all spiritual Sadhaks. Sai mummy declared " He who
carps and cavils at others pierces Me in the heart and
injures Me, but he who suffers pleases me most" (Chap
44 of SSSC).If we analyse the above we will be
convinced that Saima is correct. The sixth nama in the
108 Glorious names of Sainath is "OM SRI SAI SARVA
HRUNNILAYAYA NAMAHA" It means I bow to Sai who is
seated in all hearts. As He is seated in all hearts
arrows of sarcastic and offensive words against others
will certainly pierce His heart Baba wants us to see
Him in all. If once we develop this attitude ie., Sai
dwells in the hearts of others, we will be pleasing
Him to the maximum extent as we cannot hate or be
jealous of Baba and talk in a discourteous way. Baba
cautioned regarding our behaviour and how to talk in
Chap 2,19,21,33 and 44. He says we should not hurt
others by our speech, not to indulge in scandal
mongering, always to speak truth etc., Now the topic
for discussion is 'How to speak'
Let us see the invaluable advice given to King Janaka
by Sulabha, a sanyasin. She observed the King was
restless when she wanted to argue with him. The
essence of her advice is as follows 'when we want to
convey any message through argument or speech, both
the speaker and the listener should have a calm and
composed mind with a sense of equality, devoid of
anger ,ahankara selfishness etc., Man has two
qualities latent in him, he can attract or repel
another by his talk. There are three categories of
men: Superior, equal and inferior whom we come across.
The power of attraction if shown towards an equal
develops into friendship, if shown towards superiors
it turns into devotion and respect, if shown towards
inferiors it develops into compassion.
Dear readers, the best course will be to think that
the other person is as nearer to Baba as we are. Our
ego should not play any role so that the real purpose
for which we talk to others is defeated. If we think
superior to the other man the language will be
different and will not enter into is ears. The golden
rule is 'You treat others as you wish to be treated by
others' This is possible if we adopt the rule of Three
C's ---- Never Complain, Never Comment and Never
OM SAI SRI SAI JAYA JAYA SAI!!!
12. LETTERS FROM SAIDEVOTEES:
"Krishna" : gvkskrishna@...
20 Aug 2005 03:29:58 -0000
I regularly receive your mails of Sai Charitra.
Sending this mail just to wish my "Namaskaramulu" to
with best regards
"dobby sommer" dobbyonearth@...
Thu, 18 Aug 2005 23:59:39 -0700
Om Sri Sai Ram,
Thank you for the Glory of Shirdi Sai. Each word is a
godsend in this life.
aili su liai05@...
8/23/2005 00:16:15 -0700
Dear Saidarbar Team,
Thanks for sending me the E-magazine "The Glory of
Devotees speak about Sai in Dreams
"Navitha vasu" : navithavasu@...
Thu, 23 Jun 2005 16:59:38 -0400]
It was a very good experience reading Saibanisa's
diary 'Sai in dreams'. While reading every dream I
felt very eager to see the message you left after
ZUTSHI's" : zutshi_anil_k@...
Wed, 15 Jun 2005 18:45:01 -0700 (PDT)
I have read the dream sequences of our respected
SaiBaNiSa Ji and my opinion is; Our Guruji, Sai Baba
is ever and everywhere present. We only need to have
the right vision and hearing power to enable us to see
Him and hear Him.
Anil & Rita Zutshi
New Milford - Danbury (USA)
"Raji Gopi" rajigopi9@...
Mon, 27 Jun 2005 12:32:51 -0700 (PDT)
I read the Dreams from the E-book. It is an excellent
and I am sure any Sai devotee will be more than happy
to read the dreams published in the E-book "SAI IN
DREAMS". I found all the dreams and experiences
mentioned by SaiBanisaji in the E-book are so real
Deep" : deep_luv@...
Mon, 27 Jun 2005 07:43:26 -0700 (PDT)
After reading about the visions and instructions that
SAIBANISAJI received from our beloved Sri Shirdi Sai
Baba, it is beyond any doubt that he is a blessed man.
How beautifully conveyed were Sai's messages that he
could easily relate them to Sai Leelas mentioned in
Sri Sai Satcharita.
VIERA VA-22180 U.S.A
gvsrk somayajulu" : gandikota2000@...
Wed, 13 jul 2005 07:23:51 -0700 (PDT)
Opinion in one word...excellent. The beauty of the art
is in the eyes of the beholder; likewise
the spiritual benifit one derives by reading this
e-book can be ''tending to infinity'' depending on the
Sraddhha of the reader.
You can obtain "Sai in Dreams E-book" from Web:
13. TELUGU SECTION:
14. FROM SAI ORGANISATIONS:
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For SAIDARBAR - Canberra - Australia activities.
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For Activities of Saidarbar Chennai
Long Live The Ancient & Supreme One!
At the feet of Lord Shirdi Sai,
Chennai Saidarbar Team.
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Tue, 12 Jul 2005 23:35:03 +1000
For activities of Saidarbar Canberra
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13 Aug 2005 22:36:28 -0000
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Please contact: technical@...
"Shanthi Ramakrishnan": shanthi@...
Tue, 30 Aug 2005 09:05:58 IST
Sai Darbar Portland OR USA
We had a wonderful session of our monthly Sai Darbar
on August 20th Saturday.We started the session with
OM, Gayatri and Sai Gayatri followed by Sai Ashtothram
and sang a Ganesh Bhajan.Then we read 47th and 48th
chapters in Sai SatCharitra.Sai Darbar was concluded
with Aarti & prasad.
Thank you for your support.
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Please contact: raoas@...
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 12:39:37 AM
Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
We are happy to inform and invite you for Sri Shirdi
Sai Baba Satsang (devotional gathering) at HTCC Temple
on Sunday (09/04/2005) from 4.00 P.M.
The following will be the schedule of program on
4.00 4.15 P.M. Chanting Sri Sai Ashtothara
Sathanamavali (108 names)
4.15 5.00 P.M. Reading Sri Sai Satcharitra and
sharing devotees experiences
5.00 5.30 P.M. Bhajans
5.30 6.00 P.M. Evening Aarathi to Sri Shirdi Sai
Baba and Prasadam distribution.
Please inform the above program to all the devotees,
participate and get the blessings of Sadguru Sri
Shirdi Sai Baba.
"Atlanta Sai Temple News" webmaster@...
North America Shirdi Sai Temple of Atlanta
For more details please contact the Temple
700 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024
"Shirdi Saibaba Prayer Center": sai@...
For Further details Visit: Web Page:
"Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of DFW" USA:
Baba Pada Puja & Abhishekam
This event repeats on the first Saturday of every
Event Location: 2109 W. Parker Road, Plano, Texas
It will be followed by Vishnu Sahasranamam at 11:00am.
Please email your questions, comments or suggestions
about the web site
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8/1/2005 08:56:25 -0400
Sai Sandesh August Issue can be read online at:
Back Issues are available at:
For Satsanghs and details please visit
Or send email to saibandhu@...
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SHIRDI SAI BABA SANSTHAN OF CANADA
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www.shirdisaicanada.org (under construction)
Thu, 11 Aug 2005 10:13:03 -0500
Mandir Pathrika Issue 47
With the Mandir Pathrika Issue 47, Mandir Pathrika is
now in its third year of publication. We added more
information on Mandir in this issue.We request all
devotees to contribute articles to Mandir Pathrika.
Articles can be any information on Saibaba, Jalaram
bapa or devotee experiences, suggestions etc.,
Please email your articles to
You can view all previous issues by opening the
8/29/2005 18:29:44 -0600
We are in the process of constructing a temple for
Lord Shirdi Sai Baba in Singapore. Kindly render all
possible assistance and be the recipient of HIS
bountiful blessings.. For more details, please visit:
15. SAI'S BOOK WORLD:
From S.K. Kapoor,
Sri Sai Bhakta Samaj (Regd.)
17, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi 110 003.
E-mail : ssbsnewdelhi@...
Web : www.saimemorial.com
Books in Hindi by Dr. Rabinder Nath Kakarya
1. SRI SAI SATCHARITRA - Price Rs.250/-
2. SRI SAI BABA KE ANANYA BHAKT Price Rs.75/-
3. MUKTHI DATA SRI SAIBABA Price Rs. 60/-
4. SAI KA SANDESH - Price Rs.90/-
5. SRI SAI BABA KE PARAM BHAKT- Price Rs.75/-
Publisher: Sterling Publishers private limited,
A-59, OKHLA INDUSTRIAL AREA, PHASE II
New Delhi - 110 020.
Web : www.sterlingpublishers.com
Those desirous of using this facility (Sai's Book
World) to spread the word about their books may send
ONE new copy of the book to Saidarbar,for details
webmaster@... , saidarbar@... &
Acknowledgement of receipt of books will be done by
Book(s) sent to Saidarbar will be retained by
Saidarbar and cannot be returned.
E- Books from Saidarbar:
1. SAI A BEACON FOR HUMANITY:
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2. SAI IN DREAMS
You can obtain your copy at
Contact for further details: Sai Sevak-Vijay Agarwal:
We will be happy to conduct Tele-Satsanghs to cities
out side Hyderabad and India on prior intimation. For
further details please contact
Things impressed me from this Magazine:
While offering the charities, select the deserving,
-Going to their house and extending is the best way,
if you can.
-Inviting them to your house and giving them is the
- Remember that giving charities to your servants is
not a charity. It is only a duty.
Baba's only aim was to improve all persons and guide
them to the state of Atma Sakshatkara.
He who realizes that the world is like a mirage in the
desert does not crave for worldly pleasures.
Sai devotees may write about their Sai activities in
essays, articles and poetry on Sai to " The Glory of
Shirdi Sai" - they
may be address their contributions to E-mail id:
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