Sai Vichaar
 Thursday , November 09, 2006 :: Volume 9, Issue 26
 
 (In its nineth year of publication.)
 

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    IN THIS ISSUE:

  • FEATURE OF THE WEEK
  • CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE
  • DEVOTEES SAY
  • PRAYER CLUB
  • EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES
  • QUOTATION OF THE WEEK
  • QUESTION OF THE WEEK
  • SAI ACTIVITIES
  • FROM THE EDITORS KEYBOARD

 

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: A man should always be doing something

It seems Baba did not like that any of His able-bodied devotees should remain idle and be a burden on society or his kith and kin. He always preached, "A man should always be doing something." He Himself never sat idle but was always busy doing something. In the noon when no work was at hand He would just take a needle and repair His torn out Dhoti or His robe etc. and if at such a time somebody would turn up and question Baba, "Why should you take this trouble when we all are ready and willing to do this for you?" He would at once reply, "One has to be always busy doing something and so far as possible he should avoid troubling others for his own piece of work."

How a man seeking to escape the discharge of his worldly duties by running away for good from it on the excuse of going on a pilgrimage, was persuaded by Baba to return home and to shoulder his responsibilities like a man, is best seen in the life of one Janardan Moreshwer Fanse alias Haribhau Fanse. Wearied with carrying on the burden of his worldly cares, informing his mother Haribhau left his home for Rameshwar; however as Shirdi was on the way to Rameshwar, with a view to have the blessings of the far famed Shri Baba he came to Shirdi and felt so much attracted by Baba,. That he stayed at Shirdi for a week. When thereafter he asked Baba's permission to go to Rameshwar. He ordered him to go home, saying his mother had abstained from food since the day he had left home and if he failed to return home she might die. The mother was very much pleased to see her son back at home and was convinced that Baba was omniscient.

In the meanwhile a person of his village being attacked with Cholera approached him; he administered to him Shri Baba's holy ashes and he was cured. This led the people to believe that he was a physician. The holy ashes were however soon exhausted and so Haribhau was embarrassed as to how he should deal with another Cholera case, if he got one. But luckily for him Cholera left his village since that day. Thereafter he happened to go to a nearby village and casually met some Marwadi merchant known to him. The merchant seeing that a simple devotee had come to meet him, told Haribhau," Look here, my brother is seriously ill, all physicians, doctors have tried their utmost to cure him but they have all failed; now since you are Shri Sai Baba's devotee, if your Sai Baba is really a saint, He must cure my brother through you." Haribhau saw the patient found the case to be serious, was therefore anxious to slip away but as it was night, he could not leave for home. At night when Haribhau's Bhajan (prayer) time became due, the patient himself made the necessary preparations for Bhajan and throughout the Bhajan sat concentration on Baba's Photo. This surprised all and the Marwadi now said," Whether the patient dies or survives I will have his medicine form none but you." To shirk the responsibility Haribhau purposely quoted his fees in excess of those of the Civil Surgeon, at Rs.200/-. The Marwadi agreed to that. That night Baba appeared in Haribhau's dream and told him what the disease was and the medicine to be prescribed for it. Haribhau prescribed the said medicine and the patient started taking this medicine; the patient full recovered after a time and so the Marwadi offered Rs.200/- the stipulated fees to Haribhau, but Haribhau would not accept it stating he had done nothing, it was his Guru's work.

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: continued.....

The Marwadi could not rest satisfied till he requited Haribhau's labour in some form or other so he bought a scarf worth Rs.200/- and going to Haribhau's house when he was out, left it there. Haribhau could not now refuse the acceptance but he felt that the price-amount of the scarf should be sent to Baba. However as he was penniless and Baba had also left off His body in the meanwhile, while offering his usual night prayers, tears rolled down his eyes. That very night Baba appeared to him in his dream and said, "There is famine all round at present, so sell off the scarf and purchase rice from this amount of Rs.200/-, sell it at under price for the present; carry on this rice business till this amount of Rs.200/- runs out. Then sell rice at profit and you will be able to make a living." Following these instructions Haribhau prospered, became happy and then never thought of deserting home.

(Source: Shri Sai The Superman by Shri Sai Sharananand)


 

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: Read with Pleasure!

Oh Sai
Read with pleasure
Your Sai Satcharita
Like Ramayana every day
Nay it has done lot of good
To me and my family.

Yes it makes me
See the world differently
Its shades, Its hues
And above all the human struggle
One has to undergo
Every hour, day and year
To merely remain alive

I pray thee Oh Sai
to make the Sai Leela Magazine
As good as the Sai Satcharitra
That brings tears of joy
As I read the magazine
Revealing the devotees prayers
And experiences of Sai
As if you are still Alive
Roaming the streets like of yore
Protecting one and all.

(Contributed by Achuta Ramaiah)


 

DEVOTEES SAY:

Janakiramayya
During Durgaastami celebrations, on Saturday I went to Sai temple with my wife and son, reached home after couple of hours and my son went to play outside and lost his gold ring which has Sai photo. My wife and me were worried a lot and searched for the ring Saturday evening and Sunday morning but no luck. On Sunday afternoon, we went outside and while coming back home we prayed Sai that we will sponsor Sai bhajan and will post our experience in Sai Vichaar if we find the ring and was surprised that my wife found the ring at the main door where we searched 10 times. No doubt it is just Baba miracle. Baba, please continue showering Your blessings and be with us always. Koti namaskarams to Sainath.

Alok
When I was so desperate with my work I said I will not pray to Saibaba until there will be a sign of success in my work in the next two days. The first day went as such nothing happened, the next day I felt so embarrassed that what a nonsense thing I have thought and so I asked for His forgiveness and surprisingly I heared the good news in the evening. I could not even imagine to act like a child in front of our Sai.

Deandh
Thank you for the safe delivery. It was very smooth and painless only because of Your guidance. Please continue to guide us all and shower us with Your blessings.

Rakesh
I was able to cross a big hurdle at my work place. And not only that, with Your blessings I got promotion and I was congratulated time and again by my boss on my promotion. He was very happy on my promotion and on the reward of my little bit of hard work.

Aditya
My wife had a small lump in the breast. Number of doctors had diagnosed it about a year ago and advised us that there is nothing to worry about. After a year, we showed it to one of our close relatives/friends here in Australia who is a doctor. He arranged an appointment for us with a top surgeon. The surgeon had the same opinion but advised us to go for ultrasound to make it confirmed. But there was a conflict of opinions between the surgeon and radiologist and surgeon decided upon going for surgery and removes the lump. Now we were quite worried but as always Sai saved us!!! She had a surgery last Friday, the results came out this Friday and everything is normal. My wife is back to work and recovering well. I thank Sai from the bottom of my heart. Sairam.

Vandana
There was a time when I was having nothing (my parents, my own house and not even a child). But by Baba's grace I have everything. I had never thought that I would be able to have my own house ever in my life but by Baba's grace today me, my husband and child are very happy, even I was not having a child for last 7 years but by Baba's grace last March I had a baby girl. Baba has done a lot of miracles in my life all I have toady is just because of Baba , Please Baba always be with us.


 

PRAYER CLUB:

Muktha
Please pray for my dad who is going to have an open heart surgery soon also there is lot of tension in house because of some other family problem, please Baba give my dad a long healthy life.

Sriranjini
Please bless her with your mercy and let her have some peace of mind. Please protect the children Baba.

Simi
Baba, your son Cherry is not well, he has blood disorder. He is your small child - just of 10 years. Baba please grace him with your loving blessings. We are not able to see him suffer; he is our Krishna, our light. Please give him speedy recovery. We have no one except you to look forward to. Make him well fast. Let his disease vanish with your loving gaze. Baba, Please also give us strength to take proper care of Cherry. Request all devotees to please pray for our dear cherry, for his speedy recovery and let his blood get cured of all abnormalities.

Sai devotee
Baba, this is a crucial exam for me. I just have three weeks time and this is becoming difficult. Please help me pass this exam.

Rajani
We are facing tough time in our life all of a sudden it has been very hectic and depressing. Me and my husband went for blood tests last week and are waiting for the result. Please be with us once again and let us get out of these problems.

Mala
Baba my husband has to go for an MRI next Tuesday. Please take care him. Our pranams at your Lotus Feet.

Meena
Please solve the problems at home regarding my brothers and their family. Please bring peace at home and good jobs for my brothers.

Nainesh
Baba, You know the relation between me and my sister are not good at the moment. Please Baba shower Your krupa on us so that everything between me and my sister can sort out.

Sai devotee
Oh kind Sai you are too great. Thank you for making my sister deliver a baby boy without any problems. You have answered all our prayers. Kindly bless all couples without issues with a child. Thank you also for solving my husband's problem at work and for making him get the promotion. Please be with him and guide him in his new role. Kindly shower Your blessings on all our family members.


 

EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES:

Shefali
In the month of August I joined this job of teaching in the University with Baba's grace. Recently the students took an exam. When I came home and graded the papers I found that one paper was missing. I knew, the student was present for the exam. I was worried and after thorough searching, I just did not find it. I did not know what to do. I prayed to Sainath that this was my first term for teaching and it creates a bad impression on the teacher. The next day I went to work thinking how to tell about this and to whom. I looked in my office but all in vain. It so happened that another Professor who was with me on that day came up to me with the paper after grading it and returned the paper. Thank you Baba for helping me to keep a good impression during my first term of the job.

Jayanth, Abu Dhabi
Ever since I became an ardent devotee of Sai, I had been receiving lots of miracles in life. I got a better job with a good package of more 80 percent of what I was drawing, which I did not expect. Recently while driving with my family near a 'T' junction in Dubai, I stopped my car for the vehicles to pass. Suddenly, there was a major jolt from behind. A big Four wheeler rammed from behind my car. Luckily, at that moment there was no car in front of me but it was just five feet away. We all had our seatbelts on, because of that we avoided being hit on the windscreen. I just prayed to Sai and got down. Even the driver from the Four wheeler came down to me and apologized before even seeing the damage of my car. He came to me running and said if any damages he will take full responsibility as it was his fault. So, I said let us see the damage first. To our shock and surprise there was not a single scratch in my car. I really could not beleive my eyes and even that driver said, its really a miracle. Because the impact was such, I thought that it will take time to get repaired and then there is police case etc. I really take it as His blessings that nothing happened. This is one of the miracles, I will post again about some more which happened to me. Baba, You are really great. Please shower Your blessings to all and peace prevail everywhere and eradicate greed, hatred, jealousy, selfishness and cruelty.


 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:

"Sai knows fully the desire of His devotees and fulfills the same. Hence they get what they want and are grateful. So we invoke Him and prostrate ourselves before Him. Forgetting all our faults let Him free us from all anxieties. He who being overcome with calamities remembers and prays Sai thus, will get his mind calmed and pacified through His grace".-Sri Sai Satcharita


 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Q. Why did Baba call Masjid as Dwarakamai? What is the significance of Dwarakamai?

A. by Ramaa Prasad

As S. Ramani has rightly stated it in the previous issue of Sai Vichaar "Dwaraka" means the place with all its doors open to all irrespective of their religious affiliations for accomplishment of the four "purushaarthas" as per "Skanda Puraana". Baba has added "mayi" to "Dwaraka", signifying that every one can get motherly love from His "Dwaraka". "Mayi" or the Mother at this holy "Dwaraka" is none other than Paramaguru Sai Baba Himself, who has descended to Earth to guide humans on a clean spiritual path.
Baba who is personification of love, compassion and kindness, said on several occasions that who steps into this holy "Dwarakmayi" receive all help, love, compassion and kindness irrespective of his/her religion, caste, creed and race. Countless number of people got solace and comfort at this holy place, which I am fond of calling "Vikuntha" the abode of Lord Naryana in human form. Sai Baba said that "Dhuni" was installed at "Dwarakamayi" to rid his children of their sins. The original dilapidated mosque or "masjid", which Sai Baba made His abode at Shirdi was dear to Muslims; but Baba opened it to Hindus and all other categories of people, making it "Dwaraka" with Himself being "Mai" or Mother there. It is Baba's spiritual power and ingenuity that converted a simple dilapidated mosque into a sacred holy shrine to one and all, all over the world. There is no other shrine in the entire world to my knowledge other than Baba-Mayi's Dwaraka, which attracts such a wide range of people belonging to diverse sects, races and religions.


 

SAI ACTIVITIES:

Shirdi Sai Temple of Chicago and Suburbs, Illinois, USA
Shirdi Sai temple is open daily from 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m (Winter hours). Daily program includes Kakad Arathi at 8 a.m. followed by Abhisek. Madhayana Arathi at 12 noon, Dhoop Arathi at 6 p.m. and Shej Arathi at 9 p.m. Archana, Homams, Sahasranama and sponsored poojas continue in between the Arathis. To request a pooja for yourselves, your friends and family, please call. Devotees can request water (Abhishek Jal) from the Holy bathing of Baba by sending us an email or by phone. Temple is located 25 minutes drive west of Schaumburg on intersection of IL Route 47 and Plank Road in Hampshire, IL. For more information please call 847-931-4058 or send email to maildrop@....

Shri Saibaba Mandir, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saibaba activities in Minneapolis were conducted at Shirdi Saibaba Prayer center since the year 2002. Now, with the grace and blessings of Baba and the support of devotees, a new Saibaba Mandir has begun to function at 1835 Polk St NE, Minneapolis from July 11th 2006. Please visit www.hamaresai.org for all details.

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of DFW Metroplex is located at 2109 West Parker (Parker Plaza), Suite 212, Plano, TX 75023. For temple hours and activities please call the temple office at 469-467-3388 or visit the website www.shirdisaidallas.org.

Shirdi Sai Center in Bay Area, CA
By Baba's grace, Shirdi Sai Parivaar is pleased to announce the opening of Shirdi Sai Center in Bay Area. The center is located at 897-B East Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. For more information please call 408-564-6704 or 408-705-7904.

Shri Sai Paduka Pooja, Toronto, Canada
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada, cordially invites all to join in for Shri Sai Paduka Puja and receive Baba's blessings, on November 19th, 2006 at 11:30 am at Gur Mandir, 207 Queens Plate Dr., Toronto, followed by Mahaprasaad. For details on this event or Thursday Satsang visit www.shirdisainath.org or call 416-294-4804.


 

FROM THE EDITORS KEYBOARD:

Sai Vichaar thanks you for your support for the Question of the Week feature. This feature is intended to initiate useful discussion on topics related to Sai philosophy, His message, and Sai devotion. Please send your suggested topics for the same.

The "Question of the week" for this week is,

Q. Why did Baba call Masjid as Dwarakamai? What is the significance of Dwarakamai?

Humbly Yours,
The Editor


 

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