Sai Vichaar
 Thursday , July 13, 2006 :: Volume 9, Issue 9
 (In its nineth year of publication.)

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FEATURE OF THE WEEK: Gurupoornima Message

Ever since the phenomenon of Shri Shirdi Sai extensively caught public attention in India and outside, there has been a relentless stream of speculation as well as concerted effort on the question of His parentage i.e. whether he was born a Hindu or a Muslim. The net result of such research by different researchers has turned out to be either speculative or controversial since it is based more on circumstantial evidence as opposed to primary data. However, my efforts are channelised into finding out who and what Baba is rather than what was His parentage or where he was born.

There can be no denial in any quarter that Shri Shirdi Sai Baba is a divine personality of the highest order who demonstrated magnificent qualities of selfless service to all, who came in contact with Him, without least consideration of His self. He was not constrained by the limitations of any organized religion or path as is amply evidenced by His acceptance of disciples from all religions, cultures, castes and paths etc. There was no question of economic and social differentiation in His scheme of things. Besides non-possession and non-attachment, he was divinely magnanimous and empathetic towards the poorest of the poor among His devotees, as well as animals and birds. He also possessed wonderful powers of miracles, which he often used to help His disciples in distress even at distant places.

Given this universal theme of His approach, one can safely conclude that Shri Sai demonstrated the highest qualities of Hinduism, notwithstanding whether He was born of Hindu or Muslim parentage.

When one speaks of Hinduism at first one has to understand as to what Hinduism stands for in its essence. Some of historians comment that the word ‘Hindu’ was originally ‘Indu’ coming out of ‘Indus’ valley civilization but some foreigners called it Hindu like ‘Hindukush’ mountain. Hinduism in its quintessence is more a way of life than merely being a Hindu path of worship of deities. It prescribes numerous paths to its people and leaves them free to choose any one. It prescribes a number of divine forms (Devatas or Devis) to be worshipped and also the worship of the formless (Brahman – the ultimate God). Hinduism does not insist on the conversion of others to its fold and failing which their extinction. It has never believed in religious expansionism with the help of sword. This highest level of tolerance has led to the absorption of many conquering or colonizing races following different paths into its all embracing fold. Sufism, which truly believes in the unity of souls and tolerance among people following different paths, therefore, found a strong base in India – the soil of Hindus.

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: continued....

Basically what Shri Shirdi Sai Baba practiced and taught is spiritualism and humanism as against bigotry, obscurantism and intolerance. To that extent He was a genuine Hindu and genuine Sufi amalgamated together. He often used to say ‘Allah Malik hai’ or ‘Ishwar Achha karega’ or ‘Sabka Malik ek hai’ i.e., the one and ultimate God called Ishwar or Allah is the sovereign power who controls every one and every thing. This is the monistic "Advaitya" philosophy of the Hindus. On the other hand, He never deterred His Hindu devotees from going temples to worship any deity of their faith or stopped the Muslims from taking out the Tazia procession or doing anything prescribed by their religion etc. Indeed He encouraged both and ensured that at Shirdi, tolerance towards the religious sentiments of devotees practicing various faiths, through mutual participation in each others festivals. Not only for the residents of Shirdi but also for the outsiders who used to visit Him in great numbers, He was not only a Guru but a part of their entire existence. Shri Sai had permeated into all aspects of their lives – religion, family, festivals, way of earning and spending, social conduct, moral conduct, cultural activities, births and deaths, diseases and cures and even regarding the rearing of their children and pets. Baba’s influence has been so strong and wide that even two to three generations of a family would come together to seek His blessings and advice on varied matters at Shirdi. Every one looked up to Him as a God in human form and also as the head of the family and surrendered to Him. The way of life not only for the natives of Shirdi but those visiting Him, metamorphosized to a new way of looking at life which Baba taught them through His conduct and precepts. Thus, like Hinduism, the path shown by Shri Sai has become a way of life for His devotees rather than a religious and ritualistic path alone. Even today the same Sai spirit pervades the lives of millions.

This is what explains the unimaginable expansion of the Sai path not only in India, but in other countries. Shri Sai remains, as promised by Him, a living Master, with His all-pervasive spirit that controls the entire life of His devotees. Such a magnificent, universal and time-less divine personality is termed as “Vasudeva” in Hinduism. And the spirit of Shri Vasudeva is eternal.

A message from Shri C.B. Satpathy ji.



On this GuruPoornima day, humbly we offer our obeisance at thy Lotus Feet. Bless us with the choicest gifts from Your Treasure Box. Sri Hemadpant came to Shirdi on account of the stored merit of his Punyakarmas. You were standing in the corner of Sathe's wada. He ran, prostrated before you. Joy knew no bounds. He found more than what he had heard from Nana Chandorkar. All his senses were pacified and he forgot thirst and hunger. As he touched Your sacred feet, he began a new lease on life. You held his hand and never let go. Gaulibuva came for your Divya Darshan every year and testified with great faith that you are Pandharinath Vithal incarnate, the merciful Lord of the poor and the helpless. Sri Dasganu had a desire to visit holy Prayag You showed with mercy, Ganga and Yamuna flowing from Your Toes. Such is the significance of Your holy feet. That is where live all the Thirthas of your Bhaktas. You came to Shirdi as a young lad. Just like Krishna, children looked at You with awe and old ladies' hearts swelled up with motherly affection. At Your very first Darshan, Mahalspati heart cried out, YA SAI and You became our Sai. Bless us with the same wealth that You blessed your Mahalsapati with.

Saint Gangagir came to Shirdi and seeing you carrying pitchers of water in both hands for watering the garden was amazed at Your Darshan and said, "Blessed is Shirdi that it got this precious Jewel; but He is not an ordinary fellow. As the land was lucky and meritorious, it secured this Jewell". Saint of Anandmath was lucky to find pure diamond like you. Such was the efficacy of Your Darshan that it quieted our Samsar. Mr. Cholkar's desires were fulfilled just by Your Darshan. Mr. Sathe resorted to Your feet and seeing Your form, which was like eternal Brahma, luminous, spotless and pure, his mind became calm and composed.

Such was the efficacy of Your Darshan that Bhakta Pant saw his guru in You and was blessed with fearlessness. Ramdas Bhakta devotee saw her beloved Deity Rama in You. Lala Lakshmichand was so happy to have Your Darshan that he was enrapt with Your Lotus Feet as a bee with a sweet smelling Rose. Kakaji Vaidya found that there was no benediction, no words; just Your Divya Darshan filled his whole being with peace. Darveshis came with their sick Tiger at Your door for You to cure him. Tiger's head hung down on account of luster on Your face. Such fortune to have death at Your Lotus Feet. Baba, On this GuruPoornima day, bless us with the Vision like you blessed Anandrao Pakhade. Let us decorate our Hridya simhasan with gold and diamonds of all Satwick vrittis. Reside our Deva, take Your Feet out of Your Kafni and let us change the directions of our lives towards the SatyaPath. Let us direct all our senses towards our eyes wherein live You my Sai., We have placed Your Padukas in our heart. Murmur with Your sweet voice, Your eternal message that "These are the feet of the Lord".

Baba, instill Your Shashwat Sandesh in our ears, "Oh! What is there in Akkalkot, and what is there in Prayag"? The Ranchod of Dwarka is in Shirdi. Come to our house for Bhiksha and let us serve You with our sweet devotion. Be pleased with it and placing Your VardaHasta on our heads, comfort us by saying, "These feet are old and holy, you are carefree now. Place entire faith in Me and you will soon get your object."

(Contributed by Sathyabhama Sharma)



Deva, I want to thank you so much for making me pass my exam. I have failed this exam 4 times previously and this time by your grace I was able to clear it.

A Sai devotee
Thank you so much for showering your forgiving and merciful eye on me. I love you Sai baba and the only prayer I have for you is be with Babu and me always. Please never leave us and go. If we do anything wrong, you teach us the right way but please never get angry with us. Let us be in your feet always with your hands on our heads.

I want to share my latest experience with all of you. I got a job by Baba's grace in other town. I prayed to Baba please give a job to my husband where I am working. He listened my prayers and he gave a job to my husband also where I am working. Baba I am so thankful to you what you gave to me. Please bless us with good thoughts and bless my children.

I had a major surgery a couple of months back. Soon after the surgery I got the infection and the doctor was unable to figure out the cause of the infection after series of tests. Finally the doctor asked me to go for the CT scan, which made me very nervous. At that juncture, I sincerely prayed to Lord Sai, if my CT scan report will come out negative then I would post this message in Sai Vichaar. Thanks for your blessings Sai, my CT scan report has come out as negative. Please be with us always Sai.

Thank you very much for everything from my sister arriving, finding gold to my husband job, his alcohol problem to my brother's visa. After so many years we have started receiving your blessings. Please don't stop here you are over father, mother and God.

I want to thank you for curing my wife and helping us get out of the tough time. Please continue to shower your blessings on us. We know that our lives are incomplete without your blessings. Bow to Sai and peace to all.

It happened about five years back. I got admission in hotel management in Nagpur. I was not used to stay away from my parents and the people I was staying with were not right. So I was feeling so lonely and helpless and I missed my parents so much. I tried hard to get my fees returned, and I could not leave the course. So Sadguru Saibaba came who's temple is just next to my house there. I started praying to Sainath and crying a lot in front of Him. Saibaba could not see my pain and gave me the strength to pull out and I returned to my home. I was so inexperienced and emotionally undeveloped I forgot Saibaba after this incident. I was so lucky that I got a chance to see Shirdi again but there also I was not able to recall all the blessings of Saibaba. I kept all my attention somewhere else and didn't show right dedication. And after two years from that incident, now I am again in a worst situation. My wife is suffering from life threatening disease, I admit I cannot live a single second without her so lives of me and my wife are in the hands of Deenbandhu Saibaba. I cannot forget his shower of true love upon me all the time I remember him and I know he will come again to take all my pains and tears. Saibaba will forgive all my faults, As I surrendered everything body soul and mind to him, I will write again in Sai vichar as my life will get ok. Daya kar Sainath.



I seek your forgiveness and mercy Baba, I cannot bear this agony any more, please forgive us Baba and help me succeed.

Baba my uncle is in the hospital. Please cure him completely and make him normal person. He is just living his retirement life calmly. Please make him healthy.

Sai Devotee
Baba, cure my uncle who is diagnosed with Leukemia. Cure him completely and bring him back to normal.

Om Sai, Shri Sai, Jay Jay Sai. Sai Baba, please take care of my kids. I am worried about them very much these days. Please be with them and protect all the time. Please Bless my son and daughter Baba.

Please don't make their mother move from our house I am happy when my grand kids are with me.



I like to share a wonderful and fascinating experience of mine, which took place about two weeks back. On a Saturday morning, I was a bit uneasy, as I thinking about my son, and his career, how to settle him and so on. All of a sudden, my house doorbell rang and I saw a Sadhu standing. As you know, Sadhus are quite common in India and I thought he was like anyone, and handed over a five rupee coin. But he refused to accept, and instead told me that my bad period has ended, and all that you are wishing will come true. Then, spontaneously, my mind changed and went inside to get more money Rupees 101. He accepted, but pretty much questioning whether, I was true to my heart, to give the alms, and he went on saying that this money, you have given to Baba, and Baba will give this to poor. As you know, I still was in doubt, because my mind was not pure. He went away. I closed the door, but just realized in mind, "Was it Baba", the Sadhu disappeared, not to be seen anywhere. This is my most memorable experience. Please Baba, help my family to come out of this anxious moments.

Baba, we are posting this as per our vow. We had prayed to You to get a suitable match for my brother as we have been looking for the past two years without any success. A couple of months back, one proposal was finalized and was nearing engagement. My aunt performed Archana pooja for Goddess Meenakshi at Madurai in my brother's and the girl's name as soon as it was finalized. Just weeks before the engagement, the bride's side opted out sighting horoscope mismatch. We were all quite heart-broken and we prayed to You earnestly. Now, You have blessed him with another bride within just a month or so. The miracle is that You saw to that this girl has the very same name as the previous proposal (even her father has the same name as that of the previous proposal). We are moved by this wonderful Leela of yours and we are very confident that You will see to that the marriage also goes on fine. Now, please bless me this time by seeing to that my experience gets posted in Sai Vichar and shared by all. Unless and until You will, it will not appear. Please Baba, please bless this ignorant soul by seeing to that this gets posted. Guide us and show the right path forever.



"There will never be any dearth or scarcity, regarding food and clothes, in any devotees' homes. It is my special characteristic, that I always look to, and provide, for the welfare of those devotees, who worship Me whole-heartedly with their minds ever fixed on Me".-Shri Sai Baba



Q. Question of the week given below....

A. by SL Abhyankar


Q. Though Baba had all eight powers, "Ashta Siddhis" at His command then why did he lose to Tamboli in a wrestling bout?

A. Baba was a great dramatist! His losing the wrestling bout was nothing but a drama, an excuse to change his attire. Soon after the bout he changed his attire to wear the kafni, which became his trademark attire ever since that. He must have got it ready, even before the bout.

In the movie "Gandhi", the event of Bapuji changing his attire to dhoti is well depicted by Sir Attenborough. There could be many people thinking of wearing simple attire. But it takes courage of conviction to really act upon a thought or upon an idea. That is the stuff, what great souls are made of - courage of conviction.

Q. Question of the week given below....

A. by Sadashiv Kavthankar


Q. Though Baba had all eight powers, "Ashta Siddhis" at His command then why did he lose to Tamboli in a wrestling bout?

A. The Result of the wrestling bout with Mohdin Tamboli had little significance as compared to the change that took place in the life of Shri Sai Baba. Aftermath of the wrestling incidence. In this case Shri Sai Baba showed by actual conduct how one should get rid of egoism. After the fight, Thenceforth Shri Sai Baba changed his dress and mode of living. He donned Kafni, wore a langot (Waist band) and covered his head with a piece of white cloth, which was twisted like a matted hair. He took a piece of sackcloth for his bed and was content. A satka (short stick), which he always kept with him.

Shri Sai Baba though a Siddha, but He acted like a Sadhaka. He was meek, humble and ego less and Pleased all.



Gurupoornima at Shirdi Sai Temple, Chicago and Suburbs, Illinois, USA
Gurupoornima celebrations will be held in Shirdi Sai Temple, Chicago from Tuesday, July 11th through Thursday, July 13th 2006. Program highlights: Maha Abhishek, Aarthis, Satcharita parayan, Sri Sai Satyanarayan Vratha, Sri Datta Moola Mantra Homam, Palaki procession and more. For program details please visit the temple website or contact the Temple office at 847-931-4058.

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 will begin to function at 1835 Polk St NE, Minneapolis from July 11th, 2006, Gurupoornima day. The day program will include Sai satcharitha parayan, Sai aarathis, bhajans and Sai Naama jap. Please visit 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 Gurupoornima event please call the temple office at 469-467-3388 or visit the website

Guru Poornima celebrations, Bay Area, California
Dear Shirdi Sai devotees, we welcome all of you with family to join us for Shirdi Sai Gurupoornima celebrations on July 15th (Saturday) in Sunnyvale between 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sanatan Dharma Kendra, 897 E Kifer Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (located in Reliance Technical Service complex). For details please call 408-564-6704 or send email to or visit

Sai Satsang, New Jersey, USA
Shirdi Sai Dham, Inc regularly conducts Sai bhajans followed by Aarti and Prasad on every 1st Saturday of each month at Durga Mandir, Kendall Park, New Jersey. All are requested to kindly come and receive Baba's blessings. For more information, please call us at 609-275-1334 or visit or email us at

Gurupoornima in Toronto, Canada
Gurupoornima celebrations will be held in Toronto on Sunday, July 16th 2006 from 7:00 a.m. with Bhupali and Kakad Aarti to 8:00 p.m. Shej Aarti at Gur Mandir, 207 Queen's Plate Dr., Toronto. Program highlights: Maha Abhishek, Satcharita parayan, Sri Sai Satyavratha Puja, Sri Sai Palaki procession, Bhajan Sandhaya, Mahaprasaad and more. To participate in Annadaan (Charitable Food Drive), details to volunteer, for program information please visit events at or contact at 416-402-8089 or 416-895-7905.

Shirdi Sai Mandir, Toronto, Canada
The Shirdi Sai Mandir located at 2721 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1X 1L5 (Intersection of Markham and Nashdene) is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m to 8:30 p.m. Dhoop Aarti is at 7:30 p.m. everyday. Bhajans are on Saturday from 6:00 p.m. onwards. For other temple activities and information please call 647-444-4724 or send an email to

Gurupoornima Celebrations in Sydney, Australia
Shree Shirdi Sai Sansthan Sydney invites you to with family and friends to join and celebrate Guru Poornima on 9th and 11th July 2006 at 420 Liverpool Road, Strathfield South, NSW 2136, Australia. For more details contact contact Sansthan's Info-Line 0500 524 724 or email:

Guru Poornima celebrations in Auckland , New Zealand
Guru Poornina is celebrated on 15th July (Saturday ) at Mahatma Ghandhi Center, New North Road, Auckland. Program includes Sri Sai Baba Arathis(all four) from 6:30 am followed by Sai Abhishek, Guru Pooja, Sai Bhajans, a short play on Sai Baba Leelas, Maha Prasad and more. All are welcome. For details contact Sam at 625 2930 or visiit

Sai Satsang in Westborough, MA
Dear Sai devotees in Westborough and near by cities in MA, every Thursday from 7:30 pm to 9 pm we do Shirdi Sai Bhajans in Westborough, MA. Please email me at for more information.

Sai Satsangs in Singapore
Dear Sai devotees in Singapore, Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan (Singapore) conducts regular Sai bhajans every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. at Shri Vadapathira Kalliamman Temple, Serangoon Road, Little India, Singapore. Please visit the web site for more details.



Sai Vichaar wishes its readers a Happy Gurupoornima. Please share with your fellow devotees the details of Gurupoornima celebrations in your community.

A devotee Radhakrishna suggests the Question of the week as follows:

Q. Though Baba had all eight powers, "Ashta Siddhis" at His command then why did he lose to Tamboli in a wrestling bout?

Humbly Yours,
The Editor



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