Sai Vichaar
 Thursday , September 14, 2006 :: Volume 9, Issue 18
 
 (In its nineth year of publication.)
 

Sai Vichaar is a Weekly newsletter distributed every Thursday and is devoted to the life, philosophy and teachings of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi. Feel free to forward this newsletter to your interested associates in its original form.


 

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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
Shri Sai Baba's Photo

 

FEATURE OF THE WEEK: A higher level of faith and perception

Is Sai Baba God or could that be He was just a man with a few unique powers and peculiarities? This was also a question raised about two thousand years ago with Christ, was Jesus Christ a man or a magician? Discussions on - the father, the son and the Holy Spirit' is still a popular topic at churches all over. Where does the answer lie to the question whether Sai Baba was an ordinary man with a few powers or the manifestation of the supreme conscious that eludes common rationale?

Let us see a wonderful passage from "Glimpses of Sai Baba" by Shri Narasimhaswami ji: "As to how Sri Sai Baba is to be regarded, there is wide divergence of views, not merely among religions, sects and people, but also within one's stage of the spiritual growth. Many regard Him as both God and man, just as Tennyson did in case of Jesus Christ.

Thou seemest human and divine
The highest holiest manhood thou.
Our wills are ours, we know not how
Our wills are ours, to make them thine

 

There are many who are hovering about this level, in their view of Sai Baba-now, disposed to submit and surrender, and pray to Him as God, again disposed to regard Him as a highly developed personality acting as their guardian angel or at least as a benevolent but more gifted man, with human frailties and other human peculiarities. Some devotees, if they analyze their perception from time to time, might discover that they can not fix themselves to one particular view of Sai Baba always, but are involuntarily moved from one to the other viewpoints mentioned above and even to pass beyond these, even to the extent of doubting whether Sai Baba is or is not good and powerful. Such is human weakness that one need not be ashamed to discover his own position in the last named class. But commonsense, and higher impulses naturally drive us to quit such a useless, nay, pernicious state and strive to reach higher levels of faith and perception.


 

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: Raghuvir Bhaskar Purandhare (continued from last week)

Sri Sai never talked in my presence about Adwaita, etc. He said always "Allah will Protect," "God protects us all, the poor etc. He never said in my presence that He (Sai) is in all. But he often identified himself with God. He said "whoever steps into the Masjid, reaches his goal, If you act in a good, way, good really will follow." I do not remember his talking of Pranayama, Kundal-ini, etc., and I never cared for these. N.S.Chandorkar said, Baba knew Sanskrit. Baba took up Bhagavata, etc., and pointed out passages to people as especially suitable for them. This supports N.S.C. Baba's foreknowledge of his own death: Two years before 1918 Dusserah, Le., Dusserah of 1916 Baba burnt all his Kupny, langote and headkerchief which he took off saying "This is my Simollangan".

People make Shami worship and present Shami leaves to each other and cross their frontier, as though they were having a successful raid on that day. When people asked him why he burnt out his clothes on this special holiday, he said, "This is my Simolanghan," i,e., "crossing the border." Two hours later, he wore new clothes, Kupni, langotee and headkerchief - just as all people wear new clothes on that day. He remained two hours naked after burning the clothes he wore and was fierce. People forced him to wear these new clothes then, which were always ready by the dozen. Baba told Ramachandra Dada Patel (who was ill then) that Tatya Patel - the head of his family - 'would go away on this day, after two years'. Two years after that, Tatya was seriously ill. Baba also was ill for a week before Dusserah; Baba gave up the body and Tatya recovered; So people say that Baba gave up his own life to save Tatya's, Le., in exchange of Tatya's. Such examples we find in the lives of other saints. Even now, Baba is saving life. Here is an instance.

In 1932 - I was hopelessly ill of Sciatica and Rheumatism. I then saw Yamadutas near me. But Sai Baba came up, sat on my bed, took my hand on his knee and prevented Yamadutas touching me or my bed. I was saved. I was very passionate, i e., hot tempered. He told me often "If anybody comes and abuses you or punishes you, do not quarrel with him. If you cannot endure it, speak a simple word or two or else go away from the place. But do not battle with him and behave like that. I feel sick and disgusted when you quarrel with others. He said this to me and to others also several times. Twelve or fifteen days before S.'s death, he drove away myself and Dixit to Bombay. He told us, ' I will go further and you follow me." He gave us permission to go, at the Masjid saying, "my Turbat (Tomb) will speak: my name also will speak, my mutti, i.e., clay will give you replies" and told us to clear away. We went away in a bullock cart. He had no disease at the time and we did not expect his death then. He had spoken these words previously and we did not understand their import or importance. Baba never talked in my presence of the goal of life or about Mukti, or Swarga or Paradise. He said once "I will take my Kaka in Vimana."

In 1926 on an Ekadasi in perfect peace and talking of Baba, Kaka Dixit suddenly expired. Baba has often said to me and to others, "He who is mine, even if he dies 1000 miles off, I will drag him to myself just as we draw a sparrow with a thread" and to many people he said, "I will not allow my man to get away from me." I saw some devotees dying at Shirdi on Ekadasi. They must have got Swarga thus. Baba did not, to my knowledge, describe Kylash, Vykuntha, Swarga or Mok-sha. In 1914-6 or so, Baba was asked by a lady, "When will I get a good birth? Baba: "In your next birth." Next day, she jumped into a well to end her life but was saved. He occasionally foretold the future. I never asked about my own future. Taking in Vimana" means Sadgati.

(Contributed by continued.....)

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: continued....

Baba advised one Sagun Meru Naik to put some ghee on the rice and place the rice with ghee in the Dhuni (fire) as an offering and then bring the rest to him. This was in his (Sai Baba's) lifetime. Ever since then, S.M.N is doing this. Baba ate that food. That food was brought from his (S.M.N's) own house. Previous to that, his Naivedya had no ghee. The Naivedya is still continued by that man. (I have not seen Baba eating animal food). He told Fakirs to utter Fatya when Moslems made offerings.

Once he asked me to give him all the old copper coins I had. I gave him all I had. I don't know what he did with them. He had old coins tied neatly in a cloth (so as not to make any jingling noise) and keep them in his side pockets. He asked me for Dakshina. I gave up everything. Once I thought I had nothing left of all my coins. Then Baba said, "you have still a two anna piece in your pocket. See." I saw and found it and gave him that also. He used to completely exhaust the finances of many in this way. I do not know with what object he did that. Some people asked him why he wanted so much money. Baba replied. "I am not asking of every one. I ask only from the man whom the Fakir (God) points out. But in exchange, I have to give that man ten times the money for my own use. I have no family etc." He used to give the money freely to all people, singers, tamashi. Fakirs, etc. He used to bring lots of fuel for his Dhunimayi -mother fire at the Dwarkamayi. The Tulasi grove (Brindavan) at the mosque was put up after 1909, 1911 or 1912. We all helped in that. The Mantap (or Tin shed) in front of the Masjid was put up in 1912. G.S. Khaparde explained Panchadashi, etc., in Sathe's Wada. Upasani Baba also attended there. I never attended, as I was busy with works always. Balvant Ramachandra Noolkar was a retired Sub-Judge. He came, lived and died at Shirdi.

Sai Baba was seriously ill in 1915. He had Asthma. He would not eat anything then. He was breathing hard; I cried. Baba asked me "Why cry?" I said "I cannot see this state of yours. Baba said, "Don't fear. In two or four days I will be alright, Allah has given me this sickness and he will make me alright, within that period. You need not cry. I was remembering you the last two or three days and told Kaka to write to you to come." Kaka did not write. Sai Baba said "Do not write, he is coming himself. In fact, some how I went up during his illness, not knowing he was ill. He never took medicines for his illness as a rule. Even during his illness, he was supported and carried by the devotees to his begging place. There he would beg and come back and yet not eat the food. He carried on his usual routine of begging, lending, etc., even during all that illness. One day, during his illness, he climbed up the terrace of one house through a staircase, then went over to the next house terrace and over Radhakrishna's. Then a man lifted him up and brought him down to the ground and that man was paid by Baba, 3 or 4 rupees. Baba then said. "We must not get the labor of anyone for nothing." I saw all this. Ambulance-chair was then brought for him, but he never used it. Malegaonkar Fakir Baba (called Bade Baba. Bade Mia by Sai Baba) was getting most money. (To be continued..)

(Contributed by from "Devotees Experiences of Sri Saibaba" by Pujyasri BV Narasimha Swamiji)

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: Ek Shyam Shri Sai Ke Naam - in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas!

Imagine an enchanted evening of devoted ensemblement of great performers. Especially on a long weekend, setting the mood for a very relaxed evening on a Sunday! Spending some time with a group of Sai devotees was, in deed a blessing. The Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of DFW (www.shirdisaidallas.org) and Shirdi Sai Baba Sanstha Chicago (www.saibaba.org) have provided the devotees, an evening of Sai Baba's greatness, by melodious rain of his praise, grace and blessings - all as songs and ghazals. The program "An evening of Sai Consciousness" viz "Ek Shaam Shri Sai Ke Naam" was held at Granville Arts center at Garland, Texas on September 3, 2006.

It was a wonderful rendition of light classical Bhajans by Pandit Ajitkumar Kadkade accompanied by Mr Prakash Vagal on harmonium (key board) and Mr Rohidas Parab on Tabla. The program started with invocation of Shri Sai through Aarati in a well presented stage that maintained the ambience needed for the occasion. The introduction of the musicians was lucidly compeered by young devotees. With such an introduction, the expectations were well set in a compactly ambient theatre. The lobby was also graced with a beautiful portrait of SaiBaba, as is the dais inside the auditorium. The stage decor was not elaborate but was appropriate for the occasion.

The audience was a balanced mix of senior and younger devotees. The songs were composed with a purpose of engaging the audience, which in deed, engaged them significantly with the applause that was synchronized as a rhythm. The audience was mesmerized by his rapturous ragas (tunes). Shri SaiBaba's grace has been reinvigorated in every devotee, only now, with much better clarity of what they read in Sai Satcharitra. The audience acknowledged and accepted the agile presentation of such intricate devotion of an esteemed singer with an ideal accompaniment. It is not an exaggeration to consider this evening as a Namajap, since the songs were divinely engaging!! The grand finale proved his forte in handling the Bhairavi raga recital 'O mere Sairam'. The program concluded by singing the prayer song on Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, after the felicitation of the artists by local dignitaries; which was followed by distribution of Maha-Prasad. An Evening of Sai is in fact, a boon to the devotees of DFW. This is just the beginning of the everlasting echoing of the songs of Sai in the hearts of the devotees, peacefully and purposefully.

(Contributed by Vinay)

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: Ek Shyam Shri Sai Ke Naam - in Bay Area, California!

Thanks! to the Sai Parivar in the Bay Area for organizing such a wonderful Ek Shyam Shri Sai Ke Naam by Shri Ajitkumar Kadkade on Sep 4th, 2006. Word are too short to even express what I felt. All I could say is tears blurred my vision besides joy in my heart upon seeing the beautiful picture of Saibaba and to feel his aura through Ajitji's songs. I came to see my cousin who was visiting from out of town for the concert. My dearest friends and family who drove quite a distance upon my word, left saying that it was worth a drive and an evening not to be missed.

Shri Ajitji and his troup mesmerized us through his devoted voice by singing lyrics that touched me tremendously. I am sure all of us felt so with clapping, singing, tunning, humming in whatever way we could float in Baba's devotion. When I first sat down I wondered when would the bhajan finish so that I could eat the prasad but as I got immersed in the music and Baba, I wanted more and more songs from Ajitji. Thanks to Ajitji and all for reminding me that 'All we have to do is to have Shraddha and Saboori on Baba' to walk each day of our life.

(Contributed by Kavita)


 

DEVOTEES SAY:

Kanakavalli
This was the list of incidents and miracles happening in my life. I got married and came to US 4 years back. I got pregnant a year later and we planned to bring my mom for help. Then started the tough period. My mom's visa was rejected for some reason. I cried in front on Baba's picture saying that You should help me with everything. Finally I got ready for my delivery. I took Baba's Satcharita and vibudhi along with me to the hospital. I was in labor for almost 17 hours and finally I had C-section. One morning I received a call from doctor's office saying that they found something wrong with my baby's screening results. I was shocked. The moment I heard that my whole body started to shake. Doctors examined my baby and said that she has to be on medication for the rest of her life. We used to feel so bad every time we take her to give blood sample. But we had a strong belief that Baba is putting us through all these situations to build up a strong belief in Him. He is going to show our baby and us a very bright future. Everything used to be so perfect with my baby. There are no signs of any unusual behavior. Along with us she got used to take Baba vibudhi and saying, "love you Baba". We got used with our routine life in giving her medicine, taking her to the lab tests and making doctor visits. Finally when my baby was 2 year old, we went to the doctor for a regular visit as usual. Then the doctor said, since she is not a small baby, let's try not to give her any medince for a month. Then baba gave us a hope. I prayed him "baba please give us some hope if it is going to happen. Please don't disappoint us again". Even though we stopped the medication and hoping for the good, we are prepared for the negative also. After a month we gave her lab test again. I was waiting for the doctor's call about result. It was a miracle. Doctor called and said that the lab results were all fine and my baby need not be on medication any more. Thank you Baba. I love You so much.

Sanjeevarani
I am very happy to share my experience. Since two- three years I was having a thought to read life history of Sai Baba. I don't have any book. Last week on Monday I told my friend that I want to read the life history of Saibaba. By Thursday he came with one book. He borrowed from his college and gave me. I started reading the book. Thursday and Fridays parayana I did. Saturday, Sunday I was busy and I have not completed two days parayanam. Monday I prayed Baba that I should complete this book by Thursday at any cost. I started reading the book. By the grace of Sai I successfully completed 7 days parayana. I am very happy. Om Sairam.

Mahua
Baba Koti Pranam at your Feet. Thank you for blessing me with this job. It is indeed something I did not even think of. Please bless me so that I perform well and this becomes my permanent and secured job.

Rajani
Doctor just called me and said the biopsy results are negative. Thanks once again for being with us Baba. As promised I will feed the hungry on the next available date in Hyderabad. We will be at Your lotus feet always. Please grant us peace of mind and happiness. Jai Sai.

Manav
Jai Sai Ram. I am sharing my experience, which is nothing but blessings of Sri Sai. My Project was ending last month. I was worried, as I need to wind up everything and go back to India with my family. But I had a firm belief in Baba that everything will be ok. It was Thursday and I prayed to Baba. When I opened my mails I found one interview call and when I replied to it, I got selected on the same day. It was really a miracle and blessings from Baba. That time I decided to write an article in Sai Vichaar to share it with Sai devotees.


 

PRAYER CLUB:

Deepika
Om Sai Ram, Baba please accept my thanks, my husband has back problem in cervical spine for three months. He was in great pain and we showed him to different Doctors. The Neuro Surgeon said because of the disc bulge he will have operation of cervical spine, which is putting pressure on the nerves, but he advised us to undergo MRI and after MRI he said there is no immediate need for operation as the disc bulge is mild. So Baba I promised that if there is no operation and Ajay gets better then I will post my thanks in Sai Vichar. As per my promise I am posting this experience in Sai Vichaar. Please help us all along with Your mercy. Thanks Baba.

Kalpana
To recover from our financial crises, we kept our son in India. I thought of doing a job, which is very difficult for me, but I am still trying my best. Though I am not having software knowledge I am trying in same field. My husband is working but his salary is not sufficient for our requirement. Please every one pray for me to get a good job with Baba's blessing

Rao
Deva, I am very much worrying about my future course of profession. Kindly show me a wonderful path suiting to my mind and skills within the next two weeks. I know it is not impossible for You. Please fulfill my request.

Vijay
Sai, please see that my friend's father attitude change and he whole-heartedly accepts the marriage with the guy she loves. She has already faced too many troubles, please shower Your blessings on the couple and see that they get married without any hurdles and with blessings of their families.

Pallavi
Baba please bless me with a child and make me what I was. Baba please I need a child with Your blessings.

Rajiv
My marriage life is in deep trouble. Please solve it. Please finish my search for a loan. Now I am exhausted. Please help my wife understand my feelings. Bless my wife with a healthy and happy baby. I am worried about it. Please improve my financial condition.

Mamtha
Please shower your blessings on us so that we can get married soon in spite of all the hurdles from family we are facing due to horoscope mismatch and bless us with a happy married life.


 

EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES:

Venkat
I finished my project and I was looking for the next job and in the mean while I was planning to read Satcharithra but some how I was not able to finish it in one week as I thought and it was almost two months me without the job and also trying to read it for the past three months. One final day I was able to finish it by Tuesday and on Wednesday surprisingly I got the Job offer even without an interview. This is just by looking at my resume and more ever I got the job in the same State where my wife works too. So these are Sai's plans.

Ganeshbabu
I can humbly submit these few lines for praising Sai as the miracle God. Few days back I visited one of our spiritual friend after a long pause. Surprisingly I saw Mr. Sivaprasad bedridden with paralytic stroke and he lost his voice. Then I gave them lots of moral boosting and I said Sai would look after them. I said I will visit again on 7th September. When I paid a visit to them again this morning, a great surprise, the one who lost his voice is saying Sairam. His wife told me he is saying that word only. I told that this is a Sai miracle and Sai will give full tune to his voice also in the later days. They have an utmost belief over Sadguru Sai that only made him to get back his voice. Let us all pray for this devotee to ensure to have full voice and recovery from paralysis too. Praise the Sadguru for his love towards his devotees. Sairam


 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:

"If we always remember the feet of the Sad-guru, our troubles come to an end, death loses its sting and the misery of this mundane existence is obliterated. Therefore those who care for their welfare should carefully listen to these stories of Sai Samarth, which will purify their minds"-Sri Sai Satcharitha


 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Q. Does Baba test his devotees?

A. by Nandini

Aum bhakthaa-bhaya-pradhaaya namah
Aum. Obeisance to Shri Sainath who grants freedom from fear to the devotees.

Yes, I think Baba tests his devotees. The test can be simple or difficult but He always teaches something through that. We find numerous examples in the Satcharitra like Baba asking Kakasaheb Dikshit to taste the biriyani, asking him to get meat etc. There is also an instance where Baba's close devotee Shama says, "Sometimes Baba puts the devotees to severe test; and then gives them Upadesh." This severe test can be trying situations in our lives (as a part of our previous karma) wherein we come to the point of even losing ourselves.

Baba gives a simple solution to this 'Hold onto Him with Faith and Patience'. He not only gives the solution but also makes us learn Faith and Patience. How does He do so? By giving us the test. It is only during the trying times there arises a real need for Faith and Patience, for during favorable times, they come to us easily and naturally.


 

SAI ACTIVITIES:

Sri Shirdi Saibaba Punyathithi (8th) celebrations at Shirdi Sai Temple, Chicago
Shri Sai Baba Punyatithi (Mahasamadhi ) will be celebrated for three days from September 30th to October 2nd, 2006 at Chicago Shirdi Sai Temple. Vijayadashmi day in 1918 was also an auspicious day when Sri Sai Baba took Mahasamadhi in Shirdi and ever since this day has been celebrated in Shirdi in honor and rememberance. For program details please visit www.saibaba.us or call 847-931-4058.

Saibaba's Mahasamadhi celebrations, Minneapolis, USA
Sri Saibaba Mandir, Minneapolis celebrates Sri Saibaba's 88th Mahasamadhi on September 30, 2006, at Geeta Ashram, Brooklyn Park, MN. The event will start at 5:00 pm and included Saibaba arathis, Sri Sai abhishek, Bhajans, naama jap, palki procession, and Mahaprasad. Please visit www.hamaresai.org.

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 Satsang, Bay Area, California
Shirdi Sai Parivaar invites all to join us for Satsang every Thursday 7:30 pm at Odd Fellows Temple, 20589 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014. For details please call 408-564-6704 or send email to saibandhu@yahoo.com or visit www.ShradhaSaburi.org.

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 www.shirdisaidham.org or email us at shirdisaidham@hotmail.com.

Saibaba Mahasamadhi Celebrations, Toronto, Canada
Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, Canada, cordially invites all to join in Mahasamadhi Maha Utsav on Sunday, Oct 08 2006 from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm. Program highlights: all four Aartis, Maha Abhishek, Bhajan Sandhaya, Akhand Naam Jaap, Palki Procession and much more. To participate and volunteer please call 416-294-4804 or email: saileela99@shrishirdisaicanada.org or visit:www.shirdisainath.org

Shirdi Sai Mandir, Scarborough, Canada
Devotees are invited to attend and participate in Shirdi Sai Baba Murthi Pratishta Mahotsav during the auspicious days of Navratri from Friday, Sep 29th until Monday, Oct 2nd - Vijaya Dashami, Baba's Maha Samadhi day. Pranapratistha ceremonies will be conducted on Shirdi Sai Baba's life-like Murthi across four days to the accompaniment of sacred Vedic rites, Bhajans, Naam Sankirtan and Satcharita Prayan. Garba, Dandia and other cultural activities are also planned during all days of Mahotsav. Please mark your calendars and do not miss this rare opportunity to receive Baba's Grace and be immersed in Divine Bliss. For details please visit www.theshirdisaimandir.com or send an email to info@theshirdisaimandir.com or call 647-444-4724.

Shirdi Sai parivar, Vancouver, Canada
Shirdi Sai parivar in Vancouver invites you all for Sai satsang on Thursday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and first Sunday of every month from 11:30 am to 1 pm, at 8571, 118A St, Delta, V4C 6L2. For further details contact (604)592 4182 or email at sai_ish@hotmail.com.

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Dattatreya Mandir Seventh Anniversary celebrations
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Dattatreya Mandir invites you to the Seventh Anniversary celebrations Akhanda Sai Nama Sapthaha and daily Anna Prasada from September 3rd to 10th, 2006 at Sai Snehadhama Vrudhasrhama premises, Metipalya Village, Tavarekere, Sondekoppa Road, Bangalore South Taluk. Please call 080 57744468 in Bangalore, India for more details.


 

FROM THE EDITORS KEYBOARD:

Sri Saibaba's Mahasamadhi (Punyathithi) celebrations take place all over the world during Vijayadasami. The festival dates in Shirdi are from October 1 to 4th. Please share your activities with other devotees by writing to Sai Vichaar for publication.

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

Q. Does Baba test his devotees?

Humbly Yours,
The Editor


 

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