Sai Vichaar
 Thursday , July 06, 2006 :: Volume 9, Issue 8
 
 (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: Shirdi mein mujhe bulaale re...

Jee karta hain mere Sayee.. mein Shirdi mein hee bas jaaoon
Lekin jab tak thoo na chaahe.. mein Shirdi mei kaise aaoon
Shirdi mein mujhe bulaale re...
Shirdi mein mujhe bulaale re..

I wish I could come stay in Shirdi forever and ever Oh Sai!
But, how could I? Unless you wish I could!
Call me to Shirdi my Sayee....Call me to Shirdi!

Baba said, "I draw to Me my man from far off, or even across the seven seas, like a sparrow with a string fastened to its feet." He also made it clear to him that if he were not Baba's man, he would not be attracted to Him and given a darshan. Baba also said that He is not the three cubits long body that lived in Shirdi but He will manifest wherever there is true longing and devotion. The above statements may appear to contradict unless one sees the real context in which they are uttered or used. Realizing Baba in places other than Shirdi is a true pursuit of Baba in the attempts to see Baba in every being. However, visiting a pilgrim center such as Shirdi is a recommended practice for a Saadhaka. It is a suggested that every Muslim must do Haj at least once in his lifetime. It is also true that visiting Babylon is one of the desires of most Christians.

The physical presence of a devotee in Shirdi, the taste of its water, soil, and breeze, the perfumes of the air and the chanting of the aarthis in the presence of so many other devotees has a magical effect. Standing in the Samadhi mandir, in front of the piercing eyes of love and compassion does away with the pain and suffering of the visitors with one stroke. The assurances of material and spiritual wealth come to reality. Once a devotee steps on the soil of Shirdi, his life is set on a different course. One immense longing that a devotee leaves Shirdi with is that he should return to Shirdi. The power of the magic soil is such.


 

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: Have faith and Baba will certainly take care

Last year in August 2005 I had posted my prayer in this Newsletter seeking Baba's blessing. I had lost my only daughter, and had no hopes as to what next at this juncture of life. I met one senior Doctor while counseling for my wife's health and he told me for the first time about Baba and asked me to visit Shirdi and have faith on Him. He told me that your wife will certainly conceive once again by Baba's grace. Those confident words were the greatest solace for us and gave us tremendous strength from within. From that day onwards we started developing faith for Baba, started reading Sai Satcharita, located this website and visited Shirdi and had a very good Darshan.

After that we started with the long drawn treatment. The doctor treating upon us was herself an ardent devotee of Baba and had Baba's picture everywhere in the Hospital. Treatment continued with regular visits to hospitals with number of tests and medication. My wife's condition was not so good due to her age and past ailments and so there was very little hope, however something kept on pushing us to continue trying. There were phases in between when we felt dejected and exhausted but every failure made us more determined. Baba's words "Faith and Patience" kept our hopes alive and made us confident throughout the treatment phase. After a series of failures the day came when the doctor finally confirmed my wife's pregnancy, which was after a gap of 14 years(my daughter was 12 years of age at the time of her demise). This was nothing but a miracle. She is now in her seventh month of pregnancy and we have full faith on Baba that He will take care of rest of the period as He has being doing for us in the past.

We have realized that nothing is in our hands and it is Baba only who can give and take. We all are His children and He is the sole protector of all of us. Let us have full faith and patience in Baba and he will certainly show you the path and take all your worries. Please remember Baba's leelas are great and He has his own way of helping devotees. Whatever happens, happens for a cause! Baba is always with you and whatever He chooses is best for you in the longer run, because He is the only one who knows your past, present and future. So have full "Faith and Patience" in Baba and He will do the best for you.

(Contributed by Rajesh Srivastava)


 

DEVOTEES SAY:

Mithun
Let me start with thanking Baba for providing everything. I being the worst child of Baba, He still loves me, He smiles at my arrogance and ignorance, He always smiles at me and guides me as my mother. Thanks Baba, without You I am lost, guide and bless me always, with your permission I wanted to submit this experience. I wrote a small important note couple of years back and kept it in my purse. Few days' back I suddenly remembered it and looked (I was very careful while searching for it and I am very much sure that nothing slipped out of my purse) in the purse. I could not find it. I prayed to Baba and asked Him to find it for me. I was thinking that it was a small piece of paper and it will be hard to find. While thinking this suddenly I accidentally spilled glass of water on my keyboard. To brush away the water on the keyboard I lifted it and there I found my piece of paper under the keyboard. I getting a thought that it was hard to find that small piece of paper and at that very moment water spilling is like Baba placing it there and he was telling me to look at that particular place. Thanks Baba

Ravi
Dear Sai bandhus, my father Late Sri Rajasekharuni undertook reciting of Sai Satcharitra, Telugu version during 1995 - 1996 when he lived in Sydney, Australia and recorded readings on audiotapes. Recently my brother Syam arranged the audio in MP3 version of this Sai Satcharitra in Telugu to be available on the following web pages: http://www.itmodule.com/sairam and http://www.itmodule.com/sairam/bychapter-teluguver.htm. Hope this helps those devotees wanting to listen to Sai Satcharitra in Telugu. This web site also has Sai Satcharitra audio in English language.

Pallavi
As vowed I am posting this here. My husband was having a hard time getting a position for summer internship and I had vowed that if he gets a position by Baba's grace, I will thank Baba in Sai Vichaar. My husband did not get a position but instead just a project. I was not very happy with this and since my prayers were not completely answered, I chose to postpone writing here. But Baba did not like this behavior. On one single day i.e. this Monday we received two bad news and one of these could ruin my husband's future. I was suddenly reminded of this vow. As soon as I decided to post this on Sai Vichaar, one of the matters was taken care of! I am sure Baba, with His love and grace, will calm the storms that are rocking our lives right now. Baba please bless my family and me always. Please give us the required shraddha and saburi to serve You. Please keep everyone in this world happy and contented.

Sai devotee
Sai Ram, I want to let Keshav know that Baba will definitely solve your daughter's problem by prayers, but I also want to tell you that Baba's udi (sacred ash) is extremely effective in curing any kind of diseases. So if can get any or have any please mix it with any suitable skin cream and take Baba's name and apply it on the spots. I am very sure Sai will cure it soon. Have full faith in Him and everything will be fine.

Arunadevi
As I promised to Saibaba I am posting my experience today. My mother-in-law was suffering from cancer from one year. She took medicine and it worked well and now for last three months she is not taking any medicine. Suddenly the doctor said that she has to start taking medicine again. He said that he needs to see her after two months. I prayed Saibaba that if she doesn't have any cancer cells in her body I would post in Sai Vichaar. Surprisingly three weeks before she went to the doctor, who said she does not have cancer any more. My husband and me are happy to hear that. If you believe Baba anything may happen at anytime.

Sanju
I went to India to get married. I was supposed to see a girl, so I prayed to Sai Baba that if I see You anywhere in this process, I will think that You have also accepted her. So, I went to see the girl but the girl did not believed in God and was not as per what I had expected but still I thought that if I will see Sai Baba's picture anywhere, accordingly I will decide. But I could not see Him anywhere. Next day I went to see another girl. She was into spirituality like me and we were sent in her room to talk to each other. You won't believe while talking to her, she opened her cupboard(closet) to take out something and there I saw Sai Baba's picture. I was very much satisfied and with His grace we got engaged and getting married in December. I hope Sai Baba will always hear me like this. There are many instances where I have felt that He listens to whatever I tell Him and He helps me.


 

PRAYER CLUB:

Neetu
Pranam Baba, Baba you know my father's financial condition is very bad, please help him Baba. My mother's health is also not good as she is suffering from asthma. Please shower Your blessings on my parents, my sisters and on us. Baba my father throughout his life has suffered from financial crisis, please Sai Baba help him in getting some decent job with good money so that he can become prosperous in life. Please help my Papa, please Baba.

Bharat
Today again I need your help Baba. I don't know what should I do. Even I have no money for your naivedya. Please help me Baba because without Your help I can't do anything. I always feel You near me but I want to see you. Accept me Baba.

Vijaya
Please forgive my husband, and me if we had done any mistakes and please let not to make anymore. Please bless our lives to be peaceful and bless us with kids and success in our career.

Nainesh
My mother is suffering from an abscess in her toe, which is showing no sign of healing, and my father has a bad ulcer, Baba please bless them both and cure them from there suffering.

Gowri
My dad is standing in elections. This is his lifetime dream. He is great devotee of Baba, please bless him Baba that he should win in this election.

Punam
Baba, by your grace, my sister gets engaged. Baba, You know the situation in which this happened. I request You, Baba to please take care her. Please bless her with a happy married life and please look after that everything will go smoothly.

Jyothi
I earnestly pray to You from the bottom of my heart, Baba please arrange for my marriage.

Sudhakar
Dearest Shirdi Sai Baba, our son always falls sick and he is undergrown due to these sickness. Baba please bless him with good health and recover his growth. Also You are aware of the state of our company where I am working. Baba, please help me in this situation to take good decision and help me in getting good job. Jai Sai Ram.

Saigopi
Om Sai Ram. Please help me in getting this job Baba. You know everything what I am going through to settle in my life. Please give me confidence. Shower Your Blessings on us Baba to get a child and good job.

Sumathi
My sincere Pranams to you Sai Baba.You have been with us through thick and thin. Please this time take care of may father who is suffering from cancer and lessen his pain, only You can help him with your gracious blessing. Jai Sai Ram.


 

EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES:

Ram
Last week my wife had been to a routine checkup with her family doctor where she was asked to get a Mammogram taken. We went the next day to get her Mammogram done and did not consider this seriously as she is in her 30's. Couple of days later we got a call from the doctor's clinic that she needs to get another set of pictures taken as the original test indicated some calcifications. We were asked to come to another clinic where pictures can be taken digitally. We went there, and she got the pictures taken. I was sitting in the waiting area with a hope that everything will be normal. Doctor called me and has shown the picture where he was suspecting an indication of cancer and he said that a biopsy is needed in order to completely confirm if that was a normal one or an indication of real cancer. We were shocked and couldn't decide immediately whether we should get biopsy done. Later we decided to get biopsy done, took appointment to see after 5 days. We came home and both of us are still worried. I prayed Baba to be with us and I have left this at his feet. Next day I completed Guruchatra Parayanam in one day. Fortunately, we became busy looking after arrangements for Jeeyar swamy who came to our place. We decided not to think about the biopsy until that day arrives and have participated in Srinivasa Kalyanavostham by Jeeyar Swamy. We also went to his place where he was staying ,next day and he gave Thirtham the holy water.

continued....
That day has arrived and we went to the clinic. I was again sitting in the Waiting area and was very nervous. I took the picture of Baba from my pocket and asked him to help us out.35 minutes later, nurse came by to give me an update and said that they were having trouble to identify the calcification and will be using more advanced machine to locate it. After 30 more min , she came by and asked me to walk into the doctor's room. I walked into the room and Doctor told me that they could not locate the calcification even after 30-40 attempts which they saw in 2 attempts just few days back. I was so relieved and expressed my heartfelt thanks to Baba. He being an avatar of Dutta who has all three forms Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, it may be Him that came in the form of Jeeyar swamy. We have experienced several leela's of Sai and He is always there for us. Always be with us Sai.

Visalakshi
I would like to share my experience about Baba's presence during my journey in passing my CPA exams. Baba showered me with blessings right from the beginning just to show that I have nothing to fear for when I have Him. I had applied for my transcripts evaluation in July 2004 and had to sign up for a course in Sept 2004. I was supposed to get the evaluation by August 1st but I did not get a response even after 20th August. I then proposed a test. I prayed to Baba that if I get my evaluation response by 31st August, I would pass my CPA without worries. Exactly, on 31st August 2004, I got the response that I was eligible for enrollment. My exam experience was a nightmare but I just kept remembering Baba and was reciting the Aarti mentally throughout the exam. I was sure I had failed but kept praying to Baba and asked my mom and mother-in-law to do pooja in the Sai Mandir. I gave my third paper in August 2005 and this time I didn't pray for anything specific. We were going through a bad patch and my prayers were directed more towards it than my studies. But my Karunamayi, gave me such a score in high 90s. I gave my last and final paper last month and got a 99 in it. I was nervous during the last exam because it was a tough subject and many of them were finding the time management difficult. But, I, as usual, kept muttering the Aarti. It enhanced my concentration and I was able to finish the paper without any problems with time. Also, I had not paid attention to a small but important detail while solving a problem. I generally, don't revise my answers but this time 10 minutes before the finish, something tugged me to revise. I found out I had missed a very small but important detail. If I hadn't rectified the error I would have not got such good grades. I know I don't deserve the credit but nobody can stop a Mother from looking after Her child. All this just shows the infinite mercy our Mother Sai has on us.


 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:

"Purity and Love is the essence of Sai movement".-Shri C.B.Satpathy ji


 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

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

A. by Q.

 

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


 

SAI ACTIVITIES:

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 www.saibaba.us 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 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 Gurupoornima event please call the temple office at 469-467-3388 or visit the website www.shirdisaidallas.org.

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 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.

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 www.shirdisainath.org 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 info@theshirdisaimandir.com.

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: events@shirdibaba.org.au

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 www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz.

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 shiridisaisatsang@yahoo.com 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 http://www.saisansthan.com for more details.

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 Akshaya Meditation, Malaysia
We have regular gatherings, bhajans on Thursdays at Sri Shirdi Sai Akshaya Meditation Centre, Brickfields, Kualalumpur, Malaysia. For more information please call 60322606030 or send email to daewanand@yahoo.com


 

FROM THE EDITORS KEYBOARD:

Gurupoornima is celebrated on July 10th to 12th in Shirdi. The festival celebrating Sadguru Sainath Maharaj's love and grace is important to all Sai devotees. Please share with your fellow devotees the details of Gurupoornima celebrations planned 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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