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Om Sri Sai Nathaya Namah.

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Lord's Clinic

I went to the Lord’s Clinic to have my routine check-up and I confirmed I was ill:

When God took my blood pressure, He saw I was low in tenderness.

When he read my temperature, the thermometer registered 40º of anxiety

He ran an electrocardiogram and found that I needed several “love bypasses” since my arteries were blocked with loneliness and could not provide for an empty heart.

I went to orthopedics, because I could not walk by my brother’s side and I could not hug my friends, since I had fractured myself when tripping with envy.

He also found I was shortsighted, since I could not see beyond the shortcomings of my brothers and sisters.

When I complained about deafness, the diagnostic was that I had stopped listening to God’s voice talking to me on a daily basis.

For all of that, God gave me a free consultation thanks to his mercifulness, so my pledge is to, once I leave this clinic, only take the natural remedies he prescribed through his words of truth:

Every morning, take a full glass of gratitude

When getting to work, take one spoon of peace

Every hour, take one pill of patience, one cup of brotherhood and one glass of humility

When getting home, take one dose of love

When getting to bed, Take two caplets of clear conscience.

Do not give in into sadness or desperation for what you are going through today.

God knows how you feel......

God knows exactly and with perfection what is being allowed to happen to you in
your life at this precise moment.

God’s purpose for you is simply perfect.

He wants to show you things that only you can understand by living what you are living, and by being in the place you are now.


Aum Sairam

If you find it difficult to remain present, or if you find it difficult to return to Presence, it means that you are caught in the world of the mind, and there are a number of possibilities you may have to attend to in order to free your self.

Firstly is that some healing of the past may be necessary, and this can include painful or traumatic experiences from childhood and some times even from past lives.

The second possibility may be that you will have to allow some very old repressed emotions to surface into conscious expression in a way that is unconditionally loving, allowing and accepting of those feelings.

The third possibility if you find it difficult to remain present, or if you find it difficult to return to Presence, is that you will have to stop believing in your own memories, thoughts, concepts, opinions, imaginings and beliefs.

They are not the truth. Only silence is the truth and only that which arises out of or exists within silence is the truth. That includes everything that is truly of this moment.

Allah Malik

Vision Of Peace and Truth

Aum Sairam

No price is too great to pay for inner peace. Peace is the harmonious control of life. It is vibrant with life-energy. It is a power that easily transcends all our worldly knowledge. Yet it is not separate from our earthly existence. If we open the right avenues within, this peace can be felt here and now.

Peace is eternal. It is never too late to have peace. Time is always ripe for that. We can make our life truly fruitful if we are not cut off from our Source, which is the peace of eternity. The greatest misfortune that can come to a human being is to lose his inner peace. No outer force can rob him of it. It is his own thoughts, his own actions, which rob him of it.

Peace is life. Peace is bliss eternal. Worries mental, vital and physical do exist. But it is up to us whether to accept them or reject them. To be sure, they are not inevitable facts of life. Since our Almighty Father is All-Peace, our common heritage is peace. It is a Himalayan blunder to widen the broad way of future repentance by misusing and neglecting the golden opportunities that are presented to us.

We must resolve here and now, amidst all our daily activities, to throw ourselves, heart and soul, into the sea of peace. He is mistaken who thinks that peace will, on its own, enter into him near the end of his life's journey. To hope to achieve peace without spirituality or meditation is to expect water in the desert.

We will own peace only after we have totally stopped finding fault with others. We have to feel the whole world as our very own. When we observe others' mistakes, we enter into their imperfections. This does not help us in the least. Strangely enough, the deeper we plunge, the clearer it becomes to us that the imperfections of others are our own imperfections, but in different bodies and minds.

Whereas if we think of Sri Sai, His compassion and His Divinity enlarge our inner vision of Truth. We must come in the fullness of our spiritual realization to accept humanity as one family.

Allah Malik

Atma Shakti

Aum Sairam

Electricity is found everywhere in nature, but it can be tapped and put to use only through certain contrivances designed by man. The Atma Shakti [spiritual power] that is present everywhere is stored in the body and passes through the thin wires or nerves and illumines and directs activity.

These activities have to be oriented towards Ananda [spiritual bliss] and not attachment to temporary pleasures. The life principle that flows as intelligence through every cell and nerve is also a reflection of the Atma.

Allah Malik

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Harmonize All Our Thoughts, Words and Deeds

Aum Sairam

Most of our prayers are filled with pompous words, devoid of feeling. Inside the mind there is one thing, on our lips there is something else. It is only when we synchronize the thoughts in our mind with the words in our mouth, which our words can turn into prayer and become effective. Then we must put our prayers into practice. When our activities in daily life are coordinated with our thoughts and words then our prayers can become worship; and when we achieve full unity in thought, word and action then we become a great soul.

We have to examine ourselves to see whether we are following this path of harmony in thought, word and deed. When we examine ourselves honestly we may find that most of the time these three, thought, word and deed, will be going off in three different directions, without any unity between them. When thoughts are different, words are different and actions are different, we have the characteristics of a demon, not of a saint. Such disharmony will not benefit us nor endear us to the Lord.

Allah Malik


There once was a Man who was a failure in everything he did

He managed to get a decent job though, but his co-workers continued to belittle and mock him because he can’t seem to get anything right.

On the contrary his boss was a persuasion expert. Instead of scolding the man, his boss motivated him and made him a much better person.

When ever the man made a mistake, his boss would say Its OK. We all make mistakes all the time. I know you will learn from this experience and you will do much better next time. This act boosted the man’s ego.

Whenever the man did something right even if it’s the littlest thing, his boss would praise him and say you are very much improved Good Job.

His boss would sometimes even assign him good qualities that he may not even possess yet.

Because the boss expected the man to be capable of doing great things, and by assigning him qualities that he may not even possess at that moment, the man became highly successful.

The Reason?

If you expect and assign good qualities to someone that person will exert voluntary effort to your expectations

Persuasion is extremely POWERFUL Tool

Gods Plan

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."

Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."

Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter" ... and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, "I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll take this one", and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His ways might not be our ways, but His ways are always best.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mind Turning and Training

Aum Sairam

Human mind if left free and untrained gallops like a pack of wild horses in all directions. It is important in spirituality to constantly steer the mind towards God, or Guru. Shri Hemadpant mentions this in Shri Sai Satcharitra that it is the duty of mind to think and cannot remain so without thinking. If you give it a sense object it thinks of the object and if you give it guru's name it thinks of Guru. So let us make this conscious effort to constantly think of what we read in Shri Sai Satcharitra or discussed in Satang and perceive God in all actions of our daily life. We can go about doing our daily chores yet keep thinking of God. In that way we gradually develop the habit of shouldering the burden of our mundane problems at the feet of god, and remain without anxiety and fear. We come to accept that everything is His will and it will be done. We start to tune our mind towards His teachings and lead a peaceful life. A person who is at peace automatically influences others in attaining peace. When a mother is distressed and angry, the house is a havoc, kids are yelled at, things thrown out and house unkept, I am sure most mothers would identify with this scene while mum is at peace so is the house. This applies not just to mothers but to all individuals. Let us practice and bring out a difference in our life. Let us not accept responsibility for any of the events happening in our life. Leave it at his feet and watch how He brings us out unscathed through the hurdles. When Sri Sai Baba holds our hand He never lets it go even for a second for innumerable births.

Allah Malik

Is Your Ego Involved?

"There is no room for God in him who is full of himself."

On the spiritual path, we must be diligent to discriminate whether we are acting from ego or from soul. If ego is in charge, what we do is self-referencing. At the deepest levels, we are motivated by our own self-interest. We’re looking out for ourselves more than for others.

Although soul works through individuals, its focus is on the needs of others and on service to humanity.

“Do not feed your ego and your problems, with your attention. ...Slowly, surely, the ego will lose weight, until one fine day it will be nothing but a thin ghost of its former self. You will be able to see right through it, to the divine presence that shines in each of us.”

"Why aren't you happy? It's because ninety-nine percent of everything you do, and think, and say, is for yourself -- and there isn't one."

How Do I Stop My Negative Thoughts

"How do I stop my negative thoughts?" - is a question that I have been asked many times. If you have ever asked this question then you will feel such enormous relief in knowing the answer, because it is so simple. How do you stop negative thoughts?

You plant good thoughts!

When you try to stop negative thoughts, you are focusing on what you don't want - negative thoughts - and you will attract an abundance of them. They can never disappear if you are focused on them. The "stop" part is irrelevant – the negative thoughts are your focus.

It doesn't matter if you are trying to stop negative thoughts or control them or push them away, the result is the same. Your focus is on negative thoughts, and by the law of attraction you are inviting more of them to you.

The truth is always simple and it is always easy. To stop negative thoughts, just plant good thoughts! Deliberately plant good thoughts! You plant good thoughts by making it a daily practice to appreciate all the things in your day. Appreciate your health, your car, your home, your family, your job, your friends, your surroundings, your meals, your pets, and the magnificent beauty of the day.

Compliment, praise, and give thanks to all things. Every time you say "Thank you" it is a good thought! As you plant more and more good thoughts, the negative thoughts will be wiped out.

Why? Because your focus is on good thoughts, and what you focus on you attract. So don't give any attention to negative thoughts.

Don't worry about them. If any come, make light of them, shrug them off, and let them be your reminder to deliberately think more good thoughts now.

The more good thoughts you can plant in a day, the faster your life will be utterly transformed into all good. If you spend only one day speaking of good things and saying "Thank you" at every single opportunity, you will not believe your tomorrow.

Deliberately thinking good thoughts is exactly like planting seeds. As you think good thoughts you are planting good seeds inside you, and the Universe will transform those seeds into a garden of paradise. How will the garden of paradise appear? As your life!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dreaming Your Dreams

Don't ever be reluctant to show your feelings when you're happy, give in to it.
When you're not, live with it.
Don't ever be afraid to try to make things better you might be surprised at the results.
Don't ever take the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Don't ever feel threatened by the future; take life one day at a time.
Don't ever feel guilty about the past what's done is done.
Learn from any mistakes you might have made.
Don't ever feel that you are alone there is always somebody there for you to reach out to.
Don't ever forget that you can achieve so many of the things you can imagine.
It's not as hard as it seems.
Don't ever stop loving don't ever stop believing; don't ever stop dreaming your dreams.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sri Sai Punishes

Aum Sairam

Shri Sai Satcharitra gives us the story of Sapatnekars. Mr.Sapatnekar lost his only son and was heart broken. When he went to Sri Sai and prostrated, he received a get away from here yelling from Sri Sai.

Sapatnekar continued to get this reception. Every time he approached Sri Sai until one year later, when Sri Sai was pleased with Mrs. Sapatnekar's devotion and Sapatnekar again tried to receive Sri Sai's blessings along with his wife. At that time, Sri Sai Baba explained why he was angry with Sapatnekar earlier.

Sri Sai said : This fellow blames Me and charges Me with killing his son. Do I kill people's children? Why does this fellow come to the Maszid and cry? Now I will do this, I will again bring that very child back in his wife's womb. With these words He placed His blessing and on his head and comforted him saying -These feet are old and holy, you are care-free now; place entire faith in Me and you will soon get your object.

Sri Sai often said that one has to suffer the consequences of one's past karma. Sometimes, to relieve devotee's sufferings, Sri Sai even took their suffering on Himself. Whatever we undergo, pleasure or pain, are a result of our past actions and Sri Sai does not take it upon Himself to punish us for our bad actions.

However, if we appeal to Him for help, He takes it upon Himself to reduce or eliminate the suffering by some means, which He only knows. He is there to help but never hurt.

Allah Malik

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Govinda Alla re Alla

Aum Sairam

Some say, God has no name, but God has so many names that any one name is not God's only name. We cannot limit the Unlimited.

God has unlimited names according to His activities. He is called Devaki Nandana because He accepted Devaki as His mother. He is called Nanda Nandana and Yashoda Nandana in relationship with Nanda Maharaja and Yashoda, His foster father and mother. He is called Partha-Sarathi because He was the chariot driver of Arjuna. He is Bhakta vatsala, affectionate to His devotees.

He is Gopinatha, the Lord of the Gopis. He is Gopijana Vallabha, beloved of the inhabitants of Vrindavana. He is Bhava Grahi Janardana, who understands one's mental attitude. He is Varadaraja, the best of the givers of benedictions. He is Avatari, the source of all incarnations. He is Radha Ramana, the lover of Radharani. He is Govinda, who gives pleasure to the cows and to everyone's senses.

Allah Malik

Be the Leader not the Boss

The Boss drives his men, The Leader inspires them
The Boss works on authority, The Leader on Goodwill
The Boss involves fear, The Leader radiates loves
The Boss says "I", The Leader says "WE"
The Boss knows who is wrong, The Leader knows what is wrong
The Boss knows how it is done, The Leader knows how to do it
The Boss demands respect, The Leader commands respect
So Friends be a Leader, not the Boss

A Small Touching Story

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what it is?" replied the man.
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?" The man said angrily.
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make Rs.100 an hour."
SON: "Oh," the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow Rs.50?"

The father was furious, "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about

why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior."

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that Rs.50 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.
"Are you asleep, son?" He asked.

"No daddy, I'm awake," replied the boy.

"I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier" said the man.

"It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you... Here's the Rs.50 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. "Oh, thank you daddy!" He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.
The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

"Why do you want more money if you already have some?" the father grumbled.

Because I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied.

"Daddy, I have Rs.100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

Do remember to share that Rs.100 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Offering Your Life to God

Aum Sairam

The surrender to the divine occurs in the heart and in the understanding, not in outer behavior. Surrender must come from love, not a sense of obligation or duty.

Offering positive things to Sri Sai means you feel gratitude toward Sri Sai for what you have and you recognize that it is not yours, or something that belongs to your ego, but rather it is a gift from Sri Sai you offer back.

When we offer our bad habits to Sri Sai, we feel humble and receptive of Sri Sai's grace and we understand that our attachment to it is based on the ego's mistake.

It doesn't matter to Sri Sai what we are offering, Sri Sai doesn't need it. What is important is the connection that is established through the love in the gift.

Just as a child might bring his mother a present of a stick or mud pie or a flower. She doesn't care what the gift is, what matters are the flow of love that is created from the offering. As you offer more and more of your life to Sri Sai, that current of love grows stronger and stronger until that divine love dominates your life.

Allah Malik

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Begin Your Day with Four Steps

Aum Sairam

May this Thursday [Baba's Day] Bring you Strength, Good luck, Success, Happiness and Joy

Awakening is simple. Healing is available in a way that defies reason. But there are certain steps which each of us must take.

The first and most essential step is to know, through your own experience, the awakened state of being. It is a state of profound inner silence, peace and stillness.

The second step is to come into right relationship with certain aspects of yourself including your ego, your thoughts and your feelings. You must bring the energy of love and acceptance to every aspect of yourself. All judgment of yourself and others must end if you are to awaken into the truth of life.

The third step is right understanding. We are souls on an extraordinary journey. Once you know the true nature of your journey, you will begin to awaken. Everything that has ever happened in your life will suddenly make sense. You will come to regard the problems and difficulties in your life as nothing more than opportunities to learn your lessons and awaken into Oneness.

The fourth step is to come into alignment with the universal laws of life. If you are to awaken fully, it is necessary to live in integrity in every aspect of your life.

Allah Malik

Sri Sai and Matrimonial Problems

Aum Sairam

The need to relate Sri Sai with your love and married life for any women, deciding her life partner is the most crucial one. After a point of time, when a problem happens in relationship , the first emotion that grows in them is anger on our SAI...Many say , its Sai who gave me this life and united me with this guy but why did it breakup and why gradually am pushed to such a state because of situation.

Don’t blame Sri Sai after doing things to satisfy your own needs and desires.

Every time someone says that they are looking for a prospective bride/groom, It's habit of few highly devoted Sri Sai followers to ask him for hints like using "answer book", writing chit, few good incidents, getting a photo, happening of good event, little things like flowers falling down from statue etc when they pray Sri Sai. Sri Sai seems to give positive hints confirming that the guy/girl involved is good is chosen by Sri Sai for you and he will keep you happily and marry you. But later when problems arise between you and your in laws or spouse then, you say -"Baba only gave that guy/girl to me , then why did he/she leave me and why Sri Sai cant help when am suffering like this ? "

Why did Sri Sai let you go through all these stages of love?

1. Meeting
2.Talking and understanding, few incidents
3.Proposing, Loving, spending time together, roaming, the most common activity of talking on phone
4.Getting married. Some do it with Blessings of parents and some opposes parents and marry
5.Finally problems with in-laws, then your spouse and then in few months or years the relationship turns bitter and ends in separation or divorce.

Sri Sai has said this “Unless there is some relationship or connection, nobody goes anywhere. If any men or creatures come to you, do not discourteously drive them away, but receive them well and treat them with due respect. "

The philosophy of "Pay Back your past life’s bad karma”:

The reason is simple, who are these people whom you get attracted to, fall in love and suffer? Do you think others don’t deserve your attention? Why is it that I am in love with a particular girl and that particular girl is in love with some other guy? .Why Sri Sai first makes you meet a man , fall in love with him, marry him and at last your life gets worse and you are forced to divorce him.

The reason is simple. We are born to "Pay back" what we got in our previous birth. May be I would have cheated the same girl in my previous births life and that’s why am suffering now. I mean we are suffering, accepting punishment for the sins that’s done by our atman in some birth we took. Though we are not responsible for that, it’s our karma to go through it.

Now Sri Sai would have helped us before but that needs Total Surrender to Sri Sai.

Please don’t think Sri Sai didn’t help you. Sri Sai and all pure saints act as per dharma and they have to let you go throw your "Pay back" phase in life only after which you will get wisdom and with wisdom comes the gift of Sri Sai. They will help you for sure but if your karma is so bad then it won’t let you take a devotional path that easily. That’s why Sri Sai says " surrender all your senses and just say my name Sai Sai Sai and I shall take you over the seven seas"…. what does Sri Sai mean by this seven seas...Its the pains and suffering you are facing now. Had you and I remembered Sai Sai and Sai alone with out giving space to our sensory needs then surely Sri Sai would have got a chance to protect us.

Ok leave the past. At least now we are in Sri Sai’s fold and lets be totally devoted to him, read Shri Sai Satcharitra regularly, light candles or lamps ,offer garland to Sri Sai, humbly prostrate before him , ask him to forgive us for our past mistakes and guide us, show us a light from this very minute.



Allah Malik

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

More Precious than Gold

Aum Sairam

If our faith was never tested, how would we know we had any?

When things go wrong and we can still say. I believe in Sri Sai no matter what happens we show our faith to be real.

These trials are only to test our faith, to see whether or not it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests gold and purifies it and our faith is far more precious to Sri Sai than mere gold; so if our faith remains strong after being tried in the test tube of fiery trials, it will bring us much praise and glory and honor. So if we want to grow in faith, we must co-operate with Sri Sai. Doing our part is the key to growing in faith. Getting to know Him and His ways will enable us to see what He is asking us to do.

Allah Malik

What is the Future

Aum Sairam

Most of the people have a doubt what our Future would be.

Did you ever wonder how the Future would be? I think most of us give a thought once a while. We might think, we may end up in wars, or we may end up in earthquakes, floods or any natural disaster.

Though you might be optimistic like most of the people that nothing is going to happen of that sort, still we have a doubt, it might happen.

So what should we do

All of us know that Sri Sai exists, but very few people can see and talk to him, but what about people who cannot talk or see him?

We can feel his presence.
Can we
Yes we can.

First we should believe the fact that, Sri Sai exists no where, but within us. If Sri Sai is within every one, then one might ask question, why should people fight


How to attain Self Realization or Brahma Jnana [in lay man terms, how can I see Sri Sai and be one with him]

All persons do not see or realize the Self in their lifetime. Certain qualifications are absolutely necessary like Intense desire to get Free, he, who thinks that he is bound and that he should get free from bondage and works earnestly and resolutely to that end and who does not care for any other thing, is qualified for spiritual life. 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.

Unless a man leads a life of truth, penance and insight, a life of celibacy he cannot get God Realization. There are two sorts of things, the Good and the Pleasant, we have to choose one.

The person who chooses Good is qualified for spiritual elevation, and the person who chooses Pleasant, is unfit for spiritual studies. Control of mind and the senses is essential along with purification of mind.

In this present generation, it is really difficult to find a perfect Guru, to teach us, if we find one, we are lucky, if we don’t, then we need not feel dejected, we can practice by meditating on Sri Sai. Focus all your attention towards within yourself, and see the formless soul inside yourself, the soul is Sri Sai.

There is one more sadhana or method to attain God Realization, keep chanting his name in your mind, forever. Even while you eat or sleep or do your work, keep reminding yourself all the time to chant his name, all the time. Though during the initial days you might forget quite often, but with slow practice you can do it. Whatever you do think of Sri Sai before you do that work. If you can keep chanting his name forever for 24 hours a day, then his name is on your lips forever, and you can attain salvation. It does not matter what religion or caste you belong, or which God you pray, whoever it is, it is irrelevant.


But is it possible
Yes it is
Are you aware of the fact that you are breathing all the time in your life, without even stopping for a minute? How can you do that? Because you say it’s natural or automatic, then this chanting could also become a natural or automatic routine and become a part of our life.

Do not expect overnight results, because, Sri Sai wishes to see patience and devotion of each person, so do not lose your faith or patience ever. It may take a long time, but success is assured.

Be always kind and nice to all people and all creatures [animals], if you do not like any person, do not use bad words or do not be harsh / rude towards him / her. We have a short life span; we are not sure when we die, so let us enjoy this birth to the full and let us not waste the golden opportunity to seek Sri Sai.

Most of our childhood was wasted on ignorance. So when are we going to seek the SUPREME SELF

Allah Malik

Stay Away

Aum Sairam

Why the lion and deer are together in the jungle? Why the eagle and sparrow are flying in the same sky? They are predators and preys to each other. These questions can be answered by simply saying it is the law of nature.

But, when it comes to humans, they are perplexed with the question why good and bad are together. This type of thinking shows that man is endowed with intellect or discriminatory wisdom, unlike animals, which have only instinctive abilities. Some times, we wonder what wrong we did to stay with people who have no respect for code of conduct or no care for others.

To explain these paradox scriptures quoted the word poorva janma karma. That means all of us have come into this world with certain credits and debts. Until the debts are done, we have to pay for them, irrespective of however painful it would be. It is our own actions [karmas] in past and present lives that make the situations happen in painful or pleasurable way.

The simplest example can be: We drive on the road [with speed limit of 40km/hr] at the speed of 70km/hr; we will be given a speeding ticket. The authority that gave us the ticket has no anger with us. It is simply upholding the law.

Sri Sai says do not refute or reject any one contemptuously, for without special bond from previous life, no one comes to us.

To apply this in our lives we need Sadgurus and Gods grace.

Oh God! Grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, and courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Allah Malik

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The first ever Shirdi sai temple - THE TEMPLE AT BHIVPURI

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba has become a part of the mainstream of Indian spiritual and temporal life within a short period of attaining mahasamadhi. We can now see Sai temples not only in the big cities but also in small towns and villages of India, and more and more temples are being built.In this page we will learn about the Sai temple built at Bhivpuri 1916, when Sri Shirdi Sai Baba was still in his physical body.

Bhivpuri Road is a small railway station which comes before Karjat on the train route from Mumbai to Pune. If one gets out at this station and looks right towards the fields, a temple spire is clearly visible. This is the Sai temple at Bhivpuri. It is a short walk across the fields to the temple.

This temple has a very interesting history. The story behind its construction reveals the astonishing manner in which Baba pulls his devotees to him. It is unbelievable but nevertheless true that the founder of the temple, the late Sri Keshav Ramachandra Pradhan, was initially an atheist. Sri Pradhan was working for a Parsee gentleman of Mumbai as a pedhi (a collector of debts owed to his employer). He lived in Bhivpuri and would commute to Mumbai to work. In the course of his job he would frequently go to Manmad, Nasik and Kopergaon. Pradhan had a close friend who was a devotee of Sai Baba. He would often go to Shirdi and return after having darshan of (seeing) Sri Sai Baba. Once, Pradhan visited his friend when he was about to leave for Shirdi. He asked Pradhan to accompany him and to have Baba’s darshan. Pradhan, who had no belief in God or Godmen, initially refused to go with him. Finally, however, he gave in to his friend’s persuasion and agreed to go, but not to set foot inside the mosque where Baba lived. His friend accepted the compromise and they set out for Shirdi together.

The friends reached Shirdi and stayed in the wada. As it was time for the noon arati, Pradhan’s friend went to the mosque but Pradhan stayed in the wada. The bell rang from the mosque for the arati and Pradhan could hear it from his room. The deep gongs of the bell stirred him as never before. He was enchanted by the sound and unknowingly started walking to the mosque from where this heavenly sound was issuing forth.

He reached the mosque and sat in a corner. Looking at Baba, he was immersed in a state of bliss. After the arati was over the other devotees took udhi from Baba and left the mosque. Pradhan was still in a state of bliss and was unaware of everything but Baba. Sri Shirdi Sai then called Pradhan to draw near and asked him for dakshina. Pradhan had Rs 2500 in his pocket. This was the amount he had collected for his employer from the various debtors. He took out the entire cash from his pocket and, placing it all in Baba’s hands, returned to his room still in the same state of bliss. A little later, Pradhan came to realise that he had given the entire amount to Baba and was surprised that he could do such a thing with his employer’s money. His friend told him not to worry as Baba would take care to see that Pradhan would not get into any trouble because of this.

Pradhan started back via Kopergaon from Shirdi in a horse-cart. It was only after he reached Kopergaon that he realised that he had no money, even for the hire of the cart. He requested the cart man to take his ring, sell it and return the remaining cash after taking his fare. While this was going on a well-dressed gentleman, unknown to Pradhan, arrived. After inquiring about the matter he not only paid the cart man but also bought a ticket to Mumbai for Pradhan and left as mysteriously as he came.

Pradhan reached Bhivpuri. He did not know how he could face his employer and tell him that he had used all the money which he had collected. To gain time, he sent word to his employer that he was sick and would come to work once he had recovered. The employer sent word back granting leave till Pradhan was well enough to return to work. He also wanted to know why Pradhan had sent double the money he had collected and what he was to do with the excess? Pradhan saw Baba’s hand in this and was thrilled to the core of his being by the kindness shown to him by Baba. He was electrified that Baba had showered his grace on him to such an extent in the very first darshan. He became a staunch devotee of Baba and would often go to Shirdi to visit Baba and take his blessings. Pradhan would plead with Baba to come to Bhivpuri whenever he went to Shirdi.

Once, in 1916, Baba gave his statue to Pradhan and said, “Go to Bhivpuri. Build a temple for me there. Keep this statue in the temple and worship it. You need not come to Shirdi any more.” Pradhan returned to Bhivpuri but did not follow Baba’s instructions. When he next came to Shirdi Baba said, “When I have come to your house, why have you come here? Bhivpuri is your Shirdi. Go there and do as I told you.”

In a few days Pradhan built a small temple near his house at Bhivpuri and ceremoniously installed the statue of Baba; regular worship was started. This temple is located in a place which is green with trees and beautiful to the eye. In the silence of the night the sound of the temple doors opening would sometimes be heard. Baba’s form would be seen coming out of the temple and resting under a tree in the front yard. The sound of the temple doors closing would be heard again at three in the morning. All these leelas were experienced not only by Pradhan and his family but also by their guests who stayed overnight. Pradhan had no doubt that Bhivpuri was indeed his Shirdi and he became an even more ardent devotee of Baba. The temple was developed to include an inner chamber, a big hall in the forecourt, a verandah and guestrooms for the use of visiting devotees.

Sri V V Gupte, Pradhan’s son-in-law, took an active part in conducting the various affairs of the temple and helped further develop it. Sri Gupte had first visited Shirdi in 1936 and experienced bliss at the sight of Baba’s samadhi. He prayed fervently to Baba to make the temple at Bhivpuri as glorious and awesome as the Samadhi Mandir at Shirdi. Baba answered his prayers and the Bhivpuri temple became famous with more and more devotees visiting it.

Pradhan passed away in 1939 and responsibility for the temple fell on Gupte’s shoulders. He started an organization for running the temple called the “Sri Sadguru Sainathuni Seva Sanstha”. The rush of visitors increased and the existing facilities became insufficient. Funds were inadequate to do all that was necessary to meet the huge influx of devotees. Finally, Baba’s help was sought. A devotee called Narayan Purohit started the formal reading of Sai Baba’s life. On the fourth day Baba came to him in a dream and said, “Where is my dhuni? How can this be Shirdi without a dhuni? How can my temple be complete without a dhuni?”

As he had the dream twice, Purohit informed Gupte and it was decided forthwith to build a dhuni as instructed by Baba. Sri Valvalkar, the grandson of Sri Hemadpant (author of Sri Sai Satcharitra – Baba's life story and leelas), first lit the dhuni on the Ramanavami day of 1949. Ramanavami and Baba’s samadhi festivals are celebrated here with great fervour and glory.

(Source: Sai Leela magazine, September 1976) -
(This Extract Taken from

Siddhi or Mukti

Aum Sairam

Nobody can progress in spiritual path by merely reading or listening to others or planning spiritual development as a time bound management concept. Any knowledge, which is not put into practice, is of no use. It is very difficult to put into practice the code of conduct we need in the spiritual path. For this faith and will power is quite necessary. It becomes possible and easier for the devotee to tread this path by complete surrender at Sri Sai's feet. One should never jump ahead being a worldly man to become a yogi, a siddha, a devotee, to awaken the Kundalini, to become liberated etc.

It would be gross stupidity to use these phrases without understanding their meanings. It is important to have unshakable faith in God and pray to Sri Sai continuously to reveal His form to us. We must also understand this fact that we are not the doer. It is necessary to do away with the sense of doer. This sense of being a doer emerges from our ego and diminishes very slowly.

Allah Malik

Monday, August 18, 2008

Simple and Perfect One

Aum Sairam

Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi was proficient in several Yogic practices and His accomplishments are still not completely deciphered. The missing years before the Lord showed up in Shirdi is yet to be accounted for. In fact, His simplicity was deceptively dissuading to even great saadhakas that approached Shirdi. The stories of Megha and Somdev are two such examples. However, myth shattered, these great men did not waste a minute and had good fortunes of having enlisted in His Kingdom. Rarely did Sri Sai Baba lead His followers into His physical self, be it the Dhauthi that dismayed some of the accidental onlookers or the proficiency in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Nana had seen for himself. Abdul did mention that Sri Sai Baba used to recite Kalma and other versed in Urdu. He also depicts incidents where Sri Sai Baba chatted with Muslim scholars, although such events were rare in Shirdi and probably has not been always recorded... No Mantras chanted and no benediction pronounced. He did not prescribe any Asanas, neither had he approved fasting. Initiation may have a different connotation in spiritual world. But Sri Sai Baba's magic then and now has drawn several to His mystic self. Whether one would call this initiation or divine call, it is a fortune, a blessing to be revered. He is Rama the king, He is Krishna the thief [the Great one that stole butter], and He is Mohammed, the Prophet, and the Messiah Jesus. Let us on this holy day reaffirm our faith to the Simple One, and the Perfect One and contemplate on His self.

Allah Malik

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Walk by Faith, not by sight

Aum Sairam

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage? His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harms. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story: Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there. 'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'

Allah Malik

Believe in Yourself

Aum Sairam

Set your standards high you deserve the best.
Try for what you want and never settle for less.

Believe in God.
No matter what you choose keep a winning attitude and you can never lose.

Think about your destination but don't worry if you stray.
Because the most important thing is that you've learned along the way.

Take all you've become to be all that you can be.
Soar above the clouds and let your dreams set you free...

Allah Malik

Friday, August 15, 2008

Positive Thinking

Aum Sairam

Count your blessings. A grateful heart attracts more joy, love and prosperity.

Joy is a pure state of bliss and it's attained by bringing comfort and relief to other people. Doing so will bring joy to your life every day.

Milton said that within everyone, there is heaven and hell. Choose heaven-release the regret and the guilt. Remember that through love, God will ease your pain and cement you back together.

When you are unhappy it is generally because you do not visualize strongly enough the great things that you definitely want to accomplish in life, nor do you employ steadfastly enough your will power, your creative ability and your patience until your dreams are materialized. Happiness depends to some extent upon external conditions but chiefly upon mental attitudes. In order to be happy one should have good health, well balanced mind, a prosperous life, the right work, a thankful heart and above all wisdom or knowledge of God.

Many people don't allow themselves to be enthusiastic, light hearted, inspired relaxed or happy-especially at work. It seems they are frightened at what a happy demeanor would be like to other people, including co-workers, clients, and employers. They assume, someone who is relaxed [or happy] must not be a hard worker,” Be happy and your life will change immediately. Your life and work will take on greater significance as an extraordinary adventure.

Allah Malik

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Faith in Guru

Aum Sairam

May This Thursday [Baba's Day] Bring You Strength, Good luck, Success, Peace, Happiness and Joy.

Faith is of paramount importance. One needs faith in infinite measure in one's Master. The human mind may sometimes find it difficult to believe in the Master's way, but the aspiring heart is always one with the Master's inner and outer operations. The seeker always has to remain in the heart. To have faith in one's Master is to feel God's own Presence here, there and everywhere.

At the journey's start the Master is the boatman, the boat and the river. At the journey's end, the Master becomes the goal itself. A beginner-seeker sees the Master as the boat. When he crosses beyond the barrier of the mind, he sees the Master as the boatman. When he establishes his constant oneness with the Master, he sees the Master as the river. And when he becomes the most perfect instrument of the Master, he sees the Master as his goal itself. When the hour strikes for the disciple, the disciple also has to play the role of a Master, for progress must continue in the world of self-giving and God-becoming.

Allah Malik

What Did Sri Sai Baba Say About Fasting?

Aum Sairam

Sri Sai Baba has given us the middle path to follow on the path of emancipation. Did not advocate the over indulgence in either the senses or in asceticism.
Let us see what Sri Sai Baba had said about fasting on Thursdays or any other holy days.

M.W. Pradhan, a devotee of Sri Sai Baba had organized the birthday party of his son in Shama’s house at Shirdi and invited all devotees of Sri Sai Baba to lunch. That day happened to be a Thursday. Bala Bhate apologized to Pradhan that he was unable to eat on that day as he had a wow to fast on Thursdays and went to the Masjid. As Sri Sai Baba saw Bhate he asked, “Have you gone to Pradhan’s party and had your food?”

Bhate: “Baba today is a Thursday”.
Baba: “So what?”
Bhate: “I do not eat on Thursdays. It is my wow”.
Baba: “To please whom have you made this wow”?
Bhate: “I have made this wow in your name for your grace”.
Baba: “I am telling you this myself. Leave off this fasting and go have your food with Pradhan”.

From the above it is clear that Sri Sai Baba didn’t agree to do fasting to please him on Thursdays. Now, let us see what Sri Sai Baba said about fasting on holy days such as Ekadasi, Maha Shivratri and such days.

Tatya Kote Patil was one of the closest and most intimate devotees of Sri Sai Baba. He had the great good fortune of sleeping along with Sri Sai Baba in the Masjid for fourteen years. Those who had seen the love and intimacy between Sri Sai Baba and Tatya Kote Patil felt that Sri Sai Baba loved Tatya more than his life even. Tatya in his reminiscences says thus, “I used to fast regularly on Ekadasi, Maha Sivaratri and other such hold days. Sri Sai Baba’s opinion was that fasting had no usefulness in either the mundane worldly life or the spiritual life. I would try my best to fast on these holy days but Sri Sai Baba would some how or the other break my fast and made me eat something. On one Shivratri I said, ‘Baba, please let me fast at least on this day.

Please don’t make me eat anything.’ Sri Sai Baba said, “Eat man, eat, what Shivratri are you talking about?” Dada Kelkar who by standing by also told me to do as Sri Sai Baba says and not to disobey him. I did not raise any further objection to Sri Sai Baba and have never fasted on any day since then.”

Thus Sri Sai Baba showed us in many incidents that there is no meaning in doing fasting.

Don’t ever fast….Sri Sai Baba doesn’t like His children to starve...

Believe or not believe….
I did not forget to take my breakfast….even when my Mom expired....
I had it with her sacred body in my house….Just because my love Sri Sai Baba doesn’t like it.....

I don’t bother what people think about me….Sri Sai Baba is the one I need.

Allah Malik

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sri Sai’s Blessings

Aum Sairam

Sri Sai gives me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning.
Sri Sai drives all my fears away
Sri Sai turns my morning into dancing.

Sri Sai is the apple of my eye
My soul He will keep
Sri Sai always makes me smile
Sri Sai watches over me as I sleep.

Sri Sai gives me peace in times of trouble
Sri Sai loves me unconditionally
Sri Sai fills my life with greater joy
Sri Sai blessed me with life abundantly.

A new way Sri Sai has shown me
His love I will make known
Sri Sai planted my feet on a rock to stay
Sri Sai found me and called me His own

Allah Malik

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

God Realized Master

Aum Sairam

We cannot do anything without the help of a teacher. In order to learn anything, we need a teacher at the beginning. Then how is it that we do not need a teacher to help us in our inner spiritual life?

If one is really sincere, if one feels that he can exist without everything, but not without God, then it is possible for him to realize God in one incarnation with the help of a spiritual Master.

When you are with realized Master, consciously or unconsciously you are bound to feel some peace, some light, some bliss, some power because it is his very nature to radiate these things. He is not showing off; it is spontaneous, as the very nature of a flower is to emit fragrance.

When you are with a realized Master, you are bound to feel that the Master understands you; and not only that he understands you, but also that he has the capacity to comfort you and help you in your problems.

The world is not ready for spiritual Masters. They come into the world out of their infinite compassion. Humanity needs spiritual Masters for awakening and illumination, but in the outer life, people do not feel any urgency. The world is not ready, and perhaps it will never be ready as a whole. When the Masters come, they find unwilling, uninspiring human beings. For spiritual Masters to realize God, it takes quite a few incarnations. Realization is such an arduous task to perform. But it is much more difficult to manifest God on earth.

In the spiritual world, some Masters feel the need to go out into the world, for the outer world is just a baby in consciousness. These Masters feel that there are many children who are crying for spiritual Light, spiritual wisdom, spiritual perfection, but do not know where or how to find it. So the Masters go from place to place and offer their Light with the idea of serving the divinity in humanity.

Allah Malik

Monday, August 11, 2008

He Leads

Aum Sairam

There's nothing like walking across a forest floor covered with leaves, particularly if they've been there several seasons. Sponge-like, the ground compresses with every step, and then springs back into place without a sound. It is seemingly inert. Probe just below the surface, though, and you'll find a rich mélange of life decaying twigs, bits of leaves, the remnants of insects and snails. Truly the castoffs of the world, these are the makings of humus, the gardener's "black gold." Inconsequential as it seems, this material is crucial for life here on earth. It is what nourishes plants, holds water in the soil, allows for roots to grow deep and strong. Humus, humility, humble the connections are easy to see.

To humble us doesn't mean feeling guilt or shame. Rather, it means looking honestly at who and what we are, at where we come from, at what we need to live. Humility enables us to be open to God, for when we are humble, we are able to admit that our take on things, our vision of the world, may be skewed, or partial at best. Like the humus building on the forest floor, we become ground that is rich and deep and ready for planting. We become soil that is ready for God.

Oh God, give me a heart that is humble and always eager to seek your face.

Allah Malik

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Aum Sairam

You never know when God is going to bless you!! Good things happen when you least expect them to!!

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.

I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. And it's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak... Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those who will delete this without sharing it with others. I pray for those that don't believe.

But I thank you that I believe. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it. God I love you and I need you, come into my heart.

Allah Malik

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Aum Sairam

Sri Sai's language was truly mystic for he talked back and forth between the absolute mode and the mode of surrendered servant or even bond slave of the Lord. In the former mode, He made such statements as: "I am formless and everywhere" and, "I look equally on all. Not a leaf moves except my grace". In the latter mode of surrendered instrument of God, he declares:" Without God's permission nothing can be made by me", and "Sri Sai is but phaladata [giver of the fruit or dispenser of the result]. However, his message is clear both on fear and hope that if one becomes God or Sri Sai's devotee the one will be under his protective wing and need no fear. If then the devotee has patience, his hopes will be realized and in due course, he will indeed be raised spiritually. This blessing is not to be confused with worldly benefits such as material prosperity, fame, power or even health, although these may in fact occur as by-products. The promise is for the achievement of the Sufi goal of mystical union with God, or the realization that one was never in truth separation from God.

Among many quotations in this vein of protection and guidance, Sri Sai said: "if you make me the sole object of your thoughts and aims, you will gain paramartha - the supreme goal. Some visitors came to see Sri Sai at first merely out of curiosity to see a miracle-worker, and then gradually they started coming to listen to what Sri Sai was teaching. Nana Chandorkar, for example, began listening to Sri Sai this way, and eventually gained complete confidence that Sri Sai did indeed demonstrate the qualities of divinity. Others however, such as Dasganu, although he had great respect for the Saint and had been shown many phenomenal miracles, could never quite come to terms with admitting Sri Sai's divinity.

Allah Malik

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Power of Eight

Friday is August 8, 2008, and the numerologists are once again going crazy. We saw this on May 5, 2005, we saw it in a big way on June 6, 2006, and now we are re-experiencing it for 08-08-2008. Numerology does not use the two-digit abbreviation for the year, so June 6, 2006 actually added up to 6-6-2006 or 20, which are a 2 rather than a 6.

August 8, 2008, however, actually does add up to 8: 8-8-2008, or 16 + 10 = 26 = 8. In China, the Summer Olympics will open on August 8 at 8:08:08 pm. The word for "8" in Chinese is similar to the word "wealth" or "fortune." Chinese couples are rushing to marry on August 8, believing it to me an extremely auspicious day.

In Indian numerology the number 8 is ruled by Saturn and denotes a hard worker and eventual success. Still, ignoring the significance of my pal Saturn whom Indian astrologer’s term “malefic” planets, many Indians nevertheless believe that Friday will be a day of good luck and good fortune.

August 8 has been declared Galactic Freedom Day calling for the end of secret government agreements concerning extraterrestrial life. Since 8 is the number of Pluto and Scorpio, the exposure of that which is hidden is also signified.

Many esoteric teachings reveal that the number 8, the lemniscates or infinity symbol turned on its side, represents the achievement of balance and correction of imbalance. In the Tarot, 8 is the number of accomplishment and achievement.

So, for my friend whose birthday is Friday and who may be anxious about the meaning of all of these 8s: Let's make 8-8-08 a day to correct any imbalance in our lives, to work hard at what is truly important to us, and enjoy the faith and knowledge that success is just on the other side of the doorway.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The 7%

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."

The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished.

They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one.

There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, "I don't understand."

"It is simple," said the Lord. "It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves."

Its estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, please forward this with the title '7%'. I'm in the 7% - Remember that I will always like to share my spoon with you.

Sadguru's Reminder on Thursday

Aum Sairam

May This Thursday [Baba's Day] Bring You Strength, Good luck, Success, Happiness and Joy.

Oh, Sai Let Your blessings are upon us as our deeds lead to noble consequences in the path of devotion for that is our only righteous duty.

Intense pursuit of at-one-ment with Sadguru leads a sadhak to completely believe that it is the Sadguru that defines every deed and to him the consequences are credited to. His reminders of our spiritual duty in the path of devotion are perhaps the only cognizance a sadhak should pay attention to. There is no need for any other form of discrimination. A diligent focus on this simple truth should eventually dismiss all other forms of discrimination. What is more futile than spend a life's time on the convenient facts, the concoctions of the intellect! Faith, patience, humility, love and compassion by any definition are indiscriminate expressions that Sadguru requires of a devotee. These expressions have only origin not a destination, just like the warmth of the sun and the comfort of a cool breeze.

Oh Sai Let your blessings be upon us on this Beautiful Thursday

Allah Malik

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Surrender fully to God

Aum Sairam

The basic lesson of this story is that man should not have any desires separate from the one desire to fully surrender to God. Everything belongs to God, and only to God. Surrender means implicitly following the commands given to you by the Lord, whose directions will be clearly heard when he is enshrined in your heart. Surrender is the basis of the declaration, "Come and sit in my train and I will look after you. Let go of your ego-sense and desire. Don't carry your baggage on your head and suffer."

In this context, Krishna taught surrender as the highest and most important stage of devotion. Once you have surrendered yourself fully to the Lord, you will gain his grace. "Wherever you are, be it in a town, in a village, in a forest or in the sky, I will be your refuge. Come and surrender to me" That is the command of the Lord, and that is also his promise. Once you are his, he will shelter you and protect you from all harm.

But, surrender does not mean giving up your discriminating faculty. You must discern what desires are and what is truly divine, and surrender all your worldly desires, offering them to the divine. Make every effort to discover the right way to surrender yourself, and thereby sanctify your life and reach the goal.

Allah Malik

God and Meditation

Aum Sairam

The constant remembrance of God is the method in which you continuously keep turning the mind inwards to become united with the indwelling Lord. This can correctly be called meditation. Any practice that you engage in periodically is a concentration practice. Such a practice will usually focus on a chosen object and be associated with a particular place and time. True meditation, on the other hand, goes on continuously. It is completely free of all objects and phenomena and completely transcends the element of place and time. Therefore, the ongoing practice of meditation has been described as superior to any type of periodic practice.

But, there is a practice even superior to meditation. The ultimate spiritual practice is the development of wisdom. Wisdom emerges from inner inquiry. It is the spiritual practice of looking deep into the essential nature of everything. If you faithfully pursue this inquiry, you will gradually reach the supreme state of peace and bliss. This is the unique goal of human life, a goal which all mankind will one day achieve.

Allah Malik

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sri Sai - The Greatest Designer

Aum Sairam

If I were to put it as a one liner
Our Sri Sai is the greatest designer
He has created all beings and the entire universe
Immense is His creativity and immense is His power

He has laid down the foundations for the architecture of life
And under his ever-vigilant eyes His creations thrive
He is our Savior, Protector and Caretaker
And within us resides our mystical Maker

He would never let his children come in harm’s way
And under his guidance we can never go astray
May we always rest at his Lotus Feet basking in the warmth of His love
And may He bless us with Faith and Patience
This to our Sri Sai we humbly do pray

Allah Malik

Walk On the Path of Sri Sai

Aum Sairam

Fear is one of the qualities that could drive a person to the level of insanity. Fear manifests in different ways and forms and may lead to other vicissitudes such as anger, greed, lust, etc. Freeing oneself of the fear that lies deep within becoming the cause of various unwanted traits is a must for any serious spiritual seeker. Fear of the unknown is the biggest cause of misery. People make their lives miserable because of fear. Fear can be fought with Faith and Patience. With Faith that all that will happen will be for ones own good and patience that it will happen when the time comes for the event to happen will go a long way to lessen the agony and pain that one harbors in their lives.

Sri Sai gave the lesson of Faith and Patience not as mere words to be remembered once a while or read in books, but to continuously put them into practice. Though very easy to read and understand the dictionary meaning, they are the most difficult to practice in ones life. As one tries to practice these two qualities, they discover that the harder it gets to deal with them. At times it goes to such an extent that Sri Sai's dictum seems more philosophical than practical. It is for this reason that Sri Sai left a series of stories to serve as an example to inspire his followers.

Patience is merely not just waiting but also actively believing that God is with them and will help them against all odds. Keeping faith alive against all odds in prayer and experiencing all difficulties that may come is Patience. As Sri Sai says, Faith and Patience are like twin sisters, one cannot live without the other. Where there is no faith there is no patience and vice verse. The difficulties that do come in our lives are a result of our own past actions and the results of those have to borne as explained by Sri Sai in Shri Sai Satcharitra. So there is no point in arguing why difficulties or unhappiness comes, it is a fact of life as any other fact. Dealing with it in the way prescribed by Sri Sai is the key to burden and live it when sorrow knocks on the door.

When one walks on the path laid by Sri Sai it is invariably noted that slowly but surely the fear that was lurking behind slowly disappears and one starts becoming free of the burden and sing joyously in honor of the master who is ever ready to lead all those who approach Him.

Allah Malik

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Baba's Upadesh

Aum Sairam

As for upadesh, Sri Sai Baba gave no upadesh mantra but every word, act, and omission of Sri Sai Baba was full of instruction and inspiration. For 10 years, i.e., 1909 – 1918, Kaka Dixit studied every word, every act, and every deed of Sri Sai Baba. This study itself was Satsangh, apart from the personal contact, which Kaka Dixit had with Sri Sai Baba.

Santapasci sada jave tyanche javali baisave
Upades to na deti Tari Aikavya tya goshti
Techi upadesa hoti tyachi Kashta nashta hoti
Vasudeva hmane santa sange Kariti Pasanta

This means, Let us go to saints and stay by their side, if they do not give any upadesh, let us listen to whatever falls from their lips. Every such word is upadesh. By their force, all our troubles vanish. "Bliss comes from Satsang". This was the experience of Kaka Dixit and of every devout person that went to Shirdi to see Sri Sai Baba.

Allah Malik
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