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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tolerance – The Catalyst for Love and Unity

Aum Sai Ram

Long ago, Japan was ruled by King Yamato. He had a minister whose name was Ocho San. Ocho San had a big joint family that was famous for its cordiality and the love among its members. The family had more than a hundred members but they lived together peacefully and had a common kitchen. There was no quarrel among the family members. Anybody who visited the family was received cordially and left impressed by the service and reception by the family members.

The news of this unique and wonderful family spread all over Japan. Even the king heard about it and became very curious to find the secret of the unity among Ocho San’s family. By now, Ocho San was very old and had retired. The king decided to visit the famous family himself and thus one day reached the Ocho San’s house unannounced. Ocho San was surprised to see the king outside his door. He received the king with great honor. When the formalities were over the king said, “My dear minister I have heard many stories about your huge family and I am very eager to know the secret behind the unity of your family. In my family we are only five members and yet there is often some quarrel among us. How is that you have such a large family and yet you do not quarrel among yourselves? Would you kindly tell me the secret behind this wonderful family?”

The minister was very old and weak. He was not able to talk further and he motioned his grandson to bring a pen and paper. When he got the paper and pen he began writing with his trembling hands. He wrote about hundred words and handed over the paper to the king. The king was eagerly waiting and as soon as he got the paper, he was surprised that there was only one word written repeatedly. The word was ‘tolerance’.

Seeing the king looking at him surprisingly, the minister said, “Majesty, this one word contains the secret of my family’s unity. This is the only thread that keeps us bound together, whenever this thread broken in my family, from that day onwards my family and my family members becomes helter skelter , so maintaining the thread ‘ unbroken’ is duty of all of my family members and myself, your majesty, by the grace of god and by my family members co-operation till today iam maintaing it. .” The king thanked the minister and left in a pleasant mood.

This story is in contrast to the modern story of a nuclear family. Today, as soon as children hit the age of 18, they want to live separately because they cannot enjoy their lives while living with their parents. Parents also prefer that their children go away once they are adults so that they are not an obstacle in their own enjoyment. But when people live in nuclear families or live alone, they face another problem - that of loneliness. They look for alternatives to avoid loneliness such as partying late nights, going on picnics, remaining glued to PC, TV, Videogames for hours. But all this does not make the heart peaceful and satisfied for very long.

Indian scriptures advise to respect parents as god. To a modern mind, this sounds like a joke and a primitive idea. But there is deeper psychological connotation behind this Vedic advice. If we cannot respect our parents, we will truly not respect anybody. Then where is the question of tolerance? Previously, children took care of parents during the latter’s old age. It was such a nice atmosphere. The parents gave best advice and blessings to their children. They also took care of the grandchildren. Now parents are sent to old-age homes where they suffer from loneliness and lack of love and affection. They are treated like machines by the nurses or attendants. On the other hand, young couples who have their own kids need to keep maids to look after the little ones. Maids obviously have no love for the kids and do their chores mechanically. So, the parents in old-age homes and the kids in their homes both starve for love and affection. If the parents remained in the home they would lovingly look after the kids, i.e., their grandchildren and the whole family would be soaked in a loving atmosphere. Moreover, it will take away a big financial burden from the state as well as the family. But because we are not tolerant and want to enjoy without our family members, we go through all kinds of troubles.

The need of living beings is to love and be loved. But love needs some qualifications. Love is the most cherished object in our life yet we never stop to think if I need some qualification for it. Tolerance is one such qualification. In fact, when love is there, tolerance is natural. A mother tolerates all the disturbance and discomfort created by her baby because she is full of love for the baby. But if love is not there, we need to practice tolerance.

Tolerance is a rare attribute in the modern society. People freak out at a little provocation or discomfort. Recently, a mother (may be I should use some other word for her) killed her own baby because she was crying and creating a disturbance for the woman who was busy playing a game on PC . In Sanskrit, there is a saying – Putrah kuputro jayet mata kumata na bhavati, which means ‘a son may turn out to be a bad son, but a mother is never a bad mother.’ This saying has been proven wrong by our modern-day mothers. This may be an extreme example of intolerance, but it is not an isolated incident. There have been many cases of students shooting recklessly at their fellow students in the school because of intolerance. Road rage is a common word now.

In earlier days, tolerance was considered as an attribute; now it is considered as a disqualification and a sign of cowardliness. I do not imply that we should tolerate injustice. But we should tolerate the presence and behavior of our family members and colleagues. Everybody cannot behave according to our wish and we should not feel disturbed by that unless their behavior is harmful to the family, company, or society.

Tolerance is possible when people have a common goal. If everyone is self-centered, as is the case at present, then tolerance and family unity is only a phantasmagoria. Family unity, as in the case of Ocho San, is possible only if the family has one goal and co-operation. One goal does not mean that individual members would get no chance to develop their personality and remain a no-entity. Rather, it will bring fulfillment to each. This is an art which can be learned from keen observation and experiences.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ringing in 2011 with Sai Baba at Shirdi !

Aum Sai Ram

~ Sai Baba On New Years Eve @ 00:00 A.M ~

Rohit Behal, Mumbai.

New Years Eve at Shirdi with Baba

Aum Sai Ram

Many devotees now prefer to ring in the New Year at some Holy place and or with their Guru.
With this desire, around 3 lakh devotees reached Shirdi to be in the company of their beloved Baba for New Years Eve, for which the Sai Sansthan had kept Baba's Samadhi Temple open the full night on 31st to enable the devotees to have Darshan.

So, this New Years Eve Sai Baba also did not sleep as lakhs of devotees had lined up for his Darshan. Bhajan Kirtan continued through out the night and so there was no Shayan Aarti or the Kakad Aarti of Baba, on 01st Jan 2011. Many devotees came walking all the way to Shirdi carrying Sai Palkis with them.

The atmosphere at the Shirdi Sai Temple was showering with devotion. In front of Lendi garden devotees lit thousands of candles, while some were reading the Shri Sai Satcharitra wherever they could find a place to sit and do so. People were also singing Sai bhajans in Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and Tamil.

As the Clock struck 12:00 at midnight, the Bells started ringing in the Sai Temple. The devotees who were waiting in queues outside the temple bowed their Heads and did Pranam to the Temple's Kalash (Dome) and started chanting Prayers to welcome the New-year 2011.

However, at this moment devotees could not have Sai Baba's Mukh Darshan for a short period
because of the VIP crowd having Darshan inside.

The darshan queue was so big that the entire Pimpalwadi Road was full of devotees and to manage which, the Trustee of the Sai Baba Temple Shri.Jayant Sasane, the Executive Office Shri.Kishore More & the additional Executive Officer Dr.Yashwant Mane were monitoring the darshan queue arrangement. But because the Temple was open the whole night, the crowd was easily controlled.

In one hour minimum 10 thousand devotees were having Baba's Darshan, because of which in the night almost 1 lakh devotees took Darshan.

In two days itself, at the Shirdi Sai Prasadalaya each day around 40,000 devotees had their meals. Some devotees had given the Free Prasad Meal donation becuase of which the Meals were given to everyone for free.

One such devotee from Gujarat Shri.Aalap Rajubhai Patel donated Rs.11 lakh and 11 thousand for the free prasad meal scheme for everyone to have free meals from 14th to 17th Jan 2011.

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri.Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, Supreme Court Judge Shri.Dalveer Bhandari, Officer Shri.Rajgopal Devra, Shri.Anilkumar Likhna & Minister of Social Justice Shri.Shivajirao Moghe and some Actors, Industrialists, Singers etc too reached Shirdi to receive Baba's Blessings.

Rohit Behal, Mumbai

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Shirdi Sai Baba Idol Stolen from Vadnagar Temple, Gujarat

Aum Sai Ram

PALANPUR: A 5kg Idol of Shirdi Sai Baba, estimated to be worth Rs 50,000/- and made from five metals (panch dhatu), has been stolen from a Temple about 3kms from Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat, India. A complaint in this connection has been filed by Shri.Mukund Mehta, a resident of Vrudhashram Sarvajanik Sewa Trust, Ahmedabad. Mehta has stated in his complaint that an Idol of Sai Baba is missing from the Temple, located on the premises of the ashram, since Thursday 23rd Dec night.

Mehsana district Superintendent of police Shri.R J Savani said that the Temple had no doors.
Hence, some miscreants had taken away Sai Baba's Idol.

The Trust which manages the Ashram and the Temple is headed by Shri.Somabhai Modi,
elder brother of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Courtesy: Rohit Behal, Mumbai
Source: The Times Of India

Gold Garland Donated To Sai Baba At Shirdi

Aum Sai Ram
On 01st Jan 2011,
Smt.Pratima Rani Das, a Sai Devotee from Mumbai, Maharashtra donated a 1 Kg Gold Garland worth Rs.19 Lakh to Sai Baba at Shirdi. Also present on the occasion were, Deputy Executive Officer of Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Dr.Yashwantrao Mane & Temple Incharge Shri.Ramarao Shelke.

Article: Rohit Behal, Mumbai

200 Eunuchs Offer Prayers to Sai Baba at Shirdi

Aum Sai Ram

Mostly people go to Shirdi to seek Baba's blessings either for themselves or their near & dear ones, but this is one such instance which will be remembered, where not one or two but 200 Eunuchs went to Shirdi to offer Prayers to Baba, not for themselves, but for India on the whole.

On 01st Jan 2011,
200 Eunuchs went to Shirdi for Baba's Darshan. Each one of them was holding a lit candle as they walked systematically in rows, towards the Sai Baba Temple. When inside the Temple, in the Sanctum Sanctorum they offered prayers and asked for Peace and Unity in India. They prayed to Baba to remove Corruption from the Country and to give the correct understanding to all the Corrupt People/Politicians so that they amend their ways and reform themselves, failing which, Baba should punish them equally.

Source: Samay Mumbai
Courtesy: Rohit Behal, Mumbai
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