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Thursday, July 28, 2011


Aum Sai Ram

Frequent Incidents of Devotees complaining of dizziness and vomiting during their visit to the Sai Baba Temple at Shirdi, has prompted the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to ask the Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust to immediately install Exhaust Fans in the Temple premises.

In a letter, the MPCB has also asked the Shirdi Trust to file a Compliance Report after taking the necessary action.

The number of devotees visiting the Sai Baba Temple has increased in the recent past.
However, the facilities provided to them are found to be inadequate. The main religious festivals celebrated at the temple are Ramnavami, Guru Pournima and Dasara
when 3-5 lakh devotees visit the temple.

Article: Rohit Behal, Mumbai.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Guru Mantra

Aum Sai Ram

!!! Guru Brahmaa Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheswara
Guru Saaksaat Param Brahma, Tasmai Shri Guru dev Namaha !!!

The human soul, even though initiated in the spiritual path, cannot love an abstract power; and it is for this reason that the scriptures advise us to venerate those who lead us to God and to love their physical presence as the Divine manifesting itself in human form. The Guru's physical body is just a receptacle of the mighty Divine, and as such worthy of the utmost devotion and reverence.

God as the abstract Creator eludes our imagination, but when a human temple enshrines divinity we begin to understand through this familiar medium the purpose of our own ultimate destiny. Thus, when God assumes a human form, He establishes Himself as the Guru. Guru is manifested God- this is perhaps the most succinct and satisfying definition of the word, and eliminates the false claims of some so-called Gurus who are ready to assume the mantle of spiritual authority without the true manifestation of the divine principle.

The Guru as manifested God soon becomes the Light, the inspiration and the great exemplar. The life of the average seeker, as it is lived on the material and physical level, is barren and unproductive until it finds its focus in the Master. It requires the grace, protection and the powerful push of the Guru to release this imprisoned splendor which lies captive in each and every one of us.

The Guru and God are one because the Almighty and His medium of manifestation cannot be different. The Guru embodies not only the Saguna (characteristics) but also the Nirguna(quality) of the Supreme Being, and so to that extent the Guru is approachable and accessible to man's needs and comprehension.

Once a contact between the Guru and the bhakta(disciple) is established, the relationship between master and disciple becomes a thing of beauty. This leads us to consider the principle of reciprocity which operates in this relationship. In return for the innumerable demands which a bhakta makes on the Master, it is but natural that the Guru too should impose a few conditions on the bhakta. The Guru expects total surrender, absolute obedience ,and, the last and most important, supreme effort.

The Guru's mission appears to be two-fold. The first and most important concern of the Guru is to awaken, elevate and transform the seeker. The second and final purpose of the Guru is paradoxically to help the disciple seeker to transcend this state of complete dependence on the Master, which dependence the Guru himself had taken such pains to foster. The final spurt of realizing his true identity with God is exclusively the Seeker's job.

The saint of Shirdi recognized and emphasized the beauty of a Guru-guided life. Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi is the Guru incarnate to live on this earth in the late part of last century and early part of this century. Shri Sai Baba gave tremendous importance to the adoption of the Guru in one's spiritual "Sadhana"(pursuit). With an innate compassion Shri Sai Baba often declared -"I am your savior, not only from the weight of sin, but from the weight of care and misery". "Guru is all the Gods", said the Saint of Shirdi. Moreover, the Baba declared reassuringly though as the all pervading Guru he would naturally expect complete surrender, obedience and loyalty, he promised that through his supreme powers he would extend complete protection to those who put their implicit faith in him.

Is Surrender to the Guru the only Sadhana Prayer? This question was hotly debated even in the presence of Baba. The answer to this complex question as given by Shri Sai Baba comes straight out of Sri Sai Satcharita.

Kakasaheb Dixit(an ardent Devotee of Shri Sai Baba) has published his notes regarding this matter. Next day after Hemadpant's meeting with Sai Baba, Kakasaheb went to Baba and asked whether he should leave Shirdi. Baba Said, "Yes". Then someone asked - "Baba, where to go?" Baba said, "High up." Then the man said, "How is the way?" Baba said, "There are many ways leading there; there is one way also from here (Shirdi). The way is difficult. There are tigers and wolves in the jungles on the way." I (Kakasaheb) asked - "But Baba, what if we take a guide with us?" Baba answered, - "Then there is no difficulty. The guide will take you straight to your destination, avoiding wolves, tigers and ditches etc. on the way. If there be no guide, there is the danger of your being lost in the jungles or falling into ditches."

Mr. Dabholkar was present on this occasion and he thought that this was the answer Baba gave to the question whether Guru was a necessity (Vide Sai Leela Vol. I, No.5, Page 47); and he thereupon took the hint that no discussion of the problem, whether man is free or bound, is of any use in spiritual matters, but that on the contrary real Paramartha(absolute meaning) is possible only as the result of the teachings of the Guru, as is illustrated in this chapter of the original work in the instances of great Avatars like Rama and Krishna, who had to submit themselves to their Gurus, Vasishtha and Sandipani respectively, for getting self-realization and that the only virtues necessary for such progress are faith and patience. (Vide Sai Satcharita, Ch. II, 191-92).

Sai Baba Our Guru: Not only did the Saint of Shirdi perform his duties of Guruship during his life, but was able to establish a lasting Guru-parampara(successors of Guru's) through his vision and foresight.

Shri Sai Baba was not content to transfer his messiahship to his descendants. In the last years of his life, he said to his devotees with a mother's solicitude, "Do not grieve when my body passes away. My tomb will live and move and speak with all those who make me their sole refuge." Happily, though we have celebrated over 78 years of his mahasamadhi, Sai Baba's promise is abundantly fulfilled even to-day. Millions of devotees flock to his Samadhi regularly to seek his blessings. Through decades of void there comes echoing down the years the gracious message- "Lo, I am beside you always".

The Poornima (Full Moon) Day in the month of Ashadha(July-August) is known as Guru Poornima. This is a very sacred day on which special worship is performed to the Acharyas(Gurus), who, through their Infinite Compassion and Supreme Grace, have imparted the Knowledge of the Absolute(Brahma Vidya) through a long and continuous line of Acharyas(Guru Parampara) to all the Seekers of the Self.

The celebration of Guru Poornima began in Shirdi around 1908. One day Shri Baba told his disciple Shri Dada Kelkar, "Do you know this day is the day to approach Gurus? Bring your worship articles". Then Shri Kelkar and his friends looked up the calendar and found that the day was Guru Poornima day. They started worshipping Shri Sai Baba as their Guru, and that practice has continued till today not only in Shirdi but all over the world where prayers are offered to Shri Sai.

I request to all Sai devotees to attend a bhajan or visit a Sai temple on the day of Guru poornima (July 15). If this is not possible then chant HIS name/sloka thorugh out the day. Lets remember our God whole day long on this special day.

Om Sai Namo Namah, Sri Sai Namo Namah,
Jai Jai Sai Namo Namah, Sadguru Sai Namo Namah.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Horse & the Pig!

Aum Sai Ram.

There was a farmer who collected horses; he only needed one more breed to complete his collection. One day, he found out that his neighbour had the particular horse breed he needed. So, he constantly bothered his neighbour until he sold it to him. A month later, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian, who said: Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I'll come back on the 3rd day and if he's not better, we're going to have to put him down.

Nearby, the pig listened closely to their conversation.The next day, they gave him the medicine and left.The pig approached the horse and said: Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they're going to put you to sleep!

On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left.The pig came back and said: Come on buddy, get up or else you're going to die! Come on, I'll help you get up. Let's go! One, two, three...

On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said:Unfortunately, we're going to have to put him down tomorrow.Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses.After they left, the pig approached the horse and said: Listen pal,it's now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Getup! That's it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, three... Good, good.

Now faster, come on.... Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yay! Yes!
You did it, you're a champion!!!All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting: It's a miracle!

My horse is cured. This deserves a party. Let's kill the pig!

Point for reflection:
This often happens in the workplace. Nobody truly knows which employee actually deserves the merit of success, or who's actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen.


If anyone ever tells you that your work is unprofessional, remember amateurs built the Ark and professionals built the Titanic.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Never Stop Listening, Learning & Thinking

Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

"Congratulations," the boss said. "Go on that way!"

Very motivated by the boss' words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. "I must be losing my strength", the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

"When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked. "Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees."

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don't take time to sharpen the axe."

In today's world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp?

There's nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But God doesn't want us to get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like taking time to pray, to love, to read, to see all the beautiful things around us, to care. We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow.

If we don't take time to sharpen the axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness. So start today. Think about the ways by which you could do your job more effectively and add a lot of value to it & apply the same virtue to one's own life to make it peaceful & fruitful for years to come.

Never Stop: Listening, Learning and Thinking.

"No one can go back & change a bad beginning, But WE can start now & create a successful ending."

Monday, July 4, 2011

Secunderabad,Andhra Pradesh to Shirdi - Bi-Weekly Express Trains

Aum Sai Ram

As announced in the Railway Budget 2010-11, the Secunderabad-Manmad Bi-Weekly Trains running up to Manmad have now been extended to run up to Sainagar, Shirdi on a regular basis.

Train No.17002 Secunderabad - Sainagar Shirdi Bi-Weekly Express
Departure: Secunderabad at 16:40 Pm every Friday and Sunday.
Arrival: Sainagar Shirdi at 09:15 Am every Saturday and Monday.

Train No.17001 Sainagar Shirdi - Secunderabad Bi-Weekly Express
Departure: Sainagar Shirdi at 17:10 Pm every Monday and Saturday.
Arrival: Secunderabad at 09:20 Am every Tuesday and Sunday.

Stops (Both Ways):
Secunderabad Jn, Begampet, Lingampalli, Shankarpalli, Vikarabad Jn, Zahirabad, Bidar, Bhalki, Udgir, Latur Road, Parli Vaijnath, Gangakher, Parbhani Jn, Manwath Road, Selu, Partur, Jalna, Aurangabad, Lasur, Rotegaon, Nagarsol, Manmad Jn, Kopargaon, Puntamba, Sainagar Shirdi.



Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh to Shirdi -Tri Weekly Express Trains.

Aum Sai Ram

As announced in the Railway Budget 2010-11, the Kakinada-Manmad Express Train running up to Manmad has now been extended to run up to Sainagar, Shirdi on a regular basis.

Train No.17206 Kakinada Town - Sainagar Shirdi Tri Weekly Express
Departure: Kakinada Town at 06:15 Am - Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Arrival: Sainagar Shirdi at 09:15 Am - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Train No.17205 Sainagar Shirdi - Kakinada Town Tri Weekly Express
Departure: Sainagar Shirdi at 17:10 Pm - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Arrival: Kakinada Town at 19:20 Pm - Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Stops (Both Ways):
Kakinada Town, Samalkot Jn, Rajamundry, Nidadavolu Jn, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada Jn, Madhira, Khammam, Dornakal Jn, Mahbubabad, Warangal, Kazipet Jn, Secunderabad Jn, Begampet, Lingampalli, Shankarpalli, Vikarabad Jn, Zahirabad, Bidar, Bhalki, Udgir, Latur Road, Parli Vaijnath, Gangakher, Parbhani Jn, Manwath Road, Selu, Partur, Jalna, Aurangabad, Lasur, Rotegaon, Nagarsol, Manmad Jn, Kopargaon, Puntamba, Sainagar Shirdi.



Friday, July 1, 2011

Why Vada Maalai for Lord Aanjaneya

Aum Sai Ram

Once some Devotee from North India came to pay respects to Mahaa Periyava (Kaanchi Swaamigal).After a comfortable darsan the devotee was lingering with worry written on his face. Periyava noticed this and asked the devotee what was bothering him. The devotee had some doubt about Aanjaneya for quite some time. He had made enquiries but no one could provide proper solution to clear his doubt. When the devotee was pondering if he can put forward his doubt to Periyava, Periyava on his own enquired about the reason for the worried look on the face of the devotee.

The devotee hesitatingly told that he had some doubt to be cleared about Aanjaneya. The devotee continued "devotees in Southern India propitiate Aanjaneya with a vada maalai made with Ulundu / Urad, black pepper etc., whereas we in Northern India propitiate with jhangri maalai. Can you kindly explain the reason for this?" The devotee from North India as also the other devotees eagerly waited for the response of Periyava.

With a smile on his face Periyava said: "Ladies of the house take the tiny tots outside the house show them the moon and divert them and the tiny tots with the diversion and good air outside eat the food. For the tiny tots, moon was a toy but for Aanjaneya the shining Sun was a ripe fruit and HE wanted to pluck it and consume. Aanjaneya,the son of Vaayu, immediately flew towards the Sun. Devaas were stunned to see baby Aanjaneya racing towards the Sun and no one dared to stop HIM. At this time Raahu also was flying towards Sun to generate Grahana. However, Raahu could not match the speed of Aanjaneya.
Raahu blessed Aanjaneya with a recognition(angeekaaram). Any one who propitiates Aanjaneya with eatable out of ulundu (the favourite dish of Raahu) and worships, they will be free from the affliction of Raahu and Raahu will not trouble them. Raahu also described that the eatable should have the shape like him (that of a snake).
So people afflicted with Raahu, worship Aanjaneya they will have lesser affliction.
As there is plenty of salt in the southern part of the country, ulundu, black pepper etc., are mixed together and vadai is prepared. There is plenty of sugarcane crop in the northern part of the country, and they like sweet, jhangri is made out of ulundu and dipped in sugarcane juice and Aanjaneya is adorned. As long as Raahu is pleased, it is immaterial whether the vada maalai is salty or sweet."

Devotee from North India and other devotees were pleased and convinced by the explanation given by Periyava prostrated at his feet.

Article: Mrs. Padma Ramaswamy. Mumbai
Author: Sri.P.Swaminathan
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