February 21, 2002
Volume 4, Issue 40
(In its fourth year of publication)
01.Feature of the Week: All Events Occur for a Reason
02.Contributed Article: TALLA HAR MALA NAKO
03.CONTRIBUTED POEM: IN PRAISE OF SAI
03.Experiences of Devotees
05.Sai Activities: Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra(Pictorial Journey) 2002
07.Quote of the Week
08.Question of the Week
09.Subscribe to Sai Vichaar
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11.Submit Articles to Sai Vichaar
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13.From the Editor's Keyboard
From the Editor's Keyboard...
An important weekend is in store for the devotees in the twin cities of
Hyderabad and Secunderabad in AP, India when Guruji Shri C.B.Satpathy
pays a visit to this town. Please see details in Sai activities section.
With Baba's grace, Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra has extended itself
to neighbouring Canada. With Anchor points in Alberta and Toronto,
devotees in Canada too can derive the benifit of this event. Please send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to
get details of Anchor homes in Canada. More details on Shri Shirdi Sai
Chitra Yatra available on line at Yatra link. Please
participate in this unique spiritual event and invoke Lord Sainath's
grace for not only your benefit but also for the benefit of the society.
The "Question of the Week" for the week is
"What is Faith in God?"
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or themes contradicting the same.
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Feature of the week:
All Events Occur for a Reason
Among you, how many think the above statement is true? Not very many!
But when you seek a genuine response, the most devoted would say "most,
if not all, events happen for a reason." Three years ago, I got an
opportunity to move to a city 200 miles away. The uncertainties were
many. Benefits did not seem to outweigh costs by a significant margin
and my work was going to be extremely challenging. But there was one,
and I should say only one, good reason to move; we will be closer to a
place with a beautiful temple of Sadguru Sri Sai Baba. That
consideration alone helped us make the decision.
It has been three years. We visited Baba numerous times despite his
abode being 1.5 hours away. In retrospect, we are convinced that all
things happen for a reason. Our faith and confidence in Him never
wavered. He continues to provide us with what we need, and more, in both
spiritual and material sense. Sometimes, we wonder if He did not help us
make the decision, we would have been at the previous location with the
'what if' question lingering on our heads.
This three-year example is just that - an example. Many events occurred
in our lives which simply testify to His glory. I can recant a number of
personal stories and events. It suffices to say that He shows the path.
Either we can walk along that path and invest our energies, hearts, and
spirits or simply turn away and choose a different road. He will not be
offended because we chose to not walk the path He thinks is best for us.
Neither does he relish us choosing the path He directs. However, He sure
will be happy to notice that we decided to do the right thing for a
right cause at the right time. He does not judge us by the path but will
pass a judgment - if we ask - on whether or not we are doing the correct
If that sounds a little confusing, it probably is; for, please tell me
who has completely understood Him? I probably haven't. May He bring
sense to us all.
(This week's feature is contributed by Raj Ponnaluri)
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Contributed Article: TALLA HAR MALA NAKO
Mrs.Bikkubai a devotee of SaiNath and a close friend of Radha krishna
mai to whom Baba used to send devotees, one day while passing through
Kopergaon near the banks of Godavari, recollected the sad demise of
Radhakrishna aai whose body was burned there. The very thought that Baba
did not save her friend disturbed her mental balance. She brought a
flower garland,watermelon and milk sweets for offering to Baba from
Ahemad Nagar. On seeing the Garland Baba remarked "Talla har mala
nako"(I don't want this garland from you). Perhaps Baba meant garland of
mental uneasiness. H.S.Dikshit who was present pleaded with Baba for
acceptance of the garland. Bikkubai tried to lift the garland, Alas!it
was cut into three parts-one in each hand and one on the ground. Baba
was repeating I don't want,I don't want.
When she tried to offer a piece of watermelon to Baba, Baba revealed
"This woman was weeping and shedding tears at Godavari and she has
brought with such a troubled heart and so I will not accept it".
Bikkubai confirmed Baba's statement.
As devotees, we should learn from this experience,that what ever we
offer to Guru-God should be with pure mind and heart.
Lord Sri Krishna tought in Gita "Whoso offer to me with love or
devotion, a leaf,a flower,a fruit or water,that offering of the pure and
self controlled man is willingly and readily accepted by me".
(Contributed by Sankaraiah, Hyderabad, India)
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CONTRIBUTED POEM: IN PRAISE OF SAI!
You are Ram, You are Rahim
You are trimurthy, you are Vithoba
Yours forms are infinite; but
We know you as SAI
You are all merciful and kind
Your mere glance dispels mountains of pains and sorrows
Simple remembrance of Sai
Brings fortune to life
You are the Eternal Truth
This is the reality of life
Though you sit in ‘Samadhi’
But still all pervading and run for devotees
At the time of peril and need
Sai has said and given this message
Trust his words
They are never empty and hallow
Seeks his blessings
With reverence and perseverance
Shirdi is Dwarka and home of Sai
Those who have come
Never gone empty and saddened
People’s fortunes are made
Those who sought refugee in his feet
Sai is the ultimate truth and hope
As you wish, so you will get
His words were never failing but pregnant with meaning
Live life by his teachings
You are sure to be enlightened and delivered
(Contributed by Rajesh Rai Anand)
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Experiences of Devotees
Om Sri Sai. I want to share some of my experiences with Sai devotees.
One day my wife and me went to one mall and after some time my wife
realized that she lost the wristwatch. The Watch marks were showing on
her left hand. And unfortunately that is my first gift, I gave to my
Wife. We felt very sad and we prayed the saibaba. After return to home,
surprisingly the watch was found in my home. Later, my wife went for
abortion, after which she faced health problems and she got frustrated
with her health problems. At the same time I started the Sai Baba seven
days Parayanam. After completing the seven days Parayanam, my wife
recovered back to Normal. Om Sri Sai, thank you sri shirdi sai baba.
Shridi Sai Chitra Yatra Anchor Home, Columbus, GA
I recieved the pictures and it is really a miracle I just requested it
on wednesday and got it on Thursday. I was so overwhelmed and I don't
get words to express, and nowadays I feel that Baba comes along with me
and just guides me in all.
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Laxman Sunkari Murthy, Auckland, New Zeland
I am sai bakktha since more than 15 years, Saibaba had done miracles in
my life since then I became a staunch beliver and I surrenderd my life.
On 2nd february 2002, we have performed a Sai pooja Bhartiya Mandir in
Auckland with Sai Archana, Sai Charitra, Sai Bhajan and Sai Arthi which
went for more than four hours. Around 1000 people came and Maha Prasad
was served for everyone. This the first time Saibaba pooja is conducted
in New Zealand. The whole celebrations went very grandly with Sai
om sairam Jai Jai sairam,we have signed for anchor home and we got the
photos and we are praying and it is so happy to see Baba being one among
our family,we gave photos to the host home and we also did bajans and
everything gave us peace of mind and happiness. My husband is searching
a job and please Baba, bless us with a job ,he sometimes loses hope, so
bless him with peace of mind and encourage him to find a good job. Baba
help me to get rid of my health problem. If there is any mistake in our
pooja, please forgive us and make us do things better.om sai Jai Jai
Nainesh Patel, Piscataway,NJ .
Jai Sai Ram In response to the a prayer in last week's issue, I would
like to give some advice to the writer. Mistakes are not a fault of Baba
but of the mistaker, alone. Since this is Kalug and Maya is working at
its strongest it is very difficult no to be tempted by this Maya. Even
Brahma the creator of this universe was tempted by this Maya of lord
Hari. It is our duty to be strong and pray to Sai whenever we are
tempted by this Maya, Specially if we are about to do something wrong.
In which case repeat his name, Sai, Sai first and see if our thoughts
are not pointed in the right direction. He is all loving and will guide
all his children in the right direction when asked to do so. I know you
have faith and are patience so if you are truly sorry for what you did
then I am sure Baba will forgive you. Try not to be disappointed and try
to control your five senses. It is hard in this world of Maya and the
Karma of our past life's do not help but with a Guru by our side he will
guide us through this wilderness. "If one perpetually thinks of me and
makes me his sole refuge, I become his debtor and would give my head to
save him." Sai Baba.
Dear Sai Bhaktas, Few months ago my son had no job, so I had given in
this by email to pray for his job to all Sai Bhaktas. Now he has a good
job and is well settled. I go to Baba's temple every thursday. I thank
all Sai Bhaktas for their prayers. It is true about Baba that he says "
If you look to me, I look to you". Jai Sainath
I have recently developed an affectionate admiration and devotion for
Sai Baba. I need a Mantra to recite to him when I think about him. Could
you help me please?
Om Sri Sai Ram, I am the regular reader of sai Vichar" in that I liked
the PUJA ROOM very much. Really it is designed very nicely. May Sai
bless you people with lot of his KARUNA. OM SRI SAI RAM
Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra Anchor Home, Lynnwod, WA
Dear Friends, My name is Gopi Shankar and my wife's is Amela. We live in
Lynnwood (Seattle area), Washington state, USA, and are an anchor home
for Sai Chitra Yatra 2002. Please contact us if you'd like to host Sai
Baba in your home for some time. We have some materials you can take
home, until someone else requests them. Perhaps we could also begin a
friendship based on one thing we already share - a love for Baba! Hope
to hear from you. Please e-mail us at: email@example.com Om Sai,
Namo Sai, Jai Jai Sai.
Sai Ram Everyone, I don't know who to believe any more. But I would like
to request all Sai devotees to pray for me so,I would find a good life
partner, I have been asking Baba but he is not listening to me he never
did. Daddy was sick I cried front of him and asked him to spare daddy's
life but he did not. Yes, he took daddy away from us when he knew we
needed him more than he does. But now, I am asking him to find me a good
husband, it is time for me to get married and have a life partner but he
is not listening to me. Would you all please pray for me and ask him to
do what is right for me. I am not loosing faith in him because he did
help me many times he did help me to get this job that I have been
wanting all this time and recently got promoted to this new position.
There were times that I wouldn't have to ask him for things, they are
just given to me without asking Baba but this is something that my
entire family wants and yes I cannot have more saburi, not only myself
but my entire family is sad about this fact. Thanks to you all.
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Om Sai Baba, pranam. I am regular reader of your magagine, it gives me
peace and some times I am get confused and have doubts, so please tell
me how to handle this thing. I want to be with you, what can be done?
Please help me baba
I would also like to pass this message to baba that I need his help. I
really do Baba, you know that it is time that I should get married and
you know that mummy has been very sad about the fact that I am not
finding anyone to get married. All my sisters younger and older are
married, all my friends younger and older are married. But myself, Baba
I don't want to ask you this question 'cause you and I came to this
commitment that before my birthday in April you would have someone for
me. And you know I would be waitig until that day 'cause I really have
faith in you. The only problem is Didi and mummy cannot wait, these are
the two people in my life who are really worried about me. I told them
that Baba would find me someone soon but their response was "sure we
would see" now you tell me Baba what should I do? I do want to get
married but to a right person. It seems like you are upset with me Baba
'cause when Daddy was sick you were not there for us, when he died you
were still not there for us. I didn't complain and took it very easy.
Baba since you took my Daddy now become my Daddy and as a father now it
is your duty to find me a good life partner and this time I really mean
it 'cause I cannot see mummy getting sad and thinking about me all the
time. Now, either find me someone or take me away from this world.
Kiyonki, agar saamne rahungee to mummy pareshaan rahengee meri shaadi ke
liye. Sai Ram...
Help me, Sai Baba, to enable me to help my dear ones. We are in big
trouble and our only hope is you and you alone. Aap ke barkato se meri
douaa kabul karna.
Jai Shri Sai Baba, I have been looking for an investment banking job for
quite some time. In fact, I've received countless rejections from many
firms. I had one last try at a firm this past weekend. I am not sure how
it went, but I have been told that the decisions will be released at the
beginning of this week. I really want this job. It would boost my
career, and fulfill all of my present goals and ambitions. I am just
despondent at this stage in my life because I know most of the other
firms have finished hiring. Please give me your blessing. I know I am
the best person for the job - I have always believed in your miracles -
ever since I was a child. Please give me your blessings. If I am able, I
would like to come to Shirdi this summer. Please give me your blessings
and bestow this great happiness upon me.
Sai Baba, I lost my job on Jan 25. I am an Electrical engineer. It was
sudden. I was a contract employee. I am still not over the shock. I live
in Troy Michigan and looking for a job close by. The job I had was just
what I could handle. I hope I get a job soon and lot of your blessings.
Baba, every day I get up and find this life aimless and blank. I am not
getting what I want in life. Baba, I know that I need to work hard but
not knowing in which area I have to start working hard so that, I can
get what I want. All I want is a job to do. I read, the expereinces of
the devotees, and feel sad that I dont have any like that. Am I lacking
the two things which you ask from your devotees shradha and saburi?
Baba, I am totally confused. Please help me find a way. I failed in the
recent interview and I feel very guilty and shameful for that. What
should I do now Baba. Baba, please speak, please guide me as to what to
do , so that I can get a decent job. OM SAI SRI SAI JAYA JAYA SAI.
JAi Sai Ram. Shri Sachidanand Sadguru SaiNath Maharaj ki Jai. Always be
with us. Protect us from all evils of life. You know what is good for
us. We are all now in a state of utter confusion, and so do not know
what to wish and pray for. Help us, protect us, be with us and do what
is good for us.
Dear sai please help me clear my exam this time. Please bless my younger
sister's son little aaryan(20 days old) and my sister in law who is such
an angel. Please let us be under your chhayya, Sai. Thank you so much
for coming to our house. We love you baba
Dear Sai, I am a devotee of yours and am able to experience your
blessings in every step I take in my life. You have answered every
prayer of mine and have showed me the right answer each time. I am
trying as much as possible to practise your teachings in my daily life -
love everyone, serve everyone especially in need of help, respect all
religions, gift to people without expecting anything in return. And I
also believe in this line - the more we give, the more we get. I try to
do some counselling as much as possible to help people feel better too.
I have one characteristic which I am finding it difficult to control. I
get angry sometimes which is something I want to control. Please help me
achieve this too, as this will take me a long way in practising more of
what you preach. Please help me be more balanced emotionally. Baba,
protect the whole world and Bless everyone. Bless our family too
especially my niece and my eldest sister,who have some health problems.
Guide me in my professional life too and I surrender my life at YOUR
LOTUS FEET. Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu. Om Shanthi, Shanthi,
Shantihi. Om Sai Ram
Om Sai Ram. Forgive me in case I have done any mistakes knowingly or
unknowingly. You have showed yourself in many ways and many forms.
Please protect my friend during her ear operation which is to be held on
the 19th. I pray that she gets cured completely. Koti Namaskarams to YOU
Swami. Pranams at YOUR LOTUS FEET Om Sai Ram
Dear Baba, For the past two years I had been living with hope that I
will reconcile with my husband. But it looks like there is no chance of
it now. I turned to you for guidance baba. You know everything that
happened. I promised you that I would go to Shridi with my husband. It
would have been my maiden visit to Shridi. Although I am a new devotee
but my love for you Baba is pure. After I finished reading the Sai
Satcharita for the first time, you came in my dream and blessed me and
my sister. I thought that you had taken me under your wings. I was
confident that you were there to help me out.I waited patiently for my
husband to call me as he refused to speak to me when I called
him,following which he changed his phone number. It has been 2 years and
I am still waiting for his call. I have no one to turn to but you baba.
You know the situation I am in now. I need to make a decision. I cannot
be selfish and put my sister's life on hold too. Won't you help your
child baba? Are you not going to reunite my husband and me? Won't you
answer my prayers baba? Do not my sister and I deserve to be happy? Help
us Baba. We beg you at your lotus feet Baba.
OM SAI SRI SAI JAI JAI SAI, You know what I am going through at my work
place. Please give me the strength to overcome all of it. Please take
care of those who have done wrong to me and you, especially those who
sin while chanting your name. Please help.OM SAI SRI SAI JAI JAI SAI.
Jai Sai Ram Baba, I am writing this prayer of mine to you because I am
feeling that may be some thing is wrong with my prayer to you nowadays
and that's why I am in deep trouble and going through a lean patch of my
life. Baba, you now very well that I am totally dependent on you, except
you there is nobody to whom I can consider mine, because if you are not
stable financially then your shadow also leaves you. Baba, it is almost
ten years that I am living my life in a very strange way, you had given
me everything in my life but the stability everybody wants is not there
at all. Baba, I pray to you once again that please bring some peace and
stability in my life. Baba, as you know I have huge responsibilty of my
wife, tinchi and esha. You are going to bless me with a third one, it is
very difficult for me to lead my life this way. Baba, you know that
nowadays, I am totally confused and i do not know what to do? so, Baba
please help me and push me on the right path for a bright future for me
and my family. Baba, I am really thankful to you that you had given me
this much shakti to bear all the bad times in my life. But baba, I am
really feeling very lonely. Baba, for the last couple of months I am
praying to you that please give me your darshan and tell me what to do?
But I don't understand why you are not doing so? Baba, you know that
since I am in your sharan, I don't have faith in anybody else and I take
all my steps with your permission and still the right time is not coming
my way. Baba, please give me your kind DARSHAN & show me the right way,
please do this at the earliest and make me more stronger. Baba, lastly I
would like to pray, that please give me this much in my life that I can
take care of family well and can give a bright future to my kids and can
help handicapped people, especially who are sitting outside your mandir.
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Quotation of the Week
"People think they are all different from each other. But in this, they
are wrong. I am inside you. You are inside me" - Shirdi Sai Baba
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Question of the Week
Q. What is faith in GOD?
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SRI SHIRDI SAI SAMSTHAN
1889 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, New York 11510, USA
Recently a life sized Baba's murthi has been placed at Baldwin Long
Island New York. Darshan starts in February 2002. For further
information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
HAPPY NEWS TO THE SAI DEVOTEES OF TWIN CITIES IN AP, INDIA
Guruji Shri Chandra Bhanu Satpathy, an ardent Sai devotee who is
spearheading the Sai movement across the globe is visiting Hyderabad on
25th and 26th February to participate in the Prana Prathista
celebrations of Shri Sai in the newly constructed temple at Shri Lakshmi
Nagar colony, Saidabad, Hyderabad. Besides He will be visiting Sai
Brindavan(Deshmukh village,after Ramoji film city) on 25th afternoon. On
26th Morning Guruji will be inaugurating the newly built meditation hall
at Koneru Sai Temple, Secunderabad. On 26th evening Guruji will address
the devotees at Hanuman Vyayam Sala Public School, Sultan Bazar, Koti.
Sai bhajans and cultural programmes follows. Guruji will inaugurate the
Bilingual(Telugu and Hindi) website www.shirdisaiashirvadam, brought out
by Saibaba.org(USA) and Shri Shirdi Sai Kalyanam Trust, Tirupati. For
Details contact : Sri OSVD Prasad: Ph.4078898 fax:3315236
Email.osvd@Rediffmail.com Or Sri Sambasiva Sashtry Ph.4077103
Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra, Niagara Falls, NY
Devotees in and around Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Amherst in New York
are invited to join us for Bhajans and participate in
Shri Sai Chitra Yatra by hosting Baba. Any
one interested may please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra, Bloomington, IL
Om Sairam. Namasthe to all Sai devotees. This is a message to all Sai
devotees who are in or near BLOOMINGTON, IL. My name is Sudha (Kavitha).
By BABA's GRACE, I'm an anchor of Sai Chitra Yatra. So all devotees who
want to be a host or volunteer of this great event please call me to 309
661 9344 (Res) or 309 287 6049(cell). will be waiting for your calls. Om
Sairam... Sai and Sudha (Kavitha)
Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra, Chino Hills, CA
We have been blessed by Baba's visit on the 14th of feb in chino
hills,california. I am so excited. Anyone who wants to visit plese call
me at 909-606-3777 or mail at email@example.com
Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra, Ambler, PA
Sairam. I am participating in the Chitra Yatra as one of the anchor
homes in Ambler,PA. If any devotee is interested in contacting me for
being a host home,my email id is:firstname.lastname@example.org. Sonali.
Prana Prathishta, Orrisa, India
Om Sri Sai Dattareyaya Namoha. The Board of Trustees of Sri Dattatreya
Sai Ashram Requests Your participation in the auspicious divine function
of Prana Pratistha of the Marble Statues of Lord Sri Dattatreya and Sri
Shirdi Sai Baba in the premises of the ashram at Kapilas, near Dhenkanal
town, Orissa, India on Friday,22nd February 2002 for deriving Divine
Bliss and Grace.
His Holiness Sri Ganeshnath Maharaj; The great saint of Nath Cult and
H.H. Ma Sri Santoshi Giriji, the renowned saint of Giri Sampradaya Shall
initiate the Vedantic rituals along with the learned Pandits of Puri;
that is to be undertaken from 17th February 2002 at the ashram complex.
For more details visit - http:\\www.dattatreyasai.org
Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra, Austin, TX
Om Sri Sairam Gurudevadatta. By grace of Sri Saibaba, we are indeed
fortunate to be a Anchor home for Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra. If any
of sai devotees are interested in being host ( in Austin and/or
surrounding areas), you are welcome to contact me at
email@example.com or call me 512 659 4710.
Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra 2002 in USA
"Shri Shirdi Sai Chitra Yatra(Pictorial Journey)", started in USA on Jan
01, 2002. With anchor points across USA concurrently participating from
day one, this unique event is off to a great start.
The journey which involves the ceremonial travel of Baba in the form of
a portrait will stop at all Baba devotees homes who are interested in
being a host to his protrait. The Yatra which will run till fall of this
year, is open to one and all. There is no fees or charges involved to
take part in this event. You may participate either as a host home or
serve as an anchor point in your community.
Vist online at http://www.saibaba.org/yatra/saiyatra.html for all the
details and to register.
For questions, comments, suggestions or to get details on an Anchor home
in your area, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
line of "Shri Sai Chitra Yatra".
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