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CONTENT Satsangs of SaiBaNisaji Time Machine Shirdi Dairy Sri Sainatha Mananam The Dreams Train Devotees Corner Baba’s close devotees Children Section Spiritual Gems From Sai Satcharita  

Surrender to Him..... At some point, we all surrender our lives to Shri Sai. Some of us choose to do it voluntarily, while we walk the earth while others surrender involuntarily, when their physical body dies. Surrendering while physically alive makes us belong to Him. Surrender is a gift we receive from Him. The gift of surrender requires a response from us, which is the basic acceptance of Shri Sai as our Sadguru. Maybe it's the word "surrender" that some of us are not comfortable with. We usually associate it with defeat, humiliation, and losing. Our world never considers surrender a good thing. But fortunately, God is above this world, and He understands it completely in a better manner. We might also sometimes be confused because surrender to God requires obedience.

Quintessence Always when we surrender to our Sadguru, you have to accept Him as He is the one who knows the future, can guide you run your life better and also He always looks out for the best for his believers. The sooner you Surrender, He can help you achieve new heights. On this Thursday, Surrender to Him and get His blessings. ***

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Shri Sai Satcharita compares Sai Baba's love to a mother's love: caring and loving, but reprimanding when needed. It describes Baba's lifestyle, his selfless attitude, and his love for his devotees. It describes how one should surrender one's egoism at God's feet and trust Him. It explains how God is supreme and His devotees should trust Him and love Him. It teaches that God is omnipresent in all living things, so that everything on Earth must be treated with love and respect. This is similar to the message in Shri Bhagavad Gita “Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.�

If you make me the sole object of your thoughts and aims, you will gain the supreme goal.

1911 10 December Sunday Shirdi. In the morning before I finished my prayer Dattatreya Chitnis solicitor of Bombay. He was a freshman when I was a fellow in the college. So he is an old friend. We naturally sat talking of old days & so on. As usual I saw Sayin Maharaj as he went out & later again when he returned & sat in his usual place. We all return & after Arti. The breakfast was a bit late & after it I sat talking with Upasani, later on with Mr Nanasaheb Chandorkar. He is the chief, if not the oldest disciple, of Sayin Maharaj. He is a very pleasant man, gave me his history as to how he came into contact with Sayin Maharaj & made his progress. He wished to tell me the instructions he received, but people gathered and the thing could not be Disclosed to the view of all. I made two attempts to see Sayin Maharaj in the afternoon, but he was not in the mood to see any body. I saw him in the evening near the Chavadhi and had a long talk with Sathesaheb & Chitnis & others. There is one Gokhale come from Narisoba Wadi. He says he was directed to see Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon and Sayin Maharaj. He sings very nicely and at night I got him to sing a few Bhajans. Mr Nanasaheb Chandorkar returned today to Thana. Balasaheb Bhate who got a son a few days ago lost him this evening. This was very sad. Sayin Maharaj this afternoon prepared some medicine which he took.

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Pujyasri B.V.Narasimhaswamiji, who visited Shirdi in the year 1936, collected authentic information about Lord Sainath from persons lived with Sai and wrote many books on Lord Sainath. All his works are authentic . One such book is SRI SAINATHA MANANAM. This book was published as early as in the year 1942 and the fourth edition came in the year 1945.

Sai's name alone, Sai's name alone, Sai's name alone is the support of my life. There is no other assured resource--no other, no other for me. Thundering forth "Sai" "Sai" burns out the seeds of Rebirth(Samsara), procures all wealth, and threatens Death's myrmidons. There is the name "Sainatha". The tongue is quite capable of uttering it. Yet the wonder is that people plunge in afflictions. Oh, sad--very sad, greater than all other sadness is this--that Sai's bare name a precious gem is lost sight of in the quest after tinsel. He who has a tongue and does not use it to utter Sai's name, so worthy of utterance is a fool that does not scale the wall of salvation though given a ladder to scale it. Today,--perhaps, tomorrow these(people) will die and be cast into Hell. If they but think of Sai, they will cross the ocean of Samsara. Evils fly; Delusion itself gets deluded, the grateful Chitragupta attends to the toilette of his finger-nails in gleeful anticipation, and Brahma takes pains to prepare the Madhu Parka or welcome offering, -as soon as a person longs to repeat thy Name, O Lord. Beyond this,what more can be said. If Sai is sought with as great zeal and vigour as people evince in praising the wealthy to obtain wealth. He would confer on them even Heaven(Sayujya) The Keertan or repetition of the Lord's Name, qualities and deeds is sufficient to destroy and remove sin. For even the sinner Ajamila cried out Narayana,(the name of his son) at the approach of Death and (thereby) attained Liberation(Moksha). ....will continue.....

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(Dreams Of Saibanisa after Undergoing Bypass Surgery on 17-5-1996) Compiled by Saibandhu Raghu Raman Satulury

27-03-1997:

Sai appeared as my maternal uncle and said:

My people do not come to me of their own accord; it is I who seek and bring them to me.

1. A plate full of variety of delicious items falling to ground before you, only means that you are not destined for it. 2. Some people die struggling through out their life to earn money for their dear ones. It is purely a matter of destiny. 3. Some involve in duping unnoticed by others whereas some by talking sweet words. Both are doing the same and deserve to be called thieves. At times there is a slip between the cup and the lip.

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I feel the right time has come that now Baba agreed to share my experiences with you all. I know Baba from my childhood. I was praying Baba but not with full devotion. After completing my studies I worked as a lecturer for a year and then I resigned my job to attend some course. I stayed away from home for few months to do the course. The place where I stayed was near to Baba’s Temple. We used to visit every Thursday and I started reading Gurucharitra everyday. Everything in my life started changing. I got a job in a good company. That’s how BABA blessed me and be with me all the time. I visited Shirdi and it was an unexpected trip to me. I got married and came to United States when I was 5 months pregnant. I don't know what went wrong and my son was born with some health problem. Doctors said that

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chances of survival are very less. I did not know what to do and where to look? But I had my Sai and I just prayed BABA and chanted His name all the time. I felt Baba is the only one who can help and cure. Few days later my son had a surgery and started recovering. After seven months he was discharged from the hospital. By the time he came home he did not know how to eat and drink milk, everything was done through a feeding tube. I kept chanting Baba's name and had faith on Him .It was tough but with Baba's grace life moved on. I did Sai Vrath with all my friends and two weeks later my son's feeding tube came out unexpectedly .I don't know from where I got those words in my conscious that I told my husband that there shall be no more feeding tube and I will make my son eat in normal way . It worked, I started slowly and he picked up day by day. The doctors at the hospital were really shocked by his improvement. Every one was thinking that my son can't eat up to certain age. But my heart knew it was Baba and Him alone who guided my conscious to take this decision and helped heal my son. It was really a miracle of Baba. I don't know what to say. When doctors could not do unexpected wonders it was Baba who not only treated my son but also gave my son a new life which I fail to express in words. This is one of the most heart touching miracle, but there are many other leelas of Baba in my life where Baba has indicated that He is with me all the time and suggesting me the right way. Now what ever I do or where ever I may be, my heart and soul is with Baba. I don't have fear for life because Baba is with me all the time to help and guide me. With Baba's grace my son "SAI" is doing well now. I am sure that Baba will be with him all through his life. Last time in March I sent prayers to one of the devotee who visited Shirdi, she emailed me saying that my son's name came to her mind all the time when she was at Shirdi. She really wondered why this particular name is always coming to her mind? Then she told me that Baba is already with him. That's true Baba is all the time with us bearing our pain and giving us happiness. One thing I can say , I faced a lots of critical situations for last two years where I didn’t have any answers to the problems , but I never felt that I'm alone. With in hours after praying Baba I will get an answer from him. Every time I think, Baba is with me. That thought makes me happy. I want to tell something to devotees " If you really believe in Baba don't ask him anything (Just pray for him), HE knows everything and knows what to give us". Thank you so much for going through my experience. Om Sri Sainadhayana Maha! Friendly Prathiba (courtesy: www.shirdisaibabakripa.org)

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Baba’s Close Devotees G. G. Narke

Professor Of Geology & Chemistry In College Of Engineering, Deccan Gymkhana, Age 53, Brahmin, Poona. Continued from last issue...

My relations were asking Baba what was to become of me, seeing that I had such an unsettled course of life. My mother also saw that I went up to distant places like Calcutta and Burma for prospecting jobs and Without my prayed to Baba that I should be provided by his grace with good emgrace, not ployment nearer home or Shirdi. Baba answered and told them "I will even a leaf settle him at Poona." I got sometimes a number of jobs at the same time can move. and I had to choose. I went to Baba each time, relying wholly on his foresight and all-seeing wisdom to guide me. I had as great a reliance on him as a suckling baby on its mother. His choice was oftentimes strange. When there was once a choice between Calcutta and (the more distant) Burma, he chose the latter. He always would say "Go to Burma and Poona" or "go to such and such a place and Poona" adding Poona every time he made the selection. In 1916 I had to choose between an offer from Banares of a professorship and a prospecting job at Burma. Baba told me "Go to Burma and Poona". I always laughed within myself at the addition of Poona as I was a Mining Engineer and Poona held no prospects for me. Even in 1913 Baba was seeing my present permanent appointment as Professor of Geology and Chemistry in Poona which I have held since 1918. The entire future of my career was but present to him. About 1916 I returned to Shirdi after a long spell of absence. I enquired, as soon as I arrived, who were doing what service to Baba. I was told Vaman Rao Patel, B.A.,LL.B. was doing the service of begging food in the village on behalf of Baba and I felt a bit jealous. "If

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that is so, why should I not be given that work", I thought to myself, but said nothing. It was then Darshan time and I had no time to undress. I went in my full suit, boot, trousers, coat and hat, lo Baba's Masjid. Baba was being asked three times permission to send Vaman Rao with begging bowl. Suddenly he pointed to me and said, "Let this man go and beg for food with that bowl to-day". I went in full suit that day and begged. Later for four months I went begging at noon for Baba's sake, i.e., for food for Baba in my ordinary costume. People could not understand why I was chosen for this office. But since I had that desire, Baba as my innermost soul, my Antaryami, noticed it and gave me the opportunity of serving him in that way. This honour of begging for food on his behalf at noon time was reserved by Baba for very few. It was in 1917 that the announcement was made that a Professor of Geology for the College of Engineering at Poona was wanted. I asked Baba if I should apply for the post. He said 'yes' and I went to Poona to see all people concerned. It was a hard and uphill work, as the applicants for the post were many and were supported by various influential persons. After I left Shirdi, Baba inquired of the men there, "Where is Narke gone?" They told him, "He has gone to Poona, to try for the appointment". "Allah will bless" was Baba's remark. He then asked whether I had any children and was informed that several were born but none survived (they died after a very short life). "Allah will bless" was again his remark. I secured the appointment in 1918 and was made permanent in 1919; and children born to me since then are not short lived. I have four sons now. All these are evidently secured by Baba's grace. Will be continued....

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ion t c e S s ’ n Childre

Lear arn Le n an andd Parti rtici cippa atte e Pa

Stories for this Week: “The Talkative Tortoise”

This is one more interesting story from Panchatantra. Once upon a time, there was a tortoise by the name of Kambugriva and two geese by the name of Sankata and Vikata. The tortoise lived in a pond and he made friends with two geese who used to come and visit him at the pond. All of them were happy for the past many years. Once they faced a drought that lasted for several months. Due to this, all the rivers, lakes and ponds went dry. There was not a drop of water to drink for the birds and the animals. They began to die of thirst and scorching heat. Many of them decided to migrate to some fertile lands. The three friends also decided to leave the pond and to go to some distant lake, full of water, to settle down there for ever. But it was quite difficult to shift at a distant place. Although, was quite easy for the geese as they could fly but the problem was for tortoise. The poor tortoise could not fly and to cover that distance on foot was really difficult. All of them had a conversation, as to what could be a possible solution for this problem. The geese suggested a plan, according to which, tortoise would have to hold a piece of stick by his mouth and which would be carried slowly while holding its two ends by them. The only condition was that the tortoise should not speak; otherwise he would fall and die spontaneously. The geese were worried because they knew that tortoise was very talkative and it was difficult for him to keep his mouth shut. The tortoise got the logic and promised not to open his mouth during the entire journey.

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Before starting their journey, the geese again cautioned their friend not to open his mouth in any case. With this instruction, the geese held the stick ends in their beaks and the tortoise held the stick in the middle with his teeth. Thus, they started their journey. They flew higher and higher, over hills, valleys, fields and plains. Ultimately, they flew over a town. The people of the town were surprised to see such a strange scene. They started laughing and clapping, to see the geese carrying tortoise like that. The people’s shouting and laughing annoyed the tortoise. He thought why these people were making such a noise. Unable to control his anxiety, he opened his mouth to speak. But as soon as he opened his mouth, he lost his grip on the stick and fell to his death. So, the poor tortoise got killed because of his stupidity and impatience.

Moral: Always listen to friendly advices.

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CHAPTER 43 AND 44 Contributed by: swamy@saimail.com

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Baba's Nectar-like words Continued from last issue‌.

Get on with your worldly activities cheerfully, but do not forget God.

Hemadpant, therefore, makes a bow to the readers and requests them humbly and lovingly that they should love and respect all Gods, saints and devotees. Has not Baba often said "He who carps and cavils at others, pierces Me in the heart and injures Me, but he that suffers and endures, pleases Me most." Baba thus pervades all beings and creatures and besets them on all sides. He likes nothing but love to all beings. Such nectar, pure auspicious ambrosia always flowed from Baba's lips. He therefore, concludes - Those who lovingly sing Baba's fame and those who hear the same with devotion, both become one with Sai. Sai Ram. Since the same Spirit pervades all, any conflict is really a self conflict and it is known that auto-immune disorders of health are caused by self conflict. Thus seeing oneself in every one and every one in oneself is the best medicine for all such illnesses. Till that state is reached, remembering His name, His form, His stories etc. is the prescription. Sai Ram. Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all

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(By Late Sri Bharam UmamaheswaraRao) ~ Contribution by "Shashank"crazydiode@gmail.com, Mrs and Mr Anand Chapter 36: The Value of Human Birth Continued from the previous issue… Cultivate love towards all beings in the Universe. Love can conquer all and love alone can do this. If we create love in our hearts, then the reaction is also of love. If our love towards God grows, so does God’s grace. Love brings transformation in our character. Many of us don’t understand the true nature of Love. Most of us are under the impression that ‘Lust’ is love. Lust can be seen in all beings. But only liberated souls deserve love. In lust both woman and man want to receive something or other from each other. In love, a devotee wants to offer everything to God. In lust, a person wants to satisfy his senses in love. And in love he wants to serve God without any desires. Lust is physical, while love is spiritual. Lust involves delusion and pain, while love is totally free from delusion and pain and involves emancipation and infinite bliss. In lust there is attachment and dependence while in love there is relinquishment and independence. Lust is selfish, love is selfless. Will be continued...

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