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The Glory of Shirdi Sai Tenth Year of Publication - Published as Bi-Weekly www.saidarbarusa.org ~ an affiliate of www.saidarbar.org

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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   Aditya Hridayam

The most destructive habit……….Worry When we worry it means we are not trusting in Him. Shri Sai is always going to provide for our needs, maybe not all our wants, but everything that we need. We should never worry about anything because He always promises that He would supply all our needs. Peace of mind is something that we all want. We should be able to rest, to not have to worry, to feel free in life, and enjoy with family and friends. We want to be able to enjoy ourselves and not be burdened down with worries that deprive us from our purpose of life. Sometimes when we can't find peace of mind, we get depressed. We often get angry and then take it towards Him or someone else near to you. What do you do to get peace? Where do you start? What do you do? Well, the best place to start is with Our Sadguru. Always think about Him and completely surrender to Him and He will lead you with excellence.

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In Satcharitra it is rightly said If one daily repeats Sai's names and meditates on Sai, then he will surely attain (Dharma) Virtue, (Artha) wealth, (Kama) enjoyment and (Moksha) Salvation. There is no doubt about this. All through the book of Shri Sai this is reemphasized. As we read the book this is what the Sadguru teaches His devotees, to think about Him and to communicate with Him. Let us read this holy book, repeatedly in our life and understand the importance of our Guru. May this Thursday we think about Shri Sai and make time to read His book and grow with Shraddha and Saburi.

 Priyaya Namah

27 December, 1911 Wednesday, Shirdi I did not sleep well last night but got up early in the morning prayed, bathed and dressed earlier than usual. The detectives here appeared to be more active than usual today. One stationed himself near Sayin Maharaj. Another followed me. To test him I went to Tipnis’ house to see his wife. The detective of Kalyan followed me there and returned with me when I returned. The chief constable of Kopargaon came with a head constable & took his seat in my room. My son Balvant happened to be there but there was no conversation between them. Later on they with-drew without doing anything, but they had a long consultation in front of Dixit’s Wada. I wonder what the whole fuss was about. Mungi was much with them. After the midday Arti, I had my breakfast about 3 P.M. & then lay down & had a good sleep. In the afternoon many people attempted to go & see Sayin Maharaj but he was not inclined to speak and dismissed them soon. So I did not go & sat reading. We all saw him at dusk when he came out for his stroll & again at Shej-Arti. Bhishma’s Bhajan was very much prolonged today by many people singing at it. A young Mahomedan surprized me by his song. Then there was Ramayan by Dixit.

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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 Oushadha and Sudha (Supreme medicine and nectar)

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Having entered through the ears, the lotus heart of his devotee, Sai clears therefrom all dirt and mire, as Autumn does in the case of water. The man whose heart is thus purified will never forsake the feet of Sai just as the man who after a very toilsome journey arrives at home will never forsake his home. Indeed those are blessed, even if they be penniless, whose hearts are filled solely by strong faith in Sai. Even God Hari will give up his own world and enter into their hearts, being pulled thereto, bny strong cords of Love. He Bhagavan Sai Easwara, when in the heart of a person always removes all his ajnana by the force of his Bhakti alone just as the Sun drives away all darkness. Bhakti(Devotion) directed to Bhagavan Sainatha begets Vairagya(i.e.detachment from things of the world) and Jnana i.e. Realisation which is the same as Brahma Darsana or Seeing God. "I will go to Sai Baba's feet, and stay there only",--he who always thinks thus will reach union with God Sai. Oh ! Sai ! I f youy are remembered you remove the sins of all people. If remembered by the good, and those with good health, you give them good and holy thoughts. Who but you destroys all poverty, misery,sorrow and fear? Who is so sensitive mercirful and ever ready to render all help to all ? Wherever Sri Sai is remembered, in thought, speech or action, there is the holy Kurukshethra; that itself is Prayaga tirtha and the Holy Naimisha Aranya Will continue....

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08-08-1997: Sai appeared as an unknown person and said: Every person experiences peaks in his lifetime and then descend to the normal state. To realize the truth under such adverse conditions is spirituality. A man having stepped into spiritual field must exercise restraint and follow the path of righteousness, realizing that people around him are constantly observing him and his deeds. He should be a role model for others.

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Sai in those days had said that God is supreme. Let us now say that the blood flowing in all of us is the same and it’s strength is derived from Sai. Spiritual path is not a bed of roses.

Preeti Vardhanaya

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ON A SINGLE POINTED DEVOTION (Continued from last issue) "Why fear when I am here, cast your burden on me and I will bear them." He literally does so. "I give my children what they want so that they will begin to want what I want to give them." He does so. You can put Him to the test and put QED first as in geometry and then look for proof. You will find it. I have done it during my Navy days and as a Homeopath and so vouch for. You can ask for a blank Cheque. He gives it out of a sense of humour and watches the fun to see how you use it. Suppose Baba appears before a devotee and asks what one wants, what would be or should be the reply? The truth is we know not what we really need, though we may desire for or want so many things. You see I can talk only for myself. I always had my own value of things in life. While I was in the Navy as an Ammunition Examiner, rather a complicated job for which I was not fit but pitch-forked into it by Baba Himself and enabled me, to my own surprise, to make a mark and attract notice "Mathi heena mathipradhah", I was asked to go to England to be trained. I refused, it is a long story, but I

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was retained. Similarly, every time I was asked to go elsewhere on promotion I turned down the offer. So, once Admiral Kamath at that time commanding the INS Vikrant, our air-craft carrier, asked me bluntly, "Have you no ambition, Mr. Swami?" Even Officers of the rank of commanders were afraid to reply back to him. He was such a fire-eater. I was also famous or notorious for rushing in where angels fear to tread. So I told him" Sir, I can only answer you with a question, if you would permit me" and asked "can you define ambition, Sir?" he was taken aback. I said, "I have been unable to decide what should be my ambition wealth, enjoyment, power, position etc. So, I left it to Baba to give me what He deems fit. What is due to me, no power on earth can take away. So I live from day to day with its good and bad. I am sustained by the belief that the sum total of a man's happiness and misery, whether a prince or a peasant is a constant "K" Only you must evaluate correctly. So why worry?" He was impressed. The fact is even the cultured among us do not know what we want and we want what we can't get. Once I was speaking about the unity of Science and religion and life, that the qualities required to succeed in one are the same as in others viz,, adherence to truth, dedication, hard work and so on. The next morning one Maj Sahasrabudha rang me up and said "swami saab, I heard you yesterday and spent a sleepless night trying to concile what you said with the actual state of affairs. Now, you must clear my doubts. Shall I come? Or will you come down to my office? I said I would though I had not bargained for such a contingency and drove up. He straight away asked me why is it that a person like him following the principles I held as necessary and devoted to God, doing pothi daily reading Jnaneswari did not succeed in life whereas a patent black-guard achieved success?" I asked him "whether he was thinking of someone who by foul means had superseded him and become a Col. or a brigadier while he sticking to principles was left behind and stuck up. He said it was exactly so, Then I said, "let us define success. Does it mean more money, a higher position, a bigger show etc. or does it include the blessings of life like domestic felicity, a devoted wife, dutiful children, a sense of achievement, approval of the conscience without the need to summon defence witnesses, ability to lay down the head on the pillow and fall into innocent sleep etc? How do you know that the other chap has peace at home or has to seek the bottle to drown his unhappiness? Maj" Sahasrabuddha stopped me and said, "Swami saab, you have cleared my doubts, thank you." Will continue…

Devotees Experience: OM SAI RAM Hi all, There are so many miracles that have taken place and still taking place in my life, I don’t know where to start. Here are a few of such wonderful leela's of SaiBaba. First, I was not a stanch devotee of Baba until I got married. My wife is a stanch devotee of Baba from her childhood, because of her belief in Sadguru, I also started becoming one. Before my marriage I lost my job and was tensed on how to handle such a situation. But I told my fiancée (now wife) what had happened and she said that everything will be fine, it's just a matter of time and to make matters worst my VISA was expiring and I had to come back and apply for renewal. After our marriage I came back to US and applied for my Visa Renewal and started looking for jobs. But nothing was happening for Sometime. Suddenly because of some strange reason, I wanted to read Sai Charita and a friend of mine had a copy of the book that he gave to me to read. My wife who was in India at that time also though of sending me the book and when I told her I have the Book she was surprised because she was also thinking the same. Guess my time had come to get the blessings from Baba. I started reading the Book on Thu's and finished in a week and I did 5 Sapthas. After reading, I realized that if we surrender ourselves to Baba by leaving all our Egoism, Fickle mindedness, Pride and have full faith and patience, he will take care of us. That's what happened. I got my Visa papers after two months and I sent all my documents to my wife after putting all the Documents at Babas feet. After she received them, she sent them to the consulate and in 10 days she got her visa with out any Hitch. Then I told her to come here and in case I don’t get a Job in couple of months we will go back to India. After her arrival to US, my company President called me and offered me to work in the Administration department for a minimum amount. First I was hesitant but realized that Baba had showed me a way to survive. Sai Devotee - Vishal—Courtesy: http://www.shirdisaileelalu.com

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Baba’s Close Devotees Santaram Balwant Nachne Dahanukar, Thana, 13th September, 1936 Courtesy: http://blessedones.saibaba.com/ Baba was declaring in 1912 to me that he was the same Sadhu or was in that Sadhu despite external differences in appearance, caste, etc. That Sadhu was a Hindu, rather dark or brownish, and had a fairly long beard such as was never on Baba's chin. He looked more like you (B.V.N.Swami) than like Sai Baba. I asked Baba about the result I would have in my examination. He said "Allah Malik Hai” and placed his palm on my head. I passed that examination. The impressions I received at this first visit were in danger of being blotted out on the last day. That morning we found Baba was in tearing rage at the Mosque for no reason that any one could make out. He was jumping about the floor of the Mosque. His eyes were red and for fifteen minutes he kept every one in terror of him and none dared to approach him. That made us doubt again if the Station Master's view that Baba was a mad man was not right after all. At last, Baba cooled down and we approached him for leave to go away from Shirdi. He gave us Udhi and leave.

 Antaryamine Namaha

In 1915 Baba gave me another blessing (unasked). I was then employed at Dahanu (Thana District). It is not easy to get a transfer from Mofussil service to Metropolis service. But Baba said in 1912 "Come to Bombay for service". In 1918 this prophecy or blessing had its fulfillment or effect by my being transferred to Bandra, i.e., Bombay Suburban District. The breach of duty that Baba pointed out, viz., being absent from office without leave of my superior, the Mamlatdar, was noticed by the latter, Mr.B.V.Dev. But, providentially his order was merely that if I were to do so again I would be punished. After this first visit I was going oftentimes to Shirdi. On one occasion, (i.e., in 1913) as I was starting, Haribhav M. Panse met me. He had been convicted for misappropriation and sentenced to imprisonment but had been just then let out on bail pending his appeal. He was going up for the appeal which was to be heard that day or the next and he told me to entreat Sai Baba's aid on his behalf. "Tell him that I am in trouble and that I am innocent”, he said. I went to Shirdi and before I could

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communicate the message, Baba himself spoke about it. It was at the early morning Arati (Kakada) at the Chavadi. Baba was in a very angry mood. He then told me, "Tell him that he need not have any anxiety and that he will be acquitted in the appeal." When I returned from Shirdi, I met Panse and told him of Baba's reply. At that time he informed me that he had indeed been acquitted. When I was at Shirdi, about this time, (i.e., in 1913 or so) Baba made an observation that we should not trust mad men. This commonplace altruism appeared to have no reference to or significance for me. But what happened in 1914 showed that it was not a truism, but a warning to me. I was Treasury Master in 1914 at Dahanu. I was engaged in my daily Pooja at home worshipping Sai Baba's photo, Gods, etc. One Ramakrishna Balawant Panse who was deranged in his intellect was standing at the door of the cuisine, a little distance from my worship room. He was thought to be rather harmless; and none minded him. Suddenly the man flew at me and grasped my neck with both his arms and tried to bite my throat saying, "I will drink your blood". Instantaneously, with one hand I held the strong metallic spoon (used for Pooja) and thrust that and my finger into his mouth. The spoon struck in his throat and the man was biting away my finger with his teeth. With the other hand I tried to extricate my neck from his hands. My mother also rushed in to help. Meanwhile I lost consciousness. After sometime and by some remedial application I recovered consciousness; his nails had dug into the flesh of my neck and he had very nearly strangled me to death. The injury on my fingers also was healed. When next I went to Shirdi.

Baba addressed Anna Chinchnikar and said (pointing to me):"Anna, if I had delayed an instant, then this man would have indeed perished. The mad man had seized with his hands his very throat. But I extricated him. What is to be done? If I do not save my own children, who else will?" On 31-3-1915 we had a very thrilling encounter. Myself, Santaram Moreswar Panse and some others were traveling in a bullock cart at night in a dense jungle. We were at the Ranshet Pass. It was known to be infested with tigers. It was a dark night. Suddenly our bulls took fright and were stepping backwards. Luckily they were not dragging the cart sideways. In that narrow pass, if our cart had swerved a little to the side, cart, bulls and ourselves would have fallen down a steep ravine and perished. Santaram showed me by pointing his hand in front what the trouble was. In front of our carriage we saw the gleaming eyes of a tiger on the road. It was couchant and faced us. Panse to save the cart from being pushed into the ravine wished to get down to place a big stone or stick as a brake to block the wheel going back and asked me to hold the reins of the bulls. I held them and roared aloud "Hail Sai Baba! Run, Sri Sai Baba (to our aid)" Others also began to shout and the tiger got frightened and ran away passing by the side of our cart. My faith in Baba and the courage he infused into me by making me call out his name thus saved the situation. Will continue...

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There lived a huge elephant in a dense jungle. He was cruel and arrogant by nature. He roamed freely in the jungle, pulling down small trees and branches. Those animals that lived in the trees were very much afraid of this elephant. When he pulled down the trees and tore off the branches, many a nests with eggs and nestlings came down crashing on the ground and got destroyed. His movement in the jungle created an all round havoc. Even the tigers and lions kept themselves at a safe distance from this rogue. In his ruthless march in the jungle, many holes of the foxes were trampled. This led to dissatisfaction among the foxes and among the other animals alike. Many of them wanted to kill the elephant. But this task was very difficult, because of his huge size. "He is so huge", said the foxes amongst themselves. "It's nearly impossible to kill him." Then a meeting of all the foxes was called. In the meeting this rather impossible task was assigned to a very cunning fox to perform. The fox, before executing his plan studied the elephant's behavior for many days. One day, the fox went to meet the elephant and said to him, "Your Highness. It's urgent to talk to you. It's a matter of life and death for us." The elephant trumpeted at his highest pitch and asked, "Who're you and why do you want to see me?" "Your Highness", said the fox. "I'm the representative of the whole of the animal community. We want to make you our supreme head - the king. Kindly accept our offer." The elephant lifted his trunk with great pride and asked for details. THE

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The fox further explained, "I’ve come to take you with me. The coronation ceremony will take place in the middle of the jungle, where thousands of animals have already gathered and are chanting holy mantras." The elephant was very glad to hear this. He had always cherished a dream to become a king. He thought that the coronation ceremony will be a matter of pride to him. He readied himself hurriedly to accompany the fox to the deep jungle. "Come, Your Highness," said the fox. "Follow me." The fox led the elephant to some imaginary spot of ceremony. On their way, they had to walk through a swampy area by the side of a pond. The fox being light bodied, crossed the small swampy patch without any difficulty. The elephant too walked on it, but being heavily built, he got stuck into the swamp. The more he tried to come out of the swamp, the more he went deep into it. He became scared and called out the fox, "Dear friend. Please help me. I'm sinking in the mud. What'll happen to my coronation now? Call your other friends also to help me." "I'm not going to save you", said the fox. "You deserved this treatment. You know, how cruel you have been to other animals all along. You pulled down branches of trees mercilessly, without caring for the eggs and for the lives of the nestlings. You knew everything, but remained indifferent. You trampled upon the burrows of the foxes. You saw our siblings being crushed under your heavy feet. You saw us crying, begging for mercy; but nothing bothered you. And now you are begging for your life? I am sorry to tell you that though, your coronation couldn't take place, but your cremation will definitely take place." And the fox left. The elephant couldn't come out of the swamp and died there.


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Chapter 47 Contributed by: swamy@saimail.com

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Baba's Reminiscence The Snake and the Frog Continued from the last issue... Gouri told Me the vision; and I gave her the proper advice in the matter. I told her to take the principal or capital amount to herself, give half the amount of interest to Chenbassappa and that Veerbhadrappa had nothing to do in the matter. While I was thus talking, both Veerbhadrappa and Chenbassappa came there quarreling. I tried My best to appease them and told them God's vision to Gouri. Veerbhadrappa got wild and angry and threatened to kill Chenbassappa cutting him to pieces. The latter being very timid, he caught My Feet and sought My refuge. After some time Veerbhadrappa died and was born as a snake and Chenbassappa died and was born as a frog. On hearing the croaking of Chenbassappa and remembering My pledge, I came here, saved him and kept My word. God runs to His devotees for help in times of danger. He saved Chenbassappa (the frog) by sending Me here. All this is God's Leelas or sport.

ď œď€  Sachidatmane Namaha

Sai Ram. Unless Siva wills it, not even an ant can bite us is the saying. How then can the snake kill the frog when Baba, who is none other than Siva Himself, assured it protection in its earlier birth? Sai Ram. The Moral The moral of the story is that one has to reap what one sows, and there is no escape unless one suffers and squares up one's old debts and dealing with others, and that greed for money drags the greedy man to the lowest level and ultimately brings destruction for him and for others. Sai Ram. The stories of the two goats in the earlier chapter and the above story should make us Sai devotees very careful in our conduct with others in all matters and more importantly in matters of money. Greed, lust etc. are our real enemies and the debts that we pile up because of these internal enemies need several births and the grace of Sadguru Sai to clear off. Sai Ram

Bow to Shri Sai ~ Peace Be to All

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Source: http://devotionalonly.com/aditya-hridayam-stotram/ Continued from last issue... दै वतैश्च समागम्य िष्टु मभ्यागतो रणम ्। उपागम्याॄवीिाममगःत्यो भगवान ् ऋिषः॥ २॥

Daivataishcha Samaagamya drashtum abhyaagato ranam | Upaagamyaa braVidraamam agastyo bhagavaan rhishih || .. 2 .. Daiva taishcha Samaagamya = Came along with the Devas to witness the war; Drashtum abhyaagatoranam = Seen Rama depressed; upagamya bra-vidrama = Met him alone; Agasthyo Bhagaavan rhishih = The Cosmic hrishi Agasthya. The all knowing cosmic Sage Agastya who had come with Gods to witness the battle, approaching Sri Rama Singly spoke to him thus. Will continue….

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