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

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गुरुॄह्मा गुरुिवर्ंणु: गुरुदेर् वो महे श्वर: | गुरु: शाक्षात परॄह्म तःमै ौीगुरवे नमः:||

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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   Quintessence

Planning for life

We always tend to spend most of our time planning for the days ahead..... We confuse ourselves over the future plans. But Shri Sai always promises us a set plan for the future of our life. He also sets a timetable in which the plans are set to manifest in our life. We always have to be patient when we wait for Him to show us the path. When we wait, be confident that we have enough support from Him to keep us going for the present. The faith on our Shri Sai has to be realized and followed. In this materialistic world, we have to give ourselves a talk from time to time, knowing that God has complete control of our entire situation. We stay worried that our life may not give us everything we want, but our Sadguru will make sure that we always have what we need. He will give the comfort we deserve at the exact time that He has set up to occur on His timetable. Many of us go through life feeling discouraged about ourselves and thinking we do not have a purpose in life. But we always need to be confident that whoever we are, whatever be our life experiences , there is a purpose for us existing on Earth. We just can't always make a bunch of plans in life and expect God to bless them when we pray. It is a lot more important for us to believe and pray to Him first and then let Him plan our life.

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Those were the rainy days and since afternoon it was raining in Shirdi. As the evening approached the rains were getting heavier. Dark clouds had gathered in the sky. Gusty winds started blowing. There were clear signs of a thunderstorm approaching. The skies were getting lit with flashes of lightening followed by sounds of thunder. The storm was very active and entire Shirdi village was getting lashed with severe rains. Water was getting accumulated everywhere and all villagers along with their cattle started gathering in Dwarkamai as they had never come across such a severe downpour and thunderstorm.

Those who think that I am only in Shirdi have totally failed to know me.

That was the day in Shirdi when the natives needed someone like "Govardhangiri" who could only rescue them from that grave situation. Of course all were worried and waiting for Baba"s blessings to fall upon them. There were no signs of storm clearing and soon Baba's patience was over. He got up from his seat, picked up his "SATKA" in his hand and came down to the gate of Dwarkamai. He stood there in the open, a severe lightening had flashed in the sky and Baba hit the ground with the Satka and roared loudly saying please go away from here. This happened thrice. It was a clear battle between the two Giants and soon the storm was coming to terms with Baba requests of reprieve. The lightening stopped, the rains receded and the winds slowed down. In about an hour's time everything was peaceful once again.

1911 11 December Monday Shirdi. The prayer this morning was very very pleasant and after it I felt quite elevated. Then I sat explaining the first few verses of Panchadasi to Dattatreya Chitnis. He is a very nice man. Then we visited Sayin Maharaj both as he went out and after he returned. He gave me the chillam very often and grapes that RadhaKrishnabai presented. He gave the grapes twice to my son Balvant. In the afternoon I heard that he was cleaning the Masjid. So I did not attempt to go that side. All the people brought a deputation to Sayin Maharaj to get rid of the plague. He advised them to clean the roads, sweep the tombs and burning & burial ghats and to feed the poor. I spent the whole afternoon reading daily papers and talking to Chitnis & others. Upasani is composing something. In the evening we saw Sayin Maharaj near Chavadhi & again attended the Sheja- Arti, after which Chitnis his Engineer friend & another went away. I intend retiring early.

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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.

If a person goes on repeating "Sai,Sai,Sai" morning and evening, Sai abides near him and protects him even in times of distress. If one daily repeats Sai's name and meditates on Him, the four aims of Life, Dharma, i.e. righteousness, Wealth, sense gratification and Liberation are surely and without doubt achieved. He who brushes aside (false) notions of delicacy and shame and perpetually repeats my name reaches my state along with crores of his family. Waste not time. Life is ebbing away every minute. Death has no mercy. Repeat Sai's name (therefore). Life-breath is uncertain and may suddenly stop. From infancy, therefore, the mere name "Sai" should be repeated. Yama, cruel and undaunted, tortures men terribly. (But) The tortures of Death are unknown to the staunch devotees of Sai. Lord Sai's devotees have no fear of Death--not even a jot of fear. Lord Sai is the Death of Death, and protects his own (devotees) at the time of their death. Those who full of love and admiration for Sai's noble qualities place their minds at his feet have washed away their evil Karmas and will not even in their dreams see Lord Yama or his myrmidons. O fool, you are needlessly vexed!. O! how care-eaten you are! All sorrows vanish by merely remembering Sri Sai. ...will continue.....

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

28-03-1997: Sai appeared as an unknown person and said:

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

1. I am aware of all your past sins. Coming to realize and resolving not to repeat the same is as good as travelling in the path shown by Sai. 2. Every day is going to be a testing day and mental preparedness to face accordingly is same as travelling in the path shown by Sai. 3. Without exception either parents or kids have to play their role properly and live the life. 4. Travelling without any vengeance even towards an enemy is travelling in path shown by Sai. 5. Shed the fear of death and learn to live in peace every moment is travelling in path shown by Sai. A set of universally accepted guidelines is made for everyone to follow.

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This happened in January 2004 when my son was only 8 months old. My husband and my mother-in-law wanted to visit Shirdi and have darshan of Baba. At that time, I was not very keen on visiting Shirdi. Not because I'm not religious but I was very sick with fever, cold, cough etc. And I had a small baby with me. So, I told my husband that he should go on his own with my mother-in-law (MIL). However, after lot of insistence from my husband and MIL and also taking lot of medicines, I finally decided to join them to Shirdi along with my son. We arrived in Shirdi on Thursday evening well ahead of the kakad arthi time. I had heard a lot about Kakad arthi through our family and friends etc and was glad that I'll be able to watch it this time.

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But in my heart of heart, my strongest desire was to see Sai Baba's statue standing close by and feel the power, glow and life HIS eyes. I had heard that Sai statue in Shirdi is One of a kind and we can feel HIS love and kindness as it is so real. We went and stood in line in a big room and waited for over an hour or even more. When I was waiting, I thought since there was a line, people would be sent in an order inside Samadhi Mandir to witness Baba's Arthi. But, when the doors got opened, people rushed from everywhere and went past us. I could not run as I was already sick and had my 8 month old son with me. So, though I reached Shirdi in time for kakad arthi and waited in line, I did not get to see the arthi and in the end just got a glimpse of Baba's Murthi from a distance. I was really disappointed and after the visit, we left to our hotel room. After eating dinner, we slept. My final thoughts for the night were myself saying to Baba "I came to you with all my sickness and having waited for over an hour in line, I did not get to see you the way I wanted (ie standing close to Baba's statue and have HIS darshan face to face). All this because I had the baby with me. If not, even I'd have pushed others and ran to the front to see arthi and would have gotten your darshan from close proximity. Early next morning i.e. Friday), my MIL woke me up when I was still sleeping on the bed and she requested me to join her to the temple one more time before we left Shirdi in the afternoon. I woke up and told her I was not interested to visit the temple again due to my experience yesterday evening and went back to deep sleep. Now, my mother-in-law woke me up again a couple of minutes later and said she was scared to go alone and requested me again to accompany her. This time, I just got up in a second, had a bath, got ready in minutes. While getting ready, something flashed across my mind and I started recollecting about what had just happened with me and realized I had a dream. After I refused to go with my MIL the first time, I slept and Baba came in my dreams for few minutes. He said "You are angry with me because you did not get my darshan the way you wanted yesterday. But come now, I will give you darshan the way you want it.". Needless to say, me and my MIL went to the temple again and this time, I got to see Baba from very close proximity and spent an hour looking at his kind gaze. Thus SAI blessed me in my dream first, then gave me a wonderful darshan in reality and blessed me. My pranams at the feet of my Sadguru. Shri Sacchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai Thank you, Meena (courtesy: 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...

So much can be easily said of Sai Baba by all - mere observers from outside. But he who judged of Baba by the outside alone would be greatly mistaken in his estimate. Baba was, of course, adapting himself to the capacity of Saburi people that resorted to him for help and protection. Most of them were superficial people - seeking mostly some material gain or advanferries you across to the tage; and to them he did not reveal his inner nature. But when anyone capable of diving deeper came to him he revealed more of himself and his powdistant ers. I was keenly observing him from the first and he noticed it and encouraged my habit of observing and judging complimenting me as "Hushiar" or Goal. "Clever". On occasions he told me "what a 'Dubya', i.e., sluggard you are" evidently referring to my failure to penetrate beneath the surface of things on those occasions. Baba was not the man to stifle legitimate inquiry. Everything he did or said was full of significance; mostly I could understand them. To one deeply observing him, the startling fact came out into greater and greater prominence that Baba was living and operating in other worlds also, besides this world and in an invisible body. Remarks made by him openly would be treated as meaningless ranting by those who did not know him. His language also was highly cryptic - full of symbology, parable, allegory and metaphor. Literal interpretations of them would be made by superficial people - who would then conclude that Baba was a worldly man amongst worldly men and a very avaricious man at that. For instance, a man came to Baba and watched him for a time; and I asked him what impression he formed of Baba. His answer was, "I never saw any saint talking of money all the hours of the day" and he felt disappointed. This man did not know that "Paisa" - money, was used by Baba to denote Punya, Apurva or merit, very often. But on a careful observation and analysis of his talks, one must conclude that his nature, powers and functions were very great and that the way

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in which people would benefit by his guidance and help would also be peculiar. 4th June, 1936. In 1914 or thereabouts, a rich old gentleman of Harda came with a lady to Shirdi. He was suffering from T.B, i.e., consumption. During the space of one month, there was noticeable improvement in his health. So he made Shirdi his residence. At the end of the second month, he grew worse and his end seemed to be approaching. One day the ladies of his house and their friends told me that his condition was critical and there was no senior male to go and ask Baba for help and sent me to ask Baba for his Udhi. I went up. Baba told me that the man would be better for quitting this earth. "What can the Udhi do? Anyhow take the Udhi and give it as it is wanted", he said. So I took and gave the Udhi but, of course, refrained from intimating Baba's words to anyone. The condition grew worse. Then Shama, (i.e., Madhavrao Deshpande) arrived and went to Baba and told him of the imminent death. Baba appears to have said, "How can he die? In the morning he will come to life". This was taken to mean that the old man would not quit the earth. So they placed lamps all round the corpse and waited till noon. Life was not restored to the corpse. Funeral ceremonies followed. The Harda genetleman's relations thought that Baba had given false hopes and went away from Shirdi. Then one day, a relative of the deceased saw Baba in a dream, with the deceased's head over his own (i.e., Baba's) and Baba disclosed the lungs - in a rotten state, and said, "From the torture of all this, I have saved him". Thereafter, he and his relations renewed their visits to Shirdi. Baba's words "How can he die? He will come to life" evidently referred to survival of human personality and taking up new forms of life. 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: “Anger” Arun was quick to learn any new trick and so clever to know what made the entire world click. But inside was a challenge that troubled his soul. It was anger that Arun found hard to control. He was happy in life not a grouchy mean brat, however sometimes his big temper was no proof of that. His big brother and sister knew how mad he got and they found it amusing to tease him a lot. They thought it was fun to make Arun displeased and he acted so silly each time he was teased. They poked him and laughed. They made fun of him too. They knew Arun so well. They knew just what to do. Making Arun get angry was always their plan. They knew when he went quiet--his anger began. He would scrunch up his eyebrows and squish up his nose, and his ears turned as red as a fresh garden rose. Arun told them to stop, but they just never would. So he screamed, "I am going to get you guys good!" Arun chased after them in a menacing way. Then they ran to their parents without a delay. Then guess who got in trouble...the kid who got mad. It was Arun who seemed like the one being bad. Arun often got punished for being upset, but he had no solution for his anger yet. Still he knew that his temper needed to be tamed. He knew it was a weakness that made him ashamed. So with his clever mind, he considered the plot of his brother and sister who teased him a lot. It was not about them, though they did make it worse. Arun found, he himself caused his temper's bad curse. It was for the reaction that his siblings teased. When he shouted at them, they seemed always so pleased. But if he could keep himself from THE

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getting so mad perhaps they would not tease him in ways quite so bad. Being angry, he found, was what he must control, so controlling his temper became Arun’s goal. When his brother and sister teased Arun some more, he did not show his anger as much as before. He made no angry faces, and he did not shout. Though he was quite annoyed, he did not let it out. And his brother and sister got bored of the tease. They could no longer make Arun angry with ease. Arun worked on his temper, and learned to let go of small things that don't matter enough to let show. He learned how to relax even when things went wrong. He controlled his bad temper and that made him strong. Arun learned from his anger and found it is true, when you control your anger, it can't control you.

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Chapter 45 Contributed by: swamy@saimail.com

Whoever makes me the sole object of their love, merges in Me like a river in the Ocean.

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Kakasaheb's Doubt and Anandrao's Vision - Wooden Plank Baba's bedstead and not Bhagat's. Preliminary We have described in the last three chapters Baba's Passing away. His physical or finite form has no doubt disappeared from our view; but the infinite or spiritual form (Spirit of Baba) ever lives. The Leelas which occurred during His lifetime have been dwelt upon at great length up till now. Ever since His passing away, fresh Leelas have taken place and are even now happening. This clearly shows that Baba is ever-living and helping His devotees as before. The people who got the contact of Baba when He was living, were indeed very fortunate, but if any of them did not get a dispassion for the things and enjoyments of the world and had not their minds turned to the Lord, it was sheerly their ill-luck. What was then wanted and is now wanted is the whole-hearted devotion to Baba. All our senses, organs, and mind should co-operate in worshipping and serving Baba. It is no use in engaging some organs in the worship and deflecting others. If a thing like worship or meditation is to be done, it ought to be done with all our mind and soul. Sai Ram. Though it is ideal to worship or meditate as explained above, it is not easy for beginners to achieve. Instead of getting disappointed and giving up dejected or waiting for the perfection, it is better to worship / meditate to the best of one's ability even with some senses distracting or pulling in other directions. This writer has personally experienced the benefit of such imperfect sadhana. Over a period, the distractions subside and like a good musician getting into the tune with practice, our senses would fall in line! Sai Ram.

Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all Will be continued...

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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 A lustful man becomes a slave to others, while in love; God Himself becomes a slave to His devotee. To such devotee love towards God enhances every moment and provides bliss. Lust leads to hell; while love leads to the abode of God. In lust man and woman remain as two, while in love Devotee and God become one. So if we have love towards God, we consider ourselves as a servant of God and God has full control over us and can use our services in any way according to His own will. If we satisfy the desire of God, He will fulfill our desires and take care of us. To love God is to love our fellow beings. If instead of seeing faults in others, we look within ourselves we love God. If instead of worrying over our own misfortunes, we think of ourselves, as more fortunate than others, we love God. If we endure our lot with patience and contentment, accepting it as His will, we love God. If we understand that the greatest act of devotion towards God is not to harm any of His beings, we love God. To love God we ought to be loved, knowing that the goal of all life is to love God and find Him as our own self. Will be continued...

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