Baba’s Lover – R. B. Purandhare

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When Shri Purandhare found that Sai Baba was a powerful saint and showering benefits like Ramdas, Akkalkote Maharaj and other Samarthas, he naturally wanted to take the earliest opportunity to got to Shirdi. Being a petty clerk on Rs. 35 per month, going to Shirdi was not an easy matter for him. as he had to support a family of four or five including his mother, his wife, his brother and a child. Yet, the spark of enthusiasm in his heart did not find these to be difficulties. He fixed upon a certain day to leave for Shirdi. But his young child was unwell and the mother thought that it was foolish to risk taking a little child with fever for such a great distance from Bombay to Shirdi. Yet, Shri Purandhare would not brook a denial of his wishes. He left and took the child with him in spite of his mother’s protest. The burning enthusiasm of his love for Baba bore down all considerations of ordinary precautions or medial advice and they did go. His love was accompanied by intense faith. So, Baba justified his faith and his love in what followed. When the child was taken with an illness to Shirdi, it quickly regained health instead of suffering – it was a chamatkar of Baba.

Upasani Maharaj says:Aneka Ascruta Atarkysya Lila Vilasam Samavishkrita Isana Bhasvat Prabhavam (I salute Lord Sai Natha, the great preceptor, whose matchless glory founded on His divine prowess glows with lilas, which are unheard of and beyond rational comprehension). Yet he was: Ahambhavahinam Prasannatmabhavanam (He is completely devoid of any sense of ego and exudes infinite inner joy.)

Shri Purandhare found that his child’s health far from being ruined by the journey was set right completely at Shirdi. Purandhare was made firmer in his faith and deeper in his love of Sai Baba by this occurrence and this was just the beginning. At every step he had full faith in Baba’s omniscience and omnipotence and he found that his faith was fully justified by the subsequent events.

Baba knew exactly when Purandhare should start, when he should stay at a place like Nasik, a holy place of pilgrimage, which his mother wanted to visit, and how long he should stay there. When Purandhare acted upon Baba’s directions, it seemed to several that he was running foolish risks, but everything that Baba said occurred exactly as he said it would. he was told to stay one day at Nasik and to proceed on the next day. When he went there, he found that cholera was attacking some members of his family, such as his brother, and he was advised to get away. But he remembered that Baba had said that he must stay one day at Nasik. So he did stay. on the next day he found that he was perfectly safe by blindly following Baba’s directions. Reverence and faith combined with thankfulness for the resulting good, form an excellent basis for the development of love.

Baba’s kindness towards him was remarkable even from the beginning. Why should Baba care so much for this petty clerk who went to Shirdi for the first time? That is the question, which any one would ask. And one would like to know the root of that love. The root of love is not always traceable, but in this particular case we have Baba’s own statement to help us. When Purandhare’s mother told Baba to look after him, Baba’s reply was, “I have known him for generations. I have guarded him from his infancy in front and behind. I will not eat even a bit of food without him”. That is, as much as to say that Baba remembered the love relations between Purandhare and himself in former lives.

Purandhare felt the same love unconsciously and was being pulled to Baba. Baba draws his devotee’s even from thousands of miles away like a boy drawing a bird to whose foot one end of a string is attached while the other is held by him.  Similarly Baba pulled persons who had former contact with him which is Rinanubhandha and Purandhare was one of those greatly attached to Baba in a former life. This explains why he took so many risks like taking a sick child to Shirdi from Bombay to meet Baba, with no ostensible gain.

Source: LIFE OF SAI BABA (Volume – III)  by H.H B. V. Narasimha Swami

Thought of the Day

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A man comes into contact with a Sadguru as a result of accumulation of lot of good deeds (Punya) in past lives. One can try to seek God by going from Guru to Guru but once the Sadguru comes to his life, he should end his search and surrender to him because He can only give God realization to the seeker.

Guruji Dr. C B Satpathy

Source: Satpathy, C B. BABA: May I Answer. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt.Ltd (May 1, 2009)

Thought of the Day

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When the Sadguru walks over the earth, the spiritual power in the planet gets rejuvenated. The Guru’s shakti, positively effects all the living and the non living. The earth (Vasundhara) surrenders its burden at the Feet of the Sadguru for evolution of all the species living on it. Such is the Feet of Sadguru, where all surrender.

Guruji Dr. C B Satpathy

Source: Satpathy, C B. BABA: May I Answer. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt.Ltd (May 1, 2009)

Guruji at Sai International School

On July 20th, 2015, Sai International School, Bhubaneswar, Odisha had invited Guruji Dr. C B Satpathy to felicitate as the Internationally acclaimed global and spiritual leader. There Guruji addressed the attendees.

In his speech Guruji said that “The world never progressed without the dream of a person expanding to become a universal dream“. Guruji stressed the importance of appreciating the contribution of society and Institutions in shaping us and said “We should be ever prepared to give our share of offerings back to the society”. Then he added, “The theme of universalism is to appreciate the contribution of others in our life”.

Guruji said: “The world is changing and the question we must ask ourselves is – Are we flowing with the change or Are we an obstacle to the change? If you turn the pages of history, you will find that every time a large number of people became an obstacle to change, a universal energy descended on this earth to remove the impediments – we in India call them ‘Avatar’ or ‘Saint’. Similar instances can be found in other parts of the globe – Socrates, Lao Tzu, and Confucius arrived to help the society to evolve and move on the path of  progress. They are no less than spiritual masters.

Next, Guruji explained the etymology of the word ‘Dharma’. Guruji said, “The classical Sanskrit noun dharma is a derivation from the root dhṛu, which has a meaning of ‘to hold together'”. He then added that, if we follow this principle in our family, we are discharging the ‘Parivarik Dharma’, in a society, the ‘Samajik Dharma’, and at a larger scale in a state, the ‘Rashtra Dharma’.

Finally, Guruji briefly narrated his experience as the guest chaplain in the US House of Representatives on 24th June, 2015 at Washington DC, USA and thanked Sai International school for the honor.

Thought of the Day

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In the present times, a modern man cannot do ‘Yoga’ or ‘Yagnya’; so the simplest approach is to be in a constant mental communication or to keep ‘Ishta’ or ‘Guru’ closest to one’s consciousness by engaging in ‘Swadhyaya’ (Self-study), ‘Atma Chintan’ ( Self-reflection and Introspection) and ‘Satsang’ (Spiritual gathering).

Guruji Dr. C B Satpathy

Source: Satpathy, C B. BABA: May I Answer. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt.Ltd (May 1, 2009)

Thought of the Day

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Only realized souls know that the life under the protection of a Sadguru is much more joyous and meaningful than the so called life in the heaven, how-so-ever grand it may seem.

Guruji Dr. C B Satpathy

Source: Satpathy, C B. BABA: May I Answer. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt.Ltd (May 1, 2009)

Baba’s Leela

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 If you spread your palms with devotion before Me, I am immediately with you, day and night. Though, I am here bodily, still I know what you do; beyond the seven seas. Go wherever you will, over the wide world, I am with you. My abode is in your heart and I am within you. Always worship Me, Who is seated in your heart, as well as, in the hearts of all beings, Blessed and fortunate, indeed, is he who knows Me thus.

Baba said to Shri Cholkar (Sai Satcharita Ch.15)

Baba’s words are true for each and every devotee even now; as they were then. This is such a Leela where Baba literally went beyond the seven seas to rescue a devotee. It was during World War 1; Capt. Jahangir F. Daruwala was at sea, with his fleet of ships. To his utter dismay he realized that all but three of his ships were hit by the enemy and were sinking fast. Soon these three ships with the passengers, and himself would meet the same fate. Being a good Captain he hoped to ferry the remaining ships to safety.

He had Baba’s photograph in his pocket. He promptly took it out and earnestly prayed to Baba to come to their rescue. Just as he has praying, Baba sitting in  Dwarkamai shouted “Haq, haq”. The devotees surrounding Baba, were astonished to see Baba completely drenched, from head to toe. The water flowed in torrents, and Dwarkamai soon became a pool of water. The devotees simply removed buckets and buckets of water from the Dwarkamai for about an hour. Then they gave Baba dry clothes to wear.

As Baba was silent about the cause of him being drenched, one of the devotees drank the water as tirth (holy water) and found it extremely salty. He wondered at that, but kept quiet. At the same time, at the sea, Capt. Daruwala saw Baba in person, pull and tow his ships to safety. On the third day after this incident Baba received a telegram from the Captain, thanking Him for the rescue operation. Immediately on his return he came to Shirdi and fell at Baba’s feet. He thanked Baba for answering his prayers so swiftly and saving the lives of his crew and the passengers. Capt. Daruwala was an ardent devotee of Baba and he took a great deal of interest in Baba’s affairs. He donated Rs.2,200/- in two installments for the repair of the Sabha Mandap. As a small ‘thank you’ gesture.

Source: Ambrosia in Shirdi-Part 1 (2002)

Thought of the Day

 From the compound of your heart always keep clear the path going up to Shri Sai, so that whenever you are troubled by the problems of life, you can find your way to Him.

Guruji Dr. C B Satpathy

Source: Satpathy, C B. BABA: May I Answer. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Pvt.Ltd (May 1, 2009)

Guru Poornima Message

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Some people interpret God as the primordial nature of the cosmos or hold nature as the most vital aspect of God through which He manifests Himself. The cosmos and every thing within it, seen-unseen and living-non living, is made of the elements of this primordial nature. All life forms on earth are nothing but different expressions of nature. The Hindu Vedic seers had gone a long way in explaining the relationship between God and universal nature. They had realized the importance of proper use, protection and growth of nature. They understood that if we don’t take care of nature, nature cannot take care of us for the times to come. The organic life forms on earth like plants, animals, and human beings sustain and multiply under certain conditions. Any climatic and environmental change, whether natural or manmade, is bound to bring disaster to all the life forms on earth. So many hymns were composed by the Vedic saints to highlight this theme and prescribe methods for the protection of nature. Today, climate change and global warming have become global concerns. For example, Yajurveda (Y.V.13.37) mentions about the ill effects of cutting trees and the poisoning of atmosphere. It further discusses energy balance of the global eco-system. It says, “no persons should kill animals helpful to air.” All of us have to address this problem with all the seriousness that it deserves.

 Earth is estimated to be 4.6 billion years old. In it’s nascent state, the earth was a fire ball full of volcanos and was incapable of generating and protecting life. Over a long period of time, the earth cooled down because of which a solid crust and a watery surface were created. Gradually, the various elements of nature like the chemicals and gasses favorable to life form were created. Between 3.8 to 4.1 billion years ago, the Earth was a planet with an atmosphere and an ocean. Life forms appeared on Earth 3.8 to 3.5 billion years ago. An evolutionary split known as Human-Chimpanzee divergence occurred about six million years ago. Thereafter, Homo Sapiens species—commonly known as human beings—came into existence 2.3 to 2.4 million years ago. Thus, it can be said that a certain ecological condition or favourable environment created different life forms on earth and sustained it.

 There are certain factors that make our planet habitable. They are temperature (life on earth exists within a temperature range of minus 15 degree C to minus 115 degree C), energy (organisms use light and/or chemical energy), water (dissolves and transports chemicals and forms cells), atmosphere (traps heat, shields earth’s surface from harmful radiation and provides chemicals like Nitrogen and Carbon dioxide required to sustain life), and nutrients (essentially required to build and maintain an organic body).

 These factors go through natural change. The human society is also responsible for certain adverse changes. Let us discuss about the human induced ecological imbalances that need to be checked. These are over-exploitation of natural resources he eco-system, habitat destruction, inappropriate use of agriculture and forestry, land and marine leading to imbalance in the eco-system, habitat destruction, inappropriate use of agriculture and forestry, land and marine resources, organic and inorganic pollution, urban and industrial discharge, plastics and many more pollutants. Similarly bio-invasion, which is an intentional or unintentional act perpetrated by the human beings to introduce a species that is not native to a certain eco-system is also a matter of concern. It has been calculated that about 7000 species of marine life are transported every day. Finally, climate change is one of the major factors. Climate change on earth is calculated in the geological time scale. It generally means a change in the weather and temperature pattern of the earth. Growth of human population and rapid economic development have increased the emission of green house gases which include Carbon dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide. Such gases cover the lower atmosphere and absorb the long-wave (Infra Red) radiation and do not allow it to escape. They result in the warming of the earth’s surface and the atmosphere.

 Presently, the human race is experiencing the adverse effects of global warming and climatic change. For protection, it has to re-condition it’s life style and reduce the exploitation and man-created pollution of nature. Each individual has to be fully aware about the future shape of things to come and contribute their best for maintaining the balance of nature. Human society needs to protect and nourish nature as the trustee of God . One can, therefore, say that service to nature is service to God.

May Shri Sai bless us.

Shri C. B. Satpathy, New Delhi

Sai Chalisa with Lyrics

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Sai Chalisa by Das Ganu Maharaj.

Ananta Koti Brahmand Nayak Rajadhiraj Yogiraj Parabrahma Satchidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.

Jai Shri Sai.

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