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HAPPY BABA'S DAY
Jai Sai Ram
Pranams at the Lotus feet of Baba
Thursday's Sai wallpaper with Baba's below quote.
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Shani Shignapur is a village located in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. It is about 35 km from Ahmednagar.
The presiding deity of Shinganapur, Sri Shaneshwara or Lord Shanidev-
the personification of the planet Saturn is worshipped with utmost reverence and devotion by multitudes of people from all over the world. The spectacle of the deity in black stone is overwhelming. A unique aspect of this place is, that no temple structure houses the Shanidev. There is only a simple platform on which stands the swayambhu idol, in black stone.
Unlike other pilgrimage centres, devotees here can perform puja or abhishek or other religious rituals themselves.
of the unique aspects of the village Shiganapur is that houses here have no door- frames or locks on them for safety. They are in fact not needed. The people here believe that it is the benediction of the god that no crime ever occurs in this village.
Shri Dattatraya Temple and the tomb of Sant Shri Udasi Baba are the nearby attractions.
By road, Shani Shignapur is linked with Aurangabad (68 km) and Shirdi
(70 km). Ahmednagar Railway Station is the nearest railhead.
Singing Unto Infinity…
An atmosphere soaked in music,
a heart swelled with sorrow: this was the mood that Playback Singer
K.S. Chitra owned while visiting Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba every
time. Each visit was the result of salvation from previous births… and
each song led to the Ocean of Milk – Sai Love!!! K.S.Chitra, popularly
known as the "Nightingale of South India", lends her voice in the South
Indian Film Industry, whose foray into the field of playback singing
earned her a distinct name in the Indian Music Industry. She has the
rare distinction of highest number of national awards awarded to any
female playback singer in India. She has also been conferred the
prestigious "Padma Shri" by the Government of India in 2005, apart from
winning several other state and national level awards. (this article
dates back to 2009)
It was from my mother that I first began to hear about Swami. Her
narrations of Sai Charitham and accounts about what she had heard about
Swami brought me close to Swami very long ago. But a darshan was
possible only years later.
That was when Swami had come to Chennai. At that time, for the
function, Susheelamma (P. Susheela) asked me if I could sing a bhajan.
It was the first time Susheelamma asked anything out of me and that
itself was a happy incidence. I agreed immediately. Besides me there
were Mano, Shailaja, Sunanda and many other singers as well. A special
and close darshan was not possible that time but since the singers were
allowed padanamaskaram I was fortunate to get it. That was my first
During that visit Swami stayed in `Nandanam'—a house next to famous
Tamil heroine Anjalidevi Amma's residence. Since Susheelamma had got
permission for us singers alone to have one more darshan, the next day
we waited for Swami. As we waited in that pin drop silence of
expectation Swami walked in. And He spoke to everyone! He even joked!
The next darshan I got of Swami was during His birthday celebrations
at Puttaparthi. It was a function where many artistes were
participating in the name of national integration. M.S. Subbalakshmi,
Pundit Jasraj, Kavitha Krishna Murthy and Parveen Sulthana were there.
It was during this visit that an unforgettable incident took place.
I had started for Parthi without completing the recording of a song.
The theme of the song was that of a woman angrily crying out to the
gods who were going to take back the life of her husband. Hence, the
ending of the song required exerted emotion where I had to sing very
high. I was afraid that if I sang at that top note I would find it
difficult to sing in front of Swami. So, I told the music director that
I would sing the rest of the song after I returned.
That day, at Parthi, I sang for about 45 minutes. After singing, I
bowed reverentially at Him and received the silk He gave me joyfully.
"Why are you afraid to sing high?" He asked and surprised me by telling
me to sing without any fear. Eminent personalities like M.S.
Subbalakshmi were also present there.
Afterwards, I got an opportunity to sing Sai devotional songs for a
Telugu album. It was with this album's music director and producer that
I got a chance to visit Parthi again. I sang before Him during this
visit too. During that trip my mother's memories weighed heavily upon
My mother had wanted to join me on my first trip to Parthi. But as
she was suffering from heart disease the doctors refused to grant
permission. Still, she was insistent, saying that if she was to die she
was happy that it would be in Parthi. Yet, taking into account her
health I did not let her accompany me. Then, when this next opportunity
came to meet Swami she was no more. She would never accompany me again…
pain gnawed me throughout the journey.
The next morning I was fortunate to have Swami's darshan. The
orchestra members who accompanied me were also there. He said, "Sad
that you have lost everyone? Everything is for the good…" I felt peace
enveloping, as if guilt was getting null. He continued, "You have
something to tell me…" I did not answer. He repeated the question. Yes,
there was a deep desire within me—to have a child. But how was I to ask
for it there? My mind did not allow it. And then, as if reading my
mind, Swami called the women alone to the inner room. Here, He repeated
"I don't have a child," I said hesitantly. A hearty laugh was
Swami's immediate answer and then He said, "Want a child… the next time
you come to see me you will bring your child also." Then He
materialized a chain from the atmosphere and presented it to me—a gold
chain with a locket on which the word Om was written with white stones.
He then blessed me: "Like the word Om let your sound fill the world…"
After that, somehow, it took very long for me to see Swami again.
Usually, when Swami came to Chennai P. Leela (Chechi) used to inform
me. But once I came to know of His visit only after He left. It was
when my husband read from the newspaper and told me about it that I
knew about the visit. Years later, when I knew I was to become a mother
I still could not meet Him. After I had a child too I sent letters and
faxes. There was no reply. Yet, I was happy. My mind was in bliss.
Then, once when Swami came to Chennai I saw Him from far. Swami looked from far, but I did not get close darshan.
Finally, it was for this year's Onam that I went to Parthi and got
Swami's darshan. I sang 9 songs. Throughout, Swami was on stage. After
singing He blessed me. He then called me and gave permission for
Padanamaskar. He called my daughter and put a chain around her neck. He
also allowed a group photo and blessed me with the permission of doing
Aarathi during prasadam distribution. Then He said, "Come often." "I'll
come whenever You call," I replied.
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
Devi - Goddess Lakshmi
Goddess Lakshmi [
Goddess of Prosperity ] :
Lord Sri Narayana or Mahavishnu is known as the preserver. The beloved wife of Sri Narayana is Sri Lakshmi. Mother Lakshmi is always identified with the Lord, and hence they are known as Sri Lakshmi Narayana. Mother Lakshmi is a mother of prosperity, peace and illumination. Without Her grace one can't have inner peace or perennial joy.
Lakshmi is commonly known as Goddess of wealth. Wealth is not only the money. Tradition and values of life is also wealth. Our family and progress is also wealth. Our belongings such as land, properties, animals, grains, etc as well as virtues like patience, persistence, purity etc in the form of a character are nothing but our wealth and so also glory or victory. Thus this eightfold Sri Lakshmi is known as Sri Ashta Lakshmi.
Mother Lakshmi is the source and provider of the following enumerated well-known sixteen types of wealth and many more. (1) Fame (2) Knowledge (3) Courage and Strength (4) Victory (5) Good Children (6) Valor (7) Gold and other gross properties (8) Grains in abundance (9) Happiness (10) Bliss (11) Intelligence (12) Beauty (13) Higher Aim, High Thinking and Higher Meditation too (14) Morality and Ethics (15) Good Health (16) Long Life. Let us glance upon the glory of mother Ashta Lakshmi´s individual nature and forms.
Adi Lakshmi: Mother Lakshmi resides with Lord Narayana in the Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Narayana. She is known as Rama, means bringing happiness to the mankind. She is also known as Indira (who holds lotus or purity in the hands or heart.) Divine Mother's this form is normally seen serving Sri Narayana. Lord Narayana is omnipresent. Adi Lakshmi or Rama Lakshmi serves Sri Narayana is symbolic of her serving the whole creation. Though Sri Narayana is attended by innumerable devotees, still she personally loves to serve the Lord. Actually mother Adi Lakshmi and Narayana are
not two different entities but one only. Many a place we see her form sitting in the lap of Sri Narayana.
Dhanya Lakshmi: Dhanya means grains. This includes all kind of purified food containing all essential vitamins, minerals, protein, calcium, carbohydrate and so on. With the grace of mother Dhanya Lakshmi one gets all essential nutrients grains, fruits, vegetables and other
Dhairya Lakshmi: This form of mother Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. Those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to have victory. Those who worship mother Dhairya Lakshmi they live and lead a life with tremendous patience and inner stability.
Gaja Lakshmi: In the holy book of Srimad Bhagavata the story of the churning of the ocean by Gods and demons is explained in detail. Author, the Sage Vyasa writes that Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). So she is known as a daughter of the ocean. She came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides, holding a
beautiful vessel filled with milk and pouring it over Sri Lakshmi. Many a time we see Sri Lakshmi standing in the lotus and elephants are pouring nectar over her. During the festival of the lamps or the Deepavali along with Sri Lakshmi the Ganapathi or the Elephant God also gets worshipped; that signifies the protection from evils as well as abundant grace and blessings for additional prosperities!
Santan Lakshmi: In the family life, the children are the greatest treasure. Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi, known as a Santan Lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of mother Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health & long life.
Vijay Lakshmi: Vijay is victory. Vijay is to get success in all
undertakings and all different facets of life. Some are strong physically but weak mentally while others are economically rich but poor in their attitude and cannot exert any influence. Vijay is to have all encompassing victory. Vijay is to rejoice glory of our real nature - Vijay is to conquer the lower nature. Vijay is the victory in external and internal wars and of course eternal wars! Hence those, with grace of mother Vijay Lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions. Victory to Vijay Lakshmi!!
Dhana Lakshmi: Dhana is wealth. But as per Rigved´s Purush Shukta Dhana is not only a wealth in coins and currency. Even Sun and moon, fire and stars, rains and nature, oceans and mountains, rivers and streams, all these are our wealth, so are the progeny, our inner will power, our character and our virtues. With the grace of mother Dhana Lakshmi we will get all these in abundance.
Vidya Lakshmi: Vidya is education. Education is not mere studies to receive the degrees and diplomas certificates from the educational institutes or universities. Serenity, Regularity, Absence of Vanity, Sincerity, Simplicity, Veracity, Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability, Adaptability Humility, Tenacity, Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity, Charity, Generosity and Purity are the eighteen "itis" that only can give immortality.
Education, which cannot give peace to the soul or cannot give the knowledge of the Self and the inner satisfaction, is not education. Education, which cannot wipe the tears of others, known or unknown, is not education. Education is the understanding the situation and silence or art of living and leading the life that can make the life, the Life Divine, where the ultimate Goal of the life is the God-Realization.
Such Education can come only through discrimination and dispassion. One can have abundant amount of money, but if he does not know how to make good use of it, it will work to his disadvantage. If an alcoholic or a drug addict gets a big sum of money, it will only hasten his downward journey to destruction. Vidya Lakshmi is the understanding and the knowledge to mold the ordinary life into the Divine Life. A life of Service, a life of feeling for a fellow being, a life of charity and generosity, a life of purity, a life for seeking a soul within the soul and a life with an ultimate aim of the realization of the ABSOLUTE is the only real education, which can come only with the grace of Vidya Lakshmi.
Thus all these eightfold Sri Lakshmi is ultimately one single power only. That is Adishakti.
The perennial and unchangeable, ever lasting, eternal truth or the absolute is this Supreme blessedness, the mother Adishakti. She is the origin. She is the light. She is the power, the wisdom and the strength. She
is the Supreme Joy, peace, bliss and illumination.
Year after year we have seen the lamps being lit for Diwali, the birth day and the wedding day of Goddess Lakshmi. In the dark night the glowing flames herald the advent of longer nights-the early days of an Indian winter.
The essence of this light is Shri Lakshmi-arising, at the beginning of time, out of the waters at the churning of the Milky Ocean by gods and demons for a thousand years. Regarded as the goddess of love, beauty and prosperity, Lakshmi, Kamla or Padma (Sanskrit words for lotus), the beloved consort of Vishnu, along with the dearly loved pot-bellied, elephant headed, auspicious god of the Hindu theology, Siri Ganesha, is a presiding deity of the festival of lights. They are worshipped in every household so that the year may be full of prosperity. Throughout the night a lamp is kept burning before her image so that she may continue to dwell in the house and bestow upon it the wealth of life.
May Mother Adishakti´s and Sri Ashta Lakshmi´s grace be ever upon us all, to receive her divine grace for being befitting servant of the mankind in her cosmic kingdom. Om Shanti.
Prayers to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune
These are Prayers to all of the qualities of the Goddess and
the blessings that She gives.
The First is the Lakshmi-Stuti, from Vishnu Purana, 7.9.116-138,
The Second is the Sri Suktam.
This Stuti eulogy of Lakshmi, which was spoken by Lord Indra, is the source of all opulence. In this world, poverty never dwells among those who recite this stuti daily.
Indra [the demigod king of heaven] said, "I offer my obeisances unto the
lotus-born mother of all beings, unto Sri [the Goddess of fortune], having full-blown lotus-like eyes, and reposing in the bosom of Vishnu."
vande padma-mukhim devim
"I offer my obeisances unto the Goddess who is the abode of lotuses, who holds the lotus, whose eyes resemble the petals of a lotus, whose face is a lotus, and who is dear to the Lord who has a lotus navel."
tvam siddhis tvam svadha svaha
sudha tvam loka-pavani
sandhya ratrihi prabha bhutir
medha sraddha sarasvati
"You are siddhi, nectar, Svaha and Svadha, O purifier of the worlds. You are twilight, night, effulgence, opulence, intelligence, faith and
guhya-vidya cha shobhane
atma-vidya cha devi tvam
"You are the knowledge of sacrifice, the worship of the universal form, and occult learning, O beauteous one. You are the knowledge of Brahman, O goddess, and the bestower of the fruit of liberation."
anvikshiki trayi varta
danda-nitis tvam eva cha
saumyasaumyair jagad rupais
tvayaitad devi puritam
"You are the science of dialectics, the three Vedas, Varta, the knowledge of chastisement. O goddess, this universe is filled with your gentle and terrifying forms."
ka tv anya tvam rte devi
yogi cintyam gada-bhritaha
"O goddess, who except you can dwell in the person of that God of gods, who consists of all
forbearance, the bearer of the mace, who is contemplated by the yogis?"
tvayi devi parityaktam
tvaye danim samedhitam
"O goddess, the three worlds, having been abandoned by you, were on the verge of destruction--because of you, they have again recovered their position."
dara-putras tatha garam
bhavaty etan maha-bhage
nityam tvad-vikshanam nrinam
"O exalted one, men are endowed with wives, sons, houses, friends, grain and wealth due to your constant glance."
purushanam na durlabham
"O goddess, freedom from bodily ailments, riches, destruction of enemies, and happiness are not difficult to attain for persons who view your
tvam mata sarva-bhutanam
deva-devo harih pita
tvayaitad vishnuma chadya
"You are the mother of all creatures, as that God of gods, Hari, is their father. And this universe, consisting of moving and nonmoving entities, is presently permeated by you, as well as Vishnu."
ma nah kosham tatha goshtham
ma sariram kalatram cha
"O purifier of all, if you forsake us, neither our treasures, nor our cows, nor our houses, nor our possessions, nor our bodies, nor our wives, are secure."
ma putram ma suhrid-vargam
ma pashun ma vibhushanam
tyajetha mama devasya
"O you whose abode is the chest of Vishnu, if you forsake me, neither sons, nor friends, nor animals, nor ornaments can be mine."
chatha shiladibhir gunaih
tyajante te narah sadyaha
sansyakto ye tvayamale
"O spotless one, men who are forsaken by you are also forsaken by goodness, truth, purity, good character and other virtues."
tvayavico kitah sadyaha
shiladyair akhilair gunaih
kulaishvaryaish cha muhyante
purusha nirguna api
"And those who are glanced upon by you, although devoid of any good qualities, are infatuated by all good qualities, such as good character, lineage, wealth, etc."
sa shlaghyah sa guni dhanyaha
sa kulinaha sa biddhinam
sa shurah sa cha vikranto
yas tvaya devi vikshitaha
"O goddess, he who is glanced upon by you, is praiseworthy, accomplished, fortunate, intelligent, high-born, heroic and possessed of power."
sadyo vaingunyam ayanti
shiladyah sakala gunaha
yasya tvam vishnu-vallabhe
"O nurse of the universe, O beloved of Vishnu, all virtues, character, etc., immediately abandon him from whom you turn away."
na te varnayitum shakta
gunan jihvapi vedhasaha
prasida devi padmakshi
masmams tyakshih kadachana
"Even the tongue of Brahma is incapable of describing your qualities. O lotus-eyed one, be auspicious unto me. Please do not abandon me."
[Thus ends the Lakshmi-stuti]
Sri [the Goddess of Fortune] said: "I shall never turn my face from one who praises me every morning and evening with this hymn."SRI SUKTAM
Om Hiranya Varnam Harineem
Survanam Rajatas Rajam
LakshmeEm Jatavedo Mamaavaha
O all-knowing fire-god (Agni), would you kindly propitiate Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity, one whose body has the golden color; one who is decked with gold and silver garlands; one whose sari is yellow colored and one Whose face is like the full moon and whose eyes bless humanity with soothing grace. O Jata Veda, the fire-god, kindly tell Her of our supplications.
Taamma Aavaha Jaatavedo
Yasyaam Hiranmyam Vindeyam
O, Agni, the great fire-god, with the blessings of Mahalakshmi, wealth and prosperity, gold and cattle, horses and useful animals, family and children and every type of prosperity will come to me. By the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi in my home, the prosperity will be imperishable. Health, friends, knowledge, everlasting peace and finally freedom -- all these types of wealth will be mine by the arrival of
the Universal Mother, Lakshmi, into my home.
That Goddess Lakshmi in whose procession the celestial horses and the divine chariots are used, as the elephants roar the OM sound which pleases that Goddess. She being Gajalakshmi or Lakshmi Who is worshiped by the elephants. O Agni, I am invoking that power, the spouse of Vishnu. May I attain Her grace.
Kaamsosmkitaam Hiranya PraakaaraamAardraam
Jvalenteem Truptaam Tarpayantim
One Who is sitting on the blossomed thousand-petalled lotus; one whose body has the color of the lotus; may that great Goddess. The compassionate, radiant, ever-smiling, fulfiller of all the desires of Her votaries, hear my prayers. I invoke that Mother, Mahalakshmi of golden color.
Tam Padmineemim Saranamaham
Nasyatam twaam vrine
I invoke Mahalakshmi Who shines like the full moon and like lightening. Her fame is all-pervading. Denizens of heaven constantly worship Her. She is minificent. Her benevolent hands are like lotuses. I take refuge in Her lotus feet. Let Her destroy my poverty forever. O Mother Mahalakshmi, I
take shelter at Your lotus feet.
Tasya Phalaani Tapassaanudantu
Maayaantaraayaastcha Baahyaa Alakshmehim
O Universal Mother, shining like the sun, it is through Your penance that the holiest trees of Bilva and Tulasi are born. They symbolize the tree of life. The fruit of that tree of life removes our poverty from both within and without. In other words, bless us with inner light and outer independence and abundance.
Keertishtcha Maninaa Saham
Praddour-booto smit rastresmin
O Devi, the great Goddess, with Your blessings let Kubera, the treasurer of the gods; his friend, Manibhadra, the protector of wealth, and Keerti, the goddess of fame who was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati.
Sarvadh Nirmuda me grihaat
That goddess of hunger and thirst, one who is reduced to a skeleton; I would like the death of the goddess of poverty. O Mahalakshmi, may You kindly drive away any fear of poverty and inauspiciousness from my home. In other words, bless me always with abundance and joy.
Nitya Pushtaam Karishineem
I invoke that supreme Goddess Lakshmi to dwell in my home forever. She is the supreme power of protection and Goddess of all the universes and cosmic elements. She is Mother Earth, the bestower of great contentment. Her
blessings are bringing us the fragrance of the sandalwood paste. May that Ishwari be ever present in me.
Mayi Sreesrayataam Yasaha
May Mahalakshmi fulfill
all my desires. May I attain perfection. May my words come true. May I be bestowed with cattle, wealth, food, milk and honey to share with all. May that Sri Devi come to my home in the form of undying fame.
Kardhamena Prajaabhuttaa Mayi
Sriyam Vaasayame KuleE
Maataram Padma maalineem
We are the progeny of our forefather, Sage Kardama, who is one of the sons of Goddess Lakshmi. We invoke that Sage Kardama to install in his family the Universal Mother, Mahalakshmi, who is decked with the garland of lotuses. So be it.
Apahasrujantu Snigdhaani Chikleeta
Vasa Me Gruhe
Nicha deveem MaatarahamM Sriyam
Vaasaya Me Kule
We invoke another son of Lakshmi named Chikleeta. May he dwell in our home and may his mother, Mahalakshmi, dwell in our family.
Ardraam Pushkarineem Pushtim
Chandramm Hirnamayeem LakshmeEm
O Agni, may You propitiate Mahalakshmi, the destroyer of demons but merciful to Her devotees, abode of auspiciousness, bestower of total protection, extraordinarily beautiful, bedecked with valuable ornaments, shining like a thousand suns; may that Hiranmayi, the golden colored Goddess, be pleased with us.
Ardraam Yah-Karineem yastiIm
Sooruyamm Hirnamayeem LakshmeEm
O Agni, the fire-god, I once again pray unto you to invoke the presence of the Lakshmi Devi with us. The Mother Who is merciful blessings with Her lotus hand. May that yellow-clad, lotus-garlanded, moon-faced Goddess shower Her choicest cup of blessings upon us.
Taama Aavaah JaatavedoO
Yasyam Hiranyam Prabhootam Gaavo
Daasyoshvam Vindeyam Purushanaham
O Agni, please pray to that Lakshmi that we should be blessed with inexhaustible wealth. May that wealth bring that greatest joy and peace along with all material comforts of cows, servants, horses, family and good children, and the highest of
Om Mahalakshmi cha Vidmahe Vishnu
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
Let that Mahalakshmi be invoked on Whom I meditate upon, Who is the consort of Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Mother. Let peace prevail everywhere.
Goddess Lakshmi or "Sri Devi" is the consort of Vishnu. She is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Wealth includes nobler values of life, power of mind and intellect, moral, and ethical qualities that constitute the spiritual wealth.
Fridays are considered auspicious for Lakshmi puja. The Friday before the full moon in the Hindu month of 'Sravan' or 'Shravan' (August-September) is considered especially sacred and Varalakshmi Vrata (puja for boons and longevity) is performed on that day by women whose husband's are still alive. Lord Shiva describes the glory of this Vrata in the "Skanda Purana".
Lakshmi-The Goddess Of Wealth And Wisdom
Hindu Goddess Lakshmi not only bestows wealth and all sorts of material prosperity, but also imparts divine wisdom to all Her devotees. She is "Vidya Shakti" and She is the one who introduces Her devotees to Her Lord for their salvation.
Goddess Maha Lakshmi is the power of "Lord Narayana" who is also known as Lord Vishnu or Lord Hari. Narayana is God's aspect of preservation. He is an embodiment of "Shuddha Sattwa". Lakshmi is His causal body. She is 'Maya', the illusory power of Nature. She deludes the whole world by Her veiling power and projects it through Her projecting power. She Herself as Vidya-Lakshmi enlightens the spiritual aspirant. Beauty, grace, a picturesque scenery or charming landscape, modesty, love, prosperity, music, the five elements and their combinations, the internal organs, mind, 'Prana', intellect - all these are Her manifestations.
Without Lakshmi even 'Sannyasins' cannot do propaganda or preaching work or run their institutions. They are in fact more in need of Lakshmi than the house - holders because they have to do great dynamic work for human weal. Sri Shankara worshipped Devi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi for success in his work. All great prophets and divine messengers who have done great spiritual work in the past were devotees of Mother Lakshmi, Devi and Saraswathi.
After a purificatory bath, the lady performing the
puja should put on a clean, fresh cloth and make a mandala (place where the puja is performed) with the drawing of a lotus upon it. A kalasha (pot) filled with rice and topped with fresh mango leaves, a coconut and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked therein. Fresh grains are used in the worship as they convey the idea of growth and prosperity.
After the worship of the kalasha, follows the worship of Ganesha, then the worship of the 'Raksha' or the sacred thread. Now the main worship of Vara Lakshmi begins and the 'Raksha' is worshipped a second time and is then tied to the right hand of the lady who is performing the puja. Special varieties of sweets like 'Paayasam' and 'Laddu', fruits, milk etc are offered to the goddess.
She is worshipped with different varieties of flowers like Lotus, Jasmine, Marigold etc. Many devotees buy gold ornaments on this day and place it near the goddess and take her blessings. After the worship various auspicious articles are given as charity to some deserving ladies whose husband's are alive.
JAI SAI RAM
An offering to the
lotus feet of Sai Bhagavan.
A wallpaper from Kouwshik
A photo that had been taken during the Monsoon at Munnar, Kerala was
shared short while ago through a social website. Few more things were added to the
particular original photo and converted into a wallpaper titled "OMNIPRESENT" (with Baba).
brother Sai Prabhu for sharing the original Munnar, Kerala
photo with us.
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On 13 April 1971 Shri
Sadhan Chandra Mistry, aged 35 years a vegetable vendor (a total
non-entity) in the obscure village
of Hanspukur, District South
24-Parganas, West Bengal, died of a very
common and minor ailment, only because he could not get access to any
medical attention whatsoever. He left behind his illiterate wife Subhasini
(23 years then) with two sons and two daughters four to eight years in age.
Naturally the family plunged into utter poverty and Subhasini was forced
out of her home within one month of her husbands death, to sell vegetables
in that hamlet market. That day, while she sat under the scorching sun
selling vegetables and worrying about her children, she took a vow that one
day she will build a hospital in that very village so that no poor villager
would die for want of medical attention.
Her fellow vendors and every person who heard of her vow just laughed and
made fun of her. How can she build a hospital, they jeered, when
she cannot even mend her own thatched hut? Plus she has to feed a family of
five and marry two daughters all humbug and pure day dreaming must have
lost her mind; was the considered conclusion by the village elders.
However, day in and out, Subhasini went on selling vegetables silently and
looking after her children never allowing the fire in her frail body to
douse even for a moment. After persevering for twenty full years,
ultimately she could start a clinic at her home for poor people. She
managed to coax a doctor into coming to her village every week. And week
after week, while tens of poor patients got medical attention from this
lone clinic in the region, Subhasini became the most popular household name
in her village. Now her fellow vendors and all others started respecting
her. That was enough of a support for her.
In the meantime, her children grew up. The two daughters were married off.
The eldest son chose to be a labourer, working in agricultural
fields. Her other son, the youngest of the lot, Ajoy Mistry was identified
by Subhasini to carry on her mission. He successfully completed his
secondary education and passed the All India
Medical Entrance Test. Aided by the German Scholarship, he joined Calcutta Medical College
where he completed his medical course. He worked hard as he studied, ran
around from friends to well wishers to any person/organization he had
access and managed to raise Rs.50,000 for his mothers mission.
In 1993, Ajoy Mistry authored the trust deed of Humanity Trust with his
mother Subhasini Mistry as the co-founder trustee. On 5th February 1995,
the foundation stone for the Hospital was laid and on 9th March 1996, the
hospital was inaugurated and opened to public. Within one year, the trust
could raise ten times the initial money to complete the first structure of
the hospital. Soon, more donations followed and today, Subhasini Mistry can
say with pride that she has fulfilled her pledge made to her husband two
and half decades earlier.
The will and spirit of a woman who defied social norms and obstacles all
along to establish the first hospital in that region The Humanity Hospital
underscores a saga of dedication, commitment, vision, ambition and
unflinching determination of a resource less illiterate village woman in
acute penury and distress.
is certified and registered as a Hospital under the West
Bengal Clinical Establishment Act. of 1950, managed by
Trust formed on 4th March 1993. In the year 2000, in appreciation of their
service to humanity and poor people in particular, both Subhasini Mistry
and Ajoy Mistry were honoured and named as the prestigious Paul Harris
Fellow by the Rotary International. Today, despite the financial crunch to
meet recurring expenses, the Hospital provides best services to poor and
underprivileged sections of the society.
Subhasini Mistry still sells vegetables in Kolkata market to sustain her family.
Please fwd to
business icons of our great country may be they learn a few lessons from
her. Nobody realises that all the wealth they have created cannot be taken
by them beyond the hour of death or taken to heaven....
One of the more famous religious sites in Trinidad is the 85-foot-high Hanuman murthi — the largest outside India it’s claimed, and the architectural designs of the pinkish/saffron (Kesari) colored Dattatreya Mandir at Orange Field Road, Carapichaima.
Now in Trinidad, you would assume that if there is a sign off the highway at the Carlsen Field flyover, you would expect that there would be tons of signage directing you over to the temple. However, because this is Trinidad, there is actually no easy way to find the temple. Once you get off the Old Southern Main Rd, it is fairly easy to ask anyone walking along the side of the road for directions to the temple. It’s definitely worth the drive in.
The structure was built according to the Dravidian style of architecture of South India.
Two gray concrete elephants provide water for devotees to wash their feet before entering the main mandir at the northern side.
The inside of the dome has seven stages of graded architecture, with numerous figures of musicians playing the various types of musical instruments in seven different colors. This is symbolic of inviting a guest into the main hall of the big mandir.
The murti of Lord Hanuman is one of the tallest statues in the Caribbean.
How to get to the temple from Port of Spain:
- Proceed south on the highway. Continue in a southerly direction passing the Chaguanas Flyover then past the Chase Village Flyover until you’re at the Freeport flyover. (Note a “flyover”, is Trini for overpass)
- Turn off the highway on the left and take a right turn which will take you below the highway. Continue driving until you reach an intersection with traffic lights. You proceed straight across the intersection.
- Drive for about 5 minutes until you reach a field on the left after a school.
From here you can make a right to see the Yoga Center/Hanuman Murti or turn left and drive until the road ends at the “Temple in the Sea”.
|Jai Sai Ram|
Pranams to the Lotus feet of our beloved Swami.
Sharing some Baba creations
"Divinity pervades all that you see, Hear and feel. Being in the
Constant company of Such an all-pervasive divinity, Why should you worry and fear. " A wallpaper with Baba's quote.
And BABA abishekam wallpaper.
2 of 2 Photo(s)
Swami cannot be understood through books
This Swami cannot be understood through books,
revealed Bhagawan to Prof Kasturi in a `circumstantial context' where
in the Professor was summoned by Bhagawan. The incident could be marked
as an intentional Divine Drama that sowed the seed for the first
publication, after Sanathana Sarathi, from Prasanthi Nilayam, Sathyam
Sivam Sundaram, narrating His Story. How Bhagawan orchestrated the
entire episode, subtly guiding the writer to pick up an apt title for
the book, while revealing the profundity concealed in those three
sacred words, beginning with the letter S. An extract from `Loving
God', the autobiographical account by Prof. N. Kasturi.
One afternoon, when I was standing, not alone but in active
conversation with myself, on the verandah of the Press, a gentleman who
was passing by stopped to ask me, "Are there any books on Swami
available here?" I said, "No, we print only a monthly magazine". He
walked on, rather disappointed. The verandah could be seen from the
first floor of the Mandir. Baba had noticed the dialogue. He sent for
me and I hurried to the Presence. "What did that person ask you?" "He
asked whether there are any books on Swami" I answered. "And what did
you tell him?" was the next question. "I told him there were no books,"
I replied. "That is not the right answer; you should have told him that
this Swami cannot be understood through books," He said and permitted
me to leave. I came down the steps, wiser as a result of the glimpse He
gave me of His inscrutability and sadder, at the prospect of no book
being published on Swami, not even the one by me. Baba was looking down
on me when I slowly wended my way back to the Press. When I was
half-way through, I looked up through the wet film. I then knew that He
had read my mind, for, He waved the reassuring palm to calm the surging
Consolation was conferred pretty soon. Baba was among devotees at
Madras and Venkatagiri for a few days. At Puttaparthi we were hoping He
would return by the weekend. But, His car negotiated a newly-laid
macadam road and pulled up, quite surprisingly on Thursday itself. He
sent for me. My heart went pit-a-pat. What was I in for? Had I done
anything reprehensible? Talking ill of others or even thinking ill? My
mother who realised that I was summoned into the Presence started
praying that I may be pardoned for any blunder into which I had
stumbled. I presented myself before Him. He smiled at my situation,
eyed me from head to foot and said, "At Madras and Venkatagiri, people
are asking, "Any literature on Swami?", and you are sitting quiet here."
Eleven years after that first meeting at Bangalore, Baba had decided
that the time was ripe, the world had developed the appetite, and that
the book can be served to the hungry. When the typescript was nearly
ready, I struggled long to discover a title worthy of the Avatar. Baba
had the letter S S S repeated on the parapet on the first floor of
Prasanthi Nilayam. He referred to Himself as S S S often, in such
statements as, "Unless I say S S S, how could it come through?" or "Sai
Ki Sarvamoo yes yes yes" (For Sai, always, it is S S S). I decided
therefore that the "Life" must have three words in its title each
beginning with an S. It must also be redolent with Divine Vibrations
and convey the glory of God whose Leela the book was presuming to
narrate. I roamed over Vedic, Upanishadic and Epic pastures but could
not hit on any better phrase than `Sathyam Jnanam Anantham' expressive
of God or Brahman. S S S is Sri Sathya Sai, Sathyam has to be in the
title, but, what are the other two S's to be? Santham, Sundaram, Sivam,
Santhosham, Sukham? I posed my problem before many. At last one night
while waiting for a train on the platform at far-off Davangere, I
decided that "Sathyam Sivam Sundaram" sounded appropriate and authentic.
Baba blessed it the instant I consulted Him at Nandanavanam,
Whitefield. He went into the room behind and brought out an album of
photographs. He showed me three photographs of Himself when seated on
the same chair at Nandanavanam taken within a few moments of each other
by Matthews (now Saidas), saying, "You can have these three together,
side by side on the cover. See! This is a little serious Sathyam. Here
you find me with the bud of a smile, as Sivam, and this is a full
smile, Sundaram. Sathyam, Sivam Sundaram is good", He said with a pat
on my shoulder.
"Sathyam Sivam Sudaram" has a distinctly Upanishadic touch, although
the source is not readily traceable said K.Guru Dutt, when he heard the
title. The words mean "Truth, Goodness and Beauty' and since Baba is
the most harmonious synthesis of all three, it has made readers and
devotees gladly acquiesce in its propriety. Two years after the
biography was published, on Maha Sivarathri Day, Baba blessed me and
Brahmasri Doopaali Thirumalachari (whose rendering of the Book into
Telugu was offered to Bhagawan that day). He placed round our
shoulders, shawls with brocade borders. He told the huge assembly of
devotees that day, "Some of you might have wondered why I liked the
publication of this Book on My life! Well! I responded to the prayers
of devotees and allowed them to write it. `Ramayathi ithi Rama'. (He
who pleases is Rama). The joy of the devotee gives joy to the Lord, the
joy of the Lord is the reward for the devotee."
"The title given to the Book is full of meaning" said Baba. "It
speaks of Me, as immanent in every one of you! Remember Sathyam is the
basic Reality of you all. That is the reason why you resent being
called a liar. The real `you' is innocent of falsehood. The real `you'
will not accept the imputation. The real `You' is Goodness, Joy,
Happiness, Auspiciousness, Sivam. It is not Savam (a dead despicable
thing). It is Subham, Nithyam, Anandam. How then can you tolerate being
proclaimed as `Bad' instead of being acclaimed as `Good?' The real
`You' is Beauty, Sundaram. You resent being denigrated as ugly. You are
the Atma and you resent when the deformities and defects of the
physical vehicle are attributed to you." So, it was Baba who directed
me to the decision, which I dared claim as my own; Dr. S. Bhagawantham
drew my attention a few years ago to a Telugu Book of translations of
Swami Vivekananda's Talks on Bhakti Yoga delivered in America. The
translator had used the words "Sathyam Sivam and Sundaram' in that
order. I sought the original English talk and lo! Vivekananda was
talking about the arrival of the Avatar of the "Lord of Truth" (Sathya
Sai). The Swami had announced that `He' would reveal the most wonderful
things regarding Truth, Goodness and Beauty! So, the title, I felt, was
transmitted to me by Guru Maharaj through Vivekananda.
A few months ago, another fact
came to my notice which deflated the
last vestige of ego and assured me beyond doubt that when I clinched
the S S S combination it was He who revealed to me the title of the
biography. When my eyes fell recently on the opening of
Rama-CharithaManasa of Goswami Tulsi Das, (Gita Press, Gorakhpur). I
saw the self-same three words at the very top of the facing page.
Sathyam Shivam Sundaram! The `Nivedam' made clear why those words were
there. There was, it seems a controversy among the pandits of Banaras
about the reverence due to a version of the holy Ramayana in the
vernacular. They decided at last to place the manuscript in the inner
shrine of the famous Siva-Temple before the Visweswara Lingam, with a
prayer that He, the foremost devotee of the "Rama Principle", in His
infinite Wisdom, evaluate the work and write on it His verdict on its
acceptability. The shrine door was locked and the pundits withdrew,
hoping that it would be condemned as the spurious, sacrilegious work of
a commoner. When morning broke and the bundle of palm leaves was
brought out of the altar, they found to their astonishment, the words,
`Sathyam Sivam Sundaram' written with His hand (apne Haath se, as the
Nivedam says) and a Lingam drawn underneath as the Divine Signature.
What a miraculous coincidence this! That my search for three words,
each starting with S, should have led me to the commendatory title with
which Lord Siva had welcomed the immortal
biography of another Avatar of God, baffle me with the magnitude of
The title of the book was accepted by Baba as a Name by which He too
can be recognised. When He rose to address a vast gathering of people
standing in pouring rain, under a canopy of umbrellas on the crest and
sides of a hill named Sri Sailam, (by Rabindranath Tagore, when he
stayed there) in Kerala after laying the foundation stone for a Sathya
Sai Vidyapeeth on that eminence, Baba willed to reveal to the thousands
yearning to glimpse the mystery. Therefore, a Sankrit verse emerged as a four-forked lightning flash.
Sarva naama dharma, saantham
Sarva roopa dharma, sivam
Satchindaanada roopam adwaitham
Sathyam Sivam Sundaram,
"I assume all Names, the Peace;
I assume all forms, the Good;
I Being, Awareness, Bliss, the One;
Truth, Goodness, Beauty.
In the Book, I elaborated the `Three words', delving into their
implications with the help of occasional glimpses afforded by Baba. He
is the Substratum, the Substance, the Separate and the Sum, the Sath,
the Being the Sathyam. He is the Awareness, the Activity, the
Consciousness, the Feeling, the Willing and the Doing – the Chith, the
Sivam. He is the Light, the Splendour, the Harmony, the Bliss, the
Melody—the Ananda, the Sundaram".
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
Karimnagar Dist. Andhra Pradesh
~ With My Lord at the Helm ~
My journey, with God, has had its ups and its
like the times that I thought that He wasn't
All the times I denied myself of His promise
and found that my troubles were too hard to
What I did then was fall to the ground in distress,
when I needed Him more ~ I felt my Lord less.
I would then grab the wheel and I'd try to
leaving my life in great anguish and fear.
I counted myself out for so much of my life,
so many years wasted in struggle and strife.
But, slowly I found when I put God at the helm,
that my life no longer felt so overwhelmed.
Now my Lord's a part of my days and my nights,
I see Him in the darkness when I turn out my
Now I have finally learned that with God all is
I now live in Heaven... and no longer in
;Dear Lord and Savior: I pray...
I thank you for your presence
I shall no longer deny
The grace that you gave me
the day your Son died...
Love and Light,
* I would like to thank Jane for her poem"And He Shall Be Called"... and for being the inspiration for mine.
I've been tossed upon the ocean,
then brutally dumped on shore.
But My Lord has been my lighthouse,
and will be forevermore.
From my path I've often wandered,
on a journey of guilt and shame.
Lost, and alone, I trembled,
not knowing My Lord's name.
Yet, He was always with me
though His presence was unknown
My storm is finally over
because, in faith, this child has grown.
I have reached my understanding,
of how the Father saved my life.
He is, unceasingly, my lighthouse,
who's delivered me from strife.
Though our seas are cold and rocky,
at times we crash upon our shore.
Our Lord will be our lighthouse
for now...and evermore...
Love and Light,
July 31, 2012
From farm labourer to US company CEO
From farm labourer to US company CEO
|Jyothi Reddy went from being a farm labourer in Andhra Pradesh to owning a recruiting firm in the US with a turnover of $5 million. Kavitha Shanmugam traces her incredible journey
Sometime in the 1980s, a young woman labourer was toiling in the fields under a harsh, southern sun for Rs 5 an hour. Seated on her haunches, she lifted her head towards the sky as an aeroplane flew past. She wanted to be on the flight…
In 2012, she is the president-founder of recruiting firm Keys Software Services, which boasts of a $5 million turnover. The company in Phoenix, Arizona, sponsors H1 visas and supplies manpower to companies.
Her rags to riches story is the stuff of the great American dream. But Anil Jyothi Reddy’s journey from an orphanage to the top of the world has been an arduous one.
Crushed by poverty after her father lost his job as a teacher, her parents decided to keep their son at home and leave their two daughters in an orphanage. Jyothi’s sister ran back to her parents. But young Jyothi — then barely nine — carried on.
“When I lived with orphans I knew the pain of life,” Jyothi, 42, says in a telephonic conversation from the US. It was a hard life, sleeping on floors without blankets and eating meagre meals. “I wanted someone to hold me, share my feelings when I did well at school or felt sad. Those hard feelings stayed with me. I needed my mother when I was in pain. The worst part was I had to pretend she was dead.”
Jyothi’s story is one of determination — her unhappy childhood incessantly pushing her towards seeking a better life. “These girls (from the orphanage) are hungry for love and are filled with a desire for a better life,” says Vimla Radharami, a former matron at one of the four Bala Sadan orphanages run by the Andhra Pradesh government in Warangal.
Jyothi is now the owner of a million-dollar company, has customised homes in the US and India, owns a Toyota Camry (an earlier car was a BMW) and has “enough” jewellery.
“Her years at the orphanage taught her how to grasp reality. She always hunted for a way to make life better. The zone of discomfort is the zone of learning,” reasons Uday Kumar, a Visakhapattanam-based motivational speaker and co-author of No Condition Is Permanent, a book on Jyothi’s life.
Jyothi attended a government school while at the Bala Sadan orphanage. She also took a vocational course while residing in the orphanage superintendent’s house and helping out with their housework. It was here she realised the power of a good job for a woman. But the dream at that age seemed distant, especially after her parents married her off when she was 16 to her jobless cousin.
After the birth of her two children, she became an agricultural labourer, working at her father-in-law’s fields and in other fields. In Mailaram village, agricultural workers still remember her as friendly, keen to learn work, but often bemoaning her fate. “She used to walk around with an umbrella,” recalls one labourer with a laugh.
What came to her aid was a central government scheme, the Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), which sought to create awareness among the young. She became an NYK volunteer and later started teaching.
“Jyothi was hardworking and developed leadership qualities here,” says Mandala Parashu Ramulu, a former NYK colleague who now runs a non-government organisation. “We would encourage villagers to pool in money to build a bus shelter, for example,” he adds.
She worked during the day and stitched petticoats at night to earn more. She learnt typing and studied for a postgraduate degree from the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University on weekends, after obtaining a BA from Kakatiya Open University at Warangal. In 1992, she bagged a special teacher’s job, earning Rs 398 a month.
She had to travel two hours to reach her school, but Jyothi made the most of it by selling saris. “I convinced my sister’s landlord to give me 10 saris and I got a profit of Rs 10 from each sari I sold,” she says. “There were women on that train gossiping or reading books but I did not waste time. I had to support my children and I needed money.”
Her job as a teacher was regularised and she was appointed a “girl development officer”. Her salary shot up to Rs 18,000 — but Jyothi wanted more for her daughters and herself.
The visit of a relative from the US prompted her to try her luck in the West. She studied computers, got an American visa, took long leave from her government job, placed her two daughters in a Christian missionary hostel — and left for the US in 2000. The daughters joined her later and are now married. Her husband lives in Hyderabad and occasionally visits them.
Jyothi started by working in gas stations and cleaning bathrooms in motels. She babysat and loaded and unloaded goods, and finally landed herself a job in a New Jersey cassette shop on a $420 salary.
One day an Indian visiting the shop offered her a job in his brother’s recruiting firm in South Carolina for $1,000 a month with free accommodation. Jyothi moved on.
“It was a crucial time for me. I had to deal with Americans but did not know English very well,” she recounts.
Jyothi often turned to the Bible for help. “I picked up key sentences from the Bible and repeated them. I’m a crazy learner, I love learning new things. I believe God will save you if you work hard,” she says simply. “That is the positive point about America. They don’t look down on you; I love working in America.”
She excelled in her work, picking up the trade. But a few ensuing hurdles — a company offered her a job and then backtracked, forcing her to go back to babysitting and gas station work — prompted her to start her own business.
The idea hit her when she went to Mexico to get her visa stamped: “I knew the ins and outs of the paperwork involved in getting the HI visa stamped.” With her savings of $40,000, she opened an office in Phoenix in 2001. “My first placement was a Gujarati boy — I fixed him in an IT firm. And I was on a roll,” she says happily.
The only dissenting note comes from her surviving parent — her mother. Recovering from a lung infection in a Warangal hospital, Swaraspathi Reddy is unwilling to accept her daughter’s tale of battling overwhelming odds. “We also helped her but she does not admit that,” she maintains.
Defensive about abandoning her, she says: “Our condition was very bad then. I too suffered, leaving my daughter behind and would cry for her. But I never let my sons work or suffer even for a day.”
And therein hangs the tale.
|This is the most beautiful advice I have ever received in an email .... Please don't close or delete this one before reading!|
'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow
and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice..'
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day un rushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it..
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
16. Carry a spiritual book with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life..
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Lord .'
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35.. Remind yourself that you are not the general
manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAYOF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.
'If God is for us, who can be against us?'
|Jai Sai Ram|
Few recent photos of Baba idol with saffron robe which were taken @ our sai nilayam, Colombo
3 of 3 Photo(s)
|World's Third Tallest Statue of Lord Shiva - near Ganga Talao (lake) Mauritius. 108 feet tall.|
Known as Mangal Mahadev, this Statue is the World's 3rd Tallest Statue of Lord Shiva. It is located near Ganga Talao (lake) in Mauritius Island. It stands 108 Feet Tall. The Mangal Mahadev statue has been inaugurated in 2007. The statue looks so huge and forms part of one of the high monuments in the world. Here Maha Shivaratri is celebrated every year and the Hindu makes a pilgrimage from their homes to this Auspiciously Tall Statue.
|Largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere,Likuri Harbor - FIJI|
Sri Siva Subrahmaniya Swami Temple - Nadi, Fiji
The first Murukan temple was built around 1861 on the banks of Nandi River by Tiru Ramasami Pillai of Singarandapuram village, Razipur Taluq, Salem District, Tamil Nadu.
The first Murukan temple was built around 1861 on the banks of Nandi River by Tiru Ramasami Pillai
After completing his five years as indentured labourer, he must have been driven by forces to undertake this task to build a temple for his ishta-devatå.
First, the temple was just a thatched hut. To build a concrete temple Ramasami Pillai went around collecting money from the South Indian community in Fiji and built a large temple of the day, and in those days it was known as 'Periya Kovil'. So it remains today also in a new site as the biggest in the southern hemisphere.
Initially this was a private temple. Later Ramasami Pillai returned to India; and South Indians living in Nandi paid a sum of money and bought the temple in the name of Ten Intiya Canmarka Ikya Cankam. Since then the management of this Murukan temple has remained in the hands of the Cankam.
A granite Murukan vigraha carved in Ten Kasi was acquired with the help of Tiru M. N. Naidu; the vigraha arrived in 1926. In 1931 a pañca-loha utsava vigraha Murukan with Valli and Teyvayånai arrived with the help of Tiru Yagambaram Reddy and some devotees of Sabeto settlement near Nandi airport.
Among the 30 granite mürtis shipped to Fiji from Chennai in the 1970s by Dr. N. Mahalingam, two dwåra pålakas adorn the entrance to the artha mandapam of our Murukan temple at the new site.
|An Appeal to Sai Temples |
As in India & abroad many Saibaba Temples have been built up by many private trusts. These temples carry out daily temple pooja as per their own schedule. Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has it's daily programme schedule carried out during the days of Saibaba.
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has taken a decision of training of priests of Saibaba temples in India. Now the first batch of priests from North India have been registered for this Schedule and training has started.
So, any Sai temple Trusts who wish to send their priests for training in Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust Shirdiâ€™s temple can register themselves via, Email on the official mail saibaba@... or can call 02423-258500 ext No.258717, 258718 & Temple In charge or by personally visiting the Shirdi office.
The Registration fee for the training is Rs. 501/-. During the training period the priests will be provided a free accommodation, breakfast & meals in the Sansthan's prasadalaya.
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust Shirdi
Addresses for Contact:
Shri Sai baba Sansthan Trust, (Shirdi),
'Sai Niketan', 804-8,
Dr. Ambedkar Road, Dadar,
Mumbai - 400014
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one of the most popular festivals of Hindus celebrates the birth of
their beloved God, Sri Krishna. Detailed story of Janmashtami or Lord
Krishna's birth has been narrated in Puranas. Please read on to know
more about the various fascinating aspects of the legend of Janmashtami
as stated in Puranas.
Mathura, a prominent town of Northern India and the birth city of Sri
Krishna was ruled by King Ugrasen, a Yaduvanshi ( Belonging to the
Community of Yadavs). He was a great king loved by his subjects. He had
two children, a son Kansa and a daughter Devki. Kansa was quite cruel by
nature, his wickedness knew no bounds when he jailed his father and
forcefully became the king of Mathura.
Love for sister Devki and Brother in law Vasudev
Though Kansa was hard hearted but he loved his sister immensely and
married her off to Vasudev, one the high ranking officers in his army.
However on the day of wedding, as a result of a heavenly prediction that
Devki's eighth child will be born to kill him, Kansa decided to
kill his sister. On Vasudev's pleading, he put both of them in dungeons
and let them live but with a promise that they will handover all their
children to Kansa, only to be killed by him.
Birth of Balram
Kansa succeeded in killing all the six new born babies of Devki and
Vasudev, however the seventh child was saved by divine intervention as
the child was transferred from Devki's womb to that of Rohini's,
Vasudev's other wife. Thus Balram, the elder brother of Krishna was born
but Kansa thought that Devki had a miscarriage.
Birth of Krishna
The birth of the eighth child of Devki, Lord Krishna was followed by a
chain of dramatic events. Soon after the birth of the child, as if by a
sheer miracle, all the soldiers guarding the couple fell asleep and the
gates of the dungeon flew open themselves. Vasudev decided to smuggle
the child safely in a basket to his friend Nand in Gokul. Since it was
raining heavily, River Yamuna was all swollen and Vasudev feared that
both he as well as his child will drown if he tried to cross it,
however, as soon as the feet of the infant touched the river, the flow
of water became normal and Vasudev was able to cross it easily.
Sheshnag, the five headed serpent of Lord Vishnu protected the child
with its fangs. Vasudev knew that his was not an ordinary child but a
divine being. After handing his child, to his dear friend, Nand, Vasudev
returned back safely with a girl child and no one got to know about it.
On hearing the news of the eighth born child, Kansa rushed to kill the
girl. He paid no heed to Devki's plead of sparing the girl. He held
the child by her legs and just as he was about to bang her against the
wall, the girl vanished into thin air and told Kansa that his slayer had
been born and was safe in Gokul. The girl child was none other than
Yogmaya (divine illusion). The eighth child grew up as Yashoda and Nand's
son in Gokul and later killed his maternal uncle Kansa, freeing all the
people of Mathura from his tyranny.
Jai Shree Krishna
|JAI SAI RAM.|
Wish you all A Happy Krishna Janmashtami
I am happy to share a wallpaper 'KRISHNA IN PARTHI' designed for this
1 of 1 Photo(s)
For the sake of experiencing Divine love, you all embark on a long and arduous journey. But if you make a thorough observation and investigation into the matter, you will be able to know that love is present within you. In the Gita, Lord Krishna declared :
jeevaloke jeevabhuta sanathanaha (the eternal atma in every human being
is a part of My being). Hence, the Divine love is present in every individual. But, the human being, unable to realize the truth that love
is present within himself, thinks that it is something separate or different from him, and undertakes a long journey searching for love.
~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba ~
Krishnavatar - Divine discourse - 6-7-1977
else other than Bhagawan can describe the attributes and features Lord
Krishna who was born over five thousand years ago during the Dwapara?
He being The One with many forms and names does know anything and
everything and hence His discourse on Krishnavataar detailing the birth
and related event of Bhagawan Sri Krishna as if it was orchestrated by
Him...yes, it was His Own Divine plan to descend...Read on an exclusive
Divine Discourse delivered on 6th September 1977 in the Brindavan
Hostel, Whitefield, Bangalore.
day is being celebrated as the Birthday of Krishna, not for the reason
that Krishna is being born every year, but, because the hour, the
asterisk, the month and the season during which he was born ages ago,
recur every year, and this day, we have the same conjunction as
happened when he was born millennia ago.
was born in prison! This fact teaches us that God has to incarnate or
present himself in the dark and narrow prison—house of our hearts, so
that we may derive light and earn freedom. Maya is the delusion that
hides the truth of Being; is tends to identify one's truth as the
physical body with its appurtenances and prompts us to cater to the
cravings of the flesh. Man forgets the Divine in him; he listens to the
call of the animal in him; and, he falls from his high destiny. But,
when Krishna is born in the cellar of the mind, he is saved; man must
become aware of God within the cavity of his heart. Yesterday, while
returning from Ooty, we halted at Bandipur Wild Life Sanctuary and,
riding on a tame elephant, we moved into the forest to catch a glimpse
of wild elephants. Imagine, sitting on an elephant, we were seeking
elephants! When we caught a glimpse of a trunk in a bush, we were
overcome with delight. Sitting on a tame, domesticated elephant, we
were eagerly searching for an elephant in its natural surroundings,
unaffected by artificial habits and skills. Man too is everywhere
ignoring the Atma within himself in its natural environment and trying
to seek the shadows that attract him.
Krishna was born as the eighth child of Devaki. This is significant,
for Samadhi is the eighth stage of spiritual effort, coming after Yama,
Niyama, Asana, and Pranayama. Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana. These are
grouped as Ashtanga Yoga, the Eightfold Discipline. The Lord can be
visualised only after the seven steps are successfully negotiated and
the mind purified in the process. The term, Samadhi, is generally
identified with a temporary loss of consciousness, or even more, a
temporary heightening of the consciousness. But, we have to judge the
state by the effect it has on the person and his attitude towards
himself and others. Samadhi means, sama (equal) dhi (intelligence) that
is say, intelligence, grasping the equality (fundamental) of every
being. Not only will all idea of difference and distinction disappear,
but, even the idea of duality—heat and cold, grief and joy, good and
bad—disappears. And, when man reaches that state, the Lord is born,
automatically in his consciousness.
moment Krishna was born, the chains that bound his father fell off;
the doors that had been bolted flew open, the prison guards were
immersed in the ocean of bliss, so that they could not recognise any
event or thing in the material world. The fire of hatred that was
burning in them was cooled; darkness gave place to the dawn of wisdom.
The sky showered raindrops to soften the earth and suppress the dust.
How can the elements operate against the Divine will? Sound, touch,
light, taste, and smell—all became sublime to celebrate the new Era of
Peace and Plenty. Vasudeva, as instructed by the Voice, placed the
child in a basket and carried it on his head across the Yamuna river
(which parted to give him the right of way) to Gokul where at the same
time, Yasoda, Consort of Nanda, had given, birth to female child. Just
when he emerged from the prison, a donkey brayed to indicate a good
omen! But, Vasudeva was afraid it will waken the guards; so, he held
its feet with both his hands (after placing the basket on the
ground) and prayed that it keep silent. That was the depth of his
devotion to the Lord whom he was transporting, as per His directions.
he went to Nanda's house and entered the lyingâ€`inâ€`room, she had just
delivered a babyâ€`girl. There was no one there, except, the sister of
Nanda, Radha, who was at that time nine years old. Vasudeva brought the
babe over and placed the Lord by her side. The female child is Maya
Shakti, for, she ushers the Avatar of the Lord. Yogashakti too has to
be ever with the Avatar, and it too had come as Balarama, born to
Rohini, another wife of Vasudeva. Mayashakti played her ruse as soon as
she was placed in the bed of Devaki. She cried aloud, awakening the
guards; they reported the arrival of the child, to Kamsa. He expected
that the eighth child would be a boy; but, nevertheless, he took hold
of the girl and smashed it upon a rock. Mayashakti flew up into the
air, declaring that the person who was to kill Kamsa was growing up
safe in Gokulam.
slaughtered a number of babies from Gokulam, Krishna escaped his eye;
Krishna systematically overpowered and killed various emissaries sent
by Kamsa, to Gokulam under various pretexts. Putana, a demoness assumed
a charming human form, and came to Nanda's house, offering to
breastâ€`feed the child. She said, "Mother! You have lost a number of
newborn kids. Perhaps, my breast milk might save this one," and Yasoda
believed that she was a woman of true compassion and that her milk
might have the holy effect she claimed it had. She handed the baby
Krishna over to Putana; but, Krishna knew her intentions; he drew out
her breath itself and left her dead.
let us pay more attention to the boy Krishna than to his exploits. All
these exploits reveal that Krishna being Divine, no one could harm Him
or suppress Him. According to the folkâ€`belief, they bored the ears and
nose of Krishna, in order to ward off the death that had carried away
many children from the family. On the nose they put a golden wire.
noseâ€`ring had a smallâ€`sized pearl. The pearl is won by diving into the
depths of the sea; so, it symbolises the Viveka or discrimination that
is won, after diving into the secrets of the objective world. And,
since it marked the tip of the nose, it also sought to emphasise the
need to concentrate, to meditate on the tip of the nose—the eye should
not be fully open, for, it will distract the attention, nor should it
be closed, for sleep would intervene and put an end to the process of
meditation. It should be halfâ€`open, the sight of both eyes being
directed to the tip of the nose, where Krishna wore the pearl.
complexion was neither fair nor dark; it was three parts dark and
oneâ€`part fair, an amalgam of both. Since they were Vaishnavas, the
parents placed a line of musk on the centre of the brow. He wore silver
bangles on His wrists, such as cowherd boys wore those days in that
part of the country. But, the kankans that Krishna wore were not mere
bangles or kankans. They had profound implications. One rite that every
Hindu has to honour before entering on any enterprise of a sacred
nature, like performing a Yajna or undertaking a vow, or taking on a
new stage of life, was the tying of a kankan to the wrist, in memory of
the determination that he evinces to fulfill that vow or carry out the
duties of that stage of life. Krishna had taken three vows, and the
kankans were symbolic of his determination to fulfill them. They were
as mentioned by Him in the Gita: (1) Dharma samsthapanarthaya
Sambhavami yuge yuge. I shall incarnate myself in every age, to revive
and resurrect Dharma (2) Yogakshemam vahamyham. I shall bear the burden
of ensuring peace and prosperity of all who rely on Me and (3)
Mokshayishyami maa sucha. I shall save all those who surrender
wholeheartedly to Me and I shall liberate them from the cycle of birth
and death. Therefore, Krishna has assured man that He would save him
from penury and grief, and from sin and its terrible consequences,
provided He adheres to Him and adores Him; He has also assured the
world that He would come in human form and lead mankind into the
Dharmic path and thus, liberate them from grief and the succession of
births and deaths.
when promising His Grace to all who adore Him with no other thought,
that all who do so will receive His Grace; there is no restriction of
caste, creed or colour or country of origin; no one receives special
favour as a result of erudition or age or caste. Krishna was the
embodiment of Prema; His Prema had no bounds. How fortunate you are
that you have today the same Krishna, the full Prema Avatar, moving
among you! I shall show you the very Kaustubha that I was wearing at
that time. (Here, Baba waved His hand and in a trice, a brilliant flash
of light revealed a unique jewel in His palm—the Kaustubha, famed in
the Bhagavata and the Puranas. A bigâ€`sized Emerald of unexcelled green
blue, rectangular in shape, bordered by splendorous diamonds, hung on a
gold chain. (Baba moved among the students, teachers and others and
graciously allowed every one of them to see the sacred jewel very
Krishna moved among
men as an ordinary person and drew them to the observance of His
prescriptions by means of His Divine Prema. He refrained from parading
His Divine Insignia, the Conch, the Wheel, the Mace and the Lotus. He
did not wear even a Crown. While a boy, He followed the cows into the
pastures with just a towel bound round His head. (Here, Baba called for
a longish towel, and He wound it round His head, to show how Krishna
appeared at that time. He announced that, in those days, as now, there
were peacocks in plenty in and around Brindavan and Gokul, and so, when
He came across a feather fallen from its wing, He stuck it between the
folds of the towel. It was a moment of rarest and finest delight, when
Baba stood revealed as the boy Gopala, before hundreds of awestruck
but adoring devotees) When the Pandavas celebrated the Ashwamedha and
the Rajasuya Yajnas, Krishna asked for some assignment being given Him,
so that He might be of service. Though He could destroy the entire
Kaurava brood, He tried His best to instill good sense into them in
order to save them. Then as well as now, the teaching and the message
are the same: "Know thyself, that is the only right way to know Me."
Being associated ardently with men, winning their Love through Love,
and, through a process of correcting their vision and purifying their
consciousness, leading them to the realisation of the God which is
their core—this is the task, then as well as now. Unless the human form
is assumed, no one will come near; if the appearance is superâ€`human,
people will keep away. So, as the Sastras say, Daivam Maanusba rupena,
the Divine in the Form of Man, has to come, to save mankind.
Five Elements are the products of the Lord's Will; so, they obey the
Will of Krishna. Whatever Krishna said came true. The only correct
definition of Truth is, 'that which Krishna speaks'. Believe in that.
Be firm in that belief. One day, when Krishna went on a stroll with
Arjuna, He pointed to a bird perching on the branch of a tree; He asked
Arjuna, "Do you see that peacock?" and Arjuna answered, "Sure. I do,"
"Oh. Arjuna. It is not a peacock. It is an eagle," said Krishna and
Arjuna promptly agreed that it was an eagle. Soon, Krishna corrected
Himself and pointing to the same bird, said, "I am sorry. It is a
dove." Arjuna too corrected himself and said, "Yes. I see now it is a
dove, all right." Krishna laughed at Arjuna and said, "It is not a dove
at all; it is a crow," and Arjuna agreed without demur, "Undoubtedly it
is a crow." Krishna then accused Arjuna of stupidity, because he was
saying 'Yes' to whatever he said—the bird was peacock, eagle, dove,
crow. Arjuna said, "What you say is the Truth, for me. You can make a
crow a dove, a peacock an eagle. Why should I differ from whatever you
declare? Your word is the Truth I go by."
too, must develop that faith and not be turned away by your egoism or
others' cynicism. Develop Viveka and Vairagya and then, your hearts
will bloom into fragrant beauty. You have here a picture of Sai
standing on a Lotus. Sai Krishna will install Himself in the Lotus of
your heart. He will be ever with you as guard and guide and he will
shower Grace on you. He will be the Mother, Father, Preceptor and God,
He will be the nearest kinsman, He will be your All.
I desire that you learn well the subjects taught you as part of the
curriculum; discharge your duties as students to the best of your
skill and intelligence. Follow the disciplines imposed for your
betterment. Practise Japa and Dhyana and cultivate the attitude of
Seva. Become good sons and good citizens, and bring honour to the
family, the society and the country.
incredible instance of divine concern wherein Bhagawan rescued the life
of a mother and daughter on the day of His Maha Samadhi
Mrs. Kalpana V.
Kalpana V. served as an A grade artist in the All India Radio as a
newsreader and announcer for five years before moving to Mumbai in
early eighties where she worked for the Film Division of India lending
her voice for news-related programmes as well as several commercials.
In early 1989 she received the Best Commentary Speaker award from the
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Later
she spent 15 years in Hyderabad working for the Television and Film
Division until 2005. Currently she lives in Bengaluru and volunteers
for Radio Sai.
was April 27, 2011 – the most devastating day of our lives. In one
instant we felt our existence now had little meaning. The void in our
hearts was so deep and painful that taking every breadth was an ordeal.
Why are we even living to see this day?
"Oh Lord, why
did you do this to us? Please have mercy..." we prayed and pleaded; we
were shattered completely. Tears streamed down in a torrent as we
witnessed the last rites being performed. Our lives had completely
turned on its head. The only Constant through the ups and downs of our
lives had left us so suddenly and shockingly. We felt so utterly
orphaned; we turned numb.
Carrying this Himalayan boulder of sorrow in our hearts, we – my
daughter Smitha and I – started our journey back to Bengaluru. Smitha
was driving. We weren't speaking much; the silence was hard and
heart-rending. We could feel each other's sense of loss. There was a
lot of agony and sorrow within and plenty of unanswered questions
running inside continuously. It was extremely difficult. The last few
days had been too traumatic.
hours since we left Puttaparthi, as we were nearing Devanahalli (about
120 kms from Puttaparthi), I noticed a Maruti Omni car in front of us
which slowed down quite suddenly. Immediately Smitha applied brakes as
hard as she could but there was hardly any time or space to maneuver. The most dreaded collision could not be avoided. Instantly I cried out "Baba! Baba! Swami! Swami! Save us!"
Even though our vehicle hit the van Smitha tried her best to steer
right so that we could move on to the second lane of the highway.
However the sheer impact of the sudden braking was so much that it sent
our car skidding sideways.
Within seconds, the car hit the central divider and the crash was so
bad that the next moment we were in the air. Bumping off the concrete
the automobile flew like a jet-plane, twirled and then dashed on the
hard road with a huge thud. It was upside down.
||Mrs. Kalpana V. conducting a programme at the studios of Radio Sai, Prasanthi Nilayam.
was amazed to see that I was alive and conscious! My entire body
capsized and head overturned, the only thing that remained same was my
pathetic pleas - "Baba! Baba!" Now, they were louder than ever.
I heard Smitha screaming at the top of her voice "Sai Ram! Sai Ram!
Swami! Swami! Sairam!" Thank god, she was conscious too! Except crying out for Him, what else could we do? Who else do we have in this world?
Surviving somehow in that completely mangled and inverted car, I
noticed a few vehicles passing by and called out louder "Baba! Baba!"
but none of them seemed to stop for us.
However, soon an old Muslim gentleman and an elderly lady came to our
rescue; positioning themselves on either side of the car they pulled
the doors as hard as they could. After a lot of effort, their hands
finally managed to reach us. But we were stuck with the seat belts.
Smitha could somehow unlock her belt and given her slender figure could
extricate herself out of that severely smashed mass of metal and steel.
Fortunately with persistent and painstaking attempts I too could be wriggled out of that depressing rubble.
now when we watched the wretched state in which our car was with its
windshield shattered into a million pieces and its body mangled beyond
recognition, I just could not believe that two front seat passengers of
this vehicle were not only alive to tell this tale but also were
the two passengers in the front seat of this completely wrecked car
live to tell us this tale shall always remain a symbol of Baba's grace.
was not a single scratch on our bodies. However both of us were shaken
but my daughter was more disturbed than I; she was shaken mentally and
crying inconsolably. Here again, something incredible happened.
Just then three cars arrived and quickly stopped. One lady and five
gentlemen alighted and immediately came to our rescue. The lady Mrs.
Bhavna took my daughter to her car and comforted her while another
person who was a doctor gave her pills and first aid to help overcome
To our pleasant surprise, all of them were Sai devotees. In fact one
among them was a former student of Bhagawan's university; he instantly
shared some Vibhuti that Swami Himself had given him sometime back; in
fact that was from the last occasion Baba had blessed him with Vibhuti
There was also this elderly gentleman Mr. Thakker who was on his way to
Kodai Kanal to participate in a service activity. We did ask him to
leave as he had little time left but very kindly he stayed with us till
8 in the night.
Interestingly, every part of the front glass of the car except the area
where we had placed stickers of Baba and Lord Ganesha was broken.
But Bhagawan's beneficence did not stop with that. I then called up a
family friend for help. And for some really unexplained reason, he
happened to be in Devanahalli at that point in time! Swami had taken
care of even that! We finally managed to reach home by 10 p.m. while
our damaged vehicle was towed by the car company who later called to
say that our Maruti Zen was impossible to repair.
The way Swami' love touched our hearts through His devotees that day is simply unforgettable. We
had started our journey crying that our beloved Lord had left us. But
Bhagawan saw to it that we ended it shedding happy tears that He was
very much with us! I can now with all conviction say that Swami is with
all of us, all the time! He is beyond death and is always available to whoever calls upon Him for help.
Our car was hopelessly smashed in the accident, but the incident
rekindled our hope and faith in the Lord. We lost a car that day, but
got reunited with the Divine Charioteer of our lives!
In fact we did feel His protective presence even on April 25, 2011.
After we had Baba's darshan that evening and came out of the Ganesh
gate, the police did not allow us to take left where our hotel was. We
had to turn right and go to the Chitravati road, which meant we had no
option but to take a lengthy and circuitous way back to our room.
But I was so exhausted mentally and physically that day that I said to
Smitha, "I cannot walk any longer" and just sat on the road divider.
In a few moments a huge police van came that way and fortunately they
obliged to my daughter's request and dropped us at our hotel. Not only
that, there were two DCPs (Deputy Commissioner of Police) in that
vehicle and one of them was kind enough to give us his number and even
told us to give him a call should we need any help in the near future.
And indeed we had to fall back on this God-sent saviour on the morning
of April 27. Given the massive crowd that day – it was almost as if the
entire humanity had descended to witness the final journey of Bhagawan
– there was no way we could enter the Sai Kulwant Hall even though we
are not unfamiliar faces in Prasanthi Nilayam as I have been coming to
Baba for the last forty years, and do know personally many
distinguished elders of the Ashram.
But when we dialed the number of this DCP that morning He did take our
call. Not only that he personally escorted us into the Sai Kulwant Hall
and left only after we had a decent place to sit! It was absolutely
That is why I keep saying to myself:
Earlier I used to narrate to Smitha every now and then various miracles
of grace of Baba but on this occasion she felt it herself. "I
have experienced a lot of economic and emotional debacles in my life,
but I have never allowed any of these to come in the way of my love for
my beloved Swami," says Smitha, "and now He has given me a new life. I
do not know how to express my gratitude to Him.
"On the night of April 28, someone who had had the privilege of close
physical proximity of Baba told me Swami conferred on me a rebirth for
a purpose. I am sure He has plans for me. Just this thought fills me
with unceasing happiness."
The stories of His unceasing concern carries on...
Lord Sri Krishna used to wear a necklace of green beads; a nose ring of pearl, and in His right ear, a ring of pearls. He wore no shirt or coat; just yellow silk round His waist and a kerchief wound around the head, or rather thrown carelessly round the head, one end this way and another end that way. Bhagavan showed, the way, Krishna used to tie the turban)!The peacock feather that is described by poets and sages was not always worn. It was stuck into the turban occasionally. Of course, peacocks abounded in Brindavana then, and are in plenty even today. On His bare chest, there was a mole that could be clearly seen, an inevitable mark of all Avatars, including Sai's. - Extract from the Book, SRI SATHYA SAI ANANDADAAYI
Swami says that an Yanthram is a storing
place of Manthram, which are the Moola (root) Manthras of various Divine figures, like Gayathri.
It will consist of Beeja Akshras, Adoration and then some prayers. Every Deity
has a special Moola Mantra, and special Chakras which are called Yantras. In
this photo we can see the picture of Gayathri Devi on one side and the Sai
chakra on the other side. When we keep this chakra in front of us, or keeping
it in our Pocket, the Gayathri Manthra which we chant is stored in the yenatra,
and in due course the Yanthra becomes very potent and powerful, echoing the
vibrations of the Manthra.
In almost all temples, where the
ritualistic installation of the idols are carried out, the yanthras of that
particular deity is placed underneath and then the Idol is installed. Prior to
installation various yagnas are performed, and a team of priests constantly
chant the moola manthra, to make the Yanthra very powerful. Such temples
attract more and more devotees.
Swami had placed a such large copper
Yantra under a tree in Prashanthi Nilayam, where many devotees are seen sitting
in meditation. I have also witnessed almost all installation ceremonies of
various Gods and Goddesses, in Prashanthi Nilayam, like Subramania, Gayathri, Sri Rama etc. Swami
used to place the copper sheets, wherein the mystic designs of these devotees
I am writing this to impress upon all
devotees to carry the Gayathri Yanthra with Sai Chakra in their pockets and go
on chanting Gayathri Manthra whenever you get free time, especially while
travelling every day.
With Love & Regards, Mumbai
Exemplary Patriotism Of Subhash Chandra Bose
Addressing the devotees in
Prasanthi Niayam Bhagawan spoke on the occasion of Sixtieth
Independence Day of India, on 15th August 2007, lauding the patriotic
feeling of India's foremost Freedom Fighter, Netaji Subhash Chandra
Bose. Commenting about Netaji's burning desire to make India a great
natioin, Bhagawan said, "No other leader had such a strong aspiration
for the freedom and progress of the Country…"
Many speakers have spoken before Me but none has said anything about
Subhash Chandra Bose, who was endowed with many great qualities and
capabilities. After passing his ICS, he came to India, joined the
political movement and made a significant contribution to it in many
ways. But, unfortunately, he had to leave the country as there was no
unity among the Bharatiyas. Even while staying in overseas countries, he played a very important role for the freedom of India from the British rule.
Important Role Of Subhash Chandra Bose In India's Freedom Struggle
Lalita Bose, the daughter of his brother, once came to Puttaparthi.
She regretted that her uncle Subhash Chandra Bose, having been born in
this sacred land Bharat, had to leave the country. She was happy that
she was able to live in this country and have Swami's darshan.
She came to Brindavan, Whitefield also and stayed there for a few days.
Later on, she followed Me in a car wherever I went. She used to play on
harmonium and sing bhajans. She came to Ooty and Kodaikanal
also when I went there. All the time, she was chanting `Sai Ram' `Sai
Ram'. She had no other thought except this in her mind.
Subhash Chandra Bose was endowed with great physical, mental and
spiritual powers. But he never revealed his spiritual powers to anyone.
He had a burning desire to make India a great and prosperous country. No other leader had such a strong aspiration for the freedom and progress of the country as Subhash Chandra Bose.
He was the one who believed in action; not merely in speech like many
other leaders. There are many great leaders in our country even today,
but what is the use if they do not put into practice what they say?
They say a million things but do not put into practice even one! I am
very much pained to see that today nobody remembers Subhash Chandra
Bose who had done so much for the country. He was the one who dedicated
his entire life to the country. Even when he was staying in overseas
countries, his love for his motherland was uppermost in his mind.
Rather, it went on increasing day by day.
He is verily a living corpse who does not declare with pride
that this is my motherland, this is my mother tongue and this is my
Subhash Chandra Bose strove very hard to put the country on the path
of progress and prosperity. He demonstrated the ideals of love and
forbearance. One who does not have love for his country is verily a
living corpse! Only a person who upholds the good name of the country
can be called a living person in the true sense of the term.
Attain The Independence Of The Self
Meanwhile, India attained swatantrata (independence). But this was merely `Swatantrata', not `Swaatantrata'. What is swatantrata? It relates to the body, mind and intellect, while Swaatantrata is related to the atma. Those who follow the atmic principle are truly independent. The same is the difference between `swarajya' and `swaarajya'. We should aim at achieving `Swaarajya', not merely `Swarajya'. When we follow the atmic principle,
everything becomes good for us. Not only that, it will lead to the
well-being and prosperity of the entire world. We should not merely be
satisfied with political independence; we should achieve that
independence which relates to the atma. Subhash Chandra Bose
strived to attain the independence related to the Self. Ultimately, he
succeeded in his endeavour. Everybody should make efforts to know such
noble souls. Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the few Bharatiyas of his times who attained `Swaatantrata' (independence
of the Self) when others were pursuing their selfish ends. They
harboured narrow considerations and differences while Subhash Chandra
Bose considered the entire country as one.
The principle of atma is the same in everyone. All are endowed with atmic power. Man is the embodiment of atma. That is why Krishna declared in the Bhagavad Gita, Mamaivamsho jivaloke jivabhuta sanathana (the eternal atma in
all beings is a part of My Being). He said, "All are an aspect of My
Divinity." When I consider you as part of My Being, you should also
consider others as your own self. Love All, Serve All. You should not
observe any difference between individuals, thinking one as a pauper
and another, a millionaire. There are many millionaires in Bharat. But
they are engaged in filling their own belly. They are not prepared to
give even a morsel of food as alms to a beggar who stands at their
doorstep saying, "Bhavati bhiksham dehi (mother, give alms)".
What is the use of having such rich men in our country? They are rich
only for name's sake but in reality they are the poorest of the poor.
In spite of so many rich people in our country, righteousness and
charity seem to have disappeared from it. Therefore, people of this
country should pursue the path of charity and righteousness. Consider
others as your own brothers and sisters. Rather, consider them as
thyself. People just address others as `brothers and sisters' from the
stage, but who is actually putting it into practice? None.
Remember Noble Souls Like Subhash Chandra Bose
Today wherever you go, you see people hankering after money. People
are striving to amass wealth but none is making efforts to cultivate
love and righteousness. The earlier three speakers spoke about the
world, but none of them spoke about the atma. The same principle of atma is present in everyone. It is present in you, Me and everyone else. Daivam manusha rupena (God
is in the form of a human being). It is not proper to show disrespect
to anyone because everyone is the embodiment of God. You should lead
your life with this conviction that all are your brothers and sisters.
We can attain swaarajya only when we develop such broad feelings. Till then, we merely have swarajya where `swa' means swartha (selfishness). But we should aspire for swaarajya, in which `swaa' is related to the spiritual heart (Hridaya).
You are all performing Grama Seva and serving the poor. But first of all, you should achieve true swaatantrata. Love, respect and help everyone. Only then can you be called a true Sai student. Everything can change but not the atma. Even a wicked person or a demon cannot bring about any change in the atma. Strive to attain such changeless and eternal atmic kingdom.
Have self-confidence. Only then can you attain the natural state of a
human being. This is your true and eternal state. I bring My discourse
to a close with My good wishes and blessings that you may attain the
kingdom of the Self and earn a good name.
I spoke only out of My
love for Subhash Chandra Bose, though none invited Me to speak. Such
persons like Subhash Chandra Bose should be born in Bharat again and
again. India should attain its pristine glory again. Had Subhash
Chandra Bose been alive today, he would have attained the highest name
in history. There would have been no beggars in this country. But,
unfortunately, the Bharatiyas themselves were responsible for
his leaving the country. As a result, they now face great difficulties.
We should love and trust such noble souls. Love and trust are our true
strength. We should never forget Subhash Chandra Bose. His teachings
were full of noble thoughts and great ideals.
Unfortunately, people forget such good persons and remember the bad
ones. It is a great mistake. Never forget good people. They are like
precious jewels. I wish that you should always remember such noble
souls. I bring My discourse to a close with My blessings to you all.
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu IIhttp://www.theprasanthireporter.org
‘I am a Yaksha, not a bird. Hail to you! It was I who killed
your energetic brothers for their own faults. Although forbidden to drink, they
disregarded me. If one loves life, he should not attempt to take this water by
force. The lake is mine and one may take its water only after answering my
“‘O Yaksha, I do not wish
to take what is yours. I shall try to answer your questions to the best of my
ability. Please ask me what you will.’
“The Yaksha began to
place questions before Yudhisthira:
Yaksha:: Who is really a helpful companion?
Yudhisthira: Steady intelligence is a very good friend, and can save one
from all dangers.
Yaksha: How can one acquire something very great?
Yudhisthira: Everything desirable can be attained by the performance of austerity.
Yaksha: What is amrita (nectar)?
Yudhisthira: Milk is just like nectar.
Yaksha: What is the friend
bestowed upon man by the demigods?
Yudhisthira: Wife is such a friend.
Yaksha: What is the best of happiness?
Yudhisthira: True happiness comes as a result of contentment.
Yaksha: Why does one give in charity to brahmanas, artists, servants
Yudhisthira: For religious merit, prestige, maintenance and protection,
Yaksha: Why does one forsake friends?
Yudhisthira: Lust and greed drives one to forsake friends.
Yaksha: What is the only food?
Yudhisthira: The cow is the only food, for the milk that she produces is
used to make ghee (clarified butter), which is used to perform sacrifices,
pleased by which the demigods give rain, which causes the grains to grow.
Therefore it should be understood that the cow is the root cause of all kinds
Yaksha: What is the king of knowledge?
Yudhisthira: Knowledge pertaining to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is
the king of all kinds of knowledge.
Yaksha: What is ignorance?
Yudhisthira: Not knowing one’s constitutional duty.
Yaksha: What is the best bath?
Yudhisthira: That which cleanses the mind of all impurities.
Yaksha: What is real charity?
Yudhisthira: Real charity is protecting one from the onslaughts of
Yaksha: Since dharma (virtue),
artha (profit) and kama (desire) are opposed to each other, how can they
Yudhisthira: These three become
congenial to one another when one has a virtuous wife.
Yaksha: Who is condemned to everlasting hell?
Yudhisthira: When one promises a brahmana charity, but upon his arrival
refuses to give him charity.
Yaksha: What make one a
brahmana, birth, learning or behavior?
Yudhisthira: It is behavior alone that
make a person a brahmana. Even one who is expert in the four Vedas, born of brahmana parents, but whose behavior is not
proper, should be considered a sudra.
Yaksha: Who is pleasing?
Yudhisthira: A person who speaks in a pleasing manner.
Finally the Yaksha
asked Yudhisthira four questions of great significance:
Yaksha: Who is truly happy?
Yudhisthira: One who cooks his own food (is not dependant on anyone), is
not a debtor (does not spend more than he can afford), does not have to leave
home to make in order to earn his livelihood (does not over endeavor for
material things) is truly happy.
Yaksha:What is the most
Yudhisthira: The most amazing thing is that even though every day one sees
countless living entities dying, he still acts and thinks as if he will live
Yaksha: What is the real path to follow in this life?
Yudhisthira: The best path is to follow in the footsteps of the pure
devotees, for they are the actual Mahajanas whose hearts are the sitting places
of the real truths regarding religion.
Yaksha: What is news? (that is What is real situation in the material
Yudhisthira: The material world is like a frying pan. The Sun is the fire,
the day and nights are the fuel. The passing seasons are the stirring ladle,
and time is the cook. All living entities are being thus fried in this pan.
This is the real news of what is happening in the material world, which is a
miserable place full of ignorance.
The Difficult Choice
The Yaksha was truly impressed and told Yudhishthira that he would restore only one of his brothers. His final question to grant that was, “Which of your brothers, the only one do you want me to revive?”
Yudhishthira without batting an eyelid answered, "I choose this one who is dark skinned, whose eyes are red, who is tall like a large Sala tree and whose chest is broad and arms are long. Yaksha, please revive Nakula.”
All along the Yaksha had accepted Yudhishthira’s answers without much-ado but this time he was rather intrigued. He was compelled to ask thus, “Bhima and Arjuna are your own brothers and you are so dependent on both of them. Then why did you choose this step brother of yours over Bhima whose strength is equal to that of ten thousand elephants and over Arjuna whose mastery in archery is revered by all?”
Yudhishthira explained, “My choice has been determined by the answers I have given to your questions. If a person sacrifices virtue, then he himself is doomed. But if a person upholds virtue then virtue ensures that the person is rewarded. Therefore I never forsake virtue. Abstaining from hurting others is an even greater objective than attaining liberation from rebirth. I have therefore chosen the path of virtue that will cause no hurt to anyone. My father, Pandu, had two wives, Kunti and Madri. I, the eldest son of Kunti, am alive. But both the sons of Madri, Nakul and Sahadeva are dead. I do not differentiate between my two mothers. I do not wish to hurt the soul of Madri by doing injustice towards her sons. Therefore I want the eldest son of Madri to be revived. My mother Kunti would have wished the same.”
The Pandavas Revive.........as we all know.
The Yaksha was impressed not only with Yudhishthira’s theoretical wisdom but also his courage to put this knowledge to practise. He therefore revived all the four Pandavas who had died because (unlike Yudhishthira), they dared sipping the water from the poisonous lake without answering his questions.
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