In all the lands may all the sufferings of living beings come to an end!
May the beaten be freed from blows!
May those who are threatened with death be restored to life!
May those who are in tribulations become free from all pain!
May those who suffer hunger and thirst receive food and drink in abundance!
May the blind see and deaf hear and women with children give birth painlessly!
May sounds of pain be nowhere heard in the Universe!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Baba Doesn’t Like Even Silver Palanquin

Baba Doesn't Like Even Silver Palanquin


When a silver palanquin was brought and presented to Baba 

Baba: Take it away, I do not want it. 

But the devotees insisted that it was needed for processions, when Baba's portrait would be placed in it.

The Palki was left in the open and on the first night some silver appurtenances were stolen. 

Devotee: Baba, the silver trappings are stolen! 

Baba: Why was not the whole palki stolen?

(from Baba's Charters and Sayings, No. 252)

Guruvaar Prarthna

​​Guruvaar Prarthna

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy day of Guruvaar. Baba, all these days we are asking you to do something for us, yet we have numerous worries and wonders in our days, we are unable to express each and every issue to You. We are not capable to list out our trouble lined up against us. Today we  pray by not uttering any word on our problems, we submit our soul and body on to your Lotus Feed. Silence is our prayer, our silence will tell you millions of our minds desires and disturbances to you. We will continue to follow Your shraddha and shaburi. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading Your words in Satcharita.


Many people have novel methods of teaching. But Baba gave instructions according to the understanding of the person.


Maharaj's method was singular. His way was to make it amusing so that it was well remembered. I have no experience of having heard or seen the like of it elsewhere.


He said: "He has a bad habit – that of liking to eat alone. Taking advantage of the market day, he came rubbing the grams in his palms (to take off the skin).


It is not good to eat alone. But I know his habit. These grams give the proof. What is there to be surprised about? ".


Then I said: "It does not occur to me to eat without sharing. Then, whence arises the question of this bad habit? This stigma cannot be applicable to me.


Baba, till this day, I have not seen the Shirdi bazaar. If I went there, I could buy the grams. And the question of eating them would arise only later.


I never eat anything without sharing it with someone. Whosoever has this liking may do so, but this is not my habit ".


Now observe Baba's skill. How he made devotion firmer to himself! Hear with attention, to what he said after listening to my clear denial.


" You share the food with whosoever is near you. But what do you do, when you are alone? What can I also do? Do you remember me?


Am I not beside you? Do you offer me a morsel? " Thus he made the grams a mere pretext and deeply impressed upon me this principle.


Eating food without offering to Indra and other deities, the five 'pranas', the fire and defrauding them of it or without offering to all deities made by presenting oblations to the fire before meals, or without offering it to the unexpected guest makes the food highly impure.


In principle, this appears insignificant. But its application in daily life is very important. Enjoying the

flavour of the food is not the only implication – all the five senses and other enjoyments are included.


One who panders to his senses can never hope to achieve spiritual progress. He who has a tight control over the senses alone can succeed.

I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.


-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter  24, Ovi 31 - 43)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thrown a Challenge to Sai Baba on My Smoking

Thrown a Challenge to Sai Baba on My Smoking


I first came to know of Sai Baba in 1972, when I joined services of a firm in Mumbai.


My uncle who lived in Mumbai was a steadfast follower of Baba and visited Shirdi every now and then. His wife, three daughters and a son, along with him stayed in Mahim. He was a hard drunkard and a chain smoker.


One day during his drinking session I questioned him, if he thought Sai Baba approved of his drinking heavily and smoking like a chimney? To my disbelief he answered that Baba preached, that you can belong to me inspite of all your vices and virtues as long as you have faith in Me nd My values. He said Baba says you can quit your vices with my help but I never disown My devotes. Amused at his answer, I told myself that these Babas are all farce and fakes and this is only a justification for his ill habits.


I, as a young man had also fallen prey to the bad habit of smoking and used to smoke 25-30 cigarattes a day. I believed no power on earth could make me quit smoking, as I was badly addicted to it already. Let me see if any Baba can do such a miracle of making me quit smoking, I told myself.


A few days later, I quit my job in Mumbai and headed back to my home town, Delhi. Back in Delhi, I planned to start my own venture with a friend's help who was handling an electrical wires business. Sai Baba had probably accepted the challenge to free me from smoking, but I learned the lesson in a very hard way.


Four days after joining the business, my father died of heart stroke. It was so sudden and heart breaking and happened within minutes, that for a day I even forgot that I smoke, till he was cremated. It was next day, after 24 hrs. that the urge to smoke could be felt, but hundreds of elderly relatives, neighbours, some coming from outside the city and staying on, I was never in a position to leave the gathering.


Being the only son and the one performing the last rites, the urge to smoke got crushed and another two days went by waiting to find an opportunity to sneak out of home and buy cigarettes and smoke.


Suddenly it struck me that if I could forget to smoke for 4 days, I could quit it as well. It then flashed in my mind I had thrown a challenge at Sai Baba, at my uncle's house in Mumbai to make me quit smoking.


Oh! What a price I had to pay for my arrogance. I bowed in reverence and offered an apology.


Though it made me sad, but made me realize that I had turned into His Devotee for the first time.


-Narinder Nandwani


Source: Shri Sai Sumiran Times, May 2015

Sai the Savior

Sai the Savior


Sai is great, he is always there to help his devotees. I would like to narrate a incidence.


It was 25 December 2014, Christmas day, Thursday, Sai Baba day. After Saibaba aarti in Shiddheshwari Shakti Peeth Sai Darbar, my father Shri Mahesh Modi (Ex serviceman, Army ) as per pre schedule, was ready to go to Jabalpur to meet my sister.


When he reached Bhopal station, there he had to wait for almost two hours for the next train. When he entered train he felt severe pain in his chest. At that time he did not understand what was happening to him.


The pain increased and became unbearable. He managed the whole night in that condition only, thinking that it may be gas problem or something like wise. But it was severe heart attack.


Actually, he was associated with Scientific Spiritualism Association, Meerut so he tried Baman Kriya but it did not help. Then he opened his purse and took out the paper in which there was Sai sanjeeveni Udi, but paper was empty with only little bit of udi in it, he applied that only on him and started chanting Hanuman Chalisa. It helped him and he reached Jabalpur station in the morning. He again had unbearable cardiac pain. He told everything to my sister. Then my sister's husband rushed him to Jabalpur hospital. The doctor was surprised that how it was possible to survive the whole night with such acute pain. He said it was really unbelievable. But the thing is "Jako Rakhe Saiya Maar Sake Na Koi." Yes Sai was with my father on that night.


Baba is always with my family. Whenever we need, we feel him close to us. Another surprise was that my father was having 100% block & 40% block was cleared after angioplasty after three days in ICU & CCU. After six days my father was discharged on 31 December, last day of

the year.


By the blessings of Sainath he started new life from new year 2015 & now he is alright. My sincere thanks to Sai Baba for being with me & my family in our difficult times.


-Yogesh Rathore Vidisha


Source: Shri Sai Sumiran Times May 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015




Baba (in 1917) had with him Mrs. Tarkhad and her son Master Tarkhad


Baba: Boy, give me eight Rupees Dakshina.


Boy (Master Tarkhad): Baba, I have not got Rupees eight.


Baba: Go and get it from Bapu Sahib Jog.


(Master Tarkhad went to Jog and found him reading Dhruva Charitra and commenting on it. Jog said "Saints, though not God, have some powers derived from Him etc.," the boy angrily started back and came to Baba)


Master Tarkhad: Baba, why did you send me there?


Baba: What is the matter?


Master Tarkhad: They are vilifying you there, saying that you are merely a man and not God.


Baba: Then what is the untruth in that? Hello! What am I? A petty fakir! I am not God. How great is God! No one can compare with him.


Master Tarkhad: You deceive us by speaking thus. We fully believe you are God. If anyone belittles you, how can we endure it? Is it not true that we should not stay even a second where saints are derided?


Baba: Yes.


Master Tarkhad: God is not angry, if He is spoken ill of. But He will not endure it, if His devotees are spoken ill of. Is that not so.


Baba: Yes.


Master Tarkhad: Then what is the good of listening to a discussion whether such and such a saint is great, and such other is not so?


Baba: You should not stop even one second at a place where anybody talks ill of a saint.


Baba: (stroking the boy's head affectionately)" Read Pothi. Have Nama Japa.


Master Tarkhad," If I break off in the middle, I incur sin. So, I will not.


Baba (to the lady): Mother, I have to take the entire responsibility for your son.


Mrs Tarkhad: For all of us, it is you that take care. (Both bowed to Baba. Then some other came.)


Baba (to those): I have to take thought for my devotees, and if a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out my hands, and by four, four hands lift him and support him thus. I will not let him fall.


Master Tarkhad: Baba, just now you said you are not God but a petty Fakir. How then can you have four hands?


(Baba did not reply, but smiled and looked at Master Tarkhad, with love and approval.)





Devotees: Baba, this G.G. Narke says you are a man.


Baba: What he says is true. But you devotees should not say that. You have to get all your benefits from me.


(from Baba's Charters and Sayings, No. 301)