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|The giver gives, but really he is sowing the seed for later: the gift of a rich harvest.|
|December 2017||Vol 9 / Issue 11|
Our beloved Guru Sai is revered as the manifestation of Lord Dattatreya, the triumvirate powers of genesis, preservation and destruction in one form. Let us pray to Lord Sai, to seed our minds with his blessing that will give birth to good thoughts that will steer us in the path of righteousness, nurture or preserve the thoughts of performing good actions by thought, body, mind and intellect and finally de-weed the negative thoughts and egoism that make us go astray from the dharma maarga.
-- Jai Sree Sai Datta Digambara --
By Dr. P.V. Sivacharan
In this issue:
197) OM SRI SAI URDHVAGATI VIDHAATRE NAMAH
[Meaning:- Salutations to Lord Sai who bestows the Supreme abode (i.e. Saayujya) to his devotees]
None has the ability in the entire universe to deliver a fallen one from this samsara except the GURU. Guru is the veritable manifestation of the Unmanifest Non-Dual One. A Guru, though is Parabrahman himself, still when in a form would behave like a saadhaka walking in the path of spirituality. In fact, this is a must to be quality of a teacher (Acharya). An Acharya is one who first assiduously performs all the duties laid down by the ancient doctrines of righteousness and then leads all those who follow him by making them to discharge the same to their best extent possible.
The Supreme Abode or Saayujya or Moksha, whatever name that we may call is attained only by realizing the self (Atmasakshatkaara) through True Knowledge (i.e. Jnaanad eva kaivalyam), this true knowledge or Brahma Jnaana can be bestowed or obtained by the grace of GURU alone. To get such a Jnaana, we should surrender our senses (both external and internal) , Ego (Ahamkaara) which identifies the Self with the mundane body and makes us think that “I am the doer, I am the enjoyer, and sufferer of the deeds performed” , and Intellect (Buddhi) at the Feet of Guru and hold on to it with steadfast faith and a deep rooted belief that “These Feet alone are my sole refuge and I seek recourse in the same and no on else”. When we surrender in such a way, the Guru himself sees to that we discharge all our duties (karmaacharana) with no attachment towards its outcomes (karma paryavasaana vishyasukha virakti) and will cleanse all our karmas (Karma shuddhataa), when actions become purified, then manifests the Jnaana (Pure Knowledge) which tears asunder the veil of illusion (Maya). When the Maya sublimates, then we find that we are none but the Non-Dual supreme One (Advaita Praapti) and this what a GURU alone can give.
Salutations to Guru Samartha Sainath who alone is capable of bestowing this Advaita pada, which is the greatest and the highest in this entire, nay beyond this Universe too, to his devotees.
----Jai Sree Sadguru Sai Samartha----
By Dr. P.V. Sivacharan
1. Construction Of New Darshan Queue Complex At Old Sai Prasadaly Building To Begin Soon - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
The New Time Darshan Ticket Issuing Counter started at Shri Ram Parking Area by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi was temporarily closed as there was a sudden surge of 13,000 Sai Devotees from single Palkhi group that came for Shri Sai Baba's Darshan on Sunday, 26th November 2017. However, the Time Darshan Ticket Issuing Counter was re-started again at 2.30 pm on the same day. This was disclosed through a Press Release on Monday, 27th November 2017 by Dr.Suresh Haware Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi.
Dr.Suresh Haware informed media persons that the Time Darshan Counters started on 12th December 2016 at Old Sai Prasadalay Building was running smoothly. Hence, Devotees were taking benefit of Easy Darshan in a Planned manner to save time. Construction work of a New Darshan Queue complex with Air Condition Facility which can accommodate thirty thousand devotees at Old Sai Prasadalay will start very soon and it will be completed by next year. As the Old Sai Prasadalay building will be demolished for consturction of New Darshan Queue complex, Time Darshan Ticket Issuing Counters have been temporarily shifted to Shri Ram Parking Area, Sai Udyan Building. 13,000 Sai Devotees from single Palkhi group came for Darshan on Sunday, 26th Novemer 2017 and this resulted in a huge crowded at Time Darshan Ticket Issuing Counter. Therefore, in order to avoid inconvenience to Sai Devotees, Sansthan’s Deputy Executive Officer Dr.Sandeep Aher and Police Superintendent of Shirdi Shri.Anand Bhoite closed the Time Darshan Ticket Issuing Counters in a hurry and arranged direct darshan without time darshan Tickets. However, the counter was re-started at 2.30 pm. Dr.Suresh Haware has personally apologized to all Sai Devotees for the inconvenience caused in this regard.
Dr.Suresh Haware has issued Shirdi Administration an order to begin the Time Darshan Ticket Issuing Counters within next 8 to 10 days near the Sainiwas Guest House situated next to Old Sai Prasadalaya Building which is very near to Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir in order to avoid inconvenience for Sai Devotees (Translated from Marathi to English by Shri.Nagaraj Anavekar, Bangalore).
2. Rajasthan Chief Minister Smt. Vasundara Raje Visit Shirdi - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Rajasthan Chief Minister Smt.Vasundara Raje visited Shirdi on Monday, 27th November 2017 and had darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. Vice Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam, Deputy Collector Shri.Dhananjay Nikkam and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
After the Samadhi Darshan of Shri Sai Baba, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt.Vasundara Raje was felicitated by Vice Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam and Deputy Collector Shri.Dhananjay Nikkam.
3. Former Chief Minister Of Maharashtra Shri.Ashok Chavan Visit Shirdi - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Ashok Chavan visited Shirdi on Saturday, 25th November 2017 and had darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi.
4. Expert Committee From Savitribai Phule University Inspects Proposed Senior Arts, Science & Commerce College Building at Shirdi – Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Recently, an Expert Committee had been appointed by Savitribai Phule University, Pune in order to start Senior College of Arts, Science and Commerce by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi. Accordingly, the Expert Committee Chairman Prof.Sanjay Dole, Member Prof.Ravikumar Chitnis and Prof.Prasanna Deshmukh visited the proposed new building on Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 and completed inspection formalities.
At present, a Junior College is run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi. A total of 1354 Students are studying in 11th & 12th Standard in Arts, Science and Commerce branches in 18 sections during the academic year 2017-18. Since the girl students are more in number, at present in the Junior College running under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi, for the Academic Year 2017-18, totally 18 Sections in both 11th and 12th Standard have been operational. The College imparts education in all 3 branches i.e., Science, Arts and Commerce. A Total of 1354 Students studying in 11th and 12th Standard have got admission in the College. As there is no facility in Shirdi for Higher Education after 12th standard, students are forced to travel outside Shirdi to study Higher Education. Among these students, girl students are more in number. Considering these factors, Dr.Suresh Haware and Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Management Committee had decided to start a Senior College. Savitri Bai Phule University Expert Committee has planned in a very big way to start a Senior College in all 3 branches i.e., Science Arts and Commerce in Rahata Taluk.
It was also discussed to start 2 Colleges in Rahata Taluk during the meeting by Expert Committee appointed through Savitribai phule university, Pune. Expert Committee chairman Prof.Sanjay Dole, Member Prof.Ravikumar Chitnis, Prof.Prasanna Deshmukh visited the proposed new building and expressed their satisfaction after taking into account the facilities made available there. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan’s Vice Chairman Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam and Deputy Executive Officer Dr.Sandeep Aher welcomed the Committee Members on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. Administrative Officers Shri. Suryabhan Ghame, Shri.Ashok Auti, Prof.Vikas Shivgaje& Shri.Popatrao Nirmal were also present on this occasion (Translated from Marathi to English by Shri.Nagaraj Anvekar, Bangalore).
5. Maharashtra Minister For Public Works Shri.Eknath Shinde Visit Shirdi -Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Maharashtra Minister for Public Works Shri.Eknath Shinde visited Shirdi on Tuesday , 21st November 2017 and had darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. After the Samadhi Darshan of Shri Sai Baba, the Minister was felicitated by the Vice Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam.
6. Well Known Indian Film Actor, Model & Producer Shri.Sonu Sood Visit Shirdi -Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Well known Indian Film Actor, Model & Producer Shri.Sonu Sood visited Shirdi along with his wife on Monday , 13th November 2017 and had darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi.
7. Union Minister Of Agriculture Shri.Radha Mohan Singh Visit Shirdi - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Union Minister of Agriculture Shri.Radha Mohan Singh visited Shirdi on Sunday, 12th November 2017 and had darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. After the Samadhi Darshan of Shri Sai Baba, the Minister was felicitated by the Vice Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam, Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchaure and Member of Parliament Shri.Sadahsiv Lokhande.
8. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan To Host Global Sai Temple Trust Summit On 23rd December 2017 -Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
With a view for planning of Shri Sai Baba Maha Samadhi Centenary Year, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has convened Global Sai Temple Trust Summit with representatives from India and abroad Sai Baba Temples on the Saturday, 23rd December 2017. Accordingly, Dr. Suresh Haware, Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has appealed to all the representatives of Shri Sai Baba Temples around the World to IMMEDIATELY register their names at official Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Website www.sai.org.in.
Dr.Haware said that Shri Sai Baba Maha Samadhi Centenary Year is being celebrated during from 1st October 2017 to 18th October 2018 and over this entire year various Religious, Cultural, Social, Enlightening as well as Paduka Darshan and other programs have been organized. In order that to see that all Shri Sai Baba Temples participate in the planning of these programs, it has been decided to organize Global Sai Temple Trust Summit.
Dr.Haware has therefore appealed to all the representative of Shri Sai Baba Temples in India and abroad to send the information of TWO representatives of Shri Sai Baba Temples with the respective Shri Sai Baba Temple address, Mobile Number, e-mail ID and other information in the prescribed Registration Form available at the official Sansthan Website www.sai.org.in IMMEDIATELY in order to participate in the Summit.
9. Veteran Indian Cricketer Shri.Rahul Dravid Visit Shirdi - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Veteran Indina Cricketer Shri.Rahul Dravid visited Shirdi along with his family members on Sunday, 5th November 2017 and had darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. Chief Executive Officer Smt.Rubal Agarwal and Shri.Prakar Agarwal were also present on the occasion.
After Shri.Rahul Dravid and his family took darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi, they were felicitated by Chief Executive Officer Smt.Rubal Agarwal and Shri.Prakhar Agarwal.
10. Seventy Women From Armed Forces Visit Shirdi - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi.)
Approximately Seventy Women from Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives for the Country visited Shirdi along with their Family Members on Sunday, 5th November 2017 and had darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. On the occasion, Chief Public Relations Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Shri.Mohan Jagannath Yadav welcomed them.
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