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|May 2019||Vol 11 / Issue 5|
Glorious is name of Lord Sai which , deweeds our mind (mano bhoomi) off the dualities with sword of Jnaana (Jnaaana khadga), sows the seeds of "Vairaagya" which becomes the big tree of "Bhakti" finally bearing the fruit of "Aatma Saakshatkaara"
Glorious is the name of Lord Sai which cuts asunder the "samsaara chakra" (the cycle of births and deaths) and bestows the final beautide.
Hallowed is the name of Lord Sai Samartha which unfailing ferries us all across this bhava saagara to the shores of Moksha.
-- Om Sri Sainaathaya Namaha --
By Dr. P.V. Sivacharan
In this issue:
210) OM SRI SAI AIKYAANANDA GATADVANDVAAYA NAMAH
[Meaning:- Salutations to Lord Sai who is in eternal bliss devoid of any duality]
Ganesh Atharva Seersha matraas eulogizes the Supreme One as- "... Tvam Sacchidaananda Adviteeyosi..."(i.e. you are one and one alone with none second to you). Lord can never be dual, in fact there is nothing that can be spoken in terms of duality about the Lord. Such a principle of the Lord - "Sacchidanandatva" refers to HIS upasthiti in an undivided state (akhanda). Hence the first naamavali in this hallowed Sai Sahasram began eulogizing Lord as "Akhanda Sacchidananandaaya namah".
Kindly note here, that the terms "Upasthiti", "state" should not be considered or measured (pramaana) in terms of "kaala/ samaya" (time), because the Supreme is Kaalaateetah (beyond the spirit of time), hence the upasthiti here is "parmaanaateetah".
The moral imparted by this quality of Sai is- one who gets assimilated in that divine bliss (aananda aikyam) will not get carried away by the dualities of joy, sorrow, gain, loss etc; In order to achieve that "Will Not Get Carried Away" , one should strive hard to please his Guru, surrender at His feet completely and should initially practice the saadhanas with the motto "Should Not Get Carried Away" by the dualities. When strictly practiced, the Guru Himself will bestow the Bliss Undivided where we "Will Not Be Carried Away" by samsaara dvandvaas. So, resort to Lord Sai's Feet who can change, by his mere smarana- "Should" to "Will".
----Jai Sree Sadguru Sai Samartha----
By Dr. P.V. Sivacharan
1. Record Rs.4.16 Crore Donation Received During Shri Rama Navami Festival-2019 – Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Interim Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre informed media persons at a Press Conference held on Tuesday, 16th April 2019 that a record Rs.4.16 Crore was received as donation during Shri Rama Naavami Festival Celebration organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) between Friday, 12th April 2019 and Monday, 15th April 2019.
Shri.Thakre said that a sum of Rs.4.16 Crore was received by way of cash donation during Shri Rama Naavami Festival Celebration held between Friday, 12th April 2019 and Monday, 15th April 2019. In that Rs.1,92,76,527/- (Rupees One Crore Ninty Two Lakhs Seventy Six Thousand Five Hundred Twenty Seven only) was received through Donation Boxes; Rs.98,20,774/- (Rupees Ninty Eight Lakh Twenty Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Four only) was received through Donation Counters; Rs.1,11,58,978/- (Rupees One Crore Eleven Lakh Fifty Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Eight only) was received through Debit Card/Credit Card/Online Transfer/Cheque/DD/Money Order as donation during the festival. Similarly, 198.400 grams of Gold worth Rs.7.61 Lakhs; 4102.69 grams of Silver worth Rs.1.11 Lakhs; and Rs.4,98,860/-was received by way of Foreign Currencies from 14 countries during the festival.
1,80,670 Sai devotees had a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba’s Samadhi during Shri Rama Navami Festival. Rs.67,61,400/- (Rupees Sixty Seven Lakh Sixty One Thousand Four Hundred only) was received through Time Darshan, Public Relations Office, Online Services including Online Paid Darshan / Aarti Passes. Similarly, 1,94,527 Sai devotees had the benefit of Prasad bhojan at Shri Sai Prasadalya. Also, 1,95,400 Free Boondi Prasad Packets were distributed to Sai devotees at the Darshan Queue. During this period, 2,16,800 Laddu Prasad Packets were sold. Similarly, boarding arrangements were made to 45,833 Sai devotees at Sai Prasad Guest House, Sai Baba Bhakta Niwas (500 rooms), Dwaravati Bhaktanivas, Sai Ashram Bhakta Niwas and Sai Dharmashala. Also, additional boarding arrangements were made to around 5000 Sai devotees at the specially constructed Mantaps. Shri.Thakre also said that boarding arrangements were made to 56 Palanqin Groups at Sai Dharmashala.
Chief Administrative Officer Shri.Baba Saheb Ghorpade and Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kisave were also present at the Press Conference.
2. Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi - Final Day Report - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Shri Rama Navami Festival organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) which started on Friday, 12th April 2019 concluded with Kalyachi Keertan from Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Maharaj Nandedkar on a very enthusiastic note.
On the festival concluding day today, Superintendent of Sansthan's Publication Department Shri.Raj Tilak Bhagwe and his wife Smt.Mangala Bagwe performed ritualistic worship of Shri Sai Baba's Holy Padukas.
Deputy Executive Engineer of Construction Department Shri.Ragunath Aher and his wife Smt.Vandana Aher performed Rudrabhishek at Gurusthan Temple.
At 12:00 noon after Kalyachi Keertan from Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Maharaj Nandedkar, Dahi Handi programme was held. Later, Afternoon Aarti to Shri Sai Baba was performed.
Considering severe heat condition prevailing in Shirdi, Sansthan administration had made elaborate arrangement for supply of drinking water all along the darshan queue. Also, accommodation facility at nominal rates was arranged at Sai Dharmasnhala for Padayatris coming along with Palanquins to Shirdi. Likewise, in order to ensure smooth and pleasurable darshan of Shri Sai Baba, separate Biometric Pass Counters were specially opened for Padayatris coming along with palanquins. In order to facilitate Padayatris coming along with Palanquins from Mumbai and surrounding places to Shirdi, Water facility was arranged on behalf of Sansthan all along the Mumbai-Shirdi Highway. Similarly, medical squads were arranged to cater to any medical emergency during the festival.
In order to ensure Shri Rama Navami festival a grand success, under the able guidance of Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, all Sansthan Officials and Staff Members had put in special efforts.
3. Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi - Main Day Report - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
On the main day of Shri Rama Navami Festival i.e., Saturday, 13th April 2019 organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), the Samadhi Mandir was kept open throughout the night for darshan. Lakhs of devotees had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.
Today being main day of festival, after the Kakad Aarti, Akhanda Shri Sai Satcharita Parayan got completed. Procession of Holy Shri Sai Satcharita was held from Dwarakamai via Gurusthan Temple to the Samadhi Mandir. In this procession, Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Kashinath Haware, Truste Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Smt.Nalini Haware, Smt.Smita Jaykar and Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure participated. Deputy Superintendent of Security Department Shri.Madhukar Gangwane held Veena, Administrative Officer Shri.Dilip Ugale and Director of Purchase Department Shri.Avinash Kulkarni held Shri Sai Baba's Idol, and Medical Director Smt.Maithili Pitambare held Holy Shri Sai Satcharita Pothi and particicpated in the procession. On the occasion, Sansthan Officials, Staff Members, Shirdi Villagers and Sai Devotees were also present in large numbers.
Sansthan's Chief Accounts Officer and Administrative Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade and his wife Smt.Pratiksha Ghorpade performed ritualistic worship of Shri Sai Baba's holy Padukas at the Samadhi Mandir. Senior Accountant Shri.Vasantrao Jejurkar performed rirutalistic worhsip of Wheat Bag at Dwarakamai. Treasury Superintendent Shri.Ashok Zurange performed ritualistic pooja of Flag at Lendi Baugh.
Today Morning 10:00 am Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar performed Shri Rama Janma Keeertan at the Samadhi Mandir.
Just before Afternoon Aarti, Sai Mahabhakta Rasane family and Deshpande Nimonkar family members performed ritualistic pooja of new Flags at the Samadhi Mandir. On the occasion, Sansthan Trustee Shri.Bipindada Kolhe was also present. Later, the flag procession was taken out at 4:00 pm. Evening 5:00 pm, Shri Sai Baba's Chariot Procession was taken out throughout Shirdi Village. In this procession, Shirdi Villager and Sai Devotees participated in large numbers.
Evening 6:00 pm Mandir Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary and his wife Smt. Alka Choudhary performed riutalistic worhsip of holy Padukas at the Samadhi Mandir. Shri.Sai Baba's Dhoop Aarti was held at 6:30 pm. From Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm, Shri.Sudesh Bhosle from Mumbai gave Light Music / Devotional Music performance. The audiance attended the programme in large numbers and applauded the performance. From night 11:00 pm to next day early morning 5:00 am, intended artists performed at the Samadhi Mandir. Taking advantage of Samadhi Mandir being open throughout the night, lakhs of Sai devotees had a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi.
Attractive Flower Decoration was made at Samadhi Mandir and surrounding places with the generous contribution from Smt.Rimpal Lohia from Nagpur. Dwarakmai Mandal from Mumbai had installed a huge and attractive display of Shri Sai Samartha's appearance in Shirdi based on Chapter 5 of Holy Shri Sai Satcharita. They had also created a display of Deepotsav at Lendi Baugh and Dwarakamai and attractive Electric Lighting Decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir. This was a center of attraction and a huge crowd of Sai devotees gathered to see this wonderful creation.
4. Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi - First Day Report - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Shri Rama Navami Festival organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan began on Friday, 12th April 2019 on an auspicious note. The entire atmosphere in Shirdi was reverbarating as Padayatris came along with Palanquins from all over the State to have Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.
Today being first day of festival, after kakad Aarti, procession of Shri Sai Baba's photograph and holy Shri Sai Satcharita was taken from Samadhi Mandir to Dwarakamai. In this procession, trustee Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar, Smt.Smita Jaykar and Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure were present. Administrative Officer Shri.Ashok Auti, Superintendent of General Administration Department Shri.Vishwanath Bajaj held Shri Sai Baba's Idol, Mandir Incharge Shri.Sanjay Kumbar held Veena and ITI Principal Shri.Shivaling Patane held holy Shri Sai Satcharita and participated in the procession. Heads of all departments, Sansthan Employees, Shirdi Villagers and Sai Devotees also participated in large numbers in the procession.
Immediately after the procession reached Dwarakamai, Akhanda Parayan of holy Shri Sai Satcharita commenced on an auspicious note. Deputy Executive Engineer of Electrical Department Shri.Vijay Rohamare, Chief Public Relations Officer Shri.Mohan Yadav, Superintendent of Meeting Hall Shri.Navanath Kote, Superintendent of Prasadalaya Shri.Vishnu Thorat and Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher read the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Chapters of holy Shri Sai Satcharita respectively.
Morning 6:15 am Administrative Officer Shri.Suryabhan Game and his wife Smt.Shobhatai Game performed ritualistic workship of holy Padukas of Shri Sai Baba at Samadhi Mandir.
At 12:30 pm Afternoon Aarti of Shri Sai Baba took place. On the occasion, trustee Shri.Vipin Dada Kolhe was also present. Afternoon 4:00 pm Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar performed Keertan at the Samdhi Mandir stage. Shri Sai Baba's Dhoop Aarti was held at 6:30 pm. Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm Shri.Ninad Ajgaonkar from Mumbai gave "Geeta Ramayan" performance. Night 9:15 pm, Shri Sai Baba's Palanquin Procession was taken out throughout Shirdi village.
Today being first day of Shri Rama Navami Festival, Dwarakamai was kept open throughout the night for Akhanda Sai Satcharita Parayan. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust had deployed sufficient staff members to ensure that Sai devotees have smooth and pleasurable darshan of Shri Sai Baba. Considering severe heat conditions prevalent in Shirdi, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had made elaborate arrangement for drinking water all along the Darshan Queue.
Dwarakmai Mandal from Mumbai had installed a huge and attractive display of Shri Sai Samartha's appearance in Shirdi based on Chapter 5 of Holy Shri Sai Satcharita as well as attractive Electric Lighting Decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir. This was a center of attraction and a huge crowd of Sai devotees gathered to see this wonderful creation.
Similarly, Shri Sairam Guruji from Bharuch, Gujarat performed retropedalling from Bharuch to Shirdi covering a distance of 560 KMS in 14 days and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan. Shri Sairam Guruji who statys in an Ashram at Bharuch performs retropedalling 4 times a year during Shri Rama Navami, Guru Poornima, Vijaya Dashmi and Shri Datta Jayanthi to have Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. This is 44th year in succession.
All Sansthan Officers and Employees are working relentlessly under the able guidance of Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre to make this festival a grand success.
5. Stage Set For Grand Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi – 2nd Press Release – Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons through a Press Release on Monday, 8th April 2019 that all preparations for a grand Shri Ramanavami Festival from Friday, 12th April 2019 to Sunday, 14th April 2019 has been completed. He also informed that various cultural prorammes have been lined up during the 3-Day festival period.
Shri.Mugalikar said that Shri Ram Navami Festival was started with the blessings of Shri Sai Baba in 1911 and since then the Festival is celebrated with traditional fervor at Shirdi every year. On this occasion on Friday, 12th April 2019, there will be Kakad Aarti at 4.30 am. At 5.00 am a procession will be taken out with a Shri Sai Baba Photo and Pothi. At 5.15 am, there will be continuous recital of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra at Dwarakamai followed by Holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and darshan at 5.20 am. There will be Noon Aarti at 12.30 Noon followed by Teerth-Prasad and other programs. Keertan will be performed between 4 pm and 6 pm at the stage near Samadhi Temple. Dhoop Aarti will be performed at 6.30 pm. From evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm Shri.Ninad Ajgaonkar will be performing "Geeta Ramayan" programmme. A procession of Shri Sai Baba Palanquin from Chavadi will be taken out through Shirdi Town at 9.15 pm. After the procession returns, Shej Aarti will be performed at 10.30 pm.Dwarakamai will be kept open for throughout the night on this day for reading the Holy Scripture.
On Saturday, 13th April 2019, Kakad Aarti will be performed at 4.30 am followed by conclusion of Akhanda Parayan at 5 am. After the completion of Akhanda Parayan, there will be a procession of Shri Sai Baba Photo and Pothi. Holy Bath for Shri Sai Baba will be held at 5.20 with the arrival of water filled vessels (Kavadi). Shri Ram Janma Keertan will be held at the stage near Samadhi Temple between 10 am and 12 noon. Noon Aarti will be held at 12.30 noon. At 4 pm there will be flag procession followed by procession of Shri Sai Baba Chariot throughout Shirdi Town at 5 pm. After the procession returns, Dhoop Aarti will be performed at 6.30 pm. Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm Shri.Sudesh Bhosale ffrom Mumbai will be giving Light Music / Devotional Songs programme. A program by the intended artists will be held between 11 pm and 5 am next day in front of Shri Sai Baba. As this is also the main day of celebrations, Samadhi Mandir will be kept open throughout the entire night for darshan. Therefore the regular Shej Aarti on 13th April 2019 and early morning Kakad Aarti on the 14th April2019 will not be held.
On the concluding day of festival i.e., on Sunday, 14th April 2019, the holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and Darshan will be performed at 5.05 am. Rudrabhishek will be performed at Gurusthan Temple at 6.30 am. Gopal Kala Keertan and Dahi Handi will be held at 10.30 am. Noon Aarti will be held at 12.10 noon followed by Teerth Prasad. Dhoop Aarti will be held at 6.30 pm. Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:30 pm Shri.Kailash Harekrishna Das from Nagpur (International Artist and All India Radio Singer) will be enthralling devotees with Sai Bhajan Sandhya programme. Shej Aarti will be held at 10.30 pm.
In view of huge crowd expected during the festival, tents have been put up in and around Samadhi Mandir for smooth and pleasurable darshan. Also, additional accommodation facility has been arranged at Sainagar Grounds, Saibaba Bhaktaniwas and Sai Dharmashala by putting up about 55 thousand square feet of cloth tents. Electricity, Water, Toilets and Security Systems have also been set up at all these places. In order to facilitate Padayatris coming along with Palanquins from Mumbai and surrounding places to Shirdi, Cloth Tents with Water and Electricity facility has been set up on behalf of Sansthan all along the Mumbai-Shirdi Highway. Also, accommodation facility at nominal rates have been arranged at Sai Dharmasnhala for Padayatris coming along with Palanquins to Shirdi. Medical Teams have been set up on Sinnar-Shirdi route to cater to urgent medical needs of Padayatris coming along with Palanquins. Also, First Aid Centers have been set up in front of Gurusthan Temple, Darshan Queue, New Bhaktanivas (500 Rooms), Sai Ashram, Old Prasadalaya, New Prasadalaya and other places. Also, to make available Boondi Prasad Packets and Laddu Prasad Packets at the Darshan queue during the 3 day festival, additional Laddu and Boondi Prasad is being prepared with 190 quintals of Sugar.
Attractive Flower Decoration is being made at Samadhi Mandir and surrounding places with the generous contribution from Smt.Sneha Sharma from New Delhi. As always, Dwarakamai Mandal from Mumbai will be creating attractive Electric Lighting Decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir. Also, towards free Prasad Bhojan to all devotees during 3 days of festival, Shri.R.S.Hari from Trichi, Shri.Nitish Kumar and Shri.Nilesh Kumar, Shri.Venkat Ratan Kumar from Hyderabad, Smt.Priyanka and Shri.Ayush Potedar, Smt.Bharati Shiragurkar, Smt.Vrinda Sundaram from Delhi, Shri.Baburao Anakade from Nanded, Shri.Rajagopal Natarajan from Chennai, Shri.V.V.Raghavan from Mumbai, Shri.Shekar Bura from Hyderabad, Shri.Sunil Agarwal from Mumbai, M/s.Sainath Garments from Mumbai and Smt.Jyotirammi Pola from Bangalore have given generous contributions.
During the festival period, everyday evening from 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm, performance from Invited Artists will be held. Sai devotees desiring to participate in the Akhanda Parayan at Dwarakamai may enroll their names at the temple stage in the Samadhi Mandir on 11th April 2019 between 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Participants will be selected by draw of lots at 5:35 pm on the same day. Also, artists desiring to present their programmes on 13th April 2019 may entroll their names in announcement room in advance. Shri.Mugalikar invited all Sai devotees to attend the 3 day celebration and enhance the festive atmosphere.
6. Gudi Padwa Celebrated in Shirdi - Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi).
On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa on Saturday, 6th April 2019, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deeepak Mugalikar and his wife Smt.Jayashri Mugalikar performed ritualistic worship of Golden Kalash. On the occasion, Trustee Shri.Vipindada Kolhe, Trustee & President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Yogitatai Shelke, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Superintendent of Police Shri.Madhukar Gangwane, Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Shri.Gourav Mugalikar and employees were also present.
On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, Samdhi Mandir and its surrounding places were beautifully decorated with flowers from the donation received from American Sai Devotee Shri.Taresh Anand.
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