The Correct Way To Celebrate Christmas

Love and Greetings on the occasion of Christmas - The Day so Holy and Sacred celebrating the advent of the "Son of God."

Today Swami tells us the correct way to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ.

Sai Inspires - 25th December 2005

In all religions, birthdays of great personalities are celebrated but the ideals for which they lived are not remembered and followed. If you do not care to follows their teachings the celebrations lose their meaning and become artificial observances. It is not doing justice to the good people whose birthdays are being celebrated. Christ taught people to love all beings and serve all with compassion. It is only by practising these ideals that one can truly celebrate His birthday. The Divinity within should be reflected in every action... Worship means loving others with your full heart. You must live in love and lead a life of selfless service based on love. This is the only right way of celebrating the birth of Christ.



How Must We Respond?



Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world would be celebrating Christmas. One wonders how many of them would take a minute off to ponder over what Christmas really means. Instead, most likely, over 90% of those celebrating Christmas would be preoccupied with matters that hardly relate to Christ and his eternal message of love and compassion.

Time there was hundreds of years ago when the world was not supposed to be so advanced; but then, and people had all the time to think about the teachings of Christ. Few realise that if today there are over a billion Christians all over the world, it was because many in those distant days were drawn to the Son of God by the message he preached and lived by, before he made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of humanity.

People were drawn then to the message of Christ, because it is the universal message of Pure Love and Compassion. It is a message with an eternal appeal that can touch Hearts even in the darkest of times; and it is that very same message that is drawing millions to Swami, including for the celebration of Christmas here.

No, Christmas is not about going on shopping spree, not about sending cards in thousands, not about marketing, not about opening attractively wrapped gifts and not about grand Christmas dinners or parties. It is all about Love and Compassion.

Preoccupied as we are these days with matters relating the material world, it is not easy to follow the message of Christ, or for that matter that of Swami. Indeed, even in earlier times it was not easy, which is why Christ once exclaimed in desperation, 'Why call ye me Lord, when thou doest not follow what I say'. Swami too has expressed similar disappointment via the words, 'Aacharanam ledu,' meaning people do not put into practice His teachings.

Once a speaker asked some devotees whom he was addressing, How come we force Swami to express dissatisfaction in this manner. If we really love Swami as we all claim, then why does such a serious lapse arise. There was then a lot of discussion until one person hit the nail on the head. He said, 'May be, perhaps unknown to ourselves, deep in our Heart we are not convinced that following Swami's teachings would do us any good. Possibly, we ask, What's there in it for me, and brush aside the teachings'.

This was an honest answer. The speaker then narrated the famous parable of the Good Samaritan first told by Jesus. Just to recall, there was a traveller going along a lonely desert road who was waylaid by robbers who not only took away everything this unfortunate traveller had but also beat him up and left him badly wounded. There he was lying helpless and in pain when along came a Levite. He saw the man and just kept on going without bothering even to enquire whether any help was needed. After some time came a priest but he was no better; he too couldn't care less about the hapless, wounded wayfarer. And then came a man from Samaria who stopped, applied balm to the wounds, bandaged them, placed the injured man on his donkey, and took him to an inn in a village. There he arranged for the victim of robbery to be accommodated and fed. And next day when he left, the Samarian left some money with the innkeeper to take care of the expenses of the injured man. That roughly is the parable narrated by Jesus.

The speaker then asked his audience: 'Why do you think the Levite and the priest walked away without attending to the wounded and dispossessed man. The audience had no difficulty in giving the answer. They all said, 'These two people did not offer help because there was nothing in it for them.' The speaker said that is right and then asked, 'In that case, what was there in it for the man from Samaria. What did he see that the other two who went before him didn't.' After some hesitation, one member of the audience said, 'Probably this man from Samaria felt he would feel happy inside if he extended help.'

That answer is indeed correct. The first two passers by sought an answer to the question. What's there in it for me from the Head. The Head saw no benefit and that is why those two went their way without bothering to help. The man from Samaria also asked the same question but addressed it to his Heart. And the Heart said, 'If you show love and compassion to the wounded man and help him, you will experience Bliss or Ananda'. The man accepted the response and did exactly what his Heart asked him to.

That really is the central point about the message that Christ gave then and Swami is teaching us now. In the world that we live in, we are a constant witness to all the things that happen there, especially the suffering of hundreds of millions. How must we respond? If the question is addressed to the Head, it would say, 'Don't bother.' When people do not bother they would turn to merrymaking and wasting money on unnecessary luxuries, money that could be used for alleviating pain and misery. Indeed, such people might, in the pursuit of their ambitions even inflict pain and cause hurt. However, if one listens to the Heart, one would do all one can to reach out to those in distress. Even if one is not able to physically help, one can at least pray to the Lord. Incidentally, it is interesting how often the Heart is portrayed along with pictures of Christ.

On this sacred day, let us who are blessed by the Lord to enjoy comfortable circumstances in life, take a moment off to think of hundreds of millions who are suffering from the aftermath of various natural disasters, who are in the clutches of poverty, and are facing a miserable end to their lives caused by diseases that could have been prevented if humanity had more feeling for the suffering. Instead of dreaming of shopping sprees and wild parties, let us ruminate on the teachings of Christ and His Father who is now very much with us. Let us spend some time reading the Discourses given by Swami at Christmas time year after year, to help us place the message of Christ in a modern context.

Merry Christmas and Jai Sai Ram.
With Love and Regards,
"Heart2Heart"
RadioSai e-Journal Team,
In Sai Service.

Swami Vivekananda’s Contributions to World

Making an objective assessment of Swami Vivekananda’s contributions to world culture, the eminent British historian A L Basham stated that “in centuries to come, he will be remembered as one of the main moulders of the modern world…” Some of the main contributions that Swamiji made to the modern world are mentioned below:

1. New Understanding of Religion: One of the most significant contributions of Swami Vivekananda to the modern world is his interpretation of religion as a universal experience of transcendent Reality, common to all humanity. Swamiji met the challenge of modern science by showing that religion is as scientific as science itself; religion is the ‘science of consciousness’. As such, religion and science are not contradictory to each other but are complementary.

This universal conception frees religion from the hold of superstitions, dogmatism, priestcraft and intolerance, and makes religion the highest and noblest pursuit – the pursuit of supreme Freedom, supreme Knowledge, supreme Happiness.

2. New View of Man: Vivekananda’s concept of ‘potential divinity of the soul’ gives a new, ennobling concept of man. The present age is the age of humanism which holds that man should be the chief concern and centre of all activities and thinking. Through science and technology man has attained great prosperity and power, and modern methods of communication and travel have converted human society into a ‘global village’. But the degradation of man has also been going on apace, as witnessed by the enormous increase in broken homes, immorality, violence, crime, etc. in modern society. Vivekananda’s concept of potential divinity of the soul prevents this degradation, divinizes human relationships, and makes life meaningful and worth living. Swamiji has laid the foundation for ‘spiritual humanism’, which is manifesting itself through several neo-humanistic movements and the current interest in meditation, Zen etc all over the world.

3. New Principle of Morality and Ethics: The prevalent morality, in both individual life and social life, is mostly based on fear – fear of the police, fear of public ridicule, fear of God’s punishment, fear of Karma, and so on. The current theories of ethics also do not explain why a person should be moral and be good to others. Vivekananda has given a new theory of ethics and new principle of morality based on the intrinsic purity and oneness of the Atman. We should be pure because purity is our real nature, our true divine Self or Atman. Similarly, we should love and serve our neighbours because we are all one in the Supreme Spirit known as Paramatman or Brahman.

4. Bridge between the East and the West: Another great contribution of Swami Vivekananda was to build a bridge between Indian culture and Western culture. He did it by interpreting Hindu scriptures and philosophy and the Hindu way of life and institutions to the Western people in an idiom which they could understand. He made the Western people realize that they had to learn much from Indian spirituality for their own well-being. He showed that, in spite of her poverty and backwardness, India had a great contribution to make to world culture. In this way he was instrumental in ending India’s cultural isolation from the rest of the world. He was India’s first great cultural ambassador to the West.

On the other hand, Swamiji’s interpretation of ancient Hindu scriptures, philosophy, institutions, etc prepared the mind of Indians to accept and apply in practical life two best elements of Western culture, namely science and technology and humanism. Swamiji has taught Indians how to master Western science and technology and at the same time develop spiritually. Swamiji has also taught Indians how to adapt Western humanism (especially the ideas of individual freedom, social equality and justice and respect for women) to Indian ethos.

4 BEAUTIFUL QUOTES OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

1. "I could not believe my own ears when I heard Western people talking so much of consciousness! Consciousness? What does consciousness matter! Why, it is nothing compared with the unfathomable depths of the subconscious and the heights of the superconscious! In this I could never be misled, for had I not seen Ramakrishna Paramahamsa gather in ten minutes, from a man's subconscious mind, the whole of his past, and determine from that his future and his powers?"

2. "All these (visions etc.) are side issues. They are not true Yoga. They may have a certain usefulness in establishing indirectly the truth of our statements. Even a little glimpse gives faith that there is something behind gross matter. Yet those who spend time on such things run into grave dangers."


3. "I am the servant of the servants of the servants of Buddha. Who was there ever like him? — the Lord — who never performed one action for himself — with a heart that embraced the whole world! So full of pity that he — prince and monk — would give his life to save a little goat! So loving that he sacrificed himself to the hunger of a tigress! — to the hospitality of a pariah and blessed him! And he came into my room when I was a boy, and I fell at his feet! For I knew it was the Lord Himself!"


4. "How great his renunciation was! Born a prince, he renounced everything! If a man has nothing, no wealth at all, what does his renunciation amount to? After attaining Buddhahood and experiencing Nirvana, Buddha once visited his home and exhorted his wife, his son, and many others of the royal household to embrace the life of renunciation. How intense his renunciation was! But look at Vyasa's conduct! He forbade his son Sukadeva to give up the world, saying, 'My son, practise religion as a householder.'" -SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA-DISCUSSION WITH PANDITS-Inspirational Stories

In the year of 1897, Swami Vivekananda stayed at the house of late Gopal Lal Seal at Cossipore. One day many pundits came to meet Swami Vivekananda in the hope of having an philosophical discussion with SwamiJi.All the pundits were well versed in Sankrit and they were discussing the matter in fluent sankrit. So Swamiji also spoke in sanskrit with them. But at one occassion, Swamiji made a grammatical mistake in the spoken sanskrit language. He used the word Asti instead of Svasti, which made the Pundits laugh out. Swamiji quickly accpeted his mistake and the discussion went on. In the end Pundits were convinced of the Swami Vivekananda arguments and they accepted his view points and left gladly.

After the pundits left, Swami Vivekananda explained the whole discussion to the disciples and also told about the fact that they laughed at him because they had picked up a grammatical mistake in his words. Swamiji further said that as He had stayed for a long period of time away from india, so he has not spoken sanskrit for so many years. After that day disciples started speaking with Swamiji in sanskrit only.Swamiji spoke further about this discussion and said that in the West no one would make a big point of the small grammatical mistake which he made. But they would have given more importance to the point which he wanted to assert. Pointing at the mistake deviates the attention from the real topic. He further said that in our country, all the fighting is going on over the husk, nobody searches for the kernel within.


Note : All the pundits who have came, it seems wanted to put down the Swamiji and that small grammatical mistake was the only occasion they got to bring Swamiji down. But it made no difference to Swamiji and he accepted his mistake humbly. Pundits were not able to challenge his arguments and in the end they were convinced with Swami Vivekananda. Moral of the story is that we need to focus on the essential and not on the mundane things.


Every one has to find out the essential seeking for his life. One should look deep into the things and see what is the essential quality which always remains with us and we can carry it in our next life also. A sincere seeker is never going to deviate from his goal and will always focus on realizing the truth.

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Swami Vivekananda-Birth and Childhood

Swami Vivekananda was born to Vishwanath Dutta, an attorney and Bhuvaneshwari Devi who was a pious lady. He was born of his mother's prayers to Lord Shiva, Vireshwara of Varanasi who appeared in her dream and promised her of begetting Himself as her son. Thus was Swami Vivekananda born and named Narendranath Dutta, but addressed fondly as Bileh. Bileh grew up with the rationalistic views of his father and the piety of his mother. Though Bileh was subject to naughtiness, He exhibited spiritual traits of worshipping and meditating on the images of Gods in his childhood. He was an amalgam of courage and sympathy with an interest in wandering monks.

His father, Vishwanath Dutta, was a famous lawyer with progressive, liberal, and scientific outlook. He was widely travelled and knew many languages including Persian and English. Swami Vivekananda's mother, Bhuvaneshawaridevi, was a pious and wise lady devoted to God. She inspired the latent virtues of fearlessness, honesty, justice, and devotion in her son, Narendra (as Swami Vivekananda was called in his childhood). She told him the stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the two great Indian Epics, which influenced later life of Swami Vivekananda. From his early childhood Narendra was naughty, brave, and fearless. He did not approve of injustice or sycophancy. But his peculiar tendencies in the childhood were 1) the ease with which he could get absorbed in deep meditation, and 2) the unusual capacity of intense mental concentration, which made him learn and remember the essence of his studies even by reading just once. As an example, let me cite the following incident from his later life: Once Swami Vivekananda was reading 'Encyclopedia Britannica'. His disciple (Sharatchandra Chakravarti), seeing those twenty-odd volumes, remarked, "It is difficult to master the contents of so many volumes in one life." He did not know at the time that the Swami had already finished ten volumes and was reading the eleventh. "What do you mean?" said Swamiji. "Ask me whatever you like from those ten volumes and I can tell you all about it." The disciple, out of curiosity, brought down the books and asked Swamiji many questions on difficult and varied topics, selecting from different volumes. Swami Vivekananda not only replied each correctly, but also in many instances quoted the very language of the books. At other time, Swami Vivekananda happened to turn the pages of a book in quick succession after looking at them just once. The disciple asked as to what Swamiji was doing. Swami Vivekananda replied, "Why, I am reading the book." The disciple was greatly surprised to see such odd method of reading the book. Then the Swami explained: Just as a child reads every letter of a word, and most of adults read a cluster of words or a part of a sentence, one can read paragraph to paragraph. Thus, just three glances and he could read the whole page. Later he greatly emphasized the need to cultivate powers of mind in the form of purity and concentration for spiritual gains. Concentration of mind also led to perfection in many other branches of knowledge including art and science, he maintained.


Pathways to Joy: The Master Vivekananda on the Four Yoga Paths to God
Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda 8 Vol. set
Karma-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga
Swami Vivekananda on Himself

Sani or Saturn Related Problems And During The Dasa or Antardasa of Shani

1. Worship Lord Hanuman or Lord Siva.

2. Recite Hanuman chalisa or any other Hanuman stotra.

3. Japa of Shani mantra:

" Om pram preem proum sah shanaischaraya namah "

19000 times in 40 days.

4. Recite the Shani stotra:

Nelanjan samabhasam ravi putram yamagrajam

Chaaya martand sambhutam tam namami shanaischaram

5. Donate a buffalo or black oil (sesame seeds) on Saturday.

6. Fasting on Fridays.

7. Pooja: Hanuman pooja or Siva Pooja

8. Wear a 14 mukhi Rudraksha.


SHANI MANTRA FOR SHANI DASA(Affliction)

Shanidev is the most feared deity in Hindu Religion. He plays the role of a judge in human lives and depending on our Karmas reward or punish us. According to Vedic Astrology Shanaiswar is representation of the Planet Saturn and is a very slow moving Planet. Saturn is generally known to affect one adversely on occasions when he occupies certain positions in one's horoscope like the Saade Sati (7 1/2 years) ,Ashtama Shanaiswara (Saturn in 8th house - 2 1/2 years) etc. Chanting the Shani Mantra reduces the malefic effects of Saturn in Horoscope. Given below are some Mantras of Shani dev.


"Om Hlim Sham Shanaye Namah"

"Om praam preem praum sah shanayishraya namah"

"Om sham shanayscharaya namaha"

"Aum Aing Hring Shring Shung Shanaishcharaye Namah Aum"

Shani Gayatri Mantra

"Om Sanaischaraya vidhmahe

Sooryaputraya dhimahi

tanno manda prachodayat"

Shani Dhyan Mantra

Nilanjana samabhasam raviputram yamagrajam

chaya martanda sambhutam tam namami shaishcharam

Meaning

I bow to Lord Shani, who is black in colour and son of Sun and born to Chaya and brother of Yama , who moves very slowly.

For Sani or Saturn related problems and during the dasa or antardasa of Shani:

1. Worship Lord Hanuman or Lord Siva.

2. Recite Hanuman chalisa or any other Hanuman stotra.

3. Japa of Shani mantra:

" Om pram preem proum sah shanaischaraya namah " , 19000 times in 40 days.

4. Recite the Shani stotra:

Nelanjan samabhasam ravi putram yamagrajam

Chaaya martand sambhutam tam namami shanaischaram

5. Donate a buffalo or black oil (sesame seeds) on Saturday.

6. Fasting on Fridays.

7. Pooja: Hanuman pooja or Siva Pooja

8. Wear a 14 mukhi Rudraksha.

For all Saturn related troubles the following Shani Shodasanama stotra of Dasharatha is an excellent remedy.

Konassanaischaromandah

chhayaahridayanandanah

Maargandaja sudhaasouri neelavastraanjanadyutih

Abrahmanah kroora kroora karmaatangi

grahanaayakah

Krishnodharmaanujah shantah shushkodara

varapradah

Apart from this reciting the following dasanama stotra of Shani by Dasharatha near a Pepal tree is also a highly recommended one.Konastha pingalobabhruhKrishnoroudraantakoyamahSouri, shanaischaro mandahPippaladishu sansthitah

LORD KRISNA MANTRA//SLOKA


Lord Krishna is one of the most popular and worshipped deities of the Hindu religion. He is an Avatar of Lord Vishnu and central character of the great Epic Mahabharata. The death of Krishna marks the beginning of the Kaliyuga. It is believed that chanting Shri Krishna's name takes away all the miseries and griefs from one's life and mind.


Hare Krishna Mantra

“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”


Krishna Mantras

"Om Krishnaya Namah"

"Om Sri Krishnah sharanam mamah"

“Om Kleem Krishnaaya Govindaaya

Gopeejanavallabhaya swaaha”


Krishna Gayatri Mantra

“Om Govindaya Vidhmahe

Gopi Vallabhaya Dheemahe

Thanno Krishna Prachodayath.”

Travel To Prasanthi-Sathya Saibaba Ashram

Trains
Prasanthi Nilayam appeared on the Indian railway map with the formal flagging of the Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam - Secunderabad train by Hon'ble Minister of State for Railways Sri Bandaru Duttatreya on 16 November 2002.
The following are the timings of the trains that will pass through SSSPSN station as of fall 2002, with more trains to be diverted via the new Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam station shortly.
Train No.- Route - Name - Arrival - Departure
2429 Rajadhani Express Bangalore-Nizamuddin 9.10 PM- 9.15 PM
2430 Rajadhani Express- Nizamuddin-Bangalore 4.20 AM - 4.25 AM
6529 Udyan Express- Mumbai CST-Bangalore 4.40 AM- 4.45 AM
6530 Udyan Express - Bangalore-Mumbai CST 11.10 PM - 11.15 PM
8564 Prasanthi Express- Bangalore-Visakhapatnam 5.30 PM -5.35 PM
8563 Prasanthi Express- Visakhapatnam-Bangalore 5.35 AM- 5.40 AM
7604 Express Kacheguda-Prasanthi Nilayam 8.35 AM - --
7605 Express - Prasanthi Nilayam - Kacheguda -- 6.40 PM
434 Passenger - Guntur - Bangalore 1.05 PM - 1.10 PM
433 Passenger - Bangalore - Guntur 12.10 PM 12.15 PM
Train Arrival Timings near Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam/SSPN on Thu Sep 3, 2009
For a return trip, you can make reservations and check the schedule in the bus station near the police station just outside the ashram.

TRAIN INFORMATIONS:CHENNAI TO PRASANTHI

Sai Prashanti Nilayam Express/2691
Departure: Chennai Central
Arrival:Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam


6 hrs 25 min3
62 km
8 halts
Departs from Chennai Central/MAS 23:30
Arrives Bangalore City Junction/SBC @ 05:55 +1 night
Arrives PRASANTHI NILAYAM 10:20

Fares & Seat/Berth Availability
Chennai Central/MAS to Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam/SSPN
General Quota
General Sleeper AC 3-tier AC 2-tier
Rs. 112 Rs. 249 Rs. 645 Rs. 872
Always confirm seat availability and fares directly with the official website

Make sure to visit the official site and double-check the timetable.
http://indiarailinfo.com/train/136/35/136
Links to know more..
http://www.sathyasai.org/ashrams/prashanthi.htm
http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/Pages/AshramInfo/Ashram.htm
Sundaram - A Prasanthi Nilayam in Chennai
‘Once You Are Inside Sundaram You Forget Everything!’
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VERY ARTISTIC PHOTOS OF LORD GANESHA












VINAAYAKA means one who removes all obstacles in the way of fulfilling any action.Vinaayaka also demonstrated the truth that His Divine parents (Parameshwara and Paarvathi)were the two to whom he owed his birth and existence and whom he should seek as his redeemers. This is the reason he is described as Vinaayaka and Vighneshwara (The Lord of Obstacles). He is also called Ganapathi--the Lord of all the Ganas (the host of spirits). There is an inner meaning for this name. Ganapathi is known for his supreme intelligence. It is because of this intelligence, he is able to keep under his control the vast array of spirits.


The Laughing Buddha as Hotei in Japan or Pu-Tai in China

Gautam Buddha is a name from history , one who brought buddhism, also we all know the laughing Buddha, he is some one who finds a place in our daily life from bedrooms to our workplace , no doubt we all know both them, the question is has anyone ever asked are they same ? Well if you treat them like god they all are one like all gods. Yes they are different , I am poor student of history but I can bet that I never saw Gautam Buddha laughing or having such a pot belly.


The Laughing Buddha (also known as Hotei in Japan or Pu-Tai in China) is thought to be based on an actual wandering Chinese monk who lived at the time of the Liang Dynasty (907-923 AD). He is incorporated in Buddhist, Taoist and Shinto traditions. He is not the same as Gautama Buddha, the main Buddha associated with founding Buddhism. But there does appear to be a link as some strings of Buddhism do regard the Laughing Buddha as an earlier incarnation of the Maitreya Buddha (or future Buddha) who is predicted to succeed the Guatam Buddha, and this is partly because of the words attributed to him before his death:




“Maitreya, the true Maitreya has billions of incarnations.


Often he is shown to people at the time; other times they do not recognize him.”




There are many myths as to why this incarnation of Buddha laughs some of them are interesting while some are just non-sense , here are they :




* Actually Hotei was an enlightened master. He started laughing immediately after his enlightenment. And laughing was a way of his preaching enlightenment. People, disciple will gather around him, and seeing him laugh they too would catch the laughter. Some serenity and joy would descend.
* The big belly that He has contains the sufferings of all the living beings . He is not a fat man . The laughing style of Him is a gesture of Happiness from the deep down of his heart . This noble being is a Boddhisatva and the thus come one Buddha . The word Maitreya means loving kindness ( Metta in Pali language ) . So , we can see from the statue carved , the image represents a very kind and jolly person .




There are many more but they all are just funny part of it, now comes the point what is the use of this laughing buddha in our house, the Laughing Buddha is a symbol of happiness and prosperity. In Feng Shui , he is the symbol for wealth. Legend says that rubbing his stomach — which contains wealth, luck, good fortune and joy — will be ours. Laughing Buddha statues are popular as house warming gifts and good luck charms. It is commonly held that statues of the Laughing Buddha must not be placed on the floor, they must be positioned on an elevated surface, as a sign of respect.


Quotations On Peace

“The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small "
-Adlai E. Stevenson
“I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.”
-Dwight David Eisenhower

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.”
-A. J. Muste
“We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.”
-A. J. Muste

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”
-Abraham Maslow

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death ... I think. peace and tranquillity will return again.”
- Anne Frank

Quotes Of Swami Vivekananda


"I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal."

Swami Vivekananda

Representative of Hindus

Parliament of Religions

Columbian Exposition,

Chicago World Fair

11 September 1893.


“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”


“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”


“Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin ? to say that you are weak, or others are weak.”
“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”
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Akand Jaap-Non Stop Recitation Of GOD

Non-stop Recitation of GOD is known as Akhand Jaap .It can be kept for any duration as per one’s convenience. Day-and-night Jaap for a fixed number of hours/days/weeks or months are kept by the devotees in their homes or by the Organization in the Ashrams. A Sadhak should whole-heartedly participate in such opportunities.

Fill All Your Actions With Love
If you leave pride, you become dear to
all;
If you conquer anger, you become free
from worries;
You become prosperous when you control
your desires.
You attain happiness only when you conquer
greed.
(Sanskrit Verse)

"Splitting of Love is Science"-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba


The Scientist and The Saint
" The word Manava (man) has several meanings. One of them is that man has an ancient origin. Maa meaning "not," and nava meaning "new" indicate that man is "not new." He has had a long past. Another meaning of the word is "one who lives without ignorance" (Maa--ignorance; Na---without; Va -- lives). The reason for this is the fact that in man them is a sacred principle composed of the five basic elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth).



If we examine the nature of the human state from the scientific point of view, it is found that the tissues of the human body are composed of the four elements: hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon. The unified expression of these four elements is the human condition. Ignoring this unity, scientists today are seeking to explore the nature of matter by breaking up the Love principle. "The Spirit of Love is Spirituality." "Splitting of Love is Science." Scientists are exploring matter by dividing Love. They are unaware of the nature of Love. They are ignorant of Purity. Scientists are imbued only with a sense of enquiry into matter. Consequently, today there is a complete divorce between science and spirituality. "


-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba
Discourse at "Sai Sruti," Kodaikanal, 6 May 1988

Saibaba and Nara Narayana Gufa Ashram

Science should be linked to spirituality-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba

There is an internal relationship between Nature and Divinity. The ocean, the moon and man re interrelated. The ocean swells on Full Moon day. What is the connection between the ocean and the moon? The mind and the moon are inter-related. Without our being conscious of it, our inds are affected during Full Moon days. Mental afflictions are aggravated during those days. The Scientist should develop an integral approach towards Nature, Man and Spirit. Only then an he realise the underlying divinity that unites the man and the cosmos.

Men today act upon what is stated in an almanac. But when the Vedas declare "Thath Thwam Asi" ("That Thou Art") they are not prepared to believe in it. Men who are prepared to believe in some tale in a newspaper or a novel, will not believe in the Vedic pronouncement of their inherent dignity.


Many scientific inventions are extremely useful to man. But if they are not properly used they can cause great harm.


For instance, television can be valuable means of educating and entertaining people. But how is it berg used today? As soon as a boy returns from school, he throws away his books and starts looking at the TV. His mother serves him food near the TV set. Both mother and son keep watching TV without regard to their other duties. Several hours of precious time is wasted in watching TV. The fault lies not with the television, but with the excessive and wrongful use of the instrument. It is like a knife which can be used for slicing vegetables or stabbing a person. It is only when science is linked to spirituality that the results of science can be fully harnessed for the good and elevation of mankind.


-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba
Discourse in Bombay on 26-1 - 1985.


People who have a wavering mind cannot be true yogis, even
though they may pass off as good devotees in external
appearances.
-BABA-

Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba Says:Naamasmarana is the best way to purify the heart

"Today the atmosphere is filled with the discordant and disturbing noises of various kinds. These radio waves get into the minds of people and pollute their thoughts. Hence, if we wish to listen to pure sounds, the atmosphere must be free from pollution. The pollution cycle starts from smoke and clouds and ends in the food we eat. Hence the state of our minds depends on the kind of food we constant. The nature of the food depends on the environment. The environment is determined by human actions. Today men's actions are not along right lines.
Most devotees are like the fruits of the fig tree' attractive to look at from the outside, but infested with worms inside. Devotees should strive to purify their hearts. For this purpose they have to chant the Lord's name.

The effect of Naama-smarana has to be properly trader-stood. Chanting the Lord's name purifies the environment. The first step is to purify one's own heart. Transform yourself before you set our to transform others. The role of bhajans in purifying the atmosphere should be recognised. In this context, the role of community singing should be understood. Singing bhajans in your home,you may indulge in your fancies and derive whatever joy you get therefrom. Sankeerthan (community singing) calls for whole-hearted, soul-ful singing, which moves the hearts of the listeners. Bhajans should not be a routine ritual. You must put your heart and soul into the singing.

In reciting the names of the Lord you have to bear in mind another her. When you recite the names thousands of devotees are listening. You must chant names which are familiar to all of them. You should not expect people to follow whatever you sing. You should see that they can easily respond to your song. The names you chant should be short and sweet. If you use big words and complicated terms, the devotees will not be able to follow you. In that situation they may get depressed. What can they do when they do not hear you properly and cannot respond in chorus? They get disgusted.
Simplify the bhajans

Therefore, in your bhajans use short names like Raama, Krishna, Allah, Yesu and so on. Then all would be able to follow you with ease. If you use high-sounding words, few can follow you. Eschew any aversion to any faith or nation. Have no ill-will towards anyone. Do not cause hurt to anyone. Look upon all alike. This feeling of oneness should spread all over the world. Krishna declared: "The entire cosmos is sustained by a fragment of my potency" This means that the Divine permeates the entire cosmos. What, then, is our duty? To fill our hearts with love. Then the whole universe will be filled with love. There is no use in singing bhajans if the singers hearts are filled with jealousy and hatred. There is no greater spiritual recipe for people in the Kali Age than the chanting of Hari's naama. Foolish people speak derisively about the bhajans conducted in the presence of Svaami. They have no idea of the joy derived by the devotees from the singing of the Lord's name. "

" Will the bees which are fond of honey
in the lotus go after any other flowers?
By constant eating even the bitter leaves of
the neem tree acquire a sweetness of their own.
By spiritual saadhana all objectives are achieved. "
(Thelugu poem).

-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba
Discourse in Sundharam, Madras, on 11-4-1997.

SHRI GURUPOORNIMA FESTIVAL 2009 PROGRAMME-Sri Saibaba Sansthan,Shirdi

Forwarding herewith the invitation and detailed programme of Gurupoornima 2009 as published by Shri Saibaba Sansthan Shirdi on its official website.

Dear Devotees,

Members of the Board of Management, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi cordially invite you to join them in celebrating "Shri Gurupoornima Festival" from Monday July 6, 2009 to Wednesday 8, 2009.


With the blessings of Sai Baba

- Kishore More ( Executive Officer)

- Shankarrao Kolhe ( Vice Chairman)

- Jayant Sasane (Chairman)

For and behalf of Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi - 423 109 (Maharashtra)


SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMMES BY INVITED GUESTS


Monday 06/07/2009 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm by invited guestsTuesday 07/07/2009 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm by invited guestsWednesday 08/07/2009 from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm by invited guests


Venue : Near Samadhi Mandir Stage, Shirdi

Please Note:

1. Sai Devotees desiring to participate in the Akhanad Parayan may enroll their names at the Temple, in Samadhi Mandiron 05/07/2009 between 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Participants will be selected by draw lots at 7:00 pm on the same day.

2. Artists desiring to present their programmes on 07/07/2009 may contact Sansthan Gawal in Samadhi Mandir in advance.

3. During the festival period Saisatyavrat (Satyanarayan) and Abhishek Pooja will be performed as usual.4. On all three days of festival auction sale as Prasad of Sacred clothes, Articles etc offered to Shri Sai Baba will be as usual.5. The Board of Management reserves the right of making alterations in the programme as may be deemed to be necessary. Source :http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/Main_Hindi/GURURUPOURNIMA_UTSAV2009/GPinvitation2009.htmlPlease click on picture for larger view.

Opening Day - Monday 06/07/2009 Ashadh Sh. 14 Shake 19310
4:30 am - Kakad Arti of Shri Sai Baba
05:00 am - Procession of Protrait of Shri Saibaba and Pothi0
5:15 am - Akhand Parayan of Shri Sai Satcharitra in Dwarkamai
05:30 am - Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba and Darshan
12:30 pm - Mid Day Arti and Tirth Prasad
4:00 - 6:00 pm - Kirtan07:00 pm - Dhoop AArti
09:15 pm - Thursday's Palanquin and then Palanquin Procession of Shri Sai Baba through the village.
11:00 pm - Shej Arti(on return of Palanquin Procession)
Note : Dwarkamai Mandir will remain open for Parayan throughout the night

Main Day - Tuesday 07/07/2009
Asadh Sh. 15 Shake 19310
4:30 am - Kakad Arti of Shri Sai Baba
05:00 am - Akhand Parayan of Shri Sai Satcharitra Samapti (Conclusion), Procession of Potrait of Shri Sai Baba and Pothi
05:30 am - Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba and Darshan
10:00 - 12:00 noon - Mid Day Arti and Tirth Prasad
4:00 - 6:00 pm - Kirtan
5:00 pm - Chariot Procession through the village and Dhoop Arti( on return of Chariot Procession)
07:00 pm - Dhoop Arti
09:15 pm - Chariot Procession of Shri Sai Baba through the village.
11:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Artist Programmes
Note : Samadhi Mandir will remain open for Parayan throughout the night

Concluding Day - Saturday 04/04/2009 Chaitra Sh. 10 shake 1931
05:05 am - Holy Bath of Shri Saibaba and Darshan06:45 am : Rudrabhishek in Gurusthan
Mandir
10:30 am - Gopalkala Kirtan and Dahihandi Programme12:15 pm - Mid Day Arti and Tirth Prasad07:00 pm -Dhoop Arti 10:30 pm - Shej Arti

About the Necessity of a Guru-Shirdi Sai Satcharitra


Object of Writing the Work - Incapacity and Boldness in the Undertaking - Hot Discussion - Conferring Significant and Prophetic Title of Hemadpant - Necessity of a Guru



In the last Chapter, the author mentioned in the original Marathi book that he would state the reason that led him to undertake the work, and the persons qualified to read the same and such other points. Now in this chapter, he starts to tell the same.



In the first chapter, I described Sai Baba’s miracle of checking and destroying the epidemic of Cholera by grinding wheat and throwing the flour, on the outskirts of the village. I heard other miracles of Sai Baba to my great delight, and this delight burst forth into this poetic work. I also thought, that the description of these grand miracles of Sai Baba would be interesting, and instructive to His devotees; and would remove their sins, and so I began to write the sacred life and teachings of Sai Baba. The life of the saint is neither logical nor dialectical. It shows us the true and great path.



Hemadpant thought that he was not a fit person to undertake the work. He said, "I do not know the life of my intimate friend nor do I know my own mind, then how can I write the life of a saint or describe the nature of Incarnations, which even the Vedas were unable to do? One must be a saint himself, before he could know other saints, then how can I describe their glory? To write the life of a saint is the most difficult, though one may as well measure the depth of the water of the seven seas or enclose the sky with cloth-trappings. I knew, that this was the most venturous undertaking, which might expose me to ridicule. I, therefore, invoked Sai Baba’s grace.


The premier poet-saint of Maharashtra, Shri Jnaneshwar Maharaj, has stated that the Lord loves those who write the lives of saints; and the saints also have a peculiar method of their own of getting the service, which the devotees long for, successfully accomplished. The saints inspire the work, the devotee becomes only an indirect cause or instrument to achieve the end. For instance, in 1700 Shaka year, the poet Mahipati aspired to write the lives of saints. Saints inspired him, and got the work done; so also in 1800 Shaka year, Das Ganu’s service was accepted. The former wrote 4 works-Bhakta Vijaya, Santa Vijaya, Bhakta Leelamrit and Santa Kathamrit, while the latter wrote two - "Bhakta Leelamrit and Santa Kathamrit", in which the lives of modern Saints were described. In chapters 31,32,33 of Bhakta Leelamrit and in chapter 57 of Santa Kathamrit, the sweet life and teachings of Sai Baba are very well depicted. These have been separately published in Sai Leela Magazine, Nos. 11 and 12, Vol. 17; the readers are advised to read these chapters. So also Sai Baba’s wonderful Leelas are described in a small decent book named Shri Sainath Bhajana Mala by Mrs. Savitribai Raghunath Tendulkar of Bandra. Das-Ganu Maharaj also has composed various sweet poems on Sai Baba. A devotee named Amidas Bhavani Mehta, has also published some stories of Sri Baba in Gujarathi; some Nos. of Sainath Prabha, a magazine published by Dakshina Bhiksha Sanstha of Shirdi, are also published. Then the question of objection comes in, that while so many works regarding Sai Baba are extant, why should this (Satcharita) be written? and where is its necessity?


The answer is plain and simple. The life of Sai Baba is as wide and deep as the infinite ocean; and all can dive deep into the same and take out precious gems (of knowledge and Bhakti), and distribute them to the aspiring public. The stories, parables, and teachings of Sai Baba are very wonderful. They will give peace and happiness to the people, who are afflicted with sorrows and heavily loaded with miseries of this worldly existence, and also bestow knowledge and wisdom, both in the worldly and in spiritual domains. If these teachings of Sai Baba, which are as interesting and instructive as the Vedic lore, are listened to and meditated upon, the devotees will get, what they long for, viz., union with Brahman, mastery in eight-fold Yoga, Bliss of meditation etc. So I thought, that I should call these stories together that would be my best Upasana. This collection would be most delightful to those simple souls, whose eyes were not blessed with Sai Baba’s darshan. So, I set about collecting Sai Baba’s teachings and expressions - the outcome of His boundless and natural self-realization. It was Sai Baba, who inspired me in this matter; in fact, I surrendered my ego at His feet, and thought that my path was clear; and that He would make me quite happy here, and in the next world.


I could not myself ask Sai Baba to give me permission for this work; so I requested Mr. Madhavrao Deshpande alias Shama, Sai Baba’s most intimate devotee, to speak to Him for me. He pleaded for my cause and said to Sai Baba, "This Annasaheb wishes to write Your biography, don’t say that You are a poor begging Fakir, and there is no necessity to write it, but if You agree and help him, he will write or rather, Your feet (grace) will accomplish the work. Without Your consent and blessing, nothing can be done successfully." When Sai Baba heard this request, He was moved and blessed me by giving me His Udi (sacred ashes) and placing His boon-bestowing hand on my head said, "Let him make a collection of stories and experiences, keep notes and memos; I will help him. He is only an outward instrument. I should write Myself My autobiography and satisfy the wishes of My devotees. He should get rid of his ego, place (or surrender) it at My feet. He who acts like this in life, him I help the most. What of My life-stories? I serve him in his house in all possible ways. When his ego is completely annihilated and there is left no trace of it, I Myself shall enter into him and shall Myself write My own life. Hearing my stories and teachings will create faith in devotees’ hearts and they will easily get self - realization and Bliss; let there be no insistence on establishing one’s own view, no attempt to refute other’s opinions, no discussions of pros and cons of any subject."


The word ‘discussion’ put me in mind of my promise to explain the story of my getting the title of Hemadpant and now I begin to relate the same. I was on close friendly terms with Kakasaheb Dixit and Nanasaheb Chandorkar. They pressed me to go to Shirdi and have Sai Baba’s darshan, and I promised them to do so. But something in the interval turned up, which prevented me from going to shirdi. The son of a friend of mine at Lonavala fell ill. My friend tried all possible means, physical and spiritual, but the fever would not abate. At length he got his Guru to sit by the bed-side of his son, but this too was of no avail. Hearing this, I thought ‘what was the utility of the Guru, if he could not save my friend’s son? If the Guru can’t do anything for us, why should I go to Shirdi at all?’ Thinking in this way, I postponed my Shirdi-trip; but the inevitable must happen and it happened in my case as follows : - Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who was a Prant Officer, was going on tour to Bassein. From Thana he came to Dadar and was waiting for a train bound for Bassein. In the meanwhile, a Bandra Local turned up. He, sat in it and came to Bandra; and sent for me and took me to task for putting off my Shirdi trip. Nana’s argument for my Shirdi trip was convincing and delightful, and so I decided to start for Shirdi, the same night. I packed up my luggage and started for Shirdi. I planned to go to Dadar and there to catch the train for Manmad, and so I booked myself for Dadar and sat in the train. While the train was to start, a Mahomedan came hastily to my compartment and seeing all my paraphernalia, asked me where I was bound to. I told him my plan. He then suggested that I should straight go to Boribunder, and not get down at Dadar, for the Manmad Mail did not get down at Dadar at all. If this little miracle or Leela had not happened, I would not have reached Shirdi next day as settled, and many doubts would have assailed me. But that was not to be. As fortune favoured me, I reached Shirdi the next day before 9 or 10 A.M. Mr. Bhausaheb (Kaka) Dixit was waiting for me there. This was in 1910 A.D., when there was only one place, viz., Sathe’s Wada for lodging pilgrim devotees. After alighting from the Tonga, I was anxious to have darshana, when the great devotee, Tatyasaheb Noolkar returned from the Masjid (Dwarkamai) and said that Sai Baba was at the corner of the Wada, and that I should first get the preliminary darshan and then, after bath, see Him at leisure. Hearing this I ran and prostrated before Sai Baba and then my joy knew no bounds. I found more than what Nana Chandorkar had told me. All my senses were satisfied and I forgot thirst and hunger. The moment I touched Sai Baba’s feet, I began a new lease of life. I felt myself much obliged to those who spurred and helped me to get the darshana; and I considered them as my real relatives, and I cannot repay their debt. I only remember them and prostrate (mentally) before them. The peculiarity of Sai Baba’s darshana, as I found it, is that by His darshana our thoughts are changed, the force of previous actions is abated and gradually non-attachment of dispassion towards worldly objects grows up. It is by the merit of actions in many past births that such darshana is got, and if only you see Sai Baba, really all the world becomes or assumes the form of Sai Baba.




On the first day of my arrival in Shirdi, there was a discussion between me and Balasaheb Bhate regarding the necessity of a Guru. I contended, "Why should we lose our freedom and submit to others? When we have to do our duty, why a Guru is necessary? One must try his best and save himself. What can the Guru do to a man who does nothing but sleeps indolently?" Thus I pleaded freewill, while Mr. Bhate took up the other side, viz., Destiny, and said, "Whatever is bound to happen must happen; even great men have failed, man proposes one way, but God disposes the other (contrary) way. Brush aside your cleverness; pride or egoism won’t help you." This discussion, with all its pros and cons went on for an hour or so, and as usual no decision was arrived at. We had to stop the discussion ultimately as we were exhausted. The net result of this was that I lost my peace of mind and found that unless there is strong body-consciousness and egoism, there would be no discussion; in other words, it is egoism which breeds discussion.


Then when we went to the Masjid (Dwarkamai) with others, Baba asked Kakasaheb Dixit the following:-"What was going on in the (Sathe’s) Wada? What was the discussion about?" and staring at me, Sai Baba further added, "What did this Hemadpant say?"Hearing these words, I was much surprised. The Masjid (Dwarkamai) was at a considerable distance from Sathe’s Wada where I was staying and where the discussion was going on. How could Sai Baba know our discussion unless He be omniscient and Inner Ruler of us all?


Significant and Prophetic Title


I began to think why Sai Baba should call me by the name Hemadpant. This word is a corrupt form of Hemadripant. This Hemadripant was a wellknown Minister of the kings Mahadev and Ramadev of Devgiri of the Yadav dynasty. He was very learned, good-natured and the author of good works, such as Chaturvarga Chintamani (dealing with spiritual subjects) and Rajprashasti. He invented and started new methods of accounts and was the originator of the Modi (Marathi Shorthand) script. But I was quite the opposite, an ignoramus, and of dull, mediocre intellect. So I could not understand why the name or title was conferred upon me, but thinking seriously upon it, I thought that the title was a dart to destroy my ego, so that, I should always remain meek and humble. It was also a compliment paid to me for the cleverness in the discussion.Looking to the future history, we think that Sai Baba’s word (calling Mr. Dabholkar by the name Hemadpant) was significant and prophetic, as we find that he looked after the management of Sai Sansthan very intelligently, kept nicely all the accounts and was also the author of such a good work "Sai Satcharita", which deals with such important and spiritual subjects as Jnana, Bhakti and dispassion, self-surrender and self-realization.


About the Necessity of a Guru


Hemadpant has left no note, no memo about what Sai Baba said regarding this subject, but Kakasaheb Dixit has published his notes regarding this matter. Next day after Hemadpant’s meeting with Sai Baba, Kakasaheb went to Sai Baba and asked whether he should leave Shirdi. Sai Baba Said, "Yes". Then someone asked - "Sai Baba, where to go?" Sai Baba said, "High up." Then the man said, "How is the way?" Sai Baba said, "There are many ways leading there; there is one way also from here (Shirdi). The way is difficult. There are tigers and wolves in the jungles on the way." I (Kakasaheb) asked - "But Sai Baba, what if we take a guide with us?" Sai Baba answered, - "Then there is no difficulty. The guide will take you straight to your destination, avoiding wolves, tigers and ditches etc. on the way. If there be no guide, there is the danger of your being lost in the jungles or falling into ditches." Mr. Dabholkar was present on this occasion and he thought that this was the answer Sai Baba gave to the question whether Guru was a necessity (Vide Sai Leela Vol. I, No.5, Page 47); and he thereupon took the hint that no discussion of the problem, whether man is free or bound, is of any use in spiritual matters, but that on the contrary real Paramartha is possible only as the result of the teachings of the Guru, as is illustrated in this chapter of the original work in the instances of great Avatars like Rama and Krishna, who had to submit themselves to their Gurus, Vasishtha and Sandipani respectively, for getting self- realization and that the only virtues necessary for such progress are faith and patience. (Vide Sai Satcharita, Ch. II, 191-92)


Bow To Shri Sai Peace Be To All


Salutations -- The Story of Grinding Wheat and Its Philosophical Significance-Shirdi Sai Satcharitra

Sri Sai Satcharitra-CHAPTER-1


According to the ancient and revered custom, Hemadpant begins the work, Sai Satcharitra, with various salutations.

First, he makes obeisance to the God Ganesha to remove all obstacles and make the work a success and says that Shri Sai is the God Ganesha.

Then, to the Goddess Saraswati to inspire him to write out the work and says that Shri Sai is one with this Goddess and that He is Himself singing His own life.

Then, to the Gods; Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar - the Creating, Preserving and Destroying Deities respectively; and says that Sainath is one with them and He as the great Teacher, will carry us across the River of Wordly Existence.

Then, to his tutelary Deity Narayan Adinath who manifested himself in Konkan - the land reclaimed by Parashurama, (Rama in the Hindi version) from the sea; and to the Adi (Original) Purusha of the family.Then, to the Bharadwaja Muni, into whose gotra (clan) he was born and also to various Rishis, Yagyavalakya, Bhrigu, Parashara, Narad, Vedavyasa, Sanak, Sanandan, Sanatkumar, Shuka. Shounak, Vishwamitra, Vasistha, Valmiki, Vamadeva, Jaimini, Vaishampayan, Nava Yogindra etc, and also modern Saints such as Nivritti, Jnanadev, Sopan, Muktabai, Janardan, Ekanath, Namdev, Tukaram, Kanha, and Narahari etc.

Then, to his grandfather Sadashiv, father Raghunath, his mother, who left him in his infancy, to his paternal aunt, who brought him up, and to his loving elder brother.Then, to the readers and prays them to give their whole and undivided attention to his work.And lastly, to his Guru Shri Sainath - an Incarnation of Shri Dattatreya, Who is his sole Refuge and Who will make him realize that Brahman is the Reality and the world an illusion; and incidentally, to all the Beings in whom the Lord God dwells.After describing in brief the various modes of devotion according to Parashara, Vyasa and Shandilya etc., the author goes on to relate the following story:


"It was sometime after 1910 A.D. that I went, one fine morning, to the Masjid (Dwarkamai) in Shirdi for getting a darshan of Sai Baba. I was wonder-struck to see the following phenomenon. After washing His mouth and face, Sai Baba began to make preparations for grinding wheat. He spread a sack on the floor; and thereon set a hand-mill. He took some quantity of wheat in a winnowing fan, and then drawing up the sleeves of His Kafni (robe); and taking hold of the peg of the hand-mill, started grinding the wheat by putting a few handfuls of wheat in the upper opening of the mill and rotoated it. I thought ‘What business Sai Baba had with the grinding of wheat, when He possessed nothing and stored nothing, and as He lived on alms!’ Some people who had come there thought likewise, but none had the courage to ask Sai Baba what He was doing. Immediately, this news of Sai Baba's grinding wheat spread into the village, and at once men and women ran to the Masjid (Dwarkamai) and flocked there to see Sai Baba's act. Four bold women, fro m the crowd, forced their way up and pushing Sai Baba aside, took forcibly the peg or handle into their hands, and, singing Sai Baba's Leelas, started grinding. At first Sai Baba was enraged, but on seeing the women's love and devotion, He was much pleased and began to smile. While they were grinding, they began to think that Sai Baba had no house, no property, no children, none to look after, and He lived on alms, He did not require any wheat-flour for making bread or roti, what will He do with this big quantity of flour? Perhaps as Sai Baba is very kind, He will distribute the flour amongst us. Thinking in this way while singing, they finished the grinding and after putting the hand-mill aside, they divided the flour into four portions and began to remove them one per head. Sai Baba, Who was calm and quiet up till now, got wild and started abusing them saying, "Ladies, are you gone mad? Whose father's property are you looting away? Have I borrowed any wheat from you, so that you can safely take the flour? Now please do this. Take the flour and throw it on the village border limits." On hearing this, the women felt abashed and whispering amongst themselves, went away to the outskirts of the village and spread the flour as directed by Sai Baba.I asked the Shirdi people, "What was this that Sai Baba did?" They replied that as the Cholera Epidemic was spreading in the village and this was Sai Baba's remedy against the same; it was not wheat that was ground but the Cholera itself was ground to pieces and pushed out of the village. From this time onward, the Cholera Epidemic subsided and the people of the village were happy. I was much pleased to know all this; but at the same time my curiosity was also aroused. I began to ask myself - What earthly connection was there between wheat flour and Cholera? What was the casual relation between the two? and how to reconcile them? The incident seems to be inexplicable. I should write something on this and sing to my heart's content Sai Baba's sweet Leelas. Thinking in this way about this Leela, my heart was filled with joy and I was thus inspired to write Sai Baba's Life - The Satcharita.And as we know, with Sai Baba's grace and blessing this work was successfully accomplished.
Philosophical Significance of GrindingApart from the meaning which the people of Shirdi put on this incident of grinding wheat, there is, we think, a philosophical significance too. Sai Baba lived in Shirdi for about sixty years and during this long period, He did the business of grinding almost every day - not, however, the wheat alone; but the sins, the mental and physical afflications and the miseries of His innumerable devotees. The two stones of His mill consisted of Karma and Bhakti, the former being the lower and the latter the upper one. The handle with which Baba worked the mill consisted of Jnana. It was the firm conviction of Baba that Knowledge or Self-realization is not possible, unless there is the prior act of grinding of all our impulses, desires, sins; and of the three gunas, viz. Sattva, Raja and Tama; and the Ahamkara, which is so subtle and therefore so difficult to be got rid of.This reminds us of a similar story of Kabir who seeing a woman grinding corn said to his Guru, Nipathiranjana, "I am weeping because I feel the agony of being crushed in this wheel of wordly existence like the corn in the hand-mill." Nipathiranjana replied, "Do not be afraid; hold fast to the handle of knowledge of this mill, as I do, and do not wander far away from the same but turn inward to the Centre, and you are sure to be saved."


Bow To Shri Sai Peace Be To All

What Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba Says About Vedas?

Foster the Vedas
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WHEN Sri Krishna declared in the Gita that the Lord descends as Avatar to punish the wicked and protect the good, it does not mean that the Avatars purpose is to destroy evil-doers. Evil refers to bad thoughts. These thoughts are in everyone. It is these that have to be destroyed. Dharma is Divinity Itself. The Vedas seek to promote good thoughts; eliminate ideas of evil, and help mankind to lead the good life. Hence they have to be cherished and fostered.

If the injunctions given in the Vedas and Sastras are followed by mankind, they will be freedfrom affliction. Most of our troubles have arisen because we have forgotten the Vedas. The earth has always had the power of attraction. But the scientist Newton carried out experiments and discovered the earth's gravitational pull. The earth had the power of attraction before Newton's discovery. Likewise, the Vedic sages had carried out spiritual explorations on the basis of the Vedas. Because their findings were made known in Bharat, it cannot be said that the Vedas are not to be found anywhere else. The Vedas encompass the whole world and are immanent everywhere. Bharatiyas cannot deny the truth about gravitation merely because a foreigner like Newton discovered it. Similarly others outside India cannot deny the validity of the Vedas because the Bharatiyas discovered their truth.

Decline of respect for Vedas in India

As a matter of fact, many in other countries revere the Vedas. Max Mueller made a thoroughstudy of the origin and content of the Vedas and wrote tomes about them. He studied the Vedas diligently to understand the meanings of the hymns. He devoted a lifetime to these studies. From "Max Mueller" he became known as "Mokshamula."

The tragedy of the present situation in India is that Bharatiyas do not esteem the Vedas as highly as the foreigners. Destitution in India has grown with the decline of respect for the Vedas, which had been the fountain-source of its prosperity. The Brahmanas as a class must be held responsible for the decline of the Vedas. If they had cared to protect the Vedas in the proper way,the nation would not have fallen on evil days. At least now, they should open their eyes and try to promote the study of the Vedas on proper lines.

In the Sai Educational Institutions students from the primary classes to the Ph.D. level arestudying Vedas. Students are being given the encouragement they deserve. It is because students in most of the other educational institutions are allowed to go astray that the nation is plunged in confusion and chaos. People tend to speak in one way and act differently. It is this dichotomy that has resulted in the public disregard for the Vedas. If those in responsible positions do not live up to their words, how can the people have faith in them?

Be fearless in propagating Vedas

Embodiments of Divine Love! Every individual should take a pledge to nourish the Vedas onright lines. The welfare of the nation and the prosperity of the world are dependent on the Vedas. Within another ten or twenty years, even the few who possess the Vedic knowledge may not remain. Hence there is urgent need to take concerted measures to provide the resources and the encouragement for the propagation of the Vedic studies. The Vedas are not to be used as a means of earning a livelihood. The Vedas are a means of establishing a link with the Divine. They are not to be used for entertaining the public. Those who have studied the Vedas must dedicate their lives to promote the Vedas. Only then would they be serving the cause of restoring the glory of Bharat's ancient heritage. Today all the ceremonies prescribed by the Vedas are being given up. Most people are engaged in meaningless superstitions. How many are adhering to the injunctions of the Vedas? People must be prepared to adhere to them even at the cost of their lives. The Vedas must be considered as their life itself. Only those who have this determination and conviction are competent to propagate the Vedas. Be fearless in propagating the Vedas among the people. When you are proclaiming the Truth, why have any fear? Only those who preach falsehood have to be afraid. Is your life in danger? What if life goes? There is nothing nobler than giving up one's life in defense of the Vedas. It is in such a spirit of dauntless determination that you should undertake revival of Vedic knowledge. You must practise what you profess and then impart the knowledge to others.

Vedas pervade everything

Every human being must revere the Vedas. It is the very foundation of life. Every act of daily life has its roots in the Vedas. Whether everyone knows this or not, the Vedas pervade, everything. In the yajna, Sri Narayana himself appears as the embodiment of Veda Yajna is the manifestation of Narayana. Yajna means Thyaga (sacrifice). Sacrifice really means giving up all bad thoughts, egoism, evil qualities, impure desires and wrong actions. Only then will the vision of the Divine be experienced. In an empty mind, you can put anything. But how do you empty a brain that is filled with all kinds of rubbish? And without emptying it, how can you find place for pure thoughts? Your hearts are filled with all kinds of feelings. How can you fill them with the nectar of the Vedas? Everyone must regard it as his foremost duty to work for the revival of the Vedas and live the Vedic way of life."

-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba
Discourse at Poornachandra Auditorium,Prashanthi Nilayam
on 28-9-1987.

Devotional Prayer of Lord Sri Rama-Bhujangam Stotra

Sri Ram Bhujanga Stotra or Rama Bhujangam Stotram is the Hindu devotional song dedicated to Lord Sri Rama or Ramachandra, the seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu appeared on earth in the Treta Yuga. Sri Rama Bujangam was composed by Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya (Adhi Shankara Bhagawat Pada). In this highly powerful Rama Bhujangam sloka, Adi Shankara prasies the great deeds of Lord Rama. Any Lord Ram devotee who chants this bhujagam prayer, which is considered as the summary or Vedas, will be blessed by God Rama and can attain salvation..
Rama Bhujangam Stotra Lyrics - Devotional Prayer of Lord Sri Ram

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Vishudham Param Sachidananda Roopam,
Gunadhara Madhara Heenam Varenyam,
Mahantham Vibhantham Guhantham Gunantham,
Sukhantham Swayamdhama Ramam Prapadhye. 1
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Shivam Nithyamekam Vibhum Tharakakhyam,
Sukhakaramakara Soonyam Sumaanyam,
Mahesam Kalesam Suresam Paresam,
Naresam Nireesam Maheesam Prapadhye. 2
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Yada Varnayal Karnamoole Anthakale,
Shivo Rama Ramethi Ramethi Kasyam,
Thadekam Param Tharaka Brahma Roopam,
Bhajeham, Bhajeham, Bhajeham, Bhajeham. 3
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Maha Rathna Peete Shubhe Kalpa Moole,
Shukaseenamadhitya Koti Prakasam,
Sada Janaki Lakshmanopethamekam,
Sada Ramachandram Bhajeham, Bhajeham. 4
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Kwanadh Rathna Manjeera Padaravindam,
Lasan Mekhala Charu Peethambaradyam,
Maha Rathna Harollasath Kousthubhangam,
Nabha Chanjari Manjari Lola Malam. 5
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Ladad Chandrika Smera Sona Dharabham,
Samudhruth Pathangendu Koti Prakasam,
Namad Brahma Rudhradhi Koteera Rathna,
Sphurath Kanthi Neerajanaradhadhagreem. 6
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Pura Pranjali Nanjaneyadhi Bhakthan,
Swa Chin Mudhraya Bhadraya Bhodhayantham,
Bhajeham, Bhajeham Sada Ramachandram,
Thwadanyam Na Manye Na Manye Na Manye. 7
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Yada Madsameepam Kruthantha Samethya,
Prachanda Prakopair Bhatair Bheeshayen Maam,
Thada Vishkaroshi Thwadeeyam Swaroopam,
Sada Apath Pranasam Sakodanda Banam. 8
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Nije Manase Mandhire Sannidehi,
Praseeda, Praseedha Prabho Ramachandra,
Sa Soumithrina Kaikeyi Nandanena,
Swa Shakthanu Bhakthya Cha Samsevyamana. 9
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Swabhakthagraganyai Kapeesair Mahesai,
Neekaira Nekai Cha Rama, Praseedha,
Namasthe Namosthweesa, Rama Praseeda,
Prasadi Prasadi Prakasam, Prabho Maam. 10
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Thwamevasi Daivam, Param May Yadhekam,
Su Chaithanya Methath Thwadanyam Na Manye,
Yado Bhoodameyam Viyadwayu Thejo,
Jalopadhi Kayam Charam Cha Acharam Cha. 11
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Nama Sachidananda Roopaya Thasmai,
Namo Deva Devaya Ramaya Thubhyam,
Namo Janaki Jeevithesaya Thubhyam,
Nama Pundarikayathakshaya Thubhyam. 12
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Namo Bhakthi Yukthanurakthaya Thubhyam,
Namo Punya Punjai Kalabhyaya Thubhyam,
Namo Veda Vedyaya Chadhyaya Pumse,
Nama Sundrayindira Vallabhaya. 13
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Namo Viswa Karthre, Namo Viswa Harthre,
Namo Viswa Bhokthre, Namo Viswa Bharthre,
Namo Viswa Nethre, Namo Viswa Jethre,
Namo Viswa Pithre, Namo Viswa Mathre. 14
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Namasthe, Namasthe Samastha Prapancha,
Prabhoga, Prayoga, Pramana, Pravena,
Madheeyam Mansthwath Pada Dwandwa Sevaam,
Vidhathum Pravrutham Sukha Chaithanya Sidhyai. 15
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Shilapi Thwadamgrikshama Sangirenu,
Prsadhadhi Chaithanya Madhatha Rama,
Namasthwath Pada Dwandwa Seva Vidhanath,
Suchathanya Metheethi Kim Chithramathra? 16
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Pavithram Charithram Vichithram Thwadheeyam,
Nara yea Smaranthyanwaham Ramachandra,
Bhavantham Bhavaantham Bharantham Bhajantho,
Labhanthe Kruthantham Na Pasyanthyatho Anthe. 17
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Sa Punya Sa Ganya Saranyo Mamaayam,
Naro Veda Yo Deva Choodamanim Thwam,
Sadhkaramekam, Chidannda Roopam,
Mano Vaga Gamyam Param Dhama Rama. 18
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Prachanda, Prathapa Prabhavabhi Bhootha,
Prabhuthari Veera, Prabho Ramachandra,
Balam They Kadam Varnyathe Atheva Balye,
Yado Agandi Chandeesa Kodanda Dandam.19
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Dasagreevamugram Saputhram Samithram,
Sari Durgamadyastharakshoganesam,
Bhavantham vinaa rama, veero naro vaa,
suro Vaa Amaro Vaa Jayeth Kastrilokhyam? 20
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Sada Rama Ramethi Ramamrutham They,
Sada Rama Mananda Nishyanda Kandam,
Pibantham Namantham Sudhantham Hasantham,
Hanumantha Manthar Bhaje Tham Nithantham. 21
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Sad Rama Ramethi Ramamrutham They,
Sada Ramamananda Nishyantha Kandam,
Piban Anvaham Nanvaham Naiva Mruthyor,
Bibhemi Prasadaadasadaa Thavaiva. 22
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Aseethasamethairakothanda Bhooshai,
Soumithri Vandhyair Chanda Prathapair,
Alankesa Kalair Sugreeva Mithrair,
Ramabhi Deyairalam Daivathair Na. 23
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Aveerasanasthair Chin Mudrikadyair,
Bhkthanjaneyadhi Thathwa Prakasair,
Aamandhara Moolair Mandhara Malair,
Ramabhi Deyairalam Daivathair Na. 24
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Asindhu Prakopair Vandhya Prathapair,
Bandhu Prayanair Mandasmithasyair,
Danda Pravasair Ganda Prabodhair,
Ramabhi Deyairalam Daivathair Na. 25
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Hare Rama Seethapathe Ravanare,
Kharare Murare Asurare Parethi,
Lapantham Nayantham Sada Kalamevam,
Samalokayalokaya Sesha Bandho. 26
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Namasthe Sumithra Suputhrabhi Vandhya,
Namasthe Sada Kaikeyi Nandanedya,
Namasthe Sada Vanaradheesa Bhandho,
Namasthe, Namasthe Sada Ramachandra. 27
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Praseedha, Praseedha, Prachanda Prathapa,
Praseedha, Praseedha, Prachandari Kala,
Praseedha, Praseedha, Prapannanukampin,
Praseedha, Praseedha, Prabho Ramachandra. 28
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Bhujangaprayatham Param Veda Saram,
Mudha Ramachandrasya Bhakthya Cha Nithyam,
Padan Santhatham Chinthayan Prantharange,
Sa Eva Swayam Ramachandra Sa Dhanya. 29
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Bhagavad Gita :Quotes & Comments By Famous Personalities


Read reflections and comments by various
famous personalities on the Bhagavad Gita


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When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe, everything else seems so superfluous.

- Albert Einstein

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When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita, in comparison with which our modern world and

its literature seem puny and trivial.

-Henry David Thoreau

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The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind

by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.

- Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human race a living

creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age

and a new meaning for every civilization. Sri Aurobindo
The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been

current in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided

by Plato in his Timaeus in which

it states…" behold we are not an earthly but a heavenly plant.

" This correlation can be discerned by what Krishna expresses in

chapter 15 of Bhagavad-Gita.

- Carl Jung

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The Bhagavad-Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation

of human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations

and duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and

grander purpose of the universe.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

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The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation

of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.

- Herman Hesse

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I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books;

it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large,

serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and

climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same

questions which exercise us.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In order to approach a creation as sublime as

the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is

necessary to attune our soul to it.

- Rudolph Steiner

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From a clear knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita all the goals of human

existence become fulfilled. Bhagavad-Gita is the manifest quintessence

of all the teachings of the Vedic scriptures.

- Adi Shankara

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The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual

evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value

is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.

- Aldous Huxley

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The Bhagavad-Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna to reveal

the science of devotion to God which is the essence of all spiritual

knowledge. The Supreme Lord Krishna's primary purpose for descending

and incarnating is relieve the world of any demoniac and negative, undesirable

influences that are opposed to spiritual development,

yet simultaneously it is His incomparable intention

to be perpetually within reach of all humanity.

- Ramanuja

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The Bhagavad-Gita is not seperate from the Vaishnava philosophy

and the Srimad Bhagavatam fully reveals the true import

of this doctrine which is transmigation of the soul. On perusal of the first chapter of Bhagavad-Gita one may think that they are advised to engage in warfare.

When the second chapter has been read it can be clearly understood that knowledge and the soul is the ultimate goal to be attained. On studying the third chapter it is apparent that acts of righteousness are also of high priority. If we continue and patiently take the time to complete the Bhagavad-Gita and try to ascertain the truth of its closing chapter we can see that the ultimate conclusion is to relinquish all the conceptualized ideas of religion which we possess and fully surrender directly unto the Supreme Lord.

- Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

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The Mahabharata has all the essential ingredients necessary to

evolve and protect humanity and that within it the Bhagavad-Gita is the epitome of the Mahabharata just as ghee is the essence of milk and pollen is the essence of flowers.

- Madhvacarya

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