AN ANTHOLOGY OF PRAYERS AND PRECEPTS

"SRI SAI BABA is that Supreme Parabrahman Himself.

We have only to dedicate ourselves and surrender

ourselves to Him. He will surely take care of us both from

spiritual and worldly point of view."

Saipadananda

Compiled by B.S. NARAYANAMURTHY B.A

 


FOREWORD

We have pleasure in presenting this booklet as a humble and devout homage to Sai Baba and His apostles - Sri Narasimha Swamiji and Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji. For us, Sri Narasimha Swamiji and Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji are the two eyes of Sai Baba. It is hoped that this book is suitable or study and reference as an 'Aide Memoire'.

Sri B.S. Narayana Murthy is a veteran figure in the Sai world. He is one of a few intimate devotees of Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji. This compilation is purely a labour of his devotion and love to the Trinity - Sai Baba, Sri Narasimha Swamiji and Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji.

May Sai Baba shower His choicest blessings on all.

 

-          GURU BANDHUS


PREFACE

For over a decade I enjoyed the rare privilege of being an active member of 'SRI SAI SPIRITUAL CENTRE', serving under the personal guidance of Sri. Saipadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji, the Founder - Patron of the Institution. During this period, Sri Swamiji helped to stimulate, my literary interest by getting me to prepare Kannada translations of the 'MESSAGES' which he used to issue on special occasions like 'Guru Poornima' etc., and also of his books "Gifts to Little Children " and Sri Narasimha Swamiji -Apostle of ‘SaiBaba of Shirdi'.

Further, I have written, off and on, some Prayers and other 'articles' intended as humble and devotee offerings to the three radiant guiding stars in the 'SAI SPIRITUAL FIRMAMENT: Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi and His two distinguished Apostles, Sri Narasimha Swamiji and Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji, picturing also the monumental institutions, 'The All India Sai Samaj' and 'Sri Sai Spiritual Centre' founded and nurtured by these Apostles to give an impetus to the dissemination of the grace of Sri Sai Baba. A unique feature of these compositions is that they comprise mostly the 'SAYINGS' of Sri Sai Baba and Sri Saipadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji, set out under appropriate captions in the impressive 'ACROSTIC' form which the Swamiji himself favoured in some of his compositions.

I am grateful to Saibandhus who have brought out this labours of my love and devotion to Sai Baba and Swamijis.

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-          - B.S. Narayana Murthy

 


INVOCATION

Obeisance to Thee O Saint of Shirdi,

Conscious am I of Thy all - pervasive eye

Watching and guiding me

Wherever I go and whatever I do.

 

With this perception of Thy ceaseless vigil,

All my actions are moulded and directed

Towards attainment of the Eternal Bliss

Vouchsafed by Thee to Thy devotees.

 

I know not, elaborate rituals or prayers

Nor am I learned in the holy scriptures.

But with unswerving faith in Thy assurance

That Thou Care'st not for show of respect of forms,

I simply repeat 'SAI', 'SAI', SAI',

With ecstatic devotion, and seek refuge in Thee.

 

Although Thou has't attained Mahasamadhi,

Thy spiritual presence is manifest all the while

And a fervent call to Thee in humble devotion

Brings Thy Divine Presence to my side.

Relieving all my cares and woes

And blessing me with joy and peace.

O Great Baba, What more do I need

But to go on repeating Thy hallow'd Name?

 

 

DEDICATION

 

 

We bow to you Sri Saipadananda

Radhakrishna Swamiji;

You were the living manifestation

of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi,

And yours was a saintly life dedicated

To the spiritual advancement of mankind.

 

'Sri Sai Spiritual Centre' at Bangalore

Founded and nurtured by you

Is a Perennial fountainhead

of the nectar of Sri Baba's grace,

And a haven of peace of solace

To your devotees from far and near.

 

The exquisite idol of RADHAKRISHNA

Consecrated by you in the lovely arbour

of the exotic PARIJATHA and THAMALA plants,

Immortalises your name and fame

And is a glorious memorial

of your Divine Love and Grace.

 

Sanctified by incessant worship,

Prayer, meditation and oblations

And chanting of 'SRI VISHNU SAHASRANAMA'

The centre is vibrant with a divine grace

Which acts as a panacea

For all ills of body and mind.

Though you have attained Mahasamadhi,

You are enshrined in our hearts,

And, in solemn gratefulnees,

We re-dedicate ourselves to keep aloft

The noble ideals instilled by you,

And to prove worthy devotees of the worthy Master.

 

 

WHY FEAR WHEN I AM HERE ?"

- Sri Sai Baba

Why fear when I am here?

Have patience and faith in me.

You have to get everything from me.

 

Feed the hungry first, then feed thyself.

Entertain always noble thoughts.

Avoid falsehood and needless disputation.

Resort to the wise for guidance.

 

Why are you anxious? I take all care of you.

How can I allow My children to fast or starve?

Ego must be killed out.

Not a leaf moves except by My grace.

 

If I do not save My children, who else will?

 

All the universe is Me.

My business is to give blessings

 

Have consideration for the poor and wretched,

Efforts must be made to make the mind steady.

Remember, I look on all with an equal eye.

Even from the tomb, I shall be active and vigorous.

DWARAKA MAYI

(Baba's Promises)

 

DWARAKA MAYI of ours is this

place where you are sitting. This

Wards off all dangers and

anxieties from her children.

And highly merciful is this

'Masidi Ayi'; Those who seek

Refuge in her will never be harmed.

If they are in danger, she will save them.

As soon as one climbs the steps

of this mosque, sufferings due to

Karma are at an end and joy begins,

That Fakir (God) relieves all your troubles,

As soon as anyone enters this DWARAKA MAYI,

his goal (object) is achieved.

Masidi Ayi, that is, DWARAKA MAI, is SAI

(This is the meaning of 'Dwaraka Mai')

As the 'Dwaraka Mayi' of Ranchhod (Krishna)

is here (Shirdi),

You need not go far out to see Dwaraka,

If you place entire faith

In mother 'Masidi Ayi', all your troubles

will be over and you attain bliss.

 

 

"O BABA ! THOU ART EVER SOLICITOUS OF MY WELFARE "

 

O Baba! Thou art ever solicitous of my welfare,

Thou art ever granting me all that is good for me

In this world and the next;

Thou art all-pervasive, compassionate

And fully conscious of my needs;

Hence, What is there for me to ask Thee!

I just take refuge in Thee.

O Saint of Shirdi! By Thy grace

My ignorance has been dispelled,

And blissful divine knowledge

Has entered my mind;

I will henceforth meditate incessantly

on Thy Lotus-feet

And surrender myself to Thee.

 

 

'I SEEK NO FAVOUR FROM THEE, BABA'

I seek no favour from Thee, Baba,

But to dedicate my body and mind to thy adoration.

Let my hand touch Thy Lotus-feet,

Let my eyes feast on Thee,

Let my ears listen to lyrics in Thy praise,

Let my nose inhale the fragrance of flowers offered to Thee.

Let my tongue sing songs of Thy glory,

Let my hands worship Thee,

Let my feet go in pilgrimage to Shirdi,

Let my mind meditate on Thee.

Let my mind be absorbed in Thee,

Let my thoughts be concentrated on Thee,

Let me have the company of Thy devotees.

Let my surrender to Thee be absolute.

 

SRI SAI BABA'S COMPASSION FOR MANKIND

O! Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi,

Thou art verily the 'Kamadhenu'

And  'Kalpavriksha' on this earth;

There is no boon that Thou hast

Not bestowed on Thy devotees

 

Progeny to the children,

Riches to the poor,

Employment to the idle,

Promotion in service to the downtrodden.

House to the houseless,

 

Health to the diseased,

Cheer to the distressed,

Hope to the forlorn.

Whatsoever the need of thy devotee

Thou hast hastened to fulfill it.

 

And make the devotee's heart overflow

With joy and unswerving faith In

Thy avowed assurance:

"WHY ARE YOU ANXIOUS ?

I TAKE ALL CARE OF YOU".

 

 

"HE WHO RECITES THY PRAYERS'

He who recites Thy prayers,

Worships Thee and meditates on Thee,

He alone is the blessed among mortals.

His tongue, ears and hands

Are the only limbs worthy of the name.

 

O Baba! What does it matter

Whether one is a bachelor or householder,

or a recluse or an ascetics or anything else?

Whosoever surrenders his heart fully to Thee -

Thou art his saviour and

Will bear the entire burden of his cares.

 

O Baba! As the person

caught in midstream seeks the bank,

As the weary traveller seeks the cool shade of the tree,

As one caught in rain seeks a strong shelter,

As the guest seeks a hospitable host,

As the poor seeks the protection of a generous patron,

As the person in the dark seeks the lamp,

As one shivering in the cold seeks the warm fireside,

I seek Thy Lotus-feet which dispel all fear.

 

 

SRI SAI ALPHABET

 

Atma Vidya, the Science of the self is the highest wisdom,

If that is mastered, salvation is achieved.

Be liberal and munificent, but not lavish

or extravagant.

Certainly, mere book-learning without the grace of the

Guru and self-realization, is of no avail.

Do not borrow for celebrating a feast or festival, for

a pilgrimage or other journey.

Earnestly look at Me wholeheartedly and I in turn look

at you similarly.

'Fakiri' (mendicancy) is the real Lordship as it is everlasting and

the so called Lordship evanescent.

Get on cheerfully with your worldly round of activities,

but do not forget God.

'Hari' (God) will certainly be pleased if you give water

to the thisrty, bread to the hungry and clothes to the naked.

If I take one rupee 'dakshina' from anyone, I have

-          to return it to him tenfold.

'Jnana' is to be realized, and is not a matter of

direct 'Upadesa'

Know for certain that he who feeds the hungry,

really serves Me with food.

Love your Guru wholeheartedly, surrender to him

completely and prostrate before him reverentially.

My eye of vigilant supervision is ever on

those who love Me.

Never accept 'gratis' labour (or, of course, property)

of others. This should be the rule of your life.

One who makes Me the sole object of his thoughts and

aims, will gain 'Paramartha' (Supreme Goal).

Poverty is highest riches and is a thousand times

superior to a Lord's position.

Quietly repeat My Name perpetually to reach

your goal.

Regarding what one sees with one's eyes, why

ask others? One must decide for oneself.

Sit quiet. 'Uge Muge'. I will do the needful. I will

take you to the end.

Trust in the Guru fully. That is the only 'Sadhana',

Guru is all the God.

Unless one thinks and carries out what he reads,

the reading is of no use.

Vigilantly avoid rivalries and bickerings; God

will protect you.

Whatever you do, do it thoroughfully; else do not

undertake it.

X'Cept by My Grace, not a leaf moves; I look on all

with an equal eye.

You should have truth always with you, then I shall be

with you wherever you are and at all times.

Zealously utter My Name with Love; I shall fulfill

all your desires, increase your devotion.

 

 

THUS SPAKE SRI SAI BABA

 

Once I had heart palpitation and My life was in great danger.

I put "Vishnu Sahasranama" over My chest. God descended from it into My body and the disease left Me and I was safe.

My tomb will speak and move with those who make Me their

Refuge.

Simply say 'Sai, Sai,' with heart overflowing. I care not for

show of respect and forms. I rest in such devotees.

He who worships Me as Nitya, Shuddha and Buddha comes to

Me.

Road to ' Brahma jnana' is hard to tread. All cannot tread it.

When it dawns, there will be light. One who feels

unattached to things, terrestrial and celestial, is

alone competent to have 'Brahma jnana'

I will be with you whenever and wherever you think of Me. Do

not fear.

Saints exist to give devotees temporal and spiritual benefits. I

have come to give such good things to the devotees.

As soon as a devotee calls Me with love, I will appear. I require

no train to travel.

If one meditates on Me, repeat My name, sings My deeds and

is thus transformed into Me, one's 'karma' is destroyed. I

stay by his side always.

Be where you may, do what you may, remember this always, I

ever know whatever you do or say.

Ajnana is the seed of 'Samsara'. If the 'Guru-Kripa' paint is put

on the eye, 'Maya' screen lifts and 'Jnana' survives.

Be not obsessed with the importance of wealth. Do not be

entangled in it or miserly. Be liberal and munificent, but

not lavish or extravagant.

At every step I have to take care of you. Else,

what will happen to you, God knows !

 

May Shri SAI BABA

Shower His choicest blessings

-          on all His devotees

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU

(Shri Sai Baba's Maxims)

 

Hari (Lord) will protect him who has got

faith and patience.

As soon as a devotee calls Me with Love,

I will appear.

Purity is better than Kingship, far better than

Lordship.

Place entire faith in My words, your object

will be accomplished.

You must always adhere to truth and fulfil

all the promises that you make.

Nothing will harm him who turns his

attention to Me.

Extraordinary, invaluable, inscrutable is

His method of work.

What God gives is never exhausted, what

man gives never lasts.

Yes, you can place your burdens on Me.

Even after Mahasamadhi. I shall be with you

the moment you think of Me at any place.

At every step I have to take care of you; else

what will happen to you God knows!

Repeat My name, seek refuge in Me.

 

There will never be any dearth or scarcity

regarding food and clothes in My devotee's home.

One has to think and carry out what he reads,

otherwise it is of no use.

 

You should not stop even one second at any place

where anybody talks ill of a saint.

One who loves Me most, always sees Me.

Utter God's name, read scriptures.

 

May Samarth Sadguru Sainath Maharaj

shower His choicest blessings on us all!

 

 

THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

'Deepavali', the festival of Lights

Comes once a year,

But to Sri Sai Baba, every day

was a day of lights;

And He delighted in burning little oil lamps

At the dilapidated mosque at Shirdi

Which was His home in those early days

When He was just a wandering 'fakir'.

 

He collected oil for the lamps

By begging from His neighbours.

And they obliged Him for a time:

But one fine day they said

'We know not why You burn all those lights

But no more oil shall You have from us;

All His pleadings with  them were of no avail

And He had no money to buy the oil.

 

Dismayed, but undaunted.

He returned to the mosque,

Drank the drop of oil that was in the oil-pot,

Filled the pot with water

And poured the water into the lamps.

The onlookers jeered and laughed at Him,

But lo! when Baba lit those lamps,

The lamps burn'd bright with a celestial glow.

 

People stood stunned for a moment

Hardly believing their eyes.

And then wisdom dawn'd on them

That this was no ordinary mortal

But a living manifestation

Of the Divine Lord Himself!

With remorse they prostrated before Him

And pray'd for His forgiveness.

'Arise, My children' said He

'You are forgiven, but believe Me

I am an Emissary of God

Endow'd with powers far greater

Than you can ever imagine;

Seek refuge in Me

And all your woes will vanish

Like darkness before the Sun:

 

"BABA, SHOW ME GOD'

 

A rich man once approached Baba.

And said " Show me God (Brahman);

A long distance have I come, as people say

That Shirdi Baba reveals God quickly"

Said Baba "Yes, I will show you Brahman

At once and that very clearly".

 

"Most people come to Me seeking wealth,

Health, fame and other material favours,

But people like you seeking Brahman are rare indeed.

Listen, Brahman is the root cause of the Universe, and

This must be realized to escape the cycle of births and deaths;

Only a Guru can help you to this realization."

 

Then Baba turned to a boy and said

"Go to Nandalal Marvadi, tell him   .

Baba wants a loan of Rs. 5, and bring the money"

The boy went and returned, saying the Marvadi was absent

Baba then sent the boy to others on the same errand

But the result was the same, and no money was forthcoming.

 

Meantime, the rich man grew impatient,

Especially as delay would mean extra payment

To the tongawalla whom he had engaged for the return journey

also.

He could easily have saved the delay

By advancing to Baba Rs. 5 out of the Rs. 250

He had in his pocket, but he would not do so.

He turned to Baba impatiently and repeated

"Baba, will You help me to grasp 'Brahman'?

Said Baba "You see, What I am doing all this while

Is just for that purpose - to make you see-God.

Have you not grasped anything?"

"No, Baba, I have not grasped anything", said he.

 

Said Baba "I want to get  Rs. 5, that is,

I want five things surrendered, the five 'pranas',

The five senses, Mind, Intellect and Ego.

The road to 'Brahman' is hard to tread

And it is only when attachment to wealth, honour, position

Is given up completely, that light will dawn."

 

Baba thus pointed out that though this man

Had Rs. 250 in his pocket, ready with him,

Yet he would not part with just Rs. 5 to help

A Guru from whom he wanted to get

The invaluable 'Brahman' as a free gift.

LESSON : "DESERVE BEFORE YOU DESIRE".

[Adapted from "The Wonderous Saint Sai Baba by B.V. Narasimha Swamy]

 

SRI VISHNU SAHASRANAMA STOTRAM

 

Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

Recited with Bhakthi and Dedication, gives

Immeasurable merit, beneficence and grace.

Vishnu Sahasranama is held in great veneration

throughout

India, from the Himalayas to the Cape Commorin,

Sri Vedavyasa is the composer of this hymn

'Par Excellence'

 

He is also regarded as indeed Sriman Narayana Himself;

No wonder the devout believe in the divine power of this

Unique Hymn, Vouchsafed by Vedavyasa Himself.

Sincere recitation of the Hymn fulfills

All the legitimate desires and aspirations

Hoped for by the reciter. He who

Aspires to lead a righteous life is given the

Strength of character which is essential for such a life,

Riches are granted to those who seek wealth

And children to those who ask for offspring

No fear is known by one who regularly chants

And he acquires great power and strength, this Hymn, a

retentive

Memory, felicity of soul, a forgiving disposition.

And prosperity, and no evil thoughts ever sullies his

mind.

Such is the power of Sri Vishnu that any remissness in

The performance of sacrifices, is condoned if

One medidates on Sri Vishnu

The regular recitation of Vishnu Sahasranama is

Recommended by Sri. Radhakrishna Swamiji as the only

Assured means for fulfilment of one's aspirations -

temporal and spiritual

May SRI VISHNU shower His choicest blessings on the

Reciter!

 

 

ADORABLE APOSTLE OF LOVE

 

Adorable Apostle of Love Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji

Beloved Benefactor of those who seek refuge

Compassionate champion of the oppressed

Disigently dedicated to a life of 'Satya' and 'Dharma'

Ever engrossed in offering succour to the needy.

Founder - Patron of far-famed Sri Sai Spiritual Centre

Genial guide, philospher, and friend to devotees.

Holding high the banner of Baba's universal LOVE

Illustrious incarnation of LOVE supreme

Joyfully joining with the devotees in Satsangh

Keenly keeping the Beacon-Light of Baba's grace burning

bright.

Lovingly leading the devotees to Self-realization

Modestly moving in the world, living with God

Nourishing noble aspirations in devotees,

Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnopotent is He

Profound Philosopher punctilliously practising what He

preaches

Quickly quenching the devotees thirst for spiritual

knowledge

Recommending recitation of 'Sri Vishnu Sahasranama'

as a panacea for all ills.

Saintly Scholar elucidating profound spiritual truths,

Tactfully transporting the devotees across the ocean of

..         'samsara'

Undaunted upholder of universal harmony and

brotherhood

Vigilantly vouchsafing the welfare of the devotees

Worthy winner of the reverential LOVE  of devotees

X'ercising X'traordinary solicitude for the spiritual

advancament of devotees

Yogi yearningly invoking the blessings of SAI BABA

Zealous Zeus-like guardian-angel of devotees is He

 

Sri Samartha Sadguru Satpadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji

[Inspired by Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji's poem on Baba]

 

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

 

Ring out Ring    in

 

[OM SRI SAI

Ostentation Magnanimity

 

BABA]

and and

 

 

Obstinacy          | Morality             I

 

Ring out Ring    in

Ring  out

 

Selfishness Righteouness Ignorance

 

and and and

 

Sensuality       Refinement   

Indolence      

Ring in Ring out Ring   in

 

Sincerity Arogance Integrity

 

and and and

 

Sobriety Affection Intelligence

 

Ring out Ring in Ring out Ring in

 

Baseness Abstinence Belligerence Affection

 

and and and and

 

Bitterness Artlessness Boastfulness Affability

 

May Sri Samartha Sadguru Sai Guru shower His choicest blessings on us all for a Happy and prosperous New Year.

 

SPIRITUAL LIVING IS THE BEST LIVING

Seek the underlying sprit in you.

Prepare your mind to harness it.

Individual attention is necessary at every turn.

Resort to the blessed (wise ones) for guidance.

Improve your habits towards good.

Truth in spiritual life is a must.

Unify your thoughts on one aim.

Adjust and adopt to the environments.

Live a life of purity and celibacy.

Learn to be human and humble.

Indvveller is your own conscience ( the self).

Vjsualise things in all its perfectness.

Institute the knowledge of Atama Vichara.

Never forget to adopt the dictum of your Guru.

Gain or Loss, Victory or Defeat does not concern you.

In the heart lives your true spirit.

Serve, sacrifice, adore and concentrate.

Things inside you and around you are part and parcel of

the same.

Hearken to the voice of your Antaratma (Inner Self).

Eschew ego that creates the difference.

Banish Anger, Desire and greed.

Entertain always noble thoughts.

Serve and Sacrifice to the needy.

Trust your Guru God wholeheartedly.

 

Live true to the spirit of your master.

Introspect well on your daily acts.

Veiled ignorance will be disputed.

In revealing Truth in all its glory.

Never depart from the onward path.

Glory to those, that seek the spirit is inexplicable.

-SAIPADANANDA

[All India Sai Devotees Convention Souvenir 1978]

 

 

THE BEACON LIGHT OF SHIRDI

 

The 'Eternal Truth' that shines bright

He, the Omnipresent, illumines the light

Ever 'Adorable One' in truth delight - is 'He' The Beacon Light

Of Shirdi

Blessed are we, to adore His presence,

Ever contemplating Truth in essence

All Love is He! Hail to the Supreme One!

Call Him, the Sainath ofShirdi

Oh Lord! Thou, the Light through the darkest hour

Never forget to bless us with Your protective power, The Beacon Light of Shirdi

 

Look to Him through the inner care of your heart,

Indescribable essence that gladdens our heart,

Governs the earth and heaven, the sky and stars.

Heavenly 'Infinite Love' to share and bless

Truth, nothing but Truth that has made you and me.

The Beacon Light of Shirdi.

 

Oh God! The One without a second,

Formless and in form, the Worshipful One

The Beacon Light of Shirdi.

 

Saviour of Mankind from all distress,

Have firm faith and patient trust for redress

I Him(??) for the ever watchful glance

Regardless of time sing and dance

Down through troubles and tribulations.

In reverence, praise and pray Him in Prem'

The Beacon Light of Shirdi

 

RADHAKRISHNA SWAMIJI

[All India Sai Devotees Convention Souvenir 1978]

 

 

POEM ON SRI SAI BABA

Adorable Divine Lord Sainath the Supreme

Benevolent Master to depressed

Cultivator of Bhakthi in the hearts of men,

Delightfully sitting on the throne of Dwaraka Mayi

"Look to Me, I look to you", says He.

Ever engrossed in the welfare of devotees,

Favouring many's wants with His grace

Good at heart dispelling the ignorance of the dejected

Harbinger of peace sitting on the throne of Dwaraka Mayi,

"Look to Me, I look to you" says He.

 

I, the universal I, the Antaryamin is He,

Joyfully sitting in the hearts of all

Knower, knowable and known all in one,

Lovers beloved sitting on the throne of Dwaraka Mayi

"Look to Me, I look to you", says He.

 

Mother, father, brother, friend and everything is He

Nearer and dearer to His devoted, be

Oneness in thought, word and deed, preaches He,

Parallel to none, sitting on the throne of Dwaraka Mayi,

"Look to Me, I look to you" says He.

 

Quick, queerly questioning everyone that come across

Redeemer of millions from the quagmire of 'samsara'

Sustaining them with spiritual necessities of life,

True to the truth, sitting on the throne of Dwaraka Mayi

"Look to Me, I look to you", says He.

 

Under the tree, under the mosque, under the canopy of sky

Verily spell in every look radiating from His beaming face,

Wonder of wonders, praising none, blaming none

X'celled is He sitting on the throne of Dwaraka Mayi,

Yogic spell in every look radiating from His beaming face,

Zestfully searching the hearts of everyone.

sitting on the throne of Dwaraka Mayi,

"Look to Me, I look to you" says He.

 

Radhakrishna Swamiji ("APOSTLE OF LOVE " - Pg. 93 - 94)

 

BABA'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE

Serve your 'Guru God' to wipe out your Karmas;

Revere Saints and Sadhus for Blessings.

Imbibe good qualities to fight the evils of life..

 

Spiritual Life is the real life

Accumulate Divine virtues.

Implicit faith in God will lead you for good.

Never neglect your prayers of worship.

Associate with good Satsangh.

Truth if well practised, 'Self will be realized.

Hold your banner of ahimsa, Satya, Akrodha, Tyaga and

Santhi.

Observe silence at least a few minutes daily.

Follow the teachings of your Master to the very letter.

Surrender completely to the will of the 'Divine'.

Hearken to your inner voice for guidance.

Intelligence shines only by the Grace of the Guru.

Reounce 'Passion, Anger and Greed' - the triple gates of hell.

 

Dedicate your life wholeheartedly to God.

Inquisitively enquire "Who am I".

"Shun hypocrisy, conceit and arrogance.

Wise only attains supreme satisfaction.

 

With Loving Blessings of Reu. Narasimha Swamiji, Shanti!!!

 

LOVE GOD

 

Legacy of Mankind

Oneness of Essence

Verily Confers Peace

Endovv's Bliss

 

God is one, the immortal

Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient

Devotee to realize this truth

 

True love is fathomless, treasure of

Godly men and saints, is God itself

 

Wishing you & yours a very happy New Year with Loving Blessings of Baba.

 

SRI NARASIMHA SWAMIJI

Sri B.V.Narasimha lyer. the most prosperous and

Renowned Advocate of Salem, shocked by the tragic

accident

Involving the simultaneous death of his two children,

renounced

Name, fame and wealth, and became the

Ascetic Narasimha Swamiji, and going forth in quest of a

Guru,

Reached Sri Ramana Ashram where he stayed for a time.

And then went on to several holy places until he finally

discovered in

Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi, the Guru-God of his choice.

In the cause of propagation of Sri Sai Bhakthi Cult, he

Made an extensive tour of the country, as the Apostle of

Sri Sai Baba,

Holding out a helping hand to those in distress

And guiding them to the supreme goal of God-realization.

Sri Swamiji founded the All India Sai Samaj at Madras in

1941

With the object of intensifying 'Sai Prachar' activities

And, through his discourses, books and writings in 'SAI SUDHA' a

Monthly journal published by the Samaj, he broadcast

Baba's

Ideals of Universal Brotherhood and Tolerance, and

brought

Joy, peace, spiritual enlightenment and other

Innumerable benefits to devotees all over the country.

 

 

SRI NARASIMHA SWAMIJI

(Life History) in a nutshell

I seek refuge in Sri Sainatha

The immortal, immutable, Supreme Guru

Adored by Sri Narasimha, The noble soul

Who renounced all his worldly possessions

To dedicate his life to the Service of God.

Venkatagiri and his wife Angachiammal

of a noble orthodox Brahmin family,

Were blessed by Lord Narasimha

With a saintly son who was to rise to fame

As Narasimha, a lion among men.

 

The God blessed this child prodigy

With devotion and knowledge

Of the profound and secret spiritual truths;

His father celebrated his 'Upanayanam' .

And taught him the Advaitha Philosophy.

 

Ambitions that the boy should acquire

Material wealth as well as spiritual enlightenment.

The father educated him Tamil, Sanskrit and English;

Later, he studied Law at Madras

And became an eminent Pleader.

 

Terrific as a lion to the opposite counsel,

And gifted with the art of winning over the judges,

Narasimha was verily indomitable as a lion

In the requisition of material and spiritual wealth,

As well as in his renouncement.

 

A supporter was he of 'Swaraj' Movement;

He was sent to Britain as a member of the Mission

To represent India's case for Home Rule;

He was detained by the British Government.

But was soon released and returned by the grace of Swami Sarkaya.

 

He rose to be a popular and reputed Member

Of the Legislative Council, from Salem - Nilgiris;

But he relinquished this position and status

And sought refuge at the feet of Sri. Ramana Maharishi of Arunagiri.

 

He was shocked by the sudden death of his two children,

But conquering his grief

And renouncing the strong worldly attachments,

He sought the refuge of Sri. Ramana Maharishi

The manifestation of Achyutha and Shambhu.

 

At Sri Ramana Maharishi's Ashram,

A veritable abode of the Supreme Lord.

This noble soul learnt to look upon the whole mankind,

Whether his kith or kin or strangers,

Nay, all living beings, as dear to him.

 

Like an ascetic, he undertook a pilgrimage

To all holy places and sacred rivers

And ultimately acknowledged as his guru

SRI SAINATHA, the incarnation of Rama, Shiva and Maruthi.

 

Seeking to earn the grace

of Shiva, Rama and Krishna,

He travelled far and wide

And was finally drawn to SRI SAINATHA

And offered prayers, adopting the life of an ascetic.

 

This brief history of Sri Narasimha Swamiji

Written by Doctor Venkatadri

Is dear to Lord Mukunda,

It inspires devotion to the Guru,

Brings good fortune and happiness,

And eternal peace to one's ancestors;    .

Let the learned overlook the fault;

Let SAINATHA be pleased.

 

Having renounced family, lands and wealth,

This noble soul adopted an ascetic life

And went to Sri. Ramana Maharishi ;

And found hi SRI SAI BABA the Guru of his choice;

By his discourses and his writings in 'SAI SUDHA'

He became an APOSTLE OF SAI BABA

This noble soul NARASIMHA,

The saviour of those in distress

 

(Based on 'Sri Narasimha Sookshana Charitam' in Sanskrit)

 

ALL INDIA SAI SAMAJ

A Central Institution founded in 1941 by Sri Narasimha Swamiji,

Loyal Apostle of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi, to

Look after 'Sai Prachar' work throughout the country,

 

It has rapidly extended its activities and developed into a

Notable apex body with several 'Upasamajas'

Disseminating the 'Elixir' of Baba's grace among all,

Irrespective of religion, caste or creed,

And propagating Baba's Gospel of Universal Brotherhood,

 

Sai free Dispensary, Sai Vidyalaya and Library

Are some of the adjuncts to the Samaj symbolising Baba's

Ideal of service to God through service to man.

Sri Saipadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji,

As President of the Samaj, contributed in no small

Measure to the growth of the Samaj to its present glory

At Mylapore, Madras stands the Samaj building, a haven of

Joy and Solace to seekers of Baba's grace.

 

SRI RADHAKRISHNA SWAMIJI

Sri Saipadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji,

Revered Founder-Patron of Sri Sai Spiritual Centre, an

Institution renowned for its incessant spiritual activities,

 

Radiating the divine effulgence of Sri Sai Baba's grace

And guiding the devoteed to the goal of Self-realization.

Dedicated to the cause of 'Sai Bhakthi Prachar'.

He inspired the feelings of universal Brotherhood

And Tolerance in his devotees and inculcated in them, a

 

Keen desire to practise the precepts of Sri Sai Baba, as

Revealed by his revered Guru Sri Narasimha Swamiji.

In the exacted role of President of All India Sai Samaj,

Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji was a beacon-light guiding

His devotees all over the country to lead righteous lives.

Not withstanding his age, he led quite an active life

Addressing himself assiduously to the task of bestowing

Spiritual Grace and mental peace on his devotees

Warmhearted and sympathetic towards all,

And especially towards those in distress, he

Moved about spreading cheer and exercising a subtle

Influence enabling their lives and bringing them

Joy and peace and filling their hearts with

Infinite faith in the never-failing compassion of the Lord.

 

SRI SAIPADANANDA

"ASHTOTHARA SATHA NAMAVALI".

 

SRI SAIPADANANDA RADHAKRISHNA SWAMIJI.

Apostle of SRI SAI BABA - APOSTLE OF LOVE - was and is to  the  vast  multitude of His devotees, not only the most exacted Guru God, but the manifestation of SRI SAI BABA Himself. His infinite grace, His divine attributes and His subtle Influence enabling   the   lives   of   His   devotees,   have   been delineated most impressively in the 'Ashtothara Satha Namavali'.   The  general  sense  of the   'Namavali'  Is brought out in the following items.

 

Obeisance to Thee O! Radhakrishna Swamiji,

The adorable Saint Saipadananda,

Trusted disciple of Sri. Narasimha Swamiji

Having Thine abode at Thyagarajanagar

 

Attired in spotless white,

Adorned with the sacred Vibhuthi'

Charming with winsome features.

Immersed in celestial bliss out Thou.

 

Thou hast conquered the senses,

A devout worshipper art Thou of SAI BABA,

A 'Stitha Prajna' - sage of steadfast wisdom,

Who hast attained Emancipation in this life itself.

 

Resplendent with an aura of divinity,

Thou art a noble soul without ego,

Enshrined in the lotus-hearts of Thy devotees,

Sweet of speech, an ocean of compassion art Thou

 

A profound scholar in scriptures art Thou

Who hast attained the ultimate goal of self-realization.

Absorbed in concentrated meditation,

Personified 'Existence-knowledge-Bliss' art Thou.

 

Thou art effulgent with the light of Truth,

Thou art free from the bonds of desire,

A divine in human form art Thou,

A monument of LOVE supreme.

 

Thou art replete with divine bliss

With knowledge of the past, present, and future,

Endowed with the most noble character,

And a sage of the highest spiritual accomplishment.

 

A paragon of virtue and an ocean of mercy art Thou,

Adorable with the most virtuous attributes.

The most distinguished amongst the mortals art Thou,

A manifestation of the Divinity in human form.

 

Dedicated to a life of celibacy,

Thou art 'Existence-Knowledge-Bliss' incarnate,

Resplendent with a wondrous gleam

And graceful with a noble tradition and tender heart.

 

Thou art potent with powers infinite,

Thou hast conquered duality,

Thou art abiding in perpetual bliss divine.

Thou art renunciation incarnate.

 

Just a feeling of ferment devotion propitiates Thee,

O Thou ocean of the milk of compassion,

With a heart softer than butter

And dedicated to a life of 'Sathya' and 'Dharma'

 

Thine is a life of absolute integrity

Thou art a Guru far excellence.

Thou hast attained the ultimate goal of self-realization

Thou art radiant with a heavenly splendour

 

Thou hast earned the utmost popularity in the world

around Thee,

Thou never swerveth from the path of Truth.

A personage of outstanding distinction art Thou

Endowed with powers infinite.

 

Ardent adorer art Thou of 'Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama'

And the study of 'Bhagawad Gita':

Thou art keenly interested in the performance of

'Rudrabhisheka' and the worship of the cow.

 

Meditation of Sri Rama and Japa of 'Ashtakshari Mantra'

Are dearly cherished by Thee.

Thou art the most favoured devotee of 'Guruvayurappan'

And the object of motherly affection of 'Devi Kamakshi'

 

Worship of Vedavyasa and Sri Venkateswara

Are close to Thy heart. Thou art ever eager to bless

Thy devotees And to liberate them from the evil influences of 'Kali' age.

 

Thou fulfilleth the ambitions of Thy devotees

And extendeth Thy grace to the entire humanity.

Guiding the devotees on the path of rectitude

And inculcating the principle of living in harmony.

 

Inspiring the spirit of love and unity.

Thou relieveth all worldly miseries

And offereth guidance to a happy life,

Fulfilling the wishes of the devotees.

 

Thou destroyeth the six innate evil tendencies in man,

Thou blesseth Thy devotees with a benign grace,

Thou art an able exponent of the spiritual significance of

the 'GITA'

Thou art a bridge to cross the ocean of 'Samsara'

 

Thou art most easily accessible to yearning devotees,

Thou art above distinctions of caste, colour and creed,

Thou granteth devotion and Self-Realization to aspirants,

Thou destroyeth poverty and worldly miseries.

 

Thou art an infallible guide to God's realization.

Thou art dedicated to the protection of the devotees,

Thou art an ocean of spontaneous compassion,

Thou art an inspirer of Divine Knowledge.

 

Thou grantest all the choicest blessings in life to Thy

devotees,

Thou extended love and affection to those who surrender,

Thou resolveth all misgivings of the devotees.

Thou destroyeth all evil influences.

 

Thou saveth man from the cycle of births and deaths,

Thou granteth Divine Grace,

Thou granteth health and prosperity,

Saviour Supreme of devotees art Thou.

 

Thou art the Founder-Patron of Sri Sai Spiritual Centre,

Thou hast installed the magnificent idol of SRI SAI BABA,

'Thou hast consecrated the Ganesha Temple at

Thyagrajanagar,

Thou hast inaugurated Sri Venkateshwara Temple at Devagiri.

 

Thou hast consecrated the Sri Rama Temple at Viveknagar,

Thou vouchsafeth the welfare of Thy devotees,

Thou blesseth devotees with all auspicious things in life,

Thou existed Guru Supreme SRI RADHAKRISHNA SWAMIJI

 

SRI SAI SPIRITUAL CENTRE       '

BANGALORE

Shining as a Beacon-light of spiritual effulgence,

Radiating the glow of Si Sai Baba's grace,

Inspiring the visitors with intense devotion,

Stands SRI SAI SPIRITUAL CENTRE

At Thyagarajanagar in Bangalore City,

Imparting the teachings of Sri Sai Baba.

 

Sanctified by incessant prayers, worships and rituals,

Propagating the creed of universal of Love and Tolerance,

Impressive with life-like statues of Sri Sai Baba and

Radhakrishna Swamiji ensconced in the

sanctum-sanctorum,

Inculcating the zeal to serve humanity,

This fountainhead of spiritual grace, flourished

Under the guidance of the Founder-patron

Adorable Saipadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji, 

Leading the devotees to the goal of God-realization

 

Cherished as a popular centre of pilgrimage,

Enveloped in an atmosphere of spiritual fervour,    

Never-failing sources of solace to the distressed,       

True abode of the "Wondrous Saint of Shirdi."            

Reverberating with the chant of sacred hymns, this   

Elegant edifice exalts the glory of Sri Sai Baba.

 

SRI SAIPADANANDA ALPHABET

 

Any name of the Lord may be repeated to the list of one's

advantage; for this purpose 'Rama Nama' is ideal.

Be charitable in thought, word and deed; live for

the light of Truth.

Confidence is security; have confidence in your true self.

A clear mind gives you joy.

Don't allow conceit to take possession of you, for you

lose yourself and society.

Every action of ours is to be considered as God's

action and therefore do it only as His agent.

Faith is the unfailing source of peace;

Love is the source of success.

God's grace is like sunlight which falls on everyone

without any distinction being made.

Happiness consists in the state of the mind and

not in the posssession of material things.

If you move in the world living with God,

then you are surely liberated.

Just as a small helpless child depends on its parents,

even so one should depend on Almighty God.

Keep calm and all your day dreaming will come to

An end and then you realize truth.

Let us see good in everything we come across,

but not the evil of anything

Mental health and moral character consist in the

promotion of the power of self-restraint

'Nama' Japa and 'Sankirtana' are the most efficacious

recipes for steadying and purifying the mind. ,

Once Divine Love manifests itself, all worldly enjoyments

will fall into insignificance and look insipid.

Prayer is the most potent means of rebinding ourselves

to God as all our ills are due to separation from Him.

Quickly quit any activity which may prove

injurious to another

Religion and life are closely interlocked

like flower and fragarance

So long as you have love for God and Guru, and

faith in Truth, nothing can hurt you

The practice of true Religion is founded on

the eternal principles of Love and Truth.

Unless we open our hearts to God, any amount

of chanting of 'mantras' will be of no use.

Verily, Satsangh is the true link that unites the

devotee and the Lord.

We should live in this world as though we are

witnesses to the happenings in the world.

X'cellence of all education is nobility of character;

cultivate noble virtues and perform noble deeds.

Your duty is perpetually to concentrate on your

Guru at all times with your heart and soul.

Zealously seek the society of holy men and do

service to them.

 


THUS SPAKE SRI SAIPADANANDA

One who surrenders himself to God and is accepted by Him,

can be instrumental in redeeming many souls, to say

nothing of his own deliverance.

Man is a wonderful creation of God. He must remember always

that he is the eternal portion of God Himself which he has

to realize.

Selflessly discharge your duties as enjoined by the Lord for his

sake and constantly be thinking of Him alone all the time.

Righteous deeds form the basis of all happiness, temporal or

spiritual, and as such it is incumbent on everyone to do good deeds.

It is very essential that we should live in this world with

detached attachment.

Silence is the most eloquent sermon; restfulness of the mind is

the noblest activity;

As you develop a prayerful attitude, your mind becomes pure,

and you will be able to hear God's voice.

In this 'Kaliyuga' the best results are obtained by repetition of

the Lord's Name; thus simply repeating 'Vishnu

Sahasranama' will take us one day to God.

Pure Divine Love consciously felt and spontaneously directed

towards all beings including animals, birds etc., is indeed

the result of one's true vision or realization of the Supreme

Being.

As brilliant gems are soiled by dust, so are the learned, the

brave, the meek and the gentle corrupted by riches.

Devotion to ideals and ordering our lives in conformity thereto,

will bring inner peace which is a prelude to real happiness. All of us have noble ideals, but we are unable to achieve them

because of failure of character,

Never allow evil thoughts to enter the mind; if they happen to

arise, drive them out immediately.

A truthful man will always command confidence, respect and

admiration.

Never throw cold water on the enthusiasm of a person engaged

in beneficial activity; encourage him and try to render

him help.

Dependence on the world is the nucleus of pain whereas

dependence on God is the nucleus of happiness.

An optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty; a pessimist

sees a difficulty in every opportunity.

 

SRI SAIPADANANDA 'VANI'

Spiritual life is the real life, spiritual knowledge is the real

knowledge; Spiritual wealth is the real inexhaustible

wealth.

Rely on daily prayer and meditation with your Guru's

teachings to acquire spiritual power.

In this 'Kaliyuga' the easiest and best means to attain 'moksha'

is through repetition of the Lord's Name.

Speak the truth at any cost. Speak little, speak sweetly.

A kind word, a kind look, a kind smile, may please more than

the richest gift.

If your real desire is to do good, do it at once, this very minute,

else that precious moment will be lost.

Priceless are the words of wisdom that arise from the tongues

of saints.

An important quality we have to cultivate is not to look at the

faults of others.

Development of absolute faith in the Supreme Lord is what is

wanted and no study is required to reach Him.

All are equal in the eye of God. There is no distinction between

the rich and the poor, the high and the low.

Never show disrespect to anyone, never hate anyone, never

wound the feelings of another.

Associate with those persons who have faith in God and love

him without any earthly gain.

Nama Japa and selfless service to humanity helps one towards

God-realization.

Devotion is the only means of crossing the ocean of 'Samsara'

A devotee loves all, serves all and helps all. He is ever engaged

in the good of all beings.

Virtue of all virtues lies in God-consiouness. Let the mind be

attracted to God.

Always live in love, purity, gentleness, meekness, patience,

compassion, generosity and self-renunciation for all

these are your wealth and power.

Nothing is equal to the Guru's grace. Let every one of us be

prepared to attain this grace at the earliest.

Instead of merely repeating maxims like 'Be Good' and 'Do

Good' one should practise them in his day-to-day life

for others to follow.

 

May Sainatha Sadguru Sri Saipadananda shower

His choicest blessings on us all.

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU

(Sri Saipadananda's Maxims)

He who lives in 'Satsangh' or constantly associates with it, attains

purity of mind and happiness very quickly.

Above all, acquire eager thirst for righteousness, truth and

freedom.

Priceless are the words of wisdom that arise from the tongues of

saints.

Practise Dharma and Truth as essential objects of life.

Your duty is perpectually to concetrate on your Guru at all times,

with your mind and soul.

Never hurt anybody, control anger by love, 'Kshama' and 'daya'

Eternal bliss is the birthright of everyone of us and we can attain

it only by adhering to the path of Dharma.

Where there is truth, virtue, justice and wisdom, there God is

directly present.

Your kindness shines through your selfless feelings.

Eternal happiness, infinite knowledge, immortality, freedom and

independence can be attained by God-realization above.

Avoid unnecessary worry; simple living and high thinking must be

your aim.

Recitation of Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama has a great spiritual value.

 

The greatest remedy for all the ills of life, physical and mental, is

to surrender the fruits of all our 'Karmas' unto God.

One who rests at peace with himself will not be greatly perturbed

by vicissitudes of fortune.

Your polestar is your Guru who guides you through his precepts

and teachings according to environment and circumstances.

One must transcend the individual consciousness and love all in

the knowledge that every living being is a moving temple

of God.

Universal love means that you should feel an affinity to everything

in creation.

 

"May Sai Baba bless everybody and guide his destiny"

 

BENEDICTION Universal Prayer

(At Dwaraka)

May the wicked turn good;

May the good attain peace;

May the peaceful be freed from all bondages; and

May the liberated redeem others.

May everybody be happy;

May everybody be free from disease;

May everybody have good luck;

May none fall on evil days.

May everybody surmount difficulties;

May everybody have good fortune;

May everybody realize his ambition;

May everybody rejoice everywhere.

 

Sri Saipadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji

 

A WORD ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sri. B.S. Narayana Murthy born in 1908, was an ardent devotee of Both Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and also Baba's apostle, Poojya Saipadananda Radhakrishna Swamiji. After passing B.A. Degree from the Mysore University, he joined government service and retired as Gazetted Assistant to the Director of Food Supplies of Government of Mysore.

Being a man of principles, with staunch faith in Lord, Gurus and scriptures, he came soon under the influence of Sadguru Sainath and took keen interest in the spread of His message of Universal brotherhood and love of all living beings. As Poojya Radhakrishna Swamiji established Sri Sai Spiritual Centre at N.R. Colony, Bangalore in forties, he was one of those early followers of Swamiji and was closely associated with the Centre from 1971 to 1982 as a Committee Member and Vice President for a tenure.

As one with literary bent of mind Sri Narayana Murthy as per the direction of Poojya Swamiji translated a number of articles as well as books pertaining to Sri Sai Baba. Prominent amongst them being, "GIFT TO LITTLE CHILDREN" of Poojya Radhakrishna Swamiji; Sri Narasimha Swamiji, Apostle of Sri Sai Baba, the Saint of Shirdi, "The Incredible Sai Baba" by Arthur Osborne etc.,

A life full of Dharmic and Spirtiual activities and achievements, Sri Narayanamurthy attained the Lotus feet of Sri Sai Baba on Monday the 22nd July 1996. The present publication which was printed and awaiting binding was shown to him on 22nd July morning at his residence.