Devotees celebrate “Guru Purnima”

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Guru Sai Ram

Devotees celebrate “Guru Purnima”By ANI on Friday, July 18, 2008
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Varanasi/ Allahabad/ New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): A large number of devotees across India thronged temples to celebrate “Guru Purnima”, coinciding with the full moon day.

Hindus observe the day in praise of “Guru” (teacher).

In the national capital, devotees gathered at a temple of Shirdi Sai Baba. They offered garlands and sweets to the saint.

“The day is observed to celebrate the teacher-student relationship. Spiritual gurus are regarded as God. It is believed that the guru can enlighten a person. They play an important role in one’’s life. They help their disciples to come out of the whirlpool of life”, said Parmanand, a devotee.

According to a legend, Sai Baba who was a nameless pauper took shelter in a mosque in Shirdi town, but never asked for food or water, He hardly spoke.

Curious villagers took pity on the feeble and sparsely clothed man and donated fruits and clothing. But to their surprise, the “fakir” shared whatever he got with the destitute and even animals.

Soon “Baba” and “Sai” both words associated with saints were prefixed to his name and the poor, needy and the destitute from far off began pouring in to hear him.

People paid respects to their gurus in Varanasi that houses innumerable religious schools.

Devotees chanted hymns and made long queues to pay respects to their gurus.

“The student has a tendency to emulate the guru. There is a reflection of the guru in the student. It is the guru who provides the student with knowledge and guides the student to tread the correct path,” said Saraswati, a resident.

In Allahabad, people made offerings to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, well known as the Beatles” guru, who took transcendental meditation to the West.

This was the day when Krishna-dwaipayana Vyasa – author of the Mahabharata – was born.

The spiritual Gurus are revered on this day by remembering their life and teachings. (ANI)


Shirdi Trust To Observe 3-Day Gurupournima Festival

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Sai Baba

Shirdi Trust to observe three-day Gurupournima Festival
July 15th, 2008 – 2:06 pm ICT by ANI

New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): The three-day Shri Gurupournima Festival will be observed from July 17 to July 19 this year.

Organised by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, this festival is one among three observed and celebrated in any given year, the other two being the Shriramnavami Festival and the Shri Saibaba Punyatithi (birth anniversary) Festival.

The Shri Gurupournima Festival is observed to make the general public aware of the ancient teaching tradition and relationship between the Guru (the teacher) and the Shishya (student). It is also known as the Vyas Pooja after the learned sage of ancient times Vyasa.

On July 17, the festival will begin with the Kakad Arati procession of Sai babas portrait and holy book. It will be taken around the town and will be followed by the Akhand Parayan or the continuous reading of the holy book, which is also known as the Shri Saisatcharitra.

Devotees will then be allowed to pay homage to Sai baba, and thereafter, several religious ceremonies will be observed throughout the remainder of the day.

July 18 will be the main day of the festival, and will pretty much follow the routine set out on the previous day. Devotional songs and obeisance will be paid to the Sai baba by hundreds of thousands of devotees.

On the last day (July 19), the festival will be gin with devotees taking a ritual bath. This will be followed by the Rudra Abhishek ceremony at the Gurusthan. There will be a mid-day arati and traditional programs like the Gopal Kala and the Dahihandi will be performed.

In the evening between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Shailaja Acharya of Ambarnath will perform the Shri Santwani program in the central hall of the shrine.

Jayant Sasane, chairman of the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shankarrao Kolhe, the vice-chairman of the trust, and other officials will participate in the festival. (ANI)

Lord Sai Baba Opened His Eye

Lord Sai Baba Opened His Eye

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Bangalore, Jul 18 : An Industrialist’s house here has turned out to be a centre of attraction for thousands of people gathered following a rumour that an idol of Shirdi Sai Baba there had opened one of its eyes. On hearing about the news, curious people started visiting the house to offer prayers, police said. (Reference)

Bangalore: It was blind belief, but people came with their eyes wide open, all for a glimpse of the one-eyed Sai Baba.

A one-foot high idol of Sai Baba attracted a huge crowd as well as huge donations all through Friday, when word spread fast that Sai Baba had come to bless one and all by opening one eye on Guru Purnima, his birthday.

The crowd thronged the house of A Babu, a trader who had bought the idol some seven months ago.

“When we bought the idol, both eyes were closed. However, on Thursday, one eye opened. I thought at first that it was just dirt, but Baba has opened his eye to bless us,” says he.

Word of mouth was enough to draw both the young and the old, the devout and the believers. Police had to be called in to control the huge rush.

But miracle or not, the devotees ensured that they paid Baba back in currency for his blessings. People even took photos of the idol for keepsake and the sale of Sai Baba idols also shot up parallely.

So the question is: Can you have life in a stone figure? Well, it is a thin line between faith and reality which got blurred enough to get the crowds to the home of A Babu, and as always blind faith is proving to be quite profitable to the owner of the Sai Baba idol. (Reference)

Hyderabad: Guru Purnima was celebrated with gaiety across the twin cities on Friday. Right from dawn to dusk, various temples, particularly Shirdi Sai Baba temples located in different areas, buzzed with activity as city dwellers thronged the temples to celebrate the auspicious day.

Guru Purnima is celebrated to pay tributes to the spiritual gurus, their teachings and their lives. Embellished with flowers and lights, special rituals were performed in various Shirdi Sai Baba temples that reverberated with religious hymns and chants.

Late in the afternoon, with visuals of a Shirdi Sai Baba idol opening an eye in a temple at Bangalore being screened in almost all television news channels, people turned out in even more numbers at various temples. Soon rumours spread across twin cities that another Shirdi Sai Baba idol at a temple in Yellareddyguda too, had opened an eye leaving the local residents spell bound.

Serpentine queues were witnessed at the temples and it was reported that people in some localities had even performed ‘abhishekam’ to the Shirdi Sai Baba idols with milk, honey and water as part of the rituals. (Reference)

Bangalore, July 18 (ANI): A large number of devotees has started thronging a house in Bangalore’s Hanumanthnagara after learning that a miracle which has occurred in a revered Sai Baba statue.

The one-foot high marble statue started captivating the religious minded people after they heard about the statue whose one eye has opened up in a miraculous occurrence.

Lakshmi in whose house the miracle took place feels that it was her great fortune that the God has taken rebirth in her house.

“I am very happy. It has happened on Thursday that too on Buddha Purnima the God has taken rebirth in my house. It was when I was trying to cleanup the idol that I noticed that the left portion had some particles. I cleaned it up and the God opened his eye. It is my fortune. People are thronging to my place,” said Lakshmi.

Hope scientific community stand up and answer this miracle. By Kestur Vasuki (ANI) (Reference)

BANGALORE, July 18, 2008: Thousands of devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba on Friday found thronging to a house at Gavipuram in Bangalore city, located in southern part of India. The reason is that TV channels are showing visuals of the idol of Shridi Sai Baba with one eye open.

Today being Gurupoornima day considered very auspicious by Sai Baba devotees, the news spread and thousands of devotees are thronging the house to experience what they claim as miracle by Sai Baba. Some believers say that it is a trick to draw crowds to the house and temples.

Surprised at the one-foot high marble idol with one eye open, the house owner Babu said the he was blessed by the Lord. Hundreds of women visited the house to seek the blessings of the Sai Baba. “When I was trying to cleanup the idol I noticed that the left portion had some particles. I cleaned it up and the God opened his eye. It is my fortune. People are thronging to my place,” said his wife Lakshmi. The police have been posted at the house to control the crowd.

The famous Shirdi Temple is located at a distance of 260 km from Mumbai in Maharasthr, but lakhs of devotees adore Sai Baba idols at home and worship the lord. A few years ago, television channels, radio and newspapers eagerly covered a unique phenomenon called Lord Ganesha drinking milk offered by devotees in Mumbai and other parts of the country. Even sceptical journalists held their milk-filled spoons to the statues of gods – and watched as the milk disappeared.

Speaking to this correspondent, a devotee said “I am a devotee of Sai Baba and today I am really feel very happy.” Many people, young and old, found standing in a queue in front of the house in the small locality of Hanumanthnagara to offer their prayers to their Lord. (Reference)

Door No. 7, Chitra Block, Gavipuram Guttahalli, Bangalore ,which, till the other day, was a non-descript residence of phenol merchant Babu, suddenly turned into a pilgrimage centre, when hundreds of people descended on Friday to witness what they believe is a miracle – the Shirdi Sai Baba idol is purported to have opened its left eye.

After reports of Ganapati idols drinking milk and the recent story of a bleeding Christ, the Sai Baba miracle too saw both the devout and the curious rushing to the house.

With devotees queuing up to have a glimpse of the statue, the area wore a festive look with small-time traders trying to make a fast buck by selling prasadam and Baba’s idols. There was also a huge flow of cash as the devotees put dakshina (cash offering to God) after the darshan.

The police had to be called in to control the surging crowds. (Reference)

BANGALORE: A day after a Sai Baba statue reportedly opened one of its eyes in a house at Gavipura Guttahalli, the mob frenzy seems to be evaporating.

Although devotees continued to throng near the house of owner, Babu, on Saturday morning, the frequency was low compared to Friday.

The number of devotees decreased slowly and by afternoon, there were only a handful of them.

The police, who had a tough time in handling the mob on Friday, were relieved to see a smaller crowd on Saturday.

Some Sai Baba devotees have camped in the house and continued with their prayers and bhajans.

But a section of the devotees and onlookers are looking at the episode with a critical eye.

One common question asked was why Baba decided to open only one eye and not both? Neither Babu, nor his family members, had a convincing reply to this question.

The public and journalists were barred from going too close to the statue by the family.

Other than the family members, nobody was allowed to touch the statue.

Some devotees tried to go as close as they could near the statue but were stopped on their tracks by the family, who looked after the statue and placed offerings given by the devotees.

The entire episode of Baba reportedly opening his eye in Babu’s house has come in the right time, the police said.

According to sources, had the incident been delayed by some months, Baba would have had to look for some other house.

According to a senior police officer, Babu’s house was built on a civic amenity site and there was a long-standing legal battle in this regard.

The BBMP had filed a case against Babu and recently, the court had directed the authorities to evict him and take possession of the land.

Meanwhile, Babu is making grand plans of constructing a temple on the premises.

Babu is also a close friend of a local politician and had campaigned in the recent assembly polls. (Reference)

Is it Faith or blind faith? Hundreds of devotees thronged the door step of one Mr. Babu and His wife Lakshmi who reside in Gavipura, Kempegowdanagar, Bangalore to catch the glimpse of Sri Shirdi Saibaba’s statue glimpsing through an eye opened wide on 18th July 2008 . It is also said that He opened His eyes later in a temple in Yelahanka, Bangalore. It is to be noted that the day was Guru Poornima, an auspicious day to render one’s worship to one’s Guru.

The event provoked a long serpentine queue to flow continuously into Mr. Babu’s home that resulted in mounting money. Well is it a farce or a fact? Did Baba really open His eyes ? It is left to the devotee to believe or disbelieve.

A Baba’s devotee envisions Baba within himself day in day out. He is surely aware of Baba’s eyes wide open to His cares and His arms widely stretched out as well, to comfort those who seek refugee in Him. Baba touches each and everyone’s life in a very personal way, like that of a flower that sends out its fragrance in the most subtlest way.

Since Baba was a great miracle worker, it is natural to believe in any happenings connected with Him. However we never question strange happenings wrapped in a religious covering that awe inspire the world.

The event provoked a long serpentine queue to flow continuously into Mr. Babu’s home that resulted in mounting money.

Faith or blind faith, it is however in the hands of Baba to tend His sheep without being tethered within the limits of superficial convictions. After all He is the eye opener, the spiritual eye opener who dissolves all illusions in His infinite illumination. (Reference)

Shirdi Sai Baba Miracle – Sai Baba Idol Opens Eye

Shirdi Sai Baba With Eye Open

Shirdi Sai Baba With Eye Open

Shirdi Sai Baba Miracle – Sai Baba Idol Opens Eye
19 Jul 2008, 0338 hrs IST,TNN

BANGALORE: Hundreds of people descended on a merchant’s house in Bangalore on Friday to witness what they believe is a miracle – the Shirdi Sai Baba idol is purported to have opened its left eye.

The frenzy was such that police had to be called in to control the surging crowds.

After reports of Ganapati idols drinking milk and the recent story of a bleeding Christ, the Sai Baba ‘miracle’ too saw both the devout and the curious rushing to the house.

Door No. 7, Chitra Block, Gavipuram Guttahalli, which, till the other day, was a non-descript residence of phenol merchant Babu, suddenly turned into a pilgrimage centre.

With devotees queuing up to have a glimpse of the statue, the area wore a festive look with small-time traders trying to make a fast buck by selling prasadam and Baba’s idols!

The devotee couple Babu (45) and his wife Lakshmi took the marble idol to clean on Wednesday evening to prepare for the Thursday puja.

The idol had some black mark on its left chin and the couple’s son Dhrupad, who was cleaning the eye, suddenly felt some change in the idol – the eyelash seemed moving. The devotees were astounded and stopped the cleaning work.

On Thursday morning, they found the left eye of Baba had opened. Thursday being a day to worship Baba, the couple, along with their neighbours, performed puja.

The news flashed on Friday morning and by afternoon, the crowds multiplied.

“We had gone to Shirdi a year ago from where we bought this marble idol. It is a miracle that Baba opened his eye on Guru Poornima Day to give us darshan. It has been very difficult to control the crowd as people are queuing up to see the miracle. So we had to inform the police and arrange for bandobast,” said Drupad, a II PU student.

There was also a huge flow of cash as the devotees put “dakshine” (cash offering to God) after the darshan. “I am a staunch Sai Baba devotee and never had witnessed such a miracle. The idol looked like as if Baba was looking at me…I cannot forget this day,” said Swamy Narayan, a resident of Hanumanthanagar, with tears in his eyes.

Policemen from two stations – Kempe Gowdanagar and Hanumanthanagar – were deployed near the house along with Hoysala patrolling teams from Bangalore South. “More than 1,500 people had gathered and the crowd was maddening. Our concern was maintaining peace”, he said.


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Resolving Doubts – A Day At The Super Speciality Hospital Puttaparthi

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Resolving Doubts – A day At The Super Speciality Hospital Puttaparthi

Sathya Sai Baba has repeatedly asked us not to indulge in or listen to rumours, and yet it is sometimes difficult to avoid doing so. The secret obviously is to take no notice of the content however ‘believable’ the rumour may seem, until proved correct. Normally I adhere to this principle as much as is humanly possible, but I actually weakened momentarily when someone happened to mention that they had heard from a ‘most reliable source’ that the medical treatment in the Super Speciality Hospital was, in fact, not up to scratch.

I later discovered that this information came from a magazine noted for its negative stance. However at the time I was susceptible enough to accept that this was a possibility, due to my own incredulous state. I had visited Prasanthi Nilayam many times since 1986, and had been over to the Super Speciality Hospital in 1991. Overawed at its beautiful atmosphere then; I wondered whether the medical treatment would after nine long years, still match the pristine grandeur of the Hospital.

In July this year, my wife and I were in Prasanthi Nilayam for one month and the thoughts of the Hospital were nagging at me from time to time. A few days before we were due to leave I felt a sudden desire to find out the facts for myself and contacted Dr. Safaya, the director of the S.S. Hospital and made an appointment to see him: this turned out to be the day before we were leaving.

Dr. Safaya asked me what it was I wanted exactly. I explained that there was talk in the western media that the conditions in the S.S. Hospital were substandard; and I should like to see for myself if it was true.

Dr. Safaya called in his Head of Security, a Dr. Barkuni, who has a practice in Delhi and like many in the Sai Organisation gives his time freely for several weeks every year, and directed him to take me wherever I wished to go in the Hospital and to answer any questions I may ask. And so commenced what I can only describe as a V.I.P. tour which could only have been bettered by a visit from Swami Himself. I spent the whole day at the hospital going into general wards, intensive care wards, the kitchen and maintenance areas.

I was capped and gowned and permitted by the operating surgeons to enter operating theatres where I witnessed two open-heart operations (without heart-lung machines) at close range. I was even able to converse with the surgeons who explained the symptoms and the techniques. I also watched a mitral valve replacement operation done with breathtaking precision. I saw a cataract operation whilst almost breathing down the shoulder of the operating surgeon, who, even to my untrained eye, was obviously highly skilled despite his apparent youth. Incidentally, there are an average of 12 cataract operations a day carried out in this theatre plus an average of eight laser treatments in the Department of Ophthalmology itself.

In the Department of Cardiology an average of over a thousand heart surgeries are carried out each year. This includes bypass, valve replacement and as well as pacemaker implantations. Over 1900 patients are admitted into this department each year.

Like all major hospitals through out the world, the S.S. Hospital caters for every medical need. It incredibly has the lowest mortality and infection rate of any hospital in the world; in fact, an area such as Puttaparthi where dust and germs seem to find such an easy footing, infection in the Hospital is almost unheard of. The Hospital gleams with cleanliness and there is a wonderful air of calmness and efficiency, which is quite inspiring. The intensive care wards (like the operating theatres) are all air-conditioned, and have the latest electronic equipment installed from bedsides to central control. The wards are well staffed by competent nurses and there is a doctor on call at all times.

I was introduced to the Heads of all Departments, including : Dr. Sunil in charge of the Anesthesia Section; Dr. Sara Pawan, an anesthetist, who spends his time between the General Hospital and the S. S. Hospital; Dr. K. Prasad of the Catheter Laboratory section and Dr. K. Bhat who although officially retired, still gives all of his time giving lectures and advice whenever needed, and his wife, the senior microbiologist at S. S. H.

They were all happy and enthusiastic about their work and their dedication was obvious when speaking to them.

It was all the more refreshing to me as I had gone to the Hospital with mixed emotions, and, to be honest, was somewhat apprehensive that there might be some truth in what I had heard. Not so. I was, if anything, even more impressed than I had been nine years before.

I moved on to the Department of Engineering and Maintenance and was introduced to its Head Mr. K. Viswanathan, who is an electronics engineer and is responsible for maintaining all the electronic equipment thoughout the Hospital. He explained some of the ancillary equipment needed for the smooth running of the Hospital including enormous generators-such as the latest Swiss 180KVA model, so efficient that should the mains power suddenly drop out at any moment, it will immediately ensure an uninterrupted continuation of power, especially vital when operations are in progress. In addition there are 2 ´ 260KV and 1 ´ 100KV and 1 ´ 500KV generators for different areas in the Hospital in case of power failures.

Although the General Hospital at Puttaparthi screens all patients before they are sent on to the S.S.H., a typical day sees an average of 150 of the more serious cases being treated at the S.S.H. Some of them come from as far as Nepal, such has the fame of this hospital spread.

In addition there is a demineralisation plant, which supplies absolutely pure water to the operating theatres. An incinerator which takes solid waste to convert it into gaseous products and pass into another chamber where the temperature is over 10000 C rendering it safe to be passed into the atmosphere. There is a needle separator and disposal unit: in fact every piece of equipment needed to ensure that this ‘quite isolated’ Hospital has every thing needed to be totally self-sufficient. There appeared to be no shortage of any medical equipment in the theatres or wards.

The prevailing ambience whenever I went in the hospital was one of tranquility and love. It is no wonder that patients heal so quickly in this vibration. Swami has often said that more love at the bedside results in faster recovery. It is certainly true in this Hospital where love is shown through efficient care and encouraging words, everywhere.

In conclusion, I can only say how grateful I am to have been given this wonderful opportunity to experience this most remarkable Hospital and at the same time to dispel any doubt I might have had.

Raymond Lindsay