Dr. Michael Goldstein’s Golden Shiva Lingam 2008

Dr. Michael Goldstein’s Golden Shiva Lingam 2008
Towards the end of the 21 July 2008 – Sri Sathya Sai World Education Conference, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba materialised a Linga in golden colour to the delight of one and all. It was at the end of the world Conference that Bhagawan announced that the same would be presented to Dr. Michael Goldstein, Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation and member of the Prashanti Council. Bhagavan asked to announce that the Linga would grow in size and the water from its abhisheka could be served to sick people. The day after the lingam was created, Sathya Sai Baba materialized vibuthi and poured it on the lingam.

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Michael Goldstein’s Lingam From Sathya Sai Baba

Michael Goldstein’s Lingam From Sathya Sai Baba


Goldstein Golden Lingam 1

Goldstein Golden Lingam 1


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Goldstein Golden Lingam 2


Goldstein Golden Lingam 3

Goldstein Golden Lingam 3 Vibuthi Abhishekam


Goldstein Golden Lingam 4

Goldstein Golden Lingam 4


Goldstein Golden Lingam 5 Vibuthi

Goldstein Golden Lingam 5 Vibuthi Abhishekam


Gold Lingam For Dr Michael Goldstein

Gold Lingam For Dr Michael Goldstein


Michael Goldstein Shiva Lingam

Michael Goldstein Shiva Lingam


July 21st 2008

Sai Students: All of a sudden, waving His hand, Swami materialised a huge golden Lingam. The lingam was awesome by its sheer size alone! He handed it over to Dr. Goldstein with some instructions. He asked for a cover and wrapped the lingam in the cover. He told him to perform the Abhishekam or the holy bath for the diety. Promising further instructions later, Swami displayed the lingam for all the eager devotees to have a look at. There were gasps and shrieks. It is true that in highest happiness, man does not know how to react. The mixture of spontaneous reactions was something that must have been seen and heard to be truly experienced! Blessing all the devotees, Swami accepted Aarati and returned to His residence at 7.30 pm while prasadam was distributed.

July 22nd 2008

Sai Students: At the end of His Discourse, He went to the interview room briefly, and returned with Dr. Goldstein in tow. Swami took the lingam that He had given to Dr. Goldstein last evening and displayed it to everyone. He then created vibhuti and sprinkled it on the lingam, and it was the perfect Abhishekam. He again created some more of the holy Vibhuti and asked Dr. Goldstein to immediately put all of it into his mouth. He announced that He’s giving the lingam to Dr. Goldstein for him to distribute the water from washing the lingam to those who are unwell. There was thunderous claps and joyous shouts of Jaijaikars as Swami said that. He then asked for the evening’s cultural programme to begin.

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Sri Sathya Sai World Conference on Education Coverage

It’s A Miracle!

Sai Baba Manifestations Miracle Vibuthi Rudraksha
Miracle Within A Miracle – Rudrakshas Materialize From Vibuthi
Manifesting From Sathya Sai Baba’s Picture

It’s A Miracle!
Do you believe in miracles? A simple question. But, for the vast majority of humanity who fall somewhere in between staunch believer and die-hard sceptics, the answer isnt. Veena Pradeep & Chethana Dinesh attempt the answers nonetheless.

Statues shed tears of blood, drink milk and open their eyes in benign blessing. Crosses of light inexplicably appear around many parts of the world. Sea water in a muddy creek turns sweet. The faithful flock in piety and amazement while sceptics pull out their hair in desperation, crying foul.

Do you believe in miracles? The question is as simple as that. But, for the vast majority of humanity who fall somewhere in between staunch believer and die-hard sceptics, the answer isn’t.

From time immemorial, there’s been a miracle for every season and every reason. If only our senses were open to perceive it! On a hot summer afternoon, sitting in a garden, under the cool shade of a peepal tree, soaking in the beautiful sight of colourful flowers, you close your eyes and take a deep breath, saying a silent prayer to the Almighty for a spell of rain. Voila! It actually starts raining. If this isn’t a miracle, what is?

For Tarun Cherian, a well-known spiritual healer, based in Bangalore, everything is a miracle. The blink of an eye, the blooming of a flower, the flight of a butterfly, the existence of the universe itself is no less miraculous than statues of gods and goddesses drinking milk or opening an eye.

Yet, we take the former for granted because our brains have understood the mystery behind these natural phenomena. Innumerable instances of mysterious things have been recorded, so nobody can discount the fact that miracles happen, he says. Tarun said:

“For example, auras around humans have been photographed, so nobody can deny their existence.

What we know about the universe is only the tip of an iceberg. We can just see that wee bit above the water, and a little bit below it. What lies underneath, unknown, is bigger than what most of us can even imagine.”

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On the other hand, for miracle buster Sanal Edamarakku, president of the Indian Rationalist’s Association based in Delhi which has been fighting for inculcating scientific temper among people and exposing superstition, blind belief, obscurantism and paranormal claims among other things, all miraculous events can be explained.

“There are three kinds of miracles,” he says. One is purely the outcome of people’s ignorance. Sanal quotes the example of a Sai Baba ke roti miracle doing the rounds in some parts of the country where you place a piece of roti in a container, add tea leaves, a little sugar and water and leave it covered for seven days in front of a Sai Baba idol. On the seventh day, a whole roti forms.

Sanal says this is because of the formation of something called the Manchurian algae. “Even if you were to place the same ingredients in front of your own photograph, the roti would form,” he says. At the height of the Ganesha milk-drinking episode, he had demonstrated how it happened, feeding a little coffee to a statue of Jawaharlal Nehru, and “this may sound blasphemous, but also a little beer to a statue of Gandhi,” he laughs. According to him, every instance of a miracle can be explained in scientific terms.

The second kind of miracles are special phenomena such as people suddenly speaking in the voice of a dead person. These are mental illnesses which any psychiatrist can explain, he says. The third kind are pure deceit where charlatans use sleight of hand to take advantage of people’s gullibility, like conjuring vibhuti out of the air, making things disappear or appear, etc. “Whenever a miracle takes place, there is an economic or social beneficiary,” says Sanal.

“Obviously some miracles are manufactured,” counters Tarun. “But where are there no scams? Science has clear biases, ignores inconvenient facts, and has its share of utter frauds.”

All of us may pooh-pooh the mass hysteria whipped up either by a statue of Sai Baba opening his eye or Ganesha idols drinking milk, but, deep down don’t we want to be a part of the crowd that firmly believes in such miracles? Says Prof C R Chandrashekar, Department of Psychiatry, Nimhans:

“All of us love miracles, irrespective of our community and religion. In fact, we long for them. Being born and brought up to believe that miracles do happen, we accept anything that’s even mildly suggestive of a miracle. Our lives revolve around expectations that miracles can happen.

For instance, take the recent case of the statue of Shirdi Sai Baba opening his eye in Bangalore. People thronged the place to witness it. That’s human weakness. At the same time, not all of them who went there believed in it. Most of them were driven to do it only out of curiosity. But, the very fact that they wanted to be a part of the whole episode illustrates how a human mind works. They went there out of expectations — they wanted to believe that the miracle had indeed happened.”

It’s true. Caught in the rigours of this world, all of us yearn for miracles in some form or the other. And again, who can doubt this longing for miracles when it’s being felt in various pockets all over the world?

There have been instances of miracles quoted in every religious text and in the history books of every civilization. Circles of Light, Crosses of Light, Healing Waters, Signs of Allah, The Holy Mother, Buddhist Miracles, Christ Encounters… the list can be endless.

An oft-quoted instance is that of the sighting of angelic warriors by Israeli soldiers in all of Israel’s wars. And in every war, there were reports from both sides of angelic intervention on Israel’s behalf. Though some rationalists attempted to term it as battle fatigue, believers didn’t buy the argument, considering that the angels were seen by both sides in the war.

Surprisingly, while many today believe in miracles, no modern historian fills his or her books with accounts of miraculous events. For, they are considered incredulous and nothing more than a case of collective hallucination. Experts in human psychology think otherwise.

“It is basic human tendency to desire the marvellous and the wondrous, to be deluded about them, to fabricate them, embellish them and to exaggerate them. It is a manifestation of our dislike for the mundane and the ordinary. Hence we lap up anything that is different from the ordinary,” explains Prof Chandrashekar.

However, there are many philosophers and anti-supernatural thinkers like David Hume (1711-1776) and Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) who argue against this belief in miracles. While Hume terms it an act of faith and not of reason, Spinoza says that the belief in miracles and a commitment to modern scientific methodology are incompatible.

Another much widely neglected argument against miracles is put forth by Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) in his book Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone. According to Kant, miracles never occur! In other words, miracles are theoretically possible but practically impossible.

Miracles are ruled out on scientific grounds too. According to the scientific understanding of the universe, no event can be termed rational unless its occurrence is regular and repeatable. Miracles are by nature not regular and repeatable and hence there is no scientific basis for the belief in miracles.
“It’s true that there is no scientific basis to miracles. But, everything cannot be explained by science right?” argues Rachna Chabria, a consultant with a software firm. To support her argument, she narrates a true life experience. She questions:

“My father was a hale and hearty person. One fine morning, we found him dead in his sleep and the doctors attributed it to a massive heart attack. My mother was devastated. Everyday she reported of having his visions, prompting her to take her BP tablets. According to her, she distinctly saw him walking in the house with his familiar and recognisable steady gait. One such day, she told us she had decided to join him. We didn’t take her seriously as we thought it was just another of her emotional outpourings. But, the very same night, to our horror, she too passed away peacefully in her sleep. How do you explain this?”

“Anything we do with intensity can create miracles. When we understand it, it forms the basis of life, when it surprises us, we call it a miracle,” says Tarun.

Miracles are anything that’s beyond our realm of understanding. Nevertheless, they help us get on with our lives with hope. “They are all around us. We just have to ask the universe for it. I have prayed for miracles and they have happened. The universe is very kind. It just gives all that you ask for. You may be gripped by a serious problem and not know how to get out of it. You hope against hope for it to be resolved by itself and it does! That’s a miracle,” says renowned tarot card reader Krishna Nath Malhotra.

A miracle definitely helps ordinary mortals like us to live on, with the fond hope that a miracle will very soon put an end to the suffering in the world.

Says model-actor Nasser Abdullah, a firm believer in miracles:

“About three decades ago, I went with some friends to Satya Sai Baba, hoping to be able to rid myself off a consistently present nervous strain, and fear of living in this world. I was not disappointed, as he did rid me of that, plus a few other disturbing samskaras lurking within my being which I wasn’t even aware of. That was a true miracle for me! I mean, to be able to prevail upon the mind and transform it so completely without appearing to be doing so is a feat worthy of resting foremost in the annals of miracle workings.

“I had also on the same trip witnessed a healing by him on a boy who was afflicted with a disease, which had left him deformed from neck to toe. When Sai Baba whispered something into his ear he dashed off, unaided towards his room, a distance of 15 metres, in a split second, and turned contorted again. A few hours later, I saw this boy walking about awkwardly but proudly around, with the most radiant smile upon his face, unaided, watched by his ecstatic mother! He was not even able to stand up on his own, prior to Sai Baba’s interaction with him, until a few hours earlier! That was the other miracle I witnessed. This is for those who might want to rubbish my earlier claim of my miracle as a psychological abberation or fluke!”

Despite many miracles being explained away by rationalists and scientists, the media continues to report on strange events and happenings around the world and otherwise rational human beings continue to believe in them. “Now miracles happen most when we are desperate or troubled. And indeed we are in trouble today with an imminent collapse of the environment, and a global economy powered by skinny energy resources. Since man’s very survival is threatened, the stakes are raised. Our desperation unleashes immense psychic force, and so miracles and psychic gifts are far easier to receive today than in any point in our history,” says Tarun.

Both miracle-seekers and miracle busters will agree on one thing, however. Miracles are but extensions of one’s belief. You believe and you will be blessed by an experience. You don’t believe and you can explain the experience away. Every now and then, you read newspaper reports of potatoes or eggplants sporting the image of gods. Now, if you’re religious and a believer in miracles you’ll see in these divine vegetables a sign and probably worship them, but if you are a rationalist you’ll just chop that freak vegetable into your curry!

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Sai Baba Vibuthi Miracle In Australia

Sai Baba Vibuthi Miracle In Australia

The Power Of Om

Om Mantra

Om Mantra


The Power Of Om
Sarah Womack
Last Updated: July 20. 2008 1:55PM UAE

People who meditate often rave about its benefits. People who don’t often dismiss it as quackery. But does the truth lie somewhere between “hugely effective ancient discipline” and “harmless fad”?

Personally, I’ve never found sitting cross-legged and chanting “om” – picture Richard Dreyfuss in the Oscar-winning film The Goodbye Girl – easy, or indeed relaxing. And according to the Which? Guide to Complementary Medicine, I am not alone. Some 400 people a week learn to meditate and then give up within the first year, finding the switch from worry mode to a ­blissful state too hard.

But underestimating the technique means I’m missing out on a range of benefits to my health, my mood and my attention span, ­according to research.

One study has found that people who meditate have a better ­immune response to the flu vaccine than people who do not meditate. Another looked at 90 cancer patients who did meditation for seven weeks. They found that people who meditated had 31 per cent lower stress symptoms and 67 per cent less mood disturbance than people who did not meditate.

Studies this year suggest that meditation is so powerful it can even “re-circuit” the brain. Just as aerobics can improve muscle shape so, claims a study in the American journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, meditation tones the grey cells.

Brain scans conducted by ­researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveal that those ­experienced at meditating boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.

The finding is in line with studies showing that accomplished ­musicians, athletes and linguists all have thickening in relevant areas of the cortex.

Other claims made for meditation range from improving asthma and increasing fertility through to reducing the effects of ageing.

So how does it work?

To understand the impact of meditation, experts say we need to understand what meditation actually is. Broadly speaking, it’s a mental practice in which a person focuses attention on a particular subject or object. It is associated with religion, but can be secular, and what you focus on is largely a matter of personal choice – a mantra, breathing patterns, or simply an awareness of being alive.

In Madison, Wisconsin, Dr Richard Davidson carried out studies on Buddhist monks for several years. In one study, he observed the brains of a group of office workers before and after they undertook a course of meditation combined with stress reduction techniques. At the end of the course the participants’ brains seemed to have altered in the way they functioned.

They showed greater activity in the left-hand side – a characteristic which Davidson has previously linked to happiness and enthusiasm. He told the BBC: “By meditating, you can become happier, you can concentrate more effectively and you can change your brain in ways that support that.” The idea that meditation can improve the well-being of everyone, as well as those suffering from depression and forms of mental illness, is exciting researchers.

One of those is Kathy Sykes, professor of sciences and society at Bristol University in the UK, who visited Kathmandu for instruction with Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who has been meditating for more than 30 years. She wanted to learn more about meditation and separate myth from reality. She says meditating helped her cope with the death of her father and she now uses it in all sorts of situations, some very humdrum. “When I try to meditate now it does have a more powerful effect,” she says.

Her father died from cancer about two months before she went to Kathmandu and she had not been able to grieve his loss, she says. Matthieu suggested she focus on unconditional love, and when she thought about that, she said, she inevitably thought about her ­father. She wept for ages and was finally able to let go.

“Meditating and mindfulness now help me get in touch with what ­really matters, and stop worrying about ‘surface’ stuff,” she says. “It helped me profoundly in handling all my grief around dad’s illness and death. It helps me with almost everything.”

After her visit to Kathmandu – and as part of a TV programme on meditation – she went to Massachusetts General Hospital in the US, where Dr Herbert Benson, a Harvard Medical School professor, put her through a series of tests.

Doctors measured her resting pulse, muscle tension, respiration and sweat. They then subjected her to some mental arithmetic, during which her stress levels and all her readings soared.

But after a short period of meditation, her pulse and breathing dropped below the resting rate. Dr Benson called this the “relaxation response” and said it could help with a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, asthma, diabetes and infertility. He said that to the extent that any disorder was caused or made worse by stress, achieving a “relaxation response” would counteract that condition.

Sykes said she was recently on a crowded train travelling from London to the south-west of England where there was “standing-room only”. She sat cross-legged on the floor to meditate and felt like she was transported to a “delightful” place. “I’d had a frenzied day, having to think and concentrate hard, speak and plan all day. The train was a nightmare. Packed, noisy, no seats left and truly horrid. I just found a place to sit in the floor, closed my eyes, and allowed all the mad busyness of my brain that day to stop, concentrated on my breathing – and it was a massive relief and escape.”

She regards new research showing how meditation may alter the physical structure of the brain as fascinating. “Of course, it may be that particular kinds of people are drawn to meditate… so more work is needed. But a slightly thicker cortex has also been found in the brains of taxi drivers and jugglers who have to concentrate while ­staying calm.”

Such is the vogue now for meditation as part of medicine that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which is about 80 per cent meditation, has been approved by the UK clinical watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, for use with people in the UK who have experienced three or more episodes of depression.

It is also offered by hospitals in cases of chronic or terminal illness to reduce complications ­associated with increased stress, including a depressed immune system.

But some medical experts strike a cautious note. Cancer Research UK, the health charity, says that generally speaking meditation practices are very safe. “But there is no evidence to suggest that meditation can help to prevent, treat or cure your cancer or any other disease,” says a spokesman. He also points out that some types of meditation can actually worsen symptoms such as depression, anxiety and delusions. “When you practice meditation you may see more clearly any anxiety, depressed feelings, or negative thoughts that you have. This can make you feel frightened, low or disorientated.”

Research into using meditation to help people with a disease like cancer to cope with stress, anxiety and the side-effects of treatment continues. But only a few clinical trials involving small numbers of patients have been done so far. “We need a lot more research in this ­area before we will know for sure how meditation can help people with cancer,” said the spokesman.

So the jury is out, and research continues, but Sykes says she is sticking with meditation and thinks others should try it. If evidence is found that meditation could help people to think better, be happier and even be more compassionate, that would be astonishing in itself, she said.

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