The Real Story Of The ‘Miracle’ Saibaba Statue In Lower Hutt

Sai Baba Of Shirdi

Sai Baba Of Shirdi


The Real Story Of The ‘Miracle’ Saibaba Statue In Lower Hutt
13/05/2010 13:01:00 Bhaskar Duvvuru

The ‘emergence’ of a statute of Shirdi Sai Baba recently in Lower Hutt fuelled rumours and speculation, with varied versions appearing in the media.

I accompanied Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan of NZ Inc Vice-President Thulasi Krishna and Saikrishna Tridandapani to Wellington last week to ascertain the facts.

We met the owner of the property where the statue was reportedly found along with our Wellington based members Srinivas Gazula and Dharmesh Patel.

John Peters Presley (of Madhya Pradesh, India) and his wife Charlene own six acres of land in Wainuiomata. They constructed a house two years ago and planned to subdivide the balance land for residential purpose.

There was a spot next his house with a little water, frequented by wild birds and his domestic sheep. In September last year, Their daughter suggested that the pond be dug deeper to provide additional quantity of water.

It was while digging that Mr Presley found the Statue of Baba in His classic sitting posture. He thought he had found a Maori artefact but later learnt of Baba.

He was a devout Christian but decided to keep the Statue inside his house. As the news spread, streams of devotees of Baba began to visit the house.

Many of them offered money for the Statue but Mr Presley decided to return it to the place where it was discovered but secured on a wooden platform.

Following discussions, Pravin Gandhi, Karthik Badiyani, Ram Chander, Mr Patel and others took the initiative to form the Shirdi Saibaba Holy Land Trust, with Mr and Mrs Peters as the main trustees.

We were told that the Trust would consider plans to construct a Temple but issues relating to purchase of the land by the Trust, Resource Consent, mobilising funds and other issues are still under discussion.

I will keep our members and Indian Newslink readers informed of the developments as they come to hand.

Meanwhile, visitors to Wellington can have Dharshan of Jala Saibaba (Water Saibaba) at 195, Wise Road, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt.

Bhaskar Duvvuru is Secretary of Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan of NZ Inc based in Auckland. Email: secretary(at)shirdisaibaba.org.nz

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Shri Shirdi SaiBaba

Shri Shirdi SaiBaba


New Sai Baba Organisation emerges
13/05/2010 14:51:00 Staff Reporter

A group of promoters have got together to propagate the teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba and construct a Temple in Auckland.

The Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Committee has more than 20 founding members.

The founding members have recently established the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of New Zealand Inc with the Registrar of Societies to conduct regular meetings, prayers and other activities.

Founder Secretary Ravi Chittajallu said the first prayer meeting will be held on May 20 from 730 pm at the Thiru Subramaniam Temple (also known as Stanhope Road Temple), located at 41A Stanhope Road in Auckand’s Ellerslie.

“The programme will include Bhajans, Ashtothram (Sanskrit slokas and prayer songs) and Mangala Aarti. This is the first programme of the new organisation and we are hopeful of achieving our main objective of constructing a Temple for Sai Baba with the help and support of donors and the public,” he said.

Shirdi Sai Baba (who attained ‘Samadhi’ on October 15, 1918) is one of the most revered Saints of India with a huge following around the world. As well as Hindus, the Saint has increasing following from people of other religious faiths.

A number of organisations have been established worldwide and weekly prayers are held (usually on Thursdays) in praise of Sai Baba.

There are also informal groups, which meet at individuals’ homes to offer prayers, promote the teachings of Sai Baba and undertake community and social work.

What: First Prayer Meeting
By Whom: Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of New Zealand Inc
Where: Thiru Subramaniam Temple (Stanhope Road Temple) 41A Stanhope Road, Ellerslie, Auckland
When: Thursday, May 20 at 730 pm
Contact: Ravi Chittajallu on 021-332922 or Anil Anna on (09) 5272244

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Shirdi Sai Baba Statue Found Underground In Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Shirdi Sai Baba Statue

Wellington Shirdi Sai Baba Statue


Shirdi Sai Baba Statue Found Underground In Wellington, New Zealand

A find of a Shirdi Sai Baba by John Peters on his property at 195 Wise street Wainuiomata has delighted a Wellington family. The two-foot statue was found on April 15th 2010.

“Baba proved again that he is omni present,” Bhaskar Reddy (secretary of Shri Shirdi Sai Sansthan of New Zealand) said.

Water has erupted from the spot where the statue was found and has now become a small pond. Srinivas Gajula wrote in an email to Sansthan members.

“When the digger was digging he found a solid object and he stopped digging and he lifted the statue from 6- 7 feet under the ground. The developer stooped the digging and cleaned the statue and he was not sure what it was. The developer is an Indian Christian. He called a Hindu priest to identify the deity,” Gajula said.

“We are still trying to get hold off the developer to find some more details . . . apparently the developer wants to leave that particular spot and redevelop the other area. Water came from the place where the digger found the statue and it became a small pond now. Developer put the statue on a small wooden pallet and it is floating in the water now.”

Reddy said: The Sansthan organised two aarthis on 4th July 09 at Wellington and presented 30 bhajan books. Ever since, the families of our members in Welligton – Srinivas Gajula and Dharmesh Patel were conducting bhajans and Shej aarthi every Saturday. It’s amazing that a developer found a statue of Shirdi Saibaba ( about 2 ft ) while developing his 10 acres land. Blessed are Srinivas, Dharmesh, people of Wellington and people of New Zealand.

“This is a good omen and building a temple for our beloved Guru in Auckland is not too far.”

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Please Read Update (May 14th 2010):
The Real Story Of The ‘Miracle’ Saibaba Statue In Lower Hutt

Sathya Sai Baba to visit Shimla on April 15

Sathya Sai Baba To Visit Shimla

Sathya Sai Baba To Visit Shimla


Sathya Sai Baba to visit Shimla on April 15

Shimla: Spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi will be in Shimla on Thursday (April 15) to deliver sermons to his disciples. “Sri Sathya Sai Baba is reaching Shimla on April 15 for his three-day sojourn. He will arrive at the Shimla airport at 10.30 am, from where he will reach Pujarali on the outskirts of Shimla by road,” president of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Himachal Pradesh, Shyam Sunder told HimVani.

He said more than 10,000 devotees have been working day and night to make arrangements for the spiritual guru’s visit. “Special arrangements have been made to accommodate more than 100,000 people on both the days,” he added. This would be the third visit of Sri Sathya Sai Baba to Shimla. Earlier, he visited the town in 1973 and 1975.

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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Darshan in Delhi

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Sri Sathya Sai Baba Darshan in Delhi
Sun, 2010-04-11 01:31 — editor
From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi

New Delhi, 11 April (Asiantribune.com): Devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba are delighted to have an opportunity for his darshan in the Capital after a gap of over a decade.

On Saturday, Bhagawan came out at around 11 a.m granting ten minutes darshan at the main stage in the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Delhi. Blessing the concourse, Bhagawan moved on to the stage of the Primary School within the compound wherein tiny tots from the school had a twenty minute cultural programme emphasising the greater importance of Unity of Religions.

After the programme, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba moved around the complex, sanctifying and blessing various facilities including the computer lab etc. Many devotees and sevadals got to have the blessing of closer darshan and paadanamaskaars. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Indian Telecom Mogul, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Group was also present seeking Divine Darshan.

– Asian Tribune –

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Classical music has finally got recognition: Noo

Classical music has finally got recognition: Noo
Express News Service
First Published : 26 Jan 2010 04:18:00 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Listen to music and write down the notation, this is the message to the budding musicians from Nookala China Satyanarayana, the recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year.

Immediately after the announcement that Satyanarayana was chosen for the Padma Bhushan award, scores of his disciples thronged his house in New Boiguda in Secunderabad to congratulate him. But, the humble Nookala said that the award goes to the “pure classicism’’, which he had always practiced. His advice to the learners was listen to music and write down the notation.

He said classical music has finally got recognition, which was hitherto neglected by the Government.

He suggested to the Government to conduct music festivals and give more awards to encourage classical music.

“I dedicate this award to my parents, gurus and to classical music,’’ he said. Nookala is a doyen and a multi-faceted Carnatic classical musician. Gifted with a sonorous voice and great calibre he adheres to classicism.

China Satyanarayana was born on August 4, 1927 at Anakapalle. Kambhampati Akkaji Rao, Mangalampally Pattabhiramayya and Sripada Pinakapani (who also got Padmabhooshan award) were his teachers. Nookala, attracted by the violin legend Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu learnt violin.

Dr Y Veugopal Reddy (Padma Vibhushan)
While delivering a lecture at the Columbia University not so long ago, the former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Dr Yaga Venugopal Reddy, was asked to name the economic theory he used to predict the US housing market crash much before it had happened.

“It was simple common sense,’’ Reddy replied using his usual witty repartees.

That pretty much sums up the man, who is credited for creating flexibility in the Indian monetary policy and preventing an asset price bubble during the recent global economic meltdown.

Reddy, a septugenarian, hails from Kadapa and was elected as the 21st RBI Governor — for five years between 2003 and 2008 — a time, which economists consider as an important phase post-1991 reforms.

Notwithstanding the robust economic growth and booming stock markets, Reddy, was known for continuous policy rate hikes during his tenure.

Reddy, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service 1964 batch, also served as India’s Executive Director on the Board of the International Monetary Fund.

Besides being an economist, Reddy’s other forte is teaching. He donned a lecturer’s hat way back in 1961 and has been a full-time visiting faculty at the Osmania University, the London School of Economics.

Currently, he is Professor Emiretus, Department of Economy, Hyderabad Central University.

Dr Pratap C Reddy (Padma Vibhushan)
“Healthcare is a critical sector for the development of the nation. This honour , which I humbly accept on behalf of the 62000 members of the Apollo family is an acknowledgment of the sector and an inspiration to work even more towards “touching a Billion lives,’’ said Pratap C Reddy on being bestowed with the Pada Vibhushan award. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991 for his contribution to the healthcare industry.

A cardiologist, Reddy was born in Chittoor district and received his premedical degree from Madras Christian College and medical degree from Stanley Medical College, Chennai. Later he did his Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, US. The idea to set up a hospital took shape when he lost one of his patients who couldn’t make it to the Texas for an open-heart surgery. Subsequently, he quit his flourishing career to start the first hospital in Tamil Nadu, way back in 1983.

Dr AVS Raju (Padma Sri)
Dr Alluri Venkata Satyanarayana Raju, known as, A V S Raju, is perhaps the first among infrastructure and construction peers in Hyderabad, to bag the prestigiuos Padma Shri award under the Trade and Industry category. Hailing from East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, Dr Raju actively propogates literary, cultural and social activities.

A prolific writer, he has penned more than 24,000 peoms on varied subjects. But it is his magnum opus, an epic biography in poetic form of Sri Sathya Sai Baba that has catapulted him into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008.

The founder Chairman of Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd., (NCCL), ventured into construction field way back in 1950’s and has been in the business since then.

Shobha Raju (Padma Sri)
POPULAR Annamacharya kirtan singer and composer, and Shobha Raju has been elected for the prestigious Padma Sri award in the field of art.

With over 45 years of extensive contribution to music, over 6,000 stage concerts and performances, Shobha Raju is a stalwart in the field of spiritual music. Born on November 30, 1957 at Vayalpadu in Chittoor District, Shobha was more or less a child prodigy and started composing tunes at the tender age of four. She cut her first gramphone record album at the age of 16. She became popular in India as well as abroad for her unique style of rendering Anamayya compositions.

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Warner Bros Arranges A Strange Trip

Warner Bros Arranges A Strange Trip

There is no trace of impossibility in the world of Baba!

Indra Devi, an ardent devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba taught Yoga in Canada. It is said that she witnessed numerous miracles of Sathya saibaba in her life.

Once Indra Devi had not planned to attend the birthday of Baba as she was due to visit the country later. After her meditation session one evening, she looked at Baba’s picture and wished, “Bhagavan take me to Puttaparthi for your birthday”.

Two years later, the devotee received a phone call from a young man who used to frequent the Sai Baba Centre in Los Angeles, called Chuk Wein. Chuk Wein said that he was calling from the Warner Brothers Motion Picture Studio and asked if she would go to India the very next day to seek Sai’s permission to make a documentary picture of His life! He also added that Warner Bros will bear the cost for her travel.

Indra Devi started for India after two days. She learnt from the manager of Air India, Los Angeles that the “Warner Bros” had paid for her tickets. She arrived just when the celebrations of Baba’s birthday had commenced, early morning when Bhagavan hoisted the Prashanthi Nilayam flag and delivered His birthday message.

Sathya Sai Baba declared that He was an incarnation of ‘Shiva Sakti’ in order to guide men towards God. He stressed the necessity of a pure heart and the need to cleanse it in order to gain discrimination and love through grace. He said that He was born as ‘love’ in each and everyone and only the day when love is born in one can ever be His birthday!

Swami then proceeded from the temple to the auditorium in procession. Easwaramma, Sai’s mother garlanded Him and anointed His head with a flower dipped in fragrant oil. Sai Gita, the elephant headed the whole procession.

Indra Devi also had the good fortune of Sai to bless her just the day before her departure. When she was about to leave, Sai materialized a gold medallion of Goddess Lakshmi. Indra Devi pleaded that she did not want anything. But Sai pressed her to accept it saying that it was for the protection of her house, “This is not for you… for the protection of the house – no more fires”.

Little was the devotee aware of the difficulty that was about to befall if not for the divine protection of Sai, as she was about to loose her ranch.

Having returned from India, the blessed devotee visited the Warner Bros Studio. Wonder of wonders not a soul ever knew Saibaba, leave alone her trip to India that they sponsored!

It was yet another Leela or the Divine play of Baba!

One India Reference

Spiritual Centre Opens

Spiritual Centre Opens

The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Toronto-York opened its new modern facility at Voyager Crt., in North Etobicoke, near the airport.

Seekers of spirituality are invited to join the centre as it hosts its first public program on Jan. 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The event will feature a presentation on the humanitarian works of Sathya Sai Baba and will demonstrate how his teachings have impacted millions around the world. A video will also be shown on the projects inspired by Sai Baba like Educational Institutes of Higher Learning, schools, specialty hospitals and the Rural Water Supply Project helping millions in the villages of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India.

Open to all members of the community of all faiths and denominations, the 20,000-square-foot facility is open seven days week. Yoga and meditation, spiritual education and parenting classes will take place at the centre.

No admission is charged. No donations will be solicited or accepted.

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