Merry Christmas From The SathyaSaiBaba Blog

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Merry Sai Christmas

Merry Sai Christmas

The three stages of Jesus’ life
Jesus was kaarana-janma, a Master born with a purpose, the mission of restoring love, charity and compassion in the heart of man. He had no attachment to the self, nor paid any heed to joy or sorrow, loss or gain. He had a heart that responded to the call of anguish, and he went about the land preaching the lesson of love. His life was a libation for the upliftment of humanity.

Like most seekers, he first searched for the Divine · in the objective world. But he soon realised that the world is a kaleidoscopic picture created by one’s own imagination, and sought to find God within himself. His stay in the Himaalayan monasteries in Kashmir and in other centres of eastern asceticism and philosophical inquiry, gave him greater awareness. From the attitude of being a Messenger of God, he could now call himself the Son of Clod. The bond of relationship increased: the ‘I’ was no more some distant light or entity; the light became a part of the “I.” With the body-consciousness predominant, he was a messenger. With the heart-consciousness in the ascendant, he-felt a greater nearness and dearness, and so the son-father bond seems natural at this stage.

Later as the Aathman-consciousness was established, Jesus could declare, “I and My Father are One.” The three stages may be described as: “I was in the Light,” “The Light was in me,” and “I am the light,” and may be compared to the Dhwaitha (dualism), Visishtaadhwaitha (qualified non-dualism) and Adhwaitha (non-dualism) stages as described in Vedhic philosophy. The final stage is the one when all duality has been shed. This is the essence of all religious disciplines and teachings.

Jesus’ original name was Isa
Jesus was honoured by the populace as Christ, for they found in his thoughts, words and deeds, no trace of ego. He had no envy or hatred, and was full of love and charity, humility and sympathy. Jesus’ original name was Isa which, when repeated, is Sai. Isa and Sai, both mean Ishwara (God), the Eternal Absolute, the Sath-Chith-Aanandha (Being-Awareness-Bliss). In the Tibetan manuscript, at the monastery where Isa spent some years, his name is written as Isha, which means the Lord of all living beings.

When Jesus proclaimed that he was the Messenger of God, he wanted to emphasise that every one is a messenger of God and has to speak, act and think like one. This is the true Karma- Kaanda (branch dealing with action and its reaction) of the Vedhas: saadhana (discipline) of karma (work), japa (prayer), seva (service) and dhyaana (meditation). When progress is furthered, Jesus asserted, each one can recognise all as Sons of God, Children of God, brothers and sisters of oneself, and so, deserving of worship. The Upaasana Kaanda (branch of Vedhas dealing with contemplation) is the scripture in Sanaathana Dharma (Eternal Universal Religion) for this stage. Finally, knowledge ripens into wisdom and’ the goal of Jnaana Kaanda (branch of Vedhas dealing with spiritual wisdom) is reached, when each one realises, “I and my Father are One.”

Ganesh Chaturthi 2009 – Vinayaka Chaturthi Puja Festival Greetings Cards

Ganesh Chaturthi 2009 – Vinayaka Chaturthi Puja Festival Greetings Cards

Ganesha Chaturthi Will Be Celebrated August 23rd 2009

Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu, Chavath in Konkani and as Chathaa in Nepal Bhasa. It is celebrated as it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). Typically, the day falls sometime between 20 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi. This festival is observed in the lunar month of bhadrapada shukla paksha chathurthi madhyahana vyapini purvaviddha. if chaturthi prevails on both days, the first day should be taken. Even if chaturthi prevails for complete duration of madhyahana on the second day, but if it prevails on previous day’s madhyahana period even for one ghatika (24 minutes) the previous day should be taken. (Ref. Dharmasindhu and Indian Calendric System, by Commodore S.K. Chatterjee (Retd). Madhyahana is the 3rd / 5th part of the day (Sunrise-sunset). Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa (Biggest festival for Konkani people all over the world) Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and other areas which were former states of the Maratha Empire. Outside India, it is celebrated by Newars in Nepal. (Reference)

Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

Sri Ganesh Chaturthi


Ganesha Chaturthi Festival Celebration

Ganesha Chaturthi Festival Celebration


Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi eGreeting

Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi eGreeting


Blessed Ganesh Chaturthi Greeting

Blessed Ganesh Chaturthi Greeting

Sathya Sai Baba: Who is Vinayaka? In the sloka (verse) beginning with the words, Suklaambaradharam Vishnum, only the form of the deity is described. But there is another inner meaning for the name Vinayaka. Suklaambaradharam means one who is clad in white. Vishnum means he is all-pervading. Sasivarnam means his complexion is grey like that of ash. Chathurbhujam means he has four arms. Prasannavadanam means he has always a pleasing mien. Sarvavighnopasaanthaye means for the removal of all obstacles. Dhyaayeth, meditate (on him). Vinayaka is the deity who removes all bad qualities, instills good qualities and confers peace on the devotee who meditates on him.

Sathya Sai Baba: Another name for Vinayaka is “Vighneswara.” Easwara is one who is endowed with every conceivable form of wealth: riches, knowledge, health, bliss, beauty, etc. Vighneswara is thepromoter of all these forms of wealth and removes all obstacles to their enjoyment. He confersall these forms of wealth on those who worship him. Vinayaka is described as “Prathama Vandana” (the first deity who should be worshipped). As everyone in the world desires wealth and prosperity, everyone offers the first place for worship to Vigneswara.

Ganesha Chaturthi Greetings:
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Vinayaka Chaturthi Puja Festival Links
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Ganesh Chaturthi Greetings eCards
Ganesha Birthday Cards 2009
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Free Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Card Greetings

Sri Sathya Sai Varalakshmi Vratam Celebrations

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Sri Sathya Sai Varalakshmi Vratam Celebrations
Puja and Music Programme
August 15, 2008

The stage was set with two silver idols of Goddess Lakshmi decked in beautiful garlands. The idols of the Ashta Laskhmis (the eight manifestaions of the Goddess) where also displayed in all their splendour. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba arrived for darshan at 9.40am and took a full round in kulwant hall. Bhagawan then came on to the dais and lit the ceremonial lamp to commence the puja. Two purohits conducted the proceedings by reciting appropriate mantras and giving instructions to the ladies to conduct the puja. The puja began with the worship of Lord Ganesha and proceeded according to ‘Sree Sukta Vidhana’ with ‘Shodasha Upachara’ or 16 forms of ceremonial offerings to Goddess Varalakshmi while reciting verses from the Sree Suktam.

At the end of the puja, the purohit narrated the story of how the ‘Varalakshmi Vrata’ came in to practice: In kailasa, Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva as to whether there is any form of worship that women can perform for fulfillment of all their desires. Then Lord Shiva says that by performing the Varalakshmi Vratam on the first friday of the Hindu month of Shraavana, a women attains all her desires such as a long & happy married life, being blessed with children and grandchildren, leading a healthy & prosperous life dedicated to right living and spiritual growth.

After attaining these instructions, the ever compassionate mother appears in a dream of a pious lady by the name of Charumathi and instructs and guides her to perform the Varalakshmi Vratam. Upon waking up, she narrates the dream to her husband and her in-laws and they encourage her to perform it. So Charumathi performs the vratam along with many other married women and they are blessed with all auspiciousness and prosperity.

After the story session, the ladies tied sacred thread on the right hand wrist of each other and exchanged prasadam and other articles of worship with each other. the puja concluded with arati around 11am.

In the evening, the Kulwant hall resounded to classical music of Smt Sunita, a recipient of Nandi Award. Smt Sunita captivated the audience with both classical and light music and rounded it off with a beautiful Bhajan. Sathya Sai Baba blessed the artiste with a chain and followed it up with clothes for both the singer and the accompanists.

Reference (With Pictures)

Ashta Lakshmi

Ashta Lakshmi