Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Former All India President of Sathya Sai orgn. and former SSSCT trustee, V.Srinivasan, passes away

Given below are the contents of my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1943757079174193, dated today, 25-Jul-2017.

[Note that this shares another Facebook post, most of whose contents are provided below.]

May Bhagavan keep showering His Grace on the soul of V. Srinivasan sir! In the crucial first few years after Mahasamadhi (April 2011), V. Srinivasan sir seems to have played a key role as a senior trustee of SSSCT as well as the All India President of Sathya Sai orgn. to keep the Indian Sathya Sai orgn. ship stable as it faced enormous divisive challenges. I do clearly recall that in the first public media/press conference held by SSSCT in Prasanthi Nilayam a few months after Mahasamadhi, it was V. Srinivasan sir who was the leader taking on the very aggressive media questions then. I think that really showed great courage as well as determined leadership in the face of tremendous challenges. I think we Sathya Sai devotees owe V.Srinivasan sir a great debt of gratitude for that leadership he showed during this challenging period. It must also be remembered that in this post-Mahasamadhi period, V.Srinivasan sir remained faithful to the teachings and instructions of our beloved Lord, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba regarding mediums and communicators, thereby serving as an example for others to follow.

Thank you so much V. Srinivasan sir for your commendable leadership of the Sathya Sai orgn. especially during the very challenging immediate post-Mahasamadhi years. Jai Sairam!
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The shared Facebook post is of Saibliss, https://www.facebook.com/saimemories/photos/a.422242711155641.89985.402496529796926/1512972108749357/ dated 25-Jul-2017 most of whose contents (slightly edited) are given below.



FORMER TRUSTEE SRI. V. SRINIVASAN MERGED WITH SWAMI JULY 25, 2017

The Sai fraternity woke up Tuesday morning with the sad news of Sri.Srinivasan merging with Swami on 25th July 2017 around 12:15 am. He first met Swami in Chennai in the year 1970 and ever since never looked back. A qualified engineer, Sri. Srinivasan is a well known industrialist and was the chairman of W.S. Industries. He served in Sri Sathya Sai Organisations in various capacities and chose to hand over the reigns of All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation a year ago. Sri. Srinivasan who was also the Trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning and Sri Sathya Sai Medical Trust, and gave up his positions on health grounds.

On May 8th 2017 he lost his wife Smt. Vidya Srinivasan and in spite of his age related ailments, Sri Srinivasan was still active in participating in Sai Functions and he addressed the state level programme that was held on Saturday in ECR road Chennai and also in Sundaram ashram in Chennai on Sunday with the portable oxygen parameters which he had to carry after he developed some age related complications.

This shows the love he had for Swami and for Sai Organisation. Like a warrior who prefers to die in the battlefield, Sri. Srinivasan merged in Swami while still being active in sharing his words of wisdom with fellow Sai brothers and sisters . May Swami give all the strength to his family in particular, who lost the parents in such a short span. Thank you Srinivasanji for playing your role in the Sai mission and for guiding thousands of devotees at various capacities..
The last rites will be performed at 3 PM today in Chennai.
Jai Sairam

Monday, July 24, 2017

Very disturbed by brain-washing of small children to view Madhusudan Naidu as Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

I recently saw some pics of small children with Madhusudan Naidu (MN) where the small children were looking at him with worshipful eyes. Two of such pics are given below in this post. MN is signing a book for a boy on a page having Swami pic! He surely would have signed like Sathya Sai Baba.





Another pic which is given below has an elder touching his head on the floor near the feet of MN. But one can see students behind him. These young students will consider that elder's behaviour, especially if he is a teacher in their school, as the way they should revere MN!



That's it! These children will probably spend ten to fifteen years of their young life in MDH group free educational institutions revering MN as Sathya Sai. After that sort of long-term brain-washing, I guess at least a significant number of these children will, in their adult life, either continue to revere MN as Sathya Sai or be thoroughly CONFUSED about Sathya Sai. What a great spiritual tragedy!

Then I decided to do some browsing on Facebook to see if I can come across other evidence of similar behaviour.

This Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/preethamsai/videos/10155386977011677/, dated 14th July 2017, has the text, "This little boy wants Swami to come to Hassan campus every Sunday in helicopter, spend time with him, have lunch and fly back to give "Bhashna" :D in the evening at Muddenahalli!" and a short video of a young boy (possibly a student in Muddenahalli group Hassan school). The video is 1 min 37 secs with MN and Narasimhamurthy on the stage where the child is speaking.

The young boy would surely be viewing MN far more as Swami than as only Swami communicator.

This led me to view again a part of a recent speech by Narasimhamurthy where he shared his view about the communicator role having got expanded at times to Swami "entering" Madhusudan!

From around 2:35:03 Northern California Public Event, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ_Xasy7ZRU, published June 26th 2017, Narasimhamurthy says:

What Baba is saying (is), I am going to continue in this subtle form for 11 years to prepare the ground for the advent of my third coming, that is as Prema Sai, and this is what he has been doing. Why he is establishing ashrams all over (the world). Brother Isaac referred to 18 ashrams including one in India. Why are these ashrams (set up)? Swami has been telling, everyone of these ashrams is going to become the abode of the Prema Sai, and would become the center of his mission of ending the misery of the world.

And he very lovingly - day before yesterday Baba told a group of devotees, Shirdi Sai Baba was like a bullock cart mission. He did not go further - further than his own state. Sathya Sai Baba is like travelling in a car - he went around the country. Prema Sai is going to travel by plane. He is going to travel all over the world. He is going to travel all over the world and teach this lesson of selfless love and selfless service and nothing else. This has been the message of all the masters, all the prophets. And it is the same love which came in different forms and today he is with us in a form which cannot be seen, which cannot be felt. It was Helen Keller who said, "The most beautiful things in the universe can neither be seen nor touched. They can only be felt in the heart. Close the mind, open the heart. Receive the message, receive the love. And let it flow - in our lives as selfless love for fellow beings. And as selfless service. With these words I conclude and pray to Bhagavan. All of you have been waiting to listen to his message. The message is the same. Message is one and the same.

But today, I want to share with you something. Madhusudan, our brilliant student, whom Swami has chosen and earlier when this was happening, people would ask me a question. Is Madhusudan a medium? I wanted to dispel that kind of notion. I told in public meetings, individually in small groups - he is not a medium. He is the communicator. He is the communicator. But you and I as devotees know, you will not be happy just to listen to Madhusudan saying - I perceive Baba seated here and I communicate to you what he tells you. You will not be happy. This is - what made us happy was when we went to Baba, we offered (the) letter. He took it and it brought smiles on our face. We told him a sentence about our problems. He assured us - I am here. Don't worry. We were happy. (For) just listening to discourses, a communicator is enough. But for experiencing his presence - because we want to hand over letters to him. We want to look at his smile. We want to have a word with him.

What Baba is doing today - Madhusudan is not just a communicator. He is the vehicle. Baba enters his personality and Madhusudan is not there.

One of the ladies by name, Irene Watson who has written many books - some of our devotees will know that. And she wrote in one of the books, recently she wrote, I see many times - Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba - walking in front of Madhusudan and sometimes it so happens, Madhusudan disappears. I don't know where he goes. And Baba gave me that book for some kind of editing before it was published. Then I asked Baba. Baba said, sometimes yes, there are two - Madhusudan and Baba. And sometimes Madhusudan is not there at all. There is only one - that is me. That is love. That is compassion. My shrine is in your heart. That's what he said."

Ravi: Here's my analysis of the above words of Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy (BNNM). Firstly BNNM is (and Madhusudan Naidu also is) a traitor to the PUBLIC teachings and instructions of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba that he never communicates through others (others' bodies), and that his (Bhagavan's) interactions with his devotees are DIRECT and heart-to-heart. But I will not say that BNNM is deliberately orchestrating a fraudulent spiritual scheme. I think BNNM is spiritually deluded. I mean, he has got caught up in some spiritual fantasy world which is not the truth but is fantasy. And, very clearly, BNNM is the MOSES like leader of Muddenahalli group. So whatever prophet BNNM says will be followed by Muddenahalli group followers.

BNNM wants to help society but is not realizing or not willing to accept that endorsing the impersonator of Sathya Sai role of Madhusudan Rao Naidu is doing GREAT DAMAGE to the long-term legacy and memories of Sathya Sai. And BNNM is rationalizing (explaining) why Muddenahalli group devotees need an impersonator. He says, "(For) just listening to discourses, a communicator is enough. But for experiencing his presence - because we want to hand over letters to him. We want to look at his smile. We want to have a word with him. What Baba is doing today - Madhusudan is not just a communicator. He is the vehicle. Baba enters his personality and Madhusudan is not there."

Ravi: So as Muddenahalli group devotees want (or have a strong need) to interact with some physical form of Sathya Sai in this post-Mahasamadhi phase, BNMM has "created" a physical form for them! Madhusudan Rao Naidu! And then he gives the rationalization (explanation) that Baba enters Madhusudan's personality after which that body is no longer Madhusudan (Madhusudan is not there). That body becomes Baba!

Hmm. That's it then folks. Now Madhusudan Rao Naidu is OFFICIALLY DECLARED or should I say OFFICIALLY REVEALED by BNNM as becoming Sathya Sai Baba (Baba enters his personality) when Madhusudan is given darshan, sparshan and sambhashan to Muddenahalli group devotees, which includes the young children I mentioned above. When Muddenahalli group elders themselves accept this declaration/revelation, how can there be any doubt that most children of Muddenahalli educational institutions will accept it as the gospel truth?

So in the attached pics and in the video link given earlier of the children worshiping Madhusudan, they think they are worshiping Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba!!! Oh My God! While I knew that this was going to happen somewhere down the line, seeing these pics and videos and the BNNM endorsement of it, is still very disturbing.

I must say here if that if these children worship Madhusudan Rao Naidu as Madhu Baba or Madhu Sai Baba, I will not have this serious issue as then the HOLY NAME of my beloved and revered Gurudev, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, does not come into it.

What should we Sai devotees on Facebook who are loyal to Prasanthi Nilayam, do now to combat/counter this? Note that most of these educational institutions where young school children are being brainwashed to worship Madhusudan Rao Naidu as Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, are in the Indian state of Karnataka. What is Karnataka Sai orgn. going to do about it? What are Karnataka Sathya Sai devotees going to do about it? What are senior faculty of Brindavan campus of Sai university located in the state of Karnataka, especially the teachers of Madhusudan Rao Naidu in that campus, going to do about it?

I thought that I should stop at raising these questions in this post. A future post may attempt to give my suggestions to combat/counter it.
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Here's my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1943389569210944, associated with this blog post.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

How should Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi ashram system prevent future Saiprabha Patnaik type staff suicide?

[Warning: Those who don't like to read unpleasant news regarding Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi ashram may please skip reading this post.]

Over the past few days I was expecting to see some report from Anantapur CCS police about their investigation of Saiprabha Patnaik suicide case which got transferred to them from Puttaparthi Urban police station, on 28th June 2017 (the suicide happened in a Prasanthi Nilayam ashram project office on June 6th night/June 7th early morning (in) 2017; for more see http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/tragic-event-possible-suicide-in.html).

But so far I have not come across any report in local Telugu news media on the matter. Perhaps their investigation needs more time than the around three weeks that have passed so far since Anantapur CCS took up the case.

Meanwhile the suicide matter is receding into the background as newer events have been taking centre stage in Prasanthi Nilayam. Therefore I decided to write this post now before the suicide case is almost fully forgotten.

I think that all genuine Sai devotees including Prasanthi Nilayam bosses will not want such an unhappy incident of a young lady staff (recently resigned staff, to be precise) committing suicide in a Prasanthi Nilayam project office, to occur again anywhere in Prasanthi Nilayam (PN) ashram system. It is with such an intention to help prevent recurrence of such tragedies in PN that I am writing this post.

Now my focus in this article is on workplace harassment in PN. The police investigation into the Saiprabha Patnaik suicide case would involve examination of whether any crimes under Indian law like abetment of suicide were committed. This article is not concerned with such police investigation matters of possible abetment of suicide at all. This article, I repeat, focuses on workplace harassment in Prasanthi Nilayam ashram system.

Ideally we should first know whether Saiprabha Patnaik suffered from abuse of power, mental harassment and/or humiliation as staff of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini (SSSVV) project from her bosses in SSSVV project. For that we would need to know about any complaint letters Saiprabha Patnaik wrote on this matter, and the view of those complaints from her bosses - we would then have both sides of the story. Then somebody could do an internal SSSVV project investigation and arrive at a conclusion regarding the matters raised in the complaint.

But the chances of getting such a public report from PN ashram in the near future, or even in the distant future, seem to be close to zero! I think PN bosses may have decided not to do anything till the police investigation is complete, which seems to be a safe decision. After all a young lady lost her life and so it is best for PN bosses to play safe in this matter and wait for the police investigation to complete. But as now close to two months have passed with the police investigation yet to be completed, PN ashram system would have lost any interest it might have had in conducting any internal investigation on workplace harassment (after police investigation is complete). PN ashram system life is like that.

My (somewhat informed) guess is that Saiprabha Patnaik would have complained about abuse of power, mental harassment and/or humiliation in her job as staff of SSSVV. Whether her complaint is valid or not is another matter. There certainly is a possibility that she imagined that she was being harassed by her boss(es) but which was not the case. But she would have felt, rightly or wrongly, that injustice was done to her by SSSVV top manager(s) and that is why she decided to take revenge on them by committing the very tragic act of giving up her precious young life in SSSVV office.

But are there other instances of workplace harassment in PN ashram? Are such cases documented so that it can be verified, and if found to be true, can they serve as case-studies for workplace harassment and power abuse in PN ashram system? Can norms be evolved to prevent/reduce such cases of workplace harassment and power abuse in PN ashram system in future?

Prior to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi in April 2011, there was fear among all bosses, I repeat all bosses, of Prasanthi Nilayam system, that if they abused their power and mentally harassed their subordinates, those subordinates could offer a complaint letter to Bhagavan during darshan. If Bhagavan did accept the letter it could turn out to be a severe embarrassment for the concerned boss or worse than just severe embarrassment. However, sometimes it could backfire on the complainant. Now I am not saying that because of this fear there was no workplace harassment in PN system before Bhagavan's Mahasamadhi. But I am saying that this fear was there and that this fear prevented bosses and department heads to indulge in large levels of workplace harassment of staff of PN system.

After Bhagavan's Mahasamadhi that fear vanished in a very short time. Suddenly some people in powerful positions in PN ashram system started becoming dictatorial and, very sadly, got into rather horrendous abuse of power, mental harassment and humiliation of staff working for them. Let me share my own sad and traumatic experience somewhat briefly.

I was providing free service in the Sai university (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning) from Jan. 2003 to March 2012, with designations of Honorary Staff, Honorary Faculty and Visiting Faculty. I personally experienced horrendous abuse of power, mental harassment and humiliation in the period Jun/Jul 2011 to May 2012 from then vice-chancellor of Sai university - Sashidhara Prasad, then (and current) Registrar - Naren Ramji, then Director of Prasanthi Nilayam campus - Sudhir Bhaskar and then Head of Department of Mathematics & Computer Science - V. Chandrasekaran. I have documented this in detail in my blog post: My May 2012 service record & record tampering related correspondence with Sai university (SSSIHL) administrators, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2015/11/my-may-2012-service-record-record.html.

I felt it appropriate to mention here, one particular aspect of abuse of power that was committed against me by Sai university administrators, which is documented in the blog post mentioned above. A criminal offence of record tampering and malicious defamation was committed against me (and two other free service teachers) by showing me (and these two other teachers) as a Teaching Assistant in a document titled, "Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) for the year 2009-10 submitted by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)". This document was signed by the vice-chancellor, Sashidhara Prasad, and another person from the Sai university.

I chose not to file a police and court complaint against Sai university administrators for this criminal offence of record tampering and malicious defamation they committed against me, out of my great respect and great gratitude to the founder of Sai university, my beloved and revered Gurudev, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The Sai university bears his name and I did not want that name to get dragged into police stations and criminal courts of law.

But the fact is that such a crime under the Indian Penal Code was committed against me. I hold Registrar - Naren Ramji as the main culprit for this crime. Vice-chancellor Sashidhara Prasad and Director Prasanthi Nilayam campus Sudhir Bhaskar were accessories to cover up the crime and try to bully me by saying I was making poisonous statements, and trying to find fault with me. I don't know whether HOD V.Chandrasekaran can be viewed as somebody who aided and abetted in this crime under the Indian Penal Code as I don't know whether he has signed on these tampered-records related to my designation. But V. Chandrasekaran is the person who mentally harassed and humiliated me over this. He taunted me saying that the designation of Visiting Faculty I had then on an Identity Card duly signed by Principal, Prasanthi Nilayam campus, Prof. U.S. Rao, was wrong! So obviously he was aware of me being shown as a Teaching Assistant in some university records! Instead of fighting for me and shouting at the Registrar for having such a lowly designation for an international software consultant like me in his records, HOD Chandrasekaran seemed to enjoy that the Registrar had records showing me that way (as well as another senior free service faculty in the dept.)! Sadistic is the word that springs to mind to describe the horrendous mental harassment attitude of the HOD V. Chandrasekaran towards me.

When I met Registrar Naren Ramji in early March 2012 in the Registrar's office, he said that I was "Seva Dal" and not "Visiting Faculty"! Another sadistic behaviour incident, this time from Registrar Naren Ramji! That led me to terminate my association with the Sai university (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning) as I felt that it had become a madhouse under these top administrators of the university, in a short period of around a year after Bhagavan's Mahasamadhi.

So, to put it in a nutshell, I have been a DIRECT VICTIM of abuse of power, mental harassment and humiliation by multiple top administrators of the Sai university in the period of a year or so after Mahasamadhi. And my above blog post documents it in detail with a lot of documentary proof. This abuse of power, mental harassment and humiliation impacted my mental and physical health.

I know for sure that there have been quite a few other such cases of abuse of power, mental harassment and humiliation suffered by staff of Prasanthi Nilayam system in the years after Mahasamadhi. However, almost all such people prefer to privately share their grievance with their close friends (and perhaps family), but publicly say nothing. In my case I have documented it publicly. And in Saiprabha Patnaik's case though we do not have any documentation shared publicly as of now, her very tragic and extreme act of committing suicide in the Prasanthi Nilayam ashram office where she had served as staff, speaks volumes.

Given that it is established that abuse of power, mental harassment and humiliation (workplace harassment) of staff by some bosses/dept. heads DOES HAPPEN in Prasanthi Nilayam ashram after the Mahasamadhi of Bhagavan (April 2011), how can PN ashram system prevent future Saiprabha Patnaik type staff suicide due to actual or perceived workplace harassment?

I think there needs to be a workplace harassment complaint center in PN ashram system which provides easy and anonymous access to PN ashram system staff. This center should also have some knowledge on suicide prevention and perhaps have a tie-up with any well known suicide prevention group in Andhra Pradesh recognized by Andhra Pradesh govt. & police, who can be contacted for help whenever there are serious concerns about somebody getting into suicidal tendencies due to workplace harassment.

Of course, there is a danger that normal disciplinary action for misdeeds done by staff, disappointment over lack of promotion/regularization etc. could be exaggerated and misrepresented by some as workplace harassment. The workplace harassment complaint center should be able to reject such exaggerated and misrepresented cases.

In cases which are deemed as genuine, top PN ashram bosses should be informed of the matter so that the concerned lower level bosses/dept. heads who have indulged in abuse of power, mental harassment and/or humiliation of staff working under them, are given an appropriate warning and told to change their behaviour, and also told that their behaviour will be under observation for any repeat offences. If some dept. heads/bosses repeatedly indulge in such workplace harassment of their subordinates, they should be dismissed from service, no matter how important a position they hold. No dept. head/boss is so important to PN ashram system that we should tolerate one more staff suicide in PN ashram system! For the long-term good of PN ashram system, such a dept. head/boss, no matter how important he/she is, simply has to be removed. Period.

Finally, some words about emotional and spiritual closure to such workplace harassment cases. I think this aspect is important in Prasanthi Nilayam ashram system as it is a spiritual ashram system and not a worldly commercial office system. Genuine remorse from the workplace harassment offender, instead of bullying and bluffing and acting as if he/she has committed no mistakes, along with a seeking of forgiveness by him/her from the sufferer, can be a vital healing balm for the offender. In the face of such remorse being expressed and forgiveness being sought, especially in a spiritual ashram environment, I think the sufferer's pain and suffering would reduce and he/she may provide the forgiveness. That then would help to bring emotional and spiritual closure to the matter.

Lack of remorse from the workplace harassment offender, and worse, bullying and bluffing, to perhaps save their face in the ashram community, does not help in any way towards emotional and spiritual closure of the problem. And my belief is that the workplace harassment offender will eventually suffer more from the negative karmic consequences of his/her workplace harassment offences against his/her subordinates than if he/she had shown genuine remorse for their offences and sought forgiveness from those they harmed.
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Given below are some comment from my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1942607499289151, associated with this post.

Ravi S. Iyer wrote (slightly edited):
--Name-snipped-- sir. What sympathy have you shown sir to Saiprabha Patnaik and her family & friends? Was she not a daughter doted on by her parents and loved by her friends?

Facebook has emerged as a primary platform for OPEN DEMOCRATIC discussion on such matters happening in post-Mahasamadhi Sathya Sai mission. Don't forget sir that it was via Facebook platform primarily that details about how Muddenahalli group was dividing Sathya Sai mission got shared and discussed about in the Sathya Sai fraternity. Their false belief in so called communicator Madhusudan Rao Naidu was also exposed via Facebook. So your saying that "You cannot expect sympathy by writing on a face book platform." is not justified, in my humble view.

Regarding talk without any basis, I have provided documentatary evidence to support what I have said. Some things were oral interactions for which I am willing to testify under oath in an Indian court of law OR make an affidavit. So if my statements are untruthful (proved to be untruthful would be more accurate I guess) I think I can be subject to legal penalty. So I am NOT talking without any basis.

You made reference to Mr. Ganti. I have no connection or interaction with Mr. Ganti for the past few months since I last blocked him on Facebook. You will have to ask Mr. Ganti about his recent Facebook posts & comments and NOT me.

--Name-snipped-- sir, I have written this unpleasant post FOR THE LONG-TERM GOOD OF PRASANTHI NILAYAM system. Fear of physical form Bhagavan has to be replaced now by fear of disciplinary action against anybody in Prasanthi Nilayam system who misuses his/her position of power.

I know a lot about Prasanthi Nilayam system as I was serving in it (free service) for around nine years and I still live in Puttaparthi (outside ashram). So I get to hear about many things including abuse of power, harassment and humiliation cases.

I DON'T WANT another staff (or student/research scholar) workplace harassment related suicide to happen in Prasanthi Nilayam system. Do you get that sir??? That is the primary intent of this post of mine. A complaint center for workplace harassment in Prasanthi Nilayam system may be a wonderful step towards prevention of any future workplace harassment related suicide in Prasanthi Nilayam system.

I am trying to HELP PN system and am not, to use your words, "bent up in pulling down the very structures built by an Avatar." I am simply pointing out flaws in the system AND SUGGESTING REMEDIES for it. That is not pulling down any structure.

You wrote, "Are you more powerful than the Very Kaliyuga Avatar? Does He not know as to what is going behind him after His Mama Samandhi?" Well, sir, the first question I don't think deserves an answer. Regarding the second question, the question is that are we supposed to just sit back and watch doing nothing, relying completely on Bhagavan to do everything? Your view may be that and you are entitled to your view. My view is that we also have to do our bit in helping PN system stabilize and get rid of any flaws that may have developed in it in the immediate years after Mahasamadhi.

And BTW that is why I wrote extensively on Facebook in 2015 & 2016 criticizing the claims of Madhusudan Rao Naidu who was endorsed by B.N. Narasimhamurthy, for which I was attacked viciously by some Muddenahalli group fake Facebook Id cowards, bullies and conspirators. I did not take the view that Bhagavan will take care of everything that is happening after Mahasamadhi as Bhagavan himself has taught that just saying Potato-Chapatti, Potato-Chapatti is not going to provide Potato-Chapatti to eat, and that we have to do our actions towards achieving that goal too.

Thanks and Jai Sairam!
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--Name-snipped-- wrote:
Sairam Anna, You are right. I too agree, when Swami was physically present, staff & top bosses had fear that their complaint may go to Swami. So they were on their guard. Post-Mahasamadhi, all of them have become free-birds. I'm not saying, everybody in PN system are haughty. There are some good people also. I can say this as i have some good friends over there, who are good human beings. As you said, Flaws in the system should be corrected. Well, it's for their own good.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote (slightly edited):
--Name-snipped-- sir, I think today in 2017, PN system has recovered very much after coming under tremendous divisive onslaught from Muddenahalli group right from July 2011 onwards. Very tragically, the Sai university was under STRONG Muddenahalli group influence (effective HIJACK by Muddenahalli group) from Jul 2011 till Nov. 2014 as the vice-chancellor in this period, Sashidhara Prasad, had become a devoted follower of B.N. Narasimhamurthy and was rejecting the views of key trustees of SSSCT to not believe in Narasimhamurthy. That crippled PN system as Sai university and its alumni community are a very vital part of PN system. His stepping down as VC in Nov. 2014 was the turning point for PN system.

I think that from around 2015 onwards, SSSCT trustees have played a major role in PN system quite aggressively overcoming the divisive challenge from Muddenahalli group and so they deserve special credit for these efforts of theirs. I wholeheartedly appreciate their efforts in this regard.

I disagree with your view that sharing my experience of abuse of power, mental harassment and humiliation from Sai university administrators in 2011 & 2012 is bad for PN system. I believe in transparency and accountability. I do not believe in sweeping matters under the carpet. I think it is transparency and accountability that will help PN system in the long-run in this post-Mahasamadhi phase. You seem to have a different view. We will have to simply accept that we have different points of view on this.

Regarding the possibility of us meeting, I am a very reclusive person. So let us leave that to Bhagavan's will. Thanks sir. Jai Sairam!
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

List of posts related to Saiprabha Patnaik suicide in Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi ashram in June 2017

Last updated on 23-Jul-2017

1) Tragic event (possible suicide) in Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi ashram yesterday - 7th June 2017, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/tragic-event-possible-suicide-in.html, dated 8th June 2017

2) In my interactions with Vidya Vahini management, including Satyajit Salian, in 2010 and 2011, I found they were decent people, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/in-my-interactions-with-vidya-vahini.html, dated 10th June 2017

3) Psychological trauma associated with job loss; Why I am publicly writing on Vidya Vahini lady suicide case, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/psychological-trauma-associated-with.html, dated 11th June 2017

4) Is suicide note accusing a person enough proof to convict person of abetment of suicide? Indian Supreme Court seems to say: NO., http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/is-suicide-note-naming-person-enough.html, dated 12th June 2017

5) Indian Supreme Court in 2010 in workplace harassment suicide case ruled that suicide note accusation alone is not enough for even FIR on abetment of suicide, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/indian-supreme-court-in-2010-in.html, 12th June 2017

6) Lack of Due Process makes actions like asking persons to resign or job termination, rather unfair in PN ashram system, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/lack-of-due-process-makes-actions-like.html, 13th June 2017

7) Human side of married man with family losing job in Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi ashram, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/human-side-of-married-man-with-family.html, 13th June 2017

8) As a resident of Puttaparthi I seek forgiveness from parents, relatives and friends of SaiPrabha Patnaik who gave up her life recently in Prasanthi Nilayam ashram, Puttaparthi, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/as-resident-of-puttaparthi-i-seek.html, 13th June 2017

9) My FB post of 13th June 2017 on news that Satyajit has been moved to another job in Central Trust, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/my-fb-post-of-13th-june-2017-on-news.html, 15th June 2017

10) Young lady in USA is judged guilty in case somewhat similar to abetment of suicide, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/young-lady-in-usa-is-judged-guilty-in.html, 17th June 2017

11) We should wait for a few days more for Saiprabha Patnaik suicide case investigation status update, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/we-should-wait-for-few-days-more-for.html, 24th June 2017

12) Upto Saiprabha Patnaik's parents and other close kin to leave the matter SOLELY to Bhagavan's DIVINE WILL or to share their view with Sai fraternity, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/upto-saiprabha-patnaiks-parents-and.html, 26th June 2017

13) Eenadu Anantapur district supplement article today on Saiprabha Patnaik suicide case, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/eenadu-anantapur-district-supplement.html, dated 28th June 2017

14) Eenadu report: DIG Prabhakar Rao from Anantapur looks into Saiprabha Patnaik suicide case, and moves the case to Anantapur police, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/eenadu-report-dig-prabhakar-rao-from.html, 29th June 2017

15) How should Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi ashram system prevent future Saiprabha Patnaik type staff suicide?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-should-prasanthi-nilayam.html, dated 23rd July 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Karanam Subbamma's donation of 33 cents land in 1945 for creation of first Sathya Sai ashram - Old Mandir in Puttaparthi

Last updated on 21-Jul-2017

My comment on my Facebook share of post given below:

Perhaps the first big step in the establishment of a mission Headquarters for Sathya Sai - the donation of 33 cents land in 1945 (72 years ago) by Karanam Subbamma for the Old Mandir! In public discourses that I have had the privilege to hear live sitting in Sai Kulwant Hall, Swami always had words of praise and love for Karanam Subamma. What a great donor-soul Karanam Subbamma was and how great was her love for the young Sathya Sai (who at that time would surely have had many detractors even in Puttaparthi village who would have been jealous of the importance being given to the young (boy) Sathya Sai)!
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From https://www.facebook.com/OldMandirPuttaparthi/posts/654030538120281

On this day in 1945 Karanam Subbamma donated 33 cents of land in Puttaparthi to young Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
On this land was built the First Residence....The Old Mandir.



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[Above pic: Karanam Subamma]




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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What if a young male Sai devotee wants to become a sannyasi/monk? How do other family members, especially mother, handle it?

Given below is a modified version of a comment I made elsewhere, which I felt may be useful to some readers of my posts:

Hindu astrologers refer to those whose destiny is to become a sannyasi (monk) as "sannyasa yogam" which I think translates to "good fortune of being a monk". However, in my considered opinion, vairagya (detachment/dispassion) from worldly temptations including name & fame is absolutely vital for anybody who wants to lead such a life. Many spiritual aspirants may strongly aspire to be a sannyasi but not really have the vairagya from worldly temptations to become one. I am given to understand that traditional Hindu ashrams having an order of sannyasis/monks, have a testing stage which I believe can be for some years, where a person is ordained first as a Brahmachaari. If the senior monks of the order, and the person himself, are convinced during these years of testing that the person has demonstrated that he is fit to be ordained as a sannyasi/monk, then they go ahead and give him the "diksha" of becoming a sannyasi/monk and ordain him as one.

I think that if such sannyasihood/monkhood is a divine calling then that call cannot be ignored. It has to be answered.

It is natural for mothers to get worried about their son having such a desire. Even the great Adi Shankara's mother had that worry. There is another angle which is somewhat sensitive but must be considered. In the past, and perhaps to some extent in the present too, there was/is also a concern about the mother losing the security of the adult son looking after her.

But I must also say that Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, as far as I know, did not ordain anybody as a sannyasi/monk. From what I observed and heard during the period of Oct. 2002 to Mar. 2011 when I was privileged to offer free service to Bhagavan (physical form) in Prasanthi Nilayam system, I saw that he encouraged those young men who wanted to stay unmarried and serve in Bhagavan's mission, to do some service activity in the ashram system which would give them some money to keep body and soul together, and to also serve their parents. Young men serving their parents was a very important directive of Bhagavan, and I have seen some cases of UNMARRIED young men serving in Prasanthi Nilayam system WITHOUT becoming formal sannyasis, and being obedient and dutiful towards their parents. I view such people as very inspiring, though largely unsung, Sai devotee young adults.

So to me it is absolutely clear that Bhagavan showed us that if a young man does want to lead an unmarried life dedicated to spirituality, it is NOT NECESSARY for that person to become a monk/sannyasi which typically involves renouncing family ties (including that of parents). Bhagavan showed that such young men can very well lead an unmarried and dedicated spiritual life in Prasanthi Nilayam ashram system WITHOUT breaking family ties, especially ties to parents. And further, Bhagavan VERY MUCH ENCOURAGED such persons to serve their parents instead of renouncing their parents.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Total views of this blog cross 250,000 (quarter million)

The two pics below, taken from this ravisiyer.blogspot.com blog today, give the details.


Note that the second pic above gives the top ten countries from whom visits have been made to this ravisiyer.blogspot.com blog.



The dangers of XYZ country's president getting into Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

This post is copy-pasted from http://ravisiyermisc.blogspot.in/2017/07/the-dangers-of-xyz-countrys-president.html on 17-Jul-2017.

Note: XYZ refers to a particular country which I do not want to name.

I would say that XYZ country's president seems to be getting into Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) which seems to be getting HUGELY ENABLED by a support base that wants an Emperor to rule the country as per their wishes & agenda (as against a democratic President accountable to democratic checks & balances institutions of the country).

My traumatic experience of NPD type people whose NPD got into full blown mode after they found themselves in UNACCOUNTABLE positions of power in the Sathya Sai ashram system (based in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India) including the Sathya Sai university (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning), after Sathya Sai's passing away (in April 2011), is that these NPD types think they have a god-given right to dominate over and impose their rule (and their views) upon their subordinates. The ex warden elder and the vice-chancellor of the Sai university both got into full blown NPD cases, in my considered opinion. That encouraged some lower level officers like the Registrar, university campus director(s) and the Maths & Comp. Sc department head to also get into NPD behaviour. And, to my utter astonishment, the vast majority of staff and the alumni of the Sai university gladly accepted their dominance (sweetened for paid staff by significant salary raises or plum positions with good salary, with money coming from the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (and associated sister trusts') corpus donated by Sathya Sai devotees over the years and NOT the money of either the ex warden or the vice-chancellor). The few naysayers were brutally but non-violently, I repeat brutally but non-violently, marginalized leading to them either accepting their rule or getting out/being thrown out (like me). The effective HIJACK of the Sai university (supported by co-operative officers like the Registrar, university campus director(s) and some HOD(s)) and its powerful alumni group by the ex warden and vice-chancellor and some of their supporters/followers, lasted nearly three and a half years (Jul 2011 to Nov. 2014 when the VC stepped down)!!! The damage done will take decades, I repeat decades, for the Sai university as well as its alumni group to recover from.

Now XYZ President is doing something similar in XYZ. What took me by great surprise and astonishment was how most of his party representatives in XYZ top legislative body have accepted this dominance by XYZ President which seems to have made him even more dominant and into full NPD type behaviour. Frankly, I expected more spine from his party representatives in XYZ top legislative body. I have been very sorely disappointed by their lack of spine to protect XYZ democracy from being dominated over by this man who is behaving like a dictator, especially in his atrocious behaviour towards the mainstream media in XYZ.

I did a lot of study about NPD in the past few years to understand how people who had behaved in one way before Sathya Sai passed away (out of fear of Sathya Sai who was accessible to be offered a complaint letter by any staff of the ashram system during his daily presence (sort-of holding court) at the main hall of the ashram), got transformed into Hitler-Stalin type monsters after they found themselves in positions of power where they were no longer accountable to almost anybody or accountable to just one or two persons whom they kept happy, one way or another.

Now in 2017 over 6 years after the passing away of Sathya Sai, slowly and steadily fear of Indian govt. agencies including district level police and courts of law, is replacing the fear of Sathya Sai (physical form). So, in most institutions of the ashram, it seems to me that abuse of power, and mental harassment and humiliation of subordinates by NPD types is coming down from the absolutely crazy levels seen in the year or two after Sathya Sai passed away in April 2011. However, a recent suicide by a lady ex-employee of an ashram project/dept. in the office where she had worked, and which case's police investigation is yet to be completed, raises concerns about workplace harassment's role in the suicide. So more needs to be done in terms of making ashram bosses and department heads accountable to the devotee fraternity, donors, and also to the govt. agencies of India.

But who will control XYZ President??? The XYZ constitution gives extraordinary protection to the position of president for the term that he has been elected for. And then the president gets extraordinary power to bring in a large team of people of his choosing (not elected representatives), including his relatives, into top positions of his administration. Now most of his party representatives in XYZ top legislative body, barring just a very few, seem to have become devoted followers (devotees) of the Emperor-President! And he is using his social media following and his support base to immense effect in ensuring this devotion from his party representatives. I mean, these party representatives seem to be afraid of attracting the displeasure and wrath of the Emperor-President as then he may publicly (verbally) attack them which may then lead to his (Emperor-President's) support base in the representatives' constituencies, opposing them (representatives) and seeking to unseat them!

What an extraordinary state of affairs in a wealthy and militarily powerful country (XYZ) in the world today, that (country XYZ) is a democracy!
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Given below is a comment exchange from my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1939622989587602, associated with this blog post:

In response to comment, "Well written post ( NPD ). We find such people everywhere now-a-days. Must be cautious. And it seems like you are still very hurt over the treatment meted out to you at your workplace. Years have passed by but your wounded heart hasn't healed. I do understand you. Take Care.", I (Ravi) wrote (slightly edited):

Thanks. About the "still very hurt": Well, now for me it is more of a matter of documenting my experience, and keeping it alive, as that would help deter such harassment and humiliation of others. That deterrence part is one key reason why I keep mentioning it, from time to time. In this particular case, I felt it appropriate to refer to those experiences as I am sharing my learning from that experience in the context of country XYZ president.

Also, emotional closure of such matters comes when the wrongdoers apologize and seek forgiveness. I have not received any such apology or seeking of forgiveness request from then vice-chancellor, Registrar, then Director campus and then HOD of Maths & Comp. Sc. dept. They think that they can bully and bluff their way through the matter. I want to keep this alive as a way to counter their efforts to bluff and bully their way through their wrongdoings.
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--Name-snipped-- responded:
Yes, i get your point of view. You see, we live in Kali Yuga, so we encounter many such problems in our daily life. These wrongdoers never apologise because they are too egoistic. Let me tell you, such people are very well aware of their flaws. They may be highly educated, but do not have basic manners to say "Sorry" I am saying this based on my personal experiences.
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Ravi S. Iyer responded (slightly edited):
Thanks for your valuable response.

See sister --Name-snipped--, I did not write about these matters publicly from June/July 2012 by which time I had terminated my association with the Sai university and also let the bosses know in a polite but not public way that they should follow Sathya & Dharma, till sometime in the year 2015! Around three years!!! After July 2012 I had taken the approach of just walking away from Asathya-Adharma and focusing on my spiritual journey in outside ashram Puttaparthi.

But what happened? Did these fellows show remorse for their bad behaviour? No. Instead the vice-chancellor and ex warden continued their dominance over Sai university till Nov. 2014!!! The Registrar, Director PN campus and HOD Maths & Comp. Sc. dept acted as if they were pure as Ganges water and had done nothing wrong in my case!!!

It is in March 2015 that I realized in a more comprehensive way than earlier how much damage was being done worldwide due to DIVISION created by ex warden supported by vice-chancellor and others including many in the alumni community.

Some people had to publicly challenge and expose these fellows. That was the only way to reverse the HIJACK and reduce the number of people these fellows were misguiding by misusing the HOLY NAME of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Unless these fellows were exposed they would hide their misdeeds and bully their way out of any situation!!

So I publicly wrote, and continue to write from time to time, about the misdeeds they did in the Sai university in the crucial period of a year or so after Mahasamadhi which resulted in HIJACK of Sai university from Jul 2011 till Nov. 2014 by ex warden and then vice-chancellor.

Look at the example of Gangadhara Bhat sir of Alike school. Did he not make a public confession about him making a big mistake by following Narasimhamurthy after Mahasamadhi? He even apologized, I am told.

Should not these fellows from Sai university follow Gangadhara Bhat sir's footsteps? If they are genuine spiritual people instead of Dhongis (hypocrites), that is what they will do. But so far they prefer to hide their misdeeds and act as if they are all pure Ganges water fellows! These fellows should be forced to accept their mistakes PUBLICLY and made to apologize to Sathya Sai fraternity and seek forgiveness from Sathya Sai fraternity for their misdeeds.

That is the intent of me continuing to write from time to time about the misdeeds of some administrators of the Sai university in the crucial year or two after Mahasamadhi. Further, it is my view that the spiritual glory of the Sai university can be regained ONLY AFTER these administrators make such a confession and show GENUINE remorse. Otherwise the spiritual glory of the Sai university will continue to be eclipsed by mere UGC and NAAC related pure academic efforts with only some hypocritical show of spirituality.
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--Name-snipped-- responded (slightly edited):
Exactly brother, i agree with you.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

During testing times, truth-lovers sometimes have to walk alone; Tagore's Ekla Chalo Re

I think the current period has become a great test for truth-lovers, truth-seekers and truth-tellers in the USA. I pray to Almighty God to give strength and courage to these truth-lovers, truth-seekers and truth-tellers in the USA. Those who endure this period without losing their dedication to the truth, will, I am sure, emerge much stronger in their dedication to the truth. I look forward to celebrating, somewhere down the line, the return of truth in the USA.

India's national motto is "Sathyameva Jayate" which means "Truth alone triumphs" and comes from one of the Upanishads, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyameva_Jayate. It is a revered mantra for most Hindus, even if many of them fail to live up to its calling. I am sure that in the USA too, truth will eventually emerge triumphant and this dark period where truth is painted as fake/falsehood, will go away.

During the period that the Sai university came under the HIJACK of the dream-instruction medium who was a former warden & respected elder, with the vice-chancellor becoming his ardent follower/believer, from Jul 2011 to Nov. 2014, I (and few other loyalists) had to really struggle to refuse to believe the elder & ex-warden medium and to not give in to the herd mentality which accepted this elder & ex-warden medium as those in power at the Sai university had accepted him!

Of course, I had to quit the Sai university which I did in March 2012. But Puttaparthi is a small town and so I had to make a lot of effort to distance myself from most of my erstwhile colleagues as they had come under that sway or were at least not daring to openly reject the elder & ex-warden medium. That change of company made it easier for me to stick to the truth. It was one of the greatest tests of my life to walk away from my former colleagues and walk alone for a year or two, and then join a few others almost all of whom were not from the Sai university, who also were walking on the path of truth by rejecting this elder & ex-warden medium during this period of around three and a half years!

That test of fire has immensely hardened my resolve to follow the path of truth. Truth is one the biggest values of my life. I hesitate very much to even say a white lie, though I do so at times, say while joking with children, or to get out of some idiotic bureaucratic government paperwork in India where I am told by the govt. employee to say the white lie as their paperwork procedure cannot handle the truth that I am telling them. But I have not knowingly lied on any not-insignificant matter at least for the past decade.

Rabindranath Tagore, India's Nobel Laureate in Literature (won in 1913), wrote a famous poem in Bengali called Ekla Chalo Re. I think Ekla Chalo translates to Walk Alone, and Re is an interjection (exclamation). So in colloquial English one could translate it to 'Walk alone man!'.

Here is the English translation of the poem from https://thinkloud65.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/ekla-chalo-re-rabindranath-tagore-music-without-borders/ [Also see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekla_Chalo_Re]

If they answer not to thy call WALK ALONE,

If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O you unfortunate,
open thy mind and SPEAK OUT ALONE.

If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O you unfortunate,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track TRAVEL ALONE

If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O you unfortunate,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart
and let it BURN ALONE.
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The article also links to a video of a noted playback singer of today singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPqdlR_X1Vk, around 5 mins. The audience has some top Indian govt. ministers then (perhaps 2009 or a few years earlier).

I did recall Tagore's Ekla Chalo Re line many times, when I had to walk alone on the path of truth in the Sai university HIJACK situation from Jul 2011 to Nov. 2014.

While India has its fair share of liars and fakes, there have always been some thought-leaders in India's millennia old history who have celebrated truth and inspired truth-lovers of India.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Shirdi Sai Baba: People come to us due to Rinanubandh; Let us love and serve each other and be happy; Look on calmly at passing show of world

From Shri (Shirdi) Sai Satcharita, Chapters 18 & 19, http://www.saibaba.org/satcharitra/sai18_19.html (slightly edited to fix what seems to be typo kind of errors):

Baba's Advice Regarding our Behaviour

The following words of Baba are of general welfare and invaluable. If they are kept in mind and acted upon, they will always do you good. "Unless there is some relationship or connection, nobody goes anywhere. If any men or creatures come to you, do not discourteously drive them away, but receive them well and treat them with due respect. Shri Hari (God) will be certainly pleased if you give water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and your verandah to strangers for sitting and resting. If anybody wants any money from you, and you are not inclined to give, do not give, but do not bark at him like a dog. Let anybody speak hundreds of things against you, do not resent by giving any bitter reply. If you always tolerate such things, you will certainly be happy. Let the world go topsy-turvy, you remain where you are. Standing or staying in your own place, look on calmly at the show of all things passing before you. Demolish the wall of difference that separates you from Me; and then the road for our meeting will be clear and open. The sense of differentiation, as I and thou, is the barrier that keeps away the disciple from his Master, and unless that is destroyed the state of union or atonement is not possible, "Allah Malik" i.e. God is the sole Proprietor, nobody else is our Protector. His method of work is extra-ordinary, invaluable, and inscrutable. His will will be done and He will show us the way, and satisfy our heart's desires. It is on account of Rinanubandh (former relationship) that we have come together, let us love and serve each other and be happy. He who attains the supreme goal of life is immortal and happy; all others merely exist, i.e. live so long as they breathe".

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Ravi: I looked up the Internet to get proper meanings of the term 'Rinanubandh'. Here are some interesting meanings:

From Amazon India web page of book, "Baba's Rinanubandh : Leelas during His Sojourn in Shirdi" by Vinny Chitluri, https://www.amazon.in/Babas-Rinanubandh-Leelas-during-Sojourn-ebook/dp/B005IYZWJ2, "The word 'Rinanubandh' literally means 'Karmic debt'. It is an impossible task to write the exact meaning of this word, as a lot of nuances are lost while doing so. When you read the lives of Babs's devotees you realise that it has deeper meaning. A bond that has existed for many generations."

Ravi: Google search indicates that Rinanubandh is a Marathi language word and may NOT be a Sanskrit word. In other words, it may be a mainly or only Marathi language word. With my limited Marathi language knowledge, I would break up the word Rinanubandh to Rin + anubandh. Rin literally means debt. Anubandh, in this context, (in Marathi) means "close connection or attachment", http://www.marathidictionary.org/meaning.php?id=1931&lang=Marathi.

So I would translate Rinanubandh Marathi word to English as: Close connection/link between individuals due to karmic debt (typically from past lives).

(For those who know Marathi:) The original Marathi verses composed by Hemadpant (in 1930) corresponding to the above extract are on Pages 334 and 335 here: http://shrisaibabasansthan.org.in/publications/shri-sai-satcharitra/marathi-1930/shri-sai-satcharitra-marathi-1930-adhyay-19/. The starting verse corresponding to above extract is verse (shlok) 140.

Verse 141, 1st line of couplet (two lines verse) in Marathi: "Naslya laagaabaandha kaahi; konihi kothehi jaathchi naahi" which seems to have been translated to English in the above Shri Sai Satcharita extract as "Unless there is some relationship or connection, nobody goes anywhere."

Verse 150, 1st line of couplet (two lines verse) in Marathi: "Rinanubandhachiya gaati, bhagye aamha tumha bheti" which seems to have been translated to English in the above Shri Sai Satcharita extract as "It is on account of Rinanubandh (former relationship) that we have come together". My attempt at literal English translation of the above (with my limited Marathi knowledge) is: "The bonds of karmic debt relationship/connection; destined your (plural/singular) meeting with us/me".

These words of Shirdi Sai Baba as conveyed by Hemadpant show Shirdi Sai Baba's revelations/confirmation about karmic connections/debt in the past (lives) being the key reasons/causes for people to meet again/come together in the present (lives). In other words, Shirdi Baba confirms (asserts as true) the belief of Rinanubandh being the cause of people meeting/coming together in the present (lives).

[I thank saibaba.org, shrisaibabasansthan.org.in and Vinny Chitluri (amazon.in), and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts (very short extract from Vinny Chitluri book description on amazon.in) from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

Monday, July 10, 2017

Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Hanumantha Rao Naidu and his (would-be) wife on their marriage today

I was informed that the younger brother of Madhusudan Rao Naidu, Dr. (Ph.D.) Hanumantha (Hanu) Rao Naidu is getting married (or has already got married) today. I offer my congratulations and best wishes, as well as prayers to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for a happy married life to brother Hanu and his (would-be) wife.

Hanu was my student for software Lab. courses in the Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science (DMACS) of the Sai university (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning), and later became a junior faculty (teacher) colleague doing teaching as well as research (as against some who did mainly research and were designated research scholars). I have had many happy interactions with him. He came into "form" with Bhagavan (physical form) and happily shared some details of his interactions with Bhagavan with me (and others), without any "form boy" arrogance.

Hanu and I have even jointly taught a C++ programming course in DMACS (to M.Sc. students).

I quit Sai university in March 2012, after which I think I had only one fleeting interaction with Hanu a few months after I quit, when we came across each other in Puttaparthi. Subsequently he too parted ways with the Sai university and we have not been in touch with each other.

Hanu is a nice guy who tried hard to follow the teachings of Bhagavan during his stay in the Sai university (which perhaps is why he got into form with Bhagavan - physical form). I am quite confident that his dedication to Bhagavan and his teachings would not have changed much even though he is now associated with Muddenahalli group with Madhusudan Rao Naidu being his elder brother. I wish Hanu well in his life and his quest to be an instrument of Bhagavan's mission to reinvigorate the practice of Sanathana Dharma values of Sathya, Dharma, Shanti and Prema in the world. Jai Sairam!

Daivam manusha rupena, Sathya Sai Mahadev! Divine in human form, Great Divine figure Sathya Sai!

These words, "Daivam manusha rupena, Sathya Sai Mahadev!" capture in a short phrase, the essence of my view of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba based on my experience of him (at physical form level).

My translation of these words in English: "Divine in human form, Great Divine figure Sathya Sai!" The word 'dev' means god in the sense of a being that is endowed with supernatural divine power, but which is different from Absolute Brahman which is God at a higher formless and attributeless (nirgun niraakaar) level.

Interestingly today's (10th July 2017) Sai Inspires from Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi has Swami's words on "Daivam manusha rupena". From http://media.radiosai.org/sai_inspires/2017/SI_20170710.htm:

Little minds with no faith may argue that God cannot come as a human being. Man can never describe or delineate the formless and the attributeless, the one beyond qualities. It is only by means of form and attributes that one can pray, adore, worship or even feel the Divine presence. In fact God can be recognised only as human by man, and this is explained in scriptures, "Daivam manusha rupena, God revealed through human form". Hence since time immemorial, God is adored, worshipped and even imagined or pictured by man only in human form, so long as the consciousness as man persists. People easily visualise God as a human, with superhuman or supra-human power, wisdom, love, and compassion. God’s Grace can make the blind see, lame walk and dumb speak. By a mere touch, God can demolish the sins of the past and erect the basis for peace and joy.

- Divine Discourse, Jul 27, 1980.

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[I thank radiosai.org and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extract from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's Guru Purnima speech at Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi





Above two pics are courtesy:
https://www.facebook.com/RaviShankarPrasadOfficial/photos/pcb.10155423093998329/10155423077588329





Above two pics are stills captured from video mentioned below.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Shankar_Prasad:

Ravi Shankar Prasad (born 30 August 1954) is an Indian lawyer, politician and the current Union Minister holding Law and Justice and Ministry of Information Technology (India) portfolio in the Government of India. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prasad represents the state of Bihar as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. During the NDA Government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's prime ministership, Prasad held the position of Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines, the Ministry of Law and Justice, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He is also a designated senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.

--- extracts from wiki page of Shri Prasad ---

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble minister for Law and Justice, and Information Technology, starts his speech around 1:45:00 in this video, Guru Poornima Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam (Morning Program) - 9 July 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3ujg0lhKD0 published by Radio Sai Global Harmony.

I have transcribed below some parts of his speech (the transcription may not be exactly word-to-word but I have endeavoured to capture the meaning accurately.).

My aadarneeya pranams (respectful salutations) to you. Guru Purnima Shubh Kamnaye (best/good wishes) to all of you.
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But let me make it very clear. I have not come here as a senior minister of the Narendra Modi government. Here I have come as a simple Bhakt, as a simple devotee to offer my pranam.

Today I am singularly honoured, uniquely privileged that I have been invited here today in this abode of Lord Sainath. .. In fact I was looking forward to visit this great heaven on earth. I got the privilege to once have the direct darshan of Lord in Delhi. But I never got the opportunity to visit here. And what a great day to offer my sadar pranam (humble salutations) on the Guru Purnima day.
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There is a very famous couplet of Kabir Das.
"Guru Govind dono khade Kaku lagu paay
Balihari Guru aapno Jo diyo Govind Bataye"

I must pay my regard to my Guru who leads me to the path of the Govind (God).

At the very outset, I would like to compliment my young friends. What a beautiful bhajan you (sang)! I wish I would have listened more to these beautiful bhajans. Being a lover of classical music, I have been listening to bhajans all around. But this soul rendering bhajan really was extraordinary. My warm compliments to all of you.

How I see the work and philosophy of Lord Sainath? The first is on the spiritual and philosophical level. What is the essence of India, ladies and gentlemen? The essence of India is as outlined in RigVeda, "Ekam Sath Viprah Bahuda Vadanti". Truth is one, wise men interpret it differently. You have your own perception of truth. I have my own. You follow your path. I will follow my own. I will respect your path. You respect my path. Because, in the ultimate analysis, your path and my path merges at the same destination, wherein lies the ultimate truth. Permanent, indivisible, eternal, perennial, inspiring. What we call the Parama Satya (ultimate truth)!

And you see all the utterances of Lord Sainath. Ultimately what he says? Love one and all. To serve one and all. And how I see the essence of this philosophy, ladies and gentlemen. My understanding is - living body manifests itself in many ways. You can be an insect (living body). You can be a fish - you can be a living body. You can be an animal - you can be a living body. But the day you are born as a human being, that is the first blessing which God has given. You have come as a human being on this earth. Because as a human being, you have got the faculty to understand the pain and the suffering and the agony and the ecstasy of (your fellow beings). And the great Bhagavan has always been teaching (learn to) love each other. And when you love each other there is no boundary of caste or religion or faith, because every faith leads to the same destination. I see this creative goodness in every human being as the biggest contribution that Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has given to all of us.

And just we heard about the international work going all over. Yeh sara kaam kya ho raha hai (What is all this work that is going on?) Acche insaan ko banane ki koshish hai (It is an attempt to make good human being(s)). Acche insaan bano. Learn to become a good human being - free from anger, free from arrogance, free from jealously - just keep one spirit. The spirit of love. The spirit of accommodation. The spirit of reciprocity. And the spirit of mutual respect. I think that is the biggest contribution.

And if I can say, I will say with great pride, and I wish to congratulate the board of (trustees and other heads of Sathya Sai trust and orgn.) and all your team the world over, the biggest voluntary movement of man making is being done by the Sathya Sai movement which I wish to compliment (them on). [Applause]

(I was told) that in 170 countries you have your branches. We [referring to himself and other political colleagues of his] are in politics. We are in public life. Just now it was mentioned that I was privileged to work under the feet of my Lord, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our political guru, our father figure, who visited number of times, Prasanthi Nilayam. I know how much he had devotion to the Lord here.

And now I have the privilege to work under Narendra Modi, another eminent leader, powerful leader, seeking to change the country. We are privileged to work under him. But we work with authority. Because the people have given us the authority to work for the country as elected people, elected government. Therefore in many ways, even though, my Prime Minister says we are Pradhan Sevaks (chief servants), we are also working for the people in the most informal manner, but we carry some authority (that) the people of the country have given to us.

I use the words, voluntary contribution - without any authority, just out of love, this great organization is doing world over. And today I would like to felicitate because my observations are also being webcasted across the globe. I am also the IT minister of India. And therefore it gives me singular honour to compliment the board of connecting the virtual with the real. Sitting far away in South India in Prasanthi Nilayam, I am talking to you and I am talking to Sai Bhakt (devotees) all across the globe. Therefore from this abode of peace, love, I wish to compliment all the Sai Bhakt all over the globe. Keep the good work going for the sake of humanity and development. [Applause]

What is the second contribution of Lord Sai Bhagavan which is important for all of us. (And) this needs to spread more and more. Serve the poor. Serve the underprivileged. Their service is the easiest route to reach God. [Same words in Hindi are said by Shri Prasad:] Garibon ki seva karo. Vanchiton ki Seva Karo. Unki seva mein hi ishwar ki praapti hai. It is a great message that he has been able to give.

Let me quote Kabir Das again. A very famous couple of Kabir Das.
Sai itna dijiye jame kutumb samaye
main bhi bhukha na rahoon sadhu na bhookha jaay

Hey Lord, give me this much that I am able to take care of my family. But if a hungry human being comes in front of my house, I should not turn him down unsatisfied. This sadhu is a symbolism. The symbolism is don't live for yourself. Live for others. Take care of your family. But also take care of others. And you know something unique, why I quoted this couplet? It begins with "Sai itna dijiye jame kutumb samaye; main bhi bhukha na rahoon sadhu na bhukha jaay". And after four hundred, five hundred years, here comes Lord Sainath who actually concretises this couplet into extraordinary initiative.

Yesterday I was told, 20 Lakh operations done without a single (farthing)! The best of the quality education being given in this NAAC certified university, without a single farthing! So many schools being run. Thousands and thousands of villages in this water-scarce land of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Karnataka being provided drinking water all by the initiative of this great institution. How do you explain it? Yesterday I was talking to a big eminent trustee of this board. I said, how do you all manage it? Now (that) Lord is not there.

And he said one comment of the Lord which made me emotional. Once they asked him, how do we run all this? Should we charge even something little? Token? And Lord Sai Baba told them one thing. Does a mother charge her child for helping him in anything? [Applause]

Do you understand the philosophy of it? There is a profound philosophy behind this, ladies and gentlemen. And what is the philosophy? Love (and) serve the other, as the mother serves a child, without seeking any return. And if this has been the motto, I have not the slightest doubt that if Lord Sai Bhagavan has given so much not only in Prasanthi Nilayam but the whole world, surely his divine blessings will be there and this great work will continue to prosper (in) the remotest part of the world and also India.

To my young friends, I have to make a last observation. What is India? Is India a geographical entity? Is India merely a physical entity? Yes, we are technologically very powerful. And I want to tell you, my young friends, as IT minister of India, that in a population of 1.25 billion - 125 crore - India is home to 1.08 billion mobile phones. 108 crores! Out of which, 500 million - 50 crore - is smartphone. We have got Aadhar card - 115 crore. Unique identity kept in safe condition. We have got 500 million - 50 crore - Internet (connections). And how we are using this, to leverage technology for social good - we opened 25 crore Jandhan accounts (for) the poor and we linked that Jandhan account with Aadhar (straight) to the bank and started serving subsidy to the poor direct to the bank account. And we saved 50,000 crores in the last 2 years which used to be pilfered by fictitious persons. That is how we linked technology for public good.

But India is certainly a place for science, innovation, technology. But remember one thing, India is the chosen earth, chosen place of divinity. [Applause] That will remain the first and ultimate calling of India. And how do you explain India geographically. You go to deep north in the Himalayas, you find Badrinath where Badri Vishal Lord (Vishnu) is residing there. You go a little east there - you find Kedarnath where Mahadev is residing. You go deep south on the tip of (India touching) the Indian Ocean, there is Kanyakumari the Mahadevi residing there. You go a little (further) in this proud land of Andhra Pradesh you (find) Lord Vishnu as Lord Venkateshwara is residing in Tirupati. You go deep east, you have Devi Kamakhya residing in the hills of Assam. You go (East), you have Puri, Lord Jagannath residing there. You go deep West, you have Lord Somnath in Gujarat, a little ahead you have Lord Krishna in Dwaraka. They are there for the last thousands and thousands of years.

So many other faiths came. We respected all. We welcomed all. Because India is a land which has been respecting all the faiths. Come experiment (with) your chosen divinity to the own marga (path) which you believe is the right path. That is the essence of India. And therefore this cultural identity of India merging with the spiritual identity with the profound slogan of unity in diversity is the essence of India. Why I am saying so? The great Lord realized that this profound land of India with the blessings of the unity in diversity, inspired by the philosophy of Sanathana Dharma, and also respecting all the faiths, must become a beacon. As what the previous speaker rightly called, that is the essence of Bharat, Bharatvarsha.

That larger vision to make India truly a great country for the world not only economically, not only educationally, not only militarily, but also spiritually, that is the calling of India. [Applause] Spiritually - for the sake of service, spiritually - to make a better human being. I think that in my very considered view is the real essence of Lord Sai Bhagavan. And he conveyed this in such simple language, by his own conduct.
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Let me share my own experience. The moment I entered this heavenly place, the moment I bowed my head before the Lord, I am sitting here, and I don't know, I am feeling a different energy. And mind you, when I say so, I have traveled around the world (to) so many countries. I have seen India from my younger days. I have studied many scriptures. But the living experience of powerful energy (which I experienced while coming) is truly extraordinary. [Applause]

That I think is the message. Trust in me. Trust in my teaching. Trust in my vision. And my hand of blessings and guidance shall always be there. I think that is the biggest blessings on the Guru Purnima day. And (ref. to trustee of Central Trust) again (I compliment) you and your team for inviting me on this very pious day of (Gurupurnima and) having the experience of this profound energy myself and getting the unique privilege of getting the darshan of large number of devotees present here. My vandan, srivandan, namaskaram (salutations) to all of you.

--- end transcript of most of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad's speech ---

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Shirdi Sai Baba as Guru and his words on relation between Guru and disciples

As tomorrow (9th July 2017) is Gurupurnima, I felt it appropriate to share some words about Guru from (Shirdi) Sai Satcharita.


Above pic: Bhagavan Sri Shirdi Sai Baba

Given below are extracts (slightly edited to fix what seems to be typo type errors) from Chapter 18 & 19 of Shri (Shirdi) Sai Satcharita, http://www.saibaba.org/satcharitra/sai18_19.html, dealing with Guru.

[Hemadpant's (Govind Raghunath Dabholkar, author of Shri (Shirdi) Sai Satcharita) words about sharing Shirdi Sai Baba's teachings:] The Sadguru is like a monsoon cloud. He pours down profusely, i.e., scatters widely his nectar-like teachings. These, we should enjoy and assimilate to our heart's content; and then serve others with them, without any reserve.
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[Hemadpant's words again:] Like a loving mother forcing bitter but wholesome medicines down the throats of her children for the sake of their health, Sai Baba imparted spiritual instructions to His devotees. His method was not veiled or secret, but quite open. The devotees who followed His instructions got their object. Sad-gurus like Sai Baba open our (eyes of the) intellect and show us the divine beauties of the Self, and fulfill our tender longings of devotion. When this is done, our desire for sense-objects vanishes, twin fruits of Viveka (discrimination) and Vairagya (dispassion or non-attachment) come to our hands; and knowledge sprouts up even in the sleep. All this we get, when we come in contact with Saints (Sad-guru), serve them and secure their love. The Lord, who fulfills the desires of His devotees, comes to our aid, removes our troubles and sufferings, and makes us happy. This progress or development is entirely due to the help of the Sadguru, who is regarded as the Lord Himself. Therefore, we should always be after the Sad-guru, hear His stories, fall at His Feet and serve Him.
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[These are words of Shama (Madhavrao Deshpande) as described by Hemadpant:]
There was an old woman by name Radhabai, She was the mother of one Khashaba Deshmukh. Hearing Baba's fame, she came to Shirdi with the people of Sangamner. She took Baba's darshan and was much satisfied. She loved Baba intimately and resolved in her mind, that She should accept Baba as her Guru, and take some Upadesh from Him. She knew nothing else. She determined to fast herself unto death, so long as Baba did not accept her, and give her any Upadesh or Mantra. She stayed in her lodging and left off taking any food or water for three days. I was frightened by this ordeal of the old woman, and interceded with Baba on her behalf. I said, "Deva, what is this You have started? You drag so many persons here. You know that old lady. She is very obstinate and depends on You entirely, She has resolved to fast unto death, if You don't accept and instruct her. If any thing worse happens, people will blame You, and say that Baba did not instruct her, and consequently she met her death. So take some mercy on her, bless her and instruct her."
[Ravi: Having seen how some sad incidents in Prasanthi Nilayam over the years (I have lived in Puttaparthi since Oct. 2002) became an excuse for some people to viciously criticize Prasanthi Nilayam and Sathya Sai, I can well imagine how tense Shama, a close servitor of Shirdi Sai Baba, would have been on knowing this already three day old fast unto death or Baba mantra upadesh, undertaken by this old lady. If the old lady had died on this fast, critics of Shirdi Sai Baba then, of whom there would have been quite a few, would have put the whole blame of the death of the old lady not only on Shirdi Sai Baba but also on his close servitors like Shama! This is how unpredictable and, at times, tense, life has been for close servitors of Shirdi and Sathya Sai Baba.]
On seeing her determination, Baba sent for her, changed the turn of her mind by addressing her as follows:-

"Oh mother, why are you subjecting yourself to unnecessary tortures and hastening your death? You are really My Mother and I am your child. Take pity on Me and hear Me through. I tell you My own story, which if you listen carefully, will do you good. I had a Guru. He was a great Saint and most merciful. I served him long, very long; still he would not blow any Mantra into My ears. I had a keen desire, never to leave him but to stay with and serve him; and at all costs receive some instructions from him. But he had his own way. He first got my head shaved and asked Me two pice as Dakshina [Ravi: pice is like a penny or cent]. I gave the same at once. If you say that as My Guru was perfect, why should he ask for money and how should he be called desireless? The reply is that he never cared for coins. What had he to do with them? His two pice were (1) Firm Faith and (2) Patience or perseverance. I gave these two pice or things to him, and he was pleased.

"I resorted to My Guru for 12 years. He brought Me up. There was no dearth of food and clothing. He was full of love nay, he was love incarnate. How can I describe it? He loved Me most. Rare is a Guru like him. When I looked at him, he seemed as if he was in deep meditation, and then we both were filled with Bliss. Night and day, I gazed at him with no thought of hunger and thirst. Without him, I felt restless. I had no other object to meditate, nor any other thing than My Guru to attend. He was My sole refuge. My mind was always fixed on him. This is one pice Dakshina. Saburi (Patience or perseverance) is the other pice. I waited patiently and very long on My Guru and served him. This Saburi will ferry you across the sea of this mundane existence. Saburi is manliness in man, it removes all sins and afflictions, gets rid of calamities in various ways, and casts aside all fear, and ultimately gives you success. Saburi is the mine of virtues, consort of good thought. Nishtha (Faith) and Saburi (Patience) are like twin sisters, loving each other very intimately."

"My Guru never expected any other thing from Me. He never neglected Me, but protected Me at all times. I lived with him, and was sometimes away from him; still I never felt the want or absence of his love. He always protected Me by his glance, just as the tortoise feeds her young ones, whether they are near her or away from her on the other side of the river bank, by her loving looks. Oh mother, My Guru never taught Me any Mantra, then how shall I blow any Mantra in your ears? Just remember that Guru's tortoise-like loving glance gives us happiness. Do not try to get Mantra or Upadesh from anybody. Make Me the sole object of your thoughts and actions; and you will, no doubt, attain Paramartha (the spiritual goal of life). Look at Me whole-heartedly, and I in turn look at you similarly. Sitting in this Masjid, I speak the truth, nothing but the truth. No Sadhanas, nor proficiency in the six Shastras, are necessary. Have faith and confidence in your Guru. Believe fully, that Guru is the sole Actor or Doer. Blessed is he who knows the greatness of his Guru and thinks him to be Hari, Hara and Brahma (Trimurti) Incarnate."

Instructed in this way, the old lady was convinced; she bowed to Baba and gave up her fast.
[Ravi: Shirdi Sai Baba calls the old lady, 'mother', and says he is her child. Then he asks her to take pity on him! My God! What extraordinary love Shirdi Baba had for his devotees! What is it that he would not do for his devotees! The Avatar is saying, "Take pity on me"! Just blows my mind. This is like how Krishna became the charioteer of Arjuna and like how Krishna carried the footwear of Draupadi!
And then Shirdi Baba gave his strong logic to the mother, "Oh mother, My Guru never taught Me any Mantra, then how shall I blow any Mantra in your ears?"
How well Shirdi Baba (as related by Shama-Hemadpant) speaks about the loving looks of the Guru! "He always protected Me by his glance, just as the tortoise feeds her young ones, whether they are near her or away from her on the other side of the river bank, by her loving looks.".."Just remember that Guru's tortoise-like loving glance gives us happiness. Do not try to get Mantra or Upadesh from anybody."
Then his clear instructions to the 'mother' devotee: "Make Me the sole object of your thoughts and actions; and you will, no doubt, attain Paramartha (the spiritual goal of life). Look at Me whole-heartedly, and I in turn look at you similarly. Sitting in this Masjid, I speak the truth, nothing but the truth. No Sadhanas, nor proficiency in the six Shastras, are necessary. Have faith and confidence in your Guru. Believe fully, that Guru is the sole Actor or Doer. Blessed is he who knows the greatness of his Guru and thinks him to be Hari, Hara and Brahma (Trimurti) Incarnate."
What a way to teach the 'mother' devotee! What assurance he gives to his devotee!]
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[Shirdi Sai Baba says the following to Hemadpant (so this is directly from Baba to the writer of Shri (Shirdi) Sai Satcharita):]
 "My method is quite unique. Remember well, this one story, and it will be very useful. To get the knowledge (realization) of the Self, Dhyana (meditation) is necessary. If you practice it continuously, the Vrittis (thoughts) will be pacified. Being quite desireless, you should meditate on the Lord, Who is in all the creatures, and when the mind is concentrated, the goal will be achieved. Meditate always on My formless nature, which is knowledge incarnate, consciousness and bliss. If you cannot do this, meditate on My Form from top to toe as you see here night and day. As you go on doing this, your Vrittis will concentrate on one point and the distinction between the Dhyata (meditator), Dhyana (act of meditation), Dhyeya (this meditated upon) will be lost and the meditator will be one with the Consciousness and be merged in the Brahman. The (mother) tortoise is on one bank of the river, and her young ones are on the other side. She gives neither milk, nor warmth to them. Her mere glance gives them nutrition. The young ones do nothing, but remember (meditate upon) their mother. The tortoise glance is, to the young ones, a down-pour of nectar, the only source of sustenance and happiness. Similar is the relation, between the Guru and disciples."

[I thank saibaba.org, and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]