Experiencing The Divinity Of Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Experiencing The Divinity Of Sathya Sai Baba
Recounting a near death experience
Last year some time, I ate some food that I became allergic to. I had a reaction that came in the form of Anaphylactic Shock.

After ingesting the food in question, I started breaking out in a mild rash. The rash is experienced inside the skin. It feels like an itching/ burning sensation. The burning started in the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. I was scratching this burning sensation but it kept getting worse. Then the skin on my stomach broke out and I was in an itching frenzy. The burning sensation started getting so bad…one hour later that I tried taking a cold shower.

About this time, I started getting shortness of breath and a stabbing pain in my heart. Finally, the pain got so bad that I called a neighbour, and asked him to come over and take me to the hospital. Before my neighbour could come over, I was lying on the floor rolling around in great pain.

The whole time I was talking to Sathya Sai Baba aloud asking him to help me help myself. I was alone at home. I tried drinking some baking soda to alleviate the reaction my system was having to the severe allergic reaction. Then I finally remembered the Vibhuti that I kept in my room. So I stole into my room and sat in front of my picture of Baba hanging on the wall. By this time, I was crying. The chest pain combined with the severe burning under my skin was too much for me to handle. My skin was almost bleeding from the constant scratching. I took the Vibhuti and said a small prayer to Baba as I looked into the eyes of Baba’s picture. Immediately the burning under my skin went away. Then the pain in my chest started to diminish. I realised at that time that I had never truly surrendered my will to Baba and did so at that time.

In 30 seconds, the attack was completely gone except for my scratched skin. I cried a bit after the experience as I realised that Sai is always with me and is protecting me. It is just a matter of faith. It was a real awakening of Swami’s omnipresent spirit and love.

I died a small death that late afternoon as I realised Sai is the totality of who I want to become.

I will one day be born again into His love. His love is available to all, if we are open to it. And his love can heal all, if we are open to receive it. I know who Swami is and I know He truly lives in my heart! God is with us on earth. He resides in every inch of the universe. He is most perfectly expressed at this time in the physical body of Sri Sathya Sai Baba!

We are so blessed to share this truth!

Mike Gebhardt

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Sathya Sai Human Values Debate

Human Values

Sathya Sai Human Values Debate
The Star Online
Sunday August 24, 2008

THE Sathya Sai Baba Centres of Perak recently organised the ninth annual Sathya Sai Human Values Debate.

The debates, which aimed to promote good values amongst youths, were conducted in the English Language and followed the Austral-Asian format.

They were open to universities, colleges and sixth form students in Perak between the ages of 17 and 25.

This year’s programme was one with a difference. Firstly, all arguments had to be supported by sound statements of human values. Secondly, all participants including teacher advisors, were required to do community service prior to the debate.

The service project was carried out at the Batu Gajah Handicapped Children’s home. Participants carried out gotong royong activities including cleaning the home and compound, washing cooking utensils, and bathing and dressing the inmates.

The aim was to enhance awareness on the importance of service to the less fortunate.

Seven teams from institutions in and around Ipoh took part in the debates which focused on thought-provoking topics relevant to the students’ lives. The participating institutions were Olympia College, Ipoh; SMK St Michael’s, Ipoh; Institut Perguruan Ipoh, Hulu Kinta; SMJK Shing Chung, Sungei Siput; SMK Anderson; SMK Methodist ACS; and SMK Sultan Yussuf, Batu Gajah.

The first preliminary round, held at Olympia College, saw students debating on the topic “Juveniles should be charged as adults for violent crimes committed”.

The topic for the second preliminary round was “It is morally wrong to place our parents in care centres”, while the semi-finals saw students arguing that “Poverty in the third world is the fault of the first world”.

The grand finals pitched SMK Methodist ACS, Ipoh, against Institute Perguruan Ipoh on the topic “Global warming is avoidable”. Both teams were very vocal.

Among the 300 people present was Perak State Education Department deputy director Mohd Yasin Mohamod, who gave away the prizes.

The opposing team from Institute Perguruan Ipoh — comprising Wee Vee Vien, Charlene Anak Charles Banyi, Shoba Andiappan and Nik Khairina Balqis Nik Mohd Asri — won the day and walked away with RM600 and the Dr P. Palani Velu challenge shield.


Education In Human Values

Education In Human Values

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Let Us Thank God For Not Granting All Our Prayers

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Let Us Thank God For Not Granting All Our Prayers
Learning To Rely On God’s Choices

It is said that about fifty years ago, some men from a village adjacent to Puttaparthi visited Sathya Sai Baba. With them was a young boy. They told Baba that the boy had suddenly become an orphan due to the unexpected demise of his parents. They had heard of the extraordinarily philanthropic nature of Baba and sought his help for the boy’s education and livelihood.

Baba immediately agreed to bear all his expenses right upto the end of his school education. After a few years, the boy visited Baba and happily announced that he had passed his final school examinations.

Bhagawan reciprocated his happiness and was about to move on to the next person in the gathering. But the boy plaintively sought his audience for some more time and prayed that he might be helped to pursue higher education in a college. Baba hesitated for a moment and agreed to his prayer with a smile. After four years the boy returned and announcing his successful graduation, prayed earnestly for help in securing a job of his choice. This prayer was also granted.

Soon he was back and prayed for divine help in marrying a girl who worked as his college and who was not evidently interested in linking her fortunes with his. Bhagawan advised him to seek the hand of some other girl. But the boy was adamant and begged for help in marrying the girl of his own choice. That prayer was also granted.

In the succeeding years, his visits became more frequent and his prayers more insistent for a promotion, for the birth of a boy and then of a girl, for the prevention of a transfer, for the cure of the illnesses of the children, for a better residence and so on. The Lord granted all his prayers. But the man now seemed to be less and less happy and peaceful.

At last, obviously in great tension due to problems in office and at home he came to the ashram and when Sathya Sai Baba came near him, he fell at His feet like a log and cried out “Oh! Swami! The python of samsara (worldly life) has caught me in its suffocating coils! Please liberate me from its grip.” Baba laughed and looking at him keenly, slowly asked, “My dear boy! Did the python catch you first or did you catch it by its tail first?” How the man must have wished that he had not piled up prayers after prayers in spite of Bhagawan’s hesitations and resistances most of the time!

We allow the ophthalmologist, the dentist, the barber, the physician, the college counselor and a host of others to decide what is best for us but not God! The physician or the psychologist is supposed to know about our bodies and minds better than us, but not God! Restrictions, sacrifices and expenses are okay when advised by doctors. But when God advises similar things, we agree to abide by them to ‘the extent possible’ and seek alibis to make them appear impossible. When the consequences trouble or terrify us, we grumble and blame the cruel hand of fate or of the creator. We will be pleased to teach Him a thing or two about framing the laws governing Life.

However, there are a number of occasions when we do wish that some of our prayers had not been granted! We might have prayed for success in getting a particular jobs and got it. But later we wish that our prayer could have been ignored because we realise a better job would have been tried for and obtained, had the first one been denied. Similarly we may feel about the wife or husband or the house we have now. Slowly in the course of our life, we realise that God’s own choices for us are more beneficial and satisfying in the end than our own.

Having said that I am reminded of a clever little girl who used to go with her father to the general stores for getting the provisions for the month. The shopkeeper was a kind man and used to give a handful of cashew nuts or chocolates to the children accompanying his customers. One day he was busy talking to some one on the phone and when the girl’s father was about to leave with the things purchased and paid for, he just placed a tray containing the chocolates in front of the girl and asked her to help herself and resumed his talk on the phone. The girl refused and insisted that “Uncle” himself should give her the chocolates; otherwise, she was not interested in taking them. This surprised and pleased the shopkeeper who took a handful of the chocolates as usual and gave them to her. While returning home the father rebuked her for her insistence and for troubling the shopkeeper and forcing him to interrupt his talk. The girl said, “Daddy, if I had myself taken a handful I would have obtained much less because my hand is small! But uncle’s hand is much bigger and I get more than double the number when he gives his handful!” So, it is with God. What He chooses to give us is more beneficial and useful than what we may choose for ourselves.

So let us thank God for not granting all our prayers! For, what appears like a curse may prove to be a blessing and sorrows may turn out to be sources of great joy. What is required are Sraddha and Saburi to use the words of Shirdi Sai Avatar i.e., faith and patience. Any number of examples to prove this may be given from Sai literature in particular and from spiritual and religious literature in general – but one’s own experience alone can be the best evidence. Let us therefore follow the teachings, do our duties and wait and watch God’s plans for us unfold as we live on. He is eager to satisfy all our good desires but waits for the best time and place and manner in which they can be satisfied, taking into account our deeds in the past and our needs in the future as the ninety-first and ninety-second names in the one hundred and eight names of Sri Sathya Sai proclaim.

O. P. Vidyakar

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Sathya Sai Baba – Recent Events At Prashanti

Sai Baba Car Darshan

Sai Baba Car Darshan

Sathya Sai Baba – Recent Events At Prashanti

Curtesy RadioSai
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This evening, the students from the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva school at Alike presented a Yakshagana Roopaka. This is an adaptation of the traditional art-form of Karnataka, involving colourful costumes and stylized dance. Bhagawan came for darshan in His chair and went into the interview room for a while. He then went down to near the Sai Kulwant Hall main gate where the performers were seated and interacted with them before returning to the stage and starting the programme at 4.45 pm. The programme was made more accessible by the addition of English dialogues by the actors. As they concluded at 6.05 pm, Swami came down from the stage to have group photographs with them. He interacted with them for nearly half an hour, blessing them with clothes and talking at length to the teachers. Swami accepted Arati at 6.30 pm after prasadam was distributed before returning to His residence.

Friday, August 22, 2008
Bhagawan moved about in the Sai Kulwant Hall on a second extended darshan round in His chair on two occasions this week, on Tuesday and on Thursday. This evening, devotees from Vishakhapatnam presented a musical dance drama. The approaching Krishna Janmashtami festival was the inspiration for their drama, comparing the divine leelas of Krishna and Sai. Swami arrived from His residence at 4 o’clock, and after an hour in the interview room, emerged to come onstage. There, He Blessed the various items brought to Him before the program commenced at 5.15 pm. As the last song of the 45 minute dance drama was being played, a jhoola was kept in the centre of Sai Kulwant Hall and the devotees prayed that Swami sit in the jhoola. Bhagawan graciously came down from the stage and posed for group photographs in front of the jhoola. He then interacted with the group for nearly twenty minutes, giving clothes to the children, getting prasadam distributed to them. After a brief visit to the interview room, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 6.30 pm.

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How The Faith Of Little Mayan Gave Her A New Life

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

How The Faith Of Little Mayan Gave Her A New Life
Howard Murphet and his wife Iris met the Harrison family in 1976 and through them could see the unfolding of ‘a great Australian miracle’. For a detailed account of this incident, over to Howard Murphet:

Early in 1976 in Australia my wife and I became acquainted with Pearl Harrison, a retired secretary of the medical faculty of a university in Sydney. At first we thought this seemed to be just a chance meeting, but later we wondered.

At that time the manuscript of my book ‘Sai Baba Avatar’, after much rewriting, was ready for the final, publisher’s draft. Pearl, although busy with volunteer welfare work, expressed a desire to type the manuscript. Why she should have this desire she did not understand, but she does now.

Anyway, arrangements were made for her to do the typing, and thus she was introduced to the miracles of Sathya Sai Baba. One of her two grand daughters, eight-year-old Mayan Waynberg would, at times, help Pearl by reading aloud the material to be typed. While the grandmother felt sceptical about the miracles, the granddaughter accepted them without question. To the child they seemed quite natural.

The typing of the first few chapters had been completed when Mayan, who had lately been looking very pale and had been bruising too easily, was taken to a doctor for a blood test. The doctor was appalled at the results. He phoned Mayan’s mother, Helen Waynberg, and strongly advised that the child should be collected from her school and taken home to rest without delay. He also made immediate arrangements for her to be given a bone-marrow test at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

At this stage the family became very worried indeed. Pearl told me about it when I called to find out how the typing was progressing. I could see she was afraid, very afraid, that her little granddaughter might have some drastic, killer disease, like leukemia. It proved not to be leukemia, but something equally lethal – aplastic anaemia, in which the bone-marrow fails to produce the vital blood components in sufficient quantity to maintain health and life.

Her blood picture at that time showed the haemoglobin count at less than half normality, the white components of the blood about a third the normal level and the platelets way down to one-fifteenth of the normal count. Mayan was put under the care of a specialist who told her mother that the only treatment was the use of certain drugs, one a male hormone named Prednisolone and another, Fluoxymesterone.

From both of these, distressing side effects could be expected, such as stunting the child’s growth, causing puffiness and obesity, hair growth on the face while causing baldness on the head. The patient would need to have constant blood and bone marrow tests to monitor her condition. As Mayan had a deep phobia about needles piercing her skin and blood vessels, this was a frightful ordeal for her and everyone else concerned.

But the most tragic part of the situation was that, after going through this treatment and suffering its side effects, she would still not be cured. The best that could be expected was a few more years of life, with very limited activity. The drug therapy was not a cure, the elders were told; all it could do was to delay the inevitable for a time. No one could say how long that period would be.

In this sad situation Pearl thought about the Sai miracles she had been typing. She writes:

“I must admit to complete lack of faith in religion, considering myself a Jewess by tradition but not by observance. I had typed about many miracles that Sai Baba had performed, and had thought how interesting it all sounded intellectually, but had not this dreadful illness occurred to my own granddaughter, I might have let it go at that.

Then it was as if my mind suddenly opened with a jerk, and I began to think that perhaps there was something real in all I had typed. Howard and Iris Murphet were most concerned when I told, them about Mayan. They said they would bring some Vibhuti over and Mayan could start taking it immediately.”

It has often been said and written that Sai Baba is specially interested in anyone in whom his devotees are interested. So the link was there. Yet, I remembered him saying emphatically that two necessary ingredients of divine healing are faith and surrender. Could we find such ingredients in this Sydney suburban home, where no one seemed to have religious or spiritual interests, and Sai Baba was a remote, almost fictional, figure in a far-off foreign country?

Well, we could but try. To Mayan I said earnestly, ‘You must really and truly believe in the power of Sai Baba!’

‘Oh, but I do’, she replied, and in the way she said it I sensed the simple, child-like faith that Christ had put of first importance.

A little later, Grandfather Jack Harrison made me feel that he too may be fertile soil for faith. He said, standing in the garden of their home, ‘I am going to India as soon as I can to thank Sai Baba for curing Mayan.’ He did not say, ‘If he cures her.’ The Sai treatment had hardly begun, yet he seemed to have no doubts about its effectiveness.

We may be born with faith, that inner certainty of the omnipotent Supreme, or we may acquire it, but we can never acquire it through reasoning and logic. In fact, the reasoning mind can be a handicap, blocking the birth of the deeper knowledge that men call faith.

Grandmother Pearl had her intellectual barriers but a very warm heart. Mother Helen was non-committal. Judging by her talk, she was atheistic but she was willing to try the Vibhuti treatment. We kept assuring the family of the importance of prayer – constant prayer. They agreed to pray to Swami for His help. My wife and I prayed to Him fervently and regularly.

There was, however, an urgent question to be answered. We knew from studying many cases that Swami sometimes cures people through drugs prescribed by doctors, while preventing any bad side effects. Sometimes, on the other hand, He will not let drugs be used at all. What would be His Will in the case of Mayan?

The only way to be sure was to ask Him. In the meantime, we thought, it would be best to let the child start the drug therapy, particularly as the doctors had said that no side-effects would become evident for about three months. We had to find some way of asking Swami the vital question as soon as possible. He must be asked directly.

By a stroke of good fortune, our friend Lynette Penrose was about to set off on a visit to Sai Baba. Incidentally, it had been in Lynette’s home in Balmain that we first began Sai meetings in Sydney. Lynette agreed to take to Swami a photograph of Mayan, and letters asking the vital question about drug treatment. We hoped, moreover, that she would have the opportunity of asking Him this question, herself, orally. She went off to India, and we all eagerly awaited word from her. It was not long before an airmail letter arrived.

Lynette told us that she had been granted an interview and had given the photograph and letters to Swami. When He looked at the photograph, she wrote, ‘His face had become very, very soft and compassionate.’ About the drug therapy His reply was, ‘No, no drugs, just Vibhuti in water twice a day.’

Pearl Harrison writes: ‘When this message came back, we had to decide whether to take her off the drugs and give her Vibhuti only.’

Mayan made up our minds for us. She said, ‘If Sai Baba says I should not take drugs, then I won’t take them.’

So after just three weeks on the drugs, she went off them and took nothing but Vibhuti from then on. This was putting complete faith in the healing power of someone no member of the family had ever seen, except in photographs.

We felt some responsibility as we had been the channel through which they had heard of Sai Baba. All we could do was to hold fast to our own trust and faith in the Lord. Then we thought of something that might help at the receiving end of the divine healing ray. We suggested that they start holding Sathya Sai meetings at the Harrison home in Greenacre. They readily agreed to this, and their house in Latvia Street became the second centre opened in Sydney for Bhajans and study.

The meetings were a success from the start, people coming from all parts of the metropolitan area, and from distant places in the Blue Mountains and the south coast. Soon Jack Harrison decided to convert his large garage into a Sai temple, buying a new carport to shelter his car. Within the Sai temple, lined and decorated with the help of devotees, a beautiful shrine was erected. The place acquired a sacred atmosphere and the size of the group expanded. It was surprising to see, both at the Greenacre temple and at Balmain, how quickly and wholeheartedly the Australians took to singing Bhajans.

Many learned to lead (the Bhajans), the child Mayan being one of them. Mayan’s health was soon showing a steady improvement. The family decided it might be better to let the doctors think, for the time being, that Mayan was taking their drugs. Every two weeks she was given a blood test at the hospital, and the medical people were delighted at the results. No doubt they were surprised too.

There was a dramatic rise in her red blood cell count, a good improvement in the number of white cells, and the platelet count was creeping upwards. After a few months of the Sai Vibhuti treatment, with no medical assistance whatever, the red and white cell count was back to normal. The doctors then decided that tests could be taken every two months only, instead of every two weeks as before.

Her platelets, in these tests, showed a rise of about 10,000 every two months. The doctors had earlier examined Mayan’s sister, Alona, who is about a year the senior, for bone-marrow compatibility with that of Mayan. When the results were known, and it was found that the sister’s bone-marrow was compatible, they advised a bone-marrow graft.

Even though Mayan’s condition was showing satisfactory improvement, the platelets were still far from normal, and it was felt that such a graft would help in arresting the disease. Thus another question was posed to the family and to us – should the operation be performed?

Fortunately another Australian devotee, just leaving at this time for Puttaparti, was able to ask Swami directly if the operation should be done or not. Swami’s reply was definite: ‘She is getting better and will soon be completely well. There is no need for such an operation.’

The news came back to Greenacre quickly, and immediately it was decided, to the great relief of Mayan, and indeed to all concerned, that there would be no operation. The family felt confident now that nothing was needed but Swami’s power, coming through the Vibhuti, to bring Mayan’s platelets up to normal, and so create a perfectly healthy blood picture.

But though climbing, the platelets were not normal when my wife and I left for India early in 1978. However, before we had an opportunity to speak to Swami about the case, we received a letter from grandmother Pearl, telling us that Mayan’s last blood test, given after we left had shown her platelet count up to normal – in fact, at 174,000, it was better than normal.

The child was completely cured of her ‘incurable’ disease. Early the next year Jack and Pearl did what he had declared he would do even before the treatment had begun. They came, bringing the two granddaughters, to thank Swami personally for the wonderful, miraculous cure. The family also, at the end, told the specialist in charge of the case that sacred Vibhuti had been substituted for the drugs he had prescribed. He was not so shocked as they had expected.

In fact, he said: ‘I thought it must be something like that as there were no side-effects.‘ Then he added, ‘My mother believes in spiritual healing.’ The doctor kindly gave the family all the figures of Mayan’s blood tests as documentary evidence. He also agreed to accept a copy of the book, ‘SaiBaba: Man of Miracles’.

When Pearl handed it to him, she said: ‘now don’t let it just lie on the shelf; read it, and then pass it on to somebody else. If you feel you don’t want to read it, please send it back to me.’ It has never come back.

Reference: “Sai Baba: Invitation To Glory” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 33-41. Published by Macmillan India Ltd, 1982.

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How Shiv Kumar Regained His Sight, Speech And Movement

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Sathya Sai Baba

How Shiv Kumar Regained His Sight, Speech And Movement
Howard Murphet records this miracle in his book “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” thus:

A remarkable case involving the use of Vibhuti at a distance concerns a fourteen year old boy named Shiva Kumar who suffered from heart trouble. In November 1964, when Shiva Kumar was staying with his uncle Dr. M. D. V. Raman in Bombay, he developed cerebrospinal meningitis, with partial paralysis of the left side, and loss of both sight and speech.

On November 30th he became unconscious, and at 11.45 that morning cyanosis intervened and the boy turned blue. The Doctors gave him only a few hours to live.

But at noon he seemed to be making signs as if he wanted something. The people present interpreted his signs to mean that he would like a bath and some of the Vibhuti, which had been brought by a friend from Puttaparti that morning. They did as he requested, bathing him and applying the consecrated ash.

Next, he made signs that he wanted a photograph of Sathya Sai Baba. This was brought, and set in front of him. Then Shiva rubbed his paralysed left leg and arm with his good right hand. Suddenly, he got off the bed and walked, albeit falteringly, and with assistance, into the family puja room.

There he sat near the altar and seemed to go into a state of meditation. This went on for about two hours; then Shiva walked from the puja room, this time unaided, looked about, went over to a chair and sat in it. Evidently his eyesight had returned; and then he spoke!

He told those present that Sai Baba had appeared to him in a vision, saying that his life would be saved. Shiva had begged to have his sight and speech back too, and Baba had granted the prayer, telling him just what to do. Soon afterwards, Shiva was able to return to school and the studies he loved.

When these facts were reported, over a year after the miracle cure took place, Shiva was still in the best of health. This story was first published in the magazine, Sanathana Sarathi (The monthly magazine published by Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust)

Reference: “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 120 (Paperback Edition). Published by Macmillan India Ltd, 1972.

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Kumar Vijender Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Boxing For India

Kumar Vijender Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Boxing For India

Vijender Kumar secures India’s first boxing medal
BEIJING (Reuters) – Middleweight Vijender Kumar secured India’s first boxing medal when he outpointed Ecuador’s Carlos Goncora in the Beijing quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Kumar extended an impressive run by winning a 9-4 points decision to reach the last four and make sure of at least a bronze.

Since first sending seven boxers to the 1948 Games in London, the Indians have failed to reach the medal rounds in all 12 Olympics they have participated in.

Cheered on by a small but raucous Indian contingent at the Workers’ Gymnasium, the 23-year-old took a 2-0 lead in the first round and firmly defended it in the three close rounds that followed.

“It was a very tough bout and I want to do better next time,” Kumar, who was mobbed by thrilled Indian supporters after his win, told Reuters.

“Everybody is very excited and the whole of India was watching on television,” he added. “This is a historic moment in my life.”

Kumar might struggle in his semi-final against Cuba’s Emilio Correa, who advanced by outpointing Uzbek Elshod Rasulov 9-7. (Reference)

Vijender gets to fly free for life with SpiceJet
New Delhi, August 22: Low-cost airlines SpiceJet on Friday announced boxer Vijender Kumar can fly for life in their domestic flights in recognition of his historic feat of winning a bronze in Beijing Olympics.
Vijender became the first ever Indian to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in 75kg category in Beijing Olympics.

The airlines has earlier honoured Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar with the same offers after their gold (in shooting) and bronze (in wrestling) winning feats respectively.

Vijender can now travel free on SpiceJet’s domestic network all his life, SpiceJet Chief Commercial Officer Samyukth Sridharan said in a release.

“We are delighted to welcome Vijender into our family of SpiceJetters by offering him unlimited free personal travel for life along with Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar. Sportsmen like Vijender Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Abhinav Bindra have made us proud and will help more people to focus on their dream,” Sridharan said. (Reference)

Boxer Vijender Kumar enters quarters
Continuing the stupendous show of Indian boxers, Vijender Kumar stormed into the quarterfinals of 75kg middleweight event of the Beijing Olympics after overwhelming Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 in a lop-sided pre-quarterfinal bout on Saturday.

With this win, he became the third Indian boxer to enter the quarterfinals. Jitender Kumar (Flyweight category) and Akhil Kumar (Bantamweight category) are the other two Indian pugilist to make it to the quarterfinals. While Vijender and Jitender will play their respective quarterfinals on Wednesday, Akhil plays his on Monday.

Vijender attacked from the word ‘go’ and dominated the middleweight bout. His sharp reflexes and height didnot allow the Thai pugilist to overpower him in any of the four rounds. The Indian unleashed mostly upper cuts and jabs and the Thai had no clue as to what was going.

In the first round, he led 2-0. In the second round, however, Angkhan opened his account and managed to grab a point but Vijender had four punches on target and led 6-1. In the third round he did not allow his opponent any point and extended his lead to 10-1.

The Thai boxer made some recovery in the fourth round and earned 2 points but it came too late and Vijender had three accurate punches in comparison to Angkhan’s two punches, taking his total to 13-3.

The one-sided show from Vijender drew praise from his coach GS Sandhu who said things worked out according to the plan.

“It was a great bout and Vijender displayed his full bag of tricks. It went just as we had planned,” an elated coach GS Sandhu said.

“Vijender was in full control and not for once did he look vulnerable. Whatever we planned bore fruit and I’m proud of the way he fought today,” he added.

Asked about Vijender’s next bout, Sandhu said, “He has not played against him (Carlos Gongora) but we have certain plans and you will see it in the quarterfinal bout itself.” (Reference)

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India's Kumar Vijender (L) is declared winner after defeating Thailand's Angkan Chomphuphuang during their 2008 Olympic Games Middleweight (75 kg) boxing bout on August 16, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

India's Kumar Vijender (L) is declared winner after defeating Thailand's Angkan Chomphuphuang during their 2008 Olympic Games Middleweight (75 kg) boxing bout on August 16, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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How Sathya Sai Baba's Vibhuti Allowed Sunil Gavaskar To Play In Australia

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

How Sathya Sai Baba’s Vibhuti Allowed Sunil Gavaskar To Play In Australia
Shammi Paranjape, a close relative of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar (sister-in-law), shares this amazing episode that happened miles away down under in Australia:

“One of the very first experiences Sunil Gavaskar had was during the Indian tour of Australia in 1977, when Bishen Singh Bedi was captain of the Indian cricket team.

During the three-day match against Victoria, Sunil slipped on the ground while fielding and tore a muscle in his thigh. It turned out to be a severe injury. In those days, the Indian team did not have a physiotherapist traveling with them, so Sunil’s injury was shown to the home team’s physiotherapist.

After he was examined, Sunil was informed that it was a severely torn muscle and he would be out of the game for the next six weeks. This was a big blow as the next Test match was starting within a week’s time.

Sunil was in excruciating pain and unable to stand or put any pressure on the right leg. He phoned Pammi (his wife) in India and informed her about this development. Pammi immediately told him, ‘Apply Sathya Sai Baba’s Vibhuti’.

Sunil said that he had none with him. ‘I’ll send you some right away. Apply it in the affected area, I’m sure it will work’, she replied.

The prospect of Sunil being fit enough to play for the next Test, which was four days away, seemed a total impossibility, so he was not picked for that particular match in the Test squad. In the meanwhile, Sushil Doshi, one of the Hindi commentators of All India Radio happened to be leaving for Australia.

Pammi arranged to send Baba’s Vibhuti through him. Sushil Doshi arrived two days prior to the Test match in Brisbane and handed over the Vibhuti packet to Sunil. Sunil, who was still hobbling around with that painful leg immediately applied almost half of the Vibhuti packet on the affected area hoping for a miracle.”

For what happened next, let Sunil Gavaskar himself relate (From an article Sunil had written for the November 2000 issue of Sanathana Sarathi – the Ashram Magazine):

“After I started applying Vibhuti, there was marked improvement and on the eve of the Test Match, I requested the team management not to rule me out but to have a fitness test on the morning of the Test Match. From barely being able to put weight on my leg, I was able to walk comfortably in just two days. But there was a stiff soreness that was worrying.

On the morning of the match, I applied Vibhuti to the leg and went to the ground. That was going to be my first attempt to try and run after a gap of eight days.

Even as I stepped on to the ground to give my fitness trial, I realised that the stiffness was almost gone. At the Queensland Cricket Ground in those days, you had to descend a few steps to the ground and it was these few steps which were painful previously, and I had to walk down gingerly. But on this day, I felt confident enough getting down these steps normally.

I took a light jog around the ground and with every stride I could feel the soreness going away. Though I did not do anything silly as a quick dash or sprint, I felt confident enough to play in the Test and so informed the management who accepted it and included me in the playing eleven. It was unbelievable.”

Incidentally, Sunil went on to score his eleventh Test century in that match!

Reference: “Blossoms in the Eternal Spring” by Mrs. Shammi Paranjape. Page: 16-17. Published by Rupa and Co., 2004.

Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar

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Arathi / Aarti To Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Aarti

Sathya Sai Aarti

Arathi / Aarti To Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Om Jai Jagadeesha Harey
Swaamee Sathya Sai Harey
Bhakta Janaa Samrakshaka
Partee Maheshwaraa
Om Jai Jagadeesha Harey

Victory to the Lord of the Universe, Lord Sathya Sai, who destroys grief, evil and the miseries of life and who guards and protects devotees. Victory to the Lord of the Universe, Lord of Puttaparthi.

Shashi Vadanaa Shreekaraa Sarvaa Prana Patey
Swaamee Sarvaa Praana Patey
Aashrita Kalpalateekaa Aapad Baandhavaa.
Om Jai Jagadesha Harey

Graceful and charming as a full Moon, O Auspicious One! O Lord Sai! Thou art the Indweller and Life-force of all Beings, the Wish-fulfilling Divine creeper to those, who have surrended to Thee. Thou art Kinsman, Protector and Friend in times of distress and calamities. Victory to the Lord of the Universe.

Maata Pitaa Guru Daivam Maree Antayu Neevey
Swaamee Maree Antayu Neevey
Naada Brahma Jaganaaathaa Naagendra Shayanaa
Om Jai Jagadesha Harey

O Lord Sai! Thou art Mother, Father, Noble Teacher, Supreme Divinity and everything to us. O Lord of the Universe! Thou art the Primeval Sound and Thou art reclined on the coiled serpent. (Reference here is to Lord Vishnu lying on the coiled serpent Shesha Naaga, in the Ocean of Milk – Ksheera Saagara).

Omkaara Roopa Ojaswee Om Sai Mahaadevaa
Sathya Sai Mahaadevaa
Mangal Aaratee Anduko Mandara Giridhaaree
Om Jai Jagadesha Harey

O Splendorous One! O Lord of Lords – Lord Sai! Thy Form is the Praanava. OM. We pray Thee to accept this auspicious waving of the flame or light (signifying the removal of ignorance) Victory to Thee, O Lord of the universe who (as Kurmaavataara) supported the Mandara Mountain during the churning of the Milky Ocean.

Narayana Narayana Om
Sathya Narayana Narayana Om
Narayana Narayana Om
Sathya Narayana Narayana Om
Sathya Narayana Narayana Om
Om Jai Sad Guru Devaa

Chant the name of Lord Sathya Sai Narayana, whose Form is the Praanava. Victory to the Noble Teacher and Supreme Lord Shri Sai Sathya Sai.

Notes :
Arathi is the finale of a Sai Bhajan session when a camphor flame is waved in front of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba or His picture. Indeed, in any Hindu home or temple, the arathi signals the culmination of a ritual worship. This is because all rituals are the means to have the Darshan of God and the pure camphor (which does not leave any residue after burning) symbolises the total dedication of the devotee whose only aim is to serve the Lord and not leave behind a name or anything else to be remembered by. It is through the lives of such devotees, one can best ‘see’ God and understand His true nature and teachings.

Since the general meaning of the Arati song is given above, let us here consider in detail only the meanings and implications of the key words or phrases in it: This will facilitate the chanting with fervour and purpose rather than as a mechanical routine.

Every stanza in the song ends with the words “Om Jai Jagadeesa Harey” expressing the deep desire of the devotees that God (denoted by His sound symbol Om) must be victorious over the degrading forces of the world and assert His rule over it. Its purport is similar to the expression in the Lord’s prayer, “Thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. (Mathew 6:10)

In the first stanza, the Lord is described as ‘Bhakta Jana Samrakshaka’ that is, as the one who protects all the people devoted to Him. A discerning and unbiased person may have doubts regarding this statement. After all any number of cases can be cited where devotees have succumbed to illness or died in accidents just as any number of cases can be cited in which devotees have been saved from dangerous accidents or ailments. Evidently not all devotees are protected well enough.

However imagine the following situations: a steel safe is stolen and the police recover the money and precious jewels kept in it but not the safe itself. Should the police be thanked for the good job done or blamed for not securing the safe?

Again let a patient go to a doctor with some minor skin problem together with a sprain in the leg. Assume that on examination, the doctor happens to find that the patient is having a serious heart problem, which has to be attended to immediately. So, suppose the doctor without informing the patient (to avoid alarming him) sends him to the ICU for cardiac treatment, ignoring his other complaints. Has the doctor taken proper care of the patient or not?

Similarly, the omniscient Bhagawan Baba knows what is good for the soul. He knows what is best in view of the karma of the past and tendencies in the future (births). He does indeed what is best to the devotee and what is divinely right and just in the given circumstances. It is reported how in several cases He has pointed out to the relatives of deceased persons that He could have prevented the mishaps but let them happen in their particular cases only due to considerations of long range benefits and justice. In sum, therefore, it can be asserted that Bhagawan indeed protects well all His devotees taking into account all the various aspects of life. That is how Rama allowed his wife Sita to be abducted by Ravana, the demon-king; how Krishna allowed the only son of his great devotee Arjuna to be killed in battle; how Jesus allowed himself to be crucified though he knew about it in advance, and so on.

Next let us consider the statement in the third stanza viz., “Aasritha Kalpalatheeka” which means that the Lord Sai fulfills all our wishes like the mythical creeper of the heavens. Again this also can be questioned: does the Lord grant us all that we seek from him?

Indeed He does, if we go by the published and privately intimated experiences of many devotees. But in many other cases, apparently, “man proposes but God disposes.” However when one is patient and faithful enough, it will be discovered that the granting of devotees’ desires is only postponed – not denied: what was desired was not deserved or desirable at that point of time.

In the third stanza, the devotee claims that Baba is his mother, father, spiritual teacher and chosen deity. In a gathering of the office-bearers of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations sometime in the 1980s, Bhagawan quoted this and asked, “If you are sincere in regarding me as your mother and father, what are you? Are you not my sons and daughters? Are you conducting yourselves in accordance with that status? Are you behaving like brothers and sisters in the Organisation?” Let us have some introspection now and then on that.

In the fourth stanza, the Lord is described as the very personification of the mystic sound OM, with spiritual splendour and a shining aura all over Him. He is requested to accept the Mangala Arathi shown to him. Mangala means auspicious. How this word is derived? ‘maam galanaa’ is Mangalam i.e.; the dropping of ego is auspiciousness! Egolessness symbolised by the totally self-sacrificing camphor kindles the inner light and the awareness of the true and Eternal Self dawns in the devotee. That is the real culmination of the arathi ritual. What remains then? Only the awareness of the omnipresent God manifesting with different forms and names everywhere! The word ‘Narayana’ means the one who is within and without of all that is created (Ref: Narayana Upanishad 13:1 & 2) Hence the repetition of that name at the end of the arathi. Let us realise all this and be in harmony and peace with everyone and everything around us.

Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi.

— O. P. Vidayakar

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Sushil Kumar Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Wrestling For India

Sushil Kumar Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Wrestling For India

Sushil Kumar Bronze Medal

Sushil Kumar Bronze Medal

Sushil, my father deserve highest honour: first bronze winner’s son
August 20th, 2008 – 7:31 pm ICT by IANS

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) “Sushil Kumar deserves the highest accolades for his achievement. This is also the time for the government to consider an honour like Bharat Ratna for Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, who had bagged India’s first individual Olympic bronze medal way back in 1952,” says Ranjit Jadhav, the son of the late Olympian. Ranjit, 36, demanded that the Indian government and concerned sports authorities consider his father’s contribution to sports by securing independent India’s first individual Olympic medal against all odds, by giving him the country’s top civilian honour posthumously and erecting a monument or naming a major sports body after him.

Ranjit – who has set up the “K.D.Jadhav Memorial Wrestling Foundation” in 2003 – said that it is striving to train wrestlers and the target is an individual gold in the sport by the 2012 Olympics.

Ranjit, a businessman-cum-farmer tending to farms in western Maharashtra’s Karad district, said that big corporate houses like the Mittals and Tatas should also look at individuals like him dedicated to nurturing sports talent, who continue to struggle for resources.

The late K. D. Jadhav had bagged the medal at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, after a failed attempt in the 1948 London Olympics. In order to participate in the event, he begged door-to-door for contributions for his travel, lodging and boarding expenses.

The officialdom did not help then either. When he had approached the then chief minister of Bombay state, the late Morarji Desai for financial help, he was told to “come back” after the Olympics, Ranjit pointed out.

Later, when K.D. Jadhav returned with the medal, the same Morarji Desai – who later became India’s prime minister – had publicly garlanded him, said Ranjit.

Ranjit recalled that despite bagging the medal, his father remained jobless for almost three years and tended to their small farm in Goleshwar village in Karad district, in the sugar belt of western Maharashtra.

In 1955, the then Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Narayanrao Kamte was touring the region when some villagers told him about K.D. Jadhav’s plight.

Kamte arranged to get the Olympic medallist with a postgraduate degree in law a job as a police sub-inspector on a salary of Rs.150 (almost $4) per month.

Jadhav retired as Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai in 1983. It was his first and last promotion in the police career, said Ranjit bitterly.

“As per the pay scales then, my father’s last salary was Rs.1,783 (nearly $45) per month. All his other dues, including provident fund, came to Rs.75,000, which he invested to lay water pipeline in our ancestral farms,” said Ranjit. He was barely 11 at that time.

K.D. Jadhav took a loan of Rs.20,000 from the Bank of Karad to build a brick and mortar home in his village. While the construction work was in the final stages, he had an accident and succumbed to his injuries on Aug 14, 1984.

“Our financial condition was so bad that an amount of Rs.5,000, unspent on the house, had to be utilized for his final rites,” Ranjit said.

His wife, Kusum, looked after their only son Ranjit until her death in 2006.

The first official recognition for K.D. Jadhav’s historic individual achievement came 10 years later – when he was awarded the Shiv Chhatrapati Award.

Ranjit said that though persons like Leander Paes (Bronze at 1996 Atlanta Olympics), Abhinav Bindra (Gold at 2008 Beijing Olympics) and Sushil Kumar (Bronze at 2008 Beijing Olympics) are outstanding, they pale in comparison to the sheer efforts behind his father’s quest for a medal.

“There was no sponsorship, no official help. Villagers helped with small individual contributions. There was no professional coaching or a diet regimen. They lived and travelled under pathetic conditions. Communications were poor. This is the right time for the government to consider a major honour for K.D. Jadhav,” he urged.

Speaking about wrestling in Maharashtra, he said that it was popular in most villages but Kolhapur, Pune and Amravati were the biggest centres. “Unfortunately, our wrestlers only aim for the ‘Maharashtra Kesri’ award. They do not even aim at “Rustom-E-Hind’, the country’s top award in this sport. The Commonwealth or Olympics are too distant for them,” Ranjit said.

He said the people and the system must “come out” of the mindset and set high targets if they want big achievements, and the the authorities must immediately honour the achievers. “Don’t wait for them to die in penury or honour them posthumously.” (Reference)

Delhi government announces Rs.50 lakh for wrestler Sushil
20 Aug 2008, 1549 hrs IST,IANS

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit Wednesday announced a cash award of Rs.5 million for Olympic bronze medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar.

“It is a great achievement for Sushil. He is the new icon for Delhi and I will give him a cash award of Rs.5 million. If he doesn’t have a job I will provide him with one and if he has one he will get an out-of-turn promotion. His coach Satpal will also get promotion,” Dixit told a TV channel.

Sushil defeated Leonid Spiridonov of Kazakhstan in the men’s freestyle (66kg) repechage round to grab the bronze. This is the second medal for India at the Beijing Olympics after shooter Abhinav Bindra claimed the first ever individual Olympic gold for India. (Reference)

Sushil wrestles bronze, wins India’s 2nd medal

Beijing: Wrestler Sushil Kumar gave India one more reason to won cheer when he won the bronze medal in the freestyle 66kg category at the Beijing Olympics on Wednesday.

Sushil defeated Leonid Spiridonov of Kazakhstan 3-1 in the repechage match of the men’s freestyle wrestling 66kg to win India’s India’s first wrestling medal since the 1952 Helsinki Games.

He is only the second Indian wrestler after Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav to win an Olympic medal. Jadhav had won a bronze medal in the 1952 Games.

In the earlier rounds of repechage Sushil overcame the challenge of USA’s Doug Schwab and Belarrussian Albert Batyrov in the first two repechage rounds.

Sushil had lost to Ukrainian Andriy Stadnik in his quarter-final bout. (Reference)

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Kazakhstan's Leonid Spiridonov (top) grimaces as he wrestles India's Sushil Kumar (bottom) in the men's freestyle 66kg bronze medal wrestling match at the Aspire Hall for the 15th Asian Games in Doha, 14 December 2006.  South Korea's Baek Jin-Kuk defeated Japan's Takafumi Kojima for the gold, with India's Sushil Kumar and Mongolia's Batzorig Buyanjav taking bronze. AFP PHOTO/RABIH MOGHRABI

Kazakhstan's Leonid Spiridonov (top) grimaces as he wrestles India's Sushil Kumar (bottom) in the men's freestyle 66kg bronze medal wrestling match at the Aspire Hall for the 15th Asian Games in Doha, 14 December 2006. South Korea's Baek Jin-Kuk defeated Japan's Takafumi Kojima for the gold, with India's Sushil Kumar and Mongolia's Batzorig Buyanjav taking bronze. AFP PHOTO/RABIH MOGHRABI

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