What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get.- Sri Shirdi Sai Baba.
Our mandir is located close to the Vasantha Vallabharaya mandir which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The mandir is believed to be more than a 1000 years old. In the early sixties, Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji used to visit the mandir with a group of devotees. They would recite the Vishnu Sahasranama in the mandir premises. Swamiji often came by himself and meditated solitarily.
It is said that one day, Swamiji pointed to a patch of land near the od shrine and said, Baba's mandir will come here. At this very place. He told the other devotees that he had a vision of Baba standing there, at exactly the same Spiritual Centre at Vasanthapura. On seeing Swamiji͛s devotion, the good-natured owner of the land gifted it to Swamiji. On this holy spot, a magnificent Sai Baba mandir came up on 22nd August, 2004. In the past ten years, this Centre has attracted millions of devotees. The mandir is so spiritually uplifting, it sanctifies the entire neighbourhood.
The daily programme of the centre consists mainly of pooja, recitation of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama and bhajans. In addition, Rudrabhisheka and special pujas are conducted on Mondays and Thursdays and ͚Gau-puja͛ on Fridays.
On special occasions like Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji͛s Aradhana, Maha Shivarathri, Baba's Birthday, Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji͛s Jayanthi, Guru Poornima, Sri Narasimha Swamiji͛s Birthday, Baba's Mahasamadhi, Sri Narasimha Swamiji͛s Aradhana, Mandir Anniversary special poojas and homas, cultural programmes, discourses are conducted.
Not much is known about the early years of the austere man who suddenly appeared one day in 1856 at Shirdi in Nasik. No one knew his birth, parentage, religion or antecedents. However, for those millions of devotees who came to know him closely through the years that followed, through his teachings, prayers and miracles, these things did not matter.
What mattered was that anyone who prayed to God in His name was blessed.
Sri Sai Baba's devotees have been receiving powerful blessings through complete surrender to his spirit, to lead them to their destined path. They are blessed with freedom from mental, spiritual, physical and material worries. No wonder then that millions come from all over the world to offer their devotion to him – through prayer and through charitable deeds that he is so famous for.
In Shirdi, Sri Sai Baba lived the life of an ascetic. He owned no worldly possessions. Of his most notable qualities, the abundance of Love was his most intense quality. He embodied it and showered his love on all. Baba was above all, humble and ever willing to help anyone in need. If he heard of any suffering in Shirdi, he would present himself there to relieve the person of pain.
News of Baba's miracles spread far and wide. He always had a fire (dhuni) burning by his side. The ashes of that fire were given as vibuthi to his devotees and followers. The vibuthi had miraculous powers of healing and ushering the well-being of the people who smeared it. When Baba predicted that there would be water inside a rock, water was found there! He revived sick people. Sri Sai Baba also left his own body for three days in a state of death and re-entered his body on the fourth day. After this he lived on for thirty two years and finally left his earthly body on October 15th, 1918.
Baba's message of universal love reached all corners of India and the world. Even to date, Sri Sai Baba's figure is seen by devotees around the world, assuring them that he will always be by their side in times of need.
An acknowledged Samartha Sadguru, Sri Sai Baba's whole life was an embodiment of generosity and charity. His true appreciation of those who follow his path and help others can be seen reflected in the happiness and peace of mind that his generous devotees enjoy.
Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji was born on 15th April, 1906, in Poyyamani Village in Tamil Nadu . As a child, he had a deep connect with nature and a deep interest in spirituality. He often visited mandirs and met sadhus, and read books on religion by the great saints of India.
He was deeply influenced by the Kanchi Mutt and Kanchi acharya. Young Radhakrishnan visited several religious places in and around Pune, when he went to meet his brother. At this time, he even lived in a cave for 48 days. On the 46th day, Lord Dattatreya appeared before him and asked him to go back to worldly life and help others.
Radhakrishnan went to Ooty in 1921 and he was there till 1942. He spent time at the Shiva (his family diety) mandir. He identified himself with Radha, Krisha and Kamakshi and would dance in complete surrender during bhajans. He loved music and could sing Thyagaraja and Purandhara Dasa "Kirthans". He widely read books on saints like Raghavendra, Sadashiva Brahmendra, Chaithanya Mahaprabhu etc.
One day, he met Ramana Maharshi and Seshadri Swamigal at Thiruvannamalai. Seshadri Swamigal gave Radhakrishnan three stones and asked him to cook and eat them. Radhakrishnan interpreted this as a message that he should go beyond the earthly realms of "Sattva", "Rajas" and "Tamas", to become a "Gunatheetha”.
Although he was in search of the divine, he was a very disturbed man. Radhakrishnan contemplated suicide while travelling on a train from Trichy to Madras. As the train was crossing the Coleroon River near Chidambaram, he opened the door and was about to jump into the river, when he felt someone pulling him back. He saw an old man with his head covered telling him not to do it, as he had a mission in life. Later, he realized it was Baba.
In 1942, after a meeting with Sri Narasimha Swamiji, his search for the "Guru" was over. He became Sri Narasimha Swamiji͛s disciple and spiritual heir. His surrender to Sri Narasimha Swamiji was so complete, so much so, in 1952, when Sri Narasimha Swamiji deputed Radhakrishnan to Bangalore for Sai Prachar work in Karnataka, he willingly obliged. In 1953 Sri Narasimha Swamiji conferred him with the title "Saipadananda" –a Guru's appreciation of a devoted disciple.
On 19th October, 1965, when Sri Narasimha Swamiji left his mortal body, he transferred all his spiritual powers to Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji. Sai Baba gave Self Realization to Sri Narasimha Swamiji and this gift was given to Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji
In 1956, Swamiji moved to an upstair room of a house near the N.R. Colony bus stop. This room became the home of Sri Sai Spiritual Centre for seven years until a permanent building for the centre was constructed.
Swamij believed that chanting of Vishnu Sahasranama was the way to find peace. A prolific writer, his only book was on the life of Sri Narasimha Swamiji. He was a true follower of his guru and was an apostle of love. His universality is depicted in the divine incantation which he wrote:
Download Prayer Audio May the wicked turn good; May the good attain peace; May the peaceful be freed from all bondage and May the liberated redeem others. May everybody be happy; May everybody be free from disease; May everybody have good luck; May none fall on evil days. May everybody surmount difficulties; May everybody have good fortune; May everybody realise his ambitions; May everybody rejoice everywhere.
Swamiji devoted his life to spreading the teachings of Baba. There is not even a single devotee of his who has not been blessed by his grace, either spiritually or in material benefit. His devotees continue to receive his blessings even today.
On Uttarayana day, January 14, 1980, Swamiji decided it was time to merge with Sai Baba. Chanting and praying till the end, he drew his last breath with a farewell benediction.
Although Swamiji is not present in flesh and blood, his devotees feel his protective presence and his guidance at the centre and in times of distress and want. Many have had visions of him in their dreams, encouraging them and advising on their problems. His guiding hand and loving eyes hover over every home of his devotees reminding us of Baba's Words: "Why fear when I am here".
If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit..- Sri Shirdi Sai Baba.
Sri Narasimha Swamiji, was born on 21st August, 1874 at Bhavani in Tamil Nadu. He was named Narasimha. He completed his schooling at Salem and then pursued Law at Madras. In 1900, he started law practice and then went on to become President of Salem Municipality and Member of Madras Legislature, where he gained fame and fortune.
A terrible tragedy in 1921 in which he lost two children left him distraught. He gave up his practice and retired from political life. He then renounced life of a householder and travelled in search of spirituality and peace.
In 1925, Narasimha Iyer became a follower of Ramana and practised meditation in a cave for 3 years. Here, he developed a sense of awareness within himself. Although he published a biography on Ramana Maharshi, Ramana said to him, 'I am not your Guru. Go westwards'.
Narasimha continued his journey in search of peace. He visited Hubli where he learnt Sanskrit and then to Pandapur where he spent eighteen months learning Bhajans. Then he went to Khedgaon to meet Narayana Maharaj, to Meherbad and then to Sakori in 1933 where he met Upasini Maharaj who had undergone rigourous training under Sai Baba.
Even though he stayed at the Upasini Ashram for 30 months,peace continued to elude Narasimha Swamiji, until on 29th August, 1936, an old man advised him to visit Sai's Samadhi at Shirdi. When Narasimha reached Sai Baba's Samadhi on that day, he felt that from within his samadhi, Sai Baba spoke to him and kindled the light within. At last, he discovered his Sadguru
In 1939, he returned to Madras and started All India Sai Samaj at his office at Mylapore, Madras. He devoted all his time in spreading Sai Baba's name throughout India. He authored several books on Sai Baba and for 20 years, he spread Baba's message. Narasimha Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi on 19th October, 1956.