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Very fortunate is the one who has learned to admire, but not to envy................ Pin all your hopes in god, and then you will not be pinned down by man................. The wealth of a rich man can be stolen or burnt, but the happiness & wisdom of the wise remain................ Life may be struggling, but is very good............ When in doubt, just take a positive step......... Life is too short, but we all have to go long way....... Your work would not take care of your health, but your Prayer to Baba,who is your father, mother & friend, will answer it............ Never be anxious to win every argument. Listen to others also................. Smiling is more healing than crying alone. Never get angry, Baba knows, when & how to take care of you............... Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque. Make peace with your past & don't screw up the present. Never compare your life with others to make yourself miserable............... Never make any relationship a secret............... Everything can change in the blink of an eye. Have Shraddha & Saburi inBaba.............. Take a deep breath to calm the mind........... Be resourceful to acquire what you love in life....... Burn the candles to enlighten others. Don't save it for a specialoccasion. Today is special............ No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Be selective & choosey.............. Forgive & Forget to make others happy. Time heals all the wounds. Have patience. Good or bad is never permanent, welcome a change. God loves you because you are one of His creations. Come out & adopt positive attitude to witness miraculous ways of Baba........... Envy is a waste of time............ The best in you is knocking your door. Look in to feel His presence........... Never get into any arguments; feel fresh, get up, dress up & show upwith a smile................... Life isn't tied with a bow, but still is a gift showered by GodAlmighty................... If I keep the weaknesses of others in my mind, they soon become a part of me................... The ego is the poison of the soul...drink in the bliss and spit out the poison............... To be free from negative thoughts is to be free from punishment.................. In the long run the most difficult thing is to search for an easy way out............... If I enjoy praise, it means I can be easily hurt by defamation.................. Try to conquer greed now because “while man becomes old, his greed becomes youthful........... The end of birth is death. The end of death is birth........ The stronger your attachment the greater the power of the Maya (the illusion : Her creation) over you..... "I put firm faith in the words of my Guru, considering them more valuable than all the shastras put together." ........... Don't poison your soul, mind, heart and body with negativity....bathe in Divine positive love............ Your Soul is always trying to be heard above the noise of your mind, when you quiet your mind your Soul takes command!.................... Pin all your hopes in god, then you will not be pinned down by man................. Remember that you are very special. NO ONE can play your role better than you.................. If someone defames you or insults you, shower him with flowers, smiles and good wishes............ When you get angry, you lose more than your temper When all your attachments are with the one God, then your achievements are many............... When people cannot stand you because they do not understand you, God will stand by you........... To give happiness to others is a great act of charity. A slip of the foot we many recover, but a slip of the tongue leaves a deep imprint............ Life is like a drama. If I understand the plot, there is great happiness........... To smile in the face of disaster is the result of a stable mind............ If God answers ur prayer,He is increasing ur faith. If He delays,He is increasing ur patience. If he doesn’t answer,He knows u can handle........... You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree............... Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present............... Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about............ If a relationship has to be a secret,you shouldn't be in it........... However good or bad a situation is, it will change Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."......... How many times should I forgive, I am tired of forgiving? – Forgive as many times as you would wish God to forgive you!................ Never do anything which you would not wish to do during the last hour of your life.............. Ego-based desire is the root cause of all suffering......... Contentment is the destroyer of all three - desires, anger and greed......... Knowledge leads to freedom, but pride of knowledge leads one to hell.......... A single act of selflessness can turn hell into heaven. The habit of giving rather than asking is the tool for an enduring relationship........... Silence is the best language.......... Only the joy that comes from right conduct is true happiness- Other pleasures are really sources of pain and causes of shame.......... A god-fearing person can never be religious, because if you fear God you cannot love him............. The most beautiful thing is to see a person's simling face.And even more beautiful is, knowing that u r the reason behind it..................................................................................With lots of good wishes and regards to all from Deepa H and family [ debu7366@yahoo.com ] ...............May Sai always give us peace of mind and May he always make us feel His presence where ever we go.... Saibhakt, Deepa H [You can always contact me at debu7366@yahoo.com ]......................................

One step closer to Brahma Gyaan

One step closer to Brahma gyan:::: A 'devotee' goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the Temple . 'I've gone for 30 years now, he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 mantras. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the Gurus are wasting theirs by giving services at all. This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to the Temple for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today! When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment! ------------------------------ So easy to beat yourself up over mistakes you've made. So many amongst us live in the past rather than loving the present and building a brilliant future. Some people stay stuck for years over something they did or a failure they've experienced. Sad. A life is a terrible thing to waste. But let me ask you a question: "is there really such a thing as a mistake?" First of all, no one tries to fail or mess things up. Every one of us wakes up in the morning, walks out into the world and does the best we can do based on what we know and the skills we have. But even more importantly, every so-called "mistake' is actually a rich source of learning. An opportunity to build more awareness and understanding and gain precious experience. Experience that will help us do, feel and be even better. So, just maybe, there are no mistakes. Just maybe what we could call failures are actually growth lessons in wolf's clothing. And just maybe the person who experiences the most wins. ---------------------- A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, 'Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.' Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.' 'You don't know? You, a Christian man, Do not know what is on the other side?' The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough.' ------------------------------- A boy and a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of marbles. The girl had some sweets with her. The boy told the girl that he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl agreed. The boy kept the biggest and the most beautiful marble aside and gave the rest to the girl. The girl gave him all her sweets as she had promised. That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the boy couldn't sleep as he kept wondering if the girl had hidden some sweets from him the way he had hidden his best marble. Moral of the story: If you don't give your hundred percent in a relationship, you'll always keep doubting if the other person has given his/her hundred percent.. This is applicable for any relationship like love, employer-employee relationship, friendship etc., Give your hundred percent to everything you do and sleep peacefully ---------------------- The tragedy of life is not death,but what we let die inside us while we live.When u were born,the world rejoiced while u cried,-live ur life in such a way that when you die,-the world cries while u rejoice.. -------------------------------- Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your days, so you craft your life. What you do today is actually creating your future. The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny รข€“ shaping who you are becoming and what your life will stand for. There's no such thing as an unimportant day. Each of us is called to greatness. Each of us has an exquisite power within us. But for this power to grow, we need to use it. The more you exercise it each day, the stronger it gets. The more this power gets tapped, the more confident you grow. The best among us are not more gifted than the rest. They just take small steps each day as they march towards their biggest life. And the days slip into weeks, the weeks into months and before they know it, they arrive at a place called Extraordinary. ----------------------------- If you can not respect , love , care about ,stand by or be honest with your own parents ,-who gave birth to you and were the very first people who fell in love with you -- then whether you accept this or not but you do not love anyone else in this world either with all your heart and soul ....and time will show that none of your children will stand by you either- when you will need them the most.. ----------------------------------- If you sit with a person who is smoking, even without ur knowledge- You will end up inhaling second hand smoke.In the same way, if you be in the company of saints who constantly preach about the importance of doing good karma-, automatically even without ur knowledge- u will end up doing a lot of positive and humble deeds. If you be in the company of a person who keeps saying bad words and abusing others then then obviously whether u like it or not -- u will end up being the same kind of person sooner or later. And if u constantly listen to Gods name, his praises, his bhajans-even without you being aware of it - the words that will come out of your mouth will be nothing but the nectar of love and bliss. So be in the company of God and even without your knowledge-You will find him seated in your heart - talking to you and finding solutions to ur problems and worries.You just need to take one step towards Him and He will take 100 steps towards you.. By Deepa H inspired by Sai -------------------------------------------- Always tell someone that you love them because you never know what day Will be their last, or your own. Always seek to resolve your problems or disagreements with loved ones Because if either of you should pass on before, the one who is left alive will have the rest of their life to ponder those unresolved feelings but will never find closure. And closure usually brings Peace... ......................................................................................With lots of good wishes and regards to all from Deepa H and family [ debu7366@yahoo.com ] ...............May Sai always give us peace of mind and May he always make us feel His presence where ever we go.... Saibhakt, Deepa H [You can always contact me at debu7366@yahoo.com ]

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Shri Shirdi Sai Speaks- 1st July/ My first day of Kailash Parikrama

Om Sai Ram
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Yam Dwar
Yam Dwar is located near Darchen in Tibet Autonomous Region of China enroute holy Mount Kailash. The literal meaning of the Yam Dwar in Hindi language is the gateway of the God of Death. It is the starting point of circumbulation of mount Kailash. In Tibetan it is known as Chorten Kang Ngyi i.e. two legged Stupa.
On the first dayof the Parikrama of Kailash, we first went to the sacred Yam Dwar to pray and seek the blessings of the God of death to protect us and help us to complete the Kailash Parikrama safely.

I have been told that teerth Yatras should be done only after you become a senior citizen. Infact , a couple of days before I was leaving for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra- one of my relatives told me that Deepa, you are not even 40 yrs old as yet and ur going for such yatras!!!Its too early- u should plan such pilgrimages after u turn 60-70 yrs of age!!! But according to me, the only elegibility that one needs to go for such teerth yatras is not ur age but it is God's Grace and His call for you..And honestly speaking, if age is a given factor - then most of the people can not hike at high altitudes where the oxygen level is less -after they turn 50 yrs of age unless, he or she is absolutely physically fit..So according to me, if one is planning to go - then go in ur 30's and 40's. Dont wait for urself to be a senior citizen. One has to make a lot of adjustments thru out this journey..High altitude, diet, open bathrooms, weather, long journey, living conditions and much more are quite difficult to handle with old age..

Anyways, This was the first day of  our kailash Parikrama and there were abt 76 people in our group out of which 15 of them decided not to go ahead with the parikrama either because they had fallen sick or because of their old age-  they were not too confident that they would be able to go ahead..

About close to 35 or 40 of them lost their confidence after they completed the first day of Parikrama and decided to go back down to Darchen and wait for the rest of the grp to complete the Parikrama..Some decided to hire a horse from the first day itself by paying abt 1500 Yuans..And some gave up and rented a horse on the second day..
Whatever, the case may be but one thing that I definetly have learned and experienced is that what ever happens, happens with God's will and grace.. People come in our lives for a reason and People move our of lives for a reason too. God's planning is quite complicated and difficult for us to understand most of the times but His plans are definetly much much better than what we choose or desire or plan for ourselves..What ever happens is because of our past karmas and his blessings and grace so lets just accept it gracefully..

One interesting thing about this Yatra that I will never forget was that I was suppose to be on this Kailash Parikrama track with 5 other friends but instead I was alone with a bunch of new friends that I made on this trip.. The very first one whom I had asked to join me on this trip was one of my best friends and she did give me a confirmation in november of 2011 that she will come with me but by the end of Jan 2012- She just backed off ..Even though , she is an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva but I dont know what got into her - To my surprise- All of a sudden ,- She just changed her priorities..
The second one was one of my fav uncle from the temple close to my house-- I remember before going to india in Jan of 2012 , I was telling him that something is definetly pulling me towards Kailash and I just have to go but I dont know how that would be possible..Anyways, I went to the temple in feb to attend a Jaagran of Maata which was being done by Rana Gill.. The aarti was going on and I was standing in front of Maata's Idol and praying that I really wish to go for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and I wanted Durga Maa to shower her grace on me so that I could go... and from nowhere , that uncle came to me and whispered in my ears- Deepa , dont go home until u talk to me.. Anyways, after the arti got completed , he came to me and said-- "Deepa, U wanted to go to Mt. Kailash and so do I ..Besides him there is one more couple who wish for the same so count us in.. Lets all 4 of us go.. U make all the arrangements and we will pay u the money.. You take us for this teerth yatra."....... I was speechless at this point ... Some magic definetly had happened !! I could not make out what was going on-- According to them, I would lead them but according to me, they were God sent angels who opened my doors for this sacred Kailash Mansarovar Yatra..
Anyways, I told my hubby abt it and it was finally decided that all 4 of us will go and I started to shop around seriously and started planning for the yatra. But , we forget where our thinking stops, God's planning starts right there.. Sometimes, He sends people to us who act just as a media..
When I was shopping around for the package deal to go on this yatra, I was told that we all would need a doctors certificate saying that we are healthy enough and fit to go at a altitude of 20, 000 feet above sea level.. So all 4 of us, headed to our respective doctors.. All 3 of us got a green signal from our physicans but that very uncle who told me that he wants to go to Kailash- He did not get the OK from his doctor..So , he dropped the idea of going .. And so now it was me and that other couple who went ahead with the planning..
There was one more person who dropped out after giving me a confirmation .. He was my rakhi brother from Mumbai. When I told him that I am going to Mt.Kailash and I have made the initial payment.He became very excited and wanted to join me on this yatra. He called my tour agent and made his initail payment too .. Vow ! I was quite happy that he will be joining me because he has always been there for me and I trust him a lot.. But our wishes and Gods plans for us dont always match.. He faced some family problem and had to drop out completely abt 20-25 days before the yatra..So even though , he made all the preparations for the Yatra and also made the initial payment- He still did not accompany me on this sacred Teerth Yatra.
So now finally, I went with that other couple from the temple but as strange as God's leelas are-they are just difficult for an ordinary person like you and me to understand. All 3 of us reached Kathmandu only to find out that out of the 77 people in the grp- the aunty who  traveled with me did not get the permit /visa to enter Tibet.. which meant that she could not go ahead with the kailash Mansarovar Yatra and so she had to either go back to usa or then go to india for 12 days..Obviously, she was very sad that even though she travelled so far but unfortunately, Having the blessed darshan of Mt. Kailash amd the sacred mansarovar lake was just not in her destiny.

So now,the aunty went to India for 12 days and I was travelling with uncle whom I have known for several yrs but when the time came for the Kailash Parikrama.. He started feeling short of breadth and decided that going further with the yatra would just not be safe for him..So he stayed back in Darchen and I continued with the Yatra all by myself with  a lot of new friends that I had made during this journey..
As strange it might sound but there I was standing at the foot of Mt. Kailash at the end of the first day of the Kailash Parikrama..I became friends with another family of 4 who were from Boston, USA and they treated me as if I was a part of their family.
Our tents were set on the first night of Parikrama and it was bone chilling cold..I could not sleep that night..

I slept wearing 1 thermal wear , 3 tops , 3 pants and 3 jackets and had a sleeping bag but I was still very cold in that tent.. The dogs barked all night and that was another reason that kept me awake all night..
And then in the middle of the night, I had to go to the bathroom.. Everyone was fast asleep so waking them did not seem like a good idea . Anyways, I stepped out of the tent all by myself with my torch only to see about 50 -100 yaks sitting all around the tents..The minute I laid my torch on them , their eyes started shining..I was at the foot of Mt.Kailash with so many yaks sitting right there- it felt so obvious- it was like Nandi sitting at the foot of Mt.Kailash. The feeling that I experienced at that moment and the way my heart skipped a beat just can not be described in words..To witness something that I have normally just heard in the stories and to make perfect sense out of it was truly one more blessing and grace of Lord Shiva on me..
My Humble Pranams to this sacred Mt. Kailash which is truly the abode of Lord Shiva. It is filled with so much positive energy and heavenly vibes that your communication with the Lord himself is absolutely very very clear..
Sai bhakt,
Deepa H
Quote of BABA:
When God is going to do something wonderful for you, He always starts with a hardship. when God is going to do something amazing for you, He always starts with impossibility.
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