Sairam Dear All, Hope all is well with Swami’s grace!
I bear the burden of your life – Study Circle SUNDAY, JULY 12th, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
This sunday we will have our regular Bhajans from 2 PM followed by “I bear the burden of your life” Study Circle from 3:00 PM.
Please see below the topic
Your Wordly and Spiritual Welfare Is My responsibility
In this world rife with dangers and worries, who will look out for our welfare? In Gita Vahini, Sathya Sai Baba passionately explains the answer given by Krishna to Arjuna 5000 years ago, which pertains to us even today, as a way to liberation.
“Whatever the name, whatever the form of worship, I am the recipient; for I am the goal of all. I am the only one. There is no other. I myself become the worshipped, through My many names and forms. Not only this, I am the fruit of all actions, the bestower of the fruit, the basis, the prompter, the promoter of all. Why recount and repeat? I am the force behind the birth, existence and death of everything and of every life. I am the birthless, deathless cause.
“Realise Me, the primal cause. That is indeed moksha. He is the jivanmuktha (liberated even while alive) who attains that moksha. Therefore, Arjuna, if one yearns to become a jivanmuktha, to attain moksha, he must accomplish some simple disciplines. That is to say, he has to eradicate fully the attachment to the body.”
Hearing this, Arjuna intercepted, “Krishna! Do you speak of this sadhana of complete detachment as a simple discipline? Is it so easy to practise? Even accomplished ascetics find it difficult and you recommend it so glibly to people like me! You speak of it as if it were a very simple task. But it is a formidable endeavour. I feel you are putting me on trial with such suggestions. Can I ever attain that state? Can I win liberation, can I attain moksha? I have no hope,” he said and sat dispirited.
Krishna was watching him steadily losing courage. He went close to him and patted his back in a reassuring manner. He said, “Arjuna, there is no need to get startled and desperate just for this. No, no one will get faith as soon as one hears of it. One must delve into it with the help of reason; then it will be found that this discipline is not as hard as it is imagined to be. To become completely detached it is not necessary to grow matted hair, wear ochre robes and torture the body into skin and bone. It is enough if you do all acts as dedicated to the Lord, without any desire. This is the secret of liberation.
“Performing all activities in this manner is not difficult. Only, one should have steady faith and earnestness. Of course, these are essential for every type of activity. So, you can realise that they are indispensable for spiritual activity too.
“Whoever among devotees dedicates all acts to Me with no other thought, whoever meditates on Me, serves Me, worships Me, remembers Me, know that I am always with him, ever providing for him in this world and the next; I bear the burden of his Yoga Kshema (welfare). Do you hear Me?” asked Krishna, patting Arjuna again on the back and imparting courage to his drooping heart.
This statement about the Lord guaranteeing the yoga kshema of the devotee has given rise to a great deal of misunderstanding. Even pundits, not to speak of others, have failed to grasp its real import. The commentators on the Geetha propagate this declaration in manifold ways. This most sacred sentence is as the navel to the Geetha-body. The navel of Vishnu was the place where Brahma took birth. This sloka is the navel or place of nativity for those who thirst for Brahma Jnana. If this sloka is followed in practice, the entire Geetha can be understood.
There are a number of interesting stories current about this sloka. I shall give one example: A learned pundit was once giving discourses on the Geetha in the august presence of a maharaja. One day, the turn of this sloka came:
Ye janaah paryupaasathe
The pundit was explaining enthusiastically the many-sided implications of this sloka, but the maharaja shook his head and said: “This meaning is not correct.” He continued to dispute the correctness of every one of the explanations the pundit gave. The poor pundit had won meritorious distinctions at the court of many a maharaja and was honoured by them all with pompous titles. He felt as if he was stabbed, when the maharaja in the presence of the entire band of courtiers condemned his explanation of the sloka as “wrong.” He smarted under the insult.
But picking up courage, he again set upon his task; and collecting all his scholarship, he plunged into an eloquent discourse on the multiple meaning of the words, “yoga” and “kshema.” The maharaja did not approve of even this; he ordered: “Find out the meaning of this sloka and having understood it well, come to me again tomorrow.” With this, the maharaja rose from his throne and went into the inner apartments.
The pundit lost even the few grains of courage left in him. He was weighed down by anxiety. He tottered under the insult. He reached home and, placing the copy of the Geetha aside, he fell on the cot.
Surprised at this, the pundit’s wife said, “Tell me why you came home from the palace today in such grief? What exactly did happen?” She rained one anxious question after another, so that the pundit was obliged to describe to her all that had happened, the insults heaped on his head, the command with which the maharaja sent him home, etc. The wife listened calmly to the account of what had happened and after pondering deeply over the incident, she said, “Yes, it is true. What the maharaja said is right. The explanation you gave for that sloka is not the correct one. How could the maharaja approve it? The fault is yours.” At this, the pundit rose in anger from the cot, like a cobra whose tail is trodden hard. “What do you know, you silly woman? Am I inferior in intelligence to you? Do you, who are engaged in the kitchen all the time, cooking and serving, claim to know more than I? Shut your mouth and quit my presence,” he roared.
Illustration of Conversation between Pundit and his Wife
But the lady stood her ground; she replied, “Lord! Why do you fly into such a rage at a statement of mere truth? Repeat the sloka once again to yourself and ponder over its meaning. You will then arrive at the right answer yourself.” Thus, by her soft words the wife brought calm into the mind of her husband.
The Pundit started analysing the meaning of each individual word in the sloka. Ananyaas-chinthayantho maam, he began, deliberately and slowly, repeating aloud the various meanings. The wife intervened and said, “What benefit is it to learn and expound the meanings of words? Tell me what your intention was, when you approached this maharaja. What was the purpose?” At this, the pundit got wild.
“Should I not run this family, this home? How am I to meet the cost of food and drink, of clothes and things, for you and all the rest? It is for the sake of these that I went to him, of course, or else, what business have I with him?” he shouted.
The wife then replied, “If you had only understood what Lord Krishna has declared in this sloka, the urge to go to this maharaja would not have arisen! If He is worshipped without any other thought, if one surrenders to Him, if at all times the mind is fixed on him, then the Lord has declared in this sloka that He would provide everything for the devotee. You have not done these three. You approached the maharaja, believing that he would provide everything! That is where you have gone against the meaning of this verse. That is the reason why he did not accept your explanation.”
Hearing this, that reputed scholar sat awhile, ruminating on her remarks. He realised his fault. He did not proceed to the palace the next day. Instead, he got immersed in the worship of Krishna at home. When the king inquired why the pundit had not appeared, courtiers said that he was staying at home and had not started out. The king sent a messenger, but the pundit declined to move out. He said, “There is no need for me to go to anyone; my Krishna will provide me with everything; He will bear my yoga kshema Himself. I suffered insult because I did not realise this so long, being blinded by eagerness to know the manifold meanings of mere words. Surrendering to Him, if I am ceaselessly engaged in worshipping Him, He will Himself provide me with all I need.”
When the messenger took this message to the palace, the maharaja proceeded to the dwelling of the pundit, on foot. He fell at the feet of the pundit, saying, “I thank you sincerely for explaining to me this day, out of your own experience, the meaning of the sloka which you expounded yesterday.” Thus, the king taught the pundit that any propagation of spiritual matters which does not come out of the crucible of experience is mere glitter and show.
95 Sadhana Program: For more details please go to www.ssbcflushing.org/nyc95 As part of the 95 Sadhana Program, the following is scheduled this Sunday as part of Center activity 1. We will start off with 21 AUMS before bhajans and conclude with 9 SAMASTHA LOKA after bhajans as part of Daily Prayers. 2. This sunday we will chant Sai Gayatri for 95 times as part of 95 Sadhana..
Note: Daily Prayers common conference call is scheduled daily at 8 PM. For those who wish to join daily at 8 PM please see the details. Dial-in number: (712) 775-7465 | Participant Code: 209737
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Regional Announcements SAICARES
Sairam Embodiments of Divine Love,
Center Presidents, Vice Presidents and Group Leads – Please forward this announcement to all your center officers and members.
Wish you all a Blessed Guru Purnima!
On this holy occasion, we are very pleased to announce the expansion of the SaiCares initiative.
Last year on Guru Purnima, SaiCares was launched in our Region (Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic Region) with Swami’s immense blessings.
Exactly after a year, Region 5 (North Central Region) is launching this noble seva initiative today.
As the scope and reach of this initiative expands, SaiCares website will be password protected for security reasons.
Anyone in need of assistance can contact SaiCares one of the following ways:
The new issue of Sai Sarathi regional newsletter for July/August 2020 is available now online at http://saisarathi.com/. Please forward this to the Center Presidents. The PDF version is also included here.
Attached is the PDF of the current issue of Sai Sarathi.
Happy 4th of July to you and Ella!
FOR ONLINE MEETING
Please join for (meeting links below) 1. ONE LINK FOR ALL SSE GROUPS @ 12:30 PM (please start joining from 12:15 PM onwards) 2. CENTER MEETING SESSION @ 2:00 PM (Please start joining from 1:30 PM onwards)
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Where can we be seated? 1. Please ensure that you and your family members appropriately assemble at your own home altar. 2. Ensure that your laptop (see below requirements) is also visible to all of you. 3. Ensure that you all are seated at the altar comfortably and also joined into the meeting. 4. Ensure NO background noise of any kind is present as much as possible. If not, please kindly mute your phone or go to a silent room where the noise is near zero.
How do we log in? 1. Please log in by clicking the links above. 2. If all of your family members are together then we suggest to limit to one login and one laptop to join the meeting. 3. If you are assigned singer, then please ensure you log in separately using either another laptop or your phone or ipad. 4. If one of your family member is not with you, then have them log in by themselves separately. 5. Ideally one login per house, excluding singer logins.
When can I turn on my Video Cam? 1. Only by lead singers when they are leading a bhajan (optional) 2. Only when Arathi is being done. 3. We are requesting to hide your video cam for the rest of the time in order to ensure that we all have a better experience in terms of audio quality and reduced latency (lag).
When to Mute and When Not to Mute my Audio? 1. During 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM – Please mute your self 2. During assigned bhajans 2:00 – 2:40 pm: All will be muted by default only the lead singers will be un-muted as needed when they lead bhajans. 3. During Closing Prayers 2:40 – 3:00 PM: You can un-mute and you will follow with others. Some we will play recorded chanting and you can provide chorus along. 4. During Bhajan Workshop 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Please mute your audio and when needed you can un-mute as it will be a bit interactive session.
How will the bhajans be rendered? (Note: After various options finally we will have the lead singer to render the first line and as well render the chorus by themselves or their family members while all of us will join during the chorus (this is done to reduce the latency (lag). At the same time we will have harmonium / tabla played).
1. We will pre-assign bhajan singers and the order will be known. 2. Lead singers are expected to join separately by themselves using cell phones or land line. 3. We will try to have limited instruments where possible to maintain the beat, if not we will just use clapping. 4. We will follow regular sunday pattern of slides, that will be shared on the screen. 5. Since to make it more touching, we can request lead singers to enable video cam so they can be seen while singing bhajan (optional). 6. Closing Prayers will be lead by assigned singer while all of us will render together.. 7. Vibhuthi Mantram is lead by designated singer, please ensure you have vibhuthi at your altar and ensure that your family members get the same.
By Who and How will Arathi be given? 1. When we start arathi, we request all devotees to do arathi at their altars. 2. We will have arathi’s offered by all devotees at their homes at the same time. So please be ready with deepam / or others. 3. During this time you can all show your video camera so we can all see all arathi’s that are done at the same time.
NOTE: Please kindly forgive and excuse us if this does not meet with your standards. We know this cannot mimic the real time bhajans session or center meeting but this ensures that we all are wired at the same time to the divine. We will take feed back and continue to improvise for next meetings.
Note: Please click the calendar for larger image. Please see the monthly Calendar for the July 2020 below…