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SAI BABA- THE ULTIMATE ROAD TO SALVATION
By Sunil Negi
The Sai Baba Of Shirdhi who is considered to be the last walking God on earth and worshiped by billions around the globe always believed in simplicity and had no greed for any material gains but instead had only one objective in mind and that was service to the poor and needy and make them self sufficed by all means. For Sai Baba Guru is God and the one who surrenders to his or her Guru in totality is considered the true disciple who can ultimately reap the real fruits of the Guru’s blessings.The Guru will take care of such disciples, protect them and finally lead them to salvation.

It should be complete and total surrender on the Guru’s feet with special emphasis on “total” and any doubt or mental reservation on the part of the disciple will not only be unproductive but will also render him as a non- achiever. Sai Baba who reigned as a spiritual leader, the greatest saints of all times finally became God who walked on earth by his infinite miracles for the welfare of the hapless, poor and needy including the lepers who not only became economically self reliant and got cured from the dreaded diseases but also achieved salvation by His grace and ever lasting divinity.

I honestly consider my good luck and feel it my proud privilege for having been able to compile articles on Sai Baba, the real incarnation of Lord Shiva and Vishnu Who not only provide me special potential to do so but also gives enough knowledge to be able to pen my inner feelings about Baba. Baba was and is so great, omnipresent and omniscient that storehouse of knowledge and senior journalist like Rangaswamy Parthasarthy has also written lot about HIM and shed special light on Baba’s karmas for the welfare and upliftment of the poorest sections of the society during His lifetime.

Lot and lot has been written about Baba and His miraculous feats for the last hundred years which has not noly benefited billions of His ardent devotees world over to follow His most precious sermons and religious discourses and imbibe them within themselves for attaining purity of mind, heart and soul but Baba’s blessing and divinity has also given complete BLISS to them who pray in veneration at HIS pious feet in total surrender.

Let’s therefore know about Baba’s actual existence as a HUMAN and his various feats and miracles during his lifetime in Shridhi where he came as a fakir through a marriage party(Baraat), was teased by children and frowned upon by sceptically villagers initially and later on remained to reign as a spiritual leader thus finally becoming the most sought after and adoring spiritual leader of all times.
It is said that Sai Baba was five feet six inches tall, neither stout nor lean. His complexion was Golden yellow, his eyes bluish, which shone bright mysteriously in darkness.

Indeed His eyes were the object of wonder to the devotees. His nostrils were prominent. At the time when Sai Shradhanandji, who has given the above description of Baba in the book titled, God Who Walked On Earth- The Life and Times of Shridhi Sai Baba,authered by Mr. Rangachari, Sai Baba had some of His teeth missing and the rest were not pure white, rather pale.He never brushed His teeth but only rinsed His mouth with a little water every morning.

He did not drink tea but did not ask His devotees to abstain from them. He never disclosed anyone how and when He got into the habit of smoking a pipe. He always used the same clay pipe although devotees often offered Him many pipes which he did not use but stocked them in the hollow portion of the Masjid Wall.
The piece of cloth tied around His head called Kafni was very rarely changed and never washed. Whenever Sai Baba decided to change His Kafni, He sent for the local tailor and said, Get me a Kafni,. When it was given to Him He always paid the tailor more than its worth. Left to Himself Baba spoke very little.

He always preferred to be a silent spectator than to be talkative. He was more at the receiving end, always chanting God’s name within Himself. Baba usually remained calm and quite and spoke only when absolutely necessary. He never laughed loudly but smiled quietly. Whenever a devotee approached to Him for Darshan, He glanced at him. Sometimes He did not even do that. He adored children very much and whenever got the opportunity, played with them merrily. He never sat leaning against the wall in the mosque.

Even when he sat with His legs outstretched, He always sat a few feet away from the wall. He never slept during the day and seldom visited any temple in Shridhi during his lifetime, may be because since He Himself was the God in Himself, the real an true incarnation of Lord Shiva,Rama, and Vishnu.

Sai Baba used to usually get His head shaved. Marthand son of Mhalsapati said that on certain occassions Baba sent for a barber, Balanari and had His head shaved completely. After the haircut Baba used to put His hand into His pocket and pay the barber whatever came to his hands. But it was always much in excess of the normal payment for a shave. Baba maintained a small beard. He had a wide forehead and always wore a plain Kafni.

The clay pipe was often renewed by His devotees who used to encircle Him whenever the pipe smoking session was in process by passing the rustic pipe to each other one by one. Baba never had any reservation of sharing the pipe though it was also smoked by one of the lepers’.In one of the notings in his diary by his devotee Kharparde, it is revealed thus,” Today I have shampooed the legs of Sai Baba. The softness of His limbs is wonderful. This example shows how privileged His devotees felt by washing his legs”.

Similarly a woman devotee of Baba has also recorded her emotions and impressions about Baba’s personality,:” There was such power and penetration in His glance that none could continue to look into His eyes.One felt that Sai Baba was reading Him or her mind through and through. Soon one lowered one’s eyes and bowed to Him. One felt that He was not only in one’s heart but in every atom of one’s body. A few words or a gesture would reveal that Baba knew all about everything else.

There was nothing else to do for one except to submit trustfully and to surrender to Him in totality. And then He was to look after every minute detail and guide one safely through every turn and vicissitude of life. He was in real sense an Antaryami, call Him God or Satpurush or a walking humanitarian on earth born for the welfare and well being for the humanity around the globe.

Baba was so reserve from within and completely devoted to GOD that His words were always short, limited, pithy,deep, full of meaning and well balanced. He once said,” Though I have become a fakir, have no house, wife and though devoid of all the material gains, I have stayed at one place, the inevitable Maya teases me often.

Though I forget myself, I cannot forget her. She envelopes me. This maya teases God Brahma and others as well then what to speak of a poor fakir like me? Hence according to Baba, those who take refuge in Lord will definitely be freed from the clutches of Maya with His grace.
An ardent devotee of Baba said : many saints went into a trance or samadhi, forgetting their body and they would display their supernatural powers and knowledge through such feats.

But in case of Sai Baba He never had to go into a trance to achieve anything or reach any higher position. As Baba was always exercising a double consciousness every moment , the ego called Sai Baba and the antaryami, superseding all egos and finally resting in the Lord, the Parmatma. Baba was always in the state of exercising and manifesting the powers and features of both states of consciousness.

The devotee says: When I sit in His presence I always forget my pain, nay,the body itself with all its mundane concerns and anxieties. Hours would pass and I would be in a blissful condition unconscious of the time passing. He was all in all for us and we could never think of His having limitations.
One notable instance of Baba’s miracle was when a portion of the mosque which was in a very dilapidated state, started to crumble with a loud noise while Baba and His devotees were taking the afternoon meals,” On seeing this, Baba lifted his hands in anger and said loudly: SAHA, SAHAR,” meaning wait, wait.

And suddenly the noise stopped and after the meal was finished and everyone came out comfortably, a big portion of the dilapidated mosque came down with a shattering noise and huge bang, exactly at the place where Baba and his devotees were having the lunch. Lateron the renovation work of mosque was taken and the dilapidated mosque repaired, forthwith.Similarly Baba used to used His intestines regularly by vomiting them out first and after adequately cleaning them would swallow them again.

This miraculous feat is also something never witnessed anywhere in the world. Such supernatural power was He. There are hundreds and thousands of such instances that prove beyond doubt that Sai Baba of Shridhi was not an ordinary saint or a spiritual leader but a God in Him self who till today is providing overall bliss, all round progress and prosperity to billions and billions of his devotees around the globe with His blessings and divinity.OM SAI RAM.

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HN Bahuguna’s centenary celebration on 25th April, to be celebrated all over India through out the year

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India today needs political stalwarts’ and statesman like H. N. Bahuguna who devoted and dedicated his entire life for establishing communal harmony, amity and brother hood in the country. A revolutionery, freedom fighter and politician of eminence who was born in a tiny village of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand called Bugani, his father being a Patwari and thereafter Kanangoo preferred to ruthlessly struggle for the country’s independence than to be a ordinary person striving for survival.

He, after being highly impressed by Jawahar Lal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri left his village in Pauri, Garhwal and came to Allahabad for further studies and to actively participate in freedom movement. Bahuguna ran trade unions, repaired punctured rickshaw tyres, shouted slogans against Britishers and contested Allahabad student’s union election to become its president.

He worked tirelessly, went to jail number of times, married Kamla Bahuguna became MLA, minister and then CM in UP and central minister number of times. He opposed draconion emergency, was highly instrumental in the formation of Janata Party and establishing communal harmony in the country through out his life giving up ministerial berths on principled grounds and political ethics. Bahuguna was a leader with precision on issues such as secularism, communal amity, decentralisation of socio political and economic power and wiping out tears from every eye.

In nutshel Bahuguna was a phenomenon, a legend and an ideologue who cared for minorities, backwards, down troddens and the poor. The HN Bahuguna centenary celebrations committee is celebrating his Birthday on 25th April on Wednesday at Constitution Club.

Please, join in hundreds at 11.00 AM at the venue and pay your respectful regards to this great towering personality of his times.

Today, we held a meeting at Kerala house New Delhi to discuss arrangements for the success of this event.

Bahuguna Centenary Celebrations would be organised all over the country in various states through out the year in order to propagate his ideals, principles and policies for a communal free secular India were peace nd tranquility could be established and all thecommunities co exist peacefully to make India stronger and cohesive . This is the basic idea behind these celebrations breaking all barriers of caste, communities, religeons and communal considerations apart from decentralised socio political and economic development of the country.

Seen in the picture are me discussing issues with two term former MP Harkesh Bahadur and the national chairman of HN Bahuguna Centenary Celebrations Neelalohitadasan Nadar E x MP and minister in Kerala LDF government.

Those who actively participated in this meeting were Supreme Court Advocate ZK Faizan, Journalists Umakant Lakhera, Sunil Negi, Suresh Nautiyal, Charu Tiwari, Mahndra Mishra, Pratap Shahi, Kusum Kanwal Bhatt, Search my Child, Sushma Negi, Vinod Dhaundiyal, Atul Devrani, Madan Mohan Dhaundiyal, Pratap Shahi, Satyendra Rawat, Vimal Uniyal( Actor) and others.

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PM Modi inaugurates Dr. Ambedkar Memorial. Accuses previous governments on sitting on files of Dr. Ambedkar related projects

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Our government is fully committed to honour the self respect of the poor, hapless and backward dalit and adivasi communities and would leave no stone unturned to protect them.

The government is actively working on establishing special courts in the country to fast track the atrocities being inflicted on the SC / ST communities and has also proposed to establish a full fledged commision for the sub catagory of the backward classes of the countryas well.

Prime minister Narendra Modi was today addressing the audience at the inauguration of the newly built magnificient building in honour of the architect of Indian constitution Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial at 26 Alipur Road, Delhi.

Casting aspersions on the previous rules of the successive Congress governments Modi said that they have not done a single work in the name of Dr. Ambedkar during their several decades’ rule and had literally sit on files for years together.

After his government came to power at the centre he personally got every file related to Dr. Ambedkar projects’ searched and got the work of Ambedkar Museam and Memorial completed in record time, finally inaugurating it today.

Terming the memorial as the symbol of an outstanding iconic personality’s extraordinay remembrences of the last days of his life’s achievements, prime minister Narendra Modi said that this building has been constructed in the shape of a book identifying it with our India constitution prepared by Dr. Ambedkar.

Accusing the Congress party of delaying every developmental project in the country Narendra Modi said that his government has completed hundreds of stalled projects during his last four year tenure to the tune of over 9.5 lakh crores thus patting his own government. He said, if he would start counting the list of myriad number of developmental projects completed by his government he’ll have to continue till next morning.

Assuring the people of the country of completely abolishing tuberculosis in India by 2025 instead of the earlier target of 2030. Modi said his government believes in making India strong and viable whereas the previous Congress government held back every project meant for the peoples’ welfare.

Highly lauding Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s principles of equality of the society and equal rights to all sections in terms of legal, constitutional rights and freedom of speech, self respect and honour, prime minister Modi said his government too is pursuing ahead on the same ideals and principles like opening of crores of Jan Dhan accounts and toilets for the poor and hapless all over the country, particularly in the rural areas.

He revealed that his government has opened 31 crores Jan Dhan accounts and built 7 crore toiltets all over the country with 2 crore toilets in the rural areas for the convenience of the poor, down troddens and the dalits.

He assured the oppressed sections of the country that social justice theme is not merely a slogan for him and his government but a solid commitment to improve the economic, social and educational status of the poor and the down troddens in order to make them fully self reliant and the proud citizens of the country.
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Has Kathua, Gujarat and Unnao resulted in downsliding of the Modi Charisma ?

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The three shameful incidents of gangrape of two minors in Jammu’s Kathua and Gujarat and their subsequent most brutal murders and a rape of a teenager by the ruling party’s lawmaker with a custodial death of her traumatic father has undoubtedly resulted in the expeditious downsliding in the image of the BJP led NDA at the centre and its state governments in J&K and Uttar Pradesh.

Keeping in view the national and even international outrage compounded with the massive condemnation in the media, it looks as if the popularity graph of the government that was on the incessant rise is on a serious downslide, particularly after the continuous winning spree in about 21 states of the country, defeating Congress, SP, BSP and even the Communists in their very traditional stongholds of more than two decades as was the case in Tripura.

The way Narendra Modi’s charisma and outstanding organisational skills of Amit Shah made them politically invincible, with even their ardent opponents predicting that BJP led NDA may even repeat in 2019, the recent tragic happenings of Kathua, Gujarat and Unnao, UP has now put the saffron party on the defensive mode and back foot with people of the country, particularly the entire women community, youngsters as well as the intellectuals including the media going against them thus bringing the party’s popularity graph towards a downslide trend.

During the 2012 incident of Delhi’s Nirbhaya when the Congress Party was in power both at the centre as well as in the NCT of Delhi it was the BJP which tried its level best to put the Congress governments of the centre and Delhi on the dock and tried to extract the maximum political advantage by defeating the Congress politically alongwith other key issues of massive corruption at the centre and the Common Wealth Games.

Today while the BJP is in power at the centre the same nature of issues pertaining to crime against women and increasing rapes and gruesome murders of minor and teenage girls had started haunting the Modi government.

Today the BJP lead Modi government is in great problems after these most shameful rape cum murders with its own lawmaker involved in one of the rapes and the custodial death of her father including giving of communal colour to the Jammu’s Kathua rape n murder of 8 year old Asifa in order to exonerate the culprits who happen to be from the majority community.

While the prime minister Narendra Modi has outrightly condemned the Kathua and Unnao incidents and assured the countrymen of the complete safety and security of women with stringent punishment to the culprits, the political analysts say that he was too late to issue the statement and that too not uttering the names of both these incidents.

Similarly the Uttar Pradesh’s saffron robed chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath too issued statement of not sparing the culprits even if he belonged to his party, after the state high court has already issued directives to arrest the BJP MLA and handing the probe to the CBI.

These conspiratorial and calculated late actions and reactions have incalculably harmed the party politically say the political analysts. Just yesterday about 59 former civil servants of the country wrote a hard hitting letter to Prime minister Narendra Modi expressing their grave concern, outrage and desentment over the Kathu and Unnao incidents holding his government directly responsible for these hate crimes as well as for vitiating the communal environment of the country in the name of saffronisation and majoritarianism.

It may be recalled that since 2014 when Narendra Modi came to power with historic majority, his graph of popularity and invincible charisma had been on incessant rise, winning 21 states unquestionably and to the utter shock and surprise of his political rivals.

In Gujarat too, his home turf, though the margin of victory was low but he maintained status quo for the last 25 years incessantly. This all happened despite 400 people losing their lives standing in endless queues during the demonetisation phase and lakhs of people and small, medium entrepreneurs losing their jobs and businesses. The GST implementation exercise too annoyed majority of the businessmen all over the country. The recent shameful defeat in the BJP’s UP CM and Deputy CM’s home turf Gorakhpur and Phulpur at the hands of the BSP supported SP candidates including earlier defeat in two parliamentary constituencies of Rajasthan has made one thing absolutely clear that anti incumbency against the BJP governments in various states and dalit vote banks’ drifting away from the saffron party has started before the 2019 national election.

Its earlier partners like Andhra Pradesh’s TDP and Shiv Sena of Maharashtra has already started drifting away from it while the four Southern states are also badly annoyed with it on the issue of Central Finance Commision’s step motherly treatment to them in the allocation of funds thus ready to create a North South divide straightaway harming the BJP led NDA under prime minister Modi’s leadership.

The government is also on the dock on the SC, ST issue with majority of the Dalits already antagonised on the Supreme Court’s verdict on the dilution of the Prevention of Atrocities against SC ST Act.

On the employment generation front and bringing black money stashed in foreign banks which were the core issues of the BJP led NDA government as assured in his pre election promises, the central BJP leadership has completely failed to come true to the peoples’ expectation.

It’s more like a government of rhetorics say the political analysts. Conclusively one can say that the shameful incidents of Kathua, Gujarat and Unnao has exposed the BJP led NDA government to a great extent and has increased its anti incumbency factor manifold with Modi and Shah losing their political credibility fastly and speedily.

However, its also true that the non BJP opposition is still scattered and despite all these national shams if the non BJP opposition still stays scattered n does not show seriousness to unite, there is not an inkling of doubt that despite all these tragic incidents, the saffron may again shine over the political horizons of the country. What’s your take friends?

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