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Maha Samadhi Diwas Message 1996
Dussehra is celebrated by the Hindus in India and in many other countries where Hindus reside. It is an extremely colourful function celebrating the victory of divine forces symbolized by Goddess Durga over the demonic forces symbolized by Mahishasura. Generally, it is accepted as a Shakti Pooja. Here Shakti means the positive power of God as against the negative power of evil or demon, known in the western countries as ‘Satan’. From times immemorial, human races have mostly been worshipping power-positive or negative. Even otherwise, the universe matter consists of two opposite powers, which Hegal and Marx called Thesis and Antithesis. Given the material definition to the movement of spiritual forces of the world they may seem to be correct. However, as Hindu philosophy has expounded, these two opposing forces are but the faces of the two sides of a coin - together they give value to the coin. Mythology and history are replete with examples that the two forces of the universal nature are not mutually contradictory for destruction but are mutually complementary for evolution. When the nature forces i.e. Indra, Varun, Agni and other such Gods deviated from the basic principles of nature of maintaining the equilibrium by becoming arrogant i.e. wasting powerful and useful nature forces; they were defeated by the everwatchful demonic forces, and even divested of their powers and authorities. To come out of such a situation those Gods were invariably undergone a system of purification or penance (Tapas). Once they were purified then the intervention of higher nature forces like Brahma, Vishnu or Maheshwar, who wield a much wider authority because of the possession of great quantum of Shakti, takes place. These higher powers either give them greater power or themselves decide to come down in some form ca1ledAvatar, to bring about equilibrium in nature by destroying the demonic forces. In a purer state, which gives the possessor more power of nature ‐ both qualitative and quantitative, these Gods are able to defeat the demonic forces, who in the meantime become equally arrogant due to their success. This cycle has been going on ever since the will of Gods first manifested as nature or Prakriti. This is the story of Goddess Durga defeating Mahishasura. 

The real and divine Shakti, therefore, descends on the possessors of the noncontaminated minds, untainted hearts and pure souls like Tukarama, Namadeva, Shri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa etc. Since they do not have any ego, therefore, neither they ask for Shakti nor use it for their own purpose. These powers come to them automatically to be used universally as per God’s designs.

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba was in such state of divinity. He possessed such Shakti or siddhis which no one can imagine; however, he maintained a humble life. Humility, simplicity are no weakness, they are the biggest strength one can possess in the path of spiritual development.

Let us remember this. 

Revered Shri C B Satpathy Ji is known to one and all as "Guruji" or to some, simply the ever forgiving and protecting father. He is an ardent devotee of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, and for him, Shri Shirdi Sai Baba is the ultimate reality.

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