ENGLISH   |   ORIYA  
Home Shirdi Sai Baba Sai Temples in Orissa Sai Movement in Orissa Contact Us
  2010
  2009
  2008
  2007
  2006
  2005
  2004
  2003
  2002
  2001
  2000
  1999
  1998
  1997
  1996
  1995
  2010
  2009
  2008
  2007
  2006
  2005
  2004
  2003
  2002
  2001
  2000
  1999
  1998
  1997
  1996
  1995
  2010
  2009
  2008
  2007
  2006
  2005
  2004
  2003
  2002
  2001
  2000
  1999
  1998
  1997
  1996
  1995
  2009
  2008
  2007
  2006
  2005
  2004
  2003
  2002
  2001
  2000
  1999
  1998
  1997
  1996
  1995
 
NEW YEAR MESSAGE 1997
Time is a continuum. Therefore, there can not be segments of time. However, human beings have created time sections called years, months, days. There are different calendars in different systems. The Chinese linked it with harvesting and Indians linked it with trade practices. A New Year message in the context of Sri Sai takes a totally different interpretation. For us devotees, it infuses a new hope to start better ventures for a happier tomorrow. When tomorrow will be a fact, yesterday will become a fiction. Such is the game of illusion that facts become fiction, and fiction becomes fact. With physical death, the fact of life ends for most of us, where as, the fiction continues for some generations. The entire endeavour of the spiritual seekers is to be in a continuous state of fact (truth and dharma) and get redeemed from the fictions (illusion or maya). But, we think before we begin the New Year whether we are putting in adequate effort for getting rid of fictions, illusions.

Experiences show that intellectual endeavours, howsoever potent and might they may seem, have not catapulted or thrown or raised any human being to spiritual masters are those who were uneducated in formal sense. For example Ramakrishna Pararnhans, Sri Shirdi Sai, Namdeva, Tukaram, Paltu Maharaj etc. It obviously means that there is something self-limited in the intellectualism, in the path of spiritual progress. All that the spiritual masters learnt in their life and spread among others is ‘bhakti’ or devotion. “Bhakti” means love of God. Since God is not sitting in a throne like an individual, therefore, how to love Him. The answer is that God is in everyone, and if one has the capacity to love others, he is doing real bhakti. Even doing all the worship, yoga, pranayaam or breath control etc. for one’s own improvement is not ‘bhakti’. It is an activity for fulfilling spiritual/occult ambition like any other ambition.

What we learn from Sri Sai and the examples of His life style is that He went to no temples; followed no rituals, followed no specific religion or cult but only loved His people and, therefore, sacrificed Himself. Love, therefore, leads to sacrifice. The self expands from its state of isoteric or micro individualism to a more universal and macro state. Our New Year’s Message, if truly should mean anything, let it be to love Sri Sai and love all the humanity He served.

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.

more ...