There is demand from the new members of
the group to know in detail about the happenings
in Sidhartha Extension, New Delhi, and how we do
the Sai Amrit Vani and the Parayan of Sai Satcharitra.
Today I will try to describe in detail but I am
afraid that I may not be able to do full justice
to it, as I am very poor in writing and some happenings
and feelings can not be described, but only can
Mrs. Veena Gupta is devotee of
Sai Baba since 1978 or so, When she was working
in the Meditation Centre of Maharishi Mahesh yogi
in Golf Link. I joined her actively only after retirement
from Govt. of India in 2003. I was working as Adviser,
(Joint Secretary) and was able to attend the recitation
of Sai Amrit Vani, only when there was no meetings
or important work at that time. Group recitation
of Sai Amrit Vani started around 1998, when Udi
started oozing from the Photos. The frequency and
the quantity of oozing of Udi increased gradually
and now almost every day it is oozing. New devotees
are welcomed only on Thursdays for the Sai Amrit
Vani. We all devotees recite together along with
the cassette played on the music system. Prayers
for all and Parayan of Sai Satcharitra is done by
Mrs Veena Gupta and all other listen to it and pray
Jai Sai Ram
Sri Sai Amrit Vani an interesting,
spiritual, simple yet very powerful and meaningful
literature in lyrics form and which we have adopted
in our life. It has been composed by Sh.
V K Bassi, who is managing the activities
of Sri Ram Bhakt Society at Shivalik, Delhi, The
material has mostly been taken from Sai
Geeta, Sri Saicharitra
and Sri Ram Amrit Vani.
In the book form, it was first printed around 1997.
It has been sung by Sh. Jagdish Kalra
and recorded on a 60 minutes cassette and hence
it is a complete one hour program in Hindi. The
cassette is 30 minutes on each side. It has been
converted to MP3 files from the Audio cassette into
two files. These files are of 30 MB each are available
in Hindi , English, Tamil and Telugu.
The program has few parts. (i) Sai Amrit
Vani (ii) Bhajans (iii)
Pads (iv) Prayers
(v) Vandna and the (vi) Aartee.
There is no specific time to do Sri Sai Amrit Vani,.
It can be done at any time of the day at any place,
But one should be clean and place should also be
clean. When it is done in the mandir before Baba
then one should clean oneself and put some Bhog
before Baba. We all recite Sri Sai Amrit Vani together
along with the cassette. Few devotees are distributing
these CDs, Cassettes and the books of Sri Sai Amrit
Vani isfree of cost to needy devotees, who does
not want to purchase them.
There is no particular time to do it or to recite
it, It can be recited on any day, But Thursday
is a important day. And it is better if it is done
in the group and we found 11AM to 12 PM is the best
day time. Groups are formed at different places.
Where ever the time difference is much, we advise
them to follow the local timings, as we feel that
Baba can even be present at different places at
the same time, so there is no barrier of time and
place for Baba. Where ever we have gone, we have
recited it at 11 AM Local Time, We have
followed local time even in Singapore, Malaysia,
Atlanta, California, Toronto and so on.
Every Thursday Recitation of Sri Sai Amrit
Vani is held at Sidhartha Extension, New
Delhi, but we have slightly changed the order. Instead
of the general Aartee in between, we do the full
Noon (Madhyan) Aartee, the same as being done in
Shirdi after the Sri Sai Amrit Vani. It is followed
by group prayer and a chapter from Sai Satcharitra
is read by Mrs Gupta. It
starts exactly at 11:05 AM and goes upto 12:00 Noon
(Madhyan) Aartee is performed exactly at 12:00 and
reading from Sai Satcharitra after the Aartee.
It goes upto 12:30 or so.
During this Sri Sai Amrit Vani, and Parayan of Sai
Satcharitra, Prayer and Aartee Mrs. Gupta's
lap is filled by Udi. Even other devotees
feel the presence of Baba in different forms and
have many different experiences. Every Thursday
and some important days and festivals Udi starts
oozing and dropping from the Statues and the photos
of Baba (Shirdi). Some times even Honey oozes and
drops from the photo/Statue of Baba (Shirdi) on
the wall. On Thursdays Udi from the Photos and Statues
of Baba (Shirdi) starts oozing from the morning
itself. Now the holy water is also oozing from the
Charans of Baba, which we collect by placing the
Charans in the Thali