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12/9/2014- Friday.

Independence Day in Malaysia is always a month long celebration and to keep with that tradition, the Shirdi Sai Baba Selangor Ltd Co-operative collaborated with World Shirdi Sai Baba Organisation (UK) and the Shirdi Sai Baba Society of Malaysia to celebrate the 57th Independence in London on a moderate scale but with a high spirit to face the future challenges.

At first thought you may be thinking how unusual the venue is, however think again… it was another milestone for Shirdi Sai Baba Selangor Ltd Cooperative to jointly host the Merdeka celebration in East Ham, London, United Kingdom. London is a busy and crowded city with little room for manoeuvre and even less room for celebration, however, our event turn out to be a star studded event for Merdeka day in London.

Before the arrival of specially invited guests, all members, staffs and organizers assembled at the Shirdi Sai Baba Ltd Cooperative premises waiting for the arrival of the honorable Malaysian Minister for Ministry of Co-operative, Consumerism and Domestic Trade. At around 4.30pm,the Honourable Minister Dato’ Sri Hassan Malek together with his delegations of eighteen members which includes high profile personalities from the Ministry, Dato’ Azmi bin Lateh (Deputy Secretary General (Domestic Trade) Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism of Malaysia), Datuk Nik Ali bin Mat Yunus (Executive Chairman of Malaysia Cooperatives Societies Commission), Dato’ Seri Mohamad Fuzi bin Harun (Deputy Chairman, The Royal Malaysian Police, Deputy General of Police Malaysia), Mr. Rozdeen bin Mohd Jaafar (Director of Corporate Communication Division of Malaysia Cooperatives SocitiesCommision), Dato’ Mohamed Farid bin Mohamed Zawawi (Chairman of Koperasi Wawasan Malaysia Berhad), Mr. Mohamed Noor Affendy bin DatoAmeerudin (Private Secretary to Honourable Minister), Dato’ Hj. Mohd Aini bin Hj. Taib (Chairman of Koperasi Serbaguna Anak-Anak Selangor Berhad), Dato Rahim bin Baba (Chairman of Koperasi Ukhwah Malaysia Berhad), Ir. Mansor bin Musa (Chairman of Koperasi Tunas Muda Sungai Ara Berhad) were all there to grace the memorable event.

The Chairman of Shirdi Sai Baba Selangor Ltd Cooperative Mr.SP.Kannan welcomed all the guest and acknowledged the attendance of honourable Minister YB. Dato Sri Hassan Malek with respect and reverence. In his speech, YB. Dato Hassan said “I am delighted to see the Shirdi Sai Baba Selangor Ltd Cooperative is engaged in charitable work in London. It gives great pleasure and satisfaction to know that this Cooperative is being engaged in such noble and benevolent activities which benefits the local communities.” Immediately after the Minister’s speech, everyone sung the National Anthem ‘Negara Ku’ gloriously, followed by cutting of the Merdeka cake. Towards the end, the entire delegation was served with finest Indian Massala tea and delicious Indian snacks which added up their pleasure of staying in East Ham, London.

The weather was with us, the food was excellent and our guests were very friendly. Everyone was hooked and had a memorable wonderful day. Such a day was made possible with the help of the Malaysian High Commission in London who helped generously and facilitated towards the visit of our Honourable Minister YB. Dato Sri Hassan Malek.

Jai Sai Ram - 02/08/2014

It was beautiful fun filled day. Kids and adults participated in exciting fun games. We are sure those who came had fantastic time.

Although at times there was strong wind, criketers battled through to show their skills.

Not to forget varierty of food on offer too. Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, supporters and well wishers for the fun-filled day!!




According to both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Guru Puja or Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the lunar month of Ashadha, which corresponds to June-July of the Roman calendar.

To this day Guru Purnima is one of the major celebrations in Shirdi. Shri H.V. Sathe, one of the early and close devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba, recounts, "Baba's arati and puja on ordinary days were started, but for some time there was no celebration of Guru Purnima by special worship of Baba on that day. Baba himself sent for my father-in-law (Shri Dada Kelkar) and said, ‘Do you not know that this is Guru Purnima? Bring your worship material and do your Guru Puja.’ Then we had Guru Puja on that day and this practice of celebrating Guru Purnima by all the devotees worshipping Baba then begun, has continued to date." [From Devotees’ Experiences of Shirdi Sai Baba, by B.V.Narasimhaswami]

The above account of Sathe has given way to the general belief among Sai devotees that as Baba “himself” sent for Dada Kelkar, reminded him of the Guru Purnima and asked him to render puja, the custom of celebrating Guru Purnima at Shirdi was founded by Baba himself. But a letter published in the “Shri Sai Leela” (monthly magazine) throws some light on the actual antecedents of the event. The letter was written by Shri Tatyasaheb Noolkar to Shri Nanasaheb Chandorkar. Unfortunately the date of the letter is not mentioned.

The letter reads:
"On Saturday just as I got up in bed, I remembered it was Guru Puja day and made preparations. After bhiksha [begging rounds of Sai Baba] we were permitted to perform Guru Puja. Baba allowed us to do all upachar [particulars and points of worship] quietly. He returned all dakshina that was given at the time of puja. Then He sent word to Radhakrishna and Dadabhat [Dada Kelkar, father-in-law of Rao Bahadur Sathe] that puja and arati was being done and they should come soon. So Radhakrishna sent her puja [materials] and Dada came with his puja articles."

It is evident from the above letter that some devotees who knew that it was Guru Purnima implored Baba to allow them to do Guru Puja and eventually somehow obtained his permission. Also, that it was only after meting out the permission to other devotees that Baba sent word to Dada Kelkar. The expressions, "we were permitted", "Baba allowed…. quietly" in the above letter clearly indicate Baba's attitude toward the puja, suggesting that he would have almost unwillingly nodded his assent to it at the outset. [Ref: Arati Sai Baba, by Sri Babuji]

“One Gurupurnima day, numerous devotees came to Sai Baba, and as usual, placed a book before him so that he might return it with his asirvada or blessing for them to study it with profit and benefit. Sai Baba, however, took up a book brought by one man and gave it to another, as he often does.” [From Devotees’ Experiences of Shirdi Sai Baba, by B.V.Narasimhaswami]

"I give my devotees what they ask for until they ask for what I want to give." - Shirdi Sai Baba




There are three views regarding the question ‘Who is Sai Baba?’

1) Many people who are accustomed to perceiving things and people superficially, said that Shirdi Sai Baba was a mad fakir who lived for many years in a worn out and dilapidated masjid in Shirdi, and who talked at random and extracted money in the form of dakshina from people who went to see Him.

This view is quite wrong. To a friend of Mr. R.A.Tarkhadkar who was full of tears when he was taking Sai Baba’s leave at the time of leaving for Bombay, Baba said, “Why do you behave like a madman? Am I not with you there in Bombay?” The friend said, “I know that, but I have no experience of Your being with me there in Bombay.” Thereupon, Shirdi Sai Baba said that the person who thinks that Baba is in Shirdi only, has yet to understand Baba. Vide p. 308 of ‘Sai Leela’ magazine, dated January 15, 1925.

2) Some people said that Shirdi Sai Baba was a saint. The Mohammedans took Him for one of their pirs and the Hindus regarded Him as one of their saints. The managers of the festivals celebrated annually at Shirdi refer to Sai Baba in their announcements as the crest jewel of the saints. This view is also not correct, because:

3) Those who knew Sai Baba intimately regarded Him, and regard Him still, as God incarnate. The following are a few examples:

i. Hon. Mr. Justice M.B. Rege, B.A., L.A.B., High Court Judge, Indore, in his forward to Sai Baba’s Sayings and Charters by B.V. Narashimhaswami (page 1-2) says: Baba in the flesh was to his devotees, the embodiment of the supreme spirit, lighting the sadhakas’ path by His words and actions. The mortal body has passed away, but the “Baba” once abiding in it, now lives in the spirit eternal, helping in a silent way. He often helped and gave solace to myriads of His devotees who sought His help while He was in His physical body.

ii. A High Court judge from a state in the north made the following statement quoted on page 1 in Devotees’ Experiences by B.V. Narasimhaswami:I look upon Shri Sai Baba as the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. I did so before His mahasamadhi in 1918 and do so now. To me, He is not gone. He exists even now. To me, He had no limitations. Of course, when He was with us, there was the fleshy tabernacle. That was prominently brought to our attention at times. But mostly, the infinite aspect of His was what remained before me. I thought of Him as a mental or spiritual image in which the finite and infinite blended quite perfectly - yet allowing the finite to appear before us at times. Now that the body has been cast off, the infinite Sai Baba alone remains.


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