Shraddha and Saburi – Essence in Sai Devotion
There was no knowing, as to when Sai Baba would accept a devotee. That depended on His will. Siddik Falke’s story is to the point. One, gentlemen, by name Siddik Falke of Kalyan, after making pilgrimage to Mecca and Madina, came to Shirdi. He lived in the Chavadi, facing north and sat in the open court-yard of the Masjid. For nine months, Baba ignored him and did not allow him to step in the Masjid. Falke felt disconsolate and did not know what to do. Somebody, advised him to try to approach Baba through Shama, a close and intimate devotee of Baba. Shama on request of Falke spoke to Baba about him thus, “Baba, why don’t you allow the old Haji to step into the Masjid, while so many persons freely come and go, after taking your darshan; why not bless him once?”
Shraddha on Pitra Paksha
The word “Pitra Paksha” comprises of two words ‘Pitra’ means ancestors and ‘Paksha’ means phase of the moon. The auspicious period in the dark fortnight of Ashwini (September – October) is known as Pitra Paksha. This is an occasion to pacify the departed ancestors by performing rites to repay debts to the ancestors. This year Pitra Paksha will start on 28th September (from 9.00 am onwards) and will continue till 12th October 2015.
What Are Ancestral Problems or Pitra Dosha?
Pitra are the souls of departed ancestors of one’s family. The persons, who are alive today, have a long line of ancestors encompassing many generations. According to Bhagwat Gita which is one of the leading texts of Hinduism, the soul is immortal. The relevant slokas which describe the immortality of souls and its rebirth are given below.
Breast Cancer – Astrological and Spiritual Perspective
As per Wikipedia, “Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply the ducts with milk. Cancers originating from ducts are known as ductal carcinomas, while those originating from lobules are known as lobular carcinomas. Breast cancer occurs in humans and other mammals. While the overwhelming majority of human cases occur in women, male breast cancer can also occur.”
As per Shri Sai Satcharita, the Shruti (Taittiriya Upanishad) exhorts us to honour and worship mother, father and preceptor, and to study (learn and teach) the sacred scriptures. These are the means of purifying our minds and unless this purification is effected, self-realization is not possible. Neither the senses, nor the mind and intellect reach the Self. Modes of proof, such as Perception and Inference will not help us in the matter. It is the grace of the Guru that counts. The objects of our life such as Dharma, Artha and Kama are attainable with our effort, but the fourth object, Moksha (liberation) can only he had with the help of the Guru.