HOME

 

SATYANARAYAN PUJA

 

 

Here is a humble effort to provide a simple procedure for performing the SatyaNarayan Puja on your own. I apologize for any mistake unknowingly committed in the process. The puja can be further simplified if one is unable to buy certain items, due to lack of time or other reasons. Just listening to/reading the Katha itself is very beneficial. Most important is to perform the puja with Sincerity,Love and Devotion.

 

CONTENTS

 

1.      Simplified Satya Narayan Puja Procedure

2.      Elaborate Sathya Sai Satya Narayan Puja

3.      Original Katha

4.      Sathya Sai Baba’s Katha

5.      Food prayer

6.      Bhajans

7.      Aartis

8.      Significance of SatyaNarayan Puja

9.      Significance of Kalash

10.  What time to do the Puja

11.  Things required for the Puja

12.  Preparing the Puja mantap

13.  Prasad / Charnamrit (recipe)

14.   Distribution of Charnamrit , Prasad

15.  Conclusion

 

SatyaNarayan Pooja

 

SIMPLIFIED PUJA PROCEDURE

 

Shloka For Consecrating The Water (to be sprinkled on the puja items, devotees and surroundings for purifying the atmosphere)

 

Cover the kalash (or pot filled with water) to be used for teerth with your hand and say the below written shloka to consecrate the water. Now, dip a flower in this water and sprinkle it on the puja items, devotees and surroundings.

 

Kalashasya mukhe Vishnu, kante Rudra samashritaha

Mule tatra sthito Brahma, madhye Matrgana smrita

Kukshau tu sagaraha, sarve saptadwipa Vasundhara,

Rigvedaha, yajurvedaha, samavedoho, arthavarnaha,

Angaischa sarve kalashambu samashritaha,

Gangecha, Yamunechaiva, Godavari, Saraswati,

Narmada, Sindhu, Kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru

Kalshodaken devam atmanam puja dravyani cha samprokshya

 

May the lord Vishnu be present at the mouth, Shiva at the neck,

And Brahma remain at the base of this pot.

May the mother (Earth) be present in the center.

May the water from all the seas and the sand from all the seven islands,

The learning from all the 4 vedas, Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda,

Blend into this water,

And the water from all the seven holy rivers,

Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati,

Narmada, Sindhu, and Kaveri blend into the water in this pot.

 

3 Om’s

 

Gayatri Mantra (3 times)

 

Om bhur bhuvah swah

Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargo devasya dheemahi

Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

 

(O God, Thou art the giver of life, the remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive thy supreme, sin-destroying light; may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.")

 

 

Ganeshji’s Prayer

 

Sri Vakratunda Mahakaaya

Koti-soorya samaprabha

Nirvighnam kuru me Deva

Shubh-karyeshu Sarvadaa 

(O, Lord Ganesha of the curved trunk and massive body, the one whose splendor is equal to millions of Suns, please bless me to that I do not face any obstacles in my endeavors)

 

Offer akshat, pushpa and kumkum to lord Ganesha. Then bathe the Ganeshji image with Charnamrit and then washe it with clean water. (This water should be mixed into the original charnamrit and later distributed to all). Offer dakshina (money) as per your desire.

 

Guru Prayer

 

Guru brahmaa guru vishnuh

guru devo maheshvarah
guru saakshaat parabrahma
tasmai shree gurave namah

 

(I prostrate to that Shree Guru, who is himself Brahma, Vishnu, and God Maheshwara, and who is verily the Supreme Absolute itself.)

 

Mentally pay obeisance to your Guru

If you have a Guru, offer him akshat, kumkum , Pushp and dakshina.

 

Prayer to Navgraha (9 planets)

Om Namah Sooryaya Chandraya Mangalaya Budhaya Cha

Guru Shukra Shanibhyascha Raahave Ketave Namo Namaha 

(My Salutations to Soorya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars) and Budha (Mercury). I also salute Guru (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn) as well as Rahu and Ketu.)

Mentally invite the 9 planets to attend your puja and grant you grace. Pay obeisance to them and offer them akshat, pushpa and kumkum (in the tray where swastik is marked, symbolic of the Navgraha).

Prayer to Satyanarayanji

Offer pushpa and kumkum to Lord SatyaNarayan. Bathe the image of SatyaNarayan (or coins of 1 ¼ ) with Charnamrit and then wash it with clean water. (This water should be mixed into the original charnamrit and later distributed to all). Offer dakshina (money) as per your desire.

 

(Optional)  Offer a piece of new cloth, either silk or cotton to the deity. This should then be donated to someone present or to the poor.                                                  

 

 

ELABORATE SATYA SAI SATYA NARAYAN PUJA PROCEDURE

 

Commencing the puja

 

Begin the puja by first lighting the lamp (the main one not the smaller one’s which will be lit during the course of the puja). Now sitting cross-legged on the floor, with your palms resting on your knees (with the thumb and the middle finger joined and the palm facing upwards), eyes closed, reverentially chant the ‘Om’ 3 times, feeling the reverberations of the sound within yourself. This done, chant the following shlokas.

 

 

Shlokas For the Satya Sai Satya Narayan Puja

 

1. The Sai Gayatri Mantra

At all auspicious, religious and devotional functions it is customary to sing the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ first, asking the Goddess Gayatri (the Divine Mother) to illumine the intellect and dispel darkness. Similarly, the gayatri mantra can also be recited in praise of a particular chosen God or deity with the confidence that all forms of God ultimately represent the same Omnipresent Divinity. Thus the Sai Gayatri urges our beloved lord Satya Sai as follows: 

 

// Om Sayeeshwaraaya Vidmahe

   Satya Devaya Dhimahi

  Thannosarvah Prachodayat //

 

That Lord of lords Sai, whom we know,

Let us meditate Satya Deva (who is the very embodiment of the eternal ‘Truth’)

The one who kindles our knowledge.

 

 

The Original Gayatri Mantra

 

You may also chant the original Gayatri Mantra, instead if preferred, as follows:

 

// Om bhur bhuvah suvah

Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargo devasya dhimahi

Dhiyoyona prachodayat//

 

2. It is then customary to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha, (the elephant headed God). Also known as vighneshwaraa (the remover of obstacles), He is asked to bless the occasion with His presence, remove all obstacles and help ensure that the function is completed successfully, with the prayer:

 

// Shree vakratunda mahaakaya, koti surya samaprabha

Nirvighnam kurme devo, shubha karyeshu sarvada. //

 

O Lord Ganesha, the one who has a curved trunk and a great body and whose effulgence/splendor matches (is equal to) a million suns,

May you bless us with you Grace and may all auspicious functions/good work be successfully completed without any obstacles.

 

 

 

3. The next shloka (Sanskrit verse) is addressed to the Guru, or preceptor, asking him to bless the occasion with the following prayer:

 

 

Gurur Brahmaa, gurur Vishnu, guru devo Maheshwaraha,

Gurur sakshat Para Brahma, tasmai shree guruve namaha.

 

The Guru is none other than an embodiment of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwara (Shiva)*. He is the supreme Brahman (consciousness) Himself. To such a Guru, I offer my salutations. 

 

*According to the Hindu scriptures, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva make up the holy trinity as the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer of the universe respectively.

 

4. After the above two shlokas it is customary to honour Saraswati, the Goddess of learning with the following Prayer:

 

// Ya kundendu tushar har dhawala,

Ya shubra vastravrata,

Ya veena vardanditakara,

Ya shewata padmasana,

Yaa brahmachyut shankara prabhritibhir,

Devai sada vandita,

Sa maam paatu Saraswati, Bhagawati,

Nishesh jadya pahaa.//

 

She who is pure and white like the jasmine, the full moon and the garland like formation of dew drops,

She, who is dressed in a spotless white robe,

Who has the auspicious instrument, the Veena, in her hand,

Who is seated on a white lotus,

Who is revered by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,

The one who is always revered by all the Gods,

May that goddess Saraswati, or Bhagwati, the presiding deity of learning, remove our lethargy, laziness and ignorance and bless and protect us.

 

Shloka for consecrating the water (to be sprinkled on the puja items, devotees and surroundings for purifying the atmosphere)

 

// Kalashasya mukhe Vishnu, kante rudra samashritaha

Mule tatra sthito brahma, madhye Matrgana smrita

Kukshau tu sagaraha, sarve saptadwipa Vasunadhara,

rigvedaha, yajurvedaha,samavedoho, arthavarnaha,

Angaischa sarve kalashambu samashritaha,

Gangecha, Yamunechaiva, Godavari, Saraswati,

Narmada, Sindhu, Kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru

Kalshodaken devam atmanam puja dravyani cha samprokshya //

 

 

 

 

May the lord Vishnu be present at the mouth, Shiva at the neck,

And Brahma remain at the base of this pot.

May the mother (Earth) be present in the center.

May the water from all the seas and the sand from all the seven islands,

The learning from all the 4 vedas, Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda,

Blend into this water,

And the water from all the seven holy rivers,

Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari,Saraswati,

Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri blend into the water in this pot.

 

With the water, thus consecrated, we now purify the materials and surroundings before commencing the puja. By sprinkling it all around, using a flower from the pot.

 

Break a coconut and offer it to the Lord before commencing the Puja

 

Shloka before commencing the Puja

 

// Atha Sri Satya Sai Vrata saangataa sidhyartham

Nirvighnena parisamaaptyartham //

 

We now commence the puja for the Satya Sai Vratam

May the lord help us to complete it without any obstacles.

 

// Sri Maha Ganapati Pujaam karishye //

 

We begin with first worshipping lord Ganesha.

 

Shlokas in praise of Lord  Ganesha

 

An image (metal or silver) image of Lord Ganesha may be used for this puja. If not available, place a whole supari or a piece of whole Haldi (turmeric) on the rice in front of the kalash to represent Ganesha. 

 

// Om shree Ganeshaya namaha

Dhyami, avahayami, navaratna simhasan samarpayami

Padyoha padyam samarpayami

Arghyam samarpayami, mukhe achamaniyam samarpayami

 

Pour a tsp of water from the left hand into the right palm and drink it. Do this 3 times. 

 

Om Shree Ganeshaya namaha … snanam samarpayami  (Pour water over the image)

                                      …snanataram shudha achamaniyam samparyami (drink water)

                                       …snanataram vastrayugmam samarpayami (offer cotton)

Om Shree Ganeshaya namaha …shri gandham samarpayami (offer sandal paste)

                                               … yagnopavithyam samarpayami

                                              …alankarnaartham akshatam samarpayami (offer akshata)

                                                durvadi, nanavidh parimala patra pushpani samarpayami  (offer flowers and leaves)

 

Different names in praise of Lord ganesha

 

1.Om Sumukhaya namaha                          2.Om Ekdantaya namaha

3. Om Kapilaya namaha                               4. Om Gaja karnikaya namaha

5. Om Lambodaraya namaha                                   6. Om Vikataaya namaha

7. Om Vighnarajaaya namaha                     8. Om Ganadhiyaaya namaha

9. Om dhumraketave namaha                      10. Om ganadhyakshaaya namaha

11. Om phalchandraaya namaha.               12. Om Gajananaaya namaha

13. Om Vakratundaaya namaha                  14.Om Shurpakarnaaya namaha

15. Om skanda purvajaaya namaha

 

Everyone should take loose flowers and akshat.

 

Om Shree Maha Ganapataye namaha  …nanavidh parimala pushpakshatam samarpayami

Om Shree maha Ganapataye namaha …dhupam aghrapyami, deepam darshayami, dhupa deepanantaram achamaniyam samarpayami.(offer incense, show the lamp and drink water 3 times)

 

Now, offer a piece of jaggery or a fruit as naivedyam (prasad) to lord Ganesha and then say the following shloka:

 

Om shree mahaganapataye namaha ..Naivedyam samarpayami

 

Om Shree mahaganapataye namaha … dakshina tambulam samarpayami (offer dakshina, (money) as per your desire)

Om Shree mahaganapataye namaha …suvarna mantrapushpam samarpayami

(offer flowers)

Om mahaganapataye namaha …atma pradakshin namaskaran samarpayami (revolve around yourself once and prostrate before the deity)

 

Mam ishta kamyartha sidhirasthu Om Shree Mahaganapate prasadam shirsa grihayaamitaha

 

May my desires be fulfilled. I accept the blessing of Lord Ganesha. 

 

Now the person who is doing the puja should take a flower from those offered to Lord Ganesha and respectfully place it on his/her head, accepting it as a prasad or blessing.

 

Satya Sai Puja

 

For this puja an image or photograph of Swami may be used or place two coins (value 1 ¼) in front of Swami’s image and use those for all the rituals of pouring water etc.

 

Atha Shree Satya Sai Devataa pujaam karishye. Sarvadevataatiswarup Shree Satya Sai aavaahanam karishye 

 

Now we worship Lord Satya Sai, the embodiment of all the Gods. We invite His presence with the following shloka:

 

Agacha Bhagwan devathaane cha atra sthirobhava

Yavat pujaam karishye aham taavanvam sannidhau vasa

 

Come O Lord (Satya Sai) and grace us with your presence

When I pray to you, may you always remain close to me

 

// Shree sarvadevataaswaroop, sarvashaktiswaroop, sarvamantrasya swaroop Shree Satya Sai devataabhyo namaha. Aavahayami pushpaakshatan grahitva.//

 

We offer our salutations to Lord Satya Sai, the embodiment of all the forms of God, the embodiment of all shakti (divine power) and the receiver of all the mantras (prayers). We now worship Him with flowers and Akshata (grains of rice smeared with turmeric).   

 

Here everybody helps themselves to flowers and akshata and

 

// Dhyayet satyam, gunatitam,gunatraya, samanvitam, lokanatham, trilokesham, kaustubhaabharanam, harim, neelavarnam, pitavastram, trivatsapada bhushitam, govindam, gokulaanandam, brahmaatdhairapi pujitam.//

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai Parabrahmane namaha

Dhyanam samarpayami.//

 

All present offer the flowers and akshata to Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai.

 

// Nana varna samaayuktam patra pushpa sushobhitam

aasanam deva devesh mama gyanam vivardhaya//

 

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

navaratna khachit simhasanam samarpayami//

 

We offer the lord Satya Sai a throne laden with nine gems.

 

//  Satya Sai namastesthu narakaarna avatarak

padyam grihan devesha, mama gyanam vivirdhaya//

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Padyam samarpayami//

 

We wash the feet of Lord Satya Sai, the embodiment of all the Gods.

 

Here we wash Swami’s feet/padukas with the firm belief that He is present. This ritual completed, we then pray to him thus:

 

// Vyaktavyakta swaroopaya, hrishik pataye namaha

Maya Nivedito bhaktaya hama dhyoryam prati grihyataam//

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Arghyam samarpayami

Mandakini samam vari tapa papa haram shubham//

 

We offer our salutations and obeisance to lord Satya Sai the embodiment of all the Gods. The one who washes away our sins like Mandakini (another name for the holy river Ganges. A dip in the Holy Ganges, is said to wash away all your sins).

 

//Tadamidam kalpitam deva

samya gaachamyataam twayaa //

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Aachamaniyam samarpayami //

 

We offer water to welcome the Lord Satya Sai, the embodiment of all the Gods.

 

Here we offer the water by taking it from the left hand into the right hand and drinking it 3 times as before.

 

// Snanam panchamrutairdeva, grihaan Purushotama

Anath nath, sarvajnya, geevaarna pranut priya //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Panchamrut snanam samarpayami

Shudhodaka snanam samarpayami //

 

We bathe the Supreme person panchaamruta (a drink made from 5 articles, milk, yogurt, honey, sugar and ghee) and then holy water (for purifying ourselves).

 

Here we bathe the Satya Narayana image (or coins of 1 ¼) with panchamruta and then wash it with clean water. This water should be mixed into the original panchamruta and later distributed to all present. 

 

// Vedasukta samaayukte, yajna saam samanvite

Sarva varna prade deva, vaasaansi pratigrihyataam //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Vastra yugmam samarpayami //

 

We offer new clothes to the Lord Satya Sai.

 

Usually a piece of new cloth, either silk or cotton is offered to the deity at this stage. This should then be donated to someone present or to the poor.

 

// Brahma Vishnu Maheshaishcha nirmitam, Brahmasutrakam

Yajnopavitam, danen proyataam hridgateshvara //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

yajnopavitam samarpayami //

 

We offer our salutations to Sri Satya Sai, the one who purifies all yajnas (sacrificial rites)

 

// Shree gandham, chandanam divyam

Gandhaadyam sumanoharam vilepanam

Surshrestha chandanam pratigruhyatam //

 

// Sarva devataatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Gandham samarpayami. Sri gandhaan dhaaryaami //

 

We offer the lord of lords, Sri Satya Sai sandalwood paste here.

// Haridrachoorna samyuktam kumkumam kaamdaayakam

Nana parimalam divyam grihaan gunabhushita //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Haridrachurna sanyuktam kumkumam samarpayami //

 

We offer the Lord Satya Sai kumkum (vermillon powder used in pujas) – we sprinkle a little kumkum on the image

 

// Akshataaha, tandulaaha, shubraaha kumkumena virajitaha

Maya niveditaa bhaktya grihan param prabho //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Alankarnaartham akshataan samarpayami //

 

We offer the Lord Satya Sai Akshata (rice grains)

 

// Mallikaadi sugandhini, maaltyadini vai prabho

Maya hritani pujaartham pushpani pratigruhyataam //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Nanavidh parimala pushpani samarpayami //

 

We offer the Lord of Lords, Sri Satya Sai, different kinds of fragrant flowers.

 

After this we read the Satya Sai Ashtotara. You may also do paduka puja while reading the ashtotara

 


 

 

On completion of the ashtotara, the puja is concluded with the following shlokas

 

// Atha Sri Satya Sai Astotara puja sampoornam. //

 

// Vanaspati samudrabhuto gandhaadyo gandhavatmaha

Aargheyam sarvadevatanam dhupoyam pratigrihyatam //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Dhupam aaghraapyami //

 

We offer the Lord Satya Sai incense.

 

// Saadyam trivarti sanyuktam vanhinaa yojitam maya

Deepam grihan devesha, trailokya timiraapaha //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Deepam darshayami //

 

We Offer the Lord Satya Sai the deepa (lamp) with 3 wicks – and pray to Him to remove the darkness (of ignorance) of all the 3 lokas 

 

// Dhupa deepa anantaram achamaniyam samarpayami

Avasaraartham kalpokta prasad naivedyam samarpayami //

 

Drink water 3 times and then offer the prasad made from semolina or wheat here. Circle the prasad 3 times taking a little water in your right hand. Then recite the following shlokas:

 

// Om Bhur Bhuvaha suvaha

Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargodevasya dheemahi

Dheeyoyona prachodayat //

 

// Brahmaarpanam Brahmahavi Brahmagnau Brahmanahutam

Brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahmakarma samadhinaha

Aham vaishvanaro bhutva, praninaam deham ashrithaha     

Pranapaana samayuktaha, pachaami annam chaturvidham. //

 

(The above shloka should be recited daily before meals so as to purify the food) 

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Kalpokta prasad naivedyam samarpayami //

 

We offer the Lord Satya Sai, naivedyam (holy food or prasad)

 

// Om pranaaya swaaha, om apaanaaya swaaha, om vyaanaaya swaaha

om udaanaya swaaha, Om samaanaya swaaha, Om brahmane swaaha //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Madhye madhye paaniyam samarpayami //

 

Amrutaamidhanamasi uttara aaposhanam samarpayami

Hastau prakshalayami padau prakshalayami

 

// Shudha achamaniyam samarpayami //

 

Wash your hands by pouring a little water from the left hand on to the right hand 3 times into a plate or vessel. And then drink water 3 times as before.

 

// Pugiphala sama yuktam naagavalli dalairyutam

Karpur churna samyuktam taambulam pratigrihyataam //

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Sadakshina taambulam samarpayami //

 

I/We offer the Lord Satya Sai Dakshina (money as per the devotees wish. The minimum amount traditionally offered is two coins of 1 ¼ )

 

// Anyathaa sharanam naasthi, twameva sharanam mama

Tasmaat kaarunya bhavena raksha saayeeshwar prabho //

 

O Lord you are my only refuge. oh Saayeeshwara (Lord of Lords),O compassionate one, protect me

My favourite shloka adresses the Lord thus:

 

// Twameva mata, cha pita twameva,

Twameva bandhuscha sakha twameva,

Twameva Vidya, dravinam twameva,

Twameva sarvam mam deva deva.//

 

O Lord, you are my mother and my father,

You are my brother and friend,

You are Knowledge itself and Wealth too,

You (my Lord) are everything to me.

 

Concluding  shloka:

 

// Sarva devatatiswaroop Sri Satya Sai devatabhyo namaha

Atma pradakshina namaskaram samarpayami //

 

Here the devotee revolves around himself either once or thrice and then reverentially prostrates before the Lord as a symbol of total surrender.

 

After the above puja, the 5 chapters of the Satya Sai Satya Narayan Katha are narrated, followed by breaking of another coconut at the end of the 5th chapter, offering it to the Lord as above and then performing the aarti.

 

Distribution of panchamrutam, plain teertha and then Prasad respectively is a must, immediately after the aarti and before the crowd disperses. Devotees must accept the above in their right palms with the left palm placed below the right one.

 

 

ORIGINAL KATHA

 

To listen to the Katha, go to http://www.softpark.com/idurga/satya/satya.asp

 

 

Shri Satyanarayan Vrat Katha

 

Pahla Adhyaya

Ek Samay Nem Sharanya Tirth mein Saunik Adi Athaasi Hazaar Rishyo ne Shri Sutji se poocha --"Hey Prabhu, Is Kalyug mein Vaid--Vidya rahit manushyo ko prabhu bhakti kis prakar milaygi tatha unka udhar kaisey hoga? Isliye hey muni shreshta, koi aisa tap kahiye jis se thodey samay mein punya prapt ho tatha mano vanchit fal miley."

 

Sarvashastra ghyata Shri Sutji boley, "Hey Vaishnavo mein pujya - aap sab ne sarva praniyo ke hit ki baat poochi hai. Ab mein us shreshta vrat ko aap logo mein kahoonga, jis vrat ko Narad ji ne LakshmiNarayan se poocha tha aur Shri LakshmiPati ne Muni Shreshta Narad se kaha tha --so dhyan se suniye.

 

Ek samay, Yogiraj Narad ji doosro ke hit ki ichcha se, anek lokon mein ghoomtey huey mrityulok mein aa pahunchey. Vahan bahut yoniyon mein janmey huey praya sabhi manushyon ko apne karmo ke dwara anek dukho se peedit dhek kar kis yatna ke karney se nischay hi inkey dukho ka nash ho sakega, aisa man mein sochkar Vishnulok ko gaye. Vahan shwet varna aur char bhujaon wale devon ke eersh Narayan ko (jinkey haaton mein shanka, chakra, gada aur padma they, tatha vanmala pahney huey they) dekhkar stuti karney lagey. "Hey Bhagwan, aap atyant shakti se samparn hai. Man tatha vani bhi aapko nahi pa sakti, aapka aadi, madhya aur ant nahin hai, nirgun swaroop shrishti ke aadi bhoot va bhakto ke dukho ko nasht karney wale hai. Aapko mera namaskar hai."

 

Naradji se is prakaar stuti sunkar Vishnu Bhagwan boley ki "Hey Munishreshta - Aapke man mein kya hai? Aapka yahan kis kaam ke liye aagman hua hai? Nisankoj kaho." Tab Naradmuni boley, "Mrityu lok mein sab manushya jo anek yoniyo mein paida huey hai, apne apne karmo ke dwara anek prakaar ke dukho se dukhi ho rahey hai. Hey Nath muj par daya rakhtey hai to batlaeay ki un manushyo ke sab dukh thodey se hi prayatna se kaisey door ho saktey hai?" Shri Vishnu Bhagwanji boley ki "Hey Narad, Manushyo ki bhalai ke liye tumne yeh bahut achchi baat poochi. Jis kaam ke karney se manushya moh se choot jaata hai, vah mein kehta hoo suno. Bahut punya ka deney wala, swarg tatha manushya lok dono mein durlab ek vrat hai. Aaj mein premvash hokar tumse kehta hoo. Shri Satyanarayanji ka vrat achchi tarah vidhan purvak karke manushya turant hi yahan sukh bhogkar marne par moksh ko prapt hota hai."

 

Shri Vishnu Bhagwan ke vachan sunkar Narad ji ne poocha ki us vrat ka kya fal hai, kya vidhan hai, aur kisne yeh vrat kiya hai aur kis din yeh vrat karna chahiye, kripa karke vistaar se bataiye. Shri Vishnu Bhagwan boley, "Dukh shok aadi ko door karne wala, dhan dhanya ko badane wala, saubhagya tatha santaan ko dene wala, sab sthano par vijaye karne wala, Shri Satyanarayan Swami hai. Bhakti aur shradha ke saat kisi bhi din, manushya Shri Satyanarayan ki sham ke samay, Brahmano aur bandhuo ke saath dharmaparayan hokar puja karey, bhakti bhav se savaya prasad de. Gehu ke abhaav mein saathi ka churan, shakar tatha gud le aur sabh bhakshan yogya padarath jama karke savaye arpan kar devey tatha bandhuo sahit bhojan karavey. Bhakti ke saath swayam bhojan karey. Nritya aadi ka aachran kar Shri Satyanarayan Bhagwan ka smaran kar samast samai vyateet karey. Is tarah ka vrat karney par manushyo ki ichcha nischay hi poori hoti hai. Vishesh kar kal kaal mein bhoomi par yahi moksh ka saral upaya hai.

 

Doosra Adhyaya

Sutji boley "Hey Rishyo! Jisne pehle samay mein is vrat ko kiya hai uska itihaas kehta hoo, dhyan se suno." Sunder Kashipuri nagari mein ek ati nirdhan Brahman rehta tha. Vah bookh aur pyaas se bechain hua nitya hi prithvi par ghumta tha. Brahmano ko prem karne wale Bhagwan ne Brahman ko dukhi dekhkar, boodey Brahman ka roop dhar uske paas jaakar aadar ke saath poocha, "Hey Vipra! Tu nitya dukhi hua prithvi par kyo ghumta hai? Hey shreshta Brahman! Yeh sab mujse kaho, mein sunana chahata hoo." Brahman bola "Mein nirdhan Brahman hoo, biksha ke liye prithvi par firta hoo. Hey Bhagwan, yadi aap iska upaya jaante ho to kripa karke batao." Vridh Brahman bola ki Satyanarayan Bhagwan manovanchit fal ko dene wala hai. Isliye hey Brahman tu unka pujan kar, jiske karne se manushya sab dukho se mukt hota hai. Brahman ko vrat ka vidhan batakar budey Brahman ka roop dharan karne wale Satyanarayan Bhagwan antardhyan ho gaye. Jis vrat ko vridh Brahman ne batlaya hai, mein usko karoonga. Yeh nischay karne par usey raat mein neend bhi nahi aayi. Vah saverey utha. Shri Satyanarayan ke vrat ke nischay kar biksha ke liye chala. Us din usko biksha mein bahut sa dhan mila jis se bandhu-baandhavo ke saath usne Shri Satyanarayan ka vrat kiya. Iske karne se vah brahman dukho se chutkar anek prakaar ki sampatiyo se yukt hua. Us samay se vah Brahman har maas vrat karne laga. Is tarah Satyanarayan Bhagwan ke is vrat ko jo karega vah sab papo se chutkar mauksh ko prapt hoga. Aagey jo prithvi par Satyanarayan vrat karega, vah manushya sab dukho se chut jayega. Is tarah Naradji ne Shri Narayan ka kaha hua yeh vrat tumse kaha. Hey Vipro! Mein ab aur kya kahu? Rishi boley "Hey Munishwaro! Sansar mein is Brahman se sunkar kis kis ne is vrat ko kiya, hum vah sab sunana chahatey hain. Iske liye humarey man mein shradha hai. Sutji boley "Hey Muniyo! Jis Jisne us vrat ko kiya hai vah sab suno. Ek samay vah Brahman, dhan aur aishwarya ke anusaar bandhu-baandhavo ke saath vrat karne ko tayar hua. Usi samay ek lakdi bechney wala ek buda aaya aur bahar lakadiyo ko rakhkar Brahman ke makan mein gaya. Pyaas se dukhi lakadharey ne Brahman ko vrat kartey dekhkar namaskar karkey poochney laga ki aap yeh kya kar rahey hai aur iskey karney se kya fal milta hai? Kripa karkey mujse kahiye. Brahman ne kaha, "Sab manokamnao ko poora karne wala, yeh Satyanarayan ka vrat hai. Iski hi kripa se mere yahan dhan-dhanya aadi ki vridhi hui hai." Brahman se is vrat ke barey mein jaankar lakadhara bahut prasan hua. Charnamrit lekar aur prasad khaney ke baad, apne ghar ko gaya.

 

Lakadharey ne man mein is prakaar ka sankalp kiya ki aaj gram mein lakdi bechney se jo dhan mujhe milega usi se Shri Satyanarayan Bhagwan ka uttam mein vrat karoonga. Yeh man mein vichar kar, budha lakadhara lakadiya sar par rakhkar Sundernagar mein gaya. Us roz vahan par usey un lakadiyo ka daam pehle dino se chauguna mila. Tab budha lakadhara daam lekar aur ati prasan hokar pakkey kele ki fali, shakar, ghee aur dahi, gehu ka chun ityadi Satyanarayan Bhagwan ki vrat ki kul samagriyo ko lekar apne ghar gaya. Phir usne apne sab bhaiyo ko bulakar vidhi ke saath Bhagwan ji ka pujan aur vrat kiya. Us vrat ke prabhav se budha lakadhara dhan, putra, aadi se yukt hua aur sansar ke samast sukh bhogkar vaikunth ko chala gaya.

 

Teesra Adhyaya

Sutji bole, "Hey shresta muniyo! Ab aagey ki katha kehta hoo- suno. Pehle samay mein Ulkamukh naam ka ek budhimaan raja tha. Vah satyavakta aur jeetendra tha. Pratidin dev sthano mein jaata tatha garibo ko dhan dekar unkey kasht door karta tha. Uski patni kamal ke samaan mukh wali aur sati sadhvi thi. Badrashila nadi ke tath par un dono ne Satyanarayan Bhagwan ka vrat kiya. Usi samay mein vahan ek sadhu vaishya aaya. uske paas vyapaar ke liye bahut sa dhan tha. Nav ko kinarey par thehra kar raja ke paas gaya aur raja ko vrat kartey huey dekh kar vinay ke saath poochney laga--Hey rajan! Bhaktiyukt chit se aap kya kar rahey hai? Meri bhi sunaney ki ichcha hai. Yeh aap mujhe bataea.

 

Raja bola "Hey Sadhu! Apne baandhavo ke saath putradi ke prapti ke liye Mahashaktivaan Satyanarayan Bhagwan ka vrat va pujan kiya ja raha hai.

 

Raja ke vachan sunkar Sadhu aadar ke saath bola, "Hey rajan! Mujko iska sabh vidhan kahiye, mein bhi aapke katha anusar is vrat ko karoonga. Meri bhi koi santaan nahi hai aur is se nischay hi hogi. Raja se sabh vidhan sunkar, vyapaar se nivrit hokar, aanand ke saath ghar gaya. Sadhu ne apni stri se santaan dene wale us vrat ka samachar sunaya aur kaha ki jab meri santaan hogi tab mein is vrat ko karoonga. Sadhu ne aise vachan apni stri Lilawanti ko kahey. Kuch samay baad, Lilawanti garbawati hui tatha dasve mahiney mein uske ek sunder kanya ka janam hua jiska naam Kalawanti rakha gaya. Tab Lilawanti ne meethe shabdo mein apne pati se kaha ki aapne jo sankalp kiya hua tha ki Bhagwan ka vrat karoonga, ab aap usey kariye. Sadhu bole, Hey priya! Iske vivah par karoonga. Apni patni ko aashvaasan dekar voh nagar ko gaya. Kalawanti pitragrah mein vridhi ko prapt ho gayi. Sadhu ne jab nagar mein sakhiyo ke saath apni putri ko dekha to turant hi doot ko bulakar kaha ki putri ke vastey koi suyogya var dekh kar laao. Sadhu ki aagya paakar doot Kanchan Nagar pahuncha aur vahan par badi khoj kar aur dekhbhaal kar ladki ke vaastey suyogya vanik putra ko le aaya. Us suyogya ladke ko dekh kar, Sadhu ne apne bhai-bandhuo sahit prasan-chit apni putri ka vivah uske saath kar diya. Kintu, durbhagya se vivah ke samay bhi us vrat ko karna bhool gaya. Tab Shri Bhagwan krodhit ho gaye aur usey shrap diya ki voh daarun dukh prapt hoga.

 

Apne kaam mein kushal sadhu baniya apne jaamata sahit samudra ke samip Ratanpur nagar pahuncha. Aur vahan dono sasur jamai, Chandraketu Raja ke nagar mein pahunche aur vyapaar karney lagey. Ek roz, Bhagwan Satyanarayan ki maya se prerit koi chor raja ka dhan churakar sheegra ja raha tha kintu peechey se raja ke dooton ko aatey dekh kar, chor ne ghabrakar bhaagtey-bhaagtey dhan ko vahin chup-chap rakh diya jahan vah dono sasur jamai thehrey huey they. Dooton ne us sadhu vaishya ke paas raja ke dhan ko rakha dekh kar dono ko baandhkar le gaye aur prasanta se daudtey huey raja ke samip jaakey boley, "Yeh do chor hum pakad kar laye hai, dekh kar agya de." Raja ki agya se unko kathin kaaravaas mein daal diya aur unka dhan raja ne cheen liya. Usi shrap dwara uski patni bhi ghar par bahut dukhi hui aur ghar par jo dhan rakha tha chor churakar le gaye. Sharirik va mansik peeda mein bookh va pyaas se ati dukhit ho ann ki chinta mein, Kalawanti ek Brahman ke ghar gaye. Vahan usne Satyanarayan vrat hotey dekha. Vahan usne katha suni aur prasad grahan kar raat ko ghar aayi. Mata ne Kalawanti se kaha, "Hey putri! Din mein kahan rahi va tere man mein kya hai?" Kalawanti boli, "Hey mata! maine ek Brahman ke ghar Satyanarayan ka vrat dekha." Kanya ka vachan sunkar, Lilawanti Satyanarayan Bhagwan ke pujan ki tayari karney lagi. Lilawanti ne parivar aur bandhuo sahit Bhagwan ka pujan kiya aur yeh var maanga ki mere pati aur daamaad sheegra hi aa jaavey aur prathna ki ki hum sab ka apraadh shama karo. Satyanarayan Bhagwan is vrat se santusht ho gaye aur Raja Chandraketu ko swapna mein dekhayee diye aur kaha ki "Hey rajan! Dono bandhi vaishyon ko prat hi chod do aur unka sab dhan jo tumne grahan kiya hai de do nahi to tera dhan, rajya, putradi sab nasht kar doonga." Raja ko aisa vachan sunakar Bhagwan antardhyan ho gaya. Prat-Kaal Raja Chandraketu ne sabha mein apna swapna sunaya aur dono vanik putro ko kaid se mukt kar sabha mein bulaya. Dono ne aatey hi Raja ko namaskar kiya. Raja meethey vachno se boley, "Hey Mahanubhavo! Bhagyavash aisa katheen dukh prapt hua hai, ab koi bhay nahi hai." Aisa kahkar Raja ne unko naye-naye vastrabushan pehnaye tatha unka jitna dhan liya tha us se duna dhan dilvakar vida kiya. Dono vaishya apne ghar ko chal diye.

 

Chautha Adhyaya

Sutji boley, "Vaishya ne mangalachar karke yatra aarambh ki aur apne nagar ko chala. Unkey thodi door pahunchney par dandi veshdhari Satyanarayanji ne un se poocha, "Hey sadhu! teri naav mein kya hai? Abhimani vaanik hasta hua bola, "Hey dandi, aap kyon poochtey ho? Kya dhan lene ki ichcha hai? Meri naav mein to bel tatha pattey adi bharey hai. Vaishya ka kathor vachan sunkar, Bhagwan ne kaha ki tumhara vachan satya ho. Aisa kahkar dandi vaha se chaley gaye aur kuch door jaakar samudra ke kinarey baith gaye. Dandi ke jaaney par vaishya ne nitya kriya karne ke baad naav ko oonchi uthi dekh achamba kiya tatha naav mein bel patradi dekh murchit ho gir pada. Phir murcha khulney par bahut shok karne laga. Tab uska daamaad bola ki aap shok na karey, yeh dandi ka shrap hai. Aapko sharan mein chalna chahiye tabhi hamari manokamna poori hogi. Damad ke vachan sunkar vah dandi ke paas pahuncha. Bhakti bhav se namaskar kar bola, "Maine jo aap se asatya vachan kahey they us ko shama karo, aisa kahkar vah mahan shokatur ho roney lagey. Dandi Bhagwan boley, "Hey vanik putra! Meri aagya se tumhe baar-baar dukh prapt hua hai. Tu meri puja se vimukh hua hai." Sadhu bola, "Hey Bhagwan! Aapki maya se mohit gyani aapke roop ko nahi jaantey, tab mein agyani kaise jaan loo? Aap prasan hoiay, mein saamarth ke anusaar aapki puja karoonga. Meri raksha karo aur pehle ke samaan, nauka mein dhan bhar do." Un dono ke bhaktiyukt vachan sunkar Bhagwan prasan ho gaye. Uski ichanusar var dekar antardhyan ho gaye. Tab unho ne naav par aakar dekha ki naav dhan se paripurn hai. Phir vah Bhagwan Satyanarayan ka pujan kar saathiyo sahit apne nagar ko chala. jab vah apne nagar ke nikat pahuncha tab doot ko ghar bheja. Doot ne sadhu ke ghar jakar, uske stri ko namaskar karke kaha ki sadhu apne daamaad sahit is nagar ke samip aa gaye hai. Aisa vachan sunkar Lilawanti ne bade harsh ke saath Bhagwan Satyanarayan ka pujan kar putri se kaha mein apne pati ke darshano ko jaati hoo, tu karya purna karke sheegra aana. Mata ke vachan sunkar Kalawanti prasad chhodkar pati ke paas gaye. Prasad ki avagya ke karan Bhagwan Satyanarayan ne rusht hokar uske pati ko naav sahit pani mein duba diya. Kalawanti apne pati ko na dekhkar roti hui zameen par gir gayi. Is tarah naav ko dooba hua tatha kanya ko rota dekh sadhu dukhit ho bola, "Hey Prabhu! Mujse ya mere parivar se jo bhool hui usey shama karo. Uske deen vachan sunkar Bhagwan Satyanarayan prasan ho gaye aur aakashvani hui. "Hey Sadhu! Teri kanya mere prasad ko chhodkar aayi hai, isliye iska pati adrishya hua hai. Yadi woh ghar jaakar prasad khaakar lautey to isey pati avashya milega. Aakashwani se aisa sunkar, Kalawanti ne ghar pahunchkar prasad khaaya. Phir us ne aakar pati ke darshan kiye, tab vaishya parivar ke sab log prasan huey. Phir sadhu ne baandhavo sahit Bhagwan Satyanarayan ka vidhi poorvak pujan kiya. Us din se har purnima va sankrant ko Bhagwan Satyanarayan ka pujan karne laga. Phir is lok ka sukh bhogkar swarg ko chala gaya.

 

Paanchva Adhyaya

Sutji boley, "Hey Rishyo! Mein aur bhi katha kehta hoo, suno. Praja palan mein leen, Tungadhwaj naam ka raja tha. Usne bhi Bhagwan ka prasad tyag kar bahut dookh paaya. Ek samay, vanmein ja karke pashuo ko maarkar bud ke ped ke neechey aaya. Us ne bhaktibhav se gwalo ko baandhavo sahit Bhagwan Satyanarayan ka pujan karte dekha. Raja dekhkar bhi, abhimaan vash na vahan gaya, na namaskar kiya. Jab gwalo ne Bhagwan ka us ke saamne prasad rakha, to vah prasad ko tyag kar apni sunder nagri ko chala gaya. Vahan us ne apna sab kuch nasht paaya. To vah samaj gaya ki yeh sabh kuch prasad ke niradhar ke vajai se hua hai. Tab vah, vishwas kar gwalo ke samip gaya aur vidhi poorvak pujan kar prasad khaaya. Bhagwan Satyanarayan ki kripa se sab jaisa tha vaisa hi ho gaya. Tatha sukh bhogkar marne par swarg lok mein gaya. Jo manushya is param durlab vrat ko karega, Bhagwan ki kripa se usey dhan dhanya ki prapti hogi. Nirdhan dhani hota hai. Bandhi bandhan se mukt hokar nirbhay ho jaata hai. Santaanheeno ko santaan prapt hoti hai. Sab manorath purna hokar ant mein vaikunth dham ko jaata hai. Jinhonay, pehle is vrat ko kiya hai, uske doosrey janam ki katha kehta hoo. Vridh Shatanand Brahman ne Sudama ka janam lekar mauksh paaya. Ulkamukh naam ka raja Dashrath hokar vaikunth ko prapt hua. Sadhu naam ke vaishya ne Mordhwaj bankar apne putra ko aare se cheerkar moksh prapt kiya. Maharaj Tungadhwaj ne swayam-bhu hokar Bhagwan ke bhaktyukt karm kar moksh ko prapt kiya.

 

It Shri Satyanarayan Vrat Kathayaam Panchmodhyaya Samapt.

 

 

SATHYA SAI BABA’S VRAT KATHA

 

SRI SATYA SAI SATHYA NARAYAN KATHA

 

Chapter 1

 

 

Sri Satya Sai Baba was born in a small village called Puttaparthi in the Andhra region of Southern India. His father was called Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju, while His divine mother’s name was Easwaramma (meaning, the mother of Eashwara – the Lord). The mother was a very pious lady, always performing one penance or another to please the Lord. The Lord Narayana, who had decided to descend on earth once again to re-enact his Divine drama, pleased by her true, divine love, thus chose dear Eashwaramma to be His mother and Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju as his father in this life.

 

As per her own testimony, three months into her pregnancy, when Eashwaramma was drawing water from the well one day, a bright blue light, suddenly descended from the heavens and entered her womb. She was unable to express the joy she experienced at the moment. This secret was not revealed to any one, as Swami, (Sri Sathya Sai Baba) had asked her not to do so. However, a few days before her Mahasamadhi  (death of a great soul), during lunch, Bhagwan Himself asked her to tell all present, her experience at the well.

 

As Eashwaramma advanced in her pregnancy and the ninth month drew closer, strange occurrences began taking place in the house on their own. The musical instruments in the house would suddenly play divine music by themselves. The drums would beat, the veena (a stringed instrument) twang and the cymbals clang, awakening all the inmates with their orchestra.

 

Finally, the 23rd of November, 1926, dawned. It was a Monday, the day of Lord Shiva, the year of the bountiful and the month of lights, (when the Indian festival of lights, ‘Diwali’ is celebrated). Eashwaramma’s mother-in law finished performing the Sri Sathya Narayana Vrata and offered the Divine Prasad (sanctified food, received as a blessing) to her daughter-in-law. Sai Narayana was born soon after Eashwaramma ate the prasad. The baby was consequently named Satya Narayana.

 

One day, when baby Narayana was blissfully asleep in his cradle, the women around the baby were surprised to find the clothes under the baby moving. They quickly lifted the baby and to their horror, found a snake slithering away from under the Lord and disappear within a few yards. Familiar, by now, with the strange happenings around this baby, they concluded that the Lord Adiseshsa (King of the snakes), having missed the Lord in Vaikuntha (abode of the Gods), must have come down on Earth to give him company.

 

Satya Narayana, as a child, would neither touch non-vegetarian food nor visit houses where it was prepared. He would spend most of his time in neighboring Karnam Subamma’s house. The latter was a very pious and satwic (pure in thought and deed) lady who was very fond of dear Satya. Even in this Avatar, there had to be a Yashoda (Krishna’s foster mother) isn’t it?

 

Satya was an extremely generous child. Any beggar who came to his parents’ door was never turned away. He ensured that the beggar was fed sumptuously, sometimes foregoing even his own food, much to the annoyance of his sister and mother who would get irritated with his constant charity. Later, when they called Him for his lunch, Lo! little Satya would hold His tiny  lotus palms under their noses, asking them to smell his hands. To their utter surprise, they would find the most delicious and mouth watering smells emanating from those divine red palms. On being questioned as to where He had eaten, the prompt reply always was, “An old man fed me.”     

 

Even as a child, Sathya started revealing his true nature – Love!*  He could never bear to see His friends unhappy. He would often create candy, pencils, erasers and the like to make them happy. He would collect all the tiny tots and make a dollhouse wherein He would install small pictures of Gods and teach the children bhajans (devotional songs).

 

On conclusion of His studies in the primary class, Sathya was next admitted into an elementary school in the nearby Bukkapatnam village. Here too, his popularity continued to grow amongst his schoolmates and strange, inexplicable experiences, that revealed His true, divine nature, were the norm. One day, for example, a teacher found Satya ignoring to take down the notes that he was dictating. Insulted, he punished little Satya by asking Him to stand up on the bench. The bell rang soon after, indicating that the class was over. When the next teacher, Mehboob Khan, who was very fond of Satya, entered the class, he found the previous teacher still sitting in his chair. When asked to vacate the chair, the teacher was deeply embarrassed and almost in tears as he stated, ‘Sahib, the chair has stuck to me.” Khan, then looked around the class and found, to his dismay, his favourite student standing on the bench and the children who had overheard the conversation, giggling. Immediately realizing what was happening, he asked the teacher concerned, to relieve Satya, declaring that, “only then would the chair leave him.” The crestfallen teacher, already humiliated, obeyed and found that the chair released him as soon as Satya descended from the bench. None of the participants in this divine drama were aware at the time that years later, Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba would explain in a speech that His intention at the time was not to embarrass or insult the teacher concerned but to slowly start revealing His divinity and true identity so as to prepare mankind for what was to follow.

 

In yet another incident, a tonga (horse carriage) driver once lost his horse. He searched everywhere but in vain. Someone then told him that there was a divine boy studying in the school close by who would be able to tell him the whereabouts of his lost horse. Just as in the Shirdi Avatar (Sai baba’s previous incarnation in the town of Shirdi in Maharashtra, India), Satya gently beckoned the driver and told him that his horse was grazing in a mango grove outside the village. The driver, to his immense joy, found the horse exactly where Satya had said he would. From then on, all the tonga drivers in the village would pray to Satya to sit in their carriages as they found that they would earn more money on the days that he did so.

 

The first chapter of Sri Satya Sai Satya Narayan Katha ends in all auspiciousness.

 

Chapter 2

 

On the 8th of March, 1940, Sathya gave a piercing scream and fell down unconscious. He tightly held His right toe with his hand and so, friends and relatives around concluded that a scorpion had bitten him. Satya, however, had actually left his physical frame to save some devotee far away. The people around him did not realize this, as Satya had never done such a thing in the presence of others before. They continued to look for the scorpion, which was nowhere to be found. To everyone’s relief, Satya opened his eyes after some time and was as calm as before. 

 

The next day, the incident recurred with Satya falling down unconscious once again. Later, when he regained consciousness, he advised the people around him, “the village Goddess Muthyalamma is angry for some reason. So one of you break a coconut and light some camphor at her shrine.” When the coconut was broken at the temple, little Satya at home announced that the coconut had broken into three pieces. On checking it was found that it was indeed so.

 

The above incidents drew various reactions from the people in the village. Some people thought that Satya was possessed by ghosts and started treating him with all sorts of medicines and herbs while others concluded that he had gone ‘mad’ and sent for his parents to come and fetch him. Satya’s parents, when they arrived, were shocked to see their darling son in such a state.

 

However, even they, did not know what to do and so took him to an excorcist, known to be very powerful in the region. The excorcist used cruel methods for supposedly ‘driving away the ghosts.’ He cut darling Satya’s tender scalp with a sharp knife and squeezed some lime juice into it. He also added some very pungent powder, which resulted in sweet Satya’s face bulging to abnormal proportions. His eyes, too, swelled to an enormous size, causing much agony and distress to His mother and sister who could not bear to see His condition. They were, however, helpless in the situation, as they had handed over Satya to the excorcist.

 

Seeing their plight, Satya beckoned His sister and asked her to get a particular herb that was available nearby and squeeze some of it’s juice into His eyes. The mother and sister then pleaded with the exorcist to leave Satya alone, promising that they would bring Him back once He was better and more fit. The Exorcist let Satya go with great reluctance. The sister then put the suggested herbal juice into Satya’s eyes and before long, his eyes were back to normal and sparkling with mischief. Explaining the above incidents, Baba has subsequently stated that He endured this period of torture to demonstrate that He is beyond pleasure and pain and beyond duality (ref: page 95 the Holy man and the Psychiatrist by Samuel H. Sandweiss).

 

Days passed with Satya extolling high Vedic Philosophy (Indian scriptures, the 4 Vedas) to the village urchins. He even started talking about a saint called SAI BABA. The father, Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju, could not stand this turn of events any longer. One day he approached his son with a stick in his hand, with the intention of beating the devil out of him.  In frustration, he queried,  ‘who are you? Tell me the truth.” Unflustered, Satya calmly replied with love and authority, “I am SAI BABA.  Keep your houses clean and your minds clean and I will dwell in them forever.” The stick in the father’s hand fell down. He was dumbfounded but further commanded, “if you are Sai Baba, show us proof.”  Bala Narayana (little Narayana) took a handful of jasmine flowers in his hands and threw them on the floor. The flowers fell forming the letters SAI BABA in Telegu (the local language). 

 

From that day onwards, people in the village as well as those in the surrounding villages started calling Satya, Sai Baba or Swamy (master). They started worshipping Him with great devotion and offered Bala Sai special pujas (prayers) on Thursdays.

 

The second chapter of Sri Sathya Narayan Katha ends in all auspiciousness.

 

Chapter 3

 

When He was still studying in the High school at Uravakonda, The Corporation Commissioner of Bellary once took Satya along with some of his family members to the Sree Virupaksha temple at Hampi in Southern India. When they arrived at the temple, Bala Sai did not go inside with the others but remained outside near the gate. However, when the puja in the sanctum sanctorum began, everyone was surprised to see Satya standing in front of the lingam (oval shaped stone symbol, used in the worship of Lord Shiva). They had left him at the entrance to the temple and so how could He be inside the sanctorum, they wondered. They rushed outside to find Satya standing alone, gazing at the sky with an innocent smile playing on his rosy lips. Everyone then fell at His feet and praised Him. Describing the incident in a recent speech given 62 years later on the 20th of October, 2002, Swamy Himself has said,    

 

“The Commissioner and his wife played host to us for three days. They took us to the Virupaksha temple in the nearby Hampi Kshetra (region). Seshama Raju (Swami’s elder brother) and his wife told Me to remain outside the temple and keep a watch over their belongings as they would go inside to have Darshan (seeing a holy person or the deity in a temple) of the deity. I readily agreed and remained outside. As soon as they entered the temple, to their utter astonishment, they found Me standing inside the sanctum sanctorum where the deity is supposed to be standing. Seshama Raju could not believe his eyes. He thought, "Why did he come here when I specifically asked Him to remain outside and take care of our belongings?" He at once came out of the temple only to find Me still standing there! He went inside again and found Me there too! Still he was not convinced. He told his wife, "You go outside and keep a watch over Satya. Do not allow him to go anywhere. Meanwhile, I will go inside and see whether he is still there" She did as she was told. He again saw a smiling Satya standing in the sanctum sanctorum. The Corporation Commissioner was also a witness to all this. He recognised My divinity. When they came out of the temple, he caught hold of  Seshama Raju's hands and said, "Raju, do not be under the impression that Satya is your little brother. He is not an ordinary person. You are deluded by seeing His physical form. There is divine power in Him."  

 

Soon after the above incident, Satya came home from school one day, threw away His school bag and announced, “Maya (illusion) has left Me. I am no longer yours, my devotees are waiting for me.” Satya’s sister-in-law rushed out from the house and was almost blinded to see a bright aura surrounding Sathya’s head. She closed her eyes, unable to bear the luster. Sathya’s mother then pleaded, “O son, if you must leave us to go to your devotees, please stay in Puttaparthi itself and protect and bestow your grace on all your children.” Satya Sai gracefully acceeded to his mother’s humble request.

 

Back in Puttaparthi, Swamy now decided to live in neighboring Karnam Subbamma’s house, rather than that of his parents, as it was larger and could accommodate more devotees who came to see Him. More importantly, Subbamma herself, was a very ardent devotee who loved little 14 year old Satya with all her heart.

 

Devotees now started pouring in from all over the region. Sometimes the food that was prepared was insufficient to feed all the devotees present. At such times, Subbamma would approach Sai Narayana for help. He would then go to the kitchen with two coconuts, skillfully strike one against the other and breaking them, sprinkle the coconut water over the food. The food, thus consecrated by Him, would then automatically feed all those present with some left over for the members of the household. 

 

As the number of devotees increased, it was decided to build a bhajan hall (used for devotional singing) on the left side of Subbamma’s house. Meanwhile, all kinds of devotees, young and lold, the sick and healthy continued to stream towards Puttaparthi. Once a priest called Laksmiah arrived with a friend and his wife, who was mentally sick. The priest asked his friend and his wife to wait on the banks of the Chitravati (river) and proceeded to Subbamma’s house. There he met Swamy himself but unaware of his identity, asked, “I believe there is a boy here who cures all ailments. Could you please take me to him as I have brought my friend and his mentally sick wife to see Him.”  Satya Sai Narayan asked the priest to bring the couple to Him. He asked them to have a bath and then sit down with the other devotees. He distributed prasad to all and created divine vibhuti (holy ash), putting some in the sick woman’s mouth. Later He cut the fruits that the couple had brought as offerings to Him and asked them to eat it. Within no time, as people watched, the mad lady became normal and bowing reverentially to Swamy, happily left with her husband.

 

On another front, aware that the life span of Karnam Subbamma was nearing it’s end, Swamy encouraged her to give away a lot in charity. Once when He was away in the city of Madras, Subbamma’s health condition deteriorated seriously. Her mind however, was constantly on Satya Sai. Describing her intense devotion to Him and her final moments, Swami has said in the above-mentioned speech,which was accessed on the net:

 

“Though Karnam Subbamma was not physically related to this body, she was closely attached to Swami, emotionally. She used to think of Swami day in and day out. She requested Me to stay in her house. She was prepared to vacate the house for My sake. Many relatives argued with her, "Being a Brahmin (the highest Indian caste), how are you allowing a Kshatriya (the caste that Swami is born into) to stay in your house?" She said, "I don't go to anybody's house. None of you need come to my house. It is enough if I have Swami with me." Such was her devotion and determination. She had only one desire. She prayed, "I should see your beautiful form when I leave my body." I said I would certainly fulfill her desire. Once I went to Madras acceding to a devotee's prayer, Subbamma was in Bukkapatnam at the time. She was staying with her mother. By the time I returned from Madras, Subbamma had breathed her last. When I came here, people came running to Me and said, "Swami, Your Subbamma passed away last night." Immediately, I turned the car and went to Bukkapatnam straightaway. Her body was kept in the verandah, covered with a cloth. The entire household was grief stricken. Once Swami makes a promise, He will certainly fulfill it under any circumstances. I removed the cloth covering the body. As she had passed away the previous night, ants were crawling all over her body. I called out, "Subbamma," and she opened her eyes. This news spread like wildfire within no time. The people of Bukkapatnam started crowding the place telling each other that Subbamma was brought back to life. Subbamma's mother was a hundred years old at that time. I told her to bring a glass of water with a Tulasi leaf (holy basil) soaked in it. I put the Tulasi leaf in Subbamma's mouth and made her drink some water. I said, "Subbamma, I have kept up My promise. Now, you may close your eyes peacefully." She said, “Swami, what more do I need? I am leaving blissfully." Shedding tears of joy, she held My hands and breathed her last. This is how I keep My promise under any circumstances. In this manner, I never go back on My promise.  

 

Back in Puttaparthi, Swamy continued to please all his devotees, fulfilling their innermost desires. He appeared to different devotees in different forms as per their chosen God. To some He showed himself as Lord Ganesha, while to others He appeared variously as  Sri Rama, Sri Krishna (Indian deities) and yet to some others as Christ and pleased all. Also, there is a Tamarind tree in Puttaparthi from which Baba would pluck whatever fruit His devotees asked for. Different people simultaneously asked for various fruits such as mangoes, bananas, apples, pears etc. Each devotee, to their surprise and wonder would find the fruit of his choice hanging from the same tamarind tree!

 

As Swamy’s popularity grew, so did His enemies. Once, a lawyer named Krishnamachari came to Puttaparthi with the sole intention of exposing Satya as a charlatan. He was taken to Swamy by his father. Bala Narayana took the lawyer to a room asking him to keep his eyes closed. When they arrived there, Swamy asked the lawyer to open his eyes. The lawyer was pleasantly surprised to see the shirdi samadhi (another pilgrimage center) with a garland on it and a pujari  (priest) standing next to it with puja items (material required for worship) in his hands. Swamy then asked the lawyer to look at the other side of the room where he saw a vision of the Hanuman temple, Neem tree and Guru Sthan (seat of the Guru), also from Shirdi. The lawyer was a follower of Shirdi Baba and so when he was given a darshan (vision) of Baba’s Samadhi, he fell at Sai Narayana’s lotus feet and asked him for pardon. The Dayamurthy (compassionate one,) patted him on the back and immediately pardoned him.

 

Swamy is all-powerful. Whosoever calls Him with love, by whatever name, he responds accordingly and blesses them.

 

The third chapter of Sri Sathya Sai Sathya Narayana Katha ends in all auspiciousness.            

 

Chapter 4

 

Smt Sakamma was the owner of a very large coffee plantation. She was also a very satwic and pious lady who performed a lot of charity like feeding the poor, giving them clothes and so on. In recognition of her good deeds, the Mysore Maharaja, had bestowed the title of ‘Dharma Parayanee,’ (one who upholds dharma or righteousness,) on her. 

 

One morning at about 9 am, when she was performing her puja (prayers), her servant informed her that some people, who had come in a car, wanted to see her immediately. She came out and saw an old car on which there was a board that said –‘Kailas Committee.’ Seated in front of the car, was a young boy of sixteen. A halo of thick, curly hair framed his charming face. At the back, seated majestically, was an old man with a flowing beard. He had holy ash smeared all over his body and on his forehead. She welcomed him inside and worshipped him very religiously by washing his feet and offering him flowers and fruits. The old man then asked her to become a member of the Kailas committee by paying one thousand rupees. She readily did so, but both the money and the receipt were returned to her saying that he would visit her again to collect the same. A couple of years passed however, with no sign of either the old man or anybody else from the Kailas Committee.

 

One day, Sakamma had to go to Bangalore where, she visited one of her friends. To her surprise, she saw the same young boy with the curly hair there. As she was looking at Him, the boy transformed himself into an old man, and then back. She was stunned and going close to the boy, asked Him, “were’nt you the boy who came to my place representing the Kailas Committee ?” The boy replied, “many years ago, you owed someone Rs 1000/- which had not been paid by you. And so I came to collect it from you, as all debts must be paid.” Sakamma’s eyes filled with tears. She respectfully prostrated to Sai Narayana and earned His grace.

 

One afternoon at about 3 pm Baba was lying down on his bed and talking to devotees when He suddenly shouted, “do not shoot, do not shoot and fell down unconscious.” After about an hour, Swami recovered and asked his devotees to send a telegram saying, “your revolver is with me, do not worry.” Someone advised Him that the word, ‘revolver,’ would raise objections from the postal authorities and so it was replaced with the word, ‘instrument,’ and the telegram sent.

 

All present, wondered why Swamy had acted so strangely and questioned Him about His sudden behavior. He replied that they would know within a few days. As predicted, after 4 days a letter, written by an Army officer from Bhopal, arrived. Apparently, due to some depressing circumstances in his life, the officer had felt dejected and wanted to shoot himself with his own revolver. He fired a test shot in the air and with the second one, was about shoot himself. That was the moment when Swamy, from the other corner of India shouted, “do not shoot, do not shoot.” At the same time, there was a knock on the officer’s door. He hastily put the revolver under the bed and opened the door. To his surprise, he saw his old classmate with his wife and a servant who had come to visit him. He invited them in. They chatted for a while, after which the guests decided to move on to his neighbor, who was also a friend. 

 

Bolting the door behind them, the officer came back to his bed to look for the revolver. It was, however, nowhere to be found. It took him a few minutes to get over this surprise. He sat down on the bed and was still wondering as to what could have happened to his revolver when there was a second knock on the door. This time, it was the postman with a telegram for him, which read, “your instrument is with me, do not worry.” The senders name was, “Baba.”

 

Our Sai Narayana never forsakes or lets down those who worship Him with devotion and faith. One has to just call on Him and He runs to their aid with all his four arms of Satya, Dharma, Shanti and Prema- Truth, Righteousness, Peace and Love. His mahima, (Glory) is beyond words and impossible to describe. In the above case, the officer’s wife was an ardent devotee of Swamy.

 

The fourth chapter of Sri Satya Sai Satya Narayan Katha ends in all auspiciousness. 

 

Chapter 5

 

Sai Narayana once visited a house in the cantonment area of Bangalore. Many people had assembled there for His Darshan. Some of them had brought flowers and fruits to offer them to Swamy while others were discussing His leelas and mahimas. A poor cobbler overheard their talks, when a beautiful thought arose in his mind. He too wished to have a glimpse of the Avatar. So, innocently plucking a rose from the garden, he squeezed his way through the crowd towards where Swamy was seated. On getting closer, he peeped inside the house when, Swamy too simultaneously looked out at that moment. Their eyes met for an instant and the cobbler experienced an irresistible wave of Love overflowing through him towards Swamy. The Lord then lovingly asked him to come closer. The cobbler went up to Sai Narayana and offered him the rose. Swamy accepted the same and gently asked, “My dear, what do you want,” in Tamil, which was the cobbler’s mother tongue. The cobbler however, was not prepared for the question and flustered, blurted out, “Swamy please visit my hut,” to which Swamy replied, “I will definitely come to your house.”  Tears of joy overflowed from the cobbler’s eyes and he reverentially fell at the lotus feet of Sai Narayana. In his exultation he even forgot to ask Swamy when He would Grace his little hut. All these questions, in fact, dawned on him only after Swamy had left.

 

Days passed by with no sign of the Lord’s visit to the cobbler’s humble hut. Then one day, as the cobbler sat on a pavement, mending some torn footwear, a car stopped in front of him. Presuming it to be a police car that had come to chase him away, the cobbler hastily began collecting his things with the intention of running away, when he saw, Swamy Himself, alight from the car. He asked the cobbler to not be afraid and invited him into the car, saying that He (Swamy) would take him (the cobbler) home. The cobbler was too stunned to say anything. He meekly got into the car which then sped on with Swamy, without being told, directing the driver straight to the cobbler’s hut. The cobbler, still in a daze, got down from the car and went inside his house.

 

He asked his wife to spread a mattress and rushed out to welcome the Lord. Sri Sai Narayana graced his hut, ushering in all auspiciousness with Him. He sat on the mattress with the cobbler and his family. The cobbler then realized that there was nothing in the house that he could offer Swamy. He was in despair, wondering what to do and when the all-pervasive Lord, aware of his plight, asked him not to worry. He said that He had come to give him happiness and not take anything from him except love. With a casual wave of his hand he created sweets and fruits and distributed them to all those present. He created vibhuti (holy ash) and applied it to the cobbler’s forehead. He then departed saying, “I will now take leave of you. Do not worry, I am always with you.” Before the cobbler could say anything more, Sai Narayana had sat in the car and left, after having transformed the cobbler’s little hut into a veritable temple. 

 

On another occasion, when Swamy was visiting Trichinopally, some people started spreading false allegations against Him. That evening, when Sai Narayana was addressing a gathering, he called a beggar boy who was dumb and known to all. He asked him to come on to the stage and, in the presence of the crowd, asked him his name. The boy who was dumb from birth, loudly replied, “Venkatanarayana.” The people who had been spreading false rumors against Swamy were dumbfounded and bowed their heads in shame. They realized that Swamy’s leelas and mahimas are indeed innumerable and unfathomable.

 

In the town of Thiruvennamalai, for example, Sai Narayana created some medicine for Swamy Amrithananda and cured him of a chronic ailment that he had suffered from for long. On another occasion, He operated on Dr. Bhagwantam’s son, even creating the required instrument himself. The instrument is one of Dr. Bhagwantam’s most precious possessions today. Another doctor and an ardent devotee of Baba, Dr. Shankar, has had the unique experience of Swamy entering his physical frame and helping him successfully perform very complicated operations. 

 

An unusual incident took place at Sri Karunyananda Swamy’s ashram (hermitage) in Andhra Pradesh. A destitute, pregnant lady once came to the ashram, seeking help. She was admitted to the ashram’s hospital. As Karunya Nanda Swamy was an ardent devotee of Swamy, pictures of Baba, hung on the hospital walls. One night, the attendant midwives decided to watch a late night film AND LEFT, leaving their patient all alone in the hospital. Unfortunately, the pregnant lady developed severe labor pains on the same night. Seeing her suffering and helpless, Swamy descended from the picture in the wall, treated her and helped her deliver the baby safely. Mother Sai even cleaned the baby and put it beside the mother for suckling. When the midwives returned after their late night movie, they were surprised to find that all their work had been done by someone else. When they asked the lady as to who had helped her, she pointed out to Swamy’s picture on the wall and said that the sadhu mata (holy mother) had come and helped her out, least realizing that the sadhu mata was the Lord Narayana, Himself!

 

Sri Satya Narayana has been born once again in this Kaliyuga (Iron age) and is protecting all of us. He always protects all those who trust Him. It is indeed our good fortune earned over many many births that we are privileged to have the Lord’s Darshan (audience), Sparsham (touch) and Sambashanam (dialogue) during our lifetime.

 

God is variously addressed by different people as Eashwara, Mahavishnu, Father, Christ, Allah and so on. Similarly, Bhagwan Sathya Sai Baba too takes on various forms so as to bestow Grace on his devotees and fulfill their innermost desires. He always protects those who tread the path of Satya and Dharma  with bhakti (devotion). His very nature is Shanti and Prema. The Sanathana Bhagwan (timeless Lord) is here on Earth once again and bestowing His Grace on us all. Let us thus bow to Him reverentially and earn His Grace.

 

The devotees of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba have been performing this puja on Thursdays, full moon days or other festive occasions and benefiting from even merely reading the story of Sai Narayana, with sincerity and devotion. It is also worth mentioning here that after writing the above divine story, the authoress, Smt Susheela Srikishen was wondering and praying to Swami to indicate to her in some way as to how many times one must read this story so as have their problems and worries resolved by Him. At that moment, as if in answer to her ardent prayer, a very old friend of hers arrived and placed 8 pomegranates in front of her. It is thus believed that whosoever performs this puja or reads this Katha with true love, faith and devotion for eight weeks will have their wishes fulfilled. The Lord Narayana takes away all their sorrows and worries and bestows happiness on them.

 

The final chapter of Sri Satya Sai Satya Narayana Katha ends in all auspiciousness

*I must mention here that as I was typing out the above story, the typeface suddenly changed from ‘Arial’ that I was working on, to ‘Shruti’ – a typeface that I didn’t even know existed in the computer! I was typing with my head down and looked up at my work to suddenly find that not only had the font type changed, without my having touched the mouse but the size too. I was deeply thrilled, because once again Swami had shown me His presence and, as far as I was concerned, given His approval to what I was working on. I also realized to my delight, that ‘shruti’ was a much better font to work in than the one I was working on. With tears in my eyes I thanked Him for His help and realized, once again, that this was just another one of His little ‘leelas’ to encourage us along the right path. I have thus left this story in two different font’s so that readers can see the difference for themselves. Strangely, even the excerpts of the recent speech that I have included in the story, were accessed on the net and sent to me on the e-mail by my husband’s cousin, just before I started writing it, as if to further authenticate the facts of Swami’s life in His own words! Also, please note the statement that He used, to show me His presence:

 

Even as a child, Satya started revealing his true nature – Love!  

 

 

 

Offering food/prasad to Lord

 

Brahmaarpanam Brahma Havir

Brahmagnau Braahmanaa Hutam

Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam

Brahma Karma Samadhina

 

 

Aham Vaishvanaro Bhutva

Praninam Deham Ashritaha

Prana Pana Samayuktah

Pachamyannam Chaturvidham

(Dear Lord, You are the provider of this food, taster of this food and you're food.
I take this food as a gift from you and I offer what I consume at your divine lotus feet.
 )

 

BHAJANS

 

YOU MAY SING ANY BHAJANS YOU LIKE, IF YOU WISH TO. LISTED BELOW ARE A FEW WELL-KNOW BHAJANS.

 

 

1) Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo

 

Vastu amol ik dee mere Satguru (2)

Kirpa kar apnayo

Payoji maine,  kirpa kar apnayo

Payoji…

 

Janam Janam ki poonji paayi (2)

Jag main sabhi khowayo

Payoji Maine, Jag main sabhi khowayo

Payoji maine..

 

Kharch na khote chor na loote (2)

Din din badat sabhayo

Payoji Maine, din din badat sawayo

Payoji maine..

 

Sat ki naav khewatiya satguru (2)

Bhavsagar tarhayo

Payoji Maine, Bhavsagar tarhayo

Payoji Maine..

 

Meera ke prabhu Giridhar Nagar (2)

Harakh-harakh  jas gaayo

Payoji Maine, Harakh-harakh jas gaayo

Payoji Maine..

 

 

 

2) Bhav Bhaya Harana

 

Bhava Bhaya Harana Vandita Charana..(2)
Jaya Radha Jaya Madhava Sai..(2)
Mangala Charana Kalimala Dahana..(2)
Narayana Keshava (Sai) ..(2)
Jaya Radha Jaya Madhava Sai..(2)

 

 

3)      Ankhein band karoo

 

Ankhein band karoo ya kholoo, mujh ko darshan de dena

hari mujh ko darshan de dena

ankhein…

 

Main na cheez hoon banda tera , tu sab ka daata hain

Tere haath main saari duniya, mere haath main kya hain

Tujh main dekhoon sabko, aisa darpan de dena

Ankhein…

 

Mere andar teri lehre, rishta hain sadiyon ka

Jaise ik naata hota hain, saagar se nadiyon ka

Naam tera loo aakhir tak, woh dhadkan de dena

Ankhein..

 

Hum sab hain Sitayen teri, hum sab Ram tumhare

Teri katha sunte jaayenge, daata tere sahare

Tum is janam main chahe laakhon raavan de dena

Ankhein..

 

Meri maang badi sadharan, man main aate rahiyon

Har ik kaaj ke peeche, apni jhalak dikhate rahiyon

Karoo sadhana teri keval, sadhan de dena na

Ankhein.

 

4) Milta hain

 

Milta hain saccha sukh keval gopal tumhare charano main, nand lala tumhare charano main

 

Main jag main rahoo to aise rahoo, jyo jal main kamal ka phool rahe..2

Mere avgun dosh samarpit  ho, Gopal tumhare charano main, nand lal tumhare charano main

Milta hain..

 

Mera nischay hain bas ek yahi, Ek baar tumhe paa jaoon main..2

Arpan kar doo is jeevan ka, Sab pyar tumhare haatho main, nand lal tumhare charano main 

Milta hain..

 

Yadi manush ka mujhe janam mile, to tav charano ka pujari banoo..2

Is pujari ki ek ek nas ka ho taar tumhare haatho main, nand lal tumhare charano main

Milta hain..

 

Jab jab sansaar ka bandi banoo, Nishkaam bhaav se seva karoo..2

Phir ant samay main pran taju, Gopal tumhare charano main, nand lal tumhare charano main

Milta hain..

 

Mujh main tujh main hain bhed yahi, Main nar hoon tum narayan ho..2

Main hoon sansar ke haatho main, Sansar tumhare haatho main, nand lal tumhare charano main

Milta hain..

 

 

 

6) Ek Jholi mein phool

 

Ek Jholi mein phool  bhare hain, ek jholi mein kaante 

Re koi kaaran hoga ------2

 

Tere bas mein kuch bhi nahi, yeh to baantnewala baante

Re koi kaaran hoga

 

Ek Jholi mein phool bhare hain, ek jholi mein kaante

Re koi kaaran hoga

Haan re koi kaaran hoga.

 

Pehle banti hain takdiren, fir bante hain shareer -----2

Yeh Sai ki karigiri hai,tu hai kyon gambhir.

Are koi kaaran hoga

 

Tere bas mein kuch bhi nahi, yeh to baantnewala baante

Re koi kaaran hoga

 

Ek Jholi mein phool bhare hain, ek jholi mein kaante

Re koi kaaran hoga

Haan koi kaaran hoga

 

Nag bhi dasle to mil jaye kisi ko jeevan daan,---2

Chunti se bhi mil sakta hai kisi ka namonishaan

Are Koi kaaran hoga

 

Tere bas mein kuch bhi nahi, yeh to baantnewala baante

Re Koi kaaran hoga,

 

Ek Jholi mein phool bhare hain, ek jholi mein kaante

Re koi kaaran hoga

Haan re koi kaaran hoga

 

Dhan ka bistar mil jaye , par neend ko tarse nain ---2

Kaanto par sokar bhi aaye kisike man ko chain

Are koi kaaran hoga

 

Tere bas mein kuch bhi nahi, yeh to baantnewala baante

Re Koi kaaran hoga

 

Ek Jholi mein phool bhare hain, ek jholi mein kaante

Re koi kaaran hoga

Haan re koi kaaran hoga

 

Saagar se bhi bujh na paye, kabhi kisi ki pyas---2

Kabhi ek hi bundse ho jati hai puri aas.

Are Koi kaaran hoga

 

Tere bas mein kuch bhi nahi, yeh to baantnewala baante

Re Koi kaaran hoga

 

Ek Jholi mein phool bhare hain , ek jholi mein kaante

Re koi kaaran hoga

Haan koi kaaran hoga

 

Mandir masjid mein jaakar bhi, kabhi na aaye gyan ----2

Kabhi mile mitti se moti, pathar se bhagwan.

Are koi kaaran hoga

 

Tere bas mein kuch bhi nahi, yeh to baantnewala baante

Re Koi kaaran hoga

 

Ek Jholi mein phool bhare hain, ek jholi mein kaante

Re koi kaaran hoga

Tere bas mein kuch bhi nahi, yeh to baantnewala baante

Re Koi kaaran hoga

Ek Jholi mein phool bhare hain, ek jholi mein kaante

Re koi kaaran hoga

Haan re koi kaaran hoga……..

 

Haan re koi kaaran hoga……

 

Haan re koi kaaran hoga……

 

 

 

Aartis

 

SATYA NARAYANJI KI AARTI

 

 

 

Jai Lakshmi Ramana,

Swami Jai Lashmi Ramana,

Satyanarayan Swami,

Jan Paatak Harana,

Jai Lakshmi Ramana

Ratan JaRat Singhasan,

Adhbut Chabee Rajey

Narad Kahat Niranjan,

Ghanta dhwani bhajey

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

Prakat Bhaye Kali Kaaran,

Dwij Ko Daras Diyo

Buddho Brahman Bankey,

Kanchan Mahal Kiyo

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

Durbal Bheel Karaal,

Jin Par Kripa Kari

Chandra Choor ik Raja,

Jinaki Vipatti Hari

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

Vashye Manorath Payo,

Shradha taj Deeni

So Fal Bhogyo Prabhuji,

Fir astuti Keeni

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

Bhaav Bhakti Ke Kaaran,

Chhin Chhin Roop Dharyo

Shradha Dhaaran Keeni,

Tin Ko Kaaj Saryo

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

Gwaal Baal Sang Raja,

Ban Mein Bhakti Karee

Man Vaanchit Fal Dino,

Deen Dayal Haree

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

Charhat Prasad Sawaayo,

Kadali Fal Mewa

Doop Dheep Tulsi Se,

Rajee Satya Deva

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

Shri Satya Narayan Ji Ki Aarti

jo koi nar gaavey

Kahat Shivanand Swami

Man VaanChit Fal Paavey

Jai Lakshmi Ramana.............

 

 

OM JAI JAGDISH HARE

Om jai Jagdish hare
Swami jai Jagdish hare
Bhakt jano ke sankat
Das jano ke sankat
Kshan men door kare
Om jai Jagdish hare

Jo dhyave phal pave
Dukh bin se man ka
Swami dukh bin se man ka
Sukh sampati ghar ave
Sukh sampati ghar ave
Kasht mite tan ka
Om jai Jagdish hare

Maat pita tum mere
Sharan padun main kiski
Swami sharan padun main kiski
Tum bin aur na dooja
Prabhu bin aur na dooja
Aas karun main jiski
Om jai Jagdish hare

Tum puran Parmatma
Tum Antaryami
Swami tum Antaryami
Paar Brahma Parmeshwar
Paar Brahma Parmeshwar
Tum sabke swami
Om jai Jagdish hare

Tum karuna ke sagar
Tum paalan karta
Swami tum palan karta
Main murakh khalkhami
Main sevak tum swami
Kripa karo Bharta
Om jai Jagdish hare

Tum ho ek agochar
Sab ke praanpati
Swami sab ke praanpati
Kis vidh milun Gosain
Kis vidh milun Dyalu
Tum ko main kumti
Om jai Jagdish hare

Deen bandhu dukh harta
Thakur tum mere
Swami Thakur tum mere
Apne haath uthao
Apni sharani lagao
Dwar pada hoon tere
Om jai Jagdish hare

Vishay vikar mitao
Paap haro Deva
Swami paap haro Deva
Shradha bhakti badao
Shradha prem badao
Santan ki seva
Om jai Jagdish hare

Tan man dhan sab hain tera

Swami sab kuch hain tera

Tera tujhko arpan

kya laage mera

Om jai Jagdish hare

 

Shyam sundarji ki aarti

jo koi nit gaavey

Kahat Shivanand Swami

Man vaanchit phal paavey

Om jai Jagdish hare

 

 

 

 

Significance of the ‘SatyaNarayan Puja’

The Satya Narayan Vrata, (worship of Satya Narayan, the embodiment of the eternal,‘Truth’), is one of the most common pujas (ritualistic prayers) that are offered to the Lord in India. Enthusiastic devotees, from time immemorial, have performed it with greatly beneficial results. It has been observed that after the performance of this puja with faith and devotion, devotees benefit by getting their problems and difficulties resolved. Thus the sick regain health and those with other wordly problems find, that help suddenly comes in from unexpected quarters.

 

The reasons for the popularity of this particular puja are many. First of all, it is very simple and easy to perform, and secondly, it can be performed by anyone; young or old, man or woman, and even widows. It thus proves that as far as God is concerned, there are no barriers.  It is only the sincerity, faith and devotion of the bhakta (devotee) that counts. Again, it can be performed on any day and at any time, although certain days and times are considered more auspicious.

The word Satya means Truth. Narayan means that which is abiding in everybody and everything. Lord SatyaNarayan (a form of Lord Vishnu) recommends that in order to overcome difficulties and problems either caused by this life or previous births, one has to begin worshipping truth. Worshipping truth means being truthful to oneself. Then be truthful to others. Speak the Truth. The more truthful we become more we are worshipping the Narayan in others and ourselves.

The purpose of fasting is ‘to stay away from’ i.e. to stay away from not only food but also from negative thoughts and tendencies (untruth, envy, anger, greed) and to contemplate on God.

The purpose of inviting family and friends is to encourage harmony and unity. The Hindus believe that we should focus not only on our own happiness but also encourage others to be happy. Thus, in fact when you make others happy, in the long run you are making yourself happy. What you sow is what you reap.

Singing of all together creates harmony and positive vibrations, which help to overcome negative tendencies that cause conflicts and problems in our lives. Also, during singing it is hard for the mind to wander.

Shri Satya Naaraayan kathaa begins by Naarad Muni perturbed by the sufferings of people on earth due to their bad / evil actions. Bhagvaan Krishnaa in the Gitaa described the law of Karma to Arjun. Our good actions like helping others reward us with their fruits of various enjoyments on this earth. Equally the bad actions such as harming others will produce negatives fruits in the form of sufferings. Usually the sufferer is not aware of the bad actions, as the time scale of those bad actions is not perceivable at the time of suffering. Some actions bear fruit immediately e.g. a thief has committed a robbery, is caught by the police in doing so and is also jailed by the magistrates. Whilst other actions will produce fruits during a short time, this lifetime or another lifetime of the jeeva.

 

It is necessary to understand that such sufferings are also beneficial to the individual as they make one introspect, to reason out, why the sufferings have occurred. The goal is to lead the individual to the higher spiritual planes, to end in merging with the highest divinity (param atma). All living beings are programmed to achieve this goal. The whole cosmos with all its contents – animate or inanimate are part of the param atma and are set to merge in that atma. Good actions quicken the process whilst bad actions slow the process with sufferings – but which teach the individual the true goal of life.

 

The sufferings due to our bad actions can be quite prolonged. Bhagvaan Satya Naaraayan’s vrat / worship acts as a catalyst to overcome and end such prolonged suffering much quickly and augment peaceful divine life – showering the worshipper with his blessings

 

The Significance of the ‘Kalash’

The ‘Kalash’ is a pot with a narrow mouth, filled with cold water, which is always used in Indian Pujas (ritualistic prayers). It is customary to place the kalash on a bed of rice (to usher in prosperity and well being). Five mango or betel leaves are placed at the mouth of the kalash with a coconut on the top of it. This coconut is decorated with haldi (turmeric) and kumkum (vermillon powder) and bedecked with flowers and even gold ornaments. The kalash represents the Trimurthi(holy trinity). The mouth is Brahma the creator, the body or middle Shiva, the destroyer and the bottom, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and protector of universe. The water in the vessel represents divinity. The five leaves stand for the five life principles – Satya (truth), Dharma (righteousness), Shanti (peace), Prema (love), Ahimsa (non-violence) –dipped in divinity, by the grace of the trimurthis. The coconut represents the fruition of the purpose, or the aim of life.

Our body is compared to the kalash. We should also be full of Love, with our life principles dipped in divinity for the fruition of the purpose of living. Thus, all festivals are consecrated, by performing pujas to the kalash as a reminder of the ultimate goal of life.

What Time to do the Puja – Avoid ‘Rahukala’

 

The Rahukala is considered an inauspicious time (1 ½ hours) that occurs daily. It is a period that is usually avoided – especially when performing an important task, undertaking a journey and so on.

It is important to ensure that you don’t start any important work/sign important documents etc. during the duration of the Rahukala. If you happen to have an important appointment for example, and it happens to fall during the rahukala, don’t worry. Just leave for the appointment before the time, with a small prayer for help and be sure that you will be ok. You may start any work either before or after the rahukala but preferably not during it. The same applies for doing pujas etc.

 

As the timings vary daily, a line that is often used to help us remember the timings is:  

 

Mother Saw Father Wearing THe Turban on a Sunday.”

 

The rahukala starts with 7.30 a.m. on Monday morning and lasts each day for one and a half hours. The sequence is for one and a half hours daily, as suggested by the above line. Thus:

 

Monday -        7.30 - 9.00 a.m.

Saturday  -       9.00 - 10.30 a.m.

Friday -            10.30 a.m - 12 noon

Wednesday - 12 noon - 1.30 p.m.

Thursday -       1.30 p.m - 3.00 p.m.

Tuesday -         3. 00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Sunday -          4.30 p.m - 6.00 p.m.

 
Things Required for the puja

 

1.      Prasad

  1. charnamrit
  2. fresh fruits (bananas is a must)
  3. dry fruits
  4. fresh flowers(loose)
  5. 5 paan leaves
  6. 1 lota(pot with narrow mouth) for kalash
  7. diya
  8. incense (agarbatti)
  9. coconut
  10. 1 cup akshat (raw rice mixed with haldi)
  11. 1 thali for aarti
  12. 1-2 steel plates, marked with Swastik using kumkum (for ganeshji and navgraha puja)
  13. kumkum
  14. haldi
  15. napkins
  16. mauli (red thread)..for tying around kalash
  17. aluminium foil
  18. Some money to be offered to the deity as dakshina during the puja (amount of  ¼ may be offered). The offering is made twice (to Lords Ganesha and Satya Narayan respectively)  
  19. Image of Lord SatyaNarayan or 2 coins of amount ¼ each.
  20. a piece of cloth cotton or silk) (optional)

 

Preparing the Puja Mantap

Place the table such that it faces West or South so that when the Puja is performed, the devotee faces either East or North, with the deity facing West or South respectively. *The latter is the reason why God is often referred to as the the dakshinamurthy - i.e. one who faces the South. Approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours before the puja, fill the silver kalash (3/4) with water and add a pinch of turmeric and kumkum to it. Arrange 5 betel leaves all around the mouth of the kalash. The stems should be dipped in the water in the kalash, with the leaves facing upwards. Place one coconut on top of the leaves with the tail side (with the 3 eyes) of the coconut on top. Spread some rice and place this kalash in the center of the rice. The 3 eyes of the coconut must face the devotee. In a plate, separately make some turmeric and kumkum by adding just a few drops of water. Make a swastik on the kalash using kumkum. Also, make a Swastik on a tray to symbolize the Navgraha. Place one oil lamp and incense burner on the mantap. Place the flowers and fruits brought for the puja in a tray/plate either on another table on the side of the mantap or spread a sheet on the floor and place the tray on it. Also place



1. The prepared prasad
2. Prepared charnamrit,
3. A plate of prepared food to be offered to Lord.
4. Pot filled with to be used for teerth, bathing of lord etc.
5. Akshat, haldi powder and kumkum
6. Incense sticks
7. The 2nd oil lamp for aarti and additional oil to add to the lamps as required, during the puja
8. Some money, as preferred, to be offered as dakshina during the puja
9. One clean napkin for wiping your hands as the puja progresses.
10. The prepared aarti tray and some camphor.


Prasad

(For 25 people) ¼ the qtty would be enough for abt 6-8 people
2 katori atta
½ katori soojhi
1 katori makhana (fried and ground) optional….available in Indian store
1 katori almonds (ground)
3 katori sugar
3-4 Tbsp ghee


In ghee, roast the soojhi and atta till pinkish in color and starts smelling (good). Add the makhana and almonds.Mix well. When the mixture cools, add sugar and mix well.

Charnamrit

1 cup milk
1 tsp well mixed, fresh, plain, yogurt
1-2 tsp sugar
1-2 tsp honey
A few drops of pure ghee (clarified butter)

Combine all of the above ingredients until well blended. Ideally, make the charnamrit approximately an hour before the puja. After the puja is over, the charnamrit is distributed first and then the prasad.

Distribution of Charnamrit and Prasad

After the narration of the above katha and performing bhajans, give flowers and akshat to all devotees present and perform the aarti. Each devotee must offer the flowers and akshat and prostrate before the deity and then accept the Charnamrit and Prasad with a feeling of devotion.

Conclusion the next day (Very Essential)

It is said that the Lord actually resides in the house of the devotee on the day of the puja. Hence if you are doing the Puja in the morning, then light a lamp and offer aarti and some small prasad (fruit or even plain sugar will do) in the evening too. Repeat the lighting of the lamp, aarti and prasad the next morning (anytime before noon, avoiding the rahukala timings). The puja is now complete in every way. The devotee must now just move the Kalash a little bit from its place (by gently pushing it forward or sideways with both hands). This signifies bidding the Lord good bye.

*This is a simple procedure of performing the SatyaNarayan Puja on your own. The puja can be further simplified if one is unable to buy certain items ,due to lack of time or other reasons. Most important is to perform the puja with sincerity,love and devotion.

Sources used for ‘significance of puja’: http://www.youngsindhiadults.org/Documents/satyanarayan-Mehrotra.PDF
http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/payalvinod/index.html

My Friend Shobha Hejmadi(an ardent devotee of Swami) helped me a great deal in preparing this document. She provided the SatyaNarayan elaborate puja procedure and Satya Sai SatyaNarayan Vrat Katha. I am greatly thankful to her and above all to our beloved Swami who inspires us. Sources used by her were:

1.Sri Satya Sai Vrata Kalpam by Smt. Pedda Bottu
2. Sri Satya Sai Satya Narayan Katha by Smt Susheela Srikishen
3. An audio cassette on the original ‘Satya Narayan Vrata’ (T-Series. Narration by Pandit Vinod Sharma and sung by Ms Anuradha Paudwal).

AUM SAI RAM
1
Hosted by www.Geocities.ws
GridHoster Web Hosting