SHRISAILEELA - March-AprilFEB-2006 

Shirdi News

Mohan Yadav

Public Relation Dept.,

Shree Sai Baba

Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

During Shirdi Sai Babas time, a number of selfless devotees came forward and provided shelter and other services to the pilgrims visiting Shirdi.  

As the Ashwatha and the Audumbar trees are important, so was the Neem tree important for Sai Baba. He loved it very much and held it in high esteem.

Mhalsapati and others, who were the old residents of Shirdi, used to bow down at that place, believing it to be the Samadhi-sthan of Babas Guru. Near the Samadhi, by observing twelve years of silence, Baba had done penance. This became well-known.

Sathe Saheb, one of Babas devotees, acquired the surrounding land near the Samadhi and the Neem tree, and constructed a building with verandahs on all the four sides.

This is the same building and the same Wada, which was the original central meeting place of the pilgrims, which was always crowded and there was a lot of hustle and bustle.

Later on, Dixits Wada was built, which housed larger families. In a short time thereafter, a stone Wada was built there.

Later, the rich Buttis imposing building was also built, on which a lot of money was spent. But, this money was proved to have been well utilised for Baba was laid to rest there.

- Shri Sai Satcharita

In present times, an ardent Sai devotee Shri K. V. Ramani of Chennai has made a magnanimous offer of spending Rs. 30 crores for Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) to build accommodation facility, meditation hall and an old age home on a non-profit basis. An agreement regarding this has also been recently signed between Shri Bhausaheb Wakchaure, Executive Officer of Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) and Shri K. V. Ramani.

This is the biggest donation received in the history of the Sansthan. Shri Ramani is a renowned software engineer. His philanthropic work and selfless surrender at the Holy Feet of Baba has inspired him to work for spreading the teachings and philosophy of Sai Baba and hence, he founded Shirdi Sai Trust in Chennai, and has also started an independent website www.shirdisaitrust.org.

The Trust committedly is spearheading the spread of Sai message and teachings in India and abroad. What can be empty Sai message, until the preacher also follows them ? The Trust is providing food, clothes, medical facilities and moral support to the poor and underprivileged. The needy students are getting free education. The Trust was established in 1996 and has made an investment of Rs. 250 crores by the Ramani Brothers.

According to the agreement Shri Ramani will be given six acres of land, in which the accommodation facility will admeasure five lakh sq. feet with an expense of Rs. 25 crores, a meditation hall will be 3000 sq. feet costing Rs. 3 crores and the old age home will cost Rs. 2 crores.

On such a magnanimous offer by Shri Ramani, the Sansthan decided to acknowledge it by felicitating him. Chairman, Shri Jayant Sasane and Vice Chairman Shri Shankararao Kolhe felicitated Shri Ramani on behalf of the Sansthan with a shawl, coconut and garland of flowers along with Babas Idol. Those present on the occasion were Member of Parliament Shri Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, Trustees Shri Shailesh Kute, Shri Pandurang Abhang, Shri Ashok Khambekar, Shri Suresh Wabale, Dr. Eknath Gondkar, Shri Kailas Kote, Smt. Urmila Jadhav and the Sansthans Executive Officer Shri Bhausaheb Wakchaure.

Humble Munificence

       Shri Ramani is the well-known software engineer, who himself established reputed software company in Chennai. He is also founder member of NASSCOM. He has now totally dedicated himself to Sais divine work.

            In response to the felicitation received by him for the agreement, Shri Ramani said, I am only giving back what Sai Baba has given me. Thus, all the credit goes to Sai Baba. I do not need much money, and so, I have decided to put the surplus money to good cause, hence I have established the Trust.

            - Penned by Ms. Shamshad Ali Baig
            email : shamshadbaig@rediffmail.com

If someone loves Me more than life, I need such a person. If such a person gives Me something, I give to him a hundred fold.                                        

- Shri Sai

The money that Sai Baba collected from people as Dakshina was spent in charity partly, and some was simply given away.

To some He would daily give rupees thirty; to some rupees ten, fifteen or fifty. Likewise, He would happily distribute according to His sweet will.

This money belonged to people of all religions; and those who accepted it were aware of this. Baba had the wish that it should be spent in a good way.

-          Shri Sai Satcharita

  

Following devotees are honoured with

saibhaktiprasarbhushan

Shri Krishnaji S. Lotankar

Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

85 Annual Subscribers

Shri Krishnakumar Gupta

Narpur, Kangra, H. P.

66 Annual Subscribers

Shri Ashok K. Khatu

Guhagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

53 Annual Subscribers

Shri Gangadhar A. Narkar

Mahim, Mumbai

53 Annual Subscribers

Shri Vidyanand Patel

Erode, Tamil Nadu

53 Annual Subscribers

Shri Abasaheb A. Patil

Kavathe Mahankal, Sangli, Maharashtra

53 Annual Subscribers

Shri Shailendranath Mishra

Balipur, Pratapgarh, U. P.

53 Annual Subscribers

Smt. Minakshi D. Bhosale

New Panvel, Raigarh, Maharashtra

53 Annual Subscribers

Dr. Balkrishna T. Bokand

Rahuri, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

56 Annual Subscribers

Shri Satish A. Rege

Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra

54 Annual Subscribers

Shri P. K. Dhar

Janakpuri, New Delhi

62 Annual Subscribers

Shri Vilas B. Chaudhary

Bhusaval, Jalgaon, Maharashtra

58 Annual Subscribers

Shri Arjun B. Chaudhary

Vahan Nagar, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

55 Annual Subscribers

Shri Nilesh A. Bagul

Ganjmal, Nasik, Maharashtra

54 Annual Subscribers

Shri Chandrakant S. Dhokate Kavathe Mahankal, Sangli, Maharashtra

54 Annual Subscribers

Shri Vinod B. Baramkar Yeotmal, Maharashtra

53 Annual Subscribers

Smt. Madhuri S. Srivastav Surat, Gujarat

53 Annual Subscribers

 

 

 

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