Dakshina in Shri Sai Leela

As described in Shri Sai Leela magazine Vol.II, Baba did not ask Dakshina of all. If some gave Dakshina unasked, He sometimes accepted it and at other times refused it. He asked it of certain devotees only. He never demanded it from those devotees, who thought in their minds that Baba should ask for it and then they should pay it. If anybody offered it against His wish, He never touched it and asked him to take it away. He asked for small or big amounts from devotees; according to their wish, devotion and convenience. He asked it, even from women and children. He never asked of all the rich for it, or of all the poor.Baba never got angry with those, of whom He asked Dakshina and who did not give it. If any Dakshina was sent through some friend, who forgot to hand over the same to Baba; He reminded him of it and made him pay it. On some occasions, Baba used to return some sum from the amount tendered as Dakshina and ask the donor to guard it or keep it in His shrine for worship. This benefitted the donor or devotee immensely. If anybody offered more than he originally intended to give, He returned the extra amount. Sometimes, He asked of some more Dakshina than what they originally intended to give and if they had no money, asked them to beg or borrow from others. Of some, He demanded Dakshina three or four times a day. Out of the amount collected as Dakshina, Baba spent very little for His own sake and buying fuel for His Dhuni (sacred fire) and all the rest He distributed as charity in varying proportions to various persons.
Now-a-days the Shirdi Sai devotees are donating funds to the managing trustee or seva samithi for managing different activities of Sai Dham, Mandir and Ashrams. In Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore managed by Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi (Regd.), one can donate to the corpus fund for management of the Ashram, towards Annadan to needy, poor persons and anathashrams and for management of ‘Sri Sai Free Medical Clinic’ and ‘Sri Sai Free Dental Clinic’ in the Ashram campus. The devotees may also give their Guru Dakshina in the Arati Thali which is put into the hundi by the Acharya or into the hundi by themselves placed inside Sai Baba Mandir for Guruseva.
Shri Satchidananda Samartha Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee
BTM Layout Bangalore

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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10 Responses to Dakshina in Shri Sai Leela

  1. I used to give some donation at Sai Baba Mandir. But I never know the above fact that, Sai Baba’s need for it.

    This article has simply depicted the utilization of money received as donations for the betterment of society in contrast with today’s scenario also.

    Sai Baba enlightens us to contribute towards needy, poor persons.

  2. The article ‘Dakshina in Shri Sai Leela’ has been published simultaneously in the blogs of yoganspirituality.wordpress.com and saishraddha.wordpress.com on July 25,2010. It is dedicated to Shri Sai on occasion of Guru Purnima.

    About One Lakh devotees attended the Guru Purnima celebration at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram,BTM Lay out Bangalore. I deposited my Guru Dakshina and hard copies of all articles including latest publication of my blog Yoga and Spirituality in the office of Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi managing the Ashram.Ofcourse there is internet & P.C. in Samithi office.Annadan was provided to all devotees,poor and needy by high quality veg.meals.I also attended Palki procession and Bhajan sandhya.

    It was a great pleasure and experience on my part as a Shirdi Sai devotee.

  3. V.Nageswara Rao says:

    The recent article Dakshina in Shri Sai Leela is really enlightening to know more about the need and the usage of Dakshina.It is also happy to know that even the priests are putting the dakshina given by devotees into the hundi.The donation is used properly for General and Dental Clinic and other useful purposes for poor and needy.

    I have been inspired to donate some amount monthly to Sai Trust either to Bangalore or to Bhubaneswar Sai Temple from August 2010 onwards.

  4. All activities, including charities need funding. Dakshina is one of the ways to fund.
    I usually do charity to my poor patients.

  5. Santhosh says:

    “Hey Sai, you are really the celestial tree, Kalpataru. As the tree takes Salt water and gives us the Sweet water, similarly you take all the pains of the devotees, and bless us with the Sweet Ambrosia. You take our Karmas and you give us Mukthi. What can we give you Sai ??, just we can give the Love to you, you the sweetest mother of us, thank you for being in my life, I’m really lucky to have you” :).

    Om Sai Ram
    San 🙂
    Santhosh KV
    Bangalore

  6. Santhosh says:

    Sai`s words: ”Oh bappu, hey maayi, I do not take anything from you without any reason, but if I take a rupee from you also, I have to return you 1000 times back, this Dwarakamaayi will not let anyone go empty handed.”

    Who else give us this assurance other than Sai??. The ambrosial grace of Sai will be always flowing in abundance, we have to experience the blessings, no one is there in this world, who has returned empty handed from Sai`s Darbar 🙂

    San 🙂
    Santhosh KV
    Bangalore

  7. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    When I entered the description about the Dakshina of Shri Sai Leela, mysterious thought stroked me ambiguously and more inquisitiveness developed in mind and at the end smelled the aroma of Baba`s essence; that is totally different from Guru-Sishya Dakshina, even differs from ‘Dana’ afforded and rendered by mighty king Bali, Harishchandra and great warrior Karna. There are millions of example of donors in the pages of many ancient texts and even now full of advertisement seen in cinema, newspaper etc.But no one is reconciled or fitted to affairs of Baba`s Dakshina. Baba is neither giver nor taker, but at time behaved both, still hoarding business hardly seen. He used to exhaust all, the day`s collection in the evening, and next day again marched as first class beggar. But peculiarity was seen He was amazingly circum-assembled with folded hands by rich and poor, devotees and visitors, disabled and healthy for blessing. Is it not a miraculous event to them that appears magic to ignorant ordinary people. As such Baba`s show on every day was made for bonding many societies as one unit. Thus all followers of Sai Baba are discharging self-less services and able to reach the point of self-revelation and at last but not the least self-realization.

    Thanks
    With regards,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

  8. Guru Purnima was celebrated at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore organised by Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi on July 12, 2014.

    Sadguru Sai Baba is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. Basing on this spiritual connotation, on the occasion of Guru Purnima celebrations Sai Baba had revealed in the forms of Fakir decorated as Rajadhiraj Yogiraja, lighting the Dhuni (sacred fire), giving prabachana (discourse), cooking food for Annadhan and watering the plants in Garden.

    I deposited my Guru Dakshina, attended Madhyana (noon) Aarthi and had Darshan of Sadguru Sai Baba. It was followed by Mahaprasada and Annadhana. I also attended Palanquin procession of Shri Sai Baba held in the afternoon. I also attended Dhoop (evening) Arathi.

  9. I had Darshan of Shri Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore on January 3, 2016. I deposited my Dakshina & Donation towards Maintenance of Ashram, Annadhana and Charitable Services through ‘Free Medical Clinic’ & ‘Free Dental Clinic’.

    You can view the photo related to the event posted in Facebook.

  10. 98th Maha Samadhi Day of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba was observed in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on October 11, 2016(Dasara). I had Darshan of Shri Sai Baba and donated funds towards Annadhana provided to poor, needy persons and devotees on the occasion in addition to donation of funds towards Ashram and Charitable Medical & Dental Clinic Management.

    Maha Samadhi Divas of Shirdi Sai BTM Layout Ashram 2016

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