Nishtha in Spirituality

Nishtha means steadiness of purpose. One can proceed steadily in one`s purpose of life with zeal and zest without losing faith and patience with nishtha. One has to be honest in purpose to develop nishtha. One should have nishtha not only in spiritual matters but also in matters related to other aspects of life.

Steadiness of purpose or nishtha in spirituality means being devoted to one`s chosen spiritual ideal. A seeker of spirituality, however, need not become fanatical and one-sided. One should be devoted to a spiritual ideal and yet not disapprove or criticize others who may be following other ideals. One needs to be steady and devoted to one`s own ideal; and at the same time, keep the doors of his mind open and welcome to anything of other spiritual ideals that would be conducive to his inner growth.

I had a mental & spiritual desire to accept some one as my Guru to guide me in the twilight phase of my life. I was attracted towards spiritual philosophy of Sadguru Sai Baba in my mental, emotional and intellectual planes; and I became a Shirdi Sai devotee on October 14, 2008. During my stay at Gurgaon, I used to attend Sai Dham with family at casual intervals. After relocating to Bangalore, initially I continued the same practice; but almost after one year of initiation of devotion in Sai Spirituality, on October 12, 2009 I reaffirmed my patience and faith in my Spiritual Guru and made it a part of my daily life to attend Madhyana Arati and have Darshan of Sai Baba at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore. Taking the initiative to proceed alone by walk to attend arati at noon daily and back home after attending arati and devoting the travelling time in recitation of prayer with mantras and shlokas about Glorious manifestations of Universal Power has strengthened my spiritual vision and thought process. Sai Baba`s teachings and philosophy has taught me: Shraddha and Saburi to be the core values of a devotee`s life.As a Shirdi Sai devotee, I had the privilege of Sai Darshan in Shirdi: the karmabhoomi of Sai on November 18, 2010.Whenever I have Darshan of Sai in Dham, Mandir or Ashram; I give Dakshina to Sai. On special occasions, I deposit Guru Dakshina prior to Darshan of Sadguru Sai. I give monthly donation towards Annadan for poor, needy persons and anathashrams to Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi (Regd) BTM Layout Bangalore. I also give donation to Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi (Regd.) for management of ‘Sri Sai Free Medical Clinic’ and ‘Sri Sai Free Dental Clinic’ functioning in the campus of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore. Some amount of my monthly pension that I receive every month is thus utilized towards generosity and spirituality. I have made it a part of my spiritual life to daily read the book ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’, the Bhagwat pothi for Sai devotees. I also read ‘Shri Sai Teeka’ written in Oriya.I listen Sai Nam & Sai Prarthana in Hindi and Sai Krupa bhajans in Oriya installed in my P.C.I have the fascination for Sai Baba images used as wall paper of my desktop and often posting photos of Sai Baba in my blog.As a part of Self-Expression of my devotion in Sai Spirituality, I have been publishing articles on the wonderful life and teachings of Shri Sai Baba in my blog Yoga and Spirituality and contributing the same as an author to the blog of Sai Shraddha. I may mention here that my article captioned as How I became Sai Baba Devotee-Sai Devotee Dr.Mahesh has been published in the website of Devotees Experiences with Shirdi Sai Baba. Further three articles on Sai Baba authored by me have been published in Shri Sai Sumiran Times New Delhi internationally circulated printed monthly magazine both in Hindi and English medium on Shirdi Sai in its English Section.

To develop my spiritual vision and thought process about Glorious manifestations of Universal Power, besides reading scriptures and texts relating to Sai Spirituality; I am reading spiritual articles published in daily newspapers viz. ‘The Speaking Tree’ of The Times of India and ‘Religion’ of The Hindu; monthly journals of the Ramakrishna Order started at the instance of Swami Vivekananda viz. ‘The Vedanta Kesari’ and ‘Prabuddha Bharata’; books published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram and other books relating to theory & practice of spiritual life. I have been reading Bhagavad Gita with commentaries by different authors for more than two decades.

Reading spiritual scriptures and texts, devoting time every day for spiritual practices and expressing my feelings and thoughts in writing through my articles on spirituality; I have developed nishtha in spirituality.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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22 Responses to Nishtha in Spirituality

  1. Vinod Varma says:

    It is ironic that many people spend valuable life after trivia.

    After acquiring one possession, mind wanders further into yet another, in a constant state of unhappiness and incompleteness. Like traveller in desert chasing mirage, life goes as a struggle.Tired of this pursuit, once one turns inwards; starts journey for self-realization and true happiness, guided by a Guru.

    Goal of spirituality is simple in principle but hard to practice. It can happen only with absolute conviction through honest and total dedication as explained and illustrated by Dr.Panda in his own daily life. His experience helps to motivate and guide my own pursuit of spirituality; and I believe that helps many others as well.

  2. Nishtha has been very well explained by you.

    Spirituality has a definite role in human and social life.Following a particular devoted path in retired life, gives a person, some aim and purpose.It channelizes energy in creative way for overall benefit of individual and society.

    Money, knowledge and time are partly being utilized for help to needy.Helping the needy individuals is one of the advantages which humans have over animal world.

    Spirituality, true spiritual leaders and religious texts, all help in this direction.

    Very well done.

  3. Prakash Padhan says:

    Respected Sir,
    Your current article is inspiring me towards Nishtha in spirituality.

    It is your perfect Nishtha that within 2 years you have developed so much by spending your resources.

    Thanks a lot for this learningful article and spreading spirituality.

  4. Pradip Kumar Bhoi says:

    Respected Sir,
    I read your current article “Nishtha in Spirituality” posted on 1st July 2011.
    Thanks a lot Sir for your recent article.

  5. Respected Panda Sir,
    I like your posting and found very Nice description regarding Nishtha.

    Nishtha (Honesty) is an essential object that related to every one’s Heart. That doesn’t mean that, demonstrating own-self as honest…! Hearts of others, can feel some one’s Nishtha (honesty) if that is appropriate and natural.

    To do each and every Work / To maintain each & every Relation / To achieve each and every Goal; one should choose the path of Honesty (Nishthapar).It is the Key chain for giving smile on the face of other Honest (Nishthapar) beings and may hurt to those, who don`t belong to the honest category.So we all have to perform our duty without underestimating our parents & elders which will be called as Nishtha (Honesty).

    Gyana Ranjan Mohanty

  6. Chandra Kumar Panda says:


    I have gone through the article of “Nishtha in Spirituality” and I am the opinion that man inherits certain qualities by the genetic factor i.e. by virtue of the direction by the Almighty and on the other hand acquires certain qualities from the elders, parents, environmental influences in and around him,eductional institutions etc.The quality like Nishtha,Namrata,Daya,Charity are those qualities which are always signs for the betterment of the human life.The thing is that man is how much devotional and concentrated in acquiring these qualities.

    Your article is undoubtedly a lesson to the humanity not only in the field of spirituality but also in his day to day life.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Chandra Kumar Panda.

  7. Dear Panda Sir,
    A very nice article on “Nishtha”.

    It has enlightened us “Nishtha to our work”. In other words to give justice to our work known as profession.In some professions,the body of knowledge is relatively inaccessible to the uninitiated.

    The body and mind should have synchronization to work dedicatedly, which can only be done through Yoga & Spirituality.In today’s generation we are never ready to focus on a single thing & we always fickle-mind our mind here and there; we always think of ourselves and we never give time to our elders as well as to our juniors.

    The custom of solemnly dedicating towards God is in the Veda, Shastra & Puranas. It also encompasses the key to success & it comes, when we will be well versed about what we are “doing”. Professional knowledge contains elements that escape being mastered and communicated in the form of rules and can only be acquired through experience….But we are far from that.

    This article definitely opens the eyes of youngsters like me.

    // Om Sai Ram //

  8. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,

    Sai Ram

    First of all I thank Sai, and I feel really blessed as I had a very good fortune to have been met a great person like you in my life :)), I am really happy about it. The articles you publish makes me feel really happy, and many points should be really followed in life as you mention and as per “Sai Baba’s advise” in Sri Satcharithra. As Baba tells just reading of “Satcharithra” won’t help, we have to implement those in our lives, and you always implement them in your life and explain us , this is really great. Sharing your experiences make us very happy, I really can’t express my happiness in wordings as I told you in temple, I am out of words to express.

    Om Sai Ram.

    “Shree Satchchidananda Sarva Samartha Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai”

    Thanks and Kind Regards,
    San 🙂
    Santhosh KV
    Hewlett Packard India Global Operations,

  9. V.Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have gone through the article Nishtha in Spirituality. It is very well written in detail with your own experiences to become a devotee of Shirdi Sainath.

    As per my experience without Nishtha or Steadiness, no one can succeed in any part of the life not only Spirituality.In other way it’s full of concentration, own interest and will power to do and to make something not only for him/herself; but also for the betterment of the people.Nishtha makes a person to prove him/herself about the hidden real inner qualities of a person and personality.

    You are best example for many to have Nishtha in Spirituality and become a successful Spiritual Personality in very short span of time.

    Sacchidanada Samaartha Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jai

    With Regards,




    The article by you “Nishtha in Spirituality” has really enlightened the people of this century how to become a devotee of Sri Sainath.Your hard work described in this article is appreciated.It is really the blessing of Bhagwan.

    We the people are always with you.
    Keep writting and give us the AMRUTA.

    Your Shishya
    Retd.B.E.E. C.H.C.SOHELA

  11. Janmejaya Samal says:

    Respected Sir,
    I read your article and realised that people should follow your path after retirement which keep them distanced from unnecessary involvement in today’s polluted society(i.e.everything is mine).

    I hope you may keep yourself engaged in your such type of guidance to the nation.

    With Regards,
    Janmejaya Samal
    Sr.Clerk,Office of the Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Odisha

  12. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    It is a nice article for us to know the path of GOD from a person who have well known about the way to GOD.

    Kedarnath Sahu

  13. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    When I opened the topic, I gulped it at a glance and quenched my thirst. I not only felt happy but also experienced a lot, that you have explained your adaptability not as an experiment but as a budding example of Nishtha in Spirituality.Reallly it is highly pleasurable and so simple device step from happiness to blissfulness. One who goes deep and delves uniquely into Sai Avatarhood then knows better about the experiences of nishtha of all matured devotees and feels essential a preceptor to cross the ocean of life cycle. Then query arises here who is a preceptor and what is the real meaning of nishtha. According to me, I understand that a Sadguru (preceptor) is one who is well conversant with past, present and future and able to show the bacon of light which opens the eyes of His devotees for nishtha in spirituality and to get the grace of God.

    I believe nishtha as follows:
    1;-Firm faith in subconscious mind and develops control over his thought & action with guidance of preceptor.2;-Fixed devotion from the deep of heart to preceptor and assails desire and reasoning of his own.Then his body, mind & intellect will be stream-line in soulic-complex and he will enjoy same as reflected incessantly from preceptor.

    Remember it is beyond caste, creed, nation & religion as Sai Baba always exhorted. Jesus also in his time was telling the same that:
    1;-I am the messenger of God.
    2;-I am the son of God.
    3;-Myself & my father belong to same God.
    There are so many examples of Avatar to follow in nishtha to get the results.

    So I end with a Dictum to young mass:
    Please don`t dance like a monkey mind,
    Master your mind & be mighty to know Almighty.

    Thanking You,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Sr.Surgery Consultant
    Bargarh Odisha

  14. I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Flushing Queens New York City NY 11355 on Sunday August 18, 2013 during my visit to U.S.A. as a Visitor.You may read my article and responses on Shirdi Sai Darshan in New York published on August 18, 2013 from New York in the blog website of Yoga and Spirituality.

  15. I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai Baba at Shree Shirdi Sai Mandir Padampur Dist Bargarh Odisha on October 29, 2014 during my visit to Bargarh district in my recent Odisha trip.

  16. I had Sai Darshan in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on September 27, 2015 evening after an interval of more than 4 months and that too during convalescence period of Illness. Prior to this visit, I had Darshan of Shri Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on May 8, 2015 prior to my surgery for cancer of Right Upper Gum. You may read my article Sai Darshan during Convalescence Period of Illness published in Yoga and Spirituality on October 1, 2015.

    I prayed to Sai Baba for my early recovery and rehabilitation in convalescence period of Illness during post-operative cancer surgery and post-surgery radiotherapy so that I can have his Darshan in Ashram again at short interval. You may read my article Faith in Ourselves and in Power Higher than Us in Moving from Darkness to Light published in Yoga and Spirituality on December 1, 2015.

  17. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    It is a very nice article and an enlighting experience. As per the “Bhagabat Gita” humans are not only born to eat, to live a luxurious life but along with this we have certain goals of life that is “Bhagbatprapti”. For this purpose a real bhagbatprapta Sadguru is required who gives the right direction through the path of life and to achieve God.

  18. 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

  19. It has been 8 years as on October 14, 2016 since I became Sai Baba devotee on October 14, 2008. During these 8 years I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai Baba in Gurgaon Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi), Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bargarh & Padampur Dist. Bargarh in Orissa, Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra in India and New York, USA. I had my latest Darshan of Shri Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on occasion of 98th Maha Samadhi Divas of Shirdi Sai observed on October 11, 2016 (Dasara). You may read my article and responses on Spiritual Journey as Shirdi Sai devotee published in blog website of Yoga and Spirituality.

  20. I had Darshan of Shri Shirdi Sai with Grandson Arnav & Granddaughter Maulika (Twin Son & Daughter of second daughter Gayatri residing in New York, USA) in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore on August 5, 2017 noon during their vacation trip to India after an interval of about 10 months of my last darshan and donated funds towards Annadhana and Management of Ashram and Charitable Medical & Dental Clinic.

    Shirdi Sai Baba dashan in BTM Layout Bangalore

  21. Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jaya: It has been more than 9 years since I became Sai Baba devotee on October 14, 2008. During these years I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai Baba in Gurgaon Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi), Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bargarh & Padampur Dist. Bargarh in Orissa, Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra in India and New York, USA. Since October 12, 2009 I made it a part of my daily life to attend noon arati and have Darshan of Sai Baba at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore till December 2014. During 2015 to 2017 till date I could have casual visit to have Darshan of Shri Sai at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore due to my physical indisposition as a Cancer Survivor with Post Surgery Radiation Complications. I have been listening to noon arati bhajan & Darshan of Sai Baba at our Puja room in our house No. GPI407 in Green Park Regency Sarjapur Road Bangalore and started Online monthly donation since September 2017 towards Annadhan, Charitable Clinic & Ashram to SSSSS (Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi ) managing Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore.

    Donation Oct 17 SSSSS

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