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