Spiritual Journey as Shirdi Sai devotee

Shirdi Sai in BTM Layout Bangalore

After my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa in February 2008, I along with my wife settled to stay with my son working in Gurgaon, Haryana (N.C.R.Delhi).It so happened that being devoid of rendering public service at the new place of settlement, I went back to my old place of work at Bargarh Orissa to serve the public in private capacity. I served as an honorary physician in Saikripa Hospital Bargarh for a very brief period from August 19, 2008 to September 11, 2008. However due to my ill health in old age I came back to Gurgaon to stay with family. The honorary service at Saikripa Hospital initiated the spiritual inspiration of Sai Baba in me by the time I came back to Gurgaon. On returning to Gurgaon, I got attracted to see the Sai Baba T.V.serial in Hindi telecast daily in evening. One night I dreamt Sai Baba was calling me to meet him in Sai Dham somewhere nearby located. On October 14, 2008 I searched & located the nearby Sai Dham at Sohna Road Gurgaon within one KM distance from our residence. I had a mental & spiritual desire to accept some one as my Guru to guide me in the twilight phase of life. When I attended the evening arati at Sai Dham in the assembly of devotees enjoying the Sai nam and bhajan, I took the Sankalpa that I will accept the discipleship of Sadguru Sai Baba. After the arati was over, I deposited my Guru Dakhina as donation to the corpus fund of the trust managing Sai Dham, bought one photo of Sai Baba for Guru puja at home, audio cassettes of Sai Baba bhajan for listening and books depicting Sai Baba`s leela for reading. Thus 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 to attend arati and bhajan sandhya.

We had to relocate to Bangalore consequent upon acceptance of assignment of a higher job by my son in April 2009. I continued the practice of visiting Sai Dham with family at casual intervals in Bangalore; but almost after one year of initiation of devotion in Sai Spirituality on October 12, 2009 I reaffirmed my faith (shraddha ) and patience ( saburi ) in my spiritual guru and 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. I also decided to donate some amount of my monthly pension that I receive every month towards generosity and spirituality. I use to give Dakshina to Sai on Darshan, monthly donation towards Annadan for poor, needy persons and anathashrams and annual donation 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 to Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi (Regd) BTM Layout Bangalore. I have made it a part of my spiritual life to read the book ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’, the Bhagwat pothi for Sai devotees. I also read ‘Shri Sai Teeka’ written in Oriya. I listen to Sai Nam & Sai Prarthana in Hindi and Sai Krupa bhajans in Oriya. 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; and to Shri Sai Sumiran Times New Delhi internationally circulated printed monthly magazine both in Hindi and English medium on Shirdi Sai in its English Section.

I had the privilege of Sai Darshan in Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra India on November 18, 2010. I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Flushing Queens New York City on August 18, 2013 during my visit to U.S.A. as a Visitor. During these years I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai Baba in Gurgaon Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi), Bangalore, Bhubaneswar and Bargarh during Orissa trip, Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra in India and New York, USA. I have the spiritual connotation that Sai is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.

Shri Satchidananda Samartha Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee
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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20 Responses to Spiritual Journey as Shirdi Sai devotee

  1. You may read my articles and responses on Sai Darshan in Shirdi and Shirdi Sai Darshan in New York published in Yoga and Spirituality which have strengthened my spiritual journey as Shirdi Sai devotee.

    I had the Darshan of Sai in Shirdi on Thursday November 18, 2010.
    Sai Darshan in Shirdi

    Shirdi Sai

    I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Flushing Queens New York City on August 18, 2013 during my visit to U.S.A. as a Visitor.
    Shirdi Sai Darshan in New York

    Shirdi Sai in New York

    You may view my Spiritual Journey as Shirdi Sai devotee in my Photo Album of Facebook.

  2. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    As per your age that is in between 60 and 70 years, you are in the stage of BANAPRASTHA ,the period for hankering and nurturing for spiritual quest and at right time you have got the opportunity of the path that to enter into SAI-CULT. Thanks for your proper entry of Spirituality. Sai Baba never dissuades,rather guides in dream to a real devotee to tract in himself and extend hands to hold others along with him. As you have got the same dream; hope sooner you will attend the maturity and forecast your taste more to us.

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

  3. Sir,
    Namaskar.

    A nice article related to your path or way towards Sai Spirituality.I have listened it from you and this article reminds me that. Sir it has only happened by the calling of God i.e. the blessing of God. Millennium of people are there, numbers of doctors are there; but it happens only in case of few people`s life. So I think it is only the attraction of God and Bhakta. It has been truly reflected in your many previous articles. It’s really the Sathpatha of real humanities. Sir, lastly the society wants more and more articles which enlighten the way of life.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Dist Bargarh,Odisha

  4. Happy to read your chronicled events as how you became Saibaba devotee. According to Swami Vivekananda “Spiritual development is the only development”. It is the blessing of Saibaba that makes feeling him omnipresent,omnipotent & omniscient. You are an extraordinary person unlike other doctors who are mere engaged in earning money. I felt this article will be a part of your autobiography.

    Sorry for my late reply.

  5. Rajesh Kumar Panda says:

    Respected Dear Uncle,

    The basic thing before the article is that when you surrender before someone to whom you regard, respect and obliged,automatically the presence of the highly admired person will be felt in all your activities.

    Yours lovingly
    Rajesh

  6. God is there in everybody, in every particle of this world, in all human beings, one has to be one with God in any and every way and overcome the devil of evils in us. Keep it up Dr Panda, you are doing a nice job.

  7. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    SaiRam.

    One can really feel life in the words you describe and the emotions attached to each and every word.Your life is really a great example for leading a “Complete Life”. I pray Sai to give you much strength and grant you with much love and care.

    Sorry for the delay in posting my comment as I was busy with my sister marriage rituals and I was on leave from office till yesterday.

    Thank You,
    Santhosh KV
    SAP – SRM Consultant
    Hewlett-Packard
    Electronic City Phase 1,
    Bangalore

  8. Sai Venkat says:

    Sai Ram,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences sir. With Baba’s blessings our lives have been transformed and we started Shirdi Packages from Bangalore and again with the blessings of the Shirdi Sainath we are doing good in that business.

    Shirdi Sai Holidays

  9. SIR,

    IT IS MY GOOD LUCK THAT I WROTE A POEM BY NAMED NIRBANA AND YOU LIKED THIS POEM, GAVE REFERENCE OF THIS WEBSITE. I AM LIKING THIS WEBSITE AS BECAUSE DAILY I WANT TO READ FEW LINES FROM THIS AND WILL LIKE TO LIVE MY LIFE SPIRITUALLY TO SOME EXTENT.

  10. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    It is the greatness and kindness of Almighty God that he sends one of his dearest to enlighten our life in form of GURU. In the whole world all are not so lucky, it happens to some people who are blessed. When we completely surrender to someone, his greatness reflects in our life. There is no end of Guru krupa and that is true in your life.

  11. The Maha Samadhi Day 2014 of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba was observed on October 3, 2014 (Dasara) in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore organised by Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi. I had the privilege to perform the spiritual rituals pertaining to observance of Maha Samadhi Divas 2014 of Shri Sai as principal devotee (pradhan sevak).

    Maha Samadhi Divas of Shri Sai 2014

  12. 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 Odisha trip.

  13. 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 pray 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.

      • I had Sai Darshan in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on January 3, 2016 noon after an interval of 3 months in recovery phase of Illness. Prior to this visit, I had Darshan of Shri Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore on September 27, 2014 during convalescence period of Illness.

  14. I had Darshan of Sadguru Shirdi Sai Baba in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore seeking His Blessings on my 68th Birth Anniversary on February 29, 2016

    Darshan Sadguru Shirdi Sai Baba_29.02.2016

  15. 98th Maha Samadhi Day of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is being 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

  16. 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.

  17. I have the pleasure to inform my readers & viewers that the following excerpt of Spiritual Journey as Shirdi Sai Devotee has been published on February 20, 2017 in Facebook page of Shirdi Sai Global Foundation.

    After my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa in February 2008, I along with my wife settled to stay with my son working in Gurgaon, Haryana (N.C.R.Delhi).I served as an honorary physician in Saikripa Hospital Bargarh Orissa for a very brief period from August 19, 2008 to September 11, 2008. However due to my ill health in old age I came back to Gurgaon to stay with family. The honorary service at Saikripa Hospital initiated the spiritual inspiration of Sai Baba in me by the time I came back to Gurgaon. On returning to Gurgaon, I got attracted to see the Sai Baba T.V.serial in Hindi telecast daily in evening. One night I dreamt Sai Baba was calling me to meet him in Sai Dham somewhere nearby located. On October 14, 2008 I searched & located the nearby Sai Dham at Sohna Road Gurgaon within one KM distance from our residence. When I attended the evening arati at Sai Dham in the assembly of devotees enjoying the Sai nam and bhajan I accepted the discipleship of Sadguru Sai Baba. I deposited my Guru Dakhina as donation to the corpus fund of the trust managing Sai Dham, bought one photo of Sai Baba for Guru puja at home, audio cassettes of Sai Baba bhajan for listening and books depicting Sai Baba`s leela for reading and I became a Shirdi Sai devotee on October 14, 2008. It has been more than 8 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.

  18. Shirdi Sai Baba

    It is my pleasure to inform Shirdi Sai devotees that due to grace of Sadguru within 7 years I have been blessed to write and publish 40 articles on Sai Baba since my article ‘How I became Sai Baba devotee’ was first posted in Sai Shraddha on March 16, 2010 which is also my first article of my own blog website Yoga and Spirituality.

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