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Offline Astrid

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For my beloved brothers and sisters
« on: September 06, 2005, 09:59:09 AM »
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    My dearest sisters and brothers Dipika, Rajesh, Vaishali, Aparna, Venkat, Ravi, Gayathri, Sainaa, and all,

    it happens to all of us that we do wrong, unintentionally and sometimes even intentionally. To understand that what we did was wrong and ask for forgiveness is all that matters. For the rest I'd love to share a story told by Desmond Tutu:

    A Jew had a particular besetting sin, and he used to confess it and God would forgive him. But no sooner had he been absolved than he would trip up and sin again. One day this happenend and he rushed back to God and said, "I'm sorry, I've done it again." And God asked: "What have you done again?" For God suffers from amnesia when it comes to our sins. God does not look at the caterpillar we are now, but the dazzling butterfly we have in us to become. ...

    Om Sai Ram

    Astrid

    Restless was my heart till it found rest in THEE
    Restless was my heart till it found rest in THEE

    Offline vaishali

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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #1 on: September 06, 2005, 10:55:03 AM »
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  • Dear Sister Astrid,

    Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful story and making us feel better.

    But my question is "when God can forgive us why can't human being?"

    "I will not allow my devotees to come to harm."

    "If a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out my hands to support him or her."

    "I think of my people day and night. I say their names over and over."

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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #2 on: September 06, 2005, 11:02:57 AM »
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  • Dear Astrid,

    Awesome Story,These flowers can only come from someone with a Garland of experience like yours.
    Rightly said Vaishali ji.....it's takes a lot of courage to forgive someone. I am sure you would have read " Kshama Veerasya Aabhushanam " ( viz.Forgiveness is a rare jewel found with courageous people )

    Though God is so kind and forgives us for our every sin/ multiple sins, lets all make sure that we do not take an undue advantage of this amnesia and try and not repeat our mistakes.

    om sai sri sai jay jay sai

    rajesh

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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #3 on: September 06, 2005, 01:01:56 PM »
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  • OMSAIRAM!Astrid dear,UR TRULY A DEAR.............WHAT MORE TO SAY............................

    You came as BABA's messenger to make all of us feel blessed.
    Sai baba Thankyou for making all of us feel blessed even though we are sinners.

    Sai baba Forgive us!

    BABA bless us to lead a righteous life.

    Sai baba let your holy lotus feet be our sole refuge.OMSAIRAM

    Sai baba let your holy lotus feet be our sole refuge.OMSAIRAM

    Sai baba let your holy lotus feet be our sole refuge.OMSAIRAM

    dipika duggal
    साईं बाबा अपने पवित्र चरणकमल ही हमारी एकमात्र शरण रहने दो.ॐ साईं राम


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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #4 on: September 06, 2005, 04:58:05 PM »
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  • dear astridji,
                  Thank you so much for such a beautiful story.You are really a gem.I thank baba for giving you to us.

    omsai srisai jaya jaya sai
    omsai srisai jaya jaya sai

    Bow to sri sai-Raksha karo devaa.
    I love you so much baba.

    aparna
     

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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #5 on: September 07, 2005, 01:56:35 AM »
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    My beloved Sister Astrid is always unique.....My suggestion and request to all my brothers and sisters of this forum will be to come out of Cacoon of this Paap and Punya. These are only States of mind. When you have come into this Mandir just feel like dazzling Butterflies. Butterflies never think of Paap and Punya....Whatever you do just do in your awareness....BABA SAI will take care of everything else.

    OM SAI RAM!!!
    अपना साँई प्यारा साँई सबसे न्यारा अपना साँई - रमेश रमनानी

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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #6 on: September 07, 2005, 06:53:21 AM »
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  • quote:
    Originally posted by kripakarosai

    Dear Astrid,

    Awesome Story,These flowers can only come from someone with a Garland of experience like yours.
    Rightly said Vaishali ji.....it's takes a lot of courage to forgive someone. I am sure you would have read " Kshama Veerasya Aabhushanam " ( viz.Forgiveness is a rare jewel found with courageous people )

    Though God is so kind and forgives us for our every sin/ multiple sins, lets all make sure that we do not take an undue advantage of this amnesia and try and not repeat our mistakes.

    om sai sri sai jay jay sai

    rajesh




    Rajesh, dear brother,

    your answer just leaves me standing (or rather sitting) here with mouth open! "Welcome" say all the flowers in BABA SAI's garden of Paradise "to this marvellous newbutterfly."
    Yes, it takes courage, to forgive someone, the courage to overcome our own hurt feelings, the courage not to take ourselves for the center of the world and the courage to trust him or her, who did us wrong, that he or she won't do it again.

    And not all, my dear sister Vaishali, not all may have that courage. So after we've asked them for forgiveness and done anything within our power to put right what we did wrong, there's nothing more we can do but to wait patiently, get in touch every now and then, pray for them, love them from a distance.

    And yes, dear Rajesh, we sould not overuse God's amnesia. It was exactly that point that made me hesitate to post the story, but then the inner nudge was so strong ...
    ... thank you for adding that very important point.

    Ramesh, my beloved brother, I would have loved to leave the last word to you, moreover since your words are so beautiful. But then again, my heart jumped with joy about these butterflies in BABA's garden and the reverberations went into my fingers and they happened to be on the keyboard ....

    Om Sai Ram

    Astrid

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    Restless was my heart till it found rest in THEE

    Offline vaishali

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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #7 on: September 07, 2005, 10:43:54 AM »
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  • Rightly said Dear Astrid ji........Not everyone has that courage

    Let's keep praying so that atleast we get that courage to forgive someone.

    omsai srisai jayjay sai
    omsai srisai jayjay sai
    omsai srisai jayjay sai
    "I will not allow my devotees to come to harm."

    "If a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out my hands to support him or her."

    "I think of my people day and night. I say their names over and over."

    Offline Ramesh Ramnani

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    Re: For my beloved brothers and sisters
    « Reply #8 on: October 11, 2005, 02:33:56 AM »
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  • JAI SAI RAM!!!

    "To err is human, to admit it is divine."

    It is absolutely human to commit mistakes. To admit, without any guilt -- you are simply admitting your humanity by admitting your mistakes -- brings a transformation in your being.

    Something of the divine, something of the beyond starts opening up.

    "Every cloud has a silver lining and even old clothes have their shiny side."

    "If it was not for the optimist, a pessimist would never know how happy he is not."

    People are continuously comparing themselves with others. They become happy, they become unhappy because of the comparisons.
     
    I was listening to a very famous Hindu saint. He told a few other people who had gathered to listen to what transpired between me and him, "The secret of happiness is always to look to those who are unhappy. Look at the crippled and you will feel happy that you are not crippled. Look at the blind and you will feel happy that you are not blind. Look at the poor and you will feel happy that you are not poor."

    In this connection I want to add that "We don't understand a simple fact. Once a person starts comparison, he cannot stop comparing only with those who are unfortunate. He will also look at those who are richer than him, who are more beautiful than him, who are stronger than him, who are more respectable than him. Then he will be miserable. You are not giving him the secret of happiness; you are giving him the secret of being in absolute misery."

    But it has been taught down the ages -- in different words, but the essential secret is the same -- in almost all the religious scriptures: Feel contented because there are people who are so miserable.

    OM SAI RAM!!!
    अपना साँई प्यारा साँई सबसे न्यारा अपना साँई - रमेश रमनानी

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    « Reply #9 on: October 11, 2005, 02:36:24 AM »
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    Thank God that you are not so miserable.

    But this cannot remain one-sided. Once you learn the way of comparison, you can not only compare yourself with those who are inferior to you; you will have to compare inevitably also with those who are superior to you -- and then there will be immense misery.

    In fact, comparison is not the right thing to do. You are yourself, and there is nobody else with whom you can be compared.

    You are incomparable.

    So is the other person.

    Never compare. Comparison is one of the causes of keeping you tethered to the mundane, because comparison creates competition, comparison creates ambition. It does not come alone, it brings all its companions with it. And once you become competitive there is no end to it; you will end before it does. Once you become ambitious you have chosen the most stupid path for your life.

    Henry Ford was once asked -- and he seems to be one of the wisest men of this century, because his small statements make so much sense. He was the first man to say that "history is bunk," and that is absolutely true. He was asked, "What have you learned through your successful life?" -- he was one of the most successful men you can conceive; from poverty he rose to be the richest man in the world -- and what he said has to be remembered.

    Henry Ford said, "Through all my successful life I have learned only one thing: I have learned climbing staircases, climbing ladders.

    OM SAI RAM!!!
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    « Reply #10 on: October 11, 2005, 02:38:36 AM »
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    And then when I reach the last rung of the ladder I feel so stupid and so embarrassed, because there is no longer anywhere to go.

    "I cannot tell the people who are behind me struggling hard to reach the top of the same ladder, where I am feeling stupid. For what have I been struggling? -- nobody will listen to me if I say to them, `Stop wherever you are. Don't waste time -- because there is nothing. Once you reach the top you are stuck. You cannot get down because that looks like falling back. You cannot go ahead because there is nowhere to go ahead.'"

    The presidents, prime ministers of countries just feel stuck. Now they know there is only one thing that can happen, and that is the fall. There is nothing to rise to; there is nowhere to go except to fall from the place where they have been. So they cling to their seats.

    But this is not the right kind of life. First you go on climbing ladders, struggling with people; then ultimately you are stuck and you cling to the last rung so that nobody can take you away from it. Is this a madhouse?

    Man has turned this planet into a madhouse. If you want to be sane, first be yourself without any guilt, without any condemnation. Accept yourself with humbleness and simplicity.

    This is a gift of existence to you; feel grateful, and start searching for what can help you to grow as you are -- not to become a carbon copy of somebody else, but just to remain your original self.

    There is no ecstasy greater than to be your original face.

    OM SAI RAM!!!


    अपना साँई प्यारा साँई सबसे न्यारा अपना साँई - रमेश रमनानी

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    « Reply #11 on: October 11, 2005, 05:55:13 AM »
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  • Beautiful Rameshji..and a very nice story Astridji...i have made a lot of mistakes too..and everytime i think about the hurt my actions would caused others, I get consumed with guilt. Yesterday night I was just thinking of all that and feeling awful. Today morning I woke up(its just close to 6 am now) and saw these wonderful words and story by Rameshji and Astridji. Feels so much better. Thanks a lot !

    Om Sai Ram

    "I am Ever living to help and guide all, who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me.- Baba"

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    "I am Ever living to help and guide all, who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me.- Baba"

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