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Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt

Salutations — The Story of Grinding Wheat and Its Philosophical Significance.

According to the ancient and revered custom, Hemadpant begins the work, Sai Satcharitra, with various salutations.First, he makes obeisance to the God Ganesha to remove all obstacles and make the work a success and says that Shri Sai is the God Ganesha.Then, to the Goddess Saraswati to inspire him to write out the work and says that Shri Sai is one with this Goddess and that He is Himself singing His own life. Then, to the Gods; Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar – the Creating, Preserving and Destroying Deities respectively; and says that Sainath is one with them and He as the great Teacher, will carry us across the River of Wordly Existence.

Then, to his tutelary Deity Narayan Adinath who manifested himself in Konkan – the land reclaimed by Parashurama, (Rama in the Hindi version) from the sea; and to the Adi (Original) Purusha of the family. Then, to the Bharadwaja Muni, into whose gotra (clan) he was born and also to various Rishis, Yagyavalakya, Bhrigu, Parashara, Narad, Vedavyasa, Sanak, Sanandan, Sanatkumar, Shuka. Shounak, Vishwamitra, Vasistha, Valmiki, Vamadeva, Jaimini, Vaishampayan, Nava Yogindra etc, and also modern Saints such as Nivritti, Jnanadev, Sopan, Muktabai, Janardan, Ekanath, Namdev, Tukaram, Kanha, and Narahari etc.

Then, to his grandfather Sadashiv, father Raghunath, his mother, who left him in his infancy, to his paternal aunt, who brought him up, and to his loving elder brother. Then, to the readers and prays them to give their whole and undivided attention to his work. And lastly, to his Guru Shri Sainath – an Incarnation of Shri Dattatreya, Who is his sole Refuge and Who will make him realize that Brahman is the Reality and the world an illusion; and incidentally, to all the Beings in whom the Lord God dwells.

After describing in brief the various modes of devotion according to Parashara, Vyasa and Shandilya etc., the author goes on to relate the following story: -“It was sometime after 1910 A.D. that I went, one fine morning, to the Masjid in Shirdi for getting a darshan of Sai Baba. I was wonder-struck to see the following phenomenon. After washing His mouth and face, Sai Baba began to make preparations for grinding wheat. He spread a sack on the floor; and thereon set a hand-mill.

He took some quantity of wheat in a winnowing fan, and then drawing up the sleeves of His Kafni (robe); and taking hold of the peg of the hand-mill, started grinding the wheat by putting a few handfuls of wheat in the upper opening of the mill and rotoated it. I thought ‘What business Baba had with the grinding of wheat, when He possessed nothing and stored nothing, and as He lived on alms!’ Some people who had come there thought likewise, but none had the courage to ask baba what He was doing. Immediately, this news of Baba’s grinding wheat spread into the village, and at once men and women ran to the Masjid and flocked there to see Baba’s act.

Four bold women, fro m the crowd, forced their way up and pushing Baba aside, took forcibly the peg or handle into their hands, and, singing Baba’s Leelas, started grinding. At first Baba was enraged, but on seeing the women’s love and devotion, He was much pleased and began to smile. While they were grinding, they began to think that Baba had no house, no property, no children, none to look after, and He lived on alms, He did not require any wheat-flour for making bread or roti, what will He do with this big quantity of flour? Perhaps as Baba is very kind, He will distribute the flour amongst us. Thinking in this way while singing, they finished the grinding and after putting the hand-mill aside, they divided the flour into four portions and began to remove them one per head. Baba, Who was calm and quiet up till now, got wild and started abusing them saying, “Ladies, are you gone mad? Whose father’s property are you looting away? Have I borrowed any wheat from you, so that you can safely take the flour? Now please do this. Take the flour and throw it on the village border limits.” On hearing this, the women felt abashed and whispering amongst themselves, went away to the outskirts of the village and spread the flour as directed by Baba. I asked the Shirdi people – “What was this that Baba did?” They replied that as the Cholera Epidemic was spreading in the village and this was Baba’s remedy against the same; it was not wheat that was ground but the Cholera itself was ground to pieces and pushed out of the village. From this time onward, the Cholera Epidemic subsided and the people of the village were happy. I was much pleased to know all this; but at the same time my curiosity was also aroused. I began to ask myself – What earthly connection was there between wheat flour and Cholera? What was the casual relation between the two? and how to reconcile them? The incident seems to be inexplicable. I should write something on this and sing to my heart’s content Baba’s sweet Leelas. Thinking in this way about this Leela, my heart was filled with joy and I was thus inspired to write Baba’s Life – The Satcharita. And as we know, with Baba’s grace and blessing this work was successfully accomplished.

Philosophical Significance of Grinding Apart from the meaning which the people of Shirdi put on this incident of grinding wheat, there is, we think, a philosophical significance too. Sai Baba lived in Shirdi for about sixty years and during this long period, He did the business of grinding almost every day – not, however, the wheat alone; but the sins, the mental and physical afflications and the miseries of His innumerable devotees. The two stones of His mill consisted of Karma and Bhakti, the former being the lower and the latter the upper one. The handle with which Baba worked the mill consisted of Jnana. It was the firm conviction of Baba that Knowledge or Self-realization is not possible, unless there is the prior act of grinding of all our impulses, desires, sins; and of the three gunas, viz. Sattva, Raja and Tama; and the Ahamkara, which is so subtle and therefore so difficult to be got rid of. This reminds us of a similar story of Kabir who seeing a woman grinding corn said to his Guru, Nipathiranjana, “I am weeping because I feel the agony of being crushed in this wheel of wordly existence like the corn in the handmill.”

Nipathiranjana replied, “Do not be afraid; hold fast to the handle of knowledge of this mill, as I do, and do not wander far away from the same but turn inward to the Centre, and you are sure to be saved.”

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7 reviews

  1. Hari, 13, August 2014 9:18 pm business - Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt
    5/5


    Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple at Frankfurt, Germany is devoted at the holy feet of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba…Regulary program ,arathi, pujas, homas and abishek
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    In Frankfurt is a Shirdi Sai Baba Temple.Regulary program ,arathi, pujas, homas and abisheks is performed since Dezember 2008

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  2. Vinayak, 17, August 2014 10:26 am business - Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt
    5/5

    OM SAI RAM

    Very beautiful temple and at a glance Murthy touches heart. People serve baba with heart.

    Bhajans , homas and regular programs are performed with devotion. Happy to be part of the Tempel.

    OM SAI RAM

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  3. Mithun Patel, 25, August 2014 10:51 pm business - Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt
    5/5

    Om Sai Ram,
    Such a lovely and lively temple of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Frankfurt. It is indeed Baba’s grace that this is the first Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Germany.
    Both me and my wife are devotees of Baba and Baba is always caring for us like his children.
    I would like to share my experience of my lovely Baba here. Ever since i got to know about Baba in India, Baba arranged that i could visit him in Shirdi and a strong intense bonding developed. In 2010, I decided to study in Germany and i always wanted Baba to be there wherever i go. It was Baba’s grace that i got an offer to study in Frankfurt. I was so much in joy to realise that here was the only Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Germany and Baba helped me to make the right choice.
    In October 2010, I visited the Baba temple in Frankfurt and was full of tears since I could feel Baba’s presence there. Looking at his face and blue eyes makes you forget all the worries and desires and I used to see him for long with tears of joy in my eyes. I was very grateful since Baba made everything happen in the right moment. I loved the Satsang, we sang the sacred Gayatri mantra, Sai Bhajans and honour all Gods, I felt the energy levels increased and immersed in the prayers with devotion around. I felt Baba’s presence here and he is sitting in front of me in this room and always guiding. Baba’s murti is so lively that one can feel the different expressions here. Sometimes Baba used to be happy, smiling, cheerful mood, other times he was angry and serious and silent. Baba cares for all his devotees. By Baba’s grace, I visited the temple every Thursday and Saturday during my studies in Frankfurt. A year later when my wife joined me in Frankfurt, she was surprised and happy to see Baba full of life and love in the temple. Due to my work assignment I had to move to Dusseldorf but Baba grace makes it possible for us to visit him often.
    Every Sai devotee coming to the temple served Sai Baba in their own ways. We performed seva on Saturday by collecting & cutting wood logs for the Dhuni , planting salad leaves, vegetables, watering the temple garden, plucking the fruits. I loved the way everyone was serving Sai Baba sincerely. Baba is always happy when we are serving him. Hari always used to say that we should perform selfless service just like Lord Hanuman rendered selfless service to Sri Ram forgetting that Hanuman himself was mighty and God. We sang Hanuman Chalisa very often for long time in the temple. So much Love.
    Only by Baba’s grace one can go to visit him here, When I met Hari for the first time, I had wondered how Baba plays his part to make things happen. How Baba made Hari know about him and how Hari setup the temple in Frankfurt which has helped so many Sai devotees to find the truth and serve Sai Baba. Hari guided us and explained Baba’s teachings in many ways the deepest truth and inner truth that is hard to find in any books or internet. Most importantly he guided us towards the oneness of universal Consciousness and simplicity of life.
    Hari and all the people who visit here in the temple are like family. We sing, meditate , pray, cook and eat and offer service together. It is like a nice small Sai family helping each other. I and my wife feel blessed to be part of the temple and to visit here often.

    I was full of joy and I had never experience this in any temple anywhere in India. One cannot gain the knowledge what I gained here with Baba and Hari in this temple. The Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Frankfurt was a special place where I learnt the deepest meaning and experience that I cannot express. You can only experience it for yourself. What you feel here in the Shirdi Sai Baba temple cannot be expressed by words. You are only silent when you feel Baba’s presence and he is caring and loving you always.

    I am thankful to My Sai for all his grace and Hari for all the things that he has offered in the temple and made us realise the truth which I could not find elsewhere.

    May Baba shower his grace and Blessings to All
    Om Sai Ram, Peace be to All.

    Lots of Love,
    Mithun Patel

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  4. Hari Shirdi, 1, September 2014 8:49 am business - Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt
    5/5

    Photos we like to share .

    http://shirdisaibabatemple-frankfurtgermany.com/photos.php?len=en

    If what you see by the eye doesn’t please you, then close your eyes, be silent and see from the heart.Heart can see beauty and love more than the eyes can ever wonder.

    Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Frankfurt Germany , hari

    Wir möchten folgende Fotos mit Ihnen teilen:

    http://shirdisaibabatemple-frankfurtgermany.com/photos.php?len=en

    Wenn das, was Du gerade siehst, Dir nicht gefällt, schließe die Augen, sei still und schau vom Herzen.Das Herz sieht leichter Schönes und liebt, was Augen nicht erkennen können.

    Shirdi Sai Baba Tempel Frankfurt Deutschland, hari

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  5. Hari Shirdi, 13, May 2015 9:37 pm business - Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt

    Shirdi Sai Babas Leben wurde zu seinen Lebzeiten in einem Buch beschrieben:
    Baba bat Hemadpant selbst, es zu veröffffentlichen.Es heisst Sai Satcharitra und ist jetzt kostenfrei im internet bis Kapittel 36 in sehr gutem deutsch zu lesen.Die Sprache ist lebendig, tief und wahrheitsgemäss.

    http://www.mathapitha.de/de/page13.htm

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  6. Hari Shirdi, 12, October 2015 10:20 pm business - Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt
    5/5

    Shirdi Sai Baba’s Mahasamadhi will be celebrated on 3-4.Oct.2014 Dashara .We invite all to have Shirdi Sai BABA’s Darshan in his temple in Frankfurt on22 and 23 of October 2015 .We will start the Program with YAGYA ( Fire puja , HOMAN ), Araties, Music, Kirtans, Bhajans, seva possibilities, plucking fruits ( apples, grapes, walnuts ) and great Bhandara will be served.

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  7. Hari Shirdi, 3, March 2016 1:02 am business - Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Frankfurt
    5/5

    SHIVARATRI 2016
    SHIVARATRI hat diesen Moment in sich, inne zu halten, sich vom Trubel des Alltags bewußt zurückzuziehen und nach innen zu schauen.
    Wir gehen in die STILLE unseres SEINS – SHIVA- und lassen SHIVAS GNADE,
    dem universellen SEIN einen inneren Raum.
    Immer tiefer breitet sich die Stille aus und wir erfahren jenseits von Zeit und Raum SHIVAS ALLGEGENWÄRTIGKEIT. Rollen verblassen für einen Moment. Wir fühlen uns frei und sehen Alltägliches von da an in neuem Licht.
    SHIVA dem GNADENREICHEN, der uns erkennen läßt, das loszulassen, was wir nie waren, eröffnet ” bewußt SEIN “. Wir lassen weg …Identifikationen werden zunehmend klarer. Wir lernen uns selbstzuerforschen, ICH BIN….
    Es wird Zeit geben für Seva, Singen, immer in der inneren Stille , die auch. Austausch nicht beenden kann. OM NAMAH SHIVAYA…OM NAMAH SHIVAYA, OM NAMAH SHIVAYA.
    Es sind keine Vorkenntnisse nötig, jeder ist hierzu herzlich eingeladen.( free of charge )
    Der Tempel öffnet am Sonntag um 15 Uhr und am Montag ab 10 Uhr. OM SAI RAM…

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