C. B. Satpathy is an ardent devotee of Sri Sai Baba, who calls himself a servant of Baba and worships no other God than Baba. His love for all is as unbounded and infinite as Sai love. When people ask him as to who brought such a tremendous transformation in his life, he, without any hesitation or mincing a word, would immediately say that it is Shirdi Sai Baba who is his life's guiding light and that he has no other Guru except Shri Sai and that he has surrendered at the sacred feet of Shri Sai.
Satpathyji basically comes from a family of educationalists and administrators with a high level of cultural and religious involvement. He holds multilpe masters degrees and for some years taught in Delhi University before joining All India Services where he excelled and was awarded three recognitions by the President of India for gallantry, meritorious service and distinguished service. Having retired as Director General of Police, he is currently working as advisor to an Indian corporation. He is an ideal Grihastha (house-holder). While shouldering domestic responsibilities as a husband, father, son, brother with affection and concern, he attends to the duties of his calling with dedication and devotion. As a house-holder, he has set an example in the art of living-of blending harmoniously the secular facets of life. He is additionally involved in social, educational and health related activities through his association with several NGOs like Sukariya.
The number of people, who have come in contact with him over the last two decades to find solutions to their materialistic, psychological, commercial & health issues or active spiritiual evolution runs not in thousands but in lakhs. Shri Satpathyji not only helps the needy one's invoking the name of Shri Sai but also by living as a family man, sets an example in front of Sai devotees and other people at large that ONE CAN LIVE IN THIS MATERIALISTIC WORLD OF MONEY, RELATIONS & LINKED DUTIES AND STILL BE PIOUS AND BE A DETACHED 'SAINT' AT HEART. No wonder, he always guides Sai devotees to look towards Shri Sai Baba as their 'FATHER, BROTHER AND LOVED ONE'. Then only we would be able to REALISE SAI AND UNDERSTAND SAI AS GOD, with great ease.
A host of trusts and societies set up in India and abroad under the inspiration of Sri Satpathyji, are not content with raising Sai Temples, but are engaged in rendering services like medical, educational etc., helpful to the society. As a part of the Sai movement initiated by him, journals and magazines entitled Sai Chetan, Sai Arpan, Sai Chintan, Sai Darshan, Sai Krupa, Sai Lehari, Sai Kiranalu, Sai Anantha etc are being published in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Marathi and other languages of India, to spread Sai movement of love and service.
Satapthyji is a writer and has authored books on Sri Sai Baba which are available in English, Hindi, Telugu, and other languages. His latest book "May I Answer" is a compilation of answers to commonly asked questions by Sai Devotees and is an invaluable book for a serious seeker. His earlier book "Shirdi Sai Baba and other Perfect Masters" has been translated in major Indian languages. He is an eminent lyricist and music composer and his audio compositions on Shri Sai are available in over thirty cassettes and CD in Hindi, Telugu and Oriya. His latest album "Sai Mantra", Thubyam namami is sung and played in over hundred Sai temples and thousands of Sai devotees daily. The international release of this audio CD was done in Chicago, USA on August 30, 2009.
Satpathyji got Shri Sai Satcharitra, the Holy Bible the Koran, the Geeta of Sai devotes translated into the brail language and got the Holy Scripture, Sai satcharitra distributed freely among the blind people who are sai devotees. He got the book "God who descended on earth"translated into French, Spanish and Nepalese and also got the Shirdi Sai aarti's translated into Spanish, Oriya, Hindi and English languages.
Satapathyji is aged sixty plus and resides in New Delhi, India with his family. Any questions related to Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi or spiritual in nature can be emailed to maildropatsaibaba.org (replace at sign with symbol) with subject line "For CBS". He visits many temples in India and abroad and his forthcoming events can be read on the events page.
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2009 GURU POURNIMA MESSAGE OF SHRI C. B. SATPATHYGod descends on this earth in different forms from time to time. He came as a king in the form of Rama, as a devotee in the form of Hanuman, as an annihilator of the oppressors in the form of Parasurama and even in the form of persons in the lowest rungs of society. The God that manifests in the form of the guru is the same God that manifests in the form of a devotee. When a devotee is paying obeisance at the feet of a guru, God is a giver as also a receiver of the obeisance. Therefore, God and his devotee or the guru and disciple are complementary to each other. The guru and disciple together achieve the form of divinity and one without the other cannot reflect divinity. If the devotion of the devotee and the acceptance of the master were not working in the same frequency, then there cannot be a relationship.
The universe created by God is broadly ruled through two principles or systems. The first principle is the "Law of Justice". It works like the Newton's Law of Motion of Matter, which propounds that to every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. This physical law can equally be applied to the world of meta-physics and spiritualism, although in a subtler way. Such subtler principles of action and reaction taking place perceptibly or imperceptibly in the metaphysical world are generally not understood by human beings due to the limitations of their cognitive faculty and brain capacity.
While holding that every action would necessarily have an equal and opposite reaction, Newton did not say that the reactions to such actions would necessarily be instantaneous. The reactions to such actions can be potentialised to be kinetized later. It is similar to winding a coil, which stores potential energy and releases it in the form of kinetic energy later. This mechanism of potentialization and kinetization of the impact of the actions of human beings is guided by certain invisible principles of nature. In Hinduism, this Principle of Justice is stated as Sanchita-Kriyamana-Prarabdha theory of Karma. The Prarabdha Karma are like a debit in a Chartered Accountant's book. These are supposed to be the reactions to the actions (bad, good or neutral) done in previous lives. However, the total quantity of such actions carried forward from past lives cannot be mitigated in one life. This total quantity of 'carry forward' is known as Sanchita.
It may further be mentioned that the reactions to all the past Karmas cannot be measured in terms of the total volume of past karmas. Such Karmas of past life mitigate item-wise. Since each and every action has to generate an equal and opposite reaction, it has to be highly specific in nature. Let us examine the reactions to two actions such as murder and ingratitude. A man who has murdered someone will be killed by the same person in one of the ensuing lives. Doing harm to a person who has done good is like double jeopardy in law. The first part is that the good done by that man will not be repaid and second part is the harm that we are doing in addition to the ingratitude. Human beings also commit good or evil deeds in the current life when suffering the reaction of past lives' karmas. This 'karma-syndrome' is very complex and nobody has been able to understand it completely. As a result, human beings go on having an incalculable number of life cycles.
To save human beings from a cyclical fate, God created another principle of nature, namely the "Principle of Compassion". God is the ultimate reference point in the universe. A state of being a master or a guru is a state of perfection to which human beings aspire to evolve. The Law of Compassion is the principle under which mothers give birth to children and rear them. All the so called devatas (deities) in Hinduism work through the Principle of Justice as stated above. Only Sadgurus, Qutabs, Perfect Masters, pirs or fakirs are the embodiments of this Law of Compassion. That is why we surrender to them and worship them.
May Shri Sai bless you all.
( Shri C.B. Satpathy, New Delhi )