Bhakti yoga is a big tree of various branches, of which, the main branches are mantra yoga or chanting of mantras; nada yoga, singing or realizing God through sounds or music; and kirtana yoga, praising God through songs, dance and explaining His glories through stories with their esoteric teachings. Kirtana yoga is the major branch of Bhakti yoga, for it includes chanting and music, devotion and meditation.
Dearest Sai Bhakts,
Jai Sai Ram !
Since last couple of weeks my family have been noticing that I have been spending quiet a lot time on computers and started asking what was going on ? They were the first to know that the thought of an online radio had already sown the seed in my mind and a strong determination was just tagging it. Seeing me working day and night with all the books and tutorials on radio broadcasting, my daddy and kids could no longer ignore me and asked me, what was I doing? I took a great pleasure in putting out my thought to them and while I am still working on to accomplish this task, the news spread immediately to friends and relatives. After few of my friends and relatives got the news of this website and started listening to the melodious divine music in the glory and praises of our beloved Sai Baba, they asked me, Where did I get this idea of starting a radio and hosting this website?
Since childhood , I have a strong liking for music. About 25 years back at the age of just 12 I had bought my first cassette tape, after saving my snack allowances for 5 to 6 months. Slowly my interest grew from filmi music to ghazals, qawaali, sufi, classical,etc. and finally few years back it ended at divine music in forms of bhajans, dhuns and stutis in praise of gods and goddess. Couple of years back I was introduced to a bhajan group in our area and since then my interest grew manifold. Frequently I started sending whatever I was listening for that day or at that time to my friends and relatives who shared similar interest. Slowly this become a frequent activity and when at times I was busy would get lots of email asking haven’t I been listening anything new or wanting to share with them ? Few years back I used to DJ sometimes for old hindi music website and had some exposure, atleast in terms of what would require to start your own radio station.
Soon I was googling for getting quotes and estimates from good streaming music providers and in a day or two, like everything was waiting right there for me I quickly found a provider and started the radio in Auto DJ mode. Some of you must have seen the very first home page where I had only two lines of instruction and a link to the radio. A good meaningful website was needed to support the radio and the whole message behind it. Tried various tools, even one of the version was building the site from scratch, but was taking too much time. Came across Drupal CMS tool and before this website, I had never touched it. But once again, as if the knowledge was just waiting to get fed into my brain and was able to put up this website in less than few days. It so truely demonstrates a perfect example of, when Baba decides to assign different works to devotees, he himself has already taken care of all that is required and necessary to accomplish it. I am a software architect by profession and have no skills like a Radio DJ. But what I have is total faith in my Baba, a huge collection of devotional music and a passion for it. So I started this with a great pleasure thinking its one of the work assigned by Baba to this devotee. I will conclude this with an inspirational reading from Shri Sai Satcharitra, Chapter III.
Different Works Assigned to Devotees:
The Lord entrusts different works to different devotees. Some are given the work of building temples and maths, or ghats (flight of steps) on rivers; some are made to sing the glories of God; some are sent on pilgrimages; but to me was allotted the work of writing the Sat Charita. Being a jack of all trades but master of none, I was quite unqualified for this job. Then why should I undertake such a difficult job? Who can describe the true life of Sai Baba? Sai Baba’s grace alone can enable one to accomplish this difficult work. So, when I took up the pen in my hand, Sai Baba took away my egoism and wrote Himself His stories. The credit of relating these stories, therefore, goes to Him and not to me. Though Brahmin by birth, I lacked the two eyes. (i.e. the sight or vision) of Shruti and Smriti and therefore was not at all capable of writing the Sat-Charita, but the grace of the Lord makes a dumb man talk, enables a lame man to cross a mountain. He alone knows the knack of getting things done as He likes. Neither the flute, nor the harmonium knows how the sounds are produced. This is the concern of the Player. The oozing of Chandrakant jewel and the surging of the sea are not due to the jewel and the sea but to the rise of the moon.
Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all