Shirdi Sai of Delaware
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The mission of the Temple is to provide a unified place of worship for all followers in our community living and the surrounding areas. Also, to establish religious, social, cultural, spiritual, health, educational growth and awareness in the community.
We believe in the philosophies of Shri Shirdi Sai (“Guru”; “Sai Baba”), taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and Guru.
Sai Baba encouraged charity, and stressed the importance of sharing. He said: “Unless there is some relationship or connection, no one goes anywhere. If any person or creature comes to you, do not discourteously drive them away, but receive them well and treat them with due respect. Shri Hari (God) will certainly be pleased if you give water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and your verandah (porch) to strangers for sitting and resting. If anyone begs for money from you and you are not inclined to give, then do not give, and do not growl.
Sai Baba teachings were based on three spiritual paths Bhakti Yoga, JñÄna Yoga and Karma Yoga; and then on “Self-realization”.
Bhakti Yoga is a spiritual path or spiritual practice within Hinduism focused on the cultivation of love and devotion toward God. It has been defined as a practice of devotion toward God, solely motivated by the sincere, loving desire to please God, rather than the hope of divine reward or the fear of divine punishment. Bhakti yoga is often considered by Hindus to be the easiest way for ordinary people to attain a spiritually liberated state, because although it is a form of yoga, its practice is not as rigorous as most other yogic schools, and it is possible to practice Bhakti Yoga without needing to become a full-time yogi.
JñÄna Yoga (in Sanskrit means “knowledge“) is the path towards attaining JñÄna. It is one of the three classical types of yoga mentioned in Hindu philosophies, the other two being Karma and Bhakti Yoga. JñÄna Yoga aims at the realization of the oneness of the individual self and the ultimate Self
In modern classifications, classical yoga, being called Raja Yoga, is mentioned as a fourth one, an extension introduced by Vivekananda. While classical yoga emphasizes the practice of Dhyana (meditation)
Karma Yoga, or the “discipline of action” is a form of yoga based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism. Of the three paths to realization, karma yoga is the process of achieving perfection in action. Karma yoga is said to be the most effective way to progress in spiritual life. Found in the Bhagavad Gita, karma yoga is a part of nature. Karma yoga is taught by teachers of Zen who promote tranquility. Karma yoga is an intrinsic part of many derivative types of yoga, such as Natya Yoga. Karma yoga is often understood as a yoga of selfless (altruistic) service.
Self-realization is an expression used in psychology, spirituality, and Eastern religions. It is defined as the “fulfillment by oneself of the possibilities of one’s character or personality.”
In one overview, American Philosopher “Mr. Mortimer Adler” defined self-realization as freedom from external coercion, including cultural expectations, political and economic freedom, and the freedom from worldly attachments and desires etc.
Shri Paramahansa Yogananda (Yogi and Guru) defined Self-realization as “the knowing — in body, mind, and soul — that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing”Read Less