Report by OD bureau; Dallas: Guruji Shri Chandra Bhanu Satpathy ji enthralled a packed hall of devotees at ¡°An Evening with S¨¡t-guru Shri Shirdi Sai andLord Shri Jagannatha¡± hosted at Courtyard Theatre, Plano, Texas by the DFW Odisha Society on September 1, 2012 that was attended by all members of the DFW Odisha Society, other members of Orissa Society of America along with participation of devotees from various communities in Dallas metro area and sixteen other states in USA and Canada.
The event started with ceremonial lighting of the lamp by Shri Satpathyji and offering of prayers with the audience of the packed hall joining the prayer with Guruji The evening was comp¨¨red by Subharekha who along with Tapan Padhi, Convener of Orissa Society of America, gave a brief introduction about Guruji¡¯s accomplishments and his selfless service towards mankind. Little master Pratyush left the audience spell bound with his sweet voice with the song titled ¡°Payoji Mere¡±. A short slide presentation on Shri Shirdi Sai Baba and Shri Guruji gave the audience a brief outline of Baba¡¯s life and teachings and Guruji¡¯s activities. A dance performance by a group of nine kids under the direction of Mousumee Chand ensued. They danced to the tune of the famous song by Guruji- ¡° Hey Sai tere charnaon mein, hum sub ko thodi si jaagaha de¡±. The dance performance mesmerized the audience and was acknowledged by Guruji.
Addressing the audience in his own lucid style, Guruji spoke about the emerging new religion, ¡°SAISM¡± in the coming years. He emphasized on developing simplicity and
purity of mind and soul which Shri Sai Baba had preached. His words about Lord Jagananth and its tradition were an eye opener for the audience. One can worship Shri
Sai as a father, a mother and a friend. He further said one should love Shri Sai as one love¡¯s their parents and seek His blessing at all times. He said, shunning one¡¯s ego serve human beings to bring happiness and a little smile. He predicted that Dallas is going to be one of the hubs in USA in spreading ¡°SAIISM¡± across North America region.
It was truly a great evening in the august presence of Guruji which will be remembered for a long time by the devotees of Dallas and those from other places as well who were present.
After the address, senior members of the DFW Orissa society Prof. Digambar Mishra, Sri Jagannath Rath and Sri Hari Patro honored and felicitated Guruji on behalf of the
society for his selfless service to humanity combined with spiritual, artistic, literary and philanthropic excellence. This was followed by Global release of two Audio CDs by Guruji titled ¡®Sriman Narayan Sai¡¯ and ¡®Jagannathya Namah¡¯ written and composed by Guruji himself. The first set was presented to elder members of Orissa society- Dr. Panchanan Satpathy and Loknath Patra on the dais.
The program ended with vote of thanks by Biswaranjan and Mousumee Jenna to all the guests, sponsors, volunteers and participants. The great evening came to end with
distribution of Prasad to all.
The visit to Dallas started with Guruji paying homage to Shri Shirdi Sai Baba at the Hindu Temple in Flower Mound, Texas on August 31st where he was ceremoniously
received. After offering his prayers, he spent some time with the temple members answering their questions and providing suggestions pertaining to Sai movement.
On the morning of September 1st Guruji was on-air on Funasia Radio 104.9FM / 700 AM addressing the people of Dallas-DFW metro area and its suburbs. Answering questions to queries, He spoke on various aspects of life and teachings of Perfect Master Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, relevance of Shri Shirdi Sai today and the growth of Shirdi Sai Movement.
Dr. C.B. Satpathy ji, reverentially addressed to as ¡°Guruji¡± is an author, lyricist, music composer, philanthropist and spiritual guide to millions of followers of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba across the world. His work has been pivotal in the globalization of Shirdi Sai movement with over 200+ Shirdi Sai temples in and outside of India including USA. His books in English titled ¡°Shirdi Sai Baba and other Perfect Masters¡± and ¡°May I Answer¡± have been translated into various Indian languages. His papers, short articles and write ups are regularly published in over a dozen periodicals every quarter in different languages.
His most recent book ¡°Shree Guru Bhagabat¡±, a spiritual treatise, originally written in nine letter poetic meter in Odia and translated into English and Hindi, is a four part series, depicting the glory of the Perfect Masters, the Spiritual Masters, and the Disciples, with various divine aspects of the master disciple relationship and related topics.
His music compositions have been rendered by such famous Indian vocalists as Suresh Wadkar, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan, Kailash Kher, Sukhvinder Singh, Sadhana Sargam, Rekha Bharadwaj, Mohit Chauhan, Ajit Kadkade and others. The premier music company in India, Times Music has released his Hindi albums ¡°Living With Sai¡±, ¡°Aao Sai¡± and ¡°Sai Mantra ¨C Thubyam Namami¡± under its banner in 2010 and 2011, whereas another leading music company HMV Saregama has released his Mantra albums ¡°Shri Sainathaya Namah Namah¡± and ¡°Hiranyagarba Shriman Narayan Sai¡± earlier this year.
His musical compositions have also been rendered in various albums in Odia and Telugu. His literary and music work has been recognized by famous accredited universities in India who have conferred on him degrees of Honoris Causa (D. Litt. ¨C Vacaspati), D.Litt. and L.L.D. Well known cultural institutions of India have appreciated his service and honored him with recognitions. Guruji Dr C.B. Satpathy ji will be honored and presented with ¡°Building bridges across nations¡± award at the Washington State summit on US-India Trade & Commerce, September 27th at Seattle Cultural Center, Seattle, Washington for his service to humanity across nations.