Shirdi Sai Temple
Mission Statement Shirdi Sai Temple USA has been created in order to bring the ancient knowledge, spiritual meditation and healing energy as taught by the Saints and masters of India to the west. Overview This is the golden statement of the great saints and sages: "All Religions are one, God is one. Candles may be different, but the flame is always the same" By following the ancient knowledge & scriptures of India, teachings of the saints, and understanding the rich stories and culture of the east, we can gain the true inner wisdom, peace and self-awareness of the divine elements within and around us. Our Goal: Is to bring this very essence of the great masters of India and the vast timeless knowledge to the west. It is through their teachings, techniques and the ancient wisdom of the Sacred Manuscripts taught by them, that human transformation occurs. By these powerful & divine techniques, we can we begin to help and heal people who are suffering and in need. Fundamental Principles: These are the foundations of faith, which are shared and taught at our temple. All the rituals and teachings follow these basic categories, which we preach: • Study the ancient knowledge • Meditation, prayer & self reflection • Heal people in need • Perform Charitable & Social activities (Feeding, clothing, works) • Spiritual practices & discipline to increase peace of mind & Soul Capacity. Create Teachers, Masters and Healers to contribute and inspire others within society • Understand the lives & teachings of the saints • Practice Faith & Patience Background: Paul Aryeh is the founder of this temple. He lived in India from 1998 - 2012 and studied extensively with the late saint Sri Kaleshwar at his Shirdi Temple and ashram in Penukonda, AP India. During this time Paul was trained extensively by Sri Kaleshwar to establish a center of worship and knowledge to the US. His direct instructions was to create a temple where the divine knowledge and grace of the saints will flow to help the people. Up till his death Sri Kaleshwar wish was to have a Shirdi Baba temple in Los Angeles. Paul took this "diksha" from his master very seriously and till Sri Kaleshwar's very last breath was working closely corresponding extensively with him giving instructions and guidance for this project to materialize. In 2012 after Sri Kaleshwar expired, Paul returned to the US to fulfill his master's wishes. He began to purchase all the needed dieties and statues needed to bring in the energy and grace that they represent to fill the space with miracle energy. Shirdi Sai Baba: 6 ft (made of Indian Makrana marble) Durga: 2 ft (also of Indian makrana) Jesus: 2.5 ft makrana (also of Indian makrana) Hanuman: 6 ft black Granite (Sclulpture from TTD) Shiva Lingam: 3ft black granite Shiva Spatika Lingams: 5 pure quartz By virtue of his master's intention and his close relationship with Shirdi Sai Baba, Paul was able to invest in a property as a beginning point for the establishment of this temple. The current location has 3 structures laid out on a 1/2 acre residential property. The Temple: In honor of Shirdi Sai Baba as part of our guru lineage (Guru Parampara), this temple has been established. We intentionally have created this temple in Los Angeles county of Southern California because it serves a large surrounding community of devotees. The temple provides the "space" for all religions and faiths to come and connect with this universal master Shirdi Sai Baba and the many temple deities here. Shirdi Sai Baba is one of India's most gifted masters to walk the planet. His teachings encompassed and acknowledged many traditions, paths; Holy Saints, Siddhas and Sadhus which have been the heritage of India for thousands of years. Now his energy and teachings are spreading worldwide. This center intends to actively promotes and spread his great vibrations and teachings far and wide. As an incarnation of Dattatreya, Shirdi Sai Baba’s teachings expressed his mastery and unity with the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He understood all aspects of the Divine Mother, represented by Saraswati, Laxmi and Durga. He was able to control the 5 elements, through his yogic practices. As a result, he was able to perform miracles which healed and helped many people that were sick, or in need of spiritual upliftment. Honoring All Traditions & Saints: To understand true spirituality, one must study the saints and their teachings in depth. We acknowledge those saints which Mother India has given birth to, as a gift to humanity through their teachings, selfless service and blessings. From Adi Shankarcharya, Veda Vyasa, Krishna Deva Raya, Yogi Vemana, Buddha and Jesus; extending to this century's most prominent saint such as Yogananda, Rama Krishna Paramahamsa, Ramana Maharshi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Bagawan Nityananda, and Sri Kaleshwar. We spend a great deal of time, reading and studying their teachings and stories to gain a deeper self-awareness and inner wisdom. Charitable Works: Clinics & Feeding programs "To serve God is to serve humanity." Feeding meals will prepared for people to attend on our temple premises, plus specific "mobile meals" such as bagged lunches, will be provide in coordination with shelters and missions around the Los Angeles area for people who are hungry and in need. Clothing and articles for donations will be provided monthly for shelters, homeless organizations and housing projects. We provide health service to community groups and charitable organizations through classes teaching meditation, stress reduction and techniques to deal with tense and unpleasant situations that happen in all aspects of life. We feel fortunate to be able to share simple practices which makes a contribution and enhances the quality to people’s lives. Monthly we will be conducting healing clinics for people ailing with various diseases and ailments. We will be working with the Veterans administration to work with our nations soldiers who have returned from overseas combat, and are suffering with various forms of PTSD.