The Songbird


Life in Cage

There was once a successful businessman who had everything – a beautiful wife, adorable children and a big house in which they all lived happily. The pride of his life though was his exotic songbird which he kept in a cage and fed delicious titbits when it entertained his guests.

One day the man had to go on a journey far to the south and he asked his wife and children what presents they would like from abroad – they asked for fine silks, honeycomb and clockwork toys. Finally he asked his songbird if he would like him to bring anything back.

“I wish only for one small favour.” The songbird replied.

“Anything!” his master declared.

“Just this – when you see my cousins in the trees in the place you’re going to, please tell them about my conditions here.”

“Are you sure? I could bring you back a fine…

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Trust God But Tie Your Camel


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There was once a man who was on his way back home from market with his camel and, as he’d had a good day, he decided to stop at a mosque along the road and offer his thanks to God.

He left his camel outside and went in with his prayer mat and spent several hours offering thanks to Allah, praying and promising that he’d be a good Muslim in the future, help the poor and be an upstanding pillar of his community.

When he emerged it was already dark and lo and behold – his camel was gone!

He immediately flew into a violent temper and shook his fist at the sky, yelling:

“You traitor, Allah! How could you do this to me? I put all my trust in you and then you go and stab me in the back like this!”

A passing sufi dervish heard the man…

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Change the World


Bayazid, a Sufi mystic, has written in his autobiography, “When I was young I thought and I said to God, and in all my prayers this was the base: ‘Give me energy so that I can change the whole world.’ Everybody looked wrong to me. I was a revolutionary and I wanted to change the face of the earth.

“When I became a little more mature I started praying: ‘This seems to be too much. Life is going out of my hands–almost half of my life is gone and I have not changed a single person, and the whole world is too much.’ So I said to God, ‘My family will be enough. Let me change my family.’

“And when I became old,” says Bayazid, “I realized that even the family is too much, and who am I to change them? Then I realized that if I can change myself…

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Sri M Said…

Suppose one is searching for the truth, one has tried different ways; one cannot meditate. So then he (Lord) says ok do some work so that your mind is purified; No I cannot do that also, then what do we do?Whatever you are doing; we are all doing something, nobody can remain without doing anything; he says, ‘Dedicate that to me. Think that I am the agent and I am the enjoyer’ and gradually you will get purified enough and be lifted out of that activity. That means, although this is the primary, the beginning, elementary form of spiritual development, it is applicable to most  people.

Sri M Said…

yogo bhoga yatey ‘– yoga through bhoga (enjoyment) – again this is not a license for bhoga;  bhoga means enjoyment. What they said was while you enjoy, realize that the enjoyment is not coming from that whichyou enjoy but it is tapping little bit of happiness from the inner source – reservoir of all happiness, so that gradually you become independent of all external objects and go to the root of enjoyment and begin to enjoy within; then you are free.

Retreat with Sri M at The Peepal Grove School, Sadum



20th December, Friday – 22nd December, Sunday – 2013

Welcome to a three day retreat with Sri M at The Peepal Grove School.

Located in a quiet valley with gentle breezes and warm sunshine; it is an ideal setting for meditation and quiet reflection

Check in – 3PM (20th December)

Check Out – 9AM latest (23rd December)

Registration on first come first served basis.


Accommodation (180 members) – Dormitories only (Elderly participants will be provided a twin sharing accommodation in the Guest house. Only four rooms are available in the Guest House).


Contact Persons:

The Peepal Grove School: Mrs Vrinda.M.Naidoo (9440584908)

Bangalore   : Mrs. Lakshmi Kumar (9538744188)


Tentative Schedule:

20 / 12/2013 

  • 6.30 PM Meditation & Bhajans
  • 7.30 PM Dinner

21/12/2013 &-    22/12/13

  • 6 AM Meditation
  • 6.30 AM Yoga
  • 7 AM Walk
  • 7.30 AM Break Fast
  • 9 AM Satsang
  • 11-12.30 PM Group Meetings
  • 4 PM Satsang
  • 6.30 PM Meditation& Bhajans
  • 8 PM Dinner

Cost of Retreat: Rs.6000/-(all inclusive + with Driver Accommodation)

There would be no fee for children below the age of 12.


For Registrations:

Step I: E-mail with the details given below:

Details are as follows:

1 Name
2 Gender: Male/Female (M/F)
3 Age
4 Mobile #
5 Email ID
6 Date & Time of arrival
7 Date & Time of departure
8 Lunch on 20/12/2013(Yes/No)
9 Breakfast on 23/12/13(Yes/No)
10 Driver Accommodation – (Yes/No)


Step II

Once you register you will receive an email with your registration #. Within one week of receiving your registration number, you will have to make an advance payment. Payment details will be provided along with your registration number.

Cancellation: The advance amount would not be returned in case there is a cancellation.  However, if the cancelled participants are able to provide replacements, the amount would be adjusted towards these registrations.

Kindly bring along –

1. Pillow

2. Blanket

3. Warm Clothes   (As Temperatures can go low)

4. Torch

5. Shoes or comfortable footwear for walk

6. Basic first aid is available but special       medication has to be brought along.

Temperatures Expected: 12?C (at night) -25?C (during day)

Sri M Said…

Instead of trying to be free from the beginning, enjoy with the purpose that you want to be free of it ultimately. How does one do that? By dedicating everything to the Supreme Being. Whenever you enjoy keep in mind that the actual enjoyer is the Supreme Reality or the spark of the Supreme Reality which is in me.