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Sivanesan Swami--An Apostle of Shirdi Sai

Sivanesan Swami--An Apostle of Shirdi Sai

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A brief article on the life and works of Sivanesan swami--an apostle of Shirdi Sai who spent his lifetime in Shirdi...performing service in Dwarkamai and Chavadi for nearly 45 years, leading a life of utter simplicity and humility and guiding hundreds of Sai devotees and foreigners, with equanimity and guiding such masters as Ekkirals Bharadwaja.
A brief article on the life and works of Sivanesan swami--an apostle of Shirdi Sai who spent his lifetime in Shirdi...performing service in Dwarkamai and Chavadi for nearly 45 years, leading a life of utter simplicity and humility and guiding hundreds of Sai devotees and foreigners, with equanimity and guiding such masters as Ekkirals Bharadwaja.

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Published by: Dr Srinivasan Nenmeli -K on Dec 17, 2013
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SIVANESAN SWAMI -- An Apostle of Shirdi Sai
 
N K Srinivasan
 
Several apostles of Shirdi Sai have spread the life and teachings of Shirdi Sai far and wide. [ An 'apostle' means a "messenger" in Greek.]The great apostles who had the blessings of Sai in His time include Upasani Maharaj and Swami Sai Sharan Anand. Narasimha Swami , Radhakrishna Swami,Ekkirala Bharadwaj ,Sai Maruthi among others,spread Sai message and built temples and institutions and wrote numerous books.In recent times, Ammula Sambasiva Rao, Sarath Babu [ a disciple of Bharadwaj]and others had carried on this noble mission and have instituted Sai temples in foreign lands as
 
 
well. Sivenesan Swami was one of those humble apostles who lived for most part of his life in Shirdi, serving in Sainath's temple -precincts . He was a beacon light for many devotees thronging the samadhi mandir. A sadhu of saintly stature, his name was known only to a smaller following in his lifetime.
 
You will find his samadhi mandir at a distance of 3 km from Sai Samadhi Mandir along Pimpalwadi Road in Shirdi.
Early Life
 
Sivanesan Swami was born on 12th April 1927, on the auspicious day of Sri Rama Navami, at Nayakkar Palayam, near Coimbatore ,the city of textile mills in Tamil Nadu. His
 
 
parents ,Muthiah and Alamelu ,were well off and highly cultured.
 
Sivenesan lost his mother at a young age. He studied upto 8 th standard and showed no interest in academic studies. His mind would wander into spiritual realms ; he would be often lost in meditation, missing his meals.
 
Before going to Mumbai, he worked on several odd jobs as he could find. He worked as a records assistant in Madras [Chennai] High court and also as an assistant in the Electricity department in Coimbatore as a temporary worker. He also served as a sales assistant in a book shop.He was more interested in reading books there than selling them--soon he lost the job . All

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