All [almost every Indian] are aware and familiar with the Sathyanarayana Pooja and Vratham procedures and methods and its great importance and merits. Since Swami was also born after Eswaraamba attended the Sathyanarayana Vratham Pooja, He was named as Sathyanarayana. There is a particular prescribed method of performing Sathyanarayana Vratham Pooja and the Poojas of Ganesha and all Gods. In the same method and procedure the great-blessed Soul Mata Pedda Bottu who had the fortune of serving both the Avatars at Shirdi and Parthi wrote Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Vrata Pooja.
AT THE LORD’S LOTUS FEET
There are a thousand ways to hail the Glory of Sri Sathya Sai Avatar. There are songs and slokas to extol the Sai Lord of Love and Leelas. There are prayers and Poojas to intone Sai Gita, invite Sai Spirit and invoke Sai Mercy. One such pooja is the ‘Sathya Sai Vrata Puja’.
A great soul and an ardent devotee of both Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Shrimati G. Sarada Devi, endearingly known as “Pedda Bottu”, had authored Sri Sathya Sai Vrata Kalpam containing the procedure of Pooja (prayers) and five stories of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
As the authoress herself mentioned, Swami desired that the whole thing should be made simple so that devotees would be able to perform it with ease.
After she completed the manuscript, she did not inform Swami about it. But to her utter surprise she found one day that it was touched up in different places by the unmistakable hand of Swami. In fact he amplified the conviction of the authoress that Swami would grant protection to those devotees who perform the Vrata (prayers). He wrote that Swami would grant them fulfillment of their hearts’ desires and take complete care of them at all times and with immense Love.
It is hoped that the devotees will take advantage of the holy book and perform the Pooja with pure hearts and Divine Love and be thus entitled to Swami’s Grace and Protection.
The Sai Lord, His chosen instrument being a gifted writer and a Sai enthusiast-devotee, Sri M.S.B. Prasad, has rendered the English translation of the holy book of Sai Bangaru Centre, New Delhi-India