Whosoever puts their feet on Shirdi soil, their sufferings will come to an end.                                     The wretched and miserable will rise to joy and happiness as soon as they climb the steps of the mosque.                                     I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body.                                     My tomb shall bless and speak to the needs of my devotees.                                     I shall be active and vigorous even from my tomb.                                     I am ever living to help and guide all who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me.                                     If you cast your burden on me, I shall surely bear it.                                     If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once.                                     There shall be no want in the house of my devotee.                                 

SSMCD Building Fundraising

Date: January 18, 2018

Sairam Dear Devotees,

With Baba’s blessing, an opportunity to buy the current temple building (892 new Loudon road Latham NY) has presented itself. It will cost $820,000, and we have signed a letter of intent to buy this place. It is no surprise we don’t have that money to buy Baba’s abode. But we are blessed with Baba’s presence at this location and he has been drawing several devotees not just from the Capital Region but all over USA; we have put our firm faith in Baba and you (devotees) to help raise at least $200,000 in the next 90 days to make 25% down payment towards buying this property.

As many devotees may know we currently rent this building and we have 2 more years of lease left on it with no future extension possible. We are pressed to find a permanent place for Baba in this short duration and the best thing that can happen is not to disturb Baba from here, and it seems that is the path that Baba has taken us thru as well.

After doing bhajans at the old Hindu Temple for 5 years, we had to move to this location 3 years ago, on a very short notice. This again was Baba’s miracle that this place, right in the center of Latham shopping district presented itself at a very affordable rent in just 2 weeks before our deadline to move out. We could not imagine paying a rent of $3000 per month when we had collected only $10,000 in 5 years of doing bhajan’s. We put our faith in Baba and his devotees and signed the lease, not knowing where the money would come from to maintain temple expenses. So far by his grace we never had to worry about not being able to pay the rent or cut corners in any of the services being provided to devotees at the mandir and outside.

Baba never kept anything for himself, he distributed everything he got. This temple by design or by divine destiny simply follows the very same principle, even when it has very limited resources. For it is in giving that we receive.

Volunteers are the pillars and devotees are the golden kalasha of this mandir in which Baba resides. Tears of joy and appreciation have rolled down devotee’s eyes on experiencing the volunteer’s self-less services to Baba. With your generosity, this temple was born, now only with your generosity can this temple stay here in our community for generations to come.

We request you to please pledge any amount you can afford toward the Building Fund to buy this place. You can pledge now and make your contribution later. Your pledge will give us the strength to move forward. If we can get $200,000 worth of pledge in the next 90 days, we know we can go ahead and close the deal with getting a bank loan for the rest of the amount. Ultimately it is Baba’s wish; If for any reason, we cannot make this deal, we will continue to pursue other properties with your pledges. We are ever grateful for your continued support.

You can make an online pledge on our website . You can also use the linked pledge form to fill it and send it back to us by email, mail or drop it in the temple pledge box.

You can donate online at http://ssmcd.org/donations/


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