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reward from Him, or sometimes our service,  in the hope of a due recognition in due time. None of these belong to us. They are all His. Baba Himself very often tells us that the word namaH  has to be  repeated as many times as we need to wean ourselves from the so-called 'possessions' of ours, saying, not mine, not mine. In fact expositors on this subject  have even this much to say. In the sequence of the two syllables na and ma in the word namaH, they say the order is significant. The na precedes the ma, because, if it was the other way, the moment 'ma' is pronounced by Man,  his ego might pop up and refuse to let him say the negative 'na' thereafter, since it usually holds on to  its possessions really tightly!
There is another esoteric significance of the word
namaH. The taittirIya-Upanishad says:

taM nama ity-upAsIta /
namyante'smai kAmAH //
Worship Him with 'namaH';
then Desires will prostrate at your feet.

This means that the very desires which constitute the uncontrollable factor in our mind, will fall at our feet and therefore be in our control! The simple mantra for this is the word 'namaH' with which we should worship the Lord. This is why the word namaH is universally used in all worship in the entire subcontinent of India. The greeting namaste (namaH + te) that is used in ordinary conversation, has also this esoteric purpose. The real prostration is not just to 'you' meaning 'the other person' whom we are greeting, but in addition it really points to the Divinity inherent in the other person. and to this Divinity we say, nothing is mine; it is all Yours, Oh Lord. This inherent build up of such a  great philosophical truth as an ordinary gesture of greeting in our  daily lives  is a great legacy that our ancestors have left for us. Now let us go to the  (selected) names:

Aum SrI bhagavAn satya-sAi bAbAya namaH
2. Aum SrI sAi satya-svarUpAya namaH
3. Aum SrI sAi satya-dharma-parAyaNAya namaH
9. Aum SrI sAi sarvajnAya namaH
12. Aum SrI sAi sarveSAya namaH
13. Aum SrI sai sarva-sanga-parityAgine namaH
14. Aum SrI sAi sarvAntaryAmine namaH
16. Aum SrI sAi maheSvara-svarUpAya
27. Aum SrI sAi abhaya-pradAya
35. Aum SrI sAi SaraNAgata-trANAya
36. Aum SrI sAi
AnandAya namaH
38. Aum SrI sAi Arta-trANa-parAyaNAya
45. Aum SrI sAi mUrti-traya-svarUpAya

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