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27. Aum SrI sAi abhaya-pradAya namaH
35. Aum SrI sAi SaraNAgata-trANAya namaH
38. Aum SrI sAi Arta-trANa-parAyaNAya namaH

The word abhaya (a-bhaya)  means fearlessness. He gives fearlessness to us; it means He removes our fear. SaraNAgati is surrender.  'trANa' is protection, security. Those who surrender are protected or are made secure.  Arta means afflicted. parAyaNa means commitment. He is committed to the protection of the afflicted - is the meaning of the third name above. These three names focus on the quality of the Lord wherein He is THE Refuge for all those who are afflicted. He never lets us down if we call Him. Even when we do not call Him He protects us. But that is another part of the story. Here the emphasis is on His assurance of protection to all those who surrender to Him.  Lord Sri Rama makes this famous assurance to all humanity:

sakRd-eva prapannAya tavA-smIti ca yAcate/
abhayaM sarva-bhUtebhyo dadAmy-etad-vrataM mama //
Valmiki Ramayana: 6 - 18 - 33
I vouchsafe security against all living beings
to him who comes to me only once
and seeks protection (from me) saying 'I am yours';
this  is my vow.

Lord Sri Krishna makes even a more comprehensive assurance in the gItA (9 - 22):

ananyAS-cintayanto mAm  ye janAH paryupAsate /
teshAM nityAbhi-yuktAnAM yogakshemaM vahAmy-ahaM/
To those men who worship Me, thinking of no other,
to those ever self-controlled, I secure for them
that which is not already possessed by them
and preserve for them what they already possess.

In another context, in the same gItA 9- 31:

kaunteya pratijAnIhi na me bhaktaH praNaSyati /
Oh Arjuna, I promise to you; my devotee never perishes.


And here are the similar assurances of the Lord in the Bible:

Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for.
Keep on looking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.
For everyone who asks, receives.Every one who seeks, finds.
And the door is opened to everyone who knocks
.
Mathew 7: 7-8
But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you,
you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted!

John 15: 7
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of them!
The Lord your God will go ahead of you.
He will neither fail you nor forsake you.

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