"In India there is still a custom in villages of people depending on providence when there is no possibility of a decision being arrived at by reasoning on a particular matter, and of taking recourse to Dharmapatra, the leaf of impartiality to know the will of Providence; when they ascertain it thus, they act accordingly, without further argument or reasoning. The leaf of impartiality is made use of in the following manner:

"Yes" and "No" are written on some fragments of paper or on Vilva leaves, which are put into an empty water-pot, and a child is asked to pick up one fragment or a leaf. If the child picks up a "Yes" fragment, the person who has recourse to this expedient knows that Providence sanctions the contemplated course. If the other pieces is picked up, he takes it that the will of providence forbids the course."

[Page 140 - Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master Part 1]

As well as the Leaf of Impartiality utilised in India for many hundreds of years, there are many other methods used by Devotees to access the will of Divine Providence. Sri Sathya Sai Baba often used to counsel his devotees that when they had a situation that required action, they could revert to "chits" in order to access the Will of Divine Providence. In this respect He suggested that the devotee keep a number of tokens or coins on their altar in order to access a "Yes" or "No" answer from the Divine.

A great devotee of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, Shri Madhav Lele published a well known book, "Your Questions and Shree Sai Baba Answers," which is comprised of 720 possible answers available in response to a devotee's question.

The premise of Arunachala Oracle is the same as the Leaf of Impartiality, the recommendation of chits from Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the book of guidance of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba.

Arunachala Oracle is comprised of 630 possible answers compiled from sayings and recommendations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Arunachala saints and devotees and answers of the book of Madhav Lele.

Please treat this programme with respect. You will receive an answer from Divine Providence directly proportionate to the extent of your seriousness and surrender.

[Shirdi Sai Baba]

On Arunachala Oracle there is meditation page, with devotional audios to allow you to quieten the mind before asking your question. When you feel ready to ask your question, type it in the question box at the bottom of the photograph of Lord Shiva and Nandi.

Relax and meditate on the image of Lord Shiva with love

With a quiet, humble heart ask for help and guidance

Formulate your question in the mind

Ask the Divine to provide you with a true and blessed answer

Do not keep repeating a question till you get the answer you want

If your confusion has not been satisfied, keep a prayerful attitude and return to the Oracle after a break of a few days and ask your question in another way

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