Om Sri Sai Baba
Sri Sai Baba lived a life of a fakir helping the poor and the rich, curing the diseases of all the devotees who came to him wholeheartedly and also gave directions to the life of each devotee.
Sri Sai Baba is Omnipresent.
Sri Sai Baba rescued all his devotees from their problems. The devotees need not required to go to Shirdi for his blessings as the devotees have experienced Sri Sai Baba’s presence everywhere. Though Sri Sai Baba never left Shirdi, his presence and blessings were experienced by his devotees across the world.
Today Sri Sai Baba temple in Shirdi has the highest number of devotees after the Tirumala Tirupathi temple.
Shirdi was a small village around 100 years ago. Sri Sai Baba’s powers have placed Shirdi on the world map.
No one knew who Sri Sai Baba was, whether a Hindu or Muslim? The devotees of both this religion worship Sri Sai Baba with full faith and heart.
It has mentioned in the Sri Sai Satcharita about an incident once, when both the Hindu devotees and the Muslim devotees argued between them to prove that Sri Sai Baba was of their caste. During this incidence Sri Sai Baba through his powers showed them that he saw no difference between any two castes and even between beings.
Sri Sai Baba celebrated the Hindu festival of Ram Navami with all due formalities as well as allowed the Muslims to offer Namaz in his Masjid.
Sri Sai Baba’s advice to all was Ram and Rahim are one and the same, there is no slightest difference between them, and then why do devotees fight amongst themselves? Act sanely and join hands together and you will gain your object of national unity.
Sri Sai Baba had no formal name or family to which his origins can be traced. Sri Sai Baba left no Order, no direct disciples or has no Incarnation.
Sri Sai Baba never made any claims to teaching or preaching anything in particular. Hence there is no structured siddhant, or course, on Sri Sai Baba’s teachings and faith.
Sri Sai Baba did not expect anything from His devotees but remembrance, unswerving faith and devotion.
More and more devotees are attracted to Sri Sai Baba because of his very simplicity of his faith and belief. Sri Sai Baba’s philosophy is above Mantras, rituals, vrata’s and pooja’s. All Sri Sai Baba desires is that we offer our heart, mind and ego to him, then
The five senses will lose their power over us and we will be able to progress spiritually and away from the world miseries.
The personality of Sri Sai Baba has been highlighted in Chapter IV of Shri Sai Satcharita as follows:
Sri Sai Baba conquered this Sansar (worldly existence) which is very difficult and hard to cross. Peace or mental calm was His ornament, and He was the repository of wisdom. He was the home of Vaishnav devotees, most generous (like Karna) amongst all, the quintessence of all essences. He had no love for perishable things, and was always engrossed in self realization, which was His sole concern. He felt no pleasure in the things of this world or of the world beyond. His Antarang (heart) was as clear as mirror, and His speech always rained nectar. The rich or poor people were same to Him. He neither knew nor cared for honor or dishonor. He was the Lord of all beings. He spoke freely and mixed with all people, watched the acting and dances of nautch girls and heard gazal songs. Still, he didn’t move an inch from Samadhi (mental equilibrium). The name of Allah was always on His lips. While the world was awake He slept, and while the world slept He was vigilant.
His inner self was as calm as the deep sea, His Ashram could not be determined, nor His actions could be definitely determined, and though He sat (lived) in one place, He knew all the transactions of the world. His darbar was imposing. He told hundreds of stories daily; still He swerved not an inch from His vow of silence. He always leaned against the wall in the Masjid or walked morning, noon and evening towards Lendi and Chavadi, still He at all times abided in self.
Though a Siddha, He acted like a Sadhaka. He was meek, humble and egoless, and pleased all. Such was Sri Sai Baba, and as the soil of Shirdi was trodden by Sri Sai Baba’s feet, it attained extraordinary importance. As Dnyaneshwar elevated Alandi, Eknath did to Paithan, so Sri Sai Baba raised Shirdi.
Blessed are the grass, leaves, and stones of Shirdi, for they could kiss the Holy Feet of Sri Sai Baba and take His dust on their heads.
The darshan of Sri Sai Baba was a Yoga Sadhana, and talk with Him removed the sins. Shampooing His Legs was a bath in Triveni Prayag, and drinking the holy water of His Feet destroyed the sins. His commands were Vedas, and accepting (eating) His Udi (sacred ashes) and Prasad was purifying. He was always engrossed in His Self as Existence, Knowledge and Bliss. Shirdi was His centre, but his actions were extended across the world.
By mere His darshan, the minds of the people, whether pure or impure, would become quiet at once.
Sri Sai Baba always advised the devotees that God will protect them. Yoga, sacrifice, penance and knowledge are the means to attain God. If they do not succeed in this by any means, in vain is their birth. If anyone does any evil unto you, do not retaliate. If you can do anything, do some good unto others.
Sri Sai Baba lived in Shirdi for around 60 years and during this long period, He did the business of grinding almost everyday, not just wheat alone but the sins, the mental and physical problems and the miseries of His innumerable devotees. The two stones of His grinding mill consisted of Karma and Bhakti; Bhakti being the upper and Karma the lower stone. The handle with which Sri Sai Baba worked the mill consisted of Dhyan. It was the firm conviction of Sri Sai Baba that, knowledge or self realization is not possible, unless there is a prior act of grinding of all our impulses, desires, sins; and of three gunas, i.e. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, and the Ahankar, which is so subtle and therefore, so difficult to get rid of.
Sri Sai Baba, an Incarnation of God, always said that He was an obedient servant of God. Though an Incarnation, He showed people the way to behave properly and to carry out their duties in life. Sri Sai Baba never emulated others in any way, nor asked others to do something for Him. Sri Sai Baba saw God in all human, living and non-living beings. Sri Sai Baba never proclaimed He was a God but always mentioned He was a humble servant, and He always remembered Him and always uttered, “Allah Malik” and “Sabka Malik Ek”. Meaning God is the master and there is only one master for all.
Sri Sai Baba allowed His devotees to serve Him in their own way and did not like any other persons interfering in this. Sri Sai Baba always used a piece of sack-cloth for His seat, which was covered with a small mattress by His devotees and had a bolster placed by them to rest His back. Sri Sai Baba respected the feelings of His devotees and allowed them to worship His as they liked. Some waved Chamar (fan) before Him, while some played musical instruments. Some washed His hands and feet, while some applied chandan and scent to Him. Some gave betel nut while some offered Naivaidhya to Him. Though He looked like living in Shirdi, He was present everywhere. This all-pervasiveness of His was daily experienced by His devotees.
Sri Sai Baba is always full of mercy. He only expects whole-hearted devotion to Him by his devotees. When a devotee has got firm faith and devotion, his wishes are soon fulfilled. Whenever a devotee had complete and whole-hearted devotion to Sri Sai Baba, all the calamities and dangers were warded off and his welfare attended by Sri Sai Baba.
Sri Sai Baba is not finite or limited. He dwells in all beings, from ants and insects to God Brahma. He pervades all. Sri Sai Baba was well-versed in the knowledge of the Vedas, as well as the science of self-realization. As he was proficient in both these, He was well-fitted to be the Sadguru. Any one even though been learned, but not been able to awaken the disciples and establish them in self-realization, does not deserve to be called a Sadguru. Generally, the worldly parents give birth to the body but death invariably follows life; but Sadguru does away with both life and death and so he is more kind and merciful than anybody.
Sri Sai Baba never fasted himself, nor did He allow others to do so. Sri Sai Baba always said that the mind of the person who fasts is never at ease, then how could he attain his God. God is not attained on empty stomach; first the soul has to be appeased. If there be no food or nutrition, with what eyes should we see God, with what tongue should we describe His greatness and with what ears should we hear the same? In short, when all organs get their proper nutrition and are sound, we can practice devotion and other Sadhanas to attain God. Therefore, neither fasting nor over-eating is good. Moderation in diet is really wholesome, both to the body and mind.
The path to self realization (salvation) is very difficult as there are lots of hurdles. The easy way to achieve it is through holding the hand of the person who has already attained it. Sri Sai Baba was a Sadguru who helped his devotees to attain self realization.
Was Sri Sai Baba living because He had the body, or was He dead because He left it? No, Sri Sai Baba is ever alive for, He transcends both life and death. He who loved Him wholeheartedly gets response from Him at any time and at any place. He is always by our side and will take any form, appear before his devotees and satisfy them.
Our humble prostration to Sri Sai Baba.
Bow to Sri Sai Baba “Sabka Malik Ek”