Sai Baba (unknown – October 15, 1918), also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian guru, yogi, and fakir who is regarded by his devotees as a saint. He was honored by both Muslim and Hindu devotees. During and well after his life on earth it remained uncertain as he was a Muslim or Hindu. This however was of no consequence to Sai Baba. Sai Baba stressed upon the importance of surrender to the guidance of the true Sadguru or Murshad
Sai Baba is a very popular saint, not only in India, but is also worshiped by people around the world. He had no love for consumable things and his sole concern was self-realization. He educated a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, happiness, inner peace, and devotion to God and Guru. He gave no peculiarity on religion or caste. Sai Baba’s teaching was a combination of Hinduism and Islam. He gave the the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosjjid where he lived in, practiced Muslim rituals, educated using words and figures from both traditions. He was buried in Shirdi. One of his well known epigram was, “Sabka Malik Ek” (“One God for all”). He also said”Trust in me, your prayer shall be answered“. He always expressed “Allah Malik” (“God is King”).
Sai Baba referred to several saints as ‘my brothers’, especially the disciples of Sri Swami Samartha of Akkalkot.
Sai Baba encouraged charity, and stressed the importance of sharing. He said: “Unless there is some relationship or correlation, nobody goes anywhere. If any men or creatures come to you, do not discourteously drive them away, but receive them well and treat them with due respect. Shri Hari (God) will certainly be pleased if you give water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and your place to strangers for sitting and resting. If anybody wants any money from you and you are not of a mind to give, do not give, but do not shout at him like a dog. ” Other favorite sayings of his were “Why do you fear when I am here” and “He has no beginning… He has no end.”
Sai Baba prepared eleven assurances to his devotees:
- No destruction shall be happened, who steps on Shirdi.
- One who comes to my Samadhi, his sadness and suffering shall come to a close.
- Though I am no more in flesh and blood, I shall forever protect my devotees.
- Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered.
- Know that my spirit is never-ending, know this for yourself.
- Show unto me, who has sought protection and has been turned away.
- In whatever faith people worship me, even so do I provide to them.
- Not in useless is my promise that I shall ever lighten your burden.
- Knock, the door shall open, ask and it shall be granted.
- To him who surrenders to me totally, I shall be ever indebted.
- I blessed who has become one with me.
The most important source about Sai’s life is to say Shri Sai Satcharita, written in Marathi in 1916 by Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar, Sai Baba named him as ‘Hemadpant’. Consisting of 53 chapters, it describes Sai Baba’s life, teachings, and miracles. The book compares Sai Baba’s love like a mother’s love: caring and loving, but reprimanding when needed.
This book describes how one should give in one’s egoism at God’s feet and trust one’s guru. It explains how God is supreme and His devotees should trust Him with love. It teaches that God is universal in all living things, so everything on the Earth must be treated with love and respect.
To get the Blessing of Sri Sai Baba
Visit near by Sai Baba Temple, Light lamps, do annadhan or any kind of good activities as per your ability and give the prasad to the person who is suffering. If there is no temples nearby, Light candles or lamps in a tray under Baba’s feet, do any offerings of fruits to Sai and give those as a prasad. To get the Blessing of Sai Baba
Always Think Good and Speak Good – Sai Baba lives in every life on Earth:
People can get rid of health problems by doing good activities. Do anything you feel is good like Annadhan, give sweets to children, give saree to women needed, doing any seva in temple, any poor women on your pilgrimage etc.
Simply think good, speak good. Never think any harm to any life. Try to control your anger and speak only good of others. Do not speak bad of people even if you don’t like them.
Saying good words to people around you and thinking positive, helps Saibaba to wash away your previous births karma and bless you or with a good health to your dear ones.
Put down all your worries, family , career problems in the feets of Sri Sai. Don’t mind what your friends and relatives are speaking about your faith on sai. You just learn to love sai whole heartedly. Fill your mind with sai sai sai , remember sai every minute , read and assimilate his stories. This way when you fill your mind with shirdi sais thoughts , sai will reside in your own mind .What more you need when a saint who has all siddis with his lives in your own mind. Sais presence in your mind is the infinite power of healing. Sai Baba will bless you with good health.