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This collection consist of series is from the Sri Sat Charitra. The writer of these episodes is Shri Govind Raghunath Dabolkar who is also called Hemadpant is a believer and follower of Sai baba. In India, the most respected godly person admired by people who are blessed with extraordinary powers, and people praised him as a form of God. The name Sai denotes the God Ishwar.
The Sai questionably appeared in Shirdi as Fakir in his young days and lived the rest of his life in Shirdi. He heartily helped people in many dangerous situations and supported their life those showed him love and pray towards Sai. He changed peoples’ life into blessings. This happened even after he attains Samadhi in the year 1918.
Baba made these in countless ways like creating peace and balance inside them and other people, wish to yield children, alerting them before the accidents, curing the unwell people, saving the existence, earning economic condition, saving endangered lives by his operation called “Give Blessings” without any differentiation among people. In all of those, he gave spiritual ideas of nature and human beings to evolve and gave solutions to problems when others failed to solve it.
Sai made a visible form of ideas on the divine Supreme Spirit to lead the way to his followers by his activities and expression said by his followers. With the happenings in the devotee’s life, they say Baba is equal to GOD and nothing is unreal. Baba says “I look at all with an equal eye” which mean that Sai sees all the people at the same level without discrimination.
The characteristic feature is that Sai Baba doesn’t follow any view on faith, beliefs, social class, or principles. Sai spread the message of global Love and incorporated all the religions into it. Baba encouraged all the people by getting together in the way of love and all groups of people became his follower after finding their faith and destination as Sai. Baba allowed all the custom, religious practices for Hindus and also other religions. Hindu followers and their preacher had great respect from Sai.
He made Masjid that is called a Mosque by Muslims as his residence and pronounced the name of Allah all the time. Baba characterized himself that he worked as a devotee of Allah and wanted to remember him for the rest of his life. As a result of their beliefs in Sai Baba people coming to his tomb increase day by day as a divine follower. They always believed that he will solve their problem by giving solutions to their prayers from the tomb. Sai Baba made eleven positive declarations concerned about well being of people like ten principles.
Sai Baba considered people as his children and wanted them to be safe all the time. Baba took care of everyone who showed their love and to people who wanted his help. Baba considered himself a slave to assist the people who need him. He gave himself to ALLAH MALIK EK whom he considered as his God, which instead gave him politeness and manners towards other people. Sai Baba saves his followers from the danger at the correct time which is their own experience who come to Shirdi. Baba never gets out of his responsibilities to solve their problem.
Baba’s Origin and Appearance
No one knows the source place of birth or their parents of Sai Baba. There is no proper information about Sai Baba and numerous people searched for the details, but no answers to their questions were satisfactorily given. More or less we don’t realize any facts about Sai Baba. ‘From very long’ is the only response from Sai while asking for his and his relatives’ details.
Note: Mrs.Bayajamaa Kote Patil’s daughter-in-law discovered Sai Baba says these words to Mrs.Bayajamaa Kote Patil. She saw the conversation while Sai Baba and Mrs Bayajamaa Kote Patil when he arrived at Mrs.Bayaja’s house as Bhiksha. Sai Baba expressed him as he was a youth of sixteen when he arrived at Shirdi and he was underneath the Neem tree for his devotees’.
Sai Baba recognized himself as Brahman which means force that controls all problems of the Universe who is expertise in it. He refused to prefer ordinary life than spiritual life and joy in fulfilling dreams. Sai Baba said fantasy and Moksha or liberation should be under the feet. Sai Baba gave his wish for people for their Mukti. ‘ALLAH ACHCHA KAREGA’ is the three terms for the people who came to him as his blessings. All problems will be solved with the GRACE OF GOD.
Description of Baba by Old woman
The old woman described Sai Baba as an honest, intelligent, and good looking young man who seated himself underneath the neem tree in the posture of Yoga. People in the Shirdi village were surprised to see a young man doing such a self-punishment without minding cold and heat. In the day time, he never minded anyone and at night time he is not afraid of anyone. Villagers were fascinated and questioned when this young man will will chat with other people.
His character and details looked so delightful that was barely seen by the people. Sai Baba sat under the neem tree all the time and never went to the other’s door for asking anything. Even though he was appearing to be younger, his effort and activity were appreciated to be a Great Soul. Sai Baba was difficult to understand and was so neutral or just. No one had an idea about Baba about his puzzling actions and behaviour.
One time at the Shirdi devotee’s body was taken over by the God Khandoba and villagers asked the God about Sai Baba “Deva which means God, can you please say who is the father of this young man and from where and when he arrived at Shirdi”. God Khandoba said people to dig a specific area with the pickaxe. There was a flat stone that has a brick under it. When they removed the stone and brick found a passageway that leads to the basement, which has an idol with a cow mouth, wood plank, and the necklace was seen there.
Villagers were asked to guard this place well and said it was Baba’s master (Guru) place by the God Khandoba when they asked about Sai Baba. And said that Baba practised yoga in this place for 12 year period. Sai Baba as a young lad made his residence on Shirdi for three years. Suddenly he disappeared from the Shirdi. And again he made his appearance at the age of twenty from Nizam State which is near to Aurangabad along with the marriage party and Chand Patil.
Return to Shirdi
Chand Patil is a Mohammedan gentleman who lived in a Dhoop village in Aurangabad district, Nizam State. Patil lost his horse while he was travelling to the district of Aurangabad. Patil searched for his horse in Aurangabad for two months but couldn’t find it. He got depressed and he returned to Shirdi with horse saddle. He saw a strange fakir sat under the mango tree after travelling four and a half-mile. The stranger had Kafni (long robe) on him, a short stick to support under the armpit, and had a pipe to smoke.
The Fakir called Patil, while he was passing the way and asked to rest him under the tree and to have a smoke. Fakir questioned why he had a saddle. Patil said that he lost his horse and couldn’t find it. Patil was asked to search on the nearby stream by Fakir. He went to the stream and surprisingly, he found his horse. The Fakir seemed to be a greater person than an ordinary or a saint thought Patil. Then he went to that Fakir with his horse.
Fakir is ready to smoke, but the smoke pipe needs two things, first the fire to start smoke, second water to wet the cloth inside the pipe to pull up the smoke. The Fakir violently took coal-burning underneath the ground with the sharp tool and placed the burning coal into the pipe. Then he stroked his short stick against a particular place from where the water starts dripping. He squeezed the water from the cloth after wetting it from the dripping water and covered the pipe with the cloth. Fakir started to smoke and passed it, Patil. Chand Patil was so surprised at seeing his actions.
Patil wanted Fakir to visit his home as a token of kindness. The Fakir accepted the request and visited his house the very next day and stayed for a few hours. Chand Patil was the village officer. Patil was busy in preparing for the son of wife’s brother since the bride is from Shirdi village he had to go to Shirdi for marriage preparation. Patil took Fakir along with him for Shirdi. After the marriage completed successfully the marriage party returned to their own village Dhoop. But except one, Fakir stayed forever at the Shirdi.
Fakir name ‘Sai’
The transport was placed under the Banyan tree in the field of Bhagat Mhalsapati which is near to the Khandoba temple when they arrived at Shirdi. They loosed the cart every member got down from the cart one by one and so the Fakir at the unroofed part of the temple. Bhagat Mhalsapati said “YA SAI” at the time he saw the Fakir by welcoming him. When others hear that even other people started to call him Sai Baba. Sai Baba attained his Maha Samadhi in 1918, after returning to Shirdi, he spent a long period of sixty years in Shirdi.
The first place where Sai Baba stayed was outside the Shirdi village, then for four to five, he was underneath the neem tree which was now the Gurusthan. Later he went to Dwarkamai that is an abandoned mosque at Shirdi. People began to gather on Shirdi day by day knowing his extraordinary powers which were revealed by the people. He was known by all of them, people over the large area came to him until his end life. Even though Sai Baba liked only the simple and unemotional life of the Puritans, which means strict and moral, many rituals and ceremonies were conducted for the Sai Baba as a part of worship. Maharajah’s ‘Darbar’ was conducted on the mosque.
Advice and Mission
In the 17th century Yavanas Followers of Islam very against the protection of Brahmins and cows. Saint Ramadas underwent the mission to protect them. The communities of Hindus and Mohammedans were split into two big and widen groups within the end of two centuries. Also, people believed the problem between these two groups will be solved by Sai Baba.
The advice of Sai Baba was very effective for this action. So said God treats everyone equally and doesn’t show any discrimination by giving his Love to the souls and he is One Almighty Master. Whether it is moral or immoral, he gives his love to every single soul. “Rama (the God of the Hindus) and Rahim (the God of the Mohammedans) are the same; there is not the slightest difference between them; then why should their devotees quarrel among themselves? You ignorant folk, children, join hands and bring both the communities together, act sanely and thus you will gain your object of national unity.
It is not good to dispute and argue. So don’t argue, don’t emulate others. Always consider your interest and welfare. The Lord will protect you. Yoga, sacrifice penance, and knowledge are the paths (means) to attain God. If you do not succeed in this by any means, in vain is your birth. If anyone does any evil unto you, do not retaliate. If you can do anything, do some good into another.” Baba said that he will always embrace the one who is faithful in their ideas and efforts.
This is the advice given by Sai Baba to all. This gives the knowledge of oneself and knowledge of the world. Sai Baba made sure there is no differentiation for all the people who came in need of Sai. Baba supports for individual or social action and beliefs of the devotees’. Every person in the world underwent the experience of Sai Baba saving them in danger and gives pillar support.
Satguru Sai Baba
Gurus’ went shelter to shelter with their instrument like cymbal, veena and showed the concern with human spirit and spirituality. Gurus’ said mantras as a discipline to be followed and in return they got money. Even though they taught about the disciplines to others, some of the Gurus’ are lack of respect to their God and religion.
Sai Baba not at all conscious about his body and showed lots of devotion. Sai is fond of his disciplines and never forget about those. The two types of Gurus are Niyat and Aniyat. The advice given by them must improve the quality in our self, clean dirt in our heart, shows the correct way and make us obtain the “Thou art that” among the kind of Gurus the one who fixes oneself and can able to carry us towards the desired is considered as Satguru. Sai Baba is Satguru.
Satchidanand Satguru Sai Baba
Sai Baba was mastered in all practices, including yoga. Sai is skilled in all six practices like Dhauti, Khandayoga, and Samadhi. At many times he showed his skills in yogic exercise. No one can understand if he was a Mohammedan or a Hindu. When we think Sai is a Yavan, he showed himself as a devoted Hindu. When we think of him as a Hindu, he appears to be Yavan. The assumption of differentiation may differ from their dress or body appearance, but in reality, they are not worth it. These things have no meaning in life.
Sai Baba celebrated both the festival with their rituals of Hindu and Mohammedans like Rama Navami and also Sandal. The wrestling is part of a festival and happened to a short period, Sai encouraged it and winners are given great prizes. Also, Sai celebrated ‘Gopal Kala’ on Gokul Ashtami and allowed the Mohammedans to pray in his masjid when the Id festival occurs.
Once Mohammedans asked Sai to build Tajiya or Tabut in his Masjid for some days and take the Tajiya all around the village. Sai removed the Tajiya feeling guilty of keeping it on the fifth day. Shirdi people are allowed to enjoy every festival they prefer and accepted all the religions and adopted it. There were no photos or images of deities in the Baba’s Masjid but only a wall with the flowers.
And also when we say Sai is Mohammedan, he pierced his ears like Hindus. When we think Sai is a Hindu, he supported the method usage of circumcision. When we say he is a Hindu, he lived in the Masjid. When we say he is a Mohammedan, Sai had a sacred fire called Dhuni. Using a hand mill for grinding, bells, and conch for worship, offering something into the fire, offering food, Bhajan, and worshipping his Feet with ARDHYA which is water were contrasted to Mohammedan practices. When people came to question Sai’s nationality they became startled by Sai’s Darshana. Sai Baba respected all the Gurus and their deities as per the person who came to seek him. When Baba is asked about the beliefs, Sai said he belonged to Saint Kabir’s belief.
Sai Baba miraculously collected a lot of Dakshina from the people and spent it for charity and with the balance money, he brought fuel. Sai made a sacred fire with the fuel and kept it burning alive. The devotees were given ash that came from the fire which is called Udi when they are leaving Shirdi. Udi is considered to be the purest form of the substance on earth, which has enormous power that can destroy the evilness. In Vedic literature, the ritual called ‘Yagha’ is performed from the ancient period.
Baba said everything in the world has only a short period in the form of Udi. So Sai practised giving Udi to the people. Five elements in our body will not last when our enjoyments finished and in the end, it will be ash. To remember these facts to devotees, Sai gave Udi as Prasad to them. Baba sang the song when he is cheerful. The song about Udi has these words, “Oh, playful Rama, come, come, and bring with you sacks of Udi.”
Sai Baba had a very normal and simple life which is compared to the blue sea which is difficult to cross. Sai’s calm state of mind is like accessories and he is the collection of knowledge and experience. Sai was so generous to kind people and a perfect example of simplicity. Sai is not fond of things that vanish or decays from the world quickly and had an interest in knowing his potential. He completely had no interest in the world or something that is beyond the world. Sai’s heart is so clear and his words are so like nectar. He treated every soul equally whether they are rich or poor. He never wanted to be treated with honor.
Sai never differentiated people, he was together will all the people and spoke to them freely. He saw the acting, dance, and heard songs of Gazhal. But he never changed his state of mind from Samadhi. Sai always said the name of Allah. Sai kept people away from the danger and difficulties when he slept the world was awake and when the world slept he is awake. He was so peaceful inside. His stages in life could not understand by anyone, while he is living in one place he knows every change that happens around the world.
Sai Baba told many stories of the people around, but he also maintained the essential state of silence. Sai Baba leaned on the Masjid wall or took a walk in the morning, noontime, and evening to Chavdi and Lendi. Sai Baba quiet, gentle, and always took care of others. These are personalities of Baba and Shirdi is completely blessed with the presence of him. Sai Baba routinely sat beneath the neem tree on the daytime or under the shade of the Babul tree which near to stream outside the Shirdi village.
Sadhakas, Sanyasis came in search of Sai Baba to attain the state of salvation. He always pronounced the word ‘Allah Malik’ when he walks, talk, smile with people. Say never wanted them to make discussions or start an argument. He taught them Vedanta and Baba always remain a mystery to people.
Routines and Behaviors of Baba
Sai’s appearance was calm and clear-minded. Sai was a half-conscious character and he does not often speak to the people. His eyes were so clear. Baba had long hair and never shaved his head at his young age. He wore long Kafni and a white piece of cloth around his head. One segment of that cloth is twisted and pulled the rest of the cloth behind his left ear. He sat on the sackcloth, all day with no shoes or sandals. He doesn’t wash his clothes for weeks. Sai sat in a south direction supported with the left hand near Dhuni (sacred fire) when he is cold on wooden rails. He placed his head on a brick for resting in Chavadi.
Sai Baba called “Oh Mai, give me a piece of bread” with open hands for seeking food and went door to door for it. Sai had Tumrel that is tinpot on one hand and a Zoli bag for collecting food on the other hand. He accepted milk, soup, or buttermilk on tinpot and solid foods like bread, rice on Zoli.
Sai Baba had control over the taste of food. So mixed everything he had in Zoli and tinpot together and ate it heartily. The collected food was put together into a stone pot called Kolamba, where birds and animals ate food around the stone pot. Sai Baba went irregularly to beg from morning to noon. He walks around the village or sometimes goes to the devotees village in the neighboring village.
Sai Baba did no gave speech often but occasionally taught his teachings. Sai did not write anything as philosophy. He gave his life as examples, his experiences and taught people orally. He showed his warmth Love and wishes to the people directly without any intermediate. His words for AATMA BODHA realization of oneself helped to reach their desire. These words of Sai Baba gave extraordinary experience within themselves.
Sai Baba directly helped the needy, did not ask any of his devotees to assist or help the person instead of him. Sai Baba did not recommend his devotees to practice any particular ritual or practices or to take a specific way instead of another. Sai Baba doesn’t like people from changing their God worship and to have only ordinary life. Sai Baba remained with strong feelings and trust in the ability and wish of his Almighty ALLAH MALIK and waited for the result which is KARMA. People had belief and faith that they will be noted by Sai Baba and SAI-COURT (DARBAR) will never return them empty-handed.