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  1. 1. PUBLISHED BY SHRI SAI BABA SANSTHAN SHIRDI The entire legend of Shri Sai Babas life and Leelas is indeed an epic which can be effectivelyLegend of Sai Babas Life & Leelas projected through the medium of art, so as to Each saint or prophet, in his time has satisfy our instinct for visual perception. Beautymanifested some particular aspect of and Truth are abstract sublimations, neverthelessGodliness; But hardly has there been one so they are not independent of mans perceptiverichly endowed, as Shri Sai Baba, in imagination. When the world of beautiful ideaspresenting to the human consciousness the and ideals is presented to us through visual art,versatility of God, if we may so express it, Shri their appeal is often enhanced.Sai Baba has satisfied the exacting humaninstinct in men of expecting perfection in Thus by presenting a pictorial word storythose whom they seek to adore. Not only in of this great incarnation of Love, we feel that hisone particular aspect is this perfection sought, lovely life and Leelas will become more intense,but in manifold spheres, .such as the alive and enduring. Shri Sai Babas life was notintellectual, the aesthetic and the spiritual. one of ascetic monotony; it was a life rich in variety, a dynamic manifestation in creative Man is a complex being, and activity of all that he stood for. As such, Babasparadoxical in his complexity. Full of Leelas lend themselves beautifully to this kind ofimperfections himself, and poorly endowed, presentation. Pictures repainted by Shrihe, nevertheless, looks up to the Divine, with a Pednekar whose imagination has captured thecompelling anticipation, for a harmonious many moods of Shri Babas doings, thesefulfilment. An Incarnation who could appeal to drawings are not to be appraised as work of art.the varied imagination of the people was a They are just a dedicated outpouring through thenecessity that Sai Baba fulfilled. Here, at last, brush, of a devoted Bhakta, and a labour of love.was a saint who could appeal to the moral, the These illustrations together with theartistic and the intellectual instincts of commentaries attached to each, will I am sure, lifthumanity. the bhakta to the transcendental symbolism of a rich spiritual experience.Though a historical chronicle of a great manslife is accepted as an authoritative account, an Sangita, 53-A, Hill Road, Bombay-400 050.artistic presentation has its own place and 20th Sept., 1968purpose.Layout & Presentation in Acrobat by Balbir S. Sidhu - Singapore 1
  2. 2. Mani Sahukar Within a very short time of Sai Baba’s arrival at Shirdi, the villagers pointing ot him called him ‘Sai’ – which being interpreted in ‘God with us”. These simple folk also hailed him as an Avatar of the age. Thus, in a moment was resurrected the immortal Saint of Shirdi – -- Shri Sai Baba, the great apostle of loveIn the very beginning, Sai Baba was in the The hunger of a Guru’s heart for the love ofhabit of going to a few houses in the his bhaktas is not sufficiently recognized.neighbourhood to beg for food. At times Here is one such instance of a devotee’sBaba would scold a grudging housewife by burning love for the master. Baijabai dailysaying – “Mother you have so many sought out Baba in the forest where he livedChapaties, so much rice and this or that in the early days, in order to bring him foodvegetable in your pots, why refuse a bit of which she lovingly prepared for him. Babafood to a fakir”! This gentle chastisement raises his hand in a gesture of blessing andand the accuracy of the strange fakir’s his eyes light up with gratitude. The Guru haspronouncement would remove the veil of his needs and longings too, and this is anmaya from these women who would then alluring facet of the Guru Bhakta -------------rush to put their all at his feet, as an relationship.offering of love.Layout & Presentation in Acrobat by Balbir S. Sidhu - Singapore 2
  3. 3. There is an interesting story of one of Baba’s many miracles. Chandpatil was once riding through the forest when suddenly he felt an acute urge to smoke. To his great dismay he found that he did not have the wherewithal to ignite a fire to light his Chelum with. Seeing Sai Baba seated under a tree, the rider approached him for a match. Baba had no matches, but just for thrusting the tongs nearly, he produced a flame. The rider witnessing the miracle, realizes and recognises Baba’s divine stature and kneels to the Saint inService is the badge of God’s kingdom.Radha Krishna Mai, a lady of good familyvoluntarily assumed the duty of sweepingthe ashram compound daily. This was herway of showing her adoration for herMaster Sai Baba. Sai Baba often cooked a hotch-potch of vegetables, rice and spices all mixed together in this ‘magic’ earthen pot. The food that Baba made seemed to grow in abundance and there was always enough for everyone. Verily, the touch of a sat-purusha unlocks theShri Sai Baba was very found of children. storehouse of the Goddess Annapoorna’sHe used to spend part of his day in playing, unlimited resources.chit chatting or humouring with them.Layout & Presentation in Acrobat by Balbir S. Sidhu - Singapore 3
  4. 4. Sai Baba abandons himself to the mood ofdivine ecstasy through music. Like the lord Here Sai Baba is seen sitting on the steps ofof dancers Nataraja, Baba too loses himself the famous Dwara Mayee mosque at Shirdi,in the Cosmic dance, symbolizing the absorbed in the divine thralldom of music.primal rhythmic energy of life. Baba’s appreciation of talent, and the warm encouragement he gave to those who had talent were priceless gifts from his --------- immeasurable divinity.Sai Baba knowledge of the Shastras, theGeeta, the Quran and other scriptures wasphenomenal. He was indeed Wisdomincarnate! Without studying or reading “They that are whole need not a physician,books, Baba possessed a rare proficiency but they that are sick” Sai Baba’s profoundin all scriptures, and he could quote from love and compassion for sufferingverse and line to show where a particular humanity are manifested here, as he gentlytruth lay embedded, to the sheer tends a lepers sores.amazement of the Pandits who went to himelucidation.Layout & Presentation in Acrobat by Balbir S. Sidhu - Singapore 4
  5. 5. SAI BABA IN DARBAR IN DWARKAMAI Sai Baba distributing the holy ‘udhi’ – the panacea for all troubles – to his bhaktas. ‘Udhi’ is the ash that drops from the holy fire kindled by Baba a hundred years ago. The great master was wont to use this ash for healing the sick, thus investing the udhi with great power by this gesture. Even now the sick and the unhappy alike are healed if they take this divine medicine with faith.The Saint of Shirdi had ‘green’ fingers, forall that he sowed and planted wouldblossom forth into fruit and flower. Herethe divine gardener is seen tending andwatering the plants in the Lendi Gardens.All the pictures with the Sansthan arerepainted by Shri Pendekar. Sai Baba is going in procession from the Dwarka Mayee to the Chavadi, according by this veteran devotees, Bhaktas thus escorted Baba to his destination with all the ceremonial honours due to a king – for, was he not in fact the king of kings?Layout & Presentation in Acrobat by Balbir S. Sidhu - Singapore 5
  6. 6. The 15th of October 1918 was a sorrowful and fateful day for the little village of Shirdi, for in the heavy hours of the noon, the beloved Master suddenly breathed his last. Quietly and unobtrusively, Baba, gave up his body, and let his head fall gently on the shoulders of a near disciple. The great “Avtar’s” glorious period of --------- Messiahship, his self allotted labour of love, came to an abrupt end. All the magic light seemed to have died out that erstwhile had given to thousands of seekers ……… courage, hope and inspiration in a moment all the chambers of the ashram seemed emptied of delight and a strange desolation filled each heart. But not for long ..… for, resurrection ever keeps pace with and outlives the forces of death and destruction. The great Avtar of Love and Compassion gave up his body so that his spirit may be resurrected in the hearts of thousands of his ever growing Bhaktas.Layout & Presentation in Acrobat by Balbir S. Sidhu - Singapore 6