Sai Babas TeachingsSai Baba of Shirdi is the epitome ofreverence a guiding force who generatessupreme faith and confidence among hisdevotees looking for salvation and in quest ofcoming out of the drudgery of living. As adivine mother he is saturated with love forthose who seek him. With his mission ofmaking people about the divineconsciousness and transcending the limits ofmortal body, his teachings are guiding hisdevotees to the path of salvation. People areblessed who follow his teachings.
Among the teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi there are the cardinal principles of Sai Path called ‘ Shraddha and Saburi. Sai Baba looks for these two qualities in his devotees. Here are the teachings and philosophies of Sai Baba of Shirdi
ShraddhaShraddha roughly means faith with love and reverence.Such faith or trust is generated out of conviction, which maynot be the result of any rational belief or intellectual wisdom,but a spiritual inspiration. According to Sai Baba of Shirdi,steadfast love in God is the gateway to eternity. Babasteaching, both direct and indirect explicate the significanceof Shraddha. Baba reiterates the spiritual guidance of ShriKrishna to Arjun - "Whosoever offer to Me with love ordevotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, that offering ofpure love is readily accepted by Me".
SaburiSaburi; means patience and perseverance. Saburiis a quality needed throughout the path to reach thegoal. This quality must be ingrained in a seekerfrom day one, least he looses his stride and leavesthe path half wayPurityFor Sai Baba it was not the purity of the body butinner purity that mattered. No amount of physicaland external cleansing would serve any purpose ifthe man remained impure in mind and heart.Therefore, Baba cautioned His devotees not tomake austerity as an end itself, lest they shouldindulge in physical mortification.
CompassionHimself an epitome of compassion and love, Sai Babataught compassion among his disciples. Baba often toldHis devotees, Never turn away anybody from your door,be it a human being or animal.Complete Surrender to the GuruSai Baba put Guru on a high pedestal of reverence. ForHim Guru was the profound base of the path of devotion.Pointing to his physical frame, "This body is my house. Iam not here. My Guru (Master) has taken me away". Heasked for complete surrender to the Guru.
Sai Babas Teachings through Udi and DakshinaUdiUdi or the sacred ash was produced from the perpetualfire called dhuni lit by Sai Baba in Dwarkamai at Shirdi.Explaining the meaning of life He would refer to Udi andtaught that like Udi all the visible phenomena in the worldare transient. Through this example Sai Baba wished tomake his devotees understand the sense ofdiscrimination between the unreal and the real. Uditaught the devotees discrimination or vivek.DakshinaSai Baba would demand Dakshina or alms from thosewho visited him. This explained the sense of non-attachment to worldly things. Hence Dakshina taught thedevotees non-attachment or Vairagya.
His most concise message for one and allalike was "Why fear when I am here".Saibaba said that he was a slave in theservice of those who loved him.He was ever living to help those who turnto him and that he has to take care of hischildren day and night.
Saibabas mission was to restore belief ingod and according to him, "I give peoplewhat they want in the hope that they willbegin to want what I want to give them(knowledge of the Ultimate)." He then taughtvalues of total surrender to the AlmightyMaster (ALLAH MALIK EK- The only ONE)and experiences his grace.
. Saibaba encouraged charity and said, "Unless there is some relationship or connection, 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 Sai Baba of Shirdi was unique in the sensethat he lived his message through the essence ofhis being. He lived among the common peopleadorning a torn kafni (long robe), sleeping over amat while using brick as his headrest and got hisfood by begging. Such was his smile that radiateda mystical charisma and deep seated inward lookthat hypnotized the people who visited him
Sai Baba encouraged his devotees to pray, chantGods name and read holy scriptures - he toldMuslims to study the Quran and Hindus texts like theRamayana, Vishnu Sahasranam, Bhagavad Gita(and commentaries to it), Yoga Vasistha. He advisedhis devotees and followers to lead a moral life, helpothers, treat them with love and develop twoimportant features of character: faith (Shraddha) andpatience (Saburi).
He also criticized atheism.In his teachings Sai Babaemphasised theimportance of performingones duties withoutattachment to earthlymatters and being evercontent regardless of thesituation.