Shirdi Sai Baba - Sabka Malik Ek


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Shirdi Sai Baba - Sabka Malik Ek

  1. 1. SHRI DATTATREYA is a very ancient incarnation, highly venerated through the ages.Dattatreya – a Universal Guru manifested in the recess of time of Kaliyug, when humanity hadgone far from its pristine state and steeped into threshold of a time when all kinds of vices hadalready taken root, and the pious souls made fervent appealed for the salvage of the mankindsurging forward in manifold way. He had descended on this earth to establish Satya (the UniversalTruth), Rta (the CosmicOrder), Dharma, (the perennial principles), in all its entirety.Seer Atri was one of such Seers who had „seen‟ and experienced the Brahman, the eternal Wisdom.To him was born a son, the product of the Grace or the Divine Will, which was the manifestation ofall three Primal Energies of BRAHMA, VISHNU and SHIVA. He was ordained with the threeenergies; He came to have the concentrated wisdom of the three God-heads or symbolically threeheads. The three heads signified as Brahma:„Tejas‟ personified, Vishnu:„Ojas personified, Shiva:„Tapas‟ personified. Under these heads, illumination of knowledge, vigorosity of action andstringency of penance were represented as three aspects or state of being of the same.
  2. 2. BIRTH: Dattatreya had descended into the realm of world as progeny of Atri and Anusuya, a sagecouple of the Vedic age. Anusuya became very famous for her devotion to her husband. She wasthe embodiment of chastity. Such was her spiritual power that hard, uneven earth turned soft andsmooth for her as she walked about. This pious woman induced jealousy and envy inothers, however, and the three Gods decided to prove these doubting elements how wrong theywere.They transformed themselves into mendicants, approached the hermitage of sage Atri and beggedfor alms. At that time sage Atri was away at the river offering his daily oblations. Anusuya cameout and offered food to them. They made a strange request; the food be prepared and served tothem by Anusuya, in the nude. In the Indian tradition any athithi (guest) cannot be turnedaway, as they are considered to be an aspect of God. Hence she was placed in a dilemma. Shesmiled to herself and reflected thus: „I am totally purified by the long association with the holysage Atri. What harm can the god of lust ever do to me? So I do fear nothing. As they have soughtfood from my hands, I look upon them as my own children and not as strangers and grown upmen!‟ Her thoughts – the thoughts of a pious and chaste person – instantly became reality; theelderly guests became babies!Sage Atri on his return to the hermitage saw his wife Anusuya fondling three babies. Anusuya said"These children are the gift of God to us who have been childless so far". Sage Atri was overjoyedand named them Datta, which means given. At this the three Gods reverted to their real formsand disclosed the truth. They extolled the power of chastity and purity of Anusuya whichvanquished the combined and colossal powers of all three of them. Sage Atri and Anusuya prayedthat they should remain as their sons. They consented and the three Gods merged into one body.This is how Shri Dattatreya incarnated and is known as Gurudeva Datta – the Guru of all Gurus.
  3. 3. lived for 30 years in 13th century – Pithapur – APHe choosed a small island called Kuruvapur tomeditate and did many divine leelas.This incarnation sowed seed for other Dattaincarnation in future. He has mentioned about SriGajanan Maharaj , Sainath , SwamiSamartha, Narasimha Saraswati etc.The sacred book shree paadha shree vallabhacharitramrutam has many spiritual secrets aboutall datta incarnation.
  4. 4. 13th century incarnation – 2nd avatar ofDattatreya born as a child who could not speakfor brahmin parents.Uttered sacred mantra on his 11th birthday andtook sanyas. Born in Narasobwadi – Maharastrastate, india and had his samadhi in Ganagapur.Even today you can have darshan of hisPaadhukas and if you read Guru charitra withdevotion , surely you will be blessed with hisgrace.The book Guru charitra with 53 chapters iswonderful life story of Saint Narasimhasaraswati.
  5. 5. The third incarnation of Lord Dattatreya was in a place calledKalyan in the State of Maharashtra. He was born to a piouscouple, Manohar Nayak and Bayadevi on 22ndDecember, 1871. As a child, Manikya Prabhu used to go alonedeep inside Dark Forests and be put there for days together.Even as a child he performed many miracles which showedhis divinity. On being reprimanded by his uncle, he left hishouse and wandered in different Forests, Caves and sacredplaces. Many devotees approached him for his benediction.Manikya Prabhus divine qualities attracted even the Muslimsso much so that he was called Pir-un-Pir-Dastsagir. Once hewas being carried in a palanquin and as it was approaching aplace called Humnabad it got entangled and stuck betweencreepers and would not move. Manikya Prabhu settled therepermanently and the place came to be referred as "ManikyaNagaram". He preached equality of all religions. Festivals ofboth Hindus as well as Muslims were celebrated with equalfervour. Once the King of Akkalkot visited Manikya Prabhuand requested him to visit their place.Prabhu prophesied that his form will again incarnate in Akkalkot. Sadguru Manikya Prabhu, on anappointed day in the Month of December, 1865, decided to enter a sub-terrain place and sat therein inmeditation along with a copy of "Sree Guru Charitra" and attained Maha Samadhi.
  6. 6. 4th avatar of Lord Dattatreya lived between1856 to 1878 in Akalkot near solapur. Known tobe more than 300 years old but was seen inakalkot only for 22 years.One of the most powerful incarnation ofDattatreya with numerous leelas.
  7. 7. Lord Vishnu can easily be described as the most important lord of the Hindu Trinity. Look to northIndia and you have Meera, the woman saint singing soulfully to her lord, Hari tum haro man ke pid. Sheinvokes Vishnu by the name of Hari. O hari, the remover of all sorrow, come bless me, she sings. A devoteesimilar to her in South India called Andal sings the thirupavai again in praise of Lord Vishnu as Narayana.Kabir, the weaver poet, surrendered to the Lord while Tulsidas wrote volumes about the same lord.Thayagaraja gave body to a whole genre of music composed in praise of this god and Jayadeva gave a formof classical dance its lyrics and mood, all centering around the very same lord. Can we forget Valmiki thefather of Sanskrit poetry who wrote the Ramayana, the story of Lord Rama? Or can we forget Vyasa whodescribes the wisdom of Lord Krishna in whose incarnation Vishnu appears? The story of Vishnu and hismany incarnations, is all pervading. In fact the word Vishnu is said to mean, all pervading, deriving fromthe root word vis which in Sanskrit means to enter.A long time ago when the world was very young, a small child lay on a banyan leaf and wondered as mostof us keep doing, what his purpose in life was, “Who am I? Who created me? Why? What have I toperform?” True the baby was rather young for thoughts so profound but that was because the baby wasnone other than Lord Vishnu Himself. Lord Vishnu was then reminded of his all pervading powers, theforemost attribute of which was purity. His was the duty to preserve, to bring back purity into the worldwhen it was being threatened. Brahma created while Siva, destroyed. The Puranas are very clear on oneaspect: none of the three are superior to the other. To prove their equality stories abound and the versionsare often confusing.Whenever Dharma, or the situation of law and order, is endangered on this world, I shallincarnate onto this world to re-establish Dharma, law and order, and to protect the goodpeople and to destroy the evil elements of the society."Vishnu is the name given to the protector and sustainer of the universe. Lord Vishnu hasincarnated in various life forms through different Yugas (ages or eons) in situations whereDharma was in danger, because of certain evil elements in the world. There are manyincarnations of Lord Vishnu. These incarnations are termed as the avatars of Lord Vishnu.Each avatar of Lord Vishnu shall be presented below.
  8. 8. 1) ADI PURUSH AVATAR (Incarnation as the Pre-eminent man) : Lord Vishnu took hisfirst incarnation as the pre-eminent man, with a desire to commence creation. This firstincarnation of Lord Vishnu was full of all the sixteen Kalas (Supernatural powers).Lord Brahma manifested from the navel of Lord Vishnu in his (Lord Vishnu) state ofYoganidra (deep meditation). The creation as well as the expansion of the creationcommenced from the organs of Lord Brahma. The first incarnation of Lord Vishnu is all-powerful, which can be seen only by the yogins and sages who have attained divineknowledge. This incarnation is also the indestructible seed from which all the otherincarnations manifest themselves. During the time of final annihilation of the world, everycreation merges into him.2) THE ETERNAL YOUTHS : Sanatkumar was the Manasputra (born by a wish) of LordBrahma. Throughout his life, he maintained celibacy; and engaged himself in theperformance of tremendous penance. He was the one from whom the Brahmins got theinspiration regarding the values and importance of penance and Celibacy.
  9. 9. 3) VARAHA AVATAR (The incarnation as a Boar) : Lord Vishnu took his third incarnation as aboar. In this incarnation Lord Vishnu rescued the earth which had submerged in the ocean, andbrought it out from the ocean. The whole creation started only after that. A demon by the name ofHiranyaksha had abducted the earth and carried it to the Rasatala (the second lowest of the world).The earth is considered to be as a Woman and since it is a crime to abduct a woman therefore LordVishnu in his incarnation of a boar killed the demon Hiranyaksha and liberated the earth from hisclutches4) NARADA AVATAR (The incarnation as Sage Narada) : Lord Vishnu took his fourth incarnationas Narada. Narada by becoming a Devarishi among all the sages, achieved liberation from all of hisKarmas (action). Narada was the one who gave discourses to the Vaishnavas (followers of LordVishnu) on Pancharatra Tantra.Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narada, showed that, the devotion is the best mean of gettingliberated from all the bondages of Karmas. He also said that a devotee of Lord Vishnu is the supremeamong the devotees in the same way as Devarishi Narada among the Sages.
  10. 10. 5) NARA-NARAYANA AVATAR (Incarnation as Nara-Narayana) : Lord Vishnu took his fifthincarnation as sage Nara-Narayan by taking a birth from the womb of a woman named Kala.He performed a tremendous penance by going to Badri and Kedar. He showed the importancePenance (Labour), and also that nothing can be achieved in this world without it.6) KAPILA AVATAR(Incarnation as Sage Kapila) : Lord Vishnus Sixth incarnation was assage Kapila. The objective of this incarnation was to compile all the divine knowledge that hadbeen destroyed. He was the profounder of Sankhya Shastra (rationalism) which helped theBrahmins, who had forgotten their duties to rectify their mistakes. He also gave discourse to hisown mother.
  11. 11. 7) DATTATRAYA AVATAR (Incarnation as Dattatraya) : Lord Vishnus Seventhincarnation was as Dattatraya. He was born to Ansuya and his father was Sage Atri. He wasthe one who had given Spiritual Knowledge to King Alarka and Prahlada. He had twentyfour teachers. He believed that in the world, a man can learn from each and every thing, so heaccepted twenty-four objects like water, bird, air, an unmarried girl, and even a prostitute etc.8) YAGYA AVATAR (Incarnation as Yagya): Lord Vishnu in his eighth incarnation as Yagyawas born to Prajapati and Akuti. He had rescued a Devagana (celestial and supernaturalbeing) named Yama and also the Manvantar named as Swayambhuva. The main thrust ofhis teaching was based on the values of helpfulness and protecting each other during thetime of crisis.
  12. 12. 9) RISHABH AVATAR (Incarnation as Rishabh Dev) : Lord Vishnu in his ninth incarnationas Rishabh Dev was born to king Nabhi and Marudevi. His mother Marudevi was thedaughter of Indra. He attained that state of Paramhansa (an ascetic of highest order who hascontrolled his anger) which is an uphill task. He was given the title of Jin which means a aknower. His followers are known as Jains.10) PRITHU AVATAR (Incarnation as Prithu) : Lord Vishnu in his tenth incarnation asPrithu came into existence after the body of King Vena. Lord Vishnu took this incarnationas per the wishes of the sages. The earth had concealed all the vegetations within her and asa result the whole land had become barren. To protect the humanity, Lord Vishnu tookincarnation as Prithu by milking the cow (earth). This is considered that as a very supremeincarnation, because the earth has remained full of vegetations after that.
  13. 13. 11) MATSYA AVATAR (Incarnation as a Fish) : All the oceans had unified into a singleocean in the Manvantara of Chakshusha. Lord Vishnu in his 11th incarnation as a Matsya(Fish) rescued the earth from Maya the demon. He gave discourses to Satyavrat along withthe seven sages, while they were sitting on the boat. He also showed them his illusionarypowers. This was his eleventh incarnation.12) KACHCHAP AVATAR (Incarnation as a Tortoise) : Lord Vishnu in his twelfthincarnation as a tortoise, held the mountain Mandarachala on his back, during the timewhen the deities and the demons where churning the ocean. He stopped the mountain fromgoing to the netherworld. This was Lord Vishnus twelfth incarnation.
  14. 14. 13) DHANVANTARI (Incarnation as Dhanvantari) : Lord Vishnu took his thirteenthincarnation as Dhanvantari. He manifested from the ocean holding a vessel filled withambrosia. He was the profounder of medicinal science.14) MOHINI AVATAR (Incarnation as a most Enchanting woman) : Lord Vishnu in hisfourteenth incarnation as a most enchantingwoman enchanted the demons by his beautiful appearance of a woman, and took away thepot filled up with ambrosia from them and gave it to the deities. The deities were thusprotected from the demons.
  15. 15. 15) NARSIMHA AVATAR (Incarnation in the form of half-man and half-lion) : LordVishnu took his fifteenth incarnation as Nrisimha, having upper portion of his body in theform of lion and the lower portion resembling of a man. In this incarnation he protectedPrahlada from his father Hiranyakashipu the demon. He killed Hiranyakashipu by tearinghis body apart by his nails. Lord Vishnu had to attain this form because Lord Brahma hadblessed Hiranyakashipu, that a Human being could not kill him16) HAYAGREEVA AVATAR (Incarnation as Hayagreeva) : Once Lord Brahma becomingtired of his creative activities, wanted to rest. The night of the Brahma was approaching.Because of his tiredness Lord Brahma yawned. All the four Vedas came out from hisopened mouth. A demon who used to live near him in disguise, abducted the Vedas. LordVishnu took his sixteenth incarnation as Hayagreeva to protect the Vedas. In thisincarnation his face resembled that of a horse and the rest of his body resembled that of SriNarayan with all of his four hands. He killed the demon and protected the Vedas.
  16. 16. 17) VAMAN AVATAR (Incarnation as a Dwarf) : Lord Vishnu took his seventeenthincarnation as a Dwarf, when Bali the king of the demons had captured the entire threeworlds. Indra and all the other deities were wandering all around after losing the heaven.To help the deities regain control over the heaven. Lord Vishnu disguised as a dwarf wentto Bali when he was busy performing a Yagya and demanded earth measured by his threesteps. When Bali agreed, he transformed his form from a small dwarf to a giant.Consequently he covered all the three world with his two steps. Ultimately he regainedheaven for the deities.18) PARSHURAM AVATAR (Incarnation as Parshurama) : When the Kshatriya kingsbecame ruthless and started exploiting their subjects. Lord Vishnu took his eighteenthincarnation as Parshurama and annihilated the Kshatriyas kings for seventeen times andconsequently donated the earth to the Brahmins.
  17. 17. 19) VYAS AVATAR (Incarnation as Sage Vyas) : Lord Vishnu took his nineteenthincarnation as Sage Vyasa by taking birth from the womb of Satyavati. His father wassage Parashar. He made the division of Veda, and made extension of its branches. Healso wrote eighteen Mahapuranas and the Mahabharata.20) RAM AVATAR (Incarnation as Lord Rama) : Lord Rama is considered to be thetwentieth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In this incarnation he constructed a bridge over theocean with the help of the Vanars (monkeys) and after crossing over to Lankas killedmany demons like Ravana, Kumbhakarna. He accomplished many astonishing feats andsaved the deities. He taught the value of morality.
  18. 18. 21) BALARAM AVATAR (Incarnation as Balrama) : Balrama is considered to be thetwenty-first incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In this incarnation he killed Pralambasura thedemon and he killed many more demons.22) KRISHNA AVATAR (Incarnation as Krishna) : Lord Krishna born in Mathura was thetwenty-second incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He fought against the exploitation right fromhis childhood and killed many demons like Kalayavan, Kansa, Jarasandh etc. He gave adivine knowledge to Arjun during the battle of Kurukshetra.
  19. 19. 23) BUDDHA AVATAR (Incarnation as Buddha) : The twenty-third incarnation of LordVishnu was as Lord Buddha. In the Kaliyuga the demons were completely subjugated bythe deities. Shukracharya the teacher of the demons instigated the demons to performYagya so that they could regain power and authority. Fearing this the deities prayed toLord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu took incarnation as Buddha and dissuaded the demonsfrom performing Yagya as it involves violence the demons stopped performing Yagyas.24) KALKI AVATAR (Incarnation as Kalki) : At the end of Kaliyuga, when the sinswould be 80, all pervading that the kings would themselves becomes thieves then LordVishnu would take his twenty-fourth incarnation as Kalki by taking birth in the village ofShambhal. He would take birth in a Brahmin family of Vishnuyash. By killing anddestroying the sinners, he would re-establish the superiority of Virtuosity
  20. 20. 25. Venkateswara SwamyVenkateswara also known as Srinivasa, Balaji, andVenkatachalapati, is believed to be a form of the Hindu god Vishnu.According to the Hindu scriptures, Vishnu out of love towards Hisdevotees, incarnated as the Supreme form Venkateswara and appearedfor the salvation and upliftment of humanity in this Kali Yuga age.The main shrine in the center of the Temple is of the Moola Virat ( presiding Deity),Sri Venkateswara Swami, also known as Balaji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Thespectacular form of the Lord embodies all the attributes of the Divine spirit that inspireHindu devo-tion and dedication. The four arms depict the four cor-ners of the world, fouraims of life (Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha) and the four Ve-das(Sama, Rig, Yajur, and Atharva) and signify the om-nipotent nature of the Su-preme Being.The “Sankha” (Conch) to awaken, the “Chakra” (Discus) to de-stroy evil, “Varada Hastha”( Blessing Hand) to safeguard the righteous, and “Abhaya (Katyavalambita)Hastha”, (Resting Arm) to offer peace and comfort to the Devout. Goddess Sri Lakshmiresides on His chest close to His heart (hence the name Srinivasa). Jaya and Vijaya, twogreat saints stand guard on either side at the entrance of Sri Balaji Sannidhi.
  21. 21. Shri Sai Baba is revered as one of the greatest saints ever seen in India, endowed withunprecedented powers, and is worshipped as a God incarnate. (SAI meaning SakshaatIshwar) - GOD THE ABSOLUTE.This mysterious Fakir first made his appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained therethroughout his long life. He transformed the lives of those who met him and continuously isdoing so even after his Samadhi in 1918 for those whose hearts are touched by his love andwho pray and call him at any emergency in life for his blessings.Baba stated that his mission is to “Give Blessings” without discrimination to all, and heproves it in myriad ways by healing the sick, saving lives, protecting the vulnerable, avertingaccidents, granting offspring, facilitating financial gain, bringing people into harmony withinthemselves and with each other and, above all, in effecting the spiritual evolution andtransformation of those who came to him as the last resort.Baba is, as one of his contemporary devotees put it, “The embodiment of the supreme spiritlighting the sadhakas (seekers) path by his every word and action”.To his devotees, Baba is nothing less than a God. This has been a matter of experience andnot imaginary. “I look at all with an equal eye”An outstanding aspect of Sai Baba is that he is beyond distinctions of religion, caste orcreed. He embodied all religions and preached the universal religion of love.INTRODUCTION
  22. 22. Devotees of all faiths find their meeting point in Sai and people from all communities and allwalks of life are united by the great love and reverence Baba inspires in them. Baba hadgreat regard for his Hindu devotees and their Gurus and he responded to their needs andpermitted worship according to the Hindu and other religious rituals. At the same time hisdwelling place was a Masjid (Mosque) and the name of Allah was ever on his lips. Hedescribed himself as in Service to GOD (ALLAH) and as a soul ever remembering ALLAH -(YAD - A - HAKKA)People today flock Shirdi in ever-increasing numbers to pay homage to the divine and toexperience the truth of Baba‟s promise that he would be active in answering devoteesprayers even from his tomb. Like ten commandments Baba has given eleven assurances tohumanity for welfare.Baba said that he was a slave in the service of those who loved him. He was ever living tohelp those who turn to him and that he has to take care of his children day and night. Hethen taught values of total surrender to the Almighty Master (ALLAH MALIK HAI- Theonly ONE) and experience his grace.In coming to Baba‟s Shirdi his children experience the truth how Baba unfailingly fulfils hiscommitments to his devotees by coming to their rescue in times of crisis.
  23. 23. Sai Baba, a personification of spiritual perfection and an epitome ofcompassion , lived in the little village of Shirdi in the state of Maharashtra (India) for sixtyyears. Like most of the perfect saints he left no authentic record of his birth and early lifebefore arriving at Shirdi. In fact, in the face of his spiritual brilliance such queries do nothave much relevance.He reached Shirdi as a nameless entity. One of the persons who first came in contact withhim at Shirdi addressed him spontaneously as „Sai‟ which means Savior, Master or Saint.„Baba‟ means father as an expression of reverence. In the Divine play it was designed assuch, that He subtly inspired this person to call Him by this name, which was mostappropriate for His self-allotted mission.All that we definitely know of Sai Baba is that his arrival at Shirdi was anonymous. He wasfirst noticed in the outskirts of the village Shirdi, seated under a „neem‟ (margosa) tree, aboutthe year 1854. However, even this date is not definitely noted. Sai Baba of these youngerdays remained a stranger staying under the neem tree for some time and then suddenly heleft Shirdi to come back again sometime in 1858, and stayed on there till he left his grossbody in the year 1918.
  24. 24. The second advent of Baba at Shirdi, around 1858 was interestingly quite different from thefirst. This time he accompanied a wedding procession as guest of honor. On the arrival atShirdi, he was immediately recognized by someone as the same anonymous saintlypersonality who used to be seated under the neem tree a few years earlier and, greeted Him as“Ya Sai” – Welcome Sai.In the early days of his stay at Shirdi he spent his time either wandering in the outskirts ofvillage and neighboring thorny jungles or sitting under the neem tree totally self absorbed.The first set of villagers who regarded this saintly figure were Mhalsapati, TatyaKote, Bayyaji Bai and few others. Bayyaji Bai felt deeply motivated by this DivineSaint, and with her motherly instinct she used to walk miles on end into the jungles insearch of him, carrying food in a basket on her head. Often she found Sai Baba sittingunder some tree in deep meditation, calm and motionless. She would boldly approachhim, serve the meal and return home.
  25. 25. After sometime as though out of compassion for her, Sai Baba ceased wandering andmoved into a dilapidated mosque in the outskirts of the village. He referred to thismosque, where He resided till the end, as „Dwarkamai‟ (Dwarka was the place where LordShri Krishna stayed to fulfill His divine Advent). This mosque „Dwarkamai‟ – abode of SaiBaba became Mother of Mercy for all the time to come.He had a body of athlete built and in his earlier days he was fond of wrestling. Anotheraspect of Sai Baba‟s personality was his love for song and dance. In those early years ofhis life he used to go to „Takia’ , the public night shelter for moslem visitors to thevillage. There in the company of sojourning devotees and fakirs, he used to dance andsing in divine bliss, with small tinkles tied around his ankles. The songs he sang weremostly in Persian or Arabic. Sometimes he sang some popular songs of Kabir.
  26. 26. He donned a long shirt – ‘Kafni’ and tied a cloth around his head, and twisted it into aflowing plait like manner behind his left ear. He used a piece of sackcloth for his seat andslept on it with a brick as his pillow. He always declared that Fakiri (Holy poverty) was farsuperior to worldly richness. He was no ordinary fakir but an ‘Avatar ’ (incarnation) of avery high order. But His external appearance was of simple, illiterate, moody, emphatic –at times fiery and abusive and at times full of compassion and love. In the moments oftowering rage people with him thought it was ungovernable rage. But his anger neverprevented his compassion dealing with the devotees. His anger was evidently directed atunseen forces. He enacted all these simple traits only to hide His real identity as the Godincarnate. Under the cover of simplicity He silently worked for the spiritual transformationand liberation of innumerable souls – human beings and animals alike, who were drawn toHim, by an unseen forces.
  27. 27. He begged for alms and shared what he got with his devotees and all the creatures aroundhim. He never kept any food in reserve for the next meal. He maintained the „Dhuni‟ – theperpetual sacred fire and distributed its ash – „Udi‟ as token of His divine grace to all whocame to Him for help.Baba would ask for „Dakshina‟ (money offered with reverence to the „Guru‟ or the master)from some of those who came to see him. This was not because he needed their money butfor deeper significance, which the devotees realized at, an appropriate time.Baba used to freely distribute all the money that was received in the form of Dakshina to thedestitute, poor, sick and needy the very same day. This was one of Babas methods fortesting out the devotees attachments to worthy things and willingness to surrender.
  28. 28. He ploughed up the village common land and raised a flower garden thereon, he wateredthe plants, carrying pots full of water on his shoulders. In the later years he spent a fewhours in this Lendi garden which he himself had laid out in the early days.He was every moment exercising a double consciousness, one actively utilizing the apparentEgo called Sai Baba dealing with other egos in temporal and spiritual affairs, and the other -entirely superceding all egos as the Universal Ego or Over soul.He was the common man‟s God. He lived with them, he slept and ate with them. Baba hada keen sense of humour. He shared a ‘chillum’ (clay pipe for smoking) indiscriminately withthem to write off the cast superiority and orthodoxy in their minds. He had no pretensionsof any kind .He was always very playful in the presence of children. Baba used to feed thefakirs and devotees and even cook for them.
  29. 29. Saibabas perfect purity, benevolence, non -attachment, compassion and other virtuesevoked deep reverence in the villagers around him. His divinity could not conceal itself forlong. Initially when people wanted to worship him formally, Baba protested anddissuaded them. But gradually he allowed it with the prescience that it would become themeans for temporal and spiritual benefits to millions of individuals for all time to come.The Dwarkamai of Sai Baba was open to all, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. As thedays passed devotees from all walks of life started streaming into Shirdi. The village Shirdiwas fast assuming prominence. As the gifts and presentations flowed in, the pomp andgrandeur of Sai worship also increased. But Baba‟s life of a fakir remainedcalm, undisturbed, unaltered and there is the Saint‟s spiritual glory.
  30. 30. He lived His divine mission through His pure self in a human embodiment. The immenseenergy that was manifest in the body of Sai was moving in a mysterious way, creating andrecreating itself every where beyond the comprehension of time and space.This fountainhead of unsurpassed spiritual glory shed His gross body on 15th October1918. Every limb, every bone and pore of his body was permeated with divine essence.Baba claimed that though one day his physical body will not exist his remains willcommunicate with all those who seek him with inner yearnings. His self-allotted labour oflove in His physical body was perhaps over. Today He continues to work ever vigorouslyas the „Sai Spirit‟.
  31. 31. The mission of Sai Baba is self-allotted and springs from the source of His free andredeemed Spirit. He willed Himself a body because He wanted to fulfil a mission ofawakening man to his true self and divine nature. He wanted to lead them to salvation bysaving them from delusion and ignorance. He stands there eternally to help out and givesolace to His children who are bruised with the miseries of this world through the passageof centuries. Thus His sacred mission is to awaken, elevate, transform and comfort Hischildren. These are the visible acts of Baba. But, He also had a much bigger role to play inthe administration of the Universe - in its creation, sustenance and destructions.He saw God in every living being. It was His duty to take the created to the creator - evolve human beings to the state of God - which is their real self. (Guruji Shri C. B. Satpathy)It is amazing that though He is not present in body, ever increasing number of peoplehear and experience the same blessed, intimate and powerful assurance –„Why fear when I am here!‟
  32. 32. BABAS PROMISES IN HIS OWN NAME :I am Parvardigar (God). I live at Shirdi and everywhere. My business is to give blessings. I am formless and everywhere, I am in everything, I am in everything and beyond, I fill allspace. All you see and not see, taken together is Myself. Sai is not only in this three and a half Cubit body. I pervade the universe and transcend it. This body is My house. My Guru (Master) has taken Me away from this long ago. My love is ever on those who love Me. Whatever you do, wherever you may be, ever bearthis in mind that I am always aware of everything you do, If one ever meditates on Me, repeats My name, and thus transformed into Me, I stay by hisside always. If one perpetually thinks of Me and makes Me his sole refuge, I am his debtor. If one ever dwells on Me in his mind, and not even taste food before offering it to Me, hewho hungers and thirsts after Me, I look after all his concerns. If any one thinks of only Me and casts all his burdens on Me, I look after all his concerns.
  33. 33. Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi descended on the earth to lead mankind to the realm of eternity. As the divinemother He gave his immense love and as the divine father He gave direction to our search fortruth. His mission was to make people conscious of their divine nature. The people who follow Histeachings and preaching are indeed blessed souls. The cardinal principles of Sai Path are Shraddhaand Saburi. Sai Baba explicitly asked for these two qualities in His devotees by giving his self-experiential instance that his Murshid or Master asked from him only two pice - one Shraddha andother the Saburi.ShraddhaShraddha in a Sanskrit word, which has no equivalent in English, at best it can be understoodas, faith with love and reverence. Such faith or trust is generated out of conviction, which may not bethe result of any rational belief or intellectual wisdom, but a spiritual inspiration. Baba sowed theseeds of spiritual inspiration in the hearts of people who knew of him. This Divine inspiration wasso instant and profound that they automatically took refuge in Him.Baba reiterated that steadfast love in God as the gateway to eternity. He used the instance of mothertortoise to illustrate this point. The mother - tortoise may be on the other side of the river, whereasher children are on the far side. She does not transfer food and water to her children by way of herloving glances. Yet, her loving looks are enough to protect the children. Similarly, people wholovingly look at God get His reciprocity. Gods looks offer peace, protection and prosperity for Hischildren. Babas teaching, both direct and indirect explicate the significance of Shraddha. Babareiterates the spiritual guidance of Shri Krishna to Arjun - "Who-so ever offer to Me with love ordevotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, that offering of pure love is readily accepted by Me".Baba Teachings
  34. 34. Purity : Baba never approved of austerity for the sake of austerity. He emphasized the need for innerpurification than outer austerities. No amount of physical and external cleansing would serve anypurpose if the man remained impure in mind and heart. Therefore, Baba cautioned His devotees not tomake austerity as an end itself, least they should indulge in physical mortification. His spiritualradiance brought about such transformation in the seekers that they inclined away from the impuritiesin word, deed or thought. Baba never preached in this regard, He radiated such influence that absorbedthe impure tendencies and prepared the aspirant to keep himself chaste, pure, simple and upright, so asto be fit to receive His Grace.Compassion : Baba Himself was the epitome of compassion and love. It was this „love aspect‟ of Himthat He embodied Himself to help the suffering lot. The warmth of His divine compassion touched allthe creatures equally. Baba often told His devotees, ‘Never turn away anybody from your door, be it ahuman being or animal’. At several instances He identified Himself with any form like dog, horse, cow oreven a fly, to prove His presence in the consciousness of all the creatures.Saburi; is patience and perseverance. Saburi is a quality needed throughout the path to reach thegoal. This quality must be ingrained in a seeker from day one, least he looses his stride and leaves thepath half way. As a hunter waits patiently and motionlessly for his target a devotee too has to waitpatiently for attaining his goal. There are many trying situations in life. A test may come in the form offrustration, distress, agony, illness, mishaps, prolonged wait or a loss. In such moments we shouldseek support from the Master and hold on him.If patience means anything it should last till the end, and faith will see us through every turmoil of life.
  35. 35. Sai Baba made the Guru (the Master), a profound base of the path of devotion. The spiritualimpulse is certainly latent in every individual heart, but it needs great inspiration andcompulsion to bring it to the surface.Baba offered that inspiration through his own account brimming with love for his Master. Hesaid,"How can I describe his (Gurus) love for me? When he was in spiritual trance, I sat and gazed at him.We were both filled with bliss. I cared not to turn my eyes upon anything else. Night and day I poredupon his face with an ardor of love that banished hunger and thirst. The Gurus absence even for asecond made me restless. I meditated on nothing but the Guru and had no goal or object other than theGuru. Wonderful indeed the art of my Guru. I wanted nothing but the Guru and he wantednothing but this intense love from me."The significant feature stressed by Sai Baba in his own example and words is the greatimportance of developing this devotion to ones Guru. It is seeing God in the Guru. This wasa self-projected ideal of a „Guru‟ that motivated innumerable seekers who came in contactwith Sai Baba.
  36. 36. Shri Sai reiterated the essentiality of complete surrender to the „Guru‟ with his own examplewhen he said pointing to his physical frame, “This body is my house. I am not here. My Guru(Master) has taken me away”.One who reaches the feet of fully realized spiritual masters, must surrender his body, mindand soul to the Guru. The spiritual benefit accruing to an aspirant of the path is in measure inwhich the surrender to the Master is done. The more he gives himself the more he receives.Perfect Master say „Give us all you have, we will give you all we possess’Infact, the spiritual mentor works harder to help the aspirant to make a total surrender tohimself. At times Baba adopted shock tactics to weaken or eliminate the ego of the seeker.There was a supreme peerless quality in Baba‟s personality which made all those who camein his contact, feel the urge to surrender to him. Sai Baba was in the truest sense a Guruincarnate, who naturally attracted people and they were willing and anxious enough tosurrender to him. He said, ‘Keep still and I will do the rest’.The tremendous power of the Guru is working, all that the seeker has to do is torefrain from obstructing it ! This is only possible if the surrender is complete.
  37. 37. Udi the Sacred ash is the end product of the perpetual fire dhuni lit by Sai Baba in Dwarkamaiat Shirdi during his life time.Baba taught by this Udi that all the visible phenomena in theworld are as transient as the wood turning into ash. Baba wanted to din into the ears of hisdevotees the sense of discrimination between the unreal and the real. The realization that allphenomena in nature are perishable and unworthy of our craving is signified in Udi whichBaba distributed to all. Even today it is customary to partake the sacred ash in the SaiTemples.Dakshina: Baba would ask for Dakshina from those that come to see him each according tohis means. This was one of the Babas methods for testing out the devotees attachment toworldly things.Those days a large number of people thronged Shirdi as Sai Baba had the reputation fulfillingthe temporal desires and needs of people who went to see him. This was also well known thatBaba asked for Dakshina. Those who had great attachment to money and did not want to partwith it for anything, they were kept at bay by the method of Dakshina.The former (Udi) taught us discrimination (Vivek) and the latter (Dakshina) taught us non-attachment (Vairagya). These two qualities are most essential on the path of self-realization.
  38. 38. It was 15th of October of the year 1918, on Tuesday at about 2.35 in the afternoon that theSupreme Master, Sai Baba of Shirdi breathed His last. His self-allotted labour of love in Hisgross body was perhaps finished. The last words that He uttered were that He should be takento an adjoining wada (building) as He did not feel well in the masjid. As the Master shed Hisgross body all men and women plunged into agonizing grief.Baba had given indication of the approach of His Mahasamadhi (shedding His mortal body) inas early as 1916 on the same day, that is the day of Dussehra (a festival in India marking thevictory of Good over evil). A few weeks before His passing out of gross body He sent amessage to a Muslim saint in Aurangabad, "Allah is taking away the lamp He placed here.”On hearing this that fakir shed tears.Surprisingly, the 15th October 1918, which was a day of Hindu festival Dussehra alsohappened to be the day of Moharram (A Muslim festival) and Buddha Jayanti (A Buddhist festival). Thedeparture of Baba on such a day was symbolic of His universal approach to human problems cuttingacross all religions, nationalities, castes, social differentiation and all such manmade barriers.BABA ATTAINING SAMADHI (leaving His gross body)
  39. 39. After Baba passed away there was a dispute about how and where Babas mortalremains should be interred. At the end, all disputes and controversy weresmoothed out and His Hindu and Muslim devotees alike decided to inter thebody of the Master in ‘Buti Wada’, as desired by the Master Himself. Thephysical body of the gracious Guru, the Supreme Master, was laid to rest in thecentral hall with due formalities, sanctity and honour, but His Eternal Spirit risesfrom the tomb to proclaim to His followers again and again the indisputableevidence of His resurrection and life. The Supreme Master had often promisedand assured that His tomb would speak and move with those who made Himtheir sole refuge. His final rest is in Samadhi Mandir, which is open to allcaste, creed and religion as a Gateway to God.The sound of eternity emerged from Baba‟s heart every limb, every bone andevery pore of His body.OM SAI SHREE SAI JAYA JAYA SAI
  40. 40. The most popular saint of all Datta incarnation. Came as a young lad of 16 years to shirdivillage, disappeared and again came to shirdi with a marriage party and stayed in a oldmasjid for over 60 years untill his samadhi in 1918.Please do not play with Lord Dattatreya and is incarnation with your false claims. We shirdisaibaba devotees know whats truth and we never bother some crazy stories. Shirdi Saibaba isthe final incarnation of Dattatreya and is a great “Samardha Sadguru incarnation”. As theriver‟s origin can‟t be traced , a true saints past life before they started their work of theincarnation cant be traced.The imaginative stories said by other saints about childhood of shirdi saibaba is completelyfalse and the only noted and true record of Shirdi Saibaba is Hamadpants Sri Sai Satcharitra.Other books by Narasimha Swamiji can also be used to learn about life of Shirdi saibaba.This article is the answer to VIPS , Media including newspapers, Magazines and TV newsmentioning that our shirdi saibaba had another incarnation etc etc. Pleaseeeeeeeee do whatever you want but leave us shirdi saibaba devotees alone. We don‟t want to be part of any ofyour incarnation saga.The real true Sadguru – The saint – the poor fakir who lived as simple as a ordinary man inthe village of shirdi. The old man with turban on head wearing torn cloths. The ShirdiSaibaba who ran to keep his hand inside the fire to safeguard a black smiths child being burntin fire can never be compared to any other false modern saints ever to come on earth.
  41. 41. ” I am ever living and guiding all who come to me, surrender to me and seek refuge in me”Another assurace which is 110 % true” I will be active from my samadhi (in shirdi) , My bones will be speaking and dicussingabout my devotees welfare “Sai is alive. He is antaryami. Then how can he reincarnate. Simply some where these peoplefound the words i will reincarnate as 8 year old boy and using that to build crazy stories. Everysingle shirdi saibaba devotee has a sai living in them as antaryami – The one who lives inourself and every life has sai in it as conciousness. And the best part is there are enough proofthat only people who surrender to Datta knew that Dattatreya incarnation ends with shirdisaibaba.I never took this topic untill this 7 years but past 2 days am getting few mails from Shirdisaibaba devotees that they are concerned that shirdi saibaba is connected to others by mediaand if he really had another incarnation. NO is the answer. Do not believe in stories.Please show your support by spreading the message to SHIRDI SAIBABA DEVOTEES ALONE!!!. I dont want to hurt other innocent devotees feeling but its also our duty to safe guard purityof the name “Sai” . To me and to millions of Shirdi saibaba devotees …-Venkat brother from starsai.comI also have never said bad about any one here or mentioned their name but its responsibility ofevery Shirdi Saibaba devotees to safeguard our Gurus name from being misused or misinterpreted. In future Shirdi Saibaba devotees must unite to make sure no such false gurus areencouraged ..Atleast not using the sacred name “SAI”. The name affectionaly kept byMahalsapathi to our sweet heart when he reached shirdi infront of Khandoba mandir in shirdiVillage approximately in 1856.We all know the beautiful assurance of shirdi saibaba friends…its
  42. 42. SaiBaba of Shirdi is the Symbol and Essence of all religions.No religion was ever intended to be anything more than the Gateway to God asTruth. Shirdi Sai is the Path and Goal in the realisation of this Truth.Sabka Malik Ek