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he was a walking along the beach with baba. "my precious. you would leave me. you'd walk with me all the way. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life for which scene. he looked back-at the footprints in the sand. when I needed you most.footprints One Night a man had a dream. He dreamed. you said. "Baba." IV . he noticed two sets of footprints in the sands one belonging to him. there is only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life. I love you and I would never leave you. This really bothers him and he questioned baba about it. During your times of trial and suffering. Baba replied. But I have noticed that during the most troubles sometimes in my life. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. and other to the baba. When the last scene of his life flashed before him. precious child. when you see only one set of footprints. that once I decided to follow you. it was then that I carried you. I don't understand why.
Gosyei of Shri Sax Baba Biography of Shri Sai Baba Mihir D. Desai .
Sadguru Shri Sai Baba. Sai Baba gave kumkum instead of Udi and blessed us with devotion. We used to visit my father's family friend. who has made me his instrument for writing this divine biography of Sai Baba. Kusum Desai. One needs no formal introduction about Shirdi Sai Baba's leelas. who acted as my Guru and made me aware of the true aim of human birth. Shri Rameshbhai Vashi and Shrimati SavitabenVashi who are great devotees of Sai Baba. Whenever we used to offer 'Prasadam' in front of the idol of Sai Baba at their house. Sai Baba's devotees are ever hungry for drinking the nectar of Sai Baba's V . I prostrate before my Guru.There are so many such experiences. I have been brought up in a family where the worshipping of Sai Baba was paramount because we have a divine idol of Sai Baba in our home since my childhood. Once. Baba used to come in invisible form and take some of the 'Prasadam'. it is also true that a Sai Baba's devotees are never satisfied by hearing or reading the leelas of Sai Baba. I prostrate before the Supreme Being. Lord Shiva. Sai Baba always increase our devotion and made us come closer to Him. who guided me at every lines of this divine book. With the untimely death of my mother. we brought a Shivlingam there. I began to do the 'Pooja' of Baba in our home. During Navratri days. But. Baba put Udi' on the Lingam and blessed us. I took up this work of writing the leelas of Sai Baba. With such experiences. Sai Baba always increase our devotion.(preface I prostrate before the Satchidananda Swaroop. who removed all obstacles and gave me strength to write this divine book. There are so many such experiences we have come across on number of occasions. With Sai Baba's unbound grace and my Guru's blessings. I happened to meet Shri Gopalkrishna Swami. With Sai Baba's grace. Shri Gopalkrishna Swami.
Desai G-1. Guru is Paramatma. Surrender to the feet of Sai Baba and drink this nectar of Sai Baba's leelas which is Bliss. Guru is Parabrahma. I too experience great bliss in writing this great work of Sai Baba. no one can ever attain realisation. Mihir D. fall at the feet of the Sadguru Sai Baba and be blessed with realisation. Let us all fall at the feet of Sai Baba for His grace. creed and religion. However.Akbarallys. Our heart gets filled with divine contentment and we realise our true source of bliss. people will be more devoted to Sai Baba irrespective of caste. Without Guru's grace. Telefax: (022) 6049712. This book presents all factual information about Sai Baba's life. Opp. Mumbai 400 054. Sai Baba's ways are ever mysterious which devotees adore the most. VI . "Sai Satcharita" will always be the most inspiring book ever written on Sai Baba. Only a Guru can make. it goes without saying that Sai Baba's leelas presented in the famous book. ldelas and teachings. Sunita. for we too can get that same bliss while reading this book. I hope that by reading this book. So.leelas to experience the bliss.Santacruz (W). It also takes to the journey within where we are constantly pulled towards the Lord with the grace of Sai Baba. I am enlightened by the knowledge with Sai Baba's grace that no spiritual exercise and no spiritual discourses can make one a realised soul. Guru is Sadguru. Knowledge and Love. Gujar Lane. Reading the Leelas of Sai Baba not only makes us know about Sai Baba's life but also makes us more devoted to Him.
4. 5. 6. 2. Introduction The Birth Of Sai Baba Young Sai Baba Sai Baba In Shirdi Sai Baba With His Devotees Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi Sai Baba's Nectar Like Words Aarti Sai Baba 1 5 14 31 49 92 105 109 VII . 3.Content Chater Page 1. 7.
then tell Me if I don't give you liberation. then tell Me if I don't make you rule people's hearts. then tell Me if I don't make you my child.G5TFien(5H[£Me Have faith in me. Give up false pride. Give up attachment. then tell Me if I don't give this world to you. then tell Me if I don't fill your heart with bliss. then tell Me if I don't fill your words with love. then tell Me if I don't give you knowledge. Respect your parents. then tell Me if I don't make your life full of happiness. Remember me everyday and night. vin . then tell Me if I don't fulfill your desires. Love everybody equally. Listen to bitter words for me. then tell Me if I don't pull you towards me. Offer me anything with love. Cry for me. then tell Me if I don't if I don't take care of you. Feed the poor and the animals. then tell Me if I don't make your life respectful. Spread my message. Stop hurting others.
without realizing higher form among the living beings. Man is superior from other forms of animals. great sages have concluded that the humans are the best living form who can lead a very high form of divine life. there are numerous rivers. these social orders and regulations have strengthened and became the "Religion" of those people. in as much as he is endowed with thinking power. People began to have a lot of misconception about worshipping and religion. There was mass misunderstanding. certain social orders and regulations have started to come into being. Over a period. People used to see only the posture and method of worshipping God. there is no peace for them. But they. forests and oceans. Religion was misinterpreted as caste systems. What is the cause of all this? We must know the answer for this in the first instance. fell prey to arrogance. On this planet earth. mountains.4 million) kinds of insects. Out of 84 lakhs (8. People living in different parts of the earth have formulated their own set of social orders depending on the local conditions.Towards this end. People disregarded the importance of religion and put more stress on fulfilling 1 . egoism and ignorance with the result.i O l introduction The earth is only a small planet in this great Universe. He has established a social order in the society where everyone can live happily. putting the entire creation to chaos and confusion. birds and animals and other living creatures on this planet.
Ashta Dikpalakas who guard our Punya Bhoomi. Under such circumstances. Unless these undesirable qualities are nipped in the bud. Kali entered the earth. strength to love. Karma Bhoomi. it will lead to utter chaos in the near future. materialism to Godliness." After hearing their. prosperity and happiness in Bharat Desh all these ages. LordVishnu replied as follows: "All of you have discharged your duties properly and established peace. Our country's history of the mid-18 century reveals how during the British rule." Then they asked Lord Vishnu as to how to save the people from actions of Kali and Lord Vishnu answered them as follows: "You all know why Bharat Desh is called Punya Bhoomi. India has been described by our ancestors as Punya Bhoomi. Dharma Bhoomi and so on. bodily happiness to sacrifice.individual selfish desires. along with Bhoodevi (Goddess of Earth) went to Lord Vishnu and narrated their woes to him as follows: "All through the ages. So you must take Avatar again in this world to set things right as you have done during your Krishna Avatar in Dwaparayuga and established peace after the Maha Kurukshetra war. People were worshipping God with selfish motives and ignored the path of righteousness. we have been happily discharging the duties allotted by you in Bharat Desh. Adi Shakti has created this Kali with a purpose and therefore it is not proper to stop her from doing her work. But soon as I finished my Krishna Avatar. We will know make an attempt to know how these names were given. the Adi / Devtas (Celestial Beings). But under the changing circumstances. appeal. The changes that you are noticing in the people of Bharat Desh are only due to this Kali. the people are preferring worldly comforts to Dharma. There are a number of places on earth this heavy snowfalls and th 2 . our ancient civilization gradually adopted the modern ways of British Civilization. wealth to justice.
Even after much efforts made by some Saints to transform the people. Worship will be mechanical and devotion and worship will be separated." Lord Vishnu continued. Therefore. Her effects will be intensified in the near future and then the people of this country also will be subjected to a lot of changes. they will have to leave this Bhoomi forever and attain liberation. people will form into groups and will shed blood.cold waves. "Kali came later to our country after showing his effects in other parts of this world. Morals will disappear. There will be mass corruption where the sole objective of people would be to hoard money. But only in places like Bharat Desh. the people are able to raise good crops and are also happy. Only those who are lucky and did good the history of this Punya Bhoomi. deeds will also be entirely different. Everyone desires that others should work for him. In the fruits will be enjoyed by him only. Importance of one's own duties will take a back seat while importance to wealth will increase. But the fruits will be enjoyed by him only. They able to take bath regularly and conduct divine activities. This is Yuga dharma. regions and also sex. There will be hypocrisy everywhere. People belonging to different religions will pray to their respective Gods but none will follow the teaching of their Gods. This leads to class conflicts. There are other places which are very hot. The Wind-God gives good air. there are different seasons. 3 . This leads to class conflicts. There will be mass distortion in education and the youth will go astray. There are also number of life giving rivers. There are several places where you cannot get water for drinking or proper food. It is difficult to save mankind from such effects of Kali. Saints will not be willing to take birth again. Slowly pious and sincere actions will disappear and there will not be any connection between thoughts and words. caste. In the name of religion.
Accepting their pleas. But since it is Kaliyug.Thereupon the Adi Devtas. Dikpalakas and Bhoodevi approached Lord Shiva and put forth their woes. 4 . they come back to their respective places in this world and await eagerly for the birth of Lord Shiva. All the Adi Devtas were eagerly awaiting that the auspicious day when Lord Shiva will come to Earth.Therefore. My work increases with the selfishness of man. it can be checked and brought to a balance with Dharma. where people are more materialistic. But to a certain extent." This made the Devtas happy and relieved. Then he will come down to this world in the form of Datta Avatar and will impart "Gnana' for mankind and will establish peace by his teachings. I am the preserver of this world. I advice you to approach Lord Shiva and put forth your prayers.It is impossible to save such a situation completely from the influence of Kali. As per his promise. he will show more miracles after leaving the physical body. Lord Shiva promised that he would shortly come to Bharat Desh as Datta Avatar. Thus assured by Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was waiting for an opportune time for pious parents to whom he would be born on this planet Earth.
One day in Kailash.# cffte qjirtlt Qf S a [ ty^a In the State of Maharashtra. the worship of Lord Shiva and Gauri Devi would be done before the couple attended to other items of work for they believed that there was divine presence in their house. Under any circumstances. trees and others natural settings and taking the villagers to divine heights. In this village. Though. The atmosphere was such that even the animals and birds were at peace. they were poor in terms of wealth but they were contended. The whole region was blessed with divinity. So they used to pray to Lord Shiva and Parvati to bless them with children. there lived a pious couple named Ganga Bhavajya and Devagiri Amma. curing several ailments. Ganga Bhavajya used to ferry a boat in the adjoining river and lived on this meager earnings.Thye were leading a happy and contended life. The water flowing in the rivulet adjoining this village had the effects of the water from river Ganga. But sadly they were not blessed with children. Ganga Bhavajya used to worship Lord Shiva and Devgiri Amma used to worship Gauri Devi (Parvati). Shiva told Parvati that the time for him to take birth on Earth has come as promised to Bhoodevi and 5 . But they had inner satisfaction. situated among green fields. there was small village named Patri. protecting them every moment. They did not have any property worth the name. tolerant and peaceful.
She searched in the house for some eatables but found only a small quantity of flour with curds and served it to the old man and he gracefully ate it. As it was night she then went into her room 6 . I am hungry. Devagiri Amma opened the door. there was a knock at the door of Ganga Bhavajya's house. Thinking that her husband had returned. telling her that they are the couple to whom he would be born. in the night. He agreed and in the first instance sent Ganga Devi to fill Patri village and its surroundings with water. The old man said." She felt helpless since whatever food she had cooked had been eaten and nothing was left.other Adi Devatas. After sometime. She opened the door. Then Parvati pleaded with Lord Shiva that she be allowed to take birth on Earth and assist him in his Avatar. the old man knocked at her door. An unknown old man entered the house. Ganga Bhavajya and Devagiri Amma on the Earth. The old man pleaded with her to allow him to remain inside the house for sometime as it was very cold outside. At about 9:00p. Ganag Bhavajya proceeded to the nearby river to take care of the boats taking his night meal. She tried to find out who he was. The Parvati said that since she would not take birth on Earth alofig with Lord Shiva. that in his new Avatar. they should visit Ganga Bhavajya and Devagiri Amma now. "Mother. Being a pious lady Devagiri Amma asked the old man to sleep in the verandah. He then showed Parvati. locking the door from inside. Fearing that boats will be washed away in the floods. But he did not agree. But it was not her husband. Please give me some food. In this small village Devagiri Amma knew everyone but this old man was unknown to her and that too coming at such late hour. while she went inside her room. There was a happy downpour.m. he proposed to practice strictly what he intended to preach and Parvati would have no role to play in his "Fakir" life. inundating the village and village surroundings wit water.
She presumed that on hearing her prayers.and prepared to go to sleep. Just then a woman entered through the back door and addressed Devagiri Amma. She returned disappointed and wondered what to do now. She went out through the back door to procure the service of two or three servants for massaging the legs of the old man as she was not willing to do so by herself. But in their place she saw Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. She wondered whether the old man was really a human being or whether Lord Shiva had come to test her. The old man knocked at her door again.The whole house was filled with fragrance of flowers. After some time she opened the door again but she did not find either the old man or the women sent to massage his legs. Both were standing in a dazzling globe of colorful lights. He told her that his legs were paining and requested her to massage them. Who was this old man? She prayed to Parvathi wholeheartedly to show her way out of this predicament. Now I have come^please tell me to whom I should do service?" Devagiri Amma felt very happy. locking the door from inside. Parvati must have sent the women and she expressed her gratitude to the Goddess Parvati. She sent the women to verandah to massage the legs of the old man while she went to her room and shut the door. but found none. She was willing to pay them liberally. But at that time I was not in the house. She opened the door only to again find the old man standing there. Without knowing what to do under such circumstances. "Mother. Again after sometime there was a knock at her door. it seems you came to my house to engage me for massaging the legs of an old man. All the Adi Devtas were in the heaven offering celestial 7 . whether she ought to massage the legs for the old man or not. She was perplexed at the way in which a complete stranger was behaving when her husband was not in the house. she wept and prayed to Goddess Parvathi.
One day. Devagiri Amma gave birth to a male child and a female child a after. As duty bounds. to break the happy news of the visit of Lord Shiva and Parvati to their house. Devagiri Amma followed her husband. both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had disappeared." On hearing this she again fell at the feet of Lord Shiva who blessed her. the third child started growing in the womb of Devagiri Amma. He began to think that family attachments were obstacles for his penance. placing complete faith in Lord Shiva and Parvati. He told her sarcastically that she had gone mad or was dreaming. Her happiness knew no bounds and she fell at their feet. "Mother. By the time she got up. I will myself take birth as your third child. She laid awake the whole night. they proceeded towards an unknown destination in thick forest. Ganga Bhavajya started believing the visit of gods to their house and the boons granted to his wife. As the children were born after so many years and that too blessed by Parvati Devi. "You shall have one son and one daughter. Without any money. waiting for her husband to return. She remembered only the vision of Lord Shiva and Parvati. her husband returned home and she narrated everything to him. While such ideas were taking concrete shape in him. whether she closed or opened her eyes." She was so wonderstruck that she lost her body consciousness and was in the state of ecstasy. Then Parvati blessed her. On one hand 8 .flowers to their lotus feet. How could the Gods come to our house? However much she tried to convince him about their visit he did not believe her. From then onwards a lot of changes came in him and he decided to do penance to have a vision and blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganga Bhavajya took firm decision and informed his wife that he was retiring to the forest. In due course. I am pleased with your devotion. But he did not believe it. At daybreak.
— Sai Baba 9 . jealous. love and equality among them. arrogance. With these mixed feelings. Great sages all over the world for a moment became still and in that state witnessed the arrival of Lord Shiva in human form as Devagiri Amma's child. and even after his Samadhi he would protect his devotees.i lie Dii ui wi oai oaua Devagiri Amma felt elated that shortly Lord Shiva would be born to her. Goddess Parvati was besides her unseen giving her courage. She slowly reached a big banyan tree and lay down on its shade. hatred. this unique occasion of Lord Shiva being born in a human form on Earth. The sun was rising throwing light red colored rays on the Earth. Ganga Bhavajya and Devagiri Amma were continuing their journey. On the other hand she was worried and fearful of the aimless journey through the forests. knowledge. The womb of Devagiri Amma was glowing with light and she could feel he infinite divinity within herself. All other Gods were witnessing from above.The Adi Devtas showered flowers from heaven above. This new "Avatar" would put an end to religious fanaticism. that he would show the way to a number of devotees for attaining salvation by becoming their Sadguru. they continued their journey. th Only My devotees lovefor Me pulls to take a birth. egoism and attachments prevalent in the human and would generate peace. It was 28 day of September 1835. Devagiri Amma went into labour paints. Finally Devagiri Amma delivered a child. unseen and jubilant over the occasion. No one knew that the new born Avatar of Lord Shiva would one day be known as Shirdi Sai Baba and that he would respond at once to the prayers of devotees from anywhere and anytime. Who can know the Lord? he has taken the human birth to save mankind. The child was glowing.
She kept looking backwards at her child though advancing. He was determined to see the real Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. she lost sight ofher child completely and she followed her husband blindly. Finally. she decided to follow her husband. Though Ganga Bhavajya went with detachment. but he thought he should not succumb to such weakness. But Ganga Bhavajya was not satisfied by looking at the human child form of Lord Shiva. it is just born child. But Devagiri Amma was too 10 ui uiui uai uaua . After sometime. his wife was also following him for every step taken by her. leaving the child in the forest. She placed her new born child on the bed. the motherly love towards her new born child began to melt into tears which flowed from her eyes continuously. She began weeping as other mother do and the warm tears began to fall on the child. he prepared to set out for his journey. Sympathy evoked in him. she was not aware that Lord Shiva who protects the whole Universe. On the other side. as was seen by his wife. It was a testing moment for Devagiri Amma. family bonds and attachments would be hurdles. On one side was her husband and she was duty bound to follow her. and so started proceeding further. After proceeding for some more distance. She wept bitterly for not being in a position to provide food and shelter for her child. So he desired to be away from such attachments and go into forest and do penance. He started to proceed towards his goal. Such is the motherly love. apart from her weakness due to delivery. Perhaps. For achieving this. No such thoughts were in Ganga Bhavajya.The tears blocked her vision and she was able to see only a blurred image of her child. She prepared a small bed of leaves and spread a soft cloth over it.Devagiri Amma was very happy that Lord Shiva himself was born to her. does not require her protection. he observed the physical weakness and helplessness in his wife Devagiri Amma. His aim was to have vision of Lord Shiva only.
for this is not correct. This is the specialty in Hindu culture. there was a danger from wild animals. "The norms for leading an ordinary type of life are prescribed in the Vedas. But being grihastha. a banjara (a nomad) who was passing by saw them and told them that if they did not leave that place before dusk. This is 11 The Birth Of Sai Baba . viz. After performing all your duties only you should take to Vanaprastha (retiring to the forests) and then seek God. Kama and Moksha. The woman. She had no physical strength at all.They are four kinds. He tried to suppress his feelings unsuccessfully. After sometime. they moved ahead. he took them along with him for some distance and showed them a hut. should assist the man in attaining them.weak to walk straight and her sight was getting blurred. the banjara's wife brought food for them and after serving them all sat together. He told them that this hut belonged to him and they could rest in it. In the meantime. If that is life's aim.Then they addressed the guest. one should be a sanyasi and not grihastha (family man). He could not proceed further after seeing the condition of his wife. Dharma. He went to her and started attending on her. while being the life companion. she followed her husband slowly. All his feelings and sympathies for his wife gushed out and he thought Lord Shiva would not give him Darshan if he left his wife alone and proceeded. one should not seek God. Saying so. But having brought forth three children. her tongue drying up with thirst. Every man should follow these four during his lifetime. Ganga Bhavajya stopped near a freshwater tank. With a great difficulty. she went into deep sleep. After quenching her thirst. forgetting one's duties towards family. Your action goes against the Dharma. But as a devout woman. fully exhausted. you left them mercilessly and took to the forests. It is good to desire a vision of Lord Shiva. The banjara couple heard the story of their guests attentively. Artha.
in the Jnana Marga. the names acquired by the parents of Sai Baba. Lord Shiva should have been in the company of Parvati and other Gods. Many used to visit them and learn spiritual lessons from them. by which they got rid of all bodily ailments. So. All that had taken place the previous night appeared to them as a dream. in future you should not have any bodily attachments. After traveling for eleven days. Devagiri means Govardhanagiri. Similarly. Devagiri Amma regained her physical health and was happy." The words of the banjara was like the chanting of the Vedas and Bhavajya decided to do penance with his wife for the Sakshatkara of Lord Shiva. the mountain lifted by Lord Krishna and the place surrounding it is Dwarka. The devotees named Devagiri Amma as Dwarakamai. he found neither the banjara couple nor the hut. as indicated by the banjara and started his penance for years. but concentrate on doing penance for Atma Sakshatkara and then for the Sakshatkara of Lord Shiva. and so they shifted into the interior forest. attaining divine powers necessary for doing penance. the banjara gave them two wild fruits from the forest and made them eat. When Ganga Bhavajya woke up in the morning. they reached the place on the banks of Godavari river. In the mean time. and Aai means mother. Late in the night they slept. There is a village named Nivasa about 150 miles from here and from there you proceed another 20 miles and do your penance. it caused disturbance for their penance. Ganga Bhavajya was named Gurudhan because he was impairing knowledge to the seekers. As many people started visiting them.tjospei or anri aai oaoa Dharma Marga. were Gurudhan and Dwarakamai. But in his new 12 . As you have already abandoned your three children you should know proceed. On the golden Kailash mountain.Though you are husband and wife. Both used to be in a state of Samadhi for days together.
moving his legs and hands playfully and waiting for the person who would find him and look after him. he heard the cries of a small child."Avatar" he was under the Banyan tree. As they did not have any child. That Mahatma named Roshan Sha came in the form of Fakir (medicant). The Birth Of Sai Baba 13 . When he was walking with his wife. as a newborn child. he picked up the child and gave him to his wife as a gift from "Allah". Lord Shiva knew who that person was.
Shiva is Allah". One day. He was handsome and physically strong. "Rama is God. He had strange impulses. His behavior was not normal for the people. The Baba used to go into Hindu temples and recite the Quran there. How and when some person come together and again get separated is beyond the understanding of common people. Roshan Sha's wife used to suffer a lot. He would suddenly enter into a temple one day and start yelling. He had a strange sparkle in His eyes. His facial expression was very peculiar. the behavior of this boy (Sai Baba as a boy) used to be peculiar. The child grew for four years till 1839 in the Fakir's house. The Fakir died one day. In those days there were religious clashes between Hindus and Muslims. The actions of God cannot be gauged. Under such conditions. Baba was playing marbles with the son of a neighboring Shahukar (wealthy man). His wife brought up the child affectionately as her own. On seeing this. Such behavior only Lord Shiva can have and not an ordinary mortal. The Shahukar's son lost all his marbles 14 . She was very much amazed with His devotional behavior and also worried about other people's reactions. He installed a Lingam in a Mosque and worshipped it there.il ^oung Qai ^gaba We find no words to praise Roshan Sha and his wife who bathed Lord Shiva and fed him. Both Hindus and Muslims used to admonish and punish Him because of breaking the rules and regulations of religious and customs.
Baba refused to part with it. I shall show God to those who desire earnestly with a pure heart. Horrified. The Shahukar's son lost that Shaligram also toBaba. Baba sat tight-lipped and refused to return it. The Shahukar's son went to his mother. Tempted by the game. she went to Baba's house everyday to touch his feet. Baba had kept it in His mouth and He was not prepared to return it. — Sai Baba But Baba's disturbing acts continued to irritate the people. He used to visit not only temples but also the dargahs and gurudwaras while on pilgrimage. told her how he had taken the Shaligram away from her worship room and played with it as a marble and that Baba had taken it away from him through a foul play. She ran to Baba standing with her son outside and demanded from him the Shaligram. She ran back there and found the Shaligram in its place. seized a Shaligram (black stone idol used for worshipping Lord Vishnu) and played with it as a marble. there was no Shaligram there. She had now realized that He was divine. the Shahukar's son went to his mother's worshipping room. He kept it in his mouth. She then compelled Baba to open his mouth and saw in it what Yashoda had seen in Shri Krishna's the Vishwarupa. the Shahukar's wife rushed to her worship room and found that the Shaligram was missing. Baba laughingly said that the Shaligram was in the worship room. but he thought that Baba had played foul and that Shaligram should be returned to him. Roshan Sha's wife decided to hand over Baba to a Sadhu (sage) by name Venkusa in a nearby village.Young 5ai -Baba to Baba. Finally. But. ButVenkusa was on a pilgrimage. He did not practice discrimination on account of religion. Thereafter. caste or creed. 15 . All were equal to him. unable to withstand the complaints against the boy.
After you go back to Selu from your pilgrimage. This is God's work. He picked up the brick which had same blood on it and returned to Venkusa.Once. Venkusa was crying. It hit Him on the forehead. he heard the following words coming from there: "Salaam alekum Maharaj! You are born with a purpose. In the year 1842. Roshan Sha named the boy as Majida and there were proofs that the boy grew Venkusa with the name Majida. Venkusa returned to Selu after the pilgrimage. Roshan Sha's wife brought the boy and handed Him over to Venkusa. he visited the Sawaghahi Dargah in Ahemdabad. 16 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . As Baba went into the wood. there is a another village by name Manwat. the boy will be brought to you. He tore his own dhoti and dressed on his forehead-wound. A hundred miles from Selu Village. Venkusa sent Baba to bring some Bilva leaves for worship. He was overtaken by a group of the other boys. who is born for setting this world right. They beat Him and threw a brick at Him. Venkusa was aware of the boy's infinite divinity and he was determined of his role to play. He kept it with himself for it stained with the blood of the Lord Himself. You must accept this boy as your pupil and teach him." . The boy will grow up in your care and will become 'Guru' for the entire world. Thus Baba came under the care of Venkusa in his fifth year. After some time Venkusa taught Baba all kinds of Shastras. His tears fell on the brick that hit Baba. Venkusa was deeply grieved to see Baba in this plight. Venkusa was very fond of Baba. Baba who was born with natural Godliness learnt all of them in His early age. Venkusa's love for Baba cannot be expressed in words. Other boys were jealous of Baba and one morning they got an opportunity. There Allah. Baba did not say a word. is being brought up in a fakir's house. Venkusa took Baba along with him to other villages. He bled profusely.
They took their food in the house of Bayajabai and slept in the small temples of the village. his joy knew no bounds. During the tours of Venkusa along with Baba. they both came to Shirdi village and they stayed there for 7 days. Baba in His young age came into contact with Nanavali. He used to bathe him. For Venkusa. Baba used to call her Sister. for Baba whom he brought up acquired so many divine powers. He used to stare at Baba motionless and tears would roll down from his eyes. and notice the unstable condition of life. calmness in His actions and mature thinking were found in Him. the incarnation of Lord Shiva. This means Baba came to Shirdi first in the year 1842. feed him and 17 Young5ai-Baba . Though Venkusa was a Hindu. learnt everything related with physical. near Aurangabad. Night and day he would keep Baba with him. Nanavali used to address Baba as uncle. Nanavali was younger than Baba. and later by Venkusa who was a devotee of Lord Venkateswara. Having been brought up by Roshan Sha who was a Sufi saint. he used to take Baba to the Samadhis of great persons of both the religions and explained their teachings and theories in detail.during summer. they met Nanavali for the first time in 1849. Perhaps because of the food provided to Him by Bayajabai. he got the name of Nanavali and was known only by this name. Hence. He was able to feel the divine power which created this universe. soul and mind. He used to do service at the Samadhi of a great person by Nanavali. Years rolled by. dress him. sensibility in talk. philosophical and other fields. Baba understood the important aspects of Islam and Hinduism and also the blind customs in both. He also learnt about "Pancha Bhutas" and the importance of the eight directions. He also learnt the connection between these and the sensory organs and how to control desires and command the divine power in the body. A divine light in His eyes.Young Baba who was born with a purpose.
mother. secondary Gurus. The great Avadhuta (Dattatreya) had twenty four such Upagurus. He from whom. for having moulded Him and presented Him to crores of devotees throughout the world. Venkusa's life was blessed as he acted as Baba's guru. The Guru should be only one. He takes man to God. anything whatsoever is learnt is a Upaguru. the right teacher. He is Samarth Sadguru. who know the way to God. let us prostrate at his feet for the second time. —Sai Baba Since Venkusa was teaching Baba the secrets of shastras. let us prostrate at the feet of Venkusa for the third time. As he was not able to pay proper attention under such disturbed conditions. protector. The Guru is the mediator. As when going to a strange country.(jospelotShri Sai Baba put him to sleep. Surrender to your Guru and He will take you across the ocean ofworldliness to the other side ofthe shore. If sometimes he could not attend to Baba personally. Though we do not know whatVenkusa looked like. and father. Earnestness is the one thing necessary. he took Baba into the forest and taught him in the different fields of 18 . he would suffer mentally. one must abide by the directions of one who knows the road. Whatever it was. but Upaguru. Sai Baba is not merely a Guru. • the other ashramites posed unnecessary and irrelevant questions which diverted the attention of Guru Venkusa. friend. For having acted as Guru for such a Samarth Sadguru. If you are in right earnest to be good and pure. It was natural love for Baba and also it was the effect of the incarnation of Lord Shiva in the form of a boy. may be many. so in trying to reach God one should follow completely the advice of a single Guru. while taking the advice of many would lead to confusion. God will send you a Sadguru. let us imagine and prostrate at his feet for having brought up our Sai Baba.
The ashramites discovered the place where Venkusa was and sent a few disciples to bring him back to Selu. He also told Him that having achieved his goal. Baba had peaceful sleep. Suspecting that they were jealous of Baba and hated Him. From Selu. ashram and properties for the sake of Baba. One of the conspirators. Venkusa told Baba that he had done his duty as per God's decision and the day was not far off when they would be separated.education. Therefore. Baba who was just completing 16 years of age appeared fully mature with his divine powers. Venkusa and Baba prepared to go to sleep. a disciple should not witness his Guru attaining Samadhi. The plan was found out by some spies from Selu and the news were carried over to Selu.Venkusa inducted into Baba all his remaining powers. proceeded towards him. He would go into Samadhi. with a view not to delay their plan further. It was decided that Venkusa would return to Selu and Baba would proceed along the shores of Godavari river. As per the Shastras.There were no big stones near by. the people who were jealous of them would be haunting them. a day prior to full moon. Venkusa who was half asleep. They had brought knives or sticks with them. 19 Young5ai-Baba . planned to kidnap Baba. probably might harm Him. without loss of time he inducted into Baba some of his powers on Suddha Dashmi day of the month of Asween. The people of Selu. While this was the situation. but if he went back to Selu or the neighboring villages. On the full-moon day. thinking that Venkusa had left his family. whereas Venkusa could not sleep as he was preoccupied with thoughts of Baba. That night was Chaturdasi. Venkusa's successors secretly came to the forest and watched their movements. it was necessary that they be separated. The conspirators were discussing the methods of killing Baba. took a brick which was lying near by and wanting to kill Baba at one stroke. they decided to kill Him.
Lord Shiva. Hearing the commotion Baba woke up from His sleep and observed everything. he has completely surrendered to the will of his Guru Venkusa. Hurt nobody andyou will be protected by Me. While Venkusa was thinking that even at the risk of losing his life.(jospel ot Shri Sai Baba suddenly opened his eyes and found the brick coming towards Baba's head. Venkusa cursed one of the conspirator and he fell dead the next moment. cannot make much progress in the spiritual life. Lord Rama also surrendered and obeyed each and 20 . He at once put his own head at the path of the brick which hit his forehead and caused bleeding. he would hand over Baba as Guru to posterity. with love and affection in harmony. imparted all the remaining powers he had and commanded Baba to bring to life one of the conspirators who lay dead due to the curse given by Venkusa. Venkusa and Baba both took their bath in the river. Baba washed the toe of the right foot of the Guru Venkusa and sprinkled this water on the dead person. The person became alive. Baba was thinking how to repay the debt of His Guru for having protected Him. saying he regretted his attempt to kill Baba and sought his pardon. ideas became one. the Supreme Lord of the universe. —Sai Baba Baba tore off a piece of cloth from his dress and cleaned the injury suffered by Venkusa. Such should be the binding force between Guru and disciple. Thus the hearts of Guru and his disciple became one. With blazing eyes. The other two conspirators who were at a distance ran away. He who thinks his Guru a mere man. lest they also died by the curse ofVenkusa. Then sun began to rise in the East with the red rays spreading over the sky. They were staring at each other with different thoughts in their minds. Venkusa milked a nearby cow and pouring the milk into the hands of Baba.
but their soul is one. Complete surrender to the will of the Guru is surrendering to the Lord. He told him to proceed along the banks of river Godavari and the place where He found complete peace and decided to make His abode. Moved emotionally by such a request Venkusa tied the cloth piece around the forehead of Baba and declared that it would protect Him at all times. He wished that the brick always be Baba's companion and life partner. Such was the divine relationship between a Guru and a Disciple. Guru burns the ego of his disciples into ashes so that he can realize the infinite. mind and soul of the disciple becomes the possession ofthe Guru. Young 5ai -Baba Surrender to Me and I will take care of you as a mother takes care ofa little child. Afterwards Venkusa proceeded to Selu along with the revived person. Lord never comes to those who has a strong ego. He also advised Him to keep away from women and wealth. Baba also requested GuruVenkusa to give Him the piece of cloth drenched with blood while cleaning his injury.every orders of his GuruVashishta. Sai Baba Venkusa wanted to give Baba all the valuable ornaments he was wearing but Baba declined to have them. Such be their soul is one. The relationship between a Guru and a disciples is out of this world. they have two bodies. Instead He requested Venkusa to give Him the brick which had hit him on his forehead while saving Him from the murderous attack. Venkusa gave Him the brick along with his blessings. —Sai Baba 21 . the body. Such should be the relations with a Guru. It is even beyond relationship . Overwhelmed by His request and with tears rolling down from his eyes. When a Guru gives an initiation.
Margahira month on the third day after full moon. But many used to talk about Him critically and used to poke fun at Him. He began to live under the shade of a big Neem tree. Some of them asked the same question direct to Baba. Practice My teachings. After a certain period. thereby disturbing His meditation. Some villagers with their unnecessary talk. some of the villagers noticed this boy who used to sit under the Neem tree under all extreme climatic conditions. In the beginning. instead of mixing with the water. While this was so. He again proceeded and reached the village of Shirdi by evening. Not willing to approach anyone for shelter. Baba reached a place called Kopargaon in the year 1854.I willhelpyou. But He never used to talk to anybody in Shirdi in the beginning. a man should choose lonely places. Nobody was aware who He was. were disturbing Baba's meditation. wherever he may be. If we keep milk and water together. his mind will always rise above his environment and rest in God. eating fruits and other things available in the forest. but if the milk be changed into butter by churning. He used to go into the nearby forest and remain there all the day. After taking rest for a day. Only if you have a strong desire topractice. — Sai Baba One day a blind person came and sat in the shade of the 22 . will float upon it. He used to sit under the Neem tree and meditated for long hours. some people who were carefully observing Him recognized Him as a boy with unusual divine powers. So when by constant practice a man is able to effect mental concentration. and always meditating. otherwise many things may distract him. the transformed milk. they mix. in which to try to concentrate his mind.yjospei 01 ann aai papa After walking for three days along the banks of River Godavari. For a long time.
This commotion disturbed the meditation of Baba. Seeing this. Baba used to take the juice of any leaf found nearby and gave it as medicine to the people. Unable to bear the agony of burning eyes. cleaned the eyes and catching the eyelids firmly with His hands passed His divine rays from His eyes into those of the blind man. Whatever seed He found. The rowdies who had ill-treated the blind man earlier assembled there with some others. People's curiosity increased. people recognized Him as a great physician. Sometimes. From then onwards not only the villagers of Shirdi but also those from neighboring villagers started coming to Baba to get their ailments cured. The entire day time He used to treat the patients. Some rowdies abused him and threw him aside and went away. Many people used to ask questions about his identity. If he touched the ailing limb of the body. one night He left Shirdi and proceeded eastwards along the bank of River Godavari. After a short time. the blind man cried aloud and fainted. Thus.This miracle was just the beginning. He started doing penance. the blind man regained his consciousness and found that he was no longer blind. He used to ask the patient to make a paste of it as medicine. His knowledge about ailments and their cure was unique. As He was not able to meditate properly due to the conditions prevailing. He found out the reason for the commotion. People were very much astonished with the powers of this little boy. The brick given to Him by Guru Venkusa was His only companion. a year passed. the people assembled there were wonderstruck. Feeling pity for the blind person. Slowly. the ailment would disappear. In the nights also some persons used to come and disturb Him with unnecessary questions. Most of the time was spent in meditation. and the piece of cloth soaked with the blood of His 23 ipung aai m o a . He reached Triambakeswar and finding the high mountains suitable for His meditation.Neem tree. Baba with His divine hands.
Otherwise. he gave Him darshan and told Him to go back to 24 . again on a full-moon day in the month of Margashira. Even after you attain Samadhi you will be saving your devotees from the Maya of Kali." Saying so Venkusa appeared before Baba and said. Even after Guru's death. He found it difficult to exactly pinpoint the place.Guru was His protector.You will become Guru for the entire world. In the year 1858. Guru Venkusa used to advice Him in the invisible form. Venkusa's voice said."Then Baba said. Whenever necessary. Afterwards. He found that many trees had come up around the place like a thick forest. I will be with you for two in an invisible form. "I do not have parents. You are the only person for Me." Venkusa's voice. He turned by the same route along the banks of River Godavari via Kopargaon and reached the place where He and His Guru Venkusa has parted on exactly on the same month. I must have your darshan today as you have saved My life. Then He took out the brick and tied it in the blood-soaked piece of cloth and prayed to His Guru. Continue your penance. I appreciate your devotion for your Guru. brothers and other relatives. "But my powers will always be protecting you. He prayed: 'Oh Guruji! You shed your blood to save Me! I want to have your Darshan'. the entire area became as it was two years back. The boon I give you now is only symbolic. Like me you will also bless your devotees from your Samadhi. The Baba remained in the same place for two years doing penance. I do not want to live further. He did penance for a year. Immediately. Instantly. "Because of your faith and gratitude towards me I had to get up from my Samadhi and come to you.You have descended from Lord Shiva. As I have come out of Samadhi. he will always be with his disciple. He recognized the spot where His Guru had saved Him from an attack to kill Him. "I am giving this boon to you. As two years had lapsed since then." So saying GuruVenkusa disappeared.
He reported to Lord Shiva all that happened. LordVishnu was not able to destroy the poison.The terrible poison began to burn the people into ashes. you will get nectar and several other things. Lord Brahma and the Devas approached Lord Vishnu in Kshirasagara (the ocean of milk). Then Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma requested Lord Shiva to keep it in His neck as a mark of their protection. From that day onwards Lord Shiva is also called by the name TSTilakanth' (blue-necked one) or 'Kalakantha Murti'." They all started the churning of the Ocean and obtained nectar and many other 25 Yourfaith in Me willprotectyou. Many Devas and Asuras died in the fight. Thereupon Lord Shiva collected the poison and kept it as a drop in the palm of His hand and swallowed it. The Devas. Due to the effect of the poison. They approached Lord Brahma with the desire in view. As they went on churning. the serpent. as the rope. the Asuras and the Rishis began to fly away. poison (Halahal) came out from the Ocean. He further told Him that he would also be there in the form of a jyoti (burning light) near the Neem tree in an underground structure. The Devas thought that they should prolong their lives by drinking nectar and then continue the war. His body also became very black. Then Lord Shiva said to them: "If you churn again. He ran to Kailash along with the Devas and Lord Brahma to see Lord Shiva. It can be done only by Lord Vishnu. — Sai Baba Once." Thereupon. Lord Vishnu asked the Devas and Asuras to churn the Ocean with the help of Mandaragiri as churning-rod and Vasuki. Lord Brahma said: "This work cannot be done by me. the Devas and the Asuras had a formidable fight for a very long period. His throat became blue. . Lord Shiva did it accordingly.ipung oai caoa Shirdi.
Another Mahatma by name Venkusa will also be there with you as jyoti. His object may be that. All the Devas drank the nectar and rejoiced heartily. but they should ever be cautious and gain the object of their life.. After my present 'Avatar' comes to an end. we should never be lazy. In the coming days. I will keep Dwarakamai in a nearby place in the form of Dhuni. which ultimately led them to true religion. Pleased with their penance Shiva and Parvati appeared before them. in the form of jyotis (burning lights) will remain permanently in the underground structure near the Neem tree at Shirdi. people should live happily in this world. This is possible only for Lord Shiva who drank poison and kept in his throat. your mind will lose its fickleness and if you go in this manner. but always be on the alert to gain our end and aim in life. we attain devotion and liberation in this life. Overjoyed at the Sakshatkar. When you assimilate Baba in this way. "You will get Moksha as desired by you. But you two. Now. it will finally be merged in Pure Consciousness. let us see what happened with the parents of Sai Baba. with its aid.things. you will always see Him. If you daily hear the Leelas (stories) of Baba. Baba also came to drink the poison of worldliness and give the nectar of realization to His devotees. Gurudhan will remain there permanently. Agreeing to this. Similarly. Lord Shiva sold them. viz. I shall arrange a suitable place for Venkusa. Baba's life is bliss incarnate. Then penance undertaken by Gurudhan (Ganga Bhavajya) and Dwarakamai (Devagiri Amma) reached the climax stage. I will get the physical remains of my 26 vjusjjci ui oiJLii j m uaua . He gave them various stories that were related to duties and actions. and it is worth-while that. they pleaded with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to give them Moksha (salvation). So. Day and Night you will remember Him in your mind. We get human body as a result of merits in past births. self-realization.
he became tired and wanted to relax and so came to the place where Baba was taking rest. started searching for it with the saddle on his shoulder. and for the coming 500 years it will grow day by day and will be Kailash for the devotees." Chand Bhai was surprised at how this stranger knew his name and about the missing horse. proceeded till He reached a village called Dhoop near Aurangabad by Sunset and took rest near a big boulder. Baba asked Chand Bhai to proceed on the right side for some distance and there would be a small pond where he could find his horse Bijli gazing. Then Chand Bhai asked Baba to tell him where to find his lost horse named Bijli. "What Chand Bhai! You seem to be tired after searching for your horse.body placed in between you two. Immediately. In this way. two dazzling light rays emerged from the hand and entered the bodies of Gurudhan and Dwarakamai. Chand Bhai said that he had come from that side and had not found his horse there and there was no use asking there again. In an invisible form these jyotis reached Shirdi village and under the Neem tree in an underground structure remained there doing penance. Baba noticing Chand Bhai under a tree relaxing. He questioned him." So saying Lord Shiva put his hand (Abhay Hastha) towards them. the Patel (munsif) of Dhoop village. Having roamed for the horse. after having darshan ofVenkusa. bringing out their inner life (prana shakti) in the form of jyotis and coming out from their upper skull. At the same time. having lost his horse. To this Baba replied that His words would not go in vain and one should have complete faith to 27 Young5ai-Baba . There Baba. SimilarlyVenkusa came out from his Samadhi at Selu and came to Shirdi in the form of jyoti and joined the other two in the underground structure near the Neem tree. Chand Bhai. Shirdi will be the adobe of four divine powers. Baba replied that He knew everything and there was nothing He did not know.
"Baba. Baba took out a smoking pipe and tobacco from his bag. "Where is water andfire. He came back with the horse and prostrated before Baba. Chand Bhai was astonished with Baba's lifestyle. But this appeared unbelievable truth for Chand Bhai.To use the pipe for smoking. He invited him to come along with him to his house. fire was required. he struck for the second time at the same place on the ground with His Sataka and fire came out this time. Baba agreed. While they were discussing thus.have results. He must be a divine boy. Baba accompanied the marriage party of Chand Bhai's brother-in-law and came in a bullock cart to Shirdi. He was surprised to see the young boy's profound statement. After some time. which was the bride's place. Afterwards. Baba was received with reverence introduced to others. Chand Bhai in his mind was convinced that this young boy is not an ordinary Fakir.Though his divine power was unlimited but His lifestyle was as simple as an ordinary person. on a request from Chand Bhai. Chand Bhai asked Baba. Chand Bhai thought that if 28 . Baba remained as guest of Chand Bhai for 35 days. Chand Bhai ran towards the direction given by the divine boy earlier and found his horse 'Bijli' grazing near the pond. With great devotion he made Baba sit on the horse and he walked along beside the horse. He asked to go and get the horse. all the evils haunting would go away and peace and happiness would come to the place. Immediately water came out in the form of a jet. He had never seen such a miracle in his life time. Chand Bhai was thinking that if this divine boy with such divine powers step into his house. He smoked from the pipe and passed it to Chand Bhai for smoking. After preparing the pipe by filling it with tobacco. No one can get the results with a doubtful mind. Baba then lighted the tobacco with this fire. with His metal rod-like instrument (Sataka) struck the ground before him. water was required and to light the tobacco.
Do not think under the influence of Maya that he is only an ordinary person. In the evening cool winds started blowing started blowing and the bells tied round the necks of the bullocks were giving rhythmic sounds mingled with the singing of the birds. The entire nature was blooming to welcome Baba. As if welcoming Baba sitting in front in the bullock cart. The entire marriage party was full of joy and enjoying peace every moment. whose mind is engrossed in wealth. Those of the marriage party who witnessed this were really lucky. the birds started chirping and flying before the cart.they took this boy with the divine powers along with them there would not be any obstacles and the marriage celebration would go on peacefully. From a distance the Koel (Nightingle) was singing as if saying: "God is coming to Shirdi personally to settle down here. without removing away his attachment for the same? He who is desire less. Thus the marriage party proceeded towards Shirdi. the incarnation from Kailash. Devotion to the Lord dawns in the heart of a man who has done virtuous actions in his previous births without expectation of fruits and egoism or the idea of agency. can alone cross the Ocean of Sorrow. he attains Moksha or the final emancipation. Unless."The moon appeared on the East as if to give light to Baba. expect to know the Brahman. The bullock carts of the marriage party were proceeding towards Shirdi. So you all please recognize him as God. At dusk. you get rid completely of your avarice or greed. you will not get the real Brahman. progeny and prosperity. Greed 29 Young5ai-Baba . How can he. This was the day when Baba entered in Shirdi never to leave. the red rays from the setting Sun from the West began to fall on the white clouds in the East and the scene was pleasing to the eyes. Devotion leads to knowledge of the Self (Gnana) and through Gnana.
neither contentment. there is no peace. who is full of egoism and who always thinks about the sense-objects. Purification of mind is absolutely necessary. all our spiritual endeavors are nothing but unless show and pomp. If there be any trace of greed in the mind.Vjruspci Ui. get dispassion and salvation? For a greedy man. they eternally opposed to each other. Where there is greed. I oai Xjai^a and Brahman are as pole as under. there is no room for thought or meditation of the Brahman. without it. 30 . nor certainty. Then. all the Sadhana (Spiritual endeavors) are of no avail. OliJ. The teachings of Guru are of no use to a man. how can a greedy man.
came out of the temple and with folded hands addressed him as 'Welcome Sai'. The cart was stopped near a Khandoba temple. In this way. all AvidyaMaya is totally destroyed. But when Lord Shiva has come down only to establish 'Sarva Dharma' (Universal Religion) how can anybody say that He was a Muslim or a Hindu. This kind of Maya gives rise to the sense of "I and Mine" and serves to keep men chained to the world. Mhalsapti. But as on Vidya-Maya manifest herself. attachment. inordinate. Baba got the name as 'Sai' from Mhalsapti. The people of Shirdi thought that He was a Muslim Fakir. who was the 'Pujari' of Khandoba temple. pride and envy. Sai Baba was wearing a white long robe with a cap on the head and stick in His hand. where Mhalasapti was then standing.Maya is of two kinds one leading towards God (VidyaMaya) and the other leading away from God (Avidya-Maya). Sai Baba wanted to sit in the verandah of the temple and 31 . avarice. Even Mhalsapti thought he was a Muslim Fakir. Avidya-Maya consists of lust. Afterwards he became famous as 'Sai Baba'. on seeing the young Fakir. The former consists of discrimination and non-attachment. With the help of these the individual soul surrenders themselves to the mercy of the Lord. anger. Baba came only to destroy this AvidyaMaya from His devotees so that everybody can realize the reality of the true Self.
People were protesting against such acts. He disallowed Him to sit in the verandah of the temple. Sai Baba smiled and sat under a banyan tree and lighted His clay pipe. But He continued to burn the Dhuni. Nobody had any idea of who He was. Such was the ignorance of the people of Shirdi in the beginning. His behavior was strange for the villagers. Nobody minded his presence in the Masjid He dug a pit at the southern end and began to burn faggot of dry wood in it and thus converted the pit into a 'Dhuni'. He rested there for sometime. After this Sai Baba became the resident of Shirdi on some day in 1858.smoke His pipe. because he thought that entering of a Muslim Fakir will pollute the sacred atmosphere of the temple. He began to beg alms from few houses and live quietly in that Chavadi. He used to beg articles of food from a few selected houses. After having food. In 32 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . The name of the Muslim wrestler was Mohadin Tamboli. He walked towards the vacant 'Chavadi' which existed at the fringe of the village and kept His belongings in it and made His habitation. As He became the permanent resident of the Masjid. He knew the past and future of everyone who lived there. One day a Muslim wrestler visited Shirdi and entered Sai Baba's Masjid and wanted to camp there. There was quarrel between them. While walking in the villages and sitting under the roof of the Masjid He used to utter the words 'Allah Malik' (Allah is Lord). He was physically more stronger than Sai Baba. But Mhalsapti did not permit Him to do so. But yet Sai Baba fought with him in order to settle the quarrel. This small Masjid became His permanent place of habitation. He spent few days in the Chavadi and abandoned it and settle down in the Masjid existing within the heart of the village. He was feeling hungry so He went in house to take food where Chand Bhai's relatives wedding was taking place.
He would leave the Masjid holding a tin in His right hand and with the bag hung on His left shoulder. If the mistress of the house came out and offered him anything."Give Me bread. His outward appearance was unconventional.that fight Sai Baba was defeated. formed part of His movable property. Thus. He would not pay any attention and ignored them. which was called 'tumbler'. People were convinced that He is a lover of God and that He completely depended on Allah for His livelihood. If any liquid food was offered. He started wearing a langoti and wore a dhoti beneath His waist. give Me two rotis". He would receive it in the tin. Nobody knows the purpose of this mysterious fight. He began to cover Himself with a torn sack cloth to suit the same to sit on it. which He was still then using as a cover when He slept. But Mohadin left the place and went away. He avoided talking to people. He begged oil-mongers of Shirdi to give Him free supply of oil and they obliged Him by filling His tumbler with groundnut oil. With his appearance He sat in the Masjid alone or roamed here and there along the nalla of Shirdi. At noon. He stood in the road facing the door and cried out thus: . After few days He changed His outfit. The usual white open necked robe adorned His figure as before. He used to burn Earthen lamps in the Masjid in the nights. Sai Baba walked 33 "Sai Baba In Shirdi . How can Lord Shiva be ever defeated by any mortal. He wore a peculiar kind of footwear His stout stick. He tied a cloth on His head and tied a knot to that cloth on the left side of the face. He would humbly receive it by opening the bag hung on His shoulder. This will remain a mystery. which He carried at all times. He threw away His white chaddar (bed sheet). He kept on saying "Allah Malik" while begging. He discarded His cap. After collecting alms in this manner. When anybody came to talk to Him. a tumbler and a packet of loose tobacco.
He poured 34 . Sai Baba was respected equally by Hindus and Muslims. He was treated as a Saint by Hindus and a Fakir by Muslims. But there were three oil-mongers who used to give oil to Baba freely. He had no money to buy the oil so he begged oil from the oil shops.The oil-mongers were watching what Baba is trying to do. He went to other oilmonger and made the same request for oil. But a great event was going to take place in Shirdi. He filled the pot with water. They were astounded to see that the remaining water in the pot turned into oil. He also replied that he did not have a drop of oil in his pot. The oil-monger replied. They followed Baba and stood outside the Masjid. But they wanted to see how Baba will solve the problem. Baba without saying anything walked away. After feeding the animals and birds.The next day when Baba went to the nearest oil-monger. They jointly decided to refuse giving oil to Sai Baba. the oil-mongers discussed amongst themselves about the daily giving of oil to Sai Baba. 'Please give Me some oil'.They thought that it is incurring a loss due to free giving of oil. Humility andforbearance is the sign ofa good character. He took a big pot kept in the corner. Baba walked away. The oil-mongers were happy that Baba was not able to compel them to give oil. He drank mouthful of water from the pot. I have no oil at all in my pots'. But one day. All people of Shirdi were dumbstruck with the miracle that Sai Baba performed one day.(jospelotShri Sai Baba back to his Masjid and mixed all the articles of food for pouring them into a broken earthen pot. He then sat on His usual seat near the entrance of the Masjid and smoke His pipe leisurely without being disturbed by anything taking place around Him. Baba had an habit to light some oil lamps in the Masjid and under the Neem tree. He ate the food silently. and said. —Sai Baba This continued for sometime. 'Baba.
twin fruits of Vivek (discrimination) and Vairagya (dispassion) come to our hands. He began to live in the Masjid with Sai Baba. removes our troubles and sufferings. lam residing in your heart.This happened just after the above incident occurred. His method was not veiled or secret. But this was just the beginning. His fame was slowly spreading.The oil-mongers fell at the feet of Baba. Nobody can understand His leelas'. Sai Baba respected the old Fakir. He had memorized the whole Quran. "Do not tell a lie to any one in the future". but wholesome medicines down the throat of her children for the sake of their health. People used to come to Him with some problems and Baba used to give guidance to them. Keep your heart clean with truthfulness. He showed a lot of humility 35 . The old Fakir's name was Javhar Ali. and knowledge sprouts up even in the sleep. Javhar Ali came from Rahata to Shirdi. People were treating Him as a teacher including Mhalsapti. —Sai Baba Anoth6r incident took place where Baba's fame increased ten-fold. and make us happy. come to our aid. He was well versed with the Holy Quran. At the request of the people. but quite open. When this is done. After this incident the people of Shirdi were convinced of the divinity of Baba. All the oil lamps were glowing with lights.They promised Baba. Baba fulfills the desires of His devotees. They began to love each other. A old Muslim Fakir lived at the Masjid in Rahata three miles away. He is the Sad-Guru of all. Baba told them politely with a soft voice. Sadguru Sai Baba open our intellect and show us the divine beauties of the self and fulfill our tender longings of devotion. Baba as our Sadguru imparted spiritual instructions to His devotees."Sai Baba In Shirdi the oil into oil lamp pots and lighted them. Like a loving mother forcing bitter. our desires for sense objects vanishes.
The people of Shirdi were upset to see the drama being played by Sai Baba. Baba's leelas are ever mysterious. They twice visited Shirdi and camped there in the same old Masjid and returned to Rahata after Javhar Ali's business in Shirdi was finished. Humility is thejewel ofMy devotees. Javhar Ali continued to play the role of Guru and Baba continued to play the role of disciple. Javhar Ali left Shirdi and went away to live in Bijapur. —Sai Baba 36 . There was a Hindu saint by name Devidas living at MarutiTemple of Shirdi at that time. Devidas and Javhar Ali were one day engaged in a general spiritual conversation. They went to Rahata and tried to persuade Baba to return to Shirdi. But Baba did not listen to him. They came back to Shirdi. Long afterwards Javhar Ali came to the old Masjid of Shirdi. He felt that he can no longer reside in Shirdi. But Baba's admirers. Thereafter Sai Baba lived alone in the Masjid of Shirdi. In the end Javhar Ali too prostrated to Sai Baba wit humility.(jospelotShri Sai Baba towards Javhar Ali. But this long drama was about to finish. After few months Javhar Ali prevailed upon Sai Baba to migrate to Rahata. At the end of the discussion Javhar Ali admitted that his argument was wrong or illogical. After few days Javhar Ali decided to settle in Shirdi. Sai Baba ignored people's views about Javhar Ali's delusion. But Baba did not pay any attention. Baba's ways to purifying and removing a person's ego is unique. They lived together in the Masjid in the village of Rahata. He advised Baba not to treat him as His Guru. He could not believe his eyes. After few days Sai Baba's reputation as a genuine Saint increased slowly. They lived together for few months. such as Mhalsapti was not happy. Sai Baba learnt few Islamic practice from him. Humility is the first step of devotion. With this behaviour of Baba he treated Baba as his disciple. All classes of people were falling at the feet of Sai Baba praying for His grace.
Tatya also began to feel much love towards Sai Baba. Her husband's name was Ganpatrao. Sometimes He would not go to collect alms. During the early years of Sai Baba in Shirdi. Without humility. A man goes to the temple. 37 "Sai Baba In Shirdi . It was His humility. desires etc. Baba always reminded His devotees to be very careful.What we can learn from this long drama that Sai Baba played. The reason was that he would spend his time in meditation sitting alone in the jungle. love and respect for all human beings. One must respect all without any prejudice. one will always show off his pride and arrogance. the name of the Bayajabai finds a prominent place. but. He wanted His devotees to be polite to all. So. Among the ladies who gave alms to Sai Baba. Their son was Tatya. you repeat the same wrong thinking again and again. Baba's word were sometimes very bitter to teach a lesson to His devotees. but he is not qualified to absorb the grace of the Lord if he is filled with pride and arrogance. roti and some vegetables to the jungle and wander here and there and discover Baba whereabouts. His ways should be taken as a lesson by everybody.. He had no sense of superiority at all. He went to her door of his own accord because He had discovered some relationship of a former incarnation. People used to come to the temple with a prayers. complains. One such days. Sai Baba told her that she was His own sister in a former incarnation and that her motherly love towards Him in the present birth was due to previous relationship. One must learn this kind of humility. Baba knows who is doing what. He used to take alms from few selected houses. Bayajabai would feel sad. Bayajabai would guess that he had gone on that he was enduring hunger and thirst. the moment you leave the temple. she would carry water.
Tatya was wonder struck with the vision of Lord Hanuman. Baba made them sit down and personally served them meals. He was full of love or say. Lifting his right hand. Mhalsapti saw Lord Shiva in Baba. He merged Himself with him. We both were filled with bliss. Rare is a Guru like him. My mind was always fixed on 48 . "I resorted to My Guru for 12 years. He loved Me most. Brahma. he seemed as if he was in deep meditation. with no thought of hunger and thirst. When I looked at him. When they came back to their original state. he was love incarnate. He cautioned them not to reveal to anyone what they had seen. I gazed at him. —Sai Baba Baba once said. Thus He had the complete blessings of His Guru. and Sakshat Parabrahma. Out of joy. He was My sole refuge. He always concentrated on His Guru and got maximum satisfaction loving Him. Surrender to your Guru and he blessed. Both. But if one simply utters "Guruji" without following his teachings. I felt restless and had no other subject to meditate. Baba in the moonlight sat on the stone with one leg over the other."Sai Baba In Shirdi and white colours in front of the Masjid. Both were surprised at this. But such a pupil cannot obtain any benefit from his Guru. without him. There was no dearth of food and clothing. nor any other living than My Guru to attend. Maheshwar. while Tatya saw Maruthi (Hanuman) in Baba. and then. How can I describe it. he showed them his Abhay Hastha. Night and day. He brought Me up. then the word 'Guru' will remain only a word. When one gets into such a state. Mhalsapti's eyes brimmed with tears and he recited some slokas on Shiva. one can see in one's Guru. You will never know as a disciple what your Guru does for you. Thus Baba appeared to them in two forms simultaneously. then fell at Baba's feet and ask His blessing. Vishnu.
Meanwhile. they found a big flat stone with red 49 . Mhalsapti came there. closed their eyes. In spite of tiredness Baba went near the Dhuni and sat there. He lifted his two hands and made some gestures and talked something to Himself. Tatya came in the evening and learnt about the feeding of the poor and how Baba had to attend to the work all alone. That day for some reason or other. —Sai Baba Baba personally cooked food and fed the poor. The food had to be cooked two to three times as hundred of poor people attended and this went on till sunset. saying that he would not have satisfaction if somebody else brought the stone and hence. All of them finished taking their night meal and everything was silent. then Baba could take complete rest sitting on the stone in the moonlight and enjoy the cool breeze.Tatya told Mhalsapti that he would go to the near by mountain side and bring a big stone for Baba. Baba had to attend to the entire work all alone. Late in the night. but he was stubborn. asked Tatya not to go during the night. But Tatya insisted on getting it immediately. there is no pride. He found Baba completely exhausted which worried him.Tatya and Mhalsapti unable to withstand the lightning. Suddenly. he himself wouild bring it. Baba told Tatya that a big stone for him to sit in the open yard would come and he need not go to bring it. Mhalsapti told Tatya that if they could bring a nice big stone and put it outside the Masjid. He regretted very much for not having assisted Baba. Only when there is love.Tatya told him about the condition of Baba and sought his advice as to how to make Baba rest.Tatya did not come to the Masjid in the daytime. As Baba did not want to trouble at such an odd hour in the night. So saying he went out of the Masjid. But Baba who was hearing their conversation. there was a big lightening.(jospelotShri Sai Baba Any spiritual or religious practice begins with a loving heart. On opening their eyes.
but protected Me at all times. Saburi is the mind of virtues. He always protected Me by his glance. Though he was married man. Oh mother. We all must pray to Baba. nor proficiency in the six Shastras. Believe fully that. who knows the greatness of his Guru and thinks him to be Supreme Lord. Guru never taught Me any Mantra. yet 40 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . then. This Shraddha (faith) is one Paisa of Dakshina. and you will. I speak the truth. Shraddha (faith) and Saburi (patience) are like twin sisters. Guru is the sole Actor or Doer. Saburi removes all sins and afflictions. I lived with him and was sometimes away from him. and casts aside all fear. "Oh. He never neglected Me. I only know that I long to pray to you for Shraddha and Saburi. Sitting in the Masjid. Blessed is he.him. nothing but the truth. and ultimately gives you success." "My Guru never expected any other thing from Me. just as the tortoise feeds her young ones. look at you similarly. so that I can always meditate on your lotus feet. living each others very intimately. Saburi (Patience) is the other paisa. No Sadhanas." Baba's nectar like words fills our heart with bliss. Look at Me wholeheartedly." Both Mhalsapti and Tatya spent much of their time in the company of Sai Baba. Have faith and confidence in your Guru. and I. consort of good thought.This Saburi will ferry you across the sea of this mundane existence. gets rid of calamities in various ways. Do not try to get Mantra or Updesh (discourse) from anybody. by her loving looks. still never felt the want or absence of his love. Make Me the sole object of your thoughts and actions. I do not know what is realization or liberation. Baba. are necessary. how shall I blow any Mantra in your ears? Remember that Guru's tortoise like loving glance gives us happiness. in turn. whether they are near or far from her on the other side of the bank. no doubt attain Paramartha (the highest goal of life).
He said. wearing usual Tcurta' as his apparel. It is amazing to reflect that such intimacy existed between Sai Baba and the two humble residents of Shirdi. Baba told Mhalsapti that he would become a father of a son. The child Martand grew up and. But. she gave birth to a son. he too became an attendant of Baba and an intimate devotee of Baba just like his father. As foretold by Baba. His grace shown to two Muslims must be described. they spent much time in talking with one another till sleep overtook them. In due course of time. During nights he walked in the streets of Shirdi shouting Allah Ho Akbar. Rohilla was a tall muscular Fakir. Mhalsapti's wife became pregnant.Mhalsapti slept during nights at the Masjid. Tatya was a young boy and his parents allowed him to sleep with Baba the Masjid. 41 "Sai Baba In Shirdi . He thus disturbed the sleep of householders who went to Sai Baba and complained to him about Rohilla's shouting and begged Baba to direct Rohilla not to pray so loudly during nights. Among such incidents in the early career of Sai Baba. Mhalsapti did not desire to sleep with his wife and daughter under his own roof. even when he was in Baba's presence and felt peace of mind when he sat at the Masjid. He expressed his desire to beget a son. The names shown to two Muslims devotees are Rohilla and Nanvalli. After few months. During nights. It was only when his father died and Tatya stopped sleeping in the Masjid. Sai Baba told that they should not interfere with Rohilla. they spread their old bed-sheets 9n the floor of the Masjid and lay down to sleep. He loved Sai Baba and often sat in the Masjid in the presence of Sai Baba. Mhalsapti told Baba that he had no son born to him. He then started living in his own house. It was unique relationship that developed between Sai Baba on the one hand Mhalsapti and Tatya on the other hand. He always uttered Allah Ho Akbar. He preferred to sleep in the Masjid and serve Baba.
After attending his duties. Then. "You may now reoccupy your seat." Rohilla was very delighted at the mercy shown by Sai Baba. With such incident. After an interval Nanavalli got up from the seat and went near Baba and said. However. he continued his service to Sai Baba. "Baba. Nanavalli's pride was completely eradicated by Baba's grace. Nanavalli stood up and approached Baba and said. —Sai Baba The story of Nanavalli who was another poor Fakir is also significant. Many other visitors would also assemble to hear Baba's talks. he sat in the Masjid and listened to the talks of Sai Baba which he gave now and then." The other devotees were shocked at the rudeness of Nanavalli.. Nanavalli had some pride. So I will not ask him to stop his mode of praying." Sai Baba obeyed Nanavalli and acted accordingly. Nobody knew why Nanavalli behaved in such a manner. One day. Nanavalli did not behave again in such a manner. I want to sit on your sack-cloth seat. . You must bear with the trouble which he might cause by his loud prayer. Baba was sitting on his sack cloth seat at that time and talking. Suddenly. Baba got up from His seat sat on the other side. This incident demonstrates Baba's love and concern for 42 Only I know your inner most thoughts. Baba had a very unique way of removing impurities from his devotees. In order to drive them away he prays to God and utter the words Allah Ho Akbar loudly. After this incident. But Baba was not disturbed by the words and command of Nanavalli. Nanavalli was pleased. Nanavalli and many devotees of Baba sat in his presence and they were listening to his utterances. That is his way of driving out wicked thoughts. Nanavalli stayed at the Masjid and served Sai Baba as an attendant during the latter's early days. you get up from your seat and sit elsewhere.(jospelotShri Sai Baba "Rohilla gets bad thoughts during nights.
That trait of humility was discernable in every act done by Him. It is favour done to Me if you show Me your feet. of all countries and of all times and of all religions. I derive satisfaction getting your satisfaction by getting your darshan. listen to Me. Baba 43 . If those words uttered are recollected along with the episode connected with Nanavalli."Oh. I am not at all great. instead of pushing logs of woods. which was brightly. Baba was sitting near the Dhuni on Diwali Holiday and warming Himself. Sai Baba's uttered words on another occasion deserves to be recorded. "Sai Baba In Shirdi Pride begets delusion. devotees. He exhorted them to study the lives of all Saints. I am blessed by seeing your feet." Such humble words uttered by Him teaches all of us a very great lesson. He did so witft humility and He always emphasized that Allah was the real bestower of health and happiness to man. When He gave Udi' (vibhuti divine ash) to devotees for curing their troubles.His devotees inner purity. truthful and devoted to Me. A little later. On one occasion. —Sai Baba There is one unforgettable incident in the year 1910 A. He was pushing fire-woods into the Dhuni. we are sure to conclude and learn that Sai Baba was an embodiment of great humility. His devotees praised Him for his graciousness. He advised His devotees to read the lives of other Saints. I bless them with realization. Sai Baba said to his humble devotees as follows:. On listening to such words of praise.D. Remove this pride with humility and compassion. I am your salve. Those who are humble. —Sai Baba In this context. I am your debtor too.
The winds began to blow forcibly. I immediately put My hand into the furnace and saved the child." Such acts of Baba cannot be comprehended by any one of His devotees. Baba's all pervading mercy was proved on that particular incident. and the people rejoiced over Baba's miracle. birds.(jospelotShri Sai Baba pushed his arm into the Dhuni. Baba came to his senses and replied.The winds began to blow forcibly. beasts and men got terribly frightened and the all flocked to the Masjid for shelter. The sky was overcast with thick black clouds. Then. the moon rose in the sky. Only yourfaith pulls Me towards you. In a short time the whole place was flooded with water. Forgetting that her child was on her waist. the rains subsided. "Stop. the winds ceased to blow. the clouds roared and the lightening began to flash. there was a terrible storm at Shirdi. Only the Lord can have such divine powers and authority to 44 . for what have you done this?"Then. the arm was scorched and burnt immediately. and the rain began to descend in torrents. This was noticed by the servant Madhav and Madhavrao Deshpande (Shama). Baba's leelas are just like the nectar that eternal joy and peace.They at once ran to Baba and Madhavrao clasped Baba by his waist from behind and dragged Him forcibly backward and asked. All the creatures. and the storm came to a stop. her husband called her. "The wife of a blacksmith at some distant place was working the bellows of a furnace. Baba was much moved. — Sai Baba Once. They all prayed to Baba with great devotion. He came out and standing at the edge of the Masjid. stop your fury and be calm!" In a few minutes. addressed the storm in a loud and thunderous voice. "Deva. I love to protect My devotees who surrender to Me. she ran hastily and the child slipped into the furnace. at evening time. the clouds.
" The devotees smiled and thought that Baba was joking. And as she opened his sack. I know everything —Sai Baba On other occasion at noon the fire in the Dhuni began to burn brightly. nothing can harm you. Even if I am not physically present." Nobody can hide anythingfrom Me. Their movements definitely showed that they were overjoyed to meet each other. Straightaway she scaled the wall and embraced her sister. He took up His Sataka (short stock) and dashed it against a pillar in front saying. a lizard jumped out.They prostrated before Baba and apologized for their thinking.The people. began chirping vigorously. Baba said. Baba said. be calm!" At each Stroke of the Sataka. the flames began to lower and slow down. They dares not to ask Baba to pour ^vater or do anything to quench the flames. "Believe in my words. perched on a wall in the Dwarkamai. a devotee arrived from Baba's darshan. The devotees witnessed some miracle in a day. But. 45 . what was happening. So a devotee asked Baba what evil is portended. devotees were convinced that if Baba wishes anything can happen. "Get down. This is considered to be an ill-omen. very soon . Devotees completely surrendered to the feet of Baba for His grace. Baba soon realize. How could Baba know all this before hand? All were wonderstruck with Baba's words. But. With such miracle."Sai Baba In Shirdi control the creation of the World. Once a lizard. The lizard's sister will shortly come here from Aurangabad to meet her. Devotees were overjoyed with Baba's control over fire. who were sitting in the Masjid. and in a few minutes the Dhuni became calm and normal. "There is no evil portend in this. So she is singing in joy. did not know what to do. its flames were seen to be reaching the rafters above.
He entered the Masjid to see what Sai Baba was doing at that time. —Sai Baba On other occasion at noon the fire in the Dhuni began to burn brightly. be calm!" At each stroke of the Sataka. II> saw Baba sitting on his usual seat and staring at him. where Sai Baba was living. Baba soon realise. he stood and looked into the Masjid once again. and in a few minutes the Dhuni became calm and normal. They dares not to ask Baba to pour water or do anything to quench the flames. He did not have the courage to go 46 . So. Religion is righteousness and not rituals and monotonous prayers. He would not believe his own eyes. He then ran out in a state of fear that he should run to the police station and report what he had seen. What he then saw amazed him. he continued to sit for a while. the flames began to lower and slow down. The people. did not know what to do. a resident of Shirdi went near the Masjid. One early morning. if he resorted what he had seen. what was happening. Afterwards. He took up His Sataka (short stock) and dashed it against a pillar in front saying. "Get down.(jospelotShri Sai Baba Religious is righteousness and not rituals and monotonous prayers. he saw Sai Baba's limbs and head lying scattered here and there and he thought that some unknown enemy of Sai Baba had hacked the latter into pieces. The devotees witnessed some miracle in a day. Devotees were enjoyed with Baba's control over fire. —Sai Baba Another extraordinary incident connected with the early days of Sai Baba at Shirdi has to be mentioned. who were sitting in the Masjid. its flames were seen to be reaching the rafters above. To this dismay. But. But. he feared that he would himself be suspected of that crime.
was nothing but thin string of old cloth. the persons. Another curious and interesting episode. With His own hands. 1 "Sai Baba In Shirdi 47 . In this way Sai Baba's 'Siddhi' came to light. One of his early devotees known as Nanasaheb Dengle gave Him a wooden plank to sleep upon. about six feet above the level of the floor by typing its four corners to the wooden rafters of the roof. which he had seen at the Masjid on that morning. He used to drive water from a well and wash his robe and clothes and then bath. One afternoon. Baba used that plank in a manner which puzzled everyone of His immediate attendants. Those people who heard the story from him. He went away and told other residents of Shirdi about the strange spectacle. Another yogic 'Siddhi . who saw this act of His. Devotees could not believe the powers of Baba. guessed that Sai Baba was a 'Siddha-Purusha'. They saw Him extracting His intestines from inside His body and washing them with cold water and drying them in the Sun. were amazed at it. Sai Baba suspended that planks.in and tell Baba what he had seen a few minutes previously. They ran away and told their friends about it. some persons. The plank was about fifteen inches wide and about five feet in length. He used to shout and drive away people who went near him when he was bathing. hide themselves behind the hedge and watched his movements. He would not allow any one to be present near him when he was engaged in bathing. with which He tied the plank. possessing unusual powers. filled with curiosity. possessed by Sai Baba came to light almost by accident a few months after he had settled down at the Masjid of Shirdi. The material. The string and cloth were not strong enough to bear the weight of the plank. Baba generally bathed alone near a well far away from the Masjid. Dengle's idea was that Sai Baba would lie down on the plank with the cloth spread in it. which happened during the early days of Sai Baba need to be mentioned. when served Him at that time.
They could not understand how He jumped down from it on the morning. Sai Baba has transformed His devotees into Himself. This is possible only when there is a loving devotion towards the Guru's feet. Pray to Baba for having such a devotion for our Sadguru Sai Baba alone can bless us. He who sees the Lord (Narayana) in all movable and immovable things of this world. He would sleep on the plank after making the body weight-less. Sai Baba slept on the suspended plank during the nights.Having made a contrivance of this kind. He would not allow any one to touch the plank or to examine the contrivance by going near it. His devotees thus came to know that He possessed many kinds of'siddhi. the Lord manifests Himself in Him. (jospelotShri Sai Baba 48 . A few of His attendants saw Him lying on the plank. including the 'siddhi' of levitation.
Sai Baba converted a small village like Shirdi into a divine spiritual centre and He Himself was the Divinity presiding there. he encouraged Muslims to gather round Him and recited Holy Quran. religion or sex. community. 49 .. 'Pada-Sevanam'. race.il Qai q$aba WitFi <His ©cvotecs Long before 1910 A. His outwards appearance was that of a Muslim. Piercing the lobes of a child is a Hindu custom. TSTaivedyam'. But. He would say that Allah Malik would grant their prayer. He allowed His Hindu devotees to worship him as a God or Lord Shiva or as Lord Krishna.D. Those who worshipped Baba in the Masjid were not ordinary simple village folks but pious. In such an assemblage of Sai-devotees. 'Vandanam'. Sai Baba's ears foun pierced at the lobes. surrounded Him and prayed for His benediction and got what they desired. and 'Karpoora-Aarti' as a final act ofworship.The holes in the lobes of a Baba were visible and so it was guessed that He had Hindu parents. hundreds of men and women.Those Brahmins worshipped Baba in the customary Hindu pooja consisted of 'Ardhyam'.Those who went there. Sai Baba knew all Hindu yogic secrets and practices and He allowed Hindu mode of worship on Himself. When He blessed devotees. Every day. there was no difference made on the ground of caste. orthodox and learned Barhmins. resided in small wadas hoping to earn Baba's Grace. They kept themselves busy from morning to night in performing some kind of'Sadhana'.
He asked learned Brahmins. Devotees invariably presented Baba such articles as 50 . Serenity and compassion is the key. His attendants now and then fed that fire by putting pieces of dry wood into it. close to the 'Dhuni'. few devotees considered spiritual qualities mentioned in the sacred Hindu books. Ramayana. It was deemed to be so effective that it cured all physical diseases with a little of it swallowed with some w?ter. He sat very near to the entrance of the Masjid. His extraordinary power of omniscience and His love of all human beings and animals and His utter sense of resignation to the will of God. Rituals when performed with selfish motives bear no fruits. Vashishta Ramayana. His old sack-cloth seat had been abandoned. Always keep a check on your thoughts and actions. The 'Udi' thus gifted by Baba was considered by every recipient to be a real medicine. impure thoughts can rule overyou anytime. —Sai Baba Sai Baba sat on a thick seat and leaned on a bolster. who visited Him. Bhagwat geeta. He advised them to study those books in their lodging after observing customary rules cleanliness and rituals. But.(jospelotShri Sai Baba The most common idea about Him was that He was an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. whom he called Allah malik confirmed this view about Him. Devotees would be sitting around Him and some of them would fall at His feet in veneration and beg for His grace.. to study such books as Bhagvatam. He emphasized that wearing a robe does not make a person Saint. Panchadasi. He would then pick up a little ash or 'Udi' from the fringe of the 'Dhuni' and give it to the supplicant and say that Allah Malik would cure all troubles of the supplicant. He also preached those Brahmins about inner purity. Inner purity is a must.
the worship of Baba began at the chavadi also on the 10 December 1909 and it was continued till He passes away. 'Kaakad-Aarti'. Though two or three long standing devotees alone took part in doing 'Kaakad-Aarti'.garlands. Their joy considered of seeing him and obtaining hid 'Darshan' at the day break of a new day. fruits. there was no doorkeeper to prevent anyone from entering. Sai Baba's Darbar began very early in the day.That was the beauty of Kaakad-Aarti'. consisted of doing 'Pranams' (salvations) and praises to Sai Baba and of giving to His hands a few fresh flowers and then waving lighted lamps or camphor in front of Him. Sai Baba welcomed all persons with a smile indicating endless patience and universal benevolence. th Sai Baba With His Devotee s e 51 . Then. Thus was Baba a spiritual King holding His Darbar in the Masjid. without any distinction. He had become a heavy figure in 1910 and his legs seemed to have lost muscular strength by that time. It appeared that He never slept at all in the usual sense of the world. His 'Sankalpam' or desire was to assuage the grief of all men and women who approached Him for relief. sugarcane stick. yet all others stood around and raised shouts of'Jai Jai'.We may understand it to have been a form of 'Suprabhatam' ritual done in many famous temples. pieces of fine cloth. The early morning 'Aarti' of Baba was called 'Kaakad-Aarti'. holding the arms of immediate attendants by way of support. Since His 'Darbar' was open to all. According to the story narrated in Sai Satcharita. Sai Baba got up from His bed long before day break. Baba slowly got up from his seat. The assembled devotees would cry Jai Jai' and entre the Masjid or the chavadi as the case may be. He therefore required the supplementary support of his attendants to stand up from His sitting position. Baba welcomed all devotees with such love and grace that the devotees would just feel like falling at the feet of Baba.
Bhajans and Kirtans were performed only to bring up the mind that has a tendency to go downwards. 'Chamara' (peacock feather fan) and waved it now and then on Baba toward off the heat. His destination would be the Masjid. He would slowly walk to the Lendi garden. calling him 'Deva Deva' and touch His feet and offer Him flowers and waving oil lamps. The devotees held an ornamental umbrella over Baba's head. As long as the mind is the slave of external objects. it cannot rise above the physical level and will never be able to experience the divinity of God. Everybody were singing praises of Baba in great joy. When Baba walked towards the garden He had to pass through some lanes. Casual visitors and some residents of the locality would also join the procession. Another attendant held a similar mace and walked behind Baba. They saluted Baba with great devotion. which was situated at some distance. yet His devotees took Him in slow regal procession and frequently shouted Jai Jai\ Sai Baba did not wear foot-wear that time. There were houses and wadas between the Chavadi and the masjid. and some ahead of Him and some behind Him. His devotees followed Him. This umbrella was called 'Chhatra'. If Baba had started on that morning from the Chavadi. Some would take incense and spread the fragnance around Baba. 52 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . Men and women residing in the adjacent tenements came out of their dwelling when Baba's morning procession passed by. on that particular morning. Some were dancing. if He had started on that morning from the Chavadi. some were cry in joy and some were simply witnessing the gracious form of Baba. In addition to such daily morning procession also. Though the distance between the Chavadi and the Masjid was just forty yards.He would slowly walk out and go to the Masjid. Some others held. He walked barefoot. If. He started from the Masjid. Another devotee held a Silver mace and walked in front.
Baba would be carried in a Silver Palaquin (Palakhi) by His devotees along the lanes of Shirdi. e The aim ofevery religious practice is to increase devotion and notjust to consume time. —Sai Baba We have already become aware of the names of Mhalsapti. All communities of the people rejoiced to see Him walking in such a royal and majestic way. The Palaquin was decorated with flowers and cushioned for Baba's seat. Her house was one of those in front of which Sai Baba used to stand and beg for alms during the early years. Her full name was Lakshmibai Shinde. She is other than whom Sai Baba affectionately called Shama. After He became well-known as a Saint. Ganpatrao. On some rare days. Sai Baba too seemed to enjoy the simple but devoted enthusiasm of His humble devotees. he will lose all attachment and be free from His own impurities and merge into the bliss of Baba. It appeared that He desired thereby to enhance their 'Bhakti-Bhava' towards Him.There is another lady bearing the same name of Lakshmibai. Dengle and others. When a person attains devotion with the grace of Baba.Sai Baba With His Devotee s Those occasional processions of Baba gave great delight not merely to devotees taking active part in them but also to the entire neighbouring villages. It is accompanied with knowledge. residents of Shirdi began 53 . Lakshmi.Tatya. Devotion is never alone. It can only be experienced personally. The narratives associated with the said Lakskmibai and Shama are of interesting to all devotees of Sai Baba. but he is residing in everybody's heart. Though Baba was walking through the stress of Shirdi with many devotees. Baba's all pervading love for His devotees can never be expressed in words. owning a house. Lakshmibai was also a native of Shirdi and she was fairly well-to-do person.
She spread a leaf in front of Baba and served on it rotis and vegetables. which was standing there and kept the leaf in front of the dog. I am very hungry now. She ran home and prepared rotis and vegetables quickly and came back to the Masjid carrying her food basket on her head. He made a expectation in the case of Lakshmibai and He told that she might enter the Masjid at any time and go. Baba turned to Lakshmi and said. Lakshmibai was one of them. He was not willing to allow all men and women to approach Him or talk with Him or disturb Him in any ways during the early days. The dog ate the food so offered by Baba and ran away.she entered the Masjid in the evening and sat down among other devotees. what have you done? On 54 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . that is to say round about itself by his devotees. He called a dog. Such articles of 'Naivedyam' were also called 'Bhiksha' near Him. Among those devotees. Lakshmibai was one of those devotees who started this practice. Long afterwards.to take food to the Masjid and beg Him to eat it. As part of such Pooja. Their names are appaji Patil and Mhalsapti. She ran home and prepared rotis and vegetables quickly and came back to the Masjid carrying her food basket on her head. Privileged devotees alone could fetch cooked food from their houses and keep it near Him at the masjid as on offering. Lakshmibai's devotion and purity of motive were so obvious that Sai Baba was pleased with her desire to supply food to Him at His sitting place. Suddenly. Sai Baba got up from His seat and picked up that food laden leaf and carried it to the courtyard. Lakshmi protested mildly and said. On seeing what Baba had done. which she had brought. articles of food were kept near Baba as 'Naivedyam'. "Baba. One day. "Oh mother Lakshmi. who had assembled there by then.This worship took the Hindu form of ceremonies 'Pooja'. Sai Baba permitted only two more person to enter the Masjid at all hours convient to them. Please go home and fetch some food for Me".
On some days. Be compassionate to these creatures. Learn this truth from today.The same 'Atma' dwells in Me and in the dog also. Sai Baba smiled at her and said. He makes His disciples realise the reality of His own true Self. even a not-solearned person can also realise God. I want to eat 'Paysam' today. By feeding this dog in this manner. that Sai Baba gave His last 'Dakshina' of nine silver coins a few hours before He passed away.Sai Baba With His Devotee s listening to Lakshmi's protest. Baba would enter her humble abode and say. Can you prepare it and feed Me?" She would prepare it with pleasure and give it to Him. He only gives. With Baba's grace. Give up false 55 . I always pray to Baba to show me the way by which I can always meditate on Baba's lotus feet. "On mother." Baba's way of teaching His devotees was very unique. Be happy with this knowledge. It was Lakshmibai.youfeed Me. —Sai Baba Such was the grace of Baba towards Lakshmi and He taught her 'Atma-Gnana" by enacting the drama. You have done a meritorious act. Guru taking the Dakshina from his disciple is a great blessing for the disciple. t When youfeed these creatures. "Mother. It should be known that Sai Baba did not enter the house of anyone at Shirdi except Lakshmibai's house. you have appeased My hunger too. Surrendering to our Guru is the first step. Do not get angry with Me. Guru never takes anything. devotees were filled with joy and contentment. I pray to Baba to remove all impurities from my mind and give me knowledge so that I can serve Baba in every living being. e Iam residing in every creature. With such words of Baba. Many other devotees witnessed this gracious act of Baba and congratulated Lakshmibai Shinde on her special divine fortune. listen to Me. by way of instruction.
you are Ramgir from Shirdi. He came to ask Baba's permission. Offer it to Me first. Remember always. —Sai Baba Nanasaheb Chandorkar. was a Mamlatdar at Jamner. With this much. "You need not worry. Always remember your Guru and He will protect you from falling down into the ocean of worldliness. But. You are directlyfeeding Me. Ramgir started. To purity your meal with divinity. I can barely go to Jalagaon. feed them first. a resident devotee." Ramgir said he was. Ramgir. One can go up to Jalgaon by railway and then reach Jamner by tanga (horse-cart). hungry animal or a bird comes. Maina had come to Jamner for delivery. Just then a Sepoy (Havaldar) in Khaki uniform approached him and said.(jospelotShri Sai Baba pride. was then inspired to go to his village in Khandesh. You only go to Jalagaon." With firm faith in Baba." Baba gave him a packet of 'Udi' from the Dhuni with His own hands and Aarti on a piece of paper to be recited at Maina's bedside. I have only two rupees with me. He had to pay for the railway ticket and only two annas were left with him. give him Udi' and Aarti and then proceed home. Baba as if heard it in Shirdi. first go to Nanasaheb at Jamner. Nanasaheb has sent me with a tanga for you" said the Sepoy. Everything will be arranged thereafter. Nanasaheb's daughter. I hope. "Baba. 56 . Baba said. start immediately. "Sir. Nanasaheb was appealing tb Baba to come to her succor. one of the earliest devotee of Baba. he asked. About midnight the train reached Jalagaon and Ramigir got down. I will surrender to my Sadguru Sainath whofillsmy heart with love for Him. When a poor man. Ramgir took the two things. But how could I make a detour to Jamner and then to any place?" Baba replied. For forty eight hours she was in labour and her very life was in danger. but. in a tone of anxiety. about 24 miles from Jalgaon in Khandesh. "Yes. "Then come along.
your tanga brought me to Jamner alright. I had no idea that you were coming.Ramgir thought that as Baba had hinted He must have sent a word to Nanasaheb and asked him to make this arrangement. sent the tanga? This is all no doubt done by Baba. All had disappeared. "Your tanga which you had sent for me to Jalgaon Station." A thrill went through Nanasaheb on hearing this. Then the tanga started and by dawn it arrived at Jamner. "That is Nanasaheb's office. "Baba has sent me here from Shirdi and has given you these things. How Baba protects His devotees is indescribeable. "Ramgir. Then he sat by her bedside reciting the Aarti. He became Dumbfound. After reaching his house he saluted Nanasaheb. knows everything. "Nana. So how could I have. A million pranams to you!" Nanasaheb applied the Udi to his daughter and put a little in her mouth too. who is always there to 57 Sai Baba With His Devotee s e . Nanasaheb came out and thanked Ramgir for his service. he went Nanasaheb's office and obtaining Nanasaheb's address and went there. he said.Your Sepoy met me there and brought me here with great speed. Baba's devotee's faith gets more and more stronger. But then as I got down to ease myself." With tears of gratitude. Maina then delivered safely. Baba! What should I say to you? I called your name here and hearing my call in Shirdi you at once ran in the form of these things. Ramgir and Nanasaheb shed tears out of love for Baba. With such incidents. both. Baba with His omnipresence. no Sepoy. The Sepoy. pointing to a distant building." Ramgir alighted there to ease himself and went behind a bush. no carriage. Nanasaheb said. But as he came out. said. Eagerly Ramgir asked. "Oh Baba. ir suddenly vanished. I fall at the feet of Baba with great love. He said. what did he find? Nothing. Where is that tanga?" "Which tanga?" asked the puzzled Nana." With the understanding that Baba had played the entire role of the horse cart and the Sepoy. No horse.
in His omnipresence must have known who Madhavrao was. From that very day.(jospelotShri Sai Baba protect Me. I immediately come to rescue them. of His own accord. Among those who had the good fortune of receiving Baba's grace for four or five decade. Slowly but surely. 58 . he did not go into the Masjid to get acquainted with Sai Baba.D. is Madhavrao Deshpande. But. His wonderful story is worthy of our respectful study. He was not able to find a residential house for dwelling so he lived in one of the vacant rooms of the school building and cooked his meal there. I lose all attachments of the world and experience Baba's bliss and love for me in my heart. He saw Baba walking in the narrow streets of Shirdi. tried to have any contact with Madhavrao though He had chance of meeting the latter often near the Masjid. Madhavrao Deshpande must be mentioned as the most outstanding. —Sai Baba The longstanding devotee of Sai Baba. So. Sai Baba too did not. For about six months Deshpande saw and watched the movements of Baba. Wherever and whenever My devotees call Me. He often heard Baba uttered the words Allah Malik loudly standing in the courtyard of the Masjid. He was then a Bachelor and he had newly joined the school as a teacher. He lived in a room of an adjacent school. He considered Baba to be Muslim Saint of little or no significance to him. Sai Baba. Hearing such incidents. Sai Baba began to live in the Masjid of Shirdi on some day in 1858 A. where he worked as one of several teachers. Madhavrao Deshapande did not know that he was destined to become an intimate devotee of Sai Baba. destiny worked. Madhavrao Deshpande had the occasions to see Sai Baba and watch his movements. whose contact with Baba got to be traced from the beginning. He was a Brahmin.
he decided to come and visit Baba regularly. Madhavrao guessed it that Baba was a learned man. which could be heard by Madhavrao. His interest in Baba slowly increased. Madhavrao observed that Baba gave herbs to sick people and cured their diseases. He was convinced himself that Sai Baba was a 'Mahatma'. Remember Me. So. he saw Baba feeding poor beggars and dogs in the courtyard of the Masjid. One morning of an auspicious day. —Sai Baba e 59 . Sai Baba smiled graciously and asked him to sit down and ask any boon. which had taken birth in Deshpande's mind. After sometime he saluted Baba once again and asked permission to visit Him often. in the loud tone and Madhavrao sitting in his room could easily hear it. He was overcome by feeling of devotion towards Sai Baba. Sai Baba asked him to come whenever he was inclined to do so. As he entered the entered the Masjid saw into the eyes of Baba. After a few more weeks. On other occasion. Sai Baba began to talk to him in a most familiar manner and he indicated thereby that he knew every details of madhavrao. Baba uttered the words Allah Malik often and often. Such reception enhanced the sense of happiness. For about six months after Sai Baba settled down in the Masjid. Baba began giving 'Udi' to sick people and curing all their physical troubles. Baba recited some Sanskrit verses. Madhavrao Deshpande entered the Masjid and saw Sai Baba sitting alone with the words Allah Malik on His lips. One some other occasion. Madhavrao could no longer resist the desire to enter the Masjid and introduce himself to the saintly Muslim fakir. he fell at Baba's feet shed tears of joy. He was amazed with this. worthy of veneration. chant My name with love andyou will befreefrom delusion.Sai Baba With His Devotee s After few days.
See God within you. You must now transcend your pride of having taken a Brahmin birth. It is Baba's grace that He shows the Supreme Lord to his devotees acting as their Guru. But. By Allah's grace. I will certainly show you God. he saw Sai Baba was washing His feet with water kept in a big pot. all his pride disappeared and became a humble disciple of Baba. God wants His devotees to be guided. I was daily watching you. Madhavrao got a desire to wash Baba's feet. He felt that he had met his Guru. His little finger of the hand was stung and the poison began to spread into the body. you have secured my friendship. he took water from the pot and washed Baba's feet with great emotions. Sai Baba's utterance delighted Madhavrao. He addressed Baba gave him a surorising reply. Though you did not come to see Me. Listening to Baba words. One incident has to be mentioned here about Baba's grace on his devotees. he will be introduced with a Guru with the blessings of God. Only when a person is burning with the desire to realise God. Oh Shama. "Baba.The Supreme Lord Himself. Guru guides the devotees with God's grace. You are not a new man to Me. please teach and sat down. "Madhavrao. You and I have been connected with each otherfor the past seventy incarnations.One day when Madhavrao entered the Masjid. Baba is also the Sadguru. I knew the thoughts that passes through your mind. I have come to Shirdi with the object of showing you God. Once. He fell at Baba's feet and shed tears of joy and his throat was choked with emotions. That is my passion". The pain was severe and Shama thought 60 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . Shama was bitten by a poisonous snake. Madhavrao prostrated to Sai Baba and said. Let us all surrender to our Sai Baba for we all our ignorant of our own mistakes and wrong thinking. With Baba's grace. I have no other purpose. So. Guru should be taken as the first God. we will be devoted to Baba just like the devotees of Shirdi were.
He remembered Baba and ran to the Masjid. With complete faith. "Go. He came out of the Masjid. In the East of India. get away." Shama was relieved with Baba's words. He was the master of Avaita Philosophy just like Jagadguru Shri Adi Shankaracharya. "Go. —Sai Baba As years rolled on Madhavrao Deshpande (whom Sai Baba always called Shama) became the most important man in the spiritual kingdom which Sai Baba had established. He had 61 . get away. Three great incarnations of God were walking on the soil of India at the same time. Immediately afterwards. should move in the home. Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi settled down at Arunachala Hill and then his fame as a great Saintof India began to spread from then. not even a leafofa tree. Devotees were very confused about Baba's miracles.Sai Baba With His Devotee s that he would die soon. Come down" were not addressed to Shama. he went inside and sat beside Baba. that. Baba's each and every words are ever mysterious. "Don't be afraid. Baba then spoke. The only thing to be remembered in this connection is this-the words of Baba. The year of 1900 A. He scolded and said. he should eat what he liked. was a year of spiritual development for India. When Baba saw him. Needless to say that these instructions were acted upon and Shama got all right in a short time. Ramkrishna Paramhansa was playing His divine play with his close disciples and devotees. he went home and sat calmly. e Nothing moves with My wish. but they were a direct order to snake's poison not to go up and circulate through Shama's body. Come down!" Shama was puzzled to see Baba's behaviour. Go and sit quite at home. but should in no case lie down and sleep. do not worry at all. Baba sentTatya and Kakasaheb Dixit to him with instructions to the effect. Know My wish andyou will become instrument.D. After a few second.
D. But. "He. heart and soul. who trust Me entirely." But. the crown of Ramakrishna set out to spread out the glory of Ramakrishna around the whole world.repulsion) . rarely do we find person who really offers his Karma to the Lord. But. hears and expounds My leelas and does not think of anything else. He taught all the necessary spiritual instructions to his disciples and devotees. is sure to attain self62 Offer Me your good deeds andbefreefrom raga-Dwesha. He gave them freely. to Baba. He who wants to get rid of the cycle of births and deaths.(jospelotShri Sai Baba developed devotion towards Goddess Kali to a grand heights. is binding actions. He should not speak harshly to anyone. you will be free from the binding laws of actions. when actions are performed by offering Me the fruits. Baba teaches that performing action with love and you will naturally offer the Lord your Karmas. —Sai Baba Sai Baba required no special place. SwamiVivekanand. nor any special time for giving instructions. so as to hurt anybody. He should always engage himself in good conduct and should do his duties and surrender himself. Shri Krishna says. should lead a righteous life. Whenever any occasion demanded. Baba says. Everybody cannot engage in such endeavors. Great spiritual is the work of a special devotees of the Lord. But. with his mind calm and composed. Sacrifice your work for the Lord is the highest worship. (attraction . "Nobody can live without performing actions. The path of Karma Yoga. Sacrifice is the first step. everybody has a path to follow.There were many other saints who lived in India in those times whose contribution to the welfare of humanity cannot be expressed in words. Actions done without love. The greatness of Sai Baba became well-known in Maharashtra long before 1900 A.
He made sit near His feet. dispels our quality (sense of difference). They blow mantras into the ears of their disciples and extract money from them. but contact with the former. drinking. While eating. There are two kinds of Gurus (1) 'Niyat' (appointed or fixed) and (2) 'Aniyat' (unappointed or general). to others. and some the study of Upanishad and Gita. Baba was very particular that whenever a worship is performed. To some he advised remembering God's name. There are many so-called Gurus. Some. He." He advised Shravan (study) and Manan (meditation). they always remembered Baba and sang His glory. and make a show of their spirituality. without being asked.realization. Blessed are the people of Shirdi who worshipped Baba as their God. There are various Guru's imparting to us various kinds of worldly knowledge. is the Sadguru. would give every details of his past. working in their backyards and fields and doing various household works. to some He advised the repetition of the thousand names of Vishnu. but are themselves impious and irreligious. Sai Baba never thought of making the least show of His worth. but he who fixes us in our Nature (Self) and carries us beyond the ocean of worldly existence. instead of mechanical. to some reading scripture. 63 Sai Baba With His Devotee s e . There are Gurus and Gurus. Baba also guided His devotees to engage in 'Seva' selfless service. and establishes us in Unity by making us realise Thou art that'. it should be coming from the heart. Baba warned the devotees not to go into too much details in rituals. If anybody went to take His darshan. They profess to teach piety and religion to their disciples. What to speak of the love. The latter by their advice develop the good qualities in us. purify our hearts and set us on the path of salvation. who go about from house to house with cyambals and Veena in their hands. Baba was a divine doctor for his devotees. present and future.
1 Egoism is the cause ofsorrow. Live in My bliss and befree. Sai Baba's words uttered on the very first day were. Such words amazed Das Ganu. In the lifetime of Baba Himself. that Baba used to give to His devotees. —Sai Baba Sai Baba received Das Ganu very graciously and told him that He (Baba) knew everything about him. Selfless service is a sure way to Me. who asked him to retire from service and spend his time and energy in spiritual pursuits. when he first obtained darshan of Sai Baba at the masjid in the year 1896 or so. —Sai Baba By then the leelas of Baba were being sung and propagated. Das ganu was about 42 years old. Das Ganu published a small book called 'Kathamrutha' in which he has given an account of his contacts with Baba. The full name of Das Ganu was Ganpatrao Dattatreya Sahasrabudhe. I tell you that you will come to grief if you continue to serve in the 64 . It was when he was in such a situation that he had the good fortune of being introduced by Nanasaheb Chandorkar to Sai Baba. "Listen Ganpat. Among the singers or propagators of Baba's glory. to Me. Give upfalse pride. Seva'is what I want and not mechanical rituals. Das Ganu Maharaj was the name or title bestowed on him by Sai Baba Himself. He was introduced by an earlier Sai Devotee called Chandorkar. Das Ganu was working in a police department as a humble Constable and his ambition was to rise higher in rank and become a Havaldar. Only a little glance of Baba would make His devotees cry out of joy. Remove your ego by surrendering to Me. Baba assured him of his protection. the name of Das Ganu Mahara must be mentioned at the outset.(jospelotShri Sai Baba the sweetness of the love.
Baba Himself us d to refer to Him as Das Ganu or as 'kirtan-kar'. he suffered troubles from his superiors as foretold by Baba. That is the fi *st thing to do. He did not act according to the advice rf Baba at all. please tell me the gltryy of the name of the Lord. Secondly. Finally. Ganapat continued darshan of Sai Baba frequently ^ t the masjid and on each occasion. Lord Vishnu told him to go to the earth and ask others. For seven years after tyis meeting. he became famous among the Sai devotees as kirtan-kar'. -it devotee of Lord Vishnu. When Ramnavat^ii celebration started at the Masjid." By finishing His question. Dev Rishi could not understa^ r a c c c U eo Ve eo a ev Sai Baba With His Devot eees 65 . Baba gave him the same kind of advice. L v Rishi asked sparrow. the sparry fell down of the tree and died. I know you are often engaged in taking p *-t in open-air night dramas enacted in villages.h activities. Because he had no other means of livelihood. On account of his delay in resigning t^e job. d not resign his job as a Constable.police department. You must give up such jis obstructing your spiritual advancement. Once he was overwhelmed with a strojigg desire to know from the LordVishnu the Glory of the n a m e of ^ Lord. Sai Baba asked him to doo Tartan' and tell the story or Rama in marathi language. dear sparrow." Ganapat left the Masjid receiving such instructions froj-n the benevolent Saint. this story of L^v Rishi Narada has been mentioned. he coy. Baba told him that He (Baba) would protect if he give jp the government service. For understanding the glory of the Lord. "Oh. Such activity jis obstructing your spiritual advancement. I ask you to give up service. Ganapat obeyed the counsel of Baba and join d the band of Sai-devotees and began to reside at Shirdi itself a^od perform 'Kirtan' there at the bidding of Baba. From that day. Sai B^-a put a garland on Ganapatrao's neck in appreciation and ga e Him the title of Das Ganu Maharaj. Dev Rishi Narada is a gi. You must give up su .
The king seeing Dev Rishi Narada became very happy and prostrated before Him. "Oh. and I am that same cow. the cow too died and fell on the ground. For that purpose he felt that he would walk three miles to the Godavari River and fetch river-water. you must ask the child about the glory of the Name of the Lord. —Sai Baba On one occasion. the feast day of Shivratri arrived. There is no difference between Me and My name. The Ganga water was pouring out of 66 . spoke. Lord Vishnu said. Sai Baba then said. He asked. Dev Rishi Narada went alone in the room of the child and asked him. Dev Rishi Narada wanted to see the child of the king and ask him about the glory of the name of the Lord. He was very much worried about the death of the cow. He went to Lord Vishnu and asked Him the cause." Saying this. Ganga is at my feet." Hearing this. the child who had not learnt to speak. On that day.(jospelotShri Sai Baba the phenomenon. why should you walk three or four miles to fetch river-water. Dev Rishi Narada obeyed the Lord's order and went to the King. Hold your palm at My toe. I finally attained the human birth so that I can be liberated. Collect as much Ganga-water as you want from My toes. dear holy cow. Because you uttered the name of the Lord." By saying so. He then decided to ask a cow. He approached Sai Baba and told the latter about his intention to fetch river-water. Please impart this knowledge to Me about the glory of the Name of the Lord. "Oh My child. Dev Rishi Narada was filled with divine bliss and prostrated before Lord Vishnu and sang praises of LordVishnu. "Das Ganu. "There is a King who begot a child after a very long period. "I am that same sparrow." He was astound on the miracle Baba performed in front of him. Das Ganu wanted to do 'Abhisheka' and 'Pooja' of Baba in the Masjid. tell Me the glory of the Name of the Lord.
With every miracle Baba performed. either a Pheta or a turban a long flowing coat with a shirt inside on the shoulders and usual long Dhoti from the waist below.Sai Baba With His Devotee s Baba's toe. Henceforth. When Das Ganu was staying with Baba in Shirdi. e Purify yourselfby remembering Me. "Why do you want all that before Me. Baba said. He asked for Baba's permission. wear a Gala and full dress. devotees were filled with devotion. After dressing himself in this fashion for some kirtan in the Shirdi. while making the 67 . "Well bridgegroom! Where are you going. Baba asked him. Baba's love for His devotees cannot be expressed in words. When he saw again. Baba appeared to him in the form of Lord Vithal. —SaiBaba Generally our Haridas.you will not gain My blessing but also known My divinity. while making the kirtan. Das Ganu sprinkled it on his head as a mark of reverence and cried out at Baba's grace and sang kirtan.They put on a head-dress. Das Ganu once went to Baba for making a bow. Then Baba said. for you Shirdi itself is Pandharpur. he once wished to go to Pandharpur to see Lord Vithal. He composed a beautiful song on the greatness of Baba. it was Baba surrounded with dazzling colourful lights. Das Ganu never wore these things. When he looked up at Baba. Why leave Shirdi and go so far?" Baba's loving words overwhelmed Das Ganu and he fell at His feet. why wear them on the body?" Das Ganu immediately took them off and placed them at the Baba's feet. was the reply. tears were rolling down his cheeks for Baba's infinite grace. Everybody around prostrated before and sang bhajans with Das Ganu. He lost His body consciousness and fell at the feet of Baba and cried. dressed so beautifully like this?" "For making a kirtan". "Ganu.
Baba did not care about their feelings at all. On another day. On the third day. He refused to accompany them and so they became angry with Him. On another occasion. but still few devotees were very obstinate 68 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . But he retained the ego of the servant of God. both Sakara (with form) and Nirakara (without form). Narada and others had attained the highest knowledge (Brahmagnana). where it caught fire and was converted to ashes. He was always bare from waist upwards.kirtan. generally followed by all the Haridasas. Hanuman was blessed with the vision of God. Religion is not rituals. which they wanted to do in an open field. some Muslims brought a Tajia' and left it in the Masjid though Sai Baba asked them not to do so. But still they went on like murmuring waters of the rivulet talking and singing. The sage Narada from whom the Kirtan Paddhati originated. Such was the case with Narada. everywhere singing the glory of LordVishnu (Narayana). Sanaka. This shows that they too kept this ego of knowledge-slight trace of individuality to mark their separate from the Lord. Baba asked that man to take it away and put it on the idol of Hanuman in the Maruti temple. a Muslim brought a garland of artificial flowers into the Masjid and wanted to put it on the niche of the western wall of the Masjid. Sananda and Sanatkumara. Religion is devotion. and wandered from place to place. Baba always taught universal religion. knowledge and righteousness. for the purpose of teachings others the truth of religion. This is not in consonance with practice.That man retorted that he was not a worshipper of Hindu idols. wore nothing on his trunk and head. some local Muslims asked Sai Baba to go with them to offer Kutb-prayer. He dragged the Tajia' and put it into the burning Dhuni. a pair of 'Shilpis' was in his hand and a garland round his neck. Sai Baba kept quite for two days. One day. There are few particular incident with Sai Baba Muslims. He carried a 'Veena' in his hand.
Thisfaith and devotion should remain the whole day. he would send them away with flowers and fruits as 'Prasadam' from Him. A doctor from Bombay heard the leelas of Baba from a 69 * . sacrifice. you will gain your object of national unity. If you do not succeed in this by any means. why should people fall out and quarrel among themselves? You ignorant children. do not retaliate. Baba used to say. act sanely and thus. It is not good to dispute and argue. So." On some occasion a few dancing girls used to assemble at the Masjid and dance in Sai Baba's presence. Sai Baba is also the form of that formless Supreme Lord. Sai Baba gave a slap on his cheeks and said. so do images worshipped remind one of God who is formless and eternal. Iam aware of your each and every thoughts Sai Baba Das Ganu observed that Sai Baba often raised his hands in hands in veneration whenever he passed in front of Hanuman temple. On one occasion. Yoga. don't argue. in vain is your birth. don't emulate others. But. If you can do anything do some good unto others. join hands and bring both the communities together. Baba never approved Muslims converting Hindus into Muslims. If anyone does any evil unto you. As a toy fruits or s toy elephant reminds one of the real fruits and the living animal." e Thefaith and devotion that havefor Me in the temple. "Ram (God of the Hindus) and Rahim (God of the Mohammedian) were one and the same. Baba was indifferent to their display.Sai Baba With His Devotee s about their own religious concepts. a newly converting Muslim was brought into the Masjid. penance and knowledge are the means to attain God. there was not the slightest difference between them: then. With such incidents people became very particular about what Baba likes and dislikes. "This man has changed his father.
the Doctor ran towards Him and fell at His feet. the friends asked the doctor. Baba knows who is doing what.friend and was curious to see Baba. Worshipping done out of love is the true worshipping. People only want to make the Lord happy with these temporary articles to gain worldly happiness and comforts. Baba blessed him. Baba immediately comes to rescue 70 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . They only want to get things done through Lord's blessings. "What happened Doctor? You did not believe in Baba so much!" Doctor replied." Saying this he was shedding tears of joy. People are offering flowers to the Lord as a liberty and not out of love. just hear Baba's leelas with devotion and you will be filled woth great joy. On reaching Shirdi. Nobody is ready to give up these selfish thinking and develop selfless devotion. He regarded Baba as an ordinary Fakir. He accompanied his friend who had started to go to Baba. Only a loving heart can express Baba's divine leelas and remain in bliss. But Baba's love for his devotees is so much that He forgets all the impurities of His devotees and bless. But he was a staunch devotee of Lord Rama. The Doctor remained in the state of bliss for the rest of his life. Worshipping with selfish motives begets egoism. on seeing Baba from a distance. Smiling lovingly. Make the Lord happy with a loving heart and offer Him good deeds. the very atmosphere soften the Doctor's mind. Baba longs for selfless devotees. He will bless us with devotion. I saw my Lord Rama in the place of Baba and ran and fell at his feet. Baba's leelas cannot be interpreted with intelligence. Show humility to the Lord. Remove this selfish motive. but he did not believe in Baba's divinity. them with happiness. But. Baba's love for His devotees cannot be comprehended by those are filled with egoism and lack humility. His life's goal is attained. Put aside your ego and cleverness. As they both started to come back. Baba always gives chance to all for developing devotion. Only when a devotee really cries for Baba. "As soon as I saw Baba. and.
I will pull you towards Me with great force. Baba with his loving hand blesses the devotee with selfless devotion. Baba says. Baba's grace has no boundary or limitation. All are one. Das Guna says that Sai Baba was thus remembering the special devotees and sending His blessing them by telepathy. He would hide the bag of coins and stop in the presence of Das Ganu." Such direct 71 e . 'this is Nana's coins'. the merciful Saint addressed him and said. "Das Ganu. who was dull of understanding. I say to you that you should not entertain any ill feelings towards anyone. If you need Me alone. However. Such questions must be thought of.Sai Baba With His Devotee s him from his impure thoughts that stop him from being devoted to Him. All your sorrow will come to an end. any devotee would be filled with love for Baba. uttering "This is Kaka's coin'. Das Ganu understood what Baba wanted to convey by such exclamation as Who am I?' 'What is this wealth?' What is this strange struggle of men and women for worldly happiness ?' 'When did my mother bigoted me?' 'was I really begotten at all?' 'Have I not been existed at all times?' Why do you people rejoice over birth?' By way of imparting these spiritual knowledge to Das Ganu Maharaj."With such words of Baba. every time. "Those who love Me alone. When any one observed Baba doing so. 'this is Bapu's coin" and so on. "I give chance to everybody. think who is whose enemy. why do you not listen to Me? Why do you want to ponder over what I utter in your presence? Think who gives what to whom. Das Guna often saw Sai Baba rubbing old coins. I bless them with liberation" —Sai Baba During the afternoon. Only a devotee who yearns for devotion. You must not say that he is your enemy.The devotees heart gets filled with bliss when Baba blesses him with devotion. but the latter was not able to comprehend their significance. Think who eats what. On the other hand.
(jospelotShri Sai Baba utterances helped a great deal. Abdul arrived in Shirdi in 1889 A. Abdul attended the work in addition to the sweeping the Masjid. Give up everything to Baba. and presented himself before Sai Baba at the Masjid. Baba gave a direction to Amiruddin through a dream asking him to send Abdul to Shirdi for doing personal service to Himself. I want My devotees to realise the Truth. He is sure to hear even the football of an art. for faith is life and doubt is death. but if there be perfect faith in your Sadguru. Then you will come to know that everything is done by His will alone. We all must pray to Baba for increasing devotion to His lotus feet. Abdul was then about 20 years old. Such is the long story of the spiritual profits which Das Ganu Maharaj obtained through the grace of the benevolent Sai Baba. eternal. It is faith and in the name of the Lord that works wonders. Baba greeted him by calling him by nickname of Kavala . Das Ganu became an enlightened man after listening to such words from Sai Baba. Abdul was sent from there. and your troubles and sorrow will come to an end. Accordingly. Baba asked him to attend to the work of lighting every perpetual lamps which Baba Himself was till then lighting every evening near the Neem tree. Spiritual practice are absolutely necessary for Self knowledge. His focus was the realization of His devotees. the Lendi Baug and the 72 1 1 . resign yourself to Baba. It seems that Sai Baba was very concerned in giving spiritual knowledge to His devotees. You are the pure unchanging. then a little practice is enough.D. ever blissfulAtma. —Sai Baba Now it is time to mention a well-known Sai-devotee named Abdul lived at Nanded during his boyhood and he was a servant of a Muslim Fakir called Amiruddin. Pray to Him from your heart. which means a crow. whom Sai Baba knew for a long time.
Abdul had became an enlightened soul and died peacefully at Shirdi in his nineties. Abdul too believed in the 'Avatar' of Shri Rama and Shri Krishna. pride and lust are impure thoughts. Like Baba. When the thoughts are not pure. Without Viveka and Vairagya there is no attainment of spirituality. It is of no use to read the scriptures without Viveka and Vairagya. Baba's actual words of blessing uttered in front of Abdul were these "Abdul. Baba's special instruction to Abdul was that he should lead a pure life and eat little and conquer sleep. "Mere hearing and reading My leelas and teachings." Every action is governed with thoughts. With anger. Viveka (discrimination) and Vairagya (dispassion) are the two great purifying agent for the soul. jealousy. Baba did not send him back. Abdul used to sit in the Masjid near Baba. actions cannot be pure either.premises of the Neem tree. Baba used to give instructions to him and to implant desirelessness in him. I have helped you to cross the ocean of birth and death. But. He washed the clothes of Baba. Know your inner self. Baba encouraged him by saying that He had enabled him to become a 'Mukta'. When he was not engaged in any work. Practice My teachings. Feeling proud only creates a delusion. you are hurting yourself rather than others. greed. Purity of thoughts is a must." Abdul's previous master once came to Shirdi to take him away to Nanded. he continued to serve Baba till the latter passed away. So. Baba did not make any provision for feeding abdul. Baba often asked Abdul to raise the question "Who am I?' within his own mind and solve that question by doing 'Vichar' or 'Dhyan' (contemplation). Anger. your mind will be purified. Karma Bhoomi (the Earth) is the learning ground. who therefore made his own arrangement for his two meals. Greed only brings frustration 73 Sai Baba With His Devotee s e . hatred and jealousy. Baba also taught him to read the Quran. hatred. Baba says.
it is inside. This change began in 1896 A. It is stated by Tatya that Baba himself gave the suggestion for converting the Urus' into Ramnavami Feast. Both the son and the mother had great faith in Baba. what service she rendered.(jospelotShri Sai Baba and sadness. Bayajabai's house was one of the few houses in Shirdi at the door of which Baba used to stand and beg for alms. Baba benefited her son magnificently. After Tatya became old enough. you would reflect on others and feel that everybody is impure.Think good about others. Control your thinking with introspection and meditation. Purify your actions with pure sacred thoughts. Bayajabai Patil was a native of Shirdi. and Nanasaheb Chandorkar and many other rich devotees of Sai Baba contributed funds for the proper celebration of 74 Sanctify your mind by remembering Me. Whoever keeps utmost faith in Baba. These impure thoughts make others and yourself unhappy. it was Tatya's pleasant duty to run to the door whenever Baba was noticed outside and out either roti or vegetables into the latter's bag. he begged at Bayajabai's door four times a day and received whatever was put into His bag by Bayajabai. Only when you have certain impurities. Be ever contended. Bad is not outside. Remembering fully. . her penance was never forgotten by Baba till the death.D. Purify yourself with 'Seva' selfless service. when 'Urusprocession' was converted into Ramnavami Feast. Baba will take full care of him just like a child.Your conscience is suffering due to these impure thoughts. he was about seven years old. For about three years after Baba had settled down at Shirdi. Her devotion. —Sai Baba The next story of Bayajabai and her sonTatya illustrates the same point about Sai Baba's grace. According to Tatya's memory.
When they were doing 'Namaz'. We always compare ourselves or others with us in terms of riches. He allowed his devotees to apply sandal-paste-marks on the forehead and arms of His close devotees. fame. Baba always said. Sai Baba desired to encourage the growth of 'Bhakti-Bahva' in the minds of the devotees. the Hindu devotees of Baba sat silently and watched the proceedings. They want everything. Baba never liked those who try to understand Baba's leelas with scientific thinking. Jealousy begets hatred 75 Sai Baba With His Devotee s e . Either can choose to be worldly and experience the uncertain ups and down of life or surrender to Baba and live in bliss. In this manner the Hindus and Muslims of the locality. Some devotees were confused about the divinity and omnipresence of Baba. His Muslim devotees entered the Masjid and offered 'Namaz' in the usual Islamic manner. They want to enjoy the worldly happiness as well as God. Our thinking has become very comparative. while other devotees stood and watched the proceedings. powers. A few minutes after Baba had been thus worshipped by Hindu devotees on the Ramnavami Feast Day.Ramnavami Feast. These qualities bring jealousy. do what I tell you to do and you will always be with Me. Baba's leelas are so mysterious that devotees used to stop thinking and surrender to His feet." An ordinary person is not able to surrender to the Lord. He Himself disturbed the consecrated food as His 'Prasad' among His devotees and told them that they were all His children and that they should establish brotherly feelings among themselves. He allowed them to worship Him personally in the usual Hindu manner. Egoism is very deep rooted in people. personality and leadership. Baba's infinite love for His devotees can only be experienced and not expressed. This was the way on which worship of Sai Baba was started at the Masjid 1896. "Just surrender to Me.
(jospelotShri Sai Baba and hatred begets misery. Eradicate the roots of jealousy and be ever pure. People filled with desires always live like beggars. They are never satisfied. Satisfaction is a must for a happy life. Only when you give up creating desires, you will become selfless. Only when selfless comes in, selfless devotion will dawn with in your heart.
Let the world go topsy-turvy,you remain where you are; Standing in your place watching the show of the world. —Sai Baba One day, when Tatya was about twelve years old, Sai Baba met him on the road, while he was leading his cattle into the fields for grazing. Sai Baba stopped him and said, "Tatya, do not go out with your cattle today. Stay at home." Baba made some other signs and gestures by way of warning Tatya. So, Tatya inferred that some calamity would occur on that day. He tied his cattle and stayed at home. A few hours later, a relative ofTatya died and he was sent for the proceedings. Tatya guessed why Baba had prevented father became bedridden with paralysis. Tatya rari to the Masjid and fell at Sai Baba's feet and said, "Baba my father has fallen sick. Please save him."To his amazement, Baba did not give any 'Udi' for being applied to his sick father. Baba sent away Tatya by simply remarking that Allah Malik would take care of every one. So, Tatya left the Masjid in a state of sorrow. On the third day, his father died and Tatya performed the obsequies of the dead man. Some days thereafter, Tatya went to the Masjid as usual and fell at Baba's feet. Baba received him affectionately and said, "Tatya, massage My legs today." When Tatya sat and massaged Baba's legs, he began to weep and shed tears on account of his father's death. On seeing Tatya shedding tears, Baba consoled him by saying, "Tatya, why should you weep over your father's death? Do not weep. I tell you that your father will 76
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Iam all-pervading and omnipresent. Nothing can be hiddenfrom me. Iam the ruler of your heart. —Sai Baba One extraordinary act of mercy was done to Tatya by Sai Baba. Calling Tatya to sit close to him, Baba said, "Tatya, I will give you my final words of instruction. Listen." After saying so, Baba uttered some words of advice in a soft tone.Those words of advice were related to Tatya's spiritual awakening. After conferring such a great favour, addressed him and said, "Tatya do not tell anyone what I have taught you just now. If you do, you will die." It seems that Baba had given some special advice by which his spiritual growth would boost. However, it is true that there were hundreds of devotees whose spiritual growth had been boosted only with the darshan of Baba. People are only concerned with their own comforts and happiness. Nobody wants to know the truth that gives them pain. Truth for them has become painful because of their own impure thoughts and actions. With selfish desires, they only want to know what is pleasing to them. Truth can never change as per anybody's likes and dislikes. Truth will always remain the same. Selfishness is the cause of this behaviour of not accepting the truth. Show your love for the Lord by practicing His teachings and you will be blessed. Baba is our Sadguru.Take shelter under Baba's grace and you will be blessed with pure devotion. 77
(jospelotShri Sai Baba Knowledge and devotion is notfor impure minds. Selfish desire is the clothes ofimpure minds. KnowledgeAnd devotion is the jewel of my devotees. —Sai Baba There are many incident where Baba had cured deadly diseases and preserved death of His devotees. We shall make an account of it briefly. A devotee of Baba, by name Bala Ganpat Shimpi, once suffered much from a malignant type of Malaria. He tried all sorts of medicines and decoctions; but in vain. So, he ran to Shirdi and fell on Baba's feet. Baba gave him a strange recipe, He said, "Give a black dog some morsels of rice mixed with curds in front of the Laxmi temple!" Bala did not know how to execute this recipe, but no sooner he went home, then, he found rice and curds. After mixing them together, he brought the mixture, near the Laxmi temple, when he found there was a black dog, waving its tail. He placed the curds and rice before the dog.The dog ate it and, strange to say, Bala got rid of his Malaria. Baba's recipes were always unique and effective. Baba says, "Only your faith in Me will protect you."
—Sai Baba Shriman Bapusaheb Butty suffered once from dysentry and vomiting. His cupboard was full of patent drugs and medicines; but none of them had any effect. Bapusaheb got very weak, on account of purgings and vomiting and, therefore, was not able to go the masjid for Baba's darshan. Baba, then made him sit before Him and said, "Now, take care, you should not purge any more," Now, look at the force of Baba's words. Both the maladies disappeared and Butty felt well. On other occasion, he had an attack of Cholera, and suffered from severe thirst. Dr. 78
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Pillai tried all sorts of remedies; but could not give him any relief. Then, he went to Baba and consulted Him as what to drink that would allay his thirst and cure the diseases. Baba prescribed an infusion of almonds, walnuts, pistachio, boiled in sugared milk. This would be considered as a fatal aggravations of the diseases by any other Doctor or Physician; but in great faith in Baba, the infusion was administered and strange to say, the disease was cured. Baba then said, "faith can cure everything." Faith is independent of external condition. Faith will bear fruits only when it is unconditional. Such faith is the strength that holds Baba to his devotees. People are very choosy.They want to have faith because they are helpless. They want to take pride in themselves and want to look good in the world. But, Baba as the Sadguru teaches them the lessons of being humble and kind to all. Baba likes devotees who are devoid of pride. Pride is a very dangerous quality. It create a delusion making you go away from the divinity. Baba's name should be chanted daily so that no pride can enter your mind. Baba's grace flows continuously for those who whole-heartedly surrender to Him. Let us mark and note carefully, what Baba has caught us. He has advised us that, before the senses, mind and intellect enjoy their objects. Baba should first be remembered, and if this be done it is on a way by making their objects; but if those objects are first offered to the Guru, the attachments for them will naturally vanish. In this way, all the thoughts regarding desire, anger, avarice etc should first be offered and directed to the Guru and if this practice be followed, the Lord will help you, in eradicating all the impure thoughts. When before enjoyment of the objects, you think that Baba is close by or present, the question, whether the object is fit to be enjoyed or not, will at once arise. Then the objects that is not fit to be enjoyed will be shunned; and in this way our vicious habits or voices will disappear, and our character
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he went to Mumbai for operation.Then. In order that. and in order to get the swelling removed. thinking that." Swami then returned to Pune. Baba would on His own cure it soon. Kaka did not inform Him of his disease. the love for Guru grows. He was operated for this but it served no purpose. While he was returning. and pure knowledge will sprout up. Everybody ran away. The work of constructing the pavement in front of the Masjid was permitted by Baba. —Sai Baba A Swami from Alandi. which prevented him from getting the sleep. named Kaka Mahajani. though swelling was there. but when the actual work was begun. and 80 . Practice what I teachg andyou will easily cross the ocean ofworldliness. suffered once from Diarrhoea. He suffered from a severe pain in his ear. Kaka kept a Tambya (pot) with water in the corner of the Masjid and whenever there was a call. he would go out. "Allah will do good. he came to take Baba's leave. Baba comforted him saying. wishing to take Baba's darshan came to Shirdi. but the Surgeon on examining the ear said that no operation was then necessary. stating that the pain in his ears had subsided. —Sai Baba Another devotee.(jospelotShri Sai Baba will improve. As Sai Baba knew everything. after a week sent a letter to Shirdi. Havefaith and Ipatience and I will do the rest. Such was the wonderful effect of Baba's words! Havefaith in My words. when Madhavrao Deshpande requested Baba to do something for the pain in Swami's ear. The pain was severe and he did not know what to do. there should be no break in his service to Baba. Baba got angry and shouted out loudly. Why worry when lam with you.
Baba caught hold of him and made him sit there. Baba took a handful of groundnuts rubbed them in His hands. Then after two years the trouble again recurred Baba. Nanasaheb Chandorkar also once suffered from intense stomach-pain. full of water. and he was completely cured. Kaka Mahajani's elder brother. Only faith can bring closer to us. With such incidents in the life of Baba's devotees.Sai Baba With His Devotee s as Kaka was alone doing the same. Baba gave him decoctions of Sonamukhi (nenna pods). mixed with ghee. Kaka brought a pitcher. Gangadhar Pant. e —Sai Baba Madhavrao Deshpande once suffered from piles. but later on it was cured by Baba's grace. In the confusion that followed. When the bagful of nuts were finished. . "God will cure. who told him to eat Burfi (a kind of sweetment). "Now your Diarrhoea has stopped. he was restless the whole day and night. somebody left there a small bag of groundnuts. 81 Give up pride. which produced no effects. Scoulding and cleaning the nuts went on simultaneously. egoism andarrogance. there was.This relieved him." Baba's love for His devotees should be experienced by all. Baba touched his belly and said. The result was that. blew away the skins and gave the clean nuts to Kaka and made him eat them. the disease aggravated. Baba. suffered for many years stomach-pain. Then. Baba drank some water and made Kaka to drink it. Surrender to Me and live in My love. he approached Baba. Doctors administered syringes. Baba asked him to fetch water. it fills our heart with great devotion and love for Baba. then said. This recipe gave him complete relief.Then. no stomach-pain. as He felt thirsty." From that time. Hearing Baba's fame he came to Shirdi and requested Baba to cure him. and you may attend to the work of the pavement.
Everybody desires for liberation. Take pity in Me like this! First give bread to the hungry. as you did today.(jospelotShri Sai Baba Once. when she went to the Masjid an sat at some distance. Sai Baba said. Mr. her eyes were wet with tears and her throat was choked with emotions and her joy knew no bounds. and you will stand in good stead. who sees Me in all creatures." Then Baba replied. Sitting in this Masjid. So. you have fed Me magnificently up to My throat. when a hungry dog turned up there and began to bark. Tarkhad was staying in a house in Shirdi. Tarkhad got up at once and threw a piece of bread. I shall never. she replied. is one with Me so also other creature (cats. and serve Me. how could I feed You? I am myself dependent on others and take my food from them on the pavement. I am roaming in their forms. meals were ready and dishes were being served. Wheneveryoufeel any hungry person. "Mother. At noon. but nobody wants 82 . "Baba.) are one with Me. My afflicted Prana (life-force) have been satisfied. animal or a bird. abandon the sense of duality and distinction. she was moved. I am residingin them. Note this well!" she could not at first understand the meaning of what Baba said. Airs. which the dog gulped with great relish. In the afternoon. —Sai Baba There are many who spend long hours in meditation. but they are not able to purify themselves. pigs. to her. So. "Eating that lovely bread. Purity is compassion towards all. flies etc. I am heartily contended and I am still belching. and then eat yourself. discourses. cows. never speak untruth. is My beloved. He. Remember always. Purity is not doing long hours of rituals." Drinking these nectar like words. which you saw before meals and to which you gave the piece of bread. The dog. rituals. Ever act like this. Baba's way of giving realisation to His devotees is unique. I become very happy.
He who hurts none is My true devotee —Sai Baba There is a wonderful leela of Baba when Mrs Khaprade. What is the use of these when you cannot feel the hungry animal. Never thinks bad about others. Dadasaheb Khaprade of Amravati was staying at 83 . success and money. doing these rituals. Baba made them realise that He knows everything. There were many devotees who misbehaved with beggars and animals and tired to look good before Baba. the wife of Mr. There were many devotees who regularly came to Baba to take His blessings. Have a loving heart and pure motives. Baba was very happy with devotees who surrendered to His feet and practiced whatever Baba said. Righteousness is to be compassionate and truthful to all. Baba immediately makes his devotees realise about his mistakes and warns him not to repeat it again. Religion is to know your true Self. There were many incidents where a devotee comes to Baba to take His blessings and Baba come to know that he has done something bad. comforts and success. e Never hurt anybody. Once Baba said." Baba disliked hypocrisy. listening to discourses when you have no compassion.You go to the temples with folded hands and pray to the lord for more happiness. "I am within your heart. What is the use of this when you cannot feel the pain of others. The moment you leave the temple. You are fighting with your family members. this is not religion. you are ready to fight with people for reputation. Everybody are holding to their selfish desires and wanting liberation. so you cannot hide anything from Me.Sai Baba With His Devotee s to pay the price. Baba never spared anyone. Never use words that hurt others. Be compassionate to all is the teachings of each and every religion. Religion is to wlak on the path of righteousness. What is the use of reading so many religious books.
The Mother has to take care of her child. Baba took pains for His devotees so that his devotees can perform their work and become happy. tried to stop Baba to take pain of others. how I suffer for My devotees. which further developed into a bubonic plague the mother thought of leaving the place for Amravati. but. Baba's love for His devotees has no boundary. for some days. and went near Sai Baba in the evening. Baba said. Devotees who are close to Baba. Just like a mother takes care of her child. with her young son. Baba takes care of His devotees. the people were convinced. and added." With such words devotees fell at Baba's feet and cried. He called His close devotees and lifted up His Kurta up to the waist and showed to all present. Baba's grace cannot be known even to His close devotees. One day the son got high fever. A true devotees can always remember Baba as their only mother and father. they are My children.(jospelotShri Sai Baba Shirdi. which is intended to describe the steady growth of the spiritual 84 . Offer Me aflower with love." Seeing this unique grace. When Baba was coming near the wada in His evening rounds. "They are not strangers. Devotees were crying with such acts of Baba. saying that the sky is beset with clouds. as big as eggs. but they will melt and pass off and everything will be smooth and clear. is the most important episode. "See.I willgladly accept it. their difficulties are Mine. four fully developed bubos. she informed Baba in a trembling tone. After Baba came back to the Masjid. —Sai Baba The interesting story of Annasaheb Dabholkar (Gobindrao Raghunath Dabholkar). that her dear young son was down with plague. Baba spoke kindly and softly to her. whom Sai Baba was pleased to address as Hemadpant. for asking His permission. as to how Baba suffered for His devotees.
—Sai Baba 85 . He. some were attentively to each and every word of Baba." With such words of encouragement. e These who come to Shirdi with a loving heartfilled with faith. Each one had their own spiritual development. Baba is Satchitananda Sadguru. So many devotees were visiting the Masjid to have the darshan of Baba. He asked Sai Baba to give him necessary permission. I immediately put an end to his troubles. place it at My feet.Till then.D. "Let him make a collection of stories and experiences. he conceived the idea of writing the biography as soon as he saw and admired the Saint. who acts like this in life. some were wonderstruck by experiencing the Ananda Swaroop of Baba. He felt that he would be doing 'Guru-Seva' if he writes the Baba's biography. Baba's presence itself made the devotees experience the bliss and love. He was moved and blessed him by giving him His 'Udi' and placed His boon-bestowing hand on his head and said to other devotees. When Sai Baba heard this request. I should write Myself My autobiography and satisfy the wishes of My devotees.The devotee of the great Saint was so captivated by the spiritual uniqueness of Sai Baba that he conceived the ardent desire to write the latter's biography. no devotee of Sai Baba had ever thought of such an undertaking Annasaheb Dhabolkar was desired to undertake this historic task and so. He should get rid of his ego. I will help him. Some devotees. Hemadpant was overflowed with joy and fell at Baba's feet. keep notes and memos.Sai Baba With His Devotee s mission of the Saint of Shirdi. I help him the most. He is only an outward instrument. start shedding tears of joy. Such a desire arose in him as soon as he had his first darshan of Baba in 1910 A. just having darshan of Baba.
He was about fifty years old. because he alone obtained the Baba's sanction to write the biography. he was resident of Bandra in Bombay he was working there as a Resident-Megistrate. he managed the affairs of Sai Baba Samsthanam and resided at Shirdi. when he obtained the Saints permission to start that delightful task. He had become completely devoid of ego. He had become an enlightened soul by then. —Sai Baba 86 . but he had been collecting material from 1910. he was always overjoyed with emotions and would cry every now and then.D. —Sai Baba Hemadpant began to write Sai Baba's biography only in 1922. I shall remove all his sins Andfree himfrom the bounds ofthe world. During his collection of various notes about Baba's miracles and grace on His devotees. Between 1922 and 1930.D.(jospelotShri Sai Baba Annasaheb was born in 1859 A. When he obtained Sai Baba's grace in 1910. when he secured Baba's darshan at the old Masjid. will befreedfrom attachments. sing My glory and chant My name with utmost love andfaith. at Kelwa. Mahim in Thana district. his articles about the 'Leelas of Sai Baba' subsequently published in the form of a book and it became famous as 'Sri Sai Satcharita'. All these details relating to Hemadpant are important. Those who read My leelas everyday. He retired from government service in 1916 and frequently visited Sai Baba thereafter. those who concentrate on My leelas. He died in 1922 A. He was a scholar too. He would cry loudly seeing Baba's grace that He was allowed to write Baba's biography. For some years. Those who spread My leelas.
Sai Baba silently watched their acts. This is what I want you to do. He said. take this wheat and scatter it to the four corners of Shirdi. After a short interval. They imagined that Baba would charitably give wheat flour to them. Hemadpant watched this event from where he stood." They were puzzled with such a instruction of Baba. The four women collected the flour and made a heap of it. Baba did not allow anyone to grind the wheat. Now. Baba ground into flour all the wheat contained in the pan. He has also told how he got a command from Sai Baba to write the biography. what are you doing? Whose property are you stealing? You have not given Me the wheat. Within a short time. But. The circumstances connected with those two events are of historic importance and they are also very instructive. 87 Sai Baba With His Devotee s e . They held Baba's hand and pushed Him aside and sat down and began to grind the wheat. So. He was amazed to see the Saint employed in such hard labour. they divided the wheat powder into four equal parts and looked at Him. Those women were not afraid of Him at all. because He did not need it at all. Hemadpant has given a picturesque account of how he became an ardent devotees of Sai Baba of Shirdi. This heap of wheat flour does not belong to you. "Oh mother. He noticed that Sai Baba washed His hands and feet leisurely and sat down to grind wheat in a grind stone kept inside. I have borrowed this wheat from you. Sai Baba smiled and indicated that He appreciated the spirit of devotion exhibited by those four women-devotees. On the day which Hemadpant went to the Masjid to obtain his first darshan of Baba. four women-devotees of Baba entered but Baba scolded them for entering the Masjid without permission. he saw as unusal sight. He saw Baba taking handful of wheat from a winnowing bamboo pan and putting it into the stone slowly grinding it into the flour.In the first and second chapter of 'Sri Sai Satcharita'.
Pray to Baba that we all gain devotion to His lotus feet. I do not know how to love you. Sai Baba does not want Cholera to afflict the resident of the Shirdi.(jospelotShri Sai Baba But. having faith in Baba. Baba got the work done through His devotees. All I want that I always be devoted toYou. he asked those who stood near him explained the secret of Baba's doings.Then he told Baba about his desire to write His biography. They said. Only with His wish His devotees can be devoted to Him. Baba received him graciously and blessed him. Being a stranger of Shirdi. Sai Baba readily gave Him permission and promised to help him." I only want to do goodfor My devotees. He succeeded in describing the leelas' of Sai Baba is an appealing manner. they accordingly went out of the Masjid and walked in different directions and blowed away the wheat powder into the winds. "Oh. Iam here to cure their problems and give them realization. but I cannot live without loving you. His friend Madhavrao Despande took him into the Masjid and introduced him to Baba who was then sitting serenely on his accustomed seat. Only with His wish. Hemadpant has. in his 'Sai 88 . Baba I do not know anything but my desire to love you." Hearing this he felt great love and admiration towards the Saint of Shirdi and decided to become a devotee at once. He knows the past and the future of all. Baba's omnipresence cannot be known. 'Cholera is spreading around. who had known the Saint from the year 1854 or so. His devotees can come closer to Him. Hemadpant who saw this occurrences could not understand the significance of Baba's acts and words. —Sai Baba It was under that name that he subsequently composed Baba's biography in Marathi language after collecting materials from several men and women.
My presence will befelt where My devotees call Me with love. but it can do nothing when the clouds shut out its rays. Sai Baba. yet because of the screen of egoism you cannot see him. He did the business of grinding and destroying the sins and miseries of His numerous devotees. it flies away. e lam. The sun can give heat and light to the whole world. Sai Baba lived in Shirdi for about sixty years and during that period. 89 . It was the firm conviction of Baba that knowledge of the 'Self or Atma is not possible unless we grind and destroy our sins. In this Kali-yug. —Sai Baba Egoism is like a cloud that keeps God hidden from our sight. Similarly. Karma is indispensable. But. which the villagers of Shirdi gave of Baba's act of wheat grinding. knowledge will manifest itself in your thoughts and actions. Knowledge is like a butterfly. God is seen in His full glory. Apart from the meaning. as the Knower of Brahman (or Atma or Self) earnestly desired that His devotees should all realise the same truth by destroying their 'egoism'. Rajas and Tamas. devotion and good deeds cannot take place. Baba taught that. Satva. If by the mercy of Guru. egoism vanishes. caused by the three gunas. so long as egoism is in the heart. always with My devotees. when we try to catch it. Hemadpant taught us with the spiritual lfesson that without Knowledge. Though God is nearer to you than anything else. God cannot shine upon it. there is a philosophical significance also.Sai Baba With His Devotee s Satcharita' tried to explain the leela of wheat grinding in the following way. when the mind is devoid of selfish desires.The two stone of His grinding mill consisted of'Gnana'. Karma performed with Knowledge. devotion increases ten-fold. Atmagnana cannot take birth in a man unless evil ego 'Vasanas' or 'Ahamkara' are get rid of.
When with the sword of knowledge we cut these layers into pieces. he saw. while he was sleeping in Dixit's wada. "Build the wada with a temple! I shall fulfill the desires of all. We are not this body. he decided to build a wada there and drew up a plan with Shama. he should have a building of his own there. Once. and I began to cry. Shama crying and asked the latter. to reach such a state. When Bapusaheb was awakened. my throat was choked. This consciousness is covered with our past Karmas. an idea arose in his mind that. and ordered him to build a wada of his own with a temple. Some times after this. the ground floor. and ordered distinctly. But. the famous multi-millionaire of Nagpur. my eyes were overflowing with tears. the cellar and the well were completed. Shama. the 'Atma' is recognized as one with 'Paramatma'. Baba is our Sadguru. got also a similar vision. It is also true that without the grace of a Guru. We all must pray to Him for giving this knowledge to us so that we can work for Baba and be ever detached and blissful. the true self. Kakasaheb Dixit also approved of it. He also sanctioned it immediately. And when it was placed before Baba. By being a rich and capable man. The latter replied that in his vision Baba came close to him. of our duties and the reality of our existence." Bapusaheb was surprised to see that. unchanging. he got a vision. one has to a lot of efforts to gain such knowledge. lived in Shirdi. We are encircled with various levels and qualities of consciousness. I was overpowered with emotion. as to why he was doing so. with his family. blissful 'Atma'. who was sleeping there. no one can achieve this state. while on his way to and from Lendi 90 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . both their visions tallied.Knowledge is the understanding of our goal. We are the eternal. On hearing the sweet and loving words of Baba. Shriman Bapusaheb Butty. The connection work was duly started and under the supervisor of Shama. Baba also. Baba appeared in his dream.
In due time. Baba's holy body was placed and preserved in the central shrine meant or designed for Shri Krishna and Baba Himself became Krishan and the Wada thus became the Samadhi Mandir of Sai Baba.Bagh suggested some improvements. which came out of Baba's mouth just before His passing away. an idea struck Bapusaheb Butty's mind that there should be an open room or platform. Sai Baba With His Devotee s e 91 . and in the centre. Further work was entrusted to Bapusaheb Jog. but not one and all. In due time the work was completed. Baba gave his consent saying. But. and when it was going on." Then. "After the temple is complete. the idol of Shri Krishna with a flute be installed. "Place or keep Me in the Wada". He asked Shama to refer this manner to Baba. before it was ready a new thing turned up. and an order was also given for making a good idol of Shri Krishna. But. the words. consoled not only Bapusaheb. I will come there to stay. Baba became seriously ill and was about to pass away. Bapusaheb became very sad and dejected. Shama got a broken there and started the work.
thought this to be a strange act but they never thought that His life was ebbing. The eyes which were shining like fire. He had taken a human form only to help His devotees. Even in the middle of the night. He worked towards this end. Nana Chandorkar. Baba as usual went out for alms to five houses and after collecting the food. His life's aim was to provide peace and happiness to all mankind. Das Ganu. He gave proper advice and Udi' and 'Prasad' to the devotees who came to Him. animals and birds with the remaining food. Abdul. The devotees who noticed Baba's ill-health and the shrinking of His body due to poor intake of food. The Chavadi procession also was held as usual. He gave necessary directions to the devotees.iwi f e Sai Cgaba s S^aRasamacffii When Baba became very weak. were sunken. had gone to Pandharipur to fulfill certain engagements. Dixit and others were looking after Baba day and night. day and night. Even then there was no change in his concentrated looks. Baba's body looked very weak. With a view not to cause anxiety to His devotees. Shama. He would go up to Lendi Bagh and Butty Wada now and then. He sat in Dwarkamai and gave 92 . He never did anything for Himself. He was in solitary meditation and saved many devotees at far and near places. Baba stopped going to Lendi Bagh and also for alms. From 13 October 1918. put some in the Dhuni and fed the devotees. Mhalsapti. with the permission of Baba. Bhate. Lakshmi Bai. Bhagoji Shinde.
Baba consoling Shama told him not to worry and assured him that Tatya would escape death as soon as Ekadasi sets in that day. The time was Eleven in the morning. Then Baba told Shama. that I would look after Tatya equal to my life. Everyone woke up at the sound. Then Baba explained His action by saying that the thieves had come to Khaparde's house at Amravati and He drove them away. He explained the condition of Tatya to Baba and prayed Him to come to Tatya's house immediately and save Him. On the night of 14 October. But. even though He was seriously ill. The service rendered by his mother and the word given by Me to th Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi 93 . Hence. In His last hours also Baba was thinking about His devotees only and not about Himself. But for Me there is also the responsibility for his welfare. Shama came running to Baba. Devotees began to gossip about Baba's ill health that He might have taken some devotees illness on Himself. The devotees thought that Baba would recover this time also. "All of you have the tie of friendship with Tatya. they stayed in the Masjid throughout the night looking after Him. But the close associates of Baba were very much worried over His not taking any food. Ramchandra Patil and Bala Shimpi feared that Tatya will die that day. He got up and made loud noise and hit the floor with his sataka.Tatya vomited blood frequently and went into unconscious state. They brought Shama and showed him the condition of Tatya. Thinking that Tatya would die in few moments. But Shama again requested Baba to come once and see Tatya. nobody came forward and ask Baba the reason of His illness. I gave to his mother Bayajabai at the time of her death. his pulse also became weak. He had been unwell once in 1916 and recovered.courage to His devotees. All the devotees who used to take darshan of Baba only on Thursday during 'Kaakad Aarti' were regularly coming to Baba for important spiritual instructions.
That day was Vijayadashami (Dashera)." After hearing this. who was an astrologer in physical body. Baba did not agree to this and asked all the devotees to come inside and have His darshan.her cannot be forgotten. he appeared as Jesus.The sun had risen as usual. He appeared in the forms of Maruti (Hanuman). Shama calmed down. even the close devotees of Baba who were always with Him. Cose devotees were crying seeing the condition of Baba. Preparation were being made for noon Aarti. as Baba was unwell and advised them to darshan from outside. the 15 of October. I need not go there. For Bunty. he appeared Shri Krishna as playing the flute in the Wada built by th 1 (jospelotShri Sai Baba 94 . They took them as usual advice which Baba used to give. Baba got up as usual and sat in His place. 1918. Everybody were silently looking at Baba and crying. It was the last day for Baba's physical body. Baba aske Laxman Mama. So you do not worry at all. Baba became bodily very weak.To save Tatya. For ordinary person. Dattatreya. but failed to think that they were Baba's last ones to them while in physical body. Bab' gave them necessary advice as per their needs. Baba put His 'Abhay Hastha on their heads. to do God's Namasmaran for sometime. Shama stopped some devotees from coming inside the Masjid. it would have been difficult even to get up and sit. who was an astrologer and devotee. Throughout the Aarti Baba's facial features were changing every moment. For unknown reasons. During that period Baba appeared in different forms of the devotees present there. For one Christian devotee. The day was Tuesday. But. fell at his feet one after another. There were also some Sikh devotees who saw the vision of Guru Nanak in Baba. Baba asked Laxman Mama. Vittal. But. blessed them and gave them Udi Prasad'. The time was noon. Devotees came for His darshan as usual. Rama and to Muslims devotees as Mecca and Madina.
him. One devotee brought his little son for initiating him to education by Baba, that being Vijayadashmi day. To him Baba appeared as Vigneshwara and writing the Sanskrit alphabet 'OM' showed it to the boy and blessed him. In this manner Baba, during Aarti time that day, had shown His divine form to the devotees as per their thoughts. Some devotees present there were crying out of Baba's grace of giving vision of the Lord. Baba, our Sadguru Sainath, gave spiritual medicine that is most perfect for the devotees. The love of His devotees. With Baba's grace alone, devotee can be dear to Him. Baba alone makes His devotees transform and make them good deeds. On that day, every devotes were filled with mixed emotions they were crying out of joy for making them have the vision of the Lord, and they were crying out of sorrow for Baba's weak health. Aarti was over. The time was one hour past noon. Baba ordered all the devotees to go quickly. With joy at Baba's divine darshan, all of them went away to their houses and wadas. Suddenly Baba has a severe cough and He vomited blood. There, Tatya recovered and his pulse came to normal. Some new strength entered his body. He stood up and could walk also. He cried out of joy. Ho could not understand from where he got this new energy all of a sudden. The onlookers were also surprised. Before he recovered from his surprise, he remembered Baba. Thinking that Baba had given him another lease of life, he went running to the Masjid. By that time Baba leaned on Appaji Patil and, was telling him something secretly. Saying this, He warned him not to reveal this to others, otherwise, he would die. Tatya heard these last words. Baba was getting severe cough and was heaving. Whenever He coughed, blood poured out through His mouth. Tatya was not able to control his emotions. He was furiously crying.Tatya fell at Baba's feet and cried for a long time. Baba had
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asked His devotees to be without fear and sent them for their meals. But a few devotees refused to leave Baba. Lakshmi Bai, Bhagoji, Appaji, Laxman,Bala Shimpi were sitting near Baba. When Tatya was at the feet of Baba crying. He asked Shama to take Tatya and leave him in his house. Shama returned after leaving Tatya in his house. The time was two o'clock in the afternoon. Baba sent away the others also for meals. Lakshmi Bai Shinde and Appaji Patil were the only ones remaining. She was near Baba's feet. Baba put His right hand in His shirt pocket twice, took nine coins of one rupee and gave them as charity to Lakshmi Bai. Baba explained the significance of those nine coins as the nine qualities of a devotee. He said, "My devotees should possess these qualities. (1) Absence of egoism (2) Absence of jealousy (3) Untiring service (4) Absence of worldly desires (5) Complete faith in Guru (6) Peaceful nature (7) Desire to know the truth (8) Absence of envy, and (9) Absence of self-boasting and finding faults in others. Unless a devotee developed these nine qualities, he cannot have true devotion to reach God." Thus Baba taught Lakshmi Bai even in His last moments. Lakshmi Bai was overwhelmed with emotions and cried out. As, even in worldliness, there are shades of Satva, Rajas and Tamas, so also Bhakti has its corresponding aspects. The Satvic devotee performs his devotion in secret. Perhaps he meditates on his bed during the night inside his mosquitocurtain, and therefore rises late in the morning. Or his care for his body ends with the first thing that he comes across a little rice and vegetables. Of luxury he has none, either in the food or dress, no show in his house of furniture and fittings, and never seeks to rise in the world by flattery. The Rajasic devotee may perhaps wear on him the distinctive marks of his religion. He may carry his beads very
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likely with a few golden ones interspersed. He is particular about outward observance, such as wearing silk at the time of worship, and celebrating religious ceremonies with pomp and spendour. TheTamasic devotee has a fiery faith. He employs force with God, like a robber seizing things by force. "What, I have uttered His name and yet I am to remain sinful! But I am His son! I am duly entitle to the in heritance of His wealth!" such is his vehement ardour! Devotion cannot be developed if a person is having anger, greed, jealousy, lust and pride.The impure qualities get dissolved only with selfless service at the feet of the Lord. We always ask Baba what we want, but we never ask Baba what He wants. Baba wants only love. He wants that all devotees should live happily and peacefully, with knowledge, devotion and good deeds. Devotion comes only when give up over desire to His feet. We all need to perform actions to make Him happy and not to satisfy our selfish desires. Offer our actions to Baba and be ever near and dear to Baba. Some days before Baba's departure, there occurred an ominous sign foreboding the event. The Holy Brick on which Baba rested His hand and sat. One day, during Baba's absence, Abdul, who was sweeping the floor, took it up in his hand and unfortunately it slipped from his hand and was broken into two pieces. When Baba came to know about this, He said, "It is not the bricks; but My fate, that was been broken into pieces. It was My life-long compassion, with it I always meditated on the Self, it was as dear to Me as My life, it has left Me today." It appeared that it was the sign of Baba'a departure. Dashmi ended and Ekadashi came.The time was 2.30 in the afternoon. He breathed His last giving charity and teaching (Gnana) to His devotees. This is the way the King of Yogis Yogiraja- attained Samadhi. Lord shiva who is capable of
Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi
They wept uncontrollably they saw the lifeless body of Sai Baba.The third part merged in Dwarakamai. Some were weeping and running on the streets. who were already in the form of divine lights (jyotis) and all the four jyotis combined into one as Sai's divine power. recollecting the good things Baba had done to them. and who took the human birth only to establish Universal Religion of knowledge and love. he kept silent in spite of so many people questioning him. After a few hours. invited death. Some Muslims requested that the body of Sai Baba must be kept in Samadhi. in South India. Dwarakamai and Venkusa. The news of Baba's Mahasamadhi spread throughout Shirdi and the neighbouring villages like a fire.commanding death. There was none who did not shed tears. The Shivashakti from Kailash came and stayed in Shirdi. The divine light which came out of the body of Baba. Some imagined that what Baba had told Appaji secretly must be about his future birth. joined Gurudhan. It again divided into four parts. Some fell down unconscious after seeing Baba's body. In this way Shirdi became a holy place. There was not a single family either in Shirdi or in the neighbouring places which had not experienced Baba's leelas and greatness. the question as to what to do with Baba's mortal remains arose. outside the Masjid in the open space. and the fourth part went into Bunty Wada. Khusal Chand and Amir Shakkar also supported 98 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . One part went to Gurusthan.The second part went to Chavadi and settled there. These are the proofs of Sai power which can command and control the whole world. Since He had warned Appaji not to reveal anything to others. These four powers represent the four Vedas. and felt as if the entire world had to come standstill. People came along with women and children to Dwarakamai. They cried loudly. Some said that Baba had indicated that He would be born again after eight years.
A grave. When they started putting earth on the body. Ramachander Patil took a firm decision that Baba's Samadhi should be in Butty Wada and nowhere else. Butty. and discussion regarding this point went on for 36 hours. Someone cried aloud that Baba was going away. but His leelas cannot end. The body was taken into Butty Wada in procession to the Baba was broken into smaller pieces and put in the grave. The celestial Gods from the sky were also present. over that soft beds were spread. They put flowers. But the village Munsif. In the evening of Wednesday at about 4 o'clock they wanted to bath the body of Baba. The Sai leelas with His physical body had come to an end. The thought that in a few moments the body would be hidden from their view.this. Shama and Mhalsapti slowly lifted the body. Bapu Saheb Jog and Laxman Mama gave Sandhya aarti in Butty temple for the first time on 16 October 1918. 6 feet in length was dug in Butty Wada's underground structure. After that they spread a white cloth on the body. Thus people were divided on this point. After the Samadhi. crying. He infinite and Supreme lord of the Universe. There was a complete silence. A few of them got into the grave and from below caught the body and it was slowly lowered. From that day onwards till date.The entire body was lowered and rested on the soft bed. the people wept and rolled on the floor. offering celestial flowers to the lotus feet of Baba. For the last time everyone had the darshan of Baba's body to their hearts content. enough for keeping his body. The devotees surrounding the grave tried to catch a glimpse of the body for the last time. sandal and akshat (rice) over the cloth. Thousands of people from other villages were present there for the Aarti. Dixit. four Aartis are given to Baba 99 Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi . gripped the devotees present there and all of them burst into tears. The head side went down first. Rose water and perfumes were sprayed on the body.
Das Ganu. who was like Baba's life. Baba sahib Bhate and Upasini Maharaj (a great devotee of Sai Baba) of Sakori Ashram performed the last rites of Baba. There are numerous incidents in support of this. Though Shirdi is the centre of the divine power of Sai Baba. did Sankeertan for two days near the Samadhi of Baba. The temple with Baba's Samadhi in it had become the holiest of the holy places. if He is alive. he should be informed of all the jobs to be done during the day should be offered at the feet of Baba. th (jospelotShri Sai Baba 100 . fasting on certain occasions. There is again the kind of Bhakti which is called Vaidhi Bhakti or devotion as enjoyed by the scriptures. protecting the devotees. Das Ganu and Pradhan's wife in their dreams on the next day of his Samadhi. In the name of Baba. giving millions of devotees peace and happiness. he fed a large number of people. Baba's Samadhi came up.daily. In fact. From the moment a person wakes up in the morning. He stopped taking food from that day and died on the 13 day. watched the Samadhi from a distance. the divine power of Sai Baba is experienced more after Samadhi and there are several incidents to prove this fact. He did not die. As told by Baba to Laxman Mama.The divine Sai Power from that day till date alert. Where Butty wanted to install the idol of Sri Krishna. the entire world is filled with this divine power. He only left the body. Some devotees may entertain doubts as to how to see Baba. That is why Baba gives sakshatkar whenever and wherever his true devotees call Him with devotion. Nanavalli. after reaching Shirdi on Thursday morning. worshipping with certain articles. Repeating the name of the God. making pilgrimages to certain shrines. His leelas should be read with devotion frequently. One with a pure heart should have a complete faith in Baba. how to hear His words and how to have His Grace.
Increasefaith and devotion andyou will be Mineforever. Prema. Baba is the giver of Bhakti. This is cent percent true. when the Supreme Lord of the universe. the 101 . the mind must be wholly fixed on Him. Wordly ideas must go completely. and then alone you can reach God. Baba is Bhakti and Shakti Swaroop. so to speak. To experience Baba's love. Raga-Bhakti. our intellect is not enough.Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi all these constitute Vaidhi Bhakti. only then Baba will definitely reside in the house. Worship with pomp and show is not required. Practice of this for a long time leads to the higher devotion of love. He should install Sai Baba in his heart and merge in him. Baba will be in his heart. as it is called. under his control. love is the one thing needful. The wada built by him became Baba's Samadhi. Those who have experienced Baba's love and affection will not hesitate to offer their lives at the feet of Sai Baba. he should think that He is one of the family members. the ecstatic love of God. Millions devotees around the world have experienced the grace of Baba. is attainable only by a few. The devotee hold the Lord. is like a string in the hands of the Bhakta. binding to him that Satchidanand which is God. If Baba's photo is in the house. Prema. Lord Shiva incarnates. Butty's life was blessed. In any case. Upto what extent Baba in His omnipresence has conquered the whole world with His Supreme divinity. For such pious-devotees. His love cannot be explained in words. What should be possible. His love for His devotees is so great that wherever His devotees are Baba's presence always remains with them. —Sai Baba Countless miracles Baba performed in front of His devotees in Shirdi. God comes to him whenever he calls. Without Raga-Bhakti one cannot attain Him. Another countless miracles Baba performed that were not known to His devotees.
The big idol of Sai Baba in front of the Baba's Samadhi. They are many devotees who get answers from Baba in their dreams. They see Baba just like a man sees 102 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . Whenever.The idol is just as live as Baba in our heart. There are several photographs to those immortal devotees of Baba in the Samadhi Mandir who served Baba day and night. talk to Baba. Baba still gives the 'Udi' from His photo or idol at the homes of His dear devotees. when the 'Abhishekam' is performed on Baba. one sees into the eyes of Baba in the idol. this Dhuni will go on. The devotees get cured from their ailments by having Baba's 'Udi'. Not only homes. the photographs of Baba are found everywhere. "As long as the world exist. Baba is still living in the hearts of the devotees. feel the life in that divine idol. Devotees have faith that whoever drinks the 'Tirth' will be cured from any ailments. is one wonder of the world. Now also whenever a devotee calls Baba for help. all the devotees rush in to gather few drops of (Tirth) water used in 'Abhishekam'. With such bonds of love and blessing with the devotees.The 'Dhuni' that Baba lighted in Shirdi is still burning.troubles of devotees will at once come to an end by calling Baba with devotion. Baba said. rings and pendants. Countless incidents have occurred where devotees have been protected by Baba while going to Shirdi by road. Baba photographs are used irrespective of religion and caste." Devotees also visit the Neem tree where Baba used to sit and meditate. There are many devotees home where Baba's presence is felt. Millions of people visit Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi to take His blessings. Baba lives in the hearts of the devotees. one surely feels that Baba is talking to them. Now some rare devotees who are considered to reincarnation of the devotees of Baba in Shirdi. shops. Not many but all the devotees who come there. Presently. Baba immediately comes to protect him. but vehicles. Now. People say that the idol is made as per Baba's divine will.
Thousands of temples have been constructed of Sai Baba by His devotees. with such love for Baba. these enlightened souls take birth just to lead us towards Baba's abode. Baba need not see the body movements. Help Me be devoted to you so that I can always remember and serve you in every creatures. Almost in every corner of the street in Maharashtra. Baba says. ego and attachments and be helpful to the poor and needy. Wef should keep away from envy. Baba only wants devotion. —Sai Baba Bhakti is the sole aim of Baba's devotees. There is no specific style of rituals or worshipping Baba. "Even if you cannot offer Me flowers or incense. I only want devotion. "I do not want worldly enjoyment. hatred. Whenever and wherever a devotee calls Baba. who is seated in our heart. The greatness of Sai Baba is spreading day by day not only in our country but to all corners of the world. Then Baba in Guru form will carry our burden and carry our burden and guide us on to the proper path to reach our life's goal. knows everything. He immediately responds. So. I pray to Baba.There is no doubts. Te moment one steps onto the soil of Shirdi. This was the aim of Sai Baba. let us all surrender our ego and ever devoted to Baba.The Baba's divinity will be 103 . offer Me your heart." I will always live in the hearts ofMy devotees. Baba only wants devotion and surrendering of our ego.Your heart is very precious to Me. They are all one. Baba. devotees are no longer known as Hindus or Muslims or Sikhs or Christians. With such devotion. Baba only sees the heart. you will find a temple of Sai Baba." Baba does not pay attention to those who make a show of rituals. that Baba is living in the hearts of His devotees. Millions visit the Samadhi Mandir and the number is increasing every year.Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi another man on the streets.
I am ever living. Baba had gone for a tour and the devotees had a firm belief that. Generating such ties of love. These are the words of Baba and nobody should take doubt about His words. As mentioned earlier. In that incarnation (Lord Krishna) lighted the burden of the Earth. Krishna appeared before Dewaki in the person as a lad of eight years. Though this mortal body lam leaving Yetfor Bhaktas. Take my words. it appears that. You'll know this by experiencing.(jospelotShri Sai Baba there for the next 500 years and a Universal family will be established. I will come running. This incarnation (Sai Baba) was for the uplift of His devotees. —Sai Baba 104 . Sai Baba had indicated that He would appear as a lad of eight years. He will return soon as Sai Avatar.
iff! Qax Cga&a s ^cctar Jjkc Words c Be wherever you like. I am the mother origin of all beings the harmony of the three gunas. and serve Me. Nothing will harm him who turns his attention towards Me. So. I rest there. the visible. who forgets Me. preserver and the destroyer. I am the inner ruler of all and seated in your heart. the propeller of all senses.where there is full devotion. He who sees Me in all these creatures. I shall repay his debt by giving him salvation (self-realisation). is My beloved. movable and immoveable world is My body or form. and you will be certainly benefited. I feel indebted to him who surrenders himself completely to Me. Those who are fortunate and whose demerits have vanished. I am roaming in all forms. and ever remember Me. I envelop all the creatures. I am 105 . he ceaselessly meditates upon Me and always chants My name. SAI". I am the controller the wirepuller of the show of this Universe. but Maya will lash or whip him. If you always say. "SAI. I shall take you over the seven seas. I do not need any paraphernalia of worship either eight-fold or sixteen-fold. the movable and immoveable world. remember this well that. abandon the sense of duality and distinction. do whatever you choose. believe in these words. take to My worship. all what you do is known to Me. The whole world is desolate o him without Me. the creator. ants. he who tells no stories but Mine. All the insects.
It is My special characteristics to free any person. for the welfare of those devotees. always remembers Me! So hear My stories with respect. increase his devotion. He who thus comes to becomes merged (one) with it. that I always look to and provide. Those devotees. I shall fulfill all his desires. who worship Me. you should surrender yourself to Me. beg to the Lord. without first offering it to Me. There will never be any dearth or scarcity. if anybody sings My leelas. Lord Krishna has also said the same . when they hear the stories. and who does worship Me faithfully. it will be one with supreme consciousness. who utters My name. who are attracted to Me. leave worldly honours. I will give him infinite joy and ever lasting contentment. and think and meditate on them. How can they be conscious of worldly objects and sensations. If a man utters My name with love. Do not 106 (jospelotShri Sai Baba . The simple remembrance of My name as "Sai. Sai" will do away with sins of speech and hearing. So. regarding food and clothes. in any devotees homes. thus. and be honoured in His court. will naturally feel happiness. It is My special characteristics. Therefore. and if it has wholehearted and complete faith. The pride and egoism of My devotees will vanish the mind of the hearers will beset at rest. heart and soul. who think of My stories and My life and who. and if he sings earnestly My life and My deeds. who surrenders completely to Me. assimilate them. him I shall beset in front and back and on all sides. who thinks and hungers after Me and who does not eat anything. If you want anything. and remembers Me and meditates on Me constantly. who worship Me wholehearted with their minds ever fixed on Me. leaving out pride and egoism and with no trace of them.dependent on him. who is seated in your heart. This is the way of happiness and contentment. strive not much for food and clothes. Believe Me that.in the Gita. try to get Lord's grace and blessings.
be deluded by worldly honours. Dhyan (Meditation) is necessary. Believe Me. your thoughts will be one-pointed and the distinction between mediator. the goal will be achieved. She gives neither milk. this one story. Similar is the relation between the Guru and disciples. a down pour of the nectar. but remember (meditated upon) their Mother. Let all the senses and mind be ever devoted to the worship of the Lord. If the mind is vagrant. Let there be no attraction for any other thing. Meditate always on My formless nature. it cannot be called well-merged. as you see here night and day. and her young ones are on the other side. the thoughts will be pacified. being well engaged in good company. it will be calm. The form of the deity should be firmly fixed in the mind. towards body wealth and home. Do not be 107 Sai Baba's Nectar Like Words . thing mediated upon will be lost. moving and communicating with those. Being quite desireless you should meditate on the Lord. fix the mind in remembering Me always. Then. If you practice it continuously. though I passed away. nor warmth to them. If you cannot do this meditate on My form from top to toe.The tortoise glance is to the young ones. My method is quite unique. which is knowledge incarnate. and it will be very useful. and when the mind is concentrated. act of meditation. The Mother tortoise is on the bank of the river. consciousness and bliss. peaceful and carefree. to get knowledge (self-realisation) of the Self. Her mere glance give them nutrition the young ones do thing. My bones in My tomb will give you hope and confidence. She gives neither milk. As you go on doing this. nor warmth to are on the other side. so that it will not wander elsewhere. Remember well. This is the thing of the mind. who would surrender themselves wholeheartedly to Me. who is in all the creatures. the only source and happiness. and the mediator will be one with the consciousness and be merged in the Brahma. Not only Myself but My tomb would be speaking.
If any men or creatures come to you.anxious that. bread to the hungry. But. look carefully at the show of all things. do not resent by giving any bitter reply. and unless that is destroyed the state of union or atonement is not possible. do not bark at him like dogs. if you give water to the thirst. and your verandah to strangers for sitting and resting. nobody goes anywhere. passing before you. you remain where you are. as I and you is the barrier that keeps away the disciple from his master. The sense of differentiation. Demolish the wall of difference that separates you from Me. and then the road for our meeting will be clear and open. Let anybody speak hundred things against you. do not discourteously drive them away. remember Me always believe in Me heart and soul. I would be absent from you. and then you will be most benefited. you will certainly be happy. standing or staying in your own place. Shri Hari (Lord Narayana) will certainly be pleased. Let the world topsy-tury. (jospelotShri Sai Baba 108 . but receive them well and treat them with due respect. do not give. You will hear Mt bones speaking and discussing your welfare. clothes to the naked. If anybody wants any money from you and you are not inclined to give. Unless there is some relationship or connection. If you always tolerate such things.
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With the desire to give knowledge about true spirituality. righteousness. . "How to live in the Workshop of God". Mihir has written more than fifty poetries. The response of the book was overwhelming. Mihir has been writing since four years. devotion. "Gospel of Shirdi Sai Baba". Mihir came up with an idea of writing the biography of Shirdi Sai Baba. religion and spirituality. twenty five stories. Graduated in Business Administration and studying Banking. The second version will be translated in more than two languages. This book with title. three hundred proverbs and a book with title. focusing on practical spirituality and not high philosophies. So. rituals. The book was well appreciated by all. as it was very simple. is an event-wise biography that touches the heart of the devotees and develops devotion towards Sai Baba.^ 6 o u t Q)\\C ^ u t R o r At the age of 24 years. devotion and a path of righteousness to the people in this world. He is coming up with the second version with more strength and emphasis on knowledge. so he would soon come up in the future with new books that gives knowledge. actions.
I am the inner ruler of all. is My beloved. do whatever you choose. I give them realization and infinite joy.Ifyou look to me. I am the creator. preserver and destroyer. He. who sees Me in all creatures. heart and soul. If man utters My name with love. who are attached to Me. I S B N : 81-87853-13-1 . remember this well. I am the controller of this Universe. and seated in your heart. that all what you do is known to Me. I shall fulfill all his wishes and increase his devotion. Devotees. Nothing will harm him who turns his attention to Me. Ilook to you Be wherever you like.