Sri Shirdi Sai Baba - The greatest Saint of India

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Sri Shirdi Sai Baba - Life, Philosophy and Teachings

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is one of the greatest saints ever born in India and has millions of devotees all over the World. Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is considered to be the epitome of spiritual enlightenment and religious harmony. Baba strongly believed in the uniformity of religion and was highly revered by Hindus and Muslims alike. Some of his Hindu devotees believe that he was an incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya and others believed that he was a Sadguru. Sri Shirdi Sai Baba spread the message of unity and brotherhood. He spoke the eternal truth "Sabka Malik Ek" (One God governs all) and taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, devotion to God and guru. He taught them that all fate was determined by karma and encouraged his disciples to live a good life.
He preached about the need of inner purity of mind and compassion to all. His philosophy ingrained 'Shraddha' meaning devotion and 'Saburi' meaning patience. In his life and teachings he tried to reconcile Hinduism and Islam. He practiced Hindu and Muslim rituals and his teachings combined elements of both Hinduism and Islam and tried to achieve communal harmony between these religions. Baba strongly opposed all sorts of persecutions on religious or caste background.

No authentic information is available about the birth and the early life of Sri Sai Baba. It is said that Sri Sai Baba left Shirdi after a period of three years and came back when He was twenty years old, accompanying a marriage party. After alighting near the Khandoba temple he was greeted with the words "Ya Sai" (welcome saint) by the temple priest Mhalsapati. The name Sai stuck to him and some time later he started being known as Sai Baba.The name 'Sai Baba' is a combination of the Persian word meaning ‘holy one’ and Indian word meaing ‘father’. Baba lived a very simple life. The Hindu – Muslim influence was seen in his teachings and life. He lived in an abandoned mosque which was rechristened as ‘Dwarakamai’ which means Mother Dwarika which is the birth place of Lord Sri Krishna and begged for alms till his last day. By appearance he was a Muslim fakir and wore a tattered kafni (long robe) and wrapped a cloth around his head with a large knot. But his ears were pierced which is a Hindu sign. He had intimate knowledge of both the Hindu holy books and the Quran and celebrated both Hindu and Muslim festivals. He regularly recited Hindu and Muslim prayers and encouraged his disciples to read and follow the holy books of their own religion. He took Mahasamadhi on October 15, 1918 at 2.30pm on which the Hindu Festival ‘Dassara’ and the Muslim Festival ‘Muharram’ fell on the same day.

The most important source about Sai's life, his teachings and miracles performed by him is the Shri Sai Satcharita written in Marathi language in 1916 by Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar.

Sri Sai Baba, I bow to you for influencing my thoughts. Jai Sai!

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What the World needs now are people like him to influence their thoughts and spread the message of brotherhood and the realization of the ultimate truth that ‘One God governs all’.

Eleven Assurances of Sri Sai Baba to his Devotees

  • Whosoever puts their feet on Shirdi soil, their sufferings will come to an end.
  • The wretched and miserable will rise to joy and happiness as soon as they climb the steps of My Samadhi.
  • I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body.
  • My tomb shall bless and speak to the needs of my devotees.
  • I shall be active and vigorous even from my tomb.
  • My mortal remains will speak from My tomb.
  • I am ever living to help and guide all who come to Me, who surrender to Me and who seek refuge in Me.
  • If you look at Me, I look at you.
  • If you cast your burden on Me, I shall surely bear it.
  • If you seek My advice and help, it shall be given to you at once.
  • There shall be no want in the house of My devotee.

However, it is said that nobody can visit Shirdi without Sai's wish. Many people have confirmed it as true too.

Shri Sai Baba Darshan

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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Sai Saranam! Good work. You have beautifully presented the Sai magic here. I am very much interested in visiting Shirddi and hope to reach that holy place soon. I think your success also to some extent may be due to your devotion and His blessing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful knowledge.


sanchit indore 4 years ago

saibaba is the greatest guru of the world.It is really impossible to express the greatness of lord sai.He never use "astasiddhi" the greatest power but only give ash called as "udi" in order to solve any problem.i just want to write a "shloka" which shows importance of guru in our life.

"twamave mata cha pita twamava"

"twamave bandhu cha sakha twamava"

"twava vidya dravinam twamav"

"twamave sarvam man dev va dev"

om sai ram


padmavathi 4 years ago

Om Sai Ram Jai Jai RAm

Baba thank you for your blessings. you know everything about mine.ya lastweek my dearones spoke with me, i felt so happy baba . please baba soon he will spoken frankly with me. because am in critical situation please baba help me.i need my lovable person, i cant live without my lover. please remove my darkness in my life.please baba blessing me to getting a married life with my lover.

Your child

Padma


Jahnavi 4 years ago

Om Sai Ram... Thanks Anamika for posting such a beautiful article on the one and only one True Sai baba... Sai baba is undoubtedly the greatest saint that ever lived in India... Om Sai ram!! Baba Plz give peace to all!!


Sashikala jr naidu 4 years ago

Dear friends,

Baba appeared many times in my Dream,really auspious,before marriage he came in my

Dream changed my life.now am very happy.


kumar 4 years ago

shiridhi sai is great he still live with his devotees every moment.


divya 4 years ago

om sai ram ,sabka malik ek,jai ho sai


(The son of beloved father,sai) 5 years ago

Om sai ram.. Even if u take the name of lord sai wid out devotion,my lord is ready to embrace u wid love & ur miseries wil b shown a bay forever..om sai ram..


AMRISH KUMAR 5 years ago

SHRI SACHIDAND SAI NATH GURU MAHARAJ KI JAY. MY SAI BABA I LOVE MY SAI BABA


Payel Choudhury 5 years ago

Sai baba has made all my dreams come true and hope the dream stay forever....


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shaktilove 5 years ago from nearby You - just behind 2 screens

~ Jai Sri Sai Ram ~

Anamika :) Good hub!

"Sabka Malik Ek" (One God governs all)

because ALL IS ONE and THAT IS GOD

HARI OM TAT SAT ~


laxmi 5 years ago

Om sai sree sai jaya jaya sai


Chirag 5 years ago

JAI SAI NATH MAHARAJ KI


bru 5 years ago

I don't believe in Babas, In india its very easy to cheat indian people in the name of baba or saints or gods & goddesses. He can't be a muslims and he is a hindu purely. There are people who selfish men or women posing themselves as gods or goddesses or saints or amma or baba to make fame and name.. We don't believing in partnering with Allah(Swt), The God doesn't required to be baba or amma or swami or tree or sky or earth, sun and so on.. Allah(swt) has no partners..God does not required any partners..


dinesh sharma  6 years ago

sai baba the greatest saint of the world. He is real immortal man and he is living in our heart.


ISHWAR 6 years ago

SHRI SACHIDANANDA SADGURU SAI NATH MAHARAJ KI JAY, IN AMERICA PEOPLESE SAY, "IN GOD WE TRUST" BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IN "SHIRDI SAI BABA" I TRUST JAI JAI SAI RAM, SAI RAM SAI RAM


sourabh 6 years ago

baba ne muze jine ke sachi rah dikhaye


saipreet 6 years ago

om shri sai nathaya namah

SAI BABA bless you always...gr8 job...

thnks & rgds :)


Ramesh Ghose 6 years ago

I recently got posted to Devlali & once again i went to Shirdi to visit BABAJI there. it was after 10years that i again went there. I was shocked to see the changes there, photography being my hobby i had earlier taken snaps of Babaji standing in front but now they do not allow to carry even mobiles inside.

Very important tips:

1. DO NOT VISIT SHIRDI ON A SUNDAY/THURSDAY/ HOLIDAY.

2. IF YOU STILL CANT FIND TIME ON OTHER DAYS THAN GO THERE WITH ADVANCE BOOKING.

3. THERE ARE A PLETHORA OF SO CALLED HOTELS THERE WHO CHARGE YOU FROM 1000/- TO 2500/- FOR A PEGION HOLE ROOM ON BUSY DAYS.

4. ANYBODY PLANNING FOR A TRIP TO SHIRDI & AROUND CONTACT ME FOR OTHER TIPS ON ramesh.ghose@gmail


Shivani 6 years ago

Sai Nath has given me a lot so far in my life.He is still alive.He has Helped my parents in surviving through Every difficulty

(I hate pople Who think Sai Baba is Fake! )

No offense

Baba made my life smile once again:D


punam 6 years ago

I am a hard core devotee of my Sai, i've felt his presence in every moment and in every phase of my life.His miracles in my life and my family as well are endless,I've visited Shirdi six times n wish to visit many more times, eventhogh the fact remains that if you wish, you can be close to the almighty from any distance because Sai is always with you...... 'Jai Sai Ram'.


Vijay 7 years ago

I am More of a Swami Vivekananda Devotee, It was one of my Friend who gave me Sai Charitra, at first was least interested then out of Curiosity started reading it, Man its like I got the password to Shirdi Sai baba , Am seeing his miracle in every walk of my life, I would request you all to Read Sai Charitra on Daily basis and see his love conquering you.

Its Rightly said If one dally repeats Sai's names and meditates on Sai, then he will surely attain (Dharma) Virtue, (Artha) wealth, (Kama) enjoyment and (Moksha) Salvation. There is no doubt about this.

Jai Swamiji

Jai jai Sai

VJ


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Yes, you are right. Temples these days are becoming commercial hubs. However, I was not talking about Puttaparti Sai Baba. I don't have a good opinion on many of the self proclaimed god men or women. But Shirdi Sai Baba is an exception.


v.sriharsha 7 years ago

Well, after my recent visit to Puttaparti, the abode of Satya Saibaba in Andhra Pradesh, I have concluded that these religious places have become commercial hubs. There is less bhakti than ostentatious display of wealth in terms of grandeur, pomp and the aura that goes with the god-man. The devotees wait endlessly for that one-minute darshan and what an agonising wait when the Baba knows that bhajans are being sung for over three hours and he does not wish to come out of his sanctum sanctorum and bless the devotees. Are we not falling prey to such invisible "divine comforts" and blnd faiths?. My sincere appeal to these devotees is to look inward and seek divine blessings by staying back at home and meditate for realising the ultimate truth.


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Yes.. It is not too far from Nasik and Shani Shinganapur. Have you?


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cashmere 7 years ago from India

Anamika, have you ever visited Shirdi?

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