शिर्डी के साँई बाबा जी की समाधी और बूटी वाड़ा मंदिर में दर्शनों एंव आरतियों का समय....

"ॐ श्री साँई राम जी
समाधी मंदिर के रोज़ाना के कार्यक्रम

मंदिर के कपाट खुलने का समय प्रात: 4:00 बजे

कांकड़ आरती प्रात: 4:30 बजे

मंगल स्नान प्रात: 5:00 बजे
छोटी आरती प्रात: 5:40 बजे

दर्शन प्रारम्भ प्रात: 6:00 बजे
अभिषेक प्रात: 9:00 बजे
मध्यान आरती दोपहर: 12:00 बजे
धूप आरती साँयकाल: 5:45 बजे
शेज आरती रात्री काल: 10:30 बजे


निर्देशित आरतियों के समय से आधा घंटा पह्ले से ले कर आधा घंटा बाद तक दर्शनों की कतारे रोक ली जाती है। यदि आप दर्शनों के लिये जा रहे है तो इन समयों को ध्यान में रखें।


Saturday, 8 October 2011

My Shirdi Trip & Baba's Miracles Part 2

ॐ सांई राम

My Shirdi Trip & Baba's Miracles  Part 2

(Read My Shirdi Trip & Baba's Miracles Part 1 Here)

Later after dinner, we all went to Dwarakamai and sat their reading Sat Charitra, I wanted to Keep my Sat Charitra & Bhagwat Gita in Dwarakmai & and than start reading. I had this deep desire to attend Kakad Aarti thursday morning in Samadhi Mandir but standing in the first row. But my friend who joined us from Delhi had this desire to attend aarti at Dwarkamai only. I agreed to her since I could not take the VIP pass & without pass, there are very little chances to make it as the people started to join the queue at 2330 hours for 430 hours aarti. I did not wanted to go & join the queue now at 100 hours for 2 reasons, one I wanted to sit in Dwarakamai, Read the books, Meditate on Sai to understand everything that happened & second I had a feeling that people are less that day & would make it if go at 3 also. I wanted to start reading Bhagwat Gita there, I read some pages & than started my Sat Charitra there. At Around 2.45am, my friend felt asleep & suddenly
she wanted to go to hotel & sleep, I left her at hotel room wandering now what to do, since she wanted to attend aarti at Dwarkamai & I wanted to attend at Mandir. Don’t know what entered me & I wanted to go and check if I can still join the queue & may be I will be able to attend the aarti..I started walking towards the gate, From far away only I could notice that all the halls were full and joining the queue will not me attend the aarti, Disappointed I thought of going to GuruSthan and started walking towards the Gate which is on Main Road, I had no clue, which gate will let me in as all the gates were closed. When I reached the gate, I found some people sitting there & 3 Guards standing, I requested to one of guards that I want to go & sit at gurusthan. He smiled and replied, “Please join this line at the end, this is for VIP Pass holders, when we open gate for them, We will let you in”. I joined the queue as he suggested....

It sounds Easy, isn’t it?

I waited there for approx. 30minutes, After that a senior guard came and he instructed the queue to start moving, He also asked everybody standing in queue to raise their VIP Passes in Air. He was shouting at the top of his voice and appeared to very strict. I got worried but my faith kept me moving. There were 3 people in front of me who also did not had the pass & when asked they told the guard that there name is written inside. He made them stand separately and when he asked me I also told this that my name is written and I was also made to stand with them. When everybody in that line went inside, he turned to us, firstly asked those 3 people about where their name is written, they replied something & he let them in, Than he asked me about it & I replied P.R.O. (Don’t know how it clicked me to say this, may be since I have worked in Newspaper Group). He looked at me and let me in, I was speechless. Instantly I thought may be Baba will complete my wish of attending the Kakad Aarti standing in VIP position. I went inside with VIP pass holders. When I reached the Mandir area there I found one more queue & again checking of passes. This time when those 3 people were asked they were matched again there names in list but How can I be matched when there was no name written. I though may be I am supposed to be at Gurusthan & that’s what I wished for sometime back. I went to Gurusthan & collected all the Neem Leaves, there were around 50 of them. I was happy to get My Baba’s treasure :), Then I sat there meditating & thinking about Baba. It was cleaning time and when the sevak’s started cleaning I stood up & went near the wall which had window. When I leaned again the window, My hand touched something & I saw it Was Sai Satcharitra, there was one Saint near me, I asked him, If this book belongs to him? To which he replied If you have got it, it must be for you. I thought of reading it sitting at Gurusthan. As soon as I opened it, I found a Baba’s photo & on the very same chapter which I am suppose to read for today’s Reading. I recalled Baba’s SMS which came somedays back telling me to read pothi in front of him. I read few chapters and as soon as I finished, the very same guard who met with me as Gurusthan came as if he just got up from sleep & after seeing me there, he smiled and said “ aap aarti attend karne aaye ho?, I replied in positive, Than he said with a smile, Baba is everywhere, don’t think that he is only inside. Attend Aarti here. I replied that, I have very strong desire to attend aarti in Samadhi Mandir standing in the very first position. He replied, If Baba wishes, you will go inside. I was quiet for a moment & than he told me pointing in a direction where some people were standing and said,”please go and stand there, That is for VVIP’s who are guests of Mandir Committee, if Baba wishes you will be allowed to go inside. I went & stood there.”
There the guards asked me if my name was written, I replied in negative, to which they told me than they can’t let me in. Still I requested them to please let me in & they showed their helplessness. Suddenly those 3 Guards and the guard that sent me there talked something in Marathi and the gate opened, I was spellbound. I went inside from Mukh Dwar looking at Baba from very close & stood just in the first place.

Baba is Great !

There I noticed that the first place is reserved for Committee & their guests and after 10 feet are reserved for VIP guests and from 20feet after that VIP category ends starts the general category. If I had been in general queue How could I be in the first place.

Baba Is here & he listens to everything you say!
I attended the Aarti & Mangal Snan & delighted I went back to my hotel room at around 6am. My joy knew no bounds. I can still feel the same joy while writing this.

My Koti koti pranam to Sai Sadguru.

I woke up at 11 and everybody was ready to go to Chauhan Baba. I quickly took shower etc and got ready. I was damn hungry but skipped taking anything as it everybody was ready to leave. I thought in my mind, My Sai will give me something to eat and told the same to my friend who had skipped breakfast too. (As I promised to be honest)I had very weird thoughts before going to Chauhan Baba as I am very afraid to meet anyone like this, I try to stay away from people who could tell future etc or say something that can create nuisance in you mind. Although my friend who was taking me there had introduced Chauhan Baba very nicely but still I had my cup full of doubts. We reached Chauhan Baba after 12.20 or so. When we went inside I saw a very simple man sitting on Chair & people sitting on floor listening to him patiently, I was somewhat relieved. Chauhan Baba looked at me and continued talking to people.After having darshan of Sai Baba, We also sat among people. I saw Chauhan Baba talking like Sai Baba to people, giving then solution, faith & cure. As I was Hungry I was bit restless, also due to less sleep. Suddenly two people came, Went to Chauhan baba with a packet in hand and announced happily that with his blessings, marriage has been fixed and he offered sweets to Chauhan baba. Baba took the box in hand and returned by saying that please distribute half to each one of people as they are hungry. It clicked me. He gave one half a piece of milk cake, I ate it instantly but was still hungry. My bhabhi offered me her piece, which me & friend ate. suddenly Chauhan Baba pointed at me and told the person to give me more as I was hungry, he also asked me if you are hungry why don’t you say it. Than he started telling people about me, he praised me saying that, “Ye bahut acha hain, kanoon ka paaka hain, Sabko dene k baad hi khata hain, Iska ghar bi bahut acha hain” I joined my hands and was listening patiently. Than he continued talking to other people. After some time he told everyone to go as it has been long he was sitting here and was tired. He stood up and was talking to Pujari, I felt like giving Chauhan Baba some money. I took our 500 Rs and started walking toward him. Just as I reached him, he stumbled and was about to fall, I hold his hand, baba looked me in the eye. Baba hold my hand. I offered Baba 500 Rs but baba did not leave and started talking to me.

Baba- Tum toh pehli baar aaye ho mere pass.
Me - Ji Baba
Baba- kiske saath aaye ho
Me- I point at my friend.
Baba- Tum to aana nahi chahte thay, darr rahe thay
Me- I was silent
Baba- Kya karte ho?
Me- I told Baba about my profession etc.
Baba- Bahut acha, Sai ne bheja hain tumhe mere paas aaj, Main bahut kush hun.
Me- I bowed my head and was listening.
Baba- Tum to ek ladki ko pasand karte ho na?
Me- Ji Baba, par uski to kahin aur shadi fix ho gayi hain
Baba- (He looked me in the eye) kyun darte ho, wahi hogi tumhari shadi.
Me- I was speechless ( This was the girl I was with for last 10 years, She is my life and I can not even think of living a moment without her, I was in dire pain after she chose to go with someone else, I am yet to get her back but have full faith in Sai that his words will be true soon)
Baba started walking with me, he reached the stairs holding my hand & stopped.
Baba- Koi aur bhi hain tumhare saath?
Me- Ji Baba, My Partner in company, His wife & Mother in Law
Baba- Apne parner ko bulao.
Me- I called my friend near to us
Baba to my partner- Iska sahara kabhi mat chodna,
My Friend- Ji Baba
His mother-in-law - Kabhi ye (me) hi chod de toh?
Baba- Tabhi toh keh raha hun, Iska sahara kabhi mat chodna, Yeh Bahut acha hain.
Baba- Yeh Darta hain hi ki jis se iski shadi hogi who kaise hogi?
Me -Surprised as I had this fear in my mind from long.
Baba- woh pehle se hi baba ki beti hogi

Baba started walking towards his home holding my hand, talking to me.
Baba- Sai Baba ke darshan kiye ?
Me- Ji baba, Bada mazaa aaya, Khub ache darshan kiye or bina VIP pass k Sabse aage khade hokar aarti bi attend ki, Baba ne bahut pyar kiya.
Baba - dekha mere Sai ko!

Baba took me to his worship place
Baba- dekh le ji bhar ka Sai ko, Yeh woh photo ho jo Baba Agni mein prakat hue thay, Dekh kitni Umar jyada ho gayi mere sai ki, kaun kehta hain woh chale gaye hai.
Baba took some prasad from Sai’s feet & gives me. He asked me to worship as
much I want and told me that he will come back.
While entering the room, I hear him saying to People.
Baba - Aaj main bahut khush hun, yeh jo aaya hain mere pass, aaj sabko dunga.
(I can’t describe the feelings I had at that moment, from last 2 years since complications has started in my life I had been living in pain, today I was getting such a special treatment which I never expected)

Baba came back to me and gives me 3 stones. (Which can be worn in ring)

Baba- Tumhara bada bhai hain, tum uske liye pareshan ho, yeh lo ek ki tum aur ek apne bhaiya ko left hand ki first finger main ring bana ke pehne ko dena, sab acha ho jayega.

(He again gave me solutions to some deep thoughts I had, I had tears in my eyes & was silently listening to him)

Baba- Yeh stone bahut precious hain, main har kisi ko nahi deta, aaj tum aaye ho toh main bahut khush hun, isliye tumhe 3 diye hain. Ab tum baba k darshan karo.

Baba walks outside the room to meet all the people who was standing there.
After having darshan I also join the people outside. Baba holds my hand & says to everyone, “ Yeh bahut acha hain, tumhe pata hain Sai ko bhi 500 Rs diye jaate hain aur isne bhi mujhe 500 Rs hi diye.
I requested him for leave, He blessed me & gave me permission to leave. I touched his feet and took leave from that room.

It was beyond my mind capacity to digest or understand, I went on the grass and sat their for 5 mins. Than I saw my friends coming out and joined them but my state of mind did not changed. I was lost somewhere. I got all the answers but still could understand a word.
We left from there and had our lunch and reached our hotel room around 5.

We relaxed in our room for sometime and than again started for Samadhi Mandir to have darshan, This time again Baba showered his grace on me, We attened the Aarti standing in the main hall and also saw Baba’s Palki. I had his darshan for 10 minutes. After Darshan we went for Dinner and than sat in Dwarkamai reading satcharitra. This time even I wanted to attend Aarti in Dwarkamai. We were reading with devotion & their a Cat came who sat near us also touched me with her feet and wanted to sit in lap of Bhabhi’s mother.

Again my friend felt sleepy around 3 and I left her in Her room, went to my room took bath and went to Dwarkamai to do my daily Prayers etc. I did it and attended Aarti, Aarti in Dwarkamai was peaceful like divine. After this me, Bhabhi & Her monther went for some tea and breakfast around 6am and than went back to our Hotel room. I had my train at 9am so I did my packing etc and went again to have darshan of My Sai. I requested him to give me Darshan like last time. Again My Sai showered grace, I had very nice Darshan, got Coconut & flowers from priest. I was contented after all this. I came back in my room and left for my train at around 8.

I don’t know how to write this ending as I never wanted it to end. So I am leaving it like this. May Baba bless you all.

With Warm Regards,
Sai Varun

Friday, 7 October 2011

My Shirdi Trip & Baba's Miracles Part 1

ॐ सांई राम

My Shirdi Trip & Baba's Miracles Part 1
Om Sai Ram!

This is my second experience that I am writing on this blog, you can read the first one following this link-

Baba brings you back to him!

Miracles happen every moment..It is just that we take note of only the big ones, the below experience which I am going to share is one of those times when you need to take time off your worldly matters to understand what just happened with you. I will narrate this experience as it is without any edits & will also include the thoughts that immediately came in my mind at each & every step.

Part 1This particular experience that I am going to narrate is about my recent trip to Shirdi. I was planning to visit Shirdi since June but was not able to make up my mind. Finally in August some of my friends expressed their interest in visiting Shirdi & we decided to move ahead with tickets etc. We were in bangalore & from here no direct flights to Nasik or Aurangabad..So we decided to travel via Train or else Bus if we do not get tickets. It was 5th August when we finalized this & the travel date was 17th August. We checked the train tickets & the waiting list was large & there were little chances of it getting confirmed. Still My sister in law booked the tickets in 2nd AC. I was hoping to book the tickets in tatkal quota 2 days before 17th i.e. 15th August. I was praying to Baba that if he wants only than I can make it to Shirdi. On 14th there was a house party & I slept at 3am. Now to book tickets one need to wake up at 8 & do it else the quota finishes in 20 minutes past 8. I was hopeful that if Baba wants I will surely get the tickets. I woke up at 8.05 and rushed to open the website & book tickets. To my surprise all the seats of quota were still there, I thanked Baba & proceeded with booking, I needed to book 4 tickets, Everything went fine but the payment did not went through & it got declined, I tried again & this time it was 10 seats left, The same error happened again & I could not book the tickets. I got little worried & prayed to Baba. Thus being hopeful I felt like trying one last time, This time it was 4 seats left, I was constantly praying to Baba & this time I was able to book tickets. I was elated & as soon as I booked the tickets I got this SMS-

Shirdi chalo Shirdi Chalo, Baba ne bulaya hai
Ye sandesha Baba ne aapke liye shirdi se bhijwaya hai.

Dear Sai Devotees, this is going to be a very long one, Please bear with me & Have patience while reading. Baba had planned himself for me this time & starting from beginning till end I could not understand anything except SAI.

We had to catch the train at 1900 hours from Bangalore station, we booked the Cab & was to reach us at 1700 hours. At 1650 I checked with Cab customer care & they told me that Cab is unavailable & they had sent an SMS which might have not delivered due to network congestion. I again thought Is it that Baba does not want me to come. I tried booking another cabs & all the cabs were available after 1 hour only, Luckily I managed to get one cab Immediately but he took 30 mins to reach us due to traffic. We left from station approx. 40 mins late from planned time, thus we decided to go to Cantt. Station which is nearer. To worsen things it started raining heavily & due to which water logged on roads. All this resulted in heavy traffic on road. Again the clouds of doubts appeared but this time I was confident that I will surely make it to station & Shirdi.
Yes we reached Station just 10 minutes before but we reached. Sigh!
We entered the station & was waiting for train, We saw a bakery shop on platform & felt like eating, I went to buy something & there I saw a man with a walking stick asking me for food. Strangely he asked none but me for food, I made him eat something & took my stuff & left. We boarded the train & sat on our seats. I am skipping some small incidents here during our journey due to comparatively low relevance.

We reached Kopargaon at 1+ something, took taxi from there & left for Shirdi. We reached
Shirdi around 2.30pm & took a hotel just opposite Dwarkamai. Strangely I was not in hurry to have Darshan of Baba, instead I was feeling to visit Chawadi first than Dwarkamai & than Samadhi Mandir, I was also praying to baba, give me Darshan nicely not like last time just for few seconds. We got freshen up & came to Chawadi & than Dwarkamai. We sat there for like 10-20 mins. We were feeling hungry & it was already 5.30. We ate some food & I did not wanted to go to Samadhi mandir right now as Evening Aarati was about to start & there was lots of people in all the halls. I prayed to Baba that I wanted to attend Aarati but not in such hurry with so much crowd. Thus we decided to go after 7.

We entered the temple at approx. 7.30pm & joined the queue in the first hall. The first hall had only some people but I guess the second hall should have been full. The queue was moving slowly & Suddenly when It was my turn to enter the second hall, the guard asked me to stop and closed the gate. I was surprised as to what it was but how could I guess Baba wanted me to welcome in a good way. Another guard came after 5 mins &  let me through and directly to stairs skipping the second hall. I felt astonished. We reached the main hall & was eager to see a glimpse of Baba & there I saw him shining like Sun with a glory that of ‘Rising Sun embarking its strength to wither away all the  darkness’. I can not express the joy I felt., I thanked baba for calling me to Shirdi & prayed him again to give me Darshan nicely, I wanted to see him till my soul is filled with his presence. We reached near to Idol and could see that people were not allowed to have Darshan for more than 5 seconds, some were even given 2 seconds. There were 3-4 guards and they were pushing people aside. I was worried that I will not be able to see Baba for long. As soon as I reached the Idol, one guard hold my hand.....I  thought he will pull me away and I will have to go.

But Baba had something else planned for me!

That very guard looked me in the eyes, gave a very good smile & told me to have darshan for as long as I want, I was overwhelmed. I looked at Baba with contentment & thanked him. That very guard gave me prasad & flowers from Baba’s Samadhi. He also asked me to have Darshan again at the samadhi, I took it with grace. I again got prasad , He told me to stand in corner and have darshan till I want. I stood there for 15 minutes talking to my Baba. Than a Lady guard came & asked me to have darshan again & gave me garlands from Baba’s Idol. My joy knew no bounds as If I have got what I aspired for. I was spellbound & speechless. I again stood there for 5 more minutes looking at Baba & Baba looking at me with love as if he was telling me, I listen to you & this is the proof, Now do you have any doubts?

Do you think here ends my roller coaster ride?

Not yet, My friends were waiting for me outside the hall & were surprised to see me as if they were excited to know what just happened but I was in another world. We went to Gurusthan & were looking for Neem Leaves, we could not find any. One guard from nowhere took notice of this & called me. He asked me very poiltely “ You are searching for Neem Leaves?” I replies in Positive. He told me, “Please take 101 rounds of Gurusthan & you will get it, everyone who does it, gets it for sure”. We decided to do this & the guard disappeared somewhere. As soon as I completed my 25 rounds the very same guard called me & gave me 2 neem leaves & told me,”Make sure to complete the 101 rounds”. I expressed gratitude and continued. In between My friend’s wife asked me are these leaves really sweet? I replied “Let me check” I ate both the leaves and yes they were!
As soon as I completed my 50th round, Guard came again & this time with a smile he gave me one more neem leave and said “ You might have eaten the last 2 leaves, please keep this one in mini wallet you carry” Here I must tell you all, I don’t carry a full wallet me all the time, I generally carry a small Credit card holder with some cash. I asked him How do you know I have a mini wallet? He smiled and asked me to continue. I was totally in different state of mind unable to understand anything. I was chanting Sai Ram continuously and taking my rounds. I was wondering what was happening with me, Is this for real or these guards do this trick to some chosen people but then suddenly it came to me, everything that happens is controlled by SAI, so this must be inspired by him only. I was again called by the guard after 75th round. This time what happened gave me all the answers as If SAI was listening to my thoughts & wanted to answer me one by one. He gave me one red & transparent bead’s necklace and said these words, “You have been asking Sai to be your Guru for long, Today Sai becomes you GURU and also you wanted to attend Aarti, Please attend you aarti here at Gurusthan & wear this after aarti finishes after placing it on Sai’s feet at Gurusthan, This was given to me for you by Sai himself” Just as he finished the aarti started. (I had been wishing Baba from long to be my Guru & guide me through this worldly affairs and not to forget my wish to attend Aarti when I reached Shirdi)

I had tears in my eyes & this led me a world beyond my imagination & understanding. I continued my rounds and as soon as I completed the rounds the aarti also finished. I wore the Mala “Necklace” as he suggested. I went to thank him for all this, instead of listening to me he asked me to wait so that he could bring the aarti prasad, He gave me the Prasad and told me you can share it with your friends. After this I thank him whole heartedly & left for my hotel. I needed a lot of time to digest all this.

Keep Watching this space, tomorrow you will experience the Second Part  (Part 2) of my Experience....

Till then Om Sai Ram to all...

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ॐ सांई राम
अगर हाथ रख दे मेरे सर पे साईं,
मुझे फिर किसी कि ज़रूरत नहीं है |
बिठाले अगर अपने चरणो में हर दम,
किसी भी ख़ुशी कि ज़रूरत नहीं है ||
ये फूलों कि दुनिया, ये खारों की दुनिया,
ये लालच में भटके विचारों की दुनिया |
अगर पी सकूँ साईं मस्ती का अमृत,
किसी बेखुदी की ज़रूरत नहीं है ||
अगर हाथ रख दे मेरे सर पे साईं,
मुझे फिर किसी कि ज़रूरत नहीं है |
दया कि है तुमने तो, हर बार कर दो,
मेरी ज़िन्दगी पे ये उपकार कर दो |
अगर छोड बैठू में दामन तुम्हारा,
तो इस ज़िन्दगी की ज़रूरत नहीं है ||
अगर हाथ रख दे मेरे सर पे साईं,
मुझे फिर किसी कि ज़रूरत नहीं है |
पुजारी जहाँ लुट लेते है मंदिर,
कभी झाकते भी नही अपने अंदर |
खुदा की ज़रूरत है ऐसी ज़मीं पर,
यहाँ आदमी की ज़रूरत नहीं है ||
अगर हाथ रख दे मेरे सर पे साईं,
मुझे फिर किसी कि ज़रूरत नहीं है |
चलेंगे यहाँ से तेरे काम करके,
कभी ना रहेंगे अंधेरों से दर के |
अगर साथ हो साईं बाबा का दीपक,
किसी रोशनी की ज़रूरत नहीं है ||
अगर हाथ रख दे मेरे सर पे साईं,
मुझे फिर किसी कि ज़रूरत नहीं है |
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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Maha Samadhi Diwas (DASHERHA)........

ॐ सांई राम


Maha Samadhi Diwas (DASHERHA) :

Sai Baba of Shirdi(Maha Samadhi on October 15, 1918), also known as Shirdi Ke Sai Baba, was an Indian guru, yogi and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim followers as a saint. Some of his Hindu devotees believe that he was an incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya. Many devotees believe that he was a Sadguru. There are many stories and eyewitness accounts of miracles he performed. He is a well-known figure in many parts of the world, but especially in India, where he is much revered.

The name 'Sai Baba' is a combination of Persian and Indian origin; Sāī (Sa'ih) is the Persian term for "well learned" or "knowledgeable", usually attributed to Islamic ascetics, whereas Baba (honorific) is a word meaning "father; grandfather; old man; sir" used in Indo-Aryan languages. The appellative thus refers to Sai Baba as being a "holy father" or "saintly father". His parentage, birth details, and life before the age of sixteen are obscure, which has led to a variety of speculations and theories attempting to explain Sai Baba's origins. In his life and teachings he tried to reconcile Hinduism and Islam: Sai Baba lived in a mosque which he called Dwarakamayi, practiced Hindu and Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions and was buried in a Hindu temple in Shirdi. One of his well known epigrams says of God: "Sabka Malik Ek Hai" ("One God governs all") which traces its root to the Bhagavad-Gita and Islam in general, and Sufism, in particular. He always uttered "Allah Malik" ("God is Master"). He had no love for perishable things, and was always engrossed in self-realization, which was his sole concern.

Sai Baba taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, devotion to God and guru. His teachings combined elements of Hinduism and Islam and tried to achieve communal harmony between these religions.

Sai Baba remains a very popular saint and is worshipped by people around the world. Debate over his Hindu or Muslim origins continues to take place. He is also revered by several notable Hindu and Sufi religious leaders. Some of his disciples received fame as spiritual figures and saints such as Upasni Maharaj, Meher Baba, Saint Bidkar Maharaj, Saint Gangagir, Saint Jankidas Maharaj and Sati Godavari Mataji.

Reported Miracles

Sai Baba's millions of disciples, followers and devotees believe that he had performed many miracles. Some of them were: bilocation, exorcisms, curing the incurably sick, helping his devotees in need in a miraculous way, reading the minds of others. Numerous inhabitants of Shirdi talked about these miracles. Some of them even wrote about them in books. They talked and wrote about how they (and others) were the witnesses of his unusual Yogic powers: levitation, entering a state of Samādhi at wish, even removing his limbs and sticking them back to his body (Khanda Yoga) or doing the same with his intestines.

According to his followers he appeared to them after his death, in dreams, visions and even in bodily form, whence he often gave them advice. His devotees have many stories and experiences to tell. Many books have been written on these events.

Historical sources

Biographers of Sai Baba (e.g. Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar, Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja, Smriti Srinivas, Antonio Rigopolous) have based their writing on primary sources. One such source is the Shirdi Diary by Ganesh Shrikrishna Khaparde, which describes every day of the author's stay at Shirdi.

Speculation about the unknown episodes of Sai Baba's life are primarily based on his own words.

The most important source about Sai's life is the Shri Sai Satcharita, written in Marathi in 1916 by Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar, whom Sai Baba nicknamed Hemadpant.

Consisting of 51 chapters, it describes Baba's life, teachings and the various miracles he performed for his devotees. It describes how one should surrender one's egoism at God's feet and trust one's guru to carry one across the ocean of worldly existence. It explains how God is supreme and His devotees should trust Him and love Him with all their heart. It teaches that God is present in all forms - human, animal, insect and plant. Everything on this earth is a form of God and must be treated with love and respect.

The book talks about Baba's lifestyle, and his selfless attitude and love towards his devotees. His love is compared to a mother's love: caring and loving when needed and reprimanding when a mistake is made.

Other important sources about Sai Baba are books by B. V. Narasimhaswamiji such as Sri Sai Baba's Charters and Sayings or Devotee's Experiences of Sai Baba. Sri Sai Baba and His Teachings by Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja is an in-depth study of Sai's life routine and activities.

In various religions :


During Sai Baba's life, the Hindu saint Anandanath of Yewala declared Sai Baba a spiritual "diamond". Another saint, Gangagir, called him a "jewel". Sri Beedkar Maharaj greatly revered Sai Baba, and in 1873, when he met him he bestowed the title Jagadguru upon him. Sai Baba was also greatly respected by Vasudevananda Saraswati (known as Tembye Swami). Sai of Shirdi was also revered by a group of Shaivic yogis, to which he belonged, known as the Nath-Panchayat.

Other religions

Sai Baba is considered a Pir by some Sufi groups. Meher Baba declared Baba to be a Qutub-e-Irshad - the highest of the five Qutubs, "Master of the Universe".

Om Sai Ram

श्री साई सच्चरित्र - अध्याय 26 Also in English - Chapter 26

ॐ सांई राम

आज बाबा जी का महासमाधि दिवस (पुण्यतिथि) है, अत: आप सब से अनुरोध है की कम से कम एक जरूरतमंद की सहायता अवश्य करने की कृपा करे, अगर हो सके तो किसी भूखे को भोजन करवाए...

बाबा जी की कृपा आप सब पर बनी रहे...

आप सभी को शिर्डी के साईं बाबा ग्रुप की और से साईं-वार की हार्दिक शुभ कामनाएं
हम प्रत्येक साईं-वार के दिन आप के समक्ष बाबा जी की जीवनी पर आधारित श्री साईं सच्चित्र का एक अध्याय प्रस्तुत करने के लिए श्री साईं जी से अनुमति चाहते है
हमें आशा है की हमारा यह कदम घर घर तक श्री साईं सच्चित्र का सन्देश पंहुचा कर हमें सुख और शान्ति का अनुभव करवाएगा
किसी भी प्रकार की त्रुटी के लिए हम सर्वप्रथम श्री साईं चरणों में क्षमा याचना करते है

श्री साई सच्चरित्र - अध्याय 26
भक्त पन्त, हरिश्चन्द्र पितले और गोपाल आंबडेकर की कथाएँ
इस सृष्टि में स्थूल, सूक्ष्म, चेतन और जड़ आदि जो कुछ दृष्टिगोचर हो रहा है, वह सब एक ब्रहृ है और इसी एक अद्घितीय वस्तु ब्रहृ को ही हम भिन्न-भिन्न नामों से सम्बोधित करते तथा भिन्न-भिन्न दृष्टियों से देखते है । जिस प्रकार अँधेरे में पड़ी हुई एक रस्सी या हार को हम भ्रमवश सर्प समझ लेते है, उसी प्रका हम समस्त पदार्थों के केवल ब्रहृ स्वरुप को ही देखते है, न कि उनके सत्य स्वरुप को । एकमात्र सदगुरु ही हमारी दृष्टि से माया का आवरण दूर कर हमें वस्तुओं के सत्यस्वरुप का यथार्थ में दर्शन करा देने में समर्थ है । इसलिये आओ, हम श्री सदगुरु साई महाराज की उपासना कर उनसे सत्य का दर्शन कराने की प्रार्थना करे, जो कि ईश्वर के अतिरिक्त और कुछ भी नहीं है ।
आन्तरिक पूजन
श्री. हेमाडपंत उपासना की एक सर्वथा नवीन पद्घति बताते है । वे कहते है कि सदगुरु के पादप्रक्षालन के निमित्त आनन्द-अश्रु के उष्ण जल का प्रयोग करो । उन्हें सत्यप्रेमरुपी चन्दन का लेप कर, दृढ़विश्वासरुपी वस्त्र पहिनाओ तथा अष्ट सात्विक भावों के स्थान पर कोमल और एकाग्र चित्तरुपी फल उन्हें अर्पित करो । भावरुपी बुक्का उनके श्री मस्तक पर लगा, भक्ति की कछनी बाँध, अपना मस्तक उनके चरणों पर रखो । इस प्रकार श्री साई को समस्त आभूषणों से विभूषित कर, उन्हें अपना सर्वस्व निछावर कर दो । उष्णता दूर करने के लिये भाव की सदा चँवर डुलाओ । इस प्रकार आनन्ददायक पूजन कर उनसे प्रार्थना करो –
हे प्रभु साई । हमारी प्रवृत्ति अन्तर्मुखी बना दो । सत्य और असत्य का विवेक दो तथा सांसारिक पदार्थों से आसक्ति दूर कर हमें आत्मानुभूति प्रदान करो । हम अपनी काया और प्राण आपके श्री चरणों में अर्पित करते है । हे प्रभु साई । मेरे नेत्रों को तुम अपने नेत्र बना लो, ताकि हमें सुख और दुःख का अनुभव ही न हो । हे साई । मेरे शरीर और मन को तुम अपनी इच्छानुकूल चलने दो तथा मेरे चंचल मन को अपने चरणों की शीतल छाया में विश्राम करने दो ।
भक्त पन्त
एक समय एक भक्त, जिनका नाम पंत था और जो एक अन्य सदगुरु के शिष्य थे, उन्हें शिरडी पधारने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त हुआ । उनकी शिरडी आने की इच्छा तो न थी, परन्तु मेरे मन कछु और है, विधिना के कुछ और वाली कहावत चरितार्थ हुई । वे रेल (पश्चिम रोल्वे) द्घारा यात्रा कर रहे थे, जहाँ उनके बहुत से मित्र व सम्बन्धियों से अचानक ही भेंट हो गई, जो कि शिरडी यात्रा को ही जा रहे थे । उन लोगों ने उनसे शिरडी तक साथ-साथ चलने का प्रस्ताव किया । पंत यह प्रस्ताव अस्वीकार न कर सके । तब वे सब लोग बम्बई में उतरे और इसी बीच पन्त विरार में उतर अपने सदगुरु से शिरडी प्रस्थान करने की अनुमति लेकर तथा आवश्यक खर्च आदि का प्रबन्ध कर, सब लोगों के साथ रवाना हो गये । वे प्रातःकाल वहाँ पहुँच गये और लगभग 11 बजे मसजिद को गये । वहाँ पूजनार्थ भक्तों का एकत्रित समुदाय देख सब को अति प्रसन्नता हुई, परन्तु पन्त को अचानक ही मूर्च्छा आ गई और वे बेसुध होकर वहीं गिर पड़े । तब सब लोग भयभीत होकर उन्हें स्वस्थ करने के समस्त उपचार करने लगे । बाबा की कृपा से और मस्तक पर जल के छींटे देने से वे स्वस्थ हो गये और ऐसे उठ बैठे, जैसे कि कोई नींद से जगा है । त्रिकालज्ञ बाबा ने यह सब जानकर कि यह अन्य गुरु का शिष्य है, उन्हें अभय-दान देकर उनके गुरु में ही उनके विश्वास को दृढ़ करते हुए कहा कि कैसे भी आओ, परन्तु भूलो नही, अपने ही स्तंभ को दृढ़तापूर्वक पकड़कर सदैव स्थिर हो उनसे अभिन्नता प्राप्त करो । पन्त तुरन्त इन शब्दों का आशय् समझ गये और उन्हें उसी समय अपने सदगुरु की स्मृति हो आई । उन्हें बाबा के इस अनुग्रह की जीवन भर स्मृति बनी रही ।
हरिश्चन्द्र पितले
बम्बई में एक श्री. हरिश्चन्द्र पितले नामक सदगृहस्थ थे । उनका पुत्र मिर्गी रोग से पीड़ित था । उन्होंने अनेक प्रकार की देशी व विदेशी चिकित्सायें कराई, परन्तु उनसे कोई लाभ न हुआ । अब केवल यही उपाय शेष रह गया था कि किसी सन्त के चरण-कमलों की शरण ली जाय । 15वें अध्याय में बतलाया जा चुका है कि श्री. दासगणू के सुमधुर कीर्तन से साईबाबा की कीर्ति बम्बई में अधिक फैल चुकी थी । पितले ने भी सन् 1910 में उनका कीर्तन सुना और उन्हें ज्ञात हुआ कि श्री साईबाबा के केवल कर-स्पर्श तथा दृष्टिमात्र से ही असाध्य रोग समूल नष्ट हो जाते है । तब उने मन में भी श्री साईबाबा के प्रिय दर्शन की तीव्र इच्छा जागृत हो जाते है । यात्रा का प्रबन्ध कर भेंट देने को फलों की टोकरी लेकर स्त्री और बच्चों सहित वे शिरडी पधारे । मसजिद पहुँचकर उन्होंने चरण-वंदना की तथा अपने रोगी पुत्र को उनके श्री-चरणों में डाल दिया । बाबा की दृष्टि उस पर पड़ते ही उसमें एक विचित्र परिवर्तन हो गया । बच्चे ने आँखें फेर दी और बेसुध हो कर गिर पड़ा । उसके मुँह से झाग निकलने लगी तथा शरीर पसीने से भीग गया और ऐसी आशंका होने लगी कि अब उसके प्राण निकलने ही वाले है । यह देखकर उसके माता-पिता अत्यंत निराश होकर घबड़ाने लगे । बचेचे को बहुधा थोड़ी मूर्च्छा तो अवश्य आ जाया करती थी, परन्तु यह मूर्च्छा दीर्घ काल तक रही । माता की आँखों से आँसुओं की धारा बह रही थी और वह दुःखग्रसित हो आर्तानाद करने लगी कि मैं ऐसी स्थिति में हूँ, जैसे कि एक व्यक्ति, चोरों के डर से भाग कर किसी घर में प्रविष्टि हो जाय और वह घर ही उसके ऊपर गिर पड़े, या एक भक्त मन्दिर में पूजन के लिये जाय और वह मन्दिर में ही उसके ऊपर गिर पड़े या एक गाय शेर के डर से भागकर किसी कसाई के हाथ लग जाय, या एक स्त्री सूर्य के ताप से व्यथित होकर वृक्ष की छाया में जाये और वह वृक्ष ही उसके ऊपर गिर पड़े । तब बाबा ने सान्त्वना देते हुये कहा कि इस प्रकार प्रलाप न कर, धैर्य धारण करो । बच्चे को अपने निवासस्थान पर ले जाओ । वह आधा घण्टे के पश्चात् ही होश में आ जायेगा । तब उन्होंने बाबा के आदेश का तुरन्त पालन किया । बाबा के वचन सत्य निकले । जैसे ही उसे वाड़े में लाये कि बच्चा स्वस्थ हो गया और पितले परिवार – पति, पत्नी व अन्य सब लोगों को महान् हर्ष हुआ और उनका सन्देह दूर हो गया । श्री. पितले अपनी धर्मपत्नी सहित बाबा के दर्शनो को आये और अति विनम्र होकर आदरपूर्वक चरण-वन्दना कर पादसेवन करने लगे । मन ही मन वे बाबा को धन्यवाद दे रहे थे । तब बाबा ने मुस्कराकर कहा किक्या तुम्हारे समस्त विचार और शंकायें मिट गई । जिन्हें विश्वास और धैर्य है, उनकी रक्षा श्री हरि अवश्य करेंगे । श्री. पितले एक धनाढ्य व्यक्ति थे, इसलिये उन्होंने अधिक मात्रा में मिठाई बाँटी और उत्तम फल तथा पान बीड़े बाबा को भेंट किये । श्रीमती पितले सात्विक वृत्ति की महिला थी । वे एक स्थाने पर बैठकर बाबा की ओर प्रेमपूर्ण दृष्टि से निहारा करती थी । उनकी आँखों से प्रसन्नता के आँसू गिरते थे । उनका मृदु और सरल स्वभाव देखकर बाबा अति प्रसन्न हुए । ईश्वर के समान ही सन्त भी भक्तों के अधीन है । जो उनकी शरण में जाकर उनका अनन्य भाव से पूजन करते है, उनकी रक्षा सन्त करते है । शिरडी में कुछ दिन सुखपूर्वक व्यतीत कर पितले परिवार बाबा के समीप मसजिद में गया और चरण-वन्दना कर शिरडी से प्रस्थान करने की अनुमति माँगी । बाबा ने उन्हें उदी देकर आर्शीवाद दिया । पितले को पास बुलाकर वे कहने लगे । बापू । पहले मैंने तुम्हें दो रुपये दिये थे और अब मैं तुम्हे तीन रुपये देता हूँ । इन्हें अपने पूजन में रखकर नित्य इनका पूजन करो । इससे तुम्हारा कल्याँण होगा । श्री. पितले ने उनहें प्रसादस्वरुप ग्रहण कर, बाबा को पुनः साष्टांग नमस्कार किया तथा आशीष के लिये प्रार्थना की । उन्हें एक विचार भी आया कि प्रथम अवसर होने के कारण मैं इसका अर्थ समझने में असमर्थ हूँ कि दो रुपये मुझे पहले कब दिये थे । वे इस बात का स्पष्टीकरण चाहते थे, परन्तु बाबा मौन ही रहे । बम्बई पहुँचने पर उन्होंने अपनी वृदृ माता को शिरडी की विस्तृत वार्ता सुनाई और उन दो रुपयों की समस्या भी उनसे कही । उनकी माता को भी पहले-पहल तो कुछ समझ में न आया, परन्तु पूरी तरह विचार करने पर उन्हें एक पुरातन घटना की स्मृति हो आई, जिसने यतह समस्या हल कर दी । उनकी वृदृ माता कहने लगी कि जिस प्रकार तुम अपने पुत्र को लेकर श्री साईबाबा के दर्शनार्थ गये थे, ठीक उसी प्रकार तुम्हें लेकर तुम्हारे पिता अनेक वर्षों पहले अक्कलकोटकर महाराज के दर्शनार्थ गये थे । महाराज पूर्ण सिदृ, योगी, त्रिकालज्ञ और बड़े उदार थे । तुम्हारे पिता परम भक्त थे । इस कारण उनकी पूजा स्वीकार हुई । तब महाराज ने उन्हें पूजनार्थ दो रुपये दिये थे, जिनकी उन्होंने जीवनपर्यन्त पूजा की । उनके पश्चात् उनकी पूजा यथाविधि न हो सकी और वे रुपये खो गये । कुछ दिनों के उपरान्त उनकी पूर्ण विसमृति भी हो गई । तुम्हारा सौभाग्य है, जो श्री अक्कलकोटकर महाराज ने साईस्वरप में तुम्हें अपने कर्तव्यों और पूजन की स्मृति कराकर आपत्तियों से मुक्त कर दिया । अब भविष्य में जागरुक रहकर समस्त शंकाएँ और सोच विचार छोड़कर अपने पूर्वजों को स्मरण कर रिवाजों का अनुसरण कर, उत्तम प्रकार का आचरण अपनाओ । अपने कुलदेव तथा इन रुपयों की पूजा कर उनके यथार्थ स्वरुप को समझो और सन्तों का आर्शीवाद ग्रहण करने में गर्व मानो । श्री साई समर्थ ने दया कर तुम्हारे हृदय में भक्ति काबीजारोपण कर दिया है और अब तुम्हारा कर्तव्य है कि तुम उसकी वृद्घि करो । माता के मधुर वचनामृत का पान कर श्री. पितले को अत्यन्त हर्ष हुआ । उन्हे बाबा की सर्वकालज्ञता विदित हो गई और उनके श्री दर्शन का भी महत्व ज्ञात हो गया । इसके पश्चात वे अपने व्यवहार में अधिक सावधान हो गये ।
श्री. आंबडेकर
पूने के श्री. गोपाल नारायण आंबडेकर बाबा के परम भक्तों में से एक थे, जो ठाणे जिला और जव्हार स्टेट के आबकारी विभाग में दस वर्षों से कार्य करते थे । वहाँ से सेवानिवृत होने पर उन्होंने अन्य नौकरी ढूँढी, परन्तु वे सफल न हुए । तब उन्हें दुर्भाग्य ने चारों ओर से घेर लिया, जिससे उनकी आर्थिक स्थिति और भी अधिक दयनीय हो गई । ऐसी परिस्थिति में उन्होंने सात वर्ष व्यतीत किये । वे प्रति वर्ष शिरडी जाते और अपनी दुःखदायी कथा वार्ता बाबा को सुनाया करते थे । सन् 1916 में तो उनकी स्थिति और भी अधिक चिन्ताजनक हो गई । तब उन्होंने शिरडी जाकर आत्महत्या करने की ठानी । इसलिये वे अपनी पत्नी को साथ लेकर शिरडी आये और वहाँ दो मास तक ठहरे । एक रात्रि को दीक्षितवाड़े के सामने एक बैलगाड़ी पर बैठे-बैठे उन्होंने कुएँ में गिर कर प्राणान्त करने का और साथ ही बाबा ने उनकी रक्षा करने का निश्चय किया । वहीं समीप ही एक भोजनालय के मालिक श्री. सगुण मेरु नायक ठीक उसी समय बाहर आकर उनसे इस प्रकार वार्तालाप करने लगे कि क्या आपने कभी श्री अक्कलकोट महाराज की जीवनी पढ़ी है । सगुण से पुस्तक लेकर उन्होंने पढ़ना प्रारम्भ कर दिया । पुस्तक पढ़ते-पढ़ते वे एक ऐसी कथा पर पहुँचे, जो इस प्रकार थी – श्री अक्कलकोटकर महाराज के जीवन काल में एक व्यक्ति असाध्य रोग से पीड़ित था । जब वह किसी प्रकार भी कष्ट सह न सका तो वह बिलकुल निराश हो गया और एक रात्रि को कुएँ में कूद पड़ा । तत्क्षण ही महाराज वहाँ पहुँच गये और उन्होंने स्वयं अपने हाथों से उसे बाहर निकाला । वे उसी समझाने लगे कि तुम्हें अपने शुभ अशुभ कर्मों का फल अवश्य ही भोगना चाहिए । यदि भोग अपूर्ण रह गया तो पुनर्जन्म धारण करना पड़ेगा, इसलिये मृत्यु से यह श्रेयस्कर है कि कुछ काल तक उन्हें सहन कर पूर्व जन्मों के कर्मों का भोग समाप्त कर सदैव के लिये मुक्त हो जाओ । यह सामयिक और उपयुक्त कथा पढ़कर आम्बडेकर को महान् आश्चर्य हुआ और वे द्रवित हो गये । यदि इस कथा द्घारा उन्हें बाबा का संकेत प्राप्त न होता तो अभी तक उनका प्राणान्त ही हो गया होता । बाबा की व्यापकता और दयालुता देखकर उनका विश्वासस दृढ़ हो गया और वे बाबा के परम भक्त बन गये । उनके पिता श्री अक्क्लकोटकर महाराज के शिष्य थे और बाबा की इच्छा भी उन्हें उन्हीं के पद-चिन्हों का अनुसरण कराने की थी । बाबा ने उन्हें आर्शीवाद दिया और अब उनका भाग्य चमक उठा । उन्होंने ज्योतिष शास्त्र के अध्ययन में निपुणता प्राप्त कर उसमें बहुत उन्नति कर ली और बहुत-सा धन अर्जित करके अपना शेष जीवन सुख और शान्तिपूर्वक व्यतीत किया ।

।। श्री सद्रगुरु साईनाथार्पणमस्तु शुभं भवतु ।।


Shree Sai Satcharitra Chapter 26

Stories of (1) Bhakata Pant (2) Harishchandra Pitale and (3) Gopal Ambadekar.
All the things that we see in the universe are nothing but a play of Maya -- the creative power of the Lord. These things do not really exist. What really exists is the Real Absolute. Just as we mistake a rope of a garland or a stick for a serpent on account of darkness, we always see the phenomena, i.e. things as they outwardly appear, and not the Noumenon which underlies all the visible things. It is only the Sad-guru that opens the eyes of our understanding and enables us to see things in their true light and not as they appear. Let us, therefore, worship the Sad-guru and pray to him to give us the true vision, which is nothing but God-vision.
Inner Worship
Hemadpant has given us a novel form of worship. Let us, he says, use hot water in the form of tears of joy to wash the Sad-guru's feet, let us besmear His body with sandle-paste of pure love, let us cover His body with the cloth of true faith, let us offer eight lotuses in the form of our eight Sattwik emotions and fruit in the form of our concentrated mind; let us apply to His head bukka (black-powder) in the form of devotion and tie the waistband of Bhakti and place our head on his toes.
After decorating the Sad-guru with all jewelry in this way, let us offer our all to Him and wave chamar of devotion to ward off heat. After such blissful worship, let us pray thus:- "Introvert our mind, turn it inward, give us discrimination between the Unreal and the Real and non-attachment for all worldly things and thus enable us to get Self-realisation. We surrender ourselves, body and soul (body-consciousness and ego). Make our eyes Yours, so that we should never feel pleasure and pain. Control our body and mind as You will and wish. Let our mind get rest in Your Feet".
Now let us turn to the stories of this Chapter.
Bhakta Pant
Once it so happened that a devotee by name Pant, a disciple of another Sad-guru had the good fortune of visiting Shirdi. He had no mind to go to Shirdi, but man proposes one way and God disposes the other. He was travelling in a B.B. & C.I. Rly. train where he met many friends and relations bound for Shirdi. They all asked him to accompany them and he could not say nay. They alighted at Bombay while pant got down at Virar. There he took the permission of his Sadguru for the Shirdi trip and after arranging for the expenses, left with the party for Shirdi. They all reached the place in the morning and went to the Masjid at about Seeing the concourse of the devotees assembled for Baba's worship, they were all pleased, but Pant suddenly got a fit and fell senseless. They were all frightened, still they tried their best to bring him to his senses. With Baba's grace and with pitchers of water which they poured over his head, he regained his consciousness and sat upright as if he was just awakened from sleep. The omniscient Baba knowing that he was a disciple of another Guru, assured him fearlessness and confirmed his faith in his own Guru, by addressing him as follows :- "Come what may, leave not, but stick to your Bolster (support, i.e. Guru) and ever remain steady, always at-one-ment (in union) with him." Pant at once knew the significance of this remark and thus he was reminded of his Sad-guru. This kindness of Baba he never forgot in his life.
Harishchandra Pitale
There was a gentleman by name Harishchandra Pital in Bombay. He had a son, who suffered from epilepsy. He tried many allopathic and ayurvedic doctors, but there was no cure. There remained only one way of remedy, viz. resorting to the saints. It has been stated in Chapter XV that Das Ganu by his inimitable and splendid kirtans spread the fame of Sai Baba in the Bombay Presidency. Mr. Pitale heard some of these kirtans in 1910 and learnt therefrom and from others that Baba, by His touch and mere glance, cured many incurable diseases. Then a desire arose in his mind to see Sai Baba. Making all preparations and taking presents and fruit-baskets, Mr. Pitale came to Shirdi with family, wife and children. He then went to the Masjid with them, prostrated before Baba and placed his sick son on Baba's Feet. No sooner Baba saw the child than an untoward thing happened. The son immediately revolved his eyes and fell down senseless. His mouth began to foam and his whole body began to perspire profusely and it seemed as if he breathed himself out. Seeing this, the parents became very nervous and excited. The boy used to get such fits very often, but this fit seemed to persist long. Tears began to flow ceaselessly from the mother's eyes and she began to wail, crying that her condition was like that of a person, who being afraid of the robbers ran into a house which collapsed on him,or like a cow fearing a tiger, ran into the hands of a butcher, or like a traveller, who being tormented by the heat of the sun went to take refuge under a tree, which fell upon him, or like a devout person going for worship into a temple which collapsed upon him. Then Baba comforted her saying - "Do not wail like this, wait a bit, have patience, take the boy to your lodging, he will come to his senses within half an hour." They did as directed by Baba and found that His words came true. As soon as he was taken into the Wada, the boy recovered and all the Pitale family, husband, wife and others were very delighted and all their doubts disappeared. Then Mr. Pitale came with his wife to see Baba and prostrated himself before Him very humbly and respectfully and sat shampooing His legs and mentally thanking Baba for His help. Baba then smilingly said - "Are not all your thoughts, doubts and apprehensions calmed down now? Hari (Lord) will protect him, who has got faith and patience". Mr. Pitale was a rich and well-to-do gentleman. He distributed sweet-meat on a large scale and gave Baba excellent fruits and pan (betel-leaves). Mrs. Pitale was a very Sattwik lady, simple, loving and faithful. She used to sit near the post staring at Baba with tears of joy flowing down from her eyes. Seeing her of an amicable and loving nature, Baba was much pleased with her. Like Gods, Saints are always dependent on their devotees who surrender and worship them with their heart and soul. After passing some happy days in Baba's company, the Pitale family came to the Masjid to take Baba's leave to depart. Baba gave them Udi and blessings and called Mr. Pitale close by and said to him - "Bapu, I had given you before, Rs. two, now I give you Rs. three; keep these in your shrine for worship and you will be benefited." Mr. Pitale accepted these as Prasad, prostrated himself again before Baba and prayed for His blessings. A thought arose in his mind, that as that was his first trip to Shirdi, he could not understand what Baba meant, when He said that He had given Rs. two previously. He was curious to have this mystery solves, but Baba kept silent. When Mr. Pitale returned to Bombay, he narrated to his old mother all that had happened at Shirdi and the mystery about Baba's giving him Rs. two formerly. The mother also did not understand the mystery, but, thinking seriously about that, she was reminded of an old incident, which solved the mystery. She said to her son - "As you now went to Sai Baba with your son, so had your father done when he took you to Akkalkot, for the darshana of the Maharaj there many years ago. That Maharaj was also a Siddha, Perfect Yogi, omniscient and liberal. Your father was pure, devout and his worship was accepted. He then gave your father Rs. two for being kept in the shrine and worshipped. Your father worshipped them accordingly till his death, but thereafter the worship was neglected and the rupees were lost. After some years the memory of these two rupees also disappeared and now, as you are very fortunate, the Akkalkotkar Maharaj has appeared to you in the form of Sai Baba just to remind you to your duties and worship, and to ward off all dangers. Now beware henceforth, leave off all doubts and bad thoughts, follow your ancestors and behave well; go on worshipping the family gods and the rupees, appraise properly and take pride in the blessing of the Saints. Sai Samartha has kindly revived the spirit of Bhakti in you, cultivate it it your benefit." Hearing the remarks of the mother, Mr. Pitale was very much delighted. He came to know, and was convinced about the all-prevasiveness of Baba and the significance of His darshan. From that time he became very careful about his behaviour.
Mr. Ambadekar
Mr. Gopal Narayan Ambadekar of Poona was a devotee of Baba. He served for ten years in the Abkari department in the Thana District and in Javhar state, from where he had to retire. He tried to get some other job, but he did not succeed. He was overtaken by other calamities and his condition grew from bad to worse. He passed 7 years in this condition, visiting Shirdi every year and placing his grievance before Baba. In 1916 his plight became worst and be decided to commit suicide in Shirdi. So he came there with his wife and stayed for two months. One night while sitting in a bullock cart in front of Dixit's Wada, he resolved to end his life by throwing himself into a well close by. He proposed to do one way but Baba wished to do something else. A few paces from this place, there was a hotel and its proprietor Mr. Sagun, a devotee of Baba, came out and accosted him thus - "Did you ever read this Akkalkotkar Maharaja's life?" Ambadekar took that book from Sagun and began to read it. Casually, or we may say providentially he came across a story which was to this effect. - During the life time of Akkalkotkar Maharaj a certain devotee suffered very much from an incurble disease and when he could endure the agony and pain no longer, be became desperate and to end his miseries threw himself one night into a well. Immediately the Maharaj came there and took him out with his own hands and advised him thus - "You must enjoy the fruit - good or bad - of your past actions; if the enjoyment be incomplete, suicide won't help you. You have to take another birth and suffer again; so instead of killing yourself, why not suffer for some time and finish up your store of the fruit of your past deeds and be done with it once and for all?"
Reading this appropriate and timely story, Ambadekar was much surprised, and moved. Had he not got Baba's hint through the story, he would have been no more. On seeing Baba's all-prevasiveness and benevolence, his faith in Him was confirmed, and he became a staunch devotee. His father was a devotee of Akkalkotkar Maharaj and Sai Baba wanted him to walk into his father's footsteps and continue his devotion to Him. He then got Sai Baba's blessings and his prospects began to improve. He studied astrology and gained proficiency in it and thereby improved his lot. He was able to earn sufficient money and passed his after-life in ease and comfort.
Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

"साईं राम मेरा सत्यगुरु"

ॐ सांई राम

 "साईं की लीला सुने,
कर साईं का ध्यान,
भक्ति सद्गुरु साईं की,
त्याग सकल अभिमान"
"साईं राम मेरा सत्यगुरु"

श्री साईं सच्चरित्र संदेश,

"वे (श्री साईं बाबा) न तो किसी जानवर की बलि चाहते थे और न ही चढ़ावे में धन की कामना करते थे | उन्हें तो सच्चे प्रेम, श्रद्धा और विशवास की भूख थी, जिसके होने पर उनके सभी कष्ट नष्ट हो सकते थे |"

ॐ Sai Ram

"Sai Leela heard of,
to the attention of Sai,
Bhakti of Sadhguru Sai,
sacrificing gross arrogance "
"My true Guru Sai Ram"

Sri Sai Satcharitra Message
"He (Sai Baba) neither wanted to sacrifice an animal, nor did I wish for money in offering them the true love, faith and belief was hunger, which could be lost when I suffer them all"

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