Spirituality has taken a new leap by the advent of the holy Sai Baba, who has united people across various cultures, religion and other diversities into one community, to help, support and revive humanity. The name Sai Baba comes from Sai, a Persian word used by Muslims to denote a holy person. Baba denotes father in. Shirdi has become the sacred place for hindus and muslims, and now revered as new holy land even for orthodox Christians, Zoroastrains and people following various faiths.
Childhood of Sai Baba of Shirdi:
Sai Baba’s early life is still a mystery. Most people believe that he was born to a Hindu Brahman and was later adopted by a Sufi fakir. He grew up in his life as a Hindu guru. He arrived to Shirdi, which is in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, in the year 1858 and remained there until his death in 1918.
Life of Sai Baba At Shirdi:
Baba came to village Shirdi in Maharastra when he was 16. The people at Shiridi, wondered looking at him, as baba was doing deep meditation sitting in asana under a Neem tree, without food and even water for several days, even at the tender age of 16. This has made enormous people very curious about baba. Bayajabai, an elderly lady and wife of village chief often enquired about Sai Baba. Gradually she even started to bring food for Baba. Over a period of time, baba also started regarding her as his own mother.
Mhalspati, the village chief and a priest was once possessed by lord khandoba, and he uttered that there is a holy spirit here. He then pointed towards the Sai Baba. Baba then pointed his arm towards the Neem tree and asked to dig it to roots. The villagers at once started to dig the Neem tree. After continuous digging, they found a stone slab and an oil lamps glowing without any oil and air. This is not only marvelous but also completely opposite to science. Later, they also found a vessel which is in the shape of cow mouth on a wooden table. Baba explained his guru had done penance in the same spot. He also suggested that instead of worshipping me (sai baba), worship the tree and leave it untouched. Till today no one touched it. This tree becomes the first spot in Shirdi.
Baba was a unique personality and earned enormous attention towards him. During the day time he was not associated with any one and was always quite aloof. Some people thought that he was mentally not well and even hurt him physically by throwing stones at him. Initially Baba spent about 3 years at Shirdi. One year later, Baba left Shirdi and very little was known about Sai baba during that period. He met many saints, fakirs and even worked as weaver too
Baba returned to Shirdi permanently in the year 1858, and for five years of time he was under the neem tree. Baba also used to wander in the jungle near Shirdi and meditate a lot of times. He used to stay nearby a mosque. Many people started to visit him in his mosque. In the mosque, Baba always keeps his fire place lit called dhuni, and gave the holy ash called udhi. People believe it is miraculous and healed various physical and mental problems.
Baba used to participate in all religious festival. He had a habit of cooking and he distributed the food among all devotees as "Prasad". Baba was highly fond of singing (religious) and dancing. Over a period of time, Shirdi witnessed enormous visitors, and still it is gradually increasing.
Religious View Of Sai Baba:
Baba preached universal brotherhood, and asked his devotees to lead an ordinary life. He asked his followers to be simple and kind in their lives. He asked his followers to read their respective holy books and practice their own religion. He avoided all Hindu rituals and permitted Muslims to follow Namaz, and reading Quran at festival times.
Baba Words on Charity
- Baba encouraged charity and encouraged the happiness of sharing.
- If any creature comes to you for a help, don't drive them away. Receive them with a respect and treat them well.
- Give water to thirsty, food to hungry, and allow stranger to take accommodation in your verandah.
- If someone asked you money and you are not inclined to give, don't give but unnecessarily don't bark at him.
Devotees and Disciples Of Shirdi Sai Baba
Mhalsapati was priest at a local temple. He was the the first devotee of sai Baba. Initially devotees of Sai were a small group of natives of Shridi and few from different corners of the country. Now a day's the devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba are spread across the globe.
Many Hindus worshipped him with rituals and Muslims people regard him as saint. Many Christians and Zoroastrains have also started worshipping baba. Shirdi sai movement is the very famous Hindu religious movement in Caribbean islands and English speaking countries.
Lord Meher baba was a Zoroastrain by birth. He met baba during a procession which made it as his most memorable moment. Though the name of Meher Baba was not mentioned in Sai Charitra, he was also considered as a great devotee.
Other notable devotees are Upasan Maharaj of Sakori, Tatya Patil, Baija Mai Kote Patil, Haji Abdul Baba, Nana Saheb Chandorkar, RadhaKrishna Mai, Mahalsapati Chimanji Nagare, Ganapath Rao Sahasrabuddhe, Madhav Rao Deshpande, Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar, are regarded as his greatest devotees.
Miracles Of Shirdi Sai Baba
Life of Sai baba is filled with miracles, even after he left this world. People are continuously witnessing various wonders. He had performed levitation, bilocation, materialization, reading of peoples mind, entering tomb at his own will, he even removed his own body parts and affixed them again including intestines. He also took rebirth after 3 days, he cured people who are not well and saved the people by stopping the falling mosque. People believe that reading Sai Charitha is good remedy for all types of problems. Out of sheer love and devotion, people are writing books, poems, chants every day. There are enormous witnesses which say that he even comes in dreams to guide them. Thus his miracles can’t be measured. It has multifold of blessings which enables newer disciples every day.