SHRI SAI BABA
A UNIQUE JEWEL
– M. Krishna Kumar
Saint or Prophet during His lifetime has manifested some aspect of
Godliness. But, hardly has there been one so richly endowed as
Shri Sai Baba in presenting to the world of human consciousness,
the versatility of God. Shri Sai Baba is a Unique Jewel on the
horizon of spirituality. Sitting on a rugged stone with an
innocent face, eyes full of compassion and deeply concerned for
the sufferings of the humanity, with a torn kafni on His
body. He is a Unique Saint who had descended on this holy earth to
shoulder the burdens and sufferings and answer the calls of His
innumerable devotees irrespective of their caste, creed or
Shri Sai Baba manifested first under a
neem tree in Shirdi as a young lad of 16 years and stayed for
3 years and thereafter disappeared all of a sudden for some time.
He returned to Shirdi with the marriage party of Chand Patil when
He was about 20 years old. He stayed in Shirdi for an
uninterrupted period of 60 years in flesh and blood, after which
He took Mahasamadhi on the Vijayadashmi day (15th October), 1918 and continues to reside on
this holy earth, midst of everyone i.e., with both human beings
and animals. Baba loved and took care of animals since He treated
animals on par with human beings without any distinction.
Nobody knew about the parentage and birth
of Shri Sai Baba. Many quires were put to Him; but none got a
satisfactory reply or answer. Those who tried were dumb founded
and were captured by His unique and splendid personality. Nobody
could get or gather any authentic information as to the caste,
creed or religion to which He belonged. It is no wonder that He
who had completely surrendered Himself to the Lord by getting rid
of His egotism and thus became one with Him had nothing to do with
the question of caste, creed or religion. For His food, He begged
only from a few houses and shared it with both human beings and
animals without any difference.
Shri Sai Baba preached and practiced
harmony, love and universal brotherhood. He had descended on this
earth to bridge the gap between the various communities. He
preached that God in whatever form worshipped was one and the
same. When it is so then why should we quarrel among ourselves ?
He celebrated the festivals of the Hindus and Muslims alike.
The life and teachings of Shri Sai Baba is
wide and deep as the infinite ocean in which all can dive deep
into it and take out precious gems of knowledge and bhakti.
The teaching of Shri Sai Baba gives peace and happiness to the
people who are afflicted with sorrows and miseries. If these
interesting teachings and leelas of Shri Sai Baba, which
are instructive as the Vedic lore, when listened and
meditated upon, the devotees shall get what they long for i.e.,
bliss supreme, peace and eternal union with the Brahman.
People who saw Him were immensely
benefited both spiritually and temporal. He is known for answering
to the prayers of His devotees by granting them boons and
satisfying their wishes. He comes to the aid of His sorrowing and
distressed devotees when in dire need and call Him through pure
devotion and saves them from all impending calamities or
difficulties like Draupadi praying Shri Krishna when the Kuaravas
were disrobing her. By His mere looks and blessings incurable
diseases were cured. For some leprosy was cured, the blind got
their vision and the lame his legs. Many got their desires
fulfilled by worshipping His Holy Feet for mercy and benevolence.
Sadguru looks only to the intense feeling and devotion of
His devotees who endows them with knowledge and eternal bliss. The
easiest way to solve the riddle of life and death is the complete
surrender to the Holy Feet of Shri Sai Baba and chant His name
instead of filling the devils brain with evil thoughts.
For this Kaliyuga Shri Sai Baba’s
name should be recited by every religious minded persons for
salvation from the impending perils which is causing great concern
for our very survival and resulting in the destruction of our very
existence before time on this holy earth sanctified by the Saints
like Shri Sai Baba who had tread on it. Shri Sai Baba is a guide
to all religious and God-fearing people and was considered as
God-incarnate while in flesh and blood. Shri Sai Baba crossed the
border of physical world by Seemollanghan and took
Mahasamadhi on the Vijayadashmi day in 1918 only to
remain midst of His devotees. Though He took Mahasamadhi,
He transcends this universe and is fully aware of the wants of His
devotees. His Bones are protecting, blessing and answering to the
calls of His innumerable devotees today.
His Healing Touch
Shri Sai Baba always sat near the Dhuni – Sacred Fire that
was lit when He was in flesh and blood and continues to burn even
to this day and shall continue to burn till such time He wants it.
The Dhuni yields the sacred ash – Udi/Vibhuti which
is all ‘powerful’ due to the grace and omnipresence of Shri Sai
Baba. In the first, as a Hakim He prescribed herbs and
later dispensed with this and instead gave every one the sacred
and blessed Udi with His hands at the time of the devotee’s
departure from Shirdi. Udi which cured many physical and
mental maladies shall work only when the devotees have explicit
bhakti and surrender completely onto His Holy Feet. In short
Udi is panacea for all the problems, which the devotees
shall face in this Kaliyuga.
Why Shirdi is so sacred?
In our land there are many holy places,
which were treaded by Saints during their lifetime. But, all these
holy places do not get sanctified even if the Lord wants it;
because only a few such Saints get the land in which they treaded
and sanctified one such is Shirdi and its Presiding Yogi Raja
Shri Sai Baba.
The earth on which a Saint treads gets
sanctified and the mother earth feels happy; because He is walking
upon it. The dust on which a Saint sets His foot is just sacred.
When such a Saint walks in the street Lord Vishnu Himself follows
Him closely behind. Do you know why ? The dust, that flies up from
the tread of the Saint’s feet to fall on His holy body and purify
Him. Therefore, the
land of Shirdi is sacred as Shri Sai Baba has set His Foot here.
Today thousands visit Shirdi daily shows how sanctified is the
soil of Shirdi for which we are fortunate to visit His Samadhi.
Shri Sai Baba drags all His devotees into His fold and later makes
all arrangements to visit Him at Shirdi and welcomes us from the
Samadhi in order to solve our problems and remain with His
Shri Sai Baba is the God-incarnate for
this Kaliyuga and He shall protect all His devotees from
the Samadhi through His Bones who earnestly surrender to
His Holy Feet and sing the wonderful glory and leelas and
thus He shall draw out all His devotees from the impending
calamities. All our relatives and friends shall forsake us at some
point of the time or the other, specially when calamities have
knocked or knocking at our doorstep which is sure to be a passing
phase in one’s life and also which is inevitable; but never shall
Shri Sai Baba forsake us. Shri Sai Baba shall test us as how much
Shraddha and Saburi have we attained during adverse
times by chanting and reciting His name and singing His glory. How
much ever difficulties one may undergo if we surrender to His
Feet; He shall only lead us to shubhra marg for us to a
happy life later. Bhagawan ke ghar me der hai, par andher nahi
We should remember Sai’s commitment and
promise to His devotees “Why fear when I am Here” and lead
a life by surrendering ourselves to His Holy Feet as Shri Sai Baba
is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient.
Tahsildar Magistrate’s Court had sent one Nana Joshi, 1st class Magistrate, Assistant Collector, as
a Commissioner to take Sai Baba’s evidence in a theft
matter. The Commissioner came to Shirdi and began Sai
Baba’s examination at the mosque.
Commissioner : What is Your name ?
Sai Baba : They call Me Sai Baba.
Commissioner : Your father’s name ?
Sai Baba : Also Sai Baba.
Commissioner : Your Guru’s name ?
Sai Baba : Venkusha.
Commissioner : Creed or religion ?
Sai Baba : Kabir.
Commissioner : Caste or race ?
Sai Baba : Parvardigar (i.e. God).
Commissioner : Age, please ?
Sai Baba : Lakhs of years.
Commissioner : Will You solemnly affirm that what you are
going to say is the truth.
Sai Baba : Truth.
Commissioner : Do You know the accused so and so ?
Sai Baba : Yes, I know him and I know every one.
Commissioner : The man says he is Your devotee and that he
lived with You. Is that so ?
Sai Baba : Yes, I live with every one. All are Mine.
Commissioner : Did You give him jewels as alleged him ?
Sai Baba : Yes, I gave him. Who gives what to whom ?
Commissioner : If You gave him the jewels, how did You get
them and become possessed of them ?
Sai Baba : Everything is Mine.
Commissioner : Baba, here is serious charge of theft. That
man says that You delivered the jewels to him.
Sai Baba : What is all this ? What the devil I have to do
with all that ?
The Commissioner was floored by such answers. He did not
know what to take down. Baba was mostly in a mood to say
yes to every question.
the experience of Das Ganu Maharaj narrated in ‘Devotees’
Experiences of Shri Sai Baba’ written by H. H.
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