OM SAI RAM
With Sai Baba Blessings, I am here to share some facts about his Life, Teachings, Missions and Miracles in this post.
Not many of us know about Sai Baba’s real life, so thought of writing a blog and posting it here. It is an initiative to spread and share the message of Sai Baba.
Someone said it correctly that the enemy of best is the better. It is so easy to become complacent after every achievement. In spiritual journey there are different types of milestones and every milestone is so enriching and so fulfilling that we may like to stand poised there and bask in the glory. However every achievement is a bottleneck for the next achievement. And how can be someone eternally happy by winning a small battle when the every big war is still there. We all know these facts and there is probably no need to iterate the same thing, however in order for us not to be insensitive to the impact of these facts, it is always desirable to look at them in a new light.
SAI has been the inspiration behind this post so I would love to receive thought provoking articles from our fellow brothers and sisters so that we can continue to learn the same lessons of Patience and Faith which our beloved SAI has always taught us.
Sai Baba – This man of God, who is worshipped as God by thousands & thousands of people all over the world, was a unique Saint. Sai Baba was an absolute embodiment of divinity, a rare phenomenon. He was manifestation of the divine on earth in human form. Devotees of Sai Baba know that this God walked the earth to protect humanity against sins & degradation. Shirdi in Ahmednagar is indeed a blessed abode to have had this God spend almost his entire life there until his “maha-samadhi” in 1918. Shirdi Sai Baba is still present in some subtle form to take care of his devotees forever. He responds readily to the calls of the yearning seekers. Although Sai Baba is physically no more, his presence & grace are felt by his devotees. Great masters walk the earth for setting right the spiritual & moral order and to guide men on the god ward path. There is no record of Shirdi Sai Baba having initiated any disciple to take over. Whenever earth is over-powered by evil and the pious people are troubled and whenever the righteousness is declining, God incarnates to restore dharma. No matter what divine stories are being told about Sai Baba’s miraculous powers, he never claimed himself to be a God. Baba’s miracles were to provide succor to the suffering humanity and to infuse strength into them to face life as it is, and to reinforce faith among people to turn toward God. There were countless beneficiaries who were transformed morally & spiritually. God is inspiring all of us all the time. And while some of us have had such mystic experience, we have chosen to call it something else like serendipity, coincidence, luck or chance encounter ! We forget that it could be the divine intervention to give us hope.
Well, how did this “fakir” get the name Sai Baba? Mahalsapaty, the priest of Sri Khandoba temple in Shirdi, first greeted him “Aao Sai” (welcome Saint), and from then on, the fakir came to be known as “Sai Baba of Shirdi”. Baba never fasted himself nor he inspired his devotees to do so. In fact, neither fasting nor over-eating is advisable, but a man of restraint is definitely better than a man of indulgence.
I totally trust in Shirdi Sai Baba, & I submit my will to him. He is the protector of my safety and my well-being. I pray, ” let my faith be permanent & infinite”. I hold on to the feet of Baba and I am blessed. They say God is everywhere and truly speaking, when we perceive God in all his manifestations our thoughts inside are enlightened. God loves us the most, and does not expect anything from us. It is up to us whether or not to offer prayers to God. The sage of Shirdi, the Sai Baba, emphasized two virtues for well-being : devotion or faith (Shraddha) & patience (Saburi). It’s faith that helps one accept all happenings, good or bad, with equanimity. Patience helps one to live uncomplainingly so that one is able to accept without anger what cannot be changed. All I request you is to “open the inner eyes of your eyes” and give your life another look: are your core needs me? Do you have a home? Food on the table & hunger satisfied? Clothes to wear? Do you have fine health? Do you have dreams & get good night’s sleep? Is there regular money coming in? Can you walk, talk, see the beauty that surrounds you ? Do you have a loving family and noble friends who adore you & touch your heart ? Then, thank God for what you have……. We all have limited time left. Every moment, we are getting closer to the grave. This factual reality should be driving us to live a fuller life.
SAI in various Indian languages means a Protector, a Husband, a Religious Teacher and a Father. Pray to Him Like a Father.His Love will manifest in many ways.
Before one could ask whether Shri Sai Baba is an Avatar or a Sadguru one must know the difference between the two. A Sadguru is one who dispels darkness called ignorance and lights the lamp of wisdom in us. A Sadguru is one who guides us and shows the direction to God. An Avatar is the one (none else but God Himself) who descends to uplift mankind. He can come as a full Avatar that is with all 16 aspects shodas kalas or as a partial Avatar with a few kalas out of this 16.I firmly believe that Shri Shirdi Sai Baba is an Avataar of God. Lord Shiva has descended in order to uplift mankind and re-establish dharma. He always use to act as if He was just a fakir and servant of God but quite a few times in front of devotees who were really eligible to receive His grace He declared that He was Lord Himself. The qualities required to call Him an Avatar are 1)Omnipotence ; 2) Omnipresence ; 3)Omniscience. He had full control over all the five elements. We all know that He controlled the fire and rain as narrated in ” Shri Sai Satcharitra”, the life story of Shri Sainath.
Pray, because prayer has tremendous power, and you must also have faith. You know, my health is better, my finances are okay, my life is beautiful, Sai can help the needy, I keep smiling….., my family is wonderful, Sai have many good friends, ….all because of the mercy & grace of God. It’s just amazing what God can do! I’m grateful beyond imagination to God. With God, anything is possible.
I welcome spiritual thoughts, articles for sharing their spiritual experiences with all of us from all devotees across the world.
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