“What is new in the world? Nothing. What is old in the world? Nothing. Everything has always been and will always be.” – Shirdi Sai Baba
Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master who was regarded by his devotees as a saint, fakir, and satguru, according to their individual proclivities and beliefs. He was revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees, and during, as well as after, his life it remained uncertain if he was a Hindu or a Muslim. This, however, was of no consequence to Sai Baba. He stressed the importance of surrender to the true Satguru or Murshid, who, having trod the path to divine consciousness, will lead the disciple through the jungle of spiritual training.
Sai Baba is worshipped by people around the world. He had no love for perishable things and his sole concern was realization of the self.
He taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru.
He gave no distinction based on religion or caste. Sai Baba’s teaching combined elements of Hinduism and Islam: he gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque in which he lived, practiced Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and was buried in Shirdi. One of his well known epigrams, “Sabka Malik Ek” (“One God governs all”), is associated with Hinduism, Islam and Sufism. He also said, “Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered”. He always uttered “Allah Malik” (“God is King”).
If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit.
Spend money in charity; be generous and munificent but not extravagant.
Whatever creature comes to you, human or otherwise, treat it with consideration.
See the divine in the human being.
There is a wall of separation between oneself and others
and between you and me. Destroy this wall!
I get angry with none.
Will a mother get angry with her children?
Will the ocean send back the waters to the several rivers?
What is our duty?
To behave properly. That is enough.
God is not so far away. He is not in the heavens above,
nor in hell below. He is always near you.
If you cannot endure abuse from another,
just say a simple word or two, or else leave.
I stay by the side of whoever repeats my name.
Do not be obsessed by egotism,
imagining that you are the cause of action:
everything is due to God.
Do not fight with anyone,
nor retaliate, nor slander anyone.
All gods are one. There is no difference
between a Hindu and a Muslim.
Mosque and temple are the same.
When you see with your inner eye. Then you realize
that you are God and not different from Him.
To God be the praise.
I am only the slave of God.
Choose friends who will stick to you till the end,
through thick and thin
– Shirdi Sai Baba
Book to Hang out with: Shri Sai Satcharitra – The Wonderful Life and Teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba
Who was Shirdi Sai Baba? Baba lived all his adult life in Shirdi, a small village in India. To the unknowing, He seemed a simple beggar, dressed in torn clothes, having no need for any material item. Claiming neither the Hindu nor Muslim religion, nor any religion. He lived in an abandoned Mosque with no roof and every day took his food from a few people, making his rounds with his begging bowl, door to door. What really was happening; He was burning the karmas of everyone who came to Him, in the dhuni (Divine Fire) Baba kept burning at all times. Healing and giving guidance on every level. Hundreds of thousands of miracles are attributed to Him in His life and they have multiplied now after His Mahasamadhi. Baba left His physical form in 1918, but his Divine Energy and Intention and Power is always available and at work in the world.
The Shri Sai Satcharitra is a discourse based on experiences Baba’s devotees had with Him during His life on earth. It is said that Shirdi Sai Baba caused it to be written through Shri Anna Saheb Dabholkar – Hemadpant – by giving inner motivation to him. Baba had clearly told him: “I Myself write my own life. Hearing My stories and teachings will create faith in devotees’ hearts and they will easily get self-realization and bliss….” Every chapter is a mixture of philosophy, anecdotes, and teachings. His book is akin to the Vedas for Sai’s devotees.” To many people, The Divine Truth imparted by this book is even greater than the knowledge contained in the Vedas and the Gita, because all the characters and events in it are real and authentic and have been recorded in detail by many devotees.
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