Id – shraddha pwd – saburi

Sai, sai – utter these two words repeatedly and see the change it ushers in your lives.  Believed to have existed on this earth from 1835 to 1918 Sai had many disciples, both Hindus and Muslims alike.  It is still unclear to which religion he belonged.  However, that was of no significance to Baba himself.

Mahalsapati, a temple priest in Shirdi and one of the closest disciples of Baba recognized him as a Muslim saint and greeted him with the words Ya Sai!  means a saintly person.  Baba which is a term of honour means and refers to a father, grandfather or an old respectable man.

According to the book Sai Sacharitra, which gives a wholesome account of the life and times of Saibaba, Sai came to Shirdi when he was just 16 years old.  The people of the village were awestruck by seeing a person of such a young age meditating so purposely.  So absorbed was he in the state of bliss that hot or cold weather even was of no significance to him.

Baba encouraged the devotees to chant god’s name.  He encouraged Muslims to study Quran and Hindus to study Ramayana and Bhagwad Geeta.  He was impressed by the Bhagwad Geeta and told people to follow what the holy book preached.

He told people to give food to the hungry and water to the thirsty.  Baba’s presence in Shirdi can be felt even today.  One needs the eyes of a true devotee.  The township of Shirdi is frequented by devotees from India and abroad alike.images


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