Shirdi Sai Baba :Life And Teachings

Sai Baba of Shirdi was a crown jewel among Saints. He lived his entire life out in a small and obscure village in India. The villagers of Shirdi each claimed him as a member of their own religion, Muslim or Hindu, but really he came to make peace between them and he always encouraged each to stick to his own religious path. He drew devotees from all over the country though he never traveled and never cared for fame. Over and over his devotees found he knew their innermost thoughts and details of their lives. He effected cures, conferred health, happiness, and prosperity, and made childless couples conceive. His real purpose though was to awaken in them a longing for the spiritual life. Thousands thought of him as a wonderful saint with miraculous powers but his innermost circle knew him to be in incarnation of God himself. Some said of Datta, others of Shiva, still others saw ecstatic visions of their own beloved Guru or chosen Ishta (personalized icon of God) while gazing at Him. He himself said only that he was the humble servant of God and pleased and furthered all who came in contact with him. Many books have been written about Shirdi Sai Baba but the Shri Sai Satcharita, the story of Sai Baba's life and actions  was written in his own lifetime and is best known among Sai devotees. Just before leaving his body he told a disciple he would be reborn in a certain village 8 years hence and so it came to pass.Read More


Sai Baba was first seen as a youth of sixteen sitting under a neem tree in Shirdi. None knew his origin or past. Even then he seemed to be full of the knowledge of Brahman. He had no desire for worldly objects, even in dream. He kicked out Maya (illusion) and Mukti (illumination) was serving at his feet. This young lad, fair, smart, and very handsome, was first seen under a Neem tree seated in an Asan (meditative posture). The people of the village were wonderstruck to see such a young lad practicing hard penance, not minding heat and cold. By day he associated with none. by night he was afraid of nobody. People were wondering whence that young chap turned up. His form and features were so handsome that a mere look endeared him to all. He went to nobody's door, always sat near the Neem tree. Outwardly he looked very young; but by his action He was really a great soul. He was the embodiment of dispassion and an enigma to all.

A saint name Gangagir who frequented Shirdi said of him on first setting eyes on him "Blessed is Shirdi, that it got this precious jewel". Another saint by name Anandanath said "This is a precious diamond in reality, though he looks like an ordinary man. You will realize this in the near future."

Peace or calm was his ornament and he was the repository of wisdom. He had no love for perishable things and was always engrossed in self-realization. He did not know or care for honor or dishonor. The name of Allah was always on his lips. His inside was as calm as the deep sea. Though he sat in one place, he knew all the transactions of the world. Though a Siddha (realized being), he acted like a sadhaka (disciple on the spiritual path). He was meek, humble, and pleased all.

Shirdi Sai Baba Sayings

A Collection from Sri Sai Satcharita

Why fear when I am here?


I am formless and everywhere


I am in everything and beyond. I fill all space.


All that you see taken together is Myself.


I do not shake or move.


If one devotes their entire time to me and rests in me, need fear nothing for body and soul.


If one sees me and me alone and listens to my Leelas and is devoted to me alone, they will reach God.


My business is to give blessings.


I get angry with none. Will a mother get angry with her children? Will the ocean send back the waters to the several rivers?


I will take you to the end.


Surrender completely to God.


If you make me the sole object of your thoughts and aims, you will gain the supreme goal.


Trust in the Guru fully. That is the only sadhana.


I am the slave of my devotee.


Stay by me and keep quiet. I will do the rest.


What is our duty? To behave properly. That is enough.


My eye is ever on those who love me.


Whatever you do, wherever you may be, always bear this in mind: I am always aware of everything you do.


I will not allow my devotees to come to harm.


If a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out my hands to support him or her.


I think of my people day and night. I say their names over and over.


My treasury is open but no one brings carts to take from it. I say, “Dig!” but no one bothers.


My people do not come to me of their own accord; it is I who seek and bring them to me.


All that is seen is my form: ant, fly, prince, and pauper


However distant my people may be, I draw them to me just as we pull a bird to us with a string tied to its foot.


I love devotion.


This body is just my house. My guru has long ago taken me away from it.


Those who think that Baba is only in Shirdi have totally failed to know me.


Without my grace, not even a leaf can move.


I look on all with an equal eye.


I cannot do anything without God’s permission.


God has agents everywhere and their powers are vast.


I have to take care of my children day and night and give an account to God of every paisa.
The wise are cheerful and content with their lot in life.


If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit.


Spend money in charity; be generous and munificent but not extravagant.


Get on with your worldly activities cheerfully, but do not forget God.


Do not kick against the pricks of life.


Whatever creature comes to you, human or otherwise, treat it with consideration.


Do not be obsessed by the importance of wealth.


See the divine in the human being.


Do not bark at people and don’t be aggressive, but put up with others’ complaints.


There is a wall of separation between oneself and others and between you and me. Destroy this wall!


Give food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, and clothes to the naked. Then God will be pleased.


Saburi (patience) ferries you across to the distant goal.


The four sadhanas and the six Sastras are not necessary. Just has complete trust in your guru: it is enough.


Meditate on me either with form or without form, that is pure bliss.


God is not so far away. He is not in the heavens above, nor in hell below. He is always near you.


If anyone gets angry with another, they wound me to the quick.


If you cannot endure abuse from another, just say a simple word or two, or else leave.


What do we lose by another’s good fortune? Let us celebrate with them, or strive to emulate them.


That should be our desire and determination.


I stay by the side of whoever repeats my name.


If formless meditation is difficult, then think of my form just as you see it here. With such meditation, the difference between subject and object is lost and the mind dissolves in unity.


If anyone offends you do not return tit for tat.


I am the slave of those who hunger and thirst after me and treat everything else as unimportant.


Whoever makes me the sole object of their love, merges in me like a river in the ocean.


Look to me and I will look to you.


What God gives is never exhausted, what man gives never lasts.


Be contented and cheerful with what comes.


My devotees see everything as their Guru.


Poverty is the highest of riches and a thousand times superior to a king’s wealth.


Put full faith in God’s providence.


Whoever withdraws their heart from wife, child, and parents and loves me, is my real lover.


Distinguish right from wrong and be honest, upright and virtuous.


Do not be obsessed by egotism, imagining that you are the cause of action: everything is due to God.


If we see all actions as God’s doing, we will be unattached and free from karmic bondage.


Other people’s acts will affect just them. It is only your own deeds that will affect you.


Do not be idle: work, utter God’s name and read the scriptures.


If you avoid rivalry and dispute, God will protect you.


People abuse their own friends and family, but it is only after performing many meritorious acts that one gets a human birth. Why then come to Shirdi and slander people?


Speak the truth and truth alone.


No one wants to take from me what I give abundantly.


Do not fight with anyone, nor retaliate, nor slander anyone.


Harsh words cannot pierce your body. If anybody speaks ill of you, just continue on unperturbed.


Choose friends who will stick to you till the end, through thick and thin.


Meditate on what you read and think of God.


I give my devotees whatever they ask, until they ask for what I want to give.


You should not stay for even one second at a place where people are speaking disrespectfully of a saint.


If you do not want to part with what you have, do not lie and claim that you have nothing, but decline politely saying that circumstances or your own desires prevent you.


Let us be humble.


Satsang that is associating with the good is good. Dussaya, or associating with evil-minded people, is evil and must be avoided.


What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get.


Recognize the existence of the Moral Law as governing results. Then unswervingly follow this Law.


All gods are one. There is no difference between a Hindu and a Muslim. Mosque and temple are the same.


Fulfill any promises you have made.


Death and life are the manifestations of God’s activity. You cannot separate the two. God permeates all.


Mukti is impossible for those addicted to lust.


Gain and loss, birth and death are in the hands of God.


When you see with your inner eye. Then you realize that you are God and not different from Him.


Avoid unnecessary disputationò


The giver gives, but really he is sowing the seed for later: the gift of a rich harvest.


Wealth is really a means to work out dharma. If one uses it merely for personal enjoyment, it is vainly spent.


To God be the praise. I am only the slave of God.


God will show His love. He is kind to all.


Whenever you undertake to do something, do it thoroughly or not at all.


One’s sin will not cease till one falls at the feet of Sadhusò


Be ashamed of your hatred. Give up hatred and be quiet.


The Moral Law is inexorable, so follow it, observe it, and you will reach your goal: God is the perfection of the Moral Law.


I am your servants’ servant.


Always think of God and you will see what He does.


Have faith and patience. Then I will be always with you wherever you are.


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