Shirdhi Sainath (Sai Baba)

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Photograph of Sai Baba (c. 1915)

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Shirdhi Sainath ... was a Muslim, but in Maharashtra he is respected as a big saint.... He took a photograph of Sai Baba, one photographer, and all his folds were there, and on the fold My face came, completely, with My round thing, and face, eyes, everything. The ccomplete face came on it. So the sheeshya showed him, the one who had taken the photograph. He said, “Who is this?” He said, “This is my Mother. And She’s going to come back one day.” Now, this one, this photograph was then acquired by his son. And he saw My photograph.... This fellow, when he saw My photograph, he came to Me and he said that “See, Mother Your photograph was in Saint’s clothes and all that. We wrote to him this thing, that and we got a book also. And this is Your photograph." I said, “It’s true.” ”Were You his Mother?” I said, “It’s true. I was his Mother.” (1985-0528)

To establish the balance within us, these people came, again and again, these ten primordial beings, we say. Some on the left-hand side, some on the right-hand side. It is very symbolic. The whole thing is so wonderful. So now we can say who they were from the very beginning. This is Socrates, Moses, Abraham, Lao Tze, we had Mohammed, Nanak, Janak, and the last of all was Shirdhi Sainath. Shirdhi Sainath is the one who lived in Shirdhi. He is the last incarnation who came. After Mohammed, Nanaka came. After Nanaka, Shirdhi Sainath. All these are the one and the only one principle of the Primordial Master who came and they all said the same thing. First of all, they were against alcohol, against any kind of an intoxication.... Mohammed-sahib said that “Now I will not come any more. It is the last prophet” because he thought he has done the job. But then he found that they are fighting and they were not at all bothered about their ascent, about their balancing, but they were going to the other extremes. So He incarnated again as Nanaka and then as Shirdhi Sainath. So, these incarnations exist within us. (1982-1026)

When Sainath found that so many people were smoking this tobacco, he smoked all the tobacco of the world. He tried to smoke everything in Maharashtra so that nobody should get it. That Is the style of Shiva, to take all the poison into Himself. (1983-0211)

Sainath was against all the rituals and conditioning because these are misleading. After awakening, things change, of course. Realized people become knowledgeable. Without Realization, it is not possible. So Sai Nath did not organize. We have not organized too. We have no organization. People automatically get organized after awakening, the way different organs of the body are organized. So without any organization, everything is going on immaculately in Sahaja Yoga. (1999-1123)

Ramana Maharishi was a realized soul, no doubt. Shirdi Sainath was a realized soul. Those who are realized, I say yes. Those who are not, I will definitely say they are not. I have to say that. (1990-0531)

The left-hand side is the emotional feeling about things. You feel tremendous love for others.... Sainath was one of them who had this left-hand side gift with him and he was love personified. And he was so much full of love for people that once there was a woman who was very poor and she could not celebrate her Diwali day and he could not bear it, so he gave her some water and the water became like oil and she burnt lights in that. And it is a fact. You can do that. It is possible. (1977-0126)

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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 gone 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 Self Rrealization. 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, practised 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"). (more)



Sai Baba of Shirdi is credited with saying: "No one asks with wisdom. My treasury is open. No one brings carts to take away the real treasures. I say: dig and search, but no one wants to take any pains. Be the true sons of the Divine Mother and fully stock yourself. What is to become of us? This body is to return to earth and the air we breathe will melt into air. The opportunity will not return." [1] Maha Avatar, July-September 1981, page 29


See also: Ten Primordial Masters