Shirdhi Sainath (Sai Baba)
Sahaja Yogi: Sai Baba ki aarti [Hindi]
Shri Mataji: [Hindi] Sainath. Shirdhi Sainath. His aarti.
Shri Mataji: He was a Muslim but how they respected him. He was a Muslim but in Maharashtra, he’s respected as a big saint. Vibrations started.
Shri Mataji: Ha, Sainath of Shirdhi. Sainath, you see, was a, you know about Sainath in Shirdhi, but he took a photograph of Sai Baba, one photographer, and his all folds were there, and on the fold My face came, completely, with My round thing, and face, eyes, everything; complete 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 this, he saw My photograph, this happened in [Hindi] Ambarnath. So this fellow, when he saw My photograph, he came to Me and he said that “See, Mother Your photograph was in Sainath’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.” (Los Angeles (United States), May 28th, 1985)
So 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’s 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, 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 Primordial Master who came, and they all said the same thing. First of all, they were against alcohols, against any kind of an intoxication. But say at the time of Moses they didn’t have cigarettes, you see, so He didn’t say about cigarettes, naturally. They didn’t have. So the people who follow Moses think there’s nothing wrong with cigarettes because He didn’t say. But that time there were no cigarettes, you see. All these sinful things were devised afterwards. So they didn’t say. Today we tell [no/you], I don’t know what other sins people are thinking about. That whatever I see I say that “Don’t do this.” Supposing you ask Me I’ll say, “Don’t do this.” But tomorrow one may say that Mataji didn’t say that, “Don’t do this,” because, you see, human beings are good at finding out things by which they destroy themselves. They are experts, you see, how to find out things by which your dharma is destroyed.
So whatever at that time, whatever they thought [was/wasn’t] good they said, “Don’t do it.” Like Mohammed Sahib said that “Now I will not come any more; is the last prophet,” because He thought He’s done the job. But then he found that they are fighting and they are not at all bothered about their ascent, [or/about] their balancing but they are going [into / again to] the other extremes. So He incarnated again as Nanaka, and then as Shirdhi Sainath. So, these incarnations exist within us. They exist within us. (New York City (United States), October 26th, 1982)
So 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’s the style of Shiva to take all the poison into Himself. And to absorb all the poison within Himself. (Shivaratri Puja, New Delhi (India), February 11th, 1983)
So long as we do not get rid of our conditionings, we shall not understand real Sahaja Yoga. I have made you very special people. You know the real meaning of religion. You know everything, you know about yourself and about others. You could give realisation to people. So now you have become perfect. So what is there to go astray now? You cannot fall. So today I thought of the pains of Guru Nanaka. How much he tolerated! His wife was not cooperative at all. What people have made of his achievements? These people are misusing Lord Christ, Mohammad Sahib and, above all, Guru Nanaka because he was the last incarnation. Shirdi Sainath incarnated after him. Sai Nath 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. (Guru Nanak Birthday, Noida (India), November 23rd, 1999)
So this is a place where Goddess has done a lot of work. There is another place called Aradgao where he was running and he was screaming, so it’s called as arad, ‘arad’ means ‘screaming’ (gao means village). So the whole place is already very much vibrated because also the Nathas, the nine Nathas, we saw one Ganivnath there, but all of them lived in this area, worked very hard. The last of all, Sainath, was very near here, as you know, in Shirdi. (Puja Talk, Rahuri (India), 22 January 1985)
Ramana Maharishi was a realised soul, no doubt. Shirdi Sainath was a realised soul. Those who are realised I say yes, those who are not I will definitely say they are not. I have to say that. (Public Program Day 2, San Diego (United States), May 31st, 1990)
The left-hand side as I told you is the emotional feeling about things. You feel tremendous love for others and sometimes people, I would say 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 couldn’t celebrate her Diwali day and he couldn’t bear it so he gave her some water and the water became like oil and she burnt lights in that, and it’s a fact, you can do that, it’s possible. And with this power you can increase food, you increase the food stuff like Christ did it. That’s also [using] one side (left side). (Seminar, Bordi (India), January 26th, 1977)
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-realization. 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)
See also: Ten Primordial Masters
Sai Nath of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, (c.1838-1918) lived in the village of Shirdi, now in the state of Maharashtra, India, for some sixty years. He has left no authentic record of his birth and early life before first arriving at Shirdi as a young man of sixteen (c.1850), although it has been suggested that he was an itinerant Sufi, later returning to the village, c.1859, and remaining there until his passing in 1918. One of the persons who first came into contact with him at Shirdi addressed him spontaneously as ‘Sai’ which means Master.
Those who think I reside at Shirdi do not know the real Sai, for I am formless and everywhere. Oh, my dear friend, do not be anxious. I shall immediately show you the Brahman: all my dealings are in cash and never on credit. So many people come to me and ask for wealth, health, power, honour, position, cure of diseases and other temporal matters. Rare is the person who comes here to me and asks for Brahma-Jnana. There is no dearth of persons asking for worldly things, but as persons interested in spiritual matters are very rare, I think it a lucky and auspicious moment when persons like you come and press me for Brahma-Jnana. So I show to you, with pleasure, the Brahman with all its accompaniments and complexities... (Sai Nath)
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi confirmed that Sai Nath was originally a Muslim:
We had a great saint like Sai Nath of Shirdi, who was a Muslim to begin with, and it is said that Fatima herself brought him as a child in her lap and gave him to some lady. (1988-0814)
Shri Mataji declared many times that Sai Nath was an incarnation of the Primordial Master. (eg. 1980-0728, 1981-0207, 1982-1101, 1983-0302, 1988-0731)
All this work has been done in the ancient times, as Mohammed was one of the prophets who came out of the ten prophets, Moses, Abraham, Lao Tse, then we had also people like other prophets, Socrates. Recently in India we had the last one … Sai Nath who lived [and] who was representing this great principle of primordial master. (1985-0317)
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