About Sai Baba

Sai Baba of Shirdi (28 September 1835 – 15 October 1918; resided in Shirdi), also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master who was and is 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 himself. This however was of no consequence to Sai Baba himself.  Sai Baba stressed the importance of surrender to the guidance of the true Satguru or Murshid, who, having gone the path to divine consciousness himself, 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 he lived in,  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”)

Sai Baba’s 11 Sayings:

  • Whoever puts his feet on Shirdi soil, his sufferings would come to an end.
  • The wretched and miserable would rise into plenty of joy and happiness, as soon as they climb steps of my samadhi.
  • I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body.
  • My tomb shall bless and speak to the needs of my devotees.
  • I shall be active and vigorous even from the tomb.
  • My mortal remains would speak from the tomb.
  • I am ever living to help and guide all who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me.
  • If you look to me, I look to you.
  • If you cast your burden on me, I shall surely bear it.
  • If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once.
  • There shall be no want in the house of my devotees.

Sai Baba had many devotees, and the most notable among them are:

  • NanaSaheb Chandorkar: Collector – Sai Baba saved his daughter from labor complications.
  • Ganapath Rao: police officer also known as Das Ganu. He was an itinerant who spread Sai Baba’s message.
  • Tatya Patil:  Sai Baba used to treat Tatya Patil as His nephew.
  • BaijaMai kote patil: Sai Baba treated her as His elder sister and as mother.
  • Haji Abdul baba: He served Sai Baba until Sai Baba died in 1918.
  • Madhav Deshpande: Later known as Shama,one of the staunch devotees of Baba.
  • Govindrao Dabholkar (Hemadpant): Sai Baba allowed him to write the Shri Sai Satcharita.
  • Mahalsapati Chimanji Nagare: A priest of Khandoba Temple.
  • RadhaKrishna Mai: She cleaned the temple and looked after Baba’s needs.