Chapter 1 (Part 1) – Scribblings of A Shirdi Sai Devotee

In last post we covered introduction, foreword, preface of the book and a word about the second edition of the divine book “Scribblings of Shirdi Sai Baba” written by an ardent and staunch devotee Shri Suresh Chandra Gupta ji from New Delhi. Moving further on the same subject line, i am posting herewith a part of Chapter 1 of the same book. Chapter 1 has scribblings from life of Sai Baba when He was seen walking and talking in flesh and blood. Before moving further let us turn few pages of history (which might be new to new devotees and readers) to bring out an overview to understand this book in its real sense.

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Sai Baba Shirdi Stories, Sai Sarovar, How to Read Sai Satcharitra, How to Pray Sai Baba for success, Sai Baba Mantra for Success, Love, Marriage, Job, MahaParayan, Annadan Seva, Naam Jaap, History, Spiritual Discourses, Sai Baba Nav Guruwar Vrat, Sai Baba Divya Pooja, Sai Baba 108 Names, 1008 Names of Sai Baba, Sai Kasht Nivaran Mantra, Om Sai Rakshak Sharnam Deva Mantra |

Sai Baba – The Saint of Shirdi

“Sri Sai Baba is the master of Existence, the Sat Guru, the bosom of Bliss, the ocean of Peace, the store-house of Power, the revealer of Truth, the master-being sporting the hearts of all beings mobile and immobile. Take refuge in His oceanic compassion and be at perfect ease, leading care-free life. Remember the words of Sai who scattered the bread of Grace even to the poor, the wretched, the lowliest and the lost. “Why should you fear when l am here. Cast all your burdens upon me and I shall bear them”. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati.

Sai Baba is not a myth or a non-historic personality. The Saint lived with us in flesh and blood till 15 Oct. 1918 – the Vijai Dashmi Day on which He took His Mahasamadhi. He has been and still is the all pervading living force that moulds and transforms the lives of million of His devotees regardless of their religion-Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Parsees alike.

Who was Sai Baba? What was He? What did He live for?

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In fact Baba had no name. Mahalsapati, a devout Brahmin, when first saw Him, accosted Him as ‘Sai’ – a name by which he came to be known. His origin is unknown. As a young man about sixteen, He came to the village of Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra near about 1854 and made His abode under a Neem Tree. Day in and day out people saw Him sitting on a rock talking little, meditating much. To many of the simple folk who passed that way, He appeared to be mad. It was not given to them to recognise His greatness, let alone divinity when they saw it. All the same, in the simple ways of villagers, they tried to give Him alms; He neither refused nor did He accept them.

He lived within Himself. There was not much give and take between Him and the villagers. He did go out amongst them to take what was given, but never asked for more. Many times He came back empty handed. He held communion only with Himself and with God.

The first realisation that He was something out of the ordinary came when a miracle was seen. A few shepherd boys were playing near the ‘Neem’ tree under which He was sitting, and suddenly they saw a fullgrown cobra with raised hood, moving from the under-bush towards one of their playmates. There was pandemonium, each child trying to get away from the danger spot except the one for whom the cobra was making a bee-line; he was too paralyzed with fear to move or to cry. Shri Sai saw the danger and in a split second before the cobra could strike, He gently unbraided the snake for trying to harm an innocent child. “Why do you want to harm an innocent child? Please go back,” He told the snake. Poised to strike, the snake turned in its track and moved to where Shri Sai was sitting, touched His feet with its head and penitently moved away. These children and one or two elderly shepherds who had seen the whole incident, quite naturally went and spread the tale round the village.

While there was no marked change after this in the general attitude towards Him, the villagers now looked upon Him with new respect, as one who was somewhat different from them. By ones and twos they came to Him, sometimes with wonder in their hearts but mostly out of curiosity. The Neem tree no longer gave Him the seclusion that He wanted and so Shri Sai moved into the quiet corner of a dilapidated old mosque which He called “Dwarkamai”. He lived amongst its crumbling walls with only snakes, bats and owls as company.

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From one of the worm-eaten rafters He suspended a plank six feet above the ground where He used to sleep.: How He got up on the plank unaided remained a mystery, as much of a mystery- as how the torn rags with which He suspended it could hold His weight. But, all the same, He could still be seen sitting under the ‘Neem’ where-under he said, was enshrined His Guru’s place. When dug up, two rooms with lights burning were found under the tree.

One day, He went into the village and as usual asked for a little oil to burn lamps at His ‘Dwarkamai’. But the shopkeepers had by then got tired of giving oil free to Him and after conferring with one another finally decided not to oblige Him any more. Empty handed but quite unperturbed, Sai Baba went back to His dilapidated old abode, to His snakes, and His owls and His bats, followed at a respectful distance by a few people of the village. They saw Him put some water in the lamps, place cotton wicks in them and set aflame and lo, not only were the lamps lit but they remained alight spreading a heavenly glow throughout the night.

It was then that realisation dawned on the people that here was not an ordinary mortal, nor a saint or fakir but some one divine, who had come to sanctify their village. From then onwards, like the fragrance of spring flowers, His fame wafted round and spread in the village, in the taluka, in the district and then in the entire region.

Baba never preached any religion. He never even interfered in the religious practices of His devotees. Whatever religion they belonged to, it was all the same to Him. Caste, creed, colour or status of His devotees never mattered to Him, He only believed in the divine law of love and the attainment of Godliness through faith and love. He did not, therefore, found a new creed or a new sect. His ‘Dwarkamai’ was a meeting place of all religions. He gave His blessings in the form of ‘Udi’ (ashes) from the Sacred fire burning in the ‘Dwarkamai’ accompanied by the vocal blessing ‘Allah Bhala Karega’. To Him the rich and poor, the high and the low, the learned and the ignorant, the Brahmins and the Sudras, the sick and the healthy were all alike. He was the embodiment of the concept of universal love of God, given by Bhagwan Krishna in Gita –

समोअहम् सर्वभूतेषु न मे द्वेष्योअस्ति न प्रियः
ये भजन्ति तु माँ भक्त्याँ मयि ते तेषु चाप्यहम
(I am the same to all beings. To Me there is none hateful nor dear. But those who worship Me with devotion, are in Me, and I too am in them.)

Sai Baba was a ‘Siddha Purusha’. He had command not only over the bodies and minds of people but even over the five elements. Once some people who had come to see Him were prevented from catching the night train for Bombay by a terrific storm which was raging. Without being told, Baba, who knew their difficulties, looked up towards the sky and said “Hey : enough of that, stop it now; My children have to go back”. The storm abated.

Sai Baba taught His devotees the value of truth, the value of faith and the value of love for attaining eternal salvation. He did perform miracles, not because He wanted to impress the people with His powers, but because He sometimes found it was the simplest way to lead a non-believer to become a believer in God and His powers. He showed miracles, so that ‘those who came to scoff may remain to pray”. He showed them favours. He fulfilled their desires. He showered His blessings on all those who came to Him beaten and battered by life’s buffets; so that through Him and His actions they could see the love and mercy of God. Outwardly Baba bestowed temporal benefits on His devotees but inwardly these were designed to lead them on to the path of spiritual progress. The sick were healed, the childless couples were blessed with children, the doubting acquired faith, the blind got eyes through His Grace.

There was only a single thread running through all His actions, all His decisions, all His words; His efforts to help His devotees to rise above their ephemeral lives and to bathe in the immortal consciousness of the Inner Divine.

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  1. Om Sai Ram, All Sai Brothers & Sisters, Shri Shirdi Wale Sai Baba Ki Leela Badi Vichitra hai, Jab Se Sai Nam Ka Sumiran Karne Laga Hoo, Lagata Hai Swarg Me Aagaya Hoo, Baba Mahan hai, Kan Kan Me Baste Hai, Ahasas karke to Dekho.

    Om Sai Ram
    Hukam Singh Kharwal
    Sai Devotee

  2. Three years back i went to shirdi and to know of him (his ways) kept asking me for more information.This Mid year onwards i am under lot of financial strains,some one duped me to buy a plot of land and i lost 7 lacks.I was totally shattered but baba called me three years back and he was preparing me to face the worst time in future.His leela's are known to him only.Because i believed on his vachans i am trying to get out of the mess.I have forgiven those agents who cheated on me.Baba has maintained my mental balance and i am very grateful of him.Jai sai Ram.
    Kamal Thakur.

  3. Sai Ramji Kamalji,

    Yeah, it is very difficult to comprehend Leelas of Baba, it is like collecting an ocean in a glass, sometimes He gives lots of pain to prepare us for forthcoming worse situations, but sometimes He gives unlimited happiness to us just to remember them in adverse times and gather courage. Whatever may be the situation, it is our duty to cling on to Him and we will find Him clinging to us in times of adversity. This is our Baba, so sweet and so loving…

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  4. Om Sai Ram, All Sai Brothers & Sisters, Shri Shirdi Wale Sai Baba Ki Leela Badi Mahan Hai, Jab Bhi Baba Ko Yaad Karte hai Baba turant Aa jate hai, Me Baba Ka Kaise Sukariya Ada Karu, Baba Ke bini Mujhe Kuchha Bhee Najar Nahi Aata hai, Ab Mai Baba Ke Beena Nahi raha Sakata. Jidhar Dekhata Hoo Baba Hi Baba Najar Aate hai.

    Me Baba Se Yahi Prarathna Karunga Ki Baba Mujhe Kabhi Door mat karna.

    Om Sai Ram
    Hukam Singh Kharwal
    Sai Devotee

  5. Om Sai Ram, Ms. Hetal Patil ji,

    Please do prayer to SAI BABA, i can not live without BABA, I am seeing to BABA every where, I am looking to BABA, but enable to do anything.

    BABA Mujhe apane charano me Rakhana. Me aapke bina nahi raha sakata.

    Om Sai Ram,
    Hukam Singh Kharwal
    Sai Devotee

  6. Om Sai Ram, All Sai Devotees.
    Jis haal me rakhe Sai , Us haal me khushi se rahenge Hum
    Sukh ho ya Dukh , Naam unka japenge har pal
    Chahe bhatkaye ye zamana
    Chahe maare jag taana
    Magar Sai Sai kahte kahte
    Jeevan gujarenge Hum

    Kuch kahna hoga gar Sai se
    Toh Shukriya hi karenge Hum

    mila hai ye jeevan toh den hai usi ki
    Usi ke liye jeevan nyochhavar karenge Hum

    Nahi hume haq rulane ka kissi ko
    Nahi hume haq satane ka kissi ko
    Gar nh kar paaye kisi ki madad toh
    Rasta use Sai Dar ka dikhlayenge Hum

    Joh bhatak gaye hai zindagi se apni
    Joh naraz hai har khushi se apni
    Joh anjaan hai Sai ki shakti se
    Unhe jeevan jeena sikhayenge Hum

    Nahi phir Sai ka dil kabhi dukhayenge Hum
    Kabhi na karenge shikwa unse
    Sada musakuraayenge Hum

    Hai yakeen mera musakurata hume dekh kar
    Sai ki Vyadha ko kam kar paynge hum

    Do Sai Aashirwaad prann ko hamare
    Saari duniyaa ko Sai se milana Chahate hai Hum

    Diya hai Jeevan Ye aapne
    Aapko hi samarpit ye jeevan karte hai hum

    Karo aisi kripa apne bachcho par
    Aa kar paas tumhare
    tumhare hi ho le Hum

    Na bhule kabhi dil Sai ko apne
    Sote Jagte Sai Japte rahe Hum



    We are Never Alone when God Dwells within Us
    For the people who believe in the Omnipresent God, the entire world will stand in support. They are not alone. When we have the treasure of God's love with us, what more is needed? Believing in God, wherever we are, we will be in His safe hands. God is eternal. It depends on our point of view to speak about His existence or non-existence. God will be with us only when we believe in His presence and dwell in His consciousness. As long as we are devoid of His consciousness and float in the earthly thoughts, He is not visible to us. Just because Baba has not appeared the moment we thought of Him, can we say that He is non-existing? He is in His Divine State of Ever-New Delight. It is, indeed, our folly not to remember Him and should not think that Baba did give us up. He will not desert his devotees once He holds them in His Hand.Baba makes us come closer to Him when we try to move away from Him. It may take some time, but Baba will be behind our back and will draw us closer to Him. It is our weak faith that causes delays, and not Baba. Our assumption of being alone is caused by our failure to acknowledge God in the form of Baba. Hence, we should behold Baba in our inward eye and hold Him in our heart. We should beseech Baba to always remain in our minds and lead us by His hand.


  8. om sai ram,all sai devotees

    Faith in Baba is a Means to Realize God
    God loves His devotees enormously. Devotees rely on Baba with great faith. At times Baba puts us to simple tests to assess how firm our faith in Him is. Sometimes we face small hurdles, while complex and life-threatening troubles make us desperate at other times. On such occasions, the faith in Baba should be firm and we should pray, 'Baba, I cast my burden on You. Do as You please – sink or save me. And, there is nothing that moves me away from Your Feet even in the hour of life or death'.When the doctors fail to cure a disease of our kin who are in the throes of death, we hold Baba's Feet and pray to Him with firm faith as He alone is our Saviour, Baba heals the sick miraculously. Despite failing to diagnose the disease properly, the medicines given at random by the doctor will work miracles. The patient gets up from the death bed and the good news reaches home. Though worried with life-threatening thoughts till the other minute, Baba makes us safely cross the ocean of troubles and reach the haven of happiness. Can Baba, the Ocean of Kindness, abandon His devotees in trouble? Are we not sending our children to various competitions and tests so that they might win prizes? Likewise, now and then, Baba tests us and what delights Baba is the way His devotees conquer hurdles and emerge victorious.

    Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devoh Maheshwar;
    Gurur Shakshat Parambramha Tashmai Shri Gurur Veh Namah"



    I am a tree & Sai Baba is my Mali . He planted me in this world & nurtures me everyday. He waters me, protects me, loves me & takes care of me in every possible way. I grow due to his hardwork & care & turn into a tree. I blossom with flowers & after some time with fruits. He made me useable for others. My shade gives rest to passengers, my flowers are used for worshipping God, my fruits are used for appeasing hunger & my wood is used as a fuel. All this happened when I undergo stringent care as per Sai Baba. I, as a tree do not know my worth & ways of being used but Sai Baba knows how to make “his tree” worthy for mankind.

    My Baba gets happiness for his efforts. As a tree, I do not make any effort for all those things but only Sai Baba undertook my survival & growth.

    Just imagine how happy our Sai Baba would be when we as his trees become useful for mankind?

    All hardwork is done by him & we only become his live grace.

    Sai Baba gave me money as fruits; love as flowers; compassion as shade & smile as fuel.

    I thank you Baba for making me your tree.


    I've read this on some other website just wanted to share this with all of you.Hope you all will like this.

    om sai ram


    All human beings are the beautiful flowers raised in the garden of God. He is their Protector. Baba used to tell that He incarnated on the Earth to promote our material and spiritual well-being. Hence, whatever actions or duties we perform, they should be offered to Baba in word, spirit and deed. This is known as complete surrender. Every minute we need to meditate on Baba in our heart. If we could put into practice Baba's words, He would definitely make a place for us in His heart. We have to believe in Baba as our everything and live in His Light.On one occasion, a Swami from Alandi approached Baba with a severe ear-ache and sought His blessings. In spite of undergoing an operation, he found no relief. Baba blessed him assuring, "Allah Achha karega", that 'God would cure him'. Keeping faith in Baba's words, he returned to Pune and within a week the pain miraculously cured. It is all due to his complete surrender and faith that his ear -ache vanished by the Grace of Baba. Whatever work we do, we should think of Baba and feel that it is Baba who works through us. There should be no feeling of "I" or "mine", except a conscious feeling that it is done as per His Will. Then, there is no possibility of making a mistake. Moreover, the ego sense that, "I am doing" would get erased. We have to seek His protection by our total surrender to Him.


  11. Love you Baba. Jai Sai Samarth!
    Aum Sai Rakshak Sharnam Deva!

    Digambara Digambara Sripada Srivallabha Digambara
    Digambara Digambara Srichakra Dattatreya Digambara

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