Shri Saibaba appeared in Shirdi and Lived in Shirdi. After his Mahasamadhi, He is laying in shrine in Samadhi Mandir(Temple)at Shirdi. Life size statue is installed devotees visit to have darshan of his murti.
Saibaba’s teachings are simple and his quote”Shraddha(faith) – Saburi(patience)” is most revered and good life can be achieved by adopting this. Other teachings include help others, learn from Guru, non-violence and peace for all.
Disciples: Sai Baba left behind no spiritual heirs, appointed no disciples, and did not even provide formal initiation (diksha), despite requests. However some closely associated with Saibaba are Mhalsapati, Madhav Rao (Peshway), Nanasaheb Peshway, Bayijabai, Tatya Kote Patil, Kakasaheb Dixit, Radhakrishnamaai, Hemadpant, Bhuti, Das Ganu, Lakshmi Bai, Nanavali, Upasni Maharaj, Abdul Baba, Sapatanekar, Nanasaheb Chandodkar.
Mantram: “Om Sai” “Om Sai Nathaya namaha:”
Quotation: Shraddha – Saburi (faith – patience)
“Sabka Malik Ek” (“One God governs all”),
“Allah Malik” (“God is King”).
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, (Shirdi)
PO: Shirdi Tal. Rahata Dist. Ahmednagar – 423109
State- Maharashtra India
Fax: office (02423)-258870 & P.R.O, Office (02423)- 258770.
URL : www.shrisaibabasansthan.org, www.sai.org.in
Shirdi – SAI BABA – Live DARSHAN
Darshan Time: 4 A.M. To 11.15 P.M. (IST)
Online Services: available for Darhsan, Accommodation, donation, Saileela magazine Membership, Life Membership, Availability Schedule for Free Prasad Bhojan
Sai Baba Sansthan is organizing training to priests heading various Saibaba temples. Priests may get registered and learn the proper way of doing Pooja in synchronization with Shirdi’s style of worship.
How to reach
Shirdi is well connected by all means. Tourist operators offer packages suitable to one’s needs.
- 83 km from Ahmednagar
- 15 Km. from Kopargaon.
- 185 km from Mumbai
Shirdi – maintains many publications in different languages.
Interesting places around Shirdi
- Pandavleni Caves on Trivashmi Hill built 2000 years back..
- Coin Museum
- Triambakeshwar temple, Triambak is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga. 36km from Nashik
- Bhimashankar Temple , near Pune – is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas
- ShaniShinganapur : Famous Shani temple 70 km from Shirdi
- Daulatabad Fort
- Ajanta and Ellora Caves near Aurangabad, Built in 2nd BC these caves are rich in appeal and sculptures are beautiful. These caves were habituated by Budhist monks once. Visitors cherish the visit to the Ajanta caves and Ellora caves lifetime.
Sai Baba – is a saint, fakir, and satguru, He was revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees
- He stressed the importance of surrender to the true Guru who, having trod 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:
- Dwarakamayi is the name given to the mosque where he lived, practised Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and was buried in Shirdi.
Sai Baba’s real name, his birthplace and date of birth are unknown. The name “Sai” was given to him upon his arrival at Shirdi when he was 16 years old, by Mahalsapati, a local temple priest, acknowledging him as a Muslim saint and greeting him with the words ‘Ya Sai!’, “Baba” means grandfather
He led an ascetic life, sitting motionless under a neem tree and meditating while sitting in an sukhaasana. His presence attracted the curiosity of the villagers, and he was regularly visited by the religiously inclined, including Mahalsapati, Appa Jogle and Kashinatha. Sai Baba left the village, and little is known about him after that. Sai Baba stayed in Shirdi for three years, disappeared for a year, and returned permanently around 1858, which suggests a birth year of 1838.
Return to Shirdi
In 1858 Sai Baba returned to Shirdi. Around this time he adopted his famous style of dress consisting of a knee-length one-piece Kafni robe and a cloth cap.
For four to five years Baba lived under a neem tree and often wandered for long periods in the jungle around Shirdi. His manner was said to be withdrawn and uncommunicative as he undertook long periods of meditation. He was eventually persuaded to take up residence in an old and dilapidated mosque and lived a solitary life there, surviving by begging for alms, and receiving itinerant Hindu or Muslim visitors. In the mosque he maintained a sacred fire which is referred to as a dhuni, from which he gave sacred ashes (‘Udhi’) to his guests before they left. The ash was believed to have healing and apotropaic powers. He performed the function of a local hakim and treated the sick by application of ashes. Sai Baba also delivered spiritual teachings to his visitors, recommending the reading of sacred Hindu texts along with the Qur’an. He insisted on the indispensability of the unbroken remembrance of God’s name (dhikr, japa), and often expressed himself in a cryptic manner with the use of parables, symbols and allegories.
After 1910 Sai Baba’s fame began to spread in Mumbai. Numerous people started visiting him, because they regarded him as a saint with the power of performing miracles or even as an Avatar. They built his first temple at Bhivpuri, Karjat.
Teachings and practices
Sai Baba opposed all persecution based on religion or caste. He was an opponent of religious orthodoxy — Christian, Hindu and Muslim.
Sai Baba encouraged his devotees to pray, chant God’s name, and read holy scriptures. He told Muslims to study the Qur’an and Hindus to study texts such as the Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, and Yoga Vasistha. He was impressed by the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and encouraged people to follow it in their own lives. He advised his devotees and followers to lead a moral life, help others, love every living being without any discrimination, and develop two important features of character: devotion to the Guru (Sraddha) and waiting cheerfully with patience and love (Saburi). He criticised atheism.
- Sai Baba emphasized the importance of performing one’s duties without attachment to earthly matters and of being content regardless of the situation.
- He shunned any kind of regular rituals but allowed the practice of namaz, chanting of Al-Fatiha, and Qur’an readings at Muslim festival times. Occasionally reciting the Al-Fatiha, Baba enjoyed listening to mawlid and qawwali accompanied with the tabla and sarangi.
- Sai Baba interpreted the religious texts of both Islam and Hinduism. He explained the meaning of the Hindu scriptures in the spirit of Advaita Vedanta.
- Sai Baba encouraged charity, and stressed the importance of sharing. He said: “Unless there is some relationship or connection, nobody goes anywhere. If any men or creatures come to you, do not discourteously drive them away, but receive them well and treat them with due respect.
- Shri Hari (God Vishnu) will certainly be pleased if you give water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and your verandah to strangers for sitting and resting. If anybody wants any money from you and you are not inclined to give, do not give, but do not bark at him like a dog.”
Sai Baba temples – are located across the globe with life size statue of Saibaba installed and initiate regular prayers.
In the mosque in Shirdi, in which Sai Baba lived, there is a life-size portrait of him by Shama Rao Jaykar, an artist from Mumbai. Numerous monuments and statues depicting Sai Baba, which serve a religious function, have been made. One of them, made of marble by a sculptor named Balaji Vasant Talim, is in the Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi where Sai Baba was buried.
Film and television: Sai Baba has been the subject of several feature films in many languages produced by India’s film industry.
Philosophy Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Self-Realization
Source: Sai Sacharitra, Sai publications, Sailees magazine, Wikipedia and other sources