28 September 1835: the birth day of Shirdi Sai Baba

The birth story of Shirdi Sai Baba.

From a speech by Sathya Sai Baba. Translation: ‘Zeven dagen Shirdi Sai‘, by Satrughna

After Sathya Sai Baba has told how the ferryman woman Devagiriamma by Shiva and Parvati is blessed with the promise that Shiva will be her third child was born, He continues:

‘…..After a year Devagiriamma became pregnant again. The child then grew in her belly, was no ordinary child. It was the Lord of the universe, God himself, worshiped by gods like Brahma, Indra one anderen. The process by which God enters into the womb can not be compared with the conception of ordinary people. This process is called "the illusion of Vishnu '.

Birth and detachment

After two months of pregnancy was confirmed Devagiriamma. With the passage of time, a divine glow on the face of the mother, because the Lord, that the universe within itself, in her belly was. In the meantime Gangabhavadya an intense desire was to leave everything behind and search for the divine couple. The ninth month was come, and everyone waited anxiously for the birth of the child, but the desire of her husband Gangabhavadya for worldly things became less. Even before the sun rises, the darkness is dispelled. In the same way,, even before the avatar has descended, the darkness of ignorance dispelled and enters the radiant glow of detachment and wisdom within.

Gangabhavadya called his wife and said,: "I want to go to the forest to meditate. My heart longs to see the Lord. How long can someone hold this worldly life? As long as I'm immersed in this there is no end to the cycle of attachment. Therefore, I will now leave and penance. "Devagiriamma, who was very devoted, bow at his feet and said,: "My lord, it is not for me to read the lesson, but I wish to make a humble request. Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva do us a favor granted. God himself will come when our third child. Why would you go to the forest and do not wait until you can see him here in our son? Please think. "" It's true what you say,'Replied Gangabhavadya, "Lord Shiva will be born in human form as my son. He will be in a secular form and come into his true form. The greatest reward for me is to see in its true form, the Lord and that is not possible as long as I continue to lead the family life. Knowledge of the Absolute is therefore a necessity and that is why I go to the forest. "After he had said that he had all the attachments, and set off.

Because Devagiriamma a devoted wife was she thinking: "The husband is God, the spouse must have been God. "She renounced everything and although she could move forward but hard she followed her husband. Besides God there was nothing in their minds. Home, possession, children, nothing came more into them. They gave everything to God, their goal was.

They walked for a long time until they had reached a secluded place. It got Devagiriamma labor. "For those who have no, God is the refuge. "She had no one to help her, except the Lord in her womb.

On 28 September 1835 was the Lord, who drove the milk ksheerodharashai, born without pain in response to their prayers. It was a bright and beautiful child. As soon as she saw her son, she thought of the saying "the husband comes in the form of a son. '" Why should not I take care of this son, God himself is?"But immediately she realized that it was her duty to follow it indeed worshiped as God her husband. Because her son Lord Shiva himself was, they did not worry to worry about him. Determined, she wrapped the child in a cloth, looked at him with all the love that was in her, and left him. Gangabhavadya was so detached that he was not even looking at his son. He rushed to the forest, followed closely by Devagiriamma.

It was a Monday, the favorite day of Lord Shiva.

Babu grows with Mr. and Mrs. Patel

In the village Pathri attended a Sufi fakir, a Muslim Patel was called the. It was the end of the ninth month, de vastenmaand Ramadan. On this day Muslims gratitude taking a bath, wear new clothes, bow to Allah and pray to him. They also celebrate the Eid. Patel went along with his wife on a bullock cart to a neighboring village to celebrate this feast. Along his wife asked him to stop, so she could do her need. Then she went behind a bush down, there she found to her surprise, a newborn baby, wrapped in a cloth. She looked around but saw no, So she lifted him happy and brought him to her husband. Because they had no children himself and Mrs Patel was past her childbearing, They were overjoyed that their God had given this baby, but they knew not that he was divine. That knowledge is only granted to a few of God's grace.

They took care of the child and called him Babu. Babu grew up to be a happy boy who loved to play with his peers and excelled everywhere.’

-Want to read more? Bestel nu het boek ‘Zeven dagen Shirdi Sai‘, the biography of Shirdi Sai Baba in Dutch-


[1] literal: neerdaling. God on earth incarneert, usually in human form

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