On Shirdi Sai Baba

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Sai Baba van Shirdi of Shirdi Sai Baba (Pathri, 1835 – Shirdi, 15 October 1918), born under an unknown name, was an Indian guru and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim followers as a saint. He was the original Sai Baba from the former state of Bombay, Maharashtra not.

Sai Baba lived in a mosque, is buried in a mandir (Hindoetempel), embraced several Hindu- and Muslim customs and language which had elements of both movements united. He preached tolerance and gave instruction on the basis of the Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads give these give.

De weg van Sai Baba was de gurumarg, involving total surrender to the divine preceptor in the form of the guru. Sai Baba teaches that the submission to the Sadgoeroe surrender to God in ourselves, surrender to the leadership of the Atma (divine self). The Sadgoeroe guides us on our difficult path through life, on the way to our goal of union with the divine.

Shirdi Sai Baba has several times the way self-realization described as a journey through a jungle full of pitfalls and tigers; a trip out to accomplish in a hurry. "But with a guide, there is no danger, because the road itself is gone '.


Shirdi Sai Baba arrived in Shirdi village in Maharashtra state when he was about sixteen years old. No one knew his name or knew where he came from. He himself has never wanted to tell about his childhood, but his disciple Dasganu has gone on trial and came to the conclusion that Sai Baba was probably born in the village Pathri in Maharashtra, and that for a time he was brought up by the teacher Gopalrao Desmukh, a district director who ashram led.

Sai Baba lived and died in Shirdi as a mendicant in a dilapidated mosque. This mosque he called Dwarakamai (“Mother Dwaraka”), a reference to the city Dwaraka by which the Hindu Krishna founded. He was named “Sai” – what “saint” means – a villager named Mahalsapati, Die One Day Kndobatempel habitat Preestr give. When he was older begun others “Baba” – what “father” means – paste as a tribute to his name.

He had both Hindu- Muslim puffs. For example, he said, often “Rama is Allah” at the time he entered a mosque, and “Allah Malik hai” (God is the supreme lord) in a Hindu temple. One of his favorite prayers from Hinduism, the Vishnu sahasranama. This merger of Hinduism and Islam is not uncommon in India branch mystical Soefi-traditie, why Sai Baba of Shirdi by many as a Soefi seen. Self Shirdi Baba told both times that he was but a simple fakir, but just as well he declared that he was the mystic Kabir in a past life (1440–1518), that he was an incarnation of the god Dattatreya, and he has shown himself to diverse followers see as various other gods.

His religion, philosophy and work

The similarities between the life of Kabir and Shirdi Sai Baba are remarkably; both so had both Hindu- Muslim followers, they gave no initiations and encouraged devotion to God and surrender to the guru. They both called themselves God's servant, God's servant, God's dedicated, fakir and even God himself. Kabir Evenals, in the fifteenth century lived in Benares, Sai Baba took away all sectarianism, and he promoted the unity between Muslims and Hindus, in a turbulent time when religious conflict between these two groups was at its fiercest. His followers believe that Sai Baba had miraculous powers, he will be still active even after his death and that he even "from his tomb’ will still continue to work wonders. He declared shortly before his death about his followers:

"Believe me,, although I leave, will my tomb your hope and trust donate my bones. Not just myself, but also my samadhi (grave) will speak, hiking and convey messages to those who wholeheartedly surrender to me. Do not be concerned that I'm not with you. You will hear my bones speaking to care for your welfare. Always think of me and trust me with heart and soul, you will be very blessed.’

The main holy book of Shirdi Sai Baba movement is the Sri Sai Satcharita, Ask Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar, that Sai Baba was given the nickname Hemadpant (note: Sri Sai Satcharitra is contained almost entirely in Dutch biography ‘Zeven dagen Shirdi Sai). It is a book in a devotional style that tells of Baba's life, miracles and works. Baba says in this book:

If you pronounce my name with love, I will fulfill all your desires and your commitment to increase. If you sincerely sings my life I will for you, behind you and beside you are, because if you're heart and soul attached to me, you will feel happy when they hear these stories. Believe me, if you chant my divine play, I will give you infinite joy and everlasting contentment donate. It is my special characteristic that I will deliver if you surrender completely to me you, worships Me faithfully, I always keep in mind and constantly meditate on Me. How can there still be room for worldly things and feelings? I will snatch from the jaws of death. If you listen to my stories, You will all disappear diseases. Listen So with respect to, meditate on it and make it your own, that is the way to happiness and contentment. Your pride and selfishness will disappear, your mind will relax and if you go with all your heart believes in me and trusts me, you'll be one with the supreme consciousness. All only keep in mind my name as "Sai, Sai’ will be sufficient for your errors of speech and hearing nullify.’ - Quote from the biography "Seven days Shirdi Sai ‘

Shirdi Sai Baba (Coloured)

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Shirdi Sai Baba never spoke much and quickly became apparent anger; There is even told that his pupils physically from lambasting if necessary. But followers believe that he only malice pretended to teach his disciples humility and at the right (spiritual) guide rail. He is sometimes described as eccentric.

He kept an ever-burning fire (Dhuni) and distributed about its axis (Udi) among his followers as medicine and blessing. To be as diverse meanings ascribed particularly in Hinduism.

He asked in later years almost always money to his visitors. This was seen by them as a means of detachment, sometimes as a fulfillment of unfulfilled promises were ever made and then forgotten, or blessing. In some cases, Sai Baba explained why he called one of the money early and another not. From the money he got he used very little for himself, most anything to firewood for his fire or what to buy tobacco for his chillimpijp, and what remained the same day he gave to those who needed it. If someone wanted to give him precious things Baba was always angry and then began to scold. He said that his property consisted of a tunic, a cloak and a tin pot and that people were harassing him by unnecessary him, useless and give valuable items.

He was buried in a building that “Samadhi Mandir” called, in the village of Shirdi. The building was originally built by a wealthy follower as a guesthouse, with a Krishna temple on the ground floor, but is designed as a mausoleum for Baba's body before commissioning.


Today, Shirdi Sai Baba a very popular saint in India, with his face to the altars, medaillons, billboards and even cars from both Hindu and Muslim sierend.

He is recognized throughout India, all his followers are mainly represented in the state of Maharashtra, where he died and was probably born. The Samadhi Mandir where he is buried marks a famous destination for pilgrims.

De Indiase goeroe Sathya Sai Baba, which also has followers in the Netherlands, was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Followers of Sathya Sai Baba recognize Shirdi Sai Baba as a saint, but the reverse usually.