Sai Baba of Shirdi – The Holy Journey of Love

Sai Baba of Shirdi – The Holy Journey of Love

|| AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM ||

Shirdi Sai Baba, also known as Sai Baba of Shirdi, was an Indian Spiritual Master who was regarded by His Hindu and Muslim devotees as a Saint, Fakir and Sadguru, according to their individual beliefs. Shri Sai Baba lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. Some of His Hindu devotees believe that He was an incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya, and also regarded as an incarnation of Kabir.

His philosophy ingrained ‘Shraddha‘ meaning Faith and ‘Saburi‘ meaning Patience. According to Him Shraddha and Saburi were the supreme attributes to reach the state of godliness.

It is believed that at a tender age of 16 yrs, Shri Sai Baba arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till His Mahasamadhi. He found shelter in Khandoba temple, where a villager Mahalsapathi in the temple addressed Him as Sai” or Saint.

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 in which He lived, practised Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and took Samadhi in the blessed soil of Shirdi.

Sai Baba left no written works. All His teachings were oral and pithy sayings rather than elaborate discourses. His sayings were short, crisp and in layman language with which the common mass could easily associate.

Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi, was unique in the sense that He lived his message through the essence of His being. He lived among the common people adorning a torn Kafni (long robe), sleeping over a mat while using brick as His headrest and got His food by begging. Such was His smile that, radiated a mystical charisma and deep seated inward look that hypnotized the people who visited Him.

Sai Baba said that, He was a slave in the service of those who loved Him. He was ever living to help those who turn to Him and that He has to take care of His children day and night. His most concise message for one and all alike was –

“Why Fear, When I Am Here.

|| BOW TO SHRI SAI || MAY PEACE BE TO ALL ||

|| AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM || AUM SAI SHARNAM || 
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Bless us, Shri Sadguru Sainath!

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Regarding this hymn, Oh wise ones, 
Have faith in your hearts 
Above the efficacy of this hymn; 
And give no place 
To doubts and misconceptions.

Go on pilgrimage to Shirdi, 
Concentrate on the lotus feet of Baba, 
Who is the succour of the poor and the meek, 
The wish-fulfilling tree for the devotees!

It was because of the inspiration received from Him 
That this hymn has been composed. 
How else could an insignificant ignorant one, like me, 
Have written it?

In Shake 1840 
In the bright half of the BHADRAPAD month, 
On GANESH-CHATURTHI day, 
Monday, in the second ‘PRAHAR’,

This humble tribute of praise to Shri Sainath, 
Was completed at Maheshwara,
By the sacred bank of the Narmada 
Near Shri Ahilya Devi’s SAMADHI.

At Maheshwara, the famous TIRTHA, 
The hymn was completed. 
Shri Sainath made me utter every word 
By becoming part of my mind.

The disciple Damodar 
Became the scribe truly, 
I, Das Ganu, am only an obedient servant 
Of all the saints and sages.

Peace be with you! May this humble tribute 
of praise to Shri Sainath 
Help you cross the worldly ocean. 
This is the prayer, with faith and respect 
Of Das Ganu, to Shri Panduranga.

Let this be offered to Shri Hari-Hara! 
Bless us, O Lord! 
PUNDALIK VARDA (fulfiller of wishes) HARI-VITHAL! 
I recall Sitakanta! Hail Hail Rama,
Parvati-pate Har-Har Mahadev! 
Hail to Shri Sadguru Sainath Maharaj! 
Shri Sadguru Sainath, I offer this to you 
Bless us, O Lord!

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

|| Happy and Blessed Diwali To You All   ||

Today is the last post related to the series of Stavana Manjari. I sincerely thank you all and wish from the bottom of my heart that our dear Baba blesses us all to live this wonderful life to the fullest.   🙏

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I have no doubt, O GURURAYA!

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Worldly or spiritual, 
In whatever objects I seek satisfaction, 
I have no doubt, O GURURAYA, 
That you will grant me these.

With your grace, 
Control my mind; 
If the oceans are sweetened 
There is no fear of their being salty.

To make the oceans sweet 
Truly you have the powers. 
Therefore, this supplication of Dasganu, 
Please concede.

Whatever my shortcomings, 
They are all yours! 
You are the foremost among the spiritual masters, 
So do not stint while giving.

Now, why should I speak more? 
You are my only refuge. 
The child held in the Mother’s arms, 
Is naturally without fear.

So be it. This hymn of praise, 
Whosoever read with love, 
Their desires 
Fulfil, O Lord.

Your blessing for this hymn 
I entreat. 
May the difficulties of he who recites this sincerely, 
Be warded off within a year.

After performing all ablutions, 
Should this hymn, be recited regularly, 
With a pure and sincere feeling 
In your heart.

If even this be not possible 
Then on every “Ekadasi” 
This hymn should be read 
To realize the beneficial effect.

One who recites this, with faith 
Will ultimately progress spiritually by the grace of GURU, 
Who will satiate the material desires readily, 
And thereby deliver him from their bondage.

With repeated recitations of this hymn, 
Dull wits will be sharpened. 
And, if perchance, someone’s life is short, 
Then, by recitation; he will live upto a hundred years!

Where wealth is wanting, 
KUBER, the Lord of wealth himself will come to stay, 
Oh, reading this hymn. 
This is the Truth, and so it shall be.

To the childless, children will be born 
On reciting this hymn. 
And the ailments of one who recites this hymn 
Will be dispelled in all directions.

Fear and worry will disappear, 
Prestige will increase. 
He will realise the imperishable BRAHMAN 
With the regular recitation of this hymn.

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

|| Happy Dhanteras To You All ||

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Will you not redeem me, Oh, GURURAYA!

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

You are the cow and I the calf; 
You are the Mother and I the child; 
Do not harbour 
Any harsh feelings towards me.

You are the sandalwood from Malaygiri; 
I’m a thorny shrub. 
You are the life-giving waters of Godavari, 
I, the greatest of sinners.

If after having your “DARSHAN” 
The impurities of my wicked mind remains 
Unchanged, GURURAYA, 
Who will then call you sandalwood?

The proximity of musk (“KASTURI”) 
Makes even the dust more valuable; 
The fragrance of flowers is transmitted 
To the thread which ties the garlands.

This is the way of the great. 
Whosoever they come in touch with, 
To him they impart 
A part of their greatness.

Sacred ashes, join cloth and the bull, 
SHIVA made symbolic parts of himself; 
Therefore, these objects 
Are praised in all quarters.

For the amusement of the cowherds, 
At Vrindavan, on the banks of the Yamuna, 
The Lord of the World played “DAHI-KALA” 
That too has earned recognition from wise men.

Similarly, I am a sinner, 
But, I am under your protection; 
Will you not redeem me, Oh, GURURAYA, 
From my sinful state?

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

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EIGHTFOLD PRAYER

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

EIGHTFOLD PRAYER

Possessing peaceful mind, and wisdom supreme,
Sainath, the compassionate,
You are ocean of kindness, truth incarnate,
And destroyer of the darkness of ignorance!

The sage, beyond caste and creed You are,
Beyond comprehension, compassion incarnate;
Protect me, protect me,
Oh, Sainath of Shirdi!

You are the Sun of Divine knowledge
The bestower of choicest blessings;
Oh, fabled HAMSA of the minds of the devotees,
Protector you are of those who surrender to You.

You are BRAHMADEV, creator of the world;
You, the sustainer of the world, VISHNU;
The destroyer of the three worlds,
You are that very RUDRA!

There is no place on this Earth,
Where you are not.
Omniscient, oh You Sainath,
You dwell in all our hearts.

Forgive us all our sins
I implore You!
And those weaves of doubts and delusions,
Repel instantly.

You are cow, I the calf
You are moon, I the stone melted by its light;
At Your feet, which are like the Ganges,
Respectfully the slave (DAS) bows down!

Place on my head
Your hand and bless me, oh Lord!
Ward off my sorrow and worry
For this GANU is Your servant.

With this eight-fold prayer
I prostrate myself before;
My sins (demerits), suffering and poverty
Ward off immediately.

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

|| 🌹🌹🌹 AUM SAI RAM 🌹🌹🌹||
|| Seeking Baba’s blessings and grace on all of us on this day,
15th Oct 2017
😊🙏🌹 ||

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Oh Sainath, do accept my worship

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Mostly, with the help of my imagination only 
Will I worship You. 
That worship itself, oh, compassionate one, 
Do accept from this slave.

Now with my tears 
I bathe Your feet; 
The sandalwood of true devotion 
I make into paste and apply.

The long tunic (“KAFNI”) of these ornamental words. 
I place on You, sincerely; 
This garland of adoration, 
I place round your neck.

The incense of vileness 
I burn before You, truly; 
Though it is of impure composition 
Even then, there will be no foul-odour from it.

Elsewhere, than before the Sadguru, 
If incense is burnt, 
What happens to that incense 
Is like this,

When the incense is put on the fire, 
The moment it actually touches it,
The fragrance from the incense 
Leaves it instantly.

Before you, it’s contrary; 
The impurities burn away in the fire, 
The good remains for ever 
For the world to see.

Once the vileness of the mind is burnt away, 
The mind will become purer; 
Once the Ganga’s impurity is gone, 
Then it is holy, naturally.

The light of temptations 
I kindle, most truly, 
From which, may the lustre of asceticism 
Be granted to me, oh GURUVARA!

The throne of pure faith 
I offer you as a seat; 
On receiving it 
Accept the offering (“naiyvedya”) of devotion.

You partake the offerings of devotion, 
Give me the essence; 
Because I am your child 
I have a claim on your milk.

My mind is my monetary offering (“DAKSHINA”) 
That I offer to you; 
Therefore, the credit or discredit of any action 
Will no longer be mine.

Now, most humbly and devotedly 
I do obeisance to you; 
Please accept it, 
Oh, Divine SAINATH !

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

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You are the King of kings

  || Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

You are the King of kings,
You are richer than KUBER himself,
You are the Healer par excellence,
No one is superior to You!

For the worship of other deities.
The ritual is as prescribed.
But, for your worship,
There is nothing worthy of You!

Look, in the realm of the Sun,
The festival of DEEPAVALI has come;
But to celebrate it,
What should be the means?

To quench the ocean’s
  Thirst, adequate water cannot be found on Earth;
To warm the fire
From where will the heat be found?

All articles needed for the worship
Are filled with Your essence;
From the beginning, they are part of You,
Oh, SHRI SAMARTHA GURURAYA!

All my talk is a philosophical statement,
For I have not experienced its truth.
I have spoken without experience,
A meaningless maze of words.

If ritualistic worship
Of You, is to be performed by me,
To do that, I have no wherewithals,
My SAMARTHA GURURAYA!

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

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Baba, Your “LEELAS”

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Baba, Your “LEELAS”
No one can comprehend;
Then, my plebeian speech
How can it do justice, tell me?

To save the sinners,
You came to Shirdi;
Pouring water into earthen lamps,
You made them burn.

The wooden plank of absurdly small measures
You turned into your bed, truly;
Thereby displaying to the devotees
Your amazing yogic powers!

The barrenness of many women
You have completely dispelled;
The disease of many
You have cured with the “Udi”!

To ward off worldly difficulties
Is not impossible for You.
The weight of an ant,
Does the elephant consider as a burden?

So be it, GURURAYA,
Have mercy on the humble one.
I surrender at Your Feet,
Do not turn me away.

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All   ||

|| Happy and Blessed Baba’s Day To You All  ||

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You are our Mother and our Father

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

Look, without your grace 
Nothing can be right in the world; 
SHESHSHAYEE befriended ARJUNA, 
To uphold the right.

Due to the kindness of SUGRIV, BIBHISHANA 
Came in contact with King RAM, 
It is due to the saints, 
That Shri Hari is thus glorified.

BRAHMAN, being formless, 
VEDAS cannot describe it. 
Be endowing it with forms, 
The saints have reduced the importance of the formless!

VAIKUNTHAPATI, husband of RUKMINI, 
was made a “mahar” by DAMAJI; 
To pick up corpses of buffaloes
CHOKHAMELA made JAGAD-ATMA (God) slog.

Knowing the prowess of saints, 
Jagjivan laboured by carrying water. 
Saints have truly lorded, 
Over God Himself, who is Eternal Truth 
– Knowledge – Bliss.

There is no need to speak more. 
You are our Mother and our Father, 
Oh, Sadguru Sainath, 
Dweller of Shirdi village.

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

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Oh Sai, the shade-giving tree

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

You are the cool, shady tree, with abundant foliage; 
We are the travellers, really, 
Suffering from the scorching sun-rays 
Of the three-fold calamities of Life.

From the blazing heat, oh compassionate one, 
Protect us, Oh GURURAYA. 
The benign grace of your cool shade 
Is extraordinary!

Sitting under a tree, 
If one feels the heat of the sun, 
Then, who will call that tree 
The shade-giving tree?

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 🙏 ||

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In the waters of the Godavari

|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||

 In the waters of the Godavari,
Only the soiled clothes come to be cleaned;
The clean ones, in a trunk,
Remain far from the Godavari banks.

Even that which remained in the trunk,
Came once,
To be cleansed thoroughly
On the Godavari banks.

The “DARSHAN” of your feet
Is like a bath in the Godavari;
Wash away my sins.
Oh, Samarth, and purify me!

We worldly people
Gather layers of impurities again and again;
Therefore, we are the right people
For the “DARSHAN” of saints.

In the abundant waters of the Godavari
Comes the wash, to be cleansed at the GHATS;
If, it is really left unattended,
Then, it is a discredit to the Godavari!

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|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All 🙂 ||

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