Sai Baba of Shirdi was an Indian spiritual master who is regarded by his devotees to be a manifestation of Sri Dattaguru and identified as a saint & a fakir.
Sai Baba of Shirdi is revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime. According to accounts from his life, he preached the importance of realization of the self and criticized love towards perishable things.
Sai Baba opposed all persecution based on religion or caste. He was an opponent of religious orthodoxy — Christian, Hindu, and Muslim.
Sai Baba of Shirdi 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: faith (Shraddha) and patience (Saburi).
Sai Baba’s disciples and devotees claim that he performed many miracles such as bilocation, levitation, mindreading, materialization, exorcisms, entering a state of Samādhi at will, lighting lamps with water, removing his limbs or intestines and sticking them back to his body, curing the incurably sick, appearing beaten when another was beaten, preventing a mosque from falling down on people, and helping his devotees in other miraculous ways.
In August 1918, Shirdi Sai Baba told some of his devotees that he would soon be “leaving his mortal body” (dying). Towards the end of September, he had a high fever and stopped eating.
As his condition deteriorated, he asked his disciples to recite holy texts to him and continued to meet visitors. On 15 October 1918, he breathed his last. The day coincided with the Hindu calendar date that year for Vijayadashami.
Sai Baba of Shirdi Quotes:
1. Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.
2. What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.
3. All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.
4. You seek too much information and not enough transformation.
5. Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values, and false ideals. But you are not part of that world.
6. Learning to earn a living is only half the job. The other half is to make life worthwhile and meaningful.
7. What the world needs today is neither a new order, a new education, a new system, a new society nor a new religion. The remedy lies in a mind and a heart filled with holiness.
8. To every one of us, there must come a time when the whole universe will be found to have been a dream when we find the soul is infinitely better than its surroundings. It is only a question of time, and time is nothing in the infinite.
9. You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it!
10. True knowledge is that which establishes harmony and synthesis between science on the one hand and spirituality and ethics on the other.
11. Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use.
12. Unity of minds, natural love, and co-operation are the qualities we have to develop today. Education is not for securing university degrees.
13. Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.
14. Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions.