• Long time ago, at the beginning of eighteenth century a young bearded man ( Shirdi Sai baba) with sparkling eyes took shelter in a mosque, in Shirdi Village (of Maharshtra State, In India) . Nobody knew from where this stranger had come who hardly spoke a word and stayed there
  • Gradually the curious villagers started offering food to the man, but he never asked anything from them. Sometimes he shared his food with the animals. Soon the young fakir, as he was started to be addressed, started expressing his viewpoints with few elderly villagers. His simple language of expresssion and his special power of solving the problems of poor needy and destitutes soon made this less known fakir, to be known as Shri Sai Baba. As the days passed, devotees started streaming into Shirdi in ever growing numbers. The village was fast becoming a centre of pilgrimage. As gifts and presentations flowed in, the pomp and ceremony of Sai worship were evolving. Everyday Sai Baba would be a pauper having distributed all among the needy and the poor. But Sai Baba's life of a Fakir remained calm, undisturbed, unaltered and therein is the saint's Spiritual glory.
  • People also realised that this "Baba" was no ordinary person but a person with extraordinary godly powers. Such powers are not known or present in normal human beings. Baba preached his principle of love and faith in humanity to all his disciples. He always felt anguished over the fact that all those who came to him were more for their own personal problems and not for attaining the ultimate goal of reaching God which he felt could be attained only by true servicing of humanity.
  • Sai baba strongly believed in uniformity of religion and he never distinguished anyone on the basis of caste, creed or religion. He always made it a point not to return empty handed those who had come to him in their hour of need and grief. He performed miracles to alleviate the suffering of poor people. On one occasion he restored the eyes of a blind elderly and on another occasion he lighted a lantern with water when there was no oil to burn it.
  • As all good things have to end ultimately "Baba" also left his body on his own will on 15th Oct. 1918, leaving his millions of believers and followers crying. His body was laid in the Samadhi Mandir called "Booty", which he had asked his disciple to built before his death.
  • As it is not human to understand why and how BABA reaches out to people and places, the topic must remain untouched with a certainty of satisfaction that BABA has chosen Kantipur and its subjects to shower his infinite grace. The not easy task of having a temple of BABA was made effortless from the inception of the thought of the temple in Shri Pabitra Kumar Samal to the uncommon quick accord of Shri Chandra Bhanu Satpathy- the Guruji due to the miracles manifested by the panacea fakir- SHIRIDI SAI BABA.
  • Sai Baba was Unique, in that, he lived his message through the Essence of his Being. His life and relationship with the common man was his teaching. The lmmense that was manifest in the body of Sai was moving and is still moving in a mysterious way, creating and recreating itself everywhere, beyond the comprehension of time and space.Yet, he lived with the common folk as a penniless fakir, wearing a torn kafni, sleeping over a mat while resting his head on a brick, begging for his food. He radiated a mysterious smile and a deep inward look, of a peace that passeth all understanding. He was always and ever aware of what transpired within the hearts and minds of everyone, whether they be, His devotees or not. This Omnipresent and Omniscient Sri Sai Baba who left his mortal body in 1918, is the living spiritual force that is drawing people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, into his fold, today.Sri Sai Baba lived, acted and behaved as only a "God descended on Earth" can. He came to serve mankind, to free them from the clutches of fear.
  • Sai baba made eleven "assurances to his devotees:
    1. No harm shall befall him, who steps on the soil of Shirdi.
    2. He who comes to my Samadhi, his sorrow and suffering shall cease.
    3. Though I be no more in flesh and blood, I shall ever protect my devotees.
    4. Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered.
    5. Know that my spirit is immortal, know this for yourself.
    6. Show unto me him who has sought refuge and has been turned away.
    7. In whatever faith men worship me, even so do I render to them.
    8. Not in vain is my promise that I shall ever lighten your burden.
    9. Knock, and the door shall open, ask and it shall be granted.
    10. To him who surrenders unto me totally I shall be ever indebted.
    11. Blessed is he who has become one with me.
  • Sai Baba left behind no spiritual heirs, appointed no disciples, and did not even provide formal initiation (diksha), despite requests. Some disciples of Sai Baba achieved fame as spiritual figures, such as  title="Upasni Maharaj",Upasni MaharajofSakori. After Sai Baba left his body, his devotees offered the daily Aarti to Upasni Maharaj when he paid a visit to Shirdi, two times within 10 years.





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