Introduction to History of Sai Baba:
History of Sai Baba is really amazing if you are theist. Sai Baba of Shirdi is regarded as a spiritual master as well as a great saint throughout India. He is also called “Sainath” with all devout affection. Sai Baba was a fakir who spent his entire life as a guru.
Place of birth and date of birth of Sai Baba:
Due to the lack of definitive evidence, his place of birth and date of birth are still completely unknown. Therefore, many rumors about his birth are prevalent. However, no documents are currently available about his birth.
What does “Sai” mean?
When Mhalsapati first called him, he called him “Sai”. Which means “Yavani Sant” or “Fakir” in the Marathi-Urdu-Persian language used at that time.
Sai Baba of Shirdi:
He spent most of his life in Shirdi village. It is a village in Rahata taluka of Ahmednagar district. As a result, people started recognizing him as “Sai Baba of Shirdi”. The divine experience, peace of mind and confidence felt in Shirdi is truly incomparable. Perhaps this is the reason behind Shirdi has become a place of worship for millions of devotees.
Thoughts of Sai Baba:
God is the Almighty. Through these religious views, he achieved Hindu-Muslim unity. Furthermore, God blesses all devotees regardless of caste and creed. Similarly, during his time, he contributed to the elimination of caste differences in society. “Sabka malik ek” means there is one God for all kinds of people. Together, he says to all his followers that “Allah will bless you!”.
These poetic commentaries of both religions are very famous. He told his followers, “Look at me (as a guru) and I will see at you.
Lessons of Sai Baba to Society:
He described how love of material things hinders the attainment of enlightenment. He also said that the aim of human life is to achieve enlightenment. Along with teaching enlightenment, he also taught love, compassion, forgiveness, charity, contentment, inner peace, helping others, service and reverence to God and Master. He also told the importance of a disciple’s devotion to the true Sadguru (Guru). He taught all followers the importance of Shradha and Saburi, that is, faith and patience.
You must also read the Information of Swami Vivekananda.
Historical Documents About Sai Baba:
Reliable information about Sai Baba’s life is available in his book, “Sri Sai Saccharitra”. Which was written in the year 1922 CE by a disciple named Hemadpant (Govind Raghunath / Annasaheb Dabholkar). This book is based on personal observations made by Hemadpant and other disciples since 1910 CE.
Though, Sai Baba is not born in Shirdi, his birthplace should not be far from Shirdi. On asking Sai Baba about his birthplace and parents, he used to give conflicting and misleading answers. It is said that he told about his origin to his most close follower, “Mhalasapati.”
According to that story, he was born in the home of a Deshasta Brahmin family of Pathri village in Parbhani district. Also, his date of birth should be 27th September, 1837. According to the research of Shirdi’s genealogy by “Saidham Charitable Trust”, there is strong evidence that his name was “Baba Haribhau Bhusari”. Many people also support this theory.
It is believed that one day his parents asked him to take care of a fakir. Later, the fakir assigned him to a Hindu guru named “Vekunsha”. On the other hand, some people consider him a Muslim of the Momin tribe.
History of Sai Baba and His Work:
He strongly opposed discrimination on the basis of caste and religion. According to him, whether a man is a Hindu or a Muslim, he should be treated humanely. Because, there is no strength in disunity whereas, power of unity is revolutionary.
He stayed in the mosque to work on discrimination of the religion. He called the mosque “Dwarakamai Mosque”. He studied religious rituals, traditions, words, figures of both religions to explain both of religions and its similarities. Sai Baba worked to bring people of all religions together. This is why Sai Baba seems so close to people of every religion.
Fame of Sai Baba:
His devotees are widely known around the world. The temples of Sai Baba were found all over the Globe. Devotees of Sai Baba consider him a divine avatar. Some Hindu devotees consider him an incarnation of Shiva, some consider him a Dattavatar, and some devotees consider him an avatar of Vishnu.
Another thing is Sai Baba always occupies the leading position among Sufi saints of Muslim religion. Therefore, keeping away religion, caste, creed, a large crowd attends the Sai temple of Shirdi to see Sai Baba.
Finally, on 15 October 1918, Sai Baba took samadhi at Shirdi.
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