The History of Sai Baba is really amazing if you are theist. In India, the Sai Baba of Shirdi is regarded as a spiritual master as well as a great saint. 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
Because of 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 are truly incomparable. Perhaps this is the reason Shirdi has become a place of worship for millions of devotees.
Sai Baba Quotes
God is the Almighty. Through these religious views, he achieved Hindu-Muslim unity. Because Saibaba blesses all devotees regardless of religion, 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:
“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 has taught all followers about the importance of “Shraddha” and “Saburi” which means 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Historical Documents About Sai Baba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 was 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 in 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 sound evidence that his name was “Baba Haribhau Bhusari”. Many people also support this theory.
People 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”. Some people consider him a Muslim of the Momin tribe.
History of Sai Baba and His Work
He strongly opposed discrimination based on 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, the 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, and figures of both religions to explain both religions and its similarities. Sai Baba worked to bring people of all religions together. Therefore, Sai Baba seems so close to people of every religion.
Fame of Sai Baba
We knew that today Saibaba devotees are across the world. Also, we can see temples of Sai Baba 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 the Muslim religion. Therefore, keeping away religion, caste, creed, a large crowd attends the Sai temple of Shirdi to see Sai Baba.
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Finally, on 15 October 1918, Sai Baba took samadhi at Shirdi.
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