Sai Satcharitra Chapter 8

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The Sai Satcharitra: Simplified!

Chapter 8

The Human Birth


To take birth as a human being is believed to be a result of good deeds in the past. We never know about the past, but what we know is that if we all are monitored continually by one detection system, popularly known as “Karma”. It is the most hated monitoring system for some, as it always provides a feedback into your life of the same altitude as of the input fed into it by our actions.

In simpler terms, it means, “What goes around comes back around”.


According to mythology, it is said that God created humans so as to ascertain that there must be some creature who shall be able to appreciate the beautiful universe created by him. All other creatures does not have full power (in this context at least). Some say, ministers of god also feel jealous of humans, as they hold the special power to attain salvation by meditating upon god’s name. Salvation according to mythology or spiritual world, shall mean attaining God Vision, acquiring some vows of god or freeing one’s self from the cycle of life and death.

But for us, the common man, we life our lives, and on daily basis we do certain deeds (good or bad). These deeds are recorded into different registers. At certain intervals, these are calculated, results are as follows,


Good Deeds = Bad Deeds : Happy Person remains Happy

Good Deeds > Bad Deeds : Happy Person becomes  Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

Good Deeds < Bad Deeds : Happy Person becomes Sad Person


These simple equations prove that we ourselves are responsible for our own happiness. For any unwanted situation in life, it is unfair to blame some one else or god, because weather a situation good or bad, it is a result of our past actions.

It is testified in “The Secret -by Rhonda Byrne” too, that what we are today, is the result of our past actions and thoughts. So if we make a shift in our actions and thoughts now, we shall be in control over our future. About the past, it is better to complete the term of punishment (to whatever extent) Karma rewards us with, praying to god and in real time becoming a better person shall be of little help here, as it will ease off the path for us.


For a common man like me, it is simpler to believe that there shall be no separate domains of Haven or Hell, but, they are here in our sphere, and they are experienced in form of Good times and Bad times, depending upon the kind of deeds we did in the past cycle.


Karma, spares none…It is as truthful & real time as the law of attraction or as the Principles explained in the “The Secret – by Rhonda Byrne”.


Also Hemadpant explains like a man cares for his horse during a journey, human body must be taken care of, not to be subjected to things that destroy it, such as too much of alcohol, tobacco or any other forms of substances. Neither one must feel too proud (read ego) for his or her beauty, but shall be thankful to lord for the same. One should make the most of this horse (read human body) and keep it fit and fine by working out at regular intervals, giving proper rest and refraining from unhealthy foods and drinks, and shall constantly strive for good deeds in order to get a better credit score in the house of Karma. Thanking and remembering God always will make your path much more easy, guided & meaningful.

Some day this human body will decay into its origin, viz. the 5 elements, so make the most out of now…That’s what Self realization & attaining God Vision for a common man who lives a socio-economic life in this world!

For the rest,i.e, Saints and Yogis Self Realization and attaining God Vision are subject matters beyond the scope of my understanding, thus, this book.


Worried about your account of Karma???

Well, if you choose to follow the right path (or improve an existing life flow), then half the job is done. As the hardest part of doing something is to prepare your mind to do it. Without mind entering into a particular subject matter, one cannot at all accomplish a task.


There are two kinds of people in the world,

One who learns from his own mistakes and another one who learns from others mistakes and turns out to be a smart winner because he saved on huge amount of time by not making the same mistakes and later realizing and then correcting them. Instead, he learned what not to do and spent his time in useful and mindful thinking to find ways of doing the right things in as many ways possible.

This example of not making the repeated mistakes which already someone has gone through, explains very smartly, the need of a Guru in our lives.

The Guru or a teacher acts as a flow chart to success. They provide us with the paths and also provide us with situations where we have to self assess ourselves and then move towards our goal. This enables us to follow a time tested path to attain the ultimate goal of life. The Guru will take us past the difficult paths, enable us to avoid all the thorns & pits in our way. Sai is one such SadGuru, the one who himself is a Siddha (able soul, undisturbed by worldly pleasures and materialistic objects). He can fulfill our requirement of a smart guide through this dense jungle of life, be it personal, professional or any goal. Sai is sough to be there for us, in return all he wants is our unwavering love and faith.


Sai Baba’s Begging of Food


Like any other Sadhu, Sai too begged for food. This can be easily justified by ancient scriptures (read Vedas) that a Sadhu is a person who has left all worldly objects behind and thus it is the responsibility of the person possessing a family to feed the Sadhu too. On the other hand, Sai did this practice also to keep the spark alive in people of helping and feeding the poor, which is considered as the mightiest form of worship in these modern times. By this act of his, he taught and constantly reminded people of Shirdi their duties towards the society. And Sai himself gets pleased from those who feed the poor whole heartedly.


Baba’s equipment consisted of a tin pot (for receiving liquid food items)  and a rectangular piece of cloth (for receiving solid substances such as bread or chapati). He daily visited certain houses and followed a irregular pattern of begging. Some times he used to take rounds till noon and on other times wrapped up early. All the collected food items were mixed together in a big pot. No point of eating distinguished items as Baba had full control over his senses, thus he had no sense of taste remaining (he was detached from sense objects, thus calm). All items mixed, he used to eat satisfactorily. Interesting thing to know here is that, from Baba’s pot dogs, cats, crow and other animals were freely allowed to eat and Baba never drove them away. Such a beautiful this could be, unlike us he felt equality for all living beings and considered them no different than himself.

This act of Sai was initially considered naïve and some called him a mad fakir. But there were few blessed souls too, who identified him as the real gem, a blessing for the tiny town of Shirdi.


There was a lady named BayejaBai, she was one of such believers who understood that Sai was not a mad fakir as many thought of him at once but was (and is) one with the god himself. She did great penance of going to the woods (jungles), miles after miles in search of Sai (as he used to go there for meditation). She used to hunt down Sai out of no where and later fed him forcibly the food she used to bring for him. This went on for many years until Sai stopped going to the woods and used to have his lunch in the Masjid himself. Her great service was not forgotten by Sai Baba until the time when he left out human form. He gave her the “Nav Vidya” (nine forms of wisdom) in form of 9 coins, minutes before leaving the human form. Also he benefitted her son in all spheres of life. Mother and son duo were very much devoted to Sai Baba.


The Energy Flow Factor


Energy is everything and is the core characteristic of all the particle matter in this world, no matter how big or small the particle is. This was practically observed by Sai Baba, the channelization of energy is very important and that is what used to happen in Masjid in those times. Two lucky fellows Tatya Kote Patil and Bhagat Mhalsapati along with Sai Baba, used to sleep in Masjid in such a way that their head used to be positioned in East, West and North directions respectively and their feet touching each other at the centre.

If one imagine, then it seems to be a Tri-Star channelizing the flow of energy and most probably  I suppose, powers from all three directions, as mentioned, collected at the centre. I really wonder what a beautiful experience that would have been and the benefits of such a geometry that my poor mind cannot think of…

Also resting in this position, they used to chit chat about various topics until midnight or even later. If any one tried to sleep, then other would wake them up. For full 14 years this way Tatya used to sleep with Baba out of his love for him, but later he had to take responsibility of the household matters and thus started to sleep at home.


Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all!!!


Sai Satcharitra Chapter 7

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The Sai Satcharitra: Simplified!

Chapter 7

Sai Baba’s Wonderful Incarnation

Saints have been on Earth since long time, sent by God for the benefit of the mankind. But Sai Baba was no ordinary Saint, he was (and is) God Incarnate. I am not saying this simply out of my faith in Baba or ego against others, but, he had in him this special characteristic which makes you feel this way.

What I feel of Baba, more of a friend who would guide us in good and not so good times and would make his presence felt when you need him the most.

Actually, its about what you feel is what you get (one of Baba’s sayings). I am not saying you compel you to feel the same for him at this point, if you don’t..He is in all beings, all forms of worship, so choose the form you like. It can be Ram, Rahim, Jesus, Buddha or may be the Sun God…But it is here, the power is here in the air…The prayers are answered, the wishes come true, the care is being taken, here and now….Because, we have the lord in ourselves, in the air and all around us…No one ever came back from haven and testified that lord lives there, but yes, it is the matter of experience and faith that its all here…


Lets find out what makes Sai Baba special and wonderful…

Baba knew all ‘Yogic’ practices, was well versed in all six types of Yoga.

Strange but true, if you think he was a hindu, he dressed like muslim. No one ever knew about his religion…for him all religions were one and the derivative cousins from the one supreme power that drives this fabulous creation called ‘Universe’.

Sai Baba was a funny man, no offenses, reason I state this is because he was unpredictable and omnipresent. One moment he is calm and loving like a mother, seconds later one could shiver upon his anger and violent state. Some times he used witty statement and crack jokes on devotees but always pointed to make them a better person by letting them realize importance of letting go ego and worldly treasures, on the other hand he used to give direct suggestions and guidance regarding conduct in life and situations. The moment you think something, he used to understand ( I strongly believe even now also he does when not in human form) and provide you with appropriate answer to clear your doubt. It was like Sai’s Telepathy. And certainly is, even now.


It wasn’t ascertained weather he was hindu or muslim. He used to celebrate festivals like Rama Navmi & Gopal Kala (Krishna’s fest) on the other and he celebrated Id and Sandal procession with equal interest and encouraged both communities to take part in other’s festival as their own. Moharum festival with Tajia procession was of equal importance.

If you call him muslim, he got his ears pierced. If you call him a Hindu, he supported circumcision in muslim tradition.

He lived in a Masjid on the other hand had Dhuni (sacred fire) ever ignited, also grinding of wheat, ringing of bells, water washing of feet. Many things he did were contrary to either religions.


Thus, Sai baba practiced the religion of ‘Humanity’, which is above all religions and feeding the poor was most pleasing to him (not only humans but animals also). He used to say, “consider feeding the hungry as equivalent to feeding me (Sai), no matter even if it’s a dog or an insect.”


Such were his beautiful thoughts and teachings!

He always enacted like just another human being but by his deeds his God hood always reflected. His greatness and uniqueness is like no other. Many saints themselves came to Sai for salvation. He used to laugh, talk and eat with them. He always used to say “Allah Maalik” (God is the sole owner). At times Sai used to get enraged but that was also a blessing in disguise for loving Bhaktas.

Baba also gave job of getting all temples in Shirdi repaired. He used to get numerous amount of cash as dakshina, which he happily distributed among the devotees, some used to get Rs 20, Rs 50 or Rs 15. It was random charity and people felt blessed by getting that treasure (read Money).


Baba  – A Hakim


Baba was also very popular as a Hakim (Doctor) and he willingly treated people with ease and charged only devotion in return. He always longed for love of devotees. He was successful every each and every time. Interesting point to be noted here is that, he never used usual medications, his methods were unique and extra ordinary. In many cases things that could have proved fatal for the patient, upon touch of Baba, became the cure. One such incident has been mentioned below (otherwise there are countless others):

Once a devotee had some severe eye infection and his eye balls became red and swollen. He was taken to Baba. Instead of using any ointment or medicine, Baba crushed some nuts and made two balls out of them. Put them over eyes of the patient and cloth was wrapped over until next morning when the bandage was removed and water was flown in a stream over the eyes. The eyes were found white and clear. Contrarily, on an ordinary event these nut balls could have proved to be too harsh on the sensitive eyes, but they acted as the remedy due to power of Baba.

Sai Baba’s fame spread like fire in the jungle and more and more people came to Shirdi to get his treatment, and went back with happiness and satisfaction as Prasad.


Baba was also a true Yogi (Master of Yoga). He knew and practices all 6 kinds of Yog. He practiced Yoga since childhood and had gained proficiency of highest grade known to man.


Baba’s Merciful Sacrifices for the love of Devotees


Once in the year 1910, around Diwali holidays, Baba was sitting near Dhuni (sacred fire) and was warming himself. Also he was putting logs of wood to fuel it up. All of a sudden it was noticed thatBaba rushed his hand into the fire and it got burned. Shama and Madhva were present that moment and pushed Baba back. Shama asked hastily, “why did you do that Deva?”

Baba upon coming to senses, explained, “At a distant place, blacksmith’s wife was working on the furnace. Her husband called her, to attend to her husband she rushed to other room, but forgot that child was on her waist who fell in the furnace. I put ,my hand in order to save that child. I am glad that child is saved, I don’t mind about my hand being burnt.”

Such a merciful Saint was Sai Baba.


Many of you might not believe this story and would say that its exaggeration. But I would like to take your attention towards the modern subject of Telepathy. One can do any thing by putting mind to use and can reach any place using the power of thoughts. If this is possible for a human being then what is told above is definitely possible for a saint who achieved most of the Sadhna. Sai Baba was omnipresent and this can be understood from this and many more stories to come…


Related instances…


Upon learning about this instance from Shama, Nanasaheb Chandorkar accompanied along with him a famous Doctor Parmanand for Baba’s treatment and speedy recovery from the burn. But Baba assigned (or accepted) this service to Bhagoji Shinde (a  devotee suffering from leprosy who was believed to be a sinner in his past birth, his body was full of pus and smelled bad, but Baba loved him the most). Even upon many requests by Nanasaheb and Doctor, medication or treatment was not permitted. But ofcourse, Doctor had a good fortune off meeting Baba.

Bhagoji Shinde’s treatment included massaging of the burn by Ghee and then applying a leaf over it, on the top came Bandage. This was done by him daily and soon the burn healed up. Every morning this process went upon until Baba’s samadhi (death). Baba actually did not needed this service but out of his devotee’s love he allowed this to go on. Spiritually speaking, Baba allowed him to provide this service so that he may get rid of all his sins and attain salvation soon. He seemed to be unfortunate man outwardly but was the most beloved servant of dear Baba.


Once Mrs Khaparde was staying in Shirdi with her son. Her son got ill and later this illness got converted into severe plague. She got frightened and felt uneasy. She decided to go back home and approached Baba to take permission. Instead of permitting, Baba assured her to stay calm and said, “The sky is beset with clouds, but they will melt and pass off and everything will be smooth and clear”. Saying this, Baba pulled up his robe and showed to everyone present, four egg sized buboes developed on his waist. We can’t assume how much painful it could be, Baba added, “See how much pain I have to suffer for My devotees, their difficulties are mine”.

Upon seeing this, all were convinced that Saints have to tolerate soo much in order to see their devotees happy, and in return they expect no more than their love.


NanaSaheb’s Pandharpur Stay & Surprise visit to Shirdi


Nanasaheb Chandorkar, a great devotee of Sai Baba got a transfer order to his favorite place ‘Pandharpur’ as it was considered Haven on Earth (in those times, especially because it was Home to Lord Vithoba). But his Pandharpur was Shirdi and Sai was his dear lord, so he decided to make a surprise visit to Shirdi before proceeding for Pandharpur. Baba being omni-present knew already about his visit, thus before he could reach the place he asked his fellow people sitting in masjid to sing some Bhajans (Lords Poems). The meaning of the poem was somewhat like,”I have to go to Pandharpur and I have to stay on there, for it is the house of my lord”.


“Shirdi maze Pandharpur Sai Baba-r ma-var, Baba-r ma-var Sai Baba-r ma-var, Shudha Bhakti bhaga, bhaw pundalika zaga, pundalika zaga, bhaw pundalika zaga, Ghanu manhe Baba Sai, bhaw pae maze aayi..paaye maze ayi, bhaw paw maze aai………….”


[Above stanza is an extract from Sai Baba’s Aarti…Its mentioned here, because I love the tune of this Bhajan..Meaning shall be burdened upon the interested readers, to find, and to relate with the text. Got any answers yet??? Please share with us…..]


When Nanasaheb reached Masjid, he worshipped Sai and requested him to accompany to Shirdi and stay there. People sitting nearby told him that request is not necessary as Baba is already in mood for the same. He was moved and amused. Later he went onward journey by taking Baba’s blessings and Udi.



Bow to Shri Sai – Peace Be To All!!!


Sai Satcharitra Chapter 1

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The Sai Satcharitra: Simplified!

Chapter 1

According to the ancient customs, we all know that be it any religion or belief, any new work is started with Salutations to the Supreme Power so that all goes well…So did Hemadpant before starting his work and I follow it…

Sai Baba is my Guru, and as per ancient scriptures, it is believed that Guru is the only medium to reach the Supreme, the God, the Almighty, or what ever name you give it…We bow our heads surrendering upon his feet..

Hemadpant gives obeisance to Lord Ganesha for removing obstacles, Goddess Saraswati to provide him strenth to write & think, The Trinity (Bhrahma, Vishnu, Mahesh; the creator, the preserver & the destroyer respectively).
He further respectfully remembers and thank great saints, his fore fathers, parents and all living beings on earth. To all the readers, he requests undivided attention to his work.
He lastly, surrenders to the feet of his guru, Shri Sainath who is an incarnate of Shri Dattatraya.

“Brahman is reality and world is an illusion”,

literally its meaning is so deep down under that it’s a matter of one’s own exploration and finding. But to relate it to life of a common man, we can say that this statement indicates us to stay away from the fancies of the world or at least to stay content in what ever we have acquired. Because the more we chase such fancies, such as buying a sports car, or the latest gadget..the more we will find ourselves in debt of carrying a false image by being up to date or in sync with the world.
Many a times we don’t even realize but we keep on willing to acquire things to show it off to others, or in other words, to maintain the so called status, that we created ourselves or created by the group of people around us.
Peace of mind can only be achieved when we understand that these things are just an illusion, i.e, materialistic, thus ‘nashwar’, and the real gems that we need to collect in life are love, lessons, faith, goodwill and all these treasures are abundant in this universe, we just need to be thankful, I repeat, ‘thankful’ to the merciful lord. All this could be achieved by practicing Gratitude.

When we are thankful to the lovely lord, the Guru or even to the materialistic things that we possess, then automatically we are tuned to get more of it. Such is power of Gratitude. A simple thank you has more power than a bag full of money. Yes, we just need to realize the true potential of thanking god, thanking every person who does a favor to you, thanking each and every thing that we use daily..like I really wish to thank my laptop for enabling me to write up this work.

Now here someone can counter my words , that the laptop doesn’t need to be thanked as it is supposed to be easing my work, and that is the reason it was bought using Money. But dear friend, the money is a very volatile substance, you have it and with blink of an eye you don’t..Thus, if we thank the things we have or thank the money, then god will be pleased and will tend to give more of it.

When you thank a person or you praise them for some random job, what happens??? Think.. Think…
They tend to do much better than what they were already doing. This is the basic law. God also works on similar principles.
Not only God, if you willfully start thanking each & every thing , person or circumstance, then you will tend to get more of it. Still don’t believe??? Give it a try…Yes, certainly, its true!

Story of Grinding Of Wheat

Now let us bring our focus towards the sweet teachings by Shri Sai Samarth and his acts of kindness in unique forms which sometimes will feel unbelievable to you…But mind it, Any thing is Possible..Its a world of limitless miracles.

It’s was around 1910 A.D, when one day Hemadpant went to masjid to take baba’s blessings. Upon reaching there, he saw that Baba was preparing to grind wheat in a mill and finally started the job. He got startled by seeing this act as thoughts came to his mind that baba has got no home, no one to look after, he stores nothing for himself then what makes him grind this huge amount of wheat.
Baba spent a long term of his life span by surviving on alms (bhiksha) that he got from various houses in shirdi. Thus, he needed no wheat of his own.

The news of baba’s act spread in the village and most people came there to see him doing it, but none dared to ask or intervene. Then , four ladies from the crowd came up to him and forcefully took the mill from him which initially enraged baba but then he saw their love for him which made him calm again. These ladies started to sing baba’s leelas (wondrous poems) and completed the task soon. Later they divided the flour into 4 portions and intended to take it along with them. Then baba intervened (getting angry), that I didn’t borrow any wheat from you so, how can you take this with yourself?? How can you loot away this flour???
Out of everyone’s surprise, he ordered those ladies to take that flour and spread it along the boundary of the village.

It is interesting to know, that those days Cholera epidemic was prevailing everywhere, and this was baba’s remedy for the same. Here we can interpret that Cholera was itself ground to pieces not the wheat. Strange were his ways, but really effective.

Philosophical Significance of Grinding

Hemadpant interprets, that there lies a philosophical significance to this story too..

Sai baba stayed in Shirdi (in human form) for about sixty years where he did this task of grinding each day..not the wheat, but the sins, miseries, illnesses, bad deeds of his innumerable devotees.

The two stones of his mill are Bhakti (upper) & Karma (lower). The handle was Gyan.

We, can hold the handle of knowledge firmly, and surrender (crush)  our ego, impulses, desires, sins in between the stones of Bhakti (complete devotion) and Karma (Good Deeds).

This is sure way to attain Peace or Self Realization!

Extract from the original text is being mentioned here, to showcase Hemadpant‘s feelings about this episode…
“I began to ask myself- What earthly connection was there between wheat flour and cholera? What was the causal relation between the two? And how to reconcile them? The incident seems to be inexplicable. I should write something on this and sing to my heart’ content Baba’s sweet leelas. Thinking in this way about this leela, my heart was filled with joy and I was thus inspired to write Baba’s Life- The Satcharitra!”

So am I inspired to write something about this Saint, one of a kind…So similar to common man, but still so magical..So generous, loving, kind and merciful, yet so detached from worldly objects..Typically a Sad Guru… (Difference between a guru and a sad guru and also its definition will be dealt with in later chapters).

A Guru is always longing for love and faith of devotees!

And all the experiences that you get from a supreme source of power (read energy), lies in the amount of faith you put into it!

Faith is the catalyst and love is the element to attain desired results from the experiments with life!

Also according to the ancient teachings, the supreme power of Gratitude is also energized with love. If you fake the feeling of gratitude, it wont leave you happy and content. But if you feel it, experience love and affection for anything, be it a circumstance, a person or even an object and then express gratitude, its magical effect multiplies ten fold.

Similar teachings are taught by Sai Baba too, read on to unfold more and more magical teachings by this interesting saint who is our Sad Guru, the one with god, the mighty incarnation of lord himself!

Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all!