Friday, December 21, 2007

Assurances Of SaiBaba

shirdi saibaba image

Sai Baba made eleven assurances to his devotees:

   1. Whosoever puts their feet on Shirdi soil, their sufferings will come to an end.
   2. The wretched and miserable will rise to joy and happiness as soon as they climb the steps of the mosque.
   3. I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body.
   4. My tomb shall bless and speak to the needs of my devotees.
   5. I shall be active and vigorous even from my tomb.
   6. My mortal remains will speak from my tomb.
   7. I am ever living to help and guide all who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me.
   8. If you look to me, I look to you.
   9. If you cast your burden on me, I shall surely bear it.
  10. If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once.
  11. There shall be no want in the house of my devotee.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sai Baba Biography

Biographers of Shirdi Sai Baba  (e.g. Govindrao Ragulnath Dabholkar, Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja, Smriti Srinivas, Antonio Rigopolous) when writing about him base it on the accounts of what was said by various people who knew Shirdi Ke Sai Baba. But this is not the only source of information used in compling the biography of Shirdi Sai Baba. Their exists a diary written by Ganesha Shrikrishna Khaparde. This diary was written by Ganesha Shrikrishna Khapade while his stay in Shirdi. This diary describes every day of the author's stay at Shirdi. When speculating about the unknown episode's of Sai Baba's life, they mainly base their conclusions on his words.

However, there is only one source that may be called authentic and comprehensive. This is the compendium written about Sai's life and is known as the Shri Sai Satcharita, written in Marathi, in 1916 by Govindrao Ragulnath Dabholkar (translated into English by Nagesh Vasudevanand Gunaji with English title: Shri Sai Satcharitra) whom Sai Baba nicknamed Hemadpant, which is an account of his life, teachings and miracles of Shirdi Sai Baba. Other important sources about Sai Baba are books by B. V. Narasimhaswamiji such as Sri Sai Baba's Charters and Sayings or Devotee's Experiences of Sai Baba. Another important document is "Sri Sai Baba and His Teachings" by Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja which is an in depth study of Sai Baba's  life routine and activities.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lendi baug

After gurusthan there is a place named Lendi baug. Baug is a hindi word which means Garden. It is said that this baug or garden was made by baba. He came here every morning and evening and watered the plants. He loved this garden very much. The word Lendi baug is derived from the hindi word Nalla which means a drain. The main attraction is a neem tree. This tree is said to have historical value because here baba sat and took rest every morning and evening. It is interesting that Baba chose neem tree as his resting place. This is because the neem tree is a actually a tree with medicinal properties with thick branches and dense foliage which provide big shadow in sunny days and keep the air cool. Under this neem tree Baba dug a two feet deep pit and kept an assortment in the form of a lamp in that pit. This lamp form in Hindi is known as deep. The place housing such a deep will be deepgriha. The old deepgriha does not exist anymore and has been replaced by a new marble stone deepgriha. This new place is rechristened as Nanda deep, it continously burns in a glass box. This deepgriha has been provided with the shade of two trees, one of them neem and the other a peepul tree.

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Sai Satcharitra

Shri Sai Baba's  life and teachings are well documented in Sai Satcharitra by Shri Hemadpant in Marathi which was personally blessed by Shri Sai Baba.

Shri Hemadpant got Shri Sai Baba's blessings in 1910 to write this work. Said Shri Sai Baba "Let him make a collection of stories and experiences, keep notes and memos; I will help him. He is only an outward instrument." Subsequently SaiSatcharitra has been translated into a number of different languages. The one in English is called Shri Sai Satcharitra by Shri Nagesh Vasudev Gunaji.

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