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The origin of Sai Baba is still a mystery. His parents and his real name is also unknown. The people irrespective of caste and religion have lovingly and respectfully called him ‘Sai Baba’, when he arrived at Shirdi. ‘Sai Baba’ refers ‘Holy Father’.

 

Sai arrived at Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in 1854, when he was about 16 years old. It is also noted that Sai Baba remained in Shirdi for 3 years and disappeared for a year. No one knew where he went.

 

In 1858 Baba returned to Shirdi permanently suggesting a birth year of 1838 with Shanth Patel with his brother-in-law’s son’s marriage ceremony.

 Seeing Baba’s radiant form a priest named Mahalsapathi, called him ‘Sai’. In parsi ‘Sai’ means ‘God’, ‘Baba’ means ‘Father’ in Hindi. Thus People called him ‘Sai Baba’. Sai Baba adopted his renowned style of dress. In Shirdi, Sai Baba led an ascetic life. He mediated under a neem tree sitting in an asana. The villager’s reaction is recounted in ‘Sri Sai Satcharita’.

 Baba lived under the neem tree for 4 or 5 years and often wandered in the jungle around Shirdi for long periods. He was said to be recluse and uncommunicative, as he meditated for a long time. Baba lived a solitary life there by begging for alms, and receiving Hindu or Muslim visitors. He began to call the Mosque as ‘Dwarkamayi’. Baba spent several years as a yogi. He cured the sick with some different type of herbs and his spiritual powers. Baba’s greatness and fame spread far and wide. Many pundits visited Baba and learnt about his divinity and preached it to the world.

 Baba used to give sacred ash (Udhi) from the sacred fire (Dhuni), which he maintained in the mosque, to his visitors before they left. The ash was believed to have healing and supernatural powers and still that fire lighted by Baba still exists at Dwarkamayi.

His fame began to spread all over India after 1910, people regarded him as a saint with supernatural powers and started visiting him, they built his first temple at Bhirpuri in Karjat.

 On 15th October 1918 Sai Baba attained salvation. True to his words, even after discarding his earthly body he continues to bless all the worshippers. He taught and used words and figures from both the religious ‘Hinduism’ and ‘Islam’. He was buried in a Hindu temple in Shirdi. “Sabka Malik Ek” ( One God Governs all) is a well known epigram associated with Sufism and Islam.

 

 

 9 THURSAY SAI BABA’S FASTING

 

The Thursday fasting may be observed by man, woman and children. Sai Baba’s Thursday Fasting may be observed by anyone irrespective of caste and religion. Those who follow this fasting for 9 Thursdays, their wishes will surely be fulfilled. This fasting will definitely yield results. One may start the fasting on any Thursday meditating on Sai Baba. One should pray Sai Baba whole heartedly while beginning the Vratha (Fasting).

 First of all, take a clean board( plank) and cover it with a yellow cloth. Clean the photo of Sai Baba with a cloth and place on the plank. Apply thilaka with chandan (Sandal) and kumkum,  decorate with yellow flowers or yellow garland. The pooja can be done either in the morning or in the evening. Light lamps and incense sticks. Meditate on Sai Baba and recite “Sai Vratha Story’. Fruits, sweets or sugar crystals may be offered as offerings and distributed to others.

The vratha should not be observed on empty stomach. One observing fast may consume fruits or liquid food or sweets. Those who find it difficult to observe severe fast may take meals once (either lunch or dinner).

One must visit Sai Baba temple on Thurday if possible. If there is no temple, one may worship Baba at home with full devotion. This fast may be observed while travelling abroad. A woman should not observe the vratha during her usual inconvenience. She should exclude that Thursday and resume the fast the following week and complete nine Thursdays. Concluding Fasting.

 One should conclude the vratha on the 9thThursday, one should give food ( Whichever convenient to oneself) to 5 poor people on that day. One may do the udyapana through someone else by providing money or food and arrange to the feed the poor if unable to do it personally.

 One should invite the neighbours, kith and kin and spread Sai Baba’s greatness and importance of vratha by distributing this book of ‘Sai Vratha’ In 5,11,21 as per one’s ability. One should keep the books in the pooja on the Ninth Thursday and then distribute it. It is believed that this will inspire those who receive the book.

 One who observes fast for nine Thursday and concludes it successfully, his wishes will be fulfilled. This is the firm belief of Sai Baba’s devotees.

  

SRI SAI BABA’S MOOLA MANTRA

 

“ Om Sai Namoh Namah !

 Sri Sai Namoh Namah !

 Jay Jay Sai Namoh Namah !

 Satguru Sai Namoh Namah!

 

Shri Sai Baba Gayathri

 Om Sri Shirdi Sai Srinivasaaya vithmahe

 Sarva devaaya deemahi

 Thannoh sarva prajodayaath

 

Sri Sai Baba Dyana Sloka

 

Bathri graama samath budham

Dwarka maayee vaasinam

Baktha beeshtam idham devam

Sai nadham namami !

 

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