Category: Sai Devotees Experiences

The Unique Saint of Shirdi



The Unique Saint of Shirdi


Each Saint or prophet during his lifetime has manifested some aspect of Godliness. But hardly has there been one so richly endowed as Sri Sai Baba in presenting to the world of human consciousness the versatility of God. Sai Baba is a unique JEWEL on the horizon of spirituality. Sitting on a rugged stone with an innocent face, eyes full of compassion and deeply concerned for the sufferings of the humanity, with a torn Kafni on His body. He is a unique Saint who had descended on this Holy Earth to shoulder the burdens and sufferings and answer the calls of His innumerable devotees, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion.

Nobody knew the parentage, birth or place of birth of Sri Sai Baba. Many queries were put to Him but none got a satisfactory reply or answer. Those who tried were dumbfounded and were captured by His unique and splendid personality. Nobody could get or gather any authentic information as to the caste, creed or religion to which He belonged. It is no wonder that He who had completely surrendered Himself to the Lord by getting rid of His egotism and thus became one with Him had nothing to do with the question of caste, creed or religion. For His food, He begged only from a few houses and shared it with both human beings and animals without any difference.

Sai Baba preached and practiced Harmony, Love and Universal Brotherhood. He had descended on this earth to bridge the gap between the various communities. He preached that God in whatever form worshipped was one and the same. When it is so, then why should we quarrel among ourselves? He celebrated the festivals of the Hindus and Muslims alike.

The life and teachings of Sai Baba is wide and deep as the infinite ocean in which all can dive deep into it and take out precious gems of knowledge and bhakti. The teachings of Sai Baba give peace and happiness to the people who are afflicted with sorrows and miseries. If these interesting teachings and leelas of Sai Baba which are instructive as the Vedic lore when listened to and meditated upon, the devotees shall get what they long for i.e., bliss supreme, peace and eternal union with the Brahman.

People who saw Him derived immense benefits (both spiritual and temporal). He is known for answering to the prayers of His devotees by granting them boons and satisfying their wishes. He comes to the aid of His sorrowing and distressed devotees when in dire need and calls Him through pure devotion and saves them from all impending calamities.

For this Kaliyuga, Sai Baba’s Name should be recited by every religious minded person for salvation from the impending perils which are causing great concern for our very survival.

Sai Baba always sat near the Dhuni that was lit when He was in flesh and blood and continues to burn even to this day and shall continue to burn till such time He wants it. The Dhuni yields the sacred ash – Udi/Vibhutiwhich is all ‘powerful’ due to the grace and omnipresence of Sai Baba.

In our land there are many holy places, which were treaded by Saints during their lifetime. But all these holy places do not get sanctified even if the Lord wants it, because only a few such Saints get the land in which they treaded and sanctified, one such is Shirdi.

Sai Baba is God incarnate for this Kaliyuga and He will protect all His devotees from the Samadhi. All our relatives and friends will forsake us at some point of time, especially when calamities knock at our doorstep, but never will Sai Baba forsake us. Sri Sai Baba tests us as to how much Shraddha and Saburi have we attained during adverse times by chanting and reciting His names and singing His glory.

We should remember Sai’s commitment and promise to His devotees “Why fear when I am Here”and lead a life by surrendering ourselves to His Holy Feet as Sai Baba is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient.

– By M Krishna Kumar



Fatal accident averted to save top Police Officer



Fatal accident averted to save top Police Officer


Readers may remember the passing away of Sri. P. S. Chellappa, IPS, Director-General of Police (Retd.) at Bangalore, a few months back. But only some would know him as a regular visitor to Sri Sai Spiritual Centre, being a staunch devotee of Guru Radhakrishna Swamiji and Sai Baba. How he came into contact with Swamiji at the heights of Venkatachala is an interesting account.

Sri M. Bhuchandran, Retd. DIG and Addl. Director, Railway Board, now residing at Chennai, was celebrating his son’s wedding at Alermeiumangapuram years back, when he was No.2 in R.P.F. I had accompanied Swamiji. Participating in the wedding were among others Sri Chellappa, who was the RPF Chief then and his wife. After the ‘muhurtham’, Sri and Smt. Chellappa started by car, driven by a constable, for darshan of Lord Srinivasa. Swamiji and I were taken by another car. Swamiji instructed our driver immediately to closely follow Sri Chellappa’s speeding Ambassador.

After negotiating several gradients of Thirumala Hills, the first car suddenly dashed against the parapet wall, its front wheels jetting out of the wall and stopped. Swamiji, our driver and I rushed and managed to open the back door of the car. Sri Chellappa and his wife got out of the car in a dazed condition, but without a scratch. The car was also put back on the road, and all of us had wonderful darshan of Lord Srinivasa, driving away from our minds the thought of the fatal accident which had been averted. Needless to say Swamiji was offering prayer right from the time we started the journey.

Sri and Smt. Chellappa were coming to meet Swamiji at SSSC often since then. Sri Chellappa continued to visit the Mandir occasionally, till his death. His wife had predeceased him.


By R. Seshadri

(Source: Sai Paadam Magazine)


A Lesson in Faith

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A Lesson in Faith


Chinna Kistna Saheb was very devoted to Vishnu from his boyhood. Even from his younger days, he used to sit for long in one asana yogic posture) meditating on his chosen deity. This went on till, in his twenty-first year, (about 1910), he had three successive dream-visions in one night. At first he experienced his separation from his physical body and before him was the divine form of Lord Vishnu. A second time the same vision recurred but this time there was someone else standing beside him. Lord Vishnu pointed to that stranger and said, ‘This Sai Baba of Shirdi is your man; you must resort to Him.” In the third vision he again left his physical body and drifted in the air to some village.

There he saw someone and asked him for the name of the village and was told that it was Shirdi. Then he enquired whether there was a holy man by name Sai Baba in that village. The stranger led him to a mosque where Chinna Kistna saw Sai Baba seated leaning against its wall with his legs stretched before Him. On seeing Chinna Kistna, Sai Baba got up and said, “Do you take my darshan? I am your debtor. I must take your “darshan” and placed His head reverently on Chinna Kistna’s feet. Then the vision ended. Though he saw Sai Baba’s picture earlier, he never knew that Sai Baba’s most characteristic manner of sitting was with His legs stretched out before Him. Shortly after, Chinna Kistna went to Shirdi to verify whether Baba was his destined Guru as the dream seemed to indicate. When he actually saw Baba, a doubt arose in his mind whether it would be proper to worship a man like Him.

At once Baba said, “What do you worship a man for?” The rebuff was keen and to the point. When nothing more happened to confirm his dream Chinna Kistna was a bit dissatisfied. Later, in the afternoon, when every other devotee retired to his room, Chinna Kistna made bold to visit Sai, though it was thought that no one should visit Baba at that hour. Baba, far from getting angry, beckoned to him. Chinna Kistna approached Him and bowed in reverence. At once Sai Baba hugged him with love and said, “You are my child. When others (i.e., strangers) are present, we (i.e., saints like Me) keep off the children.” Thus was the man’s dream confirmed.

On another afternoon Baba embraced him and said, “The key of my treasury is now placed in your hands. Ask anything you want.” “Then Baba”, said shrewd Chinna Kistna, “I want this. In this and in any future birth that may befall me, You should never part from me. You always be with me.” Baba patted him joyously and said, ‘Yes, I shall be with you, inside you and outside you, whatever you may be or do.”

There is one instance to show how, when Chinna Kistna’s heart was yielding to some other love, Baba asserted His monopoly over it. Many years later, Chinna Kistna’s child died and his wife was disconsolate. With the dead child in his lap Chinna Kistna sat on with a grief-stricken heart. Baba at once appeared before him and said,” Do you want me or the dead child? Choose! You cannot have both. If you want me to revive the child, I will; but then you will have Me no more with you. If you do not ask for the revival of this one, you will have several children in due course.’ Then Chinna Kistna said that he wanted Him only. “Then do not grieve”, Baba said and vanished.

Another confirmation of his earlier dream-vision that Chinna Kistna was Baba’s man: When he visited a great saint of Poona named Sri Madhava Nath, on seeing Chinna Kistna, at once said, “You are Sai Baba’s Man.”

In 1912 Chinna Kistna visited Baba on the holy Guru Purnima day. Seeing other devotees offering garlands and other gifts to Baba he realized how unfortunate he was in that he did not remember to get any gift to the saint. At once Baba said to him, “All these are yours!”, and He pointed at the bundle of garlands offered to Him by other devotees. Thereby Baba hinted that the heart’s loving desire to offer is of greater value than a formal physical offering.

By HH Pujya Sri B V Narasimha Swamiji


Baba came and showed the way to His Home



Baba came and showed the way to His Home


We are happy to present a miracle related to Shirdi Sai Gurusthan Mandir, Coimbatore. It happened on 05th October 2016 at 10:30 p.m. and two of our trustees directly experienced this event.

As we know that Baba’s Mandir construction was started on 10th March 2016 and Baba appeared on Deepaarati jyoti during pooja for starting mandir construction. Subsequent to that miracle, this miracle happened to confirm our faith on Baba and He is with us and helping us always.

The trustees decided to celebrate Baba’s 98th Mahasamadhi Punya Thithi Pooja on 11th October 2016. During that pooja it was decided to conduct pooja for new panchaloga Utsav Moorti’s first abhiseka pooja. The Moorti was ordered and sculpt by renowned craftsmen who are in this field for 6 decades at Kumbakonam, a place famous for making all south Indian traditional temple related idols and all jobs related to temples.

When we got the message that Baba Utsav Moorti was ready, the trustees traveled from Coimbatore to Kumbakonam and reached the supplier at 1.30 p.m. We were totally satisfied with Baba’s panchaloga idol which was perfect in all aspects, this could be possible only with the help of Baba during the process. (When we remember the history of sculpting Shirdi Sai Moorti at Samadhi Mandir, Shri B.V. Talim’s grand son said that Baba appeared in the form of Light in one morning and his grandfather could see the divine face of Sai Baba and accordingly with Sai Baba’s grace and help, the face was scuplted in 1954. When this Baba Moorti reached Shirdi, all close devotees of Baba, who spent their time with Baba, they said that Baba Himself came.)

They arranged a special pooja for opening Baba’s Eyes. The formal rituals and poojas were performed by the sthapathi before opening the Eyes. After opening the Eyes by the sthabathi, the trustees performed the pooja and aarati. All who present there experienced a sort of blissful environment during eyes opening, where that environment is blessed to have the First Sight of Baba. From that moment Baba taken the control of all events to come, evidently this miracle is living proof of His Power.

After completion of all rituals and formalities, the trustees carried Baba Utsav Moorti in their car and started their travel to Coimbatore. When they reached near Karur, there was total stoppage of traffic on both sides of the highway and hundreds of vehicles stranded on the road on all lanes of the road. We stuck in between and could not move either forward or backward. On enquiry there was an accident and a goods carrier lorry rolled over and blocking both directions of the road. It might be a big task to bring ambulance and crane to clear the mess as both sides were covered with hundreds of vehicle. We afraid it may be 8 to 12 hrs long waiting period in dark hours.

We were thinking why this kind of disturbance happened while taking Baba to His Home. Immediately a person came to our car and asked to move our car to few feet. On asking why he wanted our car to move, he told that there is a way on our left side of our car that will take them to bypass road. We moved our car and gave way to that car and we followed that car. That was open land and Google maps couldn’t identify that road. When we touch black top road, that car vanished. Then Google maps started its service and we reached national highway and proceeded to Coimbatore.

In Shri Sai Satcharitra Chapter 33, Baba helped Ramgirbuva to reach Nana Saheb Chandorkar’s house during 1904-05. Similarly Baba helped us by showing unknown path leading to national highway. We safely reached mandir construction site at 12:00 mid night.

As Baba always said, “I will not leave anyone in middle and take them to end”. This statement is true in our experience.

Om Sai Shri Sai Jaya Jaya Sai


Adopted at 4 by Shirdi Sai, man dies at 108

In picture Swami Ganeshananda Giri in extreme right with other spiritual leaders of south India.


An abandoned boy who started his life at the feet of Shirdi Sai Baba, he grew up to be Swami Ganeshananda Giri. After spreading the word about the saint across the country, he came back to his land at the age of 108 and breathed his last on April 29. The desire to return to his motherland made the spiritual guru undertake a journey to the south a couple of months ago as the apt place to attain ‘jeeva samadhi’.

Born in Suseendram in Kanyakumari in 1908, Ganeshananda was destined to take the spiritual path. A sadhu had approached his parents and requested them to allow the boy to follow the cult of Lord Murugan, but his parents refused. But fate had other plans. In 1912 during a visit to Tirupati temple, Ganeshananda was separated from his parents. A Maharashtrian family rescued the boy and took him to Shirdi Sai Baba, who adopted him along with 13 children, says S K Vasan, trustee of Shri Dattatreya Siva Sai Trust, to whom Ganeshanandan recounted his early life. He attained ‘jeeva samadhi’ at Shri Dattatreya Siva Sai Trust office in T Nagar.

As a spiritual person and a naga sadhu he spent a quarter of his life in the Himalayas but it was the memory of Shirdi Sai Baba that he would recollect often. “When Ganeshananda was six years old he was caught stealing a sweet. Swamiji would merrily recount to us how the incident made Sai Baba angry enough to slap him.He considered the slap his biggest lesson,” says V Anbalagan, another trust member. But the tales of the spiritual guru, however small, reinforced the aura of Sai Baba.

On another occasion when Ganeshananda and others were cleaning the ashram at Dwarawati in Shirdi, he found a bronze coin. This time, he gave it to his mentor, but was surprised when Sai Baba asked him to keep the money . The coin, a piece of cloth and a 200-year-old bronze kundalam (vessel) used by Sai Baba were the prized possessions of Ganeshananda, which he proudly showed to his devotees, says Vasan. All the belongings of Ganeshananda have been kept at Sivan Koodal, where a Sai Baba temple is to come up.

The spiritual leader’s single-minded devotion towards his guru made him set up at least 13 Sai Baba temples in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. He then chose Tamil Nadu as the place to construct a similar temple. “The mahant approached us and informed that he wished to end his life near Sivan Koodal village in Sriperumbudur,” says Vasan who was chosen to construct a 106ft Shirdi Sai Baba temple at the site where Ganeshananda is buried.

Vasan said Ganeshananda had healing powers too and had cured a trustee member Paulraj, who was suffering from chronic seizures.


Baba answers your prayers



Baba answers your prayers


On 10th September 1998, a neatly dressed young man came with a friend, attended the noon pooja at our Sai Mandir in Virar, Mumbai. After the arathi was over, he was still gazing at Baba and was wiping tears from his eyes. I watched him for some time and inquisitively talked to him. He told me that his name was TVS Prasad, a BE graduate and was working as a Senior Manager in a company. His parents, wife and children were all in his native place in Andhra Pradesh. He came to Mumbai as he was interviewed for a position in a Saudi Arabian firm. Unfortunately, the agent cheated him by taking his money, passport and vanished. He was now in a difficult situation as he could neither go back to his previous assignment nor could look forward to the Saudi assignment. Left with no choice, he was doing some piece job right now and staying with a friend and saving money to get a job.

He made a request. He wanted me to visit his parents in Andhra on his behalf and tell them his predicament. He would bear my expenses for his trip. He did not wish to get back to them till he got a job. I convinced him that I was a stranger and his people may or may not believe my words and it would be better if he himself visited them and explain the predicament. I told him to sincerely pray to Sai Baba who would certainly do the needful.

I invited him and his friend to our house for lunch. For me it was Sai Baba himself coming to my place and accepting prasad. He visited the Sai Mandir the next day also. Then several months passed and there was no trace of this devotee. I thought that he might have gone back to his native place or might have got a job elsewhere.

Then, one fine morning I received a closed cover. The postal stamp was from Riyadh. It was a letter from this gentleman. He wrote to me: “By the blessings of Sai Baba, my ambition has been fulfilled. I am now employed in Digital Computers in Riyadh. I will personally go and meet my people, etc.” He had thanked me for the solace I had given him. Baba never fails His devotees. What the devotee wishes, he will get it from Him.

By S. Mani


Baba Appears as an Old Man



Baba Appears as an Old Man


Lovely temple for Sai Baba has come up at Mekkudi, 18 km from Trichy on the Madurai route. It is built at a cost 65 lakhs and it can accommodate over 500 devotees for congregation. Kumbabhishekam took place on 24th and 25th October 2001.

On 25th October 2001 around 11 a.m., a tall bearded old man came to the temple. He was dressed poorly and was holding a bamboo stick of 7-ft height. His personality resembled Baba. On seeing him, my intuition prompted me that it is Sai Baba himself has come in that form. I received him with folded hands and made him sit on a vacant chair. I called Sai Bandhu K. V. Ramani and told him my feelings. He immediately took out an ‘Anga Vastra’ and bowed to him by placing it around the old man’s neck. Then the old man pretended that his legs were paining and asked us whether Baba would alleviate his suffering. We affirmed that Baba would take care of everything. He then looked at Baba’s idol and bowed to him. By then, my wife, a few devotees like Swaminathan came there and were quick to recognize the old man as Baba and prostrated before him.

The old man told us that he has kept some ‘kanikai’, which he will bring it next time. He also told us that he has been visiting this place since a long time and declared that this is a sanctified place and the devotees who come to this temple will be blessed and their problems would be automatically solved.

Then he received the prasad – sweet ‘pongal’. He put it in his upper cloth and took leave of us. He walked back to the entrance holding the bamboo shaft for support. Sri Swaminathan escorted him and at the exit door offered him a ‘dakshina’ of Rs. 10/- with reverence.

Sai Baba appears in any form, at any time, at any place in the form of a fakir, Sadhu, dog, cat, pig etc., and blesses the devotees. We should be alert always to recognize Baba. If we are always thinking of him, then we would have his ‘darshan’ easily.

By R. Radhakrishnan


Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918 Baba visited new house gruhapravesh of His devotee



Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Baba visited new house gruhapravesh of His devotee


Baba asked Purandare to build a house, for himself and his family, at his own expense. Purandare, with great difficulty, bought land in the desolate Bandra suburb. He started construction, but was plagued by severe headaches. Unable to bear it anymore, he wrote to Baba, pleading that, instead of giving him such unbearable pain, He had better put and end to his life. This letter he gave Dr. Pillai, with the request to give it to Baba. Upon the receipt of the letter, Baba’s heart melted and He sent some Udi and snuff like powder in a small packet. He asked Purandare to inhale it, and Purandare did just that and the headache was gone. A few days later, he wrote to Baba, asking Him when he should do ‘Gruha-Pravesh’. Baba replied, “You may perform ‘Gruha – Pravesh’ on Thursday. I too will come along with you.”

So, on Thursday, Purandare made ‘naivedya’ for Baba. Then with Baba’s photograph clasped to his chest, he proceeded to the house. Being rather poor, he couldn’t have an elaborate ‘Pooja’ and rituals. As long as Baba’s photograph was there first with naivedya, everything would go well, he thought. To his surprise, as he was walking past the Datta Mandir, he saw Baba there. Baba accompanied him to the new house, till Purandare reverentially placed Baba’s photograph on as ‘aasan’ and then vanished.


Leela- 67 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)


Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918 – Baba gave that extra money



Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Baba gave that extra money


Kaka Dixit wished to purchase some land from Laxman Bhat in Shirdi in 1910. Bhat demanded Rs.200/-, but Dixit was unwilling to pay that amount. He thought that Rs.150/- was a fair bargain. So he set about convincing Bhat. But, Bhat was adamant and Dixit was unwilling to compromise. A long discussion took place between them. That afternoon, Bhat was passing by the Dwarkamai. Baba called him and enquired about the discussion. “What discussion was going on between you and Dixit?”He asked. Bhat told Baba everything. Baba settled the matter by saying, You may sell the land for Rs.175/-.”

Bhat went to Dixit to collect the money. Dixit as per his word gave Rs.150/- unknowingly, as he wasn’t aware of the agreement between Baba and Bhat. Bhat also did not tell Dixit. He just took the money and went home.

At home, he counted once, then again and again, to his surprise it was Rs.175/-, the amount that was settled by Baba.

Be it an extra photograph or extra money, Baba sees that His devotees are satisfied.


Leela- 62 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)


Surrender five – if you want Brahman



Surrender five – if you want Brahman


A rich man came to Baba with plenty of money in his pocket and very anxious to avoid the extra expenditure resulting from the cabman’s demand for prolonged stay at Shirdi. He said to Baba, “Baba shows me God (Brahman). It is for this I come all this long way. People say that Shirdi Baba reveals Brahman quickly.”

Baba: O, do not fear. Immediately and clearly I will show you. This is not a matter that can be put off. It is hard to get questioners seeking illumination like vou. Most people seek wealth, cure of disease or trouble, honour, position or perpetual pleasure and other earthly objects. None wants God. Oh, I long to see those, who long to see God. Now, Brahman is the root cause of the Universe: That which accounts for Solar and Planetary motions, variations of seasons, division of functions between God etc. One must know i.e. realise Brahman before death. Else there will be an ever recurring cycle of births and deaths. Realisation gives ‘Kevala Advaita Sukham’. A Guru gives it and only a Guru can.

Baba then turned to some others and then sent a boy out with these words: “Go, tell Nandalal Marwadi, Baba urgently wants a hand-loan of Rs.5/- and bring the money.” The boy went and found the Marwadi, absent. Baba sent more messages to absent men. The rich man was getting impatient at Baba’s omission to give him Atmajnan or sight of God, more especially because delays would mean extra payment to the tongawalla whom he had engaged for the return journey also. He saw, of course, that Baba wanted Rs.5/- and he could stop the repeated requests of Baba for Rs.5/- by paying it out of the Rs.250 he had in his pocket; but he was oppressed with the fear that if he advanced the loan, it might prove irrecoverable.

Rich Man.: Will you help me to grasp Brahman?

Baba: You see what I have been doing all this while, is to enable you to see God-Even as you are now seated. Have you understood nothing? I want five. One must surrender the five to get at Brahman. One must surrunder i.e. Even the five senses (indriya) the five Pranas and manas, Buddhi, Ahankar (Mind, Intellect and Ego)-(all of which involve Vairagya i.e., detachment). The road to Brahma Jnana is hard to tread. All cannot tread it. When it dawns, there will be light. One who feels unattached to things terrestrial and celestial is alone; competent to have Brahmajnan.

The man found that Baba had read his strong Attachment to Rs.5/- which he considered more important than getting Brahmajnana Upadesa


(Baba’s Charters and Sayings # 133)