Sai Baba of Shirdi is the epitome of reverence a guiding force who generates supreme faith and confidence among his devotees looking for salvation and in quest of coming out of the drudgery of living. As a divine mother he is saturated with love for those who seek him. With his mission of making people about the divine consciousness and transcending the limits of mortal body, his teachings are guiding his devotees to the path of salvation. People are blessed who follow his teachings.
the teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi there are the cardinal principles of
Sai Path called 'Shraddha' and 'Saburi'. Sai Baba looks for these two
qualities in his devotees. Here are the teachings and philosophies of
Sai Baba of Shirdi.
'Shraddha' is a Sanskrit word, which roughly means faith with love and
reverence. Such faith or trust is generated out of conviction, which may
not be the result of any rational belief or intellectual wisdom, but a
spiritual inspiration. According to Sai Baba of Shirdi, steadfast love
in God is the gateway to eternity. Baba's teaching, both direct and
indirect explicate the significance of 'Shraddha'. Baba reiterates the
spiritual guidance of Shri Krishna to Arjun - "Whosoever offer to
Me with love or devotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, that
offering of pure love is readily accepted by Me".
'Saburi'; means patience and perseverance. Saburi is a quality needed
throughout the path to reach the goal. This quality must be ingrained in
a seeker from day one, least he looses his stride and leaves the path
For Sai Baba it was not the purity of the body but inner purity that
mattered. No amount of physical and external cleansing would serve any
purpose if the man remained impure in mind and heart. Therefore, Baba
cautioned His devotees not to make austerity as an end itself, lest they
should indulge in physical mortification.
Himself an epitome of compassion and love, Sai Baba taught compassion
among his disciples. Baba often told His devotees, 'Never turn away
anybody from your door, be it a human being or animal'.
Complete Surrender to the Guru
Sai Baba put Guru on a high pedestal of reverence. For Him Guru was the
profound base of the path of devotion. Pointing to his physical frame, "This
body is my house. I am not here. My Guru (Master) has taken me away".
He asked for complete surrender to the 'Guru'.
Sai Baba's Teachings through 'Udi' and 'Dakshina'
Udi or the sacred ash was produced from the perpetual fire called
'dhuni' lit by Sai Baba in Dwarkamai at Shirdi. Explaining the meaning
of life He would refer to Udi and taught that like Udi all the visible
phenomena in the world are transient. Through this example Sai Baba
wished to make his devotees understand the sense of discrimination
between the unreal and the real. Udi taught the devotees discrimination
Sai Baba would demand 'Dakshina' or alms from those who visited him.
This explained the sense of non-attachment to worldly things. Hence
Dakshina taught the devotees non-attachment or Vairagya.