Sai Baba as a Yogi- Satchidanand SATGURU
Sai Baba knew all Yogic Practices. He was well
versed in the six processes including Dhauti, Khandayoga and Samadhi,
etc. He demonstrated His mastery over yogic exercises many a time.
Yet, if you think that He was a Hindu, He looked
like a Yavan. If you think Him to be a Yavan, He looked like a
pious Hindu. No one definitely knew whether He was a Hindu or
a Mohammedan. Inferences could be drawn from His dress or bodyfeatures
but all such superficial inferences were meaningless. They did
not serve any purpose.
He celebrated the Hindu festival of Rama-Navami
with all due formalities and at the same time permitted the ‘Sandal’
procession of the Mohammedans. He encouraged wrestling bouts in
this festival and gave good prizes to winners. When the Gokul
Ashtami came, He got the ‘Gopal-Kala’ ceremony duly
performed and on Id festivals, He allowed Mohammedans to say their
prayers (Namaj) in His Masjid.
Once in the Moharum festival, some Mohammedans proposed to construct
a Tajiya or Tabut in the Masjid, keep it there for some days and
afterwards take it in the procession through the village. Sai
Baba allowed the keeping of the Tabut for four days and on the
fifth day removed it out of the Masjid without the least compunction.
He allowed all the devotees to celebrate festivals at Shirdi according
to their preferences and the various religious in vogue adopted
by them. In Baba's Masjeed except a garlanded wall there is no
image or photograph of any deity.
If we say that He was a Mohammedan, His ears
were pierced (i.e. had holes according to Hindu fashion). If you
think that He was a Hindu, He advocated the practice of circumcision
(though according to Mr Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who observed Him
closely, He was not Himself circumcised. Vide article in Sai Leela
on "Baba Hindu Ki Yavan" by B.V. Deo, page 562).
If you call Him Hindu, He always lived in the Masjid; if Mohammedan,
He had always the Dhuni - sacred fire there, and the following
things which are contrary to Mohammedan religion, i.e., grinding
on the hand mill, blowing of the conch and bells, oblation in
the fire, Bhajan, giving of food, and worship of Baba’s
Feet by means of ARGHYA (water) were always allowed there. If
you think that He was a Mohammedan, the best of Brahmins and Agnihotris,
leaving aside their orthodox ways, fell prostrate at His Feet.
Those who went to make enquiries about his nationality were dumb-founded
and were captured by his darshana. He gave visions of all the
respective Gurus and deities according to devotees choice whether
expressed or hidden. Baba,when asked about HIS creed, to that
HE belonged to Saint Kabir's creed.
So none could definitely decide whether Sai Baba
was a Hindu or a Mohammedan*. This is no wonder; for he who completely
surrenders himself to the Lord, by getting rid of his egoism and
body - consciousness thus becomes one with Him, and has nothing
to do with any questions of caste or nationality. Such a one as
Sai Baba was, saw no difference between caste and caste and among
beings and beings. He took meat and fish with Fakirs, but did
not grumble when dogs touched the dishes with their mouths. Thus
Sai Maharaj was beyond all personal references, time and space
Such a unique and wonderful GOD incarnation was
[* Note--(1) Mhalsapati, an intimate Shirdi devotee
of Baba, who always slept with Him in the Masjid and Chavadi,
said that Sai Baba told him that He was a Brahmin of Pathari and
was handed over to a Fakir in his infancy, and when He told this,
some men from Pathari had come, and Baba was enquiring about some
men from that place. [Vide sai Leela 1924, Page 179. (2) Mrs.
Kashibai Kanitkar, the famous learned woman of Poona says in the
experience No.8, published on Page 79, Sai Leela Vol. 11,1934,
- "On hearing of Baba’s miracles, we were discussing
according to our theosophic convention and fashion whether Sai
Baba belonged to Black or White Lodge. When once I went to Shirdi,
I was thinking seriously about this in my mind. As soon as I approached
the steps of the Masjid, Baba came to the front and pointing to
His chest and staring at me spoke rather vehemently -"This
is a Brahmin, pure Brahmin. He has nothing to do with black things.
No Musalman can dare to step in here. He dare not." Again
pointing to his chest - "This Brahmin can bring lacks of
men on the white path and take them to their destination. This
is a Brahmin’s Masjid and I won’t allow any black
Mohammedan to cast his shadow here."
Sai Baba is widely regarded as an incarnation
of God, but He always said that He was an obedient servant of
God. Though an incarnation He showed the people the way how to
behave satisfactorily and carry out the duties of their respective
stations (Varnas) in this life. He never emulated others in any
way, nor asked others to have something done for Him. For Him,
Who saw the Lord in all movable and immovable things of this world,
humility was the most proper thing. None He disregarded or disrespected;
for He saw Narayan (Lord) in all beings, He never said, "I
am God," but that He was a humble servant and He always remembered
Him and always uttered - "Allah Malik" (God is the sole
proprietor or Owner). By His thoughts and worldly behavior He
established ideal values and virtues of faith, patience and humanity.
One should concentrate on and do faithfully one's duties assigned
to him/her by GOD and wait patiently for the results (fruits)
of his action (Karma) because the effect of any cause is always
determined by GOD.
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