Origins and First Appearance
Nobody knew the parents, birth or birthplace of Sai Baba.
Many inquiries were made, many questions were put to Baba and
others regarding these details, but no convincing answer or information
has yet been obtained. Practically we know nothing about these
matters. When asked about HIS relatives and other details HE gave
only one answer: 'From very long.'
Note: These words uttered by
SAI BABA have been actually heard by the daughter-in-law of Mrs
Bayaja Patal. She was a witness to the dialogue between Mrs Bayaja
Patal and BABA who came for Bhiksha at Mrs Bayaja's place.
He first manifested Himself as a young lad of
sixteen under a Neem tree in Shirdi for the sake of Bhaktas. Even
then He seemed to be full with the knowledge of a Brahman (the
only one Universal force or energy governing all matters). He
had no desire for worldly objects and pleasures even in dream.
He renounced Maya (delusion) and Mukti (deliverance) was at His
feet. With His blessings many souls attained liberation by HIS
mystic plays and without any 'formal' teaching or philosophical
discussion. For all the seekersHE uttered only three words- 'ALLAH
ACHCHA KAREGA' by way of HIS blessings. Everything will be fine
by the GRACE OF GOD.
One old woman of Shirdi described Him
This young lad, fair, smart and very handsome was first
seen under the Neem tree seated in an ‘asana’ (a Yoga
posture). The people of the village were wonder-struck to see
such a young lad practicing hard penance, not minding heat and
cold. By day he associated with none, by night he was afraid of
nobody. People were wondering and asking, when this young chap
had turned up. His form and features were so beautiful that a
mere look endeared Him to all. He went to nobody’s door,
always sat near the Neem tree. Outwardly he looked very young;
but by His action he appeared to be really a Great Soul. He was
the embodiment of dispassion and was an enigma to all. Nobody
knew HIS where about and HIS mysterious behavior (Leelas).
It is said that one day, God Khandoba at Shirdi
possessed the body of some devotee and people began to ask Him,
"Deva (God), you please enquire what blessed father’s
son is this lad and when did He come".
God Khandoba asked them to bring a pickaxe and
dig at a particular place. When it was dug, bricks were found
underneath a flat stone. When the stone was removed, a corridor
led to a cellar where cow-mouth-shaped structures, wooden boards,
necklaces were seen.
Khandoba said, "This lad practiced penance
here for 12 years." When the people began to question the
lad about this, He put them off by telling them that it was His
Guru’s place, His holy ‘Watan’ (inheritance)
and requested them to guard it well.
The young Baba thus stayed on in Shirdi for a
period of three years. Then, all of a sudden, He disappeared.
After some time, He reappeared in the Nizam State near Aurangabad
and eventually again returned to Shirdi with the marriage party
of one Chand Patil, when He was twenty years old.
Return to Shirdi
There lived in the Aurangabad District (Nizam State),
in a village called Dhoop, a well-to-do Mohammedan gentleman by
the name Chand Patil. While he was making a trip to Aurangabad,
he lost his mare. For two long months, he made a diligent search
but could get no trace of the lost mare. After being disappointed,
he returned from Aurangabad with the saddle on his back. After
travelling four Koss (haifa mile) and a half, he came, on the
way, to a mango tree under the foot of which sat a fakir (queer
fellow). He had a cap on His head, wore Kafni (long robe) and
had a "Satka" (short stick) under His armpit and He
was preparing to smoke a Chillim (pipe). On seeing Chand Patil
pass by the way, He called out to him and asked him to have a
smoke and to rest a little. The Fakir asked him about the saddle.
Chand Patil replied that it was of his mare, which was lost. The
queer fellow or Fakir asked him to make a search in the Nala(small
stream) close by. He went and the wonder of wonders! he found
out the mare. He thought that this Fakir was not an ordinary man,
but an Avalia (a great saint). A queer personality. He returned
to the Fakir with the mare. The Chillim was ready for being smoked,
but two things were wanting; (1) fire to light the pipe, and (2)
water to wet the chhapi (piece of cloth through which smoke is
drawn up). The Fakir took His prong and thrust it forcibly into
the ground and out came a live burning coal, which He put on the
pipe. Then He dashed the Satka on the ground from whence water
began to ooze. The chhapi was wetted with that water, was then
wrung out and wrapped round the pipe. Thus everything being complete,
the Fakir smoked the Chillim and then gave it also to Chand Patil.
On seeing all this, Chand Patil was wonderstruck. He requested
the Fakir to come to his home and accept his hospitality. Next
day He went to the Patil’s house and stayed there for some
time. The Patil was a village officer of Dhoop. His wife’s
brother’s son was to be married and the bride was from Shirdi.
So Patil made preparations to start for Shirdi for the marriage.
The Fakir also accompanied the marriage-party. The marriage went
off without any hitch, the party returned to Dhoop, except the
Fakir alone stayed in Shirdi and remained there forever.
How the Fakir got the name ‘Sai’
When the marriage - party came to Shirdi, it alighted
at the foot of a Banyan tree in Bhagata Mhalsapati’s field
near Khandoba’s temple. The carts were loosened in the open
courtyard of Khandoba’s temple and the members of the party
descended one by one, and the Fakir also got down. Bhagat Mhalsapati
saw the young Fakir getting down and spontaneously accosted Him
"YA SAI" (Welcome Sai). Others also addressed Him as
Sai and thenceforth he became known as Sai Baba.
Upon His return to Shirdi, Baba stayed there
for an unbroken period of sixty years, after which He took His
Maha-Samadhi in the year 1918.
Initially, Sai Baba stayed on the outskirts of
the village of Shirdi, then under a neem tree for four to five
years at the spot now called Gurusthan, before shifting to an
abandoned mosque which later became known as Dwarkamai.
Slowly His greatness was revealed and His fame
spread far and wide, until by the end of His life He was attracting
thousands of people to Shirdi. In the last decade of His life,
Baba was worshipped with all pomp and ceremony and the mosque
was likened to a maharajah’s ‘darbar’, yet Baba
never changed His simple and austere lifestyle of the Puritans.
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