Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian spiritual master regarded by his devotees as a Saint, Fakir, and Sathguru. He had no interest on perishable things and his sole concern was self-realization. He taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and Guru.
Sai Baba, an embodiment of self-realization and perfection, did not come solely to preach but to awaken mankind through his messages of love and righteousness. Baba stressed the importance of surrender to the guidance of the true Sathguru who have gone the path to divine consciousness himself, will lead the disciple through the jungle of spiritual training.
Sai Baba gave no distinction based on religion or caste. Baba’s teaching combined elements of Hinduism and Islam, he taught that all religions led to the same goal and sought to show the underlying unity between the Muslim and Hindu faiths. He gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque where he lived in, practiced Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions. In the mosque he maintained a sacred fire which is referred to as a Dhuni, from which he gave sacred ashes (‘Udi’) to his guests before they left.
One of Baba’s well-known epigrams, “Sabka Malik Ek” (“One God governs all of us”), is associated with Hinduism, Islam and Sufism. He also said, “Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered”. He always uttered “Allah Malik” (“God is King/God is the owner of us”).
Sai Baba advised his devotees and followers to lead a moral life, help others, love every living being without any discrimination, and develop two important features of character: devotion to the Guru (Shraddha) and waiting cheerfully with patience and love (Saburi). Baba emphasized the importance of performing one’s duties without attachment to earthly matters and of being content regardless of the situation.
Sai Baba encouraged charity, and stressed the importance of sharing. Baba said: “Unless there is some relationship or connection, nobody goes anywhere. If any men or creatures come to you, do not discourteously drive them away, but receive them well and treat them with due respect. God will certainly be pleased if you give water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and your verandah to strangers for sitting and resting. If anybody wants any money from you and you are not inclined to give, do not give, but do not bark at him like a dog.” Other favorite sayings of his were “Why do you fear when I am here” and “He has no beginning… He has no end.”
Eleven Assurances of Sai Baba:
1. Whosoever puts their feet on Shirdi soil, their sufferings will come to an end.
2. The wretched and miserable will rise to joy and happiness as soon as they climb the steps of the mosque.
3. I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body.
4. My tomb shall bless and speak to the needs of my devotees.
5. I shall be active and vigorous even from my tomb.
6. My mortal remains will speak from my tomb.
7. I am ever living to help and guide all who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me.
8. If you look to me, I look to you.
9. If you cast your burden on me, I shall surely bear it.
10. If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once.
11. There shall be no want in the house of my devotee.