Written by Shahid Khatai
Shirdi Sai Miracle
October 9, 2012–Kerala, India
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, also known as Sai Baba of Shirdi, was an Indian guru, yogi and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim followers as a saint. Some of his Hindu devotees believe that he was an incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya, and he was regarded as a sadguru and an incarnation of Kabir.
The name ‘Sai Baba’ is a combination of Persian and Indian origin; Sāī (Sa’ih) is the Persian term for “holy one” or “saint”, usually attributed to Islamic ascetics, whereas Bābā is a word meaning “father” used in Indian languages. The appellative thus refers to Sai Baba as being a “holy father” or “saintly father”.
Sai Baba left no written works. His teachings were oral, typically short, pithy sayings rather than elaborate discourses. Sai Baba would ask his followers for money (dakshina), which he would give away to the poor and other devotees the same day and spend the rest on matches. According to his followers he did it in order to rid them of greed and material attachment.
Sai Baba encouraged charity and the importance of sharing with others. He 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. Shri Hari (God) will be certainly 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.”
Shri Sai Satcharitra (http://www.shirdibaba.org/publication/ShriSaiSatCharitra.pdf) is a discourse on the experiences devotees had with Shri Sai and the preachings of Baba. Baba got it written through Shri Anna Saheb Dhabhlkar alias Hemadpant, by giving inner motivation to him. Baba had clearly told him: “I Myself write my own life. Hearing My stories and teachings will create faith in devotees’ hearts and they will easily get self-realisation and bliss….” (Shri Sai Satcharitra, Chapter 2).This is the first and foremost book based on the life-story of Shri Sai Baba, which was originally composed in Marathi verse form. The writing of the book started in the lifetime of Baba with His blessings.The foremost duty of Sai devotees is therefore to read Shri Sai Satcharitra and absorb it into their beings completely. The more they read this book, the more it will bring them closer to Baba and all their doubts and apprehensions will be cleared. It also has been experienced that during a crisis, if any devotee searching for an answer, randomly opens Shri Sai Satcharitra, praying to Baba sincerely and with faith, his answer can be found in that open page. Many people have got their desired benefits after reading Shri Sai Satcharitra for a week in paraayana form. May Shri Sainath reveal the Divine knowledge and mysteries contained in this book to the devotees in the same manner in which He had inspired Hemadpant to write this book.
Sri Sai Baba left his physical body in October 15, 1918… but he is believed to be with us even more now than he was earlier.
Let me explain my miracle now.
I have been making picture quotations based on Satguru Mohanji’s teachings for some time now.On Oct 9 , 2012 morning, after making Shirdi Sai Baba’s picture quote I switched off my laptop and felt guided to read Shri Sai Satcharitha. So I was just reading a page when suddenly something fell down from inside this book. I had told Satguru Mohanji (of www.mohanji.org) how I found this book and that itself was a miracle. I just found it in my house one day. God knows where it came from???? Now on looking down I found a small packet of Baba’s uddi/vibhuti.
How did this get inside the book? I have been carrying this book for a long time now, glancing through the pages but never found any udi in it… Did Baba personally come and place this? Did Mohanji do this? I don’t know. This is a pleasant surprise.
After about 10 minutes I was not sure if this was really a miracle, my conscious mind doubted and said perhaps the packet was always there and I didn’t notice. Had I been a fool to post this? Would others laugh at me?
But later on I got a confirmation that this was indeed a miracle, Baba’s gift to me. Also saw a snake in the morning which I usually don’t and was sure that this was Baba who had come in this form to assure me of my spiritual progress and as a sign that he is protecting me. The above is a pic of the Vibhooti/Udi packet which Shirdi Sai Baba left for me inside the Sai Satcharitha Book on October 9 2012. This happened in broad daylight inside my bedroom in Kerala. I always thought that divine miracles mostly happen at night time but boy was I wrong, this happened early in the morning 🙂
(Shirdi Sai Baba used to distributed the holy ‘Udi’ – the panacea for all troubles – to his bhaktas. ‘Udi’ is the ash from the perpetual sacred fire – Dhuni – lit by Baba a hundred years ago. The Udi is the token of his divine grace to all who come to him for help.)
Satguru Mohanji had said on my Birthday , Sept 29 that from then on it would be a turning point for me and he was indeed right . I had also got confirmation from two other Tarot readers that a big change is coming my way. Having this miracle happen just a few days after my birthday was a pleasant surprise and a much needed one.
Also two days before this experience I had downloaded this free healing audio by Michael Golzmane from http://clearandconnect.com/ This audio was aptly titled “Out with the Old and In with the New”. I just loved what I heard on this audio mp3. Each word seemed to be custom designed for my specific situation and healing now. I totally resonated with the contents in this audio and am Grateful to Michael for making this available free of charge. I believe maybe the healing from this audio also cleared the blocks to my experiencing a miracle.
Also after a week I was lead to think why this miracle happened only on 9th and was lead to this text online:
“The figure 9 is special and is indicative of the nine types of devotion viz., (1) Shravana (Hearing); (2) Kirtana (Praying); (3) Smarana (Remembering); (4) Padasevana (resorting to the feet); (5) Archana (Worship); (6) Namaskara (Bowing); (7) Dasya (Service); (8) Sakhyatva (Friendship); (9) Atmanivedana (surrender of the self).”
I also used to love reading the part in Shri Sai Satcharitha where I used to read
how devotees lovingly massaged Baba’s feet. I used to wish I could have done this.
I got an opportunity on Christmas day 25 December 2013 to massage Mohanji’s feet while he was speaking. This was equivalent to massaging Baba’s feet. I was delighted.
I pray that Baba and Mohanji grant such and more miracles to all who really need them and may everyone reading this post get a Big turning point in their life and abundant Grace/Blessings of Baba.