Sai is the 5th of Datta swarupa and no one knows where is is from
Shirdi Saibaba's Wonderful Incarnation
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 body features 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 Masjid except a garlanded wall there is no image or
photograph of any deity.
Shri Sai Baba
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. Wide 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 ARDHYA (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 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 dimensions.
Such a unique and wonderful GOD incarnation was Sai Baba.
[* 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 theosophical 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.