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100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:39:44 PM »
For me basically the teaching of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi is the same as that of Sri Ramana Maharishi. If it is dualistic, qualified monistic or monistic, the same or not, decide for yourself.


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Why fear when I am here?

I am formless and everywhere

I am in everything and beyond. I fill all space.

All that you see taken together is Myself.

I do not shake or move.

If one devotes their entire time to Me and rests in Me, need fear nothing for body and soul.

If one sees Me and Me alone and listens to My Leelas and is devoted to Me alone, they will reach God.

My business is to give blessings.

I get angry with none. Will a mother get angry with her children? Will the ocean send back the waters to the several rivers?

I will take you to the end.

Surrender completely to God.

If you make Me the sole object of your thoughts and aims, you will gain the supreme goal.

Trust in the Guru fully. That is the only sadhana.

I am the slave of My devotee.

Stay by Me and keep quiet. I will do the rest.

What is our duty? To behave properly. That is enough.

My eye is ever on those who love Me.

Whatever you do, wherever you may be, always bear this in mind: I am always aware of everything you do.

I will not allow My devotees to come to harm.

If a devotee is about to fall, I stretch out My hands to support him or her.

I think of My people day and night. I say their names over and over.

My treasury is open but no one brings carts to take from it. I say, “Dig!” but no one bothers.

My people do not come to Me of their own accord; it is I who seek and bring them to Me.

All that is seen is My form: ant, fly, prince, and pauper

However distant My people may be, I draw them to Me just as we pull a bird to us with a string tied to its foot.

I love devotion.

This body is just My house. My guru has long ago taken Me away from it.

Those who think that Baba is only in Shirdi have totally failed to know Me.

Without My grace, not even a leaf can move.

I look on all with an equal eye.

I cannot do anything without God’s permission.

God has agents everywhere and their powers are vast.

I have to take care of My children day and night and give an account to God of every paisa.
The wise are cheerful and content with their lot in life.

If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit.

Spend money in charity; be generous and munificent but not extravagant.

Get on with your worldly activities cheerfully, but do not forget God.

Do not kick against the pricks of life.

Whatever creature comes to you, human or otherwise, treat it with consideration.

Do not be obsessed by the importance of wealth.

See the divine in the human being.

Do not bark at people and don’t be aggressive, but put up with others’ complaints.

There is a wall of separation between oneself and others and between you and Me. Destroy this wall!

Give food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, and clothes to the naked. Then God will be pleased.

Saburi (patience) ferries you across to the distant goal.

The four sadhanas and the six Sastras are not necessary. Just has complete trust in your guru: it is enough.

Meditate on Me either with form or without form, that is pure bliss.

God is not so far away. He is not in the heavens above, nor in hell below. He is always near you.

If anyone gets angry with another, they wound Me to the quick.

If you cannot endure abuse from another, just say a simple word or two, or else leave.

What do we lose by another’s good fortune? Let us celebrate with them, or strive to emulate them.

That should be our desire and determination.

I stay by the side of whoever repeats My Name.

If formless meditation is difficult, then think of My form just as you see it here. With such meditation, the difference between subject and object is lost and the mind dissolves in unity.

If anyone offends you do not return tit for tat.

I am the slave of those who hunger and thirst after Me and treat everything else as unimportant.

Whoever makes Me the sole object of their love, merges in Me like a river in the ocean.

Look to Me and I will look to you.

What God gives is never exhausted, what man gives never lasts.

Be contented and cheerful with what comes.

My devotees see everything as their Guru.

Poverty is the highest of riches and a thousand times superior to a king’s wealth.

Put full faith in God’s providence.

Whoever withdraws their heart from wife, child, and parents and loves Me, is My real lover.

Distinguish right from wrong and be honest, upright and virtuous.

Do not be obsessed by egotism, imagining that you are the cause of action: everything is due to God.

If we see all actions as God’s doing, we will be unattached and free from karmic bondage.

Other people’s acts will affect just them. It is only your own deeds that will affect you.

Do not be idle: work, utter God’s Name and read the scriptures.

If you avoid rivalry and dispute, God will protect you.

People abuse their own friends and family, but it is only after performing many meritorious acts that one gets a human birth. Why then come to Shirdi and slander people?

Speak the truth and truth alone.

No one wants to take from Me what I give abundantly.

Do not fight with anyone, nor retaliate, nor slander anyone.

Harsh words cannot pierce your body. If anybody speaks ill of you, just continue on unperturbed.

Choose friends who will stick to you till the end, through thick and thin.

Meditate on what you read and think of God.

I give My devotees whatever they ask, until they ask for what I want to give.

You should not stay for even one second at a place where people are speaking disrespectfully of a saint.

If you do not want to part with what you have, do not lie and claim that you have nothing, but decline politely saying that circumstances or your own desires prevent you.

Let us be humble.

Satsang that is associating with the good is good. Dussaya, or associating with evil-minded people, is evil and must be avoided.

What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get.

Recognize the existence of the Moral Law as governing results. Then unswervingly follow this Law.

All gods are one. There is no difference between a Hindu and a Muslim. Mosque and temple are the same.

Fulfill any promises you have made.

Death and life are the manifestations of God’s activity. You cannot separate the two. God permeates all.

Mukti is impossible for those addicted to lust.

Gain and loss, birth and death are in the hands of God.

When you see with your inner eye then you realize that you are God and not different from Him.

Avoid unnecessary disputations.

The giver gives, but really he is sowing the seed for later: the gift of a rich harvest.

Wealth is really a means to work out dharma. If one uses it merely for personal enjoyment, it is vainly spent.

To God be the praise. I am only the slave of God.

God will show His love. He is kind to all.

Whenever you undertake to do something, do it thoroughly or not at all.

One’s sin will not cease till one falls at the feet of Sadhusò

Be ashamed of your hatred. Give up hatred and be quiet.

The Moral Law is inexorable, so follow it, observe it, and you will reach your goal: God is the perfection of the Moral Law.

I am your servants’ servant.

Always think of God and you will see what He does.

Have faith and patience. Then I will be always with you wherever you are.
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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2012, 08:58:20 AM »
Ramana,
Wonderful sayings of Sri shirdi Baba.Thanks very much.
Namaskar.

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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2012, 10:59:59 AM »
I am happy you have found them useful and inspiring.

I am always glad to share the wisdom of God's Sages. Here I will post Sri Sai's way of Self-inquiry which is the same as Lord Ramana's:

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Get on Cheerfully with your worldly round of activities: but do not forget God. Remember. "This samsara is not mine but God". Think thus all the time you are awake. Inquire always "Who am I"?

To know Me constantly think "Who am I"?.

Sri Baba as the mystics of all religions points to the sameness of the path of Self-inquiry (searching to the "answer" of the question "Who am I?") and devotion and surrender to God. As He points out:

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Nana: Baba, Who is God? How will He look? Where is He? How can we see Him?

Baba: Those who toil in samsara neither understand what is right and wrong nor do they comprehend the nature of God. Pure thoughts are absent in them. Constantly being immersed in the ocean of samsara they do not have faith in devotion or in the scriptures. They don’t reach God. They go towards hell.

On the other hand those who are eager to rise higher towards salvation, discard this state of bondage and begin to inquire with discretion and intelligence. They are always itching to see God. They develop bhakti towards Him and observe the laws of the Scriptures. They adopt Nama-japa and dhyana and become a sadhaka (an aspirant to reach God). They continuously move with the devout. When they reach a mature stage in their japa and dhyana they become saintly. In that stage God and Man are alike. Praise and blame are one and the same for them. Desires have left them. The thought of "I" and "Mine" are not any more there. They begin to see that their own Atma and God are the same. They realize "I am Brahman".

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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2012, 01:52:39 PM »
Dear Ramana,

Nice sayings and comments about I am Brahman by Shirdi Sai Baba.

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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012, 08:10:48 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Dear Ramana garu, Thanks for posting them. Can you pl throw some light on from which book you have taken this

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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2012, 09:57:53 PM »
Dear swayam,

I copied them from the site http://www.saibabaofindia.com/.
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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2012, 10:05:13 PM »
Soon I will post Sri Sai's comments about Advaita hoping to dispel the notion many Indians have that He is Dvaita teacher. Sai Baba is most like a mirror. His devotees see Him in the manner they want to based on their belief and state of mind. Absolutely the same as Bhagavan Ramana. Despite so many 'Gurus' in India there are a few Who really consider the spiritual maturity of their students and teach them according to it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2012, 07:15:39 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Thanks Ramana garu.

What Bhagavan preaches - to do self-enquiry, I feel can be best acheived in the way suggested below by Sai Baba

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If formless meditation is difficult, then think of My form just as you see it here. With such meditation, the difference between subject and object is lost and the mind dissolves in unity.

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Look to Me and I will look to you

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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2012, 06:09:57 PM »
Here is an explanation of Shirdi Sai's teachings by Gautam Sachdeva. It is proof of Sri Ramana's words that the True Guru is One, His teaching is the Same but according to people's spiritual state, expectations, taste and character.

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Obscured by the lustre of the miracles that radiate in His Name, are Sai Baba of Shirdi’s diamond teachings of Advaita

Sai Baba of Shirdi is renowned as the master of miracles, but few have been exposed to His diamond teachings of Advaita (nonduality). Sai Baba’s philosophy was based on Advaita Vedanta, which also included elements of Bhakti. However, the phenomenon and magnitude of miracles that occurred during, and even after, His lifetime was so overwhelming that in their incessant narration over the decades since His death, His teachings have been largely overlooked, overshadowed and forgotten. Now that humanity’s consciousness has risen sufficiently to move beyond the fascination and hope for miracles in the direction of Self-inquiry, digging out these precious gems of Advaita from the sacred soil of Shirdi is essential to understanding the deeper significance of this colossal spiritual figure’s raison d’etre. For Sai himself said, "I give people what they want in the hope that they will begin to want what I want to give them."

While we Indians, more prone to the Bhakti path, have built temples dedicated to Sai Baba in almost every street corner in Maharashtra, the Western spiritual seeker is practically nonconversant with This Saint. Inclined to accept logical, knowledge-based concepts over the phenomena of miracles, the Western rational mind leans more toward Jnana and less toward Bhakti. Unfortunately, they have not been exposed to Sai’s teachings as there is hardly any awareness of literature that is primarily devoted to expounding His teachings. This is in sharp contrast to Sai Baba’s contemporaries, namely Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj, Who had a steady stream of seekers from all over the world visiting Them, because They had been exposed to Their teachings through books published on Their talks during satsangs. Perhaps the time has now come for the world to recognise and accept yet another gift of the highest teachings of Advaita Vedanta – as espoused by This avatar.

Sai’s life (1838-1918) is a literal example of nonduality – there is no definite account of the date and place of His birth. He was supposed to have been born of Hindu parents and raised by Muslim foster parents. He is regarded by both Hindu and Muslim devotees as a Saint, and in His life and teachings He embraced both the faiths. He lived in a mosque which he named Dwarkamai (the sacred city where Krishna lived), was buried in a temple, and taught using concepts drawn from both traditions. What could be more nondual than that? Unfortunately, a large number of followers still squabble over whether He was a Muslim or a Hindu, when Sai’s life and teachings practically made that a non-issue, not worthy of even a discussion, leave alone a debate – forget an argument!

Culled from the Sai Sat Charita (considered the most important account of His life, teachings and miracles), are some of the most lucid statements on Advaita made by a saint whose motto was “Sabka Malik Ek”, that literally translates as “Everyone’s God/Master is One”. Sai clearly did not mean to emphasise that there is only One God (as in an embodied form) for everyone, but rather that ‘Everyone’s God/Master is One’. One – not two, nondual – One, the One Unicity, One Source, One Consciousness. This makes it hardly surprising that he was considered an incarnation of Shiva – Who is pure Consciousness.

Here are some examples of Baba’s Advaitic sayings:

“Who is this Me? You need not go far in search of Me. Barring your name and form, there exists in you as well as in all beings, a sense of Being or Consciousness of Existence. That is Myself. Knowing this, you see Me inside yourself, as well as in all beings. If you practise this, you will realise all-pervasiveness, and thus attain oneness with Me.”

Sai clearly points out that you are not the ego – identification with name and form. You are that Consciousness that enables you to Be – “I Am,” not "I Am this or that." You are that same Consciousness that functions through everyone and brings about life as we know it, just as it is the same electricity that functions through different electronic gadgets. This understanding annihilates any notion of separation that exists between "me" and the "other". All there is, is only Consciousness. And it is not something to go in search of, as it is already there within us – only the veil of ignorance needs to be removed.

Sabka Malik Ek.
"Why should you take the responsibility of the actions on you? Do not entertain the sense of doership in doing good, as well as for bad deeds; be entirely prideless and egoless in all things and thus your spiritual progress will be rapid.”

Here, Sai clearly states that God is the only Doer of all actions that we supposedly think are done by us. All actions are Divine happenings and not deeds done by anyone. No pride or arrogance for our successes, no guilt or shame for our so-called "bad deeds". God is the only Doer.

Sai goes on to say: "You see, mysterious is the path of action. Though I do nothing, they hold Me responsible for the actions which take place on account of prarabdh (destiny). I am only their witness. The Lord is the sole Doer and Inspirer. He is most merciful.

Neither I am God, nor Master. I am His obedient servant and remember Him constantly. He who casts aside his egoism and thanks Him and he who trusts Him entirely will have His shackles removed and will obtain liberation."

From the above statements, we can see that Sai is constantly giving us pointers to liberation, enlightenment or Self-realisation. In the following paragraph from the Sai Sat Charita, Sai Baba has covered some major milestones on the Advaita road – including being the Witness, the illusion of separation, the will of God, and enlightenment. "Let the world go topsy-turvy, you remain where you are. Standing in your own place, look on calmly at the show of all things passing before you. Demolish the wall of difference that separates you from Me, and then the road for our meeting will be clear and open. The sense of differentiation as I and thou, is the barrier, that keeps the disciple away from his Master and unless that is destroyed the state of union or atonement is not possible. Allah Malik (God) is the sole proprietor, nobody else is our protector. His method of work is extraordinary, invaluable and inscrutable. His Will be done and He will show us the way, and satisfy our heart’s desires. It is on account of runanubandh (former relationships) that we have come together; let us love and serve each other and be happy. He who attains the Supreme Goal of life is immortal and happy, all others merely exist, i.e. live so long as they breathe.”

Clearly, the Supreme Goal of life that Sai Baba refers to is enlightenment or Self-realisation. By "immortal" He does not mean that we (the body) will live forever, but that we will realise our true nature is immortal, eternal Presence, beyond the pleasures and pains of life and, hence, the shackles of time; ever-shining; always there, never having been born and hence could never die.

Since his passing, Sai Baba has been worshipped by millions of devotees in the hope that miracles will occur in their lives. Few worship Him for the miracle that is His teaching – itself a direct path to Self-realisation and enlightenment; a path which takes us beyond the pains and pleasures of daily living, and anchors us in peace of mind. There is no greater miracle this Diamond of Advaita could bestow upon us. Although there are thousands of temples dedicated to Sai Baba today, it’s time to worship His timeless teachings as well, for in His own words, "Meditate always on My Formless nature, which is knowledge incarnate, consciousness and bliss.”

It is this statement we should remember the next time we bow down in front of the stone slab at Dwarkamai upon which Baba used to sit. Let it be a reminder of His formless form. Sai had also said, "My bones will speak from my tomb." They certainly are speaking but the point is, are we willing to listen? Or are we going with our heads and hearts stuffed with our hopes and wishes for miracles in our lives, assuming that what we want is going to be good for us in the first place?

The Dhuni at Dwarkamai has been burning ever since Baba’s passing over. May it consume our ignorance and burn brighter as Baba’s teachings blaze forth across the world in time to come, lighting up the road for all of humanity. For, truly, Sabka Malik Ek.
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Re: 100 sayings of Shirdi Sai Baba
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2012, 11:08:22 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Some sayings of Baba from a great book

http://saibharadwaja.org/books/saibabathemaster/sayingsofsaibaba.aspx

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