Shirdi – The Pinnacle of Faith and Patience

Patience is the intuition that inspires man to wait for the will of God to unfold and work itself out. Patience or ‘Saburi’ helps in living uncompromisingly and in accepting the inevitable, without frenzy or despair. Faith or ‘Sradha’ is the devotion that makes a disciple trust his guru and helps man in accepting things with equanimity. The Sage of Shirdi, the Saibaba emphasizes for persuasion of these two virtues for a peaceful and prosperous life.

The whole perception of life is made through the fives sensory organs that are outward bound. But, for living a life of full depth and dimension, one has to explore every possibility that lies within one self. This is possible by putting a deeper look inside for ‘self realization’. The more one self-realizes the better and fuller a person lives. It is here that a person needs spiritual inspiration from a Guru and feels the urge to visit Shirdi.

Shirdi, a township in the Ahmednagar district of Maharastra is the place where a Baba, as a Baal Yogi first lived for three years left for some time and returned back to returned back during 1858 to stay there till his Samadhi in the year 1918. His virtuous teachings attracted devotees that have increased to large number. Thereafter, the name Shirdi got inter-woven to ‘Sai Baba’ and devotees all over the world visit this sacred place to get the bliss of ’Shiridi ke Sai Baba’.

Waging incessant war against social, financial and emotional insecurity have become the usual features in the present day life. The dimensions of life’s problems are multi-faceted and are beyond human control. Sadhguru says, just as the outer technology governs the external happenings, there is an inner technology or engineering that make things to happen in life through certain laws One can experience this by surrendering himself to Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Shirdi can be reached by travelling 296 km from Mumbai. The Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba has been built with white marble stones, with the railings full of ornamental decorations. Devotees coming from all over the world can take Darshan starting at 7.AM followed by Abhishek, Satyanarayan Puja, Aarati, Pravachan and finally Shejarti at 10.PM. At the first floor of the temple, visitors can view pictures that depict the life of the saint and guru.

Shri Si Baba of Shirdi was a guru, yogi and fakir and was revered by both Hindu and Muslims devotees. He himself remained unsure whether he was a Hindu or a Muslim. He emphasized for surrendering to the guidance of the True Teacher or Sadguru or Murshad. His teachings were combined with the elements of Hinduism and Islam. He lived in a mosque which he named as Dwarakamayi and lies next to the Samadhi temple. His always uttered Allah Malik and his epigram was ‘Sab Ka Malik Ek’ or one God governs all.

Visitors can have a look at the personal belongings of Baba at the Chavadi and a cottage in front of it, where his ardent devotee Abdul Baba lived. Other places are temples of Shani, Ganapati and Shankr, and Lendi Baugh, a garden that was maintained by Sai Baba of Shirdi.