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There are three views regarding the question ‘Who is Sai Baba?’

1) Many people who are accustomed to perceiving things and people superficially, said that Shirdi Sai Baba was a mad fakir who lived for many years in a worn out and dilapidated masjid in Shirdi, and who talked at random and extracted money in the form of dakshina from people who went to see Him.

This view is quite wrong. To a friend of Mr. R.A.Tarkhadkar who was full of tears when he was taking Sai Baba’s leave at the time of leaving for Bombay, Baba said, “Why do you behave like a madman? Am I not with you there in Bombay?” The friend said, “I know that, but I have no experience of Your being with me there in Bombay.” Thereupon, Shirdi Sai Baba said that the person who thinks that Baba is in Shirdi only, has yet to understand Baba. Vide p. 308 of ‘Sai Leela’ magazine, dated January 15, 1925.

2) Some people said that Shirdi Sai Baba was a saint. The Mohammedans took Him for one of their pirs and the Hindus regarded Him as one of their saints. The managers of the festivals celebrated annually at Shirdi refer to Sai Baba in their announcements as the crest jewel of the saints. This view is also not correct, because:

3) Those who knew Sai Baba intimately regarded Him, and regard Him still, as God incarnate. The following are a few examples:

i. Hon. Mr. Justice M.B. Rege, B.A., L.A.B., High Court Judge, Indore, in his forward to Sai Baba’s Sayings and Charters by B.V. Narashimhaswami (page 1-2) says: Baba in the flesh was to his devotees, the embodiment of the supreme spirit, lighting the sadhakas’ path by His words and actions. The mortal body has passed away, but the “Baba” once abiding in it, now lives in the spirit eternal, helping in a silent way. He often helped and gave solace to myriads of His devotees who sought His help while He was in His physical body.

ii. A High Court judge from a state in the north made the following statement quoted on page 1 in Devotees’ Experiences by B.V. Narasimhaswami:I look upon Shri Sai Baba as the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. I did so before His mahasamadhi in 1918 and do so now. To me, He is not gone. He exists even now. To me, He had no limitations. Of course, when He was with us, there was the fleshy tabernacle. That was prominently brought to our attention at times. But mostly, the infinite aspect of His was what remained before me. I thought of Him as a mental or spiritual image in which the finite and infinite blended quite perfectly - yet allowing the finite to appear before us at times. Now that the body has been cast off, the infinite Sai Baba alone remains.


Jai Sai Ram

It is very well known incident that Shirdi Sai Baba gave nine coins to Smt. Laxmibai before leaving his mortal body. Laxmibai was present with Baba, in his last few moments before taking His Maha Samadhi. Baba had put his hands inside the pocket of his Kafni and gave these 9 silver coins to Laxmi maa. Laxmibai had whole heartedly served Baba for 45 years. In fact when Baba had come to Shirdi for the first time, it was Laxmibai only who had fed him. These nine coins indicated nine types of devotion of him. Moreover Shirdi Sai Baba has emphasized nine types of Bhakti.

1. Shravan (hearing)

2. Kirtan (praying)

3. Smaran (remembering)

4. Padasevan (resorting to feet)

5. Archan (worship)

6. Namaskar (bowing)

7. Dasya (service)

8. Sakhyam (friendship)

9. Atma-Nivedana (surrender of the self).

All these types of Bhakti are included in the Nine Gems of Sai Bhakti, if practiced regularly would surely make you pass the Bhavsagar (ocean of life).World Shirdi Sai Baba Organisation (UK) – WSSBO (UK) had invited Arun Gaikwad, the great grandson of Laxmi maa to bring the divine nine coins to London for darshan of our devotees in the UK. It was indeed a blessful and a beautiful darshan of Sai Baba and the divine nine coins.

On behalf of the Sai Mandir East Ham, we would like to convey our sincere appreciation to Arun Gaikwad, Sai Global Trust, Sponsors, well-wishers and volunteers who had made the event an unforgettable day.


It was overwhelming to see the joy in the face of the senior citizens who participated in the event. It was a free entry event, everyone enjoyed the the fun filled event with quiz, talks, dance, games and nice food! Thanks to all volunteers and everyone who made the event a memorable one!!

Jai Sai Ram
With Baba's grace and blessings, it was indeed an amazing event. Many attended and we are sure you would agree it was a memorable one.  We wish to convey our sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has been a true supporter, donor, volunteer and well wisher for the charity. 
It has been a blissful spiritual journey and an amazing community service. We would not be here today without your enormous support. Thank you very much indeed. Let us hold hands together for more successful years of spreading Baba’s assurances & messages and contribution to the community.

Jai Sai Ram

We are happy to inform that we are organising a cultural event called “Welcoming the New Year 2013 with Baba” at Passage To India in Ilford, London (IG1 1QW) on 20th of January 2013 (Sunday) between 11 am and 5pm.

Read more: Cultural Event - 20th Jan 2013

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