a pilgrimage to shirdi ? If you have 30 minutes ,read the below
feelings of this ordinary little servant of shirdi sai baba ....What
to do when you travel to any shirdi sai temple , spiritual journey
? Tips for travelling,accomodation in shirdi provided inbetween
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What shirdi saibaba expects
from his true devotees during their shirdi trip ?
Saibaba is the sweet saint who resides in our heart and he really
is the crown jewel amoung saints because he fulfills a devotees
materialistic and also spiritual needs. He treats every devotee
based on their likes and dislikes and guides them based on their
past karma, charecter and understanding of life. Why i always mention
him as "Shirdi" saibaba because to me shirdi saibaba is
the sadguru ( True Guru -its very personal attitude ). I decided
to write this article for shirdi saibaba devotees who wish to travel
Everytime i travel to shirdi, my experience has been different
but i had felt the presence of shirdi sai always in my heart which
means one has to remember what sai said " Let the world go
topsy turvy, You be where you are and remember me alone" .
So when you are in shirdi also, please surrender all your senses
under sai's feet, drop all your desires,wishes,worries and pains
in life along with the single rupee of coin you drop in dakshina
box. Thats it. Just remember sai sai sai......
When you are back from shirdi, there must be a trasformation in
your heart. Your faith unto sai must have increased thousand folds
. How can you expect a change in your life if there's no change
in your mind. sai lives in your mind. Hence i wrote this article.
Please read further about the feelings, emotions and love of this
little servant of sai for this beautiful saint saibaba of "shirdi"...
Forgive me for any mistakes...what ever i wrote is very personal.
Only sai and i can understand the love we share. - Venkat Raman
Shirdi - Our saibaba selected this
small village and it became a garden of divinity :
" Shirdi " What a beautiful name ? . Every time i speak
about sai to a stranger , i add the word shirdi and say " I
love shirdi saibaba " He is my Sadguru,sweet heart,friend,
philosopher,guide and life itself. Shirdi saibaba is a way of my
In 1854 a boy was found meditating under a Neem tree at an aprox
age of 16. When a little boy of 16, has chosed to go to a very small
village in the indian state of Maharastra in Ahmednagar district
, little did the shirdi people realized that he is going to pull
millions of devotees every year to this village in the years to
come. I read somewhere that when sai first went to shirdi, it was
a village with just 80 mud huts.
The boy sat meditating under a Neem tree and practiced yoga and
penance not minding the weather conditions. Why should a little
boy suffer so much ? Now a days shirdi sai devotees sometimes get
angry on baba even if something they prayed for doesn't happen.
Why should we always see baba in the form where he looks old. Imagine
a 16 year old boy who later turned out to be saibaba of shirdi.
Saibaba has sacrificed his life
right from childhood :
To become the saibaba of old age whom we respect , adore and depend
on for our own welfare, this little boy has worked right from his
birth and childhood. Sixteen is really young for someone to have
started his spiritual journey. Am sure this little boy has practiced
more right from his birth than the first time he was seen under
a Neem tree in shirdi village.
You would have seen little boys working in hotel ,workshops and
factories.Some times i feel pity for this little kids. Simililary
saibaba of shirdi has started working hard, hurted himself by practicing
meditation, clean habits,keeping his mind pure etc right from his
child hood. Why should this little boy lead a perfect life and later
known as saibaba pull millions of devotees to him and bless them
with good health, peace and prosperity.
There are people who say 100 stories about what sai did before
he was 16. Just one clarification. Its easy for us to do research
and discover past of sais life or tell stories that you imagine
but sai himself din't liked to reveal what he was accept for one
fact that he revealed when Nandadeep ( a place in shirdi where 5
lamps were burning under the surface - now there are 2 trees and
a lamp burning 24 hours to signify the importance of babas gurus
place ) was dug, sai accepted its his Gurus place where he practiced
and learn a lot from his Guru for 10 years.
From 1854 to 57 , the kind hearted boy who loves gardening carried
water pots from a well on his own shoulders , near the Neem tree
( present site of samadhi mandhir ) , for creating and tending a
garden. Saint Gangagir Maharaj, on seeing him at his work, said
that shirdi was blessed with the presence of this gem. In 1857,
the boy disappeared from shirdi village and re-appeared to remain
there permanently, with the marriage party of chandbhai's nehew.
The priest of Kandoba temple was the one who first welcomed him
as "Aoa Sai "..meaning welcome sai.Hence the boys name
Shirdi - Sai lives every where and
his samadhi mandhir is in shirdi :
The 16 year old boy would have chosen any other villages .Why did
he chose shirdi ? Is it a holy place or does the boy know that invisibly
its a spot where three holy rivers are merging ?. I always get this
thought in my mind. Why did this little boy choose
shirdi to live in. Sometimes we friends wish shirdi must have been
a bit close to coimbatore so that we can go there very often but
when i think hard, sai would have chosen shirdi for he alone knows
that is the right place in this holy country to spread the message
of humanity, to guide millions of devotees to lead a good life,
to bless millions with good health, education,food,clothes,shelter,good
career,marriage,children and long life.
Lets remember what baba has said . "Don't think this body
of 3 cubits and six feet is all what i am.I will be present everywhere
in this universe and when a devotee calls me with pure love, i appear
infront of him in some form and bless him. I need no doors to enter.l
lived in insects, ants and dogs. " I changed the quotes as
above is what i remember now but basically lets understand though
baba lives everywhere, his samadhi is in shirdi and since sai babas
holy feet has touched and kissed the soil of shirdi, going to shirdi
and staying there is the most beautiful thing that can happen to
shirdi sai devotees life.
"When you remember saibaba,
saibaba is with you
When you remember shirdi, you are mentally in Baba's Samadhi mandhir
and Dwarakamai "
For those of you for whom the opportunity has not come yet, I prayed
baba when it wrote this article, to accept everyone who reads this
article with pure mind as if they are now in shirdi and they are
touching your feets in samadhi mandhir and entering your dwarakamai
and chavdi. So friends, theres a shirdi in your heart. So remember
sai sai sai and read ahead. sai will accept it as your presence
in shirdi and bless you whole heartedly.
Vibration and purity of shirdi is
in our own heart - If mind thinks sai sai sai - shirdi will be a
paradise of blessings :
Baba, i love shirdi so much. Its my gift that in August 2007, i
was fortunate to meet relatives of few people who lived with sai.
I also like to talk to people living in near by villages of shirdi.
like puntanbe. They are very kind hearted. I gave saree, bangles
to few elderly Marathi women, fell in their feet and got ashirwad
because my mom always says its really worth to get blessings from
We must thank this little boy who selected shirdi as his place
to live rest of his life because irrespective of the commercial
impacts that shirdi is facing today, a devotee who remembers sai
sai and sai alone will certainly see only sai in shirdi. Shirdi
sai temple is the best thing that can happen in my life.The colourful
shops selling baba statues, baba photos, stickers , baba calenders,sai
books,Dvds, big hotels,affortable to costly foods and devotees from
all over the world etc can't distract a true shirdi sai devotees
heart. Shirdi is really powerful. The vibration in shirdi will remain
the same for a sincere sai devotee whos heart thinks only sai sai
Remember sai sai sai during the
time you spend in shirdi :
When you go to shirdi, don't be distracted by the maya of shops,hotels
and other devotees looks,talks etc. When a holy place gets enormous
numbers of devotees it becomes a tourist spot than a pilgrimage.
You can't expect all who come to shirdi to behave properly and politely.
Thousand things will happen in a crowded place but let your body,mind
and speech be surrendered to sai , sai and sai alone. Sai is a light.
His form as statue in samadhi mandhir is to fill your heart with
the happiness of darshan but the real sai is residing in your own
heart. So please realize the sai who lives in your own heart. sai
himself has said "My abode is your heart ".
"Sai is the light residing in
your own heart "
Cut away the darkness of maya and light the lamp of this sweet
saint shirdi saibaba in your heart. My friend, you can't go to shirdi
just because you got tickets . It is sai who wants to see you.So
he has called you. Living in your heart, sai has given you a desire
to go to shirdi. See how beautiful this sweet saint is. See how
much he loves you that he wants to see you. For all that sai has
done to pull you to shirdi, let us do a simple thing as a gift to
Sai doesn't want your money or clothes .Sai doesn't need your donation.
Sai doesn't need your status. Poor or rich, educated or uneducated
all are same to sai. The only thing sai wants as gift from his true
devotees is "rememberance" - Please please please....don't
hurry that you must stand in que, do this ,do that, buy statues,
don't be wavering, don't involve in unnecessary talks with your
parents and friends, relatives. You can speak and joke but let it
also be good talks which might even enterntain sai. Even if you
get into worldly affairs or your own worries, try to come back to
remembering sai sai and sai alone.
How to Remember shirdi saibaba during
your entire shirdi trip :
Simple. Chant sai sai sai...sai sai sai....sai sai sai.....it takes
a little more than one second to say it three times "sai sai
sai" . Imagine how many thousands or lakhs of times you can
chant "sai sai sai" if you start chanting sai sai sai
right from the moment you start your journey to shirdi. Its ok if
you want to make fun with friends or family members but make sure
you never hurt anyone.
For me also,a bad habit is thinking about my desires, my past,future,pains
and sufferings i faced in life etc. I wonder why i always worry
so much when sai has said "why fear when i am here" .
So again i try to chant "sai sai sai" or any of sais good
"aum sri sri sai jaya jaya
"shirdi sai dwarakamai"
"aum sri sai ram"
How can you let your mind get distracted either with wordly affairs
or with your own pains and worries. Try your maximum to remember
sai sai and sai alone in shirdi.
Switch on the chanting box in your
I recommond chanting " sai sai sai"....sai sai sai...sai
sai sai.....because its simple , easy and even when you are distracted
, don't wory about it. There's a button for sai in your mind. Just
simply switch on that button and it will start to chant
sai sai sai
sai sai sai
sai sai sai
Sai has assured that when ever his devotee with pure mind says
"sai sai sai" and surrender all his senses to him, his/her
past sins will be burnt like ashes in the dhuni and they will be
free of debt for the sins they did in past births. Gradually their
bad time will go away leading them to good times when shirdi saibaba's
blessings will reach them.
Vow.....Cummon....isn't this a simple solution for all of us shirdi
saibaba devotees. Simply saying sai sai sai.....
Its not rocket science...I have a sister who is a research scientist
, supports me in all my spiritual deeds.She says she prays just
5 minutes everyday and gets back to her work while i do nothing
in life other than prayers ( he ...he ...he ) .May be baba knows
i had done so much of sins in my previous birth. So he pulled me
to his service for few years and am sure someday he will show me
a way for my career .
Listen to saibaba Bhajans,Saibaba
songs in any shirdi sai temple :
When ever you go to any shirdi Sai temple , Sai mandhir please
have the habit of singing saibaba bhajans, listen to sai bhajans
and try to imagine saibaba in your heart,shirdi saibaba songs ,saibaba
arathi or easy method of chanting sai sai sai.My only request is
never have pride that you have ability to sing babas songs.If you
surrender your ego to sai, sai will keep you like his own eyes
You have rights to expect from shirdi
sai but sai has rights to make use of your time and life for welfare
of humanity :
I really feel pity for people like me who say they always remember
sai but theres no change in their life. just imagine what i must
be doing in 2007 when am going to be 29. Should i not be working
somewhere and make my parents happy. On the other hand , the past
3 - 4years my life itself is all about printing posters of sai with
good quotes of humanity, distributing it as gift to good sai devotees
i see in temple, where ever i go, when people say me their problem,
i ask them to give food to anyone poor, give clothes, light as many
lamps as possible.........why am i doing all this. I am sure sai
knows when to take and when to give. All these years baba has "taken"
from me and i always believe a time will come when he "gives"
a gift for the little that i have done. I don't expect anything
from anyone because when sai is there and when i am his child why
should i care about life. I know my life is safe in babas hands.
What ever change happens in my life must come directly from this
sweet saint shirdi saibaba who is my love, light and life.
The reason i wrote about me in above para is that not all of you
will have situation ,parents and sister who are supportive irrespective
of my being parents worried about me, their love for me lets them
leave me in sais path. Some of you might be worrying a lot why sai
hasn't helped even after so much of pure devotion. Try this one
simple remedy. Always whole heartedly chant "sai sai sai"
no matter where you travel or what you do. If your mind is totally
surrendered to sai , sai will surely fulfill your basic needs.
Habit of "giving" to poor
during shirdi pilgrimage :
Many thousands of devotees donate to shirdi saibaba someway or
other. Its one way to clear our previous lifes debt. Remember, if
you have donated a lot , don't be proud of it. You have so much
of sins to clear off. Thats why sai made you do it.
My personal belief is to "give" directly to poor people
whom you can see in villages. All of us are living a fast life where
shirdi trip means just a one day stay at shirdi. So many sai devotees
can't catch up with my habit.
My habit is , to buy few sarees,bangles,
print few shirdi saibaba photos and give it to village people who
live near shirdi and get their ashirwad.
You can give anything as per your ability. Make sure it will satisfy
needs of village people. You can get some note books, pens etc and
give to kids. All you have to do is search for someone who deserves
it. You must spend atleast half a day to go to right place and meet
right people who will accept your gifts whole heartedly.
There are lots of people near dwarakamai and chavdi .You can give
them but imagine..how happy sai will be if you take 2 hours to travel
or go in auto 2-5 kilometers, speak to some village people and tell
them you have 5-10 sarees, note books,pens whic you wish to give
to the kids there...I don't know if its practically possible for
all of you. By babas grace, i was able to do it when ever i go to
any temple i love....Sometimes i give saree to poor women sells
lamps and flowers,sometimes i get permission from elderly women
, give it traditionaly, get ashirwad from them. All i can say is,
When ever you go to any good temples, purchase atleast for 1000
rupees ..something worthy to give to people in need. It will gain
you enormous blessings.
Trust me, don't think "Giving" is easy. Sometimes, when
i have given baba photos to sai devotees , they will think am selling
it and show angry face to me. I try maximum not to get hurted .Make
sure you choose right village women to give saree and get blessings.
Don't make a crowd to gather around you near temple complex...When
ever you want to give stuff, choose to travel to deep villages.Only
village people might be poor and they will have needs of your gifts.
Accomodation,hotels in shirdi - shirdi
hotels, shirdi lodges ,shirdi saibaba sansthan :
For Gods sake, don't get irritated as soon as you get down the
bus in shirdi. A guide will follow you for 2-3 minutes asking if
you need help in accomodation. If you think, he speaks well, accept
his offer or just walk to any one and ask where is "sansthan
office". Shirdi saibaba sansthan is professional as far as
i know. They guide devotees properly.
The shirdi saibaba sansthan maintains few dormitaries and sansthan
hotels where you can stay for 48 hours and more than that by permission.
I am not sure about their tariff. I once stayed in dormitary where
they charged 200 rs for 2 days and gave back 180 rupees. For Rooms,
it could be more say around 100 to 300 rs ( am not sure ).During
season times, its hard to get sansthans rooms and dormitary.
There are various hotels .All you have to do is walk a little in
the roads away from chavdi and near prasadalaya. If you have less
baggages better walk and chose a lodge by yourself. If you dont
like, never feel shy to choose a better one. Its 2007 when i write
this and now the tariffs during non-season range from 300 Rs - 400Rs
- 600 Rupees most common and upto 3000 . During season times some
lodges which charge 400 rupees per day will charge you 2000 rupees
perday for same room. Its a commercial world and shirdi too is not
an exception. High season could be during December end, Summer holidays
Pray shirdi saibaba to guide you
and help you find peaceful accomodation, and bless you with good
I just want to guide devotees as many worry too much since they
feel its new place. I always say them Never fear that its new place
and you dont know language. Just light a lamp in your house or near
by temple asking shirdi saibaba to help you travel and stay at shirdi
peacefully, surely sai will help you. When i went to shirdi first
time on march 30th 2006, i went from Mumbai in a bus. As soon as
i got down at 3.45 am early morning, few guides asked me to come
along with them. I stood there blinking for few seconds. Don't know
what made me walk away.I just saw few devotees walking towards a
road, bend down to shirdi soil, applied it on my forehead and just
walked behind them. I dont even know where they were going. Suddenly
i saw sansthan office , enquired a security and asked them for dormitary.
They said office will open little later..I directly kept all my
bags in a cloack room, took bath and went to Kakad arathi. I sat
little far from babas samadhi but i never expected that i will make
it to kakad arathi being a new comer to shirdi . The best part is
i never worries about bags in cloak room. I visited dwarakamai ,
chavdi and then cooly took bags, got accomodation in sansthans dormitary
and stayed there 2 days. see its all in faith. If you love sai and
want to see baba, he will take you happily, keep you happily in
shirdi and come with you to your home and leave you at your place
I love Nandadeep in shirdi :
Just select a good hotel or lodge based on your ability, try to
stay there atleast 3-5 days. Everyday do what ever you wish to do.
You can either go to samadhi mandhir once or twice and visit dwarakamai
, the mosque where sai lived and chavdi once and then sit in good
place to read sai satcharita or speak about sai, light lamps which
baba loves most, sit near Nandadeep and meditate or if you are young
walk 2-3 kilometers in pimpalwadi road to see sivanesan swamiji
ashram. Always try to remember sai., chant sai sai sai and say all
your worries to baba and speak to him whole heartedly in your mind.
The more you remember and be in shirdi with thoughts of sai, the
better your life will be after shirdi visit.
A dream vision about Future of Shirdi
and fame of my sweet saint saibaba of shirdi :
On january 1st 2007, i got a dream about how shirdi will be 100
years from now. Trust me , one third of the world population will
atleast have a photo of shirdi saibaba in their house. Thats what
baba showed me in that dream. Now you can calculate the changes
shirdi is going to face in the years to come to welcome and accomodate
several lakhs of devotees each and everyday. What i write might
be wrong for the time being but to me sai's dreams are words from
himself and i trust it as reality.
The first day of year 2007, i got a dream from sai. Its october
9th 2007, trust me, i din't achieve anything professionally all
this year. I spent all this year coming around temples in the name
of serving sai ....he he . What can i do ?. I don't know what else
to do and sai also seems to say "Venkat. Just be with me, i
will take care of your future "
This is how my life goes and today finally i wrote about the little
village my sweet saint has chosen to live. Baba i love shirdi and
i love you more for selecting shirdi as the place of your life and
Thanks to shirdi saibaba sansthan
priests and staffs :
Its a gift to listen to the priests singing Arathi in Baba's samadhi
Mandhir,Babas face will be vibrant , expressive eyes and a very
very beautiful smile as if a Mother is happy when she meets her
loving child after a long time, Baba's face
glowing with five wicks lamp and their voice singing Arathi merges
hearts of devotees with sai's soul.. Trust me, its sai himself in
When the statue was installed in 1954, Laxmibhai and others who
lived with sai had tears of joy as they said its exactly like saibaba
Baba let shirdi saibaba sansthan Priest, staffs and securities
be blessed souls . Let them serve you with truth and honestly like
what they are doing past several years. We all must thank the shirdi
sai baba sansthan for maintaining shirdi saibaba mandhir complex
cleanly and beautifully. For the crowd that comes to shirdi, their
hard work must be appreciated.
With so much of love on shirdi soil
which my sweet saint's holy feet has touched !
I love to go to shirdi as many times as possible in this birth
What ever you do is for good and i hope this article to has positive
effect in the hearts of your true devotees .I sincerely pray for
all who plans to go shirdi, to have a beautiful darshan of our saibaba.
Please remember its not darshan you get, its darshan he gives. The
one who called you to shirdi knows how to bring you and keep you
with him with peace.
Be a deserving devotee of shirdi
When you come back from shirdi, if your friends asks what did you
offer to sai. Make sure you deserve to say the following words
" I gave my heart to sai and
got his heart for me " .
Our mind is filled with desires, wishes,pains and worries. It also
bears all our past bad karma and bad thoughts. Whats the use of
living with our mind. Lets try our maximum to deeply analyse every
aspect of sais life and there by make our heart like his. No one
can be like my shirdi saibaba. He is the SUN . The only one SUN
for this universe but certainly we all can become "Stars"
Star sai is the relationship between
the SUN and STAR
A beautiful deep strong relationship between
SHIRDI SAI and his pure hearted SAI DEVOTEES
The king of shirdi is calling you. Pack up and get lost in his
sai sai sai
sai sai sai
sai sai sai
Always in the feets of shirdi saibaba
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