Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, the time is running out, our days are vanishing fast, some sort of fear engulfed in our hearts as our life is shrinking, yet we never achieved any of our objects until now. Our prayers for your grace and blessings didn't reach you, our cry and tears didn't get your attention until now, our patience reaching to a flash point, it may burst out any time, please show the Light that lead us to reach the destination as per Your agenda. Baba, on this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine words in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.
Blessed are the blades of grass and stones in Shirdi which,without any effort, were able to kiss Baba's feet, everyday, and were able to bear the dust of his feet on their heads.
For us Shirdi is Pandharpur. Shirdi is our Jagannathpuri, Dwarka, Gaya, Kashi – Vishweshwar (name of temple). Shirdi is our Rameshwar10a.
Shirdi is our Badri-Kedar, Shirdi is Nashik-Tryambakeshwar, Shirdi is Ujjain-Mahakaleshwar, Shirdi is Mahabaleshwar- Gokarn10b.
The very association with Sai in Shirdi is like the study of Nigamas (Vedic scriptures) and Agamas (post-Vedic scriptures of major sects like Shaiva, Shakta and Vaishnavas), and the healing touch in the afflictions of life. He is the easy way to the supreme goal.
Samartha Sai's darshan is itself a means for our union with the Divine; and by conversing with him our sins are washed away.
Pressing his feet is like bathing at the confluence of the three rivers (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati). And, partaking of the water washings of his feet uproots all desires.
His command is like a Vedic sermon for us. Purifying and sacred, in every sense, are his udi (Sacred ash from his Dhuni) and his prasad (sacramental food).
Sai is, to us, the Supreme Brahman, the highest spiritual bliss. Sai is our Sree Krishna, Sree Rama; and Sai is our rest and refuge.
Sai is beyond the two-fold nature of the world, never sad or happy, always engrossed in his own self, and permanently in the Brahman.
Shirdi is the centre, but Baba's realm is far and wide. It extends up to Punjab, Calcutta, North India, Gujarat, Deccan and Karnataka.
68. The Samadhi of Sai at Shirdi is a gathering place for all the saints. Every step on the way to it severs one link of the chain of worldly existence.
A mere darshan of his Samadhi is the fulfillment of one's life. How can I describe then the good fortune of those who have spent their lives in his service?
Over the Masjid and the wada, rows of beautiful flags flutter high in the sky which seem to beckon the devotees.
Baba is a renowned saint whose fame has spread far and wide. Some vow to him in faith for the fulfilment of their wishes, while some attain inward peace by a mere darshan of him.
Whatever may be the secret wishes of anyone, whether pure or unscrupulous, their mind is at peace at the very sight of him. People are therefore surprised in their heart of hearts.
The same marvellous vision, which one has at the sight of Vitthal and Rakhumai at Pandharpur, is experienced in Shirdi by Baba's darshan.
I bow down to Sree Ganesh
I bow down to Sree Saraswati
I bow down to the Guru
I bow down to the Family Deity
I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra
I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.
Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh
-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 4, Ovi 58 - 73)