One should keep permanent peace and happiness as one’s goal of life and think about it. Serve all beings as God – this is the most beneficial faith in life.
Shri Sai Satcharitra, Chapter 8, Verse 31
We are devotees of Sai Baba–His life, His way and His will. We come from all places, large and small, around the globe as brothers and sisters, united in faith, love and with a mission of sharing the grace of this life with all who wish inclusion.
A long time ago, Baba was called to Shirdi and during his time there, blessed the villagers both in spirit and in material goods. Residents became devotees of His word and teachings and joined in His mission. They began to take care of Baba’s daily needs—they fed, provided clean clothing, shelter and other mundane chores so that Baba could meditate on His divine work. Above and beyond their own daily needs and responsibilities, they graciously provided food and lodging to visiting seekers and ensured the pilgrims could focus on Sai Baba.
Today, the descendants of those villagers, who were blessed to be with the earthly carnation of Baba, have taken responsibility for His mission. We are many of those descendants and other devotees worldwide. And so together we have formed I Love Sai to help us all know and promote ShirdiSai Baba.
Our calling is one of expression and action. To live this life with devotion, we must love, share and transform the world in the ways that Sai lived–a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and Guru–with no distinction based on religion or caste.These tenants of charity, acceptance and peaceful contemplation drive our mission forward.
As disciples , we are serving Baba and making His presence global—through events and education. Please join hands with us and help us complete our task.
Sree Sainath is such – the Compassionate and Powerful Sadguru, who can be known by the Inner Self. All-transcendent, eternal one, to you, I bow.
Obeisance to you, the best of all, ever blissful, fully contented, self-effulgent, abode of auspiciousness, self-realised, teacher of teachers.
Shree SaiSatcharitra- Chapter 1, Verses 50 & 51
Our Baba walked in his earthly carnation from the mid 1800’s until October 1918. No one is entirely sure of his actual birth date or place—we know only of his appearance in Shirdi around 1858. But those details are insignificant compared to what he brought to mankind in his years on earth.
Stories from elders describe a young man with sparkling eyes arriving in Shirdi and seeking refuge at the small town’s dilapidated cottage, now called Dwarakamayi. Reports were he had no friends or family in Shirdi and he rarely spoke. Gradually, the curious and kind villagers began to offer food, amenities and shelter—although he never asked for help. He often shared his food with his companion animals. His actions resulted in the villagers referring to him as Fakir—one who needs only sustenance from God.
He became a fixture with the elderly—dispensing his views on poverty, charity and spirit with a simple, expression rich language. He then became a solver of problems and people began to seek His views and His way. Shirdi was suddenly on the map and Baba was revered as one with Godly powers.
Sai Baba lived his entire earthly life devoted to charity, faith, patience and love. He lived His words through His essence of being and His spirit is infused to all He called. His spirit, His love, and His mission are now infused within His devotees across the globe. His mission is now theirs to teach and instill in generations to follow.
Sai – the Eternal, the Ancient One, was neither Hindu nor Muslim. He had no caste, nor family, nor gotra. Know him to be the Self-Realised Soul.
Shri Sai Satcharitra, Chapter 5, Verse 24
“It is the good fortune of Shirdi that this precious gem has associated itself with Shirdi.”
“Although he is carrying water on his shoulders to-day, he is not an ordinary person. Blessed is the soil of Shirdi on which he has set his foot”.
Shri Sai Satcharitra, Chapter 5, Verses 38 & 39
We talk of Shirdi. To devotees of Sai Baba, it is a place we all inhabit in mind and spirit. For those who hear us bear witness to Sai, we sometimes forget that there are some people, new to this life, who do not know of Shirdi. The place we first know of Sai Baba.
Shirdi is a small, rural town in the Rahata Taluka of Ahmednagar District, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the place that Sai Baba called home for more than 60 years. It is a secular place—all religions are treated as one with an emphasis on belief, faith and the power of patience. No one is questioned when bowing heads in prayer. Instead, there is a permeating presence of contentment and acceptance.
Millions of devotees, following in the footsteps, of SaiBaba, make the journey to Shirdi to pay homage to His earthly life and the spirit endowed within. His teachings and His path have turned this small town into a unique holy place that devotees gather. SaiBaba embraces all people—regardless of race, color, or creed.
Pilgrims to Shirdi have testified achieving complete peace of mind, a strong self-confidence, and a great sense of purpose during their stay in the Holy place.
So also Sai, the great Yogeshwar (ascetic), by the great good fortune of Shirdi, for the sake of the deliverance of the world, appeared on the banks of the Godavari.
Shri Sai Satcharitra, Chapter 4- Verse 38