Om Sai Natha (Lord Sai) Be Praised Om
When Baba reached Shirdi, Mahalsapati, the temple priest welcomes Baba by calling him "Ya Sai"- meaning "Welcome Sai". "Sai "means a realised soul, a Saint and a mahaan. "Natha" means master. Our praise begins with honouring our master (Guru) as "Sai Natha"
Om The incarnation of Dakshinamoorthy and Datttreya Be Praised Om
Lord Shiva as the ultimate Guru has taken the form of Dakshinamoorthy."Dakshin "means south and in this form Lord Shiva faces south. Baba is considered as an incarnation of Lord Dakshinamoorthy. "Dattatreya" is that form of God worshipped by all saints for ultimate realisation. In thIs form the powers of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma are combined, enabling the seeker to transcend the duality of creation, Our Baba is again considered as the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. Hence this praise that our Baba is both Dakshinamoorthy and Dattatreya.
Om Saagara Sai (Ocean of mercy) Be Praised Om
"Saagar" means ocean. There is a temple dedicated to Baba on the seashore near Chennai and here He has taken his abode as "Saagar Sai". Indeed He is an ocean of mercy and helps His devotees to traverse the ocean of samsara. Thus this chant is appropriate.
Om Pandaripura Vittale Be Praised Om
Pandarpur is in Maharashtra State and Lord Vishnu has taken abode here as Vittal – the one who stands on a brick (Vit) at the behest of His devotee who is immersed in the discharge of his daily duties to his parents. Baba indeed preaches the same and no wonder Baba is "Vittala" for all of us.
Om The very thought of Lord Venkata Be Praised Om
Venkata is the name for Lord Balaji. Venkata is the shortened form of Venkateswara Perumal – Lord of Tirumalai. It is believed that our Baba derives a direct lineage from Lord Balajee and hence our Baba is considered as the very thought of our Lord Balaji.
Om The form of Krishna, Rama, Shiva and Maruti Be Praised Om
Our Baba is the Collective representation of all God forms worshipped. He is thus, Krishna, Rama, Shiva and Maruthi. Maruthi is the name of Hanuman.
Om One who affirms that God is but one Be Praised Om
Baba has always been exhorting His devotees thus: "Sab ka Malik ek" – There is but one master for all. In this praise , Baba’s this famous saying is included to bring about this wisdom among all his devotees.
Om One who quells the disease of birth Be Praised Om
"Piravi" means Birth. "Pini" means disease. When a devotee approaches Baba He cancels both the positive and negative karmas enabling the devotee’s easy realisation of God.
Om One who has transcended all religions Be Praised Om
Baba is indeed beyond religions. He allowed His devotees to perform all rituals and celebrate all functions as appropriate to one’s religious faith. But Baba was beyond religion as the boat of religion is not needed for the master who has already crossed over.
Om One who has given dharsan in snake form Be Praised Om
"Naga" means snake. In us, the vital energy is deemed to rest in a coiled form as "Kundalini" and is likened to a snake form. It is also believed that cosmic intelligence which is the basis of creation, flows through us with the help of this Kundalini sakthi,. Thus all Hindu Gods adorn snake representing the creative power of the Gods. Baba verily is that creative force and He took the form of a cobra for darshan to His devotees in Coimbatore - the famous industrial town of South India. Thus Baba is known as "Naga Sai"
Om One who removes the grief of the seekers and is a yogi Be Praised Om
The role of a Guru is to remove the darkness of illusion of His disciples. The true seekers are those who await enlightenment, and once the goal is reached , there is no more grief which is a product of desire and ignorance. This state is given only when the disciples seek this state and Baba is ever ready to grant this wish. In a material sense, Baba wants us to express our needs to Him and not to remain silent that "Baba knows what my needs are". This is because our minds are full of good and bad thoughts and thus Baba does not probe them. "Knock and it shall open ; Seek and it shall be given" is true of our Baba.
Om One who resides in Shirdi and One who is the Lord of Be Praised Om Siddhi
Shirdi is the place where Baba lived and His mortal remains are interred there. While living, Baba had assured His devotees that He will be active and continue to take care of them from his "Samadhi" and thus to us Baba still resides in Shirdi. Baba’s power to manifest things (Siddhi) for His devotees is unquestionably large and truly He has lordship over this power. Thus He is called "Siddheswara" – the Lord of Siddhi.
Om One who wroughts miracles Be Praised Om
Baba has performed many miracles. Even to this day such miracles continue and the true believer is constantly blessed. The only condition for the miracles to be witnessed lies in one’s faith in the power of Baba to work out a miracle. You believe that the impossible is possible for Baba and presto, the impossible has now become possible for the devotee. Verily He is God incarnate. In this praise, this power of Baba is expressed.
Om The saint who shows the path of liberation Be Praised Om
The ultimate purpose of human birth is to achieve liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Whilst taking care of our wordly needs Baba the great saint that He is, also leads one at his own pace towards liberation. Ordinarily , such task is undertaken by a saint only towards His initiated disciples. Baba offers this priceless gift to all those who have reached his domain and who have laid faith in Him.
Om The one who is the indweller in one’s heart Be Praised Om
God lives indeed within and not without. Baba resides in one’s heart, meaning that He resides in one’s heart as an expression of love and compassion. By constantly expressing these virtuous emotions, Baba’s presence in one’s heart can be experienced.
Om One who is always blissful Be Praised Om
Baba is "Bliss" incarnate. It is said that the true nature of a person is to always remain in a state of bliss and driven by desires, attachment and illusion this true nature does not surface. Baba’s bliss is infectious and by constantly remembering Baba one reaches this blissful state eventually.
Om One who saves those who surrender to you Be Praised Om
The saviour of the one who has surrendered means that Baba comes to rescue only when one’s awareness of "Self" is obliterated and unbounded faith on Baba is reposed. Baba saves those who have no egoistic pretensions. It is not the expression of this mental state this is important but, the genuine internal feeling of this state of surrender.
Om One who says "Why fear when I am here" Be Praised Om
All righteous actions cease once fear grips a person. All undesirable qualities such as greed, possessiveness, anger, utterance of lies and expressions of falsehood etc emerge. Once fear is removed , the natural human traits emerge. Thus full reliance on Baba showed help to overcome the debilitating emotion of fear. Baba’s saying "Why fear when I am here" means , one should feel Baba’s presence by one’s side always, so that fear does not surface. Also Baba takes care of our worldy needs and thus on this count fear is unwarranted.
Om One who enjoys the chanting of Vishnu’s names Be Praised Om
Among the trinity, Lord Vishnu takes on the role of protector. Vishnu’s sacred names called the "Vishnu Sahasranamam" (1008 names of Lord Vishnu) is a rare find as Lord Vishnu Himself listened intently to the chant of these names. This is explained in the great epic "Mahabaratha". Small wonder then, Baba an incarnation of Lord Vishnu wants a replay of the same and He is intently interested in listening to the same.
Om One who speaks in life form from pictures and Be Praised Om Paintings
Baba appears in flesh and blood and speaks to the devotee emerging from His pictures. This has been witnessed many a time by several of Baba’s devotees. Baba can manifest Himself anytime, anywhere as He is omnipresent. Baba really resides everywhere and this realisation is focussed on the devotee so that he will desist from any wrong doings as he would see Baba in flesh and blood in His pictures.
Om One who drives off the illusion of existence Be Praised Om
The power of illusion is so great it is virtually impossible to dispel it on one’s own effort. Everytime an effort is made , the power of illusion gets reinforced as all efforts are but only the forces of such illusion. Thus without the help of the Guru, one cannot transcend this state. This is done by our Baba who drives away the illusion of corporeal existence of His devotee.
Om The remover of evil eye, bad vibes, curses and Be Praised Om
effects of black magic
Human beings suffer the ill effects of evil eye, black magic etc. Apart from the agony of suffering caused by such negative forces, the devotee also has no energy left for self -development. Baba by His infinite compassion wipes out such propensities, preparing the necessary favorable conditions for the devotee to turn towards Him i.e towards Godhood.
Om The giver of the ultimate knowledge called Be Praised Om
The answer to the question "Who am I ? " is not easily found. The realisation of the true self and its eternal relationship to the creator is achieved through a process of experience. It is not a text book knowledge. Baba leads to this ultimate goal of human birth and promise of this knowledge called "Brahmagnanam" is rarely given by Saints. However, to the true devout Baba promises this knowledge.
Om The ruler of Guruvaar (Thursdays) Be Praised Om
Thursdays are auspicious for the Guru. For, this day is ruled by Baba as the "devata" (an aspect of God or cosmic intelligence) to lead humanity towards Godhead. Thursday is known as "Guruwar" – and Baba devotees offer special prayers to Baba on this day.
Om The remover of the burden of wordly care and Be Praised OmConcerns
If one is caught inextricably in the tasks of wordly cares and concerns , there will be not much time left for a person to develop spiritually. Baba takes the load off the mind of the devotee on wordly care and concerns to enable him to turn towards God. All wordly issues are taken care of by Baba without a doubt and the fear of a householder thus gets removed for enabling the individual to progress forward.
Om One who prescribed as medicine the sacred ash from Be Praised OmThe fire-place (Dhuni )
Baba had a fire place going continuously in Shirdi and this is called "Dhuni". He offered the ashes from this fire place as cure for all malady afflicting mankind. The concept of ash as a cure has a deep rooted meaning. Man is reduced to ashes and there lies his destiny. He emerges from these ashes as an evolving soul and this purpose is propogated by Baba. The "Dhuni" represents the eternal flame of "God" burning inside us and honouring the same removes the afflictions.
Om One who melts in compassion when prayers are Be Praised Om
God does not need anything from us except our deep and sincere love. This love is expressed as prayers. Prayers are not demands on God. True prayers are supplication of God’s will and seeking God’s help to follow His will. Baba is so easily moved by such a sincere prayer, that He rushes with compassion to take care of His devotees material and spiritual needs.
Om One who remains simple and plain Be Praised Om
Even though Baba is the very repository of all material wealth, He always adorned himself in simple clothes and His demeanour was plain and straight thus identifying with the "have-nots "who comprise the majority of the world population. Baba indirectly teaches the "haves" amongst us to show concern and care towards the less fortunate brothern.
Om One who travels through all the worlds Be Praised Om
It is believed that there are several worlds, and Baba travels through these worlds taking care of the devotees even after they leave their mortal remains on this earth.
Om One who knows the past present and future Be Praised Om
Past, Present and Future are but three "time" states and Baba has the power to know about the past of a devotee that led to his present state and also forsee how he will be moving into the future. As He knows what future holds, Baba by virtue of His power, prevents an unhappy event of the future for His devotee and ensures a happy life here in and here after.
Om One who is verily the form of Trinity (Brahma, Be Praised Om
"Brahma" is in charge of creation, "Vishnu" is in charge of preservation and "Shiva" is incharge of dissolution. The last function is necessary so that cyclically the above activities can go on. Baba has absolute control over all these three states and He has demonstrated it time and again. Therefore verily He is the form and content of the "Trinity" – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Om One who resides in all life forms Be Praised Om
As per Hindu thought , cosmic conciousness called "Atman" is present in all life forms - in the lower life forms as a collective force and in the higher forms as an independantly identified entity. Baba being that cosmic conciousness is thus present in all living beings. When one of His devotees offered a piece of bread to a hungry dog, Baba acknowledged it as having been offered to Him, thus demonstrating His immanence in all life forms.
Om One who appears on the cresent moon Be Praised Om
The crescent moon, represents the mind of an advanced soul when ego is fully absent , whilst mind exists only to keep the body and soul together. Thus Shiva has the crescent moon on His head and in Islam crescent moon is venerated as a symbol of "Allah". Baba appears as the crescent moon meaning that He resides in those who have shed their ego fully and are on the road to spiritual advancement and liberation.
Om One who chops off past karmas Be Praised Om
As one’s mind is never quiet, karmas or past karmas cannot be nullified by human effort alone One needs the grace of the Guru for wiping off the Karmas fully as an external aid , and Baba as Guru indeed plays this role.
Om the energy giver to the mantra "Om Sai Ram" Be Praised Om
"OM SAI RAM" is the mantra chanted by Baba devotees. Baba stands behind this mantra as the life giver to enable His devotees to benefit from this chant.
Om The one who discarded the differing religious tenets Be Praised Om
Religious tenets are propounded for the followers to take a specific vehicle towards the ultimate destination of reaching God. This is done only to suit the past vasanas of the individuals and the vehicle is to be left behind once the destination is reached and one should ready himself for the final purpose of the journey to see God. This does not happen however. Due to ignorance and weakness , religious tenets are held on so strongly that they inhibit the spiritual development of a devotee. Baba helps his devotees to transcend the limitations of these tenets for and behalf of His devotees.
Om One who turns happy by true love Be Praised Om
The only expectation of God from His creation is the expressions of true love towards the creator. God has everything ; He gives us everything. The only thing He expects is our true love towards Him. Given the "freewill" the creation has a choice to express this love and Baba being the very incarnation of God, is moved to extreme happiness when true love is expressed towards Him by His devotee.
Om One who is the provider of food Be Praised Om
All life forms survive by energy consumption and this is called food. "Annam" in sanskrit is easily digestible food and thus equal to energy. Baba gives us our daily bread so that we survive and thus our welfare is taken care of by Him. He is thus called "Anna Baba."
Om One who extols the merits of a householder Be Praised Om
Should one become an ascetic to reach the abode of God? Baba extols the status of a householder who keeps his wits about and progresses both materially and spiritually - The former, for the phenomenal world to go on and the latter for personal growth.Baba guides His devotees to win the war in the battlefield of life itself, instead of suggesting isolation, for in isolation one’s mind could stray towards the wordly temptations afterall!
Om One who turned a sanyasin when young Be Praised Om
Baba took to Sanyas while He was young. Even so, He remained in Shirdi amidst people there to guard and guide His devotees who belonged to His family. He was thus demonstrating that householders could also similarly engage themselves in worldly activities without getting involved in them at the cost of spiritual advancement.
Om The whole world reverberates thy name Be Praised Om
Baba means Father. The whole world calls God the father and thus Baba’s name reverberates in the whole world , day in and day out.
Om One who likes receiving dakshina (Master’s fees) Be Praised Om
Baba collects "Master’s Fee" called "Dakshina" only to enable Him to return the fee thus collected manifold to His devotees in the form of grace, bliss and material prosperity. Only when a seed is sowed , a tree grows to yield fruits. The "Dakshina" or "Master’s fee is sowing of such seeds. It should be noted that a devotee could offer only that much alone as graced by Baba and no more !.
Om One who is present in all spatial directions Be Praised Om
Baba is present in all directions. He is omnipresent. This confirms that He is present everywhere to protect and guide His devotees.
Om One who is the last refuge for the downtrodden Be Praised Om
The whole world may reject you. But Baba does not. He is indeed the last refuge. All are His children and He waits eagerly to provide succour to His children. Did He not cure the leper devotee in Shirdi when he called out Baba in agony? One’s call has to be genuine. Baba is ready and willing to carry you in His shoulders.
Om One who blesses as the spirit behind "Satcharita" Be Praised Om
Reading of "Sai Satcharita" – the story of Baba and His life and miracles brings about beneficial changes in the reader. How this is brought about? Baba remains the invisible power behind this story for blessing the reader. One begins reading the "Sat charita" on a Thursday and completes the reading in seven days ending on Wednesday next. The next day i.e Thursday prayers are offerd to Baba and Baba visits the house of those where "Sat charita" is read. One should believe in the arrival of Baba on that day and feel His presence and indeed He is there in flesh and blood partaking our offerings and blessing the devotee. Baba be praised "Om Sai Ram"
Om The provider of wealth and cereals Be Praised Om
Baba offers both wealth and cereals. This means Baba ensures that good health is also given to His devotees whilst wealth is blessed. For these two viz wealth and health remain incompatible and only Baba has resolved this incompatible conflict.
Om One who beneficially modifies one’s thoughts Be Praised Om
People do not change as they are products of their "vasanas" - their brain chemistry determining the pride and prejudice of their mind. Baba attacks the source of the malady viz the thought and the mind that causes the problem. The beneficial modification of one’s mind removes the hindrance to one’s progress.
Om One who appears in one’s’s dreams Be Praised Om
Baba guides His devotees by appearing in their dreams. In order to get such a guidance sleep with the thought of Baba after addressing the problem to Him. Baba appears as in real life in this dream state and provides guidance.
Om One who also appears in person for the devout Be Praised Om
Indeed, Baba also appears in person. The limited capacity of our mind fails to discover His presence and the truth of His presence amongst us dawns on us only much after He has left. But to the true devout, He presents constant advice through several ways . One should develop the sensitivity to pick up such a guidance.
Om One who lit up lamps with mere water Be Praised Om
Baba lights up lamps with water instead of oil at Shirdi. To Him all materials are sources of instant energy readily available for His use. This demonstrates that He can bring about sub-atomic changes to matter by His will. His immense power thus demonstrated led many in Shirdi to give up their evil ways and listen to His words of wisdom. By this act,He lit up light in the dark recesses of the minds of the traders who denied oil to Baba. Glory to Baba. Baba be praised.
Om The God of "Dwarakamayee" Be Praised Om
"Dwarakamayee" is the place of assembly for Baba’s devotees without any distinction of race , creed , social position etc. This is to instill among the devotees the concept of universal brotherhood that all are but the children of the same God and to thus enable them to be mutually supportive to gain Baba’s grace.
Om The Satguru who rests in Chavadi Be Praised Om
Baba also spent time in a "Chavadi" in Shridi – a place meant for travellers to take repose and rest. Baba’s presence in the Chavadi is perhaps a message to humanity that all of us are only travellers in this world and through this understanding one should cultivate the necessary detatchment to remain in a state of bliss.
Om The father figure of all saints Be Praised Om
As an incarnation of God, Baba is the father figure for all saints. It is widely believed that, Baba had initiated the Saint Vivekananda in a miraculous way on an occasion for the success of His mission.
Om The provider of peace and bliss Be Praised Om
Everything can be bought but peace and bliss. These priceless things are the inputs for happiness of an individual. Baba readily provides these to His devotees. Baba be praised.
Om One who demands "Faith and Patience" as offerings Be praised Om
The backlog of one’s karma is an unknown quantity. Also, there is a natural order to be followed even when exceptions are made. All experiences are meant for the evolution of the soul and Baba interferes beneficially when the right moment is reached. Till then He protects us by giving us the strength and fortitude. Therefore, he expects His devotees to have the twin traits of "Patience and Faith" for the good turn to arrive. These He seeks as master’s fees meaning one cannot offer these unless one has these in the first place. The meaning therefore is to develop patience for the reward and infinite faith in Baba’s mercy. Put in efforts daily, hourly and minute by minute to communicate with Baba your situation. Baba’s grace is surely guaranteed
Om The disciple of Sri Venkusa Be Praised Om
Baba’s guru is "Venkusa". It is opined that Lord Venkateswara appeared as Venkusa to initiate Baba and thus our Baba had had the benefit of God Himself as His Guru.
Om The provider of daily bread to many Be Praised Om
Baba indeed takes care that all His devotees never remain hungry. He indeed provides food for all the creations. Thus as the provider of our daily bread , He becomes our protector and benefactor and in a sense He is the breadwinner of our family. Glory be to Baba.
Om One who is Goddess Saraswathi and provider of the Be Praised Om
power of utterance
Not many in this Yuga could keep up their promise due to several situations beyond one’s control. Baba ensures that His devotee’s are not belittled by this failure. "Saraswathi " is the Goddess of knowledge and speech and Baba representing Saraswathi’s power, ensures that His devotees live up to their commitments.
Om One who blesses for a long and praiseworthy life for Be praised Om
Baba ensures that His devotees live a life of purpose and honour. Their life becomes praiseworthy for others to emulate. This happens to His devout devotees who are assured of long and honourable life.
Om One who gives the devotees the power to recall and Be Praised Om
remember You always
Without God’s grace , particularly during adverse times, one turns against Him and becomes an atheist. This is true of one’s allegiance to Baba also. Baba’s grace is required for one to constantly remember and recall Him. Praise be to Baba for this grace to us.
Om One who turns grief stricken minds to joyful ones Be Praised Om
Happiness is a state of mind. Confidence and hope are twins who guarantee happiness and Baba by His grace ensures that these twins are provided to us in times of need. This turns one’s grief to hope and promise and life becomes worthwhile , living and evolving.
Om One who gives the boon of children Be Praised Om
The greatest joy to an individual is the joy of parenthood. Baba guarantees this without any exception. At the Baba Prayer Center in Ashok Nagar – Chennai headed by Shri Kumar Baba , this aspect of Baba’s grace has been witnessed time and again.
Om One who supports as father and mother Be Praised Om
For a child, both father and mother are important. To us Baba discharges the role of a father and mother thus helping us in our daily lives as our biological parents would help. To meet the challenges of living ,and guidance required to deal with tricky and difficult mundane situations, Baba appears as Father and Mother and takes care of the devotees.
Om One whose feet rests where lies Shirdi for us all Be Praised Om
The sacred place is none other than the holy feet of the master "Baba". Where ever his feet is seen, there lies "Shirdi" and thus wherever Baba‘s "Padams" (feet) are worshipped , his devotee gains the merit of visiting Shirdi.
Om One who helps to lead an honourable life within one’s Be Praised Om
Desire knows no bounds. Baba helps his devotees to live within one’s means by preventing unnecessary contingent expenditure. Baba has stated categorically that loans should never be taken or given. When loans are not returned, personal relationships are hampered. By taking loans, the discipline to live within one’s means is lost. Baba however encourages gifting of funds for just causes. Since Baba helps one to live with honour, no loans should be taken to defray any type of living expenditure or obligation.
Om One who destroys Lust, Hatred, Anger and Jealousy Be Praised Om
When a person turns towards God to make progress, some of the human failings should be overcome. Chief among these are those driven by survival and reproductive instincts classified as passsion, hatred, anger and jealousy. The identity of one’s ego cannot be destroyed unless one overcomes these deficiencies. Thus, Baba corrects one’s generic defects enabling the devotee to evolve faster and quicker.
Om One who visionised Kasi and Prayag on your toe nail Be Praised Om
As an embodiment of the almighty ,Baba envisioned for Das ganu Kasi and Prayag on his toe nails. This is not to demonstrate His power but to show the power of the Guru’s feet and how holy the feet are for the devotee to hold on to achieve salvation.
Om One who lit lamps to burn the karmas of devotees Be Praised Om
Baba’s ways are mysterious. He has practised the lighting of lamps not for the purpose of lighting the place. This is done to drive away the darkness of the Karmas of His devotees so that divine aura would thenseforth engulf the devotee and enable him to progress faster.
Om One who indeed is "Sailakshmiroopa" to the daily Be praised Om
Most of the Saints look after the spiritual progress of the devotees and allow them to struggle and rough it out in their daily material life. Baba is different. He understands the material need of His devotees and to those who worship Him daily for their bread, Baba provides butter and cake too. He is indeed the SaiLakshmi" for His devotees. "There is no want in the house of my devotees" declared Baba and He lives upto this promise.
Om One who showed Shirdi as Pandarpur Be Praised Om
Baba appeared as "Panduranga" the presiding deity of Pandarpur to His devotee Kakasaheb Dixit,on the 7TH day of "Namasankeerthan" which Baba called upon His devoteees to perform. This is called "Namasapthaha", ie chanting of God’s name continuously for 7 days – both day and night. Baba has assured that "Vittal" will appear in Shirdi if the devotee is bursting with love and devotion. Baba appeared as Vittal to Kakasaheb Dixit in his meditation and a vendor brought pictures of Vittala which exactly tallied with Kakasaheb’s vision. Thus Baba turned Shirdi as Pandaripur for the sake of His devotee.
Om One who unites the whole world by Love Be Praised Om
The only unifying factor among people is to feel love towards one another. Baba has been spreading the message of love among his devotees across the world and this unifying glue of love authored by Baba transcends caste, creed, religion, status and nationalities. Baba’s family energised by love is becoming a world order founded on mutual care and concern and praise be to Baba for enabling the emergence of this new world.
Om One who lights up the five pranas as Jothis (lamps) Be Praised Om
A living system consists of five elements and each element contributes to the maintenance of life in the manifested body. The five elements are : Fire – representing hunger ; Earth – representing the elements in blood, flesh and bones viz the body ; Air – representing the breath ; Water – representing the hydrated state of the elements ; Akaash (sky) – representing the vital force residing inside called the "Atman". All these five forces are part of the divine light to be merged with it at the time of liberation. Baba lights up these five pranas as Jothi (lamp). This means He helps us to merge with the divine light by enabling us to grow into a super state of awareness.
Om One who removes the untold grief of a devotee once Be Praised Om
Aarthi is offered
"Aarthi" is the offering of light from a wick laced with ghee or oil. One who offers Aarthi thus, Baba corrects the defective aura of the devotee which enables the fortunate networking of the individual with the favourable circumstances. This removes the untold grief of a devotee. Baba’s Will to integrate the process of the Aarthi with the correction of one’s aura is unique in Baba’s prayers.
Om The giver of grace and blessings as prasad Be Praised Om
Baba offers grace and blessings as prasad. This means He enables the individual to travel by his efforts towards Godhead through Baba’s blessings and provide the individual, grace for fortunate circumstances in life to lead a happy and contented life.
Om The bearer of devotees’ burden and remover of Be Praised Om
Baba has always said "Cast your burden on me and I shall surely bear it". One should do it with faith and Baba indeed bears one’s burden. When one’s burden is unbearable, it results in negative tendencies including enemity. Baba by taking over our burden enables us to overcome enemity which is indeed a negative tendency.
Om The one who gives sight and hearing Be Praised Om
Baba provides sight and hearing to His devotees. Indeed, He removes all the affliction of a devotee and at the Baba Prayer Center in Ashok Nagar many miracles by Baba are being wrought for health relief of many. Baba enables the removal of affliction so that the soul can evolve in the body of its present birth itself. Furthur, Baba offers insight towards spiritual development (provider of Sight) and offers arial advice in one’s ears for guidance and relief (provider of Hearing).
Om One who shows His lotus feet to the fully surrendered Be Praised Om
The seat of our heart where God resides is symbolisd as lotus, which unfolds as the spiritual aspirant makes progress towards God. Similarly, Baba reveals the true nature of His feet in the form of an unfolding lotus to His most ardent devotee who has held on to His feet steadfast, representing full and complete surrender.
Om One who appears as the Lord of compassion in the Be Praised Om
Persons who seek relief are advised to offer the special morning Aarthi to Baba. Baba is compassion incarnate during this Aarthi and the devotees needs are met instantaneously.
Om One who offers the ultimate knowledge to stay Be Praised Om
In spiritual advancement oftentimes it happens that the aspirant slips and falls after reaching great heights in his spiritual pursuits. With Baba as one’s Guru the ultimate knowledge one gains stays permanent.
Om One who is the Satguru for Shama, Dasganu, Be Praised Om
Baba was the Satguru for the lucky ones who served Him well during his stay in Shirdi.These great souls are Shyama, Dasganu, Mahalsapati and Thatya. Reading the history of Baba one can learn about the implicit obedience of these great souls to the dictates of Baba and the depth of their devotion to Baba which stand as examples for us to emulate.
Om One who is Allah, Christ, Mother and all divine Be Praised Om
Baba represents all the great masters the world has seen. He is indeed "Allah"; He is "Christ" . He is "Mother". He is indeed the very embodiment of all other great personages. Thus Baba worship by all those who have their own Guru is in no way conflicting and indeed only complementing.
Om One who rewards as per one’s devotion Be Praised Om
Baba’s reward mechanism is not based on one’s desire. It is based on one’s devotion to Him. Greater one’s devotion towards Him, bigger and greater the rewards the devotee enjoys.
Om One who grants the heart’s desire for fulfilment for Be Praised Om
Baba ensures that couples are united in accordance to the individual’s good propensities. For one who is of a good character, Baba ensures a compatible partner, to enable the couples to progress together. Baba also helps those truly in love to be united in wedlock. Many such instances have been reported in the Baba Prayer Centre at Ashok Nagar-Chennai. Ofcourse, both parties should have the same intensity for the divine union.
Om One who helps to accept thee as master in all our Be Praised Om
All biological relationships cease once a person quits this world. A Guru however, continues to show His care and concern to the devotee in all future births also. We often learn that it is the Master who waits to receive the disciple and this happens due to a connection in the previous birth. Devotees pray to Baba to be thus available to them and Baba has consented. Thus once Baba has entered your life , He has come to stay with you forever. Glory be to Baba – the compassionate.
Om one who gives liberation without the stress and Be Praised Om
strain of Yoga And Yaagam (Havans)
To achieve liberation is not easy. Several streneous practices are prescribed, such as Yoga, Yaga(Havans) , streneous meditative practises etc. Baba however grants liberation without all these difficult processes and He leads by His hand the devotee to Moksha(Liberation). This implies that Baba ensures the devotees advancement towards the ultimate goal once the devotee surrenders to His will.
Om One who confirmed that all mahaans are but your Be Praised Omrupa
Baba has confirmed time and again that all Mahans (realised soul and Saints) are only part of Baba’s rupa i.e, part of Baba’s form. Thus, when Baba is worshipped ,one gets the benefit of worshipping all great and liberated souls.
Om One who said "Annadhanam" is the only cure for Be Praised Om
Baba always extolled the merits of "Annadhanam" – the offering of food to the hungry. Particularly during Poornima days, Baba advises offering of Annadhanam, for, on these days the great Siddhars (realised Souls) come out of their trance and move around. They appear as mendicants and dogs. Thus offering of Annadhanam on poornima days the opportunity to serve the Siddhars exists. The Siddhars move around as mendicants as they have renounced everything. As Dogs they move around perhaps because the ruler of time – Lord Shiva as "Kalabairava" has Dog as his vehicle.
Om One who protects the family and its lineage through Be praised Om
Baba recommends group prayers. In group prayers , the intensity does not get diminished due to the participants temporary straying of thoughts, as the majority is in tune with the prayer mode. Thus all the participants gain evenly and the Sat Sang also binds the devotees into a desirable social fabric.
Om One who made the world praise those who praised you Be Praised Om
Baba enjoyed chanting of His praise by a devotee which enables a devotee to understand the powerful attributes of his master, so that he can stay unswerved and unswayed in his faith. Once this is accomplished, the karmic deficiencies of the devotees get removed and Baba ensures that the individual who deserves recognition undoubtedly receives it across the world. The devotee becomes world famous.
Om One who comes along harmoniously with music Be Praised Om
Music – traditional ones in particular ,are considered as a path to liberation as the practisioner loses his self awareness when performing a devotional music recital with body and soul ,expressing thanks and love to the Creator and His attributes. Baba enjoys such devotional music and whenever such music is recited, Baba arrives harmoniously through such music.
Om One who provides limitless quantities of food and Be Praised Omclothing
There is no want in a Baba devotee’s house. Unlimited quantities of food and clothing are always granted by Baba for his devotees as these two ensure the best upkeep of the body.
Om One who has taken abode on the banks of river Be Praised OmGodavari
Shirdi is located on the banks of the sacred river Godavari. All great saints locate themselves near a sacred river source and the devata that governs the river protects the people and abode of the Saint. Further, one washes away one’s sins by taking a holy dip in the waters of the sacred river. Godavari river also flows through Nasik – a town about 60 Kms from Shirdi where Lord Rama is said to have offered ceremonial offerings to His father and forefathers and no wonder Baba chose this river location for His abode as He is the very embodiment of Lord Rama.
Om One who became Lord Murlidhar to reside in the Be Praised Om
palace built by Booti
When Baba’s devotee Booti was building the temple , he had made an idol of Lord Muralidhar (Krishna) to be installed there. The temple was nearing completion, and Baba just before leaving His mortal remains, directed that His remains be interred in the sanctum sanctorum where the idol of Muralidhar was to be installed. This wish was complied with , and thus Baba having taken the place of Lord Murlidhar has indeed become Lord Murlidhar himself, to adorn the temple palace of Booti.
Om One who appears as the Lord of Thursdays on Be Praised OmPujas done those days to extricate difficult karmas of devotees
Baba appears as Karmic remover or destroyer on Thursdays as the Lord of that day. All devotees are advised to participate in Thursday pujas to benefit and to get extricated from difficult karmas.
Om Parandama, Parameshwara, Paramacharya Be Praised Om
Baba is indeed "Parandama" - Lord Krishna ; "Parameshwara" – Lord Shiva and "Paramacharya" – the ultimate master or teacher. In the recent times at a place near Chennai called Kanchipuram , lived a great saint – "Chandrasekara Saraswati" , who was known as Paramacharya , who is also known as the sage of the 20TH century. Verily Paramacharya indeed is Baba’s rupa.
Om The God of our vision, experience and reality Lord Be Praised Om
Baba is our God perceived by our senses and indeed He is Lord Ganesha – the remover of obstacles and easy giver of boons. God does not appear easily before us, but Baba does answer our call for help instantaneously like Lord Ganapathi . Praise be to Baba.
Om The remover of sins and giver of boons during Be Praised OmPournami (full moon day) puja days
Full moon days are important in Guru pujas. Full moon represents the fact that the devotee is blessed by the light of the father(Sun) reflected on him through the Mother(Earth) and the conditions are condusive for reaching out for that knowledge or "Brahmagnanan". During these days, Baba is pleased to remove the devotee’s sins and grants boons easily otherwise not easily obtainable. Devotees are advised not to miss Full moon day pujas. At the Baba Prayer Center in Ashok Nagar- Chennai at 19.30 IST, puja begins, and world over several thousands carryout the same puja in ther respective homes. The collective impact of this prayer can be easily gauged.
Om One who is the flower "Parijaatha", the wish fulfilling Be praised Om
tree " Karpakavrisha"and provider of all things "The
divine cow Kamadhenu"
Baba’s compasion and grace are without bounds. He is indeed the divine flower "Parijatha" – the special flower plant brought by "Satyabama" – the consort of Lord Krishna from Indira, conferring merits on His devotees. Baba is indeed the wishfulfilling tree "Kalpatharu". This tree provides the seeker all types of fruits from the same plant. Baba indeed is the divine cow "Kamadhenu" – the one that can provide limitless bounties to the seeker. Baba thus is the repository of all that is divine and sacred and provider of divine and material blessings.
Om One who ensures that navagrahas only grant boons Be Praised Om
and goodness of speech
"Navagrahas" are dispensers of karmic results, both good and bad. However, for one who has taken refuge in Baba, Navagrahas only grant boons. Also ,through Baba’s grace, the planets ensure that only sweet words alone emerge from one’s mouth which prevents unsavory personal complications.
Om One who is "Dhanvantri" the divine physician who Be Praised Om
removes the diseases of mind and body caused
by wordly actions
All worldly actions leaves a residue of toxin affecting the body and the mind. Baba as the divine physician "Dhanvantri", provides the necessary medicine to cure such affliction. What one should learn here is that ,with Baba’s grace one is able to travel through life without karmic accumulation. Glory to Baba.
Om One who lords over the Meenakshi Baktha Be Praised Om
Shri. Kumar Baba of Ashok Nagar is a baktha of Goddess Meenakshi of Madurai. He has now become so devoted to Baba and virtually he is in constant communion with Him. Baba lords over to him to act for the good of devotees who assemble at his place seeking help from Baba which Kumar Baba undertakes to do. Kumar Baba guides people to receive Baba’s grace and this far several miracles have happened in this Prayer Center. One could write a separate volume on the history of this Prayer Center containing the leelas of Baba.
Om The master who never lets down the faithful Be Praised Om
Baba never lets down His devotees under any circumstances. Apparently, things may appear not to be moving , but the truth is ,great work is going on behind the scenes. The faithful is always protected by Baba.
Om One who said the name "Rajarama" is indeed the Be Praised Om
"Rama Rama" as a chant is called the Taraka Mantra - the potent mantra that removes sins. Baba has said that "Raja Rama" is indeed the Taraka Mantra as the King of Kings Rama has to be addressed only thus.
Om One who is the very power of wisdom who returns Be Praised Om
grace when love is expressed
Baba is the repository of the power of wisdom. Yet He is moved not by exhibition of knowledge. He is indeed carried away by the genuine love of the devotee. Baba returns His grace for all acts of love expressed towards Him.
Om Radhakrisha, Seetharama, Lakshminarayana Be Praised Om
Baba is worshipped as Mother by many. Baba has always encouraged women in the participation of social , spiritual and religious activities, teaching the menfolk to respect and regard women. Thus Baba is rightly Radha-Krishna, Seetha-Rama, and Lakshmi-Narayana – the "Sakthi" behind the male forms of Lord Vishnu.
Om Srinivasa, Srivenkatesa, Sriranga Be Praised Om
Baba is "Srinivasa" – Lord Vishnu in whom "Sri" resides. Baba is "Sri Venkatesa "– the mountain God Venkatesa to whose lineage Baba belongs. Baba is "Sri Ranga" - Lord Vishnu who lies on the snake bed of "aadisesha" in the ocean of milk with Goddess Lakshmi in attendance and Lord Brahma emerging from his navel. Thus Baba is the power source in its entirety of Lord Vishnu.
Om Shivaroopa , Harihara, Subramanya Be Praised Om
Baba is "Shivaroopa". He is the combination of Vishnu and Shiva called Harihara or Lord Ayyappa. Baba is "Subramanya" – the lord who has six faces and six sacred shrines and exhibits valor and the very controller of the serpent energy.
Om All and everything indeed is your form Satguru Be Praised Om Sai
"Sat" means Truth. "Guru" means one who removes the darkness. Thus the Satguru is one who removes the karma and leads one to the eternal truth viz towards God. Baba thus guarantees to all His devotees "Moksha" and thus it is only venerated as Satguru. Glory be to our Satguru – our dear Baba Maharaj. Back