- Namaaz; Pooja - Archana - Granthawaachan
: The aim of all paths of worship is same
must consider the feelings that the then Muslim devotees had in their
mind. It will be appreciated that as Muslims experienced Baba as their ‘Parvardigar’,
while He was also the ‘Aaradhya Daivat’
Swami has compiled the experiences narrated by Hindu and Muslim devotess
in his compendium ‘Sai Baba & His Deovtees’ Experiences’.
Abdullajaan writes - “There I heard that an Avalia
named Sai Baba is whowering money over Fakirs. As I entered the Sabha-mandap
door my eyes came into contact with His eyes. And, it was at that very
moment I realized that ‘He is my Guru !’ Therefore, I
resolved to stay there permanentaly... As I stayed near Baba, there was
a positive change in my mental set-up. When I first came to Shirdi, I
considered the Hindus to be my enemies. But, this feeling of enmity
started diminishing slowly and vanished completely – so much so that I
started likening Hindus to be my brothers.’’
was once making preparations to go to sleep near Akun Baba’s tomb. He
prayed that, ‘‘With your blessings, I have been fortunate enough to
be under the shade of Baba’s umberella. Now take me under the umbrella
of your blessings.’’ At that time, Baba was not Dehadhari.
However, He appeared in the dream of Abdullajan. He seemed to be sitting
on a chair near his bed. Abdullajan writes - ‘‘I woke up.
And I felt that I am still under the umbrella of Baba’s blessings.
Because, at that time, I had prayed to Akun Baba and not to Sai
staunch Muslim devotee from Nagpur named Abdullakhan had come to Baba.
He once angrily said to Him - ‘‘I have observed the type
of practices you follow here. You are trampling on the basic principles
of Islam. Therefore, you must be beheaded.’’ Baba heard this, gave
him a glance and smiled. The next moment – as if by magic – there
was a transformation in Abdullakhan. He apologized to Baba and Baba
smiled once again.
Mohammed Khan writes - “Baba is a saint whose powers are
very wide. As per Muslim religion, a saint never dies. He merely moves
from one sphere to another.’’
Dalal from Bandra, Mumbai writes - ‘‘I am a devotee of Sai Baba
since long. He was very compassionate and large hearted. On many
occasions He has come to my help. Who would have come to my rescue
besides Him ? He bas blessed me with His Darshan – once as
a Brahmin and once as a Marwadi.’’
writes - ‘‘Baba told me to recite 101 times the Mantra from
Quran’s first chapter.’’
Abdul Baba says - ‘‘I used to recite Quran sitting next to
Sai Baba. Sometimes Baba opened a page from Quran at random and told me
to commence recitation from that page. On some occasions He used to
recite Quran rapidly from memory. He is the Parwardigar. Every
word uttered by Him is sacred. I have jotted down His utterances in my
notebook. His guidance through His remarks was accurate. I use them to
resolve problems of others also and it is useful. Baba sometimes uttered
sacred couplets from Quran.’’
Chhotekhan of Vijapur writes in this regard... ‘‘Baba knew language
spoken by Arabs. He used to teach Quran to Abdulla. I have also seen
Baba performing Namaaz sitting near Dhuni. Others kneel on
their knees and bend their bodies while performing Namaaz.
However, Baba did not do so.’’
Dasganu Maharaj’s observations differ in this respect. He says - ‘‘Many
Muslims observe Namaaz as many as five times a day. Leave aside
five times, I have not heard Baba performing Namaaz even once in
a day. However, He sometimes gave Fatya or on rare occasions He
recited couplets from Quran.”
respected recitation of Quran and the practice of observing Namaaz.
He similarly held in high regard the prayers and holy books of Hindus.
In the Masjid, occasionally, there used to reading of
Satyanarayan Pooja Pothi, Ram-vijay, Dnyaneshwari, and Vishnu-Sahastra-Naam.
Further, with Baba’s permission, the devotees sat in the Masjid
and read various holy books. Baba also followed the principles stated in
various great religious books such as Dnyaneshwari, Eknathi Bhagwat,
Tukarama’s Gaatha etc. and also forced His disciples to follow
directed Kakasaheb Dixit to read Bhavartha Ramayan and Eknathi Bhagwat
and Bapusaheb Jog to read
Dnyaneshwari and Bhagwat every day. Baba Himself got some of His
devotees to read him tomes like Gurucharitra, Vishnu-Sahastra-Naam,
Bhagvad Geeta etc.
any devotees visiting Him needed clarification on religious and personal
matters, Baba advised him saying - ‘‘Go to Dixit or
Bapusaheb !’’ After the devotee did as guided, he would
automatically get the required clarification on hearing the recitation
of holy books which was going on there.
the years, Baba placed several books in the hands of Madhavrao Deshpande
and told him, ‘‘Keep these ! They will be of lot of use later
Kuvlekar (daughter of Nanasaheb Chandorkar) has written that ‘‘Many
times Baba recited Shlokas from Bhagvad Geeta. Many devotees
followed practice of buying religious books and getting them blessed by
Baba. It was observed that later on, after reading the books, the
devotees benefited immensely from Parmarthik point of view.’’
was Megha who first performed the three daily Aaratis of Baba.
After, Megha’s demise the task was handed over to Bapusaheb Jog by
devotees have written that ‘‘At the time of the Aaratis of Gurudev
Datta, Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram, Baba’s eyes used to twinkle and He
nodded His head.’’
present day Aaratis – which are being sung from that time –
repeatedly refer Baba as ‘Datta-Digambar’. There is Aarati ‘‘Jaydev
Jaydev Datta Avadhoota Ho Sai Avadhoota’’ which was penned
considering Baba as ‘Datta’. It clearly says - ‘‘You
have appeared as a Muslim to unite people. You have taken birth in Momin
Vansh to rescue people.’’