Thursday, December 20, 2007

Shirdi Sai Nath

Shirdi Sai (or Sai Nath) was a completely Self-realised saint who lived in Shirdi, India, in the latter part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th. Shirdi Sai (a name which just means 'Saint of the town of Shirdi') is widely considered in India to have been an Avatara (Incarnation) of Paramatman (the Supreme Self).

When William Blake was asked if he thought Jesus was an Incarnation of God, he said something like: "Yes, but so are you, and so am I", i.e. on one level everyone is an Incarnation of the single Self - a consequence of the Non-duality of Being.

Sai never said "I am God", preferring to describe himself as a humble servant of God. He always said- "Allah Malik" (God is the sole Proprietor or Owner). In the following quotation; however, He speaks as the Supreme Self - something only an utterly egoless person can do:

"Be wherever you like, do whatever you choose, remember this well that all that you do is known to Me. I am the Inner Ruler of all and seated in their hearts. I envelope all creatures. I am the Controller - the wire-puller of the show of this Universe. I am the Mother - origin of all beings - the harmony of the three gunas (attributes), the propeller of all senses, the Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. Nothing will harm who turns his attention towards Me,
but Maya (Illusion) will lash him who forgets Me. All the insects, ants, the visible, movable and immovable world is My body or form."

"You need not go far, or anywhere in search of Me. Barring your name and form, there exists in you, as well as in all beings, a sense of Being or Consciousness of Existence. That is Myself. Knowing this, you see Me inside yourself as well as in all beings. If you practise this, you will realize all pervasiveness and thus attain oneness with Me."


John Noyce said...

more here:

jeronimus said...

Thanks for that link John

Simran Vats said...

text from DCB: