We always give a donation to Shri Sai Baba whenever we visit Him. It is written in Holy Scriptures not to visit empty handed whenever visiting any King, God, or Saints. Shri Sai Baba being Saint of All Saints, thus visiting Sai Temple is a moment of signification.
The Life and Deeds of Shri Sai Baba are indigenous. With the passing of time Sai Leelas become very popular in every household. People started coming to Shirdi in large numbers.
Devotees coming to Shirdi than started giving the donation to Shri Sai Baba. At first, Shri Sai Baba did not accept any such donations. However, to make devotees happy and contented, Sai Baba approved such donations at a later stage.
Once Ratanji Wadia named a rich and famous man came to Shirdi for Sai Baba`s Darshan. Shri Sai Baba asked for Rs.5 as a donation from him. Then, also gave the advice to give only Rs.1.2 as balance amount had been already received.
Everyone present there were astonished along with Ratanji to know that how Baba had received the donation before this.
Ratanji returned home with the Udi and Blessings of Shri Sai Baba. Next, he started enquiring that how Sai Baba had already received Rs.3.14. Ratanji then calculated the expenses of one Holy ceremony held in his house. Surprisingly the sum is exactly the same amount that is Rs.3.14, which Sai Baba told to have received already.
Now devotees must have understood the meaning of the line donation to Shri Sai Baba. according to Vedic philosophy, no prayer is complete without the donation of a golden coin. So to say blessings of Almighty Sai Baba will be incomplete without a donation.
Sometimes it is understood that donation to Shri Sai Baba had a deeper meaning in surrendering. Whenever Sai Baba asked for two rupees as a donation, meaning one faith and the other rupee as devotion. Meaning of One rupee as the donation is termed as Brahma.
Woman and wealth are two main obstacles in the attainment of spiritual life. When any devotee come to Shirdi, at first he is being sent to Radhakrishnamai`s house for self-testing. Finally, comes the season of donation to Shri Sai Baba. If the devotees passed these two tests, then their progress in spirituality is must with the blessings of Shri Sai Baba.
Lord Shri Krishna narrated in Bhagwat Gita, “ Saints are My Human Body Form”. Saints are alike Spiritual Guru in this universe. Both are similar in service to mankind. Lord lives in Their Soul. God and the Saints are the same. Saints born in this world in a unique way.
Once Sathya Sai Baba told that they exert powerful and attractive influence over the mind and body of the followers. At the same time touch their inner lives and transforms them also.
Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi was a Saint among all Saints. Devotees find their Spiritual Guru in Sai Baba. Sai Baba also respects the thoughts of His followers. He allowed His devotees to worship as per their choice and wish.
We all follow different religion and path to attain spiritualism. The Spiritual Guru led us to realize such a goal in our life. Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi was such a Spiritual Guru of high esteem.
Following two such miracles enumerated how devotees saw their respective Spiritual Guru in Sai Baba. How their lives transformed by Almighty Sai Baba.
Mule Shastri of Nashik:-
Mule Shastri was a conservative Brahmin from Nashik. In addition, he was a master of astrology and palms reading. Actually, he once came to Shirdi to meet Bapusaheb Buti for some other reason. He wanted to use one of the properties of Bapusaheb for his Vedic studies.
When Mule wanted to leave Shirdi, Bapusaheb told him to meet Sai Baba then leave. Thus, it is decided that next day morning Mule Shastri will leave with the permission from Sai Baba. Accompanying with Bapusaheb, Mule went to see Sai Baba.
As a consequence, Sai Baba was on His way towards Lendi Bagh. Incidentally, Mule requested Sai Baba to show His palm to read, but Baba refused. Thereafter Mule Shastri came back to his lodging.
Mule Shastri was in the anticipation that Dwarkamai is an impious place. Thus he stood at a distance.
At the same time, he noticed Guru Gholap Swami in Sai Baba. Actually, Gholap Swami is the Spiritual Guru of Mule Shastri. Ultimately he falls down at Sai Baba`s feet. He started worshiping Sai Baba considering Him as Guru Gholap Swami. Everyone dumbfounded watching these miracles at Dwarkamai.
A story of A Doctor:-
Once one doctor came to Shirdi with one of the devotees of Sai Baba. At first, the doctor was not at all interested to visit Shirdi. He thought out Sai Baba as a Muslim.
For him, Lord Shri Ram is his Spiritual Guru. He will only bow to Lord Shri Ram, Who is his only God. For this reason, he was less excited about this Shirdi trip. Finally, Sai devotees persuaded him to accompany with them, telling no one will enforce him to bow down at Sai Baba.
Meanwhile, the devotees noticed the doctor seems to be in frontline while going for Sai Baba`s Darshan. Everyone got astonished to watch when Doctor started to bow down at Sai Baba at first. When asked about this to the Doctor. The doctor said he saw his Lord Shri Ram in Sai Baba.
The mind of the doctor is changed now. Finally, he had no doubt that Sai Baba is a Spiritual Guru. Next day also he saw the same vision in his dreams. This impression lasted 15 days in his mind. He returned his home with full satisfaction and memory of his Shirdi pilgrimage journey.
God incarnated in Human Form to fulfill their mission. We all know Lord Vishnu took Rama Avatar to destroy demon king Ravan and his kingdom. Likewise, Shri Krishna appeared to kill Kansa and taught us the meaning of our lives which we found in the teachings of Bhagwat Gita.
Above is the mission of God to punish the wicked and save the good persons. The mission of Saints is of different in nature. Shri Sai Baba is a Saint of all Saints. His nature of preaching, love, and care is out of line.
For Sai Baba wicked persons and good persons are same. Kings and beggars are same to Baba. Sai Baba loved them in the same manner and provided protection of the same layer of quality. Shri Sai Baba actually cares better the wicked one than the good devotees. Sai Baba drove the wicked persons wherever they are, to the right path of devotion in his life. The circumstances crush the wicked in such a manner to remember the Supreme Lord at the sticking point. That time the wicked person vowed to become a good devotee of Shri Sai Baba. Shri Sai Baba fulfilled His mission at this conjunction. Baba pulls this strings and brings to Shirdi to bestow upon him all the pious things of life.
Specifically, it is believed that no one can come to Shirdi and can get Darshan of Sai Baba without any preappointment. It is the Divine Will of Shri Sai Baba to bring His devotees nearer and bless him.
There are many such persons, who could not be able to come to Shirdi for His Darshan. If these individuals consistently bear in mind Sai Baba and His teachings, then all the hurdles on their way will disappear. Furthermore, they should listen to Sai Leelas intimately. Finally, they will come to visit Shirdi. The most important among all is believing in the miracles and advice of Shri Sai Baba.
That is to say, almighty Sai Baba only can make you prosper and grow in this ocean of worldly existence. Meanwhile, Devotees coming to visit Shirdi on Thursday must-see Palanquin Procession being held at Chavadi.