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.
Shri Sai Baba received the donation in many ways. This is best interpreted here. As a result, miracles of messages for His Devotees.
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.