Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Story of Bayaja Bai Ma

Bayaja Bai Kothe Patil
Bayaja Bai Ma is one of the most prominent devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba. 

 Bayaja Bai Ma became the foremost devotee of Baba long before HE showed any miracles to the people of Shirdi.

 Everyday she used to bake chapatis and go in search of Baba trekking long distances in the jungle in the hot sun to feed him. Her devotion to Baba is one of the finest examples in the concept of Bhakthi. 

 Feed the Lord first with whatever you have as Naivedyam and then feed yourself. 

 Offering Naivedyam as thanksgiving to the Lord shall bring you immense blessings. 

 So therefore, offer yourself, your soul, spirit and body to the Loving Gracious Rajadhi Raja Shirdi Sai Baba or to your family deity ! But do it with love and in utmost humility. This is what Lord Krishna said in Bhagavad Gita Ch 9 Verse 26
 patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktyā prayacchati
 tad aham bhakty upahrtam asnāmi prayatātmanah

 If one offers ME with love and devotion and in pure consciousness a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.

The Story of Bhagath Mahalsapathi

Bhakth Mahalsapathi
 Bhakth Mahalsapathi is the foremost and the first devotee of Lord Shirdi Sai Baba.

 Mahalsapathi is the chief priest of Khandoba Temple in Shirdi, Maharashtra whose presiding deity is Lord Khandoba. Lord Khandoba happens to be the local deity of Shirdi people.

Khandoba Temple circa 1858
 One fine day, a young fakir whose face was radiating warmth and love came to Shirdi along with the marriage party of one Chand Bhai Patil of Dhoopkhera village. When the marriage party landed at the temple premises, the fakir alighted from the tonga, a horse-drawn cart.

Mahalsapathi Welcoming Sai
 Bhagat Mahalsapathi when saw HIM suddenly uttered the words in pleasant delightful tone, "Ya Sai" as if they were friends from years together. Yes, they were known to each other for ??? janmas or generations.

 Ever since this fakir came to be known as Sai...Sai Baba... or Shirdi Sai Baba...

 Bhakth Mahalsapathi is the most blessed saint of Shirdi, for  sixty + years he literally shared and enjoyed the holy company of our Gracious Lord Shirdi Sai Baba.

Devotees Who Walked & Lived with Baba