Teachings and Practices
Sai Baba was honoured and revered by both the Muslims and the Hindu devotees and he stressed on the importance of surrendering to the Murshid or Satguru who can lead his disciple through the path of spiritual training. He is worshipped by his devotees all around the world. His teachings stressed on self realization, helping others, moral code of love, forgiveness, inner peace, charity, contentment and devotion to guru and God. The teachings and practices of Sai Baba combined preaching of Islam and Hinduism. He named the mosque in which he lived Dwarakamayi, taught using the essence of both the religions and was buried in Shirdi.
Teachings and Practices of Sai Baba
- Sai Baba strongly opposed religious orthodoxy in Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.
- He encouraged his devotees to read Holy Scriptures, chant God’s name and pray.
- He encouraged the Hindus to read holy books like Bhagavada Gita, Yoga Vasistha and Ramayana.
- He advised his followers and devotees to help others, love every creature without discrimination and lead a moral life.
- He preached that an individual should develop important aspects of character that is, waiting cheerfully with patience and love (Saburi) and devotion to the Guru (Sraddha).
- In his teachings, he emphasized the importance of performing duties without any attachment to the earthly matters and to be content regardless of the situation.
- He observed the worship procedures belonging to both the religions, Islam and Hinduism in his personal practice.
- Sai Baba allowed the practice of chanting of Al-Fatiha, practice of Namaz and Quran readings at the Muslim festival times.
- Sai Baba perfectly interpreted the religious texts of both the Hinduism and Islam religions.
- His teachings were influenced by the three core Hindu spiritual paths, that is, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and the Karma Yoga.
- He stressed on the importance of sharing and encouraged charity.
- He preached and believed that God would be pleased with those who gave bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, veranda to the strangers for resting and sitting and clothes to the naked.
The teachings and practices of Sai Baba are greatly honoured and followed by both Muslims and Hindus all over the world.