As described in Chapter XXXII of ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’ ,in quest of Guru and God; Baba disapproved fasting. Baba never fasted Himself, nor did He allow others to do so.
Baba said, “The mind of the person who fasts is never at ease, then how could he attain his Paramartha (goal of life). God is not attained on an empty stomach; first the soul has to be appeased. If there be no food in the stomach and nutrition, with what eyes should we see God, with what tongue should we describe His greatness and with what ears should we hear the same. In short, when all our organs get their proper nutrition and are sound, we can practise devotion and other sadhanas to attain God. Therefore, neither fasting nor over-eating is good. Moderation in diet is really wholesome, both to the body and mind”.
Baba told that “One should feed blind, deaf, dumb and distressed persons first and one`s own family members and relative afterwards”.
Annadan was one of the priorities in Sai Baba`s humanity.
Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee