Philosophical Significance of Grinding by Shirdi Sai Baba

In Chapter I of Shri Sai Satcharita, the philosophical significance of grinding by Shirdi Sai Baba is described as follows.

“Baba lived in Shirdi for about sixty years and during this long period, He did the business of grinding almost every day, not however wheat alone; but the sins, the mental and physical afflictions and the miseries of His innumerable devotees. The two stones of His mill consisted of karma and bhakti; the former being the lower one and the latter, the upper one. The handle, with which Baba worked the mill, consisted of dhyan. It was the firm conviction of Baba that knowledge or self-realization is not possible, unless there is the prior act of grinding of all our impulses, desires, sins; and of three gunas, viz. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, and the Ahankar, which is so subtle and therefore, so difficult to get rid of.”

Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai Baba devotee


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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12 Responses to Philosophical Significance of Grinding by Shirdi Sai Baba

  1. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    Sai Ram 🙂

    There are many Gurus and Sadgurus on this universe, but the ways of our Sai Baba are very peculiar. He the Lord has the heart softer than wax, He always runs to His devotees in the times of difficulties, He just asks “Shraddha” and “Saburi” as dakshina.. who else will take care of us like Him?? He is the only person on the universe whom we can rely upon. We would had done many many many innumerable good deeds in the past births to have been come in touch with our mother Sai. What else we need in this life, just we have to wait for getting the very little amount of roti from His jholi.

    Om Sai Ram 🙂

    Thank you,
    San 🙂
    Santhosh KV
    Senior Process Associate
    Hewlett Packard India Global Operations,

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    Great lessons, indeed, for every one of us to aspire and live towards.
    This embodies the very essence of our culture and heritage.

    “True greatness is not doing great things. But rather doing small things in a great way, a way that shows light on the path of righteousness for the rest of us.”

    Pray that this inspire and guide us in every day life.

    तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।

  3. Great Words indeed.

    Karma & Bhakti are the key to the throne of peace and greatness.Karma is key to sustenance of life and Bhakti removes the tension associated with Karma.

    Thanks for sharing and love to Sara.

  4. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Respected Sir,
    Pranam.It is a nice article.

    Baba’s views regarding the life-style of a real human being is experiment by himself. Baba shows the appropriate way of life of human beings. It is also the real cleanliness of clutters from the mind of human being.

  5. Janmejaya Samal says:


    It is a nice article.
    It is a best article on philosophical significance of grinding by Shirdi Sai Baba for general people.

  6. Madhusudan Mahunta says:


    Appropriate article for right time.Baba’s each and every work is only for the people. We should obey which give us peace.

  7. Tapas says:

    Dear Panda Sir,

    A very nice article based on the human characteristics viz: impulses, desires, sins together with three gunas, such as: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas; and the Ahankar. Shirdi Sai Baba shows us a path how to overcome the above through his activity of everyday grinding.

    That’s why it is called: ‘Shri Sai Satcharita is the simple “Gita” which plainly describes the spiritual path to get nirvana.’

    // OM SAI RAM //

  8. Prakash Padhan says:

    Thank you sir, I could know more about Sai Baba. I have seen Shirdi where Baba had spent 60 years. Nice words about philosophical significane of grinding.

  9. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    I viewed your scripture on grinding by Sai Baba on dated 24th January & I experienced a lot how Baba simplified philosophy for Self-realisation to layman. Can it be possible by a scientist, saint, seer, monk, genius; no never; then as Baba does not come under above category, He is worshipped as God by all who come across Him.

    Thanking you,
    Good night.

  10. V. Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks to make me aware more about Shirdi Sai Baba and his long period of stay – 60 years at Shirdi; and reality and meaning of Philosophical Significance of Grinding by Shirdi Sai Baba.

    Well elaborated and wonderful Article.

    With Regards,

  11. Arjun Bhargav says:

    Hello Dr Panda Uncle,
    I am very pleased to read your article after a long time.
    Uncle,I was waiting for your article.

    Your article on ‘Philosophical Significance of Grinding by Shirdi Sai Baba’ is yet again a very fine and meaningful article.You have described the life style of Sai Baba in a very very simple and understandable way.

    Thank you for sending me link of this article and hope to receive mails about publication of your new articles in the future too.

    With Regards,

  12. In the same Chapter I of Shri Sai Satcharita, the author Hemadpant says:

    ‘It was some time after 1910 that I went one fine morning to the Masjid in Shirdi to have darshan of Sai Baba and wonder-struck to see grinding wheat by Baba.I asked the Shirdi people,”What was this that Baba did ?” They replied that, as cholera epidemic was spreading in the village this was Baba`s remedy for the same; it was not wheat, that was ground, but cholera itself was ground to pieces and pushed out of the village. From this time onward, the cholera epidemic subsided and the people of the village were happy.’

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