Sai as Sagun Brahma

Shirdi Sai Baba

As described in Chapter XI of Shri Sai Satcharita, there are two aspects of God or Brahma: (1) the Unmanifested (Nirgun) and (2) the Manifested (Sagun). The Nirgun is formless, while the Sagun is with form, though, both denote the same Brahma. Some prefer to worship the former, some the latter. As stated in the Gita the worship of the latter is easy and preferable. As man has got a form (body, senses etc.), it is natural and easy for him to worship God with form. Our love and devotion do not develop, unless we worship Sagun Brahma, for a certain period of time, and as we advance, it leads us to the worship (meditation) of Nirgun Brahma. So, let us start with Sagun worship. Image, altar, fire, light, sun, water, Brahma are the seven objects of worship; but Sadguru is better than all these.

Let us, on this occasion, bring to our mind the form of Sai, Who was non-attachment Incarnate, and Who was a resting place for His devotees. Our faith in His words is the Asan; and our Sankalpa (determination to accomplish the Puja) is the abandonment of all our desires. Some say that Sai was a Bhagwad-bhakta (devotee of the Lord), others say He was a Maha-bhagwat (a great devotee); but to us He is God Incarnate. He was ever forgiving, never irritable, straight, soft, tolerant and content beyond comparison. Though, He looked embodied (as having the form), He was really dis-embodied, emotionless, unattached and internally free.

Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Radhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma
Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai 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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10 Responses to Sai as Sagun Brahma

  1. Sagun and Nirgun are two of the adjectives to explain the God to human beings. He is much more than words. Faith in our own mind about God is real basis of peace. One should have unimpeachable faith to have full and durable peace. Powers, descriptions, existence, effects or blessings of God almighty are in numerary and versatile.

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    Perceiving the imperceptible, Defining the undefinable, describing the indescribable, explaining the inexplicable is hard for lesser mortals like us. It can only be understood following guiding lights from true Guru as flow of his kindness.

  3. Santhosh says:

    Dear All,

    When Nana asks Saibaba whether God exists or not, Sai says God does exist. Nana asks why is he not visible? Baba replies, does milk contain butter? Nana says, yes. Baba asks, would it be visible? Nana says, no. Baba asks, when will it be visible? Nana says, when we churn the milk. Sai says similarly when we churn the Atma, we can see God :).

    Saibaba is the Paramathma, we are the richest persons on this universe to have this pearl.

    Om Sairam
    San 🙂
    Santhosh KV

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    Like I teach my small daughter ‘A’ for Apple with showing image of red apple; likewise we are children of Lord Krishna or Saibaba who emphasized on sagun or sakar bramha for easy understanding and worship. Except Mahima Dharma (Bhima Bhoi), I think all are followers of manifested form of GOD.

  5. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    In Yoga and Spirituality discussion or discourse of Nirguna (attribute less) & Saguna (attributes) is a hot topic to clear or convince the assembly. But , no doubt one enters or steps on ; starts to transfer his own nature, shows transparency & then accredits to transcend is called journey of attribute to attribute less for own salvation at individual level & for mass salvation at incarnation level as happened recent past in both Sai-Avatar. Both incarnations had & have blossom with divine perfume to establish human religion in Kali Yuga. It is common to all. It is not scripts’ puran, itihas. Still eye-openers are alive& practicing and propagating the principles that beyond cast, creed, nation & religion. Believers or non-believers are tending to turn from diversity to unity because of divine wave even after last breath of Avatar. This phenomenon explains interaction of saguna & nirguna for creation of superman for transformation & restoration of nature of man to human. At last I must not remain silence that nature is always saguna & divine is nirguna. Union of both is creation by process of action, reaction, reflection & resound an invisible divine drama of Almighty. This is called Spirituality. But in the mist of divine show man takes dual roles & diverts state of the nature. This is called Science. But remember co-existence of both lead to beautification of nature where all the action of superman, sages, seers, saints, philosophers, poets, scientists, singers, doctors & engineers are tuned as points of periphery of a wheel.

    So my conclusion of expression is a simple dictum to quote as Sai-logy,remember not Psychology as follows: that electric bulbs of different watt show different intensity of light with same current so also human beings are divined differently as per patience, penance and perseverance towards God called Sai-Current.

    Thanking You,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

  6. Chandra Kumar Panda says:

    Om Shri Sai Nathaya Namah

    Sir, your article on Sagun & Nirgun form of Brahma is definitely a good one. It is said that Bishwas hein Bhagaban. In fact most of people worship to the Sagun form of Bramha. May be Sagun or may be Nirgun, it is the tune of belief & dedication of humanity on which the existence of the Brahma is realised . You have written Sadguru is above all the examples of Sagun Brahma. Whatever that may be in fact Sai is the incarnation of the Brahma in form of the human body and those who have surrendered at his feet are definitely to realise the miracle of Mahima in this mortal life. One from my practical experience, I would like to draw your attention that I had visited Sri Sai at Shirdi during the Dashara of 2011 and by that time I had earnestly prayed before Sri Sai that “Prabhu may I be blessed with this gift that I will be able to have your darshan at least once in a year. In this regard I regularly visit the Sai temple of Bargarh (Near Hatapada) before attending my office at 10 A.M & take the bliss of Sri Sai that the day may be good one . In this way just before 15 days of Dashara, I earnestly prayed before the Sai that Prabhu I am so engaged in office work that I may not be allowed leave or situation may not permit to have a darshan during the year of 2012. You are there to decide for my last year commitment. Just two to three days have passed ” in One of the day of Pitrupakshya/ Pitrushraddha observed in my home all of a sudden idea came to my mind to have a visit to Sri Sai at Shirdi and the decision became final, railway reservation became confirmed and we became able to visit Sri Sai from 26.10.2012 to 27.12.2012 at Shiridi. Besides there are a lot of practical feelings are there. So I & all of my family members are at the feet of Sri Sai .May Sai bless all.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Chandra Kumar Panda

  7. Sir,

    As per the article we know that Sagun and Nirgun are two sides of a coin of God. Mahima Sadhu described about the Shunya Swarupa of the God i.e.the Supreme Power. It is also true that the whole human life has also different activities which is shown in human being. It is essential for a child to recognize the God in different forms so as to draw the image of God. I think, it is only an imagination of the poet to describe God. Let us analyze another example from Mahabharata where the greatest shishya in the Universe Akalabya who practiced in front of an image of Drona. So for this our heart is the way to recognize the form of God.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher

  8. V Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    The Article Sai as Sagun Brahma is really very much Eye Catching to know about Saguns of Shirdi Sai as Brahma, the differences you have mentioned from the book Sai Satcharitha regarding the beliefs of individual differences are also clearly shown in the recent Super Hit Telugu Film “Shirdi Sai Baba”, which was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and the role of Sai Baba Played by Nagarjun as main Hero of the Film.The Film was highly appreciated at different forums, maximum Sai Devotees in and around the Andhra Pradesh liking the Film and knowing more about Shirdi Sai Baba. Through this Film We, All the Family members who have seen the Film came to know that, the Meaning of “Sai mentioned as Maa” ( Mother) and “Baba as Pitaji” ( Father).

    Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Radhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma
    Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.

    Thanking You Very Much Very Meaningful and Learningful Article,
    With Regards
    Bhubaneswar Odisha

  9. Rudra Abhishekham of Shri Sai Baba as Shiva incarnate is done on Maha Shiva Ratri. I attended the celebration on March 10, 2013 night in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore.

  10. Sadgurus are spiritual personalities holding human form who are in pure divine state of self realisation. They possess all the attributes and powers of God in themselves.

    Sadguru Saibaba_Shirdi Sai Global Foundation

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