Yoga and Onion in Sai Spirituality

As described in Chapter XXIII of Shri Sai Satcharita, “Once it so happened that, a Sadhak of Yoga came to Shirdi with Nanasaheb Chandorkar.He had studied all works on Yoga, including the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, but had no practical experience. He could not concentrate his mind and attain Samadhi even for a short time. He thought that if Sai Baba will be pleased with him, He will show him, the way to attain Samadhi, for a longer time. With this object in view, he came to Shirdi and when he went to the Masjid he saw Sai Baba eating chapatti with onion. On seeing this, a thought crossed his mind: ‘How can this man, eating stale bread with raw onion, solve my difficulties and help me?’ Sai Baba read his mind and said to Nanasaheb, “Oh Nana, he, who has the power to digest onion, should eat it and none else,” Hearing this remark, the yogi was wonder-struck and, he fell at Baba`s Feet with complete surrender. With pure and open mind, he related his difficulties and got their solution from Baba. Thus, being satisfied and happy, he left Shirdi with Baba`s Udi and blessings”.

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

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga practitioner
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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14 Responses to Yoga and Onion in Sai Spirituality

  1. Vinod Varma says:

    reminds me of verses from thotakashtakam, composed by thotakaacharya (disciple of Adi Sankaracharya)

    vidithaa na mayaa visadaika kalaa na cha kinjchana kAnjchanamasthi guro
    druthameva videhi kripaam sahajaam bhava sankara desika me saranam

    which roughly translates to mean ‘oh guru, no art is fully known by me. I do not have even a piece of gold. I surrender to you. Please show your natural mercy on me.’

    There are no limits of Gurukaruna (mercy of Guru).

  2. V Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    It’s Very Nice Article with a message of learning for me from Sadguru Saibaba when there is a will there is a way may lead to the message “Who has the power to digest onion should eat it and none else” and also the pure/open mind can also solve many problems/clears many doubts.

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

    Thanking You.
    With Regards,
    Bhubaneswar Odisha

  3. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    Om Sai Ram.

    It is really a remarkable service which you are doing for Sai. Through the blog writings, you are helping Sai messages to be spread world wide and helping the people to get to know more about Sai Baba and his unique teachings.

    Thank you very much.
    Om Sai Ram
    Santhosh KV
    Supply Chain Operations
    Hewlett Packard

  4. There is difference in Astha and Andh-Viswas. Astha is faith or opinion of person while Andh-Viswas is blind faith. Having blind faith is like playing blind in gambling, it may turn out to be wrong or right. But this is clear only when cards are displayed or truth comes out. Similarly Teaching strength of teacher is unfolded only after taking lessons from him and not from the impressions of first look. Teacher in Sai Baba could see the doubt in mind of disciple and could demonstrate his teaching strength by providing him the answer. Doubts need to be clarified to convert Andh-Viswas to Astha.

  5. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    After reading your article we had a conclusion that Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is the angel of Almighty (Ishwar). So he knows everything what is happening in the universe. He is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent.

    Your collection is highly appreciated and heart touching.
    Om Sai Ram
    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Dist.Bargarh Odisha

  6. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Respected Sir,

    The version of Shirdi Sai Baba implied that he is the real Embassy of God. So he could well know about the heart, mind and activity of others. Your description as well as research type of collection is very useful for the society.

    Really you are a noble devotee and preacher of Shirdi Sai Baba.
    Om Sai Ram
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Dist.Bargarh Odisha

  7. ambikarani says:

    Nice blog Sir. Keep posting more and more stories like this.

  8. Prakash Padhan says:

    Only Sai Baba has such spiritual power to read the inner feelings of disciples. It’s a miracle. Initially many people were thinking that Baba was an ordinary “Fakir”(beggar), but people realised their mistake like Nanasaheb. Complete surrender is necessary to obtain Gurukrupa. Nice learning.

  9. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Yoga and Onion in Sai Spirituality is a remarkable message. One who delves deep into it, is able to click his or her own significance and gets at least a window to jump into the field of self-realization. Really it is a humorous act of Sai Baba to ordinary man but very amazing to sage accompanying with Chandorkar for salvation. Because Sai Baba appeared to sage being exponent with Patanjali Yoga, he is not restricted to sattwic food rather indulged to tamasic food. There is a proverb, “as your food so your mind”. But is it applicable to Sai Baba? Never. He is the incarnation and to transcend every act to sow seeds of human value to reap the fruit of divinity in derailed man. But though the sage envisioned Sai Baba as Fakir with chapatti and onion in course of conversation his locked intellect was instantaneously opened by Baba`s divine fervour. He himself curtailed his ego, his mind automatically subdued, intellect illuminated and body bowed down on the lotus feet of Sai Baba and attended Samadhi. This is called total Surrender; a clarion call. Hence one who is graduated and comes closure to Avatar is instanteously blessed but indifferent in case of common man.

    When this question was asked to Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, He vehemently answered yes, yes, yes- a great meaning; that is Sadhana. Don`t worry, very simple. Follow Satsanga and Bhajan surely win self-realization.Moreover Shree Satya Sai in his life time exhorted and imparted always EHV (Education in Human Value) as follows: Come to Puttaparthi, see & listen, experience, practice and then only preach own development. So place like Puttaparthi and Shirdi are now human workshop for servicing and oiling as that of new vehicle for free servicing.

    Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
    Thanking you
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

  10. Satyajit Panda says:

    Respected Dadu,
    I read your article on Sai Spirituality, it is very much interesting; from this article I am very much inspired also.

  11. Umesh says:

    Respected Brother,

    Your article on yoga & onion on sai spirituality is very much interesting. It shows the simplicity of the Baba. Though the type of food is Tamasika, it could be easily digested by Baba having no effects on his mind &nature. It implies he is a super natural person .

    A complete surrender in faith to Sadguru is necessary for realisation.
    Yours sincerely

  12. Dr. Krishna Ch Sith says:

    Dear Dr.Panda,

    The attire, odd behaviour, activity & food choice of Sai Baba may mislead any person to accept him as a Param Guru with supreme knowledge for seeking his blessing for any cause. A person deeply involved with Astha,Nistha & Faith on Sai Baba is duly blessed & rewarded for his suffering & any other reasons.

    With regards,
    Dr.K.C.Sith (M.D.)
    Retd.Joint Director (Medical)
    DHS Odisha, Bhubaneswar

  13. I have the pleasure to inform the readers and viewers that the article captioned as ‘Yoga and Onion in Sai Spirituality’ authored by me has been published in Shri Sai Sumiran Times New Delhi; internationally circulated printed monthly magazine both in Hindi and English medium on Shirdi Sai; in its Year No.8 Month No.5 February 2013 issue in English Section.The same article captioned as ‘Yoga and Onion in Sai Spirituality’ was published on January 18, 2013 in Yoga and Spirituality.

  14. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    The content of article is nice and meaningful.In our religion in almost all cases while preparing “Bhog” for God onion is prohibited. If we see things in a pure and open heart then we’ll see the real meaning.The inner thinking should be pure, it doesn’t matter what we are doing.

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