Shri Sai Satcharita: Biography of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi

Shri Sai Satcharita

Shri Sai Satcharita is the biography of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi written by Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias ‘Hemadpant’ originally in Marathi language and translated in English & other Indian languages by different authors. Below is the excerpt from Shri Sai Satcharita translated in English by N.V.Gunaji published by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra India.

In Chapter II of Shri Sai Satcharita, the author describes, “The life of Sai Baba is as wide and deep as the infinite ocean, and all can dive deep into the same and take out precious gems ( of knowledge and bhakti ) and distribute them among the aspiring people. The stories, parables and teachings of Sai Baba are very wonderful. They will give peace and happiness to the people, who are afflicted with sorrows and heavily loaded with miseries of this worldly existence, and also bestow knowledge and wisdom, both in worldly and in spiritual domains. If these teachings of Sai Baba, which are as interesting and instructive as the Vedic lore, are listened to and meditated upon, the devotees will get what they long for, viz., union with Brahma, mastery in eight-fold Yoga, bliss of meditation etc. So, I thought that I should collect these stories together that would be my best Upasana. This collection would be most delightful to those simple souls, whose eyes were not blessed with Sai Baba`s darshan. So, I set about collecting Sai Baba`s teachings and expressions-the outcome of His boundless self-realization. It was Sai Baba, Who inspired me in this matter, in fact, I surrendered my ego at His feet and thought that, my path was clear; and that He would make me quite happy here, and in the next world”.

The author further describes in his own version, “I could not myself ask Sai Baba to give me permission for this work, so I requested Mr. Madhavrao Deshpande alias Shama, Baba`s most intimate devotee, to speak to Him for me. He pleaded my cause and said to Sai Baba, “This Annasaheb wishes to write Your biography, don`t say that You are a poor Fakir, and there is no necessity to write it; but if You agree and help him, he will write or rather, Your grace will accomplish the work. Without Your consent and blessing, nothing can be done successfully.” When Sai Baba heard this request, He was moved and blessed me by giving me His Udi (sacred ash ) and placing His boon-bestowing hand on my head said, “ Let him make a collection of stories and experiences, keep notes and memos, I will help him. He is only an outward instrument. I should write My autobiography Myself and satisfy the wishes of My devotees. He should get rid of his ego, surrender it at My feet. He, who acts like this in life, him I help the most. What of My life-stories? I serve him in his house in all possible ways. When his ego is completely annihilated and there is left no trace of it, I myself shall enter into him and shall Myself write My own life. Hearing my stories and teachings will create faith in devotees` hearts and they will easily get self-realization and bliss; let there be no insistence on establishing one`s own view, no attempt to refute other`s opinions, no discussion of pros and cons of any subject.”

It is ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’, the biography of Sai Baba written by Hemadpant during the life time of Baba depicting his wonderful life and teachings that spread Sai Spirituality not only in India but in the whole World.

Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma
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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16 Responses to Shri Sai Satcharita: Biography of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi

  1. The article ‘Shri Sai Satcharita: Biography of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi’ is the 100th article of the blog Yoga and Spirituality; the 1st article of the blog Yoga and Spirituality being ‘How I became Sai Baba devotee’ published on creation of the blog on May 2, 2010. I could accomplish century publication of the blog website Yoga and Spirituality due to grace and blessings of Sadguru Sai Baba.

    Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.

  2. Madan Goyal says:

    Bhakti / devotion is best way to achieve peace, tranquility and happiness. Faith in God and His greatness is biggest support one can provide to oneself, provided the person is predisposed and pursues this path. Devotion is vast ocean of thoughts and can engulf the brain. Retired mind, not having to bother about earning livelihood, is best candidate for this lifestyle as else, other ways to spend time are mostly full of troubles and worries. At this stage command on body, mind, circumstances and surroundings starts vanishing, which is very painful otherwise. Best of times to you!!!!!!

  3. Santhosh says:

    Dear all,
    Sairam 🙂

    Our Sai has given us an amazing treasure, Shri Satcharita. One has to feel each and every word depicted in this treasure box to heart`s content. What a feeling it is, what an experience, what a power of transmission of human nature of us. The true meaning of our life will be clearly understood. At least one paragraph a day changes our entire life’s path.

    Oh ma,oh friend,oh bro and sisters,I request to refer this treasure and be happy 🙂
    Santhosh KV.

  4. Satyajit Panda says:

    Congratulation for your 100th article.
    Please write some more fascinating articles on Sai Baba so that I can gain knowledge from the articles.

  5. Vinod Varma says:

    Great to learn about a true devotion through this article in which devotee sheds ego and rises above routine existence through divine mercy, and congratulations for 100th article!

  6. Prakash Padhan says:

    Congrats for your 100th article.

    You are a model for senior citizens and retired doctors. We clap to your achievement like after century run of a cricketer. I always say you sir, you are RETIRED but not TIRED.


  7. Umesh says:

    Respected Brother,
    Congratulation for your 100th Article.

    Shri Sai Satcharita- Biography of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi is the book which is similar to BHAGBAT GITA for Sai Baba`s devotees. One who is fully dedicated to Baba, Baba can make him a superman from a common man. His blessing is sufficient to lead a peaceful life throughout our lifetime in the world.

  8. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    With response to your mail to me about your 100th article published in your blog website Yoga and Spirituality, at the outset I started with your 1st Topic ‘ How I became Sai Baba devotee’ and went through all topics & took a pause at your 100th Topic ‘BIOGRAPHY OF SHRI SAI BABA’. Automatically as two proverbs of Oriya language stroke to my mind as follows….
    1.“Tulasi Dui Patraru Base“
    (Morning shows the day.) – Related to your 1st topic
    2.“Karpura Udi Jaichhi Kana Padi Rahichhi”
    -Related to your 100th Topic
    Now I am awaiting anxiously your next missionary topic with a view to cultivate & imbibe more aroma of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba from your pen.

    No doubt after Mahasamadhi of Baba in 1918, the Avataric soul returned to destined cosmic soul, there it is still being continuing miraculous events to many lucky devotees at the place of his mortal coil enshrined at Shirdi as Samadhi who visit with steadfast faith & belief . Tomorrow I will start towards Shirdi with better half to be charged & energized more. I follow the Shri Sai Satcharita which contains Biography of Sai Baba & his activities written by Hemadpant as parayan at my pooja room because it is pure and 100% transparent means Truth & Truth means God.

    Hence your mission is transparent & you are also transparent. As a result you have traced with a chance to foot step on abroad very shortly. Hope & trust though your internet voice has already reached earlier, your face presentation would bring it more potentiation with love & affection to American Sai Devotees.
    My prayer, Let Baba bless you more for your happy & cordial journey.

    With Thanks.
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

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

    100th Article i.e. hundred percent dedicated to Sai Baba by you. A long journey starting from 1 to 100 a mile stone for you as well as us. Sir, it is clear that you as well as your articles enlightened us through your blog. After retirement you serve the whole world. I think it could only be done by the wish of BABA. The 100th article describes very briefly as well as the summary of the main book Shri Sai Satcharita. Your work is clearly reflected in the article how deeply you research it. It can not be done by an ordinary man; it proved you as a saint or a pure devotee of Shri Sai Baba.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher

  10. M.S.Bhagwat says:

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

    All the best for your future articles..
    Om Sai Ram…

  11. V Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Big Congratulations for the successful achievement and completion of 100 Articles with the Blessings of Shirdi Sai Baba on Yoga and Spirituality.

    The 100th Article of Yoga and Spirituality from Shri Sai Satcharita, Chapter II is really Wonderful, Very much learningful and very nicely articulated from your mind and hands.The Original Writer of Sai Satcharita in Marathi by Govind Raghunath Dabhokar alias “Hemadpant” in Marathi with Sai Baba’s blessings was really great and he was so lucky to get such an opportunity in his life and also Nagesh Vasudev Gunaji ( N.V.Gunaji), who translated the same in English. You are also great and lucky enough to become a Shirdi Sai devotee to get chance to write such learningful articles from Sai Satcharita with much illustration and summarization for public view to make easy understanding of the readers from your Yoga and Spirituality Blog.These are all nothing but the individual interest and also the blessings of Baba, without which I won’t think it’s possible. Thank You very much to make us aware that the Book Sai Satcharita Written by the Writer with the Permission and Blessing of Shirdi Sai Baba, where not only the Chapter II, each and every chapter of the book is learningful and useful for the mankind, more so when you make it more simple for easy reading and understanding for the readers that is creating more interest to read each and every chapter of the book.

    Have a Very Happy Journey and Wonderful Trip to USA and also expecting to read articles on ‘Yoga and Spirituality’ from your own/ natural experience of the days you are going to stay in USA and also after return to India.

    Shirdi wale Sai Baba always bless all your family members and mainly your Grand Sons and Daughters staying in India and Abroad for their bright future.

    Shri Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja
    Shirdiwale Saibaba ke Jaiho.

    With Regards,
    Bhubaneswar, Odisha

  12. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    Congratulations for your completion of 100th article. It is like a milestone on the way of life of a man like you who has completely dedicated his rest of life to serving humanity by spreading his knowledge and experience of spirituality.You have been enlightening the path of many like me. Knowledge is like a vast sea which never ends. Waiting for your completion of another century.

  13. It is ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’, the biography of Sai Baba written by Hemadpant during the life time of Baba depicting his wonderful life and teachings that spread Sai Spirituality not only in India but in the whole World. The readers may read the article & responses on Shirdi Sai Darshan in New York published in Yoga and Spirituality to realize spread of Sai Spirituality in USA.

  14. One need not be a literate to be a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba. But unfortunate are those modern day literates who have not read Baba’s Shri Sai Satcharitra. This book was written during the era when things were not yet commercialised and Baba was alive. This book showcase the numerous miracles that Baba had performed in the life of his numerous bhaktas. By the time one completes reading this book, he ought to catch a train for Shirdi Darshan.

  15. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Thanksji for giving another divine article, it is also ur 100th article. Amazing coincidence & miracle whether it was planned or not! Thought correctly struck in u like that, in spiritual path these things are common. I also came to know how the author get the permission from the Guru (from ur comment). Pranamji.

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