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