of Lighting lamps :
Lighting lamps has always been shirdi saibabas most important activity
while he lived. Baba used to light lamps in Dwarakamai and my Guru
has said Laxmibhai has helped sai to light these lamp somedays.
When few shop keepers of shirdi gave problems to sai and din't gave
him oil to light lamps, Baba used water in the tin pot and poured
in the lamps. To the surprise of everyone , the lamps glow beautifully
.By grace of sai the lamps were lit just by using water.
We must understand a beautiful thing about this incident. Sai is
a saint with Astama siddhi. Siddhi is a holy power to gain anything
and everything one needs.A saint who gained Astama siddhi can alone
command nature but these days people get cheated by false saints
who just act as if they have powers.
Any pure saint who has gained the state of "Astama siddhi
" will never misuse it .I mean, they won't use it unnecessarily
. They follow the law of God and Nature. The 18 sidhars also sometimes
has used their astama siddhi beyond the law of nature but its for
the welfare of human race. Simililarly our shirdi saibaba with his
powers made the lamps to glow just with the water.
Why should baba do this little miracle :
We all praise sai only when he uses his powers to bless us with
materialistic benefits like curing diseases, getting us a job ,
blessing us for a good relationship and earning money. But we forget
to understand why baba did this miracle of "Lighting lamps
Is it to prove shirdi people that he has such powers and surprise
them for one single days pleasure ?
Is it because he wants to teach a lesson to the shop keepers who
denied to sell oil to him ?
Is it because he wants to do such magic and convince devotees that
this shirdi sai is capable of everything ? Not at all.
Theres a reason in every single incident in the
life of shirdi saibaba :
Sai has lived every single second in his life time to teach something
indirectly to his millions of future devotees. Sai never gave direct
upadesh.Sometimes he used to say tales to correct a devotee, sometimes
he create incidents purposely to convey a good message for welfare
of his devotees. Sai never directly said "You all go and light
lamps." .He lived and showed others how much he loves to light
lamps. Its for us to understand from his stories and life.
Light lamps to bring peace and prosperity :
Saibaba lit lamps beautifully in dwarakamai for the welfare of
his devotees. My Guru used to say
that shirdi saibaba lit lamps to wash away past bad karma of his
devotees, drive away the evil spirits and bring us Gods blessings.
Now that sai is in samadhi state it is our responsibility to light
lamps ourselves for the welfare of our friends and family .
I have requested hundreds of girls, aunts and few guys i met in
Saibaba temple in my town from 2005 till date to light lamps regularly.Some
listen to me and few don't .some atleast light a candle. I love
spreading the message of lighting lamps. I hope you take this website
offered as a gift under sais feet especially to spread the message
of lighting lamps as an inspiration and a request from our sweet
shirdi saibaba himself to start to light lamps regularly at home
and when ever you visit a temple.
Please don't light lamps just because i wrote all this.I could
be wrong in my interpretation about shirdi sais life but all i know
is "Lighting lamps" will surely be a blessing in itself
and it does has power to solve your problem if you have patience
and bring peace in your life.Light lamps if you feel baba wants
you do it and do it with faith and trust on sais words.
Ligting lamps is divine :
When ever i give photo of baba or ask sai devotees to light lamps
there are few who come after few days and say "i did what ever
you said but don't see any benefits ". I feel really embarrassed
when someone tells this to me. Remember, am only helping
you learn a beautiful, spiritual, divine deed of lighting lamps
regularly and making it as your habit. Somehow sai through his visions
and few experiences made me request all devotees who tells me about
their problems in career and personal life to light lamps.
My intention is that your life must be good with shirdi saibabas
blessings in your studies, career and personal life. One of the
way to help sai wash away our past births bad karma is by lighting
lamps. Only sai knows when to bring you peace and prosperity and
that totally depends on your own karma and the good deeds you did
in this birth apart from your honesty and hardwork.
Lights lamps as an expression of your love on shirdi
This being a website which many different shirdi saibaba devotees
with differet attitudes might visit , i kindly request please please
please ...light lamps as one of the way you express your love on
shirdi sai. Like we are offering flowers to God with love, Like
we are singing in prise of God ,Like we are chanting Gods name by
heart......... Lighting lamps must also be an expression of your
love and affection on God and shirdi saibaba. Do it only if you
feel sai has hooked you to this site and read this message. Don't
do it just because someone as ordinary as me has wrote all this.
There might be some other good aspects and value of lighting lamps
which i may not know. I have just tried to spread the message of
lighting lamps to the knowledge i have got so far.
Please do anything to sai with out always expecting materialistic
benefits. Infact , i din't gain much lighting thousands of lamps
in many many temples.I light lamps because i know there are benefits
which i cant see with my eyes or my life would have been worser
had i not lit lamps or may be my time has not come for sai to bless
me with rewards.....The reason i mention this is that i dont want
anyone to light lamps for the sake of it. Its ok if you do it in
hurry but make sure you light lamps keeping sais name in mind.
I hardly miss to light lamps in a temple for the past 3 years.
Some of you might not get chance to visit temple. Some sai devotees
living abroad are too busy with their work .They also fear saying
its wooden house and reasons one can't imagine. so i keep it as
my habit to request all shirdi sai devotees living abroad to take
utmost care. Have a big tray, and light lamps in the center of it.
Take care that your kids wont play around with lamps. Am sure sai
will surely guard you and your family when you do something with
total faith and love on sai.
God is light : Experiencing the divine light of
shirdi saibaba :
Many saints has preached the philosophy that God itself is in the
form of light. In chapter 22 of sai satcharita - the life of shirdi
saibaba its expressed very beautifully " if you want to see
My Light, be egoless and most humble and meditate on My toe through
the opening between the two branches-index and middle fingers-and
then you will be able to see My Light. This is the easiest means
of attaining devotion." .Many shirdi sai devotees can meditate
remembering sai in the form of "Jyothi- Light".Some will
say they did saw baba as light .Trust me, i wish to say this very
Even i imagined every thursday in 2005 when i used to close eyes
during arathi that i saw baba as light. Its only when sai himself
showed me his light in the first week of september 2007 , i realized
our meditaions,visions and imaginations are nothing compared to
the real light of sai. Its not as what i imagined . It was not like
millions of sun put togather. Thats how spiritual people told me
.The truth is "Light of sai"
is a very small source of light that will filled my heart with love
and love alone.
As many of my sai friends knew, i am depressed for years and only
sais presence is helping me lead some strange life.The ten days
before i saw sais light, i occupied myself writing about baba ,
his ways and did only sais work...I was not meditating for it to
be a vision..I was not sleeping for it to be a dream. That day,
i was always remembering sai... sai.... sai... and laid down hugging
sai satcharita and speaking to baba as no one was in my house. Suddenly
i felt baba saying "Venkat, i will show you my light"
and it happened. I don't really have words to express it. The light
of sai if once seen can be seen anytime of our life when ever we
request to sai. The Light of sai
is every glowing untill our atma reaches shirdi sais holy feets.
After this incident, many times i cried to sai asking him what
big thing did i do for him to show me his light. I don't wake up
early in morning like spiritual people would do, I am not desireless
.Only thing i have done is like a fool i came around sai sai sai
for years togather. To me sai is
a friend, a lover, a saint and a part of my family and myself.
Can you understand why i wrote the incident of shirdi sai showing
me his light. I want you to know shirdi saibabas ways are so easy.All
he expects is.....we must love him innocently like a child.Thats
the love i have on my shirdi sai and this moment when i write this
too my heart is filled with a warm feeling ,i feel baba is touching
me and holding my hands. I feel baba calling me affectionately.Even
when i forget him, his eyes are always on me. There is no other
person so loving, so caring and so affectionate. Baba , people who
read this might think i am blabbering .May be the fact that i saw
our light might be wrong but our love for each other is true. I
know that you love me so much and i promise that you will always
remain in my heart forever.
This "love" alone is true. My visions, dreams , experiences
and what ever i did for you all these years is subject to comments
but our love for each other is something we alone know.
God Vision has become commercial :
Meanwhile, i want to give an important warning to innocent shirdi
saibaba devotees. see...don't think people who have visions dreams
etc are Big. Visions are a part of day to day life. Even some lay
man sleeping a in village would have got vision of a natural disaster
yet to happen.He just dont have chance to express it to anyone and
he will be least bothered about it. Now a days, i heared lots of
stories where innocent devotees seek guidance of these so called
Gurus who say "i have Gods vision...this and that"...Let
me confirm you one thing. Every time i get a vision, i only consider
it as a message from God. Now a days i don't even look for visions
etc because it only distracts me from main path of loving sai .Infact,
what ever i expessed in starsai.com about my visions are just to
share my experiences and not at all to confuse anyone .I don't even
expect all to trust my visions because whats
more important in life is to be good, do good and lead a simple
life caring for others.
Please don't take anyone as Guru just because they seem to be spiritual.
First see if they are humble,polite and egoless. Even if a person
is powerful , try to observe if he is friendly and not expecting
anything from you other than affection. Our shirdi sai is such a
sweet Guru who gives us everything and expects only pure love from
When ever someone mails me asking for help the first thing i wish
to tell them is "am as ordinary as you, i also live with desires,
am neither a guru nor i deseve to be called as servant of saibaba.
Am using that word to make myself remember that i must always serve
sai .The real servants of sai have worked more harder for years
togather and i am nothing compared to them.One satisfaction is as
many of my sai friends say, for this age, what i do seems to be
Good.I am just doing all this because may be the pains life gave
me in my career and personal life made me get interested in helping
other innocent souls to hold shirdi saibabas feet faithfully by
spreading the teachings of sai.
Coming back to our sites goal, Please
try to read Sai satcharita written by Hamedpant regularly.
Understand how sai has worked for our welfare through small small
incidents in his life. I liked his love for lighting lamps .Since
i am also eager in lighting lamps, i choosed to spread this message
to all shirdi saibaba devotees and spiritual people.I certainly
believe lighting lamps will bring peace and prosperity in your life
someday but please do it with out much expectations as your offering
Light a little lamp everyday :
Lighting a little lamp everyday will surely help sai to wash away
our previous births bad karma, ancestors bad karma and bless us
with Gods Gift whole heartedly.You might be thinking how the little
lamp you light in your house or temple is connected with the divine
light of sai. Yes it does. It is connected. Thats why i felt it
is really important to spread the message of lighting lamps.
The photogaphs and text in this site are too personal and copyrighted.
Its a request , understand that i am doing all this because sai
has given me some inspiration, blessing and also time to do it.Forgive
me for any mistakes in the article.
Baba, i have done few things in your name for the past 3 years
but this site is so close to my heart baba. I dedicated this site
to my sweet sai himself.
For the love that exists between me and my sweet
Each one has a different opinion and knowledge about value of lighting
lamps .I wish to add any info shirdi sai devotees contribute about
the powers , value and experiences of lighting lamps. My intention
is to spread the message of lighting lamps. You can mail me from
mail id in StarSai.com
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