The Meaning Of MahaSamadhi Or Shrine – Sathya Sai Baba

I am in your hearts,

You are in Mine.

Don’t be misled

I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. Sai Baba

You cannot see Me, but I am the Light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, but I am the Sound you hear by.
You cannot know Me, but I am the Truth by which you live. Sai Baba

Isaac Tigrett’s Krishna with flowers – beneath his flat in the ashram. The flat is now vacant. He has joined the Muddenahalli Group.

Sai Baba giving darshan during the 1980s under the old tree in Whitefield

Remembering Sai Baba during darshan

The term guru means one who dispels the darkness of ignorance. Gu means one who is beyond attributes (gunas), ru implies one who is beyond forms (rupas). This refers only to God. That is why the guru is hailed as Brahma, Vishnu, or Siva. Only God is the true guru. All others are merely teachers, like the teachers of different subjects in a college. Guru is the one who reveals the guri (target) to the disciple. Guri here refers to the Aathmic Principle. Picture taken on Gurupoornima late afternoon 2011 – just months after Sai Baba passed.  Notice two rainbows in the sky – they appeared after a storm about 5 p.m. that evening.

By the tree where many seekers sit to reflect on  the memory of Sai Baba – Prashanthi Nilayam 


What is the Significance of Sathya Sai Baba’s Samadhi? ~ We learned from Swami all the  important practises of an aspirant and how to achieve the highest from our practise.  One of the most important spiritual practises that one can incorporate into regular puja is daily worship at the  “jeeva samadhi tomb or shrine.” (Samadhi) The reason being that the guru’s presence is still alive, although not seen, but still conveying energy to all who seek. The shakti energy remains forever in the Shrine of a powerful teacher – much  the same as it did during his life-time. That is to say his energy radiated out to seekers through the  body while he was alive, but now the “same energy” radiates to all from His Shrine. Sai Baba is still working through his vibration,  much as he had done over the decades while alive. Today, Sai Baba’s Samadhi  has a concentrated energy force that permeates all areas of his ashram. Very much like  a vortex of a storm, this energy or shakti is far-reaching.  The uplifting vibrations are  apparent in and around the Shine, embedded as they are, in every nook and cranny of the immediate area of the Samadhi. The guru’s shakti has now become a forceful tool for enlightenment. For those who come to the Shrine to worship and practise, there’s nothing better than the vibrations of the late Sai Baba.

The jeeva samadhi shrines/samadhi of any great gurus can lead aspirants further toward their chosen spiritual goal. The most important first step in all of spiritual life is  awareness, thus the guru is the very one to point that out. Every human-being has the In-dweller source, it is the guru’s job to seek out our very own In-dweller, the liberator of our souls.  Often it takes someone with a powerful shakti to drive us inward to where the source of our being is waiting to be discovered. Our own In-dweller lays dormant until  we are awakened by the forceful shakhi of a true guru/spiritual director. Thus, the search for the In-dweller, the one without a second, is the quest of all living beings.

Of course, for seekers of material gain and those with desires, worship at the jeeva samadhi of their chosen guru can help take away their need to fulfil their desires, for they will focus on the inner life through daily practice. Thus the “material minded” may get what they seek for a while, but  are transformed over time into true seekers. There are “humbug” seekers always, and once the guru is gone, they will leave the ashram, due to lack of interest in  “inner work.” Spiritual awareness and worship at the Shrine/Samadhi is very helpful in turning our minds away from all worldly desires and soon brings peace and a true sense of fulfilment to those seekers who are determined. This is the importance of darshan at the Shrine/Samadhi of a great guru like Sai Baba, or others like Ramana Maharshi  Eve

 Madhusudan mimicking Sai Baba in his new C-ashram

7 thoughts on “The Meaning Of MahaSamadhi Or Shrine – Sathya Sai Baba

    1. thank you. It is quite hard to get my message circulated on the internet for those people that need it the most. I seem to be up against a brick wall. Yet people are very ready to believe that MadhuSudan is a true guru and are following him today, through lack of real knowledge to what Swami had said about mimics. There seems to be few people willing to stand up for the memory and legacy of Puttaparthi Sai Baba. Too sad and thank you again. Eve

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  1. Wonderful article, Eve, which shows how beneficial worship at the samadhi of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, can be to spiritual aspirants as well as those who have a mix of worldly desires and spiritual desires.

    With reference to the sentence, “The shakti energy remains forever in the Shine of a powerful teacher ..”, did you use the word, ‘Shine’ (and not ‘Shrine’), deliberately? The word is used multiple times later on as well in the post.

    “Often it takes someone with a powerful shakti to drive us inward to where the source of our being is waiting to be discovered.” – Very well said.

    One of things that I learned/interpreted from Sathya Sai is that the source of our being, the UNCHANGING, DEATHLESS & ETERNAL awareness, is always in play in our lives, whether we recognize/realize it or not. However, the typical delusion (bhrama) is that we (human beings) identify ourselves with our mind-body complex with the various desires and memories and thoughts that flood our mind. But this mind-body complex is transient and, as taught by Sathya Sai and Hindu Vedanta revelations/teachings, this mind-body complex is an illusion that is projected by the one and only reality of existence which is the UNCHANGING, DEATHLESS & ETERNAL awareness/consciousness that is within each of us, and which is referred to in Hindu Vedanta as Atma (Self).

    The Guru, IMHO, teaches us how to disentangle the false/illusory mind-body complex from the UNCHANGING, DEATHLESS & ETERNAL awareness that is at the core of our being, the Atma, and then to stay established in that UNCHANGING, DEATHLESS & ETERNAL awareness/Atma viewing, as well as participating in, the illusory material (mind-body) world as the play of the Divine Lord who is (part of) the same UNCHANGING, DEATHLESS & ETERNAL awareness that is at the core of our being, the Atma.

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    1. Lol, shine. “Let it shine! – must have been down to spell check. Thanks for pointing this out to me. We have had a hurricane here with much damage to the garden, so not concentrating too well. I need someone to edit my posts nowadays because I really do have problems with word press. Thanks for the lovely comment. Eve

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