Sai Satcharita- Chapter 5- Stories and Essence- Be truthful, helpful and do your duty

sai and light

Value- Truth, Right conduct

Sub value- Honesty, Duty

In this chapter the 2 selected stories are based on 2 human values Truth and Right Conduct

1.Turning Water into Oil

Sai Baba was very fond of lights. He used to borrow oil from shop-keepers, and keep lamps burning the whole night in the Masjid and temple. This went on for some time. The Banias (oil merchants), who supplied oil gratis (for free) , once met together and decided not to give Him oil. When, as usual, Baba went to ask for oil, they all gave Him a distinct No. Unperturbed, Baba returned to the Masjid and kept the dry wicks in the lamps. The banias were watching Him with curiosity. Baba took the Tumrel (tin pot) which contained very little (a few drops) of oil, put water into it and drank it and forced it fall in the container. After consecrating the tin-pot in this way, He again took water in the tin-pot and filled all the lamps with it and lighted them. To the surprise and dismay of the watching Banias, the lamps began to burn and kept burning the whole night. The Banias repented and apologized. Baba forgave them and asked them to be more truthful in future.


Baba was divinity incarnate, His power is immeasurable. If He so willed He could have lit the lamps without asking for oil from the oil merchants. It was His love to give them an opportunity to serve by offering some oil for lighting the lamps in the masjid. Not realising His divinity they refused to part with the oil and spoke untruth. Later when they realised that Baba was indeed Divine they asked His forgiveness. The intention of Baba in this case was to help them to transform by learning to help others and to always be truthful.

The inner significance for all of us would be; Baba; the divine Master came to earth to teach mankind how to make our lives meaningful by loving and helping people in need. To light the lamps of our heart with the oil of love. He rekindles that by using us as His instruments by asking us to do our part for the society and thus love everyone, purify ourselves and shine brightly. He does not need anything except our inner progress.

For Children

Always speak the truth and help people in need especially when you can. These values when you practice from young will keep you in good stead throughout your lives.

Story for children


2.The Pseudo-Guru Javhar Ali

Five years after the wrestling bout mentioned earlier, one Fakir from Ahmednagar by name Javhar Ali, came to Rahata with his disciples and stayed in Bakhal (spacious room) near Virabhadra temple. The Fakir was learned, could repeat the whole Koran and had a sweet tongue.Many religious and devout people of the village came to him and began to respect him. With the help of the people, he started to build an Idgah ( a wall before which Mohomedans pray on Idgah day), near the Virabhadra temple. There was some quarrel about this affair, on account of which, Javhar Ali had to leave Rahata.

Then he came to Shirdi and lived in the Masjid with Baba. People were captured by his sweet talk, and he began to call Baba his disciple. Baba did not object and consented to be his Chela. Then both Guru and Chela decided to return to Rahata and live there. The Guru (Teacher) never knew his disciple’s worth, but the disciple knew the defects of the Guru, still he never disrespected him, observing carefully his duties. He even served the Master in various ways.

They used to come to Shirdi off and on, but their main stay was in Rahata. The loving devotees of Baba in Shirdi did not like, that Baba should stay away from them in Rahata. So they went in a deputation to bring Baba back to Shirdi. When they met Baba near the Idgah and told the purpose for which they came, Baba said to them that the Fakir was an ill-tempered fellow, he would not leave him and that they should better return to Shirdi without him, before the Fakir returned.

While they were thus talking, the Fakir turned up and was very angry with them for trying to take away his disciple. There was some discussion and altercation and it was finally decided that both the Guru and Chela should return to Shirdi. And so they returned and lived in Shirdi. But after a few days the Guru was tested by Devidas and he was found wanting.

Twelve years before Baba arrived in Shirdi with the marriage-party, this Devidas aged about 10 or 11 came to Shirdi and lived in the Maruti temple. Devidas had fine features and brilliant eyes, and he was dispassion incarnate and a Jnani. Many persons, namely Tatya Kote, Kashinath and others regarded, him as their Guru. They brought Javhar Ali in his presence, and in the discussion that followed, Javhar was worsted and fled from Shirdi.

He went and stayed in Bijapur and returned after many years to Shirdi, and prostrated himself before Sai Baba. The delusion that he was Guru and Sai Baba his Chela, was cleared away, and as he repented, Sai Baba treated him with respect.


In the above incident Sai Baba showed by actual conduct how one should get rid of egoism and do the duties of a disciple to attain the highest end, viz., self-realization. Baba was free from ego and was ready to be a disciple and served his guru with sincerity. Baba; Himself a divine incarnate went through the above only to teach mankind how to overcome ego and how to do one’s duty as a disciple. The Guru in the above incident however was full of ego till it brought his fall. It is a learning that we should do our duty sincerely whether anyone else does or not. Our sincerity and dedication to our duty will do us good both in the material world as well as in the spiritual world. Working on reducing our ego will help us to happy within and also maintain good relation with all around us.

For children

Always do your duty to the best of your abilities. As a student put in best efforts in your studies, respect your teacher and learn with sincerity and dedication.

Story for children


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: