Sai Baba was a strange person. Sometimes His mood would be terrible and nobody would dare go near Him. And then, sometimes, He would be so affectionate that you could do anything – nothing mattered! You can’t actually gauge the mood of such Beings – like Avadhootas for instance.
Satsang is very important – because you become according to the company you keep. If I live with people who talk about the Truth or to find out what it is; who do japa and kirtan and bhajan, then I become like them after some time. It may take time. If I continue to live in Satsang with such people, then my mind also becomes like that. If I continue to live with people who are planning which whisky to drink next, I will become like that – it is but natural.
We think that with our rational brain, we can solve everything! This is one of the problems which man faces when he reads the scriptures. He feels that with his intellect, he can explain everything. Now, one must understand that the intellect, however much it expands, has a certain limit beyond which it cannot go! And there are very many things which cannot be explained by it, and the intelligent man is the one who realizes this. The intelligent man is one who realizes that his puny brain cannot understand many things.
Slowly, word spread that ‘there is a Great Being in Shirdi’. When people went to Him and said, “ These are my problems, please help us”. He would say, “Allah Malik Hai,” or “Ram, Ram”. So no one could really say whether He was a Muslim or a Hindu or a Christian. You see, at one time, He would say, “Allah Malik Hai”, and at another time He would say, “Ram, Ram”. So His basic message was to unite, to bring people together, because Allah and Ram to Him were the same, although we call God by different names.
Most of the benefit derived from Sai Baba was through Satsang. The Satsang used to be sometimes by touch, sometimes by talk, sometimes by sight. And the teaching of Baba was also very strange. He never taught people by talking of Upanishads or philosophy or Gita or anything. He just talked to them from the ordinary ways of life. And in every action and in every experience His devotees had with Him, He proved that He was not confined to the physical body – that the physical body that they saw was not ‘Baba’. It was only for the time being, a Center, from which that Supreme Body was operating – that’s all!
Many people considered Sai Baba to belong to the ‘Nath Panth’. There are many who used to call Him ‘Sai Nath’. But actually, even though He had a dhuni, a chimta and behaved like a Nath, He was too great a Spiritual Force to be bracketed by any ‘Panth’. There are people who believe that He belonged to the Kabir Panth.
I have told you that the message He (Sai Baba) wanted to convey was the total unity of all religions. So, He did a very strange thing. While living in a broken mosque, everyday He conducted the ritual of lighting a lamp or two there. Now, you know, nobody lights lamps in the evening in a mosque generally. He not only lit a lamp, but He said, “From now on, this broken down mosque will be called ‘Dwarka Mai’. From that time, the broken – down mosque is called ‘Dwaraka Mai’.