Gateway to Eternity – Shraddha and Saburi

Shirdi Sai Baba was the personification of Unity of God, Divine Love and Brotherhood of Man. He was against all barriers of caste, creed and religion against all persecution based on caste or religious orthodoxy. In his personal spiritual practice, Sai Baba observed both the Hindu and Muslim worship procedures. that was most prevalent then. He advised his devotees and followers to keep performing their worldly duties, without being attached to them, and to keep being content, regardless of the life situation they had to face. 

To His millions of followers seeking salvation, Sai Baba is a guiding force who generates faith and confidence in them. The teachings of Sai Baba have inspired many to be aware of the limits of the mortal body. ‘Shradhha’ (love and reverence) and ‘Saburi’ (patience and perseverance) are the cardinal principles to walk on the Sai Path. Sai Baba taught us that there is only one God – Sabka maalik ek. He gave a clarion call to his devotees to love and serve all.


Shraddha, or love, faith and truth, is generated out of the conviction that may arise from spiritual inspiration. According to Sai Baba, love in God is the gateway to eternity. Even Sri Krishan told Arjuna: “Whosoever offers to Me with love or devotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, that offering of pure love is readily accepted by Me”.


Saburi, or patience or perseverance, is an important quality that anyone walking the path of salvation would need. Without Saburi, a seeker may leave the path mod way.

Inner purity was of prime importance to Sai Baba.According to Him, impurities in the heart and mind created a barrier to progress on the path of spirituality. He maintained that there should be harmony of thought, word and deed. Baba never preached in this regard but He radiated such influence that absorbed the impure tendencies and prepared the aspirant to keep himself chaste, pure, simple and upright, so as to be fit to receive His Grace.

Compassion was inherent in Sai Baba. His emphasis was to show compassion to anyone who came to your door, be it a human being or an animal since the same divinity is the in dweller of all beings. He demonstrated through several instances that the same consciousness is present in all creatures of the universe.

xSai Baba always looked for these qualities in His devotees. According to Him, steadfast faith and love for God was the gateway to eternity. Saburi was an inherent quality of a seeker to be steady in his pursuit of realising the ultimate goal of life and face all situations with equanimity. A test may come in the form of frustration, distress, agony, illness, mishaps, prolonged wait or a loss.  In such moments we should seek support from the Master and hold on to him. If patience means anything it should last till the end, and faith will ferry us through every turmoil of life.

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