Sai Baba, known as Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian saint who had and continues to have both Hindu and Muslim followers. His devotees consider Thursday to be the day dedicated to him. There are special pujas in his temples across the country on this day accompanied by loud recitations of Sai bhajans and hymns from the Sai chalisa by followers.
Worshippers also light the lamp in front of the deity at home on Thursdays and offer him yellow flowers. Some devotees also start reading the Sri Sai Satcharitra on a Thursday and complete reading it the following Wednesday. This is a book that entails several true life stories of the saint. It is available in English and almost all regional languages.
You can keep the book in a tidy place or along with other religious books. Students often keep the book along with their study books and read it once every day. There are worshippers who have the book on their work desk or under their pillows as well if they are sick.
Read on to know how you should read the Sri Sai Satcharitra after praying to him to get the maximum benefit in your daily life.
Calm and Tranquil Mind
As with other holy books, intention is the most important factor while reading Sri Sai Satcharitra. But, a clean body along with a clean mind is ideal so, try reading it after a shower. It is important that you do the reading with a calm mind. Most devotees feel that early morning hours suit them the most as their minds are tranquil at that time. You can read a little during different times of the day.
It is also not important that you read at the same time every day. What matters the most is that you read it with full devotion. Followers prefer not to talk to others when they are reading the book. So, it is recommended that you keep others informed around you when you plan to start reading so that you will be undisturbed.
Clean and Neat Place
You must choose a clean and neat place where you will not be disturbed to read the Sri Sai Satcharitra. Most devotees prefer to choose the pooja room in their house to do this. If you do not have a pooja room, you can choose a clean place in your home where there is no disturbance.
Equal Number of Chapters
The Sri Sai Satcharitra is divided into a total of 50 chapters and an epilogue and aarti at the end. There is no restriction on how many chapters you should read in a day. However, if you commence reading on a Thursday with the intention of completing it on a Friday, you can read the same number of chapters in a day.
The first day or Thursday is dedicated to the first 8 chapters of the book. Worshippers read chapters 9-16 and chapters 17-23 on Friday and Saturday respectively. Chapters 24-31 and chapters 32-37 are read on days four and five in that order. The sixth and seventh days are dedicated to reading chapters 38-45 and the remaining chapters along with the epilogue and aarti at the end.
You can offer prasad or naivedya to Shirdi Sai Baba every day just before you begin the reading. You can offer anything such as fruit, sugar candy, dry fruit or anything of your choice on each of the seven days. It is alright to offer the same prasad on more than one day. On the seventh day, go to a nearby Sai Baba temple and distribute some prasad to the deity and devotees there. If a temple visit is not possible, offer some prasad to the Baba photo or idol in your home and distribute it to your neighbours.
If you are reading at the rate of one chapter per day, you can do the same thing mentioned above on the day you read the last chapter.
The Sri Sai Satcharitra helps its readers keep a check over their pride while assisting them in developing self-control over worldly sensations and objects. Devotees also believe that reading the Sri Sai Satcharitra helps them to have their desires fulfilled. They have also found that it has helped them with health related problems apart from delivering emotional, material and financial benefits. Reading the Sri Sai Satcharitra enhances relationship and family problems apart from helping its readers attain spiritual upliftment and salvation.