no one knows for sure about the day on which Sri Sainath was born,
but as per Shirdi traditions Ramnavami (ninth day of the bright half
of Chaitra month in Hindu Calendar i.e. March-April) is celebrated
as Baba’s birthday. Sri Ram epitomized moral excellence as against
Ravan, who displayed moral degradation. Through millenniums, it is
these beings that have used their soul-forces either for excellence
i.e., good to others or for degradation i.e., evil to others. No
other species can culminate to such heights, either way. Therefore,
the saying goes that ‘God build human beings in His own image’.
Sri Sainath had reached a state of
consciousness, which was beyond the control of the space/time
dynamics. He is universal, eternal and reflects the quintessence of
human virtues like Sri Rama. Hence, this logical correlation comes
up between His birthday and the birthday of Sri Ram by the devotees.
But, what is the method preached and practiced by Sri Sainath for
reaching such a height of human evolution. Baba used to take the
name of Sri Ram frequently and used to advise His devotees to read
books like Ram Vijai, Ramayan, etc. Precisely, He wanted the
devotees to imbibe, to the extent possible, the qualities of Sri
Ram. ‘Navarni’ means the ninth day from the moon. It is a point in
an almanac time schedule. We will better understand the spiritual
significance of Ramnavami by interpreting ‘Navami’ as Navadha.
’Navadha Bhakti’ then is the key word to bring about excellence in
us, which is synonym with spiritual progress. Navadha Bhakti means
nine-fold devotional approach to God or Sadguru i.e., Bhajan, Smaran,
Dhyana etc. Baba during His departure from the mortal body had given
nine rupees to His ardent devotee Laxmi as a symbol of Navadha
Bhakti to be practiced by the followers. This was His last gesture
and we must follow its significance.