"AUM SAI RAKSHAK SHARANAM DEVA" Keep chanting this MANTRA and keep chanting and keep at it, till the beat of the heart, the silent sigh of the mind and the pause between the breath chants - Ruzbeh N Bharucha
Shirdi Sai Baba is an ocean of Mercy, Love, and Compassion. He is the supreme God Who walked on the earth for the spiritual upliftment of His devotees. He never cares if we chant any mantra or not, worship Him daily or not, or keep and observe any vow. He only wants true love and pure devotion from us. In fact, He is very possessive towards His devotees. Every devotee reading this post will share the testimony that Baba shows them the correct way and that He is always vigilant for their spiritual welfare. Even if He is taking care and fulfilling material wishes, He wants us to desire self-realization and thrive towards it. Each devotee will go through different levels of struggle, pain, and trouble in order to understand what exactly peace and happiness mean. We are well equipped, in this era, to enjoy happiness resulting from the comfort of advancement and technology, but we are devoid of peace inside us. If we are peaceful inside, happiness will come naturally inside and out. We won’t be roaming and searching it in any outward medium. We will be strong enough to face worldly issues and give birth to the desire to reach our ultimate goal (self-realization). For this purpose, He provides us with spiritual weapons like meditation, mantra, and Sai Satcharitra, and many of His able and learned devotees have shared the treasure of their experiences which gives us an insight into the miracles that took place when Baba was in flesh and blood. Whatever treasure that I come across, I share with my readers on the blog so that we all can grow and nurture together. In today’s post, I am sharing a mantra that will definitely help you to connect to Baba.
What Is The Mantra About?
“Aum Sai Rakshak Sharanam Deva” is a powerful mantra that I encountered frequently while I was editing and publishing experiences on Sai Baba Miracles blog. To my utter surprise, I noticed that over a year the frequency of experiences chanting this sacred mantra has increased and devotees are sharing how they overcame small or big situations. The frequent encounter with the mantra made me curious to know more about it. After each such experience related to the mantra was published, I wondered about its origin. My mind presumed it to be one of the 108 names of Sai Baba and I started living with it (maybe my time to experience the power of the mantra had not come yet!). Ironically, I was a little away from the social media platforms of Sai Yug Network for more than a year. I only spent time reading books and publishing regular posts on our miracles blog.
As and when time passed, the mantra caught my attention and many devotees were sharing their experiences related to the mantra during the prevailing Covid pandemic. Devotees chanted the mantra as per their convenience, different versions of the mantra like “Om Sai Rakshak”, “Om Sai Rakshak Sharnam”, “Sai Rakshak”, “Om Rakshak Sharnam” “Om Sai Rakshak Sarnam”, “Sai Rakshak, Sai Sharnam” “Om Sai Rakshaka Sharanam” “Om Sai Rakshak Saranam” were available and I was not sure which version was an authentic one. However, my focus was not on its authenticity but to understand how it works and how much power it is impregnated with.
The foremost reason that the blogs of Sai Yug Network came into existence is a simple want of sharing whatever I am reading, enjoying, and experiencing about Baba. My time came to experience the power of it when one of my family members suffered from Covid and I vowed to chant the mantra nine times for twelve days, at ideally the same time of the day (evening arti time), after adding Udi to water in a glass and covering it with my hand. For the first two days, it was mere chanting. On the third day, I tried to focus, I wasn’t meditating, I chanted with full concentration. I felt positive vibrations with high energy. Immediately I started experiencing the power of the mantra and felt so light. Peace surrounded me and all my worry and anxiety started to diminish. Within the next two days, ill health got restored and I was relieved. Though the tough situation had passed, I continued chanting and completed the vow of chanting for 12 days. With each passing day and with each chanting, I was experiencing its power. I was not sure about the correct version of the mantra, so I chanted “Om Sai Rakshak Sharnam”. The remaining days’ chanting gave me much strength and power within as if it was helping me fight against all negatives around me, the presence of which was affecting my positivity. The negativity was like holes in the positive aura around me, it reached me through the holes. The mantra however repaired the holes and helped to restore positivity. Another point that I wish to highlight is that I presumed that the mantra is only for physical health, so I opted for it at this time. But there was a lot more in store for me (and you all too!).
Later on. I got busy with my routine and forgot about my curiosity regarding the authenticity of the mantra, still, I continued encountering it for a month. Two weeks ago, I decided to go through 108 names of Sai Baba to confirm my prenotion. To my utter shock, even after reading them several times, I couldn’t find the mantra! I was not able to believe my eyes and I was thinking myself to be a novice in presuming facts about a mantra without reaching its roots. I was back to square one and it gave birth to a bigger curiosity in me. I headed to google and came across various videos on YouTube, which I watched and again all had different versions. I wasn’t able to decide which was the authentic mantra and its source. Then I started browsing for links that google search provided. The first search was the link to the miracles blog, I smiled at the irony and went to the next one. The next link was a tweet by Ruzbeh N Bharucha about four years ago.
I was reminded of reading his book Rabda : My Sai…My Sigh about nine years ago! I was in awe reading the book and fascinated with the power of his spiritual writings. I collected all the other titles authored by him and they are a part of my book collection. A reply to the tweet asking about the explanation of the mantra hinted me to reach out to him. Recently he liked the Facebook Page of Sai Yug Network. So contacting him on Facebook seemed to be the best option.
I pinged him on messenger and expressed my wish to know about the “Om Sai Rakshak Sharnam” Mantra. Ruzbeh responded within a few minutes and answered as below to my query.
Hesitatingly I put forth another question asking for the authentic version of the mantra, to which he replied, “AUM SAI RAKHSHAK SHARNAM DEVA”. At last, I reached the root of the mantra. He also shared that he has released a video of the mantra sung by Sai Shivani. It is shared at the end of the post with his due permission. I ended the conversation with a thank you and there was a sigh of relief. Now my heart started pumping to share everything about the mantra with you all and here I am.
Meaning Of The Mantra
Let us try to analyze the mantra and bring out its meaning. It will help in meditation and get deeper insight. The Mantra can be divided into Five Elements explained as under:
Aum/Om – AUM is the symbolic representation of the primordial sound, from which “everything” is manifested. Similarly, Our Baba’s compassion and blessings are manifested in the heart of every devotee.
Sai – The word is very dear to the devotees of Baba. Also, it has great power in it. Chanting only “Sai Sai” will help one to get closer to Baba. However, the word “Sai” has a deeper meaning, which can be read here.
Rakshak – Raksha means protection and the one who protects is Rakshak. No wonder our Baba is protecting and guiding us in all paths of life and it is very apt to address Him as Rakshak in our meditation and request Him to ward off the dangers of our lives. As Ruzbeh has said it protects against internal and external enemies, which seems very apt. In today’s era, Ravan lives in every human and he is more dangerous than the one who existed in Treta Yuga. Each one of us has to become Ram to kill this Ravan, who is very strong and stubborn living within us. The external enemies that Baba pointed to Ruzbeh must be the negative feelings like hatred, jealousy, and anger, that humans have towards other fellow humans.
Sharanam – Sharan means shelter or refuge. We are kids of Baba and for every issue, we rush to His refuge and He as a loving mother embraces us keeps near His Heart, and loves us.
Deva – Deva is another name for God derived from the Sanskrit language. However, when it comes to our Baba, I remember Shama addressing Him as “Deva” and showing how intimate their relationship of the past 72 births was.
Baba has given a powerful mantra to Ruzbeh for us to chant and assimilate His love and affection in our lives. Let us chant this mantra and get connected to our dear Baba.
I thank Ruzbeh for sharing the mantra and taking the time to respond and satisfy my curiosity. I have been his fan from the time I first read his book. The incident gave me an opportunity to know him as an individual who is down to earth and truly devoted to His Master – Baba. Kindly visit his website ruzbehbharucha.net for more information about him and his books.
Videos Of The Mantra
Sai Yug Network team has also come up with “Aum Sai Rakshak Sharanam Deva” chanting 108 times in a video. Hope you like it, if so, give us a thumbs up and share it with your family and friends.
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Chant “Aum Sai Rakshak Sharanam Deva” every morning once, nine times, or 108 times and experience the magic.