Sai Baba of Shirdi
Sai Baba (c. 1838 or 1856, † 1918 in Shirdi ) was a spiritual teacher, Yogi and fakir, who worked in Shirdi near Mumbai (Maharashtra). " Sai Baba " is an honorary title that has been given to him by admirers (Pers. Sai " saint", Hindi Baba " father and mother "). Its popularity was said to be due to its unique appearance. He tried to unite Muslims and Hindus and overcome their differences: "I look at all with the same eye."
Sai Baba lived in Shirdi, his real name is unknown. He was known for vague, misleading and contradictory to answer questions about his parents and his background, and rugged to insist that these issues are unimportant.
It is reported that he appeared in Shirdi at the age of about 16 years. The biographers agree that he stayed for three years in Shirdi, then went away for about a year and about 1858 returned forever to Shirdi, from which in 1838 was derived as its putative birth year. He lived ascetic, sitting motionless under a neem tree and meditating in yoga posture. " The villagers were astonished to see such a young lad with such hard penances, without being bothered by heat or cold. During the day, he sought no one's society, on the night he was afraid of no one. " His presence attracted the curiosity of the villagers and religious minded people like Mhalsapati, Appa JOGLE and Kashinatha regularly visited him, while others thought he was crazy and children of the village him with stones pelted.
He healed people with allegedly vibhuti (holy ash) and performed countless miracles.
Shirdi Sai Baba is considered by some of his followers as an avatar, a descent of Shiva or Dattatreya, as a divine being. He is venerated as a saint particularly in the area around Mumbai, numerous shrines are built in his honor. Furthermore, nowadays teach some Indian gurus like Sai Kaleshwara his teachings.
Sathya Sai Baba and Bala Sai Baba claimed to be a reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba.