Shirdi SaiBaba was an Indian spiritual master is regarded by his devotees as a saint, fakir, and satguru, according to their beliefs. He lived between 1838 and 1918 whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. He was regarded with great reverence by both Hindu and Muslim followers. He lived in a mosque and after death his body was cremated in temple.
His philosophy ingrained “shraddha” meaning faith and “saburi” meaning compassion. According to baba shraddha and saburi were the supreme attributes to reach the state of godliness. It is believed in age of 16 yrs at the village of Shirdi in ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till his death. He found shelter in khandoba temple, where a village mahalsapathi in the temple addressed him as Sai or Saint.
SaiBaba lived an extremely simple life, sleeping on the floor of temple and later taking a ruined mosque as his shelter. With his arrival to Shirdi, in no time he began exhibiting a hypnotic attraction among people. He is attributed many miracles doing things that were beyond a mortal’s power. He never discouraged these attributes and soon his fame spread like wild fire. Many pilgrims came seeking his blessings. Popular among both Hindu and Muslims, He regularly recited Hindu and Muslim prayers. His Hindu followers considered him to be an avatar. He didn’t leave any written work. All his teaching was oral and catchy.
SaiBaba was unique in the sense that he lived. He lived among the common people adorning a torn kafni, sleeping over a mat while using brick as his headrest and got his food by begging. His most concise message for one and alike was “why fear when I am here.” He loved and takes care of his children day and night. He taught total values of total surrender to the almighty master (Sabka malik ek –the only one) and experiences his grace.