Sai Baba's date of birth including his birthplace remains unknown and is debatable due to lack of evidence and no definitive information exists to prove it.
Sai Baba's real name remains unknown. The name 'Sai' was given to him by Mhalsapati when he arrived at #Shirdi, a town now in the west Indian state of #Maharashtra. The word 'Sai' refers to a religious mendicant but can also mean 'God'. In several #Indian and Middle Eastern languages the term 'Baba' is an honorific signifying #grandfather, father, old man or sir. Thus Sai Baba denotes #holy#father, #saintly father or ( #venerable) poor old man.
Sai Baba encouraged his devotees to pray, chant God's name, and read holy scriptures. He told Muslims to study the Qur'an and Hindus to study texts such as the #Ramayana, #Bhagavad Gita, and #Yoga#Vasistha. He was impressed by the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and encouraged people to follow it in their own lives. He advised his devotees and followers to lead a moral life, help others, love every living being without any discrimination, and develop two important features of #character: #devotion (Shraddha) and #patience (Saburi). He criticised #atheism.
Sai Baba interpreted the religious texts of both Islam and #Hinduism. He explained the meaning of the Hindu scriptures in the #spirit of #Advaita#Vedanta. His #philosophy also had numerous elements of #bhakti. The three main Hindu spiritual paths — #Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and #Karma Yoga — influenced his teachings.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV