Sai means a Protector, a Religious Teacher and a Father. Pray to Him Like a father. His Love will manifest in many ways. Shri Sai Baba is an Avatar of god lord Shiva has descended in order to uplift mankind and re-establish Dharma.
Long time ago, at the beginning of the eighteenth century a young bearded man with sparkling eyes took shelter in a mosque, in Shirdi Village (of Maharashtra State, In India). Nobody knew from where this stranger had come who hardly spoke a word and stayed there.
Gradually the curious villagers started offering food to the man, but he never asked anything from them. Sometimes he shared his food with the animals. Soon the young fakir, as he was started to be addressed, started expressing his view points with few elderly villagers.
His simple language of expression and his special power of solving the problems of poor needy and destitutes soon made this less known fakir, known as Shri Sai Baba. As the days passed, devotees started streaming into Shirdi in ever growing numbers. The village was fast becoming a centre of pilgrimage.
As gifts and presentations flowed in, the pomp and ceremony of Sai worship were evolving. Everyday Sai Baba would be a pauper having distributed all among the needy and the poor. But Sai Baba's life of a Fakir remained calm, undisturbed, unaltered and therein is the saint's Spiritual glory.
People also realized that this "Baba" was no ordinary person but a person with extraordinary godly powers. Such powers are not known or present in normal human beings. Baba preached his principle of love and faith in humanity to all his disciples.
He always felt anguished over the fact that all those who came to him were more for their own personal problems and not for attaining the ultimate goal of reaching God which he felt could be attained by the true servicing of humanity.
Sai Baba strongly believed in uniformity of religion and he never distinguished anyone on the basis of caste, creed or religion. He always made it a point not to return empty handed those who had come to him in their hour of need and grief. He performed miracles to alleviate the suffering of poor people. On one occasion he restored the eyes of a blind elderly and in another occasion he lighted a lantern with water when there was no oil to burn it.
"Towards all animals,birds and insects: Baba used to feed dogs even before He partook food.He extended his love to even a useless rock used for washing clothes by sitting on it .Today that rock is seen in Dwarkamai and is worshipped by devotees who come there."
"Shirdi Sai Baba looked after the Hindus and Muslims equally.We can find people of all religions coming to Him even now.He always preached that all are one and be alike to everyone.In today's world there is a lot of tolerance among people of various religions.People must believe that all are Humans.Faith may be different but the goal is one.Shri Sai devotees are found very tolerant in this aspect .We find Muslims,Hindus,Sikhs,Christians ,etc sharing their views and talking with each other like real brothers."
"Shridi Sai never allowed people to have ill feelings towards the so called untouchables. He made the Brahmins eat from a leper's plate or untouchable's plates. When they felt loathsome to doing the same He castigated them and preached them everything is Atma.If they hated them they are in fact hating Him who is residing in them.People who believe in Baba should follow the same thing.Treat all mankind as brothers and live happily.Believe in the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God."