Shirdi Baba led a simple life of a fakir. He had no home. He stayed in a dilapidated mosque. He wrote no books.He built no ashram or matha[ monastery]. He did not appoint any successor....no monastic order. He never left Shirdi for nearly 50 years.
He protected and protects now also, all His devotees. Just think of Him---that will do ----Like Lord Krishna said in the Gita, you can worship Him with a flower, a leaf and even a drop of water. Only your devotion matters!
Baba attained Mahasamadhi in 1918 on the Vijayadasami day-in Dussera festivals.
One wonders what is the glory of Sai Baba?. Answer is simple. He loved and brought all people together...whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Parsee---people of all faiths were equally welcomed by Him. Rich or poor, healthy or sick----all received His Grace. He did not show any of the caste/religious prejudices of lesser religious heads and preachers/ acharyas ....He always said:"Allah Malik, Allah Acha karega"....He was the servant of the Supreme Being, call Allah, Rama, Krishna and so on. He served the poor. Prepared food by his bare hands [literally]. He nursed a leper devotee, Bagoji Rao, whose face appears in the familiar photo of Baba walking with an umbrella. He loved animals and protected them---even a sick ,dying tiger!
Avatar Meher Baba was born Merwan (Meherwan) Sheriar Irani into a Zoroastrian (Parsi) family at Pune, India, in 1894. During his teens and twenties, Merwan associated with, and was proclaimedAvatar (‘descent of God into human form’) by five spiritual Masters from long-established Maharastran lineages within the Chistiyyah and Qalandari Sufi, and Hindu Datta avadhutastraditions. These figures: Hazrat Babajan (1790-1931), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1836-1918), Upasni Maharaj (1870-1941), Narayan Maharaj (1885-1945) and Tajuddin Baba (1861-1925) command pan-Indian followings.
Meher Baba’s spiritual mission began in 1921. In that year, he drew together his first close disciples in Pune. It was these early disciples who gave him the name Meher Baba, which means “Compassionate Father”. After years of intensive training of his disciples, Meher Baba established a colony called Meherabad, near Ahmednagar, in Maharastra State. Here the Master’s work embraced a free school, where spiritual training was stressed, a free hospital and dispensary, and shelters for the poor. No distinction was made between high castes and untouchables; all mingled in fellowship through the inspiration of the Master. To his disciples, who came from different castes and creeds, he gave a training of moral discipline, love for God, spiritual understanding and selfless service. It is at Meherabad on the 31st January each year that up to 70,000 people from the East and the West visit Meher Baba’s tomb for the anniversary of his death.