According to Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Sai Baba was an incarnation of Shiva who with his consort, Parvathi, visited the home of a Brahmin family and promised to take birth as the son of the brahmin's housewife.
But all we know for certain is that Baba was born like any other human being and he grew up as a lad of extraordinary wisdom, love and compassion, and possessed supernatural powers. We don not know for certain where and when he was born and we know little about his parentage. Baba did not even reveal the name his parents gave him and he was content to be called Sai Baba which was how he was greeted by one of his devotees when he arrived in Shirdi.
On one occasion Baba said of himself, "This is a Brahmin, a white Brahmin, a pure Brahmin who will lead lakhs of people to the subra marga and take them to their goal right up to the end"
One cannot but agree with G S Khaparde, his biographer, when he wrote, "The wonder of wonders is that of a person so universally admired and worshipped, not even a single human being knew his real name. He dropped into Shirdi, so to say, from the blue, helped a person to find his lost horse, and took up his residence there for a whole lifetime helping everybody that came along without any distinction, securing the love and reverence of all without exception. He appeared to know the innermost thoughts of everybody, relieved their wants and carried comfort to all. He fulfilled my Idea of God on Earth.
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