Sai Baba Faqir of Shirdi
This book is a sequel to my Sai Baba of Shirdi: A Biographical Investigation (2015). The longer work is not actually a biography, but an analysis of fairly numerous components relating to the life of Sai Baba. There are many gaps and uncertainties in the record of his earlier years. Even some features of the last years are open to different, or more intensive, interpretations.
The title of this more compact book includes the phrase Faqir of Shirdi. That is a well known description for Sai Baba, but not always seen in perspective. He was a complex entity, difficult to classify under generalising criteria of spirituality. His moods were diverse, and his speech often very allusive. Sai Baba did not preach religious doctrines, but was nevertheless a teacher of a more discreet kind. His interactions with numerous devotees are on record to some extent, and require due attention.