"If you see how the Brahmins of Hammed Nagar tortured him, you'd be surprised. They brought a snake charmer with a snake to kill him, but he caught hold of the snake, and talked to the snake. So the snake went away and bit the charmer. Then he was the one who got up and saved the charmer and said, "now don't do all this." The charmer said that he would not have, but they had given him money."
(H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Talk, Wellingborough, England, 8/6/79. sahajvidya.org)
"Those who think I reside at Shirdi do not know the real Sai, for I am formless and everywhere." (Shri Sai Nath)
"Oh, my dear friend, do not be anxious. I shall immediately show you the Brahman: all my dealings are in cash and never on credit. So many people come to me and ask for wealth, health, power, honour, position, cure of diseases and other temporal matters. Rare is the person who comes here to me and asks for Brahma-Jnana.
There is no dearth of persons asking for worldly things, but as persons interested in spiritual matters are very rare, I think it a lucky and auspicious moment when persons like you come and press me for Brahma-Jnana. So I show to you, with pleasure, the Brahman with all its accompaniments and complexities..." (Shri Sai Nath)
Sai Nath (Sai Baba) lived in the village of Shirdi, now in the state of Maharashtra, India, for some sixty years. He left no authentic record of his birth and early life before first arriving at Shirdi as a young man of sixteen (c.1850) although it has been suggested that he was an itinerant Sufi, later returning to the village, c.1859, and remaining there until his passing in 1918. One of the persons who first came in contact with him at Shirdi addressed him spontaneously as ‘Sai’ which means Master. The Naths were/are yogis who maintained the tradition of Kundalini awakening through the centuries. ‘Baba’ means father as an expression of reverence.