An inquiry into Transpersonal Psychology of Shirdi Sai Baba

  • Dr. Bani Narula


The present paper opens the door to many questions. Almost a century ago, a saint, sadhu or fakir
came in Shirdi and is popularly named as ‘Sai’; Shirdi Sai Baba. His philosophy (though not
mentioning the miracles and spiritual course) runs parallel to what now ‘transpersonal
psychology’ means. His stay at Shirdi and interaction with villagers over the years has displayed
his modern thinking; also it would not be wrong in saying that he was truly a counsellor; whom
people seek for help, aid and suggestion. Thus, this present paper is in a growing line of research
that attempts to draw relationships between core beliefs of Shirdi Sai Baba (eastern) and
transpersonal psychology (western) theories - the common heritage points to another feature i.e.
focus on empathy, philanthropic behavior and lessons of life.