- In his life and teachings he tried to embrace and reconcile both faiths: Sai Baba lived in a mosque, was buried in a Hindu temple, embraced Hindu and Muslim practices, and taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions. One of his well known epigrams says of God: "Allah Malik" ("God is King [Lord]").
- Sai Baba taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, devotion to God and guru. His philosophy was Advaita Vedanta and his teachings had elements both of this school as well as of bhakti and Islam.
- Some disciples of Sai of Shirdi have received fame as spiritual figures and saints.
- Sai Baba is also one of the most popular of Indian saints (worshipped mainly in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh) and revered by several notable Hindu, Sufi and Zoroastrian religious leaders.