The treatment below analyses components of the presumed convergence, and with the primary accent on Shirdi Sai Baba. In the face of widespread non-comprehension, it is relevant to take account of the various presentations, and to analyse accordingly. Devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba have been known to use the counter phrase Shirdi Sai Baba Movement, evidently to distinguish themselves from associations with Sathya Sai Baba.
An exception to this convenience was my own non-sectarian book (2005).
Introduction The phrase "Sai Baba movement" was innovated by followers of Sathya Sai Baba (d.2011), and employed in some academic texts.
Sectarian Globalisation and Devotional Memory Update: Tulasi Srinivas and the Politics of Religion Annotations 1.
The designation of "Sai Baba movement" represents an academic theory.
The conflatory phrase "Sai Baba movement" refers to a complex phenomenon which has been given different interpretations. I have found that general readers are often confused by the academic theory.
That strongly disputed phrase encompasses the entities known as Shirdi Sai Baba, Upasni (Upasani) Maharaj and Godavari Mataji, Meher Baba, and Sathya Sai Baba. In 2012, some American followers of Meher Baba even tended to imagine that I had invented the phraseology involved.
That term broadly signifies the Deccan Plateau, a vast territory covering Andhra, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
The Muslims invaded the Deccan in the thirteenth century, after centuries of complex Sufi developments in Iran and Central Asia.