Meher Baba

1894 - 1969

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Meher Baba (born Merwan Sheriar Irani; 25 February 1894 – 31 January 1969) was an Indian spiritual master who claimed to be his era's Avatar, or God in human form. A major spiritual figure of the 20th century, he was the central figure around the "Meher Baba Movement", and estimates of his following range from the hundreds of thousands to the millions. His followers were concentrated in India, but with a significant number in the United States, Europe and Australia.At the age of 19, Meher Baba began a seven-year period of spiritual transformation, during which he had encounters with Hazrat Babajan, Upasni Maharaj, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Tajuddin Baba and Narayan Maharaj. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Meher Baba has received more than 1,429,107 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Meher Baba is the 1,159th most popular religious figure (up from 1,217th in 2019), the 180th most popular biography from India (up from 203rd in 2019) and the 20th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Meher Baba ranks 1,159 out of 2,272Before him are Reginald Lee, Antipope Theodore, Elizabeth Blount, Jean Meslier, Roger Deakins, and Macrina the Younger. After him are Raymond V, Count of Toulouse, Pope Anianus of Alexandria, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, Abu Sa'id Abu'l-Khayr, Saichō, and Menocchio.

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Among people born in 1894, Meher Baba ranks 75Before him are Józef Beck, E. E. Cummings, V. V. Giri, Georges Gurvitch, Albert Leo Schlageter, and Friedrich Hossbach. After him are Alexander Lippisch, Wilhelm Schepmann, René Fonck, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Nedo Nadi, and Ottavio Bottecchia. Among people deceased in 1969, Meher Baba ranks 65Before him are René Barrientos, Joseph Kosma, Leo McCarey, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mikio Naruse, and Dragiša Cvetković. After him are Daisy and Violet Hilton, Frederic Bartlett, Artur da Costa e Silva, Markian Popov, Rómulo Gallegos, and John Kennedy Toole.

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Among people born in India, Meher Baba ranks 180 out of 1,227Before him are Śāntarakṣita (725), Eknath (1533), Abdul-Qādir Bedil (1642), Dignāga (480), Bharata Muni (-1000), and Pushyamitra Shunga (-300). After him are Vandana Shiva (1952), Madhvacharya (1199), Siraj ud-Daulah (1733), Lakshmi Mittal (1950), Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621), and Tansen (1493).


Among religious figures born in India, Meher Baba ranks 20Before him are Guru Arjan (1563), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Dayananda Saraswati (1824), Jayadeva (1170), and Śāntarakṣita (725). After him are Guru Angad (1504), Guru Amar Das (1479), Parshvanatha (-872), George Alencherry (1945), Anandi Gopal Joshi (1865), and Zakir Naik (1965).