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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 said he was the Avatar, or God in human form, of the age. A major spiritual figure of the 20th century, he had a following of hundreds of thousands of people, mostly in India, but with a significant number in the United States, Europe and Australia.Meher Baba's map of consciousness has been described as "a unique amalgam of Sufi, Vedic, and Yogic terminology". He taught that the goal of all beings was to gain consciousness of their own divinity, and to realise the absolute oneness of God.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 1,731,537 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia. Meher Baba is the 1,266th most popular religious figure (down from 1,158th in 2019), the 231st most popular biography from India (down from 180th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Indian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Meher Baba ranks 1,266 out of 2,238Before him are Wolf Messing, Theophilus Presbyter, Babylas of Antioch, George Alencherry, Macrina the Younger, and Ivo of Chartres. After him are Raffaele Riario, Antipope Adalbert, William M. Branham, Vitalis of Milan, Augustin Bea, and Peter Nolasco.

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Among people born in 1894, Meher Baba ranks 83Before him are Wäinö Aaltonen, Francisco Craveiro Lopes, Hans Kramers, Oskar Klein, René Fonck, and Trygve Gulbranssen. After him are Jacques Henri Lartigue, Albert Leo Schlageter, Gerhard Schmidhuber, Ivan Isakov, Julian Tuwim, and Paul Lukas. Among people deceased in 1969, Meher Baba ranks 71Before him are Artur da Costa e Silva, Léon Brillouin, Lucien Bianchi, Ramón Grau, Vesto Slipher, and Kimon Georgiev. After him are Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg, Thelma Ritter, Jeffrey Hunter, Adolfo López Mateos, Coleman Hawkins, and Carlos Marighella.

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Among people born in India, Meher Baba ranks 231 out of 1,493Before him are Jamsetji Tata (1839), Khaleda Zia (1945), Shankar Dayal Sharma (1918), Tansen (1493), George Alencherry (1945), and Inayat Khan (1882). After him are Charan Singh (1902), Guru Angad (1504), Ramaswamy Venkataraman (1910), Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi (1856), Rani Durgavati (1524), and Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana (1556).


Among religious figures born in India, Meher Baba ranks 23Before him are A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896), Guru Arjan (1563), Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Śāntarakṣita (725), Anandi Gopal Joshi (1865), and George Alencherry (1945). After him are Guru Angad (1504), Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi (1856), Parshvanatha (-872), Zakir Naik (1965), Guru Amar Das (1479), and Mahinda (-285).