In the East Indian Hindu religion the title Baba is given to their spiritual fathers. It denotes a level of respect that not many achieve. In the eyes and hearts of their devotees the title doesn’t even begin to represent the high esteem in which these spiritual leaders are held.
One of the most recent and beloved of the modern day gurus was Sathya Sai Baba. He recently passed in 2011 leaving millions mourning their loss. Although a humble man, dozens of limousines including the best party bus in town. They carried a number of his well known followers who attended his funeral. Personally I knew many followers of Sathya Sai Baba, and his influence has branched out over 178 countries with an estimated six to ten million devotees. I honor his gifts that continue to touch so many, and at the time felt a sadness for those who “lost” his physical presence when he died.