SaiBaba encouraged his devotees to pray, chant God’s name and read holy scriptures – he told Muslims to study the Qur’an and Hindus texts like the Ramayana, Vishnu Sahasranam, Bhagavad Gita (and commentaries to it), Yoga Vasistha. He advised his devotees and followers to lead a moral life, help others, treat them with love and develop two important features of character: faith (Shraddha) and patience (Saburi). He also criticized atheism. In his teachings SaiBaba emphasised the importance of performing one’s duties without attachment to earthly matters and being ever content regardless of the situation.
SaiBaba left no written works. His teachings were oral, typically short, pithy sayings rather than elaborate discourses.
SaiBaba would ask his followers for money (dakshina), which he would give away to the poor and other devotees the same day and spend the rest on matches.
He advised his disciples and followers to overcome the negative features of character and develop the good ones. He taught them that all fate was determined by karma.