Sathya Sai Baba (Telugu: సత్య సాయిబాబా IPA: [sʌtjə sɑːɪ bɑːbɑː]), born as Sathyanarayana Raju, on 23 November 1926, is a popular Indian guru, spiritual figure and educator. He is described by his devotees as an Avatar, godman, spiritual teacher and miracle worker. The apparent materializing of vibuthi (holy ash) and small objects such as rings, necklaces and watches by Sathya Sai Baba has been a source of both fame and controversy – skeptics consider these simple conjuring tricks, while devotees consider them evidence of divinity. Sathya Sai Baba has claimed to be the reincarnation of the great spiritual guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi, whose teachings were an eclectic blend of Hindu and Muslim beliefs. Sathya Sai Baba has said he will live until the year 2022 (to the age of 95 or 96). Eight years after his death, in 2030, he will be born a third time as a reincarnation in the Mysore region of Karnataka state and be known as Prema Sai Baba. Prema Sai Baba will announce his identity to the world in 2044 at the age of 14 (the same age Sathya Sai Baba announced he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba). As of April 21, 2011, Sathya Sai Baba is in critical condition in a Puttaparthi hospital with liver-related problems. In the past, he has told his devotees he has taken on the diseases of certain devotees in order to save their life. Each time in the past that he has been sick, he has recovered.