For a parallel with Saibaba, I shall focus on the following characteristics traditionally attributed to Kabir's persona and teaching: (1) the way he used to define himself, (2) the fundamental importance he gave to the teacher, (3) the path of devotion leading to surrender, (4) the essential role played by the remembrance of the divine name, (5) the use of attributing many different names to God, (6) the prominence of Rama's name and, finally (7) the refusal of "tantras" and "mantras" as being deceptions of the power of maya.
Kabir like Sai referred to himself in various ways: God's slave or servant, a devotee of God, faqir, even God himself. He said: "I am Hari's humble slave, and I would not let go of His lotus feet for anything the world might offer me". He said, "I am your humble servant, oh Lord, and you are the light which illuminates all of my recesses. "I am the fakir who has found his truth. One and the same God created Hindus and Muslims alike, and these poor fools fight each other in His name". He also said, I am your devotee, oh Lord, and I come towards You with the hope I my heart of finding refuge". Kabir particularly insisted on the necessity of finding a Guru. The Guru is everything in Kabir's vision, and innumerable are the passages in which he extols his supremacy. He said, "infinite is the Guru's kindness, and incalculable the help which he lavishes. Only he knows how to open the disciple's eyes, so that the vision of the Infinite may bless his sight". "Only the knowledge which Guru grants makes it possible for one to save himself."
Devotion is the foundation on which Kabir based his religious life. He insisted on the notion of surrender, of totally submitting oneself to God. Kabir, like Saibaba, insisted upon the necessity of practicing God's remembrance, not in a mechanical way but by reminding oneself of God's presence in one's heart, bringing to mind all that the divine name connotes. The divine name constitutes the only safe path leading to realization. Says Kabir: "Sing Rama's glory with your heart, tongue, and actions.
Kabir, like Saibaba, used different names taken from both the Muslim and Hindu traditions to designate God. He said, "To me Rama, Rahim, Karim, and Kesava are all truth. And the same are Bismil and Visvambhara. With Rama's name as his support, Kabir declares that both tantras and mantras are deceptions of maya. This offers another interesting parallel with Saibaba who always refused to give out tantras and mantras. G.G. Narke stated, Saibaba never gave me any mantra, tantra or upadesa, and so far as I know, he gave them to nobody.
(Source: "The Life and Teachings of Saibaba of Shirdi" by Antonio Rigopoulos)