Today's post is the last post of this blog. I mean last post for the year 2008. Tomorrow again there will be new sunrise, a new lease of life, new resolutions, new promises to fulfill, new duties to perform, new responsibilities, new hopes, new surprises, but one thing is for sure that our love and devotion towards our Beloved Sai Baba will not be new. No matter how many years come and go, it will be present in our hearts and slowly it will penetrate in our souls. The year ahead is 2009, 9 figure has great significance in relation to Sai Baba, He has adviced nine types of devotion to us. Moreover the year is starting with Thursday, "Baba's Day". So let us all pray Him to inculcate "Nav-vidha Bhakti" (nine types of devotion) in our hearts in this coming year ahead. Tomorrow being "A New Day of New Year" and "First Baba's Day of New Year" there is a surprise for all of you. Hope you all will visit this blog tomorrow for that surprise!!!
Coming to today's post, it is an experience of a lady devotee of Sai Baba taken from Sai Leela Magazine.
All of us in our family are staunch Sai Devotees. I was suffering from mental strain, depression and bodily ailments. Doctors diagonsed me as a patient with Diabetes and blood pressure and put me on a strict diet. This resulted in my dreading the disease and control over sugary substances. Inevitably I begged before God.
Some friends, who were devotees of Sai Baba advised me to go to Shirdi with Shraddha and Saburi.
Some how I procured Shri Sai Satcharitra in Kannada version and read one chapter daily. I longed to visit Shirdi; but as per the 11 sayings of Sai Baba, was called upon only in April 1994. No sooner did I get down from the bus in Shirdi, my hearted started thumping with pleasure and I got the first Mukha Darshan.
The next day after attending Kakad Arti and taking darshan of Samadhi and Dwarkamai with a humble request to Baba to restore my good health I met an old lady with a place full of Pedhas as Prasad (which was sugary). I was astonished to see my desire to eat sweets thus fulfilled by the gentle lady. I took one Pedha and turned to my husband for him to take one himself. But, I was surprised when he could nto see any old lady nearby. Sai had understood my sorrow and offered me Pedha throuogh the guise of an old lady.
Thereafter we have been visiting Shirdi annually and receive regular Udi and Prasad.
In 2003, there was a dark cloud over my house. My younger son, who is an engineer and had his own fabrication unit in Hubli, was facing heavy losses and consequently some court cases regarding loans.
Things were the worst till 2007, despite our regular worship and Thursday visits to the local Sai Baba temple.
I decided to observe Sai Baba Saptaha during October 2007 near Kartika Amavasya. The day after I finished the first Saptaha, a very young, handsome and charming Sadhu knocked at my door, saying Sai Ram. He spoke in Kannada and requested me to opent the front door, which is usually shut when I am alone. He again appealed to me to come out and offer him a coconut and eleven flowers. I hesitated to open the door and told him to accept the coconut and a rupee. He repeatedly requested me to accept this as God's blessing and to light a lamp of cow's Ghee at Shirdi, it being a Kartika day. He blessed me and my house with a bright future for my family and the end of all troubles past, present and future. He then vanished and was never seen again.
I narrated this entire episode to my husband, who immediately arranged to send half a kilo of cow's Ghee to Shirdi, the next day being the last day of Kartika and an Amavasya too. Two days later we were very happy to receive an Udi packet from Shirdi stating it was Baba's Prasad. It meant He had accepted me as a disciple. My husband is a Bhakta Mandal member and a contributor ot 'Shri Sai Leela' magazine in English-Hindi.
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