Sai Sister Anjali ji from India says: With Baba’s grace I reached Shirdi on Thursday, 9th June 2011. After checking in at a Hotel, I got freshened up and very soon made my way to the temple. On reaching Baba’s abode, I got nervous on seeing huge crowd waiting to have Baba’s Darshan. I was really feeling a bit sad as I thought it would be near impossible for me to have Darshan. I was also feeling tired because of my journey to Shirdi and Navratam. Also my fear of crowded places made me feel somewhat helpless. There were lots of brokers offering assistance for Darshan against money. I wanted to go through the general route to have Baba’s Darshan and at that moment I had no idea how I could reach to Baba. While I was wondering and praying to Baba I found a young boy walking towards me. He advised me to get in the line for Darshan. I just told him that it would be near impossible to reach to Baba in this kind of a rush. He assured me that I should join the line and it will not take more than 30 minutes to reach Baba. I just followed his advice and took “SAI RAM’S “name. Though I was little unsure of making it in 30 minutes, as people were saying it would take more than 3 hrs to reach the Samadhi Mandir. I went ahead with the line. Chamatkars of Chamatkar (Miracles of miracle), I reached in front of Baba within 30 minutes. I just had no idea of how I reached in front of Baba without any great effort. Tears were rolling down my eyes. I couldn’t believe I was in front of Baba. I thanked Him and was about to leave as one of the lady guards made me come back and asked me to bow in front of Samadhi and take Baba’s blessings. I just bowed in front of Baba and the priest out there placed His hand on my head and gave me bunch of flowers from Baba’s Samadhi. I felt as if Baba has blessed me at that moment. I just bowed to Baba as I felt assured that Baba has blessed me and will take care of me throughout this Shirdi Yatra.
Later while I was on my way to Dwarakamai, I met a very old man. One of the guards out there told me that he is the only living person known in Shirdi who has personally seen Baba alive. This old man narrated his experiences with Baba. He told me how Baba used to give him 5 Annas and also showed me two silver coins which Baba had given him. I was overwhelmed to meet him and bowed to him, touched his feet and he gave me his blessings.
I wanted to attend the Sandhya Aarti, but I didn’t know how and where to go for it. So I started inquiring the guard about it but he was not very clear to me. I just could gather that I have to be in line by 5 pm. I was feeling lost and started asking Baba to help me. Suddenly again a boy came and asked me if I was standing for Sandhya Aarti, than I could join him. He would help me in getting in. I just thanked Baba for sending this help and I followed him till last hall where he said that I have to be on my own now and should not look for him as there were separate queue for ladies and gents. With this Baba’s help, I could attend Aarti right in front and had bliss of Sandhya Aarti. Then I was fortunate to attend Kakad Aarti in the morning.
Next day, I thought of attending Seja Aarti at night. So I left my hotel around 7:30 and I thought I will attend the Aarti and have Baba’s Darshan. I had purchased Sai Satcharitra, a photo of Baba for my husband and thought of I will get it blessed by Baba’s lotus feet. I reached Mandir and saw crowd was more than that on Thursday. But I was highly hopeful of attending Aarti. I checked with a guard and he told me the queue will start from nine. It was 8 and I was standing in Chavadi, when suddenly it struck me that post Seja Aarti, Baba goes to sleep and I won’t be able to touch Baba’s feet as I was leaving early next morning. I felt very sad as I really wanted to present my husband with these things with Baba’s touch. I thought if I go for Darshan right now, it was not possible that I could attend Aarti. If I attended Aarti, I can’t get things touched by Baba’s Charn Kamal. Suddenly I saw small crowd of people carrying Baba’s Palaki dancing and singing bhajans. I too joined them touched Baba’s Palaki and I don’t know why, but I started walking with them. Palaki reached near Palaki gate and I was also standing there I asked one old gentleman why they are standing there. He said they are coming from Delhi with this Palaki and they have permission to go straight to Samadhi Mandir to have Darshan of Baba. Since I wanted to go, I asked him can I join. He said yes. I was very happy to realize that now my both wishes could be fulfilled. Suddenly security person came and started counting them. I got disappointed because I knew when they will find I am not with them they will stop me. Suddenly I saw he started counting heads and it was miracle he just ignored me. I was looking at him and it seems he didn’t see me at all. I started crying and thanked Baba for His Leela. Baba gave me a chance and it was a real miracle that within 15 min, I got inside and had Baba’s Darshan and could get touched both things and was back into the Aarti line. I thanked Baba for taking care of me. It was such a blissful experience to attend the Aarti in front of Baba. While taking leave, I asked Baba since I am leaving tomorrow and I have read that you always give permission can I have your permission now.
After attending Aarti I went to Dwarakamai (my favorite Place) and sat there in front of Baba. I was crying as I was feeling that now I have to go tomorrow and I was thanking Him for taking care of me like a daughter. I was feeling as if I am leaving from my mayaka (Mother’s home). I got up with heavy heart, bowed in front of Baba and was about to leave. Suddenly one security guard came with a naryle (coconut) and gave it to me. While receiving that I literally felt Baba is bidding farewell to me and giving His permission to leave. Devotes you can imagine how I must have felt. Love you Baba for everything.
Jai Sai Ram.
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