Sai Sister Lavanya from USA says: Om Sai. Shree Sai. Jai Jai Sai.
So far, I have written comments in this blog and I have shared Shibpur miracles mail in this blog, which I received. But this would be my first post of my own experiences with Baba. In the morning, when I switch on my laptop, opening this site is the first thing I do. I am not sure if it is sentiment, but it has become part of my daily life activities so far. I was always in a confusion state when I read few experiences. I would always think, “I am doing least to Baba to expect such blessings which He is showering upon other devotees”. If people out there are still thinking this way, then it is wrong. No matter what, Baba blesses His kids. Once you start to worship Baba, then you are in His hands. Please do not disclose my email id. Here go my experiences with Baba:
How I started doing Sai Satcharitra Parayana?I am married living in USA. Before marriage, I worked in India. When I came here, I wanted to start my work again. But I was facing visa status problems and also no one is ready to transfer dependant visa to work visa. Somehow, I came to know about Sai Satcharitra. When I told my husband, he told me that he did once and he had the book, which is in English. Just one day before that, while cleaning house, I trashed some papers and rearranged things. When I asked my husband, he showed me the place where he kept the book and it turned out to be the same place, which I rearranged. I felt guilty that I might, by mistake, trashed Sai Satcharitra book too. I called few friends here who have that book. They said that they were also doing so couldn’t lend me. I left it like that.
Thursday morning, I was still in bed and my husband received a call from his colleague saying that his wife got a book from a neighbor and asked me to take it. At that time, I didn’t know that “If you wish something deeply, Baba will definitely make it happen”. I got the book. I asked the person about the procedure and started reading it. It took long time, but I enjoyed reading it. That was my first time reading Sai Satcharitra book.
Few small experiences which strengthen my belief
- I was asking consultancies if they can file H1 for me. No one gave positive response. When I read Sai Satcharitra, I received one call from a consultancy. I felt happy. Wow. As soon as I started reading, I got the call. They said that if I get a job, they will file. But this is quite difficult and chances are quite low. I met them. I started doing my search praying Baba. By that time, it is already late, I had less time. But I tried. When I met the HR people, I didn’t feel confident. I felt scared the way they behave and the way they keep judging me. I wanted H1 as I want to do job, but also I didn’t like going with that consultancy in some nook of me. But also, I have no other option. Meanwhile quota finished and I was left with nothing. I did cry a lot as this happened. I continued and tried a lot and finally got to know about one consultancy and finally I am doing job now. I have waited for more than 1 year. I realized that everything happens is for our good. I happen to receive Baba’s blessings in many ways. Even small things make me happy.
- It’s difficult to book visitor visa appointments in Telugu in Hyderabad. I tried for my father-in-law and for my parents. I like doing important things on Thursday. I tried to book the slot for my father in law on Thursday. Somehow I got it on Friday. Only Thursday slot was not there. I felt how come this can happen. Later after few days I noticed that my father in law’s birthday is on the same day of visa appointment (Friday). I felt happy as Baba planned this way. I booked visa slots on Thursday for my parents. I can say that this is also a small miracle. I prayed Baba if He can give me promptly something. I was checking whether my parents HDFC receipt got activated and I booked a slot for them right then. I hope anybody trying to book a slot in Telugu in Hyderabad will know the value of booking without actually searching. I felt happy as Baba gave me this soon. Everything went cool from then. I always used to think, “Why Baba tests us till the end and when we cannot bear?”. So I asked Baba if He can provide me anything sooner. I got few things with Baba’s blessings without much waiting.
- I have done Sai Baba 9 Thursday’s vrat. I made donation in Shibpur temple for Annadhan to be done to the poor people on the day of my Udyapan. I prepared Lemon rice as Prasad to distribute to the devotees in the temple in USA here on the same day. See how Baba blessed me here. I actually wished to place Prasad at Baba’s feet. When I took the Prasad into the temple, volunteers asked me to keep it at the side, which will be taken downwards later. I was disappointed and thought to give a second try convincing them. But they told me the same thing again. Meanwhile Pujari turned to me and asked me to bring that Prasad. I told him that I had done 9 Thursday’s Sai Vrat. He then chanted few Udyapan mantras and made me say those along with him and kept it at Baba’s feet and sent it down. My joy knew no bounds. I then asked Baba if He can show me any sign indicating that Baba accepted my Annadhan which took place in Shibpur in the afternoon. Later I have seen a board about Annadhan and the list of names, who has done Annadhan for that week in the temple. I have been to that temple plenty of times and I have never noticed that Annadhan board before. I checked myself asking my husband if he has seen that Annadhan board before. He too said that he has never seen that before in the temple. I felt happy that day that Baba accepted my Vrat. Also 9 Thursdays vrat almost takes more than 2 months. I didn’t get any obstacle on any Thursdays during that time. I meant to say that ladies problem also didn’t come in my way during this vrat. It came out as a surprise to me.
Regarding my job:I can only say that I got a job due to Baba’s grace and also I started my work on Thursday. When the employer asked me, “When can you join?” I immediately opened my calendar and told them the date which was Thursday. I was not sure whether they accept as it is middle of the week and people consider mostly from the start of the week. They simply send me the offer letter to start on Thursday. Also the most important thing to mention is I have sent my prayers to Baba through one of the devotees to Shirdi. He replied to me saying that my prayers have reached Baba. It turned out to be on the very next day of my joining. I don’t think I am just correlating things but I feel them this way. I will soon post my other experiences too which are on their way as per my feeling.
Om Sai. Shree Sai. Jai Jai Sai.
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