Sai Sister Maya Ji from India says: Hi Hetal Ji, I am sending you the blissful experiences of our Sai Ma gave me at Shibpur. He fulfilled all my wishes that I cried like a child before leaving. He is our merciful mother and father, but we don’t understand His grace and think negative, become bitter or sometimes blame Him. We can’t even decipher His greatness because of our ignorance. There are many more things than mere material desires that He fulfills. Spiritual uplift that is what I got there. Sai in Shri Sai Satcharitra says, “My coffers are filled with spiritual treasures, but none seeks it”. This is so true.
I am sorry this post is very long, but if you read it fully you will understand. I had to write all the minute details because they answer certain questions that pop up later. I am sending this to you to share on your blog instead of posting it in the group so that every Sai devotee gets benefited. This post answers many spiritual questions.
Miraculous Call Of BabaI had a wish to visit Shibpur ever since I heard about it. I donated for the temple also. Same night Baba gave me Darshan and I saw a remote village which I suppose was Shibpur only. Since this place is located in a politically sensitive and disturbed area with unstable law and order conditions, I was avoiding going alone. I coaxed my friend Shama to accompany me however it didn’t materialize. Nobody was ready to go with me (as Baba said, “nobody can visit me till I call”). And the wish remained submerged in my heart.
Last year was very bad for me health wise. In September, I reached a point, where I felt I needed a break. Applied for leave to visit Sai at Shirdi to recharge myself, but it was rejected twice. Dejected due to the state of affairs, I blamed Sai and fought with Him (I do that often). I challenged Him, “I am not going to think of visiting You till You Yourself call me. You don’t have a human form. Let me see how You will summon me”. I cried. In January, I applied for leave to join my kids on their vacation. In my heart, I also wished to go to Shirdi. I knew going to Shibpur was out of question. Sai had already said, “Those whom I consider MINE, will visit me at Shibpur and not those who consider me as God”. I was aware leave will be rejected this time and for all logical reasons. Two of my peers were on medical leave and there were no other choices, who could assume my charge. I was pessimistic.
But Then A Strange Thing HappenedA friend Nagarjun, who is more of a Guru to me, left a message in my inbox - I would like to accompany you to Shibpur. I could not believe my eyes - Sai's call. Was it? Was Sai speaking through Nagarjun? Yes, He was. It was an invitation from Sai to visit Him at Shibpur. It was an answer to my challenge. Baba can speak even though He left His mortal coil. What surprised me most was how did Nagarjun know that I wished to visit Shibpur that too in January? I asked him that. He replied that he felt like visiting that place. But Baba (I address Nagarjun as Baba), I am not getting leave. I informed him. He laughed and said your leave has been sanctioned and believe me we are going to Shibpur. I saw this in my vision. After two days, I was informed that my leave was sanctioned. This was another surprise. Still I wanted to reassure myself that Sai actually wanted me to visit Shibpur and not Shirdi. In the evening, Nagarjun asked me Chutti mil gayi (Did you get leave)? I said yes. So where are you going? “I am not sure”, I told. Okay wait till tomorrow, you will know, he said. Next evening, I told him. I am not sure yet, you tell me what Sai wants. He said Shibpur. I was simply ecstatic. This was an honorable invitation and a more clear indication from Sai. My ego was satisfied and anger subsided. I was so happy. Sai fulfilled my wish to visit Him at Shibpur that too with my Guru. He gave me more than I wished.
Introduction Of NagarjunHe is a basically a healer gifted with powers of premonition. He reads thoughts, visits souls and can see beyond the things, especially in meditation. He found me in a social networking site when I needed healing. He healed me and guided me on the path of spirituality. Here I would also like to mention that he heals those, who need it free of cost. He showed right path to many drifted people, who are now well settled in their lives. He does this to get peace for himself and to spread love. He is a rare goal and human being. He says his sole aim is to serve people and dispel pain and suffering, but on one condition. He chooses pure souls, the real needy ones.
I would also like to mention that Nagarjun is a great devotee of Shakti and draws his powers from her. He told me that he lost connectivity with HER during this Navratras. When asked why, he said this must be another process of evolution. He was looking for some divine blessings to upgrade his existing spiritual and gifted powers and capabilities. He was not sure it was Sai and always told me that I don’t bow my head before any deity or power. He was not aware why he felt like visiting Sai. Probably it was an experiment.
Introduction Of Another Guru Anju SharmaShe is a Reiki healer from Karnal, blessed with divine powers. She is a professional healer and a wonderful person. I came into her contact due to Nagarjun. She blessed me and took into her fold. The most striking thing is she knocks me whenever I am upset or need guidance. She is a highly evolved and enlightened soul, who sees and feels things much before we normal human beings can.
Baba Gave Me Darshan In DreamBefore leaving home, I prayed to Sai - Baba my only wish is that You meet me in human form, put Your hand on my head and bless me. Be with me throughout. I just want to meet You and nothing else. Same night, I saw a dream. I was standing in a crowded room and Sathya Sai Baba entered the room and walked straight towards me. I was dumbfounded. I asked him – Baba, I called Sai. Did He send you instead? He spoke nothing and gave a sly smile, put His hand on my head, blessed me and walked out quietly. Next morning, when I recalled the dream, I was stupefied. Baba fulfilled my wish same day. Throughout my journey Baba's presence was felt. A co-passenger had Sai bhajan as the dial tone and whenever his phone rang, I felt as if Sai was around.
Sai Devotee Met Me In TrainIn the evening, many local travelers boarded the compartment at Allahabad. They were sitting on the side seats and curtains of my side were drawn. I could hear noise there, but I kept reading Sai Satcharitra. After few minutes, a man came inside and sat on the seat in front of me. I took few minutes break and Sai Satcharitra was on the table. He asked my permission to see the book and I allowed. I noticed his interest in the book and smiled. I was glad he was an ardent Sai devotee and let him read the book. After few minutes, he started asking me about my experiences with Sai and I described them in detail. He was filled with Bhakti Bhaav for Sai and shared his own. Then, he requested me if he could take my Sai Satcharitra. I smiled. I could have given him that happily if it was not a gift from Sai Mandir Chandigarh. I promised him that I would send him a copy by courier soon. He gave me his address and phone number. After that he shifted his seat to other side where about five of his companions were gossiping.
I was very happy. I had a wish before setting out on my journey to distribute Sai Satcharitra to true devotees of Baba. Sai fulfilled this wish too. I was also wondering why out of those six passengers, only this person came inside and talked to me. Obviously Sai vibrations pulled him towards me.
Sai Rescued At Every Step And Guided UsWe set out for Shibpur around 4.30 PM. It was 15 km away from Bethuadhari. We enquired many people about the way. It was confusing again. There were two places by same name. They asked which Shibpur? We said Sai Temple. Locals feigned ignorance. We are not aware of any such temple. I was shattered how come local villagers don’t know. I was almost in tears. We moved ahead. An old man wearing white clothes and white beard was standing in front of a shop. For a moment, I identified him with my Sai and requested driver to enquire from him. He spoke to that old man and he guided us correctly. Go straight 12 kms and avoid talking to locals (an inert warning), then you will reach Shibpur. Image of that old man still lingers in my mind. Due to his guidance, we could reach Shibpur and later driver told me he was a Muslim. Somehow I felt some strong connection with him.
Blissful Destination (8th Feb, 2012)Throughout the way, I was disillusioned, prayed. Oh Sai, what kind of test is this? People in Your area don’t know You, whereas I came from so far to see You. Are You there or I was fooled by some enthusiastic devotees on internet? Was that just a hype created through internet or anything existed at Shibpur? I traveled for three days to see You. Was my effort just a waste? My heart cried and mind wandered. Finally we reached Shibpur. All my doubts vanished the moment. I set my foot inside the temple. I felt a strange sense of peace as if no doubt and fear existed.
Characters Of Sai SatcharitraMembers of Temple Management were aware of our visit. They welcomed us whole-heartily and our hearts melted and responded to their pure love. Sujoy Mandal, who spoke Hindi, took us to visitor's room. He took us around the temple and apprised us of the miracles taking place in the area. His smile and enthusiasm was child like he reminded me of Shama, Baba's bhakt in Masjid at Shirdi. Then Manojit Biswas, an old man and few other members talked to us in the visitor's room. Sujoy asked us to wait till Aarti was over. We agreed.
The Aarti was another memorable experience. It was pure love for Baba more than Bhakti. The kind of love Meera had for Lord Krishna, pure devotion. Apparently, the remote area people lacked knowledge about the method of Aarti done at Shirdi. Still they did it in their own style in Bengali. I could see the person performing Aarti, Monty Ghosh, in a trance. He wore orange robes and was dancing while his eyes closed, reminded me of Mahalsapati during Baba's Chawadi Samaroh mentioned in Sai Satcharitra.
I would also like to make a special mention about the Secretary of the Temple Society. He is a calm and gentle soul. He was there throughout around us with a smile, but he could not interact with us due to language problem. All other Members were also present in the evening in the Aarti and visitor's room. All of them were good souls completely in communion with powerful Sai vibrations of that place. I have no doubt that they are reincarnations of characters of Sai Satcharitra, who served Baba in His Masjid.
Amazing Experiences During AartiFew minutes before Aarti, I and Nagarjun went into the main Sai Temple. I don’t have words to express the feeling. Powerful vibrations of Sai embraced us. I am a normal human being, so experienced them only in the peace that prevailed in the air and my mind. But Nagarjun was a spiritually blessed person. He shared with me later that. Sai hugged him. He told me that he experienced such overwhelming emotions only two times before in his life - one was in Chatrapur Mandir and other in Vaishno Devi. He said he could not control his emotions and tears were flowing from his eyes. We both were convinced that devotee’s beliefs are true. Sai was very much present in Shibpur.
Aarti is performed at four places. One at Main Temple, Dhuni Place, Bade Baba Mandir and Temple, where lot of other deities are installed (pictures are already attached in the blog). Sujoy asked us to follow them as they proceeded to all the temples for Aarti and we did. Aarti started in Bade Baba Mandir. Again same vibrations engulfed me. I felt a strong desire to offer the “Chanwar Sewa” (it was a kind of hand fan with silk threads) to Baba. I kept watching the priest doing that, but after few moments, I could not stop myself. I went to Baba's main idol and stretched my hand before the priest quietly for the chanwar. He smiled and handed it to me. I stood near Baba, closed my eyes and kept offering the chanwar sewa. I was not aware how long I did, but after few minutes I gave it back to him and came back to my place. There were Padukas of Baba, which people were worshiping after completion of Aarti formalities. I stood quietly letting others do that. With intent to see if Nagarjun would bow down before Baba. Because he shared his experience of main temple later and I was unaware of his reaction. He told me again and again that he doesn’t bow before anybody as he was a strong willed person who never accepts anyone as Guru. I saw him going near Baba's Paduka. He bowed down whole heartedly. I could feel. I was happy for him. He found his Guru.
Then we moved ahead to next temple for Aarti. While walking downstairs, I noticed Nagarjun was walking in the opposite direction. I found it strange, but he was aware that there was some reason. Aarti was taking place in the last temple, where all deities were placed. I stood outside in the compound. It was a wonderful scene. It was twilight, drumbeats accompanying Aarti and big lamps. The whole atmosphere was highly charged. I saw Nagarjun was standing mesmerized and I could sense his happiness. For the first time, he came up to me, overwhelmed with emotions. He thanked me for bringing him to Sai. He was almost crying. He put his hand on my head and blessed. I was happy this time not for him but myself. I didn't I pray to Sai to bless by placing his hand on my head in human form. The only wish, I made before setting out on my journey. So here I got that in Shibpur in Baba's presence.
Baba's Sweet Message To UsAfter Aarti, Sujoy and others asked us to wait in the visitor’s room to take Prasad and they also handed us visitor’s book to write our experiences. I promised them to write my feelings in detail instead of writing there. Nagarjun felt same. It was impossible to write anything on that spot after what we experienced. Sujoy brought two quarter plates full of sweets along with a samosa. I don’t eat sweets, but I looked at the quantity of the Prasad in wonder, full quarter plate with sweets. Nagarjun prompted me to finish it soon and something else was going on in my mind. I finished them with great difficulty. The samosa was tasty too, very different from what I tasted it at my place. The Rasgulla, it was yummy.
We took leave from them, but they kept on insisting us to wait till night Aarti. We wanted to stay till night, but the warnings of the local people made us to rush back. While driving back, we both were so happy, an inexplicable feeling. I shared with him the thoughts that were running in my mind while eating that plate full of sweets. Honestly, I never ate so many sweets in one go ever in my life. I felt as if Baba said, “You fools give up all your negativity and imbibe this sweetness inside you. Didn’t you doubt my existence and cursed my people all the way? So now give up those negative thoughts and be positive. I will fill you up with sweetness, leaving no space for bitterness. Be sweet to all henceforth”. Nagarjun agreed and we had a hearty laugh over Baba's sweet message to cynical fools like us.
More Wonders For MeBaba revealed himself to me through my Guru Nagarjun. I learnt this when he shared his experiences while driving back. I was filled with awe and wonder when Nagarjun said that he felt a cool breeze touching his arms all the time, when I was offering “chawar sewa” to Sai. This was simply unbelievable. He further said that I closed my eyes in deep meditation and clearly saw some blessings going to you from Baba at the moment you were offering Him sewa. I don’t know how to elaborate my feelings on this. But apparently it was an indication from Sai that my service reached Him and He paid me back in form of blessings. Nagarjun was the medium to see and feel my Sai. Obviously I was medium to reach HIM. I was sure that now I got my Guru. I was seeking since so long.
He further told me that Sai had blessed him with more powers which he could sense. He said that while walking downstairs, he saw Sai clearing the path for him and therefore he walked back to hold Him from doing that. What a blessed experience, simply incredible. How could I witness this form of Sai if Nagarjun was not with me? Can we normal human beings ever think of such grace of Almighty? He does it, but we can’t see therefore blame Him. I thanked Almighty my Sai again and again for revealing His benevolent form to me through Nagarjun.
Unbelievable Example Of Soul ConnectivityThis was not all. When we were having our dinner, Nagarjun got a SMS from Anju Sharma, the healer I introduced to you all in the beginning. She wrote - Thanks, lot of energy and blessings are coming from Sai. Some door has opened. She also described certain things she saw in the vision while meditating. I was again dumbfounded. I asked him how she knew about this when we have not informed her about this. He smiled and told this is what soul connectivity is. Connected souls can sense things. I again wanted clarification as how energy and blessings went to her when we did not pray for her. He explained that when Almighty blesses a human being, the blessings go to all those connected to him. Strange isn't it. At least for me, it was a great revelation.
Sai Fulfilled Two More Wishes After Tormenting Me For 2 Hours (9th Feb, 2012)While having our dinner after Baba's Darshan, I asked Nagarjun don’t you feel that still something is left, a strange feeling. He agreed. I wanted to stay back on 9th Feb, Thursday, Baba's day and His favorite number. We were with Him in His area, but we won’t able to visit Him. Some gloom descended upon me. But I had no choice. My seat was reserved and I had to catch my train before 11.45 AM on 9th Feb. It takes approx 5 hours from Shibpur to Kolkata. So we decided to leave for Kolkata in the morning at 5.30 AM. We had 6 and half hours at our disposal, which was more than enough.
Strange thing happened on the way. There was a heavy traffic jam right from the point we started. It was unbelievable; we could not reach 30 kms in 2 and half hours. I was tense. After 3 hours, we could only reach Krishnanagar (30 kms from Shibpur). We halted at a dhaba to have tea. There was no space to move ahead. All vehicles stuck in the jam. I told Nagarjun now it was impossible to catch the train. Crossing barrackpore around 10 am was another tough task. He gave me hope, not to worry we could work out some alternative. I knew it was impossible, decided in my heart not to worry and go back to Shibpur to seek something that my heartfelt was left behind. While having tea, I told him some incidents from Sai Satcharitra, where Baba held back devotees at Shirdi and they could leave the place only when He permitted. Nobody could leave Shirdi till Baba gave permission. This is a known fact. I told him that Baba doesn’t want His ardent devotees to leave with unfulfilled desires. However, I was hesitant to suggest going back to Shibpur. He would call me an idiot. I thought and kept quiet.
Nagarjun asked the driver, what to do now. He said sir now I can’t assure you anything. Nagarjun looked at me for a moment and smiled. Let's go back to Shibpur. I was so glad. He spelled out my wish. We laughed a lot and asked the driver to take the reverse direction. Tears came into my eyes and I cried like a child. There was another challenge staring us. How to reach our destinations? He wanted to go to Delhi and me Visakhapatnam. Both are in different directions. Somehow I was assured, confident that Baba would find a way. I was not worried anymore after witnessing this miracle of Sai.
We decided to visit Mayapur Navdeep Temple of ISCKON, a wonderful place, where you can experience divine blessings of Lord Krishna. Sai gave us a wonderful opportunity to witness Madhyan Aarti at Shibpur. Nagarjun took me to main temple and asked me to close eyes and meditate. He sat beside me. After few moments, he touched the point between the eyebrows for few seconds and asked to continue. After few moments, there was peace. Mind was free. I saw some light rays filtering from a dark background for few minutes. I opened my eyes. Nagarjun was sitting besides facing me. He asked what you saw. I narrated my experience. He said, yes, light came to you. But I put my hand between you and Sai. That's why you saw filtered rays. Now you can meditate freely. This was another valuable gift from Sai.
We came out of the temple and the Temple people offered us Madhyan Prashad - Rice with potato curry, tomato chutney, badi and dal. I was eating calmly. Nagarjun looked at me and smiled. Another wish is fulfilled. I said yes. I took a vow in last February not to eat rice (my favorite) till this February and to break this vow only after visiting Shirdi. Sai knew about it and made a wonderful arrangement- I gave up my vow by taking rice as Sai's Prasad on 9th, which happened to be a Thursday and in His miraculous temple.
Finally Nagarjun sought their permission to leave and they gladly agreed. He said, now I took formal permission from Sai and His people. He won’t stop us now. Now nothing is left behind. Yeah, yeah, I agreed. We were filled.
ADIEUNow main issue was to get some reservation to reach home. We tried in Krishnanagar and nothing was available. Nagarjun contacted some local people, who also gave no hope, but assured to try. I was tense. He told me not to worry and closed his eyes. Again Sai appeared in his vision and handed over two tickets, one for him and one for me. He smiled and said see Sai is with us. Within few minutes, he got a phone call, our tickets were confirmed.
As we got close to reaching Kolkata, I was again in tears. I was crying quietly looking towards window. Nagarjun sensed the pain and again assured don’t cry. Sai is with us in this car. I cried out loudly. No Baba, I am feeling as if I left my father's home. Such was the feeling of leaving Shibpur.
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