Sai Sister Siva Ji from USA says: Dear Hetal Ji, Hope you are doing well. Earlier I sent you one experience with title Baba's Samadhi appeared me as Lord Vishnu. Basically, I am a regular reader of your blog. I get a lot of inspiration and satisfaction from devotees' experiences. Hence I feel it's my basic responsibility and Baba's order to share my experiences too. Kindly post the below experience if you feel like posting it on your blog. Please feel free to edit it, wherever necessary. Please don't disclose my email id. Thank you very much for your help. May Baba bless you and your family with happiness.
First of all, I pray Baba to bless everyone with good health, wealth and happiness. Below is my lovely experience with our beloved Baba. Kindly, forgive me if you find any mistakes in my narration.
BABA’ CALL TO MY PARENTSFortunately, in the month of May-June last year, I got Baba’s call to Shirdi. I wanted to take my parents with me to Shirdi. Because I had a strong feeling that if they visit Shirdi Mandir and Dwarakamai, they get rid of worries and attain peace in their life. I confirmed tickets to Shirdi for me and my father. But I did not book for my mother as she had to take care of my grandmother, who was bed sick. But, I sincerely prayed Baba to call my mother too. When I reached home, my Bhabhi came to our home and asked me to take my mother to Shirdi too. I got surprised and became very happy. Immediately I cancelled earlier booked tickets and looked for train tickets for us on another date. It was during the summer vacation (May-June), all trains including special trains were full. I had no other option, but to book tickets on waiting list. But, I was confident that He will arrange something, as it was His call to Shirdi. I told the same thing to my mother too like “Just pray Him and start the journey from home, He will take care of us”. And the same thing happened. When the train was in the evening, our berths got confirmed in the afternoon. Baba really took great care of us in the entire journey.
BABA’ APPERANCE IN KOPERGAONHere I would like to give some brief description of my journey to different pilgrimages before going to Shirdi, which is very relevant to my current experience. I landed in Chennai and by Baba's grace, I visisted Kanchipuram, Tirupati, Srikalahasti, Simhachalam (Vishakhapatnam) and Puri (Lord Jagannath). Then I started my journey to Shirdi with my parents. During entire journey, I was consciously waiting for His Darshan. I had the idea that He could come in any form e.g. old man/women, sadhu, child etc. From devotees’ experiences, I understood, He would give me some indication to realize Him. I was waiting all the time consciously during this period of about 10-15 days. I did not want to take risk, so whoever approached me for money, I gave more or less money to those persons. But I did not get His Darshan. Then I started my journey to Shirdi with my parents in the train as I mentioned above. I was praying Him like "Baba, please give me a satisfactory Darshan and kindly don't disappoint me in any way".
Our train stopped almost at every station. But, it was at Kopergaon station. Suddenly one middle aged person came into our compartment. He wore saffron color kafni. He had beard, which was partially in grey color. Immediately, I thought he might be HE. Then I searched for some indication, immediately I found a small button with Baba's photo on the Kafni at his chest. I took some 10 rupees note from my pocket and gave it to Him. I also looked into His eyes. He blessed me raising His two hands. Then I got confirmation as He was none other than Baba. I felt very happy. I thought of giving Him more money. But, I could not dare to give more than 10 rupees, as my parents were beside me. Then He moved to other compartment, and then I followed Him and gave some more money. Then He pat on my back and blessed me. I came back to my compartment and felt very relaxed and internally thanked Baba for giving me His Darshan and showing mercy on me.
BABA’ APPERANCE AS DOGAfter reaching Shirdi, I visited Samadhi Mandir with my parents in the evening. While leaving for India, one of our friends gave me some money to buy and offer peda to Baba. So, I brought some three packets of peda, two on behalf of my family and one on behalf of my friend. When I offered my bag inside the Samadhi Mandir, two packets fell down near the Samadhi Mandir and I was given one packet back. I felt happy thinking Baba accepted our Prasad. After coming outside from Samadhi Mandir, I came to know that, one guard gave one coconut to my father and asked him to keep it in Puja Mandir. I felt very happy as Baba blessed too. Then we came out of the Mandir and sat on the premises of the temple near Samadhi Mandir. When I opened the peda packet, one dog came near to me. I realized it was He only. I offered peda pieces one by one. It left us after having some pieces. It seems very silly, but one doubt came into my mind, whether Baba accepted my Prasad or my friend’s. Immediately, another dog came near to us (this dog was different from the first one). This dog had few pieces of peda and left. I thanked Him again. So, Baba fulfills each and every single wish that come into His devotee’s mind. If any wish is not fulfilled, then it should be realized that the time has not come yet.
Overall my last trip to India was wonderful, because of His blessings. I really thank Him for His call to my parents and I also pray sincerely to Baba to fulfill every devotee’s wish to have His Darshan ASAP. Baba, please call us to Shirdi as frequently as possible. Sorry for the lengthy essay. Hope it gives some inspiration to some devotees, who are waiting for His Darshan.
OM SRI SAINATH MAHARAJ KI JAI.
Om Sai Rama
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