Sai Brother Ashish Ji from Canada says: Dear Hetal Ji, Please do not mention my e-mail ID, but you can mention my First name in the post. I am an international student in Canada and I came to Canada in August 2011 for my studies. The experiences below are related to my studies here in Canada. I have also shared my one experience before and I am grateful to Sai Maa that he has made me share another wonderful experience.
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I had my final presentation of the first semester on 8th December 2011 (Which was luckily a Thursday too). A day before the presentation, I prayed to Baba please help me in presenting in such a way that the entire audience should be spellbound by my style of speaking and also the content for which we had worked a lot as a group. I was the one who had to explain the major portion of it, so the responsibility was on my shoulder to make it a success. By Baba's grace, I am good at oral skills, but there is also a problem. I don't know how on some days, I am absolutely flawless and on some days I am not able to speak properly so much, so that I have to stress my tongue a lot to speak clear words. It is nothing but Sai Maa's will that it happens with me. During the days, when I speak amazingly flawless even I feel very proud and my ego gets inflated that how can I speak so nicely. However on some days, I feel so much lack of confidence while I speak because of this strange issue, but I strongly believe that Baba does not want me to have that “I am good” feeling as it would create a lot of ego in me. Anyways I am coming back to the incidence.
Next day, I was able to present it with an amazing style and poise and I was extremely confident during the entire presentation. I wanted Baba to show me some hint about it and many people in my class came to me after it and congratulated me saying it was amazing. I was extremely happy and satisfied and thanked Baba for making it a success.
I also want to share that during my entire study I used to study very less and I was deeply engrossed in remembering Baba and His Leelas. Whatever little I used to study, would be asked in the examinations and my entire journey of being a student (again after a gap of 5 years) was extremely smooth and successful that I scored such high marks that I never scored even during 10th and 12th board exams as I scored an overall 87% at my PG course now in Canada and was among top 5 students in class and trust me I have not put any hard work at all. Sai Baba made everything so simple and easy that when I look back and watch I feel wonderstruck and thankful about for showering His EXTRA kripa during this time. My nights used to go in reading the devotees experiences, Sai Satcharitra, Listening to Bhajans, reading more and more about Baba and chanting His name. I am short of words to thank Him.
- Another Presentation in Second Semester:
Again in 2nd semester, I had a major final presentation for which also we worked as a group and I was the one who was given responsibility to explain main part of it. I asked Baba on yoursaibaba.com about it a day before twice that how would be my presentation? I got the reply: “Dispute will occur, but remember Shri Sai Baba and everything will be alright”. When I got it once, I thought what dispute can occur then I put in another number and I got similar reply that some dispute would occur and I was shocked to see the similar reply. Then I just prayed Baba and told Him to be with me the next day during presentation. The next day, I was really nervous and like I said above I was not able to speak properly that day and I had to stress on my tongue and mouth a lot to speak clear words, which was further decreasing my confidence. Somehow I finished my part and handed over to next person and he took so much time that the instructor shouted in the middle to stop the presentation as the time was over. The entire class was shocked at instructor's behavior as he had never done that before with any of the groups. I was thinking that some dispute will happen as predicted by Baba, but I never expected how it will happen. I was praying Baba at that time, so that he would calm down and it should be resolved. Then a very strange thing happened. He asked the class about what was irrelevant in the presentation and should be cut off from the power point slides. Then he went to a slide and stopped there. My heart was beating fast as that slide was made by me and it was my idea. Basically I copied it from my sister, who has also done this before. It was her idea. I thought he is going to criticize me, but to everyone's surprise, he said that it is the best part of entire presentation and we should have focused on it for most of the time. I was relieved after hearing this. Anyway, the presentation was over with lot of problems and we were relieved as it was the last presentation of our course.
I came back home and was extremely disappointed and sad so much so that I lost my peace of mind and did not feel like doing anything. Also, our presentation ended in the evening around 6:00 PM and I had my final exam the next day in the morning at 11:00 AM, which means I had to study the entire night to prepare. Somehow the subject was too vast and I was not able to focus at all. So I just opened Sri Sai Satcharitra randomly and read a chapter, where Kakasaheb dixit was anxious and loses his peace of mind thinking, how he can match the bhakti of various Nathas and it was very hard to do such bhakti. So how can he get self-realization? But Baba pacified him by giving a dream to Anandrao and it pacifies the troubled mind of kakasaheb dixit. Suddenly I felt peaceful and I started studying, but as the course was very vast, I planned to study selective topics as to cover everything was nearly impossible. I was again anxious and went to yoursaibaba.com and asked Baba “What will happen in the exam tomorrow? I am very tensed." and to my utter shock the reply I got was appropriate which was: “You will pass the examination. You will succeed by getting help from the southern direction”. I was not able to believe the reply I got and I became tension free and started studying again with a free mind focusing only on selective and important topics.
Needless to say my exam went above average and I scored 75% marks in that subject without much preparation. Also I was worried about my presentation marks, which was the main cause of my restlessness. I prayed to Baba sincerely to help me pass or at least get me 75-80% marks in that subject. And readers you won’t believe that when the results were out, I was highly shocked to see my marks in my presentation. It was way beyond my expectation, performance and capacity as I did not deserved it. I scored 92% marks in that subject and later on I asked my group mates and they all got less. I thanked Baba and surrendered to Him. I know whatever marks I have obtained is not mine, but Yours.
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