In this experience Sai Sister Geetanjali Ji has shared her interesting experience of Lord Sai Baba coming in disguise to her and helping her at nick of time.
Sai Sister Geetanjali Ji from India says: Sairam Hetal Ji, I hope you are doing well. Please post it accordance to first come first post basis. Also, please do not disclose my email id, but please share the photo in the document with the post. Thank you so much for creating and maintaining such a beautiful platform for us devotees.

This is my 3rd experience I am sharing on your blog. I seek HIS permission to pen down my experience. Baba, I am not qualified enough to write Your Leelas. So please direct me Yourself and write Your own Leela. I would like to mention that Baba is the eternal bliss Himself. He is the Adi and Anth of all the beings and of this universe. Whether we accept or not, He is the sole doer of everything around us. The following experience is very significant and dear to me. As you read through you will probably understand why in my earlier post, “My Guru Sai Blessed me on Guru poornima”, I had mentioned that I was leaving Toronto for good and that 2008 Guru Poornima was my last festival that I celebrated with my Sai in Toronto. My flight was booked for July 31st and I had planned to send some of my stuff through cargo because of the weight restrictions in the flights. I approached one of the known cargo company on 26th July and booked the air cargo.

The man there assured me that the cargo will leave by 28th and will be there by 1st August, the same day I was to arrive in Delhi and I can collect it the next morning of my landing. I was given a waybill to track the cargo and for the custom clearance. I was content with the feeling that at least one job is done satisfactorily and thanked Sai for this. Finally, July 31 came and I went to Shirdi Sai Mandir in Toronto to bid goodbye to my guru for one final time and still praying that I shouldn’t be sent back and if at all being sent back, please call me back soon. Well, it was a situation that I couldn’t help and for a moment I felt even Baba couldn’t do anything for me. I reached the Mandir early morning to attend the Abhishek and Kakad Aarti. I knew almost everyone and was very close to most of the devotees. The elder devotees would bless me always and as they knew I was leaving. Most of them came over specially to bid farewell to me.



I couldn’t help my tears, when Baba gave me an opportunity to serve Him fully one last time in Toronto. One very dear Aunty told me to come up before the Mangal Snaan and take off the night dress of Baba and also I was the first one to make Baba do Mangal Snaan. I was also given an opportunity to dress up Baba. I am attaching a picture of the Baba on my last day (Thursday) in Toronto.
As I was leaving, another aunty stopped me and asked me to sing for Baba before I leave. I couldn’t help control my tears. But she insisted that I shouldn’t leave without singing a bhajan. Baba has given me an opportunity to serve Him and I shouldn’t leave without singing a bhajan. I was in no condition to sing as I cried my heart out to Baba. But on Auntie’s insistence, I sang my last 2 bhajans for Baba. And as I was leaving not only me, but few other devotees had tears in their eyes. I looked at Baba and felt He was just sitting there watching me in tears and smiling back at me.

I asked Him would You ever cry for me. Would You ever feel bad about what You are doing to me? What crime have I committed to be pulled away from You this way? I didn’t have much love for Canada as a place, but I was so deeply attached to this Mandir that I forgot that Baba is everywhere I go. He is and will always be with me no matter what part of the world I am in. In my own little world and small thinking process, I had forgotten that He is the Sagun and Nirgun and whatever He does, He does for our good. Anyway, I was all packed to leave and board a flight back to my home. One of my very dear friends drove me to the airport. I checked in my baggage and cleared the custom and immigration formalities and waited for the flight time. As I was sitting, it struck me that I should check the cargo status to make sure there everything was in place and on time. As I checked the cargo status, it wasn’t dispatched and was supposed to be delivered 2 days after I reach Delhi. My hometown is Chandigarh and I had planned that I would stay overnight at the airport and next morning my parents would drive down from Chandigarh to Delhi airport and we will collect the cargo and leave for Chandigarh immediately after. I spoke and fought with the cargo guy for the delay, when I had already given him all my travel details. He apologized and said that he thought I was leaving on 1st and not 31st. There was some confusion about my travel date and that’s how this error occurred. Well there wasn’t much him or I could do but my mood was spoilt because of this.

The next thing that could upset me wasn’t very far. There was a windstorm in Chicago so all the flights to and from Chicago were either delayed or cancelled. I was travelling with American Airlines and had a stay of 1 and a half hour between the flights and the delay was causing a worry to me. I was anxious not to miss the connecting flight from Chicago. The airline staff wasn’t of much help to any of the passengers. I was no exception to their behavior. I kept on checking the flight status time to time on internet and phone and the connecting flight was shown to be on time. The flight from Toronto took off an hour late and needless to mention I did miss the connecting flight from Chicago to Delhi.

As I came out of the flight from Toronto at the Chicago O’Hare airport I spoke to airline staff at the counter and informed them that I have missed my connecting flight to Delhi and they told me to approach Terminal 1 because the terminal where the flight landed was the domestic terminal. Just to make the readers aware, Chicago O'Hare is one of the busiest and largest North American airports. There are 5 terminals, which are very far from each other. I asked someone for the way to terminal 1 and as I reached Terminal 1, I was told this isn’t the terminal I am supposed to approach. I should go to terminal 2. I asked the way around and moved towards terminal 2. On the way I just asked another person about the American Airlines counter on terminal 2. I was informed that the international flights terminal was on terminal 5 and not 2 so I should head for terminal 5. I was getting frustrated with all this even more since all the people I asked for directions were either the American Airline officials or the airport staff. I am trying to write this experience as I recollect information about the location of terminal 5. I followed the signs as I tried to locate terminal 5. The signs led me to a long walking route followed by stairs/escalator and then as I went down the escalator I saw a train terminal. As I read the sign, it said train to parking levels 1, 2, 3 and so on. I was much irritated then. There was no one I could speak with there and no one who was walking there. It was a complete desolated area and I could not find my way anywhere.

It was 45 minutes since I was doing this run around and this train terminal seemed like a dead end. I walked back the escalator and still couldn’t find anyone to speak with. Very frustrated I had tears in my eyes and I cried out very loud in utmost frustration, “Sai Baba Aap Chahte Kya Ho. I hate You”. I was so frustrated running around and not able to find my way that I just couldn’t think through anything at all. I was lost in an alien land I felt. Just then a girl came from nowhere. She was talking on cell phone and on enquiry told me that I have to take the train to reach terminal 5. I took a train and reached the terminal 5 and then the American airlines terminal. As if my patience was not tested enough, I was told this is the arrival terminal and I have to go to the departure terminal which is at terminal 3.

My frustration knew no bounds and I was cursing Baba all the way for putting me through all this. I was continuously telling Him that I hate Him. Just then I got down the terminal 5 again to take the train back to terminal 3. As I went down the escalator still frustrated, a smiling face welcomed me. This was a guy who looked South Asian and was wearing attire of the airport staff. He saw me and gave me a beautiful smile. I didn’t say anything.

Here is what happened then:
The first question was “Missed your flight?”
Answer: Yes
Second Question: American airlines
Answer: Yes

He immediately said you are on the wrong terminal.

I said I know I am so frustrated running around the terminals. The American airline people don’t know their own terminals and the staff has not been of much help either. I am really tired of all this since I have landed.

He said, I know. He said wait I will get a map for you. You don’t have to ask anyone. This map will help you. You have to go to terminal 3 and there they will be able to help you. Don’t worry. He went to one corner where the maps and other airport information was placed and got me a map. He pointed out to me exactly where I have to go. He said this train’s last destination is terminal 3 just take the train.

I still have the terminal map he gave me preserved with me. I said thank you for your help. You have been very kind.

He asked me again, you are from India. I said, Yes. He again said, I am from India as well. I am from Andhra Pradesh and my name is Subodh.

I told him thank you so much Subodh for your help. You have been a blessing in disguise for me. It was nice meeting you. I shook hands with him and just then the train came. He smiled at me and said this train will take you to terminal 3. Don’t worry. I boarded the train and again said thank you.

As I stood in the train, Subodh again came inside and in a very caring tone asked me to sit down as I am too tired. I again said I am good, thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. He insisted I should sit. I again said no it’s fine. I am alright. He again smiled back at me and said okay and went out of the train.

As the train started moving, he smiled back at me and waived me goodbye. I smiled back at him and then I could see him nowhere. I looked back to see I couldn’t locate him. Within a fraction of second, it occurred to me that Subodh was no one else but my Baba. He was there talking with me all this while and what a stupid I was not to recognize Him. I cursed myself for this. I wanted to go back and look for Him, but it was too late. The train had reached terminal 3 and I went to American Airlines counter. Spoke to them about missing the flight and the lady there was very courteous and told me that there have been a lot of cancellations today due to the weather and there was no other flight I could board for India that day.

She was trying to check for any other route I could take and reach Delhi. Incidentally, all flights were booked and there was no flight available on any route till 2nd august. It was 2 days more in Chicago. Fortunately, my best friend was in Chicago at that time and I called her and told her about the situation. She insisted that I should come and stay with her for 2 days that I am here. I got a confirmed flight for 2nd august and airlines people told me that I can let the checked in baggage with them and it will be sent with the same flight that I was to board on 2nd august. My friend came to pick me up at the airport. As I settled myself at night at my friend’s place. Subodh’s face kept coming in my eyes. I was thinking that how could that be that of all the people he spoke only to me. His expression was full of compassion and smile. How come he knew that I missed the flight and that too American? How he said I know you are tired and that things will be okay now.

No matter how hard I tried to think it might have been a coincidence, I couldn’t convince myself for it. I still strongly believe that it was none other than Baba, who came to my rescue. As I mentioned above about my cargo problem, missing the connecting flight and not getting a flight for 2 more days, solved that issue as well. The cargo was now to arrive the same day as I was to arrive in Delhi.

There was no tension of coming to Delhi twice from Chandigarh and causing inconvenience to my parents. I informed my family about the flight change and also that they shouldn’t be worried as I am staying with my friend. How beautifully everything connected was just a Leela of Baba and being an ignorant person that I am, I couldn’t comprehend at that time. I was getting frustrated and irritated and cursing Baba while He was making things easier for me all through. He allowed me to meet my best friend for 2 days and spend some time with her. He took care of the cargo delay and how I got a connecting flight that coincided well with all other things that I had to plan. Before I boarded the final flight to Delhi from Chicago, I checked with the airline staff if my checked in baggage is also being taken care of. I was told yes the baggage is being taken care of and will reach with the same flight. I was a bit relieved and took the flight. After reaching Delhi I went to the get the baggage and another shock, the baggage didn’t arrive with the flight.

Another added tension, but then I thought it’s again Baba’s plan for something. I will get to know soon. I lodged a baggage claim with the airline people and was told that as soon as they track the baggage it will be sent to my home in Chandigarh so I don’t have to worry about coming back to the airport. I stayed at the airport that night because I was to claim the baggage at the cargo terminal next day. I had told my parents to come only in the morning as there was no point spending the night for them at the airport. In any case I had to stay and again fortunately another close friend (then and now my husband with Baba’s blessings) came by to give me company. Next morning I headed for the cargo terminal, filled in all the required forms and my surprise everything was done very soon. The cargo people were very helpful and everything got cleared sooner than I thought. My father had arrived at the cargo terminal and as I loaded the cargo baggage in the car, I understood Baba’s Leela of not getting my checked in baggage.

After we finished putting in all the stuff from the cargo terminal in the car, we noticed there wasn’t any space left for any additional baggage. I left Delhi thanking Baba for his help all through the journey. It was an eventful journey which ended up well. So all’s well that ends well. The checked in baggage reached home in 2 days and everything was settled. I would ask Baba to forgive me for my foolhardiness and for cursing Him of not taking care of me, when I needed most. He always took care of me no matter what situation I was in.

Before I close my post, I remember a line of a bhajan very close to my heart that I have now sung innumerous times. I would like to share it with all of you.

“Mainu maan eko bas teri rahmat da, mere maan nu satguru todi naa Main aan digaa dar tere te, mainu dar to khali modhi naa Sahib tum mat beesro, laakh log mil jaaye.. hamse tumko bahut hain.. tum sam hamre naahi”

(It’s in Punjabi and it means that “O My Sadguru, I have no other pride than of Your blessings that You bestow on me and of Your grace that ever adorns me wherever I go. Please never betray my pride in YOU, never leave me in the middle. I bow down at steps of Your Mandir/masjidmai. Please don’t let me go empty handed and grant me my dear wish as You always do. Do not ever forget me as You have innumerous devotees like me. But I only have one Sadguru and that is YOU.)

I would also like to thank you all for reading such a long post. It was important for me to write smaller details to link everything and for everything to make sense. Thank you Hetal Ji for allowing me and inspiring me through your blog to write and for giving us all a platform to share Baba’s Leelas.

Sai Ram

Geetanjali


© Devotees Experiences with Shirdi Sai Baba

30 comments:

  1. Tears are rolling down my eyes seeing your love towards baba.i feel as a very small devotee ..god bless you

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  2. i literally cried after seeing your post......i too have made the same mistake many times...sai do forgive me for all my mistakes.....

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  3. Please be with me and all your devotees.We get irritated and lose our control not thinking that whatever happens is for our good only.Then after everything we see that it is our Sai Maa's Leelas.It happens many times but we are understanding this because of Maya.Please make to control our emotions and completely surrender ourselves to your feet.

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  4. Very very moving experience as usual Geetanjaliji. Especially the farewell bit.

    May He continue to be with and guide us, forever.

    Jai Sairam

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  5. Dear Gitanjali ji, very nice lucid writing. Felt each emotion that you have expressed. I am happy you are now happy with everything ended well.
    May you be blessed ever.
    Jai Sai RAM.

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    "BABA SABKO KUSH RAKHNA"

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    "BABA SABKO KUSH RAKHNA"

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  8. such a wonderful experiences. baba , you know what is my situation right now, i have complete faith on you, whatever is happening, and to whom i am connected is just because of you. without your intention no one can enter into my life, that to this stage. pls always be with me like this. i am not asking, that i dont, want any pains, or problems, but always be with us, how worst the situation may me. because, if you are with me, i can handle anything, i will get all that patience, which i required to solve the problem. but just bless me, and be with me not only in this birth, for every birth. bacause without you am incomplete, am nothing.... pls bless all of us baba.

    jai sai ram!

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  9. om sai ram
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    om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram!
    love you my sai baba!!!!!

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  10. Om sai Jai Sai. Very heart touching experience Geetanjali. At times we human being act so stupid and start to curse Saiji for not doing things as per our desires.But at the end we came to know that whatever sufferings we bore was for our goodness. Saiji please forgive us all for such mistakes and bless us all with abudent faith and patience.

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  11. Om Sai Ram.

    Dear Sai Sister Geetanjali. this is another awesome experience of yours ! Baba is with you always. He is showering loads of blessings on you at every step in your life. I would like to get in touch with you and learn a few Baba bhajnas. I too love singing for Baba . In case it's fine with you please do drop me an mail at saidhun@gmail.com. Thanks a lot. May Baba bless us all always.

    Baba please bless us all with good health, long life, peace, prosperity, wealth and happiness. We love you a lot and owe you all our happiness. Many many thanks to you my dearest Gurudev Dattatreya !

    Om Sai Shri Sai Jai Jai Sai.

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  12. Dear geetanjaliji

    om sai ram
    very touching experience and so beautifully written and expressed by my dear baba through ur hands.Tears rolled down my eyes reading ur post.
    Babas love n blessings will always be with you.N hope to read ur new experience soon abt how our dear sai baba called u back to Canada to his toronto sai mandir.
    om sai ram

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  13. Om Sai Ram.

    I am new devotee of sai baba..I had decided to do sai satcharitha parayan on this thursday. but today i got news saying that my mama maternal aunt is expired...according to our tradition we are not supposed go to temple or do pooja in home for 16 days..but my heart is asking me to do sai satcharitha parayan..i am feeling strong desire to do this parayan.. i dont know whether doing sai satcharitha parayan on this time is right or wrong..can you please guide me in this..

    Om Sai Ram.

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    1. Dear Sai Devotee

      I am not sure from where these tradition of NOT doing pooja or not going to TEMPLE coming from..it seems really STUPID thing.

      its only RAM-NAAM that one is suppose to chnat even at the time of Dying and I think nothing is more consoling than Simran at the time of death.

      Please continure your SAI SAT Charitha

      God bless

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  14. Such a beautiful detailed experience. Could feel your emotions of what you were going through. The bhajan with meanings is such a touchful one. Om Sai Ram !!!

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  15. Dear Gita ji

    OM SAI RAM

    By reading your experience, I am feeling BABA is just with me now at the moment.

    is it possible to send some of your punjabi bhajan to me as well?
    Scanned copes will do, if you could please?
    My email id is
    bassi_kamal@yahoo.co.in

    Thanks in advance.
    OM SAI RAM

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  16. Jai Sai Ram,

    Sister Geetanjali, very good experience. What I did not understand was, why did you leave toronto for goo? did you get a job else where?

    Sai always comes in last minute, its not because he wants us to wait or he is testing us. He knows no one can harm his devotees and he will wait to see who are kind and generous enough to help others. If no one comes, Baba himself will take any form i.e. human, animal, noliving....etc. Anything depending on the situation.

    Hey Allah, Hey Parabrahma, Hey Panduranga, Hey Akhalakot swami do not leave us. Please have your mercy on every one. This universe needs you Baba.

    Hail Hail Maharaj the creator of this beutiful universe.

    Servant of Baba!!

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  17. Geetanjanli,

    you wrote very nicely and connected all strings.
    It' all baba's leela..

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  18. Jai Sai Ram! it is very nice experience .Thanks Geethanjali Ji,,,

    The same kind of experience i also felt last month.. i had baggage of huge weight which i cant take it easily...i don't know at what confidence i had packed the luggage...i took to the office from office i took the bag and get down near to guindy stattion(Chennai) from that have to catch the train to Egmore to catch my train ..one i get down in the guindy ...have to walk the station 10 mins .and also drizzling .literally i am crying inside how to take the baggage and catch the electric train and requested baba pls help .i walked few steps suddenly an 60 yrs man came .how you are taking this baggage alone as a girl .he closed his umbrella and gave his one hand we both took the baggage andreached the station entrance.I told thanks for all your help .. i also need to catch the electric train so no worries i will hep to take your bag until platform.. he helped me in that same way and found place near to the ladies are sitting and i thanked him and he went away...the train came i just moved and get into the ladies compartment and thanked baba myself and requested baba that man should have good health .suddenly i felt somebody calling me i just tuned back the a same person with smiling face take care and go safely .....i am astonished ..Oh baba how you came in the form of man .... i strongly believe .. you are there at all my times ..Jai sai Ram

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  19. Dear Sai Sister,
    very well written experience..may sainath bless you always

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  20. That's a wonderful experience dear sister. A blessing from Baba. thank you for sharing.

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  21. one of the beautiful experiences....loved it....

    Jai Sai Ram!

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  22. Dear Geetanjali,

    Good to know that all is well and your settled , I can feel the level of frustration when you had during your Terminal Shuffle in Chicago ! Best country in the world ( USA ) is not taking caring of their valuable customer which is really sad and Shame on Chicago Airport executives ! Thanks GOD, SAI came to help you in form of Subodh , you should have taken his number so that you could have been in touch with Subodh ( SAI) anyway I feel happy when everything is fixed now.

    JAI SAIRAM

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  23. Amazing Experience. Very well drafted and explained experience. You are really a bless3ed soul Geetanjali Ji. I finished your experience with moist eyes. Om Sai Ram.

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  24. Absolutely amazing & heart warming. May Baba bless us all.

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  25. Heart touching....God Bless...Om Sai Ram

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  26. Hi Geetanjali Ji,

    your experience is awesome. While reading this post itself I came to know that I failed in the interview I attended last week but still could not stop myself to read this.

    Baba,

    Please help me, why are you giving me all the failures in my life. The job I am in now is your biksha only, but you made me to resign with the situations you know. I am unable to attend any of the interviews with my failures now. All the ways I am getting demotivated. Please save me baba.

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  27. Aum Sai Ram... Beautiful post.. May our Sai bless each n everyone.. :)

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