Anonymous Devotee from USA says:
This site is a wonderful portal that brings all Sai devotees together and encourages us to share our experiences. I know this is not an easy task to commit oneself to maintain a portal and update it every day. God bless you Hetal Ji for maintaining this wonderful site. You are truly a Sai devotee. You can call me Sai’s daughter. Please keep my name and email anonymous.
I am grateful to my mother, who instilled the Bhakti rasa in me and taught me that one’s prayer with utmost faith will never go unanswered. As a child, I always believed and chanted Ganesha’s name. I got introduced to Shirdi Sai and HIS miracles in the year 1999. I am grateful for my friend for that introduction. I can say that it was my Lord Ganesha’s intent to show me a Guru. And I can say that Shirdi Sai has worked constantly inside me to even change the way I think in my day to day life by reminding me the stories of Sri Sai Satcharitra. Sai has given me so much in my life that I was indeed leading a contented life. I had a good job too. But for the past couple of years, somehow I had the feeling that my job would be outsourced and it is better that I find a new job. Since this thought came to me about three years back, I decided to put chits in front of my Baba, one saying to ‘Apply for a new job in another company’ and the other saying ‘Not to apply’. The answer was always to ‘Apply for a new job’. I indeed applied and tried for six months, but nothing worked out for me.
At the same time, I got a promotion in my current company and I stopped applying. Everything was going on well for the couple of years and I again got the same feeling this year to apply and picked the chits again. Baba again told me to ‘Apply for a new job in another company’. I looked at my Baba’s picture in my pooja room and prayed to HIM to help me in my application process. And after taking Baba’s blessings, I started to apply again. I knew Baba had something in HIS mind since HE has consistently indicated me to apply for a new job. I started to see positive signs as my resumes got forwarded to the hiring departments. I did get phone interviews for a couple of job positions, but nothing worked. I also did get the opportunity to attend personal interviews for a couple for job positions. The interviews went well, but I did not get the job offers. This was very disheartening. Only people, who have gone through the interview process can relate to how one feels to get rejected after doing well in a job interview and getting so close to getting a job.
I have cried and prayed in front of my Baba’s picture. At the bottom of my heart, I very well knew that Baba has a plan for me. In addition, I had some other issues too with my mother, who had to undergo two major operations. I was constantly praying for my job and my mother’s surgery. I had to go to India for my mother’s surgery and I tried to go to Baba Mandir every day, but seeing Baba’s Moorthi, I was so much enwrapped with HIS love that tears automatically flowed from my eyes. HE is everything to me. I just asked HIM why HE is testing me like this. I made up my mind to do Nav Guruvaar vrat after I am back to US. After my India trip, I came back to US with a decision not to worry too much about my job and a firm belief that Baba would not take away my current job.
I landed in USA on Tuesday and went to my work as usual on Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, I got a call from my prospective employer to come for an interview the very next day or the after – that is either Thursday or Friday. Is it a coincidence or did Baba want me to start the actual process after my mother's surgery and India trip. I couldn’t think of anything, but thank my Sai for this phone call. I prayed to HIM mentally and asked if I can come next Wednesday since I had just come back from India and in addition our family had plans of going out of town that weekend. The HR called me back and said next Wednesday would work just fine. All the time, I was praying my Sai not to break my heart this time with the job interview. I was constantly praying HIM and preparing for my interview simultaneously. We came back from our weekend trip and on Tuesday (Sept 4), the day before my interview, while I was doing namaskarams to HIM, a flower fell from HIS idol. My joy knew no bounds. My eyes were filled with tears just thanking HIM for the very fact that HE consoles us in times we need HIM the most. The next day (Sept 5) the interview went very well and by God’s grace I impressed the employer.
After the interview, I was thinking of the references I need to provide if my prospective employer asks about it. I wanted to ask one of my ex-coworkers to be my reference as I had worked some big projects with him, but I did not know how to approach him as he had left our company and I had not seen him for a long time. My husband and I decided to go for an evening walk on September 6th evening. We normally do not go for walks in the evening and that day, I don’t know why we decided on that. And on our evening walk, we met my ex-coworker, who was also taking a walk that evening. Is that simply a coincidence or is it Baba’s way of getting things done. While I was talking to my ex-coworker, I did tell him that I would quote him as my reference and he gladly agreed to do so.
I have been carrying a key chain that has a metal frame of Ganesha engraved on one side and Baba engraved on the other to my current job from the day I started my current job, which is more than 9 years ago. I have never come to work without this keychain. With this key chain in my pocket, I always have a feeling that Baba is with me all the time. On Wednesday Sept 12, I got out of my car to go to my office and while I was walking in the parking lot, I realized that I had just the keys with me but the metal picture of Ganesha and Baba that was attached to the keychain was not there. With a sad mind, I retraced the steps back to my car only to find that the picture was on the car seat. Although I felt very sad that this broke after so many years, I again had the feeling that Baba has a message for me telling that “I looked after you this many years in your current job and now is the time to move on to a different one”. I kept that metal frame in my pocket and started that day’s work at my job.
The next day, Thursday Sept 13, I started the Nav Guruvaar Vrat. The same day afternoon, I got an email from my prospective employer asking me to provide them references. I was constantly praying my Sai and thanking HIM at the same time for taking the process to this level. I try to watch Live Shirdi Sai Darshan online every day and that day, Baba was wearing a green shawl. Again, I felt Baba is sending me a message that everything is going to be OK. Next Wednesday Sept 18, on Ganesh Chathurthi, when I was getting ready to do Ganesha pooja, I got a phone call for a job offer. Shirdi Baba wore light green for Shej Aarthi that day again. My joy knew no bounds.
I am sorry that I have a very long post. But this experience and many more experiences of mine have again and again reconfirmed my faith in my Sai. In fact, my current job also was blessed by my Sai. After exactly 9 years and 9 months in my current job in which I have been very successful, I will be starting my new job in mid-October. I ask Sai to bless me in my new job and give me HIS Darshan in some form to make me realize again and again that HE is with me. Om Sai! Peace be to all!
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