Sai Sister Arthy Ji from UK says:
I am currently working as Manager in a reputed firm in England and I am writing this article to speak of how Baba entered into my life and has been doing miracles since then. I am from Tamil Nadu, brought up in Dubai, now working in England. But Sai Baba dragged me to Him no matter where I was in world.
OM SAI RAM. The way Baba came to my life is quite unique on its own. Baba entered into my life, when I was 21 years in the form of a small black and white photo and He has been guiding me in my every single step in life ever since. The miracles that have been happening in my life through Him can’t be described through words.
I am currently working in UK at a reputed firm, but the journey to how I got here was not an easy path. I was pursuing a course in Aeronautical Engineering at a reputed university in England. My parents had big ambitious dreams for me and they supported me in every step according to my desire placing my interest before theirs. The hit came to our family during my second year of studies. My dad was diagnosed with heart blockages and had to undergo major heart surgery and my family finances went into very bad scenario.
At this time, my grandmom (maternal) gave my mum a small photo of Shirdi Sai Baba and ask my mum to pray for successful operation of my father. That’s how His picture came into our house. I never knew who Baba was or never actually bothered to find out anything about Him. I knew that He was a great saint, who lived in Shirdi and that’s it. In spite of the turmoil my family was going through, I took the initiative to complete my studies on my own. My family at that point couldn’t afford to spend any money for my studies. They sent me away to do my fourth year with burden in their heart and the only thing they could give me was their blessings. I still have the sight of my mum, when she was seeing me off at airport.
When I landed in England and was unpacking my things. To my surprise, I found a small black and white picture of Shirdi Sai Baba in the zip of my suitcase. I asked my mother, if she had placed it and she didn’t. Till date, I have not been able to figure out as to how I got the picture. I was going through hard time and was trying for sponsorship from all sources to complete my education. One day, I decided to find out more about this Baba and typed His name in google. That’s when I started learning about how great He was. I came across the site, which described about 9 Thursday Vrat and how the devotees get blessed cause of this fasting. I decided to myself that I will take 9 Thursday Sai Vrat and I told my family about Baba. The only prayer I had to him was that I needed the courage and strength to complete my studies without any hindrances.
As soon as I started the Vrat, within the first two weeks, I received two big scholarships, which could cover my entire tuition and accommodation fees. I cannot express in words how grateful I was at that point. Every Thursday, during my Vrat for first two weeks, I used to sit in front His picture and be in tears without even realizing it. I felt as if he was sitting in front of me and listening to me. I got a call for my job interview in fifth week of Vrat and by the time I was in 9th week, I had my job offer in hand with my financials covered for my studies. I couldn’t express my joy and I have no words to describe how blessed I felt at that point to get such a saint to guide me in my life.
My family learnt the power of this Mahaatma and how come that we missed to know this saint for so long. But when He entered, He entered like a wave, sweeping away our entire family into devotion with Him. The story doesn’t end here. I went back to Dubai completing my studies and with job offer. My family was so glad to have me back with them after going through so much. Back in Dubai, my sister had just completed her 12th grade exams and was planning to go to UK for her studies. As I had mentioned earlier, my parents always dreamt big and they wanted to treat us both fairly. They could have made my sister study locally, where it would be cheaper. But they wanted to give her the life they gave me. So through great difficulty, we managed to get the finance sorted to send her to England. But the back fall came, when my sister didn’t get the required grades to get into good university and I personally didn’t want to send her to less reputed university.
But due to the stubbornness of my sister and mum, they decided to send her to a less reputed university and by Baba grace, she also got admission in that university and visa was arranged for the trip as well. I, my mother and sister were going to travel back to England together. Since I was returning back to England as an employee now, I made a new application for my visa with my documents verified my company lawyer. To everyone surprise, my mum and sister got their visa and mine got rejected even though all documents were perfect. We were in big confusion and finally it was decided that my mum and sister leave alone to England and I stay back in Dubai to make a reapplication. This was all part of drama Baba has been playing in our favour, which we realized later on in life.
As soon as my mum and sister landed in England, they were shocked to see the condition of her university and the accommodation for my sister. It was unsafe scenario. The university didn’t even let them inside without paying fees for first term. Since the day, my sister and mother went to university was inauspicious, my mum decided to pay the fees next day. As soon as she went to halls, my mum got really worried about the standard of education my sister would get. She didn’t listen to me, when I said. But Baba played His game to make my mum and sister realize that they made the wrong decision. If Baba had let me travel with them, then my mum and sister, they wouldn’t get the opportunity to experience the wrong decision they made. As it is said many times in Sai Satcharitra, Baba has His unique way of teaching lessons to people.
So my mum decided to bring my sister back to Dubai. We got her into very good British university in Dubai itself and then she has transferred to England for her 2nd year studies and she will complete her studies in England as my parents wished for her. She will not be in England, but she will have degree from one of the most reputed university.
In the mean time, my visa got rejected for second time as well. To whom else do we go kids go crying if life tortures us, it was Baba again? I and my mum took a vow to observe 9 Thursday Vrat to help me get visa and travel back to England. Just after me and my mum finished the first Thursday Vrat, even before, we did our 2nd Thursday, I was on flight to England. This is how Baba showered His blessing on us! My job sends me to different parts of world for 6 months period to get job training. After completing my first 6 months, I was planning to go to Malaysia for my second 6 months and you know where Baba got me? He made me come to Pune for 6 months and stay in His soil. I had an amazing opportunity to visit Shirdi once a month or even twice a month. I still remember the feeling I had, when I stepped into His Dwarakamai. I felt as if I am seeing someone close to me after very long time. I and my mum were there and I was in tears of happiness. I had goose bumps all over me and I couldn’t see anywhere else expect His shining face. My father came down from Dubai for a week and my sister also came down for 3-4 months and all of us had the amazing opportunity to visit Shirdi.
During my first visit, I bought for myself a copy of Sai Satcharitra and have been reading about Him more and more since then. Like it is mentioned there, Baba pulls His devotes to Him from which ever part of world. They are like a sparrow on thread. Even though we were living in some different part of world, Baba blessed us and got us to His feet. I cannot imagine my life without Him now and I am so glad to be blessed by Him.
This is not a story. This is my life and I am writing this so that all of who doubt His presence and think of Him immortal, you are wrong! He is living today and He will always for devotees, who believe in Him. He will make sure you get to Him if you trust in Him completely! His blessing continues till today and I hope and pray that He showers you all with His blessings.
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