Few experiences are shared in today's post.

How Baba Made Me Surrender To Him

Sai Brother Umasreedasan from India says: This is in continuation of my experience previously posted here. “You need not go far in search of Me. Barring your name and form, there exists in you, as well as in all beings, a sense of Being or Consciousness of Existence – That is Myself. Knowing this, you see Me inside yourself as well as in all beings. If you practice this, you will realize all-pervasiveness, and thus attain oneness with Me”. ~ Shirdi Sri Sai Baba.

Quick recapitulation: From 2003 onwards, I was trying to understand the theory and practice of Saranagati (Surrender). In 2004 Baba blessed me by giving me a photo-card of His holy Feet in the Mylapore Baba temple of Chennai. In 2005, Baba made unconditional love happen in my heart. In 2008, Baba gave me the permanent Darshanam of the all-pervading Spirit of God within myself as well as in the Space with my soul as Its integral part.

Now let me narrate how Baba made me surrender to Him, merging my soul into the all-pervading Spirit of God, Who is None, but Baba Himself.


By the end of 2011, during meditation, I was able to see the Spirit of God along with my soul filling up my entire body from head to bottom. But since my soul was aware of It, the duality of the seer and the Seen was maintained whether inside the body or outside in the space. By the end of 2012, during meditation, the seer was lost into the Seen, resulting in the exclusive presence of the Spirit of God existing as Itself as well as my soul. When the ego is thus completely annihilated, the Spirit of God becomes a Field of pleasant loving Peace. There seemed to be no boundary between my soul and the Spirit of God.

It is not that my soul became the Spirit of God, but vice versa. Stated in another way, the imagined separation, due to ego, between the soul and the Spirit vanished. Stated in yet another way, the all-pervading Spirit with infinite knowledge and infinite power entering into my heart became the body-confined soul with infinitesimal knowledge and infinitesimal power. In a couple of months I was always immersed in this Field of PLEASANT LOVING PEACE. My spinal cord and heart were permanently fine-tuned to perceive that Field.

I’m groping for words to express my gratitude for Baba for permanently merging my soul into Himself. It’ll be rather easier for me to show my gratitude by listing here the milestones of this process for the benefit of the aspiring Baba devotees. Saranagati (Surrender) is the process of getting our soul merged into the Spirit of God, also known as Soul of God or Paramatma. Following are the steps leading to the realization of Spirit of God by Surrender:
  • Develop traditional bhakti towards God with a focus on the great devotees of God, who have realized the unconditional love towards God.
  • Assume an accomplished saint like Shirdi Sri Sai Baba as your Guru. Believe that He can merge with the all-pervading Spirit of God completely to assume the full knowledge and full potency of the Spirit.
  • Believe that you are not body-mind, but soul, and that your soul is originated from the Spirit of God residing in the heart of every being. Chant a holy Name of God for some duration daily. This is what I prefer to call Awareness Chanting.
  • In due course, unconditional Love will happen in your heart towards your Guru. You become a bhakta (one who has realized unconditional Love for the Spirit of God residing in the heart of every being). All the love for God or Guru, we talk about is traditional, which is based on some condition like gratitude or some expectation like fulfillment of our prayers. Unconditional Love can never originate from our mind – it should happen, by the grace of Guru, in our heart. In fact, when it happens, our mind will resist it for some time until our heart convinces our mind. Once the mind is thus convinced, you’ll feel unconditional Love for the Spirit of God residing in all persons and creatures of this universe. This is the first of the three milestones in the process of Spirit-realization.
  • Soon you’ll understand that you perform all actions primarily for the experience of your soul, and duality of the results of these actions, like success and failure, is immaterial to your soul – only your mind and senses will be interested in the particular result. This state of buddhi (intellect) is called as buddhi yoga by Bhagavad Gita.
  • In due course, you’ll perceive your soul as an integral part of the Spirit of God. Thus, you become a yukta (one who has united his soul with the Spirit - yuj means ‘to unite’). Soul-Spirit has no form, but they exist like a Field, something like a magnetic field, which you can very well perceive with your brain and eyes. You’ll see the entire universe immersed in the all-pervading Spirit of God, your brain and eyes will be permanently fine tuned to see the Spirit within your head as well as in the universe. Instead of identifying with the mind, for the first time in your life, you’ll observe your thoughts and sensory perceptions as if you were an alien to your own mind and body. The Spirit appears with an extraordinary Peac. You’ll always enjoy this Peace in your being. No matter what happens in the external environment, even when your mind and body are agitated and restless. This is the second of the three milestones in the process of Spirit-realization.
  • Soon you’ll understand that you are neither mind nor body, but soul, and soul doesn’t do any action. It can’t; it can only enjoy the state of being like happiness. Thus, you learn to renounce the doership of all actions performed by your mind and body.
  • Start meditation, in addition to chanting. Meditate on the Spirit as if you were the Spirit.
    • The Spirit, along with your soul, will soon fill up your entire body during meditation. Now the unconditional Love, felt in your heart, for the Spirit residing in all persons and creatures gets automatically extended to the corresponding persons and creatures as well.
    • Soon, during meditation, the ego barrier between your soul and the Spirit will be destroyed. There will be no ‘I’ supplied by the ego principle of your mind. There will be no seeing the Spirit from the soul, but you’ll be simply immersed in the Spirit as the Spirit. You have thus entered the Spirit, a Field of PLEASANT LOVING PEACE, and become a prabhanna (one who has surrendered his soul to the Spirit of God). This is the third and final milestone finishing the process of Spirit-realization. Soon your being will always enjoy this state.
    However, you need not become a prabhanna to enter the Spirit of God. You can temporarily enter the Spirit right now straight away. For details, please refer to my Article “Fundamentals of Saranagati” in my blog.

    Miracle

    Anonymous Devotee from India says: This is my first experience. I prayed to Sai Baba from long time, but in between when I was little bit disturbed. So I didn’t pray Him and just I thought that He is not listening me. I have completed my study and I belong to a middle class. So for some more professional degrees, I took admission in B.Ed. college. At that time, I met my mother's friend’s daughter. She had also taken the admission in same college. And thus we became friend.

    She was lecturer as a guest faculty in college. Once I just talked to her about the recruitment. And after only one month one day, when I was coming back from my B. Ed. College, she phone me and said that Principal has called me and then I said tomorrow I will come. But after 5 minutes, she called me and said to come soon to the college. And I went to the college with my documents and in college office she has just taken a simple interview and she said to come and join college from Monday and I was selected as a lecturer. This was very miraculous to me this is all the blessing of Sai Baba only before getting the job in college. I have done 5 Guruvar Vrat and thus I got the result of that Vrat. My friend is also a devotee of Lord Sai Ram. And from this experience my belief and devotion to Sai Baba became more .Jai Sai Ram. Jai Sai Baba.

    My second experience is just a 15 days ago only. On Thursday before going to college, I and my friend use to go Sai Baba temple. We both went temple and at that time Aarti was going on. I just parked my scooty and we both soon went inside. We prayed and attended Aarti and as it was my fast, so I didn’t take Prasad. We were just praying to Sai Ram and Aarti was finished and so much crowd was their inside the temple and outside also. I was just standing and praying to Sai Ram. At that time, one man in a very loud voice asking to everyone who’s scooty is this. Then I saw and from inside the temple I said its mine. Then he picked my mobile phone from the scooty and said you forget it. As I saw my mobile, I was just shocked because five days before only, my brother gifted me and it was very costly mobile. At that time, my friend came and I told her about this and thus I told it was the Sai Ram Miracle. He gave me my mobile and while entering, I forgot about my mobile. So from that day onwards my faith in Sai Baba became more. Sai Baba, You are really great. Om Sai Ram.

    Unbelievable Assurance By Sai Baba

    Sai Sister Shalini Ji from Qatar says: Dear Hetal Ji, Thanks for this wonderful platform through, which Sai devotees across world can share their experiences showered to them from our beloved Baba. May SAI help you continue this blog for many-many years to come and bless you always. Kindly rectify the content before publishing if you feel so. Please let me know in advance when you are publishing my experience in your blog.

    I have not been an ardent devotee of Lord Sai Baba until 3-4 months back, when I first visited Shirdi with my Kids and Parents. It was a casual visit just like any other pilgrimage. But after coming back from Shirdi, when I read about Baba through internet in various blogs, I felt connected to Him. Every day and each second, I felt His presence in my life. I could not spend my time without reading about my beloved Baba.

    Since then there were various miraculous incidents taking place, which were drawing me more closely towards my Baba. The experience, which I am sharing here, is little bit long, but something, which I cannot trim at all and I want everyone in this forum to read it. Believe me you just cannot imagine that Sai Baba can assure you to this extent.

    The Real Experience

    Recently we relocated from Bangalore India to Doha, Qatar as my husband got a Job here. I was also working in a software company in Bangalore, but I left the job to be with my husband and family in Doha. Before coming to Doha, once I asked Baba (thru Q&A Blog), that I am leaving my job here to be with my family; are you OK with this? He replied in a positive way and told that, everything will be fine and you will get more than you have imagined". I felt very happy that my SAI is with me.

    Just 2 weeks after coming to Doha, I got an interview call from a very renowned company. I gave the face-to face interview and I was selected. You cannot imagine the interviewer hardly asked me anything regarding my previous job and work related thing. He was so casual and the interview went for hardly 15 minutes. Though I was informed that I was selected, but I did not get any mail confirmation and offer letter even after 2 weeks from the date of interview. I was little bit worried and was making up my mind that it was kind of a fake interview otherwise they would have taken at least 2 rounds.

    On 1st week of July (not remembering the exact date), after a normal day-to-day activity, I slept at night. At around 4:30 or 5:00 am in the morning, I saw a dream that SAI Baba is telling me that “you will get the offer on 18th of July". These were the exact words spoken by Him "18 JULY KO TUMHARA OFFER AA JAYEGA" and that's it. After listening this, I woke up, and was very happy and thought of telling this to my husband. But thought that let this come true and then I will tell. I told my husband that SAI has told me something, but I will tell you once that comes true.

    On 18th of July since morning only, I was excited and was expecting SAI to make His words come true, so that I can tell my husband about it. More than the happiness of getting the offer I was excited to tell about the liveliness of our SAI. Can you believe that exactly on 18th of July, at around 2:00 pm, my mobile rang and it was an unknown number. I hesitantly and suspiciously, picked the call. It was call from the company for which I had given the interview. My happiness knew no bounds and I was trembling while talking to the person on call. He told that based on the interview you gave to the client; we are offering you this designation and sending you the offer letter. Few minutes after the call, I could not understand if all this happenings are true. But finally I realized that it is true and SAI is really with me and He always completes His words.

    Immediately I called and informed my husband about the offer. He was very happy. When he came from office, then I told him the complete story of my dream. He was shocked and more than 5 times he asked me that are you telling me the truth or making a story? Only I and my Sai Baba know this. I feel myself blessed and more close to my Sai after this incident. Thank You Baba for all Your love showered on me and keep me always at Your lotus feet. Always be with me and guide me through. May Sai Baba bless all His devotees. Jai Sai Nath.

    Shalini Gupta


    © Devotees Experiences with Shirdi Sai Baba

    34 comments:

    1. First experience has got a lot of depth to it. I wish I can comprehend it and attain that state some day.. Third experience is just miraculous..

      OM SAI RAM!!

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    2. Jai Sai Ram! @1st experiences .This is rare experience which i ever read...@2nd experiences really boosting my faith more thanks for sharing it

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    3. I request the devotee who wrote the first experience as well as other devotee readers of this blog plz enlighten me on how to do meditation..
      om sai ram..

      sai plz guide me ..

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    4. jai sairam!!

      last experience devotee,your experience is the answer for what i asked baba since 1 week.. thank u...

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    5. OM SAI RAM

      1ST devotee's experience is so beautiful. Was always fascinated by the passage quoted from the Sai Satcharita where soul becomes one with Sai. Truly blessed to experience what one reads in the Sai Satcharita. You are really fortunate. Thank you for sharing this experience with the rest of us. I have saved it on my desktop to read it daily and by the grace of Sai hopefully should be blessed with it. Ultimately that is the essence of Sai Baba's teachings. This is what Baba wants us to do ---merge and connect with Baba's soul. Thank you once again to write about it. OM SAI RAM

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    6. OM SAI RAM
      OM SAI RAM
      OM SAI RAM
      OM SAI RAM
      OM SAI RAM
      OM SAI RAM
      OM SAI RAM

      Baba please bless us. Forgive us for all our sins. Have mercy on us Baba. Forgive and Bless us. Wipe away all our bad karmas Baba, Baba only you can save us. Bless us Baba. Each day wait for your miracles in our lives. Baba Bless us.

      Om Sai Ram

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    7. first experience devotee, thank you so very much for putting it down in detail - it's a great service that you have done here, surely it's Baba's inspiration, what else could it be?
      I am now beginning to relate to what you have described here and the day is not far when Baba will grant me the similar bliss.....

      2nd experience very good

      3rd experience, simply amazing!!

      May Baba keep blessing you and all of us, Sai Ram......

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    8. i dont have to say any word after reading those exp......speech less.....love u baba.....from bottam of my heart

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    9. lovely experiences.....lovely.

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    10. Wonderful and blessed experiences.

      O Deva, I am a common man and all I can do is surrender my self to You. Mould me in what ever form You wish O Sadguru.

      Thank You for all the Love and Peace and everything else O Sai :)

      Jai Sairam
      Sharma

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    11. we are planning to offer a puja at shibpur sai baba temple by the name of ma sister and we want to request udi also...can any one please tel me the process...

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      1. Om Sai Jai Sai dear devotee go thru shibpur saibaba website you will get all information.
        Om Sai Jai Sai very nice experiences sharing in todays post. 1st devotee thanks for sharing the step by step details to surrender oneself to our Gurudeva.2nd devotee saiji is always there to take care of his children it got proved by your experiences.3rd devotee I got goosebumps after reading your experience. I had a dream on thursday(my 1st Nav Guruvar Vrat) that I am at sai baba temple and Guruji C B Satpathiji was also there but he was refusing to let anyone to bow down to his feet.But I managed to do that and when I was bowing down I saw Guruji was wearing 1 black and 1 white socks in each feet.Secondly I also hugged Guruji and was crying just without reason then Guruji was consoling me and patting my head. I am wondering what does it mean by 2 different colours of socks.Please if anyone can answer me on these

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    12. Om Sai Ram

      First devotee thank you so much for giving us so much information. today only i prayed to Baba to teach me to do Saranagati. Everyday after my prayers i will read the devotee's experiences and today i am really shocked to see the first experience. I am trying very hard to meditate and i find it very difficult to concentrate on meditation.You are really a blessed soul to have experienced so much. Your instructions seems difficult to practice but only with baba's help all of us may experience the same bliss and peace.Thanks a lot.

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    13. @Shalini in third experience:Sister you are truly blessed. I am so happy to read your live experience proving baba's love for you. Its so amazing feeling to get an assurance from baba on something thats troubling you.
      I am waiting for a similar assurance from baba on my problem with which i had come in his darbar 3.5 years back. I so wish even I get as lucky as you to get such exact assurance from baba it will really give some peace to my soul.
      Anyways all the best for your job and life. May baba continue showering his blessings on you the same way.

      Om sai ram

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    14. Jai Sai Ram ji ki to all,

      Sai Sai Sai Sai Sai
      Sai Sai Sai Sai Sai
      Sai Sai Sai Sai Sai
      Sai Sai Sai Sai Sai
      Sai Sai Sai Sai Sai

      Love You Baba ji Sabse ZYAADA ji

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    15. साईं के दरबार में पूरी होती हर कामना
      माथा टेक समाधी पे शुद्ध होती आत्मा
      बाबा प्रेम भक्त से करते है उसके हर दुःख हर लेते है
      भटकने से गलत राह पर भक्तो को बचा लेते है

      ... आता जो दरबार में रोता हुआ बाबा उससे हसा के भेजते है
      जिसकी जैसी होती है भावना वैसा ही फल देते है
      साईं की लीलाओं का किसी ने पार न पाया है
      भक्तो के खातिर बाबा ने स्वयं भार उठाया है

      सबकी इच्छा पूरी करते है साईं सबका ध्यान रखते है
      बाबाजी अपने भक्तो से बहुत प्रेम करते है
      झुका दे अपना शीश हम भी बाबा के पावन चरणों में
      स्वर्ग मिलेगा जीते जी बाबा जी के पावन चरणों में

      साईं कृपा हम सब पर बनी रहे l

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    16. Baba, Oh my father, please please solve all our problems and bless us with our wishes and peace of mind. Love you Baba. I am always at your feet.

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    17. Jai Sai RAM. Dear 1st Sai Devotee, about your post on meditation and being ONE with the surrounding, I am happy to tell you that I am not much into meditation etc, but I do feel LOVE all the time. I talk to BABA in my mind. Feel very happy to see bird flying across my car while I am driving and just express my thought, hey, birdie, fly little higher, of you will get hit someday! I offer little water in my bird-feeder and put something to eat for birds in my balcony too! I would be going out of town for a couple of weeks and telling my birdies to forgive me as there would be no food for them on my balcony!
      I enjoy trees blossoming and relish all various colorful flowers and shades of greens in my surroundings. Enjoy sunrise and sunsets everyday. Somehow I see that I do not feel anxiety of any kind which is very strange when I look back what I was!
      For any situation where I think I am facing difficulty, like I was fixing one of my chain, I had to open up the round ring and connecting to the main part of that chain, I had to press it back. It was very difficult task as such as I do have a proper device to do that job! Heh, using a usual "pakkad" I managed to open up that ring but to press back I found that very difficult. As if someone is standing by your side and you talk to that person, I said, BABA, if others can do this, I too should be able to do this, right? and LO!!!! the ring could be pressed in no time and my seemingly looking almost unattianable task could be achieved in just split second!
      I feel BABA with me all the time. Thanks for the posting.
      By the way, I loved the picture on this page, BABA, Jesus and LORD Krishna floating around hand in hand! WOW.
      I just finished painting my "Little Klishna" for my 5 old grand daughter. She loves our GOD's stories and not only that but she would give us how her GODs to be incorporated in telling her stories about them. She had requested us to bring Gada, Trishul, Sudarshan Chakra, Little Krishna idol and Hanumanji idol from India. I had started this Makhanchor Krishna painting some 12-15 years ago. I thought of completing it for my Priya and gift her the same. Here is the photo of my painting. ok, I can not include that here, but I would send it to Hetal ji and request her to post it.
      Very happy to read the other 2 sai devotees' postings too.
      May we all remain blessed.
      Jai Sai RAM.

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    18. OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM
      OM SAIRAM

      BABA PLS HELP ME TO COME OUT OF ALL MY TROUBLES. PLS BLESS ME ...PLS BLESS US ALL...

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    19. JAI SAIRAM,Wonderful Experiences.
      BABA Please bless me, my husband and my son with good health Baba.
      Please excuse us for our mistakes.
      I love you Tandri.
      ANANTHA KOTI BRAHMANDA NAYAKA RAJADHI RAJA YOGI RAJA PARA BRAHMA SHRI SACHIDANANDA SAMARTHA SAMARTHA SADGURU SAINATH MAHARAJ KI JAI.
      Baba today is our marriage day Baba and you know everything. Please be with us always and please bless us Baba.
      SARVAM SHRI SAINATHARPANAMASTHU.
      Love you Baba.

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    20. Dear Umasreedasan (Devotee 1) Amazing experience, would feel escatic to reach that stage of Surrender,absolutely the Grace of Baba is mandatory to attain total merger with the Divine Supreme & after that nothing else in the world really matters. Extremely nicely narrated.

      Devotee 3, Shaliniji absolutely amazing experience, I am sure you must be short of words to feel the inner joy & satisfaction to feel the presence of Shri Sai with you. May Baba bless us all.

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    21. Jai Sairam
      When we are in stress and we read about Baba we feel relaxed.Baba please be with my son and him a responsible person.
      Baba koti koti pranam at your lotus feet
      OM SAI SRI SAI JAI JAI SAI

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    22. All three experiences are wonderful.

      1st: I wish I was able to understand that state. I realised I'm very far from attaining it and needs to work very hard to get closer to that. I pray to Baba to take me in that path.

      2nd: Very nice.. don't ever lose faith on Baba again...he will surely bless you and fulfill all your wishes when the time is right.

      Shalini jo: Wonderful experience..I felt so happy when reading it and could feel your excitement. You are truly Blessed to have that communication from Baba.

      Love you Baba. Bless us all

      Om Sai Ram

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    23. Very nice experiences...whenever i read experiences here about our baba he brings smile on my face....thanks a lot for sharing your experiences....OM SAIRAM....LOVE YOU A LOT SAIMA.....:):)

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    24. Very nice experiences! Baba gives us nice answers to all our problems in unique ways (such as the dream of the last devotee or helping to find a lost mobile for the 2nd devotee or the nice experiences of the 1st devotee). Baba knows all of us better than we even know ourselves, so we should just have faith and patience in His plan for each and every one of us. Om Sai Ram!

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    25. Sai baba, Please take my husband into your wings and bless him with a healthy and blissful life. I would both of us to perform your pooja and chant your name. You now what is going thru our life please take care of us and bless us with a healthy baby soon.

      OM SAI RAM

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    26. Nice experiences Thank for sharing om sai ram
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    27. Om sai ram
      Om sai ram
      Om sai ram

      Thank you Baba for guiding me.

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    28. beautiful experiences....loved them :-)

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    29. Babaji

      You are my Merciful Mother, You gave me so much love in Shirdi just like a daughter in her parents house...

      Love you Babaji..please bless all, make everyone Happy.

      Love you My dear Mother.

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