Sai Sister Manisha Ji from India says: Hi Hetal Ji, thanks a ton for your efforts to maintain this blog so beautifully. Many devotees like me can remain close to Baba everyday by subscribing to this blog and because of the service you are doing for souls like us. My post is going to be a long one please bear with me as these small incidents that happened recently have given bliss to me and I feel blessed and I wish other Sai devotees should also get something out of this. My name is Manisha and I work for an IT company in Mumbai in 1-10:30 shifts, so It takes almost 2 hrs in cab for reaching home at night. I will use dates to link my continuous experiences with Sai.
I and my boy friend had some arguments on Friday (Jan 25th) and so I was not feeling good. Saturday went in the same mood. On Sunday (Jan 27th), my family members went to visit a marriage. They asked me several times, but I did not accompany them and was alone at home. I had downloaded few Sai songs (Lata Mangeshkar and from Album:Sai Ki Deewani) through a website shared by you Hetal di. I had bath and I don’t know why by this time I played Sai Songs in my mobile and kept it on loudspeaker. I felt good. I was working for another organization till 12th March, 2012 (I had subscribed for the mails in Jan or Feb 2012) and had read all the mails from this site regularly till that day (March 12th). But suddenly after coming to Mumbai (my hometown after switching the job from Pune), I lost contact with Sai and had many unread mails so I decided to read them all that Sunday.
I was unaware that I had almost 200 unread mails. I started reading at around 4:30 p.m. and kept reading for more than 5 hours. I started feeling bliss and faith in Sai grew stronger. I read more than 50 mails and while going through one of the mail, I saw the photo of Sai in the form I was looking and searching everywhere on the roads every night from cab. I had told Sai that I am feeling very lonely. I want You to accept me and I will consider that I have been accepted only if I see that particular photo of yours. I used to look for it every night while returning in cab, but that Sunday while reading devotees experiences, I saw that photo. I just casually looked at the photo and started reading. But suddenly after sometime, I realized that it was the same photo for which I have been looking since days. I was expecting it to be seen while traveling (as usually we come across many Sai photos). But Baba came and blessed me in my home itself. When I realized I got goose bumps and was then satisfied that I have been accepted and blessed. After reading for 5 hours, I felt exhausted and stopped reading, but the unread mails are still there.
Yellow Pedha In Return For The Yellow RoseI had planned Shirdi Visit on Saturday 2nd Feb with my boy friend, but we had not booked the tickets and had thought we will book it in Tatkal. As Tatkal tickets get booked only a day prior to the day of journey, he tried booking on Friday morning. But the IRCTC server did not respond. He tried from his office in Pune. I visit Baba’s temple daily as the pickup point of my cab is just in front of Baba’s temple. That Friday (Feb 1st ), when I went to temple I got a pedha. Actually this temple got renovated and they had kept Yagya on Thurs (Jan 31st). Many couples had come. I guessed that they will perform Sai Vrat pooja. Baba had so many flowers around Him and looked very beautiful. It was my 3rd Vrat (9 Thursday Vrat). I offered Him a Yellow flower and wanted to click a picture, but I was not sure whether I should click or not. So after praying, I just left and seeing all the preparations for the Yagya. I wished if I would have been able to be there, but it was a working day and my cab comes in front of the temple at 11:40.
I usually reach there early (around 11:10) and after going to temple I wait for the cab. When I was waiting, I felt I should go and click a picture as I had never seen Baba decorated with so many flowers. I went in again it’s a small temple, only 2-3 people can stand there. And this time, when I went there, there were around 5-6 people. I thought I won’t be able to click the picture, but I got some nice pictures of Baba (posted). I was happy that I clicked the picture. Returning to Friday (Feb 1st), when I went to the temple, flowers were still there around Baba and I offered white rose and clicked few more pictures as the temple was empty. When I was about to leave after praying, the person, who usually takes care of the temple, gave Prasad and holy water asked me “Prasad liya” as I had taken it myself that day as he was busy with some other work.
He just came on time, when I had turned to leave the temple. I answered in affirmative. Then he said “Yeh le”, it was a yellow pedha with a piece of pista on it. I felt special after getting it, but I felt more special and blessed, when I saw him throw the empty box on the side of road when I was just getting down from the steps. Then I realized this was the only pedha left and someone might have offered the box yesterday as there was Yagya and lunch. I had wished to be there for that Yagya, but Baba did fulfill my wish by giving me the only pedha. I felt as if it was kept in that box just for me. That box was also kept till morning with only one pedha. The person who takes care could have removed the pedha and kept in in the dish, where Prasad is kept and could have thrown away the box. But only while writing this post, I realized that the box was also retained as if Baba wanted to tell me “See I have kept this pedha for you. You could not be there in yesterday’s pooja, but you wished to be there and so I have fulfilled your wish by keeping this only pedha for you and I have blessed you and accepted you. Don’t have any doubts now”.
Had that person not thrown out the box in front of me, I would have never realized how Baba blessed me. I wished to jump with joy as I felt so special. I was so happy that tears flowed down my cheeks. I called my mom and told her about it and also told I ate half pedha and have kept half for all of you. I boarded the cab, still I couldn’t forget what all happened in those 2 minutes. I cried and felt blessed. My boy friend called and said that the site is not working and he was not able to book the tickets and will try after some time. I told him what happened in the temple and also told him that Baba will make sure that at least 2 tickets remain, so that we can book or at least 1 as we would reach Shirdi in 5-6 hrs. He called me at 12 noon, when I was in cab that we got the tickets and I felt so happy.
Shirdi TripAs we got the tickets for Shirdi for Feb 2nd Saturday (10:30 p.m.), I started packing the things on Sat. Through questions and answers site, Baba had once told me to distribute white sweet. In the evening, I went out, bought a coconut and white pedhas to offer in Shirdi. When I came home, my Sister asked to remove 2 pedhas and offer it in house only first. I did that. Then I packed my stuff and left for Shirdi. Train journey was a smooth one. We reached Shirdi at 4 am, got fresh, bought Prasad and stood in the queue at 5:45 am. I was wearing green. A thought just casually rose in my mind that I am wearing green and I wish that Baba too wears green and even if He doesn’t, I will be fine as it was not a strong wish that He should wear green. When we entered the first hall, I had preliminary Darshan of Baba on TV and Baba was dressed in green. Then after reaching the main hall, when we had reached very close to Baba, our line did not move at all. I saw the time and we had very nice Darshan of Baba for 5 minutes. Usually we do not get Darshan for 5 minutes. And I felt so fortunate as when we had visited Shirdi last year, we couldn’t get proper Darshan and I was not satisfied. But this time I was very much satisfied.
I gave coconut. He touched it with Samadhi and gave it with bundle of roses then again. I gave the sweet box, which was open, and he removed few pedhas (twice) and kept them on Samadhi border (the silver one). My joy knew no bounds as before leaving the house, I was confused how to offer the box. Then my mom had suggested that if he keeps the whole box let him keep. If he consecrates and gives it back, accept it. I wanted that He should take out few pedhas, but I was thinking (and usually seen during live Darshan) that they don’t even consecrate it properly. Will he get time to remove some pedhas, but yes he removed, not once but twice. I was really happy and very much satisfied with this visit. We had our Darshan in less than an hour.
We waited till noon Aarti, bought books, calendar Baba’s idol. And after the Aarti, we went to prasadayala, had Baba’s Prasad and I left for Mumbai and my boy friend left for Pune. I was fully satisfied with this shirdi trip.
It was my boy friend’s birthday on 6th Feb. Almost every day, I see the online Dhoop Aarti and that day I just told Baba that Baba he is going to meet me today and he will be wearing blue. And I wish even You wear blue today and bless him. The moment, I opened online Darshan site, Baba was dressed in a blue dress. I felt so happy and took the snapshot of Baba in blue dress and also told him how Baba blessed him. We both were very happy. Thanks everyone for bearing with me and I apologize for the long post.
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