Sai Sister Anuradha Ji from India says: I am a devotee of Sai. I consider Him my Shiksha Guru. Through my worst time last year, it was Sai and my Diksha Guru's guidance that saw me through. At a time when I found myself all alone, Sai was present as was my Guru. A few days back as I was thinking of going to Shirdi, immediately my acquaintance from Shirdi called me. I am still in a tough spot and I hope you all pray for Sai's kripa on me.


My journey with Baba started as a young child, when I would accompany my Nani and Mausi to the Sai Temple in Delhi's Lodhi Estate. My Nani had bought me a small pendent from the temple with Sai's image that I wore.


Then for many years my attention flickered away to other things away from Sai. When I was a teenage my aunt was diagnosed as suffering from final stage of cancer. Doctors advised her family to take her home because even the advanced surgeries she underwent could not help her. She was in a lot of pain. My father decided to visit Shirdi as he had heard of the miraculous healing powers of Sai's UDI and water.

This was also a time our family was facing a lot of hardships by way of illnesses and strained finances. My father visited Shirdi with just his two-way ticket and a little money for his meals there. On the day, he was returning, he just had One Rupee left in his pocket. My father thought he did not need the money, since he would reach home and have food the next day and decided to fast that night. As he was waiting for the train, an old fakir came and sat next to my father. Suddenly this man started talking to my father in fluent English. Strangely, my father started telling him his troubles. As his train arrived, the fakir extended his palm in front of my father. My father took the only rupee in his pocket and gave it to him. A little later he turned to spot the Fakir and the man had just disappeared. Sai's UDI and water helped my aunt to the extent that she did not feel any pain despite bleeding heavily every day. She was deeply happy to receive Sai's photo. A photo was also gifted to me. That image of Sai's likeness in Shirdi sits in my altar even now.

A few years back, I had an intense curiosity to know what Sai actually looked like. Till then, only photos of His statues were in circulation. Three days later, I saw this group mail in my inbox with a rare photo of Sai at Shirdi with His disciples. I was taken aback. My mother and sister already believed in Sai very deeply. In fact, my mother would ask for Sai's help in simple day to day events and I used to laugh at her saying why bother God over such small things. "My Sai listens very closely to His bhakts," my mother would say.

Then came a time, when I found love for the first time. I had been single well into my 30s. I was overwhelmed with the emotion one day while sitting with my beau and looking at Sai photograph. I felt so insecure about my relationship since it did not have our family's approval. Suddenly the room was filled with the scent of flowers and sandalwood. Someone later said that was Sai's presence. Anyway, a few years down the line, that person and I broke up and the relationship was over. I was distraught and deeply disturbed. Nothing held my attention; I woke up in the mornings wishing for death. Yet death eluded me.

Then one of those days I dreamt I was standing in Shirdi with my Mom in front of the Samadhi. The temple looked like it did before the renovation. I thought maybe I dreamt of it because I had spoken to my Maa about it. A few days later, I again dreamt. This time it was Baba Himself in His white kafni and headcloth. He looked old, but healthy cheerful, fair complexioned. He stood waiting for me at the threshold of a room with marble flooring. Many of His bhakts were there to see Him. Then He appeared to spot me. As if He were waiting for only me. And then He moved His arm in a gesture asking me to come on forward. Like He was saying, "Aaja, aaja".

After that dream I felt I could not ignore the call any more, I had to go, by hook or crook. It was during Navratras last year, and everyone I asked said it was impossible that I would get a ticket. Finally after trying for two days, I got a ticket on a train that ran only on that Sunday morning, a special train. I had very little money on me and I was worried that I won't have any left after I paid the hotel fee. So I tried to get a room in the Sai Sansthan facilities. But rooms were not available. I had made some local contacts in Shirdi through my professional links. These people then arranged for my stay in a private hotel. The room cost more than my budget. But I thought, okay I will fast on the train on my way back. Thanks to my local contacts, I was able to have good Darshan of Baba twice a day on both Saptami and Ashtami day.

On Ashtami, I went and sat at Dwarkamai Masjid for a long time for the evening prayers. My train was scheduled to leave on Navami noon and status was Wait List 1. I expected the ticket to get confirmed. Or else I hoped to get it confirmed by my professional contacts again. On Ashtami and Navami day, we tried the whole day, but my ticket could not be confirmed despite contacting railway officials in Delhi, Mumbai and even local regional office. Finally I gave up. "Baba wants you to stay. Your time here is not up. You can't leave otherwise there was no way your ticket would not have been confirmed," my host told me.

He said I should now relax and stay for Baba's palki in the evening. Suddenly my body hair stood on it's ends. Baba's prophecy was that I will be in Shirdi for Dusshera and I had thought how that is possible since we celebrate the festival at home. Here I was in Shirdi on Vijayadashami and I was going to witness Baba's parikrama of the town in His Palki! My anxieties subsided and I decided to enjoy this rare opportunity. The next day, I went and offered Baba a coconut and some agarbatti with my host. We came back to his office and sat scratching our heads about getting my ticket confirmed. Unknown to us, a local shop-keeper was watching us rake our heads over this issue for the last two days. Finally, he stepped forward and said in Marathi, "Can I try to get your ticket? I know people in Aurangabad." We all jumped at him. Again a bell went off in my head. Baba's other prophecy, "a simple man will help you, a simple Marathi man".

With his help, I boarded a train for Delhi that was packed beyond capacity and even found a comfortable birth. My travelling companions both to and from Shirdi were exceptionally nice, the best I had met during train journeys in many years. The relationship broke, but I think now maybe it was for the best. It was a toxic association that was making my life difficult. I lost that job as well. But as a dark chapter of your life comes to an end and you look ahead, you know something positive is unfolding. My Sai has better plans for me. I wish to be in Shirdi soon with good news for my Baba.


© Devotees Experiences with Shirdi Sai Baba

39 comments:

  1. Wonderful experience. May Baba bless you always. Om Sai Ram

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  2. Om Sai Ram

    very mesmerizing, well narrated expereince dear Anuradha ji.

    Babaji's Mercy is LIMITLESS. & Babaji can turn things UPSIDE DOWN.

    Oh deva, please make us to hold you lovely feet ever & ever & let us not foget in the mundane world.

    Loads Love to ALL, Peace to ALL.

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  3. Wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing. True that Baba will take care of all issues and will do the best, only thing that we need is to have firm faith on him. Om SaiRam.

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  4. Jai Sai Ram
    Jai Sai Ram
    Jai Sai Ram
    Jai Sai Ram
    Jai Sai Ram
    Jai Sai Ram
    Jai Sai Ram
    Jai Sai Ram
    LU BABA

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  5. Wonderful experience.
    Sai showers Hus blessings always.
    Sai help my daughter.
    Her future is our success.
    She will be sincere in future.
    Please help her cross this time.
    You should always keep her under your motherly fold
    Om sairam.
    Please fulfill this mothers plea.

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  6. Om Sai Ram...Sister You Are A Bless Kid Of Baba...Very Nice Experiences....We All Love You Baba...Always Be With Us....Om Sai Ram

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  7. Dear Sai devotee,
    Wonderful experiences....you have a gift for expression,the narration added to the beauty of the experience making it,if possible,more real.

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  8. Dear Anuradhaji , you are Baba's beloved devotee. I can see a lot of Shraddha & Saburi in your devotion. Baba will very soon fulfill your wishes & bless you with happiness. OM SAI RAM. Our prayers are with you.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your experiences. It was well narrated too.
    om sai ram

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  10. Jai Sai Ram! your experiences makes me to feel the reality of life ,Thanks for sharing it

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  11. Baba plz cure my husband.om sai ram.

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  12. Beautifully narrated and some fantastic lessons to take away from your experiences. I am sure Baba had you write this to give answers to quite a number of Bhaktas :)

    O Deva, forgive us our mistakes and show mercy on us, mere mortals. Bless us O Sadguru that every thought, word and action that comes out of us is sanctioned by You.

    Thank You for a beautiful and blessed life O Sai :)

    Jai Sairam
    Sharma

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  13. om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram.

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  14. Om sairam. Sai will surly be always with u.
    Sai help me to keep firm faith in u.
    Whatever we are today is because of ur mercy in us.
    Without your blessings we would havebeen onkonly dust.
    You gave me a comfortable living.
    Thank u sai.

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  15. om sairam,om sairam,om sairam,om sairam,
    om sairam,om sairam,om sairam,om sairam,
    om sairam,om sairam,om sairam.

    pls help me to get good marks in exams baba...pls help me in everything in my life. as u know am in very difficult suitations.pls help me and make my life happy...jaisairam..

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  16. OM SAI RAM
    OM SAI RAM
    OM SAI RAM

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  18. om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram om sai ram.

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  19. Om Sai Ram,Om Sai Ram,Om Sai Ram,Om Sai Ram

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  20. Om sai ram. I love u babaji

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  21. LOVE U BABA...........PLS HELP ME TO GET JOB SOON

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  22. Luv you my baba. My Sai baba. My mother .Pls be with me

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  23. Om Sai Ram..Please help me baba.You know everything,am in a lot of pain.Please bless me baba,please bring back N in my life.

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  24. om sai raam,
    very beloved devotee of baba you are..baba will definitely fulfill your wishes..:)

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  25. Hi Sister ur experience is very nice and you seem to be a optimistic person feel so good about you and your devotion.Babaji bless this sister with a good personal and professional life.Sai pa give me full strength to have firm faith and patience towards u.Please pa.Today as usual i expected certain things and i was disappointed as well with my expectations and a little towards u.Im sorry for that but im sure u will give me in ten folds of what i asked u may be at your own time.I'll wait pa.Goodnight pa!

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  26. Om Sai Jai Sai. Very heart touching experience. You are really a blessed child of Baba. Deva thank u very much for everything. Saiji please bless us all always and increase our shradhha n saburi by each passing day.

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  27. Sai Ram to fellow devotees,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.

    Very well narrated, Baba's blessing of course!!

    May Sai keep blessing us all !!!

    Read SatCharitra online@

    http://knowmoreaboutshirdisai.wordpress.com/

    Sri SatChit Anand Satguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jai!!

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  28. Dear Anuradah ji, thanks for your post. You having ups and down in your life but have strong faith in BABA makes your life full of blessings. Yes, we do not know what to do sometimes where situation is tough to decide, and out of nowhere some solution takes place keeping us amazed how that happened!
    Myself right now am in dilemma in a situation where I have moved to Sierra Vista when my son got his job posting after he returned from war front in 2003 December. Last year he got a job on the east coast of US, so he moved over there with his family. In the mean time I was well established here on my own with my job and living accommodation. My other son is in Atlanta and he is also well settled there. Both my sons want us to move to east side.
    They do not want me and my husband to live at this much far distanced remote place. Their argument is that our main reason to move here was our son's job here in Sierra Vista. If he is not going to come back why should we stay here at such a remote place where it would be difficult for them to reach us in case of emergency? Should we relocate? or keep staying here with our rather simple life in small town? The climate over here is much more suitable to us and do not have to deal with heavy traffic while moving on east side, naturally we have to opt for either Atlanta or NJ. Very difficult to decide, right?
    Now we have kept our minds open and let BABA guide us with signs of HIS plan. I will post my future developments with regards to my moving.
    Jai Sai RAM.

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  29. Very nice experience! Baba called you nicely to Shirdi and made sure you had a good stay there and let you leave when He knew it would be best for you. Don't worry, Baba will help you get through the bad times in life and will never leave you once Baba calls you to Him. Om Sai Ram!

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  30. Saibaba please help me to do my exam very well tomorrow.I should not get nervousness while speaking, should get easy questions and topics.I should understand the listening and writing part fully and respond clearly and correctly.Be by my side, guide me and help me.Wish me baba....Thankyou appa.

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