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wildest imagination. Well, if it enhances the devotion & respect of Sai devotees, I will be too glad for that! Though I have been hearing about Sai Baba of Shirdi since my childhood, there was no great devotion in me either for Him or any God for that matter. Inscrutable are the ways of Shirdi Sai Baba as per the experiences of many devotees in this website. It was in the year 2012, I retired from the previous institution to join the present one. It was here, a Muslim colleague of mine, one day offered me Laddo Prasadam from Sai Baba of Shirdi. Though, a thought of visiting Shirdi came to my mind, it was Not serious. Probably Shri Sai Baba wanted to draw my attention to Him by the sweet Laddo Prasadam. Then sometime around 2013, accidentally I came across this website of yours and found reading the experiences of simple & innocent people interesting. Soon it became a hobby, so that whenever there was some free time I just used to read through, feel joy & peace. Though the desire to visit Shirdi came again, but the thought of duties & responsibilities, the incessant Inspections from Medical Council of India, absence of adequate leave in my leave account, made me think that a visit to Shirdi is next to impossible.
Then comes the Magical Hand of Shirdi Sai Baba. On 24th November, 2014, I receive a phone call from a Medical University in Mumbai, inviting me to be a post graduate examiner for the examination to be conducted at their Aurangabad, Medical College on Dec 11th, 12th & 13th, 2014. Though they had invited me as examiner for their Mumbai Medical College several times before, this was the first time they invited for their Aurangabad branch that too at such a short notice. Next they sent an email appointing me as examiner. Since these matters are confidential, no university sends appointment orders of examiners through email. I sent my acceptance of the same through email. But the problem was reservation of my flights for the journey at such a short notice that too in the busy month of December. I went to my usual travel agent who books our flight tickets. To my shock he said all flights from Mangalore (my place of work) to Mumbai are either booked or exorbitantly costly. However the flights from Mumbai to Aurangabad and back are available. Then he suggested I can take a train from Mangalore to Mumbai and then proceed with flights. But booking a train journey in the month of December, with the date of journey just a fortnight away is considered next to impossible in this busy route of Konkan Railway. I could Not believe, when the travel agent said that One sleeping berth is available that too on a ‘Senor Citizen quota. (I am 62 year old now).
On the day of journey from Mangalore (9th Dec, 2014), my destination is Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus which is at the southern tip of the route of my train, I am confronted with another problem. How do I reach Mumbai Air Port which is further north some 20-23 km away? Even before beginning the journey, on enquiry, different people suggested different routes and different railway stations to get at the airport. Browsing the map of Mumbai local train routes in the internet, further added to my confusion. For someone who is not familiar with Mumbai local trains this was enough to cause panic. A congenial looking gentle man sitting in my compartment who looked knowledgeable about Mumbai local trains suggested, the particular station (Ghatkopar) I should get down to catch a Metro Rail which will take me nearest to the airport from where it is just another 2-3 km in an auto. This would not only spare me time but considerable amount of money that too without the hazels of shuttling between too many trains. Even this much help from the gentleman would have come to naught, were it not for fellow passengers who wanted to go to the very same station where I wanted to go. How did this happen? Because without their help it would have been extremely difficult for me to catch the said Metro Rail since it was very huge and the way to Metro Rail ticket counter was tortuous.
From Mumbai Airport to Aurangabad the journey was expectedly smooth. On arrival at Aurangabad airport, I was received by the college authorities who took me to a nice hotel for accommodation which was diagonally opposite to the college where the examination is to be held the next day. Usually PG exams are held just for two days and only if the number of candidates is more than five, then it is likely to be extended for more than two days. Since my appointment letter mentioned it as three days, I thought, may be the candidates are more. I was pleasantly surprised when the college authorities told that there is only one candidate and the examination is going to be only for two days & the third day is reserved for a trip to Shirdi Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir for examiners. This came about even without our request. After the exam, on the third day (13th December, 2014), we (the two examiners were taken) in a car to Shirdi. We were advised before hand to take ticket as Senior Citizens, since the Darshan queue will be very lengthy and may take anywhere between 3-4 Hrs. So I volunteered to stand in the queue to take the ticket. When my turn came, the person at the ticket counter demanded a photo ID card which I had left at the hotel. Not knowing what to do I came back to join my fellow examiner who was waiting outside and explained the whole thing. Just then a person came from nowhere and guided us to the gate No.3 from where we can have Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Darshan within 10 minutes.
As we were proceeding from gate No. 3, a policeman came across to enquire whether we possess any valid pass for entry. We replied in negative. Then, pointing to the huge queue he said the only way we can have Darshan is to join that queue or return. We simply stood there for some time, and looked around. Noticing a small group of people walking towards Dwarkamai (where Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir is situated) we slowly followed them. People were allowed inside after security check by a guard and we followed them without being asked either any pass or ticket! Within minutes we stood face to face with the decorated statue of Sai Baba, of course from a greater distance than the General Darshan queue. We unconsciously bent down our heads, prayed silently and came away with a sense of wonder, awe and fulfillment. As if this was not enough, there was more surprise in store for me. Usually our air travel fares are reimbursed only after we show the air tickets and the boarding pass. There was no way I could produce air tickets for my entire journey, for I travelled in train from Mangalore to Mumbai and gave the same to the college authorities who prepare the bills. Lo and behold, my train journey from Mangalore to Mumbai was reimbursed with air fare by looking into my Mumbai–Mangalore air ticket on my return journey! There were several steps in the above narrative, you can clearly make out, where left alone, I could Not have managed the trip but for the Magical Hand of Shirdi Sai Baba! The trip is over. But I am left wondering still! Was it real? Was it a dream? Pranam to Sadguru Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi! Pranam to you, Hetal ji & Co, as well, who maintain such a noble website.
breakup with my Boy-friend. From then, i prayed to Baba sincerely to give him back in my life. I am in love with him since 5 years. Both of us had good understanding and loved each other very much. I loved him so much that i did not want him to lose in my life. So i committed with him. I only forced him to have living together relationship even he rejected i forced him. We were staying in different cities, i always forced him to meet me. I was mad about him. I wanted him to stay with me forever. He was also studying. For this reason we were quarrelling a lot. Since he was also busy with his studies, he could not meet me when i asked. But he was very caring and consoling me that he could not meet me regularly. I was not listening to him. I was forcing him very much. For this reason of forcing, we had breakup.
Then i met him in his city. He told me, don’t force me for anything. After that our relationship again became normal. It was going well. I stopped forcing him too much. It was good. I finished my studies. I began my internship. That time he also wrote his PG exam and was waiting for the results. He was very much depressed that his exams were not good as he expected. I used to console him. In internship, my duty became hectic. I could not respond to him properly. But i never neglected him. He thought, i am neglecting him and i changed after i get into internship. He stopped talking to me telling that i have changed. I tried a lot convincing him as my internship is new, i need some time to adjust to it. He did not listen to me. After that he got PG seat in some other state and moved there. He changed his number. I used to call on his old number and i used to message on his old number. I did not take his new number because i thought that this is the beginning of his career and he may get disturbed by fights in our relationship and again if i force him to meet me he could not come, as we live in different states. But i never stopped loving him. I remembered him daily, cried and prayed Baba to get him back.
Nearly 1 and half year went like this but i never stopped messaging on his old number. After 1 and half year, i could not control myself. I was desperate to meet him and talk to him. I got his new number from one of his friends and talked to him. He told, i am not at all remembering you now. I have forgotten you completely. Don’t come in my life again. I don’t know what to do. I decided to go to the place where he lives. It took me 2 night and 2 days for me to reach there in train. I went with my mom. My mom knew that i love him. By looking at my suffering, she decided to help me. When i reached his college, i met him but he talked like he is talking to a third person. He told the same thing, i am not at all interested in you now, Who want to live with a mad girl like you. See your madness you had come so far without informing anyone (He did not knew, i had come with my mom) and wasting your time instead of studying for your PG (It was only 2 months left for my PG exams). He talked very rudely. His only intension was to make me to move away as soon as possible from his place. He only talked 20 minutes with me. I did not talk anything. At last, i asked is it a fault to love anyone too much. He told yes. He told if ever you loved me truly please leave me alone and don’t come to my life again.
Dear devotees, i don’t know what to do. I can’t live without him. I don’t know what made him to hate me so much. He loved me so much. Now he even don’t want to see my face. I really don’t know what my fault is. Is there any way to get him back. Is there any way to make him understand how much i love him. I don’t want to live without him. My condition is worse. Now i always think to end my life. But i believe Baba will show some way. He will reunite us. I don’t want to marry any other guy except him. I don’t want to cheat myself and others. I daily sit in front of Baba and cry. I visited Shirdi and i am doing Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat also. Some says there are true Saints who corrects relationship problem. I failed to find the real Saint. I decided to get suggestion from you. This may help in getting him. Please help me how could i get him. What can i do to get him. I am ready to do anything for him. Please devotees help me.
cancerous. I was so tensed hearing this because recently i lost my mom. We and Baba only know how we came out of this trauma. When i heard about my dad health problem, i was completely shattered. Doctor said that they have to operate his prostate. My dad was really tensed and i was also worried. I was continuously praying to Baba that please Baba, i already lost my mom. My father is only both (Mom and Dad) for us. Please take care. Previous Doctor who ask my father to go for surgery, ask him to go for test and in that test report some value came which was of more than 7 which shows there is a chance of cancer.
We were really scared and afterwards one day my uncle's friend suggested a Doctor to my father. When my father visited that Doctor, he was feeling hopeless. That Doctor asked some symptoms from my dad. My dad told everything then that Doctor told my dad that by looking at your symptoms, it doesn't seem cancerous but in order to get it confirmed once again he suggested for one more test. When my father went for test, i applied Baba's Udi on his forehead. When test report came, we were shocked to see that by Baba’s grace the value which was more than 7 before, came to 5. I thanked Baba and still thanking Him a lot for doing such a miracle and saving my dad. When my dad went to Doctor with that report, Doctor said that there is no need to go for surgery, you have to take one medicine for entire life that's it. By hearing this, I thanked Baba a lot and felt that it’s none other than our beloved Baba Who did this and saved my dad. Baba still he has some health issue. Please take care of that and give him healthy and long life with lots of happiness. Thanks Sai Baba. Please be with us always. You are my Guru, my Guide, my Friend, my Mom, Relative, Everything. Please guide us and protect us. Never ever leave my hand and show me the right path always and make my mind as such so that i could follow Your teachings in my entire life. Om Sai Ram. Anantkoti Brahmand Nayak Raajadhiraj Yogiraj Parabrahma Shree Sachidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.
Another small incidence that I want to share is, I was having dental problem for a very long time. Where I was having gum pain that was not getting cured for long time. Doctor suggested some gel to apply on it which gave temporary relief to the swelling and pain but it kept coming back on and off. So again as i got fed up of this, i decided that i must pray to Sai for healing. I prayed to Sai Deva and recited Om Sai Ram till the pain got over. As I believed and with blessings of Sai Baba, pain subsided and got over in few minutes. Now i am doing Sai Divya Pooja for 5 weeks for a very important healing in life and once that is done will surely post it again. I just want to thank You Sai Deva for being in my life and helping me through hard ships. May Sai shower His blessing on all His devotees. Om Sai Ram.
red light. Chanting Sai Baba’s Name, I looked at the sky. I suddenly see the Beautiful Face of Sri Sai Baba and I thanked Him So much in listening to my prayers. I am really very happy and more over that was Thursday. I am also doing Nav Guruvar Vrat especially to believe on two things of Sai which are Shraddha and Saburi. I believe on Sai Baba, but my inner mind is still not believing Sri Sai Baba 100% as I am afraid of some other small things. I want to believe in such a way, that I should not think again about the issue or problem. Just surrender to Him 100% which Baba always says. I want to increase “Faith” within myself. I am 100% confident now, Baba appeared to me, Now I am confidently saying That Baba is always with His devotees and if we surrender everything and Baba will help us. I am also praying that whoever reads this article, they also get the blessings from Sri Sai Baba and have a beautiful life. Jai Sai Ram Jai Sai Shyam.
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