Shirdi Sai Baba Miracles and Leela in this Post:
Finally I booked the tickets, I had flight on Tuesday morning around 6 am and I booked the tickets on Mon around 12 in the noon. I booked cab at 2:00 am to airport. I was waiting for my cab to come, I noticed that one truck was standing outside my building than suddenly I noticed Baba’s Photo on door of the truck. I became very happy (thinking Lo Baba has come to welcome me!) the cab arrived remembering Baba I entered and to my surprise there was small Baba’s statue inside (Lo Baba is accompanying me in the cab.) Since it was early morning flight there were beautiful clouds below like scattered cotton also the morning reddishness created a divine feeling. (In my mind, I was saying Deva, You have created such a beautiful world.) My flight reached on time I took a taxi to Shivaji nagar bus stop. The taxi driver told me the amount to be 320 I told him to recheck I also calculated myself it came around 250. So be careful of some dishonest persons. Then I took bus to Shirdi. There were Sai Baba Photos everywhere in the bus. I remembered Deva and slept for some time and reached Shirdi. I went to Sai Dawarawati (Shirdi Sansthan hotel) first, it was full. I came to know from the auto drivers that single person is not allowed in Sansthan hotels these days. Still I went to Sai Ashram (Another Shirdi Sansthan hotel) all rooms were full also now they don’t allow single person. Then I went to Sansthan’s complex and finally lodged into one hotel nearby named Sai Arpan. The time was around 2:30 pm. After taking bath, I went for Darshan. It was not crowded and had Darshan within 1 hour and Baba gave me soulful of Darshan. I stood near Baba for around 10 minutes. I went outside, took Udi packets. I took 7 Udi packets, gave one to a lady who wanted one extra packet.
After that I went to Dwarkamai. I purchased one coconut as my father wanted to offer coconut to Dhuni so I thought I should offer that on his behalf. By Baba’s blessings, the door near Dhuni was open so I touched the walls of Dhuni. One boy standing near me took one thread from my coconut and offered it in Dhuni. I was more than happy. The Pandit ji there told me that they don’t accept coconuts there. But still he took that coconut and offered it in front of Baba’s Photo. The only coconut there was ours. Baba honoured a small devotee like me, He has infinite love for His devotees. Then evening Aarti started in Samadhi Mandir, all devotees in Dwarkamai started singing the Aarti. Some devotees were sitting in the space in middle of Dwarkamai. Baba also offered me some space there, complete evening Aarti I did sitting in Dwarkamai, one dog was sitting near me (I felt if Baba came in the form of that dog!) That was amazing, I felt as if I went back 100 years ago and was doing Aarti in Dwarkamai Masjid as devotees used to do in Baba’s lifetime. After that I purchased two Shri Sai Satcharitra books and one Khaparde’s diary, had Darshan at Dattatreya Temple and came outside. I asked some people where can we have Baba’s Prasad, some people guided me. I came outside Temple premises, I realised they are guiding me towards Sai Prasadalay. I thought it is bit far also i was not wearing slippers, still somehow kept walking suddenly I saw Sansthan’s Bus, one lady told me bus is going to Sai Prasadalay. I reached Prasadalay easily (Sai always comforts His children like loving mother). No need to say I had a nice meal and came back to hotel. It was around 8 pm, everything was like movie scene just around 14-15 hours ago I was in Chennai and now Baba gave me Darshan, Aarti, Prasad, Everything. I switched on the TV randomly changed the channels, I started watching Ghazni (7-8 years old movie of Aamir khan). In that one scene the actress was helping one old man in crossing the road. At the same time she was narrating the incidents happening suddenly she told that they are moving near to Baba Temple. I was pleasantly surprised how Baba pulls the strings out of so many channels I chose that channel I saw Baba also in that, amazing are His Leelas rightly said without His will not a leaf will move!
On second day, In morning I woke up at 7 am, took bath, hurriedly came outside (Since I was thinking that I woke up late what I am here for sleeping or Darshan). I came out of my hotel, one person came to me running and told that today they will not put glasses near Samadhi and asked to purchase Prasad. I thought of going for the Darshan first and then prasad. When I entered the queue the Bhajan that was being played was “Mere Sai Teri Murat Rahe Man Main- by Lata Mangeshkar” which is also my mobile ringtone. Baba’s love mesmerized me. Also we may think that we are the doer but actually Baba is the sole wirepuller (My body is just my house, My guru has long ago taken this away from me). Again there was very less crowd. I was thinking of having tea after Darshan, But how can our Sai Maa keep His children hungry. Suddenly I saw one tea and biscuit counter near the queue, had tea and biscuits there itself (Inside Samadhi Mandir) and kept the remaining biscuits in my shirt pocket. My row moved towards right there were no glasses near Samadhi. Baba blessed me to touch His Samadhi and offer roses directly on that (This was my long cherished wish since in my last two visits I could not touch Samadhi). I came outside happily. I thought of taking one round of Gurusthan, there one man just caught one leaf of sacred Neem tree. I was having some random thoughts whether people should have these leaves or not, then suddenly one leaf fell on head I felt so blessed that without even me asking the Neem leave, Baba gave me that. Then I went towards Chavadi since I could not go for Darshan there the last day, there I met this cat about whom I have heard long back, this cat lives in Dwarkamai and Chavadi (Read it in some devotee’s experience few years back), I touched the cat lovingly she was also friendly (I have completely forgotten about this wish of meeting that cat but Baba didn’t He fulfilled that also).
I had this wish of feeding poor people in Shirdi when I came outside some ladies came they told that they will offer paavs and tea to poor people, milk to dogs. I agreed they took 250 Rs from me but the milk they offered to dogs was not that good. Later one Saadhu came and asked me for tea I told the seller to offer him tea. But when I was purchasing Prasad from one shop I saw the same Saadhu showing a golden coloured watch to a shopkeeper as if he want to sell it. So beware of some bad people do not trust everyone this Saadhu and the people who took money in the name of offering to poor people were probably dishonest, Baba just showed me in the name of charity do not give away your hard earned money to bad persons. After purchasing Prasad, I saw one dog near me, I offered him the biscuits I had in my pocket which the dog had very quickie. I felt more satisfied than the 250 Rs Paavs and milk those ladies offered. Now I recall the quote of Mother Teresa “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in doing. It is not how much we give, but how much we put in the giving” Later while roaming in temple premises I had Darshan at Shani, Ganpati and Shiva Temple. Earlier I was thinking where will I find these Temples but Sai made that task very easy. Just while roaming I saw some people gathered and one person making some announcements on mike. I went there, to my surprise I found auction of Sai clothes was going on. Baba gave me one of His beautiful Samadhi cloth at just Rs 200.
I have to check out my hotel room at 12. So I had plans to return to my room before 12:30. It was around 10:30 am, I wanted to visit Khandoba Temple before taking permission from Baba to leave Shirdi. So I took a auto and went to Khandoba Temple. After the Darshan, the auto driver told me that there is one Panch Mukhi Ganpati Temple some 5 km away. I agreed for the Darshan and went there and returned back. Before leaving to Pune I wanted to have lunch so I looked for some restaurant therefore moved ahead and entered one Punjabi restaurant but after some time they told that it will take 10-15 minutes more. Therefore instead of waiting I just came out, to my amazement I found Laxmi temple the opposite side I had Darshan there (See I didn’t even had plans to visit that Temple but Baba had planned everything, Remember Guru is the real doer and we are merely instruments in His hands came true!). Later I had food then went to take permission from Baba to return. I had Darshan from side window and told bye bye to my cutu Baba. After checking out my hotel room I quickly went to the Shirdi bus stand to take the bus to Pune. There were two buses there. I went to one bus, the bus conductor while giving me ticket told that the bus will go by Sangamner route. I asked him will that take more time he replied no it will be reaching Pune in 5-6 hours. So I rest assured, there were more miracles to be followed. The bus had several stoppages, it went through most of the places mentioned in Sai Satcharitra like Rahata, Niphaad, Virbhadrappa temple whole Satcharitra just revolved in my mind.
Remembering Baba I reached Pune. Fast forward, reached Chennai at around 1 am took a prepaid taxi. It was brand new taxi as if Baba was comforting me like mother. I went inside the taxi just to be amazed to see that He was already there in the form of His beautiful Idol inside. I just got no words His unconditional infinite love for us is unimaginable. Just for trivial things we become impatient and get angry on Baba (I do this, not all the devotees!). But He like loving mother takes care of all the worries of His children. I reached home safely at 2 am. I was just mesmerised by the complete experience. The past two days were like 2 seconds, I was recalling all the love that Baba has showered on me. He assured me that as He plans Shirdi journey completely, in the similar manner He is also the wirepuller of all our actions. One thing that I forget to mention that I also felt presence of Swami Samarth Maharaj of Akkalkot as Baba tells that I used to worship Him in my previous birth, that made the trip unique. I feel (in fact it is Baba Himself who is making me feel) if we surrender ourselves completely at Baba’s Lotus Feet how beautifully He will do everything! Jai Sai Samarth, Om Sai Ram.
I came back to the USA in April 2009. I still had some Thursdays to finish the Vrat. Somewhere in April on a Thursday he had an interview with some company and miraculously within the next week they offered him the job and I could not believe that this was happening to us. We were so happy and relived! One thing I wanted to mention here that I later moved on and would worship only when I had the time or felt like doing so. I took Baba for granted. I feel bad about this but Baba loves all His children. Life continued like this and a point came in life where I wanted to start working but luck was not in my favour. I started doing odd jobs because I could never sit idle in home. (I was slowly slipping into depression). I had certain mental issues too. I worked for 2 yreas in a terrible place with minimum wages and never had any confidence in me. In 2013, I was blessed with a baby but I never found happiness in anything I did because I felt empty and directionless. My husband and I would fight for all the wrong reasons. I was again getting into depression. I tried for jobs again but I did not get a single response from anyone. Then one day I got an email from a renowned company for a phone interview. They told me they will get back to me in 2 weeks. Since I was already feeling down and I had faded I decided that I should do Sai Vrat again. I started in September end 2015.
On October 6th the same company called me for an interview scheduled on October 26th. I went for the interview but I was never hopeful. Also, before the interview they had mentioned that this job can be located in any part of the country and you should be ready to move and if you are ok then only they will proceed. I said "yes" thinking that later I can convince them with my family situation. The interview I had was just ok. As I said I was not hopeful and even if I did get the job the next issue would be the location. What if they never listened to me and if I had to move. What about my daughter and husband. I was not even getting any positive responses from anywhere else. I had applied for so many jobs and this job was my only hope. All these questions came to my mind after I finished my interview. On October 29th (Again Sai Baba's day) I got an email saying I got the job!! I was so happy but then again a little down because I did not know the location and I could not leave my family. They told me that they are still working on the location placements and sent out an email for preferred locations and told me they can't promise me with my choice. I sent them an email about 10 places I can work. Of course the city I live in was first on the list. The rest of the cities I had to mention because they asked us for top 10 locations I was able to move to. I and my family were praying to Baba every day that we should get our city for placement so I don't have to move.
After two days they sent me an email saying that I would have to move to a different state and can start working from November end. I emailed them requesting if there was any way they can place me in the city I live in. They told me that there are no openings and I have to move. I was shattered I cried and cried. I told my husband that I can’t move leaving my child behind. At the same time I can’t take my daughter with me because the weather would be bad and it would be difficult for me to take care of her by myself. I was in a soup. I was not getting any positive response from anywhere else and this was my only hope. I cried and cried. Then I decided I will not take up this job and decline it and apologize to the company. My husband agreed. After that we left to pick our daughter up from her Montessori. On my way to her school I was just cursing my luck saying that "Why does this happen to me?" I got the job but I can’t work and in my mind I thought if I don't get a job and stay at home I will get into depression again. We reached home and my husband decided that we should let the company know we can’t take this job. He opened my inbox and then a miracle happened! The recruiter said that there is an opening that just came up in the same city where I live in and that she would consider me given the situation. My joy knew no bounds. How did this miracle happen? How? Within a few hours how did my fate change. It was all Baba. Its only because of Him, the impossible became possible. Nothing can hamper my faith in Him. Today is the 5th Thursday. I will always keep my faith in Him. I will not take Him for granted. I've started reading the Sai Charitra. I request all the people please surrender yourself to Baba and He will guide you and resolve your sorrows. I love You Baba. Shri Sachidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.
On the First day of our visit, we had booked for the Shej (Night) Aarti, in which we cannot expect to touch as Baba should not disturbed after Shej Aarti. Next day, we went for the Madhayana Aarti with full of dreams and praying Baba to allow us to touch once at least. But unfortunately once the Aarti was completed after the VIP pass holders touched the Samadhi, the glass was again kept on the both sides. My heart shattered into pieces, tears roll down my eyes, as I cannot control my tears I started weeping. After we came out completing our Darshan, my mom who can’t see me crying enquired the Pujari there on when will the devotees be allowed to touch it. He replied calmly seeing me in tears to come after 2.00 pm afternoon, if there is no crowd they will be removing the glass and will be allowed to touch it. Already the time was 1.00 pm, as there is Darshan booking online, we rushed to the nearest browsing centre there and tried to book for the Darshan ticket online after 2 pm but there my Baba miracle happened entire Sansthan page was not working. When we enquired to the browsing centre owner, he too tried and said it is not available and directed us to another browsing centre which quite far from there. But we walked to the another browsing centre and finally reached, here too my Baba's tested us, entire booking for the October month was unavailable and it was closed. Again we went to see the general queue but it was very crowded and my mom and dad was already tired and they was not able to stand in the queue as it will take 3 to 4 hours to have the Darshan. We came out with a heavy heart that we don't deserve to touch His Samadhi even this time.
After sometime, we entered into the shop nearby for some purchase there, suddenly the person working there identified us seeing us speaking in Tamil. He started speaking very friendly, as he is very familiar to Shirdi, I asked him when will be the devotees allowed to touch the Samadhi. His answer was sister I'm staying in Shirdi for the past 8 years and even I have not touched the Samadhi still. He said only the VIP pass holders will be allowed and only 10% chance is there to touch His Samadhi. Then we came out from the shop thinking that we don't have any chance of touching. After Completing our dinner, we were roaming there suddenly we noticed in the live TV screen that all the devotees were touching His Samadhi and time was already 9.45 pm. Because by 10.15 pm, Shej Aarti will be started, once the Aarti starts, general Darshan will be stopped. Something inner me said us to run to the general Darshan queue which has the entrance at the road. We all started running towards the general Darshan queue and suddenly my sister was asking my mom to give her money to buy flowers for Baba. But as the time was running, my mom refused to give money and ran into the queue as she have no time to take the money.
Here what my Deva did, when my sister returned the flowers to the boy as she have no money. That guy who sells the flowers said to her chalo chalo (go go), no need of paisa (money). Then we ran into the queue with full of tears, happiness, as there was no rush we ran within 5 minutes and reached near the Baba. I saw with all my eyes everyone in the queue were lying down and touching His Samadhi. My joys know no bound, we came near very near to Samadhi, there we was allowed, finally allowed by my Deva to touch His Samadhi where His Holy Feet lies in rest. With tears I bent down, touched Him with all my hands, thanked Him for fulfilling our only desire. We came out, running hugging my sister with joy and emotions. We again ran into the queue to touch Him again, no crowd, no rush, none of the security guards stopped us. We touched for the second time. Similarly on the very next day also, we went into the queue at the same time, touched His Samadhi for the third time. My Deva, how much love You shower on us, not once, twice, but thrice You fulfilled our desire and saying no need of pass, recommendation, only love will bring us near to Him. Have Faith, ask for nothing except His love. He will shower His love on us tonnes of times more than us. Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.
Here was my dream, myself with my husband and two other friends are started to Temple on one Thursday evening. We are seeing Baba Idol in the Temple from our car itself but there is huge traffic. I asked my husband to stop the car so I could go inside and offer Baba 1$. But he told me, he cannot stop the car in that traffic and asked me to see Baba from our car itself. I have seen Him smiling to me and my heart is filled with joy and happiness. In the morning after I woke up I realized that He listened to me and gave me so much confidence with His presence in my dream. I was speechless with happiness. I felt happy as I have seen Baba in my dreams on Thursday morning which is very auspicious day. Here is one more experience on the same day. We were preparing to go to Sai’s temple. I wanted to see Baba in the same colour of my dress, I was wearing maroon and green colour dress. We started to Temple and I was thinking of seeing Baba in the same colour of my dress. We went to temple and Baba was wearing some other colour dress, I told myself that it is okay, Baba might need to satisfy some other devotee and I kept calm. We met our friends there in the temple, they were waiting for us and they started their home after some time. I told my husband that I want to attend Aarti. So we were waiting and my friends left. Suddenly devotees started Bhajan and priest changed the Baba’s dress. To my utter surprise, it was maroon and green which was same as mine. Tears rolled from my eyes (Now also while writing this, tears rolling from my eyes) with so much surprise and happiness. How can I express my feelings with words? One should feel His blessings to understand Baba’s miracles. His miracles are beyond science and anything. We should need to completely surrender to Him to see His miracles. With more joy I did Baba’s Bhajan.
My husband told me that we should need to wait for half an hour to see Aarti and he asked me to start home as it is getting late. I opened the Temple’s website to check the Aarti timings and confirmed that we need to wait for nearly 40 minute for Aarti. So I was telling him to start home and again to my surprise all devotees stood up and Aarti started. I did not understand how it was even possible. I felt so much happy that Baba is very close to me and He is watching me always. I kept all my fears and struggles aside. I have asked Baba few times through question and answers site and through chits about my husband’s visa problems. Every time Baba answered us that all problems will be solved with His grace and asked us to keep praying Him with complete faith. Once He answered both of us that we may need to travel. But, unfortunately my husband’s visa extension is not approved and we moved to India 10 days back. But, we have complete faith on Baba that He will solve the problem and He will take care of us. Baba knows what is good for us and what to give us at times. By Baba’s grace my husband’s job is confirmed in India and he is going office. Baba expects only Shraddha and Saburi from us. Once we surrender to Baba, He will completely take care of us. Keep faith on Sai. I hope I will post my future experience with you soon. Om Sai! Sri Sai! Jai Jai Sai! Jai Sai Ram.
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