Shirdi Sai Baba Miracles and Leela in this Post:
Om Sai, Shri Sai! This is an experience that has been pending to be written for a long time. At the onset, I offer my apologies to Baba for the delay, and feel that the recent new problems in my life are the reminders about the unfulfilled promise of writing this set of experience. Let me first share my experience of how my faith and worship of Sai Baba helped me through some of the difficult times. Further, I would like to share with you on how Baba reminded me of my unfulfilled promise. I am a medical doctor by profession. My husband got transferred from India to UK. Hence, I had to requalify through various exams to start practice here. My children were very young at the time but I still did manage the exams after a lot of struggle. Eventually as I just managed to get my 1st job in the UK, my husband’s work wanted him to go back to India. We decided together that I had struggled lot and hence we would try and stay back. That was not very easy as we had to change our visa status as the previous visa was work permit somehow by God’s grace my husband managed to get another job and we got the visa. I also secured a post in GP training which was for 4 years. This meant there were more exams that I had to take to qualify to become a General Practitioner which included an MCQ and one practical. I was stuck with the MCQ after 2 attempts. There is a rule to test for dyslexia if you do not clear the exam in 2 attempts and to my utter shock at 41 years of age I was diagnosed with dyslexia. As the rules had changed for GP exams that not more than 4 attempts were allowed i.e. if you did not pass in that number of attempts you need to leave the training post. The dyslexia diagnosis gave me the advantage of an extra time for exam but even with that addition of time, in my 3rd attempt I had failed and I was under a lot of stress.
Meanwhile I passed my practical exam in 1st attempt which seemed to be a rare thing for immigrant doctors. I even got interviewed about how I had managed to do so as they were conducting a clinical trial why migrant Doctors fail miserably. I was not only stressed about passing the exam but also was subjected to a lot of pressure from my trainer leading to confusion and frustration. He tried to give me bad reviews in my portfolios as he expected me to fail the exams, as I had in my previous attempts. He wanted to keep himself out of contradiction by stating that he was expecting me to fail by reflecting a poor performance. In fact, I was in the surgery when my ‘pass’ results came for the practical exam and he was so shocked that he wanted to confirm the same personally on his computer. And thanks to Sai, the result was correct. Then I wrote to RCGP about my stress and that I had cleared the practical exam to request additional attempt to put my mind at rest. They granted me additional attempt that put my mind at slight ease.
I used to cry daily. Such was the stress. I prayed Baba to help me clear the exam. I started reading the Q&A site and the devotees’ experiences, which my sister advised. My parents, sister, husband, mother-in-law and kids all prayed for me. If I had not cleared the exam, my four years of training would have been wasted and my ambitions would have been shattered. My husband was encouraging to go part-time although that meant would get less pay but would help with more time to study. He also used to study topics of medical statistics and try and explain them to me although he is not a medical doctor by profession. He made sure that no one disturbed me during my studies and even promised kids that he would get them a pet dog if they let me study in peace. My mother in law was helping me by doing all cooking, and thus helping me focus on my studies. And yet, every day was stressful for me thinking of an adverse outcome. I was at the end of my training and if I did not clear on this attempt they would put me back to a hospital job with shift patterns like long days’ night shifts which would give me less time to study, which would eventually lead to a failure in exams.
Meanwhile, a senior registrar in my surgery had finished 4 attempts and was removed from training. This news further demoralised me. I took my annual leave and had to literally argue with my trainer for my rightfully owed study leave. He would not grant that to me even when the representative for registrars clearly e-mailed him about the leave. It was exam time. Besides the stress of appearing for exams, I managed to get myself stressed out more. I did not realise that the venue was changed until I reached the usual exam hall. I prayed to Sai Baba that I should get to the correct venue on time. The prayers came true by getting the taxi easily and getting to the changed venue on time, despite a traffic jam. Hardships did not end there. The building receptionist misguided me to the wrong part of the building. I was continuously praying to Sai Baba. By the time I got to the right hall, I was worn out. Luckily, as if sent by Lord Sai, a friend who had brought some water along shared the same with me. I could settle down. I was worried if these signs were implicating negative results but kept praying to Sai Baba and pinned my hopes on Him.
I had done the ‘Nava vrat’ multiple times throughout my repeated attempts at exams. Every time when I had got my results in past for this exam was up to 56% and pass mark used to be about 72-73%. Eventually in this attempt, when I got my results, I could not believe my eyes as it was 76%. I really was so grateful to Sai Baba for being with me for the exam and helping me through it. I was reminded of the virtues of Saburi and Shraddha that Sai Baba had always preached about. I managed to complete my training only because of God’s grace. I also believe in Kalavati Devi as she has been with me during my MBBS days. Everything went well then on. I passed my exams and then also got a job as a GP partner. Life was going normal. Although I was still remembering Baba and worshipping Him, I had missed out to publish this article as promised. Suddenly one fine day, I met with a road accident. This was the first time in the 10 years I have been in this country that I have had an accident. This ended up with a charge of careless driving, although it was a simple accident without anyone getting hurt. This charge came up because one individual who was not involved in the accident simply complained to the police. I am usually a careful driver. And yet, unusually, someone not involved came forward and made a complaint against me. This has now led me into a very disappointed state.
Further, my younger sister, and my only sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, my husband had a setback in his business, and my GP partnership became shaky because of resignation of a fellow partner. Even, I had to then decide to resign, considering future risks in the partnership. I felt that Sai Baba was not happy about me missing out on writing the experience as promised. Hence now I have sat down to write my experiences. I believe that my belief in Shirdi Sai Baba will never be faltered. My faith remains. I hope that Sai Baba will show me the right ways after I have published my previous experience of success at exams, despite all odds. Please Baba help me! I await patiently for Your blessings and satisfaction to this publication, and You will reflect it by paving a way out of the criminal charge on me owing to the road accident, and sorting out the issues with my surgery. Even more, I hope my sister will recover well from the cancer. Om Sri Sainath! Om Sai Baba!
One day I was browsing the internet and I saw one picture where a girl posted that she went to Shirdi on her birthday, Baba called her and I thought in my mind what if Baba I also come on my birthday in Shirdi as You are my everything. I don’t want anything special on my birthday except Your love. Then see how Baba started planning. I just thought and requested Baba to call me. Then one day I asked my father he didn’t say anything. Then one day he himself said that we will go Shirdi, you do with tickets in November. I decided to book the tickets in July and I opened up the window for reservations and started booking till then I entered my name in that, seats were full and it went in waiting. The same I told to my father. He said he will not go in waiting. I was in tears but I was still having trust that I would go. I don’t know how my father said to book for next day then I again requested Baba please make it confirmed and then it got confirmed. We got three seats and then the challenge came for returning. It was having only 6 seats and I want 3 seats confirmed, as soon as windows open I sat and start booking saying “Om Sairam” Deva did miracle. Seat was confirmed and then I started waiting for my birthday and day blew away like bullet train. Here comes November and I went to Shirdi. Before going Shirdi I prepared clothes for Baba which I had to take for Him so that He can wear in Shirdi and I said Baba to wear same colour as me because it was my birthday and beti aur Baba ek lagne chaiye.
Before going Shirdi I got a dream that Baba is in yellow dress, so I stitched same yellow dress as Baba wore. Then like written in adhyay “mera bhakt chindiyo ki aasha se aata hai mein use sunhera shaila bhet karta hu “same thing happened as soon as I reached Shirdi mandir I went to office to give clothes to Baba which I got stitched for Him and before me there was one person who was giving something for Baba. He got one Vibhuti packet and then he was not allowed more and I was expecting more. I thought how I will get then. I said the office man that “Baba loves me so much today is my birthday and I am here in Shirdi”. He looked at me then I don’t know how he picked up yellow cloth from Baba’s photo and filled 22 packets of Vibhuti and prashad in it.
Deva chamatkar didn’t end here. He called me and put Om Sairam shawl over me wishing me birthday, that “this is from Baba, Happy Birthday!” I was in tears as I said Baba for yellow cloth and see I got Vibhuti in it. Miracle doesn’t end here. My birthday celebration started. The man (Baba) behind me called me and gave me Om Sairam shawl. As Baba Sai have to be different from all in Darbar, I was in line too. I called Baba’s name again and again with my full devotion. Best birthday! There were almost 20 palkhis that came, padyatri Sai sandhya. I was happy as Baba knew today is my birthday. I was full of love. Sairam gave me 15 minutes darshan in His Shirdi then it doesn’t end here. Next day morning 1 am we got up for kakad aarti. Auto didn’t leave us in VIP gate. He left us in Dwarkamaai and then for 20minutes I sat on the lap of Dwarkamai and when I was leaving Shirdi, I made a list which I wanted to happen in Shirdi and this was one of the point which I forgot to sit on the lap of Dwarkamai, but Baba fulfilled it. Then it doesn’t end here. After kakad aarti I went for 108 parikrama of neem vriksha. Then I started with it saying Baba name and after 17th parikrama vachan started in Shirdi in which it was “Shirdi se koi bhi nirash nahi jata” and I said Baba it is true then why I didn’t get a single neem leaf till now. As soon as it came in my mind one old uncle came and gave me half of his leaf. I was so happy and I started again with happiness, didn’t even look back who was he? Then no wonder I got 22 leaves. I was filled with so much of happiness that yes I am being responded by Saimaa.
I love You Deva. Many more things happened but this post will be bigger but one more thing I will mention, I said Baba if You know I am leaving Shirdi then do wear green to give me permission and yes Baba was wearing whole green when I was leaving. It feels pious when I am with Baba. My whole life is His mercy. I am living for Him. Just want to be always with You Saimaa. Bless all, give me my base so that I can spend my whole life serving for Your people and taking my last breath at Your feet!!Trust Baba!
I wanted to pen this experience of mine long time back, but due to unfortunately reasons I couldn't. This is anonymous residing in east coast America. Baba decided to accept me sometimes in 2008 when I was helpless with no place to go. He showed me the path of salvation and ever since then my life and every breath I take is His blessings. But, still karma hunts me down every now and then, I consider some to be my foolish mistakes, though I know we're just a short term actors in that Almighty's game, Who gives us chance to play the part and watches us like we watch our kids affectionately and correct us as and when needed. Starting of 2015, I came to know that my last day at work was Mar 31, this was a certain thing since my company collaborated with other and corporate decided to retire the product I was working on. I knew this was coming, however the day my manager informed me I couldn't take it though I knew job was uncertain at any given point and what was supposed to happen was bound to happen no matter what.
During cloudy situations like this in my life, two things which save me are Sai Satcharitra and 'ask Baba questions'. I was so broken that I woke at 2:00pm and decided to ask Baba question in a small app installed on my phone. I remembered Baba and entered the first number which came to my mind and there you go, Baba gave me a right answer to the situation I was in. Baba replied something like this if not exact 'your wishes will come true. You'll find a job soon. Believe in Baba'. I was speechless, I had tears rolling my cheeks. This was not the first time Baba answered my questions it happened many a times in past as well. This answer gave me a special hope to prepare for interview, right on March 30 I received a verbal offer in one of the biggest financial company with a great team and same kind of job I dreamt about. This was one such miracle Baba showered.
One other recent experience is we were looking for a bigger house since long time. For some reason I was anxious about moving since, Baba gave me a lot in the current house we lived, I had lots of Baba's dream which was a proof of Him staying with us. I asked Him to either come with us to a new house when we buy one, where He resides. Let me introduce you to one of my thought process where I consider number '4' to be Baba's roopa, since this number is like the way Baba usually sits with His right leg on this left due to which number 444 has a special place in my heart. I consider it to be auspicious number and signs of Baba where ever I go. As Baba says "In whatever faith men worship me, even so do I render to them". To my great surprise the house which we finally got is with the number 4. He has already made all the plans for us, we just have to lean towards. Believe Him and completely surrender to Him. Leave everything to Baba, request Him to hold your hand and lead Him towards His path to provide us peace in whatever we have and achieve and finally to play our roles and merge at His holy foot one fine day. Om Sainathaya Namaha!
I used to cry daily and read this blog which gave me lot of strength. I came to know that he didn’t want me anymore and I tried for job. I prayed Baba to give me a good job. I passed through interviews and got selected. I was happy with that. But finally Baba gave me a job which I never expected even in my dreams with a single huge package. I thank to Baba. Every day I remember Him and He is the only reason behind my success. I earn good money. He is the one who gave me job. And it’s been one year I am working. And I even forgot my bf and living a very happy life. He now talks with me everyday. But I just speak with him like a friend. Baba You are the only reason behind everyting in my life. Finally You showed me a good path. Behind a single smile of mine You are the reason. Every grain of rice I eat is that which You have gifted me. Love You nana. Baba I have exam tomorrow. Please be with me and give me good score Baba.
Baba came into my life when I was feeling alone. I am Baba's devotee since 2007. After becoming Baba's daughter my life has changed. Baba helped me in so many times. Thank You so much for everything. Love You so much Baba. Om Sairam.
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