Shirdi Sai Baba Devotee Kavitha from India says: Dear Hetal, Om Sai Ram! You are doing a wonderful service to mankind through your blog. With each posting you are helping us all to move one step closer towards our beloved Baba. May He bless you always and allow you to continue spreading His fame and glory across the world. Jai Sai Ram.
I have myself personally experienced many leelas of Baba and have been wanting to write to you since a long time. But it looks like Baba wanted me to write today and with His blessings I am posting one of my experiences.
I have been visiting Shirdi Sai Baba temple near my house since the last few years mostly on Saturdays, sometimes on Thursdays. Sometime in 2007, I came to know that they conduct Abhishek pooja and allow devotees to themselves perform Abhishek to a small silver idol of Baba, under the guidance of the temple priest. This made me and happy and I desired to get the same performed by all my family members on their respective birthdays. Accordingly on my husband’s birthday last November, we requested priest to be allowed to perform the Abhishek pooja, and had made the booking in advance. We were delayed in the morning due to some reasons and had to really hurry to be in the temple at 10.00 am, as informed by the priest. In my mind I was little sad as I had wanted to purchase some mithai to offer to Baba but as it was already late, I kept quiet. My parents and sister had also accompanied us for Abhishek pooja and my sister had stepped out to complete some work at the bank after taking Baba’s darshan. We then sat down for pooja. Normally the priest arranges all the Naivedya also, i.e.fruits, milk etc. and keeps them ready. Now see Baba’s leela – on that day, in the middle of the pooja, the priest asked me whether I have brought any sweet. When I replied in negative, he said its okay and proceeded with the rest of the pooja. I now felt very sad and did not know what to do. My mother understood my predicament and immediately took my mobile and called my sister and told her to bring some sweet. Then she told me dont worry, your sister will bring something. At once a thought flashed in my mind that I wish she brings Kaju Katli, because it is my favorite sweet and I wanted to offer that to Baba. I typed an sms to my sister but deleted it. I had full faith in Baba and knew that He would get things done the way HE wanted them, so I relaxed a bit.
Within few minutes my sister arrived with a box in her hand. The packing was very attractive and different from the normal sweet shops in that area and I was wondering from where and what she had bought. I was at peace that Baba would have made her bring what HE wanted, and eagerly waited for the priest to open the box. Lo and Behold…it was a box of Kaju Katlis! I was so overwhelmed with joy, that my eyes filled with tears and I thanked Baba for making my wish come true. For some it may seem as a coincidence, but for us it was the sheer leela and blessings of our beloved Baba. It is so true that Baba forever keeps his word of always fulfilling his devotees wishes, and as rightly mentioned in Sai Satcharitra, he gently reminds us when we forget what we intended to give. I pray to Him to always keep us devoted to His Holy Feet and be with us always!!
Om Sai Ram