I am sharing experience of Sai Sister Rashmi Ji from India in today’s post.
Sai Sister Rashmi Ji from India says: Om Sai Ram Hetal Ji, I have been reading devotees’ experiences with Baba on different blogs and have been thinking to put mine as well. But somehow could not do it till now. With Baba’s grace, I am going to share the same now. It is up to you if you want to publish it on your blog. You may edit or cut if you find it too long.
I was never a devotee of Baba and hardly been to His temples. Just about 3 years ago, things were started changing.
I will share how Baba entered into our lives. I was at the end of maternity leave (February 2008) as my second child, my son was born. There used to be a repeat telecast of Sai Baba serial (earlier telecasted series) on Star Utsav every evening. My daughter (then 5 years) used to watch that serial. One fine evening I came to that room and asked her to change the channel because I wanted to watch Saroj Khan’s dance program, as this serial was “boring” (now I realize how “Agyani” I was). She wanted to continue watching Sai Baba, but since I insisted, she changed it unwillingly. FROM THAT DAY, Sai Baba started showing His presence to us. We started feeling Him at places where He was not expected at all. My husband even said that one day while waiting at the red light, another car stopped beside him and he could see only Sai Baba’s statue in the car. He even rolled down his window glass, but still could not see the driver or anybody on the passenger seat except Baba’s statue. Suddenly there were so many short programs on News Channels about His miracles (“Leelas”). I would call people and the caller tune would be Sai Dhun, and found His photos at unexpected places. We went to a relative and the door bell was Sai Bhajan. I mean, these things were existing earlier also, but all of a sudden we started noticing all about Him. Although by now we had started inclining towards Him, but the complete “Samarpan” to Him came a little later.
Two months later (April’ 08), we had a major accident (head to head hit) on the way to Haridwar, and a hit from back as well. My husband was driving the car and my son (6 months then) was in my lap on front seat. The car was completely crushed from front. My husband’s legs were stuck under steering. We all (myself, my husband and mother in law) got multiple fractures, but both my children were scratch less. It was a miraculous escape as from the condition of the car everyone would say that none would’ve survived. Later we understood that Baba saved our lives. Or better say, to save us from this calamity He had started showing His presence to us, but we could not understand!
Incidentally we were carrying a spare set of car keys in luggage. Back home we noticed that the keys had Baba’s key ring. We earlier had no idea that the key ring has Baba’s photo. But now we were realizing that how could something happen to us when He Himself was travelling with us to save our lives. Since that day, our belief started growing in Him. I started to surf internet like crazy to know more about Him. We visited Baba’s temple at Lodhi Road, New Delhi few times. More I read, the thirst to know about Him grew more. Now we all were addicted to the serial which I once called “boring”. Eventually, in October 2008 Baba called us to Shirdi also.
There are many other incidences since then when He has been helping and showing us the right path. Once while surfing I came across a book “Your questions and Sai Baba’s answers” by Madhav Lele, a very old book which has 720 answers. After praying to Baba and with full faith if we ask our question, and then choose a number, the answer against that number is considered as Baba’s reply. Believe me since then, this book has been like real Baba in front of me. Whenever we don’t know what to do in some particular situation, we ask Baba and His answer has always given us the right direction. Post accident (July 2008), my husband needed a major surgery on his left hand. The insurance company and Max hospital were playing around for a cashless surgery, and we were losing time. I was too tensed as we didn’t have such a hefty amount to pay all in advance. I again prayed and Baba and asked Him to help (through the book). Baba said your work will be completed in 48 hours, and believe me, in less than 48 hours I received a call from the hospital saying that the matter has been resolved, it will be a cashless surgery. I was so thrilled, tears started rolling from my eyes and I had no words to express my feelings! This was just one of the examples, out of many with this book.
But I used to be confused. I always used to think whose avatar is Baba (as in the serial different people had different experiences). I had bought few books from Shirdi. All said that there are no traces of His birth and early childhood, but in one book, it was mentioned that Lord Shiva blessed a couple and He took birth as son to that couple (later known as Sai Baba). I was always thinking about the same. And then one night I had a dream. I saw an old place and Baba sitting in centre (like Baba used to sit in Dwarkamai) and suddenly Baba was transformed into a “Shivaling”. I immediately woke up. Baba removed my curiosity giving me Darshan as a Shivaling.
This is how Baba pulled us towards Him, and now for everything we look up to Baba. Though in recent our past life, we faced a very rough patch also, as my husband lost job due to recession and remained jobless for more than a year. But we somehow managed as I am working as well. It was a very difficult period, not just financially, but emotionally and socially also as it is very frustrating to remain jobless for a long period. During that financial crunch I came to know about Nine Thursday Vrat. I have been doing the Vrats since then. My husband got a job eventually. Though not exactly what he wanted but he is at least working and not sitting at home in frustration. Now we understand that difficult phases come and go in life, but He is there to take us through everything.
Through these Vrats, I came in contact with a staunch devotee of Baba. She lives in Australia. Whenever, due to some problems, my faith starts shaking, her strong belief on Baba brings me back on track. It is another miracle of Baba in my life that He connected me with her. She guides me in all difficult situations and shows me the right path. And, whenever I feel down, she says – Jis haal mei rakhe Sai,
us haal me rahte jaao.
toofano se kya ghabrana,
toofano me bahte jaao…..
These lines give me so much strength and I start again to face all challenges.
And when I read all these experiences which other devotees share, my belief on Him becomes stronger. I pray to Him to allow us to be near to Him always.
Om Sai Ram!