Always trip to Shirdi is joyful and full of divine experiences. The following experience of Sai sister Padma ji is an exception. Though she had wonderful trio to Shirdi, somewhere there was physical pain. I guess such suffering in the fomr of physical pain was one of Lord Sai Babaji’s unique method to wipe off our bad karma. This is my opinion and would love to know what is yours.
Sai sister Padma ji from India says: Pranams Hetal ji, First of all I would like to thank you for this wonderful blog that you have created. I would be very happy if you would post my experiences too.
As promised to my dear Baba, I would like to narrate my divine experiences at Shirdi this time. It has been my cherished dream to do the Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayan in the Parayan hall at Shirdi. So this time, I got a chance to visit Shirdi along with my younger daughter and co-sisters and we all decided to complete the Parayan in 3 days. As always this time too before leaving for Shirdi, I wrote down all my deepest desires of visiting all those places where Baba had gone in Shri Sai Satcharitra and prayed for a safe and blissful journey.
We took the Volvo bus from Mumbai on Friday. We were enjoying our journey listening to Sai Bhajans. The bus halted at Sinnar for 5 minutes; where I got down to stretch my legs. Just then I felt a prick in my left toe and all of a sudden I had a shooting pain extending to my thigh. I was almost in tears. It has always been my practice to carry Udi with me wherever I go. So I immediately applied it and also took in some with water. I also gave some Reiki healing. But the pain seemed just unbearable. Then finally we reached Shirdi around 9 PM. Then somebody suggested us to go to the Sansthan Hospital. The doctor there gave an injection and some medicines, but the pain failed to subside. My relative even suggested returning back to Mumbai, but I was very sure that I wanted to do the Parayan and took it as Baba’s way of testing me. I was crying in pain and had a sleepless night. Next morning a local doctor told it is the bite of a particular insect called ‘Vinchoo’ and suggested that such insect bites would be best cured by Mantra Shakti, though he gave me an injection. A local fellow suggested to go to the ‘Veerabhadrappa’ temple in Rahata (mentioned in Chap.5 Sai Satcharitra).
Then I realized that as I had written down my wish in the Satcharitra, Baba wanted me to visit this place where He had been. No one can comprehend His way of doing things. The pain, which refused to come down with injections and medicines, came down immediately by the Grace of Baba. Then immediately after that mantra treatment, I started my Satcharitra Parayan and successfully finished it in 3 days. In the meantime, I also had the privilege of visiting other places, where Baba had been, for instance-Khushalchandji’s house in Rahata, Panchamukhi Ganapathi temple, Tapovan bhoomi, Upasani Maharaj’s ashram at Sakori and finally Sai Dham at Kopergaon. There, we also met Chauhan Baba. The moment Chauhan Baba looked at me, He told that I have been in a lot of pain since I came to Shirdi and Baba was near me only all the time. Saying so He blessed us all.
I had this deepest wish of doing some Seva in the Sansthan. So when I enquired about it in the Sansthan, they said no such thing took place there. I was a little upset over it, but I didn’t lose heart. Meanwhile on the last day, I decided to go for Kakad Aarati. I got up early and was about to leave, when I suddenly started feeling very uneasy and started throwing out. But somehow I made up my mind to go for the Aarati. I went to the temple at 3 AM, but somehow there too, I felt very uneasy and came out and rushed to my hotel, where I started throwing out again. And then I just left it to Baba and took some rest. Around 7 AM, I still had the urge to at least go for the Mukhdarshan. I went there and then suddenly the Sansthan workers asked if I could do some seva by sorting out the notes. My joy knew no bounds and I immediately agreed. After about half an hour’s time they told me to take Baba’s Darshan and leave. I was so happy. He fulfilled this desire of mine too. As it is said in the Aarati ‘Jaya mani jaisa bhaav taya taisa anubhava’.
In the last 5 years since Baba has entered into my life, I have realized that though Baba gives us all that we want, He at the same time keeps testing us to see whether we have imbibed into us His two divine coins of ‘Shraddha’ and ‘Saburi’. I am really thankful to Baba for giving me a very new and divine experience this time. He arranged everything from our travel to stay. I would like to mention here about a local auto driver Ganesh, who knew all those places very well. His contact number is 09822881977.
Thank you Baba. Love you. Om Sai Ram.