While this post is published, i would be nearing Shirdi, my Heaven on this Earth. Even though i am away from my system i try to compensate posting well in advance to avoid interruption. So if i am Shirdi will Lord Sai Baba allow me to forget my duties related to Him? For next three-four days there will be posting and comments will be approved by Sai brother Anil ji. See you all soon! I will certainly share my experience of Shirdi as i always enjoy devotees’ experiences in Shirdi. Moreover today’s post is also related to an experience of Shirdi trip. What a Sai-Incidence!
What to say about Shirdi trips! Each one going there gets special treatment from Lord Sai Baba. The One Who calls arranges for everything. He is Father of all. He cannot see His Bhaktas in pain or getting troubling when they come to His Home. Read following Shirdi trip of an anonymous devotee.
Anonymous Devotee from USA says: Dear Hetal Ji, you are very dear to Baba. The work that you are doing is great for getting all Sai Devotees on the same platform. I wait for your new experience every day as if I thrive on it. If I miss reading it, I feel so incomplete. It is such a joy to read these experiences. I am in CA, and every day the new experience is posted around noon my time. I can hardly wait to read and then in the evening, I make it a point to share it with my family.
I would also like to bring your attention to the miracles/leelas that happened, when I went to Shirdi for the first time. My school friend was a Baba Devotee for quite some time. I remember visiting Baba’s temple in Najafgarh in Delhi as a kid. We used to go there sometimes, but I never knew much about Him. So coming back to my story now, my friend and I decided to go Shirdi. I was a new Baba Devotee at that time (6 months into His Devotion). We made a plan to visit in Nov 2008, and we were trying to book tickets in Oct 2008.
We had to go to Triambakeshwar as well. So we decided to make bookings to Nasik and then go to Shirdi from there. We got the tickets from New Delhi to Manmad for 27th Nov 2008 easily. The tickets were confirmed. Our return ticket was waitlisted 3/4 and it was early October, we thought it will be easily confirmed by the end of November.
Now as we were approaching to the date of Journey, we all are aware of the attacks on Mumbai (26-11) absolute carnage. I used to stay in India at time and my parents were here in the US and they were very scared that I should not take this trip. They asked me to cancel the trip last minute. My friend’s family and friends were also very scared forcing us to not go. Anyway we said “Baba hamarey saath hai kuch nahin hoga (“Baba is with us and nothing will happen to us) and we started. Our train was at 9.00 PM on the 27th and we started the journey. I had some pending money for a longtime. At the station, I told my friend let me go and withdraw some more money. In case of emergency, we should carry some extra money and yes, when I checked my balance for my Long due money had been deposited into my account; it was not a lot of money. But just that it was pending for a long time (this was the just the beginning of many miracles that happened). Just when we started from Vikas Puri, it was around 7 PM, and it was very dark. We usually have to walk for a good distance to the Auto Stand to get an auto to go to the Station. That day as we got down the flight of stairs, we saw an auto dropping someone off and he agreed on the said rate to drop us off to New Delhi Railway Station. The journey was very comfortable. We reached Nasik changing trains from Manmad. At Manmad, an auto driver got after us and said that he will help us. We were very doubtful of his intentions, so we proceeded. But he was so stubborn to help us. He convinced us that he was not a bad person. He asked for a lesser price compared to all the other Auto drivers. In Nasik he took us from one hotel to the other and then finally to a very good and economical hotel. The hotel had a very dingy and small entrance, my friend and I were very sure that we won’t like it. But again, he was adamant that we should check it out and it was so nice, when we went inside. It was nice, with very nice facilities and a nice restaurant. We checked in, changed and had dinner. This auto driver was God sent. Honestly, we both were very doubtful of him. By the end, he promised us that he will send someone to drop us to the bus stop for going to Triambkeshwar next morning.
The next day was good. We reached Triambkeshwar and did Kal Sarp Pooja and were back to Nasik in the afternoon. We started for Shirdi and we were planning to go to Shani Shignapur. The day went as we had planned. We were in Shirdi by 5-5.30, checked into the hotel and then went to Shani Shignapur and we were back. We had very little time, as we just got one day’s leave from office. We had a packed schedule, cutting everything too close. But it all fell in place so beautifully by Baba’s grace.
The next day, we started off from the Hotel at around 9 AM (we woke up late as we were tired) and we had our train at 1.30 PM back to Delhi. We had breakfast, went to Khandoba and then to Samadhi Temple. By the time we came out of Samadhi Temple, it was around 10.30-10.40. The Darshan was completed in one hour. But there was a very long queue for Dwarkamai and Chavadi. We were both so disappointed to see the long queues as we had very little time left. We had to leave Shirdi by noon to get to Kopargaon at 1. The train was on time. We were just thinking what to do next, suddenly a guard came from somewhere and said do you want to go to Dwarkamai. We both nodded. He took us to Dwarkamai and Chavadi and nobody stopped us. We didn’t have to get into any queue. This was definitely Baba’s presence, where we were escorted to take Darshan at the Masjid Mai and Chavadi. We were done by 11.15 AM. This was nothing short of a miracle for us. I still remember the miraculous impact of this experience. He made sure that we have enough time to get back to the Hotel, get some lunch packed and reach the Station again. Baba is just great.
The best was yet to come. This was not the end of the miracles. Remember, I told you that our tickets were waitlisted 3/4. Till the end they were waitlisted 1/2. We were both praying that at least, we should get 1 RAC ticket. Anyway we reached the station, our names were not there. We had taken out extra money before leaving Shirdi to bribe the TT (Sorry Baba), because we had to get back to Delhi the next day.
At station, when we were worried and were talking to each other about the waitlisted tickets someone overheard our conversation. They said we have an extra ticket; this was a group of 3 youngsters and a very sweet middle aged gentleman. We had a little doubt, but then we thought we doubted the auto driver as well. Maybe Baba has sent them.
As the train arrived we got into our coach, tried to talk to the TT who was very rude (it wasn’t his fault, he had a lot of people like us bothering him). He told us to get off the train. We didn’t and suddenly we saw the same 2 people who met us at the station, had come to check if we got a berth or not. They took our bags for us and took them to their Coach. This Uncle is a great Sai devotee, who has the privilege of visiting Shirdi very frequently. He said that he had booked 5 tickets but I didn’t get his son because of the Mumbai attacks. See all this is so well planned by Baba. They were in 2nd AC coach vs. 3rd Ac that we both had booked. We both easily managed. They took really good care of us and then we reached home safe and sound. After a few days, I checked and we received the money back for the return tickets that we had booked pertaining to our Shirdi travel, because the tickets were waitlisted and not confirmed. Whenever I think about this trip, I have goose bumps. That day and today whatever legit, I have asked my master, I have never been disappointed. Baba, please give me the ability to be at your feet unconditionally (Not because I want something, but because of absolute unconditional love). I don’t like myself when I start to lose faith and patience. Please keep me at Your feet always. I love you a lot Baba.
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Whenever i read any shridi trip experience, i become so jealous as i am always willing to be in shirdi- the heaven in earth.
Thanks for sharing your experience…
Have a nice and wonderful darshan in shirdi and please pray for all of us.
Om Sai Ram
SHIRIDI SATHGURU SAINATH MAHARAJ KE JAI!!
SHIRIDI SATHGURU SAINATH MAHARAJ KE JAI!!!
very nice experience thanks for sharing with us
have a nice trip…and when you come back we would be waiting for your stories or experience…Om sai ram..
Very nice experience.Hetalji its great u are on your trip,hope to convey our prayers to Baba's feet.Om Sai Ram
Nice experience, Baba took very good care of u both…. Very delightful to feel his love, my eyes were wet clearly with the abundant love he has showed on u guys…
Dear Hetalji, have a nice trip and we will wait for your experience to be read soon…I hope to see Baba at his home Shirdi soon with his blessing. Love u Baba.
Om Sai Ram Hetalji,
Have a nice trip and good darshan. Please pray for all of us
I can well imagine your feelings. BABA grants wishes and that too so elegantly!
You are so kind to your children Baba!
JAI SAI DEVA
Thank you for sharing this wonderful Shirdi Trip experience! Like so many of Baba's children, we all dream of having a nice journey to Shirdi (and throughout life), and Baba comes in all different forms to us (in this case the auto driver who helped you find a good hotel and the people who helped you get back home comfortably). Baba is present in all beings, so it is good you saw Baba in all his different forms. Om Sai Ram!
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Veri Nice experience! Thanks for sharing with us.
Hetal ji, have a nice trip & good darshan of our beloved Baba. May baba fulfill all your wishes.
Please convey our wishes also.
Om Sai Ram
I am new devotee of Sai baba. As I read these experiences
my heart get full of love for Sai Baba.I just want to say that Love you Sai Baba Please help everyone in this world who needs help. I want to say thanks to my friend too who introduced me to my Sai baba. Jai Sai Ram.
Dear Devotee ji, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us..the words you said at the end are really amazing..thats the same feeling i also have towards my Baba..i really dont like myself if my faith trembles..Akhilanda Koti Bramhanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Parabramha Sri Satchitananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.
Om Sai Ram.
Baba please call us to Shirdi soon.
what kind of sister is sai sister Anuradha Ji
Do not family members usually know about doubles that look like brother that were on payroll for safety reasons to delude some people in audiences in case of another attempt on life, as many surgical alteration done to them.
If one is spiritual sister ones intuition should of known this, if one is blood sister them how came she did not know about this…. When you look at glass coffin who you adoring really, do you know 100%, I do not lie to fake embodiment, tears are wealthy forms of energy, meditate on that for a few months…
jai sai ram!