Dear Sai Readers, i thoroughly enjoyed reading posting this experience, very well drafted and very well explained. No words to say about our compassionate Lord Sai Baba.
Anonymous Devotee from USA says: Hetal Ji, this happened, when I was living in India. Please do not disclose my identity. Since the following question arises in many of our minds, I have taken lot of space sorry.
Sairam. Before I start writing about the miracle, I want to pose a question to all Sai brothers and sisters: Why is it that some devotees seem to get their prayers answered quickly and some never seems to be able to get their prayers answered? Is Baba partial to some devotees? Even for one devotee why some prayers get answered quickly and some takes ages to get answered? I thought a lot about it and want to put forward my thoughts and Baba, please help me.
Baba said, “My grace is showering on everyone equally like rain. Some have their vessels turned upside down and cannot receive my grace”. If I may add, some have it turned upright sometimes and some have small vessels and some big. What does it take to get His grace in abundance and bath in it all the while? Please comment based on your experiences and views.
I think it all boils down to Shraddha, Faith. If you read the miracles on this blog closely, you will notice that the devotees believed deep in their hearts. At one point or the other, Baba is going to come to their rescue. Wishing and Believing are two different things. Every one of us wish good things for ourselves, wishes does not matter. I am talking about what we believe deep in our heart. We might be saying “Baba, please help!” hundreds of times with our lips, but deep within, we may be thinking “what if He does not help?”, “what should my backup plan be?”, “whom else should I approach?”. If you are sure Baba is going to come to your rescue, one sincere prayer is enough. Wishes come from mind, but faith comes from heart. He is in-dweller of hearts. We can pray for the faith (and we should). But I believe that it is our purushartha, duty or sadhana that we should increase our faith. If you read the Baba’s quote in the second paragraph, you can almost feel His helplessness, when our vessels are turned upside down. By all means He wants to help us. He is more than a mother.
How do we increase our faith? (Again please comment). I think two things:
- Do not entertain the doubt. Switch to other thoughts or to the thoughts of Baba and His Leelas, as and when it arises in our mind, over a period of time it will start to decline.
- Ananthah Chintha Yanthomaa. Think of Him and His Leelas all the time. And Love Him. Love is the shortest route to Him.
It was back in 1983 or so. I was traveling from town X to Z by bus (names withheld purposefully). There was no direct bus, so I had to switch the bus in town Y. When I started my journey, I was thinking of Baba, imagining Him fill all the space, I can see outside of the bus and blissfully singing of His songs and feeling His presence and chatting with Him etc. Town Y arrived and I got down the bus and checked my wallet after walking a few steps. It was not there. I rushed back to the bus and searched, but it was not there. Probably because of my spiritual mood I was in, it did not worry me. I did not have a single penny (no mobiles those days). I just continued to chat with Him. Here you go Baba, what are Your plans for me. If you are thinking I am going to beg anybody for money, I am sorry. I am Your son. It is Your duty to come and rescue. One more thing Baba, I am not even going to tell anyone that I lost my wallet. So it is totally up to You. I want to see how You will come and rescue me. I went and sat on a bench. I was not worried. I was bubbling with excitement as to what that miracle is going to be.
The Bus to town Z arrived. I continued to wait. After a while, the driver started the bus. I went and stood near the bus and said, “Come on Baba, come on. Hurry up. How are You going to buy me the ticket?” Someone sitting inside the bus near window somehow thought I was to catch this bus. He said, “Hey, the bus has started. Why are you not alighting the bus?” I only said, “I lost my wallet”. Without even thinking much he said, “If you stand there and wait, you will not reach the destination. Come inside I will pay for you”. I went in and he paid for me. He said, he worked for Syndicate Bank in that town and gave me his name and branch details.
There are several other things that happened in the bus that showed Baba’s grace. Dear friends, I do not have this kind faith always. I falter too. I have my ups and downs. But just thought I will share with you how faith propels Him to come to you.
He says, “Cast all your burdens on Me, I shall bear them”. That is surrender. Mark of surrender is that we are not worried any more. We are at peace. He is the driver of the chariot. We only do our duty as His instruments. It is difficult said than done. But that is the goal of life.