Anonymous Devotee from USA says: Hetal Ji, please don’t share my name, email and other info. Thank you for the great work you are doing. I am a regular reader of this site and appreciate the work you are doing to spread SAI’s grace on His children. My description here is rather lengthy, so Hetal Ji, you can shorten as per your requirements. The story describes several aspects of my mom’s life to give readers a glimpse of SAI’s blessings and love.
Our family is a big one – my parents had seven children and I am the last in the family. As the situation might be, interestingly, I didn’t grow up to be the best kid nor did I represent other folks that are posting on this site, who have utmost faith and love for SAI. I am an ordinary person with all the problems, issues and lack SHRADDHA and SABURI. But this story isn’t about me. This is about my parents.
My dad was a SAI devotee ever since I have known. He wouldn’t do anything without SAI’s name. If he is given coffee or tea or milk, the first thing he does was to walk out and pour a little outside. If he is given something to eat, the first thing he used to do was to take a big enough portion and put it outside. In my childhood, this used to be a funny activity for all of us. We used to laugh at this, but all of us, meaning all his kids respecting my dad and not knowing enough about SAI, used to do this for my dad, put the food outside if he asked us. My dad was very well educated, but he didn’t make much money because he distributed the money to whoever asked for it. Therein lays BABA’s first Leela. The family was big and at times, we wondered where the food would come from. But throughout my life neither I nor my dad and mom slept hungry. We always had something to eat and always had enough to put outside for the birds to eat. I am talking about 1980s and 1990s. I was still studying and stayed with my parents.
As I got a job and started traveling, it became very difficult for my old parents to live by themselves. So SAI decided that they need help. My elder brother took them to his place and they stayed there for several years. My brother and sister-in-law were themselves SAI’s devotees, and they looked after my parents really well. There came a time for change. None of us knew about this, but SAI did. A few months prior to a big change for my parents, SAI sent me abroad to save some money. I did. I was still young, but then as soon as I got back to India, did you know what the first thing that came to my mind? To buy an apartment and bring my parents to live with me. SAI’s facilitated the entire process and transaction. It would be a book, if I got into each detail here. But each incident is a representation of SAI’s grace on His children, in this case, my parents. The entire process of identifying, buying the apartment, obtaining loan and then working through various phases of apartment construction were filled with additional experiences. In fact, SAI ensured that the apartment best fits my parents needs and also made sure that I didn’t have any logistical issues. An example is that I used to work in Bangalore at the time and the apartment was in Hyderabad. But SAI always ensured that somebody in Hyderabad would take of the apartment requirements and didn’t have to bother my parents or me. In 1996, my parents moved into the apartment and my dad happily lived there till his death in 2007 at the age of 93. His death is another wonderful depiction of SAI’s grace on my dad. That would have to wait for another experience to describe.
Now comes my mom – she is not educated, she doesn’t even know how to read. She lived all her life for us, the kids. The only thing that she knew about GOD was the SIVA PANCHAAKSHARA – OM NAMAH SHIVAAYA. She used to repeat hundreds of times during the day. My dad always wanted her to pass away first, before him. His fear was that she couldn’t manage anything by herself – in addition, she had several health conditions like Hypertension, obese and had blocks in her arteries in lower thighs, which meant that any injury to her legs would not heal. My dad protected her, took care of her, her medicines and everything while he was alive. Well I don’t know what my dad asked SAI for my mom, but what came next in her life, after my dad passed away can only be described as purely SAI’s miracles. It felt like SAI never left my mom’s side until she passed away in 2011.
As soon as my dad passed away in 2007, we, the three brothers congregated and had to decide on what would happen with mom. Believe me, SAI was always with her and I can confidently tell you that SAI was making all of us think and do the things HE wanted us to do. At the time of my dad’s death, all three of us were living in the USA and settled with kids and families. Nobody was interested in moving to India to stay with my mom. It was also clear that my three sisters had worked hard in taking care of my parents when we were in the USA, that, they weren’t going to be able to take care of her. Remember, my mom had no education, couldn’t even dial a phone number to call somebody. Here is a thing SAI did. HE made the three brothers to bring her to the USA on a visitor visa. And it was SAI who enabled her to get a permanent residency despite the fact that she was 84 years old, didn’t have education and was completely dependent on her kids.
She lived with us happily. I assume for four years and she started getting sick. We had to put her in a hospital. But she didn’t have medical insurance. Nevertheless, one day it became an emergency and we had to take her into Urgent Care. There started another set of challenges – in USA, your life is hell if you don’t have medical insurance and end up in a hospital. So we joined my mom in the hospital and the doctors decided to amputate her toe because of a bone infection. But we, the brothers were opposed to it because we didn’t know how much it was going to cost. Then the doctors came to our rescue and said, look this is a life and death situation with your mom and our hospital does charity work, so in case you can’t pay, we will write it down as charity. THAT IS SAI’S GRACE. I don’t think I have heard a situation like this before in my life.
Throughout my mom’s stay in the hospital, SAI was present – the doctors, support staff were wonderful and took care of her. The only thing we started noticing is that her stay on earth was ending and we were prepared for that. But all along SAI was besides her and ensured that she was taken care off – it almost felt like HE decided what needs to happen at every step. She passed away in May 2011, but she had the best care and medicines till the end. To this day, neither the hospital nor the doctors nor the staff asked us for even a penny. It was like SAI took care of all that because she was HIS devotee and my dad was HIS devotee. This is a great example of SAI’s promise to everybody that HE is with HIS devotees wherever they go and whatever they do.
BTW, I am a SAI devotee too, but I don’t have the SHRADDHA and SABURI that I see in others as I read their experiences on this site. I wish I had. I also have innumerable experiences. I can confidently say that SAI is always with me and will hear everything I say and ask. What HE gives is what HE alone knows – because HE knows what to give and what not to give.
I end this lengthy experience by saying that, if you are a SAI devotee and HE has embraced you, you are not alone and even if you decide to leave SAI, HE won’t leave you in thick or thin.
OM SAI RAM.