Anonymous Devotee says: Dear Hetal Ji, firstly thank you so much for offering such a great platform to all Sai devotees. You and your family are truly blessed by our Lord Sai Baba. I came across your blog a couple of months ago from when it has become a part of my daily routine. During this time, I have learnt so much and felt Baba’s presence better than ever. Kindly please do not disclose my name, country or email address and sorry for such a long post. Please feel free to edit it as required.
From the past 10 years right from my school days, I have been a strong believer of our Baba. Whether I am upset or happy the only thing I do is think of Baba. He has taken care of me and my family at all stages. Everything I have and I am today or will have in the future is only and only because of His love and affection. The best thing I have learnt in these years is if we believe that Baba is with us, He truly will be. It’s all about Faith (Shraddha). This faith increases our patience (Saburi) in life.
Baba blessed me with many small blissful miracles in my day to day life, but I wish to share a recent one today along with the great sadhanas (tasks) that helped me to increase my faith on Baba.
My day starts and ends by thinking about Baba. I offer Him food before I eat (just in my heart by saying Sri Shirdi Sainatha Samarpayami) and leave home after praying Him and applying UDI, but I never used to perform pooja on a daily basis or even on Thursdays. Once in a while, I used to do Saptah Parayan, Abhishek at home and visit Baba’s temple. About three months ago, I didn’t feel like doing any of the above and felt like I was losing my connection with Baba and did not feel His presence much. Then I was praying to Baba that I do not want to be like that. I want to be able to feel that You are with me at all times and I want be a good devotee. And I asked Him to bless me with a task. After waiting few days desperately, I was wondering what to do. I heard about the Sai 9 Guruvar Vrat and felt that Baba guided me to do this. Honestly, the first time, I heard about it last year. I wasn’t very interested as I thought Baba is against fasting so why should I do something that is against Baba’s wish. To all those people, who have this doubt, trust me I feel like this is one the best things that have happened to me. From when I started it, I felt like my life was getting back on track. I seriously have heard so much good news from friends and family during these 9 weeks than in the whole of last 5 years. After 9 Thursdays as in abroad, it was hard to donate food to people. I thought of preparing a sweet and taking it to temple for devotees and donating money online for Annadan at Shirdi. After I started reading this blog, I came across an experience about Shibpur temple for the first time. Later, during one of the 9 Thursdays, after reading devotees experiences, I prayed to Baba to bless me with an experience too and started my pooja. During my vrat, I usually prepare Naivedya, lit diya and read Sai Ashtotthara Satanamavali and then sometimes close my eyes and read Shri Sainatha Moolabeeja Mathrakshara Stotram. While I was reading, I had a clear vision of a village in India where Baba is playing with animals, Annadan being held for local residents, a snake overseeing and blessing all the devotees etc. After I opened my eyes, I was trying to figure out Baba’s message and was wondering if He is suggesting that I donate food or pray to a snake or something else. I again prayed to Baba to help me understand His message. After a few days, I saw another experience on this blog with Baba’s murti and an experience from Shibpur. I got really attracted to the murti photo and the next day I felt like seeing it again. I thought I should check Shibpur temple website incase if there are more pictures and I googled it. To my surprise, the vision I had was very similar to the photos on their website. There were pictures of people and the location where Annadan was being performed and even the area, where they were cooking. I was really very happy to see that and felt that Baba wanted me to donate for Annadan over there and I did straight away. This experience left me believing that Shibpur temple is truly a miraculous one and is in need for support with construction and to expand facilities for devotee visitors. That was just one of the miracles that Baba blessed me with but, I have listed below all the amazing things that Baba blessed me with after deciding to do Sai 9 Guruvar Vrat.
- A lot of pending problems have been cleared (not just mine, but that of friends and family). Though I did not start the vrat for any particular materialistic wish, I had a couple of wishes that I was praying to be fulfilled and during that period Baba blessed me with those ones too.
- Have seen the magic of UDI (with water) which cured a long lasting health problem.
- Came across this blog
- Came across starsai.com after reading which I understood the importance of lighting diyas and I am trying to do it daily.
- Started daily routine of listening to Aarti and Bhajan and doing Sai Satcharithra Parayan (at least a couple of paragraphs daily).
Sadhana (Tasks):Over the past few years my faith in Baba has been increasing gradually. Some of the great sources that helped me for that are Sai Satcharithra, Sai Leelamrutham, Guru Charithra and Shirdi Sai Anugraha Rahasya. There were times, when I would literally have tears in my eyes, when reading about ways in which He takes care of His beloved devotees. One of my most valuable possessions is a book with Shri Sainatha Moolabeeja Manthrakshara Stotram. I can’t tell you all how valuable this book has proved to be for me. I have been waiting for a visa for 3 years and it was granted the next day that I started reading it. Here is the link I found online for devotees who are interested to read it http://shradhasaburi.blogspot.com.au/2009/09/sri-sainatha-moola-beeja-manthrakshara.html Lastly, so many experiences from devotees have inspired me wanting to be a better devotee and I know I have a really long way to go even to get close to being good, but I have learnt that if we truly wish and work hard for anything, our beloved Baba will guide us to be on a better path and be with us at all times. Om Sai Ram
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