Anonymous Devotee from India says: Dear Hetal Ji and the rest of the wonderful team, I’d want to pen down a small yet beautiful experience, that yet again, shows to tell how our Dear Lord Deva, Sai, is guiding us at each and every step that we take. This experience might sound a bit trivial but for me (I am going through a few challenges as of now) this is another indicator from Him that He’s looking out for me too. Kindly do not disclose my name or email ID. I wish to remain an unidentified devotee of our Deva.
I have been a devotee of Deva since the my schooldays (early 90’s), but I have been an ‘ardent’ devotee of Deva only around 1998, when I ventured out of my hometown to a different city for reasons of employment. Being alone in a different city, away from the family, would have been difficult, but I can say that I was not alone all the time, thanks to our Deva.
I am from an orthodox family. So I do follow rituals and traditions, but I start my day with prayers to Sai Deva. I frequently visit Sai Temple every Monday and Thursday and do a Someshwara and Sai Abhisheka on my parents name every week. A Sai devotee and friend of mine taught me the fact that it is but fair that our parents, who have been praying for all-through also need prayers and who better than the kids. I usually visit the temple before it gets crowded. I feel that I can connect to Deva better, when the temple is not chock-a-block, where people are jostling each other and concentration on Deva sometimes lapses. This is of course only my experience and how I connect to Him. Coming to my experience, 2 weeks ago, I realized that Guru Pournima was fast approaching and I expressed my desire to the Temple Priest that I would want to give a Shawl to Deva to be worn on this auspicious day. The Priest mentioned that as the Temple association has already bought a Shawl the one I would give would be used for the later part of the day. I was glad that my proposal was accepted and the Priest was also kind enough to pick the Shawl (A Silk Saffron Shawl). Yesterday (Monday), I went to the Temple and asked the Priest what time would be a good time to be there to see Deva adorned in the new Shawl. The Priest answered that 1.30 pm is when they would dress Deva. So I should come then and look for Him once I enter the Temple. The Priest also said that he will not be available on the phone as he would be busy. Today is Guru Pournima and I reached the Temple by 1.15 pm and from the outside itself I could see a large queue for Darshan as well as the Annadaana. I decided to walk around a bit and come back in 15 minutes with the hope that crowd will lessen and I would get to have a peaceful Darshan. I walked for a 100 yards, when a sudden desire arose in me to go back to the Temple and brave it out in the crowd. Back at the Temple, I see that the crowd has reduced a tad bit, but still going strong. I go along to leave my footwear, when I hear my phone ring and I see that it is the Priest, who asks me if I had reached the Temple yet. I told him that I am outside and he told me to come on inside and that he will get me through the queue and into the sanctum-sanctorum. The Priest comes out, takes me via a different route and guides to me to take the Darshan and kneel at Deva's Padukas all in a matter of 2 minutes. Then I find a place with a perfect view of Deva, sit, close my eyes and pray to my heart's content and thank Him for enabling this. By the time, I was done with my prayers and opened my eyes I could see a smiling and beautiful Deva clad in a Silk Orange Shawl. It was sight to behold for me. As I mentioned earlier, Life has thrown a few challenges and I have been feeling a bit down off late. But by the sequence of events - from the moment I had the urge to go back and to the Priest calling me and getting me inside - I knew He was there with me. I feel blessed. Very blessed. Here's wishing all of Deva's devotees a blissful Guru Pournima. Sorry to have kept going on like this, but I do seem to have lost control when narrating this experience. I sincerely appreciate the effort that you and your team put in. I would consider it an instruction from Deva if I can be of any help here.
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