Experiences With Sai
Anonymous Devotee from USA says:
Dear Hetal, my heartfelt thanks to you and your team for making this possible. Please keep my information confidential. I apologize for taking more than my fair share of web space to convey my thoughts. You have my permission to edit the rambling passages.
Shri Sai, help me Deva in writing my experiences as you will. Unlike many devotees I have encountered on this weblog, I cannot claim to have been an unwavering and a staunch devotee of Sai Baba from the start. My path to Him has not always been smooth and easy. I have been and am still struggling to inculcate every day, every moment a little more faith in Him to guide me through life. My inherent questioning nature and my educational training, which always makes me look for the logic behind everything, made it very difficult to accept His incomprehensible nature on faith alone. I met Sainatha in Shirdi for the first time in my mid-teens, but came away empty handed from that encounter due to my skeptical attitude towards God and Saints. My agnosticism continued over next decade during which I encountered few successes and many failures including the loss of my father in a painful way. Although, I came to USA in my 20's to pursue education due to my father's (and later I realized God's) benevolence, and garnered few degrees along the way including a PhD. I had yet to meet with any desired outcome in my personal and professional life. In my early 30's, at my lowest ebb, I started reading Shri Sai Satcharitra on the advice of a pandit/astrologer (as conveyed to me by my mom) to propitiate my 'Guru’. I still was a doubting 'Mary' and wondered many a time during the parayan why Shri Sai would display such rage if He were truly a Satchitanand. Nevertheless, I finished the parayan and started reading as much as I could about Him and His times. I was then working as a post doc for a university in the west coast and because of their administrative goof-up my Visa was rejected. So, I was forced to come to India for VISA renewal and stamping. I visited Him at Shirdi for 2nd time with my brother and prayed to Him to about my VISA. I was granted this wish in few weeks and flew back to US soon after. Despite my ever growing belief in Baba, I continued to face many hardships including financial ones. I started seeking Him everywhere (because I still could not find Him within me) and during one such foray, I came across this website and Sai Baba question forums. Thanks to Hetalji and her coterie of devotees, I have derived immense support and hope from the published works on the site. I started experiencing solace from listening to Sai Baba’s bhajans and reading His works. After each round of reading of His pothi, I began to accept His will a little more contentedly. I realized that I needed to efface my overblown sense of ego/pride (a very hard work in progress) and pay my karmic dues in the form of suffering. I started seeking His advice and blessings in all the ventures for my family in India and for myself. Little by little, I started seeing improvements especially in my mother’s health. Meanwhile, I was facing the crisis of imminent unemployment since my contract was close to end. I begged Him to help me stay gainfully employed in such a sad state of economy and not dependent on my relatives. Since then, due to His blessings I have had more than my fair share of interviews in industry and few offers as well, but because of my VISA issues none of them came to fruition. I decided that I had only two choices either leave the decision to Him and His mysterious ways or drown in self-pity. Strangely enough, though my current job contract ends in a month, I remained hopeful and calm. Due to His grace, I got 2 job offers from universities. Both these jobs did not offer either increment in pay or a change of title, but I was happy (well kind of). Based on His advice, I turned down one offer and was looking forward to accepting a formal offer from the other one. I waited for a week and did not hear back from them. On inquiry, the administrative personnel made noise about the impossibility of securing a new VISA in a month and so on and so forth. I became agitated and sought Sai Baba’s advice again day before yesterday, and He said: "Your ancestors used to worship Akkalkot Swami. Follow that path and you will get happiness and success. Sri Sai Baba`s blessings are there. Worship whom your ancestors worshiped." I was confused as I know of no such connection and called my mom. She told me that my paternal grandparents and great-grandparents were staunch devotees of Swami Samarth Maharaj of Akkalkot. In fact, my great-grandparents had visited Him as well. I was stunned and that day during puja I prayed to Shri Sai Samarth Maharaj namo namah (my ignorant way of unifying these two kartas). The same afternoon my offer letter came via email and within moments I sent in my acceptance. Sainatha, Sarvasva Sharangati.
Sai Baba Blessed Us With Our Own House
Sai Sister Nidhi Ji from India says: Dear Hetal Ji, I wish to share my first experience with the readers, which is no less than a miracle. I am writing this experience on behalf of my mother who wanted it to be published on your website, so that the faith of all Sai followers increases manifold. Please do not disclose my name or e-mail id. We were looking for a house since the past 4 years, but every time there used to be some or the other issue, so much so that even relatives had started ridiculing us. And we were thinking we will never be able to have our own house. My faith in Baba was such that I was sure He had some plan for us. Such is the Leela of Sai Baba that I with my family visited Shirdi in January 2012 and prayed to Sai Baba, that once my wish for our own house is fulfilled, I will come back to Shirdi. By the grace of Sai, things started falling in place and finally in March we found a house. Just the way we wanted it to be and Sai Baba himself ensured that all the hurdles were removed and we shifted in July 2012. Work pending since 4 years, finally came to fruition after my Shirdi visit and it is my firm belief that Sai Baba will call me many more times to Shirdi. When He is there for His devotees, there is no fear. We just need to have faith and patience. I fulfilled my vow of visiting Shirdi again in September this year to thank Him for giving us our own roof and Sai Baba accepted my humble prayers, when I requested a dress for Baba and a piece of cloth be touched at His Samadhi and the pandit at the Samadhi told me that he is not returning the piece of cloth as it has been accepted by Baba. I feel blessed.
Wherever You Are Baba Is There To Save You
Anonymous Devotee from Singapore says: Dear Hetal Ji, thank you for posting my previous experiences. May Baba bless you and your family always. Hetal Ji please post this Baba photo which is relevant to this experience. Please do not share my name and email id. Today I want to share my friend’s experience. I am a small devotee of Baba from Singapore. My friend is also an ardent Baba devotee, who is in Chennai. She rides a two wheeler and she is very good and confident in her driving. One day as usual she was going in her bike on a flyover and something unfortunate happened. The guy, who was riding a bike, hit her badly from behind and my friend’s bike was dragged for 10mts away. She jumped from her bike to avoid falling from the flyover. Fortunately she was wearing a helmet. She got hit very badly and she cried and called Baba in pain. She couldn’t get up. After about 10 minutes people started helping her. One auto guy stopped and took her to the hospital in his auto. In the auto, she saw one beautiful smiling Baba photo. When she saw that photo, she couldn’t stop her tears and she cried so badly. On seeing it she felt that Baba is telling her “Don’t cry now. I saved your life nothing will happen to you”. In the hospital doctors told her that her right hand shoulder bone is fractured. And she has to be on bed for 8 weeks. Not only has that she got multiple bruises in her body. I was so worried about my friend because I also went through the same pain. So I felt bad for her. Before the accident, my other friend from Singapore went to Shirdi. Before going to Shirdi, she called and asked her what she wants from Shirdi, my friend told her “You buy what Baba asks you to buy for me”. In the meantime, I called up my other friend, who was in Shirdi and told her only about the accident and requested her to please go and meet her. My friend was back from Shirdi needless to say she had a great Darshan. She went to meet my friend, who met with the accident. She bought a big beautiful smiling Baba photo. This photo is the same photo, which she saw in the auto after the accident. My friend was shocked to see the same photo. There will be so many pictures in Shirdi why she has to buy the same photo? For which the only answer I could remember is “Be wherever you like, do whatever you choose, remember this well that all what you do is known to Me. I am the Inner Ruler of all and seated in their hearts. When my devotee calls me in pain I’ll be there at once”. As per His saying, He kept His words and saved my friend’s life. Even today my friend will think of this incident and thank Baba for giving this life to her. One more thing during the whole episode my friend’s daughter was in X std. She has to go through the board exam and only Baba protected and took care of my friend’s family through one of her cousin, who helped them with cooking and taking care of the house. Guess what my friend’s daughter got 75% in her X exam. My friend is recovered fully from her injuries. I am so happy to be a witness of this miracle. I am thankful to Baba for making me to share this experience to all His devotees. Thank You Baba for saving my friend. Jai Sai Ram.
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