Anonymous Devotee from New Zealand says: Dear Hetal Ji, First of all, I am really sorry for your Grandpa’s physical death. I am sure he is resting with our beloved Baba. Once again, thanks for providing this wonderful platform to let us share our experiences with Sai ma. Please call me as Sai Daughter and hide my email ID.
This is my fourth experience which I am sharing here. In my previous 3 experiences, I have shared how Baba made me to pass my PHD and granted me a job.
In last September 1st, I have got a job as a software developer with Saima’s grace. It was a full time job. Initially, I was really scared to accept that position, because I felt I couldn’t look after my two kids, who are 10 and 8. The company was bit far from my home and I have to travel 45 minutes up and down. Initial few months went bit fast, which I really struggled to cope up with, since my kids are very much used to my flexibilities in my previous job at University.
The work environment was really nice, but it was always busy. Sometime I don’t even have time for my lunch and I felt like everybody was passing all the works to all the new employees (few other people are new to the company and all other people were working there for more than 10 years). It really made me worried. Also my little one was crying since she misses me dropping and picking her from school. She hates to go to afterschool care in the morning and evening. Since I strongly believed that Baba gave me this job, I don’t know what to do, except always talking to Baba all my difficulties. I am sure there is a reason behind all this. After couple of months of all my difficult hard work and Baba’s guidance and help, I got recognition from that company. I won a regional award for quarter. Manager recognizes my talent, due to that I asked her the permission to work from home for an hour in the morning and come to work after that in which manager agreed. This gave me some time to spend with my kids in the morning, at least avoid putting my kids in before school care. In time, I was seriously thinking to move on my career. At that time, I wasn’t sure which my career path is. Till then, I was moving from research (University) position to Commercial IT positions, whichever gave me flexibility. Since I was the good candidate in both, I never sit and think which my ideal path is. Even I got lots of flexibility in my University career, I never appreciate that. I always complain that University environment is too slow for me. Now I could feel my mistakes, due to this job. I miss all the flexibilities which I had in my previous career and also all my creative usage of my talents in my previous job. In my current job, I have to work on time and on certain ways. There is no time to think and act, since timing is vital and managers always put very tight schedule to complete tasks. Every employee is doing two or three people’s job. Every day, on the way to work, I always talk to Baba and apologies him about my mistakes and ask him to show me my ideal career path. At the same time, I had my review scheduled, in which I asked Baba to give me certain pay raise if this is my ideal career path. Even though, the review was really good, I only get $3000 pay raise, which is nowhere closer to my expectation. I had a habit of not negotiating my pay when accepting a job, since I believe if the company believes I am good they will increase my pay. This was the case with my all other jobs, I had a huge jump in my pay with every reviews. So I accepted this job with very low pay believing in my talent. My manger was giving me more responsibilities and commenting this was a huge jump they are providing me since I am a very good candidate. I wonder stuck, since my manager knows that I accepted this position with less pay compare to my previous job. But I didn’t make any comments, rather I asked her to provide me with more flexibilities, if possible. From this incident, I know this job is not my ideal job, since I have strong faith in Baba. As usual, I talked to Baba and told him “Swami, please show me my ideal career path and ask Him solution to some other issues”. One day, I saw a car with number plate which was written “14 Sep”. For some reason I felt there is a sign for something, so I noted that date. Beginning of September, my company announced restructuring. I was bit tempted since I was a new employee (last joined person), I was not sure what is going to happen. So I prayed Baba, please don’t let me to lose this job till I find another one. Within few minutes of my prayer, my manager called for a team meeting and said our team is safe from re-structuring even though they are going to make redundant another 9 employees. I was bit relaxed, but I felt very sad for other employees. On that night, I came home and before going to bed, I started to surf internet. For some reason, I wanted to go to SEEK job site. In seek the first job, which I saw was a research engineer position, which is exactly in my field of PHD. I was so shocked to see that position. I noted down the phone number of the advertiser, however, I didn’t really want to apply for it. Next morning, in the work time, I had some urge to talk to that person. So I went to my car and called him from my mobile. He was really thrilled with my experience and asked me for an interview, which was on Thursday. On the way to the interview, I wasn’t really sure since this company is a start-up company compare to the one which I am working currently (which was a MNC). So I asked Baba to show me a sign if this is his will. On my way to interview, I didn’t see any signs and even I was looking every car number plate or advertising boards. I thought it is my mind asked me to apply for this position, so I thought of rejecting this job after talking to him. Just before the turn of, I happened to stop my car in the traffic signal. I just looked up and saw a big letter SAI in one of the shop. I was so happy and thanked Baba. Interview went really well and he asked me whether I could join him in October first week, however I didn’t hear from him for a week. I was bit worried regarding that, since I already planned a vacation for a month in later part of October. If the offer is getting delayed, I couldn’t start in October, which the new employer wanted me to start. Since I strongly believed this job is Baba’s gift for me. So I was bit calm and told Baba “Swami you know what is good for me, so please do necessary needs”. This is a real twist here. 12th of September, I had an offer from that company and they asked me to sign and send that letter back to them. I read those letters, in my few readings I didn’t see the remuneration which I am getting in my new job. So I have called them and made an appointment so that I could clear all my doubts and sign the contract. On 14th of September, I went and met my new employer. He just showed me my remuneration in the offer letter itself (which I couldn’t spot even in my couple of readings earlier) and asked me to start on 14th of November after I come back from my holidays. Swami showed me the date earlier (14th September) and made me to go and signed the contract on that date. Swami you are great. Baba not only gave me a job, he also showed me my ideal career path. In this new job, I have all the flexibility which I need and freedom to design my own creative process. Please, all SAI devotees, if Baba is giving you something, there is a reason behind it. Now I learnt to appreciate every single thing in my life. Baba, please always be with us, guide us, bless us and protect us. Om Sai Ram.
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