Sai Sister Geetanjali Ji from India says: Sairam Hetal Ji, I hope you are doing well. Please post it accordance to first come first post basis. Also, please do not disclose my email id, but please share the photo in the document with the post. Thank you so much for creating and maintaining such a beautiful platform for us devotees.
This is my 3rd experience I am sharing on your blog. I seek HIS permission to pen down my experience. Baba, I am not qualified enough to write Your Leelas. So please direct me Yourself and write Your own Leela. I would like to mention that Baba is the eternal bliss Himself. He is the Adi and Anth of all the beings and of this universe. Whether we accept or not, He is the sole doer of everything around us. The following experience is very significant and dear to me. As you read through you will probably understand why in my earlier post, “My Guru Sai Blessed me on Guru poornima”, I had mentioned that I was leaving Toronto for good and that 2008 Guru Poornima was my last festival that I celebrated with my Sai in Toronto. My flight was booked for July 31st and I had planned to send some of my stuff through cargo because of the weight restrictions in the flights. I approached one of the known cargo company on 26th July and booked the air cargo.
The man there assured me that the cargo will leave by 28th and will be there by 1st August, the same day I was to arrive in Delhi and I can collect it the next morning of my landing. I was given a waybill to track the cargo and for the custom clearance. I was content with the feeling that at least one job is done satisfactorily and thanked Sai for this. Finally, July 31 came and I went to Shirdi Sai Mandir in Toronto to bid goodbye to my guru for one final time and still praying that I shouldn’t be sent back and if at all being sent back, please call me back soon. Well, it was a situation that I couldn’t help and for a moment I felt even Baba couldn’t do anything for me. I reached the Mandir early morning to attend the Abhishek and Kakad Aarti. I knew almost everyone and was very close to most of the devotees. The elder devotees would bless me always and as they knew I was leaving. Most of them came over specially to bid farewell to me.
I couldn’t help my tears, when Baba gave me an opportunity to serve Him fully one last time in Toronto. One very dear Aunty told me to come up before the Mangal Snaan and take off the night dress of Baba and also I was the first one to make Baba do Mangal Snaan. I was also given an opportunity to dress up Baba. I am attaching a picture of the Baba on my last day (Thursday) in Toronto.
The first question was “Missed your flight?”
Second Question: American airlines
Answer: Yes He immediately said you are on the wrong terminal. I said I know I am so frustrated running around the terminals. The American airline people don’t know their own terminals and the staff has not been of much help either. I am really tired of all this since I have landed. He said, I know. He said wait I will get a map for you. You don’t have to ask anyone. This map will help you. You have to go to terminal 3 and there they will be able to help you. Don’t worry. He went to one corner where the maps and other airport information was placed and got me a map. He pointed out to me exactly where I have to go. He said this train’s last destination is terminal 3 just take the train. I still have the terminal map he gave me preserved with me. I said thank you for your help. You have been very kind. He asked me again, you are from India. I said, Yes. He again said, I am from India as well. I am from Andhra Pradesh and my name is Subodh. I told him thank you so much Subodh for your help. You have been a blessing in disguise for me. It was nice meeting you. I shook hands with him and just then the train came. He smiled at me and said this train will take you to terminal 3. Don’t worry. I boarded the train and again said thank you. As I stood in the train, Subodh again came inside and in a very caring tone asked me to sit down as I am too tired. I again said I am good, thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. He insisted I should sit. I again said no it’s fine. I am alright. He again smiled back at me and said okay and went out of the train. As the train started moving, he smiled back at me and waived me goodbye. I smiled back at him and then I could see him nowhere. I looked back to see I couldn’t locate him. Within a fraction of second, it occurred to me that Subodh was no one else but my Baba. He was there talking with me all this while and what a stupid I was not to recognize Him. I cursed myself for this. I wanted to go back and look for Him, but it was too late. The train had reached terminal 3 and I went to American Airlines counter. Spoke to them about missing the flight and the lady there was very courteous and told me that there have been a lot of cancellations today due to the weather and there was no other flight I could board for India that day. She was trying to check for any other route I could take and reach Delhi. Incidentally, all flights were booked and there was no flight available on any route till 2nd august. It was 2 days more in Chicago. Fortunately, my best friend was in Chicago at that time and I called her and told her about the situation. She insisted that I should come and stay with her for 2 days that I am here. I got a confirmed flight for 2nd august and airlines people told me that I can let the checked in baggage with them and it will be sent with the same flight that I was to board on 2nd august. My friend came to pick me up at the airport. As I settled myself at night at my friend’s place. Subodh’s face kept coming in my eyes. I was thinking that how could that be that of all the people he spoke only to me. His expression was full of compassion and smile. How come he knew that I missed the flight and that too American? How he said I know you are tired and that things will be okay now. No matter how hard I tried to think it might have been a coincidence, I couldn’t convince myself for it. I still strongly believe that it was none other than Baba, who came to my rescue. As I mentioned above about my cargo problem, missing the connecting flight and not getting a flight for 2 more days, solved that issue as well. The cargo was now to arrive the same day as I was to arrive in Delhi. There was no tension of coming to Delhi twice from Chandigarh and causing inconvenience to my parents. I informed my family about the flight change and also that they shouldn’t be worried as I am staying with my friend. How beautifully everything connected was just a Leela of Baba and being an ignorant person that I am, I couldn’t comprehend at that time. I was getting frustrated and irritated and cursing Baba while He was making things easier for me all through. He allowed me to meet my best friend for 2 days and spend some time with her. He took care of the cargo delay and how I got a connecting flight that coincided well with all other things that I had to plan. Before I boarded the final flight to Delhi from Chicago, I checked with the airline staff if my checked in baggage is also being taken care of. I was told yes the baggage is being taken care of and will reach with the same flight. I was a bit relieved and took the flight. After reaching Delhi I went to the get the baggage and another shock, the baggage didn’t arrive with the flight. Another added tension, but then I thought it’s again Baba’s plan for something. I will get to know soon. I lodged a baggage claim with the airline people and was told that as soon as they track the baggage it will be sent to my home in Chandigarh so I don’t have to worry about coming back to the airport. I stayed at the airport that night because I was to claim the baggage at the cargo terminal next day. I had told my parents to come only in the morning as there was no point spending the night for them at the airport. In any case I had to stay and again fortunately another close friend (then and now my husband with Baba’s blessings) came by to give me company. Next morning I headed for the cargo terminal, filled in all the required forms and my surprise everything was done very soon. The cargo people were very helpful and everything got cleared sooner than I thought. My father had arrived at the cargo terminal and as I loaded the cargo baggage in the car, I understood Baba’s Leela of not getting my checked in baggage. After we finished putting in all the stuff from the cargo terminal in the car, we noticed there wasn’t any space left for any additional baggage. I left Delhi thanking Baba for his help all through the journey. It was an eventful journey which ended up well. So all’s well that ends well. The checked in baggage reached home in 2 days and everything was settled. I would ask Baba to forgive me for my foolhardiness and for cursing Him of not taking care of me, when I needed most. He always took care of me no matter what situation I was in. Before I close my post, I remember a line of a bhajan very close to my heart that I have now sung innumerous times. I would like to share it with all of you. “Mainu maan eko bas teri rahmat da, mere maan nu satguru todi naa Main aan digaa dar tere te, mainu dar to khali modhi naa Sahib tum mat beesro, laakh log mil jaaye.. hamse tumko bahut hain.. tum sam hamre naahi” (It’s in Punjabi and it means that “O My Sadguru, I have no other pride than of Your blessings that You bestow on me and of Your grace that ever adorns me wherever I go. Please never betray my pride in YOU, never leave me in the middle. I bow down at steps of Your Mandir/masjidmai. Please don’t let me go empty handed and grant me my dear wish as You always do. Do not ever forget me as You have innumerous devotees like me. But I only have one Sadguru and that is YOU.) I would also like to thank you all for reading such a long post. It was important for me to write smaller details to link everything and for everything to make sense. Thank you Hetal Ji for allowing me and inspiring me through your blog to write and for giving us all a platform to share Baba’s Leelas. Sai Ram Geetanjali
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