Anonymous Sai Devotee from USA says: Dear Hetal Ji, Thank you for this blog where we can share and read Sai Baba’s Greatness. I would like to remain anonymous. Please do not disclose my name and email id. Thank you again.
I have always known about a saint called Sai Baba since I was young. But it is only in the last few years have I really started worshipping him as God.
I received a small Sai Baba photo with a calendar on the side from a grocery store about four years ago. I kept it in my car and every time I started to drive I would pray that I drive carefully. One day I got curious about Sai Baba. Here is a God I pray to every day but I have no idea about who He really is. I searched for Him on the internet. The more I read about Him, the more I loved Him. During that time I got introduced to reading the Sai Satcharitra and I try to make time to read it regularly. Ever since He has been my source of strength in everything in my life (pregnancy, the birth of a son, employment, getting a home, etc). I do believe that He has been looking out for me for a very long time, blessing me with wonderful parents, brother, husband, in-laws, education. Thank you, Sai for finally drawing my attention to You.
Here are two experiences from my life that I would like to share.
I live in the US. With Baba’s grace, I found a job. I was working for a couple of years. Then got pregnant and have been blessed with a lovely boy. The delivery was not easy. After 10 hours of labor, the doctors suggested that I go for a C-section since I was getting tired and the baby was having difficulty in breathing. I prayed to Sai then to help me deliver this boy safely and started pushing again. At that moment I felt He was there in front of me holding out His hand as if He was calling out to my son. Believe it or not, my son came out in that push and I delivered him without the C-section. Even now when I think of it, I am not sure if seeing Sai was a figment of my imagination or was He truly there to help me. I would like to believe that came into that hospital room just to help me. Thank you, Sai !!!
I took a long maternity break (18-months) and then started searching for a job. It was not easy but I got one with Sai’s grace after a couple of months of searching. I was very excited to start this new job but unfortunately, this job turned out to be the worst job ever for me. The job itself was not a difficult one but the person I reported to was extremely temperamental. I did not get any support from him in terms of training and was extremely rude and unprofessional. It came to a point when I started to feel worthless, doubted my abilities, and was dreading to go to work every day. At one point, I broke down in front of another colleague who then told me that this person has a history of bullying people and he has complaints filed against him by the previous person working under him. Why such a person is still allowed to work is a mystery to me? Anyways, I decided that I had suffered enough humiliation and resigned from my job just after two months of getting my job.
After my resignation, I thought long and hard about why Sai has forsaken me. After all, He gave me the job after my long maternity leave. Why couldn’t I have a good job experience? Why did I have to suffer this bullying? What mistakes I have done to warrant this kind of bad experience? I was not angry with Sai but you can say I was a little disappointed.
During this time, I started reading other books on Shirdi Sai Baba. In one of the books, an ardent Sai devotee is asked if he has faced any problems since he is a Sai Baba devotee. The devotee says that as human beings all of us face problems and he too has had his share of problems in life. But being a Sai devotee, he knows that no matter what problem Sai will always take care of it and will help him with it. So every problem he has faced has only strengthened his devotion to Sai and made him a strong person.
This was the answer I was seeking. My devotion to Sai Baba increased. I decided to do a seven-day Sai Satcharitra parayanam. Now hear this miracle. On the fourth day of the parayanam, I receive a call from an ex-colleague of mine (from the same above company) that there is a job opening on another team. This came as a complete surprise to me. I sent my resume. I am called for an interview on a Thursday (this is the day after I have finished my parayanam.) I am extremely nervous about the interview. I am not sure what to tell about why I quit my previous job because it is not a good idea to tell the interviewers that things did not work well with the previous manager even if you were not in the wrong. I practice my interview before Sai Baba and plead with Him to be with me. Two people interview me. This turns out to be one of the easiest interviews I have been to. I am told that I have been given a good reference by my previous team members. Please note that the person I reported to was not contacted. In fact, they did not even ask me who I reported to on that team. They also tell me immediately after the interview that I have the job and want me to join immediately!!! If this is not the Leela of my Sai, I do not know what to call it. This job, I have been told, is a temporary one but I know that my Sai will help me with a good permanent job and will also help me be successful in this new temporary job.
Oh, Deva, I am hardly a perfect person. Yet You find it in You to forgive me and help me in my difficulties. Saying Thank You for all the things You do seems so small and insignificant but it is all I can offer You.
Thank you, Sai !! Love You Sai !!
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