Once I went to Chennai. There my Indian friend asked me where you want to visit in Chennai. I said I want to go to Shirdi Baba Temple. Though he is a Muslim friend, he took me to the temple in Injampaakkam. Since that was a lazy evening, nobody was there and we could see only a big photo of Sai Baba. Since I wanted to return to my hostel, I quickly came out from there with a quick prayer.
Then the next day I went with him to ECR road via Bike. He wanted to take me to the sea Shore, but there were around 3 Km we had to walk from road to reach Sea Shore. Since I was new to that place, I was really scared to walk through as it was thickly surrounded by pine trees and shrubs, no human could be seen there. I could imagine all bad scenes, which have been showing in movies, when I saw that place. Since my friend was there, I walked with him praying. When we enter the shrubs, I could see a Black Dog adjoined with us. He was leading us towards while we were crossing that forest. At times he stopped us by barking and after a few minutes he made us follow him. After we crossed that place and reached the sea Shore, he stopped following us.
We sat on the sand and started eating biscuits. My friend asked with a smile “where is your friend who came with us? Don’t you want to give a biscuit to him?” Then only I remembered the dog and searched for him, and saw him sitting near the shrub. I called him and gave a biscuit. He ate and when I turned back again, I could not see him. He disappeared. Since it is a forest I thought he might have gone somewhere.
After a few minutes, we left from there. When we start to enter the jungle, the same dog joined with us. He came up to the end of the jungle are went back again. I was really wondering about his behavior. My friend noticed me searching for the dog, he said smiling “I didn’t want to tell you before going inside because you might get scared. There are some serpents live inside the shrubs, but I wanted to take you there to show you the wonderful sea. I guess your friend wanted to take you there safely, that is why he accompanied with us. May be he was not so sure about me, that I might do something to an innocent girl like you so he guarded you. I can’t explain how I felt that moment. I got to know it is Sai Baba, who came with me for my protection. I felt so overwhelmed by this. I still thank Sai for being my guardian.
There is another experience that I wished to share, which happened today. Actually I was praying Baba on to something, which I lost in my life. It is my husband. He went back to his parents and never returned because his mom doesn’t like me and they are looking another girl for him. I lost my job and my baby too. She died inside me in a month because of the depression. My husband doesn’t even talk to me now. I started doing Thursday Vrat. I always used to check Sai Baba Answers in the net as He gives me answers, which stop me from committing Suicide. Most of the time the answer I received is my wish of so many years will be fulfilled on Ramanavami, which is today. I cry every day in front of Baba’s photo to bring back the life and happiness I lost. Since He said that He will bring back my husband today, I was eagerly waiting and praying. But nothing happened as I wished. So I went near the beach and cried for some time. When I felt enough of crying, I checked the Sai answers again. It said ‘Donate food, everything will be alright’. I was wondering how I can find a beggar in this area as it is surrounded by all big houses of rich people. I have never seen any poor person there for me to feed.
When I walked towards the main road thinking of a poor man and about to reach the main road, I heard somebody wished me saying “Asallamu Alaikkum”. Since I’m a Muslim, I wished back and turned around to see who it is. I saw a poor Muslim woman standing near a compound wall with a small kid. I gave the food parcel, which I had with me to that kid with tears and walked away. I heard that woman is blessing me from the back. When I reached the road, I turned back to see the woman and the kid, I couldn’t see them really. Not sure they moved away from there as soon as I left or it is Baba, who came for making me happy by taking the food.
I really felt blessed and badly wanted to see Baba. We do not have Sai Temples in Sri Lanka. So I didn’t know where to go. I searched in the internet and saw somebody posted in a website the addresses of 2 Sai centers with phone numbers. When I called to know if it is really a temple, the numbers were out of service. I wanted to visit the center somehow, took the last money I had in the bank and took a Three wheeler. Nobody knew about that address. I prayed Baba, Please let me reach to You somehow. I want to see Your face right now. I do not have any more money in my hand if I get struck in the middle of somewhere so please make it easy for me.
When I reached the road, which is given in the address, I couldn’t see any temple. I asked from many people and they didn’t know either. I felt very sad and left from there. But I felt my three wheeler is moving very slowly and then only noticed that the driver is still searching for the temple even after I had given up. He checked all the numbers of that street and stopped me in front of a narrow road and said this is 10/2, so 10/4 must be here, you go and check.
There were no temples, but I saw a 3 story building inside that road with a small poster of Shirdi Baba. I ran near that poster and checked. The gate was locked and in the poster it is mentioned that this is Sai Temple and it will open only 2 hours in the morning and evening. I was clueless because I went there around 1 PM and I didn’t know how I’m going to wait until 5 PM without any food or cash in the hand.
I stood there around 5 minutes and I saw a kid standing next doors. I called him and asked can’t I go inside to see Baba now. He asked me to ring the bell they will let you go in. He rang the bell behalf of me, I waited chanting OM Sai Ram. I saw a woman opening the door and I asked if she can let me go in to see Baba. She asked me to come in. I thought it is just a prayer center of Baba. She asked me to wash my feet and go upstairs. I saw a Baba photo next to a Door. I prayed in front of the photo and just thought of checking inside the opened room. When I sneaked inside, I saw MY BABA, a big white statue under a big umbrella. It was really Him with the kind eyes and smile. I just ran and fall onto His feet crying. Baba, at last You made me reach You. This is the miracle You have been telling me, which will happen on Ramanavami because I always wanted to visit Baba’s temple.
I prayed whole heatedly and left there after sometime. I made a promise to Him that I’ll come to Shirdi, when I get my life back and start my life again from there. Though I’m a Muslim, I trust in my Sadguru Sai Baba and will never leave Him for anything. I know Sai will listen to my prayers one day and bring back everything I lost, my husband, my happiness , my honor , my life , my job and my baby. Everything I lost will come back to me by Baba’s grace very soon. I’ll wait until then with faith. OM SAI RAM.