My deva has been really merciful, as He has arranged my really blissful Shirdi trip in consecutive year, while I was in India during May-June 2013. I went to Shirdi with my father in law by flight from Delhi to Aurangabad. We reached there around 5 in the evening. We hired a taxi from Aurangabad to Shirdi. We stopped en-route to have some tea and ate food which we brought from home.
The road was really bad, but I was feeling like we were floating in air while travelling though my dad was complaining about such a bad road. We reached there around 9, checked in hotel just in front of Samdhi mandir. We were not feeling hungry, so while my dad opted to sleep, I had a shower & I told dad that I am going to temple and I will come back.
Babaji is the Ultimate Planner & we do not have a FREE WILL. Now see how Babaji changes your plan. I went with a plan that I will go for Darshan, sit for sometimes and will come back for sleep, so that I can come in the morning for Darshan. I was thinking to avoid Kakad Aarti, as I have seen it before & I was thinking that will be full of crowd at that time, so will have a late Darshan around 8 o’clock in the morning. It was almost 10 o’clock at night. Samadhi mandir was closed and there were few people around the premises.
I went to Dwarkamai. It was almost empty, very few people sitting in there and most of them were Sadhus, who were doing Naam Simran or meditation with closed eyes or with a japmala in their hands. It was very mesmerizing environment inside- so serene, so quiet. Moreover there was no hurdle to touch all the belongings of Babaji like Babaji’s earthen Chulla (Stove), where Babaji used to cook, & the place, where Babaji used to stand by putting arm on the wall, & foot on the foot. I was feeling so blissful that I was sobbing with tears in my eyes. Everybody sitting around was busy in quite chanting & environment was really uplifting.
Very close to me a very old lady around 75 years of age wearing an old orange saree, bindi on her forehead and bangles was sitting. She was in deep meditation. She was sitting facing towards picture of SAI. When she opened her eyes, I smiled at her. She asked me to sit by facing Babaji’s picture and said see How Babaji is smiling at you, Look at Him. I also started chanting while facing towards picture. After a while she started to ask my whereabouts I live, did I come alone etc. She did not ask me, but told me to attend Kakad Aarti. I said Mataji isn’t it that I should also take bath in the morning before Kakad Aarti. She said it does not make difference to Babaji whether you have a bath or not. She further said, “Wo to Bhola Hai” (He is innocent) & all these outside rituals does not bother Him. He is thirsty for pure love only. She said that you are staying here in Dwarkamai till 2 o‘clock then go for Kakad Aarti line. She even told me that your dad must be waiting for you, give him a call. I took her words as words of my Babaji and I went out, called dad to tell that I will see him in the morning. Sitting in Dwarkamai all my tiredness vanished. I was full of energy & love for Babaji. Now my dear friend told me that she is from nearby village. Her husband left her for another woman. She had a son as well, but she opted to live in Shirdi & do Sadhna. A shopkeeper offered his shop, where she could sleep at night. So she is enjoying her life in Baba’s lap for many years.
Babaji fulfils all our innermost wishes. Sometimes we make wishes in heart of hearts, but forget all about these little desires, but our Almighty Babaji never forgets to fulfil those small even insignificant wishes. Now see how my dear Babaji fulfilled my wish, which I did not even remember while I was sitting in Dwarkamai. Long-time back while listening to Babaji’s songs, there was something specific about cleaner at the doorsteps of Babaji. Then I thought Oh Babaji how lucky the people are who get the chance to be a cleaner at Shirdi. I wish I could get such a chance. I never thought about this again. Now around 12 o’clock, 3-4 young boys around 18-19 years old came to Dwarkamai along with brooms and other stuff so that they could clean Dwarkamai for next day Darshan. They started to move barriers etc. for cleaning and I cannot explain in words how happy I was, when one of them gave me a broom so that I can start brooming the floor. So almost everybody along with my old friend, got chance to clean the floor. Then we mopped floor in Indian style while sitting at floor. Then everything was arranged properly for next day Darshan. I got chance to decorate Dwarkamai with flowers. All of us started to feel like a family chanting Babaji’s name, doing seva.
Around 1 o’clock my old friend said that she will see me in the morning around Madhyan Aarti time & she was going for little sleep. Then I was sitting in Dwarkamai. In Sai’s presence doing little things, chanting His name & around 2 o’clock I came for Kakad Aarti line. Security officer asked if I have any mobile with me. I said yes. He said that you are not allowed to take this in. I requested that I really need my phone with me, so that I can contact my dad or my dad can contact me in the morning. Moreover there was no locker available at that time & I did not want to go back to hotel & disturb my dad. He said okay, just be assure not to use your phone. I promised that I won’t turn it on.I had really nice Darshan & Kakad Aarti. I was not expecting anything, & I knew it is impossible to get Babaji’s amrit with which they gave bath to Babaji & then distribute in the crowd as soon as you get out of Samadhi mandir after Kakad Aarti.
Now when I came out of mandir, I also got amrit and on the top of that makhan-misri Prasad that was offered to Babaji. And distributor was none other than the young boy, who was doing cleaning service last night at Dwarkamai. Though I was very small in quantity, but I was overwhelmed that out of so many only few could get all those boons. It was almost 6 o’clock in the morning. On the top of it weather was turning so nice, it started to rain, (My husband was against my wish to visit Shirdi, as it would be really hot, he said that we both will got to India in winter & will visit Shirdi), But Shirdi weather was much pleasant than Delhi. I enjoyed the Shirdi morning, which was engulfing me in tremendous love. I went back to hotel, had shower and came with dad for breakfast. Then I was in line again around 8 o’clock so that I could offer whatever Prasad & dress I got for my Babaji.
Babaji leaves no stone unturned to make us happy. Now when I have first look of Babaji, I was wonderstruck. Guess what my dear devotees, I was wearing white colour suit with orange salwar & orange chunni at my head, so was my Babaji White dress and orange muffler around His neck. Exactly same colours, same tone, I did not think of anything, as I like to flow with HIS will, not imposing my desires Babaji wear this or that. So I was mesmerised, had lovely Darshan. We came out, offered dresses at charity counter and took UDI from UDI counter. I asked my dad if He wishes to have some rest, I will see Him around 1 o’clock back in hotel for we needed to leave around 2, so that we can have our flight at 6 o’clock.
After seeing off my dad, I came to my favourite place for sitting in Shirdi that is leaning on the wall of wada & sitting facing towards Gurusthan & there I saw once again my old lady friend from last night (Is not it impossible to see same faces again & again in Shirdi with so much crowd around??). She was in same dress as last night, full of happiness, energy & love. Then a thought came to my mind that I need to buy something for my dear friend. I asked her where I will find you again. She assured me that we will bump into each other again at the premises. I promised her to see again & went out in market, I bought few sarees. After that Babaji made me to bump into many elderly ladies to whom I could offer sarees, then I came to Hanumanji Temple, it was blissful, cool place to sit & meditate.
Soon it was Madhyan Aarti time. I went to Gurusthan, where I again saw those young peers from last night seva. I asked them where is Mataji? They said that she will come for Aarti to Gurusthan only. Soon I saw my old friend coming with an old sack of cloth with something in it. We were happy to see each other. They asked me if I had any luck to find neem leaves, I said no. Then Madhyan Aarti started & all of us were taking rounds of neem tree while chanting Aarti. I was also worried that I have to reach hotel at 1 o‘clock. As soon as Aarti finished, this young boy said to me sister I have found some leaves for you. I was surprised as a big crowd was taking round of neem tree, & everybody was looking for leaves. How come this boy found leaves for me? All Babaji’s leela.
Babaji is the real controller of time & space. I gave a saree to my friend, she accepted it with Love (There was not a single trace of Greed on her face). She put her hand in her sack, got it out just like a magic, & what I saw- 3 packets of UDI & 1 supari. She said to me eat this supari. I said I will. I tried to give some money to these two young boys out of gratitude as since last night I got chance of seva due to them, then got amrit & makhan Prasad in morning, then got neem leaves, they said No sister, we are servants of Babaji. If you want to offer something, give it to Mataji. They added they were not helping me for money. It was just out of love, & the love and Humbleness I was showing to all those strangers. (In my last Shirdi visit as well, I experienced so much love from everybody in Shirdi. Everybody is SAI & SAI Only, No one except SAI. I requested last time as well to all of us to smile often not while being in Shirdi only, but in daily life. Even if we are doing a really boring job, a smile not only relaxes our own muscles, but it gets you so much love from everybody around. Try to smile doing meditation, it will boost your concentration).
Now everybody knows that I have to leave & reach hotel at 1 o’ clock. But I got another command from my old friend. She said that I am not leaving without having halwa that is being offered to Babaji after Madhyan aarti & will be soon available to be distributed from a window counter. Okay, thats another order from my Babaji, I thought. I was getting late, was bit tense as well, but my Mataji sent those young lads to run & be in queue, so that they can get some halwa for me. I & mataji also went to that window. Mata ji was instructing those boys not to eat it, keep it for sister. Here we got piping hot saffron coloured halwa. I had enough but those two boys also gave some from there share.Now all four of us were standing out of queue, I was touching Mataji’s foot, who was none other than Babaji. This was first time, mataji asked my name. She told me her name to be Krishna. I was so overwhelmed with their love. She promised that she will be around when I come next time.
I am very introvert person, do not speak much, being especially at Spiritual kingdom like Shirdi, I would not like to speak, but I was befriending with all these people, though we spoke a little, most of times they were the mean Babaji chose for my trip to be lovely. We did not speak anything worldly, Mataji happened to ask my name at the last moment. I did not even ask names of young boys. It was just communication with smiles out of love. I was very much astonished when those boys refused to take any money from me.
Now this was time for me to leave, I ran barefoot towards my hotel room as it was almost 2 o’clock. I went inside room, saw dad lying on bed in very relaxed manner, I was surprised, as I was thinking dad must get angry at me as I am late by 1 hour and we have to travel on that bad road to Aurangabad. I could not believe my ears when dad said that our flight was late by how many hours? Not only 1 but by 2 hours. He just got a text from airline saying so. Is it not our Babaji great? He wanted me to enjoy me to the max while being in Shirdi, & was taking care like a mother who does take care of daughter who is leaving for in-laws. Such was arrangement of my dear Sai mother that she wanted me to enjoy every single privilege of my Mother’s peace abode.
Now our driver from last day was ready to take us back, we had food at Sai Prasadalya & we were back to Aurangbad. While getting out of taxi, I told driver that I have left a packet at back seat that is saree for his wife. He said thank you. We reached well in time at airport. After 1 hour or so, got a call from driver saying that his wife wants to talk to me. This lady was so full of thankfulness for the saree Babaji arranged for her, she thanked me many times (I was so surprised it was so simple saree, but a token of love, not something precious like gold or diamonds). She requested me to save their number and visit them in Aurangabad next time I come to Shirdi. We reached home in Delhi around 1 o’clock at night, I was full of energy & love of my divine mother showered upon me, even I did not have any sleep last night & I could not sleep in the plane, but I was afresh. Isn’t it true that our Babaji’s love is magic?
Thank You my deva, this world is so much full of Love, thanks for showering on me so much love and affection. Please bless us all, so that we are full of love for each other, so that we see YOU in everybody, so that I do not take for granted all your blessings, so that I am humble and full of gratitude like wife of our driver. Please make the surrender happen at your lotus feet, may I flow with Your ALMIGHTY WILL, May I learn to chant Your name with every breath. JAI SAI RAM. Prema to all, Shanti to all. Shri Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.