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Anonymous Devotee says: Om Sai Ram. I am a small devotee of Sai. He is everything to me and my family. By His grace, we experience His Miracles in our day to day lives. I shared my experience in this blog earlier here and i am really grateful to Baba for giving me a wonderful opportunity to Love Him. Like all of you, I too love Sai very much. Everyone has their own ways of expressing that love and find joy in various forms of prayer. My way is to decorate and offer prayers to Sai. This was probably the way Baba has chosen for me to bring me closer to Him. There were plenty of things/presents, I used to buy for myself or receive from my family and friends, but the joy that I received from making a small decorative item for Baba gave me immense bliss that I can’t even express in words.
There are lots and lots of devotees who have beautiful Baba prayer rooms, big Idols and flower decorations which look absolutely amazing. What I do is very tiny in my small humble lounge with whatever items I can get. I can’t even remember how and when I started making cute little colourful robes for Baba and handmade jewellery using beads, crystals, anything and everything I could use and decorate His Mandir. Baba made me decorate Him so beautifully on so many special occasions, Thursdays, Festivals, during 9 Thursday Vrats and during other Pooja/Vrats. There used to be many days when things (decorative items such as cloth/robes or jewellery) would pretty much fall into my hands when I think of how to decorate Him, almost as if He was giving instructions on what to do that day. On the other hand, on some days no matter how hard or how many times I try to put on one thing it would never stay on Him as if He was saying No to it. If I ever wish for anything particular such as white flowers or shiny cloth, Baba would make sure I receive it in some form or the other. The moment I start decorating, I almost treat Baba like a little child (When I finish, He goes back to being my Father/Mother/Friend/God/Guru or Everything). I speak to Him like “Baba is the water too cold while doing Abhishek, is the robe too prickly, is the Pagdi too tight, Baba it’s the fifth time, please don’t throw things back and let me finish” and all He would do is make me smile. It used to take a couple of hours (especially as I am very slow paced at this) sometimes to get the outcome I aimed or hoped for and I would just keep going on and on.
I am not a morning person at all so I do everything either in weekends or after work in the evenings. Also, I could be quite lazy sometimes by nature and patience is one thing I barely have towards anything. But when it comes to Baba, He makes it all about patience. At the end of this whole process Baba would fill my heart with joy and makes me realise that it was all absolutely worth it. I used to take a Photo of Him (I still do) every time after I decorate and send it to my parents, who are also ardent devotees of Baba. They used to be equally happy looking at those photos. To us they were simply just the beauty of Sai. I am a terrible photographer, never even really been interested in taking photos. I bought a camera and never used it even when I traveled or went outdoors. I am not even creative or artistic. I could easily rate myself with 0% creativity and have never really been interested in preparing things, then why do I do all this – Only Baba knows. I have absolutely no idea why but when I look at Baba, I have a strong urge to decorate Him, pray Him and take His Photograph in every single angle and light possible (though I lack the basic photography skills) and lastly share the joy I had doing all the above with loved ones who experience the same joy. Very few people in my life knew that I had this habit of doing Pooja daily. For some reason a lot of people don’t have the perception that young/unmarried people (especially living abroad) pray at home on a regular basis, which I find quite silly as every person is unique and has their own way of offering prayers. I didn’t feel that it was necessary or felt comfortable to tell anyone around me either but that has slowly started to change as I began to realise it is not about me, it’s about sharing Baba’s beautiful miracles.
A couple of years later, I started sending Pictures to my close friends who used to visit my home and knew about my Mandir. They enjoyed looking at those Pictures as much I did. Slowly, I used to share my experiences on how Baba made me acquire things I needed for that day or how Baba made me finish all the work early and gave more time to pray leisurely. Then I wondered (or I should say Baba made me wonder) if anyone else out there looks at these photos and feel as happy as I do then why not share with them. There are a lot of people who love to pray leisurely but often find it hard to make time, especially when they have kids, long working hours and other responsibilities. Baba might have given me a few extra hours on someone else’s behalf as well. In November 2013, Baba blessed me with ‘Luv Sai’ blog. I uploaded a few photos and a little bit of information. I had quite a few pictures accumulated, taken of Baba’s Murti, Photos, Posters and from books at my home and my parent’s home and decided to share them on social media every Thursday and on special occasions. I started a Facebook page and have been uploading pictures ever since.
If someone asks me when all those worldly things doesn’t matter to Baba then what is the necessity of all this, my answer is simple – if this is a way of thinking about Baba, praying to Baba and building faith towards Him and increasing patience then, why not? He looked divine and beautiful even when He lived as a Fakir in Shirdi but don’t we look at Shirdi Live website or go to His temple, see Baba in a beautiful Singhasan, wonderful robes, flower garlands and feel how beautiful He looks, then why should our homes be any different. Do I believe that this is the only way to pray Baba, absolutely not, I feel that if our faith is extremely strong even if we put a stone and believe it as a form of Baba and offer prayers, He will still accept them and bless His children. I believe that all He expects from His children is Faith and Patience. Today with Baba’s blessings, I wanted to share my experience on how He is bringing me closer to Him with this Sai Family. Baba if I make any mistakes, please forgive me and put me in the right path. I know I am not capable of anything but still You showered so much love on me and gave me a chance to serve You. Thank You so much for everything You have blessed me and my family with. All I ask is that You be with us forever. I would also like to thank the entire team of Shirdi Sai Experiences for offering such a wonderful faith boosting platform. You are really blessed souls for doing such a splendid job. It is indeed the modern form of Sai Satcharitra. I have attached some pictures, if you feel appropriate please include them along with this experience or share these links https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luv-Sai/1449035181991050 ; http://luvsai.wordpress.com/ Jai Sai Ram. Luv Sai.
Anonymous Devotee from USA says: Hello all, I love Baba very much. He has always been there with me throughout my life. I am using this forum to share my feelings with everyone. I knew Baba since childhood or I should say He has always been part of me since I have known myself. So it has more than 20+ years that I have known Him and prayed to Him. I have treated Him more like my Friend, and Mother. He has always shown His Miracles and helped in every way possible. Fortunately I have a very supportive family. They have always given me everything in life even before I asked them. I am thankful to God for it. So I did have lot of problems in my life and even today I am well off and have good job, supportive family and friends.
For the past few years, I have been trying to settle down in my life. I met this person whom I like a lot and we are good friends. I have put together all my guts to go tell the person about my feelings but the outcome wasn’t positive. It has not just been this time but even earlier whatever relationship I am into does end in some way or the other. I don’t know why Baba is not helping me. He has always helped with my career, health and financial situations. I never had any issues with anyone in my entire life. But don’t know why, He is not helping me with my personal life. When I was planning to express my feelings to the person, I have asked Baba for signs and He has always shown me positive signs and has asked me to proceed and express my feelings and hence I did so. But the person has not shown interest in it. I don’t know what I should do. I am not sad for the outcome but just not sure why Baba would not keep His word. I know for sure He will do anything to keep His word and help His devotees.
This is not the first time, always something or the other happens and things don’t happen. But this time I truly like this person and want to spend the rest of my life with the person. I feel I am lost and back to square. I don’t know why, Baba is not helping me with this one thing in my life and I can settle down. I decided I will not bug the person again and will not ask Baba about any wishes again. I feel like my prayers are not reaching Him but I don’t know why He is not listening to it. Before I used to feel Baba is with me all the time but now I feel He has closed His eyes and ears in this particular thing. I request all of you to pray for me and so I can be with the person I love the most for rest of my life, marry and settle down. That person has to do is trust in this and I am sure once he gets to know me more personally, he will not repent for having made this decision and will be happy. Please guys pray for me. This is last wish I have in my life. I wish the person changes his/her mind and reconsider my proposal by Baba’s Grace. Hope Baba is just testing me and He will fulfil this wish of mine. Jai Sri Sai Ram.
Anonymous Devotee from UK says: I am giving below two of my experiences which I wish to share. I am an ardent Shirdi devotee from UK. Sai Ram to all, Hello Hetal ji, I would like to thank you & your team for the wonderful platform you have created for us Sai Devotees. I promised Baba two years ago to write my experiences.
Early in 2013, when I was returning from night duty, my car suddenly got stuck. At that time, I didn’t realize it was black ice and was stranded for about one and a half hours. I was listening to Sai Bhajans and was very distressed, when suddenly a young man dressed in white approached me and asked whether I needed any help. Along with two others, he pushed my car and i was able to proceed. After a while, I had to come down a hill and my car started to skid and hit the car in front with a loud bang. I screamed Sai Sai. The owner of the car got down and examined his car and approached me asking whether I was Ok. I replied, I am sorry, I am sorry. To my surprise, he answered saying that his car was not damaged. I reached home and inspected my car for any dents and found none at all. I thanked Baba for His great Blessings and for saving me too.
When myself & my husband flew to Australia, we missed our flight due to heavy traffic. I was very distressed for missing the flight. We were told that there is another flight in 3 hours, which was fully booked. However, we were told that we could wait for any cancellations, but we will have to pay extra charges if available. About an hour before the flight we both were called & informed that a couple of seats were available with no extra cost which was a pleasant surprise. Once again we thanked Baba for His Miracle. When we reached Sydney, we were able to visit Shirdi Temple & see Aarti of Baba thanking Him for all His Blessings. I have been Praying Baba for the past 5-6 years, for a certain issue for one of our family members. I hope this issue will be resolved with Baba’s Grace, Miraculously. Om Sai Ram.
Anonymous Devotee from USA says: Om Sai Ram. I promised Baba that I will post about this incident if I got my medicines. So here it is. I have always been a Baba’s child. I see Him in the all the God’s that I pray. We have a toddler and for the New Year we planned a vacation (It was a sudden trip, a get together with the family. We have around 3 hours of drive). I packed everything but forgot to take my medicines, which if forgotten to take I might end up getting seizures. So when I called my doctor office, they said they will give me a quick prescription over the phone but I need to check all the pharmacies nearby our gathering, where they have the medicine available. I checked some 10 pharmacies and none of them had it. Being New Year’s Eve, all of them were very busy and closing early too. So we were thinking of returning from our trip on the morning of the New Year, as I could wait for 36 hours without the medicine. I thought of checking the nearest pharmacy one more time, if they can refill it by the 1st. They said they got the medicine few minutes back (between my calls) and gave it the same day. If not, we would have had to cut short the trip and return on the 1st and we could not have had any fun with all our family. Thanks to Baba Who just gives us the inspiration to make the call the second time to the same pharmacy when they said no medicine was available.
Sai Brother Vamsi from US says: Hi, Past couple of years had been very tough for us. Sai Baba is Guiding Light and is helping us pass through these testing times. Our devotion and His affection keep us going. I was a devotee of Sai Baba sometime back, but got busy in life and I completely went away from Him. After moving to the US, we happened to go to my wife’s cousin’s place and they were having Sai Baba Bhajan at their place. I was so pleased to see Sai, it was like inviting me back to His abode. I started attending Sai Baba Aarti’s in the community we lived. I did not have any Sai Baba Picture at my home, one day I wondered if I could get one. A friend of mine who rented my apartment also relocated from India to the place I live. He called me and said that they accidentally got Sai Baba Picture in our Pooja room. I jumped out of joy on hearing that. I wished, I had a Picture of Sai Baba, and Sai Baba travelled all the way from my home in India to my home in the US. He is watching and protecting us, there are many incidents that made me feel His presence in our lives. He protected me and my family from a major car accident. He gave us strength as my wife underwent a surgery. Trust Him, He is our Saviour and Protector. Om Sai Sri Sai, Jaya Jaya Sai.
Sai Sister Fehmida from India says: I and my family are Bhaktas of Sai Baba. He has changed us in all aspects thus making us a very good human being. Jai Sai Ram. I have lot of experiences to write about our Shree Sai Baba. Baba helps us in our daily life in all the ways. Life with Sai Baba is meaningful and worth living. He has made us a true human being. Once our car petrol got over in the middle of the bridge where no one stands and all vehicles were moving. We just took Sai Baba’s Name. Just in front of our car, there was a man waiting with his bike. It looked like, he was just waiting for us. He took my husband to the near petrol pump and there was someone near the petrol pump as well to drop my husband back to the car. After filling the petrol the car yet was not starting. We again took Sai Baba’s Name and we don’t know from where two guys came and said we will push the car a bit and it will start. They started pushing and the car started. We looked back to thank them but there was no one. It like looked like Sai Baba had come in several Forms to help us. Just believe in Sai Baba and He sure is going to help you all in all the ways. I just started reading Sai Satcharitra and i am feeling great. Jai Sai Ram.