Anonymous Shirdi Sai Devotee from US says: My real test started in 2008 when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Very quickly his health deteriorated to the point that he could neither speak nor eat. It was the most painful time of my life so far, to see a person who has been so active and full of life, be so helplessly lying of his death bed. I give immense credit to my mother who stood by him this entire time and showed amazing amount of courage in caring for him. He passed in 2009 and left me bitter, angry, frustrated with the world. From that day onwards, I did not go to any temple, fold my hands in front of any idol or prayed to anyone. Days passed by, this way when suddenly I started having various issues in my job. I was getting increasingly impatient and wanted to get out of this job. And so, I started searching for another one. But soon I realized that even when I had the qualifications and experience, I was finding it difficult to get a job. My colleagues with lesser experience were quickly getting jobs and moving out, but I was left behind. I started getting very depressed and on top of that the job was getting increasing stressful to the point I could not bear it anymore. Almost every car drive back home from work, I used to cry because I felt that was the only safe place I could cry as much as I want, without affecting my husband and kids with my work problems.
One morning, I clearly remember it was a Saturday; a friend of mine from London just unexpectedly called me. She very rarely calls me, we usually text each other. But that day she told me she called to tell me that her father was very ill, but no one was really aware of his serious condition, when she got a dream in which Sri Sai appeared and told her to go to India to take care of it. She immediately went to India and did the needful and got her dad out of his health issues. Well, at the time, I thought that’s a good story and glad she was made aware of the danger by whoever this Sai was, but definitely I did not get any such help when my dad was suffering and don’t think I will get any help in the future. But after keeping the phone, I thought about it and decided to pray sincerely to Sai. That was the first time in my life that I read Sai Satcharitra. Pretty much most of the time I cried and I completed it in 7 days. To my surprise, I did get a really good job and was happy working there. I had a deep desire to go to India and visit Shirdi. Things just started falling in place and I went to India with my family. We did go to Shirdi but unfortunately did not know that we could book the tickets in advance to get into Samadhi Mandir. Hence, we had to stand in line for 2 hours (I did not want to pay any broker/agent the money to get us in to the Samadhi Mandir from some back door and definitely I was not going to do that in the most sacred place like Shirdi). But standing in that line for 2 hours, I started getting very restless and agitated.
Finally, we reached the Samadhi Mandir and before I could even bow to Sai Baba, the helpers there just shouted at me to move out quickly. I was there hardly for 2 seconds and I was just pushed out. At this point, extremely depressed and dejected, I sat in our car and started our journey back home. I just cried most of the time on our way back as I felt I did not get satisfactory Darshan of Sai even after coming from miles away. Again, angry with Sai and Shirdi, I decided not to come back again to Shirdi. Few days after I came back to US, I had a dream in which Sai appeared and told me that He was very happy that I made the journey to visit Him. You won’t believe the immense happiness that dream brought to me. Around the same time, I got another dream in which I saw a house filled with pictures and idols of Hindu Gods and Goddess – like Shri Shankar, Shri Ganapati, Shri Balaji, Shri Hanuman and Guru Nanak. There were many photos of various Goddesses too. Wow!!! that was a wonderful experience. And just to let you all know, I have not been a very religious person. Barely went to temples or read any religious books or recited any shlokas.
Again, somewhat during that time, I saw another dream in which Swami Samarth appeared. It was like someone had a camera in the hand and was showing me the entire posture of Swami Samarth starting right from His feet up to His head. His skin was wheatish and had the amazing glow that I had not seen before. At first when I saw His face, I was a little startled, scared, but then He softly spoke to me and told me to give one teaspoon of milk each to my 2 daughters and everything will be alright with them. When I woke up from my dream, and as was instructed to me, I gave one teaspoon of milk to them. From that time, whenever I get worried about my daughters, this dream brings me peace. I kept on reading Sai Satcharitra on and off. Sometime I used to do Parayan for 7 days, and then take a break and then again start reading one chapter a day. During this time, my mom was recovering from the shock of my dad’s death and getting back to her normal life again. She even started visiting me yearly to US. That was a good time, time of relief and some happiness before the next storm.
Now came November 2014, the month and year that I will never forget. First I got a call from my mother, she was in extreme panic. She told me that while she was with me in the US, someone stole her ATM card and robbed her of about 1 lakh rupees. Both my parents were hard working people and did not literally get even a penny from any inheritance. All the saving they had was their hard-earned money. I was very sad and tried to comfort my mom saying that it’s just money and that I will send it to her if she needs it. Anyway, barely a week must have passed after this incident, then I got another dreadful call from my mom to tell me that she had gone to a doctor and was diagnosed with the exact same type of cancer that my dad had. This was devastating, just simply devastating. Cannot completely pen down the emotions I felt at that time. It was sadness, anger, fear, pain, hopelessness, more fear. Then, she started the long journey of more tests and treatments. I could not believe that I was again going through the exact same sequence of life events that I had already been through a few years back. My mom thankfully is a very strong woman. She pretty much alone went through the surgery and the radiation (as I was here in the US with a job and family). I was constantly in touch with her through regular phone calls and facetimes. Through all this, and though extremely difficult, I tried to keep faith and belief in Sai.
At this point in my life, somehow, I believed that Sai will come to my help, that He will protect my mom and bring her out safely from this ordeal. I told my mom to do Parayan as well. Even though her condition was very fragile, she did pray to Sai as much as she possibly could at that time. In July of 2015, we came to know that she would have to undergo another surgery as the cancer had spread. I was scared. Needless to say, I was getting physically and mentally tired of what was going on in my life. My family life at home was also affected by what was going on. I was becoming more frustrated with my husband and kids. I felt like I was almost slipping into depression. My mom also had visible side effects from high dose of radiations, she had lost weight, and she did not look like the mom I knew. Very weak and fragile, she kept on going and seeing her determination it helped me keep going. Just extremely dejected, one day I looked at the sky and asked Sai to give me some indication that He is with us and after a few minutes of blankly staring at the sky, I suddenly saw the entire Murti of Sai as is in Shirdi, right from His feet up to His head, with one feet folded over the other. Ok, so yes, temporarily I did feel better. I felt that someone is watching over me, that someone knows what’s going on in my life.
During this time again I had a dream. In this dream I saw that my mother was very ill, very weak. She was lying on the bed and was surrounded by the family. She was not able to eat or speak… just like my dad. She was suffering and in pain and then suddenly she fell down and died. Since the first time I read Satcharitra, I have been wearing a chain around my neck with Sai’s locket. In the dream, the moment I saw my mom pass away, I removed the locket from my neck and smashed it. I also saw that I walked passed Sai’s idol, looking at Him very angrily. Suddenly I got out of this dream. I was sweating and scared. What if this dream comes true? But then as I had read in Satcharitra and also as my friend once had told me, that sometimes Sai shows you some horrible dreams so that they won’t happen in real life. I had to believe this. I had to keep faith in Him and so I did. I kept reading Satcharitra (sometimes just one page a day), but I did. Finally, my mom is in remission now. It been 2 years and by grace of Sai Baba, she is doing well. She is able to eat on her own and pretty much does all her work on her own with little assistance from my sister and her maid. After I realized that my mom has gathered enough strength to travel, I again had a desire to go to Shirdi. I was going to go to India anyway for a week to check on her, and so I decided that we both should make a day trip to Shirdi. Everything was set, we had asked our driver to come in the morning to drive us to Shirdi.
Taking our last experience into account, we were smarter and booked our tickets online. The day we decided to go to Shirdi, it was raining. Our journey to up Shiridi was very comfortable. Once we reached the Mandir area, we were told to remove our shoes. I was hesitant to remove them, because the Samadhi Mandir was still quite a walk from there and I did not want to get my feet all soaked in water and muddy and cold due to the rains. My feet were nice and cozy inside my good shoes. My mom kept telling me to remove the shoes and I was reluctant to do so. Finally, we found a small shop very close to the Samadhi Mandir where I could keep my shoes safely and also did not have to walk much without shoes to the Samadhi Mandir. We went inside the Samadhi Mandir. To my utter surprise, there were very few people inside that day (not really sure how that was possible because from what I have heard from regular visitors to Shirdi is that this place is busy all year long… and I had gone there during holidays). Anyway, we actually could go really close to Sai’s Murti. We were allowed to stand there for how much ever time we wanted to. It was quiet and peaceful. This time around we had the Darshan to our heart’s content. I was also able to touch the Samadhi. Amazing is the only word I could use to describe that experience. Both my mom and I were elated. After that we went to the Masjid to take Darshan and there were so many people there, it was unbelievable. The line extended so far away that I could not even see the end. But I definitely wanted my mom to go and touch the Masjid Maai. Even if I don’t get to go, I desperately wanted my mom to get in. So, I asked the guard who was sitting outside to let us go. First couple of times he said no. He told me that he allows only those people in from the side door, who absolutely cannot walk or are disabled. I told him that my mom is a recovering cancer patient and it is my desire that she gets to step into the Masjid. He was moved and let my mom in. So, that was amazing too. My mom had Sai’s Darshan there as well. Now, all happy and content, we decided to make our journey back home.
But, Baba did not want us to leave as yet. We forget where that little shop was where we had kept our shoes. By this time, it again started drizzling. We frantically started searching for the shop. We went up and down the street countless times in search of the shop. Some people there were trying to help us locate that shop, but just could not. By this time my mom was getting very tired. Our feet were soaked in mud. We were out there in that drizzly rain and muddy street for about 25 minutes. We were really tired and thirsty, when a man just showed up from nowhere and told us to come with him. He took us to that very shop. It was right in front of us all this time. There I washed my feet, wore my shoes and we were all set to head home. Both my mom and I were very amused at the incident of the shoes. We had a good laugh on our way back on how no matter how hard we tried to not get our feet wet, Sai ultimately got our feet soaked. We had more than satisfactory trip to Shirdi this time. So far, my mom is doing good. I pray to Sai every day and read Satcharitra regularly. Oh, I forgot to tell about one more belief that I developed over this past few years. After my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I kept a photo of Sai by my bed. It leans against my night lamp. I have told my kids and husband never to touch it and nor let it fall. I believe that as long as this photo stays upright and does not get accidently knocked off by me, then Sai is taking care of her. A couple of times I have seen the photo just standing without support and about to fall and I caught it and again kept it upright leaning against my night stand. Both these times, I heard that my mom had some complications in her treatments or was just sick and down with fever, but then recovered from it. I believe it’s Sai’s way of telling me something is wrong but I will take care of it. Thank you for reading this. Please keep my mom in your prayers. May all your dreams and wishes come true as well. Jai Shri Sai Ram.
Anonymous Shirdi Sai Devotee from USA says: Hello to All my Sai Devotees, Thank you Hetal ji and team for doing such noble work, may Baba bless you with lots and lots of happiness and may this blog go on for years and years and years. I am always so proud to say that I am Sai’s daughter as that makes me feel that I am on top of this world, really the feeling which connects to my Sai I must say is such a great one that nothing is even compared to how great we feel about our Sai being with us. I have experienced so many miracles in my life that it is very difficult to pen down everything here, but as I am here to write my experience I am going to list few of them. I have posted many of my experiences on blog, many of them have already published but some are yet to be published, I am eagerly waiting to see them published here.
Coming to my experiences, I had mentioned in my earlier experiences how my Sai helped us to buy the new house, my new Job, how my Baba helped during my father in law’s surgery and his fast recovery and asked my Sai’s blessings to sell our old house. Today I am going tell how He blessed us to sell our old house without any problem. After we bought the new house we put our old house on the market and prayed Sai that the old House should be sold ASAP as it was very difficult for us to maintain both the home expenses and other daily expenses. By my Sai’s grace the house offer came and they agreed for almost the same price that we had listed without any kind of issues. Many people told that as we have put the house on the market in the wrong time the offer may be very low or it might not go but we had complete faith in our Sai. He took care of the old house so nicely that everything is going very smooth by His grace. We also thought that as that house was our first home we wanted some nice people to stay in that house and by His grace the people who are buying the house are very nice. I think what else we want? So we really thanked Baba from bottom of our heart and prayed to always be with us throughout our life. Thank You so much for everything You have done and are doing for us Sai, we really can’t repay Your debt. Sai we are very very grateful to You Deva, we will never forget the Biksha You have given us Sai. Please protect us always Deva. I have few things going on Baba please take care of those too Sai. I know Sai You may be thinking that our wishes are never ending, but we are humans at the end of the day, we will have some or other things going on but please Baba never leave us and always protect us like how You always been doing because we don’t have any other Saviour than You, we have trusted You completely and so please never leave us Sai. You know what I am talking about, Baba I am doing everything I am supposed to do for this, You know it very well. Baba please please help me in this Baba, even if I am not able to I am doing everything Baba, please Sai help me.
Baba please bless both my kids with good education and health. Baba I don’t know why my elder kid is not able to pick up in his studies, please Baba don’t let those things happen to him like what had happened to me when I was a kid, I wish I knew you when I was a kid, I am sure You would definitely bless me and I would be much better person than what I am today. Please Baba let my kids study well, even they love You so much especially my elder kid loves You so much. Then why are You not helping and blessing him in his education. Baba he is very good at studies just that he is very careless and very active, he never concentrates on his work and his mind is not fixed on one thing. Baba please please help him to do well in his studies, he believes in You a lot Baba, please Sai help him, if he has done any mistake then punish me I will take all his punishments Sai but please don’t punish him in his studies. Baba we have believed You so much my Sai, please don’t leave our hands Deva, please help my kid. His teacher is given few weeks’ time and told that if he does not do well then they would remove him from that program, Baba my kid is fit to be in that program. Sai so please don’t let that happen, help him to concentrate in his studies and do well from here after. Deva please Sai. Baba his education should not become like mine Sai.
Baba my baby is a very nice baby. Sai just that he is very playful but his teachers don’t understand that, he has a very good heart You know that very well Sai, please help my kid to be a good kid who can help others and be respectful to others, and always tell truth and never ever hurt others. You know very well Sai, he is just like that, he is very humble, very pure, very honest and a very good kid, please bless him in his education too Sai. Love You so much Sai, Love You Baba, we can’t imagine our life without You Sai. Thank You so much for everything You have given us, even things which we don’t deserve, You have given us, thank You so much my Sai. You have given even the smallest of the things that we had asked for, please now bless my kids with good education too Sai. Please everyone pray for my kid’s education as it is very important for everyone in their life, you all know very well that no one can survive without good education and by the time our kids grow up it will be more competitive, I request all the readers to pray for my little kid. I pray that everyone in this world should get good education and lead a good healthy life and no kid should have any problem in their studies. I wish all the kids to do well in there academic and come up in life and lead a righteous life. Sorry for the long post and Thank you for reading my experience.
Anonymous Shirdi Sai Devotee from USA says: Hi my fellow Sai Devotees. I am working in USA as an IT professional and I am an ardent devotee of Sai Baba. Baba has been with me my whole life showering His blessings upon me and my family and helping us through hardships and hurdles in life. I would like to detail a couple of my experiences where I have felt the power and blessings of Sai Baba. I had applied for my H1B visa extension. I was unsure whether my extension would be granted, and what would happen if an RFE (Request for Evidence) was issued since I was not confident in my application. My employer had informed me while applying that an RFE was very likely based on the papers and the nature of my petition. I was very tensed and agitated. However I prayed to Baba heartfully and left the entire burden on Him. I had started Sai Parayan on Thursday and finished it in a week. After my Parayan was complete, I had checked my H1B extension status on the website and found out to my amazement that my application was approved without any issue. I had immense faith in Baba because Baba has helped me in a lot of hurdles prior to this incident as well. This was another miracle of Baba wherein my faith and trust in Baba continued to rise.
After my extension, I had to visit India for my marriage and I was scheduled to attend for Visa stamping. Since this was my first stamping for H1B visa, I was very much scared and felt helpless. Again Baba had come to my rescue. I scheduled my interview on Thursday and with the blessings of Baba, the interview went like a breeze and my visa was approved. I had completed Parayan prior to the interview. After my marriage, I will list a couple of incidents which have occurred very recently showing Baba’s grace and blessings. My wife had applied for H1B visa this year. This year the H1B process was highly scrutinized and the approvals were very hard. My wife is also an ardent devotee of Baba. We both placed our entire faith in Baba and were sure that Baba would help us cross this hurdle. Luckily with Baba’s grace her application was selected in the lottery and even though there was a slight delay, her application was finally approved last month. This reminded me of a particular text from the Sai Satcharitra book where it mentions that we face hurdles in life only to move us and confirm our faith in God, and if we are patient and place our entire trust and burden on our Guru, He will help us succeed.
My sister was in her last semester of Masters and there was only one course left for her to finish and graduate. However that course turned out to be very very tough and it was a requisite course for her graduation. My sister, myself, and my parents, all of us were in great stress and fear on whether she would be able to pass her final exam and graduate this semester. I started Sai Parayan for my sister and requested Baba to shower His blessings on her and help her. My mom and sister, who are also ardent devotees of Baba, placed their entire faith in Baba and offered their prayers. My sister was able to secure good grade on her final exam, however she was only 2 points away from 80% which was required to pass the course. With Baba’s grace and blessings, her guidance counsellor miraculously agreed to allow her to graduate since she was so close to getting 80%. We weren’t sure if the counsellor would allow her to graduate since he strictly adheres to the rules, but this was just another miracle of Baba where He made the counsellor consider her as an exception. There are numerous experiences in my life where I have witnessed the miracles of Baba and I can keep on writing endlessly about them and thank Baba for being there for us at each and every step of our life. I will continue to share more experience from here on with the blessings of Baba and I would like to thank Baba for His kindness, benevolence and taking care of His devotees. I would like to thank you for allowing me to share my experiences and lets all pray to Baba to be with us as a guide and navigate us through this life. Om Sai Ram.
Anonymous Shirdi Sai Devotee from UK says: I am a very small devotees of Sai Baba living in Manchester. Om Ganeshay Namah Om Sai Ram. Om Sai Ram to all devotees and Hetal Ji and team. This platform is really like a prayer room, where we are listening to each prayer and also seeing it becoming true. Thanks Hetal Ji and team for maintaining this site and increasing our faith in Sai regularly. One night my daughter suddenly started coughing a lot and the same day I read about Udi Miracle that everything is curable by Udi. As my daughter finished 1st course of antibiotic and I didn’t want to give her again. I prayed to Sai Baba to please help her, suddenly thought came that give her Udi, she will sleep well and all her disease will be cured. I prayed to Baba and gave her Udi, in the morning she was completely okay. Sai devotees, please have firm faith in Sai and see all the impossible is going to be possible by Sai. I started doing Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat to make my one more wish successful. I know very soon Sai Baba will bless my husband. Thanks to all Sai devotees for reading my experience. Thanks to Hetal Ji and team for posting my experience. Thanks to Sai Baba. Please help each and everyone to get successful in life. Bolo Sai Baba Ki Jai Sachidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.
I wanted to share the miracles which happen on the completion day of Sai Satcharitra reading. One day I thought to finish this earlier. So I took coming Thursday work from home option and started reading the remaining Sai Satcharitra which would take me more than 10 hour to finish. I started in the morning without having food but Sai Baba told me to go and eat and suddenly some sound came, I heard it was the postman who dropped the letter. Sai Baba suddenly told me to go and check that it’s Udi arrived from Shirdi. I completed the chapter and came downstairs, I started crying. Yes it was the Udi packet from Shirdi. Also there were two more miracles on the same day as I finished Sai Satcharitra and started doing Aarti with my song on my app. As soon as Aarti finished, the song also stopped. I gave Aarti to all God and house and took Aarti as well and I started talking to Sai that please accept my prayer, suddenly the Sai song started playing by itself, I got goosebumps, it suggested that Sai Baba was telling me that I accepted the prayer. The 3rd miracle on that day, when I completed my chapter, it seems my house started shaking and suddenly a loud voice came. I don’t know what exactly the sound was but I got scared. But I know, it was Baba’s miracle and it seems Baba Himself came and blessed me. Thanks Sai Baba. Thanks to all Sai devotees for reading my miracle and also thanks to Hetal Ji and team for posting my experience. Sorry Baba for posting this late. Sab bolo Sai Baba Ki Jai Sachidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai.
Anonymous Shirdi Sai Devotee from USA says: Om Sai Ram! Thanks Hetal ji for giving such a wonderful blog with all the devotees’ experiences. Sai Maa, You are the one Who made my life to be on a good path and I always trust You Baba wholeheartedly. Whatever the problems comes, You are the one Who comes firstly in mind to share the problems with. You are my strength in whatever I do. It’s been 3 years I came to USA and there are lot of struggles, happiness, sadness. Everything and all those made me strong to bare any kind of situation. Recently I lost my job due to some budget issues of the project and its 2 months I worked here in New jersey and its really big pain for me to be without job here in USA, and searching hard to roll back to other project and many interviews are scheduling but till now due to some reasons no project yet. Sai Maa please bless me to get a project soon and so that I can be a support to my family and also my H1B is still in progress for getting approval, I trusted You and did Sai Divya Pooja for 11 weeks, please Baba bless me to get it approved.
Recently my brother applied universities in USA after completing GRE and IELTS exams and he got 4 admits and in that he preferred UCM to go with that and applied for Visa but got rejected 2 times. He was not a big devotee but I made him to trust You and he did 4 times Divya Pooja for his processing and Visa too and at last I asked him to put two chits in front of You regarding the visa locations and he picked one and Mumbai was there on the chit. So, according to Your decision only he kept visa on Dec 13’th in Mumbai and that was also rejected Baba. We lost our hope and the only option left now is to change visa on some other university and he was about to mark the slot however wherever it is and I was crying by seeing him Baba, when he said that “I trusted Baba and still but I have no hope now” those words making me cry because I made him to trust You and do Sai Divya Pooja Baba. But please Baba save him and provide success to him and even I was doing Pooja for him and we are trusting You Baba. Somehow You please show the path to him. Please Sai Maa listen to our prayers towards his VISA and show the success Baba. Without You there is no success for us. Om Sai Ram.
Shirdi Sai Brother Abhijeet from India says: Jai Sai Ram. Thank you Hetal ji for posting my previous posts. This is regarding last month, I was having stomach pain, due to muscle strain most of the time I get such pain but this time it was taking too long to get cured. I was kind of frustrated with the pain. So one day I prayed Baba to cure it and I was applying Udi everyday. It got cured within 2 days. Also, thanks Baba I’ve cleared my MBA with Your blessing. Thank You Baba for Your blessings. Om Sairam…!
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