Shirdi Sai Devotee Namrata From India Says:
Sai Ram! I am a part of the Mahaprayan group MP-14, yellow house, roll no 37. This is my 3rd post on the Mahaprayan blog. What I would be narrating today is not just my experience but is also an attempt to motivate everyone to come forward and participate in a cause that to me is directed and guided by Baba. I have had my share of tests and I am grateful and blessed to be chosen by Baba as a medium to spread awareness and encourage ‘Annadaan’!
Baba says “God lives in all beings. So, we should take pity and love all creatures. First give bread to the hungry and then eat yourself. I am roaming in the form of all creatures. He who sees me in them is my beloved”. On 22nd October, Mahaprayan MahaAnnadaan was scheduled. On 21st night, Pooja ji asked me to post a few images on fb and twitter regarding the same. When I saw the image, I felt really happy. As Annadaan has always been something very close to my heart. I felt like there could be no better end to MP Season 3 than concluding it with Parayan + Annadaan.
The next day Thursday, somehow, I skipped the message regarding annadaan in my group and completely forgot about it, only to be reminded by Lavinaji, another very dear Sai Friend. I am so thankful to her. We decided to make food and go together for donations around 7 in the evening. We prepared food and set out for Annadaan.
Going back to last December, 2019. I had taken up a challenge to do at least 10,000 steps daily and feed at least 2 people each day for a month. I was always inclined towards food donations and it was a time that I truly once again experienced the bliss of giving and had thought to myself that I would do it for a lifetime. Donating food to the needy left me with a beautiful feeling of happiness and satisfaction that nothing else gave. I realized that “To be able to give is a blessing itself. Giving blesses both the receiver and the giver.” I started promoting it on my whatsapp status as I thought if each one decides to feed a needy each day then the world will become a much happier place. I completed the 30 days challenge and still kept doing annadaan for some time. But gradually, I started missing on some days and then many breaks started coming.
Many a times, I felt that, like Mahaparayan, if I was a part of Maha-Annadaan group then the habit that I had got into would’ve never dropped and would become a moral responsibility too.
Driving away with Lavinaji that day for Mahaparayan MahaAnnadaan made me go back to that 30 days challenge time and I started sharing all of it with her. Just immediately she said, “let us make a Maha- Annadaan group then…”
That day, we did not find any poor people where I used to donate food in December, 2019, maybe because of Covid. So Lavinaji suggested a place in Pimpri. We were carrying a lot of food and were unable to find a group of needy people, so I agreed to her. We started driving to Pimpri. On the way, her finger in which she wore Baba’s ring started itching and she removed the ring and gave it to me. I don’t know what happened but I wore the ring immediately in the forefinger of my right hand. (I always wore Baba’s ring in that finger but unfortunately, I had recently misplaced it and though I looked for it everywhere I was unable to find it). I felt so happy to wear her ring on my finger. I happened to tell her that, “I feel like Baba had forsaken me for sometime and now He has accepted me again and is happy with me.” Don’t know why but it was just a feeling inside and I shared it.
Then when we reached Pimpri ‘Sai Chowk’, we saw many poor people sitting on the divider (around 15-20) and I felt so happy. We donated food to them. One of the gentlemen said “You will get 10 times the fruit of donating food today.” When I heard that, humbled and feeling blissful, I said with all my heart. “I wish I can donate 10 times the food that I am donating today, instead of receiving ten times the fruit.” Truly, only when we give, we understand how much we have been given and the value of it. I always feel grateful to God for giving me enough, so I am able to give. At that instant, I also felt grateful to all those people for giving me peace, satisfaction and life-lessons.
Lavinaji showed me a Sai Mandir just opposite to the divider that I was completely unaware of. We went for darshan and that day, I just wondered as I prayed and thanked Baba as to what was His plan behind making things so special behind MahaParayan Annadaan and calling us all the way right in front of Him, to a place named after Him (Sai Chowk) and making us do Annadaan. For invoking the long- lost bliss of giving and reminding me my vows once taken. The way things unfolded gradually and the bliss that I was feeling inside, made me feel that Baba had higher plans.
Also, post the act of MP Annadaan Baba gave us prasad immediately. The prasad was something that we had been craving for since long and were taking efforts for it too and Baba made it easily available immediately. The instant thought that came to my mind was “Baba is so loving and kind. His ways are truly His ways!”
It didn’t end there. After we got home, we still kept discussing it. I started searching for December whatsapp statuses and daan pictures in my phone and started sending it across to Lavinaji (attached here).
I truly feel nothing can be more divine and no act can be more supreme than the act of Annadaan or giving food.
Lavinaji encouraged me to make a group right away. And in the heat of the moment, I actually did. We started a group called Maha-Annadaan and it started from Dasshera. We had more than 100 people who participated in the daan and ever since we have been practicing this.
When discussed with Poojaji she too said that she was getting signals regarding Annadaan from Baba. And she encouraged me by saying that she could think of no one fitter and better to be able to take up this responsibility. Thank You Poojaji for your kind words and Mahaparayan. The Mahaparayan Annadaan was what encouraged it!
One more strange thing that happened was, I was going out with Lavinaji for my birthday shopping. A poor boy came and we gave him some money. Then he asked us for water. We did not have any to give him. On this he said that he wanted cake. It was so strange as it was my birthday the next day and so far I have never come across any poor child asking for cake. So we decided that for that week we would distribute muffins.
Towards the end, I would like to also share that I found my lost Baba’s ring too between Mahaparayan Annadaan (Thursday) and Dasshera (The start of Maha-Annadaan Day). I pray to Baba so I can remain committed and dedicate my efforts persistently in the directions that He leads!
About Maha-Annadaan: We feed at least 7 living creatures in a span of a week and report the act of completion in a specified format and on the day asked. The motive is to feed at least 1 hungry creature each day of life and thus make life more meaningful, make a good difference in the world and spread smiles. I would like to take the opportunity to encourage each one of you to be a part of it and practice the act of donating food and experiencing the bliss of giving.
Following are the links for whatsapp group for joining and volunteering. Please come forward:
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“To be able to give is the biggest blessing in itself!”
Sai Blessed Devotee,
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