Sai Baba Gave Me A Second Life
Shirdi Sai Global Mahaparayan Devotee Shikha From Australia Says:
Sai Baba gave me a second life!
I was introduced to Baba in 2009 and fell in love with Him. Baba has always protected me but we human beings are ‘murkh’ (foolish/ignorant) and cannot understand His leelas. In times of adversity, I have always remembered Him but was a fool before because I would forget Him in my good times.
In 2018, I came to Australia with big dreams. It was my first international trip and I was mesmerized by how different it is to be in India. I came here as a student. During the two years of my study, I fell into the wrong company and went away from Baba. I would remember Him in phases. I would watch His serial sometimes when I was facing troubles and then when He would solve my problem through His stories, I would forget about Him. I have always had a habit of offering my food to Baba first and then partaking; but because of not being near my parents and in bad company, I stopped offering food to Baba.
I would tell my Mom ”Maa I forgot to offer, next time I will for sure.” But that next time hardly came. A devotee needs to forever be connected with His Guru and this is the only way he will stay sane and do the right thing. A devotee forgets but the Guru doesn’t forget. Baba loves His devotees more than they think He does. In my case, this is absolutely true. As I said I have remembered Him in phases and lost all connection in the past year due to my wrongdoings and phooti kismat (bad fortune). In my jobs, I have sometimes been lucky while sometimes struggled to the point that it made me want to quit everything and go back to India. Baba knows everything and He will intervene at the right time. Baba knows how to reinstate the faith and He pulls His devotees towards Him before they are completely lost in dungeons.
Through my masi and maa I joined the Global Mahaparayan a few months back. This was my Baba’s first attempt in helping me reconnect with Him. The second attempt was so surprising that it brought tears to my eyes. I am living in Adelaide which is not as big as Sydney or Melbourne. There are many Indians here but I never found a Sai temple or a Sai committee/ Sanstha / volunteer group in Adelaide. I was part of another community’s WhatsApp group that believed in a different Guru. One fine morning I saw a Sai devotee’s message on the group inviting everyone for Sai bhajan at her place. My joy knew no bounds and I attended the bhajan. I was so happy as that bhajan made me connect to my Sai. During the bhajan, it felt like Sai spoke to me saying, “You are at the right place finally. I made it possible and You are here with me now. You don’t have to go back to India to find me. I am with you here and I missed you even if you did not miss me!” My eyes were filled with tears and my throat was choked as I sat amongst devotees like me. I got an opportunity to reconnect with Sai and made friends with Sai devotees. I became a part of the Sai WhatsApp groupsand was very happy. But do you think this was enough for a ‘akkal-shunya’ (zero intelligence) person like me? Do you think this time Baba would let me go and be okay with remembering Him in phases? Of Course not!
The day after the bhajan I felt seriously ill. I got a fever, a bad cold, a cough, and acute sinusitis. I tried to go to work and could not work because of bad sinus headaches. I went to the doctor and got medicines and started resting at home. I was very dejected because I was unhappy at work and now also sick. During the resting time, I started watching “Mere Sai” serial again. I remembered my bhajan day and thought why did I fall ill right after coming home from Sai bhajan? I got the answer when I read Sai Satcharitra that Sai wants me to let go of any bad habits I possess in order to completely change me. He is doing this to strip me of all the vices and become a good human being, a pure human being. He is not only working externally to remove all dirt but also internally to clean my soul. I started taking Udi with water.
The biggest miracle that happened during this time is that last week I felt a tingling sensation in my chest and my chest tightened giving me a feeling that I am going to die. I was rushed to the hospital and told to wait in the emergency ward after filling out a form. I was feeling restless but I had carried Sai’s photo and held it close to my chest the whole time. I prayed to Him as I was without my parents in an unknown country and had no clue what would happen. Miraculously at the same time, my father was in an intimate Sai devotee’s house listening to Sai’s stories and was unaware that his daughter was in the hospital. I waited for two hours in the emergency and the doctor wouldn’t call me. I was scared of showing the doctor too because the cost was so high. I realized while waiting and holding Baba’s photo close to me that my pain had subsided to a point that I did not feel weak anymore. My chest stopped feeling horrible and the tingling sensation went away. I did not feel the need to show it to the doctor.
My father left the devotee’s house around the same time I left the hospital. I do feel there is some connection between the two but as I earlier said I am a ‘murkh'(foolish/ignorant) who cannot understand Baba’s leelas. All I know is that now I am an ardent devotee of Sai and remember Him day and night. He saved me not once but many times from innumerable problems. He is kind, and loving, and will always forgive.
Now I cannot imagine a life without Him and I seriously don’t want a life without Him! He is my sanity, my father, my friend, and my guru. I thank everyone for adding me to the Global Mahaparayan group as this was the first step towards my Sai.
Thanks and Regards,
Sai Devotee Shikha
Sai Baba Showed My Lost Ring
Shirdi Sai Global Mahaparayan Devotee Sri Laxmi From India Says:
Thank you for providing this platform to share my experience.
Last night I slept after coming from the washroom. When I slept I lost the sense of the ring on my finger. I searched at 12 pm at the night. I didn’t get it. I searched in the home everywhere I went in that an hour but I could not get it. It was from my fiancé; my engagement ring. I felt bad because he will think that I was irresponsible, and couldn’t handle small rings either.
Already a ring fell from my finger in the morning. I thought of tying a thread to tighten the ring to my hand but I postponed it. I asked Baba to please show me the ring. I vowed to post the experience on the website. I also said to Baba that tonight I can’t write but I would write in the morning.
As soon as I said this, I removed my blanket and there was a ring under the blanket. I felt so relieved and thankful to Baba.
Thank You Sai Amma. Om Sairam Sri Sairam Jai Sairam .
Sai Devotee Sri Laxmi
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Just let not the heart or mind get restless. Cover yourself with a blanket of positive thoughts, focus on Sai’s form, chant His name wholeheartedly and You will find the lost peace and happiness as He will take away all your pain. Let us rest in faith and devotion and Baba too will make our restlessness, anxiety and worries go for a rest. He knows your situation and soon would work out the best possible for you. Have faith in Sai Baba and He will be there with You. Thank You and Love You Deva. Jai Jai Ho Sai!😊 - Pooja Garg