This blog was created in August 2008 and since then I have been posting free bhajan download links, lyrics, videos etc. But today I would like to share one of my experience with Shirdi Sai Baba. I feel a bond of love with you all and thus I was inspired to share a dream. Shirdi Sai Baba has been with me since I met Him the first time. But a strong desire and longing to meet Him is always present in my heart. I came to India in 2007 but I did not get chance to visit Holy Land of Shirdi. Everything was planned by Shirdi Sai Baba and here is proceed to narrate in detail.
In September 2007, my elder brother met with major accident in India. I wished to go to India to see him on one hand and on other hand I thought to send the money which would be helpful to my family members in the time of crisis. But due to financial crisis I was hesitating and had no hope of the situations to change. Even getting leave from work was difficult. Thus I was in dilemma. I had been called to sing bhajans in Sai Baba Kirtan organised in Mataji temple in Surrey since there was no Sai Baba temple in particular. We took a big picture of Sai Babaji and placed it in front of idol of Mataji. While singing bhajans, my mind was very much involved in my problems. I said to Sai Babaji “You can only take me out of this and show me the right way. Help me to decide what should I do”. The peace of mind was lost and I was really very upset. But nobody was aware what was going on in mind.
There were heaps of flowers which devotees had offered to Sai Baba’s picture. After the programme was over, myself with one of my Sai Sister was cleaning the main shrine of the temple where the picture of Sai Baba was kept. In that heap of flowers, my Sai Sister’s mother in law found a white envelope and she asked my sister to give that envelope to me. I refused to take the envelope. But my Sai Sister’s mother-in-law put that envelope in my bag not paying attention to any of my pleas and I left the place. One thing seemed to be very strange to me. Devotees who wished to offer donation of big amount, give the amount to temple authorities and get written acknowledgement of the same or else at least write their name and contact number on the envelope if they keep it near Baba’s Charan. But this envelope had no name on it and it was white in colour. We did not notice anyone keeping the envelope near Sai Baba’s picture apart from flowers. Then how this envelope came there was a matter of surprise. While sitting in my car outside the temple, I called few travel agents to inquire about availability of seats. Most of them were closed being Sunday. But I saw a ray of hope when I got a positive answer from one of them. They said, “Being Sunday we are open for few minutes only”. So I drove straight without wasting a minute. The travel agent informed that only last seat was available and I can book it by paying 300 dollars immediately. I was not having that much cash with me so I offered my credit card. The travel agent refused to accept credit card and master card. She wanted cash only and if not, then she was not ready to book my ticket. Moreover if this chance was lost, no seats were available in any of other flights to India for next three four days. Again my heart called Shirdi Sai Baba for help. I went outside and sat in my car depressed, dejected and helpless. A thought came in my mind to open the envelope and I found 501dollars in it. This was only Shirdi Sai Baba’s Leela. Now Sai Baba indicated clearly to go India. Sai Baba’s picture was in front of me on my car’s dashboard. Tears rolled down from my eyes, I mentally thanked Sai Baba for His timely help and now the Leela of ‘White Envelope’ was also clear to me. I wrapped my face and tried to be normal. I went inside and gave 300 dollars which the travel agent demanded and booked myself. This happened on Sunday evening and I left on Monday morning.
On reaching India, I rushed to my elder brother in hospital and gave him Shirdi Sai Baba’s Vibhuti. Soon then he started recovering and thus 17 days passed. I wished to go to Shirdi but only three four days were remaining to leave India. Meanwhile my cousin who had come from USA asked me accompany him to Pilgrimage of Mata Vaishno Devi to fulfill his vow. With heavy heart I left for Vaishno Devi but my heart and soul longed to go to Shirdi. On the way to the top of the hill where the main shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is situated, I noticed a board of ‘Shirdi Sai Baba Dhaam’ and was very happy to have darshan of Shirdi Sai Babaji while returning. Thus I had darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi and Shirdi Sai Baba both at one place. After reaching back home, I left for Canada.
On reaching Canada, after one week, I had a strange dream. In dream I saw all the happenings which took place right from my leaving Canada (including the Leela of ‘White Envelope’)till we went to Pilgrimage of Mata Vaishno Devi. On the way, again the desire to meet Shirdi Sai Baba only was in my mind. I thought even if I have to walk for 50 Kms, I will meet Shirdi Sai Baba today whatever may come. I want to meet him anyhow. But I was disappointed when I saw Mataji and not Sai Babaji in the cave. There were three lamps and poojari gave me a garland, coconut and blessed me. When we were putting on our shoes suddenly the scene got changed and I saw Golden Temple of Amritsar. Again I became hopeful of having Darshan of Sai Baba, so I quickly went inside Gurudwara. But He was not there too!!! There was a huge crowd in the temple and everyone was doing Parikrama of the Sarovar. I also started to do the same. While I was doing Parikrama, I heard people shouting “Babaji Aa Gaye, Babaji Aa Gaye”. I started thinking “These people’s Babaji came, but where is my Sai Babaji ?”. In few seconds, the voices changed to “Sai Babaji Aa Gaye, Sai Babaji Aa Gaye”. I started saying to Shirdi Sai Baba, “How is it that I called You alone but You came while so many people are around. Now how will I meet You alone and how will I talk to You?” I was getting angry thus and people started running towards Shirdi Sai Baba. One thing seemed very strange that the form of Shirdi Sai Baba was very giant. He looked about 25 feet tall and His face was old. He was holding up His robe and walking towards people from one of the four doors of Golden temple. There are four doors on four sides of Golden Temple which indicates that it is open for all four religions viz Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christanity. I could clearly see the Virat Roop of beloved Shirdi Sai Baba though I was standing far behind. I thought, “Why should I not go and see Him while others are running towards Him”. I also started running. I reached near Sai Babaji and was about to talk to him, then alaram of my mobile rang up and I was awakened. I realised that I was in Canada and not in India. The dream was so realistic that even today I doubt it to be a dream.
Afterwards I realised that Shirdi Sai Baba wanted to me to say “Why I was longing to go to Shirdi to meet Him when He was present all around”. He met me in Vaishno Devi and Golden Temple in Amritsar, but did not call me to Shirdi and thus proved that He is present everywhere. Even if we take the names of different Gods and Goddesses, He is present in all of them and is One with them”. The whole incident started from Mataji temple and ended in Golden Temple and Shirdi Sai Babaji was behind every happening. Thus Sabka Malik Ek Hai Jag Mein Mujhe Samajhaya Sai Ne…Jai Sai Ram — Rana Gill