First of all, let me say sorry for not posting anything since one month. In last post, I shared one of my dreams with you. Now in this post I will be sharing a strange real incident which happened in the beginning of the year 2008. Sometimes it is difficult to believe such incidences in this 21st century of advancement of science and technology, but all I can say that all is possible if Babaji’s grace is with us and we have complete faith in Him.
It was midnight. I reached home after work and lit lamp before Babaji. Earlier it was otherwise with me. I used to light lamp only once in a week on Thursdays. On other days, I only used to light incense stick. On advise of some other devotee, I started lighting lamp before Babaji. But my work schedule was such that there was no fixed time to start the work and there was always an uncertainity about returning. Actually I did not wish to be bound by any strict and fixed rules to worship Babaji. My work is of such nature that I could feel Babaji’s presence everytime. Even while working I compose bhajans and tunes and sing before Babaji. Then I was reminded of Babaji’s teachings regarding no strict rules had to be followed to worship Him. Calling ‘Sai’ lovingly is enough. At last with many pros and cons I decided to light lamp before Babaji at the time of leaving for work and after returning home, be it any time of the day.
On one such day, it was midnight at about 3:00 AM. As per practice I lighted lamp before Babaji and sat in front of Him singing one of my favourite composition,” Tere Darshan Ko Tarse Naina…Shirdi Wale Sai…Tadap Raha Hu Daras Dikhado…Shirdi Wale Baba…Shirdi Wale Baba…Shirdi Wale Sai…” This is not only a bhajan in praise of Babaji but my longing to see and meet Him. I had heard many incidents about how Babaji gave darshan to many Sai Devotees, “Then why not me Babaji”, this was my prayer. I was tired much and sleepy too. But was determined to have darshan of Babaji that day. “Today Babaji has to come out of shrine. From many years I have been waiting, so whatever may happen today, I want to meet You Babaji”… were my thoughts.
In those days I was also listening Osho’s philosophy about meditation, method through which we can get darshan of our worshipped God and Goddess and was inspired to do meditation. I was continuously looking at the flame of lamp and closed eyes unknowingly, but was awake and fully conscious. Suddenly I felt as if Someone was patting my left shoulder. I did not pay attention. Then again I felt the same two three times. So I opened my eyes and saw Someone standing, dressed in white clothes. At first I was scared. Then He put His hand on my left hand and made me stand up as a small kid is made to stand with support. I stood up and Lo! What I saw, I was standing but could see myself seated too. I was surprised at this sight, but this frightened me more. A second thought came that “Earlier I only wished for some miracle, then why should I get frightened now? Will see what happens today.”
That Someone hold my hand, but there was no trace of courage in me to look at Him. We both started flying up through the roof!! At the same time I could see myself sitting down!! The roof of my house was clearly visible to me as we were advancing upwards. We reached high up and the scene from above could be compared when seen from an aeroplane. Night view of the Vancouver city was enhancing and a rare sight. Simultaneously we were going high up without any pause. Only thing which was constant was the speed with we were going up and strange thoughts crossing my mind. I thought, “How will I go down now after going up so high”. I felt as if I was dead and all the situations proved this. After few seconds I gathered some courage and questioned “Who are you? Where are we going?” But there was no answer. He was much taller than me, so I could not get chance to see His face.
Soon after, all the lighting was disappearing gradually and darkness was all over. We reached to a place, which was surrounded by hills covered with snow. The sight was very pleasing which was beyond words and never in my life I will forget it. There was bright light above the hills. It seemed as if water was flowing down from the hills, but it was not water, it was bright light. In all the three directions I could see the bright light as hundreds and hundreds of sun were shinning at their fullest at the same time. Every nerve of my body wished to see the scene continuously without any interruption.
Due to such bright light I was unable to open my eyes. Someone said, “Rana, open your eyes”. I said, “I am not able to open my eyes due bright light”. “How can you say that? Your eyes are wide open” was the question by Someone. I was surprised at this opposite exclamation and gathered some courage to open my eyes (dont know exactly whether my eyes were closed or open) and I saw my Sai Babaji standing beside me on my left side with His head bowed down towards the bright light and hands folded as if prostrating. Now I realised that Someone was none other than Sai Babaji.
Then Babaji starts speaking in Punjabi (my mother tongue) with me but here english translation is given.
Apart from me and Someone, there were many Gods, Goddess and saints on my left and right side, which I did not notice at all. They all had their heads bowed down with folded hands and all were looking at the bright light. Babaji said, “Rana, Look on both the sides, other Gods and Goddess are standing in front of that Supreme (bright light) with folded hands with their heads bowed down. You also fold your hands and prostrate”. I did so and looked at other Gods and Goddesses present there. I was not able to recognise everyone but could only had a glance of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. He said, “Rana, this is that Malik whom I refer always. He runs the whole world. He is the Supreme Power. Dont trouble Me from now onwards and also dont cry for Me henceforth. Dont remember Me day and night as you do now. See We both are standing at one place. Now there is no difference between you and Me”.
I said, “Its Your Blessing Babaji that You showed me all this. Babaji by bringing me here, to this heavenly place, I got that thing which I did not deserve at all. I really respect all other Gods and Goddesses from my deep heart. But Babaji I love You only, I want You only, I want to talk with You only, You are my only refuge and I want to live with You only in my whole life. You are my Malik, then why should I not trouble You for my problems and why should I not long to see You and meet You. Thanks Babaji for showing me all this. I have only one request that just come to meet me whenever I call You as You are my strength and weakness. I want You to be with me everytime. I always felt Your presence Babaji, but my longing to meet You has been satisfied today. Do come to meet me and love me always”. Babaji smiled and answered, “Rana, you are very innocent and be like this only. I know my son you will never change. If you love Me, I love you too.” and patted my back like His child and said, “Let’s go now”.
I thought while returning I will talk with Babaji to my heart’s content as it will take the same time go down. But before I could think further or say something, we reached home. While going upwards it took much time but while returning we reached within seconds. I found myself entering into my own body. There was a sudden jerk in my body and when I opened my eyes, I found myself sitting in front of shrine and felt as if Babaji of the shrine was looking at me from inside. I was surprised about the incident which happened few minutes ago and thought it to be a dream. I again tried to find out Babaji in my house but did not succeed. So I tried to do meditation again, go back to the same stage, but this too did not produce any result. My body was perspiring, tears were rolling down my eyes and I bow to Babaji and these lines were revolving in mind, “Sai Teri Leela Kabhi Samaj Na Paau Main, Tere Charno Mein Sada Shish Jukaau Main, Pani Se Tune Baba Deep Jalae Hai, Neem Ke Patte Tune Mithe Banaye Hai, Teri Mahima Ka Kaise Gungan Gaau Main, Tere Naam Wali Sadaa Jyot Jalau Main…” By this time it was about 5:00 AM and so I went to sleep.
Dear Readers, I would like to convey a message to all that anyone can get darshan of Babaji today also, provided we have Shraddha and Saburi. Every devotee is equal in the eyes of Sai Babaji and He gives special treatment to everyone, but sometimes we only fail to understand such blessings.
On thorough analysis of this incident, I realised that Babaji gave me Shakshat darshan along with a deep message and also made me meet that ‘Malik’. So in the end, I understood “Why Sai Babaji always said Sabka Malik Ek” and my heart sang “Sabka Malik Ek Hai Jagme Mujhe Samjhaya Sai Ne”… Jai Sai Ram — Rana Gill