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Om Sai Ram, I am a Sai Devotee living in USA. I like to read Devotees’ Experiences with Shirdi Sai Baba. I would like to start off by praying to my Sai for all this that He has given me and being with me for all these years. I ask Him to forgive me for all the sins that I have made and all the wrong choices that I have taken in life for which I had troubled a lot of people and which I realize now. Sai has been in my life since childhood. I used to go to His temples and pray to Him but never took Him seriously. Even then He had shown glimpses of His presence every now and then which I realize now.
We have a Sai group here in my place. We do group puja's on every Thursday and have satsangs every now and then. Since my involvement in this group I have been experiencing Sai's presence a lot. I had many experiences of Sai in my life. But would like to share one here. I had done Sai Sathcharithra Parayan for a week for one of my brother who is having very tough time getting a job and not settling in his life. I started this on Ganesh Chathurti on Sunday. Finished it on Saturday and went to the Hindu temple here at my place which also has Sai Baba’s Murthi there. I wanted Sai to give me some indication that He accepted my prayers. Made some prasad to offer Him. At the temple I had asked the pandit to offer it to Sai Baba. He offered the prasad to Sai and gave arati to Him.
The temple had some special program going on by ISCON followers. We also sat down and I started reading Lalitha Sahastranamam. In the mean while there was lecture on Bhagavat Geetha by some person from the ISCON temple. He started saying about the 10 things that are there in the Bhagavat Geetha. I kept listening half mindedly as I was reading Lalitha Sahastranamam. He started off by saying that the first thing is to follow Krishna and walk on the path that He has laid for us. He read a shloka from the Geetha. 'Tadviddhi Pranipatena Pariprashnena Sevaya, Upadekshyanti Tejnanam naninastattwadarshinah' I realised half way that he was saying the same shloka that Baba and Nanasaheb had conversation about in the Chapter 39. I was shocked listening to it. This might not be just a coincidence for me. Out of thousands of shlokas in the Bhagavat Geetha he started with the shloka that is mentioned in the Satcharithra and my attention went towards that while I was not giving attention to that. It was Baba who was speaking through him to show me His presence and accepting my prayer. After that there was Ganesh Visarjan in the temple that day. They had a small procession around the temple and they immersed the idols in the temple lake. They accepted Ganesh Murtis from the devotees too for this. I hadn't taken mine there as hadn't purchased mine from the temple. They let people to carry the small idols that they have. I went ahead for one of them. Another miracle here.
The idol that I received had a red Mata Rani's chunni wrapped on it, some fresh flowers and a red thread on it. Out of all the Ganesh Idols that they had, two had some yellow clothes on them. But this was the only one that had flowers, chunni and the thread. After we stared the procession me and my two daughters took turns in carrying the Idol. When we were walking, a young lady came and gave my daughter a paper bag and asked to immerse her Idol too which was in the bag. After taking a few steps to our utter surprise we noticed that the bag that the lady gave and my daughters legging are the exact same colour and design. She wore leggingswhich was pink and white zigzags. They both were the same. All these small moments made me realize Baba’s presence and blessings, as though Baba is with me and around me. Thank you Sai. I would like to pray to Baba and ask Him to help my brother in getting a good job and let him settle in his life. I also would like all the readers to please do pray for my brother. Om Sai Nathayanamaha. Om Sai Ram.
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