Words always fall short to describe Shirdi Sai Baba's leelas. We many a times doubt His actions due to our logical thinking and reasoning. But when the consequences are in front of us, we realise the exact purpose and then repent. Still this does not effect Baba's feelings and love towards us. He knows the best for us and does so.
An earlier post indicated about my plan for Shirdi trip and acceptance of prayers. But I was not able to go. Before few days of planning the trip my health was not keeping good. Still we planned in an impression that I will be fine till the day of leaving i.e. January 14, 2008. There was a little improvement but not upto the mark. Doctor did not advise night journey. Since our city is near to Shirdi (only 12 hours run by road) mostly private transportation buses run at night. Moreover due to private transportation strike we could not book tickets well in time. State transport buses was an inconvenient option at that time since all the traffic was diverted there. But most importantly due to my bad health and doctor's refusal, the trip was cancelled. Even my cousin who was determined to go alone had to go home (he lives away from home in hostel and is doing masters in computers) suddenly as his grandfather's health deteriorated to great extent. Of course due to cancellation of trip I was sad, but now the prayers and commitment to take them to Shirdi made me worry much. Baba is very kind and how can He ignore His loving devotees' welfare and love? This was proved.
We were to leave for Shirdi on Wednesday and on Sunday a lady from our neighbourhood came to my place. Her visit was a surprise as we rarely remember anyday her coming to us. Her husband had taken a vow to offer Poshak to Baba if Baba helped him to purchase a shop for his business and that happened. With Baba's grace he purchased a shop at peak location at incredible price!!! So now only fulfillment of the vow was pending. That lady knew that we frequently visit Shirdi so she came to ask about the measurement of Poshak and needless to say that full details were given by my mother. She was also in fix due to transportation strike. Her husband was determined to leave for Shirdi the very same day the strike winds up. As per her husband's vow and measurements given, they bought full Poshak for Baba and day before yesterday the lady again came and informed us that her husband was leaving for Shirdi that night. I asked her about taking prayers and she readily accepted but was rather confused as how everything will happen because it was her husband's first visit to Shirdi. My mother assured that everything will be taken care by Baba and I promised her to give print outs till evening 6.
When I opened the mail box I found about 225 prayer mails. I had only two hours to club all the mails in document file and take print outs. With the help of my brother I could finish the work well in time. In evening my mother went to give the print out of prayers and at the same time lady's husband turned up after work. Since the lady was confused about the prayers, my mother explained her husband about how to take the prayers and keep them in Samadhi Mandir. Her husband had a clear picture in his mind after hearing my mother's explanation and promised to do this seva. If there is was slight difference of timings my mother would have left and the confusion of the family would not have been cleared, but took care of this very well. Once again Baba blessed this seva of mine. Thank you Baba!!!
So dear Sai readers the prayers reached Shirdi on January 17, 2009 and were placed in Holy Feet of Sadguru Sainath.
- Although the deadline was January 13, 2009 for acceptance of the prayers, prayers received till January 16, 2009 5:00 PM IST were included.
- Other devotees who missed this chance please do not get disappointed as the prayers are still accepted and will be forwarded to Sai Baba in Shirdi whenever any other devotee go from my town or whosoever volunteers this service. This has been informed earlier and you may please click here for further details.
An Update :
Sai Brother Satish has been called to Shirdi on his birthday on January 29, 2009. He is blessed child as he can celebrate his birthday in lap of Saima. Satish is desirous of taking prayers to Shirdi. He had been to Shirdi three months before and at that time also he did this seva for Sai Family members. He is fortunate that he got this chance again. Not writing further, I stop my hands now and forward you the mail of Sai Brother Satish.
Sai baba has called me again ... I would be going to Shirdi on Jan 29.. On my birthday...I want to be in Shirdi on my birthday.
Can you please ask Sai devotees to send in their prayer requests..I am leaving on 28th (Wednesday) and will reach Shirdi on 28th (Thursday)... I will be back on Sunday.
Prayers can be sent on firstname.lastname@example.org
Om Sai ram
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