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DEVOTEE'S EXPERIENCES VISITING SHIBPUR

 

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Experiences of devotees during July-5 2014:

 

Sairam Everyone, 


we wanted to share with you few more miracles happening at the temple! 


Many devotees have been praying and performing pooja to Baba in Shibpur temple for the following issues and so far we have been notified that their prayers have been answered at the right time. 


167 - People who have been praying to Baba have been blessed with kids 

58 - devotees who’s marriage was not working out got their prayers answered 

203  - devotees have been blessed with Baba’s grace who suffered with various Family issues within 35 - of devotees who were looking up for jobs or service related issues have been blessed. 

197 - of devotees who prayed to marry their love were blessed by Baba.
 

As many as 91 - of devotees who had health problems were cured and also almost 430 - of devotees who were struggling in education and studies had been blessed and successful by Baba’s grace. 

A lady gave birth to a  child after 21 years of their marriage after performing pooja and prayers to Baba in Shibpur. She is 50 years now. 

So far baba has granted his vision and grace to almost 113 people though out the world who have faithfully performed various service in the temple. Many people have shred their experiences in this context. 

Baba ordered a man in dream to speak to Amitji when he prayed to baba about his problem. He spoke to Amitji and it seemed to have resolved hi issue. 



Amitji has shared another dream with us; Baba blessed him with another dream recently. 

Baba has mentioned these statements below:

** who so ever has performed pooja in this temple will get his vision sooner or later and will be abundantly blessed by him; he has assured him that. 

** Soon, Baba’s mukut will be will be made in Gold. 

** Baba has ordered AMitji to build Shibpur temple’s office in Krishnanagar now. 

** Baba has graced his Darshan to one of his devotees who stays in Chennai and gave him prasad. The person mentioned that he is coming from Shibpur temple and he has got the prasad for him. He did not accept anything except a glass of water from the devotee. 

** Few kids from Shibpur have actually seen Baba in the new Dwarkamayee temple built there. When they reported this to their parents they did not believe but baab has confirmed it later .

** Baba has assured that who so ever offers Pooja or any service to Baba with out any condition at the shibpur temple they will be for sure liberated 

** Also Baba has mentioned that who do not trust when prayers are offered on their behalf; AMitji can send them Tabiz which they can wear. 

** Baba has also permitted Amitji to make Tabiz to any one who has serious issues with what so ever matter in their life. He can send them.  Till now it  was not sent to everyone . These will be made in new Dwarkamayee with Baba’s grace. 


--  On a personal note, Amitji wanted to share the below news with you all. With Baba;s Grace, he has won the below Awards:

Indira Gandhi Excellence Award, outstanding achievement on Social work

Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, outstanding achievement on Social work

Best Photo Journalist of India,

Best Leadership award in still Photography

Mother teresa Shiromani Award for social work

Nelson Mendela peace award for social work.
 

Indian achiever award for social service excellence. 

International Gold star Photographers award + 4 gold medal.’ International gold medal award. 

The Open international university for complementary medicine. (colombo Srilanka, ceremony in Kualalapur Malaysia)

doc of honor for social worker. 

Dr. Amit Kumar Biswas. 

Asia pacific award, nominated for social worker. 


We thank you again for all your love and support for this temple. Jai Sai Ram


Experiences of devotees during July-Aug 2012:


Sirisha Oruganti:


Om sai ram


Our Family experience with Shibpur SaiBaba


With lots of debates arguments we finally made it to Shibpur on 28th and 29th of July 2012.


Amitji arranged us a taxi to and from Calcutta airport.Also he arranged us a room to stay in for 28th and 29th . After we landed in Calcutta we went to room and took some rest and went to Shibpur temple for the evening Arathi around 5pm.


First of all i would like to say what i thought before i landed in temple.


I thought as my husband and my dad came to Shibpur because of me asking them .So i thought They should be more satisfied than i am.


Secondly i thought, it would be nice if i offer something to eat (prasadam) for Baba. As we are new to that place and do not know the language and can't make anything in that place.


Thirdly, this one i thought when i was in temple, i thought if i get something from this temple to pray at my home like small baba statue or something .. like that will be nice to do pooja at home.


Fourth one,i wanted to light diya( oil light/lamp) in temple for Baba.


So on July 28th for evening arathi we went to temple. We washed our legs prayed to Ganesh and asked temple authorities for oil and lighted Diya In gurushthan and prayed Baba( This is my fourth wish as mentioned above)..


Then we went to Neem tree and prayed Baba, and went into main temple towards Bade Baba. Then we moved to Shibpur sai statue. We sat there for few minutes and then they arranged for Baba's arathi.In few minutes Arathi started. Arathi they did in Shibpur temple was totally different from what is done at shiridi. Even though we do not know the language we really enjoyed the Arathi.


This is how they did the Arathi. They used musical instruments like tabla etc.. With few men and women and sang the Arathi like kalli’s pooja. This made me feel like, if Baba is alive in human form and if this was Shiridi , i could imagine and see how each every devotee that come there will do their pooja with true love towards baba it is just like that. What a wonderful experience.


I could feel the true feeling and devotion that devotes are showing while doing arathi.while this is happening they move one from Shibpur baba to Bade baba. we followed them and there also the same thing. Such a true love towards baba and they offered prasadam to baba.


After the Arathi is over. I gave the money that i collected on Thursdays while doing pooja to Amitji and my sister's money that she wanted to donate.


Then Amitji took that money, smiled and said it would be nice if it a check as it is a village and most of them are coins. It will be easy for them to exchange that money.

We said ok and we gave a check to him and in the meantime he picked some of those coins(US dollars,nickel's penny’s etc..) and showed those to all the villagers who came there for Arathi.


They were all very happy to see them and they mentioned that they never saw those things. I was very happy for that, In the meantime Amitji took those few coins and dollar bills and mentioned that he will use them in the temple for display and he returned me the remaining ones. What a surprise, There are so many devotees from US. But Baba selected me and the money that i collected for display in the temple for devotes. If you look back in shiridi , Baba gave Nava vidabhakthi(coins ) and those are the coins that you will see in Lakshmi bhaye's house display. What a privilege baba gave me.I am very Thank full to baba.Then we moved on to rest place where all of us were sitting there and they brought us dinner to eat.(poori and some curry’s and sweets)we all started to eat My dad, My husband and myself in the meantime a dog came in front of this room and shaking its tail and looking at my husband .My husband took half poori from his plate and was about to feed that to dog. Immediately i stood up and took 1 poori from my plate and gave it to dog. It ate that food happily and left. What a privilege baba gave me. Baba came there in the form of dog and ate that prasadam with my hand. I was able to give him prasadam with my hand.( this was my second wish as mentioned above)then they told us about temple details we were introduced to temple committee .We spent time and attended night Arathi also and then we went back to room that night.


To my surprise, First time in these 9 years of my marriage life .My husband asked me for my experience with shibpur sai temple and saibaba.


I was with no words and my heart melted with tears. He asked me many times that night and i just smiled as i could not speak . Then i asked him tell me about his experience.


He mentioned that he was very happy to visit Shibpur temple from heart and he also mentioned that he liked it very much.


He also mentioned that he liked the true love that devotees showed on us in the temple .The way they feeded us the dinner, prasadam and the way they did Arathi.Also he was able to spend time peacefully. He mentioned this many times. So my husband is satisfied more than me with his visit to shibpur saibaba.(This is my First wish as mentioned above).


Next day morning we went there around 10 a.m to temple and prayed to baba and they were offering lunch to baba and we sat there for few minutes and prayed to baba.Then they offered us Lunch and we ate that lunch and was about to leave Shibpur to airport. Then Amitji asked one boy to get something from inside.


He brought 2 Photo frames of shibpur saibaba and Amitji gave us prasadam and veebudhi and mentioned my dad and myself to each one of us and gave those 2 photo frames to me and my dad.


i was really really happy ( as this was my third wish as mentioned above)In my mind i was thinking it will be nice if they give us one more for my sister. As i knew that she will ask me.


Without me saying anything Amitji mentioned that you can give these to any of yours friends etc...And gave me 2 shibpur sai regular photos. How can i explain what i experienced and how I felt.


There are no words to say that experience. All the things and wishes that i thought before going to temple are all fulfilled.


I never mentioned even one for them to any one... they were just in me...not even in front of Baba.Baba is everywhere. He made me experience him through these sevas.


Also each one of these baba statues in shibpur, I had a unique experience with tears in my eyes and my heart melted.


What a beautiful experience. Myself and my husband thought that we will write our experience about Shibpur baba experience and we are posting it now. This is such a unique place where you will see true love in people.These days it is tough to find true love .If a change has to start anywhere it should start with us and the true love towards everyone is what will make us human and make us happy.


Baba is everything.Belive in Baba. See Baba in all of us. He is everywhere.


He will take care of us.


If there are any mistakes forgive me Baba.


Jay Iyer


One day, around April end 2012, I came across a devotee experience of Shibpur Sai Baba in a Shirdi Sai Baba devotee experience blog. I got very intrigued, searched for more and came across Shibpur Sai Baba site (I would request all Sai devotees to go through the web site which describes the miraculous advent of Sai Baba in Shibpur, the glorious, wonderful events that took place and are still taking place in Shibpur where Shirdi Sai Baba has chose to perform His leelas and bless people who helplessly turn to Him and seek His shelter). I felt like calling the devotee who Baba has chosen as His nimitta (instrument) Amit Biswas - Amitji (the great grandson of Sri Ramdas Biswas), in whose dream Sai Baba personally appeared and told to construct a temple in the place where his great grandfather used to worship Sai. I expressed my desire to come for darshan and found out from him which days he would be in Shibpur so that I could plan my visit accordingly.


There was then the challenge of arranging the necessary funds. I understood from the leela of the devotee who borrowed money to come to Shirdi in Sai Charitra that Sai Baba was not pleased. I didn’t know how else I could arrange money. One day I was searching for something when I happened to open a draw and found a letter which I didn’t remember seeing earlier. On opening, I was shocked and had my hair standing on end – it was a cheque in my name from the Tax office saying this was some returns from past eight years income (I still fail to understand the amount and explanation) which was sent 2 months back and the amount was just enough to cover my cost for travel!!!!!! I was shaken to the core to witness this amazing leela of Sai Baba’s mercy.


Overjoyed, then I discussed the possible dates with Amitji so that I could plan and take leave. It so happened that last minute, I could not go on the day I had planned originally but was reaching Shibpur the following day. I then came to know that this is also Baba’s boundless mercy (Aseem kripa), as in this way, I could witness the Gopur inauguration pooja.


I flew to Calcutta airport around 11 am, from where Amitji had arranged for his cousin brother to pick me up in their jeep and drive me to Shibpur. I was joined by Amitji’s mother and sister in Krishna nagar. As we were nearing Shibpur, my heart felt very heavy and I felt like crying for nearly an hour and I just couldn’t stop. On reaching the gates of Shibpur temple around 4 pm, I first had darshan of the shrine of Bade Baba who is a replica of Shirdi’s Sai Baba murti. (For details of the temple and the reason for two Sai Baba murtis being worshipped in Shibpur, you could read the wondrous leela of Sai Baba’s appearance in Shibpur from the temple website). The premise itself is so heavenly serene and rural – I stood in awe sensing the divine atmosphere – I felt like a little stray street urchin who was allowed to sneak and peek into an emperor’s special personal quarters – someone who hasn’t earned any merits or doesn’t deserve to be there but by sheer grace of the Emperor of the entire Creation – happens to be standing there – and I don’t even know the right protocol or formality to approach Him or pray. Neither adequate Shraddha nor enough Saburi. But the Lord was ready to accommodate a little nobody’s desire for darshan and magnanimously arranged for everything – what inconceivable and boundless amazing ocean of mercy for bound, blind, helpless souls struggling in vain to get over the vicious and unrelenting cycle of actions (karma) and reactions(karma phala/ prarabdha).


The simple and loving devotee pujari received me, told me Amitji was not around and guided me to go up the stairs and take darshan. I placed my head at the marble imprint of the Lotus feet in front Bade baba. He then took me to Shibpur Sai’s shrine. I went in with bated breath and bowed down. I could not sit for more than a few seconds or a minute and felt very hot and sought to take leave. The pujari then showed me the room above Amitji’s residence for me keep my belongings and freshening up. I took a bath and came down to Shibpur Sai’s shrine. This time, I was able to sit there without any discomfort. I felt like singing all bhajans and kirtans I ever knew. I sang to my hearts content and lost count of time and eventually felt peaceful as if all my problems had melted away. I knew from devotees experiences that the evening aarti took place from around 7 pm to 9 pm. Soon the evening aarti started. I had seen a video of this aarti on their website but being a part of it was a divine experience.


In this holy land of Nadia (WestBengal), where Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda to freely distribute the Holy name of the Lord (Hari naam), He has once again re-appeared to bless mankind as Shri Sainath and Lord Anantha Sesa (Balaram’s aspect) who appeared and communicated to Amitji that He is present with Sai Baba in a form that is not visible to mortal perception. The aarti was in Bengali and so pure and devotional. The devotion of the local villagers reminded one of the simple cowherd community of Gokul brimming with spontaneous selfless love for their dear Kanha. Their worship was heart touchingly simple and yet of very high caliber. They were poor but everything they possessed was at Sai’s service. The pujari who does the aarti gets so immersed in devotion that after a few minutes he starts swaying gently to the tune of the aarti with the aarti diya stand or the camphor aarti - depending on what he is offering in aarti- which slowly builds tempo into a rhythmic dance along with the beats of the kartaal (cymbals), mridanga (drum) and the ‘ulu-lu’ sound made by the ladies. Such devotional abandon makes your heart dance with joy of the intensity of the moment and being fortunate enough to be a witness in the grand durbar of the Lord of the Universe and His close intimate devotees. The devotees we read in Sai Sat Charitra seem to spring to life and present before you in flesh and blood. I suddenly felt that this scene was not really a part of this world and that I was transported into the spiritual world.


The aarti started at Shibpur Sai Baba’s shrine, then proceeded to Dhuni shrine, Bade Baba’s shrine and Datta shrine, so it went on for nearly two and a half hours – till 9.30 p.m After the aarti, Amitji came and met me, he explained that he was busy organizing for the puja for the next day – which was Gopur sthapana. He asked me to tell me about myself, any of my problems. We sat outside the Dhuni shrine and it was very peaceful and serene. I told him a little about myself and certain doubts I am facing regarding health and relatives. He told me a couple of things which were answers to my worries and uncertainties. I asked him if there was any literature regarding the temple. He said that that as he has to look after so many things, he has shared most of the history and leelas of Sai baba in Shibpur. Even for that he needed help and there is still a lot to be done (he also has a job in Krishna nagar as he is a family man and comes to Shibpur three days in a week and whenever there are important festivals, supervises construction and running of the temple, raises funds and the list is never ending). He told me that since Baba has made you ask and express your desire, He has given indication that He wants you to do that seva. I was so overwhelmed to hear those words… such an insignificant person who doesn’t even have what it takes to fall under the category of a devotee. But I prayed to Baba to empower me and guide me as to how to go about it as I struggle to do my worldy routine for survival. I would need every Sai devotee’s blessing and the co-operation of the Sai devotees who have had the good fortune to come to Shibpur dham and get the anubhuti , realization and experience of Sai to help compile the glorious merciful anecdotes of Sai’s divya leelas in Shibpur dham. (If anyone wishes to narrate their experiences so that they can be compliled and shared with other devotees – with or without revealing their names or identity – they can email either Amitji or send me to saileela.shibpur@gmail.com).


A young couple came to take darshan and as Amitji was watching, the husband was making the wife stand near Shibpur Sai and was taking photos with his mobile. Amitji was smiling. On asking he said, the photo will appear only if it is Baba’s wish. We need to take Baba’s permission, Baba is not so easy to capture. When the young couple came out, Amitji asked them where they were from other pleasantries. When they were leaving, Amitji called out to the other devotees to give them prasad.


He then told me in hindi, come Baba is calling you to His house and told me to go and sit in Shibpur Sai Baba’s shrine. He told me to concentrate and focus on Baba – I don’t remember the exact words (as I was in awe and anticipation of this much awaited moment) but I remember understanding it as – look at Baba’s face and eyes. He said leave all your troubles here and take Baba’s shelter - saying that, he left me.


I remembered a devotee’s experience saying that after focusing on Baba’s face for while, Baba’s gaze suddenly became directly on that devotee.


I prayed to Sainath and tried to focus on Baba’s lotus face – but he seemed to be looking far away behind. Because I was trying hard to focus, the vision of Baba kept getting hazy and as if is dissolving away. I was thinking this is due to trying too hard to focus. There was a pujari who came to do some offering and went away. I still tried to concentrate with full intensity and devotion but Baba seemed to be looking over my head far away. Then suddenly I felt that I am able to see only one eye if I focus intensely and it appeared as if that eye was looking at me for a split second but I couldn’t manage to see both eyes of Baba together. This feeling of having Baba’s gaze on me happened two three times. Suddenly, there was a black out (power failure for a short while) and everything was in pitch darkness. Strangely I did not feel any fear or uncomfortable. I did not move my focus and kept trying to concentrate in the same point. For a split second I could feel that in the place of Baba’s eyes, I could see like two greenish radium-like glow. Then again there was darkness. Then again, for a split second in the darkness, I could see only the face of a marble statue of Baba – which could be of Shibpur Bade Baba. Then soon the lights came back. I am not sure if the pujari came to take the bhoga plates after the lights went off or before. I had to leave the shrine when the pujari peeped to say that it was time for Baba’s rest and I understood that I had to leave. I bowed down to Baba with a grateful and happy heart and came out to. They took me to the place where guests are received and gave me a plate of Prasad which had puris, potato subji, fruits and rasgullas. I felt extremely previliged to have that. While I was eating, there appeared a dog outside. I asked the devotee who was giving me company - if I could give some prasad to the dog. He said I could place the food near a tree outside, which I did and the dog had the Prasad in darkness.


Amitji came and asked me about my experience with Baba. I told him that initially I was wishing a lot for Baba to cast His merciful glance at me and Baba seemed to look far beyond but for some micro seconds I felt that He did glance. I asked Amitji when He would do puja of Baba as I came to know that he does it late. He said Baba doesn’t want me to do puja today. He said I should write about the experience I had and share it with devotees.


He told me to rest as it was late. I went the room on the first floor to rest. I regretted not telling Amitji my wish of wanting to keep my head at the Lotus feet of Shibpur Baba before I was asked to go in.


I was aware of devotional music blaring in the loudspeakers in the village which was heard in the silence of the night. Later I came to know that some bhajan kirtan programme was held till late in the night in the village.


I was tense that I should not miss the mangal aarti, so I woke up may be around 3 to 3.30 and quickly bathed to be ready. I came and sat near the Dhuni shrine, it still seemed early as no one was about. I again got a chance to say all the prayers I knew sitting outside the Dhuni. Somehow the atmosphere made me think that this is how it will be in Vrindavan at night or early hours of dawn with some odd bird chirping or cooing. It was such a divine, out of the world feeling. Then the devotees came to start mangal aarti at Bade Baba’s shrine. After the aarti, they bathed Bade Baba, wiped Him, dressed Him and decorated Him with garlands and simple fresh flowers. Another thing that caught my attention and made me happy was that the women devotees also took active part in Sai Baba’s seva and assisted the male pujaris. One lady pujari bathed the smaller murti of Sai Baba, and did all the Shringar seva. Sai Baba treated everyone equally and gave everyone a chance to serve Him. They made a small pattern with flowers like rangoli in front of Bade Baba – very heart touching devotion.


Once again it comes to the mind that this is how the worship of Kanha would have been in Gokul dham by the simple Brijwasi villagers. The ladies made me come and sit in front to have better darshan and in Bengali mixed with sign language, tried to communicate with me.


After the aarti got over, there was going to be a Narayan puja and homam a little later before commencing the Gopur sthapana. The pujari told me that I could go to my room and rest for an hour and come to witness the puja. I happened to sleep for nearly two and a half hours or so as the hectic pace and excitement of the last two days caught up. There was a knock and a devotee came to call me that the puja was nearly coming to an end and soon they would be performing maha aarti. I quickly freshened up, feeling very sheepish and ran to Shibpur Sai Baba’s shrine where the puja was being conducted. Once the maha aarti was over, Amitji introduced me to his mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin sister, wife and little son Sai Gaurav – who was one year and three months old. I apologized for over sleeping. Amitji told me to go with his mother and have some tea and come to the roof of the temple where the Gopur sthapana was going to commence. Amitji’s mother and wife made me sit in their house and gave me tea and chiwda. Amitji’s lovely wife Piyali told me how she got married and how for a few years after marriage they didn’t have a child. On consulting astrologers, they were told that Amitji’s horoscope does not have a child’s yoga. But Amitji was sure that they would get a child when Baba wished. Their prayers were answered and a baby boy was born. She was saying that when she was pregnant, she didn’t know whether it would be a baby boy or a girl. But slowly she realized that whenever Amitji made references to the baby, he would speak as if it was a boy. (Sai Baba had let Amitji know and also that the baby’s name would be Sai Gaurav).


After having some Assam style black tea, I went outside and the local village devotees were up to the roof of the temple with a tied bamboo ladder. Very lovingly, they encouraged me to climb and demonstrated how to climb by not looking down and feel dizzy. I climbed up and the rituals soon started. Even though it was only 10 am, it was very hot and we were barely able to stand bare feet. We stood under the shade offered by the branches of the holy neem tree. The guruji who did the Narayana homa applied tilak to Amitji. The workers mixed cement and sand in right proportions, estimated the right angle and alignment with the string and after breaking a coconut to remove all obstacles, Amitji placed the first brick and concrete while the devotees chanted names of Sai Baba continuously. I felt as if I was witnessing a moment that would be a milestone and history in the archive of Shibpur Sai temple. Everyone paid their respects to Amitji one by one as he represented Vishwakarma (the heavenly architect) and Sai Baba himself at that moment. The young bowed down and touched his feet (pranaam) and the elders touched his chin affectionately. I bowed down but (unfortunately) as in my background and culture (from south India) it was not a custom for ladies to actually touch the feet of men, I was not able to touch his feet but regretted losing that chance ever since.


After I got down, once again following demonstration by local devotees, Amitji told me to get ready so that I can leave straight away after afternoon aarti. I got ready and once again Amitji’s mother and wife offered lunch which was delicious with rasgullas offered to Sai Baba. When Amitji’s mother came to know that I love sweets, she packed some more prasad sweets for me to take with me. I was overwhelmed by the love and affection showered on me by all the devotees – as if I was a person from their family.


After the noon (madhyana) aarti, with a sad feeling, I started to leave the holy premises. Amitji told me to go and take Shibpur Sai Baba’s permission, he told me to touch the neem tree, he gave me some Prasad and udi packets to take with me and distribute it to friends and relatives. On my way back, I was mentally replaying those precious moments in Shibpur and wished Sai Baba would bless me in the future to have the good fortune of His darshan and seva again in Shibpur.


Shibpur Sai Baba blessed me with much more than I had expected. But I had one regret… if only I could have touched His feet, if only He would have allowed me… Then suddenly it dawned that the time when the lights went out, in the darkness for a flash of a second, Shibpur Sai had shown me a vision of a marble idol face which seemed like Bade Baba. I also recalled that the time I stepped into the temple, I was led to Bade Baba’s shrine first and I had placed me head on the marble padukas. So I felt Shibpur Baba was telling me that He was the same and already allowed me to touch His feet. My cup of happiness overflowed… what more could I ask for… Just His blessings to bestow upon me Shraddha and Saburi – the pillars of the bridge to attain Sai bhakti.


May Sainath be the ruler of our hearts and guide us always with His ever loving merciful glance….

.

Shri Sainath Maharaj ki jai…. Shibpur Sai Baba ki jai… Bade Baba ki jai…


Aditya Kurulkar


Om sai ram


Aditya Kurulkar Visit to Shibpur temple – Aug 2012


Om Sai Ram


With Baba's grace, I was able to visit Shibpur this year on Aug 21st 2012. As my India trip was planned this year, so was the visit to Shibpur. Baba had made all plans for me to reach there and fortunately I was receied by Mr. Santanu Das Gupta at Kolkata airport, who is a resident of Kolkata and an ardent devotee of Baba. He is an active volunteer at the temple. we reached Shibpur by 1pm and were welcomed by all the temple crew and Amitji. Everyone was very loving and happy to receive us there. I could see a whole new dimension of the temple compared to my last visit in Dec 2010. However, after refreshing ourselves at the visitor's room we had a small tour of the temple. To start with is Ganapati, Hanuman and Datta Guru mandir, The bade baba mandir which was closed after the noon aarti and the 150 year old temple. All the structures are now newly built with the help of many devotees helping out for construction. The gopuram construction is also 80% completed now except the coluring part which will start on sept 4th. However, after a while we were told that we can see Shibpur baba and entered the new room made for baba, which I would say is the most peaceful place on the earth. The moment we entered the room , we could feel baba's presence there.


We were so pleased to see how beautifully the temple is constructed. I would really thank every one of you to help build this temple.

Later on, we moved to another small room, which is said to be the office room. Amitji had installed speaker system all over the temple (Shibpur Baba's mandir, Bade baba mandir and the 150 year old mandir) and Mr. Santanu Das ji innaugurated this and I must say it was a heavenly atmosphere to hear sai naam all over the place. After a while, it was time for evening aarti and all the village people gathered in the temple for aarti. Just before the evening aarti, Amitji announced about an Audio CD with Bhajans in Bengali on Shibpur Sai baba. This CD contains the Shibpur baba Aarti and other bengali bhajans, few of which have been written by Amitji himself and sung by a local Singer. I could not understand the meaning of them :) but, i can say you would enjoy the tune.

Myself and Santanuji were blessed to innaugurate the CD on the same day. Later on, evening aarti commenced from Shibpur Baba's mandir, continuing to Dhuni room, Datta mandir, and reached Bade Baba mandir. We could feel the positive vibrations all throughout the place. After the aarti, we distributed the prasad and met all the people from village and the temple crew. After sepnding some time with the local people, Amitji mentioed that "Baba is calling you", " I can see baba and currently there are very very powerful and supreme vibrations in this place and also in shibpur Baba's mandir". having said so, he took me and Santanu ji in the mandir and made us sit there in front of baba and asked us to be quiet and concentrate on Baba.


The moment I entered the mandir, I was surprised to experience such a powerful vibration. I dont have words to express that! However, we sat before Baba and I started to focus on baba, leaving aside the rest of the world. All the time, i could feel that strong vibes in the room and I still remember Baba's face. While I was focusing on him, I could see for a second, Satya Sai baba's face which turned into total dark later on. Then I could see Shibpur baba again. Strangely I would see him staring at me and his face seemed to be soo happy. Sometimes, i felt like Baba is trying to get up and come down the altar. After a min, i saw lord Balaji's face, this happened twice actually. Later on, I saw Baba staring at me again and I could see his lips moving slightly and I felt that he was actually talking to me for a long time. I asked about this to Amitji once I came out of the room, he smiled and said, you will come to know about what he talked very soon!! However, Baba talking to me, continued for long time. After sometime, i could feel a very strong force pulling me to one side and I was totally blank that point for few seconds I guess and I could not see baba that time. I wanted to let loose myself and get carried away with that force but somehow I could not ehenever i tried to focus on baba. That I would say was the experience of the strongest vibration. I may not able to express that same here in words but I can surely say it was amazing!!! However, after sometime everything seemed to be normal as if it was a regular place. After some time Amitji came in and mentioned that baba needs to sleep now and you too.


After we exit the mandir, we had dinner and Amitji ordered us to go and sleep and not to stay in the temple campus anymore. We were puzzled at this but he insisted us very much on this. However, we went to sleep to get up for the morning aarti at 4am. We woke up at 3.45 and got ready for the aarti. It was amazing to see the morning aarti as well. After amitji woke up he explained to us the reason why he forced us to sleep the last night. He said that there was some negetive vibes in and around the temple at that late hour and as we had a strong positive vibration, it could have nullified all the effect. So, he asked us to be in the room and take rest. Very interesting and strange indeed!! However after spending sometime in the temple talking to Amitji and also discussing about other developments about the temple we left the place around noon time. Just before we left the temple, we were again blessed to Innaugurat the Gopuram which was almost complete the construction. The official innauguration will be done in October but, however, we broke a coconut on the Gopuram platform. Later on, Amitji gave us some Udi packets and pictures that we can send the devotees abroad.





Overall, this was a very memorable visit and I was so happy to see the temple developing. Beleive me friends, people staying there are in such a poor condition (i got to see this when Amitji took me on a tour to the whole village and we had rasgulla's at everyones house :) we had been to pujari's house, secretrry's house and many other people working in the temple/samity) and still there is no limit to their love and devotion towards Baba. Hatts off to their love and devotion. However, I will soon share th pictures and videos of the temple that I took during my stay. Amitji and the temple crew had personally thanked every one to help build the temple so far. We will share the next ventures of the temple.


Om Sairam


Miraculous Call Of Baba

I had a wish to visit Shibpur ever since I heard about it. I donated for the temple also. Same night Baba gave me Darshan and I saw a remote village which I suppose was Shibpur only. Since this place is located in a politically sensitive and disturbed area with unstable law and order conditions, I was avoiding going alone. I coaxed my friend Shama to accompany me however it didn’t materialize. Nobody was ready to go with me (as Baba said, “nobody can visit me till I call”). And the wish remained submerged in my heart. 

 

Last year was very bad for me health wise. In September, I reached a point, where I felt I needed a break. Applied for leave to visit Sai at Shirdi to recharge myself, but it was rejected twice. Dejected due to the state of affairs, I blamed Sai and fought with Him (I do that often). I challenged Him, “I am not going to think of visiting You till You Yourself call me. You don’t have a human form. Let me see how You will summon me”. I cried. In January, I applied for leave to join my kids on their vacation. In my heart, I also wished to go to Shirdi. I knew going to Shibpur was out of question. Sai had already said, “Those whom I consider MINE, will visit me at Shibpur and not those who consider me as God”. I was aware leave will be rejected this time and for all logical reasons. Two of my peers were on medical leave and there were no other choices, who could assume my charge. I was pessimistic.

 

But Then A Strange Thing Happened

A friend Nagarjun, who is more of a Guru to me, left a message in my inbox - I would like to accompany you to Shibpur. I could not believe my eyes - Sai's call. Was it? Was Sai speaking through Nagarjun? Yes, He was. It was an invitation from Sai to visit Him at Shibpur. It was an answer to my challenge. Baba can speak even though He left His mortal coil. What surprised me most was how did Nagarjun know that I wished to visit Shibpur that too in January? I asked him that. He replied that he felt like visiting that place. But Baba (I address Nagarjun as Baba), I am not getting leave. I informed him. He laughed and said your leave has been sanctioned and believe me we are going to Shibpur. I saw this in my vision. After two days, I was informed that my leave was sanctioned. This was another surprise. Still I wanted to reassure myself that Sai actually wanted me to visit Shibpur and not Shirdi. In the evening, Nagarjun asked me Chutti mil gayi (Did you get leave)? I said yes. So where are you going? “I am not sure”, I told. Okay wait till tomorrow, you will know, he said. Next evening, I told him. I am not sure yet, you tell me what Sai wants. He said Shibpur. I was simply ecstatic. This was an honorable invitation and a more clear indication from Sai. My ego was satisfied and anger subsided. I was so happy. Sai fulfilled my wish to visit Him at Shibpur that too with my Guru. He gave me more than I wished. 

 

Intruduction of Nagarjun

He is a basically a healer gifted with powers of premonition. He reads thoughts, visits souls and can see beyond the things, especially in meditation. He found me in a socialnetworking site when I needed healing. He healed me and guided me on the path of spirituality. Here I would also like to mention that he heals those, who need it free of cost. He showed right path to many drifted people, who are now well settled in their lives. He does this to get peace for himself and to spread love. He is a rare goal and human being. He says his sole aim is to serve people and dispel pain and suffering, but on one condition. He chooses pure souls, the real needy ones.

 

I would also like to mention that Nagarjun is a great devotee of Shakti and draws his powers from her. He told me that he lost connectivity with HER during this Navratras. When asked why, he said this must be another process of evolution. He was looking for some divine blessings to upgrade his existing spiritual and gifted powers and capabilities. He was not sure it was Sai and always told me that I don’t bow my head before any deity or power. He was not aware why he felt like visiting Sai. Probably it was an experiment. 

 

Intruduction of Another Guru Anju Sharma

She is a Reiki healer from Karnal, blessed with divine powers. She is a professional healer and a wonderful person. I came into her contact due to Nagarjun. She blessed me and took into her fold. The most striking thing is she knocks me whenever I am upset or need guidance. She is a highly evolved and enlightened soul, who sees and feels things much before we normal human beings can. 

 

Baba Gave Me Darshan In Dream

Before leaving home, I prayed to Sai - Baba my only wish is that You meet me in human form, put Your hand on my head and bless me. Be with me throughout. I just want to meet You and nothing else. Same night, I saw a dream. I was standing in a crowded room and Sathya Sai Baba entered the room and walked straight towards me. I was dumbfounded. I asked him – Baba, I called Sai. Did He send you instead? He spoke nothing and gave a sly smile, put His hand on my head, blessed me and walked out quietly. Next morning, when I recalled the dream, I was stupefied. Baba fulfilled my wish same day. Throughout my journey Baba's presence was felt. A co-passenger had Sai bhajan as the dial tone and whenever his phone rang, I felt as if Sai was around. 

 

Sai Devotee Met Me In Train

In the evening, many local travelers boarded the compartment at Allahabad. They were sitting on the side seats and curtains of my side were drawn. I could hear noise there, but I kept reading Sai Satcharitra. After few minutes, a man came inside and sat on the seat in front of me. I took few minutes break and Sai Satcharitra was on the table. He asked my permission to see the book and I allowed. I noticed his interest in the book and smiled. I was glad he was an ardent Sai devotee and let him read the book. After few minutes, he started asking me about my experiences with Sai and I described them in detail. He was filled with Bhakti Bhaav for Sai and shared his own. Then, he requested me if he could take my Sai Satcharitra. I smiled. I could have given him that happily if it was not a gift from Sai Mandir Chandigarh. I promised him that I would send him a copy by courier soon. He gave me his address and phone number. After that he shifted his seat to other side where about five of his companions were gossiping.

I was very happy. I had a wish before setting out on my journey to distribute Sai Satcharitra to true devotees of Baba. Sai fulfilled this wish too. I was also wondering why out of those six passengers, only this person came inside and talked to me. Obviously Sai vibrations pulled him towards me. 

 

Sai Rescued At Every Step And Guided Us

We set out for Shibpur around 4.30 PM. It was 15 km away from Bethuadhari. We enquired many people about the way. It was confusing again. There were two places by same name. They asked which Shibpur? We said Sai Temple. Locals feigned ignorance. We are not aware of any such temple. I was shattered how come local villagers don’t know. I was almost in tears. We moved ahead. An old man wearing white clothes and white beard was standing in front of a shop. For a moment, I identified him with my Sai and requested driver to enquire from him. He spoke to that old man and he guided us correctly. Go straight 12 kms and avoid talking to locals (an inert warning), then you will reach Shibpur. Image of that old man still lingers in my mind. Due to his guidance, we could reach Shibpur and later driver told me he was a Muslim. Somehow I felt some strong connection with him. 

 

Blissfull Destination(8th Feb 2012)

Throughout the way, I was disillusioned, prayed. Oh Sai, what kind of test is this? People in Your area don’t know You, whereas I came from so far to see You. Are You there or I was fooled by some enthusiastic devotees on internet? Was that just a hype created through internet or anything existed at Shibpur? I traveled for three days to see You. Was my effort just a waste? My heart cried and mind wandered. Finally we reached Shibpur. All my doubts vanished the moment. I set my foot inside the temple. I felt a strange sense of peace as if no doubt and fear existed. 

 

Charecters of Sai Satcharitra

Members of Temple Management were aware of our visit. They welcomed us whole-heartily and our hearts melted and responded to their pure love. Sujoy Mandal, who spoke Hindi, took us to visitor's room. He took us around the temple and apprised us of the miracles taking place in the area. His smile and enthusiasm was child like he reminded me of Shama, Baba's bhakt in Masjid at Shirdi. Then Manojit Biswas, an old man and few other members talked to us in the visitor's room. Sujoy asked us to wait till Aarti was over. We agreed.

The Aarti was another memorable experience. It was pure love for Baba more than Bhakti. The kind of love Meera had for Lord Krishna, pure devotion. Apparently, the remote area people lacked knowledge about the method of Aarti done at Shirdi. Still they did it in their own style in Bengali. I could see the person performing Aarti, Monty Ghosh, in a trance. He wore orange robes and was dancing while his eyes closed, reminded me of Mahalsapati during Baba's Chawadi Samaroh mentioned in Sai Satcharitra.

I would also like to make a special mention about the Secretary of the Temple Society. He is a calm and gentle soul. He was there throughout around us with a smile, but he could not interact with us due to language problem. All other Members were also present in the evening in the Aarti and visitor's room. All of them were good souls completely in communion with powerful Sai vibrations of that place. I have no doubt that they are reincarnations of characters of Sai Satcharitra, who served Baba in His Masjid. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Experience During Aarti

Few minutes before Aarti, I and Nagarjun went into the main Sai Temple. I don’t have words to express the feeling. Powerful vibrations of Sai embraced us. I am a normal human being, so experienced them only in the peace that prevailed in the air and my mind. But Nagarjun was a spiritually blessed person. He shared with me later that. Sai hugged him. He told me that he experienced such overwhelming emotions only two times before in his life - one was in Chatrapur Mandir and other in Vaishno Devi. He said he could not control his emotions and tears were flowing from his eyes. We both were convinced that devotee’s beliefs are true. Sai was very much present in Shibpur. 

 

Aarti is performed at four places. One at Main Temple, Dhuni Place, Bade Baba Mandir and Temple, where lot of other deities are installed (pictures are already attached in the blog). Sujoy asked us to follow them as they proceeded to all the temples for Aarti and we did. Aarti started in Bade Baba Mandir. Again same vibrations engulfed me. I felt a strong desire to offer the “Chanwar Sewa” (it was a kind of hand fan with silk threads) to Baba. I kept watching the priest doing that, but after few moments, I could not stop myself. I went to Baba's main idol and stretched my hand before the priest quietly for the chanwar. He smiled and handed it to me. I stood near Baba, closed my eyes and kept offering the chanwar sewa. I was not aware how long I did, but after few minutes I gave it back to him and came back to my place. There were Padukas of Baba, which people were worshiping after completion of Aarti formalities. I stood quietly letting others do that. With intent to see if Nagarjun would bow down before Baba. Because he shared his experience of main temple later and I was unaware of his reaction. He told me again and again that he doesn’t bow before anybody as he was a strong willed person who never accepts anyone as Guru. I saw him going near Baba's Paduka. He bowed down whole heartedly. I could feel. I was happy for him. He found his Guru.

 

Then we moved ahead to next temple for Aarti. While walking downstairs, I noticed Nagarjun was walking in the opposite direction. I found it strange, but he was aware that there was some reason. Aarti was taking place in the last temple, where all deities were placed. I stood outside in the compound. It was a wonderful scene. It was twilight, drumbeats accompanying Aarti and big lamps. The whole atmosphere was highly charged. I saw Nagarjun was standing mesmerized and I could sense his happiness. For the first time, he came up to me, overwhelmed with emotions. He thanked me for bringing him to Sai. He was almost crying. He put his hand on my head and blessed. I was happy this time not for him but myself. I didn't I pray to Sai to bless by placing his hand on my head in human form. The only wish, I made before setting out on my journey. So here I got that in Shibpur in Baba's presence. 

 

Baba's Sweet Message To Us

After Aarti, Sujoy and others asked us to wait in the visitor’s room to take Prasad and they also handed us visitor’s book to write our experiences. I promised them to write my feelings in detail instead of writing there. Nagarjun felt same. It was impossible to write anything on that spot after what we experienced. Sujoy brought two quarter plates full of sweets along with a samosa. I don’t eat sweets, but I looked at the quantity of the Prasad in wonder, full quarter plate with sweets. Nagarjun prompted me to finish it soon and something else was going on in my mind. I finished them with great difficulty. The samosa was tasty too, very different from what I tasted it at my place. The Rasgulla, it was yummy.

 

We took leave from them, but they kept on insisting us to wait till night Aarti. We wanted to stay till night, but the warnings of the local people made us to rush back. While driving back, we both were so happy, an inexplicable feeling. I shared with him the thoughts that were running in my mind while eating that plate full of sweets. Honestly, I never ate so many sweets in one go ever in my life. I felt as if Baba said, “You fools give up all your negativity and imbibe this sweetness inside you. Didn’t you doubt my existence and cursed my people all the way? So now give up those negative thoughts and be positive. I will fill you up with sweetness, leaving no space for bitterness. Be sweet to all henceforth”. Nagarjun agreed and we had a hearty laugh over Baba's sweet message to cynical fools like us. 

 

More Wonders For Me

Baba revealed himself to me through my Guru Nagarjun. I learnt this when he shared his experiences while driving back. I was filled with awe and wonder when Nagarjun said that he felt a cool breeze touching his arms all the time, when I was offering “chawar sewa” to Sai. This was simply unbelievable. He further said that I closed my eyes in deep meditation and clearly saw some blessings going to you from Baba at the moment you were offering Him sewa. I don’t know how to elaborate my feelings on this. But apparently it was an indication from Sai that my service reached Him and He paid me back in form of blessings. Nagarjun was the medium to see and feel my Sai. Obviously I was medium to reach HIM. I was sure that now I got my Guru. I was seeking since so long.

He further told me that Sai had blessed him with more powers which he could sense. He said that while walking downstairs, he saw Sai clearing the path for him and therefore he walked back to hold Him from doing that. What a blessed experience, simply incredible. How could I witness this form of Sai if Nagarjun was not with me? Can we normal human beings ever think of such grace of Almighty? He does it, but we can’t see therefore blame Him. I thanked Almighty my Sai again and again for revealing His benevolent form to me through Nagarjun. 

 

Unbelievable Example Of Soul Connectivity

This was not all. When we were having our dinner, Nagarjun got a SMS from Anju Sharma, the healer I introduced to you all in the beginning. She wrote - Thanks, lot of energy and blessings are coming from Sai. Some door has opened. She also described certain things she saw in the vision while meditating. I was again dumbfounded. I asked him how she knew about this when we have not informed her about this. He smiled and told this is what soul connectivity is. Connected souls can sense things. I again wanted clarification as how energy and blessings went to her when we did not pray for her. He explained that when Almighty blesses a human being, the blessings go to all those connected to him. Strange isn't it. At least for me, it was a great revelation. 

 

Sai Fullfilled Two More Wishes After Tormenting Me For 2 Hours(9th Feb,2012)

While having our dinner after Baba's Darshan, I asked Nagarjun don’t you feel that still something is left, a strange feeling. He agreed. I wanted to stay back on 9th Feb, Thursday, Baba's day and His favorite number. We were with Him in His area, but we won’t able to visit Him. Some gloom descended upon me. But I had no choice. My seat was reserved and I had to catch my train before 11.45 AM on 9th Feb. It takes approx 5 hours from Shibpur to Kolkata. So we decided to leave for Kolkata in the morning at 5.30 AM. We had 6 and half hours at our disposal, which was more than enough.

Strange thing happened on the way. There was a heavy traffic jam right from the point we started. It was unbelievable; we could not reach 30 kms in 2 and half hours. I was tense. After 3 hours, we could only reach Krishnanagar (30 kms from Shibpur). We halted at a dhaba to have tea. There was no space to move ahead. All vehicles stuck in the jam. I told Nagarjun now it was impossible to catch the train. Crossing barrackpore around 10 am was another tough task. He gave me hope, not to worry we could work out some alternative. I knew it was impossible, decided in my heart not to worry and go back to Shibpur to seek something that my heartfelt was left behind. While having tea, I told him some incidents from Sai Satcharitra, where Baba held back devotees at Shirdi and they could leave the place only when He permitted. Nobody could leave Shirdi till Baba gave permission. This is a known fact. I told him that Baba doesn’t want His ardent devotees to leave with unfulfilled desires. However, I was hesitant to suggest going back to Shibpur. He would call me an idiot. I thought and kept quiet.

Nagarjun asked the driver, what to do now. He said sir now I can’t assure you anything. Nagarjun looked at me for a moment and smiled. Let's go back to Shibpur. I was so glad. He spelled out my wish. We laughed a lot and asked the driver to take the reverse direction. Tears came into my eyes and I cried like a child. There was another challenge staring us. How to reach our destinations? He wanted to go to Delhi and me Visakhapatnam. Both are in different directions. Somehow I was assured, confident that Baba would find a way. I was not worried anymore after witnessing this miracle of Sai.

We decided to visit Mayapur Navdeep Temple of ISCKON, a wonderful place, where you can experience divine blessings of Lord Krishna. Sai gave us a wonderful opportunity to witness Madhyan Aarti at Shibpur. Nagarjun took me to main temple and asked me to close eyes and meditate. He sat beside me. After few moments, he touched the point between the eyebrows for few seconds and asked to continue. After few moments, there was peace. Mind was free. I saw some light rays filtering from a dark background for few minutes. I opened my eyes. Nagarjun was sitting besides facing me. He asked what you saw. I narrated my experience. He said, yes, light came to you. But I put my hand between you and Sai. That's why you saw filtered rays. Now you can meditate freely. This was another valuable gift from Sai.

We came out of the temple and the Temple people offered us Madhyan Prashad - Rice with potato curry, tomato chutney, badi and dal. I was eating calmly. Nagarjun looked at me and smiled. Another wish is fulfilled. I said yes. I took a vow in last February not to eat rice (my favorite) till this February and to break this vow only after visiting Shirdi. Sai knew about it and made a wonderful arrangement- I gave up my vow by taking rice as Sai's Prasad on 9th, which happened to be a Thursday and in His miraculous temple.

Finally Nagarjun sought their permission to leave and they gladly agreed. He said, now I took formal permission from Sai and His people. He won’t stop us now. Now nothing is left behind. Yeah, yeah, I agreed. We were filled. 

 

ADIEU

Now main issue was to get some reservation to reach home. We tried in Krishnanagar and nothing was available. Nagarjun contacted some local people, who also gave no hope, but assured to try. I was tense. He told me not to worry and closed his eyes. Again Sai appeared in his vision and handed over two tickets, one for him and one for me. He smiled and said see Sai is with us. Within few minutes, he got a phone call, our tickets were confirmed.

As we got close to reaching Kolkata, I was again in tears. I was crying quietly looking towards window. Nagarjun sensed the pain and again assured don’t cry. Sai is with us in this car. I cried out loudly. No Baba, I am feeling as if I left my father's home. Such was the feeling of leaving Shibpur.

 

As told by Sai Devotee Sreenidhi –

On Saturday morning at 6AM we reached Kolkata railway station. Booked the AC chair tickets for Hazarduari Express train which is at 6.50AM. Reached Bethuadahari station at 9.30AM. There are two platforms in Bethuadahari station. We got down at platform 1 and came out of station to catch the bus to Shibpur. But when we came to know that for Shibpur buses we need to go to platform 2 and from there out of railway station (i.e., behind platform 2) and there we will have buses or jeep for Shibpur. Actually I thought of taking dress to Sai Baba from Hyderabad. But due to lack of time I couldn’t buy. In Bethuadahari there are many shops near railway station. We went into a shop and asked for material to show. They Said either orange or white color only they will use for Baba. I was not satisfied with that option but I don’t have any other option also so I thought of taking orange color. There are 2 types in that, cotton and synthetic. I want to buy cotton because it was very hot there. But my friend suggested buying synthetic. Again dissatisfied with the option, I asked them to give 7 meters (4 meter for Bade Baba and 3 meter for Shibpur Baba) of synthetic cloth. Fortunately, They have only 5meters of synthetic cloth. So I asked them to give 4 meter of synthetic and 3 meter of cotton. Ah, finally I bought dress for Baba and that too cotton. We also bought guava fruits and thought of buying apples but couldn’t understand the amount which they Said in Bengali. Now to catch the bus to Shibpur we again went inside railway station platform 2 and from there went out. Just behind the railway station there is a big open place where busses and jeep will be available for Shibpur. We reached there at 10.35AM. Unlucky we missed the 10.30AM jeep so we have waited till 11.30AM for next jeep or trekker Lorry. It was fully crowded. Oh my god! Not expected that much crowd in a jeep. But then that was a another new experience. Mean while I was in contact with Amitji and he was guiding us. He told us that we may miss Madhyana Aarti. We got down in Shibpur at 12.30AM and Amitji was waiting for us. From there he took us to Temple which is 2 minutes walk. Generally the temple gets closed at 12.30AM but Amitji kept it open for 5 more minutes for us. We immediately went inside the temple and took Baba (Bade Baba) darshan and came out. Baba was looking very pleasant. Then they closed the temple. Thanks to Amitji for putting temple open for 5mins. By seeing Baba I was very much satisfied. 

Ahhhh, what a peaceful place. And greenery where ever u see. Beautiful location. I loved it so much. Amitji showed us the Gurusthan and Neem tree with Baba’s idol under neem tree. It was lovely. Then we sat in visitors room and chitchatted with Amitji for some time. Amitji explained us about the temple and its history and the people who donated for the construction of temple. Then Amitji Said “come now I will show u the actual Shibpur temple and Baba here. Go and have your own experience”. As soon as we entered the temple we can feel the presence of Baba there. We forgot the rest of the world. Amitji made us sit infront of Baba and Said see Baba with full concentration and he went out. I was looking at Baba but I felt that Baba is not looking at me and he has turned his face(matlab Baba mujhse moo mode kar baithe hai). I don’t know why but I felt like crying. And I am telling to Baba “Baba please look at me and please do not turn your face the other side and please forgive me for my sins (Baba please Baba meri taraf aap dekho na Baba. Mujhse moo mode kar maat baitho na. Please mujhe maaf kardo Baba)”. Then I started crying. My friend who is beside me tried to console me. Really, Baba is there and I can feel his presence. Then Amitji came and asked us to come out. I thought of touching Baba’s feet. Generally, where ever I see Baba I touch his feet but this time I don’t know why I suddenly asked Amitji whether I can touch his feet or not. And Amit Said “No don’t touch now. Baba is not in a good mood now. I will tell you when he is in good mood. If you touch now he will get angry”. I think that’s the reason Baba made me to ask Amitji whether I can touch his feet or not. We came out of the temple. I thought “hmmm, only 10 minutes I got to see Baba but I want to talk to him so much. I think in the evening I will get that chance”.
 

Amitji introduced us to the people over there. There,all are so nice and very kind hearted. In the morning they do Dhuni room construction and farm work and in the time of Aarti they will dress up very neatly like pujari and perform Aarti. There Aarti is very different. They treat Baba as Sri Krishna. So they perform Aarti also in a similar way. Amitji sister, aunt and others all are very sweet. We sat in the office room and discussed with Amitji regarding my brother’s health issue and my cousin problem. I explained Amitji the brain problem of my brother then he told that “If parents do any thing wrong then their children has to suffer”. I asked him how this will be possible. Baba always says that “you have to face your own karmas. Then why is this”. Amitji explained us that “If u get punishment u will suffer but if your child gets punished you will suffer more”. We discussed on this for some time. After that I told him about my cousin who has no children. She gets conceived but in 2nd month it will be aborted with no reason and doctors also couldn’t identify the issue of abortion. I think nearly 7 or 8 times this happened and she always suffers a lot during that time. Meanwhile lunch was ready and they very kindly offered us. It was very very tasty. Thanks to Amitji’s aunt who cooked so tasty and Amitji’s sister and others who served us. They are so kind and taken care of us so much. I whole heartedly thank all the people over there.

After lunch we went to Probhat ji house and took rest there. Their daughter Pooja (I think 5yrs old) is very active and intelligent. I played with her all funny games. In the evening around 5PM I went to bade Baba temple and Aarti started around 6.30PM. I asked my friend to take video of Aarti. At that time I remembered about the experience some one had about the Aarti video. They took video of Aarti with out Baba’s permission and they noticed that the video didn’t come properly. Later they took Baba’s permission and took video. This time with our lord Sai’s grace the video was fine. Fool I am, One side this thought is crossing my mind but still I didn’t ralize to take Baba’s permission for video. I just asked Amitji’s sister whether we can take video or not. And she agreed. My friend took video and in digital camera it plays fine. Then I thought “Now I have the Aarti video and I will send this to all.” Frist, they started Aarti in Bade Baba temple later they will continue it in Shibpur temple till 8PM around. Again at 9PM they will start Aarti in bade Baba temple. After completing Aarti in bade Baba temple we took Baba’s blessings and from there we came out did pradkhshina around Gurusthan and from there to the place where 100yrs ago Ramdasji used to worship Baba and from there to Shibpur temple. Shibpur temple is very small. People already occupied before I entered the temple. So I was going back to take my seat but they called me and offered me a seat infront. I was so happy that I was included in Aarti and Bhajan. I was enjoying each and every second of Aarti. Around at 8.15PM the Aarti is completed and we took Baba blessings and came out. Later we sat in Shibpur office and started chitchatting with Amitji. Amitji showed us all the photographs of temple construction and all other activities happened in Shibpur. I was very enthusiastic to see all those things. How beautifully Amitji has captured all the memories.

Later Amitji also told us that while Aarti was going on in Bade Baba temple he did pooja in Shibpur temple and while Aarti was going on in Shibpur temple he did pooja in bade Baba temple. At that time he told us that after the dream in 1999 Baba has never come in his dream again. But Baba told Amitji that “There is a place out of this world where all the great Saints or fakirs or fathers will be there (I think the place where the enlightened soul will go) and when ever you want to go over there you can go”. So Baba has given a divine power to Amitji to go to that place. Then Amitji explained me that while he wants to go there he will get vibrations in him and the power he feels. There he will come across Saints and if he has some questions he will ask them. Few will answer and few will just give a pleasant smile. Amitji also that he can stay there for only few seconds. At that time only he told me that the feel and the vibration or power he gets and the place where he goes he want to explain it to all and post it on the net but he is unable to do that as he is not able to express it in words. He Said “The vibration which I get I know but how do I put them in words its something more than it but I want to let this know to people”.

Then he told me about my cousin why is she getting aborted all the time she get conceived. He told that he went to that place where all Saints will be there (Baba has blessed him with this power). And there he met a fakir and asked about my cousin. The fakir told that my Jiju (cousin’s husband) has donated some amount but didn’t look after it whether it has been properly used or not. And that amount is used for some bad purpose. So the fakir is very angry with my jiju. Amitji explained us that if we donate money to any one, its our responsibility to make sure that the amount is used for good purpose. If it is used for bad purpose we will be held responsibility for that because if we didn’t give that money they would not have done that bad thing. So it’s a lesson for all that if we donate money make sure that it is properly used. After that Amitji Said “Lets go to Baba now. He is in a very good mood.”

We went in to the shibpur temple and sat infront of the Baba. Amitji switched of the power and swithched on the lantern (candle which is covered with glass). It’s dark over there and from the light of lantern we can see beautiful Baba sitting there in the form of clay idol. Amitji told us that when Baba was in mortal coil he used to go to people houses and sit there in the light of the Lanthren and used to talk to them. Amit asked us to look at Baba with full concentration and he went out of the temple. Me, my friend and Baba was there. I again had the same feeling that Baba is not looking at me and turned his face. I was looking constantly at him with full devotion and praying him to forgive my sins. I was continuously asking him to look at me and let me spend my entire life in his seva. And asking him to provide some place near his charan (feet). At that moment i forgot the whole world. I don’t remember any thing. My full concentration was only on Baba. I can feel that Baba is around and I can also feel his presence there. (Mein Baba se keh rahi hoon ki Baba please Baba mere taraf dekho na. Mujhse moo mood kar naa baitoh. Meri jindagi aap ke seva mein guzaar ne do.) Then suddenly I felt some vibrations in me. Before I realize any thing, i was out of my control. And I couldn’t tolerate the power of vibrations in me and I suddenly fell back with eyes closed. As soon as I fell back I came to realize that I have fallen but I have no energy in me to get up by myself and I was thinking that I had fallen because of vertigo and how can suddenly I fell. No, am just acting. This I did purposely. In this way I was thinking but no strength to get up. Meanwhile my friend was tensed and trying to wake me up. I was able to hear my friend’s voice but can’t get up. After few seconds I forcibly got up. My friend was asking me “what happened? R u alright?” I didn’t bother to answer those questions and signaled to not disturb me. My friend kept quiet and thought that I became bit emotional and so I fell down. Then again I was looking at Baba and with in seconds I again felt the more powerful vibrations in me. I tried to control myself but couldn’t and this time I fell back with full force as if I got a very high voltage electric shock. Again as soon as I fell back I came to senses but can’t get up myself. This time my friend got very scared by seeing me. My friend went out immediately and called Amitji. As I was in my senses I can hear every thing what’s going on but no strength to get up. By hearing that my friend is calling every one I thought “No, don’t disturb me. Leave me like this for sometime”. But as others don’t know what’s going on in my mind Amitji came in with glass of water and poured it on me. Amitji was trying to wake me up. After few seconds I got strength to get up. I opened my eyes and got up. And all this things happened in a matter of few seconds. Amitji immediately took me out of the temple and made me sit in Shibpur temple office. I was still shivering. Amitji asked my friend to stay with Baba for some more time.

Me, Amitji and others were sitting in the office. Amitji Said “Treat me as your brother and you can share with me what you have experienced inside the temple and what Baba showed you (Apna bhai samjho mujhe aur batao ki tumne aisa kya dekha hai. Baba ne aisa kya bataya hai aapko)”. I explained him every thing. Then he told me that “Yahi vibrations mein bhi feel karta hoon (I also experienced the same vibrations)”.

Remember, before I went into temple Amitji was explaining me that he will go to some divine place and will feel vibrations in him and he want to express this feeling with people but couldn’t.

Amitji told me that “Tumhe bhi yahi huva hai lekin tum inhe samhal nahi payi ho isi liye gir gayi ho. Mein bhi gir jata hoon lekin mein kuch teka leke baitha hoon taaki mein gir na paoon (U also got the same vibrations as how I will get but u couldn’t tolerate its power so you have fallen. . I will take the support and will sit so that I may not fall”.

I was wonder stuck. I have no words to express. Then Amitji told “Mein duniya ko apne experience ke bare mein batana chahta tha lekin mein isko kaise likhoon aur kaise express karo apni feeling ko. Aur aaj Baba ne aapko bhi yeh experience karva diya aur ab aap jante hai ki mein kya aur kaise feel karta hoon. Toh aap ye loogo ko batana (I want to share my feelings with people and want to make people know how I feel but I can’t express them in writing so I didn’t tell this to any one. But now as you have also experienced the same you can put it in writing and post in the net and can also tell the people).”

Ah!!! Here i got a doubt and asked Amitji like this “If I fell back with the power of vibrations then how can I was in my senses after falling and I could hear every thing around me. I know that my friend was calling you and you came and so on”. Meanwhile my friend came out of the temple and joined us in the office. Amitji replied me saying “I think if you would have tolerated those vibration for more some time you’r soul would have gone to Baba but as u couldn’t you fell and as soon as u have fallen, Baba has left you’r soul. so you came to senses. This all would have happened in very few seconds.” Ohhhhhh!!! Nothing to say.

I told Amitji that “I was not in a mood to get up from that position but as every one came inside and trying to wake me, I got up.” Amitji Said “even I don’t want to disturb u but as your friend came out and told us. I came in. Not sure what would have happened if we wouldn’t have disturbed you.” Then Amitji asked how my friend experienced. My friend told that it was pretty normal but felt much peace and couldn’t concentrate after seeing me like that. Meanwhile some one was trying to lock the temple. I suddenly told to Amitji “No, don’t lock it. Baba is calling me. Yes Baba is calling me.” Amitji Said “Ok fine. Go and talk to Baba but be in control and let some one sit behind you so that they can hold you if you fell again.” I was not in a mood to listen all those things. I ran to the temple and there I noticed that some one was sitting in the back so that they can hold me if I fell. Later I went inside and again sat in front of Baba and I forgot every thing. I don’t even remember that some one was sitting behind me. I started looking at Baba and again the same feeling that Baba was not looking at me. I was praying to Baba to forgive me and to look at me. I was continuously praying this. Then I felt like Baba is crying and he is crying. If we look at Baba with full concentration we can tell his emotions. In the same way I saw as if he is crying. As am constantly looking at Baba murti I saw when Baba was crying at one point he had tightly closed his eyes and for a second he looked at me. In a shock when I looked at him more clearly he was normal. Even now that particular second is in front of my eyes. I can never forget that moment. After that the murti was looking in a black color and for a second I saw Durga maata. I saw her in a total black color but I can identify her by looking at the glory of her face. One can’t have that glow other than durga maata. After that I saw like Baba’s face was becoming black as if it’s burnt. I felt like Baba was trying to tell me some thing. But I couldn’t understand. I was asking him “Aap kya kehna chahte hai mein samajh nahi paari Baba (I am not able to understand what you are trying to say Baba).”  I was seeing normal Baba for few seconds, then for few seconds as if he is crying, then durga maata, then dark spots on Baba’s face. This happened for some time. Later I Said “Ok Baba. As am not able to understand you I will close my eyes and you tell me.” When I closed my eyes I felt more power in that temple. I felt as if Baba is sitting in front of me and that too very near. I thought if I kept my eyes closed for some more time I will see some one here but I don’t know why I didn’t dare to face it and I opened my eyes. After that again I was seeing different emotions of Baba as mentioned above. Until then I forgot the whole world, then my friend from outside was talking loudly which disturbed me. Then I thought “No No No. This is my hallucination. If you look continuously to any object you will observe different changes in that object.” Once this thought crossed my mind, to my surprise this time though I saw Baba for long time. He is normal. I mean no changes in his face. Until then I felt that some power is there in that murti means Baba is sitting there. After this thought the murty was looking normal to me and I felt like Baba was telling me to turn my face slightly where all his posters are placed. Beside the murthy there are many photos of Baba. Among them there is one photo of Baba where he is sitting on a stone with right leg on left and wearing a white color dress. Then I felt like the power which I felt in the murty is now in that photo and Baba is straightly looking at me and telling that “See now I am looking at you. Do you still think that its hallucination.” And I could see there only this photo and rest all background is black and in this photo Baba is in white color dress. So felt like the photo is zoomed. Then suddenly Baba Said “ok now see here. Am here.” And I turned to my left and saw there was a medium size calendar with Baba photo. Again the power which I felt initially in the murty and then in the other photo, was felt again one more time in this calendar photo also. Its like now Baba is there. After that, Baba Said “Ok now turn back. Amitji is also there.” And when I turned back, to my surprise Amitji was there. I truthfully don’t know that Amitji was there because when I sat in temple there was another person and Amitji was talking to my friend. Later I have no idea who is coming and going. I was totally unaware of this. So I was in a shock looking at Amitji. Amitji asked me what happened. I pointed my hand to the calendar photo of Baba and Said Baba is here. Then Amitji told, yes Baba is every where. With this I came to normal sense. Amitji asked “Baba se baatein karli. Ab chale Baba ab sojayenge (spoke to Baba? Now lets go. Its time for Baba to sleep).”

We bowed to Baba and came out from the temple and it was around 10.30PM. By this time the dinner was ready. And Amitji asked us to have dinner first and will talk in meanwhile. Lunch was so tasty that I ate fully and in the evening again they gave Prasad to us. So I was not hungry but I could not object them. So we started our dinner and meanwhile I explained every thing to Amitji what I saw in the temple.

After listening to me Amitji told that “Baba has cried for you. And Baba was trying to tell you some thing but didn’t tell you because you lack few things like Strength and Stability of mind. That’s why you saw Durga maata because goddess represents shakti, power, strength. And as your telling you saw in black color she might be kaali maata. You don’t have a stability of mind and you have never done any thing for Baba. Till now what ever u did is only for u. just think once what did u do for Baba. When you will overcome these things u will be able to understand what Baba is trying to tell u.” 

Ahhhhhhh!!!!!! I don’t have any thing to say and its absolutely true that my mind is not stable and I have not done any thing for others or Baba. After our dinner they offered sweet (Rasgula) to us. I told Amitji that I won’t eat sweet. Amitji asked me the reason. I Said “Mein ne Baba se kaha hai ki jab tak aap ka darshan nahi hoga mein sweet nahi khaoongi (I won’t eat sweets till I get u’r darshan Baba).” Generally, I am very fond of sweets . Amitji told “Ab tumhe Baba ka darshan ho gaya na (Now u had Baba darshan)”. True. I had Baba blissful darshan. So I ate sweet. They didn’t offer us sweet in the lunch but in the dinner they do. I think this is also our sweet Baba’s leela. After his darshan he has given me sweet.

I was so happy. My joy knew no bounds. Probhat ji took us to his house and we rested there. I couldn’t sleep for long time. I was continuously thinking about this. I was still in that blissful state. And I had a dream about Baba (but I don’t remember any thing).

Next day at 4.30AM i woke up and Probhat ji’s wife took me to temple. We sat there looking at Baba in bade Baba temple. Prepartions were going on for Morning Aarti. Aarti started around 5AM and went on nearly to 45minutes. After that we went to Shibpur temple and took Baba’s darshan. I asked them whether I can sit with Baba (Shibpur temple) for some time. They Said “yeah sure. Why not?” I was so happy and I sat in front of Baba. How sweet Baba is. On Saturday when I looked at Baba I felt like he is crying or I am crying. But on sunday Baba was happy. He was smiling at me. It was like after Saturday night incident he accepted me. And I had lot of relief and felt like Baba has taken all my pain and sorrows from me. I had peace.

Actually, I want to talk to Baba for long time with out any disturbance and on Saturday I didn’t get that chance. So I was bit depressed that I couldn’t talk to Baba and I have taken many prayers with me and I didn’t get a chance to tell all the prayers to Baba. But on Sunday after Aarti I sat in temple for nearly to 3 hours and I spoke to Baba and prayed for every one and expressed all my feelings to Baba. I never thought that I will get this chance but Baba has fulfilled my wish. I was there with Baba for such a long time till my heart’s desire satisfied. 

It was 9AM in the morning. I went back to Probhat ji house and played with their kid for some time and they offered food to us. After that we thought of leaving to Kolkata and were waiting for Amitji. Then again I went to Shibpur temple and sat with Baba. I asked my friend also to come. But my friend was not coming and saluting to Baba from outside the temple. Then i Said to Baba that “If u had blessed my friend let my friend also come inside.” Surprise!!!!!!! My friend, who was not at all ready to come inside, came in and bowed to Baba and went out again. I was so happy that Baba’s blessings are with my friend.

At 11AM, Amitji came and we chitchatted for some time. At 12PM, we thought of leaving and catch the 3PM train in Krishna Nagar to Kolkata. We Said bye to all and thanked them.  Meanwhile we took few photos with them. Amitji invited us to his house in Krishna nagar. At 3PM we reached Krishna nagar and Amitji received us there and took us to his house. We met his family members. And Amitji’s house is fully decorated with Baba’s pictures. Where ever u see u will find Baba there. Amitji gave UDI to us for my brother. Meanwhile Amitji’s wife offered us sweets and I ate all of them. Remember I told Baba that I won’t eat sweet until I have u’r darshan and now Baba has given me his darshan and filled me with full of sweets . It was already 3.40PM and we have another train at 4PM. So we left to railway station and catched the train there. 

Ahhhhh!! We hardly stayed in Amitji house for 10minutes but before leaving to Kolkata, Baba had filled my mouth with full of sweets.I whole heartedly thank Amitji and his family, Probhat ji and his family, Amitji sister Sumana and her family and all the people there. There are few old people and they showed so much love to us. I can never forget these memories. Amitji thank u so much because of you I got Baba darshan. And I specially thank Soumya ji who has encouraged me to go to Shibpur and because of whom I got to know about Shibpur temple.

And I thank my friend for coming with me and other friends and family members for their support. When I asked my mom that I will go to Shibpur she agreed with out thinking any thing. My whole hearted thanks to her or else I wouldn’t have gone to Shibpur.And finally, I bow to sri Sai Baba and thank him for giving me his blissful darshan. What ever I have now is only because of Baba. Thank you very much Baba for every thing.

After our return, when I was downloading all the photos and videos taken in Shibpur through my digital camera to my surprise all the photos and videos are working other than Aarti video. I tried to open it in different players but am failed. When I play it in digital camera its working but in computer it’s not working. Remember, I mentioned above that I forgot to take Baba’s permission for taking video of Aarti.

Now I realize, with out Baba’s permission, you can’t do any thing. He is the creator, protector and destroyer.

http://picasaweb.google.com/103793713718984850300/ShibpurPhotos?authkey=Gv1sRgCPDYidiBtKTvqQE#

 

As told by Devotee Natasha –

My desire to visit Shibpur first sprouted when I read the wonderful blog written by Sai  devotee Sowmya Hebbarji and then the upon seeing a picture of the life-like fiber glass statue of Shibpur SaiBaba I was convinced that somehow Baba will fulfill my earnest desire to see him at Shibpur. After a lot of planning and coaxing, my father along with a dear friend, a Sai devotee and trustee of a Sai Temple in Hyderabad, agreed to join me. On October 27th, 2010 we all met up at the Shamshabad airport to board our Kingfisher flight to Kolkatta. Upon entering the plane and looking for dad and my seat I realized that we had been upgraded to business-class. I could not believe my eyes and checked again with the flight stewardess. The best guess seemed to be that the flight was oversold and hence dad and I were moved to business-class. My surprise knew no bounds. The first thought that hit me was Baba decided to fly us in real style. Unfortunately, my friend did not get upgraded and since he was kind enough to accompany me all the way to Shibpur leaving his business, I gladly offered him the seat.  Within two hours we landed at the Kolkatta airport and met up with the car Amitji had arranged for us. 

After about four to five hours we arrived at Shibpur. We were welcomed by Amitji’s cousin and made to sit in a lovely circular room made of Bamboo and a thatched roof.  Water was served and after a few minutes Amitji arrived and introduced himself. I was very excited to meet him. Having spoken to him for so many months over the phone, a face-to-face meeting was a welcome change. We trio were introduced to board members which included Samity secretary Probhat Jodhar, the president and other trustees.  Then, a gentleman was called- he was considered about 80% handicapped- Amitji told us that the room we were sitting in was built by the efforts of this gentleman. Having sat there for just a few moments, I began to feel a wonderful tranquility of some sort. My mind was getting calmer by the minute. But all the while my eyes were focused on the little thatched room where the Shibpur Statue was kept. Then we were offered some lunch of Pooris, Potato Sabji, Date chutney, Daal Tarka, rice and not to forget a plate full of Bengali sweets. After a sumptuous meal we were talking about the temple finances, and the current state of affairs and next steps. All the while I was thinking “Let’s talk all this later now I want to see Baba.” Just then Amitji Said that Baba will see us only at 5:00 pm. I tired real hard to convince him that I could not wait so long but none of that worked so, I Said alright Saburi it is. I had carried with me four dresses for Baba – three for the small statue– red stain with a golden border, blue satin with a silver and blue border and turmeric yellow with a hunter green border and for the large marble statue a lovely rust bordered satin cloth. I handed those over to Amitji. 

It was always my desire to feed Baba guvar-ki-Sabji. I have a particular dish that I make using a masala I pick from the Indian store in the USA. As funny as this seems, I actually carried a bottle of this masala with me to India so that I could make my guvar for Baba.  I had made the guvar and some bagara rice packed and froze it a few hours before I left home. I handed these over to Amitji’s wife Piyali (a wonderful person and a noble soul) and asked her to offer it to Baba if it was still in mint condition else to get rid of it. She took the containers away and promised to offer it up at Baba’s dinner time. My travel companions swore it was really ridiculous to carry food but I heard Baba was in Shibpur and I had to take my offering.

Finally, it was nearly 5 pm and we were waiting in the Samity office. After tea and some Marie biscuits Amitji Said we could enter the small temple where the Shibpur Sai fiber glass statue was placed. Excited me waited not a second longer and charged to the temple like a bull that has been shown a red cloth. I closed my eyes while entering the temple and once I estimated I was before Baba with great expectation I opened them. Lo and behold! The statue on the throne was dressed in the red dress that I had given Amitji earlier in the afternoon. For a second, it looked like he was smiling saying “You have finally come”. A smile spanning my entire face was an expression of the immeasurable happiness. A feeling of my love being accepted by my guru just added the icing on the moment. My mom and I had lovingly picked each color and coordinated it appropriately and driven really far to give it to the right tailor. Never in my wildest dream had I thought of such immediate acceptance. Amitji then entered and Said Baba wanted to wear the red dress so he dressed him up accordingly. Speechless, I just sat on the floor in front of Baba and so did my father and friend. We were left alone. In a few minutes I began to feel really uncomfortable and thought of leaving the room. It was like this little voice telling me to leave. But not wanting to offend anyone I just moved towards the tail end of the room. Then Amitji returned to the temple and told us of his own accord that sometimes people visiting Baba in the temple felt really uncomfortable and just leave. Even the pujari feels this some times and then the puja is completed by someone else. It was an answer to the feelings I was feeling. Amitji also added that it was Baba’s call and that’s why all three of us were there. He Said if Baba does not want to see you he won’t and as an example there was once a couple who came from a far at this time Amitji was in Calcutta. They just visited Bade Baba in the main temple and did not even go to the little thatched room where the Shibpur statue is kept. The villagers pleaded with them but they just left. Imagine coming all that way but not seeing the real wonder. It is just like visiting Agra but not seeing the TajMahal.

We were then asked to step out so that arrangements could be made for the Aarti.  When we stepped out of the temple we were surprised to see that it looked like the Dhuni was ready to be inaugurated. I was really happy to be part of the inauguration and was standing there waiting for some great personality to arrive to cut the ribbon. Just then Amitji comes to me and says “I told you I had a surprise for you. Now come pick this scissor and cut the ribbon- Inaugurate the Dhuni” I looked at him as-if he was high on something. He then realized I did not understand he was serious and told me that he meant what he Said and put the scissor in my hand. My dad and friend were surprised too but they gave me a nod to go-ahead. So amongst the band, sounds of conches (shanks) and singing I took Baba’s name and cut the ribbon. Then my friend was asked to break the coconut and I was the first to enter the Dhuni room and bowed at Baba’s lovely portrait. A photographer was all the while capturing these wonderful moments I will treasure for life. I was actually still dazed and not sure what was happening. Given the allergies, bad cold and fever, I thought I must be imagining all this due to the heavy medication. In fact all this was very much happening. I could not believe the honor my deva had bestowed on me. I could almost sit at that very spot and cry so emotional was I.  I am a very ordinary person - not a star, not a politician nor a bureaucrat – Why me? Later my dad told me that when I was in the restroom in the afternoon, Amitji had told dad and my buddy that the entire village of Shibpur was waiting for my arrival. Baba had told Amitji that he will send his devotee across the seven seas to inaugurate his Dhuni in Shibpur.I am not sure how  Amitji zeroed in on me.   It has been a few days now but I still do not feel worthy of this honor. Baba is far too kind to us. Right now work is on to bring the fire from Dhuni in Shirdi to lite the Dhuni in Shibpur.

Then we returned to the small temple and the Aarti commenced. Baba was offered all different types of cut fruits such as Apples, Bananas, cherries etc. and beside that was a plate with the guvar sabji and Bagara rice. Again my joy knew no bounds. I cannot think of a better day where I have been given so many gifts one after another. The Aarti commenced. I was not sure what to expect but the pujari was dressed in a bright red shirt and red Dhoti.  He stood on the left of Baba while someone else stood at the right with a fan (like the one used in a Gurudwara). A crown was placed on Sai’s head and the Gayatri Mantra was recited thrice. When I looked back, the little room was packed and people actually were seated out and participating in the Aarti. I thought to myself this is how the Aarti must have been in Shirdi where it is Said that people actually flowed out in the courtyard of the mosque when Aarti was performed. Then the Gayatri was followed by the Guru Mantra. After this all began singing an Aarti song in Bengali and the pujari was doing the Aarti while dancing left-to right with some really cool moves.  My dad lovingly called it “Disco Aarti”. There was so much of Bhakti and passion in this Aarti that we all had never seen before. The sound of Conches and Bengali women shouting “OOOO”, as done in Durga worship, accompanied the Aarti with musical instruments. This is when I realized Baba really lives up to his words “I reside where there is full devotion”. Where else could there be more innocent and pure devotion than those of the villagers of Shibpur?

After the Aarti in the small temple, a procession was taken where we stopped and worshiped the place where Ramdas Biswas used to pray to Baba, then the Gurusthan and then made our way to the newly constructed temple that holds “Bade Baba” a term used by all the villagers to address the marble Shirdi sized statue of Baba gifted by Mr. Ramani. A similar Aarti commenced in the temple with conches, musical instruments and women shouting “OOO”. First a loban Aarti was performed followed by an agarbati Aarti and then a regular Aarti.  The atmosphere was so energized and the face of Baba began to glow. It may sound a little weird but I observed the difference in the marble face before Aarti where it did not hold a special glow and during Aarti where the face of the staute literally lit up. This glow was not from a reflection of the Aarti lights since it was there even during the aagarbati Aarti. During all these Aartis Amitji was not present. He had told me he performs his private puja after all the Aartis are completed. 

After the Aarti was completed Amitji walked in and began to read the Satcharita in Bengali. At this time, my body was burning with fever and to avoid fainting in the temple, I decided to step out for a bit for some water and air. Amitji’s cousins tended to me. Later my dad told me that as soon as I stepped out everyone seemed very upset and asked if they had made a mistake that unsettled me. My dad explained that I was feeling a little sick and would be back. It was nothing that they did wrong. Then the villagers happily finished the last few minutes of the ceremony. We were all so touched by their gentle love and concern. 

Later that evening, Amitji had invited us three to join him in his private puja at the small thatched room where the Shibpur statue is currently kept. During his pooja Amitji keeps just a small kerosene lamp on and all electric lights are turned off. This is when one can see Baba in his true grandeur. The luster on Baba’s face makes it seem that he is alive seated there. Amitji asked me to carefully observe the moods displayed by Baba’s face. What I saw seemed more like an illusion to me at that time. I was staring at Sai’s face all throughout and could actually feel like his eyes were looking all over the room and then came on me for a few seconds. My fear was at its peak and I told myself hold on…don’t faint. Suddenly the eyes went back to their statue state. The deepness within them disappeared. Amitji continued on the side with his pooja. Then suddenly it seemed like Baba was gone. I could not see the face of the statue for a fraction of a second and then it came back. This happened three more times. At this time I was freaking out. Judging by the intellect it seemed like either I have smoked something or must be high on grass neither of which I had consumed – The feeling was exalting- indescribable. 

When the pooja was completed, Amitji Said I could spend a few minutes with Baba alone. Finally, I had got my moment. I stared at Baba’s face in the light of the kerosene lamp. It had a lovely glow and seemed like he was very much seated. We began to have a conversation though not aloud- like this little voice from my soul was saying something but the words did not spring from my head. It seemed like he wanted to drive home a point to me. One of unconditional love for the guru, where if something does not go your way- do not blame the guru. All he Said was I want unconditional love from you, not one that is event driven. In my case this was apt. Then I responded by saying “You always say you should be the object of my anger love and everything. Why are you saying this now? I got no response. I then sang my favorite song to him – Das GanuMaharaj’s Reham nazar karo ab maro Sai. The little voice asked to come forward and then press his feet. This was a desire I always held and to this day I press the feet of Baba’s small marble statue I have at home. When I began to press the feet of the statue I could feel some nerves and found the feeling really different. Seemed like there were tendons on the feet of the statue. I pressed away to my heart’s content and then stood up and held his face in my hands. In my soul I could feel my seva was accepted.  I smiled and Said in his ear to always be with me and love me like his child.

I resumed my seat and Amitji returned asking me to step out since Baba would eat his dinner. We were severed a lovely dinner and some Prasad from Baba’s meal. Later we retired to our arrangements.  My father and friend stayed at Probhatji’s home and I was given Ramdasji’s room in Amitji’s home. His cousin sister would sleep in the room with me since I was a scared to sleep alone. It was almost 1 am, Amitji and I sat outside having a small conversation of the events. It was then that I learnt sometimes people visiting do not see Baba on his seat. It took me a while to realize that some of the incidents I was judging by my intellect. When one has inculcated into himself through education the need for scientific proof, that’s when he does not realize a miracle even if it is in front of his eyes. Such was my case – I was confused. Amitji smiled and Said Baba called you all this way just to confuse you. I responded with a corky smile - he will sort it out by morning.

I woke up at 3:55 am on Thursday morning since I did not want to miss the morning Aarti. After freshening up Amitji and I had tea together at Ramdasji’s home and I headed to the little temple. The Aarti there was almost completed and the handful of villagers headed to Bade Baba. The electricity was cut off at this time and all the ceremonies were conducted in lamps. Then after abhishekam, Bade Baba was made to wear the rust colored dress I offered. It was my desire that Baba should dawn the garment on Thursday and this he sure did. How the Guru knows the desire of his children and fulfills them, this was an example to me- every desire I had was fulfilled from offering guvar to pressing his feet. 

The villagers requested through Amitji that I visit their home. So after a few minutes all trustees, Amitji and the three of us began a tour of the village. After walking a few steps and looking around it became clear that the village of Shibpur has never left the 1940’s. The homes were extremely run down and some of them made of straw with thatched roofs. Only three homes in the village were made of cement and none of these belonged to the common man. We urban dwellers looked around in shock. Even in India today there are some areas that time has left behind. The conditions were so poor and downtrodden that my eyes were filled with tears.  But despite all the poverty these villagers offered up their best belongings and love for Baba. If they could not afford to pay cash to build the temple they volunteer their time free of charge. Sometimes they share what little they have to feed labor building the temple. This is their humble service.  My heart was so touched at the royal welcome we received at each home. One of the homes had put on a new sheet on their wobbly cot to welcome us. One woman villager living in a straw home actually milked her cow and offered us three glasses of milk with so much of love that despite being lactose intolerant I could not decline. Believe me their condition is so bad that every glass of milk would be worth a lot but this humble loving lady did not care for anything just offered us the best she had. This act of “atiti devo bhava” I will never forget. They now require two lakhs to get their daughter married and despite that she offered us her only source of income – Milk.

We visited the home of the pujari, all the trustees and few villagers. Later my dad and I spent a few more minutes with Shibpur Baba alone. Our ride had arrived and before we took leave Amitji’s father told me in English “Do visit again and again and again. Not just Again- We know you will be back. Until then we will wait to see you.” We visited Amitji’s home in Krishnanagar. He served us a delightful meal of Poori, AlooPosto and Mutton curry – all my favorites. Being Thursday, I could not eat meat so his lovely sister packed it for me so that I could eat it on Friday.  I spent some time with his family and then after taking a few pictures headed back to the Kolkatta airport.

My trip to Shibpur has highlighted to me that it does not take a lot to be a true bhakthi of Sai. Not wealth, not gold, not offerings - just earnest devotion with body mind and soul. You can read about everyone’s experiences and feel happy but true ecstasy can only come when you visit in person. We all wait to hear about miracles on healing the sick, making the poor wealthy etc., etc. but the biggest miracle to me is to see how Baba has chosen Shibpur and how the temple and faith are growing by the day in one of the most remote areas of the forward India. As Baba’s bhakts our duty is to do good onto the world. This is a perfect chance to make a difference in the lives of those among whom our Deva has decided to reside. On the way to Shibpur my friend Said, “Can’t Baba choose a metro to settle? We have to go all this way to meet him in some remote village.” On our way back, my friend Said he realized why Baba choose Shibpur – Complete Devotion, Heartfelt Simplicity and Unconditional Love.

 

As told by Sai Devotee Aditya –

Sairam, With Sai's grace i am writting down the experience of my Shibpur Visit. It was on Jan 03 2011 that we decided to go to Shibpur after so many discussions and arguments. So it was me, my wife and my parents planned to visit Shibpur. As soon as we got at the airport we heard that the flight was late by 1hr 30 mins and there it seemed like Baba is taking a test of us on our Saburi.. Hmm testing our patience! Finally the time moment came that we boarded the flight to Kolkata. Well we reached there around 1.30 Pm and Amitji's cousins friend was waiting to pick us up from the Kolkata airport. Then we left for Shibpur from Kolkata airport which was a 4 hour drive. As all of us were tired, we had our lunch near the airport and resumed our journey to Shibpur. Fortuntely i was able to buy some fruits to our Sai. I also had an intention of buying flowers but did not! -make a note of this and will discuss about it further. Then around 6.00pm we reached Shibpur. It was total dark at that time and in that darkness we saw a small campus full of Sai devotees and Amitji eagerly waiting for us. Finally we were there at the Shibpur temple. As soon as i got down from the car Amitji welcomed us and i gave him a tight hug such as we have met after ages and then we entered the mandir campus. Wow! what a vibration i got once i entered the campus... the sight if at the Bade Baba's temple, the white statue of Sai under the neem tree created such vibrations in my heart and mind that it was a heavenly experience. I cannot express that in my words. Anyhow later, Amitji took all of us in a small bambooo structured room which is a special visitors room and we all sat there for a while. Amitji introduced us to the Shibpur temple's president, his secretary and the pujari of the temple and all other associates. Later Amitji asked us how did we feel when we entered the campus of the mandir!  I Said i felt a very strong vibration and was not in my senses. He Said if you have come to see Sai and if only Sai wants to see you, we will feel that vibrtation else if you have come here forcefully you will get a negetive vibration!

Then he offered us some tea and we all got fresh for the eveing Aarti of Shibpur Sai. I was requesting Amitji to have a quick darshan of the Shibpur Sai murti but he refused saying that we all will go in at the same time. Then came the moment that we all enterd a small bamboo structured room which has the Shibpur Sai murti in it. This is the statue that we all see now. I must say the ultimate peace is what we get here at Shibpur and the sight of this murti of Sai gives this. Now all the villagers including the pujari got into this room and i with my family were sitting right in front of the Sai murti. Then the Aarti began and this was amazing. The puja performed there is totally different from what is done everywhere else in the world. This kind of pooja as told by Sai himself to Amitji and he explained this to the pujari there who performs this pooja daily in the morning, afternoon and evening. Now, the pooja started and as i Said it was a divine experience. I could see Baba smiling such as he was so much happy to see us there. Then the procession went to the dhuni room and the pujari did Aarti to the datta murti and Sai's murti there in the dhuni room. Then we followed the pujari to the place where Ramdas biswas was performing pooja to Baba 150 years back (its in the same campus) and then we did pradakshinas (rounds) to the gurusthan. Later we all entered the bade Baba's temple.(now the statue here is what was donated by KV. ramani - a great devotee of Baba) Then the pujari performed the pooja at this temple. It is a sight to see all the villagers there with such a devotion and love for Baba and i am sure this is the reason that Baba chose to be there in search of pure devotion and unconditional love for him.  I am also very sure that this would be the sight that shirdi had in its early years. I feel blessed to be a part of this now. Now the puja at this temple was done and we were again made to sit in the visitors room and we were given the prasad offerd to Baba. Later Amitji asked us to follow him in the bamboo structure temple where lying is the Shibpur Sai murti. 

When we enterd the room this time, it was a totally a differnt experience. All the lights were switched off and only a small lamp was lighted in front of Baba. It is really a wonderful sight to see our Sai in that light. Amitji mentioned that it was only in this kind of light Baba was meeting his devotees in shirdi. Then Amitji started performing his puja there and we all were sitting behind him and he instructed us to look at Baba and tell what we see there. So, we started to look at Baba with full devotion and what i saw after this was totally amazing. I could see that Baba sitting there was heavling breathing as i could see his soulders moving slightly up and down. I could see his eyes moving pointing everywhere in the room and looked like he is looking at all of us. But suddenly i saw his eyes went blank! the next moment i saw a face of a very old man, i am thinking it was Baba and his mouth slightly opened as he wanted to say something and looked very happy to see us there. I did observe this a lot of times. All this was there only for like 5-10 mins. When Amitiji was done with his pooja, he Said "kya aditya ji kya hua" , i was left in tears and i asked Amitji why Baba not looking at me! he Said look at him carefully, i did that again and i could see at him looking at him with love and karuna. Then he  picked a rose at Baba's feet and gave to my wife saying "what you wished for is what i am giving you"! then i asked Amitji if i can touch Baba's feet ? he Said " why did't you ask me when you got in the temple? now you cannot touch him, only tomorrow morning Baba will allow you to touch him. Also i will give you a rose to offer it to Baba's feet and Baba already Said that aditya will now bring flowers to offer me and so i will give you a rose to offer it to Sai." - this is what amitji Said. Later amitji asked my parents how did they feel and all of us was so much moved and had a darshan of Sai. yes, it was indeed a darshan of our lord Sai. It was beyond words and expression. Amitji also Said " adityaji bahut pyaara hai Baba ka" and laughed.!In the Shibpur Sai temple there is also a statue of Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj of Akkalkot. This is also a fiber glass statue and is very lively. 

Then he took us in his office which is just opposite to the Shibpur Sai temple. We sat there and amitji listed some miracles that happened in the temple. Also showed us  many pictures of the temple while it was getting constructed and other seva activities which are carried out there. Later we were offered some food - puri, sabji and some sweets. ! wow it had such an amazing taste .. i must say i had never ever had this kind of food in my life! Then amitji mentioned that Baba likes to eat puri/roti in the night, murmura in the early morning, rice in the afternoon, fruits in the evening. Then after the dinner Amitji had made arrangements for us to sleep in the secretary's house for my parents and ramdas biswasji's house for me and my wife. All i can say is this place looks to me same as the ancient shirdi and Baba is definately at this place now, blessing all his devotees in the world. Also we saw that the flooring in the whole campus was of mud and it was the duty of 4 ladies to mix the mud with water and lay the flooring daily in the morning with their own hands. This shows how much devotion they have towards Baba and in return they need nothing but love from Baba. 

Anyway later that night myself Amitji and my wife sat chit chatting in ramdas biswasji's house and discussed many things about the temple and our personal issues. Amitji mentioned that this whole campus of Shibpur temple has a very divine vibration and one can definately experience peace here. The Dhuni room and the statues of Dattaguru and Sai Baba in this room are so much lively that one will never ever want to come back from that place. But beware to visit the temple only in the summer times. Because as we were in the winter season, it was nearly 6/7 deg. celicius there and we were literelly freezing in cold. So was the reason that we could not spend much time in the temple at night to experience the divinity under the neem tree. 

Later next morning, around 5.00am we got up for morning Aarti. Unfortunately we missed the Aarti for Shibpur Sai but were present at the bade Baba's temple. Amitji mentioned that the Shibpur Sai murti was bathed only few times a year as Baba nevers wishes to take a daily bath there as he was in shirdi. Where as bade Baba is bather daily in the morning and he likes to wear new clothes dailiy. So, the next morning the pujari there did bath Baba and performed puja. Later we were made to sit in Amitji's office and the pujari brought the murmura prasad from the Shibpur Sai. After having that prasad we discussed few things about the construction of the temple and regarding the donations. As the donations in their past few months have slowed down, the construction work has also slowed down. The place where Ramdas biswas ji was performing his puja is being ronovated partially keeping the old 150year old was intact and extending a portion of it. Amitji mentioned that the Shibpur Sai murti is brought in this place every year for 4 days and there is a utsav/ pooja offered to Baba on these 4 days and for the rest of the year the Shibpur Sai murti is kept in the bamboo structure. The plans are now to extend or enlarge this bamboo structure. 

Later that morning, as no one was there  i asked Amitji is i could take Baba's darshan. He Said OK and i jumped in the Sai's room. I took this opportunity to spend sometime with our Sai and was messaging his feet for a while, what peace i must have got...cant express this in words. Few moments later, i placed and pressed my head on his feet on which his left hand lies. I could suddenly sense that when i press my head onto his feet, his leg was slightly getting pressend inside.!!!

I came out and enquired with Amitji if the murti there moved sometimes if we pressed hard? he Said - no it does not .. its what you have experienced may be !! I was totally lost with what i experienced that day!
 

Anyway, after these discussions me and my family went for a Shibpur village tour, this was great experience to have a look at this village with a population of 10,000 people. We were also shown the place where the annadan takes place every year. and then after some time we left for Kolkata. via krishnanagar - Amitji's residence. At his residence, we were offerd a very delicious lunch. We met Amitjis wife and his mother who were very happy to see us there and were very much loving. 

This is what we experienced in our visit. I must say that Baba is definately residing there and is willing to bless all his children who has pure devotion and total faith in him. All we need is faith and patience. Will post the pics soon.! I personally urge all the Sai devotees to help Amitji and our Sai in this devine venture, which is surely beyond our imagination and thoughts! as we never know what Baba plans!

 

As told by Sai devotee – Amitas –

I had visited Shibpur on 11th-13th December 2010 and was waiting for certain completions before I posted my experience. But after reading Adityaji’s post, I felt that I should post mine right away and give updates as and when things happen.

So here goes…

After reading many readers’ accounts of their visits to Shibpur, I too got inspired and finally booked my flight tickets to Kolkata for 11th December. I carried three chhaddars for Baba - one from myself, one from my mom and one from the shopkeeper I purchased from. When he came to know the purpose for which I wanted the chhaddars, he not only gave me a discount but also gave a chhaddar of his own for offering.

I didn’t feel like asking Amitji for car arrangement for one person alone, so I contacted him on phone just a day before and got directions to reach Shibpur from Kolkata. After boarding the 6 am flight from Mumbai, I finally reached Shibpur around 2.30 pm. Shibpur is a quiet, unspoilt place far removed from the hustle and bustle of our cities. Amitji along with some others was waiting for me outside the temple compound. Bade Baba could be seen facing the gate. After the customary introductions, I stepped into the compound. The moment I stepped in, I could feel the divine vibes of the place just hit me in the face.

The entire compound has a very charming ambience with its temples & garden. The original fibre statue of Sai Baba is housed in a very charming thatched structure at the rear end of the compound. There is also cement structure to house the ‘Dhuni’ which was to be lit shortly, another thatched cabin which serves as the office and an open round thatched roof structure used as the visitor’s room.  The marble temple facing the gate houses the ‘Bade Baba’ marble statue which bears a striking resemblance to the statue in the Samadhi Mandir at Shirdi. I believe Shri K.V.Ramani who donated the statue was told by Baba in a dream to donate a statue exactly like the Shirdi one. Below the Neem tree near Ramdasji’s old Mandir is a slightly smaller statue of Baba. Most of us in the forum must have seen photos of this Murti with the snake coiled around the neck.

There was some construction work going on for a small shrine in a corner of the compound. Amitji Said that it was for Swami Samarth and Shri Datta Murtis which were expected next week on the day of Shri Datta Jayanti. All the people around are very courteous and helpful and went out of their way to make me feel at home. My stay arrangements were made at the home of Shri Probhat Jordarji. His bright and lively 5 year old daughter Pooja was a delight to be with.

I took darshan of Bade Baba almost immediately and handed over all the chhaddars I had brought. However the thatched Shibpur Sai temple was closed and Amitji told me that I could get darshan during evening Aarti.  Amitji asked me if wanted my chhaddar to be draped on Baba during my visit. I replied that it was up to him. I had also carried some poster size photos for Amitji – images of Vitthal-Rakhumayi, Swami Samarth and Tulja Bhavani goddess. I was stunned when Amitji Said, ”Aapko Baba ne hi bheja hai. Main yahi photos dhund raha tha jo ki yahan nahi milti”. Strange indeed are the ways of our Sai. The thought came that if he wishes to make me an instrument of his divine will, it is a great blessing. I was served a delicious lunch in the visitor’s room and then taken to Shri Jordarji’s house for some rest. I was received very lovingly by his mother and wife.

The Aarti began in the thatched temple and the group then moved on to the original brick structure in which Ramdas Biswasji prayed 150 years ago, then the Gurusthan and finally the Bade Baba Mandir. The people are so sweet and sincere in their devotion, no wonder Baba has chosen to make his presence felt here in such a special way. And all visitors like us are treated like guests of honour and made to sit right in front for all Aartis. So it was with me and I felt so blessed. After the evening Aarti and Bhog, I got a chance to sit before Baba alone in the thatched hut. The atmosphere seemed so peaceful and divinely charged, the room being lit with only a lantern. I sat there for almost half an hour pouring my heart out to Him. There was a piercing gleam in Baba’s eyes. Occasionally his eyes seemed to be darting across the room, here and there. When I got up to leave, there was an indulgent smile on Baba’s face. I distinctly felt Baba telling me that I should come here more often. I take that to mean that this should not be a one-off visit and I should come here periodically just the way I go to Shirdi.

Next morning I woke up early for the morning Aarti and joined the group at the Bade Baba temple. It is the marble statue which is bathed (abhishek) and dressed every day. Amitji told me that there are specific instructions from Sai Baba not to bath the fibre Murti.  After the Aarti I was thrilled to see Sai Baba dressed in the chhaddar I had offered. I had not even told them which chhaddar was from whom.

I had partook Prasad (Bhog offered to Sai Baba) and breakfast. After that I spent some time by myself in the compound. It being a Sunday, there was a small stream of visitors coming for darshan and meeting Amitji. In the evening I went for a stroll around the village. It is so peaceful and unspoilt. Every house has some cattle and fowl, and grows their own brinjals, pumpkins, chillies and even potatoes. The path along the river was pictures que and made for some great photography. As Adityaji has rightly Said, it reminds one of what Shirdi must have been like in the early days. Again at Sunset I attended the evening Aarti and retired after an early dinner as I was to leave at the crack of dawn the next morning. I must say that the food is all local cuisine and simply delicious. Folks, I strongly exhort you to really pay visit there before the crowds increase and get the chance for a personal audience with Sai in the thatched temple. It is simply an out of the world experience. With increasing visitors, this may become difficult. I get the feeling that someday there will be long queues here too. I am already looking forward to my next visit with friends and family, of course, when Baba wills. Also do spread the word and help out as much as you can. There is still a lot that needs to be done and every contribution will be useful. 

I generally have reservations about clicking pictures in a religious place, whether I am disturbing the sanctity etc, so I did not click any pictures of the temple. But I did click pictures of the village, which I will post soon.

 

As told by Sai Devotee Veera Murthy-

After coming to Sai's Path I experienced many unbelievable incidents. In my Shibpur visit also I experienced an unbelievable experience. When I narrated this to my son he Said "no daddy. That may be your imagination since you are always saying "Sai Sai'. So I do not know how many of you are believing this. But this is 100% true that I experienced in Shibpur Sai mandir.

When I first read about Shibpur temple I thought that there was not even 1% chance for me to coming to Kolkata and visit this temple. But by Baba's grace I got a project at Kolkata and I came there last week. I requested the persons working in the office to help me to go to the temple. They Said they would arrange for it. 20th I had reserved for my return journey. But On Friday i.e. on 18.2.11 they Said that everyone has got some other work and could not accompany me. Since 19th and 20th are Holi nobody will come outside on these days. I enquired Amitji Sairam. He too Said the returning from Shibpur is risk because at any time the vehicle may be stopped at anytime anywhere.

The office manager also told me that since it is holi on 19th and 20th he couldnot allow me to travel to such a remote place. He doesnot want to take risk. I Said I will go on my own risk. Just arrange a vehicel for me. He Said he approaced his ususal cab and they refused to come there. I was very upset and asked Baba "Baba I tried my best to come to your Mandir. But there is no chance for me to come over there. You have told 'I shall call here only those, whom i consider to be true devotees of mine, rather than those who look upon me as god.' 

I think I am not your true devotee. My devotion is not enough. forgive me Sai." and I went to look after my work. At around 2.30 pm one employee from that office told me that he approached one taxiwala and he has agreed to take me to the Mandir on one condition that i should return immediately as he could not drive in the night. I was very happy and Said if i touch that soil that is enough for me. ( but that taxiwala stayed with me for 3 hours in the temple without any complaint. He enjoyed his stay there). We started around 3pm. I had given him Amitji Sairam's mobile no and the taxiwala then and there contacted him for the route. All the time Amitji Sairam was availabe in the mobile. We reached the temple at 8.30pm. At that time Aarthi was going on for "Bade Baba". (They call the life size marble statue of Baba donated by mr.Ramani by this name.)

I enjoyed the aarthi. At the end one young man wearing jeans pant & green color striped design shirt came and worshipped Baba and went out. I thought "so such modern people too are coming for the Pooja in this remote village". When I came out the same person welcomed me with so much of love and affection and self introduced as I am 'Amit Biswas'. He introduced all his committee members to me. He showed all the places in the temple and explained all the things. They treated me like an vvip. Though I cannot understand their language I could feel their love and affection. They are very very simple people and innocent with so much of love. I think because of that only Baba has selected that village to reside.  I was serverd with Baba's fruits and sweets. Amitji Sairam explained the miracles of the temple and about the constructions going on there. I got a chance to chat with Aditya Sairam too. I donated a very small amount and told Amitji Sairam that my capacity is that much only. 

He Said "Money is not important. It is Baba's order that not to ask any one for donation. He Said "whatever the amount my devotees give accept it. So we are accepting even rs.1 or rs.5 as donations. Then he Said "Come on. we will go to dwarakamai" and we enterd into a bamboo hut where the fibre Baba is placed. There was no electric lamp. Only a small oil lamp was there.

He told me " Sit here. do not make noise. Look into Baba's eyes. Fifteen minutes. I come" and he went out. I was alone with Baba.  First I put my prayers to Baba. I was looking at Baba's face. Ten minutes passed. When you see an object continuously in such a dim light definately you will feel that the object is moving and changing the shape. I too felt the same thing and nothing else. I thought " Is this they call it as miracle or vibrarion. I did not feel anything. If i say I did not experience anything what will they think of me. I was worrying that how can I tell them that I did not feel any thing.
 

At that moment I saw two green lights glowing at Baba's eyes like radium glitter in the dark. I thought that since it is fibre material they could have fixed some radium material in Baba's eyes so that on the lighting it is glowing. At the same time Suddenly I felt a 1000 volts current pass thorough my head to toe. It was such a jolt that I could not move, my body was stiffened, hair raised, tears coming from my eyes and the mouth muttering "Baba Baba". At the same moment Baba's statue vanished from there and I saw the vaccum space and immediately 

'I SAW BABA IN THE HUMAN FORM UPTO THE SHOULDER BEFORE ME AND SMILING AT ME. I SAW THE FLESH AND NERVES MOVING. SHOULDERS SHAKING.' 

The smile is such a smile like a mother looking at her child with so much of care and affection. I can never forget his smile.Within fraction of second every thing gone and everything is normal. I could not beleive my eyes. ( Aditya Sairam if you read this please narrate this to Amitji Sairam in your language. On that day I could not explain him completely. I only Said " I saw Baba in human form." He Said "yes. Baba lives here.")   Now Amitji Sairam came in. I Said to him. "I saw Baba in Human form." He Said " Yes. Yes. He lives here. I challenge anybody Baba is here." We went into the office room. There they again served me with Rotis and Sweets. We were chatting generally and he told that the time I came is correct since one can feel the presence of Baba there between 6 to 10 pm and Said Baba is very moody some times in good mood and some times in bad mood. Then I asked what is his mood today. He Said "happy mood. You come. he very happy". Then Amitji Sairam took some photos and when send off he told me " Go and tell this experience to everyone, write it in internet, spread Baba's miracles to everybody like Taskanu. Baba gives order to you through me.  I was very happy and  Said 'yes I will do it' and started from there. I came back to kolkata around 3am.

 

My brother is a good writer. He has already published many books in tamil. I asked him to write the miracles of Baba. He Said "Yes". Sowmya Sairam you have listed many miracles in this forum. Can i translate it in tamil and use it in the book. Ravi Sairam any objections?

Pl. if u want to convey anything to me my email id is avm171@yahoo.com)

What i want to say finally is "This is the high time we have to visit Shibpur Sai Mandir. Once crowd started coming, then we will not get the chance to sit with Baba alone and get the vibration and feel the Baba's presence. Who are all coming to this Mandir are all definitely very fortunate people. So If you pray sincerely with your whole heart Baba will definitely make arrangements for your visit. Let Shibpur Sai Bless us All.

As told by another Sai Devotee –

I would like to share the experience of my visit to the Shibpur Sai mandir. It is from this website that I came to know about the Shibpur Sai mandir. I also realized the meaning of Shraddha and Saburi through this visit. It was my wish to offer some puja on my birthday which falls on 4th of June. It is from January that I tried to visit this temple in person but could not do so due to various reasons. Once it so happened in March that everything was fixed and final but had to be cancelled at the very last moment. At last Baba called me and I went there for Baba's darshan with my father. June 4th was an opportune time to visit Shibpur because if I visited there in March as planned then it will too early for my birthday and from the next week of my visit my exams began I would not be able to make it. At Shibpur temple, Baba fulfilled my each and every small wish. This journey has become one of my most memorable pilgrimages. I had visited lots of different mandir, but have never got so much attention and respect as that given by the temple committee. The people are so respectable and well behaved, so caring and loving that I feel really very fortunate to have met them. I desire to visit Shibpur temple and see Baba the next time with my family and friends.