Om Sai Ram. After Madhyan Arti was over, we went to the Prasadalaya and had Baba's most delicious prasad lunch. After which I went to Dwarkamai for afternoon darshan. It was truly blissful to take Dhuni Maa's darshan, and Baba's divine darshan. I then visited Baba's Chavadi, the holy Khandoba temple, the many samadhis of BABA's Mahabhaktas in the temple complex, the Bookstore, and all the shops right outside Dwarkamai.
That evening we went for Dhoop arti. As we were slightly late we were all the way at the back. Arti began, and I was peering to see Baba. As I was looking at the monitor, I prayed to Baba, please Baba I have come all the way to Shirdi, can I have your LIVE darshan ? The thought was barely complete, when suddenly we heard a loud commotion, and a few ladies next to me were shouting and falling, clearly trying to move out of the way of something in that incredibly crowded hall, when I suddenly spotted a beautiful stray dog walking into the Samadhi hall !!! I was stunned. I knew at once, the dog was BABA and he had come to give me the darshan I had so longed for just a second ago. I told everyone to calm down, that it was BABA, and I have to say the dog had the most beautiful compassionate and kind eyes I have ever seen. He came near me and sat down and was there for the entire Dhoop Arti. I got to pat it gently and kept saying Om SaiRam throughout the arti. It was such a blissful time. When arti was over the dog got up and walked along with me and exited the samadhi shrine as I did and disappeared.
I attended Shej Arti as well, again I was right in front of BABA, which was simply divine, and then went back to Dwaramati for the night.
That night in my room as I slept, feeling extremely joyful and overwhelmed by the day's divine events, I prayed to BABA, I said, BABA I know it was you in the form the beautiful dog, but how can I be sure ? Pls give me some way of being 100% sure.
Next morning very early around 2:30 am I reached the temple complex, and after a blissful meditation in Dwarkamai for 30 minutes or so, I lined up for Kakad arti, and once we entered the samadhi shrine, I was right in front again right in front of BABA. The hall was packed and we all were waiting for arti to begin, when suddenly there was commotion, a few ladies behind me fell and what do I see !!! The same beautiful stray dog was walking right towards me, and bypassing everyone else it came right to me, and lo and behold !!! it sat down at my feet (we all were standing) and put its head at my feet and went to sleep !!!!! I was too shocked to move !!! Everyone around was staring at me wondering what was going on. It feels like a beautiful magical dream even today !!! I was in complete ecstasy throughout the arti. I was trembling as I sang and chanted the arti with all my love for BABA. When the arti was over, the divine dog stretched, got up and started to walk out of the samadhi shrine with me. I was looking at BABA's statue intensely, tears rolling down my face, and thanking him profusely for this beautiful experience, when suddenly I heard his voice in my heart loud and clear within. He said to me with a smile in his voice, "I am so glad you recognized me" !!!
Still in a daze and in the deepest gratitude I took HIS darshan and exited the samadhi hall. After I exited, I went to Lendi Baugh and the Museum, and as I was wandering around near the Samadhi Shrine the guards called out to me and asked me, if I wanted to attend the short Majhe Pandarpur Arti ? I was stunned, because I had forgotten all about that small arti, and I had prayed to BABA before I left for Shirdi, that I wanted to attend ALL his artis. When I thanked the guards, they told me not to thank them, but to thank BABA !!!
BABA kept his promise to me fully, and made sure I had a blissful trip and attended all his artis, even when I myself forgot about the short Majhe Pandarpur arti. At this point I had the divine good fortune to have been in the samadhi shrine 5 times in the last 24 hours for the 5 artis. I felt like my entire being was being washed from inside, all my karmas from many many many lifetimes were being burnt up, and the seeds for a deep deep transformation had been sown by BABA. I felt like the wall between him and me was breaking and I was merging into his divine consciousness.
As I exited the samadhi shrine for the 5th time after the Majhe Pandarpur Arti, and was going to wear my slippers, 2 unknown women came to me from nowhere and they put 2 neem leaves from BABA's tree into my hands, and told me to take it as it was prasad from BABA to me !!!! At this point I was so so so grateful to BABA I thought my heart would just burst with gratitude.
Still in a daze I went to the donation office to make an Annadaan donation that I had promised to BABA before my trip. After I made the donation, the Shirdi office staff truly stunned me by making me stand in front of BABA's picture, and honoring me with an OM SAIRAM shawl. They also gave me a copy of BABA's Sai Satcharita and many packets of Udi and sugar prasad.
After that the staff escorted me back to the samadhi shrine for my final and 6th time at which point I took BABA's samadhi darshan, his paduka darshan, got the Sai Satcharita blessed at his feet, thanked him profusely for the amazing trip, and multiple darshans and prasad he had given me, humbly took his permission to leave Shirdi, and with a heart that was singing and immensely joyful I exited the holy samadhi shrine one last and 6th time on this trip.
As we made our way back to Mumbai. I was carrying BABA in my heart and after this AMAZING trip I knew I would never be the same again. BABA had touched me DEEP DEEP inside and his blessings would continue to unfold in my life over the years to come.
Since this trip to Shirdi BABA has continued to given me multiple darshans and I will share them in other posts in the future, when BABA gives me permission to do so.
Thank you for listening to my experience. Thank you beloved BABA for EVERYTHING. I love you with ALL my heart and soul.