Om Sai Ram : Ek Tu Saccha Ek Tera Naam Saccha
I really don’t know where to start from specially when it comes to the grace and blessing Sai Baba have showered on his devotees who have reached him out for help during crisis. Before I share my experience, I would like to bow in front of my Lord “Sai Baba” and quote his 11 promises
जो शिरडी में आएगा, आपद दूर भगाएगा
चढ़े समाधि की सीढ़ी पर, पैर तले दुख की पीढ़ी पर
त्याग शरीर चला जाऊंगा, भक्त हेतु दौड़ा आऊंगा
मन में रखना दृढ़ विश्वास, करे समाधि पूरी आस
मुझे सदा जीवित ही जानो, अनुभव करो सत्य पहचानो
मेरी शरण आ खाली जाए, हो तो कोई मुझे बताए
जैसा भाव रहा जिस जन का, वैसा रूप हुआ मेरे मन का
भार तुम्हारा मुझ पर होगा, वचन न मेरा झूठा होगा
आ सहायता लो भरपूर, जो मांगा वो नहीं है दूर
मुझमें लीन वचन मन काया, उसका ऋण न कभी चुकाया
धन्य धन्य व भक्त अनन्य, मेरी शरण तज जिसे न अन्य ||
I have experienced many instances where Sai Baba have helped me sail the difficult situations in my life. However, I had promised Sai Baba that I will post this terrifying experience of mine once things settle down and everything is fine for me and my family. So here, is yet another instance where Sai Baba came to the rescue of my family during this horrific pandemic which we will remember throughout our life. This is going to be a bit long but worthy to firm your faith in Sai Baba.
It started in the month of June 2020, when my son (6 Years old) suddenly started sneezing ever day on continuously basis. He was sneezing for more than 10 times in a day and sometimes the figure went up to 50 plus. Since, I was quite worried I consulted different doctors over the video conferencing as we, did not wanted to go out during this pandemic. All the doctors said that same thing that “he is suffering from Allergic rhinitis” and suggested the same medicine. I was comforted but was still worried as the situation was not improving and google was giving me goose bumps for the symptoms he had. While I kept on consulting the doctors till mid-September 2020 and gave Sai Baba’s udi on regular basis. Nothing was working my favor. As Sai Baba says to be my devotee you need to have firm faith and perseverance on me. But for me, patience has been something which I have always felt short. Moreover, I can’t even consider myself as his devotee as I lack many qualities needed to have such a wonderful and caring guru. I can’t even consider myself to that dust which lies below the holy feet of Sai Baba but he, the divine, the mother of all never care for all this. Instead he believes in tightly holding the hands of one who bow in front of him and ask for help.
I remember it was my son birth month and his mother had just started going to the office (from 7th Sep 2020) on the request of his top management. We mutually agreed and decided that she will stay in a separate room and I shall take care of the household and son. I am not sure on the correct date but on 9th or 10th Sep, my son also started experiencing hiccups along with sneezes all the sudden that too on regular basis. Tried all possible home remedies but nothing worked. So, I consulted the doctor on video conferencing. The doctor told me that he might be missing his mother (he always sleeps with his mom but since she has joined her office, she was living in a separate bedroom), and this was normal, nothing to be worry about. I took this up with my wife and we agreed that she will resign from her organization (because she has already taken an extension for work from home previously) to take care of our son who had already started missing him in just a span of 2 days and leave rest decision on the God. On the next day she told her boss that she can work from home but will not be able to come to office. In case, office force her, she will have no option but to resign. To our surprise, with the grace and blessing of Sai Baba, his boss told her to work from home and forget the thought of resigning as they consider her to be the part of family and not just an employee. She shared the same with me in the evening and we thanked Sai Baba for the same and agreed that she will stay in a separate room for next 14 days to be very sure and safe for our kid.
On the next day my son’s hiccups were gone but sneezing continued. We were still hopeful that sneezing will also stop as we were giving him medicines and Udi. But there was something more worrying that was ahead. On 15th September my son started sneezing continuously in the afternoon and sneezed for over 60 times at one go. He was glancing at me (as mother was still in separate room on precautionary basis) as if he was asking for help but there was nothing I could do. I felt helpless. A father being helpless, I am sure each one of you can make out the situation one would be going through at that point if time. The only option available to me was to reach out Sai Baba whom I call as my Sai Maa. I was crying, fighting and begging in front of Sai Baba to show some mercy on him. I was criticizing him that even his holy Udi is not working. I felt so helpless and frustrated that I banged my head on the wall. Shattered and clue less, somehow an idea came into my mind and I consulted my mom who lives with my brother just below our floor as she suffers from arthritis and advice to avoid much stairs. My mother asked me to send him down to their floor which I did apparently. She applied Cow ghee on his nose and gave him tulsi and sauf enriched milk while my brother who is a die-heart devotee of Sai Baba gave him Udi after which my son took a sign of relief and slept. I was still puzzled and stressed for him. In the evening, I was a bit relaxed as he had not sneezed again. I had already decided to stop the proposed medication and switch to Ayurvedic medicine and Udi as suggested by my mother. After which sneezing was control and I was a bit relaxed. He showed more improvement when his mother joined our room on 26th Sep 2020 after spending 14 days in a separate room on precautionary basis. Things started to go fine for us until 2nd Oct 2020.
As they say problem comes one after and other and this was happening with us. The worst was still to come. On 2nd Oct 2020, my son took an afternoon nap after his online class. When he waked, it was to our surprise that he was suffering from 100-101 degree fever. Fever in this pandemic gave us even more goose bumps but keeping our faith on Sai Baba, we reached out a well-known doctor who said, “the symptoms looks like viral and it will take 4-5 days to heal” and there is nothing we should be worried about. He recommended medicine, which we gave along with Udi. However, during the night his temperature arose to 102 degree keeping us worried again. We were not able to sleep the whole night and all that I could do was to wait till the morning. I told my wife to sleep so that she could take care of him in the morning while I decided to read a book on Sai Baba cross over the night and take care of my son. As soon as it was a suitable time to call in the morning, I asked my wife to call up the doctor to share our concern, but the doctor was very casual and rude and said, “it is a viral fever. Are 3-4 days done?”. I felt bad about it as he is the one who have been my son pediatric doctor right from the birth. I never expected this from him but have no grudges as we don’t know what frame of mind he was in. We forgive him for what he said to us and decided that we will never ever consult him again. We consulted another doctor who changed the medicine but no use as nothing was improving. We again consulted another Delhi renowned doctor, but the results were the same. The fever arose every night after 3:00 am. Having faith in our protector Sai Baba we were giving him Udi every day, but it was it was not healing him.
I felt like Sai Baba was in no mood to save us from this crisis. My tears and prayers all were getting unnoticed by Sai Baba and I was left with no options. I spent sleepless days and nights taking care of my son and fighting, begging, crying and requesting Sai Baba not to punish him for any ill deeds of mine which I have done un-intentionally. I felt that Sai Baba will not be helping me this time as my son was not recovering. On 4th Oct 2020 1:00 am, the situation got more worst when his fever went up to 105 degree and he vomited the only biscuit he had just before we could give him the medicine. I heart was in my mouth and I was very scared. I couldn’t hold my tears this time and I started accusing Sai Baba for not helping me. I kept of fighting, crying and begging in front of Sai Maa for the safety of my son. In my anger I also told him that if he wanted any life from our home, it should be me and not anyone else. I told him that I was ready to go with him with a smile on my face, provided my son should be cured and he should bless him with safe, happy, healthy and give him long life. I believe that each father would have said the same. I was helpless, frustrated and worried within thinking it was COVID. So, we decided to make a move to the hospital. But which hospital specially during this pandemic no hospital was safe. However, we had no option but to reach so me and my wife called up several big brand hospitals asking if they would allow an attendant with the child in emergency. The hospital staff said, “we won’t allow any attendant even for a child of his age and will keep him with other emergency cases which may or may not include COVID patients”. Think of a helpless father who can’t do anything for his child when he is ill. I was not able to feel the presence of land below my feet’s. All I could do was pray, pray and pray to Lord Sai and then I decided to give up my favorite food “Rajma Chawal” till the time my son is not fine.
In the morning at 4:00 am I called up my brother and told him that I would like to take him to the hospital as his fever was not reducing. He asked me for some time and made a phone calls to his known doctor who owns a maternity and child care hospital informing him that we were coming to admit my son. He also called Didu and Jiju to inform about our decision. I must say that both my jiju and brother have a very big heart. My jiju, he came in his car to take us to the hospital while my brother accompanied us to the hospital during this pandemic. Not to forget that both had small kids, but they risked their life for my son. I will never be able to pay back them in my entire life.
With the grace of Sai Baba, we reached the hospital, and my son was taken to the emergency ward and attendants were also allowed. While I was constantly praying to Sai Baba, I forgot the fact that he always walks with the one who calls him for help. With the grace of Lord Sai, the emergency ward was empty, and he was the only one there. I felt a little sign of relief that he is not between any COVID infected patient. The doctor came and told us upfront that he cannot admit my son as it was a non-COVID maternity and child care hospital and he can’t risk the life of others till we take a COVID SWAB test for my son COVID and the result is negative. He also proposed various other lab test like Dengu, Malaria, Typhoid, CBC, Blood Culture, Urine Culture and what not. So, we had no option but to go for all the tests including COVID. Trust me during this hour my younger brother was like a backbone for me as he kept comforting me. I have a very weak heart when it comes to my family members and such situations. We agreed for all the test and all lab test were conducted.
The doctor was kind enough to order his staff to follow all COVID precaution and give antibiotic along with sponge bath to my son to make him feel a little better. As soon as the staff got the instruction, the nurses were on their toe and a cannula was inserted in his hand and antibiotic was given to him. His clothes were taken off to give sponge bath as he was suffering from a high-grade fever. A site I would never like to see again in my life. I could see him crying out of pain and glancing me with wet eyes but there was nothing best I could do at that hour. The staff told us that only one person can stay with the kid. Since, I am a weak hearted person, I asked my wife to stay with our son while me and my brother decided to sit in the hospital reception. I remember my brother comforting words by pointing at a Sai Baba statue places on the counter of the reception that don’t worry Sai Baba is here to take care of him, have faith in me. I know how I controlled my tears, but it added to my faith and the hope that my son will be fine grew in my heart.
After the antibiotic was given, the staff asked us to take him home and bring him back at 10:00 pm for another dose of antibiotic. Thanks to jiju, who took us back home and then brought us back to hospital at 10:00 pm and vice versa. However, situation did not improve as he still had fever. The only hope which we had was the reports which was to come the next day 5th October 2020 at 10:00 am. I am sure each family member of mine was praying to God for the negative “COVID” report of my son. My brother loves my son a lot just like his own son and that is why he was more worried that me. He never let it show on his face, but I know this as kept on calling the hospital right from the morning to inquire about the reports. Not only this, I saw him praying to God early morning, when almost every one of us would have been sleeping. The COVID reports came at 11:30 am and I would say that my brother prayers were answered as the report was NEGATIVE.
We all took a sign of relief. The only thing I could do was just bow in front of Sai Baba with tears in my eyes for the mercy he has showered on my son. I was spell bound and could only say “Sai Maa, Is baar bhi mera saath dene ke liye bhayut dhanayawad”. I promised him to give up eating Non-veg for my entire life and post this experience in public if he brings my son back in best of his health and grace him with long, healthy and happy life. With this promise, I was all set to take him back to the hospital. Once again, my family stood tall for me as they know that I am weak and cannot face such situation. My son was then admitted to the hospital from 5th Oct 2020. Sai Baba started to show his mercy on my child as all other reports also came negative. I keep a picture of Sai Baba below his pillow in the hospital and carrying his Udi for the rescue. Me and my wife were sleeping in shifts in night to take care of our kid in night.
It was only after an ultrasound was done that the doctor concluded that it was an ENTERIC FEVER which has resulted in infection in stomach, intestine, fatty lever and fluid. The nurses, doctor, housekeeping and cafeteria staff felt in love with my kid. All were praying for his speedy recovery. It felt liked Sai Baba has sent his messengers to take care of him. A nurse brought him a chocolate, while the other was keen to play ludo with him. The cafeteria girl would ask him what he would like to eat and would bring it for him. The doctor would ask him question like why he was so cute and would laugh and giggle with him. Someone has rightly said God can come in any form to help us. With the grace of Sai Baba, he started showing slow and steady improvement in his health and on 11th Oct 2020, he was discharged from hospital.
We came home, the family was ready to welcome him with a tear of happiness in their eyes. We thanked them from the core of our heart and went to our floor. The first thing we could think after entering our house was to bow in front of our protector Sai Maa who saved my son and exhibited once again that nothing can harm the one who call him out for help. I was so rude to him but like a true mother Sai Baba grasped my son hand tightly, walked with him, saved him and safely hand it over to us. I have no words to thank Sai Baba only have tears in my eyes to thank him and ask for forgiveness.
My son has been advised to take medication but he fine and stable now. I am sure he will recover quickly with the grace and blessing of Sai Baba. My Sai Maa, have not only save my son but made my heart firm that he is always with my family and nothing can harm us till my Baba is there to protect us… Baba as always you stand tall on your promises. I bow with utmost love, faith and tears in my eyes. I can never thank you much for saving my world. I fall at lotus feet of yours with a humble request of never leaving us alone because without you there is no one out there to understand our pain, agony and hold our hand safe and tight to come out of our worries.
Always be with my family and protect us from unpleasant situations…and be with us in our good time so that we don’t forget your grace and remain grounded. Last but not the least, please show some mercy on this world from this pandemic. A lot of people have suffered due to COVID and I once again pray to you from the core of my heart and wet eyes to eradicate this and bless mankind….
May Sai Bless All!