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Friday, May 22, 2009

God is one.

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 11:11 PM

Dear readers,

Yesterday I had posted Sai leela experienced by Sai devotee Archana .She has shared two more Sai leela with all of us which signifies that there is only one God but has different forms manifested to different devotee according to their belief or faith .Please read the attached mail below by Archana.The picture attached here above is created by Archana.Jai Sai Ram .

Dear Manisha didi,

Another experience where I learnt both forms of God are one.

In March 2008, my cousins’ wedding was at Trichy. We went to the famous Sri Ranganathar Temple (Lord Vishnu in sleeping pose). We reached the temple at around 12, and we were made to wait for 2 hours as the temple was closed. We were tired after the travel and the summer sun was scorching. My brother grew impatient and so did I. We were literally showing our irritation on mom who insisted we visit this shrine.

That January, I had been to Shirdi and was back. So, I started comparing both places and telling her this and that. She said, please don’t talk like this when you are in one shrine. I paid no heed I kept on telling, how well they maintain at Shirdi, caring so much for devotee’s comforts, etc.

Finally, when the temple opened, I was exhausted, as I entered, I saw the form of the Lord on a painting in the wall, I guess. I was so furious and out of energy that I am ashamed to say, I was cruel enough to make a face at the Lord. Almost immediately, I regained my senses and asked pardon from the heart. Later, in the month, when I visited Baba’s temple too, I apologized for my behavior there.

6 months later, in August, one Wednesday evening, I was reading through devotees experiences. Many had talked about Baba blessing them in dreams. I have had several dream experiences, but except one, in all, it was Baba's picture or statue types and not in human form. I felt so weak, I questioned, if my devotion was so less?? I almost cried when I was attending evening arati.

Next day, Thursday, I was keen on attending the kakad arati. I was determined to wake up early and as my mobile alarm wasn’t working, I prayed to Baba to help me attend kakad arati. But that Thursday, I woke up at around 5 and sensing I had no dream yet, thought it was not fair on Baba and that I have some more time left for kakad Arati, I slept further. There came the beautiful dream, the most beautiful of dreams.

Where I see Shirdi Baba in white marble, exactly in the pose of Lord Sri Ranganathar, resting on the huge white snake in white marble . He wakes up slowly and asks the pujari to call me. I see a clock there and I am hiding. Then the dream continued, as He came in human form, walking and talking with me. I learnt two vital things:

1. Baba knows the innermost desire, if we sincerely wish for anything in the path of devotion, HE grants it for us, helping us get closer.

2. Lord Baba is none other than Lord Vishnu. He seemed to acknowledge my apology I made in Baba's shrine for my behavior at Shri Ranganathar temple. He showed me both are one and the same.
Jai Sai Ram.

To continue my experiences with Lord Shiva..

As I started having more experiences with Baba. I was getting more inclined towards Baba.
And I had a strange guilt within me wondering if I was okay being like this or is it that I am doing wrong for, one period I was all devoted to Baba then Lord Shiva and now, back to Baba. What was I doing?? At this stage as I have said my office, is just next just next to a small Shivalaya where there is a small pratima of Baba too.

So, every time I get 2 flowers it always happened, that one was prettier than the other and I used to be in a dilemma as to which one to give to whom. I did not want to be partial but I used to wonder should I give it to Baba or Shiva?

Such thoughts were getting too much in my mind until then my phone wallpaper was the picture of Lord Ardhanareeshwar, but suddenly I felt like seeing Baba first when I opened my mobile but I dared not change the setting because I thought that was complete 'dhroham' to Lord :)

When I was in such a state, It was like God helped me or should I say made me understand/ taught me in few steps.

First one night, I had a dream in which I saw small small Marble pratima of Baba in the dwarakamayi style clad in Red. And water is being poured over that.

When I woke up I couldn’t make out. Though I strangely remembered one temple I had visited many months back. That was in Bangalore (Opp Forum). A Shiva temple and Baba temple, together there.Theres a small pond like structure, in which there’s a Marble idol of lord Shiva seated, surrounding which they have small small Marble Shiva lingas and people can take water and pour over those Shiva Lingas.

Though this dream meant nothing to me. I almost ignored it. That evening my friend and me were shopping and we were in the same road almost, though without any intention and she wanted to go to the parlor. I did not want to wait at the parlor so I decided to visit this temple and check in the shop to find if there’s any statue of Baba which resembled in my dream. I had only seen in white and orange,Red.

I was doubtful, that too in that pose. But surprise of surprises. I saw the very same idol of Baba in the same pose in the same color. Immediately I purchased it assuming, Baba also wanted to be placed in the pond along with Shiva Lingas and so I kept it there and did abhishek with water to it along with Shiva Lingas.

Second One evening, a devotee at Baba’s temple which I often visit, gave me a book, which says how Lord Shiva incarnated as Baba.. Though I had heard the story while on the way to Shirdi reading it gave me a wonderful feeling and I was partly convinced they are one and the same.

The very next day I went to Baba temple in the morning before office and I was wondering if I should go to the small temple besides my office or not? The priest then took a garland from Baba and gave me this was quite a strange act I felt and now since he had given me the garland, I had to go to the small temple mainly to garland Baba's murti with this. I also took a rose flower from Baba's feet there and went to the temple besides my office.

There I found, some repair work was going on and they had covered one part of the temple and where Baba's idol is there, they had covered. I was disappointed too and the priest asked for the garland I was holding in my hand he must have assumed I had bought it (they say you shouldn’t use garland from one God to another) but as soon as he asked the first thought I had was oh both are one and the same. and I gladly gave the garland for lord Shiva.
But the rose, which I took from Baba's feet, I was a little hesitant and I thought, I shall keep it for the nandi but the priest asked me for that and I was hesitating and he said, 'This is Vishesha..' something and he took the rose and placed it in Shiva Linga's head. My god I was like shaken for a minute.

I felt this was a practical lesson being taught to me.

Finally after some days one early morning I had a dream in which I was at Baba's temple and as I was almost leaving the temple, I turn to gaze at Baba for one last time before leaving the doors, and as I turn whom I see is in Baba's place is Shiva Linga ,a big Shiva Linga in Baba's place.

I woke up it was like God literally told me they are one!! A big knock on my head asking, 'have u learnt it now’ from then on I had no doubts at all.

Sometimes I get only one flower thinking, they are the same. HE is only one.
Even if I get two flowers I don’t bother much as both are one and whichever goes to whom, is not a concern. :)

Last month when my friend returned from Shirdi I thought she would get me something small idol or picture of some thing but she got nothing and I was actually disappointed. It was a Monday and that evening as I was leaving work and went to the temple beside my office a lady came with a tray and gave me a Shiva Linga.

I was so happy.
Now, I have a small frame of Baba and besides it, the Shiva Linga together on my desk :).

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience and giving confirmation to me also.Though I had heard this before that God is one but still somewhere that differentiation was always there.But your sharing will definitely help me also.

OM SHIVSAIRAM

Pooja Agarwal

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience, even I have faced this dilema. Dear Baba has answered through your experience to all of us who have doubts, that God is one no matter how many forms we may worship. Infinite Gratitide to dear Baba.

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