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Experience by Devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

  A sincere prayer would certainly move Him to make wonders

Some people who had seen swami superficially say, He only talks to few people and not to everyone. One of Sevadal (Volunteers to work) members from had s similar thought. He was going to Parthi for years and used to service for two weeks a year but Swami never talked to him nor gave him padanamaskar. He saw many first time visitors come sit in the varanda, then Swami would call them and talk to them. He was burning with agony and wanted to talk to Swami at any cost. So he was waiting in Dharsan lines to catch Swami. That day he did not even get a chance to go in Dharsan lines as he was left at the back in the lines, but he got the answer. That day as being a festival day Swami gave a discourse in that He narrated. Whenever a guest come to your house you treat him well, give him food and when he is leaving you accompany him till the door and see him or her off. Whereas when your sister or any family member comes to you enquire about her news and take care of her and at the time of going you also go with them to their destination to drop them. Like that all the devotees are my family members. I take care of them all through. I get them from their homes to Parthi and drop them back at their home. It is my duty to take care of them. You do not have to compare yourself with the guests and feel bad about. This was a reavealing to this Sevadal and he never compared himself with any guest.

Here is a story of a devotee which explains the same concept in more detail. This is taken from Man of Miracles written by Howard Marphet. I just copy in his own words.

At Prasanthinilayam in 1967 I met Mr. Russi C.Patel, a Parsi of Bombay, and his wife. From them I learnt the story of their little daughter, Ketu. At the age of 2.5 years Ketu, could no speak,walk or even stand.She had been given various kinds of medical treatment, including modern drugs and physiotherapy. But nothing seemed to have any effect. The source of the trouble was mystery. Some thought it was a matter of mental retardation, others said that it was some kind of unknown deep seated nerve trouble.

This was the state of affairs in Feb 1965 when Mr. Patel decided to go to Parthi and see Sai Baba. His wife who was a very orthodox Parsi, was not in favour of the idea, thinking it a waste of time and money.

Sivaratri festival was on when Mr. Patel arrived at the ashram and huge crowds were there. Although people urged him to seek an interview he was diffident about doing so, especially as he felt that Baba knew all about his trouble and why he had come, without being told.

Several times he wrote a note, intending to hand over the note to Baba as the latter passed through the crowd near him, but each time, when he saw the little figure with the luminous face, full of light of understanding, he decided that it was not necessary and tore it up. "When Baba wants me He will call me up" Patel told his friends.

But the days passed and Baba never called him. Streams of people were going in to see the great saint but not the Patel. Then one morning, a few days after the creation of Sivalingam, it was announced that there would be no personal interviews. However Baba came over the balcony and gave blessings to all the devotees before they went home. Mr. Patel felt the great compassion pour onto the crowd and into his own heart.

Yet in the train on the homeward journey his faith and spirits sank to a low level. He thought of the time he spent there and the chances of speaking to Baba he missed. He thought of his poor little daughter still unable to stand or utter a single word. He imagined his wife's reproaches about the time and money he had wasted. He arrived at the door of his house very depressed.

When he opened the door, the first sight his gaze met was little Ketu, who could not even stand when he left for Baba,walking down halfway to meet him, calling out "Daddy, Daddy". He picked her up and embraced her, then he embraced his wife,while both of them wept with joy over the miracle that had somehow taken place.

On checking the facts with his wife Mr. Patel found that Ketu had first begun to walk and speak on the day before he arrived home - just after Sai Baba had given his blessings from the balcony to the assembled devotees. Some time afterwards Mr. Patel took his wife and daughter to see Baba when the latter was on a visit to Bombay. In the midst of the many thousands that crowd around Him in that metropolis, Sai Baba saw them, and in the words of Mr. Patel, " greeted the little girl as if she was an old friend returned after a long absence" He took her on His knee, materialised some vibhuthi, and put it in her mouth. After that her speech improved greatly and she began using longer words.

All this narration underlines the basic concept that He is not in Parthi alone and He does understand our problems without they being physically expressed. A sincere prayer would certainly move Him to make wonders.

From: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saisruthi/message/28

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