Author: Pavithra Vaideeswaran
Date: August, 2015
Profession: IT Consultant
City: Mechanicsburg, PA USA
Hometown: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Where do I begin… There are numerous miracles by Baba that touched our lives.. Here, I would like to pen down, one of the most profound experiences!
Sai protects His devotees always…Story of Baba saving my Mom!
It was almost a year ago, in the month of July of 2014 around the Guru Poornima occasion. We and our Harrisburg Sai bhajan group (now our HSSS) were planning to perform a full-day Sai Satcharithra Parayanam event in our city here. All the devotees were excited and we were busy planning the logistics for the event.For a full day event there is always a lot of planning and efforts involved, and we had different teams working on bringing the day together.. Baba had brought all his dear devotees together to facilitate such an event! As we grew closer to the event date, the planning and preparations for the Parayanam event was going on, in full swing.
I am the one and only kid to my parents and had always been the pampered princess to my Mom and Dad. Their life always revolved around me and vice versa. I always felt very blessed and often times thought that, I probably had acquired lots of good karma and puniyam to have them as my parents.
I still vividly remember that evening before the actual parayanam day. I got a sudden, totally unexpected call from my Dad in India with a shocking news. I was informed that my Mom had suddenly fallen sick and the doctors are examining her for a possible brain seizure.
The minute I got the news, I was mentally shattered into pieces, I am a very strong minded individual and that is how I am described by my loved ones and friends. But such a disaster can crumble the spirits and break down the bravest of hearts to their low point… A zillion thoughts were riding in my head. I could barely think straight or focus on anything. I headed to our little Pooja room at home and started conversing with Baba.. “Why Baba? Why me? Why my mom?” When we were being engrossed in His seva and enthusiastically planning for the Sai Satcharithra parayan for Baba, why would he bring such a news.. Why would He bring us to such a stand-still of a position..
Eventually, I had to compose myself and head to the event venue since we were planning on decoration and setup for the Parayanam event the next day. I could hardly contain and control my emotions… As I shared the news, my fellow devotees sympathized with my situation and everyone placed their share of prayer for my Mom. We had beautiful bunches and bundles of flowers and devotees kept dropping off more and more colorful flowers for dear Baba. We had a huge heap of these colorful flowers and we sat around and continued making flower garlands, “Malas” for our dear Baba! All the while, I was worried and constantly praying. We finished up with the deco and setup for the event, next day morning. It was almost close to 11:30 in night when we wrapped up everything and all the devotees headed back home, as we were up for an early start to our blissful day with Kakkad aarathi scheduled to start at 6am, the very next day.
As we headed back home, me and my husband were constantly on phone calls to India, with my Dad, relatives and the doctors. It was 10 minutes past 2 ‘o clock that night when the doctors had suggested and were performing an EKG for my Mom.. EKG is similar to ECG which provides details of the Brain activity.. I was inundated in tears and we were anxiously waiting for the results.. I kept disbelieving the whole situation we were in, and questioned Baba as to whether He was there or not? Whether He would protect and care for His devotees or not? After almost an hour of excruciating wait, we got a phone call from India and talked with the neurologist dealing with my Mom’s case. He informed us that the EKG showed abnormal brain activity and predicted that it could have been a variation of a stroke… I was heartbroken and too emotional. I handed the phone to my husband as I could barely talk.. My whole world turned upside down and I was just hoping all this would be a bad nightmare and I can wake up from it.
My mom was referred to further tests and evaluations… By then it was almost 4 in the morning.. The morning hours were fast approaching and we had the big day for our Sai Parayanam all planned… Being in that helpless state, we just showered got ready and headed to the event venue for our Sai Paryanam. The day was as blissful as it possibly can be.. We started with Kakkad Aarthi and nonstop paraynam of Satcharithra started… Through the whole day, I was bundled in grief and fears of my Mom’s condition… All my friends who knew also prayed for my Mom.. I kept asking Baba, “why did you do this to me? What sin have I committed? I read wonderful stories about your doings and miracles.. Will you not help me in this despair?” These thoughts kept running through my mind as I listened to the Sai stories.. We ended the day with a blissful Shej Aarthi and by the time I headed back home, I could not believe the turn of events!!
My mom was taken to Apollo specialty care hospital in Chennai to have a re-evaluation and MRI done. To all our pleasant surprise the MRI turned out completely fine and the doctor, a reputed neurosurgeon in Chennai said there was nothing to worry…
It was unbelievable!! A big relief we all felt…
Nothing can explain how the EKG results did not match up with the MRI.. May be the first diagnosis was wrong. To me, it was my dear Baba, who stepped in and saved my dearest Mom and gave her back to us..
His leelas are unbelievably beautiful… I was filled with tears of gratitude and insatiable wish to serve Him more… Baba is truly with each and every devotee and will always protect!! Baba is always with His devotees helping them through all of life’s situations that one is subjected to based on his or her karma.
Why Fear when Baba is here!!
Shri Satchidananda Sadhguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jai! Om Sai Ram!!