Written by Neha and Nilesh Parekh
We all have heard, we all have witnessed numerous miracles associated with Sai Baba. Even though Baba left his body in 1918, he walks with us and cares for us just as He used to, even today. He has appeared to many in the physical form. He has entered the bodies of some of His closest devotees to convey a message or simply bless them. During the visit of Mohanji, we experienced this phenomenon – not once, but thrice. Whenever this Baba devotee met Mohanji, within in a short while, Baba would enter him. His voice and mannerisms would change when Baba entered him. We have heard the stories of Baba guiding the world through various devotees. One common factor in all these communions are that He only inspires love and service. He inspires and blesses selflessness, service, unconditional love and faith. He may chide or scold some to ward off their negative traits. But he never ever inspires hatred, violence or anarchy. Violence in thought, word or action is not permitted or allowed in the path of liberation.
The day when Sai came into this devotee who lives and works here, and blessed us, is absolutely unforgettable and to be cherished for a life time. It happened when this Sai Baba devotee met Mohanji the day after Mohanji arrived in Canada. The Piousness and Simplicity of the Devotee was amazing. He fell in love with Mohanji the minute He saw Mohanji. He embraced Mohanji with utmost love and bowed down at Mohanji’s Feet with pure reverence. He said that Mohanji’s arrival at his temple was a big honor for him, and that he was expecting him since Baba had told him that Mohanji, a great Yogi very close to Baba’s heart, would visit him soon. Little did we know what we were about to witness! Their eyes spoke with love, devotion and the bliss of meeting each other. Mohanji blessed him with the deep love of a father. It was as if the Divine had planned this all. An absolutely unknown Sai Devotee meets Mohanji and connects instantly! They behave as if they have met numerous times before! Divine Grace! He sat at Mohanji’s Feet and kept looking at Him with eyes full of unshed tears of sheer love and bliss. He said to Mohanji, “You have the power. Please bless me that I will never wander away from this path or Baba’s feet. Please bless me with endurance to survive any storms or emotions of life. Please empower me to do more for the world and Baba. Please bless me that I always remain His servant“. He led Mohanji in front of the idol of Baba that he worships and requested blessings. When Mohanji started giving him Shaktipath, that’s when the energy in the room changed immediately. The devotee’s form started changing. For a man in his 50s he started changing to an old man’s stature. All this was happening in front of our eyes. His body became heavy, his breath was deeper, and his facial expressions changed to those of an old man’s face. His back started bending and he asked for a walking stick………………OMG……………IT WAS SAI BABA!!!! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!
The wonderful energy that changed the devotee’s form was that of Shirdi Sai Baba! He held Mohanji’s face with two hands and said in Hindi, “YOU HAVE COME MY ULTIMATE DEVOTEE, YOU HAVE COME. YOU ARE MY DEAREST”. SAI’s eyes glittered with unshed tears of Joy upon seeing Mohanji. The way He held Mohanji was like how a Father would hold His son upon meeting after a long time.
SAI then blessed Mohanji with Shaktipath on the Third eye. For an old aged SAI, HIS grip and force was marvellous. He addressed Mohanji with loving gestures. Suddenly Sai Held Mohanji’s head with two hands and brought it close to HIS third eye…….THIRD EYE TO THIRD EYE SHAKTIPATH. The energy was intense. Could I be on this earth??? Could I be that fortunate to witness this Divine Leela of My Lord!!!!! I was in a state of shock. Baba called for “paan” to chew. We know that both Sai Baba and Mohanji love paan. Someone got a paan for SAI. HE happily ate a piece of it, and then HE put a piece in Mohanji’s mouth followed by a piece in the mouths of all those who were present in the room at that time. ….SAI………I FELT DIVINELY BEAUTIFUL!!!
SAI was then offered Prasad. Mohanji fed him personally. Sai took the Prasad in his hand and fed Mohanji as well and then in turn fed us all one by one. The environment was like that which it would have been in Dwaarkamai (SHIRDI) when SAI was in HIS physical form – sharing food, joy and bliss. BLESSED! BLESSED! BLESSED WERE WE TO HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS VERBAL COMMUNION BETWEEN SAI BABA AND MOHANJI!
SAI again held Mohanji close and said, “THIS IS YOUR LAST BIRTH. YOU WILL NOT TAKE ANOTHER BODY. YOU HAVE JUST A FEW KARMAS (WORK) TO COMPLETE HERE, YOU WILL LEAVE THIS BODY SOON AFTER YOUR KARMAS ARE COMPLETED. AT THE TIME OF YOUR DEATH, BHAGAWAN SHANKAR (LORD SHIVA) HIMSELF WILL COME AND RECEIVE YOU AND YOU WILL MERGE IN MY LOTUS FEET. I AM HAPPY WITH YOU. I AM PLEASED WITH YOU. YOU WILL DO MUCH MORE WORK IN THIS WORLD. (He touched his chest and said) YOU LIVE IN MY HEART ALWAYS. I WALK WITH YOU. I WORK THROUGH YOU. YOU AND I ARE ONE. DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING AROUND YOU AND CONTINUE WITH YOUR GOOD WORK. JUST DO YOUR WORK AS YOU DO NOW, UNSELFISHLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY. WHENEVER YOU CALL, THIS FAKIR WILL BE NEXT TO YOU. NOTHING WILL HARM YOU. I LOVE YOU.”
OH MY GOSH! My full body was shivering, each cell, each pore was standing up…WHAT AM I WITNESSING? DIVINITY ALL AROUND! THE ENERGY IN WHICH WE WERE ENGULFED WAS BREATH TAKING. WE WERE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. MOHANJI – MY FATHER, MY BABA, WILL BE FETCHED BY BHAGAWAN SHIVA….AMAZING!
He kept holding Mohanji’s face with love, ran his hand through his hair and beard as if a father were meeting his son after a long time, held his hand, pressed his third eye to Mohanji’s and transferred something, gave him shaktipat with his thumb and kept saying “I am happy and pleased with you. You are a true devotee of mine.”
Later SAI asked for a camphor tablet to be lit. SAI then held Mohanji by His head and said, “TODAY I HAVE CALLED YOU TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING EXTREMELY PRECIOUS WHICH I HAVE NEVER GIVEN TO ANYBODY IN THIS WORLD. YOU HAVE ENDURED MANY TESTS IN LIFE WITHOUT COMPLAINTS OR HATRED. YOU HAVE BECOME ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THIS SACRED REWARD OF GIFTING LIFE TO YOUR DEVOTEES. TODAY I AM GRANTING YOU THIS BOON THAT YOU WILL GIVE THE “GIFT OF LIFE”. YOU WILL LIFT THEM WITH JUST A LOOK, A GLANCE, OR JUST BY YOUR PRESENCE!!! THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH IN YOU WILL BE MUCH BENEFITTED.” OH MY GOSH!
SAI then said that “from now on I am empowering YOU with this boon so you can give life to those who are suffering and in need. You will aid old, young, sick and confused people with this gift. SAI then took the burning camphor in his hand and blew the smoke to each part of Mohanji’s body as if creating a Shield of Protection from all negativities. Sai said “this is to protect you from any thorns on your path”. “You just walk as you walk now against all odds and I shall protect you”. ENORMOUS POWER! LORD, WHERE WAS I!
My cheeks felt damp from the unceasing rolling of tears of joy. MY FATHER, MY GURU, MY LORD MOHANJI WAS GRANTED THE BOON OF GIVING LIFE! ALL THIS I READ IN STORY BOOKS, BUT IT WAS NOW HAPPENING IN FRONT OF MY EYES. UNBELIEVABLE!! I witnessed this DIVINE ENCOUNTER only because of Mohanji’s Grace. My heart was expanding into unknown boundaries of Gratitude that was growing higher than the sky. SAI then asked Mohanji to bend down and blessed Mohanji by tapping him hard on HIS spine 3 times and said,” GO AND NOTHING WILL BOTHER YOU, I AM TAKING OUT ALL DIFFICULTIES FROM YOUR PATH……JUST WALK AND MERGE IN MY LOTUS FEET. I WILL MYSELF PLUCK THE THORNS FROM YOUR PATH.”
SAI then turned towards me and asked me what I would like to say….I was already in a great shock, upon SAI’s asking I showed HIM Mohanji with a gesture of my hand and said “I want to thank you that BABA is in my life in the form of Mohanji”. To this HE smiled and said, “MY DEAREST, ALWAYS FOLLOW HIM, SERVE HIM. WASH HIS FEET DAILY AND DRINK THAT HOLY WATER AND USE IT FOR HEALING OTHERS. SAI IS WITH YOU.” OMG. To my one side was SAI, and the other my BABA……THERE COULDN’T HAVE BEEN A BETTER PLACE TO BE IN!! MOST DIVINE…IN THEIR LOVING SHADOW AND PROTECTIVE SHELTER, I WAS BREATHING TOTAL FREEDOM, TOTAL LOVE …TOTAL ONENESS!!!
SAI told my husband Nilesh and myself that “YOU ARE ALL FORTUNATE THAT MOHANJI IS WITH YOU. IT IS NOT EASY TO GET HIM, WALK ON THIS PATH AND YOU WILL MERGE IN MY LOTUS FEET SOON.” OMG! That was a verbal confirmation of our feeling for Mohanji and this Divine path shown by HIM. CONFIRMATION FROM THE CREATOR HIMSELF! ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING!! And imagine, this was our first meeting with this devotee.
This devotee of Baba through whom Baba spoke, attended the havan conducted by Mohanji and soon after the havan was completed, again, Baba entered him and told Mohanji that He was pleased with his work, and especially this powerful havan which benefitted all of us in Canada and the rest of the world a lot. He again gave shaktipat and a blessing on the spine to Mohanji. He kept his arm on Mohanji’s chest, shoulders and helped him to handle the weight of the subtle matter he had removed from all of us through this homa.
Mohanji’s schedule started getting crazier towards the end of his trip to Canada. As always more and more people wanted to have his time and be in his presence. Once again, this devotee of Sai called us and asked for another opportunity. Time was very limited. When we checked with Mohanji, he immediately said that we shall go to his dwarakamai. So, we finalised Mohanji’s visit to his abode once again on the day Mohanji was leaving Canada. On that day, he performed Mohanji’s pada pooja. Mohanji usually does not like people doing his pada pooja (worship of feet) and he avoids or denies it unless the person who requests it has pure devotion and unshakeable faith. Mohanji always says “Faith is fickle in many. They change based on other’s words. We should not allow such people to worship us. They will not be benefitted. What can I give to those who constantly shake their cup of faith? Those with unshakeable faith need not worship either because I never leave their side.”
That day, after the pada pooja of Mohanji, while this devotee of Sai was sitting at Mohanji’s feet, again Baba entered and blessed him, empowered Mohanji further, reiterated that Bhagawan Shiva Himself would receive Mohanji’s soul at the time of his maha Samadhi, and that many people in the world will be benefitted by Mohanji’s presence on earth. Once again, he held Mohanji’s third eye to His and transferred powers. Once again, he gave shaktipat to Mohanji with his thumb. Mohanji gave him food in his mouth and he gave Mohanji food in his mouth as well. Mohanji gave him water in a glass. Both of them hugged each other many times. While eating and sharing food, he asked “do you remember the times when we used to share food like this, feed each other with our own hands, crack jokes and laugh? Do you remember?” He said he was so pleased with Mohanji’s unselfish work in the world and he even said “I am your servant, call me whenever you want”. Mohanji held his hand and showered love on him too. It was a high power communion which words cannot explain. All that Baba said cannot be written here. Also Baba said at one point “Do not say anything to the skeptical world. What do they understand other than their fragile concepts and emotions?” It is true. People without a true heart and unselfish devotion cannot understand a real saint. They ridiculed Sai Baba during His time too.
We are indeed highly grateful that Mohanji came into our lives and has accepted us as HIS Children.
We bow down at Your Lotus Feet Our MOHANJI………..AN AVATAR!
This also reminded me of the Sage Agasthya calling Mohanji “My Son” through an old saint who is deeply connected to the Sage, as well as Vittal Babaji showering love and grace on Mohanji. Babaji had said that Mohanji’s naturality and unassuming method of operation may confuse many because we are all used to a world of pomposity, show off and glamour. Mohanji is a total irony in this world of total pretensions. We were also reminded of Devi Amma’s love for Mohanji, of Gorkhe Guruji doing his pada pooja in July 2014, and the love that the sages of Himalayas shower upon him. We remembered the story we had heard of Sathya Sai telling a devotee that He walks with Mohanji in the mid 2000s, and another that when looking at his photo card, the old saint Lamperi Babaji had told the devotee that he (Mohanji) lives in his heart and why would he need an image outside of it? Seeing is believing! We saw a lot. We believe. If we do not believe our own experience, then what are we at all?
Love and more Love for You always,
Edited by Caroline Moscato