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A Lesson In Dream By Shirdi Sai Baba

Dreams are constituents of our life. I have heard, about one-third of our total life is spent in sleeping. Thus one-third part of our total life, we live in world of dreams. Dreams sometimes make us feel happy, sometimes we get those things in dreams which we are unable to possess in reality, sometimes dreams are so miserable that in waking states we feel and thank God and Sai Baba ji for making it only a dream and request not to turn them into a reality. Sai Baba ji has always been gracious to His devotees to give them those visions and dreams which carry deeper meanings of the messages which He wants to convey. One such dream of mine is narrated in this post.

It was sometime in the fifth month of the year 2009 that I was blessed and taught a lesson through a dream. Dear Readers please allow me now to fully narrate the dream and i request for your patience since it would be going to be lengthy.

In the dream, as usual i was returning home at late night. On the way, i was worried about few of worldly problems and they were making me morose. Among these problems, financial problems were dominating the most and were engulfing me to their core. Somehow heavily loaded with such burdens, i reached home and sat quietly thinking. I was talking to Sai Baba ji that why such situations have surrounded me and there seems no escape. Suddenly an idea cropped in my mind. The idea was to rob a bank. "Yes! this is good idea, i can make money overnight and will be freed from all clutches", were my feelings. I was thinking, "What can happen to me as my Sai Baba ji is with me". No sooner this idea struck me, i took my car and rode to a bank. Very quickly and easily i robbed away the money, gathered bundles of currency notes in a bag and drove away. While driving my thoughts were, "Now everything will get settled and Sai Baba ji, You are with me, now nothing will be as before". I was very confident that Sai Baba ji will save me from consequences of that robbery in which i was only indulged.

But something untoward happened which was almost opposite my expectations. I heard siren of police vans which were nearing towards me and I was praying to Sai Baba ji to save me from any future consequence of the robbery. More or less i was overconfident that nothing would happen to me and Sai Baba ji will come rushing to help me.

Soon, then, I was surrounded by police vans from all the four sides. No escape was seen. Heart of hearts was crying for Sai Baba ji who could get me out of this situation. The policemen, doing full justice to their duty, arrested me within no time. I was put behind bars with no clue of what will happen in future. The situations, which were bad earlier, had now grown up to worse. There was some chance to get out of financial crisis, but now those opportunities were lost. Now my family consisting of my wife and two kids will have to strive. I was much concerned about them, than myself. Their crying and sad faces were coming in front of my eyes every second. I was dejected but more than that i was worried getting no clue and option to escape from the situation.

This worry of mine now developed in repentance. I had acted wrongly and it was an addition to my bad deeds. I had always tried to be humble with everyone, did all good to others as much as i could, never talked ill about others or possessed ill-feelings for anyone, did not spoke any word which would hurt the listener, i did tolerate every jealousy, anger, hatred, if any, of others towards me and never resented back, i had tried to live teachings and philosophies of Sai Baba ji and Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji, as a thumb-rule, i always filled my heart with love for everyone, then how could i do such an act of downfall? I felt all good deeds of my this birth and previous other births have been washed away with this one sin.

Everything seemed as a fog in front of my eyes and my future seemed totally in dark. This news of robbery spread like fire to all and all my friends and members of Sai family started criticizing me. I asked for forgiveness from my beloved Sai Baba ji, as His court was the Supreme for me. With true and heavy heart, I was mentally praying to Him with tears in my eyes. Suddenly i was woke up and found everything to be a dream. I thanked Baba ji for making me face such situations only in dream and not in reality. My family was safe, i was safe and so were my good deeds. When i woke up i was surprised, but my portals of heart were shedding happiness which were flowing through my eyes.

Now, everything in my life became normal as earlier and i was happy and contented with the half piece of bread in my house. The dream had left a lasting impression on my mind, but its impact was somewhat negative. Since, it was my thinking that i have been saved from such a big calamity with Sai Baba ji's grace, now nothing will happen to me. The dream was very realistic and the way i escaped from adversity was blessings in disguise for me. Thus it was a matter of proud for me and rather remaining down to earth, i started flying high with no wings and not realizing that i was to fall badly someday.

Another cause for increase of proud in me was that i was getting popular as Sai Baba ji bhajan singer and was accepted by more and more people day by day. At every such event, i was praised and honoured leading the level of my proud rise high up. I bore same feelings for Sai Baba ji in my heart and sung bhajans for him as i used to do earlier. Consequently i left my regular worship to Sai Baba ji and my tongue spoke proud and my words revealed proud. Ego, of which proud is a part, also started growing in me, which was certainly not liked by Baba ji.

Overnight success does not last long and the same happened in my case. My proud, my ego was the cause of my downfall as a singer and ultimately as a human being. I realized this when I saw my near and loved ones behaving with me distinctly. Now no one loved me as earlier due to my proud. There was a change in behaviour of my Sai sisters too. Though I had deep love for everyone including Sai Baba ji and my proud had not been dominating over my love, i had to face other’s wrath. This made me feel helpless. I again prayed to Sai Baba ji to make me as i was earlier. I was not at all greedy for praise and honour, but i had greed for love of others which was my life-time earning and an ever filled treasure. Due to this shock, wherein i was not liked by anyone now, i was awakened. Thus whole of this incident consisting of bank robbery and event of proud coming in my life was a dream. More importantly robbery was a dream in a dream. Sai Baba ji, i really thank you from the bottom of my heart to make this whole incident only a dream and teaching me such valuable lessons. I just want to be dust of your Holy Feet and never i want the demon of proud and ego to chase me. Love You Baba ji for this and for everything.

Now dear readers, let me share with you all what i learned from this dream (incident) :

If you love Sai Baba ji truly then He warns you of any future calamity or difficulty and it is upto us to understand such messages and be alert. He never wants that His children should suffer for any cause, but sometimes we ignore such messages and repent later.

It is a true fact that Sai Baba ji is always with His children, but He will never support us if we are wrong and then expect that He would save us from the consequences of wrong deeds done consciously. Instead, He will make us face the consequences and then like a loving mother, who sometimes punishes her child for doing something wrong and then hugs and forgives her child, forgives us.

Sai Baba never tolerates ego. This has been said by Him when He was in flesh and blood and today also He never spares His egoistic devotees. Rather He destroys their ego and make them walk on the path of spirituality to achieve supreme goal of every soul.

Sai Baba ji made me understand that i should be down to earth and proud should not be given any room in our hearts because that can be the cause of downfall in all respects.

We must never stop our formal way of worship thinking that Sai Baba ji is always with us. There is no doubt that He is with His devotees and requires no such formalities, but a person treading on this earth with body made up a dust which is going to merge in dust ultimately in the end, should pray to His chosen deity. Prayer is a connection between man and God. So prayer is always a solution to all this worldly problems.

Looking forward for your valuable comments and thoughts regarding this dream. Jai Sai Ramji...Sai Lover -- Rana Gill

Why Sai Baba always said Sabka Malik Ek

First of all, let me say sorry for not posting anything since one month. In last post, I shared one of my dreams with you. Now in this post I will be sharing a strange real incident which happened in the beginning of the year 2008. Sometimes it is difficult to believe such incidences in this 21st century of advancement of science and technology, but all I can say that all is possible if Babaji's grace is with us and we have complete faith in Him.

It was midnight. I reached home after work and lit lamp before Babaji. Earlier it was otherwise with me. I used to light lamp only once in a week on Thursdays. On other days, I only used to light incense stick. On advise of some other devotee, I started lighting lamp before Babaji. But my work schedule was such that there was no fixed time to start the work and there was always an uncertainity about returning. Actually I did not wish to be bound by any strict and fixed rules to worship Babaji. My work is of such nature that I could feel Babaji's presence everytime. Even while working I compose bhajans and tunes and sing before Babaji. Then I was reminded of Babaji's teachings regarding no strict rules had to be followed to worship Him. Calling 'Sai' lovingly is enough. At last with many pros and cons I decided to light lamp before Babaji at the time of leaving for work and after returning home, be it any time of the day.

On one such day, it was midnight at about 3:00 AM. As per practice I lighted lamp before Babaji and sat in front of Him singing one of my favourite composition," Tere Darshan Ko Tarse Naina...Shirdi Wale Sai...Tadap Raha Hu Daras Dikhado...Shirdi Wale Baba...Shirdi Wale Baba...Shirdi Wale Sai..." This is not only a bhajan in praise of Babaji but my longing to see and meet Him. I had heard many incidents about how Babaji gave darshan to many Sai Devotees, "Then why not me Babaji", this was my prayer. I was tired much and sleepy too. But was determined to have darshan of Babaji that day. "Today Babaji has to come out of shrine. From many years I have been waiting, so whatever may happen today, I want to meet You Babaji"... were my thoughts.

In those days I was also listening Osho's philosophy about meditation, method through which we can get darshan of our worshipped God and Goddess and was inspired to do meditation. I was continuously looking at the flame of lamp and closed eyes unknowingly, but was awake and fully conscious. Suddenly I felt as if Someone was patting my left shoulder. I did not pay attention. Then again I felt the same two three times. So I opened my eyes and saw Someone standing, dressed in white clothes. At first I was scared. Then He put His hand on my left hand and made me stand up as a small kid is made to stand with support. I stood up and Lo! What I saw, I was standing but could see myself seated too. I was surprised at this sight, but this frightened me more. A second thought came that "Earlier I only wished for some miracle, then why should I get frightened now? Will see what happens today."

That Someone hold my hand, but there was no trace of courage in me to look at Him. We both started flying up through the roof!! At the same time I could see myself sitting down!! The roof of my house was clearly visible to me as we were advancing upwards. We reached high up and the scene from above could be compared when seen from an aeroplane. Night view of the Vancouver city was enhancing and a rare sight. Simultaneously we were going high up without any pause. Only thing which was constant was the speed with we were going up and strange thoughts crossing my mind. I thought, "How will I go down now after going up so high". I felt as if I was dead and all the situations proved this. After few seconds I gathered some courage and questioned "Who are you? Where are we going?" But there was no answer. He was much taller than me, so I could not get chance to see His face.

Soon after, all the lighting was disappearing gradually and darkness was all over. We reached to a place, which was surrounded by hills covered with snow. The sight was very pleasing which was beyond words and never in my life I will forget it. There was bright light above the hills. It seemed as if water was flowing down from the hills, but it was not water, it was bright light. In all the three directions I could see the bright light as hundreds and hundreds of sun were shinning at their fullest at the same time. Every nerve of my body wished to see the scene continuously without any interruption.

Due to such bright light I was unable to open my eyes. Someone said, "Rana, open your eyes". I said, "I am not able to open my eyes due bright light". "How can you say that? Your eyes are wide open" was the question by Someone. I was surprised at this opposite exclamation and gathered some courage to open my eyes (dont know exactly whether my eyes were closed or open) and I saw my Sai Babaji standing beside me on my left side with His head bowed down towards the bright light and hands folded as if prostrating. Now I realised that Someone was none other than Sai Babaji.

Then Babaji starts speaking in Punjabi (my mother tongue) with me but here english translation is given. Apart from me and Someone, there were many Gods, Goddess and saints on my left and right side, which I did not notice at all. They all had their heads bowed down with folded hands and all were looking at the bright light. Babaji said, "Rana, Look on both the sides, other Gods and Goddess are standing in front of that Supreme (bright light) with folded hands with their heads bowed down. You also fold your hands and prostrate". I did so and looked at other Gods and Goddesses present there. I was not able to recognise everyone but could only had a glance of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. He said, "Rana, this is that Malik whom I refer always. He runs the whole world. He is the Supreme Power. Dont trouble Me from now onwards and also dont cry for Me henceforth. Dont remember Me day and night as you do now. See We both are standing at one place. Now there is no difference between you and Me".

I said, "Its Your Blessing Babaji that You showed me all this. Babaji by bringing me here, to this heavenly place, I got that thing which I did not deserve at all. I really respect all other Gods and Goddesses from my deep heart. But Babaji I love You only, I want You only, I want to talk with You only, You are my only refuge and I want to live with You only in my whole life. You are my Malik, then why should I not trouble You for my problems and why should I not long to see You and meet You. Thanks Babaji for showing me all this. I have only one request that just come to meet me whenever I call You as You are my strength and weakness. I want You to be with me everytime. I always felt Your presence Babaji, but my longing to meet You has been satisfied today. Do come to meet me and love me always". Babaji smiled and answered, "Rana, you are very innocent and be like this only. I know my son you will never change. If you love Me, I love you too." and patted my back like His child and said, "Let's go now".

I thought while returning I will talk with Babaji to my heart's content as it will take the same time go down. But before I could think further or say something, we reached home. While going upwards it took much time but while returning we reached within seconds. I found myself entering into my own body. There was a sudden jerk in my body and when I opened my eyes, I found myself sitting in front of shrine and felt as if Babaji of the shrine was looking at me from inside. I was surprised about the incident which happened few minutes ago and thought it to be a dream. I again tried to find out Babaji in my house but did not succeed. So I tried to do meditation again, go back to the same stage, but this too did not produce any result. My body was perspiring, tears were rolling down my eyes and I bow to Babaji and these lines were revolving in mind, "Sai Teri Leela Kabhi Samaj Na Paau Main, Tere Charno Mein Sada Shish Jukaau Main, Pani Se Tune Baba Deep Jalae Hai, Neem Ke Patte Tune Mithe Banaye Hai, Teri Mahima Ka Kaise Gungan Gaau Main, Tere Naam Wali Sadaa Jyot Jalau Main..." By this time it was about 5:00 AM and so I went to sleep

Dear Readers, I would like to convey a message to all that anyone can get darshan of Babaji today also, provided we have Shraddha and Saburi. Every devotee is equal in the eyes of Sai Babaji and He gives special treatment to everyone, but sometimes we only fail to understand such blessings.

On thorough analysis of this incident, I realised that Babaji gave me Shakshat darshan along with a deep message and also made me meet that 'Malik'. So in the end, I understood "Why Sai Babaji always said Sabka Malik Ek" and my heart sang "Sabka Malik Ek Hai Jagme Mujhe Samjhaya Sai Ne"... Jai Sai Ram -- Rana Gill