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Prior to last year, my wife and I were not such ardent devotees of Shri Shridi Sai, though we believed in His greatness and had pasted His picture with both His hands raised in blessing, on our bedroom door. In April 2005, my wife, Lakshmi, had to undergo neurosurgery for a Pituitary Tumor that had recurred after about 5 years. Prior to the surgery we were tense and worried as it was a major and critical surgery.

We requested a dear friend who is a Reiki sadhak like both of us to come home and join me in giving Reiki to my wife. After the Reiki session, she suddenly noticed the picture of Sai Bhagwan and remarked that when He has been with us in our own room all the time, there is nothing to fear and the surgery will be successful. Next morning when I was checking my e-mails, to my great surprise, I had received a beautiful picture of Shirdi Sai from someone I did not know.

We both believed that this was His way of blessing us and telling us not to fear when He is there in our hearts. The surgery went well. Two days later, I was returning to the hospital with some food for my wife and as I turned a corner, I noticed the image of Shirdi Sai reflected from a shop window. I had taken this route so many times, but this had never happened before. It was the reflection of a painting someone had made recently on the wall opposite the shop.

A few days later, as I was coming out of a post-office, the first thing I noticed was a car with His picture on the windshield. After a couple of days, I had to buy some coffee from my usual coffee shop. But that day I could not go there, so I stopped suddenly at another branch on an impulse. I was astounded to again notice Sai's picture in this shop whereas in my usual one there were only pictures of Jesus and Mary.

After the receipt of Sai's picture in my e-mail, I did a Google search for Shirdi Sai's temples. Again I was surprised to notice that the very first entry was about 'The Shirdi Sai Temple of Greater Chicago' where both my son and daughter were living. We had also been to Chicago many times, but had never heard about this temple of Shirdi Sai. We immediately rang up our children and asked them to visit the temple and offer prayers so that their mother's surgery would be successful.

A year after the surgery, we decide to move to a better locality in Chennai. We started looking for suitable places, but could not find any that met our requirements. Then a relative mentioned a place was available near his residence. We visited that place and to our utter amazement we found a big picture of Sai very prominently displayed in the drawing room by the current occupants who are also ardent Sai devotees. Then and there we decided to shift to this nice place as Sai Himself seemed to be directing us to this place. We now live here.

A few days after we moved to the new place, we went for our morning walk and noticed a small Shirdi Sai Shrine in the garden of a house in the next street. The owner is an ardent Sai devotee and permits people to worship and offer prayers here. So we go there often and worship Sai Bhagwan. What more can His devotees need? We have been extremely fortunate in this respect - being so close to Him and being blessed and guided by Him in this amazing way so unique to Him.

All these frequent and quite unexpected sightings of Shirdi Sai at the time of our greatest crisis made us believe that it was His way of conveying His blessings to us and reminding us that He is always with us and we can all discern His divine presence and power if only we repose total faith and belief in Him. Such are the inimitable, divine ways of Sai.

My wife is scheduled to have her follow-up MRI. We pray to Him to bless us as always so that my wife's tumor disappears forever. We request all our fellow Sai Devotee friends to pray for my wife.

V.Vivekanand, Chennai, India
Revered Shri C B Satpathy Ji is known to one and all as "Guruji" or to some, simply the ever forgiving and protecting father. He is an ardent devotee of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, and for him, Shri Shirdi Sai Baba is the ultimate reality.

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