First meeting with Swamiji Sri Shivananda (Part 1) – shared by Sai Keshav
It was almost two years back when a very close brother of mine from the Sai Family shared about a Swamiji called Sri Shivananda from Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. He described how he was granted the experience of touching Swami’s form physically and conversing with Swami. I listened to him with great interest and later forgot about it with time.
Fast forward two years, one morning Swami told me – Pack your bag and book your tickets to Kangra. Suddenly I even had forgotten the word Kangra and I was confused where Swami was planning to take me suddenly. Swami then said – first pack, search for tickets then I will tell you everything. It was a different experience as I am packing my bag but do not know what experience i was heading to. I shared the details with my mother to which she said – Oh! I will also join you. I went and said the same to Swami and he said – You are going to experience me as Sri Shivananda, I will then initiate you into something deeper.
Sairam to all my divine fellow beings.
After Babaji’s visit to Malagar, I have been getting calls from many who have attended the Gurudeeksha day, some of them to express their gratitude for inviting them and some sharing their experience after Babaji’s darshan. I am sharing here two such experiences.
One mother had come with her 6 year old son who had heart problem and he had to undergo open heart surgery on 19th of September and the Doctor had told them that the boy’s condition is very critical and they cannot even give a 30 percent success rate. Babaji blessed the child with vibhuti water and told his mother not to worry as nothing will happen to her child and he will be fine. On 20th September, the child’s mother called me to say the operation went on well and doctors had told that he will be back to his normal conscious state in 3 days but the boy recovered the very next day after the surgery and started talking normally. She has conveyed her heartfelt gratitude at Babaji’s lotus feet. Continue Reading
Om Namah Shivaya!!
This is an experience shared by Vishal Sagar, the elder brother of Sri Shivananda. The incident occurred during the recent Shrikhand Mahadev trek in July 2018.
The Shrikhand Mahadev peak is considered one of the abodes of Lord Shiva and opens up for pilgrimage in the month of July. The peak is at an elevation of 5227 metres(17150 ft) and is generally considered one of the toughest treks in the Kullu district. (Source – wikipedia) Continue Reading
Experience sharing as received from a devotee from Zurich, Switzerland:
On this Gurupurnimaa day 27th July, I wished to come early from office and attend the bhajans at our local Sai Center. I was chanting all the way on my return to home the mantra given by Babaji – the Mahamrutyamjaya mantram. Soon after I got into the elevator in my apartment, the elevator got stuck and the doors gave up opening, in fact this was first time in my life I got stuck inside a lift. I tried all tricks including the elevator alarm and screaming so that someone could hear me and call the servicing personnel. Nothing helped and as expected, I started to chant the Mahamrutyam Jaya Mantram and messaged Babaji. Soon after I messaged Babaji, I could get some instant relief the door gave a little gap enabling my voice to reach the apartment inmates. I had just that level of battery in my mobile to call my friend who immediately sent an email to Servicing Co. Normally unlike in India, people seldom come out of the apartment nor bother to attend to others, hence one can imagine the state of affairs being stuck inside the elevator with heavy heart beats and profuse sweating. All along I was praying to Babaji to somehow send someone and get the elevator repaired and let me out. Suddenly I heard some noise, the elevator dropped to the ground floor on its own and within 20 minutes a technician came and even spoke to me in English (seldom people speak in English in this country) and he managed to push the door and I jumped out of the elevator safely. Had I not continuously chanted the Mahamrutyam Jaya Mantram as directed by Babaji, it was sure I would have choked with the fear unable to open the iron doors of the elevator.
Ofcourse I learnt being Gurupurninmaa day the Guru and savior Babaji was always beside me to protect and lead me to safety.
Pranams to Pujya Guruji, thank you Babaji!!
Om Sri Sairam… brothers and sisters, my humble pranams to our beloved Swami Sri Sathya Sai Baba.. and our guru Sri Swami Shivananda…
Today, I would like to share the experience I had when I first stepped towards Kangra Sai Mandir. It was on 17th July 2012, when I first went to Kangra Sai Mandir. I was told by some devotees from Punjab about Kangra Sai Mandir and Swami’s divine leelas there. I too wanted to visit the temple but didn’t know the exact location of temple. One day i.e. 17th of July 2017, I was all prepared to go to Puttaparthi but due to some reason I was unable to go and I was very upset and sad about the cancellation of my trip to Puttaparthi. A few hours later on the same day, I received a call from some devotees from Punjab about their plan to visit to Kangra Sai Mandir, asking me to come and meet them there in Old Kangra.
Sairam brothers and sisters.. today I am going to share an experience when Babaji visited my home in Delhi…
It was 21st February, when I invited Babaji for dinner to my house. Babaji came home along with loving Sai brothers Ashish and Vipul and Sai sisters Divya and Poshna. We offered pooja to Swami along with Babaji, followed by dinner. After dinner we chatted for a while and after that Babaji was about to leave and as he was moving towards the door, he suddenly held my hand, started waving his hand and created a beautiful ring given by Swami.. I was amazed to see this unexpected happening… the ring was so beautiful… more beautiful than I could have ever imagined…
Om Sri Sairam. A Humble offering to our beloved master – “The Master we have never seen before”.
Our connection with Babaji at Kangra happened through a friend, a friend with whom we were not even in touch with for more than 9 years. We traveled with no expectations but with a few jitters which I left with the Lord to take care. The humble Babaji and family, elegant altar of Swami, heart warming bhajans, most beautiful Maa and Aarthi set us up feeling so comfortable. It was astounding to feel part of a family on the very first day and little did I expect for my little one to really feel this Love so instantaneously. Continue Reading
Vibhuti Woes – An anecdote by Srinivas Kalyani Summer 2012, Panipat (Haryana, India)
As I was sitting doodling around in one of my free lectures in college, the heat wave that had engulfed the country was merrily scorching those who were brave enough to wander outside. True, I had decided to stay inside along with many others to feel safer under the roof of my classroom.
I had a very peculiar habit of drinking Vibhuti water (normal water with lots of Vibhuti mixed in it) because I had grown accustomed to the humongous amount of Vibhuti that I used to come back with from Kangra, with love from my Master, Sri Shivananda. I liked to tell myself that the supply of Vibhuti would always be unlimited for me. Hence, I used to drink Vibhuti water and be prodigal with it.
My Father’s experience with Shivananda Swami – 15 Dec 2017 – Sandhya Mehta
Sairam! There can not be a better day than this to share this experience. It is my father’s birthday today (Mr. Gopal Mehta).
One of the very popular incidence or say miracle by Shri Satya Sai Baba is imparting life as a blessing to someone. This, has happened here in Kangra too on 5th of March 2016 by Shri Shivananda Swami.
Around 3rd or 4th of March there was a big occasion of Shiv-Parvati Kalyanam held at Kangra where people from across the nation came to attend. The occasion was of 3 days as a whole.
Handwritten letter by Bhagawan to Devotee
Beloved Swami(Sathya Sai) often writes letters that appear in a holy diary compilation in the Sai Mandir at Kangra from time to time. One such letter for a devotee is seen here..