A devotee sharing his first experience of Kangra

Om Sri Sairam… brothers and sisters, my humble pranams to our beloved Swami Sri Sathya Sai Baba.. and our guru Sri Swami Shivananda…

Sri Shivananda Vishwaguru Sri Shivananda Sai Shivananda Shivananda Kangra BabajiToday, 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.

I got ready and boarded a bus to Kangra, and reached Kangra bus stand. Now I didn’t know where to go and which way would lead me to Old Kangra. I asked the local people about directions to the Sai Mandir in Old Kangra and they told me the way and I followed the route given by them. On the way, a bikerider came and he asked me where I wanted to go, I told him that I wanted to go to the Sai mandir in Old Kangra. He then requested me to sit on the back of his bike and he would drop me there. I thanked Swami and felt really happy that now I would reach the Mandir without any difficulty.  So, I finally reached the Mandir and as I stepped into the Kangra Sai temple, I was greeted by Vishal brother (Sri Shivananda’s brother). Our guru Sri Shivananda was not home at that time.

Vishal brother took me to Swami’s room and I saw vibhuti on Swami’s photographs and then had sightings of deities kept inside Swami’s room along with lingams manifested by Swami. I was feeling some different kind of divine energy all around me. Vishal brother went into the kitchen to get me a glass of water and now I was alone in Swami’s room. And then as I was gazing at each and every presiding deity inside Swami’s room, I saw something quite unbelievable, what I saw was a spark of fire fall down from the deity representing divine mother, the mother with long hair. I stood up and went to closer to see and then what I saw, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I saw the spark ultimately change into a white flower, a very small one and I have never seen such a small size white flower in my life. It looked like a fully bloomed rose, but about the size of a pea. I was shaking at that time and then picked up that flower with my hand and a different feeling of happiness(ecstasy) started with in me. But I couldn’t tell anyone about the leela I had encountered as I thought people may call me mad or make fun of me and at that time I was unaware of the innumerable leelas that happened regularly at the divine abode in Kangra. Finally I put that flower in a zip pocket of my purse as a token of love and blessings from divine mother and  suddenly, Vishal brother came with a cup of tea and glass of water… then we talked for a while and finally devotees from Punjab also arrived. Then we spent time together and as we were about to leave, I was only thinking about the leela I had encountered.

In the evening I was back at my friend Ankush’s house. I wanted to show the flower to him and his mother but when I unfastened the zip pocket of my purse the flower was not there. I never keep any thing in that pocket of my purse and I was amazed and in a sense of wonder and awe I looked at that purse again but couldn’t find it and then realized may be it went back to from where it came. I was totally spellbound by the experience that I had that day.

Later, I realized how Swami in the form of Divine Mother welcomed me there and feelings I had that day, I was so happy. I couldn’t go to Puttaparthi but Swami called me to Kangra. I was feeling that I am in Puttaparthi… and in Swami’s fold. This was my experience of calling from Kangra Sai Mandir… and that first experience was so beautiful that when ever I try to remember that moment, I always feel some deep connection from within and since that day I started feeling some helping hand going through in my life….

Life is full of unexpected happenings.. once you have bhakti and faith inside of you…

Om Sri Sai Ram..