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« on: March 08, 2007, 08:28:49 AM »

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VAIBHAVA LAKSHMI POOJA - BABA'S MIRACLES

Usually when we face a bigger problem (one or two), we make some plans, set up strategies, make adjustments / compromises, ….etc. try to solve the problem and take sufficient precautions that similar problem does not arise in future to the extent possible.

But, when too many ticklish problems surround us without giving a breathing time and cause irritation / frustration, how to go about it. And especially, when solving one problem leading to a new one, the situation becomes all the more irritating and exhausting.

At one such point of time, I prayed to "Maata Vaibhava Lakshmi" to solve all these innumerable problems with which I was surrounded , just like ‘Abhimanyu  in the Padma Vyuha’. I prayed  that I would do Vaibhava Lakshmi Pooja for 21 weeks.

With the grace and divine blessings of Baba, I performed the Vaibhava Lakshmi Pooja on 21  Fridays and on the 21st week (18.08.2006 ), performed the Udyapana.

A small Breif about the Pooja:  The pooja has to be started soon after Sun set on Fridays (the entire pooja takes hardly 30 –35 mts). It is more or less like Nav Guruvar Vrat  of  Baba. On the last Friday, Udyapan to be done which includes preparation of Payasam as Naivedyam to Maata Vaibhav Lakshmi, Breaking of coconut and invite atleast 7 Sumangalis / Kanyas, give the invitees – Turmeric, Kumkum, Thaamboolam (beetle leaves,beetlenuts,fruit), flowers, dakshina , Vaibhav Lakshmi pooja Vrat book and offer them payasam which they should eat at least a little in our house. Prostrate to them and take their Aashirwad.
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2007, 07:15:08 PM »

OM SRI SAI RAM

VAIBHAVA LAKHSMI POOJA - BABA'S MIRACLES

When I started the vrat,  Saraswati (Saras - my maid, Baba devotee) thought I was doing some Lakshmi Pooja. I too did not tell her any details of the Pooja or Udyapana since I did not plan anything for Udyapana at that time and left it to Baba and Vaibhava Lakshmi Maataji.

On one Saturday, (after third Friday), Saras told me that she had a dream in which, she saw one old lady aged 90 years with a big bindi on her forehead having applied lot of turmeric to her face came and stood in the back yard of my house telling  “invite seven kanyas”. Saying this she walked few steps towards east and again came back repeated the same words loudly and walked away towards east. Saras asked me what could be the meaning of that dream.

I pretended not knowing and changed the topic. The next Friday, I prayed to Maataji and Baba to confirm if this is an instruction to me for my udyapana. Yes. Vaibhava Lakshmi Maataji's Miracle. The next day morning, again for Saras the same dream got repeated and this time she was explaining every detail of her dream and the features of the old lady.

Lady coming with turmeric applied face with a big bindi and grey hair is none other than Maata Parvathi Devi. I was doing Lalitha Sahasranamam quite often that time. Then I explained to Saras that the dream was meant for me that I should call Seven Kanyas for the Udyapan. Thus, I decided to call seven Kanyas for my Udyapan. At a later date, I decided to invite 21 Sumangalis also symbolizing the 21 Fridays and offer them 21 blouse bits that I offered to Maataji  for the pooja every week.

JAI SAI RAM
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2007, 11:38:19 PM »

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Thus, even before I started to plan the Udyapana, Vaibhava Laksmi Mata’s – Baba’s  (both are one and the same) miracles began. The plan for the Udyapana started almost from the 15th week it self since I needed to buy things accordingly. In 1996, due to financial problems, we performed our Griha Pravesam in a very simple way. Since then, we never had an occasion to celebrate anything that we could invite many and arrange for a dinner.

So, I had a deep feeling that I should arrange dinner for all the invitees in my house and respect the Sumangalis with  Saris and the Kanyas with dakshina of Rs.101/- each. The things that I wanted to include in the Thaamboolam also got added up such as bangles and many such little items. I made a budget and it would definitely be a reasonably a big figure to whihc added are the pooja expenses. It looked figure of reasonable estimation but we could definitely not afford. I told Baba "This is my wish. You decide whatever you feel like".

My major demands to Baba for the Udaypana were:

A. Baba must come and bless me on the day of Udyapana
B. Baba should get me 21 Sumangalis and 7 girls (below the age of 9-10 yrs) all
    of my caste (Telugu Brahmins).
C. Baba should arrange for the telugu vrat books that should be given on the
    Udyapan day
D. He should make my husband give me whole hearted permission for this pooja
    (he neither believes nor likes this kind of poojas or vratas)
E. I want to arrange dinner for all in my house on that day. Baba should take
   care of that too since my hub has to finance the whole thing.
F. My wish to gift all the Sumangalis Saris and blouse bits and the girls with
    blouse bits and a dakshina of Rs.101/- should be fulfilled.
G. The Udyapana function should be a very grand success.

I shall write in detail how Baba has fulfilled all my demands.


Jai Sai Ram
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2007, 10:07:31 PM »

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Dear all, please read how Baba has fulfilled all my demands.

A.   BABA’S  PRESENCE IN UDYAPANA: I will write in detail about this later.

B.   BOOKS: Initially, I got 21 vrat books from my Aunt in Hyd. Later, after Saras told me about the dream, again she couriered me 11 more books (since 7 kanyas got added up). But, when we started inviting, some Tamil Sumangalis (very aged) were to be invited since we were doubtful of getting 21 Telugu Sumangalis. But, how to get the Tamil books ? Why fear when Baba is here. Baba has sent me the answer thru someone as to where I can get them in Chennai and I got 11 of them too and preserved. So totally, I purchased 43 books i.e., 32 books in Telugu and 11 books in Tamil as against the actual need of 21+7 = 28 books. But, Baba only knows; several weeks ahead that I would  need all the 42 books for udyapan which no mathematician can calculate / arrive at.

Jai Sai Ram
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007, 08:03:52 PM »

Kavitha ji

I have no words to describe baba's intentions ...it felt very blessed to read ur post .....very eager to read the rest of the story...

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007, 11:32:32 PM »

OM SRI SAI RAM

Sai Ram, Swetha dear,

Even now, when I write these leelas, my hair stands on my body and at times I wipe my tears.

I will continue now again.

Jai Baba
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2007, 11:48:57 PM »

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C. Arrangement of 21 Sumangalis and 7 Kanyas:
Initially, I made a list of all people known to me and my mother and 3 – 4 of relatives from Hyderabad but, could not even reach at the fig of  even 12-15. Moreover, as the time passed, my relatives have expressed their inability to join my Udyapan since one of our relatives planned their Grihapravesam in Hyd’bad on that very day.

Then I discussed with one of my known cirlces – Mrs.Meena  who is an elderly lady told me that she surely can get me as many as I needed  – both Sumangalis and Kanyas thru her known circles. Meanwhile, one of my relatives who stays in Chennai – Mrs.Kamala too has confirmed that I can invite a group of Sumangalis numbering 7-8  and  3-4  Kanyas who stay near her house. So I invited all the 21 Sumangalis but only 6 Kanyas were available. However, Mrs. Meena promised to get the 7th  Kanya by that day 9that is on the day of Udyapana) on her own. Thus, the number of Sumangalis and Kanyas was solved. 

The Miraculous climax is that on the day of Udyapan, a total of 31 Sumangalis and 10 Kanyas turned up making my Udyapana a great and very grand success and I was in need of 42 books.  Since Baba knows this, he got me a total of 43 books. Not even a single person that is no Sumangali / Kanya  was sent without a vrat book on that day. I was left with only one book as a balance.

Contd...
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2007, 02:17:00 AM »

kavithaji,

please continue...
i am feeling so blessed after reading ur posts and aisa lagta hai ki baba wants to point out some things to us... please continue

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2007, 11:21:33 PM »

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Dear Sai Bandhus,Sai Ram!

D.Husband’s permission:
My hub is not much interested in Poojas or Vratas except Satyanarayana Pooja and the usual poojas we do for Ganesh Chaturthi, Saraswati Pooja during Devi navarathra and Lakshmi Pooja on Deepavali. All the more, he does not believe in praying God for something and doing the Poojas. He feels all that as mere business. He advises me to do Pooja to God becoz you feel like doing but not for want of any thing. I too switched over to his this thinking and never took any vows etc. for personal benefits. But, any calamities happen such as cyclones / earth quakes etc., then I offer special poojas asking God for benefit of the affected.

This time, our family is facing all ticklish problems numbering many and very silly ones which we were unable to solve and I needed the intervention of the Almighty for setting things right. Initially, he had shown faces. But, after he had seen my involvement all the 21 weeks, Baba has made him also participate with all the enthusiasm.

It HAPPENED like this. Though initially, he showed faces, I convinced him that I had never done any pooja other than the Varalakshmi Pooja  every Sravana Month and promised that I will not repeat this again without his permission etc. still, in between he would check with me the number of weeks left over. I always managed that my pooja never effected the studies of Sai or the timings of my Hub. Another Miracle is all these Fridays, my hub was available at home without any out station visit /tour that too, I never told him to stay at home on Fridays nor he made any attempt to stay in Chennai in particular.

Six weeks before the Udyapan,  I told Baba that I am going to tell  my hub about my desire of  arranging dinner for all and buying of saris for the Sumangalis  and that he should agree to my proposal. However, I told Baba,  that I will manage the finances from my earlier savings. This is mainly becoz,  the uncertainities in his business and our past experiences have taught us a very strict financial planning and budgeting. I chose a good day, time, his best moods and expressed my desire with the reasons. He instantly asked me what the budget would be. I told him an approximate fig. and also that I would manage.

He said “let me see”.  Within a week, he received a payment from an unexpected client which he thought would never turn up. He told me that the Goddess herself has arranged for my expenses.  From that moment, till the Udyapan was completed, my hub’s co-operation is uncomparable. he himself went to the flower market and bought so many varieties of flowers that my pooja room was decorated extremely well. Since the number of people turned up was more than double, we arranged for a Shamiana and lighting in the last hour that is, at 2.00pm while the pooja was to start at 5.00pm. Availability of Shamiana in that season of marriages was also Baba’s grace.

Jai Sai Ram
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 01:15:56 AM »

To have u with us in this mandir is an honour for us really..u r blessed and I pray to sai to continue blessing u always!!!!!!!!

please share ur miracles and stories with us .we feel delighted!!!!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2007, 07:48:46 AM »

Sai Ram kavithaji,
please continue,iam eagerly waiting..May baba DRAG u'r mind and heart more and more towards him.
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2007, 10:43:42 AM »

dear Kavitaji,

I feel so delighted to read your posts...

whenever I log into this mandir, I feel happy to see a post from u in
"Experience with Baba" category.
there is so much to learn from each of your posts.

I feel so fortunate to be a part of this blessed mandir,
to be able to read the wonderful experiences of so many
members of this blessed forum.

YOU are so blessed. Baba bless u always and keep u
always happy n healthy in HIS loving care.

me too eagerly waiting to read the rest of your experiences
and enlighten myself.

JAI SAI RAM JAI SAI SHYAM



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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2007, 10:41:38 PM »

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Sai Ram, Dear Sai Bandhus!

E.  Dinner arrangements / POWER OF UDI:

Initially, we have ordered the dinner for 20 with the consent of the cook since all were ladies & kids and that too it was in the night. So, the cook said 20 meals  would be sufficient for 30 and order for extra sweets. The number went on increasing and stood at 40 by THAT   Friday morning.  Even on the pooja day, in the morning, two more requests came for participation in Pooja making the total number to 40.  So I again told the cook and he said 35 meals would do for 40 and if any food left over can be sent to my maid’s place. By night, the number of invitees turned up was 64 (more than double of the original 28 plus our family of 3 plus Saras) including few gents, one of my friend’s family etc.

When the last batch of the invitees was yet to be seated, the cook and his assistants expressed their doubts whether the food would be sufficient – especially the Rice and the number of Vadas. Infact, after that last batch of invitees, my family, my friends’ family, cook, his assistants (3), and Saras – my maid were still to have. I instantly remembered similar happenings in Shree Sai Sat Charitra. I went to the Pooja room and got some Shirdi Udi,  Sprinkled on all the vessels and told the cook to continue to serve. Meanwhile, my mother told me to keep the (Electric) Rice cooker which is capable of serving atleast 10 –12 members. I did it though thinking it might not be necessary.

AN  UNBELIEVABLE  MIRACLE: The saying that  FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS did happen on that UDYAPANA  DAY. Including the Number of Vadas which were earlier counted and confirmed of shortage, every item was left over for more than 10 people even after we all had. The Rice Cooker remained untouched. We packed all the balance to the house of Saras (near her house people take dinner only at 11 pm since most of them return from construction work) to ensure that even a bit of the food (literally, it was given by Baba only) was not wasted.


Jai Sai Ram
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2007, 12:32:35 AM »

Kavitha ji

What a blessing to read ur post.... thank u so much for growing our faith more in baba.... there have been numerous ocassions when guests arrive and i feel the quantuity is not going to suffice then i request baba telling him that this was his food and let everyone have to their full ...if that is done i find food is balance on that day and everyone have had even more than what they actually have and taste of the food is also very good ....

Baba confirms that he is with his devottess very minute

Sai ram
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2007, 03:28:35 AM »

dear kavitha ji,

u r an angel sent to us by baba. we all r really blessed to hv u in this mandir. all of ur posts r wonder of wonders. pls continue with ur posts and give us the nectar.

om sai ram.
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