Dear our Baba

You are a magical spirit. You can create magic everywhere and at any time. You remember, around 2014-15 when I was truly & fondly wanting to see you. I was crying and became restless as well because I want to see you, want to get you, want to feel you earnestly. Shirdi Sai baba At times I was quite sure you will soon reply to me either in real form or in any other form. And it happened you kept my wish. One fine morning Baba's face has clearly appeared on the wall of my room. It is so prominent that I can't believe my eyes and started crying. As if Baba himself was smiling and telling from the wall that "you called me with all your heart and so why I am here. You can now get me, feel me, touch me through this visibility."

From that day onwards Baba is here with me in my house. And Baba's face brights and shines each day. We all know Baba chooses his devotees & when he entered one's life, our topsy-turvy life turned in to a beautiful & peaceful life. Just want to say, We all love you, Be with us.

by Smaranika Banerjee

A visit to the Temple

Shirdi Sai Temple is located in Northwest suburbs of Chicago about thirty miles west of Schumburg closer to I-90. Along Highway 47, surrounded by farms, the drive to temple through the country side brings back memories to those who have visited Shirdi or other pilgrim places in rural India. The drive in winter with snow covered lawns and ice covered trees has a mesmerizing effect. During summer, the drive through lush green lawns and fields of corn and soyabean, uplifts the mood bringing joy and happiness.

A visit to the temple will take one away from the buzz of mundane routine of life into a serene and peaceful environment where one can forget everything, focus on divinity to experience the wonderful calmn and soothing effect it provides. Aarathis are times when we all gather to sing in chorus to the sound of soul uplifting music and bathe in its mystical effect.

Abhishek is the time when the Lord is given a holy bath amidst chant of vedic hymns. Those who get mentally involved during the ceremony experience something that only they can describe. With each pass of ceremony, it feels like one is in the live presence of Master himself throwing glances, showering his grace and blessings, on those present. It is time for Baba to get ready for his daily court, where we all gather with our prayers.

The pictorial gallery and symbolic representations in Temple, of places of significance in Shirdi, provide one to relive their memories if they have alreay visited the holy shrine or provide information to those who plan to visit Shirdi in future. Prasadalaya is the place where naivedya offered to Baba is served. The ever buring fire in temple reminds one of Baba's dhuni.

The quiet room provides an opportuntiy to those who wish to spend time during their visit in silent meditation or prayer, quietly do parayan or scriptural reading and offer Pradaskhina (circum-ambulations).

From taking part in the various activities listed elsewhere on the temple site to silent individual prayer, one can enjoy the bliss and solitude that comes with a vist to the temple.

by Sai Bhakt Mukesh