My birthday is in a few days. Never have i celebrated birthdays for the past decade for i fail to understand the glory of its celebration. But, my last birthday was meaningful and was the best birthday i had. i was blessed to have witnessed many leelas of Baba, while had the opportune to be at closer vicinity with Him and one such experience i would like to share this.
i was in the ashram last year this time happily working on the system and my birthday had approached and i as usual shut off my cell as the day began. Not a soul knew about this day and i was very happy about it. As noon approached, a desire suddenly erupted in my mind as to "how wonderful if i would get a glimpse of Baba today; it would make my day!" It was long since Baba had been down in the office and was missing Him too. Then an equally strong thought that quickly followed was Baba's words "Don't run behind the body." Then i thought why was i giving the physical meet so much importance and also giving so much equal importance to the birthday, when i always believed that we are born and die every day (in various ways). So, immediately i shunned this idea and knew that Baba had not been down for so many days and so why struggle behind this meet. At other times, when He was physically there, never did such thought occur, but it was this 'birthday' thing that had given rise to this thought, which gave a hint that still the birthday thing had importance deep down
Suddenly, i remembered the sketch that i made of Baba almost two years back but always carried it with me. i thought, at least i can give this sketch to Him on this day. So, i took the sketch and went into an office cabin and gave it to a person to kindly give it to Baba, which he said he would. i was overjoyed of the thought that at least He would see this and think of me today so in some way i would still receive His blessing on this day. But, the person forgot the sketch on his table and left. The whole day passed i was busy at work and having a good time with colleagues.
Soon, it was evening and at 6 pm everyone started leaving. It was about 6:45 p.m. and i was almost alone in the office still working, while this thought returned back even strong. "The day is gone and i am leaving now. I should have made a prayer to meet him.... at least a glance... no need to telling the birthday stuff, but at least a glance would have been enough." Again, followed even strongly "Don't run behind my body." i got up and thought that i am still stuck with this birthday and darshan thing though not really required. i had to talk something about work to a colleague in the next room and leave, so i got up and walked into that room and told what i had to tell and it was not even a minute that i spoken it standing at the door of that room and when i turned to leave Baba was standing at the door!! Fully smiling with big eyes staring into me without a blink. He said "Namah Shivay!" i could not speak a word and just stared at him. What more was a form of Him i had never ever seen before. He wore a red turban around his head just exactly like how Sai Baba wears with a knot on the side and the turban flowing down. A few seconds passed both looking at each other and He sensing my situation spoke of something else and i answered him. i still could not recover from this sight and Baba walked down the hallway. i returned to my seat totally excited at the fulfillment of this wish and that too in a minute. Because i had i just entered that room and not in a minute when i turned back he was at the door! i sat there at my seat for something trying to recollect it all. In not less than 5 minutes the door opened and Baba entered the room i was sitting in and i sprung to my feet. He asked, "Have you made that sketch?" i stammered "Yes, Babaji". He rolled His eyes with a broad smile and said "It's nice, very nice!" and then left the room. i fell into my seat totally blown. He had gone straight to that room where i had requested the sketch to be given but it was forgotten and left on the desk and Baba went straight into that room, looked at the sketch and came back to my room and acknowledged it!
This was the most beautiful birthday i had. He knew what i had presented was lying in that room. He knew what was in my mind. And to fulfill it, He Himself came down for it... and that too with a Sai turban around His head. After leaving the room, He had walked a full round of the ashram and went up. What was that all about only He knows. It is impossible to decipher saints. This coming birthday i was reminded of this beautiful episode and felt compelled to share it, for His examples of omnipresence and "knowing it all" should reach all.
Lots of love for all seekers on this path of truth and light. May the Guru's light continuing guiding us all unto light. Divine Love and Light.