Baba Helps a Lost Woman
Within my first year of discovering Swamiji Kaleshwar in 2006, I attended a social event at a friend’s house. While there, I met a woman who showed up to do psychic readings for people. I spoke with her briefly although I didn’t get a reading from her. The very next day, I was walking in Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles and happened to run into that same woman. We ended up talking for a bit and I decided to invite her to my artist loft, which was close enough for us to walk to. As I was showing her some artwork, she noticed my photographs of Swami Kaleshwar and Shirdi Sai Baba on a table near the window and seemed very excited to see Baba. She then began to tell me of how she had recently traveled to India and while visiting one city, she ended up getting lost and had no idea how to get back to her hotel. It was dark out and she was alone at the time, feeling very vulnerable as a single woman walking down streets in a somewhat desolated area of town. She even said she was crying, inwardly asking for help. She soon noticed an older man with a beard approaching her, kindly leading her to a main street and directing her to where she needed to go. She was extremely thankful that he had helped her out -- and in such a timely manner, though he soon disappeared. The next day while shopping at a store, she saw a picture of the same man who had helped her the previous evening. She excitedly asked the store owner who he was, hoping to find him to thank him again. The shop owner told her that she had been visited by Shirdi Sai Baba and that he was no longer in physical form. She was quite amazed by this, just as I was amazed by her story.
When she shared this with me I was very new to Swami & Baba and had never heard a story like that before. I hadn’t yet been introduced to the Sri Sai Satcharitra so there was a lot to discover about Baba. In hindsight, I can see how Baba was using that woman to arouse my interest in finding out more about him. I thought of how strange it was that I met this woman one day at someone’s home (where I almost canceled my attendance) and then ran into her again the very next day in a city as large as Los Angeles. Somehow I knew it wasn’t by chance, and of course now I know that Baba was starting to make me more aware of his presence in my life. This is also a great testament of how Baba needs no one to promote him. He just appears to whomever he wants, leaves an impression, and then uses that person to later pull in someone else. He’s so infinitely creative!