I first met Dadashreeji lovingly called as Dada and also “Divine Friend” on a skype call in March 2012. My brother had met Dada when he had come to Delhi. My brother decided to invite some people over for a meeting at his house on a Sunday. He wanted me to come too insisting that he wanted me to meet a friend “a guru type of person”. I had been practicing meditation since I was 18 and was quite pleased with myself. I said why the heck should I want to meet anyone and that too – your friend? I have enough friends and don’t want yet another. Plus it’s a Sunday. I should be sleeping late and taking things easy. Yet to please my brother I got up early and reached my parents’ house in SDA only to find that the fellow was still asleep and had not bothered to tell me that the meeting had been postponed. I was furious at him for spoiling my Sunday.
The same story of request for a meeting repeated itself next Sunday. I told him off but because of my soft corner for my kid brother: I went to SDA yet again. There I met a quaint couple talking some gibberish about some chap they called a friend and heard their claims about how he had turned their lives around, a transformation they called it. After some discussion and talk of being a good person, living a good life etc I was willy nilly made to go into another room where Dada was waiting online on a skype call. I had no clue what was expected of me. I was just being polite and went anyway. I greeted him and he me. I saw Sai’s photo above and behind Dada’s head and made a stupid remark that “you can’t be on the wrong track if Baba is with you”. Dada laughed and said, what I was to realise much later with his trademark ‘yes, yes’. I requested his inputs in how I could grow in my career. He said “just keep doing what you are doing. I am with you.”
The next day the bottom fell out on my career. From being the blue eyed boy, my employer took an intense dislike for me. I was to understand much later that Dada’s Grace had already made its presence felt starting with the Skype call. (Actually this was the best thing that could have happened to me) Things got very bad and ultimately I was forced to resign. The employer was not the most reasonable of people. I was threatened and what not. Dada said take this as long as you can. I accepted and kept going for another week. The employer then threatened me with bodily harm. I was alarmed and though not having any background of Dada, sent him a message. Dada conveyed to me to chant the Guru Mantra. I had nothing to lose through zero faith in my brother’s so called friend. Dada stayed with me throughout this time with frequent calls from Mitra Shankhji conveying messages from Dada to a skeptical me, till I finally left the job. The employer has never ever paid any person leaving leaving his employment his last salary. Dada ensured that I got the last paise from him. My first taste of Divinity!
– Mitra Chetan