Guru Purnima – The day of the devotee to express gratitude, love and respect to the Guru and also to review our life and measure the spiritual growth from one Guru Purnima to another.
How to express the inexpressible?! That is the question. However, I go with the ‘spontaneous flow of powerful feelings’ and offer my gratitude to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji on this auspicious day of Guru Purnima.
From a very young age, I have been aware of an unseen loving hand holding me and carrying me in my most difficult times. I have been witness to things just working out in an unimaginably miraculous way during impossible times! I realized early in life that if one has ‘Daivabala’ (Gods Grace) no harm can come to us if we have purity of heart.
I lost my younger brother, who was my pillar of support, in 1998. I found it hard to reconcile. Life was unfair. I started composing sad poems questioning God and drifted into depression. Romantic and patriotic poems which were hitherto my forte took a back seat.
Soon, Gurudev came into my life. One of my friends told me about our Art of Living basic course as it was then called. On the same day, my husband was also told about the course in his office. We thought it was no coincidence. We attended the program together. During ‘Eye Gazing’ process, tears flowed from my eyes. There was no difference between one person and another. My brother was in each and every pair of eyes I gazed into. I had bought a one way ticket to the Art of Living!
The tears would flow every morning after the Sudarshan Kriya. I would ask my brother silently, “Why did you leave this beautiful world?” and then console him saying “Don’t worry about anything. All will be taken care of. You just relax”. One night he appeared in my dream looking so peaceful and healthy, wearing pure white Kurta pyjama, which I have never seen him wearing in real life, and said, “If you keep grieving for me constantly, how can I relax?” I realized I was disturbing him and decided not to bring him to my realm of existence. I knew he was happy.
Rest is history. My husband and I have made seva our priority in life.
I cannot say I have always had good time after the Art of Living. But, because of tough times I have been able to appreciate joy in totality.
I have not become any richer, materialistically speaking, nor have I become famous or powerful in a worldly sense. But I have also realized the peace and freedom one can enjoy when one is not famous or powerful.
I am aware of the indestructible power one gets when one takes responsibility.
I am able to differentiate between my ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. I feel secure in the knowledge that I will be given what is needed at the right time.
I don’t feel the need to prove anything to anybody. I educate and drop and move on.
Because I am moving from ‘ What about me’ to ‘ What about others’ I am fearless. Yes, Gurudev has made me fearless.
I have learnt to value love above everything else seeing Him shower unconditional love.
I feel I am loved uniquely by my Master, more than my parents have ever loved me!
Thank you Gurudev, for making my life an eternal celebration.
On this Guru Purnima, I offer my every breath to work for Your vision, and wait patiently and in love for the day to meet myself!
.Jai Guru Dev!