It was the spring of 2006 in Chicago. I was in the office going about my usual work but was not at ease with myself. I knew something was wrong with my head. By afternoon the headache got worse and made me feel drowsy. I took a walk down to my apartment opposite to the office and went to the gym to lighten up. After about 5 min of cycling, I noticed my left eye getting blurred. My left ear hardly heard anything. I collapsed and before I could realize I was being rushed to the emergency. The doctors said that it is a brain hemorrhage.
More diagnosis led the doctors to believe that the only way out was surgery. Three months in a foreign country, alone in the hospital led me to depression. My mother in India went into depression too. With no proper food for days she went around temples praying to God to get her son back safe and sound.
After my surgeries I booked my tickets to Bangalore from Chicago. I landed in Bangalore with a huge sigh of relief. My brother and mother were in tears as they saw me walking from the baggage claim of the airport. I was in tears too seeing my mother, her arms hugging me so tight saying she would never allow me to go away from her. We went home and my mother said she saw this man in white robes and beard landing in the same flight and walking past just few minutes ahead of me.
She recollected it was Sri Sri Ravi Shankar whom she had seen many times in television. We didn’t know about Art of living then. She also said that Sri Sri looked at her for a while as he came out of the airport. I just ignored her and said it is not a big deal and people like Sri Sri keep travelling.
I did my first Part 1 a few months later. My headaches just disappeared after my first Sudarshan Kriya and miraculously I came out of depression. After many months, I recalled Gurudev landing in the same flight. Gurudev had listened to my mother who was praying for months. He being on the same plane was no co-incidence.
I later recalled his gazing message to her “Look, I have brought your son safe and sound”. Tears started rolling down my cheeks in gratitude. They say once in a time your Guru will find you. I jumped out of joy that he had chosen me, given me a new life and given me this path of love and grace.