I am your servants’ servant – A blog post by D N Raju

One has no reason to feel proud when he / she is able to help another, for the skill or wealth or strength or courage or official position that gave the chance to serve was the gift of God, whether one recognize it or not. One is only offering this God’s gift to another God’s gift, namely the poor, the illiterate, the weak, the diseased, the grieving, the broken-hearted, who seek your help.

We have become so selfish that we do not care for others, or anything other than our own welfare . . One who constantly thinks of his own body, his own family, his own wealth and his own comfort is truly a selfish man. The only way to cleanse such a hard-hearted man is through service to humanity.
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Guru is the embodiment of compassion. He watches for a grain of goodness or humility so that He can reward it with tons of grace. Deserve the grace of Guru by helping the weak and the poor, the diseased and the downtrodden.

The (mother) tortoise is on one bank of the river, and her young ones are on the other side. she gives neither milk, nor warmth to them. her mere glance gives them nutrition. the young ones do nothing, but remember (meditate upon) their mother. the tortoise glance is, to the young ones, a down-pour of nectar, the only source of sustenance and happiness. Similar is the relation, between the guru and disciples.  Unconditional Surrendrance & Faith is the only quality that is required in the  disciple.

This Guru, our Sadhguru, says  “ I’m a Beggar, have no house or wife or bank account, and though leaving off all cares, I have stayed at one place, the inevitable maya teases me often. though i forgot myself i cannot forget her. she always envelops me. this maya (illusive power) of the lord (shri hari) teases god brahma and others; then what to speak of a poor begger like me? those who take refuge in the lord will be freed from her clutches with his grace”

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He taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru. Greed and Brahma are exactly opposite”. One must rest content with one’s lot. Greedy person cannot live  peacefully.

Guru is the embodiment of compassion. He watches for a grain of goodness or humility so that He can reward it with tons of grace. Deserve the grace of Guru by helping the weak and the poor, the diseased and the downtrodden.

Guruji is showcasing all of us only one thing Wipe the Tears of Others before your own Tears. He has been trying to cleanse us by various means, by reciting Mantra, by doing Japa, by doing Bhajan, by shouting at us at times, over and above he is showing us the way practically that how one can attain the SELF by surrendering to the Guru, still we are unable to attain the SELF, the inner SELF the GURU, he is now pushing all of us for more easier thing than any meditation, shed the MASK, SERVE the NEEDY, still we are unable to taste this NECTAR, he is now showing that the the CAGE where he is binded is not cooperating, still the responsibility of serving to others is making this body work all through for others, for us.  He show casing  us that he is the servant for the servants, then what are we ? Irrespective of his physical stature he has been SERVING all of US and in return he is seeking only one thing from us, attain SELF, recognize it, experience it and merge with IT.

This day lets pledge that we shall ensure that each of us would make one person happy during the day,   by any means whether feeding them, or by helping them on as simple as making them cross the road, help them for medication, education, clothes or shelter. What ever the Guru has given us is for us to share with those who do not possess, lets SERVE the NEEDYm the easiest path of merging with inner GURU.

Jaigurudeva

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The cosmic existence of Guruji – The silence in the words of Avadhoota Nadananda

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A creation by Navaneethji

Mauna, the silence to hear the voice within, the silence to keep the sounds of the world away, the silence to hear the unheard is a choice when the noise around is too much. The reasons are many and when it is chosen, I chose to gain the energy, to gain that energy to revive the connections with Guru Mandali with extreme ecstasy. It certainly needs some atmosphere around me, some energy beyond the one I move along. It is ofcourse again at the call of Guru Mandali.

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A creation by Navaneethji

The body as such if seen is suffering the suffering of the diseased around me, the mind though avoided, is tired with the stress of everyone around, the pains of everyone is on me beyond my physical capacities, the thoughts are thrown upon me to relieve my disciples of their worries. The cleaning process of all this junk, trash, spam in the terms of new age technology took 2 complete days for me to clear. It is like the brain, mind, rather intellect put in ‘factory setting’ and cleared all unwanted big files of stressful, painful journey of life.
The cleaning process of my inbox of consciousness is with a certain technique of Pranayamam.

MAUNA VRAT

On the third day of Mauna, few seconds of glimpse is captured by Manjula Nagaraj

It was on the 3rd day I could sit comfortably, with no thoughts, no actions, being neutral, being in Self, my own Nature, all alone, the body started revolting with unbearable back pain as it reminds me..

“What about me ? ”

But the pain was in it’s high peak, simply laid down morning hours with an auto suggestion

I AM NOT THIS BODY, I AM NOT THIS MIND, I AM NOT THIS INTELLECT…
even before I could conclude, the consciousness loudly uttered,
I AM THE PURE CONSCIOUSNESS, THE SELFLESS ‘SELF’.

A long lonely journey entered into a mindless state….intellect is not arguing. ..consciousness is crystal clear….

Early morning while woke up back pain appeared to have reduced. I could sit for regular Pranayama at 3 a.m. After few minutes, I noticed some irritation in lungs followed by vomiting of accumulated blood and phlegm started. It continued for an hour or so…. A horrible experience ! After sometime relaxed….an hour simply on Shavasana…. Body became very light…. Chest congestion cleared….easy , normal breathing started…
Relaxed….that relaxation took me to a brief nap.. Ofcourse, I was tired because of vomiting…. again slept…Had some rice with seasoned buttermilk…

On getting up, felt better…. Feeling of being in nothingness… Mind is not there…
Intellectual questions and answers vanished.
Back pain…it was there…as I was still in body consciousness.

It was a painful night. Lower back was paining very badly, and was unable to move a bit.
Due to malnutrition, as I was taking only rice and butter milk for last six months body was very weak. Unable to move from bed. Apart from body consciousness, mind and intellect was stet.
Thoughtless, calm, composed… I tried to be in that state.

With much difficulty had morning ablutions, sat on sofa chair,…tried to forget the pain.
Few minutes….a cool breeze in the room as if telling me to be composed…silence was around me…from very far somewhere… barking sounds of a dog…I was trying to be in me… forgetting external pains…one second… everything vanished…. No sounds…. as the entire cosmos is in silence…..
A violet light ….filled in the room…. around the chair…around me… everything disappeared…only light was there…in violet…lost my body consciousness…
A deep silence….in and around me…there was no time…no space…. the ‘ I ‘ … It only exist…….

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The violet light visualised by Navaneethji and then created

Tried to get back to normalcy… The time was around 5 a.m. …. I knew about time… I knew about space…. Now the body is there…mind is there… Intellect is there… I know I am there….

So…..the pain is there…. I am in my sofa chair….

Ecstasy of silence was coming to an end……
Infact, I was not interested to come out of this blissful mood.
The incomparable Ananda of Nada….the cosmic sound of SOHAM.

But no way… vyavahara was waiting outside of my room…demanding my involvement…I can not escape from it….
Once again I convinced my mind..
“You are here not for yourself…but for others.
Come out of your selfish ecstasy…bliss..come out..
Deprived people are around you… depressed people are waiting for few words of solace.. come out….go…go there…do good for them”

…so, I was coming out… to take care…those deprived, depressed people around me.

I told myself

“In future…such selfish activities will never be from my side..”

Yes. It sounds strange to call the bliss as selfish. But it is true. There is a different perspective to look at it. Sitting in that ecstasy may keep you always in that mode. If you are fully merged in…. No way to come out.

Example…
You like sweet…you are eating without caring for others..
It is selfishness in another angle to look into…

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Immediately on opening the doors after 5 days of Mauna

When I finally opened the doors that were closed for 5 days, did not want to encounter the world straight away and took the help of Agni deva through this homam.

True… That is all… Goodbye to bliss..
Goodbye to Ananda…

 

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Musings with Guru Avadhoota Nadananda – A blog post by Navaneethji

picture 3The advent of yet another Gurupurnima was round the clock. As usual when people from various parts of the country started thronging to siddhaganj in Kurnool for Guruji Avadhootha Nadananda’s blessings, I too arrived a day before, seeking his warm presence. Many a strange faces confronted there earlier, have become more intimate now. Reaching Guruji’s abode is similar to that of an NRI stepping into his own happy home with a great relief, after spending years abroad. Here its like a big family where in the care taker is Guruji himself. Though Guruji’s physique, as I had seen before, became so emaciated owing to the disease and the old age, the spiritual aura and the serene heart bubbling with a mother’s love have only trebled effulgently. There is no wonder. The body is only an attire. Realizing that divine soul inside the body gives us immense joy. Pranaam Guruji.

 

 


Generally I scribble up the ecstatic moments spent with Guruji, immediately after reaching home; but this time my mind said to describe it in a different way. It was nothing but the notes of the invaluable experiences I had had with Guruji all these years.

 


PRE OCCUPIED NOTION
It is the human tendency to look at things with a prejudiced notion. Probably the acquired education, life experiences and culture one imparted so far might contribute for such a notion. But this would certainly end up as an idiosyncrasy. Two years ago, a man who had read Guruji’s auto biography expressed his desire to come with me to Ashram. He got details about me from Late Sri Raghu Ramji. Having spoken to him I realized that he has formed an immature understanding about Guruji. I persisted him why he wants to come, as I cannot take him there without Guruji’s permission. As the conversation prolonged I got a vivid picture of the person. He had a concocted idea of an Avadhutha, clad in a torn attire, a long beard, eyes sparking so intense; in short a lunatic form. Moreover, the research zeal he exhibited to compare other saints with the Avadhutha, he read from the Autubiography, urged me not to correct him. Because I fervently believe that spirituality can neither be taught nor can be imparted to someone; rather it must be experienced in course of time according to the action (karma) one performs. Hence, I concluded the chat soon.

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A year later, on a Gurupurnima day, amongst the many devotees hailed from Kerala, I noticed the same person there. During the short conversation, I understood that the man nurses the same moorings when I met him before. Besides, he is found to be vociferous in glorifying one of the disciples of Guruji who was anointed recently. When he asked my opinion about that disciple, I told him that many a great disciples I knew who were initiated at Siddhaganj. They are all serving the poor at the instruction of Guruji and at any measure, these disciples stand above the person you mentioned. After Guruji, I bow them next, I said.

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Today spirituality has become a tool for many to get into limelight. Such saints are spread across failing to differentiate between the fair and the fake. Guruji and the like live amidst us gives a bit of relief. Just as our friend presumed, this Avadhutha also could have lived a life of solitude realizing the self. But What else could a Saint do than serving the poor and the downtrodden having destined by His Lordess Taramayi. One who doesn’t realize that Bhadrakali, Vagdevi and Dhanalakshmi are the same manifestations, will never understand.

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One more year passed, this time on Guru Purnima, two more keralites came into acquaintance, who have understood the love and wisdom of Guruji very well. I felt so elated. During the conversation a new topic cropped up that Guruji has chosen his successor to the lineage and He only has the authority to guard the precious ‘Khappar’ that belongs to Guruparambara. They asked me if that was right. I just replied that achievements, recognition or approval is not important. One must deserve it. As long as Guruji is with us these questions are immaterial now.

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THE JOY OF GIVING
Majority of humans are not contended with whatsoever they receive in life, let alone deriving joy while giving. That is to be understood only by experiencing. I have experienced it and still am enjoying it. An eccentric experience only brought me so close to Guruji. It was many years ago that I met Guruji during an early morning walk at Sringeri along with Pradipji, Preethji, Anandji and Murali. The whole area was surrounded by fog and biting cold. As we were walking through the parking lot, we noticed an aged person warming up near the fire. As Guruji approached him and chatted, he prostrated before him. The sight that Guruji removing his shawl and wrapping him up, still lingers in my mind. How can I forget that moment, Guruji walking with a stick in hand, wearing just a panja on that cold day, having given the shawl to the suffering man? It was not mere a charity but a lesson for ourselves, he has been practically teaching all these years.


I heard many people proclaiming that they would certainly help the humanity if they had enough money. It is a wrong notion. How much you possess or whatsoever you donate is not important. The question is ‘Are you willing to give something?’ It needless be money, food, dress or medicine. Even a soothing word to a bereaved heart will be sufficient to get that bliss to you. Each day at Siddhaganj passes by satisfying every needy persons’ required wishes.


Food distribution at Dist. Hospital, Railway station, Bus stand, the free medical camp, service to leprosy patients and the Sunday classes for the under privileged students etc are the beautiful lessons Guruji prepared for all of us. Seva is a responsisbility. It is not a means to feel proud of helping others .

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There are many Asharams that serve the poor and deprived. But what makes siddhaganj stand apart? Usually such organizations will first organize the fund through donation and then use them for the destitutes where as at Siddhganj every devotees and saadhakas contribute their money and dedicate their time and labour for the poor. Here every one participates themselves at the direction of Guruji to make them realize what SEVA is. For the very reason, these lessons of Seva will always be cherished and implemented by devotees wherever they are, without the aid of an Ashram.
Realizing the Supreme Soul is spirituality. Each form in the world is the fragmented manifestations of that divinity. As we recognize this oneness in many, we also realize that the service for them we do is ultimately done to us. Then how can one take so pride in oneself about the Seva he does. Is it not our responsibility? This is the nectar of Message we receive at Siddhaganj.
Once again my humble salutation to Guruji who reminds us this truth each and every second. By Navneetji , Kannur

 

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Guru Poornima 2018 with Avadhoota Nadananda – A blog post by Balasubramaniam Gollappally

This year’s Guru Poornima for me and many blessed ones present is perhaps the best Guru Poornima ever celebrated. Most of the lucky people were stuck to their seats in the Avopa Sadan, Kurnool from about 6 AM to 2 PM. The hall was jam-packed with disciples and devotees and not many were either aware or imagined about what is going to unfold so beautifully in the next few hours there. I didn’t, in fact, envisage such unforgettable, awe-inspiring and soul stirring proceedings. The guest devotees came from North, West and Southern parts of our country and from Philippines. The full credit goes to all those who toiled and sweated for days in planning and meticulous execution of the program. It was a great feast to the ears and eyes. Guruji’s stamp of class is visible in everything, to say the least. When he is in ecstasy, the disciples and devotees become more realised. In the midst of so many hard-working disciples, Guruji always look like a one man army. He is the best captain that any army would be proud to have. Here…. the disciples are proud of our Guruji.


As usual on this very auspicious Guru/Vyasa Poornima the celebrations here started with bringing of Gurupadukas and performing Guru Pada puja to swayam Guruji by an elderly couple chosen by Guruji. A special medical camp was conducted on the occasion which received good response. After the solemn puja, the MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA started…….no…… echoed in the air-conditioned auditorium for the next few hours continually. Sri Gokulanji of Hyderabad, Sri Gurmeet Singh, the famous gazal singer from Indore, a batch of upcoming singers from Hyderabad and lastly, but not least, SMT. Saraswathi, retd music college lecturer, enthralled the audience beyond words and took the audience to the heights of divine joy with their numerous devotional song numbers and with multiple jugal bhandies. Guruji not only joined them in singing here and there, but also acted as music-conductor giving directions to sing particular songs with ragas and even remixing several devotional songs in a sort of novel jugalbhandies. As expected and to fit to the occasion there were many soul stirring songs connected to Guru, Gurutatwa, Gurupaath and Guru bhodh. Later Sri Gurmeet Singh released a CD album titled ‘Gokulanandam’ rendered by Sri Gokulanji in Malayalam and Sri Anand in Telugu. The volunteers of MSS(Manava Seva Samiti), Kurnool who have been doing yeoman service at Leprosy colony for over an year were introduced to the gathering and honoured. The poor students who are supported by Ashraya Trust and MSS and who secured very good grades in their SSC exams were also complimented. Shri Nandakumarji gave a brief speech and released the “Table top calendar” of daily quotations of Guruji for 365 days.


In-between the vocal numbers, there was a couple of Mohiniyattam dance bits by two mothers from Kerala which captivated the spectators as good as the gazals and Thyaraja Kriti, ” Yendaro Mahanubhavulu”. There was the signature dancing by Guruji holding the hands of nearby disciples. It always symbolises the Jadguru “Sri Krishna – Gopikas” tatwam of the pure eternal love between the God and renounced mortals. Ah! …then…..a film in Telugu and Malayalam on the life of our Guruji, Avadhoota Nadananda, titled, “The Stranger” is under production. The film unit along with the director of the film also graced the occasion and filmed certain bits of the Guru Poornima celebrations including the Guru Pada puja. I conclude this by saying that today’s program for all of us was simply

NOT IN THE PAST; BUT IN THE FUTURE IT MAY EXCEED IN THE HANDS OF GURUJI……. BECAUSE THAT IS GURUJI.

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Grace does need renewal : Guru Poornima 2018 – A blog post by Malleswari Kameswaran

taramayee ammaThe rays of Full moon while penetrate the warmth on Ashada Poornima does many wonders. Guru Poornima, the very uttering of this day fills the heart and soul with vibrations piercing directly from the Guru removing all the darkness and filling us with those rays of bright light. While meeting Guru in one’s life is the new beginning, getting initiated is a new birth again, Guru Poornima is renewing this relationship with Guru. Not sure if it is the disciple who goes to renew or Guru renews the initiated power, but here with GURUJI, it is like dragging everyone of us into his loving lap and renewing that relationship. Yes it is.

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Anywhere else in Ashrams, it is generally the disciples and devotees gather to make it a grand celebration for their Guru. Here it is the other way around. We all are invited over phones and messages. We are so much enveloped in the invitation that we forget it is Guruji who is calling us but an elderly person like father or grand father inviting us for a family function. In this maya, we even tend to avert to the invitation saying we are busy. We are not allowed to miss that divine opportunity. Our accommodation, food and all other specific requirements are specially taken care by Guruji right from who should be staying where to when to travel to how to travel. This is not all, the stage decoration, the musical fusion of Carnatic, Folk and Hindustani on one dais, the classical dance performance of Mohini attam, book release and CD release; the minute by minute schedule is designed and executed to the perfection.

The uniqueness of this year Paaduka stapana is that three women of influence who does the cleaning of bathrooms, washing the vessels, cleaning the premises of ashram are chosen to perform this divine task. It is a profound lesson to all of us to learn to celebrate the divinity in each woman unmindful of the caste, creed or religion. As they begin to bring paadukaas which are established by Guruji in the Ashram as a connection to Guru Mandali amidst the shankanaad of Varsha bhaabi in the shadow of Mohi Bhayya, the musical drums picked the rhythm of the time taking all of us to the divine ecstasy. Amidst all of this, Guruji was shining brighter than the Moon of the day. If to be explained, it is like Full moon rays are penetrating through Guruji and catching that divinity, the entire atmosphere is filled with divine brightness. It is divine worshipping Divinity when Guruji walked up to the dais and offered flowers on Paadukaas. That one moment is enough to see the connection of Guru Mandali through Guruji.

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Deepa Prajwalana being the one important start of the programme, was done by Nandakumar ji, Preeti ji and Raghuramaiah uncle; the premises brimmed with a special glow. The veda chanting by our pandit Murali brought in the special vibrations to the occasion. Deepa mangala Jyoti namo namah !!!

When it was time for Pada Pooja, Guruji was seated on the Aasan, it was no more physical form of Guruji seated there but the entire Guru Mandali descended there for those few moments to receive our prayers. Sometimes, we see Guruji swaying in ecstasy and on some other times, piercing the graceful rays through eye contact and on some other times, the divine utter of words conveying profound messages. The Aasan had the background of eyes of Yogini specially designed by Guruji. The mantras being chanted by Manjulakka and the rest of the process being guided by Hari akka just through her eyes, was as if the Yoginis are doing this entire programme. We heard devatas descend down to offer puja to Avadhootas. The scene looked a replica of that. All in all, it was a divinity enveloped around us.

As this was going on, Guruji’s grace is not limited to the hall of devotees and disciples gathered to grab the blessings, it spreads wide around the suffering first. True to the principle of Guruji that Seva is Saadhana, team of doctors and volunteers ensured their steths as japa maala & medicines as Prasad to be distributed, started off the medical camp in the slums around. Miracles happened here. A Woman who came breathless is treated with just one pill, A child who was finding it difficult to fight the virus got well with one tonic, an old man not knowing the reason for his sickness returned with a sigh of relief. Guru Kripa hi Kevalam !!!

The musical treat of Carnatic and Hindustani fusion began with Guruji picking up the raga and thala. Singers were amused with the perfection of Guruji in both the variations of music. At that moment, they forgot that they are performing in a programme. It was like they are competing with the world renowned musician for some time and at another moment, they felt as if their own Guru who taught music came there to correct them and perfect them. For all of us, it is Maa Saraswati dwelled herself to celebrate herself. Once again, it is all a way beyond the physical boundaries of Guruji.. the ecstasy of music caught the strings of our hearts to the rhythm of divinity. It all went many levels beyond our physical planes when Gurumeetji picked up the gazal of Dhool Tere Charanonke Sadguru, equally on the other side Gokulanji picked up Saranam Saranam Gurudeva; Thodi door saath chalo was equally paired with Krishna nee begane baaro; when Gurumeetji concluded with Aaj jaane ki zid na karo, literally tears rolled from our eyes for which Gokulanji had to conclude with Mauname nee bhasha oo mooga manasa…… slowly slipped into Hari varasanam to conclude the session….  All of us gulped this nectar in the place of breakfast not wanting to slip the sweetness by any chance.

Forcefully Guruji shifted us to the world of dance through Mohiniyattam. The enchanting and mesmerizing movements swayed us along with the artists. The feet couldn’t but follow the direction of eyes of the artists and the artists following the eyes of the Guruji. Mrs. Pooja and Mrs. Priya are just the Mohinis mesmerising with their eyes. Guruji further extended it to the rhythm of Krishna through thy hands and eyes for which after a time, artists had to surrender with namaskaram saying its not possible beyond this to reach the expression of God.

The music nectar continued to flow from Gokulanji, Gurumeet ji and Raja team. Travelling beyond the boundaries, Guruji showered the flowers upon them as if the entire deva lokam has descended in thyself. It was also a waiting moment to see the “RAYS OF GRACE” which are the gems collected from Guruji’s satsangs as a daily message in calendar form. While Preetiji from Guru Light expressed her gratitude for this divine opportunity to print this calendar, Nandakumarji in his natural style conveyed how Gurus do various things the meaning of which will be understood much later. Few quotes were read out as a part of the release of the calendar published by Guru Light. As the music festivity continued, “Gokulanandam” CD was released by Gurumeetji which was sung by Gokulanji and Anand.

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rays of grace 1As the programme was drawing to the conclusion, Guruji surprised everyone with an honour to the team who brought smiles in the lives of 40 patients who had no other option but to beg. Team MSS Kurnool took this leprosy colony seva as the highest Saadhana initiated by Guruji and for past one year, they have been committed to go on every evening with hot and nutritious meal, cleaning the wounds on every Tuesday as equivalent to the pada pooja of that Parameswara, conducting medical camp on every month first Wednesday to relieve them of their pains and conducting education support programmes for the children over here as well as at NTR nagar. The results are immense that only 4 out of 40 patients remain to be cured, 3 students from here scored 96 % in their 10th grade and doing wonderfully well in their present college studies. The honour to the students and the team that strived brought out the beaming smiles which was nothing but the reflection of living Guruji’s message in true spirit.

 

 

As a silent observer, one could feel the Naadaan (Child like innocence) and Ananda (bliss) swiftly touching the emotional nerves in us and at the same time Naadam (musical rhythm) and Ananda (bliss) playing the strings of our heart to ecstasy. Motherly love and fatherly authority were playing the hide and seek… Guru matha pitha….Guru Bandhu saka…

 

There was one more ray of maya playing around all of us. Guruji has been travelling around the places for the past so many years. Wherever Guruji stayed, the people around are wrapped in thy affection. Each of us feel Guruji is close to me than others and that is the speciality of every avatar looks like. This could be maya… but I personally feel this is a play of master too to ensure we are on required track for the spiritual progress.  Obviously, who can claim to own GURU ? No one can dare to…

Despite distances, not to miss this taste of spirituality, people across the globe joined the live web stream and live events through social media. It is the bhaava that matters…hence, it is not important whether we are present right in front of Guru or oceans away, the presence is felt.

It was time for everyone to tune to the Guruji’s message which was read out in English as well as Telugu. The message is clear and touching that each of us should do atleast one task to light up the smiles in the faces of those deprived and depressed. Guruji as a realised soul said it again “I am that” means no less that the one who is suffering is I am suffering and serving those suffering is serving God. Not just that, once again Guruji stressed upon the point that Seva is not a hobby task to carry out in leisure time but a commitment and a resolution to do with dedication. Give… Give… Give… Do …. Do… Do… is the message.

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As a living example, the busy schedule of the day is not an excuse to take a break from food distribution to the suffering and starving. The food that is enjoyed by everyone of us is the food served at Government hospitals, Railway stations, foot paths across the flyovers and our leprosy colony inmates. The film crew of “The Stranger”, the movie in making on Guruji’s life were left with no option but to capture every moment of this in the cameras. In fact, we are thankful to Praveen Menon and team for the extended celebrations on the following day with their crew in shooting the ashram, bhajans, satsang and most importantly the Bhiksha Patra, which is the most precious to all of us.

As the day was wrapping up and each of us packing up, looked around for Guruji. Known to everyone that Guruji took up the lung cancer of a devotee upon thyself, coughs day in and day out, caught with wonder that it is almost 24 hours Guruji did not cough for a second. No wonder it is at the command of Guruji.

 

Swiftly touching thy feet to bless us with the spiritual progress, we signed off the day wishing to come back again and again to be in this divine vicinity. May the connections with Guruji get recharged and regain the strength through our Saadhana as the connecting wire…. Hreem Om… Guru Om

 

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3 Day Personality Development Programme by MSS Kurnool for children in slums. – A Blog Post by Malleswari Kameswaran

It has been a year we have been going to NTR Nagar and Leprosy colony to teach children on weekends. On successfully completing the academic year and seeing our children coming out with flying colours, we had immense satisfaction and expressed our gratitude to Gurumandali for giving us this divine opportunity to serve this way.

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As the academic session concluded and the summer holidays started, we were not able to stay away from those curious eyes of our children. The thought in us to stay connected with these children was given a life by our beloved Guruji by guiding us to conduct a camp for these children in the holidays.

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It all started there and ended today with the successful completion of 3 day personality development programme. This well thought over programme had initially no particular schedule and everything fell in place with absolute Guru kripa. Mrs. Lalitha raised herself to the occasion by designing a Yoga and Pranayama customised to children. Sticking to the tradition set by Guruji, the team MSS Kurnool prepared a child friendly menu right from break fast to lunch which is enjoyed by children to their heart’s content.

Unlike any summer camp loaded with hype of craft works, exotic material and models to show off, this programme stood alone by taking up certain tasks which could load off their parents and make children more responsible in their day to day life. The skills taught were neat fold of clothes, cleaning plates, stitching the buttons, covering the books to the core of perfection.

The samskaaraas to be taught were outlined around respect for elders and respect for food. Easiest should have been to give speeches about this. But, that’s not done. It is demonstrated practically by our team right in front of the children on how to bow down to how to offer namaskaram with reverence and surrender. While this was getting recorded in the little hearts, they were all made to repeat this to their own parents right in front of everyone. Words fail to express the joy of parents…. The tears that rolled down spoke volumes.

To improve the self confidence and self esteem, our elders took the dias and gave excellent speeches to nail the points straight. Our lecturers in the family, Mrs. Rashmika and Mrs. Suma made it interesting through their audio visuals. What surprised us is the response from the children who were asked to speak for a minute or two. Each of them spoke with such a clarity on the topic chosen by them be it social issues or politics. We only wished we had ten more hands to clap aloud for these little hearts growing with confidence.

Healthy Children make Healthy Nation. We count on this and to fulfil this mission, our Doctor pair, Smt Bharati and Sri Sreenivasa Reddy sat through the medical camp checking each and every child and guiding them further. Dr. Bharati went a step ahead and taught a hygiene tips for young girls separately.

The fantastic four who talk the call of Guruji in conducting this programme by connecting themselves to divine energy and showering the motherly affection at every moment were Mrs. Manjula Nagaraj, Mrs. Lalitha Kamalakar, Mrs. Rashmika Ravi Sajjan, Mrs. Suma Mani.

As a token of fond remembrance of this programme which has registered many good samskaaraas in these young minds, we marked it as a celebration by giving Dictionaries to each of them.

Oh yes… here is a puzzle for every reader here. Can you drink a glass of milk without bending your elbow ? Try try try…. No… you cannot. You can do it if you are associated with one another person. Spot the picture how it can be done. This is one another sound lesson learnt by our children how important it is to be together to make the impossible possible.

Finally, we bowed ourselves with gratitude to Gurumandali for adding a purpose to our lives and making our programme meaningful.

Sarvam Sri Guru Charanaarpanamasthu .

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Avadhoota with Agni Lingam – A blog post by Malleswari Kameswaran

Arunachalam is known to everyone as Agni lingam. The vibrations envelop every soul to connect to the supreme. True to the well known statement heard often that life has two phases. One is before entering Arunachalam and the other phase begins after that. All these are fine and found in many scriptures. Guruji’s visit to Arunachalam had a reason beyond all this.

We used to receive calls from a devout lady called Tasleema who read the autobiography of Guruji and instantly got connected to that energy from the land of Arunachala. Ofcourse, her calls were unlike many who never asked for any favour but to just come and bless her children of Autism who are around 10 to 15 in number and none are her biological children.

The days passed and she happened to visit Siddhaganj along with her husband Mr. Pekka, a Finland citizen and few of her friends from Tamilnadu & Kerala. They also happened to attend the International seminar on Vedic Traditional Farming and to their fortune got initiated by Guruji amidst the divine vibrations of that powerful day. After few days, we again received a call from her that her friend who came along with her Mr. Krishnakumar was inspired by the concept of Vedic Traditional Farming and purchased a land of 2 acres in the outskirts of Arunachalam to start the project.

Finally, a day has come when Guruji wanted to visit these beautiful souls which unfolded many facts about how they were transforming their lives to the calling of the supreme. The day when Guruji was supposed to travel was a real tough time to watch for us as mere spectators to the suffering of a human body where Guruji’s energy is currently housed in. Every single second of the night before travel was occupied with breathlessness out of cough leading to vomiting blood and fever wrapping every string of yarn & thread in contact with thyself. We had no words when Guruji walked into the hall roped in saffron and smeared with vibhooti all over with no sign of suffering. It was as if that Arunachala Shiva was walking and our senses were put to a divine rest to this walking vibration emitting energy waves all around.

As Guruji entered the land of Arunachalam, the jyoti which was lit for Kartika Poornima was as if welcoming thy; as thy feet touched the land of Agni Lingam, it was as if it is thyself entering this land to exist as thyself. Words fall short to describe this Anubhooti (experience) which everyone around was trying to absorb.

Tasleema and her team of teachers along with the children were filled with joy to this much awaited vibrations in their lives. The children who never wanted to express anything, suddenly started jumping in joy and few others who never even spared an eye contact with any human so far, started staring into the eyes of Guruji…. These are the children from highest spiritual plane named autism by the low spiritual plane of individuals. Guruji mentioned this to us many a times and seeing the response of these children stood as a standing proof to us.

The children were happy and extremely blissful to connect to the vibrations similar to their frequency; While Guruji was communicating with thy eyes and soft touch on their fingers and hands; the entire environment seemed to be so calm and relaxing which was otherwise. Tasleema and her team of teachers were silently watching while the parents of these children were in anxiety to get a solution from the spiritual master to their problem called these children. Guruji was silently watching and reading the minds of the parents to relieve them of that anxiety.

Soon, the Bhoomi pooja of the land proposed for “Temple of Love” – which is going to be the joy home for these children with all amenities and lot of play area, space to grow the garden and most importantly, to stay connected with nature was to be started. Guruji did the Bhoomi Pooja in a traditional way for the flourishing success of this project. It was then we realised the importance of Guruji being there with so much of force. This project started as a divine dream which Tasleema had one night in the sleep which was shared as passion by her husband, Mr. Pekka from Finland. They didnot give it a second thought and followed the calling as their cause of the birth for this Janma. From the day they got initiated by Guruji, their Saadhana was the purest connection they established with thy and this is what pulled Guruji to this land to perform this divine beginning. Obviously, what else can Gurus be pleased if not for purity of thoughts and strong saadhana !!!

That evening with parents was a reassuring and life changing one for them when Guruji announced to the parents that autism is not a disability but an ability of the child to be in the highest spiritual plane. Any attempt to bring them back to the lowest plane of ours is a stress for parents and hence, it is important for parents to stay calm and serve their children who have chosen their womb. Most importantly, the reasons should not be searched and affixed to the bad karma or good karma of having such children. It is just to be on duty and fulfill the role as mother or father and the actual responsibility of the child is being taken up by Paramatma. That was totally a different perspective for parents and that too listening to these words from the spiritual master made them feel light and high of being parents to these children.

AUTISM SCHOOL 5

While the evening wrapped up with queries and clarifications of the parents, we all rested our backs on the bed with everything happened from morning to evening as a divine dream. Trying to digest the fact of such beautiful souls listening loud to the calling of the supreme and the energy of Avadhoota walking with us daily; what a blessed beings we are !!! Ofcourse, lot to learn and imbibe in our lives.

The next day morning lead to another beautiful beginning of Vedic Traditional Farming at Arunachalam. Mr. Krishnakumar and family was waiting for the arrival of Guruji and when Guruji reached this place, immediately downloaded the Dravidian tradition of performing Bhoomi Pooja and started off…. Right from arranging bricks to digging the land was done by thyself to instill those powerful vibrations. Every ingredient in the pooja had a spiritual significance right from the milk, nava dhaanyaas, flowers, coconut, neem leaves….The family was astonished with the grace of Guruji showering so much of love on them. The pictures of these Bhoomi Pooja much louder than the words….

Final was the visit to Arunachala Shiva by all of us and more than any of us, Pekka had the lucky chance to be with Shiva dwelling himself in the vibrations of that walking Agni Lingam called Guruji. Pekka was not allowed inside the sanctum for being a foreigner and that has turned out to be lucky for him to experience Avadhoota in this divine land. His eyes rolling with tears, cheeks turning red with each drop of tear flowing out of bliss spoke his experience and none of us asked anything but just left silently looking at this blessed opportunity for our dear Guru Bhai…

Arunachala Shiva Arunachala Shiva…. Shivoham Shivoham.

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