Happy GuruPurnima 2020 - Go take a sip of that bliss within....

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The Master is everyone's but yet nobody's. Once Swami Rama's disciple said to his master that He was so fortunate to have spent so many years with his master, Bengali Baba, to which Swami Rama disapprovingly answered, "How can one be with someone who has no time for anyone but God?" Meaning, that even though Swami Rama was physically with his master all the time, His master was elsewhere all the time - with the Divine. The Master is nothing different. Those who meet Him soon get to know that He belongs to noone but the Lord himself. Before one can settle into the feeling of 'He is mine', He has already skipped elsewhere catering to someone's need and before they can understand that He cannot be caught under rules and tradition, He has moved elsewhere to the next and before one can make Him settle into the comforts of riches and luxury, He is already in some other place. While he was actively teaching, he was like the wind, moving from one place to the…

Makeover of Maa Saraswati's Idol

A small cute incident of awe. Three years back while I was shopping in Big Bazaar I picked up a set of bottled colors, set of 5 paint brushes and a color mixing palette, all the while trying to understand why am I even buying it, but at the same time being compelled to buy it. It remained in a box for two years and finally was picked by my sister and kept outside for another year.

Also, two years ago, someone kept an idol of Maa Saraswati at the door of my sister's home doorstep. She immediately got it picked up from there and kept it somewhere far away only to find it in a day again at her doorstep. The idol was in perfect shape without deformities of any kind except that it was fully black and that made Her look not so beautiful. She looked more like Maa Kali than Maa Saraswati. Worried about this incident, my sister had called me at that time to ask about this to which I asked her to keep it as it seemed more of Maa's wish. Moreover, since our family is full of teachers related to art and dance, the idol was a unbattled welcome. Every morning she was adorned with simple flowers at her feet by my family. When I visited her home this month for a few days, I stared at this idol that looked totally black but I was moved the way my family was treating Her. Then, two days later, as I was reading a book the passage ended on Maa Saraswati when I got to look again at that black idol. Something seemed very incomplete in Her. "Maa Saraswati looks pure and divine in white clothes" I thought "at least I can paint her saree white." At this thought I thought of buying paint when my eyes fell on a box of paint. When I picked it up, it was brand new and untouched and my mother also handed me a set of 5 brushes and the palette. I immediately recognized it as the colors I had purchased 3 years ago! I immediately took of my slippers and placing the idol in my lap began painting it. Was engrossed two days only with it and then as the work seemed to end in satisfaction, I realized that the paint was for Her only. I was amused at the thought of shopping for paint 3 years ago for an idol that had to mysteriously arrive 2 years ago and manifest into it's current sweet and magnificent look of Divinity. Pranams to Maa Saraswati and Her grace that prevails on earth...

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