The Master takes us to his Tapobhoomi

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Beautiful 3 days spent in the land of Rajasthan with the Master.  Every nook and corner we travelled in Lalsot had posters of the shivir at every locations including taxis and markets. One thing i was surprised with was the heights of hospitality in a world where one thinks of so many excuses or shrinks away to even offer someone a glass of water or tea and here are the Rajasthanis, who go beyond anything to serve their guests. All the while i was thinking that the home next to the venue, where we ate food, was a place arranged by people for us as done in other locations we travel to. To my surprise while we sat on the ground and ate our food in the huge compound of this home, i saw many new people walking into this compound inside which sat ladies of the house making rotis. When people walked in, they were asked to sit, paper plates were laid and food was served immediately. The lady making rotis asked all those seated continuously whether they wanted rotis. If it was a yes, she would

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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