Friday, 1 February 2013

Golden Moments- IV

Soumya Roopa


 The golden day had finally dawned on 4th march 1988 when bhagwan came to the B.Ed college at Brindavan. We had yearned for 10 long months for Bhagwan to visit us and give us an opportunity for Darshan, sparshan and sambhashanam seeing the Lord , touching His Feet and talking with Him.

 On third march we got the message that our Beloved lord would be coming to the hostel and college at Brindavan, Bangalore. So we arranged the education in human values exhibition, cleaned everything and made a few snacks like pakodas etc to offer Bhagawan.

                     On fourth morning after giving darshan Bhagwan walked into lobby of the B.Ed department .He came into the prayer hall and looked out, and then He said jokingly “very disappointed husband’s nahi haya”! He sat on the chair and asked us all to sit nearer to the chair. (we didn’t have a mike).Bhagwan asked, “Any questions”? I asked, “Swami please tell us about the teachers”. Swami said- “haa”?(yes?) I reframed the question correctly “Swami tell us about teachers how should we be as teachers.”?  Swami said,” teachers should practice whatever they tell the children, or students will say dekho kaysa teacher hai!(look what kind of teacher she is) . Another student asked Bhagawan how ego should be removed. Swami said, “Universe ko dekho! Usme hamara world, usme hamara Earth, his Earth mein India, India mein Karnataka, Karnataka mein Bangalore-Kadugodi. The individual is like a dot in the universe. Our B.Ed lecturer said-per Swami Ego nahi jatha!( but Swami ego doesn’t go) Swami said,”aisa kyu?(why so?). Think constantly that you are a little dot in the universe, tho teek hotha”! (then all will be right).

             Bhagawan then gave a Divine Discourse which was translated by Mr.Narasimhan, the editor of Sanathana sarathi .This is a summary of that Divine Discourse.

             The 5 D’s are the five life-breaths of man .the 5 D’s are Dedication, Devotion, Discipline, Discrimination and Determination. You all must be good mothers and teach good values to the children. Madalasa was a virtuous lady. Once she was telling philosophy to her maids in a garden, A King observed her, He thought of marrying her , A thought came to him –whether he will be equal to her as she was so good and great. In marriage the same types of people marry e.g. Rama- Sita; Ravana- Mandodari. If a girl wants a husband like Rama, She should herself be like Sita and if a man wants a wife like Sita, he must himself be like Rama. The king approached Madalasa’s father and asked him for his daughter’s hand. Madalasa agreed on the condition that the children born to them would be totally brought up by her and the King should not say anything about the way she brings them up. The King agreed, the first three sons were brought up very well by Madalasa. She thought them good values and thought them the path of spirituality. The three sons grew up and became sanyasis. When the queen was again expecting, the King thought that there should be at least someone to continue the dynasty and look after the kingdom after him. He didn’t want that the fourth child too to become a sanyasi. The King went to the Queen and asked her that the fourth child would be brought up by him once he was born. Madalasa agreed and asked that she would keep the name for the child , the King agreed. The first three sons had spiritual names but the fourth son was named Allarka by her. The King was shocked because ‘Allarka’ in Sanskrit meant a mad dog.

                 The king brought up Allarka, in a very materialistic way, He took him for picnics, dances etc. The three brothers were in the forest, for – rest. They came to know about their brother, Mother only prayed very much for her fourth son’s welfare. The other three became friendly with the fourth brother.  Once another King attacked the kingdom, the three brothers came and helped their brother to win in the battle. Spiritual strength is more powerful than physical velour. They then took the fourth brother with them, taught him good things. Finally he also became a sanyasi; Lord Dakshineshwar appeared and told him that – now your mother is very happy.      

                  Then Bhagawan told a story from Gandhiji’s childhood .M.K.Gandhi’s mother used to keep kokila vrat. She wouldn’t eat or drink anything until she heard the call of the koel (cuckoo bird) Once, the koel did not give a call for 3 days, so she hadn’t had any food or water for 3 days. Gandhiji who was then a little boy, could not bear to see his mother hungry and thirsty. So he hid and make the sound of a koel. His mother thought that the koel had made the sound and she had her food .Later Gandhiji came out and confessed that it was he and not the koel who had called. Putlibai felt very sad and slapped him; she said “you are not fit to be called my son”.  She felt very sad that her son has deceived her. This incident was a turning point in Gandhiji’s life. He followed sathya throughout his life; he thus learnt the value and importance of truth.

                After this Bhagawan saw our project work, He saw the display on the wall of our sketches of saints of India. We had made 10 but the sketch of ‘Shabari’ had got lost so we finally put up only 9 pictures. Bhagawan looked and read out the names,’Bharat,
Dhruva, Gyaneshwar,….shabari’.He had looked at the empty wall where we had thought of putting Shabaris sketch and had said “Shabari” as if the sketch was on the wall.  Bhagwan showed us that His omniscience.

                Then Bhagwan saw the college we had made on a notice- board, there was a photograph of Bhagawan looking out of the interview room door, Bhagawan read aloud the caption below-“Did u call me”? I said,” Bhagawan we always call you”, there was another picture of Bhagawan looking at a bird flying away from Him. He softly read out the caption “I am waiting for you to come back”, Then He read aloud the caption “Welcome home”.

                Then Bhagawan went into the library, staffroom, He cut a cake and blessed the snacks. Bhagawan walked very fast to the room where we had displayed the E.H.V exhibition. He stood for long in front of the ‘temple of learning’ model and looked at the charts. He permitted us to have two group photographs with Him, while He guided us to arrange ourselves for the photograph. Then Bhagawan went for the bhajans. 

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