Please read part four here.

Someone was planning my trip perfectly well without my knowledge. Apparently, I was supposed to be in Delhi, instead of Mumbai. I just was not aware of it, that’s all. I called my dear friend Shubs, who lives in Pune and told her that I am coming to India!!! After so many years! She was super excited just like me. She immediately said she will come to Delhi to receive me; we will have fun in Delhi for few days and then will had to Pune.

I knew the Sri Badrika Ashram was somewhere close to Delhi but wasn’t sure if it was closed due to Covid-19. I think it was closed in the month of October. I said to Swami ji in my prayers “You are breaking all the odd and hurdles so I can be in India this month, in that case, I am sure I will see you soon”.

The day I booked my flight I received an email from Ashram about their upcoming events. The ashram is open and Om Swami ji is giving his discourses, one was starting on 19th November. I was arriving Delhi on 16th. Oh! What a coincidence! I had to grab this opportunity, but sadly I could book only 3 nights at Ashram on online reservation. I talked with Shubs and she immediately agree to visit Ashram with me. On November 2nd along with my airline tickets I booked 3 days stay in Ashram. I was so happy, but at the same time little confused as I thought, I wasn’t ready to meet HIM yet. What about my perfection, meditation and knowledge of Vedanta etc.? I can’t do this in 15 days!

Shubs booked our car through Sanju Bhaiya ji and also got our domestic flight from Delhi to Chandigarh and one night at Delhi airport booked as I was arriving there late night.

Before I knew, I was at Delhi airport. I rushed to the hotel to meet my darling Shubs, we talked almost all night. Early morning, we were ready to catch our flight at 6 am to Chandigarh. I was pleased to see Chandigarh airport; it was so clean and nice. People at the airport were kind. Sanju Bhaiya ji called us to make sure we find our driver and we were off to the Ashram.

Me and Shubs continued our conversation as we had so much talk about. I also found out that our awesome driver ji had a chance to drive Om Swami ji in the same car once. I was overjoyed. My Swami ji sat in this car? He touched this car? I felt so blessed that I was sitting in the same car where my Swami ji’s feet touched. I was asking me all bout Om Swami ji. Where this devotion towards Om Swami ji was coming from? Why I am so egger to know more and more about him? And when did he become “My” Swami ji?

I use to visit Dallas temple in Diwali time because they would give free fire crackers to kids and then we would go and eat yummy Indian dinner.  At home, I have a small area where I kept my Gods but never did puja with all my heart or even a bhajan. I never believed that God exist in murti (statue), remember?

Somehow, I knew I am supposed to be in Ashram, I have to meet him. Shubs asked me “Are we going to meet him in person”? I had no answer as I didn’t receive the confirmation for a private meeting (I did fill out meeting form after I booked our room) yet. Either way it was fine by me, I was just happy to be there.

We had no idea that it was around 4 hours of very long and adventures car ride to the Ashram. I was thinking more of hour to two max! I started enjoying the surrounding nature and didn’t feel any discomfort on the ride. On the other hand, Shubs, didn’t enjoy it much and decided to just closed her eyes and sleep. I had a very slow internet due to most gorgeous mountains of Himalaya’s. Plus, my T-Mobile decided not to be very friendly in that area.

Magic of Himachal Pradesh- “Ting”! I heard my phone; I received an email from Ashram approving for my personal meeting with Swami ji. No way!! I couldn’t believe my own eyes what I was reading. I wanted to jump up and down with a joy but car ride was not very safe that time so I rejected my thought. Shubs was fast asleep so I couldn’t tell her either. So, I did what a sane person would (Not) do. I woke her up and told her the news. No mindfulness. That’s me! Classic Sona!

Shubs has a solid patience towards me, she didn’t get annoyed nor showed her discomfort, all she asked “Am I going to meet him too?”. Darn it! I didn’t think about she wanting to see him in person. Talk about compassion! Why don’t I have any compassion and consideration for other people? Why didn’t I think about this before? But with all my confidence, I said “Of Course, you are coming with me, we both will meet HIM”. She was happy to hear that and so was I.