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We arrived at the Ashram at lunch time. Our very dear Namita ji and Basudev ji were at the office to greet us. This was my first time meeting them. I just wanted to give everyone a big hug but I thought that may not be acceptable per Ashram rules, so I avoided (plus Covid was still playing its Peek-A-Boo game). They asked us if we would like to upgrade our room and immediately, we accepted. We bought few water bottles. I also requested them to add Shubs name for the personal meeting and they both said they will try to arrange it. I knew she will be with me at the meeting. But for some odd reason, if it doesn’t work out, then I won’t meet Swami ji without her. Decision was done from my side.

Our luggage was delivered to the room swiftly. We both were surprised and pleasantly shocked to see the room. It was extremely well planned and everything was immaculately done. One could see the precision of Guruji’s planning. It was no less than a luxury resort for me with a breathtaking view of Giri and mountains of Himalaya’s.

We both were so tired; I had not slept for more than 40 hours by now and my body was ready to crash. But my mind was so excited and refused to rest. I opened our balcony door and was thrilled to see the exact same view of the vision while I was meditating in Dallas. But in that vision, I was not standing in a balcony. Crazy me, I just brushed my thought and closed the balcony door.

After couple of minutes, we realized that the lights were not working in the room. I couldn’t turn the fan on. I tried to find the switches but no luck. I thought, there must be a main switch outside, I just need to turn that on, may be? I did some research but no luck. Right then, I saw one lady in a white sari walking up the stairs. I thought she may know something. She looked like an Ashram person. I rushed to her, I asked, if she knows how to turn the lights on in the room or to get the electricity in the room. Maybe she has a knowledge of some switch that we are not aware of? Plus, there is no manual in the room either with Wi-Fi code and how to turn the TV on etc. Well, there was no TV in the room.

Very politely she said “There is no electricity”. In my mind, I am thinking “There is no electricity??? I understand this is a spiritual place and this is an Ashram, but come on! There is an A/C unit and fan in the room, how come there is no connection for electricity in the building? What is the use of A/C unit then? So, I asked her again, “I don’t understand why there is no electricity in the room?” She looked at me in a puzzled face, and very calming again, said “There is No electricity”. Same answer again! Shubs heard our conversation and literally dragged me inside the room thanking that kind lady for her help. I could barely say thank you to her for her attention.

Shubs was annoyed with me but at the same time she was laughing so hard. I was fully confused now. What is so funny and why is she annoyed at the same time? What about the electricity? Should we change the room? May be different building? I knew there are no hotels close by as when we drove here, there was nothing but lush nature around us. But living without electricity for 3 days may be challenging.

She made me sit on the bed and said “Sona, sometimes in India there is a shortage of electricity so we don’t get electricity for few hours or a day sometimes”. Oh My God! Yes… yes. I remembered. But that was when I was little (In black and white era?), do they still do that in India? Gosh! I felt like I was the most illiterate person on earth. I was so embarrassed of my ignorance but then we both started laughing.

“Welcome to India”, said Shubs.

By now, we were hungry so we started heading towards lunch area. We both had the most scrumptious meal that day. It was a fun washing our own dish and spoon. Everyone was so friendly and saying “Jai Sri Hari” to each other. I didn’t know what to say in reply so I started saying “Jai Krishna Hari, Jai Jai Ram, Rama Krishna Hari”. I would say whatever was popping up in my head at that time. They would just look at me with a very friendly smile, nod and move on. But I knew I was saying something wrong. Later I saw “Jai Sri Hari” written all over in dinning all. Aha! I am supposed to say “Jai Sri Hari” back to them. I got it! Who is this, Sri Hari? Why are we saying Jai to him? Oh well! If everyone saying it, why not? I was happily ready to accept and soak up into every experience at the Ashram.

We met few four-legged friends on day one. They enjoyed sharing our chapati and some sweets we were carrying. They were so cute and so very hungry. It was the most joyous time for us, playing with them and feeding them. They were our 1st group of friends at the Ashram.

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