“Can you hear me?”
“Please turn on your video ji.”
“Let us wait 15 more minutes.”
“I am from Seattle”, “I am from California”, “I am from Toronto”, “I am from New Jersey”, “Phoenix”, “North Carolina”, “Ohio”,”Florida”….As I hear these voices on the Zoom call, a mix of 20+ people, gathered to celebrate our beloved Gurudev’s Birthday, I am awed and humbled. Across a few timezones, we have gathered to celebrate the Divine Being who has had a profound impact on each one of us. We each have our stories and our love stories. We each have our before and after “we met Swamiji”. And over the next 2 hours, we will share these through songs, stories, poems. We will confess our longings and reminisce about the moments we fell in love. And all of the 20+ of us will listen to it and nod in affirmation, for we understand what it means. For we are all in love with our Gurudev, our Swamiji. I attempt to write adjectives to describe our Gurudev, but how does a bird understand the expanse of sky or a fish, comprehend the depth and width of the ocean. Suffice to say, “Our Gurudev”, and hope you will understand too.
The following describes what happened as the hands of the clocks ran to gather the 120 mins.
To our Dear Gurudev-
A whimsical lot, that is us
Sitting in remote corners of the world
Beholden to You
Belonging to You
Singing your glories and
Profuse confessions of our love
In voices, sweet and hoarse
Oh we would be all fools, gladly
For your beautiful smile
The twinkle of your eyes
Our Beloved, Our Divine Being
Koti Koti Pranams Gurudev
We offer our hearts, our foolishness, our vulnerabilities
Our faith- as flowers at your lotus feet
Happy Birthday our Love of love and Self of self
Aapko Humari Umar Lag Jai
We sang, we laughed, we teared up and we connected. We celebrated Your birth, Gurudev, and prayed to ShriHari for your good health and long life. As You teach us, we prayed for the wellbeing of all sentient beings. Miles away and continents apart, we felt close to You, to our Ashram. It was Your Birthday we were celebrating, but it was we, who received the gift of Your love. Thank You and Charan sparash.