Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The journey continues

The yatris are back from the parivrajaka. Yes, the theme of the Varanasi trip was 'parivrajaka', which means wandering. To put our experiences with the Master during the entire trip in just one single post is simply impossible and more importantly, some experiences are hard to be described in words; they have to be experienced. We will try our best to put our experiences with the Master during the trip in the next few posts that come up in our blog.

For now, let me give you all a brief write up on the entire trip, where we went, what happened etc. in a summary form.

Like I said in the beginning, we were on parivrajaka. In our previous post - 'Off we go ...', we talked about a seeker being a person who lives in utter insecurity. The trip started off with the Master's words, 'In the next two weeks, we are going to cut ourselves off from our identity. When we are located on single place, we start making ourselves comfortable because of the familiarity we start associating with that place. When we wander, every place is new, every moment is fresh and uncertain. That is when our identity is shaken. We cannot associate our identity with any one place during parivrajaka because we are not stationed at one place for long. We are on the move ...'

That is how we started on our parivrajaka with the Master. Every moment during the trip, the Master was continuously working on us. We went to places where He had visited during His parivrajaka. Konark, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Dakshineswar, Kamarpukur, Joyaram Bhatti, Bodh Gaya, Vishnu Gaya, Varanasi and Allahabad, we went from place to place with the Master. Each place was an energy hub, related to an enlightened master. Every place, we had a beautiful discourse and an intense meditation by the Master to help us connect to the energy of the place.

This was not a simple sight-seeing tour and the Master was not our tour guide. Each one of us in the trip had intense spiritual experiences during the course of the tour. He worked on each one of us. And we could clearly see the change in energies as we progressed from place to the other. The Master expressed the energy of the place and made us experience it.

During our stay in Puri, we were dancing and singing kirtans all the time. In Dakshineswar, He talked about devotion towards God or the Ultimate Cosmic Consciousness and put us through intense meditation to connect with It. In Bodh Gaya, we were immersed in meditation for 2 to 3 hours under the Bodhi tree where Buddha got enlightened. In Varanasi, He made us connect with Shiva and Ganga. While I am writing this now, I can feel the surge of energy that we all experienced at each and every place.

We had many light moments; if I list them down here, the post can go on for ever. The Master took care of each one of us; We had 3 hour long boat rides on Ganga with the Master cracking jokes, telling stories... and many more like these.

We saw how the Master lives in closer quarters during these two weeks. We had goose bumps, tears when we saw some aspects of the Master. We were taken to a completely different plane. One thing is certain:
what we see as Nithyananda is nothing; the six foot body that we see as Nithyananda is nothing. There is much bigger, unexplainable and unfathomable energy behind that six-foot frame. He coming down to our frequency to interact with us is His compassion.
On the last day, the Master said, 'the trip will never come to an end if you take the intensity of the trip - the intensity of seeking the truth - to wherever you are going back.'

And so, the journey continues....

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