Re: How Often, (Saturday Race Prayers)
- I was so happy to see you there Durga Mata!
I did not get to speak with you, but I saw you glowing during our
walking meditation on Sunday.
I have the same difficulty as you with our school holidays not
coinciding with Celebrations, and I have to do some interesting
acrobatics to get there even for 3 days, but I have never regretted
for a second doing those acrobatics, because Guru can give you what
you need in as little or as much time as you have.
I'm sure that you went back to England beaming from ear to ear!
- Hi Doris,
Since you had recently offered to send me the sheet music to the new
happy birthday song written by Guru last September, I wanted to let
you know I just got a copy of it. There is an article about this song
in the second issue of the newsletter edited by Projjwal called
"Inspiration-Sun." Although this is the second issue, it is the first
time I see it. I bought it at the sideshow and am still reading all
the fascinating articles inside it. I learned in this new issue about
the first time Guru started playing the Western Flute in Australia in
1975 and how a kangaroo was mesmerized by his playing when they were
at a nature sanctuary.
There are so many fascinating articles like this one about the history
of Guru's flute playing and Tanima wrote an article about the
composition of the Happy Birthday song on September 23rd - the last
song he taught at the 3100-mile race course. She said the new
tradition will be to sing the first happy birthday song with the
rainbow dreams lyrics, then the new My Birthday song with the rays in
it and lastly the traditional Happy Birthday song. Have you seen the
newsletter too? Now I'm wondering how I can get a copy of the first one...
- Dear Sharani,
I sent the birthday song two days ago by air-mail to you.
The first issue of Inspiration-Sun has been sent to you today. Yes, I
received the second issue. I was happy to read Tanima's account.
Liked your post about the original bird drawing...#22490 :-)
- Hello Purnakama,
Thankyou for your sweet message,
I've not had much time to read Inspiration lately so I had missed this
Post - and one by Nirmala. I am short of time so I hope you can take
my reply to her as also a reply for you.
The only time I've ever come to New York like this before, during
term-time, was one weekend in June, some years ago. I will try to
write about it in more detail sometime as it was very special. But the
funny part of it was that on the Saturday night at Aspiration Ground,
having arrived that afternoon and half asleep from jet lag, I slipped
while stepping down from one bench to another on the bleachers, when
Guru called for Prasad. I hurt my toe.
I had come by Air France - the only flight that could get me to New
York on Saturday and back for school on Monday - The flight back from
New York was delayed so I couldn't catch my connecting flight from
Paris to Birmingham Airport.
In a panic I phoned my son and asked him to ring my school and say I'd
slipped and hurt my foot, so I couldn't drive. He said that I was in
London still, getting it checked at casualty. It gave me the perfect
excuse to be late to school. Later that week, when I did indeed get it
x-rayed, it turned out that I had broken my toe. So everyone at school
was very sympathetic. I limped around with a very special secret smile
in my heart. If I'd not slipped on the bleachers I would have been in
a lot more trouble.
Have you ever had to come up with an unexpected reason for being late
- Great story Durga Mata!
I have had some very interesting things happen with regards to
coming to NY.
In Canada we have a holiday called Labour Day, the first weekend in
September, and schools in many provinces do not start the school
year until after this weekend. My province was an exception.
We always started sometime in the last week of August just before
the Labour day long weekend.
My first several years going to August Celebrations we started late
enough that I could still go for Guru's birthday, and still make it
back to start school on time.
Sometimes I would arrive home on Midnight of the 28th and have to
get up and start the new school year the next day!
One year I was not so lucky and we had to start school on the 26th
of August. I was tortured! I had to miss Guru's birthday, or I would
lose my job. As you know schools are very strict about extending a
I didn't know what to do. I couldn't miss Guru's birthday, but I had
to go back.
I was told that in the past exceptions were made for teachers who
really had no choice, but I was still tortured.
With a very heavy heart I left Celebrations early and went back to
But then, a miracle happened.
When I got back to school I found out that our Provincial Government
had changed it's policy, and that starting the next school year, our
schools would not begin until after Labour Day, which meant that I
would never have to miss Guru's birthday again; and I never have.
I am forever grateful for a few forward thinking politicians!
When I see you in August, please remind me to tell you the story of
Guru's 40th April 13th Celebrations, my father's death, and the
craziness and miracles that occurred as both of these events
coincided when I was supposed to be in school:)