Mahasamadhi function in Amsterdam
- In the flow of current events I'd like to share our centre's
commemoration of Guru's passing one year ago.
Yesterday we commemorated our Guru's Mahasamadhi with a special
function in our centre. We started by chanting 76 times Supreme, one
for every earthly year Guru had been on earth. Then we did silent
meditation and singing. We sang the special 'Mahasamadhi song' that
Guru had composed already in 1974 for the occasion of his earthly
departure. It is such a haunting and deeply moving song. Tears welled
up inside while we were singing it. "Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude
to you, to you my children sweet, to you." Can we ever fathom the
depths of Guru's love for us?
We also sang several other 'favourites' like Ami Jabo ('I shall
enter') and Jago amar swapan sathi ('Awake, arise, o friend of my dream').
We had a break in the middle with a sumptuous Indian meal and then
continued with an hour of soulful video's. After that we made a big
circle and invited everybody to recount personal inner or outer
experiences they had had with Guru, both before and after he had left
the body. To me this was the highlight of the evening. Tears and
smiles, but especially smiles, prevailed as these funny, moving or
loving stories resurfaced. It was clear from these personal accounts
that Guru has a special place in his heart for each one of his disciples.
We ended with a bountiful prasad including some of Guru's favourite
items, like samosa's, mango's and Indian sweets. The function was a
wonderful way to reaffirm the eternal bond that exists between Guru
and ourselves. He may be gone physically, but time and again it is
shown that spiritually he is never far away.