This was a Satsang with a difference….and because it is difficult to put experiential experience in words, all I will say, is that for some inexplicable reason the memory and the atmosphere of the Satsang stayed with me. Guruji was leaving for Europe/US tour, the amphitheater was jam packed with thousands of folks from all over the world who had come for Shivaratri and stayed back for Shakti Kriya session with Guruji, the bhajans in the Satsang were uplifting….the electricity kept playing hide and seek and the multitude of stars shone brilliantly in the blue sky for the few minutes the power went off… and the VM in the background bathed in different colors, with the crescent moon on top of the VM set the stage up for Guruji’s arrival in Satsang…..and then He arrived, spoke for a few minutes and left. The message that Guruji delivered was simple and it resonated very strongly. Guruji’s message to continue to focus on spreading the knowledge was a gentle reminder and reinforcement of my own goal in life.
Here is the entire transcript (courtesy: Art of Living website)
Sit in satsang and go inward; that is what is important.
(Audience: Don’t go)
You should not say that. There are many programs and people are expecting me. I don’t like to disappoint anybody. Even today, I said, I will stay back for sometime in the satsang, and not disappoint so many people. That is why I delayed my flight as well. So for ten minutes, I can afford to stay with you.
Keep doing your sadhana, seva, and satsang. And keep thinking in lines of, how we can bring more light to the world, and more knowledge to the people.
See, anyways, we all have to live for another 40 to 50 years. So life should have a direction. We need to think, what do we want to do in life?
Other than eating, sleeping, thinking, reading newspaper, watching television, we need to do something more, and what could that something more be that we can do?
Bring knowledge to people. Make people happy. And the only way to make people happy is to bring them to knowledge.
If someone is unhappy, that means they have not received or taken the knowledge; they have not digested the knowledge, and so they are unhappy.
You can say, ‘Gurudev, there are people who have no water, no food and are suffering. That is why they are unhappy. How can they be happy?’
This is a different thing; a different issues. Yes, suffering is different. People suffer because of natural calamities, or due to drought, or flood. In these circumstances, you should do seva. Even here, seva with knowledge is much better.
Difficulties do come in life, but to overcome difficulties, one needs to be strong, and the strength comes only through spiritual knowledge.
See, a butterfly fluttering its wings in South America can affect the clouds in China. This means the whole universe is inter-connected. Everything is connected with everything. So when you do a little bit of Pooja with feelings, it does create some beautiful and positive ions in the atmosphere, and it does affect the cosmos.
How many of you have noticed, that doing the Guru Pooja makes a difference? Even chanting the Guru Pooja, makes a difference!
Someone recently wrote to me, that someone was in hospital and when Guru Pooja was chanted, they became well.
A child was crying constantly, and when Guru Pooja was chanted, the child became calm and quiet.
So there are so many healing experience that are there, and it is not surprising at all. That is how it has to happen and it happens. It is quite normal. If it does not happen, then there is an element of surprise.
So in life, there needs to be a direction, and that direction is – how we can bring the ancient wisdom to everyone? The ancient wisdom is anyways being carried along, how we can further it in our lifetime so that eternal flow continues for eternity, is what we need to think. We need to put our energy in this direction.