Kalidas became a learned poet after getting inspiration from watching a mark on the stone at a well, due to continuous rubbing of the rope. Sincerity and hard work are extremely important for success. And practice makes a man prefect is true even today. Whenever my lower mind provoked me to become lazy, I derived a lot of strength by reminding my self the example of great poet Kalidas. And I have no shame in admitting that it is because of this teaching, that I became very sincere and hard working. Many gold medals and silver medals were awarded for my distinctions in academics.
When I joined Yog Ashram, Sector 10, Bhilai in 1997 for my severe back ache due to slip disc, my late guru Swami Devshankarananda inspired me greatly by his selfless, gentle and loving devotion to the cause of yoga. His patience and zeal in handling the students was infectious. He instilled a deep sense of faith and positive thinking. The gradual transformation of my sick body to a healthy person revealed the power of Yoga to me. And I realized Yoga as a complete physical, mental and spiritual science from my own experience.
Swami Niranjananand saraswati’s article “Kalp Taru Ki Chaaon Mein” in monthly magazine of Yog Vidya, clarified a lot of my doubts. His approach on spirituality, attaining virtues is very modern and scientific. My logical mind could grasp it easily as they were of my low level and very easy to understand. In very simple and easy language he delivers the message of Param guru Sivananda i.e. of selfless service and universal love.
When an uncle of mine (who is a devotee of Great guru Swami Sivananda), came to my house for a few days, Swami Sivananda entered my life. He swept me off my feet by his sheer simplicity, selflessness and generosity. Through his books, his untiring zeal to serve, love and give was revealed to me. He was a great teacher who taught by practicing not preaching. He has written more than 300 books on diverse topics. His teachings are extremely simple, easy to follow, highly practical and rewards are amazing. Service was his passion. He served one and all with ‘Narayan Bhav’ i.e. like Lord Narayan. Even the poor, criminals and foreigners found a solace in his ashram. For him each creation of God was important. He served the sweepers and saints with one bhav and washed their feet and prostrated before them. He worshipped his own disciples on many occasions and nurtured their spiritual progress with great love and care of a devoted father. He encouraged all his disciples to lead a divine life irrespective of their religion and nationality. As he was a doctor by profession, he served millions of sick and needy, poor sadhus, pilgrims who came to Rishikesh. Even after attaining the highest, his humiliity was intact. He gave his ashtang yoga which consists of following eight steps – SERVE – Love – Give – Purify – Be Good – Do Good – Meditate – Realize.
The teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Ramkrishna Paramhamsa have left an indelible mark on my personality. The zeal and dynamism of Vivekananda and simplicity of Ramakrishna is a unique combination. Recently Paramhamsa yogananda came to my heart when I read his simple and beautiful teachings in a spiritual diary.
All these saints have enriched my life greatly. My personality has been transformed greatly. A sense of deep peace fills my inner being. The demons of anger, anxiety, tension, worry cannot attack my psyche now. Of course they are there but only as a visitor on the road, whom I humorously wish hello and say good bye coolly. They now dare not enter my life, my inner being and ruffle me for more than a few minutes. I want to serve one and all, in what ever little way I can. I try to see God in my maid servant and my students. My maid’s children are channels of divine energy with whom I perform tulsi puja in the evening and teach them mantras and kirtans. Both me and my husband derive great pleasure by helping the poor and needy. The radiant faces of children give immense pleasure to both of us. The little prasadam, little doses of moral teachings are greedily grasped by children. And me! I feel on the top of the world!