Rajshree Patel Shares her Experience with Gurudev

April 2, 2009 at 3:00 am 10 comments

This experience is shared by Rajshree Patel  (  Senior Faculty -Art of Living Foundation)


Have you ever witnessed or experienced a religious festival in India?

Such festivals are, to say the least, frenzied events. I somehow procured an invitation to attend the Navaratri (literally means `nine nights’) celebrations, which honours the nine aspects of the Mother Divine, at the Bangalore ashram. There it was, and continues to be, a celebrations, which honours the nine aspects of the Mother Divine, at the Bangalore Ashram. There it was, and continues to be, a celebration of silence amidst chaos. The atmosphere was simply electrifying. In spite of huge crowds, there was this incredible energy and serenity that I had never felt before.

After the festivities, we were sitting in a group with Bhanudidi, when she remarked: `This is the first Navaratri without Amma.’ I suddenly realized it had been a year since she had passed away. Bhanudidi continued talking about Amma’s last days: `I found her behaviour odd. It was strange that a strong-willed woman like her, who had always been in charge of everything, seemed to be turning over all responsibility. Maybe she was preparing me to take care of the house,children and family. However, she performed all the yagnas fully.’ The day after Navaratri, she was hospitalized.

Rajshree continues:

When Amma (Guruji’s mom) breathed her last in 2000, Sri Sri was at Varanasi. There were about 8000 people whom he had to address the very day he lost the person dearest to him. I was with him that day and saw the depth of his silence, serenity and patience in attending to everybody in those difficult moments. Yet the smile did not fade. To the devotees who were with Guruji at the time, and knew of his attachment to Amma, it was
a lesson in equanimity.

Rajshree Patel recalls: `I always knew he loved his mother very dearly, but I did not realize the depth of his love until after she had passed away. At the International Millennium Course in Italy, a month or so after the death of his mother, I discovered yet another dimension to Sri Sri. One the one hand everyone is the same to him, his love is impersonal and yet, I was learning, it was deeply personal. We were sitting in an assembly of 1500 to 2000 people. Someone in the front row was holding a magazine with Amma’s photo it it. Sri Sri, with a certain depth in his voice, was speaking of the importance of gratitude in life.

After a brief pause Sri Sri  said:
“There was a woman in my life who loved me more than herself.: Everyone sat up. He gestured to the magazine and added: “She was my mother.” A tear of deep love and gratitude for her rolled down his face, and I suddenly felt a total connectedness to him and started crying uncontrollably. And for the first time in all the years that I knew him, I saw the deepest personal love possible, free of attachment and demands, yet full of gratitude.’

Thanks to Kekuji for sharing this


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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Acharya Girish Jha  |  May 28, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Dear Rajshri
    Perhaps you may recall me , meeting at Yoga Center in New Delhi, India about 13 years ago with Sri Sri. You had conducted program in Meditation Hall.
    I talked to may people here budt could not get your number
    Please write to me
    Girish Jha

  • 2. Divya  |  April 16, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Its really so wonderful to know little things about Gurudev! Its amazing to know the vastness and depth of HIS love…
    Thanks for sharing….


  • 3. RAM MOHAN P  |  June 26, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Jai Gurudev!
    The meaning of the word gratitude…….the throat chokes on hearing this word. This is what I experienced during my DSN course with Shri. Anandji. When the song “Guru Mathru Pitha” was played along with the voice over of Shri. Anandji about gratitude, I could’nt hold my tears back. Guruji has been blessing me with more than what I need and at the right time…..Thank you Guruji. As Rishiji mentions before his song “Hari Narayana Hari Narayana Jai Govinda”, the sweetest moments in our lives are those that we have spent with the Master. My deepest gratitude to Gurudev!
    Jai Gurudev!

  • 4. geetha rn  |  August 27, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Tears rolled down my cheeks when I read about guruji’s love for his mother.

  • 5. raja  |  January 24, 2010 at 2:14 am


  • 6. Jorge Gomez  |  April 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Hi Rajshree, greetings to you and Shri Shri.

  • 7. Kiran Thatipamula  |  May 4, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Every one Smile smile to
    Chiti main Tu nano lagae
    Haati main Tu moto kyon?
    Aisa Khel racho mare Data
    Jit dekhu Ut Tuhi-Oh-Tu

  • 8. Lokessh Jain  |  July 6, 2010 at 9:59 am

    i love guruji.. smile is only i can do!..

  • 9. SOUL PRP  |  December 16, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Jay Gurudev

  • 10. Prateeksha Joshi  |  January 15, 2013 at 1:20 am

    We could sense your commitment to Guruji when I did Adv crs wth you at Markal ashram.I envy you.During crs my sis-in-law asked you about some question which you answered in affirmation which bore fruit.I am grateful to you .Jgd


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