Sunday, December 29, 2013

A look at 2013: Embrace the New Year Together

The New Year is just around the corner. As I look back at the year 2013 that had begun with Ganga Darshan in Rishikesh, I feel a flood of mixed emotions surge within me. There has been a lot of good, bad and mixed stuff one would find in the bag. Like you, I have had my shares of tears, smiles, celebrations and heartbreaks. After all, you don't always get a perfectly tailored life no matter how well you plan for it. In my case, I never plan anything because I know that the moment I plan, everything topples. Planning or not, life always has a way of surprising you when you least expect it to. There's always a dash of surprise that is tucked in.  

But I have my happy moments too. I began baking to beat stress and I love it! I got my hair colored magenta - it turned everyone a little dizzy in the head to see that burst of color, but so what? I loved it on me! I started wearing my favorite outfit - top & skirt - in October and I am loving that too. And then when I look at my two adorable boys - Jyotiraditya and Vihaan, there is so much happiness that my heart could burst. 



Coming back to the year that was, I want to share my thoughts. I must admit that I have been inspired by this post written by Vivek Prasannan

Here are some lessons I learned from the year 2014 and I am sharing it with you:

Be with those whom you love
In 2013, I spend more time with the people I love - my parents, for instance. January to March was hectic and professionally rewarding. April to July was a mix of everything - travel, monsoon, etc. I remember taking a long walk one beautiful starry evening in Fort Kochi, clasping my father's hand. We walked and walked, talking and listening to the waves crashing around us. That was a fine beautiful evening. 

Another rainy morning in Kochi, Sanand and I boarded the boat jetty without an umbrella. We were drenched wet, the boat began to rock in frenzied motion and the waves began to rise in a way that I thought "This is how my life is going to end" and we were totally drenched by the time we reached the shore. Yet we were so glad to be alive and not under water by then! It's the best adventure we had!

August -September packed in some travel, fun filled moments and share of planning related challenges. October brought me a lot of love, making everything most special for me. November is usually a very boring month but in 2013, it was the most 'happening' month. I traveled a lot - almost back to back weekends - and I had so much fun seeing new places, exploring around and shopping in markets. All of this with those whom I love.

This is a snap with my friends as we went sight seeing around Jaipur. We had great fun. 


The snap below was clicked just before we started sight seeing from Jaipur.



The next snap is clicked in Jaipur just before we were to board the bus and head back to Delhi.


In the same month, I made my first visit to Amritsar - it was a most beautiful spiritual experience - as I prayed there. I have no words to capture the intensity of the energy vibrations around the Golden Temple in Amritsar. 

Here are some snaps we took in Amritsar.

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Sitting there in the magnificent beauty and divine energy surrounding the Golden Temple in Amritsar, I prayed with absolute sincerity for the well-being of my family and my closest friends.


Lesson to learn: The best moments in life are when you remember to pray for others who mean a lot to you and you pray for their happiness without expecting anything in return. Better still, if you can do something special for them in your characteristic style and add greater meaning and impact in their life.

Friends move on but memories last forever
Nothing in life lasts forever especially in the realm of relationships. Those whom you believe to be your friends may not always remain so. That's one surprise that 2013 packed in for me. I had to let go of old friends who hurt my feelings repeatedly by putting me down at every opportunity, by making me feel that each and every choice I made was worthless. You know what - you are responsible for your happiness so this means that you have every right to safeguard it when so-called others interfere with your life or make you feel miserable for no apparent reason.

A good friend's entry and exit are not in your control. Sometimes it really hurts to let go of friends who once meant a lot to you but in situations where you are made to feel worthless, it is better to let go rather than put up with it and feel lousy about it. 

Lesson to learn: The beautiful thing about life is that everything and everyone moves on in life but memories last forever. 

Embrace Your New Friends
One of the notable facets of 2013 is that there have been new friends who played a pivotal role in inspiring me. When I say 'new,' it doesn't mean that I suddenly found them and became friends with them, it's not like that. They were always there in the periphery of my life but at a clear distance. Mid-year, this changed and I had a few friends stepping out of their comfort zones to become an intrinsic part of my life in 2013. My sorrows became theirs, my smiles brought them cheer and my difficult times became their motivation for prayer. 

One of these friends, a very special and lovely girl from another religion and continent, undertook a fast for me when I was going through a difficult time. I haven't even had a proper conversation directly with her except through Facebook. It meant so much to me that she did so and I almost had tears in my eyes when she told me this. 

Another friend on Facebook made thorough arrangements for me when I reached out on a late night to ask her advice about something urgent. She said, "I will call you back." I thought she would come up with the information I was asking her. She called back, after making getting in touch with the best in the field and after having made all necessary arrangements for me. She did personal follow ups to ensure that I didn't have any hassles. The funny thing is that with these friends, I haven't even met properly or had direct conversation except through Facebook - they were reaching out to help me without expecting anything in return. I was moved to tears. Wouldn't you?

A mentor-like figure whom I revere and respect - when I was undergoing a difficult situation and struggling to get an appointment - called me in and said, "Why didn't you inform me about this earlier? There is a lot we can do to help you. We can call the CM's office for you and get this done...it's just one phone call for us." I just cried when I heard this because I don't expect anything from anyone and I really don't know how to pay back such kindness. These days, kindness is a rarity even among family members, relatives and close friends. 

These friends, I realize now, are there in my life for a good reason. They keep me motivated by the way they tackle situations and help others to grow in their quest for excellence. 

Lesson to learn: So, if you have friends who are special to you, it is time to hold them closer. Inspire yourself.

Feedback can hurt sometimes but it's the breakfast of champions
In 2013, I got some scathing feedback about myself from certain individuals. I keep an internal 'filtering' process for feedback. 'Red flags' for those who give feedback with an intent to malign, insult or hurt. I don't give a damn about them. I ignore them. 

'Yellow flags' for those who give feedback because they have been hurt or impacted by my words or conduct or it could even be a misunderstanding. Typically, I don't feel good when this happens because I don't ever have a conscious intention to hurt anyone. But still, it happens that some one feels insulted or hurt and bring it up. I do my best to ask myself what triggered my thoughts, words or actions at that point of time. If I know I am not guilty of any intention, I put my version across. The person can choose to believe it or discard it - that choice is not mine to make. 

'Green flags' are for those whose feedback I deeply respect no matter what the situation may be. So, when I receive feedback from such friends, you can be sure that 90 per cent, I will contemplate on it, ask questions if need be and incorporate it. 

My experience is that of the three filtering systems, it is the 'Green flag' feedback filter that has always helped me to move forward with the right sense of direction.

Lesson to learn: Keep an efficient filtering system to process feedback so that you are receptive to others. It will propel your growth and quest for excellence. Don't accept negativity from anyone. Other people's negative feedback should not affect your confidence or happiness. 

Awards are great motivators but Excellence should remain
On March 14, 2013, I received the TIL Aspire Award for excellence in social media. I have never shared it on any social network for one simple reason: awards can come and go, but excellence needs to stay on. Also, one doesn't work in isolation so as to take all the credit. There's a whole support network that pitches in too. 

Nope, I am not playing humble here, just stating the facts as I see it. I have always offered every task to my Guru before doing it and I always say, "There is a limit to my knowledge but none to you, Swami. You are the Doer. I surrender the Results of all my actions to you." The results, when they come, are His. Not mine. Not if I am true to my own beliefs and words. Unless I am a secret hypocrite. Which I hope I am not.

Lesson to learn: There is always a choice between showing off what you have accomplished and letting your work speak for you to those who matter. The choice is always yours.

As the year draws to a close, I find that December is, as usual, the most difficult month for me to navigate through. Pain, fear, sorrow and grief - we all experience it in different ways and we know in our hearts that passing clouds never stay long and don't deserve our mind-space. We need to let go of whatever holds us back - be it an incident, a friend or a relationship - it's the only way to grow out of the sadness enveloping the self.

As the New Year approaches, I pray with all my heart for the happiness and well being of my family, my friends, you - the reader - who has taken out time to read this and be with me at this moment and humanity at large. I welcome you all into my heart with the prayer that 'God be with you throughout the New Year so that you succeed and be happy always."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Meditation: Signs of Progress & How to identify a Real Vision from a False One

Hope that you have read my introductory post on Raja Yoga as being one of the four paths to Divinity  prescribed in Hinduism. In this post, I want to delve briefly into some basic aspects of meditation. [Note: I am not a follower or a devotee of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda but I find his teachings deeply inspiring on the spiritual path and I try to make a sincere attempt to study his teachings.]

Meditation: The Importance of Being Receptive

This is beautiful saying from Sri Paramahansa Yogananda: "The man who has the power of receptivity quickly grasps everything. People with no receptivity maybe exposed to the same experiences or information, yet not really see nor fully comprehend what is there. Your experiences bring wisdom according to the cup of your receptivity."

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Guru Mayi Chidvilasananda, renowned among the Siddha Yoga practitioners, says: "There is no honeymoon phase in Sadhana. You don't receive the Guru's attention one day and lose it the next. Grace is abundant. It all depends on how much you expose your heart to grace, how much you hide your heart from grace. As long as your heart is completely open to the Guru and to all those who carry the flame of God in their hearts, as long as you are saturated with the longing to experience the Truth, you have absolutely nothing to fear."

Meditation: How to identify a real vision from a false one?

According to Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, you may see real visions and premature manifestations of imagery when you first undertake meditation. So, how can you know what is real and what is false when you are new to the practice of meditation?

Sri Paramahansa Yogananda indicates that it takes considerable effort, practice and sadhana to get real visions. So, if you start experiencing visions almost from day one of meditation, it is likely to be a false manifestation. Again, this is an experience that you have to analyze and judge, that is not for me to do. The reason that I am sharing this tip with you is so that you are aware of it while undertaking meditation.

To ensure that you are not prone to false imagery, there are two important tips to keep in mind while meditating as per Sri Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings:

1. Keep the eyes half-open and fixed firmly at the point between the eyebrows - that is the seat of concentration and super conscious perception.

2. During meditation, do not love or desire visions more than God. This simply means that do not push in your material or personal requests while you are undertaking meditation.

Meditation: Seven Signs of Progress

For those practising meditation, how will they know they are on the right track? 

The following are the seven signs of progress in meditation based on Sri Paramahansa Yogananda's writings:

1.  An increasing peacefulness during meditation.

2. A conscious inner experience of calmness in meditation metamphorsing into increasing bliss.

3. A deepening of one's understanding and finding answers to one's questions through the calm intuitive state of inner perception.

4. An increasing mental and physical efficiency in one's daily life.

5. Love for meditation and the desire to hold on to the peace and joy of the meditative state in preference to attraction to anything in the world.

6. An expanding consciousness of loving all with unconditional love that one feels towards one's dearest loved ones.

7. Actual contact with God, and worshipping God as ever new Bliss felt in meditation and in His omnipresent manifestation within and beyond all creation.

I have also read Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (known and revered as AMMA) saying that when you progress in sadhana, particularly in meditation, you will sense a power of being able to manifest a thought into an immediate reality. What she conveys is that suppose you have been meditating regularly. After a point, when a thought crosses your mind, it will manifest itself almost immediately as reality. That, she indicates, is a test for sincerity. If you are steadfast and sincere, you will be very careful about your thoughts and you will learn to control the flow of thoughts towards God alone. 

Hope you found this post on meditation useful. If you are practicing meditation, have you had any visions, interesting experiences that you would like to share with like minded people here? I would also love to know any meditation tips that  you recommend based on your experience.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

What is Raja Yoga?

In my previous post, I have outlined the four paths to Divinity that are prescribed in Hinduism. These are Karma Yoga,  Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. Each path is interesting and presents different challenges to spiritual seekers. In this post, I am going to explain in simple words about Raja Yoga, what it means and who are the spiritual masters in Hinduism who have mastered this form of Yoga. 

Raja Yoga unites Mind Power with Cosmic Power

Raja Yoga is generally seen as the path of meditation and it is known as the king among Yogas because it relies on techniques that are based on science. The mind is of utmost importance while practicing Raja Yoga. It is perceived as an instrument that looks inward and uncovers the inner self. 

In the words of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, "Yoga unites mind power with cosmic power. Raja Yoga, the 'royal yoga,' is the science of God realization. It was masterfully systemized by the great sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra. It combined the highest form from all other yoga disciplines. In Raja Yoga, He has given you the science of how to direct your mind to Him - the real science of prayer by which you can contact God and commune with Him."

Some key points to keep in mind: 
1. Don't simply undertake meditation and assume that you are on the path of Raja Yoga. 

2. Meditation is just a small facet of Raja Yoga. It involves many other techniques before you can come close to mastering it. 

3. You also need the constant the guidance of a highly evolved spiritual master. The guru or teacher directs the flow of Divine energy in the aspirant towards the heart and the spine, awakening and energizing the phases of spiritual growth so that the mind ceases to wander, the heart center opens and the actual state of self-illumination is realized by the aspirant while on that path itself. 

4. During this time of spiritual evolution, there will be the blessings and guidance of divine beings such as the Rishis, saints, angel beings who are known to appear and teach the aspirant to gain knowledge and mastery over specific techniques and practices.

5. To practise Raja Yoga, you don't need to be a religious believer or practicing a specific religion as such. You rely on observation, intuition, discrimination and experience. This means that everything you learn in Raja yoga is based on direct experience.

Famous spiritual masters who are known to have practised Raja Yoga include Sri Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Vivekananda. You can also read their books and teachings on Raja Yoga. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Four Paths to Divinity: Karma, Jnana, Bhakti and Raja Yoga

For spiritual seekers, there are four paths that are prescribed in Hinduism. These are Karma Yoga,  Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga.



In the picture above, my son and I are sitting by the Ganga. Mother and son are offering prayers with a lot of love. We are also talking about the importance of basking in the divine energy flowing all around us.

Why have paths to God? Isn't prayer good enough?
'Independence or 'Swatantrya' is the soul of Vedantic teachings'

You may wonder "Why can't I simply pray to God and attain God?" You can reach Mumbai from anyplace but you have to plan your trip according to your unique travel needs and based on the circumstances and the place you are currently at. More importantly, simply wanting to reach Mumbai or booking your tickets isn't enough. To reach the destination, you have to act. 



Your first step would be to travel to the railway station/airport. Depending on where you are located right now, the duration of your trip will be determined. So, by merely sitting and thinking about reaching Mumbai, you will not reach anywhere. It is not different in the world of spirituality. 

Spiritual seekers will be navigating through different phases.Their goals are very different in the sense that no two spiritual seekers will share the same goals because no two people share the same experience at the same point of time.

Spiritual Goals: How to set them 

Goals can be broad goals and sub-goals that lead to several more. Each spiritual aspirant requires different techniques in the path of sadhana. Why? Each of the prescribed paths can take you to your destination. But lets not forget that every individual has different vasanas (tendencies), experiences, goals, areas of improvement and so on that make it difficult to tread any path effortlessly. 

On the path of spirituality, there are no such easy 'lifts' but you have 4 options to choose from. To identify the path one wants to tread, you need to have:

1. A clear vision of our spiritual goals.
2. Identify our vasanas that we aim to control while on the path of spirituality.
3. Be aware of the pitfalls in our own responses to given situations and limitations.
4. Learn to see through the traps created by the mind.
5. Master the mind and be a master mind.

If you have any questions for me, I'd love to hear that too. So, don't forget to ask. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jealousy: Why do we feel it?

A funny thing happened. A friend whom I don't particularly like or get along with shared a link on Facebook that I had intended to share. It irked me. Made me angry. Somewhat jealous. This probably sounds ridiculous to someone as sensible as you. In fact, it sounds downright cheesy to me. I mean, I am not some one who gets jealous over material things. I always consider myself to be at peace from within. And to think that I got jealous over the sharing of a link! Ridiculous!

Unforgivable. I feel so bad about this. I have always steered clear of jealousy. Because it blurs clarity and dilutes a person's focus. Then why did I feel jealous? Why do we become jealous? 

I thought it over. Seriously. Because I am not the jealous type and i had to understand why I felt jealous for a few fleeting seconds.

When I contemplated on this, this is what I could logically come up with:

“You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.” ? Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

True words! When you love something, someone or some form of writing, you turn possessive about it because it is special to you or you feel a sense of ownership with it. It could even be a book, a column or a blog you love and develop an attachment to. So, when some one else shares it, you can't stand it because you feel a territorial/intellectual/emotional ownership over it.

This makes sense to me. But I don't know if you feel the same way. And I want an honest answer because I am being honest with you.

So, tell me: Do you ever get jealous? If yes, what about? How do you handle it? HELP: Give me some useful advice! 

♥♥  I thank you with all my heart for reading my post. I dedicate this post with love and gratitude to all those who are finding their own ways to tackle their inner conflicts. REQUEST: Please SHARE this article on your favorite social networks. Every share, like or tweet makes me reach out to more people who are in various phases of overcoming their conflicts. I am grateful and I appreciate you for doing so. ♥♥

Monday, December 2, 2013

When Your Guru Banishes You, What Should You Do?

I dedicate this post with all humility to my Guru, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who taught me an important lesson - there are no shortcuts on the spiritual path. You have to work harder and more sincerely on your path than anyone else or be banished altogether. 

The month of November is most sacred for devotees of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba because it is the month of the Avatar's birthday. The 'akhand bhajans' - spanning two whole days - are conducted world wide two weeks before His birthday which is on November 23rd. In every nook and corner of the world, the 'akhand bhajans' are held. It is sheer spiritual bliss, if I may say so. And for as long as I can remember, even as a child, I used to stay awake and pray during the 'akhand bhajans.' By the time I was in my teen years, the 'akhand bhajans' used to be conducted in my parents' home. Therefore, it goes without explaining how special the occasion is for me and my family.

After moving to Delhi, I usually attend the 'akhand bhajans' without fail at the International Sai Center, in Delhi. This happens without fail.

This November 2013, it didn't. From October itself, I had seriously begun slipping in my sadhana routine. The discipline and the commitment had dived into a real deficit. While I have many excuses for it, the truth is that one who is committed to the Lord cannot ever offer any excuse for slipping in sadhana. That is the truth. 

So, after a serious sadhana deficit, I went to the Sai Center in Delhi in the first week of November. It was a half-hearted attempt to show that I am back on track. Whom was I fooling? Me or Swami? Maybe both. Due to many traffic related issues, I reached just 10 mins before the bhajans were to end. And then the funniest thing happened.

I could not enter the Bhajan Hall. The doors were closed to me. Shock, anger and outrage is what I felt at that time.

In my entire life, I have always taken pride in being able to reach Swami anytime I wanted. In fact, one of Swami's promises to me just after He left His mortal body is this "I am pleased with your sadhana. Therefore, I grant you this boon: Whenever you want to see me or speak to me, I shall appear before  you in this Form and give you darshan." 

Yes, I took that for granted and perhaps I became arrogant that I have access to Swami anytime I wanted. Thus, I forgot the most important point he said  'I am pleased with your Sadhana' which means - it is not the devotee who is important or makes a difference to God. It is the quality of devotion - it is the depth, intensity and purity of Sadhana.  And I had slipped up big time.

The confirmation of Swami's displeasure came when I was stopped from entering the Sai Bhajan hall. A first in my whole life. Then, I knew, with certainty, that Swami is angry and displeased with me. I understood instantly why. But I will not elaborate on it here.

Standing outside the closed door, with tears flowing out of my eyes, with my hands in 'namaste' greeting, I cried "Swami, I am sorry. I have been arrogant and egoistic. But I can't stand it if you banish me. I can't bear it if you ignore me. Please let me in this time. I promise to improve and work hard on Sadhana and I will never ever take your presence in my life for granted."

I was in such a state, seriously.

And then just like that out of the blue, the male Seva Dals who never ever enter the section where women pray, came and opened the door for  me in person. They let me in into the Bhajan Hall.

The Bhajans had ended. The aarti was going on.

I was grateful. As I was about to proceed to sit with the others, one of the senior lady Seva Dals stopped me from going to join the devotees and beckoned me to sit  next to her.

By rule, Seva Dals cannot directly pray to or spend moments in worshipping Swami while the bhajans are going on. Their role is to serve the devotees and look after their welfare. It is believed that to be Swami's Seva Dal is to the greatest honor conferred by Swami on a person because a Seva Dal is one who serves the Lord's loved ones and thereby binds the Lord to himself/herself forever. He who serves the loved ones of the Lord is seen as greater than a devotee of the Lord. 

I thought to myself. Swami wants me to work to serve His devotees. And at this moment, with the sadhana deficit, He doesn't feel that I deserve to sit with His devotees whose sadhana is more sincere.

My Guru hadn't banished me completely. He is giving me a chance. And yet the long route ahead to reclaim His approval seemed to be way too long and hard for me then.

I just wanted to give up efforts because I felt that my Guru is punishing me for a small thing. And in a petty way, I wanted to rebel and show him that I have a mind of my own and a will of my own. My ego took over my head.

Instead of attending the akhand bhajans that I never miss, I decided to go for a weekend 'adventure' trip. I was like "Why should I sit for akhand bhajans for two whole days when my Guru has banished me like this? I won't bother."

The weekend 'adventure' trip was fun but at every instance, I saw that I had let my ego rule over my Bhakti and that by doing so, I was defeating myself, not my Guru. Towards the end of the adventure trip, the bus nearly overturned. None of us were hurt but we were stranded in the middle of nowhere for quite sometime. In those moments where reaching back safely was beyond control, I contemplated all my actions and I prayed steadfastly to Swami: 

" I know that I have been letting my ego rule my Bhakti. I have become arrogant. Please forgive me. Please help me reach home safely."

I reached home safely and thanked Swami for it. But Swami had completely withdrawn and stopped responding to me. I know the signs very well. He had, in effect, banished me.

My Guru banished me for an entire week. I couldn't bear it that I wasn't able to get through or have access to Him though I knew very well that I am to blame or rather my ego was to blame.

On 16th November at about 4 pm, I stood before His photograph in my home and cried. From the outpouring, I said a lot of things about the harsh and somewhat unfair tests and sufferings that He has put me through for no fault of mine. I said "You have made me suffer more than I deserve. You have let X,Y and Z happen to me in my life but I never complained or lost my faith. But don't banish me like this because despite all the flaws that I have, my love and dedication to you is sincere and true.  Do not punish me by throwing my Bhakti back on to me like this as if it means nothing of value to you. I want your grace, your presence and I have some questions for you and I want you to tell me exactly how to redeem my sadhana to regain your love and trust." I also asked some specific questions that were very personal. To be honest, I expected no reply because whatever I had said was in anger and I didn't expect Swami to reply to my anger.

At 9 pm, I received a message from Brother Arvind B from Prashanti Nilayam. This is the first time Brother Arvind has ever sent me a message . His message and its timing was simple yet profound - an indication of Swami playing the Divine Director of the Play that He is directing. Brother Arvind sent URLs of his written works on Swami and suggested that I read it as I am writing a book on Swami and the information may be helpful.

Here's the icing on the cake: Right from the first blogpost onward, every question I had asked Swami to resolve for me on November 16th afternoon - there were clear answers to it in Swami's own words.

Tears flowed down as I read Brother Aravind's posts. Every post answered my angry, bitter sweet queries  in Swami's own words. It also explained difficult situations undergone by other devotees like me and how they have progressed on the spiritual path and in their steadfast devotion to Swami through the testing times. I understood then that I am not alone or being punished or being judged. I am being given an opportunity to change for the better and to fuel my own spiritual growth through these transitions.

Swami's love, compassion and grace are always openly streaming in to those who open their hearts to him and even to those who, like me, rebel way too often because the ego steps in and takes charge.

Never before have I felt so utterly humbled by my Guru's love and compassion towards me.

I want to complete this blogpost with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's divine words:

"Karma which pleases the Lord is superior to the Karma which fulfills the yearning of the devotee. Whatever the devotee does or thinks or plans or observes, they should be draw down the grace of God. The devotee must test every thought, feeling and action on the Lord's declared preferences."

When the Guru banishes you, simply welcome it and learn from it. He is your most loved one, the one whom you would trust with your life and more. If He has chosen to banish you, it is because He has understood that His words have not been shown the respect it deserves, that you have not been as sincere as you claim to be and perhaps it is your only true chance to reflect on how to win back that trust, friendship and grace again. Because a Guru banishes you to save you from yourself and the pitfalls you create in your life out of ignorance, ego or sheer materialism.

Thank you SWAMI for banishing me. I am going to work doubly harder to return to your circle of grace.

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