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Guruji’s Girivalam Blessings….

ஸத்குரு ஸ்ரீ ராஜலிங்க ஸ்வாமிகள் துணை

அருணாசலா! அருணாசலா! அருணாசலா!

ஓம் ஸத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சேஷாத்ரி ஸ்வாமிகள் திருவடிக்கே

 

Guruji’s Girivalam Blessings

 

Dear Sesha Bhaktha Samaajam,

Ever since Guruji attained His MahaSamaadhi, life often felt so dreary, meaningless, without Guruji’s Smiling Divine Form, His Sathsang, and His Powerful Presence….

Although Guruji and Mahaan operate through Their Subtle Forms, Their Physical Absence created a deep void in me.

But something happened to me, in a recent Girivalam experience of mine, at Thiruvannamalai, that gave me the feeling that He is so close to the Heart, that He could hear our every little prayer….and Love and Protect us each moment….

It is this experience that I wish to share with you all.

On the 11th. of April 2013, I had to make an unplanned one-day trip to Thiruvannamalai. I arrived there by the evning of 11th. Of April, 2013. I had to leave for Chennai by the late morning of the 12th. and so I had to practically rush into all my events. Through all this, I desired to do a Pradakshinam of the Holy Arunachala. So I planned for it, fairly early in the morning of the 12th. of April….

My experience goes like this…..

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It was 2:45 in the morning, when I started the Girivalam from Mahaan Sri Seshadri Swamigal’s Ashram. I was alone. The morning was still too dark. I dearly wished to be on the Girivalam during the time Mahaan had advised one for prayer during the BrahmaMuhurtham (– between 3 to 4 a.m.).

Quite casually, I started walking, hoping to be drenched in the beauty of the dawn, in beautiful Arunachala…. The path was deserted, and by the time I reached crossed Ramana Ashram, the road grew very lonely, and there were no street lights at all. There was no moon in the sky!

When I reached Simha Teertham, I realized my mistake. Probably it was too early to venture out, and I grew very nervous. It was so dark that I was even scared to look up at the towering Arunachala! But I felt I should not turn back. So I prayed hard to Beloved Guruji and Mahaan to be with me.

I had a photo of Sesha Mahaan in my bag. I then held Mahaan close, and continued to Mahaan’s Moola Mantram. I also started to play “Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae” on my phone, in a very low volume.

Past the Simha Teertham, when I was very close to Dear Swamiji’s Shrine, I prayed to Him to allay my fears. The time was exactly 3:11 a.m. After my prayer, just as I was about to take my next step, – exactly at the point outside Guruji’s Shrine – all the street lights went on, all of a sudden, all together, and the Girivalam road was brightly lit!

I was amazed and dazed, and suddenly there was so much relief in my heart. That was Guruji’s Absolute Love and Bountiful Grace on me!

I could feel the fragrance of gingelly oil and Shikakai during the early part of the Girivalam. I remembered Guruji used to say that it was the fragrance of the Lord’s bathing ritual. I felt immensely happy when I remembered His words….

The rest of my Girivalam went on smooth, and my heart felt very light at the sight of resplendant Arunachala…

Another amazing feeling was – my feet did not hurt, and I was able to cover a major portion of the walk, in good time! (which was not the case on previous occasions!)

It was only Guruji and Mahaan who saw me through the Girivalam at such an early hour, – safe and free of anxiety! Their Presence with me in the Girivalam, shall ever remain in my heart as Infinite Sweetness…..

At this opportunity, I express my Deep, Love-filled Namaskaarams

at the Sacred Feet of my Beloved Guruji and Beloved Mahaan….and Dear Arunachala…

Faithfully yours,

Vaishnavi

Sesha Bhaktha Samaajam

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