My wife and I met in Art Of Living, and it was always our dream to get married at the Art of Living International Center Bengaluru, in Gurudev’s presence. We met in 2011 and many many Guru Stories happened in our life, but fast forward to this specific one, we were planning our India wedding and were coordinating with the Ashram on what dates Gurudev will be there around end of year. We got guidance of early December, and potentially December 6. We were told it’s not a guarantee but Gurudev is scheduled to be in Ashram that day.
We started preparation for our wedding, booking the beautiful locations, arranging accommodation for our guests, confirming the food menus, the environment is so so Sattvic. We and our families were just thrilled that our guests, who don’t know as much about Art Of Living, will get to experience this and see Gurudev.
For me, in my life, my biggest wealth is Gurudev. He is my everything. In an Indian wedding, usually there’s a lot of show and tell, the best outfits, locations, etc. Folks love to show the world their wealth. For me, it’s always been Gurudev, so having Him at my wedding meant the world to me, because He is my biggest wealth 🙂
One week prior to the wedding we got to know Gurudev may be traveling on Dec 6 but not confirmed. We arrived in the Ashram 3 days before our wedding and got the news that Gurudev definitely can’t come as He had a last minute trip to Jammu on Dec 5 and from there He’s directly going to Chennai on Dec 6 for public programs and events. I felt a bit bad but also understood that He has so much important work in society and He is needed in many places. We requested if we could anyway take His blessings before the wedding and have our parents invite Him as a token of gratitude. We got an appointment on Dec 3, we go in there to meet Him, He blessed us and asked details about the wedding, and then I asked “Gurudev will you be there?” And He said “Yes! I will come”. We were shocked, the whole wedding and Ashram team too did not know what was going on.
On December 6 at 10am my Master, the Guru of this universe, walks into our wedding, gave us gifts, made us exchange garlands, clicked a family picture, met all our guests and showed His immense love. It was truly one of the most special moments of my life.
Later in the day someone shared that Gurudev left from Jammu at 10pm on the previous night and took a connecting flight via Delhi to get to the Ashram by 4am. All this only to come for the weddings happening on that day and then He left immediately around 12pm for Chennai. WOW! He literally gave up on a whole night of rest and changed His schedule to be there for my big day 🙂
Now, I am just a regular devotee, like millions others, and He literally goes out of His way to be there for me. He truly is special, His love and His care for us is unmatchable. He always says “I’m anyway with you”, and that is true. He is with us, helping us sail through life with a joy and love. He is our lucky charm, our biggest wealth.