I had a beautiful experience during Mahashivratri 2020 at Bangalore Ashram! I was having a very rough time in my personal life and was even losing faith in Art of Living, even though I have been associated since 2013. I am doing PhD from IIT Delhi and University of Queensland (Australia) so work pressure and high expectations from professors and peers was a challenge and due to it I even left doing kriya in between thinking I didn’t have the time, which is never the case.
But somehow I regained little faith back after doing 3 days Padmasadhana and went to Bangalore ashram during Shivaratri. I had bought a gift for Gurudev (a very beautiful, expensive one) whole heartedly and thought to myself whether He will even take it or not, whether I will be able to reach Him in the Darshan line or not. But when I sat in the amphitheater, after going in “bhaav” (devotion) He sent Swami Purnachaitanya (who has been my mentor in personal life) straight to me and he said “Gurudev has sent me, asking for the gift you had bought for Him, I will give Him”!! Although Swamiji asked several others too but he first came to me!! How did Gurudev know? I had told no one! That too amidst thousands of people in the crowd! Gurudev didn’t even give any Darshan to anyone that day!
Since then many many very interesting and powerful guru stories have happened with me, which I am documenting regularly. Secondly, I had gotten disheartened because of my visa being on hold and couldn’t fly to Australia during January, but here I am safely with my parents in Mumbai during COVID-19 lockdown.
– Siddhant Varshney