I had done my Part 1 Course in 2006 at Mumbai. After the Part 1 course I did a Part 2 Course and the Sahaj Samadhi Course thereafter. However, I was never regular with my Sadhana practices. Due to some or the other reasons was never regular with the Sudarshan Kriya (meditation).
Thereafter, in July 2012, I had suffered a very painful health condition, which lasted for a couple of months, followed by discomfort for a few more months. Having retired over three years ago, I have been sailing off the Indian coast in Offshore Vessels on contract basis for 2 to 3 months at a stretch in each contract, to make my living. An Offshore Vessel is a small ship and often rolls and pitches i.e. rocks with the waves. The routine on board is very tight, with limited time to even sleep. I have rarely ever done the Kriya on board. Even when at home on leave for over 2 months at a stretch after signing off from the ship, I was never regular with the Kriya.
But during my recent contract, I took a firm resolve to do the Kriya daily on board the ship, I had decided come what may I will do the Kriya. The ship had a very hectic charter this time but despite all odds, I did the Kriya daily. I even motivated one of my colleagues on board to do the Sadhana practices, who had done Part 1 Course a few years ago but had discontinued with the Sadhana practices. It was a great and wonderful experience. I could sense my bonding with Guruji growing stronger and firmer, with each passing day. I found myself sharing intimate moments with my Gurudev, even on the ship.
Three months had thus passed and it was time for me to go home. But I was regular with my Sadhana practices. I had performed exceedingly well on board, had even been promoted to Captain and the ship had successfully completed all tasks of the Charter. My contract had got over and I was keen to sign off and go home. But this was getting delayed, due to various circumstances. The ship was continuously at sea and there was no indication of getting back to harbour – which is normally a necessity for my reliever to embark and for me to hand over & sign off.
Though I resigned myself to my fate; one day, I found myself telling Gurudev that how I wish I could sign off and reach home – to be in time to attend the Long Kriya (Group Meditation) on Saturday, 08 June 2013 evening with my wife. I was really keen to go for this Follow- up Session, but it was less than a week away and so impossible. Most surprisingly, in a day or two, my ship got a message from the Head Office that I can hand over my duties to another Officer on board and disembark by a helicopter transiting between the Production Platform at sea and Mumbai. Such things are normally permitted only in emergencies, essentially due to the expenditure involved of movement by air and limited seats available in a helicopter. The impossible had become possible!!! On 05 June evening, I reached home and on 08 June evening, I found myself seated along with my wife and many others for the Long Kriya Follow-up Session.
The Blessings have been so intense that during this leave period, I could not only do another Part 2 Course and DSN Course, but I and my wife also successfully completed our Blessing Course, during our first ever visit to the Bangalore Ashram.
FOREVER IN GRATITUDE…