|Swami's ways are
so wonderful and amazing. As two songs were sung, He called out for the alumni and
asked them to render songs. They were taken in by surprise. No planning had gone on
in their heads for this session of songs. Where the head fails and heart takes over,
memorable moments get etched into ones memories. They began to sing the famous songs
of the mid 90s and it was such a nostalgic journey with music. Swami too was fully
involved in the songs. When the famous, "Humko Tumse Pyaar Kitna" began Swami
jokingly showing the tip of His nail said, "Only itna!" There were smiles on every
face as one reminesced the Swami of the bygone years. The songs went on like this
when suddenly two students from the bhajan group went up to Swami on the dais.
|There they told Swami, "Swami the day will not be complete without your sweet voice flowing into all of us. All of us are eager to listen to you. Please speak to us." Swami seemed to be refusing and He sent them back to their places. However, as the next song concluded, He signalled for His mikes and there was an explosive applause. Swami began His New Year Discourse, the summary of which is given below.|
|Swami began His
discourse with the popular verse on the arrival of the Sankranthi festival. He
followed it with a vivid description of the season. It is a time when people are
busy in agriculture and household activities; when the food grains and pulses are
available in plenty and all the farmers gather and sing in joy. The men visit their
in-laws and all the members of the family join in with good humour and spend time in
fun. Swami's description put everyone to perfect ease and with the mere power of His
words, He brought alive the feelings and joy associated with the festival. He also
beautifully narrated the tradition where the bull and cow are married off. The cow
is named Sita and the bull as Rama. The people entreat and request 'Sita' to accept
the handsome and virtuous 'Rama' as her husband!
brought new meaning to the phrase, "Naa Deham" (literally meaning – My body) when He
stated, "Naa means 'not' in Sanskrit. So when you say, "Naa Deham" or "Naa Manas",
it means, 'I am not the body, I am not the mind'." And so, all our complaints and
problems are due to our body attachment and our inability to control the mind. All
the six vices are a result of our thoughts alone and there is nothing wrong with the
creation. God gives neither joy nor sorrows. He is the eternal witness. It is the
mind that does everything. It is responsible for our bondage and our liberation too.
So realize that you are God. The Christian message too is the same – To cut the 'i'
across and achieve the 'Cross" which is God. The message was loud and clear – give
up your identification with all that you are not- the body, mind, intellect- and
identify with your Self; the true I.
symbolism has deeper meanings, He said and to elaborate on it, He waved His hand and
materialized an gold ring with a diamond studded on it. In the western countries,
the marriage is symbolized with the exchange of rings between the bride and groom.
This symbolizes the Love which, like the diamond, should be permanent.
Elaborating on the significance of the Sahasra Chandra
Darshanam, Swami said, " The Lord is called Sahasra Sheersha Purusha. This does not
mean that He has a thousand heads. It means that all the heads are His. So too, when
it is said that the Lord had Sahasra Chandra Darshanam, it means that He sees all
the minds for the mind is symbolized by he moon. If taken literally, I have seen
crores of moons!