Sanatana Dharma
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Sanatana Dharma


Change of plans!

Please read part three here.

Per my grand plan, I have one full year to work on my meditation and get ready to meet Om Swami Ji. But I guess Swami Ji disagreed with my program. He had something different and much better in his mind. That same month in October 2021, my younger brother visited my dad in Pune, India. When my brother returned to the US, he suggested I should see my dad as he was not doing well.

I had no Indian visa, unlike my brother, who carries an OCI card, the Indian government wasn’t allowing visitor’s visas due to Covid-19, plus my daughter was planning to be in Dallas for Thanksgiving week (3rd week of November). I told my brother that maybe I would visit Dad next year or when an Indian visa opens up in the future. Plus, I did not desire to be on the plane with 300 other people when Covid-19 was still roaming around. I could not purchase the business/first-class ticket to minimize the contact with people on the plane (lame excuse not to visit India).

Hello Om Swami ji

Somewhere, I read that one should meditate in the woods or near water. So, I started meditating in my backyard; we have a gorgeous swimming pool with a cute little fountain and a Jacuzzi with a gazebo and behind the swimming pool is a creek with loads of trees. I would face east to meditate (read somewhere about that as well!). Emptying my thoughts was not a struggle, as I would get soaked into Swami Ji’s voice on Black Lotus app meditation. One day I had a vision of Swami Ji standing In front of me in our backyard; he put his right hand on my head, smiled at me, and then he disappeared; the feeling was so calm and happy. “My Om Swami Ji came to visit me. How awesome was that”, I thought.

After that vision, a few other times, I saw myself in the Ashram. I was standing there, looking at the river Giri and the majestic mountains. Even though I had never been to Ashram, I could see everything so clearly, and vividly. The rocks, trees, and the dirt on the road. I felt like I was standing there.

Hello mother Divine

My favorite one is where I am sitting at the feet of the Divine Ma, and she is smiling and caressing my hair with love. She is sitting on a large black rock, with a waterfall on the right-hand side and large mountains on the back. Om Swami Ji comes and takes my hand; before I know it, we both are flying up in the sky. He shows me our galaxy and many other million galaxies. I don’t want to come down, but he gently brings me back into my body. I have had this vision in my meditation twice so far; that’s it.

Technically my rational mind understands that I was meditating whenever I had these experiences, and this must be just my imagination playing with my thoughts. But, I have noticed that if I plan in my mind or even wish to experience the same, it doesn’t work. I am delighted with my imagination, don’t get me wrong, but not sure why I can’t recreate it when I wish. Well! Something is changing inside me for sure.

My plan or his leela?

Back to reality, my brother again asked me to reconsider my decision, as the Indian government opened up a 30-day e-visa starting on the 15th of November. My daughter called me around the same time and said she would like to visit her friend at thanksgiving instead of coming to Dallas. Now suddenly, my November opened up. I started looking for tickets to India, but they were so expensive!! I wasn’t ready to pay $6,000 for one ticket. My kind brother offered me his miles to purchase the American Airlines ticket, and I thought I should try it. Sadly, AA doesn’t fly to Mumbai. “Oh, Well! I tried, maybe next year,” I said to myself. I needed that one year to get ready for the Om Swami visit. I wanted to show Om Swami Ji that I am a dedicated person who does meditation every day and has knowledge of Vedanta and a person who is well read! This way, he will accept me as his disciple immediately. My ego and confidence were in full charge. Was I trying to impress him or impress myself? What a silly plan that was!

But as we all know, no one can do anything about the instructions from up there. Somehow, I was forced to check with AA and found out I could fly into Delhi on FF miles. I thought, “Ok, why in the world would I fly to Delhi? I need to be in Mumbai and from there to Pune to be with my dad”. I last visited Delhi for a vacation, which was more than 12–15 years ago. But then I thought, from Delhi to Pune is not a long flight. I should try that option regardless. I applied for an e-visa, and within 10 hours, I got my 30-day e-visa. I booked my 1st class/business class flight to Delhi from Dallas. Woo- hoo!!! Also, my brother and his family graciously agreed to take care of Albie (our 10-year-old golden retriever) for a month. Before I knew it, I was ready to fly to visit my dad via Delhi!

Please read part five here.



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