Actually, exhilarating would be a better word. During satsangs, during
meditations, even while running or playing tennis — one hits “the
zone where one can do no wrong” — a transcendent realm of perfection.
No past, no future — just a vast, free space coupled with a clarity
of awareness without the slightest hint of planning, regret, guilt or
even active memory.
These days leading up to Shivratri have been full of spacious pauses
where only this “zone” existed. I was excited; I was ready — I kept
giving people pep talks about how they should gear up for a never-
before anubhooti in Guruji’s presence. What would happen to me? Would
I be able to sing, or would I pass out onstage — something inside me
wants to jump up and down and dance every now and then — every hint
of last week’s fatigue (the result of travelling to a different town/
city each day for nearly three weeks) has disappeared!
I was practically floating up the steps to the aircraft that was to
bring me back to Kolkata, when my dear friend Ramesh Raman (who heads
Art of Living’s corporate wing, APEX) called to inform me that Guruji
had specifically asked for me to go and conduct a training program in
Delhi — tomorrow!
Okay, here I go then — for a second the opening scene from 3 Idiots
flashed into my mind — should I just jump off the plane right now?
And then, just as though it had been there all along (hasn’t this
happened a million times before?) the whole scenario fell into place
— by tonight i shall hand over the templates for the entire script of
tomorrow’s program to Jaba and Atika, who will be our wonderful MCs;
the brilliantly talented Amol can coordinate the music, featuring all
the AOL stars Bhanudidi, Chitradidi, Gayatri and Shalini-Srinivas. My manager-
tabla player Ajay and guitarist-arranger Mizo can take care of
soundchecking and monitor placement etc.
I’m still getting the urge to dance though I’m sitting at the
emergency exit of my plane, the “zone” is still there — stronger than
ever, if you really want to know — listening to thumping remixes and
typing this post 🙂
Each moment with the Guru is abundant with exhilaration, I wish I
could share this joy with everyone (well, I do try) — but more on
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