Thursday, May 13, 2010

13th May....Tera May.....Celebration time all around !!!!





It was midnight, & we were returning home. I had taken my friends out for dinner. Just at the stroke of zero hour, our hand phones started ringing one after the other.....there were excited voices at the other end.....& calls kept pouring in......wishing " Jai Gurudev....... Happy Birthday.....Janm din mubarak ho"....... some would even start singing "Saagar mein ek lahar uthi tere naam ki....tujhe mubarak khushian atmagyan ki....." every one seemed to be so happy.....so excited.....so celebrating......each one of us were also excitedly exchanging greetings.

This is 13th May......& every year....year on year, on the same day, millions of people across the globe, call up each other & greet with pure joyous feelings. 13th May.....the birthday of Sri Sri RaviShankar.....the spiritual leader & founder of The Art of Living, a NGO with International status from UNO & presence in more than 150 countries. The birthday celebrations continue through the day across all these countries, in countless places, across all levels of the society, across all religions, across all walks of life....millions of them, who have found a reason to smile in His holy presence.....
Interestingly, this day, across the world people congregate in numbers, ranging from small to very large, starting the day with sessions of meditations, praying for world peace & harmony......then through the day, they also get involved in some development activity...for the well being of the society.....for the neighbourhood, for the world.......so much of creative energy & enthusiasm.....with a inner belief that the world will be a better place to live in. The evening is breathtaking & colourful, with everyone coming together to sing & rejoice......we call it Satsang.....the company of the good !!!!.....an event, which leaves everyone full & content in love.

I have never ever heard or witnessed such celebrations on any one else's birthday...ever. I dont think anyone ever has. I have never felt so much loved....so much cared for....so much of coming together....it is all so monumentous & yet so encompassing.....all this because Sri Sri RaviShankar was born on this day.......the ever smiling Guru.....the Divine....who has been tirelessly involved in bringing peace & harmony across the whole human race......to bring out the child in each one of us.....to soak us in his love & give us a reason to smile.....

May you live forever.....& ever......my heartfelt pranaam to my Guru.....

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