Last month (26th March) I was fortunate to attend Advanced Meditation Course at Bangalore Ashram, icing on the cake was Guruji's physical presence on all the days! Apart from the Satsangs and knowledge session it was wonderful to experience Rudra Pooja in presence of Guruji on new year day (Gudi Padwa/Ugadi).
After Rudra Pooja Guruji shared some pearls of wisdom would like to share with you. He started with wishing everyone 'Happy New Year!' then He smilingly continued, we are entering the 5,110th year…it has been 19 billion 729 million 49,100 years since the beginning of the planet earth. A cycle (of time) comprises 60 years. Every year has a name. This year is called Virodhi (which literally means 'to oppose') and there are more chances of people fighting in this time.
He then added, but, this new year will be good and will be evolutionary for the devotee. It is time to move to a higher dimension. [There was huge applause from the devotees listening to this].
'Antarmukhi, sadasukhi'- When one is centered, then there is happiness always.
Whatever happens, happens for the good.
He then emphasized, that this year everyone has to meditate and do satsang, read knowledge sheets, chant ‘Om Namah Shivay’. By doing that, you are helping others who have a hard time. He said, even if one percent of you all meditate, the remaining 99% of the population will thrive on your spirituality.
He then added, this year keep your spiritual goal on top priority. The material goals can be kept aside.
Finishing the talk He got up and left, He took few step then He returned back and joyfully said prasad is available at the door of Vishalaxi Mandap – ‘Neem leaves and sweets’. Then He clarified, 'People eat Neem leaves and sweets on Ugadi(Telugu new year) to remind themselves that life is a mixture of both - the bitter and the sweet.