Saturday, October 23, 2010

"How I met my guru, a surprising experience!" - (By Dr.Mithin)

From early adulthood Sri Ramakrishna occupied my consciousness. I had traveled extensively in West Bengal to catch the joy in places associated with Thakur. I was amazed at the spiritual atmosphere that perfused those places.

I wondered how much spirituality Thakur must have radiated and whether there is any contemporary saint who could give me the darshan of the peace of Sri Ramakrishna.

Was there such a saint in modern times?
Then I came across Sri Nannagaru.

I heard of this saint while surfing on the internet about Sri Ramakrishna. I read about him and wondered whether I would meet him any day.

A few months back on Gurupoornima I heard that the saint was coming to my city and decided to go and see him. The venue was Sathya Sai Nigamam,Hyderabad.

Sri Nannagaru is a Advaita master who is intimately connected with Arunachala. A website dedicated to him is

I reached the hall at 2.00pm and made my way through the hall towards an empty chair at the back.

There was an animated chatteramongst the devotees who suddenly became quiet when the Guru came.

I saw the man amidst thousands of his followers sitting on the podium and delivering one of the greatest speeches I have heard about advaita. His words were not dry but carried with them the conviction of personal experience. I instantly knew I was in the presence of a master. Time flew by.

During his talk the sun set behind him in the upperstorey windows and I concentrated on that.I felt an uncommon peace.

And then there was the silence.

He just looked at the huge gathering with piercing but benign gaze. There was a stunning pin drop silence in the entire hall. It was more powerful than his speech. Every eye was riveted on him. The breath seemed to have been sucked out from one's being and been replaced with silent power. In every eye was a light of calmness and in every heart a feeling of bliss.

I realized with more conviction that this was really a mahapurusha.

And then the spell broke.

At the end of the satsang I decided to test the great man by sending mental waves asking him to acknowledge my presence.

The man was surrounded by countless devotees who wanted to touch him and speak with him. I stood right in front of the podium and was hoping and wishing that he see me.

He did not.

"Acknnowledge me. I have come for you." I told him mentally.

He looked at everyone else but me.

I decided to leave the place with a slightly bruised ego and a thought perhaps that we did not share a relationship.

I had come out of the hall when suddenly a thought struck me that he is indeed a great purusha and I should try again keeping my arrogance and ego aside.

I went inside with vigour and climbed the podium. I reached the crowd that was surrounding him whence suddenly there was a opening and I saw the master looking at me with a smile on his lips. He beckoned me closer and patted on my right cheek.

I was stunned and immediately bowed down low before him

The place where he touched me tingled with sensation the entire day.

I do not know if it was his touch or my destiny...but within a month I laid my feet on holy Arunachala soil and got an accomadation in his ashram.

More of the story later.

Dr.Mithin Aachi is an orthopaedic surgeon by profession. He is a star-gazer, painter, and writer. He is an amalgamation of all kinds of arts and activities. He is a happy go lucky person, who just sees love in everything. From the very tender age, he had an quest to know the truth. He admires and worships Rama Krishna and believes Nannagaru is an avatar of Rama Krishna and worships him in this form. He is a simple person who is an embodiment of love.

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