The atmosphere was filled with vedic mantras as special poojas were being organised and conducted by devotees in the outside complex as well as inside the hall. I was listening to the rhythmic sound of mantras recited by the pujaris, the Brahmins as I sat there facing the idol in the hall.
Gently my eyelids shut as I began ‘naam smaran’ or repeating the holy name. I was uttering mutely…Nityananda, Nityananda, Nityananda….
My mind was soon interiorized with the help of the ongoing chanting when after a brief spell I heard these words inside me, “Chanting band karo”.
“Stop the chanting.”
I obeyed immediately and I sat there with a restful mind. A few moments were spent like this when….
At the point of concentration in between the two eyebrows of my forehead, I saw a Jyot, a Divine Flame in oval shape glowing radiantly. It was lemon yellow in colour. The flame had a thin outer ring of blue colour. Or to be a little more precise it was more close to cobalt blue, which quickly disappeared and only the yellow flame remained there. The flame was steady. I saw it glowing continously…Ah! What do I say what I saw!? Words can never translate what I experienced in those moments. How am I to say what I saw? What can I say how I felt at that moment? And whenever I recall those peerless moments in the temple, my whole being fills up with deep tranquillity and joyful peace! I recapitulate those moments even now in times of solitude and repose to connect with the Eternal and relive that sense of oneness with it. Words cannot describe what your soul has felt. They will always fail me to express such sublime moments of oneness with Divinity!
The preparation and foundation, I realized later, for further higher experience had been laid with the glimpse of Light and with this my mind was elevated to higher sources by this time. I understood sitting there that Sri Nityananda Swami had prepared the ground for me for higher and deeper revelations of spiritual sciences and enriching experience. Something more is yet to come. And so….
The quiet, mute conversation now began with the omnipresent Guru. He informed me by speaking very gently, “Yeh Divya jyot hai.”
“This is the sacred flame of God.”
It occurred to me that it was a confirmation of the spiritual phenomenon which took place just a few seconds before, or else I would have not fully understood what exactly had happened .
He continued, ” Mei tumhara param Guru hun. Param Guru Param Siddha Yogi hota hai.”
“I am your Param Guru. Param Guru is a Param Siddha Yogi”
(Please read the previous post to know who is a Param Siddha Yogi)
I bowed down reverentially in my heart at the blessed moment with a feeling of deep gratitude and thankfulness directed towards him. I stooped down to touch his feet, which always beam divine beatific rays, as though he was actually present in his physical body in front of me. I today realize that I had become a recipient of God’s blessing through Sri Nityananda on that very special day. So far I had known only about Kripa- Prasad, but for the first time it dawned on me that this is ‘Hari Prasad’ – God’s blessings in such wonderful ways. I was very, very pleasantly awakened with such a rewarding experience!
After this, the oval shaped flame expanded to become a small circle and covered my upper portion of the face and forehead and the malleable energy in its circumference was touching my skin while I felt its tingling on my cheekbones very vividly. I even felt the sensations on the eyelids and forehead. I was deeply absorbed in this experience sitting there with my eyes closed and did not care at all about what was happening around me as the minutes that were floating were too blissful to barter with anything else and was not worth its match really!.
At this stage, Swami Nityanand enlightened me by giving me knowledge of various stages of spiritual progress by the human soul. He began by revealing “Divya gyan Param Guru se hota hai.”
“Sacred knowledge is imparted by Param Guru only”.
These words of wisdom from the great soul were like immortal drops of elixir, words that infused life and vigour in me because they were spiritually awakening in every sense. I became more attentive now as I wanted to gather every little piece of the priceless pearls that were falling in my lap one by one.
At this point, the circle of the halo extended and became bigger than even before as I felt the soothing warmth of the extremely light and gentle tingling sensation of the halo touching my shoulders. The scattering rays sat lightly over my both shoulders. And there I sat, unmoved soaking myself in the balsamic rays and felt lighter and lighter. I was further gratified by the following upcoming words of spiritual wisdom from the kind hearted saint.
“Guru aur Ishwar ek ho jata hai is awastha par. Yahan par shanti hai.”
“Guru and God become one at this stage. There is Peace here.”
Soon the ethereal halo became much larger, big enough to encircle me wholly and completely by now. I was so enamoured by it that I can’t really tell! I felt the emollient rays of Light which were falling and descending all over me like satin-soft light showers of featherweight rain drizzle. They were too, too endearing and alluring. And they continued to fall till they touched my knees and the rest of the body by now. I sat there bathing …under the thick canopy of soul-soothing Divine rays. I took a spiritual bath under the shower of Divine Light and felt profusely blessed at that stupendous moment. I was completely dissolved with gratitude for my Guru and God both. God’s blessings came as a real surprise and I was receiving them like the thirsty dry earth that sips the first rain drops of the rainy season hungrily! My thirsty soul never once wished for the rains to stop! A memorable time of my life written with indelible ink!
It was the sheer Grace of God which was flowing towards me through the benevolent saint of Ganeshpuri. Had he not intervened and explained to me in explicit terms through his soft spoken mellifluous words, I would have not known and understood the matchless value of this valuable experience.
He went on to speak these weighty words of enlightenment to illumine me once again. ” Yahan aakar, Guru bhi nahi rahta, Brahma hota hai. Is awastha mei kewal nishabad brahma hota hai. Shanti ke baad maun, shunya hai. Yeh satya ki khoj hai. Brahma hamara strot hai. Hum wahin se aaye hai aur punha usme leen hona hai. To dhyan karo, is Ishwar ki Jyot par dhyan karo.”
“After arriving at this stage even the Guru is not there, only Brahmn remains. At this stage there is the Absolute Truth, absolute Brahma, Immutable Brahma, Unchanging Atman our Spirit. This is the beginning of the search of the Truth. Brahma is the source of our Origin. We must immerse in it again. So meditate on the Light of God! Meditate on the golden glow of illuminating Light!”
So my dear child kindly listen to me now. Surrender completely in your heart and mind at the Lotus Feet of your spiritual master. He is the messenger of God for his devotees. He will show you the path of salvation and the road to illumination. God’s Grace is received by those who have complete trust in their spiritual mentor and who are ready to obey them unconditionally. One can chant this mantra for moksha thus freeing his soul from bondages of karmic consequences.….
Om Namo Bhagwate Nityananda. Om Namo Bhagwate Nityananda.. Om Namo Bhagwate Nityananda….
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu.
Gururo Devo Maheshwara.
Guru sakshat para Brahma
Tasmai Shri Gurvai namah.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om.