Thursday, December 9, 2010

Guru Story - Divine Insurance

Guru Story - Divine Insurance

26th November 2008, probably one of the most horrific days for the civilized world of this planet which was a brutal attempt to humiliate the human values on this planet. Terrorists attacked the heart of Financial Capital of India killing more than 200 innocent people and leaving many dreadful wounds and scares of fear and anger on many people heart. Many also survived from the fire rain of bullets. There are no words to describe what we are going through after our miraculous escape after 12 hours in captivity at the Taj.

There is still a sense of daze & shock, there is fear (after the continuous sounds last 60 hours of grenades and gun firing) even the sound of a spoon falling is alarming, anger & rage at the total breakdown of security and the system, but above all, there is a huge huge huge huge sense of gratitude.

Gratitude to Guruji for giving us another life. As more is being revealed, 4 terrorists were in the kitchen of the Taj Hotel, just about 10 feet from the room we were in. They killed the chefs there. There was nothing stopping them from just turning left and come our way. It was almost like some indescribable force was between them and us. Knowledge of living in the present moment and present moment is inevitable was never before a living reality for us. When they evacuated us after 12 hours, there was blood, broken glass pieces, grenade remnants all strewn across the corridor outside our room. That's how close they came.

When we did come out and escaped another round of fresh firing at us as we were walking outside the Taj, the 1st call just that moment we got was from Guruji confirming that we were out and safe. It was almost as though He had escorted us out! I was so shaken, I could barely stand let alone speak and He said to me, "When I am with you, how can anything touch you. Come on be brave. Kya darti hai, main hun na (why are you fearful, I am there with you)"

Throughout the night, Bhanu didi (Guruji's sister) kept calling and messaging us, giving us courage and encouragement. She was keep giving us confidence that we would be out surely. It seemed surreal then, but she kept telling me to be bold and support others. It was like being scooped in a blanket of grace and love. In every Part 2 course, I have learnt to sleep with a blanket of grace. Believe me, I can tell you with certainty that it was ON us that night

We were giving healing to the bullet hit, teaching deep breathing to some young boys with us to calm them down, teaching mudras* to control bladders to the old, all the while literally hanging on to each other, holding hands tight and continuously chanting JAI GURUDEV. My tongue continues to move in that chant in an almost pavlovian way even now.

Even after we came out, all of you kept calling and supporting us. Hearing the concern and love in your voice was deeply humbling and moving for us. Anna kept refocusing my attention by talking about designing the Mandir for our new home to asking what I cooked! Each one of you has kept reassuring us. This love is our only true treasure

I have no idea what we have done to deserve all this outpour of your love, concern, good wishes. We are just so grateful to you. It is the strength of your sadhana (spiritual practices) and sankalpa (Intention) that rescued 100 of us that fateful Thursday morning. As you know only about 8 people have come out alive from the Taj after that. Many people we know, top lawyers, bankers, leading business heads have not been as lucky as us. They were victims of indiscriminate firing. Three of our friends were stuck in Trident and rescued only yesterday morning after 36 hours and are in deep trauma.

Writing this is a cathartic experience for me. Going through this, a jolting wake up call to appreciate the value of every living moment of life, the indispensability of spreading knowledge URGENTLY, and above all deeply appreciating the love that surrounds us

We remain in Gratitude to you all FOREVER. Lifetimes will not suffice us to repay this love. Apart from our anniversary, Ajay and I now share a birthday too. Nov 27th

Love from the deepest depths of our heart
Rajita & Ajay
Art of Living Teachers
Mumbai India

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