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Guru Purnima and South India Sangha

by Ashok Shanbhag

Over the years, Guru Purnima has become an important part of our lives, and I believe most sadhakas look forward to it to pay their respects to the Guru lineage.

I was introduced to the tradition, and importantly to Swami Veda Bharati ji, in 2003 by late Shri Madhav Kamat ji, a disciple of Swami Rama.

A few students of the tradition would meet regularly at Kamat Ji’s place for a meditation session, followed by kirtans and a puja. We continued this practice for 10 years thereafter, but couldn’t carry it forward due to unavoidable reasons.

Interestingly, two years ago, I heard about the visit of Pujya Swami Ritavan Bharati to Bangalore to attend the south India gathering organised by Ms. Namita Sinha ji. It was a wonderful event marked by the presence of Swamiji, and was an experience cherished by many.

Since then we have had a few more satsangs at regular intervals. The most recent one was organised on the 5th of July 2020, the day of Guru Purnima. It was initiated and planned by Ms. Namita ji once again. This was the first time we had an online Satsang, and it was great to see over 75 sadhakas from different parts of the world joining in that evening.

The meditation was guided by a renowned teacher of the tradition, Shri Raghvendra Adiga ji, and personally, I felt the presence of Guru shakti during that session. Adiga ji has also been a pioneering support in our South India mission.

On that note, it can be said without doubt that Namita ji has played an important role in re-igniting the South India mission. She has a refined approach towards organising gatherings for us sadhakas, and goes the long way to ensure these initiatives are headed in a fruitful direction. I have known her for two years now, and I can say Namita Ji’s efforts of bringing sadhakas together is truly admirable.

I remember Swami Veda Bharati ji once saying “Some of you should meet once in a while for a group Meditation and Satsang.” In all its essence, the Global Meditation candidly reflected the power behind those words.

Editor’s Note:

If you are interested in knowing more about or contacting the South India sangha: ahymsinsouthindiasangha@gmail.com

Raghavendra Adiga is a mantra initiator and a member of the AHYMSIN Adhyatma Samiti, or Spiritual Committee.


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