Suddenly around 12 noon there were strong rumours that Swami was
likely to come to Parthi today. This came as a real surprise and
immediately, all of us started discussing about the various
arrangements to be done. However, we were not very sure as
Bhagawan had not yet left Brindavan and therefore, we were still
wondering whether this news was true or whether Bhagawan was
planning to visit some devotees house in Bangalore.
But at 12.45 p.m. Swami did leave Brindavan for Parthi. Mango
leaves were tied across the entrances of the College, Hostels
and even on the roads leading to the Mandir. Suddenly, there was
joy and cheer in the air. All of us were smiling and feeling a
surge of excitement and thrill in our hearts, maybe just as the
residents of Ayodhya would have felt when Lord Rama returned
However, as there was not much time, no floral decorations or
Rangolis could be made on the road leading to the Mandir, as the
local Samithi members usually do. By 3.00 p.m. all of us were
leaving to the Mandir. The Vedam group rushed with their red
dhotis and the Poorna Kumbham. The young school boys dressed in
colourful clothes, were rehearsing for the Bhangda dance to
welcome Bhagawan. By 3.15 p.m. all were seated in the Mandir.
Just a few minutes more and we could hear a lot of hush-hush.
The siren of the escort group was already being heard. The
school children in colourful attire came running and panting.
Just as they reached the Gopuram gate and took their positions,
the lead vehicle of the convoy entered the Mandir.
Within seconds, Swami's car made a grand entry into the Mandir.
The Vedam group chanted Mantra Pushpam with a high pitch, the
vibrations echoing in the sparsely filled Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan
had arrived in the Mercedes Benz. The car proceeded slowly and
took a turn towards the Poornachandra Hall. Brother Satyajit
seated next to Swami, indicated for the Aarti to be given. Even
as the welcome song had just begun, it faded away and the Aarti
took over. The Benz moved towards Poornachandra.
We all continued to sit over there to participate in the Bhajans
from 5.00 to 5.30. We were almost sure that Swami would rest for
the day and we would get Darshan only tomorrow. But with Swami,
who can ever predict anything! As the last few Bhajans were
going on, there was a sudden movement near the Ladies side. All
the devotees rushed towards the pathway. Bhagawan came in the
Toyota Porte car. He was seated in the front with the window
glass open. All of us could catch a nice glimpse of Swami. The
car took a turn from the Ladies side and stationed itself near
the interview room.
The Pujari performed Aarti and then Swami looked at the Vedam
student holding the Poorna Kumbham. Bhagawan called him front
and Blessed the Poorna Kumbham (which we had taken for granted
would never happen this time!) Swami also spoke to him and asked
him from which place he had come. The student was stunned and
delighted at this shower of unexpected Grace! Slowly, the car
reversed and moved out. Then instead of moving towards the
Poornachandra, Swami passed through the Gopuram gate and went
out. Many devotees rushed out to have yet another glance. We
remained seated there, waiting for Swami to return. After a
while, not seeing any signs of His immediate return we
What transpired then is not clear but at 6.30 pm, most
surprisingly, as mysteriously as Swami came to Parthi, the
convoy went back to Brindavan. Yes, I'm sure you must be finding
it hard to believe. Swami has returned to Brindavan. Now that is
Bhagawan!! Who can ever understand His mysterious ways? We all
wondered whether there was some great devotee waiting somewhere
with a pining heart for whom Swami made this trip. But then, can
we ever comprehend the mysterious ways of the Lord? Let us just
experience and enjoy Him!.
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