The 2016 Summer Yatra is coming to an end. Swamiji and Swami Adaityananda are at the Delhi Airport ready to board a plane headed for the United States, and by the time of this reading, will have landed in San Francisco.
Their two and a half months of travel through the Himalayas was in service to us all. It gave us a better understanding of the sadhu life in the Himalayas. It opened our eyes to a whole new world — a world in which the only thing to do is express our love for God. It even shared practical information on how we can elevate our own sadhana.
Today, I re-read all of the Travelogues, knowing that I had to offer something back in return. This tribute does not even come close to the inspiration they created on this trip, but it does offer a summary of their sadhana and practices, the beauty of their satsanghs, their spiritual insights, and their many accomplishments. I hope this brings to you a useful reminder of a practice you had chosen to implement, or an insight you wished to integrate.
So much has happened since the beginning of the journey that one wonders, “What was the purpose? What are we trying to accomplish? What is the ultimate goal?”
Only then will we be qualified to call ourselves Purusha – full, complete, and perfect Consciousness, as it inhabits a human body.” ~Swamiji”
And, the reader may wonder, “How did they do? Did they accomplish their goals?”
Well, … you will have to read to the end to find Swamiji’s final summation of the 2016 Summer Yatra.
And so, the remarkable summer yatra concludes, but not without the recognition and appreciation of a common theme that runs through the thread of each and every post.
That theme, at least for me, was one of “inspiration toward transformation.” In every story posted I always found a little something that inspired me to think differently, to alter my sadhana, to add something more to my practice, and to further restructure my life activities to make room for more sadhana. What else can there be left to do?
And just when I thought the divine inspiration couldn’t get any better, Swamiji sends a heart-felt composition that he wrote prior to his departure from India.
And then I remembered how and why I fell in love with Uttarkashi so many years ago. It is the middle of July, the monsoon has come exactly on time, the weather is cool, Ganga is flowing past our door, and the atmosphere is still and silent. There are no distractions. Nature is supporting us in all that we wish to do.
We rise and meditate, bathe and chant scriptures, share our satsangh, and then return to translate some more. The translations have so many different characteristics: we translate the words, translate the meanings, translate the attitudes and cultural symbols, but mostly we strive to translate the values of the way of life into our own lives. How do we translate the meaning of Love into pure devotion?
In Love we enter into Bhava Samadhi – there are three: a Lover, the object of my love, and the feeling of love. As I become more devoted, there are only two: the Lover (me) and my Beloved (You). And when that Love gets so intense that words fail, my devotion is so succinct that there is nothing else, all that remains is the best me I could ever aspire to become – You!
Is there any greater expression of my reverence for You than to become You? That is what we can call Surrender. In Sanskrit the term is Atma Samarpana: I offer my soul to You in perfect equilibrium.
And then I remembered how and why I fell in love with Uttarkashi. There are no distractions. Nature is supporting us in all we wish to do. And what I wish to do is to tell You unequivocally how much I am privileged to offer my soul to You in perfect equilibrium.
I thank you for the privilege. I thank you for the opportunity. I thank you for this life, which allowed me to feel the fullness of this understanding!
I am so privileged to have had such a life, which allowed me to Love You in this way! Of all the attainments in my life on every level, I regard this as the greatest achievement: Can you imagine the sense of accomplishment I feel to be able to Love You fully, completely, perfectly, as I strive to do, with all the intensity which I am incapable to quantify?
All I can offer is my greatest appreciation for all my partners, supporters, friends, and well-wishers, who aided me in this journey to achieve what I thought was worthy of my efforts. I bow to you all and bless you all. You are truly in the line of succession, and you should all achieve the fulfillment of your definitions of perfection, as I have strived to find my own.
And that is why I fell in love with Uttarkashi.
Though the story of this yatra concludes, the resulting spiritual bhavana emanating from the Guru’s heart will live forever.
In answer to the question posed initially on the goals and achievements of this yatra, without a doubt our beloved Guru has attained the greatest of all achievements — the completion of perfection. For this I am eternally grateful.