Experiences with Swamiji

Early morning bhajans in the month of Margali –  by an Ashram resident

In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna tells us that, of all the months, he is Margali. Margali is a Tamil month that begins in mid-December and ends in mid-January. It is also said that to the Devas – divine beings – one of our years is for them one day, and our month of Margali is the brahma muhurtamof their day.

In 1992 I had the opportunity of being in the Ashram during that auspicious time. Back then the daily Ganesha abhishekam began at 5:30 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. as it does now.  Swamiji asked us all to come together at 4:45 a.m. every day during this special month and go around the Ashram singing bhajans. Swamiji, of course, went along with us and sang too! It was so much fun. Every day he would ask a different Ashram resident to prepare a warm drink for everyone and we would end our nagarasankeertanamat their place. After having the tea, coffee, chocolate milk or other drink, we would then all go to the Ganesha abhishekam together.

Swamiji had arranged it all very nicely. After the Amman abhishekam in the evening, he would announce who would be in charge of the drinks the next day and what they should prepare. If it was someone living alone he would send someone to help them. He also always made sure that everyone had received their drink.

Swamiji talked with us in a very humorous way and made us feel happy. Those very pleasant early mornings and other moments we spent with Swamiji really gave us the feeling of being with Lord Krishna. It was a truly wonderful time!

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