After a satiating breakfast in the sunshine, I fill my mid-morning and afternoon with lesson planning, reading for school, and processing all the information I have received the past three uplifting days! I feel fantastic after 9 hours of rest, asana, trail running, puja, breakfast, and connection.
소란나 found me at brekkie and we chatted about puja, Gurudev, and being in the light and love of Yogaville. She related a wondrous story from 1991, on the annual Discover India pilgrimage/retreat: they were on a bus and running late with the possibity of missing the plane;someone kept saying "We are going to miss the plane!" She wanted to counter that negative statement with one of faith and positivity, and began chanting Satchidananda Guru mantram; everyone followed and she sang louder and louder. They arrived in time to catch the plane, and later, amidst the hubbub, Gurudev leans over and asks her, in jest, " Do you think I'm deaf?!" He wasn't even on the bus to hear the chants!
I love stories like this one of magic, power, and miracle. I believe!
Everyone celebrated Swami Satchidananda's Birthday on Thursday. There were stories about Gurudev as told by the "old-timers" who knew him. A roundtable of stories and anecdotes, about him being asked to open Woodstock to stop the riots (??) and flown in by helicopter, to the first ashram in Connecticut, to the people there being part of his group in Canada. So much love, devotion, and fondness!