Gurupurnima 2015 in Italy

Reports from Phul Singh, Shri Alok Banerjee and Ramachandra

by Phul Singh, President of the Italian Samaj

Cisternino-Phul's-Pic

8th August: After a short pause of reflection I write to you about our Gurupurnima celebrations, which I think have been very intense and successful. We had nothing but praise from all those who participated during the four days, organized by a small group whom I thank from the heart, as I also thank those who came to help us in those days.

Several devotees, before leaving the Ashram, came to me thanking me for everything that had been done for them. Personally I am a little bit disappointed not to have seen some of the devotees of the Cisternino valley on this occasion. This celebration has been above all about unity between us, accepting differences without imposing personal views or ideas.   There’s a Munirajji’s phrase that I often repeat to myself. “WE ARE NOT NOBODY”, (we are nothing) we are here to learn. It’s really true. We need to be humble, accepting differences, because in each of us there is good and it’s important to use the “good that’s in us” to progress.   I thank Jai HO for trying to balance the situation in the Satsangs where it is still not easy between us brothers. Thank you Sanjeev, who with his sympathy, supported our Satsangs.   Finally a warm thank you to Alok Banerjee Maharaj, who with his patience, intelligence and devotion responded to all the variety of questions from devotees, and for his participating in the various programs in an impeccable manner.

Several devotees, before leaving the Ashram, came to me thanking me for everything that had been done for them. Personally I am a little bit disappointed not to have seen some of the devotees of the Cisternino valley on this occasion. This celebration has been above all about unity between us, accepting differences without imposing personal views or ideas.   There’s a Munirajji’s phrase that I often repeat to myself. “WE ARE NOT NOBODY”, (we are nothing) we are here to learn. It’s really true. We need to be humble, accepting differences, because in each of us there is good and it’s important to use the “good that’s in us” to progress.   I thank Jai HO for trying to balance the situation in the Satsangs where it is still not easy between us brothers. Thank you Sanjeev, who with his sympathy, supported our Satsangs.   Finally a warm thank you to Alok Banerjee Maharaj, who with his patience, intelligence and devotion responded to all the variety of questions from devotees, and for his participating in the various programs in an impeccable manner.

Janki-Satsang

Janki Satsang

Cisternino temple at aarati

Cisternino temple at aarati

Cisternino - Women only Fire Ceremony

Cisternino – Women only Fire Ceremony

Luk Singh singing his Babaji love song

Luk Singh singing his Babaji love song

Italian-Satsang-Better

Italian Cisternino Satsang

 

 

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Message from Shri Alok Banerjee:

“Dear Phul & All My Dear Brothers & Sisters in Italy,

With the blessings of Shree Babaji I am back home safe and sound in one piece. I am so happy that I could share this beautiful Gurupurnima function in Cisternino with all of you and I can tell you that it will remain in my heart as the most memorable GP function.   From the bottom of my heart I thank you all for all the love and care you have given me. It makes me happy to see that all of you came together to make this function such a great success. It was indeed a great service you have done for the Haidakhandi Family with so much devotion and I am sure all who came there have gone back very happy. Your team work was excellent, for this big function cannot be organised by one person but only by a dedicated group who have given so much energy to make this celebration happen.

 

Cisternino Ashram is such a beautiful and strong Home of Babaji, I request you to please keep it together and not let it fall apart. I know that with your dedicated service to Shree Babaji you can do it. I pray to Mahaprabhuji to bless you all, to keep you united and together as a family, and to do this good work in harmony and with the spirit of love for each other. Whenever you need me I am at your service.   Bhole Baba Ki Jai !     Cisternino Dham Ki Jai !        With lots of love & good wishes to ALL,   Alok.

 

Happy Birthday Guests and Hosts

Happy Birthday Guests and Hosts

 

1 week to go !   – Ramachandra’s Story

 

Friday 24th July – Bhole Baba Ashram

 

Vegetable-Garden“The ashram is beautiful this morning. After breakfast in the shade outside the chai shop, the Italians have gathered and Phul Singh gently lists the karma yoga duties of the day. We all peel off and start our karma yoga. The heat is already strong at 8:30am.

A team of five are painting the temple: Han Singh, Jaman Sing and others. The new colours are beautiful: deep terracotta and orange matt walls, white and cream gloss pillars and a moss green base. A gardener is preparing a large flower mandala outside Baba’s kurtir.  Jaman Singh and his team have spent six months preparing and planting a vegetable garden which is now abundant with produce for the ashram kitchen.  Four of us are putting up a tarpaulin cover to extend the eating area and protect people from the sun. Karmanand works silently: cleaning, painting, preparing. Marleen and Barbara run the office impeccably. Handymen: Paolo, Mimo and others are working in the grounds. Everywhere the newly painted ashram glistens in the sun and the cicadas buzz in the tall cedar and pine trees.

 

Tara diligently performs a beautiful 5:30 havan in the dhuni, morning and evening. There is a seminar group staying here over the 24th-26th weekend and they join us for meals. Anantaram, Achala and their team serve wholesome macrobiotic food twice a day to the 20 karma yogis and seminar people. So Bhole Baba Ashram seems very harmonious these days; occasionally arguments break out amongst the ashramites, but the ashram is only as bad as the thoughts and words about it. The reality is hard work, tranquillity and a silent beauty.

 

The Jai HO group arrives and meets quietly at the healing centre and agrees to offer the Ho’oponopono story and prayer after each morning aarati, to all who would like it. It works the next morning –forgiveness and love abounds – people have tears in their eyes, hugging strangers. Jaman is visibly moved by the story and prayer. By Tuesday night Alok and Sanjeev Sarna have arrived from India, but looking fresh and well this following morning. They room in the healing centre, a tranquil trullo house shaded by a mulberry tree, five minutes’ walk from the ashram. Gurupurnima programme starts in two days. The ashramites have planted many trees in the ashram: lemon, orange, apricot, peach, almond and grape vines – everybody in the ashram had given about 10 Euros each to buy these fruit trees.

Swan-in-Circle

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