Some stories about some devotees does take a long winded path, but when the path is so beautiful and a Brahmachari finds a meaningful role, it is a story worth telling.
This story is being posted in 5 parts.. Part 2 will be posted tomorrow and so on.
FROM SEVA TO GURU MANIFESTATION
In recounting the story of Parvathamma, we glorify her devotion, her service and her experiences which are worthy of hearing.
as narrated by a brahmachari....
Sometimes some things happen in our life without us planning it. We will be dragged in different directions, and if we simply followed those directions, it can lead us to very interesting conclusions… This is the story of a brahmachari who went to one place ostensibly to attend a camp and then had quite an experience…
From - Ongole - Andhrapradesh, to Chennai, to Coimbatore - Tamil Nadu, to Sindhu Valli Village – Karnataka, and finally what he got out of this yatra...
This story of Parvathamma cannot be understood without the experiences of the Brahmachari!
Part - 1
The Brahmachari went to attend a spiritual camp at a place near Seashore Kothapatnam 17 kms from Ongole district, Andhrapradesh. It was to be a 12 day sadhana camp. He was enjoying the beautiful serene Ashram – temple – Dhyana Krishna, Vedanta classes – Rama Gita of Pujya Swamini Niranjanananda Amma, in the evening …. And five days later he was aksed to leave for Chennai to attend to something important.
He left Kothapattam , went to Mission centre at Ongole to board the bus to Chennai. On the verandah of the Mission centre a person greeted him happily and said Pujya Swami Satyatmanandaji, (Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Ongole) is doing his routine Puja inside. He introduced himself as Ramachandra Rao, a retired professor.
After mutual greetings and exchanges, Rao began to tell how his life totally changed. His wife is Parvathamma. Parvathama has been attending our Chinmaya Mission Vedanta classes, spiritual camps etc for 10 years regularly. One day she felt that the Acharyas have been continuously teaching and we are listening all these years. This is not enough. Now I must spend time doing mananam ( reflection) on what has been taught so far.
During this time, she happened to go to Mysore to meet her friend, who took Parvathamma to a village -- Sindhu Valli, some 8 kms away from Nanjangode.
Parvathaamma liked that village very much – far away from the city, no pollution of any kind – quiet and calm place. Suddenly it struck her that this is the most suitable place where she can reflect on the scriptures without any disturbance. Now Parvathamma has been a regular student so she knew mere reflection without service won’t do. She felt that cultivation is the best service she can do in that village. She immediately jumped into action. Indeed, she is blessed, for, her whole family, husband, son and daughter supported her.
Parvathamma purchased 10 acres of land at Sindhu Valli Village and began cultivating it. A year later, ie, last month (June 2nd) she built a small temple and installed Hanuman -- a miniature of Siddhabari Hanuman, narrated Shri. Ramachandra Rao.
Needless to add, that along with the cultivation of the land, they were also ploughing their mind with the scriptures and cultivating beautiful values, supported by the manure of Bhakti, which will grow as the highest spiritual knowledge with the showering of the Lord’s grace in appropriate time.
Presently Swami Satyatmanandaji came out after completing the Puja, gave Bhkisha to the Brahmachari and requested Shri. Ramachandra Rao to drop him at the bus stand. On the way to bus stand Rao continued to describe the beautiful village of Sindhu Valli and their life now there, thanking wholeheartedly his wife every now and then.
Before the Brahmachari boarded the bus, he invited him to visit their village.
Now this brahmachari, kept recalling this narrative all along his journey to Chennai. He kept thinking of this wonderful person Rao and Parvathamma, the Sindhu Valli Village and Siddha Hanumanji that they have installed.
to be continued..... part 2 of 5 tomorrow