‘Its such an auspicious day’…. is what I thought of when I opened my eyes on the morning of 27th September 2011. I scrabbled for my Amma’s photo on my table next to my bed and wished her a Happy Birthday with a birthday kiss and a big hug… tears welled up in my heart when I recollected how blissfully I had spent one of Amma’s birthday in Amritapuri. It was Diwali, Navratri, Christmas, New Year all rolled up in one day…Amritapuri had worn a festive look and there was a blissful vibrancy all around, as if the whole universe was supplicating to the Mother of the Universe on her special day. Thinking of those cherished moments I got up and braced myself to face the world all over again!!!
I lost the count of what day it was, while cooking food and packing lunches for the family. It was finally when I sat in the car that I realized that I had to rush to office if I wanted to have the glimpse of live web cast from Amritapuri. With a firm belief in my bad luck, I was sure that the office net connection would be down (as it always is, when I need it the most) I raced towards my workplace. Somehow I managed to reached on time and the wonders of wonders everything was working just well…
Connecting to the website where webcast was being telecast live, I suddenly saw my Amma sitting on a splendid stage on a peetham with joined palms, closed eyes in all her splendid and pristine glory!
When was the last time I ever saw the live padapuja of Amma so so clearly. My memories traveled back to Amritapuri, and I remembered reaching the Birthday venue before time and still being unable to find a seat for myself anywhere. I don’t remember seeing the padapuja. I only remember hearing the chanting of the mantras…
And today here was I in Delhi, witnessing the pada puja of my guru and Mother. She looked so pretty (btw, when does she not?)
I thanked Amma and her children for all the pains they had taken to make this web cast a reality. Through this little article I would like to thank the web team of Amritapuri on behalf of all the hundreds of viewers who had logged in that day to catch a glimpse of Amma.
Personally, seeing Amma live had such a cathartic effect on me, all my tensions, sadness and frustrations fizzled out when I saw the Mother seated ‘ekagrachitta’ on the peetham.
Even before I could think of an offering to my guru she gave me a blessed return gift on her 58th birthday.
Amma how did I get so lucky to have been noticed by you and be woven into your family.
Thank you Amma, for being a part of my life. I love you Mommy!!!!