On the tour, among other things Amma posed before us two questions, on two different occasions.
At a lunch stop before Vishakhapatnam Amma asked, “Children, do you want to be terrestrial birds or birds in the free air?”
Those days the drives were longer than time of stay in a place. Over two days’ drive for a two day program in Puna to begin with; and over three day dive for two day program in Calcutta for ex. The long distance drives were trying on our bodies. The brief stops didn’t give us any respite or rest. We had found ourselves always asking each other about our bags, our mats, our food, water, clothes, bathrooms, toilets, et all. And once inside the buses we found ourselves, except doing the routine archana and some bhajan, sleeping and sleeping. Even after the memorable stops with Amma, soon after we returned to buses, we found ourselves dwelling on our external necessities.
So Amma was here reminding that yes, like birds we were on the move but we were alas terrestrial, tied up to our things and bodies….
Just the possibility of our becoming birds in free air was so redeeming. Amma the sweet Remembrancer, the Satguru in the form of Mother, lifted our spirits up to the vast sky to soar high in the free air.
- Sandhya, Bharata Yatra 2013