A Guru with a Sense of Humour

October 1, 2019 Durga Devi Mandir 499 Jamison Avenue, winnipeg, MB

Taras and I were invited to attend a special prayer service to celebrate the 9 nights of Goddess worship or, Navaratri. 

This festival is observed by fasting in order to balance the senses and reset the metabolism. People celebrate by chanting, singing and even dancing. Each night, a different archetype of the Goddess is celebrated. 

As Darius led us in the chanting of the 1008 names of the Goddess, I saw Amma - a Hindu guru appear in front of us. Both Darius and I consider her as our guru. I was thrilled that she appeared. She was sitting cross legged, hovering in the middle of the temple with a flower garland around her neck. 

I also saw Ram Dass, another Guru within Darius’ aura as a guide. Sathya Sai Baba was above him, laughing. His arms were raised with his hands facing down toward Darius, as though he was blessing him.  Sai Baba was a guru who brought a lot of change to India.

When I mentioned that Sai Baba was blessing him, Darius laughed. He said that he had been criticizing him in the car on the way to the temple. Baba was considered dramatic by many people. He was criticized for his big hair and the amount of money people gave him that he used to build schools, girls colleges, hospitals and water lines.  He provided water to an entire area in India after years of government denial. When people ridiculed him, he’d laugh and bless them!  

Sai Baba passed away in 2011 but still blesses people!

The Hindu deity Hanuman also appeared over the altar.

It was lovely to be a part of the celebration of the Goddess tonight❤️