The final part of the Divine trip was a short stay at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh. All the guests flew into Dehradun airport and made their way to the Ashram, on the evening of November 29, 2019 and proceeded to the banks of Mother Ganga for the evening Arati with Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai proceeded from the Jolly Grant Airport to Raj Bhavan, Dehradun, and was welcomed by the Governor of Uttarakhand, Smt Baby Rani Maurya, her husband and the entire family. Baby Abhinav and parents Kamlesh & Meera from Uttarkashi, were invited to Raj Bhavan to meet the Governor and Sri Madhusudan Sai late evening. Abhinav had undergone Ventricular septal defect closure, and warden’s repair at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Palwal. During the meeting, Abhinav’s parents expressed deep gratitude towards Team Sanjeevani, and also narrated their agonising days trying to find a cure for their child’s heart, before they reached the footsteps of the temple of healing at Palwal. It was a beautiful evening indeed and after dinner, Sri Madhusudan Sai stayed the night at Raj Bhavan.
The next morning on 30th November, after an early breakfast at Raj Bhavan, Sri Madhusudan Sai departed to Rishikesh. A Satsang with Sri Madhusudan Sai, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati was organised, and everyone assembled at the Satsang hall at Parmarth Niketan. The morning began with melodious Bhajans after which Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati Ji addressed the gathering. Sadhviji spoke about the ongoing ‘Thanksgiving’ holidays in America and the true way of showing gratitude. She said that gratitude must be offered regardless of one’s circumstances and one must always be grateful simply for being able to experience the divine within one’s own heart.
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji then addressed the gathering and spoke about the love of Bhagawan and His omnipresence. Swamiji then reminded everyone of the importance of human birth and the blessing of receiving the desire for liberation and company of divine personalities along with it. He urged everyone to utilise this unique opportunity to realise the ultimate truth and experience the grace of the Divine.
Thereafter, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai addressed everyone and praised the clarity, conviction and softness of Swamiji and Sadhviji, whose words reflected the qualities of Mother Ganga. Sri Madhusudan Sai spoke about the relationship between God and His devotees and expanded on the compassion of God who teaches one how to live life, and also assures that even if one goes astray, He will always be there without judgement. He offered gratitude to Swamiji and Sadhviji for all the arrangements that had been made for everyone at Parmarth Niketan and reminded everyone to use the opportunity to recharge and experience the love so that it can be shared with others.
Sri Madhusudan Sai then concluded the morning Satsang and proceeded with everyone for Darshan of Mother Ganga before partaking lunch and retiring for the afternoon.
In the evening, everyone gathered once again on the banks of the river Ganga for the beautiful Ganga Arati in the presence of Sri Madhusudan Sai, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji.
Every evening after Ganga Arati at Parmarth Niketan, Sadhviji conducts Satsang with a question and answer session. On the evening of 30th November, everyone proceeded for Satsang where Sadhviji was to be joined by Sri Madhusudan Sai and Pujya Swamiji. As a beautiful Bhajan was being sung, Sri Madhusudan Sai along with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji arrived at the venue. *The session began as Sadhviji answered a question about how to reach the tools for life and explained that one has to let go of one’s exterior identity and gain freedom from the body. *
She then answered a question about removing the ego which still remains when one says, “I am divine”, as one still identifies as a separate identity. Sadhviji explained that one has to move from knowing to experiencing and in the experience, the “I” dissolves and removes the duality and separation.
Thereafter, Sadhviji requested Pujya Swamiji and Sri Madhusudan Sai to speak a few words. Pujya Swamiji was the first to address the gathering and he praised the dedication and devotion of Sri B N Narasimha Murthy and Sri C Sreenivas who have offered their lives in service of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba from a very young age. He also spoke about unity and oneness and reminded everyone of the journey from selfishness or ‘Swaartha’ to the ultimate or ‘Parmartha’.
Sri Madhusudan Sai then addressed the gathering and expressed the lack of ability to convey gratitude in words to Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji. He spoke about the role of a Guru and explained that a Guru will make efforts to transform his disciples out of love for them. Sri Madhusudan Sai emphasised that although the Guru’s grace is always there, it is each one’s individual effort to follow the Guru’s instructions and utilise the grace fully. He then expanded on the earlier question about the ego which remains when one says “I am divine” as is proclaimed in the Nirvana Shatkam. Sri Madhusudan Sai said that while the separation is there in the beginning, constant remembrance of one’s own divinity will inevitably result in one becoming one with the Divine. Just as an iron filing becomes magnetic in the presence of a magnet, so too does a person become one with the Ultimate when one constantly remains in thought of the Ultimate. Urging everyone to remain in the thought of being divine, Sri Madhusudan Sai once again conveyed gratitude to the Parmarth Niketan team and concluded His message.
Thereafter, Sadhviji concluded the Satsang and the Nirvana Shatkam was sung by all gathered, after which the glorious evening came to an end and everyone prepared for departure from Rishikesh on 1st December.
The next morning, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai blessed all the volunteers who had worked tirelessly during the trip, before departing from Rishikesh.