On the November 30 morning, the chopper was ready right on the banks of the river waiting to take Swami along with Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Sri C Sreenivas and Major General VPS Bhakuni to Raniket, a hill station in Uttarakhand. Swami visited Raniket with a mission to set up an Ashram there in the near future. Students and devotees were blessed with a photo-op before the take off. Swami had instructed the devotees who were physically fit to visit Vasishta Guha or Gufa. This is the Cave in which Sage Vasishta had lived, and Bhagawan had visited the Guha during His visit in the 1960’s and had blessed Swami Purushottamananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The elders who could not make it for the Guha spent their day walking along the banks near Ram and Lakshman Jhula, absorbing the holy precincts of Rishikesh.
The evening Satsang after the Ganga Arati was held at the canopy specially erected on the banks of Ganga. Puja Sri Chidanand Saraswathi ji, Sadhvi Bhagavathi and two Islamic scholars joined Bhagawan on stage. The setting was perfect with Brother Sumeet Tappoo’s mellifluous rendering of Bhajans and devotional songs. And every time silence reigned when the song concluded before the next song started, one could hear the soothing sound of Mother Ganga flowing unabated making the whole experience meditative.
All the dignitaries on the dais spoke briefly after which Swami gave His Divine Discourse.
Thus, concluded yet another day in the Divine Presence in the most holy Rishikesh by the banks of Maa Ganga.