Seerar is situated just below the Dhwaj mountain which is known for a famed shrine of Shiva and Goddess Jayanti at an altitude of over 3000 meters and everyone born in the village is believed to be a child of Shiva and Parvati, living in their abode in Dhwaj and occasionally travelling to Kailash seen right across as part of the panoramic view of snow-clad Himalayas! Thus his place of birth had a profound impact on his psyche and helped him differential between body and soul at a very early age!
In 1996 Swamiji just relinquished all that he was doing and moved to America with his wife Ritu, also a yoga/meditation trainer following him! They started a yoga studio in Queens, New York and Swamiji also performed religious/social ceremonies as a Hindu priest.
It was a typical winter Sunday morning in New York. As I looked out from the window of apartment everything was covered under white sheet of snow. As I was busy admiring the nature the door bell rang. I was little surprised and wondered who could be as I wasn’t expecting anyone! Presuming that it would be the Super of the building I casually opened the door and was taken aback finding an exceptionally attractive young woman waiting to come in! Before I could respond she confidently walked in looking around took off her overcoat and monkey cap and settled down on a sofa near the fireplace.
I tried hard to recollect if I had met her before. As if reading my mind she said, “We haven’t met before. But a friend told me about you and I could not wait to see you. “As I was about to ask what the name of her friend was she added, “Her name is Dave and she comes to your yoga class.”
Before I could ask what is it that brought her here on a Sunday morning without any intimation, she looked at the kitchen and said, “If you don’t mind I’m going to make some Chai for me.” And went into the kitchen as if she has been living there all her life.
I followed her into the kitchen to help her find the ingredients for Indian chai but to my utter surprise she exactly knew where each thing was.
Now my patience, even as a yoga teacher, was wearing thin. But before I could open my mouth she again spoke, “I know I’m driving you nuts, am I not? But let me first prepare this tea then we talk.”
As we settled down with our mugs of tea the roles have revered. She behaved as the host and I was finding it strange in my own apartment.
Then what she narrated during the next one and half hour describing in minutest detail her association with an Indian tantric that started in Banares and lasted few months every year for three years kept me spell bound. In the process, she had got certain siddhis (super natural powers) including the ability to see through people, read their minds and envision places, even far away. I had no reason not to believe her particularly when she told me why she had come to see me. She had the knowledge of some of my innermost secrets with regard to divine experiences. She wanted me to practice some of them with her around.
I told her I could not do that as my experience with tantrics has not been very good. Many of them may know how to mount a tiger but they neither know how to control nor how to dismount. She tried her best to persuade me with all her charms. I did not budge and she got up and telling me that I was making a grave mistake by rejecting her offer took her belongings and left after making me promise that I would never reveal her identity.
But as this incredible woman with immense charm left my apartment and I closed the door behind her there was an explosion within me and my connection with the world snapped.
In his own words ‘Bhajan (meditation), bhraman (wandering) and bhojan (food) is his routine now. Though he also devotes time to occasional writing and a yearly lecture tour! Currently degenerating water-bodies, particularly holy lakes are also on his radar. He strongly believes that the process of any change has to begin with self and the reason why human race is so miserable is just because it has forgotten the importance of being human. Today we are mere beings! The human is missing! That is where meditation comes in!
All that we need to do to rekindle the flame within us is get close to him! Pushkar Meditation Temple is the way!