This past weekend, my dear friend and fellow Art of Living teacher, Dipti, organized a very special gratitude ceremony. A group of us who have learned to do the Guru Puja (a short, sweet ceremony of gratitude) went to different people’s homes to do the Guru Puja. Over two days, we visited 13 homes.
I know that in trying to describe the feelings my words will fall short… way short.
So, instead, I’ll share a few instances…
Doing Guru Puja is an honor. Hosting Guru Puja is an honor. Sitting in a Guru Puja is an honor. This underlying feeling among the hosts, the people doing the Puja and those attending the Puja was very palpable. This is what carried us through the weekend.
On Saturday, it was an almost 14 hour day for some of us. Leaving home around 8:30am and getting back home only after 10pm. Yet, through all the driving, forgetting the Puja kit, U-turn, getting delayed, hurrying up, saying the same verse twice, eating quickly, dreaming of bhajji, then getting more bhajji than we could handle, etc etc etc – through all of this, we were just laughing and happy.
Reflecting on that day reminded me of the value of service. Often I have these ideas I want to implement – but they remain ideas. This day was a reminder of what Rajshree Didi often says, “The Universe rewards action, not thinking.”
In every home we visited, our hosts were very gracious. At the end of each stop, both the hosts and our group felt uplifted and grateful for the opportunity.
The thing that stayed with me the most was watching Dipti. At the very first stop, we realized that there were four of us but we had only three Puja kits among us. Without a moment of hesitation, she gave her kit to another person. Then, she called her husband to bring us her mom’s kit. The humility and grace that Dipti carries is something I can imbibe a bit more.
The same scene repeated later on Saturday when we found ourselves again a group of five but with only four kits. Yet again, Dipti gave her kit to another person without a moment of hesitation.
This second time when I saw it happen again, I reflected on what I would have done if I were in her place. I thought I would not have given my kit – to give up the opportunity to do Puja. That realization triggered more self reflection – what am I holding on to that I have a scarcity mindset at this moment? What in me is causing these judgements of others?
Dipti’s abundance mindset was another reminder that stepping into the Big Mind is a process – a moment-to-moment journey.
The third time the exact same scene repeated at our last spot on Sunday. There were eight of us and only seven kits. Yet again, without a moment of hesitation Dipti gave up the opportunity to do Puja in what was the grand finale of the weekend.
Yet again, I watched myself squirm, “Darn, Dipti, how are you so good at letting go? So gracious, so benevolent, so centered…” I thought.
While I have a ways to go on my own journey, I am grateful to have a dear friend who is a few steps ahead showing the way with her living example. Thank you for being you, Dipti.