Summer 2014 Trip to the NY Arunachala Ashram for Guru Purnima – Part 1
Seeking Satsang with other Bhagavan Ramana devotees, on July 12, my daughter and I arrived at the Arunachala Ashram in Jamaica, NY, for Guru Purnima scheduled for Sunday, July 13.
We had visited the Arunachala Ashram in Nova Scotia, Canada, in the summer of 2013 and had very fond memories of that. We soon met and were greeted by some of the residents of the Ashram including Margo-ji, Ran-ji, Bandhu-ji, and Dennis-ji.
After our arrival, we were introduced to Komal-ji who is around 92 years old. Komal-ji is a Bhagavan Ramana devotee and used to visit Bhagavan between 1940 and 1950.
Komal-ji was kind to speak with us and showed us Bhagavan Ramana’s shrine and demonstrated Pradakhina by going around Bhagavan’s statute. Komal-ji is a warm and beautiful soul and it was quite a privilege to spend time with him.
Soon after our arrival, Dr. Ram-ji, whom I knew and had met, also arrived. Janet-ji, another Bhagavan devotee whom I had met before, had already arrived a few days earlier. Here are some of the pictures of the devotees who had come from all over the U.S. and Canada for the Guru Purnima at the NY Arunachala Ashram. These photos were taken on July 12.
While conversations were ongoing, some devotees started setting up the tables for dinner that Bandhu-ji was cooking.
Soon, Bandhu-ji and other devotees had prepared a dinner for all of us. I was quite hungry after a long day of travel.
The Devotees enjoying their dinner at the Ashram.
Bandhu-ji sitting down after cooking and enjoying the dinner.
Many people went back for second helpings. I went back to the dinner table three times, possibly more. Eating this divine food was most blissful.
Here, I am posing with my daughter during the dinner.
Dinner was followed by puja, meditation, and reading. Thus ended July 12, our first day at the Ashram. July 13, the next day was Guru Purnima. I charged my camera at night. Look for more pictures during Guru Purnima in the next part. Click below.