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.

Bhagavan Shrine at the NY Arunachala Ashram

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.

SRI DENNIS-JI

DENNIS-JI STANDING WITH MIRA-JI

VIRAT-JI (AKA BHANDU-JI) PREPARING AN EXCELLENT DINNER

BANDHU-JI PREPARING AN EXCELLENT DINNER

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

KOMAL-JI SITTING IN THE ASHRAM LIBRARY

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.

KOMAL-JI

KOMAL-JI IN BHAGAVAN’S SHRINE DOING PRADAKSHINA

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.

KRISHNAN-JI AND VIRAT-JI

KRISHNAN-JI AND BANDHU-JI

DR. RAM-JI

DR. RAM-JI

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While conversations were ongoing, some devotees started setting up the tables for dinner that Bandhu-ji was cooking.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, KOMAL-JI, ARTHUR-JI, RAM-JI, AND MARGO-JI

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, KOMAL-JI, ARTHUR-JI, RAM-JI, AND MARGO-JI

JANET-JI, ARTHUR-JI, AND RAM-JI

JANET-JI, ARTHUR-JI, AND RAM-JI

MARGO-JI, ARTHUR-JI, RAM-JI, AND JANET-JI

MARGO-JI, ARTHUR-JI, RAM-JI, AND JANET-JI

ARTHUR-JI AND RAM-JI

ARTHUR-JI AND RAM-JI

 Soon, Bandhu-ji and other devotees had prepared a dinner for all of us. I was quite hungry after a long day of travel.

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 The Devotees enjoying their dinner at the Ashram.

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Bandhu-ji sitting down after cooking and enjoying the dinner.

VIRAT-JI EATING DINNER

BANDHU-JI EATING 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.

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Here, I am posing with my daughter during the dinner.

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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.

https://luthar.com/2014/07/23/summer-2014-trip-to-the-ny-arunachala-ashram-for-guru-purnima-part-2/

 

7 thoughts on “Summer 2014 Trip to the NY Arunachala Ashram for Guru Purnima – Part 1

  1. What a great blessing of your daughter to be your daughter and also to be one with Bhagawan’s devotees and satsang Harsh Ji. Very happy to see the pictire of Komal Ji who lived with Bhagawan and now sharing his experiences sharing dinner , meditation etc with you. Very Happy to see the pictures of ardent devotees here.Thanks for your awesome sharing.

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  2. Harsha,
    Thank you so much for sharing this with those of us who couldn’t be there. We met Dennis, Margo, and Janet while there on July 11th, and I spoke on the phone with Bhandu-ji. So nice to see his face! How wonderful to be able to meet Komal-ji, a devotee of Bhagavan while He was still alive!!! Everything (including food) seems better when surrounded by others who feel the grace of Bhagavan. Your daughter looks like such a sweetheart.

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