The Call From Gurudev
Rishimukh|April 2021
I had turned 59 and was doing my Guru Puja course at the Bengaluru ashram.
Sonal Varhadpande

As the program neared its end, many thoughts crossed my mind. Traveling back and forth from Mumbai to Bengaluru was getting cumbersome. I was growing weary and tired with age and time. Yet deep down, I nursed a strong desire to travel all over the country and teach Art of Living courses. Doing Seva was my first prerogative.

A few months later, the lockdown was announced and I was confined at home. My heart sank. ‘What do I do now, I wondered. Whatever little I was doing, also stopped. I felt a sense of emptiness from within. Soon Gurudev, while addressing an online teachers’ meeting proposed initiating Online Meditation and Breath Workshops for adults and children. Now I was all the more confused. ‘How do we get people to meditate online?’ I muttered under my breath. I wasn’t good at connecting with people through digital mediums. Or at least I thought so.

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