Maharaji Devotee Gives Harvard Commencement Speech

 

Three weeks back Maharaji’s long time devotee, Larry Brilliant, MD,  gave the commencement speech for Harvard’s School of Public Health. In his speech he talks about how Maharaji told him to go and eradicate small pox.Brilliant-commencement-469x313

Here’s a snip it from his speech where he affectionately speaks about his guru Neem Karoli Baba.

“My wife and I wound up in a Himalayan ashram for two years. I nearly forgot all about medicine. We studied Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish texts. And meditated. And that was the normal career path in those days.

My teacher, my guru, Neem Karoli Baba, was a wonderful and very wise renunciate. And we all thought he could see the future somehow. One day, while I was trying to meditate, my guru yelled my name (he called me “Doctor America”). He said it was my destiny to leave the monastery, leave the mountains, to join the WHO team that was being assembled in New Delhi to eradicate smallpox. He said smallpox would be eradicated, that it was God’s gift to humanity to lift one form of suffering from our shoulders, it was God’s gift because of the dedication of public health workers. How he knew smallpox could be, would be eradicated, I will never understand. And I was 27 and had never seen a case of smallpox, and this was to be my first real job out of medical school.”

For the full commencement speech visit this link: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/commencement-2013-larry-brilliants-address/

Shri Ashwin’s Surprise Visit

Yesterday we were delighted by a spontaneous visit from some Gujarati devotees accompanied by Shri Ashwinkumar Pathak. Shri Ashwin travels from city to city throughout the USA, Canada, the UK and India reciting the Sundarkand. He recites a version that takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The Sundarkand was Maharaji’s most beloved part of the Ramayana. It tells the story of Hanuman’s quest to Lanka, bringing Sita Ram’s ring and the battle that ensues. Shri Ashwin has recited the Sundarkand more than 4900 times.

Shri Ashwin

Our New Playground

PlaygroundOur playground is finally finished and it’s just beautiful!!!

It took us two long years of raising funds through bake sales and the hard work and dedication of parents and other enthusiastic satsang members. We are happy to announce that the new playground is done and looking mighty fine and functional. All our little monkeys can now climb in a safe and shaded environment. Even the kids have noticed and commented on the improvements – they especially love the fluffy ground bark!!

Ashram Playground

The Ashram should always be a place that families can enjoy and share together and having the playground helps to fulfill this goal. Many families drive for hundreds of miles to come for Darshan, bringing their small children to participate. The playground is a feature that is very much appreciated.

We would especially like to thank Balthazar Reed, our carpenter; Kabir and Nikki Cain, our driving force; Krishna Priya for the fluffy ground bark; and Hari Das and Greg Stanley for all their help.  Many thanks to the satsang that participated in the bake sales and helped on the work days – you are too numerous to mention, but you know who you are! Jai Hanuman!