Date Added.: Jun 23, 2012;
Category: Spiritual Guru
It was a lovely evening. The sun was lingering over the Western hills to
catch a glimpse of an epoch-making event.
Dr. K.N. Gairola, Health Minister of the Tehri-Garhwal State was addressing a
mammoth gathering on the Ganges bank. The local municipality had erected a
flag-staff just in front of the Ashram and had invited the Minister to hoist the
National Flag. Even during the course of his inevitable political speech, Dr.
Gairola made touching references to Siva, to the glory that the presence of
saints like Siva brought to the entire State, and the profound spiritual
influence that Siva exerted in the people. Even as he concluded his speech, Dr.
Gairola requested Siva to give them his Upadesh.
As the flag went up, Siva roared OM OM OM. The entire gathering joined him and
it looked as though the powerful current of the Pranava-chanting raised the flag
‘Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram
Jai Hind Jai Hind Jai Hind Jai Hind Jai Jai Jai Jai Hind’
sang Siva and the multitude echoed his Kirtan. Siva has a Kirtan for every
‘Glory to Mother India. No other nation in the world has produced such heroes.
No other nation in the world can claim to have given birth to illustrious saints
and sages. No other nation in the world has had among her children mighty
intellectuals and great mystics who could rise to great spiritual heights, who
could display such intuitive wisdom and who could leave as a rich heritage
unsurpassed philosophical treatises. No philosopher in any other land has been
able to solve the riddle of creation, the mystery of birth and death and the
problem of life itself as effectively as the sages of India have done.’ ‘Such a
spiritually mighty nation has achieved her political independence also in an
unprecedented manner. Thanks to the Apostle of Ahimsa, Mahatma Gandhiji, India
has conclusively proved to humanity that there is indescribable Shakti in
non-violence. Gandhiji has demonstrated to the world that love is power, that
love conquers. Such a demonstration of spiritual power would not have been
possible in any other nation in the world. The national leaders in the West must
now sit up and think; they must learn the lesson of non-violence; they must
abandon at once violence in all its forms. The path of violence leads to
destruction; the path of love leads to peace, plenty and prosperity.’ ‘Our
national leaders are all the trusted lieutenants of Gandhiji. They have
sacrificed their all in the cause of the liberation of the motherland. Even
though they have not embraced Sannyas formally, they are true Sannyasins at
‘Patriotism is the first step to universalism. Love of one’s own nation in time
leads to cosmic love or the love of God. The main thing is to crush the low,
mean-minded selfishness. A selfless servant of the nation will soon become a
selfless servant of humanity; he will soon transcend his individual ego and
realise God.’ Then Siva sang the Maha Mantra Kirtan. He thanked Dr. Gairola for
giving him this opportunity of singing the Lord’s Name. Siva showered his
blessings on the Minister: ‘May Lord bless Dr. Gairola and the other Ministers
with health, long life, peace, prosperity and Kaivalya Moksha! May God bless you
all!’ After chanting the Shanti Patha, Siva resumed his seat. Padmanabhan was
all the time busy on the roof of neighbouring buildings ‘shooting’ the whole
proceedings with his movie camera.
Siva then led the minister to the Ashram where the Ministerial party was
entertained to tea.