– It is the love of our Aniruddha Bapu, His call that reaches the heart of bhaktas the world over.
We refer here to a group of bhaktas from Germany – the ‘German Sisters’ who felt and experienced this love that drew them to Bapu’s feet. They are testimony to the fact that language really really need not stand in the way of offering and expressing bhakti. The absence of instructions or literature in German never meant an obstacle. They spoke to other bhaktas, made their own notes and followed Bapu’s instructions.
I am sure we have all seen them participating in functions like the Gurupournima, the Aniruddha Pournima and even the special occasions like the Prasannotsav. I am sure we have also noticed their constant effort to become part of the ambience.
The German Sisters have been part of the Bapu family since the year 2000. They came and just dissolved in the ambience.
Today we are launching a blog in German titled “Journey to Aniruddha” (www.journeytoaniruddha.blogspot.in). It is a sharing from the heart of a special journey. Apart from narrations of how they became part of the Bapu family, the blog has videos – where each of the bhaktas shares blessed moments, gratitude and love. It has photographs – glimpses of their lives and how they express bhakti, do the naamasmaran, chant the Ramraksha and the Hanuman Chalisa. The photographs of the punarmilap are especially touching.
Family persons just like any of us, they do all that we do and the way we do it. They have an Upasana Centre in Germany where Upasana is done every Saturday, they sing and recite the mantras prescribed. They write the Ramnaam book (some even write it in Devnagri), they knit sweaters while chanting the Hanuman Chalisa 108 times – which takes them a total of 14 hours (and this is done not just in the Gurucharan Maas but at least 4 times a year) and even the Ramraksha 108 times (which takes them about 2 days). They compose abhangas and gajars in German, set them to tune and sing them to Bapu. The audio section of the blog will share these abhangas.
One of them has been part of the Kolhapur Medical Camp and has shared her experience on the blog.
We will see them participating in the coming Aniruddha Pournima celebrations too.
There is nothing, just nothing that stands in the way ever if ‘He’ and ‘we’ stand firm together. This blog only endorses the fact…
and of course another… And that is, this journey has been a journey homewards for our German sisters.