In June 2018, the Monastery in India moved from Pune to Khandala (a hill station town between Pune & Mumbai). The decision to shift to Khandala was taken by my head monk Nayaswami Devarshi.
He saw the need to have a much clearer focus and magnetism That wasn’t possible while serving the always compelling needs of an Ananda Sangha city center.
It was a big challenge for me to leave behind everything that was familiar in Pune.
When Devarshi ji announced this step, there were many emotions that welled up within me, like “What will we do for food? Who do we know there? Will we survive being by ourselves?” It was a fear of the unknown!
Looking back, all of us are grateful that we were guided by Devarshiji’s intuition. Our monks have been able to serve more & better since taking that step. We really have become a monastery, a very cohesive group of monks.
In August 2020, Devarshi ji and Brahmachari Jemal began talking about the need to start looking for the land to build a Monastery. We’ve always stayed in rented flats and houses. Divine clues began leading us towards Chandigarh. By the end of October 2020, we were preparing to shift to Chandigarh, first to live in the city and then to find land nearby.
A fascinating thing happened this time. When the announcement was made about Chandigarh, my mind soldiers responded very differently! As soon as they heard the news, the thoughts were – “Wow, we are going closer to the Himalayas!” “We are going to have a spiritual adventure!”
This change in my attitude and perspective has helped me to soar upward and forward in life. I have been able to serve better and depend more on God’s joy.
Paramhansa Yogananda ji said in the ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ about his Guru that “He had not found any insuperable obstacle to mergence of human with Divine. No such barrier exists, I came to understand, save in man’s spiritual unadventurousness . . .”
I wholeheartedly encourage this attitude of spiritual adventurousness.
With that spirit you are much freer to make rapid forward progress on the spiritual path. The divine joy and strength you gain will enable you to help many people.
Please keep our monastery in your prayers as we continue to search for land for building Master’s and Swamiji’s Monastery. We are getting closer and closer to that goal. I’ll share more about that adventure when the time comes!