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When Sri Sri says, I am yours

Once, someone asked Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, "Guruji, when is your birthday?" Flashing his famous smile, he replied, "Main tera!"

india Updated: May 13, 2006 14:12 IST

One evening in Satsang, someone asked Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, "Guruji, when is your birthday?" Flashing his famous smile, he replied, "Main tera!" (I am yours).

How apt that one who dedicates his life to serving humanity has a birthday that echoes his credo. Down the ages, every spiritual master and messiah has reiterated the same message; they always come to remind the people of the world,"I am here for you."

Whether unraveling the intricacies of consciousness or serving the destitute, the spiritual master or Satguru always places the evolution and happiness of the seeker first. It is said that a mother is ten times more sensitive to a child’s needs than the father; and in turn a Guru’s love is ten times that of the mother. It is nearly impossible to describe the empathy between a master and a devotee, yet our culture abounds with examples of it. Wasn’t it Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa whose mouth blistered when one of his disciples ate a scalding morsel?

Sri Sri was once asked to explain how a Satguru keeps tabs on millions of nameless, faceless devotees the world over. "If you are asked to count the hair on your head, you will not be able to do so; but if a single hair is pulled, you know exactly where it hurts. Similarly, a master may have countless devotees, but if a single one experiences pain, he feels it immediately."

In ancient times, the Guru didn’t just provide education at the Gurukul. He was the one who imbued society with life skills, giving direction as well as confidence, and in later years, pervading the lives of his disciples like a fragrance, such that they would never feel alone or abandoned even in dire adversity. It is this reassurance that we seem to need again and again, today more than ever. Aptly, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was born in a village in Tamil Nadu called Papanasam, which means the Annihilation of Sin. And turning fifty this year on May 13, he affirms, Main tera!

First Published: May 13, 2006 14:12 IST