1. Ancestral problems reducing after chanting as per the guidance of His Holiness Dr Athavale
I come from a large family where family members from several generations lived together. Throughout the years, we would experience various difficulties like frequent quarrels, financial and health problems, no marriages and sudden and unnatural deaths. We did not know what was causing these problems and it felt like a dark cloud hung over our family. Once, while I was visiting India from Hong Kong, I got an opportunity to meet His Holiness Dr Athavale and start spiritual practice. I also learned that these unexplained problems were a sign of severe ancestral distress.
As per His guidance, I began to chant Shree Gurudev Datta, a chant for alleviating ancestral problems. Within a few months, the family situation improved and there was the celebration of a marriage after more than 20 years. This increased my yearning for spirituality and faith in His Holiness Dr Athavale. I got a subtle feeling that I was on the right path and this helped me to increase my efforts in spiritual practice.
2. Overcoming fear of public speaking by following the guidance of His Holiness Dr Athavale
I had always been a shy person. I would have difficulties expressing myself and I would avoid speaking to those I did not know well. During the course of my spiritual practice, His Holiness Dr Athavale asked me to begin taking satsangs. This made me nervous as I could never imagine myself as a speaker. Due to His encouragement and guidance, I began making sincere efforts to overcome this fear. For example, I took autosuggestions and increased chanting and prayers. As a result, I was able to conduct not only local satsangs, but I also spoke at conferences in India and in other countries to small and large audiences. Soon, this began to happen without any fear. This was amazing to me. I still have some difficulty to express myself, but when it comes to talking about spirituality, I can speak for hours on the subject. I realized that His Holiness Dr Athavale’s love and confidence in me were key to this transformation.