1. Experiencing spiritual emotion and a thoughtless state in the presence of His Holiness Dr Athavale
My first visit to the ashram was in December 2011. I remember I was feeling very happy visiting the ashram for the first time and was also eager to meet His Holiness Dr Athavale. By God’s grace, the first opportunity to meet His Holiness Dr Athavale came when one seeker asked me to deliver one fruit to Him along with another seeker. When His Holiness Dr Athavale took the fruit from my hand, and while saying namaskar to Him, I experienced an awakening of spiritual emotion and gratitude like I have never experienced before in my life. I had an intense thought, about how fortunate we are to be able to do spiritual practice under the guidance of such a great Guru. For a few hours after meeting Him, there were very less thoughts in my mind and my concentration increased.
This experience also increased my faith in Spirituality and I realised the importance of having the guidance of a Guru.
2. How His Holiness Dr Athavale cares for all seekers
This experience of mine happened during a satsang with His Holiness Dr Athavale while He was meeting with seekers from overseas. Although I would have some questions to ask His Holiness Dr Athavale due to my inherent feeling of insecurity, I was always hesitant wondering if my questions were correct or not.
During the satsang, I was pondering over whether to ask a certain question. At that very instant, His Holiness Dr Athavale shifted His gaze from other seekers and looked at me enquiringly and asked if I had any questions on my mind. I immediately felt encouraged to ask my question and was able to overcome my insecurity.
Over the years, I have experienced that it is His Holiness Dr Athavale Himself who takes care of our spiritual practice at every step and it is Him alone who is reducing our personality defects (PDs) and ego.