Bevan managed to connect to us this morning (20th). It was evening in India
and he was in a car going through the streets of Allahabad on his way to a
meeting. As he spoke we could hear the sounds of India - many honking car
horns and at one point a lot of noise he told us was for a wedding
procession that was passing by. It all made us feel we were right there with
him, but from the comfort and safety of home -- he was also sneezing a lot
from the fumes!
He told us of the which happened today. Someone sent a report (see below).
Bevan added about 200 Dandi Swamis had been expected, but actually 600
arrived along with many man other Swamis. (I hope that I got the name
right - this was Guru Dev's order - you can tell them as they always carry a
staff). It's amazing how they all got to know - they don't have cell
phones! There were also many Indian dignitaries and officials.
Then the Movement leaders (men only) and all of Purusha (about 150 there
Bevan said), met with the Shankaracharya in the Shankarcharya's house which
Guru Dev purchased with his "magic money" that would just miraculously
appear as needed in a box under his bed. They all squeezed in the room
where Guru DEv had sat on the Shankarcharya's seat. It must have been
amazing, to be there and to talk with the Shakarcharya, who asked them
questions about their experiences with TM.
Afterwards everyone was led to a large Pandal to eat ( separate enclosed
areas for each class: saints, mortals, and women!). It is custom for the
family to feed all those who attend the rites. Maharishi's close family were
there (Girish, Anand and Prakash Shrivastava, plus the eldest member of the
family (96 years old) and, as is their duty, they went round making sure
everyone ate fully. Seems it was a very rich full, banquet!
So read below to find out more about this last rite.
Jai Guru Dev
(from Maharishi Vedic City in the USA)
----- Original Message -----
The final part of the last rites is known as Uthawala and Brahman Bhojan,
i.e. Feast (Meal) for the Brahmins. On February 20, 2008 under the
auspices of the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, successor to GURU DEV on the
Shanakaracharya Seat of Jyotir Peeth, Himalayas, the last celebration is
performed in Prayag at Maharishi Ashram in Arail According to Ayurveda all
experiences should be metabolized fully so that no residues (ama) remain
back. The endresult of full metbolization of food to their most refined
state is Ojas or Soma. But Expriences must also be fully metabolzed in order
to produce bliss as their end-result. Now we all had the chance to fully
metabolize our beloved Maharishi's full transformation (even of the little
leishavidya =veil of avidya or ignorance that the restriction of the body
somewaht represents ) to Brahman and Maharishi-jis ascent to Heaven and that
means everyone should feel now fully at home with the ever blissful - most
intimate to our own innermost self - nature of Maharishi's divine presence
now. He is always with us and having participated in all the ceremonies now
we know that even the sanctified remains of his body flow now in the veins
and arteries, i.e. rivers of īVed Bhumi Bharat, our Motherland India and
from there into all the oceans of the world and all the rivers of the world,
so that the morsels and atoms of Maharishi's body this way travel into all
the rivers, i.e. veins and arteries, of all the 192 countries of the world.
What remains is Bliss!