Ganeshpuri exists because of Nityananda. Before he came, it was a jungle. After he settled there, others began to follow suit, and, before long, the jungle was cleared and a village formed. Everyone who lives in Ganeshpuri or goes there is drawn because of that great being.
Ganeshpuri is like a geographical bindu of devotion. A bindu is a point of concentrated energies and Ganeshpuri is all about a very powerful and concentrated devotion, all because of Nityananda. The devotion that he inspires is rooted deeply in Ganeshpuri and continues to pour forth, growing over the years. Everyone and everything in Ganeshpuri — the stones, the trees, the bushes and buildings — all of it is saturated with devotion, and Grace too.
Nityananda didn’t say a whole lot, but he did say this: “The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam.” Being in Ganeshpuri is like being inside the heart. Walking around Ganeshpuri, roaming the places where the Gurus lived, taught and meditated, and sitting with Swami Nirmalananda in a variety of wonderful daily practices is an amazing opportunity to do just what Nityananda said, both on the outside and the inside.
If you are fortunate enough to go there, I hope you will find, as I did, that something very special happens with your heart. Early in the India 2013 trip, I had a vividly sleepless night. I lay in my bed awake for what seemed like hours. My awareness was immense. I knew I should be sleeping, but I was more than wide awake. I was awakeness itself.
At some point, I became acutely aware that something was happening in the area behind my heart. A dramatic unraveling began, like a tight knot being gently but deliberately unfurled. Then more unraveling, more than I knew could be. I felt so free. My heart had never felt so open before. No walls, no barriers. Open.
In the days that followed in Ganeshpuri, I settled into a new openness. I wanted to give everything to That which had opened me, to the fullness within, to the Guru, to the One. The rhythm of the days, the outside, supported the inner openings. Our chanting and devotional practices, all done in the presence of the embodied One, our Guru, Swami Nirmalananda, had a powerful effect on the heart. My wish for you is that you can spend time with your Guru in this City of Devotion. Your heart will never be the same again.
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