Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

Uncle Patel - “A greatness, and a sweetness and a light”

It is early April and the morning air is full of the sweet fragrance of the Neem flowers. To be with Uncle or to write about him is to breathe the fragrance of the Neem and to be intoxicated with the spiritual atmosphere that radiated from him.

O fragrant are the lanes thy children walk
And lovely is the memory of their feet
Amid the wonder-flowers of Paradise.
- ‘Savitri’

Uncle is one such fragrant “wonder-flower” which bloomed gloriously at the feet of The Mother. This quote by K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar on the psychic contact of the early sadhaks aptly describes Uncle’s life and sadhana, who was blessed abundantly by the Grace of the Mother. Whatever fruits and flowers that bloomed in his garden, due to the psychic touch of the Divine were offered “again at the feet of the Divine”. “Like a seed, the moment abstracted from the flow of time drove roots in the ready soil of the sadhak’s sensibility, and there appeared foliage and flowers and fruit which, in their turn, were to be offered again at the feet of the Divine. The chosen moments as they recurred made a rhythm of their own and the sadhana had an epic spread covering a whole lifetime.”

And in the luminous words of ‘Savitri’, Uncle’s life has been like the flower blooming at the touch of the glorious sun.

Her heart’s inexhaustible sweetness lured their hearts,
A being they loved whose bound exceeded theirs;
Her measure they could not reach but bore her touch,
Answering with the flower’s answer to the sun
They gave themselves to her and asked no more.

As The Mother said there are some who offer their soul, some their life, work, or money but there are a few who “consecrate all they have - soul, life, work, wealth; these are the true children of god”. Uncle has been one such true child of god, whose entire life has been an unceasing worship and consecration to the Divine Mother.

Uncle we will ever remember and cherish the wonderful moments when we sat and listened to the stories and incidents you used to narrate - of your thrilling encounters with The Divine Mother and Sri Aurobindo, the fragrance of your spiritual atmosphere, childlike curiosity and enthusiasm to learn new technologies, the solemn way you used to say “ I am a business man but I do business for The Mother”, your unique ability to find the inherent talent of every person which in turn would be directed godwards, your “magic flowing waters of deep love” and sweetness, and above all your love , surrender and adoration of the Divine Mother.

O Mother, all is done after Thine own Sweet will;
Thou art in truth self-willed,
Redeemer of mankind!
Thou workest Thine own work;
Man only call it theirs.
- Sri Ramakrishna

- Sudha, Surendra and family.

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