It all happened during the classic visit to Auroville, the city of dawn, situated at about 10 kms north of the town of Pondicherry. This was perhaps the first time I saw complete sacrifice and absolute dedication for spiritual devotion! To walk the path of goodwill and make this world a better place…To leave all the materialistic luxury and fantasies of pleasure…To achieve the immortal luxury of peace & satisfaction and accomplish the divine pleasure of benevolence…To heal the world with the realization of human unity. This is a town being built where people from all countries can live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, politics and nationalities. Auroville founded by Mirra Alfassa (better known as ‘The Mother’) is one of the biggest projects of Sri Aurobindo Society. It is Sri Aurobindo’s vision in action. It is a place which represents no religion, no philosophy and no sect.
The greenery around was serene. I loved gazing all over and was busy admiring the variety of plants and trees around while I was having a stroll in the campus…When my eyes suddenly fell on somebody. It absolutely distracted my attraction towards the place so green and so beautiful. Perhaps I saw something, rather, someone more pleasing!
He was an old man in foreign land,
Busy setting up his camera on its stand.
His look in red and white,
Was absolutely tranquil and quiet.
For him, this was no foreign land,
He was well versed with the plants and the sand.
As for him, he was no visitor like me when free,
He was to be here so was he here, in the holy spree.
I was mesmerized by the conspicuous composure in his face,
In him seemed the Godly twinkle my eyes could chase.
There was this extraordinary gleam,
Without my notice, that gave me a beam.
I seldom knew the force I was on ride,
In no time, I was there by his side.
I struck an effortless conversation with this stranger, quite unlike me,
But what makes the stranger so familiar to me, what could it be?
A wonderfully welcoming smile with honey quoted words beautifully woven,
He was gracious to an extent that made me go merrily frozen.
I knew not what I was to at that instant,
The smile on my face seemed to have become a constant.
The conversation was short but was worth it all,
I was awestruck, not knowing the grounds at all.
To my friends, he was just another man,
But to me, he seemed out of the ordinary, off the common man…!!!
Even now, I wonder how it all happened…Certain things in life have no reason may be.
This was certainly a fascination to me…An abrupt fascination indeed!!
Have you ever felt this way for someone or something, at any point in your life? Have you ever come across an unexpected marvel of this sort?? Do share if you have…
- Ahila (a wanderer)
" Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” ~ Lawrence