To SwaN, With Love

Swami Pragyamurti, UK

Dearest Swami Niranjanji,

Well, I really don't know how to express my thanks, gratitude, amazement and love for all that I've just experienced at the Convention. Having said that, it wasn't all plain-sailing for sure! I guess challenges are a big part of spiritual life, certainly according to Sri Swamiji. The highlight of the program, for me, was the evening program with the sannyasa trainee singers and dancers and the adjoining screen; they totally hit the spot and inspired laughter and tears in equal measure. So, if they fail as sannyasins they will definitely find employment in the entertainment industry!

I also loved the two parts of the film about Sri Swamiji's life, and I hope that you will release it on DVD. It was beautifully presented. The third thing that totally hit the spot too was everything that you said. So thank you for that, and for being such a worthy successor of our beloved Sri Swamiji; if such a thing exists where he is, he will be so proud of you! That's a mother's mind and heart talking!

Thank you for continuing Swami Sivananda's 'serve, love, give' into the wider shores of yoga. It is a joy to see yoga in action and to see the wondrous transformations of the children involved with the program; how they stand tall, look you in the eyes and don't hesitate to boss us around regardless of age, etc. Wonderful! And they will surely sow the seeds for a much better next generation.

Please convey my love and congratulations to your teams – they must have worked like crazy for the past few years and I can't really imagine how you all pulled it off so well! Also, thanks for the beautiful developments in the grounds of Ganga Darshan and the new buildings. I'm so delighted to have seen all of that – and I guess you have to employ an army of gardeners, as well as karma yogis, to keep it all so lovely.

This message comes with so much love and so much gratitude for all that you are, all that you symbolize, and I just hope it travels with feeling to your hands, dearest Swami Niranjan.