|A picture of a child undergoing the Upanayana as a Vatu in South India. |
Credit: "Upanayanam" by Nagesh Rao
|The only mode of transportation to cover the final few kilometres to Prasanthi Nilayam was a bullock cart like this across|
the Bukkapatnam tank and the river Chitravati.
Come to Prasanthi if you seek only spirituality
|A rare photograph of Swami standing beside His chair in the old bhajan hall at Prasanthi Nilayam. It was here that|
Balu and the other vatus assembled for the instructions from Bhagawan before the D-Day.
|The Chitravati river was the place for morning ablutions. In this beautiful|
picture, one can see the water-supply tank atop the hill with the
Kalpavriksha to its left. Notice how bare the hill was in those years.
The D-Day dawned finally.Balu was ready after his bath and, along with his father, reported at the bhajan hall well before 6:00 am. In fact, he was ready by 4:00 am itself.
He was woken up by the holy notes of the Nadaswaram that began to play shortly after 4:00 am. What was amazing was the fact that he actually had darshan at such early hours of the Brahma Muhurtam. How that happened is a lovely little story in itself. That shall be told in Part 2 of this story. It can be said that Balu had no idea that this ceremony would change the direction, focus and goal of not only his life, but of his future generations as well.
To read the second part of this story, rush to the link below:
A recruit in God's army - the 1965 Upanayana story_ PART 2