The first time he went to the mandir for bhajans, he was disappointed. The hall was nearly empty and the bhajans were not even heard (When Swami would not be at Puttaparthi, the bhajans would be held without the microphones). The food also was not to his taste at all. Govinda called up his mother and told her that he wasn’t liking the place one bit. The mother encouraged him to stay till the entrance exam at least.
|Govinda's heartfelt desire was to march in one of the largest armies of the world - the Indian Army.|
|A beautiful moment shared between Govinda and his GOVINDA!|
|The Celestial Rhythms became a popular and regular feature of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet|
after that year - 2001.
|That moment when Govinda says that he became a complete devotee!|
That apart, Govinda was also one among the blessed dozen who were given the “security duty” at Swami’s residence in Trayee Brindavan. This meant that these students would sleep in the ground floor of the building, right below Swami’s room. By turns, they would keep awake for 1 hour every night, ‘guarding’ the building. Isn’t it laughable that the security cover of the universe was being provided security? But didn’t Lord Krishna give an opportunity to the cowherd boys to put out their sticks to hold up the Govardhana mountain which He had raised on the little finger of His left hand? It was not as if He needed their help but it was a divine opportunity bestowed on them to be part of His leela. Govinda happened to be one such ‘Gopi’ who got the opportunity to be part of Sai Krishna’s leela. For two years in a row, Govinda spent every night in the Bhoo-Vaikuntham (the abode of Vishnu on Earth).
|Doing the coveted Arathi to Swami in Brindavan.|
|Swami spent almost half an hour in the Trayee gardens, appreciating all the efforts that had been put in.|
|Be careful of what you ask from God for He grants it to you! Know that any desire other than God is at best|
a distraction in life. It is best to trust the Divine Wisdom - He knows what is best for each one of us.
In the same manner there is a board attached to this world, “Anityam Asukham Lokaha (This world is temporary and full of misery)." How do you expect permanent peace and happiness in this world? Man should realise that the happiness and peace he essentially needs are not present in this mundane world.
|The beautiful pendant which Swami created|
for Govinda. It has a golden Ganesha encased.