In October 2012, Swami Niranjanananda received the following letter from Bulgaria. He read the letter to the gathering of sannyasins, sannyasa trainees, students and guests who had come to participate in the monthly program held on 5th and 6th at the Akhara to commemorate the mahasamadhi of Sri Swami Satyananda.
In her innocence, the young disciple and yoga practitioner shows that yoga, practice, determination and surrender to guru will bear fruit and bring a positive change to the environment.
This letter is a beautiful testimony to the teaching of Sri Swami Satyananda and to the impact of his mission all over the world for the last fifty years:
On 9 July 2012, I received with great gratitude and happiness a letter from Munger. There were three recommendations for me:
- To practise mantra sadhana, chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra eleven times, the Gayatri mantra eleven times and the 32 names of Durga three times.
Every day I chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra eleven times, the Gayatri mantra eleven times and the 32 names of Durga eleven times for the success of guru’s sadhana.
Before that and before getting out of bed, I practise every day mantra sadhana: the Mahamrityunjaya mantra eleven times, the Gayatri mantra eleven times and the 32 names of Durga three times. And I formulated a sankalpa for my father as recommended in the letter.
- To practise the Gayatri mantra 108 times, every day for six months, if I am able to make the commitment to this sadhana.
- To impress a sankalpa onto my father’s eyebrow centre, repeating it seven times every night for six months.
I began to do these recommendations immediately.
I want to share my experience, my happiness and appreciation. I am still practising the sadhana with deep faith, understanding and love for my father and with commitment.
First, my father started to speak with me after four months of not saying a word. He started to speak with my mother and my sister calmly, with less anger and nervousness. In time, he started to communicate with my nephew. They went to a music store together and bought a guitar. My father started to explain to my nephew
about music and playing the guitar.
My father started to read books again, to cook for the family, and to discuss different subjects with me like we used to do long time ago: about the wonders of nature, a spiritual way of living, politics, movies, about life. He stopped offending me and my mother.
Two months after I started chanting the Gayatri mantra 108 times every day, he admitted for the first time after fifteen years that he had a drinking problem. A couple of weeks later he shared with me that he wished to become a more balanced person and worry less in life.
Thank you Swamiji for your help and guidance.