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Personal Testimony of Pilgrims to the Guru

Still more on Gurudeva's birthday as pilgrims at the final breakfast meeting all give their personal testimony on the weeklong celebrations.

Unedited Transcript:

Today at Kauai Aadheenam, everyone in Cyberspace Ashram! We are happy that you have entered the ashram in the world of cyberspace, and guess where we are? We are still continuing the 'Happy Birthday to me event' and we are at the Sheraton Hotel, Coconut Beach Hotel on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai. We are taking the microphone around to all the devotees here for them to say a few words to you.

Aum Namah Sivaya, everyone out in cyberspace land. It has been a wonderful Jayanthi celebration being with Gurudeva and all the Swamis. I think it is the only birthday party you go to and bring away many more gifts than you can possibly give. (And)The pilgrims brought a great spirit with them and a great humility and it has just been a very inner time and a wonderful time. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Aum Namah Sivaya. I'm Arvind Kumar, coming from Plano, Texas with my family. We are here for the first time. It has been a wonderful time. Very, very moving experience. I feel almost too emotional to speak. We are having a fantastic time and hope to come back here many, many more times. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Aum Namah Sivaya. This is Kulapati Easvan Param. I'm so happy to be here. I had a wonderful experiece this Jayanthi. We experience many, many times and hear over and over sometimes in our own heads, lessons that we have learned and once in a while they come to light in you. (and )This Jayanthi, I had the experience of Gurudeva being Saiva Siddhanta incarnate from the most subtle to the most mundane. Gurudeva is the path. I'm so happy to be here at his feet. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Aum Sivaya, this is Aran Sendan. Coming to Jayanthi at Kadavul temple with Gurudeva always makes me feel like one of luckiest people on the planet. Aum Sivaya, this is Markendeya Sendan. Another Jayanthi for me. But this one was different having just come out of the monastery as a upakurvana. Now I know what goes on, on both sides. All the preperation and all the work, and all the stuff out here. Aum Sivaya.

Aum namah Sivaya. I'm Nathan Palani and on behalf of my family we'd like to say, "Happy Birthday Gurudeva! May you have 72 more!" {Pilgrims join in singing Happy Birthday to Gurudeva}. As a special present to Gurudeva, I would like to encourage everyone to begin participating in Hindu Heritage Endowment and if you do not know what Hindu Heritage Endowment is, I would encourage you to get the current edition of 'Hinduism Today' and read up on it. It is one of the finest things that you can do and your Guru will appreciate it and I want to thank you. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Aum Namah Sivaya. I am Nanthakumar. To everyone out there in cyberspace, if you think you've been to a great party then you are mistaken because here we are at the greatest birthday party with the greatest birthday person. So, plan for next Jayanthi and come down, if you want to know what a party is all about.

Aum Namah Sivaya. My name is Tejadeva from Walnut Creek, California and this is my first time being in the Guru's presence, with Gurudeva, and it is magnificent. Words cannot even explain. I am very grateful to be here.

Aum Sivaya, my name is Jyoti Sendan. We are having a wonderfull Jayanthi here with a lot of wonderful guests. We have guests from 'down-under' Autsralia, and from mainland California and people all the way from Wailua homesteads. We are having a good time and hope you can join us next year. Aum.

Namaskaram. This is Gayatri Rajan and I think anyone who knows Gurudeva and his monastics can appreciate that knowing these great souls is like having Mahadevas as personal friends that inquire after your health and take care of you; it is beyond description.

Aum Sivaya. My name is Shivani Rajan. This whole experiece has made me speechless. Aum.

Aum Sivaya, my name is Tiruselvi Katir. Jayanthi is one festival that I wait for every year and I can't wait for it and I'm sometimes sad that it's over. Aum Sivaya.

Aum Sivaya, my name is Vasuki Sendan. This is my first Jayanthi here on Kauai with Gurudeva and I must say that it is the best birthday party that you can ever imagine going to and as many others have said, you should come next year. It's wonderful.

Aum Sivaya, everybody in cyberspace. My name is Tara Katir, I live here on Kauai. I hope you all come here some time to Kauai sometime to Kauai Hindu Monastery and have Gurudeva's darshan directly. It will be a wonderful experiece for you and something you'll never forget. Aum Sivaya.

Aum Namah Sivaya., My name is Rita Kumar and I feel very blessed to have met Gurudeva on his birthday.

Aum Sivaya, I'm Gauri from Malyasia. On behalf of all the Malyasian Church members, we'd like to say Happy Birthday to Gurudeva. ( and)Gurudeva has not been traveling for the past three years and we were just waiting to see him. Oh my, no words to describe. Thank you. Aum Sivaya.

Aum Namah Sivaya. I am Chudikadevi from Malyasia. It is the first birthday I attended personally here and I wish I can come back every year. No words can describe the experiece.

Gurudeva: Looking at everyone through Cyberspace is like looking through the astral plane but a little bit different because you're looking out through a computer screen at each one, looking into the computer screen. So we'll be back together at our Cyberspace Ashram tomorrow.

Photo of  Gurudeva
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