A Phone Call from the Divine
Image credit: Mark Kidsley
I was in my music studio working on a new composition, when the phone rang. I have been working on a new piece for Ganesha as part of my upcoming Bhakti Sounds tour this fall. I had not yet composed for Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity who brings good fortune and removes obstacles along our path. Devotional offerings in the yogic traditions start respectfully with first acknowledging the guru and then Ganesha.
I usually don’t have my ringer on in my studio, let alone answer the phone when the creative juices are flowing. But this time, the sound alerted me to a friend calling. I knew she was with Amma, a saint from South India who is also my spiritual teacher. My friend was at Amma’s ashram in San Ramon, California. It was the end of Devi Bhava, a very special time when Amma gives darshan in the form of a loving embrace, while in the mood of the Divine Mother.
When I picked up the phone, I was immediately transported into Amma’s blissful presence. Within the churning sounds of cheer and adoration that I heard from the thousands of devotees, I could feel the swell of devotion for the divine well up in me. Time slowed down and space seemed to not matter. I was in the hall with them all.
I closed my eyes and was at her feet. Amma was standing before me in her glorious, shimmering Devi Bhava sari, showering people with sweet and tender flower petals as she lovingly smiled at us all. Everything that was before the call – the chord changes, the instrumentation, the arrangement of sounds – all vanished into the infinity of this one perfect moment. I was harmoniously held within the symphony of life.
As I surrendered to the richness of the experience, it felt as though flower petals were gently falling on my head. A pure white light flooded my being. Tears poured from my eyes as my heart expanded into the grace-filled moment.
My friend lovingly carried me with her over her phone for a long while. I lapped up the bhajans (sacred chants) while I focused on the divine presence. There was no such thing as time or space. They collapsed as my heart flowered in the full perfection of the now.
Eventually, Devi Bhava ended, and Amma got into a van to be driven to her next tour stop. She was off to LA, after having given darshan for the past 13 hours without a single pause, after a full day of doing the same.
Amma is an unstoppable force of fierce compassion that blesses this world through her form. The more time I spend with her, the less I know who she is, the more I feel I know no-thing and am no-thing. The grip of my limited sense of “me” slips into feeling perfectly interconnected within an unconditionally loving whole.
I thanked my friend and hung up the phone, somewhat stunned. I had been shaken from my work-centered focus and stepped into a fuller reality that is always present. My personality was softer, my soul recharged.
The Divine is always with us, no matter where we are or what we may be doing. The Divine continually showers us with grace filled flower petals. The question is, are we open? Are we listening for the phone call from the Divine?
Even though there is a lot of interference on the planet at this time, a heavy feeling that one could almost say is like an undertow, there is also a never-ending stream of grace available to us all in each and every moment. We can choose the energies with which we engage.
The darkness that has permeated our world calls each of us to make a firm resolve to direct our awareness towards our deepest joy.
Instead of feeling pulled by the weight, waiting for grace to come knocking at your door or give you a personal call, answer the call that is ringing in your heart right now. The call from the divine is already here. It speaks to you through your joy. Let it guide you in sharing your unique light with the world. There has never been a better time to shine and love – not only because the world needs it, but because you do too.
Amma says: “When obstacles appear in life, we need to kindle our inner strength and spread the fragrance of selflessness and love.” The time is now to choose your eternal light, which always feels rooted, vital and expansive. Focus on this with joy-filled fierceness and go forward with courage. If you want it, you got it!
Having opened to and received the grace that called me, I return to my Ganesha composition with fresh insights and energy. “It is our love for the goal that gives us the strength to face all obstacles,” says Amma. I love music and feel even more inspired to bring it all I can to share this joy with the world.
May you feel the love of the Divine shower you with grace-filled flower petals.
May Ganesha bless you and remove all obstacles along your path.
May you be filled with love and light.
May you fearlessly share your joy with the world.