Letter to my Guru: Celebrating Life
My dear Dr Venkat
You and The Health Awareness Center (THAC) were one of the best thing that happened to me. I remember one of your mails telling me that Sushil and THAC has been the best thing that has happened to me and that has been very much true.
My first meeting with you was on 27th February 2014. I still remember that day how one moment you were scolding me and the other moment you were full of love and concern for me. From that day onwards you have been guiding me as a Guru – tough from outside but lots of love and concern behind that toughness.
I had never met such a compassionate person as you. You were the one who crushed my personality which was not me and helped me rediscover myself. You never answered my queries directly but always helped me, like a Guru, take the journey towards finding the answers myself.
I felt as if you knew me before I knew myself. You instilled faith in me that life is abundant. I have always kept the mantra given by you that “Everything is possible when we are honest to ourself” and that has been keeping me going. You taught us to trust the universe completely and be grateful that we are alive. You taught us to be in gratitude to our body, our breath and our cells.
I met you for my health but you added life to my life. I was so much looking forward to meet you this year again and be with you but was shocked to get the message that you have slipped silently to eternal sleep. It is very difficult for us to come to peace with it.
But as you always said “Death is definite. It is a perfect balance between the known and unknown, the visible and invisible. In death we explore the unknown in the invisible. Accept death with grace and beauty for then life is a celebration and death is celebration. Make it beautiful.”
You will always be with us Dr Venkat in our hearts and in our life as we live and celebrate life as you taught us. I always looked up to you for your guidance on this journey and I know you would still guide me. I owe this new life to you.
The impact that you have made on my life is unforgettable. Your voice full of love and your beautiful smile will always be remembered.
What you have done in this one life time by giving rebirth to so many uncountable souls like me, I cannot even imagine doing a part of it in many life time. Today, you are not physically present in front of us, but I know that you have only left this physical medium and will still be with us, around us. Dr. Venkat you will never die, I know you have only gone for a sleep. You used to say – “Don’t worry, I’ll be there to cry when you die“. I know you will be there when I go to sleep.
Voice of Dr Vijaya Venkat
Love you, Love you, Love you.
Late Dr Vijaya Venkat is the founder of The Health Awareness Center, Mumbai. These letters are a tribute to her letting her know how she has impacted our life which I could not share with her when she was present physically with us. This is also an attempt to let the world know how she had a profound impact on our life through her teachings, her guidance.