Spontaneous German Friend decides to accompany me back to India – 26 Jun 11

While I was in Lüneburg in November 2001, I actually started my professional work in Germany. Until then, I had only visited Germany without work. When a friend of my hosts asked whether I could help her with her back pain, I gave my first healing session in Germany. I told her some exercises, did healing as I was doing it in that time and in this way started my work. I consider those days as the starting point of my work in Germany.

In that year I still had a habit which I had got many years ago. Each day, before going to bed, I drank one glass of milk. My friend's wife, whom I told about this, started making it for me and also for their 5-year-old son and she mixed chocolate powder into the milk to make a nice and sweet drink out of it. She took good care of me.

While I was there, I told my new friend, now I am here in your house and I would like to invite you to come and visit us in my Ashram in Vrindavan. My friend asked when I would fly back to India. I told him the date, about a week or ten days later. He asked with which airline I was flying and I explained it to him. I would fly back with Virgin Atlantic from Hamburg to London and then from London to Delhi.

He noted down the date, time and flight number and told me he would accompany me right away if he got a seat in the same plane. I was surprised but also very happy. He called his travel agent, told him that he wanted to have a ticket in precisely that flight. There was exactly one seat left! He booked it and told me that we would fly to India together!

In that time this spontaneous action seemed completely normal to me but thinking of this now and writing about it I feel that it was really extraordinary. He is a doctor, a busy person and German on top of it. People in Germany use to plan everything quite a long time before and don?t usually decide such a thing spontaneously. It was really great.

I went back to Itzehoe for some days before the flight. From there I phoned my family and told my brothers that I would bring my friend to India, too. Of course they were happy and looking forward. Germany was getting cold now and I was really looking forward to going back to India.

When I left the house in Itzehoe, I locked the apartment door and as I had agreed with my Indian friend, went down the road to another friend of his, handed over the key and set off to Hamburg to catch the flight to London together with my spontaneous German friend.

In London we had several hours layover and I had planned to visit the Indian family with whom I had stayed before. Arriving in London I noticed however that my visa for the UK was not valid anymore and that I had to stay in the airport and wait for the connecting flight. My Indian host was already outside though and waiting for me! So what should we do?

I explained my plan to my German friend and he went out to meet my Indian friend with whom I was talking on phone from inside the airport. Together they went with the car to the home of the Indian family and there packed a full Indian dinner into bags. My German friend was then dropped back at the airport, fully amazed about this little episode. This is how we could enjoy rice, vegetables, dal and even chapatis, flat Indian bread, at the London Heathrow Airport.

When our flight was ready for boarding we got on and after some hours on plane landed in Delhi on the 22nd November 2001.

Accept it if you are not Spontaneous, do not fight with it – 17 Jun 09

Some days ago a woman was here for a healing session and we had some talk before we started. She told: “Swami Ji, I have quite a few problems. And the biggest problem is, that I know I have these problems and with most of them I also know what I should do about it but I feel that I cannot do it.”

As an example she told that she knows she is not very spontaneous and sometimes gets stressed easily by small things. “And I know that I have so many things to learn but somehow I cannot do it in that moment!”

I told her “You know, the problem is that you are trying and think you have to learn, but you are actually perfectly fine as you are. Do not give yourself this pressure. If someone has a spontaneous idea and you realize that you are not that spontaneous you get stressed and hectic because you think you would need to be like that, too. But instead you could just relax. Okay, you are not like that. Accept it, that will make it much easier for you.”

Many people also have the problem that they want to keep control and if someone else is spontaneous and has an idea which was not in this person’s plan, he or she nearly panics because it was not planned. In this case I simply advise to let another person take over the plan. Why not? You are not responsible for everything and everybody. Relax, lean back and watch, what others are doing. It is fine, enjoy whatever comes!

Description of a Typical German Character – 5 Jun 09

Yesterday we had dinner with friends and we were talking. All my lovely German friends were sitting there and asked me ‘Swami Ji, what do you think about people here in Germany?’ I said ‘Oh, I love them and living here, being here and spending much time I know very well how generally the thinking goes.’

I gave an example: A German man is driving the car. He knows the directions because he looked it up before on his map. But suddenly he sees a wall on the street in front of him. It is just built fully across his lane. Fully confused he stops, sitting there and just thinking in shock ‘Why? How come there is a wall? There was no wall on the map!’ He doesn’t know how to handle this situation. And you know, he doesn’t look to the right or the left of the wall. There is a way around. His problem is: he is not flexible. It is just impossible for him that there is a wall.

If something suddenly happens, it is for Germans sometimes difficult to handle a situation and hard to accept that it is like this. Exceptions can be anywhere of course. But you know what I like about this? Germans will go with what they decided to do. You can rely on them, they decided this way and they will not go left or right. You can trust. Everybody laughed about this picture and we enjoyed the evening very much.

One Year of the Diary – a Spontaneous Blog – 31 Dec 08

Now we are writing the last entry in my online diary for this year. This was a whole year, how fast it passed and still how many things happened. We had the idea of this diary and now we have filled 365 virtual pages. We are now planning to publish it as a book next year.

I want to say thank you to all readers for their interest and also their comments and questions which gave me more and more inspiration. Many thanks also to Roger and Ramona. I thank Roger who was always quick with the French translation so that it was possible to read it in English, German and French.

As I am a very spontaneous person it happened very often that I got an idea for the diary while travelling or just before going to bed or also when sitting together with ten or fifteen people. But wherever I had an idea it was great that Ramona was there to write it down even if it had to be on a carton box when there was no paper or computer in reach. Ramona did wonderful work, we did not stop writing the diary for holidays. We wrote seven days a week and all twelve months, if we were in train, in a house or even at the airport because we wanted to give you this diary. And it was our joy and our fun to write it. It became a daily ritual which brought much enjoyment to us, too.

Only on one day it happened that we wrote it and just forgot to upload it but in the next morning we received a phone call asking if something happened. People were missing it already. So we quickly uploaded it in the morning. I have got the feedback that this diary gave answers to many people and touched their hearts. It is real and practical, talking about what is going on around us and what is happening.

In December we could also add a new feature which is nice for people who were searching for a certain topic in all pages of the diary: all pages are now in categories for which Ramona read each entry again. Now you can read my diary sorted by topics.

From tomorrow on we will write for a new year but 2008 will still be available to read. I started this year and this diary here in Schwabmünchen where I am also spending the last days, hours and minutes of the year.

I wish a happy New Year to everyone. I pray to my God which is love that He fills your heart with His presence and gives you the ability to enlighten other people’s hearts with love.