Guru’s Grace – 12 hrs at Taj Mumbai

In from the Heart on 30/11/2008 at 21:28

From: Neeraj Krishna bneerajkrishna@ gmail.com

A must read : Guru’s grace

My dear friends Rajita and Ajay Bagga were among the fortunate survivors from the Taj, after spending the entire night there. She sent her inspiring, cathartic experience to us today, and has graciously allowed me to share this intensely personal message with you all. Raju, we are so glad that you and Ajay are safe, and join you in thanking Guruji. Truly, there is a huge task ahead, and will need all our combined strength to accomplish.

“Dearest Ones

Jai Gurudev

There are no words to describe what we are going through after our miraculous escape after 12 hours in captivity at the Taj.

There is still a sense of daze & shock, there is fear (after the continous sounds last 60 hours of grenades and gun firing) even the sound of a spoon falling is alarming, anger & rage at the total breakdown of security and the system, but above all, there is a huge huge huge huge sense of gratitude.

Gratitude to Guruji for giving us another life.  As more is being revealed, 4 terrorists were in the kitchen of the chambers, just about 10 feet from the room we were in.They killed the chefs there. There was nothing stopping them from just turning left and come our way. It was almost like some indescribable force was between them and us. Knowledge of living in the present moment and present moment is inevitable was never never before a living reality for us. When they evacuated us after 12 hours, there was blood, broken glass pieces, grenade remnants all strewn across the corridor outside our room. That’s how close they came.

When we did come out and escaped another round of fresh firing at us as we were walking outside the Taj, the 1st call just that moment we got was from Guruji confirming that we were out and safe. It was almost as though He had escorted us out!  I was so shaken, I could barely stand let alone speak and He said to me, “When I am with you, how can anything touch you.  Come on be brave. Kya darti hai, main hun na. ”

Throughout the night, Bhanudidi kept calling and smsing us, giving us courage and encouragement. Giving us the confidence that we would be out surely. It seemed surreal then, but she kept telling me to be bold and support others. It was like being scooped in a blanket of grace and love. In every Part 2 course, I have learnt to sleep with a blanket of grace. Believe me, I can tell you with certainity that it was ON us that night.

Through the night all of you kept calling us, smsing us and telling us how much you are praying for us. Our parents, brothers, sisters, sisters in law, little nephews and nieces from UK……. your voices gave us life and kept us going.

We were giving healing to the bullet hit, teaching deep breathing to some young boys with us to calm them down, teaching mudras to control bladders to the old, all the while literally hanging on to each other, holding hands tight and continuously chanting jai gurudev. My tongue continues to move in that chant in an almost pavlovian way even now.

Even after we came out, all of you kept calling and supporting us. Hearing the concern and love in your voice was deeply humbling and moving for us. Anna kept refocusing my attention by talking about designing the Mandir for our new home to asking what I cooked!  Each one of you has kept reassuring us.  This love is our only true treasure.

I have no idea what we have done to deserve all this outpour of your love, concern, good wishes. We are just so grateful to you.  It is the strength of your sadhana and sankalpa that rescued 100 of us that fateful thursday morning.  As you know only about 8 people have come out alive from the Taj after that.

Many many people we know, top lawyers, bankers, leading business heads have not been as lucky as us. They were victims of indiscriminate firing. Dalus son Shaan and daughter Shivanis 4 friends have losts either both or one set of parents.  3 of our friends were stuck in Trident and rescued only yesterday morning after 36 hours and are in deep trauma.

Writing this is a cathartic experience for me.

Going through this, a jolting wake up call to appreciate the value of every living moment of life, the indispensiblity of spreading knowledge URGENTLY, and above all deeply appreciating the love that surrounds us

We remain in Gratitude to you all FOREVER. Lifetimes will not suffice us to repay this love.

Apart from our anniversary, Ajay and I now share a birthday too.  Nov 27th.

Love from the deepest depths of our heart
Rajita & Ajay”

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