By Mati Sandy Gilbert
Rehoboth Beach Yoga hosted Swami Nirmalananda for a free satsang. Imagine how special that was for us! Approximately 50 people attended — some yogis, some not — all listening with rapt attention. Everyone seemed to understand her theme: “How much is enough?” I have always marveled at how her words touch each and every one, no matter what is going on in their lives.
During my closing remarks, I asked “How Much is Enough?” Everyone tittered — even Swamiji. I don’t know if anyone heard my next comment: “There is never enough Swami.” Even once we are truly, fully living in our own Divinity and being able to sustain it, we still need Swami.
My personal high was when Swami presented me with a beautiful crystal from her own puja. I remember reveling in her praise. Afterwards, others told me I beamed. How could I not?
While others were leaving after the satsang, I went up to Swami to express my personal thanks for her accepting our invitation and for her words of wisdom. She graciously acknowledged my words. But then she asked me, “Are you still doing the poses I suggested for you to do?” I am not sure what I answered, but she knew. I wasn’t. Gently, she reminded me. I was in awe. How could she remember what she told me many years ago? Needless to say, I have been doing those specific poses every day since. Hopefully, I know enough now to continue doing them. “How much is enough?” Each of us should keep that phrase in mind all through our lives.
Each of us experienced Swami Nirmalananda profoundly. Deb Norton emailed me, “The discourse renewed my awareness of ‘What is measure?’ in my day-to-day existence. Also, Swamiji’s talk led me to appreciate the importance of regular yoga/meditation practice and its positive, cumulative effects on my beingness. In that regard, I strengthened my Yoga Score by going to class today (1.5 hrs).”
Ishvari (Terry) Gardner agrees that Swami Nirmalananda’s visit was a great experience for all. She recalls, “I couldn’t help watching the attendees’ rapt attention to Swami’s discourse. She deftly wove the question of ‘How much is enough’ through life itself as well as elements of yoga. She encouraged us to become aware of our own Yoga Score and how it can affect our life. Following her discourse, we all chanted the mantra of our lineage: ‘Om Namah Shivaya.’ Then we settled into a very still, silent, deep meditation. Afterwards, there was a lighthearted joy in the room as individuals went up to kneel at her feet and share a few private words with her. Each received prasad, an orange cord bracelet, tied on by other yogis. The group chatted together about their experience. I believe everyone left a little — or a lot — changed. I am certain that all were inspired to ‘do more yoga.’ I am profoundly grateful to have Swamiji inspire all of us in so many, many ways.”