Sanbornton, N. H. :
Sant Bani Ashram, 2002
by Russell Perkins
- Meeting the Saint
- Not a Leaf Stirs
- Going to Receive Sant Ji
- The First Tour
- South America
- Return to New Hampshire
- Spiritual Vanity
- Spiritual Surgery
- The Ocean of Love
From the author's preface
The following account is personal narrative of the early
years of the mission of Sant Ajaib Singh, covering 1976 through 1979. Through
what Sant Ji described as "luck," I was given the opportunity to travel with
Him on tours to South America, and to stay in His house when He resided at Sant
Bani Ashram in New Hampshire. From the beginning, Sant Ji encouraged me to
learn Hindi - and while I never became fluent in the spoken word, I was able to
write directly to Him and to read His letters to me. When Sant Ji's mission was
in its earliest phases -- before we even thought of it as a "mission" -- I was
given much access to Him.
The narrative is not a history per se, as it focuses on my growth
and development. That, of itself, is of limited interest. The way that Sant Ji,
the Master Teacher, taught me the lessons I needed is what readers may find
instructive and inspiring. Master Kirpal Singh and Sant Ajaib Singh have never
stopped showering Their love and infinite care down upon me. In the routine of
my day-to-day life, it can be very easy to lose sight of the magic of the
universe - of the divine forces at work behind the scenes. A focus of the book
is the extraordinary power and reach of the Masters - Who come into this world
to awaken us by showering Love and Grace upon us. The book stands as a
testament to that - not just in my life, but in the lives of my family,
friends, and both the Sant Bani Ashram and the Sant Bani School.
The title of the book, Rainbow On My Heart, was suggested
by a specific incident in June of 1977, in Vermont, described in Chapter Four.
I think also of the Sant Bani School, whose beginnings were sealed with a
double rainbow. This summer, while I was in the midst of working on the book, a
freak storm swept by our cottage on Newfound Lake. As fast as the tempest came,
it was gone, leaving behind a double rainbow that hung almost within reach. I
hold these to be more than physical manifestations of the natural world. They
are visual unfoldings of the covenants of God.
The narrative describes meeting Sant Ji in 1976, visiting the
Ashram in India, and the First World Tour of 1977 (Chapters One through Six).
Chapters Seven and Eight speak of my own misguided attempts to become truly
spiritual, and Sant Ji's loving guidance directing me back to my old self.
Chapter Nine centers on two areas: the unfolding of the English translation of
the Anurag Sagar [The Ocean of Love] the great spiritual text of Sant
Kabir Sahib; and the wonder of it all as shared with a nine year old boy, my
son Chris. Chapter Ten is a short epilogue.