Written by Dipanshu Mansingka from Hyderabad, India

It’s been a week since Pujya Guruji passed away.

For 2 days I felt different as across world meditators meditated and practised Vipassana and giving metta to him.

I said to myself and the nature, may I get a life where I can grow in dhamma with him. Is it a desire or samma sankalp, I do not know. Rebirth is still a hyphothesis for me.

At the age of 10 I got opportunity to do 2 ten day courses back to back with him. I still need to make most out of what I learnt. There were no assistant teachers at that time.

The year before that at Dhammagiri every day I used to get opportunity to meet him and Mataji and get metta. Narayanji and Yadavji used to allow. (Them and their families have done great service.) Mother used to stand outside.

The real gratitude would be to establish myself in dhamma. And then preach in what I have established.

In 1985 I was given opportunity to welcome chief guest on dias for a seminar. I enthusiastically participated late in the night for preparation.

In 1988/89 first course for teenager was conducted  and I had opportunity to sit in   first row and do course with him.

In 1998/99 after sitting my only 30 day course, I had opportunity to travel with him for about 2 months for a North India tour where he gave public talks. During this tour I got one opportunity to directly serve them. On my 30 day course I got metta from him a couple of times.

As he said, on what land you sow the seed equally matters. I pay my gratitude to him and his family as they equally sacrificed for the last 45 years. His youngest son was 17 yrs old when guruji started teaching.
I make strong determination to walk on the path and establish myself in dhamma. I recall how in debt I felt after coming out of 30 day course.

I pay my gratitude to him.

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While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

4 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Thank you Dipanshu for sharing your experience. I am particularly interested in what you said:

    “The real gratitude would be to establish myself in dhamma. And then preach in what I have established.”

    I would be very interested to understand more your perception of ‘establishing myself in dhamma’ and ‘preaching in what I have established’. What does that mean for you on a day to day basis?

    With metta



  2. i try to follow dhamma, and at times discuss or guide to my friends. Later to realize that I myself do not follow and preach to my friends and people around. One of the Buddha couplets the wise one will preach in what he/she has established first.


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