Ascending to the higher worlds

This is one of the stories in our Story-Gems project, a collection of our experiences with our Guru, Sri Chinmoy. Project homepage »

During my father's ascent to the other world, I could not only feel but actually see the inner workings of our Guru from the other world. This is one of many such experiences.

I stepped into my father's hospital room for one last time when he had just passed away. The sun shone gloriously through the large picture window. The clouds and sky formed that beautiful, familiar pattern of rays of sunlight emanating from the clouds that you see in books and paintings signifying God's presence or arrival. The rest of the hospital was cold but the sunlight warmed the room.

My father’s bed was neat and tidy, with the exception of an unraveled hand towel by my father's feet. I ignored it, then looked at my father's face, and the thought flashed for one second through my mind, I wished that his jaw was closed. I came to find out later that after someone leaves the body, as the jaw muscles relax, it is customary for the staff to place a small towel under the person's chin to keep the mouth closed. The towel placed under my father's chin by the hospice nurse had rolled away.

I first prayed to my father's soul, "Just fly! Fly!" I then prayed to Guru, "Please take him to the highest place!" Guru had often told us that he would accompany our parents’ souls to the higher worlds after they left the body.

Over the course of the next hour or so, as I was arranging things, and would occasionally look over, I saw that my father's mouth, on its own, began to close ... then closed completely ... then a slight smile formed ... and eventually it was a full smile! The hospice nurse was in total disbelief! My cousin, who had come to help me, was in shock (and filmed it on her tablet as proof!).

Guru let me know that I did not have to worry. He heard my prayers and he had taken my father to the highest place!

A miracle is nothing other than
The inner light coming to the fore
To increase our faith
In our spiritual life.

Sri Chinmoy 1