As Audrey, Guri, Nipun and I awaited Arun-Dada and Jignasha's arrival, there was an anticipation in me that I was about to meet an amazing, yet humble, man. There was also lots of conversation, as Nipun, Guri, and Audrey tried to teach me a little Gujarati; "America am svÄgata thÄ«" and "Tamne maline anand thaiyo." (I hope I got all the spellings correct.) After quite a wait, we welcomed Arun-Dada and Jignasha to the U.S. for their very first visit. They couldn't miss us with the Earth flag and Audrey's "Welcome" sign in a font only she can do! After lots of pictures, some of Audrey's homemade vegan cookies (we're convinced they were healthy, too:)), and hugs around, we were off to the car. Arun-Dada was spry as a chick, as they say in the midwest. I could hardly believe I was in the presence of someone who worked so closely with Vinoba. I had only read stories of Arun-Dada. As we walked, Arun-Dada reached over and put his hand on mine as I was pushing the cart of luggage. I remember feeling something special. It was like the time when I was in the presence of Jayesh-bhai and he put his hand on my head, as if to bless me, although I don't believe that was his intention. The same with Arun-Dada, when his hand just rested on mine and he smiled. About that time I realized, in all my excitement and anticipation, I completely forgot to introduce myself! Nipun cleared that up on our walk to the car. Nipun also acted as a translator for me:).
The five of them all headed off to Banyan Grove for some much deserved rest and a short recovery period, I suppose. Me...I'm just floating now, as I await Wednesday evening in the Kindness Temple<3<3<3.