‘In Swami’ is how I usually like to end my emails now. I hadn’t imagined though that it’d be so soon. He did give us the slip, didn’t he… perhaps thinking we would never have otherwise let him go.
But he hasn’t really gone. Doesn’t love in one form or another touch us every day? How could he not be near?
It was in November 2011 that Swami presented to me the very first copy of The Answer, fresh from his printer, a script written by him based on his life. It carried his handwritten notes in the margin. He gave me no particular reason as to why it was that he wished for me to have it. To me this was a moment of great elation. Not just because he had trusted me with it, but because nobody at Ananda knew then of my connection with films and the film world. The fact that Swami seemed to know gave me an inner joy since it reinforced the thought I had long carried about Swami’s consciousness. It was something not really comprehended by all, in its entirety.
I held the script close to my heart as I left his room at the Pune ashram.
On reading it that night the single uppermost thought that arose was that this film needed to be made. It carried a message which a world torn with strife and grief was ready to imbibe.
A year later, Swamiji sent for me again, this time asking me to produce the film. Within ten days one had managed to put together a team. Soon we had a schedule, crew and travel plans in place for our first shoot in Kolkata. All was set…except that we had no funds. Those who had promised help, had for one reason or another backed out. The next time I met with Swami I received a beautiful red envelope with the equivalent of $2000 in it from his personal account…which was all he had.
I knew then within my heart and from the look in Swami’s eyes that the funds would come. I had received the seed money… all we had to do was keep going determinedly. Sure enough, the funds did arrive, that too within a day of our first shot taken at 4 Gurpar Road, Kolkata in Master’s attic. A blessed devotee from India offered to be the answer to our prayers. She is now the divinely ordained recipient of not just our heartfelt gratitude but the chosen one of Master and Swamiji for their mission.
It was one miracle after another, material enough to be a book, that has been unfolding ever since. Victor Bannerji, an international star who I wrote to on a hunch, agreed to play the role of Master. I took him to meet with Swami in Kolkata who seemed so happy to have him on board.
We have finally reached a stage today where we are set for our next major schedule in Romania, recreating Swamis childhood years. This is the third leg of our filming, having completed the ones in India and Ananda Village in California.
To live vicariously through Swamis script, the journey of his life, has been an experience that can only be felt, not described.
This is the first feature film written by Swami that will hopefully reach millions, a film that speaks of one mans journey to self realization, meant to enthuse and inspire those yearning to be touched by the love of God.
In Swami’s own words “I believe this movie will be a priceless legacy for centuries to come, worthy of being treasured for ages.”
Blessed to be part of this project is the director Pavan Kaul. Swamiji on meeting with him remarked “Finally I have found a Director who I like and will make the movie I want”. Also deeply involved is cinematographer Hiroo Keswani, and our Ananda Gurubhais who have enlivened this project, apart from the cast and crew across three continents: India, North America, and Europe.
Our goal is to make this film worthy of Swami’s prophecy. He and Master sure seem to be helping us along. Insurmountable challenges suddenly melt away. Often have we felt his protective hand wipe off stress from our troubled brow. He knows all. How else can we explain why he insisted on finishing his portion of the shoot in Mumbai in February even though he was extremely unwell!
Like he wrote to me once “I am anxious that this film be made”.
Swami, we are too and cooperating with your Grace, and will soon accomplish your mission.
Thank you so much for this behind the scenes account! I love learning more about Swamiji and his life. I will be reading more about him and he does not seem far off at all. He is still with us, I feel. Blessings,
Jai! Thanks for this, Kaveeta. Blessings to you, Pavan, and all involved in this divine project.
Bless you, dear soul, for sharing this story with us. It makes our hearts sing with joy.
In Master’s Love, Paula
Wonderful post, Kavitaji. You are truly blessed.
Thank you so much for this beautiful post. How touching to hear the story about the envelope you received from Swamiji and how the rest just fell into place afterwards. You are truly blessed dear Kaveeta and i can’t wait to see this movie. Blessings always
Thank you so much for your kind words Kay, Dambara,Paula, Satishji.
Carina thank you. I dont let that red envelope go empty. Its our kalpavriksha.
We wrap our schedule in Romania today. It went off exactly as Swamiji would have wanted it to or rather he ensured that it did.
In Swamijis love
Thank you for your divine service Kaveeta and Pavan. What a blessing for the world. Love, Sharmila, Jyotish, Elijah and family
This story is so beautiful. I am just connecting all the dots from the Romania photos you posted last week. Just this past weekend one of my former students came home from Romania. Mason is playing Swamiji in the answer. His mother taked about you and how everyone was so amazing to her. I am so thrilled to hear your story. Many Blessins of love. I will also be dropping off the books you wanted Mason to have (via Padma). What a small world. I hope I am able to meet you at the opening. Aum Aum.
thank for sharing.
Thank you Sharmila. You are kind. It was sheer joy working with Jyotish and Elijah. Such talented and special little moppets. May God and Gurus always bless you and your family.
It is a small world indeed. Mason to play Swamiji at 12, had been suggested by Swamiji Himself. Everyone who sees the film will know why, as we all did, on the sets. He is a truly remarkable soul with incredible talent.It was wonderful to have Rachel, his mother with us.. I am so happy he will be receiving the books. Thank you dear Chandi. I am sure we will meet soon.