My memory tells me two things about this synchronicity: that it began about 8-9 months ago, and that it was my second last visit to the cosmetic shop.
I should not have asked for the discount which her husband used to offer me sometimes. When she refused to give any, I asked her to check with her husband before disappointing a regular customer. She looked right into my eyes and asked when was the last time I bought stuff from her husband. Never ask for a discount, all you might get is a shock! She updated me about an event that had happened three months before my visit. The shopkeeper had died due to brain hemorrhage 3 months ago! She acknowledged my shock, I appreciated her acceptance of her husband’s demise.
That conversation should have ended after this exchange, but it went on for a few more minutes. This happens to people who poke their paranormal noses into universe’s business. I was ready to leave when she asked if I knew what the number 66 signified. Why did she ask me? This was the first time I had met her, and neither her nor her husband knew anything about my mystical interests.
She told me the number 66 had become an uninvited visitor around the time and immediately after her husband’s death. She was seeing number 66 everywhere: in the hospital and even on the road to Haridwar … I advised her to consult an numerologist if she was so eager to understand the mystery behind this number and its occurrence in her life at such a difficult time.
I didn’t bother about this number until I started noticing it, too. Not only on registration plates, but I found this printed on some T-shirts and Jeans my younger nephew wanted to buy. I even stopped him from buying that stuff twice. But then last week he brought a T-shirt with the number 66 on its pocket and even told his mom about my resistance (fear is the word!) to this number. What you resists persists!
Without worrying about it too much, I just told myself that it was my fear, my Rahu, playing games and I just needed to believe in God (Krishna). Then something, which I would call mystical for now—until my understanding improves—happened. On the Saturday night, when I finished reading the chapter 12 of the Gita, I opened the Geoffrey Parrinder’s translation of the Gita and a page opened randomly. (I have two copies of the Bhagvat Geeta) On that page I found my answer to the number 66. This is what Krishna showed me:
XVIII.66: “Come to me alone for refuge,
abandoning all things of law,
and have no fear, from every ill
I shall release you even more.”
I felt so light after this synchronicity. My fear evaporated.
Krishna gave me another assurance the very next day. I was windowshopping in Connaught Place when at a bookstand I noticed Robert E. Svoboda’s “Aghora – III: The Law of Karma”. How could I resist such a title especially when I have already read this author’s “At the Left Hand of the God”. I brought it home with me, and started reading this book later that night. On page 35, the author says: “He advises Arjuna to waive his attachment to all potential results of every karma and to focus on Him only: “ Abandon all other duties, and come to me alone for refuge. Be not sorrowful, for I shall give you liberation from all sins. (Bhagavad Gita XVIII.66)””A week before these two events took place, an ex-colleague visited me in the office. We were meeting after a gap of 12 years. Although we exchanged our phone numbers about 2 years ago when we had bumped into each other in the Raddisson lobby in Noida, for some reason, we could never meet before October, 2011. When my ex-colleague learned about my spiritual inclinations, he told me about his own. He spoke about the Gita and how it changed his life. On hearing this, I told him how I started reading the 12th chapter of the the Gita every night, only a few days before, when K.N. Rao, the great astrologer, advised me to do so, and how my divine connection with Lord Krishna was reviving after a suffering of three years. All he said to me was that he loved the last verse of the Gita in which Krishna asks Arjuna to let go of everything and just come to Him; just love Him. What he didn’t tell was that he was talking about the 66th verse in the chapter 18 of the Gita. This occurred to me only only a couple of days ago when I was narrating this series of incidents to a friend. The verse 66 is the climax of the Gita, as this colleague said. Since this was not enough for me to decipher the synchronicity of the number 66 and its purpose, the universe plotted the other two incidents.
Krishna is my personal deity, but I felt disconnected from Him in the last few years. The first time I read the Gita, it was the year 2002. During this long period of nine years, I took a stab at learning astrology, tarot, past life regression, Pranic healing, quantum healing, crystal healing, and so forth. Before whispering in my soul’s proverbial ears the meaning and relevance of the verse 66, Krishna wanted me to experience everything and every system that appealed to my mind. Because until the monkey mind has quenched its thirst, it doesn’t let us move forward.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare