Ambling leisurely on the terrace of my hostel, I was brushing my
teeth today morning as usual, when I happened to pause for a few
seconds beside the railing and my eyes rested on the foliage of a
tree nearby. I casually tilted my head up and was looking towards the
top of the tree when it seemed to me that a small patch of the heavily
overcast sky was appearing a little too bright to be just concealing the
morning sun behind the clouds, when the rest of the sky was so dark
and grey. I looked away a little puzzled, and walked a few paces when
I felt the need to look again towards the sky, and lo! the clouds had
momentarily parted revealing the solar eclipse in formation, about which
I had read day before yesterday and had completely forgotten. I probably
had missed the 'diamond ring' by just a few seconds, which is why just
a tiny patch of the overcast sky was appearing so bright instead of being
evenly lit by a full sun.
I have to say I felt incredibly thrilled and lucky to have been looking at
just the right direction at just the right moment when the clouds parted, and
be standing at just the right portion of the terrace to have caught a glimpse
of the spectacle with my naked eye. I then understood why the stray dog
was howling in that queer manner a few moments earlier. I'm an early riser
and only one guy living in my floor had got up whom I promptly reminded
about the eclipse.
I know about the danger to eyes in viewing solar eclipses without proper
goggles and so i looked at the eclipse not more than 2-3 seconds at a
stretch, washed my eyes at a nearby washbasin before looking at it again.
To tell the truth, at that time, I was much less bothered about 'retina damage'
than feeling incredibly lucky to be present in and witnessing the energetic event
and fervently hoped the incoming energies would transform 'the physical structure
of my brain', as I had learnt from some forum discussions on OV, and thus
become more conducive to spiritual experiences.
I believe that every event that happens to us, no matter how seemingly trivial,
happens for a purpose and carries meaning. And I guess it was certainly a
very 'non-trivial' event for me to have accidentally viewed the eclipse when
I had forgotten all about it. God knows how will I react when the Galactic alignment
occurs less than 3 and half years from now, on December 21st,
@West Bengal, India