Yamuna : Swamiji had explained to us that men and women could not become initiated while living together unmarried, so Sam and Melanie decided to become initiated and married. Melanie borrowed Janaki’s red and gold silk sari that she had worn for her own wedding.
Separating Swamiji and the couple was a large Chinese wok lined with tinfoil, which held the sacrificial fire. And just in front of Sam and Melanie were two bananas and three oranges on disposable paper plates. As neither of them had ever seen a fire sacrifice, they found it difficult to understand what Swamiji was saying.
So at one point, Swamiji told them to bow down to pay obeisances, and both Sam and Melanie thought that Swamiji said, "Blow, blow, blow out." So they began trying to blow out the sacrificial fire. They got down on their hands and knees and started blowing very forcefully on the fire. So it created some disturbance, and Swamiji corrected them saying, "No, no, bow down, bow down - obeisances!" So they finally understood and got up.
A while later, when the bananas were to be placed onto the fire, again Sam and Melanie, now initiated as Shyamasundara and Malati, thought that Swamiji wanted them to eat the bananas. So they began peeling and eating the bananas, and Swamiji said, "No, no, put on the fire." So we were all so new, so neophyte, but Swamiji just saw the sincerity.
Despite whatever our deficiencies were, he was invariably compassionate and patient with us, and this in turn increased our desire to please him.
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