#1 | Paramahamsa Vishwananda arrives in Brazil
Following the Master | South America Tour 2019
24 May 2019
Guruji landed at Brasilia Airport at around 8:40 am after almost 16 hours of travelling! There He was welcomed by several Brazilian devotees from all over the country, as well as a group of Bhakti Marga pilgrims from all over the world that had arrived earlier.
After the airport welcome, the devotees all jumped in cars and vans because we had another 4-hour drive to reach the ashram in Cavalcante! For those visiting Brazil for the first time it was a fitting wake-up call to the sheer size of the country. Guruji remarked that in the time it took us to get from the airport to the ashram, He could drive from Shree Peetha Nilaya to Paris!
After a long drive with a couple of short stops, Guruji arrived in Cavalcante and was welcomed by the many awaiting devotees. After they performed Pada Puja, Guruji decided to do Giridhari abhishekam with everyone present. We sang bhajans and everyone had the opportunity to come and offer water to Giridhariji.
When abhishekam finished, Guruji spoke to the devotees about service. He explained that humans struggle to find happiness and peace because we serve only limited and temporary things; we have no relationship with that which is eternal. Real happiness and real joy start when we approach the Divine with a real sense of service. However, the beautiful part is that Bhagavan also wishes to serve His devotees! It is not a one-way relationship, and to illustrate that, Guruji began telling various stories of moments in which the Lord appeared in disguise to His bhaktas simply to serve them. Guruji explained that it is the longing, the love and the sincere desire to serve that attracts the Lord. When we focus our minds on His Lotus Feet, then that mind transforms from the mundane to the Divine and then life is successful.
Guruji emphasised how we don’t know God’s plans, how, when and who He chooses to call to His service. Bhagavan has chosen the site of Cavalcante to be His home (Guruji will install deities of Sri Radha Krishna in the ashram in the coming days) and the devotees here should treasure that opportunity to serve Him.
To conclude our first day, Guruji personally served everyone with a plate of prasad and then He sat on the floor with all the devotees and ate with them. The tour began with a lovely family atmosphere and everyone is eagerly looking forward to what’s still to come!
Stay tuned for more posts as we ‘Follow the Master’ this time on His tour to South America!