#1 | Days in Vrindavan
Following the Master | Vrindavan India 2020
After the majority of the pilgrimage participants left Vrindavan, the days became much quieter here. Yet, you could still feel Guruji’s loving presence and guidance. Now, in these troubling times, even more than ever before.
On 16 March, Guruji was tattooing some prabhus throughout the day. In the evening Gurudev performed a small engagement ceremony to a Mauritian couple, and after the ceremony, He spoke briefly with some people who were about to depart or who were experiencing troubles with their departure due to cancelled flights. He has shown His love and care to everyone, reassuring everybody that all will be fine. And, indeed, the majority of people departed and arrived in their countries without much trouble, with Guruji’s grace.
The next day, Guruji spent his time mainly with Mauritian devotees, who cooked lunch for Him in the new ashram kitchen. Afterwards, Gurudev went with them on a walk in the garden of the Jiva Institue of Dr. Satyanarayandas Babaji, where vegetables are being grown. After the evening prayers, Guruji again spent His time speaking with devotees.
On 18 March, Guruji surprised everybody by joining one of our kirtan sessions and dancing to the joyful tune of traditional Vrindavan kirtan while it was being recorded. (Stay tuned to see our Gurudev dancing in Vrindavan on the Bhakti Marga YouTube Channel!)
In the evening, Guruji joined us during the satsang given by Swami Revatikaanta. While Swami Revatikaanta was explaining to us how important it is to accept every duty given to us by God with full trust and surrender, without resistance, Guruji Himself took a broom and started to sweep the stairs in front of the temple, giving all present a living example of how humble we should be in front of the Lord.
After Swami’s discourse, Guruji gave His own satsang and answered some of the people’s questions. He reminded us all how important it is to stay focused on the spiritual path and to always remember what our goal is. Guruji inspired us to keep the mind under control, to deepen our relationship with God, and to nourish the relationship with our ishtadeva with single-pointed devotion until we receive His/Her darshan.
Before evening arati, Guruji encouraged everybody, once again, to do japa with Him in silence. To sit there, with our Gurudev, in silence, chanting the Name of God together, was a magical experience. After the arati, Guruji gave prasad to everybody.
Stay tuned for more posts as we 'stay with the Master' while He is in India!