#10 | Guruji in Lima, Peru
Following the Master | South America Tour 2019
Today was our first day of public activities in Lima, Peru. The day’s activities began at 6pm, with a Sudarshana yagna with the approximately 50 participants. Swamini Prabhaavati explained the significance behind the Sudarshana chakra and explained the various rules and etiquettes to observe during the night’s ceremonies, as many were attending such events for the first time ever.
After the yagna, Guruji, as has become customary, decided to chant the thousand names of Lord Narasimha whilst offering turmeric rice. Before we began, Swami Revatikaanta told the story of the Narasimha Avatar, explaining the symbolism and intention with which we should approach Him and chant His names. Like two sides of a coin, Narasimha both destroys our pride and reinforces our faith, and so we should approach Him knowing He is our eternal well-wisher, guardian, protector and Lord. As the people came and offered the rice, more stories were shared with the devotees. Swami Revatikaanta spoke of how his deity of Narasimha was materialised and given to him by Guruji more than eight years ago, in the most incredible circumstances. After telling this story, Jochi, a long-term devotee of Guruji, spoke of an incredible experience he had with Guruji last year during the 9-Devis pilgrimage in North India. Jochi recounted how on the day of Narasimha Chaturdasi, the pilgrimage group went to visit the very temple where Guruji first obtained His Giridhariji. The weather was pristine, with barely a cloud in sight and the sun shining with all its splendour. When they got inside the temple, Guruji decided to perform abhishekam to Giridhariji to celebrate Narasimha’s appearance day. The minute the prayers started the weather changed dramatically. Torrential rain started to pour down, the sky became grey, and the wind howled, banging the windows of the temple as it passed through. Amazingly, the moment Guruji finished the prayers and the group left the temple to return to their bus, the terrifying weather had subsided and the sun was shining brightly again, just as before. Only one mark of what had just transpired remained - a cloud in the sky in the crystal-clear shape of an OM.
After the Lord’s thousand names had been chanted and all the rice offered, Guruji moved on to the final event of the evening: abhishekam to Giridhariji. Guruji introduced Giridhari to the gathered devotees, speaking very sweetly about Him and how He came to be with Guruji. He told the story of Mirabai’s love for Krishna and the extreme care she had for her beloved Lord throughout her life, but Guruji also highlighted the immense love and protection Krishna granted Mirabai throughout her life too! Such is the way of Bhakti, said Guruji. The love relationship between the Lord and His bhakta is extraordinary, and a wonder to behold. After abhishekam, each person was allowed to come and pour water on Giridhariji, Narasimha and various saligrams and a Govardhan shila. A devotee had stitched a traditional Peruvian hat for Giridhari, so when the curtains opened after the deities were dressed, the devotees were extremely happy to see Giridhari had become a Peruvian boy for the night! Guruji sang a couple of bhajans with the devotees before arati brought a close to the evening’s proceedings. Prasad was distributed as the devotees went home in great joy, awaiting tomorrow’s satsang with Guruji.
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