#11 | Satsang & Darshan in Peru
Following the Master | South America Tour 2019
On 8 June, Guruji’s first ever Satsang in Peru took place. At around 3 pm, almost 500 spiritual seekers gathered to meet, question and listen to Guruji’s Divine wisdom.
Guruji began by praising Peru, saying how much He has enjoyed the country so far. He then began by singing ‘Sri Radhe’, telling the people a little about Her first, and asking everyone to focus on their hearts whilst chanting with Him.
Guruji then began the satsang. The first question was, ‘What is enlightenment?’ which Guruji answered for almost one hour! Guruji said that the first step is to accept oneself as one is. The second step is to know that there are consequences to enlightenment that we have to be ready to face, and most people are simply not ready. Guruji then went into several topics related to enlightenment, such as the distinction between the Atma and the mind, true love and material love and more. If we wish to reflect the light of the Lord, the most important qualification is humility. In fact, it is by humility that one measures the true level of a person’s enlightenment.
Guruji then moved on and spoke about Mother Nature. He said that trees and animals are also our brothers and sisters, and we destroy them and are violent towards them due to our lack of education. If you have such lofty goals, like reaching God, we have to start by having the right education and stopping to eat meat.
The next question was, ‘What is the role of the feminine energy in Peru, as there’s lots of violence against women here.’ Guruji answered that this issue is global and not only local to Peru. In the Hindu tradition, the feminine always comes first. Guruji said that a Mother has a unique Grace inside, a unique sweetness, which is infused inside everything - as, after all, we all come from a mother. In our path, we view everything which is created as feminine. Only the Purusha is masculine. And yet, even an Avatar comes in the womb of a mother. Sadly nowadays even in India, this is being forgotten, but this happens due to a lack of education - not book knowledge, but rather an education of human values. We should learn to respect and protect women, otherwise one is worse than an animal!
After answering more questions and telling more stories, Guruji sang a Ram bhajan to end the evening but the people asked Guruji to continue with the satsang instead! Guruji agreed and spoke briefly about a few more topics. One of them was fear. Guruji asked the audience, ‘What is fear?’ Fear is something that you don’t know. One fears what one doesn’t know. When one enjoys that which makes us afraid, then that experience becomes an adventure. So in truth, it all depends on how you choose to see it.
The last question before Guruji closed the evening’s proceedings was, ‘Is God an illusion?’ And in summary, Guruji’s answer was, ‘God is an illusion for those who are in delusion! God is Everything.’
The next day, Darshan marked the final day of events for Guruji’s South American tour. Around 700 or more seekers gathered for an 11 am start, although Guruji arrived at around midday. Guruji sang 'Mere Man Mandir Mein ek bar tum a jao Giridhari' and 'Govinda jai jai Gopala jai jai' before starting to bless the people.
The people were very sweet and many were seen crying during and after receiving Darshan. The bhajans sung today were a mix of traditional Bhakti Marga songs and Spanish songs performed by local music groups. There was even a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria sung by a local singer.
Several testimonies were given throughout the Darshan by Swamini Prabhaavati, Yochi, Ojasvi Das from Brazil, an Ecuadorian devotee and Nandini Dasi from Mexico. All the devotees shared how Guruji has guided them in different ways to Himself, to recognising their Satguru and opening a new and improved chapter in their lives. They spoke of the various miracles that have allowed them to be standing in Lima, Peru on this day, sharing their experiences with the public. Finally, many spoke of the immense gratitude they feel towards Guruji for the sadhana and teachings they have received and the immense transformative impact they have had on their lives.
With an immense feeling of love and gratitude in the air, the Darshan came to a close around 5 pm, officially ending Guruji’s 3-week journey through South America!