# 2 | Gita Jayanti and Vaikuntha Ekadashi
Following the Master | Mauritius 2020-21
26 December 2020
We began our day early in preparation of special prayers for Vaikuntha Ekadashi and Gita Jayanti. At the same time as we were performing these prayers in Mauritius, residents of the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir were performing the same ones and live streaming them together. It was beautiful watching the local pujaris help Gurudev with the abhishekam. They were running left and right, giving their best to do everything correctly and to satisfy Gurudev's requests. They were enjoying that rare opportunity a lot!
When the abhishekam was over, Gurudev conducted the Bhagavad Gita yajna. In addition to our live stream of the event, it was also recorded by the national television, Hindi Samchar MBC (Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation), as part of a segment on the different religion's rituals taking place at the same time on 25 December. The Gita yajna ended with Gurudev blessing His dad for his birthday and everyone singing the birthday mantra. His father bowed down to His feet, Gurudev smiled sweetly and gave him His blessing.
While we were still in quarantine Gurudev commented that He was 'a different person in every place I visit, but I am always my Self.' In our first days out of quarantine, we could see how Gurudev involved everyone in a cosy atmosphere, combined with the Christmas spirit and Indian culture and how the family made it a very warm evening. The evening slowed into a more close setting, with everyone sitting around Gurudev at the table, listening to His words.
He offered many valuable reminders and lessons including:
- 'Life itself is precious, you need to value that gift.'
- 'If people meditated on this story, they would realise that it is the daily story of 7 billion people.' (In reference to the story of King Puruanjana)
- Then He shared why people sometimes get upset with Him, explaining that it’s due to 'unfulfilled expectations'.
Gurudev also shared a story about a rich person who came to visit him, asking for self-realisation. Guruji explained to him that he didn't know what he was asking for and explained to him, that to get realisation, one needs to get rid of many things. That man might lose his company, etc. But the person didn't want to change his life, he just wanted realisation. In the end, unhappy with Gurudev's answers, asked to get His blessing to get realised on the spot. Gurudev blessed him, but before He did, He told him 'You don’t know what you are asking for. It sounds cool, but you don’t have any idea what you are demanding.' This guy called back after a month saying 'please, whatever I had asked, take it back.'
'It was too much for him,' Gurudev said, 'people ask things and they have no idea what they are asking. Look at Arjuna, when was asking for the divine vision of Krishna, he said “Oh Lord, if you think I am worthy, if you think I can handle it, please give me the vision of Your true form.'
Gurudev made everyone reflect on something when He asked, 'When death is coming, where is your mind? Your mind has to be attached to something. One can talk about it, but being really attached to God is a different business.'
During the day we had beautiful moments where Gurudev showed us once again that He is aware of everything and taking care of everyone. The first moment was during the prayers when Gurudev called for a prabhu in the crowd. Under his cloth, he had a baby listening to the bhajans. Gurudev told him it was too loud for the baby and asked him to stay outside.
Later, when they were adding more wood to the kund, Gurudev saw a snail sticking to the wood and as fast as lightning, pushed His hand into the middle of the flames, saved the snail, and dropped it on Swamini's lap.
During arati, Gurudev noticed how it was becoming progressively more difficult for the mataji performing arati to hold the lamp. Without missing a moment, Gurudev grabbed a plate and put it under the arati lamp and then gave it back to the mataji. She had burned her hand before and was relieved that the plate protected her from the heat of the metal. All the time, He shows us how He is protecting and helping people, full of humility and selfless service.
After the main festivities were over, Gurudev invited Prithu to give a satsang on the Bhagavad Gita in the temple. Prithu shared personal stories including how difficult it was for him to accept many things from this path, how important it is to change our ideas to transform the mind and access experiences of divinity, and reminded everyone that Gurudev gives these experiences to those who are open to change and understanding a different reality.
As mentioned before, Gurudev in Mauritius is different from the Gurudev we know in SPN - and at the same time, He is the same. After the events of the day and the late night, we were tired and wanted to sleep late. Instead, we woke up in the morning to Gurudev leading a pillow fight!
Pillow fight over, Gurudev invited everyone to go to the beach. We prepared everything and stopped for lychees and a visit with some of Gurudev's childhood friends on the way. Gurudev took Giridhari swimming with Him. At one point, a person approached Him, excited to see Giridhari and began to speak with Gurudev.
He shared the story of His Giridhari and Mirabai and she was to have a picture with the deities. After this, Gurudev said it was time to go. It was one of those moments when Gurudev allowed us to observe how the guru is looking after everything. He visits all His devotees and disciples, who, due to their ignorance, may not answer the call.
Stay tuned for more posts as we ‘Follow the Master’ on a pilgrimage to the Divine!