#2 | A Day in Vrindavan
Following the Master | Holi Vrindavan India 2020
07 March 2020
Yesterday was a somewhat quieter day in comparison to yesterday evening’s 'baptism of fire' with Holi colours! Guruji only joined the morning prayers at the very end and, after distributing prasad to the pilgrims, briefly spoke about the culture shock of Vrindavan. He eased the minds of the people in the group, many of whom are first-time visitors to India.
Soon after, there came the first of many satsangs planned with the Swamis and Rishis over the course of the pilgrimage. Swami Revatikaanta spoke about the importance of approaching the guru as a personality and not a principle. This is the foundation for relationship building. Swamiji explained that a qualified disciple displays three principle qualities. First, to approach the master with sincere submission, surrendering to the authority of the master. Secondly, to approach with a sincere wish to inquire about the Absolute Truth and nothing else. Lastly, to approach the master with a wish to render service, as per the wishes of the master alone. Swamiji concluded the satsang by emphasising that Guruji’s time is finite and we should become more serious and committed to His instructions.
Later in the afternoon, Guruji made the decision to cancel all three scheduled darshans in Vrindavan as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in India. Although the virus has not reached Vrindavan as of yet, the local government advised against public gatherings and so, since we could not control who would attend the darshans, Guruji felt it best not to risk the remainder of the pilgrimage. Instead, Guruji sang and danced ecstatically with the pilgrims for hours, whilst telling of the story of when Mirabai declared to Jiva Goswami (some legends hold that it was Rupa Goswami instead) that Krishna is, in fact, the only male in Vrindavan and that all others are females, attracted to Him alone. The devotees were very happy, and they finished the day by once again receiving prasad directly from Guruji.
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