# 3 | God is Listening

Following the Master | Mauritius 2020-21


The days following the Bhagavad Gita Jayanti were quite intense despite them looking fairly quiet. Life with Guruji is never boring! The days always start with God and they end late at night with sharing stories, doing seva, or spending time in conversations with Him. 

Some followers and devotees from all over the world started to arrive and slowly come out of their quarantine stays. They came to the temple in waves, bringing food and flowers for Guruji and the Sri Ranganath Mandir. Swamini said ‘every time it is like this. We didn’t have food in the fridge one week ago and now look!’ 

The house next to the temple, where we are staying, is very simple and cosy - like being at your grandparent’s house for a Sunday meal. It’s full of pictures of Guruji and Krishna and other forms of the divine.

The temple itself was built in 1998 but re-modelled and inaugurated as a temple in 2008. The original deity was Sri Ranganath lying on Adishesha made of concrete. It wasn’t so easy or nice to perform abhishekam on Him and so in 2017 Guruji inaugurated a new murti of Sri Ranganath, made of stone and placed a bit more in front, which made it more comfortable for the pujaris to perform abhishekam. Like in many of Guruji’s temples, the one in Rose Hill is also full of other deities to be worshipped. Including Radha-Krishna, Durga, Shirdi Sai Baba, Lakshmi, Narasimha, Hanuman, Kali, and Shiva. 

The routine of the temple is simple, there are morning prayers every day, and more and more people are starting to join them. Guruji asked the local devotees to chant the Sri-Vishnusahasranama every Saturday now, so they all started practising! He was trying to encourage them to read the Bhagavad Gita, explaining the importance of changing our mindset and to become absorbed in the words of the Master and the scriptures. Listening to satsangs is the way to purify our minds. 

He held a tough discourse one night after the Giridhari abhishekam. The temple had just received a little bit of prasad from the devotees. Guruji was upset about how much time and money we spend on clothes, make-up, perfume and other daily dramas for ourselves but when it is about pleasing God, offering our time and efforts to Him, we don’t do it because suddenly it seems like too much effort. That is why He emphasized the need to change, to be focused on God and not on ourselves.

We had a short break between the Gita Jayanti and the New Year celebrations so Guruji decided to show us around a bit. He wanted to keep His daily walks going so we went to the nearby mountains and then the sea. 

On another day, we stopped in the centre of the island on our way to buy some clothes for our deities and the temple in Shree Peetha Nilaya. In Port Louis, where the revolution for Mauritian independence took place, everyone was very relaxed - as if the paranoia of the world would not touch this place.

The devotees in Mauritius are very excited for Guruji to be here, they are practising bhajans and come during the day to spend time in the temple. They are very respectful with Guruji and some of them started to share experiences of their childhood with Him. One friend from His school days said that  ‘one thing that has never changed is His devotion for God.’ He told us of a night when Guruji was at his place and there was a photo of Shiva and Parvati. It was pitch dark and late at night and he asked Guruji if He thought the They could see them. At that moment there was a very sharp, clear spark in Shiva’s eyes and Guruji had said to ‘You see, They are there. God is listening.'

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