#4 | Vrindavan Parikrama
Following the Master | Holi Vrindavan India 2020
09 March 2020
The day began with parikrama around Vrindavan! At 6:00 sharp, almost all the pilgrims left Sri Giridhar Dham and set off to Parikram Marg, with our manjiras and microphones ready. All in all, the parikrama took over 3 hours to complete! The devotees sang loudly for Sri Radha-Krishna, whilst others chanted their japa rounds silently as they took in the blessings of Vrindavan Dham. The pilgrims made two pit-stops along the way, once at the Shakti Pith where the hair of Sati fell, and later at the samadhi of Neem Karoli Baba, the famous saint who was an incarnation of Lord Hanuman.
Just as the pilgrims returned to the ashram, Sunday morning prayers were starting, so the chanting went on for another couple of hours. After a lunch break and some private time for the pilgrims to do with as they pleased, there was a satsang with Swami Paranthapa at 4pm. Swamiji spoke about how Guruji entered his life and the experiences that led to that moment. It was a moving testimony of how the spiritual Master brings one out of illusion and ignorance in whichever way he must. The choice of the seeker is whether to continue to hang on to the way of life they know or to follow the Master.
Soon after Swamiji’s lecture concluded, there was a very special dance performance for Guruji and the pilgrims. A local dance school came and performed traditional Odissi dances, as performed in Puri to Lord Jagannath. They danced to the famous composition of Sri Jayadev Goswami, ‘Gita Govinda’, as well as enacting a beautiful rendition of the Rasa-lila. After the dances, Guruji introduced Giridhari to all of them, who were naturally delighted to receive His darshan. Guruji then delivered a very brief satsang before dinner. However, not satisfied with the amount of singing and dancing for the day, or perhaps just enthralled by the energy of Vrindavan, Guruji and the Mauritian pilgrims once again started to sing and dance and soon many others joined in to create a fully-fledged party to close out another day filled with bhakti!
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