#4 | Life in Shree Giridhar Dham
Following the Master | Vrindavan India 2020
25 March 2020
The second day of our quarantine was 23 March. Guruji again did livestream japa with everybody, and the numbers of people around the world who are tuning in for some precious time online with the Master keeps growing!
Afterwards, He gave another beautiful online satsang on His terrace. In one of His answers, Guruji reminded us that when we come on a spiritual path, God never expects us to abandon our duties and to think of Him non-stop, but instead, to perceive our duty as the grace of God and perform it with love and devotion; doing it as service to the Divine. Gurudev also encouraged us to take any excuse to be with God throughout the day, to remember His Name in silence and to spend few minutes of our time with Him, rather than wasting it on gossiping or entertaining other negativities of the mind.
During the satsang, Gurudev told everyone the touching story of Shabari, the humble devotee of Lord Rama, who had waited ever since she was a little girl to meet her beloved Lord, every day preparing for Him to come to her doorstep. He reminded us that even if we may consider ourselves unworthy of God, God Himself deems us all worthy enough to approach Him and build our relationship with Him, and we should use the blessing of having this human birth to establish this loving relationship with the Divine.
1600 people watched the satsang on that day!
In the evening, Guruji did the evening arati and also cooked the dinner for everybody staying in Shree Giridhar Dham. (Needless to say, it was delicious!)
The next day, Swami Revatikanta started with a series of lectures on the Bhagavad Gita. We covered the first chapter on that first day. Swami Revatikanta also took time to explain the context of the Bhagavad Gita and the Kurukshetra war, as well as characters involved.
Later on that day, Guruji did His now daily practice of livestream japa with everybody, followed by His online satsang. He shared with people a little bit about the current situation in India and curfew, but also warned us not to entertain fear and prejudice, as the virus will never look at one’s skin colour. Due to the current Coronavirus situation, unfortunately, the discrimination against different nationalities have risen - not just in India, but also worldwide.
During the satsang, Gurudev also reminded us that when we pray for others we should do so without any expectations, but pray with surrender to the will of God.
Right after the satsang, there was a powerful storm here in Vrindavan, right during evening prayers. But even though the electricity went out several times it didn’t stop us from doing our prayers and sadhana.
Stay tuned for more posts as we 'stay with the Master' while He is in India!