# 6 | Caring for Deities and Spontaneous Adventures
Following the Master | Mauritius 2020-21
03 January 2021
Today, as always, we were blessed with many insights from Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Sometimes difficult to understand the spontaneous adventures he takes us on, Guruji leaves us with a bit of his wisdom everywhere we go.
We just have to catch it!
Today was one of those days full of unexpected surprises and sudden changes in plans. Always be ready to get going with Guruji, otherwise, you miss the moment. This reminds us of a statement Guruji shared late last night, related to the spiritual path: ‘The radio plays the song only once. You take it. The chance is given only once. I'm tired of running after people and of entertaining them, that's why often after an event I quickly leave.'
In the afternoon, Guruji suggested going to the beach. By the time we left, it was 4 pm. We took the cars, hit the road and rushed after him. After not too long, he said ‘Let's stop. I got invited here actually.’ It was the home of his grandmother, cousins, and uncle.
Guruji went straight to the deities when we entered the house. On the way, He took the family's child with Him to pray for a short moment in front of the deities. Again a reminder for all of us: Put GOD FIRST!
As we progressed through the home we received insight into His very personal and private past. Guruji sat down on their couch and they did the puja to welcome Him to their home. They must have been very nervous to have Guruji suddenly seated in his living room.
When looking at the room, He said ‘This is where my grandparents used to live. We used to cook outside. It seemed so big when I was small. Now everything is so small.’ They served us all with food and tea. We had to drink while it was still hot, as Guruji said, ‘Challo, let’s go, we have to go see another auntie!’ Suddenly we left and were on to the next.
In the car, some devotees shared insights of a private moment with Guruji during the afternoon. At this moment Guruji was seated on the staircase of the mandir with some devotees, sharing stories from the past. In the middle of the conversation, a young person said, ‘We know who you are Guruji.’ Guruji answered in a serious way,
‘No, no one knows who I am, all that you have is a sense of who I am, and if you knew who I was, none of you would be living the way you are right now.’
Still on the way to the beach, Guruji suddenly guided us to see a Narasimha temple. Nobody really knew the exact address and we had to ask some local people playing cards at the side of the road. We crossed a little river bed and were in the middle of nowhere. Then, between some bushes and trees, we could see a little house. We took a few steps into the land and went to that square, small house. That was the temple, almost impossible to recognize from the outside.
Inside was a beautiful Ugra-Narasimha murti. Completely black and fearsome. ‘Nice,’ Guruji said. He went around the house, walking a few steps down the road. When He came back He said, ‘You see, that’s the problem with it. They open a place, but there is no willingness to serve. They don’t care. They put Him (Narasimha) there, that's it." One of the guys had told Him that they wanted to build a little temple for every little shrine there was, but in a circular shape. ‘They can’t even look after one and they want to build 9? Look at the floor, you think this is caring?’ It had cracks in the concrete. ‘You're lucky you got an apple, Narasinghadev!’ Guruji said. He continued, ‘Tell them to learn to look after one first, then they can think about building more. Each community should learn to look after their deities first!
Finally, we reached the beach. By that time it was 18:15. Guruji had to go back for abhishekam but encouraged us to go for a swim. Some of us took a quick dip in the ocean, while the others went back. It was an interesting moment because we had to decide if we do what He said, or if we head back to participate in the prayers.
Back home, we all met again before abhishekam started. Swami Paranthapa had arrived and went to the temple with Guruji to perform abhishekam to all the Govardhana Shilas, nicely prepared and waiting for Their bathing ritual. There were at least ten of Them!
After prayers finished, Guruji called for His sister as it was her birthday. Together with others, He performed the birthday mantra and flower ritual. It was very touching. They then invited everyone for dinner and served traditional Mauritian food --
A beautiful way to end another full day with Paramahamsa Vishwananda.