# 7 | There is Always an Opportunity to Serve

Following the Master | Mauritius 2020-21

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Early on the morning of the 4th, we were lucky enough to go to the beach again with Guruji. He had a lot of fun bathing His Giridhari. 

Before 10, we were already on the way back, when Guruji's car suddenly took a turn into a small road, leading off the main road. A few hundred meters later we stopped and were in the middle of a region where stray dogs, different little huts and a lot of wilderness mixed together. Guruji jumped out of the car and into the little village. Here again, was another spontaneous moment to be ready and focus on Him!

When we reached a little house behind a fence of plants, a voice called out: ‘Come in, please come in everybody!’ We were at a friend of His, with whom He was in class from first until fifth grade. They got along with each other so naturally, that it was a pleasure to watch. The guy was in the middle of cleaning his kitchen and placed some chairs for us to sit down. Guruji entered the kitchen too and they started talking in Creole. Never have we seen someone interact with Guruji in such a relaxed manner. Guruji reflected that immediately. It reminded us of the story of Krishna and Sudama.

After some more stories and laughter, we began driving back. Guruji went grocery shopping with Swami Paranthapa quickly, while we prepared the next meal. Yesterday Guruji exclaimed, ‘Each and every one of you will cook for all for one day!’ He’s always making sure we participate in service for others in some way!

After lunch, Guruji proposed going to the Shirdi temple. Just before leaving, Guruji arrived and provided us with a big lesson in one simple moment, which is often what it’s like learning from Him. He pointed out plastic that He saw on the floor and asked a devotee to pick it up. This devotee thanked Guruji for giving him the chance to serve Him. Guruji’s reply was important for all of us to hear: 

‘There was plastic there. But you see, the mindset must be that you want to do it! If I have to ask you, it's not service, then you're obliged to do it. You are all just sitting there and nobody sees the trash laying around!’ 

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Many times on the road to the Shirdi temple, we had to turn the car around, ask people for directions and so on. Finally, Guruji stopped the car and we went by foot. Those of you, who know the story of that place, where Shirdi Baba used to appear and left his shadow on the wall, was the place we went to. Everything was closed down, the outside of the house was dusty and full of leaves. The curtains were almost completely closed. Through the little part that was open, we could see the inside of the temple to the left, behind the house. It was obvious that nobody was living in that place anymore. Guruji said, ‘You see Shirdi there on the wall? I used to come here when I was a child. This is the shade that remains after his appearance. You have many pictures there, you see?’

While He walked back, He said, ‘Did you see the statue down there? That's the statue I gave a mataji that was sick. Out of that sickness, Shirdi Baba appeared to her. And after, that shadow remained. She tried to remove it, but it never happened, it was never gone. So many people used to go there and have darshan of Shirdi Baba, including a little 14-year old Vishwananda.’

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