#7 | Yamuna Jayanti
Following the Master | Vrindavan India 2020
02 April 2020
The morning started with a joyful celebration of Yamuna Jayanti: the birthday of Yamuna-devi, one of the main deities of Shree Giridhari Dham. Guruji Himself performed abishekam on the Yamuna Shila. Unfortunately, it was interrupted by the visit of police, which informed us that these types of gatherings have become prohibited in India now, as the situation with Coronavirus becomes more serious. Due to that, we needed to incorporate even more restrictions into our current ashram routine and more social distancing.
After the visit of police, we continued with our Bhagavad Gita classes, this one focusing on Chapter 6 - but this time it was an online class. Yet, regardless of everybody staying in their rooms, we were still connected in spirit and studying together.
In the afternoon, at 4:15 pm, as usual, Guruji sat on His terrace to do silent livestream japa practise with everybody. Afterwards, before He began answering people’s questions on the satsang, Gurudev again took time to explain to everybody the current situation in India and in the ashram - but at the same time encouraged us all not to panic, but rather to stay reasonable.
Guruji also pointed out how nature has changed here in Vrindavan since the lockdown - for the first time you can see blue sky in Vrindavan and hear the singing of birds. He said that every country should consider doing such a lockdown every year, so nature can recover more often! Gurudev also explained that such silent time for self-reflection is important for us humans, too. Vrindavan, indeed, has become now a very peaceful place.
The next day, another class on the Bhagavad Gita, chapters 7 and 8, was conducted online, with everybody in their rooms. The ashram was very quiet and empty.
On that day, Guruji guided everybody to do the meditation for Mother Earth along with Him during livestream japa practice, so we can share the positive vibration generated during our mantra chanting with the entire world.
Later, during the satsang Gurudev reminded us once again that, regardless of any physical distance, we are always spiritually connected with Him. He said lovingly:
'Guru and disciple are not far away. Where the disciple is, where the devotee is, the guru is also there. Whether you feel it, or you don’t feel it, this is our relationship. When you sit in your sadhana, go deeper inside. If you don’t see the guru directly, visualise him. Know that I am there. Visualise me inside of your heart until you start to feel it. I am not far away from you and you are not far away from me. In the heart, we are connected.'
In the evening, Guruji performed the arati to say goodnight to the deities and to end the day.
The next day we continued our studies, looking into Chapter 9 of the Gita. In the afternoon, before the beginning of the daily livestream japa practice, Guruji shared with everybody a beautiful message from Mother Nature, written by an unknown person, reminding us that we are not the masters of the Earth, but its guests.
Later during the satsang, Guruji reminded us that we need to always stay grateful for all the small things that we receive in life, especially during challenging times. And, since it was April Fool’s Day, Gurudev had also encouraged us all to laugh more in life and take things less seriously - not just today, but every day.
Since the ashram activities have become so quiet and individual, for the time being, this will be the last report of our 'staying with the Master' in Vrindavan.
We know that the highlight of each day is Guruji's livestream japa sessions and His satsangs which are broadcast around the world, so we encourage you to tune in to those. Enjoy 'being with the Master' and having some quality time with Him yourself!
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