#9 | The Last Days in Argentina
Following the Master | South America Tour 2019
The last two days were very special for the Argentinian devotees. On the first day, Guruji joined the devotees on a catamaran boat trip on the river ‘Tigre’. We sang kirtan for 2 hours straight with Guruji inviting as many people as possible to sing. As we were leaving the boat, Guruji spoke briefly about surrender, stating how rare it is and how as long as the ego governs our intentions, we are far from surrender.
After the boat trip, we had a quick picnic at a nearby park before reconvening at a devotee’s home a little later in the evening. There we began the night’s proceedings by chanting the thousand names of Lord Narasimha, offering turmeric rice that was then distributed to all the participants. Abhishekam to Narasimha and Giridhariji then followed, which in turn lead straight into a short but intense Sudarshana yagna. The Argentinian winter ensured the devotees stayed as close to the yagna kund as possible, because it sure was chilly outside! To conclude the evening, Swami Revatikaanta shared some of his life experiences and lessons with the devotees whilst they all savoured the prasad.
Then, as yesterday was to be the final night spent in Argentina, a dinner for Guruji and all the event seva team was arranged, as Guruji had decided to spend his morning privately. One of the devotees owns a small cafe in Buenos Aires, and so it was closed down for the evening to host the dinner. The devotees took over the kitchen and cooked a lovely vegetarian meal which Guruji enjoyed very much.
As the meal finished, Guruji gave the devotees the opportunity to ask Him questions. One young devotee asked what is the best way to begin her spiritual journey, as she is a beginner. Guruji said that it’s important to go through the searching period, and the most important thing to do at that stage is to educate yourself. He advised her to read the Bhagavad Gita and to understand it deeply, by meditating on verses after reading them. Don’t skim through it, but rather reflect on them and deepen the understanding. Then practice a little meditation, do some japa and your journey is set!
Another question then came about how to develop discipline. Guruji said that discipline is something self-imposed. We have to want it ourselves and apply it. If we don’t have discipline, then we are completely useless. And for that there is no trick! To practice some technique to develop discipline, we must have discipline in the first place to practice that technique! So discipline starts simply by wanting it and not making excuses.
One of the last questions was about forgiveness. Guruji said that the trick to forgiving someone is to forgive yourself. Forgive your role in the story, forgive your frustration with yourself, forgive your negativity and you will find forgiving others very easy. Guruji said that, in truth, we are the ones who cause our own misery and that nobody can really impact us the way we think they can. So by solving our own feelings, the forgiveness flows naturally.
Guruji’s parting words were to remember that Love must always come first. No matter what, we must water the seed of Prem and keep on growing.
Stay tuned for more posts as we ‘Follow the Master’ on His tour in South America!