Day 10 - Perceiving the Divine

Following the Master | Mauritius Pilgrimage 2021

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If one is calm, they will be able to perceive the learning process from every single step in life.

Paramahamsa Vishwananda 

Through the story and teachings of Lord Dattatreya, Guruji spoke to the process of perceiving the guru, perceiving the Divine in all things. This reminder of perceptivity almost instantly brightened the surroundings of the sangha gathering room we’ve sat in the last 10 days. Suddenly, Guruji in His bright orange traditional attire and the background with various shades of blue in the ocean and sky could be seen more clearly. It’s like Narayana invited us to the edge of His cosmic sea to deliver us all this special chapter of showering wisdom, and as He so beautifully said yesterday, ‘... fulfil the wish of the soul.’

‘Why has this body been given to you?’ Guruji inquired. It has been given to attain Self-realisation, to attain God-realisation, not to attach to creation. This day provided us with practical insights to walk this path in a new and more perceptive light.

What stands in the way of this perceptivity? Guruji spoke of the limitation of comparison. Rather than embracing and celebrating the uniqueness of each individual, we find ways to compare and jealousy arises. Rather than being satisfied with one's duty in life, we tend to want what we don’t have. Each person and each part of creation holds the grace of the Divine inside. It’s easier to find that calmness to perceive this grace in nature, but when it comes to human relationships, judgement so quickly arises. Guruji strongly exclaimed if we want to perceive this divinity in others, we have to consciously choose that every day. This statement was brief, but observing His body language and tone, it felt very relevant for all of us to contemplate and put into practice.

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The 24 Gurus of Lord Dattatreya

In the evening Guruji continued with reading about Lord Dattatreya and His 24 gurus, which represents how to perceive grace in one's life.

I have taken shelter of twenty-four gurus, who are the following: the earth, air, sky, water, fire, moon, sun, pigeon and python; the sea, moth, honeybee, elephant and honey-thief; the deer, the fish, the dancing girl Pingala, the kurari bird and the child; the young girl, arrow-maker, serpent, spider and wasp…        

Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 11, Chapter 7, Verses 33-35

He spoke in-depth until one o'clock in the morning about the deeper meaning of each guru such as the unconditional generosity of Mother Earth, the purity of water, the fire of devotion, and the boundlessness of the sky… We encourage you to explore the significance of the rest as you feel inspired to discover more of the ‘secrets which nature holds’ and apply them to your daily life.

As Guruji said, this wisdom from nature's secrets will surface itself when one realises that the atma and the guru are one.

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