Day 3/12 | Darshan with Paramahamsa Vishwananda
Following the Master | Holi Pilgrimage Vrindavan 2019
18 March 2019
The auspicious day of Amlaki Ekadashi began with morning prayers, which were followed by a short impromptu Satsang by Guruji. In it, He answered questions regarding the meaning of parikrama, the river Yamuna’s original position in Vrindavan and more, but Guruji spent the most time answering a question regarding the real meaning of moksha. Guruji said a lot of people take Moksha to mean merging, but that is nothing but spiritual suicide. Moksha is freedom and real freedom is only attained when one takes shelter at the Lord’s Feet. As He is the only one beyond Maya, He is the one that can grant us liberation from Maya’s clutches.
After a short breakfast, Swami Revatikaanta conducted the second of his five scheduled classes. Today he told the story of King Parikshit as recounted in the first and second cantos of the Srimad Bhagavatam. He spoke of how the king was cursed to die in seven days by Rishi Samika’s son, Srngi, in a moment of anger. He then read how the king enquired as to what is the real duty of man, especially at the time of death and how Sukadev Goswami, the son of Veda Vyasa, arrived to answer his question. Sukadev says that the eternal dharma is to hear, glorify and remember the Supreme Lord at all times. He then broke each story down and analysed the various lessons to be learned, showing how due to an uncontrolled mind, the otherwise saintly Parikshit and Srngi, were both led to commit offenses. Sukadev then gives the antidote to all life’s miseries: taking shelter of the Lord by hearing and remembering His Names and pastimes.
After lunch, all the devotees prepared themselves for a surprise Darshan, a spontaneous decision that Guruji had made yesterday. The Darshan itself started around 4:30 pm with Guruji singing beautiful renditions of ‘mere man mandir me’ and ‘kanhaiya teri murali ne’ followed by a short talk by Dr. Satya Narayana Das Babaji. He spoke of the need for a Guru on the spiritual path to combat our principal conditioning: avidya (ignorance). Just as a blind man cannot see anything even if there is light all around him, similarly, a person without a Guru cannot see anything even if he performs great austerities. The Guru is the one who grants the darshan (vision) which allows us to attain the perfection of human life. And with that point, Darshan began! The Darshan was very lively, with several guest singers and musicians joining our devotees to sing for hours and hours. The Darshan went on for just over seven hours, and with the final arati, another special day at Sri Giridhar Dham concluded.
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