Day 3 - Flying Grace
Following the Master | Mauritius Pilgrimage 2021
09 March 2021
The day with Guruji had the most beautiful beginning as we had morning abhishekam with Giridhari at a picturesque location on the hotel beach. After Guruji performed abhishekam on Giridhari he so graciously allowed devotees to also bring up their deities to the main puja table. So many other deities got to join our beloved Giridhari as the devotees and Guruji danced around the table! There was much joy in dancing with Guruji and the deities. Guruji shared that each morning of the pilgrimage we will be doing abhishekam and everyone who wants can bring their deity to join, His Grace is endless. Take the chance when it is there!
After the morning abhishekam, came the most expected moment for the applicants for Devotee Initiation. About a month ago Guruji said that He will accept more devotees and initiate them Himself online, giving them their spiritual name and ishtadeva. Many people applied but only a few fulfilled all the prerequisites. Even in the meeting, Guruji identified and didn’t initiate some people who were not ready.
Many stories in Mauritius showed how, in the beginning, it was much easier for someone to seek refuge at His Feet, but now every year to receive His grace requires more courage and dedication. At the same time that He is becoming more known worldwide, we should take the chance whenever it is there.
The next adventure for the day was a surprise, as the pilgrims were only told that they were going to a nature park and to dress for a day outside. Guruji had so much fun at the Vallée des Couleurs (Valley of Colours) that He wanted to surprise the pilgrims and to take them all there. The last time Guruji visited the park He took a ride on a quad biking and took a high-bridge walk. Everyone was waiting in anticipation to see what he would choose to do.
When Guruji arrived He sat for lunch with the pilgrims and then He walked over to the small lake to say hello to the animals. He was so happy and sweet, picking guava and eating them and relaxing on a rock. He also took a local Mauritian fruit, pistache malgache, and gave it as Maha-prasad to the devotees and the camera crew. At the same time Guruji so lovingly looked into the camera and told all of the virtual pilgrims that they can be there next year in person. Only Guruji can make each and every person feel so special, even when they are not physically with Him.
Guruji was in a very playful mood all day and then it came time for Him to choose His adventure. He picked the zip line! As He was leaving to go, a mataji asked if He was ready, and He funnily responded that ‘He was born ready’. The zipline ran across the property so many of the pilgrims got to watch Guruji as He travelled through the air across the property! It was so beautiful when Guruji flew by and the pilgrims sang ‘Narayana, Narayana, Jai Govinda Hare!’
To get to see the Lord on the zip line is something we will all never forget! After His zip line adventure, Guruji stayed at the top and sat on a swing overlooking the mountains and the sunset. It was an incredible day of golden moments with the Master!
A Moment of Reflection
Swami Paranthapa closed the online pilgrimage program with a beautiful reflection, speaking about the gift of each moment with Him. From simple moments like picking guava from trees or the more adventurous experiences like ziplining, the bottom line, regardless of what is done, is time spent with Him!
He gives us all the opportunity to experience and express this Love in our own unique ways.
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