Day 8 - Divine Virtue

Following the Master | Mauritius Pilgrimage 2021

What is the most important quality a devotee should have?’ Guruji asked during today’s first satsang. What is this most precious divine virtue that when it awakens, the devotee can control their lower self, their ego-centric mind? Obedience!

Of the many subjects which emerged out of the day, all seem to land under the shelter of this one divine virtue. ‘Listen to the word of the guru. This is the glory of satsang!’ Actually, this pilgrimage has been highly focused on receiving the word of the guru. Following the Master this time is very much about listening attentively instead of site seeing or other external activities.

He also requested that two monks from SPN also speak to the pilgrims and share their personal stories from being close to Guruji. It seems He wants this flow of ‘higher level’ spiritual discussion amongst the sangha to be consistent. What to do with all of the direct, rare teachings that are being given? ‘We are here for a reason and responsibility: Take what you’re receiving, allow it to transform you, and then share it with others.’ This was a clear instruction Guruji gave in satsang today alongside the reminder that if it weren’t for the lockdown, this immersive time together wouldn’t be possible. He said this is our opportunity to see where we truly stand in relationship to Him.

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The guru came here for us to dive into this relationship and reflect the same divine qualities. The opportunity to shine with those qualities is all governed by our willingness to obey the guru’s exact, individual instructions. Obedience. He explained why it is important, what gets in the way of it manifesting in the heart of the devotee, and how to make obedience practical. 

For exampleHe mentioned that those who are governed by the imperishable have the virtue of obedience. The mind enters a state of humbleness and humility. The moment they die they attain the divine realm and are given a spiritual body free from the cycle of birth and death. The ego is what gets in the way of this divine virtue awakening within the disciple. 

The practical application of awakening comes from constant practise and detachment.

‘Through constantly listening to the word of the guru, the fire inside of you will start to blaze up. The life of your atma will start shining. With that, your mind will also shine that light.’

Most importantly, Guruji emphasized that for obedience to become practical, it must come from one’s heart. He can sense when a devotee is obeying out of fear. But when the service is given from the heart to the guru, then that virtue of obedience is a natural result.

‘For the sake of that pure love the devotee has for the guru, obedience is a natural outcome.’

Paramahamsa Vishwananda 

We can’t help but wonder what’s next in the coming days, as He is gradually attuning our ears to be receptive to what is being given during this time.

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