Recap: From outer to inner Pilgrimage
Following the Master | Mauritius Pilgrimage 2021
19 March 2021
Keep increasing your humility, your devotion, and your self-surrender. These are all flowers to the Master.
The 2021 Mauritius pilgrimage was a one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated again experience. With the nationwide lockdown, what was planned to be an outward adventure around the island transformed into a journey deeper within. As it is said, ‘Humans make plans, and God laughs!’
Though we remained mostly on the stunning Anelia Resort property, the days were nothing short of enriching. While much of the island was quarantined at home, we had the great blessing of an ocean side, intimate quarantine with Paramahamsa Vishwananda. He reminded us several times that it was no coincidence we were all together (including the virtual pilgrims).
The daily schedule, much more simplified than any other pilgrimage, consisted of daily abhishekams, lively kirtans, OM Chanting, dozens of educational and heart-opening satsangs from Guruji Himself, story sharing and discussion amongst the sangha, and of course a legendary Shivaratri!
To add to the exceptionally unique quality of this experience, we launched the first-ever, incredibly successful virtual pilgrimage! The media team worked night and day to deliver top-quality live footage, capturing moments that aren’t even possible to see in person! The reviews from participants were so touching and affirmative for the continuation of virtual pilgrimages to come, so stay tuned.
It’s a challenge to put into words the ‘avalanche of grace’ that flowed from this unique chapter with the Master. So may these photos and inspirational quotes from the journey be the colour and life of the many blessings from this truly unique Mauritius pilgrimage.
Testimonials and Quotes from the Pilgrimage
‘Through constant 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.’ -Paramahamsa Vishwananda
'Now I know why we look at Guruji the way we do. It is our recognition of home.’ - Swami Paranthapa
If you want to be happy here, live knowing that nothing belongs to you. -Swami Paranthapa on the importance of dakshina
‘Mere talking is just the amusement of the mind. Spirituality is not to amuse your mind. Taking shelter at the guru's feet isn’t an amusement. It is a constant reminder, a constant practice.’ - Paramahamsa Vishwananda
‘Jai Gurudev, dear all! This was my second pilgrimage with Guruji. The first one was in Vrindavan (Holi Festival 2019) where we visited many temples, He gave Darshans and we had many incredible experiences. But in these last days on the online pilgrimage in Mauritius we were able to be even closer to Him! We heard and saw Him perhaps better than the devotees who were there in person and all in the comfort of our home. Feelings come and go, but throughout the pilgrimage the emotion was constant, the love growing throughout the days. Waking up at 3 am to watch the abhishekam, the kirtan and seeing Guruji arriving and giving satsang was fantastic. At the beginning of the pilgrimage, we saw His house, His bedroom, we learned a new meditation, we saw Him flying on the zip line, everything was so incredible. Hearing His teachings every day, connecting us even more to Him! And also the wonderful translation into Portuguese, which allowed me to make the most of it. It was a great blessing to be on this pilgrimage. Being with Guruji gave a new direction to my way of seeing, living, thinking and feeling. May we always transmit His Love through our attitudes. Endless gratitude to Guruji and the entire support team. Thank you, Aruni, for always being around, guiding us.’
With love, Ram Dasi, Brazil
‘If you are sincere, life flows. It’s easy. There is no effort. It becomes natural. The same happens when you love. When you love, do you need to make an effort to love someone? No! Love just flows!’ -Paramahamsa Vishwananda
We are excited to announce the newest upcoming pilgrimage in Switzerland from 1-5 May. Further details will be shared soon. In the meantime, feel free to visit previous Following the Master posts to keep oneself immersed in the wisdom, wonder, and adventure of the Master.