This is a brief report of Gurumaharaj’s visit to Mauritius (10 – 15 September 2012)
Monday 10 September 2012 Gurumaharaj arrived in Mauritius from Johanesburg at 3.30 pm. Disciples, aspiring disciples and well wishers were all assembled in the arrival lounge eagerly waiting for the darshan of Gurumaharaj after almost three long years. Everyone was looking for the saffron dress. Finally Gurumaharaj appeared and there was a loud Haribol and increased in the tempo in the roaring kirtan that was going on for the welcome of His Holiness. Maharaj was garlanded with fragrant multicoloured flower garlands. We offered our obeisances to Gurumaharaj and we came out of the arrival lounge. Devotees then aligned themselves two rows and Gurumaharaj walked in between to give a personal darshan to each and everyone. Then Gurumaharaj was driven to Sri Sri Radha Golokananda Temple, Phoenix and everyone escorted. There Maharaj had darshan of Srila Prabhupada and Their Lordship Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Then there was a foot bathing ceremony followed by Guru Puja. Afterward Pr Sundarlall and the temple president Pr Haridev welcomed Gurumaharaj expressed our gratitude for giving his darshan to Mauritius. The Gurumaharaj addressed the crowd at the temple. He mentioned: Am happy to be back (Haribol from devotees). Your spirits are very high and I am getting old well and almost speechless. Smaller country with bigger reception. He spoke about the A,B,C of spiritual life.
Gurumaharaj spoke about the EAGERNESS in meeting. That the soul is eager and anxious to meet Krsna. Devotees in Vrindavan were eager to meet Sri Krsna. Krsna could not meet them. Therefore He sent Uddhava on His behalf to meet with the devotees. He added that our meeting is purely Krishna conscious. There is no mundane reason. This meeting touches the soul. We become more serious about Krishna consciousness.
After that Gurumaharaj distributed maha parsadam of Their Lordship to eeach and everyone. Then Gurumaharaj was taken to Hari Govind prabhu and Mandakini Mataji’s house where Maharaj would be staying during his visit. There Maharaj took prasadam and had rest.
Tuesday 11 September 2012 Gurumaharaj arrived at Sri Sri Radha Golokananda Mandir at 7.30 am. Gurumaharaj performed Guru Puja for Srila Prabhupada. Then Gurumaharaj gave Srimad Bhagavatam lecture.
SB 10.49. Akrura Mission to Hastinapur (Text 18)
dharmea palayann urva
praj lena rajayan
vartamna sama sveu
reya krtim avpsyasi
By religiously protecting the earth, delighting your subjects with your noble character, and treating all your relatives equally, you will surely achieve success and glory.
Akrura told Dhritarashtra that even though he had usurped the throne, if he now ruled according to the principles of dharma and behaved properly, he could be successful.
Afterwards Gurumaharaj inaugurated the newly built TULSI GARDEN at the back of the temple. The very beautiful and peaceful and most auspicious TULSI GARDEN also includes a bhajan kurtir in the center which Gurumaharaj sanctified by his auspicious presence and lotus feet. Gurumaharaj sat in the bhajan kutir and inaugurated it by his chanting of the Holy Name. Then Maharaj had breakfast prasadam at the temple itself. Then Gurumaharaj was driven back to Pr Hari Govind place where Gurumaharaj met with the Padayatra team. Gurumaharaj highlighted the activities of the World Holy Name Week and cited the different types of programme to be included for the event. Guru maharaj took lunch prasadam and took a little rest.
In the evening Gurumaharaj was taken to a Maha Harinama at Bassin Road, Palma. On the way Gurumaharaj had a brief stopover at the place of Bhakta Prashan. Bhakta Prashan cleverly and secretly had arranged a massive reception, footbathing and prasadam for Gurumaharaj, to which Gurumaharaj could not deny by seeing his sincerity. Bhakta Prashan was very happy. There were almost 900 devotees who attended the harinama. The event was blessed by the presence of four Prabhupada disciples: HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj himself, HG Arjun Prabhu, HG Shastrivar Prabhu and HG Mukunda Dutta Prabhu. There was roaring kirtan from start to end, flashing cameras snapping these three Prabhupada disciples singing and dancing together.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 Main Programme Japa Retreat Day 1 (12-13 September 2012). In the morning Gurumaharaj had breakfast prasadam at Pr Hari Govind place. Then Maharaj had a meeting with the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation at 12.00 pm. After that Gurumaharaj was taken to the Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir where His Holiness would conduct the Japa Retreat Programme in the Bhaktivedanta College hall. Devotees welcomed Gurumaharaj with flower garlands and roaring kirtan. The Japa Retreat programme was conducted in two sessions on each day and 160 devotees attended both days. Gurumaharaj had lunch prasadam in between the two sessions at Navanitachor prabhu’s place. Gurumahaj stayed in the Bhaktivedanta College guestroom. Gurumaharaj had little prasad in the evening and took rest earlier.
Thursday 13 September 2012 Main Programme Japa Retreat Day 2. Gurumaharaj performed aratik for Their Lordship Sri Sri Krishna Balaram for Mangala Arati. Then Gurumaharaj gave his association to the devotees present during japa time at the temple. The presense of Gurumaharaj was really blissful and empowering devotees to chant during that morning. Gurumaharaj gave the Srimad Bhagavatam lecture which started with a rocking kirtan where all the devotees stood and danced and danced.
SB 1.6: Conversation between Narada and Vyasadeva (Text 27)
eva ka-mater brahman
kala pradurabhat kale
tait saudaman yath
And so, O Brahma Vyasadeva, in due course of time I, who was fully absorbed in thinking of Krishna and who there fore had no attachments, being completely freed from all material taints, met with death, as lightning and illumination occur simultaneously.
To be fully absorbed in the thought of Krishna means clearance of material dirts or hankerings. As a very rich man has no hankerings for small petty things, so also a devotee of Lord Krishna, who is guaranteed to pass on to the kingdom of God, where life is eternal, fully cognizant and blissful, naturally has no hankerings for petty material things, which are like dolls or shadows of the reality and are without permanent value. That is the sign of spiritually enriched persons. And in due course of time, when a pure devotee is completely prepared, all of a sudden the change of body occurs which is commonly called death. And for the pure devotee such a change takes place exactly like lightning, and illumination follows simultaneously. That is to say a devotee simultaneously changes his material body and develops a spiritual body by the will of the Supreme. Even before death, a pure devotee has no material affection, due to his body’s being spiritualized like a red-hot iron in contact with fire.
Gurumaharaj then had breakfast prasadam at Navanitachor Prabhu place. Then Gurumaharaj conducted the two more sessions of Japa Retreat Programme. Gurumaharaj took lunch prasadam in between the two sessions. Then in the evening after the Japa Retreat Programme, Gurumaharaj went for an evening walk at Salazie. He was accompanied by some ten devotees. After that Gurumaharaj to a little rest and then got ready for the evening programme at Sri Sri Krsna Balaram Temple where His Holiness performed the namakaran samskara (naming ceremony) of the baby child of Ranganath Prabhu and Srinivasa mataji. The temple hall was packed with devotees and guests. Gurumaharaj commented:From where have you all come from this evening, so many devotees during the day you were not here. The Maharaj sung Hari Sundara Nanda Mukunda and the devotees roared. The temple vibrated with the Holy Name of the Lord and it was out of this world. Guru Maharaj gave a small lecture on the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya and the deliverance of Jagai Madhai. The programme ended at 9.00 pm. There were about 900 devotees in attendance. Afterward Gurumaharaj took a light prasadam and went to rest.
Friday, 14 September 2012: Gurumaharaj had a TV programme recording during the day then after lunch prasadam he left for a visit at Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadhish Temple at Triolet (in the North). After a nice reception there Gurumaharaj was taken to Shyamananda prabhu at Dagotiere where Gurumaharaj would freshen up and then to reach a big pandal programme at the Dagotiere. There, to our surprise, it was as if a once in a day of Brahma event. Devotees had arranged for Abhishek of 12 Gaura Nitai deities of different sizes big small and all. Gurumaharaj personally performed their abhishek and then gave a lecture in the midst of many other VIPs. Gurumaharaj led the final kirtan during arati and the pandal of 1500 devotees and guests roared in chorus and danced ecstatically. After the programme Gurumaharaj left for Hari Govind Prabhu’s place to rest.
Saturday, 15 September 2012: Gurumaharaj took breakfast prasadam there and had a meeting with the temple authorities and then he left for a disciple, aspiring disciple and well wishers programme at Dagotiere. There we performed footbathing and Guru Puja and the Gurumaharaj gave his last lecture for his visit and went to Shyamananda Prabhu’s place for lunch prasadam and then left for the airport. At the airport there were a massive crowd to have darshan of Gurumaharaj before he leaves for Johanesburg.
Pr Sundaralall said: Gurumaharaj is so pure that wherever he goes the crowd follows. He is a crowd puller.