Following the Footsteps
of the Master
Following the Footsteps
of the Master
But story of coming to Mauritius is a topic for some of the next blog posts. (And that one is going to be interesting.)
Who is the Master at all?
“If you want to learn about anything, you go to a Master, you go to a teacher. If I want to learn medicine, I go to a doctor; if I want to learn about math, I go to a mathematician; if I want to learn about life, I go to Guruji. Nobody has the answers to everything. Nobody knows how to navigate through life without making any mistakes. But Guruji does. Because he has already done it, he has already gone to the other side. And he is coming to back to show us how to do the same thing.”
Enlightened Master, such as Paramahamsa Vishwananda, is personality who has mastered both material and spiritual realms. He has enlightened each and every aspect of his life and is able to live it to perfection. His life purpose is very “simple” – to take us from the point where we are now, to the point where he is. Even though he has mastered everything, and risen above good or bad, happiness or pain, love or hate, he is living the simplest life possible. Unlike us, people who don’t have control over anything, but yet, want to complicate everything.
Even today, after more then 6 years after meeting Guruji for the first time, I don’t know what I could have done to receive the blessing of being his disciple. Actually, as time is passing, I am wondering more and more. I asked him once, “Guruji, how can we repay you for everything you are doing for us?” He answered: “You can’t, so just be grateful and don’t bother about it.”
Once you meet such personality who has capacity to be your best friend, even though you met him for the first time; your father and mother, even though you have no blood relationship with him; your Guru, even though you have no idea what it really means – your life is bound to change. He is always there for you, even if you don’t know it. He is thinking about you, even when you forget about him. He is sending you message when you least expect it. And he doesn’t ask for anything in return.
Through his humility and love that he shares with everyone, he is ready to totally forget about himself, just to uplift us. It is impossible to explain the greatness of the Guru. Many saints and scriptures tried to do it throughout the past. Nobody succeeded. Reason for that is very simple. Guru is beyond the words, beyond the mind, beyond emotions, beyond human understanding. You can only experience him, partially. So I am not trying to do the impossible here. I will only share a little bit that I can and try to inspire you to experience the same for yourself.
What about all this travelling?
Yet, even though this lifestyle may sound attractive to so many people, when I ask some of them, out of curiosity, why wouldn’t they do the same, the very same moment alarm turns on in their mind: “How am I going to leave my city, my friends, my job, my family, my comfort zone…?” I guess, that is the price you need to pay for luxury of living on tropical island, working at your own schedule, drinking coconuts at the beach and doing what you really love.
Of course, such lifestyle might not be for everybody. Not everybody can afford that due to life circumstances. Many times other duties come into play here. Some people have small children, some have sick parents, others don’t speak any foreign language. And that is all fine, because happiness is not waiting for you on the other side of the world. It may be just the next door, or even closer, in your kitchen – or even closer than that.
It is up to us to look within and search for the reason which is keeping us away from living dream. With Guruji’s guidance, I was able to understand that for me personally, attachments and limitations I put on myself were the things keeping me back. Just three years ago it was unthinkable for me to leave my birth country and live far away from my parents. Such possibility was not even remotely existing in my mind. If somebody would tell me then that I am going to travel across the world, or that I am going to live in Mauritius, I would just laugh at person’s face. I would not even bother to comment on that.
How very wrong I was.
The day when I met Guruji everything has changed. I realised that life is not the prison, which we create in our minds. Only one thing is separating us from our mind-prison and literally the whole world – attachment. Remove this one tiny thing from the equation and you will see whole new universe in front of your eyes.
We never know what is waiting for us in life. If we don’t give the chance to universe to show it to us, we will never find out. Nobody was born just to suffer or stay unfulfilled in life. Paradoxically as it sounds, we are the only ones who are making us suffer.
I remember one very powerful thing Guruji said during Silent Retreat in Puri last November:
“People live 90% of their lives for others. For 10% they are not sure. So what they truly live is maybe 1%.”
Even though this journey is the most beautiful journey you can embark on, it is also the most challenging one. The question is, are you ready to take it?