29 Sep 2014

Swamiji's Visit to Kenya

Guruji visited Kenya with Satyanarayan Das following their trip to South Africa, and met with many devotees. He gave darshan and satsang, and held a retreat where many devotees were able to come and spend time with him. Many had not had a chance to see him in person in a very long time, so every chance they got to be in his presence is dearly appreciated.

We asked a devotee who was a part of Swamiji's trip there to share a bit about how the trip went. Here's the story:

Day 1

On 20th September, beloved Guruji was to arrive in Kenya after 3 years. We were all waiting in anticipation at the Airport to have a glimpse of a Him. Finally He arrived accompanied by Babaji Satyanarayan Dasa. Our joy knew no bounds and it was a precious moment for all.







He was welcomed in a traditional way, showered with flowers as He walked, and welcomed at the door by devotees with Aarti, Mala and Tilak.

He introduced us to Babaji and then made His way to the temple.



He then allowed us to perform 'Pada-Pooja' on His Lotus Feet, and all devotees present got a chance to offer flowers at His Feet.




Swamiji then freshened up and sat with Lord Krishna on His lap and let us all have Darshan of His Beautiful Krishna.





As He was talking to us,He materialised a beautiful ring for a devotee and vibhuti for many of other devotees. The fragrance from vibhuti was breathtaking.
What a blessing!!!!!


Day 2: 21st September - Darshan
Swamiji arrived at Ram Mandir, the venue of a Darshan looking so Radiant and Beautiful in His Red Robe, that many people who were seeing Him for the first time admired and commented on His Beauty and Radiance.
We also welcomed Babaji with honour and love, and he took his seat next to Swami.


Swami then allowed us to offer Rose petals at His Lotus Feet as we sang the Guru Stotram.
Shortly after, He gave a short talk and sang in His most sweetly Divine voice. He encouraged all to sing but people were shy. :p



We introduced Babaji and he shared his knowledge and wisdom with all preset.


Darshan was attended by over more than 450 people and lasted for almost 5 hours.


Day 3: 22nd September
We all took a bus trip with Swami to a resort and Swami shared many stories with us on the 2 hour drive.
As He loves roasted Maize, we stopped in Rift Valley to enjoy some with Him. There, He let us talk pictures with Him, joked and laughed, and it felt like one big happy family.








After arriving at the resort, Guruji was welcomed warmly with a Garland and refreshments, after which we had lunch. He then accompanied went for a Game Drive accompanied by Babaji and a few devotees. They saw Giraffes, zebras, antelopes, warthogs with horns (varaha), wild buffaloes and many other animals in their natural habitat. Guruji loved it and had a splendid time.






After dinner, Guruji graciously gave a Satsang which went on till 2am. We also sang and heard lots of words of wisdom mainly from Babaji, and Guruji intervened and joined from time to time to share with us.
His love and honour for babaji showed us the way of Humility.






Day 4: 23rd September
At 8:30am, Guruji performed Abhishekam on Krishna at the Resort and we sang and danced, after which we visited Hanuman Mandir on the way back to Nairobi.





Later in the day, Guruji visited the Sanathan Dharma Mandir and Balaji temple. A special puja was done at the Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji) temple, where He was honored with a shawl.


Many devotees came to personally meet Him afterwards and He graciously met everyone, and blessed them with His Love and Guidance, ad for some He also materialised rings and vibhuti.
It was then time to say goodbye, tears flowed freely amidst promise of coming back soon to Kenya again.

We all cherish the Precious time Sri Swami Vishwananda spent with us, sharing His beautiful words of wisdom, and sweet unconditional Love.


Premavatara Satguru Sri Swami Vishwananda Mahaprabhu ki Jai!!!
~ Always at HIS Lotus Feet ~
♥ Much Love ♥
Shubhra

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