Mauritius was blessed with the visit of Pujya Swami Swaroopanandaji from 31st May to 7th June 2019 during which Swamiji delivered talks based on the Gayatri Mantra titled ‘Empower Your Mind’ from the 3rd to 6th June. The series of evening talks commenced with a Sri Ganesh Vandana performed by the CHYKs followed by the address of the Chief Guest for the evening, H.H. Swami Krishnarupanandaji, Head of Ramakrishna Mission in Mauritius. Over the four evenings, Swamiji unfolded the wonders of the Gayatri Mantra to an attentive audience of more than five hundred, who were spellbound with this universal mantra so lucidly put across, in the context of real life situations and delivered with a tinge of humour.
As part of the visit, Swamiji travelled to Reunion Island, where Swamiji delivered talks on ‘Managing the Mind’ and ‘Managing Love and Relationships’ to packed audiences over the weekend.
Swamiji also addressed students and young professionals at the University of Mauritius, leading a lively interaction on the topic ‘Born to Succeed’, and elaborated on the need to empower one’s mind to achieve higher and nobler goals.
On June 5th Swamiji interacted with the CHYKs & Balvihar children at a beautiful function organised by the devotees from the South of the Island. After cultural programs presented by them, Swamiji emphasised the importance of acquiring vedantic knowledge and smilingly answered their queries.
Swamiji also visited the Folk Museum of Indian Immigration at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), and had a discussion with the MGI executive cadre on potential collaboration for programmes with Chinmaya University.
In addition to the talks, Swamiji met H.E. Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, the Acting President of the Republic of Mauritius, interacted with the media, and visited other parts of Mauritius to get a glimpse of the scenic beauty of Mauritius. Swamiji also met other segments of the Mauritian community, inspiring everyone to embark on their own quest for further knowledge.
As a fitting conclusion to the series of programs, a Gayatri Havan was organised at the Ashram on the 7th, and Swamiji left in the evening for India, but with a promise to return!