Bhagawan’s entourage landed in Rio past midnight, and were driven to the residence of Mr Ricardo and his wife Mrs Elizabeth in a convoy of seven cars. To only way to reach their residence, was by a boat, which was the mode of transport for Bhagawan’s entourage for the next three days in Rio.
After resting a while, Bhagawan met a close group of devotees who had gathered. He commanded Sri Narasimha Murthy to speak, who stared by saying, “Wherever we are, we are in the presence of God. But we are unable to feel His presence all the time. As was told by Brother Lawrence, who has written a treatise on feeling the presence of God wherever we are, at all times. Today, mankind lacks faith in God. If you want to feel the presence of God, you should have absolute and complete faith. How does Swami define faith? Faith is to believe in something which we cannot see with our physical eyes. ‘I am the bread of life, whoever believes in Me, will never be hungry. Whoever follows me, will never Thirst’, said Jesus Christ.
Swami in His message said that man is excited by all the various things in the world. But after having spent one’s life on earth, one has to go back. He said, “We came from Argentina to Brazil. Once you know your destination, arrangements for travel can be made. But if you do not know where you want to know, how are you doing to make arrangements?
People are lost as they do not know where to go. They are perceiving this world like a market place, and all that exists is what it is. No one understands that their destination is not this world, but God. So, all our words, actions and thoughts must be that which will take us to God.
Man is busy performing so many actions in this world. We must perform only those which will take us to God. What should you do to get closer to God? It is not an outer travel, but an inner travel. The mind which is always outside, should be internalised. ‘I and mine’ always leads you outside. Only ‘we and ours’ leads us inside. God is not far from you. He is in you! So, it is about going inwards. Know that your destination is God, and not this world. You can be in the world, but the world should not get inside you. The path of God is for the courageous. Great courage and valor is required. Spirituality is not difficult. The necessary faith and courage is what is required.”
After a beautiful discourse, Arati was offered to Swami, before everyone retired.