What I want to share from my experiences is that love conquers everything.It is my hope that it will inspire the readers to open their hearts to the Divine. If we can try to understand that we all are equally part of the Divine and are here to achieve this greater Truth and to realise our Self - if we make this our goal and do everything with Love…then everything will be lovely and you will always be happy.


Sri Swami Vishwananda

Monday, January 18, 2010

Swami Vishwananda tells you today:

Once, a man came to visit a certain holy man, St. Sabbas, in his cave while he was meditating. When the Saint noticed the visitor, he became very joyful. He happily washed the hands and feet of his visitor. When the Saint looked up from washing the feet of the man, he realized that this visitor was Christ Jesus sitting there. The Saint felt such love that he started crying profusely and said, “Oh my Lord, You are here!” At that moment, the visitor disappeared.

A certain lady in Switzerland was walking down the street and a beggar asked her to give him some money, and she willingly gave him some money. The woman’s only reaction when the beggar asked for money was to take some money and give it to him. The moment the money reached the hand of the beggar, he disappeared on the spot. Very often she talked about this story.

So like that I can tell you many stories, many facts that many people have told. Through charity, through service, through love they have experienced so much. And if you really want to experience the same thing, open up your heart and let Jesus work through you; let Krishna work through you; let God work through you. Through that you will realize His Love. You will realize that He is always with you. You will know how much He Loves you and how much you can love.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Swami Vishwananda tells you today:

I will tell you the story of a very rich merchant.

In India there is a place called Puri. There is a temple for Lord Krishna in the form of Jagannath. It is a rather funny aspect of Krishna. Every year there is a big festival where they bring the deities out and bring them on the street. There are millions of people. So even the king of the time will go and clean the street. All the people will go and clean the street very nicely to bring the chariot of the Lord. It so happened that one day a very rich merchant came to Jagannath and seeing the Lord together with his brother Balaram and sister Subdra, he said to himself, “This is just a mere wood statue with big eyes and a big smile. It's just a black statue." So he said very proudly, “I will show myself, my wealth, I will give a hundred thousand rupees.” So he went to the priest and said, “Priest I will donate 100.000 rupees to the temple to feed the Lord. Under one condition, that you spend all your money on the food.

The priest wondered for a while how to spend the 100.000 rupees on food. "Even if I use the best ghee, the best ingredients to make the Prasad for the Lord, i could not finish. So all the priests gathered and started to discuss how they could finish 100.000 rupees for the prasad of the Lord. Then the high priest came to a conclusion, saying, “Okay, we can’t take any decision. Let Lord Jagannath Himself, let Krishna Himself take the decision." Then they went to the merchant and said: " Listen we have not come to a conclusion, but we will let the Lord Himself decide which kind of prasad he would like to have. So meanwhile please stay with us, till the Lord Himself tells us which kind of Prasad He wants." Three days passed After three days the high priest had a dream. In the dream Lord Jagannath appeared to him and said, “Tell this merchant that I am very happy that he is offering me the prasad ”. Of course the Lord knows the pride and the pride which was inside the merchant, the way he was offering the prasad to Him.

So the priest went to the merchant and said, “Merchant, the Lord has come in my dream and talked about the prasad.” The merchant said, “Yes tell me,” and he proudly said “The Lord has demanded little leaves with some paste inside."

Thus the king said, “What He wants? Only these leaves, but this is nothing.” But the priest said, “Wait I am not finished. The Lord has asked that inside these betel leaves should be smeared the finest grinded pearl powder.” And the king said, “Still this is nothing for me.” And the priest said, “Yes, but the Lord said also another thing. This pearl that you will use for grinding should not be just a normal ordinary pearl. It has to be a pearl which comes from the forehead of an elephant, from under the skin of the forehead of the elephant.”

So the proud and arrogant merchant started thinking: Yes, but how many elephants do I have to buy to be able to get just one pearl? And here I am offering a hundred thousands, but it will cost more than that. He realised that he can offer to Lord Jagannath what He had asked. for At that moment he threw his very expensive turban at the Lord, at the feet of Jagannath, kneeled down and said to the Lord, “Please forgive me. Out of pride I tried to bribe you, but I know I can’t give you anything which is in the outside. So now I offer you my heart.” And he changed completely. Few days later the Lord appeared to him in his dream and said, “I’m very pleased with your heart that is the only thing that I want. A heart which is full of love and devotion.” It is very simple and easy to offer your heart to God. So whenever, we think that we have to offer something to the Lord first, inside of you offer your heart to Him. “Lord I offer you my heart, it is not mine anymore, it is Yours. And the way you love makes me love the same way. Makes me realise this Divine Love.” Spirituality is about a relationship to God. And this love relationship with the Divine will make you realize.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Swami Vishwananda tells you today:

Once there was a king, who had many servants. Among the servants, there was one servant who had a custard apple. So, the king was seated on his throne and everybody would bring him big, big gifts. In the corner there was one of his servants with a cloth which was hiding something. Everybody was bringing big, big, gifts, and the servant was saying, “Oh my goodness, look at this. He has lots of gifts. He will not like the
fruit I have brought him.” But then the king looked to the side and saw that the servant is trying to hide something. So he called the servant, “Come here.” The servant went to the king and the king said, “What are you hiding?” He said, “Nothing, my king.” The king answered “Yes, you are hiding something. Give it to me.” So the servant offered the apple to the king. When the king saw the apple and the love how the servant was offering it, the king got very excited. Very quickly he took the apple and started eating it like a child. And as he was eating, he was saying, “Oh, my goodness how great, how juicy it is”. So he said to the servant, “My dear fellow, where did you get this juicy fruit? Tell me.” He was expressing his love so much to the servant. Such is the Divine, also. When we serve God with love like the servant; when we serve the Master as a servant, God also will look at us in such a way. If we are sincere with ourselves, He will look at us and say "How great you have been serving me."