Real spirituality is in each one of you, in each one of your hearts, whether you believe or not, it’s there. God is sitting permanently within you. But to achieve it, this is each one’s way, each one’s personal way. To discover the God without form, God without name, the eternal – to realise that you, all of you, are part of Him. This is the aim of man.Open up your heart! Love, love unconditionally! Love without limit! Love without expecting anything! Realise this love is ever flowing, the more you give, the more you receive. Just give for the sake of giving. That is what you are here for.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
There was once a devotee of Kali who lived near Dakshineswar. It was not Ramakrishna, it was a priest, and his love for the Divine Mother was sooo great, that he would praise the Mother wherever he was. In his house, there were no food. So he went and beg, but people refused to give him food. Then the Divine Mother disguised Herself as a fruit-seller, and went to his house where She gave some vegetables and some rice to the wife and said, “Cook them. Your husband sent me here.”
When the husband came back to home, the wife told him: “Oh, thank you, to have sent this lovely lady, who brought some vegetables and some rice for us to eat. But now I don’t see her anymore and she went without saying bye.” Later, when they opened the door of the temple, they saw that the cloths that the Lady had been wearing, were now on the statue of Kali!”
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The past is finished.
Leave it back. Don’t bother about the past.
As long as you hang on the past, the past will hang with you.
The more you let go off the past, more you will be free and the more you will be in the present.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Sri Krishna said in the Gita; “Cast away all dogma.
Cast away all what is from the mind, and surrender to me.”
Then only can true Love be realised.
Otherwise, if you see it with Jnani, they stick only in the mind.
I don’t say it’s not good, it is good.
But it will lead you only to a certain level.
Karma Yoga is very good to help.
But if you’re not helping with the right attitude, it stills brings you only to one level.
Whereas Bhakti is what Sri Krishna said to Uddhava; “ above all the Yogas, I prefer Bhakti Yoga. I prefer the Yoga of devotion.
Where the Devotee and the Lord, become one, when there is no difference that stays.
Whereas in all the other Yogas, there is a difference.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Once somebody asked a great Saint:”Tell me, how will I become like you?” The Saint who was very dirty- you know, it was a sadhu and you know how dirty the the sadhus in India are.
So the sadhu looked at him, how he is dressed nicely and he turned to the river and said:”Do you see these two rivers, passing by there?”
The one river was filthy dirty and the other one was very pure, like Ganga- no, Ganga is not that clean, anyway... like a swiss river, you know! Very clear water!
So, the Saint looked at him and said:”When these both river become alike, then you come to me!”
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I was asked a question, a few days ago actually. Somebody asked me “Swamiji, you always say, also Christ said it, ‘Blessed are the poor in the Spirit, for they shall inherit God’”.
The person said to me “Shall we be ignorant?”.
Well it’s not what I said.
You see: Blessed are the poor in the mind.
Christ actually didn’t mean that you have to be completely ignorant to realize God.
What He means is: One has to have knowledge about God, because if you are ignorant you will not know anything.
But very often [because of] knowledge arises pride and we get so much attached to our knowledge, that even the reality gets covered. And when you are in ignorance, of course it’s not good.
Actually, it’s good that both are in balance, but at the same time- if you want to realize God fully, you have to put aside both of them.
Knowledge is in the mind and if you want to understand the Divine with the mind it’s futile.
You will never be able to understand. We want to grasp something, which is impossible to grasp, which is not physical.
But our mind understands, even our heart understands only what is physical, what we can grab and handle.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Like I said yesterday in the story of Krishna’s flute, we just give ourselves.
Be like that.
Be in the hands of God.
May you be ready always to be His messenger, His tool, to spread His Love.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
As you know very well, the power of Love is the only thing that conquers everything.
If you want to conquer God, conquer Him with Love.
If you want to achieve Him, you will achieve Him only with Love.
But the Love has to be pure.
Not saying: “Ok, I have been to the Center here.
I have been to the ashram.
I have been to Shivaratri- the Love is pure.”
No, you have to make that Love pure inside of you.
You have to train your mind to become positive.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Isn’t it said in the Gita?
Krishna said: “Out of a million, only a few will attain me.”
Because we hear things, but we are still deaf.
Because we don’t want to change.
We say “Yes, we want to change.” But in reality, very few, really, really, really sincerely want to change.
Okay, just here now, with a small group- then we will multiply it by a million afterwards.
How many sincerely will do anything to attain, to receive the grace of God?
Just lift your hand. Anything, I mean anything, any, any, any, anything! (laughter)
Any test that God gives you? You will bear it.
(Devotee 5:Bear it or go into this thing? (laughing))
Not about going, well, this is up to… It’s just a question.
We don’t need to know what kind of tests God gives us… (laughter) (laughing)
Otherwise it would not be a test. So sincerely.
(Devotee 6: If He guarantees us that we will attain Him if we do it) (Some people are lifting their hands)
Even from those who have lifted their hands I can pick out…maybe one or two from that. (laughing)
(Devotee 5: So and what is then our obstacle?)
Each one has their own obstacle. The fear of letting go.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Before giving Darshan Swami Vishwananda once told us a story, that he heard during his childhood:
I remember my mum used to tell me a story, when I was small. It’s a funny story. There were two neighbours.
They always quarrelled with each another. One day one of them said “I will pray to God, I will meditate on God, that when I see God I will ask Him for a blessing.”
So he meditated and prayed. God appeared to him and said “My dear fellow, what do you want?” -" God, I want a blessing from you. I want to have the blessing, that whatever I ask from you I get.” God said “Okay, under one condition. I will give you this blessing with one condition that whatever you ask me, your neighbour will get double.” That’s shocking, isn’t it? He thought for a while and said “Okay, fine”.
So when he asked God for one ton of gold, his neighbour had two tons of gold. He asked for one house, his neighbour had two houses. The same thing with one car, his neighbour had two cars.
Of course he was jealous inside. “How come I prayed so much, but my neighbour is profiting more?”
Do you know what he thought then? He said “Okay, God I want a very big, deep hole in front of my house.” Well, God had to keep his promise- the neighbour had two holes in front of his house. The next thing he asked God was “God, I want you to take one of my eyes out.” You know what happened…
This story sounds really funny, but this is how human are.
We can’t be happy for somebody else. Even when we say “Yes, I am happy for that person”, but when you look deep inside, there is something that is eating you.
Probably you don’t think about it, but at night when you go to bed it eats you a little bit, isn’t it? How come that person is like that and I am not like that? How come that person is realised, but I am not? One question which is very nice and that I get very often is “Swamiji how come I don’t see things?” But God has given you two eyes. Everyday you see so many things, you know? But yet they ask you this question “Why don’t I see the things that my neighbour sees?” Start taking time what you see, what you feel, what you want. And only then you can really see him, not only to see some light or somebody walking around, but more than that. To see that what you have inside of you is really equal in everybody.
You all know about it, but it’s time to realize it and to really feel it. And love can really show that, you know? When this love awakes for your self firstly and when this love really awakes completely inside of you, consume you completely with the Divine Love. You know this cosmic love- You can just see love, nothing else, because all the things that are separating you, dissolve into love. And your eyes can make you see only love.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
To experience God we should love. This is the main experience of it. The definition of God? Love!
Very often people think, when they feel God, they will think “Oh something marvelous, something great”… whatever. But each one has their own way of feeling God. For some the Divine will express itself as complete joy, but for some the Divine will express Itself as separation. For some it is joy just to be in love with Him and just to know that He is there. Actually you can describe every feeling as coming from the Divine. But which is the right feeling? Everybody has his own. And each person is on a different level, each person vibrates on a different level of vibration, where they can feel the Divine in their way.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Everybody who is here knows about spirituality already. They know what they are searching- Well, i guess so. So, we all know we are searching for something. Whether we are in the world outside or we are spiritual. We are always on the search. But what are we searching for? Happiness? (Someone: Yes) Joy? (Someone: Yes) Freedom? (Someone: Yes) Where are we searching it? Outside? (Someone: Yes) Did you forget about it? (Laughter)The search is here. Inside our Self. To rediscover who we are. We all search for something, we all long for something. When we get it, we long for something else. Why does the longing to the outside never finish? Because the longing of the heart is the most important thing, but the longing of the heart- if you try to understand it with the mind, it’s not possible. When we talk of love, we all have an idea of how love has to be. In our mind we say “Yes, love has to be this way, this way, this way.” But if you know really how love is, you don’t talk about it.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sri Swami Vishwananda: Jai Gurudev! (audience: Jai Gurudev!)
It was just a quick decision of doing a Satsang, because today I didn’t spend
much time with the people here. So you didn’t see me much. That gives a chance to be all together.
That’s what the word Satsang means, no?: “To come together”. But to come
together for what? Very often people come together to gossip, no? This is the
favorite topic of people. Whenever there is something to gossip, they like to be together. But the people, who are on the spiritual path like to be together also to praise God, no?
So like that there are different ways where people try to come together to be heard, to discuss, to share and that what makes us strong, that’s what makes one strong in oneself- the coming together. Of course one can practice one’s spiritual path alone, which is also strong. But when you come together, the energy is completely different. It’s like everybody has one goal and everybody is vibrating the same frequency. It’s much stronger.
So, that’s what the word Satsang means. To come together, to unite with one energy, one goal, where everybody is up to. We are not coming together to see how beautiful this one is dressed, we are not coming together to look how beautiful is my voice or how beautiful is somebody else’s voice. We are not coming together to make ourselves interesting. But we come together, so that we can build up our foundation in ourselves, we can build up our strength towards God-realization or Self-realization. But it’s sad to see that nowadays when people come together; it’s mostly to talk about other people, to gossip about what the other person has been doing. (smiling) But what the person has done is not your business; it’s the person’s business. (smiling) Mind your own business; but that’s what
people don’t do nowadays. They don’t look at themselves, but they do look at others, forgetting what Christ has said: “The fault that you see in other people, the judgment you put on to others, is your own judgment towards yourself”.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Once, somebody went to a master. And when he went to this master and saw this master who was so blissful, this person, who himself was a master, said to the great master: “Tell me: who is your teacher? Why are you radiating so much light!?” Then the great one said: “I don’t have one teacher- I have twenty-four teachers.” Then he asked: „Who are these twenty-four teachers?” The master said:” First, above all the teachers, I’ve learned from my parents. Above all, firstly I have learned from my mother, who held my hand and made me walk. Secondly, I have learned from my father who was disciplined,and had shown me, how to sustain myself. My mother has shown me,how to stand on my feet.” Thee man went on like that-he never mentioned anybody apart from the mother and father, the rest he mentioned was about anything that he had seen in his life: the plants, animals... He had learned from every small insect, all together twenty-four. He had learned humility, patience, joy, happiness... all these qualities, just from nature.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
All our Shakti (Power) always comes from God, but we have to know that all negative energy like hatred, fustration, anger or jealousy can also be transformed into postivite energy like love, joy or bliss.
Sri Swami Vishwananda is adressing us to find this deep Love inside of us, which will help us not only to have a beautiful environment and harmony, but also to develop a loving relationship to the Divine.
A Mother is lovely, but a Mother also can be strict and disciplined. Often we see a woman always frail and not that strong. The men always think of themselves being more strong.
It’s just an illusion, because when a woman gets angry, what does she become like? Bhadrakali, no? (laughter) Where does this power come from? You know about it, no Matajis? (laughter) (Some: Yes) (laughing) You are well experienced about that. Ma is very calm, but She has different aspects. Like yesterday we were saying if you have this negativity inside of you, of course you will never see Her in Her calmness. You will see Her always in Her terrifying aspect, because She takes this terrifying aspect not towards you, not towards you who you are. Because all is just Her. She knows that. But this terrifying aspect is the negativity of yourself, of your mind. That’s why She appears terrifying.
If your mind is pure, even if Bhadrakali comes in front of you, She will be as beautiful as all the other Goddesses. But when you look at Maha Kali, you look at Her picture, you see how terrifying She is, no? I know very well in Mauritius many people told me “You know Swamiji, we don’t like to pray to Kali.” And I asked them “Why?” Then they said “I am scared of Her.”(laughter)
Well… why are you scared of Her? She is the Mother. She is not terrifying.
Friday, April 8, 2011
He have given you His sweet name.
He has given you His form to meditate on.
First know that the mind has to be focused on Him completely.
Then, you will know what is Self-realisation.
Then, you will know what is surrender.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
There is another story that shows again the power of the name of Rama: There was once a king who did lots of sin in his life. He knew that he would die soon.
So he went to see a guru in one ashram. But when he went there, the guru was in deep meditation. So he waited, and waited, and waited, but the guru didn't come out of his samadhi. The king saw that the son of the guru was there, so he called him, ”Please, your father is in deep samadhi, and I can't wake him up, I can't tell him to come out, so you tell me... Look, I have spent my whole life in hurting people and doing bad things, but now I realize that I have to change certain things in my life. Tell me how would I forgive myself for all this?”
The son thought for a while, and said, “Chant three times the name of Rama, and all your sins will be forgiven but of course you have to chant it with faith, you can’t just chant it with the mere mouth.” The king was very happy. When the guru came back to himself, the son was very excited and said, “Father, father, you know, the king came here!” And he explained everything about why the king had been there. Then the father asked him, “What did you tell him?” The son said, “I told him to chant three times the name of Rama, with faith, and that all his sins would be forgiven.” The father got very angry at that moment, and said: “My son, I curse you, because you don't even know how powerful the name of Rama is. You didn't need to tell him to chant it three times; even one time would have been enough!”
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
In the life of Rama, Rama wanted to cross over the ocean to go to Lanka to get Sita.
So He fasted for many days, prayed to Varuna, the Ocean God and said “Clear the way, that we can pass.”
But after three days still the Sea God has not appeared.
This angered Lakshmana, the brother of Rama.
He was short-tempered.
And the same Lakshmana has incarnated as Balarama.
So he took his arrow and said to the Ocean “Ocean, I will dry you up.”
Rama saw that and rushed to His brother, saying“Brother what are you doing? My dear brother, I will tell you something, what you are trying to do right now is to kill Maya by Maya, but it’s impossible.
You can’t remove illusion by illusion.
What you see here is an illusion and how would you kill illusion by illusion?”
So how to remove illusion is only by God’s name and spiritual practices.
So if you wanna start to recite the Divine Name, you will find here a nice Bhajan.......
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
There was once a Rabbi. He was giving his discourse, his lecture and as he was talking to his students, there was a line which said “The one who is close to the Divine, the one who is close to God, to Jahwe, is the one who smiles in the midst of difficulties.” Then his students stopped him and said “Professor, Mr. Rabbi, reverent Sir, can you please explain us how it is possible that we can smile in times of difficulties? The Rabbi said “Well, it's very difficult to answer this question, because when there are difficulties, I, myself forget where the smile is gone. I forget how to smile." It’s true: our mind is so engrossed into negativity, that we forget the reality. Saying so, he said “It’s very difficult for me to tell you how to smile in times of difficulties or in times of great tests. But I know one person in the village, who has gone through so many trials in his life. When he was just one week old, he lost his parents. Then later on in life, in everything that he did, he didn’t succeed, but he was always very joyful and smiling.” So they went to that person, knocked at the door, and an answer came “Who is it?”. The students said, “Oh, we are the students of the Rabbi, we came to ask you certain questions.” He replied“Tell me what questions do you have?” Then they said “Oh we came across this line in the Bible that said ‘The one, who is closest to God, smiles in the midst of difficulties’”. The man answered “Well you have come to the wrong address, because I am 78 years old. Yet I don’t know what difficulties are, so I can’t tell you how to smile in it.”
So, know how close you are to the Divine, the difficulties transcend itself. How much your mind is focussed on the Divine or on your true Self. Everybody wants to attain this true Self, no? But everybody wants to attain the true Self only by being good. You don’t need to be good. You don’t need to pretend to be good. You just need to be yourself. Even if people think that you are bad, you have to know how you are.
Monday, April 4, 2011
While singing, people were dancing. In dancing for God, you’re dancing yoga. You’re forgetting about your body, you’re forgetting about your mind, you’re just singing the glory of God, singing the name of God. In this way, you’re decreasing the power of the mind. You will notice that after moving, when you sit down and relax, your concentration is much better than if you just sat down. When you just sit, your mind is jumping left and right.
So, when you dance in the right way, you’re energizing yourself. You’re calling upon this inner Self to reveal itself. And when you lift your hand up, you’re calling to the Lord, to God, saying: “I’m in this illusion. I’m drowning myself in this illusion. Here, I’m lifting my hand up to you. Pull me out of this illusion. I’m surrendering.” You will notice in all the holy scriptures there is this phrase which says: “Lord, I’m lifting my hand up to you. Come to my rescue.” In Psalm 54 you will find it, in the Koran you will find it, you will also find it in the Gita.
So, singing the glory of God transcends all religion. Transcends all culture. Transcends all race. Transcends all that the mind can create. You will find God inside of you. Man lives in ignorance. Of course, you need a little knowledge of God, a little knowledge of the Divine to get out of it. But in the end, you have to surrender completely. It’s neither your intelligence nor your ignorance that will make you realize your true self. It's your surrender.
It’s like when you’re walking barefoot, and you get a thorn in your foot. You need another thorn to remove it. The thorn of ignorance entered your feet, and you need another thorn to remove it. But what you do afterwards? Do you keep both thorns in your pocket and say, “Okay, I will treasure them.” You don’t keep both of them, you throw them both away. So, even knowledge will bring you only to a certain level. The rest you have to surrender yourself completely to this love of God. You have to surrender your mind completely. You have to surrender your body completely. And you have to surrender your soul.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Once a student went to his Guru and said: “Master, I am troubled.”
The master stood right in front of him and came very near to his face and said: “Why do you hang on the illusion?
You know, whatever is in this mind is an illusion, why do you hang on that.
You know very well that deep inside of you only God resides. Why you don’t find joy inside of this?”
Then the master said: “My dear child, recite for 24 hours nonstop your Guru mantra* and meditate intensely for four hours and you will conquer the mind.”
Of course the grace of the Guru was there.
The same way the grace of God is also with you.
* A Guru Mantra is a special and powerful Mantra which is given by the Sadguru and which should not be talked about or given to other persons.