Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
by Mahavatar Babaji
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The following video: Bhavani Ashtakam by Adi Shankaracharya chanted by Sri Swami Vishwananda (rehearsal) in the preparations of Navaratri 2009. The photos are taken from the Navaratri celebrations of the same year.
Navadurgamata Ki Jai!!!
Bhavani Ashtakam Chanted by Sri Swami Vishwananda
Friday, September 23, 2011
I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we'll be safe
La luce che tu dai
I pray we'll find your light
Nel cuore restera
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L'eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c'e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe.
Sogniamo un mondo senza piu violenza
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita
La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E'il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child
Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salvera
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Nike is a name for one of the many brands of tennis shoes which almost everyone around the world knows from extensive advertisements. A name of God that you favor, of which there are thousands more than for tennis shoes, is not an advertisement as is presently presented for material things on Earth. Material objects have their Earthly vibration and will stay there when you leave. The names of God have a certain greater cosmic vibration that resonates with the Heart that contains the Divine Love which you are within. Let this name be sentient in your Heart, or live there, so that it can be a continuous chant through whatever you are thinking, doing and speaking every waking and sleeping moment. Be harmonious in your being and with your world and this Love will go with you when you leave this Earth.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Some of us drove from Shree Peetha Nilaya to Munich, Germany for Swami's Darshan yesterday, about 5 1/2 hours. After Darshan, at 1 a.m. in the morning, we were having pizza in the only restaurant we could find open at that time. Then we drove to the hotel, which was lovely, and finally into bed at 3 a.m.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
In Unification, the Divine drives the chariot of Arjuna
And creates the Bhagavad Gita, the Song of God,
Builds a bridge to Lanka to rescue Sita
And shows Unity in this construction with monkeys
And bears and the power in the name through
Writing the name of Ram upon the rocks that float
In the ocean deep.
This is in the time of Avatar Rama.
Divine Unity hangs on the Cross of Calvary
Then blissfully rises again to show
Mankind he can do the same.
This is in the time of Christ Jesus.
He resides in the Himalayas for all time in the form
Of Beloved Mahavatar Babaji
Teaching souls how to create
“Unity with the Divine.”
He roams the world in a physical body
In the form of Sri Swami Vishwananda
To show man, face-to-face, how to open the Heart
To the Unity of Divine Love Within!
How many lifetimes and how many Masters have come
And gone and come again and again
To teach mankind this mission of Unity
Through Love in the Heart of all?
The world of man works on competition
The Divine vibration works in Unity.
Which way has love and peace?
Which has sorrow, torment and nashing of teeth?
You decide each day, each thought, each word
And each action which world you choose to live in.
Most say they live in the Kali Yuga,
Some Masters say they live in Dwapara Yuga.
Is it the state of the Heart that creates
The Yuga, the age, the time one’s
Consciousness exists within?
And can two ages exist simultaneously
With Master and student standing face-to-face?
It is true, so, some Masters say.
Mayhap, time is an illusion and
And thereby all time is Now!
In these circumstances. . .
Now is the time
For man to live in Unity,
Take the hand of the Master, Sri Swami Vishwananda
And His Guru, Mahavatar Babaji,
And walk the Path of Unity—Bhakti—
The Path of Love and Devotion to God.
Therein you will find the harmony of the Union
Of Divinity within your heart.
So Be It. Om and Amen.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Question posted to Mahavatar Babaji on Wednesday’s blog comments:
(Please note Gurudev and Mahavatar Babaji have changed my name -- Swamini Vishwalakshmiananda).
Dear Maha Avatar, dear Babaji,
I wanted to ask whether you could give us spiritual aspirants some advice on how to deal with the stress of modern life? I find that I am easily disturbed in my Sadhana through thoughts about the time, about my work, what I have to do today, whether I like what I need to do or not... this spiral of thoughts and feelings makes me very, very nervous and agitated and thus, effects my relationship with Him!...
(Babaji Continues): We quote Swami Vishwananda, your Guru. Ask yourself the following questions and then follow your Guru’s teaching by placing his teachings into your life in all circumstances, all situations.
Can we help ourselves in painful circumstances in life by changing ourselves?
Sri Swami Vishwananda:” Love can be joy; it's not hurting always only. There is a mystical joy, a mystical form of love that you can discover even in pain. This pain is not a pain of saying, “Oh, I’m having pain.” For example: ‘Yesterday I went to this place, I hit myself and now I have pain.’ It’s not a physical pain and it’s not an emotional pain that you create with your mind saying: “Yes, I want to be painful today”. Pain of love is so intense. The Saints know about it. Their hearts pain to be with the Divine. They cry for it. Read the life of St. Francis. Do you know how much he was crying always? But it does not have to be intensive always like that. Right now we are talking about the pain of love, but St. Francis also had great joy. This sensitivity can manifest itself also as being painful. It's not really painful, but it’s a longing for the Beloved One.”
Am I surrendered to whatever the Divine sends and does not send?
Sri Swami Vishwananda: “During darshan, I was holding a little young child; it was so sweet to look at how the child was. She came to me, she had the candy, and the moment she turned to the mother and looked at the mother, she didn’t even want the candy. She wanted to go to the mother. It brings me great joy to see this surrender, you know.
“Then I said to the people: Imagine if the whole world would be like that, if they saw the Reality. If they knew about God and they knew the illusion, they would let go of the illusion and run towards God-Realization. It was really great. The child didn’t bother about the sweet, or the chocolate, nothing! No toys even mattered to the child, because the mother was the most important. That’s why whenever we do things, it comes to a point where we lose this satisfaction, because whatever we do on the outside, which is just material-centered, has a limit and it is finished after some time.”
Ask yourself: “Do I want to be free?”
Sri Swami Vishwananda: "We could be free, but our mind doesn't let us be free. We can see the Lord everywhere, but our pride always stops us. We can Love Him, but our expectation is always there, too. When one lets go of these three things, one will be really, fully into Him.”
Could it be that your Guru is teaching you through life, through your present experience, through challenges?
Sri Swami Vishwananda: “I won’t teach you the way a normal teacher will teach you. I teach you through life, through experience, through challenges. That’s how you will build up your spiritual strength. If you are not strong enough, you will not be able to make it, because to get Self-Realization, to get God-Realization, you can’t be weak. You have to be very, very strong to get it. That is how life is.”
Are you humble in your present circumstances? God is pleased with humility!
Sri Swami Vishwananda: “how can we learn humility? The best is to pray for help to look inside to see what God wants us to learn in any situation and pray for God to help us transcend it. It’s true sometimes those things come on the way that we don’t understand. Even if you try to understand, you find it very difficult. You see, it’s simple, everybody wants their own idea to be heard first, and they don’t want to hear anybody else. If you already have made up your mind about something, thousands of people can tell you to do something differently and you will have some difficulties of doing it. In your mind you already have planned it; you have already expected!
“Very often people come and ask me questions and I tell them, and sometimes they are happy and sometimes they are not happy. You see people want to hear what they want to hear, but in every situation we can learn so much. We talk about humility. One way of building up humility is to be able to learn from others from a situation which is wrong, but we have to stay in a state of non-judgment.”
The result of all this inner work, and above all any circumstances, any situations in life will be alleviated by enacting the following teaching from your Guru!
Sri Swami Vishwananda: “Open up your heart and Cry to God, asking: "God reveal yourself. Help me that I can call myself the son of God, the child of God! Finally you can say the same as Christ did: "Oh, yes, I am One with God."
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
CD Available at the Bhakti Shop
(Swami does snot sing "Imagine" though :)
It’s not what we see outside. It’s not what we judge in the outside with our minds, but, for once, truly listen to your heart. Really listen to the call of your heart. The call of your heart will reflect the call of your soul. And only when you listen carefully to that, you will not listen to the mind. Work towards this opening of your heart. Work towards Self-Realization. Work towards knowing the Oneness of God beyond all limitations that human beings put in place.
Sri Swami Vishwananda
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Manifested at 8 p.m.on 9 September 2011 by Swami in Kenya: The people in Kenya have been praying for Swami to manifest the Hiranyagarbha Lingam and have fasted and prayed for this manifestation before He came to Kenya this week.
Friday, September 9, 2011
When asked, the Rishis might say:
“Everything and nothing is in a name.”
On the other hand,
When Man attains God,
The name, Vishwananda, means World Bliss.
Vishwalakshmiananda means World Bliss
Via Maha Lakshmi, the Divine Mother
Who bestows blessings of Spiritual
And material wealth on Her children.
The name, VishwaLakshmiananda, brings
Scarlet ribbons of Love, like the scarlet sari of
Maha Lakshmi, Herself,
Gift-wrapped inside the name of
Satguru, Sri Swami Vishwananda. . .
A rare blessing from the Divine.
Is it possible to earn such a name?
In the end, no matter how much
Seva, sadhana and meditation
One must strive to achieve on the Spiritual Path,
Such a name cannot be earned by merit.
It is like attaining God via Guru. . .
A name wrapped within the Guru’s name
Is a treasured and cherished gift from God,
By way of the Guru . . .
Ensconced in His Divine and Loving Grace!
And So It Is. . .Forevermore. . . OM and Amen!
-Swamini VishwalakshmianandaSong “Scarlet Ribbons for her Hair”
(A favorite song from childhood)”
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
In this episode (Podomatic) you will find the first of three talks given by Satya Narayan Das during his most recent visit to Shree Peetha Nilaya. He speaks about the stages of Bhakti written in various Hindu Scriptures.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Mrithjum Bagheshwar Lingam is very special. From the beginning itself, when we did the inauguration of the temple in Steffenshof, Mahavatar Babaji blessed this Shiva Lingam and He gave It the name Mrithjum Bagheshwar, which means ´the Lord which is above death, the Lord of death.' And of course death is one of the fears that everyone has, because fear of the unknown, fear of not knowing what is on the other side where we will go. But praying to Lord Shiva, especially on the day of Shivaratri, He grants one the removal of fear from death and gives you an easy passing to the other side.
Maha Avatar Babaji has blessed this Shiva Lingam Himself and said that this Lingam has lots of healing qualities. Whoever chants the mritjum mantra, the triambhakam mantra, eleven times while pouring water over this Shiva Lingam, and receives the water and drinks it, the illness will be cured.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
At Shree Peetha Nilaya, Saturday 1 September 2011, Dharmanda held a bhagan and music training course. It was reported that the class enjoyed the course very much and there was camaraderie all around. One person was said to have learned to play three songs on the Harmonium before noon. Perhaps this was due, in part, to the fact that the course was held in the Rarified Air of Sri Swami Vishwananda’s Atma Kriya Room.
When will he come? He will come when everybody awakens unconditional love inside the heart. There is no date for this coming. God is not bound by any time. He is the Lord of time, himself.
The white horse symbolizes the purity together with a controlled mind. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna drives a chariot with five horses. These are the five senses that we have to control. The Kalki Avatar rides upon the mind itself. Not only the five senses are controlled but the mind itself is focused, self-pointed and governed by the Self. When the mind is controlled, pure love will awaken and the Lord will reveal Himself in the Heart of mankind.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Have faith that what you are hearing within your heart is true. As long as you do not believe in what the Divine wants to show you, you will not advance. The moment you sincerely have faith in what you feel inside your heart, it will manifest in the outside world. You have within you the willpower of construction that comes from the constructive willpower inside the mind.
Sri Swami Vishwananda
Just up the road from my home is a field with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse, you will discover that he is blind. His owner chose not to “put him down.” And the owner has made a good home for the blind horse.
This alone is amazing. However, if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell coming from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell. It lets his blind friend know where he is so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to the other horse, trusting that he will not be led astray.
When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell. Like the owner of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are in need, or that we are not perfect, or because we have problems or challenges.
God watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse helping others to find their way.
Good friends are like that. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Remember . . .
Be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
And leave the rest to God.
FOR WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT ONLY BY SIGHT!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Art From a Social Network (Nice)
(Note: Perhaps this White Swan represents the Parmahansa.
When I saw the Parmahansa (twice),
It was completely white, even its mouth/bill/beak)
Swamini VishwaLakshmiAnandama - formerly Utpalavati
1 September 2011