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Mauritius

One time we were invited by Swamiji to visit his ashram in Mauritius. We saw and experienced many wonderful and enlightening things there. One day we visited the house he had grown up in and saw the bedroom he had occupied as a child. There were several rumours spreading around that his mother had used a vacuum cleaner to cope with the outpour of vibhuti, which would come out from even the walls. There were literally hundreds of statues pouring out vibhuti in every colour and several pictures crying oil.

In the ashram there was a bedside lamp which was designed in the shape of the holy family – Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. It had been in the ashram for a long time and no one had taken any real notice of it. However one day, Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus started to cry oil. It didn’t really cause much of a stir around the ashram, as there were already several statues crying oil and this was just another of them. A plate was placed underneath the statue to collect the oil and to prevent it from flowing onto the desk. When the oil ceased to flow a few days later, I asked Swamiji what had happened. He said that someone had touched it carelessly. Swami made a little prayer. Next day the lamp started crying oil again.

On another occasion we set up a new altar on the ground floor of the ashram and the next morning we found that almost every statue and every picture were shedding vibhuti or oil. There was so much oil coming out of a life-size picture of Shirdi Sai Baba that it flowed out of the frame and spilled out all over the altar. I was standing in amazement before the altar which we had so innocently set up the previous day when Swamiji came up to me just looked at the new tablecloth which had begun to soak in the oil and started complaining. I said to him, “Swamiji, you’re not serious?!” All he said was, “Yes…yes, it’s all God’s grace.” He changed the tablecloth and the next day the Shirdi Baba picture was covered in vibhuti but was definitely better for the cloth! However there was a Shirdi Baba statue which was crying amrit (nectar), so much so that we had to keep placing larger plates underneath until finally the statues were sitting in bowls which were larger than the statues themselves. 

Naamdev – Germany

 

Feeling ‘the Comforter,’ the shakti energy

 

In Sedona, Arizona USA, on his December 2006 tour, Swami Vishwananda provided an opportunity for me to ask a question I had wanted to ask him since I had met him almost a year earlier. I wanted to ask him what the source is of the shakti, or energy I feel frequently in the crown or head area. Often shakti energy also skims, like electricity, over portions, or over the entire surface of my skin. Throughout my life I have learned to trust this energy as an indicator of truth in whatever is occurring at the time that seems to manifest the energy.

 My understanding is that the shakti is divine or life energy. In addition, with my background of Christianity and my life-long love for the master Christ Jesus, I have felt that the shakti energy is the Comforter that Jesus promised he would send. At the Last Supper when Jesus was telling his disciples that he was to be crucified and would rise again and then leave them, he said:

If you love me keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost [Holy Spirit], whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeded from the Father, he shall testify of me. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send unto you. The Holy Bible, King James Version, John 14:15, 26; 15:26; 16:7.

Time revealed that I did not have to initiate the question I longed to ask Swami, because the omniscient, all-knowing Swami Vishwananda introduced the topic himself. During the tour, along with Swami, a small group of us visited one of the world-famous vortices, Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona. There in the serene, cathedral-like beauty carved out a long time ago by Mother Nature from red rocks and high, green, desert hills, Swami led us in devotional chants and songs. It was one of the most powerful and sacred times I have been blessed to have with Swami Vishwananda, and in one of the most splendid and beautiful places in nature on this planet.

On a subsequent day, Swami was speaking to me of the magnificence of Mother Nature in Sedona. He said as if in awe or amazement, “On the road to Cathedral Rock I felt the hair on my arms stand up.” And he emphasized, “On the road.” I thought, how humble — from someone who inside is in samadhi and in communication with God all the time. I took the opportunity he so obviously was providing me to ask my question: “Swami, when I feel the shakti energy like you just described you felt on the road to Cathedral Rock, I think it is Divine energy and also the Comforter that master Jesus promised to send. Is that right? Swami replied, “Yes, it is Divine Life Energy, prana, and the Comforter Jesus promised to send.” I was comforted.

Utpalavati – Jean Morgan-Peterson – USA

 

 

A big lesson

Once, I accompanied Swamiji on his entire Switzerland tour; I drove from one end to the other of the tour. There was a Satsang one evening and I wanted to give him a nice postcard. I’m always very excited when I have the chance to talk to him. A lot of people formed a queue after the Satsang and one by one they had a talk with him. I waited till the end of the line and went to him with a red face which was a result of my excitement. I wanted to give him the card but the only thing he said was: “The German people can come in Germany to me”. I was shocked and deeply hurt. A normal human reaction would have been to get angry. I was not angry at all.  I did not realize at the time that the emotion of hurt is actually anger turned inside toward oneself. I felt sad and there were tears in my eyes. I had the feeling that my heart was going to die. I started to meditate in order to try to understand why Swami had treated me like this.  I finally calmed down and slowly opened my eyes to see what he was doing.

I received the next shock.  A man from Germany was talking to him and they seemed to be having a lot of fun. That was too much for me. I closed my eyes again to meditate. It is impossible to describe how many emotions came up for me, but still I felt a lot of love for Swamiji and the only wish I had was to understand what he wanted to show me with this game. At the point of deep meditation and of self analyzing because of what had happened, I heard Swamiji laughing very loudly. Withoout thinking I looked up at him and saw him with his outstretched arm towards me. He gave me a sign to come to him. He asked me then, “What do you have in your hand?” I gave him the card that I had wanted to give him earlier. He accepted the card and smiled at me with a smile which I will never forget.  At that moment, I realized that all this was a big test for me.

Paari – Germany

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