“What do we have to do?” the crowd asks John the Baptist in a film about Jesus Christ. And John answers with: “Change your hearts!” It is Swami Vishwananda who has helped me to understand what this change of heart needed to be for me. Several years ago someone phoned me to say that a young Swami would be visiting and asked if I would like to go and see him. ‘Oh no, I do not want anyone in orange in my life anymore,’ was my immediate reaction. For there comes a time that one realizes that, yes, we may need the help from a Teacher, but the actual change can be made only by ourselves. I had engaged in several spiritual groups with their Teachers and teachings; read many books; done various exercise-practices and engaged in service for the poor, the ill and the downtrodden for very many years. Now, finally, I felt the urgent need to be with my Divine Source, with the Self with a capital ‘S’. And so, my ’no’ seemed definite. However, the person who invited me to see the young Swami was persistent and frequently kept phoning me with the same invitation. Finally I agreed to go see him. When I saw Swami Vishwananda that first time, I liked his simplicity. As time passed, I got more and more familiar with his ‘just love’ approach to spirituality. This proved to be my ‘missing link’. Time in nature showed me non-duality: no good, no bad, just Existence. Then one day, tired from work, I sat down in my easy-chair to rest. Suddenly, I experienced this Divine state of non-duality deep within my own heart, a state of Pure Love. And when one experiences the true Divine Love, there is no good or bad, no ego or egotism and no greed nor clinging need. There is only giving and sharing when we experience this Love. The experience transformed my heart. Even though this transformation is an ‘all ready and go’ state, I am still working at consciously applying it at any given moment. I want to become like Swami Vishwananda who always loves purely and in whose heart and mind no thought arises except that of Divine Love. To be able to see and experience this was not an overnight happening. The realization took some time before the window opened to allow a better glimpse of who Swami Vishwananda in reality is, and who we all really are! And this, for me, is the greatest miracle.
Tarakeshwari – Netherlands