Stories and experiences with Swami Vishwananda
Compiled by Swami Vishwavijayananda
Spiritual stories

Narasimha vision

My first reunion with my master Swami Vishwananda was on the 2. February 2010. When you are born you search and every meeting is a part of the Divine play.

In 2010 I was apart of a bhajan group, playing drums. We were extended an invite by Gurunathan (owner of the house and the land where the Narasimha temple was built) to perform bhajans. Our expectation before arriving  was that we would be at just another temple where we will perform bhajans and then leave.

On arriving  at the Narasimha temple we were amazed of the presence of the Divinity. The deity present was so radiant and seated on the chair. On the far end was Swami, he looked very blissful.

The group started to perform bhajans and we continued for four hours long singing and chanting the Lord’s names. It was so beautiful that Swami decided to perform an Abishekam on Narasimha. Afterwards we asked him for his blessing and have darshan of him. He answered that He does not do this unplanned. But his mercy and love was so much that he agreed to the impromptu darshan. We all received his blessings and after the darshan we returned home full energized.

The next day I had a yearning to speak to him,  Click here to read the rest of the story.
Humility

At the end of a retreat of Bhakti Marga in Steffenshof in dezember 2007 in Germany, Swami Vishwananda gave a satsang. As nobody had more questions. I asked him:

-          You said in your satsang the most important thing on the spiritual path is HUMILITY. So how do I get humility?

-          Humility comes from Humus, earth. First you have to be grounded to develop humility. Second humility will come by praising the Lord instead of praising the mind.

-          But my mind is always praising me! I answered.

-          Don’t praise you but praise always God. Offer everything to the divine, don’t take it upon yourself. Offer the praise to God. It’s only God which act through you.

Pritalananda

My questions are answered
At the time I was 17 years old and I was not very spiritual minded. I remember one night Swami Vishwananda and me couldn’t sleep so we decided to go up to the roof and listen to bhajans on a loudspeaker and dance. We were very excitable and energetic at 2am in the morning and were having lots of fun. I recall that Swami and I were dancing, holding onto each other and spinning out of control and letting off fireworks! Swami’s mother and sister had tried to convince us to all to turn off the music and go to bed which we eventually agreed to around 4am. Everyone had started to make their way down to the house to sleep, apart from Swami Vishwananda, myself and another boy.

 

We stayed on the roof and started to chat about spirituality. I found that I was engrossed with what Swami was saying and was becoming increasingly inquisitive. I asked Swami Vishwananda some questions about the universe, my life and spirituality. Swami listened to my questions and then presented me with a unique and awesome opportunity where he offered to mediate on my questions and ask a divine soul to personally come and answer my questions.

Swami Vishwananda begun to meditate and around 15 minutes later I heard an astounding deep voice from behind Swami ask me “what do you want?” I turned around to see who was actually talking to me, however I did not know who it was. Present on the roof was Swami, another boy and myself and none us were talking! I felt a powerful energy some sort of apparition or light was behind Swami. I could feel this energy and see a blue and white tinted light. It felt like a surge of electricity around me. The other boy present during this time put his hands together to pray before this divine energy. I did not know what to say, so I kept silent.  

The divine being started to talk to me about myself and also explained to me that Swami is his child, a part of himself born on earth in human form to awaken the divinity in us all, to realize the Supreme Lord. He also spoke to me about my special connection with Swami. The divine being then asked me

“Do you remember when I danced as Nataraja and split the earth into two lands?” I tried to recall any memory of this event but I could not. However I nodded my head out of respect to say I remembered, but in reality I did not. I was then amazed he then asked me “what do you want Ravi?” I replied “only your blessing Bhagwan Shankar”. Swami was still meditating at this point. Shankar bhagwan then suddenly said “your brother is needed, I have to leave.” I asked “but why?” He replied in a calm manner “Because your uncle and your cousin are coming now. I have to leave so that both you and your brother can greet him”. Shankar Bhagwan gave me his blessing and told me that he would always be with me and left.

 

At this point I thought to myself its 4 o’clock in the morning, my uncle will not visit us at this time of night. Swami came out of his meditation and opened his eyes, and as I turned my head I saw my uncle and cousin approaching the house. They could not sleep so they wanted to visit us!

  (by Ravi)  

 

The Ramayana

Wenn Swami Vishwananda was eighteen, he was talking always upon the Ramayana, he had really this in the mind. He went in meditation that he was practising very seriously. After Swami Vishwananda told me that the american scientist are near to discover the existence of the bridge build by Rama and the monkey in the Ramayana.
(by Ravi)

A scent of flowers in my bedroom

Already quite a while before meeting Swami Vishwananda in person I had a strong feeling of a higher presence being with me. One evening, about three months before finally meeting him I was visiting with my aunt. It was a rainy, windy day and so I had the windows of my room closed. At about 10 pm I retired to have some time for silence and meditation before going to bed. Upon entering my room I immediately sensed a different energy, very soft, very gentle, very beautiful, like a golden light though invisible to my eyes. And the whole room was filled with a scent of flowers. There was a presence in my room so palpable that it made me slow down and smile and I greeted whoever was there by saying, “Hi”. I knew that I was being visited by a divine presence and this beautiful scent of flowers was like a greeting to confirm that this was real and that he was there with me and that I was being loved.  (by Prajna, Springen)

The Grace of the master
Usually I am more private regarding my experiences with my spiritual Master Sri Swami Vishwananda, but the following experience he has given me shows as clear as crystal who he really is and for that reason I would like to share it with you.
One day the question came up for me what bhakti, surrender to the Divine, truly is. What does it mean to surrender completely? We sing and pray, dance and cry to God, but is this really bhakti or just an emotional expression of feelings and wishes? What is the difference between bhakti and emotionality?
I was carrying this question around for a while until it became so urgent for me to find an answer to it that I turned to Guruji. I asked him to grant me a question. He answered, only if it is a spiritual question. For some reason I did not feel accepted, so I turned around to leave while saying, yes, it is a spiritual question. But I never actually formulated this question.
When I came back to my room to reflect about this exchange with my Guru I was suddenly  lifted into a different state to have an immediate experience of surrender to the Divine which was so intense that the separation between me and the Divine was dissolved. Guruji did not only know my question which I had never formulated, he also gave me the answer in form of an experience which would never have been possible without the grace of God.
(By Prajna, Springen ) 

The western sage
Swami Vishwananda was fourteen years old as Ravi his cousin came from London to visit his family. Ravi told us how he assisted for the first time with Swami Vishwananda to a Bajan session. But a special guest came to visit them:
"During the same trip to Mauritius, my mother had told me that we had to pay my aunt, my father’s sister, a visit in Vacoas, a small town in Mauritius. As I was not happy about spending the remainder of my holiday visiting family, I refused to go! However, my mum was insistent. I compromised with my mum and said that I would only go if Swami Vishwananda came along with us, which he happily agreed to". Click here to see the full story. (by Ravi)  

Master-disciple relationship

Jesus hath many lovers of his heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of his cross. He had many desirous of consolation but few of his tribulation. He found many companions of his table but few of his abstinence. All desire to rejoice in him, but few are willing to endure anything for him or with him. Many follow Jesus into the breaking of bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of his passion. Many reverence his miracles, but few followed him to his cross. Many love Jesus, so long as no adversities befall them.

These quotes from the book „The Imitation of Christ“ by Thomas A Kempis depict exactly how difficult it is to walk in the master’s footsteps. Jesus Christ, who was the incarnation of love, showering the bliss of divine love impartially to all, suffered crucifixion from the very same people who praised him no longer before. Click here to read the rest of the story


Back to the path of Christ

I met Swami Vishwananda in Mauritius in 1997. At that time I was repelled by the idea of following a guru because I had read some unfavourable experiences of people writing about such matters. When I tried to picture myself as the follower of a guru, I disliked the picture very much. Click here to read the rest of the story  

 

 

The meaning of vibhuti
I have known Swami Vishwananda (Visham) since he was thirteen years old. He, Amal, Rose and I were good friends and were inseparable. Visham was lively, fun and very honest. We went to college in Rose-Hill and sometimes we would leave school and go to his place or mine, but we never had a problem with our teachers. Soon, he left the college and began vocational training at Vaqua. But we remained good friends, and on Sundays we would get together. The mandir in Vaqua fascinated Swami Vishwananda. At first I wasn’t that interested in going there, as I thought the best form of prayer was service to humanity. Click here to read the rest of the story 



Unconditional Love
For the love from our hearts, which is pure and untainted, is ever ready to sprout forth, though covered with the mud of our restless thoughts and egos. Swami Vishwananda penetrates deeply and guides us directly from the soul level and doesn’t mind our egos and minds, for we are not that. These are like old garments that we need to get rid of. He loves us for who we truly are — children of God, pure love and bliss. Swami Vishwananda teaches us to rise above the ego and the mind; to look deep within ourselves and to reawaken the divine memory that we are not mortal beings doomed to roll in the mud of our wrongdoings. He came to sow the seeds of love in the hearts of men and to show us the way back to our true home, in God. He is the true lighthouse, the guiding star of our shipwrecked hearts.

Finding my Swami again
I met Swami Vishwananda in Mauritius in 1997, together with my husband and our little daughter. We went there to see him as we had heard of him before. When I met him, I immediately knew in my heart that he was the spiritual master I had been looking for. Since the age of twenty I had been praying to find my guru. When I saw Swami Vishwananda, there was not the slightest doubt in my mind, no more questions. He was my guru, I had found him again! But it went even further than just a simple reunion. Click here to read the rest of the story


My Sadguru
There are times in one’s life when an event or a person changes the whole course of the river of one’s life. That may well be said of my first meeting with a great man of God, Swami Vishwananda. With an encounter of this kind, words are inadequate to describe the true greatness or importance of such a meeting. To meet the guide, the one sent to you by God, to lead you to the highest safety, peace eternal, your true home, after incarnations of exile, after roaming in this ocean of delusion, this dream that we call reality, is inexpressible. Click here to read the rest of the story

The mind
Swami Vishwananda always tells us to make proper use of our God-given mind. He does not like it if someone acts too emotionally or irrationally. He says that common sense is incredibly important. The cosmic illusion maya is created by the mind, and this is one of God’s greatest creations. We should not ignore this divine play, but instead adore queen maya because she is so powerful that even God can forget Himself due to her. We have to use the mind to examine and discriminate in order to go beyond this illusion. We must understand that we have a mind, but we are not the mind. Click here to read the rest of the story  


Consequences of a past action
There have been so many hours spent sitting after a lunch or dinner, where we tried to find the end of the mind. One night it just so happened that we had been talking until dawn about Enlightenment and giving up the mind. One day I questioned Swami about a certain matter and he replied, “I will not answer this question because the answer will only blow your mind and will not help you in any way”.
 
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The apple tree
This story was told by Swami Vishwananda: "A father had two children, they were walking on a path. One child was on the shoulder of the father and the other was holding the hand of the father. They reached a beautiful apple tree."
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The seeds of love
One evening I stood at the entrance of the chapel where icons of saints are displayed. There were other disciples around as well, all of them preoccupied with their own tasks. I was just enjoying the atmosphere of being in the presence of Swami Vishwananda. Knowing that he never acknowledges that he is aware of what is going on in our heads, I felt free to express my divine cry for my Divine Mother, whom I beheld in the form of my guru. Feeling safe and secure within my own mind, and the thought that he would avoid me completely so as not to build up my ego even in the subtlest way, I was melting into the arms of the Divine Mother. I gently shed my tears of love and longing for Her, with a tinge of sadness that She had not yet come, mixed with the joyous expectations of Her long-awaited coming. Just at that moment Swami Vishwananda approached me, looked into my eyes and asked with the sweetest tone of voice, “Why are you crying?” I was taken aback as I hadn’t expected this sudden turn of events. I tried to hide my feelings, stuttering, hoping to find the right words to cover my Love. Hiding from the guru! Shame on me, I thought later on. Don’t we all do the same thing over and over again every day? Playing hide- and-seek with our own Creator who is just behind our thoughts, behind every heartbeat, in every atom of our being and all around us, who understands us better than our dearest friend, better than our own mother or father — and we wonder why He is hiding from us. We are running away from Him, like prodigal sons, not He from us! And He is always patiently waiting that we may perchance lift our hearts, just for once to receive His Love.

Socrates'wisdom
Swami Vishwananda told one day this story from Socrates,
In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.
One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance that ran up to him excitedly and said, 'Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students called Plato?
Wait a moment,' Socrates replied. 'Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test'. 'Triple filter?'
That's right,' Socrates continued. 'Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say.
The first Filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?'
'No,' the man said, 'actually I just heard about it and...'
'All right,' said Socrates. 'So you don't really know if it's true or not.
Now let's try the second filter, the Filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?'
'No, on the contrary...'
'So,' Socrates continued, 'you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you're not certain it's true?'
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued. 'You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter - the Filter of usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?'
'No, not really...'
'Well,' concluded Socrates, 'if what you want to tell me is neither True, nor Good, nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?' The man was defeated and ashamed.
This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

The Wooden Bowl

Here is a story that Swami Vishwananda told me sometimes ago:
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year - old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. 'We must do something about father,' said the son. 'I have enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.' So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.  He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?'

Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.' The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

What is the quality of a true Master?
Swami Vishwananda told once this story :" Once there was a man who was always searching for his true Master, his Satguru. He went everywhere, but yet his heart was not pleased as he did not find his Satguru. Eventually, one day he was near a Saint and he asked him, "Dear Sir, I am on a search for my Satguru; could you please guide me?"

The Saint closed his eyes and meditated for a little while and said to the man, "Listen, my son, up on the mountain that you see there are many Holy Men staying. Tomorrow is a very good day; invite all of them to your place for lunch. With love and dedication serve them food and give them respect. And as they are eating ask them a question. Take twigs from any tree and ask the Holy Men from which tree they come. The man invited the Holy Men to his place, as the Saint had told him to do. He served them food with much love and respect. Then he showed them the twigs of the tree and asked each one of them "Dear Sir, tell me which plant or which fruit tree does this twig belong?"

The Saint previously had said to the man looking for his Satguru, "When the Holy Men say which tree the twigs come from, you contradict them. When they say it's a mango, you say, "No, the twigs are from a peepal tree." The one who will stay calm and will say, "Maybe, it is possible that the twigs are from a peepal tree," will be a Satguru.

As he was asking, "Which tree does this plant, this twig belong," the Gurus, the Holy Men got very frustrated and furious saying, "Why do you not see that the twig is from a mango branch and stop telling us all the time that it is a peepul twig, for we tell you your twigs are from a mango tree." Among them, however, there was one man, very simple, who stayed calm while quietly eating his food. The man asked the calm Holy Man, "What about you dear sir, reverent sir, from which tree did this twig come?" The holy man said, "Well, it may be possible the twig came from a peepal tree." Very calmly, and very serenely with a smile, the Holy Man said this.

Swami Vishwananda says: "You see, the quality of calmness is very important. This is the greatness of a Satguru. No matter what happens, he will always stay calm. When you have found your Satguru and you see this quality of calmness, then surrender and stop asking questions. The mind is constantly full of doubt". more about this on: http://www.vishwananda-talks.blogspot.com 

Swami Vishwananda told once the story of the prostitute Lady that went to heaven and the Brahmin that went to hell

There was this sannyas, a sannyasi, a sadhu. He used to lived just opposite, in front of him um there was a house where a prostitute lady used to lived. So, every day the sannyas will look how many men will visit this prostitute. He will count.  So, one day he decided to go to the lady and said, „Lady, you don’t know how much you are sinning. For sure, you will go to hell for all the sin you are doing. You have to really repent and change your life.  This poor lady, when she hear that, she was very alarmed and shocked. She was crying very bitterly, you know, crying and repenting inside and feeling so bad inside of her when she heard how much she has commit, how much sin she have committed. And she will pray to Mahavishnu and said, „Lord forgive me, I didn’t know how much sin I have committed“. So, she will cry and cry, but as prostitution was her only mean of living, she could not really change her life. 

 

So, seeing that even while talking to her she didn’t change, the sannyas start, was thinking and he said I will collect, each person I will put one stone in front just to show her how much is her sin. So, after some time, it was a big heap of, a pile of stone, a heap of stone.. He went to the lady and said, „You see this big heap of stone, this is all your sin“. And, again, she will cry, every day she was crying. Sincerely she will ask God for forgiveness. So, it so happened that after this incident, the prostitute lady died and, coincidentally, the sannyas, who was a Brahmin, also died. So, as he was waiting for who will come to get him.You know, he was thinking he’s a Brahmin, the angels of God will come and take. As he was waiting, he saw that the angels of God, Mahavishnu, God came and took the soul of the prostitute lady to Vaikunta, to heaven. 

 

And, for him the God of the dead came to get him and bring him to hell. So, out of protest, he start to scream, said what unfair it is. „I am a sannyas, I am a Brahmin, I pass my life praying to God, but here the prostitute lady is going to heaven and I’m going to hell.“ At that the guard of Mahavishnu, the servant of Mahavishnu said, „Well, whenever you have accused her, she was, she repent sincerely and ask God for forgiveness and she was chanting the Divine Names continuously in her heart. Whereas you, you were not contemplating on the Divine, even if you were sitting and praying in the outside, but inside your heart, you were contemplating on the sin what this lady was, has been doing. So, that’s why you are going to hell.