21 Apr 2014

Christ is Risen!


...Truly He is risen!"

This was called many many times in the Great Easter Night - in several languages but mostly in Greek: 

"Christos Anesti!"  and than the answer: "Alithos Anesti!"



Here follows an excerpt from Swami Vishwananda's Easter speech: 

"Christ has risen to show that deep inside of everybody, one can rise. One can rise and find the Divine! Through his grace, through the grace of God, the grace of a Master it is possible! 
One just needs to say: 'Lord in Thy hand I commit my spirit. In Thy hand I give my hand.' When you give your hand into the hand of the master, into the hand of God you just need to trust. Trust that God will guide you to where you have to be. Trust that the Master will guide you where you must be. Because nothing what happens doesn't happen by the will of God!
God says: 'Come, I will give you that Love, I will show you that you are not just a mere human being. You are more than that, you have the Love of God inside of you. You have me inside of you. 

But for that you have to change your mind. You have to change the way you think. With the mind you are limited. Let the wisdom of God take control of you!

Happy Resurrection! 

You see: When Christ resurrects He resurrects in the heart of everybody! You are all resurrected with Christ because you are One with Him. So awake, let the spirit of God inside of you awake. So let Christ guide you, let the Master guide you, so that you can be in the Glory of God, that you can be in the Love of God. That you can shine!" 

Christos anesti ek nekron
Thanato Thanathon patisas
Kai tis en tis mnimasi 
Zo-in charisamenos!
(Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs, bestowing Life!)



After everything, there was a special tasty Easter Lunch and Swamiji joined us in the big dining hall.


All the Deacons, Singers and Priests where sitting with him on a huge long table and we all had a lot of fun listening to "Swami Pepe's" story about Krishna and his flute, and other stories in Krishna's life (you may wonder, why stories of Krishna on Easter Sunday, but when one looks deeper, one finds the same essence in the life of Krishna and Christ(na)).



19 Apr 2014

Easter 2014 - The First Days



Over the easter feast days we have a lot of prayers in our church - here is the timetable for the 2nd half of Easter Week:


Services have been observed daily for hours in the Church, celebrating the many stages of Christ's last moments on Earth



Mira and the choir have been singing the whole time in their wonderful way: 


We have already observed several liturgies and readings about the events and reasons why Jesus died on the cross for us. Several priests gave homilies, bringing clarity and understanding to the parables and words of Christ and his apostles. Everybody has been listening very attentively.

 


In the light hall there were two screens, one displaying the text of the readings and one a high quality live broadcast from inside the Church. This way it was possible for everybody to follow all the ceremonies in a comfortable way:


There where lamps prepared for the procession at the end of the ceremony of Good Friday. Everybody took one and we carried Jesus's body outside in a procession around the centre. 




So far it's been a fantastic week of love and devotion to Christ and the sacrifice he made for us all. We now head into the final stretch of easter with a renewed spirit and with great anticipation for his resurrection!

17 Apr 2014

Restoration of an Icon


Today Sri Swami Vishwananda brought an antique icon to the atelier and restored it on some parts. 


Seeing him in deep concentration, while he is doing this work is always something very special. 


16 Apr 2014

Hanuman Jayanti - A special gift from Swamiji

 Some pictures from early morning Puja for Hanuman:




In the end, after 4 hours of Puja and a lot of Hanuman Chalisas, Sri Swami Vishwananda opened his treasure box and spoke for more than two hours about the meaning of every verse of the Hanuman Chalisa and interpreted the deeper meaning! What a great gift!


15 Apr 2014

Today is Hanuman Jayanti!



Sri Swami Vishwananda said in his speech on Hanuman Jayanti 2010:


"Mahavishnu decided to incarnate as Rama and after that, He incarnated alone. So all the Deities, all the Devas incarnated.

At the same time He was asking Shiva: 'You are the Lord of the Universe, you are realised. You are one with God all the time, but tell me one thing:

On whom are you meditating, like that? You always sit in meditation, but for sure you are meditating on somebody.'


Shiva replied: 'Yes, all my thinking and all my mind, all my concentration, my meditation is only on God, Mahavishnu. So whenever I meditate it’s on Mahavishnu, that I’m meditating and my Love for Him doesn’t have any limit. So now that He is going to be incarnated on earth as Rama, I’m thinking also to be incarnated.'


So Hanuman is a manifestation of Shiva. He is a pure incarnation of Shiva actually. He is not just part of Shiva, but a full manifestation of Shiva.

Even if Shiva has space in Shiva Loka, in His body, He is a full manifestation of Hanuman. That’s why it’s said that if you can not pray to any Gods, pray only to Hanuman - you will have everything. And when you chant the Hanuman Chalisa, this part of the Hanuman Chalisa that says: 'I don’t pray to anybody, but only to you.' 

'Aura Devata Chitta na dharayi,
Hanumata se yi sarva sukha karayi'.

It means: even if you don’t pray to any Deity, but only to Hanuman, you will receive the blessing of all the Deities."





14 Apr 2014

Darshan in Springen, 12th April 2014


Here are some pictures from Darshan at Shree Peetha Nilaya last Saturday: 


Sri Swami Vishwananda came a little later and sung some beautiful bhajans. Afterwards the darshan started ...




After a while some curious peacocks came and wanted to see where the music came from and what was going on. They sat for a while on the railing of the outside stairs and watched us before they flew up into the trees to sleep.



After about 6 hours the Darshan came to an end with the Aarti ceremony. Next, in the early morning Swamiji went already to Riga / Latvia to celebrate the inauguration of the Rama Temple there and to give a Satsang.

11 Apr 2014

A new Blog is born!

Jai Gurudev! We want to introduce a new blog to you: 





Whilst this blog (the one you are currently reading) is mainly about activities with our beloved Guru, Sri Swami Vishwananda, the new blog will primarily cover all the fascinating stories and events that occur here at the main Centre of Swami and Bhakti Marga: Shree Peetha Nilaya in Germany.

We are excited to inform you about:

Various events & courses that take place at the centre the different centre areas, such as the temple, the church, the atelier, the music group and studio, the kitchen, the garden, the renovation works, the guest area, the shop, the media office, as well as the management team and the behind-the-scenes moments of what it takes to run the centre and Guruji's international mission

Music and singing activities

New Prayers and Bhajans 

Tasty recipees from the kitchen

and much more.. :)

We hope you will enjoy reading this blog.

If you have any suggestions or you are curious about something here please feel free to ask:

8 Apr 2014

The Power of the Rama Mantra

Today is Ram Navami 
(Rama's Birthday)

At 10:00 am we celebrate Rama's Birthday with an Abishekam ceremony in our temple at Shree Peetha Nilaya.


Swami Vishwananda said about the Mantra "RAMA":

"Why is this two syllabled mantra so potent? Because it represents the perfect merger of Shiva and Narayana. How so?


The syllable RA was picked from the great eight syllabled Narayana Mantra, Om Namo Naa RA yanaaya and the syllable MA was picked from the great five syllabled Shiva mantra, Na MA shivaaya. Thus RAMA mantra combines the power of the Om Nama Shivaya mantra and the Om Namo Narayanaya maha mantra.


Thus the Rama mantra represents the perfect merger of Shiva and Narayana. Hence the pre-eminent position of the Rama mantra amongst mantras."

7 Apr 2014

Darshan in Losone, Switzerland, 6.4.2014



Yesterday afternoon was the third and final Darshan on Swami Vishwananda's "Switzerland Tour"

Diya writes: 

He arrived one hour late, also here in Switzerland but than gave an amazingly beautiful Darshan.
He gave a speech and sang about Radha's glory. He explained about the importance of our daily sadhana. 


There were more than 500 visitors and the Darshan had to be split in two rounds. 




He took his time with everybody responding to questions and blessing murtis and malas.   Also in this evening, it was late when the Darshan came to an end, but everybody left happy.  

Darshan in Ins, Switzerland, 4.4.2014



After one day's rest we went to the next location of the Swiss Darshan tour: to Ins, near the Lake of Neuchâtel. About 400 people streamed into the beautifully decorated darshan hall.


Swami started, as in Rheinfelden, first with a simple Radhe Krishna Bhajan and urged everyone to sing along with him loudly. After a few problems warming up and with the help of Swami's instructions everybody sang loudly.


Guruji began his speech with a question that was put to him recently: "How is it that one could work great miracles with mantras in times long ago, and this is no longer so today?"


Swami Vishwananda explained that earlier the people felt a strong love when they got their Guru Mantra. Today, trust and faith is lacking. The attitude of the people today is as follows: "Guruji, please give me a mantra - but please fast, my taxi is waiting, I must go." And then they go to another master and say, "I love you too - please give me a mantra," and so accumulate mantras. How can the mantra give its effect?


Thousands of years ago, people had the same mantra sung as we did right now (the Bhajan). The difference is that the people at that time felt great love and humility in it. Getting a mantra is easy but what we do with it, how we work with it, is another matter.


Before a master assigns a mantra, he looks to whether the person is ready for it. In times past, it was a great honor to get a Guru mantra and you had to serve the Guru for a minimum of 12 years, and even then it was not sure if you would get a mantra.



Swami then told us the story of Dukhi Krishna also named Prabhu Shyamananda:
Already as a small boy Dukhi Krishna wanted nothing other than to serve his master. At the age of 14, he went to his master, who gave him one single task: to water the plants in the Ashram. Every day he had to go long distances and carry the water in a large clay pot on his head. He fulfilled this task with such great love and devotion that he did not even notice how the heavy clay pot hurt his head. He developed a wound on his head, which became infected so strongly that even maggots and worms came out. But in his love, Dukhi Krishna didn't notice this at all. One day he met his master, who saw the worms coming out from the wound. Only when the Master asked him about it, Dukhi Krishna realized his injury. There upon the Master put his hand on his head, healed him, and explained that his task was now fulfilled in Ahsram and that he should go to Vrindavan.


There Dhuki Krishna took the task to sweep a certain street. This road led to the place where today the Ras Lila Dance took place between Krishna and the Gopis. One day Dukhi Krishna found an anklet chain there, that was so valuable that it could only belong to a queen. But the only queen in Vrindavan is Radharani. Radha, who was meanwhile back in the heavenly world, noticed that her anklet was missing. She sent a companion to Dukhi Krishna to ask for the anklet back. But Dukhi Krishna demanded that the true owner herself come to regain the chain. And so Radharani came, disguised as a simple village girl to Dukhi Krishna. However, he wanted to return Her the chain only when She revealed Herself to him in Her true form. Radha, who saw the love and devotion in Dukhi Krishna, showed him Her divine form, gave him the name Shyamananda, and set Her foot on his forehead, which left an imprint behind. This impression is the point that we carry in the Tilak, representing the Guru, because it was the grace and divine guidance of the guru who brought Dhuki Krishna to the point that he could have the vision of Radharani. Only when we have experienced the vision of the divine, we have achieved the goal of life .


After this beautiful story, the Darshan started and lasted until 1:30 in the morning. After, there was a meal for all the helpers organized at the home of Marie and Cliven Tirvengadum from Mauritius with Mauritian dishes, so that Guruji feel like at home.


(Thank you, Kalavati for the nice report and the pictures!)

3 Apr 2014

Darshan in Rheinfelden, Switzerland, 2.4.2014



After more then 2 years Swami is visiting Switzerland again. First stop on the Darshan Tour was Rheinfelden (near Basel). The Darshan took place in a beautiful hall on the shores of river Rhine.


As usually at the beginning of a darshan Swami sang a bhajan, but realized soon that it wasn't so easy for the approximately 350 persons to sing along. Swami decided then to sing a simpler Radhe Krishna bhajan. He explained that Radharani, the eternal consort of Lord Krishna, is the manifestation of devotion within everyone of us. She is seated deep in everyone's heart, also in the animals.

To illustrate this Swami told us a story. It was about a sage who traveled with his disciples around and gave satsangs on the Bhagavatam. Where ever he went there came lots of people to listen to him. One day they were in a remote place and the master said: "Today we are going to the forest and give satsang." The disciples were shocked because to whom he wanted to give satsang, and the more the forest was known for its wild animals and thieves. But the master was determined to give satsang in the forest, to the animals and not to the people. 

The master left it to the disciples to come along. But of course they didn't let him go alone. They went with him and thought by themselves that, if they would die in the forest with the master, it would be blessing.


They went into the forest and the master started to read the Gita. In this moment they heard a roar and a tiger emerged from the forest. The disciples got shocked and thought that this was it, that their lives would be finished now.


But the master stood up and went to tiger, pet the tiger on his head and whispered the Guru mantra in his ear which he had him given in a previous life. The tiger didn't know about that, but the Guru knew. The moment the Guru whispered the mantra in the tiger's ear, the tiger remembered, bowed down and big tears run from his eyes. And big tears were flowing from the master's eyes. Such is the relationship between the master and the disciple. Not just in one live, but in many lives. Even if the disciple has fallen on the level of an animal, it is the Guru's duty to remind him the aim of life. Here the Guru reminded him the meaning of the Divine Names. By chanting the Divine Names the mind is cleansed from the impurities. Like Krishna says in the Gita: "The one who's consciousness is clear will reach Me."

Swami told two more stories to illustrate the meaning and the greatness of pure love and devotion to the Divine. Because if one loves God truly, the heart of God is with the devotee and the heart of the devotee is with God. 


Afterwards Swami asked everyone to sing along with him, no matter whether their voice is beautiful or not. Because God is happy about the love in our hearts. Swami began singing a Radhe Krishna Bhajan and shortly after started with the darshan, which went on till 0.30 a.m.

(Thank you Kalavati for the report and the nice pictures)