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)

1 Apr 2014

18 Day Bhagavad Gita Course with Sri Swami Vishwananda

“Whenever there is a decline in Dharma, whenever human beings are moving away from the path, whenever human beings are getting entangled by all the negativity, the Lord will come to the rescue.”
- Bhagavad Gita, Chapter IV, Verse 7

Most teachers give discourses on spiritual text from the mind level, because they haven’t had the opportunity to directly experience the Divine. When a teacher has directly experienced the Divine, their teachings have one characteristic that sets them apart from everyone else, and that is Simplicity. Swami Vishwananda who is constantly in communion with the Divine has the ability to take spiritual text and make it simple, so normal people who haven’t spent their whole lives reading scripture, can understand what God has to say.
The Bhagavad Gita, literally meaning the “Song of the Lord”, is an ancient Indian scripture composed in the form of a dialogue between God and man. It reveals the purpose and goal of human existence. It describes the science of self-realisation and the exact process by which human beings can establish their eternal relationship with God. 
For the first time, Sri Swami Vishwananda has decided to give commentary on the Bhagavad Gita for 18 consecutive days. To receive the wisdom from a spiritual master, as He demystifies and expands on one of the greatest spiritual texts ever composed, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
For Swamiji to guide and help participants in the Course, it is recommended that the participants have basic understanding of Lord Krishna’s life and why the Mahabharata War had to take place. Recommended readings include: “Sri Krishna Lila by the author Vanamali.”
The Course will be held at Shree Peetha Nilaya the “abode of the Divine Mother” and a place of non-stop spirituality. It will take place from July 30th – August 16th, 2014. 
Translations will be provided in Russian, French, German, and other languages upon request. 
Please click on the following link to sign up for the Course: 

31 Mar 2014

Some impressions from last weekend

We had a very full weekend here in Shree Peetha Nilaya:

Starting with the Satsang given by Swami Vishwananda on Friday night, we started Saturday morning with the workshops that were offered:

Children's Bhajan workshop: Meera, Tandav and Chatur sang with the children
Nikhilananda gave an introduction to Sri Swami Vishwananda's teachings
Bhajan Workshop with Chaturananda
We were joyful that the offered workshops were so well received!

At Saturday night more than 500 people came for Darshan - it was a long night for us, and also for Swamiji! 

On Sunday many visitors had to leave and it was time to say goodbye. Swami came and again spent time with the guests. He had an open ear for the people who came to him, even answered a few urgent questions.

The time Swami gives to each person is a blessing that we never really understand with the mind.

The peacocks had fun as they love black new shiny cars!
Since some months, we chant in the temple, continuously from 9 am till 9 pm, the mantra 

Bhaja Nitai Gauranga Radhe Shyam -  Japa Hare Krishna Hare Ram.

On sunday night Swamiji showed up and sang with us. Immediately the temple was packed full, and he blessed us once more with a very special time to be in the presence with our Guru!