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This Blog is a collection of excerpts from talks given by Sri Swami Vishwananda. Please note that this Blog does not focus on dates, background and the exact original way of how Swamiji delivered the speech. We edit the talks slightly, presenting them in a kind of “poetic” format. This means we choose certain paragraphs from a talk which reflect a particular theme.
Read them as pieces of Divine Wisdom, meditate upon the words and just feel how Swamiji is addressing you with His words.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Complete surrender

While singing, people were dancing. In dancing for God, you’re dancing yoga. You’re forgetting about your body, you’re forgetting about your mind, you’re just singing the glory of God, singing the name of God. In this way, you’re decreasing the power of the mind. You will notice that after moving, when you sit down and relax, your concentration is much better than if you just sat down. When you just sit, your mind is jumping left and right.

So, when you dance in the right way, you’re energizing yourself. You’re calling upon this inner Self to reveal itself. And when you lift your hand up, you’re calling to the Lord, to God, saying: “I’m in this illusion. I’m drowning myself in this illusion. Here, I’m lifting my hand up to you. Pull me out of this illusion. I’m surrendering.” You will notice in all the holy scriptures there is this phrase which says: “Lord, I’m lifting my hand up to you. Come to my rescue.” In Psalm 54 you will find it, in the Koran you will find it, you will also find it in the Gita.
So, singing the glory of God transcends all religion. Transcends all culture. Transcends all race. Transcends all that the mind can create. You will find God inside of you. Man lives in ignorance. Of course, you need a little knowledge of God, a little knowledge of the Divine to get out of it. But in the end, you have to surrender completely. It’s neither your intelligence nor your ignorance that will make you realize your true self. It's your surrender.
It’s like when you’re walking barefoot, and you get a thorn in your foot. You need another thorn to remove it. The thorn of ignorance entered your feet, and you need another thorn to remove it. But what you do afterwards? Do you keep both thorns in your pocket and say, “Okay, I will treasure them.” You don’t keep both of them, you throw them both away. So, even knowledge will bring you only to a certain level. The rest you have to surrender yourself completely to this love of God. You have to surrender your mind completely. You have to surrender your body completely. And you have to surrender your soul.

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