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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.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Calling for Narayana

Once there was a group of elephants. They were going to drink water near a lake and one of the elephants went deeper into that lake. When he went deeper, there was a crocodile inside the lake. The crocodile went near and caught the leg of the elephant. So, the poor elephant was crying for help. He turned to his friends and said, “Help me.“ So, they tried their best to pull him out, but they could not. Then they said, “Okay, we can’t do anything for you, go, this is your soul’s time to go.“, and they left. In his deep agony, the only resort for the elephant was calling the Name of God. Then he called for Maha Vishnu. So, Narayana came and helped him.

It is through the name that one will achieve calmness of the mind. That's what you will find in all religions. Muslims in the world recite the name of Allah. Actually Allah is just God. In Christianity you have Jesus, the Divine Mother and many Saints. Also in Hinduism you have many Divine aspects like Krishna, Rama or Vishnu. It's easy to put the mind on the Divine Name and let oneself be drawn into it. What is the meaning behind the story? Actually the crocodile is Maya, the illusion of the outer world, when man gets drowned into it. Only when man turns the mind to the Divine and calls from deep within, he will see the result afterwards.

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