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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.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Learning from the Teacher

We like very much to have the title of being spiritual. We like to feel special, but in reality everybody is special, because everybody is individual and everybody is spiritual. It doesn’t matter which path they follow or what they are doing.
Spirituality is to realize God, to realize love, to realize the Oneness with the Divine, to attain the Divine as you say. That’s all true, but when I look at spiritual people- they think they know the best, always. They think they are greater than anybody else. And they always think the best of themselves. It’s right, but the best of one self is not to criticize others. The best of oneself as Krishna said is to rise about good and evil. On the spiritual path everybody tries to purify themselves. When I talk about purity- What does your mind perceives you to think? Only good things. So you think when you are purified, while being spiritual, you become very good.

Am I right or not? Human pursuit to be always right- no matter what they do. So that’s what you call perfection. But in The Gita Krishna explained what perfection is: To rise above the right and the wrong. When you can rise above good and evil, when you can rise above all the duality, then you can call yourself perfect. Then you can say “Yes, I have attained certain perfection”.
But yet your mind still makes you judge. Until you have not achieved the vision of the Divine, you have not purified yourself. That means you have not trained your mind to see the non-duality, to see the Oneness.Then spirituality is still far away. It's the same when you go to school. You go to school to learn. In the school you have teachers.
And when you go to the teacher, do you know better than the teacher or do you go there to learn from the teacher? I don’t know, because in the West I guess it’s the opposite, no?
So…you don’t know better than the teacher.Gradually you learn little by little and probably one day you become also a teacher. On the spiritual path it’s the same thing.
When you find a teacher, you go, but you don’t pretend to be better than the teacher or to know more than the teacher. You are there to learn from the teacher, no matter what kind of learning.
It’s for your own benefit, for your own growth, for your own advancement towards the Divine, but if you passed it, for sure one day you will become a teacher yourself to help others, who are on the spiritual way. Then you can say: “Yes, do like this or do like that.” On the spiritual path we are all learning. We are learning to attain God, but first of all we are learning to rise above our mind. If you really want to be spiritual be positive. Train yourself to be positive. All the masters, all the teachers, all the Gurus who have come, have not come to collect disciples. They have not come to make people slaves like other people say it you know? Or to use them…They have come to help the people, to make them really Master one day, but for that you have to really surrender yourself.

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