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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.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

The shiny pot

Swami Vishwananda once told us a story about another great Master, whose name is Ramakrishna. He lived in the 19th century in India.
Here the story, that was told by Sri Swami Vishwananda:
You all know Ramakrishna, no?
He was a priest in the temple of Dakshineshwar, where the Divine Mother resides. Everyday he will go in the temple to clean all the vessels there, which are used for the prayer. Among the vessels there was one very shiny pot, that everyday he will give special attention to and clean it till it shines. Everyday it was very shiny. So, one day the people were wondering “Why does he clean that vessel? He gives more importance to that vessel.” Then they said “Ok let’s go and ask him”. So they went and asked “Swamiji, why do you clean like that?" and he looked at them and said “I clean this vessel specially, everyday and the way I clean it, is that it shines what I have inside, that it brings forth what I have deep inside in reality”. So he said “Cleaning all the negativity from this pot is like cleaning what is around the soul. " Remove all the negative qualities and let shine the good thoughts. Let shine the purity of Your mind. Let shine the purity of Your action and let shine Your true self.
Like that in daily life we also have to purify and analyse ourselves, because we have a mind. A mind that continuously judges, a mind that continuously sees the fault in other people, sees the fault in whatever we don’t accept. Human will not accept their faults, because human like to put the blame on somebody else.
For more information read:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramakrishna

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