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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, 11 November 2009

Having strong faith like Saint Eknath

Today Sri Swami Vishwananda tells us an inspiring story of Saint Eknath's life. ( If you are interested and want to learn more about this Indian Saint, click here to watch a short introduction about him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CHGoGtR9bU)

In the life of Janardana Swami, there was Eknath, who is a Saint. (1533-1599, born in Maharashtra, India)
Janardana Swami was a governor and once a week he would fast. He would not talk and resign himself in a room, where he would sit in meditation and pray.
This would be his weekly meditation. During this time he would not meet anybody, he would not even go out of his room. But that time there were lots of wars between the kingdom. So there was the army, because India was ruled by a Moslem king. So he took the opportunity to attack at that time the castle, where Janardana Swami was. There was Eknath, sixteen years old, seeing that the army was coming. Of course he was aware, that the army will not do anything without the permission or the blessing of the Guru. So he took a great courage, went inside the room of Janardana Swami, dressed himself and put ton he armour of Janardana Swami. He came out of the room, rose above Janardana Swami and went to fought the enemies.
In the evening he came back, quietly went inside, placed back the Guru clothes and everything else in it's place and went for evening prayer. A few days later Janardana Swami heard the story and was really, really amazed with Eknath, that he transfered all his Shakti on him. So St. Eknath took this great courage and responsibility on himself, to act in the time of need.

This courage- that’s what is needed. It’s not that one hears this and one hears that and moves.
It's like Christ said: Your faith has to be build on a rock.
That no matter how strong the storm is, and I’m not saying wind, nothing can move. Then you can consider yourself really lucky, to surrender to the Master, to the Guru.

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