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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.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Israel Trip part 1 / Remind yourself of what you have inside

Here is an excerpt of Sri Swami Vishwananda's Darshan in the City Hall Springen, after he returend from his pilgrimage to Israel:

Sri Swami Vishwananda: Jai Gurudev! Actually, what I will talk about is my trip to Israel, from where I just returned yesterday and which was very beautiful. We were how many people? 28 or 29? Probably 29- it depends on how you count it. You see: when we talk about Israel, everybody has a different view of it. Unless you experience it, it’s completely different from what you read about.
Let’s say you read the Bible, but when you are there, it’s completely different. It was a trip, where we experienced a lot of things that we have been reading about and know. You have heard about it since childhood for sure, but to be there is amazing. It’s the same when you read the life of Krishna and then, when you are in Brindavan, it’s completely different. You have do adapt yourself. It’s the same with Jerusalem, Bethlehem and around the lake of Galilee. These places were very special places- special because once Christ walked these places and they have been kept alive through the faith of people; special, because there is a connection that one feels, which is completely different from other places.
Of course how I experience it and how others experience is different and the funny thing is that during the trip I didn’t talk about how I felt. I let everybody talk and it was very beautiful to see how each person feels and how each person’s point of view is.
We are all talking about the same Christ, but everybody looks at in a different angle. Some will see in the right angle, some will see in the left angle, but it’s beautiful to see that experience. But the most amazing is if you can feel with your heart. It’s not what you see in the outside, but what you can see with the eyes of the heart. When you look at it with the eyes of the heart, you will realize that all these places are here. They are all present inside of you. You go to pilgrimage places to remind you of what you have inside.

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