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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.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Israel trip part 5/ Trust your inner voice

Here you can read the fifth and last excerpt of Sri Swami Vishwananda's speech, after his trip to Israel.
Sri Swami Vishwananda:
If I ask everybody now "What do you want?", some will say “I want love”, some will say “I want God,” “I want God-realization”. Well, it’s beautiful. But do you really want that? If you really, sincerely want it, then be strong and have faith. Trust; trust what the Divine is giving to you, trust what you feel inside of you.
Like it is said: One has to have faith like a child, no? When you look at the children, they are free. They don’t think too much. But what happens afterwards? Where is the child gone?
The mind has taken over, eh? You think you have known more, so you need to reason. Sometimes you don’t need to reason. You just need to sit quietly and feel. Feel and listen, because when you feel, of course it’s not just feeling. When you are completely in silence, there is also the voice of God. The voice of God will not talk to you like in ancient time. He will talk to you from within you. Learn to trust this inner voice and if you still have doubt about it, ask Him questions. Ask Him if it is really like that or like that. Then you test it yourself, so that you can learn to trust this inner voice. It’s not that you just hear it and accept it, „Okay, yes, it’s fine. It’s good like that.“ No, you hear, ask certain questions and if it is really happening this way give your full trust to it. This is one way of listening to your inner self and to make it stronger and stronger.
This example is given by the Virgin Mary Herself. When the angels appeared to Her and greet Her „Hail Mary, you are blessed among all the women.“ The Lord has favored you, that you will bear the son of God inside of your womb.“ But yet She didn’t say „Okay, cool, I like that“ (laughter), no, She said „How would this be possible? I have never been with a man.“ So the angels were pleased with it, because this confirmed Her faith. She didn’t have doubt, but She questioned it. And this is what the angels said „It will be done according to the will of God. The spirit shall came over you and overshadow with you.“ So it’s important to learn to trust this inner voice and to know for sure if it is real or if it is just a fantasy of one’s mind. You will do that by putting certain questions to that and yet you will be the observer of that conversation. The atma, the soul will be the observer of that conversation. I tell you something: This is the most beautiful thing you can do. To observe how the mind is talking to the Higher Self and what you are hearing inside of you. And like i said to you before: This will happen only when you are in silence. So introvert yourself as much as possible and be silent. Because when somebody talks, talks and talks, like i am doing right now (laughter), what happens? Of course it is joyful to talk, but afterwards you are getting tired. I am not saying i will get tired, but in general it is like that. Of course you will say when i sit down quietly, i also will get tired. But when the mind is calm, you will not be tired. This is where meditation leads to. Meditation is not only to sit in one place and close one’s eyes and meditate, like we know it in the traditional way. Meditation is every time, when you can look inside your heart and see the Divine.
Jai Gurudev!

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