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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.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

How to remove the thorn of ignorance?

Devotee: Is it really our decision to say “God we only want you” with any consequences? Is there a free will or not?

Sri Swami Vishwananda: Well, there is a certain degree of free will. (laughing)
God never forces anybody.
Otherwise everybody would already be realized. (laughing)
You know, He doesn’t need to do much. (laughing)

Devotee: Because the people of the Jnana yogi say ‘everything is perfect’.
I understand this, but they say there is no way.
You don’t need meditation; you don’t need anything, because every moment is perfect.

Sri Swami Vishwananda: Yes, of course.
It’s good to see it like that, but how many Jnanis have attained the Divine? Not so many. (Smiling)
In the last Satsang I have given, I explained that we need certain knowledge, but
knowledge has a limitation also.
I gave an example: When you have a thorn in your feet, you take another sharp object to remove it, but you don’t keep both of them in your pocket.
You throw both of them away.
The same: when you have the thorn of ignorance inside your feet, you need the
thorn of knowledge.
But at the end, you have to discard both of them.

On the left side: Jnana Mudra. Putting your fingers in this position brings you knowledge and wisdom. It is the gesture of knowledge (as it is often depicted in many pictrues of great Yogis)- In this the index finger is bent so that its tip is joined with the tip of the thumb. The other three fingers are spread out.

Goddes Kali is the Mother of the Universe.
Kali is considered as the dynamic aspect while Siva is considered as the static aspect of the divine. they are inseperable.

Maa Kali is worshipped as the goddess who removes ignorance and all the negativities for a seeker in the path of Truth.
Maa Kali's dance signifies the dynamic, active aspect of the Divine, and the dark color of her skin indicates that the processes of the creation are disolved in Kali.

To invoke Kali inside of you, a good opportunity may be to chant for example following song (Sri Kali Kavacham), or just to meditate on her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOCGA5rhxss

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