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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.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Self-inquiry, Detachment and Prayer

Devotee 2: Swami, what is the difference between self-inquiry, detachment and prayer?
Which has the most intensity?
Sri Swami Vishwananda: You see- all are different actually.
All three are in a certain
category. What was your question again? Prayer? (Devotee 2: Prayer, self-inquiry)
And? (Devotee 2: And detachment) Detachment.
Well, we all start with prayer. (Smiling) It’s a certain stage that builds a foundation.
What is prayer firstly? Prayer is not what we read, but how we converse with the Divine.
Firstly, we have to learn to listen, to do the real Prayer we have to know and learn to listen, to listen deep inside of ourselves.
But this comes to the point of self-inquiry.
We pray, yet it’s nice to feel the Divine, but there is a longing.
Actually Self-inquiry is about realizing why we are here.
These are the four questions that I always ask:
1. Where do we come from ?
2. Where we are going to?
3.Who are we?
4. And where are we?
These four questions.
This is about Self-inquiry.
When you start asking these questions towards yourself, trying to find out really who we are behind this physical body, behind this mind and even behind the heart; and automatically
when one realizes that, there will be certain detachment, certain things that you will have to let go, but this happens also by itself.
Listen and repeat here the OM NAMO NARAYANAYA Mantra:
(Vishnu, (from the Sanskrit root 'vish', to pervade) is the second god of the Hindu trinityd(see Trimurti) and as the preserver of the universe represents mercy and goodness. He is said to be the cosmic ocean 'nara,' meaning water, which was the only thing in existence before the creation of the universe. For this reason, He is also known as Narayana, or 'one who moves on the waters'. )
For your information:
It is a mantra said in times of trouble to re-establish harmony and balance. Many powers come from saying this mantra. It also aids in attaining enlightenment.

So just try it and see what happens ;-).

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