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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.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

What is the use of having a teacher, when you can't listen?

Sri Swami Vishwananda:
What is the use of having a teacher when you can’t listen?
Well I see that everyday anyway. (smiling)
But people like to be ignorant.
They like to be always in their own drama.
They don’t really want to change.
Outside they say “Yes Swamiji, we want to change, we want to do what you say”, but inside they don’t really want.
When you say something, they say “Oh my goodness!” (smiling)
That’s what they like to be and they always like to stay the way they are.
But interesting (silence): Why do spiritual people don’t change?
Don’t take the excuse of Maya [illusion] or whatever, eh?
These are just typical excuses (smiling), so forget about Her.
She doesn’t tell you what you eat, She doesn’t tell you what to do.
So why when you have to change, you have to take Her as an excuse?
Once I have said it: There is something called spiritual pride.
Because we think we are better than anybody else.
We think that when we are spiritual, we are superior to anybody.
And everybody else has to listen. (laughing)
And that’s the mistake that many spiritual people make.
We don’t really want to listen, but we want everybody else to listen to us.
And when people don’t listen to us they are wrong, because we think we are right.
And that’s why we call us spiritual.
Even if the grace is there, they will be still blind, because they still always want to be blind.

Please click:
Guru Ashtakam was written by Shri Adi Shankaracharya and tells about the necessity of the Guru and attaching our mind to the Lotus Feet of the Guru.
Also, given are extracts from a lecture of Swami Vivekananda on the need of a spiritual Guru. Hari Om!!

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