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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, 16 May 2011

Happy Narasimha Chaturdasi!

This is an excerpt of Sri Swami Vishwananda's speech on Narasimha's appearance day 2009.
Sri Swami Vishwananda: Jai Gurudev!
Today we are celebrating the appearance of Lord Narasimha Dev who appeared approximately 30 000 years ago.
As you know, God always protects His devotees and He always manifests in different forms to protect His bhaktas.
So, in the form of Narasimha Dev, He took the form of a lion, or: half lion, half man and in the fullness of the Divine.
This is because of the demon called Hiranyakashipu.
He had prayed and got a boon that nothing could kill him – not a weapon, not a human, not God and also not an animal could kill him. So, in that way he had become invincible.
It was also promised that he couldn’t be killed during the day or night, and that he couldn’t be killed up or down.
So what was left?
He just became somehow immortal, and then he started to harass all the devotees. Wherever he would see a deity, he would remove the deity and put his own picture there instead.
Actually, it was both Hiranyakashipu and his brother Hiranyaksha who would put their statues there and then they would force people to pray to them.
Seeing that, the sages of that time addressed a prayer to Narayana which goes like this, “Lord, we are waiting for You, when will You come?
You have promised that whenever we would call in distress to You -- You would come to our rescue.”
Well, you see, God does everything according to it´s own time Sometimes we don’t comprehend things.
But what we can do is just to trust in His will; trust that whatever He does is right.
Listen to the Narasimha Kavacham sung by some Devotees of Sri Swami Vishwananda

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