Date: April 25th 2014

This morning it is rather warm. Swami
Krishnanandaji Maharaj sits inside the Kutir. A few devotees are around him but there is a stream of Ashram staff who come and go with their papers and problems. Along with attending to correspondence and occasional jokes Swamiji answers serious questions and problems posed by the devotees.

Question: Swamiji, how does one realise God?

Sw. K: If you can be independent of the world, you will see God in everything. The differences of opposites prevent you from seeing God in everything, because opposites do not exist in God. When God's will passes through your personality it is your 'free-will'. When the cosmic urge manifests itself through you, your personality makes 'effort' that is causes the free-will to act, the effort one makes to act. Effort, from the lay-man's point of view appears as an isolated activity. When you are writing, the nib moves. Is it the nib that is writing? The eyes are unable to see what is behind the visible form. When the little finger moves the child thinks that it is the little finger only that is moving. But mature minds with knowledge of the working of human body know that the whole physiology of the body is taking part in the movement of the little finger.

Q: Is a Guru necessary for success in meditation?

Sw. K: Meditation is the summing up of all our spiritual activities; the purpose of all activities is to be one with everything. But even in meditation Space and Time come in, and this is what spiritual activities try to overcome.

Until bodily consciousness ends you cannot merge with the cosmos. Intellectual solutions do not end it. Heart will rebel against them. So the intellect and the heart are to be brought into harmony. In this only studying under a Guru can help. This harmonising is a super-mundane effort. Biological, physiological and intellectual perception must be gone through before the universal percept can come in. In attaining this goal the Guru will help. So complete dedication to the Guru helps in the process of first harmonising the conflicting biological, physiological and intellectual perceptions and then going beyond them--that is going beyond the mind. You may suffer a great deal. That is your purgatory. Unfortunately these days it is hard to find such a Guru who can help you so fundamentally. Nor is to be found such a devoted, courageous disciple who wants the solution. You must learn to climb on your own shoulders. Such is the difficulty in real meditation. But if you have sincerity, the true urge to meditate--and not merely as an experiment--and the confidence in eventual success you will find visitas opening up miraculously and you will merge with the cosmos.


On the auspicious occasion of Sri Swami Krishnanandaji's 92nd birthday anniversary several new items were uploaded to Sri Swamiji's site. The items posted are:

  • E-book: The Foundation of Spirituality Chapter 1: Preparation for Sadhana
  • Discourse: The Abundance of God (Spoken in the early morning on Swamiji's 50th birthday in 1972)
  • Swamiji speaks in Hindi (Taken from the early morning talk on Swamiji's 50th birthday in 1972)
  • Discourse: A Master Message of the Ancient Sages: Thinking the Cosmic Totality (Spoken during night Satsang on Swamiji's 50th birthday in 1972)
  • The Spanish translation in PDF format of The Guru-disciple Relationship
  • The Glory of God: A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana

These discourses can be accessed from:
http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/uploads.html

Yours in the service of Gurudev,

Pannirselvam

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