Date: April 25th 2016

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

Namaste!

Today (April 25th) is the 94th birthday anniversary of Most Revered Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj. In honour of this occasion several new items were uploaded to Sri Swamiji's site. The items posted are:

  • Swamiji's Birthday Message
  • Satsanga with Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj as told by Swami Venkatesananda
  • The Sprout and the Fruit (A biographical sketch of H.H. Sri Swami Krishnanandaji) by S. Bhagyalakshmi
  • Swamiji chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
  • Swamiji singing Saint Tukaram's songs
  • Some photos have been uploaded to the Photo Gallery
  • "The Drama of the Absolute" - a large handwritten chart from 1975
  • The Stages of the Ascent

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

An excerpt from Satsanga with Swami Krishnanandaji has been posted below for our reflection.

Yours in the service of Gurudev,

Pannirselvam


A German doctor couple had come in to take leave of Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj. The gentleman had a question: "All day long people come to me with their problems. When I have attended to them I find that I have no energy to devote to my spiritual practices. I find this frustrating. What should I do?"

Swamiji took them step by step along the road to the Absolute: "Serve the patients for five days of the week. Have a complete holiday for the other two days. Close the clinic for those two days. It is better to go away from the familiar environment for those days. This facilitates your spiritual practice.

"It is not so much the length of time you meditate, but the quality of your meditation that counts. Most of the time, people who wish to meditate are merely struggling to find the switch to meditation. Finding the right switch is the most important thing. You do not find the right switch because the mind has not been properly prepared for it.

"The right switch is found only if you feel that meditation is not only good for you, but that it alone is good. The mind is not yet convinced of this truth. It makes you think that whereas meditation is good, there are other things which are also good. Therefore, there is no application, and the right switch is not found.

"In order to arrive at this conviction, you should realise that all that is good and desirable in the world is gained by the one thing that you get in meditation. It is very difficult to love God and God alone. This is possible only if you do not consider anything as superior or even equal to God, or as other than God. This is a lofty stage. Someone has said that when you love God, you cannot live. You are then totally absorbed in God. You see nothing other than God. Then you have found the right switch. In a moment you can enter into meditation.

"In order to reach this lofty stage, you have to train the mind gradually. But then if you forget this even for a moment, it is lost forever. It is in order to remind themselves of this ideal that the mystics carry with them some sacred object like a rosary, or a scripture or a picture. You can adopt this practice, too."

  • SWAMI VENKATESANANDA

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