See Below for Shree Peetha Nilaya
Fundraising - 11 June 2010
Swami Vishwananda: Once, a man came to visit a certain holy man, St. Sabbas, in his cave while he was meditating. When the Saint noticed the visitor, he became very joyful. He happily washed the hands and feet of his visitor. When the Saint looked up from washing the feet of the man, he realized that this visitor was Christ Jesus sitting there. The Saint felt such love that he started crying profusely and said, “Oh my Lord, You are here!” At that moment, the visitor disappeared.
A certain lady in Switzerland was walking down the street and a beggar asked her to give him some money, and she willingly gave him some money. The woman’s only reaction when the beggar asked for money was to take some money and give it to him. The moment the money reached the hand of the beggar, he disappeared on the spot. Very often she talked about this story.So like that I can tell you many stories, many facts that many people have told. Through charity, through service, through love they have experienced so much. And if you really want to experience the same thing, open up your heart and let Jesus work through you; let Krishna work through you; let God work through you. Through that you will realize His Love. You will realize that He is always with you. You will know how much He Loves you and how much you can love.
Utpalavati: Some of you personally may have heard the story of the beggar and the woman from Switzerland. All of you who know Swami Vishwananda have experienced that he is humility personified! He does not talk about himself and his spiritual experiences in great detail and only rarely, in my experience (Being a storyteller, and because I have come to love Gurudev unconditionally, I very much would like to hear more of his spiritual stories). If you have read the book, Blossoming Of The Heart, you learn that in all the stories of devotees' interactions with Swami Vishwananda, again and again, he is always loving and humble. Mahavatar Kriya Babaji once told Lahiri Mahasaya that the virtue most pleasing to God is the virtue of Humility!
It is in this divine humility that Swami Vishwananda refrains from telling a detail that the woman who had the experience includes as she tells the story of the beggar's appearance/disappearance: "The woman realized that It was Swami Vishwananda himself who appeared as the beggar!"
Shree Peetha Nilaya Fundraising
11 June 2010