Sunday, November 27, 2011

This is Bhakti - A Bhakta You Become

By Sri Swami Vishwananda

Isn’t it beautiful to sing the name of Narayana?
Let yourself be drawn into it.
Such is the greatness of the name of God,
Whoever is singing with an open heart, whoever
is singing the name of God with faith, will be
pulled more inside of it.

See, the more you go into it, the more you lose
yourself in this Divine name.
The identity of being human disappears.
Then what stays is only the Divine
and that is what you really are.
If we remove the body, who are you?
The soul, isn’t it?

We are the soul with a stain on it.
The stain is in the mind.
However, by signing the name of God;
any aspect, Krishna, Jesus, Allah, one
begins to remove these stains.
But it has to be sung with devotion and love.

It is nice when you join together and sing
the name of God.
It creates a vibration,
an urge to merge with God.
That’s why it is very important
wherever you are, find a few
people and sing.

If you don’t know how to sing,
just recite His names.
While you are reciting, picture
the form in your mind.
Keep concentrating on the form
and let yourself go.
Let yourself merge into the Divine energy.
And enjoy it!

Remove all the darkness and barriers
from the mind – jump in.
This is BHAKTI!

Sri Swami Vishwananda

A Bhakta You Become

Three coins in a fountain may
Grant you three wishes,
Or so it is said.

One remembers the thriune of the three wise men,
Who came to Jesus, the Christ, that night of nights…
Back then when a great light came to Earth
As a bright star was observed in the Heavens.

"Run for your lives," the masses say,
As they strive for their daily bread.
How can life be equal
And God be loving and fair,
When rich and poor and happy and sad,
Some terrified by war
And some wallowing in wealth and power
Live side-by-side in this illusionary world?

The three wise men might say:
Cover your eyes and ears to that called illusion
And look to the heart instead.
For many lives we all have lived:
We have been rich and poor,
Lovely and not so fair,
Powerful and down and out,
Penniless even…
Lying in the gutter of human embodiment,
One life a rich man we become,
The next a pauper’s son,
Then perhaps even a lordly king or two
Wearing the royal purple robe.
Entitlement is the name of that game.

What have we attained in the end?
Only the love we have embodied and given,
And God, through Grace,
If we have attained Him by the end!
As Satguru Sri Swami Vishwananda says:
"When one has God, one has everything!"
None of the illusionary world do we take with us…
When from this world we go.

We teach our children as we live the example
And not from what we tell them is so.
Our children walk the same path as everyone,
They learn and live life as they go!

Life is like a lemon tree.
If life showers us with sour lemons,
Then with God’s Grace,
Let us accept God’s gift of the lemons
And let us make the sweetest of all lemonades
While upon this Earth of man.
Than a Bhakta you become!

Swami Vishwalakshmiananda

NARAYANA HARI OM Sung by Sri Swami Vishwananda

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