Swami Vishwananda and Mahavatar Babaji Relationship
When Sri Swami Vishwananda met Mahavatar Babaji
Sri Swami Vishwananda says:
"My tradition, actually, is the
tradition of Mahavatar Babaji, a great master who lives in India. I was
initiated by him and other masters come through his tradition also. He is the
same Mahavatar Babaji who was in Parmahansa Yogananda's lineage? Mahavatar
Babaji is in this world, actually.
I am asked often to tell the story of when I first met Mahavatar Babaji.
It happened when I was five years old. I ate one of the most poisonous seeds
in Mauritius and I was admitted in the hospital. One day there was a man
standing by the window of the hospital, outside, giving sweets to the children
in the children's ward. All the children gathered around and he was giving his
sweets to them. And I asked him: 'Tell me why you are here." I saw his
loving eyes and I still remember his eyes. He looked deep in my eyes and said,
"I came here to visit all my children and especially you. Of course,
five-year-old kids don't understand much about it.
Babaji held my hand.
He put one sweet and one Mauritian rupee into my hand and said, "Do you
know who you are"? I really could not understand what he meant by
that. And he said, 'Look behind me, do you see the light"? I looked behind
him but could not see any light. I said, "No, I don't see any light".
He said, "Look properly in that direction". And the second time that
I looked, I saw bright light, like the sun, and around it there was another
halo of light. And with a smile, he said, "That's you." It was very
beautiful, but still the mind could not understand it. Then after that he said
to me, I have to go now because your parents, your mum and your auntie are
coming". He just disappeared. That is how I met Mahavatar Babaji for
the first time. Babaji's message is a
message of love and unity. It's a message of reconciling one's self, one's
mind, with one's true self, the message of self-realization. And his message is
very simple. Actually, it's a message of love, how you can apply the universal
love in your daily life in whatever you are doing.- Swami Vishwananda's
loving veneration of Babaji:: When you fall at the
feet of Babaji, think of Babaji and pray to him. "If you could create this
big palace (for Lahiri Mahasaya), if you are the source of everything, why will I need just a palace?
Isn't it better than I take you completely? You are the ultimate. You are the
goal of all life. Let me have you!" In the same way, do not waste your
time in wanting things that you know have their limit. Desire the ultimate, and
you shall have it! Remember always the Divine Love, the Divine help, the
Divinity ultimately within yourself. You are an instrument of this Love, and
instrument of this joy and bliss and happiness. You have to reflect it, and for
you to want to reflect it, you have to really want that reflection."
The following is an excerpt from the book Unity with the Divine
(http://www.kriyaompress.com/). It is Mahavatar Babaji speaking through Swamini
Vishwalakshmianandama. Babaji: The following epistle is addressed to the
disciples of Sri
Swami Vishwananda; I am his guru. This
Epistle serves as introduction of those of you who feel you do not know me or
do not, as yet, remember me. Please read this Epistle standing true to your
Divine Heart nature, and you will comprehend fully what I am writing indirectly
to each of you "between the lines". Part of the Epistle reads:
In this age, the Kali Yuga is ascending from its long, dark descent and is now
rising into the New Age of Golden Light. We encourage you to hold the hand of
an enlightened Master, your teacher or your Satguru, and take the steps
necessary to evolve yourselves into higher consciousness. We aim to lay out the
steps to enlightenment, one by one, in the Unity with the Divine. I say to
those of you reading these Epistles, Take the hand of your teacher, your guru,
your Satguru; take my hand and let us walk together into the light, the
life-force of The Divine. Inside all of you exists the seed crystals of Prema,
(love), Sathya (truth), Dharma (right action), Shanti (peace), Unity (oneness)
and Ahimsa (non-violence). Let yourselves be aware of all these in every
thought, word and deed. And you will be free.
Babaji speaking about Sri Swami Vishwananda; Sri Swami Vishwananda is a different kind of Spiritual Teacher. Once he
taught within the traditional structure of the Guru Disciple Relationship
wherein the disciple surrenders to the Guru, body, mind and soul. I tell you
truly from the heart of Babaji, even then, Swami Vishwananda knew what He was
doing! He, in Divine Truth, was teaching His disciples, through life experience
and a great challenge, a different kind of lesson than that of
"surrendering body, mind and soul to the Guru of the past!"
Swami Vishwananda says: "I don't teach the way a normal
teacher will teach you. I teach you through life, through experience, through
challenges. That's how you will build up your spiritual strength. If you are
not strong enough you will not be able to make it, because to get
self-realization, to get God-realization you can't be weak. You have to be
very, very strong to get it, that's how life is."
We refer you to Swami Vishwananda's website for
information on the "Guru Disciple and Teacher Student Relationship as He
teaches and relates to his disciples and students. And, in truth,
this has been Swami Vishwananda's "New Way" of teaching from His