As I left Sri Swami Vishwananda's ashram two days after Guru Purnima for other places in Europe, Swami came over to the car in which I was leaving with two friends. He reached through both windows on the passenger side of the car and took one hand of myself and one of the friend in one passenger seat. I felt the connecting link between the three of us. Swami said: "There is a new ashram built in Italy. I am very happy." His eyes sparkled like diamonds and his face was full of light as his smile seemed even bigger and brighter than usual.
Sri Swami Vishwananda at New Temple in Italy
As Swami Vishwananda arrived to Bari on the 17 July 2014, he went to inaugurate the new Temple dedicated to Him. Guruji talked about the great blessing the devotees got by creating the first temple dedicated to Him. There is no others deities, only him that is venerated in this temple.
- What is fear? Fear is due to ignorance, to things unknown. It is a lack of trust in yourself.
- Why have the people so much problems?
Because of the karma; we have to go through this karma. After the Mahabharata, Kunti went to Krishna and asked Him: "Give me everlasting problems so that I always can remember you." You have to go above the good and the bad, looking at the world like children. Hindu saint Mirabai also had a lot of problems, but she was always in ecstasy, thinking of Krishna. Around her the people were harassing her but she could transcend all these sufferings.
- How to know if we are on the right path?
You will feel it. And also if you don´t feel it, you will be guided. The nature will bring you where you have to be and your mind will be guided.
- What is surrender?
The one who is fully surrendered has no questions in his mind. To surrender means to be detached from everything, to have trust in every situation and to accept everything that happens. When you surrender you give up your own will. God cannot force you to love Him. This is the only thing that God cannot do.To surrender to the Divine is your act of opening. You forget about yourself and give your will to Him. There is only Him, there is one reality playing many games.
(from Experiences Blog)