28 Jun 2013

Visit of Mother Meera

Swami Vishwananda invited Mother Meera for the spiritual opening to visit his centre and to bless Shree Peetha Nilaya with her presence.
As both of them travel a lot it wasn´t so easy to find a suitable date. Yesterday it finally worked out for both.  

Swamiji welcomed Mother in the entrance area with a Hindu ritual, offered her a mala and then guided her to the temple.

All residents were there to receive her Darshan as well as the guests who happened to be at the ashram and we together chanted "Bhaja Nitai Gauranga Radhe Shyam..." 

Later Swamiji showed our chapel, the atelier, the kitchen and also the Babaji cave.

In the Bhajan Cafe we had tea and sweets and light-hearted conversations in which we talked and laughed much about topics such as the elaborate German building code, which permits are needed to own cows in Germany and Mother's school in India with already more than 600 children that are looked after by her.

Finally Mother visited also the Kali temple before we strolled through the gardens and tasted some of our sweet strawberries.

Both were very very sweet and loving with one another and our hearts melted to see them together! What a Grace! 

Thank you!

New Swaminis

Recently Sri Swami Vishwananda initiated 2 new Swaminis into his order:

During Bhu Devi in May he made Kashi Devi (Toyoka) from Japan to Swamini.

her new Name is:
Swamini VishwaDayamatiAnandaMa
She is the Swamini for Japan and all the Asian countries.


And during the spiritual opening Kalavati from US / California got initiated:

Her new name is: 
Swamini VishwaJannaniAnandaniMa

She is a Ma-Devotee and has an amazing Kali Temple in California where Swamiji visited her in January this year.

14 Jun 2013

Forever Together in Your Love!

At Shree Peetha Nilaya we all together celebrated Guruji’s 35th birthday yesterday the 13th of June 2013. Everybody was joyful for this special day. Guruji was not physically with us, but we could all feel His presence in our hearts. It was really a lovely day with a lot of Love and sharing!

We started the day like usual at 6:15 am with Atma Kriya practice and Abhishekam to the padukas.

Then followed a yagna in honour of Guruji under the tent and prayers in the church (the 13th of June this year happens to be also the Ascension day according to the Orthodox calendar).

Four new full bramhacharis got initiated each by a different Swami on behalf of Guruji:

Aditya (from USA) was initiated by Swami Vishwakeshavaananda, his new name is Chidaananda. Madhukar (from Germany) was initiated by Swami Vishwaanashuyananda, his new name is Muktaananda. Dhanam Jay (from South Africa) was initiated by Swami Vishwachakradharananda, his new name is Vaasudevaananda. And Tihari (from Poland) was initiated by Swami Vishwakurunandanananda, his new name is Jaitrayaananda. 
Prem se bolo brahmacharis Jaitrayaananda, Vaasudevaananda, Muktaananda & Chidaananda ki... jay!!! 

Throughout the day we disappeared in the atelier and added our token of Love onto a joint painting that we will give to Guruji when he returns.

We did Om Healing outside and went to the evening prayers before doing a procession around the centre, chanting together “Bhaja Nitai Gaurenga Radhe Shyaam” & sending lots of balloons to heaven with card messages of Love and Guruji. 

Oh happy day! It ended with all enjoying evening sankirtan (topped only by some intruiging heavenly Helium voices… even Kalpit started to chant out loud sounds of ecstasy! ;)) in the main entrance followed by Mauritian dishes buffet and sharing stories and memories of Swami, pictures slideshow and short nice video clips.

Thank you dearest Guruji. For everything and for the immeasurable and most precious gift of your presence in our lives. We love you sooooo much. Prem Se Bolo Premavatar Sri Sri Sri Swami Vishwanananda Mahaprabhu Adi Sundara Karuna Sagaara Ki.. Jai!!!


12 Jun 2013

Lana Kali's birth

If you have had special experiences with Sri Swami Vishwananda, we very much welcome you sharing them by sending us an email - especially in light of His birthday tomorrow. Kindly please send your contribution to media@bhaktimarga.org. Many thanks!

Lana Kali's birth on 12/04/2013 by Alice Beins / Kusumitra, Guatemala
The birth of my fifth child Lana Kali was under a special star and under the protection of my guru Sri Swami Vishwananda.
I noticed the pregnancy only at the end of the 5th month of pregnancy. Although I had "suspicions", I ignored these, because I was very sick, especially in early pregnancy. I had parasites and consequently iron anemia. So I noticed my pregnancy only when the stomach started to grow and I felt the first movements of Lana. Although I was worried because I had been so sick, I was delighted and immediately saw her pregnancy as a gift from God.

I immediately had the feeling that she was protected by Sri Swami Vishwananda and Maha Kali.

The pregnancy was not easy because I felt sick the whole pregnancy. The parasites and iron deficiency seemed to follow me and I got gallbladder problems. Finally, I found out that I have a gluten intolerance and that was why I was carrying all these health problems with me. Lana Kali seemed to bring all this to the light.

I tried to enjoy my pregnancy, which was not always very easy, because we had huge financial problems and did not know how to proceed. But everything got better when Robert started to work as a partner in a cafe and I began to cook and bake alongside my work as a mother and housewife for the café as well. It was at times very difficult, as I often felt weak and sick.

The little Lana Kali however always seemed to be strong and healthy, she was moving a lot in my belly and I enjoyed it to feel her growing inside of me.

The pregnancy seemed to fly by and about 2 months before the birth, I suddenly had some feelings of panic. I was not prepared for the birth! I always had so much to do that simply was no time left. I started to read all of my birth books  whenever I had a spare minute, trying as much as possible to meditate. Many feelings came to the surface in the pregnancy and I tackled with these feelings.

A month before the birth many fears came up. I suddenly put myself under pressure. Since I had already experienced incredibly easy births and I always made me strong for a spiritual and unassisted childbirth, I asked myself now, to surpass my last birth ... But at this point came the the fear. What if this time everything would go wrong, if the baby would be sick, or something would happen? Daily new fears arose. My brother helped me a lot, especially in the last 2 weeks of the pregnancy, when the fears were even stronger, we meditated every 2nd day. He helped me and supported me to let go and  helped me to realize more and more the cause of this fear  and to trust in my guru Sri Swami Vishwananda.

Two weeks before the birth my brother went to a Darshan of Swami. Andi was taking a picture of me and my family with him and asked Swamiji to bless me and the baby for the birth. Swami told Andi:. "Please tell your sister that I think about her every day," When I heard this news, I cried. I had felt so lonely the last few weeks, but now I felt much stronger.
Even after this message many feelings came up, but I also knew it had to be like that. Only when our feelings come up and we look at them, we can finally let them go.
On the day of birth, I had slight contractions in the morning. I had previously thought that our child might come that day. It was the energy E 12, according to the spiritual Mayan calendar. The day of fortune and fate. The fear came on this day with full force. Suddenly, I thought again of all the things that could go wrong when you're scared .... So even more fear came. I tried, but I couldn´t let go of that fear. I wrote an email to Swamiji and asked him for his help. Then I wrote to my brother. He told me I should give everything to Swami and accept it as it is.

Finally, Robert came home in the afternoon and calmed me down. I went to the toilet and got calmer and calmer. I decided that I would have to accept now. My daughter wanted to come and I had to let go now. I had my first labor contraction immediately after this decision. I went to Robert and there came an even stronger contraction. I asked him to carry the old pillows up in the meditation room. He helped me and I told him I would call him, if I need him.
I prepared the pillows on the floor and put clean towels over it.
I sat on a plastic tub and there was another contraction. Immediately afterwards followed a very strong contraction in which I felt that the head of Lana coming down. Immediately my waters broke and emptied into the tub. The next contraction came and I felt a slight need to push. With the next contraction I abandoned myself to the pushing urge. During each contraction I chanted "Om" and looked at the picture of Sri Swami Vishwananda.
I rose from the tub and set it aside. I sat in front of my altar and had my left hand on the altar, the other hand I put on my vagina. The next contraction followed, I continued chanting "Om". I vibrated internally and externally, and also my voice vibrated with the "Om". I was sure that this was the Shakti energy that flowed through me.
The next contraction came and I could feel her head on my hand. During the next contraction she slipped out. I saw her face and called Robert. Another contraction followed and she was there! She lay on the pillow and I took her. She began to cry. Robert came in and helped me to place her on my belly. The crying stopped immediately and I stroked her head. As soon as I brought my nipple to her mouth, she began to drink and looked at us attentively. The children came up and were pleased with their new sister. After 30 minutes, Robert cut the umbilical cord and dressed the little girl.
I am very grateful for the very spiritual birth experience. I know we were blessed by Kali and Swami. I was only 15 minutes in my meditation room. The entire birth took less than 30 minutes! I know I was protected, as well as my baby.
After 3 hours I went to the toilet and right away my placenta slipped out. In the evening we held a Mayan fire ceremony and gave the placenta back to the four elements and asked for protection and blessing for our daughter's life. Today, 2 days after birth, the day I'x - the day of Mother Earth - we handed over the ashes to the Lago de Atitlan - the heart of Mother Earth.
Lana means "light" and Maha Kali is the dark Divine Mother.

"Only if you really and sincerely surrender and you surrender to your way, you surrender to what you really want, then you will reach your goal."

Sri Swami Vishwananda

This applies to all aspects of our lives - even for the birth. When I surrendered myself to the birth, everything went so fast. I let my body lead. Our bodies know what to do - instinctively.

Today, the 23rd of April I am writing this and I am still so thankful for this experience. Last weekend my brother went to Swamiji´s Darshan in Springen and again he had a message for me. He said, that my brother should tell me that he loves me and that he is reading all my letters. I was so happy and thankful for this message. I know, even if it is not possible to see Swamiji personally (I never did), he is with me all the time.

9 Jun 2013

Bhaja Nitai Gaurenga Radha Shyam Japa Hare Krishna Hare Ram

End of May, Gurudev asked all residents, people living in Springen and guests to chant a certain mantra for 12 hours continuously each day, taking turns of 15 minutes each person. After the evening prayers last Tuesday Guruji came and joined us and we started all to sing the mantra. It was a real nice and joyous atmosphere and we sang until our little Bala Krishna had to go to bed (because he really gets put to bed in a pyjama). Guruji said the following about the mantra chanting:
"Why “Bhaja Nitai Gauranga Radhe Shyam Japa Hare Krishna Hare Ram”? You see “Bhaja Nitai Gaur”“Bhaja” here stands for seva. It stands for the service one is rendering. It´s not a physical service, but it’s a service to the world through vibration.
The aim of human life is to attain pure Love, so that you can truly say that you have loved God. Like I explained in the satsang: there are stages to reach sacred Love - Prem. In this yuga they say always that “by chanting the Divine Name one achieves that level”. 
So why Gauranga? Gauranga is a combination of RadhaKrishna, so that’s why we are singing “Bhaja Nitai Gaur” – service to Nitai and Gauranga, which is service to RadhaKrishna. At the same time “Japa Hare Krishna Hare Ram” – at the same time you are chanting the mahamantra also. So how you will reach the Love is by chanting and through the Grace of Prabhu Nityananda - and Mahaprabhu can give Himself. Because if Nityananda Prabhu says something Mahaprabhu can´t refuse. It’s the same if Radha says something to Krishna, Krishna can´t refuse. That’s why it is said that Radharani is more wonderful than Krishna Himself.

There are three kinds of Love. When we talk about Love, you say “I love you”, always – have you ever written a sms to Krishna, to God, to say “God, I love you and I miss you so much”? No, you never!
People: Yes! (lots of laughter)
But to all the people you say “I love you, I love you, I love you”, you know. Imagine how much Love that He has – for you, and yet, you forget about it. You are mostly concerned about human love, relationship all this, which will last only for some time and finish and then you jump again on another thing. Misery, misery, misery, misery, misery, misery – always misery! When your soul's aim is to attain just Love, through service to Him.
By chanting “Bhaja Nitai Gauranga Radha Shyam Japa Hare Krishna Hare Ram”, these 15 minutes that you give of your time is a great contribution. Because everything is vibration, you know, everything vibrates. This time, when you concentrate and when you are chanting – He is here. And that´s what the mantra awakes. The knowing, that He is the Lord that governs everything. He is the Lord that governs your heart and He is the Lord of your heart and nobody else. In the Gita, it says “All the names that you chant are mine, all the forms are just inside of me, not out of me. Nothing can exist out of me. Whatever you see…”.
You can say “yes, God is there, outside”, but the whole universe is inside of Him. How can you be out of Him? Without Him you would not be here. You can´t exist without Him! So that is what you have to realise: Even if in His cosmic form, He is deep inside everybody, He is in everything, but yet we are all part of His cosmic body. What you see outside is the yog-maya, which catches everybody, which veils everybody through ignorance. But it is also His maya. His maya also catches Him. And His maya is Radharani – He can´t escape Her. He can´t escape because Radharani is completely fully in Love.
“Bhaja Nitai Gaur”, oh Lord Nitai! How you surrender to Gauranga, how you surrender to Love incarnate? Through the service I am giving. Make also this Love awake inside of us, make us also part of this drama, make us part of this contribution that we can give to this world. That´s what “Bhaja Nitai Gaur” stands for, you know.
In the Narada Puran, Krishna Himself said to Narad Muni “one can give big lectures, one can talk a lot, one can read a lot, but if they don´t have Love inside their heart, it´s nothing.” So, it´s that what is important. To learn to love God, you know. Not superficial, but real. So, that’s in short that what the mantra stands for. Jai Gurudev!"

1 Jun 2013

Swamiji's music for download

Jai Gurudev dear all
Bhakti Marga International is very glad to announce the availability of Bhakti
Marga Music featuring Sri Swami Vishwananda and Devotees from Bhakti Marga on iTunes and various other digital platforms for download.
Our available titles are constantly growing and range from music sung by Sri Swami Vishwananda and satsang's given by Him to devotees within Bhakti Marga who have also released music CDs. In the near future all music and satsangs will be released onto these platforms to allow you the devotee the ability to download all the latest recordings, as well as the contributions from the past years that have not been readily available.
After you’ve tested a title - each track can be pre-listened, - you can chose to buy it as a single track or also get the whole album.

Please kindly also use the “comment” functionality on the various platforms so that non-devotees who come across the Bhakti Marga label know just how beautiful Swami's music is.
To access the music online click one of the links below: