27 Jun 2015

Job opening at Shree Peetha Nilaya: Accountant

The Shree Peetha Nilaya ashram is looking for an accountant.

This person would need to speak and write both German and English fluently.

Their skillset would need to include both accounting and tax accounting, and they'd be supporting with the steering committee with process management.

Does this person sound like you, or like a devotee you know? Check out the job description on our website:

8 Jun 2015

The power of Sri Swami Vishwananda's Love has saved me and gave me life – A Testimony

This last weekend, at Shree Peetha Nilaya, Sri Swami Vishwananda has graced more than six hundred people with two Darshans in two consecutive days.

Throughout the years Sri Swami Vishwananda has been reminding us that the Satgurus don't need anything from anybody. They have everything; they have realised God. The only thing that they want is that all of us realise God. They humble themselves to be our servants, to serve us and lift us up, so that we can hold the hand of God and realise Him.

He has also said, “God traces your life. He plans your life but you have to embrace it. He can't do that for you.“

Satsang of Sri Swami Vishwananda with a group of Austrian visitors, held in the evening after Saturday's Darshan

Short birthday prayer done by Sri Swami Vishwananda, later in the evening after Saturday's Darshan

The testimony below, shared during the Saturday's Darshan of Sri Swami Vishwananda, is an fantastic example of this Divine plan appearing in one's life, as of the power of the Satguru's Love in one's life, clearly expressed in vedic mantra (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28):

Asato mā sat gamayā
Tamaso mā jyotir gamayā
Mrityor mā amritām gamayā
Lead me from untruth to truth, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.

“Jai Gurudev! My name is Parthenia and today I want to share with you how I met Sri Swami Vishwananda. I have known about spirituality since I was twelve years old. My mum was on a spiritual path and, of course, she would talk to me about these things, but I was not interested.

At the age of sixteen, I started to become a bit wild. My poor parents! I was listening to lots of metal music, the louder the better. (audience laughs) Once I came home with dreadlocks and a piercing and my mum went totally crazy. Two years later I started to engage myself in constant partying, drinking a lot of alcohol with my friends, and sometimes even using funny drugs. I couldn't stay in a job for a long time; I was changing all the time, because obviously I was not a very responsible person. So, Gurudev saved me from all that. What a change he brought into my life! If my friends from that time knew about this, they wouldn't believe it. At that time, I was like in a sleep state. I was not really alive and I didn't really know what to do with my life, I just... yeah, I was like a zombie basically.

Then, a couple of years later, my mum, Shridevi, had just come from a trip to Poland and told me how nice it was. She had met a new Master, Sri Swami Vishwananda and received his Darshan. At that time I somehow knew that something was a bit different, because I started to get interested. She also gave me a spiritual book (Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda). For the first time in years, I enjoyed myself reading the whole book, from the beginning till the end. It made me think, ‘Wow, spirituality is something real, God is real!’ At that time, Gurudev had an ashram in Steffenshof (Germany) and once my mum asked me if I would like to go there, along with her, for the weekend. I replied, ‘Okay, I come.’ Of course, my mum had a shocked face, because she didn't expect that answer from me.

Yagna performed by Sri Swami Vishwananda

I was there for a yagna. I didn't know what was going on, but I actually enjoyed it and even felt, ‘Wow, this place is special.’ My heart was already telling me, ‘This is what you want in life. This is what you have been looking for.’ Soon after, I applied for an Atma Kriya Yoga course, even if I didn't really know what Atma Kriya Yoga was. At that time, I was still living a kind of double life. I was still going out with my friends and being the crazy person, but on the other hand I was already on a spiritual path. And I have to say that, when I started to have the interest in spirituality, all the changes came very suddenly in my life; it was nothing which I decided in a conscious way. Everything was just happening to me, and it was like watching a movie; I was just standing and looking how everything around me started to change. Obviously, I started to lose some friends, because I wouldn't go out with them anymore. I stopped using drugs, drinking alcohol, eating meat and my relationships changed completely.

Actually, for a long time I haven't thought nor talked about my past, but lately somehow I started to look back at how it was my life seven years ago and where I am now. I really felt like I was dead at that time. I was not living, and Gurudev gave me life. I really started to live the real meaning of life - why we are here for. I could taste a drop of love which I had never experienced before. I still don't know what it means to love somebody unconditionally, but I know what it feels to be loved unconditionally by him; because whatever I do or not do, he will always be there for me, holding my hand.

Therefore, when you meet your Guru just throw away all this luggage that you are carrying with you, run to him, go with him on the boat. He is our boatman. He will bring you to your goal. He will show you a complete new world which you cannot even imagine; he will lead you not only outwardly, but on the inside journey.

Like Jesus Christ said, ‘I am the way, I am the truth and I am the life.’ Indeed, this is what I have experienced. So, I invite you all to take this journey. Don't be afraid. Let everything happen like it happened to me. And yes - if you really want to see God, then I tell you, my friends, you already did, because as Jesus said, ‘If you have seen me, you have seen my Father.’ And this is Gurudev sitting here.”

5 Jun 2015

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2 Jun 2015

The Miracle of the Purple Flowers

This beautiful story was shared recently by a devotee from Switzerland:

Sri Swami Vishwananda first visited my house in January 1999 (Flüeli Ranft, Switzerland). Since Swamiji was visiting, I wanted to welcome him to my home with some gorgeous blooming flowers.

When Swamiji arrived, as fate would have it, there were some dead clematis sitting on my basement stairs that I hadn't yet placed in the compost. Swamiji saw the flowers, and went over and stroked them.

It was just three days later, and the dead flowers that were once there, had blossomed into three gorgeous purple flowers! Somehow the flowers had blossomed out of season, and they had changed their colour from white to a light purple.

Ever since then, the flowers have blossomed every year over and over again.