8 May 2015

Meditation for Mother Earth, Darshan in Durban

Sri Swami Vishwananda just got back to Shree Peetha Nilaya from about a week in South Africa.

We'll post an update about the international celebrations of Narasimha Chaturthi soon. In the meantime, we wanted to share a meditation that Guruji gave while he was giving darshan in Durban.

You may want to read this with a friend or in a group - one person reading the instructions, and the others meditating.

Here's Guruji:

This meditation is for world peace. You see, we all wish good for the world, right? When we say the prayer Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu, we don't pray only for ourselves. We pray for everybody because when the world has peace, everything is peaceful, huh? But if you don't have peace then it's very difficult. But very often we say that we want people to change, but we don't want to change.

Every day many people say, Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. Do you mean it? It's very important when you pray to mean what you are saying, and not just plainly, without faith.

Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu means 'let peace be everywhere', but firstly you have to become peaceful yourself to bring peace. And everybody in this world does have peace inside of them. Everybody in this world does have love inside of them. Some know it, some don't. Some know how to bring it outside, and some, due to fear, close it inside of them. But if you want peace, you have to open the mind and you have to broaden your way of seeing things. If you want to love truly, you have to start loving.

We are in this world, but we give less importance to it, we take it for granted. We walk on her, we work, we do everything on her, but yet, how many people really take even one minute to think of her really? Do you? No? Yes? Mataji, thank you. You are sincere. Not many people think about it. You know, we take it so much for granted.

So, I will do one very simple meditation with you.

You see, Bhumi Devi is one wife of Narayana. You know Vishnu has two wives, huh? Who are they? Maha Lakshmi, whom everybody thinks of every day.
(The audience laughs.)
And the other one Bhudevi, who sustains you, looks after you. But yet, one doesn't give much importance to Her.
So, let's do this one minute meditation. You know, like I said, your mind will run. You are sitting here, but your mind will be at home, or on the food, or something. But whenever you perceive that the mind is running say, “No, no, no! Come back!” Alright?

So, firstly, close your eyes. Open your hands, place it in front of your heart. Not towards you, but palms toward each other.

With your creative mind imagine that Mother Earth, the world is in between your palms. By doing that there is automatically a flow of energy from your right hand to your left hand, and from the left hand to your right hand. Some of you who are sensitive to feel will automatically feel it, this flow of vibration.

So, close your eyes and imagine Mother Earth in between your palms.

Now from your heart send all the good wishes, healing, love to Mother Earth.

If your mind is running, bring it back.

May the love which is inside of you bring comfort and peace to people who need it: people who are sick, or who need help... Send them the love. Let your positiveness bring peace everywhere; in you, your neighbour, your family.

Chant with me.

Swamiji and the audience chanting: OM OM OM, Shanti Shanti Shanti.

Jai Gurudev!

You can practice it for one minute, even if you are very busy. You have one minute? Yes, right?

Audience: Yes.

SV: Just close your eyes, especially for this world. You are part of this world, huh? It doesn't matter which religion or which colour you are. How you are, you are part of this world. Every good wish is important.

Jai Gurudev!