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Birthday of Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj (2008)

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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today (April 25) is the holy occasion of worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Today (April 25) is the holy occasion of worshipful
      Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj's 86th birthday
      anniversary. In celebration of this occasion several
      new lectures (text, audio and video) and pictures
      have been uploaded to Swamiji's site. They are:

      1) Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Jayanti Message: Love of
      2) Is Modern Science a Challenge to Religion?
      3) The Philosophy of Education
      4) The True Meaning of Yoga
      5) A series of black and white photos have been added
      to Swamiji's Photo Gallery.

      All these can be accessed from:


      The following questions and answers have been
      excerpted from Srimati S. Bhagyalakshmi's book "Swami
      Krishnananda in Conversation"

      This morning it is rather warm. Swami Krishnanandaji
      Maharaj sits inside the Kutir. A few devotees are
      around him but there is a stream of Ashram staff who
      come and go with their papers and problems. Along
      with attending to correspondence and occasional jokes
      Swamiji answers serious questions and problems posed
      by the devotees.

      Question: Swamiji, how does one realise God?

      Sw. K: If you can be independent of the world, you
      will see God in everything. The differences of
      opposites prevent you from seeing God in everything,
      because opposites do not exist in God.

      When God's will passes through your personality it is
      your 'free-will'. When the cosmic urge manifests
      itself through you, your personality makes 'effort'
      that is causes the free-will to act, the effort one
      makes to act. Effort, from the lay-man's point of
      view appears as an isolated activity. When you are
      writing, the nib moves. Is it the nib that is
      writing? The eyes are unable to see what is behind
      the visible form. When the little finger moves the
      child thinks that it is the little finger only that
      is moving. But mature minds with knowledge of the
      working of human body know that the whole physiology
      of the body is taking part in the movement of the
      little finger.

      Q: Is a Guru necessary for success in meditation?

      Sw. K: Meditation is the summing up of all our
      spiritual activities; the purpose of all activities
      is to be one with everything. But even in meditation
      Space and Time come in, and this is what spiritual
      activities try to overcome.
      Until bodily consciousness ends you cannot merge with
      the cosmos. Intellectual solutions do not end it.
      Heart will rebel against them. So the intellect and
      the heart are to be brought into harmony. In this
      only studying under a Guru can help. This harmonising
      is a super-mundane effort. Biological, physiological
      and intellectual perception must be gone through
      before the universal percept can come in. In
      attaining this goal the Guru will help. So complete
      dedication to the Guru helps in the process of first
      harmonising the conflicting biological, physiological
      and intellectual perceptions and then going beyond
      them--that is going beyond the mind. You may suffer a
      great deal. That is your purgatory. Unfortunately
      these days it is hard to find such a Guru who can
      help you so fundamentally. Nor is to be found such a
      devoted, courageous disciple who wants the solution.
      You must learn to climb on your own shoulders. Such
      is the difficulty in real meditation. But if you have
      sincerity, the true urge to meditate--and not merely
      as an experiment--and the confidence in eventual
      success you will find visitas opening up miraculously
      and you will merge with the cosmos.

      Q: How to solve the problems arising out of

      Sw. K: In meditation you have to determine what you
      concentrate upon, whether you meditate with or
      without Pranayama. And for how long you should
      meditate. And search and find out if there are any
      deep desires which have been suppressed. These will
      raise their hood like a stricken cobra. These are the
      points or questions which must be considered if any
      problem arises in meditation.


      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

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