Sri Swami Vishwananda says: "My tradition, is the tradition of Mahavatar Babaji, a great master who lives in India, I was initiated by him. Mahavatar Babaji is in this world, but he is not accessible to everybody. Other masters came also through his tradition”.
He is the same Mahavatar Babaji described by Paramahansa Yogananda in his book Autobiography of a Yogi (1946). Paramahansa Yogananda, in his Autobiography, describes Babaji’s role on earth:”Mahavatar Babaji is ageless and in constant communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption, and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age. The work of these two fully-illumined masters is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang-evils of materialism ”. test
Lahiri Mahasaya wrote in his diary that Mahavatar Babaji was also Lord Krishna. About this, Swami Vishwananda says, “That is why Babaji appeared on Earth just after Krishna left this planet. Approximately 5000 years ago, Babaji manifested himself on Earth, later he decided to stay here with his body. In the year 300 after JC, as he wanted to leave Earth, his sister Mataji (who is also immortal) asked him:” Why do you want to go from this place? For you it is the same, it makes no difference to be here or there, because you transcended the dual limitation of the matter of this universe. Why not be here?” So for the sake of this world Babaji decided to stay on Earth”.
Babaji is present on Earth in his light-body and aware of the trend of the modern times and the influence of Western civilization on the whole world; Babaji began through his disciples the spreading of Kriya-yoga for the spiritual upliftment and the self-realization of mankind.
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As Swami Vishwananda was asked about his first meeting with Mahavatar Babaji, he told: ” It happened when I was five years old. I ate one of the most poisonous seeds in Mauritius and I was admitted in the hospital. One day there was a man standing by the window of the hospital, outside, giving sweets to the children in the children's ward. All the children gathered around and he was giving his sweets to them. And I asked him: 'Tell me why you are here." I saw his loving eyes and I still remember his eyes. He looked deep in my eyes and said, "I came here to visit all my children and especially you. Of course, five-year-old kids don't understand much about it.
Babaji held my hand. He put one sweet and one Mauritian rupee into my hand and said, "Do you know who you are"? I said, I really could not understand what he meant by that. And he said, 'Look behind me, do you see the light"? I looked behind him but could not see any light. I said, "No, I don't see any light". He said, "Look properly in that direction". And the second time that I looked, I saw bright light, like the sun, and around it there was another halo of light. And with a smile, he said, "That's you." It was very beautiful, but still the mind could not understand it. Then after that he said to me, I have to go now because your parents, your mum and your auntie are coming". He just disappeared. That is how I met Mahavatar Babaji for the first time.
Swami Vishwananda says:” Babaji's message is a message of love and unity. It's a message of reconciling one's self, one's mind, with one's true self, the message of self-realization. His message is very simple, it's a message that show you, how you can apply the universal love in your daily life in whatever you are doing. When you fall at the feet of Babaji, think of Babaji and pray to him. "If you could create this big palace, if you are the source of everything, why will I need just a palace? Isn't it better than I take you completely? You are the ultimate. You are the goal of all life. Let me have you!"
Sri Swami Vishwananda has a loving veneration for Babaji and suggest us: "Do not waste your time in wanting things that you know have their limit. Desire the ultimate, and you shall have it! Remember always the Divine Love, the Divine help, the Divinity ultimately within yourself. You are an instrument of this Love, and instrument of this joy and bliss and happiness. You have to reflect it, and for you to want to reflect it, you have to really want that reflection."
The following is an excerpt from the book Unity with the Divine the book Unity with the Divine Mahavatar Babaji speaks through scribe Utpalavati (Jean Peterson):”In this age, the Kali Yuga is ascending from its long, dark descent and is now rising into the New Age of Golden Light. We encourage you to hold the hand of an enlightened Master, your teacher or your Satguru, and take the steps necessary to evolve yourselves into higher consciousness. We aim to lay out the steps to enlightenment, one by one, in the Unity with the Divine. I say to those of you reading these Epistles, ÒTake the hand of your teacher, your guru, your Satguru; take my hand and let us walk together into the light, the life-force of The Divine. Inside all of you exists the seed crystals of Prema, (love), Sathya (truth), Dharma (right action), Shanti (peace), Unity (oneness) and Ahimsa (non-violence). Let yourselves be aware of all these in every thought, word and deed. And you will be free. “
Babaji speaking about Sri Swami Vishwananda says:”Sri Swami Vishwananda is a different kind of Spiritual Teacher. Once he taught within the traditional structure of the Guru Disciple Relationship wherein the disciple surrenders to the Guru, body, mind and soul. I tell you truly from the heart of Babaji, even then, Swami Vishwananda knew what He was doing! He, in Divine Truth, was teaching His diciples, through life experience and a great challenge, a different kind of lesson than that of "surrendering body, mind and soul to the Guru of the past!"
About his way of teaching, Sri Swami Vishwananda; says: "I don't teach the way a normal teacher will teach you. I teach you through life, through experience, through challenges. That's how you will build up your spiritual strength. If you are not strong enough you will not be able to make it, because to get self-realization, to get God-realization you can't be weak. You have to be very, very strong to get it, that's how life is."
We refer you to Swami Vishwananda's website for information on the "Guru Disciple and Teacher Student Relationship as He teaches and relates to his disciples and students. And, in truth, this has been Swami Vishwananda's "New Way" of teaching from His beginning! http://www.swamivishwananda.net/ and http://www.virtual-babaji-vishwananda.blogspot.com.