International Weekend Seminar in Guruji Ashram, Vienna
A special occasion took place in Vienna on the Easter weekend when spiritual seekers could be in the presence of their Holy Master, Vishwaguru Swami Maheshwaranandaji.
The topic of this seminar was "Health".
Health is the greatest wealth - said Vishwaguruji - bigger and more important than wealth or fame. Health is not only physical well-being; health encompasses body, mind and soul. A very important aspect of our health is the right food. "We are what we eat." Unhealthy food - junk food, manipulated food and food treated with pesticides and chemicals, meat and bad fats make us ill. Unfortunately, it is difficult at the present time to get natural and untreated food. Therefore it is very important to pay attention to the origin, biological quality and proper preparation of food.
His Holiness Vishwaguruji also emphasized that the source of health is determined by food, society and thoughts. These are the nourishment for body and soul and they support the function of gunas - inner and outer qualities. The three gunas are sattva (purity), rajas (passion), and tamas (dullness or darkness). In tamas everything is slow and dark. A person with such qualities is lazy and cannot express his will. He is exposed to outer forces and cannot defend himself. These qualities are based on our previous deeds, which can be good or bad, and they create our future accordingly.
His Holiness quoted the story of Martanda Rishi, who performed so many good deeds that his life was prolonged even though he was destined to a short life and early passing.
Vishwaguruji pointed out that the mind can make us sick too. Thoughts have a powerful effect on our state of being. Laziness, negative thoughts, greed, envy, jealousy, anger, etc. can make us just as sick as bad food. There are also emotional or karmic diseases. The doctors usually treat them as mental disorders. But the cause of these disorders can come from the astral planes and unredeemed ancestors. In order to trest these disorders and diseases weneed the help of puja (spiritual ceremonies), mantra and prayer.
At the end of the seminar Vishwaguruji concluded with some important advice:
"We always think the doctor will make us healthy. That's right. But only if we follow his instructions exactly. Just as it is in spirituality. The Master can lead us to self-realization, if we remain faithful to him and follow his path. Health means clarity and clarity is wisdom. If you have wisdom, you have achieved everything.
To be born and die and be born again is also a disease. From this wheel of birth and death, we want to escape! Ultimately we have to return the body to Mother Earth and the soul continues on its endless journey. The Master shows you a clear path to the light and to Brahma Gyana. Always be willing to learn. Never think that you know everything. If you think you know everything and become angry if someone says something else, this proves that you still have no wisdom. Stay on the path of wisdom, spirituality, liberation, self-realization and fulfillment of your dharma as a human.
Our task is to transform this Kali Yuga (the Dark Age) into a Satya Yuga (Golden Age). This is our goal and our way. "