Swamiji describe God for us?
“Yes. If you
meditate you will come to know how he is.”
How long would I have to
“It could be in
a second or it could be twelve years.”
Is there such a thing as
“Yes. God came
from the Goddess Adishakti, the First or Primordial Energy. Adishakti was in
the form of a female. The three gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara were born
“First the sound
Om was born. From that was born the light. From the light was born the
Goddess Adishakti. From her the gods were born who then created the
universe. The gods created all these worlds, the space, everything.”
How does Swami define
Shiva in relation to Shakti?
meditate you come to realize what Shakti is. There is a primeval energy, the
primeval Shakti that is worshipped. That is God and you will come to realize
that in your meditations.”
What is Shiva in relation
“Shiva is a
yogi. Shiva is a muni. Shiva is God.
God is Shakti.
Lord Shiva and the primeval energy, what you call Shakti, that is also God.”
Why is the formless to be
preferred over the form?
“If you worship
the formless, you get a lot of power and at the same time you can gain
control over your mind. But if you worship the form, then you can get a lot
of devotion, but you may not get control over your mind. By worshipping the
formless, just by meditating for an hour, that will be enough to be in
control over the mind.”
“If you just
pray to the form continuously for twenty-four hours, your mind will not come
under control. You may get devotion, but your mind may not get under
control. The worship of formless is best to get control over the mind. You
Swamiji, why do people in
India worship so many gods and we have so few gods in the Western tradition?
“In the past,
there were many people here and many gods. You people drove them away. You
people have changed a lot. India and America were one and the same. America
had the same Sanskrit culture but slowly you changed. Kings brought about
change, unlike in India where people did not change even though their kings
changed. In India the people maintained their own traditions separately from
their rulers. If people wanted to meditate, they meditated.”
Will people in the United
States, if they want to worship God, will they have to all become Hindus?
“Right from the
beginning Swamiji has been telling you that you don’t have to leave your
path. You can be in your own spiritual path. Swamiji told you that he will
only help to guide you. He will never ask you to come out of your religion
and Maheshwara are in the path of Christ. They are in the path of
Shivabalayogi. They are there in the path of every other rishi and maharishi.
They being the source of everything, of all these lines, people have to
worship them. Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara do not belong to any particular
Shiva looks very Indian.
Would Shiva appear differently if one came from a different tradition?
“Yes. India and
America are the same for God. How do you see Swamiji? Do you see him as an
Indian or as an American? In the same way, people in different countries
draw pictures as they wish and according to their imagination.”
“Shiva is not a
Hindu. He is for all the worlds but in each world they picture him according
to their imagination. It depends upon their moods or emotions.”
and Maheshwara are the gods for all the worlds in the universe.”