Most Rev. Swami Omananda Saraswati
Swami Omanand comes originally from the Indian state of Orrisa. He left home at an early age wandering throughout India in search of a yogic guru. He lived for many years as a naked yogi in the forest outside Rishikesh. During his stay in the famous orthodox Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh, he was asked by the abbot to manage their satellite ashram in Allahabad. While in this holy city he met Guruji Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati and began the study of the difficult practices of Hatha and Raja yoga. He was initiated into the order of sannyasa and served Guruji with the attitude that “Guru is God.” Before Guruji’s passing, he left his holy ashram, Yoga Vedanta Kutir, to Swami Omananda saying, “Your pocket is my pocket. Your body is my body.” An original thinker, dynamic speaker and expert in yoga sadhana, Swami Omananda manages the ashram training his disciples in the practices of yoga and dharmic living, also supporting many poor children, taking full responsibility for their food, lodging and traditional Sanskrit education.
Words of Guruji Omananda
Recorded by Rampriya Das (Trevor Hall)
If you want to love everyone,
You must the love the One who is everywhere.
All is in the One and One is in the All.
Everything is in maya and maya is in everything.
By observing sexual energy, you can observe subtle energy.
By observing subtle energy, you can observe mental energy.
By observing mental energy, you gain knowledge.
If the world accepts you, but the Mother does not accept you ... it is failure.
If the Mother accepts you, but the world does not accept ... it is success.
If the Mother and the world both accept you ... it is ultimate success.
Your mind is your own individuality,
But behind the mind shines the Supreme Self.
Start early, drive slowly, reach safely.
To believe or not to believe in God,
It is no problem for him.
It is only our problem.
There is only one problem for Almighty Mother.
Because She is everywhere,
She cannot throw you from Her heart.
That Almighty provides if we use properly.
Mother will provide according to quality, qualification, knowledge, and capacity.
While talking about trying to find a cook for the ashram, Guruji said,
"There are many persons in the world, but we have no link with them.
But Mother has a link with everyone so She will provide accordingly."
If you are going to Benares,
It is better to not reach there than to go too fast and crash and die on the way.
Even if you don't worship God,
As soon as you open your eyes ...
Awake in God
Live in God
Go to sleep in God
If you pay homage to the earth,
You pay homage to all avatars.
Your happiness is my daksina (payment).
If you live a truthful life you will face difficulties,
But your life will be full of peace.
If you live an untruthful life,
It will be easy but you will only face misery.
A blind person has never experienced light.
Therefore, he has never experienced darkness.
How can he ever know what darkness is if he has never experienced light?
Belief is relief
One child has only learned 'A,B,C'.
The father gives a book on philosophy.
The child happily reads but of course doesn't understand.
The father calls him a fool,
But really the father is a fool because the child is working to his full capacity.
We walk over so many stones to worship one stone
You are from America. Your mother tongue is english.
You can read so many books and study so much literature,
But can you tell me the meaning of the letter 'D' or 'K'?
Don't react immediately.
Be still and calm.
Watch your mind before making a decision.
Be firm in your inner stance and keep your balance.
If this is done, you can mix with everyone.
Be brave and know that the Guru's Grace is always with you.
Always remember the Mother.