Anand Viswanathan

Anand   was born  on 25th july  1981, Saturday.   As a child he was much attached  to his parents and grandmother.  He had much fascination for Sri Krishna ( the Lord of Vrindavana).  As he grew up his devotion to Krishna receded to the background and  he was preoccupied with his studies.  Marks , high grades  became his lifeline.    He studied in a convent  school run by Christian missionaries.  There, competition was the watchword.   As  Destiny would have it, due to sudden reverses,  Anand  began to lose. His grades went down.  What  pained him more was the remarkable change in people ‘s attitude  towards   him.  These sudden reversals in his student life awakened in him the hunger for true Unconditional Love- the love that knows no – “Ifs and buts”. Whatever would be his state whether – exalted or wretched that LOVE would neither wax nor wane.  Besides his reverses in studies, certain personal problems too deeply disturbed him.  During this period Anand travelled to Kanchipuram to write an entrance exam  (Qualifying test for admission to an engineering degree course) . But little did he know, that the stage was set for him to meet his Ishta  Kamaksi Devi at Kanchi.  After this first darshan,   Anand somehow felt  that the Divine Mother would look after him, that he belonged  to Her. All these  little personal tragedies and reverses were  the device  of the Divine Mother to bring him back to Her, to RECLAIM her  long lost son. From now, though he tried to fulfill his obligations towards his studies and parents,  his heart was set on  a vibrant  QUEST  to find   TRUE LOVE.   During this long quest he met several mahatmas, great men , social figures   sympathetic friends and relations. But no one  could quench his thirst.  Of course,  they guided him as far as they  could.  But their sympathetic words could not quench his passion for Truth. One day as he was searching his great grandfather’s library ( as usual with his habit of hunting down books to silence his chattering mind) ,  a  small book  tumbled  down from the shelf ; It was a pocket size edition of the Bhagavad Gita from the famous  publishers- The Gita Press.  Eventually he started subscribing their Hindi monthly - the Kalyan.  In that, he saw an  advertisement  of Sri Swami Ramsukdas ‘s  forthcoming  Summer  Satsang  in Gita Bhavan  on the banks of Ganga in Rishikesh.  He deeply aspired to meet this saint though he had never met Swamiji  or heard about him before.    Some unknown intuition told Anand that Swami would be his succor.  He conveyed his ardent  desire to his father . And in the month of July he set on his  long journey from Kollam, Kerala to  Rishikesh   via Madras  accompanied by his father.  In July   2004 He met Swami Ramsukhdas  at Gita Bhavan .  At  his first meeting with Swami Ramsukhdas , the SILENT GURU  glanced  Anand and RECLAIMED him forever  from the mire of the world. Here ended Anand’s quest for Love.  Anand was introduced to the world of bliss and  Advaita Bhakti.   Not only did Anand quest for love end but  all his  longings  ended on that blessed Day ,which happened to be  Guru Poornima  ( the birthday of sage Vyasa)  according to  the Hindu calendar . Now as days pass by to his astonishment Anand finds that the Saint Ramsukhdas lives in him and  Anand as a person has become  extinct.

 Can Anand verbalize what Swamiji conveyed to him through his blessing glance?

    Nasaato Vidyatae bhavo Nabhavo vidyate satah (Gita  2nd chapter verse 16)

    The Unreal never is, the Real never ceases to be. 

 

    Nasaato Vidyatae bhavo Nabhavo vidyate satah (Gita  2nd chapter verse 16)

    The Unreal never is, the Real never ceases to be. 

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In other words the Soul is ever free. Thralldom is only an imagination.  Some  fiction born   of thought and the habit of compulsive thinking.    In Absolute Consciousness no thought has ever risen,  so no bondage, therefore the question of freedom too is meaningless. 

 

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