Here are meaning and interpretation of the names in the Asthottaram(108 names). The meaning and interpretation have been taken from the book "Viswa Ratnamala", translated into English by Sri Pemmaraju Ramagopala Rao, the original in Telugu is authored by Smt. P. Ratna Mohini. We apologize for any deviations you will find from the original. This page is being updated ...., please visit again
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Om Sri Ganapataye namaha Om Sri Gurave namaha Om Sri Avadhutaya namaha Om Sri Anugrahabhashine namaha Om Sri Anantaya namaha Om Sri Aksharaya namaha Om Sri Ashokaya namah Om Sri Adarsamurtaye namaha Om Sri Kavaye namaha Om Sri Karmayogine namaha Om Sri Karunanidhaye namaha Om Sri Chiranjivine namaha Om Sri Jatadharaya namaha Om Sri Thyagine namaha Om Sri Trigunathmakaya namaha Om Sri Trikalajnaya namaha Om Sri Dayavate namaha Om Sri Dayasaraya namaha Om Sri Dayamurtaye namaha Om Sri Dattapriyaya namaha Om Sri Dattatreyaswarupaya namaha Om Sri Dinabandhavaya namaha Om Sri Dinarakshaya namaha Om Sri Dharmikaya namaha Om Sri Dhyanagamyaya namaha Om Sri Nastikatwa Nivarakaya namaha Om Sri Nishkalankaya namaha Om Sri Nishkopaya namaha Om Sri Nirvikaraya namaha Om Sri Nityabodhaya namaha Om Sri Nisvarthaya namaha Om Sri Niraharine namaha Om Sri Nirahankaraya namaha Om Sri Nityanustana Tatparaya namaha Om Sri Nirmalaya namaha Om Sri Nitisastra Prabodhakaya namaha Om Sri Parabrahmane namaha Om Sri Pandita Prasamsitaya namaha Om Sri Pushpamaladharaya namaha Om Sri Prasannaya namaha Om Sri Pavanaya namaha Om Sri Brahmacharine namaha Om Sri Brahmanaya namaha Om Sri Buddhaya namaha Om Sri Bhaktavatsalaya namaha Om Sri Bhaktimarga Prabhodakaya namaha Om Sri Bhaktajana Sevitaya namaha Om Sri Bhaktabandhave namaha Om Sri Bhavatitaya namaha Om Sri Bhogavivarjitaya namaha Om Sri Manjubhashine namaha Om Sri Mrudubhashine namaha Om Sri Mitabhashine namaha Om Sri Munaye namaha Om Sri Yogine namaha Om Sri Yogyaya namaha Om Sri Yogajnana Prakasanaya namaha Om Sri Varadaya namaha Om Sri Vilakshanaya namaha Om Sri Vivekavide namaha Om Sri Visalakshya namaha Om Sri Viswaya namaha Om Sri Viswabhavanaya namaha Om Sri Viswanadhaya namaha Om Sri Viswayogine namaha Om Sri Viswamandira vasaya namaha Om Sri Viswavyapine namaha Om Sri Viswambharaya namaha Om Sri Viswarupine namaha Om Sri Viswagrasaya namaha Om Sri Viswayonaye namaha Om Sri Viswatmane namaha Om Sri Viswamurthaye namaha Om Sri Viswaretase namaha Om Sri Viswakarmane namaha Om Sri Viswacakshuse namaha Om Sri Viswasakshine namaha Om Sri Viswabahave namaha Om Sri Viswarupaya namaha Om Sri Visweswaraya namaha Om Sri Vidyavate namaha Om Sri Vedapriyaya namaha Om Sri Vaidyaya namaha Om Sri Santaya namaha Om Sri Subhaya namaha Om Sri Sishyavatsalaya namaha Om Sri Sishyahruchoraya namaha Om Sri Sresthaya namaha Om Sri Sreyomargaya namaha Om Sri Samadarsine namaha Om Sri Sarvakala Priyaya namaha Om Sri Sankirtana Priyaya namaha Om Sri Sadacharaya namaha Om Sri Sarvagnaya namaha Om Sri Sadgurave namaha Om Sri Sadanandaya namaha Om Sri Satyarupine namaha Om Sri Satyasankalpaya namaha Om Sri Satyaya namaha Om Sri Sthithapragnaya Namaha Om Sri Sundaraya namaha Om Sri Sujanapriyaya namaha Om Sri Sarvamangalaya namaha Om Sri Sukrutaya namaha Om Sri Satvikaya namaha Om Sri Saumyaya namaha Om Sri Jnanayogine namaha Om Sri Jnanagamyaya namaha Sri SRI VISWAYOGI VISWAMJI SADGURU PARABRAHMANE NAMAHA
Meaning & interpretation
Meaning: Salutations to Lord Ganapati.
Sri Viswamji is the supreme Guru. He is Guru to the whole universe. The Lord of the universe, Lord Viswanadha is Sri Datta Ganapati. Salutations to that Ganapati.
Lord Ganapati is the Lord of all Groups. He is being worshipped since primitive times, and also considered as the main power. Any temple you visit, there is first a temple or idol of Lord Ganapati. Devotees first pray to Lord Ganapati before praying to any other God or Goddess. Sri Viswamji following the tradition has constructed the Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple near the main entrance in Viswanagar, in the Hills of Kondaveeti, near Guntur.. The area of the Vinayaka temple is considered the main area in Viswanagar. That is the main place where the main power of Sri Viswamji is considered to be residing. On April 27th, 1992, Sri Viswayogi Viswamji with his divine hands installed the idol of Varasiddhi Vinayaka. Speaking during the inauguration function, Sri Kartalam Peethadhipati said, “The idol of Varasiddhi Vinayaka installed by Sampoorna Dattavatar, Sri Viswayogi Viswamji, is special in the sense, that though in outward appearance it is an idol of Lord Vinayaka, in reality it is not just an idol of Lord Vinayaka. It is verily Sri Viswayogi Viswamji’s idol that means Lord Dattatreya’s idol. Lord Vinayaka is an embodiment of Lord Datta, i.e. Parabrahma. In that idol the universal power is ever present”. Just as an elephant with the folds on its forehead communicates with the other elephants, at a distance, so too Sri Viswamji keeps sending messages and looks up to his devotees, wherever they are, this is what the Varasiddhi Vinayaka idol conveys to us. Any one who sees the idol, and prays there, get special blessings, the members of the Viswamandir very well know this.
Those who pray to Lord Vinayaka on the Vinayaka Chaturthi day are well aware of his Lordship. Lord Ganapati bestows wisdom and realization. Both these powers are under his control. What these powers do is let deeds done with good intentions meet with success, and placing obstacles for bad deeds. Ganapati is the powers of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in union. He is the guide who delivers to the God we worship, whatever prayers we offer. He is setting an ideal for the mankind through his life. Who so ever prays to him with devotion, he bestows auspiciousness, realization and intellect, and showers his grace so that all tasks are accomplished with wisdom.
Lord Vinayaka is embodiment of education. His knowledge is very sharp. He is a great poet among poets. Sage Vyasa used Lord Ganapati for writing the epic Mahabarata, While writing when his pen broke, he immediately pulled out his tusk, and used it as a pen, thereby showing us that one should not waste any time. He is called as Eka Dantaya, because of being left with only one tusk.
Lord Ganapati is symbolic of Sattvic food. His behavior is Sattvic(balanced) in nature, because of taking Sattvic food. He does not have any desires. He has made desire is vehicle. The mouse depending upon the smell wishes for everything, and craves for it. The vehicle as a mouse is symbolic of the fact that Lord Ganapati has cravings and desires under his control.
Ganapati is the basis for all life, just as OM is the basis of all sounds. For all living beings and all endeavors, Lord Vinayaka qualifies to be worshipped first. Just as the footprints of all the animals in a forest merge into the footsteps of an elephant, Lord Vinayaka merges into himself, the footsteps of all living beings. The elephant head of Lord Vinayaka symbolizes all good qualities. One who ha proven that the whole world is in him, is Lord Vinayaka. We believe that because of eating food, Vinayaka has a big belly. In reality what it means is a stomach that has the whole universe in it. In the same way, Sri Viswayogi Viswamji is filling the problems of all human beings in his stomach, and showing them how to overcome these problems, thereby correcting and guiding them to be ideal people. He is filling himself with the whole universe and setting an ideal for the world. He is indeed Viswa Ganapati.
Ganapati also means divinity in humanity. It also means humanity with human instinct. In any good task you undertake he protects you like God. If you do any wrong deeds he will torment you like an animal. So what Vinayaka philosophy preaches is to do good tasks with good intentions and good intellect. As we all see this is the philosophy of Sri Viswayogi Viswamji too. Lord Ganapati drives away all obstacles and blesses any work undertaken by us with good intentions, so that we meet with success. In a similar way, Sri Viswamji also showers his divine blessings and grace so that we are successful in our endeavors Merciful and kind glances of a Guru, drive away all obstacles, and we meet with success in whatever we undertake, The Upanishads also exhort this truth.
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Om Sri Gurave Namaha
Meaning: Salutations to Guru
Salutations to Guru Sri Viswamji. For us human beings who forget even the creator because of delusions, it is only Guru who can drive away our delusions. The one who drives away the darkness of ignorance from our life is also called a Guru. The one who removes the darkness and preaches wisdom is Guru. Guru drives away ignorance and guides us in the journey towards light or wisdom.
Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Gurur sakshat Parabrahma
Tasmai Sree Gurave Namah
This is the Guru Stotram. Guru is Lord Brahma, Guru is Lord Vishnu, Guru is Lord Siva. The Guru Geeta also says that the Guru is embodiment of supreme Parabrahma.
Guru is like an alarm timepiece. Alarm timepiece wakes us from sleep, and reminds us of our duties. Guru drives away the darkness of ignorance, and lights the lamp of knowledge (Sai Amritvani 6)
The word Guru is the sign of God. If you take Guru’s help he can easily take you to God. He will show you that there is no difference between God and any Living thing, for this reason Guru is verily God. To offer prayers to Guru’s Padukas (footwear) is offering prayers to Guru.
The Guru Poornima, Full moon in the month of Ashada is very special. It is also called Vyasa Poornima. The practice of Sanaatana Dharma is to offer prayers to Guru on this day. It is the auspicious day when prayers are offered to all the Guru’s in the universe. Grace of Guru is needed to climb to the peak of prosperity. It is necessary to focus the mind on the Lotus feet of the Guru. Grace of Guru is obtained by good values of our life, and good deeds of past birth. It is very important to have grace of Guru, to go from state of humanity to divinity. If we absorb and put into practice with dedication whatever the Guru teaches, one will definitely get the grace of the Guru. With the help of Guru we can gain the infinite power of God, in desired portions.
During his discourse on Guru Poornima day(12th July 1995), Sri Viswamji by means of a small example told what Guru’s merciful glances can do. “Valmiki was a hunter. Some agree with this and some do not. There is lot of happiness in thinking that he was a hunter. Valmiki used to rob anyone passing through the forest. He would not spare any one. Such a person, by the grace of a Guru has written the Ramayana, even before the birth of Sri Rama. This proves that the merciful glances of Guru are so powerful.
Nischala tatve Jeevan Mukti
Sankaracharya by means of this composition has conveyed that company of good persons has a very good effect on a human being. Our Sanaatana Dharma is very special. We should always protect this Dharma. We should make India a very powerful country. All the prayers we offer are to make ourselves powerful. Speaking about the excellence of Gurus, Sri Viswamji says that even powerful Mahatmas, since they are in human form, are bound by rules and regulations. So the body has ill health and diseases. Just because of this reason we should not assume that they are ordinary people like us.
Guru is mother, Guru is father
Guru is God, Guru is everything
Guru is all, Guru is truth.
Sings Viswamji in his discourses. Guru is like a mother. Often when we are returning after visiting him, he asks us to call him and let him know, as soon as we reach back. Only a mother says these words to her children when they go out of town. We are getting a thousand times more love and affection from him, than we are getting from our mother. Guru is father. Our father arranges for all that we need. When necessary, the father is strict with the child and disciplines him. Like a father Sri Viswamji also arranges for everything, trains us or guides us. When we are on the wrong path he behaves harshly with us. This is only with the intention of putting us on the right pat, and for no other reason. Just as a mother showers love and affection on us, and protects us at all times and under all circumstances a Guru too shows us our goal in life, and guides us by being with us at every step. Guru also preaches us wisdom. He makes us walk on the divine path. That is why he is mother, father and God. A guru is one who drives away pain, suffering and agony from our minds, and happily guides and protects us. It is only Guru who supports you at every step in life, he protects you like an eyelid protects the eye, walks you like a guide, shows you the light, and is there as light. Guru is the one who gives wisdom, drives away ignorance, stands on the other side to correct you to be divine, and finally merges you into him.
When we go to Sri Viswamji, there is something that is distinct and special that we observe about him. His magnanimous nature, his Advaitic philosophy, loving nature draws us to him. Sri Viswamji teaches us that all embodiments of Guru, all Gods are worthy of our prayers and power existing in all of them is the same. He advises everyone who comes to him to chant the mantra, “Om Sri Sai Ram Gurudeva Datta”, or any other mantra of their choice, whenever it is possible all day, especially first thing after getting and before going to bed at night.
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Om Sri Avadhootaya Namaha
Meaning: Salutations to one who has renounced everything for the welfare of humanity. Avadhoota also means messenger of God.
Avadhoota means one who has renounced everything. The whole world is his, so what more does he want. Happiness of the whole world is his happiness. Such supreme people who incarnate in this world on their own for the welfare of humanity are called Avadhootas. Their aim is the happiness of all people in the world. Having taken birth for the welfare of people, they strive for it, and shower their grace and blessings on helpless and needy people. They constantly strive to make our difficult paths easier, and help us reach our goal. Sri Viswamji with these qualities is an Avadhoota. Salutations to Sri Viswamji.
Aksharatwat varenyatvam dhoota samsara bhandhanath
Tatvamasyadhi Lakshyatvat Avadhoota itheeryathe.
Says the Upanishads. Consider the meaning of this:
Aksharadu : Means one who is indestructible.
Varenyudu : means one who is best in devotion to Lord Brahma
Dhoota Samsara Bhandanath : means one who has obtained freedom from worldly ties.
Tatvamasyadhi Lakshyatvat : means the one towards whom “Tatvam Asi” (That Thou Art) and all the Brahma Sootras point to, or the one who is basis for the Brahma Sutras and has all the qualities described in the Bramha Sutras.
Sri Viswamji has all these four qualities, which the Upanishads say are the qualities of an Avadhoota. With his goal of “The whole earth as one family”, he considers the whole universe as his family, and is before us as an Embodiment of the universal power. Living in the physical world, thinking about the society, realizing that world peace will be a reality only when person, society and country are reformed, he has freed himself from all bondage, and with his yogic powers he is accomplishing all that for which he has come to achieve. After gaining self-realization he is treading on the path chosen by him, overcoming all the obstacles.
Here Sri Viswamji is not just a messenger of God, but verily Lord Dattatreya, and it is but natural for him not to have any attachment or bondage. The very first sloka in the Avadhoota Gita also says that without grace of God knowledge cannot be gained. With devotion both knowledge and salvation can be attained. In this universe that he considers as his, Sri Viswamji is constantly striving to accomplish something great. Though he does not have any attachment with anyone, he is the savior for everyone, and is God for them. Talking with every one who comes to him, fulfilling their desires, solving their problems, he is a great man who considers every ones happiness, satisfaction and joy as his very own.
Om Sri Anugrahabhashine Namaha
Meaning: Salutations to one whose words shower grace.
It is only because of our good fortune that we get to visit or see divine persons. To talk with them is to hear Vedic chants. Sri Viswamji constantly showers on us his grace with his rich divine speech. In his discourses when Sri Swamiji talks about the nature of God or any other topic of spiritual importance, it is also showering grace on us.
God or Guru shower unlimited grace on us. To get the grace, it is important to do good deeds, utter good words and behave appropriately at all times. We should not hurt anyone by thoughts, words or action. Sathya Sai Baba says, “Come to me with empty hands, and fill your hands with my grace”; so to be the subject of Gods grace you need not take any gifts to him. It is enough to have pure love and a spotless heart. Sri Viswamji has expressed the same in the following verse in Telugu, in his book “Shanti Premadayi – Sathya Sai”
Poolagutthulenni pooja lo Nunchina
Hyidayakamala mosaga sadaiudai grahinchu
Shanti Prema Dai Sathya Sai
What this means is that if you offer many bouquets to him in prayer, he will not accept it or respond, but if you offer your heart as a flower he will accept it with kindness.
Theeya Theeyani phalameeyaga mecchadu
Phalamulu yenni unna phalamuneedu
Karmaphalamu nosaga karunincharaa Sai
Shanti Premadayi Sathya Sai.
This says that God does not need any sweet fruits He showers his divine grace and saves us from our fate.
The day you ask him for his grace, he will arrange for everything or bless you with everything. But when you ask him for a specific desire to be fulfilled he satisfies only that, says Sri Viswamji. His words are as true as the Vedas. His divine messages are like nectar. They are useful to set the humanity on the right path.
“It is the result of the merits of our previous birth that we are born in India which is a Land of Yogies. So everyone should make the most of it. Many countries came to India to rule or to steal its riches, but none could steal or take away the Indian Sanaatana Dharma or culture. It is Sanaatana Dharma that is protecting our country even today. Every one should worship the mother who has given birth, the motherland, mother earth, and the world as mother, and the holy cow”. (11-10-1998 - Vijayawada Akhila Bharat Brahman Federation)
To keep our environment clean is the responsibility of each one of us. The body is the temple and heart is the altar of God. This is the motto of Viswamandiram . Every person should gather spiritual strength to be strong physically, mentally, financially and socially. It is necessary for everyone to work hard for the development of the world. United protect the Sanaatana Dharma, which will eliminate differences based on caste and religion prevalent in society today. If we do not have unity we will be faced with many calamities. Even the most difficult task can be accomplished successfully with unity”. (8-3-98, Annual celebrations of Viswa Vikas Kendra, Peddanandipadu).
“Avattar Babaji is alive even today. As I always say yogis conference with each other between 12 AM to 3AM in the mornings. Even to this day, in the inner caves of the Himalayas, Yogies and divine forces conference in celestial forms. Lahiri Mahasya (Guru of Avataar Babaji) and Yogananda are still there. Goudapada Maharshi is a supreme yogi. He is alive even today. If you try there will be energy flow or transmission from your Guru. Not only should you have dedication, patience, unshakable faith, but also you should have tolerance” (13-12-1997, Sri Datta Jayanthi).
There are thousands of such divine messages. Swamiji shows his grace to devotes in many ways. He gives satisfaction and joy to them by somehow fulfilling their desires.
Meaning: Salutations to one who is infinite, i.e. who does not have a beginning and an end.
“Do not try to understand me, that is beyond you. My nature is infinite. It has no end. This spiritual practice is to merge you with the infinite God. Why delay? Come to me”, says embodiment of infinite power Sri Viswamji. Salutations to him.
The one who does not have a beginning or an end is God. The truth that has no beginning or end is God. There is no place in this whole universe where God does not reside. Time, any country, any name or any one form does not bind him. He is infinite, supreme, indestructible, all pervading, omnipresent and omnipotent.
“Anoraneyaan mahato maheeyan : I exist in minutest of the minutest and mightiest of the mightiest. I am form of the universe and I am form of the Atom” God is present in an atom and God is present everywhere. Then how is it possible to recognize God? God is pervading everywhere from minutest atom to the greatest thing, and also in the soul. Sri Viswamji expresses this in his song:
Kaladu Church lona
Kaladu maseedu lona
Kaladu gudini chooda kannulunna
Kanakanmu nandu kaludura paramatma
Following this great saying, not only God exists in every atom and every particle, if one goes beyond caste, creed, religion and language, then God exists in the nature in the form of the Supreme soul. If we consider the whole world as a temple, every country is like a small room in the temple. Whatever form we pray to God, the God who fulfills our prayers is one.
Sri Viswamji is a kind-hearted soul who awakens the consciousness in everyone. He is the embodiment of truth. No one knows when truth was born. There is no end to it. It is constantly alive in this creation. In a similar way Sri Viswamji who is an embodiment of Lord Dattatreya, is infinite. He is the truth that is eternal. Salutations to Sri Viswamji who is an embodiment of divine light, infinite, supreme and indestructible.
Meaning: Salutations to one who is eternal.
Something that can’t be destroyed is eternal. Supreme God is indestructible, so he is eternal. God is an image of eternity. Salutations to Sri Viswamji who is eternal.
If we are mortal beings, he being immortal is eternal. This creation is destructible. The creator however is eternal. Sri Viswamji who has created the universe and who merges it back into himself is also eternal. Death is inevitable to anyone who has taken birth on this earth. To one who is infinite there is no destruction. God is not bound by time. He knows everything that is happening and everything that is yet to happen. He is omnipresent. Incarnations of divinity are always protecting their devotees, and satisfying their desires even after shedding their mortal body. It is said that Sri Shiridi Sai Baba is eternal in his grave, he is ever vigilant performing all his actions from there, it is also believed that he talks from his grave. Sri Raghavendra Swami is also said to be talking from his grave. Just as the vibhuti that Sri Viswamji gives to his devotees is indestructible, so are his words. After all these ages the truth of Lord Datta has not been shaken, and stands still. Goddess Saraswati is eternal. Knowledge, which is embodiment of Goddess Saraswati, is eternal. Knowledge, which is Embodiment of Goddess Saraswati, when coupled with spirituality, is a nectarine scripture or poetry.
As said in the “Rasovaisah”, the divine plays of Lord are great and infinite. A hunter by the name of Ratnakar, by chanting name or Lord Rama composed a great poetry like Ramayana, and came to be known as Valmiki. This is indeed due to God’s grace. God has himself made Valmiki write the Ramayana. To be able to be a subject of such grace we have to but take refuge or seek protection at the divine feet of the Guru.
However educated one might be, one can’t progress from physical education to spiritual education without grace of Guru. Sri Sathya Sai Baba in his discourses says that, “Worldly education is no education at all. Real education is that which teaches us the truth about the soul. So pursue education which has no end and is eternal”.
Meaning: Salutations to one who has no sorrows and frees people from sorrow.
One of the names of the Lord is “Loka Shoka Vinashinye namaha”. One who is not affected by sorrows is free from any kind of grief. Salutations to Sri Viswamji, who is free from grief. Sri Viswamji takes upon him the sorrows, fate and suffering of all people, and gives timely solution to solve the problems and drives away sorrows.
A human being is born with sorrow. In all the stages of his life, from childhood to old age he has to face suffering and difficult situations. Yogies and other such divine incarnations preach that remembering God is the basis of overcoming all these sorrows in life.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba in his divine discourses has said :
Being born is a sorrow; to exist on this earth is sorrow.
The world is sorrow. Death is a sorrow
Childhood is sorrow. Old age is sorrow.
To live is sorrow. Anything bad is sorrow.
All our actions are filled with sorrow. All difficulties are sorrow,
Happiness is cause of sorrow. Anything strange is sorrow.
How can a human being who is sitting under the tamarind tree of these twelve types of sorrows, be free from Sorrow?
God’s love frees us from our sorrows. When God himself has incarnated on this earth, and is moving amidst us and is standing as an embodiment of consciousness, and is helping us overcome our sorrow, all that man has to do is forget all his sorrows and overcome fatigue. Sri Krishna Bhagawan has said, “Every action you do, do it for getting Love of God”. Sri Viswamji is preaching the same in an easy manner. By following his teachings man can overcome sorrows.
There are many instances where Swamiji has driven away the sorrow that was to befall people, because of the good deeds of their past. Such are the experiences of the devotees too.
It is the duty of each and everyone to be grateful to God who shows us the path to overcome sorrows. “Asokaya Namaha” means that we are praying to Sri Viswamji who has overcome all sorrows. Yogies and great Gurus are showing humans path to move from state of “Who Am I” to “I am He, the Paramatma”. By touching the lotus feet of Sri Viswamji, who is form of God, not only are worldly sorrows driven away, but also it is also possible to reach God in an easy way.
Meaning: Salutations to one who is personification of idealism.
Sri Viswamji as a great man, a yogi, as an embodiment of Lord Dattatreya is respectable for the world, and is an ideal for it. Prayer offerings to the lotus feet of such an embodiment of idealism! It is but natural for a Guru to be a symbol of idealism.
Viswayogi Viswamji’s life itself is a message for the world. He performs every task, in a perfect way, and is setting an example for his devotees. Great Yogis don’t have need for idol worship or the outside world. He does everything to show us the right way to do things. Every one is aware of how much Sri Viswamji is devoted to his Guru, Sri Dattatreya Wadekar Maharaj and he does Guru pooja adhering to right procedures. His humility towards his Guru is also very great. In his discourses he often says that it is his Guru who has molded his body and made him what he is. The inner meaning of his doing Guru Pooja is that devotees too should follow this ideal and show such care and devotion towards Guru.
Swamiji offers prayers daily, gives Aarati. On festivals and auspicious days he performs specific poojas and distributes prasadam to devotees. He organizes meetings and conferences, there by enabling us to hear his divine speeches. By these outer activities and poojas, not only do we learn about the inner meaning of festivals, but Sri Viswamji is also showing us the right procedure to offer prayers to the Lord. Sri Viswamji celebrates all the festivals according to customs in Viswamandiram. In addition to Ganesh Pooja, Guru Poornima, Dussera, Deepawali, Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday, Sankranthi, Ugadi and Sri Ramanavami, Ramzaan, Christmas, Datta Jayanthi and Mukkoti Ekadasi are celebrated according to rituals under the guidance of Sri Viswamji in Viswamandir. On Maha Sivaratri he organizes devotional singing till midnight and hari kathas (Singing of Lords glory.) On March 4th 2000, Sivaratri, after the harikatha and devotional singing at midnight, he cut the birthday cake and distributed it to the devotees. He described that time as the time of “Viswa Lingodhbhavam” It is very special that Sivarathri day and Sri Viswayogi Viswamji’s Birthday came on the same day. On 5th morning he organized Bhajans and Viswa Datta Vratams by devotees. He himself gave Aarati to Sadguru Sri Dattatreya Maharaj, thereby becoming a subject of Guru’s grace.
On the occasion of navarathri, the first nine days he organizes Kumari Pooja, on Dussera he does Bhoomi Pooja, and showers his divine blessings and speech. Sankranthi and Bhogi are celebrated in Viswamandir as per traditions. From Ugadi to Sri Ramanavami, he organizes conferences and spiritual workshops. Through all this he is teaching us to celebrate festivals together as a community, a symbol of unity.
Our lives have to be made sacred through truth, character, purity and love. By accomplishing this completely, he is preaching to us that the above four facets are the basis to accomplish unity, and humans have to cultivate these in order to be united.
Smt. Sugunamani is an ideal for woman to follow. She is following Swamiji’s path. She is doing a lot of social work, by working in organizations founded by Smt. Durga Bhai Deshmukh, and following her footsteps. She attributes her success to Swamiji’s blessings. Swamiji has also honored her on many occasions and calls her an ideal for others to follow. So many more people with Swamiji’s blessings are performing their tasks successfully and setting high ideals.
Sri Viswamji has since his childhood been attracted to human values and has honored them. He has conquered human weaknesses and achieved high ideals, he has become a yogi, and he is preaching us not to hate or blame anyone, to share and spread love, and to recognize the God in others. All these are his ideals. That is why he is an ideal for all the people in the world. Salutations to Sri Viswamji who is a personification of idealism.
Meaning: Salutations to one who is a poet.
Salutations to the Lord of poets and poetry. Sri Viswamji is a poet. He is an ideal for the poets. Sri Viswamji who composes sweet and pure poems is Gurudatta. Salutations of the world to such a good poet.
The poems and literary using the pen name Viswam G are famous. Sri Viswamji’s works, which have been composed with a sense of devotion, contain spiritual truths and human values, and have attracted many. Indeed poetry does come naturally to Embodiment of Lord Datta, who is essence of Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads and the Geetha.
In his younger days itself, Sri Viswamji through his poetry has conveyed that one should say good-bye to bad qualities like hatred, envy, cheating, and should spread humanity, thereby accomplish unity. By the following verses he conveys how with will power he has tried and reached heights of spiritual progress, and what are all the problems he had to face to reach the peak of spiritual progress. By the following song
“Na Dhyeayam, Na Gamyam maruvanu maruvanu ennatiki …”
I will never forget my aim and my goal; never ever will I forget it. “Every step I take should be towards you. Every word I utter should be your word. My thoughts, my life are all yours”. He is expressing his troubles further by saying “However many storms I surrounded by, however many people may mock at me I will not forget my goal. My dreams should become reality. Even if I have to confront all the worlds I have to bravely march forward”, this is the gist of the poem he has written on November 23rd, 1973 on the occasion of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday. This poem makes us aware of not only all that he has to accomplish in this world, but also the pledge he has undertaken.
He started by saying, “My life has to change, and my horoscope has to but change”. Then he said, “My mind has to be constantly peaceful. My heart should be ever filled with Love. The smile on my face should be there forever. My Lord should reside in me permanently “. Sri Viswamji has completely accomplished this. When he said, “My Lord should reside in me permanently”, what is implied is that he has seen himself in him. The non-dualistic nature of God and Man is what is referred to here.
If we examine his work “Shanti Premadayi Sathya Sai”, this is full of verses of devotion, knowledge and non-duality”. “Sai is roaming in every atom”, implies Viswa Roopa Sandarshanam that is seeing the whole universe in an atom. “Talking wrong will never befit you”. It does not befit you to do any wrong deeds. If you take wrong steps, it is not possible to attain salvation. This teaching is found in Sri Viswamji’s poetry. In addition to many high ideals, procedures for performing pooja, excellence in devotion to Guru, are some of topics of Sri Viswamji’s poetry. He has also described that religious vows and meditations are the tow edges of a sword.
Sri Viswamji says that from the stage of going on pilgrimages, seeing God in temples, idol worship and doing charity and religious works, we should also grow so that we are able to view the whole world as form of Lord Brahma.
Even though we may do idol worship, we should not think that God is limited t that idol. Initially idol worship may be necessary but later on we should reach a state where idols are no more necessary, and we are able to see God everywhere.
When he was immersed in God, and when he realized that he and God were the same, he composed “Anuraga Lahiri”, where he says that the world is but form of the Supreme Mother. The verses in this composition are indeed extraordinary. He has described in his poetry that devotee and God are inseparable, and everywhere he sees he could see the Goddesses.
On reading poetry where he says, “God, all the power centers reside in you …”, it gives lot of happiness and one feels like reading it again and again. The poetry composed by Sri Viswamji with devotion talks about his simple nature and his humility. Not only do we see that humility and complete surrender to God are implied in his poetry, but also they are an ideal for the whole world.
Himself a great poet, Sri Viswamji, honors many poets and pundits, he gives them encouragement, and uses Viswamandiram as an altar for them to display their talents by organizing meetings and conferences. All these people are fortunate enough to be able to recite their poetry in presence of Sri Viswamji, who is Lord of Yogies.
Poets like Sri Prasad Raya Kulapathi, Sri Kanumaluru Venkat Sivayya, Paluvuru poets have displayed the poetic talents on the occasion of Sri Viswamji’s Birthday and received his Divine blessings.
Sri Vadaparthi Padmakar, who is one of the best in performing many feats of memory simultaneously (Avadhani), has said in a meeting that with the power of Swamiji’s divine blessings he has been able to perform in three languages, and has been able to compose four verses in a minute.
Meaning: Salutations to one who is a karma yogi.
Karma yoga is to act without any expectation as to the results. Man being a karma yogi cannot but perform many karmas (actions), but all actions according to karma yoga must be dedicated to God. Sri Viswayogi Viswamji is a true practitioner of Karma yoga, teaching the yoga to others with the aim of achieving the welfare of humanity. He is a great yogi who with love and compassion has been assiduously working for universal peace. To such mahayogi my salutations.
The word karma yoga is a combination of two words, karma and yoga each of which may be an adjective qualifying the other. The word may be interpreted to mean yoga that has taken the form of karma, or karma that has taken the form of yoga. The word karma is derived from the root kr, which means, “to do”. Everything a man does is karma. Therefore karma yoga is also kriya yoga.
Sri Viswamji is a karma yogi who has descended to the earth to move among human beings and inspire them to high human values. From ancient times India has been the home of many such karma yogis.
In Karma Yoga one comes across the words, karma, vikarma and akarma. Acting in conformity with sastras is karma. Doing prohibited acts is vikarma. Doing a thing without having a feeling of doer ship and enjoyment and without any attachment to the thing done is akarma.
Karmanyakarma yah pasyedakarmani ca karma yah,
Sa buddhimannamusyesu sa yuktah krsnakarmat (Bhagavad-Gita – 4-18)
Bhagwadgita explains that he who sees work in “no work” and “no work “ in work is wise among men and even while doing all work he remains established in yoga.
Anaasritah karmaphalam kaaryam karma karoti yah,S
a sannyaasi ca yogo ca nikagnirna ca akriyah. (Bhagavad-Gita – 6-1)
It is that man who performs his duties without dependence on the fruits deserves to be called a sannyaasi (renouncer) and a yogi and not the one who keeps no fire or avoids works, this is how the Lord describes a karmayogi.
The distinction between a worldly person and a karma yogi is really striking. A karmayogi shapes all his actions as means for attaining divinity. A worldly person on the other hand is motivated by ego, attatchment, jealousy and envy in doing every act. Love flows through the former as a perennial river. He derives happiness in acting without any expectation of a return. “Service to Humanity is service to God” is the motto of his life and universalism is his driving force. Such a karmayogi is Sri Viswamji, He preaches humanity at large that in this kaliyuga everyone should discharge his duties in his chosen field selflessly, honestly, strictlyinaccordance with law and without any desire for return. Thereby, the prestige of the institution for which he works enhances. Sri Viswamji makes it a point to honour and bless those persons who have retired after rendering selfless and honest service in their respective fields.
When we go through Sri Viswamji’s biography we will realize that even from his young days he led a life conforming to the ideals of karmayoga and before long he became Viswayogi. Even as he worked as a teacher in a high school, he did not for a moment lose sight of His aim and goal and continued to persevere in his Sadhana. Even in those early days he gave ample evidence of a great human being who by reforming Himself first and then seeking to reform the society worked hard for the welfare of the universe. By emphasizing that “serving all living beings is serving sarvesvara, the Supreme Lord” He began his quest for human values early in his spiritual evolution. Sri Viswaguru Charitra, His biography tells us that even when he was a student of B.A., attracted by discourses of Sri Satya Sai Baba he used to take part in Sai Bhajans actively. He began devouring the life stories of yogis, siddhas and avatara purusas which helped him to strengthen His faith and devotion towards God. With a sense of service and love to fellow beings and with an absolutely pure mind that would enable His heart to become a divine altar, He began to envelope Himself in love, compassion and truth.
Sri Viswamji having come into this world for a purpose, is always engaged in doing karmas all of which evolved into yoga that eventually led Him to reach its pinnacle and height of spirituality. The sacred acts of His helped him in carrying on dhyaana with determination and steadfastness.
Writing about karma he stresses in the following lines on the need to harmonise ones mind, word and deed.
The mind should be set on the task on hand,
The word should accord with the mind,
And when all the three are one liberation is sure to result.
Any act done with harmonized mind, word and deed will achieve success in sadhana. Without knowing this secret of success, any performance of mantra japa even a million times, or any number of virtous deeds or acts of charity will be a sheer waste. Just as a mirror covered with dust cannot reflect, so too an impure mind cannot reflect the God within.
If his mind is not filled with good thoughts, his words do not reflect them and his conduct is not based on them, a man can never become dear to God. For any true achievement doing of good deeds combined with purity of the world is essential”, says Sri Viswayogi. His own life is proof of what high peaks can be scaled through karmayoga.
Meaning: Salutations to one who is a repository of compassion.
For God’s compassion there is no reason. For it there are no limits or barriers. It is inexhaustible. Karunanidhi is a repository of compassion. It is bestowed regardless of the recipient being dear or whether he has done something to deserve it. Sri Viswayogi Viswamji is a personification of such causeless compassion. His eyes radiate boundless compassion. To Him, the repository of compassion, karunanidhi, my salutations.
Sri Sankara equates karuna (compassion) with krpa (mercy, grace). Dayaa, krpaa bhuuteshu dukhiteesu. It is compassion that gives all beings a sense of security. Words cannot describe the loving kindness of Sri Viswamji. It can only be experienced. Many with illnesses and other problems have experienced that His merciful looks and words would restore normal health to them and offer solutions to the problems or in any case grant them the strength to bear with them.
I like to record my personal experience here. In the past Sri Viswamji whenever He came to Hyderabad, used to stay in the second floor of a house in Nallakunta. The state of my health had been such that I could not walk up two flights and so I used to wait at the bottom of the stairs to have His darshan. On two or three occasions He Himself came down to bless me. Subsequently with His mercy I managed to climb up the stairs. On such occasions He used to ask me in a loving and compassionate manner, “Oh! You have come up! Were you able to climb the stairs?” These kind words used to give me great solace. This went on till I gained enough strength and confidence to go up the stairs with ease. This transformation in my health was brought about entirely because of His being an embodiment of compassion. The strength, which I thus got, helped me to visit Him in Nallakunta and climb up easily the stairs and once and sometimes twice daily without being exhausted to visit Him whenever He was in Hyderabad. Because of providing protection to His devotees He is endearingly referred to ass bhaktabaandhava, relation of devotees. We must have done some virtuous deeds to deserve His compassion.
Sri Viswayogi dwells in all beings in the form of compassion and leads them along. It is the nature of being compassionate that has made Dattamuurti to incarnate as Sri Viswayogi, a personification of compassion.
In the science of literary rhetoric, it is said that all the rasas originate from karuna rasa. (There are nine rasas or humours namely 1. srngaara- Love 2 viira – Heroism, 3. Karuna- Mercy 4. adbhuta – Marvel, 5. haasya = Merriment, 6. bhayaanaka – Hear, 7. bhiibatsa – Horror, 8. raudra – wrath and 9. Saanta Peace.) Bhavabhuuti said, “Ekoo rasah karuna eva nimitta bhedadbhuinnah prthakpathrgisaasrayatee vivartaan aavartabudbuda tarangamayan vikaran ambhoo yadhaa salilamee vahitatsamastam.” – Mercy is the one and only one rasa(humour) and all others are its forms or derivatives. Water appears like a bubble and a wave in different situations. Likewise mercy too appears in different forms at different times. Even a stonehearted person responds positively to compassion. This is within the experience of all those who have been close to Sri Viswayogi whose heart overflows with compassion. Salutations to such a repository of boundless compassion!
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