Question and Answer

Swami Sivananda Saraswati. Visit to Birla House

From here straight to Birla House. Seth Jugal Kishore Birla Ji was waiting to receive Siva. As soon as Siva stepped into the house, Seth Ji offered flowers at Siva's feet and took him inside.

The following is the gist of the conversation that took place between Seth Jugal Kishore Ji and Siva.

Swamiji, kindly tell me of an easy sadhana for the attainment of moksha.

Namasmaran. Constant remembrance of the Lord is the only easy sadhana for God-realization.

Swamiji, the mind does not like it. It does not want to be fixed on the lotus feet of the Lord. It runs away. Success seems far off.

That is true. But continuous practice for a long time is the only solution to this. The mind will gradually be weaned away from the objects and will finally get fixed on the feet of the Lord.

Swamiji, do you think that stones have chaitanya?

Yes. Yet, and in the case of images, there is a special shakti in them. There are somearcha avataras, special murtis or images, of the Lord which are specially intended for worship by the devotees in the Kali Yuga. Certainly, we should have the fullest faith in them.

Do you think it is possible to have darshan of the Lord?

Yes, yes certainly. The Lord danced with Mira and ate butter from her hands. Girdhar Gopal was a reality to her. To Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Kali was more real than anything else in the world. He could talk to Her, eat with Her, and play with Her.

Are these avataras and these great experiences restricted to this country or are there avataras in other lands, too?

Why: Jesus was an avatar of the Lord. So was Mohammed. So are the prophets of the various lands and religions. All are avatars of the Supreme.

—5 November 1950, Delhi, From Sivananda's Lectures, during All-India and Ceylon Tour – 1950, Chronicler Swami Venkatesananda