Paramahamsa Swami Vishwananda
Swami Vishwananda is an enlightened spiritual master. His role as a master is to guide people along the spiritual path and awaken the divinity sleeping deep within their hearts. He was born into a Hindu family on 13 June 1978 on the small, beautiful island of Mauritius.
What does Paramahamsa mean?
Paramahamsa means “Great Swan”. This title was given to him by his Satguru, Mahavatar Babaji. A Paramahamsa is a person that is beyond the influences of Maya and material nature. The swan is unique in its ability to separate milk from water when drinking them in a mixed solution. Similarly, the Paramahamsa is able to separate the real from the illusion.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda – His Mission
‘MY MISSION IS TO OPEN THE HEARTS OF HUMANITY TO RECOGNISE AND ACCEPT THE ETERNAL DIVINE LOVE THAT PERMEATES US ALL‘
PARAMAHAMSA SRI SWAMI VISHWANANDA, FOUNDER – BHAKTI MARGA
Paramahamsa Vishwananda has dedicated his life to opening the hearts of humanity. He wants humanity to experience the highest form of love; which is unconditional, non-judgemental and free from all expectations.
His life and work are dedicated to inspiring all people to love beyond the boundaries of culture, religion, gender and age, and to open their hearts to recognise and accept the eternal Divine Love that permeates us all.
Swami’s teachings offer precious inspiration and practical methods that help us to channel our quest to find joy, peace and divinity in our day to day lives. Patiently, He explains to us how we can improve the way we live and think, guiding us to the Divine seated in each one of our hearts.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda has promoted the Hindu path of devotion (bhakti) since 2005. He established the Bhakti Marga mission in 2005 which operates in over 60 countries on six continents. He has initiated 32 Bhakti Marga Swamis and Swaminis who have dedicated their lives to work and travel in support of His global mission.
The international headquarters of Bhakti Marga is based in Heidenrod, Germany and was given the name Shree Peetha Nilaya, the Abode of Maha Lakshmi. To bring communities and people together, there are over 30 temples in 19 countries.
Read More: About Bhakti Marga
At the 2015 Kumbh Mela, Paramahamsa Vishwananda was awarded the title of Mahamandaleshwar, (one who resides over many ashrams and temples as guardian and pillar of faith) by all four heads of the Vaishnava Sampradayas (spiritual lineages). He is the first European-based spiritual leader to hold this title. In 2016 He was presented the Bharat Gaurav Lifetime Achievement Award in the House of Parliament, London.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda – The Beginnings
Whilst most children would be playing with a toy or gadget, such amusements held little attraction for Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Instead, His primary interest were praying to Hindu deities and visiting local temples at every opportunity. He chanted the name of the Lord from a very early age. The young Paramahamsa Vishwananda would often request his parents to purchase incense sticks for Him to use for puja (prayers). Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s parents did not understand how such a young child knew so much about the Divine.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda ate poisonous seeds when he was only five years old. His family rushed him to the hospital and while recovering he had the most extraordinary experience. Mahavatar Babaji, His Paramguru, appeared to Him for the first time, against a backdrop of a ray of shining light. That meeting was very special, because Mahavatar Babaji showed the young boy the true nature of the soul. His devotion to God and preoccupation with all things religious intensified even more after this life changing event. Ever since, He has guided Paramahamsa Vishwananda on his mission, to spread the message of Unconditional Love.
“MAHAVATAR BABAJI IS THE GURU OF ALL THE GURUS ON EARTH, THE TEACHER OF TEACHERS. HE IS VERY SERENE AND GENTLE; ABOVE ALL VERY, VERY HUMBLE AND FULL OF LOVE.”
PARAMAHAMSA SRI SWAMI VISHWANANDA
Swami Vishwananda’s Spiritual Lineages
Bharadwaja Gotra Lineage: Born as a Brahmin, Paramahamsa Vishwananda belongs to the Bharadwaja Gotra, a family lineage that can be traced back to the Guru of all the Pandavas and Kauravas, during the Mahabharata.
Mahavatar Babaji – Father of all Kriya Yoga Lineages: Mahavatar Babaji is Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s Guru and the Paramguru of Bhakti Marga. Mahavatar Babaji is a Jagadguru: the Guru of all Gurus on Earth. He is an immortal yogi whose teachings, throughout the ages, have always offered guidance toward God-Realisation.
Sri Sampradaya Lineage: In 2008, Paramahamsa Vishwananda was initiated into the Sri Sampradaya (the Vaishnava lineage established by Sri Ramanujacharya). The initiation was done by Sri Vedavyasa Rangaraj Bhattar Acharya, who is a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, thus linking the Sri Sampradaya and Kriya Yoga lineages.
Read More: About Mahavatar Babaji
Swami Vishwananda – Author, Teacher, Public Speaker
He is the author of the ‘Just Love’ series of six books, the ‘Inspirations’ app and unique commentaries on the core Vedic texts including the Bhagavad Gita, Guru Gita, Shreemad Bhagavatam and the beautifully accompanied Gopi Gita. These books and commentaries have been translated into many languages to help the worldwide audience gain a deeper understanding of the messages they contain, and spread the message of Love, Peace and Unity to all. You can buy them here.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda regularly leads extensive pilgrimages to many parts of India, as well as many other countries, especially those with a rich Christian history, including Israel and France.
With His spiritual family now residing in many locations around the world, He considers His home to be wherever there are spiritual seekers and people who need to receive His blessing to help them open their hearts to the Love that resides within.
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How to meet Paramahamsa Vishwananda?
Paramahamsa Vishwananda lives at Shree Peetha Nilaya in Springen, Germany. Paramahamsa Vishwananda holds many public events organised throughout the year at Shree Peetha Nilaya, which provide visitors with an opportunity to meet Him.