Sri Vaishnava Acharya
Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda is a Vaishnava Acharya in the Sri Sampradaya, a spiritual lineage that lovingly worships Sriman Narayanaya and Divine Mother through bhakti. As an Acharya, He promotes Sanatana Dharma, the eternal path of loving God.
In the same time-honoured and respected tradition of the Acharyas before Him, He has written commentaries on important scriptures. Today, His commentaries are cherished sources of inspiration, including the Shreemad Bhagavad Gita and Shreemad Bhagavatam among others.
2008 Initiated as Acharya
The title of Acharya was given to Paramahamsa Vishwananda during His 2008 initiation into the Sri Sampradaya Lineage in Srirangam, India.
An Acharya is an honoured teacher and the title is awarded only to those who exemplify the teachings of the spiritual lineage. As an Acharya, Paramahamsa Vishwananda has the authority to interpret and pass on the values and practices of the lineage as He sees fit.
Sri Vaishnavism: A Path of Service
Sri Vaishnavas are bhaktas, lovers of the Lord. They are characterised by their personal relationship and eternal, loving devotional service to Narayana, the Supreme Lord.
The name 'Sri' refers to Maha Lakshmi, the Divine Mother who is the eternal consort of Lord Narayana. Together, they are the focus of worship in both the Sri Sampradaya and Bhakti Marga.
Om Namo Narayanaya
Om Namo Narayanaya is the highest mantra of the Sri Sampradaya and Bhakti Marga. Originally, it was through the Grace of Ramanuja Acharya that this once secret mantra was made available to liberate everyone. In essence, the mantra means:
'I salute the Lord, in whom all things abide and who abides in all things.'
Today, through the Grace of Paramahamsa Vishwananda, this mantra offers the key to liberation in this current age. This is especially true when you have been initiated into the mantra through the Bhakti Marga Spiritual Order or Atma Kriya Yoga.
Worshipping the Guru
All Vaishnavas conduct themselves with great humility and recognise the importance of a Guru to help them attain God, which they see as the ultimate aim of a human existence.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda venerates not only Sri Ramanuja Acharya as the founding Guru of the Sri Sampradaya, but also Mahavatar Babaji, who is both the founding Guru of Kriya Yoga and His own Guru as well. Murtis of both Gurus hold a place of honour on the main altar in the Sri Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir (temple) at Shree Peetha Nilaya.
Honouring the Divine Mother
Sri Vaishnavas greatly honour Divine Mother. For them, She is the representation of all material creation and it is only through Her Grace, and a human body, that one is able to strive for and attain the Divine.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda has always given Divine Mother great love and reverence. She has appeared to Him many times over the years. In fact, it was Divine Mother who asked Paramahamsa Vishwananda to settle in Germany and that He name His ashram Shree Peetha Nilaya, which means 'abode of Maha Lakshmi'.
She also has a significant presence in the ashram's beautiful new temple, Sri Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir.
2014 Commentary on the Shreemad Bhagavad Gita
Paramahamsa Vishwananda spent 18 days giving this Shreemad Bhagavad Gita commentary in the form of an extraordinary live discourse open to the public.
The final form turned into a hardbound book of over 1000 pages including Sanskrit verses, English translations and commentary.
2015 Commentary on the Shreemad Bhagavatam
This commentary is based on the week-long Shreemad Bhagavatam discourse that Paramahamsa Vishwananda held in 2015. Known as the 7-day Journey to Love, He went deeply into interpreting the details of this classic scripture, regaling everyone with stories of extraordinary bhaktas and their awe-inspiring lives of devotion to the Lord.