Yogi Vishnu Panigrahi


Meditation is real medication. About Pt. Vishnu : Pandit Vishnu Panigrahi has been steeped in spiritual endeavors since his childhood and even before his birth—his great grandfather told his grand daughter (Visnu’s mother-to-be) that there is a necessity of a boy from your home to be a spiritual devotee. The grand daughter prayed deeply over many months for a baby boy to come as her son and fulfill her great grandfather’s wish. After his birth mother would sing to the children every night songs and stories from the Ramayana (the famous epic on Rama Incarnation) and Puranas (the Indian versified Sanskrit encyclopedias of stories and narratives of divinities). As a young child his grandfather advised him to meditate for salvation and moksha and not indulge in prayers or rituals for lesser material or mundane purposes. A Radhe-Krishna Temple was constructed by the grandfather in their village in Orissa, India where Vishnu would frequently serve food and water to wandering sadhus who would come to rest for the night on the house verandah or temple verandah. Many of these sadhus were “kum-phatia babas” (they wear the bark of kum trees—a special sect of knowledge-bearing hatha-yogis and shunyavadi whose founder was Alekh mahima, formless god himself), who had a great impression on young Vishnu. These are the famous tree bark adorned babas that freely roam around parts of Orissa. They had no clothing or blankets while sleeping, winter or summer, only wearing a covering made of tree bark and carrying no extraneous possessions. School was 6 kms. away by bicycle for boy Vishnu. When in the larger town 10 kms away there were occasional discourses and satsang by visiting Swamis, counting among them was Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Haridwar, who has graced Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama with his presence in recent years. On these occasions Vishnu would skip school and attend the satsang (spiritual company and discourse of the saintly), resting under the trees after the satsang and he would reach home by bicycle in the evening. He found a kalyana-mitra (friend on the noble path) in a boyhood friend who would arrange to meet together at 3 a.m. morning in secluded places away from the village. Here they would join for meditation and chant all day “Mohamudgaram” (a famous hymn titled “Mace to Beat Delusion with”) by Adi Shankaracharya to dispel their fears and gain vairagya (intense inclination to renunciation). On Sundays and holidays Vishnu would serve the impoverished people at

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