By Dushyanthi Kanagasabai, UK
On Janmashtami I would like to offer my gratitude to Mohanji with this expression from my heart. After having some priceless moments with Him during His recent UK visit, I have experienced unforgettable memories.
I have always felt Lord Shiva’s energy in Mohanji. However, little did I know that He does not display just one form. This time to me, He was Krishna. Very playful, jovial, pulling my leg with jokes, always laughing, making everyone laugh and most of the time laughing aloud! In His presence, I felt so lighthearted and happy.
For over a year, I had been yearning to keep Mohanji’s Padukas in my altar. During the latter part of last year, someone had brought a couple of beautiful pairs of Padukas to the UK, blessed by Mohanji. I understand that the Padukas symbolise Guru’s feet and when Guru Himself blesses these Padukas, they bring the energy of Guru’s presence and protection.
I had really wanted to get a set of these beautiful Padukas, but something stopped me. Now I know why! I longed to have His real footprints!
Mohanji’s physical presence is magical and blissful. Whether it’s His clothes or anything else that He has used, that object brings the fragrance and feelings of His physical presence. My wish was to have Mohanji’s footprints on soft clay. I had mentioned this to Him when He was here with us in the UK last year, to which He had very lovingly agreed.
When Mohanji arrived in the UK this year, my excitement grew. I prepared myself with the things needed to imprint His feet on clay. However, with His packed schedule, I was not sure whether I would have the chance to get this done. Well, I did not worry too much; I just surrendered my intention at His feet.
He knew my heart’s desire and made it happen in a beautiful way. One morning, when Mohanji was relaxing after breakfast, we arrived with the clay etc. Mohanji was equally excited to see me with all these items. The childlike eagerness on His face made me feel so happy! My hands were shaking, not with fear but with joy. I felt like pinching myself. Is this really happening? I held his feet to clean off any dust that may be there and placed them on the soft white clay rolled out on a board. He was the obedient Bal Gopal. He quietly allowed me to hold His feet, clean them and even apply slight pressure on them to get the foot impression done properly. The whole process may have taken just a few minutes, but those few minutes are a treasure that I will cherish forever.
So finally, I had my Krishna, my Mohana, my Mohanji’s feet in the form of His footprints on soft white clay! The dream came true indeed and in what a beautiful way!
During this trip, I also had the divine opportunity of being able to do Mohanji’s Paada Puja. That day, before we started the ritual, He explained the significance of doing a Paada Puja to us. When I was listening to His words, my eyes filled with tears, tears of gratitude and devotion. When we chanted the Paduka stotram, tears just flowed. I could have washed Mohanji’s feet with my tears! This Paada Puja brought out so much love from my heart. This was exactly what Deviji was also sharing with us, with true bhaav, any ritual could take us to ultimate bliss.
Yes, I was in bliss while doing the Paada Puja and I was in bliss while taking the footprints on the soft clay.
After many joyous and memorable days, Mohanji’s visit to the UK came to an end.
As every moment of His presence fills our lives with sweet nectar, I wanted to be with Him as long as possible and had wanted to go to the airport for His send off. Suddenly many obstacles surfaced and it seemed like I would not be able to go to the airport. My heart sank. Once again, I surrendered to Mohanji. He heard my prayers and fulfilled my wish yet again. Eventually, I reached the airport. My heart was just yearning to see Him among the crowd. My eyes were eagerly looking for His physical presence.
When He arrived, He was playing hide and seek with me! To make me yearn even more, Mohanji was trying to hide from my eyes behind people. The minute my eyes fell on Him I ran and held Him with so much love.
Mohanji sat with us in a cafe area allowing us to be drenched in His loving presence until the very last-minute. I was soaked in the bliss of His presence, enjoying every moment of being with Him, in the laughter, in the funny jokes and banter.
Not just myself, but everyone present there was very much merged in these lighter moments and forgot about Mohanji actually leaving in a few minutes. It would be quite a few months before we see Him again! I did not want to waste a single moment of being in this Krishna consciousness. Finally, it was time for Mohanji to proceed towards His security check-in and with a very heavy heart, we had to bid Him safe journey ahead. Until He turned into the next set of doors and moved away from our sight, my eyes were fixed on Him and my heart was crying looking at my Krishna disappearing.
Mohanji is my Krishna, who has left His footprints in my heart and at home.
Mohanji’s trip to the UK this year has given me many treasured moments. As always, my love and gratitude at the lotus feet of my beloved Mohanji.
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