The Kailash of the South – Part 1

By Madhusudan Rajagopalan

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Thiruvanamalai is a bustling temple town where the mighty Kailash of the south stands … the sacred mountain called Arunachala. It is believed that a trip around this tranquil mountain is equivalent to a parikrama of the great Kailash! Our dear Mohanji conducts retreats annually at this powerful center where the mind becomes absolutely quiet and we get to experience the silence which is our natural state. Enjoy this rich experience shared by Madhusudhan during his first trip with Parabrahma!

“Everything outside us is just suggestions. When we bring them inside, they become experiences and eventual memories. Be careful.” Mohanji.

 Rich flavours in experiences:

Experiences with Mohanji come in various flavours. There are the direct experiences as in retreats when people feel the impact of his presence, or from the practices there; or during satsangs where deep questions, often not verbalized, find answers. Some people report visions and astral experiences during meditations. In contrast, experiences that usually tend to get underrated are those that happen during travels with Mohanji. Trips with him are often impromptu and take their own twists and turns, seemingly random to the normal mind. Yet, the absolute spontaneity leads to perfection and order emerges at the very last moment from seeming chaos. The likelihood of attributing stray events and synchronicity to chance and coincidence is quite high as there are fleeting moments of “magic”. It is only with deeper reflection that we can understand the subtlety of grace that drives these experiences. Sometimes, this takes time to sink in, and perhaps a discussion or two with others to realise what just happened!

I have had the privilege of visiting Thiruvannamalai (the town where the holy mountain Arunachala is situated) with Mohanji twice, once in late 2015 and again in December 2017. In this blog, I would like to share some of my experiences of such nature from my trips to Thiruvannamalai with Mohanji, focusing on the 2015 trip that was epic in so many ways.

 

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A view of the magnificent temple of Arunachala Shiva (Lord Annamalaiyaar)

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A view of the magnificent temple of Arunachala Shiva (Lord Annamalaiyaar)

In November 2015, I participated in the Pancha Tattwa retreat with Mohanji in Kumbakonam. Towards the latter half of the retreat, Mohanji decided that he would go to Thiruvannamalai on a private trip. But of course, his private trips are never really private. So within a couple of days of this plan being shared, the travelling party grew to around 15 people, including a few people joining in from Bangalore. From looking at transport and accommodation for a small group of 4-5 people, we were suddenly looking at planning a much larger program. However, our retreat venue staff knew the GM of the best resort in Thiruvannamalai and with a few phone calls, our accommodation arrangements were set. In parallel, our travel arrangements also fell into place and we were ready for our trip.

Thiruvannamalai is one of the holiest centres in the world. The Skanda Purana (one of the largest Mahapuranas or main scriptures) states that “In the Dravidian region of South India, there is the greatest place called Arunachala, dearest to Chandrasekara (another name for Lord Shiva – literally He who wears the moon as his crest). It is the abode of Shiva and yogis. Arunachala is to this world what the heart is to the whole body. It is everything for Shiva. For the benefit of the world, Shiva took the form of a mountain and settled himself as Arunachala.

There is no better discipline than devotion. There is no better protection than that afforded by vibhuthi (consecrated ash). There is no happiness superior to detachment. There is no position superior to salvation. There is no sacred place like Arunachala. If other kshetras (holy places) are abodes of Shiva, Arunachala is the absolute form of Shiva himself.”

The town has the grand temple for Lord Annamalaiyaar (Lord Shiva in the form of Arunachala) and is considered to be home to thousands of siddhas (powerful masters), many in their subtle form. In more recent times, Thiruvannamalai is famous as the abode of Masters such as Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Seshadri Swamigal and several other great Masters. The town is bustling with serious spiritual seekers from around the world. The Karthikai Deepam festival and Girivalam (circumambulation around the Arunachala mountain) especially on full moon nights attract crowds in millions. Growing up in Chennai, I would hear about Thiruvannamalai all the time but never quite visited it. Before this trip, I had been there just once for a few hours. So I was really looking forward to this trip and to experience Thiruvannamalai in the true sense.

Day 1: 21st Nov 2015 – Arrival

We reached our hotel in Thiruvannamalai well after 6pm in the evening. It was raining that day, so Mohanji decided to rest a bit and asked the group to rest and finish dinner early. Mohanji had an appointment for a Skype satsang with South Africa later that evening, so he asked some of us to set things up. We spent the next hour trying to get the hotel wi-fi network to work. We called their tech support team who strode around purposefully but to no avail. We tried two different 3G dongles but all these routes gave us patchy signals, not good enough for a Skype conference. Finally it was time for the satsang and we just put the computer in front of Mohanji with a mental “Jai Mohanji”. Lo and behold, the signal worked fine now… the satsang went on for about 45 minutes uninterrupted, with no network issues or signal drops! Was this just chance, pure luck or the M factor? Furthermore, thanks to the SA team, several people in the group got an opportunity for an impromptu satsang with Mohanji!

Meanwhile, we were also planning for the next day’s activities. We were scheduled to do the Girivalam (circumambulation of the mountain) the next morning. Before the satsang began, Mohanji gave instructions that we should do a grand annadaan (food seva) for all the sadhus (mendicants) within the Arunachala temple. Mohanji always treats sadhus with great respect. Particularly in Arunachala, he would always tell us that various Masters, siddhas and higher beings could take the garb of simple looking sadhus, so one would never know who one is actually feeding! His advice was – treat them like you would treat me if I came to your home. In fact, this is his direction for all beings (humans, animals, birds, etc) that we feed – always feed what you would eat yourself. In this instance, He even specified the contents of each food packet – curd rice, pickle, papad (thin, crispy discs made from seasoned dough) and a fruit. Given the short notice (it was past 8pm when we started this effort), some members of our group went out to check a couple of the popular local restaurants to see if they could organize this. The first two attempts yielded no results as the restaurants could either not provide to our specifications or were too expensive. Meanwhile, it struck us that we could also evaluate if our own resort could cater to this. We managed to speak to the chef and worked out an arrangement by which he would give us neatly packed food packets as per our specifications, budget and timing. This made our logistics a whole lot simpler. Grace at work again!

Day 2: 22nd Nov, 2015 – Parikrama

The next morning was a milestone day for the group as we were going on the Girivalam with Mohanji leading our group. We were to leave early by 3.30am, the auspicious time of Brahma Muhurta. Mohanji is a stickler for time, so most of us were at the hotel lobby early waiting for him. Some members of our group couldn’t join us as we were travelling with some small children and someone had to stay back to tend to them. In addition, a couple of people were down with fever, probably due to a combination of the rainy weather and the post-retreat cleansing that many people were going through. For the rest of us, the excitement was building up. A couple of ladies had ordered for tea and toast, and I happily joined them for this early morning tea party. Shortly thereafter, Mohanji walked in, looked at us and said “This is a yatra (pilgrimage), not just a walk. It is meant to be done on an empty stomach. I have just had water and will eat only when we finish the Girivalam.” The toast that had tasted so good a few minutes back was now a villain! Well, having eaten already, we couldn’t “un-eat” them now, so we just tucked our tails between our legs, said a few prayers to Lord Shiva and Mohanji and started the Girivalam, chanting “Om Namah Shivaya Shivaya Namah Om” with each step.

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We were walking bare-feet on the gravel path, so this also became a Conscious Walk, besides being a holy parikrama (circumambulation). Some of the group members were chanting loudly and singing bhajans. Mohanji encouraged one of the ladies to sing louder. He said that nagar sankeertan (devotional singing in public) was a part of an old tradition that was known to cleanse the surrounding area. More people joined and the group was immersed in the bhaav (devotion). However, there was a special significance to the instruction to that lady – we came to understand that only later.

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The Girivalam experience was totally blissful. We stopped at different points to offer our respects to the holy mountain and to the various siddhas and elevated beings that reside there. The route has 8 main Shiva lingas. As per the Girivalam protocol, we stopped at each of these temples to offer our prayers there. Mohanji had told the group that there are tens and hundreds of millions of siddhas meditating physically and astrally on the holy Arunachala Mountain.

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He asked us to stop at frequent intervals on the route, look at the holy Arunachala Mountain, pray in the direction of the mountain, offering our reverence to these siddhas and receive their magnanimous blessings. Hence, wherever we got a clear view of the Arunachala Mountain at different points on the route, we would stop, look at the mountain with reverence and pray as guided by Mohanji.

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As we followed Mohanji, he would engage us in discussions every now and then; a serious discussion on spirituality would be followed by casual jokes on day-to-day things. Several people’s legs were pulled. It was pure spontaneity in action and a message to not get too serious about anything, including spirituality. It was also a master class of subterfuge as he was subtly distracting us from any physical discomfort and relieving us of that burden. As I think back on those few hours, I do not recall any pains – we were walking bare-feet on the road, with plenty of loose gravel thanks to the ongoing rains, and also getting drenched now and then from the intermittent rains, but nothing seemed to matter. I am sure several layers of karma were removed that day, but how can we ever see this?

As we walked, we were offering our respects not only to the mountain and the siddhas, but also to all living beings around us. We fed several beings on the path – dogs, monkeys and birds. We offered food to several people on the roads – sadhus and beggars. To some, we gave cash offerings. We bought breakfast and tea for some families and fed several other saints living on the road. While we initially did this on specific instructions from Mohanji, we understood the broader message behind his instructions and did it more spontaneously without judging the receiver. As Mohanji explains, true inner richness requires giving with an attitude of gratitude for the opportunity to serve, rather than an attitude of superiority or an expectation that the receiver should be thankful to us. Besides, especially in a place like Thiruvannamalai, the scruffy beggar in front of us could easily be a powerful Master! There are several tales from Sai Satcharitra where Sai Baba Himself has demonstrated this fact by promising to visit a devotee and showing up as a dog, a beggar, etc. The learning from these experiences is to see the innate divinity in every being and hence, serve without discrimination.

As we approached the part of the Girivalam road near the grand temple, we saw the temple chariots out on the road and crowds slowly building up. Many inside roads leading towards the temple were barricaded. We asked around and understood that this was the 7th day of the Karthikai Deepam festival, the largest festival of the year in Thiruvannamalai. On the day of the full moon in this month (typically Nov-Dec), a huge beacon is lit on top of the holy mountain. This beacon symbolizes the Shiva lingam of fire joining the sky. The decision to leave at 3.30am suddenly made total sense as a delayed start would have meant getting stuck in the crowds! We finished the 14km walk comfortably and headed back to our resort for breakfast. Even though a couple of folks were unwell and suffering from severe stomach cramps and fever, they were able to finish walking the entire distance. Again, a sign of pure grace!

Samadhi visits and Annadaan

After breakfast, we were chatting casually in our group and talking about our experiences. During this chat, Mohanji looked at the lady who had tea and toast in the morning and asked if she knew why he encouraged her on the nagar sankeertan. He then went on to explain how that was used to reverse the effect of her eating breakfast before the Girivalam. She was thankful, of course, but I was left wondering what I would need to do to reverse my breakfast. I anyway dismissed the thought quickly and started thinking about the next items on our agenda.

Thanks to our early start, we had some spare time that morning before the annadaan at the temple. Some of us planned to go to Ramanashram (the ashram of the saint Ramana Maharshi). Mohanji then spoke about a great Master called Sivasakti Ammaiyar. This saint maintains silence and speaks very rarely. He said she gave Shaktipat to people just through her eyes sans speech or touch. He asked us to visit her ashram and, if we were lucky, we could get her darshan (holy sighting of a saint).

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So we hired a couple of autos and instantly left for her ashram. Amma was not there so we didn’t get the opportunity to meet her, however the Darshan hall was set up with her chair and a large photo of the saint. We sat there for some time in silence, prostrated at her chair and then left quietly in gratitude.

As we reached Ramanashram, the clouds opened up and it started raining heavily. We sat down in the Samadhi hall but my mind was unfortunately focused on the rains outside. I knew that we had to do the annadaan in a little while, and was more concerned about how we would manage that in this weather. I sent a silent prayer to Mohanji asking the rains to let up, which it did. We immediately returned to our hotel.

Back at the hotel, we collected the food packets (organized in a couple of crates) and rounded up our team of 7-8 volunteers to participate in this seva (service). We had a car and an auto rickshaw at our disposal. We loaded the crates, squeezed ourselves in and headed to the temple. As we approached the temple, we realized that the road barricades which had kicked into place in the morning, far away from the temple, blocked our path. So we had to improvise – we quickly parked the car at the first available spot and loaded all the crates into the auto. We started walking alongside as we tried to get close to the temple. The rains had stopped by now, but left all the streets flooded with ankle high water. It also happened to be the local mandi (marketplace) area, which meant a good deal of plantain leaves, sacks and other refuse mixed with the water on the streets! So far, nothing had worked out as anticipated – it looked like we were being tested at every point!

Before we left, Mohanji had asked us to distribute the food well before noon. But with these complications, the time was already around noon and we were nowhere near beginning the annadaan yet. A couple of us decided to run up to the temple and check if the swamis were still at the temple. This was my first visit to this ancient temple – considered one of the most important temples for Lord Shiva and when I reached the outer Gopuram (temple complex), I had no time to even think of the significance of the moment. All I was thinking was “Are the swamis still there? Can we complete the annadaan?” From the temple gate, I walked in and began to understand the scale of this magnificent temple! To come close to the main temple, I had to enter the main gopuram (monumental entrance tower), walk through the outer compound, go through some stairs to the next gopuram, walk through the next compound and enter another gopuram to come close to the main temple. My mission was to check if the swamis and sadhus who flock the temple were still there. Finally in one of the mandapams inside, I found one bespectacled sadhu with matted hair. I told him that we wanted to distribute food to all the sadhus in the temple. He said that most of the swamis had left by then, thanks to the rain. He also mentioned that they took their food at noon and it was past noon by now. I requested him to stay back and ran back to our auto, conveying the update to the rest of our team.

The auto was parked around 500m away from the temple, so we had to carry the crates to the temple. As soon as we started unloading the crates, we were mobbed as people swarmed all around us. We have always been used to annadaans where we distribute food in an orderly fashion. Here, every such assumption was being shattered – a lesson to be spontaneous, perhaps.

We were figuring out how to cope with this situation – some safeguarding the food from the people who were literally grabbing packets from our crates, while the others were gaping at this spectacle trying to decide what to do. Our group had a mixture of Indians and Serbians which made us stand out from the milling crowds and attracted even more attention. At this juncture, one swami crossed our path. He was dressed in saffron with a cloth bag slung over his shoulder but with a digital watch on his wrist. We offered him food, but he refused and instead told us “late, late”, and walked away quickly. Was this Mohanji sending us a message? Anyhow, this broke our reverie and we made fresh plans.

Our auto was parked very close to a junction, so people were walking in all directions. It became clear that we wouldn’t be able to carry the food packets to the temple and changed our plans. We decided to distribute the food packets right there and carried just the bananas to the temple. We split ourselves into two teams. Now it became clear why our volunteer group grew from the original plan of 3-4 people. We needed every single person with the situation changing every few minutes. When we reached the temple, we found very few swamis, as it was almost 12.45pm by then. However, the swami I met earlier was waiting for us. We offered him bananas and took his blessings. We then proceeded into the temple precincts and distributed to all we could see – ladies, children, swamis as well as devotees. We returned with empty crates but satiated from inside. On our way out, we took blessings from the same swami again. As we made our way back to the other group, we learnt that they had had a rough time managing the crowds, with many being unruly, snatching food, hoarding food packets etc. We have often been told that our job is only to give and we aren’t responsible for how others behave while receiving – we couldn’t get a better experience to drill this message home.

When we came back to our hotel, we updated Mohanji on the events and asked if we had done an OK job. He nodded and confirmed that the swami in the temple was a real siddha who was holding the fort for us. While we had not followed the original instructions exactly, our intent and efforts were genuine and he was helping us see that through. We told him about how difficult it was due to the rain and flooded streets. He also gave a mysterious smile about the auto swami (the sadhu with a digital watch who told us “late late”)! Then he looked at me and said “You asked me to stop the rain, I had to but it’s tough, you know. It affects other things.” As I mentioned earlier, I had sent this mental prayer from Ramanashram but did not meet Mohanji till now. This confirmed a couple of things – all our genuine, selfless prayers reach him, regardless of physical distance, and the elements are well within the realm of the Master’s control. We have read about this in Sai Satcharitra where Sai Baba looks at the skies and commands them. Mohanji is no different, except that his operating style is a lot more subtle and hard to catch. One could easily just thank the heavens not knowing that the Source was actually near us.

Day 3: 23rd Nov, 2015 – Visit to the temple and Samadhis

The next day, some members of our group wanted to go on a Girivalam as they couldn’t join earlier. I decided to make the most of our time there and joined them. My feet were tender from the previous day’s Girivalam, temple visit and the associated running around, so I thought I would wear my footwear today. As I met the group, I saw that all the others were barefoot, so I changed plans and proceeded barefoot. Today, I had been careful to start with an empty stomach, avoiding yesterday’s mistake! So I got my answer to my earlier day’s question of how to reverse the effect of the post snack-Girivalam – just do another Girivalam the right way!

We started walking and followed the same routine as the previous day, using the time to chant. At every opportunity, we stopped to feed dogs and people. The walk went by quite quickly, in spite of the roads being harder to walk on, and soon we were back at the hotel for breakfast. A day ago, I had only heard of people doing Girivalam and here I was after my second girivalam within two days. If one couldn’t see grace in this, he would have to be blind!

Later that morning, Mohanji joined our entire group of 20 people for a visit to the temple of Lord Annamalaiyaar. As this was the most special month of the year, the temple was extremely crowded and we were told at the entrance that we would have to go through the long queues to get into the temple. While we were making our way to the back of the serpentine queue, Mohanji pointed to another gate and asked me to check with the attendant there. I did and discovered there was a special queue and we managed to buy tickets on the spot and enter the temple. We finished our darshan in no time and were soon walking to the shrine of Goddess Unnamalai Amman (Goddess Parvati). We managed to complete this darshan too very quickly. Throughout this visit, it was raining intermittently. Every time it would stop, Mohanji would ask us to hurry along saying that it wouldn’t last for much time. We were experiencing how with Mohanji around, all doors opened and things speeded up or slowed down, seemingly on their own.

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Seshadri Swamigal

After the temple visit, we were set to visit the Samadhi shrines of the Masters who had made Thiruvannamalai famous. We first went to Seshadri Swamigal Ashram, the space dedicated to the saint who cared a lot for Ramana Maharishi when Ramana Maharishi was still a young boy engrossed in his meditation. As soon as I put my forehead on the steps to his Samadhi, I felt my head spin. To make sure I wasn’t imagining this, I asked the others in the group and they had the exact same sensation. This then convinced me that there were really strong energies in the place – it also helped that we had just come out of an intense retreat with Mohanji, so we must have been more sensitive to high energies. We also took this as a blessing from the Master and proceeded to our next stop, Ramanashram. This complex is somewhat large and houses multiple structures including the samadhi hall of Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi, the cottage he lived in, some other quarters, a mini-temple and open courtyards. Unfortunately for us, the samadhi hall was closed as it was past 1pm. We paid our respects from outside and left.

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Ramana Maharishi

Meanwhile, I was beginning to get worried about the time delays as we were scheduled to travel back to Chennai that afternoon, and we were still nowhere near completing our morning activities. We had heard that Chennai was experiencing heavy rainfall, so I was keen that we leave as quickly as possible. However, when travelling with Mohanji, things don’t move as per our mental map, but as per his purpose. He is completely spontaneous and does what is appropriate at that moment in time with 100% clarity always. And since there is no analysis of future risks or past events, he is completely at peace and lives every moment fully. Well, as for me, it is nice to write this in retrospect. But at that moment, I was panicking – what would happen if we got late? How will we manage the hotel who wanted us to check out 2 hours ago? Why are we taking so much time at each place? And the list went on…

After Ramanashram, we were supposed to visit the ashram of Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Yogiji is a great Master who took samadhi only a decade and a half back in 2001. So he was a more contemporary guru. I had heard of him earlier but knew nothing about him. He was referred to as Visiri Saamiyar (i.e. Tamil for hand fan Swami) as he always used to carry a hand fan in one hand. I had also heard of him from my wife Preethi’s uncle and aunt who are ardent followers of Yogiji.

 

Yogi Ramsuratkumar alias Visiri Saamiyaar

Our vehicle reached the ashram and we were waiting for Mohanji’s car to arrive. I kept looking at my watch but that did nothing to make Mohanji arrive earlier! Finally, they reached around 1.45pm. It turned out that they had stopped at a book shop to get some books for Raj Sethi – there’s another story there about how that specific act fulfilled some desire of Raj! So finally, we went into the massive Samadhi hall around 1.45pm.

In the hall, there was a massive statue of Yogi Ramsuratkumar – this was not just a statue, as He looked alive and smiling. We prostrated at the statue and then did our circumambulation around his Samadhi. Meanwhile, Mohanji was waiting at the door to leave. Some of us were in the queue for prasad (consecrated food offering) and waiting for a refill as the vessels had gone empty.

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A unique feature of this ashram is the constant chant of “Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Jai Guru Raya” by someone in the hall. The two ladies handling the prasad distribution were talking loudly with each other. As one would talk, the other would continue chanting and when she had to respond, the first lady would be chanting. This was fascinating to watch, as I had never seen this elsewhere. This went on for a few minutes and the prasad was yet to arrive.

At that point, an elderly lady heard the loud voices and entered the hall. She saw Mohanji at the door and came to us to ask who he was. As soon as we mentioned his name, she walked over to meet him. She then explained that she had heard about Mohanji just a few days back from Preethi’s aunt who had spoken very highly of Mohanji. This led to an intense desire in her heart to meet Mohanji, but she dropped the idea as she had heard that Mohanji travelled around the world and how was she going to reach him from her base in Thiruvannamalai etc. Mohanji often says “Genuine and sincere intentions are very powerful”, and this intention of hers seemingly pulled Mohanji to the ashram within days! The lady was Devaki Ma, the chief caretaker of the ashram and a very close disciple of Yogiji. She then had a long chat with Mohanji and invited him for lunch. Our group was around 15 people and we did not want to impose, but she insisted and called all of us to the ashram canteen. It was past lunch hour at the canteen, so she had to first check if there was any food available. No surprise that there was just enough for us and we had our heart’s fill of prasad. When we were coming to Thiruvannamalai, one of our wishes was that we should partake of prasad at one of the ashrams. That wish was fulfilled on the very last available opportunity in this trip! What’s more, our group was the only one in the canteen, so we got extra attention. The canteen had a wonderful atmosphere. In the background, the sound system was playing chants by Yogiji in his own voice – apparently he used to chant his own name to help him have his body consciousness.

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Devaki Ma with Mohanji

As I reflect on this visit, the divine hand of perfection is visible even in the small delays and hold-ups. If we had come earlier, we would have just mingled with the crowd. We would have had our prasad on time, and not seen the ladies arguing. This would not have drawn Devaki Ma towards us and we would have missed her!

Devaki Ma treated us with immense love and affection. Despite her busy schedule, she spent considerable time with us. After the lovely lunch, she showed us around various places in the ashram. Yogiji was a strong supporter of meditations (silence) as well as reviving the Vedic traditions of chants and prayers. He also wanted the ashram to organize daily annadaan. Accordingly, the ashram had space allocated for all these activities. Devaki Ma had had the privilege of serving Yogiji for over 8 years before his mahasamadhi (a saint’s conscious exit from the body) and had spent more time earlier visiting him in Thiruvannamalai regularly, so she had a wealth of anecdotes and lessons from Yogiji’s life. She shared a few examples with us:

–       Yogiji would refer to himself as a beggar and always say that he did nothing, and everything was done by his Father.

–       When the ashram was being built, he would supervise activities closely. Sometimes he would put a small stone in a specific place in the hall. If anyone touched or moved it, he would get very upset because this would affect something else at cosmic level. He used to say that majority of his work was invisible and what people saw him do was a very small fraction of what his work was.

–       Yogiji hailed from the North and came to Thiruvannamalai in the 1960s. This was a period of anti-Hindi protests in Tamil Nadu. Some protestors accosted him and wanted him to say “Down with Hindi”. He told them that he could not say that but he was happy to say some slogan to promote Tamil. However, the protestors didn’t agree and severely beat him up. He accepted it as “Father’s blessings”. Such was his lack of identification with his body or ego. He also explained to Devaki Ma and others that anything he says has to come true as he only spoke his Father’s words, hence he could never say “down” to anyone or anything.

–       Once a group was coming from Trichy to see him. Their car stopped on the way and they said that they had prayed to Him and the car started again. He just smiled at them and asked “If Father started the car, who stopped the car?” This was a powerful, yet supremely subtle message that everything moved only according to divine will. We couldn’t pick and choose which to attribute to grace and which to ourselves; this would only reflect our ignorance!

As we began to shuffle out towards our vehicles, I saw that some people were walking along the perimeter of the compound. I then learnt that the circumambulation of the outer perimeter of this ashram was considered to be equivalent to 5 Girivalams! Such was the power of Yogiji! We could even get a clear view of Arunachala Mountain from the front of the ashram. I sought Mohanji’s permission to do a parikrama and completed it in utter gratitude. So, effectively, in 2 days, I had managed to complete 7 Girivalams – what a great blessing! The ashram bookstore is located close to the outer gate. Mohanji always makes it a point to visit such stores and buy something to express his support for the cause. This time around, he picked a photo of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, blessed the picture and gifted it to me. This is now a prized possession that adorns our altar at home. Many of us also offered donations to the ashram office for annadaan.

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Of all the places in Thiruvannamalai, I felt a very strong affinity towards Yogi Ramsuratkumar and his ashram; it felt like home. It might have something to do with the fact that I felt so much commonality between Yogiji and Mohanji – many of Yogiji’s words and actions were identical to Mohanji’s. Perhaps the outward style, contemporary dressing and language were different, but the messages and actions were remarkably similar!

We then got back to our hotel, bringing an end to a glorious 2.5 days in Thiruvannamalai. Though a short trip, it was a power-packed one, thanks to Mohanji’s grace.

As I said in the beginning, we often look for “stunning” experiences or visions to convince ourselves of the presence or effect of a Master. However, my key learning from this trip was about the subtlety of grace. Grace is visible in the smallest of things, if only one cares to see. This subtlety drives perfection. However, it takes faith and conviction. One has to follow the words of the Master without questioning and things get taken care of on their own.

We saw more evidence of this on our return journey to Chennai – another adventure altogether that merits a follow-up blog.

It is no surprise that each of us have various experiences during such travels with Mohanji or even when we connect with him in a way that is comfortable to us. Going within, introspecting on the events is what gives clarity/awareness on the learning behind these experiences.

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||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

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THE SCAR OF RICHNESS: PART 2

Written by: Mina Obradovic

What have I done as a boy from that life to fall so low in my spiritual path and lose all what I have worked hard for? Where did Guruji go and why didn’t I have any protection afterwards?

This is a continuation of the previous blog THE SCAR OF RICHNESS: PART 1

“Let’s go”, said Guruji and indicated with His head that He is starting and He wants me to accompany Him. I didn’t know where we were going, nor I cared. I knew Guruji knows the best, hence I followed Him. I said, “Guruji, I have surrendered to you.” Guruji said, “Don’t rush. Wait for some more and say that again.”
I didn’t understand what guruji meant by saying this, but I continued walking anyways. After a few hours, tired of walking, we reached a temple of Lord Krishna, seated inside the green hills. Guruji led me to it, left me there and started walking away.
“Where are you going, guruji?”, I asked Him. “Didn’t you want to show me something?”
Guruji turned around and said, “No. You stay there.”
Even though it was unexpected for me to stay alone in the middle of an unknown area such as this, I obeyed Guruji’s words and stayed there in the temple premises as He continued walking the dusty road towards the open field. He went back to the house where we used to stay which was three and a half hours away from this temple.

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Our humble ashram was small and only two of us lived there – Guruji and I. It had one humble bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen. Guruji and I used to sleep in the bedroom on two thin and simple mattresses. Shayna was a lady who used to cook for us. She didn’t actually live with us (she lived with her mother in a near by house), but ever since she started cooking for us she spontaneously started spending more and more time in our ashram, either cleaning the altar, walking around or just sitting inside in Guruji’s presence. Despite of spending that much time in our ashram, she never forgot her mother. She took extra care of her and made sure she always has good and fresh food to eat, clean place to sleep and whatever else the mother required from her loving daughter. Shayna was always silent and through her silent nature I could learn more than through some people who speak a lot. She never charged anything for her services to us, and she was a deeply connected devotee of Guruji. Guruji never wanted to take anything for free, so He always used to bless her with much more than she ever gave Him. Although Guruji often seemed as if He doesn’t care about anything, including me and Shayna, we were somehow always taken care of by Him.

Guruji almost never expressed affection towards anybody, including me and Shayna, but there is no doubt that His love was beyond our imagination. Since Shayna started cooking for us in the proximity of Guruji, I witnessed her life transforming. Only looking back, I can see how much Guruji made our lives meaningful and how much of light and blessings He showered upon us. Like I said, His love might not have been recognizable to everybody who used to meet Him in everyday life. His “carelessness” sometimes used to lead us to wonder if He has any feelings at all. Most of the people considered Guruji as a mad man, a poor beggar or as a wandering monk. Some even thought that He used to sexually abuse Shayna, but they never understood the purity of the connection they actually had. They had the purest God-disciple relation which was hardly understandable by the prejudiced minds of the society. Shayna knew whatever people thought of her, but she was never affected. I believe she kept her divine connection to Guruji close to her heart without exposing it too much to others. For her, it was enough for that she knows the truth and that Guruji knows it as well. She was indeed a Saint. She always continued doing her job without any other involvement. Even her mother used to treat Shayna carelessly and used to convince her that Guruji is just using her kindness for negative purposes. Shayna always maintained respect towards her mother, which Guruji always encouraged her to do. Once, when Shayna was insecure on how to handle her mother’s impolite behaviour, Guruji told her, “A mother is the Divine Mother. A father is the Divine Father. No matter what, treat them as such.” Shayna obeyed to Guruji’s advices and, ever since He said this, she used to serve her mother with full reverence without complaints. She deeply believed that every mood swing of her mother is Divine Mother’s way of testing her endurance. Shayna never fell for these small tests and always remained as tranquil as water when it came to serving her mother. This way of service gave her many spiritual powers even without herself being aware. Her intention was pure and innocent, far away from gaining anything for herself.

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One day while Shayna was cooking (at the time when the stories about Shayna being sexually involved with Guruji were circling in our neighbourhood), for the first time ever she said, “I love Guruji with all my heart.”

I indeed liked hearing those words from her, because she rarely ever spoke. Suddenly the strangest thought appeared in my mind, “Is there a chance that Guruji might be sexually involved with her anyway? They say a guru doesn’t have such needs, but is Guruji of that high stature already? Even if He is, maybe He is sexually involved with Shayna for some other purposes. The connection that I believe they have seems a little bit unreal to me, when I think. She is young and pretty, and He is old and looks like a beggar. Why wouldn’t He want anything sexual to do with her?”
I was deeply embarrassed by these thoughts for even existing in my mind! I didn’t like their vibration and I deleted them from my system immediately! I swore to always trust Guruji hundred percent and not to care about what He does and says, because I know He knows the best!

After Guruji left me that day in the temple premises, I stayed there for a couple of days holding the toes of Lord Krishna’s idol with my both hands and meditating on them. Guruji never taught me this practice, but He somehow conveyed it to me telepathically. I simply knew what to do when He brought me to the temple that day. These small signs of our telepathic connection were proving my connectivity with His consciousness. I was happy to see myself progressing, as Guruji and I started merging into One.

Days passed, and I telepathically felt Guruji calling me to come back to our ashram. On my way to there, I came across a man who used to give his old clothes to me and Guruji to wear when we didn’t have our own. His name was Gaada. He was a very good man, in his sixties, but what he spoke that day affected me negatively, in a most unexpected way. He happily greeted me and asked me about Guruji. I told him that He is in our ashram. He asked, “Where is Shayna?” I told him the same – in the ashram. Despite of Gaada’s pure intention, those two questions were enough to catch a spark of doubt towards Guruji (the one that arose within me a couple of days ago) and nurture more doubts to sprout. A bunch of thoughts kept poisoning my mind, “Guruji only cares about Shayna and sex! He has a need for it and He lied to me! What is this life about? Everything is a lie! His selfishness costed me my time and energy!” Crying in despair I knew these thoughts were not true, but I was too weak to fight them! I was trying hard to remember everything good that Guruji has given me until now, everything that He sacrificed His own self for – for me, but everything suddenly seemed unreal! Whatever I remembered ended up with a thought, “Oh, is it? May be all is just a coincidence. May be all this is not true.” A thought that I should have written down all the good things that Guruji gave me in my life pierced my mind sharply and I regretted badly that I have never done that. As I started to feel drained, my body started to feel extremely weak. I lied down on a stone and started thinking. I tried fighting those thoughts by bringing the logic out – “Guruji has expressed non attachment to the earth so many times until now, so why do I feel He has a need for anything at all? If sexuality is a problem, then let it be. Even if my Guruji sleeps with thousands of women, I will never doubt Him!” The negativity overpowered me, and not because they are more powerful than the positive, but because I knew no way to exit this situation on my own! I needed tools to avoid this trap of the mind, but I did not have any!

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Today, I am happy to share these blogs with you, because today I have tools which are still helping me and which will help you fight the negative – tools that I have earned through blood and sweat, through THE SCAR OF RICHNESS.

After my mind was already contaminated, I rushed to Guruji in pain and feeling of betrayal, and I found Him calmly sitting on the floor in His usual lotus posture. I was screaming of pain, accusing Him of everything negative that happened in my life after meeting Him. Regardless of the fact that I could have chosen another 95% of the positive things instead of the 5% of the “negative” (they were anyway lessons that I chose to experience before taking birth), I anyway chose the 5% of the negative, KNOWING very well that those 5% were also REDUCED by guruji’s grace – before meeting Him the negative side of my life used to be 80%! I was crying in blindness and Guruji was sitting and listening. His physical expression said nothing, because of which I was becoming even more angry! “Why doesn’t He care about me?”, I shouted inside. He kept watching the show as I continued crying in despair. “You are a liar!”, I said and regretted badly. Nothing ever injured my heart like the feeling of Guruji betraying me, but, He never betrayed me indeed! His physical form was expressing no emotion. Trapped in the illusion that He is the physical, I believed the cunning entities who were silently whispering lies in my ears that He doesn’t love me. Guruji never liked any of His children falling into the negative, but today that was not at all visible on His face. His expression had no emotion, but the warmth of His subtle heart silently said, “My child, be careful, I am your saviour. Hold me and you will hold Light. Lose me and you will lose Yourself. I am You. I am Light.” With the dark lens of illusion and emotions before my eyes I could only see darkness, and could not hear Guruji’s innocent home calling! My telepathic connection with Him already started dissolving! I started losing Him… I started losing myself…

Only a few more loud voices of my mind pierced the silence. I walked away from the ashram without saying anything else.

TO BE CONTINUED…

||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

Disclaimer:
The views, opinions and positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Mohanji, Mohanji Foundation, it’s members, employees or any other individual or entity associated with Mohanji or Mohanji Foundation. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

We reserve the right to delete, edit, or alter in any manner we see fit blog entries or comments that we, in our sole discretion, deem to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, threatening, in violation of trademark, copyright or other laws, of an express commercial nature, or otherwise unacceptable.

The Scar of Richness: Part 1

Written by: Mina Obradovic

It is true!

So many times I have heard people and Masters, including Mohanji, saying that if one falls in frequency by talking bad about somebody, especially Masters, it will take them so many lifetimes to again come to the stage of being in the presence of Masters (like we are in Mohanji’s presence now).

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It is said that the journey from total blindness to a point of even knowing about a Master takes numerous lifetimes, let alone being in his physical presence. As a normal human being, with a prejudiced mind, I could not understand this truth until I experienced the scars of it on my own skin. Today, because of this scar, I can call myself RICH, because this scar reminds me of the gratitude I must have towards God for holding my hand even when I chose to fall and for helping me climb the stairs of fire to reach Mohanji in this life, after great struggle in the past. RICH is whatever holds the key of gratitude towards the Almighty, because without Himself nothing would have had any meaning, just like my life before meeting Mohanji didn’t have. This scar also reminds me of the power every word we utter has and it taught me to think carefully before speaking. This SCAR is RICHNESS, and in order to avoid suffering on your spiritual path, please learn from my mistakes and let your reminder be my scar, and not your own.

After one of the major tests of my life (given by the negative side) which happened recently (I will not go into details now – maybe in another blog), I had to literally take several days to mentally recover and be able to see light again. During those couple of days I was continuously in an anxious and partially depressive state. Luckily, I received help from a doctor and a few other friends who took extra care of me during my recovery, as I was unable to do so on my own.

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The negative beings, apart from whispering lies in my ears that the people who were actually helping me get through my condition are in fact evil and they want nothing but to use me and hurt me, they were also trying hard to separate me from my own self and everything good that I can think and do for myself and society, with the aim of finally detaching me from the white path and its Masters.

Although many realizations arose within me throughout this experience, today I will emphasize only one, in my opinion the most important one – the TRUTH behind the wise words “Speaking bad about a Master, criticizing, abusing and blaming Him will make you take thousands of lifetimes to even know about Him, let alone be close to one such. It will push you that many lifetimes backwards and seeing light will only rest in your dreams until you achieve that eligibility again. The path towards that eligibility may not be easy – you may have to walk on fire and thorns, spill blood and sweat, suffer and die many times, but once you achieve it, it will feel like it is nothing. It will feel very easily achievable and losing it will feel like drinking a cup of coffee.”

Sitting on my bed 3 days after one of the major tests of my life that I previously mentioned, I was spontaneously pushed into a trance state where I saw one of my past lives from thousands of years ago.

I was a young boy, rapidly and effortlessly progressing in my spiritual journey. I saw myself sitting in a lotus posture in front of a very old person (I assumed and felt that he was my guru from that time).

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I merged with the young boy’s consciousness and could clearly hear his thoughts, “I didn’t have to work too much to achieve all this spiritual wealth that I have now. It is not true that it is hard to achieve all this! See how I achieved everything and I am still so young. Imagine how much I will achieve later!” I could hear his silent thought of wondering how it is all true. The old person who was sitting in front of him (me), my Guruji, replied to my thoughts out loud in a language that I could not understand. Being aware of a trance state and that I am still sitting on my bed of my current life, I could feel vibrations of Guruji’s words travelling through my mind and spontaneously being translated into English. He said, “What you have now is what you and your ancestors have earned in the past. Only because you easily have it today it doesn’t mean that it is easily achievable. Let no ego enter your system. Always remember the blood and sweat spilled for the spiritual awareness that you possess today. Beware.”
I said, “Oh, Guruji! You are so powerful, you could hear my thoughts! Sorry, Guruji, for thinking this way, I didn’t know. Please take my ego away. But Guruji, remembering blood and sweat, isn’t that negative?”
Guruji replied, “If spilled for God’s grace, glory and His children, remembering blood and sweat is greater than the greatest sadhana. It awakens all the core principles of our Tradition, all at once – gratitude, humility and inspiration to do more for God and all His numerous children.”

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I felt so nice sitting in Guruji’s presence. His words seemed real, but I didn’t understand His point and that is being aware that all what is flourishing today has a root of great effort in the past. If today we are smelling a flower, it means that yesterday we worked hard in the fields and waited patiently to bring that flower to life.

Guruji was very silent and very thin. He was looking peaceful. I saw many Saints and Masters protecting me and supporting me from different dimensions of the whole Universe, only because I am with Guruji. All Saints, Masters, Siddhas, Avadhootas and Gods were protecting me, EQUALLY as They were protecting my Guruji, despite of the fact that I cannot even be compared to Him, considering His spiritual stature. He was an Avadhoota, God and a Master of all Masters that I could not understand at that time. Still, I was given the equal power and protection by the graceful hands of Guru Mandala.

Frozen in this trance state, not being able to move, act or say anything, I was still sitting in the same position on the bed. Only my silent breath was audible. The vision of me and Guruji along with all celestial beings around us suddenly vanished, and I could feel Mohanji’s hand on my forehead, expanding my third eye more.

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I felt He is helping me to see and experience more from that life. I wondered which role that life plays in my current one. There must be a reason for Mohanji showing it to me. Thousands of years must have passed, why is it important to remember it now? I received no answer. Only silence and blank mind were predominant for a few seconds.

Suddenly I was pushed a couple of years ahead in that life. Now, I was completely alone. No Guruji, no celestial beings around me, no protection and no grace that I was previously able to see in a form of white light. All I could see is dark, dark and dark, in many forms and shapes, as numerous low-frequent beings who were happily sucking whatever energy I had left within me. I wondered, “Where did all that brightness disappear?” I was looking drained and my skin was dry. I looked weaker than before. My eyes were half-shut as I was sitting in a lotus position, trying to enter one of the states of samadhi that I used to enter so easily before, when Guruji was there to hold my hand. I was struggling, but nothing was happening. I realized that I no longer possess all the spiritual wealth that I thought I will never lose. What happened in between? What did I do? This vision vanished as well. I was pushed again years and years ahead of that life, to the moment where I left my body.

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My following lifetimes were flashing before my eyes – hard struggle from body to body, birth – struggle – suffering – death, repeating cycles, ups and downs, with one constant desire and craving – to see and feel light again, at least for one single second. Flashes stopped and I saw myself as a young lady in Japan, again sitting and meditating in a lotus posture. I was covered in dark violet cloth and was wearing orange pants. Barefoot, my feet were facing the sky. I felt myself focusing on my inner space, again with the same desire and craving, and suddenly I could feel a glimpse of bliss that sparkled within! This inner glow expanded my heart and I could suddenly feel so much love and peace lighting from the inside!

My guruji from the life when I was a young boy appeared in front of me in white light.

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He lovingly said, “My child, I told you many times, if you do certain things, you will take numerous lifetimes to experience only a glimpse of me again. Now do you feel it? Do not repeat the same mistake again. Remember the struggle this has taken. Love all. Never judge, never criticize.”
Suddenly a huge realization arose within this devoted young lady, another seeker of truth – “This small glimpse of light that I BARELY experienced now is the light that I used to feel CONTINUOUSLY in that life when Guruji was with me!

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I am filled with gratitude to God for giving me this much, only a glimpse of bliss, but where was my gratitude when I had it all? I was one step away from the highest. Only because of inability to see the effort done in the past, I have easily fallen into the hands of the negative!”


Still sitting on the bed of my room, suddenly I was filled with fear of losing the proximity to Mohanji’s grace in this life. “How was I given this much? Now it feels so easy to lose it all.” The trance state started dissolving, and I could still feel myself trembling of that thought. Separation from the white – is it really something that occurs somewhere far away from me, or is it something I should pay more attention to? In a search of an answer, my experience led me to the second one. After a few moments, the fear dissolved as well, and all that remained was the humble gratitude.


The main moment from today was that of those numerous lives flashing before my eyes, because, I could not only see, but I could literally FEEL the pain, suffering and the struggle that I had to go through to earn what I have today. “Nothing falls from the sky, especially not the spiritual wealth.” is the lesson of my day today, as well as one of my whole life.

I will write a separate blog on what happened to myself as a young boy who fell down to level zero of his spiritual path.

TO BE CONTINUED

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May we always be blessed with gratitude!

||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

Disclaimer:
The views, opinions and positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Mohanji, Mohanji Foundation, it’s members, employees or any other individual or entity associated with Mohanji or Mohanji Foundation. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

We reserve the right to delete, edit, or alter in any manner we see fit blog entries or comments that we, in our sole discretion, deem to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, threatening, in violation of trademark, copyright or other laws, of an express commercial nature, or otherwise unacceptable.

Mohanji Satcharita – Chapter 1, October 2018

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“Om Parabrahmaya vidmahe

Shiva tatwaya dhi mahi,

Tanno Mohan Prachodayat.”

JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI.

On this auspicious day of ‘Dussehra’ (Hindu festival), which is also the 100th Maha Samadhi day of Shirdi Sai Baba, with deep reverence and gratitude to our Guru Brahmarishi Mohanji, we attempt to compose ‘Mohanji Satcharita’, which is a collection of testimonials as pearls strung together in the thread of faith, love and gratitude. These are the true experiences shared sincerely and honestly by followers across the globe.

A Satcharita is not just a collection of stories, it is not about the person who experienced it, nor is it about how big or small the experience was. A Satcharita is about the Guru and His leela – a divine play! 

Shirdi Sai Baba Himself has said about the ‘Sai Satcharita’ “Hearing my stories and teachings will create faith in devotees’ hearts and they will easily get self-realisation and bliss. Let there be no insistence on establishing one’s own view, no attempt to refute other’s opinions, no discussions of pros and cons of any subject.”

Reading the Mohanji Satcharita would help us witness the divine at play. We believe, just by reading it, the reader will experience the same effect as the devotee who shared it. Not just in the present times, this will be an incredible avenue for future generations, to receive the same grace too.

It’s also true that naive souls like us have no wisdom or capability to portray the beauty and magnificence of Mohanji’s divine acts. Every such leela (divine act) has a deep purpose behind it. Hence, surrendering our ego completely, we begged Mohanji to help us put together this Satcharita

Mohanji blessed us, “I will help you.” 

We were not at all surprised but mesmerised by these words! These were the exact words that Sai Baba had told Hemadpant when he was going to write the ‘Sai Satcharita.’

Why did we think of contriving the ‘Mohanji Satcharita?’

Mohanji says, “The greatest teacher you can ever have is life.”

As we learn innumerable lessons and embark on this journey to realise the Guru within, the presence and guidance of God in the physical form of a Guru is invaluable. For many of us, with Mohanji’s presence in our lives, changes happened from within, changes from which there was no turning back. His presence brings intense joy and peace to the heart and mind. His love, compassion and words of wisdom give us clarity, removing doubts and fears, helping us move towards universal truths.

As unique beings, our journey in life is punctuated with interactions and experiences with Mohanji that are also unique. A great many of us have experienced Mohanji’s grace in many ways. When one surrenders with love and faith, miracles happen. 

Mohanji has shown us these miracles in many ways – through His divine presence, protection, fulfilling wishes, healing, divine visions, communion with Masters and life transforming experiences, to mention a few.

This is the first chapter of the ‘Mohanji Satcharita’ with nine such precious pearls. In this chapter, we have classified the stories into three categories:

 

Divine Vision

The Master works on His devotees in various ways. To an extent it depends on the way we connect with our Guru. Bhakti bhaav (devotion) and deep connection with the Consciousness invokes experiences in the form of visions.  Sometimes answers that we seek are also given through these visions. Experiences belong to the individual and the awareness of these helps us to grow spiritually!

1. ‘Eternal connection with Mohanji’ :  Thea Ivie, Sedona, USA, Feb 2018

This enlightening experience by Thea in Sedona helps us understand the way Mohanji carries us through the ocean of life towards higher levels of spirituality. The physical presence of the Master is not required and the only requirement from our side is acceptance of the Guru with faith and surrender. We become an empty cup which is filled with the highest by the Master and  an instrument through which the Master operates!

Thea narrates:

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From the time I met Mohanji in Sedona last March,  my spiritual growth has been extremely rapid.  

I am an old-timer on this path, having visited India in the 1960’s with darshans of Papa Ramdas, Ananda Moyi Ma, Muktananda and Karuna Mayi. 

I knew when I met Mohanji that He was my finishing school for total enlightenment in this life time.  I gave Him total power of attorney to complete any karmic residue in my subconscious. He said that I had little karma left (but what seems little to the Masters seems like a lot to us.) 

Mohanji has been doing His part consistently, as I have tried to do mine. 

When Mohanji gave me shaktipat during the Sedona retreat, I fell on my back to the ground (nobody was behind me to catch me). There was no way to break the fall as the energy coming from Mohanji was so strong. I saw many Masters coming through Him and knew that He was a channel for many Great Ones. 

As I experienced Mohanji’s energy more and more, I had visions of Rama, Krishna and Shiva coming through Him. At times, I felt He was my beloved Krishna, sometimes my Rama, and then Lord Shiva.   

I experience Him almost all the time, and know that His love for me is always there no matter what I am going through. 

I have recently become a Mai-Tri healer and the miracles have been tremendous: a man with an incurable blood disease was healed by Mohanji through Mai Tri Healing. We had three sessions of bliss and the man was totally healed!!!

I feel so privileged to be His instrument, and so grateful that this great Master came to Sedona to find me!!!! He said that He came for me. Wow! Thank God He found me!

The greatest gift we can have in this life is a Sadguru, and I do not take this great blessing for granted. 

I have experienced the merging beyond form at times, but until I am in that state all the time, I am holding onto those beautiful lotus feet in the form of Sadguru Mohanji. 

My deepest love and appreciation for such a gift!

— Thea

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 2. ‘The divine gift’: Kanika Gupta, Delhi, India. July, 2018

The love for the divine is enhanced through the gift of Consciousness Kriya, a practice bestowed on us by Parabrahma Mohanji, leading us on the path of liberation! This practice also intensifies divine visions and divine love in the practitioner.  Kanika shares one such experience of divine love which she has treasured since childhood.

Kanika narrates :

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I first set eyes on Mohanji in 2011. I faced a lot of ups and downs in my life during these years. One thing which I clung on to firmly during these turbulent times was Guruji, as He always held my hand. My learning so far in life is to have patience and firm faith in the Guru. The Guru always holds you through the good and the bad in life. Yet another big learning is to help people in need through Seva.

I want to share my experience which happened on 5th July, 2018 during my Kriya practice.

I lit a diya and started my Kriya practice. On completing my Kriya, I saw a small beautiful light and so I clicked some pictures. After a few days, out of curiosity I decided to have a look at the pictures of the light that I’d seen earlier. When I expanded that picture, to my surprise, I saw a divine face and immediately recognised it as the face of Santa Claus. Realisation dawned on the reason for this vision. Since childhood I have always admired Santa Claus; even now, I love to dress up as Santa Claus and distribute gifts to my family.  This experience through Kriya reinforced the love of the divine that has always been with me since childhood and continues to be. This unconditional love of Santa Claus that I experienced happened only by the grace of Mohanji, who has always held my hand during difficulties and good times too!

 Love you Guruji, Love you a lot.

Kanika

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3. ‘The state of expansion’: Subhasree Thottungal, London, June 2017

Merging with the consciousness and experiencing the true state of the Masters can happen during spiritual practices such as recitation of slokas and aarati with deep connection/focus and love. Subhasree shares this divine vision of being in the expanded state of Mohanji, our beloved Guru!

Subhasree narrates:

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One night, after meditation and Shivakavacha, we offered aarati to Mohanji. While doing the aarati, I felt as if I was removing ‘drishti’ off Mohanji.  (Drishti is an ancient tradition in most Indian homes where  a mother carries out a simple ritual of waving a lit camphor in front of her child to ward off any evil eye cast on the child).  As I stood with my eyes closed, I felt Mohanji was just expanding… getting larger and larger… it seemed as if I was at the bottom of some sea world and could only see one leg of the table (on which we had Mohanji’s photo). Slowly everything vanished… I couldn’t see anything, there was only vacuum…. and Mohanji had just expanded completely.

On completion of the aarati, when I opened my eyes, I felt a jerk and realised I was standing in the same place and His photo was indeed at the same place!

This was an amazing feeling.. I just didn’t understand what it was. The explanation for this vision came as below:

“This expansion is my original state.”

 I was left speechless with this communication and darshan from Mohanji in His original state!

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Do I need to expect anything further at all? This is the state of merging – merging with the supreme consciousness, the Shiva!

Gurudev, I have simply no existence. I exist because You DO!

Koti Pranam at your feet, Mohanji.

Subhasree

Life Transformation

A true Master’s goal is to lead us towards liberation which is also the ultimate goal of every human. The Guru may give us visions, experiences, and make His presence felt for us to seek refuge in Him. But it is left to us to transform ourselves  and walk towards moksha. This transformation or change is brought on by the Master to help us let go of certain baggage that we carry which may probably entwine us in karmic bondage.

The following experiences are shared by those who have seen major positive changes in their lives.  Mohanji’s presence has transformed their lives, bringing peace and joy to themselves and those around them. 

4. ‘Discovering the new me’: Dr Pritam Purohit, Pune, India, June 2018

Dr. Pritam beautifully shares the changes which happened within him after meeting Mohanji. The changes need not be through dramatic experiences or visions but could take place in a subtle manner. The learning from this experience is dropping the “I” factor and accepting everything as a divine command.  Read on and enjoy the beautiful but subtle transformation of Dr. Pritam.

Dr Pritam narrates:

 ms_ch1_pritam.jpgI have always wondered after reading the experiences of others whether I am connected to Mohanji or not. I came to know about Mohanji from Dr.Nikita, when my wife was undergoing some treatment. My wife became connected to Mohanji first, and started attending meditation sessions and other activities with the Mohanji family in Pune. I was indifferent to things as I was busy at work and  my mind was cluttered with concepts. However, I went to meet Mohanji in Mumbai at the earliest opportunity. This was in June 2017 and now in retrospect, I see that life has been nothing but a miracle ever since.

I used to be an angry person, dissatisfied with almost everything, annoyed and irritable all the time. Every night while going to bed, I would decide to be a changed person from the next day  but it would not happen, thus making it a vicious circle. Gradually it started interfering in my day-to-day functioning. I would crave for  peace of mind and not being able to  have it would make me jittery.

And after Mohanji’s arrival in my life, I have transformed; initially in a subtle, not so dramatic way and then completely. Everyone around me is surprised and so am I! There is a sense of calmness, especially in situations where I used to get agitated earlier. I have begun to see myself as a witness residing in a body rather than being only the body. I feel the emotions, but they have started to have a much lesser effect on me.

I am a physician working in a government set up. Every day, before starting my work, I would pray to Mohanji in my mind and surrender all I am about to do, to Him. And He takes care. I have started to salvage patients in a peripheral hospital, whereas I have seen similar patients dying in a tertiary care premier hospital during my training days. I do not take ownership of the patients, and manage the cases keeping Him in mind, many a time just on clinical grounds as my peripheral hospital doesn’t have any advanced diagnostic facilities. He would always be there and He would take care. Sometimes I would feel that I am being selfish but then I see Him in His photograph and He would be smiling back, giving me immense strength.

And yes, from a dedicated non vegetarian to being a total vegetarian, the transformation has been awesome. This is something that I thought would never happen.

I have not stopped having problems, but He has given me the power to face it all. And there is a feeling of His constant presence. No worries, no negativity… pure bliss.

With gratitude and prayers, always and forever.

Pritam

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5. ‘Being the consciousness’: Alex Sasa Glusac, Serbia, October 2018

Being highly intuitive, Alex knew deep in his heart that meeting Mohanji would be life –changing for him. That is exactly what happened when he set eyes on Mohanji and instantly connected with Him at the soul level. Everything was Shiva! Total silence engulfed him and this triggered the process of his transformation! Read on and experience the joy of this communion!

Alex narrates:

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I was somewhere in between the ending of earlier experiences and the beginning of new ones which were nudging me to Mohanji. Something inside me believed that meeting Him would be important. I admit that I am a sceptical person, but the last years have shown me that there is something more to my spirituality that was awaiting fulfilment, something really special and at the same time completely mine. I am not sure if  I would want to name it, but  if someone were to ask me whether I believe in wizards and fairies,  I would say – Yes!

Because of that I had accepted the idea and the call to come to the retreat as a guest and ‘sneak in’ if there was a chance… and that happened. When I arrived, I didn’t even sit down while waiting and then someone came for me to take me into the hall. And there He was! My first Shaktipat happened in silence in the hall in Andrevlje, where for the first time, I saw Him and the people who cry themselves out…  

I kneeled down and received Shaktipat, honestly knowing nothing about what was supposed to happen. I got up and lost myself in His eyes. Something formidable was shining out of Him.  A deep and intense silence filled me full of strength, but what seemed like an abyss, where all of my thoughts had stopped; Shiva, they told me. I sat on a chair lost in some space where there was nothing. Suddenly I heard my heart tingling and my tears started to flow. Those were the tears of a warrior who  finally after centuries of waiting, had put down his armour and recognized and heard himself. It was the beginning of my path with Him. I know I am missing words in explaining this experience but words do not matter any more to me. I know that I am changing and that Mohanji’s consciousness is inside me and building a new me.

I feel a joy in my soul which is expanding me and erasing the common games of power and proving myself to others. I feel that with every Kriya that I do, it connects me more and more to Him. I am becoming what I am; I am becoming the consciousness which is growing through Him. And I know that deep inside, this feeling of love and the feeling of Him, makes me divine. “Be Mohanji,” He said… 

O yes, I will be. Thank you!

Alex

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6. ‘In eternal peace’: Sara Sydney, Toronto, Canada, April 2018

One single step can bring on life-transforming changes within a person. Sara took the initiative and attended a POP session after which there was no looking back. She was hooked to the Master although she met Him much later. Once she set eyes on Him, the transformation was accelerated! Given below is an account in her own words about the step by step changes that took place in her life.

Sara narrates:

 MS_CH1_Sara.jpgI was introduced to Mohanji by Nilesh.  He had ordered some T- shirts through the phone to my business and when he came to pick up the shirts, I asked who Mohanji was.  Very lovingly, Nilesh explained to me about Mohanji and asked me to check the Power of Purity meditation online.  He even loaded it on to my desk top.  At that time, I hated myself and the world.  I kept it for 3 months not looking at it but was conscious of it being there. After 3 months, I called Nilesh and asked if he does the meditation he was talking about, and he said yes, come over on a Friday at 7pm.  I went with hesitation, not knowing these people and not knowing what it was all about.  I had a very warm welcome. I enjoyed the meditation and have never looked back.  On the first day, my husband had dropped me to Nilesh’s house where they were doing the meditation.  On the way back and also after coming home, he was surprised to see some changes in me.  He asked if I was going back the next week.  I said, “Yes, no one can stop me.”  He was very happy.

Mohanji came to Toronto in March and I went for the 1 day retreat.  That was the first time I met Him.  I was afraid to talk to Mohanji although He came and sat at the table where I was having lunch.  I was asking Him questions in my mind all the time He was sitting there.  I got most of the answers afterwards.  The most important thing for me was, from that time onwards, I stopped eating meat and fish, and stopped drinking alcohol.  Many more changes in me!

Consciousness Kriya has brought many positive life experiences.  I am more confident.  I am cleaner and clearer within myself.  There is always a white light within my body.  I don’t worry as much as before.  I give it away to Mohanji and leave it behind me.  I talk to myself more, analyse it and then try to forget about it.

In conclusion, I am a more relaxed person.  Much more calm, inside and outside. I am happier when I do my Kriya in the mornings before I start my day.  I have gained a lot of peace and happiness within me.  There is no holding back in this material world.  I am at peace with everyone and everything.

Mohanji says “When you connect to the consciousness through the teachings, then you understand the benchmark for it is transformation. Understand whether the teacher is transforming you. Making you more silent inside. Making you immune to the pleasures and pains of life. These are clear signs of transformation.”

Thank you Mohanji for everything that You have blessed me with.

Sara

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Divine Presence

Brahmarishi Mohanji always urges us to connect deeply to His consciousness and when we do He can be seen, sensed, experienced and heard in innumerable ways. Faster than the speed of lightning, the communication can be strong  and vibrant! Physical miles cannot separate a true Master from His disciple. Stronger the call, quicker the response from Him. Mohanji can never ignore these calls and gets pulled towards a genuine seeker. At times, He even anticipates these desires and rushes to fulfill them or makes the ride smooth for the devotees. A simple utterance of His name in earnest brings Him to the caller. It is then left to the seeker to realise the boon bestowed upon him.

7. ‘At the Nandi Hill temple’: Preethi Gopalarathnam, Mumbai, India, October 2018

This beautiful experience happened during a trip to Thiruvannamalai – Arunachalam with Mohanji – just after the Consciousness Kriya Intensive programme in Bengaluru in October 2018. The temple that Mohanji has never visited previously, in a period that Mohanji was not even in India, the priest mentions of Him being present. Not just being present but doing Abhishekam! This divine vision was mindblowing to the devotees, who became aware of this fact much later.

It has been our experience that during each event blessed by Mohanji, hurdles are removed just as the rays of the sun make dark clouds disappear. During this program too, Mohanji paved the way for a successful and smooth program along with darshan as required well in advance. It is our innate nature to assume that we are the doers in any situation. This experience by Preethi brings in the wisdom and reminds us that we are mere instruments in the hands of our Master. If we work with this awareness and allow the grace to do its work, success is ensured.

 

Preethi narrates:

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Let me share our experience at Nandi Hills.

When we reached the top of the Hills, the overcast sky signalled impending heavy rain. In fact, group participants asked me how we would be able to do Kriya there. I remembered all the past experiences where things like these cleared miraculously with Mohanji’s grace and replied that it probably wouldn’t rain!

Someone told me the temple we came up for was closed. But we decided to do Kriya either inside or near it anyway. Once we went into the temple, the priest ushered us in and took us inside the sanctum sanctorum. He asked, “Are all of you from Mohanji’s group?” We said yes and he replied that Mohanji had been here a month or so ago. In fact he said that Mohanji was right where we were standing and spent about half an hour doing Rudra Abhishekam. We were wearing our ID cards and hence assumed that we were thus recognized as Mohanji’s followers. We had an amazing darshan (view) and received prasad (sacred offered food).  The priest was very accommodating and in fact directed us to a place where we could sit down to do Kriya. Just to put this in context, usually devotees are not allowed to stay for long inside the sanctum sanctorum of temples in South India. We were filled with love and happily did Kriya inside the sanctum sanctorum. The priest later explained the significance of this temple. Yoga Nandishwarar is where Shiva is in Yoga form, completely in union with Parabrahma. We had a beautiful Kriya session and went to the next sannidhi (shrine) where Maa Parvati called Mukthambika was in a separate shrine. The priest said that one should ask Her for Liberation and when She blesses us, it’s guaranteed! 

The significance of this series of events  was huge, as we were a group of Kriya initiates and have taken vows to lead a life which would help us get exactly there! Once we prayed and did Kriya there, we noticed there was also a shrine for Karthikeya or Lord Muruga. He is considered the Gnyana Avatar (incarnation of wisdom) and I remember Mohanji saying Maha Avatar Babaji was Lord Muruga’s amsa (manifestation). I was elated as it seemed as if the entire Tradition had come to bless us. We then went to the Boga Nandishwar temple, had beautiful darshan (view) and did Kriya practice there. Just when we left the place, there was a light drizzle as if the Gods showered us with blessings and we  boarded our bus. No heavy rain, though when we started in the morning we were mighty sure we would get caught in a heavy downpour!

When I reached Arunachalam (Tiruvannamalai)  the next day, I shared with Mohanji that we had great darshan (view) in the temple the previous day and we practiced Kriya there too. I asked Him if He was there a month ago, and did the Rudra Abhishekam?

With a twinkle in His eyes He said, “I was not here in India, a month back, right?”

I was shocked as I then remembered it was true that Mohanji was not in India last month! I also came to know that Mohanji has never visited this temple previously. Then how did the priest see Mohanji doing Abhishek? If he has never met Mohanji, then how did he even recognsied us as Mohanji’s followers? Questions such as these were racing through my mind!

I also remembered my sister Hema telling me that there was a man who asked her and Nikolina to go inside. He spoke in English and said, “Are you guys not the new Kriya initiates, please go in!” How did he know this? My sister assumed I had spoken to some other people about Kriya, but I had not!

Only then did I realise that Mohanji had actually arranged for this even before we came. I felt various emotions then, including shame for thinking ‘I’ was conducting and arranging the program. He came ahead and ensured smooth darshan  (view) and treatment.

I also understood what He meant by,

“If you remember I will do the program, then everything will be fine.”

What a profound lesson! What a crucial and vital learning experience. I was so humbled and at the same felt at peace. As we go about our daily life (including volunteering work) we need to just remember that we have to make ourselves available and everything happens through us. I understood the significance of these words now. 

Thank you Mohanji for your kindness, and  for explaining this to me as You always do, ‘In baby food format,’ so that I could digest it. After this, my only prayer at every shrine is to help us stay in this awareness as we serve our Guru.

Preethi

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8. ‘Divine presence in any form’: Girija Thekkandy, Kerala, India, Sept 2018

As devotees, all that is required of us is to hold onto the loving hand of the Guru through the ups and downs in life with faith. The Master gently carries us through the journey, shielding us and showering us with His grace. Girija’s experience shows how  chanting the Mohanji Gayatri mantra as a silent prayer helped her and her daughter in a new place!

Girija narrates :

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I had moved to Kerala from the US this June, and my 11 year old daughter, my mother and I now live in our new home in Vengeri, Calicut. We have a 5 minute walk to the bus stop of her school bus. My daughter hasn’t learnt the local language yet, the walk ways are winding, the pick-up spot is at a busy junction and she cannot cross the road by herself. In short, she is completely dependent on me as she is new to the country. One day, I had to go for some errands, but the place I had to go to was about an hour and half away. I decided to walk with my daughter  to the school bus stop and thought to myself that I would  return quickly  before the school bus would drop her back after school. Unfortunately, it did not happen as planned. It started raining heavily (I had forgotten my umbrella) and I got onto a bus much later than anticipated.  Finally, the situation was such that it would  be  30 minutes before I would reach the bus stop to pick her up.  Time was ticking by and I knew that I would be late. I could not contact my mother at home, or anyone else  for help. I tried to contact the bus driver, but the call did not go through, most likely because of the heavy rains. I was frozen. I did not dare to imagine what could happen! I simply closed my eyes and started chanting  the Mohanji Gayatri mantra on the bus I was travelling on. To make matters worse, that day my bus did not stop at the correct bus stop! I had to take an auto. When I finally reached my daughter’s  school bus drop off spot,  it was still raining and was 15 minutes past the arrival time of the bus. But I could not see anyone on the road.

I called the bus driver and he said that he was still on his way. I was relieved and picked up my daughter from the bus. On our way back, I asked, “Why are you so late?” She said, “Amma, something strange happened in the bus. The bus was going through a narrow place. We saw a big snake coming from between the trees outside the bus, and climbing in through the open window near the driver. It was moving its head behind the driver’s head! All the children were frightened and started crying from the back of the bus. The driver didn’t know. When he looked back and  saw the snake,  he too  got scared. It took us around 40 minutes  to shoo it away and fix everything.  We had to wait  and that’s why we were delayed.”

Realisation dawned! I was speechless with wonder and gratitude as I understood what had happened. My daughter was asking me “Why you are not talking, aren’t you surprised? Do snakes often come into vehicles in this  manner  in India? This never happened in America.” That is true, this never happens anywhere! I could not speak at that time, but will explain to her the miracle that just took place, one day.

Pranaams (Salutate) to my Guruji for taking care of us by playing this leela (divine play).

Girija

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9. ‘Anytime, Anywhere’: Subhasree Thottungal, London, UK, August 2018

Our Guru’s promise that He will never leave our hand is proven time and again through various anecdotes. Connecting the dots related to a particular incident is what makes us aware of the protection and support given by Him. In this incident shared by Subhasree, this factor becomes evident as both, the person who was with Mohanji at that point in time and the person on whom the grace was bestowed were both aware of His presence by their side!

Subhasree narrates:

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I will share something that I witnessed, just as a mere observer…

This was during the London Retreat. I was serving Mohanji then. One afternoon, it was His rest time (He doesn’t really have any rest time…it is a time when He may just lie down, either talking to His people or checking emails answering the innumerable  questions of people etc. That afternoon, when He laid down and I was pressing His feet, He turned sidewise, and I noticed that His hands were spread ahead, phone and glasses put aside and in two seconds He appeared to be in deep sleep! I was stunned and wondered what happened, as He doesn’t sleep like this. My gross mind worried, “Oh Mohanji is so tired that He slept immediately.” Little did I know about the happenings unfolding at that time! I gently started pressing His arms and shoulders.

And to my surprise, His arms felt as if there was no skin, no muscles, no bones… felt like soft wool! Now, I was shocked. This was very unusual. I realized that something serious was going on! I have observed in the past that when Mohanji is working on someone, His legs, or arms become rock solid i.e. hard! This time it was the opposite, His body was as soft as wool; I understood that He was not present in the room! Later on, when I came back to give Him tea, He was already up.

He looked at me and said, “I slept immediately, right? I wasn’t here.”

I replied, “I know. Your arms were as soft as a pillow. This wasn’t normal. What happened?”

He then narrated the events.

At that time, someone in South Africa was in real trouble. The young daughter of a devotee was delayed in returning from a far-off place; the usual arrangement of pick-up had failed. The parents were unable to send the car and if the daughter had to wait for it, it would have caused more delay and it was risky. The parents started praying to Mohanji. Mohanji conveyed to them to ask the daughter to come back on her own and He assured them that He will be with her. The mother conveyed the same to her daughter and also asked her to chant the Mohanji Gayatri mantra while walking.

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However, the daughter just chanted “Mohanji” repeatedly. What she experienced was truly amazing. She expressed that, while she was walking through the busy road with so many people around, she felt as if no one was aware of her walking. She felt that some people did look at her but they looked to her side and a little higher up, as if someone taller was walking beside her! She felt as if Mohanji was walking with her. Finally, she reached home, safe and sound.

I understood that when I witnessed Mohanji slipping into deep sleep suddenly and His body becoming unusually soft, He had actually gone to some remote place in South Africa to walk the girl safely back to her parents!

While listening to this, tears flowed from my eyes. It was difficult to comprehend how much and in how many ways Mohanji was protecting so many people/beings all around! There was nothing to doubt, because I had witnessed what was happening to His physical body on one side. Our logical mind sometimes can bring in doubts and weaken our faith. But instances like these cause doubts to disappear! My head bowed with so much gratitude for the divinity of our Master, who is living only for all of us.

What we read in Sai Satcharita is actually happening in current times too. All we need to do is keep our inner eyes and ears open, our  faith intact, strengthen our conviction and surrender completely. Grace then flows.

Mohanji, aapki leela aparamapar( “Mohanji, your acts are incomprehensible”).

Jai Mohanji.

— Subhasree

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We offer this souvenir of our gratitude at the feet of Guru Mohanji and present this with utmost love to all the readers.

We are surrendering our intention of continuing further chapters of ‘Mohanji Satcharita’ each month, as the testimonials from devotees all over the world keeps flowing in.

We would like to conclude the 1st chapter of “Mohanji Satcharita” with this sloka from the Guru Gita,

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Shri Guroh paramam rupam viveka chakshushomratam,

Mandabhagyaa na pashyanti andhah suryodayam yatha|

Which means:

“The absolute form of the Guru is like nectar to those who can truly see. To those who cannot see through the veil of illusion, the true form of the Guru is shrouded, like the sunrise is to a blind man.”

Jai Shree Guru Datta.

Jai Mohanji.

— Compiled & published By, Mohanji Testimonials Team, 18th October 2018.

 

Disclaimer:
The views, opinions and positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Mohanji, Mohanji Foundation, it’s members, employees or any other individual or entity associated with Mohanji or Mohanji Foundation. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

We reserve the right to delete, edit, or alter in any manner we see fit blog entries or comments that we, in our sole discretion, deem to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, threatening, in violation of trademark, copyright or other laws, of an express commercial nature, or otherwise unacceptable.

Bhima Pushkar 2018 at Nivruthi Sangam with Mohanji – Part 2

This blog is the continuation of the  Part 1 of Bhima Pushkar 2018 at Nivruthi Sangam with Mohanji

After completing all rituals at Nivruthi Sangam, Mohanji started on His journey to Hyderabad airport. However, before travelling to Bangalore, He had one more job to finish, which no one would have even envisaged!

Meeting the 92 Year old saint Swami Ramanananda Saraswati:

The 92-year-old Saint Ramanananda Saraswati, is one of the pontiffs of Shri Datta Peetham, chosen by Vittal Babaji. Due to his physical restrictions, He couldn’t physically be present at Nivruthi Sangam for the Bhima Pushkara. Hence, Mohanji himself went to the Swami’s residence, despite the long journey amidst time constraints. Bhima Pushkara dip for Swami can only be accomplished this way. Why so? We will understand this soon.

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Swami Ramanananda was no doubt elated to see Mohanji. While talking to everyone, he gave a clear message, “Mohanji is none other than Lord Datta himself.” He continued, “Mohanji is Lord Dakshinamoorthy and Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi, together.”

Swamiji then recited a shloka to convey that, “Mohanji is the one, who operates through silence and the one who has achieved “Poornatwa” or Completion.” This shloka of Lord Dakshinamoorthy explains it all!

मौनव्याख्या प्रकटित परब्रह्मतत्त्वं युवानं
वर्षिष्ठांते वसद् ऋषिगणैः आवृतं ब्रह्मनिष्ठैः
आचार्येन्द्रं करकलित चिन्मुद्रमानंदमूर्तिं
स्वात्मारामं मुदितवदनं दक्षिणामूर्तिमीडे ॥१॥

Mauna-Vyaakhyaa Prakattita Para-Brahma-Tattvam Yuvaanam
Varssisstthaam-Te Vasad Russigannaih Aavrtam Brahma-Nisstthaih |
Aacaarye[a-I]ndram Kara-Kalita Cin-Mudram-Aananda-Muurtim
Sva-[A]atmaaraamam Mudita-Vadanam Dakssinnaamuurti-Miidde ||1||

Meaning:
1: (Salutations to Sri Dakshinamoorthy) Whose Exposition through Profound Silence is Awakening the Knowledge of the Supreme Brahman in the Hearts of His Disciples; Who is Himself Youthful …
2: … but is Sitting Surrounded by Old and Great Sages who are Devoted to Brahman,
3: The Hands of the Supreme Spiritual Teacher is Forming the Cin-Mudra (gesture of the Knowledge of Brahman) and Whose Appearance is Still and Blissful,
4: Who is Rejoicing in His Own Self which is reflected on His Blissful Face; Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy.

Swamiji told to Mr Krishna Murthy and the others who were with Mohanji, ” Do not leave His hand ever!”

These words of wisdom from a saint of such high stature are reminders to all of us – a reminder of the reality of who Mohanji is, behind this ordinary human physical appearance.

Swamiji very passionately took Mohanji to his shrine room and also showed his personal diary in which he keeps Mohanji’s card like a treasure of lifetime.

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During the loving conversation, Mohanji kept His hand on swamiji’s chest and said, “I always live here!”

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Swamiji’s joy upon meeting Mohanji was unbound. On a lighter note, Mr Krishna Murthy asked swamiji, “were you waiting for Mohanji to come?”

Swamiji laughed and told “No.  I was waiting for him (pointing his finger to the sky), to come to me through Mohanji”. And he laughed.

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As Mr Krishna Murthy narrated, it was not just humility and respect that Mohanji showed towards Swami Ramanananda by visiting him straight after Bhima Pushkar dip. It was Swamiji’s aradhya (worshipped)  Lord Datta’s blessings in form of Mohanji’s visit to him to shower him with the purity of Bhima Pushkar!

Because swamiji could not come to Pushkar, the Lord took Pushkar to him! Such is the power of devotion, and such is the compassion of Lord Datta.

The Return:

After meeting Swami Ramanananda, Mohanji then took the late evening flight to Bangalore to be available for the Ammucare Volunteer meet beginning on 13th October!

48 hours of a Marathon race, from 10th October to 12th October, that Mohanji took with just few hours of physical rest, after the intense journey to Thiruvanamalai, was for a much larger purpose. Mohanji had to ignore His physical rest and comfort because He was on a mission. There are an uncountable number of beings waiting for their Moksha through Pushkara dip, and Mohanji had to take them all the way!

This powerful event of a dip at Bhima Pushkar will remain a silent witness of the beyond ordinary mission of the extra ordinary Master, I still lovingly call “Jeans wale Avadhoota” – “The Avadhoota in Jeans”.

Koti Pranama at your feet, Mohanji.

Jai Shree Guru Datta.

Jai Mohanji.

 

||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

Disclaimer:
The views, opinions and positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Mohanji, Mohanji Foundation, it’s members, employees or any other individual or entity associated with Mohanji or Mohanji Foundation. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

We reserve the right to delete, edit, or alter in any manner we see fit blog entries or comments that we, in our sole discretion, deem to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, threatening, in violation of trademark, copyright or other laws, of an express commercial nature, or otherwise unacceptable.

Bhima Pushkar 2018 at Nivruthi Sangam with Mohanji

By Subhasree

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Mohanji on the Go, with the speed of Lightening – 48 Hours from Mohanji’s diary:

I recently published a blog explaining Mohanji’s busy schedule and constant travel in the month of August 2018. I spent a major part of this month with Mohanji, and hence could observe closely, the speed and mode in which he was working, travelling from place to place.

Right now, thousands of miles away from Him, I still observe His busy schedule. This divine opportunity to be able to observe Mohanji’s schedule and witness His leelas, is surely for a purpose! I feel the purpose is to share Mohanji’s leelas and create a deep awareness within everyone. To be able to witness, to know and to understand Mohanji’s leelas is like drinking the sweet nectar that will transform everyone, eradicate karmas from lifetimes, reduce the iterative life cycles!

Yes, indeed, by reading the satcharita of Mohanji, a true seeker will find an enhanced spiritual bank balance in the path of liberation. Therefore, I cannot keep these experiences just to myself but through these blogs share it with each one of you.

What I am writing is not just my emotion or devotion to my Guru; these are facts, careful observations of the facts, which otherwise gets overlooked/ignored.

It is astounding how Mohanji’s speed and frequency of travelling has been increasing day by day, back to back, spanning across South of India to North of India! That’s certainly a long distance to cover in the Indian sub-continent.

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Amidst all these travels, He is always connected with his devotees not just in the consciousness, even physically too. Through emails, Whatsapp, Facebook, phone calls etc., he is available 24×7 to true seekers who need to connect to Him physically.

“Too busy” or “No time” or “Not the right time” – these phrases do not exist in His dictionary! I can say this confidently, because I have communicated with Him through these modes amidst His travels to Badrinath, to Thiruvanamalai and just recently, to Nivruthi Sangam. It’s like, if I am awake and ready to communicate at any point in time – morning, noon or night, He communicates! That’s ridiculously true! How? Why? I wonder at times! He answers through consciousness:

“When something is needed, it must be done then and there. There is no postponement in our tradition!” says Mohanji. “Make yourself available”, is His mantra, which he demonstrates through His own actions!

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After finishing a retreat at Rishikesh, followed by a trip to Badrinath and Kedarnath, Mohanji was back in Bangalore in the first week of October. He attended and addressed the devotees participating in the Kriya Intensive retreat there.

On 6th Oct, The Avadhoota in Jeans was on His journey again. This time to Kailash of the South! From the northern tip of the country  – Kedarnath to the south of the country – Thiruvanamalai!

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It’s been super exciting to just watch the photos, read devotees experiences at all these holy divine places. Just by watching these, and having direct communication with Mohanji at times, I felt content that I too could join them spiritually! The satisfaction was no less than that of attending such pilgrimage physically! This is only possible with Mohanji’s grace. When He says He is with us and He keeps us with Him and carries us spiritually, He really means it and does it. After observing these places from a spiritual level, there is no more desire for a physical visit to these places left!

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Divine Communion with Mohanji:

Well, His trip to Thiruvanamalai concluded on 10th October. In the meantime, I had to communicate with Him regarding some matter, and during that communication, I came to know that He was at an airport that time. I simply assumed that He is returning from Thiruvanamalai to Bangalore!

Again on the night of 11th October, when I had to communicate with Him for another matter, I was stunned: in 24 hours, where all He had been, physically!

I was rubbing my eyes…am I reading it right?

That time, it was about 10:00 pm, Copenhagen time and about 1:30 am in India, when I saw His message. I wondered if my message that I had sent earlier woke Him up. Guilt clouded my mind. However, He answered immediately, “No, I just reached Raichur, after 5 hours’ drive from Hyderabad airport. I have to be at Nivruthi Sangam at 4:30 am for inaugurating Bhima Pushkar”.

My head started to spin!

He was at some airport on 10th. On 11th, He is again coming off Hyderabad airport, travelling by road for 5 hours, and with a programme to attend in about 4 hours!

Many questions popped up: what is Nivruthi Sangam, what is Bhima Pushkar? Where is He coming from?

Slowly all the questions were getting answers, some through google search and some directly from Mohanji.

I just wrote it down for my own awareness and the list wasn’t simple!

So here it goes:

  • On 9th Oct, Mohanji travelled from Thiruvanamalai to Chennai.
  • On 10th Oct, from Chennai to Delhi and Delhi to some other place.
  • On 11th Oct morning, He returned from that place to Delhi, took a flight to Hyderabad and further travelled for  5 hours by car to reach Raichur at 1:30 am on 12th Oct! This is when I received His message.

I was amazed that even after these long travels for many days and the long travel on the day, Mohanji got only a couple of hours of sleep, before He went to Nivruthi Sangam at 4:30 am.

Before sleeping, I wanted to look up Google to get more information about Nivruthi Sangam and Bhima Pushkar.

What I read, about these, made me very excited and I felt so divinely blessed that I had the opportunity to know about this divine journey of Mohanji. At once, the question in my mind was put to rest – why Mohanji does something, whatever He does! The non-stop journey to this divine place is certainly worth it, having understood the benefit that He is going to bestow on all of us, to the entire world, to every one!

When I heard about this journey of Mohanji’s and His lack of rest, I knew, it must be something big! With this in mind, I retired for the night. In my sleep state, I had an amazing vision of Mohanji and found myself with Him along with few other disciples. It was a very ordinary village location with a very simple house. I did not recognise this place until I later saw the pictures of Nivruthi Sangam area. I would have enjoyed myself in this pious location doing seva to Gurudev, if my alarm did not wake me up! “Oh Mohanji!”, were the first words to come out as soon as my eyes opened and then I had the divine view of the photos of Mohanji having a dip in Pushkar.

I realised, my dream of being with Mohanji and other disciples in that simple village location was nothing but Mohanji carrying us spiritually to Pushkar. Mind still acts, sometimes! Probably I did not dare to believe this completely. (Sometimes, it seems too good to be true, because it’s just simply so magnificent to travel astrally with the Master!). Well, Mohanji knew my thoughts, as always!

Within a few minutes, I received many photos of events at Nivruthi Sangam from Mohanji! As I scanned through the photos, the entire sequence of events became crystal clear. While I was looking at the photos, I suddenly forgot my existence of sitting in the room in Copenhagen; rather I felt as if I was there at the Nivruthi Sangam! It seemed very real! My body touched the water. My skin felt the sunrays. My nose sensed the sweet smell of water and the earth. My eyes felt the glare of the sunshine from the water surface. I actually felt myself holding the water in my hand and doing Abhishek to Lord Datta, and to Lord Shiva through Mohanji! I actually felt the graceful, loving embrace of my Master!

This is when I realised; it was true that what  I thought of was a dream of being with Mohanji, I was actually, very much with Him at the Sangam astrally! He had prepared me for this by letting me know about it last night! When I didn’t believe my spiritual experience, He had to show me the truth through these pictures.

I was getting late for office, but I was completely dumbstruck and couldn’t move from where I was sitting. My heart chakra was expanding; head was spinning, tears flowing! There was only one chant going on in my head – “Mohanji”, “Mohanji”, “Mohanji”….

Slowly I realised, there is a much bigger purpose of me being aware of this truth of Mohanji’s work, and His tireless travels. I must express to the world, what I have realised! Because when someone reads this expression, the person will understand the truth behind Mohanji’s tireless efforts, His mode of working and the realisation of His mission. When this wisdom comes, all other blockages that may be stored for lifetimes, will clear up, just like how darkness vanishes with the Sun’s rays!

After this realisation, while I gathered myself slowly and got ready to go to office, my heart chakra remained in an expanded mode, filled with gratitude to my Master Mohanji for this out of the world experience! I was determined to gather more details about Nivruthi Sangam and Bhima Pushkar and everything that happened on that day.

Very soon, I realised that this was a divine plan for me to be aware of this event and I started getting more and more details and clarity of this day and event.

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Narration by Mr Krishna Murthy:

Luckily, I got the contact of Mr. Krishna Murthy who has been with Mohanji in this entire journey. With his help, all the details became very clear. Not just details about Pushkar, Nivruthi Sangam and why Mohanji was there in the event, he also shared some extremely important messages that happened on that day.

Mr Krishna Murthy have been associated with Datta Peetham and the Swamis and he had all the back ground knowledge and details that he shared with me as below:

Nivruthi Sangam:

Nivruthi Sangam is a very powerful Datta Kshetra (sacred location of Lord Dattatreya) located near the Krishna Railway Station in Telangana. This is a confluence of the two rivers – Krishna and Bhima. This place was brought into the light by His Holiness Sripada Srivallabha Swamy, the first and foremost Datta incarnation during the 13th century.

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During the course of his extensive travelling after the Chathurmasa stay at Srisailam, He used to visit this place to enhance the vitality of this place and help the human beings. Before leaving for His final resting place at Kuruvapuram, His Holiness Sripada Srivallabha Swamy had taken a bath at this confluence. As His Holiness Sripada Srivallabha Swamy had explained, Nivruthi means clearance or removal of blockage and Sangam means the confluence. Nivruthi Sangam is the place where all blockages/sins get cleansed.

For all Datta devotees and followers of the Datta tradition, Nivruthi Sangam holds a special place as one of the must visit sacred Datta Sthala.

 Bhima Pushkar:

Just like Kumbha Mela, Pushkar has a very deep significance as per Hindu tradition. This is the period when it is believed that the river Ganga and all thirty-three and half crores of holy rivers, all deities, all rishis, enter into the particular river (every year the Pushkar festival happens in a different river). Thus the river becomes the most pious river. Anyone who takes a dip in the river during this particular period, all his sins and blockages get cleared and he will be blessed with punya. Usually Pushkar runs for a period of 12 days.  This year the Pushkar that occurs from 12th October 2018 until 23rd October 2018, is called Maha Pushkaram, as all the zodiac signs are aligned together, which occurs once in 144 years. This Maha Pushkaram is happening at the confluence of the rivers – Bhima and Krishna. This is also known as Bhima Pushkar.

Bhima Pushkar that happens this year is of great importance because the river Bhima (originating from Pune) passes through the famous Datta Kshetra Ganugapur and reaches Nivruthi Sangam.

It is considered that post the dip in the auspicious river, doing an Annadanam paves the way to liberation.

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Background on significance of the events at Nivruthi Sangam & Mohanji’s presence:

Mr Krishna Murthy explained to me, that in 2006, His Holiness Swami Sri Sri Sri Vittalananada Saraswathi Maharaj  (known as Vittal Babaji) initiated the auspicious event of Bhima Pushkar followed by Annadanam. Krishnaji also mentioned that “Vittal Babaji, who had conferred the title of “Rajayogi” to Mohanji considered Him as his “manasa putra” – spiritual son.

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After the Mahasamadhi of Vittal Babaji, Sri Ramaprasannanda Saraswathi became the Peethadhipati (Pontiff) of Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dattatreya Swamy Mahasamsthana Peetham (Sri Datta Peetham).

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After 12 years, when the Bhima Pushkar was scheduled for October 2018, Pontiff Swami Ramaprasannanda Saraswati invited Vittal Babaji’s manasa putra (spiritual son) Rajyogi Mohanji to inaugurate this auspicious festival followed by Annandanam. Release of a calendar in the name of Vittal Babaji was also scheduled for this event.

This sacred event, in the calibre of Maha Kumbh Mela and keeping the tradition that was initiated by Vittal Babaji, was significant enough for Mohanji to continue on his 48 hours long non-stop journey from Thiruvanamalai – to Delhi – to Jammu – to Nivruthi Sangam! Along with the Pontiff, Mohanji had to inaugurate the auspicious Bhima Pushkar festival, keeping up the tradition set by Vittal Babaji! Hence, physical stress or discomfort did not bother Him!

 

An innocent wish of a devotee, Krishna Murthy:

While telling me excitedly, about how Mohanji despite His busy schedules had accepted the invitation to come and inaugurate Bhima Pushkar, Krishna Murthyji also shared a very emotional story, which proves how God (in the form of Mohanji), does every possible thing to fulfil a true disciple’s wish! Krishnaji said that he couldn’t attend the Kumbh Mela in Nasik (2014) with Mohanji at that time even though he was invited. He also envisaged that he will not be able to join Mohanji again in the February 2019 Kumbh Mela. With a heavy heart, he had prayed, “If I cannot go to Kumbh Mela with Mohanji, why can’t Mohanji come to Pushkar which is the same as Kumbh Mela?” Bhagawan had to bow down to the sincere and innocent devotee’s wish!

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Mohanji at Nivruthi Sangam, 12th October 2018:

As per the plan, Mohanji left for Nivruthi Sangam at 4:30 am on 12th October, reaching there on time for the event to start at about 6:00 am. The Pontiff Swami Ramaprasannanda Saraswati, Mataji Niranjananda Saraswati, Swamy Sarveswarananda and Swamy Shraddhananda of Shri Datta Peetham, very fondly received Mohanji.

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With a sacred ceremony to invoke the glorious and pious rivers, Pontiff Swami Ramaprasannanda Saraswati and Mohanji inaugurated the event.

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Then followed the ritual of floating various offerings in the river water. Shining with the crimson red rays of the rising Sun, the river was showing its satisfaction and receiving the offerings gladly and promising to purify all beings (in form or without a form) who takes the dip for the next 12 days!

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The sacrosanct process of the dip in the river, commenced with Mohanji holding the sacred and powerful Datta statue in His hand. Amidst mantra chanting and praises to Lord Datta, Mohanji gave a dip to the statue, thus symbolising that with the Guru Datta, the entire Datta tradition, The Guru Mandala, disciples, devotees, everyone who is connected to the Datta tradition, took the Pushkara dip!

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Then Pontiff Swami Ramaprasannanda, Mohanji and other swamis took the dip. This is when the water of the holy river became even more glorified. This was the invisible grace of Swayam Datta !

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As Shiva explained to Devi Parvati in the Gurugita, even the most sacred rivers wait eagerly for the feet of the Guru to touch them and make their water glorified which then can purify every being.

This is what was exactly happening. The joy of the rivers Bhima & Krishna were seen through the shining glory of the water, by receiving the touch of Mohanji and the divine Datta Peetha Swamis.

With this dip, Mohanji was not just purifying the rivers but He was also purifying all the beings who travelled with Him, spiritually too, thus removing their blockages of life times, giving them moksha.

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This is the reason, while Mohanji was taking dip; the Pontiff did abhishekam to Mohanji (Pouring water on Mohanji’s head). Mohanji also did abhishekam to Pontiff. The devotees and pilgrims, who were taking dips there at that moment, also did abhishekam to Pontiff and Mohanji. This was as if all devatas were doing abhishek to Lord Dattatreya thus making the river even more pious!

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After this ritual was finished, Pontiff, Mohanji and others came out of the water and after getting back into dried clothes, they carried out a circumambulation of a special structure where there were sahasra (1008) Shiva Lingas arranged in a the shape of a pyramid.

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This special structure was constructed by one of the Datta Swamis with the instruction of His Holiness Sripada Srivallabha. This structure with thousand Shiva lingas indicates infinity. So any rituals, ceremonies carried out at this place gives infinite result.

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Mohanji and all the Swamis participated in the Calendar release function in the name of Vittal Babaji. Presence of Babaji throughout the ceremonies was very much evident.

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To energize this event more, Pontiff had arranged annadanam (food donation). Mohanji commenced this ceremony too and He himself served the people who were eagerly waiting for the prasadam. Many may not be even aware, that by receiving food from Mohanji, their life times’ of karma are cleared. They will never have any more hunger at any level, physical, mental or spiritual. All their hunger was fulfilled with Mohanji’s one serving! Mohanji standing and serving food there gave a feeling as if Swayam Vittal Babaji was standing there and serving food to everyone with a loving smile on His face.

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After all the events were accomplished by 10:00 am; Mohanji took His leave with the Pontiff’s blessings.

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Mohanji then started His 5 hour’s journey back to Hyderabad. He had to reach Bangalore the same day, so that He could be present for the Ammucare Volunteers meet commencing the next day, on 13th October in Bangalore!

However, before travelling to Bangalore, He had one more job to finish, which no one would have even envisaged!

Please read the continuation of this journey in the Part 2 of this blog.

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||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

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