Experience during the first Power of Purity Meditation
in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Written by Sholane & Salona Pillay
Baba Mohanji made our wishes come true yet again
A few months ago while I was meditating I envisioned my family doing the Power of Purity meditation in the family temple at my grandparents’ home. I felt Mohanji was guiding me through this. I just didn’t know how it would come together as my family didn’t know Mohanji then. I wanted Ladysmith, my hometown to know Mohanji, too. Soon my parents came to the Durban retreat and were very happy meeting the Mohanji family and Mohanji Himself. My sister Salona went to spend some time at home after the retreat and Mohanji blessed her to start the meditations. Yesterday, Salona, my grandparents & parents started the Power of Purity meditation at the temple in Ladysmith.
It was such a beautiful experience which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We began by reciting the Shree Ganesha mantra as we always pray to Ganesha first, followed by Mohanji’s Gayathri mantra. Thereafter we humbly invited Him to come and guide us during the meditation. We connected with His eye card for 3 minutes, followed by the Aum & Mmmm meditation and five-speed breathing. I am grateful to Mitesh Bhai for his guidance on this. Thereafter we did the Power of Purity meditation.
During the meditation, I saw Mohanji dressed in white, coming from the lamp. He walked and helped all of us to sit correctly and comfortably. He then took a seat near a meditating Shiva murthi. Again during the meditation He walked between everyone spreading light and came to sit in the front, between His photo and the big Shiva Lingam. Mohanji then put His hands out and blessed us. White light appeared pouring from them. I also saw the Devas and Devis in the frames and murthis come to life, blessing everyone. At one point I saw Shree Hanuman’s (Kul Deva) massive and strong feet as He walked into the temple. I also saw Mohanji as Shiva.
After the meditation, I opened a page in the Power of Purity book and my mum read the question and answer which was very apt for the day and created waves of change in us. We then played “Govinda Damodar Madhaveti” with our eyes closed. We concluded by doing Mohanji’s Aarti.
My grandfather Nana who is 75 years old and has health issues managed to sit without pain the entire duration, he had so much energy and enjoyed the experience. Nana’s hands were shaking as he felt Mohanji’s light and heat energy healing him. My grandmother Nani saw a light in the shape of Mohanji and Mum saw white light during the meditation. My dad also enjoyed the meditation and breathing although he has the flu.
I am very grateful for this experience and Mohanji’s love, blessings and guidance. Today we have done the meditation within the family but next week we are looking forward to open the meditation to others and officially start the Power of Purity Meditations and Conscious walking in Ladysmith. I had a feeling that Mohanji wanted me to do this, hence He sent me to Ladysmith for a while. I also felt a little scared as to how would I, being a bit of an introvert, do this. But after seeing Mohanji present at the meditation guiding all of us, I have no fears. I am really looking forward to next week.
Reading this from Salona made me feel emotional to know that Mohanji, my Babaji walked through the temple which I grew up in and blessed everyone and will continue to bless more people. He is always with us all.
For a long time the only thing I felt as my soul desire was to go to India. Though, there seemed to be no reason or connection with India, I just knew I wanted to go.
Apart from the financial strain of arranging the travel, the prospect of leaving behind my two-year-old toddler Tajna (2) and her two older siblings, Anja (15) and Andrija (14) was certainly daunting.
However, for the first time in my life I wanted to do something just for myself. I rationalized to myself saying, “Yes, I am a good mother, and will be even better if I am satisfied with myself.” My children encouraged me saying, “Go, do something for yourself. You have always taught us to follow our way. Thank you for everything you have done for us. Go and make your dreams come true.”
I am grateful to my family and friends for being happy to see me finally go on my journey.
When I was ready for exploring new dimensions He showed up out of nowhere. I remember his profound words to me on my first retreat at Vrdnik in 2012. He asked, “What was your reason for coming to this retreat? You have never met me before.” I said, “I just read an email and felt I should come. I have never met these people before.” Looking from this perspective today, that was a calling, one of many coincidences. The answer, “I don’t know,” is a wonderful thing. Should there be a reason for our presence somewhere? THE SOUL KNOWS. It is the mind that is looking for answers, clarification, analysis, and a story.
I do not know how everything for my journey got arranged especially since I had not made any plans. I am thankful to my inner feeling and surrender. Even though I was trying to make a plan such as: where to go, what to do there, which town to stay in and which hotel to book, what the temperature would be like, which clothes to take, how much money I need,… what else I can control…, Mohanji’s answer was always the same, “Just come and don’t worry.”
Who is Mohanji?
I read his blogs, listened to his Satsangs, asked a thousand questions, and then beyond all these things, deep inside I felt the Truth that resonated within Him. HE liberates by removing any pre-conditions and beliefs. HE is love. I believe in everything that Mohanji is and right now HE is on my path. I see the light. Even though I do not ask questions out loud, I get answers. In all situations, I ask for help, I get an answer – either through meditation, mantra, Consciousness Kriya, connection with His eyes or by reading His book “The Power of Purity”. The answer comes through various channels but I recognize the source. The source is always the same i.e. MOHANJI. At that time I still did not know who and what Mohanji is, but I had faith, feeling of protection and trust, and I couldn’t wait to head for India…
From the first day everything was organized perfectly, but there was no plan. Even though at the moment it looked as if we knew the program in advance, where to go and what to do, everything kept constantly changing giving a feeling of incredible freedom and lightness. This is how “Going with the flow” really looks. It is simply impossible to control so many different characters of people, events, cities, temples, etc.
Mohanji – Moving With Lightness
Sometimes, during the journey, I thought of stopping and taking rest especially with all the terrestrial and physical “difficulties” but realized it was impossible. Mohanji kept moving though he would endure physical discomfort, too. Everything in nature is constantly moving and Mohanji also moves in perfect harmony. The thing that connects people around Him is incredible commitment, love, grace, warmth, FAITH, utter humility and surrender. It is FAITH IN MOHANJI – the light that guides them on the path of their own experiences.
My initial experiences on this journey were enjoyment, permanent happiness, excitement, freedom, openness, acceptance, blessing of being in Mohanji’s energy.
And then, the game of the mind started… Mohanji and people around him = my mirror. I started to listen to various experiences, stories of various miracles that people experienced with Mohanji. What about Me? I started to compare myself to others and ask questions, “Where is my miracle? Is it possible that my mind is so blocked that I am unable to feel anything? What should I do? How to open myself up to understand?” I meditated and chanted mantras every day. Whenever I remembered, I paid attention to my spine and breathing. During the day, I ate healthy food. I was willing to open myself completely. However everything seemed futile. I felt sad, angry, desperate and dissatisfied.
Suddenly, I understood. A sort of a miracle happened – one of inner insight and knowledge. I began to accept myself as well as the fact that each one of us has our own personal experience with Mohanji, personal taste and perception. In my story, thus far, the tastes had been different, however with Mohanji, one has to try everything and enjoy, even spicy and hot tastes, both sweet and bitter experiences. As I experience life, I live this magical moment in Mohanji’s energy in the depths of my silence. It does not matter if I am unable to see my past or future lives or know which planet I came from or whether Mohanji is a guru, avatar, alien, an ordinary man…
At that moment, these answers, coming from my expanded heart made me feel peaceful, happy, natural, satisfied without any reason. I felt a divine sparkle in me and knew that all of us had that seed inside us. We only needed to surrender and accept our nature.
I took a look around and could clearly see that nature was talking to me without any word. I could completely expand and become one with it. It was like a mirror and a guru, too. There was nothing “special” in it as it was the source of the universe out of which all our creations originated. Nature teaches us through silence – it shows us all our elements and our states without any word or story. It does not bind – it allows each of us to experience life in our own unique way with no frames and definitions.
Primarily, we reach our answers while we are in our own silence. Mother Nature is my temple, I walk barefoot on her, I surrender to her, and she gives me freedom. MOHANJI = NATURE = JESUS = SAI BABA = BUDDHA = CONSCIOUSNESS = UNITY = SOUL.
I realized that when we experience complete emptiness within us, we become a mirror to others because all the stories that are happening around us are not important any more. I started to cry and laugh out loud. It was liberating. I thought of Mohanji being in this form in my body. Being empty, everything around Him on this journey was my thoughts, projections, delusions, programs and beliefs. It became clear that the only religion I recognized in Mohanji is love, compassion, non-violence. I recalled his words: “Be natural. Be happy.”
We need to have the Faith that what we really believe in, we live it. Miracles are happening all around us. We are the greatest divine miracle of creation and when that realization happens, we arrive at our destination – liberation.
Who is Mohanji?
Mohanji is everything that I am.
Mohanji is everything and nothing.
Mohanji has neither beginning nor ending.
Mohanji is peacefulness and constant moving.
Mohanji is inner peace and inner voice.
He is the voice of our soul that is constantly calling us, and that is why we are searching for and overcoming all frames, all boundaries, because we all certainly tend to reach that destination. On the path of our soul, we all tend to understand who and what Mohanji is.
Put your hand on your heart and ask yourself what it is that your soul desires. Pursue your own path, and you will find your answers in your own silence, in your peace of mind, beyond all expected frames… MOHANJI = THE WHITE PATH. Turn on the light within you and spread it.
My name is Dusan. I live with my family in Belgrade from Serbia and I feel that it is my duty to share my experience with Mohanji, including how he came into my life and what he did for me as it may benefit some people who have doubting minds like me.
Before I met Mohanji I didn’t have much faith and didn’t believe in anything, including god, souls, past lives etc.
I almost felt handicapped or numb while feeling emotions deeply and displaying them to everybody, including my kids. I had three jobs at the same time and for me that was my life.
Then, in July 2015, my wife started to tell me about her Guruji (spiritual guide) and the meditations that she had been attending. On hearing this, I was very angry and deemed it to be non-sense. I told her she is manipulated by evil!
Two days later, when I took her phone, I saw Mohanji’s face as the screensaver. I immediately asked who this man was, and on her replying that this was her Guruji, I started to feel some strange feeling in my body. In the same moment, I just couldn’t take away His picture from my mind.
The next day after I saw Mohanji’s picture for the first time, I became ill and got a temperature of 39.5°C. I was in bed for 5 days and constantly kept looking at His picture and crying!
I was so confused, and asked myself what was happening. But deeply, in my heart, I strongly felt that I finally found the meaning of my life. I found Mohanji on Facebook, and shared my experience. It was a soul recognition, because we’ve known each other for so many lives.
After that I started going for group meditations held in my city by Mohanji Foundation. I started to watch Mohanji’s videos on You Tube and felt a stronger connection day by day. My life started to change very fast.
I started to spend more time with my kids, expressed a lot of love to my family, and finally I almost didn’t think about my jobs, however, I started to earn more money! Divine Grace started to flow!
In September I had an incredible experience. As I sat in my living room with my kids playing around me, I looked at Mohanji’s picture and within a few moments, I was in the astral plane with Mohanji. He took my hand and started to bring me into the light. That light was the most beautiful light that I have ever seen in my entire life. On asking Mohanji what it was, He simply asked me to come closer. Each step was more beautiful than the previous one. My wife told me that I was shaking and crying at the same time! I wasn’t even aware of it, it was transcendental. All my life I have been a heavy consumer of very strong drugs, but I have never seen anything like this in my highest hallucinations!! The next day I asked Mohanji about this experience. I understood that He showed me my soul! An amazing soul who was very strong and beautiful.
Until May last year, I had several ups and downs in my life. I had been addicted to drugs and gambling. I quitted playing roulette and slots. I also stopped abusing cocaine and synthetic drugs but couldn’t seem to get rid of marijuana and my habit of placing bets. I just didn’t have the strength for it.
On the 1st of May this year, I was truly blessed when Mohanji visited me in my apartment. My mind kept playing games and kept confusing me. Alas, when I saw Mohanji, I simply confessed everything to Him. I told Him how impossible it was for me to quit marijuana and betting.
In one go, He asked me to just stand straight and He pressed his fingers into my lower stomach and my spine with His divine touch. I felt a strange sensation which cannot be put into words. But from that day onwards, I felt released of my addiction completely! In fact, I feel that I’ve never had a problem with addiction at all!
I know this is truly unbelievable, but my purpose to share this is to give hope to the ones who’re struggling with addiction just as I was. I know how hard it is to fight that and I still really do not know how to thank Mohanji for this incredible shift!! Faith made the difference. Complete faith is very important.
I would like to mention another incredible experience with Mohanji which I was blessed to have. This happened during my retreat with Mohanji in May 2016. All of us were sitting sharing our experiences of retreat and Mohanji. Mohanji was not in the room with us.
I suddenly felt the need to change my seat. I moved to a seat on one side of the room in the third row. As soon as I moved, I saw Mohanji come into the room and walk towards his seat on the stage. As he entered the room, I felt as if he was walking towards me.
Mohanji sat down on his chair and started looking at everybody in the room. Finally his eyes rested on the face of a woman who was sitting in front of me. He started looking at her intently, without batting an eyelid, and she reciprocated the same way. Meanwhile the experience sharing was going on. Mohanji was doing something with this woman. I was right behind her and I could not bear the intensity of his eyes.
At first I started to feel a lot of heat in my heart which grew stronger and stronger. This became more intense by the minute. After 10 minutes I almost stopped to feel my body. My heart rate was more than 180 and temperature felt more than 40° C. I almost felt that I would explode but at the same time I could neither move nor explain to anyone what was going on.
Suddenly, as I looked at him, I felt Mohanji changing shapes. Everything in that room, from the people to their voices, started to disappear. What remained was just Mohanji and His eyes! That time I saw unbelievable fire emitting out from His third eye!! SHIVA!!!
It was so hard for me to digest this experience. All along I perceived Him to simply be a man. I somehow didn’t relate to Him as predominantly Consciousness itself or a Master beyond the body. I fell on the floor and cried my heart out.
Oh, I have never cried like that in my life! I still couldn’t feel my body but felt so infinitely blessed to see the Master in the form that was revealed to me.
It’s a pity that words are so limited. Words can never do justice to what I have felt in real life.
I can only say that I 100% saw GOD in human form with Mohanji’s light and power shining through.
I sincerely wish that you all get a chance to see that, because after that you can definitely never be the same person again. I can only hope that my sharing can give you an idea of the immensity of what I felt.
All the blessings that I have received have led to inner peace, the freedom from terrible addiction and a life full of love. I am still digesting these experiences.
And after this particular experience of witnessing Mohanji’s radiating third eye, I feel connected to him 24/7. I see my life floating by and feel that I can actually ‘watch’ my mind more now. People’s behaviour toward me has changed for the better.
Thank you to everyone who took out the time to read this experience. I think most of us really don’t know how blessed we actually are to have Mohanji near us!! I was indeed double lucky to be blessed with this vision, too.
Dear Master, one more time thank you for everything!!!!!
Swami Mohana Bhaktananda from South Africa graced Toronto residents by conducting Mohanji Healing Meditation on May 14th. Mohanji healing sessions with Swamiji are becoming more and more recognized amongst the people in Toronto, this was the 5th session and each time people are very strongly feeling Mohanji’s energy cleaning lifetimes of karmic baggage, having profound experiences leading to peace and happiness in their day to day life.
Swamiji very lovingly explained the meaning of Mohanji’s Healing Meditation and how it helps people. He explained that beyond our physical body (the only body that we are aware of) there is Energy body, Mental Body, Karmic/Causal body and then the eternal Soul. The life that we currently live and will experience in future is the effect of our past Karma. All these impressions and Karmic baggage are stored in our Causal body. The ever pervading Mohanji’s energy heals these impressions and settles that Karma which the person experiences in the form of peace and lightness of his body. What a person would have experienced in the form of physical ailment or disturbed relationship or mental agony is healed by Mohanji’s divine grace and the person goes through it in just those few moments. The healing takes place at various levels i.e. mental, emotional or physical level depending upon one’s need of spiritual upliftment. The more a person is open and surrenders to the Divine, deeper is the effect of healing. Mohanji’s Grace knows no bounds and heals one and all without any discrimination of religion, nationality, gender and whether a person is following him or not.
Experiences Shared by Devotees:
Neha Parekh: “As soon as Swamiji invoked Mohanji’s energy I was blessed with the vision of Durga mata (Ashtabhuja) with 8 hands in my heart. The divinity was shining with light spreading all my body. Suddenly, my heart filled with deep compassion for each and everyone in the room and around the world. My heart started blessing each person, thing and place like a mother would to her child, and everyone was my child. I had this tremendous motherly feeling towards the whole universe and that compassion got tears in my eyes, May all my children be happy was all that my heart blessed. This divine mother within started blessing Mohanji and in my mind I was thinking “How can I bless Mohanji my Master!” but it was the divine mother within blessing him. My was heart melting each moment and Swamiji kept guiding us tirelessly to go through each bhaav, each emotion and experience it fully. In no time did Swamiji proceeded further with His Guidance through the breathing, I saw myself as a child in an open space, upon gazing up I was shocked to see that there was no Sky…..”The Sky was Mohanji” Mohanji had spread across the universe and became my Sky, I like a child kept leaping to grab Mohanji but could not. Seeing this out of Sheer compassion Mohanji reached out to me from up and made the child in me happyJ Mohanji then played like a Father with me on the horseback, etc. This vision was so beautiful that I cannot express enough Gratitude to Swamiji for granting it to me. Those precious moments of playing with My Father left me in awe. My body could not sit straight, the meditation made me light as a feather and I was swaying constantly. At some points I felt like dancing, laughing, singing….Never ever have I felt this way, empty, joyous and loved With My Father. Thank You Swamiji, for bringing me face to face with my true self….”Ananda Swaroopa” God bless You. May many be benefited by Your seva to Mohanji. Jai Mohanji”
Poonam Mistry: “I experienced the burning of Karma in the fire that Swami Bhaktananda, Mohanji and Shirdi Sai sent to me. I also saw Lord Shiva who passed a conch from his forehead to my forehead. After the meditation Swamiji showed me the conch that was sending me the energy. All three Shirdi Sai, Mohanji and Swamiji’s energy brought on a fire from the bottom of my spine and moving upwards. I felt burning heat and heard a voice “this heat is burning your karma”. I felt very light after the meditation.”
Manjiri Bhalerao: “Initially I could feel a light where there was Shirdi Baba. My foot was hurting a lot, most of the time. I could see Mohanji’s face in the background. I felt like crying most of the time. My back was very heavy and tingling. Then at a point my head became very heavy and I felt a tingling sensation as if something was circling above my head. Later on Swamiji explained that heaviness in my back and head was because my father in law who had passed over was standing behind me in spirit form and blessing me. I cried many times during the healing, feeling the hot tears rolling down my face. This was my first healing experience and I am indeed blessed to experience it. Needless to say, I would like to do it again and again. Thank you Mohanji, Swami ji and everyone who was involved in arranging this wonderful healing experience.”
Anuji: “I experienced profound peace during the healing session. As the session started, I felt a lot of load in my Throat and neck section. With the progress in the healing and with every invocation, I felt the load was lifted and there was a surge of energy as Swamiji invoked all the Divine sources. It felt as though a tremendous amount of load was lifted and there was a very peaceful Feeling.”
Sunita: “Throughout the meditation my whole head was tingling and I was travelling through my third eye. Very calm, serene feeling came over me. In the end I became very cold and still. I had the residual feeling of coldness in my chest”
Sara: “I was feeling a tingling sensation all over my body. My face and palm were tingling and numb. I started vibrating all over with a special movement, which Swamiji explained later was a special Kriya movement. It was new to me, I have never done any Kriya. Swamiji mentioned that this Kriya was performed spontaneously to clear the path for me. Many karmas were burnt. It was a very calm and relaxing session. Throughout the meditation I felt as though Mohanji is constantly giving me Shaktipath, His hand was over my head all the time.”
Gaurav Bhalerao (son of Mahesh and Manjiri ) one of the youngest participant who attended the healing :
“My legs were hurting throughout. I saw 2 old men and a blue soothing light. Suddenly I saw Sai Baba in front of a Golden Light…..Swamiji said to him that he was here for a special purpose, to see such visions in this age was not an ordinary experience. His parents shared with us that Gaurav is very well connected to Sai Baba. He reads Shree Sai Sat Charita every day and thinks different. Gaurav was born on October 15th, Vijayadashmi (Sai Baba’s Samadhi date).
Mahesh Bhalerao: “Right from the beginning I saw white light and then I saw My Guru “ Mohanji” at my house informing me that “ My picture should be placed downstairs on this wall rather than upstairs” I saw Mohanji sitting on the sofa for a while. My body was shaking and I was seeing a black pickup truck in front of me as I was driving. My body felt cold and was very light at the end, Thank You Swamiji. Jai Mohanji.”
Neeti:“I felt so cold and light throughout the meditation. I was numb all the time. I couldn’t feel my body. When a devotee chanted “Aum Namah Shivaay” I felt a sudden surge of energy in me. I kept shaking for a while. As Swamiji invoked Devi Maa I felt so much energy enter my being. I started screaming MAA MAA on top of my voice until I choked. I felt very light thereafter. Jai Mohanji”
“I have attended all the sessions of this meditation since Swamiji started conducting it in Toronto and every time I witnessed a shift happening either at emotional, physical or mental level enabling more clarity, faith and feeling Mohanji more and more. However, this time it was very intense, it seemed a lot of burden was taken away. It started with increased awareness, everything that we believe to be “I” appeared to be separate from me and yet part of me. Each and every subtle activity at all levels was very clear and visible. As the energy started rising, I felt it was rotating in circular motion and along with that my whole body started rotating in clockwise direction. The initial reaction was to take control of the body and be still but was overcome by the energy and had to go with the flow. Though there was deep pain in my upper and lower back it seemed that the pain was very far off. After a while, I saw great master -Maha Avtar Babaji and Mohanji blessing me, this was the moment where I experienced just gratitude for all the masters and each and every being whether living or non-living thing in this world. The vision that moved me and even now while writing this gives me goose bumps was the one where I found my head in Mohanji’s lap and Mohanji lovingly moving his hand over my head. We pray that we ever remain at lotus feet of Mohanji.”
Swamiji has healed many and is always there to offer this seva whenever asked. Swamiji is a great blessing Mohanji has given us all. Swamiji is a wonderful disciple and dedicated Bhakta. We always remain inspired by Swamiji and His Bhaav of total surrender and Humility. Mohanji heals many in different ways, with His presence, in absence of His physical body, through His eyes, through His Name and through Bhaktas like Swamiji. Bhaav of Surrender in the Lotus Feet of The Masters is the only bhaav that melts them. Their ever compassionate nature never sends a devotee empty handed, everyone always gets their share of blessings. That is Datta tradition, always giving unconditionally. Only pure heart and bhaav is all that is needed to receive the abundant Grace that flows through Mohanji”
PS: We were also blessed to meet with so many beautiful souls on this day ….all thanks to Swamiji!!
The 27th of April 2016 heralded an unforgettable day amongst the Mohanji Family of South Africa. Our Beloved Baba had returned to his humble abode in Durban. Devotees from all corners of South Africa (Johannesburg, Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town etcetera) and further afield from the United Kingdom waited in anticipation for their beloved father to take his rightful seat in the Ashram. The excitement was palpable and his arrival saw the crowd burst into all flavors of emotion from tears to laughter.
After welcoming Mohanji and performing Aarti, a well-known local bhajan artist Pravesh Shanker and the devotees sang bhajans, melting themselves completely in higher energies. The entire atmosphere was charged and radiating love. We had welcomed our beloved to his home in Durban.
On the 28th of April Consiousness Kriya welcomed 19 new initiates in the city of Durban. The initiation process was rigorous. Would-be initiates were put through their paces and deep cleansing preceded the initiation. Mohanji inculcated a deep sense of reverence for the Kriya tradition. All participants took the Kriya Oath thereby expressing their commitment to the sacredness of the practice.
In the evening Mohanji conducted a radio interview on a national radio station called Lotus FM. The radio interview was well received and callers flooded the lines to have Mohanji answers their questions. Burning hearts from all parts of South Africa looked to our divine master for solace and his words were a soothing balm for all those facing hardships. Spiritual seekers brought forth their questions and Baba lovingly illuminated their path. Each word uttered was a fragrant rose petal and those in search of themselves could follow the fragrance to their inner abode. The true home of the divine.
The day of the 29th of April broke to the news of Baba Ganeshananda Giri Maharaj attaining Maha Samadhi. Mohanji was deeply connected to this humble saint and so all of Mohanji’s children felt the pain of his absence in the world.
A Homa was scheduled to be conducted at Dattatapovan by Mohanji himself. It was amazing how many people attended the Homa during a week day. Many people took sick leave or just did not attend half a day of work to be part of the Mohanji energy at the Homa.
The Homa.. Tears flowed from the eyes as we realized the true depth of Mohanji’s love for his children. His absence, despite being physically present, was noted many times during Homa. Still he put our needs before everything else and conducted a Homa which was completely life changing for all who were present.
There were approximately 130 attendants. Mohanji began the Homa in his eloquent, direct and succinct way. This is the style of a true Master. Everything done is simple and direct. Only the essentials with no frills and fuss. Although it may have seemed simple to the outer eye, the inner eye knew the changes that were happening. Transformation was ablaze and everyone felt the churning of lifetimes of Karma and emotions. Some people felt physical pain, some emotional pain and some had closely held concepts shatter. Many participants reported that they were transported into another level of awareness where they felt connected to everything.
Five coconuts were offered during the Homa. Even before the coconuts were offered they spontaneously cracked. Karma was released. Swamiji described how during one part of the Homa he felt as if there were a million suns in his heart and as it expanded, the last coconut on his left suddenly burst with a loud sound as it stood on the table. Mohanji always says that when he does Homa all the devas come. This is very true. Many people reported feeling various deities around them. But the most important aspect of the entire Homa was the utter gratitude that overflowed. As blockages were removed, people began to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Many people attest to the fact that this feeling lingers in their hearts to this day.
After the Homa a Conscious Walk took place at the New Germany Nature Reserve. The setting was the epitome of natural beauty. The landscape was untamed and vegetation grew wildly and of its own accord. This amplified the naturalness. The 25 participants experienced the powerful energy boost of walking in your own aura body. The terrain made the walkers more present and contributed to the deep sense of oneness with nature. The connection was strong and many reported being deeply aware and meditative during the walk. The presence of our divine Master made the experience all the more powerful.
That evening, a vibrant Satsang with Mohanji took place at RB Chetty Hall in Phoenix, Durban. The atmosphere was electric with a tangible sense of divinity as Mohanji entered the hall. The event began with the rendition of a few soul stirring devotional hymns by the incredibly talented Deshan Naidoo. Mohanji enthralled the crowd with pearls of wisdom. The audience participated avidly and lapped up the sage words from the unfathomable depth of consciousness that is Mohanji. Swami Siva Yogananda of the Saiva Sithantha Sungam graciously presented a gift to Mohanji after inspiring the crowd with a few chosen words regarding the essence of spirituality. The night was a joyful celebration of Mohanji and buds of devotion began to blossom in the hearts of each devotee.
30/04/16 Day 1- Durban Weekend Program
The first day of the Durban Program opened with great pomp and ceremony as Padam Pooja was performed by the sweet Sahil.
He is an ardent Mohanji’s devotee at the tender age of 10. The naturalness of children was a lesson Mohanji impressed continuously. Sahil was the perfect example of a spontaneously natural child and it showed in his connection to our divine Father.
Mohanji’s candor and humble demeanor captured the hearts of all 120 attendees. The audience remained captivated as Mohanji dispensed jem after jem in the Q and A sessions. A great amount of releasing took place and every person was visibly changed. The Shiva Kavacham instilled a sense of protection around the room. From this protected space participants freely shed eons of baggage. Our divine master graciously presided over the entire process and gently guided those experiencing difficulties. Once the heavy weight of the karmic burden was cast aside, Mohanji filled the audience with the mercy of his grace. A chanting walk with 108 steps was available to participants during the break. The children were regaled with tales of the Bhav (devotion) of Hanuman and the perfection of Lord Ram. The children’s corner was a hive of activity with young and old joining together to color pictures of their favorite deities. The day closed in Arthi by the vibrant youth group of Datta Tappovan Ashram.
The resounding chants of the glorification of Mohanji inspired many people to find their hidden inner voice. A shower of gratitude and love rained forth.
01/05/16 Day 2: Durban Weekend Program
The second day was also intensely cleansing. Activities included a breathing meditation. Through this meditation many caught a glimpse of the perpetual inner stillness that is available to all of us. Tapping into this deep seat of power energized most participants. Attendees were then introduced to each other’s souls in an activity that evoked a great deal of emotion. Some were left raw with recognition whilst others were running for the hills.
With all the grace of a loving father Baba broke the walls that held many back. The participants had advanced in leaps and bounds, all due to the sheer grace of our beloved Master. Next we participated in a dance of reckless abandon expressing the essence of gratitude and love for the divine. This incredibly moving experience brought on a torrent of unexpressed emotions and the final cleansing for the day was complete. Mohanji then proceeded to perform Shaktipath, filling up the vessels that he had lovingly emptied.
Thus concluded the second day with people shaken to their core and then elevated to the heights of spiritual ecstasy.
02/05/16 Day 3: Durban Weekend Program
The day began with a healing meditation conducted by Swami Mohana Bakthananda Barathi. Karmic baggage from many lifetimes were cleared in a catharsis of emotions. On the final day of the program laughter became the predominant theme. The crowd was often thrown into seemingly unending bouts of roaring laughter in a cleansing that was beautiful to witness. The Datta Tapovan Youth group enacted a play highlighting the role of Spirituality and Mohanji in our lives.
Our children are the pride and joy of Datta Tapovan Ashram and their enactment displayed their deep love and connection with our divine Master. Expressions of gratitude and love for our beloved Guru flowed from every individual present. Every single person had undergone a monumental change that showed visibly on their faces. Through the maze of emotions and thoughts some had attained a deep stillness while others processed difficult emotions and events that had plagued them through lifetimes. Many had come full and left empty. Concepts had been unabashedly destroyed. The weekend events had created a tremendous sense of unity and the feeling of being part of a wonderful extended family. A divine sense of oneness pervaded the room that day as everyone hugged wholeheartedly and wished each other well on their onward journeys.
Mohanji visited the Om Hari Sabha temple in Verlum on his last day in South Africa.
He began the program by joking and reminding everyone that even last year he concluded the program in exactly the same place. It was the case of saving the best for last.
People were so receptive. They asked many important questions that affected their day to day living. They enquired about numerous topics, from methods to deal with tragedy right to explanations and asking guidance about specific prayers. There was so much love showered.
Finally came the time for us to wish our beloved Master well on his travels.
Mohanji went through South Africa like a storm. Upheaving lifetimes of karmic bondage and negativity. He left the landscape forever purified by his grace. He flung the doors of closed hearts wide open. The outpouring of love, not only for our beloved Guru but for each and every being from a humble ant to the tallest tree, was felt by so many. This kind of unconditionality, exemplified by our Master, was experienced in every sense. We in South Africa are forever grateful and forever changed. We see Mohanji in everything and especially in each other. Thank you Mohanji for this most precious gift. Words will never be enough but we dedicate our hearts to you.
During the first weekend of April 2016, a group of about 30 people met in Yogaville for a spiritual retreat with Rajayogi Mohanji.
Yogaville or Satchitananda Ashram located in rural Virginia, USA, is about a three-hour drive from Washington DC. It is a sprawling campus of breathtaking beauty and panoramic views. The James river flows as a wide curving ribbon and the green woods stretch to the horizon. This most peaceful spot was the perfect location for a much-anticipated weekend with the Master.
Participants assembled for satsang around Mohanji. His presence always induces a feeling of calm and stillness in those blessed to be around him. This was only enhanced by the peaceful panorama that was forming the backdrop through the glass wall behind where he sat. Though many may have arrived with questions and Mohanji encouraged them to ask, some people now found themselves strangely content, their minds not compelled to ask questions, or even care about needing an answer. Just being in the proximity of the Master and basking in his energy field was enough.
Mohanji led participants through Satsang, yoga and breathing processes which detoxifies on the cellular level and increases the vibratory plane. He spoke about leading and living by example, and to let our lives become the message instead of confining the spiritual experience to the few minutes or hours spent in meditation, chanting or yoga. We can practice the ‘Be Here Now’ way of living. Be 100% with actions and words. Move from moment to moment without trace of past moods. When problems arise, we can acknowledge but not dwell on them or analyzing which can create emotions. This way we can remain untouched. We reach the oneness state of awareness through experiencing yet transcending duality. When the samskaras (imprints on the mind due to deeds from previous births) are completely cleansed, there is no karma anymore and one moves to a state called ritambhara. Now no more imprints are formed and moving on further, the state of nirbeeja samadhi is attained.
The pace picked up again soon after and everyone trooped off to a lovely vegetarian dinner in the huge dining hall. There was a short satsang again in the evening since there was going to be a yoga session early next morning. Yoga was led by Devi Mohan whose attentive eye and skill guided participants through a most satisfying session, energizing and setting the pace for the day. Fast-moving it certainly turned out to be, with no room for dawdling or inertia. Participants connected with each other over meals and in between over tea, enjoying the company of the little children who had accompanied their parents to the retreat.
Satsangs were lively with plenty of laughter and humor. Regarding the effect of the breathing exercises, someone mentioned that he felt that not much oxygen was needed in the calm state thereafter. Mohanji attributed it to the mind being with vertical alignment. Another mentioned that the sounds like the wind blowing outside or people coughing, did not bother her like it did at other times, such was the stillness experienced. Yet another person said they just felt like laughing out loud for no reason – joy without cause and a taste of freedom.
Participants listened to a recording of the Shiva Kavacham in Mohanji’s voice, a most powerful and stirring rendering, that is like a protective amulet to those hearing with attention and devotion. Devi conducted the Power of Purity meditation, eagerly awaited by everyone. This is like an internal bath and Devi moved through the meditators, working on them through her touch. Some experienced warmth along their spines and vibrations in sahasrara.
The last day also began with energizing yoga. The group went for a photo session in the meadow by the pond. It was sunny and warm, amazing considering that there had been a raging storm the previous night with howling winds. The children skipped along, picking flowers. The Conscious Walk followed, a powerful dynamic meditation technique. We were instructed to be conscious of each step we took, as if kissing the ground. Being conscious of each step and the way we were taught to align our eyes was a reminder to be rooted in the present always, aligned with spine, and unconcerned with worries about the destination. Frequent practice of this technique preserves energy and the mindfulness and increase in awareness spill into daily life, greatly enhancing life experience for us.
Towards the close of the retreat came the shaktipat, the sacred touch on the forehead and the most anticipated experience of the retreat. It is a most precious gift from the Master receiving which one may experience huge shifts in consciousness and transformation in months to come. How much one receives depends on our emptiness and surrender: the emptier the cup, the more the Master is able to fill.
People left the retreat lighter and happier, more in touch with themselves and grateful for all the divine blessings.
It is important to remember that Mohanji is not bound by the physical body, and physical proximity is not a necessity in order to be connected to his consciousness. He loves unconditionally, accepting you as you are, never giving up on you.
Comments from Participants:
Kim Lindquist – “While we sat in the room listening to Mohanji speak, it seemed as if a fog had come over in the room everywhere except around an aura outlining him – the fog kind of closing in around him. She said that it was a reminder that things were really quite different than she imagined. A lot of heat and warmth felt around the spine. My first meeting with the family of people I met in Virginia for the Mohanji weekend was perfect. Even though I had already felt Mohanji’s power after finding him through the internet, it all felt so ordinary to meet him and be in his presence at the Yogaville retreat. After Mohanji led some exercises to unify the group I felt connected. Many of the people suddenly seemed very familiar to me. When I looked into their eyes it was like looking into my own eyes. Without knowing about anyone’s personal life, I suddenly felt I had known some for a very long time. I’ll keep this short, but want to tell what happened on the way home from Virginia. My husband and I started driving toward Washington DC and got hungry. We stopped at what happened to be a smoke house. We are not vegetarian, so we ordered meat…but neither one of us could take more than the smallest taste. We sent it back and the staff insisted on letting us taste another meat dish. We could not eat it! We ended up having salads…and thinking that Mohanji must be traveling with us. Next on the adventure was our hotel. We walked up to the desk at Embassy Suites and the man behind the counter immediately said, “Is it okay if we upgrade you to a deluxe suite?” We agreed! It was nice to have the two rooms to stretch out. Again, we suspected Mohanji. But perhaps the best surprise was the treatment we got at Dulles airport. When we walked toward the security gates we saw several long lines. However, after Carl and I showed our tickets and ID cards to the attendant we were told to go to the TSA Precheck line. We walked along the roped off section and ended up at an agent who was ready for us immediately… absolutely NO WAITING! By now Carl and I were convinced that we now have a special travel companion. Thank you, Mohanji!”
Carl Lindquist – “Mohanji’s wisdom, humility and humor are welcoming, comforting and somehow very familiar. After decades of solitary searching I no longer feel quite so alone. I have accepted a spiritual teacher for the first time in my life. I love that he includes his beautiful family. While I will always have my solitary work to do I am also grateful that my wife and I now truly share something spiritual. We share our spiritual teacher; Mohanji!”
Kathy Edwards: “Mohanji expanded my World by teaching me to become Aware of my World
in the Now”.
A participant – “I had read about Mohanji and connected with his eyes in the picture. The same night I had a dream with the appearance of Shirdi Baba and traveled from another state to visit.”
Nimmy Rajkumar – “My experience was more of peace within self. I was looking for guidance and direction to make progress in my spiritual path, Mohanji’s explanation during Q & A session, helped me to clarify some of my doubts and confusion.
Morning yoga session was enjoyable adding more essence to my daily yoga.
My great experience was meditation, I would like more time spent on it, I learned some more new techniques. I am hoping to join more of Mohanji’s weekend programs. Thank you so much.”
I have been a depression patient for many years. Slowly and steadily my condition improved over the last two years and I returned to normalcy. However, since February this year, I once again began slipping into a severe depression. I stopped going to work. I stopped doing most of my household chores and completed just the minimum basic requirements of cooking for my family. Along with a feeling of severe loss of energy in the body, there was constant anxiety in my heart and I was never peaceful.
Each day, I tried my best to be active but would end up being lazy, lethargic and inactive all the time. I never felt like doing anything, including my regular puja (worship). I would just lay down silently on my bed all day, not talking to anybody or even listening to bhajans (devotional songs). During this time, I was taking my medicines regularly but the depression kept increasing each passing day.
Then one day in April, I messaged Mohanji and told Him about my situation and pleaded Him to make me normal. I had strong faith that He could bring me out of this condition because two years ago a similar situation had happened and he HAD brought me out overnight.
He looked at my message soon and replied “Tathasthu! Bless You”. I was overwhelmed because I knew the power of His words. I slept at night and the very next day when I woke up, I was fresh, healthy, peaceful and happy. There was no laziness or sleepy feeling. I stayed active throughout the day. I didn’t go to bed even once during the day. I cleaned my house, went to the store, did my puja, listened to bhajans and cooked with much happiness.
He cured me overnight with just a few words. No medicine at all. It has been several days now and yet I feel active, energetic and happy all day long. All the anxiety has stopped and I feel so blessed to be normal – something which I was struggling so hard to be.
What a blessing, what a miracle, totally unbelievable and beyond human comprehension. I can never thank Gurudev enough for His Grace upon me and my family. We are so fortunate to be in His sharan (divine protection).
Jai Ho Gurudev, I love You a lot. You are always with me.