Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 163 & 164

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 163 – We are all here on a tourist visa

Today I share one of my favourite lessons or reminders, which I often hear Mohanji share in many of his Satsangs and talks. It’s always a humbling reminder of a clear truth in our lives. He always shares that we were born into this world, we will live for a period of time, and then we leave. In that sense, we’re all here on a tourist visa and cannot take anything with us when we depart.

Over time, this simple yet profound truth has kept me grounded; helped me to reflect on how to best use my time and what I bring into the world. Our real value in life is what we can express and give to this world rather than what we acquire. I think this is becoming even more real for people, as COVID has isolated us; it’s taken away many of the outward enjoyments we used to have, and even people with money are restricted in what they can do.

When I look at Mohanji, I see that he truly lives his message; his needs are minimal. He has regular food during the day, a place to stay, and clothes. Maybe he has the occasional desire for a vada pav (Indian potato burger) or something like that, but overall, he treads very lightly on the earth. His thought process is always, “What more can I do?” It’s an inspiration.

He is also setting trends that accent this message. Mohanji legislated a law in Switzerland whereby on his dropping the body, his assets would go to the extended family – all the people who have dedicated themselves to the platforms with the understanding that it will be carried forth to benefit the generations to come.

I think that’s amazing, and as far as I know, no one has ever done this; it has set the trend, indeed!

Day 164 – A moment in history – First Satsang on our own land 

Yesterday was an extraordinary day here in Slovenia, as we held the first-ever Satsang with Mohanji on our land, a significant milestone.

For many years, Mohanji has been travelling to various locations worldwide. His schedule was/is incredibly busy; one country to the next, one satsang to the next, venue to venue, change to change. This is an important milestone because it marks that we can begin doing things in our own spaces. It’s something significant and happened organically too, which has its beauty. 

The Croatian volunteer team had asked for some time with Mohanji as he was in the Balkans. We’d been trying to arrange this for many weeks, but because of Slovenia’s lockdown, we had a quarantine period and the changing restrictions to deal with. We had to take PCR tests to cross the border and come back within a specific time; all very complicated logistical problems. Even though we confirmed the dates, we couldn’t find a venue because organizations and people were wary of being subject to inspection.

We then decided, “Okay, why not just have it on the land?” It turned out to be the perfect first Satsang despite the heavy rains on the days preceding the Satsang. I was down on the site and was to be in Wellies because it was so muddy. Instead, the day was sunny and warm, with a soothing breeze blowing around the top of the hill. One could look down across the meadows and see the trees coming through with the spring blooms. We’d arranged for everybody to meet on the land. Jelena had done a great job with one of the local ladies here, Kristina (who gave ample time and energy to this project); they’d prepared a delicious vegan lunch.

One by one, the Croatian team arrived in various cars, and it was lovely to see some new faces and ones known from before. I’ve shared before that the land itself is something special. Nature there is incredibly peaceful, and it has great energy. There was a lot of joy and happiness as people came together, met each other for the first time in a long time and as we toured the land.

Jelena shared the vision for the space with everybody. We took them past the forest where all the rishis and the munis are going to be, the places for meditation in the woods, little stands or platforms and at the bottom was a land where there’s a natural lake forming, where we’ll have some ponds, fishes, some reeds, some lilies, some lotus flowers. There’ll be decking around the pond where people can also sit – with maybe a little coffee house or something where people can take some refreshments, then spaces where Sai Baba and Dattatreya will be sitting on the land. Mohanji had confirmed with another who’s been there, a scientist, that there’s a major arable landline running through that land and two significant energy points. Sai Baba will be on one and Dattatreya on another.

Then there was the steep walk back up the hill to work off the lunch and settle down for Mohanji’s arrival. There were no chairs, so everyone brought blankets and yoga mats, and we sat down on the grass. We found a nice spot where Mohanji could be seated slightly elevated. As Mohanji arrived, there was much joy and happiness, and after all the greetings, he sat down to start the Satsang.

Even though we had no chairs, facilities, or toilets, we improvised with blankets/mats and made it happen. We wanted something to happen there on the land. It was a very intimate and close Satsang with just a few people. Mohanji shared how this day was special, a real historical moment, the first ever program on the land. Rather than a usual large inauguration where you’d have many people, this spontaneous coming together had more beauty and charm.

He pointed to us that people will never believe it started like this in the future because many people will come, and that site will be ready by that time.

Mohanji spoke on many topics. He answered various questions from the people there, which were insightful. Something which also shared was about the near future and the coming times. Since I’ve been living and working closely with Mohanji, I’ve noticed that sometimes in a Satsang, themes emerge; he starts to share a topic that is important for people to hear. He reiterates this so that more people can listen to it. 

Yesterday, he spoke about 

a) potential disruption of food supplies and how we can become self-sufficient with our vertical growing

b) the importance of coming together as a community, having common spaces where people can support each other and look after each other, which I think this space will also become.

Once the Satsang ended, people began to prepare for Mohanji to leave; there was a lot of photo taking. Then he spontaneously gave everyone shaktipat; I think someone must have asked for it. One by one, people lined up, I was on camera duty, and it was beautiful to see a real shift in energy. One by one after each person came and then went to sit on the land to meditate. It was nice to witness people in meditation, peace and calm in our own space. 

There was a tangible feeling of peace – with a lovely view overlooking the field – the spring blossoms of wildflowers, the trees emerging green, birds chirping, and branches rustling in the gentle breeze of spring. It left a deep feeling that this was the beginning of something special. 

To close the day, Jelena took to the stage, giving a beautiful rendition of the WCA anthem, ‘Reimagine’. What a fitting end! REIMAGINE! A world of beauty and harmony. A world of love where kindness lives and compassion thrives. 

It’s happening.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 25th September 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 161 & 162

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 161 – Refocus and Refresh our Destination

The past few days here in Slovenia have been very busy and also exciting. Yesterday, I was traveling to look at materials for the land. We’re setting up the boundaries around the space that we have. We were searching for good wood, which we can use to create fencing. Right now, we’re repairing the space. It has also been really lovely to meet local people who are connected to the activities here via Devi and the meditations that are taking place. They’re all really enthusiastic about the project, very friendly and helpful. It’s a real blessing to have their support.

Something that we were talking about at this time, because of COVID, was the need to adapt and refocus according to the changing situations. Some of these guys with whom we are now working also have their projects, but because of COVID, it’s extremely unpredictable, but they’ve also enjoyed Mohanji’s message, which is: What we can do today, we should do today, because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so take steps. This is generally aligned with the main theme of this year about flexibility, which is what he said everybody can benefit from in these times.

The other day when I was speaking with Mohanji, about some of the activities, he mentioned that at times in life, in big situations and small situations, there comes a need to refocus and refresh our own destination. We may have had a clear destination set out to begin with, but as we move towards it, sometimes we will encounter detours, distractions, diversions, or situations and environments will change. That need to refocus and refresh the destination is very important.

The good thing about being with Mohanji is that he always provides clarity and he always has a clear focus, which minimizes the detours, wherever possible. Now I’m really following and embracing this, but from time to time, I also look at my individual activities within the office as well and arrange myself so that I can bring focus back to them, as many of them are happening in parallel. I’m finding that it’s always good to be able to reassess and refresh the destination based on the situation now. This includes my own personal goals. If I look back at my life, there were probably some key moments where I had extreme clarity and focus, but then for some reason, whatever it was, over time, I took many detours and diversions.

One of the most clear times for me was upon leaving university. I had a very clear picture of what I wanted to be doing work-wise, what I thought I could do, but at that time, I also really wanted to be doing something that contributed positively towards the world, but through lifestyle, time, situations, and events, I took many detours and distractions from that aspect – doing something for the world. That part of my dream lost focus somewhat. Now with the work in the platforms, I’ve been able to refresh that destination and Mohanji has definitely helped bring more focus and clarity to the contributions that I can make.

Day 162 – Slovenia land visit (Mohanji Peace Centre)

Yesterday, I visited the land in Slovenia with Mohanji. This is a location for the Mohanji Peace Center, which will become one of the centers of benevolence, which will come up all across the world. I’ve shared before that the vision for these is very distinct. They will be real messages to the world for all that we stand for – living in harmony with nature. There’ll be a place where all the practices will be available, there’ll be halls, places to stay, there’ll be the forest with all the rishis and munis, there will be places for meditation, and we’ll have the lake for all the beings of the water. Here, on this land, we should even be able to build a cave into the ground where there’ll be an idol of Babaji, and people can sit in there and practice Kriya. It’ll generally just be a beautiful space for peace and coming together.

A few days back, we had the surveyor come to the land, to establish the exact boundaries of the site. This is so that we know exactly where we are before we begin fencing the land. We had come to check this after they’d done the work, and I also believe that Mohanji wanted to come here to energize the land. I’ve been with him in India before when we went to Ganeshpuri, and he did that then too, he walked on the land. At that time, it resulted in his foot swelling up as if he cleared something from the land that had come to his foot. As we set off from the apartment, there were heavy, grey skies and soon enough, as we began to get closer to the land, there was a downpour of rain; it was actually so bad that it was difficult to see the road with the windscreen wipers going, it was that heavy. The rain eased somewhat as we reached the site, and surprisingly, or not surprisingly, when he stepped out of the car onto the land, the clouds began to clear and the sun broke through and quickly cleared into very warm, bright sunshine.

First, we stood on the edge of the land at the hilltop and I pointed out where we’d marked out the new border, took in the ambiance, looking out to the site from the top, and just had a moment just to see how this year’s new green or new growth was coming through onto the trees. Mohanji has been meticulous with the activities of the land. I think many would be surprised by the level of detail that he keeps track of. He supervises closely, and those exact boundaries were an important topic for a few weeks, so as to avoid any complications in the future.

We walked around the top of the site, past the old buildings and also where we installed one of the bird feeders. We also checked one of the buildings there that has potential for renovation. As we walked, he asked me, “Did you notice a change in the weather?” I had, and I smiled to myself because there’d been a complete change from dark rain clouds to clear skies and bright sun. I’ve experienced it sometimes before when the weather surprisingly changed in his presence, although Mohanji obviously didn’t outwardly say anything.

For me, it’s exciting to be there, because as there’s movement happening, all these activities are coming together. It means that we’re not far away from having a physical space where programs can be hosted and events can be had. It’s a space that can be open all year for people to come, with beautiful peaceful surroundings, and obviously, Mohanji will be there too.

On the way back there was another example of how he takes a close, detailed account of things that you wouldn’t even think of. He asked me if I knew the distance from the center of the land, the land itself, to the house. I didn’t, so I said, “I’m not sure.” He said, “Okay, well let’s go back, we’ll drive back and we’ll check. I’d like to know.” I drove back and we reset the distance clock on the car. I was surprised that he was checking each bit of detail. How far we were to the edge of the land, the nearest house, how close we were to the main road, then to the village and the home. It’s really quite amazing, the level of detail that he takes into account.

So, soon, we’re hoping this year to have something ready where we can begin hosting the first programs.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 18th September 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 159 & 160

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 159 – Beware of ‘Quick Fix’ Spirituality 

The other day I spoke to Mohanji, and our conversation focused on the progress of the activities happening here in Slovenia. As we talked, the conversation started to touch on the path Mohanji is laying out for everybody, a Dharmic path of righteousness, which he is bringing to the world. He said that following the path of Dharma is precarious because you have to stay within the rules of Dharma for all activities, whereas if you are with adharma (unrighteousness), there are no rules; you can do whatever you like. The dharmic principles are included in what Mohanji delivers through his transformational practices and methods, such as Mai-Tri and MTM (Mohanji Transformation Method); they always include the statement, “As karmically correct or allowed,” so karma is never interfered with.

He shared when we were speaking that this isn’t always the case for other people who are seemingly delivering practices and transformation or offering quick-fix solutions or a path to spirituality. In healing, for example, he shared that many people apparently can heal – they can cure a disease, take some ailment away, or do something for somebody, but people might not see how they’re doing that. Healing needs to be fully understood because someone may be able to give somebody quick relief from pain or an illness, but if it was karmically necessary for it to happen, it still needs to happen. What that means is that somebody could potentially have temporary relief, but you don’t know the cost because karma can’t be easily moved.

This could potentially come back and come back with interest; the person who they’ve gone to could just shift it to another time, maybe another lifetime, so it’s temporarily gone but comes back with more. The person or the practitioner can be seen in high light, but actually, they’ve not done much. In fact, they could have potentially created something worse. He shared the story of a young lady who was very interested in kundalini activation happening quickly. She paid a tantric practitioner something like 500,000 INR to activate this. 

Mohanji has shared that Kundalini will naturally rise once all the blockages have been removed. Once all the existing karmic blockages have been taken out of the system, it progresses naturally, which is what he explains well during Kriya and the training, which everybody does as part of Kriya. If there are blockages and yet people jumpstart Kundalini, then it can deviate. It can either go to the Sun (Pingala) – create some madness, or to the Moon (Ida) – create depression. 

This is what happened to this lady; she had gone into a kind of madness. When she came to Mohanji, he asked her to go back to the same tantric practitioner and ask him to put it straight. She did that, paid again, and did the Pooja- the necessary ritual, but still, she was the same. Finally, the practitioner admitted that he didn’t know how to change it; he didn’t know how to take it back.

This is why, in Mohanji’s initiation, protection is created so that when Kundalini does rise, there’s no deviation; it’s safe. Then through the practices that we have of karma yoga (service), everything is being reduced and done in a stable way. It may not be a quick fix like what others might offer. It takes time, but then there are no quick fixes in spirituality. People going for them must be wary of the cost because sometimes people may not even know its repercussions.

Day 160 – Catching the Dimensions of Mohanji

I’d shared a message a few days back about the mosaic of Mohanji, his various dimensions and that the more time I spend with him, the less I understand. I also shared some words from a great saint who said that people wouldn’t fully understand Mohanji whilst he is alive, but those with him will be remembered long after that.

Recently, Soma ji, the Ammucare Team President, shared an incredible story, which gave me a clear insight into something much grander and incomprehensible than what my eyes can see about Mohanji, who’s in front of me. It was an incredible incident at the recent food serving for the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, India. For those who might not know, Kumbh Mela is a colossal event where all great saints, sages and sadhus gather to take a dip in the river. It’s a very auspicious time of the year for this activity, and it holds a lot of spiritual significance in the Hindu calendar. Most years, Mohanji takes people there, I also joined one year in Prayagraj, and it was incredible.

I was there when Mohanji decided we needed to arrange food for the event. It came to him, and he wanted to ensure that people were fed there because many great saints and sadhus would be attending. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to serve there. It was difficult due to COVID, and the team was very cautious. They didn’t know how to do the Seva considering the many logistical difficulties, but Mohanji was determined. Despite these concerns, Mohanji didn’t take no for an answer, so the usual ‘Get it done’ order came. When he says this, it also comes with the empowerment to make it happen.

I was sitting with Mohanji the other day, he was in the room, and I was busy doing some work when he called me over to his chair and said, “Take a look at this. Read this message”. It was a message from Soma Ji. It was a fascinating experience shared by the people serving food at Haridwar. I’ll share the link to the full story because it’s extensive, and I won’t be able to do full justice as I speak now, but I’ll share it in summary.

The team in Haridwar had arranged for food to be delivered on that day. They had put all the food together, collected it, and arranged an auto rickshaw as they wanted to reach the ghats (steps leading into the water where people go to bathe) just before evening so that they could feed the sadhus dinner. As the team drove along the road, maybe a few kilometres from where they wanted to go, a Naga Baba appeared from the forest. (If you’ve ever seen pictures, these are the saints who are mainly naked with long matted hair, big beard, ash smeared all over them from head to toe, quite a sight.)

 He shouted at the driver, “Where are you taking our food?” This would be a terrifying sight for me to see this Naga Baba appearing from the jungle, calling out and commanding. The team continued to drive, but the auto rickshaw just stopped. It completely stopped dead; it wouldn’t move as if it had completely broken down.

The Naga Baba shouted again, “Where are you taking our food? This food is for us!” The team said, “Okay, Let’s give them the food; we’re going to be feeding people anyway.” They followed the Naga Baba through the forest, and I think it was quite a long walk – through the darkness, through all the trees and plants and everything; they didn’t know where they were going. Soon they came to a clearing, and as it opened, more than eleven Naga Sadhus were sitting in a circle, waiting for the food. The team brought the food and began to serve. One Naga Baba said, “We know who sent this food. He’s very far away, but we know the one.” 

They later said, “He is an Avadhoota; you’ll never understand him. He is beyond your comprehension and understanding. You do not know his grandeur.” After the team finished serving the food and gave their prostrations, they returned to their auto rickshaw, which automatically started working again.

I was reading this message (it was a text message) and looked up at Mohanji, smiling away. These incidents are always an opportunity for me to catch a tiny glimpse of something much bigger than my eyes can see. The only thing I can do in those situations is laugh because it sometimes brings relief when I’m focused on trivial matters and dealing with too much seriousness. Mohanji sits there in his chair, organizing these types of things.

Now I’ve even asked, “How is this possible?”

I feel I am handling something major, and here Mohanji, from his chair, is ensuring that he’s even feeding people in this forest in Haridwar. Now I could see why he was insistent that food should be served this year at the Kumbh Mela.

 For me, these are some of the real insights which give a glimpse into who Mohanji is. I can’t say that I can understand them; as the saints said, we may never fully understand. These small insights are a little window into something much more profound and bigger than I see on the surface. I think it’s only through these experiences that revelations come about what Mohanji is doing and his stature because he never says anything himself. He’s always very humble and will never outwardly say that these things are being done, and I’ve seen that in many cases now.

Thinking back on some other experiences that I’ve read about or stories that I read from blogs, it’s almost as if you can thread together beads of moments when something has been shown. Nothing is outwardly told, but if you catch it, it’s almost like you can slowly put together a bigger picture of a dimension of Mohanji – for example, Ganeshananda Giri, who’s a great master that walked with Sai Baba, completely revered Mohanji. When he met Mohanji, Sai Baba told him that because of Mohanji’s past, he needed to be in suitable accommodation, so he arranged a five-star hotel for him. He’d never been into a five-star hotel himself. Mohanji didn’t need this, he would be happy sleeping on the floor somewhere, but Baba had told them to arrange this, which gives a flavour.

There was Vittal Babaji, a great Dattatreya pontiff who gave him the title Raja Yogi within five minutes of meeting Mohanji. He asked Mohanji to sit with him next to him on stage, which is unprecedented for a pontiff of that stature because there’s strict protocol. Mohanji has no protocols, but a lot of people in these traditions do. If you’re the pontiff, then you’re at the front; nobody sits beside you. People will sit behind, just like the Pope sits at the front others sit behind, but Mohanji was asked to sit next to Vittal Babaji.

 It’s showing something, a clear message for me; these are precious opportunities and confirmations of something impossible to comprehend with the usual two forward-facing eyes.

 Here is the link to the full story – https://mohanjichronicles.wordpress.com/2021/04/20/miracle-at-kumbh-mela-2021/

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 11th September 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 151 & 152

Day 151 – Taking steps when we can

We are in Slovenia at the moment, taking steps to complete activities on the land we have here, which will be one of the spaces for the Center of Benevolence. Whilst here, we’re doing all we can despite the changing and unpredictable situation with COVID, lockdown restrictions and things changing daily.

Since arriving, I’ve been getting more involved in helping where I can with the activities here. Yesterday, I met a person who had come to help us during the fruit tree plantation drive. He brought the tools and some of the materials and showed us how to plant the trees – a nice bloke. He has his own land here and his center. We talked as he showed me around, and later, we had tea. Our talk was generally about what we’re doing here, our idea for the space, and the center we will be building.

He asked, “How are you managing to do things? What would be your approach?” He had ideas and plans, but COVID had halted them. He said, “How are you doing this when everything is uncertain?” This is where I was able to share one of the lessons I’ve learned from Mohanji and how Mohanji is practically moving all of the activities forward across all platforms.

It’s very practical; simply doing what we can today. Whatever possible we can do, we do without delay. COVID has created a level of uncertainty such that we don’t know what’s coming tomorrow. I shared that we are now not looking at months or years to come; as situations are changing quickly, one is looking at days. What can we do in the coming days – with the resources that we’ve got, with the time that we’ve got, so that at least we’re taking steps forward, even if they’re very, very small steps, something’s happening. It’s progress, and over time it amounts to something much bigger. Plus, it gives us momentum, focus and inspiration, as we can see things are progressing.

As I spoke and shared this, it clicked for him; he lit up and said, “Of course, so simple.” This inspired him. He said many people were simply waiting to see what would happen with the situation and waiting. But, doing what you can today was an excellent way to build momentum. The best step is to do something today. As I mentioned, this itself brings inspiration. Whilst there are many major activities here to progress, for example, the planning for the major constructions, there are some things which we can do on the ground, which we’re planning and we will be doing.

What I shared was an inspiring message for him – to recognize that there’s always something we can do each day within our capacity. Pre-planning, checking everything that needs to be done the day before, even if that includes spending time with family and friends or sleeping – accounting for all so that when the day comes, we’re doing everything we can.

Have a good day!

Day 152 – The tough situations – ‘Knots of life.’ 

Mohanji records a morning message each day for the 4 am Club, which goes to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. It’s in Malayalam, so sometimes it’s not the easiest to follow, although you can often catch the gist because many English words are placed in sentences, so you can get a rough feel of the subject.

Each day, the topic changes; the topic is given in the morning, and then Mohanji speaks on that topic. The other day, he gave some practical advice, which sounded really good. We asked him what the topic was, and it was on the knots of life. These are the situations which aren’t simple to overcome. They’re persistent, long-lasting, or simply challenging to work with. These situations may be complex in their makeup; maybe there are some relationships or it’s tough, requires some time to handle, or people don’t have the skills or experience to handle them.

As always, I found Mohanji’s approach very practical, and they are as follows:

1) Meet every situation afresh – Every situation is new; there’s a new time, new space, a new configuration of all the events which have come together. That means that what may have worked for us in the past may not work now. It needs a new recipe.

2) Acceptance – acceptance of the situation as it is without distortion, fully accepting it.

3) Consideration – Give proper consideration to all the eventualities, all the possibilities, all the permutations so that we fully understand what we’re handling.

4) Flexibility – Both external and internal flexibility. This aligns well with the message I shared previously from Mohanji’s teachings: “Don’t try to tackle situations but rather tackle yourself.” I recorded this a few days back about responding to situations and the flexibility of our external options. 

5) Think fresh – This can also mean consulting with people who know more about the subject than we do, making use of contacts, seeking experts in their field and sometimes putting aside our pride or ego to handle the situation ourselves and look for others who can really help give guidance because the aim is to get things moving forward. 

6) Patience – This is the interesting one for me to add to the mix – sometimes you simply have to wait. We may have only been able to do what we can at the time, but we still have to wait patiently because something can’t move or simply because of the nature of the situation. There’s nothing more to be done at that time.

Mohanji said that when there’s very cold weather, there are many things that we can’t do. So it’s best to wait for the time when there’s something better, then we can approach it again.

Today was on handling the knots of life: meeting every situation fresh, accepting situations as they are, giving proper consideration for all eventualities, flexibility for both our external and internal states and the options, thinking fresh, consulting with others and then sometimes simply having patience.

Have a great day ahead!

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 14th August 2022

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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.

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 149 & 150

Christopher Greenwood

Day 149 – Experiences increase Faith

I started this morning with a quote from Mohanji: “Faith is the antidote for fear”. Whenever we have fear, we can understand that faith is lacking.

Faith is the antidote for fear.

Mohanji

This is a quote from Mohanji that I use as one of my personal barometers, or checks, or tests for all the work that I do and my interactions with people. The absence of fear, or recognizing that there is no fear, is a display not only of that faith but also of the awareness that whatever is happening, whatever is taking place, there is no need to have fear because fear always creates blockages.

I’ve learned that faith is something that needs to be built up over time. I was a very sceptical and analytical person. I always wanted to have the answers and to understand how and why. I was never a person to blindly believe in something. Now, brick by brick, as on a wall, all the experiences that I’ve had with Mohanji have built up my faith in him and my faith in myself.

I’ve shared many of these experiences in the recordings, and many of them have simply been impossible for me to understand with the level of awareness that I have. For example, the changes I’ve seen in Mohanji’s body shape or witnessing confirmation that he has been with other people while sitting there with me and speaking to me. I can’t explain this; it’s not possible, so the only thing I can do is: accept it and have faith. I see the effects, and that brushes aside any real questions that I have, the questions of “why?” and “how?”, which I’m happy about because it was actually a waste of time and energy. It’s much easier to just get on with work now.

There’s a change that comes with having a real, rooted faith, something that I can consider established on a level. I wouldn’t ever say that anything is complete or final, but at least I’ve reached a point I feel where I can firmly say, “Okay, this is where I stand.” I’m learning that this is built up over time.

The recent example of the incident at Frankfurt and the humane airports campaign is giving me an opportunity to reflect on me now versus me some years ago. I can recognize this change because I’m not sure I would have approached the situation with the same attitude of, “Let’s just get this done. This needs to happen”. The major difference is that I have developed faith; faith in that which is speaking for a good cause and needs to happen, that injustice has to be spoken about. I know that I can only do what I can, and that’s good enough, even if people don’t agree or criticize.

Finally, most importantly, faith in Mohanji is the complete backing to this. It’s his energy that’s empowering this. I already see doors open more easily. The right people are coming together to give their skills and the right inputs. It’s incredibly humbling to be a part of this and have the opportunity to take it forward. Deeply recognizing, as he has said many times before, “If you take one step, I take 100 for you. The tradition takes steps for you”. I can see that happening. It’s moving, and I’m simply the instrument to help this happen. I know from my previous experience that there’s no room for fears, doubts and anxieties because they really do block progress. I mentioned in the quote earlier that whenever we have fear, there’s a lack of faith.

Reflecting on this, I can now say that I’m incredibly thankful to Mohanji for the opportunity to spend time with him, practice his teachings as best as I can and for what he shares with us all. This has really brought some transformation in life. He said before that you would never really know what has changed in his presence until you look back and see where you came from. That’s when you can see the difference, and that’s what I’ve been experiencing now, especially with respect to the quote I’ve shared today.

Now, for me, faith is knowing that someone completely has my back in all this, in what I’m doing, and especially so with the campaign for humane airports; it is something that is good for the world, and something that needs to be done, so what’s there to fear?

I would only emphasize that whenever there’s a feeling of fear or anxiety, it’s always our own personal experiences with Mohanji that can remind us of who is there with us and what they’re doing.

Have a great day ahead.

Day 150 – The trap called ‘Ownership’

A few weeks back, we had a global volunteers’ meeting, which was a really great opportunity to listen to all the volunteers who are working across various Mohanji platforms. They were sharing their activities and plans. We also had some really good experience-sharing from some of the longer-term volunteers, such as Hanumatananda, who has been with Mohanji in the foundation for over ten years.

Mohanji himself also gave a great talk, and one of the topics he spoke about was the traps that can emerge when we are on the path of volunteering. He mentioned that the number one trap is ownership – ownership of our actions.

This is something that I’ve learned over time. I’ve learned to make sure that ownership of work is kept in check because it can be really detrimental. After taking a cue from Mohanji and watching how he is with all his activities, I started to make changes in my own working pattern. I know from experience that it can be very easy to begin to develop ownership of tasks and initiatives, especially when we’ve been entrusted with serious responsibilities. I like to do my best; this means that, in the past, I would become very attached to that initiative, having my own view of how something should be done, rather than simply focusing on giving what I can to the activity.

I found it was very subtle because when I started, it was simply about giving my time: whatever I can give, I will give, and that’s what I’d be happy with. But as soon as I had something new to start, I developed an attachment to it. What I found is that once ownership started to creep in, I began to compare much more. This was a slippery slope because I’d compare myself with others, how they were doing their tasks and what they were doing. This not only affected my self-esteem, but I began to form opinions of others, which I had never done before, didn’t need to do, and sometimes I even developed prejudices. Then the work became much heavier, and control started to creep in, which is the complete opposite of what Mohanji is teaching. The irony and the beautiful drama at play was that I was taking steps and volunteering so that I could move towards liberation but actually ended up creating more bindings, which really is a comedy.

So, this is the trap of ownership in volunteering, and taking my cue from Mohanji, I began to correct this. I brought much more surrender into my work and began to live his example. I simply looked at delivering the best I could with what had been entrusted to me. Let me do my best. More than anything, simply let the actions speak for themselves.

Letting go of this ownership or control brought much more lightness to the work. That doesn’t mean I’ve completely let go of responsibilities. Obviously, I have to keep some element of steadiness and direction in what I’m doing, but it means that there’s much less heaviness. It’s more joyful each day.

“Okay, what can I do today to the best of my ability?” This is what I’ve done, and I’ve simply let whatever I’ve done speak for itself. The best example of this attitude of having no ownership is Mohanji himself. When I look at everything – all of the platforms, all the meditations that exist, all the careers, all the practices – he has given it completely free, and once it has been delivered, it’s handed over to somebody else to take forward. Rarely does he interfere; he simply delivers, and he keeps on delivering. Many more initiatives and ideas are coming forward, but at no point in time is he concerned about having control over them, nor does he have ownership.

Mohanji also asked a rhetorical question in the meeting, which was: “What do we actually have control of in our life?”. He said, “We can’t even control the heartbeat, circulation or digestion, so there’s nothing called control really.” He concluded by saying that, with our work, there’s no need to prove anything. We simply focus on delivering what we can, and the actions will speak for themselves, which I think is always a good reminder.

Hope you have a great day ahead.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 7th August 2022

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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.

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Skanda Vale and London – Part 1

June 20, 2022

by Linda Abrol, Netherlands

‘We booked tickets to Skanda Vale and got a room even though everything was said to be full!’ Sita is clearly touched when she shares the good news with me. For it was in Skanda Vale that she married Nico, during the time when Swami Subramanian was alive, more than 45 years ago. It was the most beautiful time of their lives. They preferred to live there permanently. 

I had not made a decision to go to the UK until then because the excitement of Mohanji’s stay in the Netherlands (early June 2022) a week prior to this call was still tangible in my cells, and I was integrating all experiences. But there were only a few days left, and I really had to decide now before everything was full and sold out. Still, I was relaxed because if Mohanji wanted me to come, it would work out anyway. 

Skanda Vale had a certain attraction for me. Why? I did not know. I had never even seen a picture of the ashram or Guru Subramanian, the inspirator and initiator. But the sound in Sita’s voice when she told of her desire to visit Skanda Vale again and the prospect of a week in divine and natural surroundings sounded very attractive to me. It felt special and familiar at the same time. And when I heard that they would most probably be on the same plane as Mohanji, who would also go to Skanda Vale, I was convinced. 

For over thirty years, with countless blessings from my beloved Masters, it had never happened that I had been on a plane with my Guru. Only a few small problems to tackle:

  • A plane that was full.
  • No place to sleep.
  • A ticket sale that could come to a close at any moment. 

I decided to call Selma – who was very familiar with Skanda Vale – to ask if she would know of a place to sleep somewhere near the ashram since there were no more available rooms in the ashram. Selma liked the prospect of us coming so much that she immediately offered that she and Peter would sleep in the camper and I could sleep in Peter’s room. She had even spoken to him about the possibility beforehand! 

‘And you should book the June 24 event soon because Vijay is about to close ticket sales as we speak this afternoon. He’s just waiting for you! I will then bring you a comforter, pillowcase, towels, thick woollen cardigan, and anything else you might need. It’s a very small wooden shack with no bathroom or toilet, though. Do you mind?’ No, of course not! I had no expectations, so everything was a bonus. 

How could it be that she had already talked to Peter about the possibility of my coming, and how could it be that Vijay was waiting for my ticket request? And how could it be that Selma and Peter were willing to squeeze themselves into a camper with three children to grant me a room at the ashram and that she was also willing to arrange bedding, towels and clothing for me? If this wasn’t a higher plan?

The cold was a bit worrisome because just two weeks before, I had received the diagnosis ‘cold agglutination’ from the haematologist, a fairly rare condition that belongs to the autoimmune varieties. The blood attacks itself when it gets cold. It will then start to clot, and red blood cells get destroyed. But with all the help Selma so spontaneously offered, it could only work out well, right? It was too surprising for words. 

Within the record time of half an hour, I had a room, a ticket for the event at the end of the week in London, about the last plane ticket to Manchester, and an extra night’s accommodation on the night before the event. And someone was showing so much care for even the smallest details of my comfort! Being able to book such a complicated trip so quickly and surprisingly felt like a warm welcome and divine grace. 

My husband took us all to the airport on June 20. There were huge crowds at Schiphol Airport due to major staff shortages and long lines blocking the counters. Due to physical problems, Sita had booked airport assistance for Nico, so we sailed with the help of a friendly assistant along each row and were at the right gate in no time. 

Loes, Sita’s girlfriend, apprised us every few minutes of the whereabouts of Mohanji’s plane from Belgrade, which she followed via a sky scanner app on her phone. But their plane turned out to be delayed, and with our simple calculation, it didn’t seem possible that they were going to catch the plane to Manchester. I prayed quickly, and then Loes reported that our plane was also delayed. That would solve the problem, I thought gratefully, because once in my life, taking off with my Guru, even if only in kilometres instead of energy frequency, felt like an unexpected blessing I had never had the chance to experience before. 

One often reads in books on Sathya Sai Baba about people ending up in the skies with him, and somewhere deep inside, it must have settled in me as an unconscious wish. And my experience is that the Guru makes every wish come true even if you don’t know you have it. For years I have been trying to be without expectations towards the Guru. My way of dealing with desires was: I noticed them. If it was a good desire, I would picture the outcome, feel the happiness of it and let it go. And it has produced the most wonderful experiences. 

I even thought that my Guru Swami Gopal Baba, who passed away in 2020, had already fulfilled all my unconscious and conscious desires that a devotee can have. He was masterful at that, with divine timing and precision. 

At one point, we heard that we would probably leave at the scheduled time after all, to the relief of many and the sadness of us. Mohanji’s plane had yet to land, and to get out and arrive at the right terminal and gate on time would be a witch’s errand. Would he start running if he had to? Sita got antsy and started walking up and down the hall looking for Mohanji and the team. 

When she came back, I burst out, “Look! Behind you!” I threw everything off – including my bag with all my important papers, passport and cards that I always guarded like a guard dog when travelling – and flew up to greet Mohanji. His arms were immediately wide open, and his smile radiant. What a welcome! And they had made it! Miraculous. When I commented on it, Mohanji said, “I ran.” With which he immediately answered my unspoken question. 

He gave me a second warm hug. What had I done to deserve that? No idea. And why should I wonder? His love has no limits. Because I was so absorbed in his presence, I accidentally went through boarding with him while my section was still far from being called. On board, it felt like the entire plane was sparkling with Mohanji’s energy. 

Even though, of course, I saw nothing of him during the trip. I didn’t even want to read my brought book. Just enjoying the energy because when do you experience something like this? ‘Live like it’s your last day’ became very tangible. At Manchester airport, I lost Sita and Nico. Since they were in front of me on the plane, I assumed they were already at the baggage claim and quickly walked over. No Sita and Nico but Mohanji, who was waiting for his bags. 

Meanwhile, he was fumbling with the Wi-Fi connection, which wasn’t working, and he said it was probably because he didn’t like all that messaging but had to; otherwise others would complain that he wasn’t answering. I mentioned that I had lost Sita and Nico, and as the suitcases began to roll onto the conveyor belt, I wondered aloud which ones were theirs again. Without a moment’s thought, Mohanji looked up from his cell phone for a moment and, pointing to a burgundy suitcase, he said casually, “I think this one,” and continued searching for a Wi-Fi connection. 

To my utter surprise, when I turned the suitcase, I saw that it was indeed the one. Sita had tied a red ribbon to the handle. I smiled warmly and said, “That’s what happens when one travels with divinity.” We both laughed. Sita, who had just arrived, asked why we were laughing, and I explained to her. Mohanji simply added, “I see those things,” – so ‘matter-of-factly’ that you would think it was nothing special.

Masters at airports have something very special. Years ago, when we waved goodbye to Swami Gopal Baba at Schiphol Airport, the clasp of my backpack was tangled in my hair, and my mother tried to undo it gently. It was a hassle. Swami suddenly watched the spectacle with a laser look, and the clasp came loose. 

A seemingly useless miracle but with great meaning. It probably helped me detach from my identification with the personality, whose clues were all in the bag, such as ID, bank cards, etc. What would this suitcase miracle mean except the proof that Mohanji is hugely involved, even in the smallest details, despite knowing and leading thousands of people. A ‘superhero’, Ana Divac (Guru Leela volume 3) would say. 

At the Luton Airport, Mohanji was lovingly welcomed by Vijay, Subhasree and others. Pictures could not be taken since Tea’s suitcase with her camera equipment was missing. In the parking lot, I heard Mohanji say that we should go somewhere for lunch. Because he felt the gnawing hunger of all the people, and he could not stand it. He doesn’t think about himself. He feels what others feel and reacts.

We stopped at a Mexican restaurant after a short drive along the way. Not only flying with my Guru but also driving together (not in the same car, as we were sitting with Rahul) and eating together on the road were unconscious wishes that I thought I had let go of for a long time. Seeing those wishes fulfilled made my heart sing.

At the restaurant, we were all seated at a table. And I realised that this was the second time I ate together with Mohanji at the table. Just like a few months ago in London after the BE YOU event in April. That was enough for me to consider the whole trip a loving sequence of unexpected, beautiful moments. Were they in my stars, or had they ended up there spontaneously by ‘fresh’ Mohanji’s grace? 

Mohanji was seated opposite Vijay, the president of Mohanji Foundation UK, and showed him his hand with a beautiful ring with nine stones. An amazing story followed, which turned out to be really significant. For the world ánd for Mohanji. And a little bit for me, for it turned out to be the answer to my prayer, which I will describe later.

During an interview, Sathya Sai Baba materialized a diamond ring for Dirk van de Wijngaard (different from this ring). But Dirk was not interested in the ring. What was the value of a ring when the Divine Maker, who was infinitely more important to him, was sitting right in front of him? When he found out that the ring was incredibly valuable in terms of money, he cried all night. Not out of happiness but out of sheer pain. He didn’t want gold or diamonds. He wanted only God! 

Please read the beautiful and authentic testimonial of Biljana and Dirk about the miraculous way the diamond ring turned into a nine-stone Protection Ring that ended up on Mohanji’s finger. Dirk, in his characteristic, childlike innocence and modesty, had expressed his sincere desire to remain anonymous as the giver of the ring to Mohanji. But he had not taken into account that Mohanji had different plans. I am getting the feeling that the anonymity thing didn’t work out very well after Mohanji himself told about the divine gift to different people. Then Dirk surrendered to Mohanji’s will and shared the amazing ‘Protection-Ring story’ with the world: 

Click here to read the testimonial about the protection ring.

Let’s look at the amazing significance of this Protection-Ring-event! In Miraculous Days with Mohanji, the book of Rajesh Kamath that every devotee should read and that I am translating at the moment, I have just read: He (Tyagananda) took out a long rudraksha mala (a string of prayer beads) and put it around Mohanji’s neck. He then narrated the story of the mala and the reason for his advent. This mala was worn by his Guru’s Guru, Swami Poornananda. He said that Swami Poornananda had done hundreds of millions of chants on this very mala. Swami Poornananda attained mahasamadhi on April 6, 2000. 

Before this event, he handed over the mala to Tyagananda and said, “One day, you will meet a powerful Master. Give this mala to him.” Tyagananda asked, “How will I recognise him?” Swami Poornananda replied, “His third eye will be like a blazing sun. You won’t fail to recognise him.” When he left Hyderabad, Tyagananda had doubts about Mohanji – whether Mohanji was a real Guru and whether Mohanji was the person to receive the mala. But now that he had met Mohanji, he was convinced that he had to come here to accomplish the task of handing over the mala entrusted to him by his Guru’s Guru fourteen years ago.

Let’s just look at the similarities! A great Master (Swami Poornananda) recognised Mohanji’s divine and omnipotent nature and stature through a gift through his disciple (Tyagananda), many years after his mahasamadhi

And here we are; Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a Divine Master and avatar, left a gift for Mohanji to be given to him by a disciple who recognised him. And that too, many years after his mahasamadhi. And like Tyagananda, Dirk had strong doubts about Mohanji at first. Doubts that evaporated after meeting Mohanji in person. 

Imagine this seemingly small event’s significance for many Sai devotees! As a Sai devotee, it might have felt like a valuable reassurance from Sai on the authenticity of Mohanji’s divine stature if I hadn’t already fallen in love with Mohanji completely and wholeheartedly!

sdr

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 4th August 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 147 & 148

Day 147 – Meet Life from the Spine

I’ve shared that working with Mohanji is highly dynamic. Many activities take place simultaneously, and new activities come up all the time. There are many things to handle daily and often at the same time. A lot of different situations and scenarios arise with various people who we are interacting with daily.

 It means that I’m constantly switching from one context and the next. Sometimes situations can be extremely unpredictable; the most unlikely things will come up, and you have to handle them and move things forward. 

Mohanji shared a simple yet powerful practice with me, which I’d like to share today. The practice is useful for anybody, especially those handling many things simultaneously. He said that what you can do in those situations is to practice meeting life from your spine rather than from the front of your body. This might take a bit of time to understand, but rather than experiencing things from our frontal orientation, we can always root our awareness in our spine.

 When we experience life from our front rather than the spine, we meet life with all of our prejudices, opinions, concepts, and ego. The ego is always in front. When we meet life from the spine, we are slightly aloof; there is a slight detachment, giving space to respond accordingly. We listen more and then provide the appropriate response at the right time. It also has more power because you’ve considered what someone has said to you and assessed the situations as they are, rather than through the lens of our concepts, opinions and prejudices.

 I found that my usual reactions are reduced when I’m practising this. Rather than escaping or ignoring, that small bit of time gives a small bit of aloofness or detachment. That space means that there’s more time for listening, and when the response comes, I’ve taken into account as much as possible, and I’m usually more effective. It’s not just on the face (taking it with all the opinions and prejudices); you can see the situation as it is.

 I’ve begun to practice this. I’m still practising, and it’s genuinely helping. I’m trying to be more oriented from the spine in every conversation and situation and have awareness there.

I’ll leave that with you today. I’ll be interested to know those who practice this technique, how they find it, and if it yields any benefit.

 Have a great day ahead.

Day 148 – Motivation from within

Today I wanted to share some of my interactions and experience of being with Mohanji in relation to motivation – developing self-motivation within, rather than relying on something external. Especially with Mohanji, as he’s not the type of person who gives much external recognition to push and motivate you.

 I wanted to share an observation that came to mind yesterday. We were walking with Mohanji, Mila and Devi; we’d gone out just after lunchtime for a walk in this small town where they live in Slovenia. It was a lovely sunny day but very cold outside. We’d just had some snow a couple of days before, so there was still some coldness to the air. Devi and Mila had gone back to their apartment, and I walked with Mohanji through this small village for some time. It’s beautiful; there are sloping hills that come down; you can see vineyards and trees in the distance; it’s very quiet, and there are not many people around.

I remembered other times I’d also travelled with Mohanji when he would become really invisible at times. He could be the most inconspicuous person when he wants to be. It’s interesting for me because knowing some of who he is, and I say some because I don’t know all of the dimensions. People would pass him on the street as though he was a very ordinary person.

 This is also the same in airports; I find it amazing that he can blend in and disappear. For example, if he’s gone ahead and maybe waiting for the baggage at the baggage belt, sometimes it won’t be easy to find him. You’re trying to pick him out in the crowd, and he is inconspicuous. I think to myself; no one really knows who they are walking past in the world; you would never notice. That’s something I noticed yesterday as we walked through the town up to the mayor’s office.

 Working closely with Mohanji means self-inspiration is incredibly important because he has work to do and a vision that will be achieved. I’ve said earlier that when he needs a task done, he’ll ask once, give clarity, and the opportunity for any questions so that you can understand what he needs to happen. Then he might prompt twice, “Okay, is this done?” Then he’ll find another way to make it happen by the third time. You’ll see something happening, or someone’s doing some work, and you’ll realize, “Okay, I didn’t do this.” 

Like this, he’s also had many frank conversations with me, where he’s told me that if I don’t want to do something, no problem, but he’s going to find a way because things have to be done. He’s not there to push; he’s not there to encourage; he’s not there to coax. It is being self-reliant to find that motivation to keep moving forward. He’s also not interested in person or personality, in me as Chris; he doesn’t work that way. He respects everybody, but when it comes to work, doing what needs to be done, he doesn’t dislike or like a person or prefer someone over somebody else; it’s who is available and can take things forward.

This means that he rarely praises. This is fine because I’m happy knowing I do my best. I surrender everything that I do. “Okay, this is as much as I can do; I leave the rest at your feet.” I have that type of attitude. If someone needs to be praised, encouraged or motivated, it could be challenging for them to work closely with Mohanji.

I think the most praise he’s ever given me is probably after something I thought had been really, really good, and he simply said, “Good”. Or if in very, very, very rare cases, he might say, “Very good”, but that’s the exception. Cultivating this self-motivation, I say cultivation, can come over time; I’ve experienced this now, recognizing and knowing that the work is always contributing towards a great purpose.

I find motivation which aligns with what he’s shared and his teachings – doing your best each day without worrying about past mistakes, carrying that burden on my back of what might have gone wrong yesterday or what I didn’t do. Starting each day afresh and looking forward to the tasks, planning them well and seeing, “Okay, I have this in front of me, what’s the best that I can do with it?” then seeing that through. This has come over time and almost daily practice. It’s like a muscle that’s being developed. 

I have a different motivation, too; I’ve switched tasks slightly since we arrived in Slovenia. We’re helping out on the land, moving forward with all the tasks we can. This is motivating because I’ve often sat at a desk in front of a computer. I enjoy being on the land, hands in the soil and that type of thing.

 I hope you have a great day ahead with much motivation and we will speak soon.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 31st July 2022

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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.

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Miracles of faith

Natalija Mejandzieva, Macedonia

“When you have faith, I do miracles.”

-Mohanji

I have experienced happiness, love, gratitude, sadness, loneliness, confusion, acceptance and much more. This all happened in a very short time. I feel this was happening because of my decision to serve Mohanji.

How could I explain, and where should I start, because words are not enough. I am truly blessed to have had these experiences. When I started writing, I couldn’t stop, so I wanted to share one experience that was very meaningful for me.

“When you have faith, I can do miracles.” This sentence was ringing in my ears. I finally felt what it truly meant.

Two days before I started serving, my father had a heart attack. When he called to tell me, I felt calm and even tried to calm him down on the phone while he was breathing heavily. Then my mind got in the way, and all of these questions came up: Why am I being calm? What if he dies? What’s going to happen after that? Being an only child of divorced parents, I often had fears of losing them.

He called again and said he would be transferred to the capital city (where I am working) to have an urgent procedure. Understanding the seriousness of the situation, I felt that fear of losing him. I tried to sound calm on the phone.

I finished work and bought some things he needed in the hospital. They wouldn’t let me see him because he was in the Intensive Care department. With the grace of Mohanji, the way opened, and I got to be the exception to see my father. When I got there, they had already started with the procedure. I had to wait outside until they were done. 

Those 20 minutes I waited, I prayed to Mohanji to be with my father, guide him and take care of him. I surrendered my doubts and fears completely at his feet. I started connecting to him, felt him in my heart and found peace inside. I felt the calmness because, deeply, I knew everything would be okay. I had complete faith that all would be fine.

And everything was fine. My father was looking refreshed as he got up after rest. He then told me that the doctor said his chances of survival were 10 %. Everything happened in the right second. I wished him a happy birthday because he had started living his second life.

I felt so much love, support and gratitude. I feel like Mohanji was here all the time, holding my hand and giving me guidance and directions. I have never experienced this kind of stability. I felt like I was lying in his hands with my eyes closed, trusting him completely. I will remember this experience always. He is in my heart, and I am very grateful for everything he does for me daily.

I am grateful for the awareness and decision to share this with people. I am not so open, and I need so much time to start opening up. I feel this flowing so naturally, and I really want to share it with people. That day a few times, I thought – I want other people to experience this feeling I have.

Thank you so much for your grace and love.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 28th July 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 145 & 146

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 145 – Slovenia Centre Fruit Tree Planting

Yesterday was the first time I visited our land in Slovenia, where one of our main centres will be: a Centre of Benevolence.

We had arranged to go there with a group of volunteers to plant fruit trees as part of the fruit tree plantation drive. This is the drive I had mentioned a few messages back, under which, rather than just planting any tree, we plant fruit trees so that it gives fruits to animals, people and birds. Whilst it is a tree, and that’s obviously good, it would also keep giving fruits over time, so it’s like a continuous annadaan.

A small group of us gathered together, and we met at Devi’s apartment before heading to the land.

People had brought all the required tools, plants, snacks and drinks; it was a really nice atmosphere.

If you haven’t been to the land or seen it, it’s very picturesque. It’s located in a very small town in Slovenia, which is such a green country, with many trees and fields. The road to get there is very narrow. It is a single-track road, and it winds between farmlands, farmhouses, and fields, and goes up and down various hills through trees.

It was a beautiful sunny day, the polar opposite of today, when it’s actually snowing.

As we were driving, we were imagining what it would be like in the future with all these various buses, transporting people to and from airports, and these small towns having all these people driving through them.

As you arrive, you turn off the road onto a green patch of grass, and there are old wooden houses and farmhouses that look like they were self-built. We gathered all the tools, plants, fertilizers and compost from the car. Mohanji picked up his tools, and he led us down to the site, and it really is beautiful. You walk from where you park the cars up a small hill and then back down, and then you just have this beautiful view across all of the land at the bottom. It’s situated right on the top of a hill, quite a steep hill.

The bottom of the land is like a flat place, and the air is very clean. There are forests and trees to the left and to the right, and the point where we stood and looked down from the hill is where the Sai Baba idol will be installed. Sai Baba will sit facing down the land towards the bottom, where there are some marshlands and a small pond. This will be dug out to make a bigger pond for all the various animals, turtles, and fishes, and Dattatreya will sit there in nature, facing Sai Baba.

Then to the right, as you look down the slope, there are various woodlands and trees, and this is where Sage Agastya and Lopamudra will sit alongside all the other Rishis and Munis. This will be a place of meditation.

Knowing Mohanji and his vision for the centres, I could picture the grounds well and could imagine many people walking back from their meditation spots in the forest, or feeding the fishes and turtles in the pond.

As we walked down, it was very steep. I walked closely with Mohanji. He was telling me that this land is very good. It has good energy. It is said to be placed on a strong meridian line running through the site.

Normally, lots of people would have had to do some activity there, such as maybe conducting  yagyams or poojas, to raise the energy of the land to that level. But this land was like this naturally, so it was very good.

Once we reached the bottom, the team organized efficiently. I find this is usually the case with Mohanji and his presence. Two guys were digging the main holes. We would follow them and plant the tree, place the soil, compost and fertilizer. Then another person would come and water it and press it down, and like that, we quickly planted many trees.

We planted apples, hazelnuts, and blackberry bushes there. At the top of the hill, the land is different . It is drier and more sheltered, and so, we planted plums, peaches and cherries there, as they require better conditions.

There are already very nice walnut trees there, which must have been planted a long time ago.

Mohanji left to walk next to the boundaries of the land, and I stayed with the rest of the team to plant the last of the plants and trees. I really loved it as I haven’t done manual work like this in a long time. It was great having the feeling of soil on my hands and touching the earth rather than typing on the laptop. It was good, wholesome, hard labour.

It was exciting to see the land and perform these activities because it made it tangible for me. Soon, we would actually have our centre there, our own place where people would be able to come, visit, stay and enjoy the land. It will be of benefit to many.

Later, when I returned home, I saw that Mohanji’s foot was swollen. I have noticed that, depending on what activity we’re doing, his body changes. The same thing had happened when we had visited the Ganeshpuri land. As always, he never says anything, he does his work in silence. I believe he took a lot from the land that day and cleansed it. 

As he said earlier in the day, he wants to speed up. So, whilst I’m here in Slovenia, we’ll probably be looking at more activities that we can do on the land.

Hope you have a great day.

Day 146 – The problem with pleasing others

I received a message from someone who had listened to one of the lessons, which was “Don’t try to tackle the situation, tackle yourself”. They enjoyed this one because they now found a quietness to life, which also gave them confidence because they no longer needed to please people.

This prompted me to share this lesson today. If I was to boil down all of Mohanji’s teachings, everything which he has spoken about before into two words, it is simply: “Be you. Be totally, authentically and unapologetically you”. Because, as he rightly points out, there is no one else like us in the world. We’re all unique creations, made of a variety of flavours and colours, and our uniqueness is our expression into the world and our signature.

Before meeting Mohanji, and even actually before living with him, I had a destabilizing trait of wanting to please  others. So, I would often bend backwards, forward, sideways, and turn myself upside down to accommodate others. With friends, for example, I would compromise my own time or on the activities that I wanted to do so that they were kept happy in some way. At work as well, often, I would take on a role that would fit in with the culture rather than really selecting a role in which I could express myself fully. So, I was always making adjustments and compromises. What I learned from staying with Mohanji for more time is that I had mistakenly thought of this as being flexible. But what I’ve learned, or what I realized, is that this attitude or approach was using up a lot of energy unnecessarily, because I wasn’t fully being myself in some situations. Being with Mohanji more, seeing how he works, it has encouraged me to fully be myself.

And before that, to actually explore myself more without an apology. It’s not that I would like going out and showing off or being egotistical about something, but having an appreciation for what people think while no longer having the fear, judgement or worry. Knowing full well that people can either accept or reject you, and that’s fine. The feeling I have now is one of relief, because there’s more energy for productive activities rather than spending time bending to the views and opinions of others. This helps you focus on what needs to be done. I’ve also come to realize that a secondary benefit of that activity of being you is that it starts to make it very clear which people in your life are actually with you and are supporting you for being completely yourself.

Mohanji has a great podcast on this that I’m resharing here as it’s a great reminder of “Be authentic. Be yourself”.

Be authentic. Be Yourself

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 24th July 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 143 & 144

Christopher Greenwood

Day 143 – Don’t try to tackle situations; tackle yourself

Life has brought many situations to me; these have been placed in intense, quick successions over the past year. All the events that I was destined to work through have been placed in quick order, so the people that I meet, the work that I’m involved in, and the places that I go; all give the right conditions for my fears and insecurities and other junk to surface. 

It’s like being squeezed out intensely. I’ve shared before that this feels like a constant shedding. Once a situation happens, and I go through something unpleasant, whether it’s feelings or mental agitation or something like this, once it’s passed, there’s a relief. But soon after, there’s something different to work through, which can be pretty challenging.

Mohanji and I have spoken about this before; he shared that we don’t know what is stored inside us. There’ll be lifetimes of patterns and impressions, and on this path, they all have to come out. I feel that many situations I encounter now are opportunities to work through. As situations have presented themselves, I know from understanding Mohanji’s teachings that they’re happening for a reason. There was a call somewhere, I may not be aware of it, but it’s happening because of something.

All I can do then is be with that, rather than trying to wrestle with the external situation, which I don’t have any control over, especially if it’s happening. The only thing I can do then is to focus on myself; how I can tackle myself and handle myself because that’s the only place that I have control over – my inner world.

Taking a cue from Mohanji’s teaching, I focus on myself and what’s happening internally rather than the situation itself. I’ve realized that I don’t have to react, speak or get involved every time and that before, I’d do this out of habit. Especially if someone said something terrible or criticized, I’d react almost immediately. I’ve learned we don’t have to. I can let the situation pass without much interference. We can watch, see the situation, be calm and see that there’s no need to interfere. Like that, it’s possible to move past things with simplicity.

For example, yesterday, this happened to me: Someone had said something very pointed towards me, but indirectly. Usually, I would have been pleased to reply in a certain way, but I kept silent this time. It passed; I was not bothered, disturbed or put out by it. It went by without any problem whatsoever. It could have been quite different if I had approached it, as I would have done maybe a few years ago.

This was the message for today – Don’t try to tackle the situations; tackle yourself.

Have a great day.

Day 144 – Nature supports those with conviction

A few days ago, I shared the lesson about believing in our actions. When we believe in an activity, there is much more momentum and clarity, bringing motivation to the work. Everything becomes much more straightforward, and even if obstacles occur, such as the opinions of others or unexpected diversions, this belief keeps the momentum.

Mohanji has also shared before that when you approach an activity with a pure intention and a strong conviction, nature comes to support you, and nature helps you. He said nature loves people who have conviction. Looking back on his words, he said that most people don’t have conviction in actions, which means the action becomes so weak that we don’t get the required result.

To be successful, express yourself in the world and become the world for people, you have to invest yourself with conviction. “And then”, he said, “All the required resources will come”. I can see this very clearly from his activities, all the platforms and the work we’re doing. Many people are now coming forward to support with resources, time, skill, and land; whatever it is, it’s all coming together for this single focus and his conviction. 

I’m now learning this myself and practising it. The Humane Airports Campaign is an example of this, where we have a clear, purposeful and pure intention to bring change to a system so that regardless of where people are from, their colour, or their nationality, people are treated with respect. There’s a conviction to move this forward. It’s amazing how people have come together; they’ve come forward to show their support, and we’ve moved a lot in the past weeks. We were able to get the website up and running in a very quick time. At least in the first version, social media channels and other conversations are progressing. We’re focusing now on what will be happening this coming week. 

It’s an excellent example for me and learning of having that conviction and what comes from it.

I hope you have a good day ahead.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 17th July 2022

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