Mohanji Satcharita Chapter 3 – December 2018

“Shri Guru Murat Manohar, Pranav Swaroop Sakhaya,
Kamal Nayan Sukh Dayak, Sakal Siddha Svaroopaya
Mudhan hoon Ye Janke, Bhaju Keshav… Putraya,
Maan Mandir Mahi Baso, Puran Roop Tu, Priyaya.
Jai Mohanji Aadi Shiv Shambhu, Jai Anant Kripa MahaSindhu,
Datta Svaroop Aanadi Kripalu, Jyoti Roop Tu Param Dayalu.”

This above verse from ‘Mohanji Chaalisa’ by Sanjay Acharya describes the divine form of Mohanji from a devotee’s heart filled with the nectar of love and devotion for Guru,

The meaning of this verse is as below:

“Thy pleasing form, O Guru, appears to me as the very embodiment of the holy Pranava (Om)
O lotus-eyed perfected Master (siddha), your presence is an assurance of bliss and joy
And so, O son of Kesavan, this ignorant fool implores you to
Please come and reside, in full splendor, within the temple of my heart.

Glory to Mohanji, of exalted state like that of the Primal Guru Shiva
Glory to You, O ocean of limitless divine grace
You are verily the eternal Lord Dattatreya Himself,
Most compassionate One, divine primordial light of Beingness.”

As Mohanji says,

If our aim is to reach God, just look within. Only when you experience God within, you can experience God outside. If you do not get to see God within, you will only see sundry forms outside. If you want to see God inside, you need conscious emptying, trashing of all kinds of internal garbage and coming into terms with yourself as the silent substratum that is the source of your experiences. When silence is established, which also means thoughtlessness, God begins to be visible just like sun sprouting out of thick layers of clouds. Eventually, when all clouds disappear, it is just sunshine. Only sunshine. Just God. “

With loving salutations and reverence to our beloved Guru Brahmarishi Mohanji, we offer the 3rd chapter of the Mohanji Satcharita to you. The Guru, the one who has experienced the Truth, the enlightened one, is described as a lit candle, who shows the way to the seekers of light. Unwavering devotion, selfless service and reverence to the Guru will lead us eventually to find the inner light buried deep within. It is said that the Guru within recognises and leads us to the Guru without, as both are one and the same.

In this chapter, experiences of divine vision, divine protection from theft and divine healing are shared by devotees who have experienced their beloved Guru Mohanji in many different ways. When we have firm faith, loving devotion and complete surrender, the presence of Guru is felt in every moment of our lives. May these loving sharing of experiences inspire us to dedicate our lives to the Guru and reach the highest.

In this chapter of ‘Mohanji Satcharita’, we are sharing nine stories in the following categories:

  • Divine Protection From Theft
  • Divine Healing
  • Divine Grace

Divine Protection From Theft

Each one of us has a personality that is unique. That probably explains why our experiences with our Guru are also varied. We relate the following stories of divine protection, each is unique and profound in its own way. Mohanji’s words, “I am always with you” gives us strength and confidence when we come across difficulties in life. He truly is with us, as can be seen from the incidents narrated below. All persons involved were able to clearly see ‘Mohanji in action,’ so to speak!

Mohanji on Protection:

Mohanji talks about ‘nagamanikkam’ – “When you realise that you are protected, you are liberated!”

1. A Miracle Beyond The Logical Mind: Yohan P, UK

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It was the evening of Friday, 26-Oct-18. After work, I went grocery shopping on my way home and used the London tube (underground).

The Jubilee train carriage was full with passengers. I placed my rucksack on the seat behind me and held the shopping bag on my lap. It was a typical highly pressured working week and I had preparations to complete for the ‘Day in Mohanji’s Consciousness’ event the following morning.  I reached home around 6.30 pm and played with my son. As 7.30 pm approached, preparation priorities came to my mind. Suddenly the thought occurred, “Where’s my rucksack?” I told my wife that I had left it on the train. Then came the questions, how could you forget, why are you so forgetful, what about the car keys, you’ve lost it etc.

I silently asked Mohanji, ‘I really need your help!’ An intuition flashed within – ‘Go to Stanmore Station which is at the end of the Jubilee line.’   I had alighted at the previous station at 6.15 pm, over an hour ago. As I was walking down the stairs, fairly calm, Mohanji’s inner voice asked me to be more anxious and act as if I’ve really lost something of value.
To my dismay, the Station Supervisor confirmed that nothing had been handed in by cleaning staff who would have been the most likely to spot the rucksack. I replied the train would probably have gone back to Stratford (the opposite end of the line & 27 station stops away). Nodding his head hopelessly, he added, “Let me try calling the Wembley train depot” and I wondered why call Wembley and not Stratford?

The Wembley Station Supervisor confirmed that a rucksack matching my description had indeed been handed in with car keys.  On arriving at Wembley and after verifying my identity, the rucksack was returned with all but some money missing. I asked who had handed in the bag, and response was, the train driver.

The next day during the Power of Purity Meditation, Mohanji appeared in my inner vision and showed me how His Astral body was ‘overlaid’ on the train driver, and how the train driver then proceeded to hand in the rucksack for lost property. The doubts arising in my mind vanished! When reviewing the contents of the bag, I was filled with even more gratitude.

In addition to the car keys, the rucksack also had the house keys, and the driver’s license with details of my full home address within my wallet. With Brexit creating economic uncertainty and fewer job opportunities here in UK, one can just imagine the potential dangers.

The analytical mind would call this a miracle.  Unbelievable!

Indeed, the Station Supervisor’s expression at Stanmore was filled with utter surprise when I returned back to thank him with the rucksack on my back.

In the realm of true Masters these happenings are common place. They dance beyond time and space in the eternal energy of timeless consciousness.

I’m sharing this experience as it’s certainly been a ‘darker’ period for a couple of years.  So I’m again reminded of the following:

  • Keep the faith.
  • Hold onto Mohanji (Guru Principle) like a baby monkey.
  • Serve using your innate gifts and talents like Hanuman.
  • Accept everything for your highest good and complete these karmic lessons.

I am eternally grateful beyond words to Mohanji and Baba. This incident is yet another example from the hundreds of other miracles that I’ve either forgotten or taken for granted.

Inspire others.

Love & Light – Yohan

2. Miracle During The London Retreat: Amanda Bevan, UK

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I thought, before any more time passes, I ought to share with you all a very interesting Mohanji miracle which happened to me during the London Retreat at Gilwell Park, on the weekend of August 11th, involving the strange disappearance of my beloved van.

 

I would like to begin by mentioning that the same day my shiny, silver VW transporter was delivered to me, last November, Mohanji appeared to me in a dream. He didn’t speak, but looked at me, bowed His head down and walked away. In my mind, I felt as though He felt maybe I had overspent and wasn’t too impressed.

As I was travelling down the M1 from Liverpool for the Retreat, I had to divert from my usual route on the M25 as my exit at junction 26 was closed due to an accident. I ended up in London Gateway services to charge up my phone as I was using it as my sat nav. I pulled up to a fairly empty car park, and parked as close as I could to the entrance as it was starting to get dark and was also raining. After around 15 mins of charging the phone, I felt somebody squeeze my arm and when I looked around, there was nobody there. I brushed it off as maybe it was the lead of my phone stretching over me and that was the end of that.

15 mins later, I returned to where I had parked my van, but it had mysteriously, completely vanished from the space where I had locked it up. All I had left were my keys, my phone and the clothes I stood up in. I knew there and then I was in for an interesting weekend. Luckily, my good friend Mark was able to come and collect me whilst I called the police and the insurance company.

We arrived at Gilwell Park before midnight and I went to bed in a state of shock but happy to arrive at my destination, even without clothes, toiletries and my vehicle. I was soon to be reunited with Mohanji after 10 long months! The seminar was amazing and I was donated some lovely new clothes by some very kind and generous people. I decided that I would not let the incident spoil my weekend and kept my faith that I would somehow get the van back before I went back north.

After 2 days had passed, and no news from the police, I thought I should think about getting a replacement van from the insurance. I was horrified when they told me this was only the case if my van was being fixed in a garage. As it had been stolen, I would have no replacement van. I suddenly felt very deflated but then out of the window, I could see Mohanji on the path in the distance. I prayed to Him, if He was really my Master, why would He let me go through all this hassle, cost me so much money and inconvenience just to be in His presence and I begged Him in my mind to find my van.

Within half an hour of having these thoughts, my phone rang and it was the police to say my van had been found. Dumped back at the same services it was taken from, but parked illegally at the opposite end of the car park from where I had left it. I was overjoyed and begged poor Mark to drive me all the way back to London Gateway, almost an hour away as I didn’t really believe this could be happening until I saw it with my own eyes.

When we arrived, I was amazed to see that there was no damage to the lock. I was even more shocked to see that everything was still in their places as I had left them. My handbag, purse and money, all still there! The police were quite bewildered as there looked like there had been no tampering with the ignition and the kind thieves had even locked it back up.

I’ve since found out how easy it is to steal a vehicle without a key from my mechanic friend. However, the biggest mystery is the fact that it was returned, undamaged. This caused little inconvenience to my weekend, although I’m sure Mark wouldn’t agree!

All I can say, is I know that this could not have happened without being in the presence of a true Master who has come here to teach us about letting go, acceptance, love and faith in Him. I have no explanation for where that van went nor who with, but it was surely a miracle that I got it back just in time to drive back home, filled with love and joy of a weekend I will never forget. Salutations to Mohanji.

Yours sincerely
Mandy Bevan

Divine Healing

Mohanji on healing –

  “When you have deep faith it can cut across karma and heal you”

 

We share below the healing experiences of three women.  While the reasons they sought healing are varied, just like each of our lives are, the outcome, the relief they experienced and the divine source of the healing are the same!

3. Healing From Pain: Shyama J, UK

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Mohanji’s love, compassion and protection are always evident, not just for us but for our loved ones too. My fifteen year old son had a dental operation under general anaesthesia a few days ago. The operation was a little more complicated than expected. After nearly twelve hours at the hospital, he came home in some pain and discomfort. As the anaesthetic wore off, his pain increased and he continued taking pain relief every four hours as advised.

Expecting him to get better by the third day, it was worrisome to see one side of his face swelling and a haematoma (defined as a collection of blood outside the blood vessels) developing near some of the stitches in the gum. In the past, whenever I’ve asked him about healing, he has refused, saying that he doesn’t believe in it. This time when I asked, he was in so much pain that he reluctantly agreed, but asked if it would work if he didn’t have faith in it. I replied that I had enough faith for the both of us and he didn’t have anything to lose by giving it a try.

We sat in the prayer room and after explaining a little about what Mai-Tri healing is and how it’s done, we did the healing. It was late in the night and he went to bed immediately afterwards. During the night, I woke him up twice to administer pain relief and noticed that the swelling had increased and his body felt a little too warm. Wondering if he was developing an infection and planning to take him to the hospital in the morning, I went back to bed.

Amazingly, when he woke up in the morning, the swelling had reduced and there was no temperature. He became better as the day progressed and was well enough to go to school the next day. He continued taking minimum pain relief for couple more days and recovered completely.

My heartfelt gratitude and love to Mohanji for taking care of all of us, as always!

Jai Mohanji!

4. Healing From Chronic Pain: Rekha Murali, India

Mohanji’s compassion has no boundaries. This is what I experienced in my initial interactions with Mohanji. When He says, “I am with you,” He really means it. These are not mere words; the extent to which He clears us, empties us of all the samskaras (impressions, karmic baggage) to fill us with the divine, can be realised only to a very small extent. For a gross mind such as mine to recognise this, it took two years! Koti pranaams to you, dear Mohanji!

Since 2013, I had been suffering from severe low back pain caused by a nerve prolapse requiring surgery. The doctor had warned me that I needed to be very careful and had put me on medications to prolong the inevitable. But there was a pattern to the pain. Every six months from thereon, it would start hurting and I would be bed-ridden for nearly a month, unable to take care of my basic needs. I was on alternate healing and allopathy during this time.

In 2015 I met Mohanji, and soon after started communicating with Him through chats. The following year (2016), I was bracing myself for another painful relapse of the back pain and it happened. I would just lie on my bed, crying and mentally pleading with Mohanji to remove the pain. Once while on a real chat with Him, I mentioned my condition to Him for the first time, and added that I was going wrong somewhere.  He said, “You are going wrong nowhere. You are right. You need to tame your mind which is over worked.” He added, “Connect to me more intensely. Leave your mind with me. And when you detach your mind from your pain, the pain will reduce.”

Although I knew that He was right, at that point, the pain was unbearable, and my mind seemed to take control. How do I detach from the mind, particularly when bed ridden and unable to even turn or move. It is then that the mind becomes over active and plants its seeds.

Little did I know then, that He had been working on me as promised and had removed a lot of garbage from the mind and body!

Soon after, Mohanji came to Chennai (where I live) and He sent word that He would like to meet me.  I still had back pain but could move around gently.  Luckily for me, He was staying at my sister’s place and my sister asked me to spend the night there too.  Surprisingly, I had no pain when I was in His energy field. I took His blessings and to my astonishment, I was able to offer my pranaams (prostrations) at His feet, which until that moment was an impossible task.  I assisted my sister with serving Him and spent a blissful evening. Again I was totally unaware, that He was working on me and healing my condition. The next morning again in a gentle and loving voice, Mohanji asked me how my back was. I was feeling so happy that I could not even reply and showed Him the thumbs up sign!  My heart was filled with gratitude and bliss.  He then left for His next destination.

Thereafter, I recovered completely within a month and was able to resume most of my other activities, including driving.  But the most beautiful part is that since then for the last two years, I have not had a single attack of back pain! In such a casual way, Mohanji held my hand, carried me through a difficult part of my life, and showered me with His healing, blessings and love. I am for ever grateful to Him. He taught me the biggest lesson in life – to let go of the mind!

Since then, whenever the mind takes charge, I try to push it back as His words resonate within me. “Pain is in the body. Suffering is in the mind. Why should pain affect the mind when your mind is connected to me? You can convert every pain to karmic relief by detaching your mind from it. I am with you.”

Jai Mohanji!

With immense love and gratitude

Rekha Murali

5. A Healing Miracle: Monika B, Serbia

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Today I feel especially grateful. Miracles do happen when you have faith! For a long time, I had a medical condition (I don’t like to use the word ‘illness’) for which the doctors said, “There is no cure and you’ll have to take the medicine all your life. But don’t worry it is not a deadly disease.”  I’m smiling as I recollect because what was said to be impossible actually wasn’t so! I sincerely respect doctors and traditional medicine; I really do respect their hard work and dedication. However, something in me refused to accept that taking the harmful medicine all my life was the only solution and the only truth. I tried almost everything and many times I was disappointed, but I’m grateful to all those who tried to help me. Sometimes, doctors’ voices were very scary, but even then I knew that something else could be done. I knew that there was something sitting inside of me that I had to let go.

Luckily, I was blessed to meet my Guru Mohanji three years ago who helped me to go deep inside myself, and to remove so many blockages. All the retreats, meditations, healings, visible as well as the invisible hand of Mohanji, all the techniques that He used helped immensely. They were there only to guide us to ourselves. He is just showing us where to look, but not what to see. And He never says that we MUST do anything. There is always freedom of choice, which I really appreciate. I only listened to my inner voice. One may call it intuition and knew that I was in the right path. I didn’t have any doubts. I am eternally grateful. How can I ever repay?! He told me “Don’t worry, things will be alright, I do my job.” I have always had faith in Him.

Every disease, when it’s already on a physical level, is only the manifestation of what was sitting inside of us for a long, long time. Suppressed emotions. If you don’t cure the root of the problem, the problem will appear again and again. I felt that was the only truth. And it is!

My intention isn’t to advise you to go away from your doctors and not take any necessary medicine. Even if you don’t have a Guru, the lesson that I learnt from our dearest Mohanji and experienced would be – listen to your body. Listen to yourself. Spend time with yourself. Get to know yourself. There is something sitting inside you… maybe it is anger, hatred, sorrow, pains from the past, guilt… Find it, face it, and let it go… Don’t run away from it, it won’t go. How you feel IS important. Emotional health is directly linked to physical health. Be positive but don’t be ‘artificially’ positive. Keep emptying yourself from all the negative things that are sitting inside you and making you sick, although it takes time and effort. Love yourself and do not give up!

Mohanji’s compassionate nature and healing energy has helped many and continues to do so, even as we read this blog. Being aware of the same and placing firm faith in Him can truly help us to lead fulfilling lives!

Divine Grace

All of us have desires on a regular basis. But there are some desires which the mind fathoms but cannot be verbalised. Many of these desires are linked to the divine or the Guru. It may appear to be an impossible task due to our conditioning but the desires remain. How can these desires be manifested? It happens only through the Grace of the Guru. A true Master understands the deepest desires of his devotees and satisfies them in unexpected ways! Mohanji, in his unpredictable style, has enabled deeper connections and faith through manifestation of desires of his disciples. Here are some wonderful experiences shared by Tayiji, Jyoti Bahl, Sanjay Acharya and Subhasree, in which through divine grace, their innermost dreams were realised!

6. The Divine Manifestations: Vasanta (Tayiji), India

Tayiji_1.jpg‘Mohanji Sahasranaamavali’ and ‘Mohanji Ashtottari’ – are the 1008 and 108 names of Mohanji respectively are written by Aunt Vasanta, lovingly called as Tayiji. Tayiji has also written ‘Mohanji Chalisa’ .

Tayiji and her sister lovingly called as Amma are very deeply connected followers of Mohanji. Mohanji respects them as His mothers and loves to spend time with them with their abundant love and caring.  Tayiji had a deep desire to see visions especially of Mohanji in His various forms and mentally prayed very deeply to Mohanji. Her pure desire manifested itself with Mohanji’s grace and she started seeing Mohanji in His various expanded forms. She documented this by naming the form of Mohanji that she saw, felt or experienced each time. This became the Ashtottari – the 108 names of Mohanji. As her experiences grew, this gradually expanded to become the Sahasranaamavali – the 1008 names of Mohanji. She was able to experience those forms (or states) because her deep surrender to Mohanji was such that she has ceased to exist as herself.

Mohanji once asked her why she was writing the Sahasranaamavali and Ashtottari for Him when it is typically written for the various forms of Gods (Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, etc). Tayiji innocently but firmly responded that since Mohanji had manifested the various powers of God, then it should definitely be written for Him as well. Tayiji had planned to complete the Sahasranaamavali on her birthday (2nd December) and, on completion, informed Mohanji that she managed to complete it before her birthday as she had wished. Mohanji told her, “How can it be completed before your birthday? It will be complete before my birthday.” At that point, Tayiji did not understand Mohanji’s cryptic comment. Mohanji’s birthday (Feb 23rd) was a few months away. Subsequently, she went back to review the Sahasranaamavali and noticed that there was a mistake in the numbering and hence it was actually incomplete. As predicted, it was completed for Mohanji’s birthday. 🙂

The Sahasranaamavali and Ashtottari provide us a window into the stature of Mohanji and also bear testament to the Grace that flows when surrender, purity and faith flower fully in a devotee. We bow down to both the devotee and the Master and pray that we too experience and reach that state of unity that is critical for us to reach the hallowed goal of liberation.

We sincerely hope that the Mohanji Sahasranaamavali and Mohanji Ashtottari and Mohanji Chalisa serve as a useful tools to enhance our connection with the Master. They are available on Amazon and iTunes for your listening pleasure.

7. Mohanji’s Amrit In My Life: Jyoti Bahl, India

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It is only through Mohanji’s and the Guru Mandala’s immense grace that, in this life I am able to sing devotional songs in praise of God and the Guru. It is a divine blessing that I am able to compose and sing songs that expresses my devotion. In this journey, I surrender to Mohanji completely requesting Him to guide me through the entire process, whether it is writing the songs, setting it to music, singing and recording it. And as always, every single time, He helps me! Every time, for each and every song, when I sit in front of His photo, He lets the words flow, He lets the music flow through me. Many times, the person with whom I record my songs, is surprised to see how the music comes to me. He cannot comprehend easily how my Gurudev is helping me in creating these songs – the lyrics, the music, the rhythm etc. When I record the songs, I always keep Mohanji’s photo in front of me and everything flows smoothly.

One day, while I was practicing Mohanji’s Chalisa, my sister asked me to write Mohanji’s Amritwani.  I told her that this has to come from Mohanji and if He wants it, He will definitely help me write it.

I sat in front of Mohanji’s photo and He started giving me the words, which fitted the usual Amritwani rhythm very well. I was stunned when I read the lyrics, as most of the words were new to me! I realised, its only with the grace of Mohanji that these words came to me as the lyrics of Amritwani.

I know I’m nothing. I am not the doer. With so many obstacles in life and unfavourable situations, still the way everything flows smoothly, shows Mohanji’s grace and His blessings which is behind every single song that I sing.

A recent incident proves this, how Mohanji enables everything to flow through me while protecting me completely. It was the day when I was going to the studio to record Mohanji’s Chalisa and Amritwani. It was raining at that time. While I was climbing the stairs, I suddenly slipped and the file I was holding in my hand fell into muddy water. There was a photo of Mohanji in that file, which also fell out in that muddy water. I was in tears and was cursing myself to have let the photo of my Bhagwan fall into that muddy water. There were so many questions in my head as to why this happened.

During the recording, suddenly I felt a message coming from Mohanji, “You were going to fall from the stairs. I saved you by making my photo fall down.” I was dumbstruck! Oh, My God! We are not even aware of the risks and challenges that come our way, but Mohanji is there like a shield, protecting us every moment! It’s needless to say that if I had slipped and fallen down the stairs that day, then the recording of the Chalisa and Amritwani would have been incomplete! Not only did He save me from the fall, Mohanji helped me complete my activity too. Once again, this incident showed me, without Mohanji’s divine grace, I have no existence.

I also realise that the ability to sing devotional bhajans is part of my sadhana and seva in this life. It is a seva to mankind by spreading praises and devotion to the Guru. Hence, not only my Gurudev but the entire Guru Mandala empowers me to perform in this capacity. Not only me, but everyone who supports in this seva, also gets empowered, protected and blessed. I have witnessed this myself. The pure soul, who helps me in my recordings, is not a follower of Mohanji, in fact who had never any inclination towards spirituality and was bound by a bad habit of alcoholism, has shown tremendous improvement. This transformation is happening just by observing my devotion towards Mohanji and His protection and grace being showered on me. He conveyed recently that after the few recordings that he helped me with, he has noticed changes in his own family situations and he is coming out of his alcoholic habit. He started feeling the grace and blessing of Mohanji in his life too, even without meeting Mohanji! I realise that through recording Mohanji’s songs, he has established this connection which has brought so much positive changes in his life too.

My head bows at my Gurudev’s feet as I realise how His grace helps me accomplish my sadhana through my singing bhajans, and for blessing my life and others through His unlimited love and protection.

I would complete my experience through this bhajan that I surrender to my Gurudev

“Gurudev..Gurudev, Ab charno mein rakhlo mujhko Gurudev”

Jai Mohanji!

Jyoti Bahl

Note:

Jyoti Bahl has sung Mohanji Arati (female version), Mohanji Ashtottari, Mohanji Sahsranamavali, Mohanji Chalisa (by Tayiji) and many other devotional songs. You can listen to them on You Tube in the following links.

8. Mohanji Chalisa – The Flow Of Grace:  Sanjay Acharya, Toronto, Canada

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Jai MohanJi!

I recall the day when the journey of expressing love through ‘Mohanji Chalisa‘ started! It was around the last week of Guru Purnima Days in July 2016. I was sitting in front of Shirdi Sai in my home temple. Suddenly a thought sparked in my mind and I asked Baba Sai, “Baba, I want to write Mohanji Chalisa. Please give me an indication.” Immediately I picked up the Book “Shri Sai Geeta.” This book has around 875 pages. I randomly opened a page and it was the page of ‘Shiv Chalisa.’ My eyes started flowing! Immediately I stood up and turned on my computer. During those days Mohanji was replying to messages on FB messenger. I remember the date & time. It was July 27, 07:09PM.  I asked Him, “O Mere Guruji. O Mohanji. Hey Shivtatva. Mujhe Ashirvad dijiye (Please bless me) ..mai aapki ‘Mohanji Chalisa’ likhna chahta hun. (I want to write the ‘Mohanji Chalisa.’ Please bless me). At 11:47PM on the same day I received His reply, “Bless you. Tathasthu! It will happen. (The message was with a rose and love symbols). When I read the message, oh my God! I started crying like anything. With shivering hands, I replied to Him, “Millions of thanks” and I sent Him sastaang namaskar…..And the journey of Mohanji Chalisa began!

Now the real challenge! Where to start from? How to start?  Because He has already blessed, it started to work out automatically! I felt that it should have exactly the same format as the Hanuman Chalisa! Okay! That’s done! Now what? Again, Mohanji inspired me. I went to my friend Shaloo Prasad’s house. She had recently moved to Canada at that time! She was singing the glory of her experiences with Mohanji during her stay in Gurgaon, India. Suddenly, she said, “Sanjay, do you know, very soon Mohanji’s Ashtottari Namavali (108 names) is coming out.” Again, a spark in my mind!!! Later, I had Mohanji’s 108 names and that was the real beginning of Mohnji Chalisa. I wrote down a few names and with Mohanji’s blessings, I (HE) started writing His Chalisa! Honestly, only with His inspiration and His blessings was it made possible. I referred to Mohanji’s 108 & 1008 names, Shirdi Sai Chalisa, Krishna Chalisa, Shiv Chalisa, Sathya Sai Baba Chalisa, Datta Bavni etc. Slowly He created the rhymes and sequences for 40 verses.  Sometimes it took weeks to write just one verse. I used to sit for hours in front of Baba and nothing would happen!

Once it happened that I was looking for a 3 letter word with ‘N’ as a third letter in Hindi script! This word was to fit in the third line. Trust me; I felt as if I had gone mad, as it had been three months and I still hadn’t found that word! Frustration was building up. Finally, I got mad with Baba Sai and started crying! After 15-20 minutes of shedding tears, I was very calm. Then I randomly opened Pothi (Over 800 pages of Sai Satcharita)! And Oh! It was Das Ganu Maharaj’s story (Das Ganu Maharaj was writing and singing Baba’s glory) whereby he wrote a poem about Baba after a particular leela (miracle) of Baba. I found the word ‘Mudhan’ (ignorant)! I said, “Oh! Baba! Oh! Mohanji! …Thank you soooooo much…..”

FinallyMohanji Chalisa’ was completed. I offered the completed ‘Mohanji Chalisa’ to Mohanji through my friend Nilesh Parekh during His visit to Canada in March 2017. After two days, one early morning, I heard the doorbell! I wondered who was at the door that early. My wife Alpa opened the door and I was watching from the staircase. It was Mohanji standing behind the doors! As soon I saw Him, we both literally shouted “Mohanji!…..” I fell down three steps, with tears in my eyes! HE came to bless me! Late during the previous evening, He went through ‘Mohanji Chalisa.‘ He said, “Acharya (my last name), it’s amazing. Kuchh kam baki hai (Still some modification is required). Bless you.” Later on, With His blessings, the write up was completed. I sang HIS Chalisa, in front of HIM, for the first time during the Rishikesh Retreat in December 2017. He was so happy, that like Bal Krishna (child form of Lord Krishna), He said to Vanamali Mata that, “He (Sanjay) wrote my Chalisa.

At that time, there was another Maa Ganga (River Ganges) flowing through my eyes! He then asked me to record it with professional music. Finally, with His grace, ‘Mohanji Chalisa’ was recorded and was published on Guru Purnima Day, 27th July 2018.

You can hear Mohanji Chalisa on You Tube in this link.

I offer Him my sashtang namskar. I love you Mohanji.

Sanjay Acharya

9. The Music of Grace: Subhasree T, UK

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With my heart filled with devotion and gratitude for Mohanji, I would like to share my experience from the Retreat with Mohanji from 11th to 14th August in London.

Two days before Mohanji was due to arrive in London, Priti and I were doing some prep work together and she mentioned a song that Mohanji enjoys, and later on, she sent the link that Jelena had sung. I heard it and just fell in love with it! Next morning, I started writing a blog on an experience that I had a couple of days ago. While writing that blog, this song popped into my head and I started humming the tune, even though I didn’t have the words. I felt like listening to it, so started playing Jelena’s recording repeatedly. Suddenly, I felt like singing it. So I got the lyrics from the internet and started singing. I don’t know what made me record this song when I sang, ‘Garuda Gamana tava..’ I then sent that recording to Jelena. She replied, “You are ready to sing together with Father tomorrow.” Seeing her message, I burst out laughing…….I singing, that too with Mohanji!!! She must be joking! Little did I know that the divine sends messages in any form! I just didn’t recognise it at that time.

The next day, Mohanji arrived, my busy schedule started, and I forgot about the song. On the day we were going for the retreat, Shyama and I were alone for some time in the morning hours, preparing breakfast, when a discussion about the bhajan programme that we were planning during the retreat came up. Suddenly I thought – can I sing ‘Garuda Gamana‘ and sang it in front of Shyama for her suggestion. She liked it and said I can sing. So I kept that aside then, thought I will go with the flow, not sure if I would get time to practice at the retreat amidst my other activities. On the second day, I got an opportunity to be part of the bhajans. When I was about to start, I felt as if I was forgetting the song. Before starting, I conveyed my gratitude to Mohanji to have given me this opportunity to sing one of His favourite songs in front of Him and requested Him to excuse me if I go wrong, as this is a new song for me. I mentioned the name ‘Garuda Gamana.’ At that moment, I could see the spark in Mohanji’s eyes. Honestly, I was very nervous, worried about making a mistake in the wordings, pronunciation or forgetting the tune! In my heart, I surrendered to Mohanji and started singing.

I was sitting just below the platform on which Mohanji’s chair was placed, near His feet. Suddenly, within a few seconds of starting the song, I noticed, Mohanji bending towards me and signalling to me to show the paper (in which I had the lyrics written down), with a mike in His hand. Spontaneously, I got up, kneeled on the platform next to His chair to be close enough to show the paper to Him. He slowly said, “Let’s start from the beginning,” and we did! The song just flowed! Those few minutes, I forgot myself, where I am, what I am doing…all I could feel was divinity. My heart was beating fast, breath was racing, but words were just flowing out of my mouth in sync with Mohanji. When we finished, I didn’t know how to express my gratitude, I just did pranam at Mohanji’s feet. Deviji said, “One more desire fulfilled.” “This wasn’t even in my wildest desires,” I thought and said, “…..how can I even dare to dream this!” Nevertheless, this was true and it happened, beyond my expectation, whether I desired it or not. Jelena’s message to me came true.

When you get something that you wish for, you get immense joy. And when you get something, that you don’t even dare to desire, how do you feel? It is difficult to comprehend, right? That’s how I was feeling. No words to thank my Guru, who doesn’t need me to tell Him anything, ask anything. He not only knows my thoughts, but also knows what I need and gives exactly that at the right time, not before or after, not a second late!

I hope you can sense my feelings by watching this video, which is not a professional one, but I am eternally grateful to Priti to have captured this amidst that sudden surprise and excitement. I will cherish this experience and the video my entire life and beyond. Well, every moment with Mohanji is ecstatic and joyful, but moments like these are pearls that need to be saved in the memory box with utmost care!

Thank you Priti, for introducing the song ‘Garuda Gamana‘ to me.

Thank you Jelena, for teaching me this song by sharing the beautiful recording.

Thank you Shayma, for encouraging me to sing during our bhajan session.

Above all, thank you Mohanji, for giving me what you gave me…beyond words!”

I leave you all with the link of the video to enjoy the divine grace of Mohanji that has no limit!

With my heart filled with Mohanji’s grace and love, koti pranam at the feet of my Gurudev,

Subhasree

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The ‘Mohanji Satcharita’ is a treasure trove of true and sincere experiences as we journey through this life with guidance from a living Master. Each experience is a step leading us forward on this path of pathlessness, towards liberation. Sharing of these experiences helps others seek answers to situations that may be similar. It is the Guru who gives us these experiences as and when required. To such Guru, we offer our gartitude and leave you with this shloka from Guru Gita:

“Sosanam paapa-pankasya, Dipanam jnana-tejasaam,

Gurupadodakam Sanyal, Samsaararnava tarakam.”

Which means,

“The water of the Guru’s feet (has the power) to dry up the mire of one’s sins, to ignite the light of knowledge, and to take one smoothly across the ocean of the world. (Guru Gita Verse 13).”

— Compiled, edited & published By, Mohanji Testimonials Team, 13th December 2018.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

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Abundance Is The Answer

  • By a few devotees who travelled with Mohanji to Arunachala
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Mohanji with His Mother and Father at Arunachala

Many devotees have received the blessed opportunity to travel with Mohanji on various pilgrimages. During such pilgrimages they get to witness and experience the divine dimensions of Mohanji. Such experiences are transformational for the devotees who are travelling with Mohanji. When these experiences are told with sincerity and honesty, anyone who reads those testimonials with utmost reverence also gets the benefit of the same experience.  Mohanji has also clarified this for the benefit and awareness of all.

“Honest testimonials serve the tradition because all true Masters and their lives are nothing but representations of the tradition of liberation. When you write honestly what you experienced, if it is true experiences expressed truthfully, it becomes service to the tradition. Hiding it thinking about how people will take you for telling it – is ego complex or ignorance; and it amounts to lost opportunities to serve the tradition as well as lost opportunity to express one’s gratitude for the tradition. Lying or telling partial truth or telling imaginary things means illusion, confusion and hypocrisy. So, true testimonials should be delivered truthfully without adulteration. It should always be truth, not opinions”. – Mohanji

We are glad to present you this testimonial which has been told with such honesty and simplicity, by a devotee who was blessed to be with Mohanji on a pilgrimage to the ‘Thiruvanmalai’ Temple, famously known as ‘Arunachala’.

Narration by the devotee as below:

This is to express our experiences of a few days with Mohanji at Arunachala. Even though I am typing, I am not writing this alone – a few of us are writing together. So no names are used. We have Mohanji’s permission to do that.

October 2018. Arunachala. Most of us had arrived before Mohanji came with His parents. We eagerly waited to see Him. While waiting, I remembered the words of one of those who were with us quoting an old saint who showed a picture of Mohanji to his disciples and said “Do you want to know how a modern Avadhoota looks like? Here it is!” Mohanji is indeed an Avadhoota, an accomplished Master. Even though He has nothing to do on earth, He is ‘playing’ His existence. Avadhootas are perfect mirrors and embodiment of detachment. They need nothing from earth and give everything they can to the earth. Their very presence itself is their message – message in detachment, perfect dharmic existence and existence in a dissolved state, the state of Shiva. They have no pattern and they have no do’s and don’ts. They lead a life of perfect innocence – the state of being Shiva (Bholenath). This was in my mind when I waited for Him. I was curious to see how He operates in life.

The car arrived. Mohanji came out smiling and enthusiastic as ever. No tiredness of the journey and no fatigue. I have never seen Him tired, ever. His presence is soothing and powerful. Instead of coming straight away into our waiting arms, He opened the backdoor of His car and helped His mother to alight from the car with utmost care. His father came out from the other side of the car. Mohanji personally helped His mother to walk, as she obviously had difficulty in walking. Caring for His parents was more important for Mohanji at that time than greeting His devotees. He smiled at all of us and acknowledged our presence while walking with His mother. After He seated His mother comfortably, He turned to us and hugged or shook hands with each one of us. I learned an important lesson. Parents first, before everything else. Subtle teaching. Well understood. Tradition says, “Mother – Father – Guru – God.” This is the line of priority in the tradition of liberation!

The presence of the parents of Mohanji was the highlight of this trip. First of all, Mohanji’s humility and commitment along with respect towards His parents. Secondly, their seamless mingling without any trace of ego, with a group of strangers who assembled there only because of their son. They became part of us and we felt like their children. Their love and graceful demeanour cannot be explained in words. We expressed our gratitude to them for bringing such an illustrious son to the earth, who is transforming lives of thousands in the most modest and quiet way. They humbly smiled and expressed extreme humility. Just humility. Mohanji is living and teaching humility. Zero ego. Grateful. This makes Him our friend rather than a Guru.

I feel very sad and almost inappropriate when people force Him to be a Guru on a high pedestal when He loves to be a close friend, a loving son to His parents and a child like father to His daughter Mila. Above all the forms that His devotees see Him as, He is a dependable friend who has no hypocrisy and pretensions. His love is sincere and unconditional. He would do anything for everyone alike without discrimination. He gives anything and everything truthfully and honestly as per what our needs are.

The rest is the story of how we experienced Arunachala with the parents of Mohanji rather than Mohanji. Everyone would be eager to talk about their precious time with Mohanji. I see this as a rare opportunity that we got, to spend time with the parents of Mohanji.

We went to the Samadhi temple of a saint from many centuries ago where Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi spent many years of his youth in blissful union with himself. Mohanji loves this space. It is one of His personal favourites.

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Mohanji at the Samadhi Temple

Here also Mohanji was taking care of His mother. We were all ready to help her, but, Mohanji said it is His duty and responsibility to take care of His ageing mother, who brought Him into this world.

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Mohanji was invited into the temple and He did aarati to the Shivalinga and the Samadhi of the saint. The temple trustees honoured Mohanji with a garland, shawl and a book. Mohanji also ensured we all gave dakshina (money) to the temple with reverence. While coming out, I heard Mohanji speaking to Preeti Duggal quietly, “The priest is wearing torn clothes. Please get him good clothes.” (I gathered that Preeti was handling Mohanji’s money). Something, which none of us noticed, He saw and acted on upon. He also ensured that oil for the lamp and some other materials used in the temple were promptly delivered. I learned an important lesson – keen observation with utmost benevolence with the all-important question – what else can I do here? He even gave food with His own hands to a stray dog wandering in the temple premises. Another lesson – No beings are less important.

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I do not want to elaborate. I shall speed up. We visited the resting place of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi. Mohanji was helping His mother (Amma). We were walking behind them. As soon as they came into the Samadhi hall, someone brought a chair and helped Amma to sit down! We do not know who it was. Amma could witness the aarati and pooja without any hindrance. After the aarati, one man (stranger) came and helped Amma to do circumambulation of the Samadhi of Maharishi. Mohanji and His father went around the Samadhi thrice while Amma did one circumambulation and sat in a chair. Mohanji sat leaning against a wall, eyes fixed on the wall on the opposite side. I was curious to see what He was doing. I went near Him. Without looking at me, He said,

“Sit down. Sit with your back leaning against the wall. Fix your eyes looking ahead on the wall opposite to you. Above the heads of the people walking, look at the wall on the other side above 8 feet. Keep your eyes steady. All the people will be walking below your gaze. People are just moving. You are not identifying anyone. Keep your eyes steady. The movement is our everyday life. If you do not get attached to those movements, forms and their corresponding characteristics such as male or female, black or white, fat or slim, you will start tasting stillness. That stillness is your true nature. That stillness is Ramana. When movements do not attract your attention anymore, you are progressing in the path of liberation.”

I sat like He said for some time and I realised my thoughts were becoming insignificant and I was feeling more and more freedom.

“When noises of the mind (thoughts) drop, the associated attachments also get dropped. Noises maintain the mind. Noises are the oxygen to habitual attachments and corresponding ownership. Lack of it is detachment.”

Mohanji explained sometime later.

Later, Mohanji asked us to go for prasadam (consecrated food) and we all received some. We brought some for Amma also. Mohanji did not move from His place. We gave Him a bit of prasadam, which He received with gratitude. Then, we walked towards the bookstore and Mohanji literally bought almost everything that was available in English and His mother tongue. I don’t know why He bought all that. He does not read anything, as far as I know.

We did circumambulation of the great mountain Arunachala. Mohanji told us an experience He had, which goes something like this. It happened during one of His previous visits to Arunachala.

“I was in my hotel room here in Arunachala. Suddenly, I saw myself travelling without the body towards the great Arunachala Hills. It was involuntary. Something was taking me there. Something like a magnet was pulling me there. I walked and reached the foot of the mountain. There, I saw a very dark-skinned saintly figure who wore only an orange dhoti and nothing on his upper body. He beckoned me with his hand and said, “Come here.” I walked towards him. He started climbing up and I followed him. We must have climbed about two hundred steps, when we reached a small opening (something like the mouth of a cave) and he stopped. He said, “Go in.” I walked in. He was behind me now. I walked a few steps and stopped as it was getting darker inside. He said, “Keep walking.” I walked. The entrance became narrow and I started fearing that this could be a path of no returns. He kept telling me, “keep walking,” and this assured me that my guide was right behind me. I walked on through that narrow dark way into the mountain. It had barely space for my size to move. Whenever I stopped, I heard his voice asking me to keep moving. After walking about hundred steps more, I started experiencing a kind of brightness slowly happening in the path. This means I started seeing where I was going. It was a relief for me. There is light at the end of the tunnel! I thought that I had crossed the mountain through a secret internal tunnel and reached the other side. The brightness slowly increased, dazed by it, I kept walking and I could feel that my guide was right behind me. The brightness increased steadily, and it eventually became a blinding, golden brightness. Everything was golden. I entered that space completely filled with golden light. Another world. For a moment I thought – Have I transcended into the Sathya Yuga, the Golden Age? I cannot explain in words what I saw. I stood there in awe and watched a vast expanse of space like the inside of a huge cave. There were many platforms/seats (smooth rock platforms that served as seats) scattered over the space, each apart from the other with a reasonable distance. On each such platform a saint with flowing beard and hair, lean and in golden colour sat in deep meditation. Nobody moved. Everything was still. The whole space was still. Peaceful. Tranquil. Still. I looked up for the source of light. The light did not have a source like the sun. It was a natural light from within, not above. The space was self-lit. Golden light. Then I realised that the colour of the meditating saints was not perhaps golden, but the golden light that filled that space made everything looked golden. Is this the Golden Age? Suddenly I got a feeling – this is Siddha loka, the world of Siddhas. This is a world that few get to see. This is a world that is possible to visit only by special invitation. And this is timeless space. Time does not exist here. If I had come with my physical body, I would not have returned back in the same time as some centuries would have lapsed between the entry and exit. While having this realisation, my guide told me, “come with me” and asked me to follow him. He took me through the same way he had brought me and guided me to the world outside. The sun was shining bright. The midday sun felt just like a candle light to me compared to the golden light that I had experienced inside the mountain! I understood – This is the real Arunachala. This is the womb of Arunachala. We are only seeing the shell outside which hides the Siddha Loka, not knowing what is inside. I also felt that Ramana Maharishi had come out from there for the sake of taking people into the stillness of the core of the mountain. I felt that he came out of this world and returned back into this world. I also felt that the Arunachala Shiva (Shivalinga of the temple) – the fire of awareness – is an extension of this world or has its roots in this golden world. When we worship the Shivalinga, we are connecting to this world.”

 Mohanji also mentioned that He did not go the next day with the group for the darshan (prayer) of Shiva because He could not collect Himself for a long time after this experience. And when He later reached Bangalore, a saint called Him out of nowhere and said “You did not meet Arunachala Shiva. He is waiting for you.” Mohanji immediately made another trip to Arunachala to fulfill that call. When He reached there, a priest, as if Lord Himself had arranged, received Mohanji and His team. The priest ushered Him in and He had a great darshan of the Lord, right from the door of the sanctum.

The whole narration took me to a different level of awareness. I felt grateful. I felt at home or being in the right place.

We were at the temple of Arunachala Shiva. Mohanji’s parents were sitting. Suddenly I saw a saint with matted hair coming and prostrating at Mohanji’s feet. Mohanji exclaimed at this as He did not see him coming and when he stood up, Mohanji hugged him. Later I came to know that he is called Madurai Siddhar who lives in Arunachala. What I understood is that Madurai Siddhar considers Mohanji as a great Siddha and has great respect for Him. This is why he prostrated at His feet. We know Mohanji is totally unassuming. So, nothing is displayed as usual. But to our surprise, as if sent by the Siddha world inside the mountain, he took hold of Amma’s hands and escorted her and all of us for darshan. We had super quick darshan despite long queues. And along with the priest who joined us, he accompanied us until the whole worship of both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati was completed. He continued to be with us and escorted us around.

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Something was going on between Mohanji and him, some silent communication, which I could not understand. I could only see mutual respect. Mohanji invited him to come for lunch and dinner, and almost everyday until Mohanji was there, he came as well. He was treating Mohanji’s parents with utmost respect and he told us that they are a “blessed couple to have brought a ‘reluctant’ great Siddha to earth.”

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Mohanji does not eat much. He was more interested in feeding everyone. Seeing this he said “He is the eternal producer and enjoyer. Mohanji is in fact eating everything in everybody’s plate. We are only eating the leftover from Mohanji.” Madurai Siddhar was with us on most of our tour and he also helped Amma walk the entire parikrama path at Yogi Ram Surat Kumar ashram, which is equal to five parikramas of the Arunachala mountain. So, in effect, supported by Siddhar, Mohanji’s mother performed five parikramas! Mohanji was indeed fulfilling a son’s duty in the most effective way.

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One day, while Mohanji’s parents were having breakfast and Mohanji was attending to them at the restaurant, a young monk in a turban walked in and wanted Mohanji’s audience. We were walking out after the breakfast when this happened. Mohanji was also supposed to leave the restaurant. He stayed back and offered food to the visiting monk and sat with him at another table. He does not leave anyone empty-handed. This monk who came without an appointment was later brought to His accommodation and Mohanji answered all his questions. He was apparently sent to Mohanji by his own Guru who lives somewhere in the state of Andhra Pradesh. When this monk expressed his wish to visit Aruncahala, his Guru told him about a few things which needed to be done there and finally said “Mohanji is visiting Arunachala at this time. Do not miss this rare chance of getting His blessings. Such Masters rarely come to earth.” Mohanji blessed him and also patiently answered all his questions after offering him food. The most interesting part was that Mohanji has never seen or heard about his Guru in this life!

Mohanji also took His parents by car around the mountain and completed the parikrama that way also as both parents cannot walk. We were not with Him then. While doing that, we came to know that He also visited the Sai temple in the girivalam path and offered His prayers at Baba’s feet. The temple priests did not recognise Him as He was in jeans and T-shirt, to deliberately avoid attention. When someone told them that “He is Mohanji,” they honoured Him.

While doing girivalam, circumambulation in the car with His parents, I was told that Mohanji was distributing fruits to wandering monks and some animals. I also came to know about an incident during this trip. Mohanji saw an old couple walking while they were travelling in the car. The old man was blind. The old woman was leading the old man. Both of them were lean and almost bones and skin. Mohanji asked to stop the car, took some money out and asked the driver to give it to them. He went to the other side of the road and gave the money that Mohanji had offered to the old man. The old man asked, “Who gave this?” The car driver said “Mohanji.” The old man said, “Tell Him that He, His family and all those He loves and who love Him will always have the blessings of myself – Vedanta Maharishi.”

I had goosebumps listening to this story. In Arunachala, we cannot underestimate anybody. There could be great Masters walking that soil as unassuming ordinary people. Anybody could be somebody. Another big lesson – Do not take anybody for granted. Of course, I do not have the eyes of Mohanji to recognise Masters and seekers. But, I decided that I will not deny anyone anything within my capacity in Arunachala.

We could not have asked for a better trip to Arunachala. Let me sum up my memories.

  1. Being with the parents of Mohanji, spending quality time and enjoying the hospitality at Yogi Ramsurat Kumar ashram in the company of the great saint Devaki Amma, who Mohanji respects a lot was also unforgettable. Mohanji told us that coming to this ashram is like homecoming for Him.

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2. Meeting the lady Avadhoota who keeps wandering around the Arunachala mountain, and who comes to Yogi Ramsurat Kumar ashram each time Mohanji comes there. She never accepts anything from Mohanji. Their invisible mutual respect was palpable.

3. Spending time at Ramana ashram and learning a great technique from Mohanji. Having great darshans at the Shiva and Devi temple.

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4. Mohanji’s time with various animals. He attends to them with equal or even more enthusiasm as He attends to people. A monkey coming to meet Mohanji at the temple premises and holding His dhoti and did not want to let Him go was a great memory. It taught me the great lesson that despite the form or species, divine beings can appear in any form to meet a Master.

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5. Mohanji has no differentiation between any species, or even people, their hierarchies, positions in society or any other social criterion. He loved a Siddhar and also a common person alike and always ensured all people have eaten well.

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6. Mohanji also took His parents to an old age home run by a young man called Ramana. I understood that apart from food and medical assistance, a lot of materials were delivered by Mohanji’s organisation (Ammucare) there. Mohanji kept His promise to serve the old and abandoned people at Arunachala. The follow-up after Mohanji’s visit was remarkable. This also means totally walking the talk and going the extra mile. We must mean every action and expression and take it to its completion.

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7. Great lesson learned indeed. There is not an inch of hypocrisy anywhere. There is only a desire to add more value in every being’s life that comes across Mohanji. Mohanji’s parents serving the old people with good food, with love, was also a message to all of us – another dimension in helping the helpless. Young or old, live to serve selflessly.

8. Meeting the great Master Mookkuppodi Siddhar at close quarters was icing on the cake. Totally unexpected and utmost grace. One thing was absolutely clear, getting special treatment, warm reception and getting blessings at all the places we visited were just because we are Mohanji’s people. This was a great message for all of us that the platform that Mohanji has created in this world is for all of us and it is our individual responsibility to keep it, maintain it, and enhance it many fold for the benefit of all of us and those beyond us.

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This was the first trip to Arunachala for the parents of Mohanji. They had never visited Arunachala in their life before. What a trip they had! And their son who the whole world craves for, took time off from everything and brought them there Himself!

By the time our journey was coming to an end, I received the answer to the question that my mind was wondering when we began the journey, “How does Mohanji operate in life?” The answer from what we witnessed was – Whatever Mohanji does, He does it hundred percent, with complete attention. His total presence in every sense.

Every moment with Mohanji is a blessing in disguise and a true miracle. We need  thousand eyes and not even a blink to witness the divine play in its fullness. His unassuming life is a huge mask that He deliberately keeps to avoid ‘flies and insects’ of life. He deliberately plays the fool or plays dumb to get away from unworthy or egoistic people. If we really want to get the best out of Him for our own highest benefit, we must make Him our top most priority, extremely essential ingredient. We must never let Him slip off from our lives nor should we slip off from His life, come what may.

This is all for now.

Affectionately.

Foot Note:

Mookupodi Siddhar, one of the Siddhas who walked the streets of Tiruvannamalai.
Yesterday on 8th December, 2018 he attained Maha Samadhi.

Exactly two months back, Mohanji and all the pilgrims who were on the Arunachala trip in October 2018, had the blessed opportunity to have darshan of this great siddha. This is completely the blessing of Siddha Loka and our prampara gurus. This grace of having His darsan in this lifetime is a great thing.

Usually everyone could have his darshan from a distance but nobody was allowed to go near him. However, it was indeed Gurumandala’s grace that Barbara was allowed to go closer and took some amazing pictures of the Siddha. The advent of such a powerful Siddha on the earth will remain preserved with these memorable photographs.

We leave you with some of these memories!

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

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Mohanji – The Vishwamitra (The friend of the Universe)

By Lata Ganesh, Virginia, USA

The Grace received through one’s Guru is difficult to describe in words. I am totally overwhelmed and overawed by the benevolence and magnanimity of the blessings bestowed on me by my beloved Guru Mohanji, by allowing me to experience the presence of the Supreme Goddess herself.  Let me begin this narrative with complete surrender at His lotus feet.

The Autobiography of an Avadhoota, the fascinating life story of Guruji Avadhoota Nadananda gave me an introduction to the Mookambika Temple in Kollur.  But I had never thought that I will be visiting the temple and walking the same grounds that Guruji had been.  But my Guru had other plans for me!  He wanted to grace me with this divine blessing out of pure compassion.

A few months ago, during a conversation, Mohanji told me to visit Mookambika and offer prayers to Bhagavathi (the Mother Goddess).  What was strange was that, when He mentioned this to me, Mohanji said, “Oh, I was about to mention another temple, but Mookambika just came out of my mouth.”  I thought this extremely strange.  No words ever ‘slip out’ of Mohanji’s mouth! Since Guru’s command has to be fulfilled, I was very certain that I would visit Mookambika soon.

In the following months I was approved for the Mohanji Acharya Level 1 training and the first training was going to be held in Bangalore at the end of October.  My request to be part of that training was approved and with the hope of fulfilling Mohanji’s instructions, I planned a visit to India in October so that I could visit the Mookambika temple as well as attend the training. However, there was a hurdle to pass through. I had just taken some time off from work to attend Mohanji’s retreat in Virginia in August, and was a bit concerned whether my office would consider giving me leave again in October.  But lo and behold, my colleagues surprisingly agreed to my travel and were happy to fill in for me during my absence!

Now, I was wondering how I was going to travel all by myself to Kollur which I believed to be a remote place.  I casually mentioned my travel plans to my mother who was quite thrilled and wanted to join me. She had been wanting to go to the temple for many years but had not told any of her children of her wish.  This gave me an opportunity to fulfil my mother’s wish as well.

On October 25th, after a comfortable flight, I landed in Chennai from Washington DC. I spent the day with my family and was off to Bangalore the following morning.  As soon as I landed in Bangalore, our angel escorts in the form of moths and butterflies, guided my way to Mohanji’s Ashram.  The Ashram located in a quiet cul-de-sac beneath the umbrella of a huge Audumbar tree shelters our beloved Mohanji.

 

The Audumbar tree (Ficus racemose) is not planted manually but grows on its own mainly through birds which eat the fruits. The Audumbar is associated with Lord Dattatreya who is always portrayed as sitting under its shelter.
I was blessed with the opportunity of partaking lunch (prasadam) with Mohanji, Acchan and Amma. After lunch, Mohanji left the Ashram for the Acharya training which was taking place at a venue on the other side of the city. Taking Mohanji’s blessings I proceeded to Devi Amma’s house.

Most of you may have heard of Devi Amma, a loving saint and Mohanji’s spiritual mother. Devi Amma, the daughter of the revered Sage Agastya and his wife Mother Lopamudra has come back to this earthly plane, as a realized being, to speak the Truth and lead humanity on the right path.  I had made an intention of meeting Devi Amma this time while in Bangalore and Preeti Duggal had kindly arranged a meeting for a small group of us. However, on the day of the meeting, none of the other people who planned to attend could make it to Amma’s house.  I ended up being alone on a long drive to Whitefield where Amma lives.  Even though I was late by over an hour from the agreed meeting time, Amma was so kind and had waited patiently for me.  I was totally blown away by her simplicity and childlike innocence. She seemed like a beautiful fragrant celestial flower, so fragile yet so powerful!  We talked for a long time in our mother tongue, Tamil, and listened together to the audio recording of Siddhar Potri (a hymn offering praise to powerful Siddhas) that I had on my phone.

When I mentioned to Devi Amma about the upcoming first Mohanji Acharya training, she told me that she would specifically seek the blessings of the Guru Mandala, her Guru and spiritual parents Agastya Muni and Lopamudra Ma.

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During our conversation, I lovingly asked Devi Amma to speak about Mohanji.

Devi Amma said,

“Mohanji is a very great Siddha who has been sent to this world by the Divine Masters of the Guru Mandala. He is an extremely compassionate being.  His role in this avatar is to spread unconditional love on this earth and beyond.  He is not only a Jagatmitra (friend of the world) but Mohanji is a Vishwamitra (friend of the universe). I am clarifying here that He is not Vishwamitra, the sage of yore, but Vishwa-mitra, Friend of the Universe.  Being an incarnation of compassion, Mohanji can only offer unconditional love, under all circumstances.  That is why in spite of the many negativities and obstacles that come His way, He still offers love.  That is the purity of His nature.”

This is an important message to mankind, revealing the inter-galactic dimension of Mohanji, and comes directly from the Divine Masters conveyed through one of their purest and truest representatives.

We clearly see in the picture above, how Devi Amma is immersed in the love emanating from Mohanji’s heart center – Two divine beings melting in pure love and bliss.

After spending a couple of hours with Devi Amma, I took a cab to the venue of the training, which was at the other end of the city.  And oh boy, did I experience the legendary Bangalore traffic!  Stranded on the streets of Whitefield for over an hour for a cab and then the drive to Banashankari was quite an adventure.  Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a very powerful Master, used to visit his Ashram in Whitefield often when he was in his body.  I had the blessing of spending some time, waiting for a cab, soaked in bliss of being in the energy cradle of Sai Baba, Mohanji and Devi Amma that nothing bothered me.  When I finally arrived at about 10.00 pm at the Subramanian residence where the Acharya training was to take place, all the participants had already gone to bed.

I have no words to describe the hospitality, generosity and love of the Subramanian family.  I felt totally at home when I entered Skanda Vilas and was welcomed by Radha, Sathya and their mom.  I am very grateful to have met this loving family. I thoroughly enjoyed the spiritual discussions with Mr. Subramanian and am deeply grateful to him for including me in his daily morning ritual of feeding the cows and calves at a nearby goshala (cowshed).  The experience of staying at their house where the vel and mayil (lance and peacock – the symbols of my Lord Muruga) reside was simply a divine blessing.

The Acharya training which started early next day was very intense.  As promised, Devi Amma had indeed prayed for us and she received a message after having sought the blessings of the Guru Mandala.  Preeti Duggal had received a call from Devi Amma early that morning to convey that the Guru Mandala was going to be present at the training session and that all the participants had the blessings of the Masters.  And true to their promise, the Masters did make their presence felt and the entire training session was filled with intense divine energies, much more intense than witnessed before in front of and through Mohanji.  It shook us all up!

During the stay in Bangalore, I had mentioned to fellow participants about my upcoming trip to Mookambika and Devadas then shared with me his own experiences when he had visited Mookambika several years ago, before Mohanji had entered his life. He had seen Prashobji (Guruji Nadananda’s spiritual brother) at the temple, who had prophesied about Devadas meeting Mohanji in the future.  Devadas was very excited about my visit to Mookambika.  He had told me that he will share the phone number of the temple priest who could help with any rituals at the temple.

On Monday night, at the end of the training, I took Mohanji’s blessings before heading out of Bangalore.  Mohanji blessed me and said, “Do a prostration at Mookambika temple on my behalf.”

I joined the ride back to Chennai along with our loving Mohanji Chennai family members. With Kishore’s impressive driving skills and Rekha’s non-stop conversation to keep Kishore awake all night long, we reached Chennai in the early hours on Tuesday. Having reached home at about 4.00 am, I was ready to take the flight to Mangalore with my mother in a few hours, filled with excitement and energy.

As I boarded the flight to Mangalore from Chennai at 11 am, I realized that I did not have the telephone number of the temple priest as for some reason, neither Devadas nor Rajesh were able to provide it to me.  However, I was quite confident that Mohanji would take care of that! I was thinking, may be, I won’t need the contact as the temple would not be so crowded during the weekdays. But as the flight landed in Mangalore at 1.30 pm and before the plane doors opened, I got a call.  It was from Devadas.  He called to give me the phone number of the temple priest.

I fell in love with Mangalore right from the moment of landing.  The small airport was so clean and the air was filled with the fragrance of sandal wood or some herb.  We were welcomed by a pleasant and polite man, Bibin, who was driving us to Kollur. Bibin and my mother enjoyed a lively conversation in Malayalam all the way to the hotel.  It was a warm welcome.  My mother and I felt so relaxed and at peace, driving past the lovely green landscape and many bridges over strips of water bodies, the Brahminy Kites with white heads and striking chestnut brown shining bodies, soaring high in the skies over our heads. It felt like we were being enveloped with love and gentleness in the embrace of the Mother Divine. My mother said that as kids, they would run along with the Brahminy Kites soaring over their heads and would ask for wishes to be fulfilled, as they believed these Kites to be Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu.  True to that belief, there were hundreds of these birds flying over the skies on the long stretch from the airport to Udupi and beyond.  Udupi is the site of a famed temple of Sri Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.  Garuda was certainly guarding the Master.

After a comfortable three and a half hour ride from the airport, we reached the small town of Kollur.  The highly revered shrine of Sri Devi Mookambika at Kollur is one of the oldest temples of Adi Parashakti, the primordial feminine energy. Nestled among the thick forests of the Western Ghats and the tranquility of the Kodachadri Hills, and on the banks of the Souparnika river, with a gold-plated crest and copper roof stands the majestic temple of the most benevolent and gracious Mother.

Legends of this ancient temple go back to date it as being over 1200 years old and it is believed that Devi Mookambika transformed herself into a Jyotir linga after destroying a demon named Mookasura who was disturbing the penance of Sage Kola.  Answering the intense prayers of Kola Maharishi, for the upliftment of righteousness and welfare of humanity, the supreme energies of the trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and their consorts Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati, have empowered the Jyotir linga (the linga of Grace light) with their divine presence.  The Svayambhulinga (a linga which manifested itself) manifested when Parameshwara (Lord Shiva) drew a Srichakra with his toe.

The chronicles of history teach us that the supreme Master of this yuga, Sri Adi Shankaracharya sat in meditation here, during his travel through this region.  The supreme Goddess appeared in Shankaracharya’s vision in the most beautiful and magnanimous form.  The idol of the Divine Mother was sculpted according to Shankaracharya’s vision and the magnificent Devi stands there today in brilliance, behind the Jyotir linga, bestowing blessings to millions of people who have visited her since then.

The idol of Devi Mookambika is visible in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, but the Jyotir linga is kept covered and is revealed only during the time of offering the archana (offering or kumkum or flowers) or abhishekam (ritualistic bathing of the linga with water, milk and other liquids).  Devi Mookambika has merged with this linga, incorporating both Shiva and Shakti and fulfills all the desires of her devotees.  A golden line (Svarna Rekha) has formed in this linga making a wider left side, where reside the energies of the Goddesses Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati, and a narrower right side where the energies of Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Parameshvara reside.

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The hotel Mahalakshmi Residency is at the foot of the Mookambika temple and it was close to 5.00 pm when Bibin dropped us there and told us that he would meet us back the next morning at 8.30 am.  After quickly freshening up and having some coffee and snacks, my mother and I were eager to get to the temple.  I called Dr. K.N. Narasimha Adiga, the chief priest or tantric at the Mookambika temple who has deep respects and reverence for Mohanji. The present head of the Adiga clan, who has served the Mookambika temple for several generations, Narasimha Adiga is a charming scholar whose quiet demeanor radiated remarkable devotion and dignity. At the mention of Mohanji’s name, he welcomed us to his home and assigned one of his priests to accompany us to the temple and help us conduct all the desired rituals. After offering some fruits and dakshina to the priest, we proceeded to the temple.

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As the evening rituals at the temple were yet to begin, the crowd had not started to gather.  We entered the inner chamber (antaraalayam) adjoining the sanctum sanctorum (garbhagudi) where the deity is installed and were guided to stand in a spot on a platform from where we could easily see the Goddess and also watch all the rituals.  The energy inside the inner temple was supreme and intense.   Goddess Mookambika is the most exuberant expression of the Supreme Shakti. Words are insufficient to describe the effulgence of the Devi, such is her magnificence and brilliance. Standing there, right in front of her, I felt the deepest sense of gratitude and surrender. The thought that She had brought me from so far to grant me her darshan made me weep in gratitude.  The only way I could compose myself was to start chanting the Mohanji mantra.  As I started chanting the mantra intensely, it stabilized me, and I was able to connect with the Goddess. And I began talking to her, pouring out all my own thoughts, desires, fears, seeking for family and friends and whatever was there in me.  As this mental dialogue was going on, I realized that we had been inside the sanctum sanctorum for over an hour!  It was as though Mohanji had literally led me here to make me experience this oneness with the Divine.  This is how the grace of the Guru operates.  And it was awareness that brought me to this realization. It was as if time had stopped and so had everything else – there was only the blissful chanting of the Mohanji Guru mantra in my heart and the brightness of the Mother in front and all around.

There were hundreds of people passing into the hall for Devi’s darshan and exiting the sanctorum.  My mother and I continued to stand there, in front of the deity.  The young priest sent to us by the Adiga came to take our sankalpa (special prayer) for the rituals to be done for the Goddess.  As the rituals for the Devi idol started and the priests removed the covering that was over the Jyotir linga and performed the archana and abhisekam, we were completely soaked in bliss and gratitude and  Devi blessed us with a beautiful darshan of the Jyotir linga and lovingly allowing us to witness those highly sacred ritual offerings to the linga, where all the divine energies reside.

As the pooja rituals of the evening were coming to an end, we proceeded closer to the idol and did one pradhakshina (circumambulation of a sacred place) of the sanctum sanctorum and left the inner chamber.  There are two doors to the inner chamber building where Devi resides; the main entrance facing the deity has two large doors separated by a small platform and the exit door to go out of the inner chamber is on the right side of the inner chamber building.  The normal procedure is for devotees to enter the main temple building passing the two entry doors, walking in facing the Goddess and then to go around the main temple and exit out of the door on the right.  Having completed one pradhakshina, my mother and I came out of the right-side exit door to the outer courtyard and then came back through the front double door to re-enter the inner chamber.  I had mentioned before that the main entry to the inner chamber has two front doors and there is a gap of about 2 feet between them.  There is a platform covering the gap.  This area is not very well-lit.

As I was passing the first entry door, my attention was diverted on an elderly lady sitting on the platform in between the first and the second door leading directly to the inner chamber of the Goddess.  I glanced at the lady who seemed to be in a meditative state, her eyes half closed.  As I passed by her, something was drawing me towards her.  Even though I had entered the inner chamber and was getting ready for another pradhakshina after the viewing the Devi, my mind was with the elderly lady.  All of a sudden, the priests and the temple authorities asked the people who had gathered in the inner chamber to exit immediately as they were getting ready for the deeparadhana (grand showing of lamp to the deity). No one other than the priests are usually allowed to remain inside the inner chambers while they prepare the Goddess for this grand deeparadhana ritual.  The doors to the inner chamber were about to be shut.  There was a bit of a confusion among the crowd inside.  As the temple guides were directing the crowd to exit the temple through the side door on the right, my thoughts went to the elderly lady and I was desperately hoping to see her again.  I was worried that she might have already left the platform where she had been sitting!

As my mother and I were getting closer to the side exit, the young priest sent to us by the Adiga suddenly appeared out of nowhere and guided us to move towards the front entrance of the temple.  This was very odd because, the exit was only through the side door.  But here, we were the only two people being asked to exit the inner chamber through the entrance door.  As we came out of the entry door, I saw the lady again, and this time very clearly.  As they ushered us out of the main temple, I was able to go and sit on the platform very close to the lady.  There was a metal railing dividing the lady and me and both of us were sitting on the platform alongside the wall of the inner chamber.  This meant that all of us were outside the inner chamber, and except for the elderly lady and the temple priests, there was no one within the boundaries of the inner chamber.  Strangely, the priests did not ask the lady to move out of her position, i.e. she was within the inner boundary. Even stranger was her attire.  She wore a silk dhoti deep red in color with a zari border, that was tied to her waist and falling to her ankles. The upper part of her body was covered with a half-saree, with an off-white colored shawl draped over her head.  This was  a most unusual attire and not a single person in the entire crowd was dressed in anything resembling that. The women from Kerala do wear dhoti/mundu, but they don’t cover their heads, nor do they wear a silk dhoti as a mundu, only a cotton dhoti is worn. She seemed to be of about 70-80 years old, but her face was shining bright and she had a large round deep red kumkum on her forehead.

As I sat close to her, with the railing separating the two of us, she came very close to my face and looked directly into my eyes.  It was the most beautiful and glowing face filled with love. She asked me, in Malayalam, “Child, you did recognize me, didn’t’ you?” I was totally numb for a second.  Deep within me, I DID RECOGNIZE HER! SHE WAS NONE OTHER THAN THE MOTHER DIVINE, GODDESS MOOKAMBIKA. I was spellbound.  I replied, “I did recognize you, Mother.”

Meanwhile, my mother, who was sitting on the other side had told me that we should chant the Lalitha Sahasranama till they opened the doors and allowed us back inside. But I could not focus on the chanting at all.  I was so conscious of the energy emanating from this lady – on the one had she looked like a beautiful divine being and on the other hand she was behaving like an Avadhoota too, a bit unstable.  Nobody seemed to be making eye contact with her, although she was making some gestures at certain people.   Since my focus was more on her and not on the chanting, I looked at her again. She lovingly smiled at me and ran her finger on my face as though talking to a child.  She asked me what my name was and took out a small banana from under her shawl and gave it to me.   I accepted it reverently and asked her if I might offer her dakshina.  As I took some cash and placed it in her hand, she took her hand and put it on my head in a gesture of blessing.  She then told me to go stand right in front of the line and to rush inside as soon as I heard the temple bell ring, signaling the start of the deeparadhana.  Most of her communications were by hand gestures.  Except for the first sentence of asking me whether I recognized her and then asking my name, she was making several gestures, looking at some people in irritation etc.

Meanwhile, the people gathered around the temple were getting restless and were ready to charge inside the inner chamber for the deeparadhana.  My mother and I and a couple were standing at a spot the lady had gestured us to.  As the temple bell rang, everyone rushed inside.  We followed the crowd and the lady asked us to walk behind her and took us to a spot, once again on the raised platform, with a fantastic view of the Goddess.  The deeparadhana was an elaborate ritual and extremely beautiful.  The radiance of the Goddess was brilliant and overpowering.  As I kept my eyes focused on the beautiful idol in front of us, and as the lighted oil lamps were being waved by the priests, Devi’s face from the dark inner sanctum sanctorum was becoming visible.  Even though the priests were some steps away from the idol, there certainly was some motion inside the sanctorum.  Devi was alive.  A jasmine flower garland which was going across Devi’s neck and attached to the Vel (lance) to her right side moved and fell on her chest.  It was an extraordinary moment. There was a tiny bird, moth or a butterfly flying inside the inner chamber. The elderly lady who was standing below would every now and then glance back at me to make sure that we were getting a full and beautiful view of the entire proceedings.

As the evening rituals were coming to an end, the lady gestured us to come down from the platform and guided us to stand directly in front of the Goddess as the final aarati was being conducted.  We got an up-close darshan of the Devi and filled our hearts with her image and energy.

As we were doing the final pradhakshina to come out of the inner chamber, the lady returned to me and said that she would see us next morning.

Within the inner chamber was also a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya, called the Shankara Simhasana.  This was the spot where the five hooded Nagaraja, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva in the form of Veerabhadra Swamy were also installed.

Almost 4-5 hours had passed thus in the temple.  We came out after the deeparadhana and were waiting outside as the priests were getting ready to bring Devi outside for a procession in the outer aisle outside the limit of the flag post (dwajasthamba). Several hundred people had gathered and were waiting around for the final darshan of the Devi.  I looked for the elderly lady in the crowd but could not find her anymore. Another thing that I observed was that though there were hundreds of people that evening at the temple, the lady had not spoken to a single person other than me, and a brief conversation with my mother which was kind of garbled and non-coherent!

After joining in the three outer pradakshinas walking behind Devi’s idol being carried in a palanquin by the priests, the evening rituals ended.  We proceeded to get some prasadam (consecrated food).  There is a huge hall in the temple complex where every day hundreds of devotees are served prasadam as lunch and dinner for free.

On the way back to our hotel, we visited the house of Narasimha Adiga and collected the prasadam of kumkum (vermilion) and flowers which had been offered to Devi Mookambika during the evening rituals.

As the day ended, all I had left in my heart was unlimited love and gratitude to my dear Guru Mohanji, without whose Grace, this experience could not have been possible.  The deep connection with which I held on to my Guru was the one and only way I could have had this divine darshan.

I was also very happy that my mother who had wanted to visit this temple for several years and was now fulfilled with the darshan. Both of us slept so peacefully that night, like a baby in its mother’s warm and loving embrace.

We woke up at sunrise the next morning and were ready once again to visit the temple.  Bibin, the driver had told us that he would pick us up at 8.30, so we did not have much time.

Once again we got to walk right into the inner chamber as it was not too crowded.  As we entered I saw the elderly lady again.  This time she was right in front near the garbha griha. As soon as we walked in, she turned around and nodded with a sense of recognition.  She was appearing a bit serious today, no smile at all. She just looked deeply and directly. With her standing there, the temple guides did not ask us to move out at all.  Normally, the temple staff usher people out of the main chamber allowing them a maximum of two to three seconds.  But we stood right in front of Devi, soaking in her energy and admiring her timeless beauty for several minutes.  The rest of the people were being asked to leave after taking darshan just for a few seconds.  Standing in front of the idol, I recalled Mohanji’s words to me to offer a namaskaram (full body prostration) on His behalf.  I prostrated in front of the deity. And as the elderly lady was standing close by, I also touched her feet.  The priest then brought out the saree that had been on the idol overnight as they change the clothing during the morning ritual.  The elderly lady gestured to us to come forward and touch the saree as it had only just been removed from the Goddess’s idol.  Another unexpected and special blessing!

After that, the lady told me to keep doing pradakshina.  She conveyed this message with gestures and not words.  She herself started going around the main temple and I followed her.  We did several rounds thus.  While doing the rounds, she came and gave me some grains wrapped in a paper. At that point I asked her if I could take a photo of hers.  She suddenly seemed irritated.  She said, “You cannot take a picture inside this chamber.  I will come out.”  We remained in the inner chambers for about 15-20 minutes more.  Once again we got to watch the full aarati, this time much closer and just in front of the idol of the Goddess.  She was resplendent.  Goddess Mookambika in the temple is worshipped as Sri Saraswati in the morning, Sri Lakshmi at noon and Sri Durga in the evening.

As it was nearly time for us to leave the town, after the mahaarati, my mother and I came out of the inner chambers and were doing a couple of rounds in the outer chamber.  I could no longer spot the elderly lady, who I do believe to be Goddess Mookambika herself, who graced me by taking a human form again.  Unfortunately, I could not take a picture of her!

We came out of the temple, fed a cow and calf and some baby monkeys that were in the courtyard outside.  We then started walking back to the hotel so that we could pack our bags and check out. I was flooded with the memories of the life of our beloved Guruji Avadhoota Nadanandaji.  I remembered that he had walked these grounds several times and with his Guru Maa Taramayee.  I was desperately wishing that Maa Taramayee would come and bless us.  As these thoughts were flooding my mind, a dog passed by and I gave it some biscuits.  I was still holding a few biscuits in my hand to offer some more to the dog, when I saw a lady approaching me – (I get goosebumps as I write this now) – a frail beggar woman with a half-tied saree above her ankles, the sleeve of her blouse falling off her shoulders – I walked up to her and handed her the biscuits which she accepted in her hands and then asked for some money.  I gave some cash to this mother and bowed down to her!

What more could I have asked for?  The compassionate Mother left me completely full of bliss and blessings.

It was now time to take leave.

On our way out, we stopped by at the Shankaracharya Ashrama and the Bhagawan Nityananda Ashrama.

There was a cave temple and a Shiva linga which was worshipped by Adi Shankara.  The priest mentioned to us that it was a doorway to Kailash.  I am left wondering if Adi Shankara astrally left from there for Kailash and if Mother Parvati appeared to him through that doorway, walking behind him!

We then visited the Ashram of Bhagawan Nityananda located a few minutes from the Mookambika temple. As we entered, a young swamiji was conducting an aarati to the idol of Bhagawan.  The ashram was very peaceful and there was no one there except for the swami who was very friendly. Though there were a number of unique photos of Bhagawan Nityananda, what caught my eye was a particular framed photo of Lord Dattatreya on a chair and the Datta Gurus, with a flower garland.  I sought permission from the swamiji to take a picture of that framed photo. He granted this promptly and even raised up the flower garland from the frame so that I could get a good picture. Strangely, though the temple was poorly lit, the picture (shown below), is filled with light, as though Bhagawan has merged into Lord Dattatreya. The other picture of Bhagawan protected by Nagaraja, I thought was very powerful.

A visit to Kollur is not complete without wetting our feet at the holy Souparnika river. I was very keen on visiting the area and also to see the river and the forest behind, since this was where our Guruji Avadhoota Nadanandaji had spent his Gurukula days with Maa Taramayee. We walked to the shallow river where Maa Taramayee used to bathe Guruji by rubbing his body with the stones of the river bed. The dense forest on the other side of the river where Maa Taramayee and the boys had lived does not appear like any ordinary woods at all – one can see slippery walls of stone that have to be crossed over first to get into the forest. I wondered how they lived there or walked across in and out to the river and the temple. It is very hard to imagine living in those forests with Mother Earth to sleep on and the vast sky as the roof. But with the Guru by the side and a surrendered mind, it is of course completely possible. They were no ordinary beings either.

We left Kollur soon after and visited the Udipi Sri Krishna Temple on the way back to the airport.

Though it has been two weeks since I got back to my home in the USA, my experience at the Mookambika Temple has captured my mind completely.  As I began writing this blog, I was quite disappointed that I did not have the photograph of the Mother (who came in the form of the elderly lady) to share with everyone.  I thought that I could perhaps draw a sketch of her.  Someone suggested that I get a painting done by a professional artist.  However, I feel that none of these could ever capture the feelings and the unlimited love that I had experienced at the temple on the evening of October 30, 2018.  That moment when the mother looked at me and had asked, “My child, did you not recognize me?” and my eyes locked with hers, it was a moment of deep stillness – the fullness of emptiness! If at all there was anything existing, it was only PURE LOVE.  That is the lesson I take from this experience.  That is what I believe Mohanji wanted me to experience and learn. The ability to feel that equanimity and wonder at all times would be such a wonderful thing! No photo, no painting or sketch can possibly explain that moment.  That moment of experience I surrender to my Guru Mohanji.  It is only His Grace which made that possible.  And I am ever so much in gratitude for that.  I am happy to share with you the photos of the two gifts that I received from the Mother.

The introduction to Goddess Mookambika began back in April 2016 when Mohanji handed me a copy of the original Autobiography of Avadhoota Nadananda, The Pyre of the Destined.  Mohanji held my hand every step of the way, as we edited the original version of the book and published the now well-known Autobiography of an Avadhoota, so that Mohanji Foundation could take the story of this amazing saint to all over the world. The fascinating life and spiritual journey of this great Avadhoota gave me insight into the divine world of the Masters of Gyanganj, where the Supreme Mother Goddess, the dispeller of ignorance and compassionate giver par excellence, takes the spiritual seeker along the journey.

The instruction from Mohanji to visit Mookambika that came to me in July 2018, as I have mentioned at the beginning of this story, was also part of the divine play! As I mentioned earlier, words don’t merely fall out accidentally.  The Master Mohanji, true to His role of a Supreme Guru – the one who has the power to dispel (ru) darkness (gu) – gave me this experiential knowledge.  Even remarkable is the fact that this knowledge should come after the level 1 of the Acharya training, as I, like the others who attended, was being purified at subtle levels to embark on this important journey in our lives.  To receive this blessing from the Goddess is a boon and I share this blessing with all my fellow Acharya Trainees, and wish that the journey we have embarked upon with Mohanji, bears fruit for humanity. We are also deeply grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us by the Guru Mandala, the Masters of the Tradition.

Although my stay in India during this trip was barely for ten days, a lot had been experienced and learned.  I conclude this blog with the deep understanding from the revelations that came from Devi Amma about Mohanji, His mission and His incarnation.  The Lord of my heart, Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati is the Lord of the Pleiades and he is deeply connected to the earthly plane.  He lived on our planet at one time, as is shown by the several temples of worship dedicated to him in Southern India. Lord Muruga is believed to have incarnated again, taking the form of Mahavatar Babaji as a disciple in the ashram of the great Siddha Bhoganathar, belonging to the ancient tradition of Nava Nath Sadhus (ascetics) who trace their tradition to Lord Shiva (Adhi Nath).  The Siddha Kriya Yoga tradition was taught by Bhogar Maharshi and was then carried further by his disciple, Kriya Babaji also known as Mahavatar Babaji.  It is believed that it is Lord Muruga’s will to reveal himself as the friend of the universe to help humanity evolve from the gross consciousness to that of subtle consciousness, which is pure light.  Devi Amma’s words to me that Mohanji is a great Siddha who has taken the incarnation as Vishvamitra (friend of the universe) is a great revelation and has supreme significance.

 

Offered at the lotus feet of my Guru, Mohanji.

Om Sri Bhagwan Sri Brahmarishi, Mohanji Namah Om

Om SA RA VA NA BHA VAAYA,  Babaji Namah Om

I thank my spiritual sister Geetha, for her constructive comments and help with editing this blog.

Jai Mohanji.

Lata Ganesh, Virginia, USA.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

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Mohanji Satcharita – Chapter 1, October 2018

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“Om Parabrahmaya vidmahe

Shiva tatwaya dhi mahi,

Tanno Mohan Prachodayat.”

JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI.

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

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

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

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

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

Mohanji blessed us, “I will help you.” 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Divine Vision

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

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

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

Thea narrates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My deepest love and appreciation for such a gift!

— Thea

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

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

Kanika narrates :

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

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

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

 Love you Guruji, Love you a lot.

Kanika

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

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

Subhasree narrates:

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

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

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

“This expansion is my original state.”

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

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

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

Koti Pranam at your feet, Mohanji.

Subhasree

Life Transformation

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

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

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

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

Dr Pritam narrates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

With gratitude and prayers, always and forever.

Pritam

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

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

Alex narrates:

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

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

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

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

O yes, I will be. Thank you!

Alex

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

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

Sara narrates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara

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Divine Presence

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

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

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

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

 

Preethi narrates:

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Let me share our experience at Nandi Hills.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I also understood what He meant by,

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

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

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

Preethi

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

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

Girija narrates :

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subhasree narrates:

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

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

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

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

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

He then narrated the events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jai Mohanji.

— Subhasree

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

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

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

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Shri Guroh paramam rupam viveka chakshushomratam,

Mandabhagyaa na pashyanti andhah suryodayam yatha|

Which means:

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

Jai Shree Guru Datta.

Jai Mohanji.

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

 

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Bhima Pushkar 2018 at Nivruthi Sangam with Mohanji – Part 2

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

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

Meeting the 92 Year old saint Swami Ramanananda Saraswati:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Return:

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

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

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

Koti Pranama at your feet, Mohanji.

Jai Shree Guru Datta.

Jai Mohanji.

 

||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

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Arunachala with Shiva

By Ananthanarayanan Sankaran, Australia

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Not many get the chance to visit Arunachala. The call has to come from within, just like a call to visit Kailash or any other powerhouse. When I was planning to visit India in Dec 2017, my only wish was that I get to meet Mohanji and spend few hours with Him if it is possible. I was in touch with the M – Family who asked me if I could make it to Sriperumbudur, abode of Shri. Ganeshanandagiri Baba. As the dates coincided with my departure date, I was disappointed to give it a skip. I was then told that Mohanji might visit Arunachala and if all goes well, I could join. I initially thought Mohanji was on a private visit and that accompanying Him might not be possible, but later to my joy, I was told that Gurulight was organizing “Arunachala with Mohanji”  program from Dec 24th until 27th.

My joy knew no bounds at the thought of being in Arunachala with Shiva Himself, my dream slowly coming to life. I knew it was not going to be easy for me given I would land it India a day prior (Dec 23rd) in Bangalore and then travel to Arunachala by road within 1 day of arrival. 

Here is a brief personal account of my journey to Arunachala and witnessing the Grace called Mohanji that’s ever flowing. 

About Arunachala:

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Thiruvannamalai a.k.a. Arunachala is considered as the “Kailash of the South”. Here, Lord Shiva takes the form of Fire and hence the Shivalingam at Arunachaleswara temple is called as the “Agni Lingam”. 

Shri. Ramana Maharishi, in his book Arunachala Mahatmyam says, ” By merely thinking of Arunachala, one will surely attain Liberation.” 

Before traveling to Arunachala: At “Divyarasa”

I got in touch with Madhu who was coordinating the journey from Chennai to know the team’s whereabouts so that I could join them while they were near Arunachala. However, Mohanji had other plans. I called up Madhu around 11 am on Dec 24th only to be told that they had just started from Chennai and might take a while before they arrive. Since I knew the local language (Tamil), I was asked to go to the Hotel and ensure if things were in order before the rest of the family arrive. 

I arrived at the Hotel venue around noon, warmly welcomed by front staff and a beautiful white dove, sitting gracefully at the front-desk as if waiting for Mohanji to arrive. Hotel staff were already getting the rooms ready and I jumped into the act, checking the rooms, facilities available, room allocations and the hall where a Satsang was planned in the evening.

It was not just the dove that was waiting, but 4 beautiful dogs were also waiting for their Master. The sight of them roaming around the entrance clearly suggested the connection between Mohanji and nature, a true AVADHOOTA who is one with nature at all times.2_Dove 3_dog_waiting_for_Mohanji.jpg

Judith was the first one to arrive at the venue as she had reached Arunachala a couple of days ago and had spent some time in the lap of Arunachala high up in the mountain. She then introduced me to Mani who is native of Thiruvannamalai and takes care of a cave at the top of the hill.  

Without any description, Judith introduced me to Mani. As soon as I went near Mani, I started breathing heavily, words didn’t come out of my mouth as I had a strong energy pull towards him. We hardly spoke any words but connected well. Judith then told me about Mani’s guru, an avadhoota himself residing up the mountain and that Mani, getting to know about Mohanji through Judith, had come to seek His blessings. 

Mohanji, along with 20 other people reached Arunachala and true to His nature, wasted no time. After a brief refreshment, we headed straight to “Divyarasa,” a residential commune in the lap of Arunachala with selfless service, love and acceptance as its spiritual core principles. 

It was truly a special moment to witness Mohanji spending time with the children and planting trees on the divine land where our beloved Guruji Avadhoota Nadanandaji had performed Bhoomi Pooja.

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While chatting with Mohanji at Divyarasa, He conveyed His decision of not travelling in 2019 and that it was high time we focus on Ashrams. We were casually talking about various countries and options for Ashrams. I would like to highlight that Mohanji was scheduled to visit Australia after completing the Peru trip (in April 2018).

While we were discussing about Ashrams, I didn’t say a word but I was looking at Mohanji’s eyes and He casually said, “Don’t look at me like this. I am not coming to Australia, I heard there are lots of snakes there.” I smiled and told Him, “That’s Ok Father. I will come wherever You are.” He simply smiled and nodded His head. The conversation then went on to other subjects. As you would have realized, Mohanji didn’t visit Australia due to various reasons and I was blessed to spend blissful 10 days with Mohanji in Peru, a blog on it will soon make its way with His blessings.

This is yet another reminder that a Master’s word should never be taken lightly or ever be discarded. He might be joking with you, but every word He utters is a word of consciousness which should be grabbed with attention. 

The Journey – Arunachala Inner Kora Parikrama:

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People who have visited Arunachala would be familiar with “Girivalam” a.k.a. circumambulation around the Arunachala Hills. It’s a well-laid path of 14 km where thousands of people take this pilgrimage during a full-moon day (Pournami). However, very few would know about the Inner Kora of Arunachala, a path via the forest that takes you closer to the Arunachala Hills from where we could spot Ganesha’s face, Shiva and His family on the mountains surrounding the Arunachala Hills.

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Forest officials have stopped giving permission for people to enter this path citing earlier problems including people burning down a portion of the forest. When Shiva Himself is visiting the land, there were no such permission denials.

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We started our parikrama accompanied by Madhurai Swamigal who had just come to Arunachala from a distant location. The first meeting between Mohanji and the Swamigal at the Arunachaleswara temple main complex was truly special. We could see HUMILITY and GRATITUDE overflowing when Mohanji touched Swamigal’s feet and Swamigal doing the same to Mohanji. Later, Mohanji during one of the casual conversations told me the significance of Him touching Swamigal’s feet. He said,

“This should be our nature, being HUMBLE. Did you recall how Swamigal addressed himself as “Pichaikaaran” (beggar)? Remaining humble is a clear sign that you are on the right path. This conveys that there is no EGO attached. “

We must have crossed 2 streets and I was trying to keep up to the speed of Mohanji and Swamigal who were leading from the front. I noticed a person on the opposite side raising his hands above his head and offering his pranaams to Mohanji. I also saw that Mohanji raised His hands and blessed him while continuing His walk. As a casual observer, you would completely ignore this person as he was wearing a cloth that was fully stained by mud and his physical appearance would make you not go near him.

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The very minute Mohanji raised His hands to bless this individual, I saw Rajesh Kamath running to meet this person and I followed Rajesh. The moment we went near him, I had shocks all over my body. The energy around this person was giving me goosebumps. He smelt of alcohol, his clothes were soiled, all clear signs of “don’t go near him” for the normal eye, but a SAGE/SADHU/AVADHOOTA for the eyes that could see.

Rajesh offered him some dhakshina (offering) and he bowed down to collect the amount saying, “Oh twenty Rupees, that’s a big dhakshina for me.” I had carried some biscuit packets with me and immediately took a pack and offered it to him. He looked at me and said (in English), “Life’s a play, enjoy it. All your wishes will be fulfilled.” He followed this by saying “Land, wand sab kuch ho jayega” (Land will happen). The moment he told me this, I could recollect the conversation we had with Mohanji the previous day (at Dhivyarasa) about Ashrams and securing land for the same.

We ran again to join the group and entered the forest during the dawn of the day. Swamigal, followed by Mohanji were leading from the front and it was very difficult for the rest of the group to keep up to their speed. As we were walking through the forest, the group found it difficult to stay on track as it had thorny bushes, water streams and occasional mud surfaces. Some of the participants really struggled and I stayed at the end to ensure no one was left behind. 

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We reached a pool that was in a dissolute state and next to it was a cave. The Swamigal accompanying us shared some insights about this cave where a sadhu had been observing penance for a long time before the forest officials forcefully brought him out of the cave. There were lots of monkeys surrounding this cave. As a couple of us started to go inside the cave, the monkeys became aggressive and made lots of noise. Mohanji immediately stopped us from entering and said these monkeys were guarding the cave and we shouldn’t bother them.

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As we continued our parikrama around the Arunachala Hills, chants such as Om Namah Shivaya! and “Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Aruna Shiva Om!” kept us going in a terrain that tested everyone’s perseverance. During this walk, we could witness Grace ever flowing as support came from various quarters to the people who were struggling to walk through the forest. We had darshans of Ganesha and Nandi on the Hills and our Arunachala (Mohanji) ensured everybody was safe.

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We reached a point where we could get a clear darshan of the Arunachala Hills. Mohanji advised everyone to sit and meditate. He added,

“In Arunachala, your only wish should be to attain the state of “Nir Vichara Samadhi.” In Arunachala, Shiva takes the form of Fire and He burns everything to ashes.” 

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Without giving any insights, we shared the picture of Mohanji meditating facing the Arunachala Hills and the following is an experience shared by Subhasree Thottungal:

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“Just by looking at Mohanji in this picture brought in so much calmness and peace. I zoomed in, and looking at a close up view of Mohanji’s face showed complete silence! Para Brahma Swaroop (vision of Para Brahma) became crystal clear. The silence and peace brought a light within me and I slowly started to disappear. I felt myself merging into Para Brahma, in His space, in that moment. Words will not do justice to explain the state that this pic took me to. Few moments of gazing at this pic took me to being with Mohanji at Arunachala. Thank you Mohanji for being with us always and keeping us with You always. Koti Pranam.” 

Mohanji was in an expanded state during the parikrama and we were blessed with a mini-Satsang at the same spot. Mohanji went on to explain about various Siddhas living inside the Arunachala Hills in Sukshma form and every word uttered by Mohanji made everyone go deeper within themselves and experience the STILLNESS of mind.

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Realisation after Arunachala Parikrama:

Upon returning to the hotel after the parikrama, I was told that Mohanji had slipped  a couple of times and was having some uneasiness. I went to Mohanji’s room and started pressing His feet. I inquired about the injury and He casually said,

“It is my job. I had to take this so that others complete their parikrama.”

I wasn’t surprised when a couple of pilgrims told me that they were very certain they couldn’t have completed the parikrama if not for Mohanji. One of the participants had a troubled knee and I knew Mohanji carried every one of us. A true Master never lets His disciples down, EVER. He takes on everything for the ones who have full faith in Him.

I was also sharing with Him about the meeting of the Sadhu earlier in the morning and Mohanji gave the following explanation: 

He (the Sadhu) is from the Hills. He doesn’t live here, he was sent by Arunachala Himself. There are 3 forms through which we get signs/messages or answers to our burning questions:

1)     A thought (or) a casual conversation will give clarity to your question

2)    When higher beings (or) consciousness wants to contact us, they speak through someone (i.e.) they takeover someone for a brief time to convey the message. It happened today through the Sadhu we met this morning. This is because, they wouldn’t want to take a physical form to convey a message as they will have to live with its limitations (physical body).

3)    Taking a physical body (birth). This is when an Avtar is born for a larger cause.”

 Mohanji went on to tell me that,

“I am sure that the Ashrams will happen. Not one but many.”

Few months since this meeting , there has already been great progress! The Ashram in Canada has been inaugurated by Mohanji in August 2018 and idols of Lord Dattatreya, Shirdi Sai Baba and Lord Ganesha have been consecrated with regular rituals taking place. One more Ashram in Serbia has already come to possession. Another Ashram land has been registered in Serbia; an Ashram land in Slovenia is being finalized and an Ashram land  in Shirdi has already been registered! In less than a year, we can see what Mohanji uttered that time has been coming in full force!

I couldn’t stay with Mohanji at Arunachala beyond two days as I had to return to Bangalore for some personal work. But as it would always happen with Mohanji, not once did I feel the fatigue, hunger or tiredness. I would have slept for no more than 2-3 hours but the energy levels were always high. 

The trip did leave an everlasting impact on me. I had been to Thiruvannamalai a couple of time earlier, but never once had felt such a strong connection and there’s a deep desire to visit the holy land with Mohanji once again with His Grace. 

Slowly, I have come to a realisation that every pilgrimage with Mohanji is like moving from one grade to another. He gives you exactly the amount that you could digest and when you have finished, He himself calls you and gives you the next amount. I can only recollect Shirdi Sai Baba’s verses

“However distant my people may be, I draw them to me just as we pull a bird to us with a string tied to its foot.”

Likewise, our beloved Father, Parabrahma Swaroopa Mohanji pulls you near Him, blesses you and gives you exactly what you could handle/understand. While my laundry list of wishes to Him never goes down, my inner-self is fully aware that He alone exists and that I seek nothing except to be at His feet and at the lap of the Guru Mandala.

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Thank you, Mohanji, for all these wonderful experiences you have given us in these divine journeys. Deep inside me, I know nothing except You. You alone exist in me. I surrender everything at Your Holy Feet.

||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

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

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

A unique Kailash Yatra!

By Chakradhar Yakkala, Switzerland

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I am Chakradhar Yakkala from India, living in Switzerland. After reading the book ‘Autobiography of an Avadhoota’ last year, I got to know about Mohanji, and was keen to meet Him for the sole reason because He is an enlightened Master from my beloved Shirdi Sai Baba’s lineage. I met Mohanji for the first time in Slovenia in 2017, and received Shaktipat from Him. While leaving the satsang, I thought I might not meet Him again. Intriguingly, two months after meeting Him, I felt for the first time that He was talking to me telepathically. He said to me, “Come to Kailash.” I replied, “Yes, I will.” Then He asked, “Would you also come to Kailash if you lose your job?” I said, “Yes, I will come even if I lose my job!”

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Later, I said to myself, “Me and losing my job, impossible.” Afterwards, when I left for work, the first thing my boss said to me was, “Sorry Chakri, I am running out of funds, and I have to terminate your job contract!” This was highly unexpected and with just 6 months of job remaining, I had to really save money to be able to make it to Kailash. Two months down the line, I was very agitated one day thinking about what will happen to me if I spend all the remaining savings to go to Kailash, but was still prepared to do that. With an agitated mind I went to bed, and during my sleep at some point, I could see that Mohanji appeared and stood next to me. His body was only made of white light. I could see Him with closed eyes. He said to me, “Don’t worry, I will take care of you!”

An angel in our midst. In Limpopo.

The next day following the dream, I got a call for a job interview from who I hardly even expected a response. With almost no effort, I cleared three different phases of the interview, and they offered me a job! Things happened in the most miraculous way for me on my way to get this new job.

Since the day I saw Mohanji in my dream (as mentioned above), I never felt any separation from Him. As Mohanji says, “You will know that you are connected to Me when you don’t feel any separation wherever I am.”

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I could connect to Him from anywhere and anytime, and He would provide me with support. Only then did I become convinced that He is my very own Guru, always protecting and guiding me in mysterious ways. As He repeatedly mentions, “I always do my job,” I would say that it is 200% true, and He comes to you in the most unexpected ways because He is an ocean of consciousness neither bound by space or physicality.

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I applied for “Kailash with Mohanji 2018,” and my application was selected by Mohanji’s team. I paid the entire fee in advance, and was eagerly waiting to go to Kailash. Two weeks before my travel to Kathmandu from Switzerland for the Kailash trip, I was asked to fly to India a week before my intended date of travel, in order to submit my passport at the Chinese embassy in India for acquiring a Tibetan visa. To submit the passport 1-2 weeks in advance was a new rule imposed by the Chinese authorities in 2018 for the Indian passport holders who are willing to travel to Kailash. I could not prepone my travel and therefore, sent my passport from Switzerland by FedEx, a courier which usually delivers the parcel to India in a span of 24 hours. I sent my passport to an India / Nepal based travel agency that works with Mohanji’s foundation for organizing Kailash trips every year. Their plan was to get my Tibetan visa in 5 working days and return my passport along with the visa, which should reach me by post before my intended date of travel. Unexpectedly, my passport got stuck at the Indian customs for some reason and was not delivered to the intended receiver! I had to write to the Indian customs and had to make many phone calls to get my passport back, without being delivered to the intended travel agency. All my hopes to visit Kailash were shattered and I received my passport back without the Tibetan visa, two days before my already planned journey from Switzerland to Kailash. The travel agency requested me to come to Kathmandu, Nepal despite not having a Tibetan visa. They told me that they will try to contact some influential people who might help me to get a visa for Tibet.

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I then flew to Kathmandu, handed over my passport to the travel agency and waited for 2 days. They tried their best to get a Tibetan visa for me, but their efforts were of no avail. When my visa to Tibet did not happen, I went to Mohanji and said, “Father, they say that my visa is not going to happen,” and He simply replied, “That is because you are going to come along with Me to Kailash next year.” After sometime, I asked, “Father, where should I go now,” and He said, “You go to Muktinath and make the best use of that place.” On that same evening, all the people who were going to Kailash had a satsang with Mohanji, and He said to everyone, “Chakradhar will tell you all how difficult it is to go to Muktinath.”

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The route is Khatmandu-Pokhra-Jomsom-Muktinath. There are short duration flights of approx. 20 min connecting from Khatmandu to Pokhra and Pokhra to Jomsom. From Jomsom, one can go to Muktinath either by Jeep in 1.5hrs or by an 8 hour trek of 25km. Logically speaking, it shouldn’t be difficult to go to Muktinath, therefore, initially, I couldn’t understand why Father said to everyone that it would be difficult for me to go there. After reaching Pokhra, I waited for 5 hours to take a flight to Jomsom. All the flights were cancelled that day due to unfavorable weather. I thought of taking a flight the next day, but the airport authorities told me that the chances of planes flying to Jomsom the next day seem bleak.

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In the meantime, a woman from Ukraine came to me and asked if I would like to share a jeep ride to Jomsom with her. She also told me that she is a spiritual seeker, and was planning to go to Muktinath. I agreed and travelled by road with her to Jomsom. It took 12 hours to just travel 90km by road! It was the most difficult of all the journeys I had done in my entire life! 90% of the time, I was shaking or jumping in the jeep due to the nature of the route; the roads were also narrow and highly risky at many points. In addition, our jeep stopped at random places and at times either because there was a landslide or someone’s vehicle was broken, which blocked the entire route. That is when I understood the words of our Father, “Chakradhar will tell you how difficult it is to go to Muktinath.”

The next day, I wanted to trek from Jomsom to Muktinath, and the woman from Ukraine also joined me for trekking. On our way she said to me, “You know, I have been trying to connect to Shambhala Masters in my meditation for a very long time, and I got an intuition to make a trip to Muktinath. On the trip I will meet someone who will help me connect with Shambhala Masters, which will help me in my evolution.” In addition, she kept on referring to golden color all the time. I was extremely surprised and said to her, “I think I’m the one you are supposed to meet, and my Master Mohanji is connected to Shambhala and represents a lineage known as the Golden Tradition of Shambhala.” She was happy after knowing about our lineage, and I gave her a photo of Mohanji with the foundation logo. I felt extremely privileged that I became a part of Mohanji’s plan to draw a deserving seeker towards Him and our tradition.

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There are 108 sacred water streams in the form of a semicircle behind the temple of Muktinath. One needs to take a shower from all those cold streams, and then take a dip in the two ponds in front of the temple before going near the temple’s sanctum sanctorum for the darshan of Lord Muktinath.

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I took showers in all those streams on my first day, followed by dips in both the ponds around 3pm, and found that the temple was closed. No one around, I sat in the open in front of the closed temple to do some simple meditation. In no time, the temple guard came to me and said, “Please come sir, I will get it opened for you.” He called a Buddhist nun in charge of the temple, and she came and opened the temple just for the sake of my darshan alone! Although I was nobody there, I was given a beautiful darshan like a special guest, due to the blessings of our Father.

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Few days before I reached Muktinath, Mohanji’s team, upon his request, sent all of us a document of a highly evolved alien’s secret interview. I started reading it on the same day I got it, and went on reading all throughout my journey towards Muktinath. After my first darshan of Muktinath, I continued reading that document, and I came across a paragraph where the alien speaks about an advanced being from their race who came to our planet to fight dark forces and guide earthlings towards liberation. The alien says that the people on earth refer to that advanced being as Vishnu. In other words, the alien was talking about liberation, a word synonymous to Mukti; and it is talking about an exalted being who is often referred in the Indian languages also as Nath (other than the yogic tradition). The subtle meaning is that the alien is referring to Lord Vishnu’s role as Muktinath, and I ended up reading that paragraph in the village of Muktinath, after a few hours of having my first darshan of lord Muktinath!

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I was amazed at the timing when I came across those lines in the document, and my devotion towards Lord Muktinath multiplied 100 fold!

The day I reached Muktinath, a dog continuously barked standing outside the hotel of my residence that night for a few hours. I strongly felt like the dog was barking for me (never had such a feeling before). The same thing happened on the second and the third nights post my arrival. On the third night, I stood outside my hotel’s residence and tried to pet that dog, and it permitted me to do that effortlessly without any problem. I went into my hotel and came out after a few minutes with some cookies and searched for that dog. It was standing a few feet away from my hotel in the dark, in the company of another dog. I called it and took out some cookies, and it came to me running; surprisingly, the other dog ran away despite seeing that I was there with some cookies in my hand to feed them. I fed the dog to my heart’s fill, and went back to my hotel room. The next day I was exploring some nearby mountains along with someone from the hotel staff. While I was trekking, I asked my co-trekker from the hotel, if it is normal that some dog comes and continuously barks in the night outside our hotel every day? He answered that it is not so and he has been observing that phenomenon only for the past 3 nights (exactly since the day I arrived there). His answer confirmed my doubt that the dog had indeed come for me, and intriguingly, after I fed that dog, it had never barked again outside my hotel’s residence on any night since then, until my last day there. I felt then that it might be some karmic cleansing Mohanji had planned for me at that sacred place, which was reinforced to me later by a great being I met there, about whom I will mention later.

On my second day of arrival, I went to the room where they perform yagna in the premises of Muktinath temple. I expressed my interest to the priest in charge to perform yagna alongside him.

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He told me to come the next morning, and then asked me if I had eaten or not. I told him that I was planning to eat and requested him to join me. My plan was to take him to a hotel and feed him, but instead, he took me to his small ashram, offered a place for me to stay and sleep as long as I wanted without asking anything in return, and made some tasty chai for me. While I was having that chai and talking to one of his friends, he cooked for me; with the very minimum resources he had and offered me that food with all his heart. I was so touched by his love and compassion that it almost brought tears to my eyes. After I had my food, he insisted that I come to him twice a day and eat with him while he would cook for me. Afterwards, every time I met him, he would first enquire if I had eaten, then would joke about some random thing, followed by laughing and hugging. He was a rare being of pure and immense love, and I was so lucky and blessed to meet him in Muktinath.

On one of my days there, I did an arduous trek, and was very tired. I was on my way back to my hotel room after the trek, and came across a 60 yr old couple from India who could not walk up the hill leading to Muktinath temple. Due to their severe health complications, they were giving up. Although I was exhausted, I somehow felt like helping them to reach the temple of Muktinath. I started talking to them, held their hands firmly and walked along with them. I continuously tried to divert their attention from their fear and pain to something else by talking about random matters while they were walking with me. Whenever they felt like giving up, which happened multiple times, I gave them encouragement, and somehow managed to take them to the temple of Muktinath on the mountain, while holding their hands all the time. After they had their darshan, I brought them back to their jeep which was about to leave Muktinath. The husband asked me why I felt like helping them when I saw them. I told him that there is one lesson, which I absorbed well from my Master, and that was to always see what I could do for people around me in need, which is what made me come to you naturally without much thinking. That night, when I went to bed, I had a strong stimulation of my third eye that never happened to me before with such intensity. I felt like Mohanji blessed me immensely for implementing His teaching in a wholehearted manner.

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On my last day in Muktinath, I went to the main temple’s priest, and requested him to chant mantras for transmitting blessings of Muktinath to my biological family and Mohanji’s family, by telling the gotras and the names of both the families. After the temple priest finished chanting the mantras, I asked him for directions to hike up in the mountains beyond Muktinath. After explaining the route, he also told me without asking that there is a Swami up there living alone in the mountains doing his spiritual practices. I proceeded with my trekking as per the plan, beyond the temple, and I did not come across any isolated structure indicating the presence of any Swami up there. In the late afternoon, when I trekked back, I saw an isolated room like structure from a distance. I said to myself, if that Swami lives there, and if I am supposed to meet him, he should appear visible to me outside his residence. I saw him outside his residence in a minute, and I went straight there.

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He invited me inside his single room that had a cave like setting, and is located in the middle of nowhere. I looked into his eyes that were like an embodiment of stillness. He lives there and walks on those mountains barefooted throughout the year. I introduced myself, and told him that my Guruji had asked me to visit Muktinath, and that is why I was there. When I showed him the picture of Mohanji, he looked and paid respects to our Father in the photograph. When I sat down to talk to him, his first words were the following, “I was expecting you this morning, and even made tea for you. You did not even see me when you were trekking up, you just passed this way. I thought of calling you by shouting from a distance, but then I felt like I am not supposed to call you.” He then added, “You cannot come here without your Guru’s kripa, only sadhaks with Guru kripa can come here. Lord Vishnu Himself lived in this room and did some spiritual practices 2.5 million years ago. You can meditate and experience for yourself!”

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When I sat down and closed my eyes, it was so powerful that I was strongly pulled into meditation. I literally could not open my eyes, and had to force them open after some time (normally it is vice versa, I cannot close my eyes for long, hahaha!). By the time I opened my eyes, he made some sweet tasting tea for me, which only I had to drink. I then touched his feet and asked for his blessings, which he gave me by touching my spine in a certain way. When I was about to leave, he expressed his interest to also walk along with me down to the Muktinath temple and also further down to Muktinath village. I had developed pain in my ankles due to some tough trekking, which miraculously disappeared without a trace after that short time I spent in his residence! While we were walking down towards the temple, I held an umbrella for him while it was raining, and he was teaching me different things like a loving father.

I am mentioning here only the key aspects of our conversation. Without me saying anything about my spiritual practices, he said to me, “Sadhaks/spiritual practitioners can do any spiritual practice effortlessly except the one that is taught by their Guru, because when you try to do that, your karma comes in your way.” This was exactly what I was doing unconsciously (performing different spiritual practices except Consciousness Kriya given to me by our Father Mohanji) at that point in time! He then said to me, “Feeding dogs cleanses the inherent demonic patterns within you,” which reminded me of the feeding I did to a dog few days before, outside my hotel (as explained above). He walked barefoot on that difficult mountain terrain, and was a little extreme in dealing with himself; I thought of our Guruji Avadhoota Nadananda as he reminded me of him. He then immediately started to speak about the sadhana of Goddess Tara, which our Guruji Nadananda did (as mentioned in his autobiography)! He then asked me to buy him some cigarettes, and took me to the village of Muktinath. Out of all the shops that were there, he took me to one particular shop and said, “You buy from here.” I had a verbal fight with the shopkeeper of that shop a couple of days ago! I went to that shop and had to drop my ego completely in order to ask him for cigarettes. Also, the shopkeeper could not be angry with me because I was there with the Swami whom he very much respected. Therefore, we both had to keep our egos down and interact pleasantly in front of the Swami. After I bought the cigarettes and offered to Swami, he bid farewell to me with the following words, “Next time if you come here, of course only by the wish and will of your Guruji, please come and stay with me; don’t stay in these hotels!”

By the compassionate blessings of our Father Mohanji, I had such an amazing and spontaneous pilgrimage to Muktinath that will be etched in my heart forever.

Now comes the experience of Kailash. Two weeks after I returned to Switzerland from Muktinath, one night, I did my Consciousness Kriya and went to sleep. In my sleep, I felt as if I was lifted up from my sleeping spot, and I started travelling somewhere. In other words, my subtle body left my physical body and went on a journey. During my journey, it was indicated that I was going to Kailash. I was so excited thinking that I would get to see many beautiful mountains and lakes like Gauri kund on my travel. I saw none of what I thought I would see or was excited to see. Instead, after travelling sometime, I saw some dark hills, something like an abandoned place. Mohanji was standing there alone. In no time, I transformed into a tiny triangle, and merged with Mohanji at a particular point located on the midline of His forehead. After merging, He said to me, “You are in Kailash now.” Merging into Him was an experience beyond all experiences; it felt as if I ceased to exist as an individual person or entity, and only existed like some shapeless and formless witness. Next morning, when I woke up from my sleep, I felt extremely tired. Few minutes later, I could recollect the whole experience in my awakened state. Sometime later, I could also recall Mohanji explaining in one of His satsangs about Kailash, that the journey to outward Kailash is to reach the inner Kailash that is already present in every one of us. Father also mentions in that satsang that the inner Kailash is located between Ajna chakra and Sahasrara chakra, and the kundalini after raising beyond Ajna Chakra has to pass through that inner Kailash before it reaches its beloved Shiva residing in the Sahasrara chakra. In other words, Mohanji unified me into His own inner Kailash, which is a rare and precious gift that goes far beyond the power of my articulation! Such is the love of a true Master that always flows towards you like an infinite river beyond your imagination and comprehension, when there is trust that is firmly rooted in Him.

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Jai Brahmarishi Mohanji

My humble prostrations to our Father Mohanji, an embodiment of boundless love and compassion!

— Chakradhar

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