Faith that leads to Awareness

Experiences shared by Shaju Mangalam and Rajiv Duggal (India), Punam Kapoor (Canada) who lovingly share some of their cherished moments of deep connection with Mohanji. 

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Mohanji says “Faith happens, sooner or later. When ego subsides and gets nullified through consistent downfalls, faith happens. Faith leads. Faith soothes. Faith reinforces. Faith nurtures life. Faith elevates life. Faith stabilizes life. Faith liberates man. Faith increases with experiences. Faith decreases when we disown our own experiences, swapping then for another’s opinion or book knowledge. Faith increases when surrender becomes absolute.” 

Shaju Mangalam from Bangalore, India

Shaju shares with us his experience of Mohanji’s love, the joy of being in His physical presence and a blessed connection to other Masters during a deep meditation.

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I would like to share a unique but life-changing experience I had a few days ago when I spent a night at Mohanji’s ashram in Bangalore. On 16th May, I had dinner at the ashram and conversed with Mohanji on various topics including Ammucare activities in India. Next morning, after finishing my sadhana (spiritual practice), I had the opportunity to have breakfast with Mohanji. His eyes sparkled as he looked at me fondly saying, “Daddu, have more dosa and upma, you eat well!” I was so humbled and became emotional as He was serving me the food Himself. My eyes filled with tears even as I wondered whether to smile or cry. It was pure love in abundance which made me feel this way. Before I left, Mohanji looked at me and said, “Daddu, come in the evening too. I am leaving tomorrow. Come!” I felt it was a blessing to be with Him again and to spend one more night at His altar!

The energy at the ashram was amazing, and I had never felt this anywhere! It was mesmerizing and so vibrant! The call of the Guru meant something. I said, “I will be there.” I rushed back after office to the ashram even though it was almost 30km away. I felt like I was going back to my home. I had a small satsang (spiritual discussion) with Mohanji and I could feel powerful energy again engulfing me. After dinner, Mohanji called me upstairs inviting me to watch television with Him and suggested that I sit next to Him! Sometime later, I went downstairs and sat talking to the others. Mohanji was in His room doing His work.

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After a few minutes, I closed my eyes. I was in a state of deep trance. I could see Mahavatar Babaji and all the Masters near me and I could feel Babaji around throughout. The sight was magnificent and I had never felt or seen this before in my life! I don’t know how long I was in that state. Seeing me in that state of meditation, others in the room quietly moved out as they didn’t want to disturb me. Being in the presence of Babaji and all Masters of the lineage was the opportunity of a lifetime for me! I didn’t feel like opening my eyes. I didn’t want to come back to the normal state.

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I could see the blue light moving away as Babaji left. Babaji gave me two powerful messages. The first message was:

“Be silent and never react to any situations or events which are either positive or negative. It will just pass. But if you react, the extension of sufferings will prolong. Silence is the only way to live!”

The second one: 

“Don’t take anything in life for granted. Nothing is acquired by you. It’s all given to you and nothing is accidental or coincidental.”  

These two powerful messages struck me like lightning and after a few minutes, the environment in the room changed back to normal. I too came back to my normal state.

I realized that this powerful vision could happen only in the presence of Mohanji in the ashram. Every inch of this house, where Mohanji is residing, has become a power center and hence divine Masters are able to visit there.

I shared this experience with Mohanji the next morning and He said, “This is the way masters work. They may not come a second time and it’s your duty and responsibility along with firm determination to hear and apply the messages you received in your life.” I felt very humbled and didn’t have the words to say anything further.

Recently, when I went to the ashram, I  feel a strong presence of Lord Hanuman there. Yesterday, I was sitting at the corner of the room where Mohanji was having an informal satsang with some visitors and looking at his face from the corner of the room, I saw Lord Hanuman’s face clearly. His beard on sides looking grey and cheek expanded, There was no mistake in recognizing Hanuman. This was clearly not my illusion. As long as Mohanji was speaking, Hanuman’s face was clearly visible. With that vision, I closed my eyes and I felt the presence of Hanuman even more strongly.

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In that moment, I lost the feeling of my own body. After sometime, I went to the room upstairs to take some rest, still carrying the divine experience, and what did I see? An idol of Hanumanji in the room and a packet of sweets! As if Hanumanji himself was offering me prasad. I took a piece and tried to rest a bit. However, after the vision of Hanumanji in Mohanji’s face and the divine experience, my body was going through a different kind of energy surge. Even when I lay down, my body was rolling! This was the effect on me in the presence of my Guru Mohanji, in this powerful ashram, where my Guru Resides! Where He resides, the Divine resides, all Gods, all Gurus reside. The logical mind may discard this experience as an illusion, but in our Golden Path of Liberation, there is no logic, no doubt, no illusion. Only complete surrender.

I surrender to you my Lord, my Guru, Mohanji. Let your grace and blessing enlighten my life and everyone else who has the faith and surrender at your feet.

Jai Mohanji!

Experience shared by Punam Kapoor, Canada

Punam narrates how Mohanji’s presence was very much felt during a day at work and how faith helped overcome a complicated problem.

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Today, Mohanji was with me at work, helping me to not only meet my daily targets but also bringing my attention to a gap in one of the procedures which had a big impact on the workflow and volumes.  While working on a case, I suddenly felt that my fingers could not type anymore – my hands just stopped. I tried to sit up straight and tried to type again, but I could not. Then my thoughts vanished.  I looked at Mohanji. He had blessed one of His cards and given it to me while we were at the Machu Picchu retreat and I keep it beneath my computer monitor at work so that I can remember Him while working.

Mohanji seemed to say something. I asked Him, “Please tell me what is it.” Suddenly He gave me a vision; it was a sentence that came to my mind. I opened a blank email and quickly typed. Lo and behold! I read it and understood what He had guided me to do. The cursor automatically moved to where I had to start the message.

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It was Him typing. Because my hands were moving too fast and the keyboard was loud, people around me looked at me. However, I continued typing. Finally the message finished and I edited and sent it. It was a suggestion to either add new steps in the existing procedure or to create a new one.

After sending it, I talked to Mohanji and said “Mohanji, how can the change happen with just one case because the National Office will reject it saying it is only one case”. Immediately I received an email response from one of the subject matter experts (SME) explaining the details of the current procedure.  On the other side, one of my other colleagues, who was the reference person, passed by and just said,”The SME did not understand your point, go back to him.” She came and went like the wind. Things were happening so fast. I typed the response and sent it to the SME. I went to my next case file and, Oh my Lord, it had all the details that were required to support the suggestion that Mohanji gave me! All I had to do was copy and paste the details from there and send another email. In the next 10 minutes, the manager responded by saying, “Good catch, Punam. This suggestion will be forwarded to the National Office.”

Mohanji Gurudev, my koti koti pranaams to You for not only showing me the gap in the procedures but for also preparing the message and bringing up the very next case which was required as evidence to support the suggested change in procedures.

It was not me but Mohanji showing me the gap……

It was not me but Mohanji typing…

It was not me but Mohanji who brought up the evidence……

It is Mohanji…

It is Mohanji…..

Only Mohanji…….

 Thank you for showing me that You are with me……always!

 Jai Mohanji!

Experience shared by Rajiv Duggal, Bangalore, India

Rajiv shares with us how Mohanji’s compassion and love made him feel protected and filled him with gratitude.

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I would like to share an experience, which reiterated my faith in the omnipresence of Father, as I call Mohanji lovingly, every minute in our life, protecting and guiding us with his unconditional love.

Having spent few days with Him at the the Bosnian Pyramids, a high-energy spiritual power centre, I was feeling blessed and energetic. I came back to India and soon got busy with my day-to-day life – the work and the associated stress. However, the moments of grace experienced in Mohanji’s presence in Bosnia had been protecting me like a strong shield. This is the shield of Mohanji’s energy field which is the unconditional love and compassion of a father for his son. The Shaktipat that I received from Mohanji at the powerful tunnel in Bosnian Pyramid, had taken out a lot of blockages and, in turn, filled me with positive energy, power and a stronger connection with my father, Mohanji.

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However, yesterday was one of those bad days when I was feeling very low due to the many negative things happening at the same time. I was feeling a total lack of energy to perform my work. I was a bit disappointed with myself for being so depressed and the thought of Mohanji came to me immediately. I knew that with my thoughts, Mohanji would come to me. Suddenly, at that moment, I received a message from Mohanji asking about my health! Mohanji was in Europe thousands of miles away and in a different time zone! I was in tears. Those were tears of gratitude at the realization of the immense blessing in our life – having our Guru taking care of us at every moment, in every way possible, even if he is physically far away from us. Knowing my need for his presence physically, and not just in consciousness, he sent me the message. I took the signal and  immediately called and spoke with him. It was such a transformational talk between the most loving father and his son.

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During the talk, I found out that He had actually taken a bath in the afternoon! He had already had his bath early morning as usual. However, he bathed again in the afternoon to ward off my negativity and cool me down. He was taking on my negativities and, in turn, giving me the positive energy I needed. And as I required physical communication to energize me, He even talked to me.

I bow down in humility before the Supreme Master, His unconditional love and protection is with all of us always. He knows exactly when and how we need Him, and He does his job without fail.

I can only attribute the immense grace and blessing in this life to a huge spiritual bank balance of sadhana that I must have carried forward from previous lives! My deepest gratitude to this great soul, the ever-loving, ever compassionate Father of All.

Jai Mohanji!

Time and again Mohanji shows us that when one has love and faith in the Guru, His grace keeps us protected. When we stay connected to the Guru, He takes care of everything! 

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||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

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

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.

 

Being With Mohanji – The Transformation

By Ruby Nair, USA

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Guru Comes to You At The Right Time

“Teachers happen when the student is ready. And the teacher is always in relation with the student. When a student happens, a teacher happens. Teacher is a state just like student is a state. The teacher or the student are never permanent in their roles. A teacher can be a father, a husband, a lover, a pedestrian, a shopper, a barber, a cook or any other role a human being may play in his or her lifetime. The right knowledge will come to you at the right time, through a person, a book or a life experience. This is the truth of existence.”

Below, I share, from the heart, how my life changed from a mundane existence to one of joy, peace, gratitude and selfless actions through the appearance of a Guru at a time of need in answer to a prayer.
What have I gained by being with Mohanji is a vast subject that can’t be put down into mere words. I contemplated on this matter for a couple of days and as I sat with my husband talking about certain things, I ended up discussing with him all that I have gained by being with Mohanji. It was so simple yet complicated.

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Simple Yet Complicated!

My life before Mohanji was very uncertain on many levels. From my childhood, I had been one of the weird kids who always felt different and shy inside. On some levels, I can say that I had lived a turbulent childhood which continued into most of my early adult life. First, it was distant family problems. Then as I grew older, I realized that I never fit in with a lot of groups because I was never really interested in what they talked about. I was a party goer for most of my late teens and thought life was just about partying and spending money.
After getting married and visiting Kerala for the first time in 2004, I had such a profound experience at the Guruvayurappan Krishna temple, which brought tears and intense love to my heart, that shook me. That’s when I realized that there was something tangible in these temples. So I became obsessed with visiting temples and praying – just thanking God for everything.
However, marriage also brought a sense of responsibility towards fixing my family matters. My husband and I took it upon ourselves to visit different temples, perform countless pujas, prayers in my name or their names to uplift them and myself from all the troubles and ignorance. There was this compulsion in me that kept me going for years and I can recall most of our married life was spent on fixing other people – my family, etc. I felt burdened at times and cried out numerous times to God to please end this suffering of mine as there was no end to my turbulent life. Things did improve in my life but I never felt contented and always felt like there was something more to do.
Since I had filled my life with trying to help others while ignoring my own pain, I never knew how to deal with things when they got difficult as there was no anchor in my life to tell me it will be okay in the end. My husband was always there no matter what, but I was looking for something higher to connect to. I felt abused, disrespected and unloved on many occasions by many people in my life. I was a machine living for others and trying to make them happy while I was unhappy on many levels.
The above describes my life after my marriage basically from 2003 to 2012 – in pain, in depression at times, feeling lonely, betrayed, etc. After 2012, my life changed drastically again after visiting a Shiva Temple in Kauai, Hawaii, where I truly believed there were Gods, angels and higher beings alive among us, helping and guiding us. It brought a lot of change in my life which cultivated patience and faith. I gave up certain dietary things as well as alcohol, which I took on special occasions and learned could be a hindrance to one’s spiritual path. I became aware that one’s purification and penance was very important in finding God. To better myself, I started fasting, serving family by cooking food for them, ignoring their cold remarks, and learning how to restrain myself.
During this time, I also read the book “Autobiography of Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda. This book helped me realize the importance of a Guru and how having love for Him transcends any physical or conditional love that I was used to. This drove me to seek and question if there was a Guru for me as well in this life. I installed Mahavatar Babaji’s picture in my temple even though it felt kind of strange because I had grown up with the idea that we only install and pray to idols of deities and not to a human beings. Even though I knew Babaji was beyond human definitions, it was just something that was hard for me to do.
From 2012 to 2015, I did meditations on my own where I would just force myself to sit and contemplate on Babaji or just nothing. I prayed to God to send me a Guru. After hearing from somewhere that when one pours water on a Shiva lingam and asks with a pure heart, God surely brings that into our life. Without being aware, Mohanji came into my life slowly, but my ignorance was too deep to even recognize Him. In 2015 I found Mohanji’s blog through the grace of Babaji and I was able to meet Him physically in 2016. Meeting Him was also very turbulent for me due to my own negative self. I had to shed a lot to see His divinity. This was the first gift He gave me – the ability to connect to Him despite the darkness surrounding me, while dissolving my ignorance so that I could see Him in a different light and purity.

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Light & Purity with Mohanji

During one of my trips with Mohanji, He casually mentioned that having my second daughter accelerated my path to meeting Him, but I was destined to meet Him anyway, probably later in time. Many are His subtle ways that I can’t even begin to describe them.
The big question is what has been so different after meeting Him. Well, all my compulsions to fix things, others, or situations have gone. I no longer feel that I am in any control to fix anyone let alone help them, unless they themselves are seeking guidance. If I do happen to help someone, I have realized that it is not me but the energy of God working through me to help that person, so the ownership or doership has gone. I have also been initiated to Mai-Tri healing, so I can serve others selflessly and bring Mohanji’s healing to others.
I feel protected for the first time in my life. Not that I didn’t feel protected before, but this is where I know if I am in trouble or something is bothering me, He will be there no matter the time or space. It’s very comforting to know someone is always with me, guiding me no matter what.
I have also become stronger in myself and have more faith in myself and my abilities. I no longer wish to get gratification from others or listen to others. I know I am self-sufficient and I am perfect the way I am, despite being laughed at numerous times throughout my life. It is knowing that all of us are different, unique and loved by the Divine just as we are. Even though lack of acceptance is still there on minute levels, it is now a work in progress.
Another great thing I have gained from being with Mohanji is His global family. I just love meeting different people from all over the world and connecting with them instantly. It is like they are my real family at times and it brings me so much joy just to share love and stories with them. It’s a connection on a different level that I never experienced outside of His family.

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Connection at a different Level – Kailash Trip

Mohanji has also brought forth more awareness to the suffering of animals. Due to this I have been vegan for a year and have never been so happy to realize that I had the strength to give up on desires that are so hard to give up in one’s life. Now, it’s a lifestyle of Ahimsa which was just a thought before meeting Him. This decision has helped me to avoid feeling the guilt of consuming something that was snatched from another being. Because if the roles were reversed, I would not want the same thing inflicted on my loved ones.
So far, the most important thing I feel I have gained is that Mohanji anchors me in the present. I no longer look elsewhere; He has given me something strong and tangible to hold on to. This feeling was what I was looking for all my life until I met Him. I realized that if this anchor had been available to me earlier, I would have been less turbulent within myself and more stable. He has given me stability that I thought I would never achieve in this life. I have cried to God when I couldn’t handle things and have asked Him to end my life, but now I don’t have such thoughts. I feel happy, loved, accepted and grateful to have this human birth where I have been given this much awareness. Simply put, Mohanji helped me become a better me, someone I love.

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Love and Acceptance From My Guru – Machu Picchu

This was my humble attempt to pen down my most intimate thoughts. I feel privileged to even be on this path and to be able to express my gratitude to Mohanji. Without Him, I probably wouldn’t even have the strength to face, accept and write all these things. Thank you Father for everything and coming into my life.
With deep gratitude and love,
Ruby Nair, USA

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.

Conscious Walking™ – a powerful dynamic meditation technique by Raja Yogi Mohanji

On June 21st 2015, for the first time in history, the world was observing International Yoga Day. It was declared by the UN General Assembly and suggested by the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to be on June 21st as it is the longest day of the year (Summer Solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere. From Yoga perspective, Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana which is considered a time when the Nature is most supportive for doing Spiritual practices. Also, the first full moon after Sumer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima, a day when Lord Shiva (Adi Guru) is said to have started imparting the knowledge of Yoga to the world.

In order to commemorate this occasion worldwide, Raja Yogi Mohanji’s followers assembled across the globe to practice the powerful dynamic meditation technique called The Conscious Walking. Conscious Walking is a newly created technique by Raja Yogi Mohanji. This simple yet very transformative technique is free of charge, and has multiple benefits:

– It is good for health, metabolism, digestion, circulation and Life,
– It helps self control,
– It reduces anxieties, anger, insecurities and fears,
– It increases concentration.
– It increases togetherness and oneness.
What follows are some of the accounts of Mohanji’s followers regarding the Conscious Walking events that took place across the many cities through the world.

INDIA

Conscious Walking in Mumbai

“Meditative walk in the lungs of Mumbai — we conducted Conscious Walk in Aarey this morning. 13 people joined us and enjoyed a refreshing meditative walk in a nature park in the middle of Mumbai metropole. The monsoon graced us with a gentle break, rain stopped exactly for the entire period of our walk and allowed us to breath in fresh air while fully going within.”

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Conscious Walking in Pune

“Our first Conscious Walking in Pune was an interesting and new experience for many. Although it was raining heavily and we couldn’t go out in nature, we carried on with our walk indoors. Some could practice very well, some wanted to practise it regularly to get the hang of it. People who have learned the technique found it useful as a daily tool to practice everyday. A nice start on the International World Yoga Day.”

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Conscious Walking in Delhi

As the world celebrated the 1st Yoga Day, about 50 souls stepped out early morning to do the first Conscious Walk with Grace of Shri Rajyogi Mohanji. The Conscious Walk was organised at three locations in Delhi and its suburb Gurgaon. Some of the locations also did chanting, humming and breathing exercise before doing the Conscious Walk. People at Nizamuddin location also did yoga after the Conscious Walk. Every person who took part felt the immediate meditative calm after doing the Conscious Walk as this was completely different from morning walks while chatting with friends. In fact, some of the people have already got hooked on this and want to do Conscious Walk every day!

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Conscious Walking in Gurgaon

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Conscious Walking in Nizamuddin

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UAE

Conscious Walking in Dubai

At 7 o’clock, we gathered at Zabeel Park, Dubai for our first conscious walk in UAE. After a brief about the conscious walk, which is designed by our beloved Mohanji for the betterment of the world, we started with deep breathing to calm ourselves from the day’s hectic activities. Then, we rotated our neck clockwise and anticlockwise three times, to relax our neck and shoulders. Afterwards, we started our walk. 

It was almost 40 degrees outside and over 50% humidity. But, once we started walking, we didn’t realize anything. We all had Mohanji filled within us. After around 20 minutes walking, we all shared our experiences. Rajeev said he constantly heard Mohanji’s voice, saying, “Concentrate on your spine”! Iliana said she felt a real calmness beaming out from within. Goolcher felt as if she was getting aligned, both bodily and mentally. Jay was walking quietly and slowly, enjoying the bliss!

Thank you, Mohanji, for this wonderful gift!

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South Africa

Conscious Walking in Durban

Today marked an auspicious day in the lives of all these connected to Mohanji. As a gift to the whole world, on this day the international Yoga day, Mohanji introduces Conscious walking. It is a dynamic mediation at allows one to be in the present and expand awareness.

We had our first conscious walking session during our visit to the retreat venue. It was amazing. Even the retreat manager joined us and had after the experience asked if she could join us for meditations to experience more.

Thank you for this blessing on this wonderful day. To have you introduce this mediation and come to South Africa on fathers day, is such a blessing. Thank you Babaji. Thank you.”

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Serbia

Conscious Walking in Novi Sad

“CONSCIOUS WALK on the first summer day – After the cold and windy sunrise we had a really chilly morning for the last day of spring. The energy flow was high both from the fresh air and because there is no distraction on secondary things, all attention is on the inside and breathing. Mind is cleansed and energy spared and accumulated. After meditative conscious walk, feeling we spontaneously wished to meditate so we ended the conscious walk with a short meditation.”

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Conscious Walking in Watford

“The Conscious Walking was done at the Hare Krishna temple in Watford, UK. There were 17 walkers in total, no doubt Mohanji was with us which would make 18.”

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Macedonia

Conscious Walking in Skopje

Today in the City park in Skopje, we practiced the technique for dynamic meditation “Conscious Walking” developed by Mohanji. Though the heavily rainy day wanted to dishearten us from practicing, the rain stopped right on start off time so we could consciously walk for half an hour. In the end we practiced the powerful technique “Inverted Pyramid” which was a full jackpot since each one of the present reported experiencing Oneness and Expanded Consciousness.”

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Please join the Conscious Walking group on Facebook to connect to the community and find out about updates, experiences and events happening across the world.

Interested groups across the world who would like to learn, practice and spread conscious walking may kindly write to consciouswalking@mohanji.org – Even though this program is free of cost, commitment for consistency and periodic updates from your region to the central office is essential to be part of our worldwide movement. Your details will be represented in our directory.

Tradition never leaves you

Written by Sumit Partap Gupta

Tradition never leaves us…once we embrace the tradition
Tradition never leaves us…once we embrace the tradition

With the Grace and blessings of our Master would like to share some key insights and hidden messages in the amazing blog “Born from the fire.”

This story awakens my understanding and throws light on many aspects of the eternal truths of our tradition. This truly opens one’s eyes..

Tradition never leaves us…once we embrace the tradition; it takes care of us always through time and space, through lifetimes which is an eternal promise. Atmananda Chaithanaya who is Aghora Baba himself found and met Rama Shastri. Rama who was living his life compassionately and doing his business ethically could easily recognize His Gurudeva.  It was his well-kept purity of inner space that allowed him that instant recognition. In today’s business world, due to greed for profits, most people never take care of their inner space and contaminate them unconsciously. Business also can be done in a pure way which benefits everyone. This is a great lesson to be learned. The advantage of being pure within is the gift of the “true eyes” to see.

When Atmanandaji  gave money to Aruna the second time to fetch some sweets from Rama’s shop, He was very much aware that Rama would not be in the shop and that his granddaughter would readily accept the money for the sweets.  The hidden message was that Atamanadji knew that Panduranga’s journey was about to get over and after eating the sweets, Panduranga’s last desire would be fulfilled and he would breathe his last. To cut Panduranga’s last karmic bond Atmananda himself gave money to Aruna for sweets. There are two aspects to it. The same morning, Rama Shastri had delivered sweets and food as usual.. Atmananda could have saved some sweets for Panduranga. He did not. Instead He chose to spend money from his pocket and buy more. In a way, as I understand, Atmananda fulfilled two debts at the same time. 1. He paid for the services rendered by the pious Rama Shastri. (There were no sweets in his shop. Atmananda materialized the sweets and also paid for it). Secondly, he indirectly paid Panduranga also, for his services, through the final fulfillment of his deep desire for sweets. And this also can be looked at as a kind of Dakshina or a gift of money a father might give to his son who is embarking on a long journey. Even though physical cash was not given, this can be considered as dakshina.

He is everything, yet he is nothing. Non-conformity in its perfection!
He is everything, yet he is nothing. Non-conformity in its perfection!

On the other hand Aruna’s mind didn’t understand the logic behind Atmananda’s action of sending him to fetch the sweets but he never questioned his Master. He never asked  “ Why “. A perfect sign of our tradition. The all-knowing master is never questioned and the ego, intellect and mind is totally surrendered at the feet of the master. His wish is the disciple’s command. We must also understand that a thought indeed sprouted in the mind of Aruna as to “WHY” which itself showed that he has indeed miles to go in surrender. Atmananda perhaps wanted to prove this aspect to Aruna too. That is probably why he chose Aruna for this errand. Atmananda was also about to leave his body. If Aruna does not shed his last remnants of resistance now, he may have to come back again into the birth-death cycle. A golden lesson indeed!

Aghora Baba represents Shiva, Vishnu & Shakti Bhaav. These are the three main aspects that constitutes three major paths of Hinduism. Shivaite path, Vaishnavaite path and the Shakti path (The goddess). (This is not Shaktipat, the transfer of energy from a guru to a disciple)  In other words, Aghora Baba represented the whole Hinduism. The Shiva Bhaav was evident from his face and appearance, celestial fragrance emitting from his body represented the Vishnu Bhaav, His action of carrying a skull always in His hand and dancing naked on the burning pyre along with His group portrayed His Kali Bhaav. So, he represented the whole aspects of Hinduism in its totality. He is everything, yet he is nothing. Non-conformity in its perfection!

It takes deep devotion and clear and clean inner space. The rest is grace.
It takes deep devotion and clear and clean inner space. The rest is grace.

Aghora Baba used to dance naked and be with naked women. People accused him of promoting prostitution and indulging in all kinds of bad habits but Aghora Baba represents   “The Source ” and One who is the source Himself is beyond any expressions, impressions and cannot be put into any frame of morality. In fact with His own life, he was mocking at the fragile morality of the villagers, who wear masks of morality at convenience. Deep fear held them back from attacking the powerful Baba head on. This is also another mirror to the society. A challenge to be fearless! Living in burial ground, that too with His disciples, fire rituals in funeral fire, dancing in fire etc signifies, total denial of any norms and total control over fear of all kinds. Modern man may call it insanity. But, Babaji’s life is more of a bold statement towards the fragile, fearful and tamasic society.

Aghora Baba is fearsome to the society. But, when he touched the young Rama Shastri, he had motherly love and kindness. He was kindness incarnate. This is a far cry from what the society thought of him (as a drunkard, womanizer and a mad man). Society gave him fears and Babaji removed his fears. Another sign of our tradition! General society often condition minds. It sows seeds of fears. A true guru removes all fears and instills faith and devotion instead. This was the transformation that Rama Shastri experienced. Inner purity was all that mattered for the blessings to flow.

Later years proved the selflessness of Rama Shastri and Babaji came back to bless him as Atmananda. And he was also blessed with the recognition of the familiar fragrance. There are many occasions in life where mind does not permit recognition when the action takes place. This takes grace. And Rama had sufficient grace to have this recognition. It takes deep devotion and clear and clean inner space. The rest is grace.

His all actions are purpose bound, just like his words. There is nothing wasted, even a breath.
His all actions are purpose bound, just like his words. There is nothing wasted, even a breath.

Atmananda is unassuming, ordinary to public eyes, but extra ordinary to those who have uncontaminated inner space. This is typical of any Datta Guru. He has amazing siddhis, but will never display them for his benefit or to create an impression. His all actions are purpose bound, just like his words. There is nothing wasted, even a breath. This is a golden lesson for life. Waste nothing in life, everything is precious and god given. There is absolute clarity in thoughts, words and action. But, never interferes in karmic flow of others. Again, this is typical of our tradition. Every words or actions of his have multiple purposes. His visit to the place where we see him in this story has two or three different reasons. Panduranga’s fulfillment, death, Rama Shastri’s fulfillment, Aruna’s education, clearing karmic debts as well as promises etc. What we can perceive with our limited understanding is just the tip of the iceberg of the reality on which great saints operate. A great eye opener indeed!

Inner purity is all that matters for the blessings to flow.
Inner purity is all that matters for the blessings to flow.

The Shopkeeper’s uncle represented mindset of those people who look at life in a superficial way, they judge people immediately based on outward appearances and habits. They never care to go beyond the deceptive outward appearances sometimes taken by Higher Entities to distract people. They lose heavily in life.

The shopkeeper’s mother portrayed a mentality of a meek housewife who is neutral, influenced by both positivity and negativity time and again, a regular person full of fears. She is a typical housewife who has no voice of her own and is always afraid to leave her comfort zone, even if it costs the ultimate truth. Her conforming nature to the approved norms of the society despite evidences of truth otherwise.

The other lesson we can learn is that NEVER judge a Master from a worldly point of view and through other peoples opinion. Always listen to your heart and your own truth. Other’s words could be terribly deceptive.

Eternal Gratitude...
Eternal Gratitude…