Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 111 & 112

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by Christopher Greenwood

Day 111 Lesson – Paying the price 

Good morning everybody. I hope that you’re doing well. 

Yesterday I spoke about Tamas with the illustration that Mohanji shared of this big iron rod or iron jacket on our back and the bed being a magnet. It can take a lot of effort and help from somebody to even sit up before even standing and then walking.

I remember that conversation with Mohanji and wanted to know the benefit of service how that can help. Mohanji added that the size of the iron rod or the big iron jacket we’ve got on us is our karma. We have lots of heavy pending karma from previous actions – which means we’ve got a big and heavy iron jacket. It can be not easy to move or even to get up, but it becomes lighter through service. 

Mohanji explained, “This is because everything which we’ve done in our life has a price.” For example, if we betray somebody, cheat somebody, talk bad about them, or gossip, we’re paying the price. Depending on the intensity of the activity, we have a corresponding price to pay. Betraying someone is a very high stake; there’s a huge price for this, and it can be high, depending on how that was done. It may take many lifetimes. And how will that display itself? Most likely, it will be continuously experiencing betrayals by many people repeatedly. 

I asked Mohanji, “What’s the antidote then? How do you stop that?” He said, “Do a lot of good things, so that means the effect of any bad things is postponed, it’s not immediate. When the effect of the good things end, it comes back. It’s always waiting; it will come back, and it has to be gone through.” 

This was interesting because I realized that I could never really know what was pending. It means that even if something has happened in the past, it still has to be paid for. But with the good things we’re doing, we are creating a postponement for that. It was interesting to hear this, so I asked more. Mohanji replied, “That’s exactly why I keep saying for people to feed the birds, feed the animals, feed the children, feed old people, feed sick people.” He keeps saying this, and if you want to do something for him, that’s what you can do. I realized that it’s not for his sake (as he doesn’t need any of that), but it’s for our sake because all those good things are helping us. If there’s something pending, that has to be paid at some point.

Mohanji said, “The first thing to do is – don’t betray, don’t cheat, don’t steal, and don’t talk bad. That’s the safest thing anybody can do because then people aren’t earning debts. That’s prevention, and prevention is always better than the cure. Do more selfless work as when we’re doing this; it benefits a lot of people, and grace flows.” That’s one of the beauties of the Mohanji platform; it’s producing a lot of grace for people. 

He shared that if people have entered platforms, it means that it was permitted to enter. There must have been something good in our past that allowed us to come here and contribute. There are also people who came but weren’t able to stay. They had the opportunity, but then some things or obstacles came, which meant that they had to pay back something which was pending. That’s karma. So if something bad has been done in the past, it comes now and causes a situation. 

We continued our conversation further, talking about using our lifetime effectively. We have this one life; how are we using it? We should use it for selfless service to come out of all our accrued debts. Everyone has their own free will to decide how they want to spend their life. There is no judgment here. But many people focus their life on looking for the usual mundane things, like jobs, house, children, and don’t spend much time settling any of their karmic agenda in their lifetime -which means it’s still pending. 

Mohanji suggests that we use the lifetime well to settle all the karmic stuff. He is not against anything (we can do everything – marriage, children), but should also consider becoming lighter within our lifetime. It’s another reminder to be grateful for the Mohanji Platform that exists for me and many others to give back and repay. This way, even if we are lying on the magnet bed, our iron rod/jacket back (a reference to the previous lesson) will be much less in weight and lighter in life.

Automatically, that connection brings alignment to focus on positive actions and the negative actions you’re not interested in. Even if somebody says something, they will be avoided, and the path is given to follow and to move in the right direction. 

I hope you have a good day and I will speak to you soon.

Day 112 Lesson – Experiencing the contentment factor 

Good morning everybody. I hope that you’re doing well. 

Yesterday I was invited to speak at the International Forum to promote homeopathy. I know very little about homeopathy, only that I take it myself and have experienced benefits from it. The forum was a group of doctors from across the world, some with 30-40 years of experience. I presented my talk “Awareness – A key to well-being” based on the Invest in Awareness program, which aims to bring people to a level of stability to have well-being and contentment in their lives. The byproduct of this is that when people are stable, well, and content, they’re more resourceful, creative, innovative, and energetic. They give significant contributions to their companies and become more productively efficient. 

I wanted to focus on this because there is the alignment of bringing people to a good place of well-being with homeopathy and what we’re trying to do through raising people to a new awareness. I focused it on one of the major lessons from Mohanji that has enriched my life and which I practice here at the house all the time. That lesson is, ‘The real wealth we can experience in life is the contentment factor’, which means being contented with all situations that come. 

Mohanji has shared in many satsangs, podcasts, and interviews that the real wealth we can experience is the moment-to-moment contentment factor – being contented with all we have in our lives, experiences, and relations. The experience of contentment is happiness which is our birthright. Mohanji has spoken many times that the basis for contentment is acceptance.

The first and the most important thing we can do in our lives is to accept ourselves. There’s no one else like us; we are unique. We are composite beings with strengths, weaknesses, and a mixture of the good, bad, and ugly. Many people in life (as I was explaining in the presentation) are in a hurry to present only their strengths to the world; they project, pretend, and try to prove. In reality, however, many people struggle with many other things inside that aren’t visible. 

For me, this past year has been an ongoing practice to experience this contentment factor that no matter what is happening in the outside world – I’m fine, happy. I wondered if it was possible. What I’ve experienced is that it required me to take a hard look at myself, which at times was uncomfortable. 

Living with Mohanji is like living with an intense mirror that continually shows me all aspects of myself, which keeps me from experiencing contentment. Situations have given me intense experiences where I would judge myself, doubt, criticize and see my impact on others – about which I wouldn’t be happy. 

Since the boot camp, it’s been an intense period of reconciliation. The boot camp was the program that Mohanji took us through during December for all the heads of the organization. We’ve based the Invest in Awareness course mainly on that content. Mohanji said, “At the start of the New Year, you’ll be reinvented”, and there has certainly been an understanding taking place (with all this churning happening), and I can see myself with more clarity. 

Understanding what is playing out has been Mohanji’s teaching. We are projecting into the world what is inside us; this understanding has bestowed great stability and contentment – no comparisons, criticisms or competition. I’ve found this year has given me more mental space or peace. I can’t say more time because time is already used to the maximum from working with Mohanji. Capacity is relentlessly pushed and stretched. But definitely, practising this awareness and reconciliation has brought clarity of mind. 

I looked back through some of my notes about what Mohanji had said about contentment. He shared that contentment can always be set as a goal for everybody. Every moment of acceptance in our life can bring this. It’s actually is a choice.

The challenge we face is that our ideas of contentment are very wide. We have many varieties, needs, or requirements. Some of those can be binding or based on other people’s ideas of what we should be or on society. I found the COVID situation as helpful because I’ve been able to completely strip back all my pre-made ideas of what life needed to be or what it was going to be. 

Coming back and connecting to the basics in life, grounding in having the essentials – such as food, a good place to stay, good company, friendships, so the contentment stays with the essentials, and anything else is a bonus. I wouldn’t be as bold to say that I’m always contented, and I never lose that factor of having contentment. 

Normally, consciously or unconsciously, what happens is that I’m setting expectations for certain things, maybe certain tasks or certain people. No matter how small or unconscious these are, these can always create disappointments (when they happen), which affects me. But again, what I’m practising more, is acceptance and being flexible. This way, the turbulence created when expectations aren’t met is very short-lived. The disturbances that would usually last a long time a few years ago are now much shorter. 

For now, to explore what wealth exists when I set contentment for life’s day to day experiences as a goal is an ongoing lesson and practice. I can’t say I’ve reached anywhere, but I have noticed a positive difference. 

I hope you have a great day ahead, and we will speak soon.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 20th March 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 27 & 28

By Christopher Greenwood

Day 27 Lesson – Harmony and Ahimsa️ at home 

Good morning, everybody. I hope you’re doing well. 

Today, I wanted to share an aspect of Mohanji’s core living teachings: Ahimsa or non-violence. The morning was really nice; it was sunny; it was calm, very peaceful. I went to see Mohanji in the morning to talk about daily activities. He was also equally calm today. He was writing a piece in response to a request for a magazine article. 

He had the window open. So in the room, he has his chair, and he faces the door as you come in. Just to the left of him, there’s a nice window. In the morning, he raises the blind, and he opens the window. He has a clear eyeshot of the trees outside and the neighbouring piece of the garden from his chair. 

This is where every morning, the birds come, and they’ll stay for the morning time with Mohanji. They’ll sit there on the branches. Many come to see him, they have their breakfast, as I’ve mentioned before, and then they stay for some time. Even the squirrels, they’re enthusiastic to see him too. 

In the morning, he sat there with the window open so that they could come and see him, and they’re happy and content. So each morning, this happens; they have their food, and they stay for some time. It’s a very calm, harmonious atmosphere. 

Today, there was a bit of silence, so we listened to the birds for a bit. They were making really interesting sounds, sounds of deep contentment as they chirped and sang from the trees. They had their food. Mohanji spoke that this is their way of showing gratitude. They understand where the food has come from and from where it has been given. 

He said, “When you listen carefully, and you become more attuned to nature, you can actually feel the communication.” Most of the time, we’re not so aware of it because we’re so busy within, so occupied with our mind. But he says that when beings around the house are happy and peaceful, and when they are content, that brings grace to the home. So by serving them, giving them food, by giving them contentment, they bring grace to the house.

I can relate this back to Ahimsa or non-violence, that Mohanji practices and lives. Even now, when I speak to him, he always says that he doesn’t want to bind anyone; he thinks people should be completely free to experience whatever they want in life. If somebody wants to drink, that’s fine. If they want to go out and party, that’s fine. If they want to do something else, that’s fine. He has no real interest in that, from the point of view of right or wrong. He thinks everyone should have the free will to do whatever they want. Because in the end, it’s the individual who will be paying for whatever they’re doing, either through their body or through whatever else they’re accruing. 

The one condition that he does say is that whatever activity is done, it should not harm another being. So anything is fine, provided it’s consensual and non-harmful, non-violent. This is the main reason why he practices veganism, because of all the violence and the exploitation of millions of beings across the world, just for somebody else’s taste, just for somebody else’s satisfaction. So, he is against all the cruelty that’s involved, the suffering, and the violence. That’s why he promotes and practices veganism. 

He spoke a little bit more about this today because of his interaction with the birds. We are, as a being, constantly transmitting who we are, whether we’re aware of it or not. So what’s inside us, we’re transmitting out to the world, we’re projecting out as a subtle frequency. We’re constantly transmitting our own personal frequency, which is made up of our patterns, inclinations, habits, or attitudes towards life.

As we were speaking, when I thought about this, this is why we have a good or bad feeling about some people. There’s an intelligence that helps us pick up these subtle frequencies, and we say that we have a gut feeling about right or wrong or what this type of person is like. So he said when we consistently start to practice Ahimsa, we start to become that, we start to become more peaceful, we start to become less violent. Then the more receptive animals start to respond to that and begin to feel safe. So this is the interaction that’s happening. 

I’m sure many people have experienced this with animals and themselves, or even witnessed it, where sometimes animals are attracted to certain people more than others, or you see dogs barking at some people for no reason. So they’re picking up on this feeling. The birds outside, all the animals outside, they’re giving this contentment, they’re singing these songs, they’re showing their gratitude to Mohanji, which he accepts. 

Today as well, something I didn’t quite pick up on, but there was a bit of maybe a divine play happening because the smell of sandalwood appeared in the room from nowhere. I didn’t notice this myself as I have a blocked nose, but somebody else did. It caught their attention. Mohanji simply smiled and said that this is for the animals, they will be able to smell this, and it’s an acknowledgement of their gratitude. 

For me, the lesson witnessed was the tangible scenario where the projection and the transmission out to the world of peace, contentment, and non-violence are being given back. I’m thinking now; it’s really important to cultivate that non-violent lifestyle – to have a peaceful existence and a peaceful lifestyle. So bringing these principles more into my life and doing as much as I can to practice them, I can bring more of that back and have that reciprocated back from the outside world. As I can see and witness, Mohanji is already there in that state, which is why he sees all the animals respond to him with such affection, safety, and love. 

Thank you for listening, and I hope you have a great day ahead.

Day 28 Lesson – The do’s and don’ts of life

Good morning, everybody. 

Today, I wanted to talk about rights and wrongs, or the dos and don’ts of society. Since spending time with Mohanji, I’ve understood more about his perspective and how he sees things differently. Because when I’m speaking with Mohanji, and when he’s also speaking with others, he’s operating from a very different perspective: karmic completion, which means the fulfillment of experiences, which sometimes may not completely fit into societal norms. 

For example, when we do things in life, or when we want to do something in life, maybe our friends have opinions, or families might have opinions about what’s right and wrong. Even the larger society in which we live might have those opinions. But Mohanji is very open; for him, there’s no real right or wrong; there’s only experience. He is not interested in our personal decisions or actions, provided that there’s no violence, that whatever the activity is, that it’s consensual, that there is agreement. 

This is actually quite a nice way of seeing those things. It puts the responsibility fully on ourselves, as he says, “Why would I be interested in what you do or don’t do? As long as it’s not hurting, it’s fine, as long as it’s not causing violence.” Because ultimately, it’s us who’s paying the price for whatever we do; he has nothing to do with that. So we have a responsibility. 

As I spend more time with Mohanji, I understand this more. It’s given more clarity. But before spending time with him, I had some worries and concerns; if I was doing something right or doing something wrong, what would maybe Mohanji think? Does it fit in with the teachings?

I was involved in many things in normal life, like travelling, going out with friends, drinking, partying, the usual. For some reason, I had this tension inside whether what I was doing was right, if it was spiritual. Sometimes, I would even think about whether this would be accepted by Mohanji or by the Mohanji family. Looking back, it seems silly. But I remember it being a real worry at that time. 

And since living with him, it’s actually a relief to gain that clarity and understand that really there is no right or wrong, there’s only experience. He said that he couldn’t stop anyone’s experience because that is their free will. But he reminds us, everything comes with a price. 

Before I recorded this message, I asked Mohanji this morning; I didn’t want to give people the wrong impression that it’s fine to do absolutely anything you want and just descend into anarchy. But it’s the main learning from Mohanji that anything consensual is okay. That’s fine. So it is an agreement. I think most people or many people would automatically think of sex in that respect. This is definitely one aspect of it. But Mohanji considers this very minor because it’s connected just to our instinct for him. But for him, consensual is agreement. 

He gave the example of nature, that when you look at animals, look at lions and deer, something is happening there, which is within the movement of nature. For example, lions will chase a herd of deer, and you’ll see them running through the fields. At some point, one deer will split from the pack. He said that in nature, the deer would understand that there’s the lion’s hunger and accept that it’s probably its time. Maybe it’s one of the older ones. There’s an agreement, a sacrifice, so that’s the type of consensual that Mohanji talks about. 

He said, even if a tree is being chopped down in the prime of its life, and there’s no agreement, you can’t say it’s consensual. Now, you may think as I thought as well, how could a tree tell you: okay, chop me down. But it’s more about there’s a time in a tree’s life. I think even people who manage forests, trees, and places like that can tell when a tree is about to fall, so to clear it out of the way, they’ll chop it down. So that type of understanding, that it’s the time and it’s ready to go.

Also, this agreement should be within whatever people do, between two people who want to have those experiences. So if two people want to have an experience, and they’ve agreed, that’s fine. A collection of people want to have an experience, or maybe society wants to have that experience – that’s okay. But not by inflicting, manipulating, or forcefully doing something. That’s not okay because that is violence. 

So Mohanji doesn’t object to life experiences; if two people want to experience it, if somebody wants to drink alcohol, no problem because he says it’s them who’s having to handle the impact of it, and not himself. 

This extends to something more subtle as well; having respect for other people’s lives and privacy. So everyone has the right to their space, their privacy, and that has to be considered too. Is there an agreement that someone can enter somebody’s personal space, or is there an agreement that their time can be taken? So some more subtle aspects of that message. 

One of the main things which I asked about is relationships with others. So I’ve had relationships of various kinds, and I asked this because maybe other people are curious about this, too. Again, he said, it’s the free will of the people involved in relationships, whatever is happening there. 

But it’s important to remember, especially with people, that it’s easy to create entanglements, which are not easy to get out of. For example, two people have come together, and separation may have happened, but the feelings can still remain. You may be able to say that you’re not with that person anymore, but if we’re carrying the memories, we haven’t actually come out of that relationship. So many times, people in our life are not actually gone because the memories are still there of what we carry. 

In summary, that was about Mohanji’s lessons, which I have picked up on the do’s and don’ts of life, or the rights and wrongs. For him, the only wrong thing is violence. That’s when we’re doing things that aren’t in agreement with other beings, places, people that aren’t consensual. If we want to do something, free will is completely respected, knowing that it often comes with some sort of price. 

Thank you for listening. I hope you have a great day ahead.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 30th May 2021

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