Mohanji’s Visit to UK – Aug 2018

By Mohanji Fundation UK Team

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British Summer of 2018, brought real sunshine to the UK! After months of waiting, Mohanji along with His family was visiting the UK in August. From the 8th to the 19th, 11 whole days in the physical presence of Mohanji! UK was bubbling.

Programmes were lined up for Mohanji’s visit months in advance. Various preparations started many weeks prior to Mohanji’s arrival and continued until the last day. The 3 major programmes planned were – a 3 days retreat with Mohanji, a public Satsang and Mohanji’s participation in the consecration of a Dattatreya idol in Skanda Vale ashram.

As the day of Mohanji’s arrival neared, excitement grew. Retreat places were fully booked. Satsang places were over booked. Arrangement for Mohanji’s accomodation, food and comfort were being looked after. Arrangement of Mohanji’s visit to Skanda Vale was planned. The UK was all set to welcome Mohanji to their land and to their hearts.

Following are the events and golden moments with Mohanji during His UK visit, which we would like to share with everyone.

  1. Arrival
  2. Media Interviews
  3. Mohanji’s Paada Puja
  4. Meditation and Satsang with Mohanji
  5. Retreat with Mohanji at Gilwell Park
  6. Mohanji in Skandavale (Please read a separate blog on this)
  7. Consciousness Kriya Initiation
  8. Memorable moments with Mohanji
  9. Departure from London

1. Mohanji’s Arrival

Finally, the day arrived. On the 8th of Aug 2018 afternoon, Mohanji, Deviji and little Mila arrived at Gatwick airport while a few devotees waited eagerly to receive them. Mohanji was coming to London after 10 long months! We waited with abundance of joy, hearts pounding to feel Mohanji’s physical presence, to touch His feet, to receive His hug. This meeting at the airport was indeed a very special one, lucky are those who took this opportunity to welcome Mohanji and family to London.

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2. Media Interviews

During the visit, there were 3 Media interviews scheduled with Mohanji and one with Deviji.

The first one was with Mantra Therapy team on 8th August evening. This interview was held at Ahimsa Vegan Cafe and was Live on Faccebook and Youtube channels.

Another interview was scheduled with Athavan TV, a Tamil TV Channel based in the UK, for the 9th afternoon.

This interview will be aired on the TV channel that reaches about 30,000 homes in the UK, during the first week of September.

The 3rd Interview was with another local TV channel called MA TV, specifically designed for religious and spiritual programmes. This interview was held at the channel’s working studio in Wembley on the 11th and it was covered live by the TV channel as well as the channel’s FB page.

Mohanji’s interview with MA TV, London on 11th Aug 2018


 3. Mohanji’s Paada Puja:

Perfroming Guru’s Paada Puja is a very auspicious ritual that most disciples think as their utmost fortune. Guru Poornima is a day when mostly disciples and devotees perform thsi ritual to show their acceptance and devotion to their Guru. Our Guru Brahmarishi Mohanji, being a true avadhoota, always moves from place to place, continents to continents, hence being in his physical presence in Guru Poornima is not really an opportunity that devotees in UK are blessed with every year! Hence earlier this year on July 27, for Guru Poornima, it was Guru’s Paduka Puja that they had done.

While Mohanji was in UK, some of them devotees wished to perform Mohanji’s Paada Puja. Mohanji kindly agreed to it. With a short notice, in the morning of 9th August, this programme was arranged. Before the ritual begun, Mohanji gave an amazing satsang of expalining every one the significance of this ritual. You can read about Mohanji’s satsang on Guru Paada Puja, here. 


4. Meditation and Satsang with Mohanji:

On the 10th Aug, Meditation and satsang with Mohanji was arranged free to public at Pinner. The hall with the capacity of 120 seats was overbooked prior to Mohanji’s arrival. All volunteers geered up and arranged the hall, set up the altar, sound, light, book stall, Water and fruits etc.

Deviji started with a brief introduction and then conducted the Bliss of Silence Meditation. This time a lot of new attendees were noticed who enjoyed the meditation.

Just before Meditation finished, Mohanji entered the hall and took his Seat and after a brief message, He took on the questiones from audience.

The live video of this satsang can be viewed at the Mohanji UK FB page.

The transcription of this satsang will be published soon.

Here are few photos from the Meditation and Satsang.

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Mohanji reached the Satsang location slightly earlier than planned. So we thought He could take a walk in the park behind the venue, while the meditation was still going on inside. It was about 8pm and most of the park was getting dark. While we were walking along the path, suddenly we noticed far away on the left side, one part of the park was very bright with brilliant sunlight. We started walking towards that side. It was almost like a twilight moment , amazingly bright sunshine coming from far away in the lower horizon only while Mohanji was walking towards that direction. We clicked a few photos. Some of the photos showed some wonderful things, that we had not noticed with our naked eyes. Many photos taken from multiple cameras showed appearances of what seemed like celestial beings of different shapes, sizes and colours. These photos were captured in multiple mobile phone cameras, not any hi fi digital SLR camera and hence no possibility of digital trick here.

After a few minutes, as we were walking back, the light from that area disappeared suddenly and very abruptly. We realised, the light in that area was not merely a play of sunshine. This was because of the presence of celestial beings, who were gathered there to meet Mohanji. This was all part of a divine plan that our gross minds were unable to understand. Reaching the venue early, taking a walk in the park, all this had been planned for a different purpose by the Divine. As mere witnesses, without our gross recognition at that point, we were superbly blessed to be a part of this communion.


5. Retreat with Mohanji at Gilwell Park

This is the 4th year in a row that followers and devotees in the UK have been blessed to have a retreat with Mohanji. As in the previous years, it was organised at Gilwell Park, with the uniqueness of superb vegan food with a cordial and amusing community living atmosphere.

However, this year it was not just devotees from the UK, but many from other countries such as Norway, Malyasia, USA, Switzerland and India were also present at this retreat, which was fully booked much earlier than before. This time with the presence of both Mohanji and Deviji, the programme of the retreat offered many exciting flavours. While everyone abslutely longed and loved being with Mohanji, completely merging in the high energy vibrations of His physical presence, Deviji’s HSTY yoga in the mornings, Awkening Yoga Nidra and Consciouss Dancing took the participants into a blissful state.

Meditations with energy transfer  and Conscious Walking turned into powerhouse experiences for everyone, taking them to very high levels of meditative states during these activities. Long and heartwarming Satsangs and Q&A sessions with Mohanji in the mornings and evenings were the absolute bliss and highlight of the retreat. Sitting in front of the Master, listening to Him, laughing with Him, crying in front Him, everyone had their heart chakra completely opend up!

Every evening, after the post dinner satsang, devotees offered their gratitude to Mohanji through soulful bhajans which filled everyone with immense devotion, giving the end of each powerful day a soothing touch to go into a restful night and then to get ready for the next morning. One evening, to everyone’s surprise, Mohanji Himself joined a devotee and sang a beautiful bhajan with her. This added immense joy in everyone hearts that’s beyond comprehension. Read the experience shared by Subhasree and the video of this bhajan sung by Mohanji.

During these 3 days, everyone felt the subtle ways of how Mohanji works. Along with His sharpness and clarity in explaining eveything that everyone needed to know (whether they verbally asked or not, questions were answered!), His ease, humour and lighthearted way of explaining the toughest of the questions, He filled everyone with His divinity and bliss.

Being in Mohanji’s divine and high energy field, many felt emotions that they expressed freely. Every facet of expression, be it joy, laughter, crying, devotion, singing or dancing, eveyone felt an intensity to express what they felt for the Master!

All the attendees had a chance to have a conversation with Mohanji, during break-out times or short breaks. Everyone had their photos taken with Mohanji too! This photo is not just another addition to the album, but will be a memory of a lifetime that everyone will treasure.

During this retreat a special announcement happened. Tajinder, a devotee from Birmingham had expressed his wish a month back to produce a perfume in Mohanji’s name and dedicate it to Him. Mohanji had very kindly agreed saying to him that other devotees must approve the fragrance, as this perfume in Mohanji’s name should bring the feeling of Mohanji’s presence to devotees . So Tajinder with his utmost devotion and sincerity attempted this and with feedback from other devotees, he finally produced “Mohanji Factor” perfume and offered to Mohanji at the retreat. Deviji inaugurated the first bottle and this was sprayed to everyone present in the hall. Later on few bottles that were available to purchase, all got sold. However Mohanji carried a couple of bottles with Him and we learnt that on 3rd Sept, on Janmashtami day and the last Monday of the pious Shravan month, while Mohanji was present in Shirdi, this perfume was offered and applied to Shirdi Sai Baba in the morning in Mohanji’s presence as well as in the evening.

Before leaving, every single person received the ultimate energy transfer – “Shaktipat” from Mohanji. The effect of subtle transformations, clearing away of layers and layers of blockages directly from the causal layer, that Mohanji has imparted on every single attendee will continue for days and weeks to come, bringing in positive changes in their lives.

Only the presence of such a Master, His one glance, His one touch could clear away blockages from life times. Sooner or later, everyone will realise this subtelty, no doubt.

Almost everyone who attended the Retreat with Mohanji have given their honest, sincere and positive feedback. Many have shared their expreinces as testimonials.

These feedback and testimonials can be accessed from the blogsite & website.

6. Mohanji in Skandavale

Please Read about Mohanji’s Skandavale visit in this blog.

7. Consciousness Kriya Initiation

As it is said, when wishes and prayers from the hearts of devotees comes out with sincerity and bhaav, Guru and God have no option but to grant it. Power of devotion! Such was an example seen during this visit. A big event of Kriya Intensive had been recently organised in the Bosnian Pyramids at the end of May 2018. Hence there was no plan of Consciousness Kriya intiation during Mohanji’s UK visit. However, a few devotees who have been longing to get the initiation but could not go to the Kriya Intensive programme in Bosnia, still had the hope in their hearts that Mohanji may initate them during His visit.

With packed schedules every single day, it seemed next to impossible to arrange a Kriya initiation programme! However, Guru can make anything possible, when He sees true devotion. That’s exactly what happened this time! Mohanji appreciated the heartfelt and sincere request from these devotees and amidst His packed schedule, agreed to have the Kriya initiation on the very last day of His stay, the day after returning from Skanda Vale. Deviji conducted the training process, very kindly and elaborately clarifying each and every point with patience and her usual loving and fun attitude. Mohanji finally joined the Kriya group, answered all the questiones everyone had and after the satsang, initiated all the newly trained people.

This was indeed a dream come true for Vincent & Annabelle and Mr & Mrs Thakkar who have been longing to get intiation from Mohanji. Along with them a few more fortunate souls found a tool that will take them straight on the path of liberation at rocket speed.

Such is the tradition. Such is the Golden path of Liberation.

8. Departure from London

After the 11 days long blissful and energetic events in the UK, Mohanji left for Canada on the 20th of Aug 2018. In conscioussness, we are always together. Even then, being in Mohanji’s physical presence brings immeasurable joy and happiness. So bidding Him good bye at the airport was not a easy thing to do, though He kept everyone laughing till the very last moment He disappeared from our sight. Staying connected always and meeting sometime again soon were the assurances everyone received from the beloved Guru..

9. Memorable moments with Mohanji

Amidst the busy schedules and back to back events, Foundation volunteers grabbed every possible opportunity to have some memorable moments with Mohanji. The most humourous, fun loving Mohanji in these casual moments filled everyone with joy and unlimited happiness.

Dushyanthi has been longing to get Mohanji’s footprint for her altar. She had the opportunity to get it done on soft clay on a casual morning after breakfast. Her beautiful experience on this can be read here. This was the icing on top of the cake to have some fun-filled casual moments with the ever-loving, ever enchanting Mohanji.

We look forward to Mohanji coming back to UK in the future and give us many more memorable moments filled with joy and bliss. Till then we stay connected in the consciousness!

||Jai Brahmarishi Mohanji||

–UK Family

Mohanji in Skanda Vale – August 2018

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During Mohanji’s recent UK trip in August, He visited the Skanda Vale Ashram in Wales from the 14th to the 18th. The primary event that happened during this time was the Prana Pratishtha (consecration) of Lord Dattatrya’s idol and Nagaraja’s idol in the ashram temple.

Skanda Vale Ashram in Wales is a place very close to Mohanji’s heart and every time Mohanji visits the UK, He makes it a point to visit the ashram.

The backdrop to this event was Mohanji’s visit in May 2016 when Lord Garuda’s idol was consecrated in the Sri Ranganatha Temple in Skanda Vale. The installation of Lord Garuda was suggested by Mohanji as he said that where Lord Vishnu resides, Garuda must also be present, as Garuda is Lord Vishnu’s Vahana (vehicle). This idol appears majestic with the face expressing the power of Garuda and the body expressing the strength of Hanuman. You can read more about the Garuda Prana Pratishtha ceremony in Skanda Vale, in this page. Mohanji also suggested at the time that Lord Nagaraja should be present at the entrance of Shri Ranganatha temple for protection of the temple.

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In September 2017, Mohanji made another trip to the UK, exclusively for spending time with the Skanda Vale community. During that trip he made a suggestion to the Swamis that it would be beneficial to the ashram if Lord Dattatreya was to be installed in Skanda Vale in an open area, exposed to the elements and sheltered by a fig tree.

The Skanda Vale community took up this suggestion wholeheartedly. Without delay the sculptor was commissioned to make the idols of both Lord Dattatreya and Lord Nagaraja (which was pending from the previous visit) and they started the construction of the area where Lord Dattatreya’s idol was to be placed and the Fig tree planted. The Skanda Vale community planned for the consecration of the two idols to take place during Mohanji’s UK visit to Skanda vale in August 2018.

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A fig tree which was grown by one of the first Swamis to be ordained in Skanda Vale was selected to provide shade for Lord Dattatreya.

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When the Lord wants to come and reside in a place, everything falls into place. It was a divine plan that Lord Dattatreya had to reside in Skanda Vale!

The beautifully carved idols arrived on time from India perfectly preserved and without any transport and customs issues. The dates for the Prana Pratishtha and the exact schedule for the ceremonies were finalised. Special priests were called to carry out the elaborate Prana Pratishtha ceremony over two days. This was a special week in Skanda Vale with the annual Subramanium Festival also taking place at the same time. The festivities were taken to even greater heights with the additional preparations for Lord Dattatreya and Lord Nagaraja’s Prana Pratishtha in Mohanji’s presence.

After reaching Skanda Vale late in the evening of 14th Aug, straight after the London retreat, Mohanji was ready for the rituals to commence the next day.

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15th Aug was the day when the initial purification process through Homam and other rituals happened.

Although the previous week had been dry and sunny, the weather reverted to type in Skanda Vale and it was raining heavily on the first day of the installation! The place where the Homam was taking place was very exposed, however the Skanda Vale community and Mohanji seemed completely unaffected by the rain and the wind, such was their joy and excitement!

Idols were brought near the designated place and Mohanji then carried out the ritual of opening the eyes, symbolising birth.

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It was yet another miracle that 15th Aug was ‘Naga Panchami’, the most auspicious day when the Naga Devtas are worshiped! On this very day, the commencement of the Prana Pratishtha ceremony occurred starting with the purification rites, positioning and placement of the Nagaraja idol and opening of the eyes. This seemed like a divinely inspired perfect plan.

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There were three specially blessed lingams that were to be placed under the Dattatreya idol. Unfortunately these had been left in London! Anxious calls were made to various devotees in London to see who could bring the lingams to Skanda Vale within the next six hours! This became a miraculous event for Mr & Mrs Thakkar who had wished to visit Skanda Vale for this inauguration but left it too late to make the arrangements. While sadly contemplating their fate they got the call to bring the lingams from London! They were divinely summoned by the lord to bring the Lingam stones just in time for the ceremony while also getting the golden opportunity to participate in the ceremony of Lord Dattatreya’s Prana Pratishtha.

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On the 16th of August, the Prana Pratishtha puja and elaborate rituals continued for the whole day. The Maha Abhishek (bathing the idol with various sacred ingredients and finally dressing up the idol with new clothes and garlands) was a grand ceremony happening amidst mantra chanting and bhajans, filling the air with beautiful vibrations and a divine energy. After the inauguration, one of the priests who was especially invited to perform the ceremony told us that while he was performing the inauguration, he glanced at Mohanji and saw Lord Dattatreya instead!

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The idol looked radiantly beautiful, shining after the Abhishek and adorned with clothes, garlands etc.

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The idol didn’t look like just a stone idol. Lord Dattatreya appeared like an exceptionally handsome prince. The effulgent Lord looked stunning with striking smiles on the three faces; Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva on the sides and Lord Vishnu in the center.

After the Abhishek, Mohanji carried out the actual Prana Pratishtha; putting the life force in the statue through the heart centre.

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Followed by this, Mohanji then did the naming ceremony, whispering the name in the ear of the idol.

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Then began the Maha Arati. The atmosphere became electrified. We could feel the idol being alive.

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Finally, Lord Dattatreya had come home to serene Skandavale amidst the beautiful greenery and the purest form of nature.

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Mohanji shared the story and significance of Lord Dattatreya and the impact the Lord will have in Skanda Vale.

You can read the transcription of Mohanji’s talk on this link.

The Prana Pratishtha of Nagaraja was also majestic and was an incredible ceremony.

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You can read the transcription of Mohanji’s talk on this link.

After the busy two days packed with the beautiful ceremonies, Mohanji spent the next couple of days in satsang with the Skanda Vale community and devotees.

As before, Mohanji did not hesitate to give His unconditional love to the hard-working, extremely sincere and disciplined community members through a series of casual satsangs.

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Whenever the community members visited Mohanji at the beautiful cottage very kindly and lovingly provided by Skanda Vale, he made sure that they all received utmost love and care and that delicious food cooked by Mohanji’s team was served to them all.

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It felt like home with relatives visiting! We were one big family. The feelings of love and joy were prominent in the Skanda Vale family  and Mohanji family.

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Incidentally, not just humans but even the animals felt the same joy and warmth too! Such as the four highlanders, who graze in a huge field just outside the cottage where Mohanji was residing. The love between Mohanji and the highlanders was beautiful. Especially ‘Hari’ who had been repeatedly saved by the grace of the divine.

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Even Valli the elephant was brought by the Swamis to meet Mohanji! Mohanji and everyone else in the cottage at that time jumped for joy to see Valli. Mohanji rushed outside in just his vest and without his slippers! The excitement was mutual! Stroking her trunk, feeding her some food, getting her blessing and observing the silent communion between Mohanji and Valli was a beautiful experience that everyone cherished.

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These moments are priceless. They cannot be planned, demanded or comprehended!  When you are with Mohanji, anything and everything is possible. All you need is a heart full of love and eyes to recognise grace.

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This trip of Mohanji to Skanda Vale was an extra ordinary trip for many reasons. Bringing Lord Dattatreya to Skanda Vale is of high significance as it reaffirmed the continuation of the tradition.

Mohanji’s visit to Skanda Vale was indeed a very special visit that the Skanda Vale community and Mohanji UK family will cherish forever. The fragrance of sincerity, dedication, devotion, discipline, compassion and above all unconditional love filled the air and made us all feel truly blessed.

With deep gratitude to Mohanji and the Skanda Vale community.

-Mohanji UK Family.

In Devotees’ words:

We asked some of the devotees who travelled to Skanda Vale with Mohanji about the significance of this visit.

Here are few of the expressions in their words:

Vijay Ramanaidoo:

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I first visited Skanda Vale as a young teenager in 1976 when my father brought our family there all the way from London. At that time the place was very different to what it is today! Throughout the years my family and I have visited countless times and had the enormous privilege to meet with Guru Subramanium, both at Skanda Vale and in Switzerland at the seminars held in Fideris and Kiental. Skanda Vale is a very special place for myself, my wife and our two children who were both blessed by Guru Subramanium on their first visits to Skanda vale when only a few months old. Guru Subramanium left a huge hole in our lives when he left his body in 2007.

One of my favourite temples at Skanda vale is the magnificent Sri Ranganatha temple. This is a temple of Lord Vishnu who is reclining on a serpent surrounded by water. The temple is unique in Skanda Vale in that it is an outdoor temple exposed to the elements. In the early years of visiting Skanda Vale, the area where the Sri Ranganatha temple is situated now used to be a field. I remember our Sai group from London singing bhajans in this field near the borderline with the trees. In 1997, during a puja in one of the other temples, a vision of the future Sri Ranganatha temple was revealed to Guru Subramanium. After miraculously locating the murti, the construction of the temple commenced soon after.

We used to travel regularly to Skanda vale during the construction of the temple and would stay for a few days in order to help in any small way with the building work. I remember that sometimes Guru Subramanium would come down while we were working and give us a piece of chocolate infused with divine vibrations to energise us! Slowly the temple took shape. Finally the time came for the inauguration of the temple on 30th October 1999 (Guru’s birthday). We had the wonderful opportunity to anoint the idol with oil just before the flood of water was released to create the pond which currently surrounds the idol.

When I first met Mohanji in 2011, on his first trip to the UK, I had a very strong desire to take him to Skanda Vale. At the time it was not possible and it was not until July 2015 that I was finally blessed to be able to take Mohanji and Devi to Skanda Vale. Mohanji instantly felt a strong connection with Skanda Vale and the monsatic community and was in immense admiration of the sankalpa of Guru Subramanium, who was able to create and sustain a place of this spiritual stature.

When Mohanji first visited the Sri Ranganatha temple in 2015 he said that Lord Garuda should be present wherever Lord Vishnu resides. He also suggested that Lord Nagaraja should be present at the entrance of the Vishnu temple for protection. Both of these promises have now been fulfilled! On a later trip to Skanda Vale Mohanji suggested that Lord Dattareya should also have a presence at Skanda Vale as wherever Lord Dattareya is, beings of a higher frequency also visit and the community will benefit from their high vibrational energies. This promise has also now been fulfilled.

The addition of Lord Nagaraja to protect the temple, Lord Garuda as Lord Vishnu’s vehicle and Lord Dattatreya in my view has served to enhance the beauty and spiritual vibrations of the Sri Ranganatha temple. I feel truly privileged to have been invited by Mohanji to play a small part in helping to get the idols to Skanda Vale. I also feel privileged to be present at this inauguration and to witness the Prana Pratishtha performed by Mohanji. All of these events are the icing on the cake for the wonderful association we have been blessed to have with Mohanji, Skanda Vale and the Sri Ranganatha temple over the years.

In addition to this, I feel that Mohanji’s trip was an opportunity for him to offer his loving support, encouragement and endorsement to the amazing work of the Skanda Vale Swamis, monks, sisters and community members which is all a testament to the grace and sankalpa of Guru Subramanium.

– Vijay

Subhasree:

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Well, Mohanji’s visit to Skanda Vale was a bouquet with many exotic flowers:

1. Bringing Lord Datta to Skanda Vale wasn’t a simple thing. From creation to consecration, the smooth execution proved, this is nothing but a divine plan. It can’t be ignored as an ordinary event.

2. Skanda Vale Swamis chose Him to do all the rituals as the “Karta”, means a lot too. It showed the unity and the love between Mohanji and Skandavale family.

3. The sincerity and dedication with which He performed every activity taught us a lot. Being present on time for every single ritual, complete involvement, no reaction to any physical discomfort (be it getting wet in the rain or eyes constantly watering due to thick smoke or pain from walking barefoot on the stone chips while carrying a heavy pot with water on the head or even the hot oil spilling on the hand during Arati), nothing seemed to have troubled Him. That showed His ekagrata – focus and concentration. During the rituals, the mantra chanting, the detail in which Mohanji was carrying out the instructions from the priest, showed the devotion factor too. Even with all the attention and success, there was not even a drop of ego or ownership. If we just observe Him, we see the living example of a Raja Yogi, who has gone beyond the physical existence and has attained the perpetual bliss (samadhi) state. He showed us what it is to accept (accepting all situations), what it is not to have ownership and what it is not to have ego. In the incident of the evil eye being found during one of the rituals of purification, He let the priest lead, decide and do as per his custom. Allowing the priests to do everything as per their way, He gave them immense respect. At any moment in those two days, Mohanji never displayed any ego, doer-ship or showed off His knowledge. Basically, Mohanji lived His teachings. Just by observing Him, we learn this.

4. Even after tiring continuous activities, He always made Himself available and accessible to people who wanted to speak with Him, whether he or she is a Swami, monk, nun or a devotee. There was an instance when a teenage girl suddenly appeared outside the Shakti temple, demanding to speak with Him. It was already late in the evening and it was drizzling too, but Mohanji had no hesitation. He spoke to the girl and her mother and even gave them Shaktipat. There were many instances like that. All this showed Mohanji’s unconditional love, kindness and compassion.

Mohanji’s compassion towards the animals is worth mentioning too! I have seen the glow in His face, the sparkle in His eyes, the moment He spots the deers, or the Highlanders grazing in the field or meeting Valli. On the Prana Pratishtha day, He was wet from the sacred water being poured on His head, but when He came back to the cottage, He stood still for a few minutes near the field blessing the Highlanders! I was wondering, if it was us we would first run inside to get changed! These instances may go unnoticed, but the essence is that everything that He says, shows in the way He leads His life.

5. Feeding everyone who comes home was a top priority instruction to me! Not just making food available but to serve everyone with love and purity – this is such an important message about keeping our tradition that Mohanji kept giving me all the time. The various challenges that I was facing, I understood, were just to strengthen my conviction and commitment to keep up the tradition. Not to hesitate, not to back out, but to maintain that love and purity always. Whenever I lacked in something, He was there to correct me and to prevent me from falling. That was demonstrating true fatherhood. He let me walk independently, but never let me fall. Whenever I stumbled, He held my hand.

In essence, Mohanji brought Lord Datta and Datta tradition to Skanda Vale. He demonstrated the tradition through His own living. The most amazing fact was that the divine showed approval through how smoothly everything was executed. In Mohanji’s presence, there was no scope for any failure. After all, this was all Lord Datta’s play for His homecoming!

Jai Guru Datta. Jai Mohanji.

– Subhasree

Vigneswara:

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I had gone to Skanda Vale to spend some quality time with Mohanji in a powerful place, where the energy levels are always very high. Of course, when I came to know that there were two days of rituals of Lord Datta and Nagaraja Prana Pratishtha, my joy was unexplainable. The energy during these rituals were so high, as if all the 33 crore deities had descended. The Divine showed their blessings in the form of showers which poured during the homa and pujas. While everyone was so deeply merged in the pujas, I was struggling to bear the high vibrations! It became so unbearable that I had to come inside the Ranganath temple, moving away from the open place where the homa was happening. There I suddenly saw Guru Subramanyam standing! I couldn’t first believe what I was seeing, I just kept surrendering to Mohanji and the Guru Mandala. Mohanji was doing all the rituals with so much dedication and sincerely, it felt as if Lord Datta Himself has come down. The visions, the power and the vibrations of this ritual was amazing.

After the celebrations, I also got some time to be in Mohanji’s presence at the cottage and even got the opportunity to do some seva to Him by pressing His legs. Little did I know what is going to happen to me being in a power center, after participating in such a high energy ceremony and touching Mohanji’s body which is a power house! His one glance, one touch and one Shaktipat can clean thousands of layers of karma. I was not just touching Him, but was even pressing His legs! That night, I had such deep cleansing in all levels, physical, mental and spiritual. The transformation that came was beyond my expectation.

Not only this, on the very last day, I also had the opportunity to do food seva in the form of making some South Indian snacks and selling them to the devotes to raise funds for the Skanda Vale Hospice. While I was preparing the food, we had some obstacles such as not having the right tools. However, nothing could hamper my spirit. Because I was not doing this just for selling, I was offering this to my Lord, Mohanji. So whatever effort it may take, I had no worries, no stress. With love for my beloved Krishna, Mohanji, I prepared every single item. Even though I could not go up to the cottage to offer this to Mohanji myself, some food was sent to Him and later I heard that not only He ate, He enjoyed them too. That day we had a very good collection, from an unexpected snack stall event. Skanda Vale Swamis appreciated this a lot.

This trip with Mohanji to Skanda Vale and these memories will stay in my heart forever.

Jai Mohanji.

– Vigneshwar

Mita:

Mita

I have been visiting Skanda Vale for many years. This place with its serene environment and powerful energy always makes me feel divine. Since Mohanji started visiting Skanda Vale, I feel more connected to Skanda Vale. The community, Swamis, Brothes & Sisters feel like our own family.

It was a great opportunity to be at Skanda Vale again in Mohanji’s presence. This time it was even amazing as Lord Dattatreya’s Prana Pratishtha was going to happen. In October 2016, when Mohanji participated in the Soma Skanda Temple inauguration in Switzerland, I was blessed to be there and the experience from that time is still vivid in my memory. I couldn’t miss such an opportunity again!

Knowing that bringing Lord Dattatreya to Skanda Vale was Mohanji’s suggestion, a divine plan that was being manifested through Mohanji, I felt even more fortunate to be able to be present in this occasion.

The two days long ceremony was just out of the world! The vibrations, the purity, the divinity was beyond comprehension. Mohanji was performing all the rituals and that made me feel like I was part of the family doing this ceremony, not just a spectator attending. Everything just looked so beautiful, cheerful, joyful. The air was filled with positivity. There was no stress or tiredness. All the ceremonies went on so smoothly. The Maha Abhishek and Arati was just so powerful. When the Arati was going on, I had closed my eyes and when I opened and looked at Mohanji performing the Arati, it looked as if Swayam Maha Kali was doing the Arati. Maa Kali in Skanda Vale is the most beautiful, compassionate and loving Maa Shakti. That’s exactly how I felt when I saw Mohanji doing this Arati. My head bowed with devotion.

Lord Datta looked so beautiful and alive!

I have no words to convey my gratitude to Mohanji for having given me this opportunity to be in this ceremony. This was indeed a once in a life time experience.

Not just the Prana Pratishtha ceremony, but being in Mohanji’s presence, I got a chance to be in the loving presence of the Swamis, Sisters and Brothers too. Serving food to the divine souls was a secret desire which was fulfilled unexpectedly and this made me feel very content. In Mohanji’s presence, we only experience joy. He calls me lovingly “chef”. Whatever little I do in Ahimsa, is only trying to walk on the path our Guru has shown us. I can’t hide my smiles and joy when He calls me that. Well, while with Him, we have no desire, no asking, just soaking in His unconditional love and compassion. The four days in Skandavale with Mohanji were in deed the most fulfilling experience so far.

Thank you Mohanji for all your love and keeping us with you always.

Yours “chef”, Mita.

Expressions as a Poem, By Pramod Nair

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Naag Dutta Praan Prathishta
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Brahmarishi Mohanji
Tumre charan sparsh se
Dhanya hua skandavel

Tumre darshan maatr
Dhanya hue shishya gan

Tumne nazar se
Sabka man moh liya

Prakriti ne bhi ras barsa
Saare dev gano ne kiya ashirvad
Guruvo ke guruvar Datta khade muskura
Naag Raja bhi kar rahe intezaar

Ganesh vandana aur
Kalash pooja se samarambh hua anushtaan

Bhaktgan ke man pulkit kar
Ved mantra goonj uti
Vigrahon me abhishek ki dhara bahi

Doodh madhu trimadhur naliker or anna abhishek
Aankhonko ko madhurya kiya

Mohanji ne praan bhare
Vigrahom me jivan bhar ayi

Vastraalankrit pushpon ke har pehan
Datta or Naag dev khade muskura

Homkund me poornahuti hui
Mantron se swahakaar hui

Karpoor aur Aarathi
Gayatri ke sang hui

Bhakton ne bhajan gaye
Khushiyo ke pal cha gaye

Skandavel ki pavitrata aur badi
Har dil me yeh samaroh samaa gaya

Jai Gurudatta Jai Mohanji

-Pramod

 

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…