A Dip At The Kumbh Mela – Freedom From A Bond

By Pritam Purohit, India

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Mohanji signing Pritam’s medicine study book

The Kumbh Mela is one of the most sacred events in India and happens to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world. Millions of people congregate during the event and many great saints and spiritual masters choose to come out of seclusion and share their wisdom and blessings with ordinary pilgrims. The magnitude and scale of this glorious spiritual gathering is awe inspiring and makes for a wonderful, unforgettable experience. This year in 2019, the Kumbh Mela takes place in Prayagraj (also known as Allahabad), starting on the 14/15th of January (Makar Sankranthi) and ends on March 4th (Maha Shivarathri).

Mohanji explains,

“At specific times of a year, certain planetary positions align in a way that the entire energy or frequency is higher on earth. That’s the best time for inner purification. This is referred to as taking a dip and involves a few aspects. One is that we are surrendering to the water. Second, while we are purifying the external body, the inner body is also getting purified and third, we are using the right planetary positions to elevate our consciousness and our awareness.”

Previously I have shared a life transforming experience with Mohanji, in Mohanji Satcharita – Chapter 1.

Once again I feel very fortunate to share an astounding experience of  my life that happened at the Kumbh Mela in January 2019, I was very fortunate to be with Mohanji. So here it goes:

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Mohanji with the people participating in the January Kumbh Mela 13-16 Jan 2019

I had no plans whatsoever of going for a dip at the Kumbh Mela, not in this lifetime at least. But when Mohanji decides, who am I to resist. It all started with my visit to Kochi to meet Mohanji. Gitanjali and I went to attend a satsang in Thrissur, Kerala on 27th Dec 2018, which was scheduled to be entirely in Malayalam.

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Mohanji with Pritam and his wife Gitanjali after the public satsang in Thrissur

We don’t understand a word of the language, but His presence fills me with such happiness that I went. It is there that we decided we would be going for the Kumbh Mela, just to be near Mohanji. We did not know the significance of it, had no idea whether our sins would be washed away, but we knew for sure that whatever punya it had, would be multiplied a thousand fold just by His divine presence.

Now, my decision was not enough as I had multiple hurdles before me which had to be taken care of. I was under pressure at the work front and the nature of my work was such that whatever I missed for the duration of my absence was going to be piled up and was to be done once I was back. The headquarters was to be informed of my leave if it exceeded 3 days and Mohanji kept it exactly for 3 days! My senior agreed to my leave immediately when I applied, something unheard of in my organisation, but with a rider that my next leave scheduled in January had to be cancelled. I had made a flight booking in advance to visit Odisha, so I was expecting to incur losses during cancellation. When I enquired from the agent, he told me that the cancellation would be entirely refundable as I was some premium member. I was stunned at the developments. When one surrenders to Him, He micro manages everything in detail.

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Pritam and his wife Gitanjali at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj

My wife Gitanjali has attended more events of Mohanji than myself and is definitely more social than me. Whenever I attend, I sit in a corner without speaking to others, listen to Him, meet Him if possible and go back avoiding any interaction with anyone else. I was telling Gitanjali how I feel funny when people hug each other, especially when some start crying after getting emotional at these events. I felt that everyone should get some control over their emotions. I am a physician and due to the nature of my job, see more deaths than other people, in fact more than the doctors of other specialities as well. I didn’t cry when my grandfather died, not even when one of my closest seniors died. Years of working in a military environment had made me immune to emotional displays and I used to feel that crying was a sign of weakness.

So Kumbh Mela with Mohanji started and I was happy being a part of it. On the day of the dip, we took different boats to reach the sangam (confluence of rivers) and there were people in each boat who did not belong to our group. After coming back, I met Mohanji and He told me that the dip couldn’t have been better for me. I didn’t understand the meaning of His words then. The following day was the last day and we were all packing to leave. I met a person whom I had met the previous day on the boat, while taking the dip at the sangam. We had taken the dip together and we started talking about the various experiences of life.

I felt a close attachment to him in the five minutes that we talked and hugged him thrice as he left. After he went away, I felt an intense sorrow unlike anything I had experienced till date! And then I suddenly started crying, tears rolling down from my eyes on their own accord without any rhyme or reason. Since I was in public, I went inside my tent to understand what had just happened. Once alone, I started crying even more and while it happened, I realised that this person was related to me from some other birth and I had betrayed him. I continued crying for some more time and then suddenly had a feeling that I must meet Mohanji.

I washed my face and went to Mohanji’s tent. As I reached the entrance I heard Him asking people about me.  I went inside and as soon as I saw Him, I knew that He was aware of everything. I fell at His feet, asking Him for mercy. He held me like a father holds his child and told me, “It’s over, forget about it.” And then, like magic, peace descended upon me. With tears in my eyes, I touched His feet and thanked Him for burning my karma. I had washed away my sins; my Kumbh Mela happened at that very moment. He had called me to that place for a specific reason and He was smiling serenely as this realisation dawned upon me. Something inside me changed that very moment and I realised what peace actually is. The artificiality was gone and I became a child again. I hugged each one while they were leaving and experienced true love.

Also, while coming back from Prayagraj, I remembered one of my old relatives telling me that no pilgrimage is truly complete until one experiences discomfort. The entire thing had been so comfortable, thanks to Preeti Duggal didi (sister) that I had a feeling of uncertainty if my pilgrimage was complete. I reached Delhi airport late, due to a flight delay and had a train to catch from the railway station. The entire cash with me was exhausted after paying for the taxi to the station and I missed my train by 3 mins!! There was no ATM nearby and the last train was in 5 mins. I had to travel in the general compartment, standing for 3 hours and without ticket!! That’s how my pilgrimage was completed. So, beware of whatever perceived notions you have. Mohanji will ensure that the smallest of your desires come true.

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Abhishekam of Mohanji by the participants of the Kumbh Mela with Mohanji pilgrimage in Prayagraj

My thousand pranaams at the feet of my Guru Mohanji, He truly is my everything.

Pritam Purohit

||JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

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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…