Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 137 & 138

Christopher Greenwood

Day 137 Lesson – Speaking out

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

As many of you will be aware by now, Mohanji was subjected to real serious harassment by the security guards at Frankfurt airport as we made our way from India to Slovenia. We had a transit leg in Frankfurt airport, so after a nine-hour flight, we went through the security checks again to catch the onward flight. Mohanji went in business class, and I went in economy. As I went through, I could see that Mohanji had been surrounded and stopped by police and security guards. As I got closer, I saw that they were completely ransacking his bag pack, and he was being treated with utter contempt. It was shocking, and I can only put it down to racial profiling, as many people were coming through that check, and they weren’t being subjected to the same treatment. It was a real serious incident of injustice.

Since then, each day, we’ve been moving forward with everything that we can, gathering support, and the people who are feeling the importance of the cause are coming together and taking it forward. This is also alongside all of the other activities that we have to do; they haven’t gone away either, so it means that now there’s much more for us to do.

For me personally, this has been a real living example of the teachings, lessons and messages that I’ve shared over the past weeks and months, because it’s almost as if it all came together in this situation to give a real example of how Mohanji approaches life. And the way he approaches life gives for me the best lessons. If I was to just think personally about my experience with this situation and share some of the things that I feel in my own growth since meeting Mohanji, I can see a change from how I’ve handled this situation to how I probably would have done so two years ago. I probably would have been very reluctant to speak about this. I would have had a lot of fear and would have been unsure of what I should do.

But when I wrote my posts, which was my eye-witness account, I felt that I had to speak because I had witnessed it, I was there. It could have been anybody else in my place, but it wasn’t, it was me. I felt a need to share what I’d seen so that at least people understood how the situation happened. A year and a half ago, maybe I wouldn’t have done this, but this time around, it was a natural thing for me. There’s been an injustice, and I’ve seen it, so I should speak about it.

I feel that, for me, thinking about it demonstrated that some of the teachings that Mohanji has shared have at least settled somewhere within me. I can’t say I’ve taken them all in; I will never say that, because there’s always much more to learn. But at least that aspect of being worried about what people think, what people might say, how would I be perceived was completely gone. There was no second thought about doing this, so this is something I recognized.

After the incident too, being close to Mohanji and seeing how he is approaching this whole situation is again incredibly inspiring because it’s re-establishing everything that he has said before in many talks. Especially that if we have the opportunity to speak, we should. Particularly because there are many other people out there who would have experienced this situation and didn’t have the opportunity or platform to share their voice.

Mohanji has made a really great podcast that is coming out today,  titled “We must speak because they cannot”. It is not just about this incident at Frankfurt. It is for every being that doesn’t have a voice – we should speak for them, we should take that as a responsibility.

What inspires me about Mohanji’s approach to this situation is that he’s willing to take this all the way. He’s not worried about what may or what may not happen. For him, there’s a clear purpose, and that’s to bring about a change where everybody is respected; no one should feel unsafe when they’re legitimately travelling through Frankfurt airport or any other airport. No one should experience security harassment. All these agencies that are involved in that process should adhere to good ethics.

This is the goal. The routes to reach there might change, we have to be flexible. Mohanji said openly that something good might happen, something bad might happen. People could shame, defame, or attempt slander in an effort to save themselves. We don’t know what will happen. But what he is clear on, though, is that we’re moving for a purpose. As he said before, whilst our heart is beating, we should do something for the world, we should do something for a purpose. Not just sleep, eat, drink, and other things like that. We can make a difference.

For me, when I read between the lines a little bit more, it shows me that he has no real attachment to any image or the idea of any image about himself. He’s willing to go all the way out there, put himself out there, regardless of what may come. And he knows that whatever comes, he’ll face it then. Also, he’s focused on purpose. So, he’s doing what needs to be done now, today, because it happened now. As he’s mentioned, and as I’ve shared in other lessons before, there are no rehearsals in life. It’s all about now, doing what you can now.

Today, we’ll keep going, and more people are coming to support this. Yesterday, I was reaching out to a US Congressman who had suffered a similar experience at Frankfurt Airport too. He had actually published his experience in the news about harassment and how he was taken aside and kept for 10 hours. So, this is really systematic harassment that is happening at this airport in particular. Madhu will be sharing some more details later today, and we will continue to bring attention to this cause.

I hope you have a great day ahead.

Day 138 Lesson – Raising awareness/frequency

Good morning, everybody. I hope you are well.

We’re moving forward and doing all that we can on this campaign to bring spotlight on this incident of harassment that happened to Mohanji at Frankfurt Airport. We want to push for a change. What we want to see is a shift in the mindset of those who are handling people in airports. We are now moving forward with many different activities; we have social media activity, and we have consolidated some good hashtags that will help us align all the activities. Also, we’re pushing the official channels too. Yesterday, I spoke with a lady who can help us move this forward with the UN, and Madhu has been speaking with others who are looking to contact the German Federal Government. Many activities are happening, and people are coming forward now to help volunteer for this, which is great. What we’re doing is looking to really shift the mindset of people.

Yesterday, I had a conversation with Mohanji about something that’s not related to this incident. It was about people’s operating frequencies. This helped me understand more about how and where people are positioned, and that the change that people need to make might not be dramatic. But if we can shift people’s mindsets just a bit, then we would have done a good job. What Mohanji was sharing was that, on the path of our spiritual journey, we can reach a point where we feel as though there is stagnation, so we might feel as though nothing is happening. And this is usually a state that comes just before a bliss state. He said that when you’re connected with a master, there is always something changing, something shifting. But during this time, we might feel as though nothing is happening.

He likened this to travelling into outer space, that when we set off from the ground, there’ll be many obvious changes. Because from the level of the earth, you’ll be climbing through the clouds into higher clouds, past the jet stream, and finally, through the very final layers of the atmosphere until you’re in space. Once you’re in space, you’re still moving, probably travelling at a rapid speed. But it won’t feel like that. Mohanji shared that, even during the stagnation phase, inside many things will be shifting, in the intellect, ego, and there’ll be changes.

I was thinking then about those famous words that Shirdi Sai Baba has said, which will come handy during this time: Shraddha and Saburi – faith and patience. Mohanji shared that, at this time, the frequency will be shifting, and frequency is distinct from intellect, ego and mind. It’s an operating state. And what are the signs of operating frequency? If we are living with more kindness, more compassion, more understanding, more awareness of situations and acceptance, we could say that we’re operating at a higher frequency. But he also said that this stagnation state, or vacuum state, can be very easy to fall from because there’s not much apparent movement. So, as we feel there’s no progress, we can become susceptible to doubts. Some have even left the path at the stage when they were very close to attaining something. And then there can be a fall.

I asked Mohanji what is a fall in that respect; if people fall, what does that mean? He said that the sure sign is that there’s a drop in frequency, or a fall in the relative frequency that they were operating from. People can then shift from kindness, acceptance, compassion, right down to the lower operating ends, such as people becoming jealous, full of hatred, revenge, all these types of things. Thinking about it now, if you look at the people who have left Mohanji and spoken bad about him later, you can see that’s what the fall was. If they were operating in one state, they quickly dropped to revenge, writing bad, that type of thing.

For me, this also deepened my understanding of what we’re doing through all these platforms. I’d understood before, but this added more depth or another dimension to it. Because the overall vision of Mohanji is to raise people from what we would consider as the lower frequencies, and I say ‘consider’ because it’s all relative, right up to the higher levels of kindness and compassion. Mohanji has also said that he’s shifting the frequency, so that the Satya Yuga, a good age or a golden age can come, and we can all exist in that frequency.

Mohanji didn’t say this explicitly to me, but this is my understanding. I also imagined it like a scale, like a thermometer. People will be at various frequencies – some at the higher end, some at the lower end. And like I say, this is all relative, the higher and lower. But our job, I see now more clearly, is to take people from where they are to the next level. It may not be possible to take them from complete anger, complete prejudice, opinions, insensitivity towards what they’re doing, right up to the highest. It could be a step-by-step process. I was thinking this because of the incident at Frankfurt and the campaign that we are undertaking, which is to really shift the mindset of people and take them to a different operating state, wherein they’re treating people with kindness. And if not kindness, then at least just a basic respect.

This helps me understand then to look for what will be possible. So, it may not be possible that from this everybody begins to love all beings, all creations and wants to live in complete harmony. But possibly, and at least, they should be having that basic level of respect and understanding, and treat everyone equally as humans with decency. So that there’ll be humane airports, which is one of the hashtags that we’re now promoting as well. We want to have humane airports, where everybody’s treated with respect.

I hope you have a good day ahead, and we shall speak again soon.

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Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 26th June 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 135 & 136

Christopher Greenwood

Day 135 Lesson – Making a change 

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

Awareness is increasing about the blatant racism incident that happened to Mohanji at Frankfurt Airport, and more people are coming forward to support it. Momentum is building, and we are exploring all avenues to bring this incident to those who can make a change. The reason we are doing this is to change the pattern of injustice that is systemic at Frankfurt Airport and others across the world. We want people to be treated with respect regardless of their race, nationality or skin colour. 

Since my post on FB, many people have now come forward to share their experiences of outright discrimination under the pretext of “security checks”; through my research, I read about many such incidents. This change is needed so no one else has to experience this harassment. People are now afraid to travel through airports and security screening, which is terrible when you think about it. You’re making legitimate travel somewhere, but you’re extremely concerned as you’re going through that security check-in about what’s going to happen to you, how you’re going to be treated and if you’re going to be subjected to abuse. 

 This is the change we want to make so nobody else has to suffer. It can be practical steps in what that change is about, namely:

  1. The right training for the people in these positions of power is to handle people with respect, good ethics, and good behaviour.
  2. Not to treat people as suspects when they’re moving through these airports. People who have experienced this can give feedback so there can be a learning for the airport authorities – a system where they can recognize what’s happening, maybe even a ranking. Things can be done, and this is what we’re pushing for. 

Yesterday, I was pondering on the usual responses, which can happen in a situation like this as the profile has been raised to quite a level. What are the typical things that people will do? What will people say? I think the usual way, which is being experienced now is usually as below:

  1. It didn’t happen – minimizing it, trivializing it, which is sheer avoidance.
  2. Then the next one will be – “Well, that’s obviously just a routine check. That happens to everybody. The police and guards were doing their job; the world is dangerous. Those checks are important.” So basically, trying to justify the situation and the actions. Again, altogether avoiding it, escapism. 
  3. If they can’t handle what’s coming, can’t accept any mistakes, or can’t find any other way to avoid it, then what could happen is that they look to slander the person involved. They talk bad about the person. They make them look like a demon so that whatever happened to them is justified, “Okay, he was a bad guy, so what you did was right anyway.” And they can even pay people for this. 

I was thinking on these lines because, under pressure to attempt to save themselves and face, they could resort to many options, trying to make a diversion from the actual issue at hand. They can shame a person into justifying their actions.

 I remember someone telling me about an incident that happened in Pakistan. One man was working for a bank, and he killed his boss. This was because he had asked for a salary increase or a promotion, and the boss hadn’t given it to him. He wasn’t happy with that and killed the boss. 

When the police handled this person, he said his boss had spoken badly about the Quran and defamed the Prophet, speaking all sorts of bad things. So straight away, this became a huge thing, and this person became a hero as he had taken revenge on someone who spoke badly about the Quran and the Prophet. It completely eclipsed the fact that he’d murdered someone, and then the court should have meted out the justice he deserved for committing murder in the country. 

I thought that there might even be a paid slander or smear campaign so that the whole issue could be eclipsed and avoided. But we keep going because we have a clear purpose now: to bring a change to this pattern of injustice. 

Hope you have a great day ahead.

Day 136 Lesson – Ahimsa 

Good morning everybody. 

Today, I wanted to start with a quote I shared some weeks back that has enduring relevance. Albert Einstein said, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Yesterday Mohanji gave a compelling talk and clarification about why we’ve decided to take a stand against racism, racial profiling, and the harassment people are subjected to at the airport security checks. Especially in Frankfurt Airport, where he was harassed, which happened once before. 

In this meeting with the country heads, the leaders of the teams, and the advisors, Mohanji clarified the incident at Frankfurt and the reason for taking a stand. This is not personal; it’s to bring a change in the world so that no one else has to suffer that harassment, racism and outright discrimination. Since the incident, all the activities have been happening to make sure that things are visible to people; the right people and higher authorities are being contacted. 

Over the past days, some people had worries, concerns and confusion about whether our activities to raise the visibility of this issue were in line with Ahimsa or non-violence, one of our core principles. So Mohanji clarified Ahimsa really well. 

He said that Ahimsa is not creating violence in thoughts, words or actions. It’s ensuring that no one is harmed because of our thoughts, words and actions. So it’s about our interaction with the world. But that doesn’t mean that we lie down and become a doormat for everybody. We also have to protect ourselves and take action based on the merits of the issue at hand. So not that we outwardly go out and attack somebody, but we assess what it is and then take the appropriate action. 

After the meeting yesterday, we spoke some more. Mohanji explained it in a way that sometimes you have to act. For example, what would you do if somebody is coming to you with a knife, intending to harm you or kill you? You can’t ask them to sit down and meditate and think about what they’re doing. You have to handle it as it is. Or, if a mosquito is coming and biting, you can’t calmly sit, chant and hope it will go away. You have to do something about it. 

The incident with Frankfurt is not personal. It’s for a much larger good where many people have experienced this traumatic treatment, and probably all across the world, something similar is happening. These people don’t have the platform, the voice, or outreach, which we do.

He shared some more clarifications or illustrations about Ahimsa to further my understanding. We spoke about Krishna, and he said that, like Krishna, he likes to be practical. Krishna waged many wars, and many people died in those battles. Pretty much all the kings at the time were wiped out. The act of war, fighting, and death could be seen as violence, and there would have been some. But it was done for a much larger purpose; for Dharma, for a greater good. So like that, each action can be taking on what it’s doing for others.

Something else which I liked from Mohanji’s briefing yesterday with all of the country heads and team leaders is that he reiterated that we should speak when we can, when we have the time, when we have the opportunity, and when we have a voice. He said that’s especially important because if we don’t, if we’re passive, then this is the example we are setting for the next generation to come. And we leave them also the burden of what we had to carry. 

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

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Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 19th June 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 133 & 134

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 133 Lesson – It’s worth fighting for

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

As many of you might know, the past few days have been spent making sure that the incident of the extreme harassment and racial profiling that Mohanji underwent at the Frankfurt airport is brought into the open and told to the world. We’ve been writing letters and contacting every possible authority to make sure that it receives the attention it deserves. It’s an important task. Not because it’s just for Mohanji, but because the mindsets that have been indoctrinated into people over centuries, prejudices that have been passed down through societies and families, have contributed to this situation. The people who are in power on the ground, can be individually immature, or might lack the right training in ethics.

This is a prime example of the mindset of the majority of people. So then we can look at the reasons why Mohanji has created all these platforms, such as the World Consciousness Alliance, which has been founded to raise the awareness of this generation to the highest human potentials of kindness, compassion, unconditional love, bringing it up from those levels of anger, hatred, jealousies, prejudices, to something much more higher, where everybody is treated well and respected. The same goes for the Early Birds Club. These platforms are bringing people together beyond all man-made barriers, prejudices and judgments about one another, and are bringing people to a unity where everybody is respected, regardless of race, religion, caste, culture, creed, and colour.

What was experienced in Frankfurt was utter discrimination, contempt, and real racial profiling. So, it’s very, very important that we all stand up and fight against things like this. Having spent time with Mohanji, he has always maintained that, for him, all lives matter. This includes people, animals, plants, and all the species. Everything has its relevance in the world. We should meet everybody with equality and respect. Nobody’s higher, nobody’s lower. Everybody has their place. So, this is what is worth the fight.

As for me, going through these past two days, it has been a real experience and practical lesson, and making sure that we do what needs to be done now. This includes the speed at which we’re working to make sure that the right people have been contacted, and that all the letters have been checked by the relevant people. There was no time to be passive. Life presented this situation, and there was no rehearsal. So, it’s a practical lesson of acting according to the situation, speaking when you need to speak, and writing when you need to write. So, it’s progressing, all activities are moving ahead, and we’ll see what comes from this in time. But for sure, we’re taking this as far as it can possibly go.

Have a great day ahead.

Day 134 Lesson – Act at the right time

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

We are still using this time very well to do what we can to raise the visibility of this deplorable incident that happened at the Frankfurt airport to the highest authorities possible. And multiple friends are now taking this forward. The purpose is not for apologies, it’s for a complete shift in mindset, wherein people are treated with respect regardless of the colour of their skin, to end this racial profiling that’s happening. Many more people are coming forward now to give support and also to take this forward in whichever way they can, which is amazing. So, it’s moving, we have momentum.

The whole effort for me, looking back on what Mohanji has spoken in all the lessons that I’ve shared, is making the best use of the opportunity that has been given. This didn’t have to happen to Mohanji, but it did. And because of his standing in the world, people will take notice. So even if a security guard now thinks twice before performing such an act, we would have helped others. The lesson that I can take away from this is that everything and everybody has their time, every situation has its time, configuration, and place. If we don’t act at that point in time, and we don’t do our best, then the rest of life might not give us the opportunity. This can be seen with many things in life. You can look at great artists, entertainers, and politicians; there was always a time when they were present, when they were relevant. In this context, today, this incident of racial profiling has a relevance now. In five years, this might not be the case. So, whilst we can, we’re using the momentum to take this as far as it can go.

Also, thinking back to what Mohanji has shared with me before, everything in life can be treated like this. This is a key lesson, which he has shared again and again. For all our activities in life, we should always be mindful that we only have this time that’s available to us now, this space, this configuration of environment. And if we give our best effort with what’s available, life becomes much more fulfilling. Whether that’s in work, marriage, relationship, or social activities, whatever it is, we can always do the best possible we can with the circumstances that we have. This way, life becomes really fulfilling, it becomes rich. And we’re living fully.

Like this incident of racial profiling, we’re doing the best that we can whilst it’s present and with us now. Mohanji shared before in satsangs, that many people are chasing something that they don’t have and are aspiring for something that is not with them now. In the bargain, they’re missing today. Or waiting for a better opportunity to do something tomorrow, “Okay, it’ll be better if I do this tomorrow. Maybe I’ll write about it tomorrow.” But then there’s no guarantee that this will come. So, whilst having goals is good, and setting a vision and drafting a plan to achieve something are also good, if it is at the expense of missing today, and under the pretext of achieving something tomorrow, then we miss what’s with us now, that opportunity for fulfilment at each and every moment. Because the future will be different. The whole configuration of the situations, and even ourselves, our personal makeup, our mindset, how we think, it will be different. So, this is why this practical thing that we’re doing, it’s a lesson that what needs to be done today should be done today, and to the best of our effort.

Have a great day ahead!

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Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 12th June 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 131 & 132

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 131 Lesson – Discrimination @ Frankfurt Airport ️

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

Yesterday we arrived in Slovenia, and I would have liked to have shared a more positive message this morning. But unfortunately, I had the opportunity to witness discrimination and extreme harassment firsthand at Frankfurt Airport as Mohanji cleared through the security on our transit route from Mumbai to Frankfurt. We were transiting from Frankfurt to Ljubljana. I had never seen anything like this before. I have a UK passport and a fair complexion, so I never experienced anything of discrimination myself. But to witness this was a shock because it’s the first time I’ve seen it firsthand. Here’s what happened.

At Frankfurt airport, we went through the transit security, and we went into separate lanes as Mohanji was going by a business class and I was going by usual. We’d usually wait for each other after the security check. As I collected my bags, I looked up the line, scanning for Mohanji. I could see him right at the top of the line. He was surrounded and interrogated by two police officers. All the security guards were around him; the staff who operate the scanning machines were ripping out everything from Mohanji’s backpack. There was obviously a laptop and things like this, but there were also some very important personal documents. All contents from the bag, like cards and personal items, were indiscriminately taken out of the wallet; every single pocket was emptied; everything was being questioned. They started under the premise of checking for explosives. 

I’ve had that check before; usually, they have a swab of cloth, and they run it across all the materials in the bag and then put it into a machine because it can pick up something that the explosives have. Then they check it, and that’s enough. But here, it just seemed utterly over the top. Mohanji was travelling business class, and you wouldn’t expect that type of treatment.

Everything was taken out! Everything questioned! One by one, “What’s this? What’s this? What’s this? How much money do you have? Why are you carrying this money? Where did you get it from?” It’s completely unnecessary, especially for someone travelling business class and in transit; it’s fine that you’re carrying money. I can only put this down to complete harassment. Mohanji stood there in front of everybody as every single thing was taken out of the backpack. Towards the end, I could notice the body language of the usual security staff changing. I could see that they were uncomfortable with the situation that was happening. But then another third policeman joined in this interrogation. A terrible and unpleasant experience!

From Mohanji’s previous travel via Frankfurt Airport, I understood that he had experienced the same problem. Later, when I was browsing the internet, and some people were sending me articles, I realized that it’s not uncommon for this to happen at that airport. It has a history of indiscriminately harassing people as they make their way through the airport. This experience soured the last leg of the journey yesterday. It was complete disrespect, discrimination and harassment. 

I hope you have a good day after hearing this. I wouldn’t usually like to share such a message. But I think it’s vital that these events are recognized, so I share that today in my message.

‘Abuse of power’: black travellers describe their ordeals with German customs

https://m.timesofindia.com/nri/other-news/indian-origin-woman-alleges-racial-profiling-after-being-asked-to-strip-at-frankfurt-airport/amp_articleshow/57964282.cms

Day 132 Lesson – Discrimination @ Frankfurt Airport Cont. ️ 

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

 I apologize for the slight delay in sharing this message this morning. I’m in a different time zone. This morning, I’ve been spending the majority of my time following up on the incident that happened to Mohanji at Frankfurt Airport – where he was treated with complete contempt and disrespect as we went through the security line. All his items were thrown out of his bag, and unnecessary questioning continued for 45 minutes. A sordid ordeal of harassment and abuse!

Yesterday I was on the Frankfurt Airport Facebook page. Ironically, they had posted a picture and a hashtag against racism a day earlier. So I wrote a message on that picture to let them know what happened, what we had suffered or experienced, and that I was the witness to discrimination and racism. The response that I got back was very casual, non-committal, and lacking any sense of responsibility. This has given me insight into how lightly people treat these matters when actually, it’s a fundamental matter for many people. 

After reading the comments, I learned that many people had experienced a similar situation at that airport, so it’s not isolated. If anybody at home does something terrible, steals, robs, or anything like that in a family home, it reflects badly on the house. In the same way, the actions of the staff at the airport handling the security check reflect poorly on the airport as a whole. The airport has a responsibility to ensure to treat people with respect, regardless of the colour of their skin.

I’ve completed my report to the police as requested by Frankfurt Airport. I’ve posted my reply, too, saying they need to do something about it. The management team is taking Mohanji’s incident of discrimination to the highest authorities possible. There was no acknowledgement, no apology whatsoever for the embarrassment caused.

Looking back at the event, I’m yet again reminded of the sheer contempt shown by the security guards and police as they handed over the trays with all the items from the bags completely scattered across them all. Everything was taken out; every single item chucked into the tray like trash; it was then just handed over to us in trays in a non-apologetic, non-committal manner, not even a second look or a second glance. It’s that disrespect which needs to change. People should be able to travel or transit and be treated with respect despite their skin colour or ethnicity. This is what we’ll continue to pursue these next few days or as far as it takes. 

Hope you have a great day ahead!

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Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 5th June 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 129 & 130

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 129 Lesson – Prevention is better than cure 

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

Today, I wanted to talk about some experiences and also lessons from Mohanji about the best way to handle negativities in life. This is really about prevention rather than cure. Because he explained to us in the Acharya training and many satsangs that once we’ve taken in all these negative thoughts, words, prejudices, opinions, and stories, it’s very difficult to remove them. They stay for a long time. What helped me understand this more is the experience of the recent boot camp that Mohanji conducted, which basically gave The Manual for Human Life, how we are; our body, our mind, our intellect, our soul, our spirit, and how we express ourselves. Mohanji has shared in a really understandable way that our world is a reflection of what we have stored inside us. So, we can only experience what’s inside. So, if what’s stored inside of us are our prejudices, fears, and things of this type, then that’s what we experience. So, we can only really share what’s inside.

For me, thinking back to the changes that have happened since being with Mohanji, I’ve become much more aware of where I had a lot of frustrations inside, maybe even anger in some situations. And this came out on various people, situations, and places, which probably didn’t have anything to do with my frustration. It was coming from inside. I can recognize that now and make adjustments. But when it comes to negativities, I’m even more aware now that there’s the potential to be contaminated by them. So, we need to be very careful of what we store inside.

For example, now, as I look back, I know that during my work career and also through some friendships, I had a strong view of somebody. I had an opinion about them. And I thought that they were this type of person, maybe they’re selfish, maybe they’re greedy, maybe they’re ignorant, maybe they don’t care, or had some negative traits because somebody had told me so about that person. Then I’ve also experienced that as I got to know somebody, I realized that they were totally different from what I had thought. These have been simple examples for me to understand that it was more about what I had inside me, and I was projecting that onto a person instead of that being the reality. So, with such experiences, it is for me to recognize that negativities can come; this is from what I’ve learned from Mohanji. Some aspects can be very, very negative; people talking bad, criticizing, judging, and there have been awful things which have been said about Mohanji as well, and these can be easily acquired. If we entertain even the slightest aspect of negativity, opinion, or prejudice about somebody from somebody else, that can stay within us.

I was speaking to Mohanji about this a few days ago. He said that you could imagine it like someone has come and filled your house with coal; in the end, you might be able to get rid of all the coal, but still, the dust particles will continue to exist there. And that’s enough for something to sprout later as prejudice or an opinion. That made me realize that even the smallest comment about somebody, even though it might have been pushed away at that time, can still sit there as something that can grow into something much bigger when the right external situation presents itself and can become an issue. So then, it really becomes important to understand that prevention is better than trying to clean that out later, clean the house of all the coal.

We were discussing that there are two ways to exercise prevention. One is that when someone’s saying something bad or negative, or something’s come to our awareness, we can stop it as soon as we can. We can choose not to entertain it. We can say we don’t want to hear that. Or we can say, “Fine, that’s your experience, but I know exactly what my experience is about this person, about this place, about this situation.”

Then sometimes, negativity might come from those who are most close to us; friends, family, and people we can’t get away from. So, in these cases, it’s best to keep a healthy distance from them or to let it happen but not be engaged.

I hope you have a good day ahead.

Day 130 Lesson – More acceptance, bigger transformation 

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

Today, I wanted to share an observation about the connection that people have with Mohanji. I’ve shared before in previous messages that the orientation of the person determines how they’ll connect to Mohanji and how Mohanji will respond. He’s a friend; he’s available for people; he’s available for the world. And like a true friend, depending on what that person needs or what that person is looking for, he responds accordingly. For example, when someone comes as a spiritual seeker, he responds as a guru. Or if someone has a deep burning question, he’ll respond as a teacher. If somebody is looking for a purpose in their life, he’ll respond with directions for service activities through karma yoga. Like this, there are many different types of connections.

More recently, I’ve seen many more people connecting to him as a trusted business advisor because he has 22 years of very successful business experience in the shipping industry. But something else that I’ve noticed is that Mohanji’s interaction with them is not based on likes, dislikes or opinions or what somebody does or doesn’t do in their work or life. One of the key things that determine how he connects to people is their connection to him. He has no discrimination, and as he mentioned before, he’s available. How I’ve seen that displayed is that if people come to him with a very superficial connection, he responds accordingly. But for people who have a deep connection to him, a real surrender and acceptance of him, he gives it all – a complete transformation to them.

I’ve witnessed this with many people who’ve come in close contact with Mohanji. So, it’s as if the level of change or transformation that’s possible is directly connected to a person’s level of acceptance of Mohanji, of who he is, and of what he’s doing. Mohanji said before as well that accepting him is accepting yourself. He’s guiding people back to themselves. So, depending on that level of acceptance, there is a corresponding effect in transformation.

That’s a short observation for today. Something that is a reminder for me is to always be present with how I’m interacting with Mohanji because although I’m close to him, I still have to make sure of what my connection is. It can be easy to only see the form, especially when we’re so busy with activities, and particularly when we’re travelling, moving from one place to the next. So, it’s a good observation for me to ponder upon.

I hope you have a great day ahead.

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|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 29th May 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 127 & 128

By Christopher Greenwood

Day 127 Lesson – Appreciating People 

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

I’ve been sharing in the past days that many activities are speeding up now. The variety is also increasing. Last month, at the Global Summit, we set some great goals for 2021. Mohanji is really encouraging us to do what we can today because we don’t know what will come tomorrow, bringing momentum, speed and pace. 

Looking back through my notes for Invest in Awareness, I found some notes from a conversation with Mohanji on the importance of appreciating people. I realized and recognized that my general tendency when things or activities become hectic is that I tend to narrow down on what has to happen rather than on the people around me. In some respect, this tendency could have a weakness or cause missed opportunities. Re-reading this passage of notes about appreciation and how it can help, I’m relearning that this has a great value. 

We can all think about our own life of what happens when somebody appreciates us. Usually, it makes us feel good, inspiring us to do more. It helps us carry on doing what we’re doing and even push ourselves to do something additional. So if that’s how it makes us feel, then that’s how it makes others feel. 

In a big global family like this, it has great value because there is an element of appreciation behind every innovation and transformation. Someone may have said, “Okay, you’re doing well.” Thus, appreciating people helps an organization; it helps individually and collectively. 

Looking back through some more of the notes, I realized that this aligns with Mohanji’s teachings of giving back to the world. The more we start giving to the world, people, and situations in the form of appreciation, we get a lot back. The more we appreciate, the more we will be appreciated. This is relearning for me.

In all the busyness, with all the activities and the focus to move things forward and take steps, remembering to appreciate the people around who are contributing time, energy, resources and themselves fully to these activities is important.

Hope you have a great day.

Day 128 Lesson – Coming closer to the fire

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

Yesterday as we were travelling, I spoke with another person and with Mohanji about the changes we’ve experienced in our life since connecting with Mohanji. For me and others, the shifts are intense as we begin to serve Mohanji more closely. I’ve shared before in another voice message that when one comes closer to the fire, there are two options that can happen. One is that you transform in that fire; you lose all your identifications, comfort zones, and boundaries; or the other option is that it becomes too intense, you get burned, and then you run away. That running away is essentially falling back to comfort zones, patterns, habits, and everything we are used to in life. 

The conversation was a good reflection on some of the changes that could happen. One of the things that stood out in this conversation as a good point of reflection is that I began to see many of the relationships I’ve held in life in a different light. As my awareness increased, my clarity on certain topics and realities of life and relationships was also seen through a different lens. I realized that many of these were superficial and dropped off over time. It’s not because there’s a good or bad, but just the understanding that whatever created that connection is no longer there. 

In the process of becoming more aware and gaining more clarity, one of the challenges is confusion. We’re shifting from a life that we were very much used to, to something different and not used to. That shift requires moving from superficial identifications, or usual life, to reality or truth. These times and these periods can vary in intensity, as I’ve experienced connecting with Mohanji. As Mohanji spoke before, he’s constantly breaking comfort zones. For me, it’s happened time and time again; expectations are smashed, comfort zones are broken, and understanding about myself and identifications are all completely trashed or challenged, which can be very uncomfortable. This path is about demolishing patterns and can become extremely painful because it’s constant.

But what comes out of it is definitely – a lightness, a new/fresh perspective, and more ease in life. Something that I’ve noticed, as I’ve come closer to serving Mohanji, is that there’s really no end to this. There will be an end at some point, but it comes and goes. Time after time, there’s always a challenge of these patterns, of these comfort zones. So when people want to come, connect to Mohanji and serve him more closely, it can be quite challenging. Because as the intensity increases, and if people are holding on to patterns, it becomes suffering. As I mentioned before at the start, there are only really one of two options. It’s either a complete transformation in that fire, or by holding on to past life, it becomes suffering; people get burned, and they leave. 

This is why he always warns people or at least asks them when they come closer or would like to serve him, “Are you sure? Are you ready?” Because the only thing that can really help pull people through is when they’re crystal clear that that’s the priority they want to set for their life. 

Hope you have a good day and will speak to you soon.

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|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 22nd May 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 123 & 124

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 123 Lesson – Living for the world

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

The time I’ve spent with Mohanji has opened my eyes to many new observations about the world that I never had before. Some of these have included understanding the depths and levels of greed, selfishness, and manipulation in the world in various dimensions. The more I’ve become aware of these and the negative traits that exist, the more it’s given me a greater appreciation for those living selflessly, doing good in the world, who are pushing through their activities to leave it a better place for those who come. 

I especially feel privileged to be part of this family, of all the platforms where everybody is putting in their time, effort, resources, and skills towards this end – to uplift humanity and change lives for the better. Personally, I’ve begun to experience the freedom and the feelings which come from doing acts, giving time, serving, and expecting nothing in return – a real sense of freedom that’s growing and evolving.

I’m exploring this, which is very different from my earlier mindset because I was very sceptical about people who said they were doing a lot for the world, as then I didn’t believe that there could be an actual selfless act. I thought that every action would have some aspect of self-interest, whether it was promotion or prestige or to look good in front of somebody else. But now, coming with this group, with this family, I can see that actually, that’s not the case, as many people are just living selflessly. 

I have learnt to tell if someone is genuine. Many people say that they’re doing activities. Mohanji says he’s doing activities as well, that he belongs to the world, that he lives for the world. So how can you really tell if someone is genuine?

For me, a clear display is when people act and live what they speak. Having lived with Mohanji, he lives what he says without compromise. I observe this daily, and it’s demonstrated through all the platforms he has founded. But I was surprised to understand he has mandated a law in Switzerland which states that when he leaves the body, all his wealth and assets will go to those who love him and stand by him. So that right until old age, everybody’s taken care of, everybody will be looked after, everybody who’s been with him will be part of that family. He has made it so that the law cannot be changed. He changed the definition of what family means!! It also means whatever comes to him will be left back for the world. So, he is living for the world.

It’s a clear sign that he means what he says. This is registered in Switzerland, and all the foundation activities are audited by the federal government. For example, there are also people who earn a lot of money, say 1 million, and then they can give 10,000. They share that they’re giving 10,000 but don’t tell anyone they’re earning a million. But here, with this law, the aim that I can see is that whatever is acquired will be accessible back to the world. I was impressed when I heard this because, as an organization, it’s another level of transparency that demonstrates that what we speak and what we do are the same; there’s no distortion. 

I hope you have a great day ahead, and I’ll share another message with you again very soon.

Day 124 Lesson – Believe in yourself 

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

As I’ve spent time with Mohanji, there’s been plenty of opportunities to hear and understand more about his life before he was known as Mohanji. When I reflect on these stories, I realize that these are powerful lessons. Because for me, more than verbal teaching, Mohanji simply lives life fearlessly, which becomes the lesson – his life becomes a lesson. All the challenges, adversities, and how he handles everything can be taken as a lesson. 

If I was to boil it all down to a very crystalline essence, or what I take personally from Mohanji’s life, the lesson is to believe in yourself. Beyond all the meditations, kriyas, and practices, this is where I take a big lesson from and contemplate the question, “Do you believe in yourself”. It’s a huge question from my point of view, and I can only speak for that because Mohanji believed in himself. We have what we see now as Mohanji, the Mohanji Foundation, and all the platforms. 

Nine years ago, he decided to change everything in his life. He was the country head of a shipping company for five countries, very successful, making good money, and had great contacts. He had built a successful career spanning 22 years, and he had a family to support. Then, he decided to change his field completely. He decided that he was going to serve the world. Whilst he was alive, he would use his life well. Who would do this? 

Twenty-two years of career, successful experience, contacts, and networks; all were completely left behind. Everything which he had earned during his career was put into three companies. Twenty-two years’ worth of activity was invested into three companies, which were then taken away from him. He had nothing, just himself, but he believed in himself.

There’s also a story of when he set up Ammucare (in the name of his late daughter Ammu) to serve the world. Many people asked, “What is your investment? How much money are you going to put into this organization?” Mohanji simply said, “The investment is myself”. They laughed and said it wouldn’t last a year, yet eighteen years later, Ammucare is serving hundreds and thousands of people and animals every year, and it’s growing. So this is a real inspiration and lesson.

I’ve used it a lot during my time here because I’ve been confronted with many situations I hadn’t experienced or I couldn’t do before. I’ve been pushed well beyond my previous capacities, and each time Mohanji reminded me, “Just believe in yourself. And also, if you can’t believe in yourself, then you can believe in me.” 

This is important because I’ve experienced that it’s visible when I have some doubts about myself, or I’m not so confident, or I do not believe in myself. Because in my mind, I’m neither here nor there. Especially if that’s about a decision or an idea, the activity also becomes weak. There’s no real consistency. 

But when belief comes, “I can do this, I know what I’m doing. This is why I’m doing it, I have this reason. And I’m happy I’m doing this.”, then it brings strength to it. That, in turn, brings efficiency and clarity. So that is developing – that belief and being clear, “This is what I want to do.” 

I hope you have a good day. We will speak soon.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 1st May 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 121 & 122

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 121 Lesson – What Mohanji shares is practical in daily life  

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

Living with Mohanji has been a real blessing. It has also been a privilege to be able to share some of those experiences with you all through these messages. Some of the messages I’ve received in response to them have been really touching. I’m grateful for everyone who sent them and also the fact that I can serve in this way. Because I’m purely seeing myself as a conduit from what Mohanji is sharing with me in the morning or in the days here and doing my best to share this time with others, so it’s all his teachings. 

Today I was thinking of that one overall lesson or observation which I can conclude from being here, and if there was one. I was thinking about it. I feel that if there is one lesson, it’s that whatever Mohanji is sharing, whatever teaching he has provided, whatever guidance he has given, it’s practical. It can be applied in our lives. Hardcore practical, in fact, and very simple as well. If we apply them, even just a few of them, they have a possibility to really positively enhance our lives. I realised more and more that the time I spend with him, everything that is given, everything that is shared, can be used to improve life. 

He’s not asking anything for this, nor is he mandating someone should follow him or saying that this is the way. It’s simply given; it’s available. If it’s useful for us, then great, we can use it. But at the same time, he also accepts that maybe it’s not useful. So then that’s also okay. But it’s available at least. 

In my experience, the real lesson only comes once I’ve taken steps to put some of these things into practice. Because then I experience it, and then I understand it. Then I recognise as well what actually transformed through applying it in my life, whether that’s big or small. So one major lesson for me is the constant observation and recognition that reality is happening from moment to moment. It’s now. Many people say that it’s only now, but to experience and understand that at another level is one of the learnings that’s happening for me since I’ve been here. And it’s growing; it’s evolving so that we always see reality at work. 

For example, the hard reality is that we’re born and will die one day. That’s reality. And then also experiencing the more subtle realities like my mental state of mind, or mood, from one day, can suddenly change to the next. So there’s a fluctuation, which also brings that reality back to Mohanji’s teaching that we do what we can today because we can’t guarantee what comes tomorrow. This reality is happening moment to moment. 

Also, the larger teaching of Mohanji, which I’m experiencing more, is that the best way to handle it is through acceptance. Because then we’re living with reality, we’re facing it. Looking back at my life, many of the pains and sufferings I had were disappointments because situations didn’t turn out the way I hoped. Or I’ve maybe been avoiding life in a way.

I realised that I read many books and because I knew these topics and filled my head with all these concepts and stuff, I thought I was settled and that that is how life is. But looking back now, it set me aside from life, almost like escapism. I recognise now that that was a huge trap, or sometimes, when I’ve happily been wallowing in self-pity, perceived injustices, resisting and suffering; this usual cycle. 

Many situations have happened, but what’s becoming more clear to me now is that there is real power in acceptance, to simply handle situations as they come. As Mohanji is, following his lead, just being cool, situations will always come. When they do, we can handle it, even at the level of thoughts. 

So at one point, the word acceptance was a nice word to me. But it was a word. Now, after the actual tangible experiences of settling into a life of acceptance, I’m slowly understanding this more and recognising that this power is great. Because through acceptance, we have by-products that come, which are fearlessness, clarity, and creativity. Because I found that through acceptance, when we accept that a situation happened, then creativity can come: “Okay, what next? What do we do now?” Whereas resisting and not accepting it means that the phase doesn’t come for the creativity to emerge. 

I gave a presentation for Invest in Awareness last week and got asked this question about acceptance: “How can you accept all the tragedies that come in life? How can you just say acceptance? Does that not mean you’re just giving into life?” It’s a good question. I was thinking of this, and actually, there are nuances or dimensions to acceptance, which I’m now experiencing: you don’t have to accept injustices; you can move towards them. But it’s more accepting moment-to-moment life, when difficulties come, when challenges come, accepting it, and moving on. For me experiencing this brings much more peace and stability. And it’s an ongoing journey. I can’t say I fully accept everything; there’s still resistance here and there. 

The overall observation is that what Mohanji is sharing, I feel, is practical for life. There’s nothing abstract. There is no philosophy, nothing to debate, nothing to discuss or idealise. It’s practical, simple and universal teachings on how to handle life. I find that it is like a roadmap, or even a manual for human life and simply being you. This is what we’ll be bringing through the programs from the Invest in Awareness team. Do message me if you’re interested in knowing more about that because we’ll be bringing this into a good package to help share this understanding. 

I hope you have a great day ahead.

Day 122 Lesson – Signs of tamas  

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

Yesterday was a long day, right from morning until evening. I’ve mentioned before that many new activities are starting up. More people are coming forward to assist in what we’re doing. And actually, some are proposing that they can just take activities forward, which is fantastic. That’s what we need now; hands and people connecting to the ideas of all of these platforms. 

I’ve shared the dashboard before, which has all Mohanji’s founded platforms. Now, this is quickly becoming outdated because there are also new ones that are coming forward. What I really admire about Mohanji’s vision is that he really wants all the people who are connected to him, that love him, that a part of the family that had been standing by him over these years, to be stable, to be self-sufficient, to have a good income, to have a stable job. What we’re looking at now are opportunities that we can bring forward, which unite people around a similar skill set or talent so that we can put them together and take forward ideas and initiatives. 

For example, Ananth now will lead a group of people, almost like a consultancy agency, where we’ll be able to take on projects related to IT, software development, and all these types of things. Because we have really good skills within the family, many people have worked in those industries. I’ll be contributing in some way, too, as that was my background before – business consultancy, IT program project delivery. 

Like this, opportunities are coming where the people can come together and work together. At the same time, Mohanji is also meeting people in various industries. Many of these people who are coming forward have the same values. They have the same sense of purpose, integrity, trustworthiness and honesty. It’s really great because it makes working so much easier when you’re all in a similar mindset. It’s also taking steps forward to bring back this ethical business where everybody has an opportunity to thrive. So I really admire that. 

As I’ve mentioned before, Mohanji is not slowing down either. There’s no delay; there’s no postponement. He’s doing everything he can while he’s here, using the time well. In the morning, we’ll discuss something, and recently he’s been saying: “You know, actually, by my standards, I’m tamasic, I have to slow myself down. I could be doing much more.” This I find hard to believe because we will discuss maybe ten things in the morning. Then I’ll go and work on one or two activities. By the time I come back, all the rest are finished. He has spoken to who he needed to, and arrangements have been made. 

As he mentioned tamas, I was just curious in conversation and asked him what are the signs then that you can expect to see to check if tamas is starting to creep in. Because, as he’s explained before, this can be very slow. It creeps in, and before you know it, you’re completely back on that bed, which is a magnet, the iron rod on your back, completely laying down, and you find it incredibly difficult to move and get up and start walking again. 

So to avoid reaching that state, I was thinking about how to be alert and aware. Because even though I’m here, there can still be fluctuations in motivation. So I take the advice shared before that when it’s possible to run, we should run, and if we need to walk, then that’s okay; we walk—depending on how we’re feeling. 

I asked Mohanji what the signs to be expected are. He shared that when you’re closer to a sattva state, where you’re really moving forward, there’ll be clarity, and you’ll have productivity, purposefulness, and promptness. Then you know that you’re on a track; activities are happening. But then the opposite that we can expect when we’re falling into tamas is that there’ll be confusion, inaction, lack of purpose, delay and postponement. 

For me, recognising that is definitely the first thing that comes to mind as an alarm bell anytime when I want to postpone something. As soon as that thought comes, “Okay, I’ll do that later”, or “I’ll do that tomorrow”, then I can quickly catch myself and think, “Okay, actually, can I do it now? Is it possible to do it now because if it is, I should?”

So that’s, for me, one of the signs. I hope you have a great day ahead and will speak to you soon.

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

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 24th April 2022

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.

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 117 & 118

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 117 Lesson – Challenges of awakening

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

Some time ago, a man came to visit Mohanji. He was a Kriya devotee and he had some questions. He had clearly reached a point where he was stuck. So, he had spent some time with Mohanji, and the conversation turned out to be really great, because Mohanji shared a lot of wisdom, which will eventually be turned into a blog.   

One of the areas on which they were speaking about was the challenges on the path as you start walking, doing something different from your usual life. I think probably all of us reading this have faced this in some form or another, that when we begin to walk on the path of spirituality or connect to ourselves, life begins to shift. Sometimes, this is not always nice or comfortable, and the experience can be difficult. Especially when we think about this path, the path of Shiva, which is definitely not the feel-good path. It’s the path of annihilation. All habits, comfort zones, everything is stripped away, leaving the pure essence. That’s the idea. 

That conversation was good for me, because I remembered going through really difficult times some years back, when all the world around me seemed to be falling apart. Nothing that I had interest in before really mattered anymore. There was just this void, which I just seemed to be floating in. I met Mohanji soon after this time, and he spoke very few words to me at that event in London. But one of the sentences was, “The next few months are going to be really tough, but don’t worry, you’ll be okay.” And they were; I had all sorts of difficulties with physical issues, mental issues. I felt completely torn between an old life and something which was completely unknown.

This man was also explaining a similar thing, that shifts had started happening in his life. I think it’s a good lesson on a path like this, to recognize that these things will happen. And Mohanji gave some great clarity to him, which I’d like to share now with you all. He said that the struggle is usually because all the habits are getting broken. We’ve probably been living many lifetimes with the same patterns, same habits, same likes, same dislikes, the same things. And when they get broken, because we’re now looking to reach something more permanent, it shakes up all the other things in life, which we find abnormal. 

But actually, it’s not. It’s normal. Because the way we’ve conditioned ourselves is that we’ve started to think that being abnormal is our normal pattern. So, the same life, the society’s demands – you have an education, you get married, you have a job, you have a house, have children – the same pattern which society asks for. But actually, that’s not us, is what he was saying. So, if we can attain liberation, which is freedom from all this, that’s more important than the pattern. 

He was sharing, in a clear way, that when we’re exercising our patterns, society is very happy, because it’s the same thing that society wants. And we’re happy as well, because society is not against us. So, everybody is happy; the pattern of society is happy, and we’re happy because we’re following it as well. But when we start to fall out of that pattern, it becomes a problem, because then people are treated as eccentrics, they’re treated as abnormal, good-for-nothing. 

Mohanji was sharing that our true state is the awakened state and always being awakened. This is not easy to get because of all the habits which are external. Mohanji was sharing this with him as well, that gradually, little by little, we start to bring in a freedom from the senses and the mind. So that we can understand that there’s nothing really outside of us anymore, which is really capturing or conquering us. No possessions, no materials, no relations. If they’re there, it’s great. But if they are also coming and going, then no problem too. He also shared that this is difficult because those habits have been really strengthened inside over the years. So, it does take time. 

That whole conversation, and remembering it now, is a real lesson and also something for me to be thankful for, because I think only someone who has actually crossed over and gone through that, can stand on the other side and know what people are going through, and can really be someone to hold the hand and give good directions, which is exactly what Mohanji is doing for many people. 

Thank you. Have a great day ahead.

Day 118 Lesson – The kindness movement

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

Yesterday evening, we had a meeting with the board members of the World Consciousness Alliance, wherein Mohanji spent time clarifying the vision of the alliance and also answering any questions about the next steps. For me, these types of meetings are always a great reminder to listen to Mohanji because it gives the real scale of Mohanji’s vision, especially for the World Conscious Alliance as a platform. At its core, the aim is to raise the awareness of the entire generation across the world from the current patterns we have of greed, competition, anger, hatred, and jealousy, where success is based on wealth. From most businesses that exploit the earth to a mindset where kindness and goodness become a measure of the person’s wealth, your acts speak for you, acts of goodness, acts of kindness; and to when people start to take responsibility, rather than talk about their rights. So that’s the high level. Artists, entertainers, musicians, filmmakers, and all the other major influencers will be the torchbearers for that vision and that message because they have the audience and the reach.

As I listened, it was a good reminder for me of a number of lessons which I’ve shared before in the past and picked up from Mohanji. One of the main ones that I took was that if we want to bring a change in the world, we have to act, we have to take steps. Especially now, when the majority of society is more concerned about their own comforts; if they’ve got everything which they need, then they’re happy. Rarely are people sharing, or giving their time, or being selfless. Very few will wake up in the morning and think, “What more can I do.” 

In the meeting, Mohanji shared a quote (I think it’s from Albert Einstein) that the world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. This was a reminder of some lessons I picked up before from Mohanji because one thing I learned the hard way is that Mohanji really doesn’t accept any passivity in life, to any situation, no matter how small. If there’s something that has to be done, it should be done.

This is a mindset that I’m cultivating as well. When I see something that needs to be looked at, I address it then and there. For him, passivity and watching from the sidelines doesn’t really have any place. He also shared with me before that it’s just as bad to stand by and watch on while something adharmic or bad is being committed as it is to actually commit the act yourself. You face the same fate. This is always interesting for me to remember. 

Now with the team, given that clarity, the aim is to bring forward a new society, a different society with a different mindset, where it’s based much more on respect for all the beings, all the creatures, the entire environment we are a part of. And where kindness and goodness become something that is natural and spontaneous. And it’s also recognized and appreciated. So that people begin to live their life taking their responsibilities. 

It’s happening as well, through some of Mohanji’s teachings. There was a really lovely moment and story as well. During the EBC kids’ presentation, one of the small girls had her birthday. She was there with all the other children too. When I was younger, I would be looking forward to my birthday and all the presents I was going to get, all the gifts that were going to be coming my way. But what this small girl actually did is that she decided herself, after listening to something that Mohanji had said, to go to an animal shelter and feed some of the sick and abandoned animals on her birthday instead. So, she shared this. And then, a few months later, nine of the other children there had also decided that, rather than having presents and things like this, they would have some money donated, and have their parents take them to the animal shelter to feed the abandoned and sick animals.

This is the shift in mindset, which is really inspiring. Maybe it’s on a small scale, but you can see that when that act of kindness was rewarded and encouraged, other people started to pick it up. So that’s on a small level. But at a grander level, with all the artists, entertainers and musicians, this is the message that we want to start sharing and spreading. And we can all do that too in our own ways.

Hope you have a great day ahead.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 10th April 2022

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 115 & 116

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 115 Lesson – “I’m not here for conversation; I’m here for your elevation” 

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

Mohanji arrived back safely yesterday after his flight from Turkey. We went to the airport to welcome him. After the greeting, we were in the car, and straightaway, I was experiencing the intense form of Mohanji. He wanted to know what we were doing to set things right, to set them in place, and get moving, as he says. So there was no time for any formalities or pleasantries. 

 I’ve shared before that my connection with Mohanji is very straightforward. It’s primarily based on the activities of the office and moving these forward in the world. I know others have very different connections. 

I have also shared that Mohanji’s intensity and style can change from day to day. Whilst he is very consistent in his messaging and vision, he can display this very differently. I’ve learned, it’s best to avoid having any expectations; otherwise, it can be very confusing why he has suddenly changed. He breaks expectations consistently. 

Yesterday, the focus was on the World Consciousness Alliance (WCA) because he’d shared the vision for this very clearly with the participants there during the Turkey retreat. He reminded us that this powerful platform wouldn’t just be a place for entertainment to bring people like musicians, actors, etc. This platform had the vision to change the world and usher in a new philosophical and political system. The measure of contribution to society wouldn’t be on wealth gained; instead, it will be based on each person’s acts of goodness and kindness in their lifetime. There’ll be a charter for this. WCA is a vehicle to bring that vision to the world, and it will comprise artists, entertainers, musicians, filmmakers who will be the torch bearers of that message. WCA has the vision to bring a complete shift in the consciousness of Earth in the mindset of people. In that sense, the platform has real power behind it. 

For me, it’s a reminder that what Mohanji is delivering to the world isn’t ordinary. He has said this before; he’s not interested in making small things, a small mark on Earth. If he’s going to do something, he wants it to be the biggest possible because his ultimate goal is to shift the frequency of the Earth so that a better time can come. So all the platforms can become game-changers globally, and the people associated with them will undoubtedly get great fulfilment. 

Yesterday was a stark reminder of my reasons for giving time for this work, which partly is for my elevation. Because while I was waiting to speak to Mohanji about something, he turned to me and said, “I’m not here to have conversations with you; I’m here for your elevation, to take you to the highest.” Sometimes all it takes is a sentence from Mohanji to realign you completely; re-orient you, and shift you. This was one of those moments I instantly knew what he meant, and it gave me a clear inner sense of the next steps. I’m always amazed how just one sentence, one phrase, can completely put you on track. 

A year has almost passed since living with Mohanji, and I can recognize a distinct difference in our interactions. I recollected a Satsang wherein Mohanji shared about the guru-disciple relationship. He said that inside of us, we have a guru principle; it’s part of us, beyond the personality. It exists, and it directs us. At some point in time, we meet an external guru through practice, desire, penance, or our progress. And that’s the person or the form we can connect to, which helps us climb further in elevation. Then when we connect to that form or person, it becomes the mirror, the reflection of that guru principle inside us. 

Once I thanked Mohanji for all he had done for me, he quickly turned to me and said: “I didn’t do anything. I just showed you where to go. You are the one who has actually walked.” So, those two things come back to my memory from that one sentence he shared with me. I realized that this difference in interaction would be because something had changed in me. What that is, I would need to sit and think back. 

 I think it’s an ongoing lesson (especially being in close proximity with Mohanji) to remind us that he’s here as that guide, pointing us to which way to walk so that we take steps to our elevation. All these platforms are opportunities and set clear structures for us all to do that. 

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

Day 116 Lesson – Complacency & Stagnation

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

This morning, during the catch up with Mohanji, we were speaking about a question from the retreat in Turkey, where someone had asked what the biggest cause of failures in life is. Mohanji shared that complacency and stagnation cause the majority of the failures that people experience in life. 

We spoke about one document circulating on WhatsApp, indicating the 50 companies that failed to innovate. These were all companies that had lost a chance, lost the opportunity, or even become bankrupt because they were stuck and stagnating. They weren’t moving with current happenings in the world; an example of one of these was Blockbuster – the video store that missed the chance to buy Netflix at a point in time when Netflix was set up (it’s early days). Blockbuster’s growth declined while Netflix flourished and is dominating now.

He shared this as the lesson that complacency and stagnation can cause these failures in life. Generally, people can reach a point in life where they feel content. They’ve achieved a certain amount in life and reached a place, so now it’s time to enjoy. But Mohanji shared that it’s often short-lived because situations, circumstances, and the world changes. He shared we need to be ever watchful, especially if we have a leadership position, as it comes with the forward-looking responsibility. We can be looking out for the movements and trends in the world. We need to be alert and aware, always looking toward what we can do next. This will help us to respond promptly, and we can avoid becoming stagnant. So you have to keep looking out for what else to do and where the world is going. 

 I’ve experienced this in my previous career. This happened at a few points in my career; when I reached a position and thought that was it, I am settled now. My self-esteem took quite a hit at that time because trends moved on; it was a race to catch up again. 

This morning’s lesson is that complacency and stagnation can bring about failure, and not to feel too settled has given that reminder to keep looking for ways to innovate and do something more. 

I hope you have a great day ahead.

Have a great day ahead.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 2nd April 2022

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