by Christopher Greenwood
Day 119 Lesson – The guru principle
Good morning everybody. I hope that you’re doing well.
Today, I wanted to continue sharing my understanding of a conversation between Mohanji and a visitor. This man was already actually connected to a Master and a Guru. He had many questions about spirituality, spiritual path, life difficulties, and challenges he was encountering. He was a Kriya Yogi; he was practising this.
Sometimes these conversations are a real treat for me because today, we’re mainly focused on completing the work that we need to; there’s a big to-do list, and it’s growing. I keep saying that now I’m scared to talk to people because every time I speak to someone to cross one thing off, two more appear. So generally, I’m avoiding people at the moment. But when others come, it gives an opportunity for Mohanji to speak from time to time. Because otherwise, there’s no real chance for the satsang style talks, which you might be used to in retreats, to happen. It is just activity from morning until evening.
I share today the key things that I understood and took when they were speaking about the guru principle and the importance of having one point of focus, one steady focus as a master, as a guru on the spiritual path. They were saying that a master is not an accident. Mohanji explained that a Master would come into your life at a particular time and space, and that’s exactly how it should be.
Definitely, for me, this happened at a point in time when I had a deep need for questions in life. I came in contact with Mohanji, who could answer everything I was asking with absolute clarity. In this conversation, he said that once we’re connected, once we’ve decided, once we’ve tested, once we’ve said, “Okay, this is something for me”, it’s then our job to stay connected. Because it’s not the person, or the form, or the personality we’re connecting to. It’s the state or the frequency of the Master. The form is that point of reference for us, so we should be consistent with that.
This was also interesting because this man already had a Master who he was speaking openly about. I didn’t get the impression he was shopping around, like wanting to see what was better. He had genuine questions. What was interesting for me is that Mohanji explained that actually, there’s no space between him and the other Master. All that exists is this man’s connection to his Master, and all that his Guru would speak, Mohanji would also speak. So what he was speaking to him essentially would have been the words his Master, his own Guru, would have spoken. Not that Mohanji would say anything different.
This was interesting for me because as I understood and as the conversation went on, the Guru is more a principle, the guru tattva, which works through many bodies, and that principle is inside us. So when we become closer and closer to that principle, we begin to merge with it. I have to say that this is from my notes and understanding of the conversation, just to be clear with that. Mohanji shared that it’s actually the mind that begins to create the distance, to create the duality between that principle inside us and actually the external Guru or the Master. So that’s the illusion we live.
They explained that when we connect with the Guru, either inside or outside, with reverence and gratitude, and we nurture that principle, it’s actually the principle that’s been nurtured inside us, which brings us closer in connection. But also in the opposite direction, when doubts, criticisms, judgments, and prejudices start being formed in our minds, we start to create a distance; we’re weakening that connection. So our job on the path is always removing the doubts, not entertaining them, whatever happens. Because once we’ve experienced a connection, tested it and decided that this is where I’m going, the benefit comes from sticking to that, and it can take us all the way. Also, when we give dakshina or an offering sincerely from our heart, it goes everywhere; the guru principle inside us, as well as what we see externally. That’s good for our growth. This is symbolic as well, something as simple as just giving a flower as a recognition.
So I really liked that conversation, and I also admired how Mohanji guided him to connect with his own Guru. Because this clearly wasn’t somebody who was jumping around from one to another, but he had sincere questions. Mohanji answered them, which I’m sure he’ll be benefited from. But also, he reinforced maintaining that single point of connection. So he didn’t give anything of himself. He simply just delivered and guided this person back to his own Guru, his Master, which was great to witness.
I hope you have a good day ahead. We will speak soon.
Day 120 Lesson – Handling poison
Good morning everybody. I hope that you’re doing very well.
Yesterday was a big day here at the house in Bangalore. We prepared for the Maha Shivaratri celebrations, and Mohanji’s satsang, which was fantastic. The Homa, which started at 7 pm yesterday and went through probably till after 7 am this morning – continuously through the night, chanting, the fire ceremony was really special. The morning started with the abhishekam for all the Shiva idols we have here. It is ritualistic bathing where we wash them with water, and then preparations start for both events. Although most people have stayed up continuously through the night chanting, everybody still has an energy about them. It has really been a good morning so far after this event.
Yesterday for me was a really great satsang. I don’t know how many people would have seen it. Mohanji spoke about Shiva as a state in a way that I hadn’t heard before. He told a story about the churning of the ocean of milk with the positive beings on one side and the negative beings on the other. And they were churning this ocean of milk to release the Amrit, the celestial nectar. If you drink that nectar, you become eternity. In that churning, all the poisons came out first, which had the power to burn all the worlds. So rather than let that be in the hands of the demons, who could then destroy everything, Shiva took that himself. He didn’t swallow it; he didn’t spit it out. But he kept it in his neck.
Mohanji explained it much better than I’ll now, that it is the churning of our minds all the time; we’re swinging between positive and negative emotions. What generally comes out first is always that venom, maybe anger, jealousy, hatred, etc. That has the power to burn our world because of its impact. And the same, if we swallow that and suppress it, it also has equal damage. So by holding it in that state of awareness, we can move through it. That’s the message I took from that. But I’d recommend that you watch the satsang; it’s there on YouTube.
In that same satsang, he shared that Shiva is stillness, liberation, and liberation from our identifications. Firstly, with the body, we are this body. Secondly, we’re this personality, identity. Then thirdly, he spoke about our relations. Generally, we identify ourselves in relation to somebody else; I’m the father of somebody, I’m the brother, I’m the mother, I’m the husband, I’m the wife of this person. When we begin to realize that we’re actually not these, that’s when freedom begins. That’s walking the path of Shiva to a state of stillness and liberation. I learned some great things from that; I hadn’t heard Mohanji speak about Shiva before in that way.
Then after the satsang, we started the Homa. This was really nice because the purpose of the Homa was for all those positively connected to Mohanji and their families to be completely protected from any kind of negativities and enhance awareness of the highest possibility in our lifetime. So primarily, protection and enhancement and that highest possibility of awareness. Anger, jealousy, and competition are all weaknesses, and the highest possibility is compassion, kindness, and love.
The format we had, which was really nice actually, was that all the people who had applied and joined this program for the Homa, we had a coconut for each name. People were making the sankalpa for that person and offering on their behalf in the fire to be received well. I think we had over 180, and it took some time for the coconuts to burn in the fire. So it was all through the night. But it was still a great event in itself. Many people joined on zoom as well and stayed right through to the end. It was great to do that with the group, with the family.
I noted from that satsang, too, that Mohanji shared how he’s enhancing and empowering the lives of people, even individually, so that they can live a full and effective life. He reminded us that we come into this life, we’re born, and we will leave and die at some point in time. In between, we have something called life. But rarely is anyone recognized in the world; 7.5 billion people, and we only really know a few of them. Mohanji’s aim is that through empowerment, everybody contributing to the world will have a face; they’ll have recognition by adding value to society.
The lesson I took away is the importance of sharpening willpower, the iccha shakti, the will to do something to the point where you’ve decided every breath you take adds value to society. He said that if that type of decision is made, it’s bound to happen; it has to happen, and the whole of nature will support it. That was the message which I took away. Now, as I’ve been up all night, I’ve written down, and I’ll probably spend today taking some time to think about that and the other points I took from the satsang.
I hope you have a great day and will speak to you soon.
|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||
Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 17th April 2022
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