Nine ways to connect with the Guru

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By Shyama Jeyaseelan

 

Mohanji says, “The human mind needs forms to associate with. This is fundamental. It recognizes forms and connects to forms. Human constitution uses all faculties such as body, mind, and intellect to connect to the chosen form. And when the connection through faith increases, individual personality takes a back seat. The individual starts to merge with the object of worship. Non-duality happens. When oneness takes root, often the need for any of the individual faculties that the individual used for the primary connection also becomes redundant. Everything dissolves into oneness.”

In May 2018, towards the end of the Kriya Intensive programme and Volunteers Meet in Bosnia, some of us were sharing our experiences with Mohanji in the main satsang hall. Seated in a circle, heartfelt feelings and emotions were shared, all of us totally absorbed in Mohanji’s love and compassion. When it was my turn, I sang a bhajan that was close to my heart, one that I sing often at home to Mohanji. The words are simple yet so beautiful.

You are the centre of my life my Lord, You are the centre of my day

I open my heart to You and pray for Your grace

I feel the power of Your love my Lord, I feel the power of Your love

I open my heart to You and pray for Your grace.

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The Guru’s feet

As I finished, Deviji who was also seated with us said with a lovely smile, “I am looking forward to meeting all the bhakti yogis in London soon.” A visit by Mohanji, Deviji, and little Mila was already planned to take place in August 2018 and we were all counting the days for their arrival with much excitement, looking forward to having them with us.

During their stay in London, many of us had the privilege of spending some time with Mohanji, Deviji, and Mila. So many beautiful moments, full of grace and joy, filled our days. Those few days flew by quickly and it was time to say good bye too soon. Afterwards, as I read the blogs and testimonials from others, I realised how each of us experienced Mohanji’s presence and love in our own unique way. We may have all been with Him at the same time during the same programme or event, but each one of us experienced Him according to our own constitution, perception, and eligibility.

During this visit, every moment I spent with Mohanji gave me a different emotion to the feeling of devotion. I recently read a beautiful article on ‘Nava vidha bhakti,’ the 9 forms of devotion, and realised that I had experienced these beautiful emotions and recognised them as such, purely because of Mohanji’s grace.

It is said that of the different types of yoga, bhakti yoga is the easiest way to reach the Lord in the Kaliyuga. When devotion and love for the Lord are pure, free from conditions, desires, and ego, transformation happens within. We become the instrument of the Lord. Through writing this article, I pray that my love for Mohanji becomes deeper and purer. May devotion fill my days and bring positive transformations within me.

The 9 forms of devotion which we feel and experience towards our Guru or God are shravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, paada sevanam, archanam, vandanam, daasyam, saakhyam, and aatma nivedanam.

1. Shravanam (Listening to the names and glories of God)

The first in the nine forms of devotion, shravanam is to listen to the divine glories of our Guru or God. As we listen and contemplate on His words, qualities, and divine plays, our mind merges with the thoughts of divinity. With easy access to social media, listening to satsangs, bhajans, and songs, seeing messages on whatsapp or Facebook were all tools for me to listen or read about Mohanji throughout the day. Listening to His teachings, seeing His messages and reading others’ experiences were all ways for me to connect to Him while being away from His physical presence. Planning His visit with the UK team was exciting and that itself was a satsang too. As I constantly listened and contemplated on Mohanji, love and reverence subconsciously grew and I also realised that these thoughts were purifying me in tangible and subtle ways.

As we cultivate a yearning to listen to His glory and teachings with faith, and as we practise what we have learnt, the act of shravanam helps us evolve in the journey of spirituality.

2. Kirtanam (Chanting the glories of God)

In the second form of devotion, kirtanam, one sings the glory of Guru or God with devotion. Whenever we recite or chant His name and sing His glory from the heart, we automatically become joyous; our hearts are filled with love, not just for our dearest Guru, but towards all those who are around us. Continuous chanting has the power to elevate us.

At the UK retreat, we had bhajans at the end of each day. Even if He was tired, Mohanji would stay and listen to everyone’s offering of love to Him, have a satsang with us afterwards, before retiring to His room. One of the highlights was to actually listen to Mohanji sing ‘Garuda Gamana’ with one of the devotees. We were all mesmerised, listening to His beautiful voice, giving such joy not only to the devotee He sang with but to all those who were assembled there.

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Shyama singing a bhajan

One evening, we chanted the Sri Rudram in Mohanji’s presence. This chanting is done in praise of Lord Shiva and I was reminded of chanting it at the holy banks of Manasarovar and also during the parikrama of Kailash. Lord Shiva who was silent and majestic in Kailash had taken the form of the compassionate and loving Mohanji who was physically in the room with us.  Although thousands of miles apart, the innocence, divinity, and purity that I felt was the same in both occasions, and I felt so blessed to have Mohanji there with us while chanting. None of us wanted these evenings to end!

 3. Smaranam (Remembering God)

 Smaranam is the third form of devotion where one constantly remembers their Guru or God and His divine qualities. It is said that namasmarana, the constant chanting, and remembrance of the divine will help us attain liberation. Remembering and chanting the name of our loving Guru, remembering His compassionate form, seeing divinity in nature are all ways of remembering Mohanji’s presence in my life.

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Satsang with Mohanji

Whether it’s chanting the Mohanji Gayatri, Healing Gayatri or singing devotional songs/bhajans, I feel that simply knowing/remembering that He’s always with me, keeps me connected to Him, making life the joyous journey it is. As faith and devotion increase, surrendering my actions to Him becomes second nature and from small miracles to large, I feel Mohanji’s presence throughout the day. As acceptance and patience increases, pain and suffering are greatly reduced and I am able to face life with equanimity more and more.

 

4. Paada sevanam (Serving the Lord’s feet)

In the fourth form of devotion, paada sevanam, one worships their Guru or God by surrendering all actions at His feet and serving Him. Recognising that a true Guru is connected to the supreme consciousness, worshiping the paaduka (sanctified sandals) is also a form of paada sevanam.

In the Indian tradition, people often refer to the Guru or God’s feet as paada pankajam (lotus feet), as they are described as soft and beautiful like the petals of a lotus. During this visit, we had the incredible opportunity of doing Paada puja to Mohanji’s feet. It was such a sacred event and all those who took part felt so blessed. Mohanji explained the significance of this sacred ritual and graciously allowed us to wash, decorate and do aarati to His feet. It was a dream come true, something many of us had yearned for but had not expected to happen.

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Guru Paada Puja

Bowing down at the feet of someone shows humility and lack of ego. As we bow down at the feet of our dearest Guru with an innate sense of surrender, we recognise His divinity and pray that He will grant us protection and lead us from the many bindings of life to freedom in existence.

5. Archanam (Worshipping God)

In the fifth form of devotion, archanam, one makes an ‘offering’ of love to their Guru or God. It may be ritualistic worship where food, flowers, and many other materialistic items are offered. It can also be singing bhajans, chanting the sahasranamam (1000 names), ashtothram (108 names) or doing aarati, which are all forms of archanam. When the rituals are combined with internal meditation and awareness, our hearts and minds are purified.

 

 

While Mohanji was in London, I had the opportunity to make some of His meals along with a few other devotees. Cooking is usually not my passion, but making food for Mohanji is a blessing I will always cherish. I can only imagine this would be how Yashoda felt when she made food for Krishna! Mohanji’s enjoyment of simple food is lovely to witness. The times I spent in the kitchen gave me such a close connection to Mohanji. Nothing else existed apart from Him. In those moments I was not a parent, wife, sister or daughter. There was no personality, just an amazing feeling of not existing as a person with ego, etc., but being an empty instrument for divinity to work through. This state of perpetual meditation which seemed beyond my reach seems a little closer to attain now, a state I should attempt to be in, throughout the day.

My archanam or offering while Mohanji was here in the physical form for a few fleeting days has enabled me to surrender and offer all my actions to Him even when He’s physically not present. Expressing our love for Him and connecting to Him with mind and heart, all our actions become sacred when offered at the feet of the Guru.

6. Vandanam (Offering obeisance to God)

The sixth form of devotion is reverential prayer, vandanam, to our Guru or God. Prayer is a language of the heart and when expressed with sincerity and love, it becomes an intensely personal process which elevates us.  There are many types of prayers; of gratitude, for the well-being of others, for peace, etc.

Prayers and chanting have become a part of life and I realise Mohanji purifies us in subtle ways when we undertake these actions with the correct intent. Whether it’s chanting, singing or simply talking to Mohanji in my mind and seeing answers to my questions or thoughts through someone or something, my faith in prayers has increased manifold. Whether it’s an internal dialogue or an outward expression, prayers make me feel more close to Mohanji. I share an incident here which showed me again He knows everything that we think, say or do, that we always live in the presence of divinity.

On the last night before Mohanji’s family left, I was feeling so sad. I sent a text message to the host family saying, “Tomorrow morning will be the last meal with Mohanji for a while.” I had not asked to help make breakfast as I knew someone else was bringing food in the morning but went to help with other things. Just a short time before leaving for the airport, Mohanji said, “Let’s have some uppma.” I thought He was joking as He knew someone was bringing breakfast and said, “Mohanji, are you serious?” He replied with a smile “I never joke about food.” As we rushed about in the kitchen with last minute preparations, I realised that Mohanji knew my thoughts and feelings and in His usual compassionate way, asked me to make something to make me happy. Always so caring and loving, He spreads joy in every possible way. That morning we had two different items for breakfast, blessed by Mohanji!

 7. Daasyam (Serving God as His servant)

In the seventh form of devotion, daasyam, one aspires to be of personal service to their Guru or God. With no sense of inferiority, one yearns to serve the Guru as well as His devotees. Only those who are trustworthy, truly humble and are not self-centred are given this boon and it’s amazing to see Mohanji’s interaction with such beautiful people. He’s so relaxed and happy in the midst of those who love Him unconditionally and serve Him selflessly.

Serving Guru in any way is a blessing of lifetimes
Serving Guru in any way is a blessing of lifetimes

Hanuman’s devotion to Lord Rama is a great example of daasyam. I have heard Mohanji speak of Hanuman with so much love and share here a story He narrated a couple of years ago. When Valmiki completed the epic Ramayana, Sage Narada who read it said that Hanuman’s Ramayana was better. Valmiki was not happy that a ‘monkey’ had also written a Ramayana and wanted to find out if it was indeed better.

Valmiki found Hanuman in Kadali-vana (plantain grove) and the Ramayana inscribed on the broad plantain leaves. Reading it, he found it to be exquisite and unable to help himself, started to cry. When Hanuman asked if it was that bad, Valmiki replied he was crying because it was so beautiful and no one would read his Ramayana once they read Hanuman’s Ramayana.

Hearing this Hanuman simply tore up the banana leaves and said, no one will read Hanuman’s Ramayana. You wrote it so that the world remembers you, but I wrote it so that I remember Ram.” Hearing this story of Hanuman’s pure love for Lord Rama in Mohanji’s mesmerising voice was simply amazing and it brought tears to my eyes.

Even now, when I think back to this moment, I feel so humbled to be a part of Mohanji’s family, receiving His love and grace, and pray that such intense devotion and purity wells within me too.

8. Saakhyam (Developing friendship with God)

In the eighth form of devotion, saakhyam, the devotee considers the Guru or God as their friend. An example of this is Lord Krishna’s childhood in Vrindavan. He spent the days playing with his friends and taking care of the cows. His friends would chase him while playing, massage his legs while resting and feed him food with love. Their love for Krishna was complete. Mohanji is also our true friend, who accepts us as we are, with no judgements or expectations, interacting with us with pure love.

In the loving embrace of Mohanji
Loving embrace of Mohanji

It is always a joy to see Mohanji relaxing at times, away from His back to back programmes. One evening after Mohanji had retired to His room, a couple of us were talking about a song that Mohanji really likes and we were listening to it on you tube.  The next morning while having breakfast, He started talking about the song as if He’d been there during our conversation! Then He asked us to play that song and started to sing along with Sonu Nigam (a famous Indian singer), His deep voice perfectly complementing the singer’s higher pitch. Very sweetly, Mohanji would explain the meaning of the song to me between singing the verses, as I was the only person there who didn’t understand the language. It was a privilege to see Mohanji’s carefree attitude and joyous singing. How blessed we are to have the eternal friendship of our Guru.

9. Aatma nivedanam (Total surrender of oneself to the Lord)

In the ninth form of devotion, aatma nivedanam, the devotee surrenders completely to the will of the Guru or God with no trace of ego. The devotee if completely filled with devotion, gains the knowledge of his true self and becomes one with the divine and all aspects of His creation. When we offer everything to our Guru with equanimity, we become His instruments, and the Guru takes complete care. He knows what is right for us, all we need is trust and full faith.

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Being Mohanji’s instrument – In the consciousness of Mohanji

Mohanji is a living example of simplicity and humility. He teaches us by being a true inspiration. Mohanji encourages us to serve with love and humility, not just those who visit Him or are in His fold, but all beings of the earth, to the best of our capacity. By cultivating love and serving the needy, we realise the existence of divinity in all forms.

 

Taking up one or a number of these paths to connect with our beloved Guru, understanding the path and following it with faith and consistency, we can make our lives purposeful and meaningful.  We become the pure instruments of the Guru, spreading unity, purity, and divinity to the world.

“Worshipping the Guru, considering him as representing the Lord Almighty or personification of the Lord is definitely the path of those who are inclined to Bhakti or devotional path of spirituality.”   Mohanji

 

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|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

 

Compiled, Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 14th May 2019

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Mohanji – The cradle of compassion

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By Surya Sujan  (as narrated to the Testimonials Team)

In the canvas of life, nothing is a coincidence. Every event is meticulously planned and painted for the completion of this journey. Most of us are able to surmount the difficulties and move on. But are we really doing anything? Is there an unseen hand that guides and paves the way for smoother sailing? These questions can sometimes be answered in retrospect when there is an ‘Ah-ha’ moment and we realise the Supreme Energy has been at work backing us all the way.

In this blog, which was narrated to the testimonials team, Surya Sujan explains how she became aware of the protection that is being bestowed on her as she surmounts every incident in her life, one step at a time. What keeps her going is the faith and deep surrender that she has for her Guru Mohanji and her unconditional love for Shirdi Sai Baba.

As she narrated each incident, it was very clear that the Master had cleared the path beautifully and eased her stress, guiding her to the right person at the right time. All that she had to do was to follow the guidance and go with the flow. This has reduced her difficulties to such an extent that she now has the confidence to continue on with life’s battles.

There were two major events in Surya’s life that enhanced her faith in her Guru Mohanji and Sai Baba.

 

Mohanji’s Grace flowing into life

On the 23rd of December 2018, in Kannur, Kerala, Surya Sujan connected with her friend and classmate Mohanji after 38 years, by the grace of Sai Baba. She feels that her gratitude to Mohanji cannot be expressed in words as He has done so much for her family. By His grace, her son completed his graduation recently, passing all his subjects. Last year, his grade point in the third semester was 1.42 while the cut-off point was 1.50. Although he sent the papers for revaluation, due to bad luck, the results were not published. In November 2018, he wrote his exam again for two subjects. At the time of the results, the results appeared locked with a comment showing that it was being withheld.

In the meantime, on the same day of the results, Surya was praying and chanting the Mohanji Gayatri for her husband who had to get a biopsy done for a liver tumour. As she reached the hospital, her son asked her to pray for his exam results as he was going to the University to check the results. She simply closed her eyes and touched the photo of Mohanji who had by then  become more than her classmate and friend, her very own Baba (Sai Baba) in physical form. Within a short time, she received a call from her son with the news that he had passed. With Mohanji’s blessings, her son is a graduate now. 

The second incident which has been an eye-opener is the struggle that she and her husband have undergone with his (Sujan’s) illness.

Surya with Mohanji

For the past four years, her husband Sujan, has been suffering from liver cirrhosis and vomiting blood. Ever since she met Mohanji, she and her husband are wearing a green thread given by Mohanji as a protection. The way the events unfolded since she met her schoolmate Mohanji is indeed astounding.

Sai Baba’s guidance

During her narration through the audio message, Surya strongly stated that it was Sai Baba who sent her to Mohanji to help her face the ordeals that she was undergoing. This was exactly the time when Sujan had a recurrence of vomiting blood after nearly 3.5 years. With Mohanji’s blessings and Mai-Tri sessions from Deviji, Subhasree and Barbara, they commenced a round of tests at a hospital and she was confident that things would work in their favour.

Throughout this period (the last 4 months), Sai Baba has spoken to her telepathically to seek guidance from Mohanji. She surrendered completely to Mohanji and through Him to Sai Baba.

Mohanji’s divine intervention

The doctors after a preliminary test in December 2018, found lesions in Sujan’s liver that were carcinogenic. Some tests such as microwave ablations and skin ablations were recommended which could have been highly risky. After discussing and on the advice of Mohanji, Surya sought a second opinion at NVR cancer centre in Calicut for cirrhosis. Looking at Sujan’s current condition, a famous specialist advised against going through the above mentioned tests. He recommended a liver clinic which was incidentally happening the very next day and housed all the specialists required to assess, confirm and advise on her husband’s condition.

Surya believes that it was only through Mohanji’s grace that this miracle happened. Yes, it was a miracle that she came to know of such a rare clinic happening where all required doctors and technicians were available – a radiologist, an oncologist and a pathologist, all under the same roof at the same time! The miracles continued from then on. Everything seemed to work in their favour. The radiologist at the clinic happened to be the brother of Surya’s friend. Things moved quickly and the radiologist considering the large bloated stomach of Sujan felt that the previously advised therapies would not work for him. The liver oncologist suggested a highly specialised treatment called SGR, in which only the diseased cell would be given radiation (instead of the whole liver, which would have affected some healthy cells too!) This positive information was a blessing because there were large areas in the liver that were clear and functioning normally.

The miracle of finding all the right specialists in such a short time, getting the correct diagnosis, receiving advice on the optimum treatment and the immediate commencement of the treatment were all beyond Sujan’s and Surya’s hopes and expectations!

The doctors, who were no less than divine instruments, commenced the treatment by emptying the liver fluid and an IV albumin injection containing 20 ml of albumin was administered for an hour. The doctors had this plan ready for action – they would map the normal cells and the tumours and then the therapy would be done for the diseased cells for 5 days.

Mohanji’s divine energy 

Surya remembered that just a week prior to their visit to this clinic, Mohanji had told Surya that her husband’s liver had to be diluted and that He was trying His best to dilute it. The tests and treatment that was happening proved that Mohanji had indeed done His job! The liver certainly was diluted and this intervention had helped the oncologist find many areas clear in the liver and the specialised treatment could be commenced.

Divine communications

Once the connection with Mohanji was established, all that Surya had to do was think of Mohanji. Whenever she thought of Mohanji, a communication would happen with Mohanji, sometimes even through a WhatsApp message, Mohanji would enquire, “Surya, do you want to talk to me?” A strong telepathic divine connection was certainly established with Mohanji. She believes that Sai Baba speaks to her through Mohanji.

Surya says, “I feel some power is always with me. Whatever happens will happen. All of you are praying for me and so my pranaams at the lotus feet of Baba and Mohanji. All this is coming through Mohanji and His divinity is spreading all over the world.”

Mohanji – The incarnation of unconditional compassion 

With a voice choked with emotions and her heart filled with gratitude, Surya continued with her narration. Once she asked Mohanji about how she should offer Guru dakshina to Him as He is now her Guru. Mohanji replied,

“When you are helping the helpless – you are offering to me.”

Surya says, it is Baba’s blessings with her in the form of the shield of protection from Mohanji to her and her entire family, which has made her so strong that she is no more stressed about any obstacles and issues that come up from time to time. She feels, on the path of karma, her Guru, her eternal friend Mohanji is carrying her through in a comforting embrace. She is walking a path full of thorns, but it feels so smooth as if the path is filled with petals.

Yes, it’s so true that Mohanji’s unconditional love and His grace is being the cradle of compassion for Surya and her family.

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Not just Surya and her family, Mohanji is helping each and every one of us in uncountable ways irrespective of our awareness in a situation.

This story of Surya Sujan reminds us of the following:

• Many of us have been divinely guided to Mohanji to be our Guru.
• Mohanji in His love and compassion walks ahead of us removing various obstacles to ease our journey as  much as possible.
• He helps us shed our karmic baggage to a large extent
• He wipes our tears and shields us from various perils
• He sets us on the path of liberation encouraging us to help the helpless

We join Surya and Sujan in expressing our eternal love and gratitude to Mohanji for being the Krishna for us, the eternal friend and the eternal Guru!

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|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||

 

Compiled, Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 5th April 2019

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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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Two Sets of Steps Walk Down the Beach…

Author: Alixandra Annette Van DerZon, USA 

. . . and one set disappears. I know Mohanji, you said you would always be with me. Why did one set of footsteps disappear? Because when it was too difficult, when I simply could not manage one more step, I know, You carried me.

In Mohanji’s first visit to the USA, Ganesh and Lata called me and invited me to meet a new Indian guru. I thought, “Well, it would be interesting but I have a guru so I probably won’t.”  The day of His visit arrived and I sat at my computer and thought, “It’s too far, I don’t want to go.” And, then a powerful voice inside my head said, “GO!!!”  I’ve learned that it is wise to follow this inner voice. I immediately got up and went to the car to find my way to Viji’s home.

Sitting in their home with just a few people, we had our first experience of Mohanji. He was humble, quiet, very unassuming and handsome, not at all the dramatic type of guru that I was used to then. But I loved Him very deeply. That struck me as odd. How is it I could love Him so deeply? I’ve just met him. How could my heart open so much and feel so intensely to someone I’ve just met? Also, I had a guru to whom I was deeply connected in both this life and others. I asked him, “How is this happening?” when I was graced to sit next to Him at dinner. I said, “I must have known You before. Who are You?”

He said, “And, then who are you?”  Now I was really intrigued. I asked if I might do a past-life regression to which He agreed. I was humbled and grateful and went home to do it. Normally, I take my time, starting in a cottage in my imagination, I wander down a hill to a river. There, I normally have a beautiful white yacht take me down the river. Why not? It’s my imagination. Instead, in this regression, a very small, old canoe with a bent old man was at my river.

Annette experience- Canoe-past life regression

I was quite taken aback at this old canoe, after all, this is my imagination why are things changing in my imagination? I thought, ‘stop it, don’t get caught up in small superficial details, just get in the boat.’ As I got in, instead of slowly ambling down the river, we shot out into the sky, and the old man straightened up and turned around and it was Mohanji!  We move at lightning speed. His quiet demeanor belies an enormous ability to work at incredible speeds.

Mohanji at Bor Lake, Serbia

Mohanji first brought me to a huge chamber where my astral body was left on a large stone to be worked upon and many Ascended Masters floated about in orbs. Next we went to Jerusalem where I saw His wife, Devi, sorting herbs along with many other women in a cottage. Although I hadn’t yet met her, I immediately knew it was her,

Herbs

Many other events transpired and although I understood who He was in that time, I never did figure out who I was then. I think that surprise awaits me in the Bosnian pyramids this spring. A few days later, someone had asked for a Homa and I was delighted we were able to do this at our farm. The night before the Homa I was awoken at about 3:00 AM and I was guided to my bathroom where I looked down and saw a female wolf with four cubs. She stopped right below me and the cubs tumbled, rolling like little balls underneath her and bumping into her legs. One wolf cub hung onto her mother’s back as she walked. It was an amazing sight.

Wolves

Wolves are not known to be in the area and I had never seen one before but I’m very sure I saw one that night. I told Mohanji about it later and He said it represented Shiva and the four Vedas. I felt so lovingly graced by this real life sight. I love animals but I bet not as much as our beautiful Parabrahma, Mohanji does.

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Many years ago, before I’d been introduced to India and gurus, I’d had a dream of a great, blue entity covering a vast amount of a starlit night sky. And, within his energy field was a circle of wolf cubs he was teaching to do flips in the stars. I was invited into the circle and allowed to do flips with them. I woke up so excited as I knew for certain I’d dreamt of a God. It was many years, decades, before I realized I’d dreamt of Shiva. Tomorrow is Shivaratri, and I feel Shiva’s Loving presence gracing my life through our beloved guru.

Shiva and Mohanji

I accepted Mohanji as my guru, even though I had a guru before, because he was able to offer me complete freedom and I believe that freedom is the very first requirement of the Soul. The Soul needs freedom like the body needs air. It is important never to be bound to anyone nor anything. It hinders the soul’s growth.

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Back to the beginning, Mohanji left from USA after a busy trip around USA. I was a bit at a loss as I had had a very disciplined sadhana full of puja, chanting malas and daily satsang and meditation. One day I found lessons from the Sikhs on singing from the chakras. I thought, “Oh how lovely, I need this!” I began the singing lessons and practiced daily while continuing meditation.

A year later, Mohanji returned and asked, “How are your singing lessons?” I was shocked.

I said amazed, “You sent them to me?”  He simply smiled.

He never stands on ceremony or makes a big deal of the millions of ways – small and large – that He graces our lives every single day. And, I know I am not worthy of all He gives to me but I do try my best and endeavor to surrender ever more and try to build up more discipline and move bhaav (love, devotion).

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Many, many other things occurred with Mohanji’s infinite love and grace but one incident I’d like to share is that the farm I live on is in “hurricane alley.” This means we have old mountains on either side which grace our valley with very rich black soil that our organic flowers and vegetables love but we also catch the hurricanes.

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When I first moved onto the farm the electricity went out three times in one week! And, back then it could take days to come back on again. Since Mohanji’s arrival I don’t think we’ve lost electricity for more than an hour. It’s been amazing.

One time an enormous hurricane blew through the valley and threatened to take the roofs off and blow out the cars’ windows.  It was suddenly diverted. We had no idea why this hurricane didn’t come as it had been headed straight for us. Mohanji later asked, “So how was the hurricane?” I was again astonished but I really should have been able to pick up on His subtle ways by then. He had diverted the hurricane and kept us all safe.

Very recently, in Dec 2017, I had a small miracle that graced me. While Mohanji was with a group tracing the steps of Shirdi Sai Baba, I was graced several times with the smell of Shirdi Sai Baba’s cheroot. It was so strong that I would get up and go look upstairs and outdoors to see who was smoking. I finally looked on the computer to see where my beloved Guru was and realized what was happening. I missed Him so much and felt like He gave me this gift to let me know He and the Guru mandala were with me.

Shirdi Sai Baba and Mohanji

Just recently, I was injured and it is a rather long, complicated story which I’ll leave for another day. After I was injured, I connected directly to Mohanji and a huge healing happened to me, I could feel golden light descend into parts of my body. My intuition sky-rocketed and I could read everyone in the hospital – their intents were completely transparent. This is normally the case but now it was like looking through glass – it was so very clear. The energy of the golden light lasted for days. I knew I’d been transported to a place of real grace.

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I was so energized that I began to spontaneously chant and heal people. I asked to be transported to different parts of the globe and saw children suffering and chanted with them on my lap. The first child was in Africa, later I went to various parts of India. I was so grateful to Mohanji that I had the energies to do this great work.

To My Beloved Brahmarishi Mohanji

Ajnyaana-Timira-Andhasya Jnyaana-jana-Shaalaakayaa
Cakssur-Unmiilitam Yena Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah

Salutations to the Guru – Who Removes the Darkness of Ignorance from our Blind (Inner) Eyes by applying the Collyrium of the Light of Knowledge.
By Whom our (Inner) Eyes are Opened; Salutations to that Guru.

Infinite Love, Annette

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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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He and His Father Are One

Written by Viji Sagar, USA

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It was a cold and dreary winter afternoon with a constant drizzle.  It was cold and wet, a perfect day to stay indoor cuddled up with a nice book.  One could feel the chillness  penetrating all the way to the bones.  None of this would stop me from driving an hour to bring home Mohanji’s padukas. I have been eagerly waiting for them a few weeks now, and I couldn’t wait any longer.

Once the padukas were home, they were received with full honor and arti was performed before being placed on the altar.  It was late when we came home so I had planned to do pada pooja the next day when I came back from work. Being the first day of the work week, I got extremely busy.  The same thing repeated the next day and the day after. A couple of days slipped by without doing the pada puja,  so I convinced myself that I would do the puja on Thursday which was an auspicious day anyway.

Thursday rolled around and I went through the usual routine of work and the long drive home completely forgetting about my commitment to do pada puja.  Around 7pm, I was lazing around on the couch watching TV, when there was this urge for me to get up, because I had to do something, but just didn’t know what it was.  I tried to ignore it and focused on the show I was watching but that urge intensified to the point that I could not enjoy the show any more.  At the same time, I also noticed that my little dog was sitting in front of me just staring at me as if he wanted to say something. When I got up to get him a treat, he just walked to the altar and sat next to it wagging his tail, as if to remind me to do the pada puja.

I quickly got the stuff together for the puja and realized I did not have fresh flowers.  How could I do pada puja without fresh flowers for my beloved Mohanji’s padukas? So once again, Lady Tamas took over. I told myself that I would buy fresh flowers and do the puja on Friday morning.  In the meantime, I decided to chant the Sai mantra and played the Sai Sahasranaama on YouTube from my phone. I left my phone in the next room and settled down on the floor to chant Sai mantra.  As I sat down to chant, I looked at Sai Baba’s pic and thought to myself, Baba is senior anyway, I will chant for Him on Thursday and tomorrow I will do the pada puja. It is absolutely ridiculous, the games the mind plays on you when you engage it.

I started the chanting and after just nine chants of the Sai mantra, miraculously the music switched over to Mohanji Gayatri mantra. I was shocked and confused. How could this happen? The Sai mantra was playing on YouTube and the Mohanji Gayatri was on iTunes? The phone was in the other room so I could not have done it by mistake and there was no one else in the house. I dared not question or analyze further at this point. 🙂  I picked up some viboothi, and placing it on the padukas instead of flowers, I completed the pada puja by chanting the Gayatri.  I proceeded to perform aarati and after bowing to Sai Baba and Mohanji and apologizing for my ignorance. The phone automatically switched back to Sai Sahasranaama,  as if to tell me apology accepted 🙂

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There were multiple lessons for me in this episode.  1. There is no hierarchy in the Guru parampara.  It is one unified force that works together for our evolution and ultimately liberation.  2. Material things (flowers, incense etc.) are not a requirement to show our love and reverence to our guru. It is all for our personal satisfaction. 3. When needed, Gurus communicate to us through multiple mediums, be it a dog or a phone. 4. MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you make a commitment to your guru, He ALWAYS shows up with open arms to receive your offering of love.  Remember to keep your end of the commitment.

Many Mohanji family members were Sai Baba devotees first, before they met Mohanji.  In my case it was reversed. Mohanji was my guru first before I became aware of Sai Baba.  Through this experience sharing, I hope to help those who question the stature of Mohanji, or still see a distinction between Sai Baba and Mohanji, to realize that HE and HIS Father are ONE.

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Jai Shri Guru Deva Datta!!! Jai Shri Sai!!! Jai Shri Mohanji!!!

 

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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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Meeting the Master in Shirdi

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By Martin Simonovski

Continuing from the Pune leg. The morning after the sleepless night spent exchanging business ideas with Palak, we slowly started to take the luggage out of the complex of Mohanji Baba’s Ashram. A long trip of several hours to Shirdi awaited us.

After the ride, we finally arrived at the hotel Jivanta in Shirdi. We left the luggage with the receptionist where Milica met us. Later, we headed together with Barbara to the hall where the retreat was taking place. While walking I noticed that there were posters on the walls notifying people, “Please maintain silence”.

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As soon as I entered the hall, tears started brimming over. The energy was indescribably strong and I started crying even more. Mohanji Baba was glowing with such a great intensity that it could melt even the toughest heart. Love overflowed completely. When he turned around, I felt as if the sun came down on the Earth to bathe us in love and bliss. At the same moment, I felt another sun rising straight out from my heart and shining. The tears didn’t stop. That was the strongest energy that I had felt so far.

The participants who were present spoke about their experiences with Mohanji Baba. I heard many stories that made my heart melt even more. The hall didn’t have room for anything but love. I could write a book about this moment and still be unable to describe the energy that was present in that room. Many people shared their experiences about how Mohanji Baba had changed their lives completely. Experiences were shared wholeheartedly. Even today while writing this text, tears start to drop at the sheer thought of me being present in such a place full of love. With every thought of those moments, I go back to the paradise which could only be ruled by love.

After the participants shared their experiences, I went to say hello to Mohanji Baba. After the certificates were distributed, we went to the dining hall along with the other participants. The food was very delicious, as usual. 😀 After lunch, I settled myself in the hotel room and volunteered to help out with the preparation for the event to be held the following day. So, I went downstairs where the public satsang was held. Along with Mohanji Baba, there was a special guest – the chief priest of the Shirdi Sai Baba temple – Sulakhe Maharaj. As usual, the participants of the public satsang asked questions and Mohanji Baba answered them in his direct style laced with wit and humor. At the public satsang, there was also a music release of Mohanji Baba’s Sahasranaamavali (1008 names of Mohanji Baba) and Ashtotari (108 names of Mohanji Baba). Before the music release by Sulakhe Maharaj, Taiji shared her experience of writing Sahasranaamavali and Ashtotari. The energy during the satsang was very strong and several times I felt an urge to fall asleep. My eyelids were closing by themselves. I needed a coffee. 😀

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After the satsang, I went to taste the amazing food at Ahimsa Vegan. During my stay in Shirdi, I had the opportunity to taste most of their menu. I recommend all of you to try the food there whenever you get a chance. After dinner at the vegan restaurant, I continued with helping out with volunteer work for next day’s event. I had energy to even work until the next night. The following morning, I headed to the Consciousness Kriya event after breakfast in the vegan restaurant.

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After the Consciousness Kriya event, we went to buy VIP passes to visit the Samadhi (final resting place) of Shirdi Sai Baba. The passes allow one to save time by bypassing the serpentine queues of people waiting to see Baba. Together with Zlate and an employee of the hotel, we went to the Sansthan office. It was really cool to ride on a motorbike with two other people, especially when you are in the middle of the “sandwich”. 😀 Previously, I had only seen this kind of picture on the internet but not in the real life 😀

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Before we entered the Samadhi, we took our shoes off and left them outside, as is customary for temples in India. We waited for the door to open so that we could enter inside. As I was getting closer to the Samadhi, I started feeling a very strong energy. As if the energy was not from this planet. I don’t know if Sai Baba was present or not but the place was a “nuclear plant”. The strong energy was circulating in every corner of the temple. I don’t have words to describe this divine energy. I recommend everyone to visit this Samadhi whenever you get the chance. The transformation is inevitable. After the aarati, I tried the Prasadam (consecrated offering) of Sai Baba. As we went back to the hotel, I enjoyed sharing experiences while walking with other devotees of Mohanji Baba. That  night, I had too much energy so I used it to help with volunteer work.

5The next morning, together with Mohanji Baba and the rest of the participants of the retreat we went for a walk in Shirdi. We walked and ventured to the same places that were once graced by the great Shirdi Sai Baba. While walking next to Mohanji Baba, I felt as if I had the power to lift an elephant. I had no idea what to do with so much energy. A couple of people came around us begging for money to buy food. Instead of giving them money, Mohanji Baba sent them to a nearby restaurant and paid for the bill.

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After we finished the walk, we went back to the hotel to checkout. Immediately after the aarati, we left for Ganeshpuri. On the way to Ganeshpuri, we visited a temple of Sai Baba. The Swami responsible for the temple also took care of over 1200 children. These children were orphaned because their parents (who were farmers) committed suicide due to rising debts. We were welcomed wholeheartedly and received many gifts. Another group of people came to the temple accompanying a palkhi (a palanquin with Shirdi Sai Baba). The group had walked for several days with the palanquin to reach Shirdi and were taking a brief rest in the temple before proceeding to Shirdi.

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After we arrived at Ganeshpuri, we visited the Samadhi of Bhagavan Nityananda. As soon as I sat to meditate, I started feeling deep peace and lost my existence for several moments. It is very hard to use words to describe the experiences that I had in this temples. That is why sometimes I use hyperbole to try to explain their essence, even though sometimes it is not enough. After the meditation, we visited several other temples to before heading to Mumbai.

When we arrived at the apartment of Madhu and Preethi, we were welcomed as Gods. They had prepared wonderful food in abundance. In India, guests are treated as Gods and their home was no exception. Their endeavor to make us happy and satisfied made them very happy. It was this Indian custom that taught me that happiness is in giving. I would like to thank Madhu and Preethi for the wonderful book “The way to home” that gave me greater awareness on the main reason for my trip to India. Thank you. I recommend it from my heart to anyone who is in search for themselves.

Our journey to Chennai started the following day and I will share that experience in the next blog.

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Sadananda – Mohanji

Mohanji Silence

Written by Sandeep Mishra
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After meeting Mohanji and coming under his wing, I always prayed to him that he might send me a sign or something to show that he and Sadananda Baba have some connection. I knew it was a pure mind game, but I couldn’t resist this thought.

Sadananda Baba established four ashrams and allocated one festival to each ashram. In this context the Ramnavami function is held at Rayapura, Hubali. It is also the same ashram where Sadananda Baba took his Maha-Samadhi.

Before making my travel plans, I told Mohanji that I was planning to visit the Rayapura Sadananda Samadhi Ashram for the Ramnavami function (on April 8th). To that he replied “Bless You. My Pranaams and Prostrations to Sadananda Baba”. After reading his message I felt a very strange happiness. I took it casually, fooled by Mohanji’s humble nature (forgetting his true stature, and acknowledging him with merely human emotions. Not always, but yes sure, this time I did).

I reached Rayapura on the morning of April 8th. After freshening up I went to take the Baba Samadhi Darshan. Here I observed that as I was about to enter the Ashram, they started playing my favorite Bhajan. The same thing happened last year on Ramnavami too. I finally made it into the Ashram, sat down with all the people and lovingly contemplated Baba’s idol.

 

Third Eye on Mohanji's eye card
Third Eye on Mohanji’s eye card

 

Suddenly I felt that I should connect with Mohanji’s eyes. I took out his “Unconditional love is our true nature” eyecard, from my wallet. I tried to look into his eyes. I could see some Arabic type letters ( I don’t really know that alphabet) below Mohanji’s third eye (just as I had seen Mahavatar Babaji and Sai Baba too on Mohanji’s third eye. I have shared the Mahavatar Baba experience in a previous sharing and Mohanji is aware of it). While looking into the eye card the angle of the card was such that the back part of the card was facing towards the ground. After seeing those strange letters I tilted the card in such a way that I might see the letters more clearly, towards the light. With this adjustment the card was standing straight and the back side of the card was facing Baba’s Idol.

A person known to me suddenly asked me about Mohanji’s picture “Is it a new Baba?”. I was a little startled by his sudden question and didn’t want to say anything. So I turned the card back, pretending that I was just looking at the card. When I flipped the card I saw Mohanji’ s image in the prostration position towards the light. As soon as I saw his picture on the back side, his words about the prostration to Sadananda Baba came into my mind. And my heart knew “He meant it and he did it”. I was so overwhelmed!

 

Rayapura Sadananda Samadhi
Rayapura Sadananda Samadhi

When I came to Mumbai, I messaged him that the trip had been wonderful and that I had seen him prostrating to Sadananda Baba. Mohanji replied “I am Glad”. I asked him about those strange letters. He just said “I know” and did not say anything more about them. There are a lot of incidents that happen. Mohanji only explains if an incident is relevant, or if it is something I might need to know at that particular time. When eligibility comes, all is revealed  .
After this incident, the question in my mind about the link between Sadananda Baba and Mohanji vanished. I don’t know what else to write because I never knew what to write and how to write. It is Mohanji who always takes care of all the events in my life. Mohanji you only did this miracle and you only witnessed it. You only asked the permission to write and you only wrote. I just want to thank you for holding my hand and taking me to the light. I know I am not worthy. I don’t know what more to write. All I can say is thank you and offer you love from the heart. Love you always Mohanji <3.

Backside of the eyecard, facing the Idol
Backside of the eyecard, facing the Idol

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…