By Christopher Greenwood
Day 37 Lesson – Broad types of people
Good morning, everybody. I hope you’re doing very well.
Recently, the main focus for me has been the Bootcamp sessions that we are organizing. There are two a week, plus two recap sessions, which means a lot of the insights that I’m sharing are coming from Mohanji based on that perspective.
I have a background in business, and my connection with Mohanji is businesslike. It’s like a mentorship almost, which is why probably a lot of these messages are more motivational in nature or could be considered corporate because that’s probably more my orientation. I’m sure others would have a very different flavour of their lessons from Mohanji for sure.
What I find with Mohanji is that he has a great ability to simplify profound teachings into really small, baby food formats that we can take and digest. He manages to condense all the information so that it’s really accessible for us. The same goes for his general awareness insights. And here, sometimes the pace is really quick; he tells me, “I can’t give this to you in a simpler format than this; it really is baby food format”. Then he jokes, “I still keep giving the baby food, but for some reason, the baby doesn’t grow”.
A recent insight that I really liked is one about six categories of people. Now, this is a very general classification. But it helped me understand where I am and what level I am operating from to adjust my attitude and working style. Sometimes, it’s only when we’re given a framework like this that we can understand ourselves better. I find that true for me. I can recognize where I am – both accepting it and then also striving for something more.
These are the six categories of people:
The first group is people who have no goal and no aim in life. They are blissfully unaware people; they are sleeping, eating, drinking, they have no problem, life happens unconsciously.
Then there’s a group of people who have a goal, but unfortunately, they don’t know what to do; they cannot bring it into action or formulate a plan. But they have something they want to achieve.
The third type is the people who have a goal and a plan but lack the will or drive to put it into action. They have no confidence or fire; they use excuses or give reasons for putting something off. There’s lethargy and inertia there.
The fourth group has a goal, they have the will, and they have a plan. But then they seek the opinions of others. Maybe they don’t fully have the confidence, so they ask others what they think they should do. In that situation, they get so many different ideas, opinions, suggestions, both good and bad, that they become completely confused and disorientated. In the end, the motivation is gone, and they don’t do anything.
The fifth group are those who have achieved something. They have a goal, a plan, and will. They also have the determination to see it through to the end. But once it’s achieved, that’s it, they’re happy, and they don’t do more, don’t progress further. They’ve reached where they wanted to, and then they stagnate. From this point on, life becomes routine and mechanical. This happens in companies with certain positions, someone really tries to reach a high position, and as soon as they reach there, they become used to what they’ve got and take it for granted. They simply relax and just do the mechanical activity. No growth happens, and potentially discontentment seeps in.
Then there is the sixth group: the exceptional people, the legends of the societies. They have a goal; they have a plan; they have the will and determination. But once they’ve achieved something, they don’t stop there. There’s always something new for them to do and achieve. They keep going. They keep improving, growing, finding new ways and new ideas. These are the people who really bring new ideas and innovations into society.
When I heard this, I thought about myself. I think it varied through different times in my life, but broadly, I was seeing myself straddling between five and six, depending on what I was doing. I would have definitely been more suited to the fifth category in the past, especially in work, achieving something and then, “Okay, I’m where I wanted to reach now, no problem.”
Now I am striving towards, “Okay, what more can I do” and use this classification to understand myself and others better. It’s a very simple classification but also a really useful framework. I hope it’s useful for you too, to think of the six categories. So, the first people with no goal, no aim, they’re completely happily unaware of life. Then the second, they have a goal but don’t know what to do.
The third group has a goal and a plan, but they lack the will or drive. The fourth group have a goal, a plan, and the will, but then they look for the opinions of others, and in the bargain, they end up not doing it because of all the conflicting ideas.
The fifth group has a goal, plan, will, determination, and once it’s achieved, they stop. Stagnation happens. And the sixth is the legends, who have a goal, a plan, determination, and who don’t stop, they keep ongoing.
I hope you enjoyed that today. I hope it’s useful and speak to you soon.
Day 38 Lesson – Witnessing changes in Mohanji’s body
Good morning, everybody. I hope you’re doing well. Today, I wanted to share an observation rather than a specific lesson.
Each day I see Mohanji in the early morning when I go to his room. He’ll be sitting in his chair and replying to messages and voice recordings that have come in overnight. Usually, the morning is quiet, where he’s settled, so I don’t disturb him. If the oil lamp needs filling, I’ll do that, and if Ananth is busy with a work call, I’ll make herbal tea for Mohanji. I’ll then sit and reply to messages myself, check the Mohanji official pages, the YouTube pages to check how they’re performing.
This regular routine, especially if I’m sitting there for a while, gives me time to observe Mohanji because we see each other every day. I notice that there are real, prominent changes in his body; it’s always changing. Now, you may think, “Well, every person’s body changes, we get older, we put on weight, we lose weight”, but this is more fundamental. The most apparent change is before and after a public Satsang. His stomach can sometimes become twice the size, if not more than it was before the Satsang. When I asked Mohanji, “What happened? How come your stomach got so big like it’s double the size of what it was before”; he simply said, “I do my job”, and “I’ve got a lot of work to do”.
I understand that as if he has taken stuff from people, and it’s churning through his stomach. Now, he’s never said this openly to me. But I believe that’s what’s happening. He’s taking things from people who he meets, speaks with, and interacts with within these Satsangs. And he’s burning it away somehow, and people are probably not even aware that he’s doing it.
Similarly, from one day to the next, his feet take a different shape or a slightly different form. Or his skin will be different. Or I’ll be preparing clothes for a Satsang, and a shirt which fitted him yesterday is now either too loose or too tight. It’s so obvious, so noticeable that you wouldn’t know how it’s even possible.
The biggest change I’ve witnessed is a recent one. Mohanji is often busy for a large part of the day, and when I go to meet him, his expressions can vary. I wouldn’t say his moods because they’re not moods; it’s just his expression. Generally, what he’s connected to is the expression he is displaying at that time. More recently, it’s been of something more stern, serious or even ferocious.
His shape, his physique has also changed. I noticed this the other day because he’ll have his chair in the room, and I’ll sit down. If he goes to the bathroom, he’ll walk, and I’ll see him from behind. I noticed that his shoulders got much broader, his arms got bigger. It just wasn’t the same person as two or three months ago. His physique is that of a warrior now, very different from before.
A week ago, I came into the room one morning; I sat down and noticed blood on the floor around his feet. There were some spots, maybe three or four, but it was clearly blood. I asked him: “How is this happening? Did you cut yourself somewhere?” And he said: “I don’t know. I haven’t noticed anything”. When I checked, there was a wound on his foot, in a place where it wouldn’t really be possible to injure or cut. Also, I know from living with Mohanji that he’s not clumsy. He’s very precise in all the things he’s doing. He simply said, “I’m doing a lot of work, you know, sometimes it shows on the body”. That was it.
I’ve heard from people who practice Mohanji Transformation Method that they witness Mohanji at work in different planes. He can have different forms there; sometimes, he’s ferocious and warrior-like. I’ve heard some incredible stories. And I’ve read, before meeting Mohanji, that masters can take on a lot from people onto their own body – situations, events, etc. They have the ability to transfer it to themselves. Also, if they are working on different planes, it can reflect on their body, too.
So, I can only witness what’s in front of me, but it gives me some understanding of how Mohanji, who hasn’t left the house for several months, can suddenly develop the physique of a warrior without going to the gym, without working out, or without training.
So that’s an observation for you today. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you have a great day ahead.
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Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 3rd July 2021
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