Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 219 and 220

By Christopher Greenwood

Day 219 – The simplicity of practice and teachings

This morning, I was reflecting on Mohanji’s teachings, his practices, and how he demonstrates those throughout his life. Some of the major characteristics of both are simplicity and practicality. For example, one of the significant principle teachings is acceptance. Accepting ourselves and others can be very challenging, but it has a specific attribute which, if practised, brings real benefits that can be experienced.

One of the main practices that Mohanji recommends time and time again (besides the meditations and besides the Kriyas) is the feeding of beings – beings of the air, water, land and human beings. This is why Mohanji formed the ACT4Hunger platform to cater to all these beings, and it’s a great platform where the hunger of all species is alleviated.

Mohanji recommends this because it helps remove many blockages in life in the current, previous and coming generations. When people have passed away, this is one of the first things he recommends to people. You are feeding to help their transit, and in our own lives, this also can be practised and experienced.

The other day I posted that we went to feed the birds nearby. We all went together, fed them, and immediately felt lighter as if a weight had been lifted. Birds represent the air element and space. Anytime there are feelings of heaviness, feeding birds can help reduce its effects; it brings lightness.

So, that was this morning, thinking back on how simple some of Mohanji’s practices and teachings are.

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Day 220 – Truth and eternity are one

Sometimes, in general conversation with Mohanji, and just when we’re discussing other tasks, he’ll share something which is beautiful and poetic. The other day, he shared a very beautiful differentiation between a truth and a lie.

It reminded me of the character meters that were used during the Mohanji boot camp, which was run by the Invest in Awareness team. These tools were scales. On one end, you had an option, and on the other end, you had another option.

For example, “Am I reliable, or am I unreliable?” You could gauge between that. The idea was to enable you to measure your character so that you could understand yourself better, and then you could decide what best steps to position in the future.

One of those was to rate ourselves on a scale where one end was “Always tells the truth”, and the other end was “Always lies” – a simple yet helpful measure of character.

Mohanji shared that truth is beautiful as naked, whereas a lie needs to have a wrapper. It has to have a cover because inside it’s ugly. The lie needs covers, wrappers and dressing up. Lie also needs to be maintained to be sustained.

Whereas truth, it can simply stand beautiful, as naked – it needs nothing else. Then he shared something else, a Sanskrit phrase from the Upanishads, and I hope I pronounced this correctly. Please excuse me if it’s not quite exact. It was simply Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Truth and eternity are one; truth is eternal and beautiful.

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|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 28th May 2023

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Guru Tatwa in my life

by Jyoti Bahl, India

Life is a journey bestowed upon us to have experience, realise the power of nature around us and keep moving forward till destined. And when a guru comes into your life and works silently, transformation happens. The guru guides and helps us discover the potentialities he has already realised. When I think of the difficult times I was going through, a hand was suddenly offered for support. And as I held it firmly, Mohanji, my guru, has always been there with me. 

I want to share my journey with Mohanji, the events, the miracles, the transformation within me and how my faith became stronger in Sai Baba and Mohanji. I sing my praises to them for always being there for me, my family, and my whole lineage. Here I am sharing a few experiences that have completely changed the course of my life. I did not realise it when it was happening. But now, when I think about it, it shows the loving and supporting hand of the guru. It may guide you in your journey.

My mother-in-law was bedridden for five years from 2011. It was tough for her to leave her body and release herself as she still carried unfulfilled desires. We requested Mohanji, and he helped her transition from one world to another. My mother-in-law was the Trade Commissioner’s daughter, having enjoyed life’s great luxuries and travelled a lot. Though she had a good life, she still carried many unfulfilled desires that bound her to this world. 

Before I met Mohanji, I had no idea that this body is to fulfil desires, and if they are not fulfilled, the exit from the body becomes difficult, and you cling to it and suffer a lot in the last moments.

Mohanji helped her and guided us. When her last moment came, Mohanji asked me to continuously chant the Mahamrityunjay Mantra for three hours. She was unconscious, lying on the bed, and I kept chanting for three hours, and we saw her taking her last breath. Her last rites were performed according to the Sikh religion, and we had ‘Akhand Path’ (the non-stop continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib – a religious text – from beginning to end) at our place. 

Many miracles were happening. I had already applied for Consciousness Kriya. Mohanji was in Delhi. He was guiding me. The Consciousness Kriya training was on 28th July. And my mother-in-law expired on 26th July. Deep in my heart, I strongly wanted to receive the initiation for Consciousness Kriya from Mohanji. I surrendered everything at his lotus feet. We had the reading at our house in memory of my mother-in-law. The reading of the religious text was scheduled for 5 pm on 28th July. We had many guests at home. My husband asked me to attend the Kriya initiation. He said he would take care of everything. I still believe it was Sai kripa, Mohanji’s miracle, that I attended and received Consciousness Kriya’s initiation from our beloved Guru Mohanji. And I was back home on time for the reading and blog (prasad).

I was blessed and soaked in Baba’s grace for making the impossible possible. I started practising Consciousness Kriya consistently. And once a week, Sai Parivar and Mohanji family visited my place for bhajans and meditation. 

My mother-in-law, who left her body, still had some unfulfilled desires. She used to come into my dreams often. I felt there was something still left unfulfilled. I wanted to help her but couldn’t. I only used to pray to Sai Baba and Mohanji, surrendering fully at their lotus feet. I knew they would take care of my family.

It so happened that Nikita, my friend for years, living in Gurgaon, called me in September 2018 and said that Mohanji would conduct a Homa himself at Rishikesh, where a Retreat with Mohanji was scheduled. She mentioned this was a rare opportunity, with Mohanji conducting a Homa himself. And she suggested that we go together to Rishikesh for Homa. I had no idea about the Homa. But when I realised that Mohanji was going to conduct the Homa himself, I made up my mind to go. 

We arranged in a week and were at Rishikesh for Homa. We participated in the Homa. Before Mohanji started the Homa, he explained that this is not only for those who are present but for the lineage, our ancestors and our coming generations and how it will help each of us. Then it dawned upon me why I was there for the Homa.

The Homa started. Mantras were chanted, and we felt the presence of Guru Mandala and different deities who came to receive annuities (offerings). Mohanji looked so powerful and intense. Each of us was given a coconut to keep near our heart centre and offer it to the fire where devas come to receive it. With this offering, cleansing happened at various levels for various devotees. Lord Datta’s presence was felt by many. It was a strong mystical atmosphere. After the Homa, my whole lineage benefited, especially my mother-in-law.

After a month or so, Arunachala happened. On the way to Rishikesh, Sakshi asked me if I was going to Arunachala – the Kailash of South. With family responsibilities, I knew I couldn’t go on a Kailash trip; I decided to go to Arunachala.

The auspicious day came in October, just a month after my trip to Rishikesh. Things worked very smoothly. On the home front, everyone was ready to help me with my journey and share responsibilities in my absence. Going to Arunachala was a miracle. After returning from the trip, I realised why it happened—all the divine plays of Sai Baba and Mohanji. 

I was looking forward to reaching Arunachala in the presence of my Guru Mohanji. I soon learnt that there is an Inner Kora parikrama similar to the one in Kailash yatra – an arduous trek. And it came to my mind if I would be lucky enough to be part of it. The guru listens to your thoughts and fulfils them. 

We reached Arunachala and waited for Mohanji ‘s arrival. Mohanji arrived, looked at us and said, “All present here, be ready for Inner Kora parikrama on Monday.” We were thrilled to hear this. My ultimate wish was to be fulfilled. Later in the evening, we learned that it was shifted to Tuesday. I wondered why it was shifted from Monday to Tuesday, a day devoted to Shiva. When I asked, I was told Tuesday was a no-moon day (Amavasya) to pray for our ancestors. The pitru pooja of 14 days was going on. And Amavasya was the last day of pitru pooja and shraad (rituals) for all our ancestors whom we know or don’t know.

When you are with Mohanji, each day is blessed, and you are on a different level. The guru amazes you with his leela. On Monday, we visited Pawan Sut’s (a saint) place. The saint is no more in his physical body. A lady saint looks after the temple. When we reached the temple, we were welcomed by her. She explained about her guru.

While she was explaining about her guru, my eyes were fixed on the lotus feet of my Guru, Mohanji. There was an eternal tune going on in my heart. And there was a deep urge to ask Mohanji a mantra for sadhana. When we returned to our centre, and I found Mohanji sitting on a chair relaxing, I could not stop myself. I went to Mohanji and prayed to him to give me a sadhana mantra to be on the path. Mohanji asked Rajesh Kamath to write a particular mantra and give it to me. I felt blessed and happy. I went to my room and started chanting it.

Finally, it was Tuesday early morning when we were asked to get ready very early as the parikrama of Inner Kora was to begin by 4.30 am. We got ready and reached the starting point. It was pitch dark. Nothing was visible. I could see the dense forest around the path with the phone’s light. I got scared; maybe there were wild animals around. And when you are scared, you start chanting. And I realised that I was chanting the mantra Mohanji had given me the previous day. I kept chanting the mantra all through my parikrama. And while I was chanting, I could hear someone chanting, “Om Namaha Shivaya – Shivaya Namaha Om”. 

All through the Inner Kora parikrama, I was in a trance. The sunrise I saw that morning was so beautiful that no words could describe it. It was a heavenly feel, and slowly Arunachala appeared amidst the sun’s rays. I bowed down several times to Arunachala and was in tears.

The vision of Arunachala brought deep gratitude in me to my guru. Without the grace of Mohanji, this journey to the Inner Kora would not have been possible. The chanting of the mantra was deepening, and many more things were happening around me. A lady started walking along with me. And slowly, she started explaining various saints around the parikrama who were meditating in their subtle forms. They were not visible to my naked eye. But I could feel their presence as she explained, and with full humility, I bowed down to them and asked for blessings. 

On the way, there came a small spring. The water was as sweet as nectar and gave us the strength to keep walking. I completed the 15km Inner Kora parikrama. My eyes were filled with tears of gratitude. I couldn’t believe that I had done it. Then someone senior in the group mentioned Ramana Maharshi’s cave in the hills where people go and meditate. I wanted to go there. There was a separate path, and it was difficult. I kept my intention of visiting the Ramana Maharshi cave. And I started towards the centre. My only wish was to go and bow down at the feet of Mohanji, who gave me the strength to achieve this and fulfil my desire to visit Ramana Maharishi’s cave also.

We came back and found Mohanji waiting for us all. I ran up to him and prostrated at his feet. My tears were flowing. I got up and hugged Mohanji. To my amazement, Mohanji told me everything that had happened during the parikrama. Then realisation dawned upon me that the mantra I was chanting connected me to the Consciousness of Mohanji and Om Namaha Shivaya -Shivya Namaha Om was chanted by Mohanji. He was walking with me all through.

I was sitting with Mohanji when my son Shivendra called and said, “Mumma, I must share something with you. Today at 4.45 am, I saw you performing the aarti of Mohanji (the exact time we started our parikrama of Inner Kora) on the ground floor of our house.” He was sleeping on the first floor in his bedroom. He saw his Dadi coming inside the room and pressing his neck. He cried for help. Shivender said that he could see that when I heard him crying for help, I left the aarti plate and ran upstairs crying for Mohanji and asking Mohanji to help. 

Shivinder said, “When you entered the room, Mohanji was with you. Mohanji held Dadi and pressed her third eye at the wall of our house’s altar, and she merged into the wall.” And since then, my son and I have not seen her in dreams. Mohanji has taken care of her in his divine grace forever. Then I realised why Mohanji had shifted the parikrama from Monday to Tuesday, the last day of the Pitru Paksha so that all the grace we earn could pass on to our ancestors and they could be released from all the bondages.

Later that day, Mohanji asked me to go and visit Ramana Maharshi’s cave. He fulfilled this wish of mine also. It was a very powerful cave where we went and meditated for some time.

I returned home in November much lighter and soaked in the grace of Baba and Mohanji.

In December, my clairvoyant neighbour shared some things that gave me clarity. She spoke about the rough phase I had been going through since January 2018. My mother-in-law used to come in my dreams – sometimes blessing and sometimes asking for something I could not understand. She mentioned that a great Master protected my family from the ancestors hovering around with unfulfilled wishes. By showing her pictures of Mohanji, Sai Baba and Mahavtar Babaji, she identified the master as Mahavtar Babaji. Some past life karma must have brought Babaji, Sai and Mohanji into my life. Now I know Babaji, Sai, and Mohanji had cleared up our lineage and merged them in their divine light.

First, Homa at Rishikesh and then Arunachala – all these happened to clear our lineage. The divine play with a much higher purpose beyond our thoughts had taken place. Deep gratitude dawned on me for Babaji, Sai and Mohanji.

The guru plays a very important role in our lives. Guru is supreme consciousness. We should follow their teachings and guidance. They know what we need and much more. They cut short our karma. Since Mohanji came into my life, I have been sincerely into seva and singing. I sing the praise of my guru. When guru happens, dark clouds fade, and divine light fills up.

Guru is not a body but consciousness. In my case, “Baba” is who I always look upon; I listen to my soul and go with my experiences. Sai and Mohanji have showered me with many blessings. When everyone abandoned me, they only stood by me, protected and guided me. Guru Tatwa gave me the purpose of life and music. Singing is my passion, puja, aradhana, and prayers to the Lord. Ma Mukambika, Babaji, Sai Baba and Mohanji always hold my hand and guide me. There is no other place for me to go. 

My pranams at the lotus feet of Mohanji!

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 25th May 2023

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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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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 217 and 218

By Christopher Greenwood

Day 217 – What more can I do?

Yesterday was our final day in Bosnia, and Mohanji had agreed to take part in a short film that was being made by the M House Media team. Mohanji has been acting as himself in the scenes over the past few days, and yesterday was the final filming on one of the famous bridges in the city. In everything he does, he gives his all; it’s really admirable to watch and a real lesson too.

So today, I re-share an observation about Mohanji, which I know that anyone working closely with him would also say, and that is, whatever he’s doing, he gives his full application. The filming itself went incredibly well. We had planned a few hours to complete the scenes, but with Mohanji, as usual, it was done in the first take. It was finished in a matter of minutes rather than hours, and we could also add in some extra scenes.

This is a small example of how he applies everywhere, and it’s a real pleasure actually working with him because whilst the pace is quick, everything is always done well and promptly. That momentum and movement are really motivating. So, that lesson of giving full application to everything that you do is something that I’m learning to cultivate.

It’s actually probably more of an attitude and an awareness to constantly think, “Okay, I have this activity; I have this task; I’m involved in this. What more could I do to take it to a different level to explore different possibilities? What else is possible? Is there anything that could improve?”

Whether it’s a solo task, planning some activities, having meetings with people, and how the interactions are creating an attitude to explore what else is possible – it’s really something quite amazing to watch because Mohanji always takes what he’s given, interacts with people, and provides the unexpected too – a new, higher, and more positive level.

So, doing the bare minimum is always an option. But I’ve found that exploring those extra possibilities also brings rejuvenation to work, which creates a new motivation and a difference as well. Also, it’s a very important attitude when actually working with Mohanji because the bar only ever gets higher. It’s only ever raised; nothing is ever settled. It’s always what more can we do, what more can be done.

Day 218 – Call for liberation

Yesterday, Mohanji had a really strong calling to feed the birds. He mentioned this a couple of times in the morning and again in the afternoon. So, we arranged to get some food, and we went to a place where many birds had gathered – many pigeons.

You may have seen some of the photos. He was very happy feeding the birds, as he is while feeding all animals. He loves animals, and people who’ve spent some time with him, have travelled with him, and been on trips, will know he regularly stops to feed the local animals.

As he stood there feeding the birds, I couldn’t help but be reminded or prompted about the book Sri Sreepada Shrivallabha, which is the book, Mohanji said; if I read it, I’ll be able to understand him much better. But actually, after reading it, I realised that I understood him even less because it’s really a remarkable book and testimony.

It’s about the first incarnation of Dattātreya in Kali Yuga, which is one of the Indian cycles of time, and it’s the present cycle, the cycle of darkness and corruption, where good and evil exist within one person. It’s an account of one man named Shankar Bhatt, and in one of the chapters, he was facing all sorts of calamities.

He was persistently attacked by crows until they drew blood, and I think he was attacked by snakes, and all sorts of things happened to him. So, these crows were diving and pecking and drawing blood from him, and there were many other incidents. He eventually collapses and is taken care of by a cobbler, Vallabhdas, who then tells him that he knew he was coming and also knows his story and the reasons why all these incidents happened.

In the book, the crows were actually great scholars or pundits in past lives, and because of the merits of chanting the Vedas and names of the Lord, they had achieved the possibility to reach one of the heavenly realms. But because they hadn’t recognised the divine nature of Sri Shreepada as an incarnation, they’d actually argued with him and abused him in their discussions, and it meant that, while they would be able to stay there, they would always be suffering from hunger.

So, they had that option, or an option to remain as crows until they drew blood from someone who was purified from chanting the name of Shri Sreepada Shrivallabha, and that person was Shankar Bhatt, so they’d attacked him, and through that, they’d become liberated.

I hope I’ve told that story well because it’s been some time since I read it, but it came to my mind because of the beings, the birds. The beings who had incarnated as crows had the opportunity for liberation. Intellectually, it’s not something I could grasp. But for some reason, as Mohanji was feeding the birds and because he’d had that strong call to go and feed them and he’d asked about it many times, I had shared that story with him.

I wondered and asked the question if he’d had that similar call because by feeding birds, he could potentially be giving them liberation. He obviously would never say that openly, but he said that he couldn’t refuse a call, or he couldn’t refuse a really strong call for liberation.

For many beings, it’s not possible to take a human form, so they take the forms of other birds or other beings to reach him. Through that, they can achieve liberation or become close to it. For me, it was, what can I say, another glimpse into something which is simply beyond my perception, but it was a strong feeling or intuition that his strong desire or call to go feed those birds would have been something of that nature, to liberate something, or to do something much bigger.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 21st May 2023

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Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 215 and 216

By Christopher Greenwood

Day 215 – Relative truths

Yesterday (15/06/21) was the final day of the trip to the Bosnian pyramids, and it concluded with an open satsang and Shaktipat in the tunnels – the tunnel which goes into one of the pyramids.

During the Satsang, Mohanji shared a simple yet effective story, illustrating how we all tend to live our lives based on relative truth rather than absolute truth. It’s a story I’ve heard him share before, but for me, each time, it’s a beautiful reminder and also a tool which I can come back to, which helps me understand my interaction with people around me a little better.

In the story, there’s a seven-foot man, a six-foot man, and a five-foot man, all standing together. From the 7-foot man’s perspective, there are two short people. In the case of the 6-foot man, there is one tall and one short person with him, and for the 5-foot man, there are two tall people next to them. For each of them, their perspective is correct. It’s a truth to them but a relative truth. The absolute truth is there’s a 7-foot man, a 6-foot man and a 5-foot man. That’s it.

This story is a great tool, which has helped me learn more about my perspective and how I’m basing my understanding of the world in relation to others. I could describe more, but I think the story is powerful enough just to leave it as it is. It’s worthwhile contemplating – what relative truths do we have based on our perspective in life?

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Day 216 – A secure person will never humiliate another

Living with Mohanji has opened my eyes and awareness to the types of people in the world. It’s been good to recognize the more subtle dimensions between selfish and selfless interests, trustworthiness, dependability and other characteristics we could classify as good personalities.

This has helped me position myself with others better – moving closer to those with more positive qualities and creating a distance with those less positive while still being respectful. One of those good qualities to recognize in a secure and stable person is that they would never humiliate another. Only insecure people would seek to humiliate someone else. If I witness the humiliation, I can clearly understand that the person is operating from insecurity.

I share a story in the audio Mohanji shared with me as we drove to the Bosnian Pyramids for our final Satsang and Shaktipat of the Bosnia trip. Enjoy, and this awareness is also good for understanding people better to position ourselves better and keep our inner space clean.

Click here to listen to the story

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|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 3rd May 2023

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.

We reserve the right to delete, edit, or alter in any manner we see fit blog entries or comments that we, in our sole discretion, deem to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, threatening, in violation of trademark, copyright or other laws, of an express commercial nature, or otherwise unacceptable.

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When Soul Meets Source

By Meghan Rose, USA

On March 4th, I landed in Bengaluru, India, for the Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga Training. It was my first time out of the USA. I traveled with a classmate and arrived in India with a fresh mind, as I had not googled much about India before. I didn’t even know what it would look like! I wanted to be surprised. When I stepped foot out of the airport, It was after midnight. We got into a cab, and I was mesmerized by how everything looked. To my surprise, I did not feel I was in a foreign place at all. In fact, I have felt more foreign in places in the USA than I have in India.

During the cab ride, I couldn’t get my mind off Mohanji. Knowing he was in the same city as me, I began really yearning to be around him. I started to tell my friend in the cab about how recently I really wished to hear Mohanji’s voice. You know that feeling when you just wish to hear a loved one’s voice. It was like that. I longed to receive a voice message from Mohanji saying I love you.

A couple of days after this yearning, I was doing the Power of Purity meditation with headphones in my ears. A few minutes into the meditation, my body got extremely hot to the point I felt I should take my shirt off! Suddenly Mohanji’s voice did not feel like a recording anymore. I could feel him speaking deeply into my ears! I knew then that Mohanji had fulfilled my desire in an unexpected way.

When I told my friend of this, I got the idea to send Mohanji a voice message myself. I was hesitant as I had heard some doubts of others before. They were scared to message Mohanji. But I told myself that I should conquer this fear and tell him I am thinking of him and I love him. What is there to lose? The only thing I could gain was regret if I did not take this chance. So I sent him a message a couple of hours later.

The yoga training commenced, and I was wondering if I was going to get a chance to see Mohanji. Four days after the training, we were told we would take the evening off and see him. I was so excited and crying! I had only seen Mohanji in person once before and went to his ashram with no expectations. When I arrived in front of the house, I could not feel my legs! I took my shoes off, and the moment I went inside and saw him, my soul took over.

All my moves were automatic, flowing. I kneeled at his feet and held his hands as if they were a magnet for mine. We were smiling at each other like little kids, and I told him I loved him. He said it back! He must have known I wanted to see his altar because he then told me to take a look at it. We sat down with a group of people, and a satsang commenced. I waited patiently for my turn to speak. I had a lot of courage this time around. When I was speaking with him, I could not take my eyes off him. I was sweating a lot but not uncomfortable.

Between him speaking with others, he would turn to look and smile at me, and my heart would burst with happiness! It was amazing. We took a break, and it was time to eat. Even him asking if I was hungry and showing me where the bathroom was something I can’t explain in words. I felt extremely loved and cared for, more than I ever had felt in my life. This was different. It did not feel like the type of love you receive from a family member, friend, or anything.

After the satsang, he offered to take some photos. He must have known I wanted one because he just called me to him. I put my arm around him, and again my soul took over! I immediately kissed his chest and possibly his cheek. At one point, I was facing one way, and he stood next to me facing the other way. I looked down at his hand and felt the magnetism. I held it, and it felt like the most romantic moment of my life. Not like the typical relationship romance, but really pure.

Soon it was time to leave, and he stood in front of me, looking down at me and smiling. All I could say was I love you very much. He told me he was with me and blessed me. We left, and I was totally blissed out. I shared my feelings with everyone in the group, and I did not want to stop thinking about it. I started yearning for more time with him. I wasn’t sure when he would leave the body, and I just wanted to be able to experience living with him.

My friends assured me that I would get my chance, but still, I was yearning for it. The yoga training finished, and I badly wanted to go back to India. So I booked another flight and a longer stay in Bengaluru. Some time had passed, and one night I was telling my dad how badly I wanted to be around Mohanji again. But I wasn’t sure; would he want me around just cause I wanted to be with him? Would it require me to do some work?

The next morning, I received a reply from Mohanji about my voice message! He told me he would possibly be in the USA soon, and I told him I would like to come be with him. But I knew I would be back in Bengaluru in April, so this was my chance. I told him I would be in Bengaluru again and that I would like to see him. He told me I was welcome anywhere and everywhere with him. Then he told me I was his family. I knew he had heard my thoughts and was answering a really sincere call of mine.

A week after landing in Bengaluru again, I arrived at Mohanji’s place. One night, we spoke privately, and I told him about my thoughts on wanting to see him. He told me that he received them and confirmed he had answered my request! I also shared how magnetic it felt to be around him back in March, and he was smiling. He told me that is what happens when the soul meets the source. The reason why I share these things is because 1. I wish to express how amazing it felt to have my soul take over around Mohanji in March and 2. In case other people are sharing their doubts on whether or not to speak to Mohanji, not being sure if they should see Mohanji… if YOU want to, you should take that chance!

It is really now or never, and we don’t know how wonderful it can turn out! I could have missed such wonderful experiences and opportunities if I listened to other people’s fear of speaking to him. Our experiences can be very different from others. What is there to fear? Whatever he would tell us would be for our own benefit because he really loves us! Take the chance; give your heart out. Love consciousness! 

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 11th May 2023

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In the company of Masters

By Eric Elbers, Canada

The story of the MyDattatreya website

KEEPING GOOD COMPANY

It is often said that travellers on the spiritual path should keep good company. Being an avid reader and living in a household where the members generally have other than spiritual interests, I found reading about the life and teachings of spiritual masters an inspiring and enriching experience. Paramahamsa Yogananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Anandamayi Ma, Amritananda Mayi Ma, and many other elevated human beings became my daily company, my teachers and my spiritual nourishment. 

Therefore, it was only a matter of time until I would learn about Shirdi Sai Baba, his life story as penned down in the Sai Sat Charitra, and next, the amazing story of Sathya Sai Baba. When reading about these masters, they would, as it were, come alive for me and indeed did become my daily companions. It was also a time when I was in transition from a spiritual path that had centered on the Sound Current and the Radha Soami teachings to more broad-based Hinduism. I felt attracted to Amritananda Mayi Ma and her teachings on compassion. I recognized that my reading, to a large extent, was an intellectual occupation, and I felt drawn to more heart-based spirituality shown by the amazing ‘hugging saint.’

MEETING MOHANJI

Then, in 2017, in an honorary magazine issue dedicated to Sathya Sai Baba, I read an article by Mohanji, in which he told his life story and his relationship with Sathya Sai Baba, who had been a turning point in his life. I felt immediately attracted to Mohanji and saw an opportunity to help an up-and-coming spiritual master in his mission. With time, a master attracts a core group of devotees around him who help and support him. A master who has been teaching for decades may have thousands of devotees and a hierarchical structure in the organization, but a master who is beginning his mission may still be approachable and welcome devotees to help him in his work. Such a Master was Mohanji. I emailed Mohanji and requested permission to start a meditation group based on his guided meditations. Very shortly, I received a reply that Mohanji had already become aware of my request even before it had reached him and had given his blessings.

In the summer of 2018, Mohanji came to Canada to dedicate an ashram in Ontario with a prana pratishta ceremony to inaugurate and empower the Ganesha, Dattatreya and Shirdi Sai Baba idols. That became an opportunity to meet face-to-face with Mohanji, who was very kind and enquired about my spiritual journey and how I had learned about him. I told Mohanji that it was my desire to serve him in his mission and become an ’outstanding’ disciple to him. This wish was fulfilled the following year when I was invited to participate in the Acharya training at the Canadian ashram, led by Mohanji himself. Mohanji told us that the correct way to measure living masters is not how many devotees they attract, but how many new masters they develop. The Acharya program was designed to develop such ‘budding’ masters. What a blessing to have been invited to participate!

DATTATREYA TRADITION 

During the Acharya training program in the summer of 2019, which lasted four days, I heard Mohanji many times refer to ‘the Tradition.’ I had no clue what tradition he was talking about, but it sounded intriguing to me, and soon thereafter, I learned about the Dattatreya tradition. That’s when I realized my love for Dattatreya. Even though I had grown up in a devoted Christian family [the Dutch Reformed Church], my intense reading had groomed me to recognize the immense stature and power of the Dattatreya tradition—the tradition of Avadhutas and liberation. To me, Dattatreya was not just another spiritual master, deity, or a great story, but I recognized him as the original, divine, spiritual teacher [Adi Guru] taking on many embodiments. This teacher is Divine Consciousness Itself, Supreme Reality, taking many incarnations to engage with souls to guide them back home. All the Masters I had read about were part of Dattatreya, the Supreme Teacher. This Teacher is Supreme Consciousness Itself, loving his emanations, Souls, and guiding them to Himself.

I felt I needed to give expression to my love for Dattatreya and wrote to Mohanji that I wished to work on a website dedicated to Dattatreya, documenting the great masters of the Dattatreya tradition to let people know about their lives and sublime teachings. Mohanji replied back “Yes, this needs to be done.” Encouraged, in November of 2019, I started a Facebook Group dedicated to the ‘Peerless Masters of the Dattatreya Tradition.’ Since its start in November 2019, this group has grown to more than 2250 followers, sharing news and stories about the Dattatreya Masters.

In the spring of 2020, during a Zoom Call with Mohanji Acharyas, Mohanji suddenly asked, “Is Eric there?” When I responded, he asked me to start working on the website for the Dattatreya tradition. Then, with the help of the Acharya Board, an international group of nine Acharyas was formed, and we started working on the documentation of the life and teaching of the Dattatreya Avatars and Masters. Thus, the MyDattatreya website was born. Seeing the success of the ‘Friends of Dattatreya’ Facebook Group, a Facebook Page about the Dattatreya Masters, named ‘MyDattatreya’ followed in the summer of 2020. This Page has now attracted 1348 followers.

Lord Dattatreya with Mohanji, Contemporary Datta Master

SHIRDI 2022

Due to the Covid pandemic from 2020 to 2022, travelling was restricted, and very few events were organized. So, as soon as it was announced that a Mohanji-led trip to Shirdi, India, would be held in December 2022, I decided to attend. It had been a long-standing wish of mine to visit the home of Dattatreya Avatar Shirdi Sai Baba. This was the chance. I also had desired to meet with Devi Amma, a living Saint in Bangalore, and spiritual daughter of Sage Agastya and Mother Lopamudra, and seek her blessings. Fortunately, I was able to combine both visits and was graciously welcomed by Devi Amma during a 30-minute private visit.

When we were speaking about Lord Dattatreya and the Masters of the tradition, Devi Amma shared a very interesting insight. She said that the incarnation of Dattatreya, as the embodied trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, had occurred due to the Divine Mother, the Shakti energy, requesting Supreme Consciousness, Shiva, to take birth as the trinity, so devotees could directly connect with the trinity of creation, sustenance and dissolution. Shiva agreed, and the well-known birth story of Dattatreya enacts this. It illustrates that it was the trinity which visited Anasuya, the pious wife of Sage Atri, during lunchtime while her husband was absent and tested her piety. And it was at Anasuya’s request [symbolizing Shakti] that the three gods agreed to be born to her as the trinity; hence, the child was named Dattatreya [Given Trinity].

BABA’S LEELA

Baba made me do an involuntary parikrama (circumambulation) when visiting Baba’s Samadhi Mandir for the first time in Shirdi. I entered the temple around 4:30 pm and, as is the custom, took off my shoes at the entrance I had arrived at (there are five gates) and placed them in a nearby rack. It was extremely busy in the temple with long lineups, and it took about one hour to complete paying my honours to Baba. By the time I got out, it had become dark, and moreover, I exited at a different location which I did not recognize. 

I had never been to Baba’s temple. This is a large place with buildings and crowds everywhere. It was very, very busy, but I had no choice but to start walking around the temple in my socks, looking for the rack with my shoes. Many different entrances, crowds everywhere, but no shoes I recognized. So, I made another round, and then another, and then another. No easy walking on socks on the very uneven, pebbly pavement. Clumsy and uncomfortable. After about an hour, I became more and more confused and shared my plight with a guard. Actually, three guards [trinity?] and it was the third guard who took pity on me and took me around the temple (again), visiting all places with shoe racks. And there are many! 

Finally, I was ready to give up the search and buy flip-flops for the rest of the trip, assuming my shoes had found a new owner. However, after another half hour of walking around the temple, right at the very end of the search, I spotted my shoes near Gate 3, where they of course had been from the very beginning. I was elated and relieved but also exhausted from circumambulating Baba’s Samadhi Mandir on socks for 90 minutes. Only Baba knows why he wanted me to do a 90-minute parikrama around his temple on socks, but in the end, he had mercy upon me.

SURPRISES

Another interesting and very heart-touching experience happened on the final morning in Shirdi, on the day of my departure back home to Canada. During the previous evening, I had met a group of Mohanji devotees from the Philippines, and we had discussed returning early in the morning to visit Dwarkamai, the place where Baba had sat next to his Dhuni [sacred fire] and receive visitors. I had not been able to find the place yet, but it could be challenging to schedule a visit because to be there at a quiet time, one has to start very early in the morning. And it was going to be a long day of travelling. 

But, surprisingly, I found myself awake and quite alert at 2:00 am, so I decided to make my way to the Temple. I was very happy to see my Philippine friends again; the temple grounds were still very quiet, and we had a wonderful time walking the grounds and spending time sitting and meditating in the Dwarkamai. 

Two notable surprises occurred on that last morning in Shirdi. The first one happened while we were circumambulating the beautiful and graceful Neem tree, still alive, under which Baba had chosen to sit during his first visit after arriving in Shirdi as a young lad well over one hundred and fifty years ago.  He sat there in meditation, rain or shine, and appeared to Shirdi inhabitants as an introvert yogi, having arrived mysteriously from an unknown source. While we circled the tree, suddenly, a few Neem leaves gently whirled down and landed at our feet. Excited and deeply grateful, we collected and shared these few precious leaves from the otherwise bare pavement since they are such a rare and prized possession for Baba devotees!

Next came a really big surprise. While ready to leave the grounds after having spent time meditating in the Dwarkamai, a Temple Guard suddenly appeared from nowhere and handed me a large gift bag wrapped in orange cloth. “Here, this is for you,” he said and walked away. I was stunned and surprised. My friends excitedly said, Oh, look, you have received a gift from Baba! What a blessing!” When I opened the bag, I found it was filled with diverse prasad: flowers, coconuts, fruits, sweets, gift cloth, etc. Indeed, a sweet blessing and departing gift from Baba.

Gift from Baba: A leaf from the Neem tree near Dwarkamai

NADA, THE SOUND CURRENT

We all have different constitutions, unique talents and weaknesses, and unique histories. On top of that, we travel different trajectories towards our shared destination, a complete merger with Supreme Consciousness, also called The Divine or God. Some of us are quick-witted and quick learners; others are sensitive with a great capacity for feeling and compassion. Some of us are visual, some auditory, some intellectual and some intuitive. For me, the journey has never been accompanied by great visual experiences or cinemascopic adventures, although at times I wished it would be like that. Instead, the Divine has come as a cat on quiet feet. He has come as a whisper, an insight, a calm knowingness. While others report remarkable meetings with a diversity of Masters, to me, the Divine Presence, the Master, and Mohanji in particular,  came as a quiet companion, a deep feeling in the heart, a nudge, a wink. Rumi called this Presence ‘The Friend.’ I call it my Companion. It is Consciousness Itself, also represented by Dattatreya.

There is no way we can separate ourselves from Consciousness, nor can Consciousness separate Itself from us, since Consciousness is what we are. We ARE THAT, Consciousness Itself. We are living, breathing and moving consciousness. All talk about Self-Realization is about removing the veil of illusion that we are something else. There is no need to grow into anything, to change anything, or to become something, because we are THAT already. We are Dattatreya.

In essence, we are victims of identity theft, the mind having stolen our true identity. Therefore, it can be said that we are victims of misidentification. We identify ourselves with an illusory personality produced by the mind. The master helps to lift this veil of illusion when our legs are strong and stable enough to carry the weight of our true nature.

My spiritual journey started nearly fifty years ago by connecting with the Audible Life Stream, also known as the Sound Current, Nada or Shabda, the Voice of God resonating through the universes. This sound of creative energy is always with us. It sings through creation in a divine play of creation, sustenance and dissolution. It starts as the primordial sound of AUM and branches into the Music of the Spheres, God’s Voice resounding in His Creation. 

Nada, the audible Life Stream, the light and sound of God

Over time the Sound Current has become my constant companion, a high-pitched eeee, at a slightly different pitch in each ear, merging in the centre of the head. It is the flow of the creative energy, the kundalini through the nadis.

During Dattatreya mantra chanting on Zoom, each Thursday morning at 7:00 am [PT]], at some point, the Sound Current ‘descends’ and becomes a presence that takes over. Hands and feet start tingling with the live energy flowing through the body system. It is like being plugged into a high-voltage electric wire. That is the Sound Current, the presence of Dattatreya.

These chanting sessions are open to all, and participants have reported also experiencing this high energy. By connecting to the chanter and the chanter connecting to the Sound Current, together we are wired to this Divine energy that flows through the universe as the creative, sustaining and dissolving force. The force of the Trinity. The Energy and Presence of Dattatreya.

Om Dram Sri Gurudeva Datta

Humbly submitted at the feet of my Master Mohanji and my Lord Dattatreya.

|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI ||

Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 4th May 2023

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.

We reserve the right to delete, edit, or alter in any manner we see fit blog entries or comments that we, in our sole discretion, deem to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, threatening, in violation of trademark, copyright or other laws, of an express commercial nature, or otherwise unacceptable.

Mohanji Testimonials team