Day 6 Lesson –More than meets the eyes
by Christopher Greenwood
The past few days have seen me encounter some of the practical lessons I’ve picked up living with Mohanji, and today I wanted to share a story which taught me through experience, that there is much more than I can perceive.
Mohanji has said many things happen in and around the house as many people/beings frequently visit it. This is a story of a disabled celestial crow that arrived at the house. We looked after her, and after she passed away, we received a very unexpected blessing.
Good morning, everybody. I hope you’re doing really well. In the past days, I’ve shared some of the more practical lessons that I’ve learned since living with Mohanji. And today I wanted to share a story, which for me, happened at the house and confirmed that there’s more happening than what I can perceive, and what I can experience. So through my limited terrestrial eyes, I can only see a certain amount. But this was something which really opened up my awareness to other possibilities.
I know that other people who are close to Mohanji see him working in many other ways. For example, Mai-Tri practitioners and Mohanji Transformation Method practitioners see the incredible work that he does for people. For me, though, it’s very matter of fact, practical. I think that’s probably the best because, in my role, I need to be able to function practically, if I started having visions or experiences, I’d probably lose focus quite quickly.
But saying that, I know more things are happening at the house – an example of which was a disabled bird that arrived at the house. Now usually, we put out food for all the birds and the beings. Mohanji has also said before that many beings come to this house to take food. From time to time, as we’re eating, they come, and he points out a different looking bird, usually the really majestic crows. He explains that they’re celestial beings coming to feed from here in the form of a bird. One can actually notice a difference because we have a local family here – the same birds, the squirrels, and also a cat that comes by day-to-day. But these are often much more different and distinct in looks.
One day a disabled crow, whose whereabouts we were unaware of, managed to find its way into the garden. Its legs were badly deformed so that they were bent underneath which rendered it unable to stand or fly. It would almost flap, and then it would fall forward on its beak and use the same to drag its body and crawl along the ground. So it was a combination of just flapping and pulling itself along. We provided it with some food, and she stayed for some time. She would sit out there in the garden at the back where there was food for her. It was quite nice; she quickly became very comfortable here.
In the morning, Rajesh does his homa in the early hours on the patio that’s outside the doors of the area where we have the dining table. So if you’re inside the house, you have the dining table, you have some patio doors, which back out onto the garden. Then there’s the patio piece, and then the grass, some shrubs and a wall. If you’ve seen the online homas, then you’ll probably have a good idea of that.
When I come down in the mornings to get a drink in the early hours, the door would be open, Rajesh would be doing the homa, and you’d see the crow sit very close to Rajesh just watching the homa. And it went on like this for a few days. When we asked Mohanji what we should do, he replied, “Just leave her, it is probably a celestial being that had come here for some reason. It probably came to help somebody in the house who had an unnatural death in the family. So just keep feeding her, giving her water, and she’ll be fine.”
So we did this, and Rajesh even made a small shelter in the back, because when it started to rain, she would get absolutely soaked as she couldn’t really go anywhere. So she had a home, and she’d go back in there at night-time and in the morning would come out, have food and go back. It got to the point where you could even feed her the food from your hand. In fact, she became quite loud and demanding – in the morning if she hadn’t had food on time, she would start squawking and really shout. Sometimes she’d even move around the sides of the house ending up shouting again because she got stuck, at the cue of which Ananth would go and pick her up and bring her back.
This went on for a few weeks. But one day we noticed that she didn’t seem so well. The next day we thought of calling the people who come and collect injured birds, but she had unfortunately passed away in the morning. The boys asked Mohanji what the best thing to do was, and he said to bury her on the north side of the house. Now it just so happened, as things came together, some plants arrived at the house from Preeti for planting. The gardener was also booked to come that day and dig the holes for the plants. So we had a small ceremony, the bird was wrapped in the Sai Baba shawl. A hole was dug, we all said goodbye, and we filled up the hole and planted a plant in its remembrance.
Now, this is where it became something special for me. Mohanji said before that it was a celestial bird. At lunchtime, or just before lunchtime, a strange situation occurred, where we all gathered around the table for food. Everybody happened to gather in one place at the same time, and this normally doesn’t happen. Usually, someone’s either in the room or in the kitchen or somewhere else. It’s very, very rare that that happens, and everyone was in one place. We were talking; I can’t remember the discussion.
Then a huge black crow or raven landed on the wall outside the window. Mohanji pointed our attention to it. It wasn’t acting like a bird, it was chattering, and it had its wings outstretched. Mohanji said it was a being from the Kailash Mountain which is, for those who don’t know, the abode of Shiva. It had come to bless everybody and had its wings outstretched. Because birds can’t obviously lift their wings as a human would bless, and it probably came because it was happy how the disabled or celestial crow had been cared for, and then laid to rest. Mohanji said this was a very rare thing to see and a real blessing.
I luckily managed to take a photo of the bird in that position as well. So I’ll share it here. I hope you enjoyed the story. And thank you to everyone for listening and sharing comments with me.
|| JAI BRAHMARISHI MOHANJI||
Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 14th February 2021
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