Grace through Guru Raksha Homa

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The power of the Guru Raksha Homa and Guru’s divine grace and presence is very evident in the true story shared below. Pranjal’s father, who is also Smrithi’s brother-in-law, was recently taken ill, and they both share their thoughts and experiences during this difficult time.

By Pranjal Mathur, Canada

I came to know about Mohanji through my Aunt around 1.5 years ago. My experiences started with Mohanji early this year when my wife and I were going through mental turmoil about our immigration status in the U.S. and Canada. My Aunt asked for help from Mohanji, and he approved Guru Raksha Homa (GRH) to be performed by Bhalerao ji. After the homa, my wife and I started feeling calm and handled the interviews very confidently, and as a result, immigration processes went very smoothly. 

In March, my wife and I decided to visit our parents in India, but suddenly the Covid-19 situation started becoming worse throughout the world, and major airlines started cancelling international flights. While I had a shorter visit planned, my wife had plans to stay for another week with her parents. She felt that she had divine guidance which convinced her to book tickets for an earlier date. PM Modi shut down the entire country which included international travel, the very next day of her departure. 

In October, my parents got infected by Covid-19, and my father had to be hospitalized for more than two weeks. Once again, we sought Mohanji’s help, he directed all of us to feed birds and wild animals, and he also approved the Guru Raksha Homa for my father’s recovery. The homa was performed by Bhalerao ji on Thursday, and my father tested negative on Sunday. 

While Bhalerao ji was performing the homa, he got a message that I should donate food items to a food bank on Sharad Poornima (the most significant full-moon day in the year according to the Hindu calendar). I bought some canned food and donated, but I still had the urge to contribute more and felt that I had not donated enough. Mohanji read my intentions, and when I went to another store to buy seeds for birds, during the billing, the cashier asked me if I wanted to donate to the Kids Hunger Program and my answer was an instant yes. It felt like Mohanji gave me another opportunity within minutes. 

In the same week, my mother had to offer water-filled coconut to the Gods for my father’s recovery, but getting coconuts is difficult in U.P. (Uttar Pradesh), especially during Covid-19 times. Once again, Mohanji read my mother’s mind, and out of nowhere, a person came to the house selling coconuts, just the kind she was looking for!

During the time in the hospital, when my father was meditating, he felt that two saints came to his bedside and started removing negative energies from his body. After a few days, my father began showing signs of recovery and finally tested negative for Covid-19.

We have not met Mohanji in person, but we feel he is always watching over us as a father and keeping us safe.

By Smrithi Mathur, Australia

Dear family, I want to share a beautiful incident which happened because of Mohanji’s grace and the Guru Raksha Homa. I have a cousin sister who lives in Shahjahanpur near Bareilly in the U.P. state of India. On 15th October, her husband, a doctor, tested positive for Covid-19. He had severe symptoms, bad cough and the lungs had patches with pneumonia. He had to be immediately shifted to Lucknow for hospitalization. Obviously, it was a very stressful situation. Both my sister and her husband are spiritually oriented and are Kriya initiates from YSS/SRF of Paramhansa Yogananda. Recently my sister was connecting to Mohanji through his teachings.

I wrote to Mohanji to seek his blessings and guidance in this crisis situation. What followed was only grace, grace and grace. Mohanji had asked to do certain offerings to Sai Baba in a local temple and if that was not possible, then in Mohanji Datta Tapovan Ashram in Canada. My sister decided to do both. Surprisingly, her son who lives in the U.S. was already considering contacting Mahesh Bhalerao for his help in this situation, and Mohanji telling the same was like joining two dots and also proving the omniscience of Mohanji. One of the items of offerings was coconut. Finding fresh coconuts in U.P. and that too during Covid times is a rarity. As she was organizing the things to offer, out of nowhere, a vegetable vendor came to her house with a bunch of fresh coconuts. His timing was a clear proof of Mohanji’s divine intervention.

In Canada, the offerings were made to Sai Baba and a Guru Raksha Homa was planned for 29th October. Meanwhile, in the hospital in Lucknow, my sister’s husband had beautiful experiences. Despite his bad health, he was able to meditate, do Kriya and read ‘God talks with Arjuna‘. One morning as he was sitting in meditation, he saw two saints come and sit on the left side of his bed facing him. They were young, with black hair and bright orange clothes. 

They both gave him something; one of them was like a yantra. As he opened his eyes, he did not see them, but when he closed his eyes again, he saw them sitting there. Now, a third saint came and sat on the right side of his bed. The saint asked for something from him, and he obliged. This went on for some time, and then the saints left. He then saw a clear blue sky in his vision and a deep, deep peace like never before descended on him. He went into complete bliss.

His medical reports kept fluctuating, and he kept testing positive. But because of Mohanji’s protection, his condition never worsened beyond a point. There was no need for ICU (except for a day or two), oxygen etc. On Thursday, 29th October, Mahesh Bhalerao conducted Guru Raksha Homa. The presence of Mohanji and various other deities was seen in the homa, as seen in the pictures. The following Sunday, 1st November, his Covid-19 report came back negative, and he was feeling just fine. He was discharged from the hospital the next day.

Of what could have been something very serious, Mohanji protected my family member through his sheer grace and mercy. 


Edited & Published by – Testimonials Team, 12th November 2020


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ACT Foundation Birthday Activities 2020

Mohanji’s birthday was celebrated joyfully in various parts of the world by the volunteers of the ACT Foundation, touching lives in many different ways – by donating food, school supplies, clothes, etc. It was indeed a fitting tribute to Mohanji as he believes strongly in giving and taking care of Mother Earth.



In Serbia, volunteers have been particularly creative about serving. The activities took place in various places in different ways.

In Belgrade, service to the homeless and birds

ACT volunteers from Belgrade donated 11 packages of food to the homeless in the city. Touched by the modesty of these people, the team experienced fullness of hearts and thought about the values in life.

Another group of volunteers fed birds on the streets of the city and thanks to the nice weather everyone enjoyed this gathering.

Reforestation near river Tamiš, clearing garbage, and helping two families.

Near Zrenjanin, ACT volunteers gathered and planted 34 mulberry seedlings, cleared rubbish from the riverbank, and visited two families living in difficult conditions to donate food. On February 22, in cooperation with Association ‘Zelene šape’, the afforestation of Banat and the clearing of the Tamiš river coast was done with the goal to restore the beavers and birds to their natural habitat as a contribution to the biodiversity of the area. 20 bags of waste were collected.  This small contribution to Mother Earth was due to the inspiration of the founder of this platform, Mohanji.

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Visit and donation to the Association for Assistance to the Mentally Disabled People in Kula.

Thanks to donations from the citizens, ACT Foundation in Serbia has been able to provide elemental components for the establishment of a sensory garden for the rehabilitation of people and children with mental disorders within this association. They were donated a trampoline, two lazy bags, a swing egg for vestibular stimulation, six interactive Montessori boards and a fountain for audio and visual stimulation. ACT volunteers had a beautiful time chatting and singing amidst laughter and hugs with staff and users.

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On the occasion of Mohanji’s birthday, the devotees from Macedonia visited three needy families and donated food and hygiene supplies. Also, more than 100 kg of food was donated to a shelter of cats and dogs, and they spent some time playing with these animals.

Macedonia - Mohanji's 55th birthday celebration


Split and Pula visited a Youth Correctional Facilities home with vegan cake and donated two packages of cosmetics for boys and girls. Tuition fees were paid for two children.

In Split and Rijeka, food and a bike were donated to five families. The volunteers also visited a cat shelter and donated food and pellets.

In Krk and Zagreb, feeding of fishes, birds, and horses took place.

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During February, multiple seva activities took place to celebrate Mohanji’s birthday. Tiggywinkles, a Wildlife Specialist Hospital Trust in Bucks was given items from their wish list. Items included small animal cages, bird food, printing paper, and an ink cartridge.

More than 80 people at the Mother Teresa Soup Kitchen and more than 65 people at the DENS shelter were provided with food on 2 different occasions. Toiletries and underwear were also donated to the homeless.

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In Dickwella and Panadura in Sri Lanka, 100 underprivileged school children were identified and were given school shoes, socks, and water bottles. Their parents were given dry food parcels and sarees. The families were also given a meal on this special day.

All the volunteers are grateful and feel very privileged to have been given these opportunities to help here in the UK, and also in Sri Lanka.

ACT in Sri Lanka United Kingdom - Mohanji's 55th birthday celebration


The team in Bjeljina visited and gave donations to a poverty-stricken family.


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In Pilar, a town that is an hour and a half away from the main city, John dedicated the day’s seva to Mohanji for his birthday. The celebrations also extended and brought joy and love to the children of St. Joseph Orphanage.

Philippines, PIlar - Mohanji's 55th birthday celebration


Mauritius Mohanji Association celebrated Mohanji’s Birthday in an Ashram for senior citizens. Lunch and dinner Seva was sponsored by Mai-Tri donations and the Seva team. Some of them needed special attention as they weren’t able to eat by themselves.
The Seva team shared how they could feel these residents needed attention and care. They felt happy to be able to spend some time and bring some spark into the life of the seniors.

Mauritius - Mohanji's 55th birthday celebration




ACT team cooked and served vegan lunch for many children who came to Shumbashaba from a very impoverished background. Special cakes were served too. The team felt a lot of love and gratitude for Mohanji through this selfless service.


Mohanji’s Birthday month seva continued over the last Saturday in February 2020. It also formed part of the weekly Saturday seva for the children at Shumbashaba, who come from homes of severe poverty and hardships. Children were provided with golden sun-soaked bananas, crunchy red apples, and nik-naks. There were muffins for the after-lunch treat. A piping hot lunch of samp and bean soup was served at the garden table. There were about 75 children.  Those beautiful faces were heart-melting for the volunteers.

ACT SA - Shumbashaba - Mohanji's 55th birthday celebration


Mohanji’s birthday celebrations were done at a children’s shelter where the children were served peanut butter and jam sandwiches,  hot dogs and party packs.

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Saturday was spent in Seva activities. 100 beans bunnies (hollowed out bread with beans curry filling), 100 freshly baked vegan cupcakes prepared by the ashram baker and juice were offered mostly to kids from a very destitute informal settlement. Three huge bags of clothes were offered to the South African Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charity shop. The following weekend 150 medical packs consisting of everything required for a first-aid kit and hygiene were also donated to the destitute.

Durban - Mohanji's 55th birthday celebration


In Addis Ababa, volunteers handed out food packets consisting of injara, shiro, pita bread, pita roti and water to 124 street dwellers in celebration of Mohanji’s Birthday. The volunteers felt immense gratitude for this opportunity to serve.

Ethiopia - ACT Foundation - Mohanji's birthday celebration



Even though there were floods and roads were closed, some kids came to make birthday cards and to wish Mohanji a happy birthday. The rainy season has hit the area of Cuzco quite severely. The Peru team started food seva in that region in order to be of help to the many orphans left behind. The area is plagued by deadly mudslides.

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In celebration of Mohanji’s birthday, volunteers organized many events across the USA and in Varanasi and Bengaluru in India too. Food was served in multiple locations.


Florida started Mohanji’s birthday celebrations with a brown bag lunch drive. A team of moms and kids prepared peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. PBJ sandwiches, clementines, oat bars, and chips packets were included in the lunch bags. The team prepared 76 lunch bags and donated them to the Broward Outreach Homeless Shelter.

ACT USA Florida-Coral Springs- Mohanji's 55th birthday


Pizza, pasta, fruits, cookies and salad were served at a Women’s homeless shelter on February 22nd. On 23rd February, bread, jam, peanut butter, oat bars, clementines, oranges and bananas were donated to a local homeless shelter.

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The team in Houston donated food to The Ballard House in Katy and served food for about 50 sick people under medical care. They donated idly (steamed rice cakes), sambar, coconut rice, pasta, spaghetti, lemon rice, pulav, peanut butter sandwich, gulab jamun, curd rice, juice, fruits, and cereal bars. The team of volunteers were not only willing to donate food but were also willing to travel to the place to serve food.

The Ballard House is a shelter for sick and recovering patients and their families. The patients and their families enjoyed the scrumptious meal and thanked Mohanji. Captivated by Mohanji, an inmate sought assistance in downloading the meditation on her phone. The next day after doing the meditation, she texted the volunteer saying that she felt very relaxed and nice. The team of volunteers felt blessed for this opportunity.

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A food drive was organised on February 22nd.  As the regular soup kitchen was not available, within two weeks the team located a place, very aptly called the Friendship Center in a nearby town called New Britain. It was a soup kitchen and a homeless shelter in one building and they were open to receiving any food. Arrangements were made with the cook in charge for vegetable rice and pasta trays. To this, fruits, snacks such as cookies and health bars plus water bottles were added. 5 trays of pasta, 3 trays of vegetables and fruits, granola bars and water (71 bananas, 6 lbs of apples, 6 lbs of clementines, 148 health bars including fruit and grain bars and chewy chocolate chip granola bars, and 155 water bottles) were served.

ACT USA- Middletown, Connecticut- Mohanji's 55th birthday

VARANASI, INDIA                 

ACT USA and ACT South Africa participated in seva activities during an Acharya program in Varanasi. Our volunteers went to an Ashram complex that has a school for boys, an old age home hospice and an ashram for sadhus (saints). The poor and homeless people are fed here daily.

On February 19th, our volunteers spent some time chatting to the elderly ladies there and also gave a donation for medicines.  ACT and Ammucare (India) sponsored lunch. 120 people were served dahl (spiced lentils), chapati (flatbread), jalebi (an Indian dessert) and fruits. There was abundant food available for everyone to enjoy and lots of leftovers too which was not expected even by the organizers.

On February 20th, our volunteers made arrangements with the shrine of  Kitcheri Baba to serve early morning breakfast. These incredible volunteers serve 1000 meals every day to the poor and homeless in Varanasi. The shrine is across the road from the Kashi Vishwanath complex and Kitcheri Baba has a massive cooking pot on site where he cooks fresh healthy dahl, rice, and vegetables to serve those in need.

ACT USA in Varanasi, India- Mohanji's 55th birthday


ACT USA sponsored lunch on 22nd February at Manav charities which hosts foster and special needs kids. Lunch was cooked for approximately 60 kids. The kids also sent adorable videos wishing Mohanji a very happy birthday.

ACT USA in India- Mohanji's 55th birthday


Food Drive was conducted for the homeless in downtown Toronto.  Mai-Tri -Method, where several participants received Mai-Tri and Blood Donation Camp was held at Mississauga.

Canada charity - Mohanji's 55th birthday