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Glimpses of the Himalayan Retreat with Mohanji

Written by Hein Adamson

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Glimpses of the Himalayan Retreat with Mohanji and of Something More:

On November 28th 2014, thirty five seeming strangers from across the globe were drawn by grace and destiny to Rishikesh, to attend a ten day retreat in the presence of Mohanji. The program was called “The Himalayan Retreat with Mohanji” since it was the foothills of the Himalayas which were to play host to this culturally disparate group.
The program was to consist of a series simple exercises aimed at cleansing and purifying. We were to wake up early, drink lots of water, take yoga classes each morning, eat light healthy meals, visit places of sanctity and power, meditate and have satsang with Mohanji.

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That is exactly what happened. Or, at least in terms of what is obviously perceivable, that is exactly what happened. But, in terms of the invisible and the subtle, the story is far greater and farther reaching, far more powerful.
I have known Mohanji for three years, in that time I have seen him initiate people into shaktipat, deliver teachings of exceeding clarity and depth, write articles which deliver the most evasive and difficult to grasp truths in a format that anyone can understand. Each moment with him proves the unpredictable and spontaneous nature of his methodology. Methods have evolved and more and more people have been benefited by his presence and purpose.
Then, unexpectedly, at this retreat, came the Kriya initiation. The Big Bomb! All of those present were initiated and we began our practice from the first day. How can one possibly emphasise the power and sanctity of initiation into Kriya?
This journey, as we have each in our own way experienced, is tedious and difficult to say the least. As Milton says: “Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads to Heaven”. This is how we may begin to appreciate this most rare and precious of gifts, a safe boat to cross the wide ocean.

Going deep within, reaching silence

Going deep within, reaching silence

In one short session I experienced and connectivity and silence I had not felt for many years. How we read stories of seekers performing penance across centuries and lifetimes to earn a mere glimpse, to have a small taste of the divinity within. We have been given sure shot short cut to the destination, a destination which seems so very unreachable and unattainable much of the time.
We sanctified our initiation with vows, powerful vows which brought home the gravity and importance of what we were being given. It is my sincere hope that those who were given this gift, this privilege, make the very most of it and that they never underestimate or forget what is now in their hands.

Big, colourful orbs appeared

Big, colourful orbs appeared

Behind everything there is something else, something first and before; before there is an animal there is an embryo or an egg, before there is a tree there a seed and, as Mohanji teaches, behind every action there is a word and a thought. That which is behind everything, that which is the backdrop to all, which facilitates the whole show, that is what we felt at work in us during this retreat. That consciousness, that essence of essences, which has found such an intensely vivid and explicit expression in Mohanji, that is what it was really all about: The Mohanji consciousness, which is to me the consciousness supreme, the expression of which is so very simple it beggars belief: Love. Unconditional Love, Overwhelming Love
Slowly, steadily, inescapably the Mohanji consciousness did its work. So very subtle is this thing, so internal, suddenly we realize a greater silence, a greater peace, a greater depth.
We knew not how nor whence the changes came, the body knew not, the mind knew not. This in itself is a clue as to the way Mohanji operates. He functions from the subtle and the essential. Working with the seed transforms the entire tree.
The changes are not easy to see at first, it takes time to feel what is happening. Although the transformation happens in leaps and bounds, the process of understanding the transformation, of turning our vision inwards and looking within, is gradual. On the day before the retreat began some of us arrived tired from long journeys and many hours of travel, others were vitalised and excited about what was to come, others still did not know what to expect. That is the best if you ask me, since you aren’t bothered over much when expectations are not met. Then dawned the first full day of retreat and right from then on the pace was somewhat hectic, with back to back programs for the first few days, leaving no room for inertia to set in. The churning had begun. Starting early with cleansing exercises, frugal and healthy breakfast and yoga, the morning routine was established. Then followed satsang with Mohanji…

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What can one say about satsang with Mohanji? Although they all had a central theme, the topics were many and varied. From the simplest of daily, down to earth advice, to vast and unimagined journeys through the cosmos. Day after day these sessions with Mohanji became more and more electrifying and spectacular, lifting us higher and higher until we almost left the ground altogether and took flight.
After lunch we became pilgrims, journeying to holy places.

A rare and auspicious meeting with Swami Govindananda of Sivananda Ashram

A rare and auspicious meeting with Swami Govindananda of Sivananda Ashram

The samadhis, or final resting places of saints and places where the powerful masters of yore had meditated and spent time, temples and, of course. The River Ganga, the holiest and most revered of all the rivers on earth. I would mention here that in three such places, as we were leaving the ashrams or temples or river bank we were met at the exit gates by three different canine visitors, I have no doubt that they were saints or higher beings come to bless us. Others also probably came, but these are the three that I had spotted.

Vanamali Mata looking at her spiritual son with immense love

Vanamali Mata looking at her spiritual son with immense love

At each of these places, we were welcomed and honoured as Mohanji’s disciples by the resident saints and swamis, despite the fact that they mostly preferred silence and isolation. They would squash our entire group most lovingly into their tiny rooms, serve us all tea, and pose for endless photographs. They all expressed genuine care and concern for Mohanji and admonished us gently to take good care of him. There I was reminded again of the invisible work he does and that, as powerful as he is, he is also that sensitive and vulnerable.

Enjoying arati to Mother Gnaga in the Rishikesh twilight

Enjoying arati to Mother Gnaga in the Rishikesh twilight

This same thing was happening to us, we were becoming more and more sensitive and at the same time more powerful and stable, more aware and liberated and love was blossoming within our group. It confirmed in way what I had begun to suspect, that love is the real acid test, that the more powerful you become and the more free you become, the more your expression becomes love and it grows and grows until you become all powerful and totally liberated and that is when your love becomes truly unconditional. Yet another clue to understanding Mohanji, and his operating level.

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On the last full day of retreat we conducted a hawan (fire ceremony) on the banks of the River Ganga. There, as the Sun began to crest the horizon we lit the fire and began to chant mantras of invocation and worship, connecting to various higher aspects of consciousness and asking them help us in this ritual of purification and evolution. Many of us experienced blissful silence during this process, many had divine visions and as we chanted the flames grew in size and intensity, the outward sign of the prodigious energy at work. Mohanji became a massive power conduit, not moving from his seat, braving the intense heat all the way through. When the ceremony was over, about three hours after beginning, we all felt lighter, more content and at peace. A beautiful silence had descended upon us and I could feel how we had been blessed. I can only imagine the work done on so many subtle levels by Mohanji throughout this process. On the surface all he did was to chant and put offerings into the fire, but again, there was much happening which I could not perceive, which I could only feel, another instance of the consciousness at work.
Thus went our journey. All that we see and experience is a mere ripple on the surface of an ocean. We can definitely explore the depths of this ocean if we look deeper, if we look to subtle as opposed to the obvious. That is where we will find the real Mohanji and real us as well for that matter.

Himalayan retreat with Mohanji - going for a walk into a cave

 

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The Mohanji Effect, Himalayan Retreat 2014

Written by Mohan H Surujbally

201156_10151222644998890_1129245905_o(1)Mohan H Surujbally is a multi –dimensional personality, a Biology Graduate , well known author who shouldered five books (titled “30 Life-changing laws, Let go and Let’s go, The Universe has not decided and The Ultimate Guide to being a Superstar”) which have covered different aspects of life from philosophy to metaphysics, law of the universe, human behavior, subconsious mind to spirituality.
Adding to his dimensions, he is an inspirational speaker, shift consultant and hypnosis practitioner, has a passion for stand-up comedy and has been a weekend radio personality.When he speaks hearts open, minds transcend limitation and people begin to open up to the realm of infinite possibilities.
Mohan H. Surujbally who is also known as Hitesh Surujbally who came to Mohanji with the numbers of questions. After listening Mohanji’s talk on faces of life the restlessness of his mind vanished. He says he will use his body to serve and his heart to love.

Think about the time you fell in love with the most amazing person.
Think about the time you held your child in your hands for the first time.
Think about the time you heard you were healed.
Think about the time one of your dreams turned to reality.
Think about the time you were told the job was yours.
Think about the time when you saw the person you love after a very long time.

Think about one or any of the above and now multiply that feeling by a thousand times. Got it? This is only an iota of the ocean you feel when with Mohanji. I call this – The Mohanji Effect.

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A God that can be named is not God. God cannot be given just a single name or confined to time and space. God is all names yet no name, God is everywhere yet nowhere and God is everything yet no thing. Trying to explain who and what Mohanji is, using words is like trying to eat soup with a fork. It’s
close to impossible to explain the magic and bliss that Mohanji is. I shall attempt to do so anyway…

Mohanji is pure consciousness. He is connected directly to Source. He is Source. He is you. He is me. He is every thought of Love, Gratitude, Joy, Peace, Bliss and Happiness that you experience.
Mohanji is Unconditional Love. Mohanji is the master of his mind, and exists in an egoless state. Attaining God consciousness is an exact science which can be explained using 2 mathematical equations.

Man – Desire = God
Man – Ego = God

Mohanji is free from all desires. There isn’t a single thing you can think of that he wants from you. Mohanji is Love, as when the Ego is completely non existent, variables such as judgement, greed, lust, anger, jealousy, hatred, suffering, and the like also disappear. Remove the above, and only Love remains. Love in its purest and highest form. Mohanji is the Sun. Giving light and love to all, regardless of what we do or don’t do. The sun only has to appear to give warmth and give life. It’s presence is enough to bring joy. This is Mohanji. It is not his message that inspires. It is his mere presence. Sitting in close proximity to him is enough to fill every cell in your body with joy to the point that tears build up in your eyes, your heart begins to race and your face begins to glow. A blanket of peace covers you, you feel safe. Finally, I felt home. Home is where the heart is. Mohanji is home.

MohanjiI spent the last 2 weeks with Mohanji together with 30+ beautiful and incredible people from across the world. English was difficult for many, but the language of the heart needs no translation when Love and Acceptance and Support were the only languages that we spoke anyway. I cannot say I made new friends. This would be a terrible lie. I met my family again. This is the truth. I like to call them M family, but they are also known as Bless The World family. I felt each prayer, each tear, each story, each pain, each transformation. We were all connected. We were one. I have never felt such love between human beings in my entire life. Each with an open mind and open heart. It did feel like we were hand picked from across the world. Chosen to be together in that moment in that place. We gave our everything to each other, sharing everything and giving everything and nothing was expected in return. When love is given, it is returned to the sender instantaneously. Unconditional love, that is. I love my family. My own personal transformation would not be possible without each and every one of them being present on the retreat.

Each conversation with each of my family was life changing. Each message spoke to my heart and I believe, that these messages were channeled by the people through Mohanji. Mohanji existed in everyone. He does exist in everyone. The challenge is to see that in every person outside of the retreat.

The last 2 weeks were spent in detox. Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and Spiritually.

The food was pure and wholesome for the most part and while there were plenty opportunity to eat junk either from the snacks we had brought or food bought from outside, we rarely or almost never did. There weren’t any strict rules, but we chose to eat only that which was good for the body and healed the body. We craved nothing. I even remember someone saying that they only smoked 3 cigarettes versus the normal one packet a day and I also heard people who actually want to continue being vegetarian and no longer wish to eat meat. There isn’t any moral or ethical reason behind these choices. It’s simple is a shift in consciousness. Spiritual evolution leads to effortless and easy changes when you simply surrender. The most difficult challenges of the past become simple. This is the grace of the divine.

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We spent each morning treating ourselves to almost 3 hours of yoga and meditation. The meditations, asanas and pranayamas cleansed our body right down to the cellular level throwing out all the toxins and impurities that have accumulated through years of abuse though incorrect food intake and suppressed emotions. This I know may not have been possible without our Yoga Master. Sanjay sir is a master of Yoga and an even brilliant teacher. His love and passion for yoga is obvious and infectious. There is no problem in the body he cannot address through yoga. He knows the names of 100000 postures and more including all the benefits. There is none like him in this Universe. Even if you have never done a single yogic posture in your life, you will begin to love Yoga with Sanjay sir. He is kind, and extremely patient, allowing you to work at your own pace while he gently pushes you to try harder. He will make you do the seemingly impossible. All of this done through love. It is hard to tell if we love Mohanji more or Sanjay sir! Both are loved equally and both are great. They are both masters at what they have come to earth to do. Sanjay sir, WE LOVE YOU! Thank you for introducing me to the science of yoga and witness a human being do what they love and love what they do. Thank you for accepting me as your good friend. Bless you!

Mohanji spent 2 satsangs a day with us. During satsang questions would be answered and priceless wisdom shared. He takes deep and profound principles and philosophies and converts them in a beautiful simple language. It is hard to not describe this retreat as Laughter therapy as well. Mohanji is extremely humorous and undoubtedly the funniest person I have ever met. I think I have calculated laughing every 42 seconds with Mohanji around. Mohanji is breaking all barriers and mindsets when it comes to defining what it means to be spiritual. I agree 100% on his definition of a spiritual person or master. Not that there is a standard definition per se, but a spiritual person is free. I have been trying to teach this to people for years now. The only difference between Mohanji and I is that I teach it and he lives it. He truly lives and breathes love and every teaching. I have since committed to aligning myself to Mohanji. I cannot become Mohanji. I can only be him. Mohanji represents the pure essence of who we really are, thus giving us an crystal clear view of who were really are. Mohanji is the opportunity to see our real selves without the distortions. Love. That is who you are.

Mohanji 1Emotional and Mental cleaning could be felt as his words vibrated through our bodies (physical and others) and I would say rebooted us. He was working to get us to vibrate on the same frequency as he was.

Spiritually, he worked hard day and night, cleansing our spirits and auric fields, shifting or removing karma and facilitating us work through past life or present life issues.
He has removed my cough entirely, which was a karmic issue and some stored emotions. Due to the persistent 4 year cough, this is now a habit which remains only on the level of the mind. He has said to me that through faith and surrender my mind will give this habit up.

I have never seen anyone work so hard with each person giving his everything to ensure that we remember who were really are as we work towards our only true purpose of life: Liberation.
This wasn’t a workshop with theory and practicals. This was unlike anything I have every experienced. Subtle changes were taking place inside. The effects of which may not be seen yet. The seed has definitely being planted. The question is will our faith and love allow it to grow? The ability to surrender will determine the progress of your spiritual evolution. There is nothing for you to do or take care of if you simply surrender. When you do so, God or Guru takes care of everything. This is not to say you become lazy and escape from your duties of life. It simply means you live life with more joy and bliss in each moment. Fulfillment will be your ultimate experience always in all ways.

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I will share a detailed description on the various powerfully charged spiritual places we visited. Each one was a mini pilgrimage on its own, with beautiful and blessed experiences, which were unique and special to each individual. These experiences may not have been possible without the grace of Mohanji.
I would like to briefly add here though that taking a dip in the Holy Ganga river was cleansing in every way. I took the opportunity to dip for many of my friends and family and enemies alike. All were blessed. I also had the opportunity to touch the table where Swami Sivananda used to write. Endless tears flowed.

This retreat would not at all be possible without Team Mohanji. 3 selfless and amazing people who ensured we were taken care of at all times. They made sure we were comfortable and happy. The retreat ran smoothly. Not because there were no challenges. But because they were handled so well. There is no remuneration for them except to serve Mohanji and to serve us in our journey to Liberation. To Mamuji, to Hein, to Sandeep – our most sincere gratitude and love to you. Remain blessed always!

To paraphrase Buddha, I am taking nothing away from this retreat. I am however leaving behind all that binds me, my attachments, my doubts, my fears, my insecurities, my anger, my suffering, my worries, my judgments, my negativity and my past.
I am free. I am love. I am Mohanji.

Mohanji at the Ganga

I desire nothing more than to serve humanity. If I am alive then people should be happy. It is my duty to ensure this.
I only wish to Love and Serve.

This journey itself has been an absolute miracle with each day of the retreat filled with a thousand miracles. All you had to do was be present and conscious to recognise them. I am truly blessed. We are truly blessed. I am eternally grateful for this. It has opened up my heart to serve in a way I could not before. It filled in all the missing pieces and taken me beyond and above any course I have ever done. The teacher was love in Thought, Word and Action. I have come to accept and see myself in a whole new way with clarity of my souls journey.

If I had to summarize this retreat in a sentence: 2 weeks of being immersed in Unconditional Love.

When I was born, my astrological chart was calculated. The name prescribed according to the chart was Mohan. I really am not sure why I became Hitesh. My name contains base letters of my childhood that are creating blocks in my present life. It is time to be reborn. What better day to do it than my birthday, on the 10 November. Mohanji has given me the blessing to do this. In fact throughout the entire retreat he called me Surujbally. At the end, he said, “Now you know why…” I am now Mohan H Surujbally.

Thank you for reading about my journey, which is far from complete, in terms of all the transformation and feelings I experienced and am experiencing. Words do injustice to such a beautiful, incredible, inspirational, divine, spiritual experience.
I thought I knew love before. I never did.
You can never know Love. You can only be Love.

Visit mohanji.org and read his blogs and download the Power of Purity mediation as well as the 360 degrees Meditation. All the information and meditations are free. Soak up the spiritual nectar and be free. There is no need to convert or be indoctrinated into any group or belief system. Mohanji does not represent any organisation or religion. He simply is here to help you see your own light and your own magnificence and support you in developing FAITH, and PURITY in thought, word and action, and experience UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

Bless you.

Love,
Mohan H Surujbally

Himalayan retreat with Mohanji

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Who is Mohanji?

Mohanji’s State of Mind

By

Yashik Singh

The Many Faces of Moahnji.

The Many Faces of Moahnji.

As our spiritual master, we need to emulate Mohanji in every way. We see him smiling, laughing, in deep concentration, playing cricket, engaging in deep meditation and doing the mundane activities of life. During all of these times, irrespective of the activity that he is doing, he is always calm. I remember times when Gurudeva was here in South Africa and I was panicking because we were late or if something was not working out and in all of this Mohanji was always calm. While I was rushing and driving somewhere, Mohanji was calmly staring out of the car window. While I was panicking that someone late, Mohanji was sitting in the lounge with his eyes closed, patiently waiting. Now that I reminisce about these moments, I wonder what was going on in Mohanji’s mind at those moments that allowed him to be so calm amidst the busy environment.

Mohanji has never preached that one must give up living in the world and retire to a forest and live your days under a tree. In fact, he teaches the opposite. He asks you to live in the world, work, earn a living, interact with all those around you, but in spite of all these activities, your inner space should be calm and clean. You inner space should be bursting with spiritual light, so much so, that even in the busiest of markets, you are still. I see this in Mohanji. Even at the busiest of times, he eyes reflect only calmness. How does he do this? What is his mind thinking about all the time, so that, even while amidst a huge crowd of people pushing and screaming while walking to the riverbank to do prayers, Mohanji is so calm? Is he occupying his mind with a secret mantra? He is continuously using his mind to visualise Lord Shiva or some calming image like mountains or a lake? Is he continuously thinking about his mission and the seva foundation? Understanding this, to me, is a step closer to merging with Gurudeva’s consciousness and reaching the goal of moksha.

Who can fathom what the eyes of a Master see?

Who can fathom what the eyes of a Master see?

The activity of the mind can be measured with sophisticated equipment available to us in this day and age. But in order to measure this, we need to understand a little about the brain. The brain is made up of millions of connections called neurons. Whenever we do anything, the neurons discharge an electrochemical signal, that activates other neurons and cause them to discharge an electrochemical signal, which in turn causes other neurons to discharge more electrochemical signals. Thus, even the smallest of movements, will cause millions of neurons to synchronously discharge electrochemical signals. The electrical component of these signals can be measured using sensors on the scalp of the head. This is called an electroencephalogram or an EEG. So this means that if you blink, millions of neurons produce and electric current or brain wave that can be measured. If you are afraid you produce a brainwave that can be measured. Every thought, every emotion, every activity or movement of the body, will produce a brainwave that can be measured.

Figure 1: EEG waves shown at different times.

Figure 1: EEG waves shown at different times.

There are normally four types of waves that are produced by our mind/brian. These are called Alpha, Beta, Theta, and Delta. Alpha waves are normally produced when you are relaxed and when you are in a state of complete rest. These waves change to Beta waves when you engage in an activity like walking or even thinking ordinary random thoughts as we all do at every second. Most of us are always thinking about something or the other…. What work do we have to do, what we did yesterday, what are the plans for tomorrow etc. Theta waves occur during when you are meditative or when you are between the awake and sleep state. Delta waves only occur during a very deep sleep when you are completely detached from your surroundings. These waves are shown in figure 1.

Living in a world that allows access to portable EEG machines is a great blessing. A scientist in Belgrade, Dr Goran R, contacted Mohanji to actually measure his brain wave functions. He came to test Mohanji at a random time, without giving Mohanji any time to prepare in any way. Mohanji did not have any time to do pranayama or meditation. He quickly attached the electrodes of the portable EEG machine onto strategic places on Mohanji’s head. He measured Mohanji’s brainwaves during a completely awake state and during the time he was meditating. The electrode positioning is shown in Figure 2. The results are shown in Figures  3 – 5.

Figure 2: Shows the electrode positioning on Mohanjis head

Figure 2: Shows the electrode positioning on Mohanjis head

Figure 3 shows that there is definitely lots of activity that happens in the third eye region. The closer the activity colour is to red, the more activity is registered by those electrode sensors. The red, yellow, green and cyan colours show lots of activity in the third eye. What is of significant interest is that only the Delta and Theta waves register activity. This is indicative that waves being produced are the ones when you are in a deep meditative state and you are detached from your surroundings. No Beta waves were read. This shows that there are no waves being created by thoughts. This is astounding! This implies that Mohanji has no thoughts the way we do. He does not think about the past or the future, no thinking about who offended him, no regrets… He has no thoughts at all. This was also confirmed in Figure 4. Only waves produced by a meditative state and a detached state were found. No waves from a busy mind were recorded.

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Figure 4: Shows the activity at the crown chakra

Figure 3: Showing the different brainwaves at the third eye region

Figure 3: Showing the different brainwaves at the third eye region

Figure 5 also produced very surprising results. Hardly any overall activity was recorded in the external electrodes. The only time a reading was measured was during the time of physical movements, like blinking. Again, this is scientific proof that there is no thought activity happening in Mohanji’s mind. This type of activity is only found in deep meditation, indicating that Mohanji is ALWAYS in a deep meditative state.

Figure 5: Shows the activity on the various electrodes on Mohanjis head

Figure 5: Shows the activity on the various electrodes on Mohanjis head

This state of no-mind that is one of the major characteristics of Mohanji has been proven beyond a doubt using technology of today. When Mohanji speaks of moving to a “mindless” state, it is not just theory from the Vedas. It comes from direct experience. So how does Mohanji operate? He operates purely from his consciousness. He works from that formless bliss state that we call God. He always tells us “in the depth of silence you can hear the voice of God”.

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2014 Navarathri Experiences at Merudanda Ashram

Yantra representing the Holy Mother.

Yantra representing the Holy Mother.

Merudanda Ashram celebrated Navarathri 2014 with love, joy, playfulness and lots of dedication to the Holy Mother and our loving GuruJi Shree Mohanji. This navarathi had everything; miracles, Mohanji listening to our inner most desires and fulfilling it, feeling the presence of our GuruJi at all times and offering very rare and special pujas (ceremonies or rituals). The festivals kicked off with worshiping Mohanji and invoking our Divine Mother Bagalamukhi. Every day we offered sahasranam (1000 names of the deity) and yantra (geometrical form representing the deity) puja to the Holy Mother.

Kalsa representing the Holy Mother

Kalsa representing the Holy Mother

But the highlight must have been the Durga Puja on Sunday. Abhishek and his wife, as well as my parents drove down to Durban that weekend and without knowing about the prayer, were drawn to the temple that weekend. It was a lot of hard work preparing all the items for the puja, and I’m sure many people got tired with how meticulously I like everything to be prepared. A puja is not just sitting there when the mantras are being said. A puja is getting everything ready the day before, cleaning the temple, cooking parsad (food offered to deity, Guru or God, before being consumed) cleaning yourself before you pray, dressing up… Everything… It is a mindset that you cultivate during that time. Everything was checked and double checked the night before. Garlands for the deities were made and tried on so that they fit perfectly. All that we can do must be done, and the rest is left up to the divine.

Preparations for the ceremony.

Preparations for the ceremony.

The puja started with offerings to the principle deity of the temple, our Guru Mohanji. We then invoked Mother Lalita Tripurasundari into a kalsa (water pot covered with coconut and worshiped as the deity)  and began worshiping her. There was such a divine feeling in the air. Peace and love seemed to fill every cell of our bodies. The energy flowed form Mohanji and during the puja many people felt as if Mohanji was walking around and giving everyone shaktipat (energy transfer from the Guru bestowing immense blessing and evolution).

Eventually the time came to offer her a fresh garland of flowers and a garland make out of lime and rudraksha (dried seed of a specific tree which has special significance on the path of Shiva). I happily offered the red, yellow and white garland that we made the night before. To my surprise the garland was small!!!!!! How could this happen? The night before, in front of everyone sitting at the dining room table, I measured the garland against the coconut and it fitted perfectly. It covered the top of the coconut to a good few inches below the coconut. And now it was not even fitting comfortably around the coconut. Did I make a mistake? I then offered the lime garland which was supposed to be very big and was supposed to cover the entire kalsa. That too was small!!! What was going on!!! I looked carefully at the kalsa, and then it dawned on me. As I looked at the coconut I realised that the coconut had grown. As we did the pranapratishta (imbuing of energy and consecration) of the Kalsa the coconut representing Devi, it grew and that is why both the garlands that we measured the night before did not fit.

During this puja every family that attended got the opportunity to do a full Shreechakra Navavarana Pooja as per the Khadgamala vidhi. This is a very sacred secret prayer and everyone enjoyed it so much. There was so much of joy and happiness and this puja immediately brought prosperity to the lives of some devotees. Some devotees reported that their family circumstances improved the next day, some devotees business challenges were solved etc.

Some attendees and families who joined in the celebration.

Some attendees and families who joined in the celebration.

During this puja, we also hoisted the flag for the Merudanda Ashram temple. This is the very first time, that I am aware of, that a flag make from rudrakshas were offered. Certainly this is the first in Africa, if not the world. The flag was not completed totally, but we did not want to lose out on this precious time. The flag has three stages representing past, present and future and well as the three gunas (three qualities or constituent energies of existence). So far, 2160 rudrakshas were used to make the jhanda (flag), but more will used to finish it up. The flag consists of six domes, and three conch shells (six more will be added). It stands right in front of the temple and asks as a reminded to centre yourself on your spine. The making of the flag and the emotions that went with it, is a subject of another blog. But I would like to mention that at a time when we felt it might not work out, Mohanji showed his presences and gave a blessing. An Aum sign materialised in water.

The janda or flag made of rudraksha beads. The first of its kind in Africa.

The janda or flag made of rudraksha beads. The first of its kind in Africa.

Mohanji listens to every prayer of yours, whether you verbalise it or not. Twice he did this for me this Navarathri. The first dealt with a murthi (statue) of Mother Saraswathi. I wanted to get a murthi of Mother Sarashwathi that was silver so that it matched the one we have of Mother Kali. The one currently in the temple is very small and old. But it was too expensive for me to afford. Many times I saw the murthis at a prayer shop and each time I sadly put it down after looking at the price tag. This Navarathri I just surrendered it to Mohanji. While walking in the same prayer shop I had been to many many many times, I was talking to him. I said that I would like a Mother Saraswathi for the Ashram this navarathiri but I can only spend a certain amount of money. I told him that I can only tell him what I would like, and that he knows best. I reluctantly went passed where the murthis are kept, and suddenly my eyes spotted the Mother Saraswathi that I always liked. BUT, this time there was a mistake on ONE of the murthis. It was marked down to less than half the price. EXACTLY the amount I had said I have to spend on the deity. Even the staff at the shop were supprised. They double checked the price bar-code, and it went through the till. We all looked at each other and I had a broad smile, knowing that this “mistake” was the doing of Mohanji.

Divine feet of Rajyogi Mohanji.

Divine feet of Rajyogi Mohanji.

The second wish I had was to get a small granite janda that I have seen is so many temples in Durban. It’s a smaller version of the janda that is usually kept between the flag and the main deity. I knew I could not order one from india because the Murthis we ordered were already on their way, and it would be too expensive to ship it alone. I admit I was sad and I felt disappointed that I let Mohanji down and I should have been more aware. A few days later I get a call from one whom I lovingly call “Uncle Yogi” and he told me that one deity we had ordered from India is here. Of course I rushed over and picked the deity up and I see this small janda in the box!!! It must of course be my friends’ who had also sent some things down. I felt even more disappoint in myself. But after speaking to him, he said that it was not his!!!! The person that carved the murthi added it to the box!!!! Can you believe it!! Mohanji does it again. He inspired the carver to give it to us for free and he did not even tell us that he added this to the box. I was so happy. My Joy knew no bounds.

This are some of the experiences we had during Navarathri 2014. I hope you enjoyed the writeup and that you will join us at Merudanda Ashram for the other functions planned for this year.

Written by Yashik Singh

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Mohanji – The Heart of Kailash

A loving and sweet devotee of Mohanji had such a wonderful “dream” of Mohanji. This vision truly is a message for all of us. She has kindly offered to share her dream:

There stood Mohanji, the same Mohanji in different shading

There stood Mohanji, the same Mohanji in different shading

“There stood Mohanji, the same Mohanji in different shading, under different colour spotlights, I was asked by The Divine, White light to choose one. Normally I go for green, red or even yellow but this time I choose grey, charcoal. It was the colour of Kailash. I choose Mohanji surrounded by grey. Then I get a clear instruction from Pure Light: “The more Mohanji touches soul beings the darker he gets (not dark soul, but he will resemble Kailash)”. “He becomes the heart of Kailash, Shiva himself, his physical appearance will be Kailash”. Oh my gosh “The Heart of Kailash.”

This communion with the divine is mind blowing. Mohanji was seen with different lights that illuminated him. His color changed from red to green to blue and so may other different colors. This indicates that Mohanji is a reflection of our own mind. We see Mohanji with the condition of our mind. Some need a father figure and see Mohanji as a father. Some see Mohanji as a teacher, a friend, a Guru, a brother, even a menace to society and a fraud. But these are all only a reflection of what is in our own mind.

But once we see past the conditionings of the mind we start seeing the true Mohanji. We require light to see with our physical eyes. Without light, the physical eye can not see. Similarly when we see without the conditioning of our mind we see the truth. That is symbolically shown when the color “grey” was chosen in the communion. A dark color showing the absence of the illusion of light that we are conditioned to see with. Grey also represents ash; the sacred ash which is symbolic of total annihilation of all terrestrial identifications. This is the same ash that Shiva wears on his body. It has great symbolism.

Mohanji is the every essence of Kailash.

Mohanji is the every essence of Kailash.

Once we see without seeing, we reach a state where we experience (not see) Mohanji and at that time we realise that Mohanji is the “Heart of Kailash”. Kailash represents that formless powerhouse that holds the universe together. Kailash is like the mountain that equally helped devas (gods) and asuras (demons) to churn the ocean of milk. That non-biased entity that sustains the universe by “just being” and not by intentionally acting.

He is the every energy of the universe that sits still witnessing and sustaining.

He is the every energy of the universe that sits still witnessing and sustaining.

Mohanji is the very essence of Kailash. Yes he is Guru, friend, protector, giver of spiritual blessings etc…. But he is more than all of these. He is the every energy of the universe that sits still, witnessing and sustaining. He is the “Heart of Kailash”.

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Mohanji and the Path of Pathlessness as I See it

By Hein Adamson

I first met Mohanji 3 years ago and in that time I have learned a lot and seen a lot. I have had the privilege of seeing my Guru in different contexts and situations and I have spent close, intimate time with him for extended periods. Mohanji’s Path, the Path of Shiva, the Path of Pathlessness, is both challenging and at the same time effortless, simple and yet mysterious, plain yet indescribably beautiful. The purpose of this writing is to share some of the things I have learned and seen, to share some of the pitfalls and glories of the journey thus far.

The Love Unconditional and the Love Relentless

The Love Unconditional and the Love Relentless

The Love Unconditional and the Love Relentless

One of the things that drew me to Mohanji is that he lives by what he teaches. He embodies and exemplifies his teachings and the fundamental teaching, the base of his tradition, is unconditional love. I have never seen or experienced anyone who expresses that as explicitly as he does. I have seen him spending hour after hour and day after day concerned for an individual half a world away, he will not rest until he has made every conceivable effort to bring some relief and solace to one who is suffering, who is lonely, who needs a helping hand or who needs to feel that someone cares.

Of course, we are free and we often choose to suffer as I myself have chosen many times. But Mohanji never lets us go, he walks with us every step of the way, in my case, every need is being taken care of and provided for by my Guru, from the totally mundane like food and shelter, to the totally sublime like purpose, elevation and belonging.

I have often disregarded his guidance and his teachings only to fall flat on my face and come crawling back to his feet and time after time, without fail, he welcomes me with open arms. Many people have said negative things about me to Mohanji, to the effect that he is wasting his time on me and a host of other discouraging things, but he never sways, he has remained objective and pulled me up inch by inch. I have nothing to offer, I have no skills which could be exploited and no money from which he might profit, it’s all love and only love.

I am not the only one either, I know of a few cases in which he personally sponsored seekers and devotees to enable them to travel with him, to join him on a retreat or to take a pilgrimage with him and there is zero expectation of return from anyone. It goes even further even that: many people who have been on the receiving end of gifts from Mohanji, who have had life transforming experiences in his presence, have, in the height of ingratitude, betrayed these gifts and gone so far as to spread the most heinous and brazen falsehoods about him. Yet despite this he remains unaffected and his love remains undiminished, no one is ever rejected, no one’s welcome is ever worn out. Once you are a part of Mohanji’s family, you will never be without family again.

The Master and the Mirror.

The Master and the Mirror.

The Master and the Mirror:

He has no agenda whatsoever outside of delivering to the person who comes in front of him according to their eligibility. He never worries about the future, he never worries about the next year or the next day or the next hour, he flows form one moment to another with a grace and elegance seldom seen in this world. I have travelled with him for 27 uninterrupted days, spending nigh on 24 hrs of the day with him, long enough know that this is genuine and cannot be pretence, no one could maintain that level of grace and flexibility for that long if it weren’t real.

There have been scientific experiments conducted on Mohanji which evince that he has essentially no mental activity (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2fhvrGjWzU ). I once asked him whether he ever meditates and he replied as follows: “I have no mind, what will meditate?” There have been occasions when I am contemplating on Mohanji, trying to better understand who and what he is and arrived at the conclusion that there is no such thing as Mohanji. What we are seeing when we look at Mohanji is nothing more or less than a reflection of ourselves. He is a perfect mirror, empty, pure and objective. The Masters all share this quality of emptiness and reflection, they become the person who is in front of them. When I came to him with doubt, he reflected doubt, when I came to him with anger, he reflected anger and when I came to him with love, he reflected love. I have seen this time and again with many people who have come in contact with him. He always says that his job is to guide us to ourselves, to reveal ourselves. I often think of Mohanji and become very uncomfortable, I have to wonder, at those times, why am I feeling this way when he represents love and liberation? Contemplating thus I inevitably come to the point where I realise that I am not uncomfortable at all, it is the “devil in me” that becomes restless. But what is it? What is the devil in me? That’s an easy question to answer: It is my mind…

The Infinite and the Mind.

The Infinite and the Mind.

The Infinite and the Mind:

For the vast majority of us the only operating platform we have ever known is the mind. The mind through which we perceive the world is little more than a bundle of impressions and conditioning, it is a garbage bag where we keep all of our baggage and our junk. Mohanji and the rest of the Enlightened Masters throughout history have always been without this garbage bag. They operate not from the mental plane but from the plane of consciousness which has no boundary and no limit. This, I think, is why we find it so difficult to understand them.

We try with limited faculties to understand the unlimited, we try to understand divine expressions using terrestrial means. Try as you might, you will not succeed. I have tried, I have tried my entire life, over and over again to grasp the consciousness that Mohanji represents, to fit it into some sort of neat criteria or frame, to give it some sort of identity, but it is too alive to be put into a box that way, just when I think I know what he is about, he frustrates my conclusion by expressing something else. The fault, I have realised, lies not with him but with me. He is available, he is accessible, he is near, but to access Mohanji you have to become Mohanji and to become Mohanji, Hein must cease to be, he has to die his natural death every day.

The Spontaneous and the Liberated.

The Spontaneous and the Liberated.

The Spontaneous and the Liberated:

I have never known Mohanji to be contrived in any way, nor have I known him to plan anything beforehand. Everything happens now, expressions happen now, giving happens now, liberation happens now. This moment is his only reality, he completes what can be completed now and leaves nothing half-finished with the idea that he can do it later. Whatever comes his way is accepted fully, he offers no resistance to any development or situation nor does he hold on to any emotions. I have seen him put on a show of anger for the sake of a seeker, he will blow up entirely and then be laughing the very next moment. He is not bound or enslaved by these expressions. He remains detached.

There was at one point going to be an ashram in India which fell through. At a time when he existed basically as a nomad with no base and really no rest, a place to settle would have been a welcome relief. But despite the fact that it did not work out, he went about his business as though nothing had happened. He has faced revilement, jealousy, rejection and open enmity but continues to flow and to love unconditionally no matter the circumstance.

The Purpose and the Mission.

The Purpose and the Mission.

The Purpose and the Mission:

Mohanji is the most intense and productive person I have ever met. There is literally not a moment which passes him by without being utilised. He sleeps very little, sometimes as little as 3 hours a night for a few nights in a row and even then is busy functioning and carrying out his mission on other planes and dimensions. Every breathe he takes, every movement, is loaded with clarity and purpose. He is totally and completely purpose driven, 24 hours of the day, without stint, without interruption.

On a terrestrial level, he is always travelling, going from one program to the next, delivering clarity and elevation through his discourses and meditations, which are always free of charge. On other levels he delivers subtle experiences to many people across the world in the various time zones. Sometimes he fights battles on astral and other levels for the sake of his devotees, the signs of which are visible even on his physical body. He often gets ill from absorbing and churning the karmic baggage and negativities of the people he comes in contact with. He never brings any attention to the subtle work he does and stoically takes everything in his stride.

The purpose is so simple it beggars belief: Liberation. Liberation from habit, from limited patterns and from conditional thinking. In short: liberation form anything and everything which could bind us in any way.

The Tragedy and the Betrayal

The Tragedy and the Betrayal

The Tragedy and the Betrayal:

When the truth confronts you, you have two options: Heed the voice of truth, take the opportunity to release your conditioning and preconceived notions, to transform, to liberate yourself. Or, kill the one who speaks the truth, scandalise him (As in the case of Sai Baba, Mata Amritanada Mayi and Bhagawan Nithyananda), crucify him (As in the case of Jesus) or poison him (As in the case of Socrates and Osho). In short, to shut him/her up as quickly as possible and get him to stop saying things which might require me to re-evaluate my life and my priorities.

This message is in part to make an appeal to anyone who might come in contact with a Living Master, be it Mohanji or any other: let go your limitations, let go your ideas about what a saint should or should not be. Drink up his presence and his gifts with humility and gratitude. Above all, do not miss the opportunity they represent. We never know how long it will be before another True Master comes to us, it could take many lifetimes before we once again attain the eligibility required to benefit from an enlightened presence.

There is, to my mind, no greater tragedy than to miss this chance. I know very little, but I do know that once you have surrendered to someone like Mohanji, to a True Guru, everything in your life happens for one reason and one reason only: To liberate you. It does not matter how the Guru expresses himself, what he says or what he does, his purpose is to set you free, and your purpose is let him do it.

The Family and the Unity.

The Family and the Unity.

The Family and the Unity:

I have seen and heard about Mohanji coming into contact with many great Saints and Masters both living and not. Through Mohanji, many have experienced Jesus, Mahavatar Babaji, Sai Baba and Gorakh Baba to name but a few. On a terrestrial level any Master who meets Mohanji or Mohanji’s devotees has always shown love and affection. Masters like Vittal Babaji who is the standard bearer of the Dattatreya Tradition, Devi Amma from Whitefield in Bangalore, Baba Nataraja in America, Swami Chaitanyananda who has been entrusted with caring for Vasishta’s sacred cave and Gorkhe Guruji in India have all welcomed Mohanji with love and openness. We are one family, we are one soul. The Golden Tradition of Liberation and Love is everywhere. That is what Mohanji represents and that is what he makes available to us by his presence in our lives.

The Path and the Destination

The Path and the Destination

The Path and the Destination:

I am ignorant and as such will not go into much detail about the depths of the Path of Pathlessness. I will only say that here, there are no rules. Nothing is forbidden and nothing is seen as wrong, nothing is even expected of you. All you need to do is be natural and stay connected to the Guru’s consciousness. That is the only practice you need. Elevation, experience and knowledge are all provided by the Master. Surrender and Faith are the only prerequisites. Grace is all you need and grace is showered in abundance.

For me Mohanji is both means and destination. I don’t know about God or enlightenment, but I know that Mohanji can deliver me into the lap of the supreme. Whether I can understand it or not, whether it tallies with my limited notions or not, whether I find it pleasant or not, whatever he gives is absolutely in my best interest.

My eternal Love and gratitude goes to Mohanji now and ever!!

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“It’s Always Too Big or Too Little.”

Saints of all ages have gone through it and it will happen in future as well. This is our society, this is our playground and it is our rules. Who these saints are? and what they think! We are happy in our comfort zones, in a prison of our own though, happy with the same repetitive suffering, singing the same painful song again and again. We don’t want to come out of it. And, if saints try to show us a way out, which looks enchanting at first glance but is not easy to follow and for which we don’t have the courage, we have weapons with which to eradicate them from society.

You know, we don’t always need crucifixion to eradicate them. We have some other ways to kill a personality too. It’s called character assassination. We love to keep a dead saint’s picture on our altar but we don’t have the guts to walk with a live saint.

According to my own knowledge and experience, saints are the channel that we user to commune with Existence. They represent a lifetime opportunity to have a look at the other side. Sorry, I am not going to talk about karma or things of this nature, they are boring and I don’t even know whether they are true or just some made-up stories. But, what I have felt in the physical presence of a saint or one that we call connected, I cannot ignore.

I have been on the roller-coaster ride, of course the mental one, of trying to understand saints and their way of working and I always came to a conclusion which was contradictory to my general belief. Yes, I definitely realised the subtle impact behind that later and wondered why I couldn’t catch those things in the first place. What I understood was that if I have to conclude something, I need past event’s recollection in my mind with which to compare. If I don’t have one, I cannot come to any conclusion and then I start making stories, which are again the same old past event’s reflection with negative emotions. That means there could be some event in the upcoming present about which I could be clueless (no past data to match), then what would I do? If I accept my own inability to understand that event, it is shame on ME (yes, the memory bundle of myself). This means I don’t want to accept my defeat, intellectual defeat which is really painful for my Ego and personality , on the other hand , these saints don’t even have some extraordinary things about them, like being a human with wings, or a human with horns. They look like normal people. Why should I listen or get defeated by them?

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba, who contributed more than we can ever know.

But I realised that, although saints do not have wings, they can take you to heights which we cannot imagine. They don’ have horns and their protection is invisible but it is surer (If you understand what I mean). I know this is really emotional but I cannot explain how I landed on this. It is like no data of has been found to match in kind. Surrender.

I have been reading life stories of saints. These stories are really fascinating, no doubt about it. But in all these stories I felt one repeating occurrence: the heavy abuse of these saints by the society at the time. Society tried to assassinate them either physically or by abusing their character. Hadiakhan Baba was taken to court, wherein he had to prove that he was the incarnation of the earlier Hadiakhan Baba, he did so and this has been documented. Sathya Sai Baba was accused of trickery and when that was not enough, there was an attempt to implicate him in some sexual scandal. Shirdi Sai Baba was threatened with court and rumoured to have impregnated Radha-Krishna Mayi. Socrates was poisoned. Jesus met with the same fate terrestrially.

Shirdi Sai Baba liberated many by many means.

Shirdi Sai Baba liberated many by many means.

The impact of the work done by the higher consciousness would not be visible immediately, but it is the one thing which we could have seen and felt, especially when looking at the lifespan of the saints who are not in body at this moment. We know that saints have manifested the conventional from unconventional act and this is whole reason we bow to them. Shirdi Sai Baba transformed the village of Shirdi completely. Sathya Sai started so many schools, so many colleges and so many hospitals, not to mention the many other social services of which we are not aware. What did they get out of it?

One of the incidents I would like to narrate is from Bhagawan Nithyananda’s life: This is from the early stages of his life. In this story, he sees a woman walking on the street; he jumps towards her and touches her breast. People on the street seeing the young sannyasi’s hideous act started running behind him and while running Bhagawan Nithyananda says: “This one will live”. People couldn’t catch him and when they gathered around the woman, she disclosed the meaning the sannyasi’s act: She had already lost a few kids in labour. By touching her breast Bhagawan removed something, after which she could give birth to a healthy kid which would live well. The whole purpose of sharing this story is to demonstrate that this woman was a stranger to Bhagawan Nithyananda and the action he performed to bless her was totally unconventional and unacceptable. If we could imagine ourselves on the street that very day when Bhagawan did this act we could see ourselves running behind him in rage for doing this act. I am not blaming ourselves completely, trust me, I am blaming the clarity in the execution of work of the saints which we could never understand.

BHagwan Nityananda

Bhagawan Nithyananda, one of the biggest renunciates the world has ever seen.

When we talk about the glories of saints, such as how they removed peoples’ diseases through totally controversial treatment: the treatment which could have enraged the disease; Removing asthma by letting the patient smoke chillum pipe, diarrhoea by ground nut and many more. Actually, it is very common that saints give some uncommon treatment to critical diseases. We all gladly accept these acts of the saints and always admire it. Why? Because these acts don’t alter our basic concepts much and it is acceptable by society and by us because it’s in our immediate favour. But, when the same saints try to shake other basic roots of concepts which are tabooed, then we start to criticise them.

Like I said in the first line, this has happened, is happening and will continue to happen. Masters on our path always say not to marry the guru, marry his consciousness. But we always ignore that line and try to marry the guru’s personality. Definitely when there is personality, there will be expectation and then unfulfilled expectation leads to all this drama. Lord Krishna, one of the biggest personalities to ever walk this earth. We worshiped him and we always refer to him as the God of Gods. The society in his time didn’t even spare. 16008 queens? LOL. Practically impossible. If possible, then that person is definitely not an ordinary human being and we cannot make comparisons or lay blame. Subtlety takes time to reveal itself to gross. Sometimes generations.

Shri Krishna

Sri Krishna: Universal Master or Womanizer?

I won’t talk spiritual trash at all, but I want to say one thing: Whenever one wants to form an opinion about anyone, be it a saint or anyone else, please, see how much other people have contributed their own opinion and thought into yours. Presumption and assumption lead a person nowhere, both spiritually and practically. Before blaming someone, look into yourself and ask yourself whether you are worthy of laying blame on someone or whether you have enough understanding to see the whole picture.

Sandeep Mishra , MSc Aeronautical Engineering ,University of Glamorgan, UK

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