Mohanji’s ‘Shiva dreadlocks’ – cut off today!
Written by Biba Mohan on 23rd October, 2013
Many of you may be aware that over the last couple of months Mohanji’s hair underwent a natural formation of two mighty dreadlocks (were visible from the back). During his recent stay in the US he went to a hair stylist who specializes in unlocking dreadlocks and this man was amazed – he said he never saw anything like it and that there is no way those two dreadlocks can be untangled!
In spiritual terms, twisted, matted ropes of hair (called dreadlocks) are known as a symbol of renunciation and spiritual stature, an expression of disregard for profane vanity.
Lord Shiva and his followers were described in the scriptures as wearing “Jataa”, meaning “twisted locks of hair”. According to the ‘Hymn of the longhaired sage’ in the ancient Vedas, long jatas express a “spiritual significance which implies the wearer has special relations with spirits, is an immortal between two worlds and the master over fire.”
In modern times, many people grow their dreadlocks out of fashion or cultural expression, using various methods and styles. However, in Mohanji’s case they formed naturally, certainly due to his Shivic energy – knowing Mohanji, I wouldn’t be surprised if more leelas occur in relation to the two dreadlocks now that they are cut off. We’ll certainly preserve them as a memento of his unique leelas…
With love, Biba