The waves I rode to reach my sacred bridge

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By Deloshni Govender

“A guru is not a crutch; he is a bridge.”

A guru is not someone who comes to offer support, He is the golden bridge which transports you from a state of unconsciousness to sublime consciousness.

Jai Brahmarishi Mohanji!

I offer, at the lotus feet of my beloved Guru Mohanji, the experience of my very first encounter with Brahmarishi Mohanji and the Divine grace which entered my life.

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I have always been a “spiritual” seeker and have always been intrigued by Masters/Gurus but never had any urge to find one. I was in a very deep state of depression after I was forced to accept a job 600km away from my family owing to financial constraints. I had a lot of anger and stored emotions within me and truly felt that life owed me more than I was given.

In October 2013, my husband called to tell me that there was a “Guru” speaking at the Ganesha Chathurthi puja in Durban. I was uninterested. My husband was fortunate enough to meet the said Guru and told me that he was indeed a great man and I should meet him when he came to Gauteng. Again uninterested. The veil of negative fog surrounding me was indeed thick. My husband gave me the contact number of the person running the Guru’s programme and I called a few times with no success so I felt that this was really a sign that this was not for me.

A few weeks later, when I went home, my husband joyfully presented me with the book “The Power of Purity”. I accepted it with thoughts of it being “yet another book by yet another Guru!”. I opened the book and found the words “To Deloshni, With Love, M”. As I type this, waves of energy are pulsing through my body as I feel the sanctity of that moment. But at that time, I didn’t realise the grace which was being delivered. I was only later to understand the impact of what had happened. Mohanji had blessed my husband and GIFTED the book to him but autographed the book to ME!

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I wasn’t fortunate to meet Mohanji during his visit to SA and the book lay in my flat for a few weeks unopened due to my depression and general disinterest in life. One afternoon, out of boredom I opened the book and started reading it. The words started stirring something within me. The crystal clear clarity of the messages was astounding! I was finally beginning to understand this existence! The meditation which came with the book was even more mind blowing and took me to an inner space of deep peace. I found myself more relaxed and accepting of myself and the life I have chosen. The book became my permanent companion. I never went anywhere without it. I would even have colleagues at work approach me and request me to open any page to see what lesson we could learn that day.

A few weeks later I met Mohanji for the first time but it was not a physical meeting. I now understand that we had an astral meeting. I had a very vivid “dream”. I awoke feeling every sensation like it had actually happened. I dreamed that I was in a battle of sorts with Mohanji and His followers. I dreamed that each time Mohanji would come close to me, I would run and my “friends” would help me escape. This was the type of experience which went on all night long but at the end of the dream I found myself alone. Mohanji was also finally alone. He was dressed in white and walking towards me, towering over me. I began running backwards in fear unable to take my eyes off Him. As He advanced, I slipped and fell onto my back and shouted “Bhagawan Shree Sathya Sai Baba ki Jai!!!” (Hail to the Divine Lord Sathya Sai Baba) and then “Om Shakthi, Parashakthi” (Divine Feminine energy). Mohanji reached out to me. He was just pure light. He picked me up, embraced me and called me affectionate names while holding me. He said to me “Why are you running from me? You are an enlightened being” and he continued to console and comfort me. He then took me to a room with a table in it and we both sat at the table and like a teacher he began teaching me. Up to this day, I have no idea what he taught me that night.

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After the dream, I was in a daze for a few days and didn’t know what to think of it all. I researched this Guru online and tried to see how best I could contact Him. I did not know that He was on Facebook but I did find His profile on Speaking Tree. I sent Him a message about my encounter and to my utter delight I received the following message a few days later, “Dear Deloshni, I forwarded your message to Him, as Mohanji does not check this profile directly. He read your message and told you He is always with you and you are protected, there is nothing to worry about. Love Biljana Vozarevic, Mohanji Foundation.” My life changed drastically within those months. I was blessed to meet Mohanji in His physical aspect in December that year and He gave me Shaktipat at Arunachala. The growth, peace and love which I have since been graced with is evident in the smile I have on my face these days.

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My Guru came to me as destined and at the time it was destined. As I now realise, the meeting with the Guru need not be a physical encounter. I rode many waves of despair, fatigue and anguish in life but I will ride them all over again if they take me to His feet. He appeared and provided a bridge for me between unconsciousness and sublime consciousness. I have never in my life felt this connected to the Divine despite the many rituals and japa I used to do. My Baba (Mohanji) bridged the gap and allowed me to constantly feel divine love. Even though gratitude is just a word, only my heart knows what I truly wish to express as gratitude. Love you always and over all lifetimes, Baba.

Jai Brahmarishi Mohanji Jai!!!!

Deloshni Govender

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How Mohanji Changed My Life

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By Palak Mehta

It’s not possible to stop time. We either move with it or stagnate. There are so many lessons that can be missed out and so many subtleties that fade away if not caught, documented or remembered. That’s exactly the stage I am at right now. Time is moving me and I have no control over it. I have no control to stop, relax or express gratitude. It’s very easy to forget the truth, you know. Firstly, we don’t understand the truth or see it. Secondly, if we get to see even a glimpse of it through a God-given opportunity, how does one prevent one’s mind from polluting it? What if distractions or emotions take the better of me and I miss this golden opportunity of lifetimes to stay with the truth. If I don’t stop for a moment now, it will all fade away becoming faint first and then non-existent eventually.

That’s why this blog is more for my sake than for anyone else. I need this to hold on to the glimpse of truth which has been shown to me and not let it fade away. This is my story – some pieces have been difficult to accept, some have overwhelmed me with love, and some have highlighted my weaknesses. If I could go back to my childhood and envision a life for myself, it wouldn’t have been half as magical as it is right now. The only reason for that is MOHANJI who many know as a person or a Master but to me has been a personification of the God energy itself.

Why is life so deeply satisfying now? Why do I feel there is a purpose to life? Why am I not embarrassed anymore to be myself rather than what’s expected from a traditional Indian girl? Why am I not disempowered? Read on and you will find some crazy adventures, some really tough times and most importantly some ‘subtle showers of enormous grace’. It’s that grace that has been hugely at play. An atheist would not believe it, a dubious mind would question it. But heck, this grace is so real for me because the experiences were so tangible. I feel that even the human mind cannot deny it. It’s simply what happened. It is my experience.

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When I was in college, a seemingly “random” decision led to the most important meeting which gave meaning and purpose to my life. My friend had invited me for a meditation during a phase where life had become a rollercoaster. Uncontrollable challenges and mishaps bottled up with emotions and expectations. I had a very good childhood and my parents gave me everything I wanted, my sister had and has loved me throughout, friends have always been there by my side, my boyfriend at the time had always stood by me. Around the time I was in college, things began to get scary, to say the least. Relationships around me started turning ugly, friends couldn’t understand what I was going through, my boyfriend stopped supporting me, my family was going through their own troubles. I was a wreck! I did everything – from reiki to pranic healing to writing down my feelings and detaching, everything was a momentary relief. With each hard blow to my expectations, I kept getting disappointed, hurt and detached.

It was at that time my friend told me about Mohanji and a meditation that was going to happen. I looked at his blog but my reaction was neutral. When the date for the meditation came near, I had caught a bad flu and was extremely sick, weak and bedridden. But I had a hunch that I must go and attend this meditation. I got a nice vibe about the event – very subtle and not overpowering. Believe me, when I tell you, I suddenly got the energy to get up from my bed, walk down the staircase and go for the meditation. I was delayed by 15 minutes and told my friend Samira that I might miss the meditation. She replied and said that the organizers had just announced that they would wait for a bit more because more people were expected. Upon reaching, the first person I saw was Mohanji sitting outside the venue. He smiled at me and we exchanged a namaste (a traditional Hindu greeting with folded hands). I didn’t think much about Him after that and went straight inside. The meditation was a nice experience. We were all blessed with Shaktipat by Mohanji. We got his eye card which I kept in my wallet.

I moved on in life and forgot all about it. I never made an attempt to get in touch with Mohanji’s team. However, as time passed by and I looked back one of the days, I realised how my life had completely changed in the past 10 months. Not only did I get physical answers from Mohanji to my questions but my blockages were also removed in these months. Blockages that had been slowing me down for 4-5 years or more! Situations had completely changed. I myself was more empowered to spontaneously detach from things that didn’t serve me well. Now I had done other meditations and healing too but I knew it very strongly that attending that one meditation with someone called Mohanji changed my life.

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I just didn’t feel the need to do other techniques, or run around looking for answers. I was spontaneously losing interest in college and superficial relationships. I wanted to find out more about myself, my purpose in life, etc. My yoga teacher told me that I should search for a Guru. I actually smirked, A Guru, how, who, where? I never actively looked for anyone. More questions sprouted out, yet no one’s answer ever satisfied me. A couple of times I thought of messaging Mohanji but doubted, ‘What if He’s very religious and biased?’ Haha! It sounds funny to think about it now. 🙂 Finally, as more months passed by, I decided to message Mohanji on Facebook and ask him a question. His answer shocked me. It was a simple question but this reply cannot come from a human mind. I was certain. I was in awe and instantly in love with Him. What I felt was God. My creator. It’s the best feeling in the world.

I met Mohanji in 2009. My perception of life has completely changed since then. The tests of life continue unabated but I feel so lucky and blessed that I have His guidance to guide me at each and every stage of my personal and spiritual transformation. Mohanji always says that the level of acceptance of everyday life is a sign of spiritual transformation. He has given us the courage to accept life as it comes. A few years after my graduation, around 2012, I had a deep urge to move out of Delhi – the city I had grown up in. I was getting stagnated and saturated. I wanted fresh air. The energy in Delhi just didn’t suit me anymore. I was feeling miserable and depressed. I just had to get out and find myself again. In India, it was uncommon for girls to live independently away from their family. Most people objected to this idea while very few people close to me were supportive of my decision.

I took a decision to move to Pune. I only had enough money to survive a month or two. I had packed my bags and decided to just go along with what life would bring. Needless to say, I was quite anxious to be in a new city, with no friends, family, job or much savings. The future was uncertain. I shared my decision with Mohanji. Like a perfect mirror, He did not interfere in my journey. He asked me not to worry and ensured me that there would be a decent place to sleep and the protection and food will also come. These blessings from Him and the tradition of the white Masters pacified me quite a bit.

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Mohanji mentioned about the Pune ashram. He had never visited that ashram. Since His activities in Pune were less, it was unlikely for Him to go there as well. Since it was unutilized, He had chosen to keep it closed to avoid running expenses, etc. Nobody was staying there at that time and He offered me to stay there. It was a rent-free space where I would be practically alone that would help me settle down. This was a big blessing because I was being given a full-fledged house without any cost and, most importantly, without conditions. Mohanji never asked me for anything in return for this gift.

Now that I was on my own, I had to instantly get a job. It was a choiceless situation and I couldn’t afford any delays. I had actually lied to family and friends in Delhi that I already had a job in Pune so that they won’t panic and keep calling me all the time. I started to feel nervous and anxious about the future. Everything was uncertain. On the very first day that I landed at Pune, I went for an interview for a teacher’s position in a school. The kids were speaking Marathi and that scared me even more since I didn’t understand the language. 🙂 I looked for more job opportunities. I applied for the position of a senior fine arts teacher and had a particular salary in mind. However, when I was interviewed, they said that position was not available anymore and offered me the position for a junior fine arts teacher with a much lesser salary. I was quite bummed. I thought to myself, How am I going to survive? I was not at all confident teaching junior classes plus needed the salary of a senior teacher.

I came back home depressed and decided to call Mohanji even though I was not sure if I would get him on the phone. He himself picked up my call. I was crying. He asked me what the problem was. I explained how nervous I was and worried about my future and getting a secure job. He asked me a straight question. “What is your expectation of salary? Remember, you have no cost for stay, electricity, and water”. That was a huge shot of awareness that certain things in my life were taken care of. Suddenly He said “Go back to your employer and tell them that you are ready to join. I shall do what I can”. I did exactly that. After hanging up with him, I felt waves of peace and calmness. The Master always does His job! I decided to take it easy. Mohanji had removed the fear from me.

Later on, I found out that Mohanji was en route to Badrinath with two companions and they had to return back from Joshimath due to inclement weather. It had been all over the news. There were huge cloudbursts which caused flash floods in the river Ganga leading to landslides which destroyed the roads. Nobody knew the last time when the Ganga was so furious. Close to 50,000 people had been swept away. Mohanji was stuck in the floods in Joshimath in North India when I called Him. Can you believe it? And I was worried about such petty things.

Anyway, in a few days, I decided to follow up, as suggested by Mohanji, on the interview I had given as a junior fine arts teacher. When I went to give my final round of interview, I was shocked to be offered a job for the senior most fine arts teacher! When I went to pick up my appointment order, I was truly surprised to see the salary printed exactly the same amount that I had told Mohanji as my expected salary. I could not believe my eyes. Mohanji casually said he would do what he can. But, he did exactly what I had asked for! But not before making me aware of the grace at work and the blessings that have come my way. My heart was filled with gratitude.

Mohanji works subtly. You will not even know that He is working. He is unassuming. You cannot catch Him at work. He never promises. But He delivers if you have unshakeable faith in Him. He allows you to be with Him or leave Him. But, He maintains availability of His energy. Energetically, He is always available to each and every one who loves Him. And He indeed does His job. I know that Mohanji has been literally living out of a suitcase ever since He left his job – traveling and moving relentlessly. He gave me the stability of a place even when He Himself had never been in one place physically for months if not years. As I write this, I realise His sacrifice for my sake. Something that He does all the time for all of us but never displays and, most often, even plays down.

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I have to share another miraculous experience. After almost 2 years of working in the school, I had stopped enjoying it and decided to leave the job. I was fine with leaving it but didn’t know what I could do instead. All good paying schools had the same restrictions and I was always into alternative education. The thought of joining another regular school as a teacher was depressing! I had no clarity and discussed it with Mohanji. I was passionate about graphic designing and it was something I had just picked up over the years after Mohanji had first introduced it to me with Photoshop. Mohanji suggested that graphic designing or web designing were also good fields for me. The thought of that job was exciting for me and Mohanji blessed me. I decided to take a risk and applied for the job of preferably a web designer else a graphic designer. I won’t say I was an expert at it at all and had no professional training or experience in it. I made a small portfolio, learnt a few tricks from YouTube and started job hunting. My mantra – Mohanji is with me. That’s all that mattered. What happened next was amazing!

My friend Kirti told me that there are openings for the job of a graphic designer in an office near her. I went to apply and found out that they had openings for web designers instead. Now that sounded even more exciting! But again, I had zero experience in web design. I had heard they don’t pay much but I decided to apply anyway. During the interview, we had to design a mock website in 2 hours. Everyone in the room, except me, got 2 hours to do it. The HR person gave me one whole day to make what I wanted to make. It’s uncanny. I like to design at my own pace and being new to the field I was very slow. But the time I got helped me so much. No one else amongst all applicants got a chance like this! They not only offered me a job, but gave me a senior web designer’s position with a much higher salary than the other applicants! It was unbelievable and 100% Mohanji’s grace.

By His blessings, I always got a decent job and salary and focused on settling down in Pune. The energy at the Pune ashram was beautiful and I lived there all alone rent-free for about 3 years. I cannot thank Sainath Wutukur enough for putting this as a part of his donation for Mohanji especially at a time when I needed it the most to settle down. I really wanted that isolation and peace and a chance to be with myself. Mohanji hardly ever visited there physically yet one could immediately feel the high energy upon entering. My cleansing had begun.

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I was amazed to see how Mohanji and the tradition had protected me through this rough transition phase through their unconditional support never expecting anything in return. What the solitude in the ashram gave me for 3 years will forever ground me and is truly irreplaceable. Deep cleansing happened to me in the ashram. For the first year, I would simply sit down and cry. I had no idea where these emotions were coming from. But I would simply observe them pass me by. Everything I had taken on from other people, the heaviness, the concepts, the emotions, the blockages, so on and so forth. I would feel myself going through the removal of layer after layer with the challenge of not getting bogged down by the present tests coming my way.

Life was liberating as well as very challenging after that. In the middle, there was a phase in 2014 where things became very tough at work. I started to feel horribly stuck and sad and felt that nothing was working out for me. I have mostly been a positive person, but that was a very low phase. I couldn’t be with Mohanji, do the work I wanted to and had no friends and family around. The Kailash with Mohanji 2014 pilgrimage had been announced and I felt a deep pull to go to Kailash but didn’t have the money or any stability to go. The future was uncertain. Since I was in school, I wanted to be on my own but now I was getting worried about my decision. I was feeling so low that I didn’t know if I had the inner strength to be positive anymore.

One of those days, I happened to speak to Mohanji on the phone. In front of Him, I cannot hide my feelings. Planned or not, everything that I feel pours out. I was sad and heard His voice and started to cry (no, that’s not all I do, promise!) and told Him how sad I was in general and that I was feeling so stuck not to be able to do the things I wanted to do. I could not be with Him. I couldn’t even go to Kailash. That instant He told me in his firm voice that he’s taking me along with him. I told him that I can’t afford the trip. He said, “Don’t worry about that, no thinking is needed from your end. You are going and I am taking you. Period.”

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I was speechless. The trip was expensive. I had done nothing for Him or His mission to deserve such an opportunity. I had contributed practically nothing. And He has never asked for anything from me. Ever! His support had always been unconditional. He always wanted to make everybody happy and I thought it was such a gesture. But this costs money. Lots of money! How will I ever repay Him? Travelling with Mohanji to Kailash was the last thing I could’ve expected and wondered what I had done to deserve this. He said it again and asked me to start exercising and prepare for it.

But why did He offer to take me now for such an expensive journey for free and pay all my expenses? I’m deeply indebted to those who contributed and sponsored my trip, I wish I can do the same for someone someday. The Kailash yatra (pilgrimage) is not only a blessing for an individual but also for the ancestors and the entire family. This was purely unconditional and, till date, Mohanji hasn’t asked me ever to pay back for the trip. I didn’t know the reason behind so much grace but all I know is that from the day I met Him in 2009, I’ve just held onto Him through thick and thin. Yet this was clearly something Mohanji did out of His way. Especially when He himself hosts most of His programs for free and has the rest of the programs at just around the cost price.

Again, the reason for this I only understood later. No one goes to this sacred place unless they are called. I was meant to go. The time was right but I had no means to go. But only a true Master knows what’s needed for us and at what time. I needed Kailash at that time to shift my life and open the way forward and Mohanji obviously knew that. A true Guru is only interested to raise you in awareness. He neither cares about any ‘thank you’ nor does He expect anything in return. It’s easy to write this theoretically but to be like that all the time is a rarity. Such masters are very rare.

My Kailash yatra was filled with blessings and miracles. 2014 was the year of Dev Kumbh where one parikrama (circumambulation) equals 12, and we only went for the Outer Kora. My schedule was Kailash busy during those days. While most people in the group had been exercising for months for the pilgrimage, I hadn’t exercised for even one day or prepared for it. But I still managed to complete the Kailash yatra fit and fine! All sheer Grace! Only I know how low my stamina levels were and how unprepared I was for the yatra. Before the parikrama of Kailash began, I did a parikrama of Mohanji to take His blessings. My Guru is the way to Kailash for He himself is Kailash. All is within HIM.

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Several other miracles happened during and after the trip. But mostly, many of my life’s blockages went away after Kailash. It was almost like Kailash a new life. Had I not gone there, I would’ve still been living with all that baggage. It’s hard to even imagine that now. I was so passive and wouldn’t always be able to stand up for things or do things I felt I needed to do. I would get emotional at each stage which would disempower me. I wouldn’t consciously take the leap to let go of my fears at that time. I felt insecure because I was on my own. But all this changed after Kailash. Kailash is a powerhouse. It purifies you. To maintain the purity at all times later is our job.

The first year Mohanji went to Kailash with a group, a lot of cleansing happened to everyone after that. So I was expecting something similar in this second pilgrimage too and had a hunch that there would be a lot of tests after Kailash. But honestly, nothing had prepared me for what was to come. Some people close to Mohanji started disconnecting from Him. It starts with having expectations from a Master or putting Him in a frame and judging Him and then eventually leading to negativity. These were people close to me too who I deeply cared about. But they started accusing Mohanji and a lot of His followers, about several things.

The first time I heard of people maligning Him and accusing so many people around him for various things, I was in disbelief. I knew people who were trying to pull Him down and even loved them yet it was shocking to see how they could twist things around. Some completely denied their own experiences and started believing others’ words. The people who doubted their faith and trusted others’ words did not bother to talk to Mohanji directly even once. I was also tested but I could not properly speak up. I was frozen with disbelief. Now I realize that passivity is equal to ingratitude. The one who stays silent when adharma (unrighteousness) is being done is as complicit in the crime as the one doing it. In fact more so, since staying silent when a wrong is being done to someone is akin to stabbing them in the back.

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My experience over the years has shown that the time when the mind gets clouded, when you do not want to accept certain things is the best time to ask your GU-RU for light. That’s the best time to surrender to your Guru and he will 110% hold your hand and answer each doubt that you have. You will be amazed how silly such doubts would be. But during testing times, they seem huge. But if you approach Him with ego and accusations as many did, that’s exactly what He will project. Because He is a true mirror. He has nothing to prove. The tradition allows your free will if you’ve made up your mind to disconnect.

There were many who said that they have surrendered to the tradition and the tradition says that disconnecting is the right path. How very funny 🙂 sometimes they say that Sai Baba bought them to Mohanji and once their faith shakes they say that Sai Baba said that there is no need for an external Guru. How can you discard the living Guru in front of you because your mind fluctuates? And never bother to clarify with Him directly? What kind of surrender is this? When all this was happening, I was shocked and saddened to hear the accusations on Mohanji, on so many others and on me. Mohanji told me, “Palak, people don’t understand unconditionality. They cannot imagine a relationship without any hidden agendas.” For years, since college Mohanji had protected me and blessed me. I had numerous miracles of His grace before moving to Pune. I have felt what true love feels like – unemotional, joyful, fearless, empowered, radiating and unconditional – all of this from the time I met Mohanji. My life got meaning since the first time I asked Him my first question. How could I suddenly deny all my experiences?

My near and dear ones are very accepting and okay with my life choices now. There is a lot of love and support from them as well. But when I was tested and life was tough, none of these people were there. None of them could understand what I was going through. None of them were ready to accept my free will. Mohanji, being a true Master knew how tough it was for me karmically and supported my journey. Most of what passes for love in this world is conditional – with expectations. But I have tasted that unconditional love from Mohanji especially when I needed it most and He never expected anything from me in return nor have I repaid Him in any significant way. Right from helping me get independent, stabilizing me personally and professionally, helping me get life skills and being my father, mother, friend and guide through thin more than thick. And I am so grateful for that. I thank Him deeply for unconditionally assisting me in my journey without expectation. I can proclaim this, without a shadow of doubt, that I am today where I am because of Mohanji and I can never be grateful enough or forget that ever.

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I end this article with the lyrics of the Krishna Das song – “Mere Gurudev” (My Guru Lord) which sums up my gratitude for Mohanji.

Mere Gurudev, charanon par sumana shraddha ke arpit hai

Tere he dena hai jo hai wahi tujhko samarpit hai

My Gurudev, I offer these flowers of my faith at your feet

Whatever I have, you have given to me, and I dedicate it all to you.

Na priti hai pratiti hai, nahi puja ki shakti hai

Mera yeh man, mera yeh tan, mera kan kan samarpit hai

I have no love, nor do I know you.

I don’t even have the strength to worship you,

But this mind of mine, this body of mine,

my every atom is dedicated to you.

Tum he ho bhaav may mere, vicharon may, pukaron may

Banaale yantra ab mujhko mere sarvatra samarpit hai

You are the only one in my heart and my thoughts.

You are the one who I call out to.

Now Make me your instrument…all I am I offer to you.

With endless love,

Palak Mehta

I am always with you

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By Mitesh Khatiwala

Most people who have been around Mohanji have always heard him say, “Don’t worry. I am always with you.” While comforting, most people casually interpret it as a manner of speaking. However, some of us who have had the good fortune and grace to be around Him for a while know that He means it when He says it to anyone. Recently I had the benefit of experiencing the efficacy of that statement through a couple of events in this year and last. The first was the amazing Badrinath with Mohanji pilgrimage in 2016 – part pilgrimage, part adventure, part edge seat view to nature’s fury, part … (you get the picture) and the other was an amazing occurrence during casual interactions with a colleague back home in South Africa. Without further ado, here are the events.

Badrinath with Mohanji 2016 – August 2016

Mohanji had planned the Badrinath trip in 2016 before the Kailash pilgrimage to help pilgrims acclimatize better before the grueling Inner Kora. Other people apart from the Kailash participants were also welcome to join. The timing for the Badrinath trip couldn’t have been worse since there were cloudbursts leading to landslides and floods in the area. The weather was completely unpredictable which sent the logistics haywire. The trip was full of adventure and we had to use a couple of extra days, than planned earlier, for travel due to the inclement weather. Hence, we were left with only one day to do the places surrounding Badrinath. There are primarily two clusters of important places in Badrinath – one is Charan Paduka, Neelkanth Parbat, etc up in the mountains and the other cluster (Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, etc) is on the route to Mana village (Mana is the last Indian village on the China/Tibet border). Since both are at opposite sides of Badrinath, doing both in one day is not feasible. Hence, it was decided that half the group would do Mana and the other half would do Charan Paduka. Mohanji went with the group that went to Charan Paduka. Since the climb is steep, the group that headed to Charan Paduka had to ensure that people joining the group had to be relatively fit to undertake the climb.

I couldn’t join the group to Charan Paduka as I had kept the heater on in my room the entire night and due to that was feeling very nauseous. I somehow went to the reception area of the hotel and saw Mamu and Kedar. From them, I got to know that Devi Maa is also at the hotel. I went to a roadside shop and got 2 packets of biscuits and ate them. After about 45 mins or so, I was feeling better. Mamu informed about the visit to Mana village and around to visit Vyas Gufa, Ganesh gufa, etc. Mamu arranged for a taxi to take us to Mana village. It was me, Mamu, Devi Maa, Vigneshwaran and Kedar. The trip was very leisurely. We were chitchatting all along and posing for pictures wherever we got a chance. I was busy taking pictures of the group all along the way. When we were heading towards Vyas Gufa after visiting Ganesh Gufa, we took a halt to admire the scenic beauty and were clicking pictures of the same. I noticed that the sky was amazed by its beauty. I decided to take a picture of it and took a few shots. I didn’t check my pictures closely at that time. We continued with our visit, visited all the gufas and surrounding places and then returned back.

After sometime, I was looking at the pictures taken earlier and noticed a peculiar thing in one of the pictures taken en route to Ganesh Gufa. The cloud shapes in the sky showed a clear face of Mohanji. His face high up in the clouds was as prominent as we see in a photo. When I showed it Mohanji when He returned to the hotel, He said that one of the devotees was thinking of Him very intensely and hence He came there in the form of clouds. I later showed the picture to Mamuji (Narinder Rohmetra). He said that he was worried about Mohanji considering the steep climb to Charan Paduka and was thinking of Mohanji around the same time. Our happiness knew no bounds. As always Mohanji tells us, “I am always with you wherever you go.”

Total solar eclipse – August 21st 2017

At work, most of the people I interact with on a daily basis know that I follow Mohanji. A few of them talk to me to try and understand a bit more about Him. One of my colleagues was interested to know more about Mohanji. Even though she was from a Christian background, she had always been seeking and exploring alternative spiritual philosophies especially Buddhism. She has been going through the videos on Mohanji’s YouTube Channel as well as the Mohanji.org website regularly. The topics of our discussion sometimes were around Mohanji.

Recently there was a total solar eclipse on August 21st which was visible mostly in the USA and surrounding regions. A few days before the solar eclipse, she had a few questions regarding the eclipse and I directed her to different blogs and YouTube videos of Mohanji. During the eclipse, she messaged me a live picture of the eclipse that was sent by her friend from the USA. I took a casual look at the picture but did not notice anything in particular. Our conversations on the eclipse and about Mohanji continued for some time. During this time, she happened to use that pic as her profile pic on Whatsapp. When I happened to take a closer look, I noticed Mohanji‘s face appearing next to the Sun. That was when I looked again at the picture she has sent me earlier and noticed that I could clearly see Mohanji‘s face. I wondered how I missed this seemingly obvious observation earlier.

I immediately wrote to her that if she knew that Mohanji is always with you. She was curious to know why I said that. Using an imaging application, I circled Mohanji‘s face on the picture she had sent me earlier and sent the updated picture back to her. I again told her, “See! Mohanji is always with you!” Now when she saw the picture again, she was really amazed and bewildered. Since then, her faith in Mohanji has increased manifold and so has my belief in Mohanji’s oft-quoted statement, “I am always with you”

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A Powerful Master of the Nath Tradition: Remembering Vasudevan Swami

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By Madhusudan Rajagopalan

Today (July 12) marks the first anniversary of the passing away of Vasudevan Swami, the frail and humble priest of the Nath Mandir in Vajreshwari. Vasudevan Swami was not a famous Master, at least not in the conventional sense. However, this saint was very well-known within the broader Mohanji family, as Mohanji would always talk about him lovingly as a prime, living example of bhakti (devotion). Though he was physically frail, his power came from his pure devotion and surrender. Those who had the good fortune of meeting him would attest to his stature – I do not know anyone who ever came back from a visit to his abode without rich blessings and immense internal peace.

Vasudevanji, a powerful and loving saint at the Nath mandir at Vajreshwari 1a

Sri Vasudevan Swami was a religiously devout person from a very young age. He worked in Mumbai for most of his life. He eschewed all forms of material pleasures to focus completely on his devotions to the Lord. People would chide him for his single-minded focus and would try to lure him towards, wine, women and other pleasures. They reasoned with him that he was wasting his youth since this was the time to indulge in these pleasures. However, he turned his back on them and continued with his practices and devotions in spite of their ridicule. He got connected and became a staunch devotee of Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. Interestingly, even though he lived during Bhagavan Nityananda’s lifetime and prayed deeply to Bhagavan Nityananda, Swamiji only reached Ganeshpuri after Bhagavan Nityananda’s mahasamadhi (a saint’s conscious exit from the body). The proximity of Ganeshpuri, being a few hours away from Mumbai, allowed Swamiji to come there often to pay his respects to Bhagavan Nityananda. Once, he prayed to Bhagavan Nityananda to keep him permanently in Ganeshpuri.

Through divine intervention, Bhagavan Nityananda arranged for him to be the Mahant (priest) of the powerful Nath temple in Vajreshwari (the temple town next to Ganeshpuri). He moved there in the mid-80s to live in a little room within the temple premises. This powerful Nath temple is virtually unknown even among the people who live right across the temple. Bhagavan Nityananda stayed here when he first came to this region before he finally moved and made Ganeshpuri his residence. Matsyendranath and Gorakshanath, the Nath Gurus, are believed to have done tapas (intense penance) at this spot for over 2 months to appease the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother blessed them with her darshan (holy sighting) and gave Gorakshanath the blessing to work on the Nath Rahasya (the most important work of the Nath tradition). This temple has the holy padukas of Bhagavan Nityananda (blessed by Baba Himself) as well as the padukas of Matsyendranath and Gorakshanath. Swamiji dedicated his last 30+ years to loving service of this temple.

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Much has been written and shared about Vasudevan Swami, both by Mohanji Himself as well as by several other devotees who visited him over the years. Readers can check these old articles for more information:

Mohanji on Bhagavan Nityananda

The Power of Devotion

A Tribute to Sri Vasudevan

I first met Swamiji sometime in 2015, based on Mohanji’s guidance, after a visit to Bhagavan Nityananda’s Samadhi in Ganeshpuri. Subsequently, I had the opportunity to meet him many times as I live in Mumbai which is only a couple of hours away. He showered immense love and poured out blessings on us because we were Mohanji’s children. He took special care of us diligently showing us around the temple, letting us know the latest divine beings who came since we last came (to satisfy our inquisitive questioning :-)) and spending as much time with us as we wanted. He would also give his special vibhuti (sacred ash) from the incense sticks that he offered to the Masters during aarati. It had wonderful miraculous powers and had cured many people, offered protection to others and solved issues for many more. He would also offer special prayers to the Lord if you requested for them. Mohanji used to say that his prayers were commands to the Lord because of the pure selfless devotion with which they were rendered. Mohanji said that his prayers were simple, “My dear Lord, this is my request. Make it happen.” 🙂 🙂

His thought had tremendous power of manifestation. Once Mohanji was in Mumbai and suddenly said, “We need to go to Ganeshpuri. I would like to see Vasudevan Swamy.” When Mohanji met him, Vasudevan Swamy, as usual, received him with immense love. While they were chatting, he told Mohanji that some people from the Nityananda trust had gifted him with a nice shawl and some books in English the day before. He had wondered to Bhagavan Nityananda about what he was supposed to do with the books and even the shawl (since he only wore simple and almost tattered clothing). Bhagavan Nityananda told him to give it to Mohanji. He told Bhagavan, “Mohanji is always traveling around the world. How am I supposed to reach him?”. Bhagavan did not respond to his query. He said I was just thinking, in the morning, about how to reach you. Mohanji laughed and told Swamiji, “Swamiji, you were not just thinking. Your thoughts got me so restless in Mumbai that I had to come here. You literally dragged me here.” 🙂 🙂

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Sometime in March 2016, we had a weekend program with Mohanji in Ganeshpuri. On the last day of the program, before leaving for Mumbai, Mohanji went to meet Vasudevan Swamy in the morning. Before leaving for the Nath temple, Mohanji arranged to have some breakfast from the retreat (dosas and chutney) packed for him. Swamiji was overwhelmed when Mohanji gave him the packed breakfast. He said, “Mohanji, you got me breakfast. I don’t know what to say. You must have it with me.” Mohanji told him that this was only for him and he should have all of it by himself. Swamiji said, “I won’t feel good to eat it alone if you are here with me.” So Mohanji said, “In that case, I will leave so you can have the breakfast in peace.”

This time he came to drop us to the temple door which he seldom did. He had tears in his eyes. He told Mohanji, “I want you to know two things. 1. There is never a day that goes by when I don’t think of you 2. Always remember Bhagavan Nityananda walks with you.” This was very similar to the words of Baba Ganeshananda Giri. He had also said, “Always remember that wherever you go, I am behind you and my master, Shirdi Sai Baba, is always behind you.” When we left the temple, Mohanji told us that this meant that Vasudevan Swamy’s time was near and this was their last physical meeting. Mohanji said that Swamiji wouldn’t be around for too long and asked us to take care of him and his needs as best as we could. Accordingly, we visited him a couple of times over the next few months and provided him with some groceries and other basic needs.

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One fine day, I received a message from Mohanji (who was then in Croatia) that Vasudevan Swami was very unwell and ready to drop his body any moment. This was on July 4th at about 3 pm. I was in a meeting at my workplace. I immediately acknowledged his message and then, somewhat stupidly, asked him if I could go the next day to see him. I guess I was trying to be intelligent and to optimize my work schedule with this situation. He asked me what would be the use of that if Vasudevan Swami was leaving his body as we were speaking! Well, I then felt what can only be described as a loving slap on the face. 🙂 That did the job of beating the tamas out of me. Tamas is anything that causes postponement. For sure, Mohanji’s sharp question brought urgency to the fore and reset priorities in my head! I rearranged my schedule immediately and headed home to leave for Ganeshpuri. I learnt that Dr. Gajanan was with Swamiji and had been trying to feed Swamiji. Swamiji was struggling to even move from his bed.

Dr. Gajanan is a reputed homoeopath and he had communicated Swamiji’s ailment to Mohanji through one of his homoeopathy students in Serbia. So though I was in Mumbai and Dr Gajanan was in Ganeshpuri (just 60km from Mumbai), the route taken by the message was Ganeshpuri – Serbia – Croatia – Mumbai; goes to show that when an important message has to be delivered, distance doesn’t matter and a way is always found! As I was on my way to Ganeshpuri, Mohanji had given me only one clear directive, “We are his relatives. Do whatever it takes to help him.” So as we headed to Ganeshpuri, we coordinated with Dr Gajanan so that we could pool together to support Swamiji in any possible manner. We were also concerned about reaching on time, given the heavy rains over the last few days. We finally reached Vajreshwari around 5.30pm.

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We were shocked to see how much Swamiji had shrunk from his already frail frame. He told us about how he had taken ill a few days ago, just after he completed a bhandara (food seva for a large group) at the Nityananda Trust. Soon after that, he said he sat down and since then he had been unable to move around, unless someone helped him. He said he didn’t have much time left and was praying to Baba (Bhagavan Nityananda) to take him soon. Though he was weak, he was fully in control and very clear about his plans. He said “Bahut seva kiya hai. Ab jaane ka time hai” (I have done a lot of service. It is now time for me to go).

Meanwhile before we reached, Dr. Gajanan had arranged for Swamiji to speak to Mohanji on the phone so that Mohanji could convey his respects to Swamiji. Swamiji sent his blessings to Mohanji. As Mohanji wrote in a private group, “I spoke to him. He said he did not want to be admitted in the hospital. He wanted to leave his body in the temple at Bhagawan’s feet. He said he always thinks about me and wanted to hear my voice one last time. He said that his blessings are always with me. This was so touching”. Mohanji asked us to check if Swamiji would like dosa and chutney or any other food that he felt like eating in his current state. He also asked us to offer fruits, gangajal (sacred water from the river Ganga)  and coconut water to him.

It was almost 7pm by then and I wasn’t sure if the local stores would be open, especially given the weather conditions then. In any case, I decided to check and thankfully, I was able to get gangajal, coconut water as well as flowers for the temple shrine. When I offered the gangajal to Swamiji, he gratefully accepted it and said “Thank you. This is my medicine.” We told his attendant to give him the coconut water later, and then took his leave after a while. That’s when we realized that the rains had stopped while we were on our way so that we were able to reach on time, meet Dr Gajanan, Swamiji, coordinate with Mohanji and get Gangajal for him – another 30-40 minute delay and none of this would have been possible. As Mohanji pointed out, “Nath leela” was in play!

Sri Vasudevan 4 July 2016

Before we left, we also asked Swamiji how he would like his body to be dealt with once he left – would he want a samadhi or would he prefer to be cremated. This might be a squeamish conversation for most of us, but I had realized from my earlier experience with Swami Ganeshananda Giri that saints don’t care about their body and deal with it in a matter-of-fact way. Vasudevan Swami was very clear that he didn’t want a Samadhi; he said “Who will take care of the Samadhi? Why trouble people? Just burn the body.” Since our trip to Badrinath was coming up in a few weeks, we asked him if he would like his ashes to be consigned to the holy Ganga, which he gladly agreed to. He also asked us to do a bhandara (food seva) in Ganeshpuri. So the plan was then clear – when he decided to drop his body, he would be cremated, his ashes would be distributed between Nashik (Godavari) and Rishikesh (Ganga), and we would do a food seva on his behalf.

I decided to come back the next day (July 5th) morning to check on Swamiji. When I visited him, a local shopkeeper was at the Nath mandir talking to Swamiji. Swamiji was talking to him about me and saying that I was going to visit him. Five minutes later, I entered. When I left the previous day, I had not planned on coming back and had certainly not shared that with Swamiji. Yet he knew I was going to come. Well, for a saint who calls deities like Hanumanji and Lord Krishna just with his devotion, I suppose calling mere mortals like me should have been child’s play! This time around, I brought him food from home (idlis + chutney) as well as more Gangajal. We had collected this gangajal ourselves from the river Ganga in front of Vashishta Caves, Rishikesh. Hence, its authenticity was guaranteed. He drank the gangajal immediately and said that he would eat the idlis later. He also looked noticeably brighter. Mohanji later explained that this was a sign of the soul shining bright and his last physical glow before leaving.

While I was sitting with Swamiji, he spoke about the arrangements he had made already. He had given cheques to the trust to take care of his cremation. He was also keen to give away his possessions stored in his little cupboard. He gifted us with a few dhotis and towels – these were then distributed among fellow members of the Mohanji family as precious blessings. I also took down the details of the nearby shopkeeper so that we could coordinate for collection of his ashes whenever the final moment arrived. This was a strange setting – a day ago, we were filled with sadness that Swamiji may not be around for much longer, and also if we would even get to see him. A day later, the mode was all about practicality, action and how to deal with the eventuality of when Swamiji would actually leave. This again was a sign that the Nath tradition was at work here – all purpose, no nonsense, no emotional drama – purely focused on the present moment and on the work that needed to get done.

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When I was leaving Swamiji, he said “It feels good to meet our people. Come again tomorrow”. I hadn’t planned on that, but once Swamiji said it, that became an order. I soon realized that the next day (July 6) was a holiday on occasion of Eid (the Muslim holy festival). Hence, it would be actually easier to come down without having to worry about schedules, etc. So, I went again on July 6th and took some sevaiyya kheer (milk-based dessert with semolina that is served during Eid) for him. This day, my timing was such that I reached late morning and spent a couple of hours with him. He confirmed that he was drinking Gangajal twice a day – this was considered important as a purification process before leaving the body. On the day before, another group had come to visit him and given him a rudraksha mala from Kathmandu. Swamiji had begun to wear this mala since then.

It was as if he was just going through a series of steps before the final moment. He kept talking about how it was just a matter of time now, and he was praying to Baba to take him soon. Finally around 1230pm, he asked to eat the kheer and I had the opportunity to feed him. In terms of timing, it couldn’t have been better as Bhagavan Nityananda’s noon aarti ends around 12:30, so it was as if one was offering to Baba Himself after His arati. Mohanji had remarked earlier about the perfect synchronization that is characteristic of the Nath tradition. The events of these days with Vasudevan Swami were clear evidence of how this worked.

Finally, I left the Nath Mandir that day (July 6, 2016) after taking Swamiji’s blessings, and conveying to him that we were available to help him with anything. By this time, many people in our Mohanji community had come to know about his illness so there was a stream of visitors already. Our friends Jeanetta and Deva from the Fire Mountain Retreat (in Nimboli, near Ganeshpuri) had visited him the previous day and were seeing him regularly. The local shopkeepers were doing their bit. Dr. Gajanan had agreed to take turns and visit him in the coming days as I was travelling out of Mumbai later that week. I intended to come back and meet him when I returned to Mumbai after a week.

In the next few days, things stayed more or less the same. Swamiji would eat a little bit of kanji (porridge) now and then. On his next visit, Dr Gajanan gave him some protein powder in milk to compensate for his weight loss. But Swamiji wasn’t getting any better. I last spoke to him on the 7th of July, a day after I met him. And finally I learnt via Dr Gajanan on July 12th that he had breathed his last around 11am. The gentle saint had finally passed away peacefully in his own temple, just as he had wanted.

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While this was sad news at one level, we had been expecting it, so the immediate priority shifted to our duties – we had to procure his ashes so that we could consign them to the holy Ganga river. Since I wasn’t in Mumbai at this time, we had to coordinate with the local people. Dr Gajanan asked his contact to collect some ashes. I had asked Swamiji’s attendant to keep some ashes for us, and the local shopkeeper I had met the previous week was also going to collect some ashes for us. Mohanji had asked us to ensure that the ashes were authentic, so we had to be doubly sure that there was no mix-up of any kind. I was hopeful that with three different contact points, this was taken care of.

We also had to arrange for the bhandara (food seva) at the Nityananda Sansthan and I began that process. It so happened that July was a busy month, with the occasion of Guru Purnima (July 19) as well as Bhagavan Nityananda’s Samadhi day (Aug 8) coming up. Our initial attempts to get the dates for this bhandara threw up dead ends – Guru Purnima day booked out, day 28 (coincided with Aug 8 = Bade Baba’s Samadhi day) or day 41 (Aug 21) were unavailable too. We wanted an early date, ideally before we left for the Badrinath trip, but there were no dates in July. Anyway, we put out a prayer to make this work out, just like everything else had worked out till then, and let it be. And lo and behold, I got a call back on the same day that July 27-28 (Wed-Thu) had suddenly opened up in the calendar. This was perfect for us as it was just a few days before we had to leave and we immediately blocked those dates.

Soon, I called up our local contacts to let them know that we would pick up the ashes on those days. To my shock, the first 2 people (Dr Gajanan’s contact and Swamiji’s attendant) mentioned that they had already consigned it to the river as they couldn’t keep it beyond 10 days. Desperately, I called up the local shopkeeper to check on his quota of ashes, and my call was just in the nick of time. He said he had been wondering what to do with it and, thanks to my call, he would now keep it carefully till we arrived. I then understood why we had to ask 3 different people to collect the ashes. If this third person hadn’t collected and stored it, our promise to Swamiji may have remained unfulfilled. But then the shadow of the Nath tradition’s grace was over us and ensured that all hurdles were crossed. On the appointed date (July 27-28), the bhandara was done in a grand fashion as per Swamiji’s wishes. We distributed photos of Swamiji to all the participants in the food seva and left another set at the Nath mandir, so that future visitors would also get to know about this great saint.

Soon, we were on our way to Badrinath. During our visit, we arranged for another food seva in Badrinath in honour of Vasudevan Swami. On our way back, we stopped at Vashishta Caves in Rishikesh to pay our respects to the shrine there and to take a dip in the holy Ganga. After we finished our holy dips, Mohanji took Vasudevan Swami’s ashes and finally consigned them to the river.

Since the Badrinath yatra was followed by the Kailash yatra, we also had the opportunity to offer Swamiji’s photo to holy Mansarovar lake as well as to the sacred Kailash mountain during the Inner Kora pilgrimage. At Rishikesh, after the dips in Ganga, Mohanji said “I’ve done my job”. With the further prayers in the most sacred places on earth, this could only mean that Swamiji was now nestled in Bhagavan Nityananda’s lap in the higher worlds.

For those interested in visiting the Nath mandir in Vajreshwari, please go ahead and do this at your earliest convenience. I have visited a few times after Swamiji’s demise and the temple is well-maintained by the trust. The local caretaker (Swamiji’s attendant) is a simple soul who goes about his job with great sincerity and welcomes people very warmly. As before, this temple is not known to many people and only the genuine seekers find their way there.

I consider myself blessed that I had the opportunity to meet and serve a pure Nath saint such as Vasudevan Swami. We have so much to learn from this modern day Hanuman, and his life was an example of selfless service and devotion. If only we can adapt some of this to our own lives, we would be doing ourselves (and therefore our society) a great service. My gratitude to Brahmarishi Mohanji for providing this opportunity to me, as it is only His grace that set this up.

Mohanji and the Avadhoota of the Nath temple

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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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The Ten Commandments of Being Mohanji

The scriptures say, “It is extremely rare to get a human birth. Among human beings, it is extremely rare to have a desire for spiritual evolution. Among those who have the desire for spiritual evolution, it is extremely rare to get meet a Guru (a Master connected to the Source as opposed to an acharya or teacher). Among those that meet a Guru, it is extremely rare to get to follow a real Guru and, thus, have His protection.” We are all extremely fortunate to have the grace of a Guru like Mohanji in our lives. He is what we want Him to be for us – a father, a friend, a mother, a son, a brother and at all times a perfect mirror and a constant, unconditionally loving guide, reminding us to walk the sacred path of liberation.

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The greatest gift any disciple can give their Master is to live the Master’s teachings. The best way we follow Mohanji’s teachings is to Be Mohanji since He is a perfect demonstration of living His teachings. Being Mohanji is often talked about but not easy to implement. Why is it so? The answer is that we usually look, comprehend and react through the distorted perceptions of our mind thus becoming subjective, prejudiced and often judgmental. This distances us from being universal – from being Mohanji.

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Based on an observation of how He conducts Himself, these are a few pointers that I thought will help us to connect with Mohanji deeply and help explore His consciousness purposefully:

  1. Accept people

Mohanji never judges another. He accepts people as they are. Meeting and parting are karma bound. Each new meeting is a clean slate for Him sans judgments and untarnished by past experiences. So the word rejection does not exist in His dictionary. Even for people who have wronged Him blatantly and repeatedly in the past. He often repeats what Vittal Babaji once told Him, “In our tradition, there is only Aao beta (Come, my child). Never jaao beta (Go away, my child).” Similarly, we should allow and accept people gracefully. If we become Mohanji, we are expressing unity and universality. If people bother us, it means that we are still expressing the individual and there is a separation between us and Mohanji.

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  1. Be positive.

Anyone who meets Mohanji walks away optimistic and positive no matter how negative they were or what baggage they came with. At the same time, He does not allow their negativity to impact Him. We need to talk positive, walk positive, think positive so that whoever comes to us is positively impacted no matter what their current disposition. Similarly, like His ofte quoted supermarket analogy, we should only buy what we want – we should refuse to take anything inside which is not good for us or accept anything that will sully our inner space.

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  1. No agenda.

Mohanji has zero expectations from people, situations, and life in general. He says that we should not take life too seriously. At the same time, He says that life is the greatest teacher. So He performs His activities with detachment (zero doership) but with perfect awareness. He flows from one moment to the next and tries to achieve fulfilment in every moment. This is difficult, friends. We need to keep being fluid. This is the practice. This helps us being in the present. “Being like water”, as Mohanji says.

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  1. Be Purposeful

How is Mohanji able to physically sustain the crazy travel, non-stop meetings, going out of the way to accommodate people and still find time to answer people across the world and direct the organizational work. The answer is purpose. Mohanji is driven by purpose and purpose alone. With that clarity of focus, nothing can stand in His way. His purpose is the purpose of the Tradition. He considers Himself a projection of the tradition that has been projected for a specific purpose and will be withdrawn when the purpose has been met. At the same time, Mohanji is always clear that it is the Tradition that works through Him. He chooses to be completely empty within and takes no ownership of the activity or the results. Our ultimate purpose is liberation. We should make sure that this is the primary, secondary, final and only purpose at all times. No excesses, no wastage. No inertia. No delay. No Tamas.  We should also ensure that all our actions and expressions are for the higher good and totally unselfish. Purposefulness is also detachment while in action. We are not bound or concerned about our action or the results of action. We should act with conviction consistently for the higher purpose, without attachments.

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  1. Living insignificance

If we observe Mohanji’s life, He always gives preference to people other than Himself and His own family. Believe me, it is tough for His immediate family members. But, they are mature and know they can never own Mohanji. Everybody else is important for Mohanji except Himself. His matters are not a priority at all to Him. This makes our job even more difficult. We ensure His well-being at any cost. People often ignore His kindness of finding time for everybody except Himself. Unfortunately, they take it for granted thinking it to be a weakness or character trait. We have the tough job of standing in the middle to prevent it. As it says in the Bible, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Ganeshananda Giri had said, “The only prayer of a saint is let others be served (or fulfilled) before me.” Humility is the hallmark of spiritual character. Mohanji had once remarked that those who represent Him or are close to Him should grow even more humble. As we deepen our connection with Him, we should express greater humility in our character

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  1. Accept situations

Mohanji accepts everything that comes His way. He never resists anything. Good, bad or ugly, He accepts. Nothing affects Him because He is always in the now. He always responds based on the merits of the situation in the present moment. His life story is a testament to this fact. Even with tragedy after tragedy rocking His life, starting with the death of His dear daughter Ammu, across personal, professional, financial and health fronts, he demonstrated complete acceptance and soldiered on with no bitterness, resentment or negativity. Total acceptance with a cool head makes us more complete. Whatever we resist gives us pain. We should face all fears. We should accept everything that falls on our lap. This is the sign of truly living our tradition. The tradition of Liberation.

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  1. Attitude of Service.

Mohanji does everything with an attitude of service. He never expects anything from anybody. He never considers Himself as significant and that anything he does as a favor to anyone. He does everything wholeheartedly and with an attitude of service and surrender without expectations. This helps keep our ego under our feet always. We need to think beyond ourselves and our family to what value we provide to the world. We take from earth and it is time that we learn to give back in equal measure (if not more). As Mohanji says, “Every day you wake up, ask yourself what more can I give to the world.” At the same time, we should realize that we are doing selfless service for our personal benefit alone since it aids our evolution. If we ever think that we are doing a favor to the world or to Mohanji, we have lost the plot and it won’t help us anymore. It is only when we lose doership and believe that things are happening through us (rather than done by us) that the true magic of deep connection with Mohanji happens.

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  1. Expect Nothing.

This is very important. He does not expect anything from anyone. He just allows life to flow. He is neither really happy or sad about anything in particular. In ALL the cases, He knows exactly what people are up to. Mohanji says, “Always give the very best of what you can give someone when they come in front of you. I always fill them up with the maximum I can give them based on their eligibility.” It does not even bother Him if people do not deliver on their promises or even betray His trust. He always delivers what He can irrespective of their behaviour towards Him. When we expect nothing, we are absolutely free.

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  1. No binding.

He never binds anyone. Usually, the rope that binds is fear. He has no fear nor does he give fear. This is a clear sign of the path of liberation. No fear. No binding. We are always welcome to come or leave. He never binds. At the same time, we need to remember what Yogananda said, “If you consider Me as your Guru, I am all Gurus.” We initially need to dig in several places to find and ensure that we have found a connection to the Source. But once we have found it, we have to dig all the way till we reach the Source. Window shopping and setting shop with multiple Gurus is like a shaking cup – none can fill it. We should follow one Guru and be constant with Him (or Her) because only then can that Guru take us to the final goal.

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  1. Feed the Hungry

Feeding birds, animals, ants, fishes, humans so on and so forth are vital for Mohanji. Where ever he goes, he carries food packets in the car and his favorite question when he meets any person who is old, abandoned or helpless is “Are you hungry?”. Food First. To be Mohanji, we must develop the aspect of always ready to feed the hungry, irrespective of species.

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With Love
Rajesh Kamath

Healing Meditation In Cuenca, Ecuador

By Maja Otovic

On July, 9th 2016, we had a wonderful and transformative experience of Healing Meditation with Swamiji Mohana Bhaktananda from South Africa. Swamiji Bhaktananda is a devotee of Mohanji who conducts Healing Meditations by connecting to Mohanji’s consciousness. Swamiji was guiding 16 participants through this group meditation via Skype. Half the people who came to this meditation had never even heard of Mohanji, and even though Mohanji’s picture was there, they weren’t asking questions. The Power of Purity meditations started in Cuenca only a month and a half prior to this meditation. However, some people from that meditation group couldn’t make it, while many others I met for the first time. An example of this is Mario, who was only dropping his wife by car, and at the last moment simply decided to climb the stairs with her (they had neither heard of Power of Purity meditations nor of Mohanji).

The whole group would like to give our sincere gratitude to Swamiji who was guiding us so lovingly through this experience. People felt really touched by his charming and kind personality. Also, big gratitude to Milica from South Africa, who made this happen even though we were a very new group; to Su, who offered to be a host when she first heard of it and did an amazing job; and to Dionne, who supported this idea from the start. Big thanks to all of the participants, physically present or not, who took part in it and made this lovely magic happen. The final gratitude, of course, goes to Mohanji – the very Source of all healing. But I just don’t know how to say it. It’s just too big to express in words.

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Here are some of the experiences from the participants, in their own words:

Dionne: “I believe the healing meditation began the night before, as I saw much suffering for females in the world for several hours. At the end, I was shown that I could best be of help by going inside and being a light from the Source to these and other situations where I don’t have the power to change them. Then I saw many people from this life and forgave them. I understood that suffering gives an opportunity to awaken from this dream that is ordinary consciousness on earth. Then the only person I wasn’t able to forgive was my father. As the meditation began, I felt the huge powerful energy of the group and a great heart link to Swamiji. He was delightful, light and endearing, very present with us and funny too. The first thing that happened was that the “ice wall” that was around me about my father broke up and came down. Then I began seeing a big beautiful magenta light, then emerald green, then back and forth, until they merged. Then my heart energy grew and grew until it pushed far outside of my body.

I felt the awareness of God’s presence in my belly, up and down my spine and the aura surrounding me. I was in a beautiful bubble of light source energy. Protected and safe, in well-being and love. I breathed in and out, surrender-acceptance, surrender-acceptance. My neck twisted around and around and released knotted up karma. I allowed the karma of this and past lives to be collected in the wood in my hand and then burned up in the fire. I was shown to be a conscious light source of God energy into the world for those I can assist and those whose suffering I cannot directly help. I was aware of Consciousness within me, intense presence, and focused awareness. The feeling of Divine Source expressing through me. Thank you with all my heart!”

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Andrea: “When Maja invited me to the healing meditation, I felt it was going to be a huge blessing in my life. But the experience itself exceeded all my expectations. I have been working in my spiritual path for 17 years and after trying several paths, I gave up for 5 years. I am a woman who had suffered the impact of a controlling and sexist society. Deep in my heart, I had lots of resentment without even knowing it. During the healing meditation, I was transported in the most kind and loving manner to my past lives, where I had chosen to be a woman, and I could see that the resentment was in my soul for very long. I have experienced so much abuse and sacrifice for others because of my female status. Even now, my life has been full of abuse and I have avoided speaking out my truth aloud, so as not to upset or make others feel uncomfortable. Swamiji was so kind and loving while supporting us during the meditation. His simple technique resolved my never ending pattern of not speaking my truth as a woman. I’m so blessed to be a woman and understand my life purpose as such. Thank you for this amazing experience.”

Gloria: “Yesterday I had an experience that was completely different from anything I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t have the right words to express it. The only thing I can say is that with each breath, and with my heart and mind open to God, my body and each and every cell of my body vibrated. I could feel life vibrating within me. I could feel the suffering in some parts of my body because they were in pain and under pressure. It was a unique experience. I felt my body could explode from all the energy, all the life. In the end, there was peace, tranquility, gratefulness, and the pain was gone. I felt full of energy and in harmony with myself, without any fear. I can only express gratitude for this opportunity I was given to feel something new, something profound.”

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PMB: “During the Healing meditation, I felt pain in my back and in the back of my head. Then, it was like someone was attacking me. I felt it vividly, and I was afraid. Swamiji led me through it by calling my name and telling me to let it go at the right time.  The whole healing meditation was about one hour and twenty minutes, but for me time literally flew.  After that, I felt light, really light, like a burden was taken from my shoulders. And now, I’m managing pressure in a different way. I’m not experiencing anxiety as I was a few months ago. And now I have the feeling that Mohanji is closer to me.  I’m eager to continue practicing the Power of Purity Meditation.”

Poe’s experience written by his wife Dionne: “Poe had difficulty breathing during the healing meditation and felt and saw his chest encased in a hard shell, like a turtle shell.
Swamiji spoke to him directly saying “Breathe deeply, Poe, breathe deeply.” After that, the shell broke open and he has been able to breathe well since. After returning home, he went to bed with fever and chills and vomited during the night. He stayed in bed the next day with chills, fever, headache, heartburn and vomited again. He took nothing orally, not even water. The following day he was in bed again, although was able to take sips of water and blended soup. He thought this ‘sickness’ was in response to the meditation and that his heart chakra had expanded and opened. He’s waiting to see what other feelings and messages come to him.’’

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After a week, Dionne added: ‘’ Since the healing meditation, my husband hasn’t had a single drink. Not even one. He noticed that his sugar craving was also gone. He recently had a dream about no longer eating meat, as had I, so we decided not to eat meat anymore. This has all been very easy since the healing meditation. No alcohol, no craving sugar, no eating meat and our appetite is no longer so strong. We get mildly hungry but not ravenously so. This is a wonderful development.’’

I would also like to share my own experience, and what happened in the following days. From the very start of the meditation, I could feel my heart expanding and a lovely energy that made me so happy. I was singing almost throughout the whole meditation. Sometimes it was a humming sound, and sometimes high-pitched tones that I make when I meditate as well. The sound was traveling upwards, or was oriented in the heart region, and sometimes in the throat part. The throat area was where the tone was unclear and would often break. I could feel a big ball in there, a big block that I knew I have. As Swamiji was guiding participants one by one, I would sometimes stop the singing in order to translate. In general, I felt simply happy and light. At some point, it was my turn. The moment Swamiji said my name, things started developing. It happened quite quickly and effortlessly. I started screaming. Like really loud. I could feel something going out from the lower part of my back and climbing up. There were only a few screams, but big ones.

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As I was sitting on the floor, my upper part of the body melted completely on the yoga mat. I was totally fine. I did not feel any fear, or worry, apart from the ones “what are the others thinking now?”, and “Am I disturbing anyone?”. I could hear Swamiji chanting a mantra, and I was already looking forward to feeling the effect of this cleansing. I should explain that I already had cleansings where I would scream like that. It happened earlier in March, and it was a whole series of it – every few days another session, and more screaming. Lots of it got out, but I was feeling far less calm then. That one was not an easy thing for me, as I was alone (the wonderful woman working with me was on the other side of the screen), and as I was facing some of my biggest fears. This one with Swamiji was without any stress. Afterwards, I cried for a few moments , and as soon as I could take the first deep breath, I was back to that happy and lovely place. I just spontaneously continued singing, trying to deal with that ball that was still in my throat.

The ending of the meditation was very powerful for me, as Swamiji was praying for us. He said we were as a group most connected to Jesus, so he was praying to Him. I could not translate at that point, as I felt I couldn’t move. I don’t remember the beginning, so I’ll write only the second part because I owe these words to our Spanish-speaking participants, “…and I pray to Jesus that he removes all the blockages from you. I pray to Jesus that you have the same strength that He had. And I pray most of all that this is your last incarnation on Earth.”

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After the meditation, a couple of us shared our experiences, and I felt the need to say to the others that I was totally okay. Swamiji said that a huge cleansing had taken place, and that my blocks were mainly from this life and the emotional suffering I’d been through. We could still feel the beautiful energy in the room as we were having some snacks and meeting each other – as most of us didn’t even know each other’s names. 🙂

For me, and some others as well, the meditation did not stop there. In the following period, I was going further through the process. Thanks to the removal of that block down my spine, I could breathe and get enough energy. Swamiji said that I’ll feel the difference in my shoulders. Before, I could not sit up straight, as there was a blocking knot in my spine which was now gone. I felt so much lighter and spacious from within. In the next few days, I faced a lot of emotional baggage that I was carrying. Up on the surface came the feelings of not being loved, of being considered unworthy. I cried the suffering through very difficult times. I was also facing the negativity from the recent period which was there for me to bring to surface the emotions from my past that I was projecting now, and releasing them.

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I felt deep gratitude for this opportunity. I remembered how someone taught me to take responsibility for everything that happens in our life. I remembered how, through the assistance of others, I gained the perspective on past lives that has helped me detach from this character that I am playing in this life, and to understand the given lessons with more clarity. I accepted that everything was and is my choice, and that in the grand scale it serves the purpose of my growth. I was facing the guilt of all the pain I’d been through, of accepting who knows when the role of the victim, and of forgetting that I couldn’t be anything apart from the Oneness and Unity. I was embracing with gratitude people and events from my past.

On this beautiful journey, I have had a big support and help of many people. Some of those I have never met, nor can I explain the connection that is felt. During one of the meditations on Mohanji’s retreat I was somewhere deep in my heart. I didn’t know where I went, but I ‘came back’ feeling lots of gratitude for everyone who was there. I felt the strong need to tell them how beautiful and magnificent they all are. A couple of years later, I was reading someone’s blog on Mohanji and it took me to that same place. It was like a different dimension. I experienced Unity with everyone connected to Mohanji. I felt expanded, as if just being a wave of that wonderful energy of Love – without being Me, but Being All of Us as that Love. I would like to thank you all for sharing your Light and Love. It has meant a lot to me. 🙂

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Please, I don’t mean to say that this Love is limited only to those who know Mohanji one way or the other. Several friends have contacted me in those couple of days before the Healing meditation saying they were all of a sudden strongly thinking of me. Thank you for tuning in, and being there with us. As you saw, He is way beyond any man-made boundaries such as religion or culture. Through Him, we can connect to any Master that our heart calls for. They are all One. All are Love.

Another experience that happened a few days after the meditation was only an expression of that truth. I was reading Mohanji’s blog on Vasudevan Swamy, and as I was looking at the eyes of Vasudevan Swamy, a completely new experience for me happened. First I heard chanting, and I immediately started chanting myself. Then the energy started flowing in the upper part of my head while I just kept looking at his eyes.  Vasudevan Swamy’s face began transforming. It was changing again and again. It was transforming into faces of many, many Masters. I could clearly see Mohanji several times, but there were many other Masters, and I don’t even dare to say I was able to recognize who they were. Some I didn’t even know.

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This play continued for a few minutes; it just went on and on. The energy was getting stronger, and I didn’t know if I could handle it. My physical system was really pushed, and I still feel the effect of it. All of these Masters are One, and that is why it does not matter to which one of them we connect to, nor what religion we belong to. In Mohanji’s words, “There are not “many” masters. There is only One Master and His or Her many manifestations. The various forms are an illusion. Your mission in this lifetime is to stay linked to the unmanifested behind all manifestations.”

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Thank you my Ecuadorian Family, you made all this possible. I am so grateful to you for all the Love that you created. It is so beautiful.

Eternal Gratitude, Dearest Mohanji. All Your Grace. Love Always, Beyond anything.

Love to All,
Maja Otovic

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Meeting the Master in Shirdi

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By Martin Simonovski

Continuing from the Pune leg. The morning after the sleepless night spent exchanging business ideas with Palak, we slowly started to take the luggage out of the complex of Mohanji Baba’s Ashram. A long trip of several hours to Shirdi awaited us.

After the ride, we finally arrived at the hotel Jivanta in Shirdi. We left the luggage with the receptionist where Milica met us. Later, we headed together with Barbara to the hall where the retreat was taking place. While walking I noticed that there were posters on the walls notifying people, “Please maintain silence”.

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As soon as I entered the hall, tears started brimming over. The energy was indescribably strong and I started crying even more. Mohanji Baba was glowing with such a great intensity that it could melt even the toughest heart. Love overflowed completely. When he turned around, I felt as if the sun came down on the Earth to bathe us in love and bliss. At the same moment, I felt another sun rising straight out from my heart and shining. The tears didn’t stop. That was the strongest energy that I had felt so far.

The participants who were present spoke about their experiences with Mohanji Baba. I heard many stories that made my heart melt even more. The hall didn’t have room for anything but love. I could write a book about this moment and still be unable to describe the energy that was present in that room. Many people shared their experiences about how Mohanji Baba had changed their lives completely. Experiences were shared wholeheartedly. Even today while writing this text, tears start to drop at the sheer thought of me being present in such a place full of love. With every thought of those moments, I go back to the paradise which could only be ruled by love.

After the participants shared their experiences, I went to say hello to Mohanji Baba. After the certificates were distributed, we went to the dining hall along with the other participants. The food was very delicious, as usual. 😀 After lunch, I settled myself in the hotel room and volunteered to help out with the preparation for the event to be held the following day. So, I went downstairs where the public satsang was held. Along with Mohanji Baba, there was a special guest – the chief priest of the Shirdi Sai Baba temple – Sulakhe Maharaj. As usual, the participants of the public satsang asked questions and Mohanji Baba answered them in his direct style laced with wit and humor. At the public satsang, there was also a music release of Mohanji Baba’s Sahasranaamavali (1008 names of Mohanji Baba) and Ashtotari (108 names of Mohanji Baba). Before the music release by Sulakhe Maharaj, Taiji shared her experience of writing Sahasranaamavali and Ashtotari. The energy during the satsang was very strong and several times I felt an urge to fall asleep. My eyelids were closing by themselves. I needed a coffee. 😀

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After the satsang, I went to taste the amazing food at Ahimsa Vegan. During my stay in Shirdi, I had the opportunity to taste most of their menu. I recommend all of you to try the food there whenever you get a chance. After dinner at the vegan restaurant, I continued with helping out with volunteer work for next day’s event. I had energy to even work until the next night. The following morning, I headed to the Consciousness Kriya event after breakfast in the vegan restaurant.

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After the Consciousness Kriya event, we went to buy VIP passes to visit the Samadhi (final resting place) of Shirdi Sai Baba. The passes allow one to save time by bypassing the serpentine queues of people waiting to see Baba. Together with Zlate and an employee of the hotel, we went to the Sansthan office. It was really cool to ride on a motorbike with two other people, especially when you are in the middle of the “sandwich”. 😀 Previously, I had only seen this kind of picture on the internet but not in the real life 😀

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Before we entered the Samadhi, we took our shoes off and left them outside, as is customary for temples in India. We waited for the door to open so that we could enter inside. As I was getting closer to the Samadhi, I started feeling a very strong energy. As if the energy was not from this planet. I don’t know if Sai Baba was present or not but the place was a “nuclear plant”. The strong energy was circulating in every corner of the temple. I don’t have words to describe this divine energy. I recommend everyone to visit this Samadhi whenever you get the chance. The transformation is inevitable. After the aarati, I tried the Prasadam (consecrated offering) of Sai Baba. As we went back to the hotel, I enjoyed sharing experiences while walking with other devotees of Mohanji Baba. That  night, I had too much energy so I used it to help with volunteer work.

5The next morning, together with Mohanji Baba and the rest of the participants of the retreat we went for a walk in Shirdi. We walked and ventured to the same places that were once graced by the great Shirdi Sai Baba. While walking next to Mohanji Baba, I felt as if I had the power to lift an elephant. I had no idea what to do with so much energy. A couple of people came around us begging for money to buy food. Instead of giving them money, Mohanji Baba sent them to a nearby restaurant and paid for the bill.

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After we finished the walk, we went back to the hotel to checkout. Immediately after the aarati, we left for Ganeshpuri. On the way to Ganeshpuri, we visited a temple of Sai Baba. The Swami responsible for the temple also took care of over 1200 children. These children were orphaned because their parents (who were farmers) committed suicide due to rising debts. We were welcomed wholeheartedly and received many gifts. Another group of people came to the temple accompanying a palkhi (a palanquin with Shirdi Sai Baba). The group had walked for several days with the palanquin to reach Shirdi and were taking a brief rest in the temple before proceeding to Shirdi.

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After we arrived at Ganeshpuri, we visited the Samadhi of Bhagavan Nityananda. As soon as I sat to meditate, I started feeling deep peace and lost my existence for several moments. It is very hard to use words to describe the experiences that I had in this temples. That is why sometimes I use hyperbole to try to explain their essence, even though sometimes it is not enough. After the meditation, we visited several other temples to before heading to Mumbai.

When we arrived at the apartment of Madhu and Preethi, we were welcomed as Gods. They had prepared wonderful food in abundance. In India, guests are treated as Gods and their home was no exception. Their endeavor to make us happy and satisfied made them very happy. It was this Indian custom that taught me that happiness is in giving. I would like to thank Madhu and Preethi for the wonderful book “The way to home” that gave me greater awareness on the main reason for my trip to India. Thank you. I recommend it from my heart to anyone who is in search for themselves.

Our journey to Chennai started the following day and I will share that experience in the next blog.

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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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