The New Year’s Eve and Beyond

The sun set on December 31st 2012, behind the serene hills away from the view of “Sarvajna Peetam”. “Sarvajna Peetam” is deeply associated with the great master, Avatar of Lord Shiva, Adi Shankaracharya. It is said that he attained the pinnacle of spiritual elevation and dissolved into the supreme consciousness at this place. (Some people say that the place where he left his body is in Himalayas). Nevertheless, this place is of great importance to any seeker of truth. Adi Shankara is said to have left behind nothing but a bunch of flowers when he dissolved completely. His body was never found.

Idol of AdiShankaracharya at Sarvajna Peetam
Idol of Adi Shankaracharya at Sarvajna Peetam

In order to reach here, and to spend the night here, it is quite challenging – if not impossible. As always with Mohanji, pre-planning cannot work. This was a spontaneous decision. Our friends and companions Madhu and Raju suggested us trekking up the hill from Kudajaadri, the place where Maha Kali killed the demon Mahisha and the trident that she used to kill Mahisha still stands as a testimony and warning towards all that is evil in the world. When dharma decays, destruction happens! This is the loud message. Scientists have experimented on the material with which the tall and imposing trident protruding out into the sky was made and could not yet determine the exact metal with which it is made. Divine creation, who can fathom!

Trident of Mahishasuramardini at Kudajaadri. When she killed Mahisha with the Trident, the Mahishasura must have got buried under the ground. So now what is seen is the just top handle of the trident!
Trident of Mahishasuramardini at Kudajaadri. When she killed Mahisha with the Trident, because of the force, Mahishasura got buried under the ground. So now what is seen is the just top handle of the trident! Imagine the size of the whole trident!!!

Our vehicle could only bring us up to this place where the trident is, at Kudajaadri. Then, from there to Sarvajna Peetam, we had to trek up almost a kilometer and a half. It is tough. It is literally an “uphill” task. And we had to carry everything as there is nothing available except a bare hill and the temple of Adi Shankara at Sarvajna Peetam. This place is very close to the “ChitraMoola” or “SiddharMoola”, a rock protruding out of the hill overlooking the valley where Adi Shankara meditated on Shakti and Devi materialized/ appeared to Him. He requested the Devi to follow Him to Kerala. Devi agreed on one condition. Adi Shankara would walk in front and Devi would follow. If he turns around once, doubting if she is following, she will stop following. In other words, it was a test of faith. If faith falters even for a moment, when doubt happens, grace will leave. Tall order indeed, but inevitable and essential if the aim is to reach the highest pinnacle of human existence.

Adi Shankara agreed and started walking. He could hear the sound of jingles that the Goddess wore around her ankles, behind him, which assured Him of Her presence behind Him. He was re assured that Devi is following Him. As he reached Kollur, which is about 40 kilometers downhill, the sound of Devi’s jingles stopped. Adi Shankara became suspicious if Devi has stopped following Him. He turned to look. Devi was very much behind him, but, since the vow is broken, Devi said, “I will not follow you anymore. I will stay here at Kollur Mookambika Temple”. She merged with the already existing self-born power center and thence forth, the temple became known as Mookambika Temple. The place is Kollur in Karnataka State of India. Adi Shankara depended on his senses (ears) to ascertain Devi’s presence instead of his faith. Faith should surpass the senses and mind always. Senses and mind always limits us.

Even though the Goddess merged with the stone, Adi Shankara made/materialized an idol which is the replica of the image of Devi that he witnessed. All the decorations are done on this idol, while all the offerings are done on the stone which has a golden lining in the middle. Right side of the Golden lining represents the trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and left side represents, Goddesses Saraswati, Mahalakshmi, Durga and Kali. This round flat stone has its dimension below the earth to almost 42 kilometer radius. It is like the visible tip of a huge iceberg. And the saying is that “Nobody leaves this place empty handed. This is a wish fulfilling power center”.

Travelling with Mohanji is always unique. There is absolute spontaneity and no pre-planning. He de-conditions us constantly through words and actions. It is not easy, but quite rewarding. While living it, we may not see its depth. When we look back at the things past, a silent “WOW” swells inside. Subtle are the ways of the Datta path indeed!

How did we arrive at this place away from the average human ken! And what brought us here! Mohanji would only give a pregnant smile. He knows but will never show. No planning was involved regarding where to go and where to stay. Mohanji stayed where he got the place, he ate when he got the food. It was indeed a true wandering. Facilities just opened up. Everyone was satisfied. Nobody complained. No ego. No expectations! No comfort zones!

He met many saints. He visited many temples. He took efforts to visit many ashrams as he came to know about them, on the way. He was welcomed at all places very well. The whole journey was just a grand happening and flowing with time and space. Many people flocked around him, even if they did not know him. Most received what they wanted. Mohanji kept moving ahead giving what others needed, ignoring his needs. Every place he visited, someone from our family accompanied him and experienced this, Venkat, Sumit, Madhu, Phaneender, Krishnan, Vineeta, Namrata, Jayant, Deepali to name a few.

Jeep to go to Kudajaadri
Jeep to go to Kudajaadri. Mohanji the navigator…

Never knew what Kudajaadri is until the journey started and we arrived! Geographically, Kudajaadri is a place 25-30 km away from Kollur Mookambika temple in Karnataka state of India. One travels by jeep to high mountains and then either walk 8km or reach the peak by jeep itself. Road is unmetalled,  extremely rough and raw. During the travel, on one side you see deep valley, full of trees and thick jungle, in fact you actually perceive the depth of the valley, almost 1400 meters! Other side is tall mountain. Eyes never get tired capturing the spell binding beauty of nature. The road… to be least said about it… totally raw with big dips at times almost 2-3 feet deep, continuous U-pin bends as one travels up on the mountains. The drivers are very skillful but the ride could be scary for us at times… body is shaken to extremes, don’t know what happens to mind and our precious intelligence! 🙂 Keeping balance was difficult during the rough drive but Mohanji was sitting on the front seat next to driver .. completely still and silent! Madhu, Raju and I sitting at back side were trying every possible support to root ourselves tightly on the seat and be inside the jeep! This drive was for 3 hours only. We reached Kudajaadri just before the sunset.

Walk to the Sarvajna Peetam
Up hill walk to the Sarvajna Peetam from Kudajadri…

We witnessed a spontaneous miracle on the way. We hired the vehicle from Kollur. Usually, no drivers are interested to stay at Sarvajna Peetam because of the extreme cold climate at that height and lack of proximity to any shops or even a toilet. We bought all the stuff that we might require up there at night, from the small town that we passed. The vehicle driver agreed to stay with us and take us back to Kollur the next day morning. This was indeed a miracle. Without our knowledge, he had bought a couple of bottles of alcohol which he hid in his backpack, and he used it as back support while he drove the vehicle. Apparently, the bottles were hidden inside his clothes to keep it safe and invisible. As we reached half way, and as our vehicle turned into the rough roads that lead to the higher altitude, two policemen appeared from nowhere, stopped the vehicle, just picked up the back pack of the driver with fluency and purposefulness, and picked up just the two bottles hidden in his clothes! Perhaps the policemen knew that all drivers do this. They never checked any of our bags. They just picked up the bottles and left us. They also said that the driver could claim it back on his way back! Mohanji had a smile on his face while the whole incident was taking place, as he was the only one sitting in the front seat along with the driver. Mohanji always expressed his sense of humor. He kept teasing the driver on our way back, asking him if he want to claim the “empty bottles” back from the police! Mohanji obviously did not want anyone in our group to carry alcohol or meat to such a sacred destination! This was just not a pilgrimage, but, in a way, this was the trip of a lifetime. This was the trip to culminate the past and change a new leaf in our lives. The eventful year 2012 was ending and a fresh new life was beginning. The depth of it, we will come to know only in the days ahead.

We arrived at Kudjaadri and after having darshan of Devi’s huge trident and the temples around, we started our journey up hill. We carried our bags of essentials as well. The mind was still looking at the vastness and expanse of the beautiful nature and the deep valley. The cold breeze would at times turn into blowing wind which penetrates through your head and ears. Seeing thick trees and jungle and listening to chirping of birds was quite relaxing indeed. I had never seen these varieties of trees before. I was slow to walk. Mohanji had gone ahead faster, but he would wait for me in between.

We reached the peak of the mountain and noticed the small temple “Sarvajna Peetam”, the place from where Adi Shakracharya received the ultimate knowledge and dissolved into the universe!

Last Sunset of the year 2012
Last Sunset of the year 2012. The rigorous, up hill, yet spectacular journey called LIFE!

Mohanji was quiet throughout the journey and walk. He also ate very little. He was totally within Himself. Witnessing the last sunset of the year 2012, the year of the shift of consciousness with Mohanji was a memorable experience. As we arrived at the Sarvajna Peetam, Mohanji went straight to the temple, with an unmistakable familiarity. Temple was old. Temple and the surrounding area are part of the reserved forest and certainly ignored and not at all maintained; but there was no dearth of energy. A sensitive person could definitely feel the strong and soothing divine energy. Of course, when Mohanji is around or even when one connects to his consciousness – even if he is not physically around, we could certaily feel his energy. At this place, with his presence, the whole experience was intensified or even magnified. On entering the temple, seeing the idol of Adi Shankaracharya, I felt that energy more prominently at heart, throwing me into silence and gratitude. There was unmistakable compassion in that energy.

Shree Chakra  and other chakras and yantras forming Meru on the roof of Sarvajna Peetam
Shree Chakra and nine other chakras and yantras forming Meru on the roof of Sarvajna Peetam

The inside of the stone temple was very peculiar. The roof has various yantras and chakras carved and whole structure forms a Meru.  Nine chakras and one Sree Chakra depicted on the stone of the roof! What a sight! The most auspicious Shree Chakra is right above the idol of Shankaracharya, placed at the middle of the sanctum sanctorum! Bliss indeed!

Madhu is a businessman, who owns business and property in India, Oman and UAE. He hosted us during our trip to Bhagawan Nithyananda’s abode at Kanhangad in Kerala. He belongs to that place. Madhu had a desire to stay at Sarvajna Peetam since long. He could not believe that his wish is getting fulfilled on the night of 31st Dec 2012 and that too with Mohanji. Madhu is a silent person and humbly devoted to Mohanji. Madhu was filled with pure joy.

There was a group of 6 people. They knew each other. They were connected to one saint of the Jnana Yoga path called Siddhar Das. This group has been regularly spending every year end at Sarjna Peetam since the last 6 years! Mohanji makes friends very easily. People also somehow get magnetically attracted towards him. Soon, all started interacting.  Mohanji was talking very little. Answering exactly what is needed that too in short. The language was Malayalam so, I cannot translate anything. Mohanji was in his own realm, sitting quietly, just on the floor, leaning back on the pillar at the edge of the temple with his shawl around.

Night of 31 Dec 2012 at Kudajaadri... Solitude descended on us as the grace from heavens.
Night of 31 Dec 2012 at Kudajaadri… Solitude descended on us as the grace from heavens.

There were many people – mostly youngsters, smoking, shouting and running around, when we arrived towards the sunset of January 31st. There were some families and children too. Soon, after sunset, everyone departed, went back to Kudajaadri, downhill. The general rumor which the tiny snack vendor articulated was that since there are possibilities of forest fires triggered by camp fires and since there were incidents such as alcoholism and quarrels in the past years, the police and forest guards usually do not permit people to sleep the night over. They drive everyone to camps at Kudajaadri. Because of this fear, all left, except us, Mohanji, Madhu, myself, Raju and our driver Biju, plus the six people including Swami Siddhar Das. The place became quiet as the sun set and the priest of the temple also left for Kudajaadri. The juice and snack vendor packed his bags and left too. Solitude descended on us as the grace from heavens.

Soon it became dark. Apart from a small oil lamp burning inside the sanctum sanctorum, there were no lights. When electricity had not reached that height, how could lights be there! Breeze was mild with tolerable cold. There was never a chill as predicted by the driver and other companions. Lightening was continuously happening on our left side of the temple in the sky, afar. Occasionally it thundered threatening a rain; and even though some predicted rain, it never rained. Some of you who travelled with us to Kailas would remember the snow fall that we witnessed on our left side while we reached Manasarovar and the prediction of our guide that we may only have about an hour to take the dip before the cloud rains ice on our side of Manasarovar. After Mohanji said “Enjoy as much as you like”, how those clouds went around and vanished towards Kailas! This was quite similar.

Even food was sumptuous. Both our groups unpacked our kitties and food flowed and the evening dinner was delicious. Madhu got to know that, we cannot cook there due to forest rules.  So, he asked the priest if he could get some sambar-rice. Priest walked down all that distance and got us hot rice by 9pm. The food was simple and quite satisfying.

Mohanji slept on a simple mat inside the sanctum sanctorum just next to the idol of Adi Shankaracharya, under the shield of many chakras  and meru of the stone roof!  Few of us accommodated ourselves outside the sanctum sanctorum. Some made fireplace down on the ground and slept there. Spending a night at Sarvajna Peetam! Think about it! Well, thinking has no scope. There was only silence. Silence of thoughts! Earlier, when there was some signal on telephone, a message to Sumit was managed to inform all that Mohanji is at Sarvjna Peetam and cannot respond to greetings personally. Mohanji knew that many will be trying to contact him on year end. Mohanji wanted to send new-year message to you all. He sent a new year’s message to all through Sumit.

By midnight, two guards came to check on us. They never quite disturbed us, and went their way, after ensuring that we are fine. We had a peaceful night.

The First Sun of 2013..
The First Sunrays of 2013.. the eventful year 2012 has ended and a fresh new life began… the depth of it we will know only in the days ahead..

The quiet night was over. Mohanji got up early. He was quietly gazing at the sky and had deep piercing look all around the nature. Soon, with beautiful display of colors, the first sun of the 2013 showed its glory. Mohanji bowed down to the Sun god. Our New Year started at Sarvajna Peetam, with Mohanji!

Deep gratitude to Adi Shankaracharya for the beautiful stay over at Sarvajna Peetam

We packed and started descending. Before we started, we bowed down to the idol of Adi Shankara and thanked Him for hosting us so beautifully, and providing us everything that one could imagine, at a no man’s place.

The descend journey through those thick trees..
The downhill journey through the thick  tall trees..

All those who were regularly coming there said, “We have never had such beautiful time here! This time, weather was comfortable, neither had it rained, nor was it cold. Apart from 10 of us, no one else was there; as if this was a special time and place kept for us. Many times we have faced strong winds and extreme chill. Sometimes, people drink alcohol here; eat non-veg disturbing the sanctity of the place. This was the best spiritual experience we ever had. We feel relaxed and light”. I do not know how much they understood Mohanji, but they were certainly grateful to Mohanji.

The group
Madhu, Sidhar Das, Mohanji and the whole group

On our way down, we worshipped the Ganapti idol which is inside the Ganapati cave. This is also such a powerful place. Since there was no priest there, Mohanji served holy water to everyone. We descended down to Kudajaadri, through the forest, near the Ganapati cave.

The Ganapati cave at Kudajaadri
The Ganapati cave in the forest near Kudajaadri

We descended down and arrived at Kollur Mookambika temple on January 1st 2013, and had the darshan of the eternal Goddess on the auspicious day of the year.

Unpredictability is the beauty of our existence. Flexibility adds flavor to our existence. When we are stiff and rigid, we fail to enjoy life. This message from Mohanji was ringing loud and clear in everyone’s mind. What a New Years Eve!

The wandering
Mohanji – wandering away into eternity. Always with us, yet, always beyond us!!!

Love and regards,

Deepali

LOVE – Across the Universe!

The Grand Cross Meditation(s) on June 26th, 2010

The White Flower - Grand Cross gift from Marina

Dear friends,

So much has happened on the day of Grand Cross meditation that it became a real challenge for me to present it to you in a condensed form. As a group of sincere, experiential spiritualists, we did our best to contribute to the wave of Love and positivity that was spread on our beautiful planet on June 26th.

BTW meditation was conducted at more or less the same time in Dubai, Muscat, Greece, New Delhi, Thane, Mumbai, Munich, London and Belgrade (and other locations where it was done individually). All were tuning in and all had their own profound experiences – Mohanji’s presence was clearly felt at all the locations.

Here’s the account of Dubai meditation and synopsis of what happened at some of the stated locations:

Dubai, June 26th- the Grand Cross experience

Since early morning, Mohanji and I were in full action, running from one end of Dubai to another  in order to complete the Seva tasks for the day. Last was the blessing of one house in Mirdif – the lady who invited us had many beautiful artifacts in her new home, but did not know how a picture of Sathya Sai Baba appeared in her kitchen. After we spent some time together, she understood just how big of a blessing this is and that it is not a coincidence that Mohanji, from all the people, was the first person she offered lunch in her new house. Baba’s leelas always bring ever-new joy!

The young Sathya Sai Baba

We rushed to Ashima’s apartment but, by the time we arrived, most people have gathered already. We barely had a few minutes to freshen up – such haste is not our normal practice before Mohanji conducts BTW and goes into expanded state, but I guess this was a part of Grand Cross scenario…. 🙂 At the edges is the chaos, but at the center, where the Soul resides, the order is found. The gateway to that center is only through Love.

Expanded Heart - gateway to higher dimensions

Grand Cross teaches us that, by lifting the consciousness and experiencing the unconditionality of pure love, we reach the center free of all the chaos, free of all the agony of the gross. It is like an eye of the storm. Only brave ones dare to enter, only brave ones dare to love unconditionally…

Eye of the Storm - the cyclone image taken by NASA

The impromptu meditation that Mohanji conducted on that day arrived straight from that sacred space. It was not about the words, it was about the tangible experience of that overwhelming energy. I have seen Mohanji in Samadhi before and could understand, by the way he was uttering the words, that he was in that state and that talking is a great struggle for him. But the experience he delivered (i.e. that was delivered through him) was superb. I became like a stone statue – at that time no photo taking and no movement was possible from my side. At one point I had a clear intuitive message to change the CD, which I did somehow, and we all allowed the love and devotion to blossom following the loving tunes of Arati from Siddha Yoga tradition.

Ramaduji receiving the Shaktipat in the company of an orb

Since so many people came that some had to even sit in the hallway, Shaktipat during meditation was simply not possible. Mohanji thus said that he will give individual Shaktipats to all after the meditation. That lasted for more than an hour and gave us enough time to bathe in the experience until it was time for Mohanji and I to fly back to Muscat.

The humble Jayan receiving Shaktipat

At the airport he went into expanded state again, as so many people from different locations across the globe were still tuning into his consciousness. I knew how difficult it was for him to move while in that supple stage – as we were moving through the security checks and boarding the plane, I witnessed the sweet balancing of all those activities at different planes of existence, all happening at the same time… Through that consciousness, we were all connected, although at different locations:

BTW in Munich (Germany) – sharing by Marina

“I felt we were having a private audience with Mohanji. Very dense and intense energy. Brilliant and touching. Lots of heat got generated. In fact I felt as if lava was surrounding my body when I gave Shaktipat. White lava. And it was as if we were hovering on a soft white cloud of love and light – I felt and saw the most intense yet gentle heat of white (!) fire within that cloud. White lava and fire! Just brilliant – pure and powerful!

The soothing radiance of Marina

 And one of the most touching feedbacks came from a lady who described the big and bright light she saw, the enormous heat she felt in her hips and lower back and that she saw flower petals opening up at the top of her head at one point during Shaktipat. In fact I also felt an opening on her head when I touched her Sahasrara. When she talked about her experience after the meditation her eyes and mine just locked – clicked – and tears welled up, on both sides.
What an energy that Mohanji and the divine forces let flow through us!! Nourishing and purifying at all levels.”

BTW in New Delhi – sharing by Dana

“[…]During the meditation so much of heat got generated that my chest and cheeks were burning and throat was so dry. Contrary to that, my palms were ice cold. I couldn’t wait to drink some water as well as to place my cold palms on my burning cheeks.

My body was vibrating even before we started with breathing techniques and meditation. Richa told me later on that I didn’t have a human form at all. I was moving amongst all of them as a white light (actually she described it as “if I was touched, I would fly higher – like cotton”).

Dana - the white light

For the first time, my home was full of people. When I came to give Shaktipat to Suzy, an amazing thing happened – the moment I placed my palm on her crown chakra, I became so expanded that I felt again like a giant from Alladin’s lamp. It was like being connected straight to the source… putting your finger in the plug point which is Creator Himself.”

BTW in Muscat – sharing by Dr. Deepali

“[…]I could clearly see the soul of each person present. I also could see the attachment of the EGO with the soul. I also saw Mohanji’s energy working on them. I realized that the side movements which I felt distinctly throughout the meditation were nothing but fight between ego and his energy. Ego was resisting the energy. It did not want to leave the soul. Soul was quiet, watching the game. Soul is a pure energy; unaffected by anything. The fight was quite serious. Mohanji had tough time to fight with each one’s ego. Ultimately Mohanji won the fight. His energy is so pure and hence it is strong. He gave only two choices, either work with awareness or with emotions.

The purity of Dr. Deepali - her Seva of recording & transcribing Mohanji's talks

This fight was to make a big shift towards awareness. I remembered that, during QA on 18 June 2010, he had mentioned about these choices. He actually installed the choice of awareness. This is the need of the time. Consciousness is shifting at faster speed. If we catch up, we get it. Otherwise, we wait; we may have to wait for a life time or few life times.

There was resistance by each person’s ego. Degree of resistance was different. At last, Mohanji gave everyone a thick solid shield and lifted them up in the higher consciousness. Hope each person understands what they have been gifted with. He achieved the purpose of today’s meditation. This was a beautiful experience.”

BTW in London – sharing by Fabian:

Fabian and Nicole - BTW in London, Grand Cross day

“This was an extremely powerful Shaktipat for all the participants. We started the meditation in sync with the Dubai group at 2pm London time (which was 5 pm Dubai time) so that we could join Mohanji’s group astrally. After the meditation we had a brief satsang and during the sharing of experiences we found that two meditators had the same vision of mainly Egyptian content. Metta to all, Fabian”

Belgrade BTW (Serbia) – sharing by Marija:

“On this special day in the universe we chose to ‘get wired’ to the opening of the new chapter in universal consciousness, chapter of increased awareness – through love, understanding and compassion.

The glow of sweet Marija's smile and third eye

Belgrade’s Power of Purity Group was great both in quantity and quality.  The presence of Mohanji’s expanded state was so large, like I’ve never experienced before. Once I started giving Shaktipat, my heart started beating unbelievably hard until the very end of meditation. The heat on my palms was so intense, as if they had 100 degrees in them.  Also, I could clearly feel strong vibrations along the spine of many who were present. At one moment, after giving Shaktipat to Dusan (highly evolved boy you could read about in the “Blast in all Directions” blog post) my entire hand became numb and my face started getting numb too (later on, his father Goran said that Dusan went home singing out loud, smiling and being so open and extroverted, despite the fact that he is most of the time quiet, observing, and more introverted).  What a great transformation!! 🙂

Our multi-faceted Goran, Master of Kendo, Tai Chi, and more 🙂

As meditation continued and the group energy expanded even more, I felt as if our entire room lifted off the ground and that we were about to start flying collectively, just like in the greatest fairytales :-). It is just that this was real, cuz the energy was so tangible, and present.  After meditation was over, there was a long silence, and I was practically speechless.  I saw the happiness in people’s eyes, their level of openness, and the invisible bonds we all made together.

Thank you Mohanji, thank you all the great Masters, thank you Universe for allowing us to witness changes both in ourselves and in the world itself, and for reminding us that we are made of pure energy and love.  It is Oneness that we all are part of, and that we need to go back to.”

And finally, I would like to crown this blog post with the following words of Mohanji, echoing into eternity:

 There is deep clarity in the path of Shiva. Same consciousness operates. The path is both simple and extremely difficult. Simple because there is nothing to do. Just like the monkey’s child clings on to its mother, disciples cling on to the tangible Guru and the Guru takes them to the highest possible elevation, only as much as the disciple can handle. The child monkey is not climbing any tree. It cannot, by itself. The mother climbs. The child holds on. If the child leaves its mother’s hands, it could fall into the depths and die. So, the path is both simple and difficult. The main difficulty is the fall due to our ego. Sometime, when great experiences are happening to all around us, through us, we feel that we are giving those experiences and we forget the hands behind our power.

The power happens to us, due to the Grace. The unfailing grace happens from the Lord Almighty. When we forget the Almighty and His angels, do-er ship happens and then we fall. Do-er ship increases our ego. It makes us alienated from the reality. So, our path is all about FAITH, PURITY and SURRENDER. Then, we will always remain in the lap of the Almighty. We will always remain well protected. We will always operate in Supreme Consciousness.

In deep surrender,

Biba

Mohanji and Biba - holding on, with Faith, Purity and Surrender...