Q: We are looking forward to celebrating your birthday tomorrow.
M: Yes, a shower of birthday wishes are already coming from India. (India is 4.5 hours ahead of Serbia)
BLISS OF SILENCE
Q: With the new meditation, Bliss of Silence, people have had beautiful experiences. How often should we do that meditation?
M: That’s as per your call. The Power of Purity is the most important one, because it’s inner cleansing, unhooking. Other meditations are all to elevate your awareness. So inner cleansing is an important process because you keep on cleansing your inside, the stored data. If you don’t do that, then again there’s accumulation because we are unconsciously accumulating so many things. You can practise this meditation as often as you like, once a week or every day, it’s up to you.
ABOUT SCHEDULE UNTIL JUNE 2017
Q: Could you say a few words before we get the questions ready?
M: (Laughs) I’m coming in June to the UK, but now the programmes are starting in Serbia, then I’m going to the USA, to Arizona, then to Colorado, then Toronto, then back to Washington DC and then back to India. All the programmes planned in Europe in April have been cancelled. Then in April, I will most probably go to Singapore, Malaysia and in May I’m coming back to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and in June I’m going back to India and I’m coming to the UK. That’s more or less the programme from now till June. So, (laughs) it’s like a torrential rain. I cannot say more time or less time is possible anywhere because it is more or less watertight. I have also made a decision that I will not be training people into Kriya myself because it is becoming too tedious. I will enable others to teach people into Kriya. I will only do the initiation.
Q: Pranam Mohanji. What are the ways of healing the mind, body, which practice is good?
M: Healing is our natural process. If you look at all the beings, there is a power to heal built into the system. We all have the power to heal ourselves. The only blocking factor is the mind. That’s why I keep repeating in the university of life there is only one examination, which is mind. So mind is the factor which is preventing healing, otherwise we heal by nature.
Every time you go to bed to sleep, you are getting healed, you are getting refreshed. So healing is a process which happens spontaneously if you do not block it and the only blocking factor is our mind. If you look at animals, hardly anybody goes and treats them unless they are domestic, but they heal themselves. They’re wounded, they nurture it and heal themselves. Likewise all of us have the power to heal. The main aspect is that you must rest efficiently. Rest means rest from the mind too. Not just physical rest. For example, if we are sitting down watching TV, we are not resting. We are actually active. Mind is active. Rest means actual cutoff from everything. You should be cut off from the Internet and mobile phones. We should detach from all aspects of our existence which take us external. Then we come to complete silence mode and that’s probably sleep. Just sleep it off. Sleep, rest, even reduce the thought process. If thoughts are happening, just watch them, but don’t participate in them. Just sleep, rest and relax. Then the healing happens spontaneously.
If you eat more food than you need or you eat food after a certain time in the day, especially in the evening time, whatever we consume then is getting stored in our body. So if you do not consume food after sunset or let’s say 6pm, then the rest of the time the body uses for healing, detoxing. The body usually does its job. So healing is our natural process only if you allow it to happen. Healing is happening while we are sleeping as well. Especially during deep sleep time, when the body is rejuvenating, the body is also healing. Otherwise we will be very tired every day. If you do not heal yourself, you will be very tired. People have sleep apnea and all those things because of accumulated tedium. If you usually go through the process of life, sufficient rest, sufficient food, sufficient activity, then there will be no ailment, you don’t even need the healing. We don’t do that. Our mind is overactive and that mind is actually preventing the healing. Otherwise healing happens to you. That’s your nature. Outside healers are inducing, helping, creating that bridge between you and the possibility of healing. Healing is happening only when you agree with it. You should agree with the healing and the healer and you should have faith in the healer and then healing happens. Otherwise any healer from outside cannot do much.
Q: Are you healing while you are dreaming in a dream state?
M: Not necessarily and it depends actually because dream state according to me is equal to waking state. We are very much alive and active and we are actually experiencing something. Whenever you are experiencing something, there is an element of mind involved. So I wouldn’t say that it’s absolute rest. It’s probably not rest 100%. We need to be cut off from everything and only then healing takes place. Because the body then has nothing else to do. Otherwise mind intervenes in everything. Waking state and dreaming state are very similar states. The only difference is the body is suspended, quiet. Other systems are working as per normal. But you cannot categorise them as complete waking state existence because in the dream state there are highs and lows. There are some deeper aspects where you are getting cleansed, like when you sometimes penetrate into the primitive consciousness and dig out memories in dreams and that gets released. So that can be considered as healing. We can’t say that dream state is totally non-healing state. It is possible that you can be healed there as well.
Q: Can music be used for healing?
M: Music is like tranquilizer, it moderates you, it aligns you. I mean, depending on which music, sometimes music aggravates your situation. But usually nice, calm, very quiet, soothing music, especially chants, for example, are all therapeutic. Veda chanting and all those kind of stuff are all therapeutic. So there is a lot of meaning to it. But music, as it involves the mind and makes it quiet or aligns it, is all therapeutic.
YOGA AND MEDITATION
Q: How to combine meditation and yoga?
M: I suggest you do meditation after yoga. First physical, then mental. So it will always be better to do meditation after yoga. Yoga should actually increase your awareness of the body. It actually aligns your system so that you can meditate better. Meditation is a state you achieve when your mind is tranquil. When you are doing yoga, you are actually being in tune with your body. You are in tune with the body, the body becomes quiet. Or, the body is actually allowing the expansion. Then it’s easier for the mind to take over. Not in a calamity way. Mind sometimes becomes too agitated when the body is not so happy. Yoga always helps to align the body, then a meditation would help better. That’s my opinion.
Q: When you are in deep sleep, is whatever you see, seen by the consciousness or the mind?
M: In deep sleep, the mind is totally absent and you cannot even see. There is no mind to process the data in deep sleep time. That’s the time when the soul has all the freedom because the whole system is suspended. So whatever interactions, especially astral interactions, interactions with masters and those kind of stuff which we experience during deep sleep, that’s translated as dream when you wake up. Because the mind cannot process it. The mind doesn’t know. Mind doesn’t differentiate or understand. So it’s your native consciousness which is alive, not the mind. Especially the mind we are talking about, which is the waking state mind.
WHY ARE YOU CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY?
Q: Why are you celebrating your birthday?
M: This question should go to the people who are celebrating, the UK team should answer this, ”Why are you celebrating my birthday?”
Audience: We are celebrating out of love for you.
M: I know.
You know, there are a few reasons for celebrating any day, not only birthday. First it’s a reminder of something auspicious or something good. We even remember various occasions, happenings or the events of the past, and that has significance because sometimes a reminder is necessary to have certain confirmations of our existence. Otherwise we forget. Second thing is out of love. Love, gratitude, as Vijay said, are reasons for celebrating any of the Master’s birthdays. Because what they have contributed to the world, the generations are appreciating. Usually what a person who is liberated contributes to the world has a sustained effect for a few generations or at least it goes on. So this is a celebration for themselves. Most of the activities in each country are feeding the poor people, taking care of the animals, birds, fish, all these kind of things are happening. These are all confirmations of the understanding of the teachings, which means we understood, we appreciated it and we are adapting it to our lives. So when that happens, individual life gets more clarified. More clarity happens in everybody’s life. That is the reason for this kind of celebration. For example, look at any of the Masters of the past or Masters who are in the body today. Nobody celebrates the birthday by giving them gifts. Most of the people celebrate the birthday by taking care of the people who are in need, or the birds or animals. So that becomes an occasion for implementing the teaching. These are the basic reasons for celebrating a master’s birthday. It’s not that you should do that for only one day. That one day becomes a strong reminder. Like, people celebrate Christmas i.e. the birth of Christ, then Janmashtami i.e. Lord Krishna’s birthday. All these are celebrations because these are all events which can really make you remember what we are here for and also remember the teachings. A Master is only worth based on the teachings. Otherwise, a person who has existed and meditated and left without even moving or interacting in the society. We wouldn’t know them. But somebody who has actually taken pains to come to the society and live with people and guide them, in whichever capacity possible, the best gift that person can get is live the teachings. You cannot give anything better than that to the Master. When you actually live the teachings, this celebration becomes a part of it. You actually remember, as well as you’re expressing and that gives more value to the society or the beings around you. So, overall, the world becomes a better place with such celebrations.