Q: How not to hurt others if one is forced into a battle?
A: Prevention is always better than cure. There is always a past, present and future for any situation in any place. Usually situations are created by people whose consciousness levels can create problems for a larger group of people. Such is the case for some of our leaders. They are elected and brought forward from our own people and society. Understand the times that we are living in. In the past, many centuries ago, the kings or rulers were guided by saints who had nothing to do with worldly affairs. What would they tell the king? Let all people be happy, let there be proper division of labor and wealth etc. This is the kind of advice a saint can give. A saint would never say “go and conquer the neighboring country”. Who is running the countries today? The people who are making weapons. These people run governments. If there are no wars, there are no weapon sales. So what created this situation? What is moving the world? People. Seven billion people, seven billion consciousnesses. What can an individual do against 7 billion people? The only thing we can do is raise the awareness of the people – we are here to find peace, not war. We have been trained to accept the decisions of the elected government. We are also helpless because these are the people to whom we gave votes. Authority without responsibility creates confusion. We tell the elected person that he can run the country for five years. What does he do? He ensures that he makes sufficient money for his children and grandchildren, and is not worried about the next generation of the whole country. Normally, he will use the situation for his own benefits. There is no point in us getting disillusioned, because they came out of us. The consciousness of the society reflects the consciousness of the leader. So if the consciousness of the society is one of greed, jealousy, anger and hatred, the leader will be the product of that. You and I can be much higher, but what is the majority? Insensitiveness is now ruling in the world, people do not care. They do not care about what you or I feel, what the society feels or what the next generation will feel. Their problem is whether they’ve made enough money. The only possibility for a better tomorrow is to raise the awareness of the society. It is important. What are the governments doing? They provide alcohol, entertainment etc. so that they occupy the mind of people and keep them as slaves. If somebody desires to raise their voice, you will not see him again, he will be taken care of. So singularly nothing can be done. We see injustice everywhere. How does it happen? Insensitiveness. We don’t care about the other person. We pretend to be benevolent, but internally we express greed. I am talking about the average society. When Jesus was alive, Pilate asked the people “I have two options. I can pardon this noble man or pardon this thief”. What did the society say? Pardon the thief, kill the noble man. Why did they choose to kill Jesus? He was telling the truth. Today we are living in the same world, only technology has changed, but people have not changed. When somebody tells the truth, sometimes it’s beyond his time. Jesus was challenging people who were priests. The priests could never accept that they didn’t know their job. So Jesus directly challenged the priests and asked them “Isn’t this the truth?” When your ego is affected, when you have to face a carpenter challenging you and what you do, what happens? Society decided to get rid of him. But Jesus never cared for his body. He said that the body is temporary, taken for expressing some truths of God. The dramatic exit of Jesus on the cross shook up the consciousness of the world. That was his final message. If Jesus was, even for one moment, afraid or had any fear in him, there would be no Christianity today. He was fearless. And where is this fearlessness coming from? Conviction. Conviction, based on truth, the real, eternal truth. So this is society. What do we do with it? Those who talk truth get assassinated. Those who pretend, compromise and conform to the sins of the world are maintained. This is the reality of any time. Why is this happening, have you ever thought? Why is the truth destroyed, at least temporarily? It is because the more spiritual you become, and the more established in the truth you become, the less communicative you become. Your operating level becomes silence, deep peace. Silence, because you are stable in truth. When you are established in truth, there is nothing to prove, you are just doing the job. You are just doing what you are sent for. You can see that very much in Jesus’ life. He just went ahead with his mission, whether people liked it or not. But usually what happens is – they are understood only after they are dead. It takes a different generation to understand the truth and the man. The contemporary generation gets stuck with the personality and the expressions, so they fail to understand. For the next generation, it’s just a picture on the wall and some messages, so it’s easy. You do not have to deal with personalities, it’s better. So what do we do? When we have to encounter a personality, we assassinate him, so it’s easy, that man is gone. Then you put a picture and say he was God. Even though this was meant as a joke, it’s the truth.
Surrender and acceptance
There are the small and large aspects of surrender. The small aspect is – I’m helpless so I surrender. That is probably the weakest possible surrender you can have, because when you become powerful then you will kick again. The second aspect, or the higher aspect, is that I surrender out of unconditional love. I surrender out of devotion so the highest level of emotion becomes devotion, where I do not exist, only He exists. Like Jesus said “let your will be, not mine”, that is a high level of surrender. That surrender happens by itself, we do not have to surrender. Surrender is the opposite of ego. Surrender is a state of egolessness, or egolessness state leads to surrender. The first level of surrender is towards existence: I accept myself the way I am. The second level is: I accept the situation around me as it is. The third level is: I accept the universe in all its diversity and conditions as it is. Once the acceptance becomes absolute, surrender happens. You don’t have to surrender, it automatically takes place. So, if surrender is spontaneous because of acceptance and higher awareness, it stays, and nothing can shake it. However, people talk about surrender as a kind of compromise. That is a wrong understanding. We don’t compromise anything when surrender is absolute. There is nothing to compromise because we do not exist. Only the consciousness exists. Individual ego entities do not exist. When individual ego entities are removed, surrender is spontaneous.
Where can you build a house, which location helps you? On a rock, on stable ground. When you want to build something or express something to the world outside, it should be from a level of stability, not a level of confusion. This level of stability is achieved when we are not ego bound, or operating out of egocentric identities. The best message you can give to the world or the best way to trigger changes in the world, is through yourself. First point: you are the universe that you have been searching for. The moment you understand the universe that is you, you understand the external universe which is a part of you. Society consists of people and you are a part of society, you are one of the ingredients of society. Second point: since you are a part of society and society consists of you, your expressions become valid to society. So, if you are peaceful, and you are well settled, people will ask you “How did you achieve this?”. How do we change society? Change yourself. Also, you have the power. Please understand, you are not what you seem to be in the mirror. You are much beyond it. What you see in the mirror is only an expression of you. And you are not constantly in front of the mirror either. Once you start expressing your true self, which is based on unconditional love… and unconditional love is the unshakeable ground you have been looking for, but unfortunately because of the mind we do not know it… the moment you start building your base on unconditional love, others will start taking notice of you. Your inner self will express and when your personality overflows and mixes with the personality of society, you see your own reflection in everybody’s eyes. You become one with society and society becomes one with the world. So, the beginning of the revolution is within.
The Guru principle
The guru or the teacher, the true master, that entity which you see is only an expression of a huge consciousness. The guru or the master is only an expression. That means you need a mouth to talk or express. In the universe there are numerous forms and expressions of the principle called guru. All these expressions are important and related to somebody or some situation in society. The principle called guru operates 24/7/365 beyond time and space. Out of this principle, about 10% is in human form. If you look at nature, you can see the principle called master (guru) working all the time. Look at how the sun operates. The way the sun nourishes the earth, activates all of life and also puts it to sleep. Our life cycle is more or less moving with the movement of sun. If you look at the way the animals live, they consume only as much food as their constitution needs. They do not store or worry about the next meal and they are completely working on the principle of existence in time. If you look at the cycle of the seasons, each season has a value. The seasons make you understand that life also has a validity, time has a validity and whatever you do has a validity. Some are for a longer periods of time, some are useful for some time, some are not at all useful. The principle is delivering all the time, but do we have the eyes/mind to see? The principle also comes in human form, which we call guru, my teacher, my master. That has a reason. First of all, in order to work, the guru principle needs connectivity. That means that I should be understood by you. Otherwise whatever I say is of no use to you. You cannot understand this principle using the mind, you can only perceive. Another thing, to understand the guru principle, you should be able to raise your awareness to that level. For example, a child studying in the 3rd standard is eligible to receive a teacher which will impart knowledge on that level. You can read many materials and listen to a lot of people, but at the end of the day, what are you assimilating, what is useful to you? That is the only thing which is worthwhile. If you approach any guru or any teaching with a prejudice or mindset (creating frames), huge limitations happen in our understanding and our assimilation of the knowledge.
First of all, guru is not a human being, it’s a principle (tattwa). Tattwa expresses itself through many beings or every being, including you being a guru to somebody else. A small child could be a guru to its parents because it teaches so many things. Like that, the principle of guru works all the time. Read more about Guru principle.
Guru’s dimensions of operation
Earth is not the only plane where the principle operates. A small example: this person sitting in front of you has a given name Mohan. But this Mohan represents a conglomeration, a much larger and much more complicated system (entity). Imagine, there are 1 trillion cells on our body. Each cell has a unique capacity, a mind and a spirit and can store and release things. So each cell has a value in this body. This body is a conglomeration of many millions of cells. And the consciousness is a conglomeration of the huge consciousness from each of the cells. So if I say “my body consciousness” that means I’m talking about 1 trillion cells’ consciousness. Another thing: usually we see children inheriting property, and sometimes character, education and position from their parents. In the same way, when a cell dies and goes, another cell replaces that cell and inherits the character of the previous. If this is what we are, then what do we understand as ourselves… Look at the contrast in our understanding and our reality. If you understand our reality as 1 trillion cells containing a consciousness which is unique, and each part of our system having a particular mind/character, and all this is put together to form a man, then just imagine the size of our operation. Huge.
I’ll give you another way of understanding. Let’s take our basic emotions such as anger, hatred, fear, jealousy, happiness etc. and give each a different color and imagine that our cells have different colors based on what is in it. Then if we look at our own body, we can understand what it is made up of. All these ingredients are sitting there. That is why each time we are responding in a different way. This is what we are.
Now, as we say, “I am suffering from anger or jealousy” – this means that this particular emotion is established in many cells of our system, external and internal, and this is all becoming a fuel for our expression. What we are trying to do here is to extract them and throw them out, that is why we call it cleansing. Why do I need the body? Otherwise I cannot communicate with you. However, understand one thing. When you evolve into higher levels of awareness, when you establish yourself in higher levels of awareness, you may not have as much requirement for the body as you used to in the lower awareness. In those times, the body is one way of expression, but there are numerous other avenues for expression. Coming to your specific point – how do I communicate with you, living so far away? How do certain entities come into your canvas? I am calling it a canvas because it’s much larger than the mind. You are sometimes encountering situations not when you are awake, but when you are in different realms (not even a state of dream, it’s a state beyond dreams). In those realms, communication becomes much simpler, if you are able to raise yourself to those levels. One point – there are numerous waves in space, but our TV cannot tune into every transmission. Likewise, we develop our eligibility to tune into different levels of transmission. Once you reach those levels you can connect in those realms. It is based on the level of subtlety. If you are talking about masters who are not in the physical body, but are available… how are they available? Because co-existence happens in the subtle form. Your subtle form is definitely available, but you are not conscious of it. You cannot have this level of operation if you are too concerned about the body and the physical constitution of your waking state. That means, when we are awake, we are too conscious of who I am, what I am, what is my qualification… All this baggage weighs you down, it makes you feel that you are the body, but actually speaking this is only one projection of our full consciousness. Is that too complicated to understand? Now, how subtle you go brings you more eligibility. The soul is very subtle, you can’t even see it, you can only feel its expression. You cannot see the petrol in the car, but without the petrol you would have to push the car. All of spirituality is about being more and more aware of our constitution, and starting to operate in that larger awareness. When you start operating in more subtle planes, you become more powerful. How do we talk in the planes beyond the dream state? Simple. Your subtle form connects to the subtlety of me, which is available, or entities like me, you convey a question and the answer is delivered. The projection from your mind is on forms, or what you call other masters, but there is only one master and numerous expressions. So, when you think of other masters, you are thinking of the forms which some people have taken at some point in time. I’ll give you an example. A person who is not very close to me, but who met me in one of the programs, was praying to Baba for an answer over for two consecutive nights. Baba is not in his physical body, but his consciousness is very much available. So, she was praying two nights consecutively and though I didn’t have this person’s number or contact, I knew her friend. I texted the answer to her friend and told her to please deliver it to her. This person was overwhelmed, saying that this was the answer she had been looking for. “How did Mohanji know what I prayed for?” she asked. She lives in the Fiji islands, thousands of kilometers away. Ultimately, the point is that in consciousness it’s all one. So the message is delivered through somebody. My validity is only in as much as I can deliver the message. This physical form has no value. The value is in the result delivered. Likewise, if you think about many masters and that they should come in their form to deliver the message, then you are not understanding the truth. Masters are all one in that realm, however there are various expressions in this level, because there should be. Everybody cannot reach everybody. However, it’s connected in one realm. Expressions are in many forms.
An excerpt from a satsang during Serbian retreat in May 2013
Transcribed by Tamara Bobic
Edited by Caroline Moscato