Satsang with Mohanji in Canada on 21st August, 2015, part 1
I’ll start with this short introduction, then I’ll take your questions.
I was discussing a beautiful question, “Can you explain in simple terms what God is?” I liked it because the question emerged from a pure heart. Some people ask questions because they have nothing else to do. But a question that actually happens within you, with a pure heart, requires an answer. I said, “God is consciousness.” One-word answer is- consciousness. If you want to explain consciousness, all you can say is “Consciousness is.” Nothing else. You cannot give any attribute to consciousness.
This is all God- everything, everywhere, whatever is manifested, whatever is not manifested, whatever cannot be manifested. But we consider an object or a particular form as God because we need a medium to connect to the unmanifested. If I say God has no form, it’s a theory. Until and unless you experience God as formless, you wouldn’t know; I could be lying. So when you connect to a person who represents the consciousness beyond human limitation, then you understand, “God can be this.”
But that is just one aspect of God. All the incarnations till now have been various aspects of one God. All manifestations are representations of one consciousness; the consciousness that is everything- which can’t be contaminated, modified, lessened or magnified. This is God. So how do you understand God in simple terms? You need to understand yourself, there is no shortcut. You need to check, “How am I operating?” We always go into ‘doing’ mode, “I do so many things so I can connect to God.” There’s no surety in using rituals to connect to God. Rituals are external and driven by insecurity. The more insecure you are, the more mind-oriented you are. Mind creates need, insecurity and fear. Can you reach the consciousness while operating from the mind? That is akin to using a spoon to measure the ocean. Will you be able to measure the ocean in this lifetime or many lifetimes? These, “Am I something? Is this that?” are all from the mind.
When you entertain your mind more and more, you further detach from the God. Remember this clearly. You are not able to catch God in this life because you are using your mind to catch God. Mind is too small an equipment to connect to God. God is omnipresent, all-powerful, immeasurable and real. Everything else is fake, i.e., temporary. Whatever is permanent is real. You have only one permanent aspect in you- your soul. Everything else- body, mind, intellect, desires- is temporary. When you are constantly handling temporary matters, how do you get to the real one? The same relativity that created existence, is also creating the illusion. You get to believe, “This is it, I found it.” Then what happens? We get stuck with it.
If the operating level is of a master like Baba, Bhagawan Nithyananda, or Lord Krishna, this is absolutely fine. Because they are established in God. They are revelling in the God consciousness. When you are constantly connecting to an entity, to a person who revels and swims in God consciousness, you become that as well. You are going in the right direction. Otherwise we are in the insecure mode, begging for something and unable to connect to God.
Why aren’t you manifesting God in the insecure mode? Because primarily you are begging for something. You are constantly telling God you lack something. Nature is like a mirror: reflecting back what you give. You are looking at the world and say, “I do not have it.” So the world will tell you, “You do not have it.” You are manifesting and remanifesting the same poverty- the absence of something. We take many births, but again we request more. That means you are not happy in your own skin. If you are not comfortable in your own skin, there cannot be any progress. Do you get me?
Please understand this because this is very vital. When I visit places, I gather what are the answers to be given based on the interactions I have. Here in Canada and also the world, this particular principle is important to understand. If you constantly tell the world that you do not have something, the world will give you the same state of not having.
So what is the best way? Accept yourself as you are. There is no other way. You created this body, form, character, constitution, destiny, lifestyle. You can’t change it. You had a choice before you went to buy a car. Because you carried some money in your pocket, you decided, “This is the model I want to buy.” Good enough. Once you purchase it, can you change the model? Usually not, because they registered the car in your name. Just like that once you take the body, it’s impossible to change the constitution. Then you can change only interiors. Change the interiors, which you can – now. How do you change it? Stop the begging mode. Stop the requesting mode saying, “God I am happy. I accept myself the way I am and also whether it is good, bad or ugly; this is what I chose.’’ You chose the society you live in and the people around you as well. Accept that too. I am not saying to be a doormat but be aware. When you accept everything with equanimity, clear understanding and awareness, progress starts and you start connecting to the supreme consciousness. How? Because you start understanding the texture of creation- spontaneity and non-interference.
“Am I right? Am I doing this right? Am I ready?” This is all resistance. When we resist things, we interfere in the karma. Resistance is pain. Whatever you resist, persists. Use something to remove the obstacle and then it’s gone; otherwise we are constantly in resistance mode.
If you understood this clearly – accept and share what you have. Nobody is telling you to share only money. Sharing money may not make you rich inside. What you have, you share. If you have love, share love. If you have kindness, share kindness. If you have money, share money. If you have food, share food. It doesn’t matter what you share, but share. The more you share, the richer you will become inside. That stays with you. There’s zero guarantee that outer richness can stay with you. It keeps changing hands. The nature of money is to flow. Stagnated money, is useless money.
Likewise, nature of love is movement. You love everybody, but if you do not express, what’s the use? You have a lot of kindness inside, but if you do not express it, is it useful? What you have, share. That makes you rich inside. That removes the blockages. That is when the God starts living in you. You purify the space. When the richness grows inside, you become eligible for God to operate through you, for masters to work through you. Otherwise we are just asking for more and more and contributing nothing to the world.
So I have explained the thought “What is God? and “What are you?” If you understood this, practise it. What is God? God and soul are the same: completely neutral and always in the witness mode. If you respect your soul, you respect God. All the external Gurus are guiding you to your internal true Guru- your soul. When you find your Guru within, you found everything. The soul guides your life, establishes your experiences, or takes you through the experiences, to the highest level of awareness. Without the soul, we are a dead body. And soul has 100% free will. You don’t have 100% free will. Because you chose a life. Once you chose a life, as I said, you can’t change your constitution. To some extent, you can modify it but basics remain the same.
I’ll take questions now.
Q: I understand your point that when you beg, you remain in poverty, and when you accept, you begin to receive. But there is also another aspect of recognising that you need to grow. How do you equate the need for growth and progress with acceptance?
A: “I need to grow.” Where does this ‘need’ come from?
Q: Sense of poverty.
A: Where does the sense of poverty come from?
Q: Not being connected to God… from your mind.
A: From the mind. So you are not the mind. The mind compares with other people and situations. You have your concept about being rich or being affluent in the society. You have your concept about your being something which you are not, that is exactly where the problem lies. But you chose a life, environment, constitution or experience and it will not be denied to you. The time, the space, the people, the environment, the knowledge and the set of experiences were chosen before you took the birth. It flows through time and at each age, we reach a different level of awareness. Fifteen years ago, you did not have the same awareness. Maybe ten years down the lane, you will have a different awareness. This is happening as per time. So life is giving you lessons. It is taking you through experiences. The more experiences you have, the more evolution you have. If there is resistance at any point in time, there is stagnation. That is registered back in your subconscious. What is registered in your subconscious becomes a pending agenda, which means a thing to do. When you have a to-do which is beyond this life, it provokes another life. So you are ensuring another life when you say, “I need this. I wanted that. This is not what I wanted.” So you constantly lack something which ensures you will have another incarnation. Or you can have clarity, “This is exactly what I chose. Let me handle it,” whether it is good, bad or ugly. With that awareness, you take each step and overcome, so that nothing stays in the mind. When there is no residue of an event inside you, there is no incarnation. Impression is the root cause of a desire. Without an impression, it’s an empty canvas and there can’t be a creation further unless you (your constitution) want it.
Q: How does karma and the need to do your karma associate with the full concept of being and letting things happen?
A: That is exactly what’s happening now. You are actually experiencing your karma, nothing else. If you are sitting here today, that is karma. Karma brought you here in this space. Karma is taking you from situation to situation, from awareness to awareness. All the masters who walked any path have told the same thing. Be aware that you are that. Whatever you are seeking is you. Whatever you are experiencing is exactly what you sought. In that moment if you experience a thing 100%, there is no need for another manifestation. If you partially experienced something, you always have a feeling I didn’t really enjoy it. E.g. if you eat a great meal while watching a match, you don’t even know what you ate. Then you may feel, ‘‘I need more. I should have the same thing.” Because the mind was absent. If the mind is present in the absolute sense, you experience life as it comes. Then everything is beautiful because it heads for completion. This is how we should live. Children live like that. They are absolutely in the moment, they experience a thing 100%, and they go on. That’s why they sometimes have a toy, they look at it, they feel it, they experience it and soon, they have no interest in it. Because whatever they do, they do 100%.
We don’t do that. We have a lot of cravings. One is laughter. We do not laugh wholeheartedly. Why? Ego controls it. Have you seen any adult laughing fully? They don’t. You see heaviness in people. Especially migrants! (laughter) Because you miss something back home but you think you could have a better life. Absolutely not, it’s not possible. This is what you chose. Laugh at life. It’s all a joke actually, it’s all a roleplay. You play various roles in life. If you keep laughing, your life will become very simple. You’ll only see the comedy part of life. You can’t see any seriousness. I’ve written a blog about it A Strange Revenge, have you seen it? Read the blog.
I have one request. All of you should read something which I have written (laughter). Because most of these questions I have answered before. I’d like you to challenge me with something new… If you spend ten minutes a day with a blog or video, not for my sake, not for me, but so that you are aware and so that you can make use of my time in a much better way. You will understand and ask beyond it. Otherwise, like Shirdi Baba said, people come to me not for the Highest, but for small things. What can I give them? They are coming with small cups. I fill them up. It’s easy. Bring a bucket to me! That’s what I like to see. Bring me something large. That means you increase your capacity, not that you bring a few of your insecurities. I’ll solve it for you, there is no problem. But that is not the end of your insecurities, understand. When you leave a vacuum where insecurities had existed, that space will be occupied by further insecurities. It is not going to be occupied by God unless you clean the space.
Q: If we have chosen everything, then we have chosen how we would die, haven’t we? Why would somebody choose a painful death?
A: It’s not a choice of that level. I’ll tell you a story.
A STORY OF KARMA
One woman married a guy she liked, but of a different religion. According to his religion, contraception was prohibited. So she was delivering a baby almost every year. After a dozen babies, she would ask God for only one thing, “Please stop this!” But it was too late in that life. When she was born in the next life, she faced a situation of no children. She started praying to God, “Please give me a child!” Do you see what happened? A manifestation which cannot happen in one life, becomes real in another life.
I’ll tell you another scenario.
A STORY OF FEAR OF FLYING
Some people have a fear of flying because of some past karma. They fear a catastrophe. Eventually, the trapped fear becomes a manifestation. When you have a constant fear about something, it persists, you are energising it. If it can’t happen in this life, you will have a manifestation of it in another life. It’s not a conscious choice. Replace that fear with faith. ‘I have this fear, I do not like it, but I surrender it at your feet.’ You detach from it and overcome it. Instead, you are nurturing a fear- fear of failure, fear of not having a job, fear of having no money. Everything will manifest at some point in time because that has been a thought in your mind. Thought is the first level of creation. But nobody consciously chooses an accident. The wrong thought and the wrong nurturing becomes a reality of a catastrophic mode.
You can see that happening in everyday life. We scare children that if they don’t eat the food, police will come. So they become scared of police. When they meet a policeman, they are not cordial with him because they have a fear. Likewise when children fall down, some people slap the ground and say, ‘Oh, because of this the child fell down.’ What did the child learn? To blame something else. We are making the child insecure. Instead, you could tell the child, ‘Oh, you fell down, it’s ok, everyone falls down. Failure is ok, after failure is success. Get up. Walk.” If you cultivate positivity, the child will learn to handle life as it comes. Otherwise they will only have insecurity.
Understand creation is complex. It’s not just action or reaction. What you think, what you represent, what you nurture, you manifest.
Q: On a day-to-day basis, we come across many situations, sometimes the job goes away, or we are anxious whether our child will get admission… Is there a quick tool so that realisation comes down so that you can easily detach from these thoughts?
A: It’s a lifestyle, not just one incident. In the morning, pray to Maha Vishnu saying take care of the day, because he is the sustainer. “Whatever I do during the day I offer at the feet of Narayana, the Lord of the survival, the maintenance.” In the night, we decide to ‘die’ which means we go to bed. We surrender to Lord Shiva and say, “Whatever I’ve done, whether it is good or bad, I surrender it at your feet.” Shiva is the lord of dissolution. At no point, do we take ownership. When we do not take ownership, there is no stress. This should be a lifestyle. That is why our elderly people who practiced it, went through life effortlessly with lesser complications.
When you take ownership, you bear the impact too. ‘I am doing it, I am the doer.’ You can see there is no humility in most children today. Humility is a culture. Arrogance is not going to give them any benefit in the future. Instead if you nurture them to say, ‘Can I help you,’ it will fetch them a lot of mileage in the future. That is why I say the hospitality industry is very good because children need to serve. If you look at Sathya Sai Baba group etc., there is a lot of emphasis on service – serve all love all. This culture can help tide through the troubles of life. Instead we look at the world in an antagonistic way: you versus the world. What you are, you get. It is important that we cultivate in children, ‘Can I help you? Is there anything I can do for you?’
Today’s children are gadget oriented. They do not care about people. They consider everybody as nuisance. What happens? They can’t face anything in life. They are not used to failure. Meanwhile education tells them, ‘Kick or kill but don’t be a loser.’ Hence the suicide rate is climbing. Actual losership is if you do not use this life to tame your mind. Then it’s basically a wasted life. You have to come back and do it again. You cannot carry anything when you die. That is why Alexander the Great spread out his empty hands in the coffin just to show that despite conquering the world, he carried nothing. He came empty-handed and he left empty-handed. These are all fundamentals of existence. Today if we need a better world, we need to be sensitive. ‘It doesn’t matter what you do but you make profit.’ We are teaching this insensitivity to children! Where will it take the world? In the last hundred years, the world has suffered more in the last century than in all history of mankind combined. We are all creators of victims of the same changes. Yet we continue to be insensitive, demanding, ‘Things are not right’. How can things be right? We have already destroyed the whole tapestry. Basic truths.
Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic
Edited by Aviral Srivastava