An excerpt from the Serbian retreat in May 2015
These are not just words but a change of vibration
These are not just words. Understand, as I said, a frequency is being built. This becomes a command to your subconscious and that triggers the transformation. This is very important to understand. It’s just like people who sit around a Master. The Master doesn’t even speak, with one glance, with one look, he transfers, and huge transformation happens. Thus, shaktipat happens through drishti (focused gaze), through walking, when I talk, through the eyes or actual physical shaktipat. It happens on all levels. If you choose to disconnect from some, you will stay where you are. Actually, energy is transferred through words, it goes into the system and it triggers something, it creates miracles.
Compassion is a very clarified kind of love. If your level of operation is compassion all the time, then you are already in a high level of spirituality. This “me”, “mine” and all those selfish and personal words show that you are operating in the level of ignorance. However when you see yourself in everybody’s eyes, you are already spiritual.
Lead by example, not by preaching
Q: Sharing deep spiritual experiences with others, yes or no?
A: Write it down. It depends on who you are sharing with. If you are talking to a wall, it’s of no use. Many people are like that. When I used to have great spiritual experiences, I never used to share. Even with Biba, we never discussed many spiritual experiences. First of all, it takes a level of connection. Secondly, frequency matching is required, and third, the person should be able to understand what we are talking about. Otherwise, it’s better to talk about a film or good music. This is ok, because they will understand. However, you should write your experience down, it is important to write it down. This is because, if at any point in time the mind says that it did not happen, you can always read it. Yes, it happened.
It’s better not to talk to people who are not receptive. They will think that we are trying to prove something to them. They will not understand, they will think that we are eager to prove something and then it will be a very bad situation. Nobody can understand our consciousness, unless they have raised theirs to that level. However always live your present state. When you have inner peace, let it show. Not by talking, but by living.
How is our spiritual growth relevant to past and future generations?
It’s because you took birth in a particular family. There is something called lineage karma, and it runs through generations. It’s like your parents have a property and you inherit it. Your parents have their parents, and they inherited it from them. Like that it goes, it runs through the generations. In some families there has been a lot of richness, probably in the royal families, so they would have accumulated a lot of karmas, both positive and negative, and that also runs through the family lineage. Understand, everything is vibration, various levels of vibration, frequency. This vibration continues. Even our character has a lot of input from society, family, from all the things we have seen and heard. Like that, everything moulds us, everything makes us. When you do good things, there is a disconnection happening in some level, it’s all frequency. When we consistently express compassion, the energy which we create around us and in our family disconnects from some of the negative vibrations that have been coming through the channel.
It’s like this: I’m holding her and she wants to go outside. If I don’t let my hand go, it’s not possible for her to go. With my good activity I’m releasing my hand, she is free. So, unhooking is what’s happening, we are unhooking from various levels of vibrations, frequencies. The best method is gratitude. The more gratitude you have for everything behind you and everything ahead of you, the more you will be free. Gratitude has a lot of power. The opposite is hatred. Hatred pulls you down, binds you. Gratitude liberates you. It’s important to have gratitude for everything, even the air we breathe, the food we eat, the environment, everything. That automatically releases you. When you understand the vibrations and when you look at the whole of life as frequency, you will see how it gets disconnected and connected. For example, all the people who are sitting here now have some connection with me, otherwise you would not be listening to me. Or even if you listened, you would not understand. The connection has to happen. When connection happens, everything else is spontaneous.
How to dilute and complete karma
It’s not easy to understand what brought a particular result. That which makes you experience the world is all karma. However, is it what you brought forward, is it from your lineage or is it from time? It’s not easy to understand why you are actually living it. Thus, the best method is being objective at all times. In Sanskrit it’s called Nirvitarka samadhi state. That means, something is happening and you are fully aware that the situation is happening, but at the same time, you accept it as it is. “This is ok”. That means, you do not allow your mind to be ruffled by anything. What normally creates anger or frustration is expectation. The more expectation you have, the more disappointment you also have. This is a vicious circle. So, when you handle life say, “Ok, this situation is happening, let me experience it 100%”. That way everything becomes conclusive, complete. When everything is complete at each point in time, your life is complete also. Otherwise, the mind will be like “this one or that one, did I do it right or wrong”, guilt or anxiety, life goes like that. You cannot prescribe a particular format for this. Life does not have a format. Each person has a particular time of birth and time of death. This moment is the only reality. What happened in the past is finished. We do not know what will happen in the future. So let’s not worry about it. If something good happens – good, if something bad happens – ok, we’ll handle it. If you look at life with that kind of equanimity, life is complete. I like to look at life as a joke. Because the more serious somebody is, the more acts of foolishness they will perform. I meet hundreds of people, I see a lot of very serious people committing a lot of acts of foolishness. However if you are able to laugh at life, then the whole life is laughter.
When all temptations are over, you will reach there
It’s always the case. Look at the transit from your 1st standard to 2nd standard, to the 3rd class. Each time the hurdle is bigger. When you graduate, you have crossed over various hurdles. In the journey, the whole power and protection is given. This is if you are connected to a master, a tradition, a proper method, that gives you protection and power. Secondly, you are transiting from unconscious to conscious. Unconscious is gross. We go about our daily life in a routine manner. It’s almost like an animal’s life. We wake up in the morning, go through the chores of life and then we sleep. There is nothing happening there. Every day and every night, it goes on and on. This is unconscious existence. From there we are trying to achieve conscious existence. So the transition is from gross to subtle. The journey is clear. So, where is the problem? The path is stable, the road is stable, the guru is stable, the method is stable, there is no problem. The problem is in the mind. We are handling a mind which is unstable. It applies to all of us. Nobody can say my mind is absolutely stable, or else they wouldn’t be sitting here. We are talking about an unstable mind, which is trying to be stable. What to expect? Instability. Up and down swings. Some days very high in connection, some days no connection. We have to walk with this reality. There are zero shortcuts. However, if all of the time, you are aware of where you are going and what your destination is, and if you have conviction, then you will reach it. You have perhaps heard this English story. A mother gave some money to her 10 year old child and told him to fetch some bread. The boy went all the way and there were various other shops. He resisted many shops, but there was one sweet shop he couldn’t resist. He spent the money, ate the sweets and came back home without the bread. Mother was not happy. She gave him more money and said “don’t do that again and this time get me bread”. The next time he could not resist the toy shop. He came back with a toy. The mother was definitely not happy, yet gave him more money and again sent him out for bread. The third time he got the bread. This is our state also. We travel, and on the way we see various things, other emergencies come, then we lose the destination, we forget what we need to do. However, again, we go back. Thus, keep the consistency, as this is the way to go. One thing you can be sure of, is that one day you will reach the bread shop. When all the temptations are over, you will reach there. So, I would say it’s worth the walk.
Every guru is valuable, just remove the frame
This is every man’s question, glad you asked it. I am falling in love all the time. She (Biba) doesn’t know. First point: Why did you feel sad about the first guru? The love was there, definitely there was love, however with the love there was conditioning, expectation. The same thing has happened in history also. Some people found out that Paramahamsa Yogananda, one of the greatest teachers the world has ever seen, had children. He was supposed to be a celibate swami. So many people stopped practicing kriya. Paramahamsa Yogananda didn’t lose anything, the people lost. What was the problem? We have created a frame about a particular individual. We should never marry the Guru, only marry the teachings. The trap is expectation. We are binding a person to an expectation. If that person sticks to the expectation that we have, we like him, otherwise we hate him. All these masters are one. There is nothing new I can teach you. What others have said, I am saying. Probably in a different language, using a different style, different expression, method of communication. However, what Lord Krishna said, and later on what Moses and Jesus said, everybody said the same thing. You are that. This is what everybody said. At the end of the day, there is only one message: What you are looking for is already inside you. This is the only message. If you look at all the religions, all the teachings, traditions, ultimately it amounts to “You are that”.
We are experiencing life at every moment. We are experiencing gurus at every moment. We are experiencing places at every moment. Why do we go to a place, or a particular guru, or a particular book? Because it opens up a different dimensioning in us, which was sleeping before. Some of us went to Kailash last year, a long distance, 21000 feet high. People asked, “Are you crazy, why are you going all the way up there? What is there to see, is there a big temple?” I said there is nothing, just a hill, just a mountain. However, the location opens up a dimension in you, which you cannot open up yourself. There is no need to reconnect, you are already connected, with every guru. For example, there are many bricks in this wall, and all these bricks are valuable. If you say these couple of bricks are not needed, maybe the whole wall will collapse. Like that, in our life, every moment, every message, every guru is valuable. However, remove the frame, remove the conditioning from this relationship. Ok, you want to enjoy life – enjoy life, I love your teaching. Then you are free and they are free.
When you love one master, all masters receive love
There was a great master who hardly spoke. He would just sit and meditate. All the people would sit around him in his energy field, they all meditated and got various levels of awakening. One day he wrote on the sand “I will speak tomorrow”. His disciples were excited. The next day, everybody was ready to listen and he said “I am leaving my body, I’m dying”. All these days they had been waiting for some words from him and finally they heard the words, however he said that he was leaving his body. Before he left, he wanted to give all of them the biggest gift any guru could give to any disciple. Everybody was excited. He said “I give you freedom, go. There is nothing bigger than that. I give you freedom. But remember, do whatever you like in life, alcohol, prostitution, anything you like, except, do not sell God. If you sell God, God will not complain. However, you can’t handle the weight of God.” All the gurus are aware of it. That is the real masters, not the ones who sell God. Thus, when you connect to such real masters, there should be no conditions. They will operate in a completely different perspective and frame. This is because they are not bound by conditionings. For them, karma is equal to fulfilment. What is the source of karma? Desire. Why do we have a desire? We have a craving for fulfilment. A strong, unfulfilled desire becomes karma. So, karma has to be fulfilment, right? True masters operate only in that plane, there is nothing else, nothing behind, nothing forward. There is only yes or no, there is no maybe. So, we cannot judge a master. Why this master is operating in that plane, we do not know. For example, Shirdi Sai Baba used to sit and smoke for hours. However if we start smoking because Baba smoked, we will become smokers. We will not become Baba. We had another great master, Shankar Maharaj. His body was deformed. They say he had eight deformities on his body, so he did not look so good. He used to drink alcohol and smoke all the time. He would sit in a corner, people would come to see him and give him alcohol, and he would drink. Again, he never used to teach anybody anything. A lot of people would look at him drinking and sit. Many of them became terribly intoxicated, even though they didn’t touch the alcohol. How do we know he was a great master? Suddenly he would go to some house in the neighbourhood, mostly in the morning hours when the husbands or fathers were not in the house and only women were there. He would say “I need to take a bath, please bathe me”. How could anybody do that? A deformed stranger coming in and saying “Please bathe me”. He understood the dilemma and suddenly became a 2-3 year old child. They would bathe him and then he would again go back to his old form and walk away. So what is the reality here? Is he actually a deformed man or is he a child? Or is it an illusion? The reason I’m telling this story is that do not think that what you see, or recognize, is the truth. What we are trying to do is understand subtle matter with a gross mind. Subtle matter remains subtle, flexible, it can be created, uncreated, however, gross remains the same and our perception remains the same. So, whenever we have a frame we also have pain. What are these frames? Our concepts. Concepts sit in the mind and prevent us from progressing and seeing the truth, reality. The reason I have told all these stories is because everything is here, in our mind. All masters are one. When you love one master, all masters receive the love. There is no barrier there. It’s all one consciousness. Just a bubble which has come out for the sake of expression, and the bubble will die and go. The ocean will remain the same. It’s all in us. I hope you have understood. The main point is to break all the frames and look from the higher perspective. Everything is clear. All the masters are one, taking various forms, but one consciousness. Each form has a duration and a purpose. Once the duration and purpose are finished, they dissolve and another bubble comes. That bubble’s job is the same. Maybe time is different, language is different, expression is different, looks are different, but the point is the same. YOU ARE THAT. One master is every master. Yogananda said “If you consider me as your guru, I am all masters. Everybody is represented in me.” Likewise, every master is represented in every master. So there is nobody higher or lower, it’s all one.
Guru principle, Guru Tattwa
Guru is a principle, not always a human being. The principle can also work through a human being. When there is a disciple, I assume the form of a guru. Otherwise, I am not a guru all the time. When I play with Mila, I am a father. She wouldn’t look at me as a guru. Everything is situational. When the child comes you become the father, when the wife comes you become the husband, when the lover comes you become the lover, when you are going shopping you are a shopper, when you are walking on the street you are a pedestrian. It’s all situational, all of life is situational.
I’ve nothing to give you, I’m empty, I can give you only emptiness
I’ve been talking since 2008, so I decided this is enough, too much talking. I decided to pull out from the public life. Because I started feeling that I’m wasting my time and other people’s time. There was a great master called Vittal Babaji, he left his body last year, and died at the age of 102. He used to consider me like a son, so I had the freedom to ask him a few questions which are not normally asked. He is the one who gave me the title Raja Yogi.
I told him that I needed to talk to him privately. So he sent everybody away and said “Ok, ask, what’s your question?”. I said “I need permission to withdraw from public life”. He asked “Why?”. I said “I have nothing to give to anybody, I don’t know why they are coming to see me. You know, honestly, I am empty. I don’t want to boast or pretend.” So he said “This is exactly what you should give. People are all filled up. Give them emptiness. That is why you are here”. See, this is the truth. The whole of spirituality is about being empty. Gurus appear, gurus fill, gurus take you. However the basic quality a disciple needs to have is emptiness. I shall never forget his words. He said “You give what you have. Don’t try to give what you do not have. Then it is pretension”. The biggest gift you can give in this world today is emptiness. Completely empty, free.
When love connects, there’s beauty in it
When love connects, there is beauty in it. When expectation connects, there is no beauty, it is like a dead body. Once the expectation is finished or not attended to, it dies. However when love connects, there is always a blossom, a flower. There is a swami of my age, that I really love, and he loves me. He is actually celibate and the head of an ashram. He was telling me, “Mohanji, I don’t like to go to Europe. Somebody told the people that I don’t like to eat food.” So I said “Swamiji, why didn’t you tell them that you were hungry?” He said “I told them I was hungry so they gave me some grass. I told them to give it to the cow and to give me some bread”. Then the lady of the house said “Swamiji, you eat bread?”. Then he said “When is the next flight, I’m going back”. Another thing he said was that it was very cold, it was winter time and there was one only a mat on the ground for him to sleep on. He was shivering in the cold, it was not good enough. Somehow he managed until morning, he sat and meditated and finished the night. Then they came and asked “Swamiji, did you sleep well?” and he said “Yes, yes, I have never meditated like this in my life”. They said “Swamiji, but in your ashram we slept like this”. Then he said “Yes, but that’s a tropical country, there is no cold like here”. So, my question was “Swamiji, why don’t you come to Europe?” and he said “No, no, no, I had one experience and that’s enough”. The point is that the concepts are the problem. Somebody said that this man doesn’t eat food, maybe just raw food, and that he sleeps in a modest way. However, that is in his house, in his climate. So I told Swamiji, “One thing I have learned in all my travel is that the most precious thing that we hardly get is common sense. So if you find somebody with common sense you’re very happy”. There are a lot of people with excellent education, good knowledge, who are very great speakers, but…
Free yourself from yourself
Have you ever thought why certain things stay with us, why they are not leaving us? Actually speaking we are suffocated with this baggage. We are tired of it. However, something in us does not allow us to leave it. That is the ego. Ego creates fear. Ego creates such fear that if you lose it what will happen to you? This is because it will create a situation where you will feel an abnormality. So freedom is actually freedom from yourself. When you are free from yourself, you are free from the whole situation around you. Spiritual powers are spontaneous. They are automatic. They happen to you when you are empty. You don’t need to go searching for them. Inner peace is the same. Emptiness is the same. Your effort is in letting go.
Transcribed by Tamara Bobic
Edited by Caroline Moscato