Remembering Baba Ganeshananda Giri Maharaj

Written on 29th April

Our beloved Ganeshananda Giri attained Maha Samadhi (Left his body) this morning. A few month’s of acquaintance but deep bonding. Showers of love. An unforgettable master. He was perhaps the only living individual who touched and walked with Sai Baba of Shirdi. And Sai Baba walked with him always. My humblest pranaams at His lotus feet.

The whole day I felt so dry and empty. Despite back to back programs in Durban, my heart was with Babaji. I was there. Right from morning until now, a deep pain and emptiness, a vacuum, a lingering piece of sadness, despite the clear awareness that Babaji will work beyond the realms of the physical for the benefit of the world, through all of us.
When we parted last after the function on March 6th – that’s the last time I physically met him, he said “I am with you. Sai Baba is with you too”. We met in mid December for the first time in this physical realm. Never really knew or cared what this meeting was for. He said, “Baba asked me to meet Mohanji. Where will I find him? I consoled myself – Baba will bring him to me.” We met after 3 years. What was the hurry? This was the hurry. We may not have met at all, if it was not for this urgency.
Babaji left us this morning. I spoke to him before I left India. He said, “Travel safely. Everything will be okay. Do not worry about anything,” just like a loving parent, he blessed me. He has always been kind to me, loving and considerate. He held my hand whenever I sat next to him, just like Vittal Babaji used to do, the unconditional love and child like affection used to flow. Today, at Durban, when we performed homa, we remembered him and offered homa for him. My mind was so empty that I could hardly talk anything else at today’s evening function without talking about this humble saint.
I have always considered myself as totally insignificant and irrelevant in this jungle of life consisting of varied emotions. Vittal Babaji, Baba Ganeshananda, Avadhoota Nadananda, Vanamali Amma, Devi Amma and a few others – made my life meaningful. I have never experienced this kind of unconditional love from anybody else. Total lack of judgement and total acceptance as you really are!
We all come here for a few days. We leave in a few days. When we will part, we do not know. Only love is real. We may agree with some people. We may disagree with some people. Nothing really matters. Everything passes on. Everything changes shape. The pain that we give to others will remain as guilt and heaviness in our mind. The happiness that we share comes back as grace. The true value of this existence is the grace of these masters. Their love and kindness. The first hand experience of truth in their eyes. The first time I met him, I could see that he may leave anytime. I asked him too. He said, “Baba told me not to leave my body at Shirdi, instead go to Chennai and leave the body there. We shall build a temple there and my samadhi”. I told our people to note down in paper how his samadhi should be as per his wish. Nobody expected him to leave so soon. And he was in a hurry to complete the temple because he knew his time was limited on earth. We have to complete what we started, in the name of Sai well within the provided capacity. When will the world understand a true master?
Only Love. Only Gratitude. My humble prostrations…

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On Meditation, Charity and Healing

Life Positive Expo – Satsang with Mohanji –  Part 4

 

Q: I have been practicing TM (Transcendental Meditation) for the last 20 years and find it quite effective and fulfilling. What is your advice regarding such meditations?

 

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All the gurus in the world, and all the programmes in the world have some value to somebody. We have no right to say that something is good or bad. Just remember this. Something which binds you, which gives you fear, is not good for you. A guru, method or practice which binds you, controls you or gives you fear, is not so good. This is because you are working on a fear basis. Fear is anti-liberation. Fearlessness is liberation, because there is nothing to fear. 

 

 

A: I never ever say something is right or something is wrong. This is because  I am nobody to say that. I am nobody to say some guru is better than the other, or that some method is better than the other. I feel that everything has value in this world. This is my opinion and this is what I feel. If you have done TM for 20 years, I think it is good for you. Because actually, why not? However, I would like you to think about two things. Firstly, how much emptiness have you achieved inside? The clear signs of spiritual progress are fearlessness and silence inside. Nobody can deny this. People can have their opinion, but one cannot see the inner silence which one feels – the knowing that whatever happens, I am fine. If this is achieved, then it is definitely effective. If it has not been achieved, fine-tune it in such a way that you start shedding more. As I explained previously, when emotions come, shed the emotions. Again, do the practice, because practice has nothing to do with it. It has to do with your constitution. If you are not letting go and you are practising, then you are merely adding one more habit. Consider whether you are adding one more habit, or whether you are actually living it and attaining emptiness and fearlessness. These are the two signs which you can trust for any spiritual progress, for any path. However, my personal opinion is that all the gurus in the world, and all the programmes in the world have some value to somebody. We have no right to say that something is good or bad. My general criteria for good versus bad is that something which binds you, which gives you fear, is not good for you. A guru, method, or practice which binds you, controls you, or gives you fear, is not so good. This is because you are working on a fear basis. Fear is anti-liberation. Fearlessness is liberation, because there is nothing to fear. There is nothing to be afraid of.

 

So this is my general guideline about whether a guru or a master is good or not. Some people create a lot of fear in order to bind. This means there is something else going on. This is not liberation. Just be careful. Otherwise there is no problem with any method, or any guru, or any path of spirituality. You choose what suits you. I cannot say this is the shirt size you should buy, because it suits  me. It may not suit you. You buy what suits you. It is a prerogative of any disciple. The Upanishad says, “The guru that comes to you  is the one for you.“ If a method has come to you, practise it.

 

Q: Apart from meditation, should there be some orientation for a spiritual seeker ?

 

A: If a person is oriented towards bhakti, devotion, even a small thing can trigger the ultimate in them. Nobody is one thing. Each person is a complex character. Thus paths of bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jyana yoga, will all help. What ingredient you are, what suits you, is the main thing. I should not say that something is for you. Of course if somebody follows me, I guide them, that’s different. However the tap (sanskrit original of tapas = heat) is your daily life. You cannot separate from your daily life and do tapas. Penance should happen when you are not attached to the results of an activity. Renunciation is then spontaneous. Renunciation is non-attachment to the result of an activity. This is renunciation. It does not mean going away into the forest or elsewhere. The reason people go into the forest is to avoid contamination. However if you are a householder, this is not a method to follow. I would say that everything (tap, seva, etc.) should be done within your constitution, capacity, and position. Then it’s fine. However, if you try to imbibe something which is somebody else’s thing, it will never be yours. It will always be somebody else’s idea. Even an idea, a concept, if you are just trying to absorb it, it will still be somebody else’s.

 

Q: How do we redistribute our income?

 

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Everybody has something in abundance. Not everybody has money. You may also have the time, knowledge and skills to do charity. Charity is something where you give what you have in abundance, not what you think you must do. 

 

 

A: This is not just about income. The scriptures say, “Give what you have.“ If you have knowledge, you give knowledge. If you have time, you give time. If you have money, you give money. Give what you have. Don’t confuse giving with money. It’s not just about money. What the scriptures want you to give is what you have in abundance. Everybody has something in abundance. Not everybody has money. Nevertheless it doesn’t mean they should not do karma yoga. They should serve, but give what they have. Sometimes people have time, or knowledge and skills, for example teaching somebody to earn more. This is it. Income is what you already have.

Q: I have applied this in my life, 10% of my income goes to helping others.

A: That’s good, and individualistic. When you give 10% you are already expressing non-attachment to the money part. Non-attachment is renunciation. Non-attachment is working, it helps. Everything helps provided you are aware of what it is. Many people tell me, “I have no money to do charity.“ I say,“That’s absolute non-understanding. You have the time, knowledge and skills to do charity. Charity is something where you give what you have in abundance, not what you think you must do.

 

 
Q: What is the cause of widespread cancer and depression today in India?

A: There are a few reasons for it. Firstly, any illness happens because there is a blockage of energy. How does energy get blocked? It’s because you are suppressing your feelings and various things are then stored inside. Whenever there is a storage and no circulation of it, it means there is no free movement of energy. There is always a blockage and that blockage gives an ailment. This is one of the reasons.

 

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The education system has made people “run the race” rather than develop their individuality. The system is not worried about the individuality of a person. Everybody is created as another brick in the wall. All you do is run and win the race. 

 

 

One of the reasons there is a lot of depression today is because the education system has made people “run the race“ rather than develop their individuality. The system is not worried about the individuality of a person. Everybody is created as another brick on the wall. All you do is run and win the race. Furthermore, what often happens is that people cannot accept failure and thus commit suicide. This is because failure is completely unacceptable in our society, and if these people feel society doesn’t accept them, then they go to the extreme. Another point is that if you look closely at society, nobody is really happy because the main thing they are feeling is the emotion. Media sell emotions. All the novels, programmes, television shows, et al. are giving you inputs which are of an emotional nature. When you sponsor emotions too much, depression is the result. The spiritual quotient is very, very low. There are a lot of religious quotients. This is creating wars outside. My religion, your religion, this religion, that religion… All this is creating a lot of confusion outside. As I said, religion is only a method for spirituality. Spirituality however, is missed. True spirituality is not addressed. If a person is truly spiritual, he will be kind, compassionate and satisfied with what he has. There will be no depression. If you are dissatisfied with what you have, then it’s a problem.

 

So how do we address all of this? It’s very, very simple. Increase the awareness. First of all, we lack the awareness that this is not just a human world. It is a world for every being, for every every species. Humans have occupied the whole world. It is only due to the mercy of humans that other species survive. We should start from there. It all begins with the concept of coexistence, of being one with the whole species, with all beings. From there we develop a fundamental outlook on education. We used to have it in India, until we destroyed the backbone of Indian education. This began with the destruction of sanskrit. Sanskrit is not a language, it is a culture. With the destruction of sanskrit, the culture was destroyed. Another example is the fuss that has been made about banning cow slaughter. Nobody has been telling the truth behind it. Why did the ancient rishis support the preservation of cows? There is no other animal whose dung you can use as an antiseptic, or to pave the ground and have a clean space. No other animal’s dung is used, including human. Furthermore, a cow is supposed to be similar to a tree. A tree absorbs all the carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. A cow in its fifteen years of life, is supposed to absorb all the negativities of society, but it leaves the dung which is pure. This means it stores everything and keeps it in the body. That is why they say, “If you eat that meat, you eat all the contamination of the world.“ They also say it’s an injustice to an animal which is preserving the composition of the atmosphere. Just like when you cut a tree, you are actually cutting down your option for oxygen. The cow is the only species which can absorb all the negativity and release only the positive. The dung, the urine are good for Ayurvedic medicines. Its milk and butter are edible. We should respect cows because they are good to us. They are always meditative and non-aggressive. There is God in every portion of its body. This is because each deity has a particular character and constitution. So each part of the body has a character and a constitution which absorbs negativity into the body. This has also been told by rishis, but I have never heard anybody talking about it. Debating whether we should kill cows or not was very, very silly.

 

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The cow is the only species which can absorb all the negativity and release only the positive. There is God in every portion of its body. This is because each deity has a particular character and constitution which absorbs negativity into the body. 

 

 

Why did we lose all this tradition? When did we lose it? We lost it when we started looking outside. If you look inside, you have the answers. This is logical. Why did all the rishis have this? Even in our house, when you have a cow or a calf, it automatically protects the house, preventing any entities from coming inside. The people are healthy because the cows absorb all the negativities. They store them, then die and leave. In fifteen years, they remove a lot of things. This is what has been told by the saints. We must understand the truth behind all this, then there will be no confusion. No other animals are in that category, because they don’t have that capacity, including humans.

 

Q: How do you explain unexpected death?

A: Unexpected for whom? There is nothing unexpected. When it’s time to go, you go.

Q: Please tell us about healing techniques to relieve us from sickness?

A: There are numerous healing techniques, and everything is of value, but please understand one thing. As a general instruction I give to all the healers in the world, the more you get emotionally involved with a patient, the more easily you attract that illness. I have seen that in the auras of a lot of people. You attract the effect of that illness and it stays with you, while the patient will be happy, and healed. HA HA. It’s because you collected it. So when you heal, please understand that you are only serving as a medium.

 

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The more you get emotionally involved with a patient, the more easily you attract that illness. Understand that your attitude should not be one of healing – healing is happening through you and you are just a channel. When you remain as a channel, and when you remain objective and neutral, this is ok. 

 

 

You are being a channel. Stay as a channel and heal a person. You must say,“If it is karmically ok, then let the person be healed.“ That should be your attitude. Your attitude should be one of goodness for sure, to help people. However understand that your attitude should not be one of healing – healing is happening through you and you are just a channel. When you remain as a channel, and when you remain objective and neutral, this is ok. Otherwise you will become baggage for garbage. You will not know what to do with it. Understand that each soul comes with a life plan. The soul completes its plan during a lifetime because it takes a number of breaths, just like the amount of money you need at the supermarket. You have to complete it within this lifetime. There is no other way.

 

Q: Can the next incarnation start in the current life itself because of an individual’s spiritual development during one lifetime,?

A: It is possible. This is a good point. This can happen in one life also. Take for example Shivananda. At one point in time, once a lifestyle is finished, another is called. In the same body. In astrology it is called death. Astrology says you are supposed to die at this time, but you do not physically die. You change tracks. Astrology said I was supposed to die at the age of 35. Now I am 51, but life has changed the track. This is possible, definitely possible, because you stop being what you were after death. Then you are in a different track, a completely different mode, and the people who knew you before would not know what you are doing. That person’s death has finished them. Now it’s a different being. That is because the purpose has changed. So it is not taking two lives, sometimes it happens in one life. This is definitely possible.

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

A Vertical Existence

Life Positive Expo – Satsang with Mohanji – Part 3

 

Q: How do you select the best meditation practice for yourself?

 

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Meditation is not an activity, please understand. Meditation is a state. The state where you are dissolving yourself. It is actually a communion with yourself. 

 

 

A: Actually it’s individualistic. I would say that the best meditation is being with yourself. This is what I feel. Rather than having a programme, or a method, or following somebody’s course, I would like you to spend time with yourself. Try to know yourself a little more. For example, an Iranian lady was in a crisis, and said to me, “I want a quick remedy.“ I said,“Feel your face. You see your face in the mirror, but have you felt it?“ She said,“There is a creation in it.“ I said, “Yes. Now explore the creation. How are your nose, eyes and ears all in that place? Go within.“ Now she has reached a level of silence where she is very peaceful. Thus actually, the first level is being you. Connecting to you. Feeling yourself, understanding yourself, recognising yourself. It is plunging into you. I think this is the best meditation you can ever have, for which you need only one individual. It takes patience. Processed food is very easy, but processed food never helps your digestive system, does it? This is because the digestive system becomes useless with processed food. On the other hand, while raw food is not as tasty as processed food, it suits you because you are originally ’raw’, and raw food helps you. Similarly, this path is a little difficult, but it will definitely take you to the state of Shiva. When I say Shiva, I do not mean the person sitting with a snake etc. It is a state where you are in bliss. That state is possible when you know yourself. It can be attained in one life for sure, provided you have patience. Spend time with yourself. Don’t look for other people’s approval, or consider other people’s opinion of you. These do not matter. I can decide that you are something, but it doesn’t really matter because whatever my opinions of you are, they are only good enough for me. However, you are you. It doesn’t matter. Cut down all these kinds of external considerations. Feel yourself and analyse yourself. “Are all my activities worthwhile. Is whatever I am doing today worthwhile? Are my activities compulsive?“ These are important questions you must ask yourself. “Why am I doing this particular activity now?“ Don’t question other people outside. Ask yourself, because this is self-exploration.

 

 

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I like to take people out of the frames and say, this is you, now meet yourself. Once you meet yourself, there is nothing else to be. Then everything is a reflection. There is no world outside if you do not exist. There is no world outside if you have no life. Everything is a projection. 

 

 

 

Meditation is not an activity, please understand. Meditation is a state. The state where you are dissolving yourself. This is why the idea of meditation has been violated. What we hear about now is not meditation. Meditation is actually a communion with yourself. What we experienced earlier in the Power of Purity is not a meditation. I call it a meditation to avoid all the questions about what a communion is, etc. People like concepts and make frames. I like to take people out of the frames and say, this is you, now meet yourself. Once you meet yourself, there is nothing else to be. Then everything is a reflection. There is no world outside if you do not exist. There is no world outside if you have no life. Everything is a projection.  Of course, when you are eating food, you are actually eating because you fill your belly. However, all of the intake depends on you. Whether it is food for the body, emotion for the mind, knowledge for the intellect, at any point in time anything can become a reason for obesity. Emotional obesity is possible because we watch soap operas. Trash is given in bulk and we buy it. Thus everything has that effect on us. It is important to meet you, to understand you. I think that is the best practice. You can then take methods from other masters, or whichever meditation suits you, provided you have met yourself. If you haven’t met yourself, this is the first thing you should do. If you have not recognised yourself, that is the first thing you need to do. In this way, you can move forward. Once you have met yourself, then any meditation is fine. Whatever you consume, gets digested because you are already in tune with yourself. Mind is still with the body. Body is in alignment with the mind and whatever you take is easily digested. Otherwise there is already indigestion, and you are eating more. It is then just an activity. That activity only leads to further activity and the mind is occupied. If you truly want to progress spiritually, meet yourself first and understand meditation is not an activity. Meditation is a state, where you meet yourself, where you become meditation. It is perpetual. You are constantly meditating. The mind is still.

 

Q: How to exhale from an imagined hole in our head?

 

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It is an exercise where you are being aware of the top of the head, the sahasrara. If you practise that, it helps your vertical breathing, i.e. detachment. Our regular life is horizontal, or parallel to time, but we are aiming for a vertical existence. 

 

 

A: This is actually a practice. The caves of our body, the nine holes of our body, are potential gates through which the soul can leave the body. The gate used by the soul to leave the body determines your next life, or the frequency of your next life. The frequency level of your next incarnation is determined through the way the soul leaves the body. For example, in the event of a murder or suicide, the soul leaves through the lower region and remains in a dark space for a long time. It doesn’t even have the  power to take a body. This is why it sometimes goes into another body which is already existing, and why we use the term ’possessed’. Most people who die leave through their mouth because there is prarabdha pending. Whenever the soul leaves through the mouth, that means there is a life or a few lives pending. It means that the prarabdha is not over. There is a continuity. Sometimes there is a possibility of leaving through the eyes, which is actually very close to the third eye, so it means the soul may take another life or so, but with more awareness. Finally, if the soul leaves the body via the space at the top of the head, then it means the soul is leaving at will, with full control. At that time, the soul has done enough. Everything is done, and the soul is withdrawn.
How do we know? For most people, leaving the body is very painful. Why is that? Because memories, impressions are stored all over the body. The soul sits in the body. Where does the oil sit in the coconut or the almond? It’s all over. It’s activating every cell. Storage also happens all over.  People who have died and come back say that the pain is like plucking each hair from the body. This is because there is so much storage, and the soul while leaving compiles all that has to be collected, all the impressions which are stored, packing it and taking it. So there is already heavy baggage in everything. The more the baggage, the more the trouble. This is because you also have to pay the money to take the baggage through. On the other hand, say you have not stored many desires. There is not much storage, and only one bag to carry, i.e. your constitution, your character and your personality traits. These are the only things to carry. Then in that case, you just take the bag and go. Moreover, when you pass through the top of the gate, you don’t even have to hand any baggage over. There is nothing to carry. Empty-handed you came, and empty-handed you leave. You probably didn’t come empty-handed though, as you brought desires which you put in the body and experienced. However, when you leave through the top of the head, you are not carrying anything back. Everything has been done. Finished.

So, this is an exercise where you are focusing your awareness at the top of the head, the sahasrara or crown chakra. When you are breathing in that mode, you are being aware of it. It is an imaginary hole that we are creating. If you practise this, it will help your vertical breathing. Vertical breathing is akin to detachment. For example, if a table is vertical, then you can’t put anything on top. Whatever is on there falls off. However, if it is horizontal, then something can be kept on the table. Similarly, our regular life is horizontal or parallel to time, and we are aiming for a vertical existence.

 

Q: I sometimes struggle to practise kindness with certain people, for straight reasons or reasons clear to me. How can I overcome this?

 

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It is only when you dilute your personality with awareness that you can be fresh with everybody, at every moment. Be life, feel life. There will be no particular character traits which are overwhelming. In that case, you are always flowing. 

 

 

A: Impression is the root cause for all your expressions. If you’ve had a bad experience with something, then you’ll project it on everything which is similar. In turn, your response becomes like that. Remember that a response always comes from the intellect. It is non-violent. A reaction however, always come from the emotions – from the mind. It is violent. Understand that these are the two ways we operate every day. One is a reaction from the mind, while the other is a response from the intellect. Response is never violent. If you consider responding, it means you are using your intellect and the mind is already coiled. The intellect says, ok this is happening. For example, somebody abuses you, you respond. When you respond, there is no violence to it. That person will stop abusing you because you are already responding. However, if you are reacting, the mind fires up. It gets aggravated. Thus, reaction and response are two ways of dealing with our daily existence. The result will depend on the faculty you are using.

When you are not able to express kindness to somebody, it means you have stored certain impressions which you are projecting onto those people. That’s why I said previously, it is only when you dilute your personality with awareness that you can be fresh with everybody, at every moment. Otherwise it will always be a case of reaction. Reaction or response. This is usual. There is no effort in it because you are by nature in that mode.  You are just doing it. When you ’do’ life, this is the result. When you ’be’ life this is different. Be life, feel life. There will be no particular character traits which are overwhelming. You will look at the same life and say, ok, life is happening, this is fine. In that case, you are always flowing. You flow and you are fine with that flow.

 

Q: How can one open oneself to blessings?

A: You don’t have to open up to blessings. Blessings are there. Grace is like the sunshine. However, you have to open the windows to see the sunshine. How do you open the windows? By having faith. What can you have faith in? Firstly, yourself. The best, the easiest and the most important faith is in yourself. When I say yourself, this is the beginning of the journey. You may have faith in a God outside. This is also sometimes escapism. We rely too much on a God outside and think,“God is coming to help…“ Of course, God has value, I am not saying it does not have value. Yet, whenever you are weak, your expressions are also weak. How can you be strong? Have firm faith in yourself, or at least in your existence. “I am alive and I am fine with being alive.“ It has nothing to do with others’ opinion. Others can say anything they like. Others can say that you are whoever, for example a donkey. That’s fine, because it is their opinion. They can have their opinion, and it should not affect us. Have faith in yourself, have faith in your own existence, and then at a third level, you have faith in Divinity or the Divine aspect which runs the show.

 

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Grace is like the sunshine. However, you have to open the windows to see the sunshine. How do you open the windows? By having faith. Have faith in yourself, have faith in your own existence, and at a third level, have faith in the Divine aspect which runs the show. 

 

 

Divinity, or the Divine aspect which runs the show is like the petrol of a car. The petrol of the car is your soul, and your soul or the petrol has no interest in any destination. It merely helps your journey. Without petrol you cannot drive a car. Petrol never demands a particular destination. Petrol never says, “I need to go here.“ Petrol helps your journey, your soul is neutral. It is in a completely tranquil mode, and it needs no awareness to grow or develop. It is simply aiding your journey, just like petrol of the car. Have faith in that. This is your prime guru. Your biggest and primary guru is your own being, your own soul. You can only connect to the soul when you BE. When you feel. When you empty yourself. All the sounds are only happening in the mind. Remove all the calamities. So many calamities are seen. Ask yourself, what is not affected by any of these calamities? Then you will reach the soul. That is the only time you start connecting to yourself. Otherwise we are just sponsoring sounds. When you go to some place, get involved in an activity, you are sponsoring more and more sounds. The more you sponsor these sounds, the more you become agitated. You are dissatisfied. Why is there dissatisfaction? It’s because the mind is turbulent by nature. The mind means movement. When the mind is always on the move, when there is movement, the mind is agitated. What is your fruit actually? Stillness. Stillness is only available when you are being with your soul. You need to connect with your soul to be with your soul. When you are connected to your soul, grace is like sunshine. It flows constantly.

Understand that no guru has priorities. No guru needs anything from you. No God needs anything from you, even your puja or chanting. God is not interested. Actually we are making a lot of noise. What is this noise for? What YOU actually need is to feel the power of God. By God we mean energy, which is the basis of every creation. Everything which is moving and not moving has the same energy. Don’t think that this table has no energy. Go to the molecular and atom levels, and you will see the vibration. Everything is vibrating. Everything has a frequency and that frequency is God. Unless you connect to the tiniest at the macropoint, you will not see God or be God. This is your effort in spirituality. What you are trying to do is to be you and go to the core of you where you can actually experience God. That’s only grace, nothing else. If you have your senses to listen today, it is grace. If you are breathing today, it is grace.

 

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Your richness is proportional to how much value you add to the world outside, not how much you consume from the Earth. 

 

 

I recently replied to one person who asked me,“Give me a reason to be alive.“ I said,“The reason is that you are alive.“ He was depressed, he wanted more reasons. I said,“Breathe. You have shelter, food to eat, money, your vehicle to drive. Aren’t these enough reasons to be alive?“ Now, what exactly do you need? Imagine you have a million dollars. Your stomach capacity will still be the same. Don’t think that more things will make you happy, it is not so. This is a mind thing. However, if you are able to add value to the world outside, you will always be rich. Your richness is proportional to how much value you add to the world outside, not how much you consume from the Earth.

Consuming is what everybody is doing. Seven billion people, animals, birds are eating. What are we giving to the world? We never think that way. Karma yoga purifies you better than any activity. On the other hand karma yoga cannot give liberation, but purity can give you liberation. So karma yoga is an essential part of any religion. Karma yoga means selfless service, selfless activity, and non-selfishness. This is important for every religion because it purifies you much more than any other activity. Make one decision,“I will give back to the Earth much more than I take from it.“ This is the only decision you need to make. Decide that every activity to come, will be related to karma yoga, to selfless service. Once you start moving in that line, other things will fall in place because your value to society grows, because you are not selfish any more and love grows. This love that grows into you brings all the grace. Grace comes in abundance. A selfish person can never ask for grace. The more selfless you become, the more grace there will be. Everything will come to you.

Some people were starting annandan (food seva) in Bombay. They said, Mohanji we are not sure when funding will come through. I said, “Start it. The funds will come.“ Until now, it has never stopped. Everything is flowing.  Take for example those in Pune who started Mohanji Ka Aangan for slum children. It is also happening. It is not because we have a bank balance, but its very nature made sure it happened. What I am saying is that make one sole decision that you will add more value to the world than you take from the Earth. Through our emotions, our appetite, we consume a lot, but we should give back more. This is the way to go. Thus grace is spontaneous. Grace flows provided you want nothing from here.

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

 

 

 

Levels of Human Existence

Life Positive Expo – Satsang with Mohanji – Part 2

 

Q: How do we overcome prarabdha (portion of past karma which is responsible for the present) and experience the free will to uplift oneself?

 

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Prarabdha means the unfulfilled desires that brought you to this incarnation. The reason for incarnation is desires which are not complete. You must experience them.

 

 

A: That’s a really good question. Prarabdha is what made you. Prarabdha means the unfulfilled desires that brought you to this incarnation. The reason for incarnation is desires which are not complete. You must experience them. So how do you finish prarabdha? Experience that. Fulfilment is the first level of removing prarabdha. Secondly, there is a certain evolution happening while we are experiencing. There are many levels at which you can have a human existence. Though I am sure everybody here knows this because you are not new to spirituality, I will just brief through it for the sake of clarity. This evolution takes place, from animal to human, then through human you evolve to the saint, and finally from saint to God. This is a natural process, or organic growth.

When an animal evolves to a level where you attain a human body, you will still be 98% animal and 2% human. Then through various incarnations you increase your humanness. You can see this in society. If you look at society, there are people who are very animalistic, as well as those who are evolved. So in the process you have taken various bodies. This is also explained clearly in the Devi Purana, Purana of the Goddess. In the process you take various incarnations, and you reach a level where you are 90% human and 10% animal. Then again you grow and become 100% human. When you become 100% human, your only operating level will be unconditional love. There is nothing else because you have no dualities. At all the other levels, where there are partial animal characteristics, you will always be playing much more with duality. There will be greed, anger and possessiveness. All these things will be there. When you reach the 100% human level, you are more inclined to higher awareness. You want to feel higher awareness. You are kind and compassionate by nature.

 

 

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There are many levels at which you can have a human existence. This evolution takes place, from animal to human, then through human you evolve to the saint, and finally from saint to God. This is a natural process, or organic growth. 

 

 

You then reach the saint state, a state where none of these things are really important. Here you are at a centered level where you want to express your kindness in a more powerful way. That’s when you become a saint. From the saint level, you then aspire for godhood because you diminish the humanness. Diminishing does not mean practically, but through awareness. Through awareness you can diminish any state. Awareness is the key and awareness is the path. Awareness is the method to diminish all your characters, all your personalities to a level where you become one with the God particle or the state of God. When you reach that state, then even your body will not matter. This is a type of samadhi state where even a seed does not exist. Not even an element of the qualities which created you as human exist. This is why some of the saints, like avadhootas lie on the side of the road. They will only eat if you give them food in the mouth, because they are not worried about food. They do not worry about the body. They are not connected to the body. They will stay in a complete bliss state of being one with universal consciousness for days. Sometimes people even brush their teeth for them, because they do not have any initiative for that. These saints are not worried about any of these things. When such people leave the body, they tighten, the other energy still stays in the body. The majority of Jiva Samadhis are like that. These are the power centers of today. Why do people go to Shirdi? It’s because the master was existing in the body, and is still existing in the body. It’s because when they leave the body, they are merely making a shift from one unit to the universe. From unit to universe is a shift. Thus we will reach a state of that level. When you are in the levels beyond the human, there is no prarabdha. Once you reached the state of a saint and you have already diminished all your vasanas, inclinations, impressions and desires, then you are beyond prarabdha.

 

 

 

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Come with an empty cup. Never come with a full cup, because if it is empty I can fill it up. If it is already full, I cannot give anything. The value depends on how much you are able to empty yourself to receive. 

 

 

How do we overcome prarabdha? Through awareness. That is the answer. The one-word answer is awareness. When you are aware of yourself merely being an incarnation produced for the sake of fulfilling desires, then you will go through all your desires. This is laid out in time, from the first heartbeat until your last heartbeat. The experiences will only happen at a particular time. What you experience at the age of sixty, you cannot experience at the age of fifty-eight. You will only experience a particular aspect of your existence at a particular time. We call it the time-space junction. A particular thing will happen only at a particular place, to a particular person, or at a particular time. Time-space-junction. That will be totally done. This is 100% prarabdha. This is not your free will at all. You chose this. Otherwise how would you be sitting here? Ten years ago you never knew you would now be sitting here. We never decided to meet. Last year we didn’t even know we would be able to meet. This is what we call prasta prarabdha, and it is laid out in time. At this point in time, this event has to happen to this set of people. Once you clearly understand that, then you know where the free will aspect is. Free will is your experience aspect. Understand this clearly. This is the experience. If you are totally agitated now while sitting here, then you will only get a partial experience. For example, say you have attended various programmes, various other gurus’ talks, and you have come here with a prejudice, thinking “I know what this fellow is going to say.“ Then you will not listen to me. In your mind, you will only be comparing, and so you will miss the subject. That is why in zen philosophy they always say, come with an empty cup. Never come with a full cup, because if it is empty I can fill it up. If it is already full, I cannot give anything.

 

 

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Papaji climbed up the steps, Ramana Maharishi looked at him, and at once Papaji became enlightened. This is the point. This is what it is. Why aren’t we able to catch that spiritual fulfillment or the pinnacle of the situation? It is because there is no emptiness. 

 

 

The value depends on how much you are able to empty yourself to receive. That is the point. That is your free will. Your receptivity, or your capacity to receive, is your free will at a given point in time. The actual given point in time is not your free will. It is your prarabdha. Your presence here now is your prarabdha. Your capacity for receptivity is your free will. This is something which you should understand. Once you understand that, you will have no calamities. There will be neither confusion nor conflict, because you already know that the only requirement is emptiness. Emptiness in life also, not only here. All you need to experience life is emptiness. You can get filled up and then emptied, again and again. Thus you always remain empty. This is the path to easy liberation. Be empty at every point in time, effortlessly. Now let’s say another programme you wish to attend comes up later. You should be empty when you go to that guru so that you can actually accept whatever he or she gives you. Don’t go thinking, “Mohanji said this, so what is she going to add?“ Never think like that. Everybody in this world has value. All these people have value. They have all been created for a purpose.  Now what can you get out of it? We don’t know and it doesn’t matter. However, when you approach any person, even a small child, go empty, because the child gives you so much. At the least, it will show you how to live in the present. A guru is not a human being. A guru is a situation, a person, Mohan. A guru is time, your life. Everything is your guru. If you are able to see that in life, you have seen everything. Understand that when you go to a place, or guru, nothing happens if there is no capacity. If there is no empty space inside, wherever you go, you remain the same. This is why there is no change happening. Transformation is not happening because there is no space to transform. Otherwise transformation can happen at lightning speed. It’s very, very simple. As an example, remember when Papaji climbed up the steps and Ramana looked at him and did not even touch him.  Standing there he became enlightened. And then Ramana Maharshi walked away to take his bath. Papaji just came up. He did not even speak to Ramana about his problem. His problem was that he suddenly became blank. He was chanting and then he forgot the chant. It means there was no mind for storage. There was no mind to produce any word. When that happened, he felt suffocation and confusion. He climbed up the steps, Ramana Maharishi looked at him and at once Papaji became enlightened. This is the point. This is what it is. Why aren’t we able to catch that spiritual fulfillment or the pinnacle of the situation? It is because there is no emptiness.

 

 

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There are thousands of books about kundalini, but that will not make the kundalini rise. Unless you reduce your weight and enlightenment happens, the kundalini experience will not happen.

 

 

Almost two years ago, in 2014, I decided I was rather meaningless in this world. Most people were coming to me out of insecurity, and I hate countering insecurities because I like to empower people. Insecurity is something which is a projection of the mind. At that time, Vittal Babaji, who was pontiff of Sripada Sivallabha, the first incarnation of Lord Datta, called me unexpectedly. “I want to meet you,“ he said. My programmes were running and I was busy, but he insisted,“You fix the time.“ Finally we fixed a day and I went there. Usually I never ask a guru anything. All I produce is an empty cup, which gets filled in whatever way. Whenever I go to any master, or any place, my job is to go empty. I went to him and said to him, “Babaji, I want to speak to you privately.“ He laughed,“You have a problem“. I said,“I don’t have a problem, but I don’t know what I am doing in this world. Everybody is talking, nobody is listening. Why should I talk to people? I’d like to withdraw.“ Earlier, while I was working, I actually used to meditate for long hours and I used to have silence. I had sufficient money. There were no problems. Now the talking has become a thing because I am not compelled to talk. Talk is happening as per the audience. Recently, I have been thinking,“Why should I make more sound?“ This noise is annoying me. I said to him,“I need a permission to withdraw from the public life.“ Then he said,“Why are you are tired now?“ I said,“I am talking nonsense. What am I giving to the world?“ Then he said,“What do you think I have done all my life?“ HA HA. He said, “This is not your question. If you are sent, do your job. Don’t think. You are not supposed to think. You are supposed to deliver if you are sent.“ Then I said,“But Babaji, I have nothing to give to people. They come with questions such as ’will I get married or when will my son get a promotion?…’ It is not my job to tell them this. I am not an astrologer. Nobody is coming to me saying ’I want to evolve to the level of emptiness.’ I have nothing to give. I am empty.“ He said to me,“That is exactly what you have to give. Give emptiness to people. People are already full, they are all filled up. Now give them emptiness. This is your job. Go out and give emptiness.“ So he didn’t allow me to withdraw, but the point is the biggest gift any guru can give to any disciple is freedom. There is nothing more can you give. Nothing. You cannot give knowledge. Knowledge will happen from inside, as per the requirement. Unnecessary knowledge is obesity. You can gather so much information. There are thousands of books about kundalini, but that will not make the kundalini rise. Unless you reduce your weight and enlightenment happens, the kundalini experience will not happen. There is also another problem. If you read all these materials and you decide that your experience should be like this, then you have a problem. That is where people are getting stuck. Understand that life has to be spontaneous and natural. There is nobody exactly like you. Your experience is 100% unique to you. There is no way you can counterfeit or borrow somebody else’s experience. That is all faking. If you say you have witnessed Lord Jesus, Lord Krishna, et al., I would like to ask you this. What transformation happened after this witnessing? If you became totally empty, if your frequency became higher, if you have become empty, and you need nothing from this world, then you actually had an encounter. Indeed if you connected to a master of that caliber, he would completely wipe you put. Did it happen or did you have a good time? If you had a good time, then it’s the mind’s projection. Simple. You can have any encounter that way. Mind can project one after the other. It’s like a movie, a feature film. Nothing happens, there are just some impressions, some memories, and that’s it. The movie is over and you are out. This is what is happening regarding most of the spiritual experiences we talk about. If you actually did have an encounter, or a connection with a master of power, then you would not exist. That frequency would have shifted your whole frequency into a level of emptiness where you don’t exist.

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

 


 

 

Water on a Lotus Leaf

 

Life Positive Expo – Satsang with Mohanji – Part 1

 

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Just like water on the lotus leaf, every activity will come but will not stay, it will not get connected to the leaf, and will eventually drop off. 

 

 

Mohanji: You are feeling and you are thinking. Try to identify the person who is nothing that you would probably need to get away from, and try to connect to the person within you. The real person, the real you. Sometimes this person has no face. Even your identifications, your identities and personalities may not affect that person. If you are able to connect to that person, then all these things drop off. Then you will feel, “Ok, me and you are one.“ That way you are able to see that there is nothing to do, and that what you feel or what you see comes from inside. The person is projecting it. Thus if you want to have an experience from outside, it is already an experience inside. It has already happened. However, you may see its manifestation outside. You go through this process where you stop storing impressions. The causal layer is empty. The impressions themselves are not stored, because there are no impressions to store. You are involved in an activity. The activity is happening, yet at the same time you are not the activity. You are neither the experience nor the experiencer. This is a spontaneous stage. You cannot create this stage. You cannot create this thing inside. You become that. You are absolutely in the activity, you are fully there, but at the same time you are not involved in it at all. If you ask, “Did you have an ice cream?“ “Yes, I had the ice cream, it was very tasty. I loved it.“ So somebody liked it but at the same time was not attached to the ice cream, nor the taste, nor the impression of it. Nothing is stored. This is why they say that just like water on the lotus leaf, every activity will come but will not stay, it will not get connected to the leaf, and will eventually drop off. This integration is a spontaneous occurrence provided it stops thinking, stops acting… Even if you attend programmes, visit gurus, read books, absorb knowledge, it doesn’t matter. Everything will come and go, and you will be completely free.

 

 

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Freedom is a state which is already in you. Gurus are merely road signs. 



Freedom is a state where you need nothing. If you have one requirement, you are not free. You are a slave to that requirement. Freedom is a state which is already in you. Don’t think that gurus are doing great work in the world. They are merely road signs. Many people go to gurus out of insecurity, and that’s a different story.
I always know if people are coming to me out of insecurity. Then it means I am not doing my job well. If I cannot empower somebody, then I am useless. Say for example people go with a guru to Kailas. It si a very, very tough journey. Those who have been there know it is not easy. Why do we go to Kailas? It is the aspiration of the mind to be still, or the aspiration of man for stillness. Kailas is equal to stillness. That means, after the third eye, the Bindu, the Bodini, the Kailas state is where you are after the explosion of consciousness. Kailas is the place where everything comes back to one dot, the Bindu in the center of the chakra. When this state happens, this means you are Shiva. This is why we go there. We go there to witness the state of being in full bliss, and it will not happen if you are only going to see Kailas. You have to feel Kailas. You have to be Kailas. That state automatically happens when Guna goes to Nirguna. Nirguna means there is nothing you can do about it. With your practices, you can only reach the third eye. Then it becomes Nirguna. Thus, all these things happen by themselves, provided you are not cramming it in. When activity takes over, beingness stops. When beingness develops, activity drops. Activity dropping does not mean getting away from everything, like going to the Himalayas. However, an activity will become an expression, an extension of you. Then all these things are finished you see. This is how it works.

 

 

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Kailas is equal to stillness. Kailas is the place where everything comes back to one dot, the Bindu in the center of the chakra. When this state happens, this means you are Shiva. This is why we go there. 

 

Did I confuse you or did I clarify this?

Audience: it is intellectual.

Mohanji: That is our nature. That’s the constitution you created. We try to understand God with our brain.  That is why religions and dogmas are given to people. They say, “This is God.“ For example, a great scholar was walking and his servant following him. The scholar was always talking about Para Brahma, the supreme consciousness. His servant asked,“What exactly is this supreme consciousness you are talking about?“ The scholar thought his servant was an idiot. “What can I tell you about supreme consciousness?“ He then pointed in a particular direction saying, “Do you see that buffalo? It is the supreme consciousness.“ He thought, “Let him get stuck to some image.“ However, the servant began meditating on supreme consciousness as a buffalo, without the knowledge of a guru. After some time, they were travelling to a narrow street, and the servant was not coming. The scholar asked, “Why are you standing there?“ “I can’t get this buffalo through“, replied the servant. He then realised that in the subtle form, he had made Para Brahma into a buffalo with this sadhana. It is possible. You can have any image or impression you like about the supreme consciousness because it is you. It’s your projection. It is how you are and how you want it to be. So whatever we are, is the projection we’ll get. That’s why you must stop being you.

 

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For each and every thing that comes along, you witness it, and discard it. Finally you will reach a state of emptiness where none of these concepts bind you. This is like a full-time conscious meditation, because it happens continuously in the waking state.

 
That is why I say, take it step by step. Whatever is in the mind, understand that it’s happening in the mind. Let’s imagine you say,“I have a concept of the guru. This is how a guru should be.“ And that’s not me. Immediately throw it out, and it will go away. For each and every thing that comes along, you witness it, and discard it. Finally you will reach a state of emptiness where none of these concepts bind you. You start feeling that none of these things are important. This is like a full-time conscious meditation, because it happens continuously in the waking state. You keep on discarding, and discarding, until you finally reach the level of emptiness. This is a constant exercise. At that point in time, you will always be alert. Then you lose your identity. Your identity also evolves, “Am I this anger? This anger is not me.“ It is a mental exercise, just like visualisation. What happens in the bargain? You are actually cutting things off from your system. Finally, it starts dropping, and when it completely drops, that is when you start feeling complete freedom. You say,“Oh, I was always free. I never knew this.“ This is because concepts were binding you. This is everybody’s journey. Then the realities start happening. With one shift from this substratum back to the subtle, you will see the whole world in a completely different light. One shift – though yes, that takes effort.   

Q: And if I react to a situation with anger?

A: That’s triggered by the impression. You have created that impression and it’s already inside you. It may not be from this life. You may have brought this character, this constitution from another life. When it is there, the first thing to do is to be aware. “At a particular situation, in a given time, space, I become agitated. I am not this anger.“ There is somebody who is not angry when I am angry. Make friends with that person who is not angry when you are angry. It’s an exercise, like a meditation.

 

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You need to concentrate more on that awareness level, on being conscious of your consciousness. Be conscious of that state where you are not affected. You will reach a state where you are not affected by anything.

 

 

That’s why I also say, instead of going to outside courses, go within. Start practicing this exercise more and more, because going outside merely amounts to entertaining the mind. When you go to courses, programmes, and such things, mostly they are entertainment for your mind. Your mind feels good, “Ok, I learnt something.“ However, in reality, you are still the same. There has to be a shift in the mind, or a shift in your awareness. When the mind leaves, awareness is full. There is a shift. You need to concentrate more on that awareness level, on being conscious of your consciousness. Be conscious of that state where you are not affected. You will reach a state where you are not affected by anything. This is a process and it can certainly happen in one lifetime. Somebody asked Buddha, “How can we be like you?“ He said,“It’s very simple, just start meditating. Do penance.“ They said,“It isn’t possible. We have a lot of things to do.“ Then Buddha said,“Serve the guru.“ They replied,“True gurus are unpredictable.“ When you serve, you are constantly in the present, and you are also dealing with unpredictability. What then happens is that every kind of theory, every idea of having a frame, gets broken. Frames are consistently broken. What remains is your core. It is easy to create frames, the mind likes to create them. For example, when you say, “I know this person.“ Nobody actually knows anybody in reality. Nobody can know anybody. It’s impossible to know. This is because a person has three states – the waking state, dreaming state and deep sleep state. Of these three states, we only see the person during the waking state and that too, in a particular life. We can never know a person. Even if we are living together, we can never see the constitution. Thus all these things will drop off. Like a child, we will look at a person as a fresh toy, or a fresh being. Then our connection to the person is always fresh and any concepts or frames drop off.

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When your flexibility is very high, the impact of wear and tear will be very little. The more flexibility you have, the easier liberation becomes.

 


As a general rule, when we approach a particular situation, at the first level there is the impression, and at the second level, there is expectation. When I press this button, I expect the light to be switched on. The moment I switch it on and there is no light, I become agitated because there is a problem. I had an expectation. So you will come down to the level of expectation. Both possibilities are there and it should be fine. If I continue to sit, sometimes the light won’t be there. That means I will act in another way. The flexibility level will be very high. When your flexibility is very high, the impact of wear and tear will be very little. Otherwise, we are very rigid. “This should be like that. This person should behave like this. The situation should be like this. This book should have this value. This place should have this value. If I have to spend time doing this, there should be a reason.“ Here, the cause and effect will be very harsh on you. The other perspective is, it will be ok. It will be happening, with flexibility, and there will be more flowing like a river. The more flexibility you have, the easier liberation becomes.
You do not feel much about situations. For example, a person comes to you, and behaves with you in an inappropriate way. Why does that person have the inclination to behave that way with you? There must be some reason for it. You may be in a state of savitarka samadhi, i.e. a state where you have a problem or a question, and you must have an answer, otherwise your mind is not peaceful. That’s the state where most of us exist. From there we shift to nirvitarka. You have a situation, a state, and though you know there is an answer, you are not worried about the answer. This is the first level you reach. Ok, there is an answer to everything, but it doesn’t matter to me. Then you start accepting yourself much more. If you analyse deeply, most of the conflicts we experience happen because we do not accept ourselves, not the other person. We haven’t shaken hands with ourselves very well. We always look outside and actually believe what others think about us. We marry it without even considering whether it is true, whether “This is me.“ The royals or people who make history always write a version of history which makes them appear beautiful. The real history doesn’t matter, you should look good! Like that, we always like to be good. Sometimes it is better to know the reality than to feel good, because if we always try to wear a mask, reality is different. Then you cannot be liberated. You need to know the naked truth, the real you beyond all the masks, beyond all the concepts, beyond all those things which are displayed outside. Beyond the personality, there is something which is the core of you. That core person is not affected by any of these projections.

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Sitting inside the frames is the easiest thing to do. Creating your own path is very difficult. Very few people are original these days.


So this is the answer. We need to accept, and to do this , we need to be flexible. Flexibility, and acceptance, is equal to liberation. That is a daily life liberation. We need to be liberated, but not because ’Mohanji says we should be flexible’. Not like that. Flexibility should be your nature, and for that to happen you have to accept yourself, both the good and the bad. Many people, especially in the West, have a fear of failure. Failure is not acceptable. You cannot, you must not fail. Even in India, this is so. The system is made in such a way, that if you fail in anything you do, then it’s a big problem. You will feel shame in society. Actually, it should be the other way around. For example, many people who do not do so well in their karmic route, do very well later on because they were original. They will not be contaminated. However, those who do very well in a karmic route sense, can be extremely mediocre. This is because they can only work within frames. Why is this so? It’s because sitting inside the frames is the easiest thing to do. It’s easy, very easy. However, creating your own path is very difficult, and perhaps even impossible. You are exposed to all kinds of situations in the world. The world is not always kind. Situations can sometimes be very cruel. That’s what makes you. When the world is not so kind, it makes you powerful, because you have no choice. You have to survive. However, it’s not in the negative sense, such as you kill somebody and survive. Surviving means you have to increase your vigilance, you have to pump more iron. I believe this is very good. If you are not ordinary, that’s good. People will not accept you, but it is good as you are being original. Very few people are original these days. Out of 7.3 billion people, how many are original? Looking good, feeling good, smelling good, this is what the focus is on… everything, except being you. Finally, remember also that, if somebody wants to, will,  accept you the way you are, then this a real friend for you. These kinds of people are real friends for you. These are the only people who matter.

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic