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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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