Q: With the new meditation, Bliss of Silence, people have had beautiful experiences. How often should we do that meditation?
M: That’s as per your call. The Power of Purity meditation is the most important one, because it’s inner cleansing, unhooking. Other meditations are all to elevate your awareness. So inner cleansing is an important process because you keep on cleansing your inside, the stored data. If you don’t do that, then there’s accumulation because we are unconsciously accumulating so many things. You can practise this meditation as often as you like, once a week or every day, it’s up to you.
Q: Pranam Mohanji. What are the ways of healing the mind, body, which practice is good?
M: Healing is our natural process. If you look at all the beings, there is a power to heal built into the system. We all have the power to heal ourselves. The only blocking factor is the mind. That’s why I keep repeating, “In the university of life, there is only one examination, which is mind”. So mind is the factor which is preventing healing, otherwise we heal by nature.
Every time you go to bed to sleep, you are getting healed, you are getting refreshed. So healing is a process which happens spontaneously if you do not block it and the only blocking factor is our mind. If you look at animals, hardly anybody goes and treats them unless they are domestic, but they heal themselves. If they’re wounded, they nurture and heal themselves. Likewise, all of us have the power to heal. The main aspect is that you must rest efficiently. Rest means rest from the mind too. Not just physical rest. For example, if we are sitting down watching TV, we are not resting. We are actually active. Mind is active. Rest means actual cut off from everything. You should be cut off from the Internet and mobile phones. We should detach from all aspects of our existence which take us external. Then we come to complete silence mode and that’s probably sleep. Just sleep it off. Sleep, rest, even reduce the thought process. If thoughts are happening, just watch them, but don’t participate in them. Just sleep, rest and relax. Then the healing happens spontaneously.
If you eat more food than you need or you eat food after a certain time in the day, especially in the evening time, whatever we consume is getting stored in our body. So if you do not consume food after sunset (let’s say 6 pm), then the body uses the rest of the time for healing and detoxing. The body usually does its job. So healing is our natural process only if you allow it to happen. Healing is happening while we are sleeping as well. Especially during the deep sleep state, when the body is rejuvenating, the body is also healing. Otherwise, we will be very tired every day. If you do not heal yourself, you will be very tired. People have sleep apnea and all those things because of accumulated tedium. If you usually go through the process of life, sufficient rest, sufficient food, sufficient activity, then there will be no ailment, you don’t even need the healing. We don’t do that. Our mind is overactive and that mind is actually preventing the healing. Otherwise, healing happens to you. That’s your nature. Outside healers are inducing, helping, creating that bridge between you and the possibility of healing. Healing is happening only when you agree with it. You should agree with the healing and the healer and you should have faith in the healer. Then healing happens. Otherwise, any healer from outside cannot do much.
Q: Are you healing while you are dreaming in a dream state?
M: Not necessarily and it depends actually because dream state according to me is equal to waking state. We are very much alive and active and we are actually experiencing something. Whenever you are experiencing something, there is an element of mind involved. So I wouldn’t say that it’s absolute rest. It’s probably not 100% rest. We need to be cut off from everything and only then healing takes place. Because the body then has nothing else to do. Otherwise, mind intervenes in everything. Waking state and dreaming state are very similar states. The only difference is the body is suspended, quiet. Other systems are working as per normal. But you cannot categorise them as complete waking state existence because in the dream state there are highs and lows. There are some deeper aspects where you are getting cleansed, like when you sometimes penetrate into the primitive consciousness and dig out memories in dreams and that gets released. So that can be considered as healing. We can’t say that dream state is a totally non-healing state. It is possible that you can be healed there as well.
Q: Can music be used for healing?
M: Music is like a tranquilizer, it moderates you, it aligns you. I mean, depending on which music, sometimes music aggravates your situation. But usually nice, calm, very quiet, soothing music, especially chants, for example, are all therapeutic. Veda chanting and all those kind of stuff are all therapeutic. So there is a lot of meaning to it. But music, as it involves the mind and makes it quiet or aligns it, is all therapeutic.
YOGA AND MEDITATION
M: I suggest you do meditation after yoga. Firstly, physical, then mental. So it will always be better to do meditation after yoga. Yoga should actually increase your awareness of the body. It actually aligns your system so that you can meditate better. Meditation is a state you achieve when your mind is tranquil. When you are doing yoga, you are actually being in tune with your body. You are in tune with the body, the body becomes quiet. Or, the body is actually allowing the expansion. Then it’s easier for the mind to take over. Not in a calamitous way. The mind sometimes becomes too agitated when the body is not so happy. Yoga always helps to align the body, then a meditation would help better. That’s my opinion.
Q: When you are in deep sleep, is whatever you see, seen by the consciousness or the mind?
M: In deep sleep, the mind is totally absent and you cannot even see. There is no mind to process the data in deep sleep time. That’s the time when the soul has all the freedom because the whole system is suspended. So whatever interactions, especially astral interactions, interactions with masters and similar things which we experience during deep sleep, that’s translated as a dream when you wake up. Because the mind cannot process it. The mind doesn’t know. The mind doesn’t differentiate or understand. So it’s your native consciousness which is alive, not the mind. Especially the mind we are talking about, which is the waking state mind.
Q: Why are you celebrating your birthday?
M: This question should go to the people who are celebrating, the UK team should answer this, ”Why are you celebrating my birthday?”
Audience: We are celebrating out of love for you.
M: I know.
You know, there are a few reasons for celebrating any day, not just a birthday. Firstly, it’s a reminder of something auspicious or something good. We even remember various occasions, happenings or the events of the past, and that has significance because sometimes a reminder is necessary to have certain confirmations of our existence. Otherwise, we forget. Secondly, it is out of love. Love, gratitude, as Vijay (from the UK team) said, are reasons for celebrating any Master’s birthday. Because the generations are appreciating what they have contributed to the world. Usually, what a person who is liberated contributes to the world has a sustained effect for a few generations or at least it goes on. So this is a celebration for themselves.
Most of the activities in each country are feeding the poor people, taking care of the animals, birds, fish, all these kind of things are happening. These are all confirmations of the understanding of the teachings, which means we understood, we appreciated it and we are adapting it to our lives. So when that happens, individual life gets more clarified. More clarity happens in everybody’s life. That is the reason for this kind of celebration. For example, look at any of the Masters of the past or Masters who are in the body today. Nobody celebrates the birthday by giving them gifts. Most of the people celebrate the birthday by taking care of the people who are in need, or the birds or animals. So that becomes an occasion for implementing the teaching. These are the basic reasons for celebrating a master’s birthday.
It’s not that you should do that for only one day. That one day becomes a strong reminder. Like, people celebrate Christmas i.e. the birth of Christ, then Janmashtami i.e. Lord Krishna’s birthday. All these are celebrations because these are all events which can really make you remember what we are here for and also remember the teachings. A Master is only worth based on his or her teachings. Otherwise, a person who has existed and meditated and left without even moving or interacting in the society. We wouldn’t know them. But somebody who has actually taken pains to come to the society and live with people and guide them, in whichever capacity possible, the best gift that person can get is that people live the teachings. You cannot give anything better than that to the Master. When you actually live the teachings, this celebration becomes a part of it. You actually remember, as well as you’re expressing and that gives more value to the society or the beings around you. So, overall, the world becomes a better place through such celebrations.
BLESSING OTHERS THROUGH MOHANJI’S ENERGY OF LOVE
Q: Is there a way of blessing other people or animals through your energy?
M: Love. Just keep expressing love and compassion spontaneously all the time. Not just feeding them. Of course, you should do that. But just loving them and doing whatever you can for them. That’s the way to be. Also, that’s the right way to live a life. It is through compassion that you can show your seeming supremacy, as there is no supremacy per se. Have an existence of compassion. Furthermore, if we feel we have more power, let that be expressed as kindness to the world. The more we express whatever we have or whatever our capacities are, as compassion and kindness, we become very, very powerful. The world becomes a better place. If we have a strength of some kind, that strength should be translated into kindness and delivered to the world. Then we become complete and the world becomes a better place. This is exactly the message and teaching most of the masters have given over a period of time. Later on, interpretations changed. We started to discriminate based on caste, creed, culture, colour, etc. Those are all aberrations of mind. There is no caste, creed, culture, colour, etc. There is not even another person. It’s only you. It’s all your expressions, so if you’re feeding animals or birds or anybody, it is just your expressions. They are all your expressions.
M: Yes, via Lhasa is slightly more expensive. It’s taking a few more days. I don’t think many people are going via Lhasa. Many people are still going via Nepalganj. If we have more people, we are looking at hiring our own helicopters and flights and stuff like that. I am definitely traveling via Lhasa and that’s mainly for exploration purpose. We are looking at the Lhasa option this year. There is a difference in cost, and there is also a difference in the number of days. via Lhasa will take more days.
SIGNIFICANCE OF MACHU PICCHU
Q: Can you tell us about the significance of Machu Picchu?
M: Kailash is Shiva, male energy. Machu Picchu is Shakti, the feminine energy. So usually they say that there is a completion in going to both of these places. So we are looking to visit both Kailash and Machu Picchu every year now. Machu Picchu is probably not as tough as Kailash. But it has got a great significance as the power center. It is said that a lot of beings from other locations have come there and are coming there. Still, some of the beings are drawn there. Some of them even supported the Mayan civilisation. This is what is told, this is the history. Apart from that, it’s the Shakti energy. So if you go there, you get highly rejuvenated in the Shakti path – iccha shakti, jnana shakti, kriya shakti – the power of will, the power of knowledge, the power of action. These are two power points which we would like to visit every year.
Also, we are looking at Badrinath, I think after Kailash. The original plan, which I don’t know whether we can work out, is to walk the path of the Pandavas who left their kingdom and walked up via Badrinath to Swargarohan. Nobody can go to Swargarohan because it’s a kind of hypothetical location where it is said Yudhisthira just vanished – which means he didn’t really walk up there. I saw some pictures. There are very hard rocks, you cannot even move there, but we can walk up to there, beyond that. If we are looking at the trekking there, it’s very, very tough. The climate is also not so good in that area but we are seriously considering it. Anyway, there will be a Badrinath trip.
So there are basically three pilgrimages – Badrinath, Kailash, Machu Picchu. This is what is planned this year and for the coming years, hopefully.
Q: There are four meditations now. How are we going to practise them?
M: Power of Purity is the main meditation because that’s inner cleansing, unhooking from the past, releasing or eliminating all the memories which are bothering you or the concepts which are blocking you. So Power of Purity is the most important one. These meditations elevate you to the next level. So you can practise it once a week or whenever you are free. But if you regularize on Power of Purity, it will give you sufficient strength. If you honestly bless people, and those people who have harmed you and those people who have come into your life and done bad things and stuff, you release everybody, then you will be very free.
The main point is to choose freedom and peace. Regardless of what others have done and are doing for you or against you. If you choose freedom and peace, it is important to let go and release. Because this is your inner world. For that, Power of Purity is the most powerful and most effective. That’s why a lot of people are having experiences. After practising Power of Purity for a few days, they are sometimes getting healed. Sometimes, they have a good sleep and various changes. That’s because when you unhook, you release the blockages and then you are much better – more free. 360 Degrees meditation is to anchor you into your spine. That’s quite good for centering. Then the other two meditations are Blossoms of Love and Bliss of Silence. These are all delivered to me. So it is not that I am releasing it one way or the other. When I get it, I pass it on. These meditations are meant to elevate the awareness.
So, coming back to your question, I feel The Power of Purity should be practised every day because it is like taking bath, it’s an internal purification. The other meditations you do as per your feeling. You can practise one of them once a week or every day, or every second day. It might help.
AWARENESS (ADVANCED) RETREAT
M: Now we are going to the Advanced Retreat. In earlier retreats, we usually had some new people and some old i.e. people who have been connected with me for a while. In the Advanced Retreat, we will only have senior people who have been with me or attended our programmes for at least the last three years. In the Advanced Retreat, we are focusing on the body, mind, intellect, ego, spirit. For five or six days, we will be focusing on this. Physical, emotional, intellectual, personality based, as well as spiritually based. These are the five aspects we are covering. Each level is like a kosha, a sheath. We are trying to penetrate into each layer so that the final me aspect, the subtle aspect, the sukshma comes.
When you connect to the subtle, then you are connected to the consciousness. So we are now attempting to go deeper and deeper. All these later meditations are connected to those aspects where you are being aware of your physical, emotional, then intellectual and personality. If you just introspect in each level itself, the need for the body (food, water and other things), the need for the mind and emotion kosha, then the intellect (knowledge and other aspects), then the personality. We are very, very bound by the personality, by the image that we portray to the world. We are very much suffocated, like analysis, watching and guarding this personality that we convey to the world. And the world looks at us based on our personality, what we portray. So we are safeguarding that all the time. Then the spiritual aspect. The spiritual aspect is also mostly concept based. Are we actually connecting to the spirit that is the Soul? Only when you start connecting to your own soul do you actually become spiritual. Your relationship with your soul is spirituality.
But mostly what we do is we are activity oriented and we call it spirituality. If our nature is going to a church, mosque or other places of worship or places of power, we think we are spiritual. Again, we are still entertaining the mind. In all these things, if transformation does not happen, it’s not spirituality. Spirituality means your connection with your spirit. Then your external factors are only suggestions. The internal factor will be the only reality. Even now it is a reality. Only what is inside, what you consume, what you take inside, that is your only reality. Everything else is external. It means all that is external are just suggestions. They only help you to connect to something which is already inside you. Our Advanced Retreat is starting on 24th February 2017, on Shivarathri which is also one aspect of the retreat. That is why we made this retreat very strict. We screen people and only those who really want to take one step forward are taken in. Because it’s serious stuff. If you are only serious about being spiritual, you need to move forward. Otherwise, we are stuck in the activity and we believe we are spiritual. Of course, there will be experiences. Experiences are coming mostly on the mental level.
Q: Are you going to conduct any more Advanced Retreats?
M: An advanced retreat requires a lot of preparation. So I don’t think we can do more than one or two per year. After this one, we don’t plan on doing a similar one this year. Because there’s a lot of screening and preparation. An advanced retreat is a process. There are so many things which help people to go within. So we are creating the whole environment and the whole system in such a way that people can really penetrate into themselves. Cutting down on external activities and things in a drastic way so they are forced to go within. It is mostly silence oriented. I need a place for silence. It’s not easy to do this in a city. Cities are usually crowded and so many temptations are all around. So we need to do it in a remote place.
Andrevlje is a very good location for that because it’s away from the crowd. You’ve been there, so you know. If we get such a place, we can do it. But it takes at least seven full days. You should actually count nine – one day to come, one day to go plus seven full days and then we need a similar location as well. The problem is that we don’t have too many retreats. Senior people and new people all come for the general retreats. For the advanced retreat, we can only have senior people. So again it’s a problem – their time and everything. I don’t want to bring new people on this retreat because it’s more concentrated and more. They should know me, otherwise they would not enjoy it. If they are used to me, used to my style, then I can deliver. It means there should be a consistency in relationship. Fresh people may not have that. They are looking at every master, going to every programme, so mind is distracted anyway. So I cannot bring them to one location, one path and just proceed forward. We need a lot of consistency, that is the main thing missing in many of the spiritual practitioners. Once there is consistency, we can deliver quite a bit of stuff. It is not only in my case. Every master will tell you the same thing. If they are consistent then something can be given, but what can we do?
Q: How do we unhook or let go?
M: Definitely when you let go, when you unhook, it always helps. For example, you keep hatred towards somebody who has hurt you, victimised you about something or cheated you. So if you keep that hatred, you are neither releasing that person nor releasing yourself. Instead, from your side, clear it off your mind. You can always choose to keep your inner space clean or empty and you must. So when you release everything from your system, it automatically helps the other person to release from their system. This is one thing.
Secondly, it is very important to release lumps or clumps of “negative” energy rather than hold it. Energy can never be negative, but its use sometimes becomes negative. If you have bad feelings, it’s the same energy which is being used for negative effect. If you have knowingly or unknowingly hurt your parents and if they are in the body, you must do whatever you can for them within your capacity. Imagine they are not in the body. Take care of all people, consider them as your parents or consider them as your relatives, whatever. Then do whatever you can for them. So in a way, in consciousness, everything gets erased. So it is important for you to let go which is the purpose of the Power of Purity meditation.
Thirdly, you should also help the helpless so that whatever wrong you might have done in the past gets erased. For e.g. if you could not take care of your child well, you take care of the children outside such as abandoned children. Today I was watching a film that mentioned that every year there are on an average one million abandoned children in London in the UK alone. The channel where they have posted this video on Youtube is called Real Stories. I think you should look at it. ACT Foundation should do something about it. It is an investigation on the children who are thrown out onto the streets and there are so many 14, 15-year-olds. . The usual causes for a child being left in the street are parents splitting, divorcing or the parents cannot take care of the child any more. They say in London that the government is finding it difficult to take care of them. So when you take care of them in whichever way, even if you are educating them, giving them food, guidance or even meditation for that matter, adding value to those people’s lives, who have nobody, automatically so many things get cleansed in your lineage path, i.e. from your ancestral line. This is what we call a great child – a child who has done something for the lineage. Not just accumulating wealth, actually accumulating wealth will not help, but being good, doing good, cleanses the path to the past and the future generations, that will be the biggest gift you can give with your existence. That will be the highest gift you are delivering with your existence because all the people in the lineage on the parents’ side (both father’s and mother’s side) as well as their children to come, will be benefitted. They will have a better life. Actually, it is a responsibility and duty of every citizen, every individual to be socially worthwhile – to be rich inside and express it outside.