The popular idol of Lord Dattatreya has three faces: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. These faces of Datta represent the three aspects of our existence. Brahma represents birth/creation, Vishnu represents sustenance/life, and Shiva represents dissolution/death.
Why is Datta’s face of Vishnu usually in the front?
Lord Dattatreya often has the face of Vishnu in the front.
In this world, what we need is a peaceful, balanced life with abundance. Why have we come to earth at all? If we don’t have anything to experience from earth, we will not taken birth here at all. We don’t have to take birth. The very reason why we have taken birth, we meant to experience so many things on earth, it doesn’t matter what it is or if it is good, bad, or ugly. There is some reason for coming here and that will be assisted by Maha Vishnu – the Sustainer. That is why Datta’s face of Vishnu is in front most of the time.
Shiva is originally the manifested and unmanifested aspect of creation and so is the name Vishnu in absolute sense. The manifested world is as tiny as a pimple on Shiva’s face. The unmanifested aspect is huge. The unmanifested aspect is represented by the Shiva Linga – something which cannot have a defined form is given a form. A form needs to have a shape which represents sustainability, i.e. always existing, and that is the form of Shiva Linga.
Brahma is the beginning, but looking at the whole creation, Vishnu comes before Brahma as beyond birth and death. Brahma is the creator aspect. Creation starts only when there is a platform for creation. If there is no canvas to draw, how can you express your skill? Brahma came into existence when the platform happened, that means – when the created world happened, when the atom happened, when relativity happened, that’s when Brahma happened. Without relativity there is no need for Brahma. Vishnu is the sustenance aspect of Shiva and Shiva is the manifested and unmanifested aspect of Para Brahma. This is the unity.
And where is Brahma sitting? On the lotus which has come out of the navel of Maha Vishnu. What does the navel represent? Kriya Shakti. Iccha Shakti (the power of will) sits in the heart center, Gyana Shakti (the power of knowledge) in the third eye, and Kriya Shakti (the power of action) in the navel. Gyana Shakti is connected to Shiva, Iccha Shakti is connected to Vishnu, and Kriya Shakti is connected to Brahma.
That is why Datta exists in these three aspects: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Datta is here because of our need, not because of his need. Datta does not need anything from anybody. He doesn’t even need existence, but because we exist he exists – for our sake.
Why do troubles occur in life at times when people connect to Datta or Datta avatars?
Conflicts happen because of the aspect of annihilation, which means your lifetimes are getting reduced. When you connect to the Datta path, it becomes intense. What is usually spread in many lifetimes comes together into a few lifetimes, so each life will become intense.
The reason why pain in life sustains is because of the resistance to pain. If we accept and say “Okay, this is happening, and this will go”, then it will not be felt deeply as it would when we handle events through mind, intellect and ego.
Ramana Maharishi said, “I have pain, but I have no suffering.” Suffering is your choice.
When this happens, you are shifting into the Path of Shiva. When you are moving into the Path of Shiva or you worship Shiva, it is annihilation.
If you ask for many material things on one side, ex. positions, possessions, and at the same time you worship Shiva, there is a conflict already. On one hand you are asking for dissolution, while on the other hand you are asking for everything on earth. One contradicts the other and the result is a confused existence and pains over deprived desires. This is what prolongs suffering.
The major quality of the Datta path is the consistent grace factor. Imagine having all the troubles in all these lives, with the grace factor and without the grace factor. The difference is that with the grace factor, there is somebody to hold you, guide, protect and energize you.
That is Datta Tradition. The Tradition which empowers you, energizes you, protects you and provides Gurus/Masters for you to connect and talk to. The Tradition which reduces burdens and opens channels within for grace to flow.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
What I would like to tell you today about Christmas is the whole idea of celebration of oneness with the world. Jesus said you should love your neighbour as you love yourself. You should look at everybody as yourself. There is no separation. And today, if you look at the whole world, we only talk about separations, we only talk about greed – various factors which divide people. It’s time we started looking at ourselves as expressions of every being. Please understand this clearly or repeat after me:
“I am happiness. I am sorrow. I am the light. I am the darkness. I am the strength. I am the weakness. I am life. I am death. I am everything – every aspect of life. I am good. I am bad. I am handsome, beautiful. I am ugly. I am EVERYTHING. Every aspect of life is me. All that you see around is my own reflection.”
How do you know it’s your own reflection? If you get affected, you have something to do with it. If you are not affected by anything around you, that means you are already contained within yourself. However, that’s not the case with most of us. We are affected by numerous factors of existence, for life changes because of external factors. When we clearly understand that, we then realise that we are part of the entire society, a part of the entire world, or the whole creation. Every being, every aspect of creation is part of us.
So, during this Christmas, the best you could express is, you being the whole universe, you as everything – every being, every emotion, every quality or a conflict. All things are you. And the reason why there are conflicts in life is that they are always rooted in resistance of some kind. When we resist many things in life they block the energy flow; they diminish us, reduce us and our experience is that of conflict within . Various kinds of sorrows come out of these conflicts. We want certain things to happen in a certain way, an ideal way, but they do not. . Why is it not happening? There are various factors providing that situation which we experience every day. And largely, we can’t change in one day, what collective consciousness or our own experience over a period of time has created in our life. . That’s because something which has happened in our life today may have a history of many lifetimes, it is probably not from this lifetime. What you experience today might be because of various things of various lives, or various aspects of this life – both are possible, but what you are experiencing today is not an isolated incident ; rather it is connected to various things, and we must be clear about that. And how is that aspect of life sustained or kept alive? It’s only through resistance. When you try to push things away, it affects our equilibrium.
Why should we accept? It is not passive acceptance. Acceptance is always connected to your accepting that it is happening in your life, it is flowing through life, it has to come and it has to go. Acceptance is clarity that a situation will not happen unless there is a cause for it. An effect will not happen without a cause. A situation will not happen without a reason. This awareness is good enough. Actually, this is the only learning we need; we will know, “Ok there is a cause, I may not know it, but it’s fine. I am alright with that.” If we are very clear about this aspect of our existence, then everything else will flow. Acceptance has a lot of value in a life of stability, a life of maturity. It is not passive acceptance leading to inertia: “This is happening, I cannot do anything about it, so I am suffering.” This is not suffering. Acceptance cannot have suffering. Acceptance is mature understanding that this is the way it is, this is how it is flowing and this is the situation. Something has created the situation and that’s perfectly alright. You do not know what created the situation. Maybe multiple things created it, maybe it’s connected to various concepts we have cultivated over a period of time, all these are possible. Anything is possible. However, our level of acceptance will strengthen us: “Ok this is happening, let me experience this, then the next one…”
Life means experiences. Reason for taking the body, for taking an incarnation is experience. You are experiencing numerous things of life. All your relationships are your experiences. You cannot own anybody. You cannot own anything in life. All the materials which you have, which have come to your life are only for your experiences. Various factors of existence in life are all for experiences. Only one thing is happening in life and that is – experience. It is derived out of people, places, materials… Take any aspect of life, everything is providing you some experience. Sometimes you may call it good, sometimes you may call it bad, but at the end of the day, they are all experiences. You cannot change any of those things. You are a bundle of experiences, a memory of all of them. Your experience aspect of life or maturity is only the collection of your experiences from childhood until now. In fact, what you are is a bunch of, a memory of or an impact of experiences.
Second aspect is that life means expressions. Christ consciousness means your ability to express compassion, unconditional love, sharing, caring, purity. These are higher aspects of human existence. You have your awareness – first of all the awareness that you were born, that you are an incarnation, you are alive, you have a body, you have a society, activity, a character, a constitution… This is the level of awareness that we fundamentally have and that awareness should lead you to your highest expression. That is the state of being Christ. When you express compassion, kindness, unconditional love, sharing, caring and selflessness, in other words, the highest aspects of existence, which are not for your personal selfish gratification, that makes you one with the Christ’s consciousness. Look at a mango tree. It is situated in one location, gives shade and shelter to birds and various creatures, gives shade to all the people who walk that way; it also provides food which is its fruit and releases oxygen into the environment. It is only giving. It does everything for another person’s benefit. And the mango tree is not affected by who eats its fruit, or who uses the shade. Just like that, when our existence is for the world, we completely dissolve. We stop being our selfish incarnation.
Otherwise we are only thinking about what more we can have from this world. That’s the illusion which we talk about, the Maya. Maya is the relative truth, the illusory aspect of the existence, one that makes us believe that more materials can make us happier. We believe that more money can make us happier. We believe that if we have a particular relationship, a love relationship or a connection with something or somebody, if we move to another location, it will make us happier. Please remember, if you look at your own life from the childhood till now, what actually made you happy are those momentary things and they never stayed. They were momentary pleasures. For example, when you have a great meal, at that point in time you are very satisfied and happy. But later, you become hungry again. You went on a picnic to a particular location, saw some sights, took some pictures against the backdrop, you are happy for some time. Then you want more. So, nothing stays. No happiness is permanent. This is important to understand.
Hence, to understand the consciousness of Christ, it’s that in every place, you are yourself. Your happiness is completely situated inside. You are fully happy with everything around you whether it is good, bad or ugly. “Happy” not in the sense that you are accepting everything passively but that you understand that this is the situation provided by various factors of existence of the past – past lives as well as the past of this life. You are here now and it cannot be changed. You cannot change this situation, this time, the space, the awareness, the environment- and that is fine. That’s the level of acceptance we are talking about. When you are talking about Christ’s consciousness, that level of acceptance: situations are provided, God-given. They are a gift of God. If we understand that as a gift of God, then we are happy and settled within: “Let me be here.” What did Christ say? “If it is Your will, let it be.” That means you are surrendering to the highest will. Actually, when talking about the highest will, God does not interfere in our life, just like your soul. Your soul is the energy which moves you, motivates you, leads you. This is the aspect of you which is actually making you experience your entire life, but again, the soul is not experiencing. The soul is only providing and facilitating the experience. It is completely neutral. It has never interfered in your decisions, your pleasures, sorrows or happiness. Soul has never ever interfered in anything. Just like that God never interferes in your personal life, in your likes and dislikes, in what you do for a living, in what you are. God does not interfere. God is the platform which provides all this. If your soul has given you life, God has given life to the universe. Universe is where we exist. And we are only a tiny particle of the whole universe. Because we are so preoccupied with our incarnation, we are deluded that this is existence.
This existence is also temporary. For example, if you look at the past, billions of people walked this earth before us. If you look at the last 100 years, many people have come and gone. If you take the next 100 years, many including us will come and go. Many more people will come. And “the platform” keeps providing for all these people. Everybody comes and goes, people have experiences, and they have happiness, sorrow, a lot of things to talk about. We also develop ownerships: my father, my mother, my husband, my daughter, my dog, my furniture, my house, my car… all these attachments also come as part of the incarnation. In each incarnation, deep within we know that we are here just like tourists, for a period of time, as we came here for a period of time and will have to leave after that. There is nothing we can own in this journey; you can own no relationships, father, mother, children, property, nothing. It is not yours; it is all part of your experience pattern, part of your plan of experiences. If you look at it from this understanding, your life’s transitions and the encounter with various people, gave you certain experiences. . The same people can give you a good or bad experience. At one point in time, a set of people give you good experience, at another point in time, the same set of people give you bad experience. At the end of the day, these are all experiences. Finally each of it is just an experience. Furthermore, nobody stays. Everyone comes and goes. Some people decide to go because of their mind, some, because of their life. Life took them away or even death took them away. All this is possible. Everything is possible. That is the level of acceptance we should have to be in Christ’s consciousness.
Christ’s consciousness is total acceptance of every situation in life. Jesus could have saved himself from the cross. He had that power. However, he chose to go through the process and stick to his teaching. What he was telling people was, “Whatever your possessions are, whatever your positions are, they are all temporary. What you give, you have. Undoubtedly, you have only that which you deliver consistently and with conviction. And for that message to be implemented – if an exit as dramatic as the one in Jesus’ life had to happen, it was the best thing because there is no other way in which one could exit and leave a compelling message that could not be ignored; an exit that people really felt for and could not ignore the impact of the exit. That is probably why, if you take as an example Lord Rama, who was an avatar with full awareness; he was in the forest for 14 years; his wife was kidnapped, while the person who orchestrated the kidnapping, Ravana, seemed to have a great life. He was a bhakta of Lord Shiva, he had all that he wanted, but in the end Rama had to come and kill him. When you go in the path of the negative – selfishness, greed, hatred… if you walk on that path, initially you may feel some kind of success, you may feel great, but eventually it pulls you down and leads you to a reduced frequency. It simply reduces your frequency to the level of anger, hatred, jealousy, comparison… the aspects which make you alienated from the truth. In contrast, an experience which makes you feel one with the whole universe – compassion, kindness, love, no separation – that’s your highest human experience possible in a human body. You definitely have that option.
You do have an option of having the highest possible experience. While you are in the body, this is the best you can do. Much of it is accepting yourself with all your weaknesses and strengths, you do not pretend in any way. All of us have weaknesses. Don’t try to hide them. Not in the sense that you quickly display it, but in the sense that you don’t have to hide them i.e. pretend that you don’t have them. That is a burden. Whenever you pretend, whenever you hide, it becomes your biggest burden because then your entire mind and energy is preoccupied with what is being hidden. Instead, you just live with acceptance, you have weaknesses, you have strengths, everybody has them, live with that awareness. Do not try to be perfect, to say that only perfection will happen out of your existence. It’s not true. We have made mistakes. We will make mistakes. We might have fallen many times before we learnt to walk. Mistakes are part of our existence, falling is part of our existence, so called “failures” – when what you expected is different from what happened, our expected result did not happen, are part of our existence. People get depressed. Nowadays because of extreme pressure on achieving only success, children are committing suicide if they fail an examination! This is the tragedy of our existence. This is a non-understanding factor of our existence. We can fail, what’s the problem? Why should we always be successful? We can always have both sides. It’s about both sides. Life is about duality. There is success and failure, happiness and sorrow, there is night and day. Life goes on like that.
When you clearly understand that this is the way life operates, then you will be peaceful with yourself. That is acceptance. That being Christ – being Christ’s consciousness. Total acceptance, total contentment with what is available, what has been given, as a gift. The food that came to your table is the medicine for you. That means the food which comes easily to you is the medicine meant for you. That’s what you deserve. What you deserve you get, what you desire you may not get. In life your eligibility factor decides what you get. Eligibility factor means that which you have cultivated over a period of time. Imagine you have cultivated a lot of seeds, over time eventually they become fruit. That initial factor is essential. The right step – that of selflessness. If you live for the world, the world will live for you. If you do not live for the world, then the world will not care. Why should the world care about you if you only live for yourself, for selfish reasons and selfish gratifications? Please remember. We use this platform called the Earth. We use this earth for our purpose, for our gratification, for our pleasure. Please pay back. The only way you can pay back to earth is to share what you have. Nobody says you should not experience or enjoy anything life provides you. This is alright. Life has provided you numerous objects enjoy them if you could.
However, please remember: more materials do not mean more enjoyment. It probably means less enjoyment. For example, you have a buffet on the table. You can only eat what your stomach can contain. Even if you like all the dishes on the table, you may not be able to consume them. Why? Because of your capacity. More materials, money, relationships, do not essentially mean you have more experiences. It only means you have more choices. These choices are an illusion, too, because they are all temporary. Nothing stays. For example, when you were a child, you played with many toys happily. Now you are not interested in playing with them. As you grew up, you had various gadgets to “play with”. They gave you pleasure, some kind of stability, happiness, at some point in time. Even if you regularly use a mobile phone, you do not use it when you sleep. Say, you purchased a beautiful car, a Rolls Royce; you can only drive from one point to another. You cannot sleep in it all the time or use it all the time. Just like that, everything has its time and space limitations, its experience aspect, and they change.
Life is about changes. Acceptance means accepting those changes gracefully. When you gracefully accept those changes, it changes you. It gives you contentment. If you resist them, saying, “This is not what I want, I want to change things. I want to move things,” then you will always have conflicts with something. That is what sustains the pain. Otherwise pains will come and go. Nothing stays. If happiness comes, so does pain. They don’t stay. Situations come and go, they happen and dissolve. This is the way life goes. We must be very clear about this aspect. Today, I am talking. Another time I do not know whether I will be alive to talk. I talk today because I am alive. I can talk, that is why I am talking. Who knows how long I can talk! And that’s about it. Tomorrow, if I am able to talk, I will do so. If you are able to listen, you will listen. Life is as simple as that. Every situation has given you a chance for an experience. Don’t deny it. If you deny it, that is the biggest mistake you are making in your life because you are using your mind, your analytical aspects and then you choose not to have an experience. In the bargain, you have guilt. Guilt happens when you could not experience a particular thing at a particular time, or you could not utilise something which was provided by life at a particular time in a particular way, or you feel later that you could have done better. That is all connected to impossibility i.e. it is not possible. You have to experience this talk at this time. Tomorrow I will not be able to talk in this mode.
Everything is kept on time. Time is like the walking belt at the airport. When you walk, the belt also moves so that you don’t have to walk as much. Similarly, time keeps moving, it continuously moves, you can run over it, you can walk over it, you can stand on it, but it is still moving. Time takes you forward. This is exactly how our life exists. This is why we need to have acceptance. First and foremost, acceptance is that you have to experience life using your senses – eyes, nose, ears, mouth and skin.
Second, to experience everything you have only one mind. Five senses and one mind. When mind is with the eyes, you see. When mind is with your nose, you experience smell. When mind is with your tongue, you experience taste. So our experiences are limited to our mind and the presence of mind. At another time it may not be possible because if your mind is elsewhere and you are eating, you may not even know what you ate unless the food is too spicy or very bad in taste – then you will definitely bring your focus back. Otherwise you will keep eating; like your mother’s food, the food provided by those closest to you, you may consume – almost thanklessly because we have taken it for granted. We have thus taken for granted many things in life, “Oh, it will happen, it will continue, this is all fine”. That is one of mistakes we make. It is not being conscious, it is not our acceptance, but it is a passive life, a passive existence. Passive means almost like dormant, i.e. you have not lived it. Passive aspects of existence mean that we have not connected to that part of life. It is happening. In hindsight you know that it happened or you probably know that it is happening but you are not actually being that experience at that time. The experiences which we talk about, the true experiences happen only when your mind is available and present. That is why I always say that when you do one thing, do only that. Don’t worry about the other aspects. If you are eating food, just eat. When you play with your children, just play. When you talk to somebody, just talk to that person; so that at every point in time your experience has a completion, absoluteness. That is being in the present and that is acceptance of a situation.
Now if something “wrong” happens in life, “wrong” in the sense that it does not bring you happiness, just have patience with that situation, then that situation changes. When it changes, then you are in a different mode. Everything that has come will also go. Nothing stays.
Another aspect of Christ’s consciousness is zero ownership. You don’t even own your body. You have taken your body for a particular time. That is why I said that if you look at the last 100 years, so many people have come and gone, in the next 100 years many will come and go. We will also become history. Some may remember (us), some may forget. And people who lived with you will also go. Everybody goes behind the curtain of time at some point in time. There will always be fresh set of people on the screen, on the stage. If you want to leave your signature on earth, it has to be through giving. How much you deliver to this world, will become your legacy. That is how people will remember you. Why are we talking about Jesus 2000 years after his exit? Because he delivered his own life for the sake of his conviction. What he was saying is, “I am everything. I live it. I am you. I am here for serving. I am not here for selfish pleasures. I am not here to accumulate more wealth. I am not here to have more bindings or control over things. I am here to give. I am not controlling anything. I am not possessive of anything. I am not bound by possessions. I am not bound by positions.
That’s the message he conveyed. And that made sense to people because this is true to everybody, to all people. Lord Krishna walked on this earth with a lot of energy and power and still walks the earth with a lot of energy and power. Why do we still talk about Krishna? Why do we worship him? Why do we love him? It’s because he loved every aspect of existence. As a child he loved the childishness, pranks of a child (he was fond of eating and also stealing butter). He loved pranks and everybody loved them. In His youth He loved the romantic aspect; in fact He celebrated it. We all have a romantic aspect in us. When you say, “a beautiful flower”, in other words when we appreciate something, it is the romance in us talking. While all of us have a romantic side, over a period of time, just to be an adult we have completely discarded that aspect. When we appreciate and love something, when we say good things, it is coming from the beauty and the sense of love in us, the romance aspect of us. Krishna made it exemplary. He completely lived it and he asked the world to romance life. That’s the best way to live. Imagine that Krishna aspect is not happening in our life today, we will not understand that it is ok to be everything in life. Then He was a great ruler. He ruled the country with great warmth and a sense of justice. Everybody was completely at ease. A true ruler / king is the one who ensures that everyone sleeps peacefully – not only human beings, but also animals and birds – that every aspect of creation has peace in their state, in their existence. That is the right ruler. Krishna made that possible. Everybody was peaceful in his country, in his empire. Then He was a great philosopher. From a stage of sinking, going into depression, He made a warrior out of a person (Arjuna). That is the connection.That is the conviction. You can see a lot of people tired of life. They say, “I am tired of life. I do not want to live anymore. No good things are happening.” They are in a completely depressed state. From there bring a purpose out, serve the world, do something for the world. Give life to life. Give life to every being around you. “Life” in the sense of activity, brightness, confidence to everything around you. That level of delivering life to life made Him a complete, powerful philosopher. Therefore look at every aspect. All great masters had something to deliver and they delivered great messages. Thousands of years later we still worship Him and respect Him. This is the secret. What you deliver honestly, truthfully and with conviction, generations will talk about; generations will be inspired by it. If we only earn something, own some gadgets, materials in life, all one can say is, “Good for you”. It might be a great for your personal life. You have more money, cars, or materials than your neighbour and you may be the richest person around. But when you die, you leave everything behind. So all your life you probably lived an illusion. I am not saying this is not good. I am saying whatever life has offered, accept it gracefully with both hands, “Give it to me and thank you very much for it.” There is no point in saying “I want this, I want that”. That is a type of resistance because you are only postponing it. Something that has to come to you will come to you; be it a situation, a time, a space or material, anything which has to come to you will come to you. What you experience is your personal experience, but what you are able to share with happiness, with a clean heart, with purity, that stabilises you. This is Christ’s consciousness. Not to share because you are better than another one – that is ego. If you think you are better than another one and give something to them, it is ego. Ego is also a blockage in us. If you stop having something then you feel depressed. That’s the other side.Serve without expectations. Serve without conditions. That is Christ’s consciousness.
Please make a decision today if you could, that you will give more than you take. You will always give or share more than you ask for. We always ask for more and more from the Earth, I want this, I want that, and you feel it will give you more happiness. It’s probably not true. When you give more, you get more wealth inside. You will actually be rich inside. If you are rich inside, that is your wealth. “Rich inside” means your ability to share. Just make that decision – always be rich inside and be in Christ’s consciousness.
I’ll take your questions now.
Q: How to overcome addictions? Being aware is very difficult in the heat of the moment.
Mohanji: First of all make a diagnosis that you have an addiction and it is binding you. It can be any binding – a person, material, any binding is not conducive for liberation, whether it is a person, a situation, ownership of materials, ownership of people… Whatever bindings we have, they are all handicaps. They are all addictions. They are not only material addictions. So fundamentally, we need a diagnosis i.e. awareness that there is something which is binding you.
Next, whenever you cannot handle something yourself, approach somebody who can help you; someone who has already gone through it, who has experience, who can guide you to get out of it. Whenever a situation happens in our life, for example, you have to handle tax payment and you do not know how to do it, you have to talk to a tax consultant to handle it correctly. Similarly, when you have an ailment, you need to talk to a doctor. When you have an addiction, a compelling behaviour which you cannot change, you need to connect to an expert. That is the best approach. We have experts, counsellors, guides who can take people out of various situations. You can choose one who is time-tested or with good recommendations. That’s the way to come out of addictions. Usually the same mindset which started an addiction cannot get one out of it because the same frequency which created something cannot be used to uncreate it. You need a slightly higher frequency to uncreate it. That is exactly how it has to happen.
Q: What is true wealth in the widest sense?
Mohanji: I already answered that. Your richness is your ability to give or share what you have. Whatever you have collected on earth you have to leave them behind. Imagine, you are not able to eat the food which has come to your table; it then carries no value to you. However, when you eat it, experience it, when it actually gets digested, it strengthens your body and only then the value happens. Just like that a lot of information comes to you from life; each day, through the Internet, Whatsapp, Face book… a great deal of information flows. It is coming into you. How much if that will you process? How much will you remember? What you process is what you paid attention to. That is the only thing you process. And only upon practise, it becomes wisdom. There is plenty of information and if you do not pay attention to, it is not yours. It comes and goes. You recognise that it is coming and going, but it is not staying and it is not becoming yours. You do not have it. Thus the information which you have paid attention to becomes knowledge. The knowledge which you apply in your life becomes wisdom. Only then does it become wisdom, just like food. It has no value if it is on the table. If you eat it, you experience it, then it goes through the stomach, through the digestive process and it nourishes your body. That is actually the only time when food becomes yours. Otherwise it’s not yours. Everything about life is like that. It is not yours unless it goes through you, you practise it and it shifts your awareness.
Thus richness is always your ability to give more, to give what you have, to share what you have. You can have knowledge, money, skills, time… And what you share is your richness. If you do not have something, you cannot share it. Only if you have something can you share it. So what you have is your strength. It is not your wealth. Wealth is your ability to share. Your incarnation becomes meaningful only if you share. Otherwise life is like that of an animal – you eat, drink, sleep and then die. This is how most human beings live. We live an unconscious existence. And we blame others; have conflicts with others because of our selfishness, because of our non-understanding, our enmity. All these things are unnecessary. What we can do is ask, “What can we do for this world?” While we are alive and for how long we can do this, we don’t know – as long as we have a body, as long as we have the ability, we can give. Do something while you can. It will wipe out many blockages in your system. When we give more, we get more, just like when we draw water from the well. When we draw water from the well, fresh water comes into the well, maintains and balances the water level. If you don’t draw water, after a while it becomes stagnant and insects will breed in it. Then the water becomes unusable. This is how our situations are. We have accumulated stagnation because of our non-action, because of our incorrect action i.e. action only for selfish purpose. Correct action is selfless action, action for the larger good in the world.
Our inner richness is our ability to share, to give, to be compassionate, to be kind – these are the core principles of Sanatana Dharma. If you are a proper sanatani (someone who practises Sanatana Dharma), you always express compassion, kindness, love, sharing, caring and selflessness. This is the way life should be – not one with anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge, lust, attachment, greed, anger, pride, selfishness, injustice, cruelty or ego. These diminish you, suck away your energy, while compassion and kindness expand you, and make you more powerful, more energetic. You will not experience fatigue because you are here for the world.
When I live for the world, I am powerful. That is why my first point was that I am everything. I am happiness. I am sorrow. I am good. I am bad. I am strength. I am weakness. I am everything. From that, what you pick and choose and deliver to the world, that is your wealth.
“Mohanji Speaks” Zoom Satsang on 25th December 2018
Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan
Jai Maa (Hail to the Divine Mother). Wish you a happy Datta Jayanti (birthday of Lord Dattatreya). It is auspicious to be here doing the pooja (Mohanji did the Guru paduka pooja earlier).
Guruji has asked me to speak about Datta consciousness. In one word, I can say that it is you. It is your consciousness. Lord Datta is the Trinity in one – three in one – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. That means “Tat Twam Asi” – You are That. When you are realize that awareness that we are one – one consciousness with everything around us.
As we evolve with our human bodies, when we stop seeing differences at a certain stage, it means we have become a “human human”. When I say a “human human”, I refer to somebody who can only express compassion, kindness, selflessness, unconditional love, sharing and caring – beyond ownership, every possessiveness, every positions. That is one level of stabilization of consciousness. Only then do we actually become human beings. If we have many desires, we are still between the animal and human stages because we are still insecure.
The second stage is when you stabilize in “human human”, you then achieve the state of sainthood – “saint human”. When you say “saint human”, you are established in a state where you know that you don’t belong to anybody and nothing belongs to you. You know that you are not here to own anything from earth. You cannot own anything from earth. You can only have experiences with your relationships, positions, materials and possessions. That stabilization is called a “saint human” state.
From there, you can transcend to a “god human” state – a state where you clearly understand, recognize and experience that you are one with everything. There is nothing beyond you. You cannot see differences around you. You see only you in every atom, tree, bird, animal, person – you see only you. At that stage, you are one with the Datta consciousness. That means you are not bound by the human body (or incarnation). You are immortal. At that stage, incarnation cannot disturb you.
Incarnation also has attachments. You start believing you are this incarnation. You start believing that you are this position. Even gender, possessions, materials and relationships. Everything is your burden. At this stage, all these burdens go. You clearly understand that “I own nothing”. I can only have certain experiences from the things around me, and also some memories connected to it. When you are clear that you cannot own anything, even a memory has no value. When memory has no value, thoughts have no value. These are samadhi states. You reach levels of samadhi where thoughts cannot ruffle your mind. The mind itself loses importance. Mind itself starts collapsing. You reach a level of samadhi where mind collapses. When mind collapses, you only have consciousness. You are one with consciousness. Consciousness has three aspects – jagrut (waking), svapna (dream) and sushupti (deep sleep). That also becomes one because you cannot have three aspects. It has to be one.
From here, you transcend further. These are all samadhi states which all of us will attain at some point. Nobody can escape it. Today it may not be your reality but tomorrow it will. So it’s not that you have to lose something to reach here. You just be. To be Datta, you have to just be. Being you 100% – in one word it is called acceptance. Total acceptance of yourself. You cannot compare and you cannot change yourself. You are already this incarnation which you cannot change. Just like you cannot change the model of car once you purchase it. You change the interiors of the car to some extent but you cannot change the model itself. Similarly, you cannot change and you don’t have to change yourself. This is a clear understanding of Datta consciousness. Datta consciousness is you – being absolutely you.
And once you are clear about that, there is a very deep silence that settles in. Very deep silence – meaning nothing external disturbs you, nothing internal disturbs you. Your samsakaras, memories, impressions of things of the past, all the things which you might have collected in your existence in this life or past lives, stops disturbing you completely. Nothing disturbs you. You are in a perpetual state of silence and it has nothing to do with what you do in life. You can be a doctor, engineer, scientist, civil servant – whatever you do will have no value. It will just be an activity that you do for a living. It will be part of your appointed duty.
Apart from that, you are completely free all the time. You are witnessing and watching yourself. You perform but will have nothing to do with your performance. Your action and the result of that action is not a disturbance. No activity which is owned by you. No ownership – no disturbance. You are free. Acceptance leads to freedom. Freedom stabilizes to liberation. Liberation means nothing outside disturbs you, nothing inside disturbs you. There are no desires. Because desires are connected to mind. Mind itself is not there. Nothing is bothering you, no disturbance, absolute stillness. That is Datta consciousness.
There was a very powerful Avadhoota. Avadhoota – master means the one who has only the consciousness of the body, but who has no thoughts. His mind has collapsed, he is aware of the body and has nothing to do with the Earth. He is walking on the Earth as a witness, as a road map, or as a symbol of that state. This Avadhoota used to wear just a loincloth, like underwear, no other clothes, and he had a begging bowl in his hand. He always carried that bowl for getting food. That’s all he had. Just a cloth and a bowl, nothing else. He never carried anything. He used to wonder. His name was Nagarjuna. He never used to display any of his powers. He was very silent, quiet and used to walk through the streets. Whenever he was hungry, he used to beg for food and people would give him something, he would eat that and that’s how he was living. No possessions, no houses, no credit cards… Nothing. He was just wandering.
His fame started spreading. People started knowing there was a great master, so people started looking forward to meeting him. His fame reached the palace. The queen became interested in meeting him, so she told the palace ministers: “I would like to invite him for lunch.”. They brought him to the palace. What sort of utensils will there be in a palace? Gold plates, gold spoons, everything made out of gold! The queen respected him, seated him and served him food in gold plates. Contrast this to the saint he was wearing only a loincloth i.e. just underwear, nothing else!
Nagarjuna said, “What have I got to do with these gold plates? I have this begging bowl, you can give food in this bowl. Whatever you give in this bowl, I will eat.”
So they served him food in the bowl which he was carrying. He ate well, everything was ok, then the queen was happy, he was happy.
Then he asked: “May I leave now? I’m happy, I’m pleased, may I go?”
The queen said: “Thank you very much for coming, we are blessed that you stepped into this palace, we are very happy, it will be our pleasure if you would like to come back sometime, whenever you like.”
Please understand, no true master makes any big promises of the future, because they can leave their body. They reserve the option to leave their body any time. If you promise something, you have to hold on.
Therefore he said: “We’ll see.” He didn’t commit. Then he asked the queen: “What can I give you?”
She looked at him, he had nothing on his body, so she said: “I want that begging bowl”.
He didn’t think twice. He only had that begging bowl in his hands. He gave it to her.
She received the begging bowl with a lot of love and respect and said: “I will keep this in my shrine and I will worship this. This is much more precious than any material in this palace.”
He gave the bowl, and as he was about to leave, the queen asked: “What about you, you don’t have a bowl now?”
Nagarjuna answered: “That’s alright, no problem.”
The queen: “I would like to give you a bowl as well, back.”
She brought a gold begging bowl with diamonds on it. A very, very, very expensive, an extremely expensive one. She gave it to him and said: “You are a very powerful master. You’re priceless, so whatever I give you, should somehow be compatible with your stature, that’s why I’m giving this to you.”
He accepted it. When he took this bowl, the ministers and other people who were watching, were not happy.
They said: “This is a renunciate, he’s supposed to be a saint. Look at him, he took this gold begging bowl with diamonds studded on it without any problem. Why didn’t he say: ‘No, no, no, I can’t touch it – I already renounced all these things, I cannot touch material stuff.’ Why didn’t he say so?!”.
So they were thinking whether this was a real or a fake guy. They started talking amongst themselves.
Do you see how fast we make judgments about other people? Nagarjuna received it and he also understood what was in the minds of people.
Hence he said: “Don’t judge me, because I am above the materials. You see gold, I see a utility vessel. For you this material is valuable because of what it’s made up of. I’m looking at this thing as a vessel I can use for food. There is nothing else. For me, whether the vessel is made out of gold or mud, it’s the same, I only look at how I can use it. For you, you might be looking at an opportunity for enhancing your family wealth. I have no family, I have no need for wealth, so don’t judge me!” It is easy to judge. And how to come out of it? Very difficult.
Then he left with this begging bowl, and he was asking for food and people were offering him food, and he was showing this gold bowl with the diamonds on it, so the society people were looking at this man who was not dressed but was holding a gold bowl with diamonds on it. It was very inappropriate for the society. It didn’t matter where it came from but who was using it.
So he became the talk of the town. His fame spread all over the city, and one thief got interested in him. It was a thief with a “good reputation”. He had even stolen from the palace. They couldn’t even catch him. He saw this man walking around with this gold bowl with the diamonds on it. Thus he decided to follow him. He followed and followed, but he was keeping a safe distance so that the saint wouldn’t recognise him. Finally, it was evening and the saint decided to sleep. He went to a waiting shed, a bus stop kind of thing, where there was not even a proper roof, let alone a place to sleep. That space was usually occupied by wandering monks, beggars, this kind of people – and this guy had a golden begging bowl with diamonds on it. It was not easy to sleep.
Nagarjuna cleaned the floor, prepared to sleep, and the thief was hiding behind the pillar, planning “When this guy goes to sleep, I will pick up the bowl and run.” He was waiting. Nagarjuna cleaned the floor and sat down. First what he did was, he took this begging bowl and threw it near this thief. The thief was completely shocked. He had never expected this: “Why did this man throw the golden bowl to me!?” He was happy. This time, he got it without stealing!
He was so surprised that he came to this Avadhoota and said: “I got the bowl, but why did you do this?”
Nagarjuna said: “If you stand there all the time thinking about my bowl, then I cannot sleep. The whole night you will not sleep, I will not sleep. Both of us will have sleepless nights. Instead, you take the bowl, I can sleep and you can also go away.”
This was amazing for the thief, he had never seen anyone like this.
The thief said: “I never met any person like you. So you don’t care about the value of this bowl?”
Nagarjuna: “The value of this bowl for me is that it can carry food, I can eat. Apart from that, it has no value.”
The thief: “You’re an amazing person, I’ve never seen anybody like you. Can I touch your feet?”
The thief added: “I’m not an ordinary thief, I’m a celebrity thief. I have even stolen from the palace.”
Nagarjuna: “Nice to meet you.”
The thief touched Nagarjuna’s feet and felt something. Something changed in his brain, because he had never met anybody like this, who never cared about anything, who even had a very precious thing in his hand but never cared about it. That meant, he was totally detached from anything and everything. That was a good information or a new thing for the thief so he started thinking: “Everyone was trying to save whatever they have. This fellow does not even care. Why is it so?”
Until then, this thief had a bit of pride, he had done tremendous thefts, and had never been caught. Now this fellow defeated him in a way. Nagarjuna defeated him in his own game. The thief did not have to steal this precious thing from him. And this precious thing was probably worth all the stealing he had done in this lifetime.
When the thief touched his feet, he started feeling differently, so he said: “How can I be like you? I think I have to take many lives to be like you?”
Nagarjuna said: “Not really”
Thief: “When can I be like you?”
Nagarjuna: “Right now!”
Thief: “Really? It’s that simple?”
Nagarjuna: “Yes, it’s that simple.”
Thief: “What do I have to do for it?”
Nagarjuna: “You should make a decision! You have to decide!”
Thief: “Yes, I’ve decided. Will you guide me?”
Please understand, until that moment there hadn’t been surrender in his mind. He had not been surrendered because he was still in the past habitual mode, being the thief and who he was in the society and stuff like that.
Then the thief said: “Nobody will accept me as a student because of my past records, which are not so good, so why do you accept me like this?”
Nagarjuna asked: “Your past records are your burden, what have I got to do with it? My job is to deliver. If you’re ready I will deliver.”
The thief: “All the teachers in the past have rejected me.”
Nagarjuna: “If any teacher has rejected you because of who you are, they are not teachers. A true teacher should not look at the past or the future of anybody. They just deliver in the present. Past is already finished. Right now, you have already reached here. Future is up to you – what you want, how you want. According to that you will have your future. A teacher has nothing to do with that, and should not have anything to do with that.”
This guy was completely shaken. He’d never heard any of these things in life. He had only heard the sound of police chasing him. This man was not even judging him. He came to steal the most precious stuff this guy was carrying, but he never judged him or anybody. No judgment.
Then the thief said: “Ok, teach me! What should I do?”
Nagarjuna: “Be aware of your breathing all the time! Three things: inhalation, exhalation and the space between inhalation and exhalation. Just be aware of these three things, nothing else.”
The thief asked: “If I do this, will I be like you?”
The guru never promises, right? Why didn’t the guru promise? Because YOU are walking, not the guru.
Nagarjuna told him: “Whatever you do, remember your breath. Always remember your breath, whenever you remember to remember your breath, remember your breath.”
So the thief went with the bowl. He didn’t give the bowl back, he took it. He came all the way for this. He didn’t leave it behind, he took it away.
Fifteen days later, the thief was searching for this master and found him, not in the same place. This Avadhoota had already moved, but he searched and found him.
The thief said: “You put me in a big trap! Ever since you gave me this technique, I have not been able to steal. With great difficulty I jumped the wall, went to some place, opened the door and then I remembered breathing, sometimes I even opened the wardrobe and I remembered the breathing… My profession has become a disaster! I don’t know what to do now, I have no other profession! You messed up my profession. I have no other job in life. What should I do now? Please guide me.”
Nagarjuna: “Get lost, go away. I have given you something precious, now you choose whether you want the material things from the past habit of collecting all the things indiscriminately based on greed, or you want to enter the silence which you found through the breath. Do you want to stabilize in the silence you found through the breath, or you want to go back to your own habit of collecting things out of greed, not exactly for eating? If this is what you want, this is up to you. I have nothing to do with it. I have given you what I can, and don’t come back to me and ask me for more.”
Thief: “You know, the silence which I found with the breath… – I don’t want to lose it anymore! Can you accept me as your disciple?”
Nagarjuna: “If you consider me as your Guru, you become a disciple.” Then he asked: “I consider you as my Guru, can you initiate me?”
Nagarjuna: “I’ve already done that!”
End of story. Think about this, and you will understand the truth from this.
Q: A lot of people are chosen at a very young age by the gurus to do their work. Why some and why not the others?
Mohanji: The answer is spiritual maturity. One’s physical age has no value. You continue in this life, wherever you stopped in your previous life. Many people attain enlightenment at a very early age. Why? Not because of their practice of this life, but because they had been practicing in another life and they brought it forward. When you are coming to the fold of a guru, into the close circle, in other words, those who are deeply connected, that is where the tests are more rigorous. Like Baba says: “When people are close to me, there is a lot of heat. You should have the tolerance for it. It is easy to stay afar, looking from a distance. You will then think that everything is fine. But, the moment you come close, it is like being close to the sun. It is not easy. It is very, very hot. What hot here refers to is firstly, – unpredictability, the gurus move as per the cosmic order not as per the individual’s order of personality. Their expressions are also based on purpose, not on emotion. A normal person who operates on emotion will not understand this. So, there is always a conflict – the man, the personality and the guru. Hence many run away from a living master, but choose a master who is no longer alive and in the body. It is easier to connect. It is not that masters with the stature of Baba, ever leave because to begin with, they never existed in the body. They used the body just as a reference point. Even if they leave, the show continues.
People who were with Baba would be able to tell you how difficult it was to be with him. Today we say: ’Oh, Mhalsapathi, Shama, how lucky they were.’ But it was difficult for them to stay because you need to adapt yourself to the level where the guru can work through you. That’s not easy. First of all, you should dissolve your personality. If you have a personality, I cannot impose my personality on you. Your personality will be predominant. So the first requirement is to dissolve the personality. That could scare us. Fears such, “What will I now do?” will arise. We cling to our personality, our character, our constitution. That is destroyed. Then the master enters; the consciousness of the guru comes in. It is then that the guru works through you. For this absolute surrender is needed.
About 200 years ago, in the current Pakistan region lived a saint who observed silence most of his life. He lived in a small hut, along with his wife. They had no children. He had a long beard and was partially blind. His house only had three rooms. But, the land in front of his house was open, and he paved the floor with cow dung, which is a natural disinfectant. There used to be a line of planted shrubs which served as the fence and there was a small gate which always remained open. The shrubs grew so tall that from the gate, one could not see the inside of the compound. And the ground was nine steps high from the gate. At the gate, instead of “remove your footwear here”, which is common in front of all ashrams and temples, there was a distinct signboard “STRIP before you enter”.
The saint always sat in the front of his house, stark naked, looking at the gate. And he spoke nothing. All the visitors would come in silently, sit on the floor in the open yard of the house, clothed, looking at the saint and spoke nothing. The only message that the saint ever conveyed was that of nakedness and silence. The difference between the visitors and the saint was just physical nakedness. The saint was naked inside and outside; the visitors in various degree of clothing inside and outside.
Even though there was no word uttered, everyone left for home happy and fulfilled. None felt hungry or thirsty. None felt cold. Even though there was no discourse, everyone’s questions were answered. The only offering or “dakshina” the saint asked for was “nakedness” or the state of emptiness and non-pretension. By stripping he meant that all those who enter should strip their ego, anger, hatred, jealousy, pretensions, fears, insecurities etc. outside his gate and enter naked. His only teaching was silence. Since his aura spread all over the place, people automatically got healed in his presence. He never traveled outside his compound. Mostly he remained still and silent.
It so happened that many who read the board were quite distracted and did not enter the premises. They were quite afraid to be naked!
There was one rich woman in the neighboring city. She had lost her son and was under tremendous sorrow. One of her friends heard about this silent saint and suggested that she visit him. She decided to travel. It took her a day to reach the abode of the saint. But, when she read the sign board “Strip before you enter”, she was so distracted that she left without entering.
This is the case with most of us. We are not ready to “STRIP”. We are not ready to leave anything. Yet, we expect the “saint” or GOD to give everything. When the inner vessel is filled and overflowing with insecurities, ego and similar negativities, how can “the saint”, the silent God, deliver anything at all? We support ourselves and justify our insecurities! We miss the “saints” of our time!
We all are essentially naked. But, we learned to clothe ourselves layer by layer and the clothes started to control and restrict our movements. We started to become immobile and stagnant. And in many cases, we are proud of our immobility and stagnancy, which we even call as stability! Real stability is flexibility. Real stability is fluidity, motion. The most rigid tree is the one most ready for the axe!
Hence, what the guru meant was that when you leave your slippers outside, leave your constitution outside too! Come naked inside; it is then that you are one with me. But, people do not understand. They only understand physical stripping. So, how can a guru operate through them?
Q: But even to get to the stage of being eligible…
Mohanji: Fundamentally, the only eligibility is that of receptivity or emptiness. Stop being YOU. When you are predominantly yourself, you can only serve so much. But, when you become totally empty and the guru’s energy operates through you, you have no limits. You will be a living example of his teachings, such as compassion and kindness. If you look at all the gurus, all of them echoed the same message be compassionate, kind, express kindness and unconditional love. If you consistently do that, you are loved by the masters and the guru comes to you, not that you have to go to the guru.