Who is Sai Baba?

 

I have heard of this confusion: “Who is Baba? Who is Sai Baba? Is he a God? Is he a Guru? Is he an Avadhoota? Is he a Master of a certain path or segment like the Nath Tradition or the Avadhoota Tradition?” Various questions of this nature come up. It has come to me as well. I have heard that. I have read that.

I always think about one thing – Does it really matter? The lifespan of a human being in the Kali Yuga is about 100 years. Out of these 100 years, the effective years are the times when you are available to the world, when you are serving the world, when you are giving something to the world. That’s the only effective years.  Out of 7.5 billion people on Earth, many people do not have any effective years. They live their whole life for themselves – eating, drinking, sleeping, entertaining themselves, some pleasures of the mind, and things like that. But if you look at the life of Baba, almost 100 percent of his existence, as we know – in Dwarkamai and beyond – has been for the world. So, his life has been totally effective, almost 99 percent, we say. We don’t know about the time when he was not in Dwarkamai, or before that. Who is Baba is what he has delivered.

We only know certain things from certain literature, but I am 100 percent sure, and we all know, that he has done much more. As you know, he is doing a lot today for thousands of people across the world. You can see his presence in all the continents. A person who lived in a small dilapidated place in Shirdi has reached every corner of the Earth, many years after his physical existence. Isn’t that a miracle? It’s a huge miracle! So who has the power to create that miracle? That is him.

Whether he is an Avadhoota, whether he is a Siddha, whether he is a Guru, whether he is God, it does not matter. As far as his presence is concerned, he is pure Consciousness. If there are boundaries, like we have boundaries – physical boundary, emotional boundary, and intellectual boundary – we have all these boundaries, various boundaries, various frames, and we are those frames and we can’t go beyond those frames, because we do not allow ourselves to cross those frames and boundaries. This is our usual life.

But Baba never had a boundary. What does that mean? He is pure Consciousness. Then what is his body? Just a representation. Without that representation, you can’t connect to the pure Consciousness. He brought himself as a representation for the sake of humanity, and he took a suitable form. He is neither a Hindu, nor a Muslim, nor a Christian, nor a Buddhist… He is everything – as a form which is suitable for everybody to connect to the pure Consciousness.

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So whether he is a Guru… If somebody looks at him as a Guru, he is a Guru. If somebody looks at him as God, he is God. If somebody looks at him as an Avadhoota, he is an Avadhoota. If somebody looks at him as a Nath, he is a Nath. This is a round object. He is everything.  Pure Consciousness is everything. Pure Consciousness is you and I. Pure Consciousness pervades the whole Universe – not only the Earth, but well beyond. Representation of that pure Consciousness in a body which can be related to, conceived a body which can be connected to, and that is what he is. We define him as per our capacity, as per our boundaries, that’s all we do. But is Baba that? For you, yes! As per your boundary, you have understood him as per whatever you think he is. That’s about it. So we must understand that great, great Masters are never born, they will never die, as Baba is proving every moment. They are all-pervading, and through every idol of his, he talks, he communicates, he gets people to connect to him.

So pure Consciousness without boundaries – that’s him. And whichever form that goes in, that form is the pure Consciousness. That does not limit the pure Consciousness, that’s what we should understand. No limitation. We have a limitation, we discriminate people, we look at people – “Oh, he is this form.” We only understand based on forms. That is why we have confusion between Gurus. What is the role of a real Guru? To connect you to the Supreme Consciousness, or to remind you that you are the Supreme Consciousness, which you are searching for. This is the role of every Guru. But we look at a Guru as a problem-solver, or somebody who will tell you your future. If you want to know your future, you are a bundle of insecurities. Only when we have lots of insecurities, we will want to know what will happen tomorrow. If we are completely surrendered, and if we are fully merged with the Supreme Consciousness, we wouldn’t want to know what will happen tomorrow, it doesn’t matter. Or something like, “Okay, if I am born, I will die.” That’s about it, in between what happens doesn’t matter.

So like that, when you are deeply connected to a Master as powerful and as glorious as Baba, we will only feel ourselves in him, what we are in him. That’s exactly why thousands of people are coming to Shirdi today. They all see themselves in Baba. They get their problem mirrored or reciprocated from Baba and that gets solved, most of them get solved. How does it get solved? It is as good as how much you surrender. Say, “It doesn’t belong to me, I leave it to you. My life is not mine; this physical form has no value, I leave it to you.” That brings you more and more peace, more and more stability. So, who is Baba? The fundamental question. Baba is YOU. How you are, that’s how you see Baba.

But is Baba one thing? He cannot be. If he is one thing, all these people in the world cannot connect to that. A flat object – only a few people will connect. Not everybody can connect. For everybody to connect, that object or that person should have a round character. He’s not bound. Whatever is bound needs liberation. Whatever is unbound needs no liberation, because they are liberation already.  This is Baba. So if ever you have that question as to, “Who is Baba?” ask yourself, “Who am I?” And then you will find the answer.

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Transcribed by Nada Rakovic
Proofread by Shyama Jeyaseelan

 

 

 

Time to Unify Based on Love – part 2

Mohanji Speaks – Zoom satsang, part 2
on 10 November 2019

Question 1: How can I get out from self-sabotage, fear, conformity and the paradigm of the impossible?

Well, that’s very simple. As I explained in the beginning, it has to start with accepting yourself. There is some element in you which is not accepting yourself fully. And you probably are depending on other people’s opinion about you for your acceptance of yourself. But please understand, nobody can understand you, sometimes even you cannot understand yourself. Because you are a full and complete being, if you really accept and understand that aspect of you, where you are full and complete, then you will spontaneously feel no kind of expectations, judgments, or criticisms about yourself in you. Only we can raise ourselves or pull ourselves down.

It is all our story. This is a unique story and we are the author of this story. Because of our authorship we have this life. This person or this book of life is written by us. What we call destiny is our script. So, if you really accept yourself, you will not sabotage yourself. Sabotaging also happens with expectations, which you probably derived from the society, somebody told you that you should do like this. We also have a lack of acceptance in us.

If you look at everyday life, we will feel that. There are so many factors which we don’t like. “Oh if only I was like that… If only I was like this.” We have a certain benchmark; we have certain expectations. They are all unnecessary. We are what we are, whether we take it or leave it. There’s nothing you can do about it. Because this is the script you made for this life right from your birth till death. The script is well written. All the people coming into your life who are giving you experiences and flavours are all connected to the script. You allowed them, you allowed these people, you allowed these situations, and all these happenings are your choice. If you look at it as a drama, the whole drama from birth to death, you allowed all these people who are walking in your life, you allowed all the experiences. So, all you have to do now is just witness, watch this drama and be happy. Because there’s nothing you can do now. If you want to have another script, you have to take another life.

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Question 2: Is reciprocating the bond between a dog or any animal and its human expression, a type of bhakthi?

In any kind of bonding or any kind of relationship, don’t look at them as animals, people, etc. Then you won’t understand. Understand that every being coming to you is a soul in action. They are all souls in action. So, when they are coming close to you, think about why they are coming closer to you, because there is a connection. So, the cause is a connection, which is a continuation, and the duration depends on the intensity of the connection. The flavours or emotions that we share with them as well are connected to this connection.

If you look at the whole picture, so many beings have come to you and given you experiences, not just human beings. But we have a special kind of feeling towards human beings because we are of that species, not because we have something else to do with human beings. All relationships have their unique flavour and their relevance. We must accept all relationships as the same. What caused it? It doesn’t matter. How long it will last? It doesn’t matter. Right now, you have it; experience it. That’s all. Life has to be looked at that way. Right now, we have it. This is our time; this is our experience, that’s it. What will it be tomorrow? We do not know. What about yesterday? It has finished. So, we look at life like this.

We don’t know who all will be with us tomorrow. Whether it will be an animal body, bird body or a human body, it doesn’t matter. Who will live with you or walk with you, be with you forever in the future? We don’t know. And how long will we be with them, walk with them, talk with them? We don’t know because, we don’t know when we will die. There are so many things which we do not know. What you know is the reality. Right now, you are listening to me and I’m talking to you. This is a truth. This is a reality and that’s about it. Next hour, we don’t know. Basically, past is finished; future we don’t know. So, don’t worry about these two. Right now, we are here. You make the best out of it. That’s it.

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Do not look at the body and underestimate the soul. The soul is the same and it has taken various bodies. In the story of Krishna, when the Avatar was happening; Krishna was taking birth and various beings decided to come as cows, calves etc. so that they could touch him, and they could be with him. Various beings decided to come even as grass where he walks so his feet would fall on them. Such things like that can happen. So, everything has its relevance. Do not underestimate the grass or even a falling leaf. Everything has its flavour. Everything touches you, if you look around, if you witness the light, witness the world. Everything will touch you from deep within, and it has its relevance.

Also understand, at the end of the day, life is equal to the experiences that you have. So, make your experiences beautiful. We must completely remove all the anger, hatred, jealousy etc. All those things are not needed. Just be plain and simple and accept the world as it comes. Accept the people as they come and accept the whole dimensions of life as they are, so that you have no conflict; you have no resistance; you are in total acceptance and then see how beautiful your life is.

Question 3: How do we know if we are in a purification mode or just suffering because of ignorance?

Suffering is always ignorance. There’s no other way. Suffering cannot be of something else. When you are fully aware, you won’t suffer. Ramana Maharishi had cancer. When somebody asked him if he has pain, he said, “I have pain, but I have no suffering.” Understand that suffering is a choice. Suffering is usually due to resistance. When total acceptance happens, there is no way you will be suffering. In total acceptance mode, there is zero suffering.  Whenever there is resistance, we tend to suffer.

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Purification is very simple. It’s an every-moment thing. You can always be on purification mode. How? Make sure all your thoughts, words, and actions are selfless. You have no enemies. You have no anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge, etc., and you have no negative feelings about anybody on Earth. Everybody has done their part in your life. Some have given you good experiences. Some have given you bad experiences. They’re all experiences at the end of the day. You have lost nothing. Because you have abundance of experiences, you should be rich. The richness that you have, the scars on your face, should talk about your survival, not your pains and sufferings. It should be a life of strength, power and abundance. Abundance happens only through acceptance.

Generally, we resist so many things. We don’t even enter an experience because we are afraid. Then, that part is completely removed from life. Instead, we should focus on what is. This is what has been given to you; this is the time, this is the place, this is the situation, these are the people, these are the experiences. Use that hundred percent and enjoy that experience. Whatever the result is, it doesn’t matter. When you are in pain, go into the depth of the pain and come out victorious. When you have happiness, dive into the depth of happiness and come out victorious. When you have suffering, go deep into suffering and come out of it. Happiness or sorrow, you should dive deep into everything and come out of it. You will see that you are fully yourself. It will be a life well lived.

Whatever happens in life, always surrender at the feet of your Master if you have a Master (Guru), or at the feet of the Lord, if you have a Lord that you worship. Whatever religion you are, whatever method you follow, it doesn’t matter. If you do not believe in God, keep surrendering at the feet of the existence because, existence has provided all these. Whether your connection is with a Guru, a teacher, or a God that you imagine, or the supreme consciousness, pure brightness, whatever it is, keep surrendering everything and say, “Thank you, I’m feeling grateful.” Live every moment with gratefulness. Then you are rich. A life well lived.

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Transcribed by Rakshitha Ananth

Proofread by Shyama Jeyaseelantttt

Time to Unify Based on Love – part 1

Mohanji Speaks – Zoom satsang with Mohanji
on 10th November 2019

Question 1: Can Mohanji give Shaktipat through various means – such as touch, words, sight, photo, etc.?

First of all, we need to understand what Shaktipat is. The word Shaktipat means activating the Shakti energy within us, which means, activating the Kundalini energy. Kundalini energy gets activated when you are in alignment. What is alignment? Alignment is basically the alignment of your body, mind, intellect, ego, and spirit together, which means you’re not scattered. When you are in total alignment to yourself, that’s when the Kundalini Shakti emerges and activates the whole channels and one attains enlightenment.

So, activation is possible whenever you are in certain states. It’s not necessarily through touch only. Sometimes people have attained enlightenment just by looking at a picture or through practices. There are numerous ways activation can happen. It’s not necessarily through touch only. Activation is certainly possible, provided you are ready to be aligned. First of all, the seeker should stop seeking things outside. It’s not about practices. It’s not about people. It’s not about places. It’s not about anything external. It’s about total alignment INSIDE for which you need to introspect, you need to come within and feel the inside, and be totally occupied with the consciousness within.

Let me explain it in a different way. We have distinct three states every day, which we know. In 24 hours, we go through a waking state – as in when we are awake. Then we go through a state of dreams – dreaming state, there also we are aware and that’s the state where it’s almost as real as the waking state except that it does not depend on anything outside of us. It’s sourced from inside us. Third is the deep sleep state where you are totally nullified. It’s almost like a death state. These three states are happening. At some point in time, you start witnessing the waking state, the dream state and the deep sleep state from an external point of view. You will probably be just a witness at a certain point in time as you practice. Then that witness-hood will give you a state where you are a total witness and you are not affected by any of these three states. That’s a state of total alignment.

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When you come across or come in contact with a person who has already attained that state, and you spend sufficient time connecting to this consciousness or interacting, not even physically, by just thinking about him, by remembering him or looking at him as a kind of benchmark/ a guideline/ or a milestone, (in whichever way you’re consistently connecting to that particular individual who has already attained that state) then you also tend to come into that state faster. This is what I call integration.

When you integrate yourself into a particular person, who has attained a particular state, then you also attain that state faster. The point is that, if the wood is dry, a small spark is enough to catch fire. But the wood should be dry, this is the point. Otherwise, you can use lots of matchsticks, but the wood will not catch fire because the wood is wet. So, the whole point is, are we aligned? Are we completely in tune for that particular alignment?

When we don’t depend on anything external and we are trying to find Divinity inside us, this spark or the energy activates all the things. When we stop looking at us as a whole mechanism, instead we know very well that we are also connected to the whole universe, and when we come to terms with ourselves in that way, at that time, just a look, just a glance, just a touch, whatever it is, Shaktipat is possible.

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I’ll give you another example. The story of Papaji, I’m sure many of you know. Papaji was a great devotee, a bhakti yogi. He was chanting the name of the Lord all the time. He was fully occupied and fully immersed in that energy. He had a situation where he was in the very North of India at one time. That was the time when the British were ruling. He was asking a question to any saint or saintly people that he met, “Can you show me, God?”  Everybody gave some answers, but he was not satisfied with the answers. One day a man came and asked for food. Papaji offered some food and asked him if he can show God. This man said, “I cannot show you God, but there is somebody in the South, in a place called Arunachala, and he can show you, God”.

Ramana Maharishi, Papaji, Arunachala, the Ganga river

Papaji was trying to find a way to reach the south and fortunately got a job in Madras constituency at that time in the military. He joined that job. As soon as possible, he went to Arunachala. When he went to Arunachala and saw that man, he saw the same person who came to his house. And he was so disappointed, thinking this guy was a propagandist who goes around telling people that he is God and he can show God etc. Papaji felt very disappointed and he was coming out of the place where Ramana Maharishi lived (the man whom Papaji thought was a propagandist).

Someone who saw him coming out asked, “Where are you going? You just came in.” Papaji replied, “Oh, this man came to my house up North and said, “Come here. I will show you, God.” I don’t like to work with anybody who’s a propagandist. He’s just trying to promote himself.” Then this man said, “My friend, this man has not left this place for the last 35 years. How do you say that he came to the North of India? Every day we are seeing him and for 35 years he is living here. Only then Papaji realised that this was a powerful Master who can be in any place, anywhere without the body – without actually physically moving.

Then Papaji came to Ramana Maharishi and said, “Oh, you told me you will show me God. Show me, God.” But Ramana Maharishi did not even look at him. Papaji was disappointed. He went back and continued chanting every day. One night, he could not chant anymore. He felt that all the chanting which he had been doing had completely dissolved and he was not remembering any of the mantras. He was so disillusioned that he wanted to have an answer. He went straight to Ramana Maharishi. It was early in the morning when Papaji reached there. That’s the time when Ramana Maharishi was going for a bath.

Papaji went running up to him. Ramana Maharishi just turned around and glanced at him. Just one look. Standing there, Papaji became enlightened. By that time the wood was dry, very dry, ready for the spark. And Ramana Maharishi’s one glance was enough to light the fire. There was no conversation. There was no discussion. Just a glance and the wood caught fire, just like that. If it’s dry wood, it doesn’t take any time to catch the fire.

So, Shaktipat, the activation of Shakti is possible if the person is ready. Otherwise, there’s nothing you can do. You can see in certain states where people shiver and the foam comes from the mouth, etc. They are all signs that the Kundalini energy is stuck somewhere or it’s not moving smoothly. Real experience would be a pleasurable experience, it will be like ecstasy. So, the answer to the question is that anything is possible, provided the person is ready for something like that.

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Question 2: What is your opinion about in vitro fertilisation (IVF)? And what is the karmic impact of this? Should couples seek medical assistance when they cannot conceive naturally?

I don’t have any problem. I only have a problem with destroying the child or the baby in the womb (abortion), which I strongly object to. Otherwise, it is up to the individual. If they are supposed to have a baby, that will happen, definitely.

Question 3: How to be always present or be in awareness?

For that you need to start with self-acceptance. Whatever you are, whatever you are experiencing, whatever has come to you, or whatever state you’re in at any point in time, they all have synchronicity. There is a continuum. That means from your birth till your death, you’re going through various situations, various states, various relationships, various flavours of life. All flavours have value. We can’t really say something is right, something is wrong, something is good, something is bad, etc. Everything has a value in terms of experience. So, when you start understanding and accepting that, you are always in the present, because every moment the ‘present’ provides you with your set of experiences. An experience which has already happened has provided you all the flavours that can be taken from that experience. For example, a fruit that has already been sucked off all its juice will not give you any more. Even if you keep on chewing the balance, it will not give you any more. Like that, what happens right now, what you have at this point in time, that’s your reality. If you keep moving from reality to reality to reality all the time, if you are being in the present all the time, then you are in an absolute experience mode.

And that’s exactly where you come out of the basic inclinations which are the driving force. We have our set of inclinations, which is our flavour on Earth. This is exactly how we are operating on Earth. Remember, ACCEPTANCE is a real thing. In fact, if you accept yourself totally and completely, you are actually in an experience mode – every moment, at every point in time. “YOU ARE FINE.” That is exactly what perpetual meditation is. You are in the present all the time.

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As I said earlier, we have three states. When we are a witness to all the 3 states – the waking state, the dream state and the deep sleep state, you reach the TURIYA state – a state of full witness-hood. That is a state of total alignment. Though the dream state and deep sleep state are not easy to witness, eventually when you closely witness the waking state without attachment, you will spontaneously raise it to the other 2 states – the dream state and deep sleep state as well. In the present you have to be a witness. Whatever is happening, for every action, for everything that is happening in life, understand that there is a reason for it. There is a history (past), there is a present and there will be a future as well. There is always continuity.

If you accept this continuity and keep flowing, then everything will start making sense to you. Otherwise, we will only see fragments and we will always complain, “Why is it happening?” There are so many complaints, so much of resistance, so many levels of resistance and all this add to pain and suffering. When there is an event and if you feel detached from the event – meaning you have no pleasure or pain, but you are just witnessing it; in that mode, you can transcend the whole life.

If you stop judging, criticizing, abusing, scandalising etc., you are free. These are the things which are binding you to Earth. Because when you move into that kind of a mode, you get sucked into it and it’s not easy to get out. Also, it takes a lot of time to get out. So, if you’re fine with yourself, you’re fine with your situation, if you are fine with the flow of life, then everything is flowing smoothly and you’re happy with it. Adding to it, when you’re in a witness mode and you are not complaining criticising, judging, etc., life then will give you the best fruits. Otherwise there will be a lot of resistance and pain. That’s exactly what we see in the world today.

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Question 4: Is it possible to reach liberation only from the state of sattva or is it possible from the state of rajas as well?

Rajas is always a state of turbulence. This is a state where you are reasonably unsettled. In this action mode, we are like a pendulum, oscillating between the good and the bad. You need to sit down and stabilise yourself to reach enlightenment. Tamas is worse, it is procrastination. Rajas is action. People find a lot of happiness in movement, in action, and they feel that they’re doing a lot of things, but it can drag you into things. In the state of sattva, you can develop witness hood. You are in action, but you have no ownership. You are in a mode of selfless action. When you do more and more selfless actions, purification automatically happens, detachment happens, and it helps to transcend into levels where you are completely in an equanimous mode.

So, from rajas to move into enlightenment is not easy. But do not think that all actions are rajasic actions. Some Masters, after attaining enlightenment, move into hyper-action. But those actions have no ownership attached – they are not karmic actions. They are not for pleasure or for the experience. They are for the sake of dharma (righteous duty). The same thing happens with an Avatar (a divine incarnation) as well. An Avatar comes with a full purpose, the purpose of preserving dharma usually. They come, they deliver, and they leave. They are not here to experience the pleasures and pains of a worldly existence. They are here to bring people out from that ‘pleasure and pain’ situation. They bring people to an awareness that this pleasure and pain situation has happened over lifetimes.

We have gone through various lifetimes having the same kind of experiences, same patterns, same agonies, same ecstasies etc. Now it is time, we should come out of it. We should see the larger picture and see the whole story from a different perspective. These beings (Avatars) who come for the sake of preserving dharma, live their lives as normal/common people, just like Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. They lived a very natural life. They studied under a guru, they got married, and they did everything just like an ordinary person. They lived a very ordinary life, so that people can connect to them. If they came with a particular state, if Krishna showed his Vishwaroopa (Universal form or omnipresent form) which is full brightness, nobody would be able to see, nobody can actually look at it because it would be too bright. It’s important to understand that they all lived their lives as ordinary as possible, as normal as possible, so that people could connect to them. Otherwise, people will say, “Oh that was Krishna; that was Rama. How can we be like that? That is why they lived their lives like that. When you are completely in a mode of equanimity, when you reach a level of stability – that is sattva state – and then to reach a state of extreme action, while being in inaction, is possible. When I say inaction, it’s not a lack of action; it’s a lack of ‘attachment to action,’ which is possible. But in a rajasic mode, it is always action with ownership and it is very difficult to change action into inaction. That is not possible because it’s not easy.

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In a rajasic mode, you always look for a result. You’re doing something because you have an expected result. You do a thing for the sake of something. Usually it is pleasure or some kind of gratification, and the result is either pleasure or pain. But you have no complete control over the result. You can only do a particular action with a particular intention, but you have no control over the result. So, in a rajasic mode, this is the issue.

In a sattvic mode, you don’t really worry about the result, but you continuously do action without ownership. It helps you to stabilise your mind. Without ownership, thoughts are less and the thrust of karma is less because you are in a kind of detached mode. Whatever happens, whatever result may happen, you do what is right for you. What is right for you may not be understandable to the whole world, because they only see things from their own viewpoint. They have their own set of concepts, prejudices, etc. Hence, they look at the world and they look at each person/situation through their own eyes. So, don’t expect that everybody will understand the activities of a Master, how they operate, why they operate, or why they do certain things.

A person who is fully occupied in a selfless mode may not be well understood by the society, but it doesn’t matter. We do our thing and we have to express our uniqueness into this world. And that’s what all these great Masters have done. And most of these Masters were not understood at their time. That is because the people only see as per their frequency, they can’t see the truth. This is the point. So, in a rajasic mode it is not easy to attain liberation, because desires are still present.

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Question 5: is it possible to pick up energies and feelings from WhatsApp groups that we are part of?

Every communication is a transaction. Everything is an energy exchange. And today I think most of the time we are occupied with the gadgets, phones and various machines. An energy exchange is happening certainly. That is why we get so excited when there are so many likes for our post. Or we get disappointed when nobody likes our post etc. So, there is an emotion exchange. Emotion is energy in motion. There is an energy exchange happening. I would always say that if a material is negative, don’t even touch it. When someone is speaking ill about somebody, if it is gossip, and if it is not pertaining to your life or if that information will not give you a positive transformation, don’t touch it because you don’t need it. It makes your mind heavier and more unsettled.

Any information which enhances your energy, makes you brighter, activates you, brings you out of procrastination, is a good message. But anything which gives you dilemmas, confusion, anger, hatred, jealousy, or those kinds of emotions is not good because they add to nothing. In fact, they add to your fall in frequency. I would say that it is very important that we stay focused on positivity because it’s a consistent effort. It’s an every-moment effort. We have to stay focused on positivity so that we stay stable. Otherwise we have ups and downs. Usually the messages which contaminate are opinions. They are mostly and usually not truths. They are opinions and they immediately reduce your frequency through confusion. That’s why I always say, the evil enters your mind as a doubt. Once it enters your mind, then it stays in the mind and it operates through the mind. A doubt is enough to topple you; one doubt is enough.

This is what we sometimes see in the newspapers/media. There is a question mark, “Is he the culprit?” They put a question mark. The newspaper is not saying, “He is the culprit,” but they put a doubt in your mind. And you’re already prejudiced. Then you look at everything with that prejudice. Automatically, your opinions are flavoured because you have prejudice in the mind. These are the materials which you should completely avoid. When people talk about other people to me, I always tell one thing, “Thank you for the information. Keep it with you. This is precious for you but not for me. I do not need it. I know the person; I trust the person; even if that person is not good as you say, I have no problem, because my connection with that person is different.” So, it’s all individual relationships. It’s how we interact with people, and how we are with people.

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A lot of these interactions are to do with us – about 70% with us and 30% with the world outside. Because how we are, that’s how we get a response. If we are completely love, we get showers of love and there’s no other way. That’s the seed we are sowing. But, if we have prejudices, if we have doubts, if we have many different complexes, that’s exactly what we get back. So, don’t look at the whole world as puritanical perfection, it’s not true. It’s not so.

And now, religions have created a lot of boundaries. Quite a lot of boundaries and the world is divided into lots of pieces. God knows how many pieces. And it’s mostly in the name of religions and languages. Actually, if you look at the whole world, you remove all these pieces and look at the world, all people, all birds, all animals, all insects, all creatures are only looking for peace of mind, just to be peaceful, just to exist in this world peacefully. That’s what we need. And all they need is the food of love, because the world’s nature has its structure, it has its proper structure, and all the beings in the nature have their duties/responsibilities. And within those boundaries, they are all perfect.

But we human beings/species have completely derailed the whole pattern, the whole planet. We have destroyed many species. We have polluted the earth, wind, air and water. We have done so much damage already. Now look at religions. Religions are for the sake of people. They are roadmaps. They are guidance for the people to attain God. But today, we look at people as religions. That’s completely the wrong way of looking at it. People are people and religions only exist during the waking state. In the dream state and deep sleep state, which religion are you? So, it’s a waking state thing. In the waking state, why do we segregate people, segregate the world with religious connotations? I fail to understand.

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People can have religions as roadmaps, as guidance from great Masters, as methods, as patterns of worship, etc., which is okay. But do not have religions to control people, to own people, to segregate people or to divide people. That is not okay. That’s absolutely not acceptable. It is the same with languages. What language suits you, what is spontaneous to you, whatever is your mother tongue, probably that is exactly what you have to use. But you remove the languages and look at the people. The whole world has one language, the language of love. Everybody understands the language of love. Everybody understands the language of fear as well. But that’s a negative language. When you are in fear, you are not yourself. You are compelled or you are restricted into something. But if it’s love, you are expanded. You are fully in the world. You are beautiful. You are energised. This is exactly what is needed today.

So, the point I’m trying to say is that – we are all unique human beings, but we have one thing in common. We love to love and we love LOVE. This should be the message for the future. It’s time for unification based on love, based on kindness, based on compassion, based on selflessness. This unification is a must. The time for division ends here, it’s already ended. Now it’s time for unification. So, if all the people are trying to unify based on love, you will see the difference in the world. There will be no wars, no displacements, no bloodshed, no deprivation, no denial, nothing. Selfishness and other things will automatically eradicate themselves and die; they will die spontaneously because everybody is happy. We can create this. We have 7.5 billion people out there. All that people need is stability and love. And we must focus on that. Division by religions should end completely because religions are for people, not people for religions. This has to be understood.

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Transcribed by Rakshitha Ananth

Proofread by Shyama Jeyaseelan

Mohanji Speaking for the “Global Minute of Silence”

 

Hello everyone,

This is Mohanji. We are together here to celebrate a very important and basic aspect of our existence: Silence.

Silence is our very nature. Silence is what integrates us, unites us with ourselves. As we all know, we are experiencing this earth and for that we are using our faculties such as body, mind, intellect, ego and all the senses associated with it. We experience this world through our senses. The senses are sensors – they search and find various aspects of the world. To process them and to experience them, we have the mind which processes emotions, the intellect which processes information, and the ego which processes materials connected to personality i.e. our positions and possessions and all such things.

So all the time when we are awake, we are in the pursuit of experiencing various aspects of life and all these aspects have their roots in Silence. Absolute Silence is  like a huge unfathomable powerful ocean. It is huge and all the noises are like waves. They come, but they don’t exist – they go back to the ocean. Every noise has come out of Silence and all those noises go back into Silence.

Once we know that Silence is the base of our very existence, we start connecting to the very core of our being, which is Silence. Then there is no pressure for thinking – thoughts are very noisy. There is no pressure for expressions – for Silence is far more powerful than any expression. All expressions create various feelings and emotions in the world around us. Likewise we get affected by so many things of life. Each aspect of us is influencing so many things around us. If we are rooted in deep Silence, our expressions will be only on essential basis.

Here, we are trying to bring together the whole world with the remembrance that our very existence is always linked to Eternal Silence. The whole system, all the  galaxies, everything operates in beautiful Silence and Silence makes us One. It integrates us, it unites us. And all the expressions that we experience, or have in our course of life, all have some kind of impermanence. They are all temporary and they have a limited existence. With the incidents that happen, their experience stays; sometimes they become memory and sometimes we don’t remember them. But when we get back to Silence out of which all this has come, we feel a deep permanence there – because the ocean is permanent, and the waves are temporary.

Now we are trying to bring everybody together, all of us are together for this one beautiful cause – the cause of being silent.

What is the advantage of being silent? You can see that the world is now divided by minds. Minds only connect to material things and boundaries or frames. We look at every individual through frames: we classify, we assess, we judge, we criticize. We are in a hurry to compartmentalize people, to put people in boundaries. And that creates a lot of differences and divisions. We have seen that happening in the name of religions, in the name of language, culture or orientations. We have divided the world. With all these divisions, all that we have experienced across time is the pressure of having no complete experience. Because we are all pressured as stories in this  beautiful land, we have to be restricted to certain boundaries. But in fact, our whole system, or constitution is not made to be restricted by boundaries – we are born free.

We are free – but our freedom should not disturb the world outside. Our religion or our belief systems should not disturb anybody else. We believe in being one. All beings are one, not just human beings. All living beings on earth have their expressions. Most of the living beings on earth live as per the laws of Nature.  As human beings, we have used intelligence and imagination to create our own laws, our own patterns, our own existence and structures. We do not really depend on Nature but instead we depend on our intelligence. It’s our responsibility as well, as we use our intelligence and our imagination to experience this earth. More than having rights, we have responsibility. It is time we recognize our responsibility and that responsibility should be rooted in extreme stillness that means consistency, silence. That means awareness, wisdom.

The highest wisdom is the wisdom of the unification, unity – that’s what we are. Such a variety of beings, yet the one Soul operating through various beings. One spark, one vibration, with the same energy expressing itself through numerous beings. And that’s the variety and beauty of our existence. For that to be fully experienced, we should not only use our senses, we should also use our silence – that means, the inner eyes that see through these physical eyes,  the ears that listen through the physical ears.

Everything that we collect from this earth is processed through the mind. Emotions are the food of the mind. Tons of information are processed in this internet age. And not all information is real information – most of it is opinions. Our opinions are related to what we are at that time, not exactly what we eternally are. Opinions that we experience are usually not permanent  opinions – they all transform, they change. Whatever changes, is not fully real – it is not real reality, not the Eternal Reality.

Of the tons of information, what we process becomes knowledge. All information does not become knowledge, like all the food that we consume does not get put into the stream of body. So all the information that we collect, we don’t process. Most is discarded – some we don’t even get. Some is handled in an absentminded state, so it doesn’t belong to us. What is processed becomes our knowledge and that knowledge which we actually experience, becomes our wisdom. Wisdom is connected to experience – and only that experience when your faculties are fully present. That means if the mind is not present with your eyes, you don’t see. If the mind is not present with your ears, you don’t hear. This is exactly how we operate and this much limited is how we are. If we really understand how limited we are, we will sit back and witness this whole show. As you wake up in the morning, you get a world out there. When you sleep, the world is still there but the world doesn’t belong to you, or you do not have that world for experience. In the waking state, we experience the world within our capacity, within our constitution, within our moods, with so many factors. When we are very very well and healthy, we see the whole world as beautiful. When we are not so healthy, when we are a bit sick, then we feel that the world is not good enough. So everything has this relative existence. All our experiences are relative, not permanent.

So, what is the cause of Silence or the relevance of silence in us? That is where it  all has started from. In the deep sleep state, when you do not have your mind at your disposal, when you have no intellect, no ego, you are not aware of the body – you are totally in a death-like state, when you are totally dissolved. That’s a time when only Silence exists. Our faculties are all immersed in silence and absolute stillness. In that silence and stillness, all the aspects which we considered as this incarnation (which is of course, having a duration and also changing as we evolve in time through childhood, youth and adulthood), everything dissolves. In the deep sleep state, we could be a small child or we could be an old person – it doesn’t matter since everything is dissolved. All these things are again reintegrated when we are awake. When we wake up, we bring everything forth and start looking at the world, and experience various aspects of earth like food, energies of various types, places, possessions, positions. Everything has relevance only when we are awake. Nothing has relevance when we are dead or in deep sleep – both are same. Actually in death state, nothing matters because we go empty-handed. We came empty-handed, we will leave empty-handed. But in deep sleep state also, at that point in time we have nothing – everything is left here. When we wake up, we come back or we repossess, reclaim all these things.

So in order to reconnect with ourselves, we definitely need that state of silence everyday in 24 hours, unconsciously mostly. But now, we are trying to consciously connect ourselves into deep silence.That silence unites us not only internally, it also unites us externally between all the hearts. When all the hearts in this world are united on one platform of silence, there are no divisions, there are no separations. There is only Love, because we see ourselves in everything. That is the beauty of it. We are everything. We do not feel it because we are too occupied or preoccupied with this incarnation of ours and its attributes.

But once you demolish all that and you look around, you see that every being is expressing or experiencing in its own capacity, within its boundaries, within its time and duration, space and aspirations. Human beings are operating based on the desires, pending desires which brought us here which seek fulfillment. There can be numerous requirements – a very large appetite of a million or billion desires or reasons for fulfillment. Then we all have our inclinations. We are inclination-driven, we are driven by inclinations. We are expressing our set of inclinations, this we see absolutely open in small children.  As we grow older, we tend to hide them but then we do have inclinations. And likes and dislikes are connected to inclinations.

So on one one side, the set of desires, an ocean of desires, to navigate through which we have our inclinations which also is our boundary, our capacity. Then we also have time and space to fulfill that. This is life. This is all about life – and all that we are doing. So every being here whether it is human being or beings of any species – they all have the same need, same relevance, same requirement. Most of the other species live on instincts. The basic instinct is survival instinct, but human beings have chosen or we have got this grace, or gift of awareness. We can use our intelligence and we can use our imagination with which we have created this whole world.

So it’s time we go back to basics and integrate into ourselves based on silence. And that silence will unite us and through this silence, we bring peace. Silence and peace are synonymous. We bring peace and this peace will wipe away all differences, all the things which minds have created. When I say things, I mean the divisions – the divisions that the mind has created, the boundaries that we have created of class, culture, country, color, community. All these things will dissolve and we only see unity, only see Love, when we really, really see the aspect of Love. Love is just like a substratum; Love is the ocean. Every other emotion comes and goes. No anger stays forever, no hatred stays forever, no jealousy stays forever, they all come and go. Love stays.

So when all the noises are taken away, there is Silence. Likewise, all the emotions are taken away – there is Love. We will start seeing the truth all the time. Imagine, we live in that truth. It will be a beautiful life. We will only be loving the whole world, all the beings, every being. Our expressions will be Love, we will not be selfish. We will wake up in the morning, and feel only grateful that we are alive, and will only think one thing: “What else can I do for this world? What else can I give? What else can I share?” That makes you rich.

I invite you to this richness, and I congratulate the team who has put this together, this effort together. I am endorsing this and supporting this, with full gratitude to  Existence for giving me this opportunity, and to all the people who invited me to talk to all of you.

I’m submitting this in the hands of eternity, this whole mission in the hands of eternity and I wish all of you immense peace, happiness, contentment and bliss.

Thank you!

I love you.

Transcribed by Nada Rakovic
Proofread by Geeta Iyer

 

Have You Truly Surrendered to Sai Baba?

 

 

It’s natural that we approach a Master with a lot of expectations, and usually or many times, we see that we only go to a temple, or a Samadhi, or a Master, only when we have some problem. We see that happening in life. If we are completely fine, we are perfect, and we are happy, we don’t go anywhere. We don’t even thank God or thank Gurus. But when we have a problem, that’s the time when we go to a Master, or go to a Samadhi, or go to a temple and ask for help. So, like Kunti Mata has said in the Mahabharata to Krishna, to always keep her unhappy, sad, so that she always remembers God. This is human nature. We remember God only when we are not happy. But that should not be the case; we should be connected to God all the time. Every day when you wake up, you should be thanking God.

The highest prayer is the prayer of thanks, gratitude. Gratitude is very, very powerful. That’s a very, very potentially powerful prayer. When you are deeply in distress; imagine you are in a kind of a distressed state, things are not happening well, things are falling apart, first and foremost, what you should do is to stop complaining. Because when you complain, when you are expecting too much and if you are complaining, you are actually increasing the pain. It’s almost like a thorn which has pierced your leg, and when you keep shaking the thorn, the pain will persist, and the wound will become bigger. Like that, when you keep on complaining, then the pain will be more. This is one point.

Second is a very important point, it is that we should be aware – there is a reason for every effect, there is a cause for every effect. No effect happens by itself, there is a reason. So what would be the usual reason for any effect in life? Something – a memory which is stored within, and which is actually accented because of repeated storage, or repeated thoughts about it. Like you can see some people whom you do not like in life, you remember them all the time. You know, those whom you remember all the time have actually influenced you in your life. Have you observed that? This you see in your life. Whom you are remembering all the time – maybe they are your enemies – but they are influencing your thoughts, they are influencing you. Like that, potential fears – fears about losses, fears about diseases, fears about not being appreciated in the society, not being accepted, and all these fears create those kinds of effects in life, which no Guru or God has anything to do with, which we are creating every moment. This awareness should be very clear in the mind, it’s very important.

If we are not aware of the patterns we are creating, because life is full of patterns; and patterns are a continuous process, we keep hopping from body to body, but the patterns will continue. When we hop from one body after death to another body, a new birth, we carry all these things. The patterns are in continuation, they continue. These patterns keep repeating, and the same kinds of effects are brought.

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It also means a lack of acceptance. So the way you can overcome these patterns is through acceptance and surrender. Acceptance is very important. “Okay, this is happening now, let me take a deep breath, fine.” Not blaming immediately, criticizing, screaming, shouting and complaining. That won’t help you, because that will actually increase your pain. Instead, you are accepting them. Accepting doesn’t mean that you are like a doormat, where anybody can walk over you. Instead, you are accepting, and then at a certain point in time, you say, “Baba, this is happening, I’m sure this is happening because of my past patterns, maybe fears, maybe some kind of resistance, but I leave it to you.”

Acceptance and Surrender, they go hand in hand. They will release you a lot from the stress, and then you can see miracles happening. Usually, we do not surrender enough. We keep it to ourselves, we say, “Oh, this is happening. Why am I praying to Baba for all these years… Baba is not taking care of me…” This is the usual way people talk, but that’s not the truth. You are not allowing Baba to take care of you because you are not accepting it. Resistance means that you have not come to terms with your reality. Resistance is a clear sign you are not correlated or coming to terms with your own reality.

Acceptance means you have come to terms with your reality. From that point, you surrender to Baba. I would say you discuss with Baba like you discuss with a close friend, you talk to Baba. “Baba, look here, this is what’s happening. You know it very well and now let’s work it out together.” Something like that, just like a casual discussion, not even a prayer and say, “Baba, thank you for being with me, through happiness, through sorrows, thank you for being with me.” And you will see the effect much better, rather than complaining, criticising, judging, screaming, and shouting. This will only increase your agony, and also, that closes doors. And you are actually testing Baba that way, “Now, are you going to do something for me? Are you going to help me?” Baba is not your servant; Baba cannot be your servant. He is our ally, he is our support, and he is our friend. He is our closest possible friend, who has no discrimination. He never judges. He never discriminates anybody. There’s no poor or rich in his world. All are the same. Everybody can connect to him as the closest friend and the closest ally. Ownership creates pain. Surrender releases all the pain. This is the secret.

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When you own all your doings, “I am doing it, I’m doing it,” the ego, the mind-matter is getting involved, and that creates pain. But you can surrender, “You are doing it, I’m not doing it, it’s happening through you.” I don’t mean that you can do all sorts of crimes and say, “I’m not doing it.” That’s not the point, it should be pure stuff.  The intention should be pure; the intention should be selfless. You can never, ever do things selfishly and say, “It’s Baba doing it.” That’s not good, because that’s got a huge price to pay. Maybe you may not be able to complete it over, let’s say, the next 10,000 lifetimes, that much a price! I always say, don’t do these things where you are using a Master’s name for your selfish reasons. And one thing is very clear – Baba, Babaji, or any of those great Masters will never ever ask anybody to harm anyone. NEVER. They will only say, if at all, “Detach from this place, detach from this person, don’t be there!” That’s all. He will never say, “You go and attack that person, insult that person, character assassinate that person.” Never! This is guaranteed. You can look at history. These Masters are pure Consciousness. They will never ever want to harm anybody. This is the truth.

If you are in deep sorrow, accept it first, then discuss with Baba, “I’m going through this process, you are watching, I leave it to you.” Then you keep quiet and let him do the work. You have surrendered, that’s about it. And gratitude – “Thank you for being with me.” Always be thankful, always be grateful.

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Transcribed by Nada Rakovic
Proofread by Shyama Jeyaseelan

Mohanji’s Message on Corona Virus Pandemic – 20th March 2020

Hello friends, this is Mohanji again.

Yesterday, I was talking about introspection; the reason for our current state, the state where everything is on standstill. Spaces are closed, malls are closed, airports are closed; every space which we would like to be in are closed. So, we are in a forced confinement – one species, the human species. We had discussed yesterday the reason for this. The reason is for us to be aware, to understand, to introspect, and to make changes in our own life.

Sometimes we may think what we have got to do with all these results that we talked about – the pollutions, the emissions and the conditions. We have. We as one species is responsible for all the destructions and devastations of Earth today, apart from natural calamities, which was not many or not too many.

Even if you look at individual countries, the activity of a citizen is the responsibility of the country. Country should have certain laws, certain structures, to make sure that the activities are in line with the right ethics, dharma – righteousness.

Likewise, it is the responsibility of every religion to take care, to make sure that every person who is following that religion follows ethics. They should not harm any other religion, any society, any country or the species as a whole. It is our responsibility. It is each family’s responsibility to ensure that its own people are doing well.

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There should be laws, which makes sure that synchronicity, continuity and compassion is always maintained. So, there is a collective responsibility for the species to make sure that there is no harm happening in this world, on this earth because of the existence of this species. Animal kingdom follows it. They do not harm without a reason. A tiger does not hunt if it’s not hungry, a deer or any other beings; they all follow certain ethics and rule. They do not exceed it, we do, and we as a species do. We have an active mind, active imagination, active intelligence, intellect and we do everything to just feel a certain level of false contentment. We need more and more and more each day. We are not satisfied. Our levels of satisfaction keep changing. Contentment factor never happens. And we think that the more is merrier. Absolutely not. The more means more responsibility. What is merrier is a state where you want nothing from Earth. That’s a very happy state, state of great masters. They wanted nothing from Earth. They wanted nobody to follow them. They wanted no materials, no spaces, no time. They were happy and contented the way they were. We have that history. We have that rich history where people wanted nothing. They were happy. Even now, there are such people, great masters, who want nothing from the world, but give everything they have to the world unconditionally, without expectations.

So, we have a collective responsibility. The entire race, the entire species have a collective responsibility. We are just one species. Beyond caste, creed, country, culture, religion, colour, beyond everything, we are one species. And there is a responsibility for this species, for the ethical life of this species; we can’t run away from it.

If you want to be successful in your pursuit, to ensure stability and contentment on Earth, you should first of all believe in it. And secondly, surrender to it. You cannot be partially accepting, partially rejecting something; it never works. You got to accept it, surrender to it, believe in it and act on it. There will be success. If you believe in something totally, there’ll be power of action. Belief, faith in yourself and your belief system is essential for your success. If you do not believe in something, whatever you do will be very weak. Success will not be there, success will be difficult. So, at this point of time when nature is actually playing a practical joke, where it confined all the people of the species to four walls; it’s time for us to contemplate, introspect and correct. We must take the responsibility. Every country is responsible for its citizens. Every religion is responsible for its followers. Every master, every society, every space, every unit is responsible for its people. And as a whole, the species is responsible for its people. This responsibility cannot be underestimated, cannot be denied, nor can be rejected. This is the truth. This is truth, and we must fulfil it. Please think about it. These are foods for thought.

I’m with you and I love you. We’ll talk again later.

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Transcribed and proofread by
Rekha Murali

Watch other Mohanji’s messages on Corona virus here.

Mohanji’s Message on Corona Virus Pandemic – 19th March 2020

Today, I would like to talk about two aspects of human existence. This is also in the wake of Corona virus, where there are reportedly 200,000 infected people in the world, about 90,000 people have recovered and about thousand people are dead. As I understand, the death is not because of the corona virus itself, but because of the immunity which is taken away by the corona virus that has killed the people. This means there were other illnesses which became predominant and which took over the person and that killed them. This is my understanding. In any case, I would like to say that there is no room for fear. There is room for precaution. There is room for prevention, but there is no room for fear. I do not believe in fears. We cannot live a life just with fear.

In this context, I would like to address two aspects of our very existence in the modern day. One is the walls.

Walls

We have created consciously or unconsciously, many walls.  Walls means W, A, L, L, S; just walls – barriers or boundaries. If you look at your own existence, you will know how many walls you have, which is mostly acquired from this life. Some have been inherited from the family, from the society, from the education; some you have created yourself. So, we have various walls.

Education sometimes is a wall; education of certain nature, like education for the sake of a job, profession, social status, etc. There are boundaries to it. It is not a free flowing education. I’m talking about this in context of how education used to be in India during the pre-British rule. A student approaches the teacher. The teacher understands the taste, the inclination of the student, and he guides him towards the right education, where he needs to hone his skills, where he needs to increase or strengthen his strengths, already existing strengths. We are all a bundle of strengths and weaknesses, all of us, everybody, and nobody is only striving. We are strengths and weaknesses. The right education is to reinforce the inherent strength because human beings are driven by inclinations, tendencies. That’s the driving force. We are all moving, walking, talking tendencies, we are tendencies, and we are inclinations. That’s exactly what we are. There’s no way we can have an education, which is contrary to our inclination. That’s why some people gravitate towards medicine; some people go to arts and science, music and dance. Some people go to engineering, some people like military, they’re all connected to inclinations but sometimes not to inclinations. Sometimes the motive is profit and their life is not successful. When you really follow your own strength, you are a powerful personality. When you strengthen your strengths, in a very determined way, ignoring your weaknesses, while they exist side by side with your strengths; if you ignore them and don’t pay much attention, they will exist but they wouldn’t bother you. Usually, we try to hide our weaknesses and try to portray an image of invincibility in this world and that affects us, which really affect us. That affects us adversely. We try to tell the world that you look here; I’m all strengths, only strength. I’m all strengths. It doesn’t work that way. We are all strengths and weaknesses. We are all black and white; we are everything – all human beings. We are all everything that the world has.

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We must accept it. There is no other way. And we enhance that acceptance. In the old times, the education was in tune with the inclinations and strengths and that was making successful people. When I say success, it is contentment; every moment – contentment, every moment – satisfaction, every moment – peace. This is what success in life is. It’s not that you made a lot of money and you created more walls, more protection, highly insecure, and always worried whether this money will go away. That’s not a good life. That is not success. Material success is often not success. If you’re too attached to money, if you’re too attached to anything outside of you, it is against you. You are being a watchman of something which you have collected. That’s not a good idea, you can’t sleep.

What is success? Success is contentment, every moment – happiness. When you complete what you came for, you will be successful. When you are happy with your life, you’re successful. When every moment brings you happiness and peace, you are successful. It is not about money. It is not about position. It is not about relations. This is all different.

Now, coming back to the walls, why do we create walls? Basically, to create a smaller atmosphere for ourselves to feel successful. This is because we do not have complete satisfaction with our own life. So we create the wall of education, certificates, various certificates, we create the wall of experience, another level of another wall, another level of defined walking space.

Then we have social positions, materials. We have concepts. We have considerations, we have likes and dislikes. We have prejudices. We have a lot of different walls around us. And all these walls have bound us without doubt. They have been binding us and then we settle for temporary, imaginary satisfaction, imaginary contentment, saying, “I am very contented with my family. I’m happy with my children. I’m happy with my car. I’m happy with my possessions. I’m happy with my social position.” These are all happiness which you peg with something outside of you. If something changes, suddenly there is a fall. You wouldn’t know what to do. This is what is happening in the society under the threat of corona virus. You can see that happening. For so many people, their movements are restricted, their activities are restricted, and their purchasing power is restricted. Opportunities are restricted. Travel is restricted. Expressions are restricted. People fall into traps of the mind. Insecurities, anger, hatred, anxieties, and a whole lot of different emotions pulls you down. And the sum total of most of this is a heavy level of depression.

People stop feeling good about themselves. They feel like failures. It is caused by situation. But at that point in time that clarity will not be there. You will feel you’re a failure as you have not allowed room for failures. You have not allowed room to fall. You have always believed that you should walk, you should run, you should always be successful. What is the price of success, it doesn’t matter. There, insensitivity takes root. So these walls are very detrimental in our life, in our happiness quotient, in our levels of success. This should be clearly understood. That’s why I took up the subject, the subject of walls, our limitations.

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What are our limitations? It could be a prejudice. It could be a complex. What will others think? What will four people think? Will they accept me? Will the society accept me? If I say I am connected to Mohanji, will they accept me? All these are your fears. If you’re not accepting your own reality, you’re compromising your existence. Then you stop being real to yourself. This is one thing which I would like you to contemplate because you have time now. You do have time.

Choices

Another aspect is choices. This is also connected to this reality. We mask our existence with our choices. We say, “It’s my choice. It’s my choice to drink alcohol. It’s my choice to smoke. It’s my choice to eat meat. It’s my choice to do what I want to do because I have the purchasing power. I have money. I have position or I have reason.” But choices are a broader subject. If your choices harm another being, disturbs another being, creates bad ripples in the society, they are not good choices. They are selfish choices. Taking this time, I think you should consider your choices deeply. Have you been harming lives because of your choices? Have you been insensitive because of your choices? Have you been indifferent in life, because of your choices? If you have been, time to rethink, time to make a difference, and this is a good time to introspect, to correct, and to put it right in the right track.

I have explained before what is the right track. What is the right way to live? Selflessness is the right track. Selflessness is the right way to live, because you brought nothing from anywhere when you came here. You were born with nothing in hand. And when you die, you take nothing from here. You die with your hands free, empty. If you understand this, you understand that we are here on a tourist visa just for some time. We can own nothing from here. Earth does not belong to us. We can take nothing from here. All our positions, possessions, relations are all temporary. Nothing is permanent.

Mohanji quote - Choices of life

Then, what is reality? Reality is right now, what’s happening right now. In that context, what is the purpose of life? Your experiences of yesterday, today, tomorrow and day after are the purpose of life. Your experiences are the purpose of life. One diversion to it is expressions. Your expressions are also your own unique expressions, the way you are. If you are borrowing expressions, if you are comparing with others, if you’re competing with others, it all goes in a negative mode. Otherwise, your original expressions as you have been, as you are; that’s also your original reason for coming here, for walking this earth.

With this body, you have time duration definitely. In that mode, when you say it’s my choice to kill somebody, it’s my choice to harm the economy or ecology, it’s my choice to do what I like, think again. Think once more. Is your choice harming you? Is your choice harming the world? Is your choice making a bad difference in this world? Take a U turn. Start corrections now. Correct all that you have done so far. Forget about the past because you can do nothing about it. That’s over. Now, the future is at hand. Today is the right day for that. Take a turn for the right. Be selfless now. Forget about selfishness, all your greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge, character assassination, whatever, gossips, everything that you have been doing, forget it. It’s over. Finished. Look at reality as of now. What is the reality? You are alive! That’s the primary reality. You are walking, talking, thinking. This is your reality. Your existence is your reality.

Remove all the walls, education, time, religion, and people, all the walls which you have created around yourself and stay as naked as you are, as you came, not physically but mentally – fresh, totally fresh. Then look at life. Life is also fresh. Life is as how you are. Your life is as you are. Your life is always as you are. You create it, you un-create it. You make it, you break it. There is no reason for blaming anybody for your life. You created it. You brought this reality. You brought these relations, you brought these positions and possessions not from anywhere, but because you earned it due to your merits, due to whatever reasons. So have gratitude for what you have. You should be grateful for what you have. You should also think, now that I’m walking this world, how will the next generation accept this world from me? How will you deliver this world to the next generation? It should be better than what you have got.

Mohanji quote - Practicing Positivity 36

If you take that decision, that’s the right decision. That’s the very right decision. That means you are delivering a world much better than what you received. You have something to do there. You have reason to make a big difference within yourself and outside yourself. Each of us, 7.5 billion people have the same power, same energy, same opportunity in our sphere, in our own way, in whichever way, but we can actually make a broad, positive difference. Don’t say that you don’t have the capacity. You do have the capacity. Don’t say you have no reason or material. Everybody has some strength. As I said in the beginning, we all have our strengths. We do not need all the different strengths, we don’t have it. We do not have all the weaknesses, either. We have some weaknesses, we have some strength. Ignore the weaknesses, nurture the strength. Conglomerate with like-minded people. Wake up early. Have more time. Make a difference in the world. And because you’re walking this earth, leave the earth better for the next generation. You’ve done your part. That’s all you have to do as a human being, as a human being living your humanity. That’s all you have to do.

So, remove your walls, break the walls away, be open, be clear, and let nothing bind you. Unlearn all your concepts, prejudices. Unlearn all your theories and fears or unbind yourself, totally be free. No fear. There is no room for fear. Fear actually prevents experiences which you came for. Because of fear of society, because of fear of people or failure, we have denied experiences. Not anymore. Keep going. People may not like certain things that you do, but if your intention is pure, you are on the right track. Purity of intention – that’s all you need to think. Selflessness – that’s all you need to understand. That’s it. That’s your expression.

I wish you success. We will talk again.

And in this time of Corona virus, forced isolation, seclusion, we should use this time well to introspect, contemplate and make positive differences in our life and the life of everybody, every being in the world. Nobody should be sad because of us. Nobody should be unhappy. Make such choices. That’s the right choice.

Love you.

Mohanji

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Transcribed and edited
By Rekha Murali

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