Add Value to the Society – part 1

Zoom satsang with Mohanji

on 27th January 2019

Mohanji at Kumbh Mela 2019
Add value to the society in whichever way you can

Q: Can a person attain liberation if he spends all his time in spiritual practice, but at the same time he is ignoring or not taking care of his family because he is focusing on spiritual practice?

A: Liberation is not something that happens at the time of death. Liberation is not something separate from your everyday life. Life, or destiny, is an every moment thing. So whatever needs to be done, whatever is your normal, regular dharma (righteous duty) that summed up is liberation. That means you are attending every aspect of your existence without expectation, with full commitment. Only then, liberation can happen while living, and liberation while leaving is a by-product. That means if your baggage is less, your travel is easier.

Liberation is not something that happens to you if you are selfish, self-centered, or if you are only looking at those aspects which you love to do, not what you have to do. There is a broad classification into what you love to do and what you have to do. This has to be combined. If what you love to do or what expands you is your urge or hope for liberation, let that be your inspiration. However, that inspiration should reflect in your every moment life. By denying or escaping from something, you will not attain it. Even when people have left social bindings, e.g. went to the Himalayas and meditated for years on in isolation, even then, they are asked to congregations like Kumbh Mela to spread their spiritual energies which they acquired over a period of isolation in order to attain liberation. So liberation is a process. It means that you have to be liberated on every level and that also includes dharmic life – not only karmic one. “Dharmic” means to do what you are supposed to, towards your family, society and even the   earth,  which you use for your gratification.

It is important that you are focused on one thing such as liberation all the time and do everything that comes your way,  that is just brought into your lap, with deep diligence and full commitment. It can be any activity. Do it with complete  focus and full application.. That is the only way you can liberate.

In other words, destiny has brought whatever  has come to you. Running away or  escaping will not solve that matter. It is only postponement. It also means you have to come back to sort it out. So, one might  as well finish everything at each point in time, so that he or she is  always liberated, at each moment.

Mohanji quote - Human duty

Q: What does it mean to love yourself and what should one do about it?

A:  First of all, you as an incarnation have a value in the society. You are not  another common incarnation. You are a great and unique incarnation. All of us are unique incarnations;  all the beings be it human beings or beings of different species, are unique creations. So firstly, it is about  appreciating yourself. We appreciate our own existence as a unique creation.

Secondly, it’s important to understand our life. Just look at yourself – there are numerous aspects of you working this moment: you are listening, you are assimilating, your brain is functioning, your heart is functioning, kidneys are functioning, liver is functioning, stomach is functioning… think about any  aspect of you, it’s all functioning in synchronicity. That is why you are able to listen to this (speech). There is synchronisation and coordination in all that is functioning, a perfect equilibrium. Start appreciating that. Start recognising yourself as a conglomeration, you, as a complete universe where numerous activities are functioning together to make you, to maintain you. This is the way  to start looking at yourself.

Then you will start looking at every being outside in the same way. You will see uniqueness, grandeur ; you will see that all these beings are amazing;  how it is all functioning, how it is all in order, respiration is in order, digestion is in order, how does sleep come to you, how it is all in synchronisation – waking state, dream state, deep sleep state, how we have imaginations, hopes and various emotions coming and going in the canvas of our mind, how we have possessiveness, how we have expectations…

Mohanji quote - Ultimate Happiness

Look at yourself as a universe. If you watch yourself with your full awareness and understanding, you will start truly appreciating yourself. And that will inspire awe in you, “Oh my god, it’s not what I see in the mirror!” It’s much deeper, larger and much more powerful and unique than I have ever seen. You will start understanding that recognising you, understanding you, accepting you, has been the path, the entire journey and the destination. The moment you appreciate, understand and accept yourself, life flows from there. This understanding is the self-acceptance, the self-appreciation.

Reflection is acceptance of the world, as it is, because we cannot control anybody’s mind, we cannot control anybody’s feelings, emotions, etc. Even if you say or  do (acts) with good intention, some people may mistake it as arising out of ill intention, but  that’s not your fault. Furthermore, there are numerous events  happening around you. Some of them you may like, you may say to yourself, “Oh, this is good and suitable for me,” but for some of them you may say, “This is not good for me.” That is your individualistic opinion. Like that, we can see there is variety in the world. Nobody is higher, nobody is lower, nobody is good, nobody is bad, nobody is better, nobody is worse – you will see a huge variety of expressions and you will start loving everything, “Oh, this is wonderful.” Everything need not be happy. Because this is the way the world is. It is not necessary that everything around us has to be only happy. There can be happiness, sadness, some will give you a great inspiration, some will drain your inspiration, there is all this variety, you will see everything working in its own way.

And you will start looking at it, “Oh this is happening,” and you will also understand that everything is temporary. Nothing stays. Everything comes, everything goes and you just watch the show just like a feature film. In your own life, you came at one point in time and you will leave at another point in time. In between, all that you possess, all the positions that you acquired or got into, change. Everything changes. Every moment changes. Every day changes. Different emotions, desires, patterns, come into life. Nothing stays. Nobody stays.

Mohanji quote - Success, meaning of

Thus you will have a deeper idea of ownerships. You can’t own anything on earth. You can’t escape from anything. All that came to your lap came; whether you appreciate it or not, whether you accept it or not, they have come. Life has come. Life has happened. This is what it’s about. It’s a continuous flow and you will start loving it as it is, because there is no other way.

When you start appreciating your life, you will start appreciating every life. You will not intend to harm anybody. You wouldn’t want to inflict any wound to anybody. You will not like violence in thoughts, words or actions. You may have good moods and bad moods – everybody has these, but you will say, “Ok, this is fine,” you’ll let it go and life will move on. The more  you expect from life, the more disappointments can also happen. You will start expecting less, accepting more – life changes. Everything starts with accepting oneself. Look into yourself, appreciate yourself and understand that you are a great conglomeration of various activities. Each organ has a flavour, a need and a purpose. Everything is about you as you, a complete form. And there is nothing outside of you which you have to really worry about because as you are, that’s how your world is. If you’re happy, your world is good. If you are sad, you will look at everything as not so good, gloomy. As you are, that’s how your world is. Our world is completely controlled by what is inside us. Keep your inside clean, neat and always appreciate. Have less ego – this includes  ownerships, bindings and expectations. Then you will look at life as a fresh child every day.

Mohanji quote - Liberated existence

Q: Could you enlighten us about the meaning of this quote: “All  know that a drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into a drop”? Kabir

A: Kabir said that? The drop is a unit separated from the consciousness. All of us are consciousness. The unit inside us expresses as an incarnation. Without the unit, without the consciousness part of us, we are a dead body; we call ourselves a dead body. And the consciousness operates in three levels – waking state, dream state and deep sleep state. This is actually the whole process during 24 hours – consciousness manifests itself in three states. Then finally when we realise we are the consciousness and not the three states, then we realise that we are eternal and we belong to massive huge ocean of consciousness, we tend to detach from this incarnation aspect, this personality, the location, time, space, possession, position. We start extracting ourselves from it. That moment the drop becomes isolated from what it was associated with such as the body, mind, intellect, ego. Then you are ready to merge with the full consciousness. Consciousness is always there. The whole consciousness is your natural form. When the drop finally merges into the ocean, then it loses its identification as a separate unit. It becomes the ocean and the ocean becomes the drop. So there will be no separation between the ocean and the drop. And the ocean merges with the drop, it’s almost like the whole ocean contained in the drop. When someone asked Govindapada, “Who can teach  brahmagyan ?”, he said, “Somebody who can contain the entire ocean in his kamandalu (bowl) can teach  brahmagyan” That means somebody who can contain the whole consciousness in a drop is eligible to teach about Brahma. Thus, it is mutually supportive. This is only a reminder that you are a drop separated from the ocean and the ocean is waiting for the drop to come back. Your home is waiting. All the settling down has to happen inside you. What is inside you? The Ocean, your original Mother, your original home is inside you. You are the whole. You always need to be aware that when the ocean finally receives you, when you finally merge with the ocean, all separation ends there.

Mohanji quote - Real freedom

So the need of a separate drop is to come back to its Mother ocean and the Mother ocean also waits for the drop or the child to come back. We are all children of the same consciousness, we are all the same; there is no separation. When do we know this? When you start recognising yourself as fragments, then you start understanding that all these fragments are finally one. Fragments including our waking state, dream state, deep sleep state, gender differences, time – space differences, colour differences, and so on, are external. Once they are all gone,  you are a drop, just any other drop. Finally it is numerous drops waiting to come back to the ocean, the ocean is ready to receive you, and the ocean is not discriminate. We are all one.

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Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic                                            Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan



The Essence of Creation – Datta Tradition

Dattatreya idol in Mohanji Foundation Datta Tapovan ashram, Canada
Dattatreya idol in Mohanji Foundation Datta Tapovan ashram, Canada

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.

41141859_2208661392712887_8789386074293010432_nBrahma 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?

Dattatreya idol in Mohanji Foundation Datta Tapovan ashram, Canada
Dattatreya idol in Mohanji Foundation Datta Tapovan ashram, Canada

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.

With Love

Mohanji inaugurating Datta Tapovan ashram in Canada - prana pratishta
Mohanji inaugurating Datta Tapovan ashram in Canada – prana pratishta

Brahmarishi Mohanji’s Speech on Datta Jayanthi

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Everything is truth. Truth is all there is. Truth is God. God is everything. The wise understand this one truth and dissolve into it.

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.

Mohanji quote - States of Liberation

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.

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Letting go of every situation, acceptance of events of life without resistance and contentment in every moment are signs of a liberated existence. Life evolves. Everything changes. Whatever is born will die too.  This is all that we need to be aware of every moment. 

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.

Mohanji quote - States of Samadhi

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.

Mohanji quote - Living Freedom

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.


A Story of Nagarjuna

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A true teacher should not look at the past or the future of anybody. They just deliver in the present.

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?”

Mohanji - The story of an avadhoota Nagarjuna

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.

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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?”

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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.”

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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?”

Nagarjuna: “Possible.”

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.

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Transcribed by Monika Dizdarevic

Proof read by Biljana Vozarevic

How Can a Guru Operate Through You?

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 personalityTheir 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.

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That’s why there is a story which I have written in the blog Strip before you enter:

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.





Transcribed by Stasa Misic

Proof read by Vidya Rajagopalan

How to Become a Mohanji’s Disciple

If you want to be my disciple, you should not exist. There is no guru or disciple.


How does one become Mohanji’s disciple and a part of the Guru Parampara? Is there an initiation process?

Mohanji: Is this a very well-thought question? You should be careful about whose disciple you wish to be. Why should there be a disciple and a guru? Nobody is perpetually a guru nor perpetually a disciple.

When does one person behave like a guru?  

When another person decides to be a disciple. It doesn’t need any initiation. The moment you feel that you need knowledge, knowledge comes to you through somebody.

What exactly is the guru?  

Somebody who shows you some light.

And who can see? Who is capable of seeing?

One who has eyes: you should at least have the eyes to see.

There are probably  many beings in this room apart from what is in the body. Can we see them? But, if you  bring a dog in, the dog will be able to see. Every being has a different capacity of vision. We may not see  many things, but another being will be able to see.  Each person has a different capacity. So, when you decide that you are a disciple, automatically another person becomes a guru. It is as simple as that. There is no need for an initiation.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

”How can I be a part of the Nath Tradition? The Tradition, the Parampara?”

He said: “Jump into the river. The river will take you.” There is one decision to make, and that is – to jump into the river. The firm decision is “Whatever happens in the world, I am going ahead in  this path.” That is all you need. Then it is the job of  the  guru to provide you.

No guru says: “ Hey you! Come here and do these things.” What was the teaching of Shirdi Sai Baba? He was not teaching hatha yoga every morning. Nevertheless, people around Shirdi Sai Baba were getting everything what they came for. That is the power of the Parampara. The Parampara provides. All you need is eligibility.

What is the eligibility?

Receptivity is eligibility. You need to be receptive. If you go to test or taste, nothing will happen. You will go back and say: “Ok, I had another experience. I saw another person.” That is all. But, if you come surrendered, inner transformation happens. Surrender does not mean physical surrender. Surrender means surrender to the path of spirituality.

What is the path of spirituality?

If you are alive, you are spiritual because spirit sits in you. And when spirit leaves you, you are called a dead body. When your soul is not in the body, you will be called a  dead body. When the soul is inside, there is a spirit. Your relationship with your soul is spirituality. All people are spiritual. All beings are spiritual. There is  none that is not spiritual.

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How can you  really be these terms which we talk about – liberation, spirituality? How do we become really spiritual? How do we feel it?

When your priority is connection with your soul, then you are spiritual. This is exactly what any guru gives you. You have a physical body, physical aspect. You can see in the case of serious  body builders;  they  are very concerned about their body, always looking into the mirror, and assessing  how well   their muscles they have developed. They drive much joy through this.   Then, there are certain people who are very emotional, mind oriented. They get involved in everything emotional. They like watching soap operas on the television. They get involved in   the lives of others  and make a mess. These are emotional people.   There are intellectual people, who  like knowledge. They like to read books, assimilate ideas and also  vomit it wherever they go.   People really hate them because they keep talking knowledge. Besides these,  there  are a group of people who are personality oriented, egocentric. The skeleton of personality is ego.  Just as we have the skeleton which keeps the body in shape,  one’s ego keeps the personality in shape. And people recognize you based on your personality. When I say: “I know Sanjay” that means I have seen the physical form and I have experienced this personality. We connect to people based on personality, not the person.

Please, always remember, we project the personality, like a feature film projector projects a feature film on the screen. What we project, people recognize. We may project  romance, horror, drama, comedy, tragedy… We project various things in one lifetime, like a feature film projector. And what we project on the screen is what people see. When people see and say: “I know this person.” They are only saying that they watched the feature film called you. They have never seen the projector. Have we ever looked at the projector when went to the feature film theater? When you went to see Dungal ( a Hindi feature film), did you see the projector? Nobody saw the projector. Likewise, nobody connects to the projector, we only watch the feature film and  decide that we know the person. The feature film keeps changing on the screen. Likewise, all the personalities keep projecting various aspects or various dimensions at various times because that is what they are. They are not just one thing, they are everything. When we project this personality, some people are oriented on the personality, like rock stars, film actors, etc. They are oriented on the personality, and this is what people recognize. When you recognize a film actor, when people follow a film actor, this is all because they appreciate the projected personality. So, they try to maintain it. These people are personality oriented.

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There are very few  who understand that the physical, emotional, intellectual and the personality are all projected by the soul. That is why Adi Shankara said: “Nobody is worried about the soul aspect.” Nobody  remembers that there is a soul sitting inside, until the time of death. Not the death of other people, other people’s death is sometimes a relief (laughs); but, when we die, it is a different story. That is the time when we realize that something is leaving. At the time of death, there is a fast rewinding of all the major episodes of this life which you have stored.   You see all these things you did in this life; you think, “My God, this is it!”  and the soul leaves! Thus the  rewinding happens and the soul leaves. That is when we realize that this was our life!  We take all the baggage, cabin baggage, and then it is goodbye, no more anything!  We will have to come back again and step into another flight. It goes on in this manner….

Hence, if your priority is your connection with your spirit, you are in the path of the spirituality. Otherwise, we could go to a temple, mosque, or church, begging for something: please give me more money, please give me something materialistic… This is what we do. If you want to be my disciple, you should not exist. Both of us cannot exist. Because you – as an egocentric personality exist, I as an egocentric personality exist; it is like this with 8 billion people in the world…. The moment you stop existing,  I become you, or you become me completely. In that way, when your ego dissolves, you become spiritual. When you become spiritual, you are everything. There cannot be anything apart from you. Then you also realize that the guru you follow is also inside. Everything is inside, there is nothing outside. What do you see outside?  Yourself.  There is no guru, no disciple. You don’t need a guru or a disciple. Until then, a guru is a road sign or a mirror, so that you can look at the guru and understand yourself, not the guru. You need to understand yourself. The whole journey is reading, understanding, assimilating and dissolving YOU. Finally, you have to dissolve yourself.  If you exist, I cannot exist. Simple!

So, the initiation happened now. If you have understood what I said, you are initiated (smiles). This is all you need to do.



Transcribed by Stasa Misic

Proof read by Vidya Rajagopalan

From a Seeker to a Disciple

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Why to be close to a guru? 

Mohanji: The main reason why we should be closed to a guru is because the guru directly affects your causal layer. You can do hours and years of practice, but still you cannot touch the causal layer because as a human being, as a being living in this plane, we can only see the effect. Do you know the cause of any of the things that have happened in your life, including your relationships, your job, the place bought, including the snake outside? You have no idea what the cause is, right? Only the effect is visible. But, the guru’s proximity directly goes to the cause, and it burns from the cause. The cause is burnt. You can do whatever you like, but to burn the cause you need to have the proximity of one who has already burnt the cause. Otherwise, it is all the same. You can do the practices, but again you are effect-bound, the cause is not visible. The fire is sometimes not visible, only the smoke is visible. This is something which we must understand. We must understand this and it is for this reason that we must be connected to masters of power.

Thus, your causal layer is cleansed, all the pockets are empty. Causal layer has plenty of pockets, sufficient for many lifetimes. The master takes the things out of these pockets and makes them empty. Then there is no effect in life. When there is no cause in life, there is no effect, and then you become one with the consciousness.

Q: Inner peace rather than running for sensations?

Mohanji: Peace is byproduct. When you have no desires, no effects, spontaneous effects, random effects where you have no control, when that stops, there is only peace. There is nothing else, just peace, complete peace. To maintain that emptied existence of the pockets, all you have to do is to be more and more helpful to the world outside. That is why I constantly say that the enlightenment is not for you it is for the world outside. When you are enlightened, the world is better, the world feels better. The world has become better. More than you experience, the world should experience it. Like that, imagine if out of 7.5 billion people one million become enlightened, the world will be brighter. There would be no competition, no wars, no hatred, no jealousy, no judgment, no accusation,… Mind your own business and be happy. But, at the same time not in the selfish way, be helpful.

Master is like the sun, shines on everyone equally

Q: Isn’t it more important to a guru or a master to focus on the ones who are really ready for your message of consciousness?

Mohanji: That aspect is a doing aspect. A master focusing on a disciple never happens. A master is like the sun, giving light, then the disciple is automatically nourished. A master doesn’t ever look at somebody and say: ‘Oh, I’ll give more light to this person, less light to that person.” That never happens because a true master cannot operate from the state of the mind.  If I choose, I am not the master. The sun never chooses whom to give light, which country to give more light to. The sun just nourishes the whole earth and everything grows. The same sunlight falls on a temple as well as a gutter, and the rays are not affected, the sun is not affected. There is the same sunlight everywhere.

So, there are no choices made. Disciples happen when they have decided that they are disciples. If somebody decides – I am a disciple to this guru, then the discipleship happens. Then the guru gives. The only thing that the disciple needs is surrender and acceptance. When acceptance happens, delivery automatically happens. It is almost like opening the tap. When you open the tap, the water flows. When you switch on the light, the light shines through. It is as simple as that. That’s the way it works.

No master says: “I choose.” Of course, masters like those who are evolving and becoming masters, so they give them more guidance and support, if it is possible. Otherwise there is no discrimination. Like Govindapada said: ‘Why Adishankara – he could contain the ocean in a bowl. So, he is Adishankara, he is powerful, he is eligible to teach the truth to the world.’ If such a student comes, masters will empower them further. That is sheer eligibility. There is no discrimination, no likes or dislikes. No master has any likes or dislikes, he cannot. What do you like?  Physical form, money, status? These   are all temporary, you have to leave them behind. Your possessions, your money, your status in the society have no value there. But, your stature has value, your emptiness has value, your eligibility has value, and that is exactly what takes you higher in spirituality, nothing more.

Mohanji on Surrender

Question is about surrendering to the higher purpose or to the master or to faith.

Mohanji: You have surrendered when you know that you have, as I said, the guidance from the soul. When the soul guides you, surrender is spontaneous. When mind and ego guide you, surrender is very difficult. If you look at our own life, 80% of the guidance happens from the mind or ego. But, sometimes the soul connects and says you have arrived, you have reached the source. Then there is no more reasoning, no more doubting, no more questioning and then surrender is spontaneous. For that surrender, there is no effort from your side, it happens by itself. Also, faith is spontaneous as well, faith happens as well. Then there are no more questions. That is why Shirdi Sai Baba said: “My guru was very powerful, but he taught me nothing. From morning till evening I sat and looked at him, and he gave me everything. ”

It is like a monkey child. Monkey child does not have the power to climb the highest branch, but the monkey’s mother has the power and the skill. The child clings on the mother monkey, the mother climbs the tree, and the child reaches the highest. So, by connecting to the consciousness of the higher master, automatically your consciousness develops or expands. There is nothing to do, it is all beingness. Doingness has always the limit, beingness has no limit. It is very simple. That is the point. If something is complicated, it is not true. The truth has to be simple.

That is why I say – keep laughing. In every situation keep laughing. When you get angry, keep laughing. When you are jealous, laugh. Because if you take life without seriousness, if you don’t take life seriously, then life becomes very easy. If you can laugh at your highest sorrow, the whole life would be full of laugh. 🙂 It is possible. 🙂


Transcribed by Stasa Misic

Proof read by Vidya Rajagopalan