Counter Negativity with Positive Action

Satsang in Vrsac, Serbia, part 2

10th May, 2016

Mohanji Quote - If you convert pain to a purpose

Q: How to control our thoughts? Even if we are to be here and now, we need to control ourselves, don’t we?

A: Who will control? This is something which you cannot control. Thoughts are like our children. We don’t know who is coming. We become aware of thoughts only after they take birth. We do not know what we are going to think in the next hour. So thoughts can’t be controlled. What can we do about it? Don’t do anything, just watch them. Just let the thoughts come and go. You know that thoughts are happening, it’s coming, it’s manifesting, it’s going, it’s happening, you are not doing anything, you are not controlling. When I say control anything, control means violence . It means you need to put some pressure. How much pressure can you put? Just imagine a small glass. Try to hold it up in your hand for half an hour. You will have severe pain in the shoulder and hand. It’s not heavy. It is not about weight, but you cannot make pressure for a long time. Nothing which is violent will help us. Even if it is at the thought level, if there is violence, it hurts.

How do we look at our children? With a lot of love. Look at all your thoughts with love, but don’t participate. Just love. Let it be good thoughts, bad thoughts, ugly thoughts, dirty thoughts, no problem. All are your children. They are all your thoughts, just look at them it’s ok. Keep watching. The moment you start accepting your thoughts, you become free. The moment we start sitting and censoring our thoughts, we become bound.

Primarily we need to accept ourselves, this incarnation. You as an incarnation are absolutely wonderful – that acceptance should be there. Then only can we lean forward. When you start connecting to the person behind the personality, you only see beauty. Every thought is beautiful, every word is beautiful, every action is beautiful, all people are beautiful, so we see only love and beauty. That’s what we need to see. What do you want to see otherwise? We feel that we must talk all the time because we are used to talking. When two people meet, even if there is nothing to talk about, they talk. So, you know, ok he is a good guy, he talks. Otherwise, we think it’s rude not to talk. This is something in here (Mohanji points to his head, alluding to the mind). It is sometimes good not to talk. Not because you hate the person, but because love can be transferred through the eyes. The eyes will talk better than the mouth. We tell people, “You know something, I love you.” Then after some time, we say, “I never meant it.”

Audience: (Laughter)

So who are we cheating? Not the other person. We are cheating ourselves. It’s better not to say such things and convey the message through the eyes so that everybody understands. Animals understand. They see your eyes and they recognize you. You don’t need to tell them, “I love you, dog.” They know. With your very presence, they know whether you love or hate.

So this is something which we must always remember.

I used to go to the Himalayas a lot. Now I don’t have much privacy. When I used to go to the Himalayas a long time ago, I used to go alone. I used to sit with an old saint. He is still very close to me but he is very old. We were looking at the river Ganga. We would not even talk. I would be sitting, he would be sitting, looking at the Ganga, it’s like a meditation. We were looking at the Ganga for a long time, we would sit for three or four hours together but without saying a word. When it was time to leave, we would nod and go. Never ever did I feel compelled to talk to him. He is sitting next to me, I must talk – there is nothing like it. It was good to not talk. I still remember.

Sometimes he would suddenly say something and this has come true. Once, much before I founded the Ammucare/ACT Foundation charity platform, he said “Mohanji, do something for the children of mother Earth. You will have eternal peace. You will have glory.”  At that time I didn’t have any plan to start any charity institution. I was thinking if I start something, it will affect my freedom. Because it is an organization, I must spend time with it, and I was so busy as a CEO of a company in Dubai. I didn’t want to add to my pressure. But later on, in 2003 it started. Today, we are in India, America, UK, South Africa, Macedonia, Serbia… in so many countries and new countries are coming up. His words were like written on stone. It happened.

Likewise, another time he said, “Mohanji, you cannot hide for long. People will start recognizing you.” I joked with him, “Swamiji, let me hide as long as I can. When people recognise me, I will come out.” It has also come true. A lot of people come to see me in every country.

This is what I am saying: sometimes when you start to feel life, you will have much more clarity about life and existence. We are not feeling life, we are doing, doing, doing it all the time. So we are not catching the feeling of life every moment, the feeling of being you, the feeling of being you as a relative, the feeling of being you as a citizen or…In every aspect feel yourself, every answer is within you, it will all come out.

Mohanji quotes - Feel yourself, every answer is within you

Q: Throughout history, a large number of people have been exposed to wars, to extreme stress. So after that, it appears in life and in their dreams. How can one deal with these traumas which have remained in our subconscious memory?

A: This is in every country. In whichever country I go, some of them were slaves a few generations before, and in some countries there were wars. I always tell people, “When you are forced to experience negativity, the best way is to forcefully do positive things. Not try to contain negativity because it will not work that way. You need to increase the positivity. That is the best way to come out of it. If you try to address negativity or contain negativity, what happens is all this will come back to you and put you down. Because the moment you start touching the negativity your hands will become dirty. Instead, let it be there. At the same time, increase positivity. Try to help the helpless, try to do something in the society, even buying a tea to a man sitting in the cold is a positive action. In some way add value to the society. The question should not be ‘What can I do for you?’ but instead ‘What else can I do for you?’ That means you should be always doing something positive. Basically, the action of love is a positive action. It doesn’t need to be money. It can be just hugging somebody else saying,“Don’t worry. I’m with you.” That’s enough. It’s not how much money you spend, it’s about the attitude towards life.

Wars and destructions have happened because of the ignorance, non-understanding of people. Because death, destruction, assault, all these things are coming out of sickness, illness of the mind. Otherwise there is only love. So we should not sponsor or nurture it. We should cultivate love in every action. Just be love. Today, what have we done? One positive act. Start from there. Then it goes on and on. This is especially important for schools, small children. They should learn to love everybody. I saw a video of a small class in Japan, as soon as they come, everybody had to hug each other, express their love to each other, before they sit down in the class. They learnt to understand each other. They learn to connect to each other. This is important.

The world, the countries, the citizens… we are dividing people. We are dividing people in the name of religion, countries, cast, culture, colour…it’s all wrong, it’s all violence. There’s no division. The same heart, colour of blood, feelings, everything. This is something which we must experience and also share. It’s important. When my daughter passed away, there was a huge vacuum. I was very close to her. She was very integral in my life. I was thinking, what next? What will I do? Later on, that whole pain became a purpose. If you convert a pain to a purpose, your life becomes successful. Not only yours – you will touch hundreds of lives in a successful way. So we have the potential to make every pain, every trauma into a purpose. That means convert the pain into a purpose.

Likewise, if you look at the life of Jesus, he used to walk days on without food or water. He used to do things which were sometimes extremely difficult. But what was his driving force? Definitely not the people around him. Nobody was encouraging him. Nobody told him, “You should do all this.” Purpose was driving him. Purpose was powerful. Purpose makes you fearless. Purpose gives you courage, determination, everything is provided by purpose.

If you ask one question, what drives me, what is my driving force, there is one answer – purpose. Purpose is my driving force. That is what is taking me to all these countries. It’s not comfortable, different time zones, different people, different food, climate, sometimes it’s not good, but purpose drives me. Purpose takes me to places and purpose is also the fulfilling factor. So increase purpose.

Q: Everybody watches concerts and the audience cries, children cry, too. Why is there pain in love and how to deal with it?   

A: Don’t deal with it (smiles)… just experience it.

Audience: Just cry. (Laughter)

A: Yes, just cry, just experience the crying 100 percent. When you laugh, experience the laughter 100 percent, when you cry, experience the crying 100 percent, so that everything, every moment is fulfilling. This is what makes our life. When you laugh, you think about the sorrow then you neither laugh nor cry. Or when you cry, you are thinking about something. That should not happen. When you do something, do it 100 percent. For example, we are sitting and talking, we are sharing information, this receptivity should be like this, 100 percent.

Q: Some parts of life are boring, tedious, like scrubbing the toilet or washing the dishes. How to enjoy them 100 percent?

A: A beautiful question, I’ll also give you a beautiful answer. I don’t think that anybody in the world would say that washing the dishes is a pleasure, eating is a pleasure, but not washing the dishes! (Laughs)

Audience: Just to go through that experience?

A: I’ll give you the answer. Where is the tedium or boredom coming from? Where is the seed of boredom? There is an expectation. So the expectation is something new, but the result is monotonous  – the same thing. This is what is creating the tedium or boredom. There is a particular mantra in the scriptures. Roughly translated, it says,“When I am taking a step into today, let this step be towards You (to God). Whatever I am eating, let this be your gift to me.  Whatever I am saying, let it be your praises. It may not be chanting, but whatever I speak today, let it be like flowers at your feet.” Likewise whatever dishes you are washing, let them be God’s dishes. 🙂

Audience: (Uproarious laughter)

A: Then it becomes a meditation.

Audience: Changing the attitude?

A: Absolutely. But I like your question, you are very intelligent,  a nice question. I like these questions, it should be fun. People ask tedious questions, like about enlightenment, who wants it? Like this, first let’s talk about washing the dishes, then we will talk about enlightenment if we have time. 🙂

Q: I work at a school and have a problem with children who are rude and misbehave. It is obvious that they bring problems from home. How to help them?

A:  We have to continuously express our frequency, from the basis of love, so that they get an alternative. Otherwise, children do not get an alternative. They sometimes get influenced by the negative attitude of senior people and they believe that the whole world is like that. But when somebody behaves in a different way, with love, they start thinking, hey, look, there is something else here. 3yo7You know the story of Jean Valjean called “Les Misérables” (by Victor Hugo, made into a movie in 2012)?

This man was rejected by the society. Nobody wanted him, an ex-convict. The bishop gave him accommodation, food, and what he did was he stole the bishop’s silver plates and ran away. Later the police caught him, brought him to the bishop. The bishop said, ”I gifted it to him.” That changed him. How can somebody be so good!? The bishop did not betray him or said that he had stolen it. The bishop actually lied, but that lie was so powerful that it changed the man. Eventually, he became much greater than the bishop. When he told the truth in public forgetting about his status, forgetting about his stature, forgetting about his social standing, he said, ”I was an ex-convict.” That guts came, that courage came to him because of the incident of the past. So we must only give love. It doesn’t matter how the children are. They collected from outside all the seeds of negative things. We give positivity. We give love. When we become consistent and stable, the children will love you, because they are used to unstable, inconsistent people. So we stay consistent, stable any time they come to us. For example, I look at everybody as my children. When they come to me, I give the same hug to everybody. So they say, “Yesterday, today, and tomorrow you are the same.” So there is one point they can be sure about. That’s all you need to give to the world, the world will be ok.

Remember we are all soulmates, let us be together. Love you all.

Recorded and transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

 

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How to Use Solar Eclipse for Elevation

Solar eclipse

We would like to share Brahmarishi Mohanji’s tips on how to make the best use of Solar Eclipse for purification and spiritual elevation:

This year complete Solar Eclipse falls on August 21st, 2017. It will be visible in Americas, Canada, and some other countries.

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Eclipse accents sadhana, so I suggest the following:

A. Consume food an hour or two before the eclipse begins.

B. Do not cook food and keep it during the eclipse. It deteriorates faster.

C. Cook food after an hour of completion of the eclipse. Do not consume any food of the past, cooked and stored. During an eclipse, even the food inside our body deteriorates much faster. Eclipse accents decay of everything including our body.

D. Chant mantras. The ideal ones are the Ganesha and Guru mantras that work as a sheath. One chant can be considered as 1000 chant during an eclipse. The effect is 1000 times more. So, during the entire eclipse period, avoid food and water, light a lamp in front of idol or image of guru and Gods and chant continuously, concentrating on your heart center. It will fetch you 1000 times effect per chant.

E. If you could, it is also a good day to perform selfless services prior to eclipse or after it. Do not serve food to anybody during an eclipse, which is considered as a sin. You can serve food before or after as mentioned above. This also will have a multiplied effect.

Wish you all happiness, peace and unconditional love.

The Stronger the Purpose, the Stronger the Will Power

Satsang in Zrenjanin, Serbia, part 2

24th October, 2016

Q: How can I enhance my will power?

A: Increase the purpose, then your will will be enhanced. If your purpose is very clear, e.g. heal the world, give better life to people, take care of animals and birds, take care of environment… if you make your purpose very, very strong, your will power automatically becomes strong. If purpose is weak, will power will be weak. It is connected.

Mohanji quote - Go for the purpose

What makes people dare, or what makes people fearless? Purpose. What was the driving force of Jesus and Buddha? Purpose. The purpose becomes so powerful, that even if it is death or crucifixion, no problem. When you are confident that what you are delivering is pure stuff and it’s worth delivering, nothing can stop you.

Our education system has given only a degree to find a job but has not given us sufficient power to lead a life. To make a life, to put a life in life, you need to create a purpose. There is no point in blaming education system which is creating people ready for the job. But a job is not what you were born for, you were born for something much higher. There is a thing called being in this life i.e. being complete in this life for which you need to create and recreate yourself. Spirituality comes to help in this journey.

(Mohanji talks seeing the questions hovering in audience’s minds,  so without interruption he starts answering the question before it was asked:)

Please remember spirituality is not religion. You are free to follow Jesus, Buddha, Krishna… it is your personal choice. Spirituality is your connection with your soul. The job of people like us is to shake hands with your own soul i.e. connect to yourself. We have nothing to do with religion. Religion is your personal choice. Spirituality is your nature. Whichever God or religion you follow you can still be spiritual if you are connected to your soul. Do not think that being religious is being spiritual. Always connect to yourself, be natural, keep flowing and keep your purpose very high i.e. you should be able to give back to the earth much more than you take from it, you will be fine and you will be respected by generations to come.

Q: How can we understand that going to church and being Christian doesn’t conflict with meditation on our spiritual path.

A: I think I’ve already answered this. You are free to go to church, you are free to connect to Jesus, He was a powerful master. You are free to follow any system, that’s not a problem. Meditation is a state when the mind is still. So whatever makes your mind still, no movement, peaceful, this is meditation. Meditation is not an activity. It cannot be an activity. When all activities stop, then you are in meditation.

Many people asked me,“I have a problem. I am following this particular religion. How can you help me to stabilise myself?“ I said, “Why do you think a religion is a disease? It’s almost like you are saying, ’I have a cancer. How can you help me?’ Religion is what you are born in, or what you have chosen. Let it be. There is no problem. But if you connect to your body, you will be body oriented, if you connect to your mind, you will be mind oriented, if you connect to your ego, you will be ego oriented, if you connect to your spirit, you will be spiritual.“

Please don’t think meditation is an activity. Then you do not understand meditation. Meditation is a state you reach when all activities stop, especially when the mind is still. When you sleep, but you are awake. But this is not absentmindedness, when you are sitting while your mind is elsewhere. That is something else.

Q: Can you tell us any experience by an athlete who is on the spiritual path?

A: There are many people. In fact, there are sports people who are following me, whose names I am not disclosing out of security. Because of security reasons I tell them not to come and meet me because a lot of people would come. We are in touch, but in a different way. Like pop singers, too. I was told recently that on a pop singer’s house in a place near Hollywood, there is a wall fully painted with my face. I said,“Amazing.“

Anyway these are all connections which we can’t disclose because it’s a high security issue. People have a lot of questions, I stay away from all these things.

There are many people who are connected, especially in the jobs or activities where you have to keep performing. They connect to me in a particular way where I tell them,“Stop being you. Be me. Shift the personality to something else while you are performing, so that the burden, the weight you have on your shoulders is also shifted.“ That helps them. Many times it’s a success. Because the pressure of performance is removed, people perform beautifully.

I’ll tell you one example. Actually there was a situation where one guy had to perform in a sequential way, like in a few days and he became so paralysed, he couldn’t think about pulling himself to do this job because of some kind of remark he received from his superior. Then I told him, “You see, nothing can affect you because you are not doing. I am doing. I will do it.“ He just went and performed. Eventually he succeeded in this whole thing. It’s not about my power, it’s about right attitude.

Q: What do you think about Theta healing?

healingA: I don’t like to talk about something I did not experience. I’ve heard of this but I am not familiar with it. But as a thumb rule, whatever is selfless, I appreciate. If the intention is pure, I appreciate it. But the moment you take responsibility of healing, if you hit the karmic pattern of a person, the healer is affected. The healer is a facilitator. Healing is up to the receiver. We can use any tool for healing, but if the person who receives not to be healed, nothing can work. Then the healer sometimes uses force, uses more energy, more power. Then what happens is the healer takes the disease on. Sometimes I have asked some people, you don’t have a problem, but why are you taking other people’s burdens? Because most of us suffering today are not suffering because of our own karma, but because we have taken burden from other people and that too without knowledge. When you heal you should be totally neutral and totally selfless. Then you are safe.

Q: Theta healing is a process where a healer goes to a state where brainwaves are 4-7Hz, yogis do it in alpha state, but theta healers do it in 4-7Hz and the healer raises himself to the seventh level, where the source heals in a second. Do you believe in it or do you have any such experiences?

A: I understand that point, but then, most of the healers do not reach that state. Gravitation is so powerful that it doesn’t allow you to reach any higher states. If you can reach a level where you can receive the guidance from the source, you don’t need any medium, you just command. At that time, be very careful about the karmic pattern of the individual who is receiving. I do believe that everything is possible, because nothing is impossible, but then sometimes it’s illusion, mind projection which is working rather than healing. That’s why results sometimes do not happen. Then the healer gets angry or agitated. Then what they do, they interfere in the karma and they have it. A perfect channel has zero mind. Then they become a total channel of the source.

Q: How do you overcome sadness of losing someone who is very, very close to you?

A: Do something in their name all the time. Keep their name alive in the most positive way. So that their name will become your inspiration. The moment the loss becomes an inspiration, you become very powerful and that’s the best gift you can give to the departed one.

Q: How to protect our children who are very sensitive? We have a 5-year-old daughter who still wanders in her dreams at night and is very, very sensitive, she talks with other entities, shrieks, we cannot wake her up…

A: That’s very simple. Connect to a frequency of higher masters, proven masters who are connected to the path. They will just connect and they will channel themselves. The path of the white masters, the path of liberation is very, very strong. The moment you channelise the children on that path, they catch the vibration and they go. The way to connect to them? choosing-better-read-aloud-booksYou can do that by telling them stories, life stories, autobiographies, explain to them, through hardships they went, but they still connected to the source and walked the path all the way and nothing could stop them. Every setback, every betrayal, crucifixion gained them more strength to move forward and deliver further to the world. Furthermore, they were all selfless. They did nothing for themselves. They did not make big establishments or lived with a lot of money and stuff. They always delivered, delivered, delivered, and then they dissolved in the whole thing and these people are now considered as great masters.

All you can do is just channelise them and they will go on their own.

Q: First I want to say thank you for all the lovely lessons you have given us today…

A: Thank you. That is because you are there I am talking.

Audience: (Laughter)

Q: As a healer, how to know whether it is karmically predetermined for a person to get healed or to go through the disease?

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A: Make a mental prayer: “If it is karmically correct, let the healing happen.” That means you surrendered it to the karmic pattern and you are safe. You are just being a facilitator for energy to come to them.

Second, you can connect to any master who is unlimited source, it can be any of the past masters who walked the Earth and take opinion, advice or protection. They all work, they all support. Angels support. But you should be able to connect to them. So it’s probable you will connect to somebody whom you know so that you know you are there. Like a master who walked the Earth, who has a proven record of being kind and compassionate, say, “Please protect me so that no karma enters my system and let me heal the person if it is karmically correct for them.“ Because many people kept the disease as part of their karmic agenda. They are not supposed to be healed. They don’t like healing. They will tell you, their mind will tell them, “Oh, please heal me,“ but inside they say, “Don’t heal me.“

I’ll tell you one example of the soul deciding to leave.

A STORY of a person deciding to leave

This happened in 2010. I had a programme in Dubai and after the programme it was late. So I was sleeping around 12h. By 2AM I was getting a lot of SMS messages. It was bothering me. So I looked at the message, one man wrote to me that his wife was dying. It was in Mumbai. Doctors said she would die soon and informed everybody, so this man was in panic sending me messages, “Mohanji, please save her!“ So i shifted to her room in Mumbai, 2,000 miles (over 3,000km) away, astrally. When I was entering, the soul was coming out of the body and the parameters of the machine were stopped. I just stood there.

I asked her,“What is your plan? It’s ok. If you want to die, die. I have no objection. But you will come back. You are leaving unfinished work. You are not supposed to die now. But because you are so negative and you don’t want to be in the body, die. Go. No problem. I allow you to go It’s ok, but remember: you are going to take another body and have double the suffering than what you have now and you will have to complete whatever you could not complete. You make a decision now.“ I scolded her a little bit more, I am not explaining the whole thing. I said,“You are a coward! You are not even eligible for life. Get out! Go!“

Suddenly she stopped and moved back. She entered her body back, came back to life and recovered completely. When she woke up, my pictures were on the walls in the house and there were also other masters’ pictures.

She said,“Remove all these pictures.“

Because when she looked at me, she could only see fire. She remembered the scolding, but she could not remember who scolded her. But when she was looking at the picture, she said,“Look at the picture, it’s fire!“ She made all the pictures removed. So this man was very unhappy.

He said,“I hate to tell you, but she is removing your pictures.“

HA HA, I said, I understand, don’t worry. Remove them.“

From then onward, that lady was totally different. She takes control of the house, she takes charge of the bank account, she takes charge of everything. Her life totally changed. Like a rebirth, but with a lot of power.

You see how souls work. Sometimes in one life they go into depression and they want to leave. The moment they leave and return it’s a different life. All these patterns are existing in one constitution.

So when you try to heal, remember it is not that personality you are healing. You are healing much differently.

Q: Is it possible to heal ourselves and if yes, how to do it?

Mohanji quote - Healing is a natural processf

All the beings of this world. Take any being including a human being, have the power to heal within us. You see cats and dogs in the street even if they had an accident, they heal themselves. They have that power. Every being has power to heal. For us the mind is overwhelming this is exactly what prevents healing.

There are two things which we actually need to practice.

One is, there should be no eating after the sunset. No food after the sunset. Eat between sunrise and sunset. That means e.g. 6.30am and 6.30 pm. So you fast for 12 hours. You allow your body to be natural or detox for 12 hours. If you observe this as compulsory, you will be very, very strong.

Number two, most of us do not sleep on time. We should sleep early, wake up early. That is a good ingredient for health. E.g. if you go to bed at 9.30pm or 10pm maximum, and wake up at 4am or 4.30am, it immediately shifts your metabolism. Normal, routine life itself, if regulated, can bring you a lot of energy and power. That heals you. So sleeping is important, eating is important. These are two things which are preventing us from living. We stay awake at night, drink things like coffee, alcohol, concentrated stuff, etc. which actually affect the metabolism.

Then our body is not actually conducive for meat or materials like that because it stays longer in the body, releases toxins and most meat on the market is from animals which were injected antibiotics and so many things into them. All these are coming into our system. All these are making us sick. Then the vaccines are making us sick. Quite a lot of things are there.

But if you are able to detox on a regular basis, e.g. decide you will not eat anything after 7pm and you will go to bed maximum by 10pm so that you have a healthy lifestyle. That lifestyle itself will give you balance and longevity.

These are two aspects.

Third and the main aspect is mentally you can decide you will be fine, healthy. It’s a mind’s decision. Also never stop from what you do. If you are ill or whatever, if you have an agenda, perform it so that you are not surrendering to the disease. Like that we can recover from everything.

In January this year, I admitted myself in a place of naturopathy, where everything is fasting.

They asked me,“How much can you fast?“

I said, “It’s up to you. You tell me.“

They said, “Three days?“

I said, “No problem.“

First day it’s only water. Just water. Second day they give you one glass of coconut water along with water. Third day they give you one glass of orange juice along with water. By fourth day you are fine. You can fast forever. I fasted for 87 hours like this and there was no problem in the energy, I was doing my work, everything was fine. They only said, “You should sleep 10 hours and one day you should not speak.“ So this was the pattern. After that I lost my weight and was fully charged, there were no medicines, nothing. Just regulated food. So this is in our control, that is what I want to say.

Q: Is there any difference between God and Mother Nature and if yes, what is it? Second, what is the essence of the soul?

A: God is pure energy. Mother Nature is its manifestation. Mind is the faculty which cannot understand either God or Mother Earth. God has no form, it’s pure energy and will remain pure energy and whatever is manifested as part of God has duration.

The constitution of soul is God, pure energy. But when soul sits in the body, it adapts to the requirements of the body, its constitution, character, personality, form. Soul is connected to all these aspects. But soul is always aware and clear that it is not the body, nor the personality, nor the constitution, nor the character. The soul is clear. Soul’s aim is to be one with God, which is its Father, that is why Jesus said, “Me and my Father are one.“ When Jesus was connected to his soul, he said, “There is no difference between me and my Father which is pure consciousness.“

In a way, soul is one, bodies are many. Soul-wise we are related. It’s the same soul in everybody because soul is not bound by the character or the personality. Mother Earth is a living being, just like us, it is occupied by energy. Every living being is occupied by the energy, and that energy is God.

Q: How to deal with present situation in my country?
A: What is the problem with the country?

Audience: (Laughter)

A: I fancy one thing. Every country is the same in this world. If we look at a country and say, “Oh, this country is not right,“ think again, “Who does this country belong to? What does this country consist of?“ It’s us, people. If everybody decides to do more for the country, the country will be better. If you are talking about politicians and ministers, they are all part of the society. If the society is better, the country will be better. So everyone can contribute for the betterment of the society. Don’t think, “It’s not my job, it’s only the ministers’ job or the politicians’ job.“ It is not so. They are all part of us. Everybody has come out of us. So if we decide to change, if all of us decide to do more for the country, suddenly it will start changing. So it’s up to us. We make the country or we break the country. All countries are the same in the world.

Q: How to deal with stress?

A: It’s very simple. Don’t identify with stress. Instead identify with love. Stress is always connected to personality. Personality is what you have projected from the person. It’s like a projector and the feature film. You are projecting a personality to the outside world and you believe that the personality is you. Like a projector projects drama, action, comedy, tragedy, all these things on the screen, we are constantly projecting something into the world. So how can you release stress? Be aware of it. You are not on the screen, you are the projector. Keep projecting romantic films 🙂 Love can conquer everything.

Q: Alzheimer and dementia – if possible, which actions to take or how to avoid these disorders in cases where they already appeared in one’s family as a genetic disorder?

A: Many of the things are coming out of vaccinations. Because vaccinations as far as I understand, are all experimentation. Each fifty years they say that vaccine was wrong so we use the new one. So they were all experimentation on human body. A lot of this experimentation is affecting people in the long term while World Health Organisations and powerful bodies like that insist on vaccination, so most people cannot avoid it. This is probably the reason for autism and quite a lot of diseases today. -anti-vaccination-the-vaccinesThe awareness should change in people so that this kind of thing becomes a choice, like, you choose whether to have vaccination or not. Today it is not so. Today it is compulsory thing. Then you are bound to go through the suffering. Then it helps medical industry. Because you can produce medicines to prevent it. First you create a disease, then you solve the disease. Anyway, humans suffer. We are guinea pigs of the world. We are all being tested on. Once it happens, it is not so easy to prevent it. Probably the way to prevent it or the way to control it is by reversing it and reversal needs something from a much higher intellect mostly related to nature. Because nature has been handling all these things since long and nature has no problem. Why do human beings have all the problems? First of all we are overpopulated with eight billion people. There is hardly any space for people now. Then we have encroached on the nature, destroyed it, so we don’t have recycling happening spontaneously. All this is affecting our life. Then the food habits, the life habits, all sorts of things. Look at everything. It’s affecting all beings, not only humans. We are in that state at this point in time. Neither I nor anybody can give direct solution unless the whole pattern changes. Every country, everybody should believe that there should be a change and there should be selflessness happening in this world. But the medical, food  and war industry won’t allow this to happen. They all need business.

Q: How much does sadguru’s grace mean when void occurs because many come back and say there is nothing further than that?

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Mohanji in Ahobilam

A: I think it’s a big blessing to be connected to a sadguru or a master who is connected to the source, especially at the time of evolution because when you are connected to a master who is connected to the source, they work directly on your causal layer. Causal layer is a layer where the seeds of all your lifetimes’ karmas are still and we do not know what is in it. We can only see the effect in life. We do not know what is creating the cause. We only see the effect. If you are connected to a master who is powerful, who is connected to the source, it directly works on your causal layer and burns the seeds there so that you do not return back  after reaching a certain level. The state of void is the state before the fullness. The state of void is not a permanent state. You achieve it when the mind is still and there is a vacuum for some time. A caterpillar is one state, cocoon is another state, butterfly is the third state. When a caterpillar enters a cocoon there it is the void state. Then from there a butterfly happens – that’s a completion. Even as a butterfly you will not stay. You will dissolve completely and become pure consciousness. So in a state where you are in a cocoon, the master holds you. I feel that the presence of a powerful master is a great blessing. But many people do not have it, even if some people find the master, they miss the master because the mind has frames. They try to put a master in the frame and he doesn’t fit so they sometimes miss it. This also happens.

So I believe, especially since the master works on the causal layer, it’s very important to have the connection, you don’t even have to ask. Just be present, be there and whatever has to happen, will happen. Just have faith, keep the doors of the mind open.

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

Increase Your Frequency

Satsang in Zrenjanin, Serbia, part 1

24th October, 2016

 Mohanji quote - The only way

Q: How to deal with people who make us feel guilty?

A: All of the experiences of life right from our childhood till now, all the people who came into our lives, all the locations, everything, even the food you eat, the air you breathe, the place you stay in – this is all karmically connected. In a way, you have attracted all the people who have come to you in your life. We have attracted every word, every thought, every experience. So there is no coincidence. If something has happened in our life, we have attracted it at some point in time. We have attracted most of this unconsciously. We have not been thinking. For example, if you criticize somebody, then you attract that effect into you.  It was scientifically proved. You tell everybody, “Hey, you look beautiful, you are wonderful,” you automatically start experiencing the beauty and the grace on yourself. People will look at you and start telling you, ”You look beautiful.” The more positive you become, that’s the kind of karma you attract. On the contrary, if you attract and participate in gossip, then your whole energy shifts to that mode and you attract negativities.  Your whole frequency reduces. The lower your frequency, the lower energies you attract to yourself. For example, if you say you are launching an alcohol party, how many people would come? When there is Mohanji giving Satsang with Shaktipat, 100 people. If it is an alcohol party, there would be a thousand people. Why is it so? Something which reduces your frequency is more attractive. The more you reduce the frequency, that kind of crowd you attract.

Spirituality is an individual journey. You should increase your frequency gradually so that you become completely immune to all the lower frequencies. The only way you can survive in the variety of frequencies is by increasing your frequency. You have that capacity. This is the advantage of human existence. You have the capacity to achieve the highest point in one lifetime. This is what we call the level of immortality.

There are masters in the Himalayas who have defied death. They have proven that they have been there for hundreds and thousands of years. There was one poet who writes four verses a year and he has written 3,000 verses. So he has lived 750 years. Anyway, the potential for us is unbelievable. Know one thing: we must believe that this personality which we keep projecting to the world, is our limited personality. Our personality is much more than we choose to project into the world outside.

Know yourself Be yourself

One of the key aspects of this journey is to know yourself and being yourself. If you start feeling your body, connect to your body. I’ll tell you your body never lies. It always tells the truth. If you start connecting to your body more and more, hear each cell talking to you. Each cell has the potential to be a new you. From each cell, you can create a new being like you. So each cell contains the ingredient called you. These cells will start talking to you. Each cell will tell you where you stand. That is the biggest awakening you can ever have while you are alive.

flowchart-no-worriesInstead, what are we listening each moment? We listen to our mind all the time. The mind tells you, “You are lazy, it’s time for eating, it’s time to go to the toilet, it’s time to do this… I don’t like this, I don’t like that…” The mind says all these things. So the mind is, in fact, controlling you. Our daily existence is controlled by the mind. Your daily life is so much controlled by the mind that you fail to be happy. What prevents happiness? If you ask anybody in this world, eight billion people,“What do you want in life?“ Everybody will say,“Happiness“. But the question is,“Why can’t you be happy?“

What prevents happiness? If you ask anybody in this world, eight billion people,“What do you want in life?“ Everybody will say, “Happiness.” But the question is, “Why can’t you be happy?“

the blame game 2They will give a lot of reasons,“If my mother-in-law was better…if my child was studying well…if my husband smiled at me every day…if my car worked well…” There will be some reason for us to be unhappy. It is our birthright to be happy. There is no way you cannot be happy and if you look inside, you will know the man, the person or a being which makes you unhappy, which prevents you to be happy. The only thing which prevents you to be happy is your mind. All of us would have said, “I don’t like that person, I like this person.”

Why would we like or dislike somebody at all? Why should we dislike anybody? We don’t pay their bills, do we? Please understand, this is again the projection of the mind.

So, to answer this question, if we are unhappy with anybody around us, we are unhappy with ourselves. We have nobody outside us. If you do not exist, there is nobody outside of you. When you are in deep sleep, is there anybody else around in the world? You are sleeping, you cannot see anybody. Everybody is in a state of their own and they are projecting all these people around you. It is up to you to be happy inside so that the outside is also good for you.

People give you so many things, we get a lot of feedback from the society. People tell me, too, “Mohanji you should look like this, you should walk like this, you should talk like this.” I always say this is how I am. What can I do? I cannot change my face… all the time. So people will have their opinions. They will tell you what to do, what to feel, what to believe in, but at the end of the day, it is YOU who is experiencing. If others give you so many things, you don’t have to buy everything. You cannot. Please remember, YOU are important. Don’t believe anybody who says you are not important. I am telling you, you are important because without you the life which you talk about is not there. If others give you love, take it. Give more love back. If you sow more love in the ground, you can reap a lot more love. I am telling this from my personal experience. We all have a choice to be unhappy, but if you spread happiness, it comes back to you. I was walking down here with Maya, all people are strangers and they were looking at me like something from the zoo 🙂 so I tried smiling at a few people and they were looking, who is this fellow? See, this is what I am saying. Nothing should stop you from smiling. Whether you get a smile back or not, it doesn’t matter. If people don’t smile back at you, that is because they are carrying a lot of weight. Please appreciate that. When you have the ability to smile without any reason, it means you are light inside. You have the right, you have the ability and you have the power. When you walk in the street you will know this very clearly. You can see so many people going around. You hardly see the faces, you see the weight. I always wonder why are people so heavy? They are walking as if they have a lot of weight on their shoulders. You see them in the streets.

Nothing should stop you from smiling. Whether you get a smile back or not, it doesn’t matter. If people don’t smile back at you, that is because they are carrying a lot of weight. Please appreciate that. When you have the ability to smile without any reason, it means you are light inside. You have the right, you have the ability and you have the power. When you walk in the street you will know this very clearly. You can see so many people going around. You hardly see the faces, you see the weight. I always wonder why are people so heavy? They are walking as if they have a lot of weight on their shoulders. You see them in the streets.

Mohanji quote - If others give you love, take it

Many years ago, I was talking at a girls’ college. We were looking for volunteers for doing some charity work. I was addressing a group of girls. I think there were about 400 students and out of them, 280 registered to do voluntary service. We sent one batch to a place with abandoned people. They asked me, “What should we do for them?“ I said, “Nothing. Just put your hand around their shoulder and say, I love you.” They did that. Later on, when we were taking the feedback from these girls, many of them were in tears. They said, “We will never abandon our parents.” These people who were abandoned were waiting for these girls to come next time. Some of these old people kept some things to give them, even gold or something they had saved for a long time, but had nobody to give to. In the last stage of their life they found love. What else can you give to this world? What is more precious to give than love? When we love the helpless beings, we expect nothing back. We just express love. What you are expressing is the purity inside you. The genuineness, the love – the soul is expressing itself. The abandoned people in the society are a reflection of the heaviness of the society. When people in the society are heavy, then they abandon people. Who can you abandon? Those who are helpless. This is a shame of the society. I was telling this to the students. Look here, “You are responsible for bringing them up, bring love in this world. When people say, I would like to do something, then I say, ‘Share love’. This is all you should do. That changes you, transforms you, then you will not have any problems with anybody in this world even if people are angry, because you are so powerful the anger will not affect you.

Q: How to open up again towards love in one’s life after being disappointed with people? How to come out of the hell of depression and again build faith?

A: I think I have already answered this. Life can give us anything, various emotions, situations, experiences, but it is up to us to decide what to give back to life. When I was working for a company, one of my colleagues came to me very angry, “You know, I cannot work with this man. He is disturbing me so much, I cannot sit or work with him. I’m going to do the same to him now.“ I was the head of the company so I had to make a decision, either to shift him to another room, or do something with the other guy. I asked him one question,“Imagine that man is walking in the street without clothes. Will you do the same?“

He said,“No, my culture doesn’t permit it. I cannot become so cheap.“

Then I said,“Then why are you affected by him? You show your culture, your dignity, your elegance. Why do you have to fall down to another person’s frequency?” We have every right to maintain our elegance and our frequency. We must. The moment you become natural and elegant, I guarantee you nothing from around will touch you. They will try to bait you, don’t bite it, you are ok.

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Gautama Buddha

Buddha was sitting with his people, giving a talk. Suddenly, one of them came very angry, upset and started abusing Buddha, “All spiritual teachers are fraud, they are fake, they are misguiding people…”  He was abusing Buddha by telling quite a lot of things, that affected the other people who were listening. Buddha stopped talking and he was looking at him without any emotion. Then he spat on Buddha’s face. Suddenly everybody got up because they were very unhappy to see this happening. Buddha said,“Sit down.“

Then this man left. People asked him,“Why did you not respond? He was shouting at you, he was abusing you, he spat on you and you were keeping quiet!? Why did you not respond?“

Buddha said,“I am teaching people that nothing in this world should affect you, you should always remain peaceful. Am I eligible to teach this? This man was my examination. Now I know I am eligible to teach. Otherwise, if I am telling people, ‘You should not be affected by the world,’  and if I get affected, then I am not eligible to teach. This man came as an examination, a test. Now I’m fine.”

When disappointments happen, understand they are your tests. Are you eligible for life? Say, “Ok, test me.” Welcome them, face them. Succeed in it and eventually you become a master.

As I said in the beginning, if there is no destiny, there is no meeting. If there is no destiny, there is no experience either. I guarantee you I never thought I would sit and talk to people like this. I never knew people would come to see me. It’s all a surprise for me. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe that I talk to people. Destiny gives you place, awareness, momentum and experience. And destiny is defined over time. Today, on 24th October, at this time, we have to be here. There is no way we can be in Belgrade or Novi Sad at this time. So whoever came into your life, whatever experience you had, ok, look at them, smile at them, keep moving. Gain strength. Be powerful. That is your birthright. Nobody can affect you unless you allow them to.

Mohanji quote - When disappointments happen

Q: I’d like to go back to the story of Buddha. Where is the limit of patience? We are to be calm, relaxed, serene and then somebody comes like to Buddha who tolerated it all. Now I can be a girl or anybody, at work where you are tortured, it could be even harassment or rape. Should I just say, ok it’s karma, will it be a boy or a girl? Where is the limit if it exists? When to stop tolerating it?

A: What happens in life is induced by karma. Behind every experience there is karma. But a larger perspective of existence is controlled by dharma. The sun comes out in the morning, nourishes the Earth, retires in the evening. Sunrise, sunset, clouds, rain, the growth of vegetation, the birds, the animals, everything is controlled or oriented by dharma. Even though the activity, the experience is karma, the whole tapestry, the whole machine is run by dharma. Every master who has come to earth, or who has guided people, guided them based on dharma – truthful duty. None of the masters ever interfered in anybody’s karma. They only guided people on the path of dharma. It’s dharma of the police or the department of law to take care of the welfare of the citizens. Whatever is the reason for a war or rape, etc. we should be protected and controlled by the law. That is dharma of the department, dharma of the police, dharma of parents is to take care of the children, dharma of the children is to take care of the parents. Dharma of a teacher is to deliver messages to the students. Dharma of a student is to study and become more useful to the world. So the thread of dharma works through the whole existence, every aspect of existence. All of us are delivering or experiencing karma. Base on the ground is dharma on which we are experiencing karma. If you understand a larger ocean of dharma, on which karma is happening, then you will have the answer for your question.

In the battlefield, when Arjuna said,“I cannot fight with my grandfather! I cannot kill my cousins. I cannot do this war! I’m sorry.” Krishna told him,“ Don’t be a coward. You are born a warrior. Your job is to bring the war. Win the war.“

When you see somebody is suffering, it is your responsibility, your dharma to help the person. Karma brought you to the person. Somebody is starving and you have two burgers in your hand. Offer one burger to the starving person. You are performing your dharma. So there is a difference between karma and dharma. The karma of the person was to be hungry, but your dharma is to give food to them. He has the karma to receive food from you. It works in that way. Everything works in the tapestry. Everything has a connection.

For example,  somebody had an accident. It was their karma to have an accident. But you went there, saved the person and took them to hospital, so you performed your dharma and that helped the person. Being kind, compassionate, loving is dharma.

If you look at my core teachings also, it’s just dharma. There is nothing else you can tell the world. You can only tell dharma, because there is nothing karmic to tell the world, “Aha, you are already experiencing your karma. Nobody can tell you that you have all your karma because karma is based on time, last year, this year, next year… It will continue. But dharma is a message every master is giving to the world. When Jesus said,“Love thy neighbour as thyself,” that is dharma. There is no karma to teach. Karma is only to experience.

Q: What to do when somebody deliberately abuses or hurts us, when to stop tolerating it?

A: That’s what I told you about Krishna telling Arjuna. You probably have to hiss like a snake so that the other person knows that you are dangerous, but you don’t have to bite. When you bite, it becomes karma. When you hiss like a snake, you give a message to the world, “Look here, I could be potentially dangerous. Don’t touch me.”

Q: After cleansing of karma with some person, what remains? Do emotions also get cleansed or remain? How does love we feel for the other person change during and after cleansing?

A: I am not sure what you mean by karmic cleansing. Karma is unfulfilled desires. Karma is agenda for an experience. A regular way of cleansing karma is experiencing it. When you have experience and accept that experience, karma is gone. Karma for that experience is gone, not total karma. When total karma is washed away, it’s instant death. You don’t need to be alive.

Prarabdha karma, or the path of destiny is set before the birth, continuously until the end of life. In the proximity of masters, or with Shaktipat, the junk which you have collected over a period of time called Agamya karma (which means you picked it up from life, as you live) and the part of which is not necessary gets burnt. But we do not touch the line of destiny which allowed you to take birth and which will continue until death. No master will ever touch the main thread of destiny because then it will be death for you. What you do is reduce the weight. When weight is reduced, the journey is easier. That’s the job of people like us. We are like washing machines 🙂

Audience: (Laughter)

A: We clean up people 🙂 One good thing is you don’t know how much dirt you have. So it’s easy.

Audience: (Laughter)

A: It’s a cleansing job anyway. That is why people come to see people like me. It’s time for a good bath.

Audience: (Laughter)

A: Now falling in love or feeling love for somebody, whether it is higher energy or lower energy, this is the natural process in the mind. We fall in love every moment, right? I think we are all very romantic by birth. It doesn’t need to be a human being. Being romantic is a beautiful idea. You can be romantic to the wind, birds, plants, everything. Then you start seeing only romance in life. The only problem is if you are romantic to another human being and you don’t get it back 🙂 Because there will be an expectation. That is why people keep dogs rather than human beings in the house. Because they will be natural with the dogs 🙂

Audience: (Laughter)

A: I’m joking, don’t take me seriously (smiles). Don’t replace your husbands and wives with dogs 🙂 But being romantic is beautiful. You should be romantic by nature. The moment you are romantic, you are romantic, you appreciate the sunrise, the sunset, you appreciate everything, even a bird, a flower, the ground that you walk on, everything will be beautiful. You spontaneously say,“I love you.” It’s a beautiful feeling. It need not be to another human being. Somebody has put this idea in our mind that we need to have a soul mate or another human being to love. This is actually a big, heavy thing on us. You know how beings respond to you?

Mohanji feeding fish

I took Devi to a place in India where we were feeding some fish and turtles. They were all coming out, the fish were coming out of the water, taking things from our hands. Turtles came out of the water to receive food from our hands. How the romance works!
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Normally, the fish do not come out of the water. They were not standing out of the water, they just came, picked up and went away. All these beings are connected to us, the moment you become romantic, you actually see the life in everything. You see the love in everything. I always feel I am a chronic romantic.

Audience: (Laughter)

A: Because I do not expect love back, I’m fine. We have a problem only when we expect love in return.

Q: Very often during meditation, I get a strange sensation in my hands. I subconsciously visualize my palms growing very big and a feeling of bloating in them.

A: Sensations are part of your constitution. You are oriented to experience something like that. Whenever you feel there is expansion happening in any part of your body, or energy conglomeration, visualize someone who needs it, even if it is someone in the hospital or sick people. Mentally pass it on or surrender it to the masters or surrender it to the mother earth.

Q: I dreamt you, is it possible to connect with you even through dreams?

dreams340x255A: It is not necessarily dreams. There are multiple dimensions of all of us. When you look from the earth perspective, an astral experience can also be felt like a dream. Many of you have connected to me astrally. That’s equal to an earthly connection. When you are connected to me here it’s very likely that you will be connected to me astrally. Why some of you came here is also because of that connection. This meeting is natural for you. Because we already met. It was important to meet here.

So any dream, as you interpret it as you wake up,“It’s a dream, I met Mohanji,” may not be a dream. It could be a connection which we had astrally. Sometimes I have conveyed messages astrally, too. I said certain things which people remember. Sometimes they wrote back saying, “We had this discussion. This was clear and I wanted that answer.“ That means it was all real. Many of you are also connected to me from other lifetimes. Our meeting is not a coincidence.  Most of us met before, in other lives, so this is just a culmination of this journey.

I’ll tell you something funny. I was sitting at the airport waiting for the flight. I think I was completing final revision of The Power of Purity book. While I was busy finishing this, one guy sitting next to me said,“Hey, I know you! I’ve seen you!“ I looked at him. He was a stranger in this life, but I understood that he knew me from another life. I didn’t want to tell him, so I said,“No, no, no, you don’t know me.“

Audience: (Laughter)

A: But he insisted,“I know you. I’ve seen you somewhere.”

I kept denying and he kept asking. I saw I couldn’t do my job. Finally I said,“You met me in a zoo.”

Audience: (Laughter)

A: He looked at me like this and he walked away. You sometimes have to avoid people, you know 🙂

So there is no coincidence in life. Every meeting has a connection. Sometimes you may not know the connection, but eventually, it will wake up in you. That is why I always say, “Don’t be in a hurry to make a relationship, but experience and enjoy the connection.“

Q: What is the reason for being born and growing up in a city that we do not love?

cityA: There are usually a lot of different combinations which have provoked an existence. I’ll give you a hypothetical story, but don’t take it too seriously.

A hundred years ago, a group of people were living together. You were connected, like you are connected to a lot of people in this life. You say, “You will take a birth, I will also come to be with you.” It doesn’t matter which location, but because these souls are coming together, you also came as a child of these particular parents, with a particular uncle, or aunt, or anything. You took birth in a particular place because you made a promise to a set of souls. You can call them soul mates. The promise became a destiny. This promise continued as a destiny so you are stuck in that place. While living, you can always go out and experience other places. I was born in a small place, but I am all over the world. I don’t know which is my home country now. After a while every place would feel the same. All people are the same, all are part of you.

If you don’t like and you resist the location, it is very likely you will come back to the same location in another life. Because whatever you love and whatever you hate, stays. What you are investing in, grows. If you invest your energy in hating something, it becomes stronger. Invest your energy in loving something so that it stops there. You love something, you love your life, you love your place, people, environment, dog, everything. Don’t blame your parents or the place. There is no use. You are already here. Accept it and move on. Be peaceful in every situation is real spirituality. Acceptance has a big role to play in this. You have to accept yourself. If you cannot accept yourself, you cannot accept anybody else. Remember.

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

The Secret of Enlightenment

Satsang in Novi Sad, Serbia, part 3

23rd February, 2017

Mohanji quote - Your state is absolute silence -white

Q: Can every spiritual man get enlightened in this life?

A: My theory is that we are all enlightened by birth. Some people don’t know this because of the overwhelming mind. Enlightenment is like graduation, you are reaching a pedestal, you are becoming stabilized at one point and that stability we carry with us all the time. The answer to your question is yes, it is definitely possible, provided that you can stay away from your mind, look at your mind with your mind.

Do you know what happens when you keep looking your mind with your mind? You’re just sitting and looking at your mind, not doing anything. The mind will tell you, “Hey, look at here, check Facebook, Whatsapp, there are so many messages!” The mind will say all these things, but you are not doing anything, just sitting, looking. Then the mind will take the next step, “Hey, if you are sitting like this, your wife will beat you,” or, “Better cook your food before your wife comes.”

The mind will say everything to create fear. Still, you are sitting, looking at the mind, not doing anything. Day and night you are sitting and looking at your mind. It will bring everything from the depths of your storage box. It will bring all the memories you have stored – fear, anger, hatred, frustrations and all anxieties for the future.

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Everything will come out through the mind. You are just sitting and watching, not doing anything. After some time they slow down. They slow down, slow down, slow down… and the mind becomes still. There is nothing in your box. Everything is finished. Until then you are looking at your mind through your mind. Then there will be no mind to look at because the mind is dependent on the materials which have been stored, either internal or external. If you are not interested in external materials and as internal ones are finished, then mind itself gets finished. When there is no picture to show, the screen is black. Mind vanishes. Then what will you look the mind with? Nothing. There is nothing called the mind. You realize that the mind is an illusion maintained by material or memory. When the material or memory dies, mind dies. Then you are enlightened. This is the secret of enlightenment. If any of you have understood this from the bottom of your heart, I guarantee you, you have the potential for enlightenment.

I’m not into kindergarten philosophy. I give hardcore stuff. This is the truth.

Audience: (laughter)

Mohanji quote - The language of your soul is silence

Q: When I meditate, I start to control my breathing, I stop breathing and feel as if I am forcing it. Why does it happen?

A: That is very simple. Your mind is getting involved and mind is trying to influence the process. What you need to do it allow the mind to get involved and don’t try to control anything. Just stay natural. For example, your body has synchronicity. There is a pattern with which the body operates. If you observe closely the nostrils, only one nostril is active every sixty minutes. Then it is the other one. When you look at the heart beat, the heart takes rest, then beats, takes rest, then beats. If you observe the kidneys, one kidney functions at one time. Like that, our body has a perfect system where one organ sleeps or takes rest while another one is active. Like that, if you keep observing this functionality of breath where one nostril is active while the other one is inactive, just observe it without getting your mind involved, just watching, not interfering, what happens? You will come to the mind or you will overcome the mind. The moment you overcome the mind, it’s peace. The mind will definitely get involved as it wants to stay alive. It will keep influencing your thought process, your activity, and even the result. So mind’s job is to get involved. Allow it, but don’t pay any attention.

Mohanji quote - There is nothing called the mind

Q: I am in a conflict between a desire to move to a quiet place on Fruska Gora and do my spiritual practice, deepen my connection with myself and raise my awareness, and a desire to fulfill the family commitments at home, responsibility to my husband and children.

A: We have a beautiful mountain range called the Himalayas in India. So many people go there and so many people come back from there. The point is in our life we are experiencing life through time. Time has given us relationships, experiences, various factors which we are enjoying, like our husband, children, house, time, place. While all these things were happening, what was always with you? Who was your companion? Your soul. Soul has always been there. You have always been spiritual. It is not another location, person or time. It doesn’t work that way. You have to be spiritual while you are with your children, husband, while you are doing your job, when you are farming, eating food…  Every moment the spine of life is spirituality. For this, feel life, don’t do life. Feel food, feel love, feel emotions, feel anger, feel hatred, feel everything. Everything is felt and it’s over. It’s done. When you feel and feel and feel life, you become complete. Do you know where Fruska Gora is? Inside you. Do you know where the Himalayas are? Inside you. Even if you go to the Himalayas or Fruska Gora, maybe mosquitoes will bite you and you will get bored with it. There is no guaranteed happiness in life. Bring Fruska Gora inside. All the things outside are just suggestions. What you take inside becomes your reality. Take Fruska Gora inside. Otherwise, if we avoid life, it is all escapism. You cannot avoid life. You cannot avoid anything. Any relationship, any encounter. People can criticize you and say,“He is not good. He is not up to the mark.“ They do not understand. You can’t avoid anything in life. Whatever has to happen will happen at the right time at the right capacity, in the right amount.

So, be happy right now. Be grateful you have your family, you have your nagging people around you 🙂 They push you to become spiritual. Be happy. If mosquitoes do not bite, you do not think about God.

Mohanji quote - In the university of life

Q: Can you tell us something about Ishta Devatas and connection with Ishta Devata?

A: Beautiful question. Where is this question coming from?

The favourite deity is something which is connected to what you are. We have all certain orientation. There are various gunas in people – sattva, rajas, tamas – which build our constitution. Based on our constitution we get connected to certain deities, certain people. This is because an ingredient for that particular energy is inside us. So your Ishta Devata i.e. your favourite deity is your own expression or what you are. You are seeing a form of a deity. It’s your own expression. In that matter, all the people coming to you in life are part of you because the kind of people who are coming to you, meeting you, interacting with you, sharing experiences with you, giving you experience irrespective of whether it’s pleasure or pain, are your own projections. The ingredient of them sits inside you.

Mohanji quote - All the people coming to you

Q: How much does food influence meditation and everything else? Yesterday I came back from India where I experimented a lot with my body, mind, soul, etc. I have an impression that when I am not full, when my stomach is empty as I didn’t eat or drink anything, then I receive energy much more easily during the meditation than when I meditate with a full stomach. It is easier when I am hungry or half-hungry, more energy flows through my body.

A: It has quite a lot of influence. We do not usually eat as per requirement of our body. We consume based on the clock or our emotion. That is not helping the system. The system is getting turbulent because of our consumption. The body doesn’t need all this food and the body has its way of replenishing itself. Let me give you one example, consumption of salt. As soon as we consume salt through food or otherwise, the body starts thinking how to throw it away now? All the fluids which come out of our body are salty. Body throws the salt out through sweat, tears… Body rejects salt through every level. Because if you consume salt, it prevents digestion to a certain point. Eating is our habit. One of our compelling habits is food. That influences our daily life. We say it’s time I must have this food, we are conditioned to think like this. We can very well reduce the quantity intake, however, especially if you are active, you must have certain replenishment, nevertheless, not as the quantity which we consume normally.

Furthermore, there is a lot of difference between raw food, cooked food, animal products.  each gives different effect to our life. The more raw the food or food which has seen the sun, and has grown without fertilizers or chemicals, the cleaner your system will be. Food has a big influence. When you eat less, you can meditate better, concentration becomes better, distractions become less.

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

 

 

 

 

Initiation into Gyanganj (Shambala)

Satsang in Novi Sad, Serbia, part 2

23rd February 2017

Q: Did you ever have physical contact with Sathya Sai Baba, not just mentally or through energy? If yes, when and where?

A: I didn’t meet him physically. I saw him, but I never had an opportunity to interact with him. I saw him at a distance a few times. It was in about 2009, 2010. Of course, I met him earlier  – in 2003 and 2004.

 

 

Later on, I came in contact with various Masters. I have never searched for something, I’ve never even searched for a Master. Whatever came, came to me. I feel that in spirituality whatever has to come to you, will come to you. I never went searching. Even when I was visiting the Himalayas I never looked for a master or a method or a particular program. I met Vittal Babaji, a very, very powerful Master who left his body in 2014. I met him on December 19th, 2012. Then, later on, I also met Vasudevan Swami, who was a very humble old man. Bent, but so powerful that he had the power to call any deity and they came. Later on, I met Baba Ganeshananda Giri who lived with Shirdi Sai Baba. That was a very powerful Master, too. He was 105 years old and he also left his body, in April 2016.

 

Then I met Avadhoota Nadananda, another very, very powerful Master, who is still in his body. His autobiography is available as a book, both in English and Serbian. I met these Masters and they all added value to my existence, one way or the other.

Energy transfer vs. Connection with a Master’s energy

Mohanji quote - If you constantly think and connect to a frequency

Q: I am here for the first time, but I have meditated and prayed for a long time and I can go deep in my prayers. I have heard from my friend recently that a master transfers energy, which is called Shaktipat. I tried to connect with this energy and I think I succeeded in it. Can you say more about it and could you make me aware of the mistakes I make in my meditations?

A: You can be in my consciousness, and through connecting with my consciousness, you can experience it. But Shaktipat is energy transfer, you cannot connect to it. What we are doing is we are diluting or dissolving the blockages in the system and helping the energy to flow freely. So when all the blockages are removed over a period of time, energy will move freely and you will change or your dimensions will shift. This is Shaktipat. It is something which is transferred physically. But when you think about me or any Master over a period of time with consistency, your energy connection definitely happens. It doesn’t matter whether the Master is in the body or not. That is why I always say Lord Jesus is still available to connect. The energy called Jesus is definitely available. Lord Krishna is available. It doesn’t matter whether the Master is in the body or not. If you constantly think and connect to a frequency, you will spontaneously get elevated to that frequency. When you are sincerely connecting to a Master, just a connection with the eye is enough for the transfer to happen. There is no need for even touching.

There was a great Master… we cannot refer to him in the past tense, as every Master is still here. So there is a great master called Papaji who became enlightened, standing, when Ramana Maharishi just looked at him. Ramana didn’t even touch him. So whether they’ll get automatically elevated depends on connectivity, openness, and the faith of a person. Because how do you know that a person is deeply connected to a Master? When his mind is with the master. You can physically be with anybody. Usually, husband and wife live together, but physically they are together, mentally they are far apart. Similarly, if you are deeply connected to a master with the mind, you will get everything from him without asking.

Experience with Avadhoota Nadananda

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I’ve never been to any Master asking for a title, or any power till now. Whatever has come to me, has been given by their own discretion with the consideration that I can handle it. All you have to do is just be empty. If you have this much knowledge, you have only as much as your capacity for receiving.  If your glass is totally empty, the entire glass will be filled. So this is up to us, we can be completely empty, we will be filled up. The right disciple is the emptiest disciple.

Avadhoota Nadananda, whose Autobiography you may have read, is still in his body. He is 76 years old. Most of us have practiced so many things and achieved certain levels. Before this Master actually attained all the powers that he has, his guru told him, “Go to the Himalayas, but with two conditions –  do not touch money, do not beg for food. I the food comes to you, eat it, if it doesn’t come to you, observe fasting. Consider that day as the day of fasting.”

So the young man goes to the Himalayas with the promise that he would not touch money and that he would not beg for food. Imagine how tough it must have been. Because Himalayan terrains are tough, the climate is unpredictable with extreme cold and sometimes warmth. Everything is unpredictable. This person walked, traveled in whatever situations possible, reached the Himalayas, attained the level of the pontiff of Gyanganj (Shambala) and came back with that. See, you can attain any level if it is your first priority. Most of us do not consider spirituality as our first priority. That is why many of us do not attain anything.

Furthermore, none of us can see our causal layer. We can only see the effects of the causes in our daily life. Gyanganj is a causal layer of the Earth. Whatever is happening in the world (and whatever will happen in Gyanganj) has its root cause based in Gyanganj. Nobody can stay there. They can only be trained there. People cannot even see it. You need to look through your third eye to see the location. Otherwise, it is just blank land. Most people, even Buddhist monks who live in the neighborhood had said that there is no place like this. It is just imagination. But this Master went there, got trained there and came back.

I’ll give you a short experience of mine with this Master.

Initiation into Gyanganj (Shambhala)

I was invited to inaugurate a restaurant in a place called Shirdi which is synonymous with Shirdi Sai Baba. Shirdi Sai Baba lived in this place, and a vegan restaurant was coming up here. And they asked me to come and inaugurate it. The restaurant is called ‘Ahimsa Vegan’.

Ahimsa Vegan in Shirdi

One of these restaurants has also opened in London. If you go to London you can taste the food there. In June 2016 I was going for the inauguration and Nadananda was also there participating in it. Before I actually took the flight to reach there he called me.

He said, “Mohanji, I would like to have one hour with you alone, without anybody. Can you give me this time?

I said, “Guruji, your wish is my command. Do consider it as done.We will meet and spend time.”

Once I reached there after breakfast, he said, “Come, let’s walk.”

So the two of us were walking along the streets of Shirdi and he was telling me various things, one of which is: “Look here. Sai Baba came to this place. It was totally empty. It was a very poor village. There was nothing here. Today you see all these big buildings, restaurants, shops, hotels, all this business. Thousands of people are eating food in the name of Sai Baba in this place. It’s the same thing with most of us. People may not recognize you while you are in the body. After your death, people will appreciate you more.”

I asked him, “Does it really matter? We are doing our job, we are conveying the message. Whether people appreciate it or not it doesn’t matter to us.”

Then he said, “No, I just want you to know.“

I said, “Ok.“

Nadananda quote - to Mophanji about Shirdi Sai Baba

Then we went to the temple. He said, “We are not going inside the temple. We are not going inside the Samadhi Mandir. Those who have to see us will see us outside.” I did not understand the meaning of what he said. Who’s going to come and see us outside? Maybe Sai Baba himself would come and see us but it’s all tall order, it’s not easy.

So we went around and then sat down and he told me, “Mohanji, you see, all our people are doing service to people. You are doing charity work. But that’s not the way to do charity work. There is nobody outside of you. You cannot serve anybody outside of you. You can only serve yourself in other people. There are no other people. What you see as other people, is your own extension. So you are serving yourself.”

I said, “Ok,” listening to all this. Then, suddenly he said, “Come, he is waiting for us.”

We went around and there was one man, naked and with matted hair, and a cloth around his waist, standing there looking at the Shiva temple. Avadhoota Nadananda gave me some money from his pocket. I did not carry any money. So he gave it to me and said, “Go and give it to him.”

I took the money, handed it over, and kind of bowed down and then Avadhoota Nadananda said, “Let’s go.”

We left together, went out, then he said, “This was the person who took me to Gyanganj. He was the guru of the Master, Bhagawan Nityananda, who left his body in 1961.“

So this Master had left his body before. Incidentally, only he and I saw this person standing there. Nobody else was bothered about him. Only we could see. Then he said,

“Now I have connected you directly to Gyanganj. My job is over.“

This is how masters work.

I have written a blog about it A Day in Shirdi with an Avadhoota.

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

Mohanji’s Guru Purnima Message 2017

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Good day to all of you. Happy Guru Purnima.

We spoke last year at the same time, I was conveying a message to you about Guru Purnima and a few other things as well. Today when I am sitting here, talking to you, I am remembering a story.

A young child was sitting with his grandfather. He asked the grandfather, “Are you going to be with me for long?“ Grandfather said, “You know, I’m very old, I could leave any day.“

Then the grandchild asked, “What would you like to have before you leave?“

He said, “Just peace. Nothing else.“

The child asked, “You don’t want anything else? Only peace? Where do you get it from?“

Then grandfather said, “You cannot buy that. You can’t get it from outside. It’s something inside.“

Every being on earth has only one aim – to live in peace.

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We should always remember this. No amount of wealth, no amount of relationships, nothing that money can buy or money cannot buy, can guarantee peace. Peace is an attitude which you cultivate when you accept yourself and accept the environment around yourself 100%. You know that this is given, you are happy about it, you are contented, you are peaceful.

You can see this in the absolute reality in the animal kingdom. Imagine a lion is hungry. It expresses hunger. It hunts an animal. Then all the family members come together and they feed on the animal. Once they filled their bellies, they just disperse for a week or more. They do not even attempt to kill another animal. They just have their food, they take easy, the rest of the days are ok.

Human beings, because we are thinking too much, are always anxious about something which is probably going to happen in days ahead or in the future. But have you ever thought, whatever has already happened, until whichever age you have lived, did you have any real control over it? Did you believe that YOU chose those incidents, those places, those situations, those people, those experiences? Did you actually choose? It’s important to think. This is very important thing to remember that most of the things in life happened at a particular time, at a particular place, with a particular group of people and we just carry the memories of it. The incident is over. You cannot do anything about it. It’s done. You carry the memories of it. You keep some by remembering them every day or whenever possible, you discard some believing they are not worth it, but we mostly remembrance of sadness. This affects our life. When we keep the remembrance of sadness, it breeds more sadness. When we maintain remembrance of betrayals, it brings forth more betrayals. When we maintain remembrance of separation, it provokes more separation. This is the way life works. What you remember stays with you.  What you do not remember has gone with the past. It’s important to leave the past behind. You cannot carry it forward anyway. There is nothing to carry forward. Life is all about experiences. Every moment, every time, every day, in every situation, we are just experiencing our incarnation on earth. We are not doing anything else on this world. What else are we doing? There is nothing else. We are just experiencing this incarnation in multiple facets – different places, different people, different situations. All the time we are experiencing our incarnation in various dimensions. So as we are experiencing this incarnation, memories are bound to happen because experience leaves memories. Experiences have residue and residue is called memories. The more memories you store, they become impressions and the more impressions you have, they provoke a new existence, a new karma. So it’s important to understand that everything we experience must be left with the time, not in the mind. There is a way we connect to people, situations, times and places. Most of the time our connection is with the mind. When you connect with anybody with your mind, it’s always temporary. Just watch. But the moment you connect with somebody from your heart, without an agenda (heart doesn’t have an agenda, when I say heart it’s the center of your chest, we call it anahata or a spiritual heart whatever you want to call it), you have no prejudices, you have no differences, you are unconditional. One of the signs or examples of connection with the heart is between a mother and a child. The mother connects with her child without prejudices, without discrimination, without conditions and that’s a pure connection. Similarly, from a guru to a disciple, a true guru, one who is connected to a source, always connects with his disciples, his followers from the heart, which means he does not discriminate, he has no prejudices, he loves, just loves. What kind of love? Unconditional love, without any expectation. One of the highest and the noblest relationships is between a guru and a disciple. But a disciple often connects to a guru with the mind. There is a big difference here. The moment you connect to somebody with the mind, there are always possibilities of prejudices, doubts, anger, hatred, jealousy, separation, alienation, all sorts of stuff. Everything is possible with the mind because mind is like that. Nature of mind is like that. Mind always represents duality – here and there, up and down, good and bad. Mind represents relative truth or Maya, so when mind represents relative truth, our connection also represents relative truth. So when you are connecting to a master with the mind, you are connecting in relative terms – me and him. When the connection is with the mind, the chances for merger, unification of consciousness is very difficult. Why? Because mind never allows unification. It always maintains separation.

Food for thought: are you connecting to your master with your mind or with your heart? If you are connecting with your master with your heart, I guarantee you, you will never have separation in this existence and beyond. Instead, if you are connecting to the master with your mind, please remember, sooner or later, doubts will sprout, doubts can become confusion, confusion can become alienation, alienation can become separation. This is truth. So whenever you are connecting to your mother or you are connecting to your master, connecting to earth, beings outside, always connect with your heart. Even if there are bad experiences, because you connected from the heart, still, your level of purity will remain the same. Nobody can touch your purity. Furthermore, there is no expectation. This is a beautiful situation. You have no expectation from anybody, so whether you get love or hatred it is the same for you. You accept everything. Also, nobody can walk over you because they cannot do anything to you. You are so immune, so powerful.

So if a master is available in your life, connect to your master with your heart and never be separate. As a benchmark, always understand, when your connection is from the mind, how do you know it is from the mind? Your doubts are sprouting. This is one of the signs. Whether alienation is happening, whether separation is being felt. While the truth is not separation. You can never be separate from the true guru. But you are feeling separation. Why are you feeling separation? Because you are connecting with your mind, not with your heart. If you are actually connecting with your heart, you will not feel separation. that all idea itself will not come in your mind. This is so beautiful.

Likewise, there are certain things connected to your body, but we entertain them in our mind. For example, food. Why do we eat food? Because we maintain a food sheath i.e. the body. We maintain the body because we have to maintain an incarnation. We will maintain this incarnation as long as we have karma associated with this incarnation. We eat food to keep this incarnation, this body, alive. We eat as much as it takes to maintain this incarnation, no more nor less.

The same with sexuality. Sexuality is a thing of the body. Now food and sexuality. These two things are very prominent or predominant in everybody’s life. Where does the problem happen? When the food is a thing of the mind, we have a problem. If it is a thing of the body, we will eat as much as it takes. The same with sexuality. It is created and maintained for the species to continue. That is the original cause. Now, when sexuality becomes a thing in the  mind, it’s a burden. Mind is fluctuating. Mind is affected.

Keep your aspect of food and aspect of sexuality to your body, your mind is free from it. Think about it. This is something you must remember. Whenever you feel suffocated, embarrassed, confused or any kind of emotion which is not giving us a good feeling, this only means your mind has taken over something which is not mind’s own. Especially… we don’t need to think too much about food because the scriptures say,“The food that came to you is the medicine for you.“ That means, if you have an incarnation, if there is a need to maintain an incarnation for a period of time, food will come to your table one way or the other or you will have the source to get the food. So there is no need to be anxious about it. Likewise, if you are constantly preoccupied with your sexuality, same effect. Mind is confused, clogged and sometimes it leads to anger, frustration, all sorts of stuff.

So whatever belongs to your body, keep it with your body. Whatever belongs to your mind, let it be with your mind. What is the primary purpose of your mind? To be with the senses so that you can experience the life. Simple. Mind with your nose makes you smell. Mind with your eyes makes you see. Mind with your ears makes you hear. Mind’s yob is experience. Keep it that way. When you keep it that way, you are free. So relationships with the heart. Unconditional. What is supposed to be with the body, keep it with the body, not with the mind. Don’t transfer things. Don’t be preoccupied with the things which are connected to the body.

When the mind is clean it is easy to move to the states of samadhi. States of samadhi are states where the mind is still. These are states of meditation, states of stillness. It’s easy to move to those states when you are not borrowing or adopting things which are not the mind, the mind is not borrowing or adopting things which do not belong to the mind, you are free. So this is a sure step towards liberation. As we walk the path to liberation, keep the things with its own kind. Let the things of body be with the body, let the things of mind be with the mind, let the things of intellect be with the intellect, let the things of  personality be with ego. This is all fine. Everything should remain where it should be. If it is migrated, there is pain, there is confusion. I’m having something in my house which I don’t like or which is alien to me. Imagine there are two snakes in the house. Will you be able to be comfortable? Will you be able to stay free there? You will do everything possible to get rid of them. Then only you feel nice. Similarly, we borrow lots of snakes from outside and keep them in the room which is our mind and then you are suffering. You don’t know what you are doing. Remember. This is important to understand.

So in this Guru Purnima, like I said last year, I would like you to be real. Start recognising yourself. start understanding yourself. Spend time with yourself. You must spend time with yourself. It’s easy to spend time with other people. It’s easy because we are used to it. We talk nonsense, we talk something just to entertain the mind, to entertain people’s minds. Like that it goes. But at the end of the day, you gain nothing. You just made some noises. Beyond those you must now start to spend time with yourself in silence, without agenda, without asking questions, without even thinking, just be. You deserve it. You must spend time with yourself. When is the last time you have spent with yourself? It’s not important for you to spend time with Mohanji. But it’s very, very important to spend time with yourself. Mohanji’s job is to guide you to yourself, so you must spend time with yourself. Explore yourself understand yourself. Bring forth your fears, throw them out. Ask your mind,“Why have you kept those snakes inside?“ Why has mind stored these things? Most are habits, some are compulsive habits, some are residues of memories, one way or the other, we are victims of something. We shouldn’t be. We should be free. We deserve freedom, and to be free we must be thoughtless. To be thoughtless, there should be less impressions. To have less impressions, we should have less memories. If you want less memories, you should leave a thing of the past with the past. Keep the past with the past. Don’t carry it forward. You don’t need those memories. Whatever happened in the past has finished. You cannot do anything about it. It’s over. It’s done with. Now it you are still carrying the past,“Oh, this guy did that to me, this guy didn’t pay…“ whatever. If you still carry the weight of the past, YOU are suffering, not the others. You are suffering. Is it worth it? In this Guru Purnima, this is the only thought I would like you to have. What is life worth?

Find your answers.

I have always loved you, I am always with most of you, I never leave your hand, I will never, ever leave your hand. This is for sure. Try not to leave my hand, too if you can, for which you have to connect to me with your heart – no judgement, no prejudices, no alienation, no separation. We are one, we are one  consciousness. We have met in this life because of past life karmas, otherwise we will not meet. Since we have met, with whatever intensity, in whichever level, whichever position, and whatever our relationships are in this life, accept it. That’s it. There is nothing to reject, nothing to prevent. Nothing to worry about. Nothing to think. Why? Because the more you resist, the more you think, the more you confuse yourself, there is always more alienation, the heart loses itself, or heart releases it, mind takes it over, then it’s a relationship between the minds. That’s not a relationship. That’s a relative relationship. True relationship has no relativity. It has continuation through lifetimes. Relative relationships are very temporary, some fascination, some infatuation, some time, some space, that’s it. But our relationship is not that. Because we have met with this kind of intensity and feeling, that means the root is deep. Because the root is deep, we are supposed to be together as long as we are alive. For what? Elevation of awareness – liberation. Completion, fulfilment, liberation. Remember these words. Completion of everything that we are supposed to do in this incarnation, fulfilment is a by-product of completion, liberation is the ultimate end. Remember this, I love you, I am with you and I am always reachable – you think about me, I am with you. I really, really, love you. Thank you.

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

The Secret of Empowerment

Satsang in Novi Sad, Serbia, part I

23rd February, 2017

 Mohanji quote - Most of us say I have found happiness

Q: Why should we be spiritual?

A: In this world of numerous expressions, it is not easy to feel spiritual. We see the world through our own eyes and sometimes we get influenced by other people’s eyes and opinions. Have you ever thought why we talk about spirituality? As we have various discussions in the world, numerous masters, numerous ideas, opinions, religions, why do we discuss about spirituality so much? Because ever since man has thought about who he is, “Who am I?“ a big question. Second question, “Why am I?“ What am I doing here?“ These are burning questions and they took people to various paths to discover who they are. And what is the result? Numerous paths. Can we ever say that some path is good and some path is bad? Never. Every path is valuable. Everything is valuable. It is important because you can only wear a shirt that suits you. We cannot wear a shirt which is double the size which we normally wear. So we have all chosen something which suits us and only this way we can attain the highest evolution. As I said at the beginning that I am happy to be with all of you, it is not just the happiness of the mind, it’s a feeling of oneness, we are all united, we are supposed to be together  at this point in time, at this place, and for this occasion. All the people in the world have one aim – happiness. We are all looking for happiness. Do we find it? Most of us say I have found happiness, but it is temporary. Spirituality is a journey from non-happiness to complete happiness. The whole spiritual journey is of that matter.

Mohanji quote - What is actually the core of spirituality

Q: What happens to a soul during or after sudden or forceful death?

A: Usually but not necessarily, when the soul has to leave the body in a hurry, it wanders. Sometimes a certain activity during sudden leaving the body, perhaps a connection to a master, or some kind of angels or some higher beings, help you. But as a general rule of thumb, when the souls have to exit quickly, they have a time of illusion or they wander until they can anchor themselves. Sometimes it takes ages.

Q: Who are the wandering entities and what can we do for them?

A: (Laughing) All questions are related to death and beyond (laughing). Nothing about life. Entities are beings. There are multiple layers in creation. It is not just one layer which we see such as the body. There are numerous layers or dimensions in creation, so there are some beings who do not have a body, but they need a body to communicate and experience life. They are basically helpless beings, they need help or somebody to express themselves, so what they do is they try to occupy a body which is suitable for their expression and experience.

Q: How do we help them? How to protect ourselves from them?

Very simple. If you don’t have any more space in you house, how can you accommodate more people? Fill up your space with energy. Think, walk, talk, eat, sleep God. When you consistently base or surrender all your activities to a master or God, when you think and talk about God, or your master, when you keep chanting, when you’re always in a prayer and when you’re more internal then external, nobody can enter you. Your space is fully occupied by yourself. Nobody can touch a person who has complete faith. First of all, be confident, have faith in yourself, believe in yourself as a true incarnation. Then it doesn’t matter which God you believe in, believe in that God 100%. Believe in yourself, believe in God you trust and spend time contemplating, meditating, thinking, talking, sleeping, walking God. When you have powerful energy, there’s no way anything dark or black can come and touch you. It will be around you, but it will not touch you. You are completely free. The same way, if you are deeply connected to a master, who’s alive, nothing can touch you either, because the master’s energy protects you. You are one with the master’s energy.

Mohanji quote - What you are connected to at the time of death

This is also visible in daily life. First of all, understand you are extremely powerful. It is only your mind which is creating doubts, anxiety, fears, uncertainties, lack of faith. It’s all in your mind. Please remember clearly. In the university of life, there is only one examination to pass – your mind. What is the wall between mastery and slavery? Between a master and a slave? It’s just the mind. You are master material by birth. Somebody who believes they have a lot of work to do to become a master has no idea. The only work you need to do is to disassociate from your mind and become one with yourself.

Q: How do you do it?

Secret of empowerment

Always remember. Imagine you are sitting at the movie theatre. You saw something on the screen just a while ago. Did the screen create this thing or is there a projector somewhere? The picture was projected from the machine. The screen cannot have a picture without a projection and the projector. Our life is a feature film. We experience romance, drama, horror, action, thriller, comedy, tragedy, etc. Everything we experience in life, where is it coming from? From you. Connect to the projector. Feel as the projector. Recognise yourself as the projector. So none of these things, action, comedy, drama, thriller, etc will affect you because you are projecting it and experiencing it all the time. If you stop projecting it, you are peaceful. We all have a personality. If somebody asks you, you say, I am so and so, a husband or wife of so and so, I’m the son or daughter of so and so. We explain who we are in terms of earthly existence. That is the personality we have projected. But is the person really aware of this projection? But this projection is valid only at certain time that is when you are awake. What happens when you are dreaming? Where are you? What happens when you are in deep sleep, when you don’t know whether you are a man or a  woman, Serbian, Macedonian, etc? Every night we die, every morning we wake up. So we understand that we are too preoccupied with our projection and we forget that we are projecting this whole story. Our love is our projection, fear, entities, life and death, all the things outside are our projection.

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I can prove it.

You are sleeping in a beautiful garden. Does it matter whether you are sleeping in a beautiful garden or on a seashore? When you are sleeping, you are sleeping, it doesn’t matter where you are. This is what I am saying. We are in a state of dream even now while you are listening to me. You are listening to me through your ears, not actual ears. What are actual ears? Beyond the personality. When you remove your skin, your mind, everything, you and I are one. There’s nothing to tell, nothing to hear, to perceive, we are only one. Do you understand what I’m saying? I’m giving you the tips to be powerful. You are powerful by birth. Just a small fine-tuning and you will experience this power. When you stop being personality and you start being the person, you start being powerful. You will not see anybody else except your reflection in everybody. I’m sure all of you spend some time with the mirror every day. Why do you spend some time with the mirror? Just to make sure you are presentable when you go out into the world. When all the people around you and whoever you see along the way even the birds, animals,  trees, plants are your own reflection, is there any conflict at all in the mind? There cannot be any conflict at all in true sense. Conflicts happen between personalities and not between persons.

This is the secret of spirituality. Be the person. Detach from the personality. You are already detaching from the personality when you go to bed every day. I’m projecting the personality, but I am not the personality. Imagine the personality is standing in front of you and you are looking at this personality because you created it. The skeleton of this personality is ego.  Ego wants you to maintain your personality because ego is afraid if you lose this personality, what will happen to me? What will the society think about me? Do you really believe that society cares for you? Do you believe that governments care for you? These are all illusions we have maintained.

Who really cares for you? Yourself. Nobody else. Because we are in the relative world. Everything is relative, nothing is permanent. So when you do not endorse your personality and if you are not affected by other people’s personality, you have no conflict in life. No wars, You are at peace. This is a state of samadhi, a state of stillness of mind. That means your mind is constant and still irrespective of what is happening around you. If you think deeply, you will understand what I am saying. The person is not affected when you are awake, when you dream, or when you are in deep sleep state. In these three stages which we experience every day, a person is the same.

Mohanji quote - Pathlessness is being in the now

So what do you actually have in hand? Just now. Past is finished. Future is yet to be.  We have no idea about the future. What can you handle now and what can you work on, or what you have to live? Just this moment. Do you understand our limitation? Then what are we searching for? People ask me, do you know what is the purpose of my life? I always give one answer, “This moment.“ Every moment while you are alive is the purpose of your life and experience that moment is what you wanted to experience in this life.

So from entities I’ve given you the secret. (Laughing)

Do you know why I have taken you via the wild route? Because of empowerment. Empower yourself and no entities, nothing can affect you. You will always remain powerful, that is your birthright and there is no secret.

Q: How much can we actually influence our life and how to know when to change something and when to let go?

A: I think 100%. But always think,“Why we want to influence our life, why can’t we be spontaneous?“ When we say we want to influence our life it is usually because we compare with somebody else. We entertain expectation. That is not a bad idea, but that person is already taken. You can be similar, but you can never be the same. So why should you be somebody else? What is the use of being something else, being somebody else? I would say, instead be water. Keep flowing. Choose peace at every moment. That is very, very powerful. That is true spirituality. If you keep asking why, why, why, then anxiety builds up. In the true sense there is no why, there is only ’is’. Because whatever you are eligible for, comes to you, what you deserve comes to you, what you desire may not come to you. Flow in life. Be a flow like a river, reka Dunav (=river Danube in Serbian)

Mohanji quote - Just flow with the time, go with the flow

Audience: (Laughter, because Mohanji said it in Serbian)

A: It goes through many countries, many situations, you will anyway end up in the ocean, for sure. All of us will reach God, guaranteed. When is the only question. Maybe today, tomorrow or another day, but definitely all rivers will reach the ocean, so why do we worry? And no river hurries up.  It has its speed. You can only walk at your own capacity and speed. If you feel that you can walk faster, you will get tired sooner. Keep walking. That is the only thing you should do. Do not stagnate. It doesn’t matter which guru, tradition, religion you choose, guru will come as a milestone to tell you where you have reached. When you compare with another person, you suffer. Spirituality cannot be compared. There are not even two buffaloes alike. Keep flowing.

Q: What do you think about hypnosis as a method to get rid of beliefs which prevent us live a life that we want, e.g. a belief that we cannot be parents?

A: I thing it’s a good idea. Whatever can penetrate deep into you and relieve you from blockages which were created at another point in time, is a good idea. Man has perfected various systems. Some of these systems have been tested and proven. Scientific proofs, there are a lot of books written by regression therapists about their experiences with clients, which take you to the system of existence where you have certain karmic backlog and because you did not fulfill it you came back. Likewise, you have certain fears that got trapped and became your character or your constitution. All these things can be experienced in life. When you can experience something in life, it’s real and when they have found a method to go deeper and release it from that point, why not?

Q: You said hypnosis is a good thing, but isn’t it an outer influence we are not aware of?

A: We are definitely not aware of what is stored, either. We do not know what is inside us. So, whatever helps you to bring this thing out is a good idea. As long as you don’t know what is stored in your causal layer, your hard drive, it is good to take it out through some means. Everything helps. I am not saying this is the ultimate, but it helps. I think whatever helps us to dig deeper is a good idea, any tool for that matter, not just meditation.

Masters - by Mohanjis Devotee Sabrina Koletic

Understand, why do people say proximity of a master is vital for your spiritual evolution? Because they work directly on your causal layer. We have only capacity to understand the effects of life as we experience, we do not know what caused this effect. We do not know what provoked the effect because we cannot see. We only see the effect and based on the effect we try to understand life. But true masters who are connected to the source, go directly deeply into your causal layer and burn things there so effect itself will not happen.

So I think that anything which gets into your causal layer and removes things from there is a good idea, but I don’t think you should get addicted to anything. There should be a reason for searching inside and once the reason is completed, get out of it. No addiction is worth it.

Q: You talked about a man who wanted to prove that a date of death is not determined in advance, so he tried to commit suicide, but without success. What is with those who managed to do it? Was it predestined that they would die that way and if yes, why would a soul choose so if it is not good for it? Would a person die anyway even if they didn’t commit suicide?

A: (Laughter)

Audience: (Laughter)

Mohanji quote - If you  have taken one life, use it to become God

A: (Laughter) Why are we so preoccupied with death? Why don’t we talk about life? I’ll give a quick answer to this. It’s a beautiful day…

I think we have spoken about death sufficient for the day 🙂 In any case, if any event has to happen, there is predetermination. This is a proof that a person was supposed to die at a particular time, and even if he had tried to commit suicide before, he couldn’t do it and he died with natural death at a particular time. That proves that whatever decision that constitution took before birth, was executed perfectly at the time of death. The soul has no role in this. Soul is strictly like the petrol of your car. It’s just arranging the journey, arranging the experience, which means it gives electricity to the object. Probably the soul is laughing at this whole drama. For the soul there is no comedy, tragedy, drama, nothing, for the soul it’s just experience. Ok, you want this experience, take it. Soul is not deciding anything. Has the petrol of your car ever decided about your journey? It has no interest in your journey, but it comes with you so that you can travel. It was not the soul which decided to commit suicide, but the constitution. The car has not decided to make an accident. The man who was driving made an accident. What is this man made up of? Character, constitution, desires, concepts, prejudices, anger, fear, hatred, everything. The personality is the person that way. That means what you are made up of that has hired a soul to have an incarnation. That is what you are doing. Soul is completely neutral. Soul is extremely neutral. We put the soul into trouble. If you just start connecting to your soul, you would understand what I’m saying. What is spirituality? Your relationship with your soul is spirituality. Your relationship with your physical body is being physical. Your relationship with your mind is being mental or emotional. Your relationship with your intellect is being intellectual. Your relationship with your ego is being egotistical. Your relationship with your spirit is being spiritual. How much time you spend with your soul that determines how spiritual you are. How much time do you spend with your soul? it is not tangible, you cannot find it, it’s like oil inside an almond. People make almond oil, but can you find almond oil in it? It’s like that the soul is there but you can neither touch it nor catch it. Your connection with your soul is spirituality. How much time you spend with your soul, that much spiritual you are.

So try to become spiritual. By this I mean spend more time with your soul, less with your mind. Then you realise that the soul has no interest in all this drama. The same soul has been with you in every life. The soul would say,“Oh, in every life this fellow is playing the same game. The same emotions, the same drama, the same comedy, the same romance, the same tragedy… no change! When will you stop this game!?“ That’s the time when the soul says, “Hey, go to this person with the beard and hair. He looks as if he knows something.”

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Audience: (Laughter)

A: So people go to the man with the beard and hair and what will he say?

He will say, “You are that.“

People will say, “No, no, tell me something more.“

Then he would say, “No, you are that, whatever you are searching for is within you. I cannot give you anything more.“

Then people say, “This guy doesn’t know anything. Go to another one.“

Audience: (Laughter)

Another guy looks at you and says, “Ok, spend so much money, and you will get enlightened.“

So people spend some money and see there is no enlightenment and say, “This man is not good.” So another one.

Finally, all activities end at one point in time. There is nothing to do. Then what happens? When everything becomes still, then enlightenment happens.

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Buddha waited for eight years, doing meditation, strong tapas, no food, no water, trying to connect to the soul. Finally he was fed up. Nothing happened. Eight years were lost. He dropped everything. The moment he dropped everything, stillness settled in. From then, first stillness, then expansion, then completion. Most people think that activity is spirituality. It’s 100% wrong. Who is happy with the activity? Your mind. From birth till death, from life after life, we have been entertaining our mind, consciously or unconsciously, believe it or not. What have we been doing all these years? Entertaining the mind. Food, emotion, relationship, all the dramas of life, including spirituality, just to entertain the mind. People ask for experiences. Where are the experiences? In the mind. Until you drop the mind, there is no perpetual peace. This is something we must understand. If we are actually pursuing spirituality, ask yourself how many activities are we addicted to? We are actually addicted to spiritual activities just like we are addicted to our habits of the day. We are addicted to meditation, chanting, to so many things. This addiction is good for the mind to stay alive.

So please redefine yourself. Ask yourself a question, do not ask any master, “How much time am I spending entertaining my mind? How much time am I spending detaching from the mind saying, let the mind play, let the mind ask, I am not bothering. I’m not looking?“ That will be your game. The more you entertain your mind, the more mind will ask for. The mind will create habits, needs, demands and we keep feeding into it and get trapped into it and it is not easy to escape.

Mohanji quote - You are not what you seem to be in the mirror

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

Satsang in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Satsang in Sarajevo, Bosnia

16th May, 2017

Mohanj quote - Other people are your extensions and expressions

Q: Had a person who committed suicide planned it before and if yes, why would they choose that?

A: Look at our life now. We have strong feelings and strong convictions about certain things. How many times have we said, “I am suffering because of another person”? Have you said something like that?

Audience: All the time.

A: All the time we say, “I am suffering because of another person.” Suffering is never outside of you. It’s inside you. It’s your choice. By connecting with yourself, you choose whether you should suffer or not. Whatever happens outside, if you do not take it inside, you are not suffering.

We even detach from masters because of our reason. To get a human body is very difficult. To get connected to a master is even more difficult. So on the one hand, it is very important to appreciate that you have a human body and that you are linked to a frequency which is higher than normal. Only then, the elevation of awareness happens.

On the other hand, “I am suffering because of the world ” is ignorance, non-understanding. Such feelings along with their intensity make you feel unwanted, miserable and pessimistic. Value for life goes down. You believe life is worthless. What is the next step? End it. This is how the psychology happens for suicide. This is all rooted in non-understanding.

Firstly, we believe that our happiness depends on other people, which is a fundamental mistake. Happiness is your choice. You can choose to be happy all the time. And this concept of justice and injustice is also within us, it is not something related to outside. Even if somebody harms you, abuses you, why do you take it inside? Imagine this is your living room. Will you bring a donkey inside?

Audience: (Laughing)

A: Then why do you bring all these donkeys inside and say, “I am suffering!?” You WILL suffer because you are bringing all the donkeys inside! Firstly, we should keep our living room (mind) neat, clean and tidy and decide who comes in. You can choose to bring in happiness all the time. Otherwise, don’t open the doors.

Secondly, we believe we are deciding our life. We are not deciding our life, life is deciding us. If you are deciding your life, you will definitely make sure that there is no rain outside. Can you stop the rain? Then what are you deciding? So life is as it happens to you. Accept it.

Thirdly, as we live our life, we have collected so many things of the world, e.g. whatever is in the house, you have collected from the world and you start owning them. How long have you owned anything? There is a time limit. Things come and things leave. Relationships happen and relationships dissolve. Life comes, death comes. All you have to do is experience life right now. The past is finished, we have no idea about tomorrow. So many factors have to come together for an experience to take place. So whenever you feel you are down, you are handicapped, you are a victim of other people, etc., kick your butt! Don’t even wait. Say, “Don’t be stupid!” Nobody can do anything to you unless you allow it to happen.

Furthermore, please remember one thing. Don’t have a wrong notion that everybody cares for us. Who is caring for you? Do you want the absolute truth? Nobody. Be free. If you feel somebody is caring for you, ask the question, “How long?” A lot of people say, “My wife is very important for me. My children are very caring. My father is amazing.” Everything is ok. After some time, a small thing happens, everything collapses. I was reading about a famous atomic scientist, I think he is a Nobel prize winner, whose grandchild died. He attempted suicide three times. This is not an ignorant, illiterate man. He is one of the respected scientists in the world, but he couldn’t handle the death of his grandchild. However, since suicide is not his profession, he was not successful. So understand how our mind works. We are based on nonsensical theories and concepts. In it, failure is not an option. When failure happens, they feel lost and this is the time when people go to the extremes. What is the solution?

Awareness is the solution. Be aware. Firstly, you are original, there’s nobody like you. Secondly, you are here only for a certain time, you cannot extend it even for an hour. If you are in this life lucky enough to connect to any master who is connected to the source, even if you die, don’t leave him or her. Thirdly, don’t hesitate to surrender to destiny. Whether you surrender or not, destiny is at work. Destiny is bringing you each moment, each experience, and you cannot avoid it. Somebody asked Ramana Maharishi, “What can I do for other people? He said, “Where are other people?” Other people are your own extensions, understand. Other people are your own expressions. Other people are your extension and expression. If you have anger inside, you will see an angry man responding in an angry way because that is what you are resonating. You chose everything you are experiencing including your spiritual elevation. In fact, only you exist. And you project various dimensions and you suffer. This is the truth. Lastly and most importantly, stop asking, “What am I getting from life?”, instead ask, “What am I giving to life?” Till now, if you have lived 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 years, ask yourself, what have I given to the world? If the answer is zero, start now. That’s all you need to do. There will be no thoughts of suicide at all, because you’ll have something to do. If you keep counting, “What has life given me?” then forget it.

Did I destroy the question?

Audience: (Laughter)

A: I can answer in one word. Why do people think about suicide? Ignorance.

Mohanj quote - Suffering is never outside of you

Q: My mother is in depression, and I am very concerned and afraid, how can I help her and myself?

A: I suggest, if you have physical ailments, a psychosomatic disease, talk to Devi or other Mai Tri healers and we will work it out. People say they are going to causal layer and bring out things from past lives. If that layer becomes clear, body becomes clear.

Q: I’m often in a situation where I have to choose between two options. This is very difficult for me, I analyse too much and burden myself with it. How to know what is best at the moment of dilemma where both choices have good and bad sides?

A: Very simple. Stay with truth, do what is right. Always stay with truth, then you won’t have a problem within. If you stay with lies, cunningness, deceit, hatred, then you have a problem. If you always stay with truth and it keeps your conscience clean, there’s nothing to worry. Whatever the world thinks, no problem, because you are perfectly clean inside. And do what is right. How do you know what is right? What is right according to you? Very simple to remember: what expands you is good for you, what shrinks you is not good for you. Always work with simple philosophy, do not complicate life.

Imagine you are very hungry and you got some food. As you were eating, suddenly you saw a very hungry woman with a child. The moment you share your food with her, do you feel much better? How will you feel? You’ll feel very rich. This is what is right. What is right is what makes you expanded. If you stop asking, “What am I getting?” and start asking instead, “What can I give?” it will make you much better. So how do you do the right thing? Whatever you analyse, it doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t expand you, making you feel better, it is not good for you. Stop being selfish always thinking, “What about me?” Keep thinking, “What else can I do for this world?” But while doing it, don’t expect anything back from the world. Jesus healed ten lepers. None of them turned back and said “thank you” and remember there was no medicine for leprosy at that time. Nobody said “thank you”. Only one person turned and looked at him. This is the world. It is more interested in crucifying people than supporting goodness.  Unfortunately today, we do not count what people have done for the world. We only see how much they have earned. They live with the money, be very selfish and only look after themselves. They hardly do anything for others or they do some charity which is nothing compared to what they can do, for e.g. if they earn a million dollars, they give ten dollars for charity. That is probably what leaks out of their pocket. So this is the world which we have started to appreciate. This is complete wrong understanding, a wrong notion. Your worth in life is not how much money you have, but what you can do for the world.

When I was working, one man came and met me. He was looking for a job for three months. He asked me, “Can you help me find a job? Any job, I just need some money. I haven’t earned anything for the last three months.” I said, “I have no vacancy in my company, but I can recommend you. I called a few friends, he went to a few places and finally he got a job the same day. That was not a very big job, but for him there was no money, he was without an income, anything would do, that’s what he told me, too. Then he went around the whole world saying, “You know Mohanji could have found me a better job but then he didn’t care about me. I got this job which is a very silly job. I am not getting the salary I’m supposed to get.” Not a word of gratitude. I am not saying you should expect it but this is the way society works. We should not be affected by it and stop helping people. You continue to help people, though some of them will be like this. I’ve seen quite a lot of this stuff. This is also a thing related with people’s ego. You cannot change it so don’t even worry about it. Let it happen.

Q: I never know when to stop giving to people. I cannot sometimes decide whether I should continue or stop. I am giving myself much and I am often suffering, and I know it is not good to stop because if I don’t care, I do not see anybody else who will do the work.

A: Ideally, stop being you. I am not separate from what I am doing, in other words, the best dancer is when the dancer becomes a dance. The best singer is when the singer becomes a song. The best life is when you become life. Then there is no one to suffer. You are not doing it. It is your lifestyle. Suffering is our choice. We can choose whether to suffer or not, but when you stop doing what you do, then what are we doing? What is our worth? For example, if we do nothing for the world because people are ungrateful, we stop, etc. Then it shows our integrity. I believe we should not worry about what people say. We continue doing it. Even a lot of things are recognised after death. When Jesus was being crucified, nobody said, “Oh, you shouldn’t do this because he is an amazing master!” When did we realise he is an amazing master? Much afterwards. This is usually the case with life. After they die, we say, “This was a great master,” or “This person was good.” It is sometimes like that but we should not worry about it. We do our job that we should do.

I follow very simple principles. Number one, I never stop giving. I give myself. I often do not even think what will be the repercussion tomorrow. When they come, I fill them up. I have had various problems with it, too. Many people misinterpeted, manipulated, twisted the whole thing and made it look very bad. This is what I also experienced. But I was not worried about that. My conscience is clear. My intention was clear. All we have to worry about is that our conscience should be clean. Our intention should be pure. Another thing is don’t expect everybody to recognise you. I always believe, those who have eyes to see, they will see and they will never leave. Those who do not have eyes to see, even if you show the highest, they will not see because they do not have the power to see. So we should not worry about all this drama of the world. If you are honest, if your conscience is clean, don’t worry about the world. Maybe in this life they will not understand you, but the future generations will. And all the people who set trends in the world have walked through thorns. Nobody walked on rose petals all the time. They have suffered, fought against everything, but eventually, their life became their message, so this is worth it.

Lastly, no master ever lost or missed anybody. Generations lost the master. Jesus lost nobody, he was fine. Socrates lost nobody. But generations lost masters. It’s still happening. Today there’s no physical cross, but Facebook is the cross…

Audience: (laughter)

Mohanj quote - We believe our happiness depends on other people

 

Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic

 

 

 

 

 

Mohanji’s speech at inauguration of Ahimsa The Vegan Café in London

December 16th 2016

Of course I have been campaigning against cruelty for a long time.

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From Washington after the programmes in America, I was flying to South Africa. I reached Cape Town and they had arranged a chef to make specific food for me and that chef was Vegan. He was Vegan but I did not know at that time that he would also have fish which wasn’t quite vegan for me! (laughter). He was preparing good food and I enjoyed the food and then I asked him, “Why don’t you start a restaurant? If this food can be made and if you can serve such food, why don’t you start a restaurant?”. He was happy with the idea. I said I would help him. That’s when we blocked the web ID AhimsaVegan.com. Later on before I left, I told him to bring me a proper proposal of how he would like to do it. At that time, the idea was to do this on a moving bus, catering on wheels in Cape Town so you can move this bus to various locations and sell vegan food. It would be just 10 items on the menu and nothing too complicated. He came back with an idea and said, “I would like to add seafood to the menu!” (Laughter!). I didn’t take it forward!

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That is when I came back to India and told Sumit about Ahimsa Vegan. Sumit had already started Madhuban Restaurant in Katra at that time. I asked him “Why don’t you look at having vegan food at the price of fast food?”   He said, “It was impractical because the cost cannot be the same”. I said to him “ There will be a way of making the cost very close if not equal”. Meanwhile, if I remember right it was in Nashville or somewhere in the USA, that I went to a vegan restaurant called ‘The Plant‘. The average cost for a meal there was over $100. That is just a starter, main course and a dessert.   I told Sumit, that if this is the kind of cost for a vegan meal out then it will be difficult for people come. Maybe you will get customers but everybody cannot afford this kind of price.   Unless the vegan concept reaches the grass roots, it is not worthwhile. It is not good enough.

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The Ahimsa project then started and Sumit and his team spent a lot of money researching it. If I am right, the last count was about 3.5million INRs they spent researching how to do it and then they hired some consultants and the consultants said “This won’t work!”.   So I said let me meet them. I told them the concept I had in mind, something very close to Chipotle and similar kinds of fast food joints. Where you have a variety; a great salad bar and pita bread and then you serve it on a fast food basis so everyone can choose their meal and combination. That I thought would work because people want exclusivity, everybody could have their different tastes satisfied so it should work. Then the consultants said yes this idea could work. I said ‘Ok, roll it out!” So that is where it all began.

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I later became very busy. I was not following the project up. The Vegan Café started in Shirdi and we inaugurated it in June 2016. Now I feel that if you look back after 5 years you will see lots of Ahimsa Vegan Cafe outlets in the world. This is my feeling because now we are on the track.

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Every new venture endures start-up challenges and obstacles, everything will not be picture perfect in the beginning. Then you will make it. Nothing can be perfect, especially when it is something new and you want to make it unique.

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I was explaining to Vijay only this morning that this café is a statement you have made to the world that you are taking this step. It is a sign of conviction.   So what exactly is this conviction? It is not just to make profit. Yes, you must make profit otherwise you cannot start anything new but more than profit this project supports nature. For instance, if one person stops eating meat then 70 animals are saved every year. That is one aspect, if 70 animals are not cultivated or produced for meat then that much water and grain will be saved. More than half the world’s manufacturing produce is used for animal farming. It has a huge impact on water table depletion, climate change, global warming, everything is related to the farming of animals even deforestation. The effect is much wider than one would think initially. So you are making a huge statement by opening the café; just look at the effect, layer by layer of great effect! This is equal to hours of preaching! I do not like to preach things, which nobody can follow. You can create something or talk about something that nobody understands and people may think “Oh, this is great stuff!” I would like to be practical and I would like you to be practical.  Give great food and make a statement with this food.

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I was in Katra at Madhuban Restaurant. They have made great vegan food equivalents comparable to various (non-vegetarian) meals. They are fully vegan using, for instance, soya or other meat alternatives. Somebody said that if food like this can be provided then there is no need for meat. The taste of meat is what people are holding on to now, so if we are able to provide something alternative, which is equivalent to meat, this will help. We are globally addicted to taste and this is one of the bindings of life. We are addicted to taste and we feel that this is important. It is also the wrong notion that is cultivated into people that protein only comes from meat. This is a wrong concept.

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There is a lot to do with this concept. It is not just about selling food. It is about creating a culture. Veganism is a culture, it is not about food – it is about a lifestyle. We should be very proud about what we do. We should be able to go out onto the rooftops and shout out about it and tell the world that we are proud to be vegans! This is something that is not just ethical. It is spiritual. When you are not being violent to the world outside, it has to start on the inside. You eat all sorts of stuff and then you preach non-violence outside, it just won’t work because your very cell is against it.  Every cell has absorbed the violent aspect of your food.  If your food, emotion, knowledge, if all these things are violent then how are we going to deliver to the world something that is non-violent, so it starts from here.

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You are what you eat. You are what you think. You are what  you speak.

So all these expressions are very important. That is why I said it is a culture. This culture has to continue. Grace will happen for sure because this is very close to nature. When you do good work, nature helps you and it is 90% selfless. I still say you must make profit, because there must be many, many more vegan cafes available to the public as an alternative to the public’s acquired habits – not chosen habits. It is probably not chosen habits all the time, it is acquired habits because society is created in this manner. These acquired habits have to change, and if you do not give an alternative it cannot change. So it is the current culture.

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I wish this project great success and I put my weight behind it, my strength behind and I have no qualms in endorsing it because it is noble and ethical. It is the need of the times. You must give an alternative to people so that people can easily, without any excuse, change over to something ethical.

Great job Vijay! Neeshal, all of you, Mita, …, Rajshree, Anuradha as well!!

 

Anuradha is an establishment not a person. She has, with my limited acquaintance (I think we have met only twice), apart from being the Head of PETA, done a lot of work on the vegan front.  There is a lot of work to do in the days to come. Apart from what you suggested, it’s a good idea that once a month you have a music event, have a buffet at a standard price to eat as much as you like, and you have music and she will sing.   Good idea.

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This is just a phase. You should reach people. You should be in a position later to cater to airlines, cater to various star hotels. There will be various hotels who will be receptive yes? So, there can be numerous ways, not just catering to events. Ahimsa Vegan can be a regular supplier like a bakery making goods for other shops. They don’t have to store it in the shop, they can deliver to other shops.

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When I read the VeganFirst article that you (Anuradha) had posted, it listed that there are many Vegan restaurants in London, so I said Ahimsa Vegan products should be in all these restaurants. You supply to all the restaurants things which are unique to you and you can probably get their unique products here too, so that way you help each other. Create a dialogue between the vegan community, think big, think out of the box. Anuradha has done so many things. For e.g. you can create spreads and packaged products. These can be Ahimsa Vegan branded and can be sold to supermarkets. So don’t stop at selling across the table.

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Thank you for coming (Anuradha). (Applause)

[It was very tough for me to take 2 days off because I commit 10 days (every year) to Ganeshananda Giriji‘s trust, but this was essential and I thought it was my responsibility to be here in that manner. I do not know what communication you had had with the team, but when Vijay asked me to come, I said, “Yes, I will come”. I like to connect to the heart of the matter, technical stuff is not my job, so I am glad I am here and thank you for bringing me here.]

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Transcribed by a volunteer from UK

 

By Mohanji Editorial Team