Satsang with Mohanji in Begrade, Serbia
13th October 2019
Q: What is your recommendation about the emptiness one feels after a loss. Should one grieve or ignore, or how to deal with it?
M: I’ll tell you my experience. When I lost my daughter in a road accident, it was very serious pain. I thought it was the end; I was very close to her. But then, when people started coming to the house and seeing me, they were expecting me to be sad for a long period of time. I then realized that this was my personal sorrow and that in fact, none of these people had anything to do with it. Why should I be a victim of someone’s sympathy? It paralyzes you. I refused the sympathy, because it was a personal sorrow, it was a completely personal issue. Also I refused to indulge in self-pity. Both of them paralyze you. You are thinking and nurturing sorrows because you love to be in that state.
Instead what I did was, I moved into serving the world in her name, in my daughter’s name. It has been sixteen years since then now. In many countries, ACT Foundation and Ammucare are functioning. See, there is a T-shirt here, ACT Foundation. How many lives have we touched? It’s not my merit, it’s not my power. It’s the intention. The power of intention made it. I decided that I will not remain a victim and receive sympathy or nurture self- pity. Instead, I moved into the world; there was opposition, there were many obstacles. People tried various things to pull me down, and when I started this in 2003, some people, even authorities asked, “Do you have a lot of money?” I said, ”No“. “Do you have somebody with a lot of money with you?” I said “No“. “Then this will not run even for one year”, they said. Now, sixteen years later, I can definitely say, “It ran! It did touch many lives. It’s still touching many lives.” How much it has grown and who received benefit from it, I don’t know, I never counted it. Recently somebody asked me, “What is the success behind ACT Foundation?” I said, “I never owned it. I delivered it to the world. The world is running it. People of the world are running it“.
In 2003, when they asked me the question, “What is your investment?” I said, “Myself“. I don’t have anything else to invest. I have only myself to invest, and I invested myself. Until today, I have never called up anybody asking for money. I never told anyone, “You must do something in ACT Foundation.” Never! Money has come. Activities have happened. Life has happened this way. Today, my daughter still lives, in many countries, through many people.
You can convert every loss into something powerful and positive. This is up to you. This is your disposition. If you sit down and cry, drink alcohol, pity yourself, nobody gains anything out of it; in fact life is lost. One life is already lost, and your life will be also lost. This is my answer.
I would say never waste your life, because you are unique in this world. There is none like you. You are a unique creation. You are neither high nor low or equal, you are unique, and there is nobody like you. You must use your uniqueness in the right way, as best as possible and make a difference in the world. Why not? Why do we have to just live and die? Keep shining bright!
When I wake up in the morning each day, I say a prayer, “Thank you for using me.“ I do not take ownership. I really don’t have any extra powers as compared to any of you. But I refuse to lie down and die. It is not always easy, because sometimes people are very cruel toward us. Even if you are doing good things, they will come and say something very dirty and bad. They want you to slow down. You must get up and walk again. Because it is your life! Nobody else is responsible. It is our life. We have to walk. Keep walking. And don’t expect inspiration from those outside. You should have inspiration from within.
We have to be self-inspired, there is no choice. Don’t expect anything from outside, because many times when you expect that, you get the opposite. They try to pull you down. They try to tell you that you are not good; they try to tell the world that you are not good. They do all these things. This is part of life. You watch anyone who has done anything in this world; people have accused them, criticized, and even crucified them. This is the world. You have to live in this world. You have to live as yourself in this world.
What can you depend on? The purity of intention within you. Your intention should be always pure. You should always mean good for others. Whatever others do to you, don’t worry about that. Be good to people. Do your best. I always make sure that if somebody comes to me I do my best; whether they are eligible, not eligible, good, bad, ugly, I don’t look at. We don’t have time for that. We don’t have time to waste. Each breath that we take on earth is valuable. This platform is valuable; that is, the earth is valuable. We don’t know how long we will live here. So, what we can do? Do your best; forget about applauses, hatred or criticism. Let everything be. You do your best. Don’t expect that everybody will appreciate. That is a big problem. If you expect people to appreciate and if they don’t appreciate, you will stop doing things. That is not good.
Sometimes, when I almost decided it is a thankless world, I should not do anything, then she (referring to Devi) was saying, “Keep moving, move! “ So I said, ok. When some people criticize for what we do, I tell them, “Can you do something better than this, I will support you?” They vanish. I realized that many people who talk, do nothing. They just talk, they don’t have any initiative for doing anything; even taking this piece of paper from one place to another, they won’t do. But they criticize those who do. So I say,” You do it better than me, no problem, I will support you.” I would like to see positive activities happening in the world; it is not important who does it, let it happen. But it doesn’t happen. So, what should you do? Keep walking. Don’t slow down. Don’t stop.
One more thing you can be sure about. Those who connect to you with their mind will not stay long. They change their mind. Those who connect to you from their heart will never leave. You can trust them. These are the people who will walk with you, whatever happens, they will never leave you. These, you can trust. Keep walking. They will walk with you. Night or day, winter or sunshine, it doesn’t matter, they will walk with you.
That is why Buddha created his entire empire with five people. So many people came to see him. Five people stayed. So many people came to listen to Jesus, twelve people stayed. It is the same with everybody. All those who do something in the world, do not have many to support them. Many will come to see, but not to support; a few people will support, and they really will. That is enough to build the world. This is the long story, but it is important to understand, because I do not accept that you are weak, that something is impossible. These are things that I don’t understand. I always say, “There will be a way.“ Everything has a method. If you have the key, there is a lock; if you do not put the key in the right place you cannot open the lock. So, there is a right place, a right method to do things, find that thing. It will happen. I do not agree that something is impossible in life. If you ever feel weak, remember me, I will be with you. If nobody is with you, I will be with you. This is guaranteed.
Q: Do you enjoy being worshiped and feeling that you are special or above others?
M: I think she (referring to Devi) can truly reply to this question.
(Laughter in the audience)
Please understand one thing. There is nothing special in me. But if somebody feels that they get satisfaction by praying to me, worshipping me, loving me or hating me, I accept it as it is, because at the end of the day, it is about their satisfaction. I will never ask anyone to worship me, because it is of no interest to me. If somebody says,” I have to worship you,” I say, “Ok, do it,“ because it is for them.
Understand that different types of people meet me each day. Each person has his or her own favorite expression or style; who am I to deny it? But if I demand it, it is a different story. I never demand it. I never ask for it. I do not look at myself as special, to be really honest. I think that everybody is myself. Why do you worship another person? Worship yourself. This is what you should do. But somebody says, “You are amazing, I want to worship you, I become happy.” Then I say, “Please, go ahead“. Some people write poetry about me, they feel happy. Some people hate me, they get happy. I agree to everything, so that they are satisfied in their life in their own way. Do you understand?
It is not just me, anyone who is aligned or stabilized, even you, will become like a powerful magnet, whether you like it or not. And that is because of only one reason, you are aligned; your mind, intellect, body, ego, spirit, everything is together. When you look, everything looks, then every activity becomes powerful; you become attractive. It is not that you are doing something, you become like that. A magnet does not have to decide to become a magnet; it is a magnet. It attracts people; each person responds in different ways; as they are. We don’t interfere in this. People wrote the Aarati, I didn’t say anything. Some people wrote thousand names for me; everything is allowed. I have never depended on any of these things. If I depend on them, then I become addicted to somebody. Then if somebody does not do it, I would become sad. I am happy and I don’t want to compromise on my happiness.
I am sure that some of you definitely experienced in this lifetime, when you become totally aligned, you realize one thing: whatever you learned from the outside world, has no value. Secondly, the inside world is empty. When you have no outside world, and inside world, what are you? You are everything. You are all over. In that kind of a situation, the only thing you feel all the time is that you know nothing. You are totally empty and free. You are not bound by the emotions, or the devotion, or anybody.
Now, when you are like that, how will people respond to you, we don’t know and we cannot say, nor we can deny. People respond according to what they are. Some people feel a lot of love, some people love devotion, some people feel various things. Anyway, nothing will bind you. You are already free. You have chosen freedom. You are not dependent on someone’s emotion for your life. The remote control of your happiness is definitely not in the hands of someone else, it is in your hands. So you don’t change the channel often. If it is in someone else’s hand, they keep changing the channel; sometimes they are angry, upset, happy or sad; these will not affect you. But at a certain point in time, nothing affects you. The last point is you look at everybody as yourself; all are your relatives, all are your soulmates, there is no difference. Then, whether they worship or deny, hate or do whatever, how does it matter? When you love somebody, and they betray you, sometimes you feel the pain. Then you feel, “Ok, let them have their enjoyment at your cost. No problem.”
I will definitely recommend worshiping one person, in one lifetime, who is that? J YOU. Because you are a wonderful creation, understand that. Because you are an amazing creation, why not worship yourself? This includes self-acceptance, and love. So, instead of worshiping something outside of you, you must worship yourself and appreciate this creation called You in this lifetime, otherwise you will lose a lifetime. If you don’t worship me, I lose nothing. But if you don’t worship yourself, you will lose one lifetime.
Don’t feel that God is looking for your worship. God is busy. The whole Universe belongs to Him. Look at ourselves from the moon? We are like tiny ants here. We pray to God and God becomes happy? Understand the God in you and behave like God through love. Unconditional love. That makes you one with God. What you need to know is that you are the Supreme Consciousness in small bodies; from outer space we appear like tiny ants, ants walking around with big ego.
Q: How important it is to have living spiritual master?
M: Dangerous! How does it feel to live with a mad man? (Laughter)
It depends on you. If you are ready to break your ego into pieces, then there is nothing better than that. If you want to hold on your ego, but if you want to break the master to pieces… (laughter) Both ways it is a good idea. (Laughter) If Master breaks your ego into pieces, then you become free. If you break the Master into pieces, the world becomes free. (Laughter)
Is that clear? Good idea or bad idea? (Laughter)
It is very unpredictable to be with a living Master because his law is the law of dharma, not the social law. He lives as per what has to be done, not what he loves to do. What you have to do is his priority, not what you love to do. But, those who operate from the mind, their priority is what they love to do, not what they have to do. This is the main difference.
When you live with a Master, who only does what he has to do, because he can see through the destiny path, the karmic configuration, he will only do what he has to do, which might be shocking for you, because you have already boundaries, concepts, ideas, understandings and you decided that this is the way to go. He breaks the rules. It really tilts you. Sometimes, he shakes you. Sometimes you become scared. It is not as easy as you think; but if you are man enough to handle it and to allow your ego to be torn into pieces, then nothing better than that.
So now you know why she lives in Slovenia and I live in India. (Laughter) When you cannot tolerate each other this is the way to be together.
The conflict is that when you operate from your mind, you are security oriented; when your mind dissolves, you have no problem with security. If you are operating from your mind, insecurity is part of it and Master is secure. When Master is secure, he is very flexible; time, activities, everything is flexible. But, when you operate from your mind, you need patterns, you need structure. It is very difficult. It is a big clash. When you are with a living Master, there always will be this clash; you are approaching the master from the mind level, with insecurity and the Master is operating with the complete security and full flexibility; it doesn’t work well. So people run away. They get fascinated by the Master, how he looks, how he walks, how he smells, (laughter) they try to come but then run away, saying, “Oh no! This is not what I want!” They also say, “He is crazy!”
Q: At the beginning of each spiritual practice, I keep progressing. But at the certain level there seems to be veil or curtain that falls and disables me from growing further, no matter what I do or how much more I try. So is this to help me develop patience or is it a sign that this path is closed for me or that something else should be found?
M: The activity which gives you experience for a period of time, after a while the same activity cannot give you the same experience. This is natural. That is called the stagnation stage. That doesn’t mean that what you are doing is wrong. But the same activity cannot give you the same experience. It is as simple as that.
If you continue doing the same practice during the stage of stagnation, then you will reach the stage of vacuum; confusions such as are you are doing the right thing or wrong thing, Guru is good, Guru is bad, will happen. If you still do the same practice continuously, then you reach the stage of stable bliss, where you are always peaceful. These are hurdles that you have to cross to reach the stage of stable bliss. It is a test of your consistency. Be consistent and definitely you will reach your destination. The tortoise kept walking, it reached before the hare. (In the fable of the tortoise and the hare where they had a race to see who was faster.)
Q: I lost my child four times. What is the reason why I cannot maintain my pregnancy? What is the way to calm myself down and help my body accept the fetus and bring the child to this world?
M: That is an individual question, individualistic answer is needed. I would suggest you to talk to any of these Mai-Tri healers here. They will tell you.
Q: How do I know that I am on the right path and my life’s purpose?
M: Please understand, life purpose is not separated from your life. What you are experiencing each moment is your life’s purpose. It is continuous, right from birth till death. Life purpose is what we are experiencing each moment. Whatever you experience through the waking state, the dream state and your deep sleep state is your purpose of life. It is a mixture of all the things you have experienced so far in life.
How do you know you are on the right path? You will feel good. This is an internal thing. The right path, the right practice, the right Guru, the right destination, you will feel these because you have that capacity already. You will feel it is natural for you. Whatever is natural, whatever is not artificial is the right thing. So, life’s purpose is whatever you are experiencing at each point.
Higher purpose of life is to be aware of the consciousness that is driving or moving your life. Being aware of it, that this consciousness is active when you are awake, when you are dreaming, and when you are in a deep sleep; being aware of that consciousness, which is behind all these activities and your understanding, is the higher purpose of life. As a human being you can understand that. No other species can do that. As human beings, you already have that faculty in you which will help you to be aware that whatever is happening is energized by something else.
The highest purpose of life is to feel God within yourself, and in everything around you, you only see God. This means the energy, the vibrations and the essence, everywhere. That is the higher purpose.
Is that clear?
Q: If I can’t see any changes within myself or outside of myself, does it mean that I am progressing or not? And in certain situations, I specially wish for Mohanji to lead me. Is it enough to just to have that intention and wish?
M: Mohanji to leave you or to lead you? Laugh J
Well, when you connect with me, I am connected to you. There is no need for any formality, or any particular method of connection. When you think about me, you are connected to me. When your mind is with me, you are connected to me. Automatically there is an energy exchange going on. It is not only me, when you think about anybody, there is an energy exchange happening. Sometimes you become conscious about it, you become aware of it, sometimes you are not aware of it, because sometimes it is based on sensitivity at that time or our moods or our emotions. So, when you are thinking about me, you are connected to me.
What are you connected to? The Consciousness which is represented by this body. Don’t think that I keep ‘PABX’ to check the connection of everybody. I don’t have to do that, because the consciousness is available, and that way you are connected. There is no need to specifically lead you in any particular method. Because, as I told in the beginning: The journey is you, the traveler is you, the destination is also you. In this bargain, my job is to ensure that you are travelling alright. That is why I said, if nobody is with you, I am with you. I never change my mind because I have no mind to change! There is no need for any ceremony; there is no need for any kind of initiation. When you think about me, you are connected to me and you will feel that difference. You will feel that energy. Just connect. Just stay stable. There is no particular time frame or a method; there is no duration. We are eternally connected. Just like the electricity on the wall. It is there. If you switch it on, you will get light. If you switch it off, there is no light. It is as simple as that. Electricity continues to connect. It is always there. This is a continuous flow of energy, and that has united all of us. That is why I said at the beginning that we are all soulmates, otherwise why did we meet in this life? There is reason for the meeting, right? And there is a reason for connecting. And not all the flowers will become fruit. There are a lot of flowers on the tree; some of the flowers fall off. But some flowers will stay and become fruit. Even the tree does not know which flower will become fruit. As long as you keep a safe distance you will remain warm. If you come too close, it might be burning hot.
I tell these people who are with me “Do not waste my life with me.” Do something better, find a boyfriend, get married, have children and live your life. Don’t waste your time with me, because it is too hot, in the neighborhood. J
Q: Is celibacy required for someone’s spiritual awakening?
M: Can you handle it? The celibacy? It depends on whether you can handle it. Any kind of suppression, is not conducive for awakening. Anything you suppress is only a postponement. Whatever you suppress, you postpone it for another time. Whatever you have, all the pluses and the minuses, all the strengths and weaknesses, you have to experience, complete, and then evolve. That is the right way. After a while, you will have no thought of that kind. Otherwise, if you suppress something, your main thought will be those things that you have suppressed. It is not only with celibacy, anything you have suppressed in life, they keep reminding you that you have suppressed them. That will become a botheration. And it takes time to come out of that botheration.
Q: How to overcome unconscious mechanisms like ego and egoism?
M: Ego is the skeleton of your personality. It is part of you. It is kept so that you can be aware of your existence, or experience existence from the level of personality, that is, you as a personality. It has relevance. But when we become egoistic, that is ignorance. When we are expecting respect, expecting many things from the society, from other people, it is usually connected to not understanding. If you are very stable and you expect nothing, you are fine the way you are. Instead, if you want much from people, you want everybody to respect you or worship you, like you asked previously, these are weakness. These are wrong dimensions of ego. If you expect nothing, you are peaceful and settled nothing can affect you; you are stable. If our egoistic existence is the problem, how do you come around it or overcome it? By being aware of it. Just be aware that these things are happening and watch them. Don’t do anything. Don’t try to fight with it. Watch it. It will slowly dissolve.
If you sincerely want to dissolve your ego, help the helpless people or beings. When I was practicing on my own, I used to also practice insignificance, which means I am not important. Even now I practice it. I am not important; everybody else is important. That is the way I operate in this world. When you feel, ”Oh, I am amazing, great etc.”, I immediately remember, “ These are provided by them for a purpose, by the Masters or God, body is provided, awareness is provided, space and facilities are provided, listeners are provided, I have done nothing.” If you keep practicing insignificance and if you believe you are not all that important, there is no way ego can bother you.
Q: Can we transcend duality in this reality?
M: Absolutely. One word, awareness.
First, always remember – all that is happening is temporary; everything that is happening, it is momentary, temporary. Everything will move. Everything will pass. But you remain as a witness to this whole show. You are witnessing this only when you are awake. When you are sleeping, you cannot witness. That is first level.
Second point – always ask: Who is speaking through me? Who is seeing through me? Who is hearing through me? What is this thing which is in me, which is experiencing all these things? Keep asking these questions.
Third point – when you are responding, or when you are in this world, when you are moving around, you are responding to various situations, various people, various emotions, who is involved in all this? And how do you feel about it? Different emotions, different people, different situations,… something is happening within you; sometimes happiness, sometimes sorrow, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Who is experiencing all these, what is happening inside?
Then, fourth, the all-important question: Who am I?
Until you get the realization that “I am the Supreme Consciousness, I am the Consciousness, I am everywhere”, keep walking. And who is your Guru? LIFE. Life is your Guru. Every day brings you some lessons through experiences. Every day, every moment, you understand something whether you like it or not.
Nobody in this life can give you better lessons than life itself. So, you are important, your life is important, the lessons from life are important; this is why you are born. This is the purpose of your life. Whether we like somebody, dislike somebody, whether we like something, dislike something, it doesn’t matter; but you should like yourself because you cannot be changed. Don’t fall for hallucinations like, “I am something else, I am somebody else, and I am probably enlightened! “ These are concepts. Don’t worry about them. When you are enlightened, others will know. How will others know? You will not be affected by whatever it is happening outside, you will be peaceful. You will wake up in the morning and ask the question, “What else can I do for this world?” We will not be bound by the overwhelming feeling of, “Me and Mine“. We will be peaceful.
Now, if somebody does not understand you that is their problem, not your problem. Not everybody has to understand you and not everybody has to love you. Those who really love you will not expect anything from you. If someone expects something from you and loves you, they will not stay also.
Life is so simple. Don’t complicate. Philosophy is simple, right? What are we talking about then? J
Go home and have some food. Thank you!
Transcribed by Nada Rakovic
Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan
Mohanji Speaks Zoom satsang
on 09th June 2019
Q: Mohanji, I am emotionally drained and in a rut. I want to get out of it, but I don’t know how. Please guide me.
Mohanji: Be useful to the society. Go out, help the helpless. Whenever you feel you are stuck, go out and see the world. There are so many things you can do in this world. What you can share is what you have in abundance. You have time in abundance, share time; if you have wealth in abundance, share wealth; if you have love in abundance, share love. Don’t sit at home and think that nobody is loving me. You go out and love the world, love the people, love the beings of the world, the children of the Earth. You will get love in abundance. Whenever you feel stagnated, whenever you feel emotional, get out and do something in life. It will completely change your entire perspective. Your whole life will blossom.
Q: What is the difference between poor self-esteem and insignificance?
Mohanji: Well, both are connected to expectations. The other important thing is acceptance, in the right way. Accept yourself more. Say, you have fluctuations in life; one day you are very happy and very productive, another day you are dull and unproductive. If this wave of life is happening, that only means you are living. There is nothing more to it. Don’t try to analyze why it is happening. It is happening, it is happening. Thus, when you have good energy, when you have high momentum, do your best. Go all the way, do your best. When you have very little momentum, are feeling low, slow down, take it easy, take a back seat. You attend to yourself. Look within. Don’t do anything. So, if you really look at yourself as this vibrating organism which has its relevance you will be fine with your life. So whenever we resist something, have plenty of expectations and corresponding disappointments, we will have low self-esteem. Insignificance is the effect it creates.
There is no insignificance in life. Everybody has significance. Even the ants, the insects and the beings you see around our house, have significance. They are all doing their job. Don’t worry about their size. Whatever be their size, they have their relevant existence. Even an ant is relevant to its own family, just as we see everyone in this world has some relevance somewhere. It need not necessarily be everywhere. Hence we have our significance; that significance is based on how much you give to this world and this you can decide. Lack of self-esteem can be easily handled by accepting yourself.
“Alright, I am like this – with this given capacity, this incarnation, this time and space, I perform.” That is all you can do and that’s all you need to do.
Q: Some great siddhas like Atmananda, Lahiri Mahasaya have cast out their sacred body in the sacred fire of cremation. How can we connect to these masters who have not left their powerful vibrating jivasamadhi state?
Mohanji: That is based on purpose. All these great masters have complete clarity of their existence and they come (into this world) based on what is needed. After a while when they have crossed the mind, when the mind dissolves in the state of Samadhi, their entire existence is connected to purpose, dharma – not karma. Karmas are over. When this happens, they will only do what is necessary. It is not for sensory pleasures, emotional pleasures or pleasures of the mind, intellect and ego. They are not bound by these any more. Their entire purpose of existence is what they are sent here for or what they are supposed to do. Their operating level will be an echo of Dharma, which means, operating Sanatana Dharma, perpetual ground rules of operation. In that mode, if they have to leave their body for the sake of larger population or future generations, they will do it.
As Atmananda says, “I will walk on this Earth, as if I have never walked.” That means he will empower people, he will do things, as if he were alive at that time. In future, there should not be a reminiscence of Atmananda, everything should be burned. But Atmananda still proved that he has not left. This is the operating level. He is telling people, “I am not bound by the body.” Even while existing I can be everywhere. Now when I am leaving the body, a body is not that significant because the point of operation like a siddha leaving the body is like a 100,000 prana prathishtas, which is to say that continuously, energy will flow out of that. Examples are Shirdi Sai Baba, Satya Sai Baba – samadhis of great masters are power centers now. However, every one need not do that and each person does what he is supposed to do. Name and fame are not important.
The entire operating level is purpose; once the purpose is accomplished, they dissolve. Just like a bird or animal, their existence is completed and they don’t care. When it is time to leave, they do; there is no emotional binding to it. So a true master will only obey the rules of the tradition. They will say, “This is what I am supposed to do, I will do the same and leave.” They don’t expect anything from anybody. Nobody’s applause or criticism can redirect them to something selfish; never, it’s not possible. They will stay with their path and if people don’t understand them, people leave them. The masters don’t leave their path. The path is very clear. And the path of liberation is the path of fire. It’s not easy to understand. It burns your feet, if you are not eligible. So the path itself drives people away (chuckles). For a person who is fully occupied in consciousness and only operating on Dharma, it really does not matter. But if it is needed they will definitely keep their body in a place or they will say, “Burn it.” Vasudevan swamy wanted his body to be cremated. We did that and I myself immersed the ash in the Ganga. It is as per the wish of the master. Nobody can say anything about it.
Q: Pranaprathishta on Vigrahas has happened down the ages by Maharishis and Siddhas, but a Pranaprathishta in a recorded version as felt in Power of Purity meditation is indeed an incredible contemporary phenomena. Can you elaborate on this?
Mohanji: Well, Pranaprathishta is inducing energy in a particular way, using a method, into an idol. That has to be maintained as well. In the Indian tradition, we have the tradition of Sanatana. Great masters have recognized the Supreme Consciousness as all-encompassing and they have derived 330 million varieties from it. Why that particular number? It signifies 33%. So 330 million deities – deities means potential gods, which can have a form, which has a circuit- yantra, which has a frequency – mantra and it has a duration and a purpose, in fact, a clear purpose; each one has a flavor and an ideal behind it. And the form is created based on the ideal, the circuit is created as per the intensity requirement, frequency is created as per the effectiveness. All this has been done by great masters.
How do you worship these 330 million deities? The masters said, worship the 33% of you, which is the soul element. When you worship the soul element, when you connect to your soul element, you will see no differences then. You can’t see people; you cannot see birds or animals. You only see the soul in you and the soul in everybody. That is “Namaste” “I am not me. The existence in me bows down to the existence in you”. So the me or mine factor or I factor dilutes. We see only the existence factor. What maintains us is the soul element and we bring into the idol that soul element using a certain system. As per the idol means as per the ideal. An idol is thus created. It has a size which can retain the energy, it has its worship methods to maintain it and also it has its bhaavs or flavours which is maintained.
Power of purity is a meditation basically to unhook – unhook from the past, where you are in a capacity to bless. That means your level of purity increases every moment, because when you unhook from the past, you are in the present. When you have nothing to do with the past, the people, the situations, the time and the emotions, you are pure. The purity inside will stabilize you and that stability will make you bright. So why is the power of purity spreading? Because it creates a remarkable difference in people’s lives and they feel it. I felt it is priceless. That’s why I kept it free so that everybody can experience it. And I don’t claim it to be mine. It came to me. I have no other claim of any kind, either to say that it is mine or that I created it. It happened through me and it came to the world, it is as simple as that. So how are the effects happening? I would say don’t analyze. Analysis automatically takes the fragrance away. The beautiful flower is smelling nice, but it will not be that nice if you start looking at where the fragrance is coming from, the flower will be destroyed. So I feel it is better to not analyze. Experience it, enjoy it and be liberated. That is best.
Q: what makes one mountain such as Kailash or Arunachala more important than other regular mountains for seekers and how are they related to Shiva? Did Shiva physically live at this locations? And did Maa Parvathi physically meditate in the Gourikund?
M : Well, whether they physically lived there or not, whether the effect is there or not, these are for the individuals to experience. If I say something it will become a concept, but let us look at why certain some places are so important. It is because of the energy conglomeration there. Places have their frequency and energy or power. Every part of earth has its vibratory level. Everything is different, just as it is for people. Each of us has our vibratory level. When we become more and more into ourselves, mind, intellect ego is turned inward and we are completely aligned, we become powerful. Then we start expressing more and more brightness. Similarly, we have all these places that have their frequency and conglomerated energy, saturated energy, which attracts people there.
So what is Shiva? Shiva is a state, a state of complete detachment. Detachment here implies one who is fully occupied with himself and is completely in a state of being complete or still. Stillness is connected to completion. He also represents the human aspiration, the highest potential. So that place can attract that kind of energies. Whether Shiva as a form lives there, is not significant. But the state of Shiva is experienced there. The state of stillness. The Kailash effect. That is experienced there. So that is probably attracting people.
As for Arunachala, I am not sure if I spoke about my experience earlier, but I have written about it in Yogi Ram Suratkumar’s journal, which was released recently. So I had this experience where I was going inside this Arunachala Mountain and this Swami with bare chest, wearing only a dhoti, said “Come in and keep walking”. I entered a cave and it became darker and darker. He said keep walking. He was behind me and he urged me to walk. I could not see but I walked in and I walked all the way inwards and then slowly the brightness started. I walked further and he was asking me to keep moving and I reached a place where it was open expanse, a big space, like a small basin, bit curved in the middle, lot of platforms like stools although not stools, it was like rock formations, where people were meditating and everybody was glowing in golden color. Then I realized that this color is not them, it is the color of the space. The space is golden and when the golden light falls on everyone, everybody looks golden. Also I could feel that they are all like crystals, transparent, big beard and very lean. Everybody looked very similar and they were meditating. At first, I thought it was the golden age, rather the symbolism of golden age. Later I understood it to be Siddhaloka. Then he said, “Let’s go.” And I came out with him. That was an experience! Later on when I spoke about it to Deviamma, Deviamma said this is actually Sidhaloka; what you see outside is just the shell. Actually, the parikrama is going around the Siddhaloka and I could also see that the root of the idol of Arunachala Shiva, is inside this portal. There is a huge world there. I could experience this state. That effect stayed for a long time. Even now it stays, when I talk about it, I feel it. So these things exist. Various levels of masters operate from various planes. These are all timeless spaces, spaces where you cannot measure time and space. These are places created for a certain effect. The next day our people were going to visit the Arunachala Shiva temple. I could not go because I was immersed in this vision. When I reached Bangalore later, a certain person contacted saying that a swami wanted to meet me, so I met him. Swami said, I wanted to tell you Arunachala Shiva is waiting for you, you could not go but you need to go. Immediately I went back the next day to have darshan of Arunachala Shiva. And at that time everything was well organized. When I went there one of the priests came to receive me and we went inside, we had darshan and we came back. Everything is interconnected.
This is slight deviation from subject, but what I am saying is that each place has its frequency. Each place has its relevance. And based on your frequency, your connection, you will get attracted to that place. Otherwise you will not feel like going there. What attracts you to a place is the compatibility of frequency and that is there for all of us. And as I said earlier nobody is higher, nobody is lower. You can’t compare. It’s all individualistic. So if you are getting attracted to a person, a personality, a time or a space or a place or even a hill or mountain, understand that there is frequency compatibility. So that is the reason for all these. But definitely in this world there are numerous frequencies in operation. They all have their spaces which are like expressions of those frequencies, conglomeration and that attracts you. And some of our people in 2016 went and touched Kailash physically. This is very, very difficult, very rare, very difficult, very dangerous, but they did it. How many life times does it take to reach there? So what made it possible? Only one thing – eligibility; eligibility, over a period of time. Of course purity of intention has a great value, but more importantly you earned it. The time came, when it all fell in place. The time was right for that. You can’t define all these. There aren’t strict rules to create these. Hence every place has its value and I would say that wherever you go feel the place, experience the place not just take a picture with it in the background. It should be felt. Every place should be felt. Every person should be felt. When you connect with your heart, whatever it is, whether it is a person or a place, it stays. It always stays. Whenever you connect to anything with your mind it can change, because our mind can’t contain something for long. Whenever you connect to something or somebody with your mind understand it is temporary. Whenever you connect something with your heart, whatever happens in the world, it will stay, always; by heart means I would say connect with awareness and then it will stay forever.
Q: Is it possible for me to have an intention carry along the souls and dear ones with me for the Kailash Pilgrimage?
Mohanji: Automatically it happens so. Because a pilgrimage of that intensity where you are travelling, you are not travelling alone. You are taking the whole lineage, ancestry. All those people who wanted to go and could not go or people who are connected to you through relationships, you are carrying everybody. We used to do this earlier and even now we do it in our Kailash yatra – we ask if you would like to sponsor somebody in case you cannot go. Many times if people can’t go, they sponsor someone on behalf of themselves and their families. This is usual practice in India. Earlier it was Kashi or Varanasi. Kashi is very easy to reach now, there are flights. Earlier it was very difficult to reach there. So when somebody can’t go they would hire somebody or help someone else go. It’s almost as if they visit the place. We still do that – the form provides for it; ”Would you like to sponsor somebody?” It is customary. It is not that one has to sponsor, but then we provide the option. If you can’t go, you help someone else who is poor, visit, and then that effect comes to you also. They will carry everybody.
When you go to a place of power, whenever you worship, it’s always for you and your ancestors. The lineage gets the benefit. Likewise you do good work, say, you help the helpless, feed the birds, animals, fishes and other beings in nature, everybody gets benefitted, all the people in the lineage are benefitted. That will release karmic weight from your shoulder also. The karmic weight of the lineage is reduced. This is a practical example- many have told me that when they started feeding beings such as birds and animals, things have cleared up, blockages were removed. It may sound very simple, but it has its effect.
Q: If a person’s brain is damaged and person is not aware of normal self, what is the state of soul and the mind?
Mohanji: The connection to relationships is part of soulmateship, where a group of souls decide to exist together in the same time, in the same place, in certain relationships, to experience certain flavors. Thus, a person who is not available to the society, as a full person, is in a way keeping the connection to a relationship, it is continuing and the person has time till next birth; so they keep the body, they keep the existence and also keep the relationship; so the connection remains. Also the experience of love or care or experience of whatever kind they want to do or have happens, even without the mind existing, since the body exists. At times, you never know, they may be aware of it too and science has proven that persons apparently brain dead or in coma, in certain ways, understood everything happening around them. That is possible. So, anyone living with awareness, connection, love, it finally boils down to the experiences you wanted to have in a life time. At which level, how much or how long, one can’t say, it depends on karmic boundaries.
Q: Why is it not that all sincere prayers are answered?
Mohanji: That is again Karmic allowance. Sincere prayers are all answered means many are desires… (chuckles). You know, you only get what you deserve. What is delivered to you is what you deserve. There are plenty of desires and all of them can’t get fulfilled. Of course, if the desire is strong enough, it will get fulfilled, maybe not in this life time. It could go onto another life. All that is happening in this life is within the boundaries of Karma and has Karmic allowance, that’s why it is happening. Everything does happen in its time, its own time, which we must remember. So it may not happen right away, because the whole plan was not there, the whole agenda was not there. When the original desire happened, the wish happened, which created this life, it was not there. The new ones will be added up; they are all kept as pending desires. In another time and another space, it will happen and at that time you may say I don’t want it. But you will have it.
Q: When any member of the Mohanji family asks me something like, are you going on a pilgrimage to Peru or Kailash, I immediately take it as a sign from you and I go out of my way, beyond my affordability to make it happen. Am I being naïve? How can I know when I am truly getting a sign from you?
Mohanji: Well, when anybody comes to you, of course you have a relationship, anybody asks you give me something, there is a connection. Whether it is from Mohanji family or the global family or anybody, you have to look at it objectively. What is affordable to you? What is possible for you? You are only supposed to deliver as per that, not as per what others need you to do. Many people have many expectations from you. But what you can deliver is as per your time, space and capacity. This should be very clear. And you should be able to say clearly, “Look here I heard you and I will do what I can. I cannot guarantee the entire expectation”. If that is made clear, you are free and the other person is made free. I always make sure I tell this, I don’t promise. I try to deliver more than they think but I don’t promise. When I promise, it becomes a commitment. There is an emotion connected to it too. But I listen, I understand, I deliver as per what is possible, as per what is karmically allowed or without violating the karmic structure. That is how we operate. That is how the people of path of liberation should operate. We don’t manipulate. We should not promise that which we cannot deliver. We should only deliver what we can or within our capacity and the capacity of the receiver so that everything has it’s synchronicity and harmony. It is very important.
Q: May I request Mohanji, the compassionate, honest, selfless human being to talk about Mohanji the contemporary Avatar more explicitly and elaborately?
Answer: This is too much of flattering I think… (Laughter J). I would rather say that I am you. You look at me as you are. Whatever I am has no value in fact. Each person looks at me and sees how they are. That is the only relevance in this life time. Because I could be anything and I can say I am something. That has no value because my value in your life is your only reality with me. I mean we can talk many things. All these things are how you see it. You could look at me as you said. Some look at me as a crazy person, an eccentric, as a person who should not be dealt with, a bad guy… so these thoughts are also there. World has all varieties. So why talk about who we are? What was our past, what is our lineage, it has no value. I feel that my net worth is how much I deliver to the Earth. That’s about it and that is also based upon my effective years when I am performing something, delivering to the earth. Tomorrow I don’t know what I will be able to do, how I will operate. I don’t know. I don’t keep agendas. I never bind people. I like to see you free. This is my wish and the way I operate. I want to see you perfectly free, fully charged, fully powerful with the ability to deliver a lot in the world. This is my desire and this is what I try to empower.
So I try to do what I can, I don’t know how effective I am. Maybe some will say he was effective, some may say he was not effective; some may say he was good, some may say he was not good. So this is the world. People look at you with their own eyes and they may partially understand or even hardly understand. Very rarely, they completely understand but that is life. Only one thing I would like to say, “Don’t look at me through your ears”. Your eyes have been given for you to look at me. When I say do not look at me through your ears, I mean through the words and opinions of others about me. That can be very wrong. People can give any opinion about anybody, but that is their own opinion. Not just me, understand that you should not use that to look at the world. If you look at the world through your ears, you don’t see. That is a big mistake you will be committing. Otherwise the world is fine; if you are fully charged, if you are very bright, the whole world is bright. So I am not big deal in this world, I am doing my job and after my death someone else will do the job, before me, so many others have done this job. So we all have our relevance in various degrees and I like to remain in that understanding. If I have touched your life positively, I am grateful to the existence, to the tradition. I never made any plans in the past. I will continue to shine bright, as much as I can; irrespective of the clouds, I try to give light but people accept me or reject me as they are, not as I am. So I don’t say anything about it. I really appreciate and I think it is a bit of flattering but I respect that and I bow down for that thought and those words. I like positive discussions so let us keep it positive. And one more thing, if you really love me, I would like you to be shining bright light for this world. If you are really connected to me, if you feel Mohanji, then express it to the world. Give this light to the world and let the world be brighter and lighter. We can’t do much else. We can only deliver ourselves to the world. Earlier in 2003 when the ACT foundation started somebody asked me a question, what is your investment into this foundation? This is before Mohanji Foundation started. I answered that the investment into ACT foundation is Mohanji, myself. So the best investment you can give into this world is yourself. That, you should always remember. Any money, wealth or other object has come to you at a certain point in time and it could leave you too. But if you invest yourself into this world, that will remain forever. I think that is the best investment possible and I wish you success. I wish you great success. Shine bright, brighter than the sun, brighter than a million suns and then life is worth it. You have the right to do that, you have the power to do that. Then we have something to do together. Wish you success. Thank you!
Transcribed by Kishore Mundanat
Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan
Imagine we live about 80 years, about 29,000 days. Most of our time, on Earth, we spend on personal preferences and personal likes and dislikes. We do not really spend time for the sake of the world. For me, effective life is the time that you spend for the sake of the world. About 90% of the people of the world only live for themselves; eat, drink, sleep, complain, that is the kind of pattern. Otherwise, you can see the usual pattern; a child is born, goes through education, gets a job, gets married, builds a house, settles down, has children, later they have children, and so on. It is the usual cycle of life, the usual pattern. At no point in time, do we ever think, “Is this exactly what you want to do in life?” To cover it up, rather to have some difference in this pattern, we go for addictions, we develop some habits, and those habits become addictions. And then we feel comfortable because we have a diversion from this usual pattern. But that’s again, negative, you’re not doing anything (positive). You’re just getting stuck in this run of life.
So I would call effective years as the years when you existed selflessly, that means, when you lived your life selflessly, for the sake of the world. So when you wake up, you wake up with gratitude that you’re born here and are alive; you will feel good. “It’s good, I’m alive. Let me do something for the earth.” That itself will provoke you to do the right things. When I say right things, I mean something that is unselfish. At no point in time, does anyone tell us that everything you get from here, you have to leave behind. Including your body, everything has to be left behind. You can carry nothing when you die; not even a pebble can be taken from the earth, everything is left behind. If that clarity is there, you will be more and more interested in doing something for the world. That will earn you much more grace, much more spiritual revenue with much spiritual energy, revenue, Grace. That’s worth it.
When you live selflessly, it is worth it. When you go to a Master or God or temple or church, what do we ask for? We ask for something that we don’t have. We decide that we need these things to be happy. We always complain, what I have is not good enough. We need more. We need something different. We are always in that mode. We hardly appreciate that we are breathing, that we are living, our stomach is working well; we have food to eat and a place to sleep. We hardly think about these faculties and factors. We just live our life. And then at some point in time we wonder, “What am I doing here?” Then, come disappointments, and behind every disappointment, there is an expectation. We expect too much from the Earth. But we don’t give anything back. So according to me, the effective years period is a time when you needed nothing from here, and you decided to give everything to the Earth.
Jesus had about eight effective years. That is what created Christianity. The intensity of those eight years created a religion. If you look at Shirdi Sai Baba, almost his entire existence was effective. He hardly did anything for himself. You can see various masters in India, who wanted nothing from here, but gave everything to the existence, to the world. This is effective years. So if you start looking at the effective years of your life, or even effective hours of your life, it will make a big difference in your life. You will stop asking for anything. When you stop asking, you do not entertain poverty consciousness. Whenever you ask for something, you are saying that you lack it, you don’t have something.
Whenever you repeat that you don’t have something, you are expressing poverty, lack of something. Instead what will you say – “Thank you, I’m grateful. Thank you for allowing this existence. Thank you for the incarnation. Grateful, I’m being used for something.” So everything that you will say will be positive and purposeful.
On another note, where does the inspiration come from, against adversities? If it is a selfish desire, if it is something for you, it is something like cats and dogs; we see how they are always trying to snatch something from somewhere. In fact, whatever you’re eligible for, will come to you , because you earned it. This is the truth. The truth is that whatever you’re eligible for will come to you. Whatever you’re not eligible for, cannot come to you because you can’t handle it. So we think that we need all these different things. And largely, our lack of peace is connected to these desires. We pitch our desire, based on what we see around, all the time.
If you only think about your needs, all of you will be satisfied, in fact all of us will be satisfied. Food, clothing, shelter, medicines, healthcare, these are all fine. That’s not where our dissatisfaction sits. Our dissatisfaction usually sits on something which is in another person’s hands. We are asking for something that we don’t have. And we believe that this is exactly what we need. You see the queue in front of mobile phone shops, when they release a new model. After you buy it, how many days you will be happy with it? After a few days, you’re waiting for the next model. So that is our level of fulfillment, fulfillment quotient. In contrast we are happy with what we have, and we decide to give whatever we can to society. I always say this, if you really think you’re a citizen of a country, only look at how much you’re giving to the country; not what you’re taking from the country. We talk about rights all the time – it’s our right, we should have this, and we should have that. But we never talk about responsibilities.
Passion comes with purpose. Passion means the power of action. It becomes solidified. A solid purpose gives solid motivation. If you are clear in your life with what you want to do, you will be motivated, and you don’t need anybody else’s motivation. Even if people go against you and speak poorly about you, it’s their opinion. They are just opinions. You may have nothing to do with it. You will still be motivated. And that motivation is what drives all these masters. That’s what creates legacy.
Self-motivation – self-motivation should begin with self-acceptance. We should accept ourselves fundamentally, as a pure and simple incarnation. Maybe we have a lot of good in us or we have a lot of bad in us. All are mixtures. Nobody’s perfect. We can be good and we can be bad. There’s no problem. It’s fine. And then your purposefulness will shine forth and you will have a passionate life, a life of power.
So effective years are very important.
If you look at your effective years, you will start understanding that you are unique. Otherwise, you will never know that you are unique. You may not feel it. You may not feel you are unique, because you are trying to be one of the lot, be one with this society, trying to become exceptional in the society and society usually looks at how much money you have or what’s your position in the society. But if you keep giving to the society, sooner or later, society has to recognize you. Society will recognize. They have to recognize. Glory happens when you give more than you take.
Transcribed by Kishore Mundanat
Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan
Mohanji Speaks Zoom Satsang, part 2
24th March, 2019
Sensitive but not emotionally reactive
Q: How can one practice being sensitive and compassionate towards others without being emotionally reactive?
Mohanji: I think I explained this matter in the first discussion. It is about being controlled by the three faculties I spoke about. The mind controls us. The mind is the seat of emotions. It is also the seat of expectations. Intellect controls us when we analyze too much. We try to position ourselves in the society or with people. Sometimes it becomes escapism too. As an escapist, you say “Oh! This is not my cup of tea. I don’t want to be here”. Then our ego or personality controls us, with thoughts such as, “Am I being respected? What do people think about me?” and so on.
When I was doing my Sadhana, I would never tell others what I was practising I was connecting to my spine, I was doing vertical breathing, but I never discussed this with anyone because this is not a subject we need to discuss. Sadhana is something that suits you, so you practise it alone, in silence, spend more time with yourself, stabilize yourself and let the practices stabilize you from within more and more, settling your doubts. This is how it should be.
In any case, whenever you say “I am emotional”, “How can I not get involved with this?”, etc. always remember, there is an expectation connected to it. This is fundamental. If you have no expectations you will deliver and you will be completely detached. And if you are expecting applause, award, appreciation, there’s always a binding. We end up doing our activity only for that sake of the appreciation. If you have given up that aspect, you do everything you can do at your maximum capacity. But at the same time, you are free, you are not bound by other people’s opinions or appreciation or rejection. Be sensitive enough, to the extent it motivates you. The right amount of sensitivity can be a motivation. Instead if the sensitivity is overwhelming, it does not help you in any way. Sometimes, we may stop doing good things and good work because of other people. That is actually our loss.
Please understand that whether you do something or don’t, in about 80 or 90 years you are history. Hence it‘s not worth it to think too much and not do. I believe in POSITIVE ACTION, not just any action. And my beliefs about the do’s and don’ts are based on non-violence. If something is violent in nature it is a complete ‘no’ for me. Secondly, being sensitive is a good idea but at the same time, it should not hinder our activity.
You FEEL, but don’t blame other people, as they have nothing to do with it. They’re only expressing you, as to what you are to yourself because you need to know what YOU are at some point in time. If you are lazy, you can’t expect other people to be fully active as they will reflect your laziness. Likewise, everything in life is connected to how and what we are. And our experiences are also connected to what we are.
This is the entire structure; what you need to do is forget about everything and focus on your action. Within your capacity, keep doing more. That way, you will increase your capacity and keep delivering. Once you keep delivering it in this mode, you will not worry about being appreciated. You may not even look at how many people are looking at you or whether they are looking at you with kindness, they may not. I have experienced that even after doing so many things, some people criticize you very bitterly. They may talk poorly. What you need to do is, stop worrying about it. Just focus on what you have to do and keep delivering. Those who have eyes to see you will see. Those who cannot see you will not see. They should not see either, I say that because it’s not their time yet, to connect to you, to recognize you or appreciate you. You should never be looking at people for appreciation.
Also, I’ve seen that most of the connections are based on convenience. “If it is convenient to me I connect, else I don’t connect.” So that is purely a mind based connection. Those kinds of connections will happen in life too. Sometimes they connect and then at some points in time, they are just not there – selective or convenience based connection. These are part of life and we should not really pay much attention to it. Those who are supposed to be with you will be with you. Those who are supposed to see you, will see you. Those who are supposed to appreciate you, will appreciate you. Nobody can shake them because their integrity will be steadfast, uncanny and very powerful. And they are the ones who will walk with you. That is why Buddha made his entire empire with 5 people. Jesus had 12 people with him. They created their empire with a few people, with those who stood steady, despite any situation, without criticism or doubts and without judgment.
In everyone’s case, all of us are walking this earth and doing many things. When you do things, do not expect something. If you don’t do anything, there is no criticism, but then there is no existence either! If we are doing anything, there will be opinions and that is alright. Let opinions happen. We have to accept it and do what we have to do and what we can do.
Overcoming a sense of isolation
Q: Mohanji, I’m surrounded by people, but I’m lacking a sense of belonging. What can be done to overcome this isolation?
Mohanji: The first part of the sentence is equal to expectation. You are surrounded by people and you do not know you are still in isolation. That means you are becoming more and more mind and you are not even looking at people. They are almost like walls or stones. You don’t see them. Then how do you connect? You don’t recognize them because you don’t recognize yourself.
Here, the fundamental question is about self-acceptance. How much have you accepted yourself? If you have accepted yourself with all your weaknesses, all your strengths, then automatically you will connect to the world with ease. This is because you see only perfection in every being. You will not see many people; you only see your own reflection in many forms. So, the first and the last step should be self-acceptance. You have to start with self-acceptance. At the same time, spend time with yourself and try to feel yourself and understand yourself without judgment, criticism or comparison. There has to be complete acceptance with all your negativity and positivity. All of us have strengths and weaknesses. No one has only strength or only weakness.
So start looking at yourself fully, completely. Look at yourself as a complete being with every quality. In that mode, when you start looking at the outside world, you will have no expectations. If you have no expectation with your own self, why would there be an expectation about other people? If you don’t have any rejection about yourself, you won’t reject anybody else. If you accept yourself completely, you will accept everybody. This is the fundamental truth. This is exactly how life should be. It’s not a rocket science. It’s about how much have you accepted yourself. That’s where everything begins, everything starts.
Dilute ownership, change your destiny
Q: Can FAITH overcome prarabda?
Mohanji: Faith is important. Faith is like oxygen. Faith helps survival. Also when your focus is on a master or a God or a deity, then many of the calamities which are happening around you will not be so strong or so detrimental because your level of ownership will be less. Pain is connected to OWNERSHIP.
If you have more pain in life, it’s connected to more ownership in life. When you have ownership of people, relationships, possessions, positions, materials, etc. it causes pain. Possessiveness causes pain. Now, if you are connected to a master and operating in “surrender” mode all the time, the ownership will be very low. And so is your pain. What is happening in your life now is a creation from the past. The “Prarabda” or the destiny is a creation of the past. Something you did in the past created this existence. All that you are experiencing now is connected to something of the past. So that will have to happen and nobody can change it. Every experience as it happened is what you are meant to experience. But when you surrender, the impact becomes less because ownership is diluted. With diluted ownership, you are freer, prarabda weakens or the impact will be less. That is a beautiful thing.
Those who are connected to masters or certain deities, those that practise a certain type of worship consistently, with integrity and conviction, have survived various tests. This is because when there is no ownership, the event that is meant to happen might not even happen. Sometimes it does happen but it will have a much lower impact than what it was originally meant to be. Thus it’s all connected to ownership. Faith is very important, it is wonderful, and it makes your life better. You can breathe well if there is a good amount of oxygen in the room. Similarly, Grace is the very oxygen in our daily life. When you have surrendered, the grace factor is high. But when you have ownership, grace factor is low. So the factor of grace is very important.
Gratitude also helps. Even if it is a small thing, be very grateful. You have to be very, very grateful for everything; grateful that you are alive; grateful that you are breathing. Be grateful that you have all these possessions and positions. Be grateful that you have food to eat. Be grateful that you have shelter, a roof over your head. Be grateful for your awareness. Be grateful for your relationships. Be grateful for everything. Just be grateful. Being grateful brings grace, lots of grace. And your expression of gratitude in this world should be kindness and compassion. Be kind and be compassionate. Don’t judge, don’t criticize and don’t talk bad. These are all very negative and you are actually attracting more poison by being that way.
As the story goes, there was a saint who was looking at a tree. A passerby asked, “What are you looking?” The saint said, “There are three people sitting in the tree. All three are people without bodies, which means, they are dead. They are souls of non-bodied beings”. This passerby next asked, “What are they doing on the tree?” The saint said, “They are waiting to enter somewhere, maybe for their next birth or so.” Then they both saw a person coming from the village road, far away, fully drunk. He was completely unconscious of the world. He was tottering, falling down, picking himself up and still kept walking. He was coming that way. The saint said, “Just hold on. Just wait and see.” So this guy came and he didn’t even look at these beings on the tree, he simply walked past. When he walked past, they also went behind him.
This guy who was watching asked the saint, “Where is he going?” The saint replied, “In the same street around the corner, there is a brothel and he is going there.” He also added, “ Not just he, four people all together, have gone to the brothel, and that includes him.” This means that the three souls who were sitting on the tree entered him and went with him. They didn’t have a body of their own and hence needed a body for the experience. So they all went together to the brothel.
It is very important to understand that when your energies are of anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge and similar negativities, such energies will enter you and aggravate it even more. We should always remember that walking the path of purity is very important. We shall not criticize. We shall not judge. We shall not complain. We will never be involved in any kind of polluting or negative emotions, because when you are in the grip of such emotions, when you are in such a mode, various energies of similar nature enter you, because they are all looking for a body for expression.
Some of them do not have the power to create a new body. So, they enter a body which is already in that mode, means “birds of the same feather” kind of situation. They enter this body and work in a negative way. That is why I always insist not to sponsor, not to nurture or subscribe to negative emotions, criticism, judgment, revenge, etc. If you do encourage such negative emotions and thoughts, the energies around you which are of bad nature, will enter you and aggravate your situation. So you need to remain connected to higher consciousness, remain connected to a master who is connected to higher consciousness or worship a god or a deity you like to connect to. In some way, you should purify yourself. Please remember, this is YOUR journey, YOUR body, YOUR path, YOUR destination, YOUR destiny. So, YOU need to nurture it well. Nobody else can do it for you.
What best I can do is show you the light and guide you. But I cannot walk for you. It doesn’t work that way. You have to walk. If you fall, it’s my responsibility, I’ll hold you. But YOU have to walk. Always remember, what brought you here is your prarabda. Your destiny brought you here, to this state. Losing this state is very easy. All you have to do is to enter into bad company, talk poorly, and engage in bad activities. Then more such energies will join you and pull you down.
If you have already managed to reach this level, all you need to do now is, take one vow, one decision, a firm decision – that you will not take one step backward, because it is not worth it. One step backward means “Punarapi Jananam, Punarapi Maranam”, which translates to, again you are taking birth, again you are dying, again the stage of being in the womb of a mother … Like this, we have existed. So we MUST be very clear about this now.
We will not take a step backward. We are only going forward to the path of dissolution. We are only going in the path of becoming one with pure consciousness, which has nothing to do with anything, so that we are very clear and focused and this is exactly how we should lead our life hereafter. That is the biggest gift you can give yourself. Even if somebody says something, even if you have many lures around you, even if all the people in the neighbourhood are negative, you don’t have to be. You can still stick with your integrity, stick with your experience, stick with your conviction and stick with your determination to remain pure in thoughts, words, and actions. This is all you need to do and this will automatically elevate you to very high levels of awareness.
Q: As I continue with my Sadhana and my awareness increases, I find it very difficult to handle the conflicts and insensitivities of the corporate world. How can I maintain the equilibrium?
Mohanji: Everything has a price. Every state has a price. Nothing comes easy. The challenges of the outside world will always be there, whether it is our relationships or the place of work or our own notions and concepts, those sitting inside and the ones sitting outside, both of them may fight you. But you need to be very firm if liberation is your priority. Liberation means not running away from everything. Liberation means, having everything but you are not attached to anything. Attachment causes ownership, ownership causes pain. So, we need to be aware that we are the whole story. The whole story is us. We make our lives, we break our life and everything is us. Let things flow. Anything can go wrong. In my case, when I was doing my practices, I went through a series of problems including the death of my daughter, Ammu. All my possessions were stolen. My investments went away when the property dealer ran away. I lost my job. I contracted a disease. All these events happened within a short span of time (5-6 years). So I lost everything that I had ever had and this was challenging. Then there were corporate challenges on the other side such as targets, performance and the related activities.
But I never left my path. I never ever discussed my practices with people. I was alone and practising on my own. And it was purely the Vedic path, connecting to my spine and connecting to my breath. This is the only thing I did, but with consistency, conviction and focus. I never sought results. Basically you are only giving time to yourself, connecting to yourself, being with yourself.
Later on, when I started my public life, I realized that many people who come are not coming with kindness. Some people will come, abuse your connection in some way and then walk away. Also, they contaminate the minds of other people. So I decided that I will have nothing to do with it, let it all happen. But we need to be very firm and very stable. And that’s what I deliver.
Hence your stillness, your stability is your choice. What happens outside is definitely not in your control; you can’t control it. That will happen based on what our prarabda, what our destiny gives us. Your workplace, where you live, what you have, etc. are all connected to destiny. We have no control over them because they are predetermined. But you can definitely make sure that you will stick to your tradition and path in this life. Nobody can challenge it. Even if somebody challenges it, if you reinforce your conviction then you can’t be defeated. You are very powerful. Actually, you will know that you are very powerful when you decide that “Nothing else matters, only liberation matters.” If everything matters to you, then you are scattered. If only liberation matters, if you are fully focused on yourself and your liberation, then it doesn’t matter what your environment is, what concepts or fears you have or what is outside. It doesn’t matter. Nothing matters at all. You are focusing only on the path of liberation.
That requires two things: no ownership of action, no ownership of the result of the action. These are absolutely essential to be in the path of liberation. And if you just focus on lack of ownership, that will be fine; then clarity of purpose as I mentioned in the beginning, and also gratitude, deep gratitude. Always be grateful, don’t allow negativity; rather don’t buy things which you don’t need, especially those that are negative in nature; talking about people, talking about situations, concepts, and so on. You don’t need any of them. In fact, just focus on clarity of purpose, which is, liberation.
As I said, there are two sticks you can hold while you are trekking – no ownership on the action, no ownership on the results of action. Keep walking.
Wish all of you great success and deep love. All the best. Thank you! Love you!
Transcribed by Rakshitha and Ananth Sankaran
Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan
Mohanji Speaks Zoom Satsang, part 1
24th March, 2019
Q: How to develop Iccha Shakti and what is it? Is sankalpa Iccha Shakti thing?
M: Iccha Shakti (the power of will) is connected to clarity of purpose. First and foremost we need to have clarity of purpose – what we are here for what we want with life, what your highest expression is, what will keep you happy, what the cause of your contentment and satisfaction is. Thus we have to do some manana (contemplation) before we can actually increase the willpower. Will-power is not something standalone. It is not alienated from your clarity of purpose. This is the most important thing. Most people are in a mechanical mode where they go for classes, get education, degrees, job, family, children, house, etc. In that mode, they would live their whole life, almost a clockwork kind of existence where they are not thinking at any point in time. They simply exist. So, it is important that we ask ourselves at some point in time, what really makes us happy? It’s not about pleasures. Please understand the difference.
Pleasures are connected to a certain time. For example, when you have a meal you feel contented. You wish for something and you get it, then you feel contented. Thus, we mostly spend our entire life chasing something and when it comes to you finally, you feel contented. It’s connected to some expectation and its fulfillment. I’m not talking about that. Rather, I am talking about a level of contentment where the end result is that contentment irrespective of whether something is available or not; you are happy no matter what. Whether you are appreciated or not, you are fine. You are fine at every level of existence. If that does not happen, it implies we have to increase our clarity of purpose.
Also the purpose should not be something small. It should be as powerful as brightening the earth with your existence for the limited number of years that you spend here. Do not lead your life as another hungry mouth to feed or consume. Most of us do not even think about how we can deliver more to this earth. That is the difference, the line between success and failure. We neither think about why we are here nor contemplate on what else we can do while we are in this body. This is important and this clarity will automatically increase the power of will.
Look at great leaders, not necessarily the philosophers, saints or Gurus, who have attained things and made a difference in the world. Consider someone who has provided employment to thousands. This means all those thousands of people enjoy a meal because of that person. These leaders have actually walked and are continuing to walk the path of success by having clarity of vision.
Thus the vision has to be very clear in life. It’s not an aim. It’s about what you want to do or what you can do with your current existence. That gives you stability. Then will-power automatically happens because you will not be bogged down by the events of life. You will continue to give. People may or may not appreciate. It however doesn’t matter. We continue to deliver. Since we are born on Earth, we will make the maximum use of this incarnation.
Adi Shankara has said:
punarapi jananam (again birth),
Punarapi maranam (again death),
Punarapi Janani jathare sayanam (again in the womb of some mother)
iha samsare bahudusare (this world is full of this agony of existence)
Krpaya’pare pahi murare (So, connect to the consciousness while you can).
The above words mean we have been taking birth, we have been dying, and we have been going through the same emotions again and again. We have pampered and nurtured our identities, our existence, and our personalities all our lives. At no point in time have we thought about or asked ourselves what else we could do for this world. Other than experiences, you anyway cannot take anything away from this world.
Talking about expressions, if your expressions are of the highest nature, such as compassion, kindness, selflessness, unconditional love, sharing, caring, non-violence, purity of thoughts, words and actions and you are operating from that plane consistently, then what you give back into the world will be very pure. You will only give purity. Don’t expect people to understand you. They may not understand or appreciate. That’s fine because not everyone understands all others anyway. So, in order to maximize the relevance of this existence, you should maximize your delivery.
Delivery means you need to provide to Earth more than what you consume. That means more responsibility rather than rights. We talk about rights mostly and seldom talk about responsibilities. We must talk about our responsibility. You are already walking this earth; you are consuming a lot from this earth in the form of various materials, places, time & emotions, and so many other factors. Living on earth, walking this earth, we have many different needs and experiences and the earth is paying for it. We must pay back with our existence, with the highest good we can give. And that is the real and certain way to increase Iccha Shakti (the power of will).
Please understand it also is fearlessness. When you have great will-power, you will
- Not be afraid,
- Have no doubt,
- Not think (worry),
- Stop to criticize or judge others,
- Not talk bad about anybody,
- Know that all are karmic beings and all these people are expressing their existence in their own way.
So, we will continuously start expressing without any kind of blockage from within. It’s important that Iccha Shakti (the power of will) be connected to clarity of purpose. I would say that the highest clarity of purpose is “expressing non-violence”. They say “Ahimsa Paramo Dharma“, that means the ahimsa (non-violence) is the highest of dharma. If you can express non-violence in thoughts, words of expression, you will be increasing the clarity of earth and the society around you. And that will continue to bring you more energy and power.
As I said, when you have clarity of purpose, you will have the power of will, also you will have fearlessness. This was demonstrated when Pilate told Jesus, “If you repent, if you say all that I did was wrong, all I said was wrong, I can pardon you; I can set you free, you can remain alive.” But Jesus said “NO. All that I said was RIGHT.” Pilate then said, “People are against you. If I have to pardon you, I need your repentance for whatever you have done or said”. Jesus replied, “No, I will not do that. I meant what I said. I meant what I did”. That’s clarity (of purpose). When your purpose is clear, these words will come out because whether the next option is crucifixion or not, it doesn’t matter. Your clarity will lead you, give you strength and increase your will-power to the highest potential possibility.
Whenever your will-power is less, understand that your clarity is lost or you are unclear about the purpose. This holds good for employment too. In some companies you are just dragging your feet, you are going there out of compulsion, out of the need for salary, but you are not happy. That is because you are unsure whether this is exactly what you want to do in life. And that will not work because the job will become a pressure and you will never be happy or content. So, the clarity of purpose is essential. I hope this is clear.
Secondly, the faculties that you are using to experience this earth are
1) mind – emotions,
2) intellect – analysis,
3) ego – personality.
These are the three aspects with which we respond to the world. There are a lot of emotional people. Emotional people are basically nurturing their basic instincts. The basic instinct of every being on earth is SURVIVAL.
Survival has two strong aspects:
1) Need for food for the body to exist and
2) Need for sex – sexuality for the species to exist.
Now, most of the people who are operating in the emotional plane, which is, the mind plane are stuck to one or both these aspects (food and sex). And if you look at the whole world, you can see that the people are going in circles (similar pattern) in this manner.
Some people rise above the emotional factor and go to the intellect factor. In fact, they feel great about it. Intellectual/Intelligent people have a great capacity for analysis. They sometimes become scientists and explorers. They contribute a lot to this world just by using the intellect and they feel superior to the normal emotional and unconscious people. This is one more trap. As you can see, you are not actually getting out of traps. You have only transitioned from an emotional trap to the intellect trap. It is a trap, because it is not helping you to see the consciousness. You are not able to rise above these faculties. Another problem with the intellectual aspect is that it gives you a feeling of supremacy or superiority. Because you are able to analyze, you are able to assimilate, you feel great about yourself. That will lead to a more accented ego.
The mind is the basic (faculty) that which nurtures these instincts of human existence or any existence. Intellect is the analytical aspect makes you feel much better. There are many thinkers, philosophers, and other educated people who have tried to explore the nature of existence and they feel great about it. And then sometimes in their name or name of their teachings, religions & paths happen. While they may be good people and, in some instances, great people, if the intellect accents your personality, that is, the accent that overemphasizes a bloated ego, that is a BIG TRAP.
In the feast of ego, everybody goes home hungry. This is the way it is because the ego cannot be satisfied easily.
Intellect is another trap. One master had said, “Somebody who’s proud of their intellect is like a prisoner who is proud of his prison cell.” Intellect is a trap. The mind is a trap. Ego is a trap. Now, if this is understood clearly, then you understand how you are operating in this world. You might be using some of these faculties all the time. Right from the time you wake up until you sleep, you are operating in this mode continuously, all the time.
Now, the other aspect is AWARENESS. Awareness is there for every being. Some beings that are not able to talk like human beings, use their awareness to a great extent. You can see that during a natural calamity; most of the animals run away. They go to a safer place. Who told them? Look at the migratory birds traveling from Siberia or the Arctic region or wherever, to a tropical region every year at a certain time. Who told them? Who gave them direction? Who gave them the GPS or navigation capabilities? They have sharpened awareness. Through sharpened awareness, they are able to maintain precision in their lifestyle. Most of the animals and birds do that. But they are run by instinct. While the main instinct is survival for all beings, including human, they (non-humans) have awareness to a great extent.
We also have awareness, but we also have the capacity to use the awareness to understand the consciousness. That’s the difference. Consciousness is the substratum which runs the mind, intellect, ego, and body. Being aware of consciousness is one of the highest possibilities of a human being. If in one lifetime, we do not reach there, there is not much of a difference between our life and that of animals.
Most of us are not even aware of that aspect of consciousness. Why? Because we are stuck in the instinct plane. We are stuck in the instinct for survival and all other aspects associated with that. All our aspects (emotions) such as greed, jealousy, etc. are connected to instinct. If we become aware, or, we are conscious that consciousness exists, it is a completely different life and outlook. This is the possibility of human existence. And when you settle down in that aspect of consciousness permanently, we reach the stage beyond waking, dream, and deep sleep.
Also, understand that waking state is like a dream state now because we are not conscious of what’s going on. We are living mechanically. In the dream state, you are actually dreaming and that’s not the reality in real life. But it’s real at that time as when you are dreaming, you think it’s real. In waking state also, most of the time you do not have clarity, you only have partial understanding or awareness. If you are not able to see the truth as truth, as clarity (of purpose) with clarity, then it’s an extended dream state.
Thus most of us have an extended dream state in the waking state, and also a deep sleep state, which is similar to the death state with no existence. Dream state is one side and deep sleep is another. If you increase your awareness to the level where you understand that there is Consciousness, which runs or regulates the body, mind, intellect and ego as one unit, and consciousness that is the same in waking state, dream state, deep sleep state, then your clarity will be very high. With that clarity, you will not have much greed, jealousy, anger, hatred, you will not take revenge, criticize or judge because you know very well that all the people existing on Earth are at some level somewhere.
As I explained now, most of them might be operating only on mind state. Some of them might have transcended to intellect state. Some of them are between intellect and ego state. In some way, they are all trapped in their own states. How do you blame them? Or how can you criticize them? We all have gone through the same thing. If today you have a master, he would have spent many lifetimes chasing that mastery. Mastery doesn’t happen in a single day. You have to cleanse and empty yourself time and again, over lifetimes, to reach a stage of mastery where you are fully established in the consciousness, and not in mind, intellect or ego. Most of the people, who talk about the intellect such as writers or thinkers, are stuck in the intellect plane. While they have awareness, their awareness is pretty much caged in intellect and they are not able to transcend. They probably know that consciousness exists as a theory but it is not an experience.
Until and unless something becomes your experience, it’s not yours. That is not your state. It’s a theory. It’s an understanding, it’s an awareness. But you have to bring it to a level not from outside, it has to happen from inside to a level, where you are experiencing consciousness, then you realize it’s a different world. That gives you tremendous strength, power, and freedom. The sign of freedom is fearlessness. This is how all the great masters fought. They did not care whether people liked or disliked, they did not care whether people understood or misunderstood, they delivered.
Many a time during their lifetimes, the Masters were not recognized. After their death, they were revered and they were canonized. This is exactly how life works. Masters did not care about this as it didn’t matter. It is important that you deliver. You will display the states of brightness, stability, and stillness. In that state, you don’t even need words to deliver; rather you deliver with your life as you exist, as you are. It shows when you are peaceful and when you are completely settled within.
The best place and the most authentic place to settle down in life is you. You need to settle down inside. It doesn’t matter where you settle outside in countries such as America, Canada, London or any other place on Earth as they are of temporary use; you live there for some time and eventually die. If you can use this lifetime to fully settle into yourself, that’s the best gift you can give yourself. Settling into yourself is the highest possibility of human existence. That means you stop asking “why?” There’s no “why”, it’s just “am”. “I am” or being-ness will be the state. In that state, you do not have to worry about Iccha Shakti (the power of will), Gyana Shakti (the power of knowledge) or Kriya Shakti (power of action) because everything comes, joins and dissolves into the state of oneness or being-ness. This is the highest possibility.
I am saying all these because you need to see the full circle. If you understand this clearly, then you have understood the entire spiritual journey. We are actually stuck with words of people, rituals, methods, ideas, and concepts. These are all traps which are nurtured by one of the faculties such as mind, intellect, and ego. If we are looking at these aspects as existence, like life, like spirituality, we are mistaken. Not even a guru is important here. You are the guru you are the one you are connecting to, and you are not even looking outside. Forget about judging or criticizing as these are very low levels of existence and you can’t go to those levels when we are talking about being aware of consciousness and being conscious of consciousness. In that stage, you settle down completely into you and then you stabilize there fully and completely.
Question: How do we invoke Gods such as Ganesha and Muruga? Do we invoke these Gods as dimensions of the super consciousness or as different states?
Mohanji: There are 33 crore gods that is 33% of us is our soul. There are 33 crore or 330 million aspects of one supreme consciousness. What is that one supreme consciousness which has no or which is beyond dimensions? You cannot put that consciousness into any frames. Its pure energy, pure brightness, “brighter than a million suns”. And that energy is intelligent energy which is vibrant, intelligent and potent which can take any form. Every form has come out of that energy. And every form is just another part of the play of duality. Duality means up and down, left and right, night and day, light and dark, all those are parts of duality. So, the whole manifested universe such as galaxies, planets and the suns and moons and the un-manifested universe which is remaining as pure energy put together is the concept of Shiva.
Shiva is the manifested and the un-manifested. Shiva is the known universe or and the unknowable universe. You cannot know because you don’t have the faculty to understand the size of Shiva. This is Shiva. Shiva means complete. Shiva represents fullness or completeness, existing all around and everywhere. There is no place where there is no Shiva. I am not talking about the finite form of Shiva, which is like a yogi, who is completely occupied with stillness. That is an expression of the Shiva. I’m talking about Shiva which cannot be represented or can be only represented with the Shiva Linga which is often represented within a disc-shaped platform.
Now, there are 330 million expressions of Shiva. Our great masters understood that this infinite energy can be demonstrated or expressed into this world in 330 million forms or more and they expressed it. Every expression has a form, name, circuit (Yantra – a geometric structure through which the energy flows). Every expression has a worship method to maintain that circuit, maintain that energy. Every worship method is almost like your need for food or need for oxygen without which you will die. Thus this worship method and the structure of worship was created to maintain that energy, with that intensity. Then there is a frequency that it manifests, which is the Bheeja mantra (a.k.a. Seed Mantra). So all the aspects, such as a form, circuit – yantra, frequency – mantra were put together and each deity was created. A deity represents an ideal. Every idol represents an ideal.
There are Gods who are fighting demons. That is actually the representation of demons which are sitting inside us in the form of anger, hatred, jealousy, and comparison. We have certain Gods representing only fighting and destroying their dominance so that the earth becomes better; our Inner Earth becomes better and cleaner. Thus certain deities were created.
Now, Shiva has two sons. One is the knowledge incarnation which is Lord Muruga or Karthikeya. Lord Muruga even explains to his father Shiva, the meaning of AUM. Since the father is AUM, he doesn’t need to know the meaning of AUM. So the son tells His father, the meaning is of AUM. Hence, He became the guru of His father. Lord Muruga is knowledge incarnate or Gyana Avatar – Avatar of knowledge.
Then there is Lord Ganesha, who represents the un-manifested universe. The un-manifested universe is unfathomable. It can’t be explained. That’s why he takes the form of a huge body with a big belly. Lord Ganesha also has a great intellect which is cosmic consciousness. That is intellect not contained by a form or a frame. This is represented by the big head of an elephant. Why? Because the elephant is the biggest animal walking this earth. It is also a very kind being; it is herbivorous. It is it doesn’t attack or kill people or anything unnecessarily. It minds its own business and it’s very intelligent. So, all put together the elephant’s head was given just to express the state of intellect (cosmic consciousness) He holds. Then His vehicle is a RAT. Literally, if an elephant sits on a rat, then the rat is history! It will be gone for good!
Rat signifies the basic instincts or vices of human existence such as greed, jealousy, etc. The elephant representing the whole supreme consciousness sits on the basic human faculties, which signifies that the supreme consciousness is controlling the human frailties or faculties.
Similarly, for each and every idol, there is an ideal behind it; there is a reason for everything. Even the arms and the weapons held (by Gods) are connected to certain qualities or vices that we possess. Everything is defined that way because Shiva is the supreme consciousness, which has no form; and that formless can come as 330 million gods. Each God is one dimension.
Please always remember that whenever there is a form, there is destruction. Nothing stays forever. Everything has come from pure energy and everything has to go back to pure energy. So, if there is a form, there is a formless state also. If there is a birth, there is a death. So everything has its time, duration and evolution. All these things are part of it.
WORSHIP METHODS: If the worship methods are not followed as per the frequency of the deity, that deity’s frequency changes or it nullifies. This is why there are strict, definite and codified systems in temples which allows certain things and doesn’t allow certain things in order to maintain the energy of the idol. And usually it is said that between 8 and 40 seconds the idol transmits the energy depending on the inducement into the idol. Prana (energy) is induced into the idol using certain mantras and rituals. Then the idol becomes alive. It’s almost like the soul that enters a body. When the soul enters the body you are alive and when the soul leaves the body you are dead. So this inducement of energy into an idol is created in such a way that in the 8 to 40 seconds it transmits the energy to the worshiper. When the devotee comes and stands in front, then within 8 to 40 seconds, depending on the intensity of prana pratishta (a ritual that gives life to the Idol), it happens (transmission of energy).
Secondly, our temples are not just the places of worship; they are all places of rejuvenation and transformation. How does that happen? When you look at the idols that are decorated and are beautiful to see, your eyes brighten, the mind expands. Then there is a nice fragrance emitted from the flowers, incense sticks, camphor, and other materials. Automatically your nostrils like it because of the nice fragrance. Your mind and heart expand through the nostrils. Then you have mantras, chanting, rhythms, bells and many different sounds which are pleasing to the ears. Through the ears, the mind expands and rejuvenates. When the sandal paste, sacred ash, kumkum (vermilion) is applied on your third eye or on your body, through the energy of that or through the smell and/or fragrance or touch, the mind once again expands. Then the priest gives you something to eat or concentrated water to drink. When you drink that through the tongue, again, the mind is rejuvenated. So, through all the senses, the mind is rejuvenated. Hence it’s a place of total rejuvenation. Then, people prostrate, they lie down on the floor with the head down denoting surrender, thereby canceling the ego. When you surrender, your ego is canceled. When ego is canceled, you are ready for the state of emptiness.
Ego creates blockages. When the ego is cancelled, you become empty and the energy of the deity enters you even more. They say that when you go to see a guru or God offer something in the form of money or fruits or something. When you do that, it’s amounting to sacrifice. You can only offer what you have, not what you do not have. So when you share what you have, it amounts to sacrifice. It makes you rich from within. Always sacrifice makes you rich inside. In fact, when you offer food to somebody who’s hungry, you feel great. All these things completely transform a person, a worshipper, a devotee, and when you go around the temple a few times, a minimum of three times, then you are actually rotating within the auric field of the whole temple, by being inside it. That means your aura is getting cleansed. You are going around the temple, and you are getting cleansed. Through the senses, the mind is cleansed. When you surrender, the mind is cleansed. When you offer something, the mind is cleansed, then you go around the temple, again, the mind is cleansed, when you come out from the temple, you are fresh, and you are a new person. This is why one should never go into a temple without taking a bath. Then you get the maximum benefit. If you do not take a bath or you don’t wash your faces, then what you receive from there also is not enough. But if you have purified yourself, the body is pure, the mind is pure, the expressions or Mantra chanting is pure (i.e.) you are chanting it well, you gain maximum from this trip. So all these things are very definite, beautiful and most importantly, everything is scientific. That is exactly how our great masters have designed this whole tradition of liberation. Everything helps you to go one more step towards liberation.
Transcribed by Rakshitha and Ananth Sankaran Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan