Ahimsa is Fundamental to a Spiritual Diet

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By Mohanji

There are three types of food that we consume: one is the food for the body, second is the food for the mind, and the third is food for the intellect. Then, of course, the food for the ego is appreciation, reward, recognition, and so on. These help the ego. But mainly, we consume food for the body. When we have high levels of insecurities, we consume a lot, we eat unconsciously, and that leads to obesity, which in turn leads to various other problems. But as we increase our energy level by connecting to ourselves, through deep integration into ourselves, our energy level increases. As our energy level increases, our food consumption decreases, and it can even decrease to a level where one meal a day is good enough.

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But if you deny food, then you will be thinking about food, and it will be causing agony of some kind. I never recommend suppression. Suppression is the worst thing you can do. Denial and suppression maintain certain desires in you, which, over time, increase their intensity, and eventually they become compelling. So I would always recommend a moderate execution of all desires, with awareness. If you are fully aware that you have this desire, and it keeps repeating within, it means that you have blocked it at some point in time. If a recurring thought happens about something, it’s a clear sign that you have been suppressing or denying that at some point in time, and hence it is coming back every time. My suggestion is always, fulfillment, at a level where you are fully aware of all the desires, or the thoughts associated with desires and thus it is peaceful, calm, and at a moderate level. When you are fully aware, and you’re executing it in moderation, it should be alright. It will come, it will manifest and it will go away. If you suppress or deny, it will probably stay dormant for some time and later the experience will be somewhat like an avalanche, an intense desire which you can’t avoid.

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So my suggestion about consumption is, in moderation- go for it, have it, whatever it is and then with awareness, you can go over it. As you evolve more and more into deeper levels of subtlety, or the sukshma state, automatically you will not be able to consume any food which is of tamasic or rajasic nature. Tamasic and rajasic are foods that aggravate, they have intense flavours. Tamasic means something that makes you dull, any food that makes you dull. So the food that makes you energetic is the raw food, the food which have seen the sun, which has been under the sun, that God has given, like from trees and plants; and mostly in these foods, there is no violence; because a tree which produces a mango is happy that you are consuming the mango because the aim of the fruit is to spread its species around. That means the seed is thrown around, and another tree will come. Likewise, tomato or any fruit or vegetable that sees the sun has been created so that the seeds are dispersed and more and more such plants grow. Basically, it is the manner in which the species continues and hence the plants are happy when the fruit or vegetable is consumed. If you notice, when the birds eat, they spread some seeds around with their beaks, they spill them around. What they eat is for their sustenance, and what they throw around is for the future generation of the same species of the plant. So all the beings, all the animals and birds help in dispersing the seed and producing more of it’s kind. That is an ideal food, the food which has seen the sun is good for our system.

Eating habits also from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm is usually the right time, that means sunrise to sunset. But in various countries, sunrise and sunset are at different times. I usually follow between 6 am and 6 pm so that there is some boundary. When the sun is up, that’s when the body wakes up for digestion and even circulation. We are deeply connected to the Sun. Whatever you consume between sunrise and sunset gets digested; it doesn’t get stored. Whatever you consume after sunset tends to get stored in the system, which will cause obesity and further complications in the future. So I do not recommend eating after sunset. But in a country where the sunset is close to midnight, I would say you can stop eating at 6:00 pm. So it’s 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, its 12 hours. Within 12 hours you consume what you want to consume, and after that, for 12 hours, you give the body some rest.

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In our body, we largely have supporting organs, except for the heart, but again, a heart has four valves. Likewise, we have two kidneys and two nostrils, when one nostril is active, the other is silent; every 60 minutes it changes. So one is active, and the other is silent, always. One kidney functions when the second one is silent, sleeping, the second one functions when the other is resting. Like that, we have a sort of resting time for all the systems in the body.

In the morning hours, from 3:00 am to 6:00 am usually, both the nostrils function together. That’s why that time is very important. They say that if you chant during that time when you are centred; when both the nostrils are functioning together, the intensity increases, the energy level is much higher.

The consumption of food between sunrise and sunset is good. In India, you can clearly do it, because by and large the sun rises around 6 to 6.30 am and it sets around 6 to 6.30 pm. Thus it is possible to maintain a routine. But in any country you are in, you can use the 6 am to 6 pm timing or from sunrise to 12 hours later. It doesn’t matter at what time the sun sets, but after 12 hours, stop consuming. It is a good idea and also one should consume foods that have seen the sun, food that has no violence or murder; avoid meat products – the meat of animals or birds or beings that are killed. The animals had a lot of anxiety in them when they died. No animal dies happily. They are murdered by force, so they create a lot of pain and fear inside. They feel like a victim, so the meat, the entire body responds to that feeling of fear; the feeling also goes into your system when you consume that.

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Likewise, the lobsters and fishes, some of them are boiled alive etc., it’s all tremendous violence and cruelty. Any food which has cruelty or murder behind it is not good for the system of a seeker. The usual consumption is based on habits. We are used to a certain food, and so we tend to consume the same. We have to be aware that some of the food has a lot of violence behind it. Animals that are transported are aware that they will be killed. They are helpless, there is no choice given. They are bound, they are controlled, and they are killed. The victimhood, the pain, the agony that’s connected to it, it goes into the system of the people who consume it. Today’s, milk products also are not safe because most of the cows never see their calves. As soon as the calf is born, the calf is killed. For the dairy industry, every calf is a waste product. They throw away the calf or sell the calf as veal, and the mother is in agony all the time. The average lifespan of a cow is 20 years, in the dairy industry it’s 5 years, by the time the cow is spent, it is slaughtered. Even pregnant cows are slaughtered. All of this is extreme violence. Such vibrations entering this world create a battlefield.

Millions of animals are killed each day. Spontaneously, habitually, without giving it a thought, we consume burgers and food with meat in it, and it has violence behind it. Supply is as per demand. If there is more demand, supply is also more. It’s for the sake of cheap meat that farming is happening and hence injections and other medicinal interventions are happening. So eventually the products that you are consuming are completely adulterated. We must be very careful with our consumption; we do not need these. We can have a plant-based beautiful diet, which will help our system. What you consume is very important. The more you consume live products, that is, raw products, which have been in the sun and which are grown under the sun, it will help us to stabilize and it helps with meditations and other such activities too. When you consume food that has been fully under the sun, it always gives you good energy, ‘Prana’, the right energy, the right energy flow within. Suppose you were meditating in a noisy place you won’t be able to meditate because the sounds disturb you. Likewise, when the whole atmosphere (within) is that of agony and pain, there is violence, even though it’s invisible; every abattoir is like a war-field; so much death happens there, it is murder, it’s sheer murder! Where many beings are killed, the vibrations spill into the air and their agony, that victimhood fills the air and affects everybody.

We must be really conscious not to have more violence in the atmosphere. Likewise, human species is just one species, but because we have intelligence and imagination, we have dominated most of the earth; we have dominated the air, the water, and the earth. Domination also is a responsibility. We have the responsibility to maintain and protect the environment, which we have not done. Many species are extinct now and it is because of human intervention. We must understand that it is our job to preserve the earth that we have been entrusted with, it’s our duty.

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Look at various deities of the Hindu tradition; there are 330 million deities in our tradition, which are 330 million dimensions of ONE deity, the Supreme Consciousness, which is formless. Great Masters understood that there are numerous varieties possible of the Supreme Consciousness, which is pure brightness, brighter than a million suns. That’s pure intelligence, pure brightness, out of which the great Masters derived 330 million options. To each option, they gave a form, an identity, a name, a frequency, a mantra. Mantras are all frequencies and a circuit, a Yantra and also a system, a Vidhi, a system of maintaining them, and also a duration. That it’s almost like a clear definition, a clearly distinct aspect of the Supreme Consciousness. And thus every idol or form which has been created has an ideal behind it. It’s based on an ideal. Every Idol which is created has an ideal behind it.  All the deities that we see, they all have a supporting animal or a bird as a vehicle. That amounts to preservation. That animal or a bird is suitable to the character or the intensity of the deity that they support. So each animal and bird are thus respected, honoured, and preserved because of their association with that deity. This system was beautiful. We had various deities and they all had their associated animals supporting them. So we respected cows and calves, we respected bulls, we respected a rat, a peacock, a swan, and many different animals. They all were supported, and that preservation was spontaneous because we respected them. Why were they associated with a deity? Because unless you respect, you don’t preserve. Thus the need to respect was added into the system. When we don’t respect other species or animals, we tend to ignore them, we become insensitive, and we may also kill. That is what we see in the world today. We are the one species which is behaving like a virus today, destroying all other species. That’s only humankind; no other species does that, they all mind their business. All the animals are telling humans, “Just leave us alone, don’t disturb us, and don’t interfere in our lives.”

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We have done so much harm; different experiments happening in the laboratories of the world, torturing and killing hundreds of beings, and their agony which goes into the air, is disturbing the Earth. And when such things happen continuously, the frequency of the Earth also changes. A lot of victimhood is happening in the world, as we talk. It’s creating a difference in the entire environment.  Even though we have advanced in technology, we have not advanced in awareness. We have seen the very sign of all the wars of the world, the competition and discord that we see in society – all of these are connected to our lack of awareness. Hence, our consumption has a lot of value; our awareness, our consumption, this has value, it’s important, and our awareness is connected to our consumption.

Coming to the point, consumption through the body is vital. I would say consume something which has no violence connected to it, and which is suitable for spiritual evolution.

As regards, the emotions that we consume, emotions that are devotional in nature are always positive, but emotions such as anger, hatred, jealousy, the soap opera kind of emotions, they are not so good, because they lead to similar emotions. In karmic law, whatever you experience through the body, through the mind, through the intellect, through the ego, are all considered as experience, and the residue goes into the system like cache memory.

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Whatever you consume as emotion, even if you watch a feature film, or listen to someone’s experience, that memory also leaves an impression inside, and that leaves a cache memory. It’s almost as if the subconscious believes that you had the experience. The subconscious does not understand that you only listened to it, that it was not your experience. But when you nurture any kind of emotion for a longer period of time, it enters your system and it reproduces. That is why various traumas, fears, and phobias, though all these things have their root in its external input, these are actually like poison; the poison we collect from inside, enter our system and contaminate us. That is why we always say, “Satsangatve, Nissangatvam,'” You need to have good company, company of good people, company of people who expand your awareness, company of people who give good input; input which is regenerative by nature, rejuvenating by nature, that is good information, good input. If you consistently have good input, you will be peaceful, you will be light, you will be benevolent, and that’s good.

You need to have good company, company of people who are positive. They give you positive vibrations, optimism, regenerative talk, and then it leads you to a kind of detachment. This means that you will be happy. Detachment is not denial. They are two different things. Detachment means you can have something, but you don’t really need it, and you have the ability to share what you have. This is detachment. Detachment means you’re easily sharing without any remorse or regret. Likewise, you can have things in abundance, but you will only use them as per your need. There is a story of a Swami (renunciate) who was carrying water from the Ganga (river) in the shell of a coconut. People said, “Why are you just taking that much water, there is plenty of water in the river, why don’t you take more?” So the saint said, “No, you are not supposed to misuse anything, even though it is in abundance. You only take whatever you need “. That means even though there are resources in abundance, we don’t disturb them, we don’t destroy them, we allow nature to flow. We only take what we need, what we really need. Such a level of awareness leads to detachment. Detachment means that you have everything, you are grateful, but you don’t need more than what you can consume. When you consistently are in a state of detachment, then you do not have that many desires also. Your desires are all limited because you are happy, you are contented with what is available, and you are happy to have it, you’re grateful. Thus desires also reduce. When desires are less, your mind is still. The mind is disturbed because of too many desires. Thus your mind becomes very still; the mind is peaceful. So, fewer desires lead to more peace. If the mind is peaceful for a long period of time, then you are liberated in birth, and you will be liberated at death. This is the path to liberation.

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 You consume and it could be emotions, knowledge or information. Information – I have explained in detail. We are in an age where there is a flurry of information. Most information is toxic in nature and it creates violence within. Any information that you process, which creates violence and agitation inside, should be totally avoided, that’s also consumption. So when you know that a certain type of information is creating anger towards somebody, or it is creating jealousy or hatred, it should not be taken in at all, because our inner space should always remain clean and pure. Whenever somebody talks ill about another, I never buy it, I always say, “This is precious information, which you have spent a lot of time in collecting, keep it with you, don’t give it to me.” We are all karmic beings. Whoever is walking on this earth is karmic being. How can we blame somebody? How can we judge somebody? We don’t have the right. Because whatever any person performs on earth is within the boundaries of karma, within the karmic allowance. If we clearly understand that, we will not blame people, we will not judge people, we will not criticise people. How can we do that when we don’t know the karma of another? Anything happening in the life of anybody is within the karmic allowance. If we understand this one point, we will be peaceful. We know, okay, this is supposed to happen in their life. Whether it is good, bad, or ugly, it is not our prerogative. We can’t do anything about it. If something is supposed to happen in somebody’s life, it will happen, because he chose it before he took birth. This was part of the agenda of his birth. So how do we say he’s good, he is bad, he’s ugly? Nobody is good, or nobody is bad and nobody is only ugly.

Everybody is a mixture. We are all imperfect in a way. We are all a mixture. When we try to pretend that we are perfect, that’s when the problem begins. We then try to hide certain things, and that becomes a problem because whatever you hide becomes your weight, your burden. So we will not judge, we will not criticize, and we will not contaminate our inner space. What type of information would you like to process? Only that which will make you light. Information on higher awareness is good and only such information which you can process should be consumed, just like food. The food you eat should be sufficient for your existence; it should not be a huge quantity. Even if food is in abundance, you eat only what you can easily digest.

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 Ayurveda says, one-third of your stomach, that’s all you need, at each meal, so three meals mean three times one-third of your stomach, and that also only within the sunrise and sunset; this way you will remain healthy. All these various consumptions that we have, and emotions also, the ideal is that you must feel because you are a human being, but you should not sit down and cry. You should do what you can do. Like you see sadness around you, if somebody is not happy they are sad, you sit with them, sort them out, do what you can for them, and move on. But again don’t expect anything back, so your action is always pure.

When you do not expect anything back from anybody, you’re always operating on pure action mode. This is very important to understand. Whenever we do something with an expectation, it already became an impure action. That expectation makes things impure. Also, our documentation, by which I mean the memory of activity, can also increase our ego. When we say to ourselves for example, “I am better than another,” or “I’m able to do these things, so I am better off”, such thoughts give us weight, and reduce our purity level. We can always remain pure. It’s our choice. All actions can be pure. We do the best possible action within our capacity, every time. But don’t expect anything back from that person, that way, we remain extremely pure.

Regarding, consumption of information – consume only that which is regenerative and good. Various opinions of people about various people – don’t buy them, because they don’t understand. Most of what people talk today in the world are merely opinions, their understanding. We tell others what we have understood as per our awareness; so everything is relative. When you work with relative awareness, there is always separation from the truth.

The truth is one. Truth is always one, but nobody can see the truth fully because we have flavours. We look at life through our eyes, through our level of awareness, through our notions, concepts, prejudices, and many different things we have within us. We look through those spectacles and we see life based on that, and that is what we are conveying to other people. It cannot be 100% truth. It is always a flavoured truth or a relative truth. This is the truth which we are processing, what other people tell you are mostly their opinions, or what they have understood. And if we base our life on those opinions, we miss the truth further. We separate ourselves from the real truth. It’s important that we always are objective and we look at life with a fresh perspective. When you wake up in the morning, you look at life fully fresh, and then you will not miss anything.

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So each time, you remember that you are purity, and you should remain purity for your own sake. That keeps you healthy. Consumption should be in a moderate way, only as much as you need; but give more importance to giving forth. If you have taken ten, give forth twenty. Give forth means what you give to the world, that’s your net worth. Whatever you are giving to the world is your net worth. It can be your skill, it can be time, it can be love, it can be money… you share whatever you have in abundance. Your net worth is what you share and that is exactly what we must remember.

We don’t have to believe ourselves to be perfect. Perfection is a relative thing. We remain pure always and make sure there is non-violence; if you determine non-violence to be the benchmark, life is much easier. You can do what it takes, but you will not entertain violence. Criticism and gossip amount to the violence of the mind. Violence in thoughts, words and actions; you should refrain from violence on these three levels. That is how you remain always pure, always calm, and always peaceful. That allows you a very light existence and permits no blockages in the system. Whenever we engage in violence – be it in thoughts, words, expressions, or actions, it leaves behind residual blockages.

Understand that we are consuming many things through the day from the time you are awake till you sleep. In other words, you consume through the mind, the intellect, and the body and these can cause certain imbalances in the system. So, be aware of what you are consuming.

This awareness in itself will keep you alert. Alert awareness, at the moment, in this time is important. When you are constantly in the present time, you are in a perpetual meditative mode; there are no excesses. In that meditative mode, you are centred. When you are centred, you are aligned and when you are aligned, you are truly spiritual.  This is what I believe in and it is what I practise. I travel a lot, so I’m in different time zones, different energies; besides, I meet many people.

Sometimes it’s not easy to feel the body when you are in perfect alignment. So you have to bring yourself to the body to communicate and convey because you tend to expand. After a while, you will all experience that when you are fully within when you are fully aligned, you tend to expand beyond. You may sometimes not feel the bodily boundaries that one normally has. You may feel you’re much larger than you are, size-wise, energy-wise. So to bring yourself back to the body, to communicate, sometimes it becomes a bit difficult, but these are states you go into, as we practise many things. You accept everything. I always say “Don’t stop for experiences”. Experiences will come and go, always stay neutral. Allow all the experiences to come and go, for a long period of time. Then, you become the experience. There is nothing to experience anymore. It settles down. Then YOU are the experience. There is nothing to experience. The faculty which is asking for experience, the mind-matter, will dissolve, and then you become the experience all the time. That’s a perpetual blissful state. At some point in time, we will all arrive there. For that, you must be very aware of what you consume. It is not what you love to consume, it’s what you have to consume. What you have to do and what you love to do, they’re two different things. But again, please recall what I said at the very beginning – no denial. Also, be aware that every being on this earth which is walking, crawling or flying, deserves this earth equally, like us. We do not have supremacy over anything. We must accept that. We must look at the entire life structure of the world, with all its living beings, including seeds, plants, the environment and everything else, with respect. We always love and respect. We don’t waste anything. Whatever we consume, we respect.

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Whatever you consume, consume in moderation and remain grateful for that food, so that when you consume, it really melts into you. Also, understand that all these beings are complementing another. Whatever nature has created has a reason. Nature’s children, including us, have our positions; all of us have our relevance. Everything is interconnected. We must be aware of it and we must respect it. Just like we should respect our body, we should respect everybody. We must know that all have relevance. All have their right (to live) on earth, just like us. We have no right to kill indiscriminately. We have no right to torture, use or abuse. We have no right, we just accept. Whatever is consensual is okay. For example, a cow and a calf are in our homes and we look after them like our family members. We do not kill them. We look after them. We give them all the rights of existence, and that means they are living freely. If there is a bit of milk which we consume from them, after the calf has had sufficient milk, and the calf is healthy and happy, and we share like a family member, that’s okay. That’s what we were doing earlier. Every household had cows in them, and each cow was respected.

I remember, at my mother’s aunt’s place, they still live like that. No cow is ever slaughtered, the cows and the calves all live together. After a while, when the cow cannot produce milk, it is treated well even then. It is given the same food, the same medical support and such, like any other family member. And they die a natural death. That’s quite good because then, we are actually in harmony with nature. We are happy. We respect that every existence of nature has the same value. We accept and respect, we behave accordingly and that creates a lot of stability on Earth.

 All beings of Earth have the right to live and we have no right over other species. I believe that the beings who gulp water are herbivorous. We as humans like to gulp, not lick water. The carnivorous animals that I have seen lick water with their tongues. I am not a scientist, so I may be incorrect. But the point I am making is that by nature, I believe a human being is a herbivorous being, and our consumption should be connected to our elevation.

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We have the potential for understanding consciousness. Most other beings do not have it. They have instinct, and intelligence connected to instinct. They don’t have the potential for experiencing higher awareness or working towards it. We have. Since we have it, we have that power and potential for knowing the higher. We should also be very clear about what we do on this Earth – our responsibility is larger. To sum up, since our intelligence is higher, our responsibility is also larger.

 We must know that there is no difference between animal rights and human rights. It’s just BEING RIGHT. We should always remember, it’s BEING RIGHT. Always we have to BE RIGHT.

We cannot differentiate between species, and say, “Ok I allow so much as rights to these animals or birds…” That is nonsensical! We have no right to do that. We are a species. We have imprisoned the human species itself, and there were zoos in the past, in some countries, where we imprisoned various beings of our own species! I have seen pictures of such zoos. We have been blind to many such things. We have many divisions and subdivisions based on feelings of internal supremacy due to colour, caste or community. These are aberrations and based on ignorance. They should not exist.

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Talking about deities that we worship, say, for example, Lord Shiva, another name for Shiva is Neelakantha, the one with a blue neck. His neck is blue because the poison that He drank from the outside world accumulated on the neck. This signifies that we consume a lot of poison from the outside world. The poison is the dirt which our mind creates over a period of time. Anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge, gossip, criticism, contempt over many different things, feeling of injustice and so on, are some examples of dirt. Shiva, as the Supreme Consciousness, consumed it. But it stayed in the neck. If it went into the stomach, it would poison the body and if it was spat out, the world would be contaminated. So as Supreme Consciousness, what Shiva did was, He held the poison in the neck. He did not digest it, it did not go into His system, and he also did not spit it out. Thus the Supreme Consciousness remained pure and the world also remained pure.

This is symbolic. If we consume gossip, criticism, prejudices, jealousy and other such negative emotions, which are connected to the world outside, to people, places and time, we should not allow them to go inside because it will upset our entire system. The body we talk about is the spiritual body, the body which is light by nature. When you consume all this negative stuff, it makes us heavy; our state of lightness reduces. So we should not consume them. Even if it is entering our system, keep it in the neck. And if you spit it out, which means, when you talk bad about people, you defame somebody, you character assassinate somebody, or you propagate violence, and you spit it all out, it will create even more negative vibes in the society. So even if you have all those consumptions, let it be in the neck, so that it’s neither out, nor in.

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Shiva has various snakes around Him; He has all the important, powerful and poisonous snakes Shiva has around His neck – Anantha, Vasuki, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Shankha, Gulicka, Padma, and so on. They are all-powerful snakes, they are extremely poisonous too. So Shiva as the Supreme Consciousness kept them around his neck, as a garland so that society remains pure. We have all sorts of snakes in the society, various types of people who are spitting venom, that is, contamination. We’ve seen that. It has caused many wars, separations and displacements. We have experienced various types of agonies in the world, even now we do. As we talk, some people are dying; we see that in Syria, Yemen and various countries. We have seen wars and destruction such as the First World War, the Second World War, wars in the Balkans, the death and destruction during Stalin’s regime, during the time of Pol Pot and so on… countless deaths and destruction. Even now we see various types of calamities in the world. People are suffering, many are suffering because of a lack of harmony in the minds. We think that we can conquer and capture many things from the earth, but we do not understand that we carry nothing from here.

All the supremacy we talk about by owning things, by having lots of possessions, positions, and lots of things from the earth, all the beautiful things we have made and all the beautiful things that are on earth, exist for everyone, we can’t own it. We think that by paying money and having a document in our name, we own it. How long will we own the same? We only own something on a temporary basis, because we are here on a temporary basis. We have not remained stable in one form, from birth till death. We are changing; our body is changing, the mind is changing, everything is changing. We can’t really own anything on Earth. This awareness we should have. We should have the innate ability to share, to love, to express gratitude all the time.

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 When you step on earth, it should be with the feeling of gratitude. That is why we start the day chanting, “Karagre Vasate Lakshmi, Kara Mule Saraswathi, Kara Madhye Tu Govindah, Prabate Kara Darshanam”. We look at our hands and say – On the tip of our fingers exists Goddess of wealth, at the root of our hands exists knowledge, the wisdom, and in the middle exists the God of maintenance, somebody who maintains the entire life, earth, the whole Universe.

We look at the hands and say, “Let these hands be doing good in this world.” We also say, “Samudra Vasane Devi, Parvata-Stana-MaNdale, Vishnu Patni NamasTubhyam, Paada Sparsham Kshamasva Me”. We worship the Goddess of wealth. Wealth means any creation which has happened in the universe. We consider that as connected to Shakti or power. Shiva is Supreme Consciousness and from Shiva, the action part is Shakti or power; the power of creation, power of will, power of action, all put together have created the Universe. So we say, O Goddess who is spread over the Oceans and the Mountains, I am stepping on you. Please forgive me.” So with that kind of gratitude, if you step on Earth, we will not own the Earth. Nobody can own the Earth. This body has come out of Earth. Everything has come out of Earth. When we clearly understand that, we will be in moderation. We will not consume indiscriminately. We will not conquer, capture, destroy, kill, murder, we will not do anything of that nature. And that expression is what we see in the Gods and Goddesses of our system. They exist as ideals of a certain kind, and as a representation of the ideals in a form which suits that ideal. Each of them has as an animal or a bird supporting them, so that is amounting to the preservation, preservation of a species. It’s our duty! Preservation of our body and preservation of all the species on Earth. It’s our responsibility because we have higher awareness. 

Please understand this whole picture; if you clearly understand that this human existence is a great existence, an existence with awareness, we must also remember it’s not just RIGHTS, it’s RESPONSIBILITIES which are even more important. Great Masters like Sai Baba, Bhagwan Nithyananda, Babaji, and Mahavatar Babaji; all the great Masters the world has seen, they all have propagated the same thing – Do not kill, Do not murder.

‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharmaha’ -that means Ahimsa- Non-violence is the highest form of dharma, righteous duty. Our righteous duty is to be non-violent. So if we clearly spread this, it is not about religion, not about ideology, it’s about us. Religions are made out of teachings of great Masters who have seen the Truth and they are for humans, it’s not that humans are for religions. Religions are all for human beings. They are roadmaps for higher awareness, for going into higher awareness. Paths that lead to liberation, not the paths to bind. So whenever anything binds you, understand that there’s something wrong there. Nothing can bind you.

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You’re free by nature. You’re free by birth. You are born free and you will die free. Nobody can stop it. Even if you are connected to a great Master, you will still die. Even if you are connected to a religion, or a particular method, or a practice, you will still die. Everybody, everything that’s born will die; it has its natural time span. We should not ever think that by connecting to something we become immortal, or by acquiring more, by capturing more, we will become immortal. In the life story of Alexander the Great, it is said that when he left his body, when he died, he wanted his hands to be shown outside of the coffin so that people could see that he carried nothing from here. He was a world conqueror. He conquered lots of countries, but he carried nothing. The conquests were actually for emotional satisfaction. It was only to fulfil his emotion, the wild appetite, the feeling that he controlled something, that he conquered.

Many people have it. We have a wild appetite for possessions. We think we need many things. That was the only problem with Ravana. Ravana was a wise man. He had lots of knowledge, he had skills, he had many good qualities but he had this wild appetite for possessions. He wanted everything good in his place. So he did everything non-dharmic for that sake. That is when the war happened and in the war with Ram, he had to die. But Ravana was a great personality. He was a very skilled personality. He was good in warfare, he was good in many things. One quality which pulled him down was this great appetite for possessions, and that really made him weak. When we ever think that we can own more and we can accumulate more, always remember, for how long, that is very important. We must understand that nothing actually belongs to us, including the body.

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Whatever we have received from here, we leave behind. If that is clear then we will be very peaceful all the time.

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This question is a game-changer

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Hello, my dear friends. Welcome to my podcast channel. This is Mohanji.

Today, I would like to offer food for thought, which is of great relevance to all the people of the world, everybody. Everybody at some point in time, would have asked this question, “Who am I? What am I doing here? What am I here for?” These questions would have come to everybody’s mind at some point in time, in their whole life. Sometimes this question comes at the most desperate moments when despair is so high, so overwhelming. That’s probably the time when this question comes, but for many people, it spontaneously happens, hence it is a very relevant question. Self-discovery! Self-discovery is a very important discovery which only human beings are capable of. And this discovery is worth it. That’s one of the greatness of human birth, that we are able to find ourselves.

There are numerous things outside. There are so many materials, so many relations, so many spaces, so much of variety. They are all adding value to our life. And sometimes with all those, we feel discontented. We are not happy with all these things. We have everything but we are not happy. Why is it so? One simple reason; we haven’t found ourselves. That’s the only reason. We haven’t found ourselves.

 

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So self-discovery is an important discovery, which every person should undertake sooner or later. But in daily life, in the daily chores, we pitch into situations and then we think this is more important. So we get carried away with life and it’s various aspects. But at some point in time, we decide, “Oh, this is not really giving me satisfaction. Situations are not giving me satisfaction, money is not giving me satisfaction. Nothing is giving me satisfaction.”

That’s the time when we really start digging deeper into ourselves. To find out who we actually are. There, the game changes. That question is a game-changer. Life changes. That time we will realize nothing else is worth it, except finding ourselves. Then no distractions of the outside world, nothing of the outside world touches us because we have found a purpose; a real purpose, which we can find only in human existence. That purpose overwhelms us, makes us powerful, makes us integrated.

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There, the hand of the Master comes, who has already found himself. A Master is somebody who has found himself. His hand comes and holds you. “Come, my child. I’ll take you there”. Take you where? Take you to yourself. That’s the job of the master. To take you to yourself. And there, once you settle down in yourself, you become a master. MASTERY OVER YOURSELF. In that mode, you’re super powerful. You are everything, you are every being, you are every situation. You are total and complete. There, you and the Master are one. That’s the journey. That’s the real journey. That’s the potential that we have; human life has, human existence has. If that’s not understood, we have wasted life. We will look everywhere but we will not find the real thing. We will go to all places but we will not be happy. We will taste everything in life, all aspects of life. Everything is okay, everything is good, but we will still be unhappy; we will still be dissatisfied, discontented. Contentment happens only when we find ourselves.

I leave this thought on your plate today. Find yourself. Think about it, contemplate on it. This is a very, very important subject. This is possible only in human life. We are all lucky that we are human beings and we can find ourselves. There is an ability deep within, which helps us to find ourselves. Don’t miss this chance. That’s the only thing which is really worth it. No money, no other things are as important as finding ourselves. I leave you with this thought on your plate. Digest it well, and let’s talk about it. I would like to have your opinions. I would like to have your suggestions and ways we can improve. I’d be happy to do that.

I wish you a great day and a great week ahead.

Lots of love.

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These podcasts are to transform you

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Hello, my dear friends. This is Mohanji.

Welcome to the podcast.

Today I would like to answer a question which somebody had posed to me. This is about the podcast itself. He asked the question, “Why don’t you add more matter to your talks? Even if it’s a bit longer, it’s fine.”

So my answer is, I have started this podcast not to give you answers, but to give you questions, to give you food for thought. There is a very important concept in the world of knowledge. A good teacher should show a student where to look but not what to see. If I tell you what to see, then there is no creativity for you. Your creativity is stunted. So my job is to just give you certain thoughts, certain questions, which should mature in your own mind through discussions, through sharing, through talking about it, so that it transforms you. This is my intention, not to give you so many ideas. We have done so many videos to give you answers of that kind. The reason for this podcast is not to teach you anything, I have nothing to teach you. Instead, I have some thoughts to give you, which can probably grow and mature in your own mind. So if you use this well; if you use this for your own thought processes, or you contemplate on it, you share with others and discuss it, and formulate certain ideas; that is the kind of maturing which I expect out of this podcast.

So, it’s not just to listen and forget; it’s not to get answers; instead, it is to think. The very reason for these podcasts are to convey this idea that we are all unique, we all have our thought processes, we have our inclinations, we have our tendencies, we have complete uniqueness. What can you do out of this uniqueness? Create a unique understanding; create unique expressions. So this is exactly what I want out of this podcast.

I would like you to mature these thoughts are in your mind and let the seed become a tree. And also, I’m making sure that all these thoughts are positive. We’re not trying to discuss negative thoughts. We are not trying to bring talks about people. We’re not talking about concepts and prejudices; anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge; this is not our subject. We talk about love, we talk about gratefulness, we talk about various aspects which nurtures you, enriches you, empowers you. This is what we would like to discuss. So, your thoughts are welcome.

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I got a question, “Why don’t you talk about love?” So I said, I have spoken about love a lot of times. When we talk about love – we talk about love which is our very nature, it is unchangeable. It’s the same every time. There is no change at all. When we talk about love between human beings, love for materials, love for positions; that’s all temporary. That’s all waking state affairs. Let’s not confuse between the real love and the waking state expressions of love. When all other emotions end, what remains is love, just like our self. When we talk about self-realization, it’s only a realization of what is already sitting inside you. Like that, love is sitting inside you. Love and self are the same, love and God are the same, love and guru are the same. So, don’t equate that love with the transactional love in a man-woman relationship or love for materials, wealth, possessions, positions; that’s all very small and short – abbreviated form of real love.

So, let me reiterate, the reason for these podcasts is not to educate. It is to give you food for thoughts. I would like you to digest them as much as you can. Ask me questions, we discuss so that eventually we will see ourselves transforming without our knowledge; as we are growing without our knowledge, as we are evolving without our knowledge. There is no time limit for this, there’s no age limit for this. So all we need to have is just that fire inside; that fire to understand, to assimilate, to align, the fire to transform. If you have that fire inside, that kind of attitude, then these foods for thoughts will grow very, very rapidly within. And it will definitely help you to see the world differently, see your life differently. So this is something which I would like you to understand.

And then people ask, “Is there an age limit?” What age limit? Until you die, you can grow, you can evolve. And also there is a concept that at 50, a person attains his death, and from 50 onwards, it’s a new life. So 50 onwards, we are to start from one. It’s an interesting concept because, by the time you’re 50, you’ve completed one set of your life, that means half a century, then you’re starting again. So if we are in that mode, we understand and sometimes you can see in life that at 50, you transformed, you changed, something changed inside. This is also possible to see, there is no age limit. There is no age at all. Age is just a concept. Age is not at all a reality that way. You know, when you say age, it’s about physical age we’re talking about, but that’s not important. What is important is your attitude, the attitude to transform; your attitude to destroy your comfort zones and evolve. This is important.

So I would like to leave you with these thoughts anyway. I hope you understood the idea behind this podcast. It’s not to educate, but it is to inspire you to think.

Lots of love.

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Why do we fail to help others?

Hello friends! This is Mohanji.

Today, I would like to answer a question from a young man. “How do you make other people successful when you have lots of things to do?”

Well, it’s a beautiful question. I liked it. It is because making other people successful – that’s a very big thought. To be honest with you, I never thought of it that way. I did not think I am making other people successful. I made this platform called Mohanji and so many people are finding fulfillment with this and I would like to attribute it to the Tradition. I always attribute everything to the Tradition. I do not take any ownership.

Having said that, where do we start? It’s a big question, right? We have to start somewhere. We have to help ourselves. We have to be stable to hold the hands of another person; who’s probably looking for help or maybe he may have not explored himself, in any way. We can guide a person to himself or we can give guidance to those who need guidance; all these are possible. Anyway, everything is fine.

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I was looking at how did I help myself? So, I went back to my own life; my childhood, my youth, my working time – working in a company, at these times, what was l doing? I was helping myself. I was basically helping myself and in the bargain, I might have helped others. But what are we doing actually in life? This question we should always ask. It’s a very important question. I was looking at this whole perspective in a very logical way; not spiritually but just logically. The building-up stage, I have received a lot of assistance; we all have – from our parents, from the teachers, from everybody.

So many factors have built us up. This being which we call ‘us’ today have a lot of background. There has been a lot of support from many people. First of all, starting from your mother because a mother has always nine months more relationship with you than anybody else in the society; you stayed in her stomach for nine months before you came out into the society. So, a mother has a deeper connection. Starting from a mother, step by step, stage by stage, we have received a lot of help from the people, from society, from the environment, from nature.

All our aspirations, all our feelings, all our emotions have something to do with something. It’s not just stand-alone. So, if you look at this large canvas of who helped us, we will have to say so many things; uncountable, you don’t know even how to count. It’s been so many. And it will give you a lot of wonders. My God! All these years we have walked on Earth but we never acknowledged anybody, any being. We took almost everything for granted. We never appreciated deeply. Are we right? Probably we have appreciated partially, selectively; that’s all fine. But have we really understood and appreciated? That makes a difference here. We complain, “Oh, this is not right, that is not right. People are not okay. They’re not giving me enough” etc. But have we started appreciating everything that has happened to us.

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Everything has contributed; what you are today is a total of all these contributions and experiences; good experiences, bad experiences, everything together. We have understood life. We have understood people in whichever capacity because of all these experiences. Isn’t this wonderful? It’s really wonderful. Then, you reach a level of maturity where you start giving what you have to others; your experience, your time, your love, your money, what you have in abundance. Whatever you have in abundance, you would like to share because you realize that this makes you happier. This is happiness. This makes you happier, this makes you more purposeful. This is life. At that point in time, we don’t look back, we go ahead. Okay, this is what it is.

Likewise, we are born into a family. But do we have a family? Do we really have a family? This question should be asked. Why did we not have a family? It is because we never accepted ourselves in the first place. So, we have to help ourselves. Only when we help ourselves, we can help the world. Only when we accept ourselves, we can accept others. So, it is all about us; how we handle ourselves. If we handle ourselves with anger, disappointment, insecurity, so many factors which pulls us down, then we will handle the world the same way. The world is just a reflection; it’s like a mirror. What you see outside will be this. When we blame somebody else, understand we are actually blaming ourselves. Because we can’t blame ourselves and get away with it, we blame other people and in that bargain, you spoil a relationship. We compare, why do we compare? Those who compare are heavily insecure. Those who are really secure, those who are very happy, very contented with oneself will never compare. There’s nothing to compare. You appreciate another person, not compare.

 

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So, when we compete, it’s the same thing. We have some deficiency. We feel that we are not up there. So we try to compete with another; to beat that person in a certain game, in certain aspects of life. And then we feel good. But look at this whole thing. Are we really happy with all this? Never! We are never contented. We become contented only when we become helpful in the world. That gives us perpetual peace. That gives us contentment. That’s very important to remember. So, when we try to help others, when we decide, “I would like to help the world spontaneously”, automatically, we’re helping ourselves and we are stabilizing ourselves. We are being stable; we are being purposeful. So, helping others is spontaneous when you are already stable. You can see that in the world.

Most of the people who are at a great level of awareness, they are always available to the world. They don’t sit at home and have personal enjoyments. Those who are insecure and sometimes those who have not accepted themselves, those who have not helped themselves, or those who have not really groomed themselves, beyond the competitions and comparisons, they have to do that first. They are not available to the world because they are leading a selfish life. They do not agree with people, they do not accept people, they do not really love people. But they expect love. Can you get love when you don’t give love? You can’t. You get only what you give. This is the way the world is made. So we have to understand, we have to look within and we have to find ourselves. And that platform which I think I have provided, that is my biggest contribution; a platform where you can find yourself and you can express yourself freely. It’s not behind somebody, ahead of somebody, it’s together with everybody.

So this is something which I would like to give you as food for thought. Why do we fail to help others? Try to find the answer. Go within, look within, contemplate. And see what makes you not help others, or what makes you compare with others. What makes you compete with others? Understand that this is all sitting within us. You don’t have to do any of this. We are unique. We have all the power, all the facilities that existence can ever provide. And we are unique, absolutely unique. This is the thought I would like to leave you with until I see you next time. Ponder over it, discuss among yourselves. Try to build something out of it. Try to build a structure out of it. All the things I’m giving you are to improve yourself and your standards of living. I would like to leave you with this. Wish you a great day and time and I’m always with you.

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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Human Future

Whenever a system shuts down, it affects every level. First of all, economically and simultaneously, psychologically; it’s not a physical ailment alone. Physical is on one side. But what happens with the psychological side, when things are denied? Sometimes when people have to face poverty, they tremble, they shiver. They can’t handle it; even potential poverty; it may not be even poverty. If people say, “Hey, look here, food will not be available after 10 days”, people will go crazy. Even if that thing is not true, people will go crazy.

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So we have a strong instinct for survival just like any other species. Plus, we would like to survive by keeping all our habits, all our likes and dislikes, all our usual patterns. This is human life, but for an animal, as long as they get the food, it’s fine. If the food is not coming, they’ll starve, they’ll keep quiet. But for us, we cannot tolerate that. We are an advanced species. We are much more evolved apparently. So we would like to have all those things in control. But that’s not the case always, especially now with this Corona virus situation. Most of the factories are shut down; banks are working on a skeletal basis. The whole economy has shifted. I believe the economy will never be the same again. This is what I feel.

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People have to reinvent this time. People have to think again and revise, reinvent their whole life. And this is the time for that. This time we have to understand and also accept reality and adjust accordingly. Now, will there be somebody dominating this? It is possible because in every situation you can see a predator or a predatorial aspect; even in competition, in corporate business, there are predatorial activities, definitely. And will there be a victim? There will be victims. We still have victimhood. Many of us do not have choices. We think we have choices, but it’s always the same wine in different bottles. We are bound by fast food, fast food system. We are bound by various aspects of life.

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So will there be a kind of slavery? Possible as we are already experiencing it. Will there be predators? Yes, possible as we already have predators. I think many of the governments are still controlled by war machine makers, drug manufacturers, medicine manufacturers, food industry etc. Food industry decides the taste of a generation. Food industry binds people with the salt and sugar; dairy industry, meat industry, big violence, big-time control. All of these are there. So how do we know that it will be different? It may not be different. And a difference can happen provided purchasing power is affected. People will go for more durables because they don’t want to change it all the time. If purchasing power is not affected, they will continue to buy things as per the use and throw items (disposables). But if there is a restriction in the income flow, then people will go for more durables, which means less exploitation of Earth. More use and throw, more disposables means more exploitation of Earth. I hope to see less exploitation of the Earth’s resources.

So all these factors are possible, but I strongly believe the economy will never be the same again. People will have to think twice and so many people may lose their jobs. Many people may find or may have to adjust to continue to work. Many of the production units will have to reboot. Many countries will have to reboot themselves, reinvent, innovate or re-start their whole process. And sometimes countries like China and the huge producers may have to readjust to the world’s economy or they will make the world economy to readjust to their system or their plan and pattern. All this is possible. We have to wait and watch.

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I’m not interested in predictions, but logically, whatever is possible, I have just said. It is definitely going to be a new world; take it for granted. It will be a new world. It has to be. People may try to go in their old ways, but it may not be easy because we have a shut down for almost a month now and to reboot, it will take time, at least this year. Next year onwards, probably if we go back to our old ways etc., we will see.

But then if we really go back to our old ways and start living an unconscious existence, nature is going to hit very hard, harder than now. At that time, we would not care whether it was human intervention or nature’s intervention. It is basically a small, invisible virus creating panic in the most intelligent community, species on earth. A small, invisible being is literally bringing one species to its knees; nations to its knees. Total shutdown.

So this is very important to understand. We’ve got to renovate, we’ve got to reinvent ourselves, our life. We’ve got to re-organize this whole thing. This is important. Also, our communication system has to change now. We have to use the internet, phones and other communication channels more than physical contact. So the next generation could be mostly non-physical contacts because people are used to it now. People know that you don’t have to really meet, probably we will get used to it and we will say, “Oh, can I come and meet you?” or “You really want to come? Let’s talk on the phone.” Possible, that life is possible; or “Can I show you a presentation?” “OK, send it on email.” which was happening before. Now it will be more accented. Why do you have to travel? Because then in that way, if we look in that case, then again the pollution levels will be less. Emissions will be less, etc. But it’s a tall order. I’m just hoping, it’ll happen that way.

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Real Experiences of Sai Baba Transform You

Mohanji is a Spiritual Master whose awakening was graced by Sai Baba of Shirdi. He guides many on the path and works tirelessly to spread his teachings. Mohanji talks about Sai Baba being the Supreme Consciousness and how a real experience of Baba will transform you.

You will reach a level of awareness, where you are everything, and there is nothing beyond you, all of us will reach there sooner or later, at one point in time. First and foremost, we start a journey, we try to seek something and this seeking process sometimes takes a long time. This is the usual journey of an average seeker. We are trying to seek for something, we don’t know what we are looking for, and this process happens, in the scriptures, it is defined: Tat Tvam Asi (you are that, what you are seeking for, is you). So basically, what they are saying is that it is a journey from outside to inside. You are scattered all over outside because your mind is occupied with many things outside. You are addicted and connected to various things outside including places, people, situations, positions, possessions. From there you detach and finally, you come inside, and then you realise you are not even the body. You are the state or the Consciousness that operates the body. At a certain point in time you come there, you arrive, that’s when you settle down there. Then you really understand that all your relations, positions, and possessions have no value, and they are all temporary, they are only active when you are awake, they are not active when you are sleeping. So whatever is active when you are awake and when you are sleeping, that’s the real you. That you can only find inside you, you can’t find it outside. This realisation brings you inside.

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So then, there are two aspects: One is the aspect of existence, as you as an incarnation. Sai Baba said, “In that mode, I am the servant of the servant of God.” I am the servant of the servant of God means, “I put myself in the humblest possible way, I am here to serve the servants of God, I am here to serve the seekers who are seeking for truth.” That is what Baba said. But when you look inside, like Hanumanji told Ram, “I choose to be your servant, and this is the role of my life, this life. I choose to be your servant, your wish is my command, but Consciousness-wise, you and I are one. You are playing the role of Ram, I am playing the role of Hanuman, but we are the same.” Likewise, Baba said, “In this life, in my disposition, my position, I position myself as the servant of the seeker, guiding the seeker to the Lord. But the Lord and I are one, you and the Lord are also one.” The moment you realise that you are one with the Supreme Consciousness, or what is inside you – 33% of you, the soul element is exactly what you are finding everywhere – that is, the microcosm and macrocosm are one. But because of functional roles, they seem separate. They seem separate, they are not separate. So when you stop seeking for anything outside, everything reveals itself inside. In that revelation, what you understand is that we are one with the entire cosmos. The created universe and the non-created universe, the known, tangible universe and the unknowable, infinite universe, we are the same, we are one with that. Then it is a question of us dissolving and disappearing. We become one with the whole ocean; the ocean becomes us.

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Baba, in that mode, has said, “I am everything.” That is the place where all of us will reach sooner or later. And as we travel inside more and more, we start understanding the silence factor inside us, completely free, totally free, non-intrusive. Actually, based on no desires, no desires for anything outside, no desires for anything inside, even for realisation. So everything settles down to complete stillness. We become stillness, total stillness, and in that stillness, there is no world outside. Whatever you see outside is yourself in various forms – a tree, a plant, an animal, a bird… anything you see, it’s you. There is nothing, nothing else. So in that mode, all you see is yourself, and you are interacting only with yourself. In that mode, you are one Consciousness with the Supreme. So Baba, when he says he is a servant of the servant of God, He is the servant of the seeker; His role is to guide people to complete liberation. And please understand, this is a collaboration. When you are walking this path, when you are established in this particular mode, various oceans, various rivers come into you and you become a larger ocean.

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That is what happened when Akkalkot Swami attained Mahasamadhi. A part of his soul merged with the tree under which he was sitting, and a part of his soul merged with Sai Baba. When some of his followers were coming to Akkalkot to meet him, He came in a dream and said, “Come to Shirdi, I am sitting there.” And when they came to Shirdi and saw Baba, they saw Swami – unity of Consciousness. And also, Masters who are here with a similar purpose – they conglomerate, they unite, and they deliver together. This I have felt myself when I interacted with Ganeshananda Giri Babaji, Vitthal Babaji, Avadhoota Nadananda, and Devi Amma. Devi Amma lives in Bangalore. Vasudevan Swami is one of them in Vajreshwari. What I found in him is that he was old and he was bent, he can’t stand up properly and all he does is, he prays, “O Lord Krishna, I have not seen you for a long time, I am old, I can’t see well, when will I see you?” And Krishna appears, not just appears, the residue of his presence would be on the wall. This means it was not an illusion; it was a presence. Various people say they had these appearances: Jesus appeared, Krishna appeared, Buddha appeared, etc. But many of them are mental projections. How do we differentiate between a mental projection and a real apparition?

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When a Master of that frequency, like Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, or Avatars of that frequency appears, you don’t remain the same anymore. Your frequency has to shift, your frequency changes to receive their frequency. That means, there will be a different level of elevation, and only then you can communicate. This communication happens only through that elevation of awareness. But if it is just a mental projection, there will be no change, you will be the same. You will still have all your anxieties, fears, anger, hatred, jealousy… all those things. But if a real apparition, if a real encounter happens, with the energy as powerful as Sai Baba or Krishna, then you will not be the same again, it will not be the same, you will not remain the same. So this can be considered as a real sign that you are actually having communion, and the result, almost always, would be silence. You will not have any initiative to tell people, “Look here, I am speaking to Krishna, I am speaking to Sai Baba,” you may not even feel like telling, because the more you interact with any being of a higher frequency, the result is inherent silence inside. And no urge to prove to anybody, there is nothing to prove to anybody. What will you prove?

Your state is not provable. In what state you are operating, you can’t tell. Your behaviour is not possible to convey anything. Many people considered the behaviour of Baba as inconsistent, some people even thought he was mad. But he was a great Master. His operating level was different. He was discussing things with subtle beings, and sometimes he used to shout, scream, beat, he used to throw tantrums. All these were communications to various frequencies, various dimensions. So, it is not easy for a normal human being to recognise and understand a Master. What will you convey? When you are established in yourself, you will lose all desires to convey something to this world outside, not only a spiritual message but as what you are, who you are, whom you are discussing with – all these are irrelevant, there is no relevance, there is nothing to convey. You will be very settled and peaceful and whether the outside world accepts you or rejects you, it doesn’t mean anything to you. Because this is a world of minds, this is a world of concepts. I always tell people, if people who are ‘minds’, accept you or reject you, don’t worry about it, let it happen. But if Masters of great stature, if they reject you, then you have something to change within, most probably the ego factor.

 

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Great Masters will not reject a person of a certain level definitely, because whoever is eligible to climb up, they hold hands indiscriminately, without any agenda. They will not ask anything. Real Masters need nothing from you, they are not looking at your wallet or pocket. But as somebody said, “When I give to Baba, I am sure it reaches thousands more; when I keep it in my pocket, it may not even be useful for my people at some point in time.” So, what you give, you get more, as spiritual grace.

Grace is the money, what you spend for a Master, or for annadaan. I always recommend annadaan as a cleanser, purifier. Annadaan is Mahadaan, there is nothing better than feeding the poor. When I say poor, anybody who is hungry, it doesn’t matter if it is a human being or any being who is hungry, their need is food. If their need is food, feed them, give them whatever you have, share what you have. That makes you rich, and that’s a very noble thing to do.

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Because all beings respond to love, they respond to hunger. They are all instinctual things.

In instinct, the primary instinct, the basic instinct, is survival. The basic instinct of survival manifests itself in the need for food. Most of the animals and birds travel miles in search of food because that’s basic for their survival. And seasonally, sexuality is there for the species to survive. Human beings also have it, but because human beings use intelligence and imagination more than instinct, they manipulate all these things.

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We tend to manipulate. That is why we have so many Do’s and so many Don’ts etc. while most of the other species don’t have it. They don’t have it, they live more a less a plain life, and they are not in opposition or resistance at all with life. We are. And that is causing lots of agonies and pains, even wars. So a great Master, in the relevance of Baba, he came here for creating harmony between religions, between communities. He’s not a Muslim, nor a Hindu, nor a Christian, nor a Buddhist. He is just a human being. He lived a normal life as a human being, but with a high level of awareness, which could transform millions even after leaving the body.

 

Transcribed by Nada Rakovic

Proofread by Shyama Jeyaseelan

 

 

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A journey called life

Mohanji

Mohanji Zoom satsang with Ayush Keshri

May 5, 2020

 

1. Why do we need peace in our lives and in society?

It’s very simple. The need for peace is to experience life completely. When it is the other way round, if it is a war situation or a situation of calamity, we can’t experience, because we are scattered. Peace brings us together. Peace means alignment. So the need for peace means the need for alignment. The very reason for taking birth on earth is to experience the many things that we are experiencing in life. That’s the very reason for taking birth. However, to experience it, we need to be together. If our mind is scattered, if our intellect and ego are scattered, we can’t experience (life), we experience it only partially. So the very need for peace is that we experience life completely and it is our birthright.

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2. How can someone find their purpose in life, I’m talking about the youth, those who are between the ages of 14 and 24.

We all have our inclinations; we call it vasanas; the driving force is vasanas. We all have our unique vasanas. All our life we are chasing the fulfillment of our vasanas or tendencies. As a child, we have certain vasanas, certain fulfillments, when we become a young adult and then an adult, at each time the vasanas drive us forward. Desires and vasanas are mixed together.

So the purpose is very simple, the purpose of existence is what you are experiencing every moment. But you can have a goal. Goal and purpose are sometimes different. The goal means you set a target for yourself, a destination so to speak, just like you program in your car, where you would like to go. Similarly, you can have a destination clearly defined, so that all your activities will be towards that. That’s fine. But what drives you? We are all bundles of inclinations, tendencies, that is what we are, we cannot extract ourselves from that. So the purpose is to exhaust and fulfil all these tendencies and inclinations and desires, all put together. It’s like a mixed box, a cocktail. So this is what we are here for. And this what we are doing, our entire life. All our life, we are going after fulfilment, of some kind.

Sometimes we get misled, we may think that by making a lot of money we will be fulfilled; maybe not, because that becomes more and more of an initiative or an inspiration for more money. And what happens is, people, make a lot of money, but they fail to be fulfilled because sometimes money cannot give you that. Satisfaction also is in enjoying the wealth and the time. It’s all happiness, we are all seeking happiness and peace and such things. So in that mode, we should live in that moment fully, completely, not distracted. When we are in that moment, we will be completely and fully satisfied. That’s a life of contentment. Contentment is important. I always call contentment, the factor of contentment as a success, not the wealth or the things you earn. Are you contented every moment with what you have? Then, you are successful.

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You can see some very, very poor people; but they’re very contented. They’re happy with their life. And you can see very rich people, totally discontented, with no contentment. So is that success? Success is a question mark here.

3. When we are young, where to go and how to choose a career can be confusing. With your experiences, can you help us? How can one choose a career and be happy and satisfied?

Choosing a career is very simple. We have our nature; certain things which we like, as I said earlier, inclinations and tendencies. Our nature is our guideline, like the outfit you’re wearing. If you get an outfit two sizes smaller, you can’t wear it comfortably. Like that, we have to strictly follow our nature, what are we comfortable with? And what makes us happy, and is effortless.

You may choose a subject that takes a lot of effort, or people tell you to choose a subject for the sake of a job or the sake of success in life, etc; people equate success with money. People say a job with good money. You know, sometimes what happens is that there is only sorrow. This is because first of all, it’s not in your nature. What you want is something that suits your nature, but you can’t do it. Then all your life you’re dragging your feet. Instead, the right job for you is one which is your nature and is suitable for you. What that is, only you can tell, because nobody else can guide you.

Some people like engineering because they love to be an engineer. If somebody joins engineering because it fetches more money, they may fail in life. They may succeed in the examination, but they may fail in life. For the youth, I always say, strictly follow your nature, your inclination. You ask a fish to climb a tree, and when the fish fails because it can’t climb a tree, we call the fish a failure. That is how society works. Likewise, you don’t have to teach a fish to swim, it knows how to swim. Like that, everybody has their nature and they are very, complete and comfortable in their nature. So look at your own nature. What is your nature? Based on that, you select a subject and choose a career. You will be successful because you love to do it. Not that you have to do it. There’s a difference here, doing something which you love to do.

It even applies to a relationship. Some relationships bring you a lot of pressure and but some relationships are a big pleasure for you. So the pressure and the pleasure, this equation, and it’s all connected to your nature. You get connected to somebody and that relationship will be so beautiful. It’s like a smooth breeze. But in some relationships, there is always a problem, so that means it’s not suitable for you. Education, relationships, and life, you look at your nature and choose accordingly.

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4. Once I decide I would like to go ahead with a dream, but my parents may not want me to go ahead with this dream, they want me to be an engineer, doctor or something else. How do I tackle these issues, how do I justify what I’m doing is right?

Yes, sometimes you have to do something else; that means, you become choiceless, this happens in life. Everything in life is not what we choose. Sometimes you have to do some things which are not your choice. Then you should not leave your dream, you should not leave your basic nature, start a hobby on the side. For example, if you like music and like singing, even when you are studying or doing something else not connected to music, you can still have music as a passion, as enjoyment, and have your natural ability or your natural flow in that subject. It will help you to balance your life. Otherwise, if you focus on, or are completely bound to things that you don’t like to do, then you will have a big pressure on you and you will become older faster. So my suggestion always is that you should have a hobby, which is what you love to do, parallel to what you have to do. If you carry this forward together, you will be peaceful.

5. How do I convince my parents that I want to go ahead with my own dreams? 

The only way you can convince your parents is only through your success. There is no other way. Only through your success, you can convince and sometimes it takes time. You know, when I started moving around and started talking, people called me crazy, because I was doing something else. I had a different job. I loved that job, in the shipping business; I loved it. But I moved to a completely different track. People said he’s crazy. You need to prove yourself to society, parents, and others. You need to prove, otherwise, they can’t see. But that’s because they are security-oriented. They want you to be secure. They don’t want you to take chances.

This is natural because nobody would want to see their children stranded or on an uncertain path. So they guide them to the beaten tracks, the tracks which are travelled by people before so that you know the dimensions of the track. They push the children towards that track because it’s known, it’s comfortable and there is predictability there. But if we have to really prove ourselves, we have to strive for it. We should have that fire while walking the path, which you are guided to walk. At the same time, you should follow what you love to do. With both together, you can prove, but in life, you cannot prove right away, you have to live it. You have to walk through it, live it, perfect it, only then people start seeing. But you must really believe in what you do; so, first of all, you should believe in yourself. You should be sure that you will do this in life, whatever you love to do. Secondly, you should believe in nature, which will help you to accomplish what you want.

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There should be honesty and truthfulness in that which you love to do. First of all, believe in nature for time makes success, not that you make success. You can only do or put in the best effort. Put the best effort, but only time will tell about success. So you should not worry about what will happen, don’t focus on the result. Instead, focus on the activity, consistently. And even if you fail ten times, don’t stop, keep going, keep going and then comes success. So sometimes you have to really, really, really work hard before you actually reach success. You have to believe in yourself.

You should have purity in thoughts, purity in concept, and purity in seeing success happening. It will take time. There’s nothing called instant success. It doesn’t work that way.

6. You have spoken very important words. Within that time when I haven’t received success, there is pressure from my parents, surroundings and society. How do I decrease or minimise the pressure, tension and negative energies?

The pressure is part of existence. If we live for about 80 years there will be some kind of pressure or some kind of disturbance all the time. When there is a positive there is a negative, this is part of existence, both travel together. It’s not always that things can be positive, and you can always be positive.

What we need to do is that we must also connect to ourselves. When you are deeply connected to yourself, then you will be confident that whatever you have to do for a living, whatever you have to learn, you will, until you can walk on your own. So, in the initial days, where you need help from the parents when you need help from others, you do what they ask you to do because sometimes you don’t have many options. But don’t let go of the dream, let it be within you so that the spark in you remains and it will wait for fulfilment or realization.

There have been extraordinary people like Sachin Tendulkar, he started playing cricket from very early days and he proved himself when he was in his teens. There have been such prodigies. But remember, the only investment which is really important is to take time to connect with yourself; you will have success. Success is not rocket science. The goal needs to be perfect. If you do not have a vision you can’t have success. Vision means how do you see yourself in the future? You should actually visualize yourself as you would like yourself to be seen. Then you can walk, take a bicycle, a car, or any other mode of transportation, but you will reach the destination.

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You start with what is available, and then you increase or add more. You will find that all successful people have started their life against many obstacles. Against all odds, they kept the vision and focus very clear; but it takes time. If you look at them, all of them found success possibly, after 40 or 50 years because they had to work hard to reach there. They believed in themselves and all the people who left their mark on earth have believed in their project or their vision and goal. So, vision is very important and determination is even more important. Iccha shakti (will power or determination), is very important and nothing should stop you. People may say this is not right or people may not approve of you or may not accept you, maybe they will reject you also. Still, we move on, because if we believe in ourselves, nothing can stop us.

7. How can someone motivate themselves to do what they like?

Motivation should be what you want to achieve in life, it should be self-inspiration. Don’t expect inspiration from other people. Don’t expect everybody to understand you, recognize you, and accept you. But what you can always do is believe in yourself and believe in your project or what you want to do in life. That means your goal. That should be the motivation, not anybody’s opinion because people can have any opinion about you. It may be a good opinion or a bad opinion. But how does that matter if we trust in ourselves? If we are truthful if we are honest, we do not betray anybody, we do not cheat or steal, we have nothing to worry. If we try to do something through negative ways, we have every reason to worry because nature will not support you anymore. When you do things positively without any selfish interest when your attitude is selflessness and you have a larger vision, which is also noble, then nature will support you; then the environment will also support you. Otherwise, it’s very difficult. Many people have very selfish dreams, to achieve a house, or make a factory for earning money, and all these things. By the time they earn a lot of money, they are already sick, and they spend all the money in the hospital. This is how sometimes the cycle works. So we have to be very careful. We need to understand that for walking on this earth we must pay, we must give rent.

What rent can we give? Selfless service. Help other people and hold hands with people. When you’re walking on this earth, you should be walking for the sake of the world, not only for yourself. Of course, you can eat, drink and sleep, there’s no problem. But then you need to walk for the sake of humanity, for the sake of the world. Then the whole world will support you, the world will look after for you. That is exactly how success stabilizes.

8. When we decide to do something great in our lives and don’t receive the desired results, we have a lot of negative energy in our minds and a lot of negativity in our hearts. How do we minimise it?

As I said, you can’t avoid negativity. That is nature, and also other people will give it to you. Even if it is a journey in the spiritual path, people tell a lot of stories – “Oh, that is not good. This is not good. This path is not good. This Guru is not good.” Everybody confuses everybody.

These are all opinions of people, opinions related to fears, opinions related to concepts, opinions related to their phobias, prejudices; they are going to give us many different things. But do we have to buy it? Our job is to ensure that nothing enters our system, our focus remains clear, and only we can do it. When we are really sure about what we want in life, nobody can stop us. Then that will be an inspiration. Many people have discouraged me. Oh, don’t go out and do these things, that people are crazy. Sometimes they malign you, at times they character assassinate you, talk badly about you. People say all these things -why do you waste your time, you are a professional; you can get your salary from a company.

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People talk like this, but if you buy fears, you can’t discard them. Many times you buy all this negativity from society, just like you buy a lot of things you don’t want from the market. What do you do when you bring them home? You can’t discard them. You don’t know what to do. It’s like that. When you attract a lot of fears, a lot of prejudices from people, and you buy them and you believe in them, then you can’t really succeed because then your own bank balance will be this. What I mean is there will be clutter in your own mind. And clutter means a lack of clarity. So you need to be very clear that none of these things touches you.

You should always make sure that nothing touches you. You should be focused on a pure path; the intention should be very, very pure. The intention should never be some selfish interest, if it is, it will not work. The intention should be pure, and the activity should be positive. If you firmly stick to that, you don’t have to worry about negativity.

Let the negativity happen. Like Winston Churchill said, if you start throwing stones at all the dogs that bark on your way, you can never reach your destination. So there will be obstacles and obstructions. But we keep going. And that’s exactly it. People have tried their best to topple me many times, but I’m still surviving. I keep going because nature helps me. The world helps me, Existence helps me. That’s how we are moving and the right people will come to you; they never leave you. And the people who come with expectations, and try to take something away from you, don’t stay. They leave whether they get it or not. But those who truly care for you, those who really love you, they never judge you. They support you. They stay with you. They stand with you. Those people are your responsibility also. You must take care of them. So this is how you build a world or a large family; a family of people who are really united; they have integrity, and they are powerful. And they stand by you, whatever happens. Even if the whole world speaks poorly about you, they stand by you. With such people, you can build something great in this world. This will not happen in one day. You have to kiss many frogs before you get a prince. So you must be ready.

9. How can someone purify himself?

Purifying yourself is very simple, introspection. Ask yourself, are my intentions pure. First is intention. Secondly, introspect on- are all my actions pure? Are they selfless or selfish? These are two things. If they are selfless, you’re on the right track. If they’re selfish, you’re on the wrong track. It is that simple! How much selfishness do you have within you? To that extent, you are going down on the wrong track. Wrong track means, that track doesn’t have or will not have much life. You will have some success, but it will not last. Eventually, failures will come. Those who attain or achieve things through wrong ways or by walking down the wrong paths, such as, by disturbing people, betraying or cheating people, stealing or abusing, whatever they amass, they will not be able to use easily because there is a lot of guilt in it. But if it’s pure money coming out of selflessness, good intention, pure intention, activity with purity, if that happens, then it provides good energy in your house. It is not just for you, all those who are associated with you will have a great life ahead. So what we should focus on is, to ensure that zero selfishness exists in our activity, in our life, in our mission.

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There should be zero negativity in our intention. No negativity and negativity means selfishness. Even if you get an opportunity to cheat somebody, never take it. If somebody says that you can do this, nobody will see it, don’t do it because whatever affects your conscience is very, very important. Conscience is your guard, protecting guard, protecting armour for your own self, your own stability.

Never, never, never do anything against your conscience. Conscience should be very clear, and for conscience to be clear, your activity should be pure. This is a very good test. You can do it to yourself – is your conscience compromised? If your conscience is compromised, don’t enter there. I mean conscience, not consciousness. Don’t do that job. If your conscience is intact, your activity is good. That means it is selfless. That means the activity is honest, compassionate, and kind. Such activities will always enhance the strength of your conscience.

10. Is there a connection between success, love and relationship? 

All relationships are experiences. We have multiple relationships in a lifetime. They are all giving us certain flavours in life. They’re all experiences. Love is our nature. Love is the basis of our existence. Love is not something that we cultivate; we have it. It’s like a realization, self-realization. Self is already existing. At a certain point in time you realize that self, that’s what we call self-realization. Not that something is coming from outside. Self, or the soul, is already existing, inside. Like that, love is already existing, inside.

And how love gets eclipsed is when the other emotions come, like anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge. All this negativity will pull you down. They are negative, draining emotions. So, emotions that drain us, come in and overlap the love, but love still remains love and will never be lost.

The love that we mostly are talking about on social grounds is between a man and a woman. But that’s one part of it. There is much more to it. There are a father and child love, the mother and child love; we have so many relationships without expectations. They are all based on unconditional love.

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And there are so many other relationships, for example, our connection to the air, the oxygen that we breathe; there is a love in it. Nature loves us, that’s why we have oxygen, otherwise, we’ll be dead. And like that everything has love involved in it. Love should be seen from a much larger perspective. As regards relationships, they change. With our life, it changes right from childhood till death, relationships change, the flavours change and we have different experiences. At each stage we have different flavours and experiences; this is all part of life. So relationships are our experiences of being human beings, of being human. All the experiences are connected with multiple relationships. And I would say that you experience every relationship because that’s all part of your existence. And also in a relationship, there should be a deep element of respect. We should respect relationships. We should appreciate relationships. We should honour relationships so that each relationship will be pure and kind. Otherwise, if we try to take relationships for granted, if we take a relationship as a nuisance, then what happens is there are a lot of conflicts, and the conflicts leave scars, and those scars sometimes take time to heal. Instead, we could appreciate; even if there is an enemy you appreciate because that man became eligible to be your enemy. As you might know, everything is based on eligibility. All things in life come with eligibility. So that person, an enemy, became eligible to be your enemy, good enough. Everything is fine. We experience certain flavours even from enemies, whether we like it or not. Maybe he disturbs you, doesn’t matter. But we experience that flavour. In life, we should experience every flavour. So it’s not just a man and a woman relationship.

Of course, inspiration happens in the youth when a boy meets a girl and that’s an amazing feeling. Experience it, that’s good. That’s the time to experience it. You can’t experience that at 60. (laughs) Each time, each location, each space in time, we have different sets of experiences, and when we put it all together, we call it life. If you want a life well-lived, you have to live in the time appropriate for you in the appropriate way. I never call anything good or bad. I never judge. But one thing I tell you, never involve yourself in cheating, stealing or betraying. It is important especially, to never betray trust because that is our integrity. If we really want to be good, powerful human beings, no betrayal, no cheating, no stealing, no lying, so that you are you’re expressing yourself powerfully in this world. We have every right to do that. And we must.

 

Transcribed by Shyama Jeyaseelan

Proofread by Vidya Rajagopalan

 

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