It was on the 18th of June, 2008 that an exquisite incident took place in my life which will have a long life impact on me. Therefore it has become necessary for me to narrate it as I am convinced that this experience will influence the following posts of my blog as well, such is its overall deep impact. So Mandira, to let you know what was it, my story goes something like this…
Around 12.30 p.m. on that day, I completed my daily chores, feeling very fresh after a good bath. I came in my room and ignited two musk incense sticks on the altar to remember God, which is my daily ritual. As you know, these days my sleep pattern is irregular and erratic, so I decided to rest a while before lunch. I put my head on the pillow under the fan and began to feel relaxed as the cool air from the fan had a cooling effect on my wet hair and gave me a respite from the sweat and heat of the day. For me, all this was like any other normal day, but I soon discovered that I was wrong as it proved to be otherwise.
As the alluring scent of the musk incense sticks spread around me and in the room, it had a very soothing effect on me and the whole atmosphere was baptized. My mind became calm and the whole body felt very rejuvenated and light. My eyes closed gently on their own and I, like a gentle breeze, then drifted into another world very far away. My mind began to dissolve slowly as though I was melting away gently in a vast, deep ocean. I was getting cut off from the outside sensory world and entering the space of a higher domain which is not accessible easily. I reached and entered a Space that is very high and far away from the earth’s gravitational pull. May be higher than the skies. Then……most unexpectedly, the visual image of Mahavatar Babaji appeared before my closed eyes and in a flash of a moment it captivated me completely.
I began to float and I saw that there was a very thin sheath around me that was wraping me like an envelop which broke, releasing me from a kind of a cover and a chain of bondage. The release gave me more freedom of movement in the upper skies or ether and I began to soar higher and higher like a light feather in the limitless sky. I was floating as though there was no gravity and I lost the sense of body consciousness and felt free at last!
At this juncture, Babaji spoke to me in a very sweet and gentle voice, “From now on, you will write from this height.”
Mahavatar Babaji, for the reader’s convenience, is an immortal soul living and moving presently in the vicinity of Shri Badrinath temple in the Himalayas. He is ever young and like Spirit, eternal and deathless. He is now more than 1,800 years old in age but His body is beyond the physical laws of decay and degeneration and therefore he is forever young. He has a world wide mission of uplifting mankind through spiritual evolution. It is Divine will that unless his prescibed mission is completed, he will not forsake his physical body.
His built is firm and complexion very fair and he has long, knee length flowing copper colour hair. He wears ochre colour dhoti or a long cloth wrapped around his waist and shoulder and he usually carries a stick or danda with him while walking.
His countenance and body glow brilliantly and the eyes are dark, deep and serene.
His smile is mysterious and enchanting while his speech reminds me of the tinkling of tiny mellifluous bells in the ears, a sheer delight and entrancing melody!
Babaji’s work includes helping humanity to rise above nationality, religion and individual self. He is extremely concerned about the current world issues and the worsening situation. The various cause of concerns are -the rapid erosion of the world environment, the unchecked spread of consumerism, greed and exploitation by the politicians and people in power, unhealthy environment and increasing pollution, the indifference of man towards his fellow men and other living animate and inanimate creatures as well, the rude and shocking exploitation of the natural resources and most important of all these is –the slow erosion of eternal spiritual values and principles known as Sanatan Dharma on which humanity thrives. He believes in and wishes to create an egalitarian society for man’s happiness, prosperity and well being.
He strives to unite the nations and spreads awareness of oneness of God through the science of Yoga and meditation and some other lost ancient techniques of God union. He preaches Love. He wishes to spread love through his teachings and kind words and he uses people to accomplish his uphill task diligently. His work goes on silently and He is capable of appearing and disappearing at will. He possesses many extra ordinary mind boggling yogic powers and multitude siddhis but he applies them only for the benefit and good of others in desperate need.
He can take on various forms and can speak just about any language of the world in which the recipient can communicate, but his own favourite is Hindi. His medium of transport is ether and mode of communication telepathy and intuition. He can appear in two or more than two forms and places at the same time as the need may require him to be.
Babaji’s body is made up of pure Divine Light and where ever He goes, there is a huge halo surrounding him. He is most of the time moving and has no requirement of food, water or sleep. He lives on Cosmic Light alone. He does not feel cold even in the severest of cold conditions. He meditates deeply in the caves of the craggy mountains near the river Alaknanda and lives with some of his devoted and trusted disciples in an ashram on the hills of the Himalayas invisible to all but visible to just a few if he so desires. He does not come out open in the public and leads a reclusive life in the quietude of the solitary mountains in shrouded mystery. Only those people are able to see or perceive him on whom his blessings fall gently like a divine shower of compassion and Love. It is because of our past life good karmas that he takes charge of our lives and spiritual growth. If it is destined that he come in our life as a messenger of God, then he shall.
His aura has the power of transformation and he has divine powers to change the fate and fortune of a faithful and devoted disciples and devotees. He loves those who have love and devotion in their heart, who do good and pray for others and are concerned and involved with the welfare of the society. He showers profuse blessings on those people who are pure in heart and blesses them many times who are unselfish and devoid of any evil tendencies.
He gives darshan to those who remember him in distress or are in a dire need or call him out with a clean heart for spiritual help and guidance. Through telepathic communion, he guides them in their spiritual efforts and sadhana though not physically present with them. The recipients many a times do not even ever become aware of the fact that they have received telepathic messages or subtle hints planted by Babaji for their advancement and growth. Such is His humility and compassion for mankind. He will relieve them from both- the wordly and spiritual sufferings in this as well as in their future lives yet to come by helping them working out their karmas of previous lives and of their present life too. He undertakes long term projects for us which are although time consuming and very far-sighted, but they involve and concern only the welfare and progressive evolution of our soul. ( Visit The process of liberation and Our lives are in our hands-II to understand his nature and characteristics better)
He indicates and shows people their path of salvation by helping them do those right deeds and actions. He makes them fearless by giving strength to face their difficult and demanding present life situations. He provides them mental and spiritual power to overcome the heavy burden of karmic suffering and misgivings and in return gives them peace, contentment and knowledge to elevate their sufferings.
All this is very important and please listen to this carefully now. Keep your mind fully focused and absorbed in what is being told to you and retain it very well for times to come, my child.
Once the devotee is liberated and free from karmic obligations, He involves him or her in the world wide mission of God’s continuous work of human upliftment. He blesses those lavishly who do not consider themselves to be the doer of any action and whose heart and mind are devoid of any pride, vanity or prejudice. Blessed are those who realize one day and know that we all are the children of one God and selfishness, hatred, jealousy, contempt, hostility have no place in our heart. We must forsake all these undesired thoughts and beliefs as they are the doors of hell and untold misery.
Good actions such as brotherhood, unity of all religions, love, compassion, kindness, empathy, mutual co-operation and understanding are dear to God as we are all God’s children. Blessed are those who live and work for God, who worship God through service and God manifests in those people who worship mankind !
Dear Mandira, to wrap up this post, I am inclined to add one poem which I wrote in the early days of March this year in a meditative mood one evening. I hope you will appreciate the theme behind it and try to live up to that.
GRACE IN SOLITUDE.
Solitude is the time when the soul comes in direct contact with the Spirit. The Spirit, the source of true knowledge and understanding.
As I returned from a quiet evening walk to my abode, the Spirit silently descended over my being and revealed to me that was so far unknown.
I remembered a dear soul whose heart ached and could no longer hold its own weight. My heart went out to give solace and tend to this tired soul.
Our ache and helplessness became one, from where came the source of the pain and who was sharing it became blurred.
His pain became mine and I the source of his load, the way it is difficult to differentiate the light from its glowing radiance.
Just then my eyes became moist and wet, and a drop of tear filled the eyes.
My heart was filled with a mild and poignant pang and in no time it took over my complete self.
How else can I give relief and more comfort to the soul who wants to help itself but does not know how to do so?
A few fleeting moments passed by when my Spirit, in the form of a Voice spoke to me in a calm tone – “Vasudeva is very pleased with you. You have risen many steps upward today.”
” Higher than the worship of deities is the worship of Guru. Higher still is the worship of mankind.
God is worshiped best if worshiped through mankind. Those who love and worship humanity is loved the most by God himself.”
Note:To know and read more about Sri Mahavatar Babaji, read the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Sri Paramhansa Yogananda, chapter 33.
(the slow erosion of eternal spiritual values and principles known as Sanatan Dharma on which humanity thrives…
What is Sanatan Dharama? Can be found in ‘The Light of the world Shri Mahavatar Babaji’-II )