On one of these Sunday nights, I viewed my photo album of the Kailash Manas yatra once again. The photos are my treasure and a source of delight. I was pleased to meet up with many of the pilgrims to reminisce about the past through the photo gallery. In retrospect, I also recalled how a specific group always indulged in frivolous activities overlooking the sanctity of the purpose of the spiritual trip that was being undertaken. It looked as though they had come to a fun resort instead. It is important for the traveler to know beforehand how should one go on a pilgrimage as a result maximum benefits are reaped and we make a swift progress spiritually. However, let’s get back to what I was saying- no matter how many times I see the photos, I still keep discovering some which are absolutely mindboggling and they always compel me to look at them again and again with awe and admiration.
The subsequent morning I had a dream in which there was a beautiful turquoise lake and that was Lake Mansarovar. From its bank, I begin to walk and I reach the deep waters. I wet my feet in it and I rejoice. So I go little further inside and immerse my legs up till only the knees. I enjoy myself very much but I decide to go back to the bank after standing in the water for a short while. From the bank, what I see is that there are some people who start going in the lake and wet their feet, then they wet their upper bodies and eventually the entire body.After this what I see is that they are completely under the water and cannot be seen by me at all. Next what I see is this…
After leaving the lake, I begin to walk on a pathway with a companion. There are many houses and I look at them with curiosity. After a short distance, I stop. There is a nice house on my left side and I look at it and I begin to wonder something. Somehow I decide not to stop here and I move on. I walk some steps more after which I see a very beautiful home with an orchard of mango trees. I look at it with fascination, stop for a while at this juncture and look at the road which connects to this house. I wonder for a while whether I should take that road and enter that house or not. I am unable to discriminate so I move further. As I go ahead and take my first step, I meet a sadhu, an ascetic. I stop and look at him. He was wearing ochre dhoti or waist cloth and has a danda or staff in his right hand. With some gestures he advises me to go back to the house which has an orchard. He then lifts his right hand and with one finger points out and tells me to go there. After that he pronounced, “Stop, take the right turn, take the right road.” So I turn back, walk a few steps, take the right turn and enter the house with many mango trees. The foliage of the trees was dark green and the canopy was thick. I felt good in the house after arriving since it was peaceful and quiet over there. I get a lot of relief and respite and I feel I have found my place of rest.
When I woke up in the morning, I began to untangle the puzzle of my dream. I tried to interpret the message from the Masters and was in this process for some time. I felt an unusual peace surrounding me while I went about doing the preparations for the day ahead. Took a quick shower as a formality as I had an irresistible and overwhelming urge to go to my sacred space and meditate. With a sense of helplessness and resignation, I left everything as they were and the prevailing power was successful in pulling me to my bed. I was very relaxed and readily closed my eyes with peace. At this moment, I saw a thick beam of radiant white Light in the place of my third eye. My mind was quiet and I became absolutely still. The beam became thicker and wider. It was with certitude I realized that it was Divine Light entering inside me and I welcomed it with all my heart and soul. The beam was retained there for a while. I rejoiced while I welcomed it. From the place of the third eye, the rays of Light entered my spine and moved round and round the vortexes till it charged all the energy centres very swiftly. Along with its current was robbed all the physical weariness of the daily grind and I could see the burnt dark energy particles dissolving and disintegrating out of me. In no time I felt lighter and renewed.
Unprecedented profound peace began to circumambulate around me and I took a holy bath in it!! I immediately prostrated with veneration in my heart to this divine Light and uttered this holy word with devotion, “ Ishawara”.
By now I was truly ecstatic at this stage. Moreover this experience left me very humbled to the core because God was so very kind to me that day with his Grace by revealing thyself to me. My inner being was completely soaked in gratitude and thanksgiving towards the Almighty for this pious moment.
After this, a soft murmur originated within me ,“ You did not understand the dream. Let me explain it to you.” The message was loud and clear so I became very attentive and serious at this point ready for the message to come to me.
The dream was quickly replayed in parts in front of my eyes and this word was spoken, “Mirage”. After this I saw an image of two things- a pen and my black spiral register.
I comprehended that the following explanation has something to do with mirage or illusion and I must write the next post on mirage.
The Voice continued, “This place called the sansara is a mirage, mrig trishna. We come in this world and get attracted to its glitter and charm and fall prey to its trap because of illusion or trishna and in return we get birth after birth and death after death. We must live in this world but involve ourselves only in limited ways and measures. If we indulge ourselves completely, we will drown in it.
During our short tenure here, there are many turning points in our life where because of lack of spiritual and divine knowledge, we take a wrong decision and a wrong turn. The wrong turn stops and fails us from reaching our abode, the Abode of our Divine Father, the Lord.
If we are fortunate, then the Voice of the Divine in our Spiritual Master directs and helps us to take the right turn and the right path to our inner abode where God resides”
Since then these sacred words are reverberating inside me as I look around and see how true it is. I am contemplating on these words of wisdom of the Divine. Most of us are so involved in this world that we are totally drowned in it and we never ever realize that we are attracted to temporary and ephemeral elements of this Universe. If we wake up today from delusion and not get attracted blindly to the impermanent, everchanging world; we shall liberate ourselves from so much suffering and sorrow, both in this world and thereafter.