As we trudge along our long journey, the posts are getting more and more advanced and engrossing. This post will touch upon three time periods- ancient, contemporary and the new age. We will talk about Souls who are very ancient and primitive and are showing us Light through their knowledge and wisdom which they acquired millenniums of years ago. They are still around but in far-flung skies on the uppermost planes and skies and preparing the modern age or Kaliyug to tilt towards Satya Yug. They do this by changing the quality of thoughts of masses from narrow to higher, from disillusion to Light, from selfish interests to selfless and philanthropic acts and in this way purifying the planet in a very slow but definite manner.
Such highly evolved Souls are very much concerned about rapid erosion of our green forests and extinction of animals, putrefaction of water and pollution of our environment. They want the planet green, cool and pure. This post is not aimed at ‘Green Drive’ but religion and spirituality both teach us that everything created by God is sacred and pious and therefore we must respect Nature. It is the impure thoughts and deeds of greedy and selfish people in political and social circles that are degrading our mother Earth at an alarming pace. If we realize that every thought thrown in the environment has an impact on us and our planet simultaneously, we shall be able to contribute in making the planet more peaceful, beautiful, clean and worth living.
I was startled when I heard about these inspiring views from none other than Maharishi Agastya and an ancient Banyan Tree in the Himalayas in the morning meditation on 22nd Jan’ 11. So far I have seen Mahavatar Babaji on a crusade to save our planet from its quick deterioration. But recently Maharishi Agastya also endorsed these valuable and sane views so that we can live in a greener, cooler and purer world. But more of that later.
It has been decided by me that from now onward, the following posts will be more like my personal diary, a journal in which I will have my selected spiritual experiences recorded. The diary is going to be my Guide; whenever I wish to recall and review my insights which I gained during my meditations, they will be available. And once in a while I will address you so that you know that we are at an important juncture during the narration. I recommend that you please review the last post where I had mentioned about an ancient Banyan Tree living since the past eight thousand plus years in the Himalayas. Get a larger picture by reading and connecting the previous posts with each other. The first timers please refer posts on Ichcha Shakti, sankalp shakti…in The state of Super Consciousness-I.
On one fine morning, before I was about to wake up, I had a vivid dream which I remember and recall accurately even today. Some dreams are hazy while some just wipe out even before we re-wind them to interpret their meaning. It so happened that a few years ago, we had to undertake some hard decisions to solve some of our problems when we were sailing in difficult waters. In that year 2003, on 16th Feb, I had a dream early morning which makes a lot of sense to me today. During those days, I was completely focused in learning some meditation techniques and was attempting the techniques devised by YSS guru, Paramhansa Yogananda. I was a learner then and found everything quite difficult because I had to orient and rotate my whole day accordingly in order to perform my spiritual aspirations.
I was gratified one morning when in a dream I saw that there was a State Transport bus in which there was a seat for three persons. On the window side was sitting Guruji, Paramhansa Yogananda, in the middle was Swami Shri Yukteshwarji and on the aisle seat I was seated. The bus was moving at a reasonable speed and we were driving on a breezy road which was spacious and had Palm trees on the divider. The road was quite long and we were about to reach a certain point. The scene changed at this juncture and the next part of the dream was that I was driving alone on a two wheeler on the same road and as I got little further ahead, I decide to a take a U- turn instead of going straight. As I take a complete about turn, I see an open ground where Swami Shri Yukteshwarji is teaching a game, something like a volley ball game to a large group of boys. I make up my mind and stop my vehicle and go to Swamiji. I bow to him, say something after which he enrolls me in his class and I join the boys and begin to play with them…..
I presumed at that time, that since I have come to YSS I am having a glimpse of the Swamis but I could never understand at that point the related significance and subsequently the consequences of the vision affecting my life in future.
Had I not taken those hard decisions during my time of severe trials, my life would have been a different story. I would never have been blogging and telling you about prominent experiences of my spiritual journey undertaken so far. Had I not gone to YSS and learnt to meditate, I would not have been able to masterfully solve my complex problems and could have never sorted out my life. The U turn in the dream has significance. We all have to take some hard decisions, more so in difficult times, if we have to change our life from what it is to what we want it to be. However, just learning the technique is not enough I discovered soon during my learning process. There are some more conditions applied in creating a new life divine. I put my hundred percent and was faithful to my daily practices and left the result of my sincerity and regularity as an offering to God.
I went to Vrindavan and Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna in May 2003 with my daughter after her graduation. I had little time but had planned to see as much as possible in the available time. On the first day before we started our rounds to the main temple and spots linked to Krishna’s life, I sat down to meditate in the hotel room for just ten minutes. I used to find it difficult to follow my daily schedule in those days and was wondering if I was doing meditation correctly. As I was talking to myself during meditation, I saw Paramhansa Yogananda’s very pleasant face as though he was really standing there and has heard me. He smiled at me thus making me comfortable and instructed me what to do next. He retorted categorically and gave a specific instruction, “Increase the depth and duration of your meditation”. What he said to me years ago I have not forgotten. Rather, on the contrary his one line has made me ponder repeatedly and I am still trying to increase the depth and duration of my meditations as each day passes. Although I tried to obey those lines, there were many road blocks and other physical inabilities which I tried to overcome. In fact, I used to get so serious about making that line a reality that on many occasions I was also told by the Masters that I should not be tensed or worried about it as it takes quite some time to master the mind and make it behave properly! The mind’s wandering and agitation of the senses takes quite some time to diminish and be brought under control.
The problem is that in any case a lot of our time just flies away doing our normal survival activities. Some of you may probably have the same dilemma because meditation is one such activity in which results are not in our hands and also one can’t evaluate oneself. It is only the guru who can assess and judge us. So do not give up hope and stay in your spiritual practices with dedication and patience. One day, the positive results shall blossom in incredible ways!!
In previous post, dated 30th Jan, 2011, https://spiritinlife.blog/2011/01/30/expand-your-consciousness/ there is one line in the very beginning in Part B section where I had mentioned that my meditation was dynamic on that day. I called it dynamic because something so very unusual happened during its course. As God was explaining to me the 1st verse of Bhagwad Geeta chapter 15, I was completely immersed in it and was drinking every drop of the celestial nectar of timeless wisdom. As the long meditation just got over on that unusual day, I wanted to take some rest to assimilate the wisdom; I was still reeling under its colossal impact. Hence, I rested on my bed on my right side with my right arm stretching out of the bed and my face facing the door. It was 4.22 pm when I looked at the time and I closed my eyes to rest a bit. In just a few seconds, I felt an unusual aura of peace in my vicinity and just after that the presence of Mahavatar Babaji on the threshold of my door. Initially I did not believe myself when I sensed his presence. I was elated but confused too. To have rest, I was relaxing my body when I heard him say inwardly, “Can you not see that I have come to you?” I did not still believe myself and presumed that because I have been so engaged with Babaji and the making of the post, that it must just be figment of my imagination. So I began to talk to myself and said, “No, no, it can’t be. I am too tired to concentrate again and focus my mind to connect with Babaji’s exceptional high wavelength. Anyway, why would Babaji come to me of all the people? I have a very long way to go. And in case he has really come, then he must just tell me what he intends to say even though I cannot fix my mind very sharply at this moment and I can’t see him with my eyes open.”
Now, at this instance, I saw two bright bands of colour- bright orange and yellow in front of my shut eyes. Babaji spoke the same thing twice further, “I am standing at your threshold, can you not see me?” Now I was on the alert and ready to act at this moment as it was not my misapprehension anymore I realized. I answered, “It must be true that you are standing there but I cannot see you although my extended right hand is sensing your presence and divine energy. I guess you are standing at the threshold. Please hold my hand Babaji, so that my arm absorbs your given message of your arrival and presence which I shall translate and interpret after I am fresh and energized. How can I ever lose this rarest opportunity? But I am too tired now because I have barely finished my last postand intense meditations.”
Ignoring my words, once again he quipped, “Do you remember the instance of Yukteshwar on the Ganga’s Rai ghat when I went to visit him in Srirampur after he completed his book Holy Science?” (Consult AOY chapter 36)
(At Ganga’s Rai ghat Srirampur near Dakshineshwar)
I could easily recollect the episode but I still could not fathom why all this was being reminded to me. I saw no connection at all. Finally he lay all my doubts at rest when he said, “You need more practice of concentration, fix your eyes on the central point between the eyebrows and remain like that as long as you can. You should concentrate at the third eye to control the wavering prana, the life force. Random thoughts keep pulling your mind from concentrating at one single point. To go higher up, one should be able to prolong the attention at kutastha, the spot between the two eyebrows which is the door to Heaven or the realms of Super Consciousness.
You cannot see me in my astral body because I am at a very high wave length of energy. To be able to commune with me for a longer duration, you should practice meditation in depth and duration.” I got my answer. He went on,
“The Banyan Tree in Lumbini will teach you more how to have strong will power and to be absolutely selfless in nature. If you have a very dynamic will power, you shall be able to expand your consciousness with each passing day. So practice meditation with a dynamic will and desire.”
At this time, I again saw a spectrum of colours- orange and yellow. Later, I came to know that on top of orange was a white band which I was unable to see. The significance of the spectrum was clarified by Maharishi Agastya after just a few days.mYou will find the interpretation of this spectrum of colours in the following text.
On 2nd Feb 2011, after a while as I sat to meditate in the morning, I saw Rudra Prayag in the Himalayan Mountains and a small cave. It was here where we had halted twice on our forward and backward journey to Shri Badrinath on Char Dham Yatra in 2009 with a large group of pilgrims. The hotel where we were put up was very close to Agastya Muni temple and I was quite interested to go there but it didn’t come to pass as the schedule was too tight. Nevertheless, I was very fascinated to discover that Agastya Muni perhaps came up till here probably to do penance. The same image emerged in meditation on that day of the the Agastya temple from outside. I had a glimpse of Agastya Muni. Though I could understand that Maharishi Agastya’s soul is close by but it was a puzzling state because normally I begin my meditation with a short prayer or words and thoughts of gratitude and I had not yet done that but the revelations began so hastily. To tell you the truth, I was least prepared for his auspicious arrival.
Maharishi Agastya was dark in complexion, short, had long hair tied in a big knot over his back and had a bunch of ancient manuscripts on palm leaves in his right hand. This face matched with the other astral view I had of him in Rameshwar temple, most probably in 2004. After we had offered our offerings and prayers in the Shiva temple at Rameshwar, I sat down in the hall against a pillar away from people, almost hiding and I did japa on my rudraksh mala. I closed my eyes to avoid seeing anything and with intensity repeated the holy name in a vibrant and pious atmosphere. I wanted to repeat the name of God as much as possible as my stay in Rameshwar was short. With this thought and intention, I picked up my rosary and began chanting Om Namaha Shivaya mantra. After little bit of chanting, I soon saw a short and stout figure with white dhoti draped around his waist and pot belly, a sacred thread over his left shoulder, and hair tied in a big knot on the back. He came in the hall, folded his hands with devotion and bowed his head in obeisance to Lord Shiva and turned around and came and stood next to me. I was astounded because I had not invoked any sage whatsoever. But with this incidence, I only gathered that the souls of the great sages must be coming here in the early hours to take a darshan of Lord Shiva which is true about all holy places. But why I got to see him and what could be the intention, rather what good I must have done in the past to get a splendid moment like this, I wondered. I was incredibly baffled at his unexpected arrival. As if this was not enough, he came and sat next to me on the floor. When I felt the warmth and very faint sensation of his auric energy, I began to thank my good luck and good karmas for an occurrence like this.
Inwardly, I did pranam to him with awe and reverence. He blessed me by saying these words, “Yes, I am Agastya. I come here every day to pay my obeisance to Shankar Bhagwan, I am his devotee. Swami Nityananda (of Ganeshpuri) has sent you here to do penance. I knew you will come. Your prayashchit redemption is over. You are now clean. Now do tapasya, tapasya of body, mind and soul. Draupadi had full faith in Lord Krishna and he salvaged her honour and rescued her out of love. Out of sheer divine love between the two, Lord Krishna called Draupadi- Krishne. He gave his own name to her. You are asadharan stree, a remarkable woman. You will attain success faster than others. Your devotion to Krishna is exemplary, others will follow you. Your success is due to your devotion and faith in Krishna. You have worshipped him in many incarnations. He will do your udhdhar, he will rescue you, give you salvation, Moksha. Now let me clear your doubt. Bhagwan Rama came up till here and then crossed over the ocean to Lanka. I helped him in his penance and in winning the battle with the asura Ravana. Ramayan is not a myth but it is all true. Faithless people doubt in God’s presence. After you go from here, continue your sadhana without a break with full devotion and faith in God, you will succeed.”
This is one incident and…
About less than a year ago in Mumbai, I went to my sister’s house to pick her up as we had to go somewhere. She was in her room and asked me to wait in the sitting room as she was not ready yet. As I sat on the sofa with no one else in the house, I had nothing particular in my mind. I was only waiting to leave that place and complete my work. While I sat there, my mind was calm and there was no stirring what so ever. On the sofa in front of me I had a quaint sight. I saw a dark complexioned, very small built Brahmin with knotted hair sitting in front of me quietly. He did not move or say anything to me. I immediately recognized him as Agastya Muni and his demeanor was calm and quiet. I looked at him with awe and before anything happened, he vanished in thin air. I was quite surprised at this unusual sight and purposely kept quiet about it and in my heart I decided at that moment that I will revisit my unusual day and my astral meeting with a great sage of primitive India only once I reach my house!
Just then my sister came out of her room and sat on the side sofa and asked me,
“You know X is conducting hypnosis and past life regression in large groups these days. Yesterday he came to my house and he has told me that the energies of my house have changed from good to inferior and I should do something about it. And that Agastya Muni was my guru in one of my previous lives. Now who is this Agastya Muni? Have you heard about him?” All I said to her was that “He is a prominent rishi of the South and when I go to South India I see his photo many times. He is the same rishi who has predicted our future on palm leaves thousands of years back through nadi shastra, and you have visited one such astrologer many times.”
She was actually quite clueless and confused and we left it at that!
I had no problem in recognizing this great sage about whom I had mentioned if you can recall, in the post –How does one know Atman? that Maharishi Agastya along with Mahavatar Babaji and Boganathar took Saurabh Samadhi after intense tapas in the forests and caves. When he came to me in his astral body to impart higher than usual spiritual wisdom during meditation in the morning of 2.2.11 this time, I at once offered my pranam in my heart without moving the body as it would have broken my communion with him. Very fluently and losing no time, he began to converse with me telepathically,
“I am Maharishi Agastya. I am not a muni. Muni is the one who does manan, thinking on the mind level. I am a Maharishi because I did shodhan, research on medicine, astrology, chemistry and spiritual sciences. I like to help those meditators who are trying sincerely. When one tries to salvage his soul, he is met by many unexpected trials and tribulations. Only the daunting souls can march ahead. The weak and anxious souls decide to either stagger or stop their journey. The trials of life should be taken as tapasya. I am doing tapas since the past seventy five thousand years.
“When you concentrate on the agya chakra, do not give attention to any sound or loud noise coming from outside and reverberating in your head. Stay fixed. Fix your gaze at that point as long as you can. The thoughts and images that are coming in your mind are not generated inside you. They are of the people who are either thinking of you or talking about you somewhere; discard them, they are absolutely unimportant.
Depth in meditation raises the level of Consciousness and duration widens the Consciousness.
For depth, one needs practice. With practice, concentration and meditation becomes deeper. By depth is meant reaching the highest realms of the celestial skies of ether and space. Connect your mind to the highest skies. There are seven skies, seven loks or worlds, seven chakras, seven colours in a rainbow, seven days in a week and seven levels of aspiration. Touch the seventh level of highest realization where one learns to identify himself with the Spirit and not the body!
Our soul is entrapped in the body. It is like a bird caught inside the cage where the soul is tormented and flutters in anguish to free itself to fly in the sky of freedom to meet its beloved, the Highest Consciousness or Supreme Self called Chetna Shakti.
The guru comes in our life to open the door of the cage so that we can escape the cringe and constriction of the imprisoned soul. The limit and boundary till we fly in the sky is decided by us. We can fly to either low, medium or the highest skies. All that depends on your Ichcha Shakti, your will to aspire and attain. Your vision with Babaji narrated in the preceding section denotes this. Your will to take leaps and strides was not in your destiny but you are taking because of your Ichcha Shakti. When Ichcha Shakti is prabal, that is intense, our own Atma helps us and catalysts the whole process of aspiring higher. You can be unstoppable if you wish to and cover distances which you couldn’t even comprehend let alone achieve them. If once your Consciousness is awakened, there is no stopping. So help yourself and others too. And I am protecting the birth place in Parangaipettai from nature’s calamities so that it does not get destroyed”.
Now strangely, Babaji had told me to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha before I embarked on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in July last year. I had planned my trip accordingly. But there were changes in the last hour and because of time crunch Lumbini was cancelled. While posting the last many articles, I realized that all the recommended places which I have visited have some great significance in my life. Just try to recall the great Banyan Tree that is more than 8,000 plus years old about which I have mentioned in my last post? This is the huge religious Banyan Tree in Lumbini * with whom I connected on the same day after Maharishi Agastya illumined me. The day was 2.2.11. It was the same Tree that has explained to me many undisclosed spiritual laws. With God’s great mercy, the benevolent tree divulged his past background and history also. Here is his story in his own words –
“About 9,500 years back, I was a rishi, a sage in Nepal in the Himalayan Mountains. For many years, I did intensive physical, mental and spiritual tapasya penance to realize God. After I realized God I meditated and thought why did I not ask anything for others with the clout of my tapas? I wish I had asked something for others instead of myself !
As God is very quick in listening to sincere and unselfish prayers, I was heard instantly and God said to me with his caressing words, “Hey Munivar, I accept your heartfelt and sincere prayer. After about 7,000 years a very pious soul is going to incarnate on the Earth for the salvation of people. An extremely sacred place is required for deep realizations for this exclusive and extremely pious soul. Think and tell me about one such appropriate place which will be befitting for that soul. Where ever there is penance done should be appropriate.”*
I told God, “Kindly give me such a later life so that I can serve that pure and pious soul.”
With my will so very strong and the desire so uncompromising to do intense penance because of which I chose to be born as a Banyan Tree since it is only the Banyan Tree whose longevity is thousands of years!
I lived a long life of 100 years as a rishi and when the environment was conducive, my spirit entered a banyan tree in Lumbini. I waited for a very long time for Bhagwan Buddha to arrive. I made my long wait and hiatus my tapasya and sadhana. When Bhagwan Buddha was born, there was bright light on the land and I understood that my tapasya will soon yield result. One day I saw Gautam Buddha, he had a divine insight. While walking here, he himself came and sat under the banyan tree. When God’s dazzling Light fell on him, some of it fell on me too by which I got the consideration and returns of my intense tapas.
Gautam Buddha lived a long life of 93 years. He suffered a lot in mind and body so that even if not many, but just a few could be awakened in Spirit. There are only a handful people who truly love God. Typically, people come to God only to mitigate their sorrows and meet their needs and then they return to their lives and homes.
Mahavatar Babaji is also working selflessly and serving the humans so that their progress in Spirit is possible.
The evolution of human race is at an extremely slow pace. The reason of the slackened pace is their lack of desire. Only if the human being has an intense desire to free himself that it is possible to carry out such a vivid change. Nobody can stop us from unfolding our full potential. When satguru reveals us the Truth, we must follow it and practice every teaching with sincerity. Practice with regularity. Practice any technique or method but your goal must be the highest. Detect your aberrations, weakness and vices and relinquish them permanently.
One life is not enough for our progress. So complete the unfinished task in this life itself and create your next life so that your future life has only God, human service and love, peace and joy.
Pay attention to every word that is uttered by Mahavatar Babaji who speaks in favour of your highest welfare and concern for the whole world. Co-operate and help him in making this earth peaceful, joyous, clean, green and prosperous in all natural resources. For it to materialize, have pure thoughts, do unselfish acts and dedicate this life for the sake of God. I bless you all, my children. Do good to others, do yagya of love. Babaji is a very, very pure soul. Help him in his global vision.”
This extraordinary spiritual experience made me very calm and totally satisfied and I was immersed in the enlightening words for the next few days that followed. My heart was inundated with gratitude for God because He has been so kind and merciful in revealing the hidden mysteries and laws of Spirit to us.
Dear readers, on the next day, Babaji was as usual benevolent to decipher the vision of the spectrum of three colours- yellow, orange and white which I had seen and could not interpret. The compassionate Master admitted that indeed Maharishi Agastya was an ancient soul and has been doing tapas for more than 75,000 years. He then unfolded a greater mystery which left me contented and enriched for the next several days.
He revealed that-
**”Light comes to us in the form of wisdom and knowledge. Try and attempt to have more and more of that. Expand your Consciousness and widen your spiritual knowledge. Give Light and wisdom to others.
Once the Spirit unfolds in us and you know Atma, there are three levels of aspiration and heights to accomplish after that. In accordance, there are three types of gyan or wisdom – Teevra gyan, Prachand gyan and Prabhutva gyan. When we translate that, it means wisdom that is intense, very intense and most intense respectively. In between these three stages there are other sub -stages of spiritual and God’s wisdom.
Now let’s look at the age of the Banyan Tree in Lumbini. It is very ancient and 8,500 years old. The wisdom given to us by this sacred and ancient tree is intense. It is called teevra gyan, intense wisdom as we call it.
Maharishi Agastya has done tapas for 75,000 years. He has wisdom and knowledge that is very intense- prachand gyan. What he has kindly bestowed on you all is prachand gyan.
My existence since my first birth and origin is some lakh years old. Hence my wisdom and spiritual knowledge is Prabhutva gyan which means extremely intense or blazing knowledge. Prabhutva gyan is rarest of rare and is attained with lakhs of years of tapas and is extremely exclusive.”
After this explanation, I was able to finally understand the meaning of the spectrum which I saw. It had yellow colour for Teevra gyan, orange colour for Prachand gyan and white colour which was invisible to my eyes for Prabhutva gyan. As I could not see the white band Mahavatar Babaji therefore advised me to practice concentration and meditation even more now for increasing its depth and duration.
The trials of life should be treated as tapasya, penance.
Do tapasya and offer the results to God.
- Increase the depth and duration of your meditation
- Depth in meditation raises the level of Consciousness and duration widens the Consciousness.
Conclusion- Knowledge coming from such ancient and timeless Seers and souls is proven and tested. Their ties with God is unbreakable because they have practiced the communion over thousands of years and hence their knowledge is flawless, reliable and worth trying and emulating. The other supposed mentors, saviors and saints are newly born ‘modern souls’ whose vasanas to earthly ties and enjoying the earthly pleasures are satisfied in the garb of spirituality. If you are a true seeker, then differentiate between real and imitation and focus only on your salvation, freedom and emancipation with the support and help from an immortal, timeless and eternal Spirit that resides in Shri Mahavatar Babaji. He knows the innermost feeling of every devotee and fulfills them on time. Since the time I came in contact with Babaji, I have been mesmerized by his personage and wondered time and time again as to how could a human being bring about such massive transformations in himself while living on earth? The very thought was mind boggling that someone has been living for almost two millennium just to serve others? Why would anyone do this I was baffled, and I used to think that if I could connect my mind with his Super Mind by Yoga, then all the riddles of metaphysical matters would be solved. I have considered this many a times in solitude and today with God’s immense grace and love for his children, some mysteries have been solved which were embedded in my subconscious mind since several years.
With so much Light given to us, I now realize that that there is no force anywhere in this universe that can dampen our spirits or stop our progression and ascent in unfolding our limitless hidden powers and realizations. The helping hand is always available, it is we who have to comprise the blazing desire to metamorphose and expand our mortal consciousness to Consciousness Supreme.
My dear friends, let’s pledge today that may we all contribute in our own ways to help the great seers and enlightened Spirits in their world wide mission of making our Universe more peaceful, holy and prosperous.
Hari Om Tatsat! Hari Om Tatsat! Hari Om Tatsat!
Updated on 04-05-19
It was much later when I was writing my autobiography in the month of May of 2018 that I knew the real meaning of the dream that I had with Swami Yukteshwarji. I learnt from Maharishi Markandey that it was Swami Sri Yukteshwar who put me under rigorous training and discipline the way he did to his foremost disciple Paramhansa Yogananda, but only astrally.
*“Whenever some soul tries very hard to gain access into Spiritual depths with acute efforts first time on any part of Earth initially, that part is made sure of not getting defiled; God protects that place. On the same spot, some more aspirants are attracted and directed by God over a period of time and in the process the place becomes highly charged with spiritual energies. On such spots sparkling with pious energies, God someday inspires someone to make a temple of great importance.” Kashyap Maharishi
**And for all the other people, tell them this- Wherever there is light, there is Truth.