My dear revered readers, the last three posts were the preface of the new segment called ‘Our lost rich heritage. Swami Nityananda caves, Kanhangad, Kerala’ and were the introductory and basic posts to start with. This segment is not purely dedicated to our lost rich heritage or heritage sites or environment for that matter. The posts are about seeing our past rich heritage in a new mirror with a new sight-with that of spiritual eyes called the divine eyes. And nevertheless we shall pick up environmental issues also and then interweave all these issues and thoughts in one post as there is a co-relation amongst all these subjects because they concern us and our lives.
As per the wishes of His Holiness Shri Mahavatar Babaji, in the forth coming posts which will involve a lot of travelling for me, I will cover many world heritage sites of India with a new light and perspective which has been undertaken by none before. It is only with the gifted spiritual eyes and divine wisdom that he again and again bestows on me because of which I can go back in time effortlessly and get to know how richly our human race was endowed even at that time in realms of development- physical and spiritual both. So many mindboggling and surprising revelations as grace have come over me in my meditations because of only him. To give you an example I found out that the Karla caves near Mumbai, which are of Buddhist genre were carved out at the site of Ekvira Temple. This devi temple was constructed by the Pandavas in exile about five thousand years ago. Hence the caves which have come up later around two to two and a half thousand years ago have been constructed just next door to this temple in order to derive the shakti or power for enhancing the spiritual practices of the bhikshus or the monks.
It is for all the readers to know that this post with a mystical title is a mere record and documentation of my recent exquisite spiritual experience which I would like to revert to from time to time. However, others are also most welcome to read it even if it may take some time for them to appreciate its content, depth and quality. At present, in case you find it a bit heavy and grave, you are free to call on me or write to me and I am sure you shall be able to comprehend and appreciate the content much better in due course of time…So then…
About ten days ago, Shri Mahavatar Babaji advised me to do meditation on Om. He said, “Go inside. There is Om inside you, meditate on it.”
And then he once again repeated what he had told me earlier, “There was a time when there was nothing in this Universe –shunya. Only Brahma existed, it was only silence that existed. And then out of the shunya, came the sankalpa or thought of God. Out of this thought of God, in peace and silence the srishti, the Brahmaand or the Universe was created. After the creation of the Universe, the very first sound that originated at that time in this Universe was Om.”
It was after Mahavatar Babaji told me to mediate on Om I saw a miracle.
Om sound heard and reverberates in my body and whole being
Since then I have been hearing the sacred sound of Om in my ears when I have doing my regular work of the day in spite of nonstop irritating, ear-piercing honking of vehicles on the streets and roads, sharp sounds of drilling and tile cutting machines all around my house and banging and clatter of vessels and deafening gurgling of water from the taps in the kitchen when the domestic helper is at her daily job. The sound of Om was so audible and prominent that it became impossible for me to bear the aforesaid noises any more as it was hurting my head and I could bear it no longer.
So with the same sacred sound of Om still reverberating in my ears, when I went to sleep on 7th Dec night I had put my finger tips tightly in the ears to refuse entry to those agonizing sounds of snarling traffic in order to prolong this mystical sound and manage to get hold of some extensive peaceful moments.
Once this was achieved, I only heard nonstop Om first in my head and then in my whole body. There was not a speck or decibel of any sound inside me apart from Om and the continuity of this mystical sound was awesome and the phenomenon breathtaking. Nothing compares this experience to any experience of the world that we live in and I made sure that my mind is anchored firmly at one centre to be able to lengthen this magical experience. And just as I was able to get enough of it, I entered shunya , the silence. Ah! At last the silence of my soul was touched. It was a thoughtless state where nothing happened, no sound and no thought-pure Brahma, the purest Brahma. It was as if at last I was able to lay a hand on the last level of the infinite ocean.
All along very gently I was reaffirming to myself that I am this, I am Om; this is what I am truly, this is my real identity.
Babaji again showed me the creation of Universe and presence of Brahma and the similarity of the two experiences- one now and here and the other at the point of eternity.
I envisioned after this a complete movie like vision in my inner eyes of our planet rotating continuously tilting at its axis after which the planet vanished and I saw nothing. This state of nothingness endured for a short while as I travelled back in eternity to fathom the state of affairs even before the Universe was created. Once I reached at that time, I experienced in me that there was only silence that existed before the planets were created and it is the same silence or shunya that I have just experienced now at this moment after I heard Om in my body. This goes to prove that the same Om which existed as the first sound in this Universe and the shunya or silence that existed before Om are the same two things which still exist in this Universe and they are the same two things that are present in me too. In other words pure Brahma is in me and the sacred sound Om is present in me even now. It is the same thing and I just rediscovered them during those most auspicious moments of my life!!! Never before could I get so close to it!! Thanks to my great, great Guru Shri Mahavatar Babaji who is the most generous soul in this whole Universe who granted me such momentous time in the last few days in spite of the nervewracking, inharmonious sounds and crazy speed of my life!! Thanking enough will not do, I must repay this kindest gesture by doing more manav seva– serving humanity for sure.
Pujya Babaji has told me that there was only nishabdi brahma and silence before the earth was formed billions of years ago. Once the earth was created and formed, the first sound that was born and emanated was that of Om. The same sound still reverberates and is heard in the silence of nature, forests, oceans and seas even now.
And in the next flash of a moment I recalled that as a child when we went for summer holidays, the same sound of Om was heard in my ears at night in nearby forests in Rishikesh, Dehradoon or while going to Himalayas in childhood.
(To understand this interweaving and complex concept of our environment, Spirit and our thoughts read on three interrelated posts Thought Power I, II & III where in sankalpa or thought is elaborated in quite a detail.
Thought power I was a gift from Mother Earth in meditation
Thought Power II was a reminiscence and emphasized the importance of consideration of the well being of all the inhabitants of this planet and
Thought Power III was a blessing of Swami Nityananda because he enlightened me about how peace is attained by our good actions which are based on our thought power)
Knowledge for all
Now many of you would like to have the same spiritual experience some day and some of you would probably like to know when, at which stage and how do these experiences come about in a real seeker. For the curious ones the phenomenon of soul’s ascension and unity with that of the Universal Spirit present in the Divine Guru is as follows-
Soul & Spirit
The soul of the disciple surrenders to the Spirit of the Divine Teacher. Out of sheer love, the Teacher blesses the obedient disciple. The blessing in turn enhances the growth of the disciple by initializing the purification of the mind and body. The disciple in due course of time surrenders more and the Spiritual Teacher endows more grace, kindness and blessings on the loving disciple. This goes on for a few years until the disciple is completely washed of all his sins and shortcomings and the soul of the disciple mingles wholly with the pure, blazing Spirit of the Divine Teacher and they become one in Spirit. This whole process is a wonderful experience for both- the disciple as well as the guardian Teacher because the growth and progress of the disciple is entirely dependent on the will of the disciple. The more the disciple wants to grow, the more the Teacher helps him/her to grow large in Spirit.
A tribute -This post is my tribute to our Mother Nature and it emphasizes the importance of regaining and re-growing our lost forests because apart from the million benefits that they offer, there is one more great reason for us to contribute towards afforestation. The more green cover we have on our planet, the more sacred Om sound shall prevail on it! Om shanti, shanti, shanti Om!
Karla caves revisited on 5.12.11