15th Jan’12 and it is 1.18 a.m. Last minute preparations in full swing to make a trip and travel to Aurangabad to do the much awaited sightseeing of the world famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves. During the day, there was less time and more tasks to accomplish. I slept very late and to relax my exhausted body, I meditated in the bed. The body, in next to no time became relaxed and tension free and I slipped into profound meditation. All of a sudden, I saw many roots hanging from a large Banyan Tree. The dangling roots touched my upper body and sort of made me more focussed and my attention was immediately brought to the centre of my two eyebrows. The large Banyan Tree stood firmly on my upper torso and I saw dazzling light in it. In that bright Light I saw an image of His Holiness Shri Mahavatar Babaji. Seeing him, I sought his blessings before embarking on my journey to interior Maharashtra, the site where the world class monuments stand as a master piece and glory of human endeavour towards refining and purifying its soul by making monuments as places of worship and advent of new awakening.
The dazzling Light entered my upper brain with its sensations tingling up there and along with this there occurred expansion and relaxation in my brain. With so much Light entering my nervous system as you would expect, I felt extremely comfortable and relieved of all day’s weariness. At this point in time, Shri Shri Mahavatar Babaji spoke to me mentally with kindness, “This is not enough. Wait. Let more Light circulate in the rest of the brain so that it can accommodate more new knowledge. You will not need any sleep tonight because one great positive thought has more power to rejuvenate your mind and body than a few hours sleep at night. The power in sankalapa (thought) is immense. If you increase the power of your sankalapa by very positive and potent thoughts then your requirement of sleep will decrease. So increase the power of your thoughts, make powerful sankalapas.”
In all my humility, I thanked the Holy Spirit Shri Mahavatar Babaji and abided by his wish. Although I was anxious to take at least a few hours sleep before leaving, I gave up the idea by surrendering to God’s wish and accepted God’s wish as mine. I spent quite sometime in the bed roaming in the spiritual world with a new sense of accomplishment by not being a slave to sleep and also not worrying about missing the early morning flight. I was relaxed and assured that with God’s blessing and having Mahavatar Babaji’s inner vision before embarking on my holy trip, everything is going to be perfect and splendid….I floated in so much comfort and ecstasy that instead of sleeping I wanted to get started in the middle of night although I hadn’t winked my eyes even once! For a long time, my heart was brimming over, overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for God’s kindness and graciousness. My heart swelled up with gratitude even though the body was dead tired since 12.30 a.m. I thanked God ever more for giving me so much seva, service for choosing me of all the people to do this service. There are many types of seva God told me and guiding people with wisdom and light is one of them. As you know that these trips that I am making to heritage centres of India these days are not at all my own idea.
As I have mentioned in the beginning of this segment that Shri Mahavatar Babaji will be sending me to some world heritage sites of India and he would tell me something that no historian, archaeologist or traveller would know. My aim and vision is to re-visit these sites and get spiritual knowledge that is buried in times with the help of meditation and guidance of the realized souls. My focus throughout the night was what would God reveal to me this time? What is that God wants me to know? What must have happened during those times in history that we people today do not know and is of great spiritual importance for us and that we should be knowing now? What next?
In such moments out of nowhere my soul began to speak to me, “According to Hindu calendar, today is your birthday. Ask for any boon from me, I shall grant it!” I felt a flux of light at my heart centre.
Without any time spent here and there I prayed to my Soul, “My beloved God, my sweetest Lord, give me more insight in yet deeper meditations. May I always, always worship you; may I always do your bhakti, may I always serve you. That is all I want. The rest of my requirements and cares you shall take care of obviously and I am certain about it.”
After saying this, I was mentally transported again to my infancy stage when I remembered that I had prayed to God in my mother’s lap as a baby. “May I never again sleep in the lap of ignorance”, I had pleaded to my Soul and I also recalled the power of praying intensely on our birthday and how I had once prayed and pleaded very intensely to God long time ago before I was even born to unshackle all my karmic bonds in this life itself.
The soul in me threw open the closed gates of yet another higher door of cryptic knowledge by unfolding this enigmatic awareness by explaining me, “ Although we have light of God in our soul but sometimes our soul is very close to God. This means that in some rare moments, there is excess divine light in us, even though it could be for a very short period of time. If we make an affirmation, a positive affirmation at that moment, it could prove to be monumental and it could be the turning point. It can change the future course of path for anyone. To rise in Spirit, one must make very powerful thoughts irrespective of external detrimental conditions. The power in thought is more powerful than the power of food and sleep put together. Therefore, do not think or grow anxious about not getting due rest or sleep but instead have powerful thoughts and increase the physical stamina and endurance by increasing the attention span on God and depend solely on the sankalpa, thought of God to energize you all the time. And what I have just told you is what you should be writing in your upcoming post once you return. The content of the post is crucial so make the draft now before leaving.”
I looked at the watch it was 1.15 a.m. I, being cautious and wishing not to lose any trace of this sublime divine knowledge, sat up and wrote down part A of this article before leaving for Aurangabad very early morning to see the Ajanta and Ellora caves on 15th Jan’12.
20th Jan’12 and it is 6.20 p.m. I am at this moment writing the later part of my post after I have visited and seen the magnificent caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra, India and returned on 17th night. And dear friends what a rare experience that was! I wonder why did I never get a thought or an idea thrown at me by someone to see these most exquisite caves?
I had not even fathomed before that people living more than 2,500 years ago in India could make such awe inspiring monuments with such humble instruments like that of just a chisel and a hammer!! And seeing is believing! Although I had known for years that these caves are world heritage sites and the caves are of Buddhism, Jainism and Shivaism category but my trip to these sites were not at all from religious point of view. My perspective was very different and all the time I was wondering why were these caves made?
Once I reached the Ajanta caves on 15th morning around 10.30 or so and started seeing the line of caves I had reached my saturation. It was mind boggling; the magic of just being in an ancient Buddhist cave was really awesome. Standing inside them with great surprise and wonder, I could visualize the monks walking here and there carrying out all the ceremonies and rituals and how people must have come to pay their respects to Lord Buddha in those caves long time ago. But for the signs of vandalism, harm and damage done to these master pieces left me depressed and disturbed. All the day long, a sense of sadness was felt and it lingered after I saw so many overwhelming and grand idols defaced and dishonoured by some unknown people ages ago.
And the next day on 16th morning, I visited two caves of Jainism category. As we reached quite early, there were just a few people and I relished every moment spent there seeing carefully every bit of the fine architecture with a deep sense of wonder and respect. I am certain that somehow the later generations were first inspired by these monuments and the Dilwara temples made of white marble in Rajasthan today have drawn inspiration by these Jain temples made about two thousand years ago. There is a lot of similarity between the layout and style of architecture between them and these cave temples.
My jaws dropped literally when I first saw the Ellora’s Kailash (Shiva) temple after the Jain cave temples. A thrill of electric ray like feeling ran through me when I first entered the huge complex and courtyard of Kailash temple and was left in a trans- like state. There was so much positive energy in this particular place that I was immediately infused with remarkable energy to capture this great moment of my life. I was inspired and hungry to photograph every master piece installed there by taking as many photographs as possible in the very little time available to me.
I had never ever imagined that man could make such beautiful monuments as places of worship without any modern engineering and machines. And all the pains were taken merely to connect to God in some ways! How very fascinating! This goes on to prove, I thought to myself, that praying and meditating are really very important for we humans and we are just not doing that, I wonder why?
In fact, I only saw three cave temples in four hours in Ellora because they offer so much to see and savour. I left the rest of the caves because one needs at least four days from morning to night to see all the details and appreciate the classic beauty of each and every idol and figure made out of just chiseling the hard black mountains in both the places. In any case, I was so satisfied with what I had seen that I actually did not want to see any more caves, more so because ordinary people lack love, regard and reverence for such grand places of worship and their behaviour is only contrary to what it should be in such elegant caves!
Now though the historical facts were written everywhere on boards but no one answered my one question. Even when I had seen all the caves at Ajanta and in the following day a few at Ellora, I was stuck with one question, “It is clear that humans made these monuments with just a hammer and a chisel but why would they make them? And most importantly- “Who got the first idea of making these caves? From where did this idea come?” I was all the time talking to myself silently. Obviously, no one can answer this to me in the physical world but I was really, really intrigued and a bit restless beneath and I didn’t know why.
Yesterday around 5 p.m at home, I was very peaceful and wanted to meditate in the midst of some ongoing problem. I knew that no wonder what kind of problem I face, I shall find an answer and solution by connecting to God because God knows everything. Also my certainty about God’s appearing before me to direct and lead me to complete my pending assignment of posting a new entry made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. With gentle rays of love and peace thrown at the upper skies by me, I sat in blissful peace on my bed and was lost in the unexplored and unknown regions of celestial areas. Just then I saw a beam of thick Light coming beyond the Earth and originating much beyond the Earth and touching me. I wished to know from where the beam of Light was originating. My inner vision saw that the beam was endless and was coming from infinity. I concluded that there is Light beyond the Cosmos that I know of but then where is the beam of Divine light originating from? Who is sending it to me? Why is it coming to me?
At this juncture, my soul began to speak to me, “This whole creation was created with the thought sankalpa of God. First came the thought, then the Cosmos. The thought of God has Light in it. That sankalpa of God is still present in this Universe. It is present even today and cannot be wiped out; it is so powerful. There can be catastrophes on the Earth, but this Universe cannot be wiped out because it is my will and sankalpa that it should be conserved and should continue to exist.
If you connect your thought with this thought of God, you shall be empowered. The Spirit in you is also light of God. Only a pure heart can know and understand all this.
In order to make some spiritual energy hubs on this planet, I had this first thought and it was me who first sent out this positive thought in a Mahatma, a holy Spirit so that these caves could be constructed more than two thousand of years ago. Through this Mahatma, the thought was transferred to some other people and the caves were made. These prayer halls or Chaityas as they were called, were meant to be places of worship, praying, chanting and holy activities. But later some destructing civilization vandalized it in order to gain supremacy. Wars are mainly fought for supremacy, proving a point because of one’s ego or just plain hate. From time to time, one civilization tries to gain supremacy over other civilization by force but the creation will never be destroyed because it is my will. The defacing and ruining that you have seen and has disturbed you is done by one civilization because of not gaining supremacy but out of hate.
Before the actual outward damage happened, there was something unnoticed that took place. The monks in the beginning were pious and were carrying on their duties well. Later on, after about eight hundred years or so, the civilization peaked and the monks in the Viharas and Chaityas became immodest and hungry for power thus spoiling the unseen atmosphere, the atmosphere of thoughts and sankalpa. The air became polluted and at this time, another civilization took over this place forcefully and damaged the work and toil put up by so many labourers and other people during the medieval times of Indian history. Whenever the negative thoughts over power the positive thoughts, there is bound to be regression and destruction. Therefore, have very positive thoughts and increase the intensity of positive thoughts in the atmosphere by meditating and positive affirmations. In today’s world also there is a silent war of thoughts going on between two countries and civilizations to gain supremacy. Those civilizations who try to be most powerful by negative means in some time face downfall because God will stop them and not allow excess negative, detrimental vibrations in this Universe. Those nations or people who resort to immoral and unethical means to overpower others shall be overthrown by their own wrong doings in due course of time.
Nevertheless, the bad air is again and again cleared and sanctified by the good deeds and thoughts of good people. There should be more good karmas than bad karmas from everybody to gain lasting peace and happiness and well being. Very sadly, most people are like empty cane baskets- light and hollow. They do not possess profound and spiritual thoughts. To make your life more blissful and joyful, one must learn to meditate on the thought of God and their thoughts should be one with God’s wish. Learn to prolong your mind’s attention on God and go deeper still inside and I shall reveal to you many hidden facts about God’s sinless, pure world. Only a pure mind and heart shall be blessed with such divine revelations!!”
A Foot note– As flash is banned in the caves to preserve the murals and frescoes, I was not able to take the photograph of the most wonderful painting of Lord Buddha at Ajanta- that of Padmapani, Buddha with a lotus in his hand. Some photos on the blog appear to be dark and may also be blurred as they were taken with great difficulty in the dark caves. Inconvenience is regretted.