Cryptic questions and answers that took place between Shri Mahavatar Babaji and me mentally at the airport while I waited to catch the plane.
Q-Who gets enlightenment?
A- Those whose heart is pure.
Q-When and how can one clean and purify the heart?
A-When the intellect is pure. The intellect should be purified of ego, ignorance, jealousy, fear and all other insecurities.
Q-What is delusion?
A-Doubt, scepticism and confusion. When they cover the mind, the soul is in delusion.
Q-How do we eradicate delusion?
A-By cleaning the heart.
Q-How can the heart and mind/buddhi be purified?
A-By awareness, meditation, selfless activities, kindness and charitable actions.
Q-Why must we eradicate/remove delusion?
A-Because it gives us chains and recycles of birth and death.
Q-What happens in delusion?
A-When we are in delusion, a sort of mirage is created in the mind which in reality is a reflection of the true self-that is yatharth or reality. There is distortion of the vision. When we are covered with distorted perceptions, our actions are distorted. Our judgment goes wrong, we create wrong actions. The consequences of our actions are ours and hence we suffer adversely.
Q-How does one know that he or she is in delusion?
A-There will be bouts of confusion, temptations, frustration for having lack of control over things and most of all, one is uncertain.
Q-What are the correctional methods?
A-Introspection, reflection, contemplation, study of scriptures, listening to the ancient wisdom of the sages and realized entities. And most important of all- correcting your present actions to redesign the future life.
Q-How does one know that he or she is getting the wisdom from the right person?
A-If what you read or hear can be identified with and are convinced, if your mind accepts the mentor or guru’s wisdom and advice and counsel. If your mind does not oppose or contradict his or her knowledge and if you are applying the spiritual philosophy with positive results, then you have found your mentor or spiritual advisor.
Q-If there is a contradiction in mind, what does it apply?
A-It applies that it is the ego which is acting as a wall between the teacher and the learner.
The state of Super Consciousness-II
I envisioned Shri Babaji walking with very quick steps and in this way denoting the urgency of his expedition and importance of time’s utility. I was walking next to him and trying to catch up with him on a hilly ground. He looked very happy and enthusiastic that day or else he is somber and serene. He took me to a very beautiful place full of tall, green trees which resembled fir and deodar. The ambiance was of a thin forest with many trees growing on a mountain top. The shade of the trees was cooling and under it was situated a beautiful pond. It had many colorful lotus flowers floating in it. He took me to the divine pond where the atmosphere was saturated with divine purity and serenity and the place resembled and felt like a paradise.
Babaji went ahead and plucked one lotus flower, then another, then some more and then many more from the pond one by one. The petals had tiny drops of water on them making them look all the more pure and sacred. The bunch of lotus looked so pretty in his arms and I was cheerful by looking at the lovely bouquet and the image of exuberant Babaji both at one place. Just then, while holding the flowers in his divine arms, Babaji took one white lotus and gave it to me. He looked at me as if waiting for me to express something. I didn’t. After a very short pause, he broke in a spell of mystic laughter and divine joy. He pulled out one purple lotus from his bundle and gave it to me in my hand. I held it in bewilderment and at the same time I was overjoyed at his kind gesture. Without waiting, he now gave me a pink lotus, then a yellow one and a few more one after the other. All the flowers from his arms were in mine by now and in utter amazement I looked at the collection of heavenly lotuses piled up and was absolutely numb because events were occurring at such rapid and unexpected ways. I stood there totally incomprehensible not knowing what to do or say to him.
He put up a question to me, “Do you know why I gave you the lotuses?” I hurriedly considered a lotus flower in Buddhism, as an emblem in many spiritual organizations, on books and sacred places but I did not know the present connotation and the co-relation. I did not reply.
He had a white lotus in his right hand and with a mysterious smile he said, “White is for purity and peace. Take this.” I now received a white lotus from him.
Babaji had a purple lotus in his hand after this. He asked me, “What is purple for?” I had no answer. “Tranquility”, he replied. “Take this.” I received a deep lavender lotus from his sacred hand.
After all this, he again asked me, “What is pink for?” I stood quietly and wished not to answer.
“Love. Take this lotus also. It is for you.”
“What is yellow for?” Now I gathered some courage and answered in humility. “I don’t know Babaji.” He looked pleased and smiled slightly from the corner of his mouth. He said, “Enlightenment, knowledge. Now take this yellow lotus also.”
In the next moment, an unanticipated development took place. Babaji burst out laughing loudly like an ecstatic yogi and began to dance throwing his hands up in the air, turned his neck round and round and sang with merriment and ecstasy. He then said, “I have given you peace, love, joy, ananda, tranquility and transcendental knowledge to give to this world. I am spreading these virtues through your web log on the net in modern times in this world. From now onwards, more and more people will read and receive these gifts of God from you. My idea of spreading God’s love and peace is successful, is successful, is successful. Then he circled round and round like an intoxicated saint singing and chanting God’s holy name. He resembled Chaitanya Mahaprabhu singing and chanting God’s holy name while diving in celestial bliss.
Understanding by now that it was an auspicious moment granted by God, I did not want to lose the golden opportunity of a very sacred hour. I realized that I would be obliged and my prayers would be surely answered. Therefore I pleaded, “Holy Babaji, I pray to you at this moment and hour, please bless me that I never ever make any mistakes in my present and forthcoming lives. May I always remember God. May my memory of God forever be revitalized and it should never be erased or corrupted. May I always do God’s service, may I always do your work and may I always spread your divine fragrance through your words and teachings.”
Babaji smiled at me softly and with overflowing love said very sweetly, “My sweet child, Babaji becomes pleased with devotion, with love, with sacrifice, with service. I am pleased with those devotees who have a keen desire for seeking God and serving Him. I fulfill all such desires. And those people who do not have this desire yet, they should instill purity, devotion and love in their hearts. One day, they will also attain God. Once and for all purify your inner being, inner heart. And after cleaning, forever keep yourself in a pure state so that your future lives are pure, beautiful, worthy and for service of humanity. I love those who love God. Today, who so ever will wish for this desire, I shall grant and fulfill it.”
Expand your consciousness-II
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 a 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.”
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)
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 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. 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.”
The role of ‘power of will’ in a seeker’s life-II
His holiness Mahavatar Babaji who has unlimited compassion and mercy on all humans and every creature alike, responded to my prayers in no time during my meditation and telepathically transmitted this liberating education or Moksha Vidya on this fortunate day. He thus began with a question and gave answers in the form of cryptic solutions to the crippling ignorance of humanity-
“How did Arjun get spiritual knowledge?
Because of detachment, vairagya .
When there is detachment or vairagya in life, there is desire or will to know God. But before those situations which give you detachment come, concede and kindle a yearning and a will within you for liberating yourself so that your future is laden with bliss, happiness and absolute peace. It is you who has to develop this will after which I shall help you.
The power of will is a gift to us from God with which we accomplish all our undertakings and tasks. First comes the will to do something; God comes to our rescue later, he sends us help to accomplish all that we wish to attain. But prior to all this it is you who should have the initiative in your heart to do something grand, something new, something huge.
Similarly, only if and when the human being is ready to get rid of his dimness and unawareness, only after such a will is awakened in him, only after he possesses a will to liberate himself that such an aim is accomplished at an appropriate time.”
Acquainting about himself, Shri Mahavatar Babaji disclosed,
“Before my present incarnation, I had a burning desire to help mankind, to salvage them from ignorance and do good to all in the world. So when I was born this time I was born with the same power. Therefore, the spot at which I was born still radiates powerful rays of my power of will. There is a yantra or geometrical figure at this spot which till this date radiates powerful rays of my power of will . You must benefit from it by focusing your mind on this spot in your meditations and the power of will be ignited in you and you shall be gratified.”
And about me he informed, “You were born with a burning desire to free yourself from the bondage of the fruit of your actions. Therefore when the right time arrived, I quickly sent you to Yogananda(YSS), Nityananda and Shaligram (Ganeshpuri) and to The Mother (Pondicherry) for your spiritual education. They all are your gurus, Masters and I am your Param Guru, Highest Master. The will to cover up and complete your karmic obligations was so intense that you fulfilled it in the minimum time possible.
The time taken by any seeker or learner to accomplish and complete his spiritual duties and obligations is entirely dependent on the extent of will power possessed by him or the will generated by him within himself. It takes as much time as he decides to free himself. God is very merciful; God will not initiate or stop the help and cooperation that he sends through nature unless you want it. Therefore reduce that time and meditate on God and pray to Him right now.”
Why is peace so essential for a seeker?-III
All these days while I was thinking about what and how should I blog during such times of commotion and complete uncertainty, I waited all along and had complete faith in my param Guru Shri Mahavatar Babaji who has never failed me and he is the one who guides this blog. I maintained my calmness and was positive that I will publish my new post before midnight of 10th August.
Surely enough I woke up very fresh and energized today after I had a short dream in which I saw Babaji, who was in meditation as he sat under a massive Banyan Tree. Incidently this time he did not sit at the trunk of the tree but between the pillar-like numerous thick roots of the tree.
I wondered about the symbolic meaning of this atypical view. Before I could even decipher it, He spoke to me in a very soft whisper, “I can see that you are mixing with all kinds of people and are suffering because you have to mix with people of very low mentality. This has caused depletion of energy yet you are firm and stable in your goal to enter a post without skipping the fixed date. The Banyan Tree here has already blessed you as you are serving me but since you had no time to devote to concentration, let me tell you that you will complete this assignment without any delay. Write another post on the importance of peace for a seeker because a seeker faces similar problems like any other person in the world but his approach to the problem is different.
A good seeker will maintain his peace of mind because he is certain that no matter what sort of difficulty he is facing, his guru will always be by his side, no matter what. Although in special cases and particular times, the guru will remain silent because he will set aside some time for you when the karmic pattern of the concerned person is such that he must suffer for the past misdeeds. The guru allows his disciple to suffer little bit because he is teaching him silently to learn from his past mistakes. As soon as the disciple accepts his mistakes and regrets his bad deeds, the guru will send you the message that from now onwards, lead a pious and peaceful life. That is what I do to my children when I have to teach them an important lesson but very silently! Having said that, please know that I never leave my children, no matter what sins they have committed. It is up to you how soon you want to realize and which next lesson you wish to take from me. Therefore, do not feel disappointed, wake up and get on the next important lesson. Do not give up hope and maintain your peace and calmness. My spiritual guidance and help will reach you through this blog, I speak to you and the readers can connect with me through the regular entries here. All the answers will be received by them through this medium and they should hasten up their recovery and speed as fast as they can.
Now about the roots that you saw in your dream. Today in the early hours you saw me meditating under the numerous thick roots of a Banyan Tree. Roots hold the tree to the ground and supply food. Similarly, I am those strong roots by which you should hold tightly in order for me to nourish you.”
About me he said- “Increase your Kriya Shakti. You are undergoing states where you are swinging between two extreme mentalities- the highest and the lowest. Yet it is possible to cope up with the current state wherein you increase your working capacity by altering your food, holding on the lingering peace and maintaining silence for brief periods whenever possible.”
He continued, “Those of you who have firm faith in me will realize that permanent peace and sustainable bliss is only possible when we clear our past baggage of bad karmas. Once the cleaning process is over, you shall attain permanent peace and wondrous joy which permeates your Soul. Until then, stay connected to Sarika, tell her about your dilemmas she will answer to all your personal as well as family problems and help you to withstand the difficult period. Difficult times are good as they teach us the most and once you are clean and pure you shall find peace within. Endure and clear up whatever you have accumulated as karmic baggage and receive divine peace and bliss from me. I shall never let you down.
Once you reach the state of sustainable tranquility and peace you shall reach the state of bliss. Peace and bliss are in Atman. Our Atma has complete happiness, peace and bliss. Attempt to reach a state of divine communication where in you can access to these attributes at ease. My blessings are with one and all and I hear even the most faint whisper of my devotee; I send immediate respite to them. Receive me well with all your attention and I shall never dishearten you. Pray to God day and night to alleviate you from the sorrowful state to the state of enduring peace. Peace, peace, peace to all. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti!!”
Our lost rich heritage-II
After being in bliss some moments flew by and I began hearing these ragas played in flute like words in my inner ear as though there is someone who is talking to me mentally sitting far away. The mental transference began from the remotest cave in the Himalayas to the island city on the Arabian Sea here in Mumbai, the overcrowded commercial capital of India. I could see a silver string originating from Shri Mahavatar Babaji in that cave and running all along the way and terminating on me. A silver coloured string, which was actually a telecommunication path, was seen between the two of us-me and His Holiness Shri Mahavatar Babaji. As soon as I comprehended that a communication channel has been established between both of us, I heard these gracious words coming to me from the caves near the mountainous region near river Alaknanda in the Himalayas-
“Whenever your mind is so impeccably united and connected with me, there is a bond, a telepathic conveyor, a telecommunication path built between us in the astral space. At this moment I am in deep meditation and I am speaking to you through mental communication or telepathy.”
I could again see Shri Mahavatar Babaji sitting in a perfect lotus posture with my inner vision.
“When two people have strong love and understanding for each other, this phenomenon occurs on the subtle astral plane. Just a few know and appreciate this means of communication.”
I was absorbing wholly what was being given to me with my heart so full of gratefulness.
“Now tell me, what is the cause of man’s pathetic living condition on this Earth today?” an unexpected question was thrown at me.
“Ignorance”, I replied to him without losing any time for thinking.
“Ignorance and lack of foresight,” he said. “Man has been living on this planet since millions of years. It has taken him millions of years to evolve and make this Earth fit for living.Many civilizations with their glorious cultures, race and heritage have risen and fallen back in dust. Awesome structures and cities were built and have been razed to the ground, so many men have come and so many have gone. They have left behind some of their essence, their essential core being behind for us to know how developed they were in terms of creativity, sculpture, literature, knowledge and realizations. The essence of man’s spiritual awakening as well as knowledge is embedded in the Holy Scriptures now.
However, because man lacks foresight, he has not been able to preserve the past inheritance and legacy so richly endowed with their experiences, knowledge and hindsight. Because of lack of foresight in humans, they do not acknowledge and preserve the inherent knowledge stored in scriptures, realized souls as well as in the illumined Masters. Sacred knowledge is passed on by the realized Masters to their chosen devoted disciples who have faith and devotion in their Masters and is in this way stored and preserved through ages, eras and civilizations.
Our past builds our future.
Those who wish to have the sacred knowledge must know their Spirit. The Spirit has the hindsight and all the knowledge is endowed in it. The Spirit has the foresight that will prevent you from regressing in your soul.
Practicing meditation alone will not help. One must plan his future, plan the coming events well, plan his life thoroughly and should have a vision, a sight for himself/herself.
To materialize those goals, one has to do karmas, actions accordingly. Correspondingly, your karmas have the ability to shape your future. They have the potential, the power, the shakti endowed in them. Unleash that energy that is stored in the karmas, unleash that power of manifestation that is stored in your karmas!”
Silence of the soul-I
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.”……………………….
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!!
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.”
Silence of the soul-II
One day recently, Babaji out of his own wish blessed me by cascading more illuminating knowledge on me which is so essential for a growing yogi on his path of self realization.
Mahavatar Babaji answered the following spontaneous questions raised by me when there was a connection between the two minds in meditation in the wee hours of 15.12.11
Me- “What is beyond shunya ?”
Him- Brahma. After silence of the soul you shall reach your Spirit.
First is peace, then joy, and then the soul arrives at silence. After prolonged continuity with the Spirit of the Guru, with his mere kripa if the disciple persists to do intense good karmas, the guru shows the disciple the omnipresent Universal Spirit, Brahma. Brahma is beyond silence.
One must meditate on Brahma, the Universal Spirit. In reinstating, the jeeva or soul of the individual does not return to the normal world of cause and effect, the unending cycle of birth, decay and dying. Rather, the soul lives each life and each day of every life in dedication to Guru and complete surrender to God. In this way, there is no action that is initialized by his disciple and hence no undesirable effect of that karmas which in return give the highly developed yogi stable peace of mind and joy. There is so much freedom in such a mind and that is what Bhagwan Buddha at that time was telling all in so many different ways to free themselves from the impact and result of one’s own karmas and consequently get rid of all the sufferings of mind, body and soul in innumerable lives. This is what is meant by liberation and moksha of one’s soul.”
Why was I sent to so many heritage sites by my Param Guru??
Since I returned from Khajuraho Mahavatar Babaji has given me many new spiritual lessons and insights, some of which can be shared with all of you. They are-
“Liberation or Moksha is a very long journey. It takes many lives to conclude the futility of one’s ego and desire and material clinginess. Just a few are successful in this long marathon full of births and deaths. Those who succeed are blessed by God as they nullify all their bad karmas and afterwards regenerate innumerable virtuous karmas because of which they never fall again in the web and maze of repeated life cycles.
The Maha Guru after enlightening you will again send you to those main landmarks in your soul journey so that you can recall how much hard you have strived to reach a stage of complete purity or nirvikaar, the stage of Brahma, a stage of perfection. The uppermost chakra called the Brahmarandra is the most difficult to open and recharge and happens only with the blessedness and grace of the gurus and God.”
I get a new life, a new Light in Badrinath-II
My silent conversation with Shri Mahavatar Babaji during meditation-
Shree Babaji-“Regarding the depth and duration of your meditation, the duration has increased but further depth needs to be acquired, go further inside.”
Shri Babaji-“By relenting the thoughts that inhabit your persona or aura. Become aware of them. You are very serious inside but cheerful from outside. Your sensitive heart should not be allowed to harbour or cling to the anxieties or concerns of other people’s wrongful living. You should not feel sorry for them because they are misled by their own shortcomings. Clear this now in meditation and in future do not hold on to these wavelengths. Just do the right actions towards them all, do good to all and once the good acts are done, do not contemplate or brood over it. Do not think of them at all. Free yourself of those thoughts because they are from lower consciousness and your saatvik energies will drop. The removal of such thoughts will create some empty mental space. Fill that space with Brahma”
He initiated me by pronouncing, “Anahat tak jana hai jo shunya ke baad aata hai. Shunya ke bad naadghosh hota hai jahan par yogi ke mana mei akasmaat Om sunaee deta hai ya phir sundar ghantiyon ya ghanti ki awaaz. Shunya se pahele shanti aur ananda aata hai.
Mana jab shunya mei hota hai tab shabdaheen, vicharheen hota hai. Yah mana ki gaharaee se hota hai isliye kaha jata hai mana ko aur gahara le jao. Is awastha mei jitni der raha paogee, utna eeshwariya sukh milega. Yah guru kripa se milta hai. Jisko sansari aadmi kalpana yogya bhi nahin hai, yeh woh sukh hai. Isliye dhyan mei baithne ke liye merudand ko aur majboot banao jisse tum aur der tak sukhasana mei baith pao.
Aise samay mei apni aakhon mei dekho, tumhe prakash aata dikhaee dega. Woh mere mei se aa raha hai. Tumhara mana har tarah se mujh mei doob chukka hai aur jab- jab tum mera smaran karogi, tumhe prakash dikhayee dega. Vah jyoti tumhe Brahma ka gyan degi jo ati durlabh hai. Vah anek janmo mei ekatrit punya uday hone par prapt hota hai.
Brahma prakash hai, Brahma gyan hai, Brahma chetna hai. Is chetna ko apne andar sada jagay rakho. Brahma prakash punj hai, apne andar usey sada prajvalit rakho. Brahma sada tumhari raksha karta rahega. Brahma tumhari chetna ko prajvalit karta rahe is sandhya aisi manokamna karo….”
“Go upto Anahat which comes after shunya. After shunya comes naadghosh , a state where the yogi suddenly hears the sounds of Om or of melodious bells or a bell. Before shunya comes peace shanti and bliss ananda .
When the mind is in void or shunya, it becomes speechless and thoughtless. This state comes with the depth of the meditative mind therefore it is advised that you take your mind further deep. The longer you prolong your stay in the deeper levels of your mind, the more you shall attain happiness originating from God. Such a state of mind is achieved with the blessing of Guru. That which is incomprehensible to the worldly man, it is that very joy and bliss. Therefore make your spinal cord stronger to enable you to sit for longer hours in meditation in sukhasana, a comfortable yogic pose.
During such times, look inside your eyes, you will see light. That light will come from me. Your mind is completely immersed in me in every sense and whenever you will remember me, you will see light. That light will give you the knowledge of Brahma which is very hard to achieve. The knowledge of Brahma is attained with the releasing of uncountable pious actions accumulated over many lives lived before this birth.
Brahma is Light. Brahma is spiritual wisdom. Brahma is Consciousness. Always keep the flame of that consciousness kindled in you. Brahma is a cluster of Light, Prakash Punj. Brahma will always protect you. May that Brahma always keep your consciousness ablaze, have such a yearning this evening….”
What is inside our soul-I
The soul’s penchant for re-connection with the Divine grew fonder but I not knowing what was happening exactly. The pull was strong enough that indeed many a times, I have gone to those spots again in holidays to revive those ecstatic times while at play. Whenever in youth I thought of good times, these memories would pop up several times again and soothed and appeased was my soul many times more when I reminisced about those green pastures to and fro. I thought it was the nature’s magic or just the childhood spectrum of naughty, playful activities.
“No, said the Grand Master. Not once was it ever a child’s play! It was an act of an advanced yogi who had experienced this exclusive interplay of magic and God’s display; not just in the childhood of this incarnation but prior to this stage and previous human plays. Go back to it again now and you will once again fall in deep ecstasy because the yogi gets this gift from God for the priceless deeds done in times of unselfish heart and mind’s performances. It was achieved before you were born now and got carried with you as your wealth of last days. Prior to this also, you have spent hours in isolation and solitude with nature and God and have asked for boons beyond palaces, rubies and gold. The yogin realized that nothing is permanent in this constantly changing world; what comes now must go. Why not go after something that would go with me as and where I go? So you have inside you glimpses of spiritual bliss earned in last incarnations and that which you were blessed with even at the tender age of four!”
I said, “Who knows if this was spiritual bliss or merely the magical play of the soothing elements in the surroundings that nature gifts as cool breeze over waters of a river or the plentiful drifting clouds and sky in blue?”
“If this was merely the tender heart’s fancy, you would not have fallen so easily into deep ecstasy so naturally at this ripening age too. The Master can only give you the environment but the soul must have the seed and the soil ready to bloom so beautifully! In many incarnations you have tried to bloom in soul. Many lives have gone in perfecting your soul but not in vain.”
I became a child again at the Holy Feet of my most beloved and graceful Divine Spiritual Master. The child’s curiosity again forced me to know from the All knowing Master’s Vast Ocean of memory during my exclusive moments with Him a few days ago at the sacred morning hour of four when the world was in deep drowse and I arose. I penetrated and looked deep inside me and wished to know.
“What is inside the soul?” I asked
“Joy, pure sublime Joy! It possesses innocent, lingering and never ending pure Joy.
The garden is blooming and the soul is full of perfume of pristine joy and deep ecstasy. If you will share this with others, they shall get a glance of the soul that they possess if they will peep in.”
How to manifest our soul?-I
There are two places or spots which are most sacred, although the entire area is calm, peaceful and holy. More than 1800 years ago, Babaji came here from Kashi, India and meditated in a very dense forest where no one could even penetrate. Babaji was free of every particle of Maya, yet he did intense penance for others and our Earth. He meditated for many days under a Banyan Tree without food and water and wished not to be disturbed. Unfortunately, one wood cutter who was filled with the raging desire of cutting this very Banyan Tree could not be stopped by anyone and in spite of being warned repeatedly of the alarming dangers, he went ahead and cut the same tree under which Babaji had meditated intensely. After a few days, the woodcutter was so full of guilt and shame that he took away his own life by hanging from a tree.
The office bearer whom I met this morning, told me disappointedly that they have been trying to plant a Banyan Tree again at the same spot where there is a modest temple of Babaji today, but all their efforts have failed. The new Banyan Tree that they plant, die and do not survive. This piece of information intrigued me and I was very curious to know the reason behind the dying of the Banyan Trees at the holy spot where Babaji once did intense penance and meditation.
During my meditation a while ago, our dearest Babaji told me, “The wood cutter was already cursed even before he cut my Banyan Tree and the curse lingered. The curse was because of his acts of deep ignorance. But there is another Peepal tree or Bodhi Tree in this precinct where I had also meditated which is alive with my energies today. I used to meditate under it after the Banyan Tree was cut. You have already written about it (The state of Super Consciousness-I) that it has tremendous Sankalp Shakti and therefore you have come to this holy spot again to make an intense and strong resolution and to meditate with that resolution under the Bodhi Tree. It shall be fulfilled.
Seekers who have unconditional love, complete faith in their Holy Master, shall be blessed with more courage and physical and mental strength to pursue further learning by dynamic meditations. So utilize this time and go very deep inside until you know the inner most depth of your soul. Inhale my presence in this holy place through your mind and breath. Instil peace and calmness that will not break continuity of your mind with me. Distribute this Divine knowledge to those who surrender to you and who please me. Do not extend help to those who are densely ignorant and covered with mud of darkness because the sacred knowledge of the Divine is given at the mercy and the will of God to those who have surrendered their individual self at the lotus feet of their holy Gurus. Invoke love and gratitude in those hearts that are willing to serve others and refrain from those actions in which you lose your precious time.
I bless all of you if you will make special efforts to go deep within yourself and contemplate. Remove all the remaining portions of your ignorance by doing daily meditations, praying and maintaining silence. These actions will purify you and make you peaceful. The manifestation of soul is due to prolonged peace of mind. Manifest your soul with the lingering peace of the Divine within you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om.”
Why does it take a prolonged time for our soul to manifest?-II
Dear readers, we were discussing the reason why does it take the human soul to manifest so exceedingly late before the description of the exclusive experience was narrated. Why does it take so, so long to manifest our soul?
One of the main reasons what Shri Mahavatar Babaji explained to me was that we human beings are drowned in our ignorance and do not have the realizations of the eternal Truths. We do not know that there is God’s presence on this Earth, around us and even inside us. We do not surrender to that all pervading Force and we go on doing endless, erring karmas which are detrimental and harmful to us. If we once understand that our life is sacred, temporarily given by God to only manifest that divinity in us, we shall be blessed.
There is a certain order, a definite mechanism governed by God which we are unable to see because of the dark covering of our weaknesses of evil thoughts, greed, immorality, falsehood, lust, anger and many other human shortcomings and flaws. The aim of pursuing spirituality should be living each day and each moment surrendering to the sweet will of God, the Supreme. If we are not driven by our weaknesses, we can slowly bit by bit uncover the pure, joyous incredible soul in us. Living with the brightness and beauty of our soul shall remove all our miseries, illness, misfortunes, ill luck, unhappiness and mental depression. Divine Will or the initiative of God is not known to humans and we begin to live by our own ideas and egocentric habits.
Today lack of morality, no faith in God and greed to consume has forced the humanity to come to a point of no return and create a sick society.
The entire world worships Lord Krishna in various glorious forms of life roles that he had donned when he was alive. Krishna means Universal Spirit. But who meditates with Krishna’s Presence inside to get AtmaSakshatkar?
So learn to meditate to stop the disturbed, agitated and avaricious mind to anchor to the divine presence in you. The Divine is present in us but we cannot access it because we are already preoccupied with incessant senseless direction of our life because of desires, egocentric activities and engrossed in worthless possessions. You will know God’s will if you meditate with pious intentions with a sincere and earnest mind. Bring yourself more closer to God in times of God communication and say your prayers with all your love and devotion.
Maam Ekam Sharnam Vraj…….
Sarvadharmaanparityajaya mamekam sharanam vraj I
Aham tyaam sarvapapebhyo mokshyishyami ma shuch II
Resigning all your duties to Me, the all powerful and all pervading Lord, take refuge in Me alone. I shall absolve you of all sins, worry not.
From Bhagwad Gita chapter 18, verse 66.
What is Truth?-III
My mental dialogue in my meditations with the Jagadguru Maharaj Shri Mahavatar Babaji coincides with the relevance of today’s topic. It was held sometime during my quiet moments with him in May end and sometime later in early June. My thirst to learn from Him about the eternal Truths remains unquenched. It is again offered at the Holy Lotus Feet of the Great Himalayan Master as a small offering of obeisance and love from me to Him-
(Translation to English follows as soon as Hindi lines finish)
S-Mana sundar kab hota hai?
MB-Sundar! Wah sundar tab banta hai jab usmei Eeshwar jaagta hai.
S-Bhagwan mujhse kya chahta hai?
MB-Bhagwan chahta hai tumhare se prakash failey, Satya ka prakash, woh prakash jo sada se hamare andar hai. Eeshwar chahata hai ki hum unko jane kyunki saaransh sari maya ka Brahma mei hi hai. Brahma ko janane ke bad humko kuch janne ke liye hoga hi nahi.
S- Satya ko janana itna kathin kyun hai?
MB-Apne karmo evam sanskaron ke kaaran. Jeeva ko sanskar ulti disha mei udakar le jaten hai, Maya mei. Iske banispat, Eeshwar ko janne ke liye humey ek jagrit Atma ki avashakta padti hai jisse hum swayam ko jane. Hamari Atma mei satya hai. Usme gyan hai, bodh hai. Woh gyan sada raheta hai chahe din ho ki raat, jagrit ya nidra, swasthya ho ya rog, harsh ya shok. Satya ka viprit hota hai andhkaar.
S- Satya kya hai?
MB-Eeshwar, Brahma, Satya ek hi hai. Woh sada se hamare paas tha, humko uska saath nahi mila kyonki maya daayan jaisi humko pahele lubhati hai, phir bhulati hai phir rulati hai. Is Satya ko samjho aur jaano. Sansara nashwar hai. Prakriti mei vinash aur rachana dono hote rahete hai hamesha.
Mana ki maya shanti bhang karti hai. Mana ki gehri maun mei Satya ko jaano. Param shanti Brahma mei hai, usey mahsoos karo apne mana ke andar. Usko dhyan se payo, man mei tatolo, wahin us tahey ke andar, Satya ka nivas hota hai.
Eeshwar ko prem se mana ke andar pukaro, avahan karo, woh prem ki bhasha bahut jaldi samajhta hai. Usey sab bodh hai, usey mana ki bhasha sabki saralta se samajh aati hai. Yadi mana ke andar Eeshwar ke liye prem nirmal ho, to tumhare andar Eeshwar tumhare saamne aajeayega, tum usey pyaar se pukaro apna samajh kar. Mana ko dheela chod kar pure aaram mei aakar Eeshwar ka avahan karo, wo avashya tumhari mana ki sachchi baat ko pura karega.
S- Samadhi kya hai?
MB- Shaant antarman se phuta hua Eeshwariya ananda, ya Eeshwar se gahera avirodh yoga ke akasmaat avsar, jismei kewal Satya ka anubhav ho. Yah mana ki ati shaant awastha hoti hai. Kabhi kabhar shwas Atma ki gaheri shanti mei parivartit ho jati hai. Sadhak ko is awastha ke liye ghor prayatna karna chahiye, usey apne kalyan ke liye samay nikalna hoga.
Samadhi hamari sahaj awastha hai. Is awastha mei sansara ka beej lupt ho jata hai. Isliye paripakva saadhak ko sansari baton se mana ko door rakhna chahiye and mana ke aakhri taheh tak jana hoga apni Atma ko choone ke liye. Samadhi Atma ki swabhik awastaha hai.”
S-“When is the mind beautiful?”
MB-“Beautiful! It becomes beautiful when God awakens in it.”
S-“What does God want from me?”
MB-“God wants you to spread Light, the Light of the Truth. That Light which is in us since the beginning. God wants us to know Him because the essence of all Maya, the delusion is embedded in it. After we know Brahma, there will be nothing left for us to know.”
S- “Why is it very hard and difficult to know the Truth?”
MB-“Because of our own karmas, and the sanskaras.”
The embedded sanskaras (hidden tendencies) take the ‘jeeva’ (soul) in Maya in the opposite direction altogether. While to know our self, we need a direct contact with a Divine soul who is already awakened. The soul in us is the Truth. It has knowledge, a sense of knowing irrespective of day or night, sleep or wakefulness, sickness or health, joy or gloom. The opposite of Truth is darkness.”
S-“What is Truth?”
MB-“God, Brahma, Truth is all the same. It was with us throughout but we could not associate with it because of the enchantress Maya. It initially bewitches us, and then makes us deluded and forgetful and later makes us cry. Understand this Truth and know this Truth. This world is impermanent. Creation and destruction both go on in Nature all the time.
The delusion or Maya spoils the peace of your mind. Know the Truth in the silence of the mind. The ultimate peace is in Brahma, feel that in your heart. Attain that deep peace with meditation; search inside, after that deep layer beyond the mind you will find Brahma.
Invoke God with love in your heart, call Him, He understands the language of love very swiftly. He comprehends everything; He understands every one’s language of the heart effortlessly. If you have pure love for God inside, God will appear inside you, in front of you; invoke Him as your own beloved. Relax your mind and call upon God; He will truly respond to your sincere calling.”
S-“What is Samadhi?”
MB- “The spell of raptures of euphoria, Divine’s pure bliss, or spells of direct uninterrupted deep connection and union with the Universal Divine Spirit where only Truth exists is samadhi. It is a state of very profound silence. Sometimes breath concludes into silence of the Spirit. It is our natural state and should be pursued by the seeker when he spares time for his own good and welfare.
Samadhi is our natural state. It is a state of lack of worldly thoughts born out of the bubble of the mind’s samsara. So the layers of worldly tendencies should be curbed by the senior advancing sadhak and attempts to touch the base of the Spirit touched to gain Divine’s Truth. Samadhi is Atma’s most natural state of being.”