Introduction & Updates and appraisal of recent developments on the blog.
My dear readers, I am back at my writing table after an interval of a few weeks. Intensive traveling to many new places and holy sites in India every month since the preceding several months has reduced my typical energies and also diminished available time to think coherently and one pointedly at a stretch that which is demanded to keep the blog continuing. Shifting climates, varied weather conditions and meeting a variety of people, availability of improper food was a challenge that I had already undertaken mentally before I set out. That circuit just got over and I am back.
From the time when I came to know in the early 2001 year that Kashi or Banaras was visited by many, many holy saints even in modern times. I was thoroughly intrigued by this information and wondered what could be the reason for the saints all wishing to go the this holy ancient city be it Adi Shankarachary, Dayanada Saraswati, Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri, Ma Anandammoyi or even Shri Mahavatar Babaji. Lahiri Mahasayaji’s parents decided to make Kashi their home after their house was washed away in floods in Bengal during his childhood. Trilanga Swami made it his home and many rishis and sages have also stopped by anonymously on their pilgrimages since time unknown. Once I finished reading Autobiography of a Yogi, I thought of visiting Shri Lahiri Mahasaya’s abode in Kashi. I was very delighted to know that he lived there for so many years spreading Kriya Yoga in New Age quietly and discreetly. I wanted to pay my respect to this great Spiritual giant of modern times. I sought his blessings for my inner purification and growth. Thinking of all this within my heart, a seed of pure intention of going to collect the invisible dust of countless saints and seers was conceived and germinated. It became more pronounced when I learnt that Babaji had gone there from Kolkatta after he was free from slavery in his early childhood following a group of monks going to Varanasi. (The state of Super Consciousness-II)
At last, my day finally arrived when I had the opportunity to visit this ancient place a day before the colourful festival Holi on 16th March 2014. This time I decided not to search any internet browser to go to this very old city. My reason was that in ancient days there were no cameras to take and show pictures, no prior room bookings could be done so when people set out on long journeys, they went with an open and free mind. Their expectations were very limited. They did not demand anything at all from anybody and were submitted in their views. It must have been lighter in mind for them I estimated. Why should I visit this ancient holy city in a very uptight state of mind? I said to myself. I wished to be open to any kind of challenges or unexpected twists as well as any kind of experiences. In this way, I wanted to surrender to my Holy Gurus and the compassionate God my small gesture of devotion and offering towards them lovingly.
We were advised by everyone as we reached around 4 pm that we must not lose any time and should straight away go to the temple Kashi Vishwanath, the very old Shiva temple in the heart of that city because of the uproar and hooliganism that the local youths are prone to start up the following morning on the occasion of Holi Festival, Dhulivandan. So we went by their sane advice and to our delight, the temple was absolutely empty as the locals were busy with the celebration of festival Holi.
We spent a considerable time inside the premises, meditated and sat in peace for as much as we liked. There was a sedative silence and no one was bothering us. As we sat under the very old Peepal Tree on a full Moon night growing so closely to the temple, I was truly gratified. Prior to the start of the journey, I had wished for some solitude and was wondering how I could manage or escape those long serpentine queues of people usually found in famous public places of pureness.
As the night was very lovely and cool on a full moon in Banaras, so was my mind, very imperturbable. All the tiredness, dust and noise of the overcrowded city were forgotten suddenly. Meditating under a calm and peaceful full moon on a very pleasant night with minimum human congestion was God sent and my dream had come true. I wondered at that time in peacefulness that so many holy feet must have stepped inside this temple since thousands of years, including Shri Mahavatar Babaji. Did my foot fall on his? Am I walking on his foot prints?
Inaudibly in the atmosphere I was sending my waves of devotion to my Holy Master who with his kindness and unending love decided that I must come to this city. It is my very good fortune that he asked me to go to Banaras. My quiet ways of sending my gentle salutations and tender love to the Holiest of all were my quiet prayers. God please make this happen. Send my thanks through the sky route and may Shri Babaji accept my devotion. May my unseen wireless communication reach his heart and mind so that he knows that no matter where I may be physically; my life will always be pledged and dedicated to him mentally for the endearing experiences that he plans for me besides my spiritual growth so repeatedly!
My meaningful vision-
With such freshening and serene thoughts I went to sleep. In the wee hours of the morning, just before the uproar of the festival could even commence around me, I had a holy vision of Lord Shiva in complete subdued atmosphere. A beam of thick pillar of white Light came from the high sky and entered the Earth. On the Earth surface was a small, black primitive stone which was mostly buried inside the Earth. This was exactly what I saw the previous night in Vishwanath temple. The beam of light infiltrated in the holy black stone. In next moment, there was no stone but mist like Light scattering all around my vision. It spread in an area and covered the canopy over the previous standing Shivlinga. Thick rays of Light replaced the black idol and symbol of Shiva. Now there was just the white rays of Light falling from far away.
Out of this mist like Light came the benediction, “God has made this Earth very holy and pious. It was created with blessedness. Some sectors on Earth have been generated during very ancient times like this one where human souls can redeem themselves. Twelve jyotirlingas have been formed with twelve different purposes mainly for human salvation. This one though very small in size, has the immense power to give to humans the power to regenerate if attacked by very powerful outside negative agencies.
In recent times, when a tyrant Mughal king attempted to demolish this holy place, he was unsuccessful because this place has the inherent power to fight vandalism, destruction and violent attacks. Such attacks are born out of negative and destructive energies.
This is not all. If people who are trapped and cramped in very ancient ignorance carried over uncountable centuries or in thousands of centuries; if they pray here to break their hard steel like crust in their head, they will be granted boons. This is the specialty of this place and hence Babaji has sent you here to experience the greatness of this extra ordinary place.
Please pray for that person. The extremely hard crust of ignorance which was formed when he was an Aborgini is still intact although he is today reborn in modern times. While he took many births in so many centuries, the obsession of not letting go of his ancient ego is still intact.
Pray for your children. Pray for him and all others. If you make such a request, I shall bless you with ever new discoveries into my secretive world.”
Without slipping even a minute, I took advantage of the blessed times and prayed to the all-pervading, ever present, most powerful God to empower me enough so that primitive ignorance embedded in ego of that particular person could be cracked and broken very soon with me being as the cause and instrument for his progression.
Instantly the boon was granted. My well like shaped heart was inundated with seamless mercy and kindness of God and the holiest of holy Shri Mahavatar Babaji for granting me the boon to break the hard shell of somebody who can never be able to advance fast on spiritual growth path with his own efforts in many centuries to come. A gigantic thrust was required to wake up somebody like him who has decided to go on sleeping in spiritual slumber for many, many epochs.
I understood that Shri Mahavatar Babaji wishes that I enter the unknown, unexplored territories of the divine world with his supervision but with my own hard efforts. The boons will be granted easily with his blessings and God’s benevolence but he created a situation which was in the beginning very unappealing and tough to achieve but in the end a great intention was fulfilled. The Banaras trip was rough and rugged and very chaotic on the superficial level but the inner gains were immeasurable.
When the sun rays were filtering from the eastern side of the Ganga river as the warm Sun woke up the holy city Varanasi, I visualized and imagined a scene in which I was pouring a stream of silver and golden rays of gratitude and appreciation towards my Param Deva, Param Siddha, Param Guru Shri Mahavatar Babaji for letting me take one more big stride and leap in the sacred undisclosed world of sanctity made by the Divine. Eternally thankful, always bowing down in humility for your unending love and compassion, my Param Pujya, Maha Shreshtha, SadaShiv, Narayan Deva, Babaji!!
This post must be kept small and precise; such is my belief. In-depth analysis and reflection is expected from all of us after a few visits.
I have observed that some readers are grappling with bewilderment and confusion. For their sake, let me clarify this-
In this Virtual Open University called Spirit in Life, Shri Mahavatar Babaji is the owner and Co-Founder. Swami Nityananda is the principal and Swami Dayananda Shaligram is the Vice Principal. Planning is done at top most level with God’s will, I only execute the given guidelines and orders during meditation. I only abide and have no will or inclination towards anyone at all.
Just a week back, I wrote to a few blog readers in a group to consolidate the increasing number of readers with the pursuit of saving my time and giving direction to all those who seek my help. In future, more such directions will come and after the response given to me, they will decide how to guide whom and when and in which direction. Though it seems to everybody that they are alone and nobody is above them supervising their progress, they are mistaken. You are requested to stay assured that as per your own strength and weaknesses, your chart and log book will be carved out. You all are under the supervision of those saints and stalwarts who may be invisible to your eyes but they have neither ignored you nor are they partial to anybody. Our own interest and inner capacity to move ahead is mainly what they focus on. The backup of our wealth of karmas or doings is the central deciding factor. Our current thoughts, the power of our thoughts, will impart a force to the given direction and management of all the aspirants
I request you to please know and understand that under no circumstance do I have any wish to discontinue my self- improvement and progress because I have not fixed any bar or limit for myself. With an Enlightened Great Teacher like Shri Mahavatar Babaji, I wish to go on escalating my tapasya in spite of hardships and continuing discomforts. A time slot for my own spiritual practice schedule is being advised to be maintained regularly. Kindly allow me to do my own sadhana and meditation, I need to be consistent and dedicated just like you.
Some of you are prone to self – doubt and or false impression or misconception that they have reached a considerable great height and wish to walk alone. Please beware, till the end establish your tight hold with your mentors and Teachers. Salvation and redemption of our Spirit is an arduous journey so full of unexpected and unexplained twists and turns. Only those reach their destinations who have immense patience, faith and infallible devotion for their chosen Enlightened Masters. The jugglery of pursuing the worldly duties and spiritual duties should be sorted out carefully and then balanced properly. In the end, as a final point God shall reward us with all the joys and happiness of both the worlds. The doors of the secretive domain related to Spirit World shall be slowly opened before your eyes with their benevolence and magnanimity.
Let us pray together that as we walk slowly each day to reach our holy destination, we shall relinquish our ego, we shall become more sweet and humble and that we shall be dedicated and serve the Holy Masters the rest of our lives!
Om shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Om……