On this beautiful, auspicious day of Diwali 2020, we are happy to be share with you the journey through 2020 of Mohanji Acharyas, as they continuously strive to be the light, in this world of darkness. Mohanji Acharyas have committed themselves to representing Mohanji and his teachings and adding value to society. Compassion, kindness and selflessness are the pillars on which the Acharyas lead a non-violent existence in thought, word and action.
Preethi from India, Subhasree from the UK, Biljana from Serbia, Lakshmi from South Africa share their journey with Maheshwari The Awakening Times editor and Mohanji Acharya.
Lakshmi: I would describe this year as a year of inner transformation, faith and trust in the guru. He has given us the theory and 2020 has been the practical application of finding that inner stability and stillness in the middle of a difficult time and a difficult storm.
Biljana: This was really a situation where we could show what we have learned. This was the time where I, in real life, could demonstrate what I knew, theoretically working on myself and showing it first to myself and then around me as well. This is the stability: Whatever happens outside, we can still be peaceful, stable and calm, with a smile on our face and a positive attitude and daily routine. So this is really, really a situation and opportunity to show it in my real life.
Preethi: This year the faith has been tested and an opportunity for your spiritual growth and endurance was given. The only thing that really helped me is inner stability and if you’d asked me how I developed inner stability, I’d answer that it was through platforms like the Early Bird Club. Waking up early in the morning and actually working on myself, right in the beginning of the day, where I could actually sit down and do my practices. That time was only for me; where I could sit down and work on specific aspects, whether it was my mental health, my physical health or my emotional health. Whatever it is, each of us have our own likes and dislikes. So, use that early morning time to actually stabilise ourselves.
The second thing that helped is having looked at the purpose, rather than working ad hoc. The purpose was important. Purpose came first. These two things together helped tied me through 2020.
Subhashree: Today where we are talking about Diwali, which is a very auspicious day, the famous Festival of Lights. Here we are sitting and talking about, what light is; how we have seen that light inside us through stability, through purpose, through inner transformation; the light that is inside us and how it is reflected outside. It’s like nature. It’s not always day, there is darkness, there is night. Life is not always full of rose petals. We have thorns with it. Especially people like us, who are very blessed to have a living master in our life, who is guiding us every moment, we say it’s all nice, but the true test comes when there is darkness. When there is a big fall, does your faith remains intact? Does your conviction, still remain intact? I think these are the times when we are tested. Is our light true or is that light superficial? Throughout these eight months of Corona pandemic lockdown, all of us have gone through many, many things.
While we started on the Corona things, we were all very positive and spreading positivity. Just amidst that, few weeks after Corona had just started, lightning struck in my life. One of my brothers, who was quite young, healthy and had a young family, suddenly fell down, because of cardiac arrest. He had lunch, he was sitting and watching television, talking and then he just fell down and 2 minutes later, he was no more. How do you accept such things? Young children, old parents and I’m so far away, with all the borders closed and with no flights. What can you do for the family, what can you do for the parents and what can you do for the young children? This is extreme helplessness. The pain is immense. Everybody will understand the pain of losing somebody. In such darkness, for a moment I just had no idea what to do. I could feel the extreme pain of my family members, my mother, my father, my sister-in-law. I just did not know what do. A thought came, ‘Should I reach out to Mohanji?’ He guided me, which at that particular point in time was like a big fire was put out with a bucket load of water. That momentary helplessness was replaced with the feeling of conviction that whatever happens, there will be light. When such an event comes, this is where our true conviction is tested, our true faith is tested.
Lakshmi: Subhashree’s story gives us so much hope and her message itself is the advice that people can have for overcoming the struggle with darkness. Darkness and light are two sides of the same thing. There’s never going to be a time when only good things happen in life. We have a mixed bag with difficult situations, good situations and painful, heartfelt situations. We can’t say that these things are just going to disappear, but we are so lucky to have Mohanji who has been a pillar of strength through absolutely everything. Mohanji is there with us in our good times and he’s the one who’s carrying us in difficult times.
I can also say that, in these difficult times, we should not react to the situations. Many people had financial losses and people lost family members, people were going through depression and committed suicide. There were so many negative emotions that were coming up for so many people. The whole world was going through this. We need more awareness of our thoughts, words and actions. Even if we are facing a difficult time, our thoughts should be positive. Our words should be kind and compassionate, because we don’t know what somebody else is going through in this difficult time. We give can a beautiful smile, or just a shoulder, or we can just listen. We can also express love, kindness and compassion to everyone around us. While expressing these beautiful attributes we also start feeling that kindness inside of us. We start realising that although it’s a difficult time with so much darkness, that maybe we are not so badly off. Maybe there is hope. There is light. As we overcome this darkness, we start feeling and seeing that light within us. Darkness, not only physical darkness, but also the darkness of our negative thoughts and emotions will change. If we change our thoughts, words and actions to positivity, we can create a positive life, a positive world, not only for ourselves, but for all those people around us as well.
Biljana: It is definitely important to first be stable and bring light to ourselves. This is the first key point that I was always keeping in mind and in that way, it spreads around, consciously or unconsciously. With the people around me and my family, I’ve kept my integrity. What is integrity? To behave the same way, like you behave in front of the others when you want to show what beautiful, good or disciplined you are. To behave the same way, even when nobody’s watching. This is the key point. A lot of families went through bundles of violence; home violence, family violence. There was a lot of frustration within families and at work, in job-related financial crises, etc. How do you behave when nobody’s watching you? That what guided to me as well. I kept my clean lifestyle; a neat and tidy lifestyle. The environment was perfect for that in a way because I could go to bed when I wanted and get up when I wanted and I managed to get up early at 4 am or 5 am. This was not disturbed by my daily going to work or from outside in the lockdown. I was keeping it at home and working online. That’s the challenge. Are you able to have integrity and behave in the way you would like to behave when nobody’s watching? That was the first one, then responsibility. I felt a responsibility not to be stuck in my own flat, so I reached out to others online. That was perfectly possible. I was giving live programmes during this time in Serbia daily and they were intense. A lot of Mai Tri online sessions where people said how beautiful they feel, how it made them calm, peaceful, it brought them to themselves. It brought out something which is within themselves: Unconditional love for themselves.
There is always duality. The point is that in the middle of pain, can you really be that pillar of strength? Not to cry with those who cry, not to shout with those who shout, not to be frustrated with those who are frustrated, not to allow fear in your heart when everybody else creates fear and absorbs fear. The point is to be stable and make everybody aware that this is just a feeling, a temporary feeling of fear spreading around. We don’t need to succumb to that. We don’t need to be overwhelmed and pulled down spiritually with that. It actually makes us stronger. To me, it was a beautiful opportunity to become stronger and better than ever before.
Preethi: Very recently, just before the lockdown, my parents came to Bombay. We’ve been talking about them settling down here, because they have become old now. Both of them have their own set of physical ailments. Before the lockdown, they went through a period of a lot of personal anguish and personal difficulty. Miraculously, we found somebody who was a friend of my brother-in-law and who offered to buy the space and give us all the time for the formalities. He was like, ‘I’ll give you one year, take your time, slowly, do the shifting and all of that.’ Who finds such people? I don’t know. Unfortunately what happened to us was, after we went through the illness and settling them, the lockdown happened. I had to go with my parents who are going in a wheelchair. I had to do the entire shifting activity, clearing out of the house and everything, on my own. I had no idea. I had no plan. A lot of people asked if I have a plan. Do you know what you want to do? And I said, “No”. I’m just surrendering and I’m going. A lot of people thought I was crazy. People who genuinely believed and understood Mohanji know that however much we plan, things never work out. Sometimes, it’s better to just say, ‘Okay I’m going to go with the flow and see what Mohanji has in store for me.’ In each instance, I’ve been surrendering and doing whatever is coming my way. Miraculously, in six days, we’ve not only cleaned the house, but we’ve also scrapped almost most of the stuff, we’ve packed what was to be sent and we got the packers and movers who got everything and sent it back on the final day. We even managed to contact the owner, who was in the US. He was there on that day. We gave him the keys. My parents got closure. Nowadays when things like this happen to me and there are multiple situations that come, know I need to just keep walking and things will happen miraculously. It’s difficult to explain to people who don’t know Mohanji, who have not volunteered with the Mohanji Foundation. The kind of strength that you get is unimaginable.
It’s like this huge powerhouse of invisible strength that is backing you up. You feel invincible. Just today somebody called me and asked, ‘Are you still in Chennai? Do you want my help for anything?’ I said, ‘We’re back in Bombay. We finished everything’, and they’re like, ‘What, how?’ That is the beauty of being a pillar of strength in your family. When we want to have strength, we need to understand where the strength is coming from. It’s coming from that huge powerhouse which is backing us up. When you realise where the strength is coming from, there’s nothing for you to do except just march on. You have nothing to lose, you have backup.
Subhashree: I think, it is an easy question yet very difficult. So many things happened in this time. For me, the whole message from this is that, life is like this; ups and downs. That’s the reality. Nothing is ever permanent in this life; neither light nor darkness. We just have to accept it. This something that Mohanji always talks about: Acceptance, whatever the situation, accept it. With our faith, with our conviction, just march on and just flow with it. My understanding and lesson is that life is not always going to be hunky-dory. Whatever it is, we will march, because Mohanji is carrying us. When we move, when we flow through life, let us spread that light to others. Let us not be selfish, thinking about ourselves. Mohanji spreads light to all of us and we can join in that light. We can be that another small lamp.
Preethi: For me, the single takeaway has been: Be the light yourself and automatically you will spread light, because that is the commitment of anyone and everyone who’s connected to this tradition. Whether you’re a volunteer, whether you’re an Acharya or whether you’re just connected to somebody with the stature of Mohanji. If each and every one of us can work on our own inner light, I think there’s going to be a lot of brightness in this world.
Subhashree: Our number one weakness or the darkness inside us is what we think of ourselves and fears of what people will think. I definitely had that fear, which as Mohanji has said, comes from ego.
I remember, just few days before the pandemic, I had written to Mohanji; one day I just felt that I just don’t speak well, I can’t speak well, I can’t speak in front of people. I wrote to Mohanji that I think I should do some training that will increase my public speaking ability. He had said, “You just speak from your heart. You don’t need anything, when you speak from your heart, you speak the truth. People will like it. It will impact people.” When we first burnt and dropped our darkness, that’s when we became Mohanji’s instrument or the candle to spread light. That was a beautiful realisation, through this whole process.
Lakshmi: The candles, represented by this beautiful occasion, the Festival of Lights, Diwali, actually represents our inner light; our inner soul. During this time of Diwali, let the negative emotions and feelings be destroyed from within us. Let the mind be filled with brightness. Let our heart be filled with love for all beings around us. Let us remember the beauty that exists within us. That is the divine, bright, white light shining within us and shining to all beings. With that, I would like to wish you happy and blessed Diwali. Namaste.
Subhashree: Keep shining as light and spread this light, give a lot of joy. Stay bright, stay happy, stay healthy and spread that smile to everybody.
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We all hear of it. And we all seem to want it. But what is it exactly? Enlightenment is a gift of the Universe. It is that state of consciousness where the ego is recognized to be an illusion. This is received by energy transference. It is received by Bhagavan in India, or via one of his students who has gone through a 21 day process at the Oneness University. There is some controversy over who may give the enlightenment energy via diksha (diksha means a giving of energy via the laying on of hands or a look.) and how it is received. I believe that diksha giving enlightenment can be also given by others, just as Reiki is given by many.
We receive all kinds of energy throughout our days and nights. We receive energies from flowers, and from trees. We receive energy from our children, partners and pets.
Self realization is enlightenment. We have so many facets that need to be discovered. The receiving of this diksha enlightenment energy can help things speed up. It can even bring you into the Oneness.
For me it began two years ago when Kiara Windrider came to the Netherlands, to promote his book, “Doorway to Eternity”. Instead of talking about his book we were all to receive diksha, something none of us had ever heard of. Kiara had just returned from India and had gone through the enlightenment process. He told us that some people going through the 21 day process were immediately enlightened, and others like himself needed six months before receiving enlightenment. Enlightenment does not mean that you become God over night, but it does mean that your illusions drop away and your ego no longer has control. It is as if you have become the observer of your own life. You still have emotions, but the emotions no longer control you.
When it came time to receive this energy I was quite nervous, because it was so unknown. What would happen to me? Exactly what kind of energy is he inserting in my head? I began to repeatedly chant, “I am a child of the light, I am the light. I am a child of the Universe, I am the Universe, I am a child of God, I AM.”
Kiara came to me and placed his warm hands on my head. His hands felt nice and they felt as if they were sinking into my head! After a moment he left and I was in tears. I felt like we connected, as did all the other participants, with a long lost friend and now he was leaving. My ears began to ring and I felt myself go into a heightened state of mind. I was seeing things beyond the normal.
I remained in this elevated state of consciousness for two weeks after which my body and mind began to integrate this energy. I noticed that when I was working with my clients that this energy was being passed on. They began to mention that they felt like an old coat had been removed from their shoulders. There mind became clearer. Some had heart palpitations as their heart chakras opened. Others had headaches as the crown chakra opened up. Some saw a gold ball of light descend, while others saw a white light, a violet light or a blue light descend. All of them felt the energy descend throughout their whole body. Most couldn’t explain what had happened, they just knew that things were different and that something had changed. All of them felt lighter, and as if they received more room to be.
The second time that I experienced enlightenment was when I was to give diksha to a group of 18 people. Actually a gentleman from Sweden was to come to do that as I hadn’t gone through the 21 day course in India. At the last minute this gentleman cancelled our session and I needed to decide what I would be doing with these 18 people. He suggested that I give the diksha. I was worried about what others would think. The Dutch are very much into rules and regulations and I knew some would end up leaving because he wouldn’t be there and they would absolutely not accept that I could give diksha. We arranged a time when he would also concentrate on sending me diksha from a distance as he was too ill to come to the Netherlands.
Before I began I was restless and agitated. Quite nervous actually. I felt a presence very strongly in the room where I was separated from the guests, supposedly to meditate. It was the Universe smiling down on me in her wisdom and love. Never had I experienced this before! I felt myself expanding and joining with her. I felt her communicating with me, giving me the challenge to proceed. It would be a choice that would change my life and the way that I would be living it. I knew that making this choice would bring about some negative reactions as well as a lot of positive ones. The Universe wished me strength with my choice and I felt her emanations of guidance. I knew that no matter what I wouldn’t be alone, even during some major lessons that I needed to learn. So, I accepted the challenge and headed downstairs to my guests to begin giving diksha. With permission from the Universe, I couldn’t go wrong.
Once I was seated in the chair to have people come to me for diksha the energy from the Universe began to flow at such a rate, that I was lifted up out of the chair several times as if I were a feather. Was this for me to believe that I could do this or for the people witnessing the event, or both?
Before the person would arrive for me to place my hands on, I was already communicating with their molecules. Within these molecules was all the information about this person. Their state of mind, health, needs, wishes, and their true state of soul. I was also seeing, very clearly, into the other dimensions where the Ascended Masters, Angels and Archangels were. I saw Bhagavan and his wife Amma to my left and right, and the Christ in the middle standing right before me. Behind them many guides were busy indeed. I wished to walk around and talk to each of them, but of course I needed to continue working with my clients.
The reactions of the people were very positive indeed. And my life did change dramatically since this day. If things were moving rapidly along before, they were racing along now!
I feel that when this enlightenment occurs our gifts, our strengths are heightened. Receiving the gift of enlightenment is remembering who you really are. It feels as if your soul awakens. And that is because everything that was blocking it is removed. Living your life from out of your heart and soul is very different than from living out of your mind. You see how everything had been programmed and learned. Your view of the world and the people on it changes. Even though you see negative situations on a daily basis, you no longer have a need to worry about it, or think that you are required to act upon it. If you react, it is because you have consciously chosen to. You react as an observer seeing the whole of a situation, no longer out of a formed opinion.
As high as enlightenment can go, so deep your low can go. The higher your high, the lower your low. But even with such a low after such a high ride on bliss, expect that after integration and clearing a permanent state of enlightenment.
It is as if you need to go full circle. You first experience an ultimate euphoric state of being. Then comes along an all time low. You feel confused, lost, and everything around you is (to put it politely) Blah! Nothing seems to work out right, everything seems more difficult to accomplish, no one seems to see you or hear you. You begin to wonder if you’ll ever get back to the enlightened state you were at. Your body feels uncomfortable to you. Your mind doesn’t seem to work correctly anymore. You begin to ask yourself, who am I?
All things need time to integrate. We first need to work out the issues that haven’t yet been resolved. That is what we place into our unconscious. But now we have a tool that we can use. It is the fact that we have been enlightened, and it is that light that we can take with us into the depths of our illusions that need removing. We can take this knowledge and let it lead us into the dark to light our way through, steadily climbing back up and out into the light. Once returned into the light we are again reborn, but this time, permanently.