In the very first Premier episode of World Consciousness Alliance’s (WCA) online talk show, Renaissance of Humanity, Conversations for Change series, we had the pleasure to talk with the founder and inspiration for WCA, Mohanji.
Mohanji is a world renowned humanitarian who catalyzes change wherever he goes. This is a summary of a deeply insightful chat with Mohanji, where he shares his vision of transforming the world from MANKIND to A KIND MAN.
Mohanji: I had a dream to shift mankind to a kind man. I was thinking that we should do something much more different than the type of selfless activities we normally do such as charity work. So, the dream was to transform mankind to a kind man to peacefully coexist. To love unconditionally and to be free.
I also have a dream to establish the goodness factor, as the law and benchmark of human refinement. We are always looking at rich people as successful people, but many of the rich people have only money and no contentment. The goodness factor means inner richness. What we share with the world stabilizes us and makes us really refined.
Idea of WCA is that through performing arts, media, movies, we positively transform this world by promoting goodness and righteousness factor, reaching the hearts of millions of people in the world. And thus, eradicate violence, divisions, corruption, greed, and disturbances. And there is the highest possibility to express and experience the highest of human potential.
And thus, we can create a heaven on earth. It is not just an imagination. It is possible, and we are working towards that. And it is happening as we talk.
And when all the artists and the people of higher frequency come together, it is a completely different world because we’re not talking about anger, hatred, greed, jealousy and all those kinds of base emotions. We are only talking about compassion, kindness, unconditional love, selflessness, and those kind of higher possibilities of human existence. And that makes a huge difference in the world moment right now.
Mohanji: When somebody asks me ‘where would you like to go?’, I think the answer is the same for all people. The place where you are loved, wanted, appreciated, and respected. If we cultivate this idea of respect, this idea of a universal law of kindness and compassion everywhere, every place on this Earth would be home for us. It does not matter which country, nationality, color, complexion, and community you are from; everything is ours. Every place is good for us. We are one with all the places.
That is the philosophy of WCA. Create an earth without boundaries, without all man-made barriers, including language and religion; we should have nothing to do with them. We can all contribute to everybody. This is the kind of lifestyle or energy I have envisaged. If we create such an environment where everyone is loved everywhere, then they would be at home everywhere.
Mohanji: We have always been ready. I think the humankind is always ready, but what holds us back is the compulsive and habitual lifestyle. When a child is born, the child is the responsibility of the society, not just the parents. So how do we mold the child, or does the child get molded automatically? That is the beginning of the lifestyle process.
In fact, humankind, loves to be kind. Look at ourselves. That is why I said earlier: Where do you like to go? Where you are loved. Where people love you, which is where we would like to go. We love to be loved and we respond to love. This is our nature. But then all these the dividers, and divisions we have experienced over time has kept us apart – me and you. We have to dissolve as one. For example, you know everybody feels good when we laugh. These are all very natural and normal things we normally respond to. Similarly, we like to respond to love.
And we also respond to fear. When is fear necessary for controlling? When the person is insecure. If we are really secure, we do not need to use fear at all. But what we see in the world now is fear. This virus, this pandemic is literally releasing all sorts of fear. The fundamental fear of every human being is fear of death. Even though death is inevitable and guaranteed, we are afraid of death. That is not only for human beings. All beings are afraid of death. Because that is connected to one of the most fundamental instinct of all beings – Survival. And death is against the survival instinct. That is why we are afraid of death. This is accented now.
But look at the positive side, people used to go into isolation to find themselves. Now, in this situation, the governments are giving us isolation. So, we can find ourselves now. And that is a good thing. You don’t have to go to Himalayas to find yourselves.
If we shift from loneliness to aloneness, we can achieve a lot in this time. There is a positive side to it.
Mohanji: We are making changes already. What I see is the deep craving to find the truth. And at the same time, the compulsive habitual fears and the usual life patterns are pulling us on one side. That is inevitable, but we are still stable because we have realized that there is something deeper and larger and much more meaningful in our whole system. The pandemic has given us a reset button; so, it is now a good time to push the reset button, and restart.
Mohanji: We want the best for the children, but sometimes we don’t allow the children to live to be their individual selves because, sometimes, many of us want our children to live our dreams because we failed in actualizing our own dreams. I would say lead by example. Live it. If you really mean to show it to children, you have got to live it. Otherwise, whatever you preach will not work, but if you live it, it will work. Parents should tell their children only where to look but not what to see. Because children have individuality, we should respect that. Just tell them where to look. Do not tell them what to see.
Let us come together and stay together. Together we can transform the world.
From Mankind to Kind Man. All we need is love. It is OK to be imperfect. I look at myself as a bundle of imperfection. I do not really struggle to make me perfect and try to prove to the world that I am perfect, which I am not. Then what we can do in this world is within our capacities. If we join all our capacities, it will become a movement.
WCA is a movement and we are seeing it now. We have a lot of work to do and we are doing it. Let us stay together. More people will join in and it will really show in the world.
Let’s all REIMAGINE a world driven by kindness, compassion, and selflessness and come together to make it a reality.
Lazy in this afternoon,
Laying myself on a green turf,
I gently gaze at the blue sky,
I wonder how the world would be,
Without us people on it.
As I rewind my thoughts,
I give flight to my mind and Reimagine,
A world of love… love and love…a bright new world so vast in variety,
Where all beings live in peace and love in dreams,
Integrity and harmony. Reimagine.
No men on earth, only blue skies and birds,
Only happiness and peace – life and harmony.
Sealife blissful swims – in blissful seas.
No fear… no fear… of humans.
Reimagine a world of beings not men,
Beings in nature, all wild and free,
Living in perfect harmony,
Heaven on earth, heaven on earth.
No people, No religion,
No divisions, No countries,
No bitterness, No enmities,
No anger, no jealousy,
No hatred, No wars,
Nothing to kill for, Nothing to die for,
No heaven, No hell,
And no fear of a punishing god,
No sin, No redemption,
No binding, No liberation,
No greedy minds to conquer the moons.
No money to hide,
No wealth to hoard.
Nothing to steal or withhold,
No betrayals. No hatred.
Peace my love. Only peace within, peace around.
Peace in abundance, my love.
Peace in abundance.
No men on earth, only blue skies and birds,
Only happiness and peace – life and harmony.
Sealife blissful swims – in blissful seas,
No fear… no fear… of humans,
My darling, Just compassion, gratitude,
Humility, respect, selflessness,
Ahimsa, ahimsa, ahimsa,
No man made barriers,
Just freedom and love.
Just love, my love.
A world of beauty and harmony,
A world of love where kindness lives and compassion thrives.
My friend, Reimagine. Oh, Dream.
No men on earth, only blue skies and birds,
Only happiness and peace – life and harmony.
Sealife blissful swims – in blissful seas,
No fear… no fear… of humans.
No men on earth, only blue skies and birds,
Only happiness and peace – life and harmony.
Sealife blissful swims – in blissful seas,
No fear… no fear… of humans.
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Love is the basic fabric of existence. It is foundational, supportive. It is almost like the connective tissue of our bodies; a medium through which the seemingly separate systems and structures of our bodies are harmonized as a single, unified whole.
Kindness is love in motion, love made tangible; the tangible expression of one-ness within seeming many-ness. Kindness is the, calm silence of the oceanic depths spoken as the waves and froth upon its surface. We are the waves, we are kindness.
Kindness is gentle; a cool breeze on a hot day, a drink of water for a parched throat, a warm smile, a friendly embrace, a soothing balm. The nature of kindness is such that it can never weigh anyone down, can never be the cause of regret or guilt; it is always light and bright, it can only ever be uplifting. Kindness is a hammer that can crack the hardest shell and break any barrier. Kindness is attractive, magnetic. When we are kind we draw people to us, we create a place for ourselves as part of a community. We create a sense of purpose and begin to perceive and appreciate our own value.
When we perform an act of kindness towards ourselves and our brethren; which is to say, towards anything which carries the same spark of life which gives us life; plants, animals, birds, fish, insects and humans of every variety; we are experiencing fullness. We are affirming, consciously or unconsciously, through that act of kindness; that at least for that moment, while we are acting kindly, we are in a position to give, we have surplus. We are affirming that we are not in need, not lacking. We are expressing our completeness. When we are complete, needing nothing, we are free. Freedom is experienced as inner joy. When we see only joy within ourselves, we see only joy outside of ourselves and life itself joyous.
Kindness is not pie in the sky. Its effects are quantifiable. Experiments and study reveal that acts of kindness create dramatic changes in the human body. Kind acts dilate restricted blood vessels which ease the burden on the heart and promote smooth circulation. Kind acts produce mood-enhancing hormones and re-establish hormonal balance in general. Kind acts reduce inflammation, reduce anxiety, mitigate the effects of stress and relax tension. Those who make a routine of kindness live easier and live longer.
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Author: Hein Adams, TAT editor
“I’m not the mistakes that I have made
Or any of the things that caused me pain,
I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind, I am light…”
Mohanji says to connect with the master by considering what we are like, not what the master is like. So, what is my connection with Mohanji?
I’ll start with the hardest part: when he cleans something that is in me. I always know what it is about, because prior to that there is a rush of small situations that bring a certain topic to the fore. And I always promise that this time I will endure, to accept immediately, to surrender completely. And then he starts to tighten… Like a dentist: the doctor has to find a malfunction, and the indicator of what needs to be fixed is pain. And then he starts to drill a tooth, and there is no end in sight… Honestly, up until now, I have never been able to fully endure, my tolerance for discomfort has increased, but at one point, he would always manage to lead me to a crash down, and then I would be angry, very angry, sometimes even rude. I was especially disturbed by what I characterized as cynicism. For example, I haven’t been able to find a job for six months. Never before had it happened to me that I had been trying unsuccessfully for so long to get a job. It seemed like with the guru’s arrival into my life things got harder. It was crystal clear to me what he was doing. So much fear, anger, hopelessness, hatred, self-pity, lack of self-confidence, came out of me. How would I become aware of all this if I got a job right away, or in two, three months? But then, as if that hadn’t been enough, as if I’d needed to be completely beaten up: I had already been in training for a job for three days when I was suddenly told that the worker I’d been supposed to replace changed her mind and would not leave the job. Then I saw that same woman working in another company. So they lied to me, I wasn’t suitable for them, I thought. The feeling that I am useless and a loser was even stronger than fear. And then, in passing, I heard a woman whom I didn’t know telling someone that her daughter got a job in that very place… I don’t normally ask Mohanji “why”, I have faith in him and I know that he knows perfectly why, but it was one of those moments when it seemed to me that this was unnecessary heartless cynicism. However, while designing this text, I remembered an event from my childhood: I was fifteen years old and I asked my father for permission to go to the beach with some friends. He said no. I asked him why I couldn’t go. He said, “Because I say so.” I went to the beach despite the ban. I had never done that before. When I got home, I told my father right from the door that I’d been at the beach. He didn’t say anything, he didn’t do anything, but I thought he was going to kill me. Why did I tell him? Because my action would not otherwise make sense. So does Mohanji, because he knows who he is dealing with.
Then, an easier way to connect with him, like when a father slams a child because it put its finger in the power plug: I immediately pop up a convenient post on Facebook, or my daughter starts talking unstoppably about something that turned out to be just for me…
I smile and tell him: “Okay, I understand…” These are lessons related to judgment, condemnation, attitude… ego questions, in fact.
The way which is most beautiful is when he speaks to me through songs. It’s when he has nothing special to tell me, when he just tells me he’s there, he sees me, he thinks of me. Immediately after the first meeting with him, we established that way of communication. I was completely confused, and after the Satsang, all under the impression, I went to the supermarket to buy something, and a song was on the radio from the very part that was the answer… However, what is fascinating is that I often hear songs in my head, not from some device. I haven’t used a TV for ten years, and I rarely listen to music, because I mostly like silence. And then, when I’m occupied with a special theme, or in a special mood, it just appears, a verse, a refrain, a part of a song… Many times these are songs that I hardly know, I have no idea who sings them, where I picked them up, and then I have to search the internet to catch the message. It’s fun, actually. The craziest part: most of the songs are in Serbian. How does he do it?!
The wonderful song “I am light” is popping up all over me these days. These days I really am that: light and lightness.
Author: Vesna Mišić, born in 1968. Leads one ordinary life in Serbia. Has been writing ever since she learnt to write. Publish two novels. Tried various spiritual techniques till Mohanji found her. She realised then that it’d be a long voyage and that she’s just got on board an ocean liner
I had a deep desire to do something creative, to do something that spreads awareness and, at the same time, was fun (I was often too serious, and we need to walk through life with a smile). One day a childhood memory came back to me, the moment when I was making my first candle. That’s it! Candles! I wanted not only to reawaken this little child within me but also to teach her how important it is to ensure that everything we do, especially on the spiritual path, has a higher purpose.
My candles would not be made of paraffin; they would not be harmful to health and the environment. My candles would be made of natural (soya) wax, enriched with fragrant essential oils. I’d put crystals in my candles to boost their energy further. On each candle, I would put a message from my spiritual master, a message that would calm the mind and awaken gratitude. I’d make them myself with a lot of love and playfulness. I would enjoy every detail. I would do my best to slowly teach people how important it is to adopt healthy habits. And then I would send them to their new homes as little carriers of light and love.
When we let go and have a pure intention, the Universe takes care of the rest.
This is one of the transformations that I have experienced and was made aware of on my spiritual journey with my guru, Mohanji.
Soon a brand name came to my mind, a name that resonated with every cell of my very existence.
Sankhya is the first of the six Indian philosophies concerned with understanding the origin of the world.
Sankhya means to understand the truth of life.
Today is a Sankhya candle, tomorrow it can be so much more … as long as it serves to spread light.
None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of my loved ones and the support of my true friends, the Mohanji family.
Everything we do with a pure heart, in the spirit of ahimsa (nonviolence), has a special energy that sensitive people recognise. I write this based on my own experience. When someone asks me about the goal of this project, I realise it is not money and success. I enjoy the process of creating, at each stage (sewing little packaging bags and making candles, choosing which crystals I combine with particular aromas and colours). I enjoy gifting my Sankhya candle as much as I enjoy selling them. That moment of recognition awakens in me a spark of happiness and gratitude. As for the rest, I let the Universe guide me.
Author: Petra Franov
Logo design by Nebojša Matković
Brand owner Petra Franov
January 2015. I was in Varanasi (Banares). Mr. Nagarajan and family invited me and my people for breakfast at their house near the ghats. While visiting them, Mr. Nagarajan gifted me a book, written and autographed by Avadhoota Nadananda. I had never heard that name before. In my journeys of Himalayas, alone and with people, I have met and sometimes got acquainted with many saints of various capacities. But, the picture of Swami Nadananda attracted my attention. I asked Mr.Nagarajan about him. He said that this Swamiji was living in Jammu, and then in Andhra Pradesh and keeps shifting his base as per the need of the time. I asked him how I could meet him as I was feeling a deep urge to see him. When I opened the book, there was a mobile phone number and Mr.Nagarajan told me to contact Swamiji on that number. I agreed.
Later I travelled back to my abode in Dharamsala and due to excessive travels, writing, visitors and programs, I could not contact Swamiji. One day, after a few weeks of overseas travels, when I returned to Dharamsala and entered my room, the book of Nadananda came in front of my eyes. I took the book, opened it and tried the number in the book. It was switched off. I tried that number various days, various times. I could not reach him. I had no clue why I was trying to meet this saint. I knew nothing about him except that he hailed from Kerala, my home state too. But, that was not the reason for sure. Something else was pulling me to him. I did not know and it was not so important either.
Almost a year was past, numerous travels and programs later, finally I returned back to India. This time, due to some reason, I spoke to Mr. Nagarajan and I casually told him that I could never get in touch with Avadhoota Nadananda. He told me that he would revert. Later, he called me and gave me another number and said that Nadananda is in Andhra Pradesh and I can speak to him. I called him and finally I got him on phone. The conversation was formal and not so deep. I told him I would like to meet him. He said he would be at Dhar in Madhya Pradesh and I am welcome. Now that we are on touch through mobile phones, a meeting was definitely possible. Soon, I had to travel to places like Pune, Shirdi, Bangalore etc, and in between I feel sick too. Suddenly from Pune, since we had some time, we decided to go to Dhar. I called up Nadananda. He welcomed me. But he confused me with another Mohanji and was a bit reluctant to accommodate me because apparently, this other Mohanji is a saint with many demands and protocols while I do not have any such things. The confusion was cleared and 5 of us set out to meet Nadananda in Dhar.
He asked me “Why were you searching for me?” (We had travelled close to 9 hours to reach there.)
I said “I do not know. I have no agenda Swamiji. I felt like meeting you, and here we are. I need nothing.“
He said “Mother will soon tell me why you are here.“
He is deeply connected to Mother Goddess and also to his Guru Tara Mayee Ma of Mookambika who lived in the forest of Kollur as a perfect Avadhoota. Avadhootas are saints who never even care about their body. They lead a life of complete abandon. They eat food if they get it. Even if they get food, they may distribute it to the hungry birds or animals instead of them eating it and through their satisfaction, derive satisfaction and completion for themselves. They dare heat and cold. They are always immersed in divine consciousness and act only as per divine will. There will be no action based on karmic compulsion as they have dissolved their karmic bindings before they become avadhootas. They are usually aloof and not easy to recognise as great masters because they walk around in rags and torn clothes like mad people or beggars.
Some of them do not take bath for days on, yet will have no stench at all and on the contrary; many of them will have a sacred fragrance around them despite their seeming unclean lifestyle. They usually display erratic behaviour which confuses ordinary people and drive away those who are systematic and terrestrial oriented. They never utter a vain word. Their word becomes command to the nature. They choose who can be connected to them. They drive away the unwanted and the not-so eligible wandering or unstable seekers. Their words always come true. Their words can cut across karma and change the lives of people. Those who harm them get doomed in their own action. They are powerful beyond comparisons. Their words come as command to the universe. Not even Gods interfere in their commands. Avadhootas wander in this world and we hardly recognise them or usually ignore them as mad people or ordinary beggars. They keep it this way to filter the eligible from the sundry.
Avadhoota Nadananda is a slight exception. He lives in a house and he orchestrates service activities. He has taken seva as his means of communication with this world. He lives to serve. He lives a humble life and takes up large seva activities as per the need of the location. He initiates people in practices too. But, one could always see the underlying detachment. He himself cooks food for the poor. He washes dishes along with others. He orchestrates havans and homas. He leads the show but he remains totally aloof from everything.
The next day after our arrival was Datta Jayanti (Birthday of Lord Dattatreya). He asked us to stay back and participate in Datta Jayanti celebrations. He had arranged a simple accommodation for all of us next to a granary. We participated in the morning havans, including the poorna ahuthi. It was an energy filled experience. The day’s program was filled with dance and music. Accomplished musicians came and sang with devotion in the temple. Earlier, Nadananda chanted with immense power and bhaav despite his physical state. He even made me dance with him. He displayed extra ordinary love towards all of us. In the middle of the day, suddenly, as if by divine command, he organised a get together and honoured me with a shawl and gifted me a Sri Yantra. He introduced me to the crowd and also spoke about the projects that we would be associated.
The next day early morning, we were leaving back to Pune, after stopping at Shirdi to meet Swami Ganeshananda Giri at the hospital where he was being treated. So, we bid good bye to Avadhoota Nadananda in the evening and promised to call him once we reach Pune. It was like bidding good bye to our own father or grandfather.
He patted on my back and said “Mohanji, I shall always be with you. I am with you.”
These words penetrated and lodged firmly into me like an arrow piercing and settling into the bulls eye. An Avadhoota never talks in vain. He really meant what he said.
Later, Swamiji texted me “I AM THERE, WHERE YOU ARE” and continued “They all are with you.“ (He meant the Masters of Gyan Ganj, Maa Tara Mayee and Mother Goddess Durga herself are always with me. Their protection envelopes me all the time.)
This is a huge assurance for an adventurer like me who do not follow much of the set norms and prefer to be experiential than acquired knowledge oriented. This trip was most definitely for initiating this connection. When a master who has dissolved all his identities say “I”, this means the whole lineage of avadhootas of Gyan Ganj where he belongs to and the Goddess as well as Lord Datta who they honour and worship are with me. I knew that I will realise it and experience their presence in my life more and more in the days ahead. Mila hugged him and kissed him. It was a kind of homecoming even for little Mila. I told my wife Devi: “Imagine Mila meeting so many masters at her tiny young age! Did we ever have such opportunity at her age? If we had, where would we be today in the realms of awareness!”
Mila merged with the local crowd so effortlessly without even a trace of uncertainty even though she knew not even a word of Hindi and the local people spoke no English either. Children are spontaneous and totally adaptable. Language is no barrier for them.
Another Avadhoota – my past experience with a true avadhoota was at Vrindavan, the land of Lord Krishna in 2014.
This avadhoota was lying at the side of a busy road for almost 16 years when we saw him. He was lying there during sun and rain and hardly ate any food. The neighbouring tea shop owner considered him as his Guru and used to feed him without expecting money. He had four dogs and a cow (Symbols of Lord Dattatreya), parked around him. The shop keeper said that he was lying there since the last 16 years and never quite moved from that place. If someone fed him in his mouth, he will eat or else he will stay without food. He was not bound by food or water. And when rains fell or storms happened, he always remained untouched. Not a drop of water fell over him or never a storm blew his blanket away. All the elements respected him. If he looked at a person, they got healed from age old karmas. If he scolded somebody or used abusive words which he often did, they get redeemed from many blockages. I offered him some biscuits and he said “They are useless.“
Processed food is indeed useless not only for a raw avadhoota, but even to the seeming sophisticated ignorant masses as well. I fed the biscuits that I had to the dogs, cow and a single monkey who gave him company instead. When you feed the hungry birds and animals, an avadhoota is satisfied; his hunger is quenched. Later, last year, I suddenly felt a deep urge to see him and went searching for him in Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh). After a lot of difficulty, we found the location. He was not there. The shop keeper told us that he is no more. He had left his body a few months ago. The shop keeper also said that even though he lived his life as a beggar or stayed at the road side, when he died; his devotees came in Mercedes and BMWs and took his body for burial. All of them were surprised as to how many people turned out for the function. He said easily it would be around 200,000 people! This is the power of a real master, a real magnet, a real being irrespective of how he lived or how he presented himself. Pure Gold always shines, even if it lies in the mud and it never gets contaminated by anything around it. One rain can regain its splendour as before.
Avadhoota Nadananda had arranged to send all his books to my parents address at Palakkad, which I had given earlier. When I reached home, I had a feast of books by Nadananda. My hands directly went to his autobiography. The two volumes of truth!
Avadhoota Nadananda. The Man. The Vulnerability. The Tenacity. The Determination. The Grace. The purpose. The Miseries. The Masters. The autobiography is filled with truth as true as daylight and as Nadananda experienced it. He never attempts to conceal his vulnerability in this wide world of opportunistic people who come to a master to take worldly possessions and often not to shed the baggage of karma and evolve into higher realms of awareness. He was betrayed by many people whom he trusted and loved. He was cheated by those who got a new lease of life because of him. He took on pains and illness of others and often suffered prolonged illness. He saved people from death and some of them after healing disowned him completely. People took away his money or did not keep their promise towards payments. He has been abused in various ways. But, the masters of Gyan Ganj and his Guru Tara Mayee moved him, guided him and made sure that he survived for the sake of the tradition of Avadhootas. It is always the case. The body belongs to the tradition. When the mind is surrendered 100% to the tradition, all that happens to the body, mind or intellect, only happens to the tradition and not to the person or personality.
The autobiography oozes honesty. No greater than thou attitude at all. Humility is the key ingredient of any established saints. You could see it aplenty in his work. Complete and total humility and no eagerness to prove anything! Most of his journeys and experiences that he narrates through his book will be unfathomable to most people. Some of them could be unimaginable and perhaps unthinkable too.
Destiny automatically configures encounters which take every karmic man to his destination through time, even without him being aware of it. And more often than not, the life of a true master can never be contained within one life time. One lifetime would just be a referral point – the point of beginning of an epic which would run through generations. One lifetime will only serve as a point of recognition or establishment of personality. More often than not, their contemporaries may not understand or recognize the fire of spirituality behind the seeming erratic personality of an avadhoota. The generations to come will understand because they have no person or personality to deal with. They only have the message of the master to fathom. Some will drink the message in raw form and attain higher states of awareness while some will use it to earn terrestrial accolades. A true master’s presence, his mission and his teachings will usually survive his physical absence.
Avadhoota Nadananda took the plunge into the relatively anonymous world of pure spirituality beyond all comfort zones and emotions that an average human being can ever imagine. Most people do not even know what they are searching for; let alone where they are searching or even where they are going to. Remember, this has nothing to do with the religions or religious guidelines that the regular societies are used to. True spirituality is beyond all religions. It is beyond the mind, intellect and body. It is directly linked to the spirit, the only permanent factor in our constitution. Spirit enlivens us and helps this otherwise dead body to walk, talk and see the world. In this journey, personal identifications may develop pride and possessiveness. It may develop egocentric ownerships. Wisdom comes in handy sooner or later, to identify and understand what, where and why this journey as well as how to attain liberation. By shedding consciously whatever is not ours, and by detaching from whatever seemingly ours is – meanwhile rooting firmly in dharma of existence, a yogi walks the narrow path to liberation.
Avadhoota Nadananda walked without money, without shelter, even without any clear destination as a parivrachaka (a wandering monk). He physically saw Goddess Mookambika and through her found his Guru Tara Mayee. He surrendered completely to his Guru and Guru elevated his awareness and established him completely and firmly in the path of Avadhootas. Guru Tara Mayee told him not to beg for food. If food arrives on its own through sundry hands, he could accept it. If food does not come to him, he should observe spontaneous fasting. Never seek luxury and comforts and never succumb to any habits. Life should be larger purpose based beyond any personal preferences or pleasures. Nadananda walked through the often treacherous terrains of the known and tangible through the unknown to the unknowable. The promise of his Guru that “I shall be with you and shall provide you what you need at the appropriate time” was the lifeline for Nadananda during such journeys. Lots of people walked in. Some stayed, and some left leaving behind a pool of problems for him to handle and sort out. Some cheated while some offered a helping hand during unexpected twists in life. Thus, just like any terrestrial being, Nadananda encountered much hurdles during his walk of life.
ACCEPTANCE is the fundamental in the journey. One has to accept life as it comes. Accolades, abuses, heat and cold moments of existence, love and hate as well as every flavours of life must be accepted as it happens, as it is delivered. Never ask WHY? Never seek anything – yet follow Guru’s instruction to the core. Whenever frustrations dwell in the mind, remember the guru’s words and without thoughts or question obey it. Guru has no agenda. Guru is a road sign and if the disciple follows the road sign completely, he will reach his destination. The journey could be tough or the terrains could be fearsome or dangerous, but it must be tread to reach the destination; since the Guru knows that the disciple is in the right track, there should be no worries. The Guru always takes care. The Guru always cares. Unconditional acceptance helps the disciple and the journey. Guru stays as an umbrella of protection throughout the journey. Guru’s protection came in many forms when Nadananda most needed it.
He stayed away from the snares and lures of terrestrial existence and kept walking the tough terrains of Himalayas encountering destiny head on each and every time.
We all would have asked ourselves one question, at some point in our life: “What is our level of Spirituality?” and “Why is there no progress?”
The answer is quite simple. What is the intensity of our yearning? What is our level of practice, application, surrender and dedication to the cause of liberation? Are we ready to walk that extra mile beyond our usual comfort zones? Are we really serious about our spiritual evolution until complete dissolution truly happens? Food for thoughts! It is worth thinking.
Most of us are essentially comfort oriented spiritualists. We will only do things well within our comfort zones. We set boundaries for practices. We set targets and expectations which eventually lead to disappointments. Boundaries always restrict our elevation, evolution and eligibility for dissolution. When we truly break our boundaries, we cease to exist as a personality or even a person. We become fluid and flexible. We become the river as well as the flow. The river will eventually nourish many. Powerful masters acquired all their powers because they were unbound by any boundaries. They were free. Being free is a state. And where are we gaining our freedom from? Our limiting mind!
Avadhoota Nadananda obeyed the command of his Guru Tara Mayee to the core. She said: “DO NOT BEG, eat only if food falls in your lap. If food does not come to you, observe fasting on that day.“
Not easy. The cold Himalayan terrains! The unpredictability! No protection and no comforts! Faith is the only possession. Trust in Guru is the fire of warmth. Everything else is non-existent. This was the trail of Nadananda. He walked days on, hungry, thirsty and often fighting the looming exhaustion, in search of the truth. Many times he fell down, silently, without any complaints he got up and continued walking. There was nothing to complain and nobody to listen. It was always an individual journey taken for a larger cause, much larger than human mind can perceive. The eternal truth of what he will be, shone forth in the horizons of his consciousness. He knew he will reach there. The weakness was only in the body. Mind was firm with faith.
Conviction was unshakeable. Guru’s grace walked with him as unseen hands of kindness. Her presence came in the form of food and water from the unexpected. Grace sheltered him in times of extreme weather conditions. Guidance did happen when needed most. Inner guidance provoked by the inner-net communication by the Guru. The most reliable inner-net connection between a Guru and disciple! Never conditional! Always existing on a wonder element of surprise in the mental level! The beauty of the Guru – Disciple relationship as we often see in the terrains of India is unfathomable and beyond comparisons. This is perhaps the highest of relationships ever and ever will be. But, in the commercial world of high expectations where everything is transactional, we hardly see this beautiful bond of a true Guru with a true disciple.
Guru guides the avadhoota – Keep Walking. Do not accept favours. Favours will spoil you. Take only what is essential for that time. No more. Do not store or hoard. Have faith that each time hunger happens, grace will bring food. If not, walk on as a day of fasting was essential in between. Various places, various terrains of Himalayas! Various kinds of people – Good, Bad, Kind, Deceitful, opportunists, cunning – every sorts of human specimens came and went. Some stayed. Some manifested and dissolved with time never to appear again. This is the story of the Avadhoota.
Autobiography of an Avadhoota takes us through the mind and life of a simple man, a staunch spiritualist, a man of uncanny tenacity and conviction, a super human, a complete disciple who never asked his guru “WHY?”
It also takes us through the treacherous paths of market places where an innocent, naive avadhoota becomes an easy soft target. It takes us through the existence of super natural in day light. Mother Mookambika Devi, the Goddess herself manifests to the true saint to guide him to his Guru. The wandering disembodied soul of a woman who lost track after a tragic road accident finding soothing energy in the company of the saint who is brimming with the energy and vibration of mantras. The seeming ignorable people, who eventually prove to be supremely powerful, and provides invaluable insights into the secrets of existence,. Himalayas means mystery, if we have eyes to witness it.
The existence of Gyan Gunj, the abode of great masters, which is also called Shambala or Shangrila in Tibet.
This terrain is totally inaccessible to every level of seekers except the pure and complete. This is an unseen terrain which even inner call or guidance cannot take you. The only criterion is eligibility to be there. And this is no ordinary eligibility; the person who could enter there should have the subtlety to be one among them, a total renunciate who have nothing to do with anything in the world.
Avadhoota Nadananda went there against all odds, with great difficulty, after tons of tests and tribulations and got initiated. He is the 48th pontiff of Gyan Gunj – as he himself told me. This mysterious land is not tread by saints, let alone people. To the eyes of the ineligible, the terrain itself is invisible. It needs an extreme amount of integration into the subtle aspects of our existence to develop eyes to witness Gyan Gunj. The rest is grace.
Welcome to the journey of a lifetime, the story of an avadhoota. The exceptional story of a living master, Avadhoota Nadananda.
Author: Mohanji, mohanji.org
Mohanji is a chronic introvert, a man who never claimed to be enlightened nor claimed to be anyone’s Guru. Mohanji lives and exists exactly as anyone of us would, with a difference of a profound shift in awareness within. He expresses every flavor of life: professional life, married life, parenthood, spiritual life, and that is what makes him authentic – he lives what he preaches in every moment of his existence. While the global energies continue to rise and push humanity into unconditional nature of love and global conscious evolution, Mohanji is someone who inspires others to follow his example in today’s distorted reality full of half concepts, hurry, competition, fear, greed, self-centeredness.
Mohanji walks among us and never expresses disapproval of anything, except violence of any kind. He encourages the brotherhood of species. He encourages unity of minds. He encourages unity of consciousness. He believes in divinity as unity. He does not recognize any barriers, neither those of caste or creed, class or religion, nationality or culture, language or color. He believes in the power of humanity as kindness.
Mohanji is a man who is subject to the same pressures of everyday existence as anyone else might be. He has endured trials, thorns, loss, grief, loneliness and various agonies of life with dignity and elegance. Consequently, it was his own very life that gave him a holistic understanding of reality at many levels and, as the flowering of consciousness happened within, he was encouraged by the Masters from the higher realms of consciousness not to withdraw but, on the contrary, remain among the people and lead by example, marrying discipline with love, dedication with inspiration, replacing karma with dharma.. One of them recently told Mohanji: “We prepare you for the impossible.“
Indeed, among the Masters, it is a sacred, grand collaboration in which each plays his/her own role and delivers accordingly.
Mohanji’s journey was not at all smooth. At one point he lost his child, marriage, job, income, property, health. In the eyes of material existence, he lost everything. However, that was the time when the real shift in awareness happened in his inner world. Mohanji got catapulted into higher states of consciousness, until its final flowering and dissolution of ego-identity. Telepathic communion with the Masters such as Shirdi Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Mahavatar Babaji, Agasthyar Rishi, and others drove him to continue with his spiritual mission and deliver teachings which are, as Ms. Nensi Nainaa said, “Both spiritual and practical, open and transparent, honest and truthful, authentic and liberating, without any ulterior motive other than to wake others up.
Mohanji inspires us to drop the false sheath of our existence and start reaching the essential nature of ourselves, which is pure existence, pure consciousness and pure bliss, arriving through each one of us to be embodied in everyday life.”
Embodying higher consciousness and remaining one among the many was and is far from a smooth journey.
As Mohanji said,
The higher the frequency you touch, the more difficult it is to maintain it. Everything and anything can pull you down. People, situations, environment, time and space can pull you down to lower frequencies. It needs constant vigil and, in a way, isolation to stay with the frequency. Isolation is not easy in the society. Moreover, it is not easy at all, if you have to live in the society that judges, criticizes, threatens, pushes you to live in a certain way, behave in a certain way, express in a certain way, etc.
When you increasingly become objective and deliver what is right for you without discriminating between the right and the wrong of different frequencies, you may get crucified. First of all, you are a manifested being and you have all the needs of any manifested being. Secondly, you have shifted frequencies which your own friends and family may fail to understand. Thirdly, when karma equals completion and fulfilment, one’s lifetimes get reduced and the present lifetime becomes very intense. Accumulation of desires becomes almost nil. It becomes like a flash of desire, its manifestation and instant dissolution.
Creation, manifestation and dissolution become almost simultaneous. As a result, spontaneity will become loud and clear. Spontaneity will reach a level where the manifestation and dissolution stop happening in the physical level after a period. Everything happens within. The first is external manifestation. The latter is internal and only internal, and it would be completely and totally spontaneous. The fear-driven society will not understand this. It is not easy to understand the consciousness. It is not easy at all. It is a constant struggle each day.
He grants me no special favors, nothing more than anyone else receives. I never expect any either, because I know his heart and I know his dedication to the higher purpose that he lives for. He is, as he says, ‘purpose-bound’. I see that purposefulness happening all the time. Indeed, he is like a mirror, filling into the vessel that you bring to him. If you bring anger and a hatred-filled mind, he responds in the same way with laser-sharp definiteness in order to blast it off of you that very instant.
The same principle applies to me in the moments when he scolds me, either in public or in private. If you bring love however, he is love and he melts… The mirror called Mohanji sincerely and objectively reflects your own constitution. Whenever he has uttered sharp words to anyone, I have clearly seen things change in them almost immediately. His presence always transforms and heals. Many people however come with expectations. Those people will also leave with complaints. Expectations never work with Mohanji. He never caters to such desires.
He always says: “I never intercept or interfere with anyone’s karma. All I do is remove blockages so that they could move on effectively in evolution.”
Those who complain have clearly not understood him.
Mohanji always operates in the present, sliding to the next and next event effortlessly. Nothing stays in his canvass as he glides through life. Nothing can hold him beyond the specific time. This, I must say, is the unique quality of a Master – if a Master cannot scold his disciple and prick the balloon of his/her ego, then he is no Master.
Mohanji has always kept on delivering in whatever form he chooses. He has never expected anything from anyone nor did he care whether anyone praises or criticizes him. He just made himself available and kept on delivering. The Mohanji Factor continues to touch many lives every moment. Needless to say, it makes me proud to be a part of this mission, to be a part of this grand movement of unconditional love.
In Mohanji there are no pretentions, no desire to impress – only spontaneity, authenticity and sincere, steady expression of his true purpose, the truth of his being, which is to lead others into liberation. Those who catch that vibe will take the lead and travel deeper into inner silence and their own authenticity. Only those who seek the highest and are ready to dissolve can recognize Mohanji. The rest will look, but will not see, they may try walking the path, but will not persevere.
Author: Devi Mohan