There are hundreds of rivers. There is one ocean. Even if there are different names for the same ocean, the ocean is one. Names do not matter. The essence matters. The substance matters.
There was a sea captain. He sailed all his life in search of the Pacific Ocean. He could not find the ocean until a wise sea-farer told him: “My friend, where you are now, is the Pacific Ocean indeed. It is not someplace away from you. This very ocean that you sail on, is the Pacific.”
We are all sailors, in search of an exotic shore. Our search is so intense that we fail to recognize or appreciate how exotic the place below our feet really is!!! The dream merchants sell stories of fanciful lands far, far away. We believe in their dreams and take up the sail. Until we exhaust ourselves, we seldom find out that the journey itself was unnecessary. The dreams that we sailed for were within us, always. All we needed to do was just to shut our eyes and go to sleep from this conscious world. All we needed to do was just open our eyes within and look inside. The treasure chest is not outside of us. It always exists within us. Period. All you need is an inner awakening. So, Do Wake Up. Rise and Shine!!!
There was a great dreamer. He thrived on selling his dreams. Lazy pedestrians stood and listened to the narration of his enchanting dreams and many even bought these dreams from him. There was one man who punctually came every day to listen to his dreams. He used to buy and accumulate dreams. His wife got suspicious. Where is this guy going every day, spending all the money that he earns? She followed him and reached the dream seller. After every story, her husband paid some money. That evening, she cautioned her husband. She made him understand that the money he was spending was emptying their very coffers. She and their children have no means for further life. He did not change a bit. He was so used to his comfortable routine. So, he continued his regular ways. One day, he realised that his house was not his anymore and he and his family were actually thrown out onto the street. He was homeless and had no money to feed himself and his family. He was shaken by reality. He went and met the dream seller and told him his real story expecting him to return some of the money that he paid earlier. The dream seller said: “I like your story. But, I cannot buy it. This is your reality. Not my dream. You yourself must handle your own reality”.
Do we buy dreams about the future? Is someone constantly selling us dreams? Beware. Stick to your waking reality. Life does not happen in the future. Life happens NOW.
There was a learned man. Every evening, the learned man called the villagers and explained many complicated philosophical materials at length. People were awed at his knowledge. They went back home saying, “What a learned man!!!, we are lucky to have him here with us.” He was very intelligent and was quite shrewd as well. He very well knew how to manipulate the seekers who come to him, thirsting for guidance. He was a good businessman. He used his power of speech to capture the hearts of the villagers and soon became their chieftain. His ego and arrogance grew along with his possessions and power. He also added a big title to his name and behaved like a spiritual Master, as well as a renunciate. He started calling himself an enlightened Master. Instead of humility, his ego and arrogance increased.
There was a poor old saint living close to his house. The villagers respected him. He lived on the food that the villagers gave him as alms. In return, he gave them his blessings and free advice. His very presence purified the people and premises. He wore torn clothes and lived in one room. During the rainy season, water flowed inside drenching the whole room. Even though he was in a pathetic condition, he had no complaints about anything. He accepted his life as it was. The learned man thought that it was time he proved his worth in front of this saint too. He thought that it would add to his respectability and acceptance in the society if the saint was on his side. He arranged for the saint to live in a house close to his abode. The saint reluctantly agreed. He behaved as if this was the saint’s approval of his knowledge and stature. The poor guy did not understand that the saint’s purpose was to put some real wisdom into him and make him benevolent to the villagers, rather than increasing his arrogance. The saint, with his divine presence, wanted to lighten the darkness of terrestrial vasanas of the learned man and make him truly useful for the society. The society never actually needed the dull intellectual heaviness that he poured into them, profusely, every day. It only added to their confusion and never got anyone enlightened with it. He himself was a pretender who never got enlightened.
Once, during his regular evening session, a boy asked the learned man – “Sir, whom can we call truly healthy?”. The saint was also listening to this question. The learned man started explaining about health and the status of being healthy, which he had read and remembered from various books. He had only book knowledge to convey. The whole crowd was dissatisfied. Finally, the boy took permission and asked the same question to the saint who had always been a silent spectator of the drama. The saint slowly muttered: “One who eats in limit, one who sleeps in limit, one who acts in limit, one who is not prone to violent emotions, one whose needs are limited, one who never stands to prove anything, one who maintains equanimity, and one who is beyond duality – is the healthiest man in this whole world. Everyone understood clearly. They realized, true wisdom is simple. True spirituality is simplicity. It has nothing to do with a craving for fame, acceptance, and fortune. The whole group of listeners applauded the saint’s wisdom. The learned man was also humbled in the most natural way.
Our world is full of learned men who pretend to be saints. They have only book knowledge. They have no real experience. They themselves are blinded and they are leading the rest to the ocean of karmic quagmire. It is not in the looks. It is not in the words; but, it’s in the ability to deliver experiences which makes a teacher become a real Guru. Transferable knowledge is aplenty. All one needs is a good memory. Transferring an experience needs calibre and real mettle. This is the difference between an acharya and a Guru. We call anybody with a white beard – Guru. We even give them fancy titles. These acharyas need titles because they are insecure without it. But, where is the real mettle? Titles cannot guarantee stature. Stature has got to be earned only through generations of rigorous spiritual practices. So is enlightenment. Enlightenment has to happen. It will happen only at the appointed time and space. Even if one does all the right spiritual practices, one cannot achieve enlightenment, until he is ripe and ready; until he is established in the beingness. Book knowledge is a big barrier. Ego is another barrier. Samskaaras are all barriers. When the vessel is completely empty, divinity fills in. Otherwise, this is another dream like all the other dreams. Masters can deliver, but, Masters deliver only when the pot is empty. Master appears to deliver. We need not go searching for one.
The world is full of pretenders, who obscure the real Gurus. They are like clouds obscuring the sun. They cannot take away the sun’s glory. The real ones seldom come out into the open. Those ones who pretend do everything possible to make their voice heard. They say one thing and mean another thing because they are insecure. They are worried about the erosion of their source of income – disciples. They tell you what you like to hear so that you stick to them. If that’s not working, they put fear and guilt into you, so that you will not run away from them. They cannot take you to enlightenment because they themselves are not enlightened. Beware of the pretenders in the path of spirituality, because they are aplenty and they will look more real than the real ones. In the above story, the old saint was real, but, never pretended and he was ignored by the villagers. The empty pot which made the maximum noise was considered as real and revered. This is the truth of life. This is the way our world is. We vote for color and glamor, which catches our senses and mind. We ignore the often colorless and unpretentious reality which only appeals to our spirit. Who cares about the spirit? Sankaracharya said “Parame Brahmani Kopina Sakta” – Alas!!! no one, even for a moment, considers the soul, the Brahman which resides in oneself, ever in life until one’s death…when one has to leave everything and go. But then, unfortunately, its too late.
I wish your eyes to see and recognize the real truth. If you choose color and glamor instead of the life-transforming grace and miracle, it is purely your discretion. No need to regret. Just go ahead. The decision is always yours.
God bless all
14 thoughts on “When the blind leads…”
Fantastic! You have just talked about what my heart was telling about my own experiences with so called self proclaimed gurus.I learnt from them intellectual stuff and some techniques at some stage of my life, grateful for such knowledge but could never experience profound grace in their presence,the deep click or the connection never happened, while I experienced enormous energy and grace in your presence.
Every word you have expressed is coming from the core of your essence.
Its obvious that Enlightenment has been reduced to a niche product sold by spiritual-bypass artistes who claim to be the enlightened ones and can enlighten anyone by imparting a quick fix technique. The spiritual industry is ruled by the men of the word, who can use fancy terminologies to attract the movers and shakers of the seeker world:)
Its quite pathetic that many seekers are misled. Spirituality is a Razor’s Edge as quoted in the upanishads. It takes viveka to chaff out the Master from the herd of acharyas. Thanks to the power of websites like facebook, youtube, myspace and so on, many acharyas have sprung up claiming to be enlightened. The glam quotient is highlighted when the acharya is endowed with long hair and beard and can don saffron to accentuate his holiness. Even a prana or chakra movement becomes a wonderful experience that is often sold as kundalini awakening or even rising or effect of master’s grace. One can derive such experiences just by breathing intensely for a few minutes.
Its a rare blessing that does one encounter a true master who can personally guide a sadhaka and take responsibility for his/her spiritual progress.
Transmission of shakti is often diluted into a healing exchange. Its mainly due to concept of giving deeksha just by placing hands over someone’s head. Shaktipath is a blessed event. It happens when the Master transmits to a chosen receiver. The event is by divine will one cant demand divine grace. One can receive more only by enhancing his/her deserving levels. A bucket can’t hold a river. The Master knows who is deserving to receive and transmit shaktipath. The true qualification is purity, surrender and willingness to serve people selflessly. One who knows the true power of shaktipath will not transmit indiscriminately.
I am truly blessed to have received ‘Shivapath’ from Mohanji. After several lifetimes of shiva sadhana, does one meet a master who transmits shiva consciousness, without any pretense and claims. Many clairvoyants have seen and I have personally experienced Mohanji’s tranmissions while in his astral form. The path of dissolution is not for everyone. That is why Mohanji deliberately allows the spiritual bystanders to make their own decisions based on experiences rather by his appearance, and
A true master like Mohanji doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. His mere presence and loving energy is enough to cut through the clutter.
When I first attended the weekly BTW meditation, I was struck by the intensity of energy. Being a dhyani who thrives to sustain integrated awareness, I felt the experience has much more to offer. In the last 6 months I have progressed faster than what I have in the last 6 years. This is all due to the grace of Lord Shiva, several ascended masters and living masters. I am honoured to say that I consistently receive amazing energies from masters during the BTW meditation.
I am sharing rare kriya techniques from tibetan and himalayan tradition to prepare the sadhakas before the BTW meditation. I understand that people come to think of a guided meditation as a repetitive and stagnant routine. But after I have received all the wonderful energy during the session, its obvious that the routine is only a preparation and complete surrender does work!!!
It takes an enlightened one to recognize and appreciate another living master. All paths lead to the same. The vedas say that it takes 8 x 10 (power of 37) lifetimes for a soul to enlighten in a evolving progression, but just a glance of the divine mother is enough to enlighten a soul. So are we deserving enough to qualify for the ‘Kataksha’ from Tripura Sundari (Divine Mother). So all we can do is to immerse in bhakti, while we keep this sharira pure and healthy, to increase our deserving levels for the grace to shower upon us and take us to the highest realization.
Thank you for sharing, Pradeep, and, of course, to you Mohanji for your simple yet revealing message and to you, Biba, for your kind presence.
Let’s not forget, spirituality is an intense journey. It is not for everyone at the same time…
I would also remember not to underestimate the importance of one’s own discrimination, discretion and discernment
Rest in the deep calm of higher consiousness, then the light of wisdom will lit up.
Accept the moment. Surrender. Love.
Be love. Show love. Give love. Speak love. Hear love.
Not more to do.
thank you for this lovely Shaivic blast! 🙂
Indeed, a bucket cannot hold a river. It is easy to boast with big words like Enlightenment (’empty pot that makes maximum noise’- brilliant!) but raising ourselves to the DESERVING level is the tricky part and that doesn’t happen through intellectual exercises, endless discussions and routine breathing techniques done automatically. We must go BEYOND THE MIND and truly open the heart, connect at a deep level during meditation, do selfless service, become truly humble and thus increase the size of the ‘bucket’to the maximum – the rest is upto Divine.
This is the purpose of Shaktipat – it is given unconditionally to all those who want to deepen their daily sadhana, increase their awareness level, subtlety and their eligibility for the highest in a much faster way then it would have happened otherwise. Unconditinally means – no word of thanks, no payment or any other form of compensation is necessary, it is a gift… Those who are meant to benefit from it, will do so, and those who are not open will find other methods and acharyas/gurus who are matching their vibration. All is great. Which ever lane we choose on the highway, whether fast or slow, eventually (in shallah, as they say here in Oman 🙂 )we will reach the ultimate destination.
Love to all,
May I add this: as far as the BTW meditation is concerned, I never felt any practice being more powerful (yet gentle and natural) in offering a bridge for extending consciousness, raising awareness and equanimity. I experienced indescribable beauty and bliss, and also absolute purity, nothingness and formlessness. Extending love. Learning beingness. Mohan, your presence can not be reported in words. It has to be experienced.
Your apt title of this blog says it all.
By the time I finished reading the full blog and everyone’s comments, I did wake up in heaven.
May your grace continue in our lives and may we remain blessed.
With love & gratitude
om sai ram mohanji,
hope all well. what a wonderful explanation.I only hope I follow a bit of it.
Thanks for all you have done for us .
Bow to sri sai peace be to all
Every word in this message struck a chord in me. Especially the part that says “Master appears to deliver. We need not go searching for one.”
This has been my very experience. How will I ever forget that lovely February afternoon I met you and Biba so unexpectedly in Safa Park? Biba was like a beautiful angel dressed in pink, who came ahead to announce your arrival! I had been hearing about you amd wanted to meet you, and suddenly there you were, sitting under the shady tree looking calm and relaxed. All my questions and doubts dried up that very day!
Now your answers come to me without my verbalising any questions, and I understand all that you say.
Thank you for all that you do, thank you for being YOU.
Another flow of flawless words !
In this world of duality and ‘maya’, we have to read and reflect on those words more deepeer. Knowing little and pretending a lot is a curse; but people go through it.
Continue writing these ‘amruth’, which should churn many and their thoughts; ultimately leading to the devine truth.
There isn’t anything bad or good and the nature of divinity is ‘nirguna’ – your writings are always emphasising this emperical truth.
Thank You, for this companionship, my fellow travelers.You are making me… I do not exist.
And you are making us Mohanji.
You came in our lives for a reason, our soul was seeking for a living Master to be with us, and we are the fortunate ones that you found us. Namaste. I bow to the Divinity in you, and I know that we are all One.
Every time i read through the blog posts by you is itself an experience. It just gives the experience which i cannot explain in words , also its such an humbling experience that we have such an opportunity to be in the presence of many masters and get to seek their blessings . In the presence of guru growth is so magical and the elevation to different levels is so easy and light . Once again pranams at the lotus feet of all the past present and future masters for giving us such an opportunity to understand our self more with such compassion.
om namaha shivaya