Written on 21st February 2011
On the occasion of Mohanji’s birthday, it is difficult for us to resist the desire to express our deepest appreciation, gratitude and respect for all that he is. He who has given us so much, never asking for anything in return, never showing off with what he has done. If you are wondering what could possibly satisfy, bring pleasure and happiness to Mohanji, then kindly read on.
I am overwhelmed at the plans that you are making to mark my birthday. I sincerely thank you and appreciate your true love towards me and your many expressions of it. At this juncture, I would like to share with you a few of my thoughts in this regard.
What makes me happy?
The only thing that makes me truly happy, is your sincere expression of kindness towards the poor, sick and hungry people, the hungry and helpless birds and animals; the truly selfless trees and plants. If you consistently and honestly express deep compassion to your fellow beings, I feel genuinely happy. Your overflowing compassion, kindness and unconditional love from your heart towards the helpless, forgotten and ignored beings of the world, makes me feel RICH inside. It makes me proud of you, my dear family members. Nothing else makes me truly happy.
Who Am I?
I am what you make of me. I am fluid. If you think I am good, I am good. If you think I am bad, I am bad. I am formless. I am a non-entity. I have no birth or death. Birthdays are only milestones in my current physical existence, which has a definite duration. I do not attribute any more value to my birthdays. I am what you think I am, because, like water taking the shape of the container that holds it, I take the shape/reflect your mind, your constitution and your consciousness. I reflect you sincerely and truly like a good mirror. My one and only message for mankind is “Tat Twam Asi” (You Are That). Know it, experience it, LIVE IT.
What is celebration for me?
As I have explained, if you express non-violence in your daily life, for me this is celebration. Your spontaneous expression of kindness, compassion and love towards all beings, without discrimination, is celebration for me. If you consistently express love, compassion and kindness to all beings, including nature, it is indeed celebration for me. Then my time on Earth becomes truly worthwhile.
I do not believe in blowing off the flame of candles on cakes, as I believe in bringing light and brightness into the lives of people, or at least remove some amount of darkness from their minds, if they will allow me to. I always feel it is ironical that we blow out the brightness of candles as part of our celebration (while candles represent complete selflessness – burning themselves while providing light to the world)!!! No cakes attract me. No sweets attract me. No bouquet of flowers attracts me. I love to see flowers in the garden, live in the nature. I look at flowers as the “Bliss of Nature”. I do not like to pluck them from their mother plant. I feel that to be selfishness. I love flowers, especially if they remain in the nature, I like to see birds free and flying and not in cages. I do not like to see any being bound and caged. And, no gifts attract me. What will I do with them?
Remember the Supreme Lord Krishna’s words: “I will be satisfied if you offer me a flower or a leaf. But, remember, they are all mine anyway.” Whatever we offer to the Lord is legitimately His!!! In the realms of unlimited consciousness, everything exists within you. What can you gain? What can you collect? What can you own? Everything is within you. Everything is already yours. So, please do not send me flowers, cakes or sweets. Even without all these expressions, I LOVE YOU and that is not conditional. It will never change too.
What is Communication for me?
Do not spend money on me. Do not spend time for me. I appreciate your time. I appreciate your kindness. The money or time that you will gladly spend for me, may kindly be spent for the poor and the needy of the world. If you are able to do something for the other beings around you, even buy a hot tea for a poor man feeling cold on a winter morning, you have communicated your love for me. This is what I consider to be a true communication of love. I will not be happier, even if you call me or SMS me or e-mail me. I will be happier, when you feed a hungry dog or a bird which represents detachment because it never hoards or stores anything. Clothes to the poor and needy, food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless. This is the communication that I like. This makes me feel happy and rich within. When you do such good deeds, please inspire others also. Let this become a movement. Let this become spontaneous. Let hearts swell with love and compassion. ‘Me’ and ‘Mine’ should melt, wither away, and become ‘Ours’ and “Everybody’s.’ Selflessness should become your very nature.
Furthermore, do not blame me, nor be offended, if I did not take your call. You must know that I LOVE YOU, truly and sincerely in every situation and time. Our love and relationship should not be conditioned or bound by terrestrial gadgets such as phone or internet. Faith should replace all such needs. It is better expressed or communicated through your actions, which happen anyway within my consciousness. You need not tell me anything. Through positive thoughts, words and actions, when you enrich your consciousness, you get closer to the supreme consciousness, which makes us inseparably ONE.
In summary, please do not send me flowers, sweets or cakes. Please refrain from sending me SMS or emails. Use that day, time and money to stay in my consciousness and enjoy the feast of unlimitedness. Feel we are one. Express Compassion, Love and Gratitude towards existence and fellow beings. Exist in Love. Express it fully. Meditate. Shed your skins of conditioning and for once, be yourself. Be your SELF. Express your SELF. Love everything wholeheartedly, without expectations. Love Unconditionally.
Nothing else will make me more happy. I do not need anything else from you. This is my sincere request.
I Love YOU,