Calls And Meherbaba
had a very interesting fortnight!
Janmashtami, went to a Krishna temple at night, with a friend
who was feeling adventurous.
was a serpentine queue, but made it for the darshan!
atmosphere was charged with the vibration of the chant. Each
cell in the body seemed to respond to it! One could almost ‘see’
the energy, as the devotees sang the Mahamantra as it cleansed
the mind, and transported it to a high!
those who do not know,
Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare’
week, I went to Vaishno Devi Temple, a new temple that has
been constructed on the lines of the original one in the
Himalayan range near Jammu.
is in Malad, just 1 hour drive from Mumbai.
bent into unbelievable angles through a make believe cavern to
arrive at the feet of Mother.
sang bhajans for Ganpati!
believe that music has magic.
can remove the unpleasant effects that play havoc with our
physical, mental and spiritual being.
few years ago I read a book called ‘The Sounds of Silence’
by Nan Umrigar.
that she wrote about how she had discovered that her young son
who had tragically died, was being looked after by Meher Baba,
a Master who is no longer in the body.
knowledge she had received, through automatic writing.
had since then, had the desire to visit Meherabad, a colony
which is approximately a 2 hour drive from Pune.
fortnight, I had the opportunity to visit the place!
it would be better to state that Meher Baba called me.
is said that, one can only set foot on holy pilgrim centers,
only when the Bulaava comes!
was serene. The Pilgrim Center was comfortable.
Pilgrims at the Pilgrim Center were friendly and helpful.
‘Samaaddhi’ was inhabited by Meher Baba. He was there. One
could feel him!
Baba said that he has not come to teach but to awaken!
was silent for 44 years! From July 10, 1925 until he passed
away on Jan.31, 1969.
observed silence for more than 3 decades because ‘man had
been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in
the past…enough words had been asked for and given, and now
it was time to live them!’
said that to be nearer and nearer to God one had to get
further and further away from “I”, “my”, “me” and
renounce the limited self, Grace is required, and Baba said
that he had come to release that Grace.
hope to return to Meherabad soon to experience the ‘Grace’
same week, I also visited ‘Splendor Country’ which is a 1
hour drive from Pune.
friend owns a house there.
is on top of a hill surrounded by greenery and clouds!
was a treat for the soul!
is right, it was ‘Dal-sabzi for the Aatman’
gross body survives on food, water and air.
Spiritual body requires peace love and fresh air to thrive on!
trips revive the spirit!
strongly recommend them from time to time!
reader, Vishal informs me that Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,
the incarnation of Lord Krishna about 500 years back had
changed the mahamantra (reversed it to be precise) for the
coming 10,000 years to make it possible for the common man to
go back, back to Godhead. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came from one
of the only 4 authorized Guru-Disciple Succession (Gaudiya
Math) authorized by our scriptures. If He has changed the
mahamantra, why is it that the old practice is still being
followed? Should it not be:-
Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare hare.