Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 73 & 74
Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 73 & 74

Lessons living with Mohanji – Days 73 & 74

by Christopher Greenwood

Day 73 Lesson – No problem can be solved unless you face it

Good morning, everybody. I hope you’re doing well. 

Yesterday, as usual, has been a packed day, right from the morning, until the evening. Yesterday evening we arrived back at Palakkad. 

This morning, I was talking to Ananth; also, Mohanji was there about the pace and the intensity of this trip. I hadn’t expected it. I really hadn’t. And the nature of the days, how changeable they are, what you’d plan the day before is completely turned on its head by the morning. This makes it very difficult and hard to predict what’s going to happen. 

Because things move so quickly, you always must be prepared. So, I always have to have everything in place, especially the camera, the recorder, or all the different paraphernalia we carry, to ensure that everything is captured well. If it’s not properly planned and set in place, opportunities can easily be missed. 

Ananth was laughing, and Mohanji also commented that this was nothing. Actually, it used to be much more intense and busy when they were travelling without the COVID restrictions, when there were flights and programs back to back. I have a newfound respect for Rajesh, who spent many years travelling like this. Barbara and George as well, because I can now really appreciate what it must have been like. 

Yesterday was another day of changing schedules, being flexible, spontaneous, and just moving with the flow of the day. In the morning, we had a pretty late call. We had to quickly get ready for a meeting with a senior dignitary in India. We went to visit him, and Mohanji took a copy of Mast and his cards. 

This person is a senior, and it was a pleasure to be part of that meeting. I was observing and thinking to myself that the types of connections that we’ve made and are continuing to make on this trip are very prominent in their respective fields. Everybody is giving great support to Mohanji and to the activities of the global platforms. I’m excited to see what comes from these because I think it’s the start of something different. At least, that’s how I feel and interpret it. 

A few days ago, we met with a very prominent architect. He’s famous for the work that he does. He connected instantly with Mohanji. Most of these people are meeting Mohanji for the first time, but it’s as if they’ve been friends for many, many years. 

He unexpectedly took us straight away after breakfast to his home by the river. He showed us around, and then he arranged for a photo shoot. He wanted to do a photoshoot with Mohanji so that he could have some good pictures. So that’s where we went yesterday as well.

It is great how people are coming and supporting Mohanji and the activities. Then, on the trip back to Palakkad, there was another lesson in flexibility. We had a Satsang planned for 5 pm, which was as a fundraiser for the people affected by the earthquakes in Croatia. Usually, when we have a Satsang planned, we have everything ready at least half an hour before; all the equipment is there, lighting and sound checked. We even check the connection with the people that are hosting it. 

Yesterday I was laughing because half an hour before, we were still in the car, still driving, and we hadn’t yet found a location where we would stop. I took a photograph and sent it to a few people saying, “How’s the lighting looking for this setup? How’s the background?” They were laughing. And I made a comment to Mohanji saying, “Do you think it’s probably time we stop somewhere?” He said: “Don’t worry, it’s no problem.” 

It was no problem. Everything was arranged, we found a really good location, he sat down, and gave the Satsang from his mobile phone, from where we were. Once we finished, we had a quick bite to eat and were then back on the road again. 

Like this, the days are flowing. Any changes are accommodated, and all the work that needs to be done is always done. 

As I was travelling yesterday, I was thinking of some other lessons that I’ve taken into my own life since being connected to Mohanji. Also, by just observing how he handles life: very matter-of-fact, head-on, especially with problems. He has said a few times to me that no problem can be solved unless you face it. Something that comes to you, if it’s something that needs addressing, you must face it. You can’t run away from situations because then the problem doesn’t go away. 

I was thinking about this because I was previously asked to interview about my time with Mohanji and my journey. I remember some situations that occurred. I think it might be the same for everybody, especially from a Western background, when you connect to a Master or connect to someone you call a guru. It’s not so common in Western culture, so people have opinions, and they talk. 

And within my friend circle, that was definitely happening. Even to the point where one of my close friends from when I was younger was posting things on Facebook. He asked: “Are you okay, mate? It looks like you’ve been sucked into a cult.” Comments like this. At that time, it shocked me a little bit, but I remembered an example from Mohanji and his life, which really gave me the lesson that this is a situation that has to be faced. 

During that time, people were speaking badly about Mohanji; some people were spreading rumours, there were stories on the internet. While all these things were happening in the shadows, no one was saying it to his face. It was always just a rumour heard from somebody else and passed on. 

I remember him talking about these situations, that this is generally how it is in society. There are a lot of cowards because if people are stable, confident, and secure, they won’t talk about somebody to somebody else. If they have a problem with someone, they’ll address it to that person. That’s the right way to handle something; if you have an issue with someone or a question, go to them directly. 

In this instance, a lady had made a claim that Mohanji had fathered a child. She hadn’t spoken to him directly; it was via somebody else. And Mohanji, handling it head-on, said two things to the person sharing information. The first one was, quite rightly actually, “If that is the case, then why is that lady not speaking to the father of the child first? Why is she speaking to other people about it?” And the second one was: “If it’s my child, no problem, I’ll look after it.” So straight there and then, it’s faced head-on. 

I remembered that story in this situation that I had with my friend, who said, “It looks like you’ve joined a cult”. Normally in the past, I probably would have shied away from any confrontation. But I thought, “Okay, it’s time to face this one”. So, we exchanged some messages personally, and I said, “Yes, I’ve joined a cult, it’s a terrible one, look at all this activity we’re doing in the world. We have this platform, Early Birds Club, where we have adults, teens, and kids going through morning processes to better their lives. It’s horrendous; you really need to save me. We also have Ammucare, we have ACT Foundation, which is helping millions of people.” 

I just overflowed him with all these activities in a nice way because we have been friends for a long time. At the end of the conversation with him, he accepted it quite well, and we reconnected in private messages. It turned out that his wife had actually been taken by some sort of an organization, so he had this feeling. But once I explained the activities we were doing, he was very happy and turned around to be very supportive. 

It was a real lesson for me that when a situation arises, or when a problem arises, to face it head-on. You can’t run away from situations because then the problems don’t go away. 

So that’s the message for today. We’re now getting ready and preparing for the Sai Baba temple function, which is on the 25th, 26th, and 27th. It’s coming up soon. 

I hope you have a great day ahead and will speak to you very soon.

Day 74 Lesson – Reminder of grace 

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