By Christopher Greenwood
Day 77 Lesson – “What are you doing for Earth?”
Good morning, everybody. I hope you’re doing well.
Yesterday was the final and third day of the seventh annual celebrations for the consecration of the Sai Baba temple in Palakkad. It was a really special event. Sulakhe Maharaj, the chief priest from Shirdi Sai temple, came to preside over the day’s rituals. It was great seeing him and Mohanji together because they have such a great connection. Obviously, both also have a very deep connection to Sai Baba.
In the morning, it started with a Maha Abhishekam: the ritual bathing of the Sai Baba idol. Around the idol, there was tangible energy, and I don’t usually feel energies. The most profound earlier experience of that was during our Acharya training in Serbia, when masters were present, even physically so. That was a very intense and powerful feeling for me. Yesterday was similar, which shows to me that Baba was probably there. That’s how I could feel it; there was intensity.
The ceremony was really beautiful; after Mohanji and the priest were finished, everyone had their turn to bathe Baba, take the blessings, and make their offerings. It was great to see Mohanji because once he finished his work, he went right at the back as a devotee, smiling from a distance, looking at everyone come past him and give their offering to Baba.
It was similar throughout the day because there were a few other rituals that took place. Then, there’s a room there where Mohanji sits, and people come to visit him. There’s a constant stream of people. Yesterday was busier than the previous days.
Although I can’t understand Malayalam, I can get a feel of what people are saying. Some people may have problems; some come for just a short blessing; others just do a pranam and leave. It’s a mixture.
Then there was a planned Satsang with Mohanji where he gave a discourse to everybody. After this, we travelled back to Mohanji’s parents’ home, where we rested a bit. Other people and devotees came there too, so it was like an informal Satsang, where people either ask their private questions, or Mohanji speaks to everybody.
And whilst I’m here, I’m also busy doing the other work which is pending. So, in between serving people and being on hand for Mohanji, wherever I can get 5-10 minutes, I do a bit of work while listening as well. It’s multitasking, really, which is not the most focused way to get work done, but it’s the only possible way when travelling because it’s back-to-back activities and meetings.
One of the conversations that caught my attention yesterday was something that I’ve heard Mohanji speak about before, but yesterday, there seemed to be a different intensity. There was also a shift in his general state yesterday; it was much more intense after all the rituals. It was a simple question that caught my attention and stopped me from doing my work: “What are you doing for Earth?” The way he said it was profound. He continued it in the Satsang, and I thought it was an interesting perspective that I wanted to share.
I was contemplating it again this morning, and it’s quite deep for me, from how I was living my life before and what I’m doing now. Mohanji said, “What right do people really have to complain if they’re not doing anything for the Earth; if they’re just consuming, eating, drinking, leaving their waste, and also disturbing the habitat for many other people?”
He used the example of a nature area close to here. People wanted to build a home, and when they started digging, they realised it was actually a sanctuary for snakes; there were hundreds of snakes living there. He said that mothers with children and fathers also killed them all, completely destroyed them, and built houses. After this, they encountered many types of problems in life, with health, with cancer, all this type of thing.
So, the question that he asked is: “What are you doing for Earth? Why should Earth support you?” In that way, he was speaking that many people come to a Guru like to a plumber; when there’s a problem, when there are some leaky pipes, when there’s a flood or something else that’s gone wrong, they’re expecting a quick fix.
As people might have their own situations and problems, he was just asking the question openly: “In the past ten years, what have you done to give food to hungry people? In the past ten years, what have you done to be kind? What has been your contribution? What are you doing for the Earth?”
For me, the intensity really stuck. Mohanji emphasised how many people are looking for grace and blessings, but how will the light come in if their windows and doors aren’t open? I think that this is why he sets things quite simple for us, especially with the Act4Hunger platform, where people can serve all four types of beings on Earth. The four categories of beings correspond to four elements of the body as well: beings of the air – birds; beings of the land – all the animals of the Earth; beings of the water – fishes, tortoises; and human beings as well: the sick, the elderly, women, children.
All these platforms are there for people to be able to give something to the world. So, the question, “What are you doing for Earth?” really stuck with me. And that’s what I wanted to share today in this message.
Also, just to give you an overview of how it concluded yesterday. There was a ceremony proceeding, and Mohanji came and gave the final offerings of the day. Then in the evening, we went back to the temple. I didn’t expect this and thought it would be a quick visit. But then the small Sai Baba idol was taken out, and it was put in procession around the temple grounds. It was a festive atmosphere with big drums, music, and chanting. Once all that had concluded, Sulakhe Maharaj came back with Mohanji to Amma and Achan’s house. Every year they do this; he does a Pooja and Aarti here in the small pooja room to conclude the day.
I hope you have a great day ahead and will speak to you very soon.