By Christopher Greenwood
Day 85 Lesson – Mohanji arranges in silence
Yesterday we started another trip, and there are nine of us altogether. We were invited to visit the land, which will be offered to Mohanji for part of our activities. To make a trip out of it, as it’s some distance away, we decided to make a bit of a pilgrimage to visit some temples and powerful spots not too far away from Bangalore.
Yesterday, for me, was an example and a lesson of how Mohanji arranges everything that needs to be arranged, often even without asking. He does everything to bring things together for possibilities to happen for people. Some examples I shared of this were during the previous trip to Kerala when many people wanted to spend time with Mohanji, and through the circumstances, their plans were changed, so they were able to join us and serve in that capacity.
For example, one man really wanted to spend time with Mohanji. It was arranged that we were without a driver just for one day, and he happened to come, and he had a vehicle. So, he was our driver for the day. He was incredibly happy.
Another lady had planned to return earlier than planned, partway through the temple celebrations. Mohanji had said to her, “Well, why don’t you go back a few days later.” Obviously, she was wondering how that would happen, how to change the flights, the cost to pay for that, etc. But when she went to check her flight, it had been postponed. In the conversation with the airline, even though the new flight was more expensive, they agreed to change it at no cost. So, within a matter of minutes, everything was arranged.
For myself, this trip has been a personal example. Where we went yesterday was a temple called Kukke Subramanya. Subramanya is Lord Murugan or Skanda. This particular aspect is the snake version of the Lord. The temple is very famous for rituals that cleanse sarpa doshas or lineage karma issues.
Over a year ago, I joined Mohanji for the Mookambika trails pilgrimage. I had an inspiration to come a few days early. The opportunity opened up where a few people were going to Kukke Subramanya, so I agreed to join. It was me and a few others. We took part in a 2-3 day ritual, where you stay there, have food arranged, and perform poojas, which are really powerful at cleansing the lineage aspect of the karmic weight.
Mohanji shared before that our karmic makeup is one-third from our lineage – what we bring from our parents and their parents; one-third is our own individual karma, and one-third societal – from the countries and places we were born into. This is really big because that lineage aspect, what we’ve inherited, can really bog us down.
We performed the ceremony in the temple. Afterwards, we got an opportunity to pray to Kukke Lord and ask for anything that we wanted. There was a stipulation, or a mark of gratitude, where if that comes true, you have to return and perform a pooja which the priest describes. There are different types of poojas and ceremonies which are prescribed to you based on what you’ve asked for.
I was given a slip written in the Kannada language, so I didn’t understand what it was. Once your desire or wish comes true, you come back, and you’re meant to hand the slip in and do the pooja.
For a long time, I wondered how I was going to do this. Firstly, I’m from the UK. Then, this is India, and Kukke is not really on the beaten track. It’s not an easy place to get to. Nobody speaks English here, and I’m the only white person when I look around. That was in my mind.
Also, now that I’m travelling and spending more time with Mohanji, I was curious how I would ever get an opportunity to go back there. Plus, the Covid situation, how would it even be possible to go back there given all the restrictions on travel.
My personal experience is that Mohanji arranged everything for me; what I asked for came true, and within the year’s requirement of finishing it off, two days ago, he said that he would be coming here and that I should join too.
As I joined, I remembered the pooja which I needed to perform; the ceremony as a ‘thank you’ and as a closure of the whole ritual. I was able to send that to the person who arranged everything here because they speak the local language.
On the way to Kukke temple, we were delayed for a number of reasons. But again, as I’ve experienced travelling with Mohanji, everything is arranged with perfect timing. We arrived and had darshan of the idol straightaway. Also, we had called up in advance about what we needed to do for the pooja.
Once we finished with the parikrama of the temple, the priest who organized everything just came back with the prasad from my pooja, so we were able to take that, get on the bus, and travel to the next destination. Just like that, without asking and having that worry about how I would finish it, it was all taken care of for me. I am incredibly thankful for that experience and to Mohanji for arranging it.
Now we are in Mookambika and will be travelling north. I hope you have a good day and enjoy the experience of how when we’re connected to Mohanji, he knows what’s needed, and often things are arranged for us without our knowing or asking.