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Seeking Spiritual Evolution? Just Gaze At Cows!

by Mohanji

I would like to narrate a fictional story to highlight how even a simple trigger can launch a seeker on the spiritual path to attain the highest. The story below is narrated in the first person by a disciple of a powerful Master who lived in India a few centuries ago relating certain interesting events from his life. So without much ado, here it goes.

My Master was a wandering monk who never cared about any of his identities and corresponding details such as date of birth, place of birth, name and stature. Many people followed him in his seemingly aimless journeys – some out of curiosity, some out of faith. He never stayed at one place for more than 3 nights and, irrespective of the climate, he always continued his journeys without fail.

Once a middle-aged person named Ramappa joined our entourage while we walked with the Master. Master did not have the habit of acknowledging, welcoming or receiving anybody who chose to join him. He probably did not even notice.

Master did not like conversations. We had seen Master gaze at cows and other animals intently for hours. In fact, he observed animals with more attention than he ever looked at people. We used to whisper amongst ourselves that Master was blessing them through his eyes. About a week after Ramappa joined us, he went close to the Master who was once again watching a herd of cows grazing in a field. Ramappa said, “Master, my life’s desire is to evolve spiritually. Bless me and help me.” Master did not respond. After a few minutes, he said, “Watch and witness cows.” That was it. He said nothing else. Master got up and walked away at a rapid pace. We rushed to catch up with Master, while Ramappa sat down to follow the Master’s suggestion – gaze at cows.

After this brief encounter, I didn’t see Ramappa again until several years after Master’s demise. Once I was returning to my abode with a few companions after my annual dips in the river Ganges during Kumbh Mela (the largest peaceful gathering in the world held at one of 4 locations every 3 years). I happened to spend the night at an ashram that hosted us with kindness and elegance. After dinner, I attended the discourse given by the chief of the ashram to his disciples. He said:

“Master asked me to observe cows and walked away. (This is when I felt he could be Ramappa.) I considered this as an initiation. And so, I sat at the same place that Master had been seated and began my practice. I did this one practice every single day.

In the beginning, I could only see the physical bodies of the cows and their seemingly monotonous activity. Within a few days however, I could recognise every cow grazing in that field. Soon, I started noticing their individual characteristics and the differences between them. I perceived the behavioural differences, mannerisms and the apparent hierarchies.

The cows were never in a hurry. They were forever peaceful and patient. The cows seemed to have neither anxiety about the future nor any visible regrets about the past. They ate only what they needed. They accepted their surroundings and realities without complaints. They were tolerant. They never complained about rain or sunshine. They were consistent in their actions. In fact, they did not utter a single unnecessary sound. They never got bored with the environment. I learned many things from them: concentration, acceptance, consistency, commitment, stability, peacefulness, stillness and an existence without comparisons, complaints or anxiety. I realised that spiritual evolution also needs these qualities. Heightened spiritual awareness is itself only a stillness of the mind. And these animals taught me that.

Day and night, I sat near that grazing ground and as these gentle beings wandered, I shadowed them. They became my Masters and taught me the deep secrets of life. I finally understood why my Master stared at animals he was witnessing the higher states of beingness that nature exhibits in every leaf, tree and animal. One day, I realised that the cows followed the sun and ate only between dawn and dusk. So I surrendered myself to the sun and the sun too became my Master.” 

The Lesson on Awareness

By this time, the above narrative convinced me that the chief of the ashram was none other than Ramappa and he was referring to my Master. I realized that in his usual unassuming and unorthodox manner, my Master had taught Ramappa (and through Ramappa, all of us) one important technique – practicing awareness. Masters typically initiate their disciples into complex rituals and meditations to reach higher levels of spiritual evolution. But my Master had taught awareness through mere observation of cows! He had bestowed the means for enlightenment upon Ramappa through an apparently casual sentence that, in reality, was a piercing command. As Ramappa had explained, cows have no prejudices or fears.  They were always in the present, completely in sync and in acceptance of their body and surroundings. This is an important lesson in spirituality: Being in the NOW! Being in awareness! This is the space between contemplation and meditation.

When Ramappa paused in his narration, I introduced myself and told the audience that I had witnessed this incident. Ramappa and I embraced with tears of joy. I told him, “Ramappa, I am so happy to see that you not only have evolved spiritually as per your wish, but are also imparting the unorthodox methods of our Master to your students. You are keeping his memory alive.” 

Not many understood our Master because he had hardly expressed himself. His life was his message. If people did not understand his life, they did not understand his message also. I have always observed his habit of observing animals keenly. He spent lots of time doing just that. He often forgot his own body, time, hunger, weather and sat watching animals and birds. Now after Ramappa’s narration, I got a clear insight as to why he was observing them as well as what he was seeing with such interest. He was teaching us the greatest of philosophies, that of acceptance and surrender.

With Love,

Mohanji

About Mohanji

He calls himself an ordinary man. It is little wonder then that different people connect to this globally respected spiritual leader and philanthropist in different ways. While some feel he is a mystic whose presence turns them inwards and creates rapid transformation in their consciousness, others feel completely at ease around him due to his seeming ordinariness. “True mastery is the mastery of one’s own mind,” says Mohanji, who maintains that one can continue to evolve spiritually, while simultaneously living and experiencing everyday life.

Mohanji works selflessly to spread sacred meditations, initiations and knowledge to all those who are ready to implement them in their lives. As a spiritual teacher, those seeking to connect with him are guided to walk along the path of awareness. He guides his followers to disentangle from daily challenges and experience a harmonious life. Being the consummate family man and a former senior corporate leader, he perfectly understands the need to blend spirituality into every aspect of one’s lifestyle – personal, family, work, etc.

The core essence of Mohanji’s personality can be defined in terms of five H’s:

Harmony – Harmony with all beings in thought, word and deed;

Honesty – Straightforward and sincere in all ways;

Humility – Simple and humble, he relates to everyone in equal measure;

Hard work – Tireless and ever ready to serve;

Humor – Bubbling with joy and inner happiness, he conveys profound truths in an engaging way.

Mohanji’s teachings resonate with simplicity and practicality. The core of his teaching is liberation from all bindings, concepts and habits of life. He emphasizes purity, faith, unconditional love and selfless service towards fellow beings across species. His teachings are simple and universal, not tailored to any specific religion or nationality. His definition of value is based on what value one adds to the world.

To him, spirituality is a lifestyle based on peace and harmony. He has provided inspiration for Ahimsa Vegan restaurants, Vegan First (India’s first web portal for vegans), Ahimsa Wear cruelty-free apparel, and other initiatives to create a cruelty free world. He is also a permanent invitee to the Peace Pledge Project (https://peacepledgeproject.org/), which brings together spiritual leaders from around the world to promote peace across the world.

His followers are spread through 50+ countries around the world across all continents.

www.mohanji.org | www.facebook.com/mohanjiofficial | info@mohanji.org




Life Is a Soccer Match

by Mohanji

With the FIFA World Cup starting next week, let us understand life in comparison to a soccer match. There are two teams in soccer, each aiming to kick the ball into the opposite goal post. The opposing team, cheered on by its fans, will aim to score a goal and try to block you from scoring. But if you are skillful and in peak form, you can slam the ball into the goal and successfully defend your own goal post.

Similarly, in the game of life, you must prevent the entry of negative influences through thoughts, words and actions into the goal posts of your body, mind and intellect. You need to filter out the negative (opposing team) and let in the positive (own players) thoughts, good words and virtuous actions. You also have to maintain your positivity and goodness (skill and form) all throughout life to its fulfilling end.

You Need Two Teams to Play the Match

Please remember obstacles and obstructions are just your tests. If you are on the field, your job is to score a goal. But you cannot play a match with zero members in the opposition. There must be two teams – the positive and the negative. Don’t expect an open ground without obstructions so you can keep on scoring goals. Then there’s no game and no fun. So please understand this is how life is and don’t be perturbed.

Every Match Has Its Spectators

Some people choose to remain on the sidelines and just comment and critique the players, goals, activities, etc. This is expected.

In life, many spectators will just pass judgments and comments on you and your actions. But you must continue to do what you have to and be good at what you do. This means maintaining a strong defense on the field, while dribbling the ball all the way to the opposite goal post.

In spirituality, the goal post is equivalent to inner silence, i.e., the silence of the mind. The deeper you go in silence, the less you are affected by the world outside. The world will always have a variety of inputs, but you will be impacted only if you are vulnerable or permit things to enter your psyche and affect you.

A Team Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Player

Indeed, it’s important that you safeguard yourself as best as you can from all negative influences. A single doubt can derail the journey. Self-doubt is the worst doubt – if a player does not believe in his capabilities, he cannot take the ball forward. All players should believe that they can perform well and support each other as a team. But for the team to click, every player should first have faith in himself. Likewise, you should first have intense conviction in your ability to achieve your goals and then execute your tasks.

Cricket offers a similar analogy: the aim of every bowler is to get the batsman out. The aim of every batsman is to score more runs. Similarly, you will face an opposition when you attempt anything. Their aim is to bowl you out of the match. Your job is to score nevertheless. When you have to defend – defend! When you have to hit the ball out of the park – go for it! A sound batsman knows that every incoming ball has the potential to bowl him out. Similarly, you could be thwarted by the very next obstacle. Just stay in the game and play on!

You Have to Sustain Your Performance for the Entire Match

Many people start with great enthusiasm and go through the motions for a certain time. But when something comes along, they get deviated and don’t return. It’s no one’s loss but theirs. If you deviate from your spiritual journey or get caught up with inconsequential worldly affairs, you lose the opportunity and waste time.

So, do not take this life for granted. Use it well to attain the highest silence by increasing your awareness, remaining steadfast on your path and eschewing judgments, comparisons and worldly dramas. This is the best you can do with any lifetime. Remaining steadfast on your path also means detachment from trivial desires. The fewer desires you have, the lighter you become.

To summarize, if you look at life like a soccer match, you must play the game with consistency and skill until the final whistle; else the hostile crowd and the opposing team will not let you win. Focus on yourself, practice harder, have confidence and then shoot for the goal! I wish you all the success.

With Love,

Mohanji

About Mohanji

He calls himself an ordinary man. It is little wonder then that different people connect to this globally respected spiritual leader and philanthropist in different ways. While some feel he is a mystic whose presence turns them inwards and creates rapid transformation in their consciousness, others feel completely at ease around him due to his seeming ordinariness. “True mastery is the mastery of one’s own mind,” says Mohanji, who maintains that one can continue to evolve spiritually, while simultaneously living and experiencing everyday life.

Mohanji works selflessly to spread sacred meditations, initiations and knowledge to all those who are ready to implement them in their lives. As a spiritual teacher, those seeking to connect with him are guided to walk along the path of awareness. He guides his followers to disentangle from daily challenges and experience a harmonious life. Being the consummate family man and a former senior corporate leader, he perfectly understands the need to blend spirituality into every aspect of one’s lifestyle – personal, family, work, etc.

The core essence of Mohanji’s personality can be defined in terms of five H’s:

Harmony – Harmony with all beings in thought, word and deed;

Honesty – Straightforward and sincere in all ways;

Humility – Simple and humble, he relates to everyone in equal measure;

Hard work – Tireless and ever ready to serve;

Humor – Bubbling with joy and inner happiness, he conveys profound truths in an engaging way.

Mohanji’s teachings resonate with simplicity and practicality. The core of his teaching is liberation from all bindings, concepts and habits of life. He emphasizes purity, faith, unconditional love and selfless service towards fellow beings across species. His teachings are simple and universal, not tailored to any specific religion or nationality. His definition of value is based on what value one adds to the world.

To him, spirituality is a lifestyle based on peace and harmony. He has provided inspiration for Ahimsa Vegan restaurants, Vegan First (India’s first web portal for vegans), Ahimsa Wear cruelty-free apparel, and other initiatives to create a cruelty free world. He is also a permanent invitee to the Peace Pledge Project (https://peacepledgeproject.org/), which brings together spiritual leaders from around the world to promote peace across the world.

His followers are spread through 50+ countries around the world across all continents.

www.mohanji.org | www.facebook.com/mohanjiofficial | info@mohanji.org




Feed Your Way To Liberation

By Mohanji

The Debt of Existence

Our lives should be governed by Dharma (the duties of righteous living). Our primary dharma is towards our own family. By taking care of them, we pay the debt for being brought into existence. Our second dharma is towards society – doing something for others. Through this, we pay our debt to Mother Earth, for occupying the space and experiencing life. In India, it is said that your soul will keep reincarnating on Earth till the debt is paid in full. If you rent a house, stay there and leave without paying the rent, someone will come after you to collect the rent. In this case, it’s Mother Earth catching you and bringing you back.  This is why most religions talk about selfless service as purification. Even elevated souls cannot escape the cycle of life and death without paying this debt. For this very purpose, the great ancient Indian Master, Adi Shankara, asked all the saints meditating in Himalayas to come down into society during the Kumbh Mela (the largest peaceful gathering in the world held at one of 4 locations every 3 years) and distribute their energy to others as a service.

How to Pay the Debt

You can repay this debt by helping the helpless. However, our acts of kindness should not be restricted to humans but should extend to all beings. The tapestry of existence is woven with the beautiful threads of all the species, each one bringing it’s own unique beauty to the fabric of life. Every being has an equal right to exist on Mother Earth and, consequently, every being has the right to be the beneficiary of our selfless service. Do understand that every being feels hunger the same way. Further, all species are interconnected through a mutual symbiotic energy exchange that provides us benefits for services rendered.

Whom to Pay

There are broadly five classes of beings that can help you in most situations of your life:

  1. Insects (butterflies, honeybees, ants, etc.)
  2. Fish
  3. Birds
  4. Animals like lizards, squirrels, etc.
  5. Stray domesticated animals like cows, bulls, goats, cats, dogs, etc.

The first two categories of beings are neither aware nor capable of expressing gratitude. The next two categories are somewhat aware but cannot express gratitude. The last category of beings is both aware and can express gratitude. By the way, I am referring to feeding wild or free animals – not creatures in cages or fish tanks.

Similarly among human beings, there is a suggested order of priority for feeding:

  1. Old, sick or physically/mentally challenged
  2. Abandoned children: Labeling them as a separate category to emphasize their plight because they are almost as helpless as the above category
  3. Women
  4. Everyone else

What Are the Benefits?

When you serve a being, you are bestowed with the positive constitution of that being. For example, fish are connected to movement and smooth flow. Feeding fish thus unblocks hurdles and brings harmony and fluency to life. Birds are associated with flight, elevation and lightness of being. Hence, feeding birds is recommended to ward off depression. You will feel light, protected and stable when you feed and protect them. Dogs and cats are associated with loyalty and stability. In India, cows are reputed to absorb negative influences and thus protect the house of their owner.

Other benefits include marital harmony, loyalty, sense of purpose and relief from heavy emotions, blockages, obstacles, pain (emotional and physical), negative effects of planetary conditions, etc. In some cultures, feeding beings is even said to reduce the negative effects of wrongdoings committed by the ancestors. If the ancestors had performed good deeds, it helps the coming generations. Unfortunately, most lives are confined to eating, drinking, sleeping and then death! We don’t do anything substantial or selfless for the world. This has a stagnating effect on the whole family and the residue stays on for generations.

What You Can Do

Make one decision: “I will give back to Mother Earth much more than I take from it.” This is the only decision you need to make. Once you do that, love grows within you, bringing grace in abundance. The more selfless you become, the more grace there will be. Everything will come to you. When people ask me, “Mohanji, what can we do for you?” I always say, “Feed the birds, fish, creatures, animals and people. That is the highest you can do for yourself and for Mother Earth.” I have found this practical yet powerful and very effective.

Leave some sugar syrup or jaggery (preferably in a biodegradable container like a coconut shell or an earthen pot) for ants, insects, etc. Leave some water and grains for the birds. Feed stray animals in your area. You can buy a few packets of biscuits or some packed lunchboxes and distribute to needy people in your area.

You cannot really control what category of person or animal consumes your offering. So you can, of course, feed a combination of beings. But when you feed people, be careful to avoid dependency among the recipients. Your food charity should empower the recipients. The recipients should not start thinking, “Why should I work? I am being fed anyway!”

Our selfless service need not be elaborate. When a poor person is hungry, offer food or buy water – perform spontaneous acts. You do not have to distribute food to a hundred people. You could if you desire to, but that is not asked for. Do what you can for the world, according to your capacity. This will keep you liberated.

With Love,

Mohanji

About Mohanji

He calls himself an ordinary man. It is little wonder then that different people connect to this globally respected spiritual leader and philanthropist in different ways. While some feel he is a mystic whose presence turns them inwards and creates rapid transformation in their consciousness, others feel completely at ease around him due to his seeming ordinariness. “True mastery is the mastery of one’s own mind,” says Mohanji, who maintains that one can continue to evolve spiritually, while simultaneously living and experiencing everyday life.

Mohanji works selflessly to spread sacred meditations, initiations and knowledge to all those who are ready to implement them in their lives. As a spiritual teacher, those seeking to connect with him are guided to walk along the path of awareness. He guides his followers to disentangle from daily challenges and experience a harmonious life. Being the consummate family man and a former senior corporate leader, he perfectly understands the need to blend spirituality into every aspect of one’s lifestyle – personal, family, work, etc.

The core essence of Mohanji’s personality can be defined in terms of five H’s:

Harmony – Harmony with all beings in thought, word and deed;

Honesty – Straightforward and sincere in all ways;

Humility – Simple and humble, he relates to everyone in equal measure;

Hard work – Tireless and ever ready to serve;

Humor – Bubbling with joy and inner happiness, he conveys profound truths in an engaging way.

Mohanji’s teachings resonate with simplicity and practicality. The core of his teaching is liberation from all bindings, concepts and habits of life. He emphasizes purity, faith, unconditional love and selfless service towards fellow beings across species. His teachings are simple and universal, not tailored to any specific religion or nationality. His definition of value is based on what value one adds to the world.

To him, spirituality is a lifestyle based on peace and harmony. He has provided inspiration for Ahimsa Vegan restaurants, Vegan First (India’s first web portal for vegans), Ahimsa Wear cruelty-free apparel, and other initiatives to create a cruelty free world. He is also a permanent invitee to the Peace Pledge Project (https://peacepledgeproject.org/), which brings together spiritual leaders from around the world to promote peace across the world.

His followers are spread through 50+ countries around the world across all continents.

www.mohanji.org | www.facebook.com/mohanjiofficial | info@mohanji.org




Finding the Seat of Peacefulness and Silence

By Mohanji

Only Two Ways to Interact with Society

We have only two choices in interacting with society and situations:

  1. To react, or
  2. To respond.

Reaction is a steadfast companion of emotions. It always originates with an emotion. When you are agitated or someone abuses you, you react. The intellect becomes blurred or inactive at the time of a reaction. Therefore, you regret your anger later, since the intellect was not there to control it.

However, when you respond, the intellect springs into action. Emotions do not circulate and play havoc. Responses thus have longevity. In contrast, reactions have a short life yet result in catastrophes and regrets in life.

When a person is in a reactive mode all the time, life suffers. The reactive mode causes guilt and leads to several calamities. All this needs to be understood and then observed.

Tackle Your Mind through Observation

When you express something, observe. Observe your thought, word and action. For example, when you get angry, you do express anger; so that the other person understands. Express anger, but do not get emotionally involved with it. If a child is sick and refuses to take medicine, his/her mother gets angry and says, “I will not give you sweets if you do not take the medicine!” Here, the mother is not really angry with the child; she expresses it out of love.  At the same time, if she were to become emotional about it, or behave in an authoritative manner, the mother-child relationship would get strained.

Anger, ego, hatred – everything can be tackled only through observation, clarity and awareness. Even the mind can be tackled through observation. The nature of the mind is to be restless. You cannot do anything about it. That is the way you are born.

So when the nature of the mind is to be restless, allow it to be restless. At the same time, observe and be detached from it. When you watch how your mind functions for a while, the mind will stop functioning. Don’t try to bring the mind back; just be aware of how it operates. When you try to bring the mind back, the mind will be happy because it is at work again through a back-door entry. So, witness the mind as-is, without doing anything. For example, “Ok, the mind is playing this game; the mind is projecting that scenario.”

The mind is fine the way it is. At the same time, understand that you are not the mind, body or intellect, but something well beyond these. Eventually, the gap between thoughts becomes longer. The empty space expands. That is the seat of peacefulness and silence. That becomes you and your character.

Liberation and Its Tell-Tale Signs

With the transformation of your character, your expressions change.  You operate with peace in society. This attracts people to you.

When you need something, it annihilates peace to a certain extent. When you need nothing, peace happens within and expressions of inner peace manifest outside. You then operate with unconditional love. You will love for the sake of love, and not out of any desire. You will not need anything from anybody. When that happens, you are liberated. All thoughts, words and actions based on unconditional love are liberation.

Otherwise, the vicious cycle continues as there is so much pending activity! As an analogy: if you are tired of today’s work in the office, you have to come back tomorrow and finish it! Nobody else will help you.

Even knowledge can drag you down. Knowledge or wisdom is not a burden, provided it is useful for your further journey. If knowledge is a key to open a door, it is good. Knowledge is a burden if it becomes intellectual weight. If you are using knowledge to “show off” in front of others, or to express your ego, it is a burden for you. No one is satisfied with ego. “In the feast of the ego, everyone goes home hungry.” Almost everyone lives this way!

Understand, observe and detach!

With Love,

Mohanji

About the Author

Mohanji is a globally respected spiritual leader and philanthropist whose presence simply turns one inwards. “True mastery is the mastery of one’s own mind” says Mohanji. He guides people to free themselves from the bindings of the mind towards a liberated existence by walking along the path of awareness. He maintains that one can continue to evolve spiritually, while simultaneously living and experiencing a life of a normal, everyday person. To him, spirituality is a lifestyle based on peace and harmony.

Purity, faith, unconditional love and selfless service towards fellow beings are the pillars of Mohanji’s tradition. His teachings are simple and universal, not tailored to any specific religion or nationality.

He founded the Mohanji Foundation, an organization dedicated to spreading inter-faith understanding globally, which guides people to live a life filled with awareness and love, beyond boundaries of country, religion, race, color or creed.

Mohanji also founded ACT Foundation a global charity based in USA, South Africa, Macedonia, Serbia, UK, etc. (www.ammucare.org & www.actfoundation.org) – that are engaged in selfless service to people across the globe in the areas of food, clothing, shelter and livelihood.

Finally, he founded the Mohanji Youth Club, a global network whose mission is to empower youth from all walks of life to live a positive, ethical and purposeful life.

Mohanji is a permanent invitee to the Peace Pledge Project, which brings together spiritual leaders to promote peace across the world.




Acceptance – The First Step To Inner Peace

By Mohanji

Accepting Change Gracefully

Many people look in the mirror several times a day and seek to reassure themselves of their own image! If the image fits their expectation and they like what they see, life is good. But if there is a change, such as an odd wrinkle or a grey strand of hair, what happens? This is tantamount to the annihilation of some image. When that annihilation happens, some people just go haywire.

It is human nature to resist old age. Of course, you need to look elegant and presentable. But overattachment to anything is detrimental. How dependent are you on your own image? Soon you get frustrated by various geriatric problems. The changes may not be graceful; they may even be forced. Accepting the changes without judging them is the key.

Accepting What Society has to Offer

Often, society dictates norms and we obey. Society decides that a 20-year old must have a boyfriend or a girlfriend or should get married, and you inherit that. It is apparently your responsibility to practice it! At no point do you think, “Why shouldn’t I be different?”

We get a lot of feedback from the society. People tell me, too, “Mohanji you should look like this, walk like this or talk like this.” I always say this is how I am. While people will tell you what to do, what to feel, what to believe in – at the end of the day, it is YOU who are experiencing. Please remember, YOU are important. You cannot buy everything that others offer. If others give you love, take it. Give more love back. If you sow more love in the ground, you can reap a lot more love.

We all have a choice to be unhappy, but if you spread happiness, it comes back to you. On the street, you hardly see faces, you can just see the weight on everyone’s shoulders. I always wonder why people are so heavy. When you can smile without any reason, it means you are light inside. You have the right and the power to smile.

Walking Alone

It’s easier to be different when you walk alone. As a child, a relative once asked me, “What would you like to do when you grow up?” I replied, “I’d like to be alone.” He got offended! Perhaps he couldn’t comprehend a scenario where one would love to be alone.

However, the choice of being alone should not be escapism. For example, “I am not able to get friends so I want to be alone.” Choosing to be alone with full integrity and strength for the sake of subtlety bestows you power. This involves pulling away from the senses and gross body, and connecting to the level of the soul.

This is when people get attracted to you, whether you want it or not – because your strength is much higher than that of an average person. The dissipation of energy is much less in you.

Energy is dissipated through the senses and the mind. It gets dissipated through oscillations of thoughts between your past and future, i.e., guilt about the past and anxiety about the future. These tendencies are painful and result in cravings. Cravings create emotions and create a vicious cycle.

Living in the Present

You have only the present to work with. Nothing else. The future does not exist if the present does not exist. That is why all the Masters always point their finger to the present and say, “There is only now.” If you are in the present all the time, then there is no need of meditation or Gurus; you can Just Be.

This is theoretically easy to understand. But it is difficult to implement because there will be always someone who gives you anxiety about the future with the question, “What will you do after 10 years?”  That’s our nature. Let’s accept it. Only through acceptance can we correct it.

Acceptance of what life brings us is a powerful way to transform our inner experience and that transforms our lives!

With Love,

Mohanji

About the Author

Mohanji is a globally respected spiritual leader and philanthropist whose presence simply turns one inwards. “True mastery is the mastery of one’s own mind” says Mohanji. He guides people to free themselves from the bindings of the mind towards a liberated existence by walking along the path of awareness. He maintains that one can continue to evolve spiritually, while simultaneously living and experiencing a life of a normal, everyday person. To him, spirituality is a lifestyle based on peace and harmony.

Purity, faith, unconditional love and selfless service towards fellow beings are the pillars of Mohanji’s tradition. His teachings are simple and universal, not tailored to any specific religion or nationality.

He founded the Mohanji Foundation, an organization dedicated to spreading inter-faith understanding globally, which guides people to live a life filled with awareness and love, beyond boundaries of country, religion, race, color or creed.

Mohanji also founded ACT Foundation a global charity based in USA, South Africa, Macedonia, Serbia, UK, etc. (www.ammucare.org & www.actfoundation.org) – that are engaged in selfless service to people across the globe in the areas of food, clothing, shelter and livelihood.

Finally, he founded the Mohanji Youth Club, a global network whose mission is to empower youth from all walks of life to live a positive, ethical and purposeful life.

Mohanji is a permanent invitee to the Peace Pledge Project, which brings together spiritual leaders to promote peace across the world.