dear associates in the path,
My salutations at the holy feet of the lovers of
It is as a part of spiritual duty that we
assemble every year on the auspicious day of Basanth
Panchami which is glorified by the descent of Pujya
Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj of Fatehgarh to further
consolidate our spiritual status as Murads totally
dedicated to the service of Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj
of Shahjahanpur. Our beloved Master has stated that
his master has taken the incarnation at a time when
the world was in turmoil and when” Solid materialism
had taken the place of fine spiritualism. Dark
clouds of ignorance were hovering all over; yogic
transmission had become quite foreign to us. At this
state when spirituality was urgently needed to set
things right for the upliftment of mind.’’
Every aspirant knows that searching for the inner
and outer peace is a daunting task. We all adopt the
procedures and methods given to us by the great
Master to achieve this state of consciousness in
which our entire being lives and moves in
spirituality. One of the methods that we adopt to
achieve this state, is meditation on the divine
light without luminosity in the heart. It is the
common complaint of all those who practice
meditation that the invasion of thoughts never seems
to get reduced and the goal of having peace seems to
move away from them and they feel like being thrown
in a storm of thoughts.
Just as a storm in the atmosphere of the earth is
born of conflicting fronts of different temperatures
colliding with one another, so too we realize that
there are conflicting forces within us that form a
mental or emotional storm. We have understood that
our planes of living which varies from Annamaya to
Anandamaya Kosas are the causes of these conflicting
forces in us. Therefore our task is to become
conscious of these unseen forces that dwell in the
unenlightened parts of us. As we move in the path
the Viveka dawns and the understanding that no
disturbance can remain within us without our
granting it the force it needs to sustain its fury,
and we realize that we have at our disposal two
great powers. Our faith and confidence to realise is
one and the other is the force of Pranahuti. Thus we
find that we are empowered to dismiss storms when
they appear in our psychic system and, with time and
practice, we learn to dismiss these disturbances
before they begin.
Analysing these invisible conflicting forces at
work within us we recognize that all the storms in
our lives share a common cause. Each storm, large or
small, centers around the feeling that something is
happening to us which we do not want to happen. The
conflicts rise in us because of our unconscious
resistance to something that has already happened.
Whenever we face an unwanted event and find
ourselves feeling nothing but resistance, we can
discover that this stress-mess is made from our
insistence that this should not have happened. This
is how we feel when we recall past mistakes,
painfully reliving how we fell down and we are sure
that whatever that error may have been, it should
not have taken place. We feel it is natural for us
to go along with the feeling of not wanting what we
are powerless to change. This is a strange struggle
put forward by our indisciplined mind and it is
almost similar to wrestling with mental ghosts. An
aspirant with faith in himself and the Master
realises, of course after sufficient suffering that
once something has happened in our life that moment
is over and it is gone for ever out of our control.
The mischief of the unclean mind is to make us
believe that which no longer exists to be here and
now. The natural question that arises now is ‘how
can something from our own past feel as real and as
alive as it does to us in the present moment?’
It is informed to us by the scientists that
within our mind lingers an untold number of
chemically and electrically stored images of the way
things were. These mental pictures include complete
scenes of every experience past, as well as
pleasurable or frightening images of what is yet to
come. And these same images are secret storehouses
of all the sensations that accompanied them in the
moment of their creation. Each one is laden with its
original emotional content that pours into us each
time we revisit them. The problem we know has been
dealt very precisely in the article ‘Problem and its
solution’ by Rev. Babuji Maharaj. The more we are
drawn into these flooding considerations, the more
we suffer. And the more unwanted this painful
experience becomes, the more we unconsciously resist
our mounting turmoil until we are caught in a
full-blown storm. A seemingly harmless thought,
which we turn over in our mind, thus becomes a
tornado. This problem has been discussed by the
Master in his Commentary on the Fourth Commandment
graphically citing a story of a person who got
infatuated with a woman called Jamila.
The only reason we ever find ourselves to be
caught in a psychological storm is we have been
drawn, without knowing it, into identifying and
actually merging with the mental images from our
past. These images are pre-loaded with punishing
thoughts and feelings that flood into us the instant
we identify with them. As the invisible, but
psychically palpable blows from these painful
memories pour through on us, we are unconsciously
moved to try and resist them. All this makes us feel
as though we are trapped in a storm about which we
can do nothing other than try to escape its lashing.
With faith in ourselves and the method and the
help we receive from Pranahuti it would be possible
to be on our own and not identify with the thoughts
and thoughts patterns. The purification process
prescribed by the Master, it is the considered
opinion of all those who practice them, is the mind
gets cleared off all its conflicts and warring
tendencies. Then we need never again endure the
pounding of such negative states and there will be
no storm of mental torment or dark, emotional
suffering. Any wave of resentment, anxiety, or fear
that comes to wash us away is nothing more than a
kind of psychic residue left over from what we were
once. Not only do these negative states have nothing
in common with our True Nature, but they cannot
enter into the living Now where the Pranasya Pranah
lives within as higher consciousness.
This same truth is realised that we cannot be
punished by any painful storm when we are grounded
in the present moment. The reason for this perfect
protection is as pure as it is simple: the support
of the Master to our faith in ourselves and the
methods. Mental storms that are negative are
powerless to push their divisive and destructive
forces into the spiritual harbour where our ship is
deeply anchored in the Ocean of Blessing Splendour
of the Master.
Learning to dismiss the storms that sink our
chances to be happy demands on our part dedicated
practice and total submission to the will of the
divine. When we realise our true nature of being
Pure Consciousness and Pure Thought which is there
always and through dedicated and single pointed
orientation to be happy all the time we will be
dwelling in the realms beyond the self wrecking
storms. We are thus entering the area that is
governed by the principle of Karma or in modern day
parlance cause and effect.
One may wonder what has thought to do with this.
The principle on which the whole of Raja Yoga is
based is on this Pure Thought or Consciousness.
Since thought has no apparent measurable physical
structure, it is considered to be spiritual. We
cannot see it, smell it, touch it, taste it, or even
feel it, but we know it exists. It exists only as a
vibration a fact that is endorsed by all the
aspirants who receive Pranahuti as an aid to their
sadhana. Everything in the Universe is governed by
the principle of attraction or repulsion. We know
that vibrations that are of a particular frequency
and intensity attract to themselves alike
vibrations, to bring into the physical world the
result of the initial seed that was planted namely
thought. A brilliant presentation of this fact is
what we find our beloved Babuji’s commentary on
Commandment One. This principle is the basic logic
of Pranahuti- a thought in seed form sown into the
Psyche of the aspirant with the main purpose of
Thus we understand that our thought seed grows
according to whatever we feed to it or nurture it
with. The thought can only produce an outcome that
is in relation to, and correlated with the seed that
is planted. If our thought seed consists of fear,
anxiety and doubt, it is obvious that we will
receive fearful, anxious, and doubtful results. By
nurturing the original thought seed with healthy,
concise, focused, and positive elements, it produces
healthy, positive and fulfilling relationships.
Viewed from this background we find the Commandments
of the Master are an imperative to spiritual living.
The only thing that we have to do is to nurture
those seeds with correct thought and allow the
incredible, unfailing and unwavering power of the
Pranahuti to embrace us to get the exact results
that we desire. Thus we arrive at a clear
understanding that whatever acts we perform are
subject to a precise reaction or process of Cause
and Effect. We can then make a conscious choice as
to what thoughts we think and which actions we take
or not take, and limit them to only those which will
produce what we want into our life. It is but
natural and simple to know that we can choose only
such action as may lead us to our goal and not those
that detract us from the goal.
Our mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work
unless it is open. Closed minds do not realize the
Truth and it is only the disciplined mind that can
choose correct and proper action on any given
situation. I with your permission would like to
bring to your kind attention some passages from the
scriptures and noble souls to stress the point.
i) When one lacks discrimination
And his mind is undisciplined, the senses
Run hither and thither like wild horses.
But they obey the rein like trained horses
When one has discrimination and has made
The mind one-pointed. Those who lack
Discrimination, with little control
Over their thoughts and far from pure,
Reach not the pure state of immortality
But wander from death to death; but those
Who have discrimination, with a balanced mind
And a pure heart, reach journey's end,
Never again to fall into the jaws of death.
With a discriminating intellect
As charioteer and a trained mind as reins,
They attain the supreme goal of life
To be united with the Lord of Love.
ii) Those who act without thought of personal
Profit and lead a well-disciplined life
Discover in course of time the divine principle
That all forms of life are one.
Those who work in the service of the Lord
Are freed from the law of karma.
iii) Restraint with the eye is good,
good is restraint with the ear.
Restraint with the nose is good,
good is restraint with the tongue.
Restraint with the body is good,
good is restraint with speech.
Restraint with the heart is good,
good is restraint everywhere.
A monk everywhere restrained
is released from all suffering & stress
iv) The Buddha was joined by his own son, Rahula,
a young boy. He advised him: "Cultivate Rahula, a
meditation on loving-kindness, for by cultivating
loving-kindness, ill will is banished forever.
Cultivate, too, a meditation on compassion, for by
cultivating compassion, you will find harm and
v) We must accept finite disappointment, but we
must never lose infinite hope.
vi) Intellect, leadership, courage, faith and
compassion are the timeless secret to unlocking our
individual and collective power, passion, purpose,
potential and fortune. This is the only truth and
the most powerful secret.”
vii) THE THREE TREASURES
The body is the temple of life.
Energy is the force of life.
Spirit is the governor of life.
If one of them goes off balance,
all three are damaged.
When the spirit takes command,
the body naturally follows it,
and this arrangement benefits all Three Treasures.
When the body leads the way, the spirit goes
And this harms all the three treasures.
viii) Prosperity is not without many fears and
distastes, and adversity is not without many
comforts and hopes. We see in needle-works and
embroideries it is more pleasing to have a lively
work upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a
dark and melancholy work upon a lightsome ground.
Judge, therefore, of the pleasure of the heart by
the pleasure of the eye. Certainly, virtue is like
precious odour when they are incensed or crushed.
For prosperity doth best discover vice, but
adversity doth best discover virtue."
ix) Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional…
x) Practice right conduct, learning and teaching;
Be truthful always, learning and teaching;
Master the passions, learning and teaching;
Control the senses, learning and teaching;
Strive for peace always, learning and teaching;
Rouse Kundalini, learning and teaching;
Serve humanity, learning and teaching;
Beget progeny, learning and teaching.
Satyamvacha says: "Be truthful always."
Taponitya says: "Master the passions."
"Learning and teaching are
Necessary for spiritual progress."
xi) The laws of life are five:
These laws are universal. Unaffected by time, place,
birth, or circumstance, together they constitute the
"Great Law of Life."
-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2:30-31
xii) Where there is great hatred, are the fetters
Where there is great avarice, are the fetters of the
Where there is great ignorance, are the fetters of
Where there is great lust, are the fetters of man.
Where there is great envy, are the fetters of the
Where there is great pride, are the fetters of the
These are the six fetters of non-liberation.
xiii) When you were born, you did not come with
an owner's manual; these guidelines make life work
a) You will receive a body. You may like it or
hate it, but it's the only thing you are sure to
keep for the rest of your life.
b) You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a
full-time informal school called "Life on Planet
Earth". Every person or incident is the Universal
c) There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is
a process of experimentation. "Failures" are as much
a part of the process as "success."
d) A lesson is repeated until learned. It is
presented to you in various forms until you learn
it: then you can go on to the next lesson.
e) If you do not learn easy lessons, they get
harder. External problems are a precise reflection
of your internal state. When you clear inner
obstructions, your outside world changes. Pain is
how the universe gets your attention.
f) You will know you've learned a lesson when
your actions change. Wisdom is practice. A little of
something is better than a lot of nothing.
g) "There" is no better than "here". When your
"there" becomes a "here" you will simply obtain
another "there" that again looks better than "here."
h) Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot
love or hate something about another unless it
reflects something you love or hate in yourself.
i) Your life is up to you. Life provides the
canvas; you do the painting. Take charge of your
life, or someone else will.
j) You always get what you want. Your
subconscious rightfully determines what energies,
experiences, and people you attract; therefore, the
only foolproof way to know what you want is to see
what you have. There are no victims, only students.
k) There is no right or wrong, but there are
consequences. Moralizing does not help. Judgments
only hold the patterns in place. Just do your best.
l) Your answers lie inside you. Children need
guidance from others; as we mature, we trust our
hearts, where the Laws of Spirit are written. You
know more than you have heard or read or been told.
All you need to do is to look, listen, and trust.
m) You will forget all this.
n) You will remember all this at will
xiv) Lord Krishna declared in the Bhagavad Gita
(16:3:1) that we should “Be fearless and pure; never
waver in your determination or your dedication to
the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled,
sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to
serve. Realize the truth of the scriptures; learn to
be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not
get angry or harm any living creature, but be
compassionate and gentle; show good will to all.
Cultivate vigour, patience, will, purity; avoid
malice and pride. Then, Arjuna, you will achieve
your divine destiny.
A word about enlightenment before I conclude. Few
decades ago on the day previous to the Basanth
Panchami I reached