The truth about God and Spirituality | Mohanji
We should never be deluded. True spirituality is not about sensations. It’s about stability. Please remember if somebody says, “I had great experiences”, and you didn’t have any experiences, it means nothing. When you are still, you are the experience; you will not have experiences. When you come closer and closer to yourself, you are the experience.
You are the experience
Imagine a drop falling into the ocean; the drop cannot experience the ocean anymore. The drop is the ocean. When a drop is separate from the ocean, it can understand there is an ocean apart from it. There is a lot of water apart from it. But when the drop falls into the ocean, it becomes the ocean, and where is the experience? It itself is the experience. You can’t say what the experience of being in the ocean is.
Do you understand what I’m saying? So if you want an experience, you have to maintain a mind. If your aim is to dissolve the mind, then the experience becomes you. Even your whole idea of praying to somebody changes. Who will you pray to? When you start experiencing the presence of God inside, how will you pray to something outside? See, these are things that are just theories; if you don’t understand it, it doesn’t matter.
Experience of God
Please understand that there are so many things we have understood based on books or something outside, like a concept. God should be like this. It should have a human form. It likes and dislikes people. Somebody says, “I like you”, somebody says that I don’t like you. You show your hand, “I’ll beat you.” This kind of God I have never seen. I never experienced it.
You know the story of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. He used to go into ecstasy looking at Mahakali, the goddess he was worshipping. She comes in front of him, and he goes into a trance, ecstasy.
So, a great master called Totapuri asked Sri Ramakrishna, “Where is Kali for you?” Sri Ramakrishna said, “She comes in front of me. I watch her, and I go into an ecstatic state.” He asked, “How often?” He said, “All the time.” So, Totapuri gave a sword to him, “Next time, when Kali comes, cut her into pieces.” He objected, “No, no, I can’t do that. I worship her.” He said, “If you want to transcend this state, you have to cut her into pieces. As long as she stays outside of you, you’re not going anywhere.”
The next time Kali came, Ramakrishna tried to lift the sword, but he couldn’t lift it. He tried many times. He couldn’t do it. So he told Totapuri, “I’m helpless; I’m not able to do it.” Totapuri decided to help him. He helped, and with great difficulty, the next time when Kali came, he cut her into pieces. Kali became inside him; he became one with her.
That means perpetual ecstasy. There is no Kali coming anymore; there’s no world outside anymore. The whole happiness, joy, ecstasy, ‘Mast’ is inside. This is the truth. So, it’s a different world. I am just giving you these tips so that you understand what the truth called you is.
Transcribed by Ulla Bernholdt
Proofread by Shalini Narayanan & Rekha Murali