April 2015 By Shivi Verma Shivi Verma interviews Dadashreeji the young guru of Maitribodh parivaar and returns with some fascinating information and insights After several rounds of negotiations with the Maitribodh Parivaar people, finally I was given an appointment with Dadashreeji, guru and head of the parivaar at his Shanti Kshetra Premagiri Ashram in the interiors of Karjat, a place near Mumbai. The place was far and since there was no pick-and-drop facility, I had to cover the tortuous distance on my own. The travel comprised two train journeys in combination with two long distance shared tempo journeys to be at the ashram before the appointed time of 2:30 pm. I was nervous. I needed grace, so I bowed before the picture of my gurus at my altar and sought the blessings of Dadashreeji himself before setting off. And the travail turned into a memorable gift. As I boarded the 7 am train to Dadar I felt a warm invisible layer of protection wrap me from within and without. The connecting train journey till Neral station was seamless and I got a comfortable seat in the tempo which was to drop me at Kashele village. As the rickety tempo moved along the winding road, spring unveiled before my eyes its fullest splendour. Warm sunrays kissed the yellow grass carpeting the undulating landscape, trees burst with purple, yellow, red and white blooms; indolent country rivulets flowed lazily along their rocky beds; rustic folks gathered around their small rounded huts, and there was a tinkle of bells from the necks of their bullocks. All this and the fragrant air filled me with a sweet drowsiness as I drank deeply from the chalice of natural bounty that lay sprawling before my eyes. I recollected that it was three years ago when I had first come to the ashram during the monsoons. Ever since I have seen Maitribodh Parivar’s mission spread like wildfire, setting off a chain reaction wherever its followers go. The beneficiaries claim that the peace and transformation that follows after meeting Dadashreeji is unmistakable and for keeps. I reached around 11 am, much before the stipulated time. I picked up the holy soil upon which the ashram stood and rubbed it on my forehead in gratitude. Freshly sown flowers peeped joyfully from their pots and rows and the white tiled pathway leading to Dhyan Manthan Kshetra shone with newness. Except for me and four-five other disciples there was no one else in the ashram. A rare opportunity indeed. Mitra Parna and Shankh, two of his close disciples, welcomed me warmly. After a brief talk they left me to enjoy the divinity which flows unabashedly and abundantly from the portraits of Mahavatar Babaji and Dadashreeji. I sat in a deep and fulfilling silence, soaking the energies. I opened my eyes and looked around. Outside two wild bulls had locked their horns in the low-lying meadows, pushing and nudging each other in a playful fight. I left the room and went out, feeling that even if I did not meet the guru I would have no qualms. A fount of tranquillity was drenching me from head to toe …making me want to never leave the place. My reverie was broken when Mitra Shank, informed me about the arrival of Dadashreeji. I was led inside the Dhyan Manthan Kshetra once again. The sweet and knowing smile of the young and dapper master welcomed me. He was seated in his sofa, dressed in a maroon kurta. I bowed to him and began the interview. Tell us something about your early life, where you were born, your family background, former name and places where you grew up. I was born in Mumbai on 27 December, 1977, and raised in Mumbai only. My parents were from a middle class family. My father was a lab-technician and my mother was a housewife. Both of them live with me. My parents named me Mangesh. All this appears now as the story of another lifetime, and I do not relate to it so much. I do not wish to reveal my surname because that would limit my identity to a particular caste. Since childhood I used to feel and think differently from other children of my age. I remember when I was in class IV I asked a fellow student why was there a difference between him and me? Why is it that he and I did not think alike? Why couldn’t I be him and he be me? He was baffled by my questions. Nothing could give me answers to these questions. I was a science student and not specifically inclined to know God, although I believed in universal energy through the concepts of physics. When I entered the 12th standard changes began to take place. After I joined medical school the faultless design of the human body made me wonder about the intelligence sourcing this perfection. Then I happened to read Dasbodh, a treatise written by Saint Samarth Ramdas on the nature of God, nature of illusion, and ways to function in life from a space of deep spiritual understanding. Dasbodhinspired me to meditate. As I meditated I began to have visitations of saints, deities, and historical figures. Finally Mahavatar Babaji appeared before me and revealed my true self and life purpose to me in 2005. What was that life purpose? That I was a divine being. My divinity and onward path was revealed in stages to me by Mahavatar Bababji. My body too had to evolve to acclimatize to the changes in consciousness. I used to get fever in those times but since I knew what was happening I could bear it. By 2011 things were very clear to me, and he asked me to interact with people. What do you mean by being a divine being? Are you God? What do you understand by God? God is omnipresent, all-powerful, all-knowing, can hold everything whereas humans are the opposite. For you that may be the definition of God. For me I am somebody to help and deliver. Divinity is not static …it is an ongoing, ever expanding phenomena. There is still so much to know and explore. Is there anybody beyond you? ( Shakes his head) I don’t see anyone beyond me. I do have a guide called Mahavatar Babaji but basically He and I are one. If you are God, then why did you go through the human experience of illusion? Avatars have been born with full knowledge of their divinity at the time of their birth. Every incarnation functions as per the purpose of that incarnation and the need of that time. In all my previous incarnations I have functioned from my highest self. I could never know what a human being feels when he falls sick, gets rejected, feels hurt, suffers losses and faces failure. In this incarnation I wanted to experience the human condition in order to understand it. So I arranged for temporary illusion to cover me and also for the stagewise revelation of my true nature through Mahavatar Babaji. What is your past-life relationship with Mahavtar Babaji? Mahavtar Babaji has been on Earth since 5,000 years. I met him in his previous lifetimes once and we discussed the human evolution and the ways in which masters can guide. It was agreed that we would share a master-disciple relationship in this age. Right now Mahavatar Babaji is guiding through 54 people initiated by Him on planet Earth. But his way of functioning through all of them is different and depends on the purpose of that being. Someone is awakening people through Kriya yoga, someone is teaching meditation, someone else is teaching mantras. With me no tools are required. You simply have to be in my presence and you will see the change in yourself. People claim phenomenal change in themselves after coming in touch with you. How do you do it? (Laughs). What does sugar do? It sweetens everything it touches. You cannot ask sugar why it is sweet. Same is with me. It is my nature to boost divinity in people. Can you give self-realization to people? Yes I can give self-realization. But gurus say that it is not possible for anybody to give self-realization to others. Now they will see it happening over here, with me. But can anybody reach this stage with you or only those with a certain kind of spiritual history? Anybody coming to me will see change in himself. You say that good times are coming and it cannot be prevented. People who have worked for these times earlier have been reborn to taste the fruit of their labour. Can you shed some more light on this? Previously many good souls, especially those trying hard to work in harmony with divine laws had the vision of seeing something positive in the world, but because of the time it was not happening. So there was no result for the work they did at that time. Ever since the wheel of time turned in the positive direction, they began to take birth since they were all waiting for this moment. Their birth at this time is to enjoy the benefits of labour they did previously. You will find many such good souls around you. You once talked about one world and one religion. Do you agree that so many religions create problem among people? In this world fight is only over the concept of religion. My God will love in my way and your God will love in your way and then there is a fight over these issues. In the coming years all the confusing things which have polluted the scriptures will be wiped out. Only absolute truth will remain. How will it happen? Attachment to outdated religious doctrines appears to be the biggest roadblock to human evolution. When the sun is down it is very difficult to see things. When the sun rises there is no need for artificial lighting. In the same way when the dark ages are there, it is very difficult to distinguish good from bad but as the Golden Era enters, all false things get wiped out naturally. All religions are good. The lack of understanding of religion is causing problem right now, and there is no one who can give proper understanding to people. Ideally in one single life you should be able to experience all the religions. Then a person should be able to decide which religion he is more in sync with and follow it. It is the communities who have made it a stricture that you cann
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