June 2016 By Hetal Mehta Hetal Mehta’s life turned around fully after meeting her guru, Aryaa Maharishikaa Maiyaa Just over a year ago I was a divorcee and had separated from my ex-husband four years previously. My 12-year-old daughter and I were living with my parents in their two-bedroom apartment in Kandivali. Life was truly a challenge – the pain of the separation and my living arrangements plagued my thoughts everyday. What had gone wrong? Why was this happening to me? Esoteric spiritual practices had become my lifeline out of the misery and suffering I was going through. I would become fully absorbed in spiritual books, was attending umpteen workshops, and meditating for many hours of the day. If I did not meditate for at least 40 minutes to an hour a day I would feel extremely uncomfortable and agitated. As the focus on getting spiritual insights intensified, I began to have increasingly powerful experiences – visions, communications with spirits, lucid dreams. I was distanced from my family, including my daughter, because I preferred to be with the spirits and in deep meditation, instead of dealing with people. At that time I gave angel consultations part-time and I strongly believed I was doing the right thing – I had been given powers to heal myself and others, and was being supported by the spirit world. My clients would often say that I was making a difference in their lives and I felt appreciated. The impression that I was special and had been chosen to help people clouded everything, and I did not think too much of the severe headaches that were becoming more and more frequent. On top of the growing challenge to relate to ‘normal life’ and people, I was now enduring extreme physical pain. The guru Amongst my clients for angel consultations were my younger sister and her husband who had been going through difficult times. One day in March 2015, they told me about Maharishikaa Maiyaa, a female guru they had been to, at a seaside village called Kashid, near Alibaug, Maharashtra. They described Maiyaa as an extremely powerful guru with whom they had connected deeply. Maiyaa had given answers to many questions about their lives, and they had begun to take actions that were already benefitting their situation, and their relationship. I could sense that they had experienced something profound. From the moment they spoke to me about Maharishikaa Maiyaa something resonated within me. It was as if I now knew of a Being who was here to guide and share knowledge. During the summer break in July 2015 I was invited for the Maharishikaa Maiyaa Paada Pooja during Guru Poornima. I sat before Maiyaa, observing silently and thinking that I understood everything that was happening. During the puja I went forward to do a panchanga namaskar at her feet. Immediately I felt connected to her. But upon my return to my busy job teaching children at a school, and continuing the workshops, angel communication and meditation, I didn’t think much of my experience in Kashid with Maiyaa. Later that year in November, my sister invited me to the upcoming six-day Immersive that would be happening over Christmas. After a lot of deliberation, I registered, reasoning that at the least I would have a holiday near the beach in Kashid over Christmas. After confirming my attendance I insisted on making it possible for my other sister to come with me. She was going through a very rough and intense time in her life. During the Immersive I spent the first four days listening to the precise, inspirational and powerful answers that Maiyaa gave. No questions arose. On the second to last day Maiyaa asked me to tell her what I thought about what was being said. I said that what was new for me was a feeling that I had ‘let go’, and was giving myself to someone who I could trust completely; that there was an experience of surrendering to her. I was amazed with my response as I had never read or heard about surrender before attending the Immersive. In the last session of the Immersive I raised my hand and asked, “Why do I see snakes when I shut my eyes?” After Maiyaa asked me some questions about myself and came to know about the severe headaches, and my withdrawal from family and friends, she said that I had an awakened kundalini, possibly because of the intensity of my meditations. Maiyaa said that an awakened kundalini is common amongst spiritual seekers, but many of them do not know it. The awakening often occurs because of disciplined spiritual practice without the requisite purification of the system. If the seeker is not in surrender, and their chakras are not clear, the awakening of Kundalini Maa can result in extreme physical, and emotional pain. Once awakened, a person may suffer from chronic lower back pain, severe headaches, and be ultra sensitive to light and sound. Because so little is known about Kundalini Maa the problems will go undiagnosed, and be clinically untreatable. Maiyaa said that in my case, there was an opening in the system, that Kundalini Maa was awake and the work that I was doing with the spirit world was having a negative effect on me. It was taking over my actions – pulling me away from being present with my daughter, with the people around me, and being able to discern what was the right thing to do, in every moment. Maiyaa talked about the future of spirituality and how it involves being in the Here and Now. It does not include any sort of practice that encourages the awareness to leave the system, or awaken Kundalini Maa because it is so dangerous. Maiyaa gave me precise instructions in order to prevent the downward spiral that I was falling into. They were instructions to bring me into the Here and Now, into PRESENCE, into living life again. When I look back to that day, I see that Maiyaa gave me a priceless gift. She sowed a seed that enabled me to grow and see that the spiritual path I was on, working with spirits and healing others, was born of ego and was bringing suffering to myself, and others around me. Now I know that my motivations and ideas about myself, as someone special who can help others, was distorted, and I had lost all ability to really see what was going on around me. I was in fact living in a dream-like bubble – floating further and further into space. In the past I believed that actions were meaningless – that from a spiritual perspective they had no real effect on anything, and are not of any significance in the grander scheme of things. At the feet of Maharishikaa Maiyaa I have learnt that the opposite is true – it is in every single action, in every single moment that one has the ability to transform oneself and one’s situation, which undoubtedly has a ripple effect on everything around. I followed Maiyaa’s instructions, and took concrete actions, and I experienced immediate changes in and around me. Today, only a year and a half later, I am reunited with my ex-husband and we live together with our daughter. My daughter now has the security and love of her father – an invaluable gift that will change her future. I now receive love and support from my partner, and am able to give him my love and care. We have our own home, and my partner has started a venture of his own. Maiyaa has given me a punarjanam – a rebirth – and the internal shift is reflected in my health and in my relationships. I no longer have severe headaches and don’t feel the need to meditate for long hours. I am able to be present in moments of the day, and respond to and experience the love of people around me. The change in both of my sisters is remarkable too. My younger sister was not planning on children before she met Maiyaa, and was very unhappy in her relationship with her husband. She now has a beautiful child, and the relationship and family business are blossoming. My middle sister has begun to find inner peace after extreme traumatic experiences and is able to control her anger, and give her love and attention to her two children. Our parents are relieved at the change in our fortunes. We all have experienced a miracle – a complete turnaround in our lives and state of being. We have experienced the Grace and unconditional love of our guru, the Maharishikaa – a truly rare and compassionate being. Now I see that I was yearning for a living master – a guide to show me who I truly am and make possible the experience of sweet surrender. As I go deeper and deeper into a posture of surrender, the feeling that life is here to support me grows, and the gifts of living flow into my life. More about Maiyaa Though based in Kashid, a village near Alibaug, Maharashtra, Maharishikaa Maiyaa has no ashram. Maintaining that her ashram is wherever a sincere disciple lives, happenings ranging in duration from 1 day to 15 days are held in Zurich, Mumbai, Kashid, Singapore, Rishikesh and in Tiruvannamalai. Many seekers describe her as unfathomable. No one knows what processes she conducts. To the human eye it appears as answering of questions and a short session of transmission of strength in silent contemplation. But they bring about immense changes in people. Except for a mirror, there are no photographs of Maiyaa even on the Net. She can be contacted by writing a request to Her sevaks at firstname.lastname@example.org About the author:A teacher at the Oberoi International School in Mumbai, Hetal is an ardent shishya of guru Maharishika Maiyaa and her inspirations. She is a seeker, a mother, a wife, a teacher, and a healer.
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