“I would like to request my beloved Shirdi Sai Baba to help me write about my experiences with Devi (Mohan) ji in Los Angeles in April 2019 as authentically as possible. It was His Grace that first introduced me to the Mohanji Universe through youtube videos and the blogs shared on the various Mohanji pages on facebook. When I landed upon the Devi Mohan facebook page, I felt as if I was staring at an Angel in all white. From then onwards, I had a strong yearning in my heart to be in her presence and within a month I saw the first advertisement on the Mohanji USA facebook page that Devi ji is coming to the United States. The location that was shared was in Sedona and as much as I made up my mind that I am going there no matter what, problems began to crop up. Going to Sedona would mean travelling on weekdays (because the programs there were on Sunday and Monday), the combined flight+shuttle+hotel fares would be expensive.But letting go of this would mean letting go of an opportunity of a lifetime. So, I surrendered at Sai’s feet earnestly praying Sai please make this happen. The next day again another program was shared that Devi was coming to LA first and the program there was on a Saturday! That meant I don’t have to makeup stories about being sick in the workplace anymore! I could go on a Friday and return on a Sunday. Great! The hotel when i checked in was Westin Bonaventure which was just across the street from LA grand hotel where I was supposed to meet Devi for the first time. Everything was beautifully orchestrated by the Divine Consciousness.Jasmine (who is so sweet and supportive that it demands a separate story of its own) who organized the event met me in the lobby of the grand hotel and took me to Devi’s room. As soon as I stepped in, a really strong lump formed in my throat and my mind was strongly admonishing my adult self not to break down. I vaguely remember Devi cheerfully smiling and welcoming me into the Mai-Tri healing session. My super-lazy physical frame full of Tamas and my super-judgemental mind full of rigid concepts somehow just forgot what they have been consistently doing so far when Devi lovingly made me sit on the couch while she herself sat on the floor. The sobs were slowly subsiding when Devi asked “How did you know reach here?” and the waterworks started again with full force. “I have done nothing in this lifetime to deserve this” was the only thing that came out of my mouth. The ego had really planned before to say how long my flight was, how little I had eaten and how miserable I am due to my never ending PhD. But other than waves of gratitude engulfing me, my mind had gone completely blank. As Devi proceeded towards doing the actual healing I just lay there fully conscious, thinking I have cried enough for the remaining of this lifetime and should be composed for the rest of the evening. We talked about Shirdi Sai Baba, the blocks from my past lifetimes and many things I have never heard before. Still, nothing felt new, as if I was just beginning to wake up from a really long nap and Devi’s nectar-like words were guiding me.
In the evening we were supposed to meet at RA MA Yoga studio but I wasn’t sure how to reach there. Once again, the lovely couple Elham and Farshad welcomed me into their car as they were taking Devi from the hotel to the Yoga studio. I clearly was getting way more than I had even dreamt of! Elham was saying about how Mohanji’s grace was helping in her driving as she miraculously was skipping four lanes simultaneously without bumping into any other car :D.
The evening program started with Devi guiding us into Conscious Dancing. To say I loved it would be an understatement, but I don’t know any other words that can do justice to what I was feeling at that time. I have only danced to Bollywood songs before (during family gatherings) and even then I was very conscious of people watching. But here, among all the wonderful ladies who were attending the program, I somehow felt totally non-judged. I closed my eyes, forgot about everything else, and danced my heart out. Everything that happened after that is a vague memory.
We were told to sit down for the Power of Purity meditation. Devi at one point placed her hand on my head for the Mohanji Energy Transfer. At that very moment my mind decided to unleash its cruel self saying nothing is going to help. “You are so full of negativity..the pure energy cannot enter you”, it said. Again my beloved Sai came to the rescue because I saw his feet and surrendered saying “What comes to me is Your Will and whatever does not come to me is certainly Your Will.”
I have tried several meditations before this but my main regret was that, halfway through the meditation, my eyes would just pop open. This time also I was waiting for the inevitable. As my eyelids started to flutter I was sadly thinking “Here it comes, another incomplete meditation!” But somehow my fluttering eyelids and hyperactive panic-ridden mind could not open the eyes because they were so heavy, as if somebody was sitting on the eyes! After that I entered a completely blank trance and did not feel like opening the eyes even when the meditation ended.
After the session there was some sweet chitchat about Devi’s experiences and other people’s questions that I don’t clearly remember because my thirsty being was still soaking in the energy of the room.
All along the day I was thinking that I wish I had got some flowers for Deviji. Before everybody left, the very sweet Jasmine, whom I knew less than a day, got me to a side, handed me a garland and said: “If you wish you can put the garland around Deviji’s neck. I could not even thank her properly for such a sweet gesture but rushed to Deviji and, this time in full consciousness, put the garland around her neck and hugged her tight. My heart was still doing somersaults as we took photos and bid Devi and everybody else the final goodbye for the day.
I didn’t even know at that time this was only the beginning of Divine Grace touching me. Jasmine and I went back that night to the hotel room where Devi did the Mai-Tri sessions. We were packing up and sharing experiences when, due to a very small mishap by the hotel staff, they ended up sending a feast (lots of food) with a Sprite (I love Soda!) to the room. That’s when Jasmine and I both realized that we hadn’t eaten much throughout the day and that it is nobody but the Divine Mother taking care of us 🙂
I will stop here saying my inner consciousness changed after coming back from LA. My stress levels automatically went down, random people everywhere are being super nice to me irrespective of whether I am working or buying groceries. My application for the Consciousness Kriya got accepted by the Mohanji team after I came back!! And for all these wonderful experiences I would thank Jasmine, Elham and Farshad from the bottom of my heart. May they always be blessed by the Divine for their extraordinary compassion.To the Love Incarnate – Devi Mohan herself, I would just want to hug her eternally and keep holding her feet till I merge with our Loving Father Sai.”
-Sreyashi Chakraborty, Mai-Tri + Conscious Dancing + Power of Purity. LA, April 2019