Monday 1 April 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 78

Morari Bapu’s Manas 700
01.04.2013, Mumbai

A few years ago Morari Bapu held Ram Katha at Kailas in the peak of winter. Titled Manas 700 his sermons have been produced in a booklet compiled by his devotee Nitin Vadgama. I read it and have reproduced excerpts of Bapu’s teachings from my understanding.

Bapu began his katha with a confession, he said, ‘Ram is my truth, Krishna, my love and Shiv my compassion and all they want from me or you is love. It was those who were incapable of love that commenced the started the ritual of puja. Truth cannot be won or defeated, nor can love or compassion. Kailas where we are assembled now has four qualities and Sadgaru values all these four things. Ucchai / Height symbolises high thinking. Stheerta / Stability because Kailas is undeterred by threat and Sheetalta / Tranquility because here you communicate amidst nature and Ekant /Solitude because eventually all of us are alone...

Bapu says prayer is uninterrupted remembrance of God and if you are able to do this painlessly it will cure you of all your sufferings. There are simple ways to live a good life and remain happy but we forget them. Shudh Bhasha / Good Speech is one, then Shubh Bhav / Good Feelings and finally Shubh Darshan/ Good Vision. There is a reason for my naming this this katha as Manas 700. Ram Katha comprises 7 Sopans – Bal Kand, AyodhyaKand, Aranya Kand, Kiskindha Kand, Sundar Kand, Lanka Kand and Uttar Kand.

He emphasized on the importance of chanting Hanuman Chalisa – said doing so religiously makes you Buddhiman / Intelligent driving you gradually to Asangta and Vairagya / Reflection and Detachment which is the ultimate freedom from sorrow!

Bhawana Somaaya /

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