First Incident About Wealth

Even now I can remember 1st incident about wealth in my life. In Indian villages during the festivals the uncles and aunts give money to kids. Me and my brothers were given some coins by my uncles. I asked my father what should I do with this?

My father said, “You can buy whatever you want, you can buy.”

I said “I want a Ganesha. I have it, what should I do?”

My father said, “You can give it to anyone you like.”

I called my cousin and he grabbed all the coins from me. I thought okay what is there I can use if I want if not I can give away. This is the 1st memory and I still live with it. I have not created any relationships with wealth, any joy, suffering, with wealth. I know just wealth is living with me. Understand wealth is your very personality!

Living with Ganesha

Those days I used to have small Ganesha with me and I’ll do puja everyday to that Ganesha. I’ll pour water, put little food in front of Ganesha and wave the lights, wave the camphor.  It was really like a really I was living with Him.  I was not just doing some little puja or anything, living with Him.  I had such a strong feeling connection.  See if you are just doing puja for some other reason you will never enter into that place again second time.  I have seen many people doing puja.  Morning they will go into that puja room. They will roll with that deity and pour water or whatever needs to be done.  Once they come out they will never even come that side again, because it is such a heavy routine on them, they never do the mistake of entering into that same room again second time.  But with me it was like a living with Him.  Whole day I will be sitting, fanning Him, or doing whatever I can.  Anything given to me I will bring it and put it in front of Him.  I was a small boy living with  God. 

Sometime, I have seen many of our devotees come and tell me, Swamiji, morning whole day I was cooking, washing and doing all my work, but at the undercurrent, constantly your memory was there inside Swamiji.  It was so sweet, I was just filled with you I don’t know, I was not able to forget you.  This is what we call Sanskrit, leela dhyana, constantly being in the meditation of the Divine Leela.  When the leela dhyana gets matured, you enter into samprajnata Samadhi.  That’s what was happening with me in the Ganesha’s thing.  Whole day I will be playing with Ganesha as if I was living with Him.  I was literally living with Him.  Whole day whatever I do will be centered on that Ganesha.  Morning if I get up, I will make Him get up.  And before I take drink, I will give water to him.  After I brush the teeth, I’ll have a small stick to brush His teeth.  And after I take bath, I will give bath to him. Once I put on the clothes, I put clothes for him. Once I apply that holy ash, I will apply holy ash on him and sandal on him. I lived with him, leela dhyana was happening. Leela dhyana, meditating on or strongly feeling connected starts building up, the right reasoning, vitarka in your life.

Like this, Bhagavan cared for all of his dieties. They each had their own abhishekam times, their own vastram and abharam to decorate them with. Everything that Bhagavan did to himeslf, like brushing the teeth, washing himself, eating, he will bring along one deity and he will do for that deity after doing for himself. 

A Bookfair in Thiruvannamalai

Bhagavan recounted once when there was a book fair in town his grandfather took him there to accompany him in searching for great spiritual books.  In one particular stall, his grandfather sat the young avatar down near a bookstall with the stall owner, and went his way to look at other books.

As soon as Mudaliar was out of sight, Bhagavan began searching for books for himself. He excitedly looked through sections of books with illustrations. Suddenly he jumped with great enthusiasm at a book that featured the great epic Ramayana with pictures for kids. The stall owner saw his enthusiasm for the book and asked him if he wanted to keep the book. After leafing through the pages, the young Avatar’s face looked disappointed. He replied to the shop owner, “No! I don’t want this book. I will look at some other book.”

The owner asked why. Bhagavan then explained, a small boy teaching this elderly bookshop owner, that the book was a misrepresentation of Ramayana and that instead of narrating the story with pictures for support, it appeared as though for the sake of the pictures, they had made up the storyline.

The stall owner was shocked at the conviction, clarity and authority with which the boy was talking.

He asked him, “Why don’t you narrate to me the Ramayana as you know it in its true form?” Bhagavan jumped at the invitation and started narrating in earnest, from what he had heard from his grandfather and from what he had read in various books on Ramayana. The stories that his grandfather had told him became the substance of impromptu discourses, called “Kathakalakshepam”, in Tamil. The stall owner started understanding that the boy was no mere boy. He put him on the table, bowed to him and listened as tears streamed from his eyes.

At that time, the young Avatar could not understand the emotions of the man but continued with the narration upon insistence from him. By the time he finished, an audience of excited book fair-goers gathered around him. When he concluded, that gave a thunderous applause.

The stall owner was by now overwhelmed. He touched the child’s feet and repeated many times amidst sobs that the child was certainly bestowed with divine grace, else he would not be able to narrate the story with such ease and confidence at such a young age. Bhagavan asked his grandfather what he had done to make the man cry so much. His grandfather too was emotional. Once they reached home, Bhagavan got his grandfather’s assurance once more that he had not done any wrong to make the man cry. That night, Mudaliar blissfully reported to his deities that the miracle that happened with his grandson. From up above, they all listened eagerly to his story, laughing and endlessly smiling at the bhaava of Sadashiva as a small child, teaching the Ramayana to a scholar.

The lessons from his grandfather did not even end there. Not only did he learn these beautiful habits and became trained as speaker,  he also picked up the habit of serving people food from his grandfather.

The First Interaction with Wealth

2016-8aug-28th-nithyananda-diary_IMG_8529_bengaluru-aadheenam-lsp-session4-swamijiCharity and reverence for poverty both are just to keep poor people suppressed. It can be good political a strategy but that is not a spiritual truth. You need to acid wash yourself about your belief and cognition. I am not saying poor people are wrong. As long as you cherish the idea the wealth people are bad arrogant, wrong, you will only be living in poverty. Ultimately wealth is neither good nor bad, it is resource available for you to do what you want.

All the 4 put together is wealth. Money, currency, assets, being active.

Listen. Wealth is neither bad nor good. It’s a utility. If you want, manifest. If you don’t want to have, leave it.

The first we need to do – looking back, the gap between our desire and your cognitions. How you started perceiving wealth, money how you started perceiving.

First time how I was introduced to money and interacted with money.

ThathaSwamiji was three or four years old during his first interaction with money. It was his birthday. As a gift, his grandfather wanted to give him some money so that he can buy whatever he wants. With his hand stretched out in front of the young boy, he offered the money. 

Swamiji looked up from the giant hand in front of him. 

“What is this?” he asked his grandfather. 

“Money. Buy whatever you want” his grandfather replied. 

Without a second thought he shrugged his shoulders and said, “No, no, I don’t want. Give it to someone else” 

That’s my first relationship with money. Still I don’t touch money. Don’t handle. Never felt the need.