Immortal Bhagawaan Ji
vision of Paradise became strong for me when I made my home in a cave near the
Bargo River NSW for four months during my midlife crisis. I felt impelled to
find my nature in the context of nature, because I realised that I did not know
the essence of either. What I discovered was a reality different from what I had
experienced in society or in my inner world of spiritual power. Not knowing what
I lacked, I felt I had to abandon my spirituality and somehow live in the ISNESS
of myself and everything else.
After four months I went
to the Weston Plains where I lived with the sun and the stars for two years. I
still went about my daily work, experiencing it as a respite from the strange,
overwhelming dynamic attitude within me. It was not until I stayed two months in
a Balinese village that I felt I had met a culture that embodied the dimensions
I experienced within environment and cosmos.
At Amarnath Cave in
Kashmir in 1976, a voice spoke to me as I stood before the ice stalagmite within
the cave. I was thinking that the only request I could make was that God
continued to look after me. The voice said, "Don't you trust me.?" A
similar voice spoke to me from Kashmir 18 months later and saidwords to the
effect that the wellbeing of the world depend on the interconnection of
anchorages and sites of power across the globe. It was not as simple stated as
that because it was Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji communicating unfamiliar concepts to
me from the astral level. The Saint had left his mortal coil in 1968 and it was
no surprise to his devotees that he was in my room speaking to me in English -
it was within the pattern of his behaviour before and after his death.
Bhagawaan Ji was beyond
religious categories, but he did spend a lot of time at certains sacred springs
and rocks associated with various Devine Energies, i.e., the immanent, feminine
aspect of transcendence. Contact with him did not violate my freedom. He did not
say I had to do anything. But in 1979 I invited around 20 friends to camp in the
bush for the weekend. The purpose was to be aware of our inward being and the
energies of environment as one, if possible. Since then on the first Sunday of
each month people link in meditation with sacred sites in different countries of
the world to strengtllen Earth's network of light. The first Sunday is now
called 'Sacred Earth Sunday'.
Probably the idea of
harmonious human society came first to the Himalayan area in the age of Gemini
and blossomed in the Age of Tourus. Its centre could easily have been Mt. Kailas
in Tibet . Certainly the human collective memory of paradise on earth alludes to
this area. The belief in the four rivers flowing from paradise could be the
memory of the four rivers that rise in the Kailas region. As late as the Middle
Ages in Europe, paradise was somewhere located between India & China. During
the earlier ages, though the work of great Himalayan asecties (or people who
came from the stars, if A Hopi Prophesy is correct). 1995 The new race of humans
will begin to design their new reality of life on this planet as they intended
it to be when they came from the stars. (A Hopi Prosphesy).
The harmony of heaven
began to permeate human social groups causing animal and instinctive traits to
yield to human spiritual consciousness. The Indian word 'Bhagawaan' is sometimes
simply translated as 'Lord' or 'God'. In K.N. Dhar's book, 'Bhagawaan Gopinath
Ji of Kashmir Vol.II.' There is a quote from Kalika Purana defining "Bhaga"
as 'unmitigated sovereignty over temporal and subliminal powers, religious and
moral merit, undiminished glory, graceful lustre, perceptive Knowledge and
Like the Fisher Kings
father in the Grail Story, a Bhagawaan does not live as a person bound by
spiritual and physical realities. By his sovereignty over temporal and eternal
energies he brings in all qualities necessary for a strong and happy society
cemented by love and abundance.
He is lord ofthe sites in
his region. The last great person in this Bhagawaan tradition was Bhagawaan
Gopinath Ji who during the mid decades of the 20th century took spiritual
responsibility for Kashmir during the time of acute threat. The Bhagawaan energy
broods over Glastonbell (Glastonbell, NSW Australia is 410 acres of bushland, a
garden of delight, a great landscape and temple managed by a non-profit
association - a big Ashram in true sense.) waiting for a building that resonates
with the harmony of the sun, the moon, the earth and universal brotherhood, when
built, its spiritual energy will probably relate to Mt. Kailas.
The 'Renewal' movement in
part grow out of Australian involvement with the enigmatic Kashmir saint
Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji. As the saint Gopinath Ji said little and spent his time
weaving strong positive spiritual energies into both the Elemental forces, and
the doings of people. In a sense Glastonbell, and occasionally the people in it,
are Gopinath Ji's Australian focal point.
Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji was
a celibate, he belonged to no religious order. Staying mostly in a room of a
relative or in a hut at a sacred site, he lived in extreme introversion. His
teaching sessions were limited to a few sentences. Often he would awaken
necessary insight in people with a touch or a glance or sometimes like a Zen
Master, with a blow. Miracles constantly happened around him. Far the
enlightement of others he sometimes caused goddess or sages to appear
physically. His goddess was a rock site on the hill of Hari Parbat in the centre
of Kashmir valley, called Sharika, the Universal Mother.
Born Gopinath Bhan, he was
the only Kashmiri given the title 'Bhagawaan' (Glorious Lord). Once he commented
that a yogi may get realisation of God, but an introvert can get realisation of
all aspects of God. God in the Kashmir Shiva - Shakti spirituatily is like an
infinite ocean of consciousness consisting of every possible vibration even
Bhagawaan Ji's mastery
over the varied manifestation of God was recognised by his awed devotees.
Visiting sadhus, wandering from sacred site to sacred site, visiting the holy
men of India would comment that they knew of no other so fully absorbed in the
infinite. His method consisted in emitting vibrations from various organs of his
body in tune with the universal cosmic vibrations. In this way he was able to
entre the realm of subtle thought that pervades the world and influences the
Six weeks before he died
he said,"Amar chha maran"(Does an immortal die?) to a disciple who was
merely thinking about Bhagawaan Ji's impending death.
On 15-2-78 I met him in a
vely awakened state and the following is a part of the conversation as recorded
a few hours later. .
"---- Have you not
heard of the guides of Humanity ? On every land we seek people who will stand
like an immovable rock against the dark ocean of destruction. We would like
ashrams linked with places of power and linked throughout the world."
These may not have been
the precise words as I was confused by the visilation. I asked, "Are you
"Wlll you make
limitations? if not, that is true. "
"Do you have a
religion? What are your religious beliefs?"
"We guided when there
was no system of religions. We do not interfer with religions. We want the well
being of the world. If men make patterns of belief, it is their concern. Our
guidance is to make circles of light and love for the well being of Earth.
''Will the present
patterns of human life go on?"
"But the circles