All This Is Me and Me is All This
This beautiful compilation put together in celebration of Papaji’s 24th Mahasamadhi includes unreleased footage filmed for the documentary ‘Call off The Search.’
The video starts with a music clip of ‘Bridge to Heaven’, a devotional song written by Franciska Kali von Koch and sang by her and Sangeeta. This song is part of the very first devotional album dedicated to Papaji, ‘Be a lion.’
In his opening discourse (Om Shanti) Papaji speaks about silence (maunam) as the core of one’s ultimate nature. “Whatever you do, whatever you want, whatever you desire, is only to return to your own ultimate nature, maunam. Be free for one instant, and don’t identify with yourself, with any past, no hope for the future, in between past and the future, not depending on the present. This is maunam.”
Papaji addresses the anger of a young devotee by asking her to break her head on a brick.
In an intimate interaction with one of his Indian devotees, Papaji speaks about devotion and the need to constantly maintain one-pointedness in order to be successful, “God attracts a devotee through devotion, through his grace. The lane of love is so narrow, and two abreast cannot thread on it. Devotion is the razor’s edge. You have to walk alone and on the other side is your beloved.”
Papaji speaks about faith to Hanuman das, who asks whether he should continue his job as the pujari of the Hanuman Temple in Taos, New Mexico. “If you have faith even the stone can speak to you. Hanuman had faith in Ram, and then to construct the bridge he was writing Ram on the stones, and the stones were floating. Ram is in the heart of Hanuman. Hanuman itself means mind only. Ram is in the heart of mind. When Ram is seated in the mind, then this restlessness goes. When the mind is mature the teaching is only freedom, consciousness. And teaching is only ‘You are That.’ This is the highest teaching. You are That.” Papaji recollects his vision of Ram, Sita, and Lakshman.
Papaji reads from his diary about his discussion with Ram Crowler on the rising of mind, of ‘I’, and cites Yoga Pradipika. Papaji differentiates between three ‘kinds’ of emptiness: Akasha, Mahakasha, and Chiddakasha (Emptiness, Cosmic Emptiness, and Emptiness in the heart, or space of consciousness. He then proceeds to recite and translate the song Khungate Ke Pate Khol by Saint Kabir. Jai Gurudev!