By Vishakha Moghe
Just when I was beginning to feel stagnated in life and definitely needed to learn and upgrade my knowledge to be a better practitioner, I met a divinely humble personality about 8 months ago. Lovingly called Joshi Kaka because if there’s something he has to offer to the ones who have an encounter with him, it’s an abundance of love, affection and alacrity. After my first meeting with him, I knew I’d found my next motive in life. It was to visit his ashram and expose myself to an aspect of life some of us can only dream of experiencing.
My journey to “Om Swami Samarth Sadhana Kendra” began in July 2016. Situated about 20 minutes before Shrivardhan in the Konkan region, this ashram is located in the middle of a dense jungle.
The ashram premises have plants, shrubs and trees of medicinal importance spread across many acres. Overlooking the Sahyadri Hills, every corner of the ashram has an interesting story to narrate.
No wonder I felt an immediate sense of belonging and calmness take over my mind after setting foot in the ashram. The aura and vibes of the place are something else.
The ashram was founded over fifteen years ago by Param Pujya Kakaji. It is a powerful sanctum of peace, meditation and serenity. The trees and plants that grow here are no ordinary trees. They are yogis in disguise; they’ve been grown using techniques like Cosmic Healing and Mantra Shashtra (Science of Sacred Sounds). How else can you think of having rare trees being able to sustain themselves in a climate that is a complete opposite of what they actually require to survive?
That’s the power of Mantra Shashtra. Trees are powerhouses of energy, not only because they provide oxygen to living creatures for their survival, but because they are the ones holding the planet together. If we understand sooner that THEY aren’t here because of US, WE are here because of THEM; we really can save our planet and some of its resources for our future generations!
The varieties of Ayurvedic medicinal plants here left me in awe. After getting to know the number, it was nothing less than surprising. A whopping 4000 medicinal plants including their varieties and everything being taken care of single-handedly during initial years! Some of the herbs and trees that I’ve been studying about are Pippali (Piper longum), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) , Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica) and many more.
What amazes me is just how effective these herbs are; even a mild dose is capable of giving you your desired results! What else can a doctor ask for?
We’ve all heard that trees have feelings too, but really, that’s not it! I don’t think any of us take measures to live this fact. There is a wide range of scientific evidence showing time spent near trees and woods can benefit humans by reducing hypertension, stress and anxiety. Every tree has its own characteristics and nature, just like humans do. Some of us are short-tempered, impatient while others are calm, composed and always in a balanced state of mind. Trees possess such traits too. It is not very easy to befriend a tree and especially a tree that has been grown with Mantra Shastra because then, the tree too is highly educated, it has been taught to behave in a particular way and it exactly knows what’s happening around it. Another fascinating fact is that every tree has its own aura. An aura is an actual energy field that exists around things. There are special instruments that measure and display the aura of an object or a human. These trees very well determine the aura of a person from a distance and that decides if they want you to get near them or not! If it doesn’t like you, it’ll make sure you don’t get near it.
There have been several tests on aura analysis. Sitting under the trees to meditate or simply sitting down silently for about 20 minutes to half an hour has led to a healthy drop in the blood pressure of individuals with elevated blood pressure. A before and after has been done to determine this aspect. Also, the aura of a lot of individuals has been found to have changed from red (negative) to green (positive).
Several people have benefitted from Cosmic Healing and the auras of people before, during and after the process show drastic differences. It is so alarming that so many of us are in a negative mental state and desperately need healing! I personally experienced a feeling of calmness and light-headedness after meditating under the mango tree, the aura of which I happen to share. I could feel a connection being established after spending an hour under the tree for over 7-8 days regularly and the feeling is utterly indescribable!
Pujya Kakaji has groomed these trees right since they were saplings, Mantra chikitsa was then performed and then they were planted. He has also performed Cosmic Healing on the trees during their growing phase. Imagine the kind of bonding he has with the trees! The trees literally whisper into his ears when he is around them. They communicate and convey to him their problems, if any.
Today, after eight months of constant learning and observation, the way I look at trees and the entire cosmos has completely changed. The amount of affection I showered on these plants and trees got doubled while I was getting it back from them. I found real friends in their form and my emotional needs were met with. It is difficult to put in words what I feel for these trees.
It’s time we realized that it is not some superpower that’ll save us from miseries, it is these elements of nature! Can we vow to plant at least one tree and take care of it till it grows and is capable of sustaining itself? I don’t think it is an unachievable task for as far as we are headstrong about our intentions, everything just falls in place.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
― Chris Maser,
About The Author
Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.