Havan Speeches – Spring Navaratri 2019

Chaitra Navaratri 2076


Day 1

Bhole Baba ki Jai ! Welcome Ladies and Gentleman, brothers and sisters to Herakhan Vishwa Mahadham on the first day of the New Year 2076 according to the Samvat, The Vedic calendar.
Shortly the chairman of the Haidakhandi Samaj, Shri Alok Banerjee will initiate the first havan of the 9day yagna dedicated to the mere glory of the splendorous Divine Mother Durga and to our beloved Babaji who has guided us here, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan Whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit havan mantras and sloka’s to call on the various aspects of the Divine to collect our offerings and dwell in our midst.
A special welcome to those who have come for the first time to Shri Babaji’s sacred theater in His holy sanctuary. Hopefully you have come with a healthy dose of curious anticipation. Being hurled through a wormhole into another dimension of the cosmos sounds fancy but it may be more accurate to say that the Divine energies here will entice and guide us from our mind to our heart. The daily program here is stipulated by Babaji and holds a recipe for spiritual awakening for as deep as you can manage. For what ever it may seem to your mind you have been invited here by Babaji and it would be wise to do your part here in these days to discover the essence of your life’s destiny. When we allow ourselves to be guided to our heart fear, anger, judgment, greed or whatever it is that troubles our personality will go to the background. The Divine unconditional love for you will awaken the same in you and compassion, forgiveness, gratitude etc. for yourself and others will alter the your experience of the daily events as you may have never imagined possible. Remember you will need to do your part to make this happen and our personalities will most likely produce resistance and or body fatigue in this process. Since it is a life altering experience brothers and sisters, do not give much importance to this complaining voice in your head. Be aware that this voice has never been a great support in your life. It is the Divine guidance of Sathguru Babaji that will really benefit you. This sacred fire about to happen is one of the highlights of the day at Navaratri and the Divine vibrations are wonderful in becoming aware of the difference of the voice in your mind and in your heart.
I am bringing to your notice that there is a disturbing empty spot on my left side. Our brother Kali shani has moved on from our physical realm recently. He has been a prominent presence since 35 years on the Haidakhandi stage and will therefor be missed sorely. He never really missed out on the great occasion of Navaratri and we can joyfully imagine that his spirit is also with us now. Another great soldier of the Lord has left us, Salvatore from Italy. Perhaps not as prominent as Kali Shani but he is known for great seva to the divine. Also Susheel Khanna, our brother from Ludhiana who’s house is hosting Babaji’s Paduka’s every year and inviting everybody for the function, has moved on now. May their souls enjoy Divine Union now. Time is eating away also our life brothers and sisters. Nothing to worry about for it is the natural process of life. It is however good to remember this and set priorities while we live our precious lives. Celebrate and seek the Divine in your life !
Bhole Baba ki Jai ! Durga Maya ki Jai !


Day 2

Bhole Baba ki Jai! Welcome sisters and brothers to the second day of Chaitra Navaratri. Soon Shri Alok Banerjee will start the 2nd havan of the 9day yagna dedicate to the glorious Divine Mother Durga and to the teacher of teachers, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya are reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s. Shri Mayapatti also reads the Shrimad Devi Bhagvatam during Navaratri from cover to cover and in the afternoon explains the highlights of these sacred scriptures with English translations. Many stories over of powerful Goddesses battling with ferocious demons. Each of us is an expression of the divine, a form of God. Being a God or Goddess carries also the great responsibility of expressing divine qualities to the best of our abilities. Making a sincere effort of expressing Love, Compassion, Gratitude, Forgiveness and so on, always supporting the needy and confused is embodying the Divine. With truthfully and courageously practicing awareness, mindfulness we can we can also recognize the lower tendencies, demonic qualities that are seeking to express them selves through our personality. It takes great skills to refuse to let that happen but it is the way of the true devotee walking a spiritual path, helping the divine to express itself everywhere. Being here at this sacred place during this auspicious time it is the best moment of your lifeto investigate if we are expressing Divine qualities in our life or are we nurturing fear, jealousy, greed, lust and likewise tendencies. Having a human body with self reflecting abilities it is our duty to express Divine qualities and serve humanity as Shri Babaji Himself has always been and is constantly engaged in. You will enjoy Divine bliss in the process. Waiting in front of us is a fountain of Divine bliss, the sacred fire enlightening the darker corners of our being for our awareness to witness. Pay attention brothers and sisters for these are the blessed moments of our life. Bhole Baba ki Jai! Durga Maya ki Jai !


Day 3

Bhole Baba ki Jai ! Welcome sisters and brothers to day 3 of the Divine Mother festival at Babaji’s home in the Himalaya. Now or Chairman Shri Alok Banerjee will start the 3rd havan of the 9day yagna dedicated to the gorgeous form of all forms the Divine Mother Durga and to our benevolent lord Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s during the ceremony. So many names, sapes and forms of the Divine Mother we are worshipping here. In the aarti we sing that every thing that has form is the Divine Mother. The most delightful form of the Divine Mother is the female form of our human species. She is the gateway between the spiritual and the physical realm. Every soul that has walked the earth came into existence in the most wondrous way, through Her. Every female deserves to be worshipped as a representative of the Divine Mother because of this miraculous fact. Unfortunately the male/female balance of respect and harmony has slipped completely sideways thru the ages and the most enchanting representative of the all powerful Divine Mother is labeled as the weaker gender. It seems caveman’s wisdom and does not befit the consciousness of an evolved humanity. Religion has also been playing an active role in demising the power of the wonderful female force. Babaji represents the harmony of the male/female and is therefor being worshipped as the Lord as well as the Divine Mother. Being His or Her devotee it is time to harmonize our believes with the reality and also celebrate the Divine Mother outside the Navaratries and not only as a murti or a picture but in Her physical representatives amongst us also. It may take some time to disempower this old misunderstanding but contemplation and awareness on the thoughts we entertain in our mind is where we need to start, each of us for ourselves. May the flames of this holy fire burn away the misconceptions and make place for an evolved humanity that Shri Babaji is working on.
Durga Maya ki Jai ! Jagdambe Mata ki Jai ! Haidakhandeshwari mata ki jai ! Bhole Baba ki Jai !


Day 4
Bhole Baba ki Jai! With some challenges (big rainstorm) brothers and sisters we are gathered again around the sacred fireplace on the 4th day of Navaratri. Our Chairman, Shri Alok Banerjee is about to conduct the 4th havan of the 9day yagna dedicated to the illustrious Divine Mother Durga and to the One that guides us over the ocean of misery, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s inviting the Divine in various forms here.
Building a fresh fire offering on the embers of yesterdays offering in our practice of Sanatan Dharma, the eternal law. The wise fathers of humanity, the Rishis have created these laws for humanity to evolve on towards a Divine destiny. Human beings have been given free will which appears to be a great blessing and a tremendous curse for humanity as a whole. Being pulled by short lived sense pleasures in one direction while our Divine essence is calling us home. Our feeble mind, easily corrupted by our senses is mostly NOT guiding us to our best interest and in particular not for Humanity at large. Praise the Divine for having provided us with Sanatan Dharma, a roadmap to guide us individually and collectively to a higher consciousness. A roadmap needs to be studies and directions followed even if one has spend a lifetime with Babaji and is on a spiritual path already. Disciplined action for a higher purpose beyond our limited self needs to be followed. How fortunate we are to find ourselves now in front of this sacred fire, a marvelous Sanatan Dharma practice. With these offerings we nurture the Divine essence of creation that we are also part of. It is not so important if these offerings are made by your hand or somebody else’s. It matters that you are here with your body, mind and heart. Those who are invited do have the responsibility to offer for a higher goal then a self serving purpose in order to harmonize with Sanatan Dharma. Babaji said, I am Harmony, so practice harmony.
Sanatan Dharma ki Jai ! Durga Maya ki Jai ! Bhole Baba ki Jai!


Day 5
Bhole Baba ki Jai! We are half way sisters and brothers of Chaitra Navaratri 2076 at Herakhan Vishwa Mahadham. Shri Alok Banerjee will soon lead us into the 5th havan og the 9day yagna to celebrate the greatness of the radiant Divine Mother Durga and to our omniscient Sathguru, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s. At the start of every puja Lord Ganesha is being observed. Why is it that this friendly eying deity, also known as the remover of obstacles, is always first in being called up on? He is also known as the Lord of knowledge and it is said that many of the ancient sacred scriptures have originated from Him. Knowledge is the antidote of ignorance. Ignorance is an enormous challenge for us individuals and also collectively. A big problem with ignorance is that we as individuals are unaware that we are suffering from this as ignorance itself prevents it from being seen. Also in the Shrimad Devi Bhagvatam, the holy book that Shri Mayapatti Acharya reads from in the temple, ignorance is symbolized by a demon named Dumralochan. This is a considerable evil force even if the Divine Mother conquers it eventually. On the main stage of our world today it seems that this demon is being worshipped ardently while greed, anger, lust, etc. is dancing in her shadow. It is Kali yuga, we are living the very moment Shri Babaji has warned us about and ignorance is making victims everywhere, also in spiritual organizations and with seekers on the path. So we really need to worship wisdom, personified in Lord Ganesh at the start of every action. We can see, if we are honest, that it is not enough to wave incense or even offer an elaborate puja to this lovely expression of Divine knowledge to dispel the darkness of our ignorance. Calling Shri Ganepatti consciously with awareness in our thoughts will certainly put a turbo charge on your spiritual practice and mature our understanding. If one is opening to letting go of old concepts this sacred fire has Divine properties of dispelling darkness and repleacing it with wisdom from the infinite sea of consciousness that Lord Ganesha is the guardian of. Be still and focused.
Bhole Baba ki Jai! Shri Ganepatti Bhagwan ki Jai ! Durga Maya ki Jai!


Day 6,
Bhole Baba ki Jai ! Thirsty for more Divine nectar flowing from the sacred fire we have collected here again at the holy cave site. Soon Shri Alok Banerjee will conduct the 6th havan of the 9day yagna dedicated to the encompassible in whom all changes take place, the Divine Mother Durga and to the unfathomable one, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s.
From just a few days back our perception and the way we experience the world around us has changed. Generally our minds are occupied with tackling or wrestling with life’s situations. With the influence of this magical place and the various rituals we perceive everything more through the eyes of the heart. Change is the law of nature. Most of us are wishing for some changes in our life like health, wealth, political, material, relationships and are often stemming from unhappiness with what is present. We experience the relationship to these things inside of us and it may be useful to realize that in order for things to change we need to change. To change our perception and actions to bring about the change we wish to see. The presence of Babaji in our life has brought a big change to each of us. In our embrace of the Divine we can become aware of the tendencies that hold us back and are not conducive for ourselves and the new world that Babaji is creating. If we do take our responsibilities our Sathguru will surely guide us into a future for humanity that the Lord envisions. It may not comprise all the changes you now have in your mind for when we evolve, we want less and peace comes naturally. As change starts with us, let us focus on the power of transformation emanating from this sacred fire.
Durga Maya ki Jai! Bhole Baba ki Jai!


Day 7
Bhole Baba ki Jai! We have united again brothers and sisters between the holy mount Kailash and the sacred Gautam Ganga river having arrived on the 7th day of Chaitra Navaratri. Shri Alok Banerjee will soon perform the 7th havan of the 9day yagna dedicated to the magnificent Divine Mother Durga and to Maha Avatar Babaji, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s.
Shri Maha Avatar Babaji is known for His teachings of Kriya yoga but in His manifestation of Bhole Baba His main teaching is Karma yoga. This place where we are standing now is carved out of the foot of mount Kailash by hand and a beautiful example of what can be done in selfless service for a higher purpose. Karma Yoga should however not be confused with just work. In one of the finest spiritual teachings, The Bhagavat Gita, karma yoga is one of the highest teachings. It is about the purpose in any action taken that separates work from Karma Yoga. For devotees of Babaji it is a must to study its deeper meaning and practice it, putting it in action. Without Babaji or Shri Muniraj stimulating this practice the popularity of this yoga has dwindled considerably amongst His devotees. Here at Babaji’s home in Herakhan the many hands needed to create such a beautiful festival as this are always still appearing, Thank you all for doing so. By not doing our designated duty we are adding to the problems in the world and it is not in line with Babaji’s teachings. It is clear that in many of His ashrams and organizations around the world throughout the year Karma yoga is not so fancy anymore. We can see many new people arriving and the benefit of a clean, well functioning ashram where people can be inspired by the Lord is far beyond and personal interest and more being part of Babaji’s creation of Divine Harmony on earth. This is a big thing in these turbulent times and working together with all the colorful characters that we all are offers also ample opportunity of personal growth. So brothers and sisters let us study the meaning of karma yoga and seva, service to humanity and see how your personal practice of this yoga can benefit you and help in the realization of Babaji’s vision for an harmonic functioning humanity. Be a loyal student dear ones and your relationship with our magnificent guru will deepen and strengthen every day.
Bhole Baba ki Jai! Durga Maya ki Jai !


Day 8th
Bhole Baba ki Jai! Happy Astami sisters and brothers, the 8th day of Navaratri. Our Samaj Chairman Shri Alok Chairman will now perform the 8th havan of the Chaitra Navaratri Yagna dedicated to the omnipotent Divine Mother Durga and to our beloved Babaji, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya are reciting the havan mantras and sloka’s.
Babaji ordered us to be happy and it was also Shri Muniraj’s last suggestion to all of us. Happiness is the very nature of our soul, its natural state. Here at Herakhan Vishwa Mahadham it seems to come fairly easy in these auspicious days but generally it does not seem to come in a natural way to us in our daily life. We are often caught in the illusion that happiness is just around the corner when we have this thing or that situation we desire. It is the wanting itself that keeps happiness from not being realized. Even here in this realm of Divine harmony the craving for applying paste on Babaji’s paduka’s or wanting to sit on that havan can be an obstacle in experiencing that Divine Harmony pervading everything here. Other challenges of wild energies and flare ups of anger from somebody can haunt our mind while just that Divine presence is upholding all this, like Kali Mata in full fury dancing on Lord Shiva who is absorbing everything with a smile. Remember this concept sisters and brothers that in these turbulent times the Divine, Babaji’s love and your happiness is just beyond these wild appearances. Babaji is not manipulating or pushing us but rather inspiring us into His vision for a future humanity. His bright Divine light will expose any double agenda in our actions and thinking. His way is the highway and anything else will ultimately lead nowhere. This is also the essence of the teachings of Navaratri, to become aware of out inhibitions, our lower tendencies and with the tools handed by Babaji overcome these. Take this home with you brothers and sisters and use this concept as an instrument not to be swept away in Kali Ma’s fury, however it may be expressed in the life around you but to stay focused on the under laying Divine love and peace.
Shri Kali Mata ki Jai ! Durga Maya ki Jai! Bhole Baba ki Jai!


Day 9
Bhole Baba ki Jai ! Experience Divine Grace brothers and sistershere on Naumi, the 9th day of Chaitra Navaratri in the greatest place of the Universe, Herakhan Vishwa Mahadham. After 8 powerful fire ceremonies the chairman of the Samaj, Shri Alok Banerjee will now lead us into the 9th and last havan and poornahooti of the 9day yagna dedicated to the all pervading omnipresent Divine Mother Durga and to our beloved gracious Babaji, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya will be calling on the various Divine forms to collect our offerings and grace us with their presence by reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s. All this beautiful energy that we can now perceive around us and inside of us is an abundance of Divine grace. We are no great saints here, just regular people and this enormous blessing has come our way. This is Babaji’s grace, Bhole Baba ki Jai!
Paramguru Shri Mahendra Maharaj has performed comprehensive penance throughout his life with a one pointed focus for the benefit of humanity that Babaji would take a physical for, and be amongst us. And so the Lord came and walked amongst us for 14 years and even all of us here now, over 35 years later are still reaping the humongous blessings from his performed sadhana. Paramguru Shri Mahendra Maharaj ki Jai! With no great saint amongst us now how can we, a hopeless lot of confused people longing for Shri Babaji’s love and attention entice the Lord of lords to walk the earth and adorn His assan in Herakhan once again. Perhaps if we self indulged characters that we are, unite, unite the voices of our heart calling His holy name, Om Haidiyakhandi. Perhaps the compassionate Lord may heed our call. Do not ask with the hope of resolving our personal petty problems, but rather pray for the well being of humanity and all other people who would be graced with such a glorious event. In the near future we will try to organize a united call in which you will be able to participate with your voice and prayer. It is only Divine power that can resolve the terrifying problems and onslaught that we human beings bring upon ourselves and mother earth. So please brothers and sisters heed the call when it will knock on your door. Rather then being focused on our differences let us focus on the solution of the problems, on Babaji! The ecstatic devotion of us here in these days, in particular the last night displays the thirst for His Divine nectar and His non physical presence amongst us now.
O’ Lord of Herakhan reveal Yourself to your children, inspire us to serve You in Your creation of a new world where Truth, Simplicity and Love is the order of the day. O beloved Babaji Your compassion has no limits, listen to the call of Your children thirsty for your love and for the sake of humanity reveal Yourself.
Well dear blessed ones all is said and whether we feel it or not you are filled with blessings to the brim. Soon many of us will be leaving the sacred sanctuary to go back to our lives around the world. You are radiating Divine light now and everywhere you go you will spread some of these blessings you have received here. Spread His love and His name. Those who leave now travel safely and abide in peace. Those who stay for the 10th are even more lucky and most lucky are those who stay behind for cleaning up and putting the ashram back to normal. That is really Babaji’s teaching and fulfillment of His vision. Thank you all for coming and happy to see you again at His lotus feet somewhere in His ashrams. One big blessing is now waiting to be performed. Let us focus together on this sacred fire.
Durga Maya ki Jai! Durga Devi ki Jai! Bhole Baba ki Jai!


Dashmi, the 10th day

Bhole Baba ki Jai! Welcome brothers and Sisters to Dashmi, the 10th day of Navaratri. Just like in life, one story finishes and another one starts. Today we are celebrating the victory of Lord Rama in a terrible war he fought with Hanuman Ji by his side. Equally in the Shrimad Devi Bhagvatam we just concluded yesterday, it is a story of Divine powers fighting demonic forces. This is us brothers and sisters, we ourselves are war. We may have the illusion that we are peaceful, loving vegetarians but the truth is that we also are war. Our lower nature is constantly battling with our higher nature. Most of us here are not ready to beat up a fellow human being but on a more subtle level it happens to most of us that our thoughts are not always friendly to others who operate and think in a different way then we do. Within ourselves like with our health for instance, do we choose for our health or please our taste buds or will I give or will I take and other conflicting thoughts, mostly unconsciously are happening in our mind. In the scriptures most of the great epics speak of these inner battles wrapped in beautifully composed poetic stories where righteousness, courage, truth and determination triumphs over greed, lust, anger, selfiness and so on. In another such great story from the Shiva Purana where the Gods and demons have to cooperate, to work together to make the Divine nectar rise from the bottom of the ocean. Also here it reflects our spiritual path where we pass through the different tendencies and stages in our life to unite with the Divine in our heart. The courageous ones today are Ravi & Erica who will forge a bond of marriage today with the sacred fire and all of us as their testimony. Inspired by their love they will defy the divisive nature of these turbulent times. May this courageous act be rewarded with Divine grace and lasting peace and happiness between them.
We are now left with one more wonderful fire ceremony to conduct. The Haidakhandi Samaj Chairman, Shri Alok Banerjee will now guide us into this havan dedicated to Lord Rama, the upholder of Truth and the law of Sanatan Dharma and to Shri Babaji, the teacher of teachers guiding humanity from those times till now, Shri Shri 1008 Herakhan whale Baba. Lord Rama, also named Raghuvir set out on a hopeless task with unlimited courage to defy demonic powers of those times to reestablish justice. May the speaker always be inspired by His peerless example and rest at His feet. Be inspired brothers and sisters to face in the same way the demonic powers of these times inside of us and around us. Make your vows here at this sacred fire where Ravi and Erica will offer their vows today. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinodh Acharya are reciting the Sanskrit mantras and sloka’s during the last fire ceremony for this festival.
Shri Rama Chandra ki Jai! Sanatan Dharma ki Jai! Bhole Baba ki Jai!

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