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Shivabalayogi bhavaDivine Play

“Even this body that we regard as our own is not ours, so how can we be free to act according to our individual will and desire?  Well, is this body yours?”  Somewhat bewildered the man replied, “Why, yes, of course, if my body is not mine then who else owns it?”  Swamiji smiled and said, “If that be the case, then let me see you control it and move it as you like.”

With these words Swamiji, through his spiritual power, induced the state of bhava in all those sitting directly in front of him. Under the influence of this bhava they soon forgot themselves.  They started swaying to the music of the bhajans and, without any previous resolve or will on their part, their hands automatically started to adopt various poses (mudras).  Swamiji told them to control themselves and remain still but they could not in spite of their efforts.  They continued to act as though they were being controlled by some mysterious power from within.  After this had gone on for sometime, vibhuti was applied in between the eyebrows and they immediately regained their normal state of consciousness.

One night we told Swamiji we wanted to go to Draksharama to see a movie named “Daksha Yagna”.  Swamiji told us, “I will show you the cinema.  Give the money to me.”  We sat down before Swamiji.  He gave trance to people, trances of Parvati, Himavanta, Himavanta’s wife, Shankara, Vasishta and many others.  We must have come to the ashram at nine at night and Swamiji’s play ended at three in the morning.  Then he removed the trances by applying vibhuti and asked us, “Have you watched the cinema?”

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Divine Play:   Shivabalayogi’s life and blessings, 290 pages and over a hundred photos.  Generally available in bookstores and online.

Swamiji’s Treasure:  The most comprehensive collection of biography, experiences, conversations & photographs of Shivabalayogi.

Tapas Shakti:  Published at Swamiji’s request in India, January of 1992.  Contains his biography, conversations & experiences.