Written by Carol Lipthorpe
It is a wonderful scene in the beautiful drama that Dadi Janki is back in the Middle East, this time in Bahrain. At the age of 100, Dadi is still circling the globe, still inspiring, still serving, and is perhaps even more powerful than ever.
It seems that Dadi has mastered time and matter. The physical body may be frail, but that doesn’t prevent her from getting done whatever is needed. She never complains about any ache or illness (and she has had many). She will just say “The body is doing what it has to, and I am doing what I have to.” She has been at death’s door several times in her 100 years, yet, never one to even waste a minute, she has used these times of illness to go inside, connect even more powerfully with the Divine, and emerge spiritually ever stronger.
Likewise, she has an amazing ability to bend time. Those of us who are close to her know that time seems to contract and expand around her, synchronicities abound, and airplanes unwittingly but obediently wait for her if she is meeting someone and she feels the need to give them extra time.
Though Dadi is the one who is travelling, it actually seems that the whole world is flowing around her, meeting her every physical requirement so that she is free to give whatever spiritual sustenance is needed in any situation. Actually she is really only ever in one place: centred, still and connected. And when she is with you she gives you her whole attention as though nothing else matters, except of course the most important thing of all, her connection with the Supreme. But three is not a crowd in this instance. Sometimes her body seems to take a moment to catch up with her, but be sure that, even if she isn’t looking at you directly, her love and power and good wishes for the soul are definitely heading in your direction. A second later, the moment is over, and she is now completely detached and on to the next event that she needs to give her whole attention to. Her thoughts never linger for a moment longer than they need to. In fact Dadi doesn’t think. And she often tells all of us not to either. What she means is, don’t create unnecessary or waste thoughts. Don’t use your left-brain worldly logic to try to work things out. Instead, stay internally still and connected and the inspiration to do or say exactly the right thing will just emerge. It’s her no-pollution policy in her thinking that keeps her so pure and spiritually powerful.
Dadi sees herself not as a teacher, but as a student. Not as the head of a 1 million-person strong institution, but as a constant server. She would never accept a worldly title. “Dadi” means elder sister, and she is perfectly happy with that. She is a powerful, peaceful Yogi, and she’s also feisty and fearless. If you ask her a question, be prepared for the answer. She knows what you need, so sometimes her love can be ‘tough’, but it is also without limits.
Dadi seems to have won the battle with ego better than most. She is utterly simple and totally royal at the same time. For example, she would never accept a worldly title or personal praise. “Dadi” means elder sister, and she’s perfectly happy with that. And as with all truly great souls, her humility is the sign of her greatness. Yet hers is not the kind of humility that bows down. On the contrary, it stands up to be counted. No matter how many people she is in front of, no matter how many titles, or political position, wealth, name or fame or they may have, she is invariably, and by the simple virtue of her being, the most powerful person in the room. And as she enters, all eyes are on this diminutive 4′ 6″ high lady, and all faces are beaming.
Age is not even a number to Dadi: it is totally insignificant. Of course everyone is eager to celebrate her centenary, and she has patiently and lovingly sat through more birthday celebrations than most people would do if they had ten lifetimes. And yet, the reality is that Dadi is becoming more like a baby every year. Not in the sense that some old people do, but in the sense of actively letting go of all worldly or even ordinary thoughts, all vestiges of the vices, and any other things that bind her to the worldly plane. She is the wisest, and yet the most innocent of all. Wherever her attention may be in this temporal world, on another level she knows that the only real and eternal relationship is with the One, and that the only reason she remains until now in her old costume is that she knows she still has work to do before she goes home.
As Dadi walks by, you can catch the fragrance of roses. Whether real or imagined, it doesn’t matter, but that’s what most of us are left with when Dadi has exited the room… an uplifting fragrance of spirituality that melts any resistance, and stays in the heart forever.
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