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Immortal Bhagawaan Ji

by Philip Simpfendorfer
Australia

The vision of Paradise became strong for me when I made my home in a cave near the Bargo River NSW for four months during my midlife crisis. I felt impelled to find my nature in the context of nature, because I realised that I did not know the essence of either. What I discovered was a reality different from what I had experienced in society or in my inner world of spiritual power. Not knowing what I lacked, I felt I had to abandon my spirituality and somehow live in the ISNESS of myself and everything else.

After four months I went to the Weston Plains where I lived with the sun and the stars for two years. I still went about my daily work, experiencing it as a respite from the strange, overwhelming dynamic attitude within me. It was not until I stayed two months in a Balinese village that I felt I had met a culture that embodied the dimensions I experienced within environment and cosmos.

At Amarnath Cave in Kashmir in 1976, a voice spoke to me as I stood before the ice stalagmite within the cave. I was thinking that the only request I could make was that God continued to look after me. The voice said, "Don't you trust me.?" A similar voice spoke to me from Kashmir 18 months later and saidwords to the effect that the wellbeing of the world depend on the interconnection of anchorages and sites of power across the globe. It was not as simple stated as that because it was Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji communicating unfamiliar concepts to me from the astral level. The Saint had left his mortal coil in 1968 and it was no surprise to his devotees that he was in my room speaking to me in English - it was within the pattern of his behaviour before and after his death.

Bhagawaan Ji was beyond religious categories, but he did spend a lot of time at certains sacred springs and rocks associated with various Devine Energies, i.e., the immanent, feminine aspect of transcendence. Contact with him did not violate my freedom. He did not say I had to do anything. But in 1979 I invited around 20 friends to camp in the bush for the weekend. The purpose was to be aware of our inward being and the energies of environment as one, if possible. Since then on the first Sunday of each month people link in meditation with sacred sites in different countries of the world to strengtllen Earth's network of light. The first Sunday is now called 'Sacred Earth Sunday'.

Probably the idea of harmonious human society came first to the Himalayan area in the age of Gemini and blossomed in the Age of Tourus. Its centre could easily have been Mt. Kailas in Tibet . Certainly the human collective memory of paradise on earth alludes to this area. The belief in the four rivers flowing from paradise could be the memory of the four rivers that rise in the Kailas region. As late as the Middle Ages in Europe, paradise was somewhere located between India & China. During the earlier ages, though the work of great Himalayan asecties (or people who came from the stars, if A Hopi Prophesy is correct). 1995 The new race of humans will begin to design their new reality of life on this planet as they intended it to be when they came from the stars. (A Hopi Prosphesy).

The harmony of heaven began to permeate human social groups causing animal and instinctive traits to yield to human spiritual consciousness. The Indian word 'Bhagawaan' is sometimes simply translated as 'Lord' or 'God'. In K.N. Dhar's book, 'Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji of Kashmir Vol.II.' There is a quote from Kalika Purana defining "Bhaga" as 'unmitigated sovereignty over temporal and subliminal powers, religious and moral merit, undiminished glory, graceful lustre, perceptive Knowledge and discernment'.

Like the Fisher Kings father in the Grail Story, a Bhagawaan does not live as a person bound by spiritual and physical realities. By his sovereignty over temporal and eternal energies he brings in all qualities necessary for a strong and happy society cemented by love and abundance.

He is lord ofthe sites in his region. The last great person in this Bhagawaan tradition was Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji who during the mid decades of the 20th century took spiritual responsibility for Kashmir during the time of acute threat. The Bhagawaan energy broods over Glastonbell (Glastonbell, NSW Australia is 410 acres of bushland, a garden of delight, a great landscape and temple managed by a non-profit association - a big Ashram in true sense.) waiting for a building that resonates with the harmony of the sun, the moon, the earth and universal brotherhood, when built, its spiritual energy will probably relate to Mt. Kailas.

The 'Renewal' movement in part grow out of Australian involvement with the enigmatic Kashmir saint Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji. As the saint Gopinath Ji said little and spent his time weaving strong positive spiritual energies into both the Elemental forces, and the doings of people. In a sense Glastonbell, and occasionally the people in it, are Gopinath Ji's Australian focal point.

Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji was a celibate, he belonged to no religious order. Staying mostly in a room of a relative or in a hut at a sacred site, he lived in extreme introversion. His teaching sessions were limited to a few sentences. Often he would awaken necessary insight in people with a touch or a glance or sometimes like a Zen Master, with a blow. Miracles constantly happened around him. Far the enlightement of others he sometimes caused goddess or sages to appear physically. His goddess was a rock site on the hill of Hari Parbat in the centre of Kashmir valley, called Sharika, the Universal Mother.

Born Gopinath Bhan, he was the only Kashmiri given the title 'Bhagawaan' (Glorious Lord). Once he commented that a yogi may get realisation of God, but an introvert can get realisation of all aspects of God. God in the Kashmir Shiva - Shakti spirituatily is like an infinite ocean of consciousness consisting of every possible vibration even material objects.

Bhagawaan Ji's mastery over the varied manifestation of God was recognised by his awed devotees. Visiting sadhus, wandering from sacred site to sacred site, visiting the holy men of India would comment that they knew of no other so fully absorbed in the infinite. His method consisted in emitting vibrations from various organs of his body in tune with the universal cosmic vibrations. In this way he was able to entre the realm of subtle thought that pervades the world and influences the world consciousness.

Six weeks before he died he said,"Amar chha maran"(Does an immortal die?) to a disciple who was merely thinking about Bhagawaan Ji's impending death.

On 15-2-78 I met him in a vely awakened state and the following is a part of the conversation as recorded a few hours later. .

"---- Have you not heard of the guides of Humanity ? On every land we seek people who will stand like an immovable rock against the dark ocean of destruction. We would like ashrams linked with places of power and linked throughout the world."

These may not have been the precise words as I was confused by the visilation. I asked, "Are you Bhagawaan Ji,"?

"Wlll you make limitations? if not, that is true. "

"Do you have a religion? What are your religious beliefs?"

"We guided when there was no system of religions. We do not interfer with religions. We want the well being of the world. If men make patterns of belief, it is their concern. Our guidance is to make circles of light and love for the well being of Earth.

''Will the present patterns of human life go on?"
"But the circles remain."
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