This life story is nothing but a long voyage… from what one believes to be to what one truly is, from the personal to the universal, from the partial to the total, from the unreal to the real, from the human to the Divine. This story is not public but deeply private and intimate.
Disciple of a seer, an enlightened being. Initiated in my spiritual childhood by the stars shining through the silence. Inspired by a seagull that loved flying more than anything else in life.
In love with the impossible, I crossed the universe chasing a star. I walked a thousand paths, following the footsteps of those who saw… with deep respect, but always in my own way.
As the ocean longing for water, I was looking for my home within my own house.
Even if this life journey is put into words, it will always be incomplete. What truly happens here is internal, imperceptible through the senses.
It is impossible to write a biography of that which has no beginning or end, no birth or death, that which never began and will never cease to be…
Biographies usually deal with whatever happened on the physical plane, within space and time. But historical events are irrelevant. What matters is the timeless truths. The story of a seeker of Truth will necessarily refer to what has occurred in consciousness.
I am not a guide, instructor, educator, pedagogue, guru, or master, but only a traveler asked for the way and indicating the direction you are searching for. I gladly show you a place where everything calms down upon arrival… a place beyond the sun and the stars, beyond your desires and longings, beyond time and space, beyond your concepts and conclusions, beyond you.
I do not preach neither teach. It is not my intention to convince anyone of anything. I only talk to myself; I think aloud. The echo of these words can lead you to that infinite space which is peace, silence, love, existence, consciousness, and absolute bliss.
Do not search for me but for yourself. It is not me that you need, because the only thing that really matters is you. What you yearn for lies within, here and now, as what you are.
Glory has no relation to fame. Avoid standing out, for the true honor is not based on the public opinion, but on what you really are. Choose bliss over success, life over reputation, wisdom over information.
By flying you will learn that what matters is not to touch the sky but to have the courage to spread your wings. The higher you will fly, the smaller and less significant the world will look.
(Prabhuji is a writer and a mystic who has chosen to retire from society and lead a solitary life. He spends his days completely secluded, writing in silence and absorbed in contemplation. Prabhuji is not a public figure and rejects any kind of promotion or personal publicity. He does not offer any sat-sangs, lectures, courses, conferences, or interviews; nor does he accept visitors, disciples, or followers. He shares his teachings only through books, online forum, and videos. We ask everybody to respect his privacy.)
“For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly. This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make one’s self popular with other birds.”
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“So I say to you:
‘This is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world:
Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream; like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream.
So is all conditioned existence to be seen.’
Thus spoke Buddha.”
Diamond Sutra, verse 32
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. For your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
“One must go into solitude to attain this divine love. To get butter from milk you must let it set into curd in a secluded spot: if it is too much disturbed, milk won’t turn into curd. Next, you must put aside all other duties, sit in a quiet spot, and churn the curd. Only then do you get butter.”
In the thirteenth chapter of “Autobiography of a Yogi”, the master yogi, Ram Gopal Muzumdar, asks Yogananda: “Are you able to have a little room where you can close the door and be alone? That is your cave. That is your sacred mountain. That is where you will find the kingdom of God.”
“A transcendentalist should always try to concentrate his mind on the Supreme Self; he should live alone in a secluded place and should always carefully control his mind. He should be free from desires and feelings of possessiveness.”
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6: 10
Rabbi Chaim Vital (1542-1620) writes when speaking of the “early saints” (chassidim rishonim) mentioned in the Talmud:
“These individuals would travel to rocky caves and deserts, secluded from the affairs of society. Some would seclude themselves in their homes, as isolated as those who went into the deserts. Day and night, they would continuously praise their Creator, repeating the words of the Torah, and chanting the Psalms, which gladden the heart.”
From “Sha’arey Kedushah” trans Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan on p94 of “Meditation and Kabbalah.”
According to Rebbe Nachman of Breslav:
“Hitbodedut is the greatest thing – above all else. That is to establish at least one hour or more to be alone in some room, or in the field, and to voice one’s dialogue between himself and his Owner. Reasoning and arguing with graceful words of appeasement and conciliation, requesting and beseeching before Him who is Blessed to bring one close to His service in truth. And this prayer and supplication should be in the language one speaks naturally.”
Likutei Moharan II, 25
When his disciple M. asked him if it was possible to see God, Sri Ramakrishna replied: “Yes, certainly. Living in solitude now and then, repeating God’s name and singing His glories, and discriminating between the Real and the unreal─these are the means to employ to see Him.” About the first discipline he said: “One must go into solitude to attain…divine love.”
“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”