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Pujya Mota (1898-1976) is an enlightened soul who happened to be born in Gujarat, India. His life is a living example of spirituality. He was a scientist of spirituality ( quoted by Mahatma Gandhi). When the current age needs solid explanation about GOD in term that intellectual mind can grasp, his literature is like a Vedas of current age. His original name is Chunilal Asharam Bhavsar. He established ashrams in Nadiad and Surat of Gujarat, India. These ashrams have mouna mandir( Silence Rooms ).
Mouna Mandir (Silence Rooms)
During his period of sadhana, Pujya Sri Motaji had to undergo many hardships for want of a suitable solitary place and for want of getting a regular supply of food. To save others from such troubles and worries, he established Mouna Mandir (Silence Rooms) in his Ashrams, in Surat and Nadiad in Gajarat, to provide spiritual aspirants with an absolutely secluded and safe shelter, a regular supply of food and other daily necessities.
These Silence Rooms may quite properly be termed as "caves of old with modern facilities." They are available to everyone without any distinction of caste or creed. No advice or guidance is given to the occupant unless he specifically asks for it. He can chant any mantra or prayers he likes, and he can worship any deity.
Since they were established, thousands of persons have taken advantage of these Silence Rooms. The aspiring entrant must first contact the manager of the Ashram to reserve one such room, as rooms are few compared to the demand for them. The room is booked for 7, 14, 21 or even more days. As an experiment the entrant should take to silence for, at best, a week. Prayers and meditations in these Silence Rooms purify the mind, create indelible and powerful samskaras (spiritual impressions that will germinate later on), and make the pilgrim's path smoother. Silence does not just mean outward silence, but silence of thought, urges and attitudes.
The routine begins at 4.00 a.m. At 4.45 a.m., tea is served and then hot water for a bath. Personal belongings may be given out for wash and are returned in the afternoon. Lunch is provided at 10.00 a.m., followed by tea at 2.00 p.m. and supper at 5.00 a.m. Everything is supplied through a two-way window. As no post or newspapers are given, the entrant is almost cut of from the outside world. The rooms have an electric alarm bell for use in an emergency.
There is a nominal charge to cover the upkeep of the building, water supply, alert attendance around the clock, electricity, washing of clothes, hot water, two meals and hot drinks. Milk may also be supplied for an extra charge.
The aspirant in the Mauna Mandir completes his silence days with the help and guidance of Pujya Sri Mota's consciousness. It drenches him with the holy water of God's constant incantation and fills the heart and mind with ecstatic lightness. What use are the wealth, position, fame and power you can earn here on earth, while it is only the samskaras of Divine Consciousness that will aid you in your next birth? When no effort ever goes fruitless, can the effort of prayer and meditation be of no avail?
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