interview with devi mohan in the speaking tree, the weekend supplement issue of the no. 1 newspaper in india - Times of India
On 21 July 2019 Devi Mohan’s life experiences and views were shared with hundreds of thousands of readers of the famous Times of India newspaper, through the following article in its weekend supplement, The Speaking Tree.
In this interview, Devi Mohan touches upon many subjects: from veganism and yoga to astral travel, near-death experience, dharma and marriage... Interview by Ms. Priti Agarwal.
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Excerpts from interview with Devi Mohan in The Speeking Tree’s article “Peace on your Platter”
Devi Mohan, who was one of the panel speakers at the Vegan India Conference on 6 and 7 July representing Mohanji Foundation, was recently interviewed by Ms. Priti Agarwal from The Speaking Tree:
Devi spoke on the subject of Ahimsa, linking non-violence with being natural and with Yoga:
'In a panel discussion on ahimsa, Devi Mohan, president of ACT Foundation and director of Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga, talked of the need to promote peace and harmony. She is from Yugoslavia, where she suffered a lot during war.
“If one becomes aware that eating meat is making our body a graveyard, and damaging the inner system, then veganism naturally becomes part of a daily life."
“Choose to become aware, and to be compassionate. Today, we are facing many problems, but with veganism, we can resolve climate change, environmental issues, health problems and we can also resolve our spiritual blockages. So you can tick off so many things just by one choice — become vegan.” says Devi.'
To read the full article with several brilliant quotes of the other panel speakers, please visit:
Interview with Mohanji BY the renown Slovenian magazine ‘Misterija’ about the new spiritual center in Slovenia AND HIS, DEVI’S AND DAUGHTER mILA’S NEW LIFE IN sT.aNA, sLOVENIA
“BUILDING OF THE SLOVENIAN TEMPLE”, MISTERIJA, MAY ISSUE 2019
-What is your spiritual teaching based on?
Mohanji: "Self-acceptance. That is the key step to self-actualization. We are our strongest critics and greatest judges, who prevent us from recognizing ourselves as a wonderful, bright child of the Universe. Everything begins with self-acceptance and ends in total liberation. Acceptance of ourselves with all our strengths and weaknesses is essential for attaining contentment on a daily basis as well as freedom in the whole life. No acceptance means no freedom."
-What do you want to tell people?
"I tell people around the world that they themselves are the heaven that they have been searching for. Heaven is in our contentment factor as well as goodness, kindness, compassion factor. This means, they are the core substance and everything they encounter around are just their projections. A beautiful mind sees beauty everywhere. A mind filled with anger will only see disappointments everywhere. Our world is exactly how we are."
-How do you help people? What is your mission?
"I look at beings of all species as people, because all beings are unique creations and they have their own personalities. I live for the world. My world is within me. I have found all that I need within me. I guide people to an existence of responsibility more than rights. I believe that a responsible life will purify our existence completely. Responsible existence means unselfish, unconditional and compassionate existence. In that mode, the only question would be “what else can I do for the society, nation and the world?” Our focus will not be on our green, on what we need from the world, instead, what we can give to the world. This is true existence, a liberated existence. We share what we have and feel rich inside.
True richness is a mental state, a feeling. We can share money, wealth, knowledge, time, love or whatever we have in abundance. This makes us rich inside. My whole existence is dedicated to value addition.
Whichever country I go to, I try to make a positive difference in that world, at least in a few people if not bigger groups, without asking, expecting or taking anything from them. Non-violence is my path. No violence in thoughts, words and actions makes us a refined human being. Acceptance, tolerance and companionship follows. We have various meditations and methods, retreats and pilgrimages, which help people attain that inner state of fullness. Our meditations are free to download from www.mohanji.org in various languages. We also continuously inspire people to apply love and peace in action through social activity/charity platforms such as www.actfoundation.org and www.ammucare.org; affiliations and participations in forums such as Peace Pledge Project (based in Netherlands, www.peacepledgeproject.org ), Parliament of World Religions (UN-based, www.parliamentofreligions.org ), World Consciousness Alliance (www.worldconsciousnessalliance.org), which are all platforms for bringing peace and harmony at the grassroots level. I believe that if we cannot make a positive difference on earth, we have not lived at all."
-Why did you choose Slovenia as the European center of your work? And why did you choose St. Ana in Slovenske Gorice?
"Slovenia was a natural choice. I fell in love with the nature, the people and the peace of the country. My wife Devi Mohan, who is now based in St. Ana near Maribor, told me about Slovenia and how she liked the energy and openness of the people there to universal spirituality. Later, we decided to make our European base in Slovenia, after looking at various options including UK, France and Switzerland. We have our activities and Mohanji Foundations registered in United Kingdom, South Africa, USA, Canada, India, Switzerland, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia, Bosnia and soon in Peru as well.
Since we moved to Slovenia I have been travelling a lot, but I do get to see and feel Slovenia through the eyes and experiences of my wife Devi and our 7-year-old daughter Mila, who just adores her school, teachers and the environment. My wife Devi teaches Yoga, conducts free meditations and charity initiatives, and is thus doing her best to add value to the society in her own way. She is also our Mohanji Foundation Ambassador, representing the teachings and core values that we stand for at various global forums.
We landed in St. Ana through a Slovenian friend of ours called Mojca Fanedl. She has been a great help and has provided sincere assistance in relocating my family to St. Ana. She and her family were extraordinarily kind and supportive to us so that we could finalize everything quite rapidly. We also met the Mayor of St. Ana, Mr. Silvo Slaček, who is a warm, friendly and resourceful person with extraordinary clarity. After I met Mr. Slaček, I did not look any further. A true, selfless leader is a true asset to any country. With regards to the land on which our European spiritual centre is going to be built, meeting the Mayor of St. Ana really helped us to stabilize things in no time. I especially liked St. Ana because of the noiseless, clean space and environment, beautiful hills and nice energy. I like its tranquility and homeliness too."
- -What do you want to bring, spread into the Slovenian, European space?
"I have been conducting retreats and programs in Europe since 2010. Usually, we have “gatherings of awareness” and peace projects in most countries. In Slovenia, if everything goes as planned, I intend to create our own space where people will be able to come, stay and rejuvenate themselves through simple and peaceful methods of cleansing. As I mentioned earlier, our methods are all for assisting the development of stress-free, selfless, self-sufficient people who will do good for the world around them. I always make sure that wherever we are, we add value to that society.
I am therefore looking at having our spiritual center where the world can come to, plus programs and conferences such as peace gatherings, inter-faith programs, art/music programs and activities which stabilize not only Slovenia, but the region through Slovenia. We also intend to bring to St. Ana, to Slovenia, personalities of the world who are synonymous for goodness factor. I believe there are no limits to the activities that we can do in Slovenia. I sincerely hope that this base which we are now starting to build in St. Ana will not only bring the positive presence of Slovenia onto the global map, but also contribute to the country’s economy and the overall well-being, in my humble way, within my capacity."
-What will happen in the center? What will all be available to visitors to the center?
"Center at St. Ana would be an eco-center with peace and harmony as the primary aspect. Our space is envisaged to harmonize the positive energy in individuals and create a peaceful existence, allowing people to totally detach from the usual social emotions such as greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, comparisons, competitions, etc. This would be a center which will increase the goodness factor, with natural practices such as connecting to oneself through yoga, meditation, breathing methods, Kriya, Mai-Tri Method of cleansing and harmonizing, Conscious Walking, Conscious Dancing, conscious consumption of food, coherent water (water with life), etc. All these methods are designed for the overall well being of every individual. We are actively supporting the coherent water system developed by two Dutch scientists who became our friends. Coherent water is water with life and it rejuvenates us at the cellular level."
-When do you expect the center to be open?
“We are looking forward to opening the center, at least in a minor way, within January 2020.”
-In June you will lecture in Slovenia. What do you want to tell the Slovenian people?
"Yes, I will be conducting a program in hotel Otočec on 8 June. My main message would be “Give more to Slovenia than you ask from your country. Your presence in the country should be valuable for the country.” Each and every citizen can contribute for the well-being of the country, its resources and nature. Our strength is in sharing what we have been gifted with. Our net-worth is in what we are able to share, not what we acquire from the Mother Earth, because whatever we acquire goes away from our hands when we die. We cannot carry even a pebble from earth when we die. We can only carry some memories and some experiences. Hence, we should share whatever we have so that we remain rich inside. Slovenian people, whoever I have met so far, have been very kind and loving. Just share the highest qualities that you have unconditionally. That is all it takes for glory in a lifetime. Today we remember Gandhi and Mother Teresa because of what they gave to earth, not what they took from earth. All we have to do is remember that. I am with the people who share. I walk with them."
Devi Mohan was interviewed by the Alumni of John Cabot University in Rome, where she did her undergraduate studies in International Affairs, 2000-2003
You can read the interview here.
The highlight of the Peace Pledge Pilgrimage at the Kumbha Mela - the sacred snaan and wonderful coverage in the local media
Devi Mohan commenting about the recent tragic killing of 40 Indian soldiers in Kashmir, Peace Pledge Pilgrimage at the Kumbha Mela, February 2019
During Peace Pledge Pilgrimage at the Kumbha Mela, Devi Mohan was asked to comment about the recent tragic killing of 40 Indian soldiers in Kashmir. She highlighted that violence is never the answer, as has been seen in Former Yugoslavia and all previous wars and conflicts. She appealed to the parents and relatives of the soldiers to be the beacons of Ahimsa (nonviolence) and Ishwarapranidhana (surrender to the higher will) no matter how difficult this may be at the moments of severe pain of loss, because the cycle of violence must not continue…
You can watch this interview here.
Devi Mohan speaking at "She is the solution : The Summit of Grace" at Kumbha Mela, January 29th 2019
On 29 January 2019 Devi Mohan, Global Ambassador of Mohanji Foundation, shared her views about women's rights and women's empowerment during an interview by a local TV station, as organized by Parmath Niketan, the host of the event "She is the Solution- The Summit of Grace" at the Kumbha Mela in Prayagraj, India.
Watch this interview here.
An interview with Devi Mohan by Prash from Mantra Therapy, Watford, UK, 12 January 2019
In this interview Devi Mohan talks about busting the yoga myths and being authentic.
Watch this lovely interview here:
1. Part 1 of the interview
When introduced by Prash, the celestial interviewer, the inner joy explodes within before one even says anything :-)
We all have our unique talents and beauty to share... - Devi
2. Part 2 of the interview
3. Part 3 of the interview
Print media coverage - in Serbia, Magazine “She”, 20 December 2018
Devi Mohan, the first Serbian woman who has participated at the Parliament of the World's Religions, in November 2018, talks about her experience.
Read this beautiful interview in English language here.
Print media coverage - in Slovenia, December 2018
Interview with Devi Mohan in Slovenian print media (Stajerac, 6 Dec 2018)
(about the choice of St. Ana as the new home and location of the future Mohanji ashram (spiritual center) in Slovenia, her Yoga teaching, charity work and life philosophy).
Online Media Coverage
Interview with Devi Mohan by Vegan First
“Peace on our plate - the effect Yoga has on our food choices”.
“If we make a conscious choice to elevate ourselves spiritually, to become more subtle and loving, and truer to ourselves, what then comes 100% naturally is unconditional love which excludes any form of violence. As we become more self-aware, someone’s leg or head on the plate will suddenly start to repel us. A complete inner software change happens, out of the blue. It becomes impossible for us to eat meat, to eat our friends. “
Read the full article here
online Interview by Prakash from Mantra Therapy, in London August 2018.
A fun interview (Part 1) by a lovely couple from Mantra Therapy during the Mohan family’s trip to London, UK in Aug 2018. In this video Devi shares her life experiences and insights, from the heart...
Part 2 of the interview by the lovely couple, Sneha and Prakash from Mantra Therapy UK:
"Devi Mohan tells us about her spiritual journey from war torn Serbia to traveling the globe teaching and healing."
Mela TV interview with Devi Mohan during her visit to South Africa in September 2017.
Devi talks about the tradition of yoga and its many benefits that go beyond just the physical, supporting one's overall blossoming and spiritual progress.
Watch the Mela TV interview here
A candid, lively radio interview on Lotus FM
with wonderful Alan Khan. Devi Mohan speaks about her NDE experience, Yoga, experiential spirituality and joy of service. In Durban, September 2017.
You can listen to the interview here
Satsang with Mohanji and Sun Yogi Umashankar in Zemun, Serbia in May 2017
Devi describes this experience as “one of the most fun and at the same time most profound Satsangs ever during which she translated for Mohanji (and actively participated - ). The ease and love with which it all simply flowed was truly remarkable.”
You can watch the second part of Satsang when Mohanji spoke here and/or can read a blog in which Mohanji’s connection with Mahavatar Babaji, Nath Tradition and Guru Mandala is explained beautifully, supported by images.
A fun, impromptu online interview with Mohanji and Devi Mohan by Kristen Eykel during Sedona Yoga Festival in March 2017.
Lots of laughter and straight talk :-) Click here to enjoy this bubbly interview conducted right after Power of Purity meditation at Sedona Yoga Festival, in the sacred energy of Sedona vortexes.
Interview with Devi (Biba) Mohan by Penny Fray from Y Magazine, Muscat, Oman, 2013
“I have shared here what Yoga means to me and how it helped me transcend the pain of contractions and 'shift to the right brain' during natural delivery of my baby. Thanks to Yoga, I was able to experience the height of this indescribable peak experience that only a woman can have - Divine collaboration in bringing a new life to this planet, the most sacred moment of seeing the special little angel entering this world and taking its first breath... Forever grateful, Biba”
Read this beautiful interview here.
Print media coverage
Devi Mohan's first interview about Yoga and her life journey: "Rebel with a Cause", Weekend Magazine, Dubai, UAE, June 2006
Devi shares her determination to come out of the comfort zone (including office jobs with regular income) and dedicate her life to Yoga and experiential spirituality.
Yoga Sessions and Retreats
Images from various Yoga Retreats in Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, UK, US, South Africa, etc.