An additional fuel to self-effort is the additional energy of blessings or curses.
It is important to know that both blessings and curses carry with them an energy of whoever gives them.
Indian Epics are full of examples of curses and blessings that made significant differences to the stories of both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Of course, a curse (Shraap) can go as far as the power that propels it.
This further depends on the power of the person giving it and the seriousness of intent. There are mantras to solidify a curse and make it irrevocable.
What is important for you to know is that the curses we give are a double-edged sword. The energy that accompanies them hurts the recipient and also subtracts from the transmitter. Yes! You lose energy or a part of your Aura every-time you curse someone. If it is successful, depending on your strength and intent and also on the other person’s power to dilute its effect through their own Aura and other means, then you pay for the success by weakening your strength and reducing the relevant energy from your Aura.
There is a double whammy effect as you also pile up your negative Samskaras that will fructify into negative karmas at point X in the future. It is also the same with blessings and boons. Unfortunately or fortunately, neither of these work rather effectively in our day and age because most people do not have the power or energy to spare, to intensify their effect.
Often we curse people who are close friends and family. Do they work? A bit. But again, that depends on the strength of the intent and the energy of the person delivering that curse. Naturally, the same applies to blessings. It is therefore, dangerous to be cursed by powerful people and beneficial to be blessed by them.
Use of Power
To give you an example of what is the use of energy when it is used against someone, I remember Gurudev had once invited me to his camp where I spent a few blissful days. At that camp, I had given some money to his kitchen help, provided by the Government, who cooked for everyone. I didn’t know that the guy was a bit of a sly fellow and kept taking money from all of Gurudev’s disciples, as and when they came. I had given him some money and left the camp. (He told me that he had to get his sister married and was falling short of funds. He had aroused sympathy in me, and besides, he was Gurudev’s cook).
Many days later, Gurudev asked me whether I had given this kitchen help any money? Normally, I would have said yes, and told him the exact amount, but Mohna, my Gurubhai who used to accompany Gurudev to his camps of the soil & survey department, had felt that the help will lose his job if I were to tell Gurudev about this loan or rather gift of a few thousand rupees. So in order to save the employee from getting into trouble, I lied and said I gave him nothing. Gurudev looked at me very seriously and said that in case you did, please tell me and never lie to your Guru. I still said no, having studied in a Boarding School in Ajmer, I had learned not to sneak. Gurudev sniggered. That night I decided to go for a jog the next morning, something that I had not done in Gurgaon. So I borrowed the sneakers belonging to Gurudev’s son, Pravesh Chanan, better known as Babbe. I woke up the next morning at 5 am and went for a jog. Before I had crossed a couple of hundred yards, my foot sunk into a ditch and I got myself a painful sprain. The pain was unbearable, and yet every time I saw Gurudev I stood still and pretended that nothing had happened.
The agony continued for two to three days. There was no way I could reduce the pain. On the fourth day Gurudev laughed at me and said come on get into the car. He dropped me off on the way to his office and I waited for him at his Govt. allotted house in Delhi, where he normally rested for a few hours. He asked me again. He said, “Beta, never be deceptive with your Guru. That is considered to be Guru Awhelna or disregard for your Guru and unfortunately it calls for punishment.” I realised my sprain was connected to my lie and found it appropriate to tell him the entire story. He laughed again and had my sprain set right in a couple of minutes by one of his disciples, Mr. F.C. Sharma (probably his humblest) and warned me for the last time, “never ever lie to your Guru”. This is an example of a different version of a curse having worked.
The Sharp Edge of Power
I remember an incident where the owner of a hotel in Dehradun, who catered for a particular charitable institute, true to his reputation, behaved badly and slapped a security guard. People complained and said that I should never have given him the contract. When the gentlemen came to ask for his bill, I recounted the incident to him and said “Sorry but I will have to punish you. When I come to Dehradun next, you will have to come on a crutch with a broken leg, which you will break yourself, and that is punishment for your bad behaviour.” Of course he laughed and said a little this and a little that. But six months later, when I did go to Dehradun, he came to beg forgiveness. He had fractured his leg. I said, “I want you to not be a bully and to turn into a nice man, if it is possible to do that.” He promised. He committed. He swore. That was one of the few cases where I had actually used a curse to punish someone. (I am not saying that I have the right to do that and I consider that a mistake that people will hopefully never make).
Another humorous anecdote, was of a punishment delivered to my friend Udhav Kirtikar in Mumbai. Udhav was a spiritual darling and a brat, all in one. He had acquired a good amount of power and practiced healing with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately for him, he was impatient to understand the mysteries of the universe and hungry for Gyan or internal knowledge. He kept arguing in order to gain Gurudev’s attention and special coaching. He challenged Gurudev to wake him up during his sleep or give him a sign to showcase the power. A few nights later, Udhav’s brother (who looked a lot like him) woke up on the floor while he had gone to sleep on the bed. The bed was found standing against the wall. Gurudev had reacted to young Udhav’s petition for proof, and pulled his leg with only one small flaw, the wrong bed had been lifted off the ground because of the similarity of looks of the two brothers. It served Udhav right and the prankster had a prank played on him. The poor brother would never figure out what happened to him that night and I’m sure Udhav must have felt quite dumb and kept his mouth shut about this.
Punishing Indiscreet Cameras
Gurudev also had a rule that you could not take his photograph unless he gave permission. I was one of the several hundred people whose cameras got stuck when we tried to click his photograph without permission. My friend Shri Krishna Deolekar in Mumbai had the same shocking experience. Another friend, Nitin Gadekar from Mumbai had a similar experience, all at different times without having concurred with each other. This is a very common tale that went around after we had been victimised. If a photograph was taken without permission, the camera either hung or the roll turned out to be blank. The above examples are cases where power was used in small measure to punish, correct or regulate people.
These punishments were meted out purely by willing them and not by resorting to black magic or Tantric Kriyas.
When it came to blessings, that was Gurudev’s main business. Many of his blessings fructified overnight. There are many examples of things he said to people, in the form of a blessing, that came true in a short while.
This of course included people getting cured of diseases, of having their wishes met, receiving protection from physical and non-physical threats, and boons unlimited. He committed the film award to Mithun for his film Mrigaya, before the award ceremony. I believe Mithun still wears the copper Kada. He promised a friend that he would make him a famous speaker across the world and a successful politician. He did and he is! Gurudev used to call him Mahaprabhu.
You might find it interesting to know that an Indo Soviet experiment was conducted about 25 years ago at Rishikesh, where 60,000 people were photographed through Kirilian photography. (Kirilian was a Soviet Scientist who discovered how to photograph the Aura of an individual and examine the depth and colours of their Aura or electromagnetic energy. You can read more about this in ‘Supernature’ by Layall Watson, if it interests you).
A broad analysis showed that a human Aura could vary from a thickness of half an inch to 12 inches. The corporate executives and businessmen who were photographed had the least depth. Farmers and gardeners fared better. Yogis and philanthropists had even greater depth. Saints and people who were practitioners of intense meditation and spiritual practice had the deepest Auras.
The depth and the colours present in the Aura at the time a blessing or curse is delivered, determine the impact of the blessing or curse. It also depends on the mood and level of intent of the person delivering the curse.
That is why people feel very lucky when they get the blessings of a saint. They are enriched. The practice of touching the feet of Saints is by no means a social practice. It has within its action the transference and exchange of energies.