Jag Mohan Chhabra

30 08 2012

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working for five years in New Delhi and on being transferred to Mumbai, my next destination was Saudi Arabia as finance manager of a multinational company. It was there that I acquired the friendship of Jawahar Lal Sethi, whose wife also happened to hail from Delhi. And through them, I came in touch with a person, who lived in a village,160 km from Hyderabad, and who was later to be my ‘Guruji.’

Whenever my friend Jawahar came face to face with any tough task, he would consult this preceptor and his directions would easily resolve any issue considered difficult. This phenomenon impressed me and I too wanted this man to be my guru. I had flown all the way from Saudi Arabia to meet this guide who would from then on be my guide and philosopher for more than seven years.

He used to make the impossible, possible and if I considered him a ‘living god’ giving him precedence over all the deities I had worshipped until then, it was only natural. I can recall many instances in which he performed near miracles justifying my deep faith in him.

Just to cite one example: my elder brother sought my help to get an opening in a petroleum company in Saudi after his retirement. He is also a Chartered Accountant who had specialized in the field of petroleum. I could succeed in finding him an opening, but then there was this hitch: in the public sector units in Saudi Arabia, only Muslims were eligible for employment. Dismayed, I took up the issue with my ‘guruji’. He suggested, after closing his eyes and going deep in spiritual slumber that I seek help from such and such persons. When I followed up his route plan, the goal was achieved: my brother got the employment. Literally impossibility became a possibility since in Saudi Arabia to by- pass religion is certainly impossibility.

The guru passed away all of a sudden at a young age in 1988. It was like the ground under my feet giving way. I later emigrated to Canada. While in Saudi Arabia, I had suffered from minor ailments earlier, my health condition deteriorated considerably in Canada. The heartbeat often rose to 150 as against the normal 72. There was restlessness and sweating and I was having a multi system failure. Am I heading for a heart attack? All kinds of fears and above all the fear of death haunted me. After subjecting me to numerous tests, doctors could not find any reason for my sickness. I was given medication for reducing the heart rate contending that since the cause of the disease is not known, there was no way they could treat me.

Thinking that it was better to die back home, I returned to India. At a friend’s suggestion, I went to a top astrologer who had hotline facility with central ministers including the PM then. Looking at my horoscope, he divined that it was an adverse planetary positioning that was causing the trouble. All that he wanted me to do was to go to the Hanuman temple and complete a ritual– that of adorning the deity with sindoor, ghee, and silver leaves on the idol (in local term called Chola Chadhana).

At the Hanuman temple, I befriended another devotee, one Dr Jitender Arora, who used to make fond inquiries about my condition. When I did not make any progress in my health, he ventured to suggest that my problems might not be physical. It could be the effect of some black magic, witchcraft or something similar. Then he explained the reason for his suspicion.

He has a sister who unknowingly got married into a rich greedy family and faced continuous demand for more dowry. Initially this was complied with; there came a point when the girl’s family could no more meet those demands. Enraged, the mother in law is reported to have approached a tantrik to put evil spirits on the girl. The devastating effect was such that his sister, who used to look like a film star, lost her shine, got emaciated and almost shrunk in size. Dr Arora wondered at the deterioration in her health. It took them quite some time to discover the cause of her decimated appearance. They stumbled across the truth only when the exorcist revealed the black magic done on her. Once the evil spirits left her, she regained normalcy.

Completing the story, Dr Jitender remarked: “Could be that your problem is also caused by demonic powers?” The dentist did not expect me to accept his explanation. Most educated people, he said, felt reluctant to concede the presence of spirits or their role in human affairs.

I could not brush aside my friend’s fears. After much persuasion, I accompanied by my son, went to meet an exorcist who happened to be in Delhi around the time. He held my hand and with an expression of astonishment on his face remarked that such was the deadly potential of the witchcraft that it was a miracle that I was still alive. Two spirits came out of me and two from my son. To the tantrik’s questions, they began answering in Hyderabadi dialect. The tantrik even rebuked a spirit for speaking in English! It was all a new experience to me and quite shocking!

The exorcist invited me to his hometown for continuation of my treatment. Initially I was apprehensive of making the trip and debated with my wife for nearly two hours. I had felt a little relief in the symptoms of my sickness and so decided to take it as an opportunity provided for my healing. Myself and son proceeded to Baheri at the foot of the Nainital hills. There were large crowds waiting every day for ‘deliverance’ from evil spirits. There were Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims seeking help. He was well known in that area for this particular task.

Somehow I noted an inexplicable change in the behaviour of the exorcist and it was tiring to wait in long queues for his darshan and demon deliverance (so called). After three days we were glad to return. But things had taken a turn for the worse. I had literally moved from the frying pan to the fire.

Here I was lacking nothing…power, position and wealth. But there was no peace within. Whatever I attempted ended in failure. The deteriorating health filled me with fear. I received all kinds of suggestions to resolve my situations and I tried most of them. I was like a drowning man, clutching at every straw.

It was then, one fine morning, (It was 7 am) that my sister- in- law (my elder brother’s wife) along with some friends descended on my home and she said: “We have come to pray for you; there is witchcraft done on you!” They offered to pray for me though I was least inclined and had difficulty concealing my hatred. And she insisted that I pray to Jesus leaving all other gods and goddesses of mine. I, a staunch Hindu, was not willing to do it. I told her that the only concession I was willing to make was to accept Jesus as one of the gods. To which she replied that I cannot have my feet in two boats. I was offended by their intervention but at the same time did not want to be discourteous.

A few days later my sister in law’s daughter wrote me a four-sentence letter. It began: “My Chotte uncle: You are the most religious person in the family. Your gods and goddesses could not stop a petty man in a village from harming you through his witchcraft? I am compelled to write these few lines by the Holy Spirit” It kindled my anger for it was quite provocative. I tore it off in a huff. However the thought put in my mind did not go away. “Yes, how is it that a person like me, so devout and faithful, should be troubled by witchcraft?”

Her zeal was understandable. She had tasted the power of faith at a point of crisis in her own life. The crisis was in the form of a spinal problem. She had such severe pain that she even decided to take her own life to end the misery after the doctors had given up. It was then that a Sri Lankan neighbour in Saudi Arabia, a Hindu who had embraced the Christian faith, and his wife, a Buddhist turned Christian, prayed for her and cured her quite miraculously. My elder brother had also by then become quite interested in the Gospel and even taken to preaching Christ in Mumbai after resigning from Saudi Arabia.

It was November 1994. The Hindustan Times carried a half page advertisement about an evangelist, John Osteen, holding meetings at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. It seemed to be about spirituality, about the claims of Jesus. Besides there were promises that the sick would be prayed for. In the light of my desperate state and also the intervention of my relations with their claims about the miraculous healing centered round Jesus, I thought of attending the convention.

Thousands attended the mammoth convention held by John Osteen and his team at the large stadium. The evangelist’s torrent of words, passing through the giant sound box under which I had taken my seat were not very intelligible. My friend Sethi and his wife left after 10 minutes, as they found no point in sitting there without being able to listen to the sermon. However I sat through. When it was time for prayer, he asked the sick to place their hands over the area of the body where the sickness was located.

I placed my hands on my chest, liver, kidney and forehead by turn for I had no idea where my illness was rooted. In fact I was sick all over. Nothing happened to me. I was however puzzled when a sardarji on crutches nearby got up suddenly and began shouting, “ Mei changa Hogaya! Mei changa Hogaya!! (I am healed! I am healed!!) A few others came over the mike and narrated their healing experiences.

How could this be? Until that day, I had not heard of anyone getting healed through prayers said over the microphone. Could be these are being stage-managed in an attempt to convert people to the Christian faith. This fraud must stop. I must report this to the police. Such were the thoughts that passed through my mind and I shared the same with my wife. Being more religious and prudent, she advised me to exercise caution: “ God can do anything!”

It was a three-day convention and on the second day, I alone made it to the meeting. My wife had stayed back. I sat in an area of the stadium; where genuinely sick persons were brought for healing (some on hospital beds). More testimonies of various kinds of healing were heard. Doubtless, it began to dawn on me that so many could not be lying more so since most of them were non-Christians. The walls of resistance within me (to the claims of the miracle working power of Christ) began to crumble.

When I drove back home, one thought occupied my mind: if this is the true God, as my sister in law insisted, then what will I do with her demand to give up all other gods whom I had worshipped until now? That would be an impossible task for me. No, I cannot give up reciting the Hanuman chalisa, or the hymns to Durga and Shiva … May be, I will add Christ to my list of deities. The fear of estranging my gods was lurking in one corner of my mind.

My mind was struggling to find a way of escape from the dilemma—wanting the head to make a concession to the heart… Then I came across a formula: I will also pray to Jesus with my recitation of “Om Namo Jesus!”(I worship you Jesus). The Bible says (that I learnt later) “—-whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”(Acts 2:21).

The next day, as I lisped the new mantra, it seemed as if the darkness was lifting from me–my negativity being replaced with hope and expectation. With passing days and weeks, my life seemed to take a new direction and problems getting resolved one by one. In three months, there was a complete change in my situation. Firstly, my health returned to normal. My heartbeat of 150 per minute fell to 72 without any medication. What is more, whatever my hands laid on, whatever I took up; began to prosper.

Encouraged by the new turn in my life, I rang up my sister- in- law to inquire what I must do next. “Burn up all those books and literature on gods and goddesses, astrology, yoga etc!” came her reply. Very soon, I made a bonfire of them. But neighbours watching the papers aflame wondered whether I was destroying secret documents in anticipation of an income tax raid!

Her next command was more difficult to carry out! She wanted me also to throw away all those bottles of whisky and wine, gathered from abroad and stored with care–some of them were very costly brands. For months, I debated within me unwilling to incur the monetary loss involved. Then at one point I felt an inner urge –that was ten days before the next Deepavali —to take a decision and throw away those bottles of intoxicants.

Soon in another week, I felt God was rewarding me for my obedience: the reward came in the form of an allotment of a plot of land in Faridabad for which I had applied long ago. It was the only plot available (on the main sector road) in a draw of lots in the public quota, the other one having gone under the chief minister’s quota. And the plot was worth a fortune.

As the veil lifted, I could see my situation more clearly. Looking back, I become aware that the Lord had delivered me from demonic powers of which I was ignorant earlier. The very guru who hailed from near Hyderabad, whose help I sought for solving all my problems and whose miracle working powers and prophetic predictions impressed me to the point of adoration as a Godman; was in fact using the powers of darkness to fulfill my needs. On the outside, he was a guru but inside a man controlling evil spirits, an agent of satan.

Satan is the cause of much problems, sickness and suffering. There are spiritual forces at work behind the scenes that shape our circumstances. We live in a fallen world that is in darkness. That darkness causes suffering and hardships.

The world of spirits and demons deceive a large number of people, even those who ought to know better. Rightly has the Bible warned: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The prince of the air (devil) controls the world and seeks to infiltrate the mind of man. It uses many allurements to deceive even the devout. Manifestations of demonic activities are too numerous to be listed. Often the devil appears before us as an angel of light. He is behind much of the evil in this world, the conflicts, hatred, wars and the like. That is why Lord Jesus warns in the Bible “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness”(Luke 11:35)

The tantrik, it dawned on me, was able to astound me by making things happen through the working of evil spirits. He had already put under his power a good number of people and wanted to manipulate me too. He had a list of distinguished people from all walks of life including politicians, doctors, engineers etc. Our Ambassador in Saudi Arabia then was also his disciple.

Today varied spiritual experiences claiming miraculous results but having their origin to evil forces, pose a threat to mankind.

In his book, Free Indeed! Tom Marshall writes: " You must realise this, because there are many spiritual experiences available today that come from the realm of death and have nothing to do with God. Not only do they include spiritism, the occult and pagan religions, but also idolatry in all its ancient and modern forms. Behind all of them, there is demonic activity seeking after man’s spirit, not to give life, but to suck it dry.”

Lord Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, according to the Bible (1 John 3: 8). He spent considerable time casting out evil spirits from ‘possessed’ men and women. Not only that, He gave power to all those who believe in Him to cast out such spirits. And He gave the promise: “ Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18) and “ Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you”(Luke 10:19).

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

Source: Submitted through email by ""Jag Mohan""< jagcnz > on 14 Jul 12 14:47:59

Posted on 30th August 2012.


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30 08 2012
sanathana dharma

hinduism is the only religion…. others are shit! nothing moer to explain to these imbecile people! i don care too

30 08 2012
sanathana dharma

jesus is not god! fools… he is a guru!

31 08 2012
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Nothing compares with Him
To what can we compare God? Who is like the Lord?
What you are to a paper airplane, God is to you.
Make one. Challenge it to race you around the block. Who’s faster?
Invite the airplane to a game of one-on-one basketball. Will you not dominate the court? And well you should.
The thing exists only because you formed it and flies only when someone throws it.
God asks Isaiah: “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” As if his question needed an answer, he gives one: I am God. I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like me.
King David marveled, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?” (Psalm 139:7)
You and I may have power. But God is power. No one and nothing compares with Him!
From Cast of Characters, Max Lucado

Claims: What did Jesus Christ have to say about himself?

Is Jesus Christ a Legend, Lunatic, Liar, or Lord and GOD?
In his famous book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes this statement, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg–or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.(emphasis: web author)”
Jesus could only have been one of four things: a legend, a liar, a lunatic–or Lord and God. There is so much historical and archeological evidence to support his existence that every reputable historian agrees he was not just a legend. If Jesus were a liar, why would he die for his claim, when he could easily have avoided such a cruel death with a few choice words? And, if he were a lunatic, how did he engage in intelligent debates with his opponents or handle the stress of his betrayal and crucifixion while continuing to show a deep love for his antagonists? Christ said he was Lord and God. The evidence supports that claim.
Here are some of the key claims Jesus made about himself.
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The Claims of Jesus
Christ claimed to live a sinless life
Jesus could look at a crowd of people angry at his claims to share God’s nature and ask, “Which of you can point to anything wrong in my life?” Even more amazing is that none of them could give a reply! No human being has ever lived a sinless life, except for Jesus Christ.
John 8:28-29 “So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.'”
John 8:46-47 “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
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Jesus Christ claimed to be the ONLY way to God
Not one of several ways, but the one and only way. Not to teach the way, but to be the way to God. Nobody has ever made claims like that before and backed them, but Jesus did through his love, balanced life, and miracles.
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”
Matthew 11:27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Note: No other world religious leader, such as Buddha, Confucius, or Mohammed ever made this claim.
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Christ claimed to have shared the glory of God in Heaven
Jesus claimed to have pre-existed the people he spoke with. The apostle John–who shared bread with Jesus–wrote that Jesus was with God in the very beginning, and that “all things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.” (John 1:1-5)
John 17:5 “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
This is a claim distorted by groups like the Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses.
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Jesus Christ claimed to be able to forgive sins
One of the reasons that the Jewish leaders were so angry with Jesus was his continual practice of forgiving people’s sins. The religious leaders understood clearly that since sins were rebellion against God Himself, only God could forgive sins.
Luke 5:20-21 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’ The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?'”(emphasis: web author)
Luke 7:48-49 “Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ The other guests began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?'”
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Christ claimed to be a Heavenly king
Luke 22:69 “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
Luke 23:1-3 “Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, ‘We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.’ So Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied.”
John 18:36-37 “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.’ ‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.'”
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Christ claimed to be able to give everlasting life
Jesus didn’t just tell people how they could find everlasting life, or deepen their own life experience. He actually claimed to give life himself.
John 6:40 “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:47 “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.”
John 10:28-30 “I give [my followers] eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die…'”
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Jesus claimed that he would die and come back to life
John 10:17 “Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
John 12:32-33 “‘But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.’ He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.”
John 16:16 “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
Luke 18:31-33 “Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, ‘We are going up into Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.'”
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Christ claimed that he would return again to judge the world
Matthew 24:27-30 “So as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man… At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.”
Matthew 25:31-32 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep and the goats.”
Mark 14:61-62 “Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ ‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'”
http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/claims.htm

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8 09 2012
Puchu Khyoda

lord jesus christ is seeing us always

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