As it appears in the “Apprenticed to the Himalayan Master” by Sri. M
On the last day of our stay at Arundhati cave, I was practising kriya in the morning, and trying to fix my attention on the white two petaled lotus centre between the eyebrows, called the Ajna chakra. However, no matter how hard I tried, all I could see was the image of my favourite breakfast dish, the South Indian Masala dosa. For the first time, I realized how fond I was of masala dosa. It was almost an obsession and I fought hard against it, trying to get rid of the image.
Babaji walked upto me, tapped me on the shoulder and asked,”So what are you meditating on?” “The Ajna chakra.” “Yes? And it is shaped like a masala dosa?” He said, and started laughing.
“Please Babaji,” I said,” I know that you know all that is happening in my mind, but don’t laugh. Please help me out.”
“Sorry,” said Babaji. “I won’t laugh. Tomorrow, we will go to Rishikesh and I will help you get rid of the obsession. The first step is to eat masala dosa to your heart’s content. The Madras cafe at Rishikesh has excellent masala dosas. I will get you as much as you want and then you shall be free of this obsession. The tantric dictum, “Yogo bhoga yathae” is based on the fact that sometimes, you cannot get rid of an obsession without indulging it. So relax and try again.”
I was surprised that even the thought that I was going to have my fill of masala dosa the next day, erased the image that had interrupted my kriya and I could easily complete my exercise.
On the second day after our arrival at the cave(Mauni Baba’s cave), Babaji gave me twenty rupees and asked me to go to Madras cafe and eat masala dosa. “Eat as much as you can,” He said “And satisfy yourself fully”.
I crossed the river by boat and made my way to the Madras cafe, which I had discovered during my last visit, and ordered a masala dosa. I relished every bite, ordered another, and finished that as well, followed by a cup of coffee. I burped loudly and got out of the restaurant. Never again did I have any special attraction for masala dosa. The obsession was completely erased. I do eat masala dosa occasionally even now, but am no longer obsessed with it.