Chapter 7

LIFESTYLE

A Universal Way of Life

One of the most significant characteristics of the experience of Knowledge is that it is universal. This means that it can be experienced and realized by every human being, regardless of age, body, culture or lifestyle.

Maharaj Ji prescribes a life of service, satsang and meditation, with obedience to the five commandments. However, practicing service, satsang and meditation is really a matter of consciousness which grows out of meditation and not necessarily from a particular living arrangement. Family members, single apartment dwellers, young and old people alike, can lead a life of service, satsang and meditation very successfully and experience the peace and love of this Knowledge continually. It is not necessary to attempt to change the circumstances of your life immediately after receiving Knowledge because you feel that in order to realize it you must begin renouncing your past habits and possessions. Just by meditating more and more you will understand your own life, and how to live it with Knowledge.

The Active Membership Program

The Active Membership Program is a really practical way to incorporate the dedication needed to practice a lifestyle of service, satsang and meditation into our lives, regardless of our living situation. This program makes dedication into a real, practical flow. With AMP, the consciousness of directing our efforts in service is made much more clear as we give our support to the programs of Divine Light Mission. For more information on AMP, contact your local DUO Director, or if you du not live in a DUO community, write:

Active Membership Program
Divine Light Mission
P.O. Box 532
Denver, Colorado 80201

Habits


"Whatever you sow, you reap. If you sow good, you shall reap

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"good. If you sow bad, you shall reap bad.

- Guru Maharaj Ji


It's a good idea to: make a habit of love; make a habit of service, satsang and meditation; make a habit of obeying the Five Commandments.

On being vegetarian:


"If you eat meat you will find you get more angry and impatient, and that is harmful to you. I have heard there was a time when saints told people to eat meat, but at that time there was no other food. Today we have got plenty of food so there is no need to kill animals. How many animals are being killed because we eat them? Very many.

- Guru Maharaj Ji


On the use of drugs and alcohol:


"Well, the only thing I can tell you is that, look, you already have a Knowledge that is much more superior than that. It is like this: a person is in one city and he is telling everybody, 'Oh, I want to go to another city as soon as possible.' And he has a falcon jet which is A-OK. It runs; it's perfect. But all he does is take his suitcase and start walking. And that's not the quickest way. It's not good to just say, 'Oh, I want this enlightenment to be soon as possible, and then instead, going to something that is completely inferior."

- Guru Maharaj Ji


On marriage:


"What people do is they say, okay, we have to get married now, and then they get married. After some time they think oh no, I don't think I like this thing. I think I better get back to do service. And they leave their wives and they come back and it's like, they want to do service again, and they're really confused and I say, 'Man, do one thing. Make your decision whether you want to get

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married and stay married. You understand. Don't get divorced in two weeks because that is the most terrible thing you can do."

- Guru Maharaj Ji


Knowledge is the most natural thing. It is life itself and therefore is not incompatible with any particular way of life. Maharaj Ji has recommended certain habits for us to adopt, simply because they contribute to our own efforts to become one-pointed. Adopting and strictly adhering to these habits, however, does not constitute purity or God-realization. These are all internal qualities and you will find that everything you need to help you grow will come to you naturally, through practicing satsang, service, and meditation.

A Proverb From Guru Maharaj Ji as Told by a Premie

In Italy, before Copenhagen, Maharaj Ji had a dream one night … It was really beautiful. He said that, "in this dream I made up a proverb." And it was so beautiful, I'd like to tell you that proverb now.

Guru Maharaj Ji said that that which comes into the heart softly and lovingly, that is what not to think about. But that which comes into the heart quickly and hard, that is what to think about before taking action. So try to understand, try to understand this thing, that things come into your heart - if it's on impulse, if it's just like 'Wow! I gotta do this, and I just feel like this is Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace and this is what I should do and this is right!' - be careful. Beware. This is what you should think about. That is what you should put some question to. But that which comes in slowly, softly, that which nurtures in the heart, that which comes through meditation, and through time and patience, that is what we never have to think about. That is always correct. Now, how are we going to know if it's coming in that way or not? Through meditation, that's the only way. That's the only way we can understand anything without our minds.

What About Good and Bad, or Right and Wrong?

The subject of good and bad is a very controversial subject. How can we really tell what is right and wrong for us? In general, there's one definition that has been described, which is a useful guideline to follow when these matters come up. As it was written in the Vedas, one set of Hindu scriptures: "Good is that which promotes the growth of the soul. And bad is that which demotes, not only doesn't promote, but demotes the growth of the soul. Those things which promote the experience of Holy Name are always good for us. And anything that is

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not going to promote this growth, and furthermore demotes it, is not good for us. And that discrimination comes through meditation on Holy Name."

"Put Your Mind into This Knowledge,
Don't Put This Knowledge into Your Mind."


"Some premies might be at the point of just giving up, because nothing is fitting together for them - nothing at all. But remember - you've got a few more steps to go, and everything is going to start fitting together. When you dive in the ocean and touch the bottom, because you have got these big, huge flippers on, as soon as you touch the bottom, all the sand starts coming up. It's like a cloud almost. You can't see anything. At that point, you can say, 'Wait a minute. I can't see anything, so I'm goin' up!' And you can just go up, and that's it. But if you wait, just for a little while, and let the sand settle down, then it's so beautiful. Because the reason why you came, you can accomplish. But just because there was sand blowing out there, or a whole cloud of sand was formed, to just give up because of that is no good."

- Guru Maharaj Ji


Often as we go along in the Knowledge, we find ourselves trying to figure it out, and trying to figure out how we should really live our lives, e.g., "What occupation should I choose?"; "Should I play cards", etc. Or we try to understand what each of our experiences means, instead of just trying to remember Holy Name and dissolve our minds into the pure energy vibrating inside of us. This is a very subtle point, but you may find it useful to remember. Just practice meditation so that you can begin to experience the automatic unfolding of your life's events. Guru Maharaj Ji once compared trying to figure out this Knowledge with our minds as something like trying to put an elephant in a Volkswagen. Obviously, it doesn't work.

Being With Other Premies

Many people choose to live in premie houses, centers, ashrams or with other premies, just to have the support and inspiration that comes from associating with others who are committed to living their

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lives in meditation, satsang, and service.

Of course, the must obvious way to be with premies, if you live by yourself or with non-premies, is to attend satsang regularly and do service with other premies when you have the chance. But if you are desiring more satsang or support or just companionship from others in the practice of satsang, service and meditation, then living with other premies can be invaluable.

Our experiences on this path arc all very similar We receive Knowledge and as we meditate, it begins to grow and the. energy of Truth begins to fill us. In the process, however, we may experience a feeling that we are more confused or are feeling more pain than we felt before Knowledge. Living with other premies is a great help to see how the process we are going through is the same for every premie. Knowledge doesn't bring "instant eternal peace", but it brings the capacity for conscious growth and for sharing at every step. This is a great part of the joy of this path - just sharing our experiences, however blissful or difficult, with others. So, seeking out the company of others who practice Knowledge, and opening up to them with our experiences can be a big help in living our life in such a way that realization is really possible.

There are many communities where premies live and work. Always feel free to approach premies at any Divine Information Center, or DUO office about any questions you may have. We are here to help each other.

Schedule

A schedule is highly recommended to be regular in meditation and to establish regular satsang and service. To appreciate a regular schedule that provides a balance of medi tat ion, satsang, and service, we need only do it. The following is a suggested schedule (the ashram schedule) which provides a practical way to budget time so that all the aspects of Knowledge are kept in balance. You can make up your own schedule to fit your daily activities or life style.

Weekdays

6:00 a.m.
Rise and prepare for Arti
6:15 a.m.
Arti
6:45 a.m.
One hour of meditation (together if possible)
7:45 a.m.
Clean-up (household and personal
8:15 a.m.
Breakfast

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8:45 a.m.
Service
12:00 p.m.
Lunch
12:30 p.m.
Service
6:00 p.m.
Dinner
6:45 p.m.
Service
7:30 p.m.
Satsang
9:30 p.m.
End Satsang. Arti
10:00 p.m.
One hour of meditation (together if possible)
11:00 p.m.
All external lights out. Door locked. Sleep

Sunday

7:00 a.m.
Rise and prepare for Arti
7:15 a.m.
Arti
7:45 a.m.
One hour and 15 minutes of meditation (together if possible)
9:00 a.m.
Personal and Household Cleaning
9:45 a.m.
House Meeting
11:00 a.m.
Brunch
12:00 p.m.
Service
6:00 p.m.
Dinner
7:30 p.m.
Satsang
9:30 p.m.
End Satsang. Arti
10:00 p.m.
One hour of meditation (together if possible)
11:00 p.m.
All external lights out. Door locked. Sleep

During meditation all household activity should cease if at all possible.

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Arti

Arti, a devotional song or a love song, sung to the Perfect Master, is an expression of love. You may not use it every day, but still, it exists as one way of thanking Guru Maharaj Ji when His gift of Knowledge just naturally starts to manifest in your life. The lyrics for Arti are a part of the Knowledge session packet given to each premie at the time of learning the meditation techniques.


"So be perfect, be in love, do meditation, run smoothly, have a good life, enjoy yourselves, and be one with Him who has created you, and who will create you."

- Guru Maharaj Ji

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Arti


Dhyana mulam guru murti, puja mulam guru paduka;
Mantra mulam guru vakyam, moksha mulam guru kripa.

(Translation: The root of meditation is Guru's face, the root of worship is Guru's feet; /The root of mantra is Guru's words, and the root of liberation is Guru's grace.)

Jai Gurudev, Maharaj Ji,
Your glory fills the world
Protector of the weary and the weak
You bring the death of attachment
You bring the mind true detachment
Save us from the ocean deep
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Creator, Preserver, Destroyer
Bow their heads and pray to You
All bow and pray to You.
Scriptures sing Your glory
Scriptures sing Your sweet story
Your virtues are ever true
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Chanting, fasting, charity, austerity
Never bring you knowledge of the soul
Will never reveal your soul.
Without the grace of Satguru
Without the Knowledge of Satguru
Rites and rituals won't reach the goal
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

In the river of bondage to Maya
All are swept out to sea
All are sinking in the depths of the sea
Guru's boat is the Holy Name
Guru's ship is the Holy Word
In seconds He has set us free
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

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Anger, desires, attachments
Rob us of eternal life
Take away our heavenly life
Satguru gives True Knowledge
Satguru is Eternal Knowledge
The sword that kills our problem life
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Religions harp their own glories
Call me to follow their own path
Welcome me to follow their own way
The essence of all was revealed
The seed of all was revealed
I walk on the true way today
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Nectar from Satguru's feet
Is so holy and it cleans us of our sins
So sacred in cleaning us of sins
When He speaks darkness flies away
When He speaks darkness cannot stay
Doubts removed, new life then begins
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Mine, thine, wealth, health
Give them to the Lotus Feet of Love
Give them to the Lotus Feet of the Lord
Give yourself to Satguru
Sacrifice your all to Satguru
Be united with the blissful truth
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Bible, Gita, the Koran
Sing the glory of Your Name
They all sing the glory of Your Name
Angels sing Your glory
Heavenly hosts sing Your praises
They find no end to Your fame
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Desires have robbed me and left me

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In the darkness of the night
Trapped me in the darkness of the night
Guru gives Holy Name and Light
Guru gives Holy Name and Sight
Cross the ocean by His love and light
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Many past forms You have taken
Now we have come in Your control
Again You have come to save the soul
In this time of darkness
To lead Your devotees from darkness
You have come as Hansa the Pure Soul
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Come to the shelter of Guru's grace
Come with your heart and your soul
Bring Him your heart and your soul
Cross the worldly ocean
Cross it by your devotion
And attain the Supreme Goal
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Jai Gurudev, Maharaj Ji,
Your glory fills the world
Protector of the weary and the weak
You bring the death of attachment
You bring the mind true detachment
Save us from the ocean deep
Jai Dev, Jai Satgurudev.

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara
Guru Sakshat Param Brahma, tas mai Shri Guru Vai Namaha

(Translation: Guru is the Creator, Guru is the Preserver, Guru is the Transformer. / Guru is the highest manifestation of the soul made flesh. That is why I bow my heart and head at His Feet.)

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Twameva Mata, Chaa pita twameva
Twameva bundu chaa sikha twameva
Twameva vidya dravinum twameva
Twameva sarvum muma deva deva
Twameva sarvum muma deva deva
Twameva sarvum muma deva deva.

You are my mother, and You are my father,
You are my brother, and You are my friend,
You are riches, You are wisdom,
You are my All, my Lord, to me.
You are my All, You are my All,
You are my All, my Lord to me.

Guru Maharaj Ji, my life is within You,
From You I was born, and to You now I go.
Forever I'm Yours, my longing is endless,
This heart of mine aches to be One with You;
Forever I'm Yours, my longing is endless,
This heart of mine aches to be One with You.
Wherever I look, Your face is before me,
Your golden love melts all my troubles away.
I give You my heart, for in You it will mellow,
Maharaj Ji my Lord, my life is Your play;
I give You my heart, for in You it will mellow,
Maharaj Ji my Lord, my life is Your play.

Oh wondrous Lord, my Guru Maharaj Ji,
Your Grace is a river that flows on and on.
You fill my heart with Your love overflowing,
Please let me come home, find my rest at Your Feet;
You fill my heart with Your love overflowing,
Please let me come home, find my rest at Your Feet.

Twameva Mata, Chaa pita twameva
Twameva bundu chaa sikha twameva
Twameva vidya dravinum twameva
Twameva sarvum muma deva deva
Twameva sarvum muma deva deva
Twameva sarvum muma deva deva.

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