"In the world there is suffering, hatred and dissatisfaction. That fact does not need proof. It is understood by all that the world is passing through a great moment. No one has satisfaction of mind nor can they find the solution to this." - Guru Maharaj Ji
This expresses very well the theme we discovered weaving through the lives of all the world's people while researching this month's feature article. The theme did not need to be created in the writing; it already existed. No matter where one lives on this globe, people's efforts towards peace and satisfaction seem to be almost futile. There is much longing and restlessness, and little success in finding happiness.
What is our purpose in living on this planet? We want to know. We demand to know, because we need to know more than we need money, mountains or cities. For some reason we are human beings and there is a power keeping us alive.
Jesus climbed to the top of a hill two thousand years ago and made some promises that even today, millions trust to be true. He said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Either true or false. Either the empty wishes of an eloquent human being, or promises of the Saviour.
Buddha, Mohammed, Ram, Krishna and so many other perfect souls have blessed this world, but suffering continues to exist. They revealed Truth to the individual seeker, setting his mind and heart at rest forever. But misery prevails in this world and their mission is not yet completed.
The article "Perfect Masters Throughout the Ages" (p. 30), explains who these great ones were and what their presence on earth meant for humanity in that time: "Each of these men gathered a school of disciples about him, and each one taught these disciples by word of mouth, by the giving of a revelation, and by continual, wonderful playfulness."
Guru Maharaj Ji tells us a secret. The purpose of our existence cannot be expressed in words, but it can be experienced. He reveals the mystery that makes our hearts beat, oceans exist, and all life breathe.
Perfect Masters have always been on earth, always capable of revealing life's best kept secret. Religions have sprung up like flowers in their wake as people tried to remember and emulate their perfect example. Lacking the Knowledge given by the Master, religions have since become a source of divisiveness and war. Yet each religion has its prophecies and all believe that one day their Master will return.
Guru Maharaj Ji said once, "All around the world people are saying, 'Someone's going to come, someone's going to come, someone's going to come…' And now finally someone has come and he is revealing this Knowledge to people."
Can the kingdom of heaven be on earth? Guru Maharaj Ji can give you peace. Stars cannot. Still lakes in the moonlight cannot. LSD is as peaceful as a house falling down. No other person and no money can give peace. Does everybody know that?
For the sake of love's renewal all of us should approach the living Perfect Master with a humble and open heart and ask him to reveal the Knowledge of the supreme love that causes breath within us and all things to live.
Without this Knowledge people are caught in endless cycles of action and reaction. Mahatma Guru Charnanand Ji, one of Guru Maharaj Ji's closest disciples, described the cycle in this way:
Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.
Guru Maharaj Ji has not come to start a new religion in the midst of the world reaping its unfortunate destiny. He is simply making the Knowledge of our inner perfect energy available to us. Receive and test it. Peace is inside, but we will never find it without some help.
Bal Bhagwan Ji, Guru Maharaj Ji's brother, tells us, (p. 38), "To see our own faces we have to have a mirror. Similarly we need a reflector, we need a mirror, defined in Hindu scriptures as a Guru, and the Guru reflects the Truth which is inside us. It is through the Guru that one realizes spiritual Knowledge."
Blind people have gotten a bad reputation as far as leading the blind goes. A confused person can never clear away the confusion of another, or wipe away his tears. Only those who can constantly experience the clarity of this perfect inner energy are capable of balanced and sensible action in the turbulent ocean of the world.
People sometimes wonder why no cost is attached to this Knowledge, but no appraiser will ever be able to judge its value. Guru Maharaj Ji described it this way, "A man can live without gold, but he cannot live without food and food is much cheaper than gold. He can live without food for a day or so, but he cannot live without water which is still cheaper than food. He can live without water for awhile, but he cannot live without air which is absolutely free."
This Knowledge reveals our purpose in being born. It has the power to lift us above any circumstances and even beyond our own desires. It is the most precious, important element that could ever enter into our lives. And like the air, it is absolutely free.
All are invited and encouraged to come and taste the fruits of this Knowledge which has been sought for since ancient times and has been described with great love in every scripture of the world. Visit your nearest Divine Light Mission or center and meet the disciples who live there. Satsang, or discussion of one's experience of the Truth, is held every evening in the 200 centers across the United States as well as in nearly every other country in the world.
People are transformed by Knowledge in the way of a growing flower, gradual but certain, unfolding in the sun. Old feelings of limitations leave, replaced by the love and fulfillment that comes from knowing the secret of life and seeing God's light.