Guru Puja Special
Divine Light Volume 1 No. 6
Many people ask what is the meaning of Satguru. The Satguru is the Perfect and Eternal Master who comes from time to time to show mankind the path of Truth and Right understanding. Although His physical form changes with each appearance in the world He Himself is always constant.
This is the meaning of Sat. It means that which is eternally and fundamentally true, absolutely constant and changeless. It is that which is permanently true. In the West, being so far from spiritual understanding, we use the word true loosely to denote things which are not absolutely true. If we think the temperature is average, a visitor from Greenland might say, "It is true that it is hot here." But someone from the equatorial regions might experience the same temperature and say with great conviction, "It is true that it is cold here." Both are right. It depends upon what you are comparing, or relating the temperature to. So the truth is relative, or comparative; this means it will fluctuate according to your viewpoint. In the same way we can make a statement thus: "The temperature is ten degrees centigrade". This might seem to be an absolute truth, a constant truth, an undeniable truth, scientifically verifiable in such a way that everyone must agree with it, even though to one man this temperature is hot, and to another this temperature is cold. But suppose in six-hours the temperature on the thermometer reads only two degrees centigrade. What was true six hours before is no longer true. It has changed, so it is not absolute or changeless truth. It was again relative, not in space but in time. It fluctuates according to what time it is.
If we say there is a mountain, this is true for some time, but in a million years will the mountain be there? Or a galaxy? Will that be there in a million light years? Or the ringing of a telephone? Will that be there in five minutes? No. Everything is only temporarily or relatively true. Everything in the material world, the world that is visible to our material senses, is constantly changing. Our bodily tissues decompose and replace themselves every seven years. Every day, every minute, our body changes a little, too little for us to notice in such a short space of time, but changing nevertheless. The whole of this physical world is a constantly changing kaleidescope.
And what is that part of the kaleidescope which does not change, which is eternally the same, resting in absolute stillness and calmness? It is the centre point, it is the pivot, settled in perfect equipoise, in constant harmony. It is this point which is the eternal reality, the thing which is constantly true, that which does not change one fraction. It is in itself all purity; everything else is, therefore, impure. Everything else is changing, everything else is unreliable.
Satguru is the revealer of that absolute Truth, that eternal life force. For that Supreme Power can be experienced by the Knowledge which He alone, by His unfathomable grace, is able to bestow. The universe is the wheel, the body is the hub, and in the absolute centre of that hub there lies that eternal moment of life-consciousness, that point of stillness and bliss where all radii meet and merge in the mystical cosmic Oneness of all things. The wheel is the changing illusion, and is different for every one of us. But the axis is one for all, we all circle round that, and to approach closer to it brings great and increasing peace, harmony, bliss and understanding.
Out of His infinite love and unbearable compassion for us, seeing us lost in the illusion of the phenomenal world and ignorant of the path which will lead us out, the axis Himself manifests in human form and comes to those who are sincerely searching for the Ineffable Truth of Life. He will show you how to look inwards instead of outward, how to see the shimmering self-effulgent Light which is always shining in that innermost shrine, and how to feel, love and merge with that most Holy Spirit, the messenger of God, gracing our feeble existence with that life-giving energy which allows it to continue.
This is the Satguru, the Supreme and Highest Lord, Guru Maharaj J who is walking again in our dark world. His physical body is the most Divine material entity. Though we cannot comprehend the mystery of God, we can bow with devotion and surrender before His most Holy Lotus Feet, and dedicate our frail and transient lives to His Holy Work. This opportunity is that for which all souls yearn. Do not waste it now it is so close to you. Seize it willingly, for it will not come again. Satguru Maharaj J is here! Help to spread this wonderful good news. Encourage everybody to listen to satsang, to request and receive that Divine Knoweldge, and by constant meditation on the constant source, to realize and fulfil our true purpose in life.
Divine Light Volume 1 No. 5 (Mahatma Gurucharnanand)
How blessed we are who have approached the Holy Lotus Feet of our glorious Master whose radiance is Divine, whose Knowledge is perfect, whose Love is Nectar. It is not really the result of our good actions that we have found Him in this dark age. It is His boundless compassion and mercy alone that has enabled us to take eternal refuge in His Holy Lotus Feet and has made us able to become His humble disciples.
There is nothing higher and holier, no greater good fortune, than to become the humble devotee of the living Perfect Master. Even the gods and angels are very anxious to serve the Lotus Feet of the Divine Master. Not just to talk of them.
What a beautiful universal garland our beloved Lord has made, picking us like flowers from the various gardens of the world. No evil power is able to break it because He has planted the sincere love in our hearts and by His almighty grace, He is always taking care of us.
The first purpose of our life is to discover the Truth which, by His compassion, we have fulfilled. Now the most important duty is to meditate upon it unceasingly and serve Him wholeheartedly with mind, body, and wealth. Let our life become His instrument, for He knows its proper utilization. Let us throw the burden of our life at His Lotus Feet, for He is capable of carrying it, and let us trust solely in Him, for He alone is trustworthy in this changing world.
It is not child's play to become lost into pure consciousness, it can only be achieved by the Divine Grace of the Perfect Master which comes to those devotees who have totally dedicated themselves in order to spread His Sacred Knowledge for the sake of humanity. He who pleases his Spiritual Master through sincere devotion and selfless service reaches the highest goal of life in the twinkling of an eye. By the boundless compassion of the Perfect Master every human being becomes capable not merely of knowing about the ultimate Truth, they can also merge into it and receive direct experience instantaneously. This immediate experience unites the knower with that which is known.
The supreme Lord knows human weaknesses, therefore He manifests Himself in the form of Satguru to reveal the mystery of His own Divinity and to give to His devotees the opportunity of performing service at His Holy Lotus Feet.
Those who have been blessed with the Divine presence of Satguru will undoubtedly be saved and never be abandoned to the clutches of birth and death. Such devotees are always in peace and attain the state of immortal bliss.
Truth does not depend on any intellectual assent or dissent, any doctrine or dogma. Truth stands on its own evidence. One does not need any external method to discover it, for it lies in the innermost recesses of the heart. What one needs is the assistance of a living Spiritual Master who has discovered and is at one with the Truth. Guru Nanak says, "Guru's devotees get inner rhythm and bliss, Guru's devotees get True Knowledge and happiness. God resides in thc heart of Guru's devotees. Guru's devotees are the index of God's mind". He says, "The universe is the temple of God but without the Guru, darkness reigns."
Guru Maharaj Ji has revealed to us the fundamental unity of all faiths and religions and the oneness of all men, and the need of such a Perfect Master has never been more imperative than at the present time. Everybody requires the assistance of a competent Guru who can guide him on the path of truth safely and perfectly. With regard to the ultimate aim of human life, which is the discovery of the absolute Truth, all the religions of the world are in complete agreement, but through lack of practical experience they have adopted different external methods which have created conflict in their minds and lead them astray from the right path of Truth.
Shri Ramakrishna Param Hans says, "In trying to reach God one must implicitly follow the advice of one
single Satguru who knows the way to God, one must have faith in thc Guru's words. The Satguru is none other than the Lord Himself. If you only follow His instructions like a child you will undoubtedly reach God."
Devotion is developed by the company of saints who always sing the praises of the Lord and remember His Holy Name. Without the company of saints there is no talk of the Lord, and one cannot be rid of doubts except through satsang. And until one's doubts are dispelled one cannot have deep rooted affection for the Lotus Feet of the Supreme Lord Guru Maharaj Ji. Doubts are only eradicated when one enjoys the fellowship of saints for a long time and listens to the delightful stories of the Perfect Master. When the Lord assumes human form He performs various lilas (divine actions) which can only be recognized by the faithful devotees but not by those who are steeped in lust, greed, anger and arrogance. The attributeless aspect of Godhead is easy to understand but no-one can comprehend the embodied form. Even the sages are bewildered on hearing of the various exploits of the Lord. The real devotee knows His lilas because he loves God for the sake of love alone, and asks nothing more than devotion.
I would like to tell you the most inspiring conversation about devotion between Lord Rama and His devotee Kakbhusundi, written in the Ramayana.
Once the Lord was very pleased with His devotee, so He spoke in words which were not only soft and pleasing, but profound at the same time, "Kakbhusundi, ask of me a boon, knowing me to be highly pleased with you. Be it mystic powers, fabulous wealth and final beautitude which is the fountain of all joy, spiritual wisdom, critical judgement, dispassion, realization and numerous other virtues that cannot be easily attained in this world even by the sages. Today I am prepared to give you all undoubtedly. Therefore, ask whatever pleases your mind."
On hearing the words of the Lord, Kakbhusundi was overwhelmed with love and began to reason thus within himself.
The Lord, it is true, has promised to give me all kinds of blessings, but He did not offer to grant me devotion to His own Lotus Feet. Without such devotion all sorts of virtues and blessings are like so many auxiliary dishes without salt. Of what avail is any blessing without devotion? Pondering thus, he replied as follows.
"if it is your pleasure, my Lord, to grant me a boon, and if you are kind and affectionate to me, I ask my cherished boon O Master, for you are generous and know the secrets of all hearts. O my Lord! The tree of paradise to the devotees, friend of thc suppliant, ocean of compassion and abode of bliss, in your mercy grant me that devotion to your Lotus Feet, uninterrupted and unalloyed, which the Vedas and holy scriptures extol, which is sought after by sages and great yogis but attained by few and that too by the Lord's Grace."
"So be it!" said the Lord, and continued in these most pleasing terms. "Listen Kakbhusundi, I am very pleased to see your sagacity in that you have sought devotion which is extremely dear to my heart. By my grace, now all good qualities shall abide in your heart. Devotion, spiritual wisdom, realization, dispassion and yoga. By my Grace, you shall obtain insight into all these. Truly I say to you, no-one in this world is so highly blessed as you, since you have sought the gift of al I blessings."
If Guru Maharaj Ji tells us to go to hell, let us go there cheerfully, without any hesitation, for He has the power which can convert hell into heaven. Therefore, my blessed brothers and sisters, obey Guru Maharaj Ji implicitly, serve Him wholeheartedly and love Him for the sake of love alone. Ask nothing, want nothing in return, just devotion. Devote to Him what you have to devote. It will come back multiplied a millionfold, but do not think of that now. Remember! Guru Maharaj Ji is not hungry of our possessions. He is always selfcontented, perfect in His Divinity, His Knowledge is infinite in its application. His soul is the foundation of immortal bliss. What He wants from us is only pure love and devotion, and really He is the only source of love and devotion. We poor people have got nothing but hatred, jealousy, envy, pride and so on. Truly, He loves the whole world selflessly He has devoted His whole life for the sake of humanity.
Let us drink His Divine love continuously. Let us follow in His Divine footprints. Let us beg Him sincerely to grant us His devotion and love and nothing else. Really blessed are those devotees who have bathed in the intense love and the unalloyed devotion of the Lotus Feet of Shri Guru Maharaj Ji, who is the highest manifestation of God and the embodiment of truth, love and compassion.
After receiving Knowledge, meditation, satsang, service, obedience and the darshan of Guru Maharaj Ji are absolutely necessary. Meditation on the primordial Word is the infallible technique to awaken the spiritual awareness which lies deep in the innermost center of our being, it will also cultivate firm conviction and unshakable faith in the Master's Knowledge.
Satsang is the only key to unlock the door of Divine wisdom, the discriminative faculty and right understanding of our fellow men. Service is the true way to reach the Holy Lotus Feet of the Perfect Master. It spontaneously brings about intense love, pure devotion and humility. Darshan of the glorious Master is the divine resource to unfold the fountain of immortal bliss and Joy. Obedience of the Spiritual Master's commandments is the only means to get security from the secret enemies of man, i.e. pride, ego, greed, lust and jealousy, which are hidden in the evil propensities of mind.
If a devotee possesses these qualities he is undoubtedly the most fortunate one and he will be the sublime channel for the pure love of his beloved Master to flow as well as the Divine melody of His Spiritual Knowledge, simultaneously. But after initiation, if a disciple does not pursue all of these ideals then he will depreciate the value of his own life.
What is the use to receive Knowledge if we do not follow these ideals? What profit will we gain after initiation f we neglect these spiritual instructions? And of what avail is this life if we do not realize the significance of them?
So my beloved brothers and sisters, awaken from the dream of false ideas, give up all laziness and stand firm on the path of Truth. Put all the spiritual ideals into practice, change your life, and be a perfect shining example, spreading the sacred Knowledge of Guru Maharaj Ji throughout the world. Let even every child know and realize the glory of our Perfect Master. Let the Himalayas begin to float on the surface of the oceans and the waves of the ocean climb to the top of the highest mountains, but our faith in Guru Maharaj Ji should never be shaken for an instant.
O Almighty Master! grant us the unalloyed devotion of Thy Holy Lotus Feet, that we may be able to serve you better.
O Lord! grant us strength that we may march forward smilingly facing all difficulties to spread thy Holy Knowledge.
The Most Ancient Knowledge
Satsang of Shri Guru Maharaji Ji at Prem Nagar Ashram, Haridwar, 27th November, 1971
You have been hearing about this ancient goal, this ancient mystery of life, the definition of which summarizes all the definitions in all the scriptures - the Gita, Ramayana, and Bible. This definition is the mystery of human life. It is the cosmic unspoken Word which dwells amongst all human beings.
The Word dwells amongst all. It is the most cosmic and the ancient one. And through this Word we are able to survive, we are able to be alive. Because this Word is fully functioning us, and this Word is vibrating us, thus we are alive.
In the same way this Word directs the earth, the sky, and the air. And it is said by Saint Guru Nanak that "Shabdh y joyti, shabdh akash, shabdh y shabdh biyo prakash …" In other words, this whole earth and this whole universe is entirely fixed upon the Word, upon the Shabdh, or upon the Unspoken Word.
We should emphasize that this one Word is clearly spoken of in the Gita and in the Bible. It is written W-O-R-D not W-O-R-D-S. That means that it is a single word, not several words, a single word. So what is that single Word which cannot be spoken by these carnal lips, which is not the subject of any matter. What is that Word?
At the time when a man is going to die, all his body becomes nervous. You can't speak at that time, you can't see , you can't write, your senses go away. At that time, if this word has to be spoken by the carnal lips, how will it be spoken? At that time when a man loses all his senses, how will he be able to speak and say a single word? Therefore, this is a word which can be spoken even while you are sleeping, even while you are walking, and at all times - sleeping, walking, at night, in the daytime, writing something, talking on the telephone, or anything. In the Gita it has been written, clearly written, that this Knowledge, this practice of Knowledge is constant and regular, it is absolutely constant, it is always going on.
Suppose I have been given a name, suppose say 'Gopal', and I have been repeating Gopal, Gopal, Gopal, Gopal, Gopal, Gopal, Gopal, Gopal and the telephone rings and I say "Hello." In the Gita it has been written, clearly written, that this knowledge, this practice of knowledge is constant, regular. It is always going on. There is never a stop for a single second in this. It is absolutely constant. It is always going on. I will tell you. I am repeating Gopal, Gopal, Gopal, Gopal and the telephone rings, "Hello." My Gopal is finished. My Gopal has stopped. My meditation has stopped. It has to be constant meditation. So how am I going to do it constantly? Or suppose I am repeating Gopal, Gopal, Gopal, Gopal and I go to sleep. After some time it will be "Gopal, Gopal, Gopal …Go … pal …" At that time how will I be able to pronounce this Word? But this is such a Word that even if you go to sleep or even if the telephone rings, you cannot stop. It is automatically going on.
Prahlada was asked by his mother, "Prahlada, why don't you leave this meditation onf God, this Holy Wor, why don't you leave it?" So Prahlada clearly says, and all you who have taken this knowledge can understand it, Prahlada says to her, "Mother, I am ready to leave this Word at any moment, but this Word is not ready to leave me!" All you who have taken this Knowledge can understand this.
You know, everybody says "Word, Word, Word." But they get pretty confused. What is that Word? Until you go to the Satguru you won't be able to find this Word at all. 'Sat'"' means truth and 'gu' means darkness and 'ru' means light. And once you go to the Satguru and ask him for that Word, He will reveal it to you. "Ask and it shall be given, knock and it shall be opened." Go to a Satguru and ask Him. He never makes this Word for you in a factory. He only reveals this Word to you to reach.
There is nothing greater than God. You know, I'm talking in terms of energy, not of physical forms. There is nothing greater than the energetical form. Now that I know the energetical form, then what more is there that I would like to see? This is it, you know. That's what I like to see. But if I still go ahead and search further, it means that I never wanted that thing. I wanted something else. If I go in search of a gold mine and I get one, what else do I want? Nothing. I was in search of a gold mine, and I have got it. Now I must start digging for the gold.
So, in the same way, if people have their minds really satisfied, if they have reached the stage of perfect satisfaction, they will not fall away from that, Really, their souls will be elevated, their energy will be contained, and their minds will be merged. Because mind is the only thing that is making a man unhappy today, the only cause of dissatisfaction.
America, so technically advanced, is sending Apollo to the moon, but is America satisfied? Do you think America is satisfied? Is President Nixon satisfied because of all that? If he is satisfied, then why is he fighting in Vietnam? He should stop this war if he is satisfied. But he is not satisfied at all, in spite of all that.
India, being so spiritual a country, is fighting with Pakistan. Why? This Knowledge has been given by many, many saints who took birth in India. And India has been advancing so much, advancing, advancing, advancing, and now India also has started fighting. Because India is afraid of something. She is afraid she may lose the land that she possesses. Will India just surrender and not fight? Will Pakistan go and cover all India? Of course not. But still India is afraid, afraid of what might be. So, in the same way, everybody's life is flickering. Every millionth of a second it goes 10,000 miles. Now you know the speed. Every millionth of a second it goes 10,000 miles.
People who know this Knowledge, saints, they don't want to fight. They want complete peace. So what is that Knowledge that can be revealed only by Satguru?
Guru bin gyan nahowe, gyan.
Without Guru you cannot attain this Knowledge. What is it? Is it an orange, an apple, a banana, or a lemon? What is it? We must realize what it is. And if we have realized that important Word, what must we do? Certainly we must not sit idle. That's very, very bad. Suppose I want to reach Prem Nagar Ashram, and I think there is nothing like Prem Nagar Ashram. Now, when I reach the gate of Prem Nagar Ashram, is there anything left for me to do, or should I just sit down? There is something. Just sitting down is not it, that's not the whole truth, that's not the whole function, that's not the whole play I have to play. I have to go ahead and do something else. Approaching my destination was my aim, and now I have completed that. Now I have to do whatever I wanted to do in that ashram, I must do that. I must do that thing for which I wished to reach Prem Nagar Ashram.
Suppose a thief goes to a house, let's say he goes to a place named, let's say Warren House. So the thief goes to Warren House. Now, first of all his intention was to approach the house, right? He hasn't yet made his intention to climb the wall, has he? Was his first intention to climb the wall? No. First of all his intention was to reach Warren House. And now he has reached Warren House, what should he do? He will change his intention and his action will now also change. When he was going to Warren House he was walking, right? But now, because he has reached there he will stop walking, he will change his action. What action now? He will take a rope and start climbing over the wall. And after this action is completed, after this intention has been worked out, he will change his action again. He now breaks into the house. And then he goes to a table where the, you know, the piles of notes are, and he changes his actions again, and he picks the notes up. He puts them in his pocket, comes out and goes away.
So, this is how you have to keep on changing your actions. First of all, search for Satguru. Satguru found. Action completed. Action changes
now. What has to be done now? Ask for Knowledge. Action completed, action changed. Now, receive the Knowledge. Complete. Perfect. Now action completed, action changed. Now meditation. But meditation – no action completed, no action changed! You go on! Your action becomes constant. You become constant, then you become perfect. You reach the state of perfection, that means you are only doing meditation, meditation, meditation. Not changing your aim or destination any more. Understand?
When you have received the Knowledge, then you won't change your actions or aims. You have to promise that. And how can the mind change its actions if you are meditating constantly? Your mind is now completely lost in meditation, so now you cannot change your action. And that's how the mind is conquered. That's how you can finish your mind. Through this meditation. Because meditation is the only rope which can tie your mind up. Our mind is very, very subtle, very, very thin. We cannot speak mind, can we? Can we see mind? No. So this mind can only be conquered by those instruments which are within us. You cannot see the Divine Light with these eyes. You can only see the Divine Light with the third eye. You cannot speak the Holy Word. Yet these are the instruments that cut through that mind. So get them, and utilize them until it is absolutely cleared away, done away with, completely finished. And once mind is finished, a man is perfect and pure. That man is perfect and pure. That man is far out. That man is completed. The man has been made pure.
So, we should try to find that Knowledge, and receive it. I am speaking this for those people who haven't yet received this Knowledge. Find it out through meeting Satguru. Because only through the Satguru will you be able to realize this Knowledge. He is the possessor of that Knowledge. If I don't know French, how can I teach you French? Can I teach you French? No. If I don't know Hindi, can I teach you Hindi? No. But if I know Hindi, can I teach you Hindi? Of course. Because I know it. So, go to the Satguru.
But there is one question people may ask and that question is, "How do I find out a real Satguru?" There are 366 Satgurus roaming about the world. Take one road and you'll find a Sat-guru, take another and you'll find a Satguru, take a left, you'll find a Sat-guru, take a right, you'll find a Satguru. Actually there are 366 Satgurus. And they all have a long jumbo board saying – yes – SATGURU. So how to find the real Satguru.
It is like this. When the sun arises, what proof have you got that the sun has risen? You don't take big searchlights, do you? Or candles, do you? When the sun rises, do you take candles and lamps to find out where the sun is? Do you? No. In the same way, when you approach a real Satguru and you gain this Knbwledge, you have no need of extra things to find out, or to test it. It is complete and perfect.
How many of you have seen Disneyland? In Disneyland there is a hill, it is a small mountain, and the road goes like this, like this and like this, Right? Have you seen that? It goes very fast. Like this, like this and like this. It takes this turn and that turn, that turn and this turn, very fast. Now that road goes so fast, so fast, and takes so many turns, right? But does the car fall off? No, because it has been completely attached to a rail. That's why it can't fall off.
But if an ordinary car took that road and went so fast, automatically it would come right off. Surely it would come right off. Wouldn't it? Right. And there is another thing, when they put you in a small boat, a big boat really, and it goes over these rollers. Have you seen that one? You enter that boat and then there is a deep thing like this, right? And everyone is just screaming. But nothing happens. Now, if it was a real thing, everyone would fall out. But it goes in such a deep channel that it cannot fall out.
In the same way, if we have dedicated ourselves, we have been fastened to Satguru's rail and we cannot come off. But if we have not been fastened to Satguru, automatically we will fall away. Satguru cannot come off, He cannot fall away. How can the channel come off itself? And if we are fixed in that channel, we cannot come off. But if we have not gone to Satguru,
then the channel is not perfect. If the channel is not perfect, and we are chained to that channel, we are also imperfect, and somewhere along the way we will go down.
So make your life completely perfect, completely channelled, completely – you know… have you seen the art works of Michaelangelo? Perfect. Make yourself perfect like those. You are perfect. Of course you are perfect, but there is something making you imperfect. There is a black light, there is a black light making you absolutely imperfect. Remove that black light and you will become perfect. I think you have understood now what I wanted to say.
And, of course, for those of you who have come from outside, then these are our ideas which we have just now placed before you. You can compare them with any of the scriptures. Because this is not new Knowledge which is being broadcast throughout the world. It is the most, most, most ancient Knowledge that is being broadcast at this time. The most ancient Knowledge, which has been fully described in all the Bibles, in all the gospels, in Gita, in Ramayana, in all the scriptures. So, if you are interested in this Knowledge, contact us. But now there is no time, so we would be very glad to meet you again tomorrow at this time. So we would request that you should please leave now and come tomorrow. And all premies, please now do meditation.
Birthday Satsang of Guru Maharaj Ji
Shri Guru Maharaj J , Prem Nagar Ashram, 10th December, 1971
Rivers flow from all sides to merge with their source, and that is the sea. From the sea they were taken up by the sun into the clouds, and they eventually went to the mountains, then showered as rain, and now they are so great, so fast, they are running to meet and embrace their source. Nothing in the world can stop them. They topple over their edges, they go into the houses, with one purpose only – just to meet with the whole who was their source, who is their source and who will be their source; who exists, who was existing and who will exist; who never dies, who has never died, and will never die; who is forever, was forever, and who will be forever; who was complete, is complete and will be complete. He is perfect, He was perfect and He will be perfect. Nothing in the world can touch His personality and break it into pieces. Anything you take from the world – maya, this darkness, – is too thin for Him.
His personality is great. His rays are so strong that they cross bones, they cross skin, and they shine out. His Light, which is His personality, is so powerful that it crosses the whole body, it crosses the whole maya, it crosses the whole world, but it can't_ be broken. His Divine Divinity is so strong, His Divinity is so strong that I've got no words to describe that Divinity. A devotee is sitting in America, Guru is sitting in India, but both have a very powerful connection.
So remember. We have to find that God, that person who is perfect. Who is ours and we are His, we have to find Him. To whom we belong, we have to find him, and get together and be one with Him, because if we are two we have got duality. Wherever there is duality there is darkness. Wherever there is frustration there is ego. Man is completely surrounded by it and he is put into prison by the chains of his mind.
So remember, we are part of Him who has manifested Himself as Guru and who has come into this earth, and now we have to be one with Him. We have to completely merge and make our souls one with Him because He is perfect, and once we merge with Him we will also be perfect.
Nothing in the world, whether it is our mind, or the darkness of Kali, can stop it. We will be like the river Ganges. It flows, flows, flows, and has no regard for its importance. The Ganges is highly respected in Rishikesh, but the Ganges doesn't stop there, just because it is being highly worshipped. Cows are drinking the water, but the Ganges doesn't stop because cows are drinking the water.
Have you seen the tongas here? They take the horses and put two leather strips before their eyes, have you seen? On the side, they cannot see, they cannot see anything. They can just see their road, which is their destination. It is their path, on which they have to run, run and run, till their master stops them. They are not allowed to see anywhere else. In the same way, we have to be tied into the one cord of love. Because, you see, there are flowers in the garden, there is string to tie the flowers, there is everything, but there is no garland. But once the flowers come and are united on the string, they form a garland.
There is an autobiography written by Kalidasa, Flowers, and this autobiography says, "O Lord, ever since you made me I have had one wish. That is that you should please unite me with all my friends into one string of love and put me around your neck so that I may be most fortunate to feel your Divine personality." This is the autobiography of that flower.
So remember, we have to be united in one string of love. Mind is so strong, but don't be frustrated by it, because if the Lord is true and the Knowledge is true, then nothing is there. There is only a black shadow, which is being cast by the moon which itself is taking light from the sun and only for six hours even then. After a little while it will go off and then there'll be no darkness.
The darkness has to come because there is the object. But is it real? No. So remember, we all have to unite in one cord. Not two or three or four or five. And all the human beings that have been created and are living in this world, or on any other planet, have to be united in one cord, only one cord. And this cord is of love and that perfect love is only given by the Perfect Master of the time. None else is able to give that love to you.
You think that your wife, your husband, your children will give you love? No. It is the love of selfishness. Baby loves mother because mother gives milk. Same way, you love everything because of selfishness. But we love Guru without any selfishness. It is pure and perfect love, it is that love which cannot be disturbed by mind at all.
So be perfect, be in love, do meditation, run smoothly, have a good life, enjoy yourself, be one with Him who has created you, who had created you and who will create you. Because this is what you have to find in the world. There are many paths. Many, many paths. One, is blue, one is red, one is green, all seem beautiful. But there is
one path which we can hardly look at because it is so bright. People who are people, people who are really humans, walk on it. And people who are not humans and are cowards walk on the green, red and yellow paths. But the man who walks on that bright, shining path always becomes brightness. And God touches him and he touches the Lotus Feet of Satgurudev.
I'll explain this to you. Lord Ram governed Hanuman, but Hanuman governed the Lotus Feet of Ram. Because Hanuman did so much meditation he tied the Lord in love, so much love, that wherever Hanu- man wanted Him to go, Ram was ready to go.
Whenever the Lord comes, He is hungry for love. He wants nothing else. He has created money, He has created silver, He has created diamonds, He has created the whole of nature. Nothing is a surprise to the Lord because He has created it. But the only thing that can be a surprise for Him is your love. That is sincere, that is from your heart, it comes right from the depths of your heart. It shows light, affection, devotion and real love. It is perfect, perfect, and so it will last forever.
So that love God requires. Nothing else. God created love, no doubt. But He distributed it. And no love is left. And God is only hungry for one thing now. He wants to collect love, love, love and love. That's the only thing He wants. But those people are only able to give love who are determined to shed their forehead on His Lotus Feet. Nobody else. People who have become proud go to that imperfection from where they never return. But the guy who is determined to shed His forehead on the Lotus Feet goes there to that perfectness
from where He never returns.
So brothers, unite into one love, be one, be perfect, be accurate. Accurate for the love, attentive for the sat-sang, active for the service and this will make you perfect. Because perfection is what imperfection wants. Remember this, that perfection is what imperfection wants. Imperfect are you and you need your Lord because He is perfect. Perfection never looks for imperfection, but imperfection every time looks for perfection.
So one devotee, he prays to the Lord and says, "Lord, don't forget me. For you we are many, but for me you are only one. If I get lost, you have others who can give you so much love. But in my life, if you get lost, you are the only one who can give me love. So Lord, please attach me so firmly that the sun may break, fire may break in pieces and the sky may be disturbed, the earth may be moved from its orbit, but this cord of love may not be moved and may be strong forever and ever and ever. Even if the sun breaks, no matter. But this cord of love should be forever."
Al the saints of India, Jesus Christ and Mohammed also, have emphasized love because love is the greatest cord in the world. It can unite you and communicate you with the Lord. And the Lord is perfect, perfect for all. To him who goes to Him and asks Him for His love, He never hesitates to give it. Maybe he is the lowest person in the world, maybe he is the highest person in the world. Because the Lord is the embodiment of love and you must realize Him.
Not only realize Him, but be with Him because He can create you as many times as He likes, but you cannot create Him as many times as you like. So be careful about the golden opportunity He has given you. And don't be confused by the hypnotic shadows of the mind which the mind is cre ating in you and which are making you frustrated. Once you get frustrated, remember friends, you will not be able to return again. Don't be frustrated. Don't look anywhere, just look at your destination which you have to reach. Don't look anywhere else.
Don't be confused. Confusion is for those who don't know this Knowledge. But once a man has known this Knowledge, he has nothing to be confused about. Because this mind came it can also go away, but only if the destination is there. The horse is hungry, the grass is on all sides, but he can only look to his destination. Maybe there is green grass filled with clover, but the horse doesn't look at that, he looks only at his destination and runs there. He's hungry, but it doesn't matter.
So today, in the frustrated darkness of the world, only the Perfect Lord is the bright shining sun. And if you have known Him, far out. Nothing
can be more than that. It is the endless limit if you have known the Lord of the time. So what I have told you just now, I think it is important. Maybe it is not for you, but is very important for me. And only through this principle, only by following this basic outline of how to be one, can you be one. For this solid thread of love has been carried over from centuries and centuries, ages and ages.
And my Guru also taught me first of all this thread of love. And then I was able to realize the importance of Guru, this embodiment of love. He is white, but if you wear blue glasses you won't be able to see Him. He is white, but only if you have white glasses will you be able to see Him. In this world, everywhere there is darkness. You can only get white glasses by knowing that white, bright, shining Light. So if you go to Him, ask. Ask and it shall be given, knock and it shall be opened unto you. So if you have asked for Knowledge, very good. And if you know the Knowledge, go ahead and meditate.
This is the only thing which increases your love. And love increases you and makes you one with whom you have to be. It is so beautiful, it is so fantastic to be one with one who is perfect, because you are your own no more, no more are there weights on your shoulders.
when you have been united to the Lord, you are the most free person. Water cannot be in one place, it does not rest. It runs, runs, runs and runs to be one with him, one with the sea. Maybe the sea is salty, it doesn't matter. The water has to go and be united. So meditation is the only medium through which you increase your love, and love will spring forth, will make you one, and finally everything will be organized.
So I hope you will pay close attention to whatever I have been saying. It holds value for all devotees. Because, first of all, of any line of spiritualism, that spiritualism which opens Knowledge of God is the only thing. But if you don't know the topic of love, then it is like owning a car which is perfect, but without an engine. I want to find out if you know, if you are really eager to go towards the destination. But without love, you are a car without tyres. So can you go?
So realize it and be one with it because this is the aim of human life which has to be completed. It has to be completed. This is it. This is the aim of human life. It should be there. It must be there. Because ultimately, if you don't get there you'll find yourself living in great darkness, ignorance and suffering. But once you have realized it, then everything is good for you.
Thank you very much.
Satsang of Jagat Jnani Shri Mata Ji
Those people who dedicate themselves for the sake of God are always protected, whilst those who attach themselves to the perishable objects of the world are lost in illusion. So, all of you, realize that day by day our lives are passing. The nature of this world is like a paper bag disintegrating in water. He who comes into the world must inevitably leave the world. But there is one thing about this world, and that is that if a man dedicates himself for the sake of God, his life can become pure and immortal. Do not live for the sake of the material things in life, for everything that is made will one day perish. No matter how big or strong, a building must one day crumble and fall. In the same way, this human frame will one day finish, and so will all the material prosperity and worldly reputation a man has accumulated.
All the scriptures tell us that the human frame is given for a special purpose, and that is the discovery of the ultimate Truth. If he is not doing this, a man is wasting his life and living like an animal. Both animals and human beings eat, sleep, fear and have coition. In these ways there is no difference between them. But the scriptures indicate something higher, and say this human life should be used to obtain the practical Knowledge of Truth.
But how and when is that Knowledge obtained? Only when one goes to a Perfect Master with guileless heart can one receive the Knowledge. Lord Krishna says, "Approach an enlightened soul with humility and simplicity and a heart like an innocent child. Give up pride and ego, deceit and fraud." If there is no deceit and pride in your nature, then you are like a child. Otherwise you are fraudulent.
A child isn't aware of mine and 74 thine. Only after being subjected to external impressions does he begin to say this is mine and this is thine. When he grows up he loses his guilelessness and tenderness of heart, so in order to gain spiritual enlightenment it is absolutely necessary to repossess these qualities of humility and guilelessness. If there is a little bit of ego or guile, one will be deprived of Spiritual Knowledge.
Why should we feel pride in this world? For what reason! Wealth, health, and human life are all changeable. Nothing in this world is permanent. From a child one becomes a youth, then adult, then old-aged with humped back, shaky limbs and grey hair. And then all the strength leaves the body. This is the condition of human life. So he is wise who attains the deathless state before the body passes away.
Why is man so unhappy today? Why has he got this disease of materialism? Those who possess material wealth are just as dissatisfied as those who possess nothing. This insatiable mental disease has been torturing mankind very much in this material age, yet the minds of great leaders and learned men are not realizing this fact.
How can a man attain peace? When will he gain satisfaction? When a man forgets the right path of his life's destination, he wanders unceasingly, facing a great deal of difficulties, just like a traveller who has missed his way. Today the same problem is facing mankind as has faced him in the past. How can mental unrest be eradicated? Saint Tulsidas says, "Sometimes this mind wants to enjoy sensual pleasures. Sometimes it desires to have immense wealth. Sometimes it wanders towards seductive beauty. Sometimes, like a deer, it wanders in the solitude of a forest." Tulsidas says, "Consider how to control the mind."
Today everyone wants to become a leader of mankind, but few want to become servants of mankind. Once there was a dispute amongst the gods, each of them proclaiming himself to be the greatest. So they called an assembly and put forth the question of who was the greatest, the wisest, and the most realized soul. They asked themselves, "Whom should we accept as our lord?" The sage Bhrigu said that he would examine them. He approached each of them, disregarding some, taunting others. All of them threatened him in anger. When he reached Lord Vishnu he kicked him in the chest. At once, Lord Vishnu fell at the feet of the sage and spoke in humble words; "Please forgive me, my heart is like impenetrable stone and your feet are so soft and delicate you might have hurt them." And then Lord Vishnu began to massage the feet of the sage Bhrigu, who then began to sing the praises of the Lord with hands upturned, and sang, "Forgiveness is the characteristic of the great-minded, arrogance is the characteristic of the small-minded." This greatness of Lord Vishnu is alive today.
Today man has engaged his mind developing science while failing to remember the creator of all, who is God. That is why man is making instruments of death. God has created man who is only a spark of that creative power. Until man realizes that creative power of God he will continue to experience the suffering of birth and death. At present all the works we are doing are based upon intellect, but the Knowledge of God is beyond the intellect. Until a man knows that technique which lies beyond the intellect, his life cannot be
peaceful. Those things that we think will give us bliss in the world will only give us pain. The history of mankind proves that wherever man has forgotten God, great disorder and disaster comes. Surdas, the great saint, said:
I am selfish, perverse, ungrateful and foolish,
To have neglected the Creator who has given me this beautiful human frame.
Day and night I have been wandering here and there
In order to satisfy the senses and stomach, like a village pig after refuse.
Giving up the company of saints,
I flattered worldly people.
O my Lord, where is there a shelter for me
Other than at your Holy Lotus Feet?
I have realized that he who has no devotional love for God is no greater than the village pig."
We have made our aim in life to fill our stomachs, but such worldly pleasures are not the source of happiness. The true destination of bliss is very far away, and you have been misled from the path that leads there. Only realized saints can reveal the path of immortal bliss. The mystery of God is not kept secret by the saints. If one is humble and a real seeker after Truth it will be revealed to you. Ask and it shall be given. Knock and the door of immortal Knowledge shall be opened. Therefore seek to know that Holy Name and Divine Light within. Neither fasting, nor pilgrimages, nor rites and rituals will bring about peace. If your body is in the company of saints and your mind is wandering here and there, how can you bathe in the Heavenly Harmony. Listen to the sat-sang of those saints who were perse-
cuted by selfish people. For whom do these saints live in the world? For whom does the river flow? To whom does the tree give fruit? For their own sakes? No. It is said that saints, trees, rivers, mountains, and earth are for the good of humanity and the welfare of others.
What is the purpose of the river which flows day and night? Its purpose is to merge with the sea. Until this happens, it continues to flow, because it is part of the ocean. In the same way, why is our mind not at rest? Because our soul is an eternal part of God, and until it gains identification with God, our minds will wander aimlessly about. Even if you purchase material luxury and indulge in sensual pleasure, your mind will remain in a state of unrest. Now, unsteady minds are leading mankind, and that is why there is so much unrest in the world.
The infallible technique to bring the mind under control is bestowed by the mercy of the Perfect Master. If sugar is mixed with sand, even though you have the strength of an elephant you will not be able to separate them. But a little ant can separate them easily. She is proficient in this art. In the same way the mind is subtle, so until you find that most subtle technique you will not be able to control it. The Perfect Master knows this mystery of how to separate the mind from the senses, and unite it to the Holy Word of God.
Today there are many religions and ways of life in the world, but all of them only cause difference, confusion and suffering. The true religion can never create conflict. Today, many walls of religion have been built, dividing mankind into different sects. God has not created this trouble.
God is the creator of all. All people can worship Him without the discrimination of colour, creed, caste, and nationality. From what nation did you receive this human body? And what nationality will you be when you die? Only your thoughts have created this difference of caste, colour, etc. Religion doesn't teach you to fight with your fellow men. That which changes life for the better and can be followed by all is real religion. For God is one and the same for all. And His Name is above all. We don't need religions that divide and separate us. We need such a garland which contains all the flowers on it. And that must be such a religion that unites us and brings permanent peace into the world. Such a religion that is one and the same for all people. It must show the universal Truth to Christians and Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, sinners and virtuous people, rich and poor, easterners and westerners. Even blind and crippled people also must be able to experience the mystery of this religion.
A great Knower of Truth has said "I have seen a great wonder. There is a well in the sky from which nectar is falling, which is always full of bliss. And the cripple climbs up without a ladder and drinks as much as he wishes.
Without any musical instruments and without players, drums, flutes, guitars, bells, conches and cymbals play. And a deaf man becomes entranced in listening to the Divine music. And day and night finds peace forgetting his external existence.
Where there is no earth, there is a beautiful temple in which Brilliant Divine Light is always shining. A blind man becomes delighted to see that light. And sings for joy of the wonders which he has seen.
And a man dies and comes back to life again. And without food he remains very strong.
Bramanand says a rare saint understands this experience."
In the Bible also it says:
"And there shall be no night there; and they will need no candle, nor the light of the sun; for the Lord God shall give them light and they shall reign for ever and ever.
That Great City, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the Glory of God; and her Light like the light of a most precious stone, even like a jasper stone clear as crystal."
Who can enjoy such a wonderful experience? Have you ever tried to
know this mystery? Have you known the bliss of such a Divine abode? If you say it is impossible, then why do these great saints say such things? They have seen them; that's why they have desired to proclaim about their experience.
It is said about the Knowledge, to whom should it be imparted? It should be imparted to a deserving disciple, not to him who is not faithful and obedient. A deserving disciple is he who always obeys his master's commandments. This wonderful experience, which is full of bliss and joy, dwells within us, but unknowingly man wanders outside like the musk deer. Tulsidas says:
"Though God exists within the heart of all, He is not seen for man has cataracts in his eyes."
And just as when we get such an external disease in our eye we go to a surgeon for an operation, so to cure the blindness of the inner eye we need a spiritual doctor who is a specialist in Inner Vision. He who dives deep finds the pearls but those who sit near the shore waste their time. They can enjoy the waves but can never find the valuable treasure that lies within the ocean. He who seeks the Truth sincerely finds it. If this is not so, then why are there so many indications in the scriptures about God realization? Guru Nanak says:
Who can help us to find this immortal treasure? Only the Perfect Master, because He has the key to reveal the way."
This path is very easy to tread for everyone, whether he is a businessman, householder, farmer, or following any other occupation. Krishna revealed this mystery to His disciple Arjuna, a warrior, and told him to meditate even during battle. So how did he do this? By knowing that Holy Word of God constantly within him.
Many people count rosaries and chant mantras, but Saint Kabir says, "Rosaries are counted with the hand, words are chanted by mouth, but mind wanders to and fro. This is not remembrance of the Holy Name." If your mind runs in all directions at the time of meditation, then it is not real meditation. The path of true meditation is something else. You meditate on God thinking Him somewhere else, but God is present within all, just as oil is present in the mustard seed, fire is present in the flint, and butter in the milk. In the same way, your Lord is present within yourself. So awake and see His glorious face! The sight of God is present within every particle of the universe, but only he who has inner eyesight can realize it. So, dear children, come to the Perfect Master and learn this innermost secret of life.
So This Is It
Answers from Shri Guru Maharaj Ji, London, November 1971
Do not some people, certain authors or painters, do they not experience some parts of the Knowledge?
No. See, the thing is this. If somebody wants to experience it he will experience it wholly. You know, in mathematics either you get it wrong or you get it right. It's like a mathematical sum. Either you experience it as a whole or you don't experience it. You know that. Whenever a man is given this Knowledge he gets full love. Not a part.
It's just that they weren't given it by a person. They tried to get it by themselves.
No, no, no. Many authors or painters have tried to gain this Knowledge by themselves. But they're in this room trying to get out and they can't. And this one goes and bangs his head on this corner, and that one goes and bangs his head on that corner and then it's finished. Then they write their books! But authors who haven't known this Knowledge, and are trying to write about it in their books, you will find neither horn nor tail in such a book. There is no horn and no tail. Not at all. You can't find a beginning or an end in such a book. They are just banging their heads on the four sides of the room. Sometimes they say something about this thing, sometimes they say something about that thing, but nothing about their own thing.
But how clearly it is written in the Aquarian Gospel. It is very interesting. You know it has been written very, very clearly. So authors who know this Knowledge and try to write about it are very successful. Now I'll give you two books. One book has been written by premies, or has been written by me. And the other book has been written by someone else. Just compare them. The book which has been written by us will thoroughly talk about Knowledge, and only that, won't it? The other book will talk about what is a mango, what is an orange, will try to tell you what is natural, what is unnatural and what seems to be natural. That author will try to tell you why the world was created, why nature was created. But he is just wasting your time, you know. It seems quite natural, but it is artificial. But a book that has been written by a premie could only describe what is Knowledge. And it will always say that this is the secret of all secrets.
Guru Maharaj Ji, why do I find nature so beautiful?
Nature is beautiful, that's why. Nature is beautiful, there is no doubt about it.
Guru Maharaj Ji, since God is in everything, what about things of the intellect; philosophy; can't they be good things as well?
Not at all. Philosophy is just crazy as anything.
But if God is in everything then surely God is in philosophy as well?
Yes, God is in evil also. God is in poison also. God is in the snake also, so go and receive the snake, and see what happens! God is in the lion also, so why don't you go into the cave of the lion, right into the cave? God is in that man also who is going to kill you. God is in that Communist country Russia also. God is in President Nixon also. So why do you criticize President Nixon? Here is the point. God is everywhere. But is God using His power there or not? That's the question. God is everywhere. But is God using His power or not? Is God acting there or not? God is in evil also but God is not acting there.
But if you look hard enough surely one could find God in everything?
God is in everything.
And God is good?
God is very good.
Therefore God is in philosophy!
Therefore! You see – that is philosophy! Because God is not there. Where is God? Tell me, where? What is philosophy? Tell me. Is philosophy a flower? Is philosophy a watch? Is philosophy my hand? Is philosophy my nose? Is it my ears? What is philosophy? Eh? Philosophy is a combination of words. That is called philosophy. That's what philoso-
phy is. And God is also in a combination of words, because God is everywhere, but a combination of words is not God itself.
No, but can't mathematics be good? And chemistry?
They can be good and they cannot be good! Can and not be good! Can and not! They can be good, they cannot be good.
Are God and Satan the same thing?
God is in Satan also. God is everywhere. You know, what is God? God is this Holy Word. "In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God." That is the Word, that is God. The Holy Word of God is God. That is why it was said, "In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God." So this Word is God. Nothing else. And this Word exists everywhere, in you, in every human being, and because of this Word everything is existing. Understand?
Guru Maharaj Ji, is God in medicine also?
And medicine is good?
See, medicine can and not be good! Can and not be good! Can be and cannot be good!
Therefore philosophy can be …
Thing is this. Therefore is philosophy itself. This is a room, right? And because it has got some coloured boxes in it does it mean the room is coloured? Suppose this is a room with no wallpaper, or suppose there is a room in the new ashram which is being built in Delhi. Now because there are some coloured boxes, enamel paint boxes, in this room, is this room coloured? Is it true? Because there are human beings sitting in this room is this room human? True or not? Because electricity is running through this room is this room electricity? Is it? Because this room is built on this earth, is this room earth? Is it? Because water has been utilized in this room, is this room water? Is it? Is it?
God is in this room, this room is not God.
This room is God.
This room is not God! There is God in this room but this room is not God.
Very good, congratulations! In the same way God is in medicine and in evil also, but evil is not God. And thus, if it is not God, it is not good.
Is there only one God?
Yes, only one. If there were two gods the size of this room would expand. God is everywhere, and God is one. If there were two gods, you know, this room would be twice the size. And every man will become twice as big as he is! Every bicycle will become a huge thing! A Concorde will become like a Jumbo Jet, and the Jumbo Jet would just go on expanding. Won't it, won't it expand? You would see everything expanding – your eyes, your lamp, this shade, the light, everything is expanding!!!
Maybe it already has.
No it has not, because God is one. God is not two.
Guru Maharaj Ji, evil is where there is not good but was there ever a devil or did they just write about it?
Can you digest your food without talking about evil?
Then do that please, will you? Thank you very much. Is it necessary to talk about evil? When you are not going to embrace evil then is it necessary to talk about it? There is no need to talk about it. If you become interested in evil, then talk about it. You know it is unnecessary. Because if you are not going to utilize something in your life, don't talk about it. It is
something useless, you know it, that is why you don't want to utilize it. Today you want to be more interested in the things where God lives, and not in God Himself, and that is something like praying to a Mahatma instead of a Guru. Maybe it's something like that, that you people are trying to respect those things more in which God exists, not God Himself. Nobody wants to worship God, they want to worship the world because God is in this world.
Is God evenly distributed?
Well you should call a newspaper about that you know. It would be far out if God was distributed. God is not distributed, God is one, absolutely one. God cannot be cut into pieces and distributed! This is a very simple thing, it is as simple as anything. Try to understand it. Try to understand it.
Guru Maharaj Ji, what do you owe to your father?
I won't tell you what I owe. If I took all the birds, the sun, moon, and everything that exists in trying to repay my father, I wouldn't even be able to repay a single pennyworth. You know He has given me such a lot. Such a lot that He has made me king of the whole universe. So how can I repay Him? I regard Him as my father because He is my real father, and He is my Real Father. Real father and Real Father, real to Real! He is my real father because He has given me birth, and He is my Real Father because He has shown me the path. How can I repay Him for this real thing He has given me? I can't even imagine repaying Him for it, but He says that if I can just do meditation it will be much more than He has given me. I don't think so. I don't think it is true.
But how can we repay you?
Just the same thing. Do meditation and service to me. And you will be repaying me. Anything more you want to ask? Yes?
Is it possible to do service through, for example, theatre and all communications media?
Yea, it can be possible, but a better service is real to real. Going out giving satsang, doing meditation and doing service for me. To many people what I say seems impractical. But to people who work it out it is quite possible.
What can I do for you?
You can do meditation and service. Do that.
Is there anything I cannot do for you?
It would have been really appreciated if you had asked if there is anything I can do for you. There are many things you can't do for me and there are many things you can do for me. You should have asked me, "Is there anything that I can do for you?" Well, whatever you think is good for me, do it for me, and whatever you think not good for me, don't do it for me. 0.K?, Not giving satsang, don't do that. Not doing service, don't do that.
Guru Maharaj Ji, is there such a thing as original sin?
There is something like sin but I don't know what is original …
It is a Christian idea.
I'm not a Christian, so don't ask me about that idea.
But theologians are always disputing that there is or isn't.
If there is something original it is only God. Everything else is artificial. The Christians must understand that, but they can't even understand this simple thing. I don't know. Only one thing is original and that is God. That is the real original thing. I can't call anything more original than that. It is the most real original thing.
But can a new-born baby sin?
The thing is this, he is new-born but probably he is carrying his actions within him.
But does he know what sin is?
He doesn't know who he is. He doesn't know his father. He doesn't know his mother. He doesn't know what to do. He doesn't know anything.
When I say new-born I don't mean …
I'll tell you the whole round circle. A man did some sins and he dies. His ego flies with the sins. His soul flies with the things which are good. Right? Now these two things fly and this ego jet tries to follow where the soul goes. Now this soul goes and lands in that little boy – right? – and these bad actions that were being carried by ego also go into that little boy. As soon as he is taught 'I', you know, and he understands 'I', right from there he has done a mistake. And 'I' means ego. Because he understood 'I' he has done a mistake. He does not know it then, but after some time he does know it. And then all these other things start, because he has accepted that ego. And by now that ego has completely landed. First it had not landed, it was just flying around. Soul had landed. It took a birth. But as soon as he said 'I', ego said O.K, land now. And at that moment it has landed.
But doesn't a child in the womb know God?
At that time he is doing meditation. He is one in complete meditation, and then he is disturbed in his meditation, and he is taken out. Then he is probably tortured by this world. By the good and bad.
So after many, many lives of striving, can a soul be born and not get this 'I'?
Yea. As long as he is accepting 'I', it is O.K, he must be born. I accepted 'I' for seven years. I was born but now I don't accept 'I'. I accepted 'I' when I was a baby, but now I accept 'I' no more. Done. Work finished! No more have I to take any birth or so on. Now I have my reservations on the liberation plane! Non-stop jet to liberation! Understand?
Any free seats?
Every seat is free. But it is hard to get there! Because you have to jump, you have to try. That is a bit hard, but it is not so hard. It's on you, you know. Whatever you choose. Anything more?
Will you be in India next year, Guru Maharaj Ji?
I'll be in India this year! Then I'll leave for Japan or South Africa.
You're going to South Africa?
Yeah, because South Africa needs me terribly.
Have you been to Northern Ireland on this trip to England?
No. I have been to America and Europe and London. And in this trip I don't feel that I am away from my home. I feel that I am in my home. That's why I am happy. What do you think Mike?
What you don't, you don't feel it? Think.
You don't think!!! Anything more?
Guru Maharaj Ji, Christ knew that he was going to have a physical end on this earth, do you know this and when?
He never knew it. And it did not end you know. Because He again came back with His form.
But He expected it in the Scriptures, in the Old Testament.
This is the great trouble, isn't it? New Testament and Old Testament. It is a test. Because you see just these things. Even if I knew, what would you do about it? I can't have an end you know. I can't have an end. Because what is 'I' now in me is not my body. Not my ego. It is God Himself. And God cannot have an end. This whole world has got to end before God ends. Because I have dedicated everything to that. Now this 'I' is no more me because it is God. So I cannot die.
Infallible Technique to Improve Human Behaviour
Speech delivered by Param Sant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj
18th November 1963, Delhi.
From his birth to his death a man tries to attain constant happiness and hence to be immune from troubles and suffering. In most cases he does not succeed. Instead he continues to get himself tied up in doubts and anxieties. His periods of happiness are only short-lived and true happiness, like the mirage, remains an illusion for him, but which nevertheless he continues to chase, wherever he thinks it can be found. Modern society with all its good laws and •civilisation, its scientific inventions and discoveries, its technological innovations and the conquest of nature, all represent attempts by mankind to find happiness. But we can see by looking around us that their actual results are only unrest and unhappiness, anxiety and frustration. Real happiness has not been obtained, peace has not been found, and suffering has not been removed. Instead the situation has arisen when the very existence of the human race is threatened. Man, who before was so confident, is now bewildered by his own failure, and he is now looking around himself not knowing what to do next.
The first step to saving the human race from self destruction is to find out the cause of this failure. If you think about it you will see that the main causes are not in the world around us but inside man's own mind where inadequate discrimination and too often mistaking the pleasures obtained from the senses for true happiness have led to all the troubles that you see in the world, in society, and in the individual. Because of his mis-understanding of these important yet elementary truths, he tries to find happiness and peace in ideas and actions where they can never be found, and the obvious result is frustration and dissatisfaction. The more he tries to get his satisfaction in the wrong directions. the greater his frustration and dissatisfaction, when he finally has to acknowledge his failure. Today people search for peace outside, for happiness in material prosperity, and for love in situations which only lead to fear and jealousy. Looking for happiness in material prosperity only causes lust, greed, envy, argument and conflict, and turns man's attention away from virtuous living and right thinking to the accumulation of material wealth in its many forms, often irrespective of the means adopted.
A man is now judged by what he has rather than by what he is and this has naturally caused corruption as men compete for wealth, position and power, which in turn cause turmoil and tension. There does not seem to be the least appreciation that had peace and happiness been in riches or power, Lord Buddha would not have renounced His kingdom, and Jesus would not have taught as He did, while on the other hand all the wealthy and powerful people in the world would be living in a state of pure joy. But look at the anxiety on their faces and the agitation in their minds; this is proof that they have not even had a glimpse of what real peace and happiness are. The truth is that peace and eternal bliss are a sublime faculty of mind. They are to be found in the mind but they are never to be found in material things. Countless examples have been provided in the pages of history which illustrate this truth, but man ignores them all, and continues as blindly as ever, searching for peace in all the wrong places. The true king is one who has conquered his mind not one who reigns over many material possessions. Such a one even loses the ability to sleep peacefully.
Permanent peace can never be provided by social, administrative or financial measures, nor even in schemes to improve the environment by conquering problems like over-population or pollution. Permanent
peace lies within oneself and that is the only place where it can be found. It is really very strange that in the world today man's preoccupation with wealth, power and sensual enjoyments takes him far from good living and right thinking, yet sermons and lectures are delivered day in and day out on improvement in human behaviour, and the cultivation of fearlessness, love and universal brotherhood. Competition for love, power and sensual enjoyments can never harmonize human interests and make men work together with brotherly love, yet the diversity of interests which competition leads to can never end competition and conflict.
Dr. S. Radha Krishnan, the Vice-President of India, has said, "The crisis which is facing us is a human one and what is necessary is an improvement in human behaviour." But nobody is actually suggesting how human behaviour can be improved. Can it be improved by mere lectures? Can it be improved by the laws of the State? Can it be improved by publicity campaigns and advertising? Can it be improved by negotiations around the table? How can it be improved? There appears to be complete ignorance on this subject. The natural conclusion is that there is no answer in sight to today's human crisis and that tomorrow will bring the annihilation of the human race. To save the human race, therefore, it is absolutely necessary that a method be found out which can bring about instantaneous improvement in human behaviour and the only way is to acquire complete control of our minds by the acquisition of equanimity, tranquillity, stability, and belief in God. But true belief in God can not be cultivated without His practical realization, nor can the mind be controlled without infusing it with the Divine Light and concentrating it on His Real Name. What is this Divine Light, what is the Real Name of God, and how they can be known practically are pertinent questions in this connection.
Divine Light is self-effulgent light which is ever-existent in all beings and which is responsible for life in living beings. It illuminates sun, moon, fire and stars. This very light is responsible for the creation of the Universe.
To describe it, different words have been used in different literatures. In the Vedas, it has been called "Vergo", in the Upanishads and the Gita it is called " yoti-Swaroop", in the Ramayan it is called "Pranam-Prakash", in the Holy Koran it is called "Noor-e-Elahi", in the Bible it is called "Divine Light", in the Guru Granth Saheb it is called "Chandna", all synonymous with self-effulgent light. But this Light is so subtle that it cannot be seen with these material eyes. It is. practically seen with the Divine Eye alone. Every human being possesses this Divine Eye but it remains closed. The Divine Light is seen when the Divine Eye is opened. Lord Krishna opened the Divine Eye of Arjuna and showed him the Divine Light. Sujata, the milk-maid, opened the Divine Eye of Lord Buddha and showed Him the Divine Light within Himself. Similarly Lord Jesus Christ, Hazrat Mohammed, Swami Ramakrishna, and others, all saw the Divine Light with the Divine Eye. When the Divine Light is seen and the mind is infused into it, it attains equanimity and stability. We all know that a newly-born child, who certainly has a guileless mind, takes delight in the Light, and that he cries in darkness. This is because his mind, being untarnished by the ways of the world, loves light. Man's mind naturally loves light and loves to be infused in it, because subconsciously he knows that light is his true nature with which he was once merged and from which he is temporarily separated. When the mind is turned from that Divine Light within, and the Inner Eye becomes closed through lack of usage, mind then turns towards wordly impurities, it is plunged into the world of incon stancy and unsteadiness, and all sorts of troubles naturally and inevitably arise therefrom. The mind itself takes on the impure, flickering qualities of the objects to which it attaches itself, and it is these mental impurities which are simply and quickly burned away by infusion in Divine Light. As an impure gold is purified by melting in fire, in the same way the impure mind obtains purity by infusion in Divine Light.
The Real Name of God is also ever-existent and self-dependent in all living beings. It is the only life generator. The difference between a living body and a dead body is the presence and absence respectively of the Holy Name. The Holy Name cannot be written in any alphabet nor can it be uttered. It is the eternal and secret sound of a vibration which has to be known, and just as fire has the inherent capacity to burn, so the Holy Name has the inherent capacity to purify the mind. Hence it changes a man's nature, mak' .g him pure and shining with bliss. Only Knowledge of and meditation on this Real Name of God can give a man this inner quality of certain Knowledge of the Truth of Life which manifests itself as a radiant and wise personality. All the Scriptures of the world refer to this Holy Name, the secret vibration of life within. In the Upanishads it is called Nam (Only Name), in the Ramayana it is called Mahamantra (Great Word), in the Holy Koran it is called Pak Nam (True
Name), in the Guru Granth Saheb (the great Sikh scripture) it is called Sat Nam (True Name) and in the Holy Bible it is called Magicabala (Great Word), or Holy Word of God. It is the Name of God which can be meditated upon constantly without interruption, while we are asleep and while we are awake, while we are conscious and while we are unconscious. No other action can be done at all times and in all circumstances. But meditation on this Holy Name is possible at all times and in all circumstances, if one has had revealed to one the sacred technique.
The question to be asked now is how the Divine Light can be seen and how this Holy Name can be known. The answer is that just as a candle can only be set alight by the touch of a living flame, so that instantaneous vision of this Divine Light can only be achieved by the touch of an Enlightened Soul, and infallibly so. And so with the primordial vibration, the Real Name of God, for, being unable to be written, it cannot be found in books, and, being absolutely unspeakable, it cannot be heard from human lips.
It is a mistake to believe that the actual utterance or mental repetition of any of the descriptive names of God can purify the heart and bring about the vision of Divine Light. If this were so, then the majority of the world would certainly be enlightened, and peace, brotherhood and understanding would prevail, for most of the world reveres and pays homage to one or other of the many verbal descriptions for God. For the Name is God Himself within man, and not just a verbal representation of Him. Another commonly held but mistaken belief is that the Divine Light can be seen by the grace of great masters who have left their mortal bodies. No matter how great the reputation of a famous surgeon, if he has left his body he cannot perform even the simplest operation. A living patient must have a living doctor. Likewise only the Living Master can reveal the Divine Light and Holy Word. "As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world", said Lord Jesus, and all great masters who revealed that Light within their disciples said the same thing. If it is true that Enlightenment can be obtained from a Master who no longer exists in physical form, then all those who today follow and revere Lord Kirshna and Lord Christ would have this True Knowledge of Holy Word and Divine Light. But this is not the case. Christ and Krishna both embodied the Light and revealed the Light, but only to those lovers of God who were alive at the same time. Likewise for us today it is necessary to find the Living Perfect Master. When the touch of an Enlightened Soul is absolutely necessary to gain this Knowledge, how can it be possible to acquire it from a Guru who is not occupying a mortal body?
The last question is how the Knowledge can be obtained from the Enlightened Soul. Lord Krishna said, "Attain this Knowledge by all means. If you prostrate yourself at the feet of the Satguru, render Him all forms of service, and ask Him with a guileless heart again and again," then the Satguru will become pleased and infuse this Knowledge into you." This is the only way to acquire this Knowledge. There is absolutely no other way.
Thus we can see that the only method to bring about an improvement in human behaviour leading to world peace and unity is acquisition of this True Knowledge from the Living Satguru. Individual man is the primary unit in society, and only when peace is obtained by each individual for himself will peace prevail in the society. No peace can be ontained by an agitated and unsteady mind, and no society can be peaceful and loving unless the individual members of the society become peaceful and loving. It is often asked whether it is possible to impart this Knowledge to every single individual. The answer is that most people of the world have some academic education which usually takes many years to obtain, but this True Knowledge can be acquired even in the twinkling of an eye. So naturally it will not take much time to disseminate this Knowledge to every individual, provided adequate facilities for reaching the people are made available.
Since Divine Light is seen within and the Holy Name of God is known within, the realization of this Divine Light and the Knowledge of this Holy Name gives a man complete understanding of the source of life itself. The entire universe emanates from this source of life, and so by knowing that all is known, constant and unchanging peace and happiness are found, and the deathless state of self-realization is attained.
Mechanics of Liberation
Answers from Shri Guru Maharaj Ji, Prem Nagar Ashram, November 1971, aided by blackboard diagram
When we die, what is it that goes to heaven or hell?
What happens is this. Your actions have a certain weight, and they are weighed, they are judged automatically. You fly from the earth but your own fuel will only take you as far as this crossing, here, where you have to stop. Then the judge comes, decides which direction you have to turn, probably to hell or to heaven, gives you the fuel you need, then kicks you in the direction you have to go. Understood or not? Not.
I mean, it's not body because the body stays behind …
Yes. The body stays in the graveyard. I mean the thing inside who is responsible for you. 0.K? Understood?
If you are in the Word when you die is your ego not involved, so you're just free?
Free. Absolutely free. Have you seen a carburettor? In a carburettor there is a top part which is floating. And when the excess fuel comes, it rises and blocks that ejector which is bringing the petrol into the carburettor, right? But when you meditate on this Holy Word, there is no top part, and then the fuel never stops coming into you and so you are elevated right up, up, and up. Like non-stop jet. Understand? Non-stop jet to liberation.
What does one do after one is liberated?
Anything he wishes, that's all. Just see what a drop of water does when it is mixed in a glass of water. I must give you that practical example, right? What happens to a drop of water when it goes into a glass? Same thing when you achieve liberation. Have you understood? But don't think that once you go to heaven you are not going to return back here, right? You are going to return back. If you go to heaven, don't worry about a thing because you certainly are going to come back.
How can it be heaven if you come back?
What is heaven? What do you mean by heaven?
I don't know.
You don't know. First know what is the meaning of heaven. See, what you are thinking of as heaven is a place from where you don't return. Right? But that place is right here.
And what is that other heaven?
That heaven is where you go, you know, like a club. You go in and pay
your money and go in the club and enjoy your money's worth. Understand? And this is like a jail. You do an action, the police come, take you up to the jail. Once your sentence is finished, you are free.
What about the man who has both good and bad? He has some things that would send him to hell, and some things that would send him to heaven.
That is all judged by the judge. This system is so far out that everything is correct to any extent you think. You are asked where you want to go first, hell or heaven. Heaven is like that. There was a rich man once, and he went to heaven and knocked on the door. And the guard was sitting there for inspection. And the secretary came and opened the door and said, "What is the matter? What do you want here?"
He said, "I want to enter heaven."
He said, "Well, I want to enter."
So he said, "God, this guy wants to enter heaven."
So God said, "Call him."
And he came. And God asked him, "Have you done anything good?"
So that rich man said, "Well, yes. I have given ten pennies to a widow."
He said, "That's all?"
He said, "Well, I have given five pennies to an orphan child."
And he said, "Yes, that's all I have done good."
So God asked his secretary what to do. And the secretary said, "God, give him fifteen cents and send him back to hell."
Does liberation have to be in the body?
You know, once you take Knowledge you are reserved for liberation, you are completely liberated. And you can only take Knowledge when you are here.
But you said when you go up to heaven you are judged whether you are to be liberated or not.
The liberated one has got no powers at all. The liberated one is completely surrendered. Surrendered. Does not occupy his own anything. Completely surrendered.
Not heaven. Here, on this crossing, right here. Here. O.K? This is where you are judged. Not in heaven. Here. At the crossing. At the main crossing.
Is this as soon as somebody takes Knowledge, or is it when they realize Knowledge that they are reserved for liberation?
As soon as a man takes Knowledge, he is liberated. Right there. Because he is no more attached, he has given his body to Guru Maharaj Ji. What else is liberation?
Many of us, when we take Knowledge, we say we give you our body, we give you our mind, but we have been unable to give you body and mind.
Well, you should give your mind only, that will do. And I will tell you the method for doing that practically. It is meditation. When you are not doing meditation, you know what happens, your mind is right here, and you cannot catch it. But when you do meditation you get away from it, like this, and then you just catch it. O.K? That is the method. Then you catch it and say, "Guru Maharaj Ji, this is my mind." You understand? So this is the secret. Meditation makes you firm. And the faster the meditation, the faster the progress. The slower the meditation, the slower the progress. That's all. It's perfectly symmetrical, you know. Have you seen those balloons which carry people? When you lower the weight, you are elevated. Right? Same thing. The more you throw your mind away, the more you are elevated, because you are lightened. Try to meditate on it. Yes, what's the matter?
Who's the judge?
Known as Dharam Raj. Dharam Raj. O.K?
What does that mean?
Is the judge a premie?
Judge is your brother, that's why he favours you.
Does the liberated soul have full powers?
The liberated one has got no powers at all. The liberated one is completely surrendered. Surrendered. Does not occupy his own anything. Completely surrendered.
Are we just talking about earth, or can you return to any other planet?
Well, you'll have to contact TWA, Trans World Airlines, about that. They can tell you. You can send a telex to London.
If someone has received the Knowledge, but never practises, what happens at the judgement time, does he go fast or does he stop?
Now, when he has received Knowledge, but is not meditating upon it, a double-top is placed in the carburretor, and the power becomes very restricted. That man has to push himself like this, and jerks out to this place, like an old man climbing up the stairs, a very old man.
Have you seen a very, very old man, climbing up the stairs? How he jerks himself? Goes and steps, then stops. Goes and steps, then stops.
Sometimes he falls down the steps. Yes, that's right.
Before you go to hell and get punished in hell, why do you have birth?
Let me explain. In hell, to finish up your spell in hell, you must be sent to earth. I will explain to you later how the soul goes from here to there, and how this hell is repaid.
Is that ticket on the express jet, is that a one-way ticket?
The ticket on the express jet, the non-stop jet to Mukti (liberation), is one way. But you can get a two-way ticket. You can get it, if you want it. But then you will have to take body. I told you somewhere, where? In Los Angeles? Toronto?
Is that what Jesus did in his body?
His body was right beside the soldier. See, I'll tell you. Now we are talking about the jets. When we want a two-way ticket, we are sent here, O.K? And we are given all the privileges that have to be given in Mukti. Hanuman came with Ram, right? And he stayed like a humble disciple fully at the foot of Ram, right? And then Arjuna came. He was always at His Lotus Feet. He who was the creator of Mukti even. They were at the Lotus Feet of that authority. So automatically they were in heaven. Understand? This is the condition of the two-way. Becoming immortal, immortal. You may see a picture of Krishna driving the chariot, you will see that Hanuman is sitting on the top of that flag on the chariot. And wherever you see that picture of that chariot so you also see Hanuman sitting right there. Like this is Guru Maharaj Ji's Lotus Feet, right? So this is the disciple who requires a two-way ticket, so that this can be done to him, Understood? (Maharaj Ji places piece of chalk in his shoe).
Like this, the disciple will be right against His foot. Understood? Never be separated.
The person who has reached the place, is he aware of having reached the place, or is there awareness left?
Mukti, the liberation place? When he reaches there, you know, when he gets on that plane, his awareness has been taken by Guru.
So then he is not even aware that he is there?
He is no 'he' there. His 'he', and 'you' are taken here only. His petrol was totally filtered. Nothing like 'I'. Completely taken. When there is no 'I', there is no 'we'.
A person that is liberated 'is' no longer.
'Is'? I'll tell you. Can you see the dropper, everybody? Can you see the glass? Now this drop goes, one, two, three, four, five. Did you see them? Can you distinguish them in this glass? Have you figured it out?
That's all right for the water, Guru Maharaj J what about me?
Don't worry. Same way, O.K? Understood? Whenever we are placed in the jet, that takes place. Completely filtered, completely mixed. O.K?
When the drop falls into the glass, you can't see the difference. But how about the drop, does it know?
No. Why does it even want to know? Man would not like to know himself at that point. Because he has become so tired of remembering himself. Now he would like to be completely part of somebody else and that is of his origin, where he never knew who he was. What is a child's name? What does he pronounce by himself? Who are you? (to baby) And he, Ahhhhhh? (Baby replies) Who are you? Ahhhhhh. Because he never knows what his name is. In his origin he is placed right back, fully back. O.K? Everybody has understood? Any questions on this, about what I have explained up to now?
My question is this. You know you came from Mukti and you have come to the earth, you've gone for several lifetimes, going to heaven and hell in between and you've gone through all of this process through eons of time and then you go back to Mukti, so what is the point?
The question is not why have you gone back to Mukti. The question is, why have you been separated from Mukti. Why have you been separated? You have been given an aim which has to be fulfilled. Every human man who has been separated from Mukti, from his origin, has been given an aim. An aim. A-I-M. Understand? Everybody has been given an aim. To be completely worked out. And thus he plays an act, he plays a role, so that he may complete it. For that aim has to be completed, by the Divine Will.
If we were complete to begin with, why did you make us separated and having to go through the whole thing again?
Just for that aim. What else? Try to understand.
I think they're trying to ask why there is an aim.
Is that right? Why there is an aim? O.K, open up your ears. Because of the Divine Will. Understood? Because of an opportunity. Do you understand?
How does one discern one's aim, what it is in one's life?
One must go to a spiritual master to find it out. One has to do meditation. One has to be again on that path.
Was part of that aim to enjoy the universe? To enjoy the creation?
A little bit. A little bit. But not to eat, drink and be merry. Have you understood? Really? Really? O.K. I'll stay five minutes more.
What is the aim of the Divine Will?
The aim of the Divine Will is Divine Will. At the moment I can see everybody. If I raise my eyes I come to this line here, and if I raise my eyes again I come to that pink thing, and then if I raise my eyes again I see the roof, and that's all I can see. And what is the purpose of it? That is not for you. That is for Divinity. For the Divine Grace of the Divine Personality.
I understand this, the words are easy to understand. But will I know before I leave here that it's true, just because you said it? If I meditate and do my job, will I know what you say is true because you .say it?
No. Thing is this. This is what I've been telling you, and I'll repeat it, I'll repeat it three times. The most truthful thing I say is the Divine Word which you pronounce at every second of your life. And that Word is spoken by the Divine Mouth. So what is real truth? If you want to understand me, you must meditate. Not even by my words will you understand. You can only understand me by meditation.
Maharaj Ji, why did you choose us?
So, whom should I choose? Donkeys? If I choose you it is your opportunity. What is the harm? Is there any harm in it? So be glad about it. Why be bothered about it?
O.K. Recess. After five minutes assemble here. Yes, I'll be back, I have to explain you the works of hell and heaven.
Now, we have changed the diagram a little bit. Previously we were talking about hell and heaven, but now we are going to identify, to verify the states of heaven and hell. Now, hell is the place where man goes to receive his punishment, and if it is possible to give him the punishment in hell only, he'll be given the punishment there. Right?
Understood? And if the punishment cannot be given in hell, he will be sent back to the earth. Understood? But, when he once comes to earth, he'll be given chance to enjoy both; punishment and heaven also! Understood?
When he comes to earth he'll be given both things to do which he had to do, good and bad, reward and punishment. And he'll do them on the earth. Understood? Clearly? So that's why people come here; they are rich for a little time, you know, and they enjoy themselves, but then the riches become less and then they start enjoying the hell. Their punishment now starts coming to them. Understand? So this is very clear. And now I'll tell you of devotion. Devotion is a two-way ticket. But with this two-way ticket, you don't go here to Mukti. You go to that place. You don't go to liberation, but you stay here and this is devotion.
Every benefit that you were supposed to have in liberation, you will get. Right? That means being away from Karma, away from actions and always in the bliss and the radiance of the Lord. That place will be given to you while you are on the earth with the Lord, with the human form, wit the physical presence of the Lord. That is called devotion. As long as the devotee is there, the Lord can project devotion out of him. Understood? You know, if there is no devotee, how can there be devotion? Can there be devotion without devotee? How can there be? There can't. So, if there is devotion, there has to be devotee. Have you understood now? And if there has to be devotee, he has to be in a physical form. A devotee has to devote something. Have you understood that? So he has to be in physical form. And where is it possible for him to be in physical form? On the earth. And with whom can he be in the physical form? With the Lord, who is in His physical form. He has to be with the physical Lord who has come into this physical world with a physical body. Understood? It's crystal clear on the blackboard.
Where should we go?
Where should you go? You know, it is recommended for you to apply for devotion. Why? Because you live in the physical form, so enjoy nature with the physical Lord. What else do you want? To be with the Lord and enjoy nature too! Beautiful. Far out.
Isn't the Lord within all physical forms?
But the Lord himself has got a physical form. The Lord is within everybody. He's omnipresent. But He himself, for this world, has got a particular physical form. And He came by Himself into this world to spread this Holy Word.
There can be more than one perfect devotee, right?
There can be more than one perfect devotee, but there can not be more than one Perfect Master. O.K? Anything else?
What's the difference between liberation and devotion?
In liberation, you no longer have a body. And there is no reaction of karmas, no reaction of actions. Understood? But in devotion there are the same rules and regulations. We have got a body, but we are not affected by Karma.
But to become liberated, we must be devoted, right?
Yes, I would recommend it.
Should we all follow your physical form?
You know, it is up to you, what you choose. If you want devotion, well and good. I'm ready to give it to you. If you want liberation, it's also good. Easy question, less understanding. Easier question needs lesser understanding. You must understand it more than you are doing now. Less laughing, more understanding. Understood? Devotion and liberation. O.K?
Suppose the choice was given to you, liberation or devotion, and you choose liberation, O.K? You leave this place, earth, you are expired, and you go, and can be caught no more. This is what we call liberation. This is liberation. Mukti. This is liberation. Our place of birth, which has been known as, you know, the permanent residence of the Lord. Understood or not?
Now, devotion is done at the Lotus Feet. And when you are here, you cannot be detached from
liberation. Real liberation is at the Lotus Feet of Satgurudev. This is the devotee. And you are completely attached to the Lotus Feet.
In other words, liberation is going to the formless. Devotion stays with the form while being merged with the formless at the same time.
Yes. And when you receive Knowledge and start meditating firmly on it, you will attain that which you desire.
Could we devote ourselves entirely to liberation through meditation? No service, nothing else? Could we just withdraw?
If you do that, your meditation won't become firm. You won't be able to keep up your meditation. This is a practical thing. This has been written in the Ramayana also – a devotee cannot keep meditation in his grip unless he has got service and satsang as well. O.K?
If you choose devotion are you always living in this world?
Yes, because the Master is in the world. But it means living without suffering, no suffering at all. Without suffering. Like a lotus. Just bring it out, come and see the way it is, bring it out.
What happens when the physical body of the Lord dies? Does devotion die?
No. You know, when you are attached to the Lotus Feet, to the radiance, to the bliss of the physical form, it is forever.
If a devotee comes to this earth with the Lord, and he is completely devoted, 'he' is no more 'he'. He has merged completely into the Lord. 'He' is no more 'he'. It is like this. This is Lord, right, and this is 'he' and he goes and fixes himself here.
(Maharaj Ji puts chalk between His toes.) Understood now? And that's why we take privilege of Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace.
Can we reach the stage of merging with the Word before we leave this body?
You can achieve this stage before leaving the body.
How many of us have chosen already?
I have chosen devotion. Devotion is beautiful. Yes?
Does that mean that a devotee is always with Satguru, life after life?
Have we all been with you before?
How can we please Satguru?
Meditation. Meditation, devotion, liberation.
What happens when there is no universe, do we all go back into liberation?
The universe will be rechecked and if you are there you will see. All the trees that have been sowed will have to be reborn somewhere else.
Does Perfect Master have to become pure, realize his soul before he becomes Perfect Master?
Not only realize his soul, he has to be perfectly realized, he has to be without sin, then he becomes Perfect Master.
It says in the Bhagavad Gita that there is no individual personal soul, that the individual self is an illusion that has to be overcome.
That is 'I', that is ego, and that has to be overcome. Ego come, delusion come, black light come. Opposite projection. Mind always brings duality, and what is the other word we use for duality? Individual? This is my individual property, that means this is mine, that is yours. Mind brings duality, soul brings reality. That's why there is delusion. Really there is no individuality. When everybody is one, there should be no individuality. Everything should be one. But ego carries the word 'I' with it. 'I' is the individuality, the mind.
When a person becomes merged in the Word, is it purely on his own effort?
You need grace. That's it.
Do we need to stay in your physical presence to receive grace?
Not really. You can talk into the walkie-talkie and ask for grace and it will be sent by Express Delivery.
Do only people or human forms have souls, or does every created thing have a soul?
There are many created things which don't have souls. This building has been created, but I don't think it has a soul.
What about grass and stones and mountains.
They have been made for you, to be utilized by you. When you read, you know, in the beginning God created fruits and all that, that's what it means.
Not to eat.
No, no, not to eat, but for burdens. They don't have souls.
They do have souls?
They're suffering hell.
All the animals are suffering hell? Some of them appear to be very, very happy.
Yes, but even then they are suffering. They cannot express themselves to the man whom they are under.
But you can see the expressions in their eyes, like a dog?
Even then, they can't express what they're feeling. A little bit, but not all. Well, we have gone on to dogs and cats.
Were we devoted without receiving Knowledge? Had we devoted ourselves to receiving this Knowledge?
Well, that's partly right.
We never received this Knowledge before though?
If you had been a devotee, then you must have received this Knowledge before.
Did we receive it and not practise?
Listen, in that case you wouldn't be in this form. You would have been a cat or dog.
We came here because of something? Some good actions?
Yes, you came here through something. Maybe grace. Maybe actions. You came here, that's all. That's enough.
Is this message of grace, is it stronger when you're in the physical presence of the Lord, or is the walkie-talkie method just as good?
Walkie-talkie method is just as good.
Could it be a person's objective to stay in the Lord's presence as much as possible, or does that hurt him.
No, that is something else. That is a personal preference. If one prefers to be in the physical presence, then one is more in physical presence. If one prefers to be in the walkie-talkie presence, then one is more in the walkie-talkie presence.
Is it possible in this lifetime to have total self satisfaction?
Maybe in 5 seconds, maybe in 5 months, maybe in 5 years, maybe in 5 centuries, maybe in 5 births. Or maybe in 1/5th of a second. Up to you, how much you meditate. How much you get elevated.
When we do become really realized in this lifetime then we may still come back again to live as a devotee again?
But again then you will have to realize this Knowledge. You'll become a devotee. You'll become like Hanuman. Once you have chosen devotion, the Lord himself will come to search you out, instead of you searching for the Lord.
So it will happen again and again, we'll all be your devotees life after life, again realizing every time?
Yes, but you won't be separated from the Lord for a long rime.
At the beginning, God had the urge to know himself …
God has the urge to know himself?
Yes, in his pure form. Before the creation there was no duality, there was only one thing.
No. You are trying to mix two theories at a time. How can God try to realize Himself? It sounded very strange. God trying to know Himself. Sounds very strange, that God should try to know Himself. God is perfect. He has got nothing to know. He has only to
output. He has got nothing for input. He has only got a lead for devotion, to hold it. He has got nothing else, just the grace to give away to people. No, you are the first person whom I heard say God tried to know Himself.
I meant had an urge to know himself.
Now, what is a soul?
Soul is awareness.
And don't you think that soul is a part of God?
Of course, right! Now if a soul is with the awareness of itself, then God is aware of Himself. So how can He not be aware?
Yes, He is aware of Himself, but when He gets into a manifestation …
Why does God like devotion so much?
Because he likes it. It is his hobby to collect devotion.
Events from previous lifetimes, are these illusions when we think we can recall?
I don't believe that. It is wasting your time to think of what is past. And even if you knew the future you wouldn't be able to change it anyway. What's the use of knowing? Even if I knew what will be done tomorrow, how can I change it? I can't change it. So, you know, trying to know the past and the future is only wasting time.
Well, I am really here to give you a little Satsang, instead of questions and answers.
You know that there has been a
galaxy of saints, a galaxy of avatars, a galaxy of incarnations, and like Lord Buddha said, the Truth is one, not two or three or four or five. And on the subject of Truth, nobody gave a long discussion, understand? Truth is one, and the clever people, because of it, don't argue and discuss. Understand? And because Truth is the reality which dwells amongst you and everybody, it is a common thing. But being common, we cannot realize it until and unless we have got a medium, until we have got a method. But if you don't apply the medium, you won't be able to reach your destination.
Today, mankind has been so much in the whirl of the water. Have you seen a whirlpool? It goes like this in the water. Man can only go around like the whirlpool. He cannot check himself for a second. Always having arguments, always talking about other planets, other worlds. He cannot control himself. He cannot stop thinking about planets and just think about that planet in which he is staying. It is simple. When people start thinking about other planets they are simply wasting their time. They all imagine things about other planets. "Oh, that planet must be beautiful. That planet must be wonderful. Fantastic. Far out." So many things. And they're just wasting their time, slowly and slowly.
How to make the proper utilisation of time then? By Satsang. By meditation. Because, wanting to reach that place, I couldn't. But when I applied the medium of my legs I was able to reach the destination. Same way, we want to reach perfection. Perfection is our destination. And if we want to reach it, we must utilise our legs and they are our meditation. We climb up the stairs, and that is meditation.
You may be surprised that I emphasise meditation so much. And really, how many of you do meditation? The majority of you don't. And how many really try? How many really try to do meditation? How many of you even try and do meditation.
So, the more you do meditation, the more your unity grows. The more you are united. If you get bigger legs, the quicker the distance is settled, and the .quicker the distance is settled, the quicker the peace comes and the more the radiance glows. And the quicker you do everything, the quicker you go. Understand? So, I mean to say something and I mean to say meditation. Do that. Give me your mind. I am here to take it away. That's why I'm here, so that you may give me your mind. Let me take it. I want mind. What can I say? I am hungry for mind. I want mind. You give me your mind. If you want to offer me something like a devotee, then offer me your mind. I am
hungry for mind. I will eat it.
So, how to separate mind? Mind has become a very strange friend of yours. You don't want mind at all, yet it has become a very close friend of yours. The question is how to remove it? By this meditation. Meditation is the real thing and when you meditate that real power grows more and more. It increases, and all the evil is taken away until you can't even see it. And how? By meditation. This is why I have been talking here on this board about devotion and Mukti and the liberation circle. But if you are thinking, you're not really interested in it, but just want to listen, for convenience, because you want it explained, because it's puzzling to you, then this is all wasting time. So be devoted. I want you to benefit. I'm not getting any commission, any benefit. So be devoted. And I want you to progress. So I think for today that is enough. Too many questions are not good for us. What we really need is answers.
You know, this has been beautiful. But tomorrow, when we are really settled down, without any questions, it will be most far out because everything will be crystal clear, absolutely nothing to be asking about. It is going to be crystal clear, shining from all sides. So, by Guru Maharaj Ji's grace, under that guidance and the grace of Guru Maharaj Ji, let us now do this thing, O.K? Good. Now you can go and have your dinner or whatever.
Tell us a story before you leave.
O.K. There was a king and there was a queen and they lived in a palace. One day the king got sick. And he died. And the queen got sick. She died. And the kingdom went away. Story finished.
The whole world is a beautiful story to look at. Something is coming and going out of the world you see. One drop coming into the world, one man coming into the world. One drop going out, one man going out. You see, throughout his life-time, see how he crosses this lifetime. Sometimes he fights, sometimes he loves, sometimes he hates, it's all a story. But later on, when we will get the time, we can have some stories, O.K?
Now Satsang is important, more than stories, O.K? Understood? O.K.
Mata Ji at Palam Airport
Shri Mata Ji, 7th November 1971
When Lord Rama came home after defeating Raven, the evil king of Ceylon, he found his mother waiting patiently, having desired his return with all her heart. The same thing is happening again now, because Maharaj Ji is conquering the darkness of the West, and I am waiting. And there He is now, my Prince. When Rama's mother and brother were waiting for Him, it seemed like a year, so impatient were they to see Rama's radiant face. It has been like this for me. What Shri Maharaj Ji has done in this world is unique because the seed that He has planted in these other countries will grow into a huge tree of peace and equality. Then we will all be able to shelter under that tree.
This great spiritual land of India had already given birth to many great souls. Great souls love to be born in India. From her the Light goes all over the world. This time will become a part of history. In history it will be written in golden words that a little boy won over the whole world with love and faith. Our Guru Maharaj Ji is only 13 years old and He is conquering the whole world with love. Big generals and officers, spiritual gurus, warriors and politicians give such big lectures but they cannot achieve anything like this little boy can. In the West, where at this time there is so much confusion and delusion, Guru Maharaj Ji did nothing except open the people's own hearts to show them what was lying within. He is not dragging them into the outside world but is showing them what is inside.
When Rama came back after defeating darkness and worldly knowledge, the people prepared light festivals all over the place. Now we are also going to have festivals. But not only does Guru Maharaj Ji cause to be enlightened the outer lights of joy and happiness, He has also enlightened everybody's inner heart as well. So we are all enlightened, inside and out. He has satisfied our ears with His nectar-like words and has satisfied our eyes with His Divine face. What great work you have done in past lives in order to have the chance of being here today with Guru Maharaj Ji!
But if you ask what you can do for Him the answer is nothing. For whatever we do for Him, it can never be enough to repay Him for what He has done for us. The Knowledge, the Name He has given us, is so invaluable that we could cut our own throats and still it would not be enough. This Name is so great that when you die it does not matter when you have this Knowledge. So be volunteers for Guru Maharaj Ji. You must have done lots of good work in your past lives to be near Him, to see Him and to talk with Him. When the sun comes out it floods the world with light and warmth, but for owls it is very unpleasant. They hide their faces in the dark because they cannot face the sun. Same thing is happening to some people in the world; they cannot understand glory and radiance. See how people are becoming so animalistic now, so mean and greedy, like vampires they are trying to drink each other's blood.
Disaster is hovering just above the world, but this Knowledge is so powerful that it makes people want to work in the most adverse conditions to spread it further. Without Knowledge you cannot improve the world. Knowledge overcomes all dis-harmony and trouble, which in the meantime is blazing all around us. Who put the world in this condition? Human beings, nobody else. Not God. He wants us to enjoy this planet as a blessing, to worship, to love and to think of Him.
Great scriptures say that after much waiting and much trying, you get a human body with which you can really get to God. Even gods and angels have to obtain a human body to return to God. This is the human body and you have got it. Don't waste it. Possessing this body is such a great privilege but always be aware that its possession is only temporary. Death is coming. When something goes wrong with your body, neither your family, children or money will go with you, only yourself. So do something about it. Only the Name will go with you, so that is your eternal friend. Try never to forget the Name that Guru Maharaj Ji has given you. As soon as you leave it you are in danger, believe me. The profit of remembering the Name is this – when you remember it He who gave it to you is with you. So you can get to Him by calling his Name. You Western people, look how much you have changed in one year. Look back and remember what you were like one year ago and see what you are like now. You can see how this Knowledge affects you. Look at the difference that has happened since you met Maharaj Ji and received His Knowledge. This change is nothing to do with the body, the body was the same then, it is the same now. It is fect all the time. The mind is the root of every evil, but when the mind becomes pure, you become divine. Look at Valmiki, the great saint who wrote the Ramayana. He was a bandit who used to kill people. He used to chop up human beings as you would chop up carrots yet when he met Guru Maharaj Ji and became enlightened he became the great author of the Ramayana. Every one of you has a human body. So don't waste it, do something with it.
And do something so permanent that even when you leave it you still have the beneficial result of Holy Name which you obtained when you had your body.
If you look around, you will see how many different spiritual groups there are in the world and they are all fighting with each other like cats and dogs. Why? It does not mean they they do not love God. They do love God. But their love is ignorant because they do not know the reality, the Name, the Light. When they know those, then I know that they will not fight, for they will know the Truth. Everybody is the same. Religions are only made by human beings. God never made any religions. He made human beings who then made religions. God asks you to meditate on the inner Light of your inner soul. This does not mean putting candles on the altar. It might help you in a way, but it is not the real help. I believe in ritualism. Go ahead and do all these things, but when you are suffering and about to die, at that last moment can you do all these things? Can you play the bells and make fine offerings? No. At that moment you can only concentrate on your soul. When the last moment comes, you cannot say this is my religion, I am going to die this way. There is only one thing you have to do at that time, and that is enter the Light within you and leave your body peacefully. This is how Maharaj Ji has brought you together. There is no division, no differences, there is only one thing and that thing we must become. Guru Maharaj J i has instilled duty into everyone's soul, the Divine duty of meditating on this inner Light. Guru Maharaj J i has given us such a great thing that whatever duty might befall us, we will face it smilingly, for we know nothing can really hurt us. We should offer our hearts for His Mission and for the expansion the Light. We must sacrifice our life for Him. Do not fall back at this time, go forward fearlessly, for this is the only thing that will give the world everything.
My family is growing more and more, so I can give advice to mothers, and I ask for all mothers to keep their families on the path of Truth. Many yogas are being taught, but this is the Royal Yoga, so forget your physical discomforts. Learn to live with very little. If a war or any other disaster were to happen in this world you would not have much to eat or to live on, so practise living more simply. Do not keep your mind always on food and clothing. The more you pamper the body the more it demands. So just take a little and be satisfied. Keep your mind controlled also, for the more you pamper it the more it demands. Do not think too much, do not eat too much and do not sleep too much.
The Hans family is the Light of the World and they are going to show the whole world the path of Light. It is a family affair. Keep in touch with the family, get to know the family, learn to love the family and you will really be a part of what is happening. This is the life that is going to flow and maintain peace in the world. The world can give you a lot of troubles and challenges, but you do not have to worry because you have the power of the Name. So powerful is it that when everything else falls down it will still be standing. So don't be afraid. You are so forgetful that you have to be reminded again and again of the power that you are. That is the value of Satsang. Sometimes you may become deluded and think .yourself too old or too weak, but Satsang will remind you who you really are. So be all the time with Satsang. Satsang gives you power, understanding and strength.
Really, my friends, you have a great task before you. You have to show politicians, leaders and everyone that they are not• going the right way and that you know the right path. And you must do this by practical example. So, look after yourself and your children, make your family a holy family, bring your children up in the holy path of righteousness and the Holy Word. Do not encourage them to follow the tempting ways of materialism and sensual pleasures.
Some people complain to me that I don't show them my son. They say I keep Him to myself. But Maharaj Ji belongs to everyone. How can I keep Him to myself, for He is yours also? There is no limit on His Darshan. I make no rules for Him to obey. He goes on giving Satsang and Darshan around the world, and see what is the result. The whole world is becoming one big family with Him at its head. This is the glory of Guru Maharaj Ji. So meditate on that Holy Name and become a living example of His Divine Light so that many will see the Turth in you and follow your steps to His Holy Lotus Feet. This is the duty you have in the world. No matter where you live you can perform this task and play your part in this great mission.
Shri Sant Ji Maharaj speaking in Boulder, 17 September 1971
Today people are trying to find peace in books and peace in nature. But nature itself is a part of peace, and so is your soul. Your soul is also natural, it is not artificial. Your body is also natural, it is not artificial. Ha! Maybe your way of living is artificial, but your body is not artificial. It is real, it is natural, like a tree. And you have to realize what is the mystery of that nature that is working within your body. Because God made that nature, He made so much nature, so much.
So realize that constant thing. Today we buy a certain thing – we love it. Tomorrow it is destroyed – where has our love gone? Where does our love go? We know that our love should be always constant. But it isn't. That's why there are so many opposites, that's why so many people are confused. They go into their churches and marry, and tomorrow they divorce each other. Because that love that we do externally is not constant. External things are not constant. But always when the True Master has come, He has guided the people and shown them the True Light and told them to follow this True Light. Then only can you reach the true destination that you ought to reach.
I went to Aspen and I saw huge mountains. I was seeing the snow falling the whole day. From where does this snow come? Is there any refrigerator in God's heaven that is putting out snow? What is that thing that is making it snow? What is that nature? What is that thing that is making you alive? Is there any cell in your pocket, or is there any generator in your pocket, that is putting current into you and you are moving? This is the mystery of nature, that there is hidden Light in everything, and you have to realize what is that hidden Light, what is that hidden thing, what is that hidden current in you that is constant and can never die. These are the teachings of all the saints on record. That thing that is making things alive is the most constant thing in the world because it is the power of God, and this is making everything alive.
This is the body, this is a frame. One day something will go out of it and the whole body will become like a plank of wood. You can lift the body now by just holding the legs, but what is that thing that went into this form, and made it alive, and then went out of this form? That secret you should know.
People ask why did God create evil. If God did create evil, He also created the way to get rid of it. He created a pistol for it with four bullets and we have to shoot, and shoot, and shoot and shoot, and when we have shot all four bullets, we really have killed our ego, we really have killed it. Our pistol is meditation, and the bul-
ets are the four noble Truths which kill the devil in us. Buddha said that knowing the four noble Truths, you will know something eternal. So what is that eternal thing? Know that. This is your aim in coming into the world. We haven't come into this world to eat drink and be merry. Remember, the plant that you are loving today, to which you have given so much water, will finish one day. Why? Because the plant is not constant. Nature is also not constant. In nature you see so many things coming up and so many things dying, like man. Nature is not constant. So what is the constant basis of all life, knowing which we are made constant?
Some people think that God is a human being, but He is not. God hasn't got ears like us, nose like us, eyes like us, mouth like us, teeth, tongue, lungs, chest, bones. He isn't like that. These eyes only see in a limited way, but God's eyes can see everything. His eyes are different from these.
Same way, His Word is a different word, and we need a different eye to see that different Word, a third eye. This is the mystery. Jesus Christ said, "People will be able to look into the Kingdom of Heaven with one eye." He never meant, "Take a stick and put out one eye and become a blind person or become half blind with only one eye." He never said that. So how to make one eye out of two eyes? The only way is to take a stick and put out one eye? Is that the way? Jesus said get one eye but He did not take a stick and put out eyes. There is some other way that is an internal way, it is the source of all nature and it is all the bliss that you can expereince, all the bliss that you can experience. This is the cause of snow falling on this earth, this the cause of everything you can see, feel, touch and think about. People try to think about God with their limited minds. I've told you so many times, you cannot think about God with your limited mind. God is unlimited and your mind is limited. It can only think about limited things. But when we enter nature, when we enter the heaven of God, then we realize what is the heaven of God.
I'll tell you a story. Once there was a queen. She went to take a bath, took off her necklace and hung it on a hook. A crow came and flew off with it. When he saw that it was not edible, that it was only a necklace, he let it drop down. The necklace fell from the sky and dropped onto a tree. Under that tree the river was flowing in which all the dirt of the city was flowing. Very dirty. When the queen came out of her bath she saw the necklace was missing. She cried, "A thief, a thief has taken my necklace." Was that crow a real thief? She never knew, but still she said, "A thief has taken my necklace, and until I get it back' I won't take food." So nobody could find the necklace and the king ordered that whosoever could find that necklace and bring it to him, he would give half his kingdom. Some travellers were going by, and they stopped under that tree to take some shelter and looked into that dirty river. "Oh there is the necklace," they cried, "Now we are the owners of half this kingdom. Let us jump in the water and take out the necklace."
So they all jumped in the river, and swam deep but they could get nothing. They came out and again saw the necklace was there.. So they again jumped in but again they got nothing. Again they came out and again they jumped in. When they came out they still saw it. When they jumped in, the necklace disappeared and when they came out the necklace was there. And so they thought, "That thief is very clever. Whenever we come out he shows us the necklace but when we jump in he takes it and hides it. He is very clever." After some time a huge crowd gathered, and later the king was passing and said, "What is the matter, why are so many people
there by that river?" The people said, "There is the necklace, king." The king said, "Yes, that is the necklace, I should go and jump in and take it." But his Prime Minister said, "O.K, king. I am going to jump in and get this necklace for you." Then the king thought, "If the Prime Minister gets the necklace for me, then half the kingdom will be his, so why should I lose my kingdom? These clothes are very fine, but they are not as expensive as half the kingdom." See, the king was very cunning. "I will jump in the water," he said. So he jumped into the river with all his clothes on, into that dirty river. He searched all around but he couldn't get that necklace. He came out and said, "Well, the necklace is there and as soon as I jump in it disappears. Why should this be?"
Just then, a Guru, a man who knew this Knowledge, was passing by, and he said, "This is neither a fasting day nor a Holy day. What is the matter? Why are so many people gathered around here?" And they said, "Sir, this is the matter. The necklace is there and we want to take it out." He said, "Can't you find it in the water?" They said, "No." He said, "O.K. Wait." Then he climbed the tree, took the necklace down and gave it to the king. Because in that river, there was not the real necklace, there was only the reflection of that necklace. The necklace was up there all the time but. they could only see the reflection.
Some butterflies always fly round bulbs and lamps and think, "This is the light," so they fly in there and what happens? There is fire inside, they burn and die. They fly in and they die. They thought something was there but nothing is there. So many people are come into this world and so many people have died, but what have they gained? Life then death. They think there is a mystery of life that they must search for, but where to search? They think the mystery of life is in materialism, but it is not there. Materialism is the reflection. You can see the sun, the moon, so many beautiful things – they are the reflection of this mystery – and they think, "Oh yes, here it is." And they jump into that mystery, but they find nothing. There are some people, even in India, who don't want houses or possessions or anything materialistic. They just want to live with nothing. They just stay in caves and say, "We don't want to be near materialistic things." But can they find real Truth there? Can they find real peace there? No, because they are only touching nature, they are not touching the mystery of nature.
What is materialism? To have a beautiful car, to have so many things around you, this is materialism. Sometimes the car breaks down then you pay money for it to be repaired. It is a fine. Sometimes television breaks down and you pay money for it to he repaired. It is also a fine. Really, it is a fine. You are being fined. So why do you have things for which you will be fined? We must put ourselves on the middle path in this world, not too low, not too high. Should the temperature of your body be 0 degrees centigrade or should it be 140 degrees centigrade? No, it should be 99, it should be normal. There are three types of levels. One is the most materliaistic and one is the most natural, but neither materialistic living nor natural living can help you. The level that will help you is the middle one. And when you know this Knowledge you know the secret of being in the middle.
Today, people remember the name of Rama and say, "Ram, Ram, Ram." But what was His name before He was born? Was it baby? So why don't we say, "Baby, Baby, Baby"? What was the name Rama's father meditated upon? What was that secret? What was the Mystery of the Light? We have to know that Mystery, because that is the main source, that is the spark plug. The white part of the spark plug is not beautiful. There are two things only which are useful in the spark plug. That little pin there and that little pin there. The spark goes between them, so they are the most useful, not the plug. The car is so expensive, but without this spark it is useless. Same way, this body is so big, but the thing making it go is so small, so very small. You cannot look at it through microscopes, not even through atomic microscopes. A microscope will not help you to know that Mystery. For that you need a third eye, you need to make both eyes into one eye. When you have that one eye you will see what is the Mystery of the mysteries. And you will say, "Yes, it is really far out." But you cannot see so you do not know.
There were two toads. I think you understand the meaning of toad, they go, "Trrr, trrr, trrr," in the night, you know? And these two toads met. One toad belonged to the sea and one toad belonged to the well. And the sea toad said, "I am very far away from my ocean, so you had better give me shelter." He said, "O.K, come into my well," and he took him into his well. When they were there they both started talking. The toad who lived in the well said, "How big is the ocean?" And the other one said, "Huge big, big, big, huge." So the toad who lived in the well made a circle and said, "This big?" And the other said, "No, huge, much bigger." So he drew a bigger circle. He said, "Bigger than this?" The other said, "Yes, much bigger." He carried on making circles
saying, "Bigger than this?" "Yes, bigger than this." Ultimately, he reached the boundary of the well. He said, "Bigger than this?" The sea toad said, "Yes, bigger than this." He said, "It is impossible. Nothing can be bigger than my well. This is the biggest thing." The other said, "Brother, be patient, wait a little."
In the morning they both rose and the sea toad took the other one to the sea and all he could see was water, water, water and not an end to it.
Maybe you think these are just bare words which you listen to with your ears. But there is something beyond them, there is something beyond that which you think is limited, it's like the toad.
There were two ants, and one ant loved salt and the other loved sugar. When they met, the salt ant said, "My salt is the sweetest thing, the most beautiful thing." And the other said, "No, my sugar is sweeter." They said, "O.K, we are both tired today, we will rest and in the morning we will meet." And the salt ant said, "I will come and taste your sugar in the morning."
Morning came, they both rose up, and the salt ant said, "Probably there won't be any salt near that sweet thing, so I had better take some along." So she took some salt in her mouth and went to where the other ant lived. "Yes I have come," she said, "Where is the sugar?" "Here it is, taste as much as you like." The salt ant tasted some and then said, "Well, this is just like my salt, your sugar is just like my salt." She took another bite, "Yes, it's just like my salt." Because she had a piece of salt in her mouth, she could not taste the sugar.
The same thing is with us. In our minds there are egos, confusions, and so many things, so when we go to something we say, "Oh, this is just like our confusions." Because we are really confused, we get more confused. But once our confusion is removed we really will face the sweetness. And then the ant said, "Open your mouth," and the salt ant opened her mouth and, yes, there was a piece of salt there. The sugar ant said, "Take this out. Wash out your mouth and then come." So she did, and then she came and tasted the sugar and then said, "Oh, yes, this is beautiful. This is sweet."
Same thing with humans. People come to me, saying, "Oh, this is confusing." But when I say, "O.K, what are your questions, what are your doubts?" they tell me those questions. I give them the answers, and what happens? The salt, the confusion, comes out of their mouths. "O.K," I say, "Now go and wash out your mouth, go and listen to satsang and wash out your confusions." Then they go and listen to satsang and then I say, "O.K, now come and take the Knowledge," and I give the Knowledge to them and they are really satisfied.
You won't be able to understand my Knowledge by these bare words, because the Knowledge is a matter of practical experience and I think God will bless you to know this Knowledge. If you can't get this Knowledge outside, come to me and I will give it to you. I have got this Knowledge. I have given it to many people and they are all satisfied. So if you want it, come to me and I'll give you this Knowledge, because this Knowledge is a bank account which won't finish, even if I give it three thousand times to the people of this universe. It is a huge bank account I have got. It is not money that is in my bank account, it is the most precious jewel, it is a diamond which I am giving to everyone.
There was a farmer in the desert and he saw this piece of glass shining so he picked it up. He said, "Oh this is not precious," and he threw it away and went on his way. And after some time a jeweller came and he took it, and he said, "Oh it is a diamond, how lucky I am." So he put it in his pocket. So they both came, they both picked up that diamond, but one was clever enough to know its value and the other was ignorant and left it. This is confusion. This Knowledge is supreme, just supreme and you cannot take it with your mind, which is what you are wanting to do. I am very sorry, but you cannot have it like that. You cannot think this Knowledge in your mind. You cannot imagine this Knowledge. So if you have any doubts and confusions, ask me and I will remove them and I'll ask you to go and wash your mouth and that means listen to satsang. When you are ready I'll come and turn your battery on. When a car is ready, still one more thing is needed, and that single thing is the ignition. I can switch on your ignition. At this time you haven't even got an engine, you have only got a body, a chassis. But ultimately, satsang, by removing doubts, does many things and it will place an engine there, a big, huge, powerful engine. Everything will be fixed. You will become eager, but you have no battery and no ignition switch. You cannot turn yourself on. But when you are given this Knowledge you become ignited and then to go forward you do your service and your meditation and then you will go onto that highway that is the fastest highway in the world. It never goes crooked, it goes straight to God, straight to God, and it is a very short highway. Your car has got no steering wheel because there is just one direc-
tion, straight. It has got no tyres because it flies, it flies straight to one point and that is God. Only then do you become a real part of God, only then are you a real human being. Then you will be being. Up till now you are only human, not yet beings, but then you become beings, human beings. And then you become perfect, you become part of God and part of the Son of God.
So now I am here again, speaking to you, giving you my satsang. Some of you will be like a strainer, and all the precious water will drain out, and only the tea leaves will remain. But other people will be like combine harvesters. They will take out the hay and keep the grains inside them. So let's see who is like which. If you are like a tea strainer, the water will leak out and you will not be able to use the leaves again. But if you are sincere you will be like a combine harvester and you will really be part of God. So let's see which you are. So come tomorrow and receive the Knowledge. People who go to work can come after they finish. You are always welcome to come. We never stop.
So now you know why you have come to this world. Look at your watches and you will see how fast the second needle is running, so fast, extremely fast, and your precious moments are being wasted. You know the proverb, time and tides wait for no-one. Time and tides wait for no-one. And time won't wait for you. It's passing by like anything and there is no certainty in your life. Suppose you are going out and your car slips on some ice and it crashes into a bridge or something and you die. So there is no certainty about your life and there is a heart-attack disease that is very popular. You are sitting there and you don't know when you will die and
suddenly you die.
So know why you have come into this world. Take this full opportunity that you have got, that God has given you, take full opportunity of it, otherwise…
Dogs bark but the elephant carries on going. When an elephant passes in India all the dogs come round and bark, bark, bark. Elephant never even sees them. Elephant isn't aware of what is happening around him. If you don't realize why you have come into this world, if you don't use every single moment, then you are like an elephant, having nothing to do with nature, having nothing to do with Knowledge and having nothing to do with time. Everything is saying, "Know, know, know, know me," but you aren't interested. Realize why you have come into this world, why God placed you in this human frame, why God made you so handsome, why God graced you with that most intelligent brain. Why did He do that? Know. Only know.
And when you know it, meditate upon it, start walking on that way, start climbing up that ladder, and if you do not know the way, if you do not have that ladder, come to me and I will give you the Knowledge. You are always welcome. My Knowledge does not have any religion, it does not have any way of life. If you want to cut your hair, cut your hair, my Knowledge won't affect that. If you are growing your hair, grow your hair, my Knowledge won't affect that. My Knowledge is like a river. Let a lame man come, it is the same water, let a rich man come, it is the same water, let a poor man come, it is the same water, let a beggar come, it is the same water, let a king come, it is the same water, let an enemy come, it is the same water, let a friend come, it is the same water. The same water is flowing for everybody. This Knowledge is the same for everybody. External things do not affect this Knowledge because it is internal. So know why you are following the crooked paths of this world and turn away from them to the straight path of this Knowledge. In the mountains in India there is a leaf and if you touch it it will give you an electric shock. Your fingers will feel tingling as if thousands of spiders are there, but nearby you will find a plant, a small plant, and if you take the leaf of that plant, you can rub it on your fingers and you will be cured. So where God has created evil He has created good also. But people who look at evil cannot look at good, they don't know where goodness is. The toads who live in the well don't know what the sea
is and the toads who live in the sea don't need to know what a well is. So live in that ocean, live in that ocean of mercy, know where that ocean is and make your life a golden life, a precious life, a good life, a marvellous life. And I've got a way, I've got a technique …
People who have received Knowledge, my blessings are always with them and they should carry on and build an ashram here where many people can come and receive Knowledge. You are not building the ashram for my benefit, you are building the ashram for your benefit. You will reap what you have sown, everybody knows that. If you sow mangoes, you won't reap berries. You will reap mangoes. If you build an ashram, many people will come and take Knowledge and they will bless your soul. It will be a wonderful thing. I will come where there is love and unity for I love love and I love unity. I want this whole Universe to unite in the Name of God so that very soon the Kingdom of Heaven may come on this earth, so that very many people can take advantage of it. I am working for that, I am working very fast and I need your constant co-operation. What I want is to bring forth the Kingdom of Heaven quickly because by the grace of God nothing is impossible, except a few things. And I can bring it forth by this grace.
Remember, Jesus prophesied that there will be famine and thunders before the Kingdom of Heaven comes but remember at the same time that God is very merciful. He is complete mercy. And probably, if He has mercy on you, the world won't explode, and I am working for that. I am increasing this Knowledge like anything to stop the bombs destroying the whole world and I need your co-operation. If you don't co-operate with me, 0.K, then let the bombs explode. They won't wait for me, but if you want real peace, co-operate with me and really, I will bring it along, very fast, because God is merciful, all merciful. He is complete bliss and if you pray to Him, maybe He will protect us from the thunder, the famine and the bombs and change those bombs into bombs of flowers.
You don't think this can happen, but this can happen. Meena was a Princess who devoted everything she had to spreading this Knowledge, and her husband and father both thought this is evil. So they took a basket and put a snake in it and gave Meena this basket. They said, "Meena, these are flowers, this is a garland for your Lord." So Meena took the basket to her Lord and placed her hand inside and what came out was a garland.
With this Knowledge, thieves and robbers are converted into peaceful men, so no-one would think that once they were thieves and robbers. So I need your co-operation. God is co-operating with me from that side but you must co-operate with me from this side. You'll have to spread this Knowledge like lightning and you know what is the speed of lightning. Even faster than that. That's why you are devotees, that's why you were made disciples. Why are your names written as disciples of Guru Maharaj Ji? To do something, and that is to spread this Knowledge. You don't kill the egos, you bring them to me and I will kill them. So co-operate with me, give people satsang and do what else you can. I have devoted my whole life. If I have done it you can also do it very easily, very easily. There are no problems. If I have devoted my whole life to this purpose, and I have, then so can you. Sow it now and then reap what you have sown. Sow apples and you will reap apples, sow thorns and you will reap thorns. That's all.
So this is a Holy place and we are doing the work of God and we have to make it, make it, make it and make it. So do that, go on the line and start moving, move faster than anything in this world, make the bombs flowers. It is really possible. So I think you are all like combine harvesters now. I am staying in Denver, so come there for the Knowledge. If I have come all the way from India to Denver, then you can come from Boulder to Denver. It isn't very hard. So thank you very much.
The Goal of Human Life
Discourse of Param Sant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, delivered at Prem Nagar Ashram June, 1961
In this whole planet, man is the only rational being. Because of this quality of rationality, human birth is superior to all other births. In all other bodies, instincts alone are working to guide actions. They are devoid of discrimination and do not have the power of invention. They can neither grow nor prepare any kind of food, but they can instinctively devour it when it is prepared and offered by man. Non-human births are bestowed to suffer the fruits of action - good or bad - performed with egoism and ignorance of the true self during human life. Even the most laudable actions performed with egoism and in the darkness of ignorance, bestow at best the life of a lion to reign over the kingdom of the jungle or that of an elephant to adorn the palace of a king.
Human birth, on the other hand, is both Bhogyoni and Karmayoni (able to create his own destiny). So in the human form, a man not only enjoys or suffers the fruits of actions performed in egoism and without devotion in previous lives, but he is also free to choose his present line of actions by which he can direct his future life. But human birth itself is not obtained because of the merit of previous actions. It is due only to the extreme grace of the Almighty. Of the graces by which salvation is obtained, human birth is the first and primary. With extreme kindness, but without any consideration, God gives human life at His pleasure.
Only in human life can the individual soul throw off the veil of delusion and realize its true self. Only in human life can it lose its seemingly separate identity and become completely immersed in the Creator. Obtaining a human birth is the greatest fortune of the soul because here alone is self realization, or God realization, possible.
The great saint Kag Bhusundi who attained Knowledge, immortality, and perfection because of his extreme devotion, said, "There is no life like human life. All souls in both movable and immovable bodies aspire to it. Human life is a staircase which leads to hell, heaven and salvation. Only in human life can one obtain Knowledge, detachment, and Bhakti (devotion)."
It is thus for man himself to discriminate and choose which path to tread on. The individual soul itself is nothing but a fragment of the cosmic soul, but having fallen under the influence of delusion it has lost control over the mind, and mind with its unsteady, turbulent, and tenacious nature has been causing untold suffering. But when through the grace of God, the soul obtains human life, a divine opportunity is opened to it to pierce the veil of delusion, to destroy the ignorance from which sprouts all sufferings, and to realize as a consequence its true self, which is satchitananda: its existence, its life-force, and its bliss.
Having realized its True Self, it can fix its mind on the Divine Light and by constant meditation acquire unity and tranquility, from which come untainted joy and eternal bliss, the inherent qualities of the soul. When the individual soul reaches this stage it is called salvation, which means deliverance from all miseries and sufferings. So salvation is only obtainable during human life, and salvation cannot be obtained without God realization, which is the only goal of human life.
True wisdom, therefore, lies in taking full advantage of this divine opportunity to achieve salvation. It is the state of pure joy that a man is trying to achieve from birth to death. But because of delusion and ignorance, all his efforts are misdirected. The way to find pure or permanent joy is unknown to him. Usually a man believes it might be found in material prosperity and therefore undergoes hardships in order to acquire immense wealth, position or fame. But he soon becomes bewildered, as fear of losing these acquisitions becomes an obsession which robs his mind of peace and happiness, instead of bestowing them. In fact, instead of finding perpetual joy, he finds perpetual anxiety.
Material prosperity in its many forms can never provide constant satisfaction, for matter itself is subject to decay; hence any satisfaction it gives must inevitably be lost. Man is in reality divine, free, and one with the supreme, but he forgets his true nature and identifies himself with matter, which is only an illusory appearance. And this is the real cause of man's bondage and suffering.
There cannot be any liberation in a state of multiplicity. The state of complete oneness with God is the only goal to be aspired to, and towards which the entire creation is slowly moving.
Happiness is dependent on peace, which is a sublime faculty of mind, and peace comes from evenmindedness. This is only achieved through devotion, and devotion is
achieved in submersion of the mind into the ever-existent divine light within oneself and by constant meditation on the holy Name of God. This Name cannot be written or spoken, yet it provides life-force to all movable and immovable beings. Realization of this divine light and Knowledge of the Holy Name brings love for God - and from love for God will come selfless service to Him and obedience to His commands. Hence the prerequisites for sublime devotion are first, God realization; then, supreme love for Him; and lastly, submersion of the mid into His Name, which automatically leads to selfless service and complete obedience.
God is both with form and without form. Butter still in milk can be said to be without form, and when it is churned out, with form. In the same way, the divine Light which is self-existent in all beings is God without physique, whereas the Satguru of the time, or the realized soul, is God with the physique. Submersion of the mind into the divine light; obedience and service to Satguru together with supreme love for Him; consecration of body, mind, and all activities to Him; together with a great anguish for the slightest forgetfulness of Him, constitute sublime devotion. Hence perpetual peace, eternal bliss and salvation within the lifetime are ensured. There is absolutely no other way to achieve them. This is universally substantiated and experienced by every saint, no matter where and when he lived. It is written in the scriptures, "One who desires to have happiness without Bhakti (devotion) is a great fool. To reach real happiness by other means is like trying to cross the ocean without a boat. Bhakti is a most precious diamond. One who has this diamond in his heart knows not even the slightest misery."
Lord Krishna said, "He whose mind is detached from external enjoyments achieves through meditation that pure joy that is the inherent quality of the soul. Such a man who has realized God within himself, and has completely identified himself with the divine, enjoys eternal bliss."
Sublime devotion, however, comes from implicit faith and confidence in the Satguru of the time, and it must be clearly understood that only He who can bestow God-vision instantaneously within oneself is the Satguru of the time, and no one else. In reality, He is God incarnate. It is impossible to have unflinching confidence without personal experience of this divine light. All scriptures and all saints unequivocally proclaim that God is omnipresent: He is present in all places and at all times. He is Satchitananda: ever-existing life force and absolute bliss. He is existent as divine Light in all beings. Realization of this creates absolute confidence in Satguru, without whose kindness and help it is never realized.
Lord Krishna said to his disciple, "Arjuna, being pleased with you, through my own power I have shown you this supreme, primal, and infinite universal divine Light, which cannot be seen in any other way. Neither by reading scriptures nor by many acts of worship can I be seen in my immortal form as divine light."
Therefore, to realize the divine light within, the kindness of the Satguru of the time is absolutely indispensable. At this time only does it become possible to dedicate body, mind, speech, and all actions to the Satguru, which will then give rise to Bhakti, the devotional source of all happiness and peace. So this is like a circle. First, humility and service to the Satguru will obtain his pleasure, and only then will he bestow God-vision for realization of divine light. And after God realization, faith and confidence in Satguru will lead to service, dedication, and devotion. Hence is achieved eternal happiness and salvation which is the ultimate goal of human life. It should therefore be the first endeavor of a human being to find the Satguru so that in the end this goal of human life can be achieved.
Ask For This Knowledge
Answers from Shri Guru Maharaj Ji, Fernbank, 14th March 1972
Guru Maharaj Ji, can you explain where God is to be found?
God is in our hearts. Look into them and you will find Him. And how to look into them, this is the Knowledge.
Can I reach God through prayer, or is it just through meditation?
Meditation is the direct process. Because speaking words is indirect. The idea must arise, then it goes to your thoughts, then you decide, "Yes I must use these words, and these words," and then you go to your memory to get these words. Then the words come into your mouth and then you speak them. Isn't it an indirect process? And isn't it an imperfect process? Do you think these words are perfect?
So how can you do it? It's simple. How are you going to apply imperfect words to the perfect thing. You can't reach the perfect thing with an imperfect technique. But the Knowledge is the perfect technique. It is the direct technique.
But I've got so many things I want to say to God. I must express my feelings to Him. Can't I do this in meditation?
No, because in meditation you have the opportunity to go to God directly. If you want to speak something to Him, speak it to me, and I'll give you the answer. I'll get the answer back direct from God, and speak it to you. But if you want to communicate directly with God then meditate. Talk to Him in the language of meditation. This is much holier and more perfect than these words.
Guru Maharaj Ji, do you truly forgive me for my sins?
God who is almighty will forgive you.
Guru Maharaj Ji, I had a dream. There was a sky with thousands of stars. I am sure it meant something about my karma, it was so real …
If you say it was a dream, then it cannot be real. Say one or the other. You cannot say it's two opposite things. Either it was a dream or it was reality. Not both. It can't be both. But anyway, if you do meditation, your karma will disappear straight away. Just simply do meditation. It will help you a lot.
In the Catholic church, we pray to Jesus through His mother. Is this possible with Mataji?
Mataji! If She promises to pass on the message, then it is possible.
Guru Maharaj Ji, you talk about peace of mind. But a man can sit down and look at a stone, and stare at that stone and everything he does is the stone, surely he'll get peace?
Very good meditation. Let everyone start doing this, you know, and I'll tell you what will happen. In two days, everything will finish. There'll be no food, no shops, anything. And what is a blind man going to do?
Well, it is just something to put your whole mind into. You call it Divine Light, I call it a stone.
Ha! I suppose that's what all the saints have been preaching: take a stone, put it before you, look at it and you will find peace.
Well, isn't it?
What is it?
Find the spiritual Knowledge. Find the spiritual Knowledge and you will get the spiritual peace. Until you know the spiritual Knowledge, then the stone will be peace for you. But there was a time when people used to think that their chariots were helicopters. Meditating on these stones will put no thought in your mind therefore there will be peace. But the day you receive this Knowledge then real spiritual peace will start for you.
But I've read about it in some Indian books.
What Indian books?
Yes, I read about it. It was Rama. Somebody said, I want to see Rama, so he was given some stones and he sat down and started meditating upon them.
So why did Rama come into the world then? He came to give spiritual peace. And the process of getting spiritual peace was something else, it was not this. Otherwise he would just have dropped down some stones into the world. No, the message is the same. Krishna said the same: "When there is a decline in the true religion then I will come in this human form to the world." It doesn't mean He came down by a rope carrying a stone. If He did that, then everyone would have seen Him, everyone would stand around looking up and see Him coming down from the sky, thousands of people on the horizon watching Him. No, spiritual peace is not gazing at stones. It is something else. But if you think spiritual peace is gazing at stones then please do so. I am not going to stop you. This is a democracy. You can do anything you like. So now it is time for me to go. So for all you premies who have received the Knowledge, please do meditation. It will really help you a lot. And people who have not received the Knowledge yet and they have been hearing what I have said today, then think more about it and if they have any questions come and ask them and then receive the Knowledge. 0.K? Thank you.